Classes

Class: Bill Petrocelli - Provocative Histories Book Group (Corte Madera)

Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 6:30pm

Four Thursdays; Mar. 15, Apr. 12, May. 10, & Jun. 14 • 6:30-8:30pm • $100

There’ve been a wealth of scholarly, readable, and provocative works of history published in recent years. This book group includes books that look at the impact of slavery on the British empire, the events leading up to the U.S, Constitution, the struggle over the U.S.’s first foreign war, and then the struggle over slavery that lead up to the Civil War.

Author and attorney Bill Petrocelli is co-owner of Book Passage. His latest novel is Through the Bookstore Window.

March
 Adam Hochschild - Bury the Chains: Prophets and Rebels
in the Fight to Free an Empire’s Slaves


April
 Joseph J. Ellis - The Quartet: Orchestrating the Second
American Revolution, 1783-1789


May
Amy S. Greenberg - A Wicked War: Polk, Clay, Lincoln,
and the U.S. Invasion of Mexico


June
Bruce Levine - The Fall of the House of Dixie: The Civil
War and the Social Revolution That Transformed the South

Bury the Chains: Prophets and Rebels in the Fight to Free an Empire's Slaves Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780618619078
Availability: Backordered
Published: Mariner Books - December 1st, 2005

From the author of the widely acclaimed King Leopold's Ghost comes the taut, gripping account of one of the most brilliantly organized social justice campaigns in history -- the fight to free the slaves of the British Empire.


The Quartet: Orchestrating the Second American Revolution, 1783-1789 Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780804172486
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Vintage - May 3rd, 2016

In The Quartet, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Joseph Ellis tells the unexpected story of America's second great founding and of the men most responsible--Alexander Hamilton, George Washington, John Jay, and James Madison: why the thirteen colonies, having just fought off the imposition of a distant centralized governing power, would decide to subordinate themselves anew.


A Wicked War: Polk, Clay, Lincoln, and the 1846 U.S. Invasion of Mexico Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780307475992
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Vintage Books - August 13th, 2013

Often forgotten and overlooked, the U.S.-Mexican War featured false starts, atrocities, and daring back-channel negotiations as it divided the nation, paved the way for the Civil War a generation later, and launched the career of Abraham Lincoln. Amy S.


The Fall of the House of Dixie: The Civil War and the Social Revolution That Transformed the South Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780812978728
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Random House Trade - April 1st, 2014

In this major new history of the Civil War, Bruce Levine tells the riveting story of how that conflict upended the economic, political, and social life of the old South, utterly destroying the Confederacy and the society it represented and defended.


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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Hamid Emami - Beginning German for Travelers One-Day Workshop (Corte Madera)

Saturday, March 10, 2018 - 9:00am

Saturday March 10 • 9:00 am - 3:00 pm • $120

This one-day course teaches you to have instant rapport when traveling to Germany. While most of the business conducted by foreigners in Germany is in English, Germans appreciate their guests making an effort to speak their language. You’ll learn enough German to carry on a simple conversation with anyone.
You’ll learn
-    Greetings and good-byes
-    Introductions
-    The verbs sein (to be) and haben (to have)
-    Polite requests
-    Numbers from 0-1 million
-    Telling time (including official or military time)
-    The present tense of regular verbs
-    Word order and forming questions
-    The days of the week
-    The past tense of sein
-    Pertinent vocabulary
 

Hamid Emami has a master’s degree from the University of Hamburg, and is fluent in German, English, French, Spanish, and Farsi. He has taught German for many years.

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Hamid Emami - Beginning German for Travelers (Corte Madera)

Friday, March 2, 2018 - 9:00am

Eight Fridays; Mar. 2 - Apr. 27 (no class Mar. 30) • 9:00 - 11:00 am • $250

Hamid Emami has a master’s degree from the University of Hamburg, and is fluent in German, English, French, Spanish, and Farsi. He has taught German for many years.

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Elizabeth Stark & Ellen Sussman - Compelling Characters (Corte Madera)

Saturday, March 24, 2018 - 10:30am

Saturday March 24 • 10:30am-12pm • $90

Compelling Characters: Bringing People to Life on the Page
Characters are at the heart of all our stories. Readers fall in love with our characters, and it’s through that emotional connection that they’re moved by our stories. All of us have a marvelous laboratory with which to explore what it means to be a human being: ourselves and the people around us. Yet getting characters to fully inhabit our stories can be a challenge. Generative writing exercises will bring your characters–invented or remembered–to dynamic, compelling life.

Ellen Sussman is the New York Times bestselling author of four novels, A Wedding in Provence, The Paradise Guest House, French Lessons, and On a Night Like This. 

Elizabeth Stark, host of StoryMakers Podcast and author of the novel Shy Girl (FSG, Seal Press), co-directed and co-wrote of several short films, two distributed by Frameline.

Ellen Sussman and Elizabeth Stark co-founded and co-teach SonomaCountyWritersCamp.com.

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Kim Hermanson - The Power of Metaphor (Corte Madera)

Saturday, April 14, 2018 - 10:00am

Saturday April 14 • 10am-1pm • $75

Metaphor takes us ‘under the surface’ of our everyday consciousness, into a Deep Creative realm that lies beyond the linear mind. In this experiential class you will directly tap into your own metaphoric imagery and symbolic language, and discover the ways in which metaphor is currently influencing how you see the world, your life, and your creative work. You don’t need to be a writer to benefit from this class. Artists, teachers, organizational leaders, coaches, therapists, and others who wish to expand their ways of learning and knowing are welcome.

Kim Hermanson, Ph.D.   Founder of Doorway Sessions for Creative Breakthroughs.

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Hillary Homzie - How to Write for Tweens (Corte Madera)

Saturday, April 28, 2018 - 10:00am

Saturday April 28 • 10am-1pm • $75

 In this workshop, we’ll learn techniques for writing for tweens, what works and what doesn’t work. Additionally, I’ll present some emotional, physical, social, and moral milestones that you should know about. Phew! It’s a lot but it’s also so much fun. Additionally, it’s a growing market. I’ll also share with you the mistakes that I’ve made, so you don’t have to! 

Hillary Homzie has published two novels for tween girls, The Hot List and Things Are Gonna Ugly, as well as a chapter book series for younger readers. Booklist wrote that Hillary “capture the angst of young teen friendships and fragile identities. She’s also a member of the popular middle-grade/tween blog The Mixed-Up Files of Middle Grade Authors. She loves to mentor other writers and teaches in the MFA program for Children’s Literature and Writing at Hollins University. 

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Kerrin Meis - Significant Others (Corte Madera)

Friday, March 2, 2018 - 1:00pm

Three Fridays; March 2, 9, and 16 • 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm • $105

CREATIVE COUPLES IN WESTERN ART HISTORY: INTIMACY AND INSPIRATION
A close look of the works and lives of artists who inspired each other  from Vasily Kandinsky and Gabriele Muenter to Julia Kleinhans Mathews and Arthur Mathews. Was their most brilliant work created while they were together or was parting company  an opportunity for growth?  We study Natalia Goncharova and Mikhail Larionov, Sonia Terk- Delaunay and Robert Delaunay, Van Gogh and Gauguin, Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant, Max Ernst and Leonora Carrington, and others all considered in the context of the artistic  milieu in which they worked.

Kerrin Meis taught art history at SFSU for ten years, and she currently teaches for the OLLI programs at Dominican University and UC Berkeley. She leads study tours in Europe. Her Book Passage classes have been big favorites for years.

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Class: Karen Benke - Creative Writing Adventure for Kids (Corte Madera)

Saturday, March 3, 2018 - 9:30am

Saturday March 3 • 9:30 am - 12:30pm • $140

A Creative Writing Adventure for 4th/5th/6th graders who want to dive deep into playing with words on and off the page. We eavesdrop for dialog, swap images, tip words, mash-up stories, create envelopes, stash letters, hide poems, wander far into our dreaming-doodling imaginations, and replenish ourselves with snacks and laughs and new ways to surprise
ourselves with a pen + paper.  All materials included.  

**Writing Adventure limited to 20 young writers.**

Karen Benke is the author of three popular books that inspire a love of creative writing: Rip the Page! Leap Write In! and Write Back Soon: Adventures in Letter Writing…along with the forthcoming Rip ALL the Pages Journal. 

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Class: Phil Cousineau - The Art of The Interview (Corte Madera)

Sunday, April 15, 2018 - 6:30pm

Sunday April 15 • 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm • $50

The cornerstone of many forms of writing is the ability to conduct an in-depth interview. There is no deep story without knowing how to ask questions, listen, and when necessary, to take notes. This one-day workshop is designed to be helpful and entertaining, by helping you help yourself. Through discussion, film clips, and a series of exercises, you will learn how to listen more closely, observe more honestly, draw out the more useful information, and even to be aware of your own body language, voice, and mannerisms. This class is designed for writers of all kinds- from journalists, novelists, and writers of non-fiction, everyone is seeking to tell a better story.

Phil Cousineau—is the author of over 30 books, including the bestseller The Art of Pilgrimage, the award-winning Stoking the Creative Fires, and The Oldest Story in the World. He has been interviewing people since he was a sixteen-year-old cub reporter in his hometown, outside Detroit. Since 2008 he has been host and cowriter of the national series "Global Spirit," which airs on PBS and Link TV, and is a guest host for New Dimensions Radio.

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Class: Phil Cousineau - The Writer’s Odyssey (Corte Madera)

Sunday, March 4, 2018 - 6:30pm

4 Sundays March 4-25 • 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm • $240

Have you ever felt as if you were wandering aimlessly with your writing, lost in the labyrinth without a clue how to get home again? Take heart! This four-week class explores the uncanny parallels between the writing life and Homer’s Odyssey by helping you visualize your work as a mythic journey. This intensive but entertaining approach will help you identify which stage you are on now, and is designed to help guide to the next stage of your writing through a series of writing exercises, practices, movie clips, ample group discussion, and one-on-one meetings with the instructor. Themes to be explored are: The Call, Mentors and Muses, the Monster in the Labyrinth, The Beauty of the Real Work, The Cool Fire, and Bringing Home the Boon.

Phil Cousineau is the author of over 30 books, including the bestseller The Art of Pilgrimage, and the award-winning Stoking the Creative Fires, a documentary filmmaker, a frequent writer for television and radio, as well as a frequent leader of mythic tours and writing workshops in Greece. As a founding mentor in Book Passage’s Path to Publishing program, Cousineau will also offer insights into the transformations that are reshaping the book world.

The Art of Pilgrimage: The Seeker's Guide to Making Travel Sacred Cover Image
By Phil Cousineau, Huston Smith (Foreword by)
$19.95
ISBN: 9781573245937
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Conari Press - January 8th, 2012

Focusing on the sacred and transformative aspects of our journeys, the author resurrects the art of pilgrimage as a spirit-renewing ritual that leads to a deeper understanding of ourselves and our surroundings.


Stoking the Creative Fires: 9 Ways to Rekindle Passion and Imagination Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781573242998
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Conari Press - May 1st, 2008

Following in the footsteps of Joseph Campbell's injunction to 'follow your bliss', Cousineau gives readers the fuel to continue their journey to find passion in all areas of their lives. He offers a multitude of stories, ideas and exercises to inspire those on their way to a more creative life.


The Oldest Story in the World Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780962654893
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Sisyphus Press - July 12th, 2017

The Oldest Story in the World is a brooding, daring, idiosyncratic exploration of the secret strength of storytelling, in which Phil Cousineau addresses the central theme that runs through all his work, the transportive power of words.


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