Author Spotlight

6 May, 2018

Volpatt

Michael Volpatt is the co-owner and co-founder of Big Bottom Market. For seven years now the Market has been serving the Guerneville community and travelers to California’s Western Sonoma County and has become one of Sonoma’s favorite places to visit.

n addition to his work at the Market, Michael is also a PR guy and has dedicated his time to promoting the Market and the Guerneville community. Michael played an important role in the Market’s Biscuit Mix and Honey bring recognized as one of Oprah’s Favorite Things. He also credits the town’s growing number of entrepreneurs for their role in keeping Guerenville gorgeous and making sure that the town keeps its charm while also evolving for the changing community and the modern traveler. The Market has played a role in the ongoing transformation and Michael along with his business partners Kate Larkin and Donna Prowse, are proud to be a part of the growing community.

THE BIG BOTTOM BISCUIT:  Specialty Biscuits and Spreads from Sonoma’s Favorite Market (Running Press/April 2019)  is Michael’s first book.


13 March, 2012

Freeman

Classicist, historian and novelist Philip Freeman brings a remarkable gift as a storyteller and an ability to make the ancient world contemporary through his interpretation and translation of events and great works. Currently the Fletcher Jones Chair of Western Culture, Dr. Freeman earned a joint Ph.D. at Harvard University in 1994 in classics and Celtic studies.  He has taught at Boston University, Washington University in St. Louis, and was the Qualley Chair of Classical Languages at Luther College in Iowa. He has been a visiting fellow at the American Academy in Rome, the Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington D.C., and the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, and has been awarded fellowships by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Loeb Classical Library Foundation, and the Lilly Foundation.

Philip Freeman is the author of a number of books on ancient and medieval studies, including biographies of St. Patrick, Julius Caesar, and Sappho, as well as translations of the works of Cicero.  Praising his biography of Alexander the Great  (Simon & Schuster 2010), Wall Street Journal declared: “Mr. Freeman’s ambition, he tells us in his introduction, was ‘to write a biography of Alexander that is first and foremost a story.’ It is one he splendidly fulfills.”

Dr. Freeman has been interviewed on All Things Considered, MSNBC, as well as many local NPR shows.  His books have been reviewed in the Wall St. Journal, Slate, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Times, among others. His latest nonfiction book, Searching for Sappho:  The Lost Songs and World of the First Woman Poet, was published by W.W. Norton in 2015.  More recently, Dr. Freeman has proven a natural as a historical novelist. St. Brigid’s Bones, Sacrifice and The Gospel of Mary are Celtic mysteries (Pegasus), set in the early days of Christianity in Ireland, and feature a young nun, Sister Deirdre, who proves to be a charming detective.

You can also follow Philip on Twitter or check him out on Facebook (philipfreemanwriter).  Also check out www.philipfreemanbooks.com