LONG BEACH - Gayle Borchard of Independent Books in Long Beach is having back-to-back events June 16 at the World Kite Museum to advance the literary aplomb of people of all ages on the Peninsula.
At 5:30 p.m. that Friday evening Garth Stein, award winning author and filmmaker, will teach a workshop about learning techniques that will quickly capture and keep an audience's interest.
At 6:30 p.m. Borchard will have a fundraising cocktail hour and silent auction to benefit a new reading program that will be part of Summerfest 2006 in Long Beach. Each event costs $20 and the two of them together can be enjoyed for $35.
Stein lives in Seattle and has recently released "How Evan Broke His Head and Other Secrets," a portrait of a father who meets his son for the first time when the son is 14 years old and attending his mother's funeral. The book reviews say, "The story is raw yet compassionate; the language is unclouded and unsentimental, and Stein deftly portrays family flaws and love between a father and son."
Stein has also written "Raven Stole the Moon," a thriller peppered with Native American mythology. Stein's mother is part Tlingit Indian. The Seattleite has also produced two music videos directed by Johnny Depp and was co-producer of the Academy Award winning short film, "The Lunch Date." The $20 fee for his workshop includes an autographed copy of "How Evan Broke His Head and Other Secrets."
Following Mr. Stein's workshop, Borchard will begin the fundraising portion of the evening with a cocktail hour catered by The Cottage Bakery. The "nosh" with author Stein will be followed by a silent auction of books and other cool items with all proceeds going to the Summerfest Literacy program and Timberland Regional Library.
On most weekends throughout the summer different people will read at the Long Beach Gazebo or Fish Alley from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m. Books are needed for the readers and after the readings children will be given the book, or they will be donated to the Timberland Library. Any money raised over and above the needs for the Summerfest Literacy program will go to Timberland Regional Library for purchases of children's books.
"Firemen and policemen are already lined up to read books about their work and we have several other politicians and former teachers who will read," Borchard said. "We want to keep kids interested in reading over the summer and give them something to do in the early afternoon between more rigorous activities during Summerfest."
People are encouraged to call Gayle Borchard at Independent Books in Long Beach's Sandpiper Mall to donate items for the silent auction or to make reservations for either event. She can be reached by calling 642-8438.