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CUESA Growing New Farmers Panel Discussion

Sunday, January 25, 2015 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

The average age of the American farmer is steadily increasing, and new farmers are entering the profession much more slowly than older farmers are retiring. To put it bluntly, the US farming population is aging and shrinking. Who will grow food for the next generation? Join CUESA and a panel of experts to discuss 4-H, beginning farmer programs, and what it takes for an aspiring farmer to achieve the dream.

Panelists:

Kenny Baker, farmer/owner, Lonely Mountain Farm

Kiera Butler, author of Raise: What 4-H Teaches Seven Million Kids and How Its Lessons Could Change Food & Farming Forever

Jennifer Taylor, director of the Center for Land-Based Learning’s California Farm Academy

Evan Wiig, executive director of the Farmers Guild
 

The talk will be followed by a reception with farmers market refreshments and a book signing with Kiera Butler (books sold by Book Passage).

Location: Port Commission Hearing Room, second floor of the Ferry Building, on The Embarcadero at Market Street, San Francisco

Cost: $5 at the door

RSVP to reserve a spot.

Port Commission Hearing Room, Ferry Building, 2nd Floor
1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Cooks with Books: Rebecca Katz - The Healthy Mind Cookbook

Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 12:30pm

Please note: this event is sold out. To request a signed copy, please call (415) 927-0960 ext. 1

Left Bank in Larkspur • Single $110; Couple $175 (one book)

Chef Rebecca Katz, author of the award winning cookbooks The Cancer Fighting Kitchen and The Longevity Kitchen, harnesses the latest research about food and brain function in her new cookbook The Healthy Mind Cookbook: Big Flavor Recipes to Enhance Brain Function, Mood, Memory, and Mental Clarity. Katz’s cookbook shares how the food we consume can improve the brain’s ability to control cognition, emotion and physical function - hence mood, memory and motion. Katz has worked with many leaders in the field, including Andrew Weil, Deepak Chopra, Michael Lerner and Dean Ornish. She is the Director of the Healing Kitchens Institute at Commonweal as well as the executive chef at the annual Food as Medicine training program sponsored by the Center for the Mind Body Medicine at Georgetown Medical School.

The ticket includes the meal, wine, tax, tip, and a signed copy of the book.

The Healthy Mind Cookbook: Big-Flavor Recipes to Enhance Brain Function, Mood, Memory, and Mental Clarity Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9781607742975
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Ten Speed Press - February 10th, 2015

A collection of more than 120 recipes formulated to optimize brain health, boost memory, improve mood, sharpen the central nervous system, and more.


Left Bank
507 Magnolia Avenue
Larkspur, CA 94939

Diane Keaton - Let's Just Say It Wasn't Pretty

Monday, April 13, 2015 - 7:00pm


This event is now SOLD OUT. For signed editions, please contact a bookseller at 415-927-0960.

With her one-of-a-kind voice, Diane Keaton takes us into a life that is more mom than movie star. Let's Just Say It Wasn't Pretty is a smart, open chronicle of the ups and downs of living and working in a world obsessed with beauty. Keaton shares with us the funny and not-so-funny moments of always staying true to yourself.

Diane Keaton has starred in some of the most memorable movies of the past forty years, including the Godfather trilogy, Annie Hall, Manhattan, Reds, Baby Boom, The First Wives Club, and Something's Gotta Give. Her many awards include a Golden Globe and an Academy Award.

Let's Just Say It Wasn't Pretty Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780812984767
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Random House Trade - April 7th, 2015

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER


Angelico Hall, Dominican University
50 Acacia Avenue
San Rafael, CA 94941

Erik Larson - Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania

Tuesday, April 14, 2015 - 7:00pm

Angelico Hall, Dominican University
Tickets: $35 (includes signed book)

Full of glamour, mystery, and real-life suspense, Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania tells the enthralling story of the sinking of the Lusitania. Master of narrative nonfiction Erik Larson delivers another riveting story of history, intrigue, and emotional power. His previous bestsellers include In the Garden of Beasts, Thunderstruck, Isaac’s Storm, and The Devil in the White City.

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$28.00
ISBN: 9780307408860
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Crown Publishing Group (NY) - March 10th, 2015

#1 New York Times Bestseller
From thebestselling author and master of narrative nonfiction comes the enthralling story of the sinking of the Lusitania


Angelico Hall, Dominican University
50 Acacia Avenue
San Rafael, CA 94941

David Brooks - The Road to Character

Sunday, April 26, 2015 - 7:30pm

Angelico Hall, Dominican University
Ticket: $35 (includes a signed book)

Tickets no longer available online, please purchase at the door.

 

 

With the same intelligence, humor and storytelling ability that made The Social Animal a bestseller, David Brooks traces the history of a great moral tradition, how it has been carelessly thrown away, and how reevaluating our virtues can enrich us all. A riveting examination of morality in our time, The Road to Character: The Humble Journey to an Excellent Life is Brooks’ most personal book yet.

 

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$28.00
ISBN: 9780812993257
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Random House - April 14th, 2015

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE ECONOMIST I wrote this book not sure I could follow the road to character, but I wanted at least to know what the road looks like and how other people have trodden it. David Brooks


Angelico Hall, Dominican University
50 Acacia Avenue
San Rafael, CA 94941

Cooks with Books: Daniel de la Falaise - Nature's Larder

Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 6:30pm

Left Bank in Larkspur • Single $120; Couple $185 (one book)

Please note: online registration for this event is closed. Call (415) 927-0960 for wait list availability.

Daniel de la Falaise approaches cooking as a sensual task and a celebration of quality products involving as little interference as possible. His compass point: the taste of the raw ingredient just plucked from the soil. His way of cookingwhich places vegetables at the forefront, but is not vegetariancenters around coaxing the most flavor from each ingredient at its peak freshness. This book takes the home cook on "a balloon ride through the seasons," along the way divulging Falaise's smart techniques, such as using residual heat to cook gently, extracting essences with broths, and using herbs both in cooking and finishing for a layered effect. Among the narrative-style recipes he shares are Carrot and Tarragon Soup, Bass Roasted on Wild Fennel, Young Leeks with Chive Flower Vinaigrette, and Chilled Melon Soup with Cardamom. Woven throughout is a strong element of narrative text in which Falaise shares his passionate philosophy centered on peasant traditions of sustainable agriculture, as well as poignant memories from his upbringing in rural Wales and his colorful family members. Nature's Larder opens up a new way of thinking about food, one that returns to an instinctual relationship to taste and a direct connection to the natural world.

Daniel de la Falaise trained as a chef at Harry’s Bar in London, later opening George Club in London's Mayfair with his great uncle Mark Birley, "The King of Clubs."  Today, he works as a private chef, growing many of his ingredients on his farm in southwest France.  He has been the food columnist for French Vogue and been profiled in T The New York Times Style Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, and Town & Country. 

The ticket includes the meal, wine, tax, tip, and a signed copy of the book.

 

Nature's Larder: Cooking with the Senses Cover Image
$39.95
ISBN: 9780847844845
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Rizzoli International Publications - April 28th, 2015

A thoughtful, deep-rooted way of cooking that reconnects us with the land. Daniel de la Falaise approaches cooking as a sensual task and a celebration of quality products involving as little interference as possible. His compass point: the taste of the raw ingredient just plucked from the soil.


Left Bank Restaurant
507 Magnolia Avenue
Larkspur, 94939

Dr. Christine Carter - The Sweet Spot: How to Find Your Groove at Home and Work

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 7:00pm

Please note: this event is sold out!

Guzman Hall, Dominican University

In this inspiring and influential new book, Christine Carter synthesizes the very latest in neurological, psychological and sociological science to reveal the secret to success and happiness at work and at home. Through an extraordinary blend of cutting-edge scientific research and its practical application, Carter offers a way not just to cope with modern pressures, but to truly thrive. The Sweet Spot: How to Find Your Groove at Home and Work is the first book to offer readers a clear and achievable alternative to our modern busyness treadmill. Full of surprises about the ways we may have been going at this all wrong, The Sweet Spot urges us to shift from trying to do things right to doing the right things.

Christine Carter got her PhD from UC Berkeley in sociology and is now the resident happiness expert at UC-Berkeley's Greater Good Science Center, an interdisciplinary research center that "translates" the study of happiness, resilience, and emotional intelligence for the public. The author of the bestselling Raising Happiness Dr. Carter blogs regularly for Greater Good, The Huffington Post, and Psychology Today. She has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Dr. Oz Show, Rachael Ray, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, the Today show and NPR, and has helped thousands of people lead happier and more productive lives through her lectures and online classes.

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$26.00
ISBN: 9780553392043
Availability: Special Order
Published: Ballantine Books - January 20th, 2015

Learn how to achieve more by doing less Live in that zone you've glimpsed but can't seem to hold on to--the sweet spot where you have the greatest strength, but also the greatest ease.


Guzman Hall, Dominican University
50 Acacia Ave.
San Rafael, CA 94901

Michael David Lukas - The Oracle of Stamboul

Friday, April 24, 2015 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

College of Marin, Kentfield Library

Other College of Marin ESCOM Lectures:

Don George - An Innocent Abroad

Cara Black - Murder on the Champ de Mars

ESCOM is delighted to partner with Book Passage in bringing a free series of interesting authors to the community. ESCOM, the Emeritus Students College of Marin, is a unique organization of 1500 senior students within the Community Education Department at the College of Marin. The organization fosters lifelong learning through classes, clubs, special events and a reading room. They publish a newsletter of original writing and commentary. ESCOM is sustained by memberships, gifts and bequests. Leadership is through a Council and various committees.

Ushered into the world by a mysterious pair of Tartar midwives late in the summer of 1877 in the town of Constanta on the Black Sea, Eleonora Cohen proves herself an extraordinarily gifted child—a prodigy—at a very young age. When she is eight years old, she stows away aboard a ship, following her carpet merchant father, Yakob, to the teeming and colorful imperial capital of Stamboul where a new life awaits her.

In the narrow streets of this city at the crossroads of the world, intrigue and gossip are currency, and people are not always what they seem. But it is only when she charms the eccentric Sultan Abdulhamid II—beleaguered by friend and foe as his unwieldy realm crumbles—that Eleonora will change the course of an empire.

Michael David Lukas has been a Fulbright Scholar in Turkey, a night-shift proofreader in Tel Aviv, and a waiter at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference in Vermont. Translated into more than a dozen languages, his first novel The Oracle of Stamboul was a finalist for the California Book Award, the NCIBA Book of the Year Award, and the Harold U. Ribalow Prize. A graduate of Brown University and the University of Maryland, he is a recipient of scholarships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Montalvo Arts Center, New York State Summer Writers’ Institute, Squaw Valley Community of Writers, and Elizabeth George Foundation. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Slate, National Geographic Traveler, and Georgia Review.

Parking: Free campus parking for the event.

For more information call the ESCOM Volunteer Desk: 415-485-9652

 

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$24.99
ISBN: 9780062012098
Availability: Special Order
Published: Harper - February 1st, 2011

Set in the heart of the exotic Ottoman Empire during the first years of its chaotic decline, Michael David Lukas' elegantly crafted, utterly enchanting debut novel follows a gifted young girl who dares to charm a sultan--and change the course of history, for the empire and the world.


College of Marin, Kentfield Library
835 College Ave
Kentfield, CA 94904

Cara Black - Murder on the Champ de Mars

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

College of Marin, Kentfield Library

Other College of Marin ESCOM Lectures:

Don George - An Innocent Abroad

Michael David Lukas - The Oracle of Stamboul

The Emeritus Students College of Marin (ESCOM) is delighted to partner with Book Passage in bringing a free series of inspiring authors to the community. ESCOM is a unique organization of 1500 senior students within the Community Education Department at the College of Marin. The organization fosters lifelong learning through classes, clubs, special events and a reading room. They publish a newsletter of original writing and commentary. ESCOM is sustained by memberships, gifts and bequests. Leadership is through a Council and various committees.

Paris, April 1999: Aimée Leduc has her work cut out for her—running her detective agency and fighting off sleep—deprivation as she tries to be a good single mother to her new bébé. The last thing she has time for now is to take on a personal investigation for a poor manouche (French Gypsy) boy. But he insists his dying mother has an important secret she needs to tell Aimée—something to do with Aimée's father's unsolved murder a decade ago—how can she say no?

Set in the seventh arrondissment, the quartier of the Parisian elite, Murder on the Champ de Mars takes us from the highest seats of power in the Ministries and embassies through the city's private gardens and the homes of France's oldest aristocratic families. Aimée discovers more connections than she thought possible between the clandestine "Gypsy" world and the moneyed ancien régime, ultimately leading her to the truth behind her father's death… After all, for Aimée, murder is never far from home.

Cara Black is the author of fifteen books in the New York Times bestselling Aimée Leduc series. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and son, and visits Paris frequently.

Parking: Free campus parking for the event.

For more information call the ESCOM Volunteer Desk: 415-485-9652

 

Murder on the Champ de Mars Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9781616952860
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Soho Crime - March 3rd, 2015

Paris, April 1999: Aimee Leduc has her work cut out for her running her detective agency and fighting off sleep deprivation as she tries to be a good single mother to her new bebe. The last thing she has time for now is to take on a personal investigation for a poor manouche (Gypsy) boy.


College of Marin, Kentfield Library
835 College Ave.
Kentfield, CA 94904

Don George - An Innocent Abroad

Friday, February 27, 2015 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

College of Marin, Kentfield Library

Other College of Marin ESCOM Lectures:

Cara Black - Murder on the Champ de Mars

Michael David Lukas - The Oracle of Stamboul

ESCOM is delighted to partner with Book Passage in bringing a free series of interesting authors to the community. ESCOM, the Emeritus Students College of Marin, is a unique organization of 1500 senior students within the Community Education Department at the College of Marin. The organization fosters lifelong learning through classes, clubs, special events and a reading room. They publish a newsletter of original writing and commentary. ESCOM is sustained by memberships, gifts and bequests. Leadership is through a Council and various committees.

In An Innocent Abroad, more than 20 well-known writers and celebrities share the travel experiences that shaped their personalities and changed their lives.

In his introduction, editor Don George explains how innocence and worldliness intertwine into an intricate relationship that enables each to thrive: “As long as we continue into unfamiliar situations, to open our hearts and minds to foreign ways, as long as we are able to keep losing our innocence abroad, that innocence will never end—and our appreciation of the world, our embrace of this unembraceable whole, will extend, and extend, and extend.”

Don George is the Global Travel Editor for Lonely Planet Publications.  In 25 years of wandering, Don has visited more than 60 countries and has published more than 600 articles in newspapers and magazines around the globe.

Parking: Free campus parking for the event.

For more information call the ESCOM Volunteer Desk: 415-485-9652

 

An Innocent Abroad: Life-Changing Trips from 35 Great Writers Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781743603604
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Lonely Planet - December 1st, 2014

More than 20 well-known writers and celebrities share the travel experiences that shaped their personalities and changed their lives.


College of Marin, Kentfield Library
835 College Ave.
Kentfield, CA 94904

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