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Start: 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: 2:00 pm
End: 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: 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. 
 
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Start: 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: 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: 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.

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Start: 6:00 pm

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

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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: 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: 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:
 
 
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Start: 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.

 

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Start: 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: 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: 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.
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Start: 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: 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

 

 

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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: 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: 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: 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.



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