A Room of One's Own is honored to welcome Penny Rosenwasser for a reading and signing in connection with her book Hope Into Practice.
Anchored in Jewish ethical tradition, community-building, and an activist's call to repair the world and end racism, Hope into Practice asks Jewish women for the courage to love ourselves enough to face our fears without acting on them - to free ourselves of internalized anti-Semitism, expanding our sense of possibility, empowering our activism. This book brings to life an irresistible blend of healing stories, fascinating history, and a fair-minded perspective on Israel-Palestine, inviting us to use privilege to shift power and midwife justice. Includes action-oriented Reader's Guide, for groups or individuals.
Penny Rosenwasser is the author of Visionary Voices, Women on Power, and Voices from a 'Promised Land:' Palestinian & Israeli Peace Activists Speak Their Hearts. A lifelong heartfelt rabble-rouser for justice, she earned her Ph.D. at the California Institute of Integral Studies and is former Jewish Caucus Chair of the National Women's Studies Association. She is also a founding board member of Jewish Voice for Peace, teaches at City College of San Francisco, and is a member of Kehilla Synagogue.
A Room of One's Own is pleased to present local author Sylvia Gilbertson for a reading and book signing from her novel The Muse!
Bold and talented but capricious, portrait artist Ada Sutter has escaped an unpromising background to hone her craft in Florence, Italy. Bewitched by the beauty of Renaissance art, she labors to replicate the work of the Italian masters. She can duplicate any technique, but what she really seeks - the source, the wellspring of genuine inspiration - remains elusive. What's worse, an expert tells her that her work is banal and derivative. She's ready to trade it all in for Italian babies and sex on the beach. And then the Muse himself appears. Indifferent, androgynous, seductive, he draws everyone - even his own mother - into an erotic vortex of creative power. Grappling with him in a fever of artistic and sexual ferment, Ada's own voice is finally released, upending her life and her work. Paul Gauguin once said that art is either plagiarism or revolution. Ada chooses revolution.
Sylvia Gilbertson grew up in Gary, Indiana. After abandoning a career in civil litigation to study medicinal herbs, she and her husband moved to the mountains of northern Italy, where they raised their daughter and two cats. She now writes and translates in Madison, Wisconsin.
"It's not often that one encounters a novel with the energy of an espresso, the heat of a sultry stroll along the Mediterranean, and the sizzle of human passion. The Muse not only offers all that, but asks what art is – and provides an answer. This novel is as fun and thoughtful as it is beautiful." – Laurel Yourke, author of Waiting for Beethoven