Start: 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.
John Perry - The Art of Procrastination: A Guide to Effective Dawdling, Lollygagging, and Postponing
Start: 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.
Start: 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: 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: 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 Glasnost, A 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.
Start: 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: 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: 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.
Start: 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
"A true triumph.” — Walter Isaacson.
Start: 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: 10:00 am
End: 2:00 pm
Class limited to six
You’ve written a brilliant story and can’t wait to hear what others think. You’re stuck and need a critique. What to do? Bring your manuscript—a picture book, a chapter, or even just an idea (ten-page limit) and we’ll workshop on the spot. Amy Novesky is an independent children’s book editor, author, and experienced workshop leader.
48-hour advance registration required.
Start: 10:00 am
End: 4:00 pm
Sat, Dec. 1 (10:00 - 4:00pm) & Sun, Dec. 2 (10:00 - 1:00pm)
Aristotle considered plot the writer’s most important challenge—but by plot he meant the architecture of change in the hero’s fortunes. In this two-day workshop, David Corbett will demonstrate the inextricable link between character and structure, and how the architecture of story, properly understood, deepens our understanding of character. He will also assist each student in fashioning a strong narrative arc for a chosen work-in-progress, to help avoid both formulaic plotting and episodic meandering.
Start: 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.
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: 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: 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: 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.