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« Week of December 2, 2012 »
Start: 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: 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. 
Start: 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: 12:30 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: 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’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.
Start: 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
Start: 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. 


Start: 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.


Start: 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: 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: 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: 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 Can't attend the event? Order a signed copy.

Start: 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.


Start: 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: 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.
Start: 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: 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: 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: 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. 

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