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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. 
 
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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.
 
Saturday March 16, 2013
Start: 03/16/2013 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: 03/16/2013 1:00 pm

Meet and Greet!
In the Kitchen with the Pike Place Fish Guys ($30.00) serves up more than 100 savory seafood recipes that answer the most popular question the Fish Guys get: “How do you cook that?” Anders Miller features the inspiring words from the fishmongers who made Pike Place Fish entirely sustainable in 2011.

 

Start: 03/16/2013 1:00 pm
Pamela Olson's Fast Times in Palestine: A Love Affair with a Homeless Homeland ($16.00) is the powerful, deeply moving account of her life in the midst of Palestine—encompassing not only the political tension that disrupts the region, but its historical richness, culture and the day-to-day existence of its civilians. From indecisive college graduate to international journalist, Olson also traces the personal transformation she endured over the two-year span she spent in Occupied Territory. From idyllic olive groves to Palestinian beer gardens, from Passover in Tel Aviv to Ramadan in a Hamas village, readers will find Olson’s narrative both suspenseful and discerning. 
 
Pamela Olson lived in Ramallah for two years, during which she served as head writer and editor for the Palestine Monitor and foreign press coordinator for Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi’s 2005 presidential campaign. She’s published stories and articles in CounterPunch, Electronic Intifada, Mondoweiss, Israel’s Occupation Magazine, and The Stanford Magazine, and she also wrote an essay about disputed holy sites for the Encyclopedia of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.

Start: 03/16/2013 7:00 pm
Uncivil Liberties was penned by six members of Praxis Peace Institute's book club (Sonoma) who decided to challenge and deconstruct libertarian and right wing ideologies. Taking on the tenets of libertarian thought, they challenge the American myths that promote a "me first" agenda, rugged individualism, and the lone hero. They explore the role that ideologies play in helping us make sense of the world and revisit the American experiment -- still unproved -- of American democracy. Citing successful alternatives to laissez-faire and corporate capitalism, the authors promote existing models that celebrate the dignity of humankind by promoting empathy, cooperation, and respect. 

The authors are Ben Boyce (community activist), Benjamin Colby, PhD (anthropology), Gus diZerega, PhD (political science), Julianne Maurseth, PhD (organizational psychology), Barry Spector (author of Madness at the Gates of the City: The Myth of American Innocence), and editor/author Georgia Kelly, Director of Praxis Peace Institute.

Sunday March 17, 2013
Start: 03/17/2013 1:00 pm
Beverly Donofrio had already lived two lives, first as a scrappy young mother on the streets of the East Village and later as the bestselling author of Riding in Cars with Boys. By the time she reached her fifties, she thought she had seen it all. Now, even though she was living in a vibrant, picturesque Mexican town, where she practiced yoga, drank margaritas in her backyard, and took salsa lessons, she felt lost and was searching for monasteries to visit. Then one night she woke to find a rapist holding a knife to her throat. So begins Astonished: A Story of Evil, Blessings, Grace, and Solace ($25.95), a memoir that charts Donofrio’s journey—a long and twisting road through denial, mourning, anger, vulnerability, and retreat at five very different monasteries.

Beverly Donofrio’s first memoir, Riding in Cars with Boys, has been translated into sixteen languages and made into a popular motion picture. Her second memoir, Looking for Mary, began as a documentary on NPR. She lived for four years as a lay Carmelite at Nada Hermitage in Colorado, where she began this book.

Start: 03/17/2013 4:00 pm
Featuring contributor and bestselling author Tobias Wolff! 
 
In Not Less Than Everything: Catholic Writers on Heroes of Conscience, from Joan of Arc to Oscar Romero ($17.99), anthology editor Catherine Wolff has compiled a thoughtful and engaging collection of essays and reflections on the Catholic figures who continue to inspire and serve as role models today—profiles of the men and women who found great personal, spiritual, and intellectual strength to keep their faith while challenging the traditional church.Covering a range of subjects and topics—from Ann Patchett on Charles Strobel to Colm Toibin on Gerard Manley Hopkins to Alice McDermott on Horace McKenna, S.J.—the anthology showcases some of today’s most respected writers and thinkers engaging personally with their favorite saints, official and not.

Catherine Wolff is the former Director of the Arrupe Center for Community-Based Learning at Santa Clara University, and a former chaplain with the Catholic Community at Stanford University. She is married to author Tobias Wolff. They have three grown children and live in Northern California.

Monday March 18, 2013
Start: 03/18/2013 12:00 pm

Tony La Russa discusses One Last Strike: Fifty Years in Baseball, Ten and a Half Games Back, and One Final Championship Season ($27.99). Speaking candidly, the third-winningest manager in baseball history talks about his World Championship season with the St. Louis Cardinals, his lifetime spent studying the game, his famously intense style, and his decision to retire. La Russa also shares stories from throughout his career that shaped his outlook — from his first days managing the Chicago White Sox to his championship years with the Oakland A's, to his triumphant tenure as St. Louis's longest-serving manager.

Tony La Russa managed the St. Louis Cardinals from 1996 to 2011, as well as the Oakland A's and the Chicago White Sox. He has three World Series wins, six league championships, and five Manager of the Year awards, and is ranked third in all-time major league wins. He and his wife, Elaine, founded the Tony La Russa Animal Rescue Foundation in Walnut Creek, California.

 

Start: 03/18/2013 7:00 pm

Co-Sponsored by Family Service Agency 

Christa Parravani's Her ($26.00) is a blazingly passionate memoir of identity and love: when a charismatic and troubled young woman dies tragically, her idential twin sister must struggle to survive. Christa Parravani and her identical twin, Cara, were linked by a bond that went beyond siblinghood, beyond sisterhood, beyond friendship. But, haunted by childhood experiences with father figures and further damaged by being raped as a young adult, Cara veered off the path to robust work and life and in to depression, drugs and a shocking early death. Beautifully written, mesmerizingly rich and true, Christa Parravani's account of being left, one half of a whole, and of her desperate, ultimately triumphant struggle for survival is informative, heart-wrenching and unforgettably beautiful. 

Christa Parravani is a writer and photographer. Her photographs have been exhibited internationally, and are represented by the Michael Foley Gallery in New York City and the Kopeikin gallery in Los Angeles. She has taught photography at Dartmouth College, Columbia University and UMass, Amherst. She earned her MFA in Visual Art from Columbia University and her MFA in Creative Writing from Rutgers.

 

Tuesday March 19, 2013
Start: 03/19/2013 12:00 pm

The ticket price of $55 includes lunch and a signed book
Call (415) 927-0960 ext. 1 to reserve
Can't attend the event? Order a signed copy


 

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni shares Oleander Girl. Beloved by critics and readers, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni has been hailed by Junot Díaz as a “brilliant storyteller” and by People magazine as a “skilled cartographer of the heart.” Now, Divakaruni returns with her most gripping novel yet, a sweeping, suspenseful, atmospheric coming-of-age novel about a young woman who leaves India for America on a search that will transform her life.

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni is the award-winning author of many books, including The Mistress of Spices, Sister of My Heart, and One Amazing Thing. Her work has appeared in The New YorkerThe Atlantic Monthly, and The New York Times. Born in India, she currently lives in Texas and teaches in the nationally ranked Creative Writing program at the University of Houston.

Author Elizabeth Berg will introduce Ms. Divakaruni. 

Book Passage hosts literary luncheons with celebrated authors at our Marin store. These events are catered by the outstanding Insalata’s Restaurant of San Anselmo.

 

Start: 03/19/2013 6:00 pm
Everyone has heard of “Typhoid Mary” — but few know much about the woman who worked in New York as a cook at the turn of the century and unknowingly infected her clients with typhoid fever. In Fever ($26.00), critically-acclaimed novelist and recipient of the esteemed “5 Under 35” designation from the National Book Foundation Mary Beth Keane imagines the life of this courageous, headstrong, vilified young immigrant and finds sympathy, pluck, stubbornness, a great capacity for cooking, and love. 

Mary Beth Keane was born in New York City to Irish parents. She attended Barnard College and the University of Virginia, where she received an MFA in Fiction. Author of The Walking People, she lives in Pearl River, New York, with her husband and their two sons.
 
Start: 03/19/2013 7:00 pm
Misfit, truant, delinquent. John Robison was never a model child, and he wasn’t a model dad either. Diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome at the age of forty, he approached fatherhood as a series of logic puzzles and practical jokes. The one thing John couldn’t figure out was what to do when school authorities decided that Cubby was dumb and stubborn—the very same thing he had been told as a child. Did Cubby have Asperger’s too? By turns tender, suspenseful, and hilarious, Raising Cubby: A Father and Son's Adventures with Asperger's, Trains, Tractors, and High Explosives ($26.00) is more than just the story of raising Cubby. It’s the story of a father and son who grow up together.

John Elder Robison is the author of two previous books, the New York Times bestseller Look Me in the Eye and Be Different.  He lectures widely on autism and neurological differences, and is a member of the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee of the US Dept. of Health and Human Services.  John also serves on committees and review boards for the CDC, the National Institutes of Health, and Autism Speaks. A machinery enthusiast and avid photographer, John lives in Amherst, Massachusetts with his family, animals, and machines.

Wednesday March 20, 2013
Start: 03/20/2013 7:00 pm
Priority Seating with Purchase of The Dark Legacy from Book Passage
 
In 2012, Terry Brooks brought readers back to the beloved world of the Four Lands with a brand new Shannara series.  Now, readers have the chance to continue the tale with the latest installment of The Dark Legacy of Shannar trilogy, Bloodfire Quest ($28.00).  The quest for the missing Elfstones has gone badly awry. The Druid Order has been decimated, and its surviving leader and her followers are trapped inside the Forbidding—the hellish dimension that imprisons the most dangerous creatures banished from the Four Lands. But now the powerful magic barrier that surrounds the Forbidding is crumbling, and an evil horde is poised to break free . . . unless one young Druid is willing to make the ultimate sacrifice.

Terry Brooks is the New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty books, including the Dark Legacy of Shannara adventure Wards of Faerie and the Legends of Shannara novels Bearers of the Black Staff and The Measure of the Magic. His novels Running with the Demon and A Knight of the Word were selected by the Rocky Mountain News as two of the best science fiction/fantasy novels of the twentieth century. The author was a practicing attorney for many years but now writes full-time. He lives with his wife, Judine, in the Pacific Northwest.
 
Thursday March 21, 2013
Start: 03/21/2013 6:00 pm

Set amid the Armenian community in newly occupied Paris, Nancy Kricorian's All the Light There Was ($24.00) is a lyrical, finely wrought story about family loyalty, secret love, the many faces of oppression—and the many faces of resistance.

Nancy Kricorian, author of the novels Zabelle and Dreams of Bread and Fire, is a widely published poet, essayist, and activist. After graduating from Dartmouth, Nancy studied and worked in Paris before earning an MFA in writing at Columbia University. 

Friday March 22, 2013
Start: 03/22/2013 12:00 pm

The ticket price of $55 includes lunch and a signed book
Call (415) 927-0960 ext. 1 to inquire about availability

Ruth Ozeki shares A Tale for the Time Being. Full of Ozeki’s signature humor and deeply engaged with the relationship between writer and reader, past and present, fact and fiction, quantum physics, history, and myth, A Tale for the Time Being is a brilliantly inventive, beguiling story of our shared humanity and the search for home. 

Ruth Ozeki, author of My Year of Meats and All Over Creation, is an award-winning writer and filmmaker. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Shambhala Sun, and More, among other publications. In June 2010 she was ordained as a Zen Buddhist priest and is affiliated with the Brooklyn Zen Center and the Everyday Zen Foundation. She lives in British Columbia and New York City.   

Book Passage hosts literary luncheons with celebrated authors at our Marin store. These events are catered by the outstanding Insalata’s Restaurant of San Anselmo.

 

Start: 03/22/2013 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.

 

Saturday March 23, 2013
Start: 03/23/2013 11:00 am
Dr. Sara Gottfried refuses to accept the traditional medical thinking that feeling cranky, asexual, tapped out, and sleep-deprived is just part of being female and aging, and that prescription medication will fix all problems. In The Hormone Cure ($25.00), she combines natural therapies with rigorous scientific testing to help women feel fully alive, especially in the years prior to menopause. Using an informative questionnaire to identify common symptoms of hormonal imbalance such as insomnia, low sex drive, lack of energy, moodiness, hot flashes, and more; detailing causes; and offering solutions in non-judgmental and thoughtful language, Dr. Gottfried provides a novel plan based on solid scientific research. She believes you don’t find a cure at the bottom of a pill bottle.

Sara Gottfried, M.D., is a Harvard-educated physician and board-certified gynecologist who treats the root cause of problems, not just symptoms. A nationally-recognized yoga teacher, Gottfried teaches women how to balance their hormones naturally. She has been featured in Yoga Journal, Glamour, and Cosmopolitan magazines and in the award-winning film, YogaWoman.

Start: 03/23/2013 1:00 pm
End: 03/23/2013 4:00 pm
Sat., Mar. 23 • 1:00-4:00 pm • $65
 
 
 

Welcome to a three-hour intensive flash fiction-writing workshop. Flash fiction centers on the art of compression and the brilliance of brevity. To inspire and enliven us, we will read and briefly discuss a sampling of excellent, inventive short-short stories. The main focus of the workshop will be on your writing and we will work from prompts to generate ideas, encourage risk, and bring forth trouble (only trouble is interesting). Our goal is to enjoy our group’s collective charge and to produce a first draft of tiny but meaningful narratives. That’s a lot to accomplish in three hours. Please arrive on time and come prepared to make every moment of our time together worthwhile.
 
Ethel Rohan was born and raised in Dublin, Ireland. She is the author of two story collections, Goodnight Nobody, and Cut Through the Bone, the latter longlisted for The Story Prize. She is also the author of the chapbook, Hard to Say. Her work has or will appear in the New York Times, World Literature Today, Tin House Online, Sou’wester, Post Road Magazine, and The Rumpus, among many other publications. She received her MFA from Mills College, CA, and is a reviewer for New York Journal of Books and member of the San Francisco Writers' Grotto and PEN America. Visit her at www.ethelrohan.com.
 
 
Start: 03/23/2013 1:00 pm
Alison Singh Gee was a glamorous magazine writer with a serious Jimmy Choo habit, a weakness for five-star Balinese resorts, and a reputation for dating highborn British men. Then she met Ajay, a charming and unassuming Indian journalist, and her world turned upside down. In Where the Peacocks Sing: A Palace, a Prince, and the Search for Home,($24.99), Gee travels from her shiny, rapid-fire life in Hong Kong to Ajay’s native village. She learns that not all is as it seems. Turns out that Ajay is a landed prince (of sorts), but his family palace is falling to pieces. Replete with plumbing issues, strange noises, and intimidating relatives, her new love’s ramshackle palace, Mokimpur, is a broken-down relic in desperate need of a makeover. And Alison wonders if she can soldier on for the sake of the man who just might be her soul mate.

Alison Singh Gee is an award-winning international journalist whose work has been translated into eight languages and has appeared in People, Vanity Fair, In Style, Marie Claire, International Herald Tribune, The Wall Street Journal and Los Angeles Times. For eight years, she was a staff features writer/correspondent for People magazine. She won the 1997 Amnesty International Award for Feature Writing for her Asiaweek cover story about child prostitution in Southeast Asia. Alison lives in Los Angeles with her husband and daughter.

Start: 03/23/2013 4:00 pm
First Editions Pick!
Wine & Cheese Reception
 
 
In Schroder ($21.99), Amity Gaige relates the story of Eric Schroder's urgent escape to Lake Champlain, Vermont, with his six-year-old daughter, Meadow, in an attempt to outrun the authorities amid a heated custody battle with his wife, who will soon discover that her husband is not who he says he is. From a correctional facility, Eric surveys the course of his life to understand-and maybe even explain-his behavior: the painful separation from his mother in childhood; a harrowing escape to America with his taciturn father; a romance that withered under a shadow of lies; and his proudest moments and greatest regrets as a flawed but loving father.

Amity Gaige's essays, articles, and stories have appeared in various publications, including the Yale Review, Los Angeles Times, O Magazine, the Literary Review, One Story and in a 2009 collection of essays, Feed Me (Random House). She is the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship, a McDowell Colony Fellowship, and a Baltic Writing Residency Fellowship, and is currently the Visiting Writer at Amherst College.

Start: 03/23/2013 6:00 pm

Join Pam Belluck (Island Practice: Cobblestone Rash, Underground Tom, and Other Adventures of a Nantucket Doctor) and Daniel J. Levitin (This is Your Brain on Music and The World in Six Songs) for an evening of live jazz and lively discussion ranging from health and science to writing, music and the interconnections of these varied disciplines. 

Pam Belluck has been a staff writer for the New York Times for more than fifteen years. She is currently a health and medical writer for the Times. Belluck has won several awards, a Knight Fellowship, and a Fulbright Scholarship, and is also an accomplished jazz flutist. 

Daniel J. Levitin runs the Levitin Laboratory for Musical Perception, Cognition, and Expertise at McGill University, where he holds the Bell Chair in the Psychology of Electronic Communications. Before becoming a neuroscientist, he was a record producer with gold records to his credit and professional musician. He has published extensively in scientific journals and music trade magazines such as Grammy and Billboard

This very special event will be held upstairs from the Book Passage store in the San Francisco Ferry Building's Port Commission Hearing Room. 

Start: 03/23/2013 7:00 pm

Moment in the Moment House, Claire Blotter's third poetry chapbook, dives below the surface of a rapidly changing technological world, examines the roots of violence- and calls for a compassionate witnessing and response, moment to moment.  

Claire Blotter holds a B.A. in English Literature from the University of California at Berkeley and a Special Master's Degree in Creative Writing, Women Studies and Speech Communications from San Francisco State University. She is the author of Trying to Sing in the War Zone and Face. She has received two Marin Arts Council Artists Grants in Poetry and grants from the Marin Community Foundation and the Nathan Cummings Foundation.

Sunday March 24, 2013
Start: 03/24/2013 2:00 pm
End: 03/24/2013 4:00 pm
Successful writers honor the adage, “Writing is about rewriting.” Does your manuscript represent your mastery of the craft? Have you submitted your manuscript only to receive too many rejections? Maybe you simply need a little bit more time inside the pages. It’s exciting to finish a manuscript; unfortunately, few writers can discern if their manuscript is eligible for submission to agents or editors. Join award-winning author and writing coach Holly Payne on an informative journey into the art of revision to ensure your manuscript is ready for submission and publication. This is the chance to examine story structure, character development and even the prose itself with a pro. You have one chance to make a first impression—make it great! Feel free to bring the first chapter of your manuscript.

Holly Lynn Payne is an internationally published novelist in ten countries whose work has been translated into eight languages. She lives in Northern California with her husband and young daughter, and serves the literary community as a volunteer producer for Litquake.

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: 03/24/2013 5:30 pm
Cocktail Party Reception

Sake began with a grain of rice, scotch from barley, rum from sugarcane. Thirsty yet? In The Drunken Botanist ($19.95), Amy Stewart explores the dizzying array of herbs, flowers, trees, fruits, and fungi that humans have transformed into alcohol over the years.
 
Amy Stewart is the award-winning author of six books on the perils and pleasures of the natural world, including three New York Times bestsellers, Wicked Bugs, Wicked Plants, and Flower Confidential.  
 
Amy has written for the New York Times, the Washington Post, is the co-founder of the popular blog GardenRant, and is a contributing editor at Fine Gardening magazine. 
Tuesday March 26, 2013
Start: 03/26/2013 7:00 pm
From the $6 peach to boxed macaroni and cheese, food is never just about what we eat. Editors Caroline Grant and Lisa Harper believe it is the fuel for our life stories. The Cassoulet Saved Our Marriage ($16.95) is an anthology of original essays about how we eat, and how pivotal food is beyond the table.
 
Wednesday March 27, 2013
Start: 03/27/2013 6:00 pm
In Jam On ($35.00), New York’s “Jam Queen” Laena McCarthy shares her love of making inventive handmade jam with delicious recipes and canning techniques. Her down-to-earth approach and unique, easy method allows even the novice cook to make fresh and exciting jam. The recipes in Jam On use less sugar, making the jams not only healthier, but more intensely flavorful than your average fruit concoction. With step-by-step instructions and four-color photographs throughout, McCarthy guides readers through the canning process and offers inventive herb and spice combinations for a range of signature jams.

Laena McCarthy is the founder and owner of Anarchy in a Jar, an artisanal jam and preserves company. Her jams are sold at Williams-Sonoma, Dean & DeLuca, Whole Foods in New York, and other specialty stores. She has been featured in the New York Times Style Section, the New Yorker, seriouseats.com, and various other blogs. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Start: 03/27/2013 7:00 pm
In Leaving Everything Most Loved ($26.99) by New York Times bestselling author Jacqueline Winspear, Maisie Dobbs investigates the murder of Indian immigrants in London. The year is 1933. Maisie Dobbs is contacted by an Indian gentleman who has come to England in the hopes of finding out who killed his sister two months ago. Scotland Yard failed to make any arrest in the case, and there is reason to believe they failed to conduct a thorough investigation. The case becomes even more challenging when another Indian woman is murdered just hours before a scheduled interview. Meanwhile, unfinished business from a previous case becomes a distraction, as does a new development in Maisie's personal life. Bringing a crucial chapter in the life and times of Maisie Dobbs to a close, Leaving Everything Most Loved marks a pivotal moment in this outstanding mystery series.

Jacqueline Winspear is the author of the New York Times bestsellers A Lesson in Secrets, The Mapping of Love and Death, Among the Mad, and An Incomplete Revenge, as well as four other nationally bestselling Maisie Dobbs novels. She has won numerous awards for her work, including the Agatha, Alex, and Macavity awards for the first book in the series, Maisie Dobbs, which was also nominated for the Edgar Award for Best Novel and was a New York Times Notable Book. Originally from the United Kingdom, she now lives in California.

Thursday March 28, 2013
Start: 03/28/2013 7:00 pm
In conversation with Isabel Allende
 
S.F. attorney William Gordon talks about his new mystery novel Fractured Lives ($14.95). The body of a young man is found in San Francisco’s City Hall, killed by multiple gunshots. The search for the murderer leads through the Mayor’s office into a gritty underground world of gunrunners. Gordon is the author of The Chinese Jars.
 
Friday March 29, 2013
Start: 03/29/2013 7:00 pm
The capstone to forty years of teaching, The True Secret of Writing: Connecting Life with Language ($25.00) is Natalie Goldberg’s Zen boot camp, her legacy teaching. Stories of Natalie’s own search for truth and clarity and her students’ breakthroughs and insights give moving testament to how brilliantly her unique, tough-love method works. Beautiful homages to the work of other great teachers and observers of mind, life, and love provide further secrets and inspiration to which readers will return again and again. In her inimitable way, Goldberg will inspire you to pick up the pen, get writing, and keep going.

Natalie Goldberg is a poet, painter, teacher, and the author of twelve books, including her classic, Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within (which has sold more than 1.5 million copies and has been translated into fourteen languages) and Old Friend from Far Away: The Practice of Writing Memoir. She has taught seminars for thirty-five years to people from around the world and lives in New Mexico.

Saturday March 30, 2013
Start: 03/30/2013 1:00 pm
Evgeny Morozov reads from To Save Everything, Click Here: The Folly of Technological Solutionism ($28.99). In the very near future, “smart” technologies and “big data” will allow us to make large-scale and sophisticated interventions in politics, culture, and everyday life. Technology will allow us to solve problems in highly original ways and create new incentives to get more people to do the right thing. But how will such “solutionism” affect our society, once deeply political, moral, and irresolvable dilemmas are recast as uncontroversial and easily manageable matters of technological efficiency? 

Evgeny Morozov is the author of The Net Delusion: The Dark Side of Internet Freedom, winner of Harvard's Kennedy School's 2012 Goldsmith Book Prize, and a New York Times Notable Book of 2011. He is also a visiting scholar at Stanford University and a contributing editor to the Boston Review. His articles have appeared in the Financial Times, the Economist, the Wall Street Journal, the New Republic, the Boston Globe, and many other publications. He writes a monthly column for Slate that is syndicated in eight other languages. He was born in Belarus.

Start: 03/30/2013 4:00 pm
Tracy Grant shares The Paris Affair ($15.00). In the wake of the Battle of Waterloo, Paris is a house divided. The triumphant Bourbons flaunt their victory with lavish parties, while Bonapartists seek revenge only to be captured and executed. Amid the turmoil, British attaché and intelligence agent Malcolm Rannoch and his wife, Suzanne, discover that his murdered half sister, Princess Tatiana Kirsanova, may have borne a child—a secret she took to the grave. And Malcolm suspects there was more than mere impropriety behind her silence. . . 

Tracy Grant has been making up stories as long as she can remember. She studied British history at Stanford University and received the Firestone Award for Excellence in Research. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she is on the board of the Merola Opera Program, a training program for professional opera singers, coaches, and stage directors. For more information about her books, please visit her website at http://www.tracygrant.org.

Monday April 01, 2013
Start: 04/01/2013 7:00 pm
Left Coast Writer® Patricia Bracewell discusses 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.

Book Passage hosts the monthly meetings of Left Coast Writers® at our Corte Madera store. This Literary Salon is led by author/teacher Linda 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 April 02, 2013
Start: 04/02/2013 7:00 pm
The Paradise Guest House ($15.00) by Ellen Sussman starts as a trip to paradise. Sent on assignment to Bali, Jamie, an American adventure guide, imagines spending weeks exploring the island’s lush jungles and pristine white sand beaches. Yet three days after her arrival, she is caught in Bali’s infamous nightclub bombings, which irreparably change her life and leave her with many unanswered questions. One year later, haunted by memories, Jamie returns to Bali seeking a sense of closure. Most of all, she hopes to find Gabe, the man who saved her from the attacks.

Ellen Sussman is the author of the novels French Lessons and On a Night Like This, both national bestsellers. She has two daughters and lives with her husband in Northern California.

 
 
Wednesday April 03, 2013
Start: 04/03/2013 7:00 pm
From the jazz clubs of Manhattan to the villages of Sri Lanka, Kristopher Jansma’s irresistible narrator in The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards ($26.95) will be inspired and haunted by the success of his greatest friend and rival in writing, the eccentric and brilliantly talented Julian McGann, and endlessly enamored with Julian’s enchanting friend, Evelyn, the green-eyed girl who got away. After the trio has a disastrous falling out, desperate to tell the truth in his writing and to figure out who he really is, Jansma’s narrator finds himself caught in a never-ending web of lies.

Kristopher Jansma is a lecturer at Manhattanville College and SUNY Purchase and writes a monthly column for Electric Literature’s blog The Outlet. He was selected as a finalist for BOMB Magazine’s 2011 fiction contest, and his work has appeared in the Blue Mesa Review. He lives with his wife in New York City.

Thursday April 04, 2013
Start: 04/04/2013 9:00 am
End: 04/04/2013 10:45 am

Seven Thursdays: Apr. 4-May 16 • 9:00-10:45 am • $205

 

 

Emphasis is on conversation, through review.

Wendy Walsh has a Ph.D. in Italian Literature from UCB. She has been teaching Italian language, literature, and cooking since 1979. She leads a yearly Language Study Tour Program to Italy.

Start: 04/04/2013 7:00 pm

Photographer and conservationist Bryant Austin's breathtaking photographic project Beautiful Whale ($50.00) is the first of its kind: tt chronicles his fearless attempts to reach out to whales as fellow sentient beings. Featuring Austin's intimate images--some as detailed as a single haunting eye--that result from encounters based on mutual trust, this work captures the grace and intelligence of these magnificent creatures. Austin spent days at a time submerged, motionless, in the waters of remote spawning grounds waiting for humpback, sperm, and minke whales to seek him out.

As oceanographer Sylvia A. Earle says in her foreword to the book, "As an ambassador from the ocean--and to the ocean--Bryant Austin is not only a source of inspiration. He is cause for hope."

 

Friday April 05, 2013
Start: 04/05/2013 7:00 pm

In this collection of more than 100 recipes that combine smart nutrition and superb flavor, culinary nutrition pioneer Rebecca Katz highlights sixteen foods proven to fight the most common chronic conditions. The Longevity Kitchen ($29.99) features wholefoods recipes showcasing antioxidant-rich power foods.

 

Saturday April 06, 2013
Start: 04/06/2013 1:00 pm
The Walking ($26.00) is the second novel in a trilogy about Laleh Khadivi’s homeland of Iran, a country poised between the ancient and the modern and tossed by political winds that have buffeted the entire globe. This is the story of exodus from a homeland, an experience that hundreds of thousands of Iranians underwent.
 
Start: 04/06/2013 4:00 pm
Anita Hughes presents Market Street ($14.99). Cassie Blake seems to lead a charmed life as the heiress to Fenton's, San Francisco's most exclusive department store. But when she discovers her husband, Aidan, a handsome UC Berkeley professor, has had an affair with a student, she flees to the comfort of her best friend Alexis's Presidio Heights mansion, where she wonders if she should give their marriage one more chance.

Anita Hughes is also the author of Monarch Beach. She attended UC Berkeley’s Masters in Creative Writing Program, and has taught Creative Writing at The Branson School in Ross, California. Hughes lives in Dana Point, California, where she is at work on her next novel.

Start: 04/06/2013 7:00 pm

Two authors from 16 Rivers Press share their latest work:

Barbara Swift Brauer’s At Ease in the Borrowed World is a collection of poems that are unflinchingly candid and yet graceful. Quiet in tone, her poetry rises to a level that captivates a reader by its clarity.

In The Choreographer, Gerald Fleming travels across continents and time with an eye that sees beyond the visible and an ear that hears music both real and imagined. In piece after piece, the ordinary world opens to reveal the marvelous in all its dimensions and variety.

Sixteen Rivers Press was founded in 1999 by seven San Francisco Bay Area writers with a goal to create a sustainable, shared-work publishing collective run by and for Bay Area poets. The original model was Alice James Books, which in the 1970s created a regional collective press in the Boston area. 

 

Sunday April 07, 2013
Start: 04/07/2013 5:00 pm

This is an opportunity to meet one of the most remarkable women of our time. Mary Robinson was the first woman president of Ireland, and after that she was appointed the U.N. Commissioner for Human Rights. In Everybody
Matters: My Life Giving Voice
($26.00), she talks about her struggles on behalf of woman’s rights, the separation of church and state, and world peace. In recent years she has served as the honorary president of Oxfam and as one of the “Elders,” a group led by Nelson Mandela dedicated to bringing peace and justice.

President Robinson will be introduced by Judith Kell, president of the United Irish Cultural Center of San Francisco.  

Mary Robinson served as the seventh, and first female, president of Ireland from 1990-1997, and as United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights from 1997-2002. Robinson has been honorary president of Oxfam International since 2002, and has chaired numerous bodies, including the GAVI Alliance, vaccinating children worldwide, and the Council of Women World Leaders (of which she was a cofounder).

 

Monday April 08, 2013
Start: 04/08/2013 6:00 pm

Left Coast Writers Event!
Join Left Coast Writers and the Southern Sampler Artists Colony as they evoke the dreamy, sometimes steamy world of Charleston and beyond in an exciting sampler of poetry, short fiction, non-fiction, and other treats in this celebration of all things Southern.

 

Start: 04/08/2013 7:00 pm

In writing Our Last Dance: A Memoir, Madeleine Zeldin sets out to honor her beloved husband, Gerald's, desire to have his story told, so that others may be helped. Zeldin shows her husband not just as a cancer patient, but as a person: an internationally renowned artist, professor, mentor and husband and father. 

Professionally, Madeleine Zeldin has been engaged as a nurse and a teacher. She has successfully advocated for changes in the medical field, along with pioneering efforts in homebirth and Midwifery.
  

Tuesday April 09, 2013
Start: 04/09/2013 6:00 pm
Ellen Kanner serves up recipes that satisfy our  cravings "for more than just food" in Feeding the Hungry Ghost: Life, Faith, and What to Eat for Dinner - A Satisfying Diet for Unsatisfying Times ($15.95). Her DIY Matzo, When All Else Fails Pasta, and Caribbean Christmas Pepper Pot serve to satiate more than our appetites. In a voice as appealing as her recipes, Kanner seasons her text with warm, wise stories (helping kids plant a garden, hanging out at farmers markets, meeting Marcel, a Haitian who marks loss with soup) that show why “Often, the best way to exercise your faith and serve the world comes in choosing what you eat for dinner.”

Ellen Kanner is the Meatless Mondays blogger at Huffington Post and contributes to publications including Bon Appetit, Vegetarian Times, and Every Day With Rachael Ray. She is active in numerous food-based social projects, such as Slow Food Miami, and lives in Miami, FL.

Start: 04/09/2013 6:30 pm
Left Bank Restaurant
Admission: $120 per person | $170 per couple (one book)

To inquire about availability, call (415) 927-0960 ext. 239
 
 
JUST ADDED:
Roundtable Discussion with Michael Romano
5:15pm to 6:15pm

Join us in advance of the Cooks with Books event on April 9th at Left Bank in Larkspur for a private roundtable discussion with Chef Michael Romano.  Chef Romano will lead a discussion on the concept and importance of Family/Staff Meals (e.g., the daily pre-shift meal and meeting) at his restaurants. The concept of Family/Staff meals extends beyond restaurants to all businesses.  Space at the roundtable is limited. RSVP today.
 
Michael Romano, culinary director and partner for the Union Square Hospitality Group, has won an unprecedented 25 James Beard Awards. Family Table keeps the recipes easy, affordable and delicious. These restaurant-tested recipes include soups, salads, beans and grains, pasta, seafood, chicken and turkey, side dishes, Beef Pork and Lamb, bread, desserts and drinks. Romano is co-author of The Union Square Cafe Cookbook and Second Helpings from the Union Square Cafe.

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

Start: 04/09/2013 7:00 pm
In Tapestry of Fortunes ($26.00), the superb new novel by the beloved New York Times bestselling author of Open House, Home Safe, and The Last Time I Saw You, four women venture into their pasts in order to shape their futures, fates, and fortunes. Cecilia Ross is a motivational speaker who encourages others to change their lives for the better. Why can’t she take her own advice? Still reeling from the death of her best friend, and freshly aware of the need to live more fully now, Cece realizes that she has to make a move—all the portentous signs seem to point in that direction. Elizabeth Berg has crafted a novel rich in understanding of women’s longings, loves, and abiding friendships, which weave together into a tapestry of fortunes that connects us all.

Elizabeth Berg is the author of many bestselling novels, including The Year of Pleasures and Dream When You’re Feeling Blue, as well as two collections of short stories and two works of nonfiction. Berg's novel Open House was an Oprah’s Book Club selection. Her work has been translated into twenty-seven languages. She lives near Chicago.

Wednesday April 10, 2013
Start: 04/10/2013 7:00 pm
In The Myth of the Perfect Girl: Helping Our Daughters Find Authentic Success and Happiness in School and Life ($16.00), Ana Homayoun takes readers behind the facade of outward achievement and into the high-pressure world of girls today. Covering academic, social, emotional, and physical wellness, the book presents a rare mix of insight, empathy, and practical advice that aims to help every girl discover what true success and happiness mean to her—and encourages each girl to find and pursue her own definition of purpose and fulfillment.

Ana Homayoun is a nationally recognized educator and consultant specializing in organization, timemanagement and wellness strategies for students and young adults. As the founder and director of Green Ivy Educational Consulting and the author of That Crumpled Paper was Due Last Week, she is a frequent writer and lecturer on adolescent and young adult issues. 

Thursday April 11, 2013
Start: 04/11/2013 6:00 pm

They’ve been called trophy kids, entitled, narcissistic, and even the dumbest generation. But in Fast Future ($25.95), David Burstein aruges that the millennial generation’s unique blend of civic idealism and savvy pragmatism will enable us to overcome the deep divides of a nation facing economic and environmental calamities.

 

Start: 04/11/2013 7:00 pm
From Rachel Kushner, the bestselling author of Telex from Cuba, comes an extraordinarily ambitious new novel about a young artist and the worlds she encounters in New York and Rome in the mid-1970s — by turns underground, elite, dangerous. The Flamethrowers ($26.00) is a fearless story — an intensely engaging exploration of the mystique of the feminine, the fake, the terrorist. In the center of it all is Kushner’s brilliantly realized protagonist, a young woman on the verge.

Rachel Kushner’s debut novel, Telex from Cuba, was a finalist for the 2008 National Book Award and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, winner of the California Book Award, and a New York Times bestseller and Notable Book. Her fiction and essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Believer, Artforum, Bookforum, Fence, Bomb, Cabinet, and Grand Street. She lives in Los Angeles.

Friday April 12, 2013
Start: 04/12/2013 6:00 pm

In Whitney Houston: The Voice, the Music, the Inspiration ($24.95), Narada Michael Walden's 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.

 

Start: 04/12/2013 7:00 pm
Carry on Warrior: Thoughts on Life Unarmed ($25.00) is the highly anticipated first book by Glennon Doyle Melton, the writer and personality behind the popular website Momastery.com. Melton became a sensation when her personal essays started going viral. Giving language to our universal (yet often secret) experiences, her hilarious and poignant observations were read by millions, shared among friends, discussed at water coolers, quoted in The New York Times, and have inspired a social movement. Melton’s mistakes and triumphs, recounted with candor and humor, will encourage you to forgive yourself for your own imperfections and inspire you to make the most of life’s gifts.

Glennon Melton is the founder of Momastery.com and a regular contributor to The Huffington Post. She lives in Virginia with her husband, three children, and beloved dog.

Saturday April 13, 2013
Start: 04/13/2013 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: 04/13/2013 1:00 pm

Thomas McNamee talks about The Man Who Changed the Way We Eat: Craig Claiborne and the American Food Renaissance ($16.00). Claiborne was was determined to better American eating habits, and in the course of his career he influenced all of today’s good critics. McNamee is the author of Alice Waters and Chez Panisse. His writing has been published in the New Yorker, Life, the New York Times, and the Washington Post. He lives in San Francisco.

 

 

 

Start: 04/13/2013 4:00 pm

Zero Waste Home ($16.00) is Bea Johnson’s practical, step-by-step guide that gives readers the tools and tips to improve their overall health, save money and time, and achieve a brighter future for their families—and the planet. Johnson’s home has been widely featured, including a spot on the Today show and in People magazine.

 

Start: 04/13/2013 7:00 pm

Please note: the correct time for this event is 7:00pm 

Patrice Vecchione’s new book of poems, The Knot Untied ($15.00) shines a light on friendship, and on the mother-daughter relationship, the aging process, falling in love, the natural world, the small, often unnoticed moments, and how within these experiences there is something ineffable which can’t be explained.

 

Start: 04/13/2013 7:00 pm

Left Coast Writers Book Launch

Sugar and carb addicts, get help to free yourself from your potentially deadly habits with The Sugar Liberator, Connie Bennett, author of the international bestseller Beyond Sugar Shock: The 6-Week Plan to Break Free of Your Sugar Addiction & Get Slimmer, Sexier & Sweeter ($15.95).

In this Book Passage program, Connie will give her insights and simple starter secrets to:

•    Activate the positive power of one of your worst habits—procrastinating.
•    Dodge the #1 mistake nearly everyone makes when quitting or reducing sweets.
•    Decode and even welcome your nagging sugar cravings.
•    Pick yourself up after you’ve “slipped” and fallen off your sugar-free or no-sugar plan. 
•    Dissolve your desire for dangerous sweets, while still enjoying your cherished chocolate. (You’ll even get healthy recipes for tasty treats.)
•    Stop being duped by innocent-looking foods that are actually sugar traps.

Connie’s sour-to-sweet journey began in 1998, when she was pummeled by 44 ailments, including crushing fatigue, brain fog, horrible headaches, rollercoaster mood swings, and severe PMS. When Connie’s new doctor blamed every single symptom on her excessive sugar habit and ordered her to quit consuming her cherished sweets, Connie reluctantly complied. She succeeded, because while shedding her dangerous habit, Connie created cool tools to ease her dreaded and difficult transition and turn it into a positive, fun-filled, life-changing adventure. Much to her surprise, all her ailments vanished, and Connie became energetic, focused, and free. Since 2001, Connie has been coaching, guiding, and inspiring thousands of people worldwide on how to easily triumph over beat their carb addiction.

 

Sunday April 14, 2013
Start: 04/14/2013 1:00 pm

A story of love, war, and life as a Jewish immigrant in the squalid factories and lively dance halls of New York’s Garment District in the 1930s, My Mother’s Wars ($25.95) is the memoir Lillian Faderman’s mother was never able to write. The daughter delves into her mother’s past to tell the story of a Latvian girl who left her village for America with dreams of a life on the stage and encountered the realities of her new world: the battles she was forced to fight as a woman, an immigrant worker, and a Jew with family left behind in Hitler’s deadly path.

Lillian Faderman is an internationally known scholar of ethnic history, and of lesbian history and an acclaimed memoirist. She is the author of many books, including To Believe in Women, Odd Girls and Twilight Lovers, Surpassing the Love of Men, and I Begin My Life All Over. Among her many honors are Yale University’s James Brudner Award for exemplary scholarship in lesbian and gay studies, the Monette-Horwitz Award, and the American Association of University Women’s National Distinguished Scholar Award.

 

Start: 04/14/2013 4:00 pm

West Marin Review ($17.95) is a collaborative effort of the local, independent Point Reyes Books and friends and neighbors from the rural West Marin community. Featuring readings from Donald Bacon, Susan Trott, Frances Lefkowitz, Gina Cloud, William Masters, and Jody Farrell, with MC Doris Ober.

 

Monday April 15, 2013
Start: 04/15/2013 7:00 pm
For author Gish Jen, the daughter of Chinese immigrant parents, books were once an Outsiders’ Guide to the Universe. But they were something more, too. Through her eclectic childhood reading, Jen stumbled onto a cultural phenomenon that would fuel her writing for decades to come: the profound difference in self-narration that underlies the gap often perceived between East and West.

Drawing on a rich array of sources, from paintings to behavioral studies to her father’s striking account of his childhood in China, this accessible book not only illuminates Jen’s own development and celebrated work but also explores the aesthetic and psychic roots of the independent and interdependent self—each mode of selfhood yielding a distinct way of observing, remembering, and narrating the world.
 
The novel, Jen writes, is fundamentally a Western form that values originality, authenticity, and the truth of individual experience. By contrast, Eastern narrative emphasizes morality, cultural continuity, the everyday, the recurrent. In its progress from a moving evocation of one writer’s life to a convincing delineation of the forces that have shaped our experience for millennia, Tiger Writing: Art, Culture, and the Interdependent Self ($18.95) radically shifts the way we understand ourselves and our art-making.
 
Tuesday April 16, 2013
Start: 04/16/2013 7:00 pm
Admission: $29 (includes signed copy of The Burgess Boys)
Corte Madera store 
 
Call (415) 927-0960 ext. 1 for ticketing information
 
In Conversation with Book Passage President Elaine Petrocelli  
 
With a rare combination of brilliant storytelling, exquisite prose, and remarkable insight into character, Pulitzer Prize-winner Elizabeth Strout has brought to life two deeply human protagonists whose struggles and triumphs will resonate with readers long after they turn the final page. Tender, tough-minded, loving, and deeply illuminating about the ties that bind us to family and home, The Burgess Boys ($26.00) is Elizabeth Strout’s newest and perhaps most astonishing work of literary art.

Elizabeth Strout is the author of the New York Times bestseller Olive Kitteridge, for which she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize; the national bestseller Abide with Me; and Amy and Isabelle, winner of the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award and the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize. She has also been a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Orange Prize in London. She lives in Maine and New York City.

Wednesday April 17, 2013
Start: 04/17/2013 6:00 pm

Bestselling author Lisa Scottoline returns with Don’t Go ($27.99), the story of a soldier who discovers what it means to be a man, a father, and ultimately, a hero. Gripping, thrilling, and profoundly emotional, Scottoline’s newest novel may be her finest yet. Scottoline is the recipient of an Edgar Award for her novel Final Appeal.

 

Start: 04/17/2013 7:00 pm
The Dream Merchant ($24.99) by Fred Waitzkin is a powerful, exquisitely written tale about a charismatic yet morally ambiguous salesman. Narrated by an anonymous writer, Waitzkin's first novel is an unwavering look at the price of heedless ambition, the indissoluble bonds of male friendship, and the unsettling nature of love and sexuality.

Fred Waitzkin is the author of Searching for Bobby Fischer, Mortal Games and The Last Marlin. His articles and essays have appeared in numerous magazines, including Esquire, Forbes, New York magazine, the New York Times Magazine, the New York Times Book Review, Outside magazine, and Sports Illustrated. Waitzkin lives in New York City with his wife.

Start: 04/17/2013 8:00 pm

St. Andrew Church
Tickets
: $25 (includes signed book)

Please note this event is now at 8:00pm. Tickets available at the door.

In Some Assembly Required, Anne Lamott enters a new and unexpected chapter of her own life: grandmotherhood. Stunned to learn that her son, Sam, is about to become a father at nineteen, Lamott begins a journal about the first year of her grandson Jax’s life. Anne Lamott is the author of many acclaimed books, including Help, Thanks, Wow; Grace (Eventually); Plan B; Traveling Mercies; and Operating Instructions.

 

Thursday April 18, 2013
Start: 04/18/2013 6:00 pm
Part memoir, part travelogue, Ghost Dance in Berlin: A Rhapsody in Gray ($14.95) is an unlikely declaration of love, as much to a place as to a state of mind, by the American-born son of German-speaking Jewish refugees. Peter Wortsman imagines the parallel celebratory haunting of two sets of ghosts, those of the exiled erstwhile owners, a Jewish banker and his family, and those of the Führer’s Minister of Finance and his entourage, who took over title, while in another villa across the lake another gaggle of ghosts is busy planning the Final Solution.

Peter Wortsman writes short stories, plays, travelogues, essays and poetry, and also translates from the German, which he considers another form of border crossing. He is the author of A Modern Way to Die, a book of short fiction, and Burning Words, a play produced in 2006 at the Northampton Center for the Arts in Northampton, Mass., and slated for production in Pforzheim, Germany, in 2014. His travel pieces have run in major American newspapers and been featured four years in a row in Travelers’ Tales’ The Best Travel Writing. A 2010 Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin, he was the recipient of the Solas Awards’ 2012 Gold Grand Prize for Best Travel Story of the Year.
 
Start: 04/18/2013 7:00 pm

Author Pam Houston discusses her trio of recent releases with writer Joshua Mohr. The wanderlust memoir A Little More About Me ($14.95) follows Houston across five continents, from the Alaskan outback to the mountains of Bhutan. In the novel Contents May Have Shifted ($14.95), a woman stuck in a dead-end relationship leaves her metaphorical baggage behind and finds comfort a whirlwind trip around the globe. Eleven linked short stories featuring a photographer named Lucy O'Rourke make-up Houston's collection Waltzing the Cat ($14.95).    

Pam Houston's previous works include Cowboys Are My Weakness. Her stories have been anthologized in the Best American Short Stories, Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards and The Best American Short Stories of the Century. She is also the recipient of a Pushcart Prize. She has been a contributing editor to Elle and Ski and writes regularly for Condé Nast Sports for Women.

Joshua Mohr is the author of the San Francisco Chronicle bestseller, Some Things That Meant the World to Me, and Termite Parade, a New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice. 

 

Start: 04/18/2013 7:00 pm


Join us for the culminating event for One Book One Marin 2013. Marin County residents started reading and discussing the 2013 selection, Mary Roach’s Packing for Mars in January.

In Conversation with KQED's Michael Krasny  

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 ($15.95), 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 Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers, Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife, and Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex.

 

Friday April 19, 2013
Start: 04/19/2013 6:00 pm

Please note: due to unforseen circumstances, this event has been postponed. To be notified when this event is rescheduled, please write alison@bookpassage.com.

The American legal system changed dramatically in 1994, when the O. J. Simpson trial became a television-ratings bonanza. Now it’s all crime, all the time, on TV, from tabloid news to police procedurals on every network. Americans know more about the criminal justice system than ever before. Or do they? In Mistrial: An Inside Look at How the Criminal Justice System Works...and Sometimes Doesn't ($27.00), Mark Geragos and Pat Harris argue precisely the opposite: In pursuit of sensationalism, the media shows the public only a small, distorted sample of what really happens in our courtrooms. So, ironically, the more the public thinks it knows, the less informed it really is. Geragos and Harris debunk the myth of impartial American justice and draw the curtain on its ugly realities—from stealth jurors who secretly swing for a conviction to cops who regularly lie on the witness stand  to defense attorneys terrified  of going to trial. Ultimately, the authors question whether a justice system  model drawn up two centuries before blogs, television, and O. J. Simpson is still viable today.

Mark Geragos is the head of Geragos & Geragos, a Los Angeles-based law firm that focuses on both criminal and civil trial work. He lives in Los Angeles, California, with his wife and two children.

Pat Harris is a leading criminal defense attorney and a partner at Geragos & Geragos. He is the coauthor of Susan McDougal’s New York Times bestselling memoir, The Woman Who Wouldn’t Talk. He and his wife live in Studio City, California.

 

Start: 04/19/2013 7:00 pm
From Christina Schwarz, the author of Drowning Ruth, comes a haunting, atmospheric novel set at the closing of the frontier about a young wife who moves to a far-flung and forbidding lighthouse where she uncovers a life-changing secret. Gorgeously detailed, swiftly paced, and anchored in the lush geography of the remote and eternally mesmerizing Big Sur, The Edge of the Earth ($25.00) is a magical and moving story of secrets and self-transformation, ruses and rebirths, masterfully told by a celebrated and accomplished author.

Christina Schwarz is the author of three previous novels, including Oprah Book Club pick Drowning Ruth.  Born and raised in rural Wisconsin, she lives in South Pasadena, California.

Saturday April 20, 2013
Start: 04/20/2013 1:00 pm

Sponsored by Book Passage and WildNature Calendars and Cards

Just added: Tom Killion!

Author Elisabeth Ptak will be joined by Mountain Play Association Executive Director Sara Pearson to celebrate the release of Marin's Mountain Play: One Hundred Years of Theatre on Mount Tamalpais.

This year's musical is Sound of Music, so the afternoon will also feature a Sound of Music singalong with Mountain Play performers plus a variety of cookies from West Marin's own Bovine Bakery!
 

Start: 04/20/2013 4:00 pm

"Awakening is a living transmission of silence and freedom," writes Eli Jaxon-Bear, "granting final liberation to everyone." A teacher in the self-realization movements of Sri Ramana Maharshi, Sri Poonjaji, and Gangaji, Jaxon-Bear presents a unique map of egoic identification as a vehicle for self-inquiry and a final realization of freedom. 

Sudden Awakening: Into Direct Realization puts spiritual awakening in a larger context: that it is humankind's next evolutionary leap. Based on ancient Indian teachings and years of contemplation, this book offers the key to the possibility of ending world destruction. The book is written in clear, beautiful prose, and readers can peruse each chapter as a meditation, or as a gateway into awakening the highest self-attainable. It offers insight into the nature of the true spiritual quest and shows the traps as well as the signs of confirmation along the journey.

 

Start: 04/20/2013 7:00 pm
From New York Times bestselling author William Kent Krueger comes Ordinary Grace ($24.99), a brilliant new novel about a young man, a small town, and murder in the summer of 1961.  It was a time of innocence and hope for a country with a new, young president. But for thirteen-year-old Frank Drum it was a grim summer in which death visited frequently and assumed many forms. Accident. Nature. Suicide. Murder. Told from Frank’s perspective forty years after that fateful summer, Krueger's novel is a brilliantly moving account of a boy standing at the door of his young manhood, trying to understand a world that seems to be falling apart around him.

William Kent Krueger is the award-winning author of twelve previous Cork O’Connor novels, including Northwest Angle and Trickster’s Point. He lives in the Twin Cities with his family. 
 
Sunday April 21, 2013
Start: 04/21/2013 12:30 pm
Left Bank Restaurant 
Admission: $110 per person | $165 per couple (one book)

 
Online registration is closed. Please call (415) 927-0960 ext. 1 to inquire about remaining space.


Deborah Madison is the founding chef of the highly acclaimed Greens Restaurant in San Francisco. She’s the author of nine cookbooks and award winner of the M.F.K. Fisher Award, the I.A.C.P. Julia Child cookbook of the year award, and a 3-time winner of the James Beard Award. In this ambitious new cookbook 
Vegetable Literacy, Madison celebrates the diversity of edible plants in over 300 recipes. Her cooking style is intuitive and inspired from a deep knowledge of food, flavors, markets, farming and time in the kitchen. Home chefs will discover this is more than a cookbook—it is an incredible resource of botanical, historical and horticultural information. 

The meal will feature the fresh, local and seasonal produce of Farm Fresh to You. Price includes the meal, wine, tax, tip & a signed copy of the author’s book.  

 
Start: 04/21/2013 1:00 pm

Meet and Greet!
Home Made and Home Made Winter blew readers away with their delicious recipes, and hand-drawn artwork. Now, in Home Made Summer ($35.00), Yvette van Boven takes the same signature approach and presents her absolute favorite recipes for spring and summer.

 

Start: 04/21/2013 4:00 pm

Please join us for soft drinks, wine, cheese, and refreshments, as we prepare for another wonderful World Book Night event. All local givers are invited in to meet other givers as we share in the good feeling of something shared and important.

RSVP Sam Barry at sbarry@bookpassage.com.


About World Book Night

Each year, 30 books are chosen by an independent panel of librarians and booksellers. The authors of the books waive their royalties and the publishers agree to pay the costs of producing the specially-printed World Book Night U.S. editions. Book Passage has signed up to be community host locations for the volunteer book givers.

After the book titles are announced, members of the public apply to personally hand out copies of a particular title in their community. On World Book Night—April 23rd—we join together to give books to those who don’t regularly read and/or people who don’t normally have access to printed books, for reasons of means or access.  

 



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