With a devil-may-care attitude toward warnings from my local library not to eat and read at the same time—so as not to leave food stains on reading materials—one of my favorite things to do since I was a kid has involved nibbling on whatever snacks are at hand (preferably sandwiches) while diving into my latest book. Copperfield's Books renders my adored hobby all snazzy and legit with "Debut Dinners," their newest reading series.
The first dinner, on Tuesday, Sept. 4, features author Amanda Coplin and her acclaimed debut novel The Orchardist. Hailed by NPR as "a stunning accomplishment, hypnotic in its storytelling power," the book tells the story of Talmadge, who's grown apples and other fruits in an isolated, Washington state valley for 40 years. For $75, literavores get a hardcover copy of the book, an opportunity to brush shoulders with the author and a specially designed three-course meal at Forchetta/Bastoni in Sebastopol of an insalata mista, orecchiette with braised rapini, garlic and chiles, or penne with polpettine, and an apple-almond tart with cream. Not to worry, the price also includes a glass of wine. Upcoming debut dinners in October and November feature authors Kathleen Alcott and Scott Hutchins, respectively, and will be held at Risibisi in Petaluma and Bistro 29 in Santa Rosa. Eat, read and be merry on Tuesday, Sept. 4, at Forchetta/Bastoni. 6948 Sebastopol Road, Sebastopol. 6pm. $75. www.copperfieldsbooks.com.