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7
Start: 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).

 

8
Start: 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: 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.
  

9
Start: 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: 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: 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.

10
Start: 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. 

11
Start: 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: 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.

12
Start: 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: 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.

13
Start: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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.

 



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