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Book Group: Carol Benet - Potpourri of Literary Prizes (Evening)

Monday, February 15, 2016 - 7:00pm

Four Mondays: Feb. 15, March 14, April 11, May 9 • 7:00 - 9:00pm • $125 

This group reads authors that have won literary prizes including the Man Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle. 
 

BOOK LIST:

February: Albert Camus, The Stranger (Nobel Prize)

March: Kamel Daoud, The Meursault Investigation (Prix Goncourt) 

April: Svetlana Alexievich, Voices from Chernobyl: The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster (Nobel Prize)

May: Kate Atkinson, Life After Life (Costa Prize and Waterstones’ UK Author of the Year)

 

Carol Benet has an MA from Michigan and a PhD in Comparative Literature from UC Berkeley.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Book Group: John Hart - Reading the Poets Thursdays Only (Corte Madera)

Thursday, March 3, 2016 - 7:00pm

4 Thursdays: March 3, 17, 31 & April 7 • 7:00 – 9:00 pm • $100

“To have great poets,” Walt Whitman said, “there must be great audiences.” He wanted not just many readers but also able readers, open-minded and demanding. What makes a poem worth the effort of reading it? In this group we look at (mostly) famous, (mostly) English-language works from Shakespeare to last week.

Widely published local poet and author, John Hart co-edits the venerable all-poetry journal Blue Unicorn.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Book Group: John Hart - Reading the Poets Wednesdays Only (Corte Madera)

Wednesday, February 24, 2016 - 7:00pm

4 Wednesdays: Feb. 24, March 9, 23, & April 13 • 7:00 – 9:00 pm • $100

“To have great poets,” Walt Whitman said, “there must be great audiences.” He wanted not just many readers but also able readers, open-minded and demanding. What makes a poem worth the effort of reading it? In this group we look at (mostly) famous, (mostly) English-language works from Shakespeare to last week.

Widely published local poet and author, John Hart co-edits the venerable all-poetry journal Blue Unicorn.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Book Group: John Hart - Reading the Poets (Corte Madera)

Wednesday, February 24, 2016 - 7:00pm

4 Wednesdays & 4 Thursdays: Feb. 24, March 3, 9, 17, 23, 31, April 7, & 13 • 7:00 – 9:00 pm • $200

“To have great poets,” Walt Whitman said, “there must be great audiences.” He wanted not just many readers but also able readers, open-minded and demanding. What makes a poem worth the effort of reading it? In this group we look at (mostly) famous, (mostly) English-language works from Shakespeare to last week.

Widely published local poet and author, John Hart co-edits the venerable all-poetry journal Blue Unicorn.

 

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Book Group: Pat Holt - Contemporary Classics (Tuesdays) (Corte Madera)

Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - 10:30am
Five Fridays: Feb. 9, March 8, April 12, May 10, June 14 • 10:30-12:30pm • $125
 
 
 
Pat Holt leads a discussion of books that have captured the contemporary imagination. Holt is the former book review editor of the San Francisco Chronicle and publisher of Holt Uncensored.

Feb.Everything I Never Told You, Celeste Ng, Penguin Books

March: Family Life, Akhil Sharma, Norton

AprilStation Eleven, Emily St. John Mandel, Vintage

May: Fifteen Dogs, Andre Alexis, Coach House

June: A Brief History of Seven Killings, Marlon James, Riverhead

Everything I Never Told You Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780143127550
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Penguin Books - May 12th, 2015

"New York Times "Bestseller . A "New York Times Book Review "Editor's Choice . Winner of the Alex Award.Winner of the APALA Award for Fiction
NAMED A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR BY:


Family Life Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780393350609
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - February 2nd, 2015

We meet the Mishra family in Delhi in 1978, where eight-year-old Ajay and his older brother Birju play cricket in the streets, waiting for the day when their plane tickets will arrive and they and their mother can fly across the world and join their father in America.


Station Eleven Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780804172448
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Vintage - June 2nd, 2015

A National Book Award Finalist
A PEN/Faulkner Award Finalist

Kirsten Raymonde will never forget the night Arthur Leander, the famous Hollywood actor, had a heart attack on stage during a production of"King Lear."That was the night when a devastating flu pandemic arrived in the city, and within weeks, civilization as we know it came to an end.


Fifteen Dogs Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781552453056
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Coach House Books - April 14th, 2015

Winner of the 2015 Scotiabank Giller Prize

Finalist for the 2015 Toronto Book Awards

Winner of the 2015 Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize


A Brief History of Seven Killings Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781594633942
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Riverhead Books - September 8th, 2015

Winner of the 2015 Man Booker Prize
A recipient of the 2015 American Book Award
One of the Top 10 Books of 2014 Michiko Kakutani, "The New York Times"
A "New York Times Book Review" Notable Book
Named a best book of the year by:
"The New York Times"
"Chicago Tribune"
"The Washington Post"
"The Boston Globe"
"Time"
"Newsweek"


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Book Group: Pat Holt - Contemporary Classics (Fridays) (Corte Madera)

Friday, February 5, 2016 - 11:30am
Five Fridays: Feb. 5, March 11, April 15, May 13, June 17 • 11:30-1:30pm • $125
 
 
 
Pat Holt leads a discussion of books that have captured the contemporary imagination. Holt is the former book review editor of the San Francisco Chronicle and publisher of Holt Uncensored.
 

Feb.Everything I Never Told You, Celeste Ng, Penguin Books

March: Family Life, Akhil Sharma, Norton

AprilStation Eleven, Emily St. John Mandel, Vintage

May: Fifteen Dogs, Andre Alexis, Coach House

June: A Brief History of Seven Killings, Marlon James, Riverhead

Everything I Never Told You Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780143127550
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Penguin Books - May 12th, 2015

"New York Times "Bestseller . A "New York Times Book Review "Editor's Choice . Winner of the Alex Award.Winner of the APALA Award for Fiction
NAMED A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR BY:


Family Life Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780393350609
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - February 2nd, 2015

We meet the Mishra family in Delhi in 1978, where eight-year-old Ajay and his older brother Birju play cricket in the streets, waiting for the day when their plane tickets will arrive and they and their mother can fly across the world and join their father in America.


Station Eleven Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780804172448
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Vintage - June 2nd, 2015

A National Book Award Finalist
A PEN/Faulkner Award Finalist

Kirsten Raymonde will never forget the night Arthur Leander, the famous Hollywood actor, had a heart attack on stage during a production of"King Lear."That was the night when a devastating flu pandemic arrived in the city, and within weeks, civilization as we know it came to an end.


Fifteen Dogs Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781552453056
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Coach House Books - April 14th, 2015

Winner of the 2015 Scotiabank Giller Prize

Finalist for the 2015 Toronto Book Awards

Winner of the 2015 Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize


A Brief History of Seven Killings Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781594633942
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Riverhead Books - September 8th, 2015

Winner of the 2015 Man Booker Prize
A recipient of the 2015 American Book Award
One of the Top 10 Books of 2014 Michiko Kakutani, "The New York Times"
A "New York Times Book Review" Notable Book
Named a best book of the year by:
"The New York Times"
"Chicago Tribune"
"The Washington Post"
"The Boston Globe"
"Time"
"Newsweek"


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Book Group: Pamela Feinsilber - Meet the Author (Corte Madera)

Monday, January 25, 2016 - 7:00pm
Four Mondays, Jan. 25, Feb. 29, Mar. 28, Apr. 25 • 7:00-9:00 pm • $95
 
 
 
We’ll have intimate conversations with the authors of…an “entertaining, insightful” novel centered on two would-be writers, one in today’s Chicago, the other a character from Sherwood Anderson’s immortal Winesburg, Ohio; “the funniest setup of identity politics, the academy, and white racial anxiety to hit the scene in years”; a “heart-quickening,” “devastatingly beautiful” novel about a man’s threatened wildlife sanctuary and the return of an angry friend; and a “meticulously crafted,” “wrenching” memoir. Pamela Feinsilber is a writing consultant and book editor: pamelafeinsilber.com.
 
Jan. 25A Working Theory of Love, Scott Hutchins
Feb. 29: Welcome to Braggsville, T. Geronimo Johnson 
Mar. 28The Animals, Christian Kiefer 
Apr. 25Pieces of My Mother, Melissa Cistaro
  
A Working Theory of Love Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780143124191
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Penguin Books - August 27th, 2013

An extraordinary debut novel that hits that sweet spot where humor and melancholy comfortably coexist ("Entertainment Weekly")


Welcome to Braggsville Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780062302137
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: William Morrow & Company - September 8th, 2015

Organic, plucky, smart . . . the funniest sendup of identity politics, the academy and white racial anxiety to hit the scene in years. New York Times Book Review

Welcome to Braggsville. The City That Love Built in the Heart of Georgia. Population 712.


The Animals Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781631491498
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - January 11th, 2016

Bill Reed manages a wildlife sanctuary in rural Idaho, caring for injured animals raptors, a wolf, and his beloved bear, Majer, among them that are unable to survive in the wild. Seemingly rid of his troubled past, Bill hopes to marry the local veterinarian and live a quiet life together, the promise of which is threatened when a childhood friend is released from prison.


Pieces of My Mother: A Memoir Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781492615385
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Sourcebooks - May 5th, 2015

"A story that lingers in the heart long after the last page is turned." HOPE EDELMAN, bestselling author of Motherless Daughters and The Possibility of Everything

This provocative, poignant memoir of a daughter whose mother left her behind by choice begs the question: Are we destined to make the same mistakes as our parents?


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Book Group: Pamela Feinsilber - Meet the Author

Sunday, January 25, 2015 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Four Sundays: Jan. 25, Feb. 29, Mar. 28, Apr. 25 • 7:00-9:00 pm • $95
 
 
 
We'll have intimate conversations with Christian Kiefer (The Animals, a "devastatingly beautiful" novel), Lori Ostlund (The Bigness of the World, a Flannery O'Connor Award-winning story collection), Book Passage's own Melissa Cistaro (Pieces of My Mother, a "meticulously crafted," "wrenching" memoir), and one more terrific local author.
 
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Carol Benet - Potpourri of Literary Prizes (Evening) (Corte Madera)

Monday, February 15, 2016 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Four Mondays: Feb. 15, March 14, April 11, May 9 • 7:00-9:00pm • $125 

This group reads authors that have won literary prizes including the Man Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle. 
 

BOOK LIST:

February: Albert Camus, The Stranger (Nobel Prize)

March: Kamel Daoud, The Meursault Investigation (Prix Goncourt) 

April: Svetlana Alexievich, Voices from Chernobyl: The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster (Nobel Prize)

May: Kate Atkinson, Life After Life (Costa Prize and Waterstones’ UK Author of the Year)

 

Carol Benet has an MA from Michigan and a PhD in Comparative Literature from UC Berkeley.

The Stranger Cover Image
By Albert Camus, Matthew Ward (Translator)
$13.95
ISBN: 9780679720201
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Vintage Books USA - March 13th, 1989

Through the story of an ordinary man unwittingly drawn into a senseless murder on an Algerian beach, Camus explored what he termed "the nakedness of man faced with the absurd." First published in 1946; now in a new translation by Matthew Ward.


The Meursault Investigation Cover Image
By Kamel Daoud, John Cullen (Translator)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781590517512
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Other Press (NY) - June 2nd, 2015

A New York Times Notable Book of 2015 Michiko Kakutani, The Top Books of 2015, "New York Times"" TIME Magazine"Top Ten Books of 2015 "Publishers Weekly"Best Books of the Year Financial TimesBest Books of the Year
A tour-de-force reimagining of Camus s"The Stranger," from the point of view of the mute Arab victims. " The New Yorker"


Voices from Chernobyl: The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780312425845
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Picador USA - April 18th, 2006

Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature
Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award


Life After Life Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780316176491
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Back Bay Books - January 7th, 2014

"One of the best novels I've read this century. Kate Atkinson is a marvel. There aren't enough breathless adjectives to describe LIFE AFTER LIFE: Dazzling, witty, moving, joyful, mournful, profound."--Gillian Flynn, author of Gone Girl What if you could live again and again, until you got it right?


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Carol Benet - Potpourri of Literary Prizes (Afternoon) (Corte Madera)

Monday, February 15, 2016 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Four Mondays: Feb. 15, March 14, April 11, May 9 • 1:00-3:00pm • $125 

This group reads authors that have won literary prizes including the Man Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle. 
 

BOOK LIST:

February: Albert Camus, The Stranger (Nobel Prize)

March: Kamel Daoud, The Meursault Investigation (Prix Goncourt) 

April: Svetlana Alexievich, Voices from Chernobyl: The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster (Nobel Prize)

May: Kate Atkinson, Life After Life (Costa Prize and Waterstones’ UK Author of the Year)

 

Carol Benet has an MA from Michigan and a PhD in Comparative Literature from UC Berkeley.

The Stranger Cover Image
By Albert Camus, Matthew Ward (Translator)
$13.95
ISBN: 9780679720201
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Vintage Books USA - March 13th, 1989

Through the story of an ordinary man unwittingly drawn into a senseless murder on an Algerian beach, Camus explored what he termed "the nakedness of man faced with the absurd." First published in 1946; now in a new translation by Matthew Ward.


The Meursault Investigation Cover Image
By Kamel Daoud, John Cullen (Translator)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781590517512
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Other Press (NY) - June 2nd, 2015

A New York Times Notable Book of 2015 Michiko Kakutani, The Top Books of 2015, "New York Times"" TIME Magazine"Top Ten Books of 2015 "Publishers Weekly"Best Books of the Year Financial TimesBest Books of the Year
A tour-de-force reimagining of Camus s"The Stranger," from the point of view of the mute Arab victims. " The New Yorker"


Voices from Chernobyl: The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780312425845
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Picador USA - April 18th, 2006

Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature
Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award


Life After Life Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780316176491
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Back Bay Books - January 7th, 2014

"One of the best novels I've read this century. Kate Atkinson is a marvel. There aren't enough breathless adjectives to describe LIFE AFTER LIFE: Dazzling, witty, moving, joyful, mournful, profound."--Gillian Flynn, author of Gone Girl What if you could live again and again, until you got it right?


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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