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Friday October 05, 2012
Start: 10/05/2012 1:00 pm

Tony La Russa discusses One Last Strike: Fifty Years in Baseball, Ten and a Half Games Back, and One Final Championship Season ($27.99). Speaking candidly, the third-winningest manager in baseball history talks about his World Championship season with the St. Louis Cardinals, his lifetime spent studying the game, his famously intense style, and his decision to retire. La Russa also shares stories from throughout his career that shaped his outlook — from his first days managing the Chicago White Sox to his championship years with the Oakland A's, to his triumphant tenure as St. Louis's longest-serving manager.

Tony La Russa managed the St. Louis Cardinals from 1996 to 2011, as well as the Oakland A's and the Chicago White Sox. He has three World Series wins, six league championships, and five Manager of the Year awards, and is ranked third in all-time major league wins. He and his wife, Elaine, founded the Tony La Russa Animal Rescue Foundation in Walnut Creek, California.


Start: 10/05/2012 7:00 pm
Steven Roby presents Hendrix on Hendrix: Interviews and Encounters with Jimi Hendrix ($24.95). This new book includes the most important interviews from the peak of Hendrix’s career, 1966 to 1970, as selected by one of the world’s leading Hendrix historians. “Uncovers a wealth of material that most diehard fans didn’t even suspect existed.” —Richie Unterberger

Steven Roby is a respected Jimi Hendrix historian-archivist and the author of Black Gold: The Lost Archives of Jimi Hendrix and Becoming Jimi Hendrix. He was the editor and publisher of Straight Ahead: The International Jimi Hendrix Fanzine (1989–1996) and the editor of the Hendrix family’s authorized fanzine, Experience Hendrix. He has also written feature articles and reviews for Guitar World and Goldmine.

Saturday October 06, 2012
Start: 10/06/2012 10:00 am
Special for kids! Annie Barrows celebrates the publication of Ivy and Bean Make the Rules, Book 9 ($14.99), in which Bean's older sister, Nancy, is set to go to Girl Power 4-Ever Camp, where she will do Crafts and Music and First Aid and other secret things that Bean will never know about because girls have to be eleven to go to Girl Power 4-Ever Camp. But Bean doesn't care.

When she was a kid, Annie Barrows never once went to camp. She never took any classes. She never played a sport. She wasn't a Girl Scout. What a weirdo! She lives in Berkeley, California and is the author of eight earlier Ivy and Bean Books as well as co-author of the bestselling adult novel, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society.

Start: 10/06/2012 1:00 pm

Jay Tunney presents The Prizefighter and the Playwright: Gene Tunney and Bernard Shaw ($35.00), the curious story of the unlikely relationship between a world heavyweight champion boxer and a world-famous playwright and celebrated man of letters.  This remarkable book chronicles the little known relationship that formed between this celebrated odd couple.

The Prizefighter and the Playwright has been praised by publications ranging from the Irish Times to Boxing Monthly.

Jay R. Tunney, the son of the famous fighter, is vice president of the International Shaw Society and a member of the Governor's International Advisory Council for the Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. His articles have appeared in the New York Times Magazine and other national publications.


Start: 10/06/2012 4:00 pm
Jon Katz reads from Dancing Dogs: Stories ($24.00). No one brings to life the remarkable bond between humans and their dogs like New York Times bestselling author Jon Katz. He has warmed our spirits with enchanting tales and keen observations of his animal menagerie. Now, Katz is back with what he does best in his first collection of short stories. Bark!

Jon Katz has written twenty-one books—eight novels, one collection of short stories, and twelve works of nonfiction. Katz is also a photographer and the author of two children’s books.

Start: 10/06/2012 7:00 pm

J.R. Moehringer reads from Sutton ($27.99), the long anticipated debut novel from the Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and author of the New York Times Bestseller, The Tender Bar. This fictionalized account of the life of the once famous Willie Sutton, the “Babe Ruth” of bank robbers, is vivid and poignant, comic, fast-paced and fact-studded, and a story of doomed love.

J.R. Moehringer is a former national correspondent for the Los Angeles Times. A 1986 graduate of Yale University, Moehringer began his journalism career as a news assistant at The New York Times. He won the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing in 2000.


Sunday October 07, 2012
Start: 10/07/2012 11:00 am
End: 10/07/2012 5:00 pm

Literacyworks presents Word Up! A Community Learning Fair. This year’s fair will bring in an estimated 3,000 participants together to celebrate the joy of lifelong learning. The goals of Word Up! are twofold: one, to increase awareness of learning opportunities in the North Bay which will lead to an increase in literacy levels and the knowledge base of our population; and two, to raise funds that support literacy programs in North Bay county libraries, schools and community organizations. Join Book Passage and authors Anne Lamott, Jane Smiley and others at this very special event!

Start: 10/07/2012 1:00 pm
Natalie Dykstra discusses Clover Adams: A Gilded and Heartbreaking Life ($26.00), the true-life story of one of the most fascinating women of the Gilded Age. Married to historian Henry Adams, Clover was fiercely intelligent, an accomplished photographer, and the inspiration for Henry James's Daisy Miller and Portrait of a Lady. Yet, at age 42, she took her own life.

"What happened to Clover Adams broke Henry Adams’ heart. And, in Natalie Dykstra’s splendid retelling, it will break yours. This is a moving book, deeply researched, fast-paced, and profoundly engaging. It is not easy to write a book the family for so long did not want written. Natalie Dykstra has succeeded in doing so, and she has returned Clover Adams to us as a living figure." — Robert D. Richardson, author of Emerson: The Mind on Fire

Natalie Dykstra has received a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship for her work on Clover Adams. She is a Fellow of the Massachusetts Historical Society and associate professor of English at Hope College in Holland, MI.

Start: 10/07/2012 4:00 pm

This event is cancelled. We will look forward to a future event with the author.

Tarun Tejpal presents The Story of My Assasins ($27.95). Based on actual events, this novel tells the story of a journalist who learns that the police have captured five hit men on their way to kill him. The news prompts him to launch an investigation into the lives of his aspiring murderers—a ragtag group of street thugs and village waifs—and their mastermind.

Tarun J Tejpal is an Indian journalist, publisher and a novelist. In 2001, Business Week named him as among the 50 leaders at the forefront of change in Asia, and in 2009, the magazine named him among "India's 50 Most Powerful People." His debut novel, The Alchemy of Desire (2006), won Le Prix Mille Pages. It was followed by Story of My Assassins (2010). The Valley of Masks (2011) was long-listed for Man Asian Literary Prize.


Start: 10/07/2012 6:30 pm

Admission $115 per person

Online registration is no longer available. Please call (415) 927-0960, ext. 1 to reserve a space!

Considered the inventor of modern Vietnamese cuisine in America, Charles Phan is a culinary wonder in his own right. The executive chef/owner of The Slanted Door was born in Vietnam, his family relocated just before the fall of Saigon and after two years in Guam, his family settled in SF. HIs first restaurant, The Slanted Door, opened in 1995 in San Francisco's Mission District and relocated to the historic Ferry Building in 2004. Phan has won the James Beard award Best Chef in California and many others. This event will not be a typical Cooks with Books sit down dinner but a book launch and reception for his eagerly awaited first cookbook Vietnamese Home Cooking.

Join us for a very exciting evening in the mesmerizing and beautiful Grand Hall in the Ferry Building.

Don't wait to sign up - space is limited. Price includes the meal, wine, tax, tip & a signed copy of the author’s book. Reserve at Book Passage (415-927-0960) or at Can't attend the event? Order a signed copy.

Start: 10/07/2012 7:00 pm
Spanish-language event: Bertha L. Santana presents her novel Las Hijas del Maiz ($25.00), in which seven Mexican women navigate through their cultural conditioning, their issues with The Conquest, and the myth of La Malinche. In trying to find their own voice within the myriad voices of Mexico’s schizophrenia, they explore the creation of different personas.

Bertha L. Santana is a Mexican-Canadian intercultural consultant, university instructor, author and songwriter. She has dedicated her life and her powerful voice to bridging cultures between Mexico and the United States, and between Mexico and Canada.

Monday October 08, 2012
Start: 10/08/2012 6:00 pm

Left Coast Writers® at the Ferry Plaza at Book Passage

Nancy Bruning, MPH, Author of Nancercize: 101 Things to Do on a Park Bench

Book Passage hosts the monthly meetings of Left Coast Writers® at our Corte Madera store. This Literary Salon is led by author/teacherLinda Watanabe McFerrin. The monthly meetings provide an evening of literary connections, support, counsel, provocative readings, writing tips, literary chat, unabashed networking, and great fun. Each meeting also features a presentation by one of several Bay Area literary figures. The fee includes membership in Left Coast Writers®, a group of new and experienced writers. LCW has its own lively newsletter and website


Start: 10/08/2012 7:00 pm

Matthew Fox talks about Hildegard of Bingen: A Saint for Our Times: Unleashing Her Power in the 21st Century ($17.95). In May, Pope Benedict XVI formally declared this 12th century Benedictine nun a saint, with her canonization set for October. This new book explores her relevance as a thinker, writer, composer and artist who has helped influence and inspire those within and outside the Catholic Church.

Matthew Fox is the popular and controversial theologian and author of more than 25 books that expose the corruption and patriarchal hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Church. He is founder and director of the Institute of Culture and Creation Spirituality in Oakland. A member of the Dominican Order for 34 years, Fox was silenced by the Vatican in 1989 and formally dismissed in 1993. Now an Episcopal minister, he travels extensively sharing his radical vision of a Christianity that leans toward mysticism rather than orthodoxy, and Divine Feminism rather than patriarchy.

Tuesday October 09, 2012
Start: 10/09/2012 6:00 pm
Mel and Patricia Ziegler present Wild Company: The Untold Story of Banana Republic ($25.00). In the tradition of Pour Your Heart Into It and How Starbucks Saved My Life comes an inspiring memoir from the founders of Banana Republic. Wild Company is a love story wrapped in a business adventure, as well as soulful tale for readers determined to create their own destiny.

Mel and Patricia Ziegler are the founders of Banana Republic and The Republic of Tea. They lives outside of San Francisco.
Start: 10/09/2012 7:00 pm

Tony Burroughs presents Get What You Want: The Art of Making and Manifesting Your Intentions ($15.95). Burroughs was a young man living in Hawaii when an older philosopher sage took him under his wing and became his mentor at an exotic fruit farm on the big island. Over a period of years, Tony learned how to farm as well as "The Information," a series of oral lessons, comprising a body of deep teachings about the very meaning of life and the history of mankind.

Tony Burroughs is an author, storyteller, and a cofounder of The Intenders of the Highest Good, a grassroots community movement with Intenders Circles in countries all over the world. Also the author of the popular daily email message "The Bridge," Burroughs lives in Mount Shasta, CA.


Wednesday October 10, 2012
Start: 10/10/2012 6:00 pm

James Meek reads from The Heart Broke In ($28.00). From the prizewinning author of the international bestseller The People’s Act of Love, comes a rich and intricate novel about everything that matters to us now: children, celebrity, secrets and shame, the quest for youth, loyalty and betrayal, falls from grace, acts of terror, and the wonderful, terrible inescapability of family.

James Meek is an award-winning writer whose novels include The People’s Act of Love and We Are Now Beginning Our Descent. He lives in London.


Thursday October 11, 2012
Start: 10/11/2012 1:00 pm
A.M. Homes reads from May We Be Forgiven ($26.95), a darkly comic novel of twenty-first-century domestic life and the possibility of personal transformation. And an unnerving, funny tale of unexpected intimacies and of how one deeply fractured family might begin to put itself back together. And the story of two brothers, Harry and George.

“Flat-out amazing.” — Salman Rushdie. “Ms. Homes just gets better and better.” — Gary Shteyngart. “A seductive minefield of a novel.” — John Sayles. “Wild and funny, questioning and true, she is a writer to go travelling with on the journey called life.” — Jeanette Winterson.

A. M. Homes is the author of the memoir The Mistress’s Daughter and the novels This Book Will Save Your Life, Music for Torching, The End of Alice, In a Country of Mothers, and Jack, as well as the story collections The Safety of Objects and Things You Should Know.

Start: 10/11/2012 6:00 pm

Litquake event: Lisa Zeidner reads from Love Bomb ($26.00), an inventive, mordantly funny novel about love, marriage, stalkers, and the indignities of parenthood. Love Bomb, a serious frolic written out of deep affection for all that it skewers, begins as a hostage drama and blossoms into a far-reaching tale about the infinite varieties of passion and heartbreak.

Lisa Zeidner has published four novels, including the critically acclaimed Layover, and two books of poems. Her stories, reviews, and essays have appeared in The New York Times, Slate, GQ, Tin House, and elsewhere. She directs the M.F.A. program in creative writing at Rutgers University in Camden, New Jersey.


Start: 10/11/2012 7:00 pm

Stacy London presents The Truth About Style ($32.95), in which the hilarious, beloved cohost of TLC’s What Not to Wear examines the universal obstacles all women—including herself—put in their own way. London shares her own often painful history and her philosophy of the healing power of personal style. The Truth About Style is an inspiring, liberating, and often very funny guide to finding your truest self.

Stacy London is the cohost of TLC’s What Not to Wear and has a regular segment on NBC’s Today show called “Ask Stacy.” She’s the cofounder and stylist in chief of Style for Hire. In addition, she has appeared on numerous TV programs, including Oprah, Wendy Williams, and Access Hollywood. A contributing editor at People magazine, she previously worked at Vogue and Mademoiselle.

Friday October 12, 2012
Start: 10/12/2012 6:00 pm

Robert Anasi discusses The Last Bohemia: Scenes from the Life of Williamsburg, Brooklyn ($15.00), a firsthand account of the transformation of Williamsburg from factory backwater to artists’ district to trendy hub and high-rise colony. Passionate and provocative, The Last Bohemia is a celebration of the fever dream of bohemia, a lament, and a cautionary tale.

Robert Anasi is the author of The Gloves: A Boxing Chronicle, which George Plimpton called “as good as any I’ve read about the sport.” He is a regular reviewer for The Times Literary Supplement, and teaches at the University of California, Irvine.


Start: 10/12/2012 7:00 pm

Book Passage celebrates the 10th Anniversary of the Marin School of the Arts. Please join us at this special event as our store will be filled with “the arts” - including exhibits of pottery, photography and  painting in our Gallery, poetry readings and other creative writing presentations in our Events Room, and dance demonstrations and band performances on our Terrace.

Founded in 2003, the Marin School of the Arts provides high school students from Marin County and other parts of the Bay Area with a public school experience that offers comprehensive, challenging and intensive arts education within a larger program of academic and college-prep courses.

Saturday October 13, 2012
Start: 10/13/2012 11:00 am
Rebecah Freeling presents Briar Rose, a retelling of the familiar Sleeping Beauty legend. This story will be enhanced by simple silk marionettes, and there will be finger games, songs, and other surprises before and afterward! This event is great for children – and adults will like it too.

Rebecah Freeling is a storyteller, experienced early childhood educator, and parent coach.  New to California, she recently joined the faculty of The Mountain School Early Childhood Center in Corte Madera.  For thirteen years she was owner, Director and Lead Teacher of Briar Rose Children's Center in her home state of Ohio. Her magical stories, both original and drawn from the folk and fairy tale traditions, are enhanced by her own handmade table puppets and simple marionettes

Start: 10/13/2012 11:00 am

Shauna Sever presents Pure Vanilla: Irresistible Recipes & Essential Techniques ($22.95). Even with a history as rich as its naturally dreamy, creamy flavor, vanilla is overlooked, misunderstood, and generally taken for granted. Hundreds of cookbooks wax poetic about it, but few have given it its due! This special event includes a vanilla tasting!

Shauna Sever is the author of Marshmallow Madness! She writes the popular dessert blog Piece of Cake and is a host and reporter for food-related television, including “The Best of the Bay” for KRON4 in San Francisco. Her work has been published in Huffington Post Food, Working Mother, Food52, and more. She also runs Bake Sale Bakery, a dessert catering business in San Francisco, where she lives with her husband and daughter.


Start: 10/13/2012 1:00 pm

Joanne Harris reads from Peaches for Father Francis ($26.95). The bestselling author of Chocolat and The Girl with No Shadow returns with an enchanting new novel: when Vianne Rocher receives a letter from beyond the grave, she has no choice but to return to the beautiful French village in which eight years ago she opened a chocolate shop and first learned the meaning of home.

Joanne Harris is the author of the Whitbread Award-nominated Chocolat (made into an Oscar-nominated film starring Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp) and seven other bestselling novels. She plays bass guitar in a band first formed when she was 16, is currently studying Old Norse, and lives with her husband and daughter in Yorkshire.

Start: 10/13/2012 4:00 pm

Special for teens! L.B. Schulman reads from League of Strays ($16.95). Come celebrate at the book's release party - with treats, giveaways, and other fun surprises! This suspenseful debut novel follows a group of teenage misfits - a motley crew of loners and an alluring, manipulative ringleader named Kade - in their delicious quest for revenge on those who have wronged them at school. New member Charlotte must choose between the League and her own conscience.

L. B. Schulman writes fantasy and contemporary fiction for young adults. She lives outside the San Francisco Bay Area. This is her first novel.

Start: 10/13/2012 6:00 pm
Special for teens! Maggie Stiefvater reads from The Raven Boys ($18.99). “There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.” From the author of the Shiver trilogy and The Scorpio Races comes a new series where the inevitability of death and the nature of love lead us to a place we’ve never been.

Maggie Stiefvater is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the novels Shiver, Linger, Forever, and The Scorpio Races. She is also the author of Lament: The Faerie Queen’s Deception and Ballad: A Gathering of Faerie. She lives in Virginia with her husband and their two children

Start: 10/13/2012 7:00 pm

Left Coast Writers® Book Launches at Book Passage in Corte Madera

Filled with a luminous cast of characters, and told with searing honesty and ironic wit, Beamish Boy is a redemptive story of survival and letting go, as we follow Albert from one zany adventure and near-death experience to the next. He is run over by his best friend after blacking out in a driveway, contracts malaria in east Africa, and joins a psychedelic “therapy” cult, until he miraculously finds himself, through photography, poetry, and a hilarious awakening at a meditation retreat center, realizing finally, what it means to be fully alive and to truly love.

Beamish Boy charts a compelling spiritual journey, from violence and self-annihilation to creativity and self-realization. Not your typical addiction memoir, Beamish Boy reads more like a witty and poetic novel, offering a profound window into the human condition, complete with its tragedies and ecstasies—illuminating one man’s quest for lasting wisdom.

Albert Flynn DeSilver is an internationally published poet, author, artist, teacher, speaker, and writing coach. He served as the first Poet Laureate of Marin County, California from 2008-2010. Albert is the author of several books of poetry including "Letters to Early Street," and "Walking Tooth & Cloud," and his work has appeared in dozens of literary journals and anthologies worldwide. He presents at literary conferences nationally, directs a homecare agency, and teaches in the Teen and Family program at Spirit Rock Meditation Center near his home in Woodacre, California.



Sunday October 14, 2012
Start: 10/14/2012 11:00 am
Special for kidsBob Shea referees Dinosaur vs Santa ($15.99). Dinosaur is getting ready for Santa! He tackles many challenges--decorating, making presents, trying not to be naughty--and defeats each with his trademark ROAR! But on Christmas Eve, when he hears some rustling downstairs, Dinosaur can't resist a peek. Will our feisty friend meet his match?

You know that PBS Kids spot where the pig runs around and eats things that begin with the letter "p"? Bob made that! He made a bunch of other animations for PBS Kids and helped them develop a national literacy campaign.

Start: 10/14/2012 1:00 pm

Mani Feniger presents The Woman in the Photograph ($14.95). Feniger wanted nothing to do with the relics of her German mother's life. But when the fall of the Berlin Wall exposed buried secrets and startling revelations of her mother's past, she was drawn into an exploration of history, family, individuality, and identity that would change her life forever.

Mani Feniger was born in New York City and has lived in the SF Bay Area since 1975. Her first book, Journey from Anxiety to Freedom, has helps thousands of people acquire tools and understanding to heal from anxiety and trust themselves.


Monday October 15, 2012
Start: 10/15/2012 7:00 pm

Carlos Andres Gomez discusses Man Up: Cracking the Code of Modern Manhood ($26.00). Inspired by the award-winning poet and actor’s one-man play, Man Up is a coming-of-age memoir that redefines masculinity for the twenty-first-century male. Man Up is also an agent for positive change, meant to galvanize all men everywhere.

Carlos Andrés Gómez is an award-winning poet, actor, and writer. A former social worker and a former public school teacher, Gomez has performed at over 200 colleges and universities and has toured across North America, Europe, the Caribbean, and Africa. Named Artist of the Year at the 2009 Promoting Outstanding Writers Awards, he is a two-time International Poetry Slam Champion and two-time National Poetry Slam Finalist. He appeared on HBO’s “Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam” and appeared in Spike Lee’s film Inside Man.


Tuesday October 16, 2012
Start: 10/16/2012 12:00 pm

RegisterTickets $55 (includes lunch & a signed book)
Call (415) 927-0960, ext. 1 to reserve

Join us for lunch as Debra Dean talks about The Mirrored World. The critically acclaimed author of The Madonnas of Leningrad returns with a novel of love and madness set in 18th century Russia. Dean will be introduced by Isabel Allende, who described Dean’s earlier work as “Elegant and poetic, the rare kind of book that you want to keep but you have to share.”

Debra Dean will be introduced by Isabel Allende. 

Debra Dean's bestselling debut novel, The Madonnas of Leningrad, was a New York Times Editors' Choice, a #1 Booksense Pick, a Booklist Top Ten Novel, and an American Library Association Notable Book of the Year. It has been published in twenty languages. Her collection of short stories, Confessions of a Falling Woman, won the Paterson Fiction Prize and a Florida Book Award. 

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. Can't attend the event? Order a signed copy today.

Start: 10/16/2012 5:00 pm
Bestselling author J.K. Rowling is making only one public stop in the U.S. to discuss her first novel for adults, The Casual Vacancy. That stop will be broadcast at Book Passage as it happpens. We will be screening a webcast of her onstage conversation, hosted by critically acclaimed author Ann Patchett. 

A big novel about a small town...When Barry Fairbrother dies in his early forties, the town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils...Pagford is not what it first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen. Who will triumph in an election fraught with passion, duplicity, and unexpected revelations? A big novel about a small town, The Casual Vacancy is J.K. Rowling's first novel for adults. It is the work of a storyteller like no other.

J.K. Rowling is the author of the bestselling Harry Potter series of seven books, published between 1997 and 2007, which have sold over 450 million copies worldwide, are distributed in more than 200 territories, have been translated into 73 languages, and have been turned into eight blockbuster films.
Wednesday October 17, 2012
Start: 10/17/2012 1:00 pm

Louise Erdrich reads from The Round House ($26.99). This acclaimed author continues the trilogy begun with The Plague of Doves with the story of an Ojibwe woman ruthlessly attacked one summer morning in 1988. Because she refuses to speak about the event, her husband and 13-year-old son must find answers to their own questions.

Priority seating to this event offered with purchase of the author's new book from Book Passage. 

Louise Erdrich is the author of twelve novels as well as volumes of poetry, children's books, and a memoir of early motherhood. Her debut novel, Love Medicine, won the National Book Critics Circle Award. The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse was a finalist for the National Book Award. Her most recent novel, a New York Times bestseller, received the high praise from Philip Roth, who wrote, "Louise Erdrich's imaginative freedom has reached its zenith - The Plague of Doves is her dazzling masterpiece." She lives in Minnesota and is the owner of Birchbark Books, a small independent bookstore.


Start: 10/17/2012 7:00 pm

Special for teens! From Rachel Cohn, the author of Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, comes something different, Beta ($17.99), the first in a dazzlingly original science fiction series. This is the story of Elysia, a teenage clone. She was replicated from another teenage girl, who had to die in order for Elysia to exist. Beta is haunting, an unforgettable story of courage and love in a cor¬rupted world.

Rachel Cohn is the New York Times bestselling author of eleven young adult novels, including Gingerbread, Shrimp, and Cupcake and, with David Levithan, Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist and Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares.

Thursday October 18, 2012
Start: 10/18/2012 12:30 pm
Meet n’ Greet event with a demo!

Paula Pryke shares her suggestions and personal favorite flowers for each season in Everyday Flowers ($34.95). Pryke reveals which flowers are best to buy at each time and which flowers can be found in your garden at each time of the year, to include in your own arrangements.

Paula Pryke has a world-renowned reputation for innovative and brilliantly colorful floral designs. Her highly successful Flower School was launched in London in 1994 and attracts students from all over the world. She is the author of many best-selling books, including Decorating with Flowers, Simply Pink, Paula Pryke’s Wreaths and Bouquets, Table Flowers, Paula Pryke’s Flower School, and Wedding Flowers.
Start: 10/18/2012 7:00 pm

Max Byrd reads from The Paris Deadline ($27.95). From bestselling historical novelist comes a new novel set against the dramatic backdrop of Paris in the Jazz Age—a fascinating suspense tale interwoven with rich historical detail—as well as a story of love, suspense, and mystery in a world stumbling toward catastrophe.

The Paris Deadline is the best ‘code and cipher’ novel I’ve ever read, a wonderful historical thriller, combining terrific characters with wit, erudition, more cool facts than your average encyclopedia, and a blistering narrative drive that makes the pages fly. Do not deny yourself the pleasure of reading this book!” —John Lescroart

“Wow! This is storytelling at its very best.” —Michael Connelly.

Max Byrd is the award-winning author of fourteen books, including four bestselling historical novels and California Thriller, for which he received the Shamus Award. He was educated at Harvard and King’s College Cambridge, England, and has taught at Yale, Stanford, and the University of California. Byrd is a Contributing Editor of The Wilson Quarterly and writes regularly for the New York Times Book Review.


Friday October 19, 2012
Start: 10/19/2012 7:00 pm
Stephan Pastis presents Pearls Freaks the #*%# Out: A Pearls Before Swine Treasury ($16.99). From fire-breathing jugglers to sword-swallowing illusionists, this treasury showcases all strips from Larry in Wonderland and Because Sometimes You Just Gotta Draw a Cover with Your Left Hand, along with Pastis' original commentary, and fan reactions.

Stephan Pastis is an attorney turned cartoonist. A graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, and the UCLA Law School, he worked as a lawyer before trying his hand at cartooning. Pastis lives in the Bay Area with his wife and two children.

Saturday October 20, 2012
Start: 10/20/2012 12:00 pm
End: 10/20/2012 3:00 pm

Meet and greet with the author: Robert Balmanno presents September Snow ($15.95) and Runes of Iona ($15.95), books one and two of The Blessings of Gaia series. Set in a near-future dystopia, these idea-driven, page-turning action novels feature strong women characters out to save the planet in a time when mankind and life of earth are on a collision course.

Robert Balmanno has worked as a library specialist in a Silicon Valley library for more than 20 years. He is a trade union activist and served as a Peace Corps volunteer in West Africa. Balmanno earned his bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara and did post-graduate work at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland and the University of London, King's College.


Start: 10/20/2012 1:00 pm

Debbie Miller presents On Arctic Ground: Tracking Time Through Alaska's National Petroleum Reserve ($29.95). Fossilized dinosaur bones; caribou tracks, both ancient and new; wide open spaces; and vast migrations. As this new book shows, the National Petroleum Reserve Alaska is more than a natural resource, it is a place of rare, unprotected beauty and natural history.

Debbie S. Miller has lived in northern Alaska for nearly forty years, and has worked to protect the Arctic lands from industrial development for two decades. Her writings and photography have been published in a variety of newspapers, magazines, and books, including Midnight Wilderness, Seasons of Life and Land and Arctic Wings: Birds of the Arctic Wildlife Refuge.


Start: 10/20/2012 4:00 pm

Tracie McMillan talks about The American Way of Eating: Undercover at Walmart, Applebee's, Farm Fields and the Dinner Table ($16.00). After going undercover to labor in the fields of industrial farms, stock groceries at Walmart, and work in the kitchen at Applebee’s, McMillan has eye-opening tales to tell about the people behind our food and the inner workings of the corporate food system.

Tracie McMillan has written about food, poverty, and the politics of both for The New York Times, Harper’s Magazine, Mother Jones, Slate, Saveur and Gastronomica, among others. She received her BA in political science from New York University in 1999 and became the managing editor of the award-winning, independent magazine City Limits, where she won numerous awards and honors for her features on poverty and food.



Sunday October 21, 2012
Start: 10/21/2012 1:00 pm

Liz Gutman and Jen King present Liddabit Sweets Candy Cookbook: How to Make Truly Scrumptious Candy in Your Own Kitchen! ($17.95), the perfect marriage of sugar and spice, packed with 75 foolproof recipes, full-color photographs, and lots of attitude. The flavor combinations, down-to-earth advice, and easy directions make this the guide to turn to.

Liz Gutman and Jen King became friends while attending the French Culinary Institute’s pastry program. Sharing a passion for locally produced, superior-quality ingredients and a love for (okay, obsession with) sweets, they opened Liddabit Sweets in 2009. They both live, eat, and dream in sugar in Brooklyn, New York.


Start: 10/21/2012 4:00 pm
In Too Tall Houses ($16.99), Owl and Rabbit are good friends and neighbors and live happily in two small houses next to each other.... until Rabbit's garden grows a little too tall and blocks Owl's view. Now Owl isn't so happy. Maybe building a bigger house will solve the problem. But now Rabbit isn't happy. Maybe building HIS house taller will be the solution. And before long, there are two very tall houses and two very unhappy neighbors. What till it take to make them friends again?

Gianna Marino, creator of Meet Me at the Moon, has written a modern-day fable that friends of all ages will relate to, because being good friends has its ups, its downs, and everything in between.

Gianna Marino has been creating art since she could hold a brush. Her varied talents have lead her through toy design, mural painting and more recently to the portfolios of work below. From fine art grand-scale custom paintings to playful and entertaining children's book illustrations, there is a world of color and magic in Gianna's paintings.
Start: 10/21/2012 7:40 pm

This event is cancelled

Greta Berlin
presents Freedom Sailors ($15.00), an account of how a small group of ordinary people conceived and executed what seemed like a grandiose plan to break Israel’s military blockade of the Gaza Strip, a blockade that keeps more than 1.5 million people in what amounts to an open-air prison.

Freedom Sailors is a powerful record of the political and humanitarian activity of some of the best humans we are ever likely to meet, or learn about." —Alice Walker, Earthling poet, writer and activist.

"A riveting account of one of the great moments in the history of non-violent resistance: breaking the criminal and sadistic siege of Gaza, and letting the prisoners know that at least some in the outside world care about them and their grim fate.  The Free Gaza flotillas are truly an inspiration." —Noam Chomsky, Ph.D. – Professor, MIT

Monday October 22, 2012
Start: 10/22/2012 6:00 pm
Oct. 22 • Marin JCC
Advanced tickets: $10/$12 
To reserve seats, visit or call (415) 444-8000
Join the Marin JCC for the 3rd and final presidential debate that will be televised live from Boca Raton, FL in the Hoytt Theater.

After a brief intermission following the debate,  four time New York Times bestselling author Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! and co-author Denis Moynihan will discuss their new book The Silenced Majority: Stories of Uprisings, Occupations, Resistance, and Hope ($16.00).  Amy Goodman is  the co-founder, executive producer and host of Democracy Now!, a national, daily, independent, award-winning news program airing on more than 900 public broadcast stations in North America, a syndicated columnist, investigative reporter and author.

  • Pre-Event: the Plaza J Cafe will be open for light dinners
    (Food may be brought into the theater)
  • 5:15pm: doors open
  • 6:00pm: the debate will be shown on the large screen in the Hoytt Theater
  • Intermission following the debate
  • 7:45pm: authors Amy Goodman & Denis Moynihan in conversation
  • Meet & greet and book signing & sales to immediatly follow program
General Admission Seating. Presented in association with Community Media Center of Marin and Book Passage.
Start: 10/22/2012 7:00 pm

Will Schwalbe presents The End of Your Life Book Club ($25.00). “What are you reading?” That’s the question Will Schwalbe asks his mother, Mary Anne, as they sit in the waiting room of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. This is the inspiring true story of a son and his mother, who start a “book club” that brings them together as her life comes to a close.

Will Schwalbe has worked in publishing; digital media, as the founder and CEO of; and as a journalist, writing for various publications including The New York Times and the South China Morning Post. He is the coauthor, with David Shipley, of Send: Why People Email So Badly and How to Do It Better.


Tuesday October 23, 2012
Start: 10/23/2012 12:00 pm

Listen to Phil Cousineau on KQED at 10 am, just before the event!

Phil Cousineau talks about The Painted Word: A Treasure Chest of Remarkable Words and Their Origins ($15.95). In this delicious new book, a favorite local logophile and mythologist has prepared a banquet of words (whose menu is made of brief definitions, a tint of etymology and a smattering of quotes) which untangles the interlocking meanings of words both old-fangled or new.

Phil Cousineau is an award-winning writer and filmmaker, teacher and editor, independent scholar and travel leader, storyteller and TV host. His fascination with art, literature, and the history of culture has taken him from Michigan to Marrakesh, Iceland to the Amazon, in a worldwide search for what the ancients called the “soul of the world.” With more than 25 books and 15 scriptwriting credits to his name, the "omnipresent influence of myth in modern life" is a thread that runs through all of his work.


Start: 10/23/2012 6:00 pm
Special signing: Captain Underpants is back! In his ninth epic novel, Captain Underpants and the Terrifying Return of Tippy Tinkletrousers ($9.99), Dav Pilkey takes readers back in time to the carefree days of kindergarten, when the worst thing George and Harold had to face was NOT evil mad scientists or alien cafeteria ladies but a sixth-grade bully named Kipper Krupp.

Dav Pilkey has written and illustrated numerous popular, award-winning books for children, including the Captain Underpants and Dumb Bunnies series; Dog Breath, winner of the California Young Reader Medal; and The Paperboy, a Caldecott Honor Book.

Start: 10/23/2012 7:00 pm
Don Lattin discusses Distilled Spirits: Getting High, Then Sober, With a Famous Writer, a Forgotten Philosopher, and a Hopeless Drunk ($29.95), the compelling stories of three men Aldous Huxley, Gerald Heard, and Bill Wilson who transformed the landscape of Western religion and spirituality in the twentieth century.

Don Lattin is an award-winning journalist and a reporter covering a wide range of religious figures and movements in the United States. He has written several books, including The Harvard Psychedelic Club: How Timothy Leary, Ram Dass, Huston Smith and Andrew Weil Killed the Fifties and Ushered in a New Age for America and Following Our Bliss: How the Spiritual Ideals of the Sixties Shape our Lives Today.

Wednesday October 24, 2012
Start: 10/24/2012 7:00 pm

Huston Smith and Phil Cousineau talk about And Live Rejoicing: Chapters from a Charmed Life ($15.95). Smith, a spiritual trailblazer, has written comprehensive books about religion and a memoir of his own life, but nowhere has he merged the two elements of seeking and experience with such storytelling flair as he has in these pages.

“One loves what Huston Smith brings to us as one loves an unfailing source of light and warmth. A book — a life — that nourishes the spirit as it opens the heart.” — Jacob Needleman

Huston Smith is recognized and revered as the preeminent teacher of world religions and a prolific author. He was the focus of the five-part television series The Wisdom of Faith hosted by Bill Moyers. // Phil Cousineau is an editor, filmmaker, creativity consultant, literary tour leader, and the author of numerous books, including The Art of Pilgrimage.

Thursday October 25, 2012
Start: 10/25/2012 7:00 pm

Marc Allen presents The Magical Path: Creating the Life of Your Dreams and a World That Works for All ($15.95). At the start of his career, Allen never took a business course; he simply made what he calls “a sloppy, disorganized, lazy, and intuitive search through the books of Western magic.” There he found tools that took him from poverty to being a multimillionaire and helped him create one of the most successful independent publishers in the country.

Marc Allen, in addition to his work as a writer, speaker, and publisher, is an accomplished composer of inspirational music. He lives in Novato, CA.


Friday October 26, 2012
Start: 10/26/2012 7:00 pm
Charity Shumway reads from Ten Girls to Watch ($15.00), a radiant debut novel about stumbling through the early years of adulthood — and a love letter to the role models who light the way. “Upbeat and engrossing” —Booklist. “… a fresh and modern take on chick lit.” —Library Journal. “…a sort of modern-day Mary Tyler Moore.” —Kirkus.

Charity Shumway received an MFA in Creative Writing from Oregon State University and a BA in English from Harvard University. Her writing has appeared in Glamour, where she reported on the fiftieth anniversary of the magazine’s “Top Ten College Women” contest, Ladies Home Journal, and Fitness, among others.

Saturday October 27, 2012
Start: 10/27/2012 10:00 am
End: 10/27/2012 4:00 pm

Adair Lara shows how to get your memoir started—or finished. You will learn all the vital elements: the arc, reflective voice, scene vs. narrative, fact vs. truth, and writing about family members. She also explains what it takes to get published. There will be in-class exercises and assignments. Writers of fiction and essays are welcome too. A former San Francisco Chronicle columnist, Lara is the author of 12 books, including Naked, Drunk and Writing, her popular guide to essay and memoir.


Start: 10/27/2012 1:00 pm
Parents who truly want to understand the teenage years would be wise to turn to the book that has made uncommon sense of them for nearly two decades. Uncommon Sense for Parents with Teenagers ($14.99) draws from Dr. Michael Riera’s thirty years of experience working with more than twenty thousand teenagers and parents, and every ounce of that wisdom is captured in its pages. This perennial bestseller (with more than 100,000 copies sold) has been completely revised and updated to tackle some of the most pressing issues facing families today, including how to handle technology and social media; ways to combat bullying; and tips for parenting tweens, who are growing up faster and confronting teenage issues sooner than ever before. 

Michael Riera, PhD, is author of Staying Connected to Your Teenager, Right from Wrong: Instilling a Sense of Integrity in Our Children, Field Guide to the American Teenager, and Surviving High School. The former family counselor of CBS’s Saturday Morning Early Show, Riera is also an award-winning columnist, educator, and national speaker. He has appeared on Oprah, 48 Hours, The Today Show, The View, and NPR radio. He is currently head of the Brentwood School in Los Angeles, California, and is available for interviews. 

Sunday October 28, 2012
Start: 10/28/2012 12:30 pm

Admission $115 per person


 Call (415) 927-0960, ext. 1 to reserve

SPQR on Fillmore Street in San Francisco is the place to explore Italian cuisine and artisanal wines. The SPQR cookbook, SPQR: Modern Italian Food and Wine, explodes with those flavors and traditions, providing inspiration for chef Matthew Accarrino’s dishes, such as Chestnut Pasta Broccoli de Cicco, Burnt Orange Sauce and Pork Jowl. Accarrino and wine director/owner Shelley Lindgren host this event at SPQR’s sister restaurant, A16, on Chestnut Street.

Don't wait to sign up - space is limited. Price includes the meal, wine, tax, tip & a signed copy of the author’s book. Reserve at Book Passage (415-927-0960) or at Can't attend the event? Order a signed copy.

Start: 10/28/2012 1:00 pm

Please join four celebrated authors who are members of a longstanding local writers group, North 24th Writers. Allison Hoover Bartlett is the author of The Man Who Loved Books Too Much ($15.00). Katharine Ellison is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and the author, most recently, of Buzz: A Year of Paying Attention ($24.99) as well as three other books, Susan Freinkel is the author of Plastic: A Toxic Love Story ($27.00) and American Chestnut: The Life, Death, and Rebirth of a Perfect Tree ($22.95) and Julia Flynn Siler is the author of the bestsellers, The House of Mondavi ($16.00) and Lost Kindom: Hawaii's Last Queen, the Sugar Kings, and America's First Imperial Adventure ($30.00).

North 24th Writers is a group of ten Bay Area women who have been meeting twice a month for over a decade. Collectively, the group has published ten nonfiction books as well as hundreds of articles and essays in major magazines, newspapers, literary journals and online publications.They'll discuss 1) how to form a writing group, 2) formats that work (and don't), 3) challenges, and 4) the surprising side-benefits of creating your own work group. For more information on North 24th Writers, please visit:



Start: 10/28/2012 4:00 pm

Marilyn Yalom discusses How the French Invented Love: Nine Hundred Years of Passion and Romance ($15.99). The French have long championed themselves as guides to the art of love through their literature, paintings, songs, and cinema. This new book is a delicious, witty, sexy and learned guide to the language of all our hearts.

Diane Johnson describes this book as “Absolutely marvelous, so lively and learned,” while Diane Ackerman calls it “Seductive and fascinating. Marilyn Yalom is the perfect companion for this delightfully candid tour de l’amour.”

Marilyn Yalom is a senior scholar at the Institute for Women and Gender at Stanford University. She is the author of A History of the Wife; A History of the Breast; Blood Sisters: The French Revolution in Women's Memory; and Maternity, Mortality, and the Literature of Madness. She lives in Palo Alto, California, with her husband, psychiatrist and writer Irvin Yalom.


Start: 10/28/2012 7:00 pm

Judith Tripp presents Circleway, The Story of the Women's Dream Quest ($16.00), a book about a spiritual gathering for women that began at San Francisco's Grace Cathedral in 1987 and is now presented all over the country. Tripp, who shepherds the gathering, introduces us to the psycho-spiritual exercises, songs, meditations, and experiences of the Quest.

Judith Tripp has been a transpersonal psychotherapist for 29 years. She leads the Women's Dream Quest at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco and around the country as well as Pilgrimages to Avalon, a yearly tour of the sacred sites of England.


Monday October 29, 2012
Start: 10/29/2012 7:00 pm

Takashi Tanemori presents Hiroshima: Bridge to Forgiveness ($29.95), the story of the author’s journey from WWII-era Japan to a new life in America. In 2005, sixty years after the bombing of Hiroshima, Takashi returned to his childhood home to reflect on his life's path in light of what history has taught us and to reconcile a six-decade long relationship rift with his older sister.

Takashi Tanemori founded the nonprofit Silkworm Peace Institute, dedicated to international peace, and today he works to promote forgiveness and peace.


Tuesday October 30, 2012
Start: 10/30/2012 7:00 pm
Scott Hutchins reads from A Working Theory of Love ($25.95). With a lightness of touch that belies pitch-perfect emotional control, a debut novelist takes us on an odyssey of love, grief, and reconciliation that shows us how, once we let go of the idea the trap of our own sad histories—our childhoods, our bad decisions, our miscommunications—we have the chance to be free.

Scott Hutchins, a Truman Capote Fellow in the Wallace Stegner Program at Stanford University, received his MFA from the University of Michigan. His work has appeared in StoryQuarterly, The Rumpus, The New York Times, and Esquire. He currently teaches at Stanford.

Thursday November 01, 2012
Start: 11/01/2012 7:00 pm
Introduced by Betty Goerke
In the vast literature about Native Americans, there is no book like Indian Voices ($21.95). In her signature oral history style, Alison Owings takes readers on a fresh journey across America, to meet those Americans whose ancestors once had the continent to themselves, and whose lives as contemporary Americans are tied in more ways than we might realize to those of non-Natives.  

Through intimate interviews, many also express their thoughts about the sometimes staggeringly ignorant, if often well-meaning, non-Natives they encounter—some who do not realize Native Americans speak English, have cell phones, use the Internet, and might attend both powwows and power lunches. Indian Voices, an inspiring and important contribution to the literature about the original Americans, will make every reader rethink the past—and present—of the United States.   

Alison Owings is the author of Frauen: German Women Recall the Third Reich, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year (Rutgers University Press) and Hey, Waitress! The USA from the Other Side of the Tray.
Friday November 02, 2012
Start: 11/02/2012 5:30 pm
End: 11/02/2012 7:00 pm

Join us for a reception with local artist Ann Garrett. Ann is a Marin County writer, watercolor artist and printmaker. When Ann began painting in 1997, her pieces were full of hearts—large ones and small, as details in the design or the focus of the piece itself. She began experimenting with fine art printmaking in 1998. The current show is a collection of hand-made prints of her watercolors, many of them heart-themed.

"Ann Garrett Watercolors" is on display September through November, 2012.

Start: 11/02/2012 7:00 pm
Dreaming Mill Valley ($15.96) is a cautionary love story of dreamers, innocents and fools set in Mill Valley and San Francisco in 1974, a restless time of social experimentation and political protest in the era of free love when love was hardly free. 
In this new standalone novel, Christie Nelson brings back impetuous and obsessive Jess McCarty, from her first novel, Woodacre; her friend Annie Morrison—a mother who precariously balances painting and motherhood; Stewart Merch—a transplant from Michigan looking for his future; and Daniel Gessler—a Bolinas surfer and law-school dropout. 

Christie Nelson is a native San Franciscan and graduate of Dominican University. Her novels reflect her fascination of place and exploration of contemporary characters in search identity. She lives with her husband in the Brewmeister’s House of the former San Rafael Brewery.
Saturday November 03, 2012
Start: 11/03/2012 4:00 pm
Perhaps more than any other breed, the pit bull has been dogged by negative stereotypes. In truth, pit bulls are innately wonderful family pets, as capable of love and good deeds as any other type of dog. Setting the record straight, Ken Foster sings the praises of pit bulls in I’m a Good Dog ($25.00), a gorgeously illustrated, tenderly written tribute to this most misunderstood of canines.

Founder of the Sula Foundation, which promotes responsible pit bull ownership in New Orleans, and the author of two acclaimed books about abandoned dogs, Ken Foster has made it his mission to bring overlooked canines into the limelight. I’m a Good Dog traces the fascinating history of this particularly maligned breed. A century ago, the pit bull was considered a family dog, featured in family photos and trusted as loving companions for children. More recently, pit bulls have been portrayed by the media as stereotypes of everything they are not. Foster shatters that reputation through moving profiles of pit bulls that serve as therapy dogs, athletic heroes, search-and-rescue dogs, and educators, not to mention as loving pets. 

A writer and teacher, Ken Foster is the author of the bestseller The Dogs Who Found Me and its sequel, Dogs I Have Met. His collection of short stories, The Kind I’m Likely to Get, was a New York Times Notable Book.  His work has been featured in Salon, Time Out New York, The New York Times Book Review, and other publications. He lives in New Orleans with his dogs Brando, Zephyr, Douglas, and Bananas.

Start: 11/03/2012 5:30 pm

Live Music Event!

Join Bill Moody as he celebrates his newest mystery Czechmate: The Spy Who Played Jazz ($19.75). Moody will be joined on stage by pianist Dick Fregulia and bassist Steve Webber for a live jazz session to accompany the reading.

Czechmate is the latest installment of Moody's popular Evan Horne mystery series. Dick Fregulia's CD Jazzitalia will also be available purchase at the event.

Start: 11/03/2012 7:00 pm
In Jerusalem ($35.00), Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi explore  the vibrant cuisine of their home city—with its diverse Muslim, Jewish, and Christian communities. Both men were born in Jerusalem in the same year—Tamimi on the Arab east side and Ottolenghi in the Jewish west. This stunning cookbook offers 120 recipes from their unique cross-cultural perspective, from inventive vegetable dishes to sweet, rich desserts. With five bustling restaurants in London and two stellar cookbooks, Ottolenghi is one of the most respected chefs in the world; in Jerusalem, he and Tamimi have collaborated to produce their most personal cookbook yet.

Yotam Ottolenghi owns an eponymous group of restaurants with four branches in London, plus a high-end restaurant, Nopi, also in London. His 2011 cookbook, Plenty, was a New York Times bestseller. 
Sunday November 04, 2012
Start: 11/04/2012 12:30 pm

PLEASE NOTE: This event has been cancelled

Join Tom Douglas at the Left Bank restaurant in Larkspur for what is sure to be a very special and very tasty event.

Tom Douglas
was just named 2012’s “Outstanding Restauranteur” by the James Beard Foundation. He is the owner of 13 food establishments. His dahlia bakery is known to many locals as home to the Triple Coconut Cream pie as well as artisan breads, handmade pastries, sandwiches, soups and more. This brunch will delight all palates — join us!


Start: 11/04/2012 7:00 pm
Author Lolu Adebayo presents In 2020, I Want a Woman President ($13.99). In this passionate plea for change, Adebayo argues for the need to create awareness among all people about the skills and natural attributes that qualify women to be equal, if not better, for the democratic appointment as President and Commander-in-Chief, especially in developed countries. The computer era has improved our ability to communicate efficiently acorss the globe. The world in this millennium is like a big village, so it’s about time to take advantage of our unique means of communication.  We need to promote the long overdue issue of a woman president.
Lolu Adebayo holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and a Master’s Degree in Information Technology. He is not a politician neither a political expert but has had the urge since high school to create the awareness of the better role women could play in politics worldwide. 
Monday November 05, 2012
Start: 11/05/2012 6:30 pm

Please note: This event has been cancelled

Maricel Presilla is a culinary historian who specializes in the foods of Latin America and Spain. "People go to the gym, I go to the kitchen," says Presilla, a scholar turned chef.  In the voluminous and gorgeous Gran Cocina Latina: The Food of Latin America, home chefs will find over 500 recipes ranging from sofritos to empanadas, from ceviches to moles and from flan to tres leches cake. Presilla is a cookbook author, owner of Zafra and Cucharamama restaurants in Hoboken, NJ and just named the James Beard award Best Chef Mid Atlantic, She is also the President of Gran Cacao Co., a Latin American food and research company that specializes in the sale of premium cacao beans.

Join Maricel Presilla at Marinitas restaurant in San Anselmo for what is sure to be a very special and very tasty event. 

Don't wait to sign up - space is limited. Price includes the meal, wine, tax, tip & a signed copy of the author’s book. Reserve at Book Passage (415-927-0960) or at Can't attend the event? Order a signed copy.

Start: 11/05/2012 7:00 pm
Left Coast Writers® Literary Salon at Book Passage in Corte Madera 
Award-winning poet Rose Solari presents her novel A Secret Woman ($22.95). The story follows a strong and independent woman who finds out strange, interesting things about her late mother and subsequently finds herself immersed in an incredible journey. 

Rose Solari is the author of two full-length collections of poetry, Orpheus in the Park and Difficult Weather. Her poetry and prose have appeared in many journals and anthologies, including American Poetry: The Next Generation; Just Like A Girl: A Manifesta; Enhanced Gravity: More Fiction by Washington Area Women, and Initiate: New Oxford Writing. Her awards include the Randall Jarrell Poetry Prize and grants from the Maryland State Arts Council and the D.C. Commission on the Arts Humanities. She has been a featured reader three consecutive years at the Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival, where she was Blackwell Books 2009 Poet-in-Residence.
Book Passage hosts the monthly meetings of Left Coast Writers® at our Corte Madera store. This Literary Salon is led by author/teacherLinda Watanabe McFerrin. The monthly meetings provide an evening of literary connections, support, counsel, provocative readings, writing tips, literary chat, unabashed networking, and great fun. Each meeting also features a presentation by one of several Bay Area literary figures. The fee includes membership in Left Coast Writers®, a group of new and experienced writers. LCW has its own lively newsletter and website at 
Wednesday November 07, 2012
Start: 11/07/2012 6:00 pm
“Seductive as Marilyn Monroe walking over a wind grate,” “like a grandmother baking her eleventh batch of holiday cookies,” and “a corrupt politician” aren’t your average cheese descriptions. But then, these cheeses are anything but average. Kirstin Jackson serves up a delicious, witty, and distinctly American guide to cheese in It's Not You, It's Brie ($19.00).

Jackson provides readers with a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at over fifty artisanal American cheeses and explains who is making it, where it’s made, and how.Whether navigating the marketplace for the best chèvre, picking out the perfect wine to pair with a Pecorino, or trying out one of Jackson’s own featured recipes, readers will love this book for its useful tips and playful nature.

Kirstin Jackson is a trusted cheese resource in the food world. She manages Solano Cellars, a wine bar in Albany, CA. She also teaches wine and cheese classes, manages a cheese program, and writes about all things cheese on her popular blog, Her writing has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, and in the popular food quarterly Edible East Bay
Start: 11/07/2012 7:00 pm
Rhys Bowen, the national bestselling author of Naughty in Nice unwraps a delightful holiday mystery, The Twelve Clues of Christmas ($24.95).

Georgie is stuck at Castle Rannoch in dreary Scotland with her spineless brother Binky and wretched sister-in-law, Fig.  Doomed to have a dismal Christmas, she applies for the assistant position to the hostess of a large Christmas party in Tiddleton-under-Lovey, a charming English village. Her sophisticated mother happens to be staying in the same village and Georgie convinces her beloved grandfather to join them as well.  But as soon as she arrives, dead bodies start appearing with alarming regularity.  Is it some sort of coincidence or are they threatening to ruin the spirit of Christmas?

Rhys Bowen has been nominated for every major award in mystery writing, including the Edgar®, and has won many, including both Agatha and Anthony awards. She is also the author of the Molly Murphy Mysteries set in turn-of-the-century New York, and the Constable Evans Mysteries set in Wales. She was born in England and lives in Northern California.
Thursday November 08, 2012
Start: 11/08/2012 6:00 pm
Wine & Cheese!  
In Al Capone Had a Lovely Mother ($12.95), Cathy Fiorello tells of her life in three great cities.  New Yorker by birth, Parisian by choice, and San Franciscan by chance, her coming-of-age story resonates with the joy she finds in making new places home, and new people friends.

Start: 11/08/2012 7:00 pm
In 1495, Leonardo da Vinci began painting what would become one of history’s most influential and beloved works of art — The Last Supper. He was an odd choice for the job — not only had he never worked on a painting of such a large size—fifteen feet high by thirty feet wide — but he had no experience in the extremely difficult medium of fresco. In Leonardo and the Last Supper ($28.00), New York Times bestselling author Ross King explores how Leonardo created the masterpiece that would forever define him. The mural was responsible, far more than any of his other works (the Mona Lisa was for all intents and purposes invisible to the public before the nineteenth century), for his reputation as a painter. 

Ross King is the highly praised author of Brunelleschi’s Dome (the Book Sense Nonfiction Book of the Year in 2000), Michelangelo and the Pope’s Ceiling (on the New York Times extended bestseller list), The Judgment of Paris, Machiavelli: Philosopher of Power, and two novels, Ex Libris and Domino. He lives outside Oxford in England.
Friday November 09, 2012
Start: 11/09/2012 6:00 pm


3 Minute Reads
from San Francisco Grotto Writers
50+ Writers, 3 Minutes Each!


Joins us for a fast-paced and irreverent evening, showcasing new work from the students of the San Francisco Writer's Grotto writing classes. On this Friday evening, both fiction and nonfiction writers will read their work — but only for 3 minutes each! Their instructors (Grotto authors) will enforce the time limit. Join us for wine, fun, and fresh new writing.


Start: 11/09/2012 7:00 pm
Author Vincent Stanley reads from The Responsible Company: What We've Learned from Patagonia's First 40 Years ($19.95). Together with Yvon Chouinard, founder and owner of Patagonia Vincent Stanley,draws on 40 years’ experience to articulate the elements of responsible business for our time. Stanley recounts how Patagonia – step by step and misstep – has made its work progressively more responsible. He describes the simple, crucial steps businesses can take to thrive in an uncertain economy while reducing their social and environmental harm. 

Vincent Stanley, Patagonia’s acting vice-president of marketing, has been with the company on and off since its inception in 1973. For the past eight years he has focused on the intersection of the company’s brand, sport, and environmental stories. He has helped initiate and produce the Footprint Chronicles, the company’s interactive website that outlines the social and environmental impact of its products; the Common Threads Partnership; and Patagonia Books.
Start: 11/09/2012 7:00 pm
From one of our most acclaimed new biographers comes the first full life biography of the leader of Lincoln’s “team of rivals” to appear in more than forty years. Seward ($32.50) is the biography of William Henry Seward, one of the most important Americans of the nineteenth century.  As secretary of state and Lincoln’s closest adviser during the Civil War, Seward not only managed foreign affairs but had a substantial role in military, political, and personnel matters.

Some of Lincoln’s critics even saw Seward, erroneously, as the power behind the throne; this is why John Wilkes Booth and his colleagues attempted to kill Seward as well as Lincoln. Seward survived the assassin’s attack, continued as secretary of state, and emerged as a staunch supporter of President Andrew Johnson, Lincoln’s controversial successor. Through his purchase of Alaska (“Seward’s Folly”), and his groundwork for the purchase of the Canal Zone and other territory, Seward set America on course to become a world empire.

Walter Stahr is the author of John Jay: Founding Father, a biography of America’s first Supreme Court Chief Justice. He lives in Exeter, New Hampshire, and Vienna, Virginia.
Saturday November 10, 2012
Start: 11/10/2012 10:00 am
End: 11/10/2012 3:00 pm
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 24th annual luncheon on Saturday, November 10 with six nationally known, best-selling authors: Emma Donoghue, Chef Hubert Keller, Vincent Lam, Tom Lichtenheld, Andrew McCarthy and Captain Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger. Master of Ceremonies is Michael J. Krasny, PhD, host of KQED public radio’s Forum. Book Passage is proud to be part of this major literary event.

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.

Individual Tickets are $125, Individual Tables are $1,100 before September 1st, and Table Sponsorships begin at $2,500. Reserve individual seating, a reader's table, or become a sponsor today! For more information, please call 415.543.3303 or visit
this webpage.

Start: 11/10/2012 10:00 am
End: 11/10/2012 4:00 pm
Hit the refresh button. Learn how the meditative arts can expand creativity and loosen creative blocks. Whether you’re having difficulties starting, finishing or you’re flat lining in the middle, this class will help breathe new life into your ideas, story, characters and craft. Using guided imagery, visualization, and evocative writing exercises, participants will receive practical tips on reducing internal noise, dealing with the inner critic, getting into the zone and writing from the “big space.”
Catherine Flaxman is a writer and story consultant. She has sold two screenplays and received two artists’ grants from the Marin Arts Council. She is a licensed psychotherapist with a background in the creative, contemplative and expressive arts. 
Start: 11/10/2012 11:00 am

Special event for kids!

Author Alina Chau reads from her new book The Treehouse Heroes: And the Forgotten Beast ($15.95). From their treehouse headquarters come five teen titans and their wise teacher. Now they must save the "Zez," a mystical Asiatic beast, from an encroaching civilization, the menacing General Moon, and his soldiers. Using all their varied powers, can the Treehouse Heroes protect their new friend and restore the balance of nature? Written by a veteran Dark Horse comics editor and illustrated by a "Star Wars: The Clone Wars" animator, this fresh blend of adventure and lyrical art will excite young readers. 

Alina Chau is a prolific artist and professional animator in TV, video games, DVDs, and film. Currently she is an 3D story artist at LucasFilm on the Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated series. She has worked at Electronic Arts and Neopets.  

Start: 11/10/2012 1:00 pm
Ten copies of each title will be given away. First come, first serve, limit one per attendee.
Join Harper Davis Publishers as they celebrate the release of their latest titles in a delightful day of Travel Through Literature hosted at Book Passage in Corte Madera. From as far away as Athens, Greece, to as close as Mill Valley, California, each title presented is your passport to a fascinating region and a captivating read. This event offers you an extraordinary voyage, and you don’t even need to pack! Join us for crafts and photography, regional foods and music, all of which will enhance your appreciation of the locales featured in the readings of both new and familiar books by six spectacular authors:
Patricia V. Davis, Harlot’s Sauce: A Memoir of Food, Family, Love, Loss, and Greece ($13.95)
(Athens, Greece)
(Mill Valley, California)
Stewart HarrisonHack ($16.95)
(Marin County, California)
(Gloucester, Massachusetts)
Amanda McTigueGoing to Solace ($16.95)
(The Blue Ridge Mountains)
Susanna Solomon, The Sheriff’s Calls in The Point Reyes Light
(Point Reyes, California)

For information on these titles and authors, visit: 

Start: 11/10/2012 7:00 pm
Left Coast Writers® Book Launches at Book Passage in Corte Madera 
Gail Rudd Entrekin reads from her newest poetry collection, Rearrangement of the Invisible ($15.00). 
These tender heartbreaking poems document a couple's journey through loss.  The small beautifully observed redemptions of domestic life are offered here, as solace and sacrifice.  The whole collection throbs with love.
Alison Luterman
--- See How We Almost Fly (Pearl Poetry Prize)

Part-lyric, part-narrative, part-novella in verse, these poems never stray far from their passionate appetite for life, fear of the unknown, and the titanic thrill and mystery of love. Many of these poems deal with the subtle realities of cancer diagnosis, chemo, the trance states of illness, the “wait and see,” the ”opposite oceans” of waking and dreaming, and the life-defining clarity the threat of death sharpens.  With life’s visible stuff blurring the invisible, still, love – ancient, un-prescribed, redeeming, intuitive – lights up the unseen.
Al Young
--- California poet laureate (2005-2008)

Gail Rudd Entrekin has an M.A. in English Literature from Ohio State University and has taught poetry and English literature at California colleges for 25 years. Poetry Editor of Hip Pocket Press since 2000, she edits the press’ online environmental literary magazine, Canary. Her poems have been widely published in anthologies and literary magazines, including Cimarron Review, Nimrod, Ohio Journal, and Southern Poetry Review, and her poems were finalists for the Pablo Neruda Prize in Poetry from Nimrod International Journal in 2011.  She and her husband live in the hills of San Francisco’s East Bay.  
Start: 11/10/2012 7:00 pm
Not Quite Nirvana ($14.95) is the story of how a skeptical, fast-talking New York writer became the editor of a world-renowned Zen teacher, and slowly and reluctantly started to absorb mindfulness practices. It’s full of personal insight, humor, and daily reminders for anyone looking for ways to find peace and nourishment in the middle of a full and busy life. This is not a book by a Buddhist practitioner who has fully integrated all the teachings. It is a book for all of us in the midst of a hectic world who want to live each day with a little more mindfulness, kindness, and joy. 

Rachel Neumann has been the primary editor for the best-selling author and Zen monk Thich Nhat Hanh over the last ten years, and has worked with a number of leading Buddhist authors. With a focus to the intersection of mindfulness, parenting, and the politics of everyday life, she writes a blog called, and is a regular contributor to AlterNet.
Sunday November 11, 2012
Start: 11/11/2012 1:00 pm
As a young adult, Dr. Risa Kaparo successfully healed herself from a painful and life-threatening illness and the discoveries she made during her ordeal prompted her to create a methodology to transform pain, stress, trauma and aging into wellness, embodied mindfulness and vital longevity.   This system, called Somatic Learning® was developed during three decades of research, clinical practice and training of health care practitioners, based on a synthesis of psychological, somatic, and meditative disciplines. Awakening Somatic Intelligence: The Art & Practice of Embodied Mindfulness ($21.95) captures the wisdom of her teachings.

As both a licensed psychotherapist and somatic therapist, Dr. Kaparo has taught Somatic Learning at MIT, New College, JFK University, CIIS and China's Dalian Medical University -- and offered her unique approach to self-healing to thousands of individuals around the world. This system involves simple practices that take only a few minutes a day, yet promote highly beneficial and lasting changes in the brain and the whole body, reorienting a person toward ever greater freedom, joy and aliveness. 

Start: 11/11/2012 1:00 pm
Special appearance by Chris Consentino! 
The words “cooking connects us” kick off global stories in James Oseland's The Way We Cook ($39.95). Told in lush, full-color photography, we follow photo stories of home cooks, from a Nebraskan hog farm to Da Nang, Vietnam to experience the traditions and authentic recipes that celebrate how we gather and share food.
Fifty recipes accompany photo stories about people who celebrate culture and tradition through cooking, like the Sicilian family matriarch who prepares Easter dinner for her family in Ragusa, Italy. Or a food hawker who spends the early hours of the morning preparing khao soi, rice noodle soup garnished with pork and blanched greens, in Muang Sing, Laos. In Vissani, Greece, two friends carry dishes heaping with food to a hilltop for a picnic amid wildflowers. Recipes like Gujarati Cabbage from an Ahmedabad, India home cook, and Yogurt Cucumber from a northern Iranian family accompany the stories, and a beautifully illustrated map marks each destination.

James Oseland is the editor-in-chief of Saveur magazine, America’s most critically acclaimed food magazine. Under his editorship, the magazine has won more than 25 awards, including eight James Beard journalism awards, and an award for best single-topic issue from the American Society of Magazine Editors. James has been an editor at Vogue, Organic Style, Sassy, the Village Voice, and Mademoiselle.
Start: 11/11/2012 4:00 pm
Joy Reichard presents Celebrate the Divine Feminine: Reclaim Your Power with Ancient Goddess Wisdom ($15.95), an introduction to the Sacred Feminine, and a history of the evolution of the goddess. This new book brings together background information along with practical how-to suggestions, as well as profiles of significant goddess figures.

Joy Reichard has a Master’s Degree in Women’s spirituality, and has traveled to Turkey, Israel, Eastern Europe and Italy in search of female deity images for clues to the roles women played in history and culture from the Neolithic era to the present.Joy is an author, a Certified Clinical Alchemical Hypnotherapist, a Reiki Master, a Minister with the United Church of the Masters, a Lightbody graduate and has been a student of the self-help field for 30 years.  She also leads classes and workshops on Reiki, women empowerment and health related topics.
Start: 11/11/2012 5:00 pm

Mastering Children’s Writing
A New Workshop Salon Led by Andrea Alban

2nd Sunday each month • Corte Madera
5:00-8:00 pm • $180 per year (annual membership comes with one free private consultation with Andrea, a $60 value!) or $30 per monthly meeting

Spark your imagination and polish your manuscript in a community of enthusiastic writers. Listen to an engaging craft presentation, practice new writing and editing techniques, give and receive peer feedback, and go home to your desk with a monthly assignment — energized and inspired. Craft topics will include style and voice, point of view, characterization, fictional time and place, plot and story arc, and the art of revision. We will also explore manuscript submission, book promotion, and establishing an online presence and platform as a writer. Andrea Alban is the author of nine books including The Happiness Tree and a YA novel, Anya’s War. She holds a B.A. in Creative Writing.

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Start: 11/11/2012 7:00 pm
In These Things Happen ($24.95), a novel set in Manhattan and told in an ensemble of voices, we first meet Wesley Bowman, a tenth grader with a bright future. We’ve all known someone like Wesley—the earnest, sweet kid with a formidable intelligence who is nonetheless still awkward. When Wesley becomes the victim of an act of violence, the fragile structure of his modern family abruptly tips, exposing everyone's heart. . In this moving, big-hearted book, Richard Kramer reminds us that sometimes we’re capable of more than we realized, capable of greater honesty, greater insight, and also greater love. 

Richard Kramer is the Emmy and multiple Peabody award winning writer, director and producer of numerous TV series, including Thirtysomething, My So-called Life, Tales of the City, and Once and Again. His first short story appeared in The New Yorker while he was still an undergraduate at Yale. He grew up outside New York and lives in Los Angeles.
Monday November 12, 2012
Start: 11/12/2012 6:00 pm

Left Coast Writers® Book Launches at Book Passage in the Ferry Building

Mary Lou Schram talks about her novel Molly’s Leap ($16.00). Molly’s husband has just left for Saudi Arabia, when Molly inherits an apartment building in San Francisco. The new owner of valuable real estate, she soon meets Jack and is quickly enveloped in the Bay Area property frenzy, and a new love. 


Start: 11/12/2012 6:30 pm

Fundraiser for the Marin General Hospital Lactation Center
& New Infant Care

Tickets $25 per person
Reserve Tickets

Join us for a fabulous night of Gifts!
6:30 pm: Wine & Appetizers
7:00 pm:  Elaine's Book Review
8:30 pm:  Shopping!

Start your Holiday shopping early! Join the Storks at Book Passage for delicious wine and appetizers, followed by a book talk with Elaine Petrocelli, Book Passage President and local celebrity book expert. Elaine will entertain us with a stirring book review of the best new books for moms, dads, grandparents and children of all ages. 100% of the event proceeds will go directly to benefit the Marin General Hospital Lactation Center and New Infant Care.

Tickets can be purchased through Book Passage web sales only: 
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The Storks is a volunteer fundraising branch of Marin General Hospital. We are a group of Moms with young children who came together with a shared interest in giving back to our community. Our focus is supporting the Lactation Center in helping the families of Marin. We host many fun, family-oriented fundraising events throughout the year—we hope you can join us at one or all of them!

Start: 11/12/2012 7:00 pm
Based on his widely read columns for The New Yorker, Ian Frazier's uproarious first novel, The Cursing Mommy's Book of Days, centers on a profoundly memorable character, sprung from an impressively fertile imagination. Structured as a daybook of sorts, with the Cursing Mommy - beleaguered wife of Larry and mother of two boys, twelve and nine trying (more or less) valiantly to offer tips on how to do various tasks around the home, only to end up on the ground, cursing, surrounded by broken glass. Her voice is somewhere between Phyllis Diller's and Sylvia Plath's: a hilariously desperate housewife with a taste for swearing and large glasses of red wine, who speaks to the frustrations of everyday life.
Ian Frazier is the author of Great Plains, The Fish's Eye, On the Rez, Family, and Travels in Siberia, as well as Coyote v. Acme and Dating Your Mom. A frequent contributor to The New Yorker, he lives in Montclair, New Jersey. 
Tuesday November 13, 2012
Start: 11/13/2012 6:00 pm

Jim Rendon presents Super-Charged: How Outlaws, Hippies, and Scientists Reinvented Marijuana ($24.95). Rendon takes readers behind the scenes and into the homes and grow operations of the committed, quality-obsessed practitioners in the international underground industry responsible for creating today’s super-charged cannabis.


Start: 11/13/2012 7:00 pm
Nearly one thousand people died in Jonestown on November 18, 1978.  Contrary to popular notions, they didn’t all freely “drink the Kool-Aid” that day. In A Thousand Lives: The Untold Story of Hope, Deception, and Survival at Jonestown ($15.00), author Julia Scheeres reveals how the tragic end to Jonestown was planned by Jim Jones and his lieutenants for several years before it actually happened. Although the people who built the community wanted to forge a better life for themselves and their children, Jones never intended for them to succeed.  He wanted them to die.

Nearly thirty-five years after the tragedy, the untold stories from Jonestown are still heart-breaking, inconceivable and haunting. This is not only the most thorough book on Jonestown that has ever been written; it is also a fascinating, powerful, and gripping work that belongs at the upper echelon of narrative nonfiction.
Julia Scheeres is the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir Jesus Land. She lives in Berkeley, California with her husband and two daughters. 
Wednesday November 14, 2012
Start: 11/14/2012 6:00 pm
Megan Mayhew Bergman presents Birds of a Lesser Paradise ($15.00). A beautifully written, hugely appealing collection from a writer to watch, Birds of a Lesser Paradise examines how women’s choices and relationships are shaped, mitigated, and inspired by the pull of our biology. Stories unfold in roadside zoos, urban gardens, prison farms, endangered lemur centers, southern swamps, and, of course, veterinary clinics. Like the writer herself, these female characters confront evolving roles, maternal instincts, the loss of parents, and the sweet burden of caretaking.

Megan Mayhew Bergman grew up in Rocky Mount, NC and attended Wake Forest University. She has graduate degrees from Duke University and Bennington College. Her stories have been anthologized in The Best American Short Stories and New Stories from the South and have appeared in numerous journals including Ploughshares, Oxford American, One Story, and Narrative. She lives in Shaftsbury, VT with her veterinarian husband, two daughters, three dogs, four cats, one horse, and several goats and chickens.
Start: 11/14/2012 7:00 pm
From Shiraz to Chardonnay, wine has been an essential part of Western Civilization’s religious and cultural experience for millennia. In Divine Vintage ($26.00), wine expert Joel Butler teams up with biblical scholar Randall Heskett for a remarkable journey that explores how wine has significantly influenced the evolution of human society through the lenses of historical fact and the interpretation of Biblical texts about wine.  Along the way, they discover the truth behind how wine infiltrated the biblical world and facts that any wine lover, history buff or spiritually inclined person will find intriguing.
Joel Butler is one of the first two resident Masters of Wine (MW)® in the North America. He holds degrees in history from Stanford University and the University of Colorado, and is currently the president of the Institute of Masters of Wine, North America, Ltd.  

Dr. Randall Heskett is a biblical scholar with advance degrees in Old Testament/Hebrew Bible from Yale University and the University of Toronto. He has taught at the University of Toronto, Queen’s University, and Denver Seminary, among others. 
Start: 11/14/2012 7:00 pm

This event is SOLD OUT!
Want a signed copy? Order here and please note "signed copy" in the comments field of your on-line order. Signed copies subject to availability.

Join us as Ina Garten, the bestselling author and beloved star of "Barefoot Contessa" on Food Network, talks about her new book, Barefoot Contessa Foolproof: Recipes You Can Trust. Many home cooks falter when it comes to pairing dishes and planning ahead. With simple tried-and-true recipes and tips, Ina comes to the rescue - and shows how everything can come together effortlessly.

This special event with Ina Garten will be moderated by Marissa Mayer, the CEO of Yahoo! Each ticket entitles one person to admission and seating for the event, and one autographed copy of Ina Garten's  Barefoot Contessa Foolproof: Recipes You Can Trust.

Ina Garten is the author of four previous cookbooks, which have sold more than three million copies. In 1978, Ina Garten left her job as a budget analyst in the White House to pursue her dream of operating a specialty food store. She is a frequent contributor to major national magazines and writes a recurring column in O Magazine. Her new television series on entertaining can be seen on Food Network.


Thursday November 15, 2012
Start: 11/15/2012 1:00 pm

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Call (415) 927-0960, ext. 1 to reserve

Barbara Kingsolver reads from her new novel Flight Behavior ($28.99), which follows the story of a Tennessee farm wife who dreams of something bigger. One day, she comes upon a forested glen filled with silent red fire. Fundamentalists, climate scientists, politicians, and the media all weigh in on the phenomenon, as locals fend off the invasion.

This is a ticketed event: admission to this Book Passage event is by purchase of Flight Behavior ($28.99 + tax) from Book Passage.  A ticket entitles one person to admission and seating. [Due to high demand, tickets are now only available by calling (415) 927-0960, ext. 1]

Barbara Kingsolver is the author of seven works of fiction, including the novels The Poisonwood Bible, Animal Dreams, and The Bean Trees, as well as books of poetry, essays, and creative nonfiction such as Animal, Vegetable, Miracle. In 2000, she was awarded the National Humanities Medal, our country's highest honor for service through the arts. Her last novel, The Lacuna, was a best seller and also won the Orange Prize.



Start: 11/15/2012 6:00 pm
Eight Girls Taking Pictures ($24.00) is a deeply affecting meditation on the lives of women artists, exploring the ambitions, passions, conflicts and desires of eight female photographers throughout the twentieth century. Imagining the circumstances that produced photographers like Imogen Cunningham, Madame Yevonde, Tina Modotti, Lee Miller, Grete Stern, Ruth Orkin, and others, Whitney Otto has created a spectacular cast of spirited, larger-than-life women, offering wide-ranging insight about the times in which they lived and the artistic medium in which they worked. From San Francisco to New York, London, Berlin, Buenos Aires, and Rome, Otto weaves a bold, romantic tale that creates a compelling portrait of the history of feminism and of photography. 

Whitney Otto is the author of the New York Times bestseller, How to Make an American Quilt (which was made into a feature film), Now You See Her, The Passion Dream Book, and A Collection of Beauties at the Height of Their Popularity. She lives in Portland, Oregon.
Start: 11/15/2012 7:00 pm

Celebrate teens with Book Passage and several of the contributing authors of Dear Teen Me: Authors Write Letters To Their Teen Selves, a book of reflections and advice from nearly 70 young adult authors writing to their teen selves. Editor E. Kristin Anderson and contributors Marke Bieschke, Stacey Jay, Mike Jung, Katherine Longshore, Erika Stalder and Mariko Tamaki will talk about their letters and their experiences.
Dear Teen Me includes letters from six New York Times bestselling authors, including Lauren Oliver, Ellen Hopkins, Nancy Holder, Carrie Jones, Sara Zarr, Tom Angleberger, Robin Benway, and more, and covers a wide variety of topics including body issues, bullying, friendship, love. Some authors chose to write diary entries, some chose letters, and a few graphic novelists turned their stories into visual art, but they all offer invaluable wisdom and advice to young readers. All of the Dear Teen Me authors experienced challenging times as teens in one form or another, and now they are here to relate that it does get better!

Start: 11/15/2012 7:00 pm

Tom Ricks talks about The Generals: American Military Command from WWII to Today ($36.00). From the bestselling author of Fiasco and The Gamble comes an epic history of the decline of American military leadership from World War II to Iraq. As military history, this is essential reading for anyone with an interest in the difference between good leaders and bad ones.

Thomas E. Ricks is a fellow at the Center for a New American Security and a contributing editor of Foreign Policy magazine, in which he writes the blog The Best Defense. Ricks covered the U.S. military for The Washington Post from 2000 through 2008. Until the end of 1999 he had the same beat at The Wall Street Journal, where he was a reporter for seventeen years. A member of two Pulitzer Prize-winning teams, he has covered U.S. military activities in Somalia, Haiti, Korea, Bosnia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Kuwait, Turkey, Afghanistan, and Iraq. He is the author of several books, including The Gamble and the #1 New York Times bestseller Fiasco, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.


Start: 11/15/2012 7:30 pm

Presented by Praxis Peace Institue & Dominican University
Angelico Hall, Dominican University
Tickets: $20 General Admission | $40 Special Reserved Seating
For tickets, visit or call (707) 939-2973 

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Port Huron Statement, the manifesto that lauched the seminal Students for a Democratic Society (SDS). Tom Hayden was the principle author of this document, which remains as relevant today as it was in 1962. Tom's breadth of experience and vision is unique in the peace movement. As a civil rights worker in the south, a peace activist, and a superb chronicler of our social history as it was -- and is -- unfolding, Tom's analysis always pierces the fog of misrepresentation and gets to the heart of the matter. No one understands social/political movements better than Tom Hayden, and his ideas for the future of democracy are critical in these times.                

Tom combines the savvy of a political strategist with the heart of a life-long activist who is committed to systemic change. His new book, Inspiring Participatory Democracy ($21.95), will be available at this event, as will some of his earlier books, including copies of the Port Huron Statement with an updated forward.


Friday November 16, 2012
Start: 11/16/2012 6:00 pm


3 Minute Reads
from San Francisco Grotto Writers
50+ Writers, 3 Minutes Each!


Joins us for a fast-paced and irreverent evening, showcasing new work from the students of the San Francisco Writer's Grotto writing classes. On this Friday evening, both fiction and nonfiction writers will read their work — but only for 3 minutes each! Their instructors (Grotto authors) will enforce the time limit. Join us for wine, fun, and fresh new writing.


Start: 11/16/2012 7:00 pm
Margaret Talbot's father Lyle left his Midwestern home in 1918 to join a traveling carnival, and went on to have a career that spanned the entire trajectory of the entertainment industry. After touring with carnivals, he became a magician’s assistant, an actor in a traveling theater troupe, a romantic lead in early talkies, a star of major Warner Brothers pictures with the likes of Humphrey Bogart and Carole Lombard, an actor in cult B movies, and finally part of the advent of television, with regular roles on Ozzie and Harriet and Leave it to Beaver

From early century small-town America to the birth of Hollywood, Lyle’s own life was entwined with a radically changing America. The Entertainer ($28.95) masterfully combines social history, old Hollywood stories, and family memoir, with Talbot using her father’s experiences as a touchstone to dig deep into the massive changes in American entertainment. Talbot paints a vivid picture of a changing world with a deep warmth and nostalgia. 

Margaret Talbot has been a staff writer for The New Yorker since 2003. Previously, she was a contributing writer at The New York Times Magazine and, from 1995 to 1999, an editor at The New Republic.

Saturday November 17, 2012
Start: 11/17/2012 11:00 am

Rebecah Freeling is a master storyteller, experienced early childhood educator, and parent coach.  New to California, she recently joined the faculty of Marin Mountain School Early Childhood Center in Corte Madera. For thirteen years she was owner, Director and Lead Teacher of Briar Rose Children's Center in her home state of Ohio. Her magical stories, both original and drawn from the folk and fairy tale traditions, are enhanced by handmade table puppets and simple marionettes.  One often observes the children hearing her stories to be sitting on the edge of their seats, eyes wide and mouths open in anticipation!


Start: 11/17/2012 1:00 pm
John Hart, author of Island in Time: Half a Century of Point Reyes National Seashore, will talk about the park Marin people love - and love to argue about. He'll touch on its miraculous beginnings, its several identity crises, its awesome present, and its challenging future. With slide show.

John Hart of San Rafael is the author of 15 books and numerous articles on the environment and has twice won the Commonwealth Club of California's Medal in California. 
Start: 11/17/2012 4:00 pm

With an artist's eye to describe Italy's beauty, Jojo Capece chronicles an unforgettable story of American expatriate, Bebe Deverton in All Roads Lead to Rome ($19.79). Deverton finds herself up against the kaleidoscope of the Italian network of Power - the Supreme Court, Mafia, CIA, Masons, and, ultimately, the Vatican - as the reader is transported to the splendour, romance and intrigue of the Eternal City. 

Jojo Capece was educated in New York and London, has lived in three continents and resides in San Francisco with her husband. 


Start: 11/17/2012 7:00 pm
 “The only place as comforting as a friendly bookstore is probably your grandmother’s kitchen.”
- Isabel Allende in her essay about Book Passage, Corte Madera, CA
Bestselling author Isabel Allende and Book Passage owner Elaine Petrocelli invite you to peek behind the scenes at Book Passage. See how a bookstore really works and meet the people who make it all happen. We'll celebrate the publication of My Bookstore: Writers Celebrate Their Favorite Places to Browse, Read, and Shop ($23.95). We admit our favorite chapter is the one in which Isabel Allende writes about Book Passage (her favorite bookstore), but many famous authors contributed wonderful chapters about great independent bookstores all over the country. Wine and cheese will be served: join us and toast independent bookselling!  
Sunday November 18, 2012
Start: 11/18/2012 12:00 pm
Please note: This event has been cancelled. Rescheduled date TBA.  
Learn how to make plans for the future of your unique family! Every family is different, and blended families -- defined as those with children from previous marriages or couplings included -- can be even more difficult to plan for. When dealing with complicated family situations, cookie-cutter estate plans just don't work! 
Estate Planning for Blended Families ($24.95) outlines estate planning specifically for blended families, addressing the special concerns and issues that may arise from the process in this very special of circumstances. Whether you are a member of a blended family looking to plan your estate or an attorney looking for advice, this presentation will help you move forward with confidence. 

Emily Bouchard, BA, MSSW, is the founder of, LLC, where expert coaches make a positive difference in the lives of stepfamilies. She has been featured on The Today Show and NPR, is the author of several e-books, and speaks internationally on issues relating to blended families. 

L. Paul Hood, Jr. is a frequent speaker and commentator on estate planning issues. He is widely quoted and his articles have been published in a number of journals, including CCH Journal of Practical Estate Planning, Estate Planning, Digest of Federal Tax Articles, Louisiana Bar Journal, and Tax Ideas.
Start: 11/18/2012 1:00 pm

Patsy Garlan presents Sea Change: The Uncertain Realm of the Married ($16.95), a novel set on a fictional Hawaiian island in mid-November, 1963. Katherine Somerset is a lovely woman married to a rich, charming man, with three well-behaved children and seemingly everything an educated, cultivated woman in her thirties could wish for. Yet, unaccountably dissatisfied, she begins to realize that she is just skimming the surface of her life and that perhaps there is another, deeper self, waiting to emerge.

Patsy Garlan has published poetry, personal essays, syllabuses for drama students, and, with co-author Maryjane Dunstan, two college texts about the future (Prentice Hall), and two children’s books set in Burma (The Viking Press), where she lived for a year with her husband and their four children. 

Start: 11/18/2012 2:00 pm

"From Blog To Book"
How do you create and write a blog that will capture the attention of book agents and publishers? Susan Sachs Lipman takes you through the steps, from concept and proposal through published book.

Susan Sachs Lipman is the author of Fed Up with Frenzy: Slow Parenting in a Fast-Moving World, which grew out of her award-winning blog, Slow Family Online. She writes for the Christian Science Monitor's Modern Parenthood blog, and is the Social Media Director for the international Children & Nature Network.

The Marin branch of the California Writers Club meets monthly at Book Passage, except July, August and December, on the 4th Sunday of the month, unless a holiday. 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Meeting may feature a guest speaker, a workshop or a panel discussion along with networking, encouragement and writing news. All are welcome.


Start: 11/18/2012 3:00 pm
In 1980, there were exactly four professional bike racers in America. Six years later, an American cycling team would wear the coveted yellow jersey of the Tour de France. Soon after, the team would win Italy’s greatest race—the Giro d’Italia. 

Team 7-Eleven ($27.95) is the extraordinary story of how two Olympic speed skaters, Jim Ochowicz and Eric Heiden, assembled a local band of amateur cyclists and turned them into one of the greatest cycling teams the sport has known. 

Written with the enthusiastic cooperation of the team members, Team 7-Eleven tells the true and complete story of the team’s founding, its growing pains, its strange introduction to European cycling, and its lasting legacy as the team that launched American cycling into the modern era.

Geoff Drake is the former editor of Bicycling Magazine and VeloNews, and has covered cycling events worldwide including the Tour de France and Olympic Games. He also writes regularly for national motorcycle magazines and is the author of Smooth Riding, a motorcycling book. He is an avid cyclist, a Category II road racer, and an Ironman triathlete. He lives in Aptos, California.
Start: 11/18/2012 6:00 pm
Tightwads on the Loose tells the story of Wendy Hinman and her husband Garth, lured to sea by the promise of adventure. After purchasing a 31-foot boat that fits their budget better than it fits Garth’s large frame, they set sail for an open-ended voyage, never imagining they’d be gone seven years, or cover 34,000 miles at the pace of a fast walk. They live without most “necessities” and learn that teamwork and a sense of humor matter most as they face endless “character-building opportunities.” 
They make a long-anticipated visit to the island where Garth had been shipwrecked as a teenager, only to find it had become a penal colony. In Asia, they dodge typhoons and ships that threaten to turn their home into kindling. Finally they endure a grueling 49-day nonstop ocean crossing. None of this prepares them for their arrival "home" to a post-9/11 America which leaves them wondering what had changed more, them or the world.

Wendy Hinman's stories have appeared in a variety of publications, especially ones that sailors like to read. One story was published in the anthology, We Came to Say, and another won a Solas Traveler's Tales award for best travel writing. Even after 34,000 miles, she looks forward to her next adventure with her husband, Garth, to whom she's still married and happens to like.
Monday November 19, 2012
Start: 11/19/2012 1:00 pm

Join Book Passage President (and grandmother) Elaine Petrocelli and Children’s Book Buyer Susan Kunhardt to talk about the best new and classic books for children and young adults. Find out about Book Passage programs to help you share books with your grandchildren, or with other children, no matter where they live. Share the love of reading with the next generation!


Start: 11/19/2012 7:00 pm
In Peppermint Twist: The Mob, the Music, and the Most Famous Dance Club of the '60s ($25.99), journalist John Johnson, Jr. and pop music writer Joel Selvin uncover the history of, and scandals surrounding the Peppermint Lounge, the famed midtown Manhattan nightspot and mobster hangout that facilitated this new era of freedom in music and society. 
Dick Cami, son-in-law of Mafia kingpin Johnny Biello, owner of the famed Peppermint Lounge, was largely responsible for introducing rock and roll to New York. Johnson and Selvin unveil an engrossing story of the go-go sixties and the Manhattan nightspot that inspired it all.    

John Johson, Jr. is an award-winning journalist and has worked for The Los Angeles Times for twenty-two years. Joel Selvin, co-author of the bestseller Red: My Uncensored Life in Rock with Sammy Hagar, has covered pop music for the San Francisco Chronicle since 1970 and wrote the classic Summer of Love and Smartass. Both reside in California.
Tuesday November 20, 2012
Start: 11/20/2012 7:00 pm
From a journalist's unforgettable meeting with Oscar Wilde, to a prose poem on madness, to a black comedy dealing with a botched murder, Ron Hansen once again displays the sweep and variety of his imagination in She Loves Me Not: New & Selected Stories ($22.00). His expert crafting of language and character and his marvelous ability to render vividly and convincingly the details of times past are once again on display in his newest collection of short form fiction. 

Ron Hansen is the author of eight novels and two short story collections, including The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. He graduated from Creighton University in Omaha, and went on to the University of Iowa Writer's Workshop where he studied with John Irving.  He is now Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J., Professor in Arts and Humanities at Santa Clara University in northern California. 
Saturday November 24, 2012
Start: 11/24/2012 11:00 am

Rebecah Freeling is a master storyteller, experienced early childhood educator, and parent coach.  New to California, she recently joined the faculty of Marin Mountain School Early Childhood Center in Corte Madera. For thirteen years she was owner, Director and Lead Teacher of Briar Rose Children's Center in her home state of Ohio. Her magical stories, both original and drawn from the folk and fairy tale traditions, are enhanced by handmade table puppets and simple marionettes.  One often observes the children hearing her stories to be sitting on the edge of their seats, eyes wide and mouths open in anticipation!


Monday November 26, 2012
Start: 11/26/2012 7:00 pm
John Martel, New York Times bestselling author of Partners, Conflict of Interest, The Alternate, and Billy Strobe, returns with his first legal thriller in five years, The American Lawyer ($26.95). This time around, a young, idealistic lawyer is handed a murder case that will either make his career--or kill him. Moving from the luxurious offices of the Bay Area to the dangerous streets of Central America, The American Lawyer is a stunning legal thriller that will thrill Martel’s many fans and earn him scores of new ones.
John Martel is an ex-U.S. Air Force pilot, a lawyer in the San Francisco Firm of Farella Braun & Martel, and a veteran of more than one hundred trials (with only four losses). He has been hailed by the National Law Journal as one of the top ten trial lawyers in America. 
Tuesday November 27, 2012
Start: 11/27/2012 7:00 pm
In The Art of Procrastination ($12.95), John Perry doesn’t shame us for our habits, but rather celebrates the positive, quirky, and humorous realities of the procrastinator. We can’t change our ways, asserts Perry, but we can try to better understand why we do the seemingly nonsensical things we do as we avoid, push off, delay, and find endless ways to justify our behavior. Perry also celebrates procrastination’s greatest gift: the chance to accomplish surprising, wonderful things by not sticking to a rigid schedule. 

John Perry is an internationally recognized philosopher and a professor emeritus at Stanford, where he taught philosophy from 1974 to 2008. He is a professor at the University of California, Riverside. He is also the cohost of the public radio show Philosophy Talk, which is broadcast regularly on more than 50 stations in 20 states. The father of three grown children, he lives with his wife in Palo Alto, California. 
Wednesday November 28, 2012
Start: 11/28/2012 1:00 pm

Elaine Petrocelli and a team of Book Passage booksellers lead a discussion of books for the holidays. Come join us as we present new books for all the readers on your holiday shopping list this season, from children’s books to the latest literary fiction, and art books to thrillers—we’ll have the best recommendations for readers of all ages and interests!


Start: 11/28/2012 6:00 pm

Joel Salatin presents Folks, This Ain't Normal: A Farmer's Advice for Happier Hens, Healthier People, and a Better World ($15.99). Virginia farmer Joel Salatin, hailed by The New York Times as "high priest of the pasture," has become the new voice of clean, local, healthy eating by urging people to take a better look at their food: What's in it, where is it coming from and how did it get the table? Whether praising the plusses of lawn farms and kitchen chickens to the dishing the dirt on Genetically Modified Foods and Tyson Chicken Farms, Salatin’s wit, wisdom, storytelling magic and down-home philosophy shines through on every page.

Joel Salatin is a third generation family farmer working his land in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley with his wife, Teresa, son Daniel, daughter Rachel and their families. The Salatin Polyface Farm, an organic  grass-fed farm, services more than 3,000 families, 10 retail outlets and 50 restaurants through on-farm sales and metropolitan buying clubs — and was featured in the national bestseller The Omnivore’s Dilemma and in the Oscar-nominated documentary Food, Inc.


Start: 11/28/2012 7:00 pm
In twelve astonishingly acute and compassionate chapters, Andrew Solomon tells stories of individuals who have been heartbreakingly tragic victims of intense prejudices—but also stories of parents who have embraced their children’s differences and tried to alter the world’s understanding of their conditions. Solomon’s humanity and erudition—and the eloquence he discovers in the voices of his subjects—are show-stopping. 

While each of the categories he explores in Far from the Tree ($35.50) is narrow, together they compose an aggregate of millions whose struggles toward integrated identity are heightened versions of a universal experience. The courageous and profoundly affirming stories of many of these families point a way for all of us to expand our definition of the human family. This is a book that will rattle our prejudices, question our policies, and inspire our understanding of the relationship between illness and identity. Above all, it will renew and deepen our gratitude for the herculean reach of parental love—and expand our own reach too.

Andrew Solomon is the author of The Irony Tower: Soviet Artists in a Time of GlasnostA Stone Boat, and The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression, winner of fourteen national awards, including the 2001 National Book Award, a Pulitzer Prize finalist, and a New York Times bestseller, now published in twenty-two languages. He lives in New York and London with his husband and children.
Thursday November 29, 2012
Start: 11/29/2012 6:00 pm
Recently, the once little-known condition of hoarding has become a household phrase—in part due to the popularity of the Emmy Award–winning television show Hoarders, which has captivated audiences with its stark and heartbreaking look at the people who suffer from this paralyzing condition.
Contributing expert to Hoarders Dr. Robin Zasio believes that our fascination with hoarding stems from the fact that most of us fall somewhere on the hoarding continuum. In The Hoarder in You ($12.99), Dr. Zasio shares behind-the-scenes stories from the show, including some of the most serious cases of hoarding that she’s encountered—and explains how readers can learn from these extreme examples. She also shares psychological and practical advice for de-cluttering and organizing, including how to tame the emotional pull of acquiring additional things, make order out of chaos by getting a handle on cluter, and create an organizational system that reduces stress and anxiety.

Robin Zasio, PsyD, LCSW, is a featured doctor on the hit A&E series Hoarders and specializes in treating hoarding and other anxiety-related disorders. She lives in Sacramento.
Start: 11/29/2012 6:30 pm

This event is SOLD OUT! 

Don't miss this fun and inspired evening with two popular New York Times food writers when thy pit food strategies and recipes against one another. Their cookbook, Cook Fight: Two Cooks, 12 Challenges, 125 Recipes - An Epic Battle for Kitchen Domination, is based on the author's 2009 article in the Times when they were challenged to create a dinner party for 6 on a budget of only $50. Possible? You be the judge at the Left Bank! Julia Moskin is a reporter for the New York Times and Kim Severson is the Atlantic bureau Chief for the New York Times and has received four James Beard Awards and is the author of Spoon Fed: How Eight Cooks Saved My Life.

Join Kim Severson & Julia Moskin at the Left Bank restaurant in Larkspur for what is sure to be a very special and very tasty event.

Don't wait to sign up - space is limited. Price includes the meal, wine, tax, tip & a signed copy of the author’s book. Reserve at Book Passage (415-927-0960) or at Can't attend the event? Order a signed copy.


Start: 11/29/2012 7:00 pm

Please note: this event has been postponed. New date TBA! 

Wine & Cheese Reception!

Sheldon Siegel has jumped onto best seller lists and into readers’ and reviewers’ affections with seven extraordinary novels featuring San Francisco criminal defense attorneys Mike Daley and Rosie Fernandez. Siegel now returns to write about his hometown of Chicago in his electrifying new thriller, The Terrorist Next Door ($14.99)

Meet Detective David Gold. He’s a third generation native of South Chicago—the hardscrabble neighborhood of steel mills, smokestacks, and steeples near the Indiana border. He’s also one of Chicago’s most decorated homicide detectives. More than a decade after 9/11, someone is setting off fire bombs in Chicago using untraceable cell phones. The international terror channels are silent. As the explosions continue and the death toll mounts, Gold is drawn into a desperate cat-and-mouse game against a brilliant and cunning mind.

New York Times best selling author Sheldon Siegel is a third-generation native of Chicago’s Southeast Side. He is the author of seven critically acclaimed legal thrillers featuring San Francisco criminal defense attorneys Mike Daley and Rosie Fernandez.He lives in the San Francisco area with his wife, Linda, and their twin sons, Alan and Stephen.  


Friday November 30, 2012
Start: 11/30/2012 7:00 pm
Kin to the Wind is the memoir of Moro Buddy Bohn, a guitarist and composer who traveled the world in the 1960s as a troubadour using only his guitar performances as currency. Armed only with his guitar and an unshakable faith that love rules, he backpacked, alone and unknown, clear around the world. He made his way by playing his own kind of music for lodging, food, visas and passage, before benefactors that included knights, gypsies, royalty, smugglers, parliamentarians and terrorists. A former member of the world-famous New Christy Minstrels, Bohn has played in more than 50 countries—in royal palaces, in African casbahs, and even on a British warship—in trade for his passage across the Indian Ocean. Bedouin smugglers took him across the Arabian Desert in their camel caravan, listening to his music beneath desert stars.  

Since the 1960s, Moro Buddy Bohn has played his guitar and compositions on TV shows and in nightclubs and concert halls throughout the world. He played nightly at Paul Newman’s own private nightclub, and in Las Vegas at Howard Hughes’ the Cabaret Room.Having settled near Bodega Bay, California, Bohn has released nine albums of his compositions which include Hosanna Blue, the world’s most aired solo guitar recording from 1981–84. As of this writing, he’s the recipient of 31 consecutive annual ASCAP Awards for airings of his works. His music can be found at
Start: 11/30/2012 7:00 pm

Jon Meacham discusses Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power ($35.00). In this magnificent new biography, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author gives us an intimate portrait of Jefferson the human being, the president, and the politician enabling us to understand Jefferson as never before. 

Priority seating to this event with purchase of the author's new book from Book Passage. Please note in the comments field of your order your intention to come to this special event at Dominican University.

"This terrific book allows us to see the political genius of Thomas Jefferson better than we have ever seen it before. In these endlessly fascinating pages, Jefferson emerges with such vitality that it seems as if he might still be alive today." — Doris Kearns Godwin

"Jon Meacham resolves the bundle of contradictions that was Thomas Jefferson by probing his love of progress and thirst for power. Here was a man endlessly, artfully intent on making the world something it had not been before. A thrilling and affecting portrait of our first philosopher-politician." — Stacy Schiff

"A true triumph.”  Walter Isaacson.

Jon Meacham is the Executive editor of Random House, a former editor of Newsweek, and author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning American Lion, as well as other best sellers.

Saturday December 01, 2012
Start: 12/01/2012 12:30 pm

Please note: This event is SOLD OUT

Bruce Aidells is a local legend, award-winning author of 11 cookbooks including The Complete Meat Cookbook, Complete Sausage Cookbook and Hot Links and Country Flavors. He is also the founder of Aidells' Sausage Company, hence the "Sausage King." His new book is The Great Meat Cookbook: Everything you Need to Know to Buy and Cook Today's Meat. Between the rise of the Internet, economy, small farming renaissance, "new" cuts of meat like bison and goat, Aidells' is a master at helping the home chef understand how to shop and what to look for in quality meat. He will also untangle the labels of "pasture-raised," "heritage," "organic," and other ambiguous stamps that may mislead consumers at the meat counter. When Aidell founded his small campus restaurant during college at UC Santa Cruz', he never knew that he would be the foremost authority on meat in the country. His wife, Chef Nancy Oakes is co-owner of Prospect in San Francisco.

Join Bruce Aidells at  Prospect Restaurant in San Francisco for what is sure to be a very special and very tasty event.

Don't wait to sign up - space is limited. Price includes the meal, wine, tax, tip & a signed copy of the author’s book. Reserve at Book Passage (415-927-0960) or at Can't attend the event? Order a signed copy.

Start: 12/01/2012 1:00 pm
Part memoir, part handbook, part survey of the contemporary literary scene, Because You Have To: A Writing Life ($18.90) is a collection of essays that, taken together, provide a walking tour of the writing life. 

Original, witty, and practical, Because You Have To ably steers us through the journey of Joan Frank's own life as a writer, as well as through the careers and work of other writers. Subjects range from the “boot camp” conditioning of marketing work to squaring off with rejection and envy; from sustaining belief in art’s necessity to the baffling subjectivity of literary perception—and the magical books that nourish writers.

Joan Frank is the author of five books of fiction. Her story collection In Envy Country (University of Notre Dame Press, 2010) won the Richard Sullivan Prize in Fiction and ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Award for Short Stories, and was a finalist for the California Book Award. Joan is a MacDowell Colony Fellow, Pushcart Prize nominee, winner of the Dana Award, Michigan Literary Fiction Award, Iowa Writing Award, and Emrys Fiction Award, and recipient of grants from the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation, Barbara Deming Fund, and Sonoma Arts Council. She lives in northern California. 
Start: 12/01/2012 4:00 pm

Paola Gianturco presents Grandmother Power ($49.95). Gianturco’s belief in a worldwide grandmothers movement comes alive by the 120 courageous women, activists, and change agents she has interviewed and photographed. Visually captivating, this work is an inspiration for everyone, as it cements the power of grandmothers worldwide.


Start: 12/01/2012 7:00 pm
Captivating speaker, author, and storyteller, Dr. Neil Kobrin, shares his new book, Emotional Well-Being: Embracing the Gift of Life ($19.95). Dr. Kobrin will offer fascinating tips on how to a live a life with less struggle, stress, and anxiety and instead access the joy, love and compassion that is really our true nature.

Dr. Neil Kobrin, PhD is a licensed clinical psychologist, LCSW and MFT with decades of experience in human transformation and emotional well-being. He is an international workshop leader in Mindfulness and Emotional Health as well as the founder and president of the Academy of Mindful Psychology.
Sunday December 02, 2012
Start: 12/02/2012 1:00 pm

Connie Clark talks about Joy After Fifty: A Woman’s Guide to Passion, Purpose, and Lasting Happiness ($14.95). A practicing psychotherapist, Clark presents principles and practices inspired by the science of happiness, positive psychology and timeless spiritual wisdom. In your purse, at your bedside, or in your office, this book will become a cherished companion.


Start: 12/02/2012 7:00 pm
Houses and Origins ($59.95) is a beautifully illustrated book that takes the reader on a journey through a number of outstanding houses designed and built in the California landscape by the Berkeley firm WA design.

In this volume, author and WA design founder David Wilson has chosen to pair images of his architecture beside the images from nature that inspired his designs. The origins of the firm’s work are also deeply rooted in the vernacular buildings of California and this influence is clearly illustrated in this impressive monograph.

David Wilson has been a building designer for over fifteen years and a photographer since the age of seventeen. His designs have won awards from the Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association, Sunset, and Metropolitan Home Magazine. He has photographed architecture for Sunset, Better Homes and Gardens, and San Francisco Magazine. He lives in Berkeley with his wife, Stacia Cronin, and children, Chase and Kai.
Start: 12/02/2012 7:00 pm
Featuring live readings by Joyce Maynard and Pam Houston!

Drinking Diaries: Women Serve Their Stories Straight Up ($16.00), edited by Caren Osten Gerszberg and Leah Odze Epstein delves into a topic that’s as ubiquitous in their lives as it is complicated: their relationship with alcohol. In Drinking Diaries celebrated writers including Jacquelyn Mitchard, Daphne Merkin, Kathryn Harrison, Ann Hood, Ann Leary, Pam Houston, Jane Friedman, Elissa Schappell, Asra Nomani, Priscilla Warner, Rita Williams, and Joyce Maynard, take women's drinking stories out of the closet once and for all. Drinking Diaries is a candid look at the pleasures and pains of drinking, and the many ways in which it touches women’s lives.

Caren Osten Gerszberg is a freelance writer and co-founder of the blog Drinking Diaries. Gerszberg’s articles have appeared in The New York Times, Travel & Leisure, National Geographic Traveler, Parents, and other national magazines and websites. 

Leah Odze Epstein, co-founder of the blog Drinking Diaries, is a young adult and adult fiction writer. She has worked as a news assistant at The New York Times, an adjunct professor of writing at Baruch College, and an assistant editor at One World/Ballantine Books. 
Monday December 03, 2012
Start: 12/03/2012 12:30 pm

Tom Reiss presents The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo ($27.00). With his critically acclaimed international bestseller The Orientalist, author Tom Reiss proved himself to be not only a supremely talented writer, but also a historical sleuth of the first order. Now, Reiss has surpassed himself, delivering a thrilling, sweeping narrative that introduces readers to one of history’s greatest forgotten heroes: Alex Dumas. Drawing on more than six years of personal research—which included inspecting dungeon cells and even cracking open a safe to recover every piece of the puzzle—Reiss masterfully recounts the epic story of an outsized figure whose daring, courage, and sheer intellectual and athletic prowess formed the very model for the modern-day action hero.

Tom Reiss is the author of the celebrated international bestseller The Orientalist. He has written for The New Yorker, the Wall Street Journal, and the New York Times Book Review, among other publications. He lives with his wife and daughters in New York City. 


Start: 12/03/2012 7:00 pm
Left Coast Writers® Literary Salon at Book Passage in Corte Madera
Ausbert de Arcé is the founder of Taschen America and Assouline Publications. He now runs the Rizzoli Studio program for the acclaimed art publishing division of the Random House group.

His wife, photographer and designer Petra Mason, is the author of the newly released Bunny Yeager’s Darkroom: Pin-up Photography’s Golden Era ($60.00). Check out the article on Petra's book from The Huffington Post.
Book Passage hosts the monthly meetings of Left Coast Writers® at our Corte Madera store. This Literary Salon is led by author/teacherLinda Watanabe McFerrin. The monthly meetings provide an evening of literary connections, support, counsel, provocative readings, writing tips, literary chat, unabashed networking, and great fun. Each meeting also features a presentation by one of several Bay Area literary figures. The fee includes membership in Left Coast Writers®, a group of new and experienced writers. LCW has its own lively newsletter and website at
Start: 12/03/2012 7:00 pm
Better Than Fiction ($15.99) features 32 of the world’s best fiction writers, describing their most meaningful real-life journeys. Edited by Don George, this anthology of personal stories includes tales by Joyce Carol Oates, DBC Pierre, Tea Obreht, Keri Hulme, Alexander McCall Smith, Isabel Allende, Kurt Anderson, Chris Pavone, and Joe Yogerst.

Don George has edited five previous Lonely Planet literary anthologies. He also wrote the Lonely Planet Guide to Travel Writing and served as global travel editor for Lonely Planet, travel editor at both the San Francisco Chronicle and San Francisco Examiner and is also founder and editor of’s ‘Wanderlust.’ He is the cofounder and chairman of the annual Book Passage Travel Writers and Photographers Conference.

Isabel Allende is the author of many internationally acclaimed novels, including House of the Spirits, Portrait in Sepia, and Daughter of Fortune. She has written three memoirs, including My Invented Country, Paula, and The Sum of Our Days, as well as a trilogy of children’s novels. Her books have been translated into more than 27 languages.
Joe Yogerst is a veteran travel writer and contributor to several guidebooks, including Traveler's Companion to Argentina, Honeymoon Chic, and Indian Ocean Chic. In addition he regularly blogs and reports for travel magazines, the likes of Condé Nast Traveler, Islands, and Travel + Leisure.
Tuesday December 04, 2012
Start: 12/04/2012 7:00 pm

Introduction by Don George! 

Simon Winchester presents Skulls: An Exploration of Alan Dudley's Curious Collection ($29.95), a heady, visually spellbinding, never-before-seen look at what is probably the world's largest and most complete private collection of skulls. In heady detail, Winchester details the story of the collector and his unusual collection, as well as the biology, history, and iconography of skulls.

Simon Winchester is the acclaimed author of many books, including The Professor and the Madman, The Man Who Loved China, A Crack in the Edge of the World, and Krakatoa. Those books were New York Times bestsellers and appeared on numerous best and notable lists. In 2006, Mr. Winchester was made an officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by her Majesty the Queen. 


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