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Sunday December 09, 2012
Start: 12/09/2012 1:00 pm
End: 12/09/2012 4:00 pm












 

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. 

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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.
 

Wednesday January 23, 2013
Start: 01/23/2013 1:00 pm
John F. Rothmann presents Harold E. Stassen: The Life & Perennial Candidacy of the Progressive Republican ($45.00). This long-overdue biography follows Stassen from his time as governor of Minnesta in 1938 through his service in the Navy in World War II and later as a key cabinet member in the Eisenhower administration. Stassen was perhaps most famous for being a perennial candidate for the Republican Party nomination, seeking the presidency 10 times between 1944 and 1992. 

John F. Rothmann is on the faculty of the Fromm Institute at the University of San Francisco and is a talk show host on News Talk 910 AM in San Francisco.

Start: 01/23/2013 6:00 pm
It’s time to throw away all your old notions of what financial advice should look like. Because if you’re looking for a book to put you on an austerity savings plan that has you giving up vacations and lattes, you’re out of luck.  But if you’re looking to get your finances in rock-hard shape – in less time than it takes to finish a workout – then Alexa von Tobel, Founder and CEO of LearnVest, has your back.

By the time you’re finished reading Financially Fearless: The LearnVest Program for Taking Control of Your Money ($19.99), you’ll walk away with a financial game plan tailored to your priorities, your hopes and dreams, and your lifestyle. And, because von Tobel and the team at LearnVest are experts at financial planning in the online era, you’ll also learn how to integrate your financial plan into your mobile, social, digital life.  Like your own personal financial planner between two covers, this book will set you up for a secure, worry-free money future, without having to give up things you love.
 
Alexa von Tobel, CFP® is the founder and CEO of www.LearnVest.com, an award-winning financial planning site.  A Certified Financial Planner™ who attended Harvard Business School, Alexa has been featured as a financial expert in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, BusinessWeek, Fast Company, Forbes, InStyle, Glamour, and on the Today show, Good Morning America, and more. 
 
 
 
Start: 01/23/2013 6:00 pm

Douglas Smith presents Former People: The Final Days of the Russian Aristocracy ($30.00). Historically compelling and told with “brutal clarity,” Douglas Smith’s unprecedented account of the Russian aristocracy is the first book in any language to examine the fate of the nobility during and after the Bolshevik Revolution.  

Douglas Smith is an award-winning historian and translator and the author of three previous books on Russia. Before becoming a historian, he worked for the U.S. State Department in the Soviet Union and as a Russian affairs analyst for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty in Munich. He lives in Seattle with his wife and two children.

Start: 01/23/2013 6:30 pm
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Left Bank Restaurant 
Admission: $110 per person | $170 per couple (one book)

Joanne Weir, a James Beard award-winning chef, demystifies cooking techniques and gives the home chef 100 recipes for main courses that are easy, comprehensive and delicious. Written as the companion cookbook to her new TV show, 
Joanne Weir’s Cooking Confidence, it will put the mojo back into your kitchen. Weir is the author of From Tapas to Meze, You Say
Tomato, and Recipes from the Wine Country

Price includes the meal, wine, tax, tip & a signed copy of the author’s book. 
 
Start: 01/23/2013 7:00 pm
Oliver Burkeman discusses The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can't Stand Positive Thinking ($25.00). Self-help books don’t seem to work. Few of the many advantages of modern life seem capable of lifting our collective mood. Wealth—even if you can get it—doesn’t necessarily lead to happiness. Romance, family life, and work often bring as much stress as joy. We can’t even agree on what “happiness” means. So are we engaged in a futile pursuit? Or are we just going about it the wrong way?

Oliver Burkeman is a feature writer for The Guardian. He is a winner of the Foreign Press Association’s Young Journalist of the Year award, and has been short-listed for the Orwell Prize. He writes a popular weekly column on psychology, “This Column Will Change Your Life,” and has reported from New York, London, and Washington. He lives in New York City.
 
Thursday January 24, 2013
Start: 01/24/2013 7:00 pm
Clayborne Carson presents Martin's Dream: My Journey and the Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. ($27.00). Selected in 1985 by Coretta Scott King to edit the papers of her late husband, Dr. Carson has devoted most of his professional life to the study of MLK. In this candid and engrossing memoir, Clayborne Carson traces his evolution from political activist to activist scholar. He vividly recalls his involvement in the movement’s heyday and in the subsequent turbulent period when King’s visionary Dream became real for some and remained unfulfilled for others. He recounts his conversations with key African Americans of the past half century, including Black Power firebrand Stokely Carmichael and dedicated organizers such as Ella Baker and Bob Moses. His description of his long-term relationship with Coretta Scott King sheds new light on her crucial role in preserving and protecting her late husband’s legacy.

Clayborne Carson is professor of History at Stanford University and director of the Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute, and also helped to design the King National Memorial.  He has spoken about Dr. King and his legacy throughout the world, and has appeared on many national radio and television shows, including Good Morning America, NBC Nightly News, CBS Evening News, The NewsHour, Fresh Air, Morning Edition, Tavis SmileyCharlie Rose, Democracy Now, and Marketplace. Carson has also served as a historical advisory for numerous documentaries, including “Freedom on My Mind,” which was nominated for an Oscar in 1995.

Friday January 25, 2013
Start: 01/25/2013 6:00 pm
Thien Pham presents Sumo ($14.99). Scott  is a washed-up football player who never made it, and whose girlfriend abandoned him along with his dreams of playing pro football. But things have a way of working out, in this sweet, poetic tale--and a new chapter in Scott's life begins as the old one ends. Offered a position in a Japanese sumo training "stable," Scott abandons his old life, his old name, and even his old hair color, and becomes an aspiring sumo wrestler. And in so doing, he begins to find some kind of center in himself...a center that had seemed lost for good. 

Thien Pham, the acclaimed illustrator of Gene Luen Yang's Level Up, returns as the writer and artist of a unique new graphic novel. Highly poetic and structured to echo the slow build and sudden clash of a sumo match, Pham's Sumo is an unusual and beautiful book. It's nearly a contradiction in terms: a delicate, deft, tender tale about...sumo wrestling.
 
Thien Pham is a comic book and visual artist, based in the Bay Area. He is also a high school teacher. Pham illustrated Gene Luen Yang's Level Up, a YALSA Great Graphic Novel and New York Times Notable Children's Book. Sumo is his first solo work. 
 
Saturday January 26, 2013
Start: 01/26/2013 1:00 pm

Erica Bauermeister shares The Lost Art of Mixing ($25.95). In prose to be savored, Bauermeister brings back some of the most engaging characters from School and introduces intriguing new personalities as she follows them around the seasons of a year.  At the heart of her story once again is Lillian, the chef and restaurant owner with a remarkable ability to bring out the hidden essence of people as well as ingredients, and to combine both in surprising, delightful new ways  

Erica Bauermeister, the bestselling author of The School of Essential Ingredients and Joy for Beginners, is also the coauthor of 500 Great Books by Women: A Reader’s Guide and Let’s Hear It for the Girls: 375 Great Books for Readers 2-14.  She has taught literature and creative writing at the University of Washington, from which she holds a Ph.D. in literature, and is a graduate of Occidental College. 

Start: 01/26/2013 1:00 pm
Lisa O'Donnell reads from  The Death of Bees ($25.99). From the opening line of Lisa O’Donnell’s debut novel, you know you are in for something different. "Today is Christmas Eve. Today is my birthday. Today I am fifteen. Today I buried my parents in the backyard. Neither of them were loved.” You quickly learn that the parents buried in the backyard are Izzy and Gene, parents of Marnie and Nelly – two neglectful, selfish, generally heinous adults now moldering beneath loosely planted stalks of lavender. But you do not know how they got there. Not yet. The girls intend to keep the deaths a secret.
 
Lisa O’Donnell won the Orange Screenwriting Prize in 2000 for The Wedding Gift, and in the same year was nominated for the Dennis Potter New Screenwriters Award. Originally from Scotland, she lives in Los Angeles with her family where she is now a full time novelist.  
 
Start: 01/26/2013 4:00 pm
This event is preceded by a yoga workshop with Dana across the courtyard at Yoga TreeClick here for details on the workshop
 
After sending out Weekly Oms for over five years, Dana Damara compiled her Oms into what is now known as Oms from the Mat ($17.99). Through the opportunities of her life, she relates philosophical yoga principles in a way that allows all readers to truly relate and connect with the power and magic of this amazing practice.

Dana Damara has embraced yoga as a lifestyle both on and off the mat. Through her children, writing, yoga, and creation of meaningful relationships with the community around her, Dana has facilitated that power of soulfulness and spiritual awakening through yoga, both for others and herself.
 
Start: 01/26/2013 4:00 pm
On the twentieth anniversary of Ian Rankin's first American publication comes a novel bursting with the vitality and suspense that made its author one of crime fiction's most dazzling stars. Standing in Another Man's Grave ($25.99) is the triumphant return of John Rebus, and a riveting story of sin, redemption, and revenge.

It's every parent's nightmare: a fifteen-year old girl has disappeared. She was last seen hitch-hiking along a scenic highway in rural Scotland, and the only other clue is a photograph sent from her phone. Two detectives, one of them retired, are working the case when they learn that there may be other victims out there, stretching back a decade and more. The road itself may provide them with answers, but a complicated case is only made worse by interference from conflicting witnesses, the police department's own Internal Affairs division--and the ominous attentions of the missing girl's gangster stepfather.

Ian Rankin is a #1 international bestselling author. Winner of an Edgar Award and the recipient of a Gold Dagger for fiction and the Chandler-Fulbright Award, he lives in Edinburgh, Scotland, with his wife and their two sons.
 
Start: 01/26/2013 7:00 pm
Susan C. Strong shares Move Our Message: How to Get America's Ear ($10.00). The 2012 election may be over, but the future of our country still hangs in the balance. What citizens do in 2013 and beyond will make the difference. That’s why progressives need to “speak American” about the issues, whether the focus is climate change, the environment, economic justice, or peace. Using a concept Strong calls "American Framing", this book takes readers through the necessary steps to reach a mainstream audience with your message. 

Susan C. Strong is the founder and executive director of The Metaphor Project, http://www.metaphorproject.org. She has been helping progressives and liberals mainstream their messages for the last 15 years. 

Sunday January 27, 2013
Start: 01/27/2013 1:00 pm
Luis Alberto Urrea presents Queen of America ($14.99). The remarkable heroine of the beloved bestseller The Hummingbird’s Daughter makes a welcome return in an epic novel of love, loss, and miracles in America. More than two decades in the making, this novel is the long-awaited sequel to The Hummingbird’s Daughter, and showcases one of our most talented writers at the top of his form. 

Luis Alberto Urrea is also the author of The Devil’s Highway and Into the Beautiful North. Winner of a Lannan Literary Award and Christopher Award, he is also the recipient of an American Book Award, the Kiriyama Pize, an Edgar Award, and a citation of excellence from the American Library Association. He is also a member of the Latino Literary Hall of Fame.
 
Start: 01/27/2013 2:00 pm
End: 01/27/2013 4:00 pm
Karen Leland - Personal Branding for Authors & Writers: Finding Your Unique and Authentic Voice and Message
 
Join us for this unique opportunity to create a strong and distinct personal brand as an author and writer for promotion in modern marketing and social media. Personal branding is not just a single statement or a clever quip but a multilayered, congruent narrative told across multiple channels, both online and off. The power is in knowing how to tell your story.
 
Karen Leland is the best-selling author of six business books and a freelance writer who has written for major magazines and newspapers. She is internationally known for her development of the SMG (Sterling Marketing Group) Brand Mapping™ process to help authors, writers, entrepreneurs and small business owners identify their own unique and authentic way of being and working in the world.
 
The Marin branch of the California Writers Club meets monthly at Book Passage, except July, August and December, on the 4th Sunday of the month, unless a holiday. 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Meeting may feature a guest speaker, a workshop or a panel discussion along with networking, encouragement and writing news. All are welcome. www.cwcmarinwriters.com. 
 
Start: 01/27/2013 4:00 pm
Louise Aronson shares A History of the Present Illness ($24.00). Drawing on Aronson's experience as the Associate Professor of Medicine and Director of the UCSF Medical Humanities Division, this debut collection features 16 elegant and original stories about doctors and patients and the families of both.  Taking readers into overlooked lives in the neighborhoods, hospitals, and nursing homes of San Francisco, Aronson offers a deeply humane and incisive portrait of health and illness in America today.

Louise Aronson has an MFA from Warren Wilson College and an MD from Harvard.She has received the Sonora Review prize, the New Millennium short fiction award, and three Pushcart nominations. Her fiction has appeared in Bellevue Literary Review and the Literary Review, among other publications.
 
Start: 01/27/2013 7:00 pm

Julia Flynn Siler talks about Lost Kingdom: Hawaii’s Last Queen, the Sugar Kings, and America’s First Imperial Adventure ($16.00). Deftly weaving together a memorable cast of characters, this work brings to life the ensuing clash between a vulnerable Polynesian people and relentlessly expanding capitalist powers. At the center of the story is Lili‘uokalani, the last queen of Hawaii. Born in 1838, she lived through the nearly complete economic transformation of the islands. 

Julia Flynn Siler is an award-winning journalist. Her book, The House of Mondavi: The Rise and Fall of an American Wine Dynasty, was a New York Times best seller. She has written for Business Week and the New York Times, and is now a contributing writer for the Wall Street Journal in San Francisco. 

 

Monday January 28, 2013
Start: 01/28/2013 6:00 pm
In this dazzling literary debut, legendary character actor Stephen Tobolowsky delivers a brilliantly wrought, moving, and hilarious memoir that has less to do with acting than with love, determination, despair, time, memory, and the destiny that each of us must discover for ourselves. Tobolowsky became known as a storyteller through his film Stephen Tobolowsky’s Birthday Party and his podcast “The Tobolowsky Files,” which has developed a devoted following.  The Dangerous Animals Club ($24.00) is a collection of twenty-six true stories that range from Tobolowsky’s childhood in Texas through college and graduate school at SMU and Illinois, his long relationship with the celebrated (but then unknown) playwright Beth Henley, the beginning of his work as a professional actor in Los Angeles and New York, later successes in such movies as Groundhog Day and the current TV series Glee and Californication and parenthood.  

Stephen Tobolowsky, the quintessential character actor, has appeared in more than one hundred movies and more than two hundred television shows.  (USA Today recently noted that he was the ninth most frequently seen actor in film today.) His roles have spanned virtually the entire spectrum of a working actor’s career, from the big-budget and Oscar-worthy (as head of the Ku Klux Klan in Mississippi Burning), to the cult phenomenon (Groundhog Day), to the buzzworthy (Heroes, Deadwood). He currently performs his stories on “The Tobolowsky Files”, available on iTunes. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two sons.
 
Start: 01/28/2013 7:00 pm

Marin author Jean Davison, former teacher at Redwood and Drake and, more recently, an anthropologist and founder of IDEA, an international development partnership organization launched in Marin in the 1980s, returns to Book Passage with her newest book, Mother of Fire: An Iraqi Woman's Journey from Mosul to Malawi.

Tuesday January 29, 2013
Start: 01/29/2013 6:00 pm
Adam Mansbach, the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Go the F**k to Sleep, returns with a fearless new novel Rage is Back ($29.95) about a too-wise kid and the father who left him, the price of revenge and the greatest graffiti stunt New York City has ever seen. 

Adam Mansbach’s books include the #1 international bestseller Go the F*** to Sleep, the California Book Award-winning novel The End of the Jews, and the cult classic Angry Black White Boy.  His fiction and essays have appeared in The New York Times Book Review, Esquire, GQ, The New Yorker, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe and on NPR’s All Things Considered. He lives in Berkeley, California.
 
Start: 01/29/2013 7:00 pm

Colin Winnette is a writer and performer living in Chicago. He was a finalist for the 1913 First Book award, and has published one novel, Revelation, and one collection of short prose, Animal Collection. Read more about Colin and his work at colinwinnette.tumblr.com.

 

 

Wednesday January 30, 2013
Start: 01/30/2013 7:00 pm
In conversation with astronaut Rusty Schweickart 
 
Book Passage, along with The Marin County Free Library, City Public Libraries of Marin County and Dominican University of California, is pleased to announce the 2013 One Book One Marin reading program with the selection of Packing for Mars ($15.95) by Mary Roach. Join us for the launch of this county-wide celebration with a talk and signing by the author.
 

 
 
From getting tattoos to bungee jumping to eating maggoty cheese, humans undoubtedly do some strange things. But none of these activities comes close to the sheer weirdness of voluntarily - eagerly, in fact - confining oneself to a tiny room without a proper shower or toilet within a wasteland that lacks water, gravity, or oxygen for a month or even a year. Welcome to space. In Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void, Mary Roach enters the final frontier - not the grand triumphs and tragedies that you see on TV but all the stuff in between - the small comedies, the odd experiments, and the everyday victories. 

Mary Roach is the author of the bestselling books Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers, Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife, and Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex. She lives in Oakland, California.

One Book One Marin provide readers with a shared reading experience that leads to open dialogue and celebrates the joy of reading. Previous authors celebrated in this program have included Isabel Allende, Amy Tan, Michael Chabon, Abraham Verghese, and Dave Eggers. For more information see www.onebookonemarin.org.
 
Thursday January 31, 2013
Start: 01/31/2013 6:00 pm
Utilizing the lunar calendar, a pillar of Chinese tradition and culture, Deng Ming-Dao highlights festivals and ancient scriptures that correlate with the teaching of Taoism. Each day of the lunar year is represented with meditation, poetry, translated scripture and illustrations to impart key concepts and promote constant learning. With these tools, The Lunar Tao ($18.99) encourages readers to practice Taoism at any point in their lives and internalize the core understanding of Taoism in digestible ways. 

Deng Ming-Dao is the author of eight books, including The Living I Ching, Chronicles of TaoEveryday Tao, 365 Tao, and Scholar Warrior. His books have been translated into fifteen languages. He studied qigong, philosophy, meditation, and internal martial arts with Taoist master Kwan Saihung for thirteen years and with two other masters before that.
 
Start: 01/31/2013 7:00 pm
Marin author and physician Dr. Arthur J. Ammann presents Women, HIV, and the Church ($25.30). This book uses the megaphone of HIV to draw attention to the discrimination of women and violence against women worldwide and the continuing problem of intimate partner violence in developing countries but also in the United States. The book has several essays from other Bay Area authors as well as international authors who speak on behalf of women. Women, HIV, and the Church reinforces the call on the faith community to take action. 

Dr. Arthur Ammann's career has spanned many fields including physician, researcher, activist, philanthropist and clinical professor.  In 1982, Dr. Ammann described two of the three ways that HIV is transmitted, including the first cases of transmission of AIDS from mother to infant and the first blood transfusion associated AIDS patients.  Dr. Ammann has been featured in media outlets from Time to Frontline.
 
Start: 01/31/2013 7:00 pm
Introduced and moderated by Liam Mayclem 
 
Grand Hall in the Ferry Building
Admission
: $40 at the door
Price of admission includes a signed copy of All Natural 

ONLINE REGISTRATION IS CLOSED. TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR.

Bay-area based journalist Nathanael Johnson discusses All Natural: A Skeptic's Quest for Health and Happiness in an Age of Ecological Anxiety ($25.99). Johnson explores the way we react to what he calls "our overall ecological anxiety" - how many of us are drawn to natural solutions and organic lifestyles while others rally around high-tech development and industrial efficiencies. He examines these phenomena through the personal lens of his own crunchy-granola upbringing. He expands the conversation by speaking with figures as varied as an outlawed midwife, radical doctors, renegade farmers and one hermit forester. 

Nathanael Johnson is an award-winning journalist who has written features for Harper'sNew York, Outside, and San Francisco magazines and produced stories for National Public Radio and This American Life. He lives in San Francisco with his wife and daughter.

Michael Pollan is the author of six previous books, including Food Rules, and The Omnivore’s Dilemma. He is the recipient of the James Beard Award and is also the Knight Professor of Journalism at Berkeley. In 2010, Time magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world. His most recent book, Cooked: Finding Ourselves in the Kitchen, will be published in April 2013. 


Friday February 01, 2013
Start: 02/01/2013 7:00 pm
In this riveting memoir, Cheryl T. Cohen Greene shares some of her most moving cases, and also reveals her own sexual coming-of-age. An Intimate Life: Sex, Love and My Journey as a Sex Surrogate Partner ($15.95) opens with Cohen Greene’s work with Berkeley-based poet and journalist Mark O’Brien, who was confined to an iron lung after contracting polio at age six. His short essay “On Seeing A Sex Surrogate” was adapted into the major motion picture titled The Sessions, which opened in theaters last fall.

Cheryl T. Cohen Greene has been in private clinical practice as a surrogate partner and Consultant in Human Sexuality since 1973. Cohen Green is a certified Sex Educator and Clinical Sexologist, and in 2004 she earned her DHS (Doctor of Human Sexuality) from the Institute for the Advanced Study of Human Sexuality in San Francisco. Cohen Green is a frequent media guest, who has been interviewed on Larry King Live, the the National Geographic Channel, the WE Channel, and CNN, among others.
 
Saturday February 02, 2013
Start: 02/02/2013 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: 02/02/2013 1:00 pm
Tom Fels presents Buying the Farm: Peace and War on a Sixties Commune ($24.95). Founded in 1968, Montague Farm was one of a group of New Age communes intending to set an example of how life might be lived outside the conventional strictures of mid- to late twentieth century American life. Informed by his own experience as a resident of Montague Farm, by decades of contact with the farm’s extended family, and by the considerable writing about this period – from memoirs, novels, and notes of farm-family members to academic studies in the history and sociology of the time, Fels strives to bring alive an era of contemporary history, and to link it both to its consequences in the present and to its roots in the past. 

Tom Fels worked as a curator, mounting exhibits at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, the California Historical Society, and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, as well as at the Van Gogh Museum, in Amsterdam. In 1986 he was named a Chester Dale Fellow of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and in 1998 a Fletcher Jones Foundation Fellow of the Huntington Library.
 
Start: 02/02/2013 4:00 pm

In Expanding the Pie ($29.94), Susan Ross provides useful tools and frameworks for designing, implementing and evaluating effective relationships, the basis of all partnerships.  Whether you are an individual, consultant or organization these tools and strategies can be beneficial. Sharing collaborative case studies, Ross will identify factors that make partnerships successful and offer lessons that managers and individuals can use for future opportunities.

Susan Rae Ross is the founder and CEO of SR International, a consulting company that provides corporations, nonprofits and government agencies with strategies and tools to actively facilitate successful partnerships across traditional sectors.

 

Start: 02/02/2013 7:00 pm

Join Jane Hirschfield, Persis KarimJosé Luis Gutiérrez, Dana Teen Lomax and editor Beau Beausoleil as they read from Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here: Poets & Writers Respond to the March 5, 2007 Bombing of Baghdad's "Street of Booksellers" ($20.00). 

On March 5th, 2007, a car bomb was exploded on al-Mutanabbi Street in Baghdad—the historic center of Baghdad bookselling—wounding more than 100 people and killing more than 30. This anthology begins with a historical introduction to al-Mutanabbi Street and includes the writing of Iraqis as well as a wide swath of international poets and writers who were outraged by this attack. Exploring the question "Where does al-MutanabbiStreet start?", the book looks at both communities and nations, seeking to show the commonality between a small street in Baghdad and other individual cultural centers and explain why this attack was an attack on us all. Chapters examine al-Mutanabbi Street as a place for the free exchange of ideas, a place that has long offered its sanctuary to the complete spectrum of Iraqi voices, and a place where the roots of democracy took hold many hundreds of years ago.

Beau Beausoleil is the founder of the Al-Mutanabbi Street Coalition and the author of Concealed in Language. Deema Shehabi is a Pushcart Prize–nominated writer who has contributed to numerous journals, including the Kenyon Review, Literary Imagination, and Poetry Review (London). She is the author of Thirteen Departures from the Moon. They both live in San Francisco.

 

Monday February 04, 2013
Start: 02/04/2013 7:00 pm
Left Coast Writers® Literary Salon at Book Passage in Corte Madera  

Author Brooke Warner presents What's Your Book?: A Step-By-Step Guide to Get You from Inspiration to Published Author ($12.95). What's Your Book? is an aspiring author's go-to guide for getting from idea to publication. Warner brings her unique understanding of book publishing (from the vantage point of coach, editor, and publisher) to each of the book's five chapters, which include understanding the art of becoming an author, getting over common hurdles, challenging counterproductive mindsets, building an author platform, and ultimately getting published. 

Brooke Warner is a publishing expert with thirteen years' experience as an acquiring editor for major trade houses. 

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 February 05, 2013
Start: 02/05/2013 7:00 pm

Terri Nolan presents Burden of Truth ($14.99). Investigative journalist Birdie Elizabeth Keane would give anything–even her Pulitzer–to see Matt Whelan, the love of her life, one more time. The sudden death of the Los Angeles cop has left her devastated, angry, and baffled. Coming from a traditional Irish-Catholic family of cops, Birdie can’t ignore the bizarre coincidences surrounding his “accidental” death–or her suspicion that he planned it. A twisting trail of clues leads her to a sixteen-year-old murder, a cold case she’s always wanted to solve. With dangerous forces closing in, Birdie races to decipher Matt’s last message for her. Each stunning revelation brings her closer to the dark truth about a man she thought she knew–Was he a dirty cop?–and unimaginable, painful secrets about the people she loves most.

Terri Nolan is California born and raised. She grew up in the San Gabriel Valley at the eastern edge of Los Angeles. She attended the University of Texas at Arlington and earned a B.A. in Communication/Radio & Television. Her first newspaper job was at the News Texan. She left with no regrets when radio beckoned. She lives in Southern California and has been lucky to have had a well-rounded business background in radio, high-end retail, oil, art, and freelance reporting. She’s married and has two children.

 

Wednesday February 06, 2013
Start: 02/06/2013 6:00 pm
Computers have failed, electricity is extinct, and the race to discover new lands is underway! Brilliant explorer Alexander West has just died under mysterious circumstances, but not before smuggling half of a strange map to his intrepid children—Kit the brain, M.K. the tinkerer, and Zander the brave. Why are so many government agents trying to steal the half-map? (And where is the other half?) It’s up to Alexander’s children—The Expeditioners ($22.00)—to get to the bottom of these questions, and fast.

S. S. Taylor lives in Vermont and has a strong interest in books of all kinds, expeditions, old libraries, mysterious situations, long-hidden secrets, maps, and exploring known and unknown places. She is most recently the author of Amelia Earhart: This Broad Ocean.

Start: 02/06/2013 7:00 pm

Frosty Hesson discusses Making Mavericks: The Memoir of a Surfing Legend ($16.95). When Richard “Frosty” Hesson was first approached by a young Jay Moriarty in 1990, the skinny kid with a sparkle in his eye only wanted one thing from the icon: his help in becoming a better surfer. Hesson, one of the first to conquer the huge waves off northern California known as Mavericks, recognized that the kid “had a vision.” Jay quickly demonstrated a resolve that reminded Frosty of his younger self, pursuing his goal with a seriousness far beyond his years. His attitude and work ethic earned Frosty’s respect and, eventually, his friendship. Making Mavericks is the inspiring story of their father-son bond and of the challenges that made each of them who they were—surf legends, and the subject of the upcoming film Chasing Mavericks.

Richard “Frosty” Hesson has been surfing the northern California waters since 1963 and was among the elite group of surfers who first began riding the colossal waves at Mavericks in the 1980s. He has trained hundreds of young people in the art of surfing. Frosty continues to surf and follow his quest to help people achieve and accomplish their goals. He lives in Santa Cruz, California. 

 

Thursday February 07, 2013
Start: 02/07/2013 6:00 pm
George Saunders discusses Tenth of December: Stories ($26.00). One of the most important and blazingly original writers of his generation, George Saunders is an undisputed master of the short story, and this new collection is his most honest, accessible, and moving work yet. Writing brilliantly and profoundly about class, sex, love, loss, work, despair, and war, Saunders cuts to the core of the contemporary experience. These stories take on the big questions and explore the fault lines of our own morality, delving into the questions of what makes us good and what makes us human.

MacArthur “Genius Grant” fellow George Saunders is the acclaimed author of several collections of short stories, including Pastoralia and CivilWarLand in Bad Decline, as well as a collection of essays and a book for children. He teaches in the creative writing program at Syracuse University.

Start: 02/07/2013 7:00 pm

Left Coast Writers Book Launch! 

Author and Left Coast Writer Patricia Bracewell reads from Shadow on the Crown ($27.95). In 1002, fifteen­-year-old Emma of Normandy crosses the Narrow Sea to wed the much older King Athelred of England, whom she meets for the first time at the church door. Thrust into an unfamiliar and treacherous court, with a husband who mistrusts her, stepsons who resent her and a bewitching rival who covets her crown, Emma must defend herself against her enemies and secure her status as queen by bearing a son. Based on real events recorded in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, Shadow on the Crown introduces readers to a fascinating, overlooked period of history and an unforgettable heroine whose quest to find her place in the world will resonate with modern readers.

Patricia Bracewell grew up in California where she taught literature and composition before embarking upon a writing career. This is her first novel. She lives in Oakland, California.  



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