Tim Lynch – Stateside

After Bush author Timothy Lynch will be here in the US soon. Come hear him speak, tune in to KQED on July 15, or catch the archive at the Forum link below!

[Update] Listen to the Forum broadcast here >>

Please check each link for specifics about each event.

July 15

KQED San Francisco

World Affairs Council, San Francisco

July 22

The Hudson Institute, Washington DC

The World Affairs Council, Washington DC


BEA Is Coming!

Book Expo America is Coming to Los Angeles

Will you be there? I won’t, but Cambridge will! I went last year and had a great time, but this year I’ll begetting married instead, so I think that’s a reasonable excuse. Anyway, On to the fun stuff:

Our booth number is 1346. Come say hello!

Charles Bamforth, author of Grape vs. Grain will be at our booth in the afternoon of Saturday, May 31. Come meet one of the greatest brewing scientists alive, and talk about the culture and taste of his favorite beverages, beer and wine. He’ll probably have samples on hand for… uh, SCIENCE!

That’s just part of the action. You may not know this, but Cambridge is home of the Darwin Correspondence Project. Deep in the bowels of the University Library is a glass and steel climate-controlled room full of pretty much ALL of Darwin’s personal letters. What does that mean for you? Origins and Evolution are already available, and the beautiful Charles Darwin: The Beagle Letters is on the way. Yes, the great naturalist was young once. A confused 19-year-old with little direction, until he wound up on that famous boat on a 2-year (oops, make that 5-year) journey. We’ve got the full scoop of what’s to come as we roll out the letters and as his 200th birthday approaches.

Questions? Let us know!

Anchor Brewery Welcomes Bamforth

I love the Anchor Brewing Co.’s beer.

I love it.

I love Anchor Steam, I love their Christmas beer on the less “piney” years, I love Old Foghorn, and I really love the rye and gin they’ve been distilling lately.

When I went to Oakland, CA for a wedding in my fiance’s family, the hotel desk handed me a “care package” basket from the bride and groom. It had some snacks and a couple big bottles of Anchor Steam. They knew.

So when the publication of Grape vs. Grain approached, and I started to think about a launch-event location near Davis, CA, they were on my list from the start. I called the brewery one afternoon and introduced myself. When I mentioned that Charles Bamforth had a new book coming out, the woman who answered the phone said “Oh, Charlie! We know Charlie. Sure, let me get you in touch with John Danerbeck.”

Thus it began, and Anchor has been very hospitable ever since. I understand that last night’s event was a very good one.

So thanks to Anchor, to John Danerbeck (pictured right) and to Charles for his work championing beer.

Also, thanks to Jay, who graciously provided the picture. Read his post about the event here.

Were you there? I wish I was. How was it? Comments are open!

Nick Smith reflects on his media appearances

Ever wondered what it’s like to be interviewed on the radio or television?

It’s been a busy couple of weeks for Nick Smith, author of I Was Wrong: the Meanings of Apologies. Here are some of his thoughts on dropping everything for media appearances, his own radio idol, and being accused of having a speech impediment.

Jonathan Gaugler, my hard-working publicist at Cambridge, asked my to write up some thoughts about the flurry of activity since the release of I Was Wrong: The Meanings of Apologies. This is my first book, so this is all new to me.


Diane Rehm devoted an entire show to the book on Tuesday. This may not sell as many copies as an appearance on Oprah, but for me it was even more thrilling. Diane Rehm belongs in the pantheon of great figures in contemporary media, and I don’t know of any better interviewer (although Terry Gross surely warrants similar praise). As so many programs become increasingly argumentative and paced for short attention spans, she slows down conversations and treats her guests with such grace and thoughtfulness. She listens enthusiastically, which I find to be one of the most important skills for any teacher. Over the years I have looked to her show as a model for conversations in my classrooms, so this was like meeting the master. Continue reading