Wed, June 26, 2019, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Jonah Raskin’s raucous oddball noir, set in the hotels, cantinas, and marijuana fields of Sonoma Valley, is a steamy pozole peppered with characters like Billy Bones, No Name, and Turquoise Woman—with an unforgettable turn by a snubnose-packing private eye named Tioga and her sidekick/lover Camilla. A definite contact high.” –Thorne Dreyer, editor, The Rag Blog, and host/producer, Rag Radio.
Liz Thach (pronounced “Toth”) will discuss with Jonah Raskin his noir mystery, Dark Day, Dark Night: A Marijuana Murder Mystery, which was just published this spring. This time in Raskin’s second mystery novel, intrepid private detective Tioga Vignetta finds herself embedded in the underbelly of the marijuana business of Sonoma Valley.
Jonah Raskin attended Columbia College and the University of Manchester, England, where he received his Ph.D. He moved to California in 1975 and began to teach in the English department at Sonoma State University in 1981. From 1988 to 2012 he was the chair of the communication studies department at SSU. He is now a professor emeritus. From 1985-2005 he was the book critic for The Santa Rosa Press Democrat. Now he writes weekly for the Anderson Valley Advertiser and CounterPunch, and monthly for Valley of the Moon magazine, The Sonoma Sun, The North Bay Bohemian and Sonoma West Times and News. He is the author of 16 books, including Marijuanaland, Dispatches from an American War. He created the characters and the story for Homegrown (1998), a feature length Hollywood movie.
Elizabeth “Liz” Thach, MW, holds a doctorate in Human Resource Development from Texas A&M University, an M.A. in Organizational Communication and Management from Texas Tech University, and a B.A. in English from Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, CA. She is the Distinguished Professor of Wine and a Professor of Management at Sonoma State University. In 2011 she was awarded the title of Master of Wine, making her the first female MW on the West Coast and the seventh woman in the US to achieve this honor. She is also an award winning author who has published over 130 articles including a few recently on the relationship between the cannabis and wine industries today, 8 wine books, and several mystery novels with her friend Kate Kelly under the pseudonym Kathleen Tosh.
Doors open at 6:30pm, the TALK begins at 7:00pm.
Books by Jonah Raskin and Liz Trach will be for sale at 10% discount at the event. Authors will be available to sign books.
Members are free; Non-Member tickets are $10 prepaid or $15 at the door. Students with ID are $5. Preregistration ends at 5pm on the day of the program.
Sponsor receives 2 tickets for the event, and recognition in the Museum’s marketing materials. Sponsorships are fully tax deductible.
Museums of Sonoma County
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