Start: 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: 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: 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.
Start: 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: 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.
Start: 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.
Start: 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: 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.
Start: 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.
Start: 5:00 pm
End: 7:00 pm
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: 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.
Start: 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: 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: 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: 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.”