Business Beat Feb. 1, 2018
Kenwood author pens novel about Charmian London
Some love stories are meant to live forever. Even more so illicit love affairs, like the real-life romance of Charmian London and the infamous Harry Houdini.
One hundred years later, Kenwood resident Rebecca Rosenberg's new novel, The Secret Life of Mrs. London, follows their steamy affair and Charmian's own path to independence.
A story of ambition and infidelity, The Secret Life of Mrs. London captures the fateful meeting of the Houdinis and Londons, the most remarkable couples of their time. Jack London, the most popular author in America, and Harry Houdini, a world-renown escape artist, have reached the pinnacles of their careers in 1915.
John Cox, author of Wild About Houdini says, “One of Houdini's best kept secrets was his affair with Charmian London in 1918. Now Rebecca Rosenberg tells the story using an elegant blend of fact and fiction, creating a Houdini book like no other. The Secret Life of Mrs. London is a true peek behind the curtain and a page-turner.”
Rosenberg, the former owner of Sonoma Lavender along with her husband Gary, is a longtime student of Jack London's work and an avid fan of Charmian. She is a graduate of the Stanford Writing Certificate Program.
You can buy The Secret Life of Mrs. London at Copperfield's in Santa Rosa, Readers' Books in Sonoma, or Book Passage in Corte Madera. Or order it online from Amazon or Barnes & Noble.
A number of book launch events are taking place, including one at Copperfield's on March 8, 6:30 p.m., and one at Readers' Books on March 15 at 6:30 p.m. Enjoy cocktails and snacks, a performance by magician Frank Balzerak, trivia prizes and more. Space is limited. Go to www.rebecca-rosenberg.com/myevents/ to register.
Deerfield's Rex given winemaking award
Robert Rex of Deerfield Ranch Winery has won 2018 Winemaker of the Year from the American Fine Wine Competition (AFWC). Rex shares the award with Napa Valley's Ernie Weir of Hagafen Cellars and Prix Cellars. Robert Biale Vineyards and Krupp Brothers Winery, both in Napa, received Winery of the Year Honors. All will receive their awards at AFWC's annual Charity Wine Gala in May in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
Rex runs Deerfield Ranch Winery with his wife PJ. He has been making wine for over four decades. In 2000, the Rexes bought 47 acres off of Sonoma Highway in Kenwood, built a winery and caves, and opened a tasting room to the public in 2008. The winery is known for “Clean Wine,” which is low in sulfites and histamines. Deerfield is also known for its restoration and maintenance efforts for the endangered Kenwood Marsh Checkerbloom. Deerfield has granted a 14-acre permanent easement to the County of Sonoma to ensure protection of this rare habitat.
For more information about Deerfield Ranch Winery, go to www.deerfieldranch.com.
Learn about dogwoods at Wildwood NurseryWildwood Nursery in Kenwood will host its 4th annual Spring Preview on Feb. 9 and 10. Learn about East Coast dogwoods, West Coast dogwoods, and Asian dogwoods. Enjoy early flowering plants including the lilac daphne from China, forsythia, and magnolia. Take in the natural rural setting and expansive vistas at Wildwood as Sonoma Valley springs to life.
The event each day is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free, and there will be refreshments. Wildwood is located at 10300 Sonoma Hwy. in Kenwood.
For more information, call 833-1161, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also check out Wildwood's website at www.wildwoodmaples.com.
Transcendence Theater internshipsTranscendence Theater Company, which develops and puts on a number of shows each year, including “Broadway Under the Stars” at Jack London State Park and “The Ladies of Broadway” at the Luther Burbank Center, has apprentice and intern positions available for its coming season.
Transcendence's Summer Apprenticeship and Internship Program is now taking applications. This 12- to 15-week summer program is an opportunity available to high school students and young adults pursuing higher education. The program will train participants in an environment where their individual voices and talents are encouraged. Interns will grow through an empowering mentorship, working directly with professionals, and finding their own artistic voice.
Positions are available in many areas, including box office, costumes, marketing, photography, music, video, stage management and more.
Applications will be accepted through Feb. 8. Go to transcendencetheatre.org/interns/.