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Start: 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 Blended-Families.com, 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: 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: 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. www.cwcmarinwriters.com.

 

Start: 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: 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.
 
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Start: 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: 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.
  
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Start: 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. 
 
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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!

 



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