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Wine Librarians Association Meeting (FREE)
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Could it be? Two of my favorite things in one association. Yes it is. Southern California has a sub-group of librarians with a professional interest in wine books. If you love books about wine and are a librarian, check this out!

We, the Wine Librarians Association, are putting on an event down there.
Danette Cooke-Adamson of Cal Poly has put on a great show coming up on
October 28. Now we need to fill the seats. The kicker is it's
professional development, intellectual and sensory stimulation, and wine
and food and it's all free. Are there listservs or blogs or places to
post this event. It's history, art, wine, food, librarianship,
forgotten geniuses and more, and, did I mention, it's all free.

I'd like to invite you all to a meeting of the Wine Librarians
Association on Thursday, October 28, 2004, at California Poly Pomona.
Where else can you learn about much about the neglected history of wine
in Southern California, explore a fascinating sub-genre of
librarianship, and get a great meal and wine, for free. Hurry, the
dinner slots will probably fill up fast.

1-3pm - Join students in the Wine Education Auditorium to hear
presentations by Nina Wemyss on Wine, Art and Civilization, and Tom
Pinney, editor of the Brady Book on Roy Brady, an undiscovered, followed
by a wine tasting and opportunity to purchase The Brady Book.

3-4pm - Visit the University Library Special Collections Room to
explore the Wine Industry Collection and view exhibits featuring the
history of wine in Southern California.

4-6pm - Wine Librarians Meeting (held in the Board Room adjacent to
the Wine Education Auditorium). This might be of interest to students
and others who would like to find out about professional concerns of a
group of librarians who manage focused special collections. Or you
might opt to skip this section, and explore the campus or environs.

6-8pm - Enjoy an elegant dinner with your colleagues in the
President's Dining Room at The Restaurant at Kellogg Ranch (part of
Collins School of Hospitality Management)

Please R.S.V.P. to Danette Cook Adamson at 909-869-3109 or dcadamson@
csupomona.edu. NOTE: Dinner seating is limited and reservations must be
made in advance with Danette.

More information on Wine Librarians and the program.
The Wine Librarians Association, a group of librarians, book lovers,
book collectors, historians and booksellers who have a professional or
amateur interest in wine books, began about ten years ago. Tammy Lau,
Librarian Special Collections, CSU Fresno, got the ball rolling. The
membership includes librarians from UC Davis, Sonoma State University,
the Napa Valley Wine Library, the Sonoma County Wine Library, The Wine
Institute Library, Cornell University and Cal Poly Pomona. Our
membership also includes authors, like Tom Pinney, book collectors like
Gail Unzelman, book sellers like Wine Appreciation Guild and others. We
have met in Napa, Sonoma, Davis, Fresno, San Francisco over the years.
This is the first meeting in Southern California, and librarian Danette
Cooke-Adamson has gone all out to put together a stellar program.

Nina Wemyss, historian, scholar and lecturer, will present a talk
illustrated with slides on "Wine, Art and Civilization." For a number
of years Nina gained renown in her roles as Wine Historian, Lecturer and
Cultural Ambassador for the Robert Mondavi Winery. She served as the
featured wine historian for the History Channel's "A Brief History of
Wine." She has given lectures at American Museum of Natural History in
New York, the Art Institute of Chicago, Peabody Museum of Natural
History, for the Alumni Associations of Yale University, Stanford and
Berkeley, to name but a few. Her presentation comprises a joyous
overview of the marriage between the history and art inspired by wine
since the ancients. Nina will talk about and show images depicting
wine's role in the Mediterranean cultures -- the Egyptian, Greek and
Roman world, where deities, myths, and art testified to wine's
importance. The ritual of communion, central to Christianity, continues
as a motif through the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. She will show
how wine endured in its cultural influence in a passionate succession
from Jefferson and other Enlightenment figures through the Romantics and
on into Modern and Post Modern Art.

Professor and author Tom Pinney, (Professor Emeritius, English
Department, Pomona College, and author, A History of Wine in America
from the Beginning to Prohibition, UC Press, 1989) will talk about Roy
Brady. Roy Brady was a fascinating man who lived much of his life in
Northridge, earned his living as both a mathematics professor and a
systems analyst, devoted himself to being a true student of wine. He
wrote expertly and with wit on wine from the 1950's through the 1990's,
and ammassed one of the great collections of wine books in the world and
sold it to CSU Fresno in 1968. After Roy Brady's death in 1998. Tom
Pinney largely as a labor of love, took Roy's archive of unpublished
writings on wine and edited into what became the Brady Book. The Brady
Book has just been published by the Wine Librarians Association with
funding from Darryl Corti, and copies of the book will be available for
purchase at the event. The book displays Roy's Ulysses spirit in
experiencing and tasting wine, writing about it and collecting wine
books. Handsome production values with tipped in wine labels and
beauthiful prose profiles of the wine scene in both Southern and
Northern California from the 50's onward make this book a treasure.


Kellogg West Conference & Lodge

Within a few blocks:
Shilo - Pomona Hilltop Suites Hotel

Shilo - Pomona Hotel

SHILO INNS RESERVATIONS, call toll-free from U.S.A. & Canada

Ontario International Airport (20 minutes east of campus using the
I-10 freeway)


Other Attractions:
Great shopping and dining opportunities await you at many local
venues, including the vast Ontario Mills Center, just 30 minutes east of

Or, choose to continue south 90 minutes to explore Temecula's
beautiful wine country, the heart of California's South Coast wine
region. Here you will find lush vineyards and 19 wineries, along with
the Old Town district that blends historic buildings with over 640
antique dealers, unique shopping, and restaurants.

Bo Simons
Sonoma County Library
Piper and Center Sts
Healdsburg, CA 95448
tel 707-433-3772 x5 fax 707-433-7946

Posted on October 06, 2004 07:31 PM