Thursday, January 31, 2013


The Friends of the Crowell Public Library have announced their ONE BOOK, ONE CITY selection for 2013: Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child by Bob Spitz. “It is rare for someone to emerge in America who can change attitudes, beliefs, and culture. It is even rarer when that someone is a middle-aged, six-foot three-inch woman. Julia Child’s story, however, is more than the tale of a talented woman and her sumptuous craft. Julia had an effect on and was equally affected by the baby boom, the sexual revolution, and the start of the women's liberation movement” (from the publisher’s description).

Bob Spitz is the award-winning author of The Beatles, a New York Times best seller, as well as seven other nonfiction books. His articles appear regularly in magazines and newspapers, including The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, Rolling Stone and O, the Oprah Magazine among others.

Check out a copy of Dearie at Crowell Public Library and mark your calendars with these upcoming One Book, One City events which take place in the Library’s Barth Community Room:

March 12, Tuesday, 7 pm
John Dewar: Recipe for Spying

John is a USC graduate who currently works for the Pasadena Police Department and is in charge of a joint FBI Task Force. John served in the United States Navy as an Intelligence Officer.

March 21, Thursday, 7 pm
Peg Rahn: Our Julia

Peg Rahn was about half way through cooking from Mastering the Art of French Cooking the first time she met Julia – appropriately at Jurgensens! Peg has been writing, cooking and traveling with food as a focus for several decades. A regular on the KNX FoodNews and ABC News, Peg was a regular writer for Metropolitan Home, Better Homes and the Pasadena Star News. Currently, she runs the FRESH classes at the LA Arboretum.

April 4, Thursday, 7 pm
Dee FitzGerald: AIWF, Julia’s Darling – Seeking the Recognition It Deserves

Dr. FitzGerald is Chairman of the Orange County American Institute of Wine and Food, a 501(c)(3) national organization founded by Julia Child, Robert Mondavi and Richard Graff to support Culinary Scholarships and the trademarked Days of Taste ( which introduces Title I fourth and fifth graders to good food habits and enjoyment. His presentation will trace the history, intention, present focus and current challenges of the 24 chapter, 3,000 member organization.

April 11, Thursday, 7 pm
Wine and Cheese Tasting Event (location & details to be determined)

April 18, Thursday, 7 pm
Author talk and book signing.

In person, Bob Spitz: Author of Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child.

Movie Screening: February 21, Thursday, 10 am
Julie & Julia, 2009.

Julia Child's story of her start in the cooking profession is intertwined with blogger Julie Powell's 2002 challenge to cook all the recipes in Child's first book.

Every year the Friends of Crowell Public Library present a series of ONE BOOK, ONE CITY events that bring the community together in celebration of the joy of reading. Past selections have included Iron River by T. Jefferson Parker, Flower Confidential by Amy Stewart, Samurai’s Garden, by Gail Tsukiyama, The Ragtime Kid by Larry Karp and 2012’s The Sherlockian by Graham Moore.

For further details on this exciting program and others at Crowell Library, keep an eye on the website: