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Crush: The Triumph of California Wine (University of Nevada Press)
Wednesday, September 5, 2018 – 6:30pm    Free for SFHS Members

Look. Smell. Taste. Judge. Crush is the 200-year story of the heady dream that wines as good as the greatest of France could be made in California. For the first time, Briscoe tells the complete and dramatic story of the ascendancy of California wine in vivid detail. Elements of this history have plot lines that seem scripted from Sophocles or Shakespeare. It is a fusion of wine, personal histories, and the social and economic factors that led to the rise of the industry. From the first harvest and vintage, through four overwhelming catastrophes, to its amazing triumph in a stunning blind tasting in Paris, Crush chronicles how wine from California finally gained its global due.

John Briscoe is a poet, author, and lawyer. He has published several books, including The Lost Poems of Cangjie and Tadich Grill: The Story of San Francisco’s Oldest Restaurant. He is a distinguished fellow at the Law of the Sea Institute, University of California, Berkeley, and he has served for twenty-one years on the advisory board of the MFA program in creative writing at St. Mary’s College of California. Briscoe is a resident of San Francisco.

The Browns of California: The Family Dynasty that Transformed a State and Shaped a Nation (Bloomsday Publishing)
Wednesday, September 13, 2018 – 6:30pm    Free for SFHS Members

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and scholar Miriam Pawel weaves a narrative history that spans four generations, from August Schuckman, the Prussian immigrant who crossed the Plains in 1852 and settled on a northern California ranch, to his great-grandson Jerry Brown, who reclaimed the family homestead one hundred forty years later and twice served as California governor. Through the prism of their lives, we gain an essential understanding of California – an appreciation of the history and importance of the fifth largest economy in the world.

Miriam Pawel is the author of The Crusades of Cesar Chavez: A Biography, a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist, and The Union of Their Dreams – Power, Hope and Struggle in Cesar Chavez’s Farm Worker Movement. She is a Pulitzer-prize winning editor and reporter who spent twenty-five years at Newsday and the Los Angeles Times. She lives in Southern California.

KQED contributor Scott Shafer migrated to KQED in 1998 after extended stints in politics and government to host The California Report. Now he covers those things and more as senior editor for KQED’s Politics and Government Desk.