Archived Events

Below are archived events by year. Click on the year’s tab to bring up the events for that year.


Spring Events 2010

February 2010

Feb 13  Saturday   1-3 pm   San Jose, Ca
Mas Masumoto with peachesA Silicon Valley Reads 2010 event
“In Defense of Food: A Farmer’s Perspective”
Presentation and book signing follows
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, 150 E. San Fernando St., San Jose
Co-sponsored by Friends of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library
Information: (408) 808-2000

Feb 26  Friday   7-10pm   Oregon State University   Corvallis, Oregon 
An Evening with Mas Masumoto –
“The Wisdom of Farming: How a Peach Can Change the World”
Reading and presentation – free event   books will be available
LaSells Stewart Center (campus map)
information: (541) 737-1408

Feb 27   Saturday   Oregon Small Farms Conference   OSU, Corvallis, Oregon 
“It’s About the Flavors of Life: Why We Farmers Work So Hard”
keynote speaker 9am
LaSells Stewart Center (campus map)
More information or call Benton County Extension Office at 541-766-3556

Feb 28   Sunday  7p  Iowa State University Ames, Iowa 
Shivvers Memorial Lecture –   “Wisdom of the Last Farmer: Memory, Flavors and Transformative Agriculture”   
Sun Room, Memorial Union   Iowa State Univ
More information or call: (515) 294-9334
Co-sponsored by: Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture and Committee on Lectures
Mas will also be meeting with students at Iowa State in conjunction with the Leopold Center
March 1st – Monday

March 2010

March 18   Thursday   7pm  Gilroy, Calif
A Silicon Valley Reads 2010 event
“In Defense of Food: A Farmer’s Perspective”
Presentation and book signing follows
Gilroy Senior Center –  7371 Hanna St    Gilroy
Co-sponsored by Frields of Gilroy Library, Gilroy Library Commission
AAUW, Gilroy Writer’s Project, Vision Literacy, Gilroy Library Book Club
information: (408) 842-8207
March 19    Friday   12 noon – 1:30p San Jose
A Silicon Valley Reads 2010 event
Panel discussion: “Why Does Food Need Defending?”
also on panel: chef Charlie Ayers, food writer Carolyn Jung, moderated by Leigh Weimers
free but you must rsvp at
Adobe Systems Park Conference Room, East Tower Lobby, 321 Park Ave., San Jose

March 19   Friday   4pm   Saratoga Library   Saratoga, Calif
A Silicon Valley Reads 2010 event
“In Defense of Food: A Farmer’s Perspective”
Presentation and book signing follows
Saratoga Library, 13650 Saratoga Ave., Saratoga
Information: (408) 867-6126

March 20   Saturday   1:30-3pm    Cupertino 
A Silicon Valley Reads 2010 event
Panel: “Food… or Nutrition? You Decide!”
Cupertino Community Hall, 10350 Torre Ave., Cupertino
Information: (408) 446-1677

March 20   Saturday   3:30pm    San Jose 
A Silicon Valley Reads 2010 event
“In Defense of Food: A Farmer’s Perspective”
Presentation and book signing follows
Evergreen Branch Library, 2635 Aborn Rd., San Jose
Information: (408) 808-3060

March 21   Sunday   10:30am    Fresno/Clovis 
Presentation at the Unitarian Universalist Church, Fresno      
2672 E. Alluvial Ave   Clovis, Ca
(559) 322-6146

April 2010

April 7-8    Wednesday-Thursday   Redding, Calif  
Presentations at Shasta College and Redding, Calif
Events will include a Wednesday, April 7, evening public reading
and campus events on Thursday, April 8
For details see the Shasta Community College website.

April 11   Sunday evening    Menlo Park   
Masumoto Peach dinner at Flea Street Cafe
Chef Jesse Cool will feature a dinner menu with Masumoto peaches as the centerpiece
Mas will make a presentation along with Marcy and Korio
3607 Alameda de las Pulgas
Menlo Park, CA 94025
To make reservations, phone Flea Street Cafe: (650) 854-1226

May 2010

May 20-22    Thursday to Saturday   Monterey  
Monterey Bay Aquarium “Cooking for Solutions”
Presentations and special cooking event (Saturday – see next entry)br />

May 22    Saturday    Monterey 
Monterey Bay Aquarium special cooking adventure  
Celebrate chefs Joanne Chang, Jim Dodge, and Jerry Regester with Mas and his peaches
Reservations required
2010 Food and Wine Adventures
TOUR 3: The Farmer and the Peach

June 2010

June 18  Friday   3-9pm   Sierra Nut House   Fresno 
“Mas and Martha Peach Party”

Martha Stewart Magazine Artlcle cover pageGreat news
– the Masumoto Family Farm and our organic peaches are featured in the July issue of MARTHA STEWART LIVING MAGAZINE!

Ten pages of wonderful photos and images from the farm and a delightful story and captions. Then two more pages of peach recipes. You can see images of the farm and the family on that farm – Mas, Marcy, Nikiko and Korio.

We’re excited about this and want to invite you to a “Mas and Martha” party – we’ll have copies of the magazine available and you can preorder our artisan organic PEACHES too!

This all takes place Friday, June 18th from 3:00pm to 9:00pm at the Sierra Nut House located in Villaggio Center in Fresno, Calif. Joann Sorrenti from Sierra Nut House is planning on cooking recipes from the Martha Stewart Living magazine and these treats will be available for sampling and purchase. In addition, copies of Mas’ books, the magazine and PEACHES will be available – we strongly recommend you PREORDER YOUR PEAHCES through Sierra Nut House: (559) 432-4023.

Come join us at ‘The Sierra Nut House’ located in the Villaggio Center, as we celebrate:


Mas Masumoto family farm (and their peaches)
Mas, Marcy, Nikiko and Korio Masumoto
as featured in the July 2010 issue of Martha Stewart Living Magazine
FRIDAY June 18th 3pm to 9pm

Sierra Nut House Bistro will be serving peach dishes from the magazine to sample and sell
PREORDER your 6lbs or 12 lbs boxes of organic peaches
please call by June 16th to order-l (559) 432-4023

Sierra Nut House 7901 N. Blackstone, Fresno, Calif
For directions, click here

Summer Events

July 2010

July 16  Friday   4-7pm   Sierra Nut House   Fresno
SUN CREST Peach Faire with the Masumoto family

Sierra Nut House – preorder Masumoto organic Sun Crest peaches: 559 432-4023


People of often asked how can they get our organic SUN CREST PEACHES.

This is our favorite peach, the one with juices that drip down your face and a flavor that has an OMG factor. (This is one of the peaches highlighted in the July issue of Martha Stewart Living Magazine and a 12 page feature on our farm).

Please join the Masumoto Family Farm for a PEACH FAIRE on July 16th at Sierra Nut House, Villaggio Center on Blackstone Ave. in Fresno. We’ll be there from 4:00 pm until 7:00 pm.

We’ll be giving samples of Sun Crest along with some treats prepared by Marcy and Nikiko.

Masumoto organic Sun Crest peaches will be available for purchase but they must be preordered: a 12 pound box is $30.00 and a 6 pound box is $15.00. Order your peaches through Sierra Nut House: (559) 432-4023. (If you can’t pick them up on Friday and visit with the Masumotos, let Sierra Nut House know and Saturday will work).

Also available will be copies of the July 2010 Martha Stewart Living Magazine featuring the Masumotos, as well as Mas’ books.

Here’s what Mas wrote about the Sun Crest in his book Epitaph for a Peach:

“Sun Crest is one of the last remaining, truly juicy peaches. When you wash that treasure under a stream of cooling water, your fingertips instinctively search for the “gushy” side of the fruit. Your mouth waters in anticipation. You lean over the sink to make sure you don’t drip on yourself. Then you sink your teeth into the flesh and the juices trickle down your cheeks and dangles on your chin. This is a real bite, a primal act, a magical sensory celebration announcing that summer has arrived.”

We’d love to see and meet you and share some peach spirit! Come visit!

Sierra Nut House 7901 N. Blackstone, Fresno, Calif. For directions, click here

Autumn Events 2010

September 2010

September 23 – 25    Thursday – Sunday    Carmel, Calif 
Carmel Authors and Ideas Festival 
Masumoto will be one of the featured authors
exact schedule to be determined
More Information



Book Tour: Wisdom of the Last Farmer

Aug 6 Thursday 6:00 pm  Fresno
“Respite by the River—An Evening With Mas Masumoto”
San Joaquin River Parkway
Contact Tim Hernandez Email
Community Programs Director
559-248-8480 ext. 154

August 11   Tuesday evening  7 pm  Pasadena, CA
Vroman’s Books
Reading and discussion

Aug 12  Wednesday 7:00 pm  Santa Monica, CA
Santa Monica Public Library
Reading and discussion

Aug 15  Saturday 10:00am- 2:00 pm   New York, NY
sponsored by Greenmarkets of New York
Army Plaza Farmers Market
book signing

Aug 16   Sunday afternoon  New York, NY
Stone Barns
Farmer to Farmer Mentoring Workshop (afternoon)

Stone Barns special event: Dinner with the Masumoto FarmFamily
and reading from Wisdom of the Last Farmer

Aug 18  Tuesday afternoon noon – 2:00 pm
at the 92Y Tribeca
(see webpage for details)
Farmer Panel – organized by Greenmarkets of New York
“Educating the Eater” panel series

Aug 19  Wednesday evening – 7 pm  Fresno, Cal
Radio reading from Wisdom of the Last Farmer
Valley_Writers_Read series.
for more information and to listen using KVPR Audio Archive see

Aug 24 Monday  7:00 pm Tacoma, Washington
King’s Books
Reading and discussion
co-sponsor: Tahoma Food Policy Coalition.

Aug 25  Tuesday late afternoon/early evening    Seattle, Washington
(prior to reading)

Evening meal event with Chef Tamara Murphy (of restaurant Brasa)
Note: this event will be at Elliot Bay Books Cafe

Aug 25  Tuesday 7:30 pm   Seattle, Washington
Elliot Bay Books
Reading and discussion

Aug 26  Wednesday 7:30 pm  Portland, Oregon
Powell’s Books
Reading and discussion
co-sponsor: Edible Portland

Aug 29   Saturday  San Francisco, CA
Ferry Plaza Farmers Market
program in conjunction with CUESA
Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture
Julie Cummins Director of Education
Partnering with Book Passage  1:00 pm
reading and presentation

Aug 3   Monday 7:30 pm  Menlo Park, CA
Reading and discussion


Sept 5   Saturday  7:00 pm   Point Reyes Station, Marin County, CA
Point Reyes Bookstore
Reading and discussion at Toby’s Feed Barn
for more information see

Sept 9   Wednesday   6:00 pm
Mechanics Institute – San Francisco, CA
Reading & Signing
57 Post Street, Room 406
San Francisco, CA 94104
Contact: Laura Sheppard, 415-393-0114

Sept 11  Friday  7:00 pm   Visalia, CA
Visalia Branch Library   200 W. Oak
hosted by Friends of Tulare County Library
Reading and presentation

Sept 12   Saturday 1:00-3:00am  Fresno, CA
Fig Garden Bookstore
5084 N. Palm
Kathi Lamonski 226-1845

Sept 15-16   Tuesday-Wednesday  Chicago, Illinois

Chefs Collabrative National Summit
“Bringing Sustainability to the Table”
Featured speaker
for more infomration about this National Summit see

Sept 20 Sunday   Winters, Calif
Center for Land Based Learning
reading and fundraiser for the Center

Writers Workshop 11:00am to 1:00pm
“Writing with Mas Masumoto”
learn writing perspectives, approaches, hands on writing lessons with Mas
limited space, fee $50.00

Reading and discussion 2:00pm-5:00
At the Center for Land Based Learning
fee $10/refreshments provided
tickets available:

Center for Land Based Learning
5265 Putah Creek Road
Winters, CA 95694
(530) 795-152

Sept 26  Saturday noon-4:00 pm  Berkeley, CA
Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival
A project of Poetry Flash
Contact Mark Baldridge
for more information see:


Oct 3   Saturday  afternoon reading  Capay Valley, California
“Hoes Down Festival”
Capay Valley, Yolo County
Full Belly Farm – County Road 43 – Guinda, CA 95637
Reading and performance

Oct 4   Sunday 4:00 pm   Davis, Calif
Reading and Discussion
Avid Reader bookstore
617 Second Street
Davis, CA 95616
Tel: (530)758-4040

Oct 7   Wednesday evening  7:00 pm   Fullerton, Calif
Reading and Presentation
Part of  “Fullerton Reads” program of “One Book, One Community”
Fullerton Public Library
Maureen Gebelein, Library Director – email

Oct 8  Thursday  Santa Monica, CA
Santa Monica High School
California Literature classes
School presentation and discussion

Oct 13  Tuesday Las Vegas, Nv.
Black Mountain Institute
“Food and Hunger: Eating in America.”
sponsored by Black Mountain Institute Forum on Contemporary Cultures
panel discussion with Mas and Alice Waters
for more information see

Oct 22   Thursday Salt Lake City, UT
Kings English bookstore
The King’s English
1511 S 1500 E
Salt Lake City, Utah 84105
Reading in conjunction with Slow Food Utah

Oct 23-24   Fri-Sat  Moab, UT
Confluence Writing Conference
“Eating the West”
A Celebration of Reading and Writing in Moab
Masumoto will teach a writing workshop and participate in readings and discussions
for a complete description of this conference see

Oct 25   Sunday  afternoon  Denver, Colorado
Rocky Mountain Land Library in partnership Tattered Cover Bookstore
site and time will to be determined


Nov 4   Wednesday  7 pm Bellingham, WA
Village Books
1200 Eleventh Street
Bellingham, Washington 98225
Tel: (360) 671-2626 /
(800) 392-BOOK
Event co-sponsor: Sustainable Connections

Nov 5  Thursday Tulalip, WA
“Focus on Farming” Farm Conference
Tulalip Resort Hotel and Conference  Center
Keynote speaker
Contact Linda Neunzig, Agriculture Project Coordinator – email

Nov 8  Sunday 5 pm dinner Palo Alto, CA
Keynote speaker at 100 year celebration
Aldersgate United Methodist Church
Dynasty Seafood Restaurant in Cupertino’s Vallco Shopping Center”
contact Rev. Roger Morimoto – email

Nov 12  Thursday 6 pm Reedley, CA
Reedley Historical Society and Friends of the Reedley Library
Dinner Presentation – at Sierra View Homes 1155 E. Springfield, Reedley
Contact Carol Krehbiel 559 637-9098

Nov 19  Thursday  7:30 pm   Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA
Braun Lecture Hall, Building 320
(Geology Corner)
Reading and discussion, part of Stanford University Continuing Studies
for more information see:

Nov 20  Friday 5 – 9 pm Fresno, CA
A “meet and greet” event – Book signing and open house
Hosted by the Sierra Nut House – at the Villaggio Center SW corner of Nees and Blackstone
Contact Jo Ann Sorrenti Sierra Nut House



Jan 25
Eco-Farm Conference Workshop
“Memory and Moments Inspired by Nature”
w/ Nikiko Masumoto
Monterey, Calif

Jan 26

Eco-Farm Conference
Masumoto Family Farm receives Sustie Award
Ecological Farming Association
Monterey, Calif


April 12

California State University, Fresno
Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership
luncheon speaker
Fresno, Ca

April 18

International Association of Culinary Professionals
Annual Conference
Workshop: “Framing the Farmer: A Food Life List”
New Orleans


Sun Crest Peach 40th birthday party
Tasting and Performance – (Masumoto Family)
Monterey Market,
Berkeley, Calif


Slow Food Nation
San Francisco, Calif

August 29

Agrarian Arts – Civic Center Plaza
Taiko and reading (w/ Nikiko Masumoto)
web link

August 29

Changemakers Conference
“Future of Farming” panel
4:30 pm
web link

August 31

Fort Mason – Tasting Pavilions
Slow Food Workshop w/ Poppy Tooker
Eat It to Save It, Slow Food USA’s Ark of Taste
(ticketed event)


Dublin Library
“Dublin Reads”
Epitaph for a Peach
Dublin, Calif
Web link



February 10

Fresno, California
California Association of Teachers of English
Annual Conference
Keynote Address


August 7th Tuesday
San Francisco, California
Rubicon Restaurant Elberta Peach dinner with Masumoto Family Farm
Phone for reservations: 415-434-4100

August 15th

Sacramento, California
Lemon Grass Restaurant Peaches and Lemon Grass dinner with Mas Masumoto
Phone for reservations: 916 486-4891

August 18-19

Yosemite, California
11th Annual Tuolumne Meadows Poetry Festival
David Mas Masumoto
Dorianne Laux Kay Ryan
2:00  p.m. Saturday
2:00 p.m. Sunday Tuolumne Meadows Visitor Center
209 372-0263


Sept 6

Pasadena, California
City of South Pasadena Public Library
readings and presentation 6:00 pm
contact Steve Fjeldsted – email or 626 403-7332

Sept 20

Fresno, California – Respite by the River
San Joaquin River Parkway Association reading and presentation
River Center 7:00 p.m.
Contact Barbara Ruiz 559 248-8480 Website

Sept 27

Reedley, California
Reedley College
reading 7:00 p.m.
Contact David Borofka email or call 559 638-3641

Sept 29

Fresno, California
Woodward Park Regional Library
Reading and presentation 2:00 pm
Contact Stephanie Horal, librarian 559 433-3135 or email

Sept 30

Winters, California
Center for Land Based Learning
Reading, tasting and presentation 2:00-5:00 p.m.
Mary Kimbell, director 530 795-1520 Website


by David Mas Masumoto

Library Book Tour
Readings and Presentations

Oct 4

Modesto, California
Modesto Bee Book Club
West Campus Modesto Junior College (tentative location)
Reading and interview 7:00 p.m.
Contact Denise Nordell email or 209 578-2000 or 209 578-2296

October 11

Berkeley, California
HeyDay Books
Heirlooms “official launch”
Reading and presentation
Contact Lillian at HeyDay Books 510 549-3564

October 13

Modesto, California
Conference: CATESOL -Calif Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages
Yosemite Chapter
Keynote speaker at annual conference

October 17

Visalia, California
College of the Sequoia Arts and Lectures
Lecture and reading 7:00 pm
Contact: Steve Renton 559 737-6216
Web Link

October 26

2:00-3:00 pm
Fig Garden Regional Library
3071 W. Bullard – Fresno, Ca  93711
contact Donna Morgan
559  438-4071

October 30

6:30-7:30 pm
Auberry Library
33049 Auberry Road – Auberry, Ca  93602
contact Anne Neal 559  855-8523


November 5

7:00-8:00 pm
Sanger Library
1812 Seventh St – Sanger, Ca  93657
contact Barbara Light 559  875-2435

November 7

Caruthers Library
13382 S. Henderson Road – Caruthers, Ca  93609
contact  Tammie Wenter 559  864-8766

November 30

San Mateo, California
President’s Lecture Series – College of San Mateo
Noon on campus
Main Switchboard : (650) 574-6161 Email



February 7 – 8

Nevada City, California
Nevada County Reads
A community reading event adopting Epitaph for a Peach for a community wide reading and conversation
Contact: Steve Fjeldsted  – Nevada County Librarian
530 265-1539

February 7

7:00PM – 9:00PM
Nevada City, California
Nevada County Reads
Author program at Baggett Theater

February 8

Nevada City, California
Nevada County Reads
Nevada Union High School
Organic Luncheon
Bear River High School

February 21

Fresno, California
CSU Fresno – Osher Lifelong Learning Institute


March 1

Bakersfield, Calif.
One Book, One Bakersfield
2006 selection: Epitaph for a Peach
Memoir Writing Workshop
Student presentation: FFA and 4H students
Student writing workshop, East Bakersfield High
Evening program – Author reading
Beal Memorial Library 7:00 pm

March 16

Bakersfield, California
One Book, One Bakersfield
2006 selection: Epitaph for a Peach
Culminating Event 6:00 reception
Kern County Museum (661) 852-5000

March 23

Merced, California
Merced High Writers Club Writing Workshop
Ocean Jones 209-385-6487

March 30 – 31

Seattle, Washington
International Association of Culinary Professionals Annual Conference
Keynote Speaker: “On Inspiration”


April 1

Visalia, California
Portuguese-American Education Conference
Keynote Speaker

April 5

CSU Fresno, Calif
Young Writers Conference
Keynote address
Connie Hales Website

April 15

Merced, California
Great Valley Books Writers Conference
Contact: Heyday Books – 916-549-3564

May 2006

May 4

National PBS documentary series: California and the American Dream
Series Premiers Thursdays, April 13-May 4
Final segment schedule May 4: “Ripe for Change”
Along with other farmers, the Masumoto family farm is profiled
Mas and Marcy Masumoto are interviewed and share their perspective on family farming and organic/sustainable farming. Various segments filmed at the Masumoto farm.
Check local PBS program schedule for exact times.

May 10-11

Sacramento, California
Great Valley Center Conference
Workshop: Literature in California
Panel with Gerald Haslam and Malcom Margolin

May 12-13

Los Angeles, California
Asian Pacific American Book Festival
Planning Meeting – Japanese American National Museum
Public Programs – UCLA James West Alumni Center
A community event produced by the Asian Pacific American Legal Center
Contact: Audrey Lee-Sung Email

October 2006

October 7

Brentwood, California
Brentwood CityRead
2006 selection: Epitaph for a Peach
Author reading and presentation 2:00 pm
contact: Leonard Roudman

November 2006

November 17

Sacramento, California
California School Library Association Annual Conference
Keynote Speaker



Friday, January 28

2:00 – 4:00pm
Reading and Presentation
FLAIR (Fresno Learning Activities in Retirement)
Spring lecture series – CSU Fresno
FLAIR members or contact: William Dailey 559 278-4212

Saturday, January 29 2005

Friends of Fresno County Public Library Annual luncheon
Lecture and reading
Tickets and reservations contact: Linda Calandra 559 453-2237


Silicon Valley Reads
Epitaph for a Peach has been selected as a community wide book reading project of the Santa Clara County / San Jose area of California, often called Silicon Valley. During the month of February, “Silicon Valley Reads” will be hosting a variety of reading discussion groups, presentations and readings which Masumoto will be participating in. For details you can look up the entire schedule and much more information on the website.

Tuesday, February 1

“Conversation with Mas”
Interview by San Jose Mercury News columnist Mike Cassidy
Hosted by Commonwealth Club Silicon Valley, History San Jose, and
JA Chamber of Commerce
Montgomery Theatre
291 S. Market – San Jose, California
Reception 6:15pm – Program 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Admission $5.00

Wednesday, February 2

Silicon Valley Locations

7:30 am – 8:30 am
“Orchard Memories”
Los Gatos Rotary Reading and presentation
Los Gatos Lodge 50 – Los Gatos-Saratoga Rd
Los Gatos, California

10:30 am – 11:30 am
Education Materials Fair – Santa Clara County Office of Education
Reading and lecture
Contact Donna Wheelehan 408 453-6800

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Campbell Library “bag lunch”
77 Harrison Ave, Campbell
Reading and book signing
Contact: Terri Lehan 408-866-1991 x 3200

5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Barnes and Noble
1875 S. Bascom Ave – Campbell, California
Reading and book signing

7:30 pm
Los Altos Library
13 S. San Antonio Rd – Los Altos, California
Reading and book signing
Information: 650 948-7683

February 3

Silicon Valley Locations

10:00 pm – 12:30 pm
Milpitas High School – Milpitas, California
Creative writing English classes writing workshop

4:00 pm
Gilroy Library
7387 Rosanna St – Gilroy, California
“Tea with Mas Masumoto”

Reading and book signing
Information: 408 842-8207

7:00 pm
Morgan Hill Community Center
17000 Monterey Rd – Morgan Hill, California
Evening reading and presentation”
Information: 408-778-646

February 9

Fresno- Fig Garden womens luncheon

February 11

Presentation to Xanterra Parks and Resorts Food and Beverage Directors and Chefs
Culinary Institute of America
St. Helena, California

February 12

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Santa Clara City Central Park Library
2635 Homestead Rd – Santa Clara, California
Reading and book signing
Information: 408 615-2900

February 12

Berkeley Public Library Foundation
Annual dinner and reception
Hosting table for friends of the Library
Berkeley, California

February 13

1:00 pm
Book Passage Bookstore
51 Tamal Vista Blvd – Corte Madera, California
Reading and book signing
Information: 415 924-3838

February 19

Keynote address
Valley of Hearts Delight Conference
Sponsored by Foundation for Global Community
Sunnyvale, California
Information: 650 328-7756

February 20

2:00 pm
Martin Luther King Jr Library
150 E. San Fernando St – San Jose, California
Information: 408 808-2397

February 23

Silicon Valley Locations

2:00 pm
Ainsley House Museum
Campbell, California
“Tea and peach preserve tasting”
Contact: Gloria Chun Hoo 408 866-2757

4:00 pm
West Valley Library
1243 San Tomas Aquino Rd – San Jose, California
Reading and discussion of Epitaph for a Peach
Information: 408 466-1677

7:00 pm
Cupertino Community Center
10800 Torre Ave – Cupertino, California
Reading and book signing
Information: 408 466-1677

February 24

Silicon Valley Locations

9:00 am
Saratoga Library
13650 Saratoga Ave – Saratoga, California
“Breakfast in the orchard with Mas”
Information: 408 867-6126

11:45 am – 2:30 pm
Santa Clara University – Orradre Library
Santa Clara, California
Reading, discussion, panel discussion
Information: 408 554-6808

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Biblioteca Latinoamericana
921 S. First St – San Jose, California
Conversation with Masumoto
Photo presentation of San Jose orchards
Information: 408 294-1237

5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
San Jose History Park
Closing celebration of Silicon Valley Reads
San Jose, California

7:30 pm
Barnes and Noble
3600 Stevens Creek Blvd – San Jose, California
March 2005

March 2

6:30 pm
Auberry Library – Auberry, California
Reading and book signing
Information: Anne Neal 559 855-8523

March 12

Sacramento Public Library – Sacramento, California
“Authors on the Move” banquet
Information: 916 264-2893

March 17

6:00 pm
Nevada County Library
980 Helling Way – Nevada City, California
Reading and book signing
Information: Steve Fjeldsted 530 265-1539

March 18 – 19

Beyond Consuming: Food, Wine and Culture of the Pacific Region
Pacific Regional Humanities Center
Keynote address
Information: 530-752-4327
University of California, Davis
Davis, California

March 20

2:00 pm
Japanese American National Museum
Los Angeles, California
Reading and book signing
Information: 213-625-0414


Wednesday, April 6, 2005

Writers in Conversation
Part of the California Stories Uncovered program by
The California Council for the Humanities
Los Angeles Public Library
Reading and discussion

April 17

7:00 pm
Writers in Conversation
Part of the California Stories Uncovered program by
The California Council for the Humanities Chico Public Library
Reading and discussion


May 11 – 12

Great Valley Center Annual Conference
Sacramento, California
Workshop: “Words and Art Harvests”
Workshop: Central Valley Educational Leadership Initiative

May 21

Heartland Festival
Double T Acres – Stevinson, California
Information: 831 763-2111


September 12 – 16

Berlin, Germany
International Literature Festival
Panel with Barry Lopez
Children’s literature festival presentation
Evening reading program

September 28 – 29

Portland, Oregon
National Trust for Historic Preservation Annual Conference
Keynote Speaker
Panel Discussion


Sacramento, California
One Book Sacramento
For the month of October, the city and county of Sacramento has selected Epitaph for a Peach to be read and engage in a “community conversation.” Throughout the month, various readings, presentations, discussion groups, and activities will take place. Details available on their website

October 6

Sacramento, California
One Book Sacramento
Rotary Luncheon Speaker
Sacramento Bee Book Club
“Author-in-Conversation” With Al Pierleoni

October 8

Sacramento, California
One Book Sacramento
Elk Grove Library
National University writer/reader forum

October 11

Sacramento, California
One Book Sacramento
Sacramento Unified School District
Student Presentation
Avid Reader Book Signing
Bella Bru Cafe “coffee and conversation” with Stan Forbes

October 13

Sacramento, California
One Book Sacramento
Book Forum On-Line Book Club
“Dear Reader”

October 14

Sacramento, California
One Book Sacramento
Pride of the Library
Donor Recognition Presentation

October 21

Agriculture in the Classroom
Annual Conference
Keynote Speaker

October 17

Pasadena, California
“Culture Jam: Friction, Fusion, Synergy”
Grantmakers in the Arts Annual Conference
Panel Discussion: “The Art of Eating a Peach: Understanding the Ecology of Community Knowledge”
Others on the panel include Daniel Sheehy, Sophilene Shapiro and Nati Cano

October 20

Berkeley, California
University of California
Guest Lecturer
Environmental Studies
Professor Garrison Sposito
Professor Robert Hass



January 11

Oakland East Bay Symphony
Words and Music project
Oakland, California

January 20

7:30 pm
Kepler’s Books
Menlo Park, California

January 21

Evening Reception
Keynote Speaker
Eco Farm, Monterey Aquarium
Eco Farm Conference
Asilomar, Monterey, California

January 22

7:30 pm
Bookstop – Santa Cruz, California

January 25 – February 7

Keables Chair, Writer in Residence
Iolani School – Honolulu, Hawaii


February 3

7:00 pm
Community Reading
Seto Hall – Iolani School – Honolulu, Hawaii


March 12

8:00 am – 2:00 pm
“Celebrating the Writing Life”
Fresno Pacific University – Fresno, California

March 30

”Evening with Mas”
Public Reading
One Community, One Book
Stockton / San Joaquin County reading “Epitaph for a Peach”
Stockton, California


April 3

Monterey Bay Aquarium
Three Arch Partners
Monterey, California

April 9

“Poetics of Place” Symposium
San Francisco State University
San Francisco, California


September 24

Friday day program
New California Media Expo
Fresno Convention Center
Masumoto will make a presentation
as part of NCM program
Contact: Sandy Close 415 503-4170

September 23

Thursday 5-7:30 pm
Book Reception
Book Launch and Signing
(invitation only event)
Sponsored by The Fresno Bee
Smittcamp Alumni House,
CSUF campus 2625 East Keats Ave (off of Shaw Ave)
Fresno, California

September 26

Sunday 1:00 pm
United Japanese Christian Church
136 N. Villa – Clovis , California
Open to the Public
First public reading and signing in Fresno
Contact: Janelle Saito 559 322-0701

September 26

Friends of Madden Library Annual Dinner
Fundraiser event for CSUF Madden Library
ticketed event must be purchased in advance
event at: Smittcamp Alumni House,
CSUF campus 2625 East Keats Ave (off of Shaw Ave)
Fresno, California
Dinner speaker and book signing
Contact: Marcie Morrison 559 278-7177

September 27, 2004

Central Valley Higher Ed Consortium Luncheon
Keynote Speaker – Closed to public
Contact: Allen Carden
Central Valley Higher Ed Consortium
559 292-0576

September 30

Thursday 7:00 pm
Reedley Junior College
995 N. Reed – Reedley, California
Reading and signing – Open to the Public
Contact: Dave Borofka
Instructor, English Department
559 638-3641


October 2

Saturday 10 am – Noon
Second Space Theatre, Tower District
928 E. Olive Ave
Fresno, California
Masumoto will do a brief reading, part of “Writer’s Mosaic” in conjunction with the “Tamejavi” festival
Open to the Public
Contact: Dorina Gilmore 559 230-0128

October 4

Monday 7:00 pm
Sanger Public Library
1812 7th Street – Sanger, California
Reading and signing – Open to the Public
Contact: Barbara Light 559 875-2435

October 9

Saturday 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Book signing – Fig Garden Bookstore
5094 N. Palm – Fresno, California
Contact: 559 226-1845

October 11

Monday 7:30 pm
Bookstore Reading and Book Signing – Cody’s Bookstore On Telegraph
Berkeley, California
Contact: Melissa 510 845-7852

October 12

6:30 pm
Reading and Book Signing – Open to the Public
San Francisco Public Library – Koret Auditorium
100 Larkin St – San Francisco, California
Contact: Joan Jasper 415 557-4595

October 14

7:00 pm
Reading and Book Signing – Open to the Public
San Joaquin River Parkway
Hallowell Center for River Studies
Fresno, California
Contact: Barb Ruiz 559 433-3190

October 30

Pilgrim Armenian Men’s Forum
Fresno, California

October 31

Unitarian Church
Fresno, California


November 4

6:30 – 8:00 pm
Hanford Public Library
401 North Douty – Hanford, CA
Contact: Gail Lucas 559 582-0261 x 104

November 6

2:00pm – 4:00pm
Book Signing – Borders Books – River Park
7722 N Blackstone – Fresno, California
Contact: Cynthia Carr 559 435-5518

November  9

7:00 pm
Merced Barnes/Noble
1720 West Olive – Merced CA 95348
Contact: Jodi Gidcumb 209-386-0571

November 10

5:30 – 6:30 pm
Caruthers Public Library
13882 S. Henderson – Caruthers, CA
Contact: Nance Espinosa 559-864-8766

November 12

5:00pm – 7:00pm
Picturing Letters
Doug Hansen art show featuring art from “Letters to the Valley”
Lyles Galley Speech Arts Building – CSU Fresno
Contact: 559 278-2216

November 13

5:00 pm
Keplers Books
1010 Camino Real – Menlo Park, CA
Contact: Jenny Davis 650 594-5935

November 16

7:00 pm
Reading and Book Signing – Open to the Public
Next Chapter Bookstore
622 Main St – Woodland, California
Contact: Vicky Panaich 530 668-4620

November 18

Afternoon Reading – O’Connor Woods House
3400 Wagner Height Road – Stockton, California
Arranged by: Stockton Barnes and Noble
Contact: Kathleen Anderson 209 472-1676

November 18

Evening Reading
Stockton Barnes and Noble
Contact: Kathleen Anderson 209 472-1676


December 2

7:30 pm
Fox Theater – Visalia, California
Sequoia Riverlands Trust
“Evening with an author and illustrator” – Mas Masumoto, author
Doug Hansen, illustrator presentation – Discussion and signing
Open to the Public
Refreshments served
Proceeds from book sales to benefit Sequoia Riverlands Trust
Contact: Johanna Lombard, Director of Development
Sequoia Riverlands Trust

December 4

2:00PM – 4:00pm
Fresno Barnes and Noble
7849 N. Blackstone – Fresno, CA
Contact: Mark Halvorsen 559 437-0492

December 5

11:30am –  2:30pm
First Congregational Church
2131 N. Van Ness – Fresno, CA
Contact: Rev Dave Finister 559 312-5369



January 7

First Tuesday lecture series
California Historical Society,  5:30 pm
San Francisco, California

January 8

Cody’s Bookstore 7:30 pm
Berkeley, California

January 22

Company reading 3:00 pm
Public reading in the evening
Patagonia Clothing
Ventura, California

January 21

Public reading
Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles, California

January 31

Reading – Avid Reader Bookstore
Davis, California 7:30 pm


February 1

PlacerGrown Farm Conference 9:00 am
Contact Becki Carlson, Executive Director, PlacerGROWN
Lincoln High School – Lincoln, California

February 2

“Four Seasons in Five Senses”
Reading and performance 2:00 pm
Including selections from “Spoken Words, Story Songs”
(a CD of readings and musical duets with musicians
Larry Honda and Nikiko Masumoto)
Note: Special fundraiser for United Japanese American Christian Church – Clovis/Fresno, California

February 8

Conference Panelist – First Annual Symposium on the Culture of Cuisine
“The Power of Food and Memory” 2:15 pm – 3:30 pm
Copia, The American Center for Wine, Food and Arts
Copia, Napa

February 18

Elliot Bay Book Company
101 S Main St – Seattle, Washington

February 19

Reading, 6:00 pm
University BookStore, Tacoma
1754 Pacific Ave – Tacoma, Washington

February 20

Powell’s Books
Hawthorne Blvd store
Portland, Oregon

February 28 – March 1

City / Community wide reading of Epitaph for a Peach
Part of Woodland Reads
School events / Community programs
Woodland, California


March 6 – 7, 2003

Workshops, lectures and readings
Pasadena City College
Pasadena, California

March 8

Japanese American National Museum
Los Angeles, California

March 18

Reading and presentation 8:00 pm
10th annual Wallace Stegner Lecture Series
Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts 8:00 pm
Peninsula Open Space Trust
Mountain View, California

March 19

PBS American Masters featuring
Alice Waters and “Her Delicious Revolution”
(check local listing for specific times)
A segment includes Sun Crest Peaches and the Masumoto family farm.

March 29

Annual Banquet Keynote Speaker
Japanese American National Museum
Los Angeles, California


April 8

Evening reading of “Four Seasons in Five Senses”
Part of National Library Week
Sacramento Public Library, Central Library
Sacramento, California

April 8

Campus visit CSU Stanislaus
The campus adopted “Epitaph for a Peach” as reading for all incoming Freshman.
Mas will visit classes, teach and continue the discussion.
Stanislaus, California

April 25

Keynote Speaker, Noon
California Studies Association Conference, April 24 – 25.
Conference theme… “California Stories: Origins, New Starts,  Coming of Age”
University of California, Davis – Davis, California

April 24

Campus visit UC Davis.
A series of classroom visits and  readings
Part of the California Studies Conference program
University of California, Davis – Davis, California


May 10

Luncheon Keynote Speaker
“Ethnicity, Community and Historical Preservation
in the Central San Joaquin Valley” Conference
Downtown Club – Fresno, California

May 15

Reading and panel discussion with author Aris Janigian
1:30 – 2:30 pm
Great Valley Center Conference
Sacramento, California

May 15

Reading, 7:00 pm
Lodi Public Library – Lodi, California

May 28

Presentation, reading and conversation
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Modesto Bee Book Club Selected Epitaph for a Peach for the “One Community / One Book” reading program
Book club information
Salida Branch Library – 4835 Sisk Road – Modesto, California

September 27 – 28

Featured speaker – Prairie Festival
The Land Institute
Salina, Kansas

August 16 – 17

Featured writer with afternoon readings and brief evening  presentation
Yosemite Poetry Festival, Tuolumne Meadows
Yosemite National Park, California



January 12

Keynote Speaker – California Women for Agriculture State Conference – Fresno, California

January 20

Special Reading & Presentation: “Dances with Vines”
COPIA American Center for Food, Wine and the Arts
Napa, California

January 26

Keynote Speaker
Annual Banquet & Fundraiser
McHenry Museum – Modesto, California

February 24 – 28

Presentation, Reading and Workshop
Yosemite Literary Conference – Yosemite Association

April 9 – 13

Featured Speaker
Hawaii Executive Conference – Hawaii


Masumoto “public farming” month

July 7

Hosting Slow Foods
BACCHUS convivium from Berkeley
farm walk, talk and brunch

 July 14

Mother’s Market in Costa Mesa
in store tasting and family dialogue
11:00am – 2:00 pm

July 20

Jamfest gathering at the Masumoto family farm
(by invitation only)

July 21

Patagonia “harvest”
hosting group from Patagonia Clothing
farm peach harvest and brunch

August 31

California State University Stanislaus
Epitaph for a Peach selected as a reader for all incoming Freshman
Convocation key note address and discussion groups
Dinner banquet informal conversations


Art exhibition and program series about art and nature
Reading and discussion
Santa Fe, New Mexico

October 4

Family Firm International Conference
keynote address: “Memory Economy – Flavors of a Peach, Tastes of Traditions and the Family Story”
Dallas, Texas
Family Firm Institute

October 26

Environmental Law Conference of California
keynote speaker at annual conference
Yosemite National Park