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Start: 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: 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.

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Start: 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: 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.

 

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Start: 12:00 pm

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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: 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: 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.

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Start: 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.
 
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Start: 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. 

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Start: 12:00 pm

The ticket price of $55 includes lunch and a signed book
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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: 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.

 

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Start: 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: 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: 1:00 pm
End: 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: 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: 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: 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.



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