Start: 12:40 pm
End: 2:20 pm
Seven Mondays: Jan. 28- Mar. 18 (no class Feb. 18) • 12:40-2:20 pm • $205Prerequisite: Students must be able to speak in simple sentences, have studid both the present tense and the passato prossimo. Students will continue to develop basic proficiency in speaking, reading, understanding and writing through introduction to new vocabulary and new grammatical structures. Emphasis is on conversation. Texts: Ultimate ItalianWendy Walsh, Ph.D. in Italian Literature from UCB, has been teaching Italian language, literature, and cooking since 1979. She leads a yearly Language Study Tour Program to Italy.
Start: 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: 7:00 pm
End: 9:00 pm
Four Mondays: Jan. 28, Feb. 25, Mar. 25, Apr. 29 • 7:00-9:00 pm • $95 We’ll have an intimate conversation with the authors of…the gripping true tale of “Hawaii’s last queen, the sugar kings, and America’s first imperial adventure”; California-set stories with compassionate, detailed views of fraught suburban lives; a haunting, award-winning literary thriller whose protagonist doesn’t know whether she’s murdered her friend or not; and a lively, funny, yet very moving fish-out-of-water love story set in rural Japan. Longtime senior and literary editor of San Francisco magazine, Pamela Feinsilber is a writing consultant and book editor. Reading ListJanuary: Lost Kingdom by Julia Flynn Siler ($16.00)February: Swim Back to Me by Ann Packer ($14.95)March: Turn of Mind by Alice LaPlante ($15.00)April: If You Follow Me by Malena Watrous ($14.99)
Start: 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.