Wine Women will host best-selling author James Conaway for a book signing and conversation with local author Paul Franson at St. Francis Winery in Santa Rosa on March 14, from 6 to 8 p.m
Guests will be able to purchase copies of Conaway’s new book, “Napa at Last Light: America’s Eden in an Age of Calamity,” from Readers Books, which will be on-site, selling copies to attendees. Tickets, $15-$20, are available on Eventbrite.
Christine L. Mueller, Wine Women president, said, “Land development has become an increasingly contentious topic in the Napa and Sonoma Valleys in the past several years. As our members’ careers and lives are directly affected by how these changes play out, we’re interested in hearing Mr. Conaway’s take on what we can expect. We hope guests will have questions of their own at the book signing.”
A former Wallace Stegner writing fellow at Stanford University and an Alicia Patterson journalism fellow, Conaway is the author of 13 books, including the trilogy: “Napa: The Story of an American Eden,” (1990); “The Far Side of Eden: New Money, Old Land, and the Battle for Napa Valley” (2002); and now “Napa at Last Light: America’s Eden in an Age of Calamity.”
Frank Prial, writing in the New York Times, said Conaway was “a reporter with a Saroyan-like sense of humor and a Balzac-like eye for detail.” That book has been in print continually since 1990 and people still tell Conaway they enjoy and learn from it.
The sequel to “Napa” appeared in 2002. “The Far Side of Eden: Old Land, New Money and the Battle for Napa Valley” was a Washington Post Best Book of the Year and described in the New York Times Book Review as “an important story, emblematic of our time.”
Conaway’s other books include the memoir, “Memphis Afternoons,” about growing up in Memphis in the ‘50s, and “The Kingdom in the Country.” It’s a personal journey through the public lands of the American West described by Wallace Stegner as “a very lively book... He got into places and activities that most westerners never even get close to,” and by novelist Jim Harrison as “a wonderful and well-considered evocation of the New West.”
Conaway has also written for several magazines over the years, including The New York Times Magazine, Atlantic, Harper’s, The New Republic, Gourmet, Smithsonian and National Geographic Traveler.
Paul Franson writes about wine and winemaking for consumers and the wine business. He was formerly editor of a national business magazine, and has written for many publications, including Wine Business Monthly, Wine Enhusiast, Decanter, The San Francisco Chronicle, Food & Wine and the Napa Valley Register, as well as his own newsletter napalife.com_&d=DwMF-g&c=UCja3IwhyjPGYeHcG7oIbg&r=KClIUKiHNarqqligY49S36SXla03-94n-8LZ6hjQreo&m=9j4hMzw_BivPBxL93xH9dF-lKSU0eexWvkVYl0Qy6Nk&s=1XMmSc1nK_8NaJrkDOlLHP4zcsF5GWvsrV-u57nrkag&e=" target="_blank">NapaLife, the weekly insider’s newsletter about Napa Valley. He maintains two websites, napalife.com and traveltastes.com.
Franson wrote “Spinning the Bottle,” a book about wine industry public relations with Harvey Posert, and is working on another wine marketing book.