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Friday May 10, 2013
Start: 05/10/2013 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.

 
Start: 05/10/2013 6:30 pm

Terri Glass of Marin Poets in the Schools hosts a lively poetry reading of K-12 students from schools in the county. Lea Aschenas, Claire Blotter, Dana Lomax, Michele Rivers, and Kathy Evans will be on hand to introduce their students and speak about the impressive language of these young poets.

 

Saturday May 11, 2013
Start: 05/11/2013 12:30 pm

In Dad is Fat ($25.00), stand-up comedian Jim Gaffigan, who’s best known for his legendary riffs on Hot Pockets, bacon, manatees, and McDonald's, expresses all the joys and horrors of life with five young children—everything from cousins ("celebrities for little kids") to toddlers’ communication skills (“they always sound like they have traveled by horseback for hours to deliver important news”), to the eating habits of four year olds (“there is no difference between a four year old eating a taco and throwing a taco on the floor”). Reminiscent of Bill Cosby’s Fatherhood, Dad is Fat is sharply observed, explosively funny, and a cry for help from a man who has realized he and his wife are outnumbered in their own home.

Jim Gaffigan is a stand-up comedian and actor with numerous film, television, and stage credits. He lives in Manhattan with his wife, Jeannie, and their five children in a two-bedroom apartment.

 

Start: 05/11/2013 1:00 pm

Your family has a hankering--a yen for chicken tikka masala or queso fundido, for shrimp pad thai or a Philly cheesesteak--and they want it bad. So you decide to eat out at a local ethnic or roadside restaurant, or do take-out. It's expedient, but is the food really that good? Really really good? Because Lucinda Scala Quinn's versions of all those dishes families crave will knock your socks off and prove beyond a doubt that the foods you love can be made better, faster, tastier, cheaper, and more healthfully at home.

Lucinda Scala Quinn is all about smart strategies that simplify and make for great taste, so why outsource feeding our families when it takes less time, money, and effort to cook these favorite comfort foods ourselves? And why miss out on the untold gifts of sitting at home with your family around the dining room table? So next time there's a request for pulled pork or deep-dish pizza or chicken fettuccine Alfredo, or cold soba noodles or fried rice, forget about soggy takeout and overpriced restaurants--just crack open Mad Hungry Cravings ($27.95) and you'll find simple recipes for all those dishes your family wants to eat, right now.

 

Start: 05/11/2013 4:00 pm

In conversation with Don George 

Driven by curiosity, wanderlust, and health crises David Downie and his wife set out from Paris to walk across France to the Pyrenees. Starting on the Rue Saint-Jacques then trekking 750 miles south to Roncesvalles, Spain, Paris to the Pyrenees: A Skeptic Pilgrim Walks the Way of Saint James ($27.95) follows their eccentric route: 72 days on Roman roads and pilgrimage paths--a 1,100-year-old network of trails leading to the sanctuary of Saint James the Greater. It is best known as El Camino de Santiago de Compostela-"The Way" for short.

The object of any pilgrimage is an inward journey manifested in a long, reflective walk. For Downie, the inward journey met the outer one: a combination of self-discovery and physical regeneration. More than 200,000 pilgrims take the highly commercialized Spanish route annually, but few cross France. Downie had a goal: to go from Paris to the Pyrenees on age-old trails, making the pilgrimage in his own maverick way.

 

Listen to David discuss his new book on NPR below:
http://www.npr.org/2013/04/14/176830220/a-pilgrimage-through-france-though-not-for-god

Start: 05/11/2013 7:00 pm

Left Coast Writers Launch®

Enjoy a preview of Wandering in Paris, the next anthology from the editors of Wandering in Costa Rica.

 

Start: 05/11/2013 7:00 pm

Life for Alex Schrader has never involved girls. He goes to an all-boys prep school and spends most of his time goofing around with his friends. But all that changes the first time he meets Bijou Doucet, a Haitian girl recently relocated to Brooklyn after the earthquake-and he is determined to win her heart. For Bijou, change is the only constant, and she's surprised every day by how different life is in America, especially when a boy asks her out. Alex quickly learns that there are rules when it comes to girls-both in Haitian culture and with his own friends. And Bijou soon learns that she doesn't have to let go of her roots to find joy in her new life.

Told in alternating viewpoints against the vibrant backdrop of Haitian-American culture, A Song for Bijou ($16.99) is Josh Farrar's heartwarming story of Alex and Bijou's first steps toward love.

Josh Farrar is the author of Rules to Rock By.

 

Sunday May 12, 2013
Start: 05/12/2013 1:00 pm

Daphne Oz, cohost of ABC's hit lifestyle show The Chew, shares the concerns of women everywhere: How can I eat food that is delicious and nutritious, live in a home that feels like mine, develop my personal style, find purpose and love in my life, get out and see the world, and still have me time left over? In short, how do I start living a life worth relishing?

In Relish: An Adventure in Food, Style, and Everyday Fun ($27.50), Daphne shares her essential and practical advice for happy, healthy eating and delicious living--perfect for everyone who wants to start leading a better life right now. Filled with beautiful food and entertaining photos, real-world decorating ideas for achievable inspiration, and lots of creative lifestyle imagery, Relish offers easy ways to fill your life with fun.

Daphne Oz is a student at Princeton University. She grew up in Cliffside Park, New Jersey, with her three younger siblings, Arabella, Zoe, and Oliver. While still in high school she was a writer for ELLEgirl magazine, and she changed her school's lunch menu from processed cafeteria food to include whole grains and raw foods. She is the daughter of Lisa and Dr. Mehmet Oz, co-author of the bestsellers You: The Owner's Manual and You: The Smart Patient.

 

Monday May 13, 2013
Start: 05/13/2013 6:00 pm

Left Coast Writers Launch®

Join us for a look at the books that are coming our next from our Left Coast Writers®.

 

Start: 05/13/2013 7:00 pm

Jaron Lanier is the bestselling author of You Are Not a Gadget, the father of virtual reality, and one of the most influential thinkers of our time. For decades, Lanier has drawn on his expertise and experience as a computer scientist, musician, and digital media pioneer to predict the revolutionary ways in which technology has transformed our culture. Who Owns the Future? ($26.99) is a visionary reckoning with the effects network technologies have had on our economy. Lanier asserts that the rise of digital networks led our economy into recession and decimated the middle class. Now, as technology flattens more and more industries—from media to medicine to manufacturing—we are facing even greater challenges to employment and personal wealth. But there is an alternative to allowing technology to own our future. In this ambitious and deeply humane book, Lanier charts the path toward a new information economy that will stabilize the middle class and allow it to grow. It is time for ordinary people to be rewarded for what they do and share on the web.

Jaron Lanier is a scientist and musician best known for his work in Virtual Reality research, a term he coined and popularized. He lives in Berkeley, California.

 

Tuesday May 14, 2013
Start: 05/14/2013 6:00 pm

Have you ever wondered where the ideas for baking red velvet cupcakes, brownies, birthday cake, Girl Scout cookies, and other dessert recipes came from? Discover the history behind America's most popular and nostalgic desserts with popular CakeSpy blogger and self-proclaimed "dessert detective" Jessie Oleson Moore in The Secret Lives of Baked Goods: Sweet Stories & Recipes for America's Favorite Desserts ($24.95). Moore has put her sweet-sleuthing skills to work uncovering the fascinating histories and tastiest recipes for America's favorite sweets, including whoopee pies, chocolate chip cookies, Baked Alaska, and New York cheesecake. From romantic musings on how desserts got their names to sugar-fueled scandals, these classic recipes and photographs are guaranteed to offer food for thought and leave you with plenty of room for dessert.

Jessie Oleson is the founder of the uber-popular blog, CakeSpy.com, which bills itself as a Dessert Detective Agency dedicated to seeking sweetness (literally) in everyday life. An accomplished cake anthropologist, she documents bakery finds around the United States, conducts baking experiments, posts recipes, picks the brains of bakers and food artists in interviews, and generally explores the lure and lore of baked goods on her site. Oleson is a freelance writer and illustrator whose writing has appeared on DailyCandy.com, and she has a weekly column on Serious Eats. She has illustrated for various companies, including Microsoft, iPop, All-Mighty, Taylored Expressions, and is a regular contributor to Taste of Home. She is also the founder of CakeSpy Shop, a Seattle art boutique primarily featuring her greeting cards and artwork; she currently divides her time between the East and West coasts, and eats sweetly everywhere in-between.

 

Start: 05/14/2013 7:00 pm
San Geronimo Valley School students from the first through sixth grades read their original poems — poems about their lives, their interests, their worries, and the natural world. Almost all of the work presented at this special event will be read for the first time in public. Come meet the future poets of America!

San Geronimo Valley Elementary School is located in San Geronimo, CA and is one of two elementary schools in the Lagunitas Elementary School District. It is a public school that serves students in grades K-6.

Wednesday May 15, 2013
Start: 05/15/2013 6:00 pm
Megan Marshall, the award-winning author of The Peabody Sisters takes a fresh look at the trailblazing life of a great American heroine in Margaret Fuller: A New American Life ($30.00). In her life, Fuller served as Thoreau’s first editor, Emerson’s close friend, the first female war correspondent, and a passionate advocate of personal and political freedom.

Megan Marshall is the author of The Peabody Sisters, which won the Francis Parkman Prize, the Mark Lynton History Prize, the Massachusetts Book Award in Nonfiction, and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in biography and memoir. Her essays and reviews have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times Book Review, The Atlantic, and Slate. A recipient of Guggenheim and NEH fellowships, Marshall teaches narrative nonfiction and the art of archival research in the MFA program at Emerson College.

Start: 05/15/2013 7:00 pm

Noted science writer Virginia Morell explores the frontiers of research on animal cognition and emotion, offering a surprising and moving exploration into the hearts and minds of wild and domesticated animals. Animal Wise: The Thoughts and Emotions of Our Fellow Creatures ($26.00) takes us on a dazzling odyssey into the inner world of animals, from ants to elephants to wolves, and from sharp-shooting archerfish to pods of dolphins that rumble like rival street gangs.  With 30 years of experience covering the sciences, Morell uses her formidable gifts as a story-teller to transport us to field sites and laboratories around the world, introducing us to pioneering animal-cognition researchers and their surprisingly intelligent and sensitive subjects.  She explores how this rapidly evolving, controversial field has only recently overturned old notions about why animals behave as they do.  She probes the moral and ethical dilemmas  of recognizing that even “lesser animals”  have cognitive abilities such as  memory, feelings, personality, and self-awareness--traits that many in the twentieth century felt were unique  to human beings.

Virginia Morell is a prolific contributor to National Geographic, Science, and Smithsonian, among other publications. She is also the author of Ancestral Passions, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year; Blue Nile; and coauthor with Richard Leakey of Wildlife Wars.

 

Thursday May 16, 2013
Start: 05/16/2013 6:00 pm

Plum Bistro, Seattle's wildly popular vegan restaurant, is known for its delicious and innovative vegan recipes using local ingredients. Sure to please both vegans and meat-eaters, Plum: Gratifying Vegan Dishes from Seattle's Plum Bistro ($29.95), features Plum's flavorful, comforting dishes for brunch, soups, salads, entrées, desserts, and more. This photo-filled book by Makini Howell

features 60 recipes, including Pesto Plum Pizza, Good Old-Fashioned French Toast, Barbecue Oyster-Mushroom Sliders, Fresh Blueberry Shortcake, homemade vegan pasta, and more. Bring home delicious vegan cuisine with the Plum cookbook!

Makini Howell has been passionate about creating a chic dining experience that appeals to vegans, foodies, and omnivores alike since her days of living in New York City working as a men's denim designer. In 2005 she moved back home to Seattle with the goals of redirecting her family's restaurant business and creating a new perception of veganism. Makini is focused on using organic and non-GMO seasonal produce and herbs from family-owned farms in combinations that are both comforting and unexpected. As an entrepreneur she has developed a sustainable business model using what the earth provides to supply wholesome, nourishing food.

Watch a book trailer for Plum below:


Start: 05/16/2013 6:30 pm
Left Bank Restaurant
Admission: $110 per person | $160 per couple (one book)

This event is now sold out

Paris to Provence is a culinary journey down memory lane and a celebration of childhood summers in France. Co-authors Ethel Brennan, writer and photo stylist, and Sara Remington, photographer, share their memories and recipes for their favorite foods in this evocative and heartfelt book. You’ll stroll through farmer’s markets, sample street foods, and visit typical sidewalk cafes and historic bistros. Brennan’s books include Herbes de Provence, Citrus, and Goat Cheese. The on-location photographs of Paris and Provence are a visual journey to France through the eyes of of the acclaimed photographer Remington, whose books including The Blue Chair Jam Cookbook.

The price includes the meal, wine, tax, tip & a signed copy of the author’s book.
 
 

Start: 05/16/2013 7:00 pm

Introduced by Guy Johnson

Walter Mosley's Easy Rawlins is back in Little Green ($25.95) and cruising the hippified streets of the Sunset Strip circa 1967, in search of a young black man who has gone missing—and maybe of his own rebirth.

Walter Mosley burst on the literary scene in 1990 with Devil in a Blue Dress (recently named one of the L.A. Times's best novels about L.A.), the first Easy Rawlins mystery, a combustible and irresistible mixture of Raymond Chandler and Richard Wright that future president Bill Clinton picked up on, as did hundreds of thousands of other readers. Eleven books later, Easy Rawlins is one of the small handful of private eyes in contemporary crime fiction who can be called immortal. So it is great news on every front that this major figure's new mystery features the return of his signature and most resonant character.

 

Friday May 17, 2013
Start: 05/17/2013 7:00 pm

Co-Sponsored by GeoEx 
In conversation with Don George

 

Travel writer and novelist Paul Theroux first came to Africa as a 22-year-old Peace Corps volunteer. Now in Last Train to Zona Verde ($27.00), he returns, after fifty years on the road, to explore the little-traveled territory of western Africa. His odyssey takes him overland from Cape Town through South Africa, then to Namibia, where he realizes an old dream of visiting the San People (Bushmen) in the far northeast. In Botswana he enjoys an elephant-back safari before venturing back through the north of Namibia into Angola, up to the Congo. After 2,500 arduous miles through the bush, he comes to the end of his journey in more ways than one, a decision he chronicles with typical irascible honesty in a chapter called “What Am I Doing Here?”

Paul Theroux is the author of many highly acclaimed books. His novels include The Lower River and The Mosquito Coast, and his renowned travel books include Ghost Train to the Eastern Star and Dark Star Safari. He lives in Hawaii and on Cape Cod.

 

Saturday May 18, 2013
Start: 05/18/2013 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: 05/18/2013 1:00 pm

Susan C. Shea presents The King's Jar ($14.00). When the renowned archaeologist who authenticated the King s Jar turns up dead, and the invaluable relic vanishes, Dani suddenly finds herself trapped in a real-life game of Clue with a gallery of glittering suspects, and a killer who s playing for keeps. But drumming up donations from society swells is a far cry from matching wits with homicidal thieves. And juggling the amorous advances of a police detective, a TV celebrity, and her own playboy ex-husband while sparring with an African ambassador, an obsessed archaeologist-in-training, a millionaire and his trophy wife certainly doesn't make it any easier to figure out who's lying...or keep anyone else from dying.

Susan Shea spent more than two decades as a non-profit executive before beginning her best-selling mystery series featuring a professional fundraiser for a fictional museum. She loved her former work but admits to having much more fun hanging out with crime writers and inspired storytellers. She’s a regular on The LadyKillers blog, is on the board of the Northern California chapter of Sisters in Crime and is a past board member of Norcal’s chapter of Mystery Writers of America. She lives in Marin County, California, but hopes no one will hold it against her.

 

Start: 05/18/2013 4:00 pm

We’ve all seen the vegetable garden overflowing with corn, tomatoes, and zucchini that looks good for a short time, but then quickly turns straggly and unattractive (usually right before friends show up for a backyard barbecue). If you want to grow food but you don’t want your yard to look like a farm, what can you do? The Beautiful Edible Garden ($19.99) shares how to not only grow organic fruits and vegetables, but also make your garden a place of year-round beauty that is appealing, enjoyable, and fits your personal style. Written by landscape design experts Leslie Bennett and Stefani Bittner this book will show you that it’s possible for gardeners of all levels to reap the best of both worlds. Featuring a fresh approach to garden design, glorious photographs, and ideas for a range of spaces—from large yards to tiny patios—this guide is perfect for anyone who wants a gorgeous and productive garden.

Leslie Bennett and Stefani Bittner are co-founders of Star Apple Edible + Fine Gardening, a San Francisco Bay Area landscape design firm focusing on aesthetic edible gardening. At Star Apple, they bring together ecologically sound landscape design principles and small-scale urban agriculture, working with both ornamental and edible plants to create integrated landscapes. Visit www.StarAppleEdibleGardens.com.

 

Start: 05/18/2013 7:00 pm

Work With Me: The 8 Blind Spots Between Men and Women in Business ($27.00) is the timely collaboration of two of the world’s foremost authorities on gender relations. Barbara Annis, world-renowned expert on gender issues in the workplace, and John Gray, author of the number one bestselling relationship book of all time, Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus, team up to resolve the most stressful and confusing challenges facing men and women at work. Readers will discover the Eight Gender Blind Spots, the false assumptions and opinions men and women have of each other, and in many ways, believe of themselves. Through research, science, and stories, Annis and Gray expose the blind spots that cause our misunderstandings, miscommunications, mistrust, resentment, and frustrations at work.

John Gray, PhD is the leading relationship expert in the world and bestselling relationship author of all time. His book, Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus, is ranked by USA Today as one of the top ten most influential books over the last 25 years. His 17 books have been published in 50 different languages and he is a popular keynote speaker for international organizations and Fortune 500 companies. He is the founder of Mars Venus Coaching and has personally trained over 500 coaches in 27 countries to bridge the gender gap in business through gender smart leadership, sales, and team-building trainings.

 

Sunday May 19, 2013
Start: 05/19/2013 11:00 am

Charles Darwin, William Thomson (Lord Kelvin), Linus Pauling, Fred Hoyle, and Albert Einstein were all brilliant scientists. Each made groundbreaking contributions to his field—but each also stumbled badly. These five scientists expanded our knowledge of life on earth, the evolution of the earth itself, and the evolution of the universe, despite and because of their errors. As Mario Livio luminously explains in Brilliant Blunders: From Darwin to Einstein ($26.00) that the scientific process advances through error, and why mistakes are essential to progress.

Mario Livio is an internationally known astrophysicist at the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) in Baltimore, Maryland. He is the author of The Golden Ratio, a highly acclaimed book about mathematics and art for which he received the International Pythagoras Prize and the Peano Prize; The Equation That Couldn’t Be Solved; Is God a Mathematician?; and The Accelerating Universe. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

 

Start: 05/19/2013 1:00 pm

When author and newspaper columnist Amy Friedman walked into a federal penitentiary to research and write about prison life, she never expected to fall in love with a man serving a life sentence for second degree murder. No one, Friedman included, imagined she would ultimately marry him. Desperado’s Wife ($25.95) follows the couple’s love story, from their wedding in a prison chapel to struggles with prison officials and newspaper bosses, from the blossoming love for the daughters she helped to raise to conjugal visits with her husband in prison trailers and ultimately to her husband’s release on parole and the dissolution of the marriage.

Amy Friedman is the author of the popular syndicated newspaper feature Tell Me A Story, as well as a former columnist in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. She has written several memoirs and hundreds of essays and short stories. She teaches creative writing at UCLA Extension. She is also an editor and ghostwriter. www.amyfriedman.net 

 

 

Start: 05/19/2013 4:00 pm

Women Writing Their Lives
A conversation with three memoir writers

Join three award-winning memoir writers as they read from their new books and talk about their personal writing journeys. Topics will include writing about secrets and truth, family and identity, and the complex decisions that must be made when we write memoir. They will open the group to a lively discussion about memoir writing and answer questions about their books.

Linda Joy Myers
Founder and President of the National Association of Memoir Writers
Author of Don’t Call Me Mother ($16.95)

Accompany Linda Joy Myers as she uncovers family secrets, finds solace in music, and begins her healing journey. Learn how she transcends the prison of childhood to discover light in the darkness of strife, abuse, and undiagnosed mental illness. Originally published in 2005, this revised edition includes a new introduction and afterword, with new insights about memoir writing.

Judith Newton
Author of Tasting Home: Coming of Age in the Kitchen ($16.95)

In this food memoir, Judith Newton shares the unforgettable story of a life on the front lines of activism and in the kitchen. Having discovered during a difficult childhood that food and cooking were sources of comfort and emotional sustenance, in the decades to come, through her marriage to a gay man, her discovery of feminism, her life in a commune, and her career in a university, she learned how deeply food is tied to identity, love, community, and political engagement.

Judy L. Mandel
Author of Replacement Child: A Memoir ($16.00)

Judy Mandel is the replacement child for her sister who was killed in a tragic accident. It would be years before she would understand how the event, that happened before she was born, shaped her life. In this powerful story of love and lies, hope and forgiveness, Mandel discovers the truth that changes her life forever and forces her to confront the complex layers of her relationships with her father, mother, and sister. When she has her own child, her epiphany comes full circle.
 

Start: 05/19/2013 7:00 pm

Sprague Theobald, an award-winning documentary filmmaker and expert sailor with over 40,000 offshore miles under his belt, always considered the Northwest Passage the sea route connecting the Atlantic to the Pacific the ultimate uncharted territory. Since Roald Amundsen completed the first successful crossing of the fabled Northwest Passage in 1906, only twenty-four pleasure craft have followed in his wake. Many more people have gone into space than have traversed the Passage, and a staggering number have died trying. From his home port of Newport, Rhode Island, through the Passage and around Alaska to Seattle, it would be an 8,500-mile trek filled with constant danger from ice, polar bears, and severe weather.

What Theobald couldn't have known was just how life-changing his journey through the Passage would be. Reuniting his children and stepchildren after a bad divorce more than fifteen years earlier, the family embarks with unanswered questions, untold hurts, and unspoken mistrusts hanging over their heads. Unrelenting cold, hungry polar bears, and a haunting landscape littered with sobering artifacts from the tragic Franklin Expedition of 1845, as well as personality clashes that threaten to tear the crew apart, make The Other Side of the Ice ($24.95) a harrowing story of survival, adventure, and, ultimately, redemption.

 

Monday May 20, 2013
Start: 05/20/2013 6:00 pm

Worried about waning enrollment, the head counselor of the world's worst summer camp leads his campers on a series of increasingly dubious escapades in an effort to revive their esprit de corps. A young boy on a sailing vacation with his father comes face-to-face with a dangerous stranger, and witnesses a wrenching act of violence. Parents estranged from their disturbed son must gird themselves for his visit, even as they cannot face each other. And in the dazzling title story, the beleaguered crew of the first Confederate submarine embarks on their final, doomed mission during the closing days of the Civil War. Alternately funny, menacing, and deeply empathetic, the wildly inventive stories in Ethan Rutherford's The Peripatetic Coffin ($13.99) mark the debut of a powerful new voice in contemporary fiction.

Ethan Rutherford received his MFA in fiction from the University of Minnesota, and has taught creative writing at Macalester, the University of Minnesota, and the Loft Literary Center. A former bookseller at Three Lives & Co. as well as Magers & Quinn, he lives in Minneapolis, where he is the guitarist for the band Pennyroyal.

 

Start: 05/20/2013 7:00 pm

Angelico Hall, Dominican University
Tickets: $35 (includes signed book)

Online registration is now closed. To register, call (415) 927-0960 ext. 1

 

In Cooked, Michael Pollan explores the previously uncharted territory of his own kitchen. Here, he discovers the enduring power of the four classical elements—fire, water, air, and earth—to transform the stuff of nature into delicious things to eat and drink. Apprenticing himself to a succession of culinary masters, Pollan learns how to grill with fire, cook with liquid, bake bread, and ferment everything from cheese to beer. In the course of his journey, he discovers that the cook occupies a special place in the world, standing squarely between nature and culture. Both realms are transformed by cooking, and so, in the process, is the cook. 

Michael Pollan is the author of six previous books, including Food Rules, In Defense of Food, The Omnivore’s Dilemma, and The Botany of Desire, all New York Times best-sellers. A longtime contributor to The New York Times, he is also the Knight Professor of Journalism at Berkeley. In 2010, Time magazine named him one of the one hundred most influential people in the world.
 
Start: 05/20/2013 7:00 pm

A bittersweet novel filled with longing and hope, Jennie Shortridge’s Love Water Memory ($26.00) explores the raw, tender complexities of relationships and personal identity. Who is Lucie Walker? Even Lucie herself can’t answer that question after she comes to, confused and up to her knees in the chilly San Francisco Bay. Back home in Seattle, she adjusts to life with amnesia, growing unsettled by the clues she finds to the selfish, carefully guarded person she used to be. Will she ever fall in love with her handsome, kindhearted fiancé, Grady? Can he devote himself to the vulnerable, easygoing Lucie 2.0, who is so unlike her controlling former self? When Lucie learns that Grady has been hiding some very painful secrets that could change the course of their relationship, she musters the courage to search for the shocking, long-repressed childhood memories that will finally set her free.

Jennie Shortridge has published five novels: Love Water Memory, When She Flew, Love and Biology at the Center of the Universe, Eating Heaven, and Riding with the Queen. When not writing, teaching writing workshops, or volunteering with kids, Jennie stays busy as a founding member of Seattle7Writers.org, a collective of Northwest authors devoted both to raising funds for community literacy projects and to raising awareness of Northwest literature.

 Erica Bauermeister presents The Lost Art of Mixing ($25.95). In prose to be savored, Bauermeister brings back some of the most engaging characters from School and introduces intriguing new personalities as she follows them around the seasons of a year.  At the heart of her story once again is Lillian, the chef and restaurant owner with a remarkable ability to bring out the hidden essence of people as well as ingredients, and to combine both in surprising, delightful new ways  

Erica Bauermeister, the bestselling author of The School of Essential Ingredients and Joy for Beginners, is also the coauthor of 500 Great Books by Women: A Reader’s Guide and Let’s Hear It for the Girls: 375 Great Books for Readers 2-14.  She has taught literature and creative writing at the University of Washington, from which she holds a Ph.D. in literature, and is a graduate of Occidental College. 

 

 

Tuesday May 21, 2013
Start: 05/21/2013 6:00 pm

Journalist Jon Mooallem has watched his little daughter’s world overflow with animals—butterfly pajamas, appliquéd owls—while the actual world she’s inheriting slides into a great storm of extinction. Half of all species could disappear by the end of the century, and scientists now concede that most of America’s endangered animals will survive only if conservationists keep rigging the world around them in their favor. So Mooallem ventures into the field, often taking his daughter with him, to move beyond childlike fascination and make those creatures feel more real. Wild Ones: A Sometimes Dismaying, Weirdly Reassuring Story About Looking at People Looking at Animals in America ($27.95) is a tour through our environmental moment and the eccentric cultural history of people and wild animals in America that inflects it—from Thomas Jefferson’s celebrations of early abundance to the turn-of-the-last-century origins of the teddy bear to the whale-loving hippies of the 1970s.

Jon Mooallem has been a contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine since 2006 and is a writer at large for Pop Up, the “live magazine” in San Francisco. He’s also contributed recently to the New Yorker, Harper’s, Wired, Radiolab, and This American Life. His magazine stories have twice been included in The Best American Science and Nature Writing, and he’s been interviewed about his work on a wide range of radio and television shows, including Fresh Air and The Colbert Report.

 

Start: 05/21/2013 7:00 pm

Introduction by Kelly Corrigan!

From the unique perspective of David Sedaris comes Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls ($26.99), a new book of essays taking his readers on a bizarre and stimulating world tour. From the perils of French dentistry to the eating habits of the Australian kookaburra, from the squat-style toilets of Beijing to the particular wilderness of a North Carolina Costco, we learn about the absurdity and delight of a curious traveler's experiences. Whether railing against the habits of litterers in the English countryside or marveling over a disembodied human arm in a taxidermist's shop, Sedaris takes us on side-splitting adventures that are not to be forgotten.

David Sedaris is the author of the books Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk, When You Are Engulfed in Flames, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Holidays on Ice, Naked, and Barrel Fever. He is a regular contributor to the New Yorker and Public Radio International's This American Life. He lives in England.

 

Start: 05/21/2013 7:00 pm

Fairfax Library • Free & Open to the Public

Author Josh Hanagarne will be joined by Fairfax librarian Shereen Ash for a conversation about his new book, The World’s Strongest Librarian: A Memoir of Tourette’s, Faith, Strength, and the Power of Family ($26.00). Hanagarne’s memoir traces his journey from being a teenager struggling with Tourette’s syndrome to his current position as a popular blogger and a librarian for the Salt Lake City public library.

Join Josh Hanagarne and Book Passage's Calvin Crosby for a Twitter Interview on Monday, May 20 at 10:00 AM Pacific Time. Use hashtag @strengthandbooks to participate!  

 

Wednesday May 22, 2013
Start: 05/22/2013 6:00 pm

Nathaniel Philbrick, the bestselling author of In the Heart of the Sea and Mayflower, brings his prodigious talents to Bunker Hill: A City, a Siege, a Revolution ($29.95), the story of the Boston battle that ignited the American Revolution. Boston in 1775 is an island city occupied by British troops after a series of incendiary incidents by patriots who range from sober citizens to thuggish vigilantes. After the Boston Tea Party, British and American soldiers and Massachusetts residents  have warily maneuvered around each other until April 19, when violence finally erupts at Lexington and Concord.  In June, however, with the city cut off from supplies by a British blockade and Patriot militia poised in siege, skirmishes give way to outright war in the Battle of Bunker Hill. It would be the bloodiest battle of the Revolution to come, and the point of no return for the rebellious colonists.

Nathaniel Philbrick is the New York Times bestselling author of National Book Award winner In the Heart of the Sea, Pulitzer Prize finalist Mayflower, Sea of Glory, and The Last Stand. He is also the author of Why Read Moby-Dick? and Away Off Shore. He lives on Nantucket.

 

Start: 05/22/2013 7:00 pm

When a brutal rapist is murdered, a loving father stands accused of the crime. Defense attorney Dismas Hardy must defend his brother-in-law and old friend Moses McGuire in a thrilling case that hits far too close to home. For the first time since 2009, Dismas Hardy, the author’s most beloved protagonist, returns in The Ophelia Cut ($26.99), a masterful novel that showcases John Lescroart’s extraordinary story-telling gifts: a cast of flesh-and-blood characters, morally complex situations, and relentless, nail-biting suspense.

John Lescroart is the author of more than twenty previous novels, including the New York Times bestsellers Damage, Treasure Hunt, and The 13th Juror.  He lives in Northern California.

 

Start: 05/22/2013 7:00 pm
Angelico Hall, Dominican University
Tickets: $30 (includes signed book)
 
Online ticketing is now closed. To register, call (415) 927-0960 ext. 1 

 
From Eve Ensler, the bestselling author of The Vagina Monologues and one of Newsweek’s 150 Women Who Changed the World, comes In the Body of the World, a visionary memoir of separation and connection—to the body, the self, and the world. As a playwright, author, and activist, Ensler has devoted her life to the female body: how to talk about it, how to protect and value it. Yet she spent much of her life disassociated from her own body.  While working in the Congo, Ensler is shattered to encounter the horrific rape and violence inflicted on the women there. Soon after, she is diagnosed with uterine cancer, and undergoes months of harrowing treatment. It is then that all distance is erased. As she connects her own illness to the devastation of the earth, her life force to the resilience of humanity, she is finally, fully—and gratefully—joined to the body of the world.

Eve Ensler is an internationally bestselling author and an award-winning playwright whose works include The Vagina Monologues, The Good Body, Insecure at Last, and I Am an Emotional Creature, since adapted for the stage as Emotional Creature. She is the founder of V-Day, the global movement to end violence against women and girls, which has raised more than $90 million for local groups and activists, and inspired the global action One Billion Rising. Ensler lives in Paris and New York City.
 
"As you may recall, Ensler is the author of the episodic play The Vagina Monologues and the founder of V-Day, a global movement to end violence against women and girls. In this memoir Ensler incarnates the pain of the women in Congo, victims of rape and torture, and of the Earth, also a victim of so much desecration. She writes as though her heart and body are broken, but her anger is like fire, and the passion of her writing rattles your soul. This is true literature and true activism. Don’t miss this book!" - Isabel Allende
 
Thursday May 23, 2013
Start: 05/23/2013 10:00 am

Join Bitsy Bee as she journeys to a faraway land in Princess Bugs ($12.99), a touch-and-feel Bugs adventure!

Bitsy Bee loves reading about her favorite princesses in fairy tales. One night, Bitsy dreams that she has been transported to a magical land far away. Bitsy Bee has become part of her very own fairy tale! Join Bitsy as she discovers Flower Bugs, Unicorn Bugs, Cotton Candy Cloud Bugs, a handsome prince, and more in this interactive, touch-and-feel Bugs adventure!

David A. Carter
is a master paper engineer and creator of the Bugs series, which has sold more than 6 million copies. Also the author and illustrator of the critically acclaimed Color series, featuring One Red Dot, Blue 2, 600 Black Spots, Yellow Square, and White Noise, he lives in Auburn, California, with his wife and two daughters.

 

Start: 05/23/2013 6:00 pm

Authors Joanna Hershon and Hilary Reyl come together to share their latest respective novels in an evening of readings and discussion.

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Can a friendship define your view of the world? Spanning from the Cuban Missile Crisis to the present-day stock market collapse, with locations as diverse as Dar es Salaam, Boston, Shenzhen, and Fishers Island, Joanna Hershon's A Dual Inheritance ($26.00) asks this question, as it follows not only these two men, but the complicated women in their vastly different lives. And as Ed and Hugh grow farther and farther apart, they remain uniquely—even surprisingly—connected.

Joanna Hershon is the author of The German Bride, The Outside of August, and Swimming. She has received fellowships from Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and the Edward Albee Foundation. An adjunct assistant professor in the creative writing department at Columbia University, she lives in Brooklyn with her husband, the painter Derek Buckner, and their twin sons.

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It’s 1989, the Berlin Wall is coming down, and Kate has just graduated from Yale, eager to pursue her dreams as a fledgling painter. When she receives a job offer to work as the assistant to Lydia Schell, a famous American photographer in Paris, she immediately accepts. It’s a chance not only to be at the center of it all, but also to return to France for the first time since she was a lonely nine-year-old girl, sent to the outskirts of Paris to live with cousins while her father was dying. In compelling and sympathetic prose, Hilary Reyl perfectly captures this portrait of a precocious, ambitious young woman struggling to define herself in a vibrant world that spirals out of her control. Lessons in French ($24.00) is at once a love letter to Paris and the story of a young woman finding herself, her moral compass, and, finally, her true family.

Hilary Reyl has a Ph.D. in French literature from NYU with a focus on the nineteenth century and has spent several years working and studying in France. She lives in New York City with her husband and three children.

 

Start: 05/23/2013 6:00 pm
End: 05/23/2013 8:00 pm

Five Thurs.: May 23 - June 206:00-8:00 pm • $150

 

 

This course is for students who are interested in practicing their language skills by reading and reviewing a short, modern Italian novella in class. All lessons will be conducted in Italian and students must be conversant at an Intermediate-Advanced level.


Silvia Iannelli is a private Italian tutor who was born and raised in Rome. She creates a fun and welcoming environment for her students, motivating them through activities and exercises. Her personal quote is: “La traduzione della parola e’ nel cuore ~ The translation of a word is in the heart.”

 

 

Start: 05/23/2013 7:30 pm

San Francisco magazine celebrates its June "Authors Issue" with a mega-reading featuring some of the Bay Area's most exciting writing talent. Authors contributing to the issue include Dave Eggers, Daniel Handler, Michelle Tea, John Lescroart, Yiyun Lee, Andrew Sean Greer, Helene Wecker, Robin Sloan, Chinaka Hodge, Joshua Mohr, Jennifer Kahn, Doug McGray, Peter Orner, Leath Tonino, and Scott Hutchins, many of whom will be on hand to read selections from the magazine's writers-on-writers anthology.

Magazines will be available for purchase. Wine, soft drinks, and light snacks will be served.

 

Friday May 24, 2013
Start: 05/24/2013 1:00 pm

As the host of the hugely popular “The Wendy Williams Show,” Wendy Williams is not afraid to tackle tough issues. But life is filled with all kinds of drama, and there is only so much advice Wendy can dish out during her show’s signature “Ask Wendy” segment. Wendy’s latest book, Ask Wendy ($25.99) is a no-nonsense, guilt-free guide to life’s ups and downs. Honest, vivacious, and full of Wendy’s inimitable attitude, it covers important life topics such as relationships, body image, work, sex, parenting, style and beauty. Wendy also reveals for the first time never-before-heard stories from some of the challenges she’s had to overcome in her own life. This is the perfect book for Wendy’s fans and anyone who needs “a friend in their head.”

After an enormously successful 23-year career in radio, mother, wife, and bestselling author Wendy Williams burst onto the national talk show scene in July 2009 with the launch of the nationally syndicated daytime talk show, “The Wendy Williams Show.” Called a “breakthrough in daytime” by The New York Times, “The Wendy Williams Show” airs in 52 countries and has been renewed on Fox through 2014. Williams is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Wendy Williams Experience, as well as several novels including Ritz Harper Goes to Hollywood.

 

Tuesday May 28, 2013
Start: 05/28/2013 6:00 pm

 This event has been cancelled due to illness.

With 4,000 percent growth in just six months, 17 million users, and a record for more referral traffic than YouTube, Google+, and LinkedIn combined, Pinterest delivers an unbelievable opportunity for marketers . . . if they know how to effectively use it. In Ultimate Guide for Pinterest for Business ($21.95), Karen Leland acquaints business owners with the newest social media kid on the block.

Karen Leland is the best-selling author of seven books and a freelance writer who has been published in Self, Woman’s Day, Spirituality & Health, Entrepreneur, the Los Angeles Times and others. In addition, she is the founder of Sterling Consulting and Marketing Group. Her clients have included Apple Computer, American Express, Marriott Hotels, Johnson & Johnson and others.

 

Start: 05/28/2013 7:00 pm

In conversation with David Corbett

The New York Times and internationally bestselling Danish crime writer Jussi Adler-Olsen returns with A Conspiracy of Faith ($26.95), the third thriller in his exhilarating Department Q series. Detective Carl Mørck has received a bottle that holds an old and decayed message written in blood. It’s a cry for help from two young brothers, tied and bound in a boathouse by the sea. After floating in the ocean for years before turning up, the bottle sat forgotten, unopened, on a police department windowsill, before the seal was cracked and the gruesome message, written in Danish, was analyzed. Could it be real? Who are these boys, and why weren’t they reported missing? Could they possibly still be alive? In this heart-pounding thriller, Carl and his colleagues Assad and Rose must use every resource available to uncover the horrifying truth set adrift in that bottle all those years ago.

Jussi Adler-Olsen is Denmark's #1 crime writer and a New York Times bestseller. His books routinely top the bestseller lists in Europe, and he's won many prestigious Nordic crime-writing awards, including the Glass Key Award—also won by Henning Mankell, Jo Nesbø, Stieg Larsson, and Peter Høeg. He lives in Denmark.

 

Wednesday May 29, 2013
Start: 05/29/2013 7:00 pm

Co-sponsored by The Brain Injury Network of the Bay Area

With refreshing candor, Maria Ross shares how the relentless pace of her life came to a screeching halt when a brain aneurysm ruptured and nearly killed her. Rebooting My Brain: How a Freak Aneurysm Reframed My Life ($14.95) describes her stubborn road back to health and the resulting cognitive and emotional challenges that forced Ross to reframe her life, work, and identity.

Maria Ross is a brand strategist, author, speaker and actress. She is the creator of Red Slice, a brand consultancy and business blog. Maria previosuly authored the marketing guide Branding Basics for Small Business. A dynamic speaker, Maria has appeared in numerous media outlets such as MSNBC, ABC News, NPR, Entrepreneur Magazine, the L.A. Times and locally on KGO Radio.

 

Thursday May 30, 2013
Start: 05/30/2013 6:00 pm

In Crafting Calm: Projects and Practices for Creativity and Contemplation ($16.95), Maggie Olman Shannon explored new forms of creative spiritual practice and the benefits they provide.  Artisans and everyday crafters are finding a renewed satisfaction in making something with their own hands; some are even communicating about the inherent physical- and mental-health benefits found in handwork—and, even more than that, they are framing their handwork as meditation or spiritual practice. This book serves as an inspirational resource guide to a broad assortment of spiritual practices gathered from the global arts-and-crafts communities, as well as from people who don’t consider themselves artists but who have adopted creatively expressive forms of spiritual practice.

Rev. Maggie Oman Shannon, M.A., is an interfaith minister, spiritual director, workshop and retreat facilitator, and author of five books. In 2000, Oman Shannon founded The New Story, a coaching and consulting business focused on helping people create deeper meaning in their lives.

 

Start: 05/30/2013 7:00 pm
Five thousand miles from the harsh extremes of her native South Africa, Emma Brockes’s mother charmingly dismissed their quaint village outside London. Glamorous, no-nonsense, and fiercely protective, Brockes’s mother Paula was a nurturing but mysterious presence throughout her daughter’s life. Why she abandoned South Africa in the first place--and why she refused to return for thirty years--was never explained. She Left Me the Gun ($26.95) is the story of Emma Brockes’s quest to uncover her mother’s secret life.

Emma Brockes writes for The Guardian’s Weekend magazine and has contributed to The New York TimesVogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and Elle. She is the winner of two British Press awards—Young Journalist of the Year and Feature Writer of the Year—and while at Oxford won the Philip Geddes Memorial Prize for Journalism. She lives in New York.

Friday May 31, 2013
Start: 05/31/2013 6:00 pm

A glorious debut that T.C. Boyle calls "powerful and deeply moving" that follows two young Mormon missionaries in Brazil and their tense, peculiar friendship. Elder McLeod—outspoken, surly, a brash American—is nearing the end of his mission in Brazil. For nearly two years he has spent his days studying the Bible and the Book of Mormon, knocking on doors, teaching missionary lessons—“experimenting on the word.” His new partner is Elder Passos, a devout, ambitious Brazilian who found salvation and solace in the church after his mother’s early death. The two men are at first suspicious of each other, and their work together is frustrating, fruitless. That changes when a beautiful woman and her husband offer the missionaries a chance to be heard, to put all of their practice to good use, to test the mettle of their faith.  But before they can bring the couple to baptism, they must confront their own long-held beliefs and doubts, and the simmering tensions at the heart of their friendship. A novel of unsparing honesty and beauty, Elders ($26.00) announces Ryan McIlvain as a writer of enormous talent.

Ryan McIlvain grew up in the Mormon Church and resigned his membership from it in his mid-twenties. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in many journals, including The Paris Review. A Stegner Fellow at Stanford from 2009 to 2011, he currently lives with his wife in Los Angeles.

 

Start: 05/31/2013 7:00 pm

In Bee Ridgway’s wonderfully imaginative debut novel The River of No Return ($27.95), a man and a woman travel through time in a quest to bring down a secret society that controls the past and, thus, the future. In 1815, Julia Percy mourns the death of her beloved grandfather, an earl who could play with time. On his deathbed he whispers in her ear: “Pretend!” Pretend what? When Nick returns home as if from the dead, older than he should be and battle scarred, Julia begins to suspect that her very life depends upon the secrets Grandfather never told her. Soon enough Julia and Nick are caught up in an adventure that stretches up and down the river of time. As their knowledge of the Guild and their feelings for each other grow, the fate of the future itself is hanging in the balance.

Bee Ridgway holds a PhD in literature from Cornell University and is a professor of English literature at Bryn Mawr College. She lived in England for several years and now makes her home in Philadelphia.

 

Saturday June 01, 2013
Start: 06/01/2013 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: 06/01/2013 1:00 pm

A poignant and inspirational love story set in Burma, The Art of Hearing Heartbeats ($14.95) spans the decades between the 1950s and the present.  When a successful New York lawyer suddenly disappears without a trace, neither his wife nor his daughter Julia has any idea where he might be…until they find a love letter he wrote many years ago, to a Burmese woman they have never heard of. Intent on solving the mystery and coming to terms with her father’s past, Julia decides to travel to the village where the woman lived. There she uncovers a tale of unimaginable hardship, resilience, and passion that will reaffirm the reader’s belief in the power of love to move mountains.

Jan-Philipp Sendker
, born in Hamburg in 1960, was the American correspondent for Stern from 1990 to 1995, and its Asian correspondent from 1995 to 1999. In 2000 he published Cracks in the Great Wall, a nonfiction book about China. The Art of Hearing Heartbeats is his first novel. He lives in Berlin with his family.

 

Start: 06/01/2013 4:00 pm

In the opening of Holding Silvan ($16.95), Monica Wesolowska gives birth to her first child, a healthy-seeming boy who is taken from her arms for "observation" when he won't stop crying. Within days, Monica and her husband have been given the grimmest of prognoses for Silvan. They must make a choice about his life. The story that follows is not of typical maternal heroism. There is no medical miracle here. Instead, we find the strangest of hopes. In clear and unflinching prose, this startling memoir bears witness not only to a son's brief life but to the evolution of the writer herself - from Catholic girl yearning after sainthood to maternal struggle to give her son the best she can. The result is a page-turning testimony to the power of love. By raising ethical questions about how a death can be good in the age of modern medicine, Wesolowska's memoir becomes a paean to what makes life itself good.

Monica Wesolowska has published both fiction and memoir in numerous literary journals and anthologies including Best New American Voices 2000, the Carolina Quarterly, Quarter After Eight, Literary Mama, and the New York Times bestseller My Little Red Book. A graduate of Reed College and a recipient of a fellowship from the Fine Arts Works Center in Provincetown, she has taught writing at UC Berkeley Extension for a decade. She lives with her family in Berkeley, California.

 

Start: 06/01/2013 7:00 pm

Meticulously researched and masterfully told, Operation Storm: Japan's Top Secret Submarines and Its Plan to Change the Course of World War II ($28.00) tells the harrowing story of the Sen Toku, their desperate push into Allied waters, and the dramatic chase of this juggernaut sub by the US navy. In 1941, the architects of Japan's sneak attack on Pearl Harbor planned a bold follow-up: a potentially devastating air raid--this time against New York City and Washington, DC. The classified Japanese program required developing a squadron of top secret submarines--the Sen-toku or I-400 class--which were, by far, the largest and among the most deadly subs of World War II.  Incredibly, the subs were designed as underwater aircraft carriers, each equipped with three Aichi M6A1 attack bombers painted to look like US aircraft.  Author John Geoghegan’s first person accounts from the last surviving members of both the I-401 crew and the US boarding party that captured her create a highly intimate portrait of this fascinating, and until now forgotten story of war in the Pacific.

John Geoghegan has written extensively about aviation history, underwater exploration and marine engineering for the New York Times science section, Smithsonian Air & Space, Wired, Popular Science, Aviation History, Military Heritage, Flight Journal and the San Francisco Chronicle Sunday Magazine.

 

Sunday June 02, 2013
Start: 06/02/2013 1:00 pm

When Laura Estreich is born, her appearance presents a puzzle: does the shape of her eyes indicate Down syndrome, or the fact that she has a Japanese grandmother? In The Shape of the Eye ($16.95), George Estreich, a poet and stay-at-home dad, tells his daughter's story, reflecting on her inheritance --- from the literal legacy of her genes, to the family history that precedes her, to the Victorian physician John Langdon Down's diagnostic error of "Mongolian idiocy." Against this backdrop, Laura takes her place in the Estreich family as a unique child, quirky and real, loved for everything ordinary and extraordinary about her.

George Estreich's collection of poems, Textbook Illustrations of the Human Body, won the Gorsline Prize and was published in 2004. A woodworker, fly-fisherman, and guitar player, he has taught composition, creative writing, and literature at several universities. He lives in Cornvallis, Oregon, with his wife Theresa, a research scientist, and his two daughters, Ellie and Laura.

 

Start: 06/02/2013 2:00 pm
End: 06/02/2013 4:00 pm

Dad (and everyone else!) will travel in style this summer with a new vest or jacket from Scottevest! Join us on Sunday, June 2nd, from 2:00 - 4:00pm, as we celebrate everything Scottevest. Come find just the right jacket or vest to tote your gadgets in style, no matter where your journey takes you. Refreshments provided.

 

Start: 06/02/2013 4:00 pm

In Jungian analyst and activist Jean Shinoda Bolen's writing, symbol, archetype, soul work, and synchronicity come together with activism and the potential to change the world or save the planet when grassroots and enlightened leaders work together. In her latest book, Moving Toward the Millionth Circle ($18.95), Dr. Bolen inspires and enlists women to be millionth circle, heart-centered activists in order to energize a 5th World Conference on Women in the 21st Century. The conference is not a goal in and of itself, but a means toward valuing women and the feminine to bring about a tipping point.

Moving Toward the Millionth Circle is a sequel to Dr. Bolen's popular The Millionth Circle with a slightly different focus. Her first book describes how real change happens when a critical number of people adopt a new perspective with how-to sections on ways to create women's circles with a sacred center. While still about women's circles, her new book focuses more on activism and how these circles can help to sustain and support (and be a sanctuary for) women working for change in their lives and in the world.

 

Monday June 03, 2013
Start: 06/03/2013 7:00 pm

Fifteen-year-old Oksana Marafioti is a Gypsy. This means touring with the family band from the Mongolian deserts to the Siberian tundra. It means getting your hair cut in “the Lioness.” It also means enduring sneering racism from every segment of Soviet society. Her father is determined that his girls lead a better, freer life. In America! Also, he wants to play guitar with B. B. King. And cure cancer with his personal magnetism. All of this he confides to the woman at the American embassy, who inexplicably allows the family entry. Soon they are living on the sketchier side of Hollywood.

In this affecting, hilarious memoir, Marafioti cracks open the secretive world of the Roma and brings the absurdities, miscommunications, and unpredictable victories of the immigrant experience to life. With unsentimentally perfect pitch, American Gypsy ($16.00) reveals how Marafioti adjusted to her new life in America, one slice of processed cheese at a time.

Book Passage hosts monthly meetings of Left Coast Writers® at our Corte Madera store. The monthly meetings provide an evening of literary connections, support, counsel, readings, writing tips, literary chat, unabashed networking, and great fun. Each meeting also features a presentation by one of several Bay Area literary figures. LCW has its own lively newsletter and website at www.leftcoastwriters.com/.

 

Start: 06/03/2013 7:00 pm

Listen to George Packer on the Ronn Owens show discussing The Unwinding

Our American democracy is beset by a sense of crisis. Seismic shifts during a single generation have created a country of winners and losers, allowing unprecedented freedom while leaving the social contract in pieces, bringing the political system to the verge of breakdown, and setting citizens adrift to find new paths forward. In The Unwinding ($27.00), George Packer, author of The Assassins’ Gate: America in Iraq, tells the story of America over the past three decades in an utterly original way, with his characteristically sharp eye for detail and gift for weaving together complex narratives.

George Packer is a staff writer for The New Yorker and the author of The Assassins’ Gate: America in Iraq, which received several prizes and was named one of the ten best books of 2005 by the New York Times Book Review. He is also the author of two novels, The Half Man and Central Square, and two other works of nonfiction, The Village of Waiting and Blood of the Liberals, which won the 2001 Robert F. Kennedy Book Award. His play, Betrayed, ran in Off Broadway for five months in 2008 and won the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Play. His most recent book is Interesting Times: Writings from a Turbulent Decade. He lives in Brooklyn.

 

Tuesday June 04, 2013
Start: 06/04/2013 6:00 pm

It's Christmas Eve in Manhattan. An eminent plastic surgeon slips on the ice, lands on his butt, and sprains his ankle. So far, so good. A woman such as he's never known yanks him to his feet and conjures the miracle of a taxi. Harrison recuperates with Franz Schubert, Bette Davis, and a foundling cat. Then it's back to rhinoplasties, liposuction, and the peccadilloes of his obnoxious colleagues. It is only when he collides again with that strangely helpful woman that things take a wild and revolutionary turn. Sparkling, polemical, irreverent, slippery, and sexy, Mimi ($16.00) is a love story, a call to arms, and Lucy Ellmann's most tender and dazzling book.

Lucy Ellmann was born in Evanston, Illinois, the daughter of esteemed literary critic and biographer Richard Ellmann. Her first novel, Sweet Desserts, won the Guardian Fiction Prize in 1988, and her novel Dot in the Universe was longlisted for the Orange Prize and shortlisted for both the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Writing and the Believer Book Award. She currently lives in Scotland.

 

Start: 06/04/2013 7:00 pm
Everyone knows someone who’s sick or suffering. Yet when a friend or relative is under duress many of us feel uncertain about how to cope.Throughout her recent bout with breast cancer, Letty Cottin Pogrebin became intrigued by her friends’ and family’s diverse reactions to her and her diagnosis: how awkwardly some of them behaved; how they misspoke or misinterpreted her needs; and how wonderful it was when people read her right. Now Pogrebin has distilled their collective stories, insights, opinions, and ideas into How to Be a Friend to a Friend Who's Sick ($24.99), a wide-ranging compendium of concrete guidance and usable wisdom.

Letty Cottin Pogrebin is an award-winning journalist, widely published opinion writer, acclaimed public speaker, admired political activist, and author of several nonfiction bestsellers, including Growing Up Free, Getting Over Getting Older, and Deborah, Golda, and Me. Her last book was a novel, Three Daughters. She lives in New York.

Wednesday June 05, 2013
Start: 06/05/2013 9:30 am
End: 06/05/2013 11:30 am

Four Wed.: June 5-26 • 9:30-11:30 am • $120

 

 

Gloria Lopez Gutierrez is an experienced bilingual teacher as well as College of Marin instructor. She aims to make Spanish language learning a relevant endeavor for each student.

 

Start: 06/05/2013 6:00 pm

Preserving the legacy of the pioneers of burlesque has long been a passion of author Leslie Zemeckis.  Beginning with her critically-acclaimed 2012 documentary combined with her extensive research which she has accumulated on the subject, Zemeckis has delved into the often misunderstood world of burlesque. In Behind the Burly Q: The Story of Burlesque in America ($24.95), she has documented the definitive oral history of burlesque as told by the original stars themselves in this, her first book.

Filmmaker Leslie Zemeckis is a veteran of stage and film. A frequent contributor to Huffington Post and Stork Magazine among other publications, Zemeckis wrote, produced, and directed the critically acclaimed documentary Behind the Burly Q about old-time burlesque. Her recent documentary Bound by Flesh is the story of Siamese twins, Daisy and Violet Hilton, America’s highest paid vaudeville act.

 

Start: 06/05/2013 7:00 pm
When Scott C. Johnson was fourteen, his dad took him to work. In a parking lot in Detroit, Johnson was told the truth: his father was a spy for the CIA.  At first, he reacts like any teenage boy would: he thinks his dad is James Bond. As time goes by, however, he begins to realize it’s not really like James Bond at all.  How could his dad go through such rigorous training to deceive and manipulate, and then just turn it off when he gets home?  Part family memoir, part spy story, The Wolf and the Watchman: A Father, a Son, and the CIA ($26.95), is a powerful and moving father-son account that starts during the Cold War and takes us to the present War on Terror.  

Scott C. Johnson was a Newsweek foreign correspondent for twelve years, often providing exclusive war reporting from Iraq, Afghanistan, and other fronts in the Middle East. He is now a freelance journalist and writer living in Oakland, California.

Thursday June 06, 2013
Start: 06/06/2013 6:00 pm

Linda Kohanov is beloved for her groundbreaking articulation of “the way of the horse,” an experiential wisdom known to riders for centuries but little studied or adapted to off-horse use. Now Kohanov takes those horse-inspired insights on exceptional communication and leadership into the realms of our workplaces and relationships in The Power of the Herd ($27.95). Kohanov explores the benefits of “nonpredatory power” in developing assertiveness, fostering creativity, dealing with conflict, and heightening mind-body awareness.

The author of the bestseller The Tao of Equus, Linda Kohanov speaks and teaches internationally. She established Eponaquest Worldwide to explore the healing potential of working with horses and to offer programs on everything from emotional and social intelligence, leadership, stress reduction, and parenting to consensus building and mindfulness. She lives near Tucson, Arizona.

 

Start: 06/06/2013 6:30 pm
End: 06/06/2013 8:30 pm

Four Thursdays: June 6 - 27 6:30-8:30 • $120

 


Make space for your writing. Making commitments and setting goals is one way to find the consistency needed to get in the regular writing habit. The habit of writing is what helps us access our creativity. Use this supportive community of writers to get you going. Leslie provides guidance and techniques to keep moving forward.

Limited to ten participants

Start: 06/06/2013 7:00 pm

A new take on How to Win Friends and Influence People, Your Network Is Your Net Worth ($25.00) is an entertaining, straightforward guide filled with revealing case studies, practical tips, and original strategies for building your network. Using digital tools, this book teaches you how to harness social media to connect with your true passions. Author Porter Gale also outlines how to navigate many offline interactions, such as communicating in interviews or day-to-day conversations and working a party in order to connect with others who share your interests. Stories, illustrations, quizzes, checklists, and exercises will help you pinpoint your skills and interests and leverage them into not only building a bigger network, but finding the right career and life path.

Porter Gale is an internationally known public speaker, networker, and entrepreneur with more than twenty years of experience working in marketing, advertising, and independent filmmaking. From 2007 to 2011, Porter was Vice President of Marketing at Virgin America. Prior to Virgin America, Porter was a consultant and held the post of general manager at Kirshenbaum Bond + Partners San Francisco. She was awarded the Changing the Game Award by the Advertising Women of New York (AWNY), was on AdAge’s Digital Hotlist, iMedia's Top 25-Digital Marketers, and named a Digital Passionista by The Huffington Post. She lives with her daughter in San Francisco. She is also a blogger for AdAge and The Huffington Post.

 

Friday June 07, 2013
Start: 06/07/2013 6:00 pm

For the first 23 years of her life, Suzy Becker was sure she would have at least two babies. Then, it took her fifteen more years to decide to go ahead and have just one. One Good Egg ($25.00) is the funny, warmhearted story of her journey to fertility and becoming a mom, illustrated throughout with hundreds of her clever and charming cartoons.

“Suzy Becker is a wonderful writer, hilarious, touching, and sweet.” — Anne Lamott, author of Help, Thanks, Wow

Author, artist, educator, and entrepreneur Suzy Becker began her career as an award-winning advertising copywriter, and then founded the Widget Factory, a greeting card company. She entered the world of books with what would become the internationally bestselling All I Need to Know I Learned from My Cat, and has since written and illustrated several award winning books for both children and adults including My Dog's the World's Best Dog; I Had Brain Surgery, What's Your Excuse?, Manny's Cows; Books Are for Reading; and Kids Make It Better. Her books, greeting cards, and works in print and TV advertising have earned her numerous design and writing awards. She lives with her family, a dog, and a formerly feral cat in central Massachusetts. Visit her Web site at www.suzybecker.com.

 

Start: 06/07/2013 7:00 pm

Caroline Paul was recovering from a bad accident and thought things couldn't get worse. But then her beloved cat Tibia disappeared. She and her partner, illustrator Wendy MacNaughton, mourned his loss. Yet weeks later, Tibia waltzed back into their lives. His owners were overjoyed. But they were also...jealous? Betrayed? Where had their sweet anxious cat disappeared to? Had he become a swashbuckling cat adventurer? Did he love someone else more? His owners were determined to find out.

Using GPS technology, cat cameras, psychics, the web, and animal communicators, the authors of Lost Cat embarked on a quest to discover what their cat did when they weren't around. Told through writer Caroline Paul's rich and warmly poignant narrative and illustrator Wendy MacNaughton's stunning and hilarious 4-color illustrations, Lost Cat ($20.00) is a book for animal lovers, pet owners, and anyone who has ever done anything desperate for love.

Caroline Paul is the author of East Wind, Rain and Fighting Fire. Wendy MacNaughton is the creator of the acclaimed Rumpus illustrated column, Meanwhile, and her work has appeared widely in publications including The New York Times, Print Magazine, GOOD Magazine, PEN America and Bon Appetit.

 

Saturday June 08, 2013
Start: 06/08/2013 12:00 pm

The ticket price of $55 includes lunch and a signed book
Call (415) 927-0960 ext. 1 or click the button below to register.

Please note: online registration is now closed. Please call (415) 927-0960 ext.1 to inquire about ticket availability.

In this luminous memoir, Rita Moreno shares her remarkable journey from a young girl with simple beginnings in Puerto Rico  to Hollywood legend—and one of the few performers, and the only Hispanic, to win an Oscar, Grammy, Tony and two Emmys. Here, for the first time, Rita reflects on her struggles to break through Hollywood’s racial and sexual barriers. She explores the wounded little girl behind the glamorous façade—and what it took to find her place in the world. She talks candidly about her relationship with Elvis Presley, her encounters with  Howard Hughes, and the passionate romance with Marlon Brando that drove her to attempt suicide. And she shares the illusiveness of a  “perfect” marriage and the incomparable joys of motherhood. Infused with Rita Moreno’s quick wit and deep insight, Rita Moreno: A Memoir ($26.95) is the dazzling portrait of a stage and screen star who longed to become who she really is—and triumphed.

Rita Moreno is one of the few artists to win an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony. She has also received a Golden Globe Award and a National Medal of Honor. She recently concluded a sold-out run of her one-woman show, Life Without Makeup, at the Berkeley Repertory Theater in Berkeley, California, and regularly appears  in the television show, Happily Divorced.

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: 06/08/2013 4:00 pm

Kim Wong Keltner is a Tiger Baby all grown up with a daughter of her own . . . but is she a Tiger Mother? Heck, no. This book describes--in hilarious, and sometimes heartbreaking, detail--exactly why not.Traversing the choppy seas of American and Chinese traditions, Keltner dives into the difficulties facing women today--Chinese American and otherwise. At once deeply relevant and playfully honest, Tiger Babies Strike Back ($13.99) combines personal anecdotes and tough love advice for a humorous, provocative look at how our families shape--and sometimes shake--our personal foundations.

In the fourth grade, Kim Wong Keltner won a cutthroat spelling bee, which encouraged her aspirations as a writer. Over the years, she honed her ear for dialogue by listening to elderly Chinese women dish dirt over endless games of mahjong. She met her husband at a Chaucer seminar when she stretched out her hand and said, "Come with me if you want to live." They now reside in San Francisco's Sunset District, where all the other Chinese people live.

 

Start: 06/08/2013 7:00 pm

Corte Madera store
Admission: $35 (includes signed copy of And the Mountains Echoed)

In conversation with Book Passage president Elaine Petrocelli

PLEASE NOTE: Online registration is now closed. Please call (415) 927-0960 ext. 1 to inquire about ticket availability.


Khaled Hosseini, the #1 New York Times–bestselling author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, has written a new novel about how we love, how we take care of one another, and how the choices we make resonate through generations. And the Mounains Echoed is a tale revolving around not just parents and children but brothers and sisters, cousins and caretakers, Hosseini explores the many ways in which families nurture, wound, betray, honor, and sacrifice for one another; and how often we are surprised by the actions of those closest to us, at the times that matter most. Following its characters and the ramifications of their lives and choices and loves around the globe—from Kabul to Paris to San Francisco to the Greek island of Tinos—the story expands gradually outward, becoming more emotionally complex and powerful with each turning page. 

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And the Mountains Echoed is a masterwork. I loved every one of the characters. This is storytelling at its best. As Khaled Hosseini brilliantly weaves the lives of each of the diverse characters into a gorgeous quilt, we are transported to a different world, yet we feel a part of each character's experience. I cried in the beginning and again in the end but after I read the last page, I felt so fortunate to have spent several days in Afghanistan, Greece and the Bay Area with these people.”—Elaine Petrocelli, Book Passage, Corte Madera, CA

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A Q&A with Khaled Hosseini from Riverhead Books


What most excites you about meeting your readers across America?
Meeting the wide range and diversity of people who have responded to my books, people from all walks of life, all religions, races, cultures, from varsity wrestling team members to hipsters to CEOs to middle-aged accountants to octogenarians. It is always a reminder to me, when I meet these kaleidoscopic demographics, of the ability of fiction to connect people through the expression of basic, common human experiences.

You’ll be on the road for five weeks—what are you planning to bring to read on your tour?
I have already bought a few books for just that purpose and they are now sitting on my desk! Some are new, some are older books that I have always meant to read and never got around to. They are:

Birds of America
by Lorrie Moore
The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis
Dear Life by Alice Munro
American Pastoral by Philip Roth
The History of Love by Nicole Krauss

Not sure I will get through all of them, but I will knock off a few.

What do you like to do with your downtime during your book tour?
I read. I exercise, if I can find the time. I watch parts of movies. I call home. I try to write but never can. I end up reading a lot.

What do you pack in your suitcase that might surprise us?
I always pack—though I never end up wearing it—my SF 49ers cap, which I consider my good luck hat. Also, I have started taking guitar lessons (as a show of solidarity, really, with my son), and sometimes I will pack a small travel guitar for practice on the road. (A bit of parental trickery is at work here, of course; i.e., if I can find time to practice on a national book tour, then my son can find twenty minutes in his day to do the same. Sometimes you have make people feel so bad that they’ll do the right thing.)

What are your children reading right now?

My daughter, who is ten, is reading A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle. My son, twelve, just finished The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon.

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Start: 06/08/2013 7:00 pm

Left Coast Writers Launch®

Join us in a celebration of stories from the road as some of our favorite travel writers share their funny, daring, exciting, and outrageous travel tales.

 

Sunday June 09, 2013
Start: 06/09/2013 1:00 pm

Keith Corcoran has spent his entire life preparing to be an astronaut. At the moment of his greatness, finally aboard the International Space Station, hundreds of miles above the earth’s swirling blue surface, he receives word that his sixteen-year-old daughter has died in a car accident, and that his wife has left him. The Infinite Tides ($15.00) by Christian Kiefer follows his return back to earth, and to his now empty suburban home, where he finds himself alone with ghosts, memories and feelings he can barely acknowledge, let alone process. He is a mathematical genius, a brilliant engineer, a famous astronaut, but nothing in his life has readied him for this.

Christian Kiefer earned his Ph.D. in American literature from the University of California, Davis, and is on the English faculty of American River College in Sacramento. His poetry has appeared in various national journals including the Antioch Review and Santa Monica Review. He is also an accomplished songwriter and recording artist. He lives in the hill country north of Sacramento with his wife and five sons.

 

Start: 06/09/2013 4:00 pm

May Signed First Edition Club author Anthony Marra speaks with June Signed First Edition Club author NoViolet Bulawayo.

Bulawayo's debut novel, We Need New Names ($24.99) is set in Zimbabwe, where ten year-old Darling and her friends steal guavas, try to get the baby out of young Chipo's belly, and grasp at memories of "before." Before their homes were destroyed by paramilitary policemen, before the school closed, before the fathers left for dangerous jobs abroad. But Darling has a chance to escape: she has an aunt in America. She travels to this new land in search of America's famous abundance only to find that her options as an immigrant are perilously few.

Anthony Marra is the winner of a Whiting Award, a Pushcart Prize, The Atlantic's Student Writing Contest, and the Narrative Prize, and his work was anthologized in Best American Nonrequired Reading 2012. He holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop and is currently a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University. A Constellation of Vital Phenomena ($26.00) is his first novel. 

Monday June 10, 2013
Start: 06/10/2013 6:00 pm

On the day the Herath family moves in, Sal Mal Lane is still a quiet street, disturbed only by the cries of the children whose triumphs and tragedies sustain the families that live there. As the neighbors adapt to the newcomers in different ways, the children fill their days with cricket matches, romantic crushes, and small rivalries. But the tremors of civil war are mounting, and the conflict threatens to engulf them all. In a heartrending novel poised between the past and the future, the innocence of the children—a beloved sister and her overprotective siblings, a rejected son and his twin sisters, two very different brothers—contrasts sharply with the petty prejudices of the adults charged with their care. In Ru Freeman’s masterful hands, On Sal Mal Lane ($26.00), a story of what was lost to a country and her people, becomes a resounding cry for reconciliation.

Ru Freeman is the author of A Disobedient Girl. She is an activist and journalist whose work appears internationally. She calls both Sri Lanka and America home.

 

Start: 06/10/2013 7:00 pm

Cinnamon and Gunpowder ($26.00) is a swashbuckling epicure’s adventure simmered over a surprisingly touching love story—with a dash of the strangest, most delightful cookbook never written. Eli Brown has crafted a uniquely entertaining novel full of adventure: the Scheherazade story turned on its head, at sea, with food.

Eli Brown lives on an experimental urban farm in Alameda, California. His writing has appeared in the Cortland Review and Homewrecker: An Adultery Reader. His first novel, The Great Days, won the Fabri Literary Prize.

 

Tuesday June 11, 2013
Start: 06/11/2013 6:00 pm

Super Pop!: Pop Culture Top Ten Lists to Help You Win at Trivia, Survive in the Wild, and Make It Through the Holidays ($16.99) is a wide-ranging collection of pop culture’s greatest hits, including movies, books, comic books, songs, and podcasts, presented in hilarious, provocative, and weirdly edifying top ten lists.

Daniel Harmon is the editorial director at Zest Books, and a longtime editor of pop culture projects for a variety of publishers. He is a former staff writer at Brokelyn.com, and the author of an essay about Tommy Wiseau’s film The Room, which was published in the anthology Cult Pop Culture.

 

Start: 06/11/2013 7:00 pm

How do we begin to recoup the losses of essential nutrients? By "eating on the wild side"--choosing present-day fruits and vegetables that come closest to the nutritional bounty of their wild ancestors. Jo Robinson explains that many of these jewels of nutrition are hiding in plain sight in our supermarkets, farmers markets, and U-pick orchards. Eating on the Wild Side ($26.99) provides the world's most extensive list of these superlative varieties. Drawing on her five-year review of recently published studies, Robinson introduces simple, scientifically proven methods of storage and preparation that will preserve and even enhance their health benefits.

Jo Robinson is the author or co-author of 14 books of nonfiction. Her research on pastured animals has been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Time, Mother Jones, USA Today, Men's Health, the San Francisco Chronicle, Atlantic Monthly, and many other publications. She lives and works on Vashon Island, a rural island close to Seattle, WA.

 

Wednesday June 12, 2013
Start: 06/12/2013 6:00 pm
Co-Sponsored by Bank of Marin
 
If Apple is Silicon Valley's answer to Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory, then author Adam Lashinsky provides readers with a golden ticket to step inside. Inside Apple: How America's Most Admired -- and Secretive -- Company Really Works ($16.99), Lashinsky will introduce readers to concepts like the DRI (Apple's practice of assigning a Directly Responsible Individual to every task) and the Top 100 (an annual ritual in which 100 up-and-coming executives are tapped a la Skull & Bones for a secret retreat with company founder Steve Jobs).

Based on numerous interviews, the book offers exclusive new information about how Apple innovates, deals with its suppliers and is handling the transition into the Post Jobs Era. Lashinsky, a Senior Editor at Large for Fortune, knows the subject cold: In a 2008 cover story for the magazine entitled "The Genius Behind Steve: Could Operations Whiz Tim Cook Run The Company Someday," he predicted that Tim Cook, then an unknown, would eventually succeed Steve Jobs as CEO.

Start: 06/12/2013 6:00 pm

An Eat, Pray, Love of the African Safari from the Jane Goodall of white lions, Linda Tucker’s journal-style writing describes with unflinching honesty her fears, doubts, hopes, and dreams, all the while unfolding for us an unforgettable tale of adventure, romance, spirituality, and justice. Accompanied by dramatic photographs, Saving the White Lions ($19.95) shares how a life-threatening encounter with a pride of lions during a vacation in South Africa became a life-changing experience. Under the spiritual guidance of a wise medicine woman who saved her life in the African wilderness, Tucker abandoned her high-powered career to return to the pridelands and follow her destiny. As the appointed “keeper of the white lions,” legend became reality, as she rescued a snowy white lion cub believed to be Africa’s holiest animal, stood up against armed hunters, and ultimately even found her lion man.

Linda Tucker grew up in South Africa during Apartheid and attended the universities of Cape Town and Cambridge (UK). In 2002, she founded the Global White Lion Protection Trust, an organization that works not only to protect the white lions, but also the indigenous communities and knowledge of the Tsonga and Sepedi cultures, which celebrate the white lion as a sacred living heritage. She is invited as guest speaker at international conservation congresses, and her work has been featured in documentaries produced by National Geographic and Animal Planet. She lives in the protected area neighboring South Africa’s Timbavati reserve with her partner, lion ecologist Jason A.Turner, together with the white lion prides they have reintroduced into the wild.

 

Thursday June 13, 2013
Start: 06/13/2013 12:30 pm

With three New York Times bestsellers and continued stardom on The Real Housewives of New Jersey, Teresa Giudice has more tasty recipes to share with her fans. Fabulicious On-the-Grill ($20.00) features Teresa's signature easy, no-fuss Italian cooking—but this time with 70 recipes you can make on the grill, including:

Foolproof sauces, rubs, and marinades
Hearty red meat & chicken recipes
Easy Seafood
Low-fat veggie grilling
Pizzas out-of-the-oven
Off-the-grill sides
Delicious desserts
And more tips on backyard entertaining

Including special "bikini" recipes for lite eating, fun fare for kids, as well as dozens of tips from husband "Juicy" Joe Giudice, this cookbook has everything you need to cook and dine al fresco!

Teresa Giudice is the star of Bravo's The Real Housewives of New Jersey, now in its fourth season. She has been a regular fixture in the national media, appearing on the Today show, Entertainment Tonight, as well as on the covers of InStyle and People. She lives in northern New Jersey with her husband and four daughters.

 

 

Start: 06/13/2013 6:00 pm

Read David's wonderful piece on John Horne Burns in the New York Times

American author John Horne Burns (1916-1953) led a brief and controversial life, and as a writer, transformed many of his darkest experiences into literature. Burns was born in Massachusetts, graduated from Andover and Harvard, and went on to teach English at the Loomis School, a boarding school for boys in Windsor, Connecticut. During World War II, he was stationed in Africa and Italy, and worked mainly in military intelligence. His first novel, The Gallery, based on his wartime experiences, is a critically acclaimed novel and one of the first to unflinchingly depict gay life in the military. The Gallery sold half a million copies upon publication, but never again would Burns receive that kind of critical or popular attention.

Dreadful ($28.95) follows Burns, from his education at the best schools to his final years of drinking and depression in Italy. With intelligence and insight, David Margolick examines Burns's moral ambivalence toward the behavior of American soldiers stationed with him in Naples, and the scandal surrounding his second novel, Lucifer with a Book, an unflattering portrayal of his experiences at Loomis.

David Margolick is the author of five books, including Strange Fruit: The Biography of a Song, Beyond Glory: Joe Louis vs. Max Schmeling and a World on the Brink, and Elizabeth and Hazel: Two Women of Little Rock. He is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair.

 

Start: 06/13/2013 7:00 pm

Part epic of Texas, part classic coming-of-age story, part unflinching portrait of the bloody price of power, The Son ($27.99) is an utterly transporting novel that maps the legacy of violence in the American West through the lives of the McCulloughs, an ambitious family as resilient and dangerous as the land they claim. Love, honor, even children are sacrificed in the name of ambition as the family becomes one of the richest powers in Texas, a ranching-and-oil dynasty of unsurpassed wealth and privilege. Yet, like all empires, the McCulloughs must eventually face the consequences of their choices. Harrowing, panoramic, and vividly drawn, The Son is a masterful achievement from Philipp Meyer, a sublime young talent.

“A novelist worth celebrating and watching” (USA Today), Philipp Meyer was named in the New Yorker’s “20 under 40,” their once a decade list of writers under the age of 40 who are headed for great things. Meyer received a Guggenheim Fellowship for his work on American Rust. He is a graduate of Cornell University and has an MFA from the University of Texas at Austin. A native of Baltimore, he divides his time between Austin and New York City.

 

 

 

Friday June 14, 2013
Start: 06/14/2013 5:30 pm
End: 06/14/2013 7:00 pm

$20 per person (includes wine or other beverage and light appetizers)

 

 

Join us in the Book Passage Café for an evening of books, wine, music, and fun. Bring a favorite book to swap and meet like-minded people in a friendly, stimulating environment. There’s no better place than a bookstore to meet someone new and start an interesting conversation!

Live music will be provided by Todd Swenson and Sam Barry.

 

Start: 06/14/2013 7:00 pm

For years, Daniel Smith suffered from bouts of acute anxiety, extended episodes without any apparent cause that seized control of his body and mind, leaving him an emotional wreck. Sleep was impossible and headaches and nausea haunted his days. Anxiety threatened his sanity and jeopardized his relationships. He had a prestigious job, a comfortable apartment, and caring friends—but, according to his therapists, nothing seemed to be wrong. Now in paperback, Monkey Mind ($15.00) is the story of how one man finally learned to live with—and laugh at—his own anxiety issues. Smith shares his own hilarious and heart-wrenching story from his first severe episode at age sixteen to his discovery of the author Philip Roth, who made anxiety seem noble, to his first job, which nearly drove him to distraction, to his struggle to give up the endless cycle of hand-wringing angst in order to keep the love of his life.

Daniel Smith is the author of Muses, Madmen, and Prophets and a contributor to the Atlantic, New York magazine, the New York Times magazine, and Slate. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

 

Saturday June 15, 2013
Start: 06/15/2013 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: 06/15/2013 1:00 pm

Octopus loves living on the busy reef under the sea. From her cozy cave, she can see clown fish, and sea turtles, and little butterflies swimming by. She especially loves watching the seahorses having fun, wiggling and twirling. Sometimes she will play with them, but occasionally Octopus just wants to be alone, somewhere quiet, and not so busy. So one day, she swims far, far beyond the reef and finds another cozy cave, only here she is perfectly, wonderfully alone. It is exactly what she wanted . . . until she’s ready to go back home to be with her friends.As she did in Little Owl's Night, Divya Srinivasan shows children a wonderful part of the natural world in a very warm-hearted way with Octopus Alone ($16.99).

Divya Srinivasan is an illustrator and animator living in Austin, Texas. Her illustrations have appeared in New Yorker magazine, and she has done work for This American Life, They Might Be Giants, Sundance Channel, Sufjan Stevens, and Weird Al Yankovic, among others. Divya was also an animator on the film Waking Life. She is the author-illustrator of Little Owl's Night. More of her work can be seen at www.pupae.com.

 

Start: 06/15/2013 4:00 pm

Co-Sponsored by A Band of Wives
Admission: $45
(includes signed book, appetizers, wine and a donation to A Band of Wives)

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The self-publishing revolution is in full swing, offering writers more opportunities than ever to control the publishing process and create a high-quality book that rivals traditional publishing. Former Apple chief evangelist and bestselling author Guy Kawasaki knows this first-hand. After publishing ten books with traditional publishers, he turned to self-publishing for his last two, including his most recent, APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur–How to Publish a Book.

In this workshop, Guy will explain how to fill the critical roles of author, publisher, and entrepreneur in order to succeed as a self-publisher. Topics include:

•    Writing for the right reasons
•    How to tap “the crowd” during writing and marketing
•    How to produce both ebooks and printed books
•    How to use social media to build a fan base, create a brand, and sell books
•    Recommendations on DIY vs. hiring out

Guy has written eleven other books, including the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller Enchantment. He is the co-founder of Alltop.com, an “online magazine rack” of popular topics on the web, and was previously the chief evangelist of Apple. Guy has a BA from Stanford University, an MBA from UCLA, and an honorary doctorate from Babson College.

A Band of Wives is a new kind of sisterhood for all women-married, single and everything in between.

Start: 06/15/2013 4:00 pm

Matt Coyle presents Yesterday's Echo ($26.95). Rick Cahill was never convicted of his wife's murder, but he was never exonerated either. Not by the police. Not by the media. Not even by himself. Eight years later, police suspicion and his own guilt remain over his responsibility in his wife's death. Before Rick can save himself and bring down a murderer, he must confront the truth about his own past and untangle his feeling for a woman he can never fully trust.

Yesterday's Echo is Matt Coyle's first novel. He's drawn from his days in the restaurant business and his extended family's law enforcement background in creating this thriller. Matt lives in San Diego with his wife Deborah and their yellow lab, Angus.

 

 

Start: 06/15/2013 7:00 pm

Featuring "Bliss" Ananda Kenboya on conga drums!

Mama’s Child ($15.00) is Joan Lester's story of an idealistic young white woman who travels to the American South as a civil rights worker, falls in love with an African American man, and starts a family in San Francisco, where the more liberal city embraces them—except when it doesn’t. They raise a son and daughter, but the tensions surrounding them have a negative impact on their marriage, and they divorce when their children are still young. As the years pass, the chasm between mother and daughter widens, even as the mother attempts to hold on to the emotional chord that binds them. It isn’t until the daughter, Ruby, herself becomes a wife and mother that she begins to develop compassion and understanding for the many ways that her own mother’s love transcended race and questions of identity.

Joan Steinau Lester, Ed.D., is an award-winning journalist and author of four critically acclaimed books. Her writing has appeared in many newspapers and magazines, including Essence, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, and Cosmopolitan. She lives in Northern California.

 

Monday June 17, 2013
Start: 06/17/2013 6:00 pm

At the height of World War II, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, was home to 75,000 residents, consuming more electricity than New York City. But to most of the world, the town did not exist. Thousands of civilians—many of them young women from small towns across the South—were recruited to this secret city, enticed by solid wages and the promise of war-ending work. Kept very much in the dark, few would ever guess the true nature of the tasks they performed each day in the hulking factories in the middle of the Appalachian Mountains. That is, until the end of the war—when Oak Ridge’s secret was revealed.

Drawing on the voices of the women who lived it—women who are now in their eighties and nineties— The Girls of Atomic City ($27.00) rescues a remarkable, forgotten chapter of American history from obscurity. Denise Kiernan captures the spirit of the times through these women: their pluck, their desire to contribute, and their enduring courage. Combining the grand-scale human drama of The Worst Hard Time with the intimate biography and often troubling science of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, The Girls of Atomic City is a lasting and important addition to our country’s history.

Denise Kiernan is the author of several books, including Signing Their Lives Away and Signing Their Rights Away. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Discover, Ms., and other national publications.

 

Start: 06/17/2013 7:00 pm

Since 1860, the world has warmed significantly and the ocean's climb has speeded. The sea level changes are cumulative and gradual; no one knows when they will end. The Attacking Ocean ($30.00), from celebrated author Brian Fagan, tells a tale of the rising complexity of the relationship between humans and the sea at their doorsteps, a complexity created not by the oceans, which have changed but little. What has changed is us, and the number of us on earth.

Brian Fagan is emeritus professor of anthropology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is the author of Beyond the Blue Horizon, Elixir, the Los Angeles Times bestseller Cro-Magnon, and the New York Times bestseller The Great Warming, and many other books, including Fish on Friday, The Long Summer, and The Little Ice Age. He has decades of experience at sea and is the author of several titles for sailors, including the widely praised Cruising Guide to Central and Southern California. He lives in Santa Barbara, CA.

 

Tuesday June 18, 2013
Start: 06/18/2013 6:00 pm

In a gorgeous wine valley in northern California, the economic downturn has put a number of dreams on hold. But not so for wine critic Clyde Craven-Jones, a man whose ego nearly surpasses his substantial girth. During a routine tasting in advance of his eponymous publication’s new issue, he blindly samples a selection of Cabernets. To his confounded delight, he discovers one bottle worthy of his highest score (a 20, on the Craven-Jones-on- Wine scale), an accolade he’s never before awarded. But the bottle has no origin, no one seems to know how it appeared on his doorstep—and that's a problem for a critic who’s supposed to know everything. An investigation into the mystery Cabernet commences, led by the Clyde’s wife, Claire, and a couple of underdogs—one a determined throw-back to ancient viticulture, the other a wine-stained, Pygmalion-esque scribbler—who by wit and luck rise on incoming tides of money, notoriety, and, yes, love. James Conaway's Nose ($24.99) is a witty, delectable, and fast-paced novel that, like a good Cabernet, only grows truly enjoyable once opened.

James Conaway is the author of several books, including Napa: The Story of an American Eden, the nonfiction bestseller about the wine country and those responsible for California’s winemaking triumphs, and its sequel, The Far Side of Eden. He is the author of two novels, The Big Easy and World’s End. His most recent book is Vanishing America. Conaway has written for multiple magazines, among them Harper’s, The Atlantic, Smithsonian, Saveur, Gourmet, and National Geographic Traveler.

 

Start: 06/18/2013 7:00 pm

On November 28, 1979, accomplished Navy pilot Peter Rodrick died when his plane crashed in the Indian Ocean, leaving behind a devastated wife, two daughters, and a thirteen-year-old son. In The Magical Stranger, Stephen Rodrick explores the life and death of the man who indelibly shaped his life, even as he remained a mystery: brilliant but unknowable, sacred but absent-an apparition gone 200 days of the year for much of his young son's life-a born leader who gave his son little direction. Through adolescence and into adulthood, Rodrick struggled to fully grasp the reality of his father's death and its permanence. Peter's picture and memory haunted the family home, but his name was rarely mentioned.

Stephen Rodrick is a contributing writer at the New York Times Magazine and also a contributing editor at Men's Journal. His writing has been anthologized in The Best American Sports Writing, The Best American Crime Reporting, and The Best American Political Writing. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

 

Wednesday June 19, 2013
Start: 06/19/2013 6:00 pm

In conversation with Phil Cousineau

Daniel James Brown’s robust book tells the story of the University of Washington’s 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal, a team that transformed the sport and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans. The sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the boys defeated elite rivals first from eastern and British universities and finally the German crew rowing for Adolf Hitler in the Olympic games in Berlin, 1936. Drawing on the boys’ own diaries and journals, their photos and memories of a once-in-a-lifetime shared dream, The Boys in the Boat ($27.95) is an irresistible story about beating the odds and finding hope in the most desperate of times—the improbable, intimate story of nine working-class boys from the American west who, in the depths of the Great Depression, showed the world what true grit really meant. 


Daniel James Brown is the author of two previous nonfiction books, Under a Flaming Sky and The Indifferent Stars Above. He has taught writing at San Jose State University and Stanford. He lives near Seattle.

Watch a video of the Washington Varsity Men's 8 winning the Olympic gold medal in Berlin, Germany:

Start: 06/19/2013 7:00 pm

Corte Madera store
Tickets: $30 (includes signed copy of Transatlantic)

 

 

Newfoundland, 1919. Two aviators—Jack Alcock and Arthur Brown—set course for Ireland as they attempt the first nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean, placing their trust in a modified bomber to heal the wounds of the Great War.
 
Dublin, 1845 and ’46. On an international lecture tour in support of his subversive autobiography, Frederick Douglass finds the Irish people sympathetic to the abolitionist cause—despite the fact that, as famine ravages the countryside, the poor suffer from hardships that are astonishing even to an American slave.
 
New York, 1998. Leaving behind a young wife and newborn child, Senator George Mitchell departs for Belfast, where it has fallen to him, the son of an Irish-American father and a Lebanese mother, to shepherd Northern Ireland’s notoriously bitter and volatile peace talks to an uncertain conclusion.
 
These three iconic crossings are connected by a series of remarkable women whose personal stories are caught up in the swells of history in acclaimed novelist Colum McCann's latest work. Beginning with Irish housemaid Lily Duggan, who crosses paths with Frederick Douglass, Transatlantic follows her daughter and granddaughter, Emily and Lottie, and culminates in the present-day story of Hannah Carson, in whom all the hopes and failures of previous generations live on. From the loughs of Ireland to the flatlands of Missouri and the windswept coast of Newfoundland, their journeys mirror the progress and shape of history. They each learn that even the most unassuming moments of grace have a way of rippling through time, space, and memory.

Colum McCann is the internationally bestselling author of the novels Let the Great World Spin, Zoli, Dancer, This Side of Brightness, and Songdogs, as well as two critically acclaimed story collections. His fiction has been published in thirty-five languages. He has received many honors, including the National Book Award, the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, a Chevalier des Arts et Lettres from the French government, and the Ireland Fund of Monaco Literary Award in Memory of Princess Grace. He has been named one of Esquire’s “Best & Brightest,” and his short film Everything in This Country Must was nominated for an Oscar in 2005. A contributor to The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic Monthly, and The Paris Review, he teaches in the Hunter College MFA Creative Writing Program. He lives in New York City with his wife and their three children.

 

Thursday June 20, 2013
Start: 06/20/2013 6:00 pm

When Will My Grown-Up Kid Grow Up? ($23.95) covers every aspect of life for an 18- to 29-year-old, from that first taste of independence at college to that time at the end of the 20s, when the majority of kids are settling down. It explains what grown children are going through: intense self-focus, instability, a feeling of being in-between mixed with a breathtaking sense of possibilities and how parents should deal with these changes, from six ways to listen more than you talk, to money 101 (and why never to use money to control your child s life), to troubleshooting their failure to launch, to, finally, the dos and don'ts of promoting a successful transition to adulthood.

Elizabeth Fishel is the author of Sisters, Reunion, I Swore I’d Never Do That, and The Men in Our Lives, and a journalist who’s written for Vogue, O, Good Housekeeping, Parents, Family Circle, More, and other magazines and newspapers. She has two sons in their 20s and lives in Oakland, California.   

 

Start: 06/20/2013 7:00 pm

Join New York Times bestselling children’s book author Mac Barnett as he discusses his many acclaimed works, including Extra Yarn (2013 Caldecott Honor recipient), Chloe and the Lion, The Clock Without a Face, Guess Again, Billy Twitters and his Blue Whale Problem and the Brixton Brothers mysteries.

This event is part of the Children’s Writers & Illustrators Conference. Preferential seating for Conference attendees.

 

Friday June 21, 2013
Start: 06/21/2013 9:00 am
End: 06/21/2013 11:00 am

Six Fri.: June 21, 28, July 12, 19, & Aug. 2, 2013 • 9:00 - 11:00am • $180

 

 

We will be exploring the world of Tango, its origin and history, as well as learning its special language "lunfardo".  We'll do this through the voices of some of the most important representatives of this genre, and we'll try to get to know the real soul of this passionate and sensual music.

Materials will be provided

Ximena Bervejillo was born and raised in Uruguay, and moved to Marin in 2002 with her family. She has been teaching languages for 20 years and has also been training Spanish teachers for the past three years. She loves sharing her culture and language with her students, children and adults, and brings lots of passion and fun to her classes.

 

Saturday June 22, 2013
Start: 06/22/2013 7:00 pm

Andrew Yancy--late of the Miami Police, soon-to-be-late of the Key West Police--has a human arm in his freezer. There's a logical explanation for that, but not for how and why it parted from its owner. Yancy thinks the boating-accident/shark-luncheon explanation is full of holes, and if he can prove murder, his commander might relieve him of Health Inspector duties, aka Roach Patrol. But first Yancy will negotiate an ever-surprising course of events--from the Keys to Miami to a Bahamian out island--with a crew of equally ever-surprising characters. Carl Hiaasen is back doing what he does best with Bad Monkey ($26.95), a wickedly funny, fiercely pointed tale in which the greedy, the corrupt, and the degraders of pristine land get their comeuppance in mordantly ingenious, diabolically entertaining fashion.

Carl Hiaasen was born and raised in Florida. He is the author of twelve previous novels, including the best-selling Star Island, Nature Girl, Skinny Dip, Sick Puppy, and Lucky You, and four best-selling children's books, Chomp, Hoot, Flush, and Scat. His most recent work of nonfiction is The Downhill Lie: A Hacker's Return to a Ruinous Sport. He also writes a weekly column for the Miami Herald.

 

Sunday June 23, 2013
Start: 06/23/2013 2:00 pm
End: 06/23/2013 4:00 pm

There a number of different ways to grow your brand and it can be overwhelming with all the different tools and resources available. But there is one critical tool, Social Media, which you can’t afford to overlook.

You Will Learn:

·         Social Media Foundation – What you need to know as writers.
·         How many social networks should you be on       
·         Top 5 Social Media Marketing Tips
·         It doesn't take much to become impressive   
·         The importance of social networking in writing industry  
·         Action Steps

Chris Durham is the Director of Digital Development for Uhuru Network, LLC.

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: 06/23/2013 7:00 pm

It's 1983 in Berkeley, California. Cut loose by her parents, 20-year old Allie Dodgson is trying hard to make it on her own, attending college on a scholarship and working in a dress shop. But when the dress shop turns out to be a front for a dangerous drug dealing business and Allie ends up with a Wonder Bread bag full of cocaine, her studious life takes a turn for the wild. With a hit man named Vice-Versa in hot pursuit, Allie jumps into her best friend's brand-new Prelude and goes on the lam. In Los Angeles, she finds herself entangled with a duplicitous surfer, a paraplegic porn producer and his Mexican driver, a mean girl from high school, and a legendary rock star. The only people she trusts to pull her out of this jam are the two she can't find: her free-spirited mother, who ran off to be the tambourine girl in a band when Allie was 8; and her father, who moves so often Allie doesn't even have his phone number. Think '80s Alice in Wonderland with a Pineapple Express twist and you get the energy, freshness and wicked black humor of The Wonder Bread Summer ($14.99).

Jessica Anya Blau is a graduate of The University of California, Berkeley, and Johns Hopkins University (where she received a Masters degree from The Writing Seminars). She is the author of the novels The Summer of Naked Swim Parties and Drinking Closer to Home. Jessica's short stories have appeared in numerous magazines and have won or been nominated for many awards including The Pushcart Prize. Her essays appear in The Huffington Post, the AOL homepage, The Nervous Breakdown, Salon and Redroom. Several of Jessica's stories and essays have been anthologized in books such as The Prose Reader: Essays for Thinking, Reading and Writing; Dirty Words: a Literary Encyclopedia of Sex; and The Moment: Wild, Poignant, Life-Changing Stories from 125 Writers and Artists Famous & Obscure.

 

Monday June 24, 2013
Start: 06/24/2013 12:30 pm

Gluten Is My Bitch ($19.95) offers a brutally honest and hilarious take on the realities of living a gluten-free life. As the 18 million gluten-intolerants and 3 million celiac disease sufferers in the United States can attest, living gluten-free isn’t a lot of fun, but author April Peveteaux has at least managed to make it funny. Described as the “Chelsea Handler of the gluten-free set,” April employs her unique sense of humor to provide the perfect guide to navigating a gluten-free life. In addition to her hysterical wisdom, she offers 40 gluten-free comfort food recipes that will make even the most frustrated gluten-intolerant smile with relief.

April Peveteaux is the creator and cook behind the popular blog "Gluten Is My Bitch." Before the one-two punch of moving to Los Angeles and being diagnosed with celiac disease, April worked as an editor and writer in New York for publications in print and online. Most notably, April was part of the award-winning editing team of Babble. April has had numerous television appearances on NBC, CBS, and a much bragged-about role as an extra on Saturday Night Live!

 

Start: 06/24/2013 7:00 pm

A murder on Cape Cod. A rape in Palm Beach. All they have in common is the presence of one of America’s most beloved and influential families. But nobody is asking questions. Not the police. Not the prosecutors. And certainly not George Becket, a young lawyer toiling away in the basement of the Cape & Islands district attorney’s office. George has always lived at the edge of power. He wasn’t born to privilege, but he understands how it works and has benefitted from it in ways he doesn’t like to admit. Now, an investigation brings him deep inside the world of the truly wealthy—and shows him what a perilous place it is. In the tradition of Scott Turow, William Landay, and Nelson DeMille, Walter Walker's Crime of Privilege ($26.00) is a stunning thriller about power, corruption, and the law in America—and the dangerous ways they come together.

Walter Walker is a trial lawyer in San Francisco. He lives in Marin County, California, and on Cape Cod.

 

Tuesday June 25, 2013
Start: 06/25/2013 6:00 pm

The Faraway Nearby ($25.95) is a personal, lyrical narrative about storytelling and empathy from award-winning author Rebecca Solnit. In this exquisitely written new book by the author of A Paradise Built in Hell, Solnit explores the ways we make our lives out of stories, and how we are connected by empathy, by narrative, by imagination. In the course of unpacking some of her own stories—of her mother and her decline from memory loss, of a trip to Iceland, of an illness—Solnit revisits fairytales and entertains other stories: about arctic explorers, Che Guevara among the leper colonies, and Mary Shelley’s Dr. Frankenstein, about warmth and coldness, pain and kindness, decay and transformation, making art and making self. Woven together, these stories create a map which charts the boundaries and territories of storytelling, reframing who each of us is and how we might tell our story.

Rebecca Solnit is the author of twelve books, including A Paradise Built in Hell, A Field Guide to Getting Lost, River of Shadows, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Mark Lynton History Prize, and Wanderlust.  The recipient of a Lannan Literary Award, she lives in San Francisco.

 

Start: 06/25/2013 7:00 pm

The Marin Poetry Center is pleased to present one of its Traveling Show readings. Readers include: Barbara Brooks, Ella Eytan, Jane Green, Dave Holt, Robin Lee and Sharon Skolnick-Bagnoli. The host is Ethel Mays. For additional information about other Traveling Show readings go to www.marinpoetrycenter.org.

 

Wednesday June 26, 2013
Start: 06/26/2013 9:30 am
End: 06/26/2013 12:00 pm

Four Wed.: June 26, July 10, 17, & 24 (no class July 3) • 9:30-12:00 pm • $150

 

 

Wendy Walsh has a Ph.D. in Italian Literature from UCB. She has been teaching Italian language, literature, and cooking since 1979. She leads a yearly Language Study Tour Program to Italy. Buy a panino in the Cafe and join Wendy before or after your class for informal Italian conversation.

 

 

 

Start: 06/26/2013 12:00 pm

The ticket price of $55 includes lunch and a signed book
Call (415) 927-0960 ext. 1 or click the button below to register.

 

 

In Lauren Weisberger's Revenge Wears Prada, highly anticipated sequel to The Devil Wears Prada, eight years have passed since Andrea “Andy” Sachs quit the job “a million girls would die for” working for Miranda Priestly at Runway Magazine—a dream that turned out to be a nightmare. Now Andy’s on the top of the world: she’s writing and reporting to her heart’s content; running The Plunge, her wildly successful high fashion bridal magazine with Miranda’s other ex-assistant, Emily; and most importantly, getting married to the scion of a storied media family and the love of her life.

But the night before her wedding, Andy can’t sleep. As happy as she is—as happy as she should be—she’s still haunted by the specter of her former boss. Maybe it’s survivor syndrome? Or maybe it’s justifiable, self-inflicted, paranoia. From the start, Andy and Emily have felt entitled to use their rolodex of contacts—Miranda’s contacts—from Runway as they make their way in the magazine world. As The Plunge succeeds, Andy and Emily realize they’ll soon come face to face with their former tormenter at industry functions, award ceremonies, and even weddings. Still, Andy can hardly anticipate the horrifying reality that’s approaching—a reversal so profound that she will be squarely in Miranda’s crosshairs once more.

Lauren Weisberger is the New York Times bestselling author of The Devil Wears Prada, which was published in forty languages and made into a major motion picture starring Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway. Weisberger’s three other novels, Everyone Worth Knowing, Last Night at Chateau Marmont, and Chasing Harry Winston were all New York Times bestsellers. A graduate of Cornell University, she lives in New York City with her husband and two children.

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: 06/26/2013 1:00 pm
End: 06/26/2013 3:30 pm

Four Wed.: June 26, July 10, 17, & 24 (not July 3)1:00-3:30 pm • $150

 

 

Wendy Walsh has a Ph.D. in Italian Literature from UCB. She has been teaching Italian language, literature, and cooking since 1979. She leads a yearly Language Study Tour Program to Italy. Buy a panino in the Cafe and join Wendy before or after your class for informal Italian conversation.

 

 

 

Start: 06/26/2013 7:00 pm
Musician and naturalist Bernie Krause is one of the world's leading experts in natural sound, and he's spent his life discovering and recording nature's rich chorus. In The Great Animal Orchestra ($15.99), he tells of his search far beyond our modern world's honking horns and buzzing machinery, out into the truly wild places that remain, where natural soundscapes exist virtually unchanged from when the earliest humans first inhabited the earth. Krause shares fascinating insight into how deeply animals rely on their aural habitat to survive and the damaging effects of extraneous noise on the delicate balance between predator and prey. But natural soundscapes aren't vital only to the animal kingdom; Krause explores how the myriad voices and rhythms of the natural world formed a basis from which our own musical expression emerged.

Dr. Bernie Krause is both a musician and a naturalist. During the 1950s and 60s, he devoted himself to music and replaced Pete Seeger as the guitarist for The Weavers. For over 40 years, Krause has traveled the world recording and archiving the sounds of creatures and environments large and small. He has recorded over 15,000 species. He lives in California.

Thursday June 27, 2013
Start: 06/27/2013 7:00 pm

In Wear Your Dreams ($26.99), Ed Hardy recounts his genesis as a tattoo artist and leader in the movement to recognize tattooing as a valid and rich art form, through to the ultimate transformation of his career into a multi-billion dollar branding empire. From giving colored pencil tattoos to neighborhood kids at age ten to working with legendary artists like Sailor Jerry to learning at the feet of the masters in Japan, the book explains how this Godfather of Tattoos fomented the explosion of tattoo art and how his influence can be witnessed on everyone, from countless celebs to ink-adorned rockers to butterfly-branded, stroller-pushing moms. With over fifty different product categories, the Ed Hardy brand generates over $700 million in retail sales annually.

Vividly packaged with original Ed Hardy artwork and ideal for ink devotees and Ed Hardy aficionados alike, Wear Your Dreams is a never-before-seen look at the tattoo artist who rocked the art world and has left a permanent mark on fashion history.

A leader in the tattoo world, Ed Hardy's renown led to a lucrative licensing agreement in 2004 that made “Ed Hardy” an international retail and lifestyle phenomenon. He currently splits his time between San Francisco, California, and Honolulu, Hawaii. 

 Ed Hardy will be in conversation with co-author Joel Selvin.

Friday June 28, 2013
Start: 06/28/2013 7:00 pm

Corte Madera store
Tickets: $29 (includes signed book)

 

 

 

From Jeanette Walls, one of the bestselling memoirists of all time, comes The Silver Star ($26.00), a stunning and heartbreaking novel about an intrepid girl who challenges the injustice of the adult world. It is 1970. “Bean” Holladay is twelve and her sister Liz is fifteen when their artistic mother takes off to “find herself.” She leaves her girls enough money for food to last a month or two. But when Bean gets home from school one day and sees a police car outside the house, she and Liz board a bus from California to Virginia, where their widowed Uncle Tinsley lives in the decaying antebellum mansion that’s been in the family for generations. Wall's newest work is a gorgeous, riveting, novel about triumph over adversity and about people who find a way to love the world despite its flaws and injustices.

Jeannette Walls was born in Phoenix, Arizona, and grew up in the southwest and Welch, West Virginia. She graduated from Barnard College and was a journalist in New York City for twenty years. Her memoir, The Glass Castle, has been a New York Times bestseller for more than five years. Walls lives in rural Virginia with her husband, the writer John Taylor.

 

Saturday June 29, 2013
Start: 06/29/2013 10:00 am
End: 06/29/2013 3:00 pm

PLEASE NOTE: This class has been postponed. Contact Esme at erabin@bookpassage.com for information on future classes with Laura.

Sat. June 29 • 10:00-3:00 pm • $85

Sensory prompts help you tap into your best material, enriching memory and story with imagery and detail. With instruction and techniques from Laura’s upcoming book, Writing from the Senses, you’ll never have to stare at a blank page again. For all levels.

 

Start: 06/29/2013 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: 06/29/2013 1:00 pm

Pursued by Nazi soldiers, or old age, or shame, or handicap, or disease, or regret, the varied characters of Simon Van Booy’s utterly compelling The Illusion of Separateness ($24.99) discover at their darkest moments of fear and isolation that they are not alone, that they were never alone, that every human being is a link in a chain we cannot see. This gripping, emotional, novel (inspired by true events) tells the story of several compelling characters: a handicapped German infantryman, a lonely British film director, a young, blind museum curator, Jewish-American newlyweds separated by war, a lost child on the brink of starvation, and a caretaker at a retirement home for actors in Santa Monica. The same world moves under each of them, so that one by one, through seemingly random acts of selflessness, a veil is lifted to reveal the vital parts they have played in each other’s lives, and the illusion of their separateness.

Simon Van Booy grew up in rural Wales. He is the author of The Secret Lives of People in Love, Love Begins in Winter, which won the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, and Everything Beautiful Began After, which won the ABA’s Honor Award in Adult Fiction. He is the editor of three philosophy books, titled Why We Fight, Why We Need Love, and Why Our Decisions Don’t Matter. His essays have appeared in the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, and the Guardian, and on NPR.

 

Start: 06/29/2013 4:00 pm

Join Book Passage as we welcome three fantastic children's authors to share their newest work.

Bethanie Murguia presents Zoe's Room ($16.99) and Snippet the Early Riser ($15.99). Zoe rules as Queen of the Universe -- or at least, her room! -- until one day her parents announce that her little sister Addie is moving in. Snippet is a typical snail. He loves to draw. He loves to play soccer. He loves piggyback rides. But unlike other snails, he does not love to sleep in.

Deborah Underwood presents Part-Time Princess ($16.99). At night, a normal little girl imagines she is a princess, but not just a princess who wears pretty gowns and goes to balls. She also gets to fight dragons and tame trolls. But one morning she wakes up and begins to think maybe her royal adventures aren't so imaginary after all... From the best-selling author of The Quiet Book, this jacketed picture book is perfect for every little girl who dreams of being a princess.

Amy Novesky
presents Mister and Lady Day ($16.99). Billie Holiday—also known as Lady Day—had fame, style, a stellar voice, big gardenias in her hair, and lots of dogs. She had a coat-pocket poodle, a beagle, Chihuahuas, a Great Dane, and more, but her favorite was a boxer named Mister. Mister was always there to bolster her courage through good times and bad, even before her legendary appearance at New York’s Carnegie Hall.

 

Start: 06/29/2013 7:00 pm

David Mezzapelle was inspired to write Contagious Optimism ($16.95) based on his life's experiences, his own contagious optimism and the support of fellow forward looking people in his life. This uplifting book includes stories and parables of amazing life turnarounds. A compendium of encouragement, it includes advice and guidance from business leaders, visionaries, and just plain folk. Readers will learn that it’s possible to look for and find silver linings. Developed by some of the team that brought you Random Acts of Kindness, this book is Chicken Soup of the Soul meets Pay It Forward, on steroids! Contagious Optimism is pure inspiration that will lift hearts, open minds and create a movement of pass-it-on hope and happiness.

David Mezzapelle has been motivating others to be positive since his childhood. In most aspects of life he has been living his vocation of making others feel good about themselves, the world around them, and what lies ahead. He has been a guest on various radio and television programs. He is also a frequent contributor to the Wall Street Journal and various other publications around the globe.

 

Sunday June 30, 2013
Start: 06/30/2013 1:00 pm

In Mary Wrightly, So Politely ($16.99) by Shirin Yim Bridges, Mary Wrightly is the best-behaved little girl around. She always politely says "please" and "thank you" and even “I’m sorry” when something isn’t her fault. But when a shopper comes between Mary and the blue elephant toy she wants to buy for her beloved baby brother, will Mary just let the woman walk away with it? Speak up, Mary!

Shirin Yim Bridges is an award-winning author and the founder of Goosebottom Books. She lives in Foster City, California. Visit her website at www.goosebottombooks.com.

 

Start: 06/30/2013 4:00 pm

After the death of her beloved twin brother and the abandonment of her long-time lover, Greta Wells undergoes electroshock therapy. Over the course of the treatment, Greta finds herself repeatedly sent to 1918, 1941, and back to the present. Whisked from the gas-lit streets and horse-drawn carriages of the West Village to a martini-fueled lunch at the Oak Room, in these other worlds, Greta finds her brother alive and well--though fearfully masking his true personality. And her former lover is now her devoted husband...but will he be unfaithful to her in this life as well? Greta Wells is fascinated by her alter egos: in 1941, she is a devoted mother; in 1918, she is a bohemian adulteress.

The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells ($26.99) is a spellbinding novel by Andrew Sean Greer where each reality has its own losses, its own reward, and each extracts a different price. Which life will she choose as she wrestles with the unpredictability of love and the consequences of even her most carefully considered choices?

Andrew Sean Greer is the bestselling author of five works of fiction, including The Story of a Marriage, which the New York Times has called an "inspired, lyrical novel," and The Confessions of Max Tivoli, which was named a best book of 2004 by the San Francisco Chronicle and the Chicago Tribune. He is the recipient of the Northern California Book Award, the California Book Award, the New York Public Library Young Lions Award, the O Henry Award for short fiction and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Public Library.

 

Monday July 01, 2013
Start: 07/01/2013 10:00 am
End: 07/01/2013 12:30 pm

PLEASE NOTE: This class is cancelled. Please contact Esme at erabin@bookpassage.com for more information on future classes with Karen Benke.

A Summer Workshop for Students from 4th to 7th Grade
Six Mondays: July 1-Aug. 5 • 10:00-12:30 pm $225 • Class size limited to 15


A six-week summer writing camp to rip, leap, and stir up images on and off the page, find your voice, and let your imagination roam. The program is led by writer Karen Benke and author/illustrator Prartho Sereno, two long-time teachers in the California Poets in the Schools program.

 

Start: 07/01/2013 7:00 pm

Robert Burton believes that while some neuroscience observations are real advances, others are overreaching, unwarranted, wrong-headed, self-serving, or just plain ridiculous, and often with the potential for catastrophic personal and social consequences. In A Skeptic’s Guide to the Mind ($24.99), he brings together clinical observations, practical thought experiments, personal anecdotes, and cutting-edge neuroscience to decipher what neuroscience can tell us – and where it falls woefully short. At the same time, he offers a new vision of how to think about what the mind might be and how it works.

Robert Burton, MD is a physician, journalist, and author. A graduate of Yale University and University of California at San Francisco medical school, he was formerly chief of the Division of Neurology at Mt. Zion-UCSF Hospital and Associate Chief of the Department of Neurosciences. Burton’s work has appeared in Salon and the San Francisco Chronicle, among others, and he frequently is invited to speak about the brain, the mind, neuroscience, and philosophy of science. The author of On Being Certain: Believing You Are Right Even When You’re Not and three critically acclaimed novels, he lives in Sausalito, California.

 

Start: 07/01/2013 7:00 pm

From Gillian Bagwell, the author of The September Queen, comes the exciting story of Bess of Hardwick, one of the richest and most powerful women in England. Armed with nothing but her razor-sharp wit and fetching looks, twelve-year-old Bess of Hardwick arrives at the glamorous court of King Henry VIII and is thrust into a treacherous world of politics and intrigue, a world she must quickly learn to navigate. Venus in Winter ($16.00) follows Bess as she eventually discovers that, for a woman of substance, the power and the possibilities are endless.

Gillian Bagwell is the author of The Darling Strumpet and The September Queen. She lives in Berkley, CA. 

Book Passage hosts monthly meetings of Left Coast Writers® at our Corte Madera store. The monthly meetings provide an evening of literary connections, support, counsel, readings, writing tips, literary chat, unabashed networking, and great fun. Each meeting also features a presentation by one of several Bay Area literary figures. LCW has its own lively newsletter and website at www.leftcoastwriters.com/.

 

Tuesday July 02, 2013
Start: 07/02/2013 9:30 am
End: 07/02/2013 12:00 pm

Four Tues.: July 2, 9, 16, & 239:30-12:00 pm • $150

 

 

Wendy Walsh has a Ph.D. in Italian Literature from UCB. She has been teaching Italian language, literature, and cooking since 1979. She leads a yearly Language Study Tour Program to Italy. Buy a panino in the Cafe and join Wendy before or after your class for informal Italian conversation.

 

 

 

Start: 07/02/2013 1:00 pm
End: 07/02/2013 3:30 pm

Four Tues.: July 2, 9, 16, & 231:00-3:30 pm • $150

 

 

Wendy Walsh has a Ph.D. in Italian Literature from UCB. She has been teaching Italian language, literature, and cooking since 1979. She leads a yearly Language Study Tour Program to Italy. Buy a panino in the Cafe and join Wendy before or after your class for informal Italian conversation.

 

 

 

Start: 07/02/2013 6:30 pm
End: 07/02/2013 8:30 pm

Five Tuesdays: July 2 - 30 • 6:30-8:30 pm • $40 per session
 
Limited to 10—Restricted registration; call (415) 927-0960 for information


Are you ready to commit to completing your book? Use the support and camaraderie of fellow writers, as well as helpful, well-timed feedback, to move through resistance and finish your work. Leslie provides incisive feedback as well as structural and publishing advice as needed.

 

Start: 07/02/2013 7:00 pm

Still reeling from the loss of his family in an accident that he feels responsible for causing, Hank Singer accepts an invitation to move to the isolated and beautiful state of Chiapas. There, in the streets and cafes of a colonial city nestled in the mountain forests, he settles into the semblance of a new life under the watchful eye of his best friend and former college roommate, César, the charismatic heir to one of Mexico’s most powerful families.  But when an army of impoverished Indians calling themselves Zapatistas emerges from the jungle to seize half the state, Hank finds himself a foreigner trapped in someone else’s war. Let the Water Hold Me Down ($16.00) reveals how the repercussions of the decisions he makes—and does not make—threaten to shatter both his friendship and the renewed life he has found in the Mexican highlands.

Michael Spurgeon was residing in San Cristóbal de las Casas at the time of the Zapatista Uprising. He and his wife and their two children currently live in Sacramento, California, where he is a tenured professor of English at American River College.

Wednesday July 03, 2013
Start: 07/03/2013 1:30 pm

Every summer, the Bay Area Writing Project (BAWP) at UC Berkeley sponsors Young Writers’ Camps across the Bay Area. Join Book Passage as we celebrate the best and brightest budding Marin authors at Book Passage for a celebration with family, friends, and all who appreciate the creativity and passion that young writers have to offer.

 

Sunday July 07, 2013
Start: 07/07/2013 5:30 pm
End: 07/07/2013 7:00 pm

Join Book Passage as we welcome Andrew Kearns and his photography showing, "Petrified Forest National Park."

Andrew Kearns is a Marin resident who emigrated from Ireland 20 years ago. He has been travelling and photographing the American west for much of that time. Come see his latest work exclusively at Book Passage in Corte Madera. All his work will be for sale in limited edition Artist Proof Prints.

Invite from Andrew Kearns on Vimeo.

 

 

Monday July 08, 2013
Start: 07/08/2013 6:00 pm
End: 07/08/2013 8:00 pm

4 Tues., July 8-30 • 6:00-8:00pm • $125

 

 

Silvia Iannelli is a private Italian tutor who was born and raised in Rome. She creates a fun and welcoming environment for her students, motivating them through activities and exercises. Her personal quote is: "La traduzione della parola e' nel cuore ~ The translation of a word is in the heart." 

Start: 07/08/2013 6:00 pm

Following up her recent historical fiction novel Mother Lode, Carol Sheldon returns with Driven to Rage ($14.95). Set in early 1900s Michigan, the story focuses on a labor struggle between copper miners and mine owners that couldn't care less about the lives or safety of their employees.  The story follows a family divided by the issue and contains love, betrayal, and murder.  

Carol Sheldon’s novel Mother Lode recently won the Bay Area Independent Publishers’ Association award for Best Fiction. The highlights of her writing career have been for the stage: Sheldon's plays have won awards, while Sandcastles and Lifelines were both chosen for professional productions on the east coast. Sheldon teaches writing in Marin, California, where she lives.

 

Tuesday July 09, 2013
Start: 07/09/2013 6:00 pm

The intense and complex mother/daughter bond has never been brought so fully to life in Mother Daughter Me ($26.00), the remarkable story of one daughter's hope/search/prayer that the regrets of the past can be laid to rest during the year she, her teenage daughter, and her mother spend a year living under the same roof in San Francisco. Katie Hafner's mother, a brilliant, complicated octogenarian had to leave the house where she and her companion of twenty years lived because he needed assisted living. Hafner offered an experiment in living: she would drive her mother from San Diego to San Francisco and, with Hafner's daughter Zoe, would find a place to live for the three of them. Crazy? Loving? Optimistic? What occurs during this year of change for all three makes for an extraordinary work of nonfiction.

Katie Hafner is a frequent contributor to The New York Times, where she writes on healthcare and technology. She has also worked at Newsweek and BusinessWeek, and has written for The New York Times Magazine, Esquire, Wired, The New Republic, The Huffington Post, and O: The Oprah Magazine. She is the author of five previous books covering a diverse set of topics, including the origins of the Internet, computer hackers, German reunification, and the pianist Glenn Gould. She lives in San Francisco.

 

Start: 07/09/2013 6:30 pm
End: 07/09/2013 8:30 pm

Five Tuesdays: July 2 - 30 • 6:30-8:30 pm • $40 per session

Limited to 10—Restricted registration; call (415) 927-0960 for information


Are you ready to commit to completing your book? Use the support and camaraderie of fellow writers, as well as helpful, well-timed feedback, to move through resistance and finish your work. Leslie provides incisive feedback as well as structural and publishing advice as needed.

 

Start: 07/09/2013 7:00 pm

In My Animal, My Self: A Breakthrough Way to Understand How You and Your Animal Reflect Each Other ($15.95), animal communicator Marta Williams brings into focus an unexamined dynamic in our relationships with our animals: the idea that our animals are often our mirrors. Deeply and inextricably connected to us on the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual levels, they can pick up and reflect back to us the issues and events of our lives. Through stories, exercises, and an extensive questionnaire, you will gain unique insight into the healing and teaching roles of your companion animals, both past and current, and the profound gifts they offer.

Marta Williams is a biologist and animal communicator who travels worldwide to teach people how to communicate intuitively with animals and nature. She offers tutoring, teleclasses, and consultations for animals and their people by phone, Skype, and email. Williams lives in Northern California.

 



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