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« Week of October 7, 2012 »
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 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: 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 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.

Start: 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: 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.

Start: 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: 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.


Start: 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.


Start: 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: 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: 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.

Start: 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: 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.

Start: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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.



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