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Saturday November 24, 2012
Start: 11/24/2012 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!

 

Monday November 26, 2012
Start: 11/26/2012 7:00 pm
John Martel, New York Times bestselling author of Partners, Conflict of Interest, The Alternate, and Billy Strobe, returns with his first legal thriller in five years, The American Lawyer ($26.95). This time around, a young, idealistic lawyer is handed a murder case that will either make his career--or kill him. Moving from the luxurious offices of the Bay Area to the dangerous streets of Central America, The American Lawyer is a stunning legal thriller that will thrill Martel’s many fans and earn him scores of new ones.
 
John Martel is an ex-U.S. Air Force pilot, a lawyer in the San Francisco Firm of Farella Braun & Martel, and a veteran of more than one hundred trials (with only four losses). He has been hailed by the National Law Journal as one of the top ten trial lawyers in America. 
 
Tuesday November 27, 2012
Start: 11/27/2012 7:00 pm
In The Art of Procrastination ($12.95), John Perry doesn’t shame us for our habits, but rather celebrates the positive, quirky, and humorous realities of the procrastinator. We can’t change our ways, asserts Perry, but we can try to better understand why we do the seemingly nonsensical things we do as we avoid, push off, delay, and find endless ways to justify our behavior. Perry also celebrates procrastination’s greatest gift: the chance to accomplish surprising, wonderful things by not sticking to a rigid schedule. 

John Perry is an internationally recognized philosopher and a professor emeritus at Stanford, where he taught philosophy from 1974 to 2008. He is a professor at the University of California, Riverside. He is also the cohost of the public radio show Philosophy Talk, which is broadcast regularly on more than 50 stations in 20 states. The father of three grown children, he lives with his wife in Palo Alto, California. 
 
Wednesday November 28, 2012
Start: 11/28/2012 1:00 pm

Elaine Petrocelli and a team of Book Passage booksellers lead a discussion of books for the holidays. Come join us as we present new books for all the readers on your holiday shopping list this season, from children’s books to the latest literary fiction, and art books to thrillers—we’ll have the best recommendations for readers of all ages and interests!

 

Start: 11/28/2012 6:00 pm

Joel Salatin presents Folks, This Ain't Normal: A Farmer's Advice for Happier Hens, Healthier People, and a Better World ($15.99). Virginia farmer Joel Salatin, hailed by The New York Times as "high priest of the pasture," has become the new voice of clean, local, healthy eating by urging people to take a better look at their food: What's in it, where is it coming from and how did it get the table? Whether praising the plusses of lawn farms and kitchen chickens to the dishing the dirt on Genetically Modified Foods and Tyson Chicken Farms, Salatin’s wit, wisdom, storytelling magic and down-home philosophy shines through on every page.

Joel Salatin is a third generation family farmer working his land in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley with his wife, Teresa, son Daniel, daughter Rachel and their families. The Salatin Polyface Farm, an organic  grass-fed farm, services more than 3,000 families, 10 retail outlets and 50 restaurants through on-farm sales and metropolitan buying clubs — and was featured in the national bestseller The Omnivore’s Dilemma and in the Oscar-nominated documentary Food, Inc.

 

Start: 11/28/2012 7:00 pm
In twelve astonishingly acute and compassionate chapters, Andrew Solomon tells stories of individuals who have been heartbreakingly tragic victims of intense prejudices—but also stories of parents who have embraced their children’s differences and tried to alter the world’s understanding of their conditions. Solomon’s humanity and erudition—and the eloquence he discovers in the voices of his subjects—are show-stopping. 

While each of the categories he explores in Far from the Tree ($35.50) is narrow, together they compose an aggregate of millions whose struggles toward integrated identity are heightened versions of a universal experience. The courageous and profoundly affirming stories of many of these families point a way for all of us to expand our definition of the human family. This is a book that will rattle our prejudices, question our policies, and inspire our understanding of the relationship between illness and identity. Above all, it will renew and deepen our gratitude for the herculean reach of parental love—and expand our own reach too.

Andrew Solomon is the author of The Irony Tower: Soviet Artists in a Time of GlasnostA Stone Boat, and The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression, winner of fourteen national awards, including the 2001 National Book Award, a Pulitzer Prize finalist, and a New York Times bestseller, now published in twenty-two languages. He lives in New York and London with his husband and children.
 
Thursday November 29, 2012
Start: 11/29/2012 6:00 pm
Recently, the once little-known condition of hoarding has become a household phrase—in part due to the popularity of the Emmy Award–winning television show Hoarders, which has captivated audiences with its stark and heartbreaking look at the people who suffer from this paralyzing condition.
 
Contributing expert to Hoarders Dr. Robin Zasio believes that our fascination with hoarding stems from the fact that most of us fall somewhere on the hoarding continuum. In The Hoarder in You ($12.99), Dr. Zasio shares behind-the-scenes stories from the show, including some of the most serious cases of hoarding that she’s encountered—and explains how readers can learn from these extreme examples. She also shares psychological and practical advice for de-cluttering and organizing, including how to tame the emotional pull of acquiring additional things, make order out of chaos by getting a handle on cluter, and create an organizational system that reduces stress and anxiety.

Robin Zasio, PsyD, LCSW, is a featured doctor on the hit A&E series Hoarders and specializes in treating hoarding and other anxiety-related disorders. She lives in Sacramento.
 
Start: 11/29/2012 6:30 pm

This event is SOLD OUT! 

Don't miss this fun and inspired evening with two popular New York Times food writers when thy pit food strategies and recipes against one another. Their cookbook, Cook Fight: Two Cooks, 12 Challenges, 125 Recipes - An Epic Battle for Kitchen Domination, is based on the author's 2009 article in the Times when they were challenged to create a dinner party for 6 on a budget of only $50. Possible? You be the judge at the Left Bank! Julia Moskin is a reporter for the New York Times and Kim Severson is the Atlantic bureau Chief for the New York Times and has received four James Beard Awards and is the author of Spoon Fed: How Eight Cooks Saved My Life.

Join Kim Severson & Julia Moskin at the Left Bank restaurant in Larkspur for what is sure to be a very special and very tasty event.

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: 11/29/2012 7:00 pm

Please note: this event has been postponed. New date TBA! 

Wine & Cheese Reception!

Sheldon Siegel has jumped onto best seller lists and into readers’ and reviewers’ affections with seven extraordinary novels featuring San Francisco criminal defense attorneys Mike Daley and Rosie Fernandez. Siegel now returns to write about his hometown of Chicago in his electrifying new thriller, The Terrorist Next Door ($14.99)

Meet Detective David Gold. He’s a third generation native of South Chicago—the hardscrabble neighborhood of steel mills, smokestacks, and steeples near the Indiana border. He’s also one of Chicago’s most decorated homicide detectives. More than a decade after 9/11, someone is setting off fire bombs in Chicago using untraceable cell phones. The international terror channels are silent. As the explosions continue and the death toll mounts, Gold is drawn into a desperate cat-and-mouse game against a brilliant and cunning mind.

New York Times best selling author Sheldon Siegel is a third-generation native of Chicago’s Southeast Side. He is the author of seven critically acclaimed legal thrillers featuring San Francisco criminal defense attorneys Mike Daley and Rosie Fernandez.He lives in the San Francisco area with his wife, Linda, and their twin sons, Alan and Stephen.  

 

Friday November 30, 2012
Start: 11/30/2012 7:00 pm
Kin to the Wind is the memoir of Moro Buddy Bohn, a guitarist and composer who traveled the world in the 1960s as a troubadour using only his guitar performances as currency. Armed only with his guitar and an unshakable faith that love rules, he backpacked, alone and unknown, clear around the world. He made his way by playing his own kind of music for lodging, food, visas and passage, before benefactors that included knights, gypsies, royalty, smugglers, parliamentarians and terrorists. A former member of the world-famous New Christy Minstrels, Bohn has played in more than 50 countries—in royal palaces, in African casbahs, and even on a British warship—in trade for his passage across the Indian Ocean. Bedouin smugglers took him across the Arabian Desert in their camel caravan, listening to his music beneath desert stars.  

Since the 1960s, Moro Buddy Bohn has played his guitar and compositions on TV shows and in nightclubs and concert halls throughout the world. He played nightly at Paul Newman’s own private nightclub, and in Las Vegas at Howard Hughes’ the Cabaret Room.Having settled near Bodega Bay, California, Bohn has released nine albums of his compositions which include Hosanna Blue, the world’s most aired solo guitar recording from 1981–84. As of this writing, he’s the recipient of 31 consecutive annual ASCAP Awards for airings of his works. His music can be found at www.moromusic.com.
 
Start: 11/30/2012 7:00 pm

Jon Meacham discusses Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power ($35.00). In this magnificent new biography, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author gives us an intimate portrait of Jefferson the human being, the president, and the politician enabling us to understand Jefferson as never before. 

Priority seating to this event with purchase of the author's new book from Book Passage. Please note in the comments field of your order your intention to come to this special event at Dominican University.

"This terrific book allows us to see the political genius of Thomas Jefferson better than we have ever seen it before. In these endlessly fascinating pages, Jefferson emerges with such vitality that it seems as if he might still be alive today." — Doris Kearns Godwin

"Jon Meacham resolves the bundle of contradictions that was Thomas Jefferson by probing his love of progress and thirst for power. Here was a man endlessly, artfully intent on making the world something it had not been before. A thrilling and affecting portrait of our first philosopher-politician." — Stacy Schiff

"A true triumph.”  Walter Isaacson.

Jon Meacham is the Executive editor of Random House, a former editor of Newsweek, and author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning American Lion, as well as other best sellers.

Saturday December 01, 2012
Start: 12/01/2012 12:30 pm

Please note: This event is SOLD OUT

Bruce Aidells is a local legend, award-winning author of 11 cookbooks including The Complete Meat Cookbook, Complete Sausage Cookbook and Hot Links and Country Flavors. He is also the founder of Aidells' Sausage Company, hence the "Sausage King." His new book is The Great Meat Cookbook: Everything you Need to Know to Buy and Cook Today's Meat. Between the rise of the Internet, economy, small farming renaissance, "new" cuts of meat like bison and goat, Aidells' is a master at helping the home chef understand how to shop and what to look for in quality meat. He will also untangle the labels of "pasture-raised," "heritage," "organic," and other ambiguous stamps that may mislead consumers at the meat counter. When Aidell founded his small campus restaurant during college at UC Santa Cruz', he never knew that he would be the foremost authority on meat in the country. His wife, Chef Nancy Oakes is co-owner of Prospect in San Francisco.

Join Bruce Aidells at  Prospect Restaurant in San Francisco for what is sure to be a very special and very tasty event.

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: 12/01/2012 1:00 pm
Part memoir, part handbook, part survey of the contemporary literary scene, Because You Have To: A Writing Life ($18.90) is a collection of essays that, taken together, provide a walking tour of the writing life. 

Original, witty, and practical, Because You Have To ably steers us through the journey of Joan Frank's own life as a writer, as well as through the careers and work of other writers. Subjects range from the “boot camp” conditioning of marketing work to squaring off with rejection and envy; from sustaining belief in art’s necessity to the baffling subjectivity of literary perception—and the magical books that nourish writers.

Joan Frank is the author of five books of fiction. Her story collection In Envy Country (University of Notre Dame Press, 2010) won the Richard Sullivan Prize in Fiction and ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Award for Short Stories, and was a finalist for the California Book Award. Joan is a MacDowell Colony Fellow, Pushcart Prize nominee, winner of the Dana Award, Michigan Literary Fiction Award, Iowa Writing Award, and Emrys Fiction Award, and recipient of grants from the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation, Barbara Deming Fund, and Sonoma Arts Council. She lives in northern California. 
 
Start: 12/01/2012 4:00 pm

Paola Gianturco presents Grandmother Power ($49.95). Gianturco’s belief in a worldwide grandmothers movement comes alive by the 120 courageous women, activists, and change agents she has interviewed and photographed. Visually captivating, this work is an inspiration for everyone, as it cements the power of grandmothers worldwide.

 

Start: 12/01/2012 7:00 pm
Captivating speaker, author, and storyteller, Dr. Neil Kobrin, shares his new book, Emotional Well-Being: Embracing the Gift of Life ($19.95). Dr. Kobrin will offer fascinating tips on how to a live a life with less struggle, stress, and anxiety and instead access the joy, love and compassion that is really our true nature.

Dr. Neil Kobrin, PhD is a licensed clinical psychologist, LCSW and MFT with decades of experience in human transformation and emotional well-being. He is an international workshop leader in Mindfulness and Emotional Health as well as the founder and president of the Academy of Mindful Psychology.
 
Sunday December 02, 2012
Start: 12/02/2012 1:00 pm

Connie Clark talks about Joy After Fifty: A Woman’s Guide to Passion, Purpose, and Lasting Happiness ($14.95). A practicing psychotherapist, Clark presents principles and practices inspired by the science of happiness, positive psychology and timeless spiritual wisdom. In your purse, at your bedside, or in your office, this book will become a cherished companion.

 

Start: 12/02/2012 7:00 pm
Houses and Origins ($59.95) is a beautifully illustrated book that takes the reader on a journey through a number of outstanding houses designed and built in the California landscape by the Berkeley firm WA design.

In this volume, author and WA design founder David Wilson has chosen to pair images of his architecture beside the images from nature that inspired his designs. The origins of the firm’s work are also deeply rooted in the vernacular buildings of California and this influence is clearly illustrated in this impressive monograph.

David Wilson has been a building designer for over fifteen years and a photographer since the age of seventeen. His designs have won awards from the Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association, Sunset, and Metropolitan Home Magazine. He has photographed architecture for Sunset, Better Homes and Gardens, and San Francisco Magazine. He lives in Berkeley with his wife, Stacia Cronin, and children, Chase and Kai.
 
Start: 12/02/2012 7:00 pm
Featuring live readings by Joyce Maynard and Pam Houston!

Drinking Diaries: Women Serve Their Stories Straight Up ($16.00), edited by Caren Osten Gerszberg and Leah Odze Epstein delves into a topic that’s as ubiquitous in their lives as it is complicated: their relationship with alcohol. In Drinking Diaries celebrated writers including Jacquelyn Mitchard, Daphne Merkin, Kathryn Harrison, Ann Hood, Ann Leary, Pam Houston, Jane Friedman, Elissa Schappell, Asra Nomani, Priscilla Warner, Rita Williams, and Joyce Maynard, take women's drinking stories out of the closet once and for all. Drinking Diaries is a candid look at the pleasures and pains of drinking, and the many ways in which it touches women’s lives.

Caren Osten Gerszberg is a freelance writer and co-founder of the blog Drinking Diaries. Gerszberg’s articles have appeared in The New York Times, Travel & Leisure, National Geographic Traveler, Parents, and other national magazines and websites. 

Leah Odze Epstein, co-founder of the blog Drinking Diaries, is a young adult and adult fiction writer. She has worked as a news assistant at The New York Times, an adjunct professor of writing at Baruch College, and an assistant editor at One World/Ballantine Books. 
 
Monday December 03, 2012
Start: 12/03/2012 12:30 pm

Tom Reiss presents The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo ($27.00). With his critically acclaimed international bestseller The Orientalist, author Tom Reiss proved himself to be not only a supremely talented writer, but also a historical sleuth of the first order. Now, Reiss has surpassed himself, delivering a thrilling, sweeping narrative that introduces readers to one of history’s greatest forgotten heroes: Alex Dumas. Drawing on more than six years of personal research—which included inspecting dungeon cells and even cracking open a safe to recover every piece of the puzzle—Reiss masterfully recounts the epic story of an outsized figure whose daring, courage, and sheer intellectual and athletic prowess formed the very model for the modern-day action hero.

Tom Reiss is the author of the celebrated international bestseller The Orientalist. He has written for The New Yorker, the Wall Street Journal, and the New York Times Book Review, among other publications. He lives with his wife and daughters in New York City. 

 

Start: 12/03/2012 7:00 pm
Left Coast Writers® Literary Salon at Book Passage in Corte Madera
 
Ausbert de Arcé is the founder of Taschen America and Assouline Publications. He now runs the Rizzoli Studio program for the acclaimed art publishing division of the Random House group.

His wife, photographer and designer Petra Mason, is the author of the newly released Bunny Yeager’s Darkroom: Pin-up Photography’s Golden Era ($60.00). Check out the article on Petra's book from The Huffington Post.
 
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 at www.leftcoastwriters.com/
 
Start: 12/03/2012 7:00 pm
Better Than Fiction ($15.99) features 32 of the world’s best fiction writers, describing their most meaningful real-life journeys. Edited by Don George, this anthology of personal stories includes tales by Joyce Carol Oates, DBC Pierre, Tea Obreht, Keri Hulme, Alexander McCall Smith, Isabel Allende, Kurt Anderson, Chris Pavone, and Joe Yogerst.

Don George has edited five previous Lonely Planet literary anthologies. He also wrote the Lonely Planet Guide to Travel Writing and served as global travel editor for Lonely Planet, travel editor at both the San Francisco Chronicle and San Francisco Examiner and is also founder and editor of Salon.com’s ‘Wanderlust.’ He is the cofounder and chairman of the annual Book Passage Travel Writers and Photographers Conference.

Isabel Allende is the author of many internationally acclaimed novels, including House of the Spirits, Portrait in Sepia, and Daughter of Fortune. She has written three memoirs, including My Invented Country, Paula, and The Sum of Our Days, as well as a trilogy of children’s novels. Her books have been translated into more than 27 languages.
 
Joe Yogerst is a veteran travel writer and contributor to several guidebooks, including Traveler's Companion to Argentina, Honeymoon Chic, and Indian Ocean Chic. In addition he regularly blogs and reports for travel magazines, the likes of Condé Nast Traveler, Islands, and Travel + Leisure.
 
Tuesday December 04, 2012
Start: 12/04/2012 7:00 pm

Introduction by Don George! 

Simon Winchester presents Skulls: An Exploration of Alan Dudley's Curious Collection ($29.95), a heady, visually spellbinding, never-before-seen look at what is probably the world's largest and most complete private collection of skulls. In heady detail, Winchester details the story of the collector and his unusual collection, as well as the biology, history, and iconography of skulls.

Simon Winchester is the acclaimed author of many books, including The Professor and the Madman, The Man Who Loved China, A Crack in the Edge of the World, and Krakatoa. Those books were New York Times bestsellers and appeared on numerous best and notable lists. In 2006, Mr. Winchester was made an officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by her Majesty the Queen. 

 

Wednesday December 05, 2012
Start: 12/05/2012 7:00 pm
Tickets $25 (includes the book)
Saint Andrews Church • Marin City
Doors open at 6pm
 
Tickets for sale at the door!
 
Anne Lamott discusses Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers (17.95). Readers have cherished Lamott’s funny and perceptive writing about her own faith. And in this new book, she has coalesced everything she knows about faith into three prayers—asking for assistance from a higher power, appreciating what we have that is good, and feeling awe at the world around us. Those prayers can get us through the day and show us the way forward. Lamott is the author of Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith and Operating Instructions: A Journal of My Son’s First Year.
 
“[A] prayer manual for people who wouldn’t be caught dead reading prayer manuals… anybody who gets it as a holiday gift will likely just say, ‘Thanks. Wow.’” —Publishers Weekly

Start: 12/05/2012 7:00 pm

Photographer Barry Brukoff presents Royal Cities of the Ancient Maya ($50.00). Leading Maya scholar, Michael D. Coe, and Brukoff, one of the world’s finest photographers of ancient sites, bring the rich cultural heritage of the Maya vividly and authoritatively to life in this new work—irresistible to everyone from the casual visitor to Pre-Columbian experts.

 

Thursday December 06, 2012
Start: 12/06/2012 6:00 pm
Adam Braver presents his novel Misfit ($15.95). The story centers on the last weekend of Marilyn Monroe’s life, which she spent at Frank Sinatra’s resort, the Cal Neva Lodge, in Lake Tahoe. Melding facts with fiction, Braver takes moments throughout Monroe’s life—her childhood, her marriages with Joe DiMaggio and Arthur Miller, her studies with Lee Strasberg at the Actors Studio, and her role in The Misfits, the film Miller wrote for her—and explores how they informed her tragic end.

Adam Braver is the author of five novels, most recently Misfit. His books have been selected for the IndieNext list and twice for the Book Sense list, as well as having been translated into Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, and French. He is on faculty and writer-in-residence at Roger Williams University in Bristol, RI. In addition to having taught for the University of New Orleans' Low Residency MFA program, he's also been a regular writer-in-residence at the New York State Summer Writers Institute.
 
Start: 12/06/2012 6:00 pm
Join us for a reception with local artist Tom Killion

Tom was born and raised in Marin County, where the rugged scenery inspired him from an early age to create landscape prints using linoleum and wood, strongly influenced by the traditional Japanese Ukiyo-style of Hokusai and Hiroshige. In 1977 he founded his own Quail Press, where he has printed five handmade art books depicting landscapes from California to Europe and Africa. In 2000 Killion published The High Sierra of California in collaboration with Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Gary Snyder. Their second collaboration, Tamalpais Walking was published in 2009. Tom Killion has shown his work around the United States and Europe, including recent shows at the USF's Thacher Gallery, Ansel Adams Gallery and The Book Club of California.

"Tom Killion Woodcut Prints" is on display December through February 2013.
 
Start: 12/06/2012 6:30 pm

Please note: this event is SOLD OUT!

We’ll all be clamoring to go to the Left Bank to celebrate Hubert Keller's Souvenirs: Stories and Recipes from My Life, the new book by one of America’s most talented chefs, Hubert Keller. Raised in Alsace France, Keller was destined to be in the kitchen as he grew up above his father’s patisserie. He apprenticed under many great French chefs until he landed in San Francisco and became the chef/owner of the popular Fleur de Lys restaurant along with his wife Chantal and Maurice Rouas. Chef Keller has been named the James Beard Foundation’s “Best Chef: California.” 

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: 12/06/2012 7:00 pm

In conversation with Jason Roberts

Peter Orner talks about his novel Love and Shame and Love ($14.99). Covering four generations of one family, Orner illuminates the countless ways that love both makes us whole and completely unravels us. A comic and sorrowful tapestry of memory, of connection and disconnection, this work explores the universals with originality and wisdom.

Jason Roberts is author of the bestselling A Sense of the World: How a Blind Man Became History's Greatest Traveler, a biography of James Holman, the blind adventurer of the early 19th century.

 

Friday December 07, 2012
Start: 12/07/2012 12:00 pm

Also appearing: Sebastien Rouxel 
Featuring Bouchon Bakery baked goods and coffee/tea service

Chef Thomas Keller shares his newest cookbook, Bouchon Bakery ($50.00). This cookbook, Keller's fifth, is a joyous exploration of his favorite all-American childhood treats and of the classic French pastries he adored as a young chef in Paris. Written with Sebastien Rouxel, who oversees pastry for The French Laundry, the Bouchon Bakeries, and per se, Bouchon Bakery is a wonder of beauty, playfulness, and inspired technique. Its recipes are marvels of ingenuity and simplicity.

Thomas Keller, author of The French Laundry Cookbook, Bouchon, Under Pressure, Ad Hoc at Home, and Bouchon Bakery, has six restaurants and six bakeries in the U.S. which continue to elevate the industry’s standards. Keller’s three-star Michelin Guide-rated fine dining restaurants, The French Laundry and per se, are considered two of the best restaurants in America and are consistently ranked among the top five eateries in the world. 

 

Priority seating to this Book Passage event with purchase of the author's new book from Book Passage.  

Start: 12/07/2012 7:00 pm
Celebrated historian David Nasaw brings to life the story of Joseph Patrick Kennedy, in the first biography authorized by the Kennedy family. Joseph Patrick Kennedy — whose life spanned the First World War, the Roaring Twenties, the Great Depression, the Second World War, and the Cold War — was the patriarch of America’s greatest political dynasty. The father of President John F. Kennedy, and Senators Robert and Edward Kennedy, “Joe” Kennedy was an indomitable and elusive figure, whose dreams of advancement for his nine children were matched only by his extraordinary personal ambition and shrewd financial skills. Kennedy’s story deserves to be told, and Nasaw’s magnificent The Patriarch ($40.00) is the best biography to do so.
 
David Nasaw is the author of the New York Times bestselling Andrew Carnegie, which was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, a Business Week Best Book of the Year, and the winner of the New York Historical Society Prize in American History. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Nation, The London Review of Books, The New York TimesThe Wall Street Journal, and other publications. He lives in New York City.
 
Saturday December 08, 2012
Start: 12/08/2012 11:00 am

Charlotte Cheng has worked as a freelance illustrator and educational consultant for a variety of projects and companies including Walt Disney Imagineering and LeapFrog.  Her debut as a picture book illustrator in A Moment in Time ($17.99) features a heartwarming tale of a family's photo-taking fun on a fine summer day.  It's a perfect gift for any aspiring photographer or scrapbooker and a wonderful lesson about the value of capturing family moments.  Come join Charlotte as she shares her journey in turning moments into memories and memories into universally accessible stories.  Whether you're a writer, an illustrator, or just a lover of picture books, there is a story inside you that is waiting to be shared!      

 

Start: 12/08/2012 1:00 pm
George Lavrov has an extraordinary life story. As a youth he endured the horrors of World War II, including carpet bombings. Tragically, his brother was killed when a bomb from a U.S. B-29 bomber hit his home in Yokohama, Japan. As “gaijin” (foreign) residents, the Lavrov family suffered harsh treatment during the war years. But his story doesn’t end there. In a powerful story of faith, Lavrov survived the war and went on to become a successful insurance executive. Yokohama Gaijin: Memoir of a Foreigner Born in Japan ($18.65) is his story. 

George Lavrov has written numerous articles on international insurance and related subjects on Japan and the Pacific Rim. Yokohama Gaijin is his first full length book. He is semi-retired and resides in Marin County, California.
 
Start: 12/08/2012 4:00 pm

Margo True discusses The Sunset Essential Western Cookbook: Fresh, Flavorful Recipes for Everyday Cooking ($24.95). Awesome enchiladas; cool, crunchy Caesar salad—these iconic Western recipes are matched with 150 full color photos. The recipes include the best loved versions of the dishes tested by Sunset’s food editors.

 

Start: 12/08/2012 7:00 pm

Left Coast Writers® Book Launches at Book Passage in Corte Madera

Told with self-lacerating honesty and unvarnished prose that rises on command to poetic intensity, Lucille Lang Day's Married at Fourteen ($16.95) is the absorbing memoir of a young woman who struggles to find storybook romance and a purpose in life beyond it—and, against cruel odds, succeeds.

Lucille Lang Day's first poetry collection, Self-Portrait with Hand Microscope, received the Joseph Henry Jackson Award. She received her M.A. in English and M.F.A. in creative writing at San Francisco State University. She is also the founder and director of the small press Scarlet Tanager Books. 
 

Sunday December 09, 2012
Start: 12/09/2012 1:00 pm
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Join Book Passage and Scottevest founder Scott Jordan for an exclusive holiday sale and celebration! Scottevest jackets and vests feature specially designed pockets for a streamlined look that allows you to carry essential accessories safely, stealthily, and comfortably.

·        All Scottevest items 20% off during the show

·        A first look at brand new Scottevest merchandise

·        “What’s in your Scottevest” contest

·        How to get the most out of your Scottevest workshops with Scott himself!

·        Door prizes

·        Refreshments

Scottevests -  the most stylish way to travel

 

Start: 12/09/2012 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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Monday December 10, 2012
Start: 12/10/2012 12:00 pm

Phil Cousineau shares The Painted Word ($16.95). Whether old-fangled or brand new, all the words included in this new work possess an ineffable quality that makes them luminous. To untangle the knot of interlocking meanings of these painted words, logophile and mythologist Phil Cousineau begins each fascinating word entry with his own brief definition. He then fills it in with a tint of etymology and a smattering of quotes that show how the word is used, ending with a list of companion words. 

Phil Cousineau is an award-winning writer and filmmaker, teacher and editor, independent scholar and travel leader, storyteller and TV host. His fascination with art, literature, and the history of culture has taken him from Michigan to Marrakesh, Iceland to the Amazon, in a worldwide search for what the ancients called the “soul of the world.” 

 

Start: 12/10/2012 6:00 pm

Join the Left Coast Writers literary salon for a special holiday celebration. The Left Coast Writers will share food, drink and a celebration of the holidays in stories and poems. They’ll also share their recommendations for the best book gifts this season.

 

Tuesday December 11, 2012
Start: 12/11/2012 6:00 pm

This event will feature a display of costumes worn by Michael Jackson throughout his career! 

Designer Michael Bush shares The King of Style: Dressing Michael Jackson ($45.00). This work is a fascinating look at the intersection of music and fashion, as well as an homage to Michael Jackson’s brilliant fusing of costume, personality, and performance to create his iconic image. This is the first art-driven book about the costumes, apparel, shoes, and accessories worn by Michael Jackson, including hundreds of lavish photographs and a behind-the-scenes look into the process of collaborating with him on the making of his wardrobe, written by his longtime costume designer Michael Bush.

Michael Bush worked personally with Michael Jackson for 25 years to create some of the most original and indelible clothing ever worn by a musical performer. Using his professional background in theatrical costume construction and dance, they created thousands of custom artistic pieces that captured the essence of a one-of-a-kind pop star. He lives in Hollywood, CA.
Wednesday December 12, 2012
Start: 12/12/2012 7:00 pm

Penn Jillette presents Every Day is An Atheist Holiday ($25.95). The larger, louder half of legendary magic act Penn & Teller, and New York Times-bestselling author of God, No!, is back with a new collection of spiritual rants and hilarious ravings - the perfect year-round gift, when you consider that every day is an atheist holiday. 

Penn Jillette has published numerous articles in The New York Times, The Wall Street JournalLos Angeles Times, Playboy, and elsewhere. He is the author of the novel Sock and the comedic How to Cheat Your Friends at Poker (coauthored by Teller). He lives in Las Vegas, Nevada. 

 

Saturday December 15, 2012
Start: 12/15/2012 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: 12/15/2012 1:00 pm

Special for kids!

Jan Klyce presents Andrew’s Wish ($15.95). Andrew finds a box of gifts that Santa left behind. He carries the box over the snow covered hills to find the kingdom of the elves, hoping the gifts can arrive by Christmas morning. In this timeless story, Andrew transports himself into the heart of every reader with his message of love. Includes a CD narrated by Kelsey Grammer.

 

Saturday January 05, 2013
Start: 01/05/2013 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!

 

Sunday January 06, 2013
Start: 01/06/2013 1:00 pm
Gregory C. Randall reads from 12th Man for Death ($14.99). Sharon O’Mara is hired for a simple job; find out who killed the great America’s Cup skipper and technical genius, Catherine Voss. Was it out of envy and greed? Or was it an international scheme to steal her high-tech boat? Catherin’s twin brother wants answers.   As the ultra-rich battle for the America’s Cup on San Francisco Bay and the canals of Venice, Sharon must fight to find the truth. But who would kill for the secrets hidden in the technological heart of the lightning fast hydrofoil? Will Sharon discover who is behind this before they kill her? Can she outwit the bad guys and stop World War III? 

Gregory C. Randall was born on a hot and muggy day in the summer of 1949 in Traverse City, Michigan and grew up on the south-side of Chicago. Californian by choice, Mr. Randall makes his home in Walnut Creek, California with his wife, constant companion and business partner. 

Start: 01/06/2013 4:00 pm

Lisa Alcalay Klug shares Hot Mamalah ($18.99). This "ultimate guide for every woman of the tribe" is a start-to-finish celebration of the strengths, challenges, and triumphs of Jewish women—the good, the great, the PMS-y, and the menopausal! This “ABCs of She” dishes up a delicious smorgasbord of everything whole-y and holy feminine for having fun and having chutzpah, with humorous essays, adorable illustrations, how-to’s and more. From cocktails to cupcakes, Purim costumes to bar aliases, Hot Mamalah whets an appetite for getting the most out of life, love, and your closet. Hot Mamalah is the much anticipated companion to the hilarious 21st century Jewish catalog, Cool Jew.

 

Monday January 07, 2013
Start: 01/07/2013 7:00 pm

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

Author Constance Hale presents Vex, Hex, Smash, Smooch: Let Verbs Power Your Writing ($26.95). Synthesizing the pedagogical and the popular, the scholarly and the scandalous, Hale combines the wit of Bill Bryson with the practical wisdom of William Zinsser. She marches through linguistic history to paint a layered picture of our language—from before it really existed to the quirky usages we see online today.

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.

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 at www.leftcoastwriters.com/.  

 

 

 

Tuesday January 08, 2013
Start: 01/08/2013 6:30 pm
Jaimal Yogis reads from The Fear Project ($24.99). Who among us hasn’t been paralyzed by fear? From “small” fears like public speaking to “big” fears such as death, fear is what often holds us back from reaching our full potential. In his new book, journalist and surfer Jaimal Yogis sets out to confront his fears and to find out whether there may actually be benefits to this often crippling emotional state.
 
Jaimal Yogis is an award-winning journalist who has written for ESPN MagazineThe Washington Post, The Surfers Journal, The Chicago Tribune, AFAR, San Francisco Magazine and many others. His critically acclaimed first book, Saltwater Buddha, is currently being adapted into a film. Jaimal is an avid surfer and lives in San Francisco with his wife and son.  
 
Wednesday January 09, 2013
Start: 01/09/2013 7:00 pm

George Howe Colt shares Brothers: On His Brothers and Brothers in History ($30.00). Colt’s new book is an idiosyncratic and masterful blend of memoir and history featuring both the author’s three brothers and iconic brothers in history—the Booths, the Van Goghs, the Kelloggs, the Marx Brothers, and the Thoreaus. Illuminating and affecting, this book will be revelatory for any parent of sons, any sibling, anyone curious about how a man’s life can be molded by his brothers. 

George Howe Colt is the bestselling author of November of the Soul: The Enigma of Suicide and The Big House, which was a National Book Award finalist and a New York Times notable book. He lives with his family in Western Massachusetts. 

 

Thursday January 10, 2013
Start: 01/10/2013 7:00 pm
Magnus Flyte (Christina Lynch & Meg Howrey) read from City of Dark Magic ($16.00). Once a city of enormous wealth and culture, Prague was home to emperors, alchemists, astronomers, and, as it’s whispered, hell portals. When music student Sarah Weston lands a summer job at Prague Castle cataloging Beethoven’s manuscripts, she has no idea how dangerous her life is about to become. Prague is a threshold, Sarah is warned, and it is steeped in blood.

Magnus Flyte is a pseudonym for the writing duo of Meg Howrey and Christina Lynch. Howrey is a former dancer with the Joffrey and the winner of an Ovation Award. She is the author of the novels The Cranes Dance and Blind Sight and lives in Los Angeles. Lynch is a television writer and former Milan correspondent for W magazine. She lives near Sequoia National Park in California.
 
Friday January 11, 2013
Start: 01/11/2013 7:00 pm
Jojo Moyes reads from Me Before You ($27.95) A Love Story for this generation, this story brings to life two people who couldn’t have less in common - a heartbreakingly romantic novel that asks: what do you do when making the person you love happy also means breaking your own heart? 

Jojo Moyes is the author of The Last Letter from Your Lover. Her follow-up, Me Before You, was a major bestseller in the UK. She is a writer for The Daily Telegraph and The Daily Mail, and she currently lives with her family in Essex, England.
 
Saturday January 12, 2013
Start: 01/12/2013 1:00 pm
End: 01/12/2013 3:30 pm
PLEASE NOTE: This class has been postponed. Please email erabin@bookpassage.com to be notified when this class is rescheduled. 
 
Sat., Jan. 12 • 1:00-3:30 pm • $55
 
Sharpen your food writing skills in a course taught by Anne Zimmerman, food writer and biographer of M.F.K. Fisher. What you learn can be applied to a range of projects from the obvious (blogging, restaurant reviews, food memoir, culinary history, and more) to the not – what do your fictional characters eat for breakfast? Like a great meal, this course will be inspiring and fun – a marvelous way to add some spice to creative work of any genre. Delicious treats provided as writing prompts.
 
Start: 01/12/2013 4:00 pm

Book proceeds for this evening will benefit a TBA children's charity 

CEO of AVG Technologies N.V., JR Smith, and its Chief Policy officer Siobhan MacDermott have come together to author Wide Open Privacy: Strategies for the Digital Life, a guide to help users take control of their privacy in an ever more digital age.

Far from being a “Privacy for Dummies” approach, the book aims at covering everything from governmental policy to individual privacy concern, and considers both the private and commercial expectations on personal data. After all these are going to be some of the hottest political topics we face in the next few years; how do you begin to legislate something as vast, international and free as the internet which spans multiple cultures, languages and governments?

Siobhan MacDermott is one of the foremost global authorities on the future of Information Technology, consumer dynamics, cybersecurity, privacy, and business leadership.

 

Start: 01/12/2013 7:00 pm

In his first-ever collaboration, New York Times bestselling author James Rollins combines his skill for cutting-edge science and historical mystery with award-winning novelist Rebecca Cantrell's talent for haunting suspense and sensual atmosphere in a gothic tale about an ancient order and the hunt for a miraculous book known only as . . . The Blood Gospel ($27.99).

James Rollins is the New York Times bestseller of thrillers translated into forty languages. His Sigma series has been lauded as one of the "top crowd pleasers" (New York Times) and one of the "hottest summer reads" (People Magazine).

Rebecca Cantrell's Hannah Vogel mystery novels have won the Bruce Alexander and Macavity awards and been nominated for the Barry and Romantic Times Reviewers Choice awards; her critically-acclaimed novel, iDrakula, was nominated for the APPY award and listed on Booklist's Top 10 Horror Fiction for Youth.

 

Start: 01/12/2013 7:00 pm

Join Linda Watanabe McFerrin and the Left Coast Writers® for an evening of love stories to help set the mood for Valentine’s Day. You can count on the talented writers from LCW to provide an entertaining evening full of love, lust and other appropriate emotions.

There’ll be wine an chocolate, of course, AND all who attend are invited to bring a love or lust story of 1000 words or less. Their stories will be considered for publication on the hotflashessexystsories.com website and a $100 award. You must be present to enter. 

Sign up here:
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Sunday January 13, 2013
Start: 01/13/2013 1:00 pm

Paul H. Landes reads from Wings to Redemption. A compelling story that is part high-tech thriller, part government espionage and frighteningly realistic, Wings to Redemption features scientific research and unexpected love all set against the beautiful backdrop of Marin County.

Paul H. Landes began his career in corporate real estate when he lived in Marin County, with his profession eventually taking him throughout the western United States. He became a full time author in August of 2011. 

 

Start: 01/13/2013 4:00 pm
Fearless Women, Visions of a New World ($29.95) is the latest book in renowned photographer Mary Ann Halpin’s Fearless Women book series. This extraordinary book and accompanying multi-artist CD, contains photographic portraits as well as inspiring stories of 50 fearless women who are living proof that, as the Dalai Lama proclaimed in 2009, "the world will be saved by the Western women."

Many of the visionary women featured are leaders in the human potential movement: inspirational teacher Mary Morrissey, wrote the forward of the book; Marcia Wieder is the founder of the Million Dreams Campaign; Mona Polacca is one of the 13 Indigenous Grandmothers, along with celebrity/activists Linda Gray and Frances Fisher. Women change-makers such as Rebecca Grossman, founder of the Grossman Burn Foundation, Dr. Doreen Granpeesheh, foremost authority on autism, and Tabitha Kyambadde, founder of African Mission Outreach Organization are inspirations for us all.
 
Mary Ann Halpin has appeared on television shows such as The View, Inside Edition, Extra! and A Baby Story. She was also featured as a mentor on the hit reality series Starting Over.  For samples of her work, more information on her company, or to order her latest book, visit: http://fearlesswomenglobal.com and http://www.maryannhalpin.com

Start: 01/13/2013 7:00 pm

Join three authors for a "triple feature" evening of music, refreshments and live readings! Carol Newman shares Radical Feminist in a Topless Band ($12.50), a memoir chronicling her time as a musician in the early seventies. Cynthia Greenberg presents Burmese Jade: A Novel ($17.50), where thirteen strangers lives become entangled with the fate of the Kalichakra gems. Nicola Trwst reads from Belvedere Club ($12.95), a murder mystery set in our very own Marin County.  

Monday January 14, 2013
Start: 01/14/2013 6:00 pm
Left Coast Writers® Book Launches at Book Passage in the Ferry Building

“Wyatt T. Frog had observed many fascinating things in his life but never had he seen a girl falling from the sky—until now.”  

So begins this fantastic tale, a modern-day Alice in Wonderland melded with the satirical humor of Catch 22. Both of these great novels were the inspiration for heretofore ($16.00), Todd Crawshaw's latest novel.
 
Todd Crawshaw is the author of the novel Exploits of the Satyr and Light-Years In The Dark: StoryPoems
 
Start: 01/14/2013 7:00 pm
David Lewis and Dewey Livingston present M.B. Boissevain Marin’s First Farm Advisor – Historical Photographs of Marin’s Agrarian Roots ($25.00). From the 1920s to 1940s, America enjoyed what is known as the “Progressive Era” of agriculture.  Here in Marin, Marret Burridge Boissevain began service in 1920s as the first UC Farm Advisor.  

Working with local farm families, he collaborated on advancements for dairy herd health, pasture productivity, and other on-farm advancements.  He also was a prolific photographer, documenting these pioneering family farmers and their endeavors. These magnificent images provide a unique opportunity to embrace Marin's agrarian roots and present bounty, as well as take an intimate look at what life was like for Marin ranchers and farmers during the early twentieth century. 

David Lewis is the UC Cooperative Extension Director and Marin’s Sixth Farm Advisor.
 

Tuesday January 15, 2013
Start: 01/15/2013 7:00 pm

Join A Band of Wives founder Christine Bronstein and select contributors as they read from Nothing But The Truth So Help Me God: 51 Women Reveal The Power of Positive Female Connection ($14.95 ). This first book from the women's social network group A Band of Wives brings together essays, poetry, and artwork focused on themes within the self-help and personal improvement genre. The authors and artists are women from around the globe, varied racial and ethnic groups, socioeconomic backgrounds, and ages: everything from famous authors, celebrities, and entrepreneurs, to nannies, soccer moms, and starving artists.

Christine Bronstein is the founder of ABandOfWives.com, a social network and information website for women. She was CEO of one of the few female run venture-backed health and fitness companies in the nation for 8 years and president of a child-welfare foundation for 3 years. She is a graduate of the Columbia/UC-Berkeley executive MBA program and a member of the honor society Beta Gamma Sigma. 

 

Wednesday January 16, 2013
Start: 01/16/2013 6:00 pm
Winner of the Dzanc Short Story Contest, Luis Jaramillo’s The Doctor’s Wife ($14.95) pushes the limits of what a short story collection can be. In stylish, intimate, and devastating short flashes, Jaramillo chronicles the small domestic moments, tragic losses, and cultural upheavals faced by three generations of a family in the Pacific Northwest, creating a moving portrait of an American family and the remarkable woman at its center.

Luis Jaramillo has had short stories published in Open City and Tin House. He is the Associate Chair of the New School Writing Program, where he teaches fiction and nonfiction.
 
Start: 01/16/2013 7:00 pm
Susanna Sonnenberg presents She Matters: A Life in Friendships ($24.00). Searing and superbly written, Sonnenberg’s She Matters: A Life in Friendships illuminates the friendships that have influenced, nourished, inspired, and haunted her—and sometimes torn her apart. Each has its own lessons that Sonnenberg seeks to understand. Her method is investigative and ruminative; her result, fearlessly observed portraits of friendships that will inspire all readers to consider the complexities of their own relationships. This electric book is testimony to the emotional significance of the intense bonds between women, whether shattered, shaky, or unbreakable.

Susanna Sonnenberg is the author of Her Last Death. She lives in Montana with her family.

Thursday January 17, 2013
Start: 01/17/2013 7:00 pm
In Norman Fischer's new book, Training in Compassion: Zen Teachings on the Practice of Lojong ($16.95), he applies Zen wisdom to the fifty-nine slogans of lojong, showing how well they fit in that related tradition, but he also sets the slogans in the context of practices throughout the spiritual traditions. He shows lojong to be a wonderful method for everyone, including those who aren't otherwise interested in Buddhism, who don't have the time or inclination to meditate, or who'd just like to morph into the kind of person who's focused rather than scattered, generous rather than stingy, and kind rather than thoughtless.

Norman Fischer is Senior Dharma Teacher at San Francisco Zen Center, where he was abbot from 1995 to 2000, and he is currently the director of the Everyday Zen Foundation, which is dedicated to bringing the Zen perspective to the world outside Zen, including to Christian and Jewish religious settings. He is a highly regarded poet and translator, and his numerous books include Opening to You: Zen-Inspired Translations of the Psalms, Taking Our Places: The Buddhist Path to Truly Growing Up, and Sailing Home: Using Homer's Odyssey to Navigate Life's Perils and Pitfalls.

Friday January 18, 2013
Start: 01/18/2013 5:00 pm
End: 01/18/2013 7:00 pm

Cost: $12/person 

Help us celebrate the New Year by sipping our fabulous new wine selection. Enjoy 6 tastes, a glass of your choosing, delicious treats and great company! To be held in the Book Passage Cafe.

Hope to see you there. Cheers!!

 

Start: 01/18/2013 7:00 pm
In conversation with Raoul Goff, CEO/Publisher of Insight Editions

Whitney Houston’s voice. A voice of raw power and angelic sweetness, tremendous range, and incredible control. When the world first heard it back in 1984, a new chapter was written in the annals of popular music. Author Narada Michael Walden sat in the cockpit alongside Whitney while her career skyrocketed, producing many of the hits that today comprise her musical legacy—among them, “How Will I Know,” “I Wanna Dance with Somebody,” “Where Do Broken Hearts Go,” and “One Moment in Time.” In Whitney Houston: The Voice, the Music, the Inspiration ($24.95), his intimate stories of their unforgettable times together, both inside and outside the recording studio, draw a portrait of a smart, funny, compassionate woman whose striking physical beauty was matched by her inner strength and justifiable self-confidence.
 
Narada Michael Walden is an Emmy and Grammy Award-winning producer and songwriter for artists as diverse as Aretha Franklin, Steve Winwood, Ray Charles, Wynonna Judd, Whitney Houston, George Michael, Mariah Carey, Barbara Streisand, Stevie Wonder, and Tom Jones. He has earned equal acclaim as a recording and performing artist and in 2012 will release his solo album Thunder. He lives in San Rafael, CA.
 
Insight Editions Publisher and CEO, Raoul Goff, started his career in the book industry as a designer and editor in 1980. In 2003, he founded Insight Editions and its subsidiaries, Mandala Publishing and Earth Aware Editions, based in San Rafael, California. Raoul supports many grass-roots organizations in the field of sustainability and runs a forty-two-acre organic farm on the Hamakua Coast in Hawaii, where he keeps a second home. 
 
Saturday January 19, 2013
Start: 01/19/2013 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: 01/19/2013 1:00 pm

Join Aaron Ableman and friends as they present a musical storytelling experience in conjunction with his children's book Pacha's Pajamas. Being touted by critics as “the next Dora”, this thought-provoking children’s story follows a city girl on her adventures to change the world. Pacha is the only human invited to a gathering of the plants and animals of Mother Earth and she must figure out how to bring balance to the planet. They build a stadium powered by electric eels to host fun-filled acts including an insect band called The Beetles, a black-eyed pea rapping for a better world and a beaver named “Justin-Time.” At the end of the show, Pacha shares an important message for all of nature and humanity.

For the past 13 years, Aaron Ableman has been presenting platforms for ecological education through storytelling, art and music. An author, acclaimed educator, and urban farmer, Ableman uses a unique combination of arts disciplines for ecological & wellness education. Ableman has launched youth arts initiatives, green job trainings and ecological remediation projects across the US, in northern India, throughout Havana, Cuba, and in the indigenous reservations of northern Canada.

 

Start: 01/19/2013 4:00 pm
Barbara Davies Hubbard presents Beyond Bitterroot ($15.95). In clear, often poetic prose, this novel tells the story of a young couple in 1920’s San Francisco, of good intentions gone awry, and the struggles of imperfect souls to reconcile their expectation with their disappointments. Examines one’s duty to principle and family in relation to one’s right to happiness, Hubbard explores that greatest of human emotions, love and the capacity of human beings to love deeply, suffer loss, grieve and recover.

Barbara Davies Hubbard grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. She attended Art College, and in her forties, was accepted at Berkeley, completing her bachelor’s degree in painting and sculpture. In the intervening years, she minced down fashion runways, became a photographer’s model, taught ballroom dance, owned an antique shop in Sausalito and wrote human interest stories for a local paper. She has published several short stories, and won double first prizes for her poetry at the Jessamyn West Poetry Contest. She currently lives on a houseboat in southern Marin with her husband Ernie. 
 
Start: 01/19/2013 7:00 pm

A sometime-stand-up comedian by night, an all-the-time writer and teacher by day, Mark Maynard has taught community college students about narrative arc, helicopter skied after stories for a local newspaper, thrown in his lot with a start-up dotcom biz, and coordinated play-dates for his two boys as a stay-at-home dad. It’s no wonder Maynard chose to write about a city as transformative as Reno, Nevada. Each of the eight stories in his debut novel, Grind ($15.95), introduces characters striving and struggling in “the Biggest Little City.”

 

Monday January 21, 2013
Start: 01/21/2013 6:00 pm
Port Commission Hearing Room
Ferry Building (2nd Floor)
 
The panel will include:
 
- Hanna Neuschwander, author of Left Coast Roast ($16.95), a guide to artisan and iconic coffee roasters from San Francisco to
Seattle (moderator)
 
- Christopher Bacon, environmental social scientist and professor at Santa Clara University whose research compares alternative and conventional food systems using coffee as a case study
 
- Stephen Vick, quality control manager of Blue Bottle Coffee Co. 
 
The discussion will be followed by a book signing (books for sale by Book Passage) and reception with farmers market refreshments. A $5 donation will be requested at the door (no one turned away for lack of funds)
 
 
Tuesday January 22, 2013
Start: 01/22/2013 6:00 pm
Co-sponsored by CUESA 
Coming early for a reception with Ferry Plaza Farmers Market refreshments!
 
Wenonah Hauter is the executive director of Food & Water Watch, but she also runs an organic family farm in Northern Virginia that provides healthy vegetables to over five hundred families in the Washington, D.C., area as part of the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. Despite this, as one of the nation’s leading healthy food advocates, Hauter believes that the local food movement is not enough to solve America’s food crisis and the public health debacle it has created. In Foodopoly ($26.95), she takes aim at the real culprit: the massive consolidation and corporate control of food production, which prevents farmers from raising healthy crops and limits the choices that people can make in the grocery store.

Wenonah Hauter has worked and written extensively on food, water, energy, and environmental issues at the national, state, and local levels. She owns a working farm in The Plains, Virginia.
 
Start: 01/22/2013 7:00 pm
Good Prose ($26.00) explores three major nonfiction forms: narratives, essays, and memoirs. Co-authors Tracy Kidder and Richard Todd draw candidly, sometimes comically, on their own experience—their mistakes as well as accomplishments—to demonstrate the pragmatic ways in which creative problems get solved.Like Strunk and White’s The Elements of Style, this book is a succinct, authoritative, and entertaining arbiter of standards in contemporary writing, offering guidance for the professional writer and the beginner alike. 

Tracy Kidder graduated from Harvard and studied at the University of Iowa. He has won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, and many other literary prizes. The author of Strength in What Remains, My Detachment, Mountains Beyond Mountains, Home Town, Old Friends, Among Schoolchildren, House, and The Soul of a New Machine, Tracy Kidder lives in Massachusetts.
 



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