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Bank of Books to host signing, coffeehouse events

Staff Report
6:50 pm PDT May 9, 2014

Bank of Books Malibu will host a pair of afternoon and evening events on Saturday, May 10 that are geared for all members of the Malibu community.

‘My Own Little Corner’

Local author Annemarie Brown will discuss and sign her new book, “My Own Little Corner” at Bank of Books Malibu at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 10.

An Amsterdam native, Brown was just two-years-old when the Nazis invaded her hometown. 

In her memoir, “My Own Little Corner,” Brown recounts the strategies and subterfuge that enabled her family to survive the long years of the German occupation. As a member of the Dutch intelligentsia, Brown’s father was under constant suspicion as he helped his neighbors survive the occupation. 

The author recalls being drilled by her mother on the proper response when German soldiers inquired about her father’s whereabouts: “I don’t know”; “I forgot.” When she was five years old, Brown’s parents were arrested and sent out of the country, leaving Brown and her younger sister to fend for themselves in an empty house for nine long months, subsisting on preserved food while hiding from Nazi soldiers. The family was finally reunited after the war and immigrated to the United States several years later. 

Despite the privations of her childhood, Brown maintains that she was “never hungry, was always clothed, and was a content, happy child most of the time.”

Brown also donates her time to teach free dog training classes at Malibu Park. Dog training is a skill she picked up from her American husband, who was a veterinarian for U.S. military war dogs stationed in Germany.

“My Own Little Corner” is Brown’s first book.

Showcasing local musicians

Bank of Books Malibu will host Coffeehouse, an evening of acoustic music, beginning at 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 10. 

The event will feature a variety of musical styles from classical to folk to blues and rock, performed by both local as well as up-and-coming artists and veteran Malibu musicians. 

Performers include:

• Cellist Erik Chapman: Aomposer and recording artist, Chapman is a longtime Malibu resident who has performed with bands and chamber ensembles throughout the Southland.

• Singer/songwriter Leslie Bixler: Bixler is not only a veteran performer with three albums to her credit, but she also leads Bank of Books’ monthly “Rockin’ Rhythm Storytime” for preschoolers.

• Actor/singer Max Gail: Known to millions for his Emmy-nominated role as detective “Wojo” Wojohowicz in Barney Miller, the multi-talented Gail began his career as a musician in San Francisco.

• Sandrakota: This is the husband-and-wife duo of Sandra Pehrsson and Dakota Martinez. Malibu native Martinez and his Swedish-born wife Pehrsson are singer/songwriters who are drawing raves on the indie club circuit.

• Singer/songwriter Kevin McNally: Another multi-talented actor and singer, McNally is best known for his recurring role on “Diagnosis Murder.”  

Rounding out the evening will be Lenny Goldsmith, who is the former lead singer for ‘70s bands “Tower of Power” and “Sweathog.” A longtime Malibu resident Goldsmith, has been performing around the country and around the world since the 1960s.

Bank of Books invites music lovers to grab a cup of coffee from our neighbor Cafecito Organico and kick back at the bookstore for a mellow evening of great music at  Coffeehouse!

Bank of Books Malibu is located in the Point Dume Village, 29169 Heathercliff Road, in Malibu. For more information about these events, call the store at (310) 457-5699.