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Bank of Books Malibu to host several weekend events

Chris Bashaw, Assistant Editor
2:15 pm PDT March 17, 2014

Bank of Books will host three events this weekend for children, those who love to cook and those who love rock ‘n roll.

At 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 22, local author of 14 books Shari Cohen will host a story time with milk and cookies for children to enjoy with their zaydes and bubbes, Yiddish for grandfathers and grandmothers.

Cohen will read and sign copies of her new book “In My Zayde’s Eyes,” which celebrates the unconditional love of a grandfather for his grandson. To Zayde, every hit is a home run, every artwork a masterpiece and his grandson is Student of the Year. Not only does his Zayde’s love sustain the boy when he’s feeling sad or left out, but it also inspires the grandson to be the person his Zayde believes him to be.

At noon on Saturday, March 22, local author Randy Graham will discuss and sign his new cookbook, “So You’ve Inherited a Vegetarian ... Now What?” At the event, Graham will also treat customers to a sample of his “No-Potato Potato Salad” and teach them to make it.

At 25, Graham announced to his parents that he had become a vegetarian, to which his father scoffed that he would “get over it” and his mother offered to make a pot roast with vegetables.

As a chef, Graham knows the idea of creating a satisfying meal without meat as the main course can be inconceivable to many people, which is what motivated him to write a cookbook he wished his parents had all those years ago.

In his cookbook, Graham shares 88 recipes, half of which are vegan, for delicious vegetarian appetizers, entrees, soups, salads and sides, which will appeal both to committed vegetarians and the loving but clueless family members who have “inherited” them. 

At 1 p.m. on Sunday March 23, author Andrew Bernstein will discuss and sign copies of his rock ‘n roll memoir “California Slim: The Music, the Magic, and the Madness,” which chronicles the author’s experiences with rock ‘n roll legends. Bernstein’s musical journey began in 1962 when he was the 14-year-old student of an unknown banjo teacher named Jerry Garcia and ended in 1980 on a Warner Bros. back lot at the premier party for Willie Nelson’s first movie, Honeysuckle Rose.

Bernstein’s memoir doesn’t spare any details of the era’s rock ‘n roll lifestyle. He devotes one chapter to an ill-advised detour into drug smuggling and another to his experiences backstage at Altamont. While this loving father and devoted husband truly enjoyed the wild times he experienced, he ultimately chose another path for himself, becoming the vice president for corporate sales at a worldwide moving and storage company.

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