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July 2006 - Immedium

1. News
2. Events: Desert to Dream
3. Events: Other


A. California Dreaming with Burning Man
Summer is in full swing, so we hope that you’re enjoying the long days and breezy nights. For those of you who like to walk and watch on the wild side, we have something new on the menu for you. Feel the heat with the fiery launch of Desert to Dream: A Decade of Burning Man Photography (ISBN: 1-59702-003-6, $29.95).

Photographer Barbara Traub captures this event in mind, body, and spirit, like none other before her. The award-winning independent filmmaker Les Blank contributed the book’s introduction and offered this insight:

“Barb Traub is an excellent artist, a rare talent who should be given more opportunity to contribute her gift to the world. She is capable of bringing a very fresh look to whatever subject she approaches and has a knack for creating classic masterpieces wherever she goes.”

With the approach of the 21st annual Black Rock Arts Festival (otherwise known as "Burning Man"), join the author, Burning Man co-founder and director Larry Harvey and book editor Tracy Swedlow at many of our upcoming Bay Area events. Plus share high times at the official launch party on July 14th at 111 Minna Gallery in San Francisco from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

B. Kudos to WonderBaby and The Year of the Dog
More readers are discovering Immedium’s entertaining children’s books such as The Adventures of WonderBaby (ISBN: 1-59702-001-X, $8.95). The Boutique Café (www.boutiquecafe.com) captured the feeling in its news roundup on June 19th, 2006:

WonderBaby not only entertains but teaches. Each animal and its unique “superpower” walk you through the alphabet from A to Z. I love it when learning is fun!… The Year of the Dog is the first book in an annual series highlighting the twelve animals of the Chinese New Year, and it’s a great way to start…The illustrations in this book are bright and fun, and at the end of the book you’ll find a brief description what it means to be born in the Year of the Dog. …I thoroughly enjoyed these great little books, so if you’re ready to expand your library, consider adding a couple selections from Immedium. Every collection needs at least one caped crusader in diapers!”

Meanwhile Asian Week (June 9, 2006) recorded the fun at a recent author event for The Year of the Dog (ISBN: 1-59702-002-8, $15.95):

“While reading from his book, The Year of the Dog: Tales from the Chinese Zodiac, Oliver Chin pauses to outstretch his left arm, giving the audience their signal as if training a pet. ‘Bow wow,’ the crowd barked, including Chin’s three-year-old son, Lucas. Chin had his audience help voice dog sounds as he shared with them his latest book. Hosted by Borders Books, the event was the second of two book readings sponsored by AsianWeek in honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month...’My goal with the series is to share stories about Chinese culture for people not familiar with Asian tradition,’ said Chin. ‘And for those who are already familiar, I want to provide them a fresh way to look at our culture.’ ”

C. More Robot Stories

Writer Greg Pak is racking up the accolades with his run writing Marvel Comics’ Incredible Hulk. Elsewhere his collection Robot Stories and More Screenplays (ISBN: 1-59702-000-1, $14.95) was reviewed by the California Bookwatch.

"It's not only the futuristic settings which link these plots: it's an exploration of the problems between men and machines, the created and the natural worlds, which creates such a compelling dynamic in these motion pictures. Small black and white shots pepper the account, but it's the screenplays which are the heart of this fine title.”


- 7/9: with Larry Harvey: Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, CA, 7:00 pm.
- 7/11: with Larry Harvey: Cody's Books, 1730 Fourth Street, Berkeley, CA, 7:30 pm.
- 7/12: The Crucible, Fire Arts Festival, 1260 7th St, Oakland, CA, 7:00 pm.
- 7/13: Books Inc., 301 Castro St, Mountain View, CA, 7:30 pm.
- 7/14: Launch Party 111 Minna Gallery, San Francisco, CA, 6:00 pm.
- 7/18: with Larry Harvey and editor Tracy Swedlow: Commonwealth Club Silicon Valley, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Public Library, San Jose, CA, 7:00 pm.
- 7/20: with Larry Harvey and editor Tracy Swedlow: Commonwealth Club of San Francisco, 6:30 pm.
- 7/21: with Larry Harvey and editor Tracy Swedlow: The Booksmith, 1644 Haight Street, San Francisco, 7:00 pm.
- 7/25: with Larry Harvey: San Francisco Public Library - Main Branch, 100 Larkin, 6:30 pm.
- 7/26: Saratoga Public Library, Saratoga, CA, 6:30 pm.
- 7/27: with Larry Harvey and editor Tracy Swedlow: Modern Times Bookstore, 888 Valencia, San Francisco, 7:30 pm.
- 7/28: Barnes & Noble, 3900 Mowry Avenue, Fremont, CA, 6:30 pm.


- 8/03: Capitola Book Cafe, 1475 41st Avenue Capitola, CA, 831-462-4415, 7:30 pm.
- 8/10: Books Inc., 1344 Park Street, Alameda, CA, 510-522-2226, 7:30 pm.
- 8/17: Readers' Books, 130 E. Napa St., Sonoma, CA, (707) 939-1779, 7:30 pm.
- 8/22: Fremont Public Library, 2400 Stevenson Blvd, CA, (510) 745-1400, 7:00 pm.



- 7/05: Oliver Chin: Comic Book Workshop: Pacifica Public Library, CA, 1:30 pm.
- 7/16: Oliver Chin: YOD: San Francisco Animal Care & Control, 1200 15th St., 6:00 pm.
- 7/19: Greg Pak will moderate the Works-In-Progress screening at the Asian American International Film Festival in New York City.
- 7/20-23: Joe Chiodo: San Diego Comic Convention: also in attendance will by Jeremiah Alcorn (The Year of the Dog) and Vicki Wong (The Octonauts)
- 7/22: Oliver Chin: Comic Book Workshop, Part 1: Newark Library, 6300 Civic Terrace, CA, 1 pm.
- 7/27: Oliver Chin: Comic Book Workshop, Dublin Library, CA, 2 pm.
- 7/29: Oliver Chin: Comic Book Workshop, Part 2: Newark Library, 1 pm.


- 8/7: Oliver Chin: Create Your Own Comic Book Novato Public Library, CA, (415) 897-1142, 6:30 pm.
- 8/8: Oliver Chin: Create Your Own Comic Book: Excelsior Branch - San Francisco Public Library, 4400 Mission Street, CA, (415) 355-2868, 3:30 pm.
- 8/11: Oliver Chin: Create Your Own Comic Book: Rose Garden Branch - San Jose Library, 1580 Naglee Avenue, CA, (408) 808-3070, 2:00 pm.


Keep cool and stay loose till next time!

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