Start: 11:00 am
End: 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: 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 FireNatalie 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: 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: 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 bookpassage.com/food-wine-events. Can't attend the event? Order a signed copy.
Start: 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.