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Start: 4:00 pm
End: 1:00 pm

Sept. 28-30 | Carmel, CA
Tickets $550 per person
To reserve tickets, visit or call (831) 626-6243

The annual Carmel Authors & Ideas Festival brings to Carmel-by-the-Sea more than 35 award-winning authors and speakers. The three-day Festival is held in the intimate and luxurious Sunset Community Center right in the middle of Carmel-by-the-Sea. There are author presentations, break-out sessions with the authors, book signings, and many opportunities to meet and speak with the writers. Past Festivals have found the authors eager to join in the audience. This is truly a shared literary event. Book Passage is pleased to be the bookseller for the Carmel Authors & Ideas Festival.

Among the authors in attendance at this year's event are Sir Harold Evans, Kathryn Stockett, David Brooks, Captain Chesley Sullenberger, Chip Connelly, Michael David Lukas and many others.

Start: 12:30 pm

Admission $120 per person


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

Dont miss this special, double-author event and cookbook celebration at Left Bank. Diane Rossen Worthington is a veteran author, food consultant, editor, and James Beard award-winning radio show host. Her new cookbook Seriously Simple Parties is part of a series of Seriously Simple cookbooks. With her will be Alice Medrich, who has won so many awards for her desserts that she’s often referred to as the First Lady of Chocolate. She’s the author of Sinfully Easy Delicious Desserts. Guests will receive both cookbooks as part of the ticket price!

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 autographed copies by clicking on the titles above.

Start: 12:40 pm
End: 2:20 pm
Eight Mondays: Oct. 1 - Nov. 19

Prerequisite: Students must have learned the present tense and a bit of the Passato prossimo.

Students will continue to develop basic proficiency in speaking, reading, understanding and writing. They will be introduced to vocabulary, grammar and syntax through spoken and written exercises. 

Text: Ultimate Italian.
Start: 7:00 pm

Left Coast Writers® Literary Salon at Book Passage in Corte Madera

Nancy Bruning, MPH, Author of Nancercize: 101 Things to Do on a Park Bench, advises on Health and Fitness for Writers

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: 7:00 pm

Nona Mock Wyman presents Bamboo Women: Stories from Ming Quong, a Chinese Orphanage in California ($19.95). In her groundbreaking new book, Wyman explores the lives of her "sisters" who grew up in the Bay Area's Ming Quong Chinese orphanage—revealing secrets, pain, and the lifetime legacies of friendship.

In 1935, at the age of two, Nona Mock Wyman was abandoned at the Ming Quong orphanage in Los Gatos, California. From that first, searing memory of seeing her mother walk out of her life forever, Mock turned grief into strength. Bamboo Women tells twenty-one inspiring stories of coming-of-age from the women of Ming Quong, a home for orphaned Chinese girls in the San Francisco Bay Area. Wyman introduces us to her "sisters" and how their bonds of love and friendship carried them through life, love, loss, career, and family. Nona Mock Wyman is the author of Chopstick Childhood (In a Land of Silver Spoons).

Start: 6:00 pm

This event features cheese samplings!  

Laurel Miller presents Cheese for Dummies ($19.99), a guide to selecting, cooking with, and making cheese. With artisanal and imported cheeses now common to grocery stores, the everyday cheese lover needs more than simply their nose to make the best choice. This new book offers wise (and delicious!) advice on every page.

Please note: this event had been scheduled for August 8th.

Laurel Miller is a food and travel writer based in the Western U.S., contributing editor at culture, and culinary educator and owner of The Sustainable Kitchen.


Start: 7:00 pm
Paul Elie presents Reinventing Bach ($30.00), the remarkable story of how musicians of genius have made the music of Johann Sebastian Bach new in our time. From Pablo Casals to Leopold Stokowski (and Walt Disney), from Glenn Gould to Yo-Yo Ma, this is the electrifying account of a revolution in music and technology as told through a century of recordings.

Paul Elie, for many years a senior editor in publishing, is now a senior fellow with Georgetown University's Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs. His first book, The Life You Save May Be Your Own, received the PEN/Martha Albrand Prize and was a National Book Critics Circle award finalist in 2003.

Start: 7:00 pm

$10 donation (no one turned away)
Benefits Poetry Flash

Sponsored by:
Department of Literature and Language of Dominican University,
Book Passage of Marin and San Francisco,
Studio 333 Gallery

Join former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Hass, Gillian Conoley, editor and founder of Volt magazine, and professor at Sonoma State University, and Giovanni Singleton, winner of the 2012 California Book Award for Poetry for an inspired evening of poetry like only the North Coast creates. This benefit reading will help sustain the forty-year tradition of outstanding literary news offered by the Bay Area's own Poetry Flash -- California's best calendar (both south and north) for happenings, reviews and commentary.

Please come enjoy the wonderful autumn sights of the Dominican campus and wonderful acoustics of ninety-year-old Angelico Concert Hall. Help celebrate a four decades of literary excellence with an evening of great poetry.

Start: 6:00 pm

Gretchen Rubin presents Happier at Home: Kiss More, Jump More, Abandon a Project, Read Samuel Johnson, and My Other Experiments in the Practice of Everyday Life ($26.00). In the spirit of her blockbuster New York Times bestseller The Happiness Project, Rubin embarks on a new project to make home a happier place. This book will inspire readers.

Gretchen Rubin started her career in law, and she was clerking for Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor when she realized that really wanted to be a writer. Raised in Kansas City, she lives in New York City with her husband and two daughters.

Start: 7:00 pm

Constance Hale talks about Vex, Hex, Smash, Smooch: Let Verbs Power Your Writing ($26.95), a writing handbook that celebrates the infinite pizzazz of verbs. Writers know it instinctively: Verbs make a sentence zing. And grammar gurus agree: Drama in writing emerges from the interplay of a subject (noun) and a predicate (verb). This book zooms in on the colorful world of verbs.

Constance Hale is the author of Wired Style and Sin and Syntax. She has taught at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University and UC Berkeley Extension. She is based in San Francisco, California.


Start: 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: 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.

Start: 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: 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: 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: 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.


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