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Start: 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.

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Start: 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

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Start: 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.

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Start: 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: 7:00 pm
Angelico Hall, Dominican University
Tickets: $25 (includes signed book)

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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. 
 
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Start: 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: 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.
 


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