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Robbie Robertson - Testimony

Wednesday, November 30, 2016 - 7:00pm

Angelico Hall, Dominican Univeristy of CA
Tickets: $38 (includes a signed copy of Testimony)

On the 40th anniversary of The Band’s legendary "The Last Waltz" concert, Robbie Robertson finally tells his own spellbinding story of the band that changed music history, his extraordinary personal journey, and his creative friendships with some of the greatest artists of the last half-century.

Robbie Robertson’s singular contributions to popular music have made him one of the most beloved songwriters and guitarists of his time. With songs like “The Weight,” “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down,” and “Up on Cripple Creek,” he and his partners in The Band fashioned a music that has endured for decades, influencing countless musicians.

In this captivating memoir, written over five years of reflection, Robbie Robertson employs his unique storyteller’s voice to weave together the journey that led him to some of the most pivotal events in music history. He recounts the adventures of his half-Jewish, half-Mohawk upbringing on the Six Nations Indian Reserve and on the gritty streets of Toronto; his odyssey at sixteen to the Mississippi Delta, the fountainhead of American music; the wild early years on the road with rockabilly legend Ronnie Hawkins and The Hawks; his unexpected ties to the Cosa Nostra underworld; the gripping trial-by-fire “going electric” with Bob Dylan on his 1966 world tour, and their ensuing celebrated collaborations; the formation of the Band and the forging of their unique sound, culminating with history’s most famous farewell concert, brought to life for all time in Martin Scorsese’s great movie The Last Waltz.

This is the story of a time and place—the moment when rock ’n’ roll became life, when legends like Buddy Holly and Bo Diddley criss-crossed the circuit of clubs and roadhouses from Texas to Toronto, when The Beatles, Hendrix, The Stones, and Warhol moved through the same streets and hotel rooms. It’s the story of exciting change as the world tumbled through the ’60s and early 70’s, and a generation came of age, built on music, love and freedom. Above all, it’s the moving story of the profound friendship between five young men who together created a new kind of popular music.

Testimony: A Rock 'n' Roll Life is Robbie Robertson’s story, lyrical and true, as only he could tell it.

Robbie Robertson was the guitarist and principal songwriter in The Band. He has produced many movie soundtracks for Martin Scorsese and others, and continues to record as a solo artist. His most recent record, How to Become Clairvoyant, came out in 2011.

 

Testimony Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780307889782
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Crown Archetype - November 15th, 2016

On the 40th anniversary of The Band's legendary "The Last Waltz" concert, Robbie Robertson finally tells his own spellbinding story of the band that changed music history, his extraordinary personal journey, and his creative friendships with some of the greatest artists of the last half-century.


Angelico Hall
20 Olive Avenue
San Rafael, CA 94901

Cooks with Books: Ryan Scott - One to Five

Sunday, December 4, 2016 - 11:30am

Left Bank Restaurant in Larkspur • Singles: $115; Couples: $175 (one book) 
Event ticket includes meal, wine, tip, and a signed copy of the book.

If you can't prep it, cook it, and sit down to eat it in less than an hour, chef and television personality Ryan Scott doesn't want to do it. It's just that simple.

One to Five: One Shortcut Recipe Transformed Into Five Easy Dishes is cooking for real life: master one basic recipe and learn to spin it into five quick, affordable, and crowd-pleasing dishes. Discover how Ryan's killer marinade, a simple rotisserie chicken, or an easy slow-cooker roast can turn into soul-satisfying meals like carnitas, stuffed egg rolls, sliders, a Vietnamese salad, and a hearty stew.

From taco night to breakfast as dinner, this book is all about flexibility as Ryan invites home cooks to think creatively about cooking while using supermarket staples. He offers ingenious strategies, tricks, and guidance on stocking the freezer and pantry so that great-tasting meals are always ready at the drop of a hat.

Scott makes cooking so simple that readers can eat a delicious home-cooked meal without the hassle - and have fun while making it.

Ryan Scott is a chef and restaurateur with numerous appearances on national talk shows and television programs including regular appearances on Today and Rachael Ray. He is the host of the weekly radio show "Cooking with Ryan Scott" (100,000 listeners per hour), and is the two-time Emmy Award-winning host of Food Rush. He is the chef and owner of Market & Rye in San Francisco, with two more restaurants due to open in 2016.

 

One to Five: One Shortcut Recipe Transformed Into Five Easy Dishes Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9780848747770
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Oxmoor House - October 25th, 2016

If you can't prep it, cook it, and sit down to eat it in less than an hour, chef and television personality Ryan Scott doesn't want to do it. It's just that simple.One to Five is cooking for real life: master one basic recipe and learn to spin it into five quick, affordable, and crowd-pleasing dishes.


Left Bank Restaurant
507 Magnolia Ave.
Larkspur, CA 94939

Cooks with Books: Cal Peternell - A Recipe for Cooking

Thursday, November 17, 2016 - 6:30pm

Left Bank Restaurant in Larkspur • Singles: $115; Couples: $175 (one book) 
Event ticket includes meal, wine, tip, and a signed copy of the book.

Twelve Recipes provided the basic techniques and recipes for essential home cooking. Now, A Recipe for Cooking takes home cooks to the next level. 

Cal Peternell gives you everything you need to cook for big get-togethers, holiday feasts, family occasions, and for a special dinner for two. He organizes the recipes by season to help cooks plan their meals from first bite to last—how a meal should start, what should be the main attraction, what should be served alongside, and how to choose the perfect finish. 

Illustrated with charming color photos and drawings, this text offers a range of delicious, easy-to-master fare: Savory Tart with Onions, Olive, and Anchovies; Shredded Zucchini Fritters with Basil Mayonnaise; Citrus Salad with Ginger, Cilantro, and Saffron-toasted Pistachios; Fish and Shellfish Soup; Rolled Pork Loin Roast Stuffed with Olives and Herbs; Lasagna Bolognese; Belgian Endive Gratin with Gruyere and Prosciutto; and a Blood Orange and Buttermilk Tart. Each of Cal's recipes utilizes the freshest, most delicious ingredients of each season.

Here are meals to share with close family and good friends—to laugh, drink, and cook with—as well as dishes that give you some quiet time in the kitchen, slicing, seasoning, and simmering. With food to make introductions, to commemorate, to celebrate, even, on occasion, to gently instigate, this is Peternell at his wittiest, warmest, and most inspiring.

Cal Peternell grew up on a small farm in New Jersey and graduated with a BFA in painting from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. His cooking career began at Bix in San Francisco, and continued to Biba and The Blue Room in Boston, and back to San Francisco for a sous chef spot at Loretta Keller’s Bizou. Cal was hired at Chez Panisse in 1995, has been the chef in the Cafe since 2001, and took over as chef of the downstairs restaurant in 2013. Cal is the author of Twelve Recipes. He and his wife, Kathleen, have three sons and live in Berkeley, California.

 

A Recipe for Cooking Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9780062427861
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: William Morrow & Company - October 25th, 2016

Celebrate the joys of a great day in the kitchen and a meal shared with family and friends with this follow-up to the bestselling, IACP Award-winning Twelve Recipes, featuring next level, home-cook-friendly recipes for occasions large and small.


Left Bank Restaurant
507 Magnolia Ave.
Larkspur, CA 94939

Cooks with Books: Alex Prud’homme - The French Chef in America

Sunday, October 9, 2016 - 6:30pm

Left Bank Restaurant in Larkspur • Singles: $115; Couples: $180 (one book) 
Event ticket includes meal, wine, tip, and a signed copy of the book.

Julia Child is synonymous with French cooking, but her legacy runs much deeper.

Now, her great-nephew and My Life in France coauthor vividly recounts the myriad ways in which she profoundly shaped how we eat today. He shows us Child in the aftermath of the publication of Mastering the Art of French Cooking, suddenly finding herself America’s first lady of French food and under considerable pressure to embrace her new mantle. We see her dealing with difficult colleagues and the challenges of fame, ultimately using her newfound celebrity to create what would become a totally new type of food television. Every bit as entertaining, inspiring, and delectable as My Life in France, The French Chef in America: Julia Child's Second Act uncovers Julia Child beyond her “French chef” persona and reveals her second act to have been as groundbreaking and adventurous as her first.

Alex Prud’homme is Julia Child’s great-nephew and the coauthor of her autobiography, My Life in France, which was adapted into the movie Julie & Julia. He is also the author of The Ripple Effect: The Fate of Freshwater in the Twenty-First Century, Hydrofracking: What Everyone Needs to Know, and The Cell Game, and he is the coauthor (with Michael Cherkasky) of Forewarned: Why the Government Is Failing to Protect Us—and What We Must Do to Protect Ourselves. Prud’homme’s journalism has appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Time, and People.

 

The French Chef in America: Julia Child's Second ACT Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9780385351751
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Knopf Publishing Group - October 4th, 2016

The enchanting story of Julia Child's years as TV personality and beloved cookbook author--a sequel in spirit to "My Life in France"--by her great-nephew


Left Bank Restaurant
507 Magnolia Ave.
Larkspur, CA 94939

Cooks with Books: Ayesha Curry - The Seasoned Life

Sunday, September 25, 2016 - 6:30pm

Left Bank Restaurant in Larkspur • $120 per person
Event ticket includes meal, wine, tip, and a signed copy of the book.

In The Seasoned Life: Food, Family, Faith, and the Joy of Eating WellAyesha Curry shares 100 of her favorite recipes and invite readers into the home she has made with her two daughters and her husband Stephen Curry. Ayesha knows firsthand what it is like to be a busy mom and wife, and she knows that for her family, time in the kitchen and around the table is where that balance begins.

This book has something for everybody. The simple, delicious recipes include Cast Iron Biscuits, Smoked Salmon Scramble, Homemade Granola, Mom's Chicken Soup, Stephen's 5 Ingredient Pasta, and plenty of recipes that get the whole family involved -- even the little ones!

Ayesha Curry has been featured in Food & Wine, Time, InStyle, Cooking Light, the Wall Street Journal, People, and USA Today and is a frequent guest on The Rachael Ray Show. Curry has appeared on several popular Food Network programs and hosts her own show on Cooking Channel. Mom to two daughters, Riley and Ryan, and wife to Stephen Curry, she lives in the Bay Area.

 

The Seasoned Life: Food, Family, Faith, and the Joy of Eating Well Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780316316330
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Little Brown and Company - September 20th, 2016

A beautiful family-centric cookbook for the home chef, from Ayesha Curry


Left Bank Restaurant
507 Magnolia Ave.
Larkspur, CA 94939

Tracy Kidder - A Truck Full of Money

Wednesday, September 28, 2016 - 7:00pm

Angelico Hall, Dominican Univeristy of CA
Tickets: $35 (includes a signed copy of Truck Full of Money)

Tracy Kidder, the “master of the nonfiction narrative” (The Baltimore Sun) and author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning classic The Soul of the New Machine and the bestselling Mountains Beyond Mountains, gives us the inspiring story of Kayak.com founder Paul English, a kinetic and unconventional inventor and entrepreneur. A Truck Full of Money: One Man’s Quest to Recover from Great Success offers us a window on the strange and extraordinarily well-financed, world of software engineering and commerce, where genius and artistry often mingle with vulgarity and greed.

Growing up in working-class Boston, English discovers a medium for his talents the first time he sees a computer. As a young man, despite suffering from what will later be diagnosed as bipolar disorder, he begins his pilgrim’s journey through the ups and downs in the brave new world of computers. Relating to the Internet as if it’s an extension of his own mind, he discovers that he has a gift for building creative teams of people, becoming a pied piper of geeks. His innovative management style, success, and innate sense of fair play inspire intense loyalty. Early on, one colleague observes: “Someday this boy’s going to get hit by a truck full of money, and I’m going to be standing beside him.” Yet when English makes a fortune as co-founder of the travel website Kayak.com, which sold for almost two billion dollars, the first thing he thinks about is how to give it away. The second thing he thinks is, what’s next?

With the power of a consummate storyteller, Tracy Kidder casts a fresh, critical, and often humorous eye on the way new inventions and new money are reshaping our culture. This is a mesmerizing portrait of an irresistibly endearing man who is indefatigable, original, and as unpredictable as America itself.

Tracy Kidder, whose most recent book is Home Town, is also the author of Among Schoolchildren and Old Friends. He has won both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. He lives in Massachusetts and Maine.

 

A Truck Full of Money Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780812995244
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Random House - September 20th, 2016

Fortune, mania, genius, philanthropy the bestselling author of"Mountains Beyond Mountains" gives us the inspiring story of Kayak.com founder Paul English, an American maverick and a man who had a mind for the age that was coming.


Angelico Hall
20 Olive Avenue
San Rafael, CA 94901

National Kidney Foundation - 28th Annual San Francisco Author Luncheon

Saturday, October 22, 2016 - 10:00am to 3:00pm

Hilton San Francisco Union Square
Tickets: $135 individual tickets; Tables($1,200 (through Sept. 1)

During the last two decades, the annual San Francisco Author’s Luncheon has grown into the Bay Area’s premier literary event. This year is no different: the National Kidney Foundation celebrate its 28th annual luncheon on Saturday, October 22 with seven nationally known, best-selling authors: 

Book Passage is proud to be a part of this major literary event!

The National Kidney Foundation’s 28th Annual Authors Event is the largest literary event of its kind in the Bay Area. Featuring a luncheon and a dinner, the event brings together those who are passionate about literature and saving lives through kidney disease research, advocacy, and education. Meet each author during book signing sessions. Individuals and corporations sponsoring the event at $5,000 and above receive an invitation to the exclusive Authors VIP Cocktail & Dinner Party, the Friday night before the luncheon.

Nearly 2 million people in Northern California suffer from chronic kidney disease, including 1 million living in the Greater Bay Area. Luncheon proceeds support the work of the National Kidney Foundation to directly enhance the lives of people in our community who are either dialysis or transplant patients, or at risk for developing kidney disease.

 

Taste of Persia: A Cook's Travels Through Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Iran, and Kurdistan Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781579655488
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Artisan Publishers - September 20th, 2016

Though the countries in the Persian culinary region are home to diverse religions, cultures, languages, and politics, they are linked by beguiling food traditions and a love for the fresh and the tart. Color and spark come from ripe red pomegranates, golden saffron threads, and the fresh herbs served at every meal.


Let There Be Laughter: A Treasury of Great Jewish Humor and What It All Means Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780062422040
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: William Morrow & Company - September 27th, 2016

From the host of NPR affiliate's Forum with Michael Krasny, a compendium of Jewish jokes that packs the punches with hilarious riff after riff and also offers a window into Jewish culture.


Spaceman: An Astronaut's Unlikely Journey to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781101903544
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Crown Archetype - October 4th, 2016

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to find yourself strapped to a giant rocket that's about to go from zero to 17,500 miles per hour? Or to look back on the earth from outer space and see the surprisingly precise line between day and night?


50 Years, 50 Moments: The Most Unforgettable Plays in Super Bowl History Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9780062302601
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Dey Street Books - November 3rd, 2015

In compiling the facts and details for this book, Randy and I have had the pleasure of hearing stories from players, coaches, executives, and broadcasters, spanning six decades of great football. I learned more than I ever thought I would about the game I love. Jerry Rice


Textbook Amy Krouse Rosenthal Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781101984543
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Dutton Books - August 9th, 2016

The bestselling author of "Encyclopedia an Ordinary Life" returns with a literary experience that is unprecedented, unforgettable, and explosively human.


No Fair! No Fair! and Other Jolly Poems of Childhood Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780545825788
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Orchard Books - September 27th, 2016

Get ready to laugh out loud with Calvin Trillin's first collection of poems for children (and nearby grown-ups). Enjoy the whimsical cartoon illustrations by "New York Times" bestselling illustrator Roz Chast as you find out if Justin is "the awfulest kid in the class," if there's anything that Matt won't eat, and if you can send back a new baby brother.


Glitter and Glue: A Memoir Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780345532855
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Ballantine Books - February 17th, 2015

"NEW YORK TIMES "BESTSELLER Look for special features inside. Join the Random House Reader's Circle for author chats and more.
From theauthor of "The Middle Place" comes a new memoir that examines the bond sometimes nourishing, sometimes exasperating, occasionally divine between mothers and daughters.


Hilton San Francisco Union Square
333 O’Farrell Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

Cooks with Books: Shalane Flanagan & Elyse Kopecky - Run Fast Eat Slow

Wednesday, September 14, 2016 - 12:00pm

Left Bank Restaurant, Larkspur
Tickets: $100 single, $165 couple (one book)

Event tickets include the meal, wine, tip, and a signed copy of the book.

From world-class marathoner and 4-time Olympian Shalane Flanagan and chef Elyse Kopecky comes a whole foods, flavor-forward cookbook for athletes that proves food can be indulgent and nourishing at the same time.
 
Packed with more than 100 recipes for every part of your day, from a morning smoothie to a lunch salad or sandwich to, yes, even, a satisfying dessert, Run Fast Eat Slow has all the bases covered. Fitness-minded readers will find no shortage of delicious meals, snacks, beverages, and sweets to indulge in without the guilt. Meals like Roasted Butternut Squash Ravioli with Sage Brown Butter and Pesto Zucchini "Pasta" will fill you up, without leaving you feeling heavy. Other fan favorites include Can’t Beet Me Smoothie, High-Altitude Bison Meatballs, Superhero Muffins, Arugula Cashew Pesto and Double Chocolate Teff Cookies. Flanagan and Kopecky also tackle the major misconceptions around what constitutes healthy eating. Many people have an ingrained fear of fat, but healthy fat is essential for preventing weight gain, absorbing nutrients, balancing hormones, building muscle and strong bones, and boosting energy.
 
Packaged as a beautiful full-color hardcover cookbook, this title stands out from other cookbooks geared toward athletes, and will please Shalane’s many fans who have been asking for food advice and recipes from her for years. Shalane will have just returned from competing in the 2016 Olympic Games, and in addition to dishing out cooking and food advice, will share stories about her experience in Rio.

 

Run Fast. Eat Slow.: Nourishing Recipes for Athletes Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781623366810
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Rodale Books - August 9th, 2016

From world-class marathoner and 4-time Olympian Shalane Flanagan and chef Elyse Kopecky comes a whole foods, flavor-forward cookbook that proves food can be indulgent and nourishing at the same time. Finally here's a cookbook for runners that shows fat is essential for flavor and performance and that counting calories, obsessing over protein, and restrictive dieting does more harm than good.


Left Bank Brasserie
507 Magnolia Avenue
Larkspur, CA 94939

Tom Killion - 28th Annual Marinscapes Fine Art Exhibit & Benefit

Saturday, June 25, 2016 - 11:00am

Historic Escalle Winery, 771 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur

Tickets:
$15 for the "Meet the Artists" Reception Friday June 24, 5:30 to 8:00 pm
$15 for weekend exhibit on June 25 and 26, noon to 6 p.m.

On Saturday, June 25 at 11:00 am, Artist Tom Killion will give a demonstration and special talk about his Japanese-style Woodcut Prints.  $15 admission includes entrance to MarinScapes, which opens at 12:00 pm.

The 28th Annual MarinScapes Fine Art Exhibit & Benefit showcases works by more than 30 artists and photographers immortalizing the life and landscapes of Marin County. Enjoy complimentary wine and refreshments at a historic winery set amid bucolic hills in Larkspur. Many pieces will feature scenes of Marin's national parks as a salute to the Centennial Celebration of the National Parks Service.  This year's featured artist is Christin Coy. Proceeds support Buckelew Programs, including Family Service Agency of Marin and Helen Vine Recovery Center.

More Information:  (415) 491-5705;  www.buckelew.org/marinscapes 

Historic Escalle Winery
771 Magnolia Ave.
Larkspur, CA 94939

Diana Nyad - Find a Way (Dominican University)

Wednesday, September 14, 2016 - 7:00pm

Tickets: $25 (includes signed paperback copy of Find a Way)

On September 2, 2013, at the age of sixty-four, Diana Nyad emerged onto the sands of Key West after swimming 111 miles, nation to nation, Cuba to Florida, in an epic feat of both endurance and human will, in fifty-three hours. Nyad carried three poignant messages on her way across this stretch of shark-infested waters, and she spoke them to the crowd in her moment of final triumph:

1. Never, ever give up.
2. You re never too old to chase your dreams.
3. It looks like a solitary sport, but it's a Team.

Millions of people around the world cheered this maverick on, moved by her undeniable tenacity to be the first to make the historic crossing without the aid of a shark cage. At the end of her magnificent journey, after thirty-five years and four crushing failures, the public found hope in Nyad's perseverance. They were inspired by her mantra find a way that led her to realize a dream in her sixties that had eluded her as a young champion in peak form.

In Find a Way, Nyad engages us with a unique, passionate story of this heroic adventure and the extraordinary life experiences that have served to carve her unwavering spirit.

Nyad was a world champion in her twenties, setting the record for swimming around Manhattan Island, along with other ocean-swim achievements, all of which rendered her a star at the time. Back then, she made the first attempt at the Mount Everest of swims, the Cuba Swim, but after forty-two hours and seventy-nine miles she was blown desperately off course. Her dream unfulfilled, she didn t swim another stroke for three decades.

Why, at sixty-four, was she able to achieve what she could not at thirty? How did her dramatic failures push her to success? What inner resources did Diana draw on during her long days and nights of training, and how did the power of the human spirit trump both the limitations of the body and the forces of nature across this vast, dangerous wilderness? This is the gripping story of an athlete, of a hero, of a bold mind. This is a galvanizing meditation on facing fears, engaging in our lives full throttle, and living each day with no regrets.

 

Find a Way: The Inspiring Story of One Woman's Pursuit of a Lifelong Dream Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780804172912
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Vintage - June 28th, 2016

Hillary Clinton said that"Find a Way"would stay with her through the general election: When you re facing big challenges in your life, you can think about Diana Nyad getting attacked by the lethal sting of box jellyfishes. And nearly anything else seems doable in comparison.


Angelico Hall
20 Olive Avenue
San Rafael, CA 94901

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