Book Groups

Book Group: Pamela Feinsilber - Meet the Author

Monday, September 29, 2014 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Four Mondays • Sept. 29, Oct. 27, Nov. 24, and Dec. 15 • 7:00-9:00 pm • $95
 
We’ll have an intimate conversation with the authors of…insightful, resonant stories by “a true craftsman” (New York Times); a Chechen War-set first novel whose author hoped to “combine the tension of a character-driven thriller with the richness of a historical epic” and succeeded; the tale of a Japanese novelist, the tortured actor who inspired his work, and the translator who “sabotaged” it; and sensitive fact-based fiction in which a young Argentine woman who knows her father played a part in her country’s recent, terrible past learns more from a mysterious stranger.
 
 
 
Sept: Stay Up with Me, Tom Barbash
Oct: A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, Anthony Marra
Nov: The Translator, Nina Schuyler
Dec: Perla, Carolina De Robertis
 
 
Stay Up with Me: Stories Cover Image
$13.99
ISBN: 9780062258137
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Ecco Press - May 20th, 2014

In the tradition of classic short stories by John Cheever and Tobias Wolff, those in Tom Barbash's evocative collection explore the myriad ways we try to connect to one another and to the sometimes cruel world around us. The newly single mother in "The Break" interferes with her son's love life over his Christmas vacation from college.


A Constellation of Vital Phenomena Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780770436421
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Hogarth Press - February 4th, 2014

New York Times Notable Book of the Year


The Translator Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781605985855
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Pegasus Books - August 15th, 2014

Reeling, Hanne seeks out the inspiration for the author's novel -- a tortured, chimerical actor, once a master in the art of Noh Theater. Through their passionate, volatile relationship, Hanne is forced to reexamine how she has lived her life, including her estranged relationship with her daughter.


Perla Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780307744173
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Vintage Books - February 12th, 2013

From the author of the international bestseller, The Invisible Mountain, comes Perla, a coming-of-age story based on one of the darkest chapters in Argentinean history.


Class: John Hart - Reading the Poets

Wednesday, May 7, 2014 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Six Wednesdays: May 7-June 11 • 7:00-9:00 pm • $150

“To have great poets,” Walt Whitman said, “there must be great audiences, too.” What makes a poem worth reading? This group looks at famous poets from several centuries and from several literatures.

Widely published local poet and author John Hart co-edits the venerable all-poetry journal Blue Unicorn, now in its 36th year.

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, 94925

Book Group: Pamela Feinsilber - Meet the Author

Monday, February 10, 2014 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Four Mondays, Feb. 10, Feb. 24, Mar. 31 & Apr. 28 • 7:00-9:00 pm • $95
 
We’ll have an intimate conversation with the authors of: “the major, soul-searching biography that Leonard Cohen deserves” (NY Times); an adventurous yet deep, decades-long look into the beauty and violence, history, cultures, and vanishing natural splendor of Central America; an ingeniously designed “tour de force” (George Saunders) mystery set in high-tech San Francisco; and the “riveting” (Pat Conroy), heartbreaking tale of 40 years in the hardscrabble lives of a small-town Tennessee family. Pamela Feinsilber is a writing consultant and book editor: pamelafeinsilber.com.
 
Feb. 10: I’m Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen, Sylvie Simmons $16.99
Feb. 24: Maya Roads: One Woman’s Journey Among the People of the Rainforest, Mary Jo McConahay $16.95
Mar. 31: Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, Robin Sloan $15.00
Apr. 28: The Lost Saints of Tennessee, Amy Franklin-Willis $15.00
  

Book Group: Pat Holt - Contemporary Classics (Fridays)

Friday, February 14, 2014 - 10:30am to 12:30pm

5 Fridays: Feb. 14, Mar. 14, April 11, May 16, & June 13 • 10:30-12:30pm • $105

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. 

Reading List: 

Feb.: A Tale for the Time Being, Ruth Ozeki $16.00

Mar.: City of Women, David Gillham $16.00

Apr.: Me, Who Dove Into the Heart of the World, Sabina Bergman $15.00

May: Pigeon English, Stephen Kelman $13.95

June: The Garden of Evening Mists, Tan Twan Eng $15.99

 

Book Group: Pat Holt - Contemporary Classics (Tuesdays)

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - 10:30am to 12:30pm

5 Tuesdays: Feb. 11, Mar. 11, April 8, May 13, & June 10 • 10:30-12:30pm • $105

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. 

Reading List: 

Feb.: A Tale for the Time Being, Ruth Ozeki $16.00

Mar.: City of Women, David Gillham $16.00

Apr.: Me, Who Dove Into the Heart of the World, Sabina Bergman $15.00

May: Pigeon English, Stephen Kelman $13.95

June: The Garden of Evening Mists, Tan Twan Eng $15.99 

 

 

Book Group: John Hart - Reading the Poets

Thursday, January 23, 2014 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

6 Thursdays., Jan. 23 - Feb. 27 • 7:00-9:00pm • $150

"To have great poets," Walt Whitman said, "There must be great audiences too." What makes a poem worth reading? This group looks at famous poets from several centuries and from several literatures. Widely-published local poet and author John Hart co-edits the venerable all-poetry journal Blue Unicorn, now in its 36th year. 

 

 

 

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, 94925

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

Monday, February 10, 2014 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

5 Mon.: Feb. 10, Mar. 10, Apr. 7, May 12, & June 9 • 7:00-9:00pm • $105

Carol Benet has been teaching her popular classes on literary awards for 22 years at Book Passage. She received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from UC Berkeley, where she won an Outstanding Teaching Award. She also received an M.A. in French Literature from the University of Michigan.

Reading List:

February:  City of Bohane, Kevin Barry ($15.00) - Impac Dublin Literary Award

March: The Hunger Angel, Herta Mueller ($16.00) - Nobel Prize Winner

April: Restless, William Boyd ($16.00) - Costa Award-formerly Whitbread

May: Spilt Milk, Chico Buarque ($15.00) - Premio Jabuti and Portugal Telecom Awards

June: Tenth of December, George Saunders ($15.00) - Pen/Saul Bellow Award

 

 

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

Monday, February 10, 2014 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

5 Mon.: Feb. 10, Mar. 10, Apr. 7, May 12, & June 9 • 1:00-3:00pm • $105

Carol Benet has been teaching her popular classes on literary awards for 22 years at Book Passage. She received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from UC Berkeley, where she won an Outstanding Teaching Award. She also received an M.A. in French Literature from the University of Michigan.

Reading List:

February:  City of Bohane, Kevin Barry ($15.00) - Impac Dublin Literary Award

March: The Hunger Angel, Herta Mueller ($16.00) - Nobel Prize Winner

April: Restless, William Boyd ($16.00) - Costa Award-formerly Whitbread

May: Spilt Milk, Chico Buarque ($15.00) - Premio Jabuti and Portugal Telecom Awards

June: Tenth of December, George Saunders ($15.00) - Pen/Saul Bellow Award

 

 

CANCELLED - Book Group: Amy Novesky - Boys Book Group

Thursday, September 5, 2013 - 9:59am

Six Sundays: Oct. 13, 20, 27, Nov. 3, 10, & 17, 12:00-1:00pm, $100 (includes books)

This class is cancelled - please call (415) 927-0960 for further information

Listen, follow along, or read aloud in this weekend book club for boys. Just in time for the World Series, we will read Jinxed by Kurtis Scaletta, as well as keep reading journals, do fun book and baseball activities, write letters to the author, and host a very special guest! Open to readers of all levels, ages 7-10. Amy Novesky is a children's book editor, author, and mother. She loves to read, especially with her 8-year-old son.  

Book Group: Pamela Feinsilber - Meet the Author

Monday, September 30, 2013 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

4 Mon.: Sept. 30, Oct. 28, Nov. 25, & Dec. 16 • 7:00-9:00pm • $95

 

 

Participants will meet and share an intimate conversation with the authors of a gripping look deep into 1960s and '70s San Francisco; a vivid, intimate tale centered on an intrepid world traveler and her personal baggage; a raucous yet art-learned mystery, by a "sweetly demented" author, in which Toulouse-Lautrec and his sidekick seek Van Gogh's murderer; and a fascinating novel starring a princess in 16th-century Iran, negotiating court politics and tribal animosities with her closest advisor, a eunuch. Pamela Feinsilber is a book editor and writing consultant, and blogs about the arts for Huffington Post and Examiner.com. 

Reading List: 

September: Season of the Witch, David Talbot ($14.00)

OctoberContents May Have Shifted, Pam Houston ($14.95)

NovemberSacre Bleu, Christopher Moore ($16.99)

DecemberEqual of the Sun, Anita Amirrezvani ($17.00)

 

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