Tony Wheeler - In Conversation with Don George

Thursday, August 14, 2014 - 7:30pm

In conversation with Don George

Tony Wheeler, founder of Lonely Planet Publications and author of the its very first guide, discusses his newest book, Dark Lands, with Don George, former editor of Lonely Planet and current Travel Conference Chair.

Travel Conference attendees have preferred seating.


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By Emma Schwarcz (Editor)
ISBN: 9781743218464
Availability: Special Order
Published: Lonely Planet - August 2013

"Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher*"

Greedy Lords, dubious heroes, wicked relations and innocents in peril - today's world sounds like a grim fairytale

Travelling along the infamous 'Axis of Evil' led to Tony Wheeler's Bad Lands - now he's going deeper into the world's darkest corners to explore a rogue's gallery of troubled nations.

Tom Rob Smith - The Farm

Saturday, July 26, 2014 - 6:00pm

In conversation with Otto Penzler

Tom Rob Smith is the author of the haunting new thriller The Farm. His prior acclaimed novel was Child 44. He will be joined in conversation conversation by famed editor Otto Penzler, who is the owner of The Mysterious Bookshop in New York City.

Mystery Conference attendees have preferred seating.


The Farm Cover Image
ISBN: 9780446550734
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Grand Central Publishing - June 3rd, 2014

The new international bestseller from the author of phenomenal Child 44 trilogy...
The Farm
If you refuse to believe me, I will no longer consider you my son.
Daniel believed that his parents were enjoying a peaceful retirement on a remote farm in Sweden. But with a single phone call, everything changes.

Isabel Allende - Ripper

Saturday, July 26, 2014 - 1:00pm

In Maya’s Notebook, Isabel Allende explored some dark territory. Now in Ripper, she brings us a terrific thriller. MIT-bound Amanda Jackson, a fan of crime fiction and the online mystery game Ripper, indulges in some investigating when murder starts breaking out all over San Francisco. Allende is the internationally acclaimed author of House of the Spirits, Paula, and Daughter of Fortune.

Mystery Conference attendees have preferred seating.


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By Isabel Allende, Ollie Brock (Translator), Frank Wynne (Translator)
ISBN: 9780062291400
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: HarperTorch - January 28th, 2014

Isabel Allende the New York Times bestselling author whose books, including Maya's Notebook, Island Beneath the Sea, and Zorro, have sold more than 57 million copies around the world demonstrates her remarkable literary versatility with Ripper, an atmospheric, fast-paced mystery involving a brilliant teenage sleuth who must unmask a serial killer in San Francisco.

Anne Perry - Death on Blackheath

Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 7:30pm

In conversation with Cara Black

Anne Perry is a distinguished author of historical detective novels. In Death on Blackheath, the murder of a “house maid” leads to conflict between England’s Special Branch and Downing Street. Perry is in discussion with Cara Black, author of Murder in Pigalle and a popular series of mysteries set in Paris.

Mystery Conference attendees have preferred seating.


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ISBN: 9780345548382
Availability: Special Order
Published: Ballantine Books - March 25th, 2014

Anne Perry's superb "New York Times" bestselling novels set in the glorious reign of Victoria are loved by readers far and wide. Now, with this new Charlotte and Thomas Pitt mystery, Perry returns us to that charmed era, when wealth and power rule--but where, alas, poisonous corruption lies coiled in the heart of the empire.

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ISBN: 9781616952846
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Published: Soho Crime - March 4th, 2014

"New York Times Bestseller" Cara Black's fashionable Parisian P.I. AimEe Leduc has a new look for her 14th adventure: five months pregnant.

John Lescroart - The Keeper

Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 5:00pm

In conversation with William Petrocelli

John Lescroart is the heart-stopping author of 25 mysteries. He discusses his new thriller The Keeper with Book Passage co-owner, William Petrocelli (author of The Circle of Thirteen). Lescroart’s novels paint a vivid, unforgettable picture of San Francisco.

Mystery Conference attendees have preferred seating.


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ISBN: 9781476709185
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Atria Books - May 6th, 2014

From" New York Times "bestselling author John Lescroart, a riveting novel featuring Dismas Hardy and Abe Glitsky on the hunt for clues about a woman who has gone missing.

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ISBN: 9781620454145
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Published: Turner - October 22nd, 2013

In 2082, a catastrophic explosion rocks the dedication ceremony of the new United Nations in New York City. Security Director Julia Moro is on the job, chasing after the misogynistic leader of Patria, a long-disbanded international terrorist organization now being whispered about again on the streets.

Valerie Plame - Blowback

Friday, July 25, 2014 - 7:00pm

In conversation with Tim Maleeny

Former government operative Valerie Plame first chronicled her famed CIA career in Fair Game. Now she discusses her novel Blowback. She will be joined in conversation by Mystery Conference Faculty member Tim Maleeny.

Mystery Conference attendees have preferred seating.


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ISBN: 9780399158209
Availability: Special Order
Published: Blue Rider Press - October 1st, 2013

Introducing "Blowback, " an exhilarating new espionage thriller by former CIA ops officer Valerie Plame and thriller writer Sarah Lovett.

Path to Publishing Workshop: Introduction to Publicity

Sunday, June 29, 2014 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Sunday, June 29 • 1:00 - 3:00pm • $20 (Path to Publishing Members) or $40 (General Public)  
It’s a fundamental and strategic task for you, the author, no matter how you decide to publish your work: Promote Yourself!

Or call (415) 927-0960, ext. 1 to register.
Pat Rose, a seasoned public relations and communications expert with a background in publishing ─ and a partner in San Francisco’s Campbell+Rose ─ joins Path to Publishing at the Corte Madera store to share strategies on how to get started on your PR path and build an effective PR campaign. Learn how to set up your own website, create and manage a blog, effectively use social and local media, and develop a strong author profile for reader sites. Pat will take your questions and also will be available during the Mix ‘n’ Mingle from 2:00 to 3:00.

Lemonade and light refreshments provided.

Robert Holmes & Andrea Johnson - Travel Photography in Sonoma

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 - 5:16pm

Wednesday, August 13 • 9:00 - 6:00pm • $120 (Travel Writers Conference Participants) or $170 (General Public) 



Travel Photography in Sonoma: 

Join award-winning landscape, food, and wine photographers Robert Holmes and Andrea Johnson for a day of exploration and photography. Throughout the day, they demonstrate the art of finding, framing, and capturing photos. Participants have time to wander and photograph one of Northern California’s most beautiful locales. Over lunch, the group will talk about their experiences and share their work. Lunch and transportation included. 

Robert Holmes is one of the world’s most successful and prolific travel photographers whose career has extended over 30 years.  He has been honored by the Society of American Travel Writers with their Travel Photographer of the Year Award three times, most recently in 2010. Holmes has worked for National Geographic, Geo, Saveur, Wine Spectator, Life, Time and hundreds of other major magazines and international companies. He has illustrated over 40 books and has regularly been one of the world’s best photojournalists invited to participate in the acclaimed “Day in the Life” series. 

Award-winning photographer and video producer serving the wine, food, adventure, and travel industries. Over the last decade, Johnson has created a compelling body of work for corporate, advertising, editorial, and fine art clients around the globe. Her photographs regularly appear in  publications including Wine Spectator, Food and Wine, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, and the San Francisco Chronicle. Additionally, she has photographed three books: Passion for Pinot (2008), Essential Wines and Wineries of the Pacific Northwest (2010), and most recently, Spectacular Wineries of Washington (2012). 


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
94925 Corte Madera

Pre-Conference Class: Don George - Travel Writing in Sonoma

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - 9:00am to 6:00pm
Wednesday, August 13 • 9:00 - 6:00pm • $120 (Travel Writers Conference Participants) or $170 (General Public) 
Travel Writing in Sonoma:  
Join acclaimed National Geographic Traveler columnist and editor at large Don George, author of Lonely Planet's Guide to Travel Writing, for an inspiring day of exploration and travel writing in beautiful Sonoma. George demonstrates the art of finding, researching, and note-taking in the field. Participants will explore the shops and sites of this historic Wine Country town, sample some of the area's famed wines, and work on a travel writing exercise. Over lunch, the group will talk about the writing experience and discuss their work. Lunch and transportation included. 
Author of Travel Writing and the editor of eight anthologies, including Moveable Feast, The Kindness of Strangers, and most recently, Lonely Planet Travel Writing. George writes the monthly Trip Lit column for National Geographic Traveler and is Features Editor for He also edits Geographic Expeditions’ online magazine, Recce: Literary Journeys for the Discerning Traveler.

Pre-Conference Class: David Corbett - Beyond Good & Evil

Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 1:00pm to 3:30pm
Thursday, July 24 • 1:00 - 3:30pm • $90 (Mystery Writers Conference Participants) or $125 (General Public) 
Beyond Good and Evil:
Using Moral Argument to Develop Plot & Character
Far too often writers revert to the easiest, simplest, and least compelling form of moral argument to structure their stories: Good versus Evil. In this pre-conference seminar and workshop, award-winning novelist David Corbett will guide students through a deeper understanding of the possibilities of this moral contest by exploring ways to add texture, nuance and complexity to the depiction of opposing values, with additional instruction on other forms of moral argument, such as Tragedy, Drama, Pathos, Satire/Irony and Black Comedy.
David Corbett is a skilled private investigator, having worked 15 years for the famed private investigation firm of Palladino & Sutherland. He is also a highly-talented writer of crime fiction. His novels including Do They Know I’m Running?, Blood of Paradise, Done for a Dime, and The Devil’s Redhead


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