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Start: 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: 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. 
 
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Start: 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: 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/.
 

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Start: 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.

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Start: 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.
 
Start: 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.
 

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Start: 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.

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Start: 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: 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.

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Start: 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.



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