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Start: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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.
Start: 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: 6:30 pm

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

Tickets $25 per person
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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.

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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: 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. 
Start: 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: 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. 
Start: 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: 7:00 pm

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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.


Start: 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: 1:00 pm

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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: 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: 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: 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: 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.


Start: 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: 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.

Start: 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: 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: 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: 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!  

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