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Bank of Books to host Saturday events

Chris Bashaw, Assistant Editor
2:09 pm PDT August 11, 2014

Bank of Books Malibu will host a pair of weekend events beginning at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 16.

Blast Off to Planet Kindergarten
Author Sue Ganz-Schmitt will read and signs her new book, “Planet Kindergarten,” during a story time event at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 16.
All over the country, nervous children are preparing to boldly go where they have never gone before: to an alien planet known only as kindergarten.
“Planet Kindergarten” follows a young, brave explorer as he embarks on a daring adventure on the first day at his new school. From liftoff to splashdown, our young hero learns about the alien planet known as “kindergarten,” which is a strange new world that he shares with crew members from other galaxies.
While the explorer is prepared for his mission, he encounters a few challenges along the way – including a bout of homesickness – but at the end of the day, he lands safely on his home planet and can’t wait to head back to the exciting new world of Planet Kindergarten.
Topanga-based author Ganz-Schmitt has been known to arrive at readings of Planet Kindergarten wearing a full space suit. The back-to-school event at Bank of Books will also feature space-themed activities.

Refuge Recovery
Author Noah Levine will discuss and sign his new book, “Refuge Recovery: A Buddhist Path to Recovering from Addiction” at noon on Saturday, Aug. 16 at Bank of Books Malibu.
In “Refuge Recovery,” author Levine introduces readers to a Buddhist-oriented, non-theistic program to help them heal the underlying conditions that led to their addictions.
Using the traditional Buddhist system of the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path, “Refuge Recovery” provides a systematic approach to treating and recovering from all forms of addiction. It is not necessary to believe in any higher power to follow the “Refuge Recovery” program, and no prior knowledge or experience of Buddhism is required; all that is necessary is a willingness to trust the process and do the hard work of recovery.
The book concludes with suggestions on how to form a Refuge Recovery support community and guided instructions for newcomers to mindfulness meditation.
The founder of the Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society, Levine is former addict, the Buddhist teacher, author and counselor who has told the story of his own struggle with substance abuse in his first book, “Dharma Punx.”
When a teen-aged Levine hit rock bottom after years of drug abuse, incarceration and multiple suicide attempts, he finally turned to the practice his father, noted Buddhist author Stephen Levine, had taught him as a child.
The younger Levine now teaches the principles of “Refuge Recovery” to addicts at rehabilitation centers and to incarcerated youth and adults. His other books include “Against the Stream: A Buddhist Manual for Spiritual Revolutionaries” and “The Heart of the Revolution: The Buddha’s Radical Teachings on Forgiveness, Compassion, and Kindness.”
Bank of Books Malibu is located in the Point Dume Village, at the intersection of Pacific Coast Highway and Heathercliff Road.
For more information about these events, call the store at (310) 457-5699.