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6
Start: 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: 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.

 

7
Start: 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/.  

 

 

 

8
Start: 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.  
 
9
Start: 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. 

 

10
Start: 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.
 
11
Start: 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.
 
12
Start: 1:00 pm
End: 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: 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: 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: 7:00 pm

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

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

Sign up here:
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