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27
Start: 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: 2:00 pm
End: 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: 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: 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. 

 

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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

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.

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Start: 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: 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.

 

 

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Start: 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.
 
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Start: 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: 7:00 pm
Marin author and physician Dr. Arthur J. Ammann presents Women, HIV, and the Church ($25.30). This book uses the megaphone of HIV to draw attention to the discrimination of women and violence against women worldwide and the continuing problem of intimate partner violence in developing countries but also in the United States. The book has several essays from other Bay Area authors as well as international authors who speak on behalf of women. Women, HIV, and the Church reinforces the call on the faith community to take action. 

Dr. Arthur Ammann's career has spanned many fields including physician, researcher, activist, philanthropist and clinical professor.  In 1982, Dr. Ammann described two of the three ways that HIV is transmitted, including the first cases of transmission of AIDS from mother to infant and the first blood transfusion associated AIDS patients.  Dr. Ammann has been featured in media outlets from Time to Frontline.
 
Start: 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. 


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Start: 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.
 
2
Start: 11:00 am

Rebecah Freeling is a master storyteller, experienced early childhood educator, and parent coach.  New to California, she recently joined the faculty of Marin Mountain School Early Childhood Center in Corte Madera. For thirteen years she was owner, Director and Lead Teacher of Briar Rose Children's Center in her home state of Ohio. Her magical stories, both original and drawn from the folk and fairy tale traditions, are enhanced by handmade table puppets and simple marionettes.  One often observes the children hearing her stories to be sitting on the edge of their seats, eyes wide and mouths open in anticipation!

 

Start: 1:00 pm
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: 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: 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.

 



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