Manzanita Speaker Series

All speaker engagements are canceled. No future speakers planned for 2020 and 2021.  Sorry! This was a popular free program.



New 2020 Manzanita Speaker Series

This event was canceled. So sorry!


Sunday, March 22 from 5-6:30 pm

Welcome Lisa Michelle, author & filmmaker

Lisa Michelle is our March Manzanita Speaker on Sunday, March 22, at 5 pm. Come join us for a stimulating sharing of information about documentary-making, story suspense, and writing. Her new collection of short fiction, Mountain Misery, which just hit #1 new Amazon Western Horror entry, is set in Calaveras County. Maybe you will recognize yourself in one of the stories. It’s a collection of love stories – Western Noir — and the characters are as gritty as you need them to be. Lisa is a high-energy, vibrant speaker. You will come away with a full meal of information about the world of filmmaking, writing, and rodeo. See you there! Reserve your spot as we have limited seating.  Email us and let us know you are coming.    or call: 209-728-6171



New book in the shop! Mountain Misery: Calaveras Love Stories by Lisa Michelle.

We are so happy to welcome new local author, Lisa Michelle! Lisa Michelle is an award-winner screenwriter, author, and filmmaker. This former rodeo cowgirl and mother of two, makes her home in the Sierra Nevada, and in our lovely county of Calaveras.

Mountain Misery is a collection of rural stories that remind us that love is a motley collection of emotion. Often twisted and tangled. Set deep in the backwoods of Calaveras County on the verge of the Sierra Nevada, these stories offer an intimate and authentic look at those who exist in the darkness of failure but courageously continue to seek the light of possibility.


Past events:

Monika Rose reading from her new book, Bed Bumps! Nov. 30, 2019 — fun prizes and giveaways!


Viking Women! Sunday, April 19 at 5 pm — Erik Smith back by popular demand!

 Mark your calendars. This young and bold historian has some stories to tell about the Nordic ladies.  Hold onto your hats, or lose them to the warrior women of the north!




Sunday Feb. 23, 2020

Manzanita Arts Emporium –  4-6 pm


Buzz Eggleston – “Rock Art of Utah”

Buzz Eggleston and his wife, Karen, have spent parts of the past three summers traveling through the Utah and nearby states, examining ancient rock art and studying the history of the tribes who left it behind. He presents “Rock Art of Utah,” a PowerPoint show of some of the hundreds of photographs taken during those trips and shares what he has learned about the artists and the cultures that supported them. Buzz is a journalist, the former editor of The Union Democrat of Sonora and the Calaveras Enterprise of San Andreas. He and Karen live in San Andreas.

Rock formation at Butler Wash



Past speakers & lectures 2018 & 2019

June 9 – 3 pm – 4:30 Travel for Health and Well-Being – Sunny & Al Lockwood present their adventures cruising the Mediterranean and other global trips. Free! Refreshments and beverages available. FREE!

July 7 – 3 pm – Kill Your Diet – Dr. Eldo Frezza presents a nutrition and fitness talk and a kick in the pants for losing weight. FREE!

July 14 – 3 pm. Carolyn Tipton – UC Berkeley professor and translator of renowned Spanish poetry will read from her new books and give a talk on poetry. Open mic to follow.  Refreshments and Spanish wine by Metates. FREE! Donations encouraged.

August 3 – Hot August Night – Between the Sheets –  Saturday at 7 pm at Manzanita Arts Emporium. – romantic poetry read aloud – includes traditional classics plus whimsical and humorous love stuff. Great date night opportunity. Recite love poems to your honey, or just be funny. FREE!

August 17 – ARTIST PEEP SHOW! All day, with the big reveal at 4 pm.  See the unveiling of some hot art from some hot artists. Fundraiser for the gallery and some unusual selfie photo-op moments with artists and their new works. Free event. Refreshments. Artists on hand.

Saturday, Sept 7 – Author Fair – visit with local and regional authors and their new books. Chat about publishing and the journey from manuscript to book completion. 1-4 pm.

Past lectures:

Two Vikings Lectures by Eric Smith 2018 and 2019

Dave Bunnell – Caves of the World

Two Audubon Society  lectures — The Osprey Nest – and one more

Jim Fletcher – Mark Twain’s 88 Days in the Mother Lode – ongoing series

Trails of the Sierra –

Blanche Abrams – Edgar Allan Poe – The Raven

Eldo Frezza – Dieting

Stephen Archer – Author talk about Ireland — two stimulating talks about finding treasure and Irish history by Stephen Archer, author of the Irish Clans book series.