Past Events

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Friday 27 October 2017, 7pm: Theory & Philosophy Reading Group 30: Mikhail Bakunin

Old Capitol Books and the Direct Action Monterey Network are coming together for the thirtieth discussion in the Theory and Philosophy Reading Group. This is a mini-series within the broader project which explores anarchist theories of the state. For this reading group, we will be discussing Bakunin’s “Rousseau’s Theory of the State”.


Sunday 22 October 2017, 4pm: Book signing with J.T. Westfield

Local author J.T. Westfield will be in store, signing copies of his books Eye Contact: The Book of Helga and CutThroat.


Sunday 8 October 2017, 4-6pm: Free Poetry Writing Workshop with Heather Flescher

Our free poetry writing workshop for all levels and abilities. Different local poets facilitate various writing exercises and guide through the exploration of different poetic techniques. Bring a poem to share or come ready to write your own! Free and open to everyone.


Sunday 8 October 2017, 2-4pm: Monterey Bay Poetry Consortium Ed Jarvis  and Ayaz Pirani 

Come down and see the featured poets from the Monterey Bay Poetry Consortium. This month, there will be readings by Ed Jarvis  and Ayaz Pirani.


Saturday 30 September 2017, 2pm: Book signing with local author, Gordon Zuckerman

We are happy to be hosting critically acclaimed author, Gordon Zuckerman, for the signing and presentation of his new novel, The Sentinels: Voices Behind the Curtain.


Saturday 16 September 2017, 3pm: Award winning author, King Grossman, to appear at Old Capitol Books

King Grossman’s recent novel, Letters to Alice, was a finalist for the Indie Excellence Book Awards and and was the winner of the 2017 Independent Press Awards. We are excited to welcome Grossman to Old Capitol Books to sign copies of his new book and talk to peninsula book lovers.


Tuesday 12 September 2017, 6pm-8pm: Networking Aloud! A Monthly Open Mic

Our free monthly event open to the public every second Tuesday: NETWORKING ALOUD: A WRITERS OPEN MIKE. Come early & sign up for a five to seven minute reading from any genre: prose, screenplay, poetry & essay that follows 15 minutes from a featured published reader. We applaud one another, no critique allowed. Bring your work in progress, we want to hear your VOICE.


Sunday 10 September 2017, 4-6pm: Free Poetry Writing Workshop with Heather Flescher

Our free poetry writing workshop for all levels and abilities. Different local poets facilitate various writing exercises and guide through the exploration of different poetic techniques. Bring a poem to share or come ready to write your own! Free and open to everyone.


Sunday 10 September 2016, 2pm: Monterey Bay Poetry Consortium presents Garland Thompson & Heidi McGurrin

Come down and see the featured poets from the Monterey Bay Poetry Consortium. This month, there will be readings by Garland Thompson and Heidi McGurrin.


Friday 25 August 2017, 7pm: Theory & Philosophy Reading Group 29: Peter Gelderloos

Join other thinkers, intellectuals, activists, and readers from the peninsula (and beyond) for our twenty ninth Theory & Philosophy Reading Group which will be exploring Peter Gelderloos’s new book Worshipping Power: An Anarchist View of Early State Formation (AK Press, 2017). This will be the first of three reading groups which will focus on anarchist theories of the state.


Sunday 20 August 2017, 7pm: Anarchist Black Cross

Our monthly letter writing night where we write letters to US political prisoners. We send them books, too!


Saturday 19 August 2017, 4pm: Book signing with writer and philosopher, Robert Kuhry

Author and philosopher, Robert Kuhry, will be at Old Capitol Books discussing his latest work, High Tech is Not the Future.


Saturday 12 August 2017, 2pm: Professor and Award-Winning Author, Zachary Jack, returns to Old Capitol Books

Zachary Michael Jack is an English professor, poet, dramatist, and award-winning author of over twenty books. Normally based in the mid-west, where he teaches at North Central College, Jack will be visiting the peninsula and appearing at Old Capitol Books to talk about his newest book Wish You Were Here: Love and Longing in an American Heartland.


Tuesday 8 August 2017, 6pm-8pm: Networking Aloud! A Monthly Open Mic

Our free monthly event open to the public every second Tuesday: NETWORKING ALOUD: A WRITERS OPEN MIKE. Come early & sign up for a five to seven minute reading from any genre: prose, screenplay, poetry & essay that follows 15 minutes from a featured published reader. We applaud one another, no critique allowed. Bring your work in progress, we want to hear your VOICE.


Friday 28 July 2017, 7pm: Theory & Philosophy Reading Group 28: Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak

The Theory & Philosophy Reading Group will explore an essay which was written in response to the Deleuze and Foucault conversation that we read earlier this year: Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak’s “Can the Subaltern Speak?” (1988).


Sunday 20 July 2017, 6-7pm: Anarchist Black Cross

Our monthly letter writing night where we write letters to US political prisoners. We send them books, too!


Sunday 16 July 2017, 7pm: Monterey Anarchist Black Cross

Our monthly letter writing night where we write letters to US political prisoners. We send them books, too!


Saturday 15 July 2017, 2pm: Book Launch: An afternoon of music and literature with Bill Minor

Local author, poet, and musician Bill Minor will be in store for the launch of his new book, Going Solo: A Memoir 1953-1958, about this hitchhiking across the U.S., lounging in pre-statehood Hawaii, and his first typewriter. On top of all that, there’s going to be live music!


Tuesday 11 July 2017, 6pm-8pm: Networking Aloud! A Monthly Open Mic

Our free monthly event open to the public every second Tuesday: NETWORKING ALOUD: A WRITERS OPEN MIKE. Come early & sign up for a five to seven minute reading from any genre: prose, screenplay, poetry & essay that follows 15 minutes from a featured published reader. We applaud one another, no critique allowed. Bring your work in progress, we want to hear your VOICE.


Sunday 9 July 2017, 4-6pm: Free Poetry Writing Workshop with Heather Flescher

Our free poetry writing workshop for all levels and abilities. Different local poets facilitate various writing exercises and guide through the exploration of different poetic techniques. Bring a poem to share or come ready to write your own! Free and open to everyone.


Sunday 9 July 2017, 3-4pm: Monterey Bay Poetry Consortium presents Andrena Zawinski & Jennifer Lagier

Come down for this month’s selected poets from the Monterey Bay Poetry Consortium.


Friday 30 June 2017, 7pm: Theory & Philosophy Reading Group 27: Hannah Arendt

Our last Hannah Arendt reading group was such a success that we’re returning to the subject. This time we’ll be reading from selections of The Human Condition and The Life of the Mind.


Tuesday 27 June 2017, 4pm: Book signing with Jason P. Crawford

Salinas-based fantasy writer Jason P. Crawford will be at Old Capitol Books to discuss his work, particularly his new fantasy novel, Dragon Princess.


Sunday 25 June 2017, 3pm: Book Signing: Dr. Martin Needler, author of A Rich & Valued Life

Did you miss the last Amnesty International Coffee Time event? Well, not to worry! They’re back again at the end of this month when Dr. Jan Black’s husband, Dr. Martin Needler, will be at Old Capitol Books, signing copies of his latest book A Rich & Valued Life.


Tuesday 20 June 2017, 4pm, Crazy Horse Family to Visit Old Capitol Books

Crazy Horse family members Floyd Clown, Doug War Eagle, Don Red Thunder, and author William Matson will be available to meet and sign their book Crazy Horse: The Lakota Warrior’s Life and Legacy.


Sunday 18 June 2017, 7pm: Monterey Anarchist Black Cross

Our monthly letter writing night where we write letters to US political prisoners. We send them books, too!


CANCELLED: Saturday 17 June 2017, 2pm: Local Author Sam Salerno coming to Old Capitol Books

Old Capitol Books is pleased to have local author, Sam Salerno, in store to sign copies of his new book, Sam the Morning Man. Sam Salerno, 90, owned KRML for nine years (1968-1977), during which “Play Misty For Me” was filmed- in KRML studios, in part.. Before that he was “Sam The Morning Man” in Las Vegas, a Larry King-style interview show on which he interviewed some of the biggest stars in show business.


Tuesday 13 June 2017, 6pm-8pm: Networking Aloud! A Monthly Open Mic

Our free monthly event open to the public every second Tuesday: NETWORKING ALOUD: A WRITERS OPEN MIKE. Come early & sign up for a five to seven minute reading from any genre: prose, screenplay, poetry & essay that follows 15 minutes from a featured published reader. We applaud one another, no critique allowed. Bring your work in progress, we want to hear your VOICE.


Sunday 11 June 2017, 4-6pm: Free Poetry Writing Workshop with Heather Flescher

Our free poetry writing workshop for all levels and abilities. Different local poets facilitate various writing exercises and guide through the exploration of different poetic techniques. Bring a poem to share or come ready to write your own! Free and open to everyone.


Sunday 11 June 2017, 2pm: Monterey Bay Poetry Consortium presents Cynthia Bryant and Maggie Paul

Come see the monthly curated poetry readings organized by the Monterey Bay Poetry Consortium.


CANCELED: Monday 22 May 2017, 6pm-7pm: Authors and Editors: Butting Heads or Holding Hands?

Join us as we explore the various levels of editing that contribute to a professional-caliber book. We’ll scan the spectrum, ranging from work that can help clarify the author’s thinking early in the creation stage (developmental editing), through important stylistic and mechanical work that helps establish consistency (copyediting), and then the final polishing pass to ensure quality (proofreading). We’ll also look at the dynamic between authors and editors (hint: drama is 110% optional!). More info coming soon.


Sunday May 14 2017, 4-6pm: Free Poetry Writing Workshop

Our free poetry writing workshop for all levels and abilities. Different local poets facilitate various writing exercises and guide through the exploration of different poetic techniques. Bring a poem to share or come ready to write your own! Free and open to everyone.


Sunday 14 May 2017, 2pm: Monterey Bay Poetry Consortium presents Adam Gonzalez & Daniel Yaryan

Come see the monthly curated poetry readings organized by the Monterey Bay Poetry Consortium.


Saturday 13 May 2017, 2pm: Mary Smathers, author of Fertile Soil: Stories of the California Dream

Old Capitol Books is excited to have writer and photographer Mary Smathers come to the store to talk about her new book Fertile Soil: Stories of the California Dream.


Friday 12 May 2017, 4pm: Brenna Hassett, archaeologist and author of ‘Built on Bones’, to visit Old Capitol Books

Built on Bones: 15,000 Years of Urban Life and Death is Brenna Hassett’s new book which explores the impact of urban living on our bodies and health throughout human history. Brenna Hassett, a bioarchaeologist for London’s Natural History Museum, wants to analyze the way that human’s transition from hunter-gatherer to settled farmers and how this changed our relationship to land and developed social inequalities.


DATE CHANGE: Wednesday 10 May 2017, 6:30-8pm: “Coffee Time” with Dr. Jan Knippers Black, MIIS Professor (Amnesty International Event)

Dr. Jan Knippers Black, a professor at MIIS is returning to Old Capitol Books this May! She will discuss in an intimate setting her involvement as a board member of Amnesty International. Her latest book, The Politics of Human Rights Protection will be raffled off for book signing after the event. She also will do book signing for other books that participants bring to the coffee talk. The first 15 people will have guaranteed seating. Standing room is also available. MIIS Amnesty International will provide free Starbucks coffee.


Tuesday 8 May 2017, 6-8pm: Networking Aloud! A Monthly Open Mic

Our free monthly event open to the public every second Tuesday: NETWORKING ALOUD: A WRITERS OPEN MIKE. Come early & sign up for a five to seven minute reading from any genre: prose, screenplay, poetry & essay that follows 15 minutes from a featured published reader. We applaud one another, no critique allowed. Bring your work in progress, we want to hear your VOICE.


Friday 28 April 2017, 7pm: Reproductive Justice (Thinking Critically about Society Seminar Series)

More information coming soon


Friday 21 April 2017, 7pm: Social Perceptions of Disability (Thinking Critically about Society Seminar Series)

Discuss the various perspectives about disability, with an emphasis on listening to the experiences of people with disabilities.


Sunday 16 April 2017, 6-7pm: Anarchist Black Cross

Our monthly letter writing night where we write letters to US political prisoners. We send them books, too!


Friday 14 April 2017, 7pm: Polyamory, or Ethical Nonmonogamy (Thinking Critically about Society Seminar Series)

Polyamory (from Greek πολύ [poly], meaning ‘many’ or ‘several’, and Latin amor, ‘love’) is the practice, desire, or acceptance of having more than one intimate relationship at a time with the knowledge and consent of everyone involved.” This discussion will explore the new FREE LOVE movement, and chat about jealousy, sexuality, and love under capitalism.


Sunday 9 April 2017, 4-6pm: Free Poetry Writing Workshop

Our free poetry writing workshop for all levels and abilities. Different local poets facilitate various writing exercises and guide through the exploration of different poetic techniques. Bring a poem to share or come ready to write your own! Free and open to everyone.


Friday 7 April 2017, 7pm: What is Anarchism? (Thinking Critically about Society Seminar Series)

Have you heard about Anarchism? Anarchists rioting in the street? Creating food co-ops? Come learn some of the basic principles of anarchism and join in a discussion about the relevance of anarchism today.


Saturday 1 April 2017, 2-4pm: Book signing with CSU Monterey Bay professor, Ned Huston

A professor in the School of Humanities and Communications, Ned Huston, will be at Old Capitol Books signing copies of his new work of creative fiction, Quantum Time Theories – the first book in a SciFi trilogy called The Nevertime Chronology.


Wednesday 29 March 2017, 6:30-8pm:“Coffee Time with Dr. Jan Knippers Black” (MIIS Amnesty International Event)

Dr. Jan Knippers Black, a professor at MIIS will discuss in an intimate setting her involvement as a board member of Amnesty International. Her latest book, The Politics of Human Rights Protection will be raffled off for book signing after the event (2x). She also will do book signing for other books that participants bring to the coffee talk. The first 15 people will have guaranteed seating. Standing room is also available. MIIS Amnesty International will provide free Starbucks coffee.


Saturday 25 March 2017, 4-5pm: Book Signing: Todd Morr, author of Central California noir stories

Central California author, Todd Morr, will be in store to sign copies of his new book, which features two stories of Central California Noir, Double Tap.


Saturday 25 March 2017, 2-3pm: Book Signing: George Saitas, author of Ferrari: 275 GTB #08011

George Saitas, winner of the 2016 [PLATFORM] ARTIST OF THE YEAR contest, photography category, will be at Old Capitol Books signing copies of his new photography book Ferrari: 275 GTB #08011. The collection of photograph included as part of Ferrari: 275 GTB #08011 is an aesthetic exploration of the relationship between man and machine.


Tuesday 14 March 2017, 6-8pm: Networking Aloud: A Monthly Open Mic for Writers

Our free monthly event open to the public every second Tuesday: NETWORKING ALOUD: A WRITERS OPEN MIKE. Come early & sign up for a five to seven minute reading from any genre: prose, screenplay, poetry & essay that follows 15 minutes from a featured published reader. We applaud one another, no critique allowed. Bring your work in progress, we want to hear your VOICE.


Saturday 4 March 2017, 11am: Children’s author Ilana Bofford Entin reads from Our Earth Our Friend

A story about the small things that we can do to improve our world and the environment, Entin’s newest book Our Earth Our Friend is a modern environmental tale for children. Come meet Entin and hear her read from her new book. This event will be fun and kid friendly!


Friday 24 February 2017, 7pm: Theory & Philosophy Reading Group 25: Hannah Arendt

Old Capitol Books and The Direct Action Monterey Network are coming together for our 25th Theory & Philosophy Reading Group. This month, we’re interested in exploring some of the most important writings on the rise of fascism: The Origins of Totalitarianism and Eichmann in Jersusalem.


Sunday 19 February 2017, 6-7pm: Monterey Anarchist Black Cross

Come write letters and send books to political prisoners in US jails, prisons, and detention centers!


Sunday 12 February 2017, 4-6pm: Free Poetry Workshop with Heather Flescher

Old Capitol Books joins up with the Direct Action Monterey Network each month to offer a free poetry workshop. Bring a poem to read or come by and write your own with a group!


Sunday 12 February 2017, 2-4pm: Monterey Bay Poetry Consortium presents Cathleen Calbert and William Minor

Second Sunday of each month, come to Old Capitol Books to see the featured poets of the Monterey Bay Poetry Consortium.


Friday 27 January 2017, 7pm: Foucault & Deleuze on Intellectuals and Power (Theory & Philosophy Reading Group 24)

Our last philosophy discussion group was such a hit that we’re going to continue the conversation with another fantastic dialogue: Foucault and Deleuze’s conversation on intellectuals and power. So come down for an information discussion on this important and fascinating philosophical exchange!


Sunday 22 January 2017, 2pm: Realignment Therapist, Diane Whitacre, discusses Prevention Medicine and new book

Realignment therapist and author, Diane Whitacre, will be visiting Old Capitol Books to discuss her research and her work on structural anatomy, the coming together of proper alignment and good health.


Sunday 8 January 2017, 4pm: Free Poetry Workshop with Heather Flescher

Old Capitol Books joins up with the Direct Action Monterey Network each month to offer a free poetry workshop!


Sunday 8 January 2017, 2-4pm: The Monterey Bay Poetry Consortium Presents: Illia Thompson and Salvatore Salerno

Illia Thompson is returning to Old Capitol Books to read her poetry for the first time in two years, and this time she’ll be joined by award-winning poet, Salvatore Salerno.


Tuesday 13 December 2016, 6-8pm: Networking Aloud! A Monthly Open Mic presents Daian Hennington

Our free monthly event open to the public every second Tuesday: NETWORKING ALOUD: A WRITERS OPEN MIKE. Come early & sign up for a five to seven minute reading from any genre: prose, screenplay, poetry & essay that follows 15 minutes from a featured published reader. We applaud one another, no critique allowed. Bring your work in progress, we want to hear your VOICE.


Sunday 11 December 2016, 4pm: Free Poetry Workshop with Heather Flescher

Old Capitol Books joins up with the Direct Action Monterey Network each month to offer a free poetry workshop!


Sunday 11 December 2016, 2-4pm: Monterey Bay Poetry Consortium presents Jennifer Lagier and Dane Cervine

The Monterey Bay Poetry Consortium is presenting their curated readings each month at Old Capitol Books. This December, huddle around the warmth of beautiful verse with readings from Jennifer Lagier and Dane Cervine.


Friday 9 December 2016, 7pm: Chomsky and Foucault debate Human Nature (Theory & Philosophy Reading Group XXIII)

In this month’s reading group, we’ll be exploring one of the most famous philosophical debates of the twentieth-century: the debate between Michel Foucault and Noam Chomsky.


Tuesday 22 November 2016, 2-3pm: Book signing: Nico Hadjicostis, author of Destination Earth

World-traveler, writer, and photographer Nico Hadjicostis will be in store discussing his new book, Destination Earth – A New Philosophy of Travel by a World-Traveler.


Free poetry workshop – with local poet, Heather Flescher

Old Capitol Books joins up with the Direct Action Monterey Network each month to offer a free poetry workshop!


Sunday 13 November 2016, 2-5pm: Monterey Bay Poetry Consortium Presents Robert Nielsen & Marina Romani

Come down to hear the curated poetry performances of the Monterey Bay Poetry Consortium.


Friday 11 November 2016, 7pm: Theory & Philosophy Reading Group XXII: Frantz Fanon documentary – Concerning Violence

Instead of our normal reading group, this month the Theory and Philosophy Reading Group will be showing a Sundance Official Selection film Concerning Violence (2014).

Last year, as part of the series on African philosophy, the Theory and Philosophy Reading Group read the first chapter of Frantz Fanon’s The Wretched of the Earth, and inspired by this reading we are revisiting it through the medium of film.


Friday 28 October 2016, 7pm: Theory & Philosophy Reading Group XXI: Frances Fox Piven & Richard Cloward

Old Capitol Books and the Direct Action Monterey Network are teaming up against for the twenty-first installment of the Theory and Philosophy Reading Group. This month, we’ll be reading sections from Poor People’s Movements by Frances Fox Piven and Richard Cloward. Come join local thinkers, activists, philosophers, and readers for a discussion about the intersections between theory, philosophy, and social movements.


Saturday 22 October 2016, 4pm: Professor and Award-Winning Author, Zachary Jack, to appear at Old Capitol Books

Zachary Michael Jack is an English professor, poet, dramatist, and award-winning author of over twenty books. Normally based in the mid-west, where he teaches at North Central College, Jack will be visiting the peninsula and appearing at Old Capitol Books to talk about his newest book March of the Suffragettes: Rosie Gardiner Jones and the March for Voting Rights.


Saturday 22 October 2016, 1:30pm: New book on Carmel Historic Homes – Authors Alissandra Dramov and Lynn A. Momboisse to visit Old Capitol Books

A new book by Arcadia Publishing features the history of the homes, architecture, and people of Carmel-by-the-Sea. Authors Alissandra Dramov and Lynn A. Momboisse bring the past alive with interactive Google maps and a beautiful book full of historic photographs and stories. Come join the authors at Old Capitol Books and learn about our local history!


Sunday 16 October 2016, 3pm-5pm: Dietrich Kalteis, JoAnn Smith Ainsworth, and Patrick Whitehurst – three authors at Old Capitol Books

We’re going to have a special afternoon with three authors coming to discuss their work together and with the Monterey Bay community.


Tuesday 11 October 2016, 6-8pm: Networking Aloud! A Monthly Open Mic presents Adela Najarro

Our free monthly event open to the public every second Tuesday: NETWORKING ALOUD: A WRITERS OPEN MIKE. Come early & sign up for a five to seven minute reading from any genre: prose, screenplay, poetry & essay that follows 15 minutes from a featured published reader. We applaud one another, no critique allowed. Bring your work in progress, we want to hear your VOICE.


Sunday 9 October 2016, 4-6pm: Free Poetry Writing Workshop

The Direct Action Monterey Network is working together with Old Capitol Books to offer a monthly poetry writing workshop as part of their DIY Skills Share Series. They will be the second Sunday of each month from 4-6pm.


Sunday 9 October, 2016, 2-4pm: Monterey Bay Poetry Consortium

Come down for the monthly curated readings of some of the best poets from the central coast and beyond!


Friday 30 September 2016, 7pm: Theory & Philosophy Reading Group IXX: Teresa Amott and Julie Matthaei

In September, the Direct Action Monterey Network is putting on the 19th theory and philosophy reading group, continuing their study of Marxist-Feminist thought through the exploration of a work by Teresa Amott and Julie Matthaei.


Tuesday 13 September 2016, 6-8pm: Networking Aloud! A Monthly Open Mic presents Father Harry Freirmuth

Our free monthly event open to the public every second Tuesday: NETWORKING ALOUD: A WRITERS OPEN MIKE. Come early & sign up for a five to seven minute reading from any genre: prose, screenplay, poetry & essay that follows 15 minutes from a featured published reader. We applaud one another, no critique allowed. Bring your work in progress, we want to hear your VOICE.


Sunday 11 September 2016, 4-6pm: Free Poetry Writing Workshop

The Direct Action Monterey Network is working together with Old Capitol Books to offer a monthly poetry writing workshop as part of their DIY Skills Share Series. They will be the second Sunday of each month from 4-6pm.


Sunday 11 September 2016, 2-4pm: Monterey Bay Poetry Consortium

Come down for the monthly curated readings of someone of the central coasts best poets.


Thursday 8 September 2016, 4:30-6pm: Booksigning – Craig Carlson, author of Pancakes in Paris: Living the American Dream in France

A new memoir by Craig Carlson tells he story about how he introduced American-style pancakes to Paris! Carlson will be in-store discussing his experience living the American dream in France and signing copies of his new book, Pancakes in Paris: Living the American Dream in France.


Saturday 3 September 2016, 2pm: Book Signing – Tony Lee Moral

Local author and television producer Tony Lee Moral will be in store signing copies of his new book, Ghost Maven, a teen novel set right here on the Peninsula.


Saturday 27th August 2016, 2-4pm: Discussion on Common Core and Education with authors B.H. James and Elizabeth James

Educators and authors B.H. James and Elizabeth James will be at Old Capitol Books to discuss their research into the common core and sign copies of their new book Method to the Madness: A Common Core Guide to Creating Critical Thinkers through the Study of Literature.


Friday 26 August 2016, 7pm: Transnational Feminism (Thinking Critically about Society)

In this seminar, we will study ‘Transnational Feminism.’ Transnational feminist theory and activism centers gender issues that cross national boundaries such as war and empire, migration, and globalized labor. Drawing on post-colonial theory, transnational feminism also directly engages the politics of knowledge production. This includes challenging the first world ‘experts’ and intellectuals who so often speak for and about women in the global south by amplifying the voices and engaging the analyses of third world women themselves.


Sunday 21 August 2016, 6-7pm: Monterey Anarchist Black Cross

Come join the Direct Action Monterey Network in their support of political prisoners in U.S. jails and prisons.


Saturday 20 August 2016, 2-4pm: Book Signing: Russell Sunshine & Nancy Swing

Old Capitol Books in welcoming local author’s Nancy Swing and Russell Sunshine to come read from their recent works. Their books reflect their travels and adventures, though they are now both settled on the central coast. In early April 2016, the two promoted their books at the Central Coast Writer’s booth at Pacific Grove’s Good Old Days Festival.


Friday 19 August 2016, 7pm: Marxist-Feminism (Thinking Critically about Society)

What is the function of domestic labor under capitalism? Why were women pushed out of the factories after the war? How can we understand the “unhappy marriage of Marxism and feminism”? This seminar will look at the works of Angela Davis, Silvia Federici and other key Marxist and feminist thinkers to explore the nature of the feminist movement in relation to anti-capitalist movements.


Sunday 14 August 2016, 4-6pm: Free Poetry Writing Workshop

The Direct Action Monterey Network is working together with Old Capitol Books to offer a monthly poetry writing workshop as part of their DIY Skills Share Series. They will be the second Sunday of each month from 4-6pm.


Saturday 13 August 2016, 7pm: Music against Racism! (A Fundraiser for Sacramento Antifa)

In support of the brave people who are facing high medical bills as a result of being attacked by neo-nazis, the Direct Action Monterey Network is organizing a fundraiser featuring your favorite local musicians and poets!


Friday 12 August 2016, 7pm: Transgender Anarchism (Thinking Critically about Society)

Transgender Anarchism is a talk aimed at audiences unfamiliar with trans issues, seeking to illustrate the ways in which societal power structures impact trans people, with attention to the intersectionality of various forms of privilege and oppression and the vastly different life experiences they create. We will explore the normative model of established gender transition and the access to legal and medical resources it requires, and consider alternative options for transgender existence.


Tuesday 9 August 2016, 8pm: Networking Aloud! A Monthly Open Mic, featuring Eboni Ardell

Our free monthly event open to the public every second Tuesday: NETWORKING ALOUD: A WRITERS OPEN MIKE. Come early & sign up for a five to seven minute reading from any genre: prose, screenplay, poetry & essay that follows 15 minutes from a featured published reader. We applaud one another, no critique allowed. Bring your work in progress, we want to hear your VOICE.


Friday 5 August 2016, 7pm: Queer Theory (Thinking Critically about Society)

Queer theory is a diverse field of studies that involves a lot of disparate ideas. It’s a rapidly expanding body of literature that seeks to answer a series of questions about what is normal, how normal comes to exist, and who is excluded or oppressed by those notions of norms. In bed. Facilitated by Ali Elfaki.


Saturday 16 July 2016, 2-4pm: Book Signing: Gary Dudney, author of The Tao of Running

Columnist for Ultrarunning magazine, Gary Dudney will be in Old Capitol Books to sign copies of his new book The Tao of Running.


Tuesday 12 July 2016, 8pm: Networking Aloud! A Monthly Open Mic, featuring Kristina Baer

Our free monthly event open to the public every second Tuesday: NETWORKING ALOUD: A WRITERS OPEN MIKE. Come early & sign up for a five to seven minute reading from any genre: prose, screenplay, poetry & essay that follows 15 minutes from a featured published reader. We applaud one another, no critique allowed. Bring your work in progress, we want to hear your VOICE.


Sunday 10 July 2016, 4-6pm: Free Poetry Writing Workshop

The Direct Action Monterey Network is working together with Old Capitol Books to offer a monthly poetry writing workshop as part of their DIY Skills Share Series. They will be the second Sunday of each month from 4-6pm.


Sunday 10 July 2016, 2-4pm: Monterey Bay Poetry Consortium presents Ryan Masters & Rachelle Escamilla

Come see the featured poets in a reading curated by the Monterey Bay Poetry Consortium.


Sunday 26 June 2016, 2-4pm: Central Coast Psychedelic Salon

We had a great time at last month’s psychedelic salon, and hope you’ll join us for June’s discussion group. Readings and topic TBA.


Thursday 23 June 2016, 7pm: Theory & Philosophy Reading Group XVIII: Anarchist Critiques of Democracy (Part 2)

The Direct Action Monterey Network “isn’t interested in having long conversations condemning one shitty politician or another during this year’s charade of democracy”, and instead they’re going to join together with other anarchists and radicals to deconstruct the concept of “democracy” itself.

They will be collaborating with CrimethInc., a decentralized anarchist collective, and other anarchist reading groups and cells around the world to have an interactive discussion on the nature of democracy.


Sunday 19 June 2016, 6pm-7pm: Anarchist Black Cross

Come join the Direct Action Monterey Network in their support of political prisoners in U.S. jails and prisons.


Tuesday 14 June 2016, 6pm-8pm: Networking Aloud! Open Mic presents Patrick Fontes

Our free monthly event open to the public every second Tuesday: NETWORKING ALOUD: A WRITERS OPEN MIKE. Come early & sign up for a five to seven minute reading from any genre: prose, screenplay, poetry & essay that follows 15 minutes from a featured published reader. We applaud one another, no critique allowed. Bring your work in progress, we want to hear your VOICE.


Sunday 12 June 2015, 2-4pm: The Monterey Bay Poetry Consortium Presents: Victor Henry & John Laue

Come down to see this month’s featured poets from the Monterey Bay Poetry Consortium.


Sunday 12 June 2015, 4-6pm: Poetry Writing Workshop (DAMN DIY Series)

The Direct Action Monterey Network is working together with Old Capitol Books to offer a monthly poetry writing workshop as part of their DIY Skills Share Series. This month’s workshop will have exercises to help you write new material, and there will also be given time where participants can get feedback and suggestions on their ongoing projects and work.


Thursday 26 May 2016, 7pm: Theory & Philosophy Reading Group: Anarchist Critiques of Democracy

The Direct Action Monterey Network “isn’t interested in having long conversations condemning one shitty politician or another during this year’s charade of democracy”, and instead they’re going to join together with other anarchists and radicals to deconstruct the concept of “democracy” itself.

They will be collaborating with CrimethInc., a decentralized anarchist collective, and other anarchist reading groups and cells around the world to have an interactive discussion on the nature of democracy.

This will be part of our Theory and Philosophy Reading Group for the summer 2016 months.


Tuesday 24 May 2016, 6pm-8pm: “Psychedelics and Mystical Consciousness”

The first MeetUp gathering of The Central Coast Psychedelic Salon. They’ll launch the group with a conversation on the relationship between mystical consciousness and psychedelics. MAPS (Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Reseach) has assembled great online resources we can use as a basis for our discussion.


Sunday 22 May 2016, 6pm-7pm: Anarchist Black Cross

Come join the Direct Action Monterey Network in their support of political prisoners in U.S. jails and prisons.


Tuesday 10 May 2016, 6pm-8pm: Networking Aloud! A Monthly Open Mic, featuring Peter Hoss

May 10th Peter Hoss will read from Born in Yosemite: 75 Years of Personal Observation. Peter takes the reader on a 75–year journey through the historical events and personal adventures that have shaped his Yosemite experience.


Sunday 8 May 2016, 4pm-6pm: Poetry Writing Workshop (DAMN DIY Series)

The Direct Action Monterey Network is working together with Old Capitol Books to offer a monthly poetry writing workshop as part of their DIY Skills Share Series. This month’s workshop will have exercises to help you write new material, and there will also be given time where participants can get feedback and suggestions on their ongoing projects and work.


Sunday 8 May 2016, 2-4pm: Monterey Bay Poetry Consortium presents Garland Thompson and Marc Zegans

Come down to see this month’s featured poets from the Monterey Bay Poetry Consortium.


Sunday 8 May 2016, 1-2pm: Book Signing: Rabia Erduman

Massage therapist, healer, and author, Rabia Erduman, will be at Old Capitol Books to share insights from her book, Veils of Separation.


Saturday 7 May 2016, 1pm-2pm: Jason Warburg returns to Old Capitol Books

Jason Warburg returns to Old Capitol Books with his second novel, My Heart Sings the Harmony: Twenty Years of Writing about Music.


Wednesday 20 April 2016, 7pm: Theory & Philosophy Reading Group XVI: Achille Mbembe

Last year Old Capitol Books and the Direct Action Monterey Network hosted the Theory and Philosophy Reading Groups, focusing on philosophers and theorists who had been in prison. In 2016 the Theory & Philosophy Reading Group will highlight radical African philosophy!

For the third Theory and Philosophy Reading Group of 2016, we’ll be returning to Achille Mbembe’s important work, “Necropolitics.”


Sunday 17 April 2016, 6pm-7pm: Anarchist Black Cross

Come join the Direct Action Monterey Network in their support of political prisoners in U.S. jails and prisons.


Wednesday 13 April 2016, 6pm: Book Signing – Award-Winning Author, Danika Dinsmore

Old Capitol Books is excited to have Danika Dinsmore, award-winning writer and  spokenword artist in store to sign copies of her latest books.


Tuesday 12 April 2016, 6pm-8pm: Networking Aloud! Monthly Open Mic

Come on down to Old Capitol Books for our monthly open mic. Each month with a different featured speaker.


Sunday 10 April 2016, 4pm-6pm: National Poetry Month! Free Poetry Writing Workshop

It’s that time of year again – National Poetry Month! This month we’re celebrating by offering a free workshop on poetry writing in collaboration with the Direct Action Monterey Network and local poets Jeff Erwin and others TBA.


Sunday 10 April 2016, 2pm-4pm: Monterey Bay Poetry Consortium presents George Lober and Sally Ashton

Come see this month’s featured poets of the Monterey Bay Poetry Consortium.


Friday 25 March 2016, 7pm: Social Perceptions of Disability (Thinking Critically about Society Seminar Series

For this session of the seminar series, we will turn our attention to the intersections of disability, prejudice, and “disabilism”. Facilitated by Ali Elfaki.


Sunday 20 March 2016, 6pm-7pm: Monterey Anarchist Black Cross

Come join the Direct Action Monterey Network in their support of political prisoners in U.S. jails and prisons.


Saturday 19 March 2016, 6:30pm-8:30pm: The Case for Boycotting Israel: A Conversation with Dr. Jess. Ghannam

Dr. Ghannam will present an update on the current conditions in Occupied Palestine. After his presentation, there will be a discussion on how local activists can support the Palestinian struggle for equality, freedom and justice.


Friday 18 March 2016, 7pm: Post-Colonial Theory (Thinking Critically about Society Seminar Series)

This seminar will focus on colonial and post-colonial studies, with readings from Edward Said and Ania Looma. Facilitated by Dr. Sriya Shrestha of CSU Monterey Bay.


Sunday 13 March 2016, 2pm-4pm: Monterey Bay Poetry Consortium Presents Taelen Thomas & Stan Rushworth

Come see this month’s featured poets of the Monterey Bay Poetry Consortium.


Saturday 12 March 2016, 7pm: Slam Poet Brian Sheffield (Fundraiser for the Monterey 8)

Slam poet Brian Sheffield is back in Monterey and will be sharing his gritty verse to raise money for the Monterey 8.


Friday 11 March 2016, 7pm: Situationalism (Thinking Critically about Society Seminar Series)

Come read key texts from the political theorists, anarchists, and avant-garde artists that made up the Situationist International movement from 1957 to 1972. Particular attention will be paid to Guy Dubord’s situationalist text and contextualizing essays. Facilitated by Ben Wilson.


Tuesday 8 March 2016, 6pm-8pm: Networking Aloud! a Monthly Open Mic

On March 8th, Leslie Patiño will read from The Brewer’s Justice, her novel released in February. At what point does doing the right thing become more important than brewing the best beer?


Friday 4 March 2016, 7pm: Black Feminism (Thinking Critically about Society Seminar Series)

A gathering of thinkers, scholars, and writers to discuss the topic of Black Feminism through the works of Audre Lorde, Patricia Hill Collins, and many more. Facilitated by Dr. Sriya Shrestha of CSU Monterey Bay.


Friday 26 February 2016, 7pm: Remembering the Movements of the 60s and 70s – a conversation with Akin Miller

Local activist, Akin Miller, comes to Old Capitol Books for a discussion on the organizing around black struggles in Berkeley in the 70s. On top of working with the Black Panthers in the Bay Area, Miller also traveled to Africa as a Berkeley student and will tell some of the tales from his journey.


Friday 19 February 2016, 7pm: Theory & Philosophy Reading Group XIV: Stephen Biko

This month’s Theory and Philosophy Reading Group will highlight the work of Stephen Biko (1946-1977). Biko was an anti-racist activist in Apartheid South Africa and the founder of the influential Black Consciousness Movement (BCM) which would become an important component in mobilizing many of the urban black population. For this session, we will be discussing his posthumously published essay “Black Consciousness and the Quest for a True Humanity” (1978).


Sunday 14 February 2016, 2pm-4pm: Monterey Bay Poetry Consortium presents Maria Garcia Teutsch & Doren Robbins

Come see this month’s featured poets of the Monterey Bay Poetry Consortium.


Friday 12 February 2016, 7pm: Screening of Black Power Mixtape (Honoring Black History)

This beautiful documentary shot by a group of Swedish filmmakers chronicles the personal lives, struggles, and characters of the Black Power movement of the 60s and 70s.


Tuesday 9 February 2016, 6pm-8pm: Networking Aloud! a Monthly Open Mic

Regular reader playwright Carol Marquart is asking for your help in reading selections from her new staged reading. You pick the part from MARK TWAIN AND THE WILD WILD WEST, 1863-1868.


Sunday 31 January 2016, 7pm: A Night of Music  – Fundraiser for the Monterey 8!

Come down to Old Capital Books on Jan 31st for a fun and funky evening of poetry, song, and music from local poets, writers and musicians.

This event is to raise money for the Monterey 8 who were arrested on March 28th, 2015 at a Black and Brown Lives Matter Protest in Monterey. They have taken a plea deal and are facing heavy fines (about $900 per person).


Saturday 30 January 2016, 1pm: Book Signing: Tony Albano

Come down to Old Capitol Books to hear fun stories from the life and imagination of Tony Albano, a storyteller and entertainer at El Fornaio restaurant in Carmel. He will be reading from his new book, Life is a Bumpy Road: …smoothed out by people and dogs you meet along the way (2015).


Friday 29 January 2016, 7pm: Theory & Philosophy Reading Group: Franz Fanon

Our first reading group will be Friday 29 January 2016, 7pm. And we will be reading Franz Fanon’s chapter “On Violence” from his classic work Wretched of the Earth.


Sunday 17 January 6pm-7pm: Anarchist Black Cross

Come join the Direct Action Monterey Network in their support of political prisoners in U.S. jails and prisons.


Tuesday 12 January 2016, 6pm-8pm: Networking Aloud! A Monthly Open Mic

January 12th will feature Martha Graham-Waldon a Santa Cruz writer and activist who is the author of the memoir, Nothing Like Normal: Surviving a Sibling’s Schizophrenia.


Sunday 20 December 2015, 3-5pm: Book Signing – Claudia Meléndez Salinas, author of A Fighting Chance

In A Fighting Chance, journalist Claudia Meléndez Salinas has crafted a vivid novel for young adults about the challenges of contemporary urban life, falling in love and dealing with the consequences of one’s actions.


Saturday 19 December 2015, 4pm: Book Signing, Robin Gregory

Old Capitol Books is please to have Robin Gregory in-store to discuss her recent book The Improbably Wonders of Moojie Littleman, which was given the Readers’ Favorite Award.


Sunday 13 December 2015, 6-7pm: Monterey Anarchist Black Cross

Come down for our monthly letter writing session in co-ordination with the Old Capitol Books Books to Prisoners December Initiative.


Sunday 13 December 2015, 2-4pm: Monterey Bay Poetry Consortium presents Laura Bayless & Barbara Bloom

Come down to see the featured poets from this month’s readings of the Monterey Bay Poetry Consortium.


Tuesday 8 December 2015, 6pm-8pm: Networking Aloud! A Monthly Open Mic

Tuesday, December 8th will feature realtor Richard Warren reading from his recent independently published HELLO MOON, FOR THE CHILD IN ALL OF US, beautifully illustrated by Jill Fressinier.


Monday 7 December 2015, 7pm: Dispatches from Rojava – Paul Simons on the Fight in Kurdistan against ISIS and the Turkish State

Old Capitol Books is proud to announce that we will be hosting Paul Simons who has recently returned from Rojava, where local grassroots and militias are fighting against ISIS. He has documented his journey in his Dispatches which are published in Modern Slavery.


Sunday 6 December 2015, 3-5pm: Book Signing: Deamer Dunn, author of “Strength and Grace”

Come meet and chat with local author and artist Dreamer Dunn, whose recent work Strength and Grace tells the story of a young woman who becomes a renowned matador.


Saturday 28th November 2015, 2-4pm: Book Signing: Tim Jollymore, author of Observation Hill

Old Capitol Books welcomes Tim Jollymore, author of Observation Hill and Listener in the Snow.


Sunday 15 November 2015, 6-7pm: Anarchist Black Cross

Join the Direct Action Monterey Network in their monthly letter writing session in support of political prisoners!


Tuesday 10 November 2015, 6pm-8pm: Networking Aloud! A Monthly Open Mic

On November 10th we will hear from Debra Smith, who’s pseudonym for her books is dj jameson smith. Debra is a writer, blogger, photographer and artist.


Sunday 8 November 2015, 2pm: The Monterey Bay Poetry Consortium Presents: Magdalena Montagne & Kent Leatham

Come see this month’s featured poets of the Monterey Bay Poetry Consortium.


Saturday 7 November 2015, 12:30pm: Rev. Grace Nicodemus, author of “Eating with Grace”

This coming Saturday, Rev. W. Grace Nicodemus will be in Old Capitol Books discussing her recent work, Eating with Grace.


Saturday 7 November 2015, 11am: Book Signing: Emma Sondergaard, author of Goodbye My Dear Grandma

Capitol Books is hosting author Emma Sondergaard, whose book Goodbye My Dear Grandma helps children deal with grieving.


Sunday 25 October 2015, 3-5pm: Step into Nature: Nurturing Imagination & Spirit in Everyday Life – an afternoon with Patrice Vecchione

Patrice Vecchione’s new book Step into Nature: Nurturing Imagination and Spirit in Everyday Life was written in part while walking the trails at our local hidden treasure Jacks Peak Regional Park. Join Patrice, and two additional local authors Paola Berthoin and Nikki Nedeff for a lively discussion about the wonders of Monterey’s natural world and the capacity nature to inspire us. They will also share the different routes they took to bring their books to light.


Wednesday 21 October 2015, 6pm: The Promise of Anarchism: An International Panel Discussion

A very exciting event is coming your way to your local friendly book store.

This panel brings together organizers from Latin America, Eastern Europe, the Balkans, and North America to discuss the significance of anarchist ideas and tactics in the 21st century.

The participants will compare experiences from the wave of protests and uprisings that has swept the world since 2010—exploring the role of demand-based politics in both catalyzing and limiting movements, examining a variety of forms of repression, and critically evaluating experiments with direct democracy. They will conclude by assessing the prospects of contemporary struggles for self-determination in an era of globalized capitalism and state control.


Sunday 18 October 2015, 6-7pm: Anarchist Black Cross

Join the Direct Action Monterey Network in their monthly letter writing session in support of political prisoners!


Tuesday 13 October 2015, 6pm-8pm: Networking Aloud! A Monthly Open Mic: Featuring Debra Busman

Our free monthly event open to the public every second Tuesday: NETWORKING ALOUD: A WRITERS OPEN MIKE. Come early & sign up for a five to seven minute reading from any genre: prose, screenplay, poetry & essay that follows 15 minutes from a featured published reader. We applaud one another, no critique allowed. Bring your work in progress, we want to hear your VOICE.


Sunday 11 October 2015, 2pm: Monterey Bay Poetry Consortium Presents Jennifer Lagier & David Allen Sullivan

Second Sunday of each month, come see the featured poets of the Monterey Bay Poetry Consortium.


Friday 9 October 2015, 6pm: A Night of Queer Film and Performance with Irwin Swirnoff

Old Capitol Books is very excited to be hosting Irwin Swirnoff, professor in cinematic arts at CSU Monterey Bay, as part of the Monterey Peace and Justice Center’s series on Gender and Sexuality!


Saturday 3 October 2015, 1-3pm: Jeff Dwyer – author of “GHOST HUNTER’S GUIDE TO MONTEREY”

When you combine three centuries of exploration and settlement; Spanish, Mexican, and Yankee influence; a handful of natural catastrophes and manmade disasters; and vast swaths of eerie and desolate shoreline, you have an environment ripe for a haunting. From Moss Beach south along Highway 1 to Santa Cruz and down the coast through Monterey, San Luis Obispo, and Lompoc, expert ghost hunter Jeff Dwyer guides locals and tourists alike through the most haunted and historic sites in the area.


Wednesday 23 September 2015, 7-8pm: Theory and Philosophy Reading Group XIII: Antonio Negri

Our Theory & Philosophy reading groups with the Direct Action Monterey Network have been a great success for over a year, and we’re coming up on our thirteenth iteration with the works of Marxist theorist, Antonio Negri. We’re super excited to continue our readings highlighting theorists, thinkers, and philosophers who have been imprisoned. These reading groups have been chosen in solidarity with statewide actions against solitary confinement.


Sunday 20 September 2015, 6-7pm: Anarchist Black Cross

Join the Direct Action Monterey Network in their monthly letter writing session in support of political prisoners!


Sunday 13 September 2015, 2-5pm: Monterey Bay Poetry Consortium Presents Bill Minor & Maggie Paul

Second Sunday of each month, come see the featured poets of the Monterey Bay Poetry Consortium.


Tuesday 8 September 2015, 6-8pm: Networking Aloud – A Monthly Open Mic featuring Christine Sleeter

On September 8th we will feature Dr. Christine Sleeter Professor Emerita at California State University Monterey Bay, who is internationally known for her work in multicultural education. Her nineteen non-fiction books include Power, Teaching and Teacher Education. She will be reading from White Bread her first work of fiction.


Friday 21 August 2015, 7pm: Psychedelics & Society (Thinking Critically about Society)

From religious experiences to government control of substances, this seminar will be an introduction to the ways that psychedelics have been used and how society limits use or proposes new use for psychedelics in the 21st century.


Sunday 16 August 2015, 3pm: Book Signing – Elida Y. Garcia-DeHaan

Old Capitol Books will have author Elida Y. Garcia-DeHaan in store to sign copies of her work Pieces of a Shattered Heart.


Sunday 16 August 2015, 6-7pm: Anarchist Black Cross

Join the Direct Action Monterey Network in their monthly letter writing session in support of political prisoners!


Friday 14 August 2015, 7pm: Reading Marx (Thinking Critically about Society)

This session, led by Michael Frederiksen of the Peace and Justice Center, will discuss some of the key readings of Marxism in a friendly and accessible way.


Tuesday 11 August 2015, 6-8pm: Networking Aloud – A Monthly Open Mic: Featuring Tom North

On August 11th Tom North the award-winning author of True North – The Shocking Truth about “Yours, Mine and Ours” will share about his experience as the 11th of the 20 Beardsley children, made famous in the 1968 film “Yours, Mine and Ours.”


Sunday 9 August 2015, 2-4pm: Monterey Bay Poetry Consortium

Monterey Bay Poetry Consortium presents Marie Boucher & Cheryldee Huddleston


Friday 7 August 2015, 7pm: Queer Theory (Thinking Critically about Society)

Queer theory is a diverse field of studies that involves a lot of disparate ideas. It’s a rapidly expanding body of literature that seeks to answer a series of questions about what is normal, how normal comes to exist, and who is excluded or oppressed by those notions of norms. In bed.


Tuesday 28 July 2015, 7pm: Book Signing: Lee A. Farrow, author of Alexis in America: A Russian Grand Duke’s Tour, 1871-1872

Old Capitol Books is excited to have Professor Lee A. Farrow visiting from Auburn University at Montgomery, in Montgomery, Alabama talking about her recent publication of Alexis in America: A Russian Grand Duke’s Tour, 1871-1872.


Saturday 25 July 2015, 2-4pm: Veils of Separation – an afternoon with Rabia Erduman

Sit with Rabia Erduman and participate in her fabulously vibrant expressions and explanations related to personal growth and spirituality.  Rabia has translated her inner journeys of transformation into a magical fable of her (“Babla’s”) adventures in the Forest of Life.


Thursday 23 July, 6pm: Theory & Philosophy Reading Group XII: George Jackson

Our last reading group was a huge success and we’re super excited to continue our readings highlighting theorists, thinkers, and philosophers who have been imprisoned. These reading groups have been chosen in solidarity with statewide actions against solitary confinement.

For our twelfth reading group, we’ll be reading excerpts from George Jackson’s “Soledad Brother” – a compilation of letters written to his friends, comrades, and supporters.


Sunday 19 July 2015, 8-9pm: Monterey Anarchist Black Cross

A monthly prisoner support group which writes letters to political prisoners in California jails and prisons. Open to everyone.


Saturday 18 July 2015, 7pm: LIVE MUSIC: ESTOY SUERTE, JCHICA & BATHWATER

Saturday July 18th @ Old Capitol Books there will be an experimental music showcase in their back alley. The show will begin with a solo set by ESTOY SUERTE followed by a group set with groupmates JCHICA & BATHWATER. They will be focusing on synthesized, programmed, and sample based approaches to collective spontaneous composition.

Show starts at 7pm and is free and open to all ages.


14 July 2015: Networking Aloud! A monthly open mic: Featuring Maggie Bennett

Networking Aloud features Maggie Bennett, a long-time midwife in Monterey County. Our free monthly event open to the public every second Tuesday.  NETWORKING ALOUD: A WRITERS OPEN MIKE. Come early & sign up for a five to seven minute reading from any genre: prose, screenplay, poetry & essay that follows 15-20 minutes from a featured published reader. We applaud one another, no critique allowed. Bring your work in progress, OR published, we want to hear your VOICE.


Sunday 12 July 2015, 2pm-4pm: MONTEREY BAY POETRY CONSORTIUM PRESENTS: Diana Garcia & Gabriella Gutierrez y Muhs

Second Sunday of each month, come see the featured poets of the Monterey Bay Poetry Consortium.


Monday 6 July 2015, 2-4pm: Presentation on the Life of Jean Varda

We are excited to announce the upcoming publication of an important book about the legendary iconoclast in the 20th century art world – a visionary artist who live large in Europe, then in California’s central coast, before slipping through the cracks of historical memory.


 9 June 2015: Networking Aloud: a Monthly Open Mic

Net Working Aloud will feature Diana Y. Paul, author of Things Unsaid. Our free monthly event open to the public every second Tuesday.  NETWORKING ALOUD: A WRITERS OPEN MIKE. Come early & sign up for a five to seven minute reading from any genre: prose, screenplay, poetry & essay that follows 15-20 minutes from a featured published reader. We applaud one another, no critique allowed. Bring your work in progress, OR published, we want to hear your VOICE.


21st May 2015 – 7pm: Theory & Philosophy Reading Group X: Antonio Gramsci

Join with radicals, thinkers, activists, poets, and intellectuals on the Monterey Peninsula to read and discuss some of the world’s greatest philosophers.

For our 9th reading group,  this month’s Theory & Philosophy reading group is highlighting struggles against solitary confinement by featuring the prison writings of Antonio Gramsci.


17th May 2015, 8-9pm: Monterey Anarchist Black Cross

A monthly prisoner support group which writes letters to political prisoners in California jails and prisons. Open to everyone.


Tuesday  12 May 2015, 6pm-8pm: Networking Aloud! A monthly open mic

Our free monthly event open to the public every second Tuesday.  NETWORKING ALOUD: A WRITERS OPEN MIKE. Come early & sign up for a five to seven minute reading from any genre: prose, screenplay, poetry & essay that follows 15-20 minutes from a featured published reader. We applaud one another, no critique allowed. Bring your work in progress, OR published, we want to hear your VOICE.


10th May  2015 – 2pm: Monterey Bay Poetry Consortium Presents: George Lober & Ken Weisner

Each month, the local Monterey Bay Poetry Consortium highlights the work of two local or regional poets.


9th May 2015 – 2pm-4pm: Book Signing, Robert Ernst author of The Inside War

Old Capitol Books is hosting local author Robert Ernst as he comes in to discuss his new novel The Inside War, a historical work which is set in Civil War North Carolina.


9th May & 10th May – 12pm-2pm: Mike Ventimiglia – Italians of the Monterey Peninsula

Since the early 1900s, Monterey was known for its fishing, mostly for salmon and the abalone that was plentiful in Monterey Bay. The migration of the Sicilian Italian community is credited for reaping what was called the “Silver Harvest.” The Silver Harvest is the name that was given to the fishing of sardines in Monterey, which mostly was done by the Sicilian Italians who established the working fabric in the sardine industry for nearly five decades. Most of that generation is gone, and only a few are memorialized in books. It is this author’s attempt to capture the working class that made Monterey the “Sardine Capital of the World.”


2nd & 3rd May – 2pm-4pm: Book signing: Sally-Christine Rodgers, author of Convergence: A Journey Through French Polynesia

Sally-Christine Rodgers, the author of Convergence: A Journey Through French Polynesia, will be in store signing copies of her travel book.


23rd April 2015 – 7pm: Theory & Philosophy Reading Group IX: Nadezhda Tolokonnikova & Slavoj Zizek

Join with radicals, thinkers, activists, poets, and intellectuals on the Monterey Peninsula to read and discuss some of the world’s greatest philosophers.

For our 9th reading group,  this month’s Theory & Philosophy reading group is highlighting struggles against solitary confinement by featuring writings by Nadezhda Tolokonnikova who spent time in solitary while in a Russian prison for her protests as part of Pussy Riot.


19th April 2015, 8-9pm: Monterey Anarchist Black Cross

A monthly prisoner support group which writes letters to political prisoners in California jails and prisons. Open to everyone.


Tuesday  14 April 2015, 6pm-8pm: Networking Aloud! A monthly open mic

Our free monthly event open to the public every second Tuesday.  NETWORKING ALOUD: A WRITERS OPEN MIKE. Come early & sign up for a five to seven minute reading from any genre: prose, screenplay, poetry & essay that follows 15-20 minutes from a featured published reader. We applaud one another, no critique allowed. Bring your work in progress, OR published, we want to hear your VOICE.


12th April 2015 – 2pm: Monterey Bay Poetry Consortium Presents: Katrina Mariah Jensen and Mary Anne Anderson

Each month, the local Monterey Bay Poetry Consortium highlights the work of two local or regional poets.


11th April 2015 – 6pm: NaPoMo Open Mic!

A free open mic event, where people can share their poems. Open to everyone!


11th April 2015 – 4pm: DIY Poetry Writing Workshop (Old Capitol Books celebrates NaPoMo)

Write your own poem for National Poetry Month! This workshop will be hosted by two great local poets: Jeffrey Erwin & Kenny Garcia. (This event is in collaboration with the Direct Action Monterey Network DIY Series)


28th March 2015 – 3pm: John Thompson in discussion: The Secret History of Carmel

Join in local historians and the literary community of the Monterey Peninsula as we delve into some of our history’s most interesting personalities, events, and stories.


25th March 2015 – 6pm: Theory & Philosophy Reading Group VIII: Aimé Césaire

Join with radicals, thinkers, activists, poets, and intellectuals on the Monterey Peninsula to read and discuss some of the world’s greatest philosophers. For our 8th reading group, we’ll be discussing Discourse on Colonialism.


Sunday March 15th, 8-9pm: Monterey Anarchist Black Cross

A monthly prisoner support group which writes letters to political prisoners in California jails and prisons. Open to everyone.


Sunday March 15, 12pm-2pm: Pat Duval, author of From Colored Town to Pebble Beach: The Story of the Singing Sheriff

Book signing with local author, Pat Duval, who will share his life story told in his autobiography.


Tuesday 10 March 2015, 6pm-8pm: Networking Aloud! A monthly open mic

Our free monthly event open to the public every second Tuesday.  NETWORKING ALOUD: A WRITERS OPEN MIKE. Come early & sign up for a five to seven minute reading from any genre: prose, screenplay, poetry & essay that follows 15-20 minutes from a featured published reader. We applaud one another, no critique allowed. Bring your work in progress, OR published, we want to hear your VOICE.


 8th March 2015 – 2pm-4pm: The Monterey Bay Poetry Consortium Presents: Kris Kissman & Bert Gluck

Second Sunday of each month, come to Old Capitol Books to see the featured poets of the Monterey Bay Poetry Consortium.


27th February, 2015 – 6pm-7pm: Understanding Post-Colonial Theory (Thinking Critically about Society Seminar Series)

While the study of post-colonial theory is generally confined to the ivory towers of institutions of higher education, understanding post-colonialism can help us to understand the human consequences of the control and settlement of nations and peoples – on the ways of thought of both the colonized and the colonizers.


February 22nd, 2015 – 3pm-5pm: Book Signing – Artists’ Honeymoon: Rowena Meeks Abdy & Harry Bennett Abdy – At Work & Play in Monterey and Beyond, 1910-1920 by Julianne Burton-Carvajal

Julianne Burton-Carvajal has discovered some amazing old photographs of Monterey’s art colonies in the 1910s and 1920s, and has printed selections of them in her new work Artists’ Honeymoon: Rowena Meeks Abdy & Harry Bennett Abdy – At Work & Play in Monterey and Beyond, 1910-1920. Head over to Old Capitol Books on February 22nd, to see these amazing photographs and hear about their discovery.


20th February, 2015 – 6pm-7pm: Animal Rights/Animal Liberation (Thinking Critically about Society Seminar Series) CANCELLED

Humans’ interactions with the animal world is arguably that of exploitation and abuse. How does capitalism effect human – animal relationships? How do the concepts of utilitarianism and vegetarianism intersect? Is Descartes still relevant today?


15 February, 2015 – 8pm-9pm: Anarchist Black Cross

A monthly prisoner support group which writes letters to political prisoners in California jails and prisons. Open to everyone.


6th February, 2015 – 6pm-7pm: What is Anarchism? (Thinking Critically about Society Seminar Series)

It’s that time again! Time for our Winter series for Thinking Critically about Society, and we’re kicking it off with a discussion on Anarchism!


6th February, 2015 – 7:30pm: The Brothers Strong & Co! Live Music at the Bookstore!

Here at Old Capitol Books, it’s not only great literature that we love, but great music as well! So we’re happy to announce a performance by The Brothers Strong & Co. Come down for your fix of BOOKS and BLUEGRASS!


February 1st, 2015 – 2pm-4pm: Book Signing – Artists’ Honeymoon: Rowena Meeks Abdy & Harry Bennett Abdy – At Work & Play in Monterey and Beyond, 1910-1920 by Julianne Burton-Carvajal

Julianne Burton-Carvajal has discovered some amazing old photographs of Monterey’s art colonies in the 1910s and 1920s, and has printed selections of them in her new work Artists’ Honeymoon: Rowena Meeks Abdy & Harry Bennett Abdy – At Work & Play in Monterey and Beyond, 1910-1920. Head over to Old Capitol Books on February 1st, to see these amazing photographs and hear about their discovery.


31st January 2015 – 3pm-5pm: African Americans of Monterey County – Discussion and Book Signing

We’re super excited to have Jan Batiste Adkins, author of African Americans of San Francisco, come to Old Capitol Books to discuss her latest work: African Americans of Monterey County.


31 January 2015, 12pm-2pm: Book Signing with Kristen Comello

Come down to Old Capitol Books to meet local children’s book author Kristen Comello and hear her read from her book, The Castle Church.


14th January 2015 – 6pm: Theory & Philosophy Reading Group VII: Diogenes of Sinope

Join with radicals, thinkers, activists, poets, and intellectuals on the Monterey Peninsula to read and discuss some of the world’s greatest philosophers. For our seventh reading group, we’ll be reading some of the reports of Diogenes of Sinope (c. 404—323 BCE).

13th January 2015: Networking Aloud! A monthly open mic

Our free monthly event open to the public every second Tuesday.  NETWORKING ALOUD: A WRITERS OPEN MIKE. Come early & sign up for a five to seven minute reading from any genre: prose, screenplay, poetry & essay that follows 15-20 minutes from a featured published reader. We applaud one another, no critique allowed. Bring your work in progress, OR published, we want to hear your VOICE.

Sunday January 11th, 2015 – 2pm-4pm: The Monterey Bay Poetry Consortium presents Stephen Kessler and Deborah Wenzler

Second Sunday of each month, come to Old Capitol Books to see the featured poets of the Monterey Bay Poetry Consortium.

 14th December 2014 – 2pm-4pm: Monterey Bay Poetry Consortium presents Danusha Lamaris & Patrice Vecchione

Second Sunday of each month, come to Old Capitol Books to see the featured poets of the Monterey Bay Poetry Consortium.

9th December 2014 – 6pm-8pm: Networking Aloud! A Monthly Writers’ Open Mic

Our free monthly event open to the public every second Tuesday.  NETWORKING ALOUD: A WRITERS OPEN MIKE. Come early & sign up for a five to seven minute reading from any genre: prose, screenplay, poetry & essay that follows 15-20 minutes from a featured published reader. We applaud one another, no critique allowed. Bring your work in progress, OR published, we want to hear your VOICE.

6th December 2014 – 4pm-6pm: Elaine Herrmann’s Civil War Diary Discovery

A local nurse discovered a rare civil war diary in her basement. Come hear how she tracked down its author, Josiah Parker Higgins, and published an annotated edition of his journal. Click here for more information.

22nd November 2014, 2-4pm: Book Signing – Reginald Rogers

Reginald Rogers, author of Bad Brakes, will be in store to sign copies of his books. For more information click here.

22nd November 2014, 11am-1pm: Children’s Book Author Reads from His New Book, The World’s Crummiest Umbrella

We’re excited to have Alex Schumacher, comic book illustrator and children’s book author, visit Old Capitol Books for a reading of his new kids’ book The World’s Crummiest Umbrella. This is a kid-friendly event, so bring the family down for some mid-day giggles and fun in our new children’s book section as we listen to the author read from his newest work. Click here for more information.

19th November 2014 7pm: Theory & Philosophy Reading Group VI: Edward Said’s Orientialism

November 19th 2014, 7pm: Join with radicals, thinkers, activists, poets, and intellectuals on the Monterey Peninsula to read and discuss some of the greatest philosophers of our time. For our sixth reading group, we’ll be reading the introduction to Orientalism by Edward Said. Click here for more information.

11th November 2014 6pm-8pm: Networking Aloud! an Open Mic

Things are sizzlin’ here at Old Capitol Books! We have the Monterey Bay Poetry Consortium here the second Sundays 2-4pm; Back Alley Poetry on the first Tuesdays at 8pm… and NOW! a new Open Mic event second Tuesdays 5-7pm! “Networking Aloud: A Monthly Writers’ Open Mic.” Click here for more information.

8th November 2014 2pm-4pm: Hypnotherapist, Rabia Erduman signs copies of her book Veils of Separation

Registered Polarity Practitioner, and a Visionary Craniosacral Worker, Rabia Erduman, will be in Old Capitol Books to sign copies of her new book The Veils of Separation. Click here for more information.

4th November 2014, 8pm: BACK ALLEY POETRY

A gritty open mic for poets and writers in our dark and cool back alley. First Tuesday of each month. Click here for more information.

26 October 2014: Slam Poet Turiya Autry to Visit Old Capitol Books

We’re excited to have slam poet, university lecturer and all around bad-ass, Turiya Autry, visiting Old Capitol Books to read her poetry. Click here for more information.

25 October 2014 4-6pm: Book Signing Dr. Hugh Wilson

Dr. Wilson will be in store to sign copies of his new historical novel which explores Scotland on the even of WWII. Click here for more information.

19th October 2014 8pm-9pm: Anarchist Black Cross (Prisoner Support Letter Writing Group)

The Monterey chapter of the Anarchist Black Cross meets the third Sunday of every month here.  They write letters to political prisoners in U.S. jails with an focus on people in California prisons. Click here for more information.

16th October 2014 7pm-8pm: Theory and Philosophy Reading Group V: Albert Camus

Join with radicals, thinkers, activists, poets, and intellectuals on the Monterey Peninsula to read and discuss some of the greatest philosophers of our time. Click here for more information.

14th October 2014 6pm-8pm: Networking Aloud! an Open Mic

Things are sizzlin’ here at Old Capitol Books! We have the Monterey Bay Poetry Consortium here the second Sundays 2-4pm; Back Alley Poetry on the first Tuesdays at 8pm… and NOW! a new Open Mic event second Tuesdays 5-7pm! “Networking Aloud: A Monthly Writers’ Open Mic.” Click here for more information.

12th October 2014 2pm: Poetry Reading – Jennifer Lagier Fellguth

Old Capitol Books is happy to be hosting Jennifer Lagier, local poet and literary organizer, for a reading and book signing of her recent work, Camille Vérité. Click here for more information.

7th October 2014 8pm: Back Alley Poetry

First Tuesday of each month, Old Capitol Books will be hosting BACK ALLEY POETRY.  Our back alley is pretty dreary, but with your poetry and enthusiasm it becomes a warm and inviting place to read your work and hear the poetry of some of Monterey’s newest and also most experienced literary talent. Click here for more information.

21st September 2014 8pm-9pm: Anarchist Black Cross (Prisoner Support Letter Writing Group)

The Monterey chapter of the Anarchist Black Cross meets the third Sunday of every month here.  They write letters to political prisoners in U.S. jails with an focus on people in California prisons. Click here for more information.

17th September 2014 7pm: Theory and Philosophy Reading Group IV

Join with radicals, thinkers, activists, poets, and intellectuals on the Monterey Peninsula to read and discuss some of the greatest philosophers of our time. Click here for more information.

14 September 2014 2pm-4pm: Monterey Bay Poetry Consortium

Each month, the Monterey Bay Poetry Consortium invites readings by featured poets. Click here for more information.

13 September 2014 2pm-4pm: Book Signing: Ken White

Ken White, author of Getaway Day, will be in store for a book signing. Click here for more information.

9th September 2014 5pm-7pm: Networking Aloud! A Monthly Writers’ Open Mic

Things are sizzlin’ here at Old Capitol Books! We have the Monterey Bay Poetry Consortium here the second Sundays 2-4pm; Back Alley Poetry on the first Tuesdays at 8pm… and NOW! a new Open Mic event second Tuesdays 5-7pm! Click here for more information.

2nd September 2014 8pm: BACK ALLEY POETRY

First Tuesday of each month, Old Capitol Books will be hosting BACK ALLEY POETRY. Click here for more information.

28th August 2014 5:30pm-7pm: Psychedelics Discussion Group

The last Thinking Critically about Society seminar, “Psychedelics and Society” was such a hit, that we’re going to host a regular discussion group here at Old Capitol Books! Click here for more information.

20th August 2014 7pm: Theory and Philosophy Reading Group III

Join with radicals, thinkers, activists, poets, and intellectuals on the Monterey Peninsula to read and discuss some of the greatest philosophers of our time. For the third Theory and Philosophy Reading Group, we’ll be reading Achille Mbembe’s important work, “Necropolitics.” Click here for more information.

19th August 2014 8pm-9pm: Anarchist Black Cross (Prisoner Support Letter Writing Group)

The Monterey chapter of the Anarchist Black Cross meets the third Tuesday of every month here.  They write letters to political prisoners in U.S. jails with an focus on people in California prisons. Click here for more information.

12th August 2014, 5pm-7pm: Networking Aloud! a writers’ open mic

Things are sizzlin’ here at Old Capitol Books! We have the Monterey Bay Poetry Consortium here the second Sundays 2-4pm; Back Alley Poetry on the first Tuesdays at 8pm… and NOW! a new Open Mic event second Tuesdays 5-7pm! Click here for more information.

12th August 2014 5pm-7pm: Crystal Clary

Head on over to Old Capitol Books later this month to meet Crystal Clary, the author of Signs of a Serial Killer, a crime novel based on a true story. Click here for more information.

10th August 2014 2pm-4pm: Monterey Bay Poetry Consortium

Each month, the Monterey Bay Poetry Consortium invites readings by featured poets. Click here for more information.

23rd July, 2014 6:30pm: Homelessnes/Houselessness (Thinking Critically about Society)

For the third part in the Thinking Critically about Society Summer 2014 Series, we’ll be having a discussion about homelessness. Click here for more information.

16th July 2014, 6:30pm: Reading Marx (Thinking Critically about Society)

Part two of the four part seminar series, Thinking Critically about Society. This session, led by Michael Frederiksen of the Peace and Justice Center, will discuss some of the key readings of Marxism in a friendly and accessible way. Click here for more information. Click here for the facebook event page.

15th July 2014, 2pm-4pm Book Signing: Sidney Powell, author of “Licensed to Lie”

Come over to Old Capitol Books to meet Sidney Powell, powerhouse attorney and author of Licensed to Lie: Exposing Corruption in the Department of Justice. Click here for more information.

13th July 2014, 2pm-4pm: Monterey Bay Poetry Consortium

Second Sunday of each month, come hear the poetry of two featured poets of the Monterey Bay Poetry Consortium.  On Sunday July 13th, Bill Minor ad Robert Sward will be in store reading from their own works. Click here for more information.

9th July, 2014 6:30pm: What is Gender? (Thinking Critically about Society)

The first session in the summer seminar series, Thinking Critically about Society.  A night of feminist, queer, and gender theory presented in an open and inclusive way. Readings from Simone de Beauvior, Judith Butler, et al. Click here for more information. Click here for the facebook event page.

8th July, 2014 5pm-7pm: New Writers’ “Open Mike”!

Things are sizzlin’ here at Old Capitol Books! We have the Monterey Bay Poetry Consortium here the second Sundays 2-4pm; Back Alley Poetry on the first Tuesdays at 8pm… and NOW! a new Open Mic event second Tuesdays 5-7pm! Click here for more information.

1 July, 2014 8pm: Back Alley Poery

First Tuesday of each month, Old Capitol Books will be hosting BACK ALLEY POETRY. Click here for more information.

29 June, 2014 3pm: Book Signing: Bunny Stevens

Come by the bookshop at 3pm to meet Bunny Stevens and buy copies of her new book, Unholy Union, a memoir of clergy sexual abuse in the Salvation Army. Click here for more information. Click here for the facebook page.

 

 

18 June, 2014 7pm: Theory and Philosophy Reading Group II

Join with radicals, thinkers, activists, poets, and intellectuals on the Monterey Peninsula to read and discuss some of the greatest philosophers of our time.  We are particularly interested in 20th and 21st century philosophy, and our second readings will come from Michel Foucault’s History of Sexuality.  Check out the facebook page here.

9 June, 2014 5pm: An Evening of Visions and Dreams with Moira Crone and Rodger Kamenetz.

Two award winning writers who use dreams in their poetry and prose, will talk about fundamentals of our dreams and their relationship to creativity and well being. Click here for more information. Click here for the facebook event page.

8 June, 2014 2-4pm: Monterey Bay Poetry Consortium

Each month, the Monterey Bay Poetry Consortium invites readings by featured poets. Click here for more information.

4 June, 2014 7pm: Imagining Utopias II: SciFi Reading Group

The SciFi reading group at Old Capitol Books will discussing Marge Piercy’s Woman on the Edge of Time.  Click here for more information. Click here for the Facebook event page.

3 June, 2014 8pm: Back Alley Poery

First Tuesday of each month, Old Capitol Books will be hosting BACK ALLEY POETRY. Click here for more information.

30 May, 2014 5pm: Book Signing – Jack Erickson

Jack Erickson will be in Old Capitol Books to sign copies of his new novel, Thirteen Days in Milan, a book about a cell of terrorists with connections to the Red Brigades who take an American woman hostage during a political assassination at Milan’s Stazione Centrale. More information here.

24 May, 2014 1pm-3pm: Book Signing – L.C. Wright

Local author, L.C. Wright returns to Old Capitol Books to sign copies of his novel, Castle Grey. Click here for more information. Click here for the facebook event page.

18 May, 2014 3pm: Book Signing – H. Alan Day

Arizona author, H. Alan Day, will be in Old Capitol Books on Sunday 18 May to talk about his new book The Horse Lover: A Cowboy’s Quest to Save the Wild Mustangs. For more information click here. For the facebook event page click here.

14 May, 2014 6:30pm: Theory and Philosophy Reading Group

Join with radicals, thinkers, activists, poets, and intellectuals on the Monterey Peninsula to read and discuss some of the greatest philosophers of our time.  We are particularly interested in 20th and 21st century philosophy, and our first readings will come from the work of Italian theorist Silvia Federici.  Click here for more information. Check out the facebook page here.

4 May, 2014 8pm: SciFi Reading Group

Love SciFi with a radical bent? So do we! Come join us as we sit down and discuss a work of literature during our monthly SciFi reading group. For our first meeting we’ll be reading Ursula K. Le Guin’s The Dispossessed. Read more here. Check out the facebook page here.

25 April, 2014 5pm: Book signing with local author Susan Spano

Come meet local author Susan Spano as she signs copies of her new book, French Ghosts, Russian Nights & American Outlaws: Souvenirs of a Professional Vagabond just published this month by Roaring Forties Press. Read more here. Check out the facebook event page here.

18 April, 2014 7pm: Nepotism II a night of poetry

Old Capitol Books invites you to NEPOTISMII! A Night of Poetry. On April 18th, we’ll close up the shop, turn down the lights and bring together some of Monterey’s “best” local poets. Their work is amazing. They are my friends. I am not biased at all. Really.  Read more here.

16 April, 2014 6:30pm: Revolutionizing Education (Thinking Critically about Society)

Discuss classic texts on alternative models of education and assess their relevance for creating liberatory forms of education in the 21st century. Part of the Thinking Critically about Society Seminar Series. Read more here. Check out the facebook page here.

9 April, 2014 6:30pm: Social Perceptions of Disability (Thinking Critically about Society)

Come join the second seminar in the series Thinking Critically about Society, “Social Perceptions of Disability.” Read more here. Check out the facebook event page here.

2 April, 2014 6:30pm: What is Anarchism? (Thinking Critically about Society Spring 2014)

Part of the seminar series with readings including Howard Zinn, Emma Goldman, &c. Free and open to everyone. Read more here. Check out the facebook event page here.

6 April, 2014: Gregory Orfalea BOOK SIGNING

Come join us as we welcome Gregory Orfalea – winner of the Arab American Book Award and was a finalist for the Pen USA Prize –  to Old Capitol Books when he comes around with his new book, Journey to the Sun: Junipero Serra’s Dream and the Founding of California. Read more here. Or check out the facebook event page here.

22 February 2-4pm: come join Daniel Costnear as he talks about his new book Occupy & Other Love Stories (Kelly’s Cove Press). Read more here. Check out the facebook event page here.

CELEBRATE BOB FELLER’S NEW LIFE! JANUARY 11. 2:30PM TO 4:30PM. A BOOK SIGNING AT OLD CAPITOL BOOKS. In his book, Sounds of Safety, Robert writes about Life and Love with inspirational and uplifting stories and poems. Overcoming a brain tumor and gastric bypass surgery, he is happier now than ever before! Born and raised in Southern California, Robert Feller discovered he loved writing and languages. He got his B.A. in English; Humanities: German and his MA in Counseling and Spanish, before becoming a school counselor on the Monterey Peninsula.

5 October 2013 – 1pm-3pm: Laura Newman – Parallel to Paradise: Addiction & Other Love Stories

laura-in-graffiti-shaft-1Old Capitol Books is pleased to welcome Laura Newman to our little shop. Laura is a several-time winner of the Reno, Nevada News & Review Short Fiction contest, as well as inspiring a cover issue, Burn In Hell. She is an American Marketing Association and an Addy Award winner. She is also the 2012 recipient of the American Advertising Federation’s Community Contribution of the Year award.

You can check out her website here.

31 August 2013 – 1pm-3pm: Joshua Converse – Apophis Over Coffee, Accidental Existential, Time in the Dark

c1092f_b0bb883585b79e3a8bd390b708e775e0.jpg_srz_268_201_75_22_0.50_1.20_0.00_jpg_srzOn 31 August 2013, we will be hosting a reading and book signing for poet and short story writer Joshua Converse. His poetry and short stories are experiments in the genres of magical realism, supernatural noir, and memoir. He is primarily concerned with the darker side of human nature and experience.

Check out his website here.

27 July 2013 – 1pm-3pm: Thomas R. Patton – Con Men Can’t Cry

On Saturday 27 July come into the shop from 1pm-3pm to meet Thomas R. Patton and learn about his book Con Men Can’t Cry. Click here for more information.

20 July 2013 – 1pm-3pm: Lawrence Samuels – In Defense of Chaos: The Chaology of Politics, Economics and Human Action

Local author, Lawrence Samuels, will be at Old Capitol Books to sign copies of his new book In Defense of Chaos: The Chaology of Politics, Economics and Human Action. For more information, click here.

28 June 2013 – 6:30pm: NEPOTISM: a night of poetry

Old Capitol Books invites you to NEPOTISM: A Night of Poetry. On June 28th, we’ll close up the shop, turn down the lights and bring together some of Monterey’s “best” local poets. Their work is amazing. They are my friends. I am not biased at all. Really. Click here for more information.

26 June 2013, 6:30pm-8:00pm – “What is Polyamory?” Part of the Thinking Critically about Society Summer Series

“Polyamory (from Greek πολύ [poly], meaning ‘many’ or ‘several’, and Latin amor, ‘love’) is the practice, desire, or acceptance of having more than one intimate relationship at a time with the knowledge and consent of everyone involved. It is distinct from both swinging (which emphasizes sex with others as merely recreational) and may or may not include polysexuality (attraction towards multiple genders and/or sexes).” Click here for more information. Click here for the facebook event page.

20 June 2013, 7pm-8:30pm – “Understanding Fascism” Part of the Thinking Critically about Society Summer Series

This seminar will look at the political philosophy of fascism in order to start a discussion about the rising trend of far-right groups in Europe and the United States. Click here for more information.

7 June 2013 – 6:30pm: The Coming Insurrection: anarchist readings from the Invisible Committee

Readings from The Coming Insurrection and Call by the Invisible Committee. An event at your local, friendly bookshop. Click here for more information. Check out the facebook event page here.

15 June 2013, 1pm-3pm – Jide Familoni Book Signing

Come join Jide Familoni as he comes to Old Capitol Books to discuss his first novel, Losing my Religion. 1pm-3pm. For more information click here. For the facebook event page click here.

4 May 2013 – 6:30pm: Allen Ginsberg and Walt Whitman: Reading the Erotic (A night of poetry)

Come join the poetry lovers at Old Capitol Books for a night of the poetry of Walt Whitman and Allen Ginsberg. Bring along your favorite poem in a celebration of the greats of gay and erotic poetry. Click here for more information. Click here for the facebook event page.

27 April 2013 – 2pm-4pm: BOOK SIGNING: Jason Warburg

Local author Jason Warburg will be in the shop to sign copies of his book Believe in Me. Click here for more information. Click here to visit Warburg’s website.

21 April, 2013 – 6:30pm-8pm: What is Gender? (Thinking Critically about Society: Session Four)

The fourth session in the seminar series, Thinking Critically about Society. A night of feminist, queer, and gender theory presented in an open and inclusive way. Click here for more information. Click here for the facebook event page.

20 April, 2013 – 2pm-6pm: Old Capitol Books Celebrates National Poetry Month

Old Capitol Books is pleased to announce that we will be hosting a celebration of National Poetry Month on Saturday April 20th, 2013. Come join us for an afternoon and evening of poetry readings with appearances from local poets. Local Carmel poet, Patrick Flanigan, and Los Angeles poet, Peter Serchuk, will be reading from their works. I will also be having a small poetry reading of selections from T.S. Eliot’s The Wasteland, for anyone interested. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, click here.

17 April, 2013 – 6:30pm-8pm: Reading Marx (Thinking Critically about Society: Session Three)

This session, led by Michael Frederiksen from the Peace and Justice Center, will discuss some of the key readings of Marxism in a friendly and accessible way. Click here for more information. Click here for the facebook event page.

8 April, 2013 – 6:30pm-8pm: Thinking about National Identity (Thinking Critically about Society: Session Two)

Oxford Dictionary defines “nationalism” as “patriotic feeling, principles, or efforts”. However, it also adds that it could be “an extreme form of patriotism marked by a feeling of superiority over other countries.” With current debates in immigration reform, how can we understand the role of nationalism and national identity in the formation of America’s immigration policies. With special guest: Basque social historian David Beorlegui Zarranz from Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea (The University of the Basque Country). Click here for more information. Check out the facebook event page here.

6 April, 2013 – 2:30pm: Bill Minor and a Live Jazz Concert

Come enjoy an afternoon reading of selected passages from The Inherited Heart: An American Memoir—not a dry, church-like rendering of text, but a musical presentation of playful and purposeful prose. Short lyric portions of the book are laced with original music and songs—“standards”—from the era depicted in the book: the program’s flexible format shaped to please its audience—the music adding another dimension to and enhancing the words. Click here for more information. Check out the facebook event page here.

2 April 2013 – 6:30pm-8pm: What is Anarchism (Thinking Critically about Society: Session One)

What do people mean when they say “Anarchism”? Between the international Occupy movement, and questions surrounding capitalism, Anarchism has been a topic that has been much in the media of 2012. This seminar will introduce you to the philosophies of Anarchism through key readings, and then use these philosophies to discuss current events. Click here for more information and reading lists. Click here for the facebook event page.

14 March, 2013 – 6:30pm-8pm: Shakespeare’s Sonnets and Some Cake

Love reading Shakespeare and are looking for an exciting evening with fellow sonnet lovers? Or do you wish that you could learn more about his work? Come to a fun and informal evening of reading around a table, eating cake, and talking about our favorite Shakespeare poems! Click here for more information. Click here for the facebook event page.

4 March, 2013 – 7pm-8pm: Book Publishing 1-2-3

Laurie Gibson will be in Old Capitol Books on Monday, 4 March for a workshop on book publishing, with first time authors in mind. 7pm-8pm. Click here for more information. Click here to RSVP through the facebook event page.

24 February, 2013 – 6pm-8pm: Film Screening: BLACK POWER MIX TAPE 1967-1975

Old Capitol Books & East Village Coffee Lounge invite you to a film Screening of “Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975” in celebration of Black History Month. Click here for more information. Click here to RSVP through the facebook event page.

17 February, 2013 – 1pm-3pm: Paola Berthoin

Local artist and writer, Paola Berthoin, will be in Old Capitol Books with her new book, “The Passion for Place”. Click here for more information. Click here for the facebook event page.

16 February, 2013 – 1pm-3pm: L.C. Wright

On February 16th (1-3pm), local author L.C. Wright will be in Old Capitol books to sign copies of his latest book, Castle Grey, which are on sale now at Old Capitol Books and at various other bookstores in the area. Click here for more information. Click here for the facebook event.

9 February, 2013 – 12pm-2pm: Lori L. Howell

Local author, Lori L. Howell, will be in Old Capitol Books on February 9th, 2013, to sign copies of her book “Reflections”. Click here for more information. Click here for the facebook event page.

15 December, 2012 – 12pm-3pm: Peter T. Hoss

Peter H. Voss, the author of “Born in Yosemite: 75 years of personal observations – passions – politics – traditions – personalities – adventures and misadventures”, will be at Old Capitol Books on December 15, 2012 from 12pm. He will be signing copies of his book and talking about a lifetime of personal experiences living in one of the most beautiful places on earth. Click here for more information. Click here for the facebook event page.

13 December, 2012 – 12pm-3pm: Peter G. Andresen

Peter G. Andresen, a local investment manager, will be in the bookstore to talk about his new books, Dollars and Common Sense: Taking Charge of Your own Investments in the Tumultuous 21st Century. Click here for more information. Click here for the facebook event page.

1 December, 2012: Robert W. Edwards

Robert W. Edwards – author of Jennie V. Cannon: The Untold Story of the Carmel and Berkeley Art Colonies Volume One – will be in the store for a book signing. Click here for more information.

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