Literary Luncheons

Literary Luncheon: Karen Joy Fowler - We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

Friday, July 19, 2013 - 12:00pm

The ticket price of $55 includes lunch and a signed book
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Introduction by author Gail Tsukiyama!

From the New York Times–bestselling author of The Jane Austen Book Club comes We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, the story of an American family, middle class in middle America, ordinary in every way but one. But that exception is the beating heart of this extraordinary novel.


Meet the Cooke family: Mother and Dad, brother Lowell, sister Fern, and our narrator, Rosemary, who begins her story in the middle. She has her reasons. “I spent the first eighteen years of my life defined by this one fact: that I was raised with a chimpanzee,” she tells us. “It’s never going to be the first thing I share with someone. I tell you Fern was a chimp and already you aren’t thinking of her as my sister. But until Fern’s expulsion, I’d scarcely known a moment alone. She was my twin, my funhouse mirror, my whirlwind other half, and I loved her as a sister.”

Karen Joy Fowler is the author of three story collections and six novels, one a national bestseller, another a PEN/Faulkner finalist, and all New York Times Notable Books. She lives in Santa Cruz, California.

Book Passage hosts literary luncheons with celebrated authors at our Marin store. These events are catered by the outstanding Insalata’s Restaurant of San Anselmo.

 

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780399162091
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Marian Wood Books/Putnam - May 30th, 2013

Shortlisted for the 2014 Man Booker Prize
Winner of the 2014 PEN/Faulkner Award

One of the New York Times Book Review's 100 Notable Books of 2013
Named by The Christian Science Monitor as one of the top 15 works of fiction


Literary Luncheon: Ruth Ozeki - A Tale for the Time Being

Friday, March 22, 2013 - 12:00pm

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Ruth Ozeki shares A Tale for the Time Being. Full of Ozeki’s signature humor and deeply engaged with the relationship between writer and reader, past and present, fact and fiction, quantum physics, history, and myth, A Tale for the Time Being is a brilliantly inventive, beguiling story of our shared humanity and the search for home. 

Ruth Ozeki, author of My Year of Meats and All Over Creation, is an award-winning writer and filmmaker. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Shambhala Sun, and More, among other publications. In June 2010 she was ordained as a Zen Buddhist priest and is affiliated with the Brooklyn Zen Center and the Everyday Zen Foundation. She lives in British Columbia and New York City.   

Book Passage hosts literary luncheons with celebrated authors at our Marin store. These events are catered by the outstanding Insalata’s Restaurant of San Anselmo.

 

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Literary Luncheon: Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni - Oleander Girl

Tuesday, March 19, 2013 - 12:00pm

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Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni shares Oleander Girl. Beloved by critics and readers, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni has been hailed by Junot Díaz as a “brilliant storyteller” and by People magazine as a “skilled cartographer of the heart.” Now, Divakaruni returns with her most gripping novel yet, a sweeping, suspenseful, atmospheric coming-of-age novel about a young woman who leaves India for America on a search that will transform her life.

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni is the award-winning author of many books, including The Mistress of Spices, Sister of My Heart, and One Amazing Thing. Her work has appeared in The New YorkerThe Atlantic Monthly, and The New York Times. Born in India, she currently lives in Texas and teaches in the nationally ranked Creative Writing program at the University of Houston.

Author Elizabeth Berg will introduce Ms. Divakaruni. 

Book Passage hosts literary luncheons with celebrated authors at our Marin store. These events are catered by the outstanding Insalata’s Restaurant of San Anselmo.

 

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Literary Luncheon with Gail Tsukiyama

Saturday, August 18, 2012 - 12:00pm

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Join us for lunch as Gail Tsukiyama celebrates the publication of A Hundred Flowers ($24.99), a powerful new novel centering on the misfortunes which befall a family at the start of the Chinese Cultural Revolution. With this new work, Tsukiyama once again brings us a powerfully moving story of ordinary people facing extraordinary circumstances with grace and courage.

The year is 1957, and Chairman Mao has declared a new openness in society: “Let a hundred flowers bloom; let a hundred schools of thought contend.” Many intellectuals fear it is only a trick, and Kai Ying’s husband, a teacher named Sheng, has promised not to jeopardize their safety or that of their young son, Tao. One July morning, just before his sixth birthday, Tao watches helplessly as his Father is dragged away and sent off to a labor camp for “reeducation” after writing a letter criticizing the Communist Party.

Gail Tsukiyama is the bestselling author of six previous novels, including The Street of a Thousand Blossoms, Women of the Silk and The Samurai’s Garden, as well as the recipient of the Academy of American Poets Award and the PEN Oakland/Josephine Miles Literary Award. She lives in El Cerrito.

Book Passage hosts literary luncheons with celebrated authors at our Marin store. These events are catered by the outstanding Insalata’s Restaurant of San Anselmo.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
94925 Corte Madera
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Jonathan Kozol - Fire in the Ashes: Twenty-Five Years Among the Poorest Children in America

Thursday, September 6, 2012 - 12:00pm

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Join us for lunch as Jonathan Kozol discusses Fire in the Ashes: Twenty-Five Years Among the Poorest Children in America. In this powerful and culminating work, Kozol returns to the scene of his earlier prize-winning books and to the group of inner-city children he has so vividly portrayed in earlier works; here, he shares the fascinating and unexpected story of their life journeys.

Jonathan Kozol is the National Book Award-winning author of Savage Inequalities, Death at an Early Age, The Shame of the Nation, and Amazing Grace.  He has been working with children in inner-city schools for nearly fifty years.

Book Passage hosts literary luncheons with celebrated authors at our Marin store. These events are catered by the outstanding Insalata’s Restaurant of San Anselmo. This special event is co-sponsored with 10,000 Degrees and Dominican University of California Institute for Leadership Studies. A portion of the proceeds will benefit 10,000 Degrees. Can't attend the event? Order a signed copy.

10,000 Degrees believes everyone should have a chance at college. They advocate for equal educational opportunity and support students in need to successfully access, pursue and complete higher education. 10,000 Degrees creates college graduates who change the world.

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Literary Luncheon with Chris Cleave, Author of Little Bee

Wednesday, July 18, 2012 - 12:00pm

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Join us for lunch as Chris Cleave, the author of Little Bee, talks about his new novel Gold, which asks “What would you sacrifice for the people you love?” With heart-in-throat storytelling, with humanity and glorious prose, Cleave examines the values that lie at the heart of our most intimate relationships, and the choices we make when lives are at stake and everything is on the line.

Chris Cleave is the author of Incendiary and the #1 New York Times bestseller Little Bee. He lives with his wife and three children in Kingston-upon-Thames, England.

Book Passage hosts literary luncheons with celebrated authors at our Marin store. These events are catered by the outstanding Insalata’s Restaurant of San Anselmo.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
94925 Corte Madera
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Literary Luncheon with Ying Compestine - Chinese New Year Celebration!

Friday, January 27, 2012 - 12:00pm
RegisterTickets $35
(includes 3 courses, tea, and a signed book)

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Ying Compestine presents Ying’s Best One-Dish Meals: Quick & Healthy Recipes for the Entire Family, a collection of quick, healthful, and delicious meals that include protein, high fiber carbohydrates, fresh vegetables, and more. Prepared using fast cooking techniques and nutritious ingredients, these recipes allow readers to pull together satisfying meals in a snap.

Book Passage hosts literary luncheons with celebrated authors at our Marin store.

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
94925 Corte Madera
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Literary Luncheon with Elizabeth George

Monday, January 16, 2012 - 12:00pm

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Join us for lunch as Anthony and Agatha Award-winning suspense author Elizabeth George presents Believing the Lie. Inspector Thomas Lynley is mystified when he’s sent undercover to investigate the death of Ian Cresswell at the request of the man’s uncle, the wealthy and influential Bernard Fairclough. The death has been ruled an accidental drowning. But when Lynley enlists the help of his friends Simon and Deborah St. James, the trio’s digging soon reveals that the Fairclough clan is awash in secrets, lies, and motives. George is the author of A Great Deliverance and Careless in Red.

Book Passage hosts literary luncheons with celebrated authors at our Marin store. These events are catered by the outstanding Insalata’s Restaurant of San Anselmo.

 

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
94925 Corte Madera
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Lunch & Laughter! with Dave Barry and Alan Zweibel

Wednesday, January 18, 2012 - 1:00pm
Tickets $45 (includes lunch & a signed book)
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Join us for lunch and laughter as two comedic geniuses, Pulitzer Prize-winning humorist Dave Barry and Thurber Prize-winning comedy writer Alan Zweibel, of SNL and Curb Your Enthusiasm fame, read from their new book Lunatics. Philip Horkman is a happy man-the owner of a pet store called The Wine Shop, and on Sundays a referee for kids’ soccer. Jeffrey Peckerman is the sole sane person in a world filled with jerks and morons, and he’s having a really bad day. The two of them are about to collide in a swiftly escalating series of events that will send them running for their lives, pursued by the police, soldiers, terrorists, subversives, bears, and a man dressed as Chuck E. Cheese. Barry and Zweibel will have you laughing like idiots!

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Literary Luncheon with Lisa See - Dreams of Joy

Wednesday, February 15, 2012 - 12:00pm
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Join us for lunch as Lisa See presents her novel Dreams of Joy. She returns to the story of sisters Pearl and May from Shanghai Girls, and Pearl’s strong-willed 19-year-old daughter, Joy. Reeling from newly uncovered family secrets, Joy runs away to Shanghai in early 1957 to find her birth father. Dazzled by him, and blinded by idealism and defiance, Joy throws herself into the New Society of Red China, heedless of the dangers. Pearl is determined to save her daughter, no matter the personal cost.

Book Passage hosts literary luncheons with celebrated authors at our Marin store. These events are catered by the outstanding Insalata’s Restaurant of San Anselmo.

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
94925 Corte Madera
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