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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
Online Registration is now closed.
Please call (415) 927-0960 to inquire about remaining space. 
 
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
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 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 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
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. 


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.
 
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.  

Friday February 08, 2013
Start: 02/08/2013 7:00 pm
Fred Coleman presents The Marcel Network: How One French Couple Saved 527 Children from the Holocaust ($27.50). Syrian immigrant Moussa Abadi was thirty-three and his future wife, Odette Rosenstock, twenty-eight when they decided to hide Jewish children in Catholic convents and boarding schools or with Protestant families. Their clandestine organization—the Marcel Network—became one of the most successful operations of Jewish resistance in Europe.  

Fred Coleman’s long career as a foreign correspondent included five years as Newsweek’s bureau chief in Paris and eight years as the magazine’s bureau chief in Moscow. In 1978 he won the Page 1 Award of the Newspaper Guild of New York for the best reporting from abroad for magazines. His first book, The Decline and Fall of the Soviet Empire, was published ’in 1996. Coleman and his wife, Nadine, live in Paris.
 
Start: 02/08/2013 7:00 pm
Tickets $30 (includes an autographed book)
To Reserve: Call (415) 927-0960, ext. 1

 
 
Moderated by Pat Holt
 
Reverend Cecil Williams and Janice Mirikitani together have led San Francisco’s Glide Memorial Church toward profound social change for the past half-century. In Beyond the Possible: 50 Years of Creating Radical Change in a Community Called Glide, they share stories that reveal how Glide became the spiritual soul of San Francisco—and one of the city’s most generous providers of social services.

 
 
 
 
 
Saturday February 09, 2013
Start: 02/09/2013 12:00 pm

Gourmet restaurateur and vegan food expert Miyoko Schinner shares her secrets for making homemade nondairy cheeses in Artisan Vegan Cheese: From Everyday to Gourmet ($19.95). Learn how to make cheeses that retain all the complexity and sharpness of their dairy counterparts while incorporating nutritious nuts and plant-based milks. 

For readers who want to whip up something quick, Miyoko provides recipes for almost-instant ricotta and sliceable cheeses, and a variety of tangy dairy substitutes, such as vegan sour cream, creme frache, and yogurt. For suggestions on how to incorporate vegan artisan cheeses into favorite recipes, Miyoko offers up delectable appetizers, entres, and desserts, from caprese salad and classic mac and cheese to eggplant parmesan and San Francisco cheesecake.
 

Start: 02/09/2013 1:00 pm
Terri Glass will discuss the lives and poetry of Jelaluddin Rumi, and Rainer Maria Rilke. Their work will serve as inspiration to fuel writing exercises that center around a particular theme. Get in touch with images that stir your soul and find a new way to articulate unconscious material and bring it to light through the writing process.

Terri Glass is a poet, writer and teacher of creative writing. She served as Program Director for California Poets in the Schools from 2008-2011 and actively teaches poetry in Marin County schools. She is the author of Language of the Awakened Heart, a guidebook for classroom teachers and a book of poetry, The Song of Yes, which is a blend of the spiritual and natural worlds. Visit her website at www.terriglass.com. She is serving as a judge for the second annual Songs of the Soul Poetry Contest sponsored by the International Association of Sufism; winners will be announced at the Songs of the Soul Poetry and Sacred Music Festival in March. More info is available at www.ias.org.
 

Start: 02/09/2013 4:00 pm

In Insane City ($26.95), Dave Barry returns to the comic suspense genre of which he is a past master. Here is a madcap, hilariously complicated, heartfelt tale of a groom, Seth Weinstein, and his numbskull posse of pals, set on the eve of his spectacular wedding. Soon  Seth will become involved with a family of Haitian refugees, an orangutan named Trevor, medical marijuana, a fake pirate ship, a gigantic snake, Russian gangsters, scheming billionaires, angry strippers, and gorgeous Cuban women – all set in and around Barry’s insanely dangerous, wacky, but exhilarating hometown of Miami.

Dave Barry has been a professional humorist ever since he discovered that professional humor was a lot easier than working. Barry won the Pulitzer Prize for commentary, although he misplaced it for several years, which is why his wife now keeps it in a secure location that he does not know about. He has also written more than 30 books, including the novels Big Trouble, Lunatics, and Tricky Business.

  

Start: 02/09/2013 7:00 pm
Left Coast Writers® Book Launches at Book Passage in Corte Madera

Seeing Red: A Women's Quest for Truth, Power and the Sacred ($16.95) is an intimate memoir about Lone Morch's search for personal power, a journey of climbing inner and outer mountains that takes her to the holy Mt. Kailas in Tibet, through a seven-year marriage, and into the arms of the fierce goddess Kali, where she discovers her powerful feminine self. As much a memoir about coming into one's own as it is a love affair with the Himalayas, Seeing Red takes the reader on an unforgettable journey of creation and destruction.
 
Award-winning author, photographer and rebel priestess, Lone Mørch is the founder of Lolo’s Boudoir and creative soul behind the Free Your Sacred Journey program. Her photography and writing have been featured internationally in InStyle, San Francisco Chronicle, Huffington Post, Examiner, 7×7 Magazine, La Bella Bride, UntappedDaily Candy, Femina, PRmag, anthologies and more. 
 
Sunday February 10, 2013
Start: 02/10/2013 4:00 pm
John R. Gillis discusses The Human Shore: Seacoasts in History ($27.50). In his new book, historian John R. Gillis explores the deep history of seacoasts, the original home of humankind. Beginning with the moment that Africans came down to the shore, he follows the coastal migrations which ultimately populated the entire globe.  Gillis shows how we have shaped coasts, and how they have shaped us. 

John R. Gillis is the author of Islands of the Mind, A World of their Own MakingMyth, Ritual, and the Quest for Family Values, and Commemorations. He is Professor History Emeritus at Rutgers University and now divides his time between two coasts: Northern California and Maine.
 
Start: 02/10/2013 7:00 pm

When Women's Voices come together, a powerful song is born. Join Pam Houston (Waltzing the CatA Little More About Me), Zoe Fitzgerald Carter (Imperfect Endings), Mara Purl (Where the Heart Lives), Allison Bartlett (The Man Who Loved Books Too Much), Barbara Graham (Eye of My Heart), and Victoria Zackheim (Exit Laughing) as they read from their fiction and nonfiction work: novels, memoirs, essays, writing that resonates with the powerful voices of women everywhere.

 

Monday February 11, 2013
Start: 02/11/2013 6:00 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:
https://www.facebook.com/events/403956459687115/

 

Start: 02/11/2013 7:00 pm
With enormous heart and dazzling agility, Amy Franklin-Willis expertly mines the fault lines in one Southern working-class family. Driven by the soulful voices of forty-two-year-old Ezekiel Cooper and his mother, Lillian, The Lost Saints of Tennessee ($15.00) journeys from the 1940s to 1980s as it follows Zeke’s evolution from anointed son, to honorable sibling, to unhinged middle-aged man.

An eighth-generation Southerner, Amy Franklin-Willis was born in Birmingham, Alabama. In 2007, she received an Emerging Writer Grant from the Elizabeth George Foundation to complete The Lost Saints of Tennessee.

Tuesday February 12, 2013
Start: 02/12/2013 6:00 pm

Selisse Berry and select readers celebrate the book launch for Out & Equal at Work: From Closet to Corner Office ($14.95). Thirty-six never-been-published stories from lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and allied business leaders make up this groundbreaking anthology.It features the stories of Maggie Stumpp, who found support as an executive at Prudential during her transition from male to female; George Kalogridis, who bravely came out and worked his way to President of Disneyland Resort; and contributors who've dealt with multiple diversity issues. Some of these contributors lost their jobs, family, friends and some even nearly their lives. But by being their authentic selves at work, many saw their careers – and companies – blossom.

Selisse Berry is Founding Executive Director of Out & Equal Workplace Advocates. Under her leadership, the organization has grown significantly with dramatic increases in attendance at the annual Workplace Summit and the expansion of programs and global initiatives. Selisse is a frequent speaker on workplace equality and has spoken across the United States and abroad including recent presentations in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Italy, Canada, Hungary, the West Indies, and Mexico. Her most recent awards include the Outstanding Hero Congressional Recognition from Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi; the Parks Award* in Rome, Italy; and the KQED Local Heroes Award** in San Francisco, California.   

 

Wednesday February 13, 2013
Start: 02/13/2013 6:00 pm
In conversation with Andrea Coombes
 
Nine million baby boomers have already decided to choose alternatives to the traditional retirement model, to enjoy meaningful work in their “encore careers.” Another 31 million are interested in making the leap.  From Marci Alboher, vice president of Encore.org, comes The Encore Career Handbook ($15.95), a road map to finding passion, purpose, and a paycheck in the second half of life.

Marci Alboher is a former New York Times career columnist and currently serves as the vice president of Encore.org 
 
Andrea Coombes is a professional writer and editor who focuses on personal-finance topics, including retirement, taxes, investing, the job market, careers and other consumer issues. She's been a guest on national and local television and radio shows, and her stories have appeared in newspapers nationwide, including the Wall Street Journal, Miami Herald and San Francisco Chronicle.
 
Start: 02/13/2013 7:00 pm
Angelico Hall, Dominican University
Tickets: $45 (includes signed book)
 
Registration is currently closed. To be placed on our waitlist, call (415) 927- 0960, ext. 1. 
 
Join former vice president and #1 New York Times bestselling author Al Gore as he discusses The Future ($28.00). Ours is a time of revolutionary change that has no precedent in history. With the same passion he brought to the challenge of climate change, and with his decades of experience on the front lines of global policy, Al Gore surveys our planet’s beclouded horizon and offers a sober, learned, and ultimately hopeful forecast in the visionary tradition of Alvin Toffler’s Future Shock and John Naisbitt’s Megatrends. In The Future, Gore identifies six critical drivers of global change. As absorbing as it is visionary, this work is a map of the world to come, from a man who has looked ahead before and been proven all too right.
 
Former vice president Al Gore is co-founder and chairman of both Generation Investment Management and Current TV. He is also a senior partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, and a member of Apple Inc.’s board of directors. Gore spends the majority of his time as chairman of The Climate Reality Project, a nonprofit devoted to solving the climate crisis. Gore was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives four times and the U.S. Senate twice. He served eight years as vice president. He authored the bestsellers Earth in the Balance, An Inconvenient Truth, The Assault on Reason, and Our Choice. He is a co-recipient of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. 
 
Thursday February 14, 2013
Start: 02/14/2013 6:00 pm

Special event for young adult readers!

Kirby Larson shares Hattie Ever After ($16.99). After leaving Uncle Chester's homestead claim, orphan Hattie Brooks throws a lasso around a new dream, even bigger than the Montana sky. She wants to be a reporter, knowing full well that a few pieces published in the Arlington News will not suffice. Real reporters must go to Grand Places, and do Grand Things, like Hattie's hero Nellie Bly. Another girl might be stymied by this, but Hattie has faced down a hungry wolf and stood up to a mob of angry men. Nothing can squash her desire to write for a big city newspaper.

After Kirby Larson heard a snippet of a story about her great-grandmother homesteading in eastern Montana, she went on to write Hattie Big Sky, selected as a 2007 Newbery Honor Book. This sequel was written in part to answer many questions readers posed about the irrepressible Hattie.  

 

Start: 02/14/2013 7:00 pm
Featuring Amrit's daughter, Kamini Desai 
 
The renowned Yogi Amrit Desai shares his piercing insight about the true nature of relationships in The Yoga of Relationships. This plain-English explanation of yogic teachings is peppered with humor, wisdom and personal anecdotes. Desai aspires to provide a spiritual and practical guide to gaining a clear understanding of how communication, gratitude, forgiveness, awareness and love itself play pivotal roles in creating lasting relationships.

Gurudev Shri Amritji (Yogi Amrit Desai) is an internationally recognized authority on yoga and holistic living. He has been honored both in the U.S. and abroad. Some of his distinguished titles include Doctor of Yoga, Jagadacharya (Universal Teacher), and the rare Vishwa Yoga Ratna, awarded by the President of India.
 
Friday February 15, 2013
Start: 02/15/2013 6:00 pm
Bestselling author and food celebrity "domestic goddess" Nigella Lawson presents Nigella's Italy: Easy Italian-Inspired Recipes ($35.00), her first Italian cookbook. Featuring 120 simple, fast recipes, from pasta to dessert, and beautiful full-color photographs that celebrates the ease, straightforwardness, and authenticity of Italian cuisine, this cookbook  will inspire readers to bring the spirit of Italy into the kitchen without needing to source inaccessible ingredients or totally restock the pantry

Nigella Lawson is the bestselling author of eight cookbooks, including Nigella Kitchen, Nigella Express,and Nigella Bites, which together with her television shows on the Food Network and her iPhone apps have made her a household name around the world. She is also a contributor to The Oxford Companion to Italian Literature. Nigella lives in London with her family.
 
Saturday February 16, 2013
Start: 02/16/2013 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: 02/16/2013 12:30 pm
This event is sold out.
To be placed on the wait list, call 415-927-0979, ext. 239.
 
 
Left Bank Restaurant
Admission: $125 per person
 
At 17, Nigella Lawson decided she wanted to be Italian. This sentimental journey into Italian cuisine will inspire home chefs. Nigellissima combines rich Italian culinary tradition with 120 recipes with the distinct twists and insights that she learned when she lived in Italy as a young girl. She is the author of eight cookbooks including Nigella Kitchen, Nigella Fresh, and Nigella Bites. She is a TV host on the Food Network, and in 2013, she’s launching a new series with Anthony Boudain, Ludo Lefebvre and Brain Malarkey. The menu will be paired with the wonderful wines from Trione Winery.

The price includes the meal, wine, tax, tip & a signed copy of the author’s book.

Start: 02/16/2013 1:00 pm

We all know someone who has suffered a heart attack, but how often do we learn intimate details that might help us deal with coronary artery disease before it strikes? In The Sanctuary of Illness ($15.00), Thomas Larson tells a powerful and personal story of what happens when our arteries fail us. Thomas Larson has been a staff writer for the San Diego Reader for fifteen years.

 

Start: 02/16/2013 4:00 pm
This event is cancelled due to illness.
 
Join Zachiah Laurann Murray as she discusses Mindfulness in the Garden ($16.95). Mindfulness in the Garden offers simple mindfulness verses (gathas) composed to connect the mind and body and to bring the reader/gardener’s awareness to the details of the present moment as they work in the garden. These gathas are signposts leading to nature, to the present, and ultimately to one’s self through the love and understanding they evoke. The gathas offered with each gardening activity serves to water the seeds of mindfulness within us, and softening and preparing the ground for our ability to be present.

Zachiah Laurann Murray is a Masters in Divinity candidate at the Interfaith Center for Spiritual Enlightenment. She is also a registered landscape architect, teaches meditation and is a member of the Order of Interbeing in the lineage of Thich Nhat Hanh. She presently lives in Santa Cruz, California.

Monday February 18, 2013
Start: 02/18/2013 6:00 pm
In Bringing up Bebe, journalist and mother Pamela Druckerman investigated a society of good sleepers, gourmet eaters, and mostly calm parents. She set out to learn how the French achieve all this, while telling the story of her own young family in Paris. 

Bebe Day by Day: 100 Keys to French Parenting ($19.95) distills the lessons of Bringing Up Bebe into an easy-to-read guide for parents and caregivers. How do you teach your child patience? How do you get him to like broccoli? How do you encourage your baby to sleep through the night? How can you have a child and still have a life? Alongside these time-tested lessons of French parenting are favorite recipes straight from the menus of the Parisian crèche and winsome drawings by acclaimed French illustrator Margaux Motin.  

Pamela Druckerman is a former staff reporter for the Wall Street Journal, where she covered foreign affairs. She has also written for the New York Times and the Washington Post, and appeared on the Today Show and NPR's Morning Edition, among many other outlets.

Tuesday February 19, 2013
Start: 02/19/2013 7:00 pm

Patricia Schultz presents 1000 Places to See Before You Die in the USA & Canada ($19.95). Schultz will share her thirty favorite places in our own great country where you can explore, relax and appreciate the beauty that abounds!

Patricia Schultz is the author of the international bestsellers 1,000 Places to See Before You Die (now with over 3 million copies in print and translated into 25 languages) and 1,000 Places to See in the United States and Canada Before You Die. A veteran travel journalist with 25 years of experience, she has written for The Wall Street Journal, Everyday with Rachel Ray,and Travel Weekly

Wednesday February 20, 2013
Start: 02/20/2013 7:00 pm
John Wood reads from Creating Room to Read: A Story of Hope in the Battle for Global Literacy ($27.95). In 1999, at the age of 35, John Wood left a lucrative career at Microsoft to found Room to Read, an award-winning nonprofit that promotes education, gender equality and literacy worldwide. In his newest work, Wood tackles the challenges of managing expansion while maintaining integrity; of raising money in a collapsing economy; of promoting gender equality through scholarships for girls; and of changing the mission to include not just building libraries but publishing books for children who literally have no books in their native language.  

John Wood is the Founder and Board Co-Chair of Room to Read, one of the fastest-growing and award-winning charities founded during this century. He has twice been named by Barron’s magazine as one of the world’s 25 Most Effective Philanthropists and was given a Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival.

Thursday February 21, 2013
Start: 02/21/2013 7:00 pm
Former private investigator and New York Times Notable Author David Corbett offers a unique and indispensable toolkit for creating characters that come vividly to life on the page and linger in memory. Destined to become the one desktop reference every writer requires on the craft of characterization, The Art of Character: Creating Memorablw Characters for Fiction, Film and TV ($17.00) renders all other books of its kind obsolete. Using a wealth of details, from fiction, film and TV, Corbett delves deeply and thoughtfully into the human heart of characterization, showing beginning and advanced writers how to plumb the rich source materials of their own lives and the world around them to fashion credible, compelling characters. From politics to punctuality, appetite to zeal, secrets to contradictions, Corbett doesn't miss a beat. 

David Corbett is the author of four novels: The Devil’s Redhead, Done for a Dime (a New York Times Notable Book), Blood of Paradise (nominated for numerous awards, including the Edgar), and Do They Know I’m Running? David’s short fiction and poetry have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including Mission and Tenth, The Smoking Poet, San Francisco Noir and Best American Mystery Stories (2009 and 2011). He has taught both online and in classroom settings through the UCLA Extension's Writers' Program, Book Passage, LitReactor, 826 Valencia, The Grotto in San Francisco, and at numerous writing conferences across the US. He lives in Vallejo, CA.
 
Start: 02/21/2013 7:00 pm
Angelico Hall, Dominican University
Tickets: $25 (includes signed book)

Online registration is closed
To inquire about ticket availability, please call 
(415) 927- 0960, ext. 1


In Conversation with Book Passage president Elaine Petrocelli 
 
Join former Secretary of State and author Madeleine Albright as she presents Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937-1948 ($15.99). "No one who lived through the years of 1937 to 1948," Albright writes, "was a stranger to profound sadness. Millions of innocents did not survive, and their deaths must never be forgotten. Today we lack the power to reclaim lost lives, but we have a duty to learn all that we can about what happened and why." At once a deeply personal memoir and an incisive work of history, Prague Winter serves as a guide to the future through the lessons of the past - as seen through the eyes of one of the international community's most respected and fascinating figures.
 
Madeleine Albright served as America's sixty-fourth secretary of state from 1997 to 2001. Her distinguished career also includes positions on Capitol Hill, on the National Security Council, and as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. She is a resident of Washington, D.C., and Virginia. 
 
Saturday February 23, 2013
Start: 02/23/2013 1:00 pm

Gretel Erlich presents Facing the Wave: A Journey in the Wake of the Tsunami ($25.00). A passionate student of Japanese poetry and art for much of her life, Gretel Ehrlich felt compelled to return to the earthquake- and tsunami-devastated Tohoku coast, to bear witness and listen to the survivors. In an eloquent narrative that blends reportage, poetic observation, and deeply felt reflection, she introduces us to fishermen, farmers, teachers, monks, outcasts, and an eighty-four-year-old geisha, who survived the wave to hand down a song that only she still remembered. Their harrowing and inspirational stories are set against a landscape both shattered and beautiful, with the ever-present specter of the nearby Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power complex that spews radiation into the fields and the fishing grounds.

Gretel Ehrlich is the author of This Cold Heaven, The Future of Ice, and The Solace of Open Spaces, among other works of nonfiction, fiction, and poetry. She lives in Stevensville, MD. 

 

Start: 02/23/2013 7:00 pm
Scotland Yard detectives Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James are on the case in Deborah Crombie’s The Sound of Broken Glass ($25.99), a captivating mystery that blends a murder from the past with a powerful danger in the present.

When Detective Inspector James joins forces with Detective Inspector Melody Talbot to solve the murder of an esteemed barrister, their investigation leads them to realize that nothing is what it seems—with the crime they’re investigating and their own lives.

A native Texan who has lived in both England and Scotland, Deborah Crombie is a three-time Macavity Award winner, an Edgar Award nominee, and a New York Times Notable author. She is the author of more than a dozen novels, including the recent Necessary as Blood and Dreaming of the Bones, which was selected as one of the 100 Best Crime Novels of the Century by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association.
 
Sunday February 24, 2013
Start: 02/24/2013 1:00 pm

Join us for hilarious readings from the latest Traveler's Tales humor anthology, Leave the Lipstick, Take the Iguana ($16.95). Authors include Spud Hilton (SF Chronicle Travel Editor), Laura DeutschKimberley Lovato, and Jill Robinson. They'll be joined by editor Marcy Gordon for Q&A following the readings. This award-winning series just keeps getting better! 

Start: 02/24/2013 2:00 pm
End: 02/24/2013 4:00 pm

Scott Anderson - Literary Journalism and The Enduring Power of Creative Nonfiction

Creative nonfiction begins from the premise that life can speak for itself if we can only find the structures to contain it and the words to celebrate it. One of the most influential and controversial wings of this movement is Literary Journalism, an approach that was pioneered in the 1960s by wordsmith reporters like Tom Wolfe, Truman Capote and Hunter S. Thompson.After experiencing ups and downs in the 1970s, the genre saw a storming resurgence in the late 1980s with writers like Jon Franklin, David Simon and Jon Krakauer.

On Feb. 24, award-winning journalist Scott Thomas Anderson will discuss how he turned to Literary Journalism and other elements of creative nonfiction during a crisis in his writing career - the assignment of capturing, in a meaningful way, the child abuse, elder abuse, domestic violence, assaults and homicides he was witnessing around methamphetamine during his 18 months as an embedded reporter with law enforcement. 

Scott Thomas Anderson is a journalist who has written for publications like The Sacramento News and Review and Sierra Lodestar magazine. He’s worked as a foreign correspondent for Radio Kerry in Tralee, Ireland, and he’s been published in The Irish Independent, Dublin’s  largest daily newspaper. Scott is currently a crime reporter for the northern California newspaper, The Press Tribune

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 welcomewww.cwcmarinwriters.com

 

Monday February 25, 2013
Start: 02/25/2013 6:00 pm
In Exploding the Phone ($26.00), Phil Lapsley illuminates the forgotten history of the proto-hackers, tinkerers, and pranksters who turned AT&T’s telephone system into their electronic playground.
 
Before smartphones and iPads, before the Internet or the personal computer, a misfit group of technophiles, blind teenagers, hippies, and outlaws figured out how to hack the world’s largest machine: the telephone system. By the middle of the twentieth century the telephone system had grown into something extraordinary, a web of cutting-edge switching machines and human operators that linked together millions of people like never before. But the network had a billion-dollar flaw, and once people discovered it, things would never be the same. 

Phil Lapsley co-founded two high technology companies in the San Francisco Bay Area and was a consultant at McKinsey & Company where he advised Fortune 100 companies on strategy. He holds a Master's degree in electrical engineering and computer sciences from U. C. Berkeley and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management. Lapsley has been interviewed by NPR and the BBC and quoted in The New York Times and Boston Globe on telephone and computer security issues, and is the author of one textbook, sixteen patents, an Internet standard, and many technical articles.
 
Start: 02/25/2013 7:00 pm
Margaret Wrinkle’s luminous, affecting debut novel is the impassioned story of two men and a woman joined by slave breeding in early-nineteenth-century Tennessee. Written as an accusation, a revelation, and a prayer, Wash ($25.00) challenges contemporary assumptions as it transcends time, revealing anew this explosive shard of national history.

Born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, Margaret Wrinkle is a writer, filmmaker, educator, and visual artist. Her award-winning documentary feature, broken\ground, explores contemporary race relations in her historically conflicted hometown. broken\ground was featured on NPR’s Morning Edition and won the Council on Foundations’ Film Festival. She holds a B.A. and an M.A. in English from Yale University and a Masters in Elementary Education from University of Alabama, Birmingham. She has studied fiction with Chinua Achebe, Pinckney Benedict, and AJ Verdelle, and traditional spiritual practices with Malidoma and Sobonfu Somé, and Mayumi Oda. She teaches part-time at the San Francisco Art Institute and lives in rural New Mexico.
 
Tuesday February 26, 2013
Start: 02/26/2013 7:00 pm
Lavinia Spalding is the author of Writing Away: A Creative Guide to Awakening the Journal-Writing Traveler, co-author of With a Measure of Grace, the Story and Recipes of a Small Town Restaurant, and editor of the 2011, 2012 and 2013 The Best Women's Travel Writing ($19.95). A regular contributor to Yoga Journal, her work has been featured in a wide variety of print and online publications. 
 
Also featuring readings by: 
 
Laurie Weed is a passionate traveler and hapless romantic whose stories have appeared in four of the Best Women’s Travel Writing collections. A freelance copywriter by day, she also writes for magazines, guidebooks and newspapers, and co-authors “World Watch,” a weekly column for the Chicago Tribune
 
Martha Ezell has worked as an educator, social worker, mortgage broker, apple-picker, artist's assistant, and documentary filmmaker. Her short films include "Taking Up Space: Socrates Sculpture Park," "A Visit to the Elephant Seals of Año Nuevo," and "Szechuan Summer." She currently works at Sonoma State University in academic technology. She's happiest when she's near the ocean and has recently learned to surf near her home in Sonoma County. This is her first published writing.
 
Kristin Zibell is an award-winning travel writer and travel blogger, and online strategist. She authors the popular travel blog Take Your Big Trip to inspire would-be travelers to live their travel dreams. A regular speaker on career sabbaticals, travel blogging, and web design, her work has been featured in Best Women’s Travel Writing, Bay Area Travel Writer’s Stories from Around the Globe, BootsNAll, Meet Plan Go!, and Nomadic Matt. When not traveling locally around San Francisco, she is always planning her next big trip. 
 
Marcy Gordon’s narrative travel writing has appeared online for World Hum and in many Travelers’ Tales anthologies including More Sand in My Bra, 30 Days in Italy and Best Women’s Travel Writing 2012, 2011 and 2010. She is editor of Leave the Lipstick, Take the Iguana: Funny Travel Stories from the Road. She also writes Come for the Wine, a popular blog that features wine tourism destinations around the world. 
 
Wednesday February 27, 2013
Start: 02/27/2013 7:00 pm
From the author of the instant New York Times best seller Swamplandia! (a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize) comes Vampires in the Lemon Grove ($24.95 ), a dazzling new collection of stories that showcases Karen Russell's gifts at their inimitable best.

In the collection's marvelous title story, two aging vampires in a sun-drenched Italian lemon grove find their hundred-year marriage tested when one of them develops a fear of flying. In "The Seagull Army Descends on Strong Beach, 1979," a dejected teenager discovers that the universe is communicating with him through talismanic objects left in a seagull's nest. "Proving Up" and "The Graveless Doll of Eric Mutis"--stories of children left to fend for themselves in dire predicaments--find Russell veering into more sinister territory, and ultimately crossing the line into full-scale horror. In "The New Veterans," a massage therapist working with a tattooed war veteran discovers she has the power to heal by manipulating the images on his body. In all, these wondrous new pieces display a young writer of superlative originality and invention coming into the full range and scale of her powers. 
 
Karen Russell, a native of Miami, has been featured in The New Yorker's debut fiction issue and on The New Yorker's 20 Under 40 list, and was chosen as one of Granta's Best Young American Novelists. In 2009, she received the 5 Under 35 award from the National Book Foundation. Three of her short stories have been selected for the Best American Short Stories volumes. Her novel Swamplandia! was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. She is a graduate of the Columbia MFA program and a 2012 Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin.
 
Thursday February 28, 2013
Start: 02/28/2013 7:00 pm
Manil Suri presents The City of Devi ($26.95). As Mumbai empties under the threat of imminent nuclear annihilation, Sarita, can only think of one thing: being reunited with Karun, her physicist husband. Why has he vanished? Who is he running from? To find him, Sarita must journey across the surreal landscape of a near-abandoned city. Danger lurks around every corner, but so does the incongruous and the absurd.

Manil Suri, a native of Mumbai, is a professor of mathematics at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He is the author of The Death of Vishnu, a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award, and The Age of Shiva.
 
Friday March 01, 2013
Start: 03/01/2013 7:00 pm
Advocating a holistic approach, Rev. George L. McLaird teaches that spiritual living requires flexibility — growing, morphing, and constantly being revised, refreshed and reinvented. In A Guide for Spiritual Living ($19.95), he offers suggestions on how to structure a spiritual path that is uniquely yours.

Rev. George L. McLaird is an author, counselor, teacher and lifelong student of spiritual disciplines. He has authored several books including the curriculum for his classes, seminars and workshops.

Saturday March 02, 2013
Start: 03/02/2013 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: 03/02/2013 1:00 pm
A dark love story, Fire & Water ($16.95) is Betsy Fasbinder's first novel. As Katherine Murphy navigates the treacherous territory between passionate love and friendship, her family devotion is the only anchor that can keep her from losing all that she values most.

In addition to this debut novel launch, join us as we celebrate the maverick voices of other Marin County indie authors. Among them will be Linda Joy Myers (author of Power of Memoir and the newly published Journey of Memoir: Three Stages of Memoir Writing), Christie Nelson (author of Dreaming Mill Valley), Elizabeth Appell (author of Lessons from the Gypsy Camp) and Amy Peele (author of Aunt Mary's Guide to Raising Children the Old Fashioned Way).  

Betsy Graziana Fasbinder is the recipeint of the Floyd Salas Award for Fiction, and has previously received a Jack London award and two East of Eden awards. She is currently at work on a collection of personal essays.

Sunday March 03, 2013
Start: 03/03/2013 1:00 pm

Marc Lesser presents Know Yourself, Forget Yourself: Five Truths That Will Transform Your Work, Relationships, and Everyday Life ($14.95 ). We all yearn for clear-cut answers to life’s problems. Yet we rarely get them. And when we do, we often receive results we didn’t expect. Formulas fail and contradictions mount. In Know Yourself, Forget Yourself, executive coach and Zen teacher Marc Lesser shows that understanding and embracing the points where our life feels most confusing, most contradictory, can lead us to more satisfaction and joy. 

Marc Lesser, the CEO and cofounder of the nonprofit Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute, lived at the San Francisco Zen Center for ten years and is the former director of the Tassajara Zen Mountain Center. He lives in Mill Valley, CA. His website is www.zbaassociates.com.

 

Start: 03/03/2013 4:00 pm
David Helvarg presents The Golden Shore: California's Love Affair with the Sea ($26.99). Taking the reader on both a geographical and literary history of the state, Helvarg goes from California’s border up north with Oregon down to the border of San Diego and Tijuana, Mexico, and out into the sea with the whales, sharks, seals, kelp forests, and offshore seamounts. He captures the unique spirit of this amazing coast, its mythic place in American culture, and its role in a state whose ongoing natural disasters and unrelenting sense of renewal are intimately linked to its deep connection with an ever-changing sea.  

David Helvarg is the founder and president of the Blue Ocean Campaign, a Washington DC based organization working for ocean and coastal conservation. An award-winning journalist, he has written for the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Smithsonian, Popular Science, Sierra, and The Nation, and has produced more than forty documentaries for PBS, the Discovery Channel, and others.  His previous books include Rescue Warriors and Saved by the Sea: A Love Story with Fish. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. 
 
Monday March 04, 2013
Start: 03/04/2013 6:00 pm

From Bravo’s Top Chef All-Stars winner Richard Blais comes Try This at Home ($35.00), his debut cookbook for home cooks who hope to up their game and have more excitement in the kitchen. Accessible and fun, his book includes the signature recipes, flavor combinations, and cooking techniques that have made him such a popular chef.

 

Start: 03/04/2013 7:00 pm

Self-Publish like a Professional: How to Avoid the New Slush Pile, is a rare Left Coast Writers® Salon which will be open to the public—no membership required to attend!

The panel of speakers, led by LCW president Linda Watanabe McFerrin, will include a planning and print specialist, a book designer, a small publisher, and a bookseller—all experts in their fields, with unique perspectives on today’s popular practice of self-publishing. The discussion will be frank, and full of vital information that writers need to know, with plenty of time left for the many questions it will raise. Every writer should attend! Please join us.

Book Passage hosts monthly meetings of Left Coast Writers® at our Corte Madera store. The monthly meetings provide an evening of literary connections, support, counsel, readings, writing tips, literary chat, unabashed networking, and great fun. Each meeting also features a presentation by one of several Bay Area literary figures. LCW has its own lively newsletter and website at www.leftcoastwriters.com/.
 

Tuesday March 05, 2013
Start: 03/05/2013 6:00 pm
In Ending Addiction for Good ($14.95), authors Richard Taite and Constance Scharff, Ph.D. relate their own true-life stories and struggles with addiction and how they overcame their problems. Each found that they used solutions widely understood within the treatment community, but not put together into a comprehensive holistic treatment protocol. So they took the time to create that protocol.

Constance Scharff has a Ph.D. in Transformative Studies, specializing in addiction recovery.  She is the Addiction Researcher and Transformative Studies Scholar at Cliffside Malibu Treatment Center, a researcher with the Institute for Creative Transformation, and the world’s leading expert on using ecstatic spiritual experience to maintain long-term sobriety.

Wednesday March 06, 2013
Start: 03/06/2013 7:00 pm
Dominican University, Angelico Hall
Online registration is now closed. Books and seating available at the door. 
 
In Conversation with Book Passage President Elaine Petrocelli

California Lieutenant Governor and former Mayor of San Francisco Gavin Newsom presents Citizenville: How to Take the Town Square Digital and Reinvent Government ($25.95). Newsom discusses how ordinary citizens can use new digital tools to dissolve political gridlock and transform American democracy.
 

Start: 03/06/2013 7:00 pm
In the spirit of American Wife and The Paris Wife, Melanie Benjamin presents The Aviator's Wife ($26.00). This novel reveals the story behind one of America's most remarkable marriages--Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh--two aviators, thrill-seekers, heroes--and reveals both its dizzying highs and devastating lows with grace, insight, and stunning power.

Melanie Benjamin is a pseudonym for Melanie Hauser, who has written three contemporary novels. She is the author of the nationally bestselling Alice I Have Been and The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb. Benjamin lives in Chicago, where she is at work on her next historical novel.
 
Thursday March 07, 2013
Start: 03/07/2013 7:00 pm
In Friendships Don't Just Happen!: The Guide to Creating a Meaningful Circle of Girlfriends ($18.95), Shasta Nelson reveals the most important proven steps, processes, and secrets vital to establishing the five different levels of friendships, or Circles of Connectedness, that women--no matter their age or relationship status--are longing for in today's stressful and mobile culture. This revolutionary, engaging guide will also benefit women who already feel rooted to fabulous friends, with insightful principles that will help them maintain and enhance their current friendships. 

Shasta Nelson, M.Div. is a nationally recognized friendship expert. She is the founder and CEO of GirlFriendCircles.com, a women’s friendship matching site in 35 cities across the U.S. She has been featured on the Today show and the Early Show and in the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, the San Francisco Chronicle, Essence, Parents, MoreRedbook, and Glamour.

Friday March 08, 2013
Start: 03/08/2013 7:00 pm
Joyce Carol Oates presents The Accursed ($27.99). 
 
Princeton, New Jersey at the turn of the twentieth century: a young bride on the verge of the altar is seduced and abducted by a dangerously compelling man—a shape-shifting, vaguely European prince who might just be the devil, and who spreads his curse upon a richly deserving community of white Anglo-Saxon privilege. When the bride’s brother sets out against all odds to find her, his path will cross those of Princeton’s most formidable people, from Grover Cleveland to soon-to-be commander in chief Woodrow Wilson; from the young Socialist idealist Upton Sinclair, to his charismatic comrade Jack London, and the most famous writer of the era, Samuel Clemens/Mark Twain—all plagued by “accursed” visions. 
 
Joyce Carol Oates is a recipient of the National Book Award, the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction, and the National Humanities Medal, our government's highest civilian honor for the arts. She has written some of the most enduring fiction of our time, including the national bestsellers We Were the Mulvaneys, Blonde and The Falls. She is the 2010 recipient of the National Book Critics Circle Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award. Joyce Carol Oates lives in Princeton, New Jersey.


Start: 03/08/2013 7:00 pm
Chef Chloe Coscarelli's first all-dessert cookbook, Chloe’s Vegan Desserts ($19.99), will satisfy your sweet tooth from morning to night with more than 100 recipes for cakes and cupcakes, ice cream and doughnuts and pies—oh my! And you just will not believe these delicious dishes are vegan. Go ahead and lick that spoon—there are no worries when you bake vegan! With gorgeous color photography, clever tips, and a comprehensive section on vegan baking basics to get you started, thid book will be your new vegan dessert bible.

Chloe Coscarelli is a graduate of the Natural Gourmet Institute of Health and Culinary Arts NYC, the University of California, Berkeley, as well as Cornell University’s Plant-Based Nutrition Program. Chloe Coscarelli is the author of Chloe’s Kitchen and creator of ChefChloe.com, and she lives in Los Angeles.

Saturday March 09, 2013
Start: 03/09/2013 7:00 pm
Left Coast Writers Book Launch
 
Cynthia Greenberg talks about her new novel Burmese Jade ($17.50). She tells the story of a French photojournalist who traverses the globe from Paris to Malaysia in pursuit of a link between her grandfather’s disappearance and a famous silk baron who vanished a quarter of a century earlier.

Sunday March 10, 2013
Start: 03/10/2013 12:00 pm

Phil Cousineau and tea expert James Norwood Pratt discuss and sign copies of The Meaning of Tea: A Tea Inspired Journey ($24.95). The book explores the nature of tea through the words of growers, tasters, and experts.

This event is part of the S.F. Interntional Tea Festival at the Ferry Building.

 

Start: 03/10/2013 1:00 pm
End: 03/10/2013 3:00 pm

Ignite Your Writing With Details & Fire!
Sun., Mar. 10 • 1:00-3:00 pm • $45 per person


Bring in a small object that has personal meaning. Bring your appetite for snacks beginning with the letter “J.” Bring the dreaming-doodling part of your brain. Bring your curiosity to find out something about yourself that you once knew but somehow forgot...and find out what happens next.
  
Start: 03/10/2013 4:00 pm
Featuring photographer David Johnson!
 
David Johnson, a native of Jacksonville, Florida was the first African American student of Ansel Adams. In his 1946 classes at the California School of Fine Art, (now the San Francisco Art Institute), Johnson was advised to photograph his own neighborhood and document the faces and places with which he was most familiar. He subsequently became an important chronicler of black life in San Francisco in the middle part of the 20th century. A Dream Begun So Long Ago ($65.00) is the story of how one of the most significant cultural photographers came into the apex of his career. Johnson’s black and white photographs are now considered fine art. Now in his late 80’s Johnson is considered a pioneer as a photographer in the San Francisco Fillmore community. His name is etched in concrete at the Fillmore Plaza.

Author Jacqueline Annette Sue has a masters degree from San Fracisco Theological Seminary and formerly served as a California Postmaster. She was honored by the Friends and Foundation of the San Francisco Public Library as their 2010 Literary Laureate.

Monday March 11, 2013
Start: 03/11/2013 6:00 pm

Left Coast Writers Event!
Set prior to Hurricane Katrina, Bayou Nights ($14.99) features Claire Rivet, a Baton Rouge Assistant D.A. attempting to connect the rape and murder of a young woman to a similar attack she suffered when she was ten. Nicola Trwst’s previous book was The Belvedere Club.

 

Start: 03/11/2013 7:00 pm
California Book Launch!
Reception with wine to proceed reading 
 
In Murder Below Montparnasse ($25.95), a long-lost Modigliani portrait, a grieving brother’s blood vendetta and a Soviet secret that’s been buried for 80 years are all involved in Parisian private investigator Aimée Leduc’s current case. In this latest in the celebrated series of Aimée Leduc mysteries, Cara Black pits her detective against an art heist, an absent partner and a gruesome murder as she tries to solve her most exciting case yet.

Cara Black is the author of thirteen books in the bestselling Aimée Leduc series. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and son and visits Paris frequently.


Tuesday March 12, 2013
Start: 03/12/2013 7:00 pm

At seventeen, Mary Johnson experienced her calling when she saw a photo of Mother Teresa on the cover of Time magazine; eighteen months later she began her training as a Missionary of Charity, a nun in Mother Teresa’s order. Not without difficulty, this boisterous, independent-minded teenager eventually adapted to the sisters’ austere life of poverty and devotion, but beneath the white-and-blue sari beat the heart of an ordinary young woman who faced daily the simple and profound struggles we all share, the same desires for love and connection. Eventually, after twenty years of service, Johnson left the church to find her own path. In An Unquenchable Thirst: A Memoir ($16.00), her magnificently told story holds universal truths about the mysteries of faith and how a woman discovers herself.

For twenty years, as Sister Donata, Mary Johnson was a Missionary of Charity, a nun in Mother Teresa’s order, until she left in 1997. A respected teacher and public speaker, she has been named a Fellow of the MacDowell Colony and is on the board of A Room of Her Own Foundation. She lives in New Hampshire.
  

Wednesday March 13, 2013
Start: 03/13/2013 6:00 pm

Dina Hampton captures the revolutionary fervor of the ‘60s in Little Red: Three Passionate Lives Through the Sixties and Beyond ($25.99). She tells the parallel biographies of Angela Davis, Tom Hurwitz, and Elliot Abrams—three graduates of the Greenwich Village “Little Red School House” who went in radically different directions.

 

Start: 03/13/2013 7:00 pm
Co-Sponsored by Ross School
 
What are the differences between a winning and losing performance? In Top Dog ($26.99), Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman use cutting-edge science to tease out the hidden factors at the core of every great triumph and every tragic failure. Bronson and Merryman are the authors of the N.Y. Times bestseller NurtureShock.

Thursday March 14, 2013
Start: 03/14/2013 7:00 pm
In her first novel since The God of War, critically acclaimed author Marisa Silver takes Dorothea Lange’s “Migrant Mother” photograph as inspiration for a breathtaking reinvention—a story of two women, one famous and one forgotten, and of the remarkable legacy of their singular encounter. Mary Coin ($25.95) expands upon the moment when, in 1936, a young mother resting by the side of a road in Central California is spontaneously photographed by a woman documenting the migrant laborers who have taken to America’s farms in search of work—little personal information is exchanged and neither has any way of knowing that their chance encounter has produced the most iconic image of the Great Depression.

Marisa Silver is the author of the novels The God of War (a Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist) and No Direction Home; and two story collections, Alone With You and Babe in Paradise (a New York Times Notable Book and Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year). She lives in Los Angeles.

Friday March 15, 2013
Start: 03/15/2013 6:00 pm

 


3 Minute Reads
from San Francisco Grotto Writers
50+ Writers, 3 Minutes Each! 
 

Joins us for a fast-paced and irreverent evening, showcasing new work from the students of the San Francisco Writer's Grotto writing classes. On this Friday evening, both fiction and nonfiction writers will read their work — but only for 3 minutes each! Their instructors (Grotto authors) will enforce the time limit. Join us for wine, fun, and fresh new writing.

 

Start: 03/15/2013 7:00 pm
Co-Sponsored by Hospice of Marin 
 
Decisions made in the chaotic 30 days after a loved one dies can have a profound and lasting consequence, but navigating financial bureaucracy in a state of grief can feel impossible. Out of his own agonizing experience, Scott Smith was inspired to create When Someone Dies: The Practical Guide to the Logistics of Death ($16.00), the first complete and essential resource for dealing with the concrete details that surround the death of a loved one. This remarkably comprehensive and informative guide that educates readers quickly and compassionately, allowing them to spend more time on healing and less on navigating logistics. 

Scott Smith is a partner in Viant Capital, a San Francisco-based boutique investment bank and tech business incubator committed to providing emerging growth and small to mid-market companies with high quality strategic advisory and capital-raising services. When Someone Dies is his first book.
 


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