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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

"APOCALYPSE BOOKS TALKS" AT PHILOSOPHICAL RESEARCH SOCIETY (7/1/19) (7:30p) #LosAngeles



Event: Book Talks and Signings Program

Apocalypse Blues: Two Authors, Two Views

Date: Monday, July 1, 2019

Time: 7:30pm – 9:30pm

Place: Philosophical Research Society, Auditorium

3910 Los Feliz Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90027

Phone: (323) 663-2167

Website: http://www.uprs.edu/events.html

In the mood for a "Zombie Talk"?

Three days before Independence Day, on Monday, July 1 at 7:30 p.m., the Philosophical Research Society (PRS) of Los Angeles will host book talks by authors Thomas Allbaugh, author of the dark humor novel, Apocalypse TV, and Dahlia Schweitzer, author of Going Viral: Zombies, Viruses, and the End of the World, in the PRS auditorium.

Playfully entitled “Apocalypse Blues: Two Authors, Two Views,” the program will feature two views—one fiction and one nonfiction—of “Apocalypse Anxiety” in the 21st Century.

Apocalypse TV was recently named to Judd Apatow’s “Best Reality TV Show Books of All Time” list. The novel focuses on a mild-mannered intellectual professor at a Christian college who has to fight for his life as a participant in the reality TV game show, Race to the Apocalypse. Forced to struggle with reality, religion, and his own authenticity, will he take up arms against the troubles unleashed upon him by unseen production forces or end up slaughtered as the show's designated "sacrificial lamb"?

Going Viral considers how fictional outbreak narratives and official sources have influenced the ways Americans relate to their neighbors, perceive foreigners, and regard social institutions. This book examines how outbreak narratives both excite and horrify us, conjuring our nightmares while letting us indulge in fantasies about fighting infected Others. Going Viral raises provocative questions about the cost of public paranoia and the power brokers who profit from it.

The evening will include a Power Point presentation by Dr. Schweitzer, and Q&A session.

The books are now on sale at the PRS Bookstore, as well as at Vromans in Pasadena, Barnes & Noble in Rancho Cucamonga, and online at Amazon.

Reviews:

“Apocalypse TV argues against the extreme notion that only members of a certain faith are favored by God, while making a case for spiritual salvation through love, faith, hope, service...and the willingness to persevere." - Midwest Book Review


"Going Viral explores how popular cultural narratives in official media sources heighten and perpetuate the fears created through the outbreak narrative." – Rebekah Buchanan, New Books Network Review

YouTube Clip:




Apocalypse TV: http://apocalypsetv.blogspot.com

Going Viral: http://www.thisisdahlia.com

Tickets: FREE or $10.00 donation. Available at EventBrite or at the door.

To Book Book Talks:

Publicist | Marlan Warren | Book Publicity By Marlan | (323) 347-6762 | E-Mail memoircity@gmail.com

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Women of Color: Registration almost over! “Womb Doula” Cindy Bonaparte awarded grant from L.A. Department of Mental Health



Reiki teacher and womb doula, Cindy Bonaparte, will facilitate a free Reiki Level I certification class for lower-income “women of color” on Sunday, June 9 at Women’s True Healing (WTH), a center for holistic therapies for female reproductive wellness in Redondo Beach, Calif. The class is made possible by a Community Engagement Grant for Mental Health Awareness awarded to Bonaparte by the Los Angeles Department of Mental Health.

The class is entitled “Ubuntu-Care Reiki I: Mending the Heart-Womb Connection.”

Bonaparte (aka "The Womb Doula") credits a recent trip to Egypt with inspiring this project: “’Ubuntu’ is a South African word that means ‘I am because we are.’ This class is all about healing traumas that affect the womb, and healing that comes through mutual caring.”'


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