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Start: 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: 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: 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.  

 

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Start: 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: 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.

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Start: 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: 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: 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: 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. 

 

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Start: 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: 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: 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.
 
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Start: 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: 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

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Start: 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: 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. 

 

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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: 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: 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: 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

 



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