I’ve been wanting to have a book reading of Sundagger.net at the summer solstice coming up and now I’ve got three events planned, two in Sonoma and one in Sebastopol! There’s going to be live music and video too. You’re invited to drop by for tea or coffee,more than a few good words, and to join in a celebration of the sun.
Sunday, June 19th, 1PM and 4PM
Barking Dog Roasters, Sonoma, 95476
1PM–Headquarters, 18133 Sonoma Hwy,
4PM–Downtown Sonoma, 201 West Napa St
(in MarketPlace Shopping Center),
Tuesday, June 21st 5:30PM
Infusions Teahouse @ Whole Foods Center
6988 McKinley Street, Sebastopol 95472
The Solstice is a powerful time of the year, the time when the sun and the earth are closest (the summer solstice) or farthest away (the winter solstice). Sundagger.net begins and ends in a Native American sweat lodge at a solstice! The sun dagger phenomena in Chaco Canyon, New Mexico inspired me to write the book.
The sun dagger is featured in my chapters where Rowan, the network analyst from the fictional telecom, TekGen, is hustling to jumpstart his new project, called, aptly, sundagger.net. You could say the sun is a character in my book.
I’ll be building on the solstice reading event I had at the Pinole Library last year. It began with a simple Native ceremony that included drumming and singing Lakota sweat lodge songs. The ceremony consisted of “calling in the Four Directions” (East, South, West and North) and honoring their power. We also announced our intentions for the evening and spoke of our reasons for coming. It was really inspiring, especially with the participation of Ko Blix who showed his video Stones of Chaco Canyon, on YouTube. You can see where the sun dagger actually slices through a spiral cut in stone on a butte. The pictures of the Chaco ruins and the sun dagger in the video are awesome. The original music by Chris Goslow that accompanies the video is eerie in its melodic synchronicity.