*** UPDATED, 6/9 — the times for the dinners in on 6/18 at Aonami (Chico, CA) have been adjusted to 5:15pm and 7:15pm. ***
Hi everyone! Here’s the current tour calendar for Umijoo events in June.
I’ll be updating this post in real time with any changes or updates!
June 15: Bandon, OR — Umijoo reading at the Washed Ashore Gallery
The Washed Ashore Gallery is a wonderful interactive learning space designed to educate guests around issues of plastic pollution and marine debris. I am thrilled to be collaborating with the team at Washed Ashore to help promote ocean conservation and to push shared vision of vibrant, healthy oceans for future generations. Not only is the Gallery located along a gorgeous stretch of the Oregon Coast, but it hosts an incredible amount of amazing artwork dedicated to our oceans. Visitors will not be disappointed!
When: The reading and signing will be from 2pm to 4pm on the 15th.
How much: Free with admission.
Reservations: No reservations necessary, stop on by anytime!
For More Information: https://washedashore.org/
June 16: Brookings, OR — an evening with Umijoo at Pacific Sushi
Pacific Sushi in Brookings, OR, has been quietly championing the cause of sustainability for years. Ever since the restaurant opened, owner Mike Horgan has been working diligently to find new and exciting ways to offer his brand of responsible, ocean-friendly dining to the Oregon Coast community. On June 16, I will be teaming up with Mike and his incredible culinary team to offer a dining experience to remember. The meal will consist of eight delectable courses interwoven with readings from Umijoo, and the menu will feature local and sustainably sourced delicacies that showcase the great potential of mindful dining. Diners/parties will receive personalized copies of Umijoo to take home.
When: Cocktail hour 5-6pm to be followed by seating at 6pm. A second seating may be added later in the evening as well.
How much: $75 per person.
Reservations: Please call Pacific Sushi at (541) 930-7900 to reserve your place. Seats are moving quickly!
For More Information: http://umijoo.com/june-16th-in-brookings-or-umijoo-at-pacific-sushi/
June 18: Chico, CA — an evening with Umijoo at Aonami
When it comes to sustainable sushi in the Central Valley, Chef Jimmy Lee has been carrying the torch for nearly a decade. Aonami Sustainable Sushi in Chico has won numerous “best of” awards over the past ten years while simultaneously promoting the values and goals intrinsic to mindful dining. Chef Lee is also not one to back down from a challenge: In honor of the importance of plant-based cuisine when it comes to responsible and ethical food systems, Aonami will be offering two back-to-back seatings on the night of the 18th, the first of which will be entirely vegan. I will also be reading at The Bookstore before the event for those interested!
When: The reading is at 3pm, the first seating (vegan) at Aonami is at 5:15pm, and the second seating (sustainable seafood) is at 7:15pm.
How much: The vegan seating is offered at $69, and the seafood seating is offered at $79.
Reservations: Please call Aonami at (530) 774-2981 to make a reservation. Be sure to indicate which of the seatings you would like!
For more information: Visit Aonami’s Facebook page at https://bit.ly/2WSxi9E
June 20: Capitola, CA — an evening with Umijoo at Geisha
From his beautiful sushi bar overlooking the sea, Chef David Graham creates delicious, environmentally responsible dishes for locals and travelers alike. Geisha is known for its creative and complex flavors, its artful use of sustainable seafood, and the admirably bountiful portion of its menu that is dedicated solely to plant-based dishes. This evening will be buffet style, offering diners the opportunity to try as many of Chef Graham’s creations as they would like. The Umijoo reading will be broken up into small, digestible pieces to fuel a lively and convivial evening.
When: The evening begins at 6pm.
How much: $75 per person includes all-you-can-eat sushi (lots of vegan and seafood options available), sake, wine, and a signed copy of Umijoo to take home.
Reservations: Please call Geisha at (831) 464-3328 to reserve your spot.
For more information: Check out Geisha’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/geisha.capitola/
June 21: Monterey, CA — signing books at the Monterey Bay Aquarium
This isn’t a formal event by any means, just an opportunity to come say hi and have your book signed. I will be visiting the legendary Monterey Bay Aquarium on the 21st (I am so excited!) and will sign all of the copies of Umijoo in stock at the Aquarium gift shops before I leave. If you’re there at the time and would like to buy a book, I’d be more than happy to personalize one for you!
When: I’ll probably be hanging around the gift shop from 11am until about 11:30am. If you are coming by and want to make sure we connect, just email me at [email protected] and we can make sure it happens!
How much: Information on admission prices for the Aquarium can be found here.
For more information: Here’s the MBA website, it’s amazing — https://www.montereybayaquarium.org/
June 22: Santa Barbara, CA — Umijoo reading at the Maritime Museum
The Santa Barbara Maritime Museum is a monument to this wonderful community’s venerable relationship with the ocean. As the primary custodian of Santa Barbara’s maritime heritage, the museum showcases many different types of artwork, as well as numerous events, installations, and experiences designed to illustrate the importance and power of Santa Barbara’s nautical spirit. I am honored and humbled to be reading Umijoo at the Museum, which continues to be a tremendous champion of ocean conservation outreach.
When: From 1pm to 2:30. If the weather is good, we’ll be on the patio!
How much: Free!
Reservations: Not necessary, just come on by!
For more information: The Museum put together an event page, you can visit it at https://sbmm.org/public-events/umijoo/
June 23: Los Angeles, CA — reading, signing, drinks and music at Mystic Journey Gallery
The Abbot-Kinney neighborhood of Venice is known for its hip, modern storefronts, and my favorite is definitely the crystalline wonderland of Mystic Journey. Their magnificent gallery space is festooned with gorgeous artwork — some made by human hands, and some by the Earth itself — and I am incredibly excited to be sharing Umijoo aloud in this magical space. The reading will be followed by an evening of drinks, music, and conversation. Note that this is at the gallery space (on Lincoln Blvd), not at the bookstore!
When: The event will start at 3pm.
How much: Free admission to the event, books and drinks are available for purchase on premises.
Reservations: Not needed!
For more information: Please check out Mystic Journey’s website at https://www.mysticjourneycrystals.com/
June 24: Long Beach, CA — signing books at the Aquarium of the Pacific
Long Beach’s paramount ocean education destination has been a major Umijoo supporter ever since the book came out, and I’m very excited to have the chance to spend some time with the team there! We aren’t doing any formal reading or anything like that, but I’ll be hanging out at the gift shop and signing books in the afternoon. Come by and say hi! Similar to the Monterey Bay event, the hours for this aren’t set in stone so if you want to make sure we connect, please email me beforehand at [email protected]
When: From 1pm until about 2:30pm or thereabouts.
How much: Information on admission prices for the Aquarium can be found here.
For more information: The Aquarium maintains a robust web presence at http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/
June 25: La Jolla, CA — Umijoo reading at the La Jolla Library
I love libraries and don’t get to work with them nearly as frequently as I would like. Thanks to the incredible staff at the La Jolla library (which is a jewel of the library system), I will have the chance to offer a reading as well as sales and signings of Umijoo at this wonderful institution. The event is free and open to everyone! There are a lot of wonderful Umijoo supporters in the San Diego area, some of which who have been with us since the very beginning of the project; hopefully they will be in attendance as well! I hope to see as many people as possible at this event!
How much: Free admission, books can be purchased at the event.
Reservations: Not needed.
For more information: The library team has put a great event page together, check it out at https://sandiego.librarymarket.com/kids-teen-author-talk-w-casson-trenor