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Start: 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: 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.

 

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Start: 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.
 
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Start: 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.

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Start: 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: 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: 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.

 

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Start: 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: 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.

 

Start: 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. 

 

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Start: 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: 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.

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Start: 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: 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: 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. 
 


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