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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.  

 

Monday April 22, 2013
Start: 04/22/2013 10:00 am

Learning to ride a bike is one of the most important milestones of childhood, and no one captures the emotional ups and downs of the experience better than Chris Raschka, who won the 2012 Caldecott Medal for A Ball for Daisy. In Everyone Can Learn to Ride a Bicycle ($16.99), a simple yet emotionally rich work, a father takes his daughter through all the steps in the process — from choosing the perfect bicycle to that triumphant first successful ride. Using very few words and lots of expressive pictures, here is a picture book that not only shows kids how to learn to ride, but captures what it feels like to fall . . . get up . . . fall again . . . and finally "by luck, grace, and determination" ride a bicycle.

Chris Raschka, the 2012 Caldecott Medalist, is an avid bike rider and wrote a 2010 New York Times op-ed piece, "Braking Away," about the importance of obeying the rules of the road while on a bicycle. He has written and/or illustrated over 30 books for children, including the 2012 Caldecott Medal winner A Ball for Daisy, which was also a New York Times Best Illustrated Book and described byThe Horn Book in a starred review as "noteworthy for both its artistry and its child appeal." His other books include the 2006 Caldecott Medal winner, The Hello, Goodbye Window by Norton Juster; the Caldecott Honor Book Yo? Yes!, and the ALA-ALSC Notable Children's Book Good Sports.

 

Start: 04/22/2013 7:00 pm
Priority Seating with Purchase of Why Not? from Book Passage 
 
On August 7, 1974, Philippe Petit stepped out on a wire illegally rigged between the New York World Trade Center's twin towers, where he performed for nearly an hour. During this history-making walk, and many others throughout his celebrated career, knots have always been indispensable components--the guardian angels protecting his life in the sky.

After years of hands-on research, Philippe presents Why Knot?: How to Tie More Than Sixty Ingenious, Useful, Beautiful, Lifesaving, and Secure Knots! ($19.95), a guide to tying his essential knots. Philippe's own practical sketches illustrate original methods and clear, clever tying instructions. Photographs in which special knots were used during spectacular high-wire walks, quirky knot trivia, personal anecdotes, helpful tips, magic tricks, and special tying challenges ensure that, if you're not already nuts for knots, Petit will transform you into a knot aficionado.

Tuesday April 23, 2013
Start: 04/23/2013 6:00 pm
Maria Semple presents Where'd You Go, Bernadette ($14.99). Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she's a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she's a disgrace; to design mavens, she's a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom.Then Bernadette disappears. It began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. 

Maria Semple's first novel, This One is Mine, was set in Los Angeles, where she also wrote for television shows including Arrested Development, Mad About You, and Ellen. She escaped from Los Angeles and lives with her family in Seattle, where her second novel takes place.

Start: 04/23/2013 7:00 pm
Dominican University, Angelico Hall
In conversation with Book Passage President Elaine Petrocelli
 
There are three ticket options available for this event: $32 tickets include either the English or Spanish hardcover of Maya's Notebook, and $20 tickets include the Spanish paperback. Click the appropriate button below to select which version of Maya's Notebook you wish to have included with your purchase.
 
Please note: online registration is closed. Tickets will be available at the door.
 
Isabel Allende will speak at Dominican on the publication date of Maya's Notebook. Set in the present day, Allende's new novel tells the story of a 19-year-old American girl who finds refuge on a remote island off the coast of Chile after falling into a life of drugs, crime, and prostitution. There, in the company of a torture survivor, a lame dog, and other unforgettable characters, Maya writes her story, which includes pursuit by a gang of assassins, the police, the FBI, and Interpol. In the process, she unveils a terrible family secret, comes to understand the meaning of love and loyalty, and initiates the greatest adventure of her life: the journey into her own soul. Allende's internationally acclaimed books include The House of the Spirits, Paulaand Daughter of Fortune.

Start: 04/23/2013 7:00 pm

As the saying goes, it’s not what happens to us but how we react to it. While some suffer and seem unable to move on, others grieve and heal. Bouncing Back ($15.95), by clinical therapist Linda Graham, offers clear exercises and examples that allow readers to rebuild their clarity, connection, competence, calm, and courage.

 

Start: 04/23/2013 7:00 pm

Please join us for another wonderful World Book Night event. Book givers will meet at Book Passage and will go to select locations such as Homeward Bound to distribute both English and Spanish language books.

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.

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. 

 

Wednesday April 24, 2013
Start: 04/24/2013 1:00 pm
From the national bestselling author of Prague Fatale comes A Man Without Breath ($26.95), a powerful new thriller by master novelist Philip Kerr that returns Bernie Gunther, the sardonic Berlin cop, to the Eastern Front, where he must uncover the perpetrators of a terrible war crime.

Philip Kerr is the author of eight previous Bernie Gunther novels, most recently Field Gray and Prague Fatale, both New York Times bestsellers. If the Dead Rise Not was a finalist for the Shamus Award for Best Hardcover Fiction, and Field Gray was a finalist for the Edgar Award for Best Hardcover Fiction. As P. B. Kerr, he is also the author of the young adult series Children of the Lamp. He lives in London.

Start: 04/24/2013 6:00 pm
Mary Williams, a daughter of the Black Panther movement tells her remarkable life story in The Lost Daughter: A Memoir ($26.95), from being raised amid violence and near-poverty, to being adopted as a teenager by Jane Fonda, and eventually finding her way back home. William's memoir is a chronicle of her journey back in time, an exploration of fractured family bonds, and a moving epic of self-discovery.

Mary Williams is a writer based in the Southwest. She is the author of the children’s book Brothers in Hope: The Story of the Lost Boys of Sudan. She has also written for McSweeney’s and O, the Oprah Magazine.

Start: 04/24/2013 7:00 pm
In Conversation with Reagan Arthur
 
Kate Atkinson presents Life After Life ($25.99). On a cold and snowy night in 1910, Ursula Todd is born to an English banker and his wife. She dies before she can draw her first breath. On that same cold and snowy night, Ursula Todd is born, lets out a lusty wail, and embarks upon a life that will be, to say the least, unusual. For as she grows, she also dies, repeatedly, in a variety of ways, while the young century marches on towards its second cataclysmic world war.

Kate Atkinson's first novel, Behind the Scenes at the Museum, was named England's Whitbread Book of the Year in 1996. Since then, she has written seven more ground-breaking, bestselling books, most recently Started Early, Took My Dog. She lives in Edinburgh, Scotland.
 
Reagan Arthur is the publisher and senior VP of Little, Brown.
 
Thursday April 25, 2013
Start: 04/25/2013 6:00 pm

An unforgettable story of belief and redemption, Amity & Sorrow ($25.99) is about the influence of community and learning to stand on your own. Peggy Riley’s debut novel is centered around two sisters who escape their father’s polygamous compound only to realize they know nothing of the world beyond it.

 

Start: 04/25/2013 7:00 pm
The ten linked stories in William Luvaas's Ashes Rain Down ($17.60) explore what life might be like after several decades of environmental and social apocalypse. This story cycle is set in two isolated California communities where ordinary people struggle to survive and maintain some semblance of order and meaning in their lives in a future that seems like a return to the past. Shared crisis of global warming, extreme weather events, epidemics, and collapse of the world economy and social order creates a tissue of interconnection as characters hang on by a thread as the world becomes undone. Despite the sense of impending doom, there is also dark humor spiced with grotesque realism embedded in the overarching theme: that people do carry on.

William Luvaas has published two novels, Going Under and The Seductions of Natalie Bach . His stories, essays, and articles have appeared in many publications, including American Fiction Volume Nine, Glimmer Train, The Village VoiceConfrontation, Cosmopolitan; Harper's Weekly, The Sun, Open Spaces, Short Story, Thema, American Literary Review, Vignette, and The Washington Post Book World

Friday April 26, 2013
Start: 04/26/2013 6:00 pm
“America’s funniest science writer” (Washington Post) takes us down the hatch on an unforgettable tour. The alimentary canal that Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal ($26.95) explores is classic Mary Roach terrain: the questions inspired by our insides are as taboo, in their way, as the cadavers in Stiff and every bit as surreal as the universe of zero gravity explored in our 2013 One Book One Marin selection Packing for Mars.

Start: 04/26/2013 7:00 pm

Why have we failed in our efforts to combat America’s drug problem, our nation’s single greatest problem which impacts almost every other issue you can name?  Why are we so inept at preventing drug use and early use from progressing to addiction?  Why can’t we treat most of those who become addicted?  Why has the War on Drugs worsened the problem it was meant to solve? In Clean: Overcoming Addiction and Ending America’s Greatest Tragedy ($25.00), David Sheff, the best-selling author of Beautiful Boy, addresses the crisis of these questions and offers a myth-shattering look at drug abuse and treatment, based on the latest scientific evidence and his own hard-won expertise as an investigative journalist who worked for over a decade to save his own son from addiction.

David Sheff is the author of the #1 New York Times best-selling memoir Beautiful Boy. Sheff's ongoing research and reporting on the science of addiction earned him a place on Time's list of the world’s most influential people. 

 

Saturday April 27, 2013
Start: 04/27/2013 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: 04/27/2013 4:00 pm
After sending out Weekly Oms for over five years, Dana Damara compiled her Oms into what is now known as Oms from the Mat ($17.99). Through the opportunities of her life, she relates philosophical yoga principles in a way that allows all readers to truly relate and connect with the power and magic of this amazing practice.

Dana Damara has embraced yoga as a lifestyle both on and off the mat. Through her children, writing, yoga, and creation of meaningful relationships with the community around her, Dana has facilitated that power of soulfulness and spiritual awakening through yoga, both for others and herself.

Start: 04/27/2013 6:00 pm

Every love story has its time, place, and narrator—someone who puts together all the pieces and recounts the sequence of events. Charles Dubow’s Indiscretion ($25.99) starts during an idyllic summer in the Hamptons where the parties are abuzz with an endless supply of flowing spirits, intellectual conversation, and warm hospitality, as only the glow of society could provide. It’s at one such party that the young, vibrant Claire is introduced to the hosts Harry and Madeleine Winslow—an intoxicatingly glamorous couple who quickly welcome Claire into their inner circle. Harry and Madeleine’s oldest friend Walter Gervais remembers the day Claire walked into all three of their lives, but could never have predicted all that was about to unfold. Dubow's debut novel is a deeply layered, addictive novel that explores the consequences of decisions made and promises broken.

Charles Dubow was born in New York City and spent his summers at his family’s house on Georgica Pond in East Hampton. He was educated at Wesleyan University and New York University. He has worked as a roustabout, a lumberjack, a sheepherder in New Zealand, and a congressional aide, and was a founding editor of Forbes.com and later an editor at Businessweek.com. He lives in New York City with his wife, and two children.

 

Start: 04/27/2013 7:00 pm

Never. Say. Die.: The San Francisco Giants - 2012 World Series Champions ($29.95) features over 125 awe-inspiring photographs, providing a rare view of one team’s championship season as seen through the lens of photographer Brad Mangin, with words by KNBR’s Brian Murphy.

Listen to KNBR's Marty Lurie interview Brad Mangin and Brian Murphy here:

http://www.stationcaster.com/player_skinned.php?s=851&c=4871&f=1244921

 

Sunday April 28, 2013
Start: 04/28/2013 1:00 pm

In The Golem and the Jinni ($26.99), a chance meeting between mythical beings takes readers on a dazzling journey through cultures in turn-of-the-century New York. Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life to by a disgraced rabbi. Helene Wecker’s debut novel is a fresh combination of vivid historical fiction and magical fable.

 

Start: 04/28/2013 2:00 pm
End: 04/28/2013 4:00 pm

Point of View defines the choices available to the writer: omniscient versus character viewpoints (first person, the rarely used second person, third person, shifting viewpoints). Presenters will provide examples illustrating each type of viewpoint; discussion of the advantages of each viewpoint, the disadvantages, and what a writer must consider before making a choice. Q & A to follow.

Patricia Bracewell is a writer of historical fiction set in 11th century England. Her debut novel, Shadow on the Crown, is the first book in a trilogy about Emma of Normandy, whose marriage in A.D. 1002 to an English king set in motion a series of events that would lead, eventually, to the Norman Conquest of A.D. 1066.

Gillian Bagwell's novels include The Darling Strumpet, based on the life of Nell Gwynn, and The September Queen, the first fictional account of the perilous and romantic odyssey of Jane Lane, an ordinary English girl who risked her life to help the young Charles II escape after the disastrous Battle of Worcester in 1651 by disguising him as her servant.

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: 04/28/2013 4:00 pm
Face to Face: Portraits of the Human Spirit ($75.00) is a book of 184 stunning color portraits and text by award-winning documentary photographer Alison Wright. Warmth, dignity and grace emanate from the eyes of monks and geishas, nomads and cowboys, tribal warriors and even inspirational icons like His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Burmese leader Aung San Suu Kyi. From Asia to Africa, to the Middle East and back, this book celebrates the tapestry of humanity in all its diversity and splendor.

Alison Wright received the Dorothea Lange Award in Documentary Photography for covering child labor in Asia and is a two-time recipient of the Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Award. She travels the globe collecting raw, thought-provoking images for humanitarian organizations and publications such as National Geographic, SmithsonianOutside and Time.
 
Martin Lumbye of Momondo will introduce Alison Wright. Momondo will be providing wine and refreshments at the event. 
 
Monday April 29, 2013
Start: 04/29/2013 10:00 am

From legendary Hollywood director Chris Columbus (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets) and bestselling author Ned Vizzini (It's Kind of a Funny Story) comes House of Secrets ($17.99), the first book in an epic new fantasy series. Brendan, Eleanor, and Cordelia Walker once had everything: two loving parents, a beautiful house in San Francisco, and all the portable electronic devices they could want. But everything changed when Dr. Walker lost his job in the wake of a mysterious incident. Now in dire straits, the family must relocate to an old Victorian house that used to be the home of occult novelist Denver Kristoff—a house that feels simultaneously creepy and too good to be true. By the time the Walkers realize that one of their neighbors has sinister plans for them, they're banished to a primeval forest way off the grid. Their parents? Gone. Their friends? A world away. And they aren't alone. Bloodthirsty medieval warriors patrol the woods around them, supernatural pirates roam the neighboring seas, and a power-hungry queen rules the land. To survive, the siblings will have to be braver than they ever thought possible—and fight against their darkest impulses.

“A breakneck, jam-packed roller coaster of an adventure about the secret power of books, House of Secrets comes complete with three resourceful sibling heroes, a seriously creepy villainess, and barrel loads of fantasy and fear.”
-J.K. Rowling

Chris Columbus has written, directed, and produced some of the most successful box-office hits in Hollywood history. He first made his name by writing several original scripts produced by Steven Spielberg, including the back-to-back hits Gremlins and The Goonies. As a director, Columbus has been at the helm of such iconic projects as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Home Alone, Stepmom, and Mrs. Doubtfire. As a producer, Columbus was also behind the hit films Night at the Museum and The Help. Chris lives in California with his family.

 

Start: 04/29/2013 6:00 pm

Praised by bestselling authors such as Dan Pink, Tony Hsieh, Dan Ariely, Susan Cain, Dan Gilbert, Gretchen Rubin, Bob Sutton, David Allen, Robert Cialdini, and Seth Godin - as well as senior leaders from Google, McKinsey, Merck, Estee Lauder, Nike, and NASA - Give and Take ($27.95) highlights what effective networking, collaboration, influence, negotiation, and leadership skills have in common. Adam Grant's landmark book opens up an approach to success that has the power to transform not just individuals and groups, but entire organizations and communities.

Adam Grant is the youngest tenured professor and single highest-rated teacher at The Wharton School. An award-winning researcher and teacher, his consulting and speaking clients include Google, the NFL, IBM, Citigroup, Merck, the World Economic Forum, the United Nations, and the U.S. Army, Navy, and Air Force. He has been honored as one of BusinessWeek’s favorite professors and one of the world’s top 40 business professors under 40. A leading expert in work and success, he has published more than fifty articles during the last five years in prominent psychology and management journals, including Harvard Business Review, and his studies have been highlighted in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, and USA Today. He holds a Ph.D. in organizational psychology from the University of Michigan and a B.A. from Harvard University. He is a former record-setting advertising director, junior Olympic springboard diver, and professional magician.

 

Start: 04/29/2013 7:00 pm
The Third Coast: When Chicago Built the American Dream ($29.95) is Chicago-native Thomas Dyja's cultural history of the Windy City at midcentury and how its incredible mix of architects, politicians, musicians, writers, entrepreneurs, and actors shaped America’s culture and identity. 

Between 1946 and 1960, Chicago was home to the likes of Mies van der Rohe, who produced the architecture that would define corporate America; Ray Kroc, the founder of McDonald’s; Hugh Hefner; the Chess brothers, who helped take rock and roll to new heights with Chuck Berry; Nelson Algren and his outlaw novels; Gwendolyn Brooks and her unparalleled poems; Studs Terkel, who captured the heart of America in his oral histories; Mahalia Jackson, who gave gospel mainstream appeal; and Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf, who enshrined the Black Chicago experience in their urban blues.  Chicago also produced outstanding playwrights, and the Second City, whose famous alumni—Bill Murray, John Belushi, Tina Fey—became synonymous with American comedy and entertainment. In short, Chicago was at the heart of the American Century.
 
“Magisterial… a luminous, empathetic, and engrossing portrait of a city.” – Publishers Weekly

“A readable, richly detailed history of America's second city. A valuable contribution to the history of Chicago.” – Kirkus 

 
Thomas Dyja is the author of three novels: Play for a Kingdom, Meet John Trow and The Moon in Our Hands. He also wrote a biography of civil rights pioneer Walter White and continues to create books as an editor-at-large for Thames & Hudson. He lives in Manhattan with his wife, literary agent Suzanne Glick.

Tuesday April 30, 2013
Start: 04/30/2013 6:00 pm

Co-sponsored by CUESA and Institute at the Golden Gate
Ferry Building • Commission Board Room
$5 donation requested

Click here to RSVP

Physician and author of The Jungle Effect, Daphne Miller had long suspected that farming and medicine were intimately linked. The product of her research is Farmacology: What Innovative Family Farming Can Teach Us About Health and Healing ($27.99).

 

Start: 04/30/2013 6:00 pm

The Dark ($16.99) is a book for kids (and for big, big kids) who appreciate the wicked wit of Lemony Snicket and the artistry of Jon Klassen. The dark lives in the same house as Laszlo. Mostly, though, the dark stays in the basement
and doesn’t come into Lazslo’s room. But one night, it does. ... Lemony Snicket (who sometimes answers to the name of Daniel Handler) is the author of the phenomenally successful A Series of Unfortunate Events. Jon Klassen just won the 2013 Caldecott Medal for his illustrations.

 

Start: 04/30/2013 7:00 pm
Barbara Rose Booker presents The Viagra Diaries ($15.00), soon to be an HBO series! Anny Applebaum is sixty-five and she wants fame, fortune, sex and undying love. She writes “The Viagra Diaries,” a San Francisco weekly column researching love after sixty. She places ads on Internet singles sites and interviews men over sixty, all in search of an answer to the question: is love possible in the Viagra generation?

Barbara Rose Brooker is currently a teacher at San Francisco State University with an MFA in creative writing. She has appeared on the Today show and The Talk and has been featured in the San Francisco ChronicleHuffington Post, and more. 
 
See Barbara discuss her book with Kathie Lee and Hoda:
 
 
Wednesday May 01, 2013
Start: 05/01/2013 7:00 pm

In the spirit of Dr. Strangelove and The Atomic Café, A Short History of Nuclear Folly ($26.00) is a blackly sardonic people’s history of atomic blunders and near-misses revealing the hushed-up and forgotten episodes in which the great powers gambled with catastrophe. Rudolph Herzog, the acclaimed author of Dead Funny, presents a devastating account of history’s most irresponsible uses of nuclear technology. From the rarely discussed nightmare of “Broken Arrows” (40 nuclear weapons lost during the Cold War) to “Operation Plowshare” (a proposal to use nuclear bombs for large engineering projects, such as the construction of a second Panama Canal using 300 H-Bombs), Herzog focuses in on long-forgotten nuclear projects that nearly led to disaster.

Rudolph Herzog is the author of Dead Funny: Humor in Hitler’s Germany. His documentary on humor in the Third Reich, Laughing With Hitler, scored top audience ratings on German Channel 1 and was also broadcast on the BBC. He is the son of the celebrated filmmaker Werner Herzog.

 

Thursday May 02, 2013
Start: 05/02/2013 5:30 pm

In Conversation with Susanne Pari
Special book signing and food tasting!

Tickets: $38 per person, $45 per couple (both options include one signed book)

 


 

 

This luscious and contemporary take on the alluring cuisine of Iran from cookbook author Louisa Shafia features 75 recipes for both traditional Persian dishes and modern reinterpretations using Middle Eastern ingredients. Louisa Shafia, author of the award-winning Lucid Food, explores her heritage while bringing a healthy and vibrant perspective to Persian recipes that might otherwise rely too heavily on white sugar and heavy oils for flavor.  The New Persian Kitchen ($24.99) demystifies unfamiliar ingredients like rosewater, dried limes, and sumac; provides a comprehensive resources section; and offers helpful substitutions. The recipes–such as Jeweled Rice, Pomegranate Soup, and Saffron Ice Cream–range from starters to sweets and employ simple techniques and preparations, making this exotic, beautiful, and ancient cuisine accessible to the home cook.

Louisa Shafia’s unique style of fresh, Silk Road-inspired cooking has been featured in Yoga Journal, New York magazine, Whole Living, Every Day with Rachael Ray, the Washington Post, and Saveur. Her first cookbook, Lucid Food, was nominated for an IACP award. Look for Louisa on the Cooking Channel's Taste in Translation series, making Persian kebabs. Louisa lives in Brooklyn.

 

Start: 05/02/2013 6:00 pm

A moving tale of one young woman’s life spinning out of the typical and into the extraordinary during one of the most politically and racially charged eras in America, Virgin Soul ($26.95) will resonate with readers of Monica Ali and Ntozake Shange. From lauded poet and playwright Judy Juanita comes this novel of a young woman's life with the Black Panthers in 1960s San Francisco.

Judy Juanita’s poetry and fiction have been published widely, and her plays have been produced in the Bay Area and New York City. She has taught writing at Laney College in Oakland since 1993. This is her first novel. She lives in Oakland.

 

Start: 05/02/2013 7:00 pm
In Bringing Mulligan Home: The Other Side of the Good War ($26.99), Dale Maharidge delivers the World War II story that has been impossible to get for more than half a century. Through affecting narration, he weaves together the stories of twelve members of Love Company—six of whom were present when Mulligan was killed—about what really happened overseas. And through these stories, he finds significant clues as to who Mulligan was, how he died, and why his father was unable to let his memory go. The quest answered the mystery of Steve Maharidge’s raging fits—Dale learned how blast concussions most likely damaged his father’s brain. What once began as an obsession with a photograph inevitably led to a much more dramatic and greater discovery: an understanding of the war.

Dale Maharidge has been teaching at the Columbia Journalism School since 2001; before that, he was a visiting professor at Stanford University for ten years and spent fifteen years as a newspaperman.  Several of his books are illustrated with the work of photographer Michael S. Williamson. The first book, Journey to Nowhere: The Saga of the New Underclass, later inspired Bruce Springsteen to write two songs. His second book, And Their Children After Them, won the Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction in 1990.
Friday May 03, 2013
Start: 05/03/2013 6:00 pm

Fabio Viviani shares the best of Italian home cooking while telling the story of his hardscrabble childhood, his success as a chef in the United States, and the women in his family who inspired him. In more than 150 delicious recipes, Viviani takes us from his family home, where his great-grandmother taught him to make staples like Italian Apple Cake and Homemade Ricotta, to the kitchen of a local trattoria, where he honed his craft cooking restaurant favorites like Gnocchi and the Perfect Tiramisu, and then across Italy where he studied each region’s finest recipes, from Piedmont’s Braised Ossobuco to Emilia Romagna’s Perfect Meat Sauce. A gorgeously illustrated cookbook, Fabio’s Italian Kitchen ($24.99) is a celebration of food and family that brings all the joy, fun, and flair that Fabio Viviani embodies to your kitchen.

Fabio Viviani was born in Florence, Italy, and became a sous chef at Il Pallaio, a trattoria in Firenze, at the age of sixteen. He now works as the owner and executive chef of Cafe Firenze, a renowned Italian restaurant in Ventura County, California, and Osteria Firenze, a Los Angeles Italian eatery. He has appeared on Top Chef (season five), Top Chef All Stars, and Life After Top Chef.

 

Start: 05/03/2013 7:00 pm

Fit Quickies: 5-Minute Targeted Body-Shaping Workouts ($19.95) is an effective, research-driven collection of exercises by Lani Muelrath for functional fitness and body shaping that cuts through the confusion of trends and complicated weight loss routines. It minimizes the time investment needed to see results, yet is honest about what is needed to achieve fitness and body-shaping goals.

Award-winning Lani Muelrath, M.A., CGFI, CPBN, FNS, is a presenter and celebrity coach for the 21-Day PCRM Vegan Kickstart and VegRun Programs, and fitness adviser for the Dr. John McDougall Health and Medical Center discussion boards. She is the health and fitness expert for Vegan Mainstream and a contributing author for VegWorld Magazine. She is certified in Plant-Based Nutrition through Cornell University and holds a Fitness Nutrition Specialist Advanced Credential from the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Muelrath also Lani created and starred in her own CBS TV show, Lani's All-Heart Aerobics

 

 

Saturday May 04, 2013
Start: 05/04/2013 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: 05/04/2013 1:00 pm

Eric Maisel’s prolific, multi-faceted career is a testament to his profound understanding of what it takes to live out one’s creative ambitions. A therapist who is also a bestselling author, coach (and coach trainer), columnist for Professional Artist magazine, and featured blogger for Psychology Today and the Huffington Post, Maisel is an expert on all that “blocks” the creative. In Making Your Creative Mark,: Nine Keys to Achieving Your Artistic Goals ($15.95) Maisel turns his decades of coaching, teaching, listening and creating into nine key lessons. Each key, including Passion, Confidence, Empathy, Stress, and Relationship, helps creators implement real solutions to their individual challenges. Whether they are writers, painters, actors, composers, or some kind of craftsperson, readers will learn to “unlock” what has kept them from beginning, continuing, completing — and succeeding.

Eric Maisel, PhD, the author of forty books, is widely regarded as America’s foremost creativity coach. Eric is a columnist for Professional Artist magazine and a featured blogger for Psychology Today and The Huffington Post. He reaches thousands through his website, workshops, and online courses. He is the founder of noimetic psychology, the new psychology of meaning, and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

 

Start: 05/04/2013 4:00 pm

Curran Galway’s first novel, The Aquarians: Awakening the True Self, follows two young Americans in 1970 as they search to find deeper meaning in a chaotic world. At the height of anti-Vietnam War sentiment, with the dream that empowered a generation to unite against the corruption of “the Establishment,” this story is a poignant journey of personal transformation.

Curran Galway was raised in the Pacific Northwest. She has a degree in Education and English, and a Master of Divinity degree in Transforming Spirituality.

 

Start: 05/04/2013 7:00 pm
In Finding Right Work: Five Steps to a Life You Love ($18.43) Leni Miller guides readers through the process of determining—and finding—the right work for them. With over four decades of experience in the job placement and search business, Leni knows how to find the right match in the workplace. She’s interviewed people from all sectors, and in focusing on what worked, how many of those people became successful beyond their dreams, Leni has uncovered a practical process that leads to success.

Sunday May 05, 2013
Start: 05/05/2013 1:00 pm

Bestselling author, public theologian, and leading Christian activist Jim Wallis offers his definition of the spiritual compass we need to effect lasting change in our society in On God's Side: What Religion Forgets and Politics Hasn't Learned About Serving the Common Good ($21.99). He argues that by working together, we can reshape our society, politics, and economy. Wallis explores how reading the Bible as well as the culture can shape our lives for genuine transformation.

 

Start: 05/05/2013 4:00 pm

Former Los Angeles Times humor columnist Kathleen Buckstaff weaves together an unforgettable story using her own emails and columns about her journey with her mother through illness and beyond. The Tiffany Box ($14.99) is raw, humorous, heartbreaking and inspiring.

 

Start: 05/05/2013 7:00 pm

Sharon Socol’s debut photographic compilation, Plus One: An Outsider’s Photographic Journey Into the World of Fashion ($60.00), features 100 candid images from seminal moments at famed fashion shows and parties in New York and Paris between 2001 and 2010. The book’s title and theme reflect Socol’s status as a self-proclaimed ‘plus one’ for husband Howard Socol. Using her unique Everyman perspective, Socol was able to capture stunningly intimate moments not only of industry icons including supermodels and designers including Diane von Furstenberg, Alber Elbaz, Narciso Rodriguez, Zac Posen, Tommy Hilfiger and Giorgio Armani, but also of those who toiled behind the curtain – the dressmakers, dressers, choreographers, makeup and hair artists, bouncers and waiters who provided the backbone for those glamorous, fleeting moments.

Sharon Socol lives in Coral Gables, Florida, with her husband Howard. They have two daughters and four grandchildren. Sharon travels the world regularly and is always taking photographs. Sharon is the founder of Photographing Ourselves, a photography and creative writing program for children at risk, and Casa Valentina, safe and affordable housing and supportive services for girls leaving foster Care in Miami. 

 

Monday May 06, 2013
Start: 05/06/2013 7:00 pm

From Broughton Coburn, author of the New York Times bestselling Everest: Mountain Without Mercy, comes a chronicle of the iconic first American expedition to Mt. Everest in May 1963 – published to coincide with the climb's 50th anniversary­ – combining riveting adventure, a perceptive analysis of the mountain's dark and terrifying historical context, and revelations about a secret mission that followed.

The Vast Unknown ($26.00) is, on one level, a harrowing, character-driven account of the climb itself and its legendary team of alternately inspiring, troubled, and tragic climbers who suffered injuries, a near mutiny, and death on the mountain.  It is also an examination of the profound sway the expedition had over the American consciousness and sense of identity during a time when the country was floundering.  And it is an investigation of the expedition's little-known outcome: the selection of a team to plant a CIA surveillance device on the Himalayan peak of Nanda Devi, to spy into China where Defense Intelligence learned that nuclear missile testing was underway.

Broughton Coburn, author or editor of seven books, including two national bestsellers, has worked in environmental conservation and development projects in the Himalaya for more than two of the past three decades.  In addition he has directed projects for the World Bank, World Wildlife Fund, and American Himalayan Foundation.

 

Start: 05/06/2013 7:00 pm

Driven by curiosity, wanderlust, and health crises David Downie and his wife set out from Paris to walk across France to the Pyrenees. Starting on the Rue Saint-Jacques then trekking 750 miles south to Roncesvalles, Spain, Paris to the Pyrenees: A Skeptic Pilgrim Walks the Way of Saint James ($27.95) follows their eccentric route: 72 days on Roman roads and pilgrimage paths--a 1,100-year-old network of trails leading to the sanctuary of Saint James the Greater. It is best known as El Camino de Santiago de Compostela-"The Way" for short.

The object of any pilgrimage is an inward journey manifested in a long, reflective walk. For Downie, the inward journey met the outer one: a combination of self-discovery and physical regeneration. More than 200,000 pilgrims take the highly commercialized Spanish route annually, but few cross France. Downie had a goal: to go from Paris to the Pyrenees on age-old trails, making the pilgrimage in his own maverick way.

Listen to David discuss his new book on NPR below:
http://www.npr.org/2013/04/14/176830220/a-pilgrimage-through-france-though-not-for-god

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Tuesday May 07, 2013
Start: 05/07/2013 12:00 pm

Six years ago, an overweight, pre-diabetic Mark Bittman faced a medical directive: adopt a vegan diet or go on medication. As one whose professional and leisure time revolved around cooking, eating, and enjoying a wide variety of fine foods, neither choice was appealing, yet it was clear something had to give. His solution? Shift the focus of his diet to vegetables, fruits, and grains, following a strict vegan diet (no meat or dairy) and eliminating processed foods for most of the day, then eat the foods he simply couldn’t give up forever only after 6 p.m.—and (mostly) in moderation. Beyond that, his eating plan involved no gimmicks, scales, calorie-counting, or point systems—and there were no so-called forbidden foods. Just wholesome, all-natural, mostly home-cooked meals that were as varied and satisfying as they were delicious. The results of this dietary recalibration are presented in Vb6: Eat Vegan Before 6:00pm to Lose Weight and Restore Your Health ($26.00), which reveals the lasting and sustainable value of this new, flexible and viable approach to eating.

Mark Bittman is one of the country's best-known and most widely respected food writers. His How to Cook Everything books, with one million copies in print, are a mainstay of the modern kitchen. Bittman writes for the Opinion section of the New York Times on food policy and cooking and is a columnist for the New York Times Magazine. His cooking show, The Minimalist, based on his popular New York Times column, can be seen on the Cooking Channel. He is also the author of Food Matters, Food Matters Cookbook, Fish, and Leafy Greens.

 

Start: 05/07/2013 6:00 pm

The long-awaited memoir from the Academy Award–winning director of such legendary films as The French Connection, The Exorcist, and To Live and Die in LA, The Friedkin Connection ($27.99) takes readers from the streets of Chicago to the suites of Hollywood and from the sixties to today, with autobiographical storytelling as fast-paced and intense as any of the auteur's films.

William Friedkin, maverick of American cinema, offers a candid look at Hollywood, when traditional storytelling gave way to the rebellious and alternative; when filmmakers like him captured the paranoia and fear of a nation undergoing a cultural nervous breakdown.

 

Start: 05/07/2013 7:00 pm

"The war tried to kill us in the spring." So begins the National Book Award-finalist The Yellow Birds ($14.99), a powerful account of friendship and loss. In Al Tafar, Iraq, twenty-one-year old Private Bartle and eighteen-year-old Private Murphy cling to life as their platoon launches a bloody battle for the city. Bound together since basic training when Bartle makes a promise to bring Murphy safely home, the two have been dropped into a war neither is prepared for.

With profound emotional insight, especially into the effects of a hidden war on mothers and families at home, Kevin Powers has written a groundbreaking novel that is destined to become a classic.

Kevin Powers was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia, graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University, and holds an MFA from the University of Texas at Austin, where he was a Michener Fellow in Poetry. He served in the US Army in 2004 and 2005 in Iraq, where he was deployed as a machine gunner in Mosul and Tal Afar. This is his first novel.

 

Wednesday May 08, 2013
Start: 05/08/2013 1:00 pm

Stegner Fellow, Iowa MFA, and winner of The Atlantic's Student Writing Contest, Anthony Marra has written a brilliant debut novel that brings to life an abandoned hospital where a tough-minded doctor decides to harbor a hunted young girl, with powerful consequences. A Constellation of Vital Phenomena ($26.00) begins in the final days of December 2004, in a small rural village in Chechnya, eight-year-old Havaa hides in the woods when her father is abducted by Russian forces. Fearing for her life, she flees with their neighbor Akhmed--a failed physician--to the bombed-out hospital, where Sonja, the one remaining doctor, treats a steady stream of wounded rebels and refugees and mourns her missing sister. Over the course of five dramatic days, Akhmed and Sonja reach back into their pasts to unravel the intricate mystery of coincidence, betrayal, and forgiveness that unexpectedly binds them and decides their fate. With The English Patient's dramatic sweep and The Tiger's Wife's expert sense of place, Marra gives us a searing debut about the transcendent power of love in wartime, and how it can cause us to become greater than we ever thought possible.

Anthony Marra is the winner of a Whiting Award, a Pushcart Prize, The Atlantic's Student Writing Contest, and the Narrative Prize, and his work was anthologized in Best American Nonrequired Reading 2012. He holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop and is currently a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University. He has lived and studied in Eastern Europe, and now resides in Oakland, CA.

 

Start: 05/08/2013 6:00 pm

In conversation with Sandra M. Gilbert

Driven by curiosity, wanderlust, and health crises David Downie and his wife set out from Paris to walk across France to the Pyrenees. Starting on the Rue Saint-Jacques then trekking 750 miles south to Roncesvalles, Spain, Paris to the Pyrenees: A Skeptic Pilgrim Walks the Way of Saint James ($27.95) follows their eccentric route: 72 days on Roman roads and pilgrimage paths--a 1,100-year-old network of trails leading to the sanctuary of Saint James the Greater. It is best known as El Camino de Santiago de Compostela-"The Way" for short.

The object of any pilgrimage is an inward journey manifested in a long, reflective walk. For Downie, the inward journey met the outer one: a combination of self-discovery and physical regeneration. More than 200,000 pilgrims take the highly commercialized Spanish route annually, but few cross France. Downie had a goal: to go from Paris to the Pyrenees on age-old trails, making the pilgrimage in his own maverick way.

Professor Emerita at the University of California, Davis, Berkeley resident Sandra M. Gilbert has published eight collections of poetry, most recently Aftermath. Among her prose books are the memoir Wrongful Death, the cultural study Death’s Door: Modern Dying and the Ways We Grieve; and two essay collections, On Burning Ground, and Rereading Women.. With Susan Gubar, she is coauthor of The Madwoman in the Attic, No Man’s Land (three volumes) and coeditor of The Norton Anthology of Literature by Women. She is currently at work on a book tentatively titled The Culinary Imagination along with an anthology of food writing. In 2013, Gilbert and Gubar were named winners of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Lifetime Achievement.

Listen to David discuss his new book on NPR below:
http://www.npr.org/2013/04/14/176830220/a-pilgrimage-through-france-though-not-for-god

 

Start: 05/08/2013 7:00 pm

Remember reading Catcher in the Rye and The Great Gatsby in high school? How about Slaughterhouse-Five and Pride and Prejudice? Would you read them again now that no one’s grading you, just for your own enjoyment? Practical Classics ($18.00) helps you do just that.

Author Kevin Smokler guides you through fifty books commonly assigned in high school English class and shows you why you’d probably enjoy rereading the same books as an adult. Smokler’s essays on the classics—witty, down-to-earth, appreciative, and insightful—are divided into ten sections, each covering an archetypical stage of life—from youth and first love to family, loss, and the future. The author not only reminds you about the essential features of each great book but gives you a practical, real-world reason why revisiting it in adulthood is not only enjoyable but useful.

Kevin Smokler is the editor of Bookmark Now: Writing in Unreaderly Times, a San Francisco Chronicle Notable Book of 2005. His writing has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Fast Company, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the Believer. He can be found online at www.kevinsmokler.com or on Twitter at @weegee.

 

Thursday May 09, 2013
Start: 05/09/2013 6:00 pm

The thirteen stories in Birds of Paradise Lost ($15.95) shimmer with humor and pathos as they chronicle the anguish and joy and bravery of America’s newest Americans, the troubled lives of those who fled Vietnam and remade themselves in the San Francisco Bay Area. The past—memories of war and its aftermath, of murder, arrest, re-education camps and new economic zones, of escape and shipwreck and atrocity—is ever present in these wise and compassionate stories. It plays itself out in surprising ways in the lives of people who thought they had moved beyond the nightmares of war and exodus. It comes back on TV in the form of a confession from a cannibal; it enters the Vietnamese restaurant as a Vietnam Vet with a shameful secret; it articulates itself in the peculiar tics of a man with Tourette’s Syndrome who struggles to deal with a profound tragedy. Andrew Lam's debut short story collection is an emotional tour de force, intricately rendering the false starts and revelations in the struggle for integration, and in so doing, the human heart.

Andrew Lam is the author of Perfume Dreams: Reflections on the Vietnamese Diaspora, which won the 2006 PEN Open Book Award, and East Eats West: Writing in Two Hemispheres. Lam is an editor and cofounder of New American Media, an association of over two thousand ethnic media outlets in America. He was a regular commentator on NPR’s All Things Considered for many years, and was the subject of a 2004 PBS documentary called "My Journey Home". His essays have appeared in newspapers and magazines such as the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Baltimore Sun, the Atlanta Journal, the Chicago Tribune, Mother Jones, and the Nation, among many others. His short stories have been widely taught and anthologized.

 

 

Start: 05/09/2013 7:00 pm

In 1994, Anchee Min made her literary debut with a memoir of growing up in China during the violent trauma of the Cultural Revolution. Red Azalea became an international bestseller and propelled her career as a successful, critically acclaimed author. Twenty years later, Min returns to the story of her own life to give us The Cooked Seed ($26.00), an immigrant story that takes her from the shocking deprivations of her homeland to the sudden bounty of the promised land of America, without language, money, or a clear path.


Anchee Min was born in Shanghai in 1957. At seventeen she was sent to a labor collective, where a talent scout for Madame Mao's Shanghai Film Studio recruited her to work as a movie actress. She moved to the United States in 1984. Her first memoir, Red Azalea, was an international bestseller, published in twenty countries. She has since published six novels, most recently Pearl of China.

 



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