Wine, trash, talk: Events Round-up

Whittier Meet the Authors and BookFaire: This Saturday, March 15, I'll be talking trash, wine and all things non-fiction, as well as signing copies of my biography of wine mogul Jess Jackson, A Man and His Mountain, and Garbology: Our Dirty Love Affair with Trash. And yes, I worked on both of these diametrically different books at the same time! Come find out how and why.

Later this month (air time to come), I'll be talking wine and A Man and His Mountain on American Public Media's Splendid Table.

On Sunday April 13, I'll be at the LA Times Festival of Books at USC.  My panel, "Nonfiction: Exploring a Singular Pursuit," will be at the Taper Forum at 2 pm, with authors Tom Bissell, Dana Goodyear and Greg Sestero and moderator Elizabeth Taylor.

Next up is the very cool Bay Gourmet Event on the evening of April 21 for A Man and His Mountain at San Francisco's Commonwealth Club, where I'll be "in conversation" with the most powerful woman in the wine industry, Barbara Banke, chairwoman of Jackson Family Wines (and wife of the late winemaking legend, Jess Jackson, the subject of my book).

I'll be in Lake Como, Italy, June 22-29, for my second tour of duty at the Abroad Writers Conference, where I'll be leading an intensive nonfiction workshop geared to professional and published writers. It's not too late to sign up now!

And in August I'm off to Orlando to speak at the convocation at University of Central Florida, where the freshmen are kicking of their First Year Experience with Garbology as their campus common read. I was recently at the FYE conference in San Diego, where I spoke to college representatives from all over the nation on Garbology.