Friends @ Home Fundraising Event | Cookin’ Jambalaya with Alice Wilson-Fried
Sep 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Please note: Registration for this event is required and is available here:

If you attended our recent author talk with Alice Wilson-Fried, or you have read her New Orleans novels, you know that the cuisine of the Big Easy is a big influence in her life. So we invited her to teach us how to make one of her favorites, Jambalaya.

On September 21 at 7:00 pm we will again welcome Alice, this time as a professor of hot fun cookery. She will be teaching us how to make Jambalaya the way we’re supposed to (or perhaps with personally selected variations). This is going to be a cook-along, so an ingredient list will be provided to you upon your registration for the event.

Alice has also promised to accompany her pot stirring with stories of New Orleans, and also talk about what libraries have meant to her.

Alice Wilson Fried grew up in New Orleans and attended Grambling College and Tulane University. She worked in public relations at the Delta Queen Steamboat Company before moving to California. She lived in Alameda for many years, before recently moving to be closer to her family. In addition to Outside Child and One Drop, she is the author of the non-fiction book Menopause, Sisterhood, and Tennis.

Please note: This will be a fundraiser for the Friends of the Alameda Free Library. There will be an admission charge of $25, payable upon registration.

Friends @ Home Author Webinar | Carol Wallace & “Leaving Van Gogh”
Sep 26 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
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Leaving Van Gogh Carol WallaceWe are very excited to bring Carol Wallace, author of Leaving Van Gogh, to our authors’ series this fall. Her book centers on Vincent Van Gogh’s relationship with his doctor towards the end of his life. Carol’s talk will focus on the relationship of art and mental illness, as well as the art itself.

Carol Wallace – Ben Hurr Author – in her home in NYC.

Carol is the great-great-granddaughter of Lew Wallace, author of the novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ, which was first published in 1880 and has been updated for modern audiences by Carol. She has written more than twenty books, including most recently, Leaving Van Gogh. She is the coauthor of the New York Times bestseller To Marry an English Lord, an inspiration for Downton Abbey. She holds degrees from Princeton University and Columbia University.

Friends @ Home Author Webinar | Marilyn Chase & “Everything She Touched: The Life of Ruth Asawa”
Sep 30 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
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Author Marilyn Chase will present her book “Everything She Touched: The Life of Ruth Asawa.” Born in California in 1926, Ruth Asawa grew from a farmer’s daughter to a celebrated sculptor. She survived adolescence in the World War II Japanese-American internment camps and attended the groundbreaking art school at Black Mountain College. Asawa then went on to develop her signature hanging-wire sculptures, create iconic urban installations, revolutionize arts education in her adopted hometown of San Francisco, fight through lupus, and defy convention to nurture a multiracial family.

Friends @ Home Art Docent Webinar | Last Supper in Pompeii
Oct 14 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
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Polychrome mosaic panel with a marine scene, Roman, from Pompeii, 100‒1 BC. Tesserae, height: 40 1/2 in. (103 cm). Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli, MANN 120177. Photograph by Carole Raddato (2014) / Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0

We are excited to bring you the next in our Friends @ Home series: Last Supper in Pompeii. We welcome back art docent Marsha Holm to this online event.

Ancient Romans knew how to eat – that is, if you like flamingo or dormice. We will look at the city of Pompeii and the people who lived there as they unknowingly enjoyed their last hours before Mt. Vesuvius erupted in 79AD, covering Pompeii with ash.

Examining a uniquely preserved way of life that for some was marked by lush gardens and magnificent interiors, we will find brilliantly painted wall frescoes and intricately detailed floor mosaics. We may even attend a dinner party where the conversation sparkles, the wine flows, and the food tempts you to eat more than you should. But we will also look behind the scenes – the small, smoky kitchens where exotic delicacies were prepared, as well as life on the streets, stopping in at the bakery or a taverna as we examine the last supper in Pompeii.

Presenter Marsha Holm has been a docent with the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco since 1979.