Conferences

TWPC Event: Suzi Eszterhas - Photography in the Wild

Friday, August 12, 2016 - 7:00pm

This event is part of the 2016 Travel Writers & Photographers Conference, but is open to the public. Conference participants recieve preferred seating. 

Suzi Eszterhas is an award-winning wildlife photographer best known for her work documenting newborn animals and family life in the wild. Suzi's unique ability to earn the trust of her subject leads to touching imagery including groundbreaking work with tiger cubs at a den in India, newborn cheetahs on the African savanna, and brown bear cubs seeing the world for the first time in the Alaskan wilderness. Her photographs have been published in over 100 magazine cover and feature stories in publications such as TIME, Smithsonian, BBC Wildlife, GEO, Popular Photography, Ranger Rick, and National Geographic Kids.

Suzi has won awards in many competitions including the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition, National Wildlife Photo Contest, and Environmental Photographer of the Year Competition. She now serves as the jury chair for the prestigious Big Picture Natural World Photography Competition.

As an author, Suzi has nine books in print with another four in progress. A Future for Cheetahs, created in collaboration with Dr. Laurie Marker, is an intimate portrait of the cheetah's life and its race against extinction. Suzi's series of children's books, Eye on the Wild, follows the lives of wild baby animals from birth to adulthood. Her new book series, Wildlife Rescue, debuts in late 2015. Her books have been featured on GoodMorningAmerica.com and TodayShow.com.

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

TWPC Event: Anthony Marra - In Conversation with Don George

Thursday, August 11, 2016 - 7:30pm

This event is part of the 2016 Travel Writers & Photographers Conference, but is open to the public. Conference participants recieve preferred seating. 

Anthony Marra is the author of A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, which won the National Book Critics Circle's inaugural John Leonard Prize, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award in fiction, the Barnes and Noble Discover Award, and appeared on over twenty year-end lists. Marra's novel was a National Book Award longlist selection as well as a finalist for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize and France's Prix Médicis. He is the author most recently of The Tsar of Love and Techno (2015). He received an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop and was a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, where he teaches as the Jones Lecturer in Fiction. He has lived and studied in Eastern Europe, and now resides in Oakland, California.

Don George (Travel Writers and Photographers Conference Chair) is the author of Lonely Planet’s Guide to Travel Writing and editor of ten anthologies, including A Moveable Feast, The Kindness of Strangers, Better Than Fiction, and An Innocent Abroad. George is Editor at Large for National Geographic Traveler, where he writes feature articles and the monthly Trip Lit column. He is also Editor of BBC Travel’s literary travel site, Words and Wanderlust.

 

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

"New York Times "Notable Book of the Year * "Washington Post "Top Ten Book of the Year In a small rural village in Chechnya, eight-year-old Havaa watches from the woods as Russian soldiers abduct her father in the middle of the night and then set fire to her home.


The Tsar of Love and Techno: Stories Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780770436438
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Published: Hogarth - October 6th, 2015

From the "New York Times" bestselling author of "A Constellation of Vital Phenomena" dazzling, poignant, and lyrical interwoven stories about family, sacrifice, the legacy of war, and the redemptive power of art. This stunning, exquisitely written collection introduces a cast of remarkable characters whose lives intersect in ways both life-affirming and heartbreaking.


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Corte Madera, CA 94925

MWC Event: Laurie R. King - The Murder of Mary Russell

Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 7:30pm

In conversation with Jacqueline Winspear
This event is part of the 2016 Mystery Writers Conference, but is open to the public. Conference participants recieve preferred seating.

Has Laurie R. King followed in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s footsteps and killed off her protagonist? Sherlock Holmes is back in the latest in the New York Times bestselling series that Lee Child has hailed as “the most sustained feat of imagination in mystery fiction today”—but is Mary Russell?

When The Murder of Mary Russell opens, the shabby carpet of 221B Baker Street is drenched in blood—and no one knows the fate of Mary Russell. Could this be the final performance for the world’s best-known Holmesian author?

Laurie R. King is the New York Times bestselling author of thirteen Mary Russell mysteries, five contemporary novels featuring Kate Martinelli, and the acclaimed novels The Bones of Paris, A Darker Place, Folly, Keeping Watch, and Touchstone. She lives in Northern California, where she is at work on her next Mary Russell mystery.

 

The Murder of Mary Russell: A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780804177900
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Published: Bantam - April 5th, 2016

"NEW YORK TIMES" BESTSELLER Laurie R. King's Mary Russell Sherlock Holmes series weaves rich historical detail and provocative themes with intriguing characters and enthralling suspense. Russell and Holmes have become one of modern literature's most beloved teams. But does this adventure end it all?


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Corte Madera, CA 94925

MWC Event: John Lescroart - The Fall

Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 5:00pm

This event is part of the 2016 Mystery Writers Conference, but is open to the public. Conference participants recieve preferred seating. 

From New York Times bestselling author John Lescroart comes a riveting new novel of legal suspense featuring Dismas Hardy and his daughter, Rebecca, now grown up and an associate in Hardy’s law firm.

Late one night, a teenage African American foster child named Tanya Paulson plummets to her death from the overpass above San Francisco’s Stockton tunnel. But did she fall…or was she pushed?

Rushing to produce a convictable suspect in the glare of the media spotlight, homicide inspectors focus their attention on a naïve young man named Greg Treadway. Greg is a middle school teacher and he volunteers as a Special Advocate for foster children. At first, the only thing connecting him to Tanya’s death is the fact that they shared a meal earlier that night. But soon enough, elements of that story seem to fall apart…and Hardy’s daughter, Rebecca, finds herself drawn into the young man’s defense.

By the time Greg’s murder trial gets underway, Dismas and Rebecca have unearthed several other theories about the crime: a missing stepfather who’d sexually assaulted her; a roommate who ran a call girl service; a psychologically unstable birth mother; and a mysterious homeless man who may have had dealings with Tanya. Or Greg Treadway himself, who is perhaps not all that he first appeared. But how will they get these theories in front of a jury? And if they can, what price will they have to pay?

With signature suspense and intricate plotting, The Fall puts Dismas Hardy and his only daughter in the middle of one of John Lescroart’s most complex and thrilling cases yet. 

John Lescroart is the author of twenty-five previous novels (seventeen New York Times bestsellers), including The 13th Juror, Damage, The Hunter, The Ophelia Cut, and The Keeper. His books have sold more than 10 million copies and have been translated into twenty-two languages in seventy-five countries. He lives in Northern California. 

 

The Fall Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781501140662
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Pocket Books - July 26th, 2016

From "New York Times" bestselling author John Lescroart, "The Fall "is a riveting novel of legal suspense featuring lawyer Dismas Hardy and his daughter Rebecca who become involved in the case of a pretty inner-city girl who plunges to her death from an overpass into traffic below. But did she fall...or was she pushed?


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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Pre-Conference Class: David Corbett - The Character of Crime (Corte Madera)

Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 1:00pm to 3:30pm

Registration: $125 ($90 for Conference participants)

In this pre-conference lecture and workshop, award-winning crime novelist David Corbett will guide students in exploring the key roles that make crime fiction work, with specific focus on the specific demands of the three major subgenres of crime fiction—mystery/detective, crime, and thriller—and an emphasis on maintaining dramatic tension, creating moral complexity, and avoiding cliché.

In particular, students will learn:

  • How to create strong, compelling protagonists who push the action forward and serve the story’s theme—instead of victims of circumstance, intrepid boy scouts, ciphers, stiffs, or sleepwalkers.
  • How to create equally compelling opponents or villains who aren’t just another iteration of Lucifer or the Creature from the Black Lagoon—with the purpose of gaining an understanding that the hero’s only as compelling as his enemy, that evil must be justified to be dramatically interesting, and that there’s “no beast so fierce” as man.
  • How to create secondary characters—from sidekicks to gunsels to femmes fatales to sympathetic heavies—who elicit nuance and subtlety from the main characters, flesh out the values in conflict in the story, create moral complexity through ‘four-corner conflict,” serve the hinge points of the plot, and bring to life the story world.

David Corbett worked as a private investigator for fifteen years before becoming the widely acclaimed author of four novels, with short fiction twice chosen for Best American Mystery Stories. He has taught at the UCLA Extension Writers' Program, 826 Valencia, Chuck Palahniuk's LitReactor, and the San Francisco Writers' Grotto.

 

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Pre-Conference Class: D.P. Lyle - Plotting the Perfect Murder (Corte Madera)

Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 1:00pm to 3:30pm

Reigstration: $125 ($90 for Conference participants)


 
When your character plans and executes “The Perfect Murder,” he always, always makes a mistake or two. These errors ultimately lead your sleuth to the solution. In this session, attendees will plot the perfect murder. They will then “deconstruct” the crime while considering the many variables that make plotting a murder fun for the writer and a disaster for the antagonist. D.P. Lyle, author of Howdunit Forensics and Forensics and Fiction, discusses the perpetrator’s behavior from the social, psychological, forensic, investigative, and motivational points of view.

 

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

2016 Young Adult & Middle Grade Intensive Writing Weekend - Day 2 (Corte Madera)

Sunday, July 17, 2016 - 9:00am

Young Adult & Middle Grade Intensive Writing Weekend

Sat. July 16 • 9:00 am - 7:00 pm & Sun. July 17 • 9:00 am - 4:30 pm • $375

If you are a Path to Publishing or SCBWI member, please call or visit the store to learn more about a special discount! 

If you are interested in registering for one day of the conference only, please register in store or over the phone at 415-927-0960.

Join us on July 16th & 17th for lots of writing, lots of information, and even more fun!

"Book Passage’s Intensive Writing Weekend for MG and YA reinvigorated my passion for writing, gave me tools to improve my craft and sharpen my creativity, and finally helped me find my agent. Truly a weekend very well spent!"--Carson Buck, previous conference attendee

We have put together a panel of professionals in the young adult and middle grade writing scene—from editors to agents to the authors themselves! During the conference, participants will have a chance to not only learn and network but to workshop! The panels will cover information for both new and established writers like how to make your query letter stand out, marketing and promotion, developing ideas and how to writer a compelling narrative. There will be many opportunities for faculty and participants to talk, laugh, and exchange ideas in workshops, lunches, and dinner.

Other than a full weekend of panels, the Young Adult & Middle Grade Intensive Weekend offers participants the opportunity to workshop the first twenty pages of their manuscript in a group of up to five other participants, led by one of the faculty members. You must register for the conference by June 1st in order to participate in the Critique Group Session.

Open to new, established and aspiring writers and illustrators, the Conference takes place in beautiful Marin County, just across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco and adjacent to Northern California’s wine country. The Weekend Workshop will include lunch on both days and a dinner on Saturday, during which the faculty and participants are encouraged to mingle.

For an additional fee, optional 30-minute private consultations can be scheduled with members of our expert team during the conference. Take this time to discuss a concept or proposal, or to have a faculty member review and provide feedback on work you have submitted. Faculty members offering consultations: Andrea Alban, Jennifer Alvarez, Gennifer Choldenko, Kristin Clark, Amy Cloud, Kim Culbertson, Esther Ehrlich, Alyson Heller, Jennifer March Soloway, Andy Ross, and Alison Weiss.

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2016 Faculty List

2016 Schedule (Some details still TBD)

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Keep checking out our webpage for the most up-to-date information including the full faculty list and conference schedule! 

For more information on the conference, please call Tiffany Jimenez at 415-927-0960 ext. 230 or email her at tjimenez@bookpassage.com

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

2016 Young Adult & Middle Grade Intensive Writing Weekend - Day 1 (Corte Madera)

Saturday, July 16, 2016 - 9:00am

Young Adult & Middle Grade Intensive Writing Weekend

Sat. July 16 • 9:00 am - 7:00 pm & Sun. July 17 • 9:00 am - 4:30 pm • $375

If you are a Path to Publishing or SCBWI member, please call or visit the store to learn more about a special discount! 

If you are interested in registering for one day of the conference only, please register in store or over the phone at 415-927-0960.

Join us on July 16th & 17th for lots of writing, lots of information, and even more fun!

"Book Passage’s Intensive Writing Weekend for MG and YA reinvigorated my passion for writing, gave me tools to improve my craft and sharpen my creativity, and finally helped me find my agent. Truly a weekend very well spent!"--Carson Buck, previous conference attendee

We have put together a panel of professionals in the young adult and middle grade writing scene—from editors to agents to the authors themselves! During the conference, participants will have a chance to not only learn and network but to workshop! The panels will cover information for both new and established writers like how to make your query letter stand out, marketing and promotion, developing ideas and how to writer a compelling narrative. There will be many opportunities for faculty and participants to talk, laugh, and exchange ideas in workshops, lunches, and dinner.

Other than a full weekend of panels, the Young Adult & Middle Grade Intensive Weekend offers participants the opportunity to workshop the first twenty pages of their manuscript in a group of up to five other participants, led by one of the faculty members. You must register for the conference by June 1st in order to participate in the Critique Group Session. The deadline (June 1st) to opt in to the Critique Group Sessions has now passed. 

Open to new, established and aspiring writers and illustrators, the Conference takes place in beautiful Marin County, just across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco and adjacent to Northern California’s wine country. The Weekend Workshop will include lunch on both days and a dinner on Saturday, during which the faculty and participants are encouraged to mingle.

For an additional fee, optional 30-minute private consultations can be scheduled with members of our expert team during the conference. Take this time to discuss a concept or proposal, or to have a faculty member review and provide feedback on work you have submitted. Faculty members offering consultations: Andrea Alban, Jennifer Alvarez, Gennifer Choldenko, Kristin Clark, Ying Compestine, Esther Ehrlich, Stephanie Kuehn, Andy Ross, and Alison Weiss.

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2016 Faculty List

2016 Schedule

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Keep checking out our webpage for the most up-to-date information including the full faculty list and conference schedule! 

For more information on the conference, please call Tiffany Jimenez at 415-927-0960 ext. 230 or email her at tjimenez@bookpassage.com

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Pre-Conference Class: Don George - Travel Writing (San Francisco)

Wednesday, August 10, 2016 - 9:00am to 6:00pm

$120 for Travel Writers & Photographers Conference Participants, $170 for General Public

Join National Geographic Traveler editor Don George for a day of exploration and travel writing in San Francisco. The group meets at our Marin store at 9:00 am and takes the ferry to the historic Ferry Building, while discussing the art of finding, researching and writing travel stories. They continue to S.F.’s lively North Beach, where they will take a short guided tour. After that, participants are let loose to find their own stories before reconvening for lunch to discuss what they found. Participants will write a short piece based on the day’s discoveries. The group returns to Book Passage, where members will discuss their literary creations. Lunch and round-trip ferry ticket included. Enrollment is limited.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Pre-Conference Class: Robert Holmes - Travel Photography (San Francisco)

Wednesday, August 10, 2016 - 9:00am to 6:00pm

$120 for Travel Writers & Photographers Conference Participants, $170 for General Public

Join award-winning photographer Robert Holmes for a day in San Francisco. After a brief a brief discussion of travel photography at Book Passage in Corte Madera, the group will take the ferry to San Francisco and head to North Beach to photograph and document one of the city’s most colorful and historic neighborhoods. Everyone will return to Book Passage to review the day and look at some of the photographs taken by participants. Digital cameras are recommended so that participants can get instant feedback at the end of the day. Lunch and round-trip ferry ticket included. Enrollment is limited.

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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