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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

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 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 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

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/.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Wednesday July 10, 2013
Start: 07/10/2013 6:00 pm

Claire DeWitt and the Bohemian Highway ($20.00) is the second installment in the acclaimed Claire DeWitt mystery series from author Sara Gran.  When Paul Casablancas, Claire DeWitt's musician ex-boyfriend, is found dead in his Mission District home, the police are convinced it's a simple robbery. But Claire knows nothing is ever simple. With the help of her new assistant, Claude, Claire follows the clues, finding hints to Paul's fate in her other cases-especially that of a missing girl in the gritty 1980s East Village and a modern-day miniature horse theft in Marin.

Sara Gran is the author of five critically acclaimed novels, including Come Closer and Dope as well as the Claire DeWitt series. She also writes for film and TV (including TNT's "Southland") and has published in The New York Times, The New Orleans Times Picayune, and USA Today. She is a former bookseller and a native of Brooklyn.

 

Start: 07/10/2013 7:00 pm

“What makes Yonahlossee emotionally engaging in its own right…is Ms. DiSclafani’s sure-footed sense of narrative and place, and her decision to portray her heroine, Thea Atwell, in all her complexity: fierce, passionate, strong-willed, but also selfish, judgmental and self-destructive." - Michiko Kakutani, New York Times 

It is 1930, the midst of the Great Depression. After her mysterious role in a family tragedy, passionate, strong-willed Thea Atwell, age fifteen, has been cast out of her Florida home, exiled to an equestrienne boarding school for Southern debutantes. High in the Blue Ridge Mountains, with its complex social strata ordered by money, beauty, and girls’ friendships, the Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls is a far remove from the free-roaming, dreamlike childhood Thea shared with her twin brother on their family’s citrus farm—a world now partially shattered. As Thea grapples with her responsibility for the events of the past year that led her here, she finds herself enmeshed in a new order, one that will change her sense of what is possible for herself, her family, her country.

Weaving provocatively between home and school, the narrative powerfully unfurls the true story behind Thea’s expulsion from her family, but it isn’t long before the mystery of her past is rivaled by the question of how it will shape her future. Part scandalous love story, part heartbreaking family drama, The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls ($27.95) is an immersive, transporting page-turner—a vivid, propulsive novel about sex, love, family, money, class, home, and horses, all set against the ominous threat of the Depression—and the major debut of an important new writer.

Anton DiSclafani grew up in northern Florida, where she rode horses, competing nationally. She graduated from Emory University, and received her MFA from Washington University. She currently lives in Saint Louis, where she teaches creative writing at Washington University.

 

Thursday July 11, 2013
Start: 07/11/2013 6:30 pm
End: 07/11/2013 8:30 pm

Three Thurs.: July 11 - 25 • 6:30-8:30 pm • $40 per session

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


Make space for your writing. Making commitments and setting goals is one way to find the consistency you need. The habit of writing is what helps us access our creativity. Use the supportive of other writers and Keenan’s guidance and techniques to keep moving forward. Limited to ten participants—Restricted registration; call for information

 

 

Start: 07/11/2013 7:00 pm

“Set in post-revolutionary Iran, Delijani’s gripping novel is a blistering indictment of tyranny, a poignant tribute to those who bear the scars of it, and a celebration of the human heart’s eternal yearning for freedom.”
-Khaled Hosseini, author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns


Based on the harrowing experiences of author Sahar Delijani, her family, and friends, Children of the Jacaranda Tree ($24.99) is a moving, timely drama about three generations of men and women moved by love, inspired by poetry, and motivated by dreams of justice and freedom. For fans of The Kite Runner and In the Shadow of the Banyan, it is a stunningly evocative look at the intimate side of revolution and a brilliant tribute to anyone who has answered the call of history.

Sahar Delijani was born in Tehran's Evin Prison in 1983 and grew up in California, where she graduated from the University of California, Berkeley. Her work has been published in a broad spectrum of literary journals and publications, including The Battered Suitcase, Tryst, Slice Magazine, Prick of the Spindle, Perigee, Border Hopping, Berkeley Poetry Review, and Sangam Review. She was nominated for the 2010 and 2011 Pushcart Prize and was for a time a regular contributor to Iran-Emrooz (Iran of Today) Political and Cultural Journal. She makes her home with her husband in Turin, Italy.

 

Friday July 12, 2013
Start: 07/12/2013 5:30 pm

Corte Madera store
Tickets: $28 (includes book & food), $20 (food only)

 

 

This event will feature select beers and cheese from Cheese & Beer

The booming worlds of artisan cheese and craft beer meet in this first-ever guide, an introduction to two dozen popular craft-beer styles and the cheeses that pair best with them. Cheese & Beer capitalizes on the rapidly growing audience for craft beer in the U.S. and the enthusiasm these passionate beer fans have for good cheese. Enhanced by the author’s reputation as a journalist and cheese authority, the book fills a wide-open niche for consumer guidance in pairing craft beer and cheese.

Janet Fletcher is the author or co-author of more than 20 books on food and wine, including Cheese & Wine (more than 80,000 copies sold); The Cheese Course; and Eating Local. She writes a weekly cheese column for the San Francisco Chronicle and is a former staff food writer for the Chronicle whose journalism earned three James Beard Awards and the IACP Bert Greene Award. Her food writing has appeared in numerous national consumer magazines, including Saveur, Bon Appétit, Better Homes & Gardens and Food & Wine, and her bimonthly cheese column for Specialty Food reaches a trade audience. Janet trained at the Culinary Institute of America and at Berkeley's celebrated Chez Panisse restaurant. She resides in Napa Valley but teaches cheese-appreciation and cooking classes around the country. 

 

Start: 07/12/2013 7:00 pm

In Self-Inflicted Wounds: Heartwarming Tales of Epic Humiliation ($24.99), Aisha Tyler, comedian, actress, cohost of CBS's The Talk, star of Archer, and creator of the top-ranked podcast Girl on Guy, serves up a spectacular collection of her own self-inflicted wounds. From almost setting herself on fire, to vomiting on a boy she liked, to getting drunk and sleeping through the SATs, to going into crushing debt to pay for college and then throwing away her degree to become a comedian, Aisha's life has been a series of spectacularly epic fails. And she's got the scars to prove it. Literally.

Through it all, Aisha's triumphs haven't come in spite of the failures, but because of them. Because with every failure comes a lesson learned, a strength revealed, a fear overcome, or an adventure braved. Self-Inflicted Wounds isn't just about surviving failure. It's about embracing failure--pursuing it, even--on the winding path to success. And after you've failed a time or three, hopefully you'll have learned something. Or at the very least have a really killer story. Because to err is human, but to fail epically is hilarious.

 

Saturday July 13, 2013
Start: 07/13/2013 1:00 pm

In conversation with Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey

As an emotionally under-nourished, overly-sensitive child, bestselling author and medical expert Karilee Shames’ young life was plagued with loneliness, emotional longing and misunderstanding. As she matured, she realized her experience was similar to that of so many other aspiring women. In college she pursued sociology, psychology, and child development, and read research on mechanisms of empowerment, including the tenets of Dr. Bandura, who called this “mastery modeling” approach the quickest route to improving our skills and achieving excellence.

As a tribute to those who have helped to shape her life, Karilee has compiled the inspiring personal stories of women of our generation, and in so doing, shares a path of empowerment for women of all ages. In Amazing Mentors: The REAL Hot Mama’s Path to Power, readers will discover the difficulties overcome by women such as CA Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey, US Army General Clara Adams, Yoga Journal Co-Founder Rama Vernon and more.

 

Start: 07/13/2013 4:00 pm

Jane Goldsmith’s debut novel Indian Winter ($18.95) is set on a struggling Montana ranch in 1970, where 14-year-old Winona dreams of escaping from the cruelty of her stepfather and the narrowness of her surroundings. When an unexpected discovery turns Win’s family upside down, the whole town must confront the consequences of their beliefs.

 

Start: 07/13/2013 7:00 pm

Join friends and former students to celebrate the release of Don George 6.0! Legendary writer, editor, teacher, and perennial chair of our Travel Writers & Photographers Conference, Don has been a beloved member of the BP family since his first workshop here in 1988. We invite friends, students, and conference alumni up to the stage to share stories and laughs—with a celebratory toast to follow!

 

Start: 07/13/2013 7:00 pm

Left Coast Writers Launch®

Writing in the vein of S. E. Hinton’s The Outsiders, with an eco-warrior fierceness that recalls Erin Brockovich, debut author Corina Vacco presents My Chemical Mountain ($16.99), a powerful, mesmerizing, high-octane drama. Publisher’s Weekly describes this young adult novel as “Grim but impressive...lyrical prose and strong characters.”

 

Sunday July 14, 2013
Start: 07/14/2013 10:00 am
End: 07/14/2013 11:45 am

Sun., July 14 • 10:00-11:45 am • $30

Class has been postponed - please email bpclasses@bookpassage.com for further information

Class covers source materials, fair use, collaboration agreements, and personal management agreements.

Authors’ Legal Rights Series
An overview of the legal and business issues facing writers. Daniel Riviera is an entertainment attorney based in San Francisco with extensive experience in the entertainment industry. Q&A session to follow presentations.

 

 

 

Start: 07/14/2013 12:30 pm
End: 07/14/2013 1:45 pm

Sun., July 14 • 12:30-1:45 pm • $30

This class has been postponed - please email bpclasses@bookpassage.com for further information

An analysis of the conventional publishing agreement.

Authors’ Legal Rights Series
An overview of the legal and business issues facing writers. Daniel Riviera is an entertainment attorney based in San Francisco with extensive experience in the entertainment industry. Q&A session to follow presentations.

 

 

 

Start: 07/14/2013 4:00 pm

Daisy loves words, so she is delighted when Miss Goldner teaches the class about alliteration. When her neighbor Grant starts calling her Lazy Daisy, she decides to come up with an alliterative nickname so dazzling it sticks. As Daisy collects D words that describe her, she shows delightful determination in finding the perfect name.

Daisy’s Defining Day
($14.95) is the second book in the Daisy series. With its fresh fun characters and engaging, believable stories, the Daisy series introduces children to the satisfaction of independent reading and the joy of playing with language.

Sandra V. Feder
is the author of Daisy’s Perfect Word. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and three daughters.

 

Start: 07/14/2013 7:00 pm

Dr. Wayne Pernell has an extensive history of helping individuals, leaders, and organizations define, design, and attain success. In Choosing Your Power ($14.99), Pernell leads readers through simple, insight-oriented shortcuts that encourage them to step into their greatness and live life authentically, productively, and powerfully.

 

Monday July 15, 2013
Start: 07/15/2013 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.

 

Tuesday July 16, 2013
Start: 07/16/2013 6:30 pm
End: 07/16/2013 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: 07/16/2013 7:00 pm

The first thirty folks to arrive will receive a FREE 125 year old antique print from John Muir's Picturesque California, originally published in 1888!

Critically acclaimed poet Brian Francis Heffron presents his debut novel, Colorado Mandala ($14.95). He mines the complex landscape of 1970s post-Vietnam America to chart the love triangle of a former Green Beret with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, his lover, and a stoic young wanderer in Manitou Springs, Colorado.

 

Wednesday July 17, 2013
Start: 07/17/2013 1:00 pm

In the tradition of Kristin Hannah and Karen Joy Folwer, Meg Waite Clayton, bestselling author of The Wednesday Sisters, returns with The Wednesday Daughters ($26.00), an enthralling new novel of mothers, daughters, and the secrets and dreams passed down through generations. It is early evening when Hope Tantry arrives at the small cottage in England’s pastoral Lake District where her mother, Ally, spent the last years of her life. Ally—one of a close-knit group of women who called themselves the Wednesday Sisters—had used the cottage as a writer’s retreat while she worked on her unpublished biography of Beatrix Potter, yet Hope knows little about her mother’s time there. Traveling with Hope are friends Anna Page and Julie, first introduced as little girls in The Wednesday Sisters, now grown women grappling with issues of a different era. They’ve come to help Hope sort through her mother’s personal effects, yet what they find is a tangled family history—one steeped in Lake District lore.

Meg Waite Clayton is the nationally bestselling author of The Four Ms. Bradwells, The Wednesday Sisters, and The Language of Light. Her books have been published in six languages, and her essays and stories have aired on public radio and appeared in national news publications. A graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, Clayton lives with her family in Palo Alto, California.

 

Start: 07/17/2013 7:00 pm

In silken prose and with subtle suspense, Nina Schuyler brings us a mesmerizing novel of language and translation, memory loss and heartbreak, and the search for answers in a foreign country. When renowned translator Hanne Schubert falls down a flight of stairs, her injury is an unusual but real condition -- the loss of her native language. She is left speaking only Japanese, a language learned later in life. With her personal life at a crossroad, Hanne leaves for Japan. There, the Japanese novelist whose work she translated stunningly confronts her publicly for sabotaging his work. Reeling, Hanne struggles for meaning and seeks out the inspiration for the author's novel -- a tortured, chimerical actor, once a master in the art of Noh theater. Through their passionate and intriguing relationship, Hanne begins to understand the masks she has worn in her life, just as the actor dons the masks that have made him a legend of Noh. The demons from her past and present begin to unfold and Hanne sets out to make amends in The Translator ($24.95).

 

Thursday July 18, 2013
Start: 07/18/2013 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.

 

 

Curtis Sittenfeld, New York Times bestselling author of American Wife and Prep, returns with a mesmerizing novel of family and identity, loyalty and deception, and the delicate line between truth and belief.

Funny, haunting, and thought-provoking, Sisterland is a beautifully written novel of the obligation we have toward others, and the responsibility we take for ourselves. With her deep empathy, keen wisdom, and unerring talent for finding the extraordinary moments in our everyday lives, Curtis Sittenfeld is one of the most exceptional voices in literary fiction today. 

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: 07/18/2013 6:30 pm
End: 07/18/2013 8:30 pm

Three Thurs.: July 11 - 25 • 6:30-8:30 pm • $40 per session

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


Make space for your writing. Making commitments and setting goals is one way to find the consistency you need. The habit of writing is what helps us access our creativity. Use the supportive of other writers and Keenan’s guidance and techniques to keep moving forward. Limited to ten participants—Restricted registration; call for information.

 

 

Start: 07/18/2013 7:00 pm

Positing that modern society is an adolescent culture, driven by greed and power and lying on the cusp of an era of spiritual growth and shifting values, The Global Heart Awakens ($19.95) explores mythic themes in various historical eras to explain the past, present, and future of the human experience. It suggests that the world is facing a rite of passage into adulthood and that a time of cooperation, stabilization, and sharing is approaching. With an original theory of history based on developmental psychology, including an analysis of masculine and feminine archetypes, this thoughtful guide weaves the narratives of human history and individuals' experiences into a path of enlightenment and a way to catalyze social change.

Also, check out Anodea's event at Yoga Tree on July 20: http://bit.ly/AnodeaJudithDancingAndAwakeningJuly20YTCM

Anodea Judith is the author of Eastern Body, Western Mind; The Sevenfold Journey; and Wheels of Life. She lives in Novato, California.

 

Friday July 19, 2013
Start: 07/19/2013 10:30 am
End: 07/19/2013 12:30 pm

5 Fridays: July 19-Aug. 30 (no class July 26 or Aug. 9) • 10:30-12:30pm • $135

 

 

An in-depth exploration of the masterpieces in this gem of a museum. The survey includes a history of the museum, its Ancient, Egyptian and near Eastern works, its sculpture collection including Rodin, and the important works on paper collected by the Achenbach Foundation. Hear three lectures on European painting: Medieval and Renaissance works from Italy, Germany and Spain; 17th &18th century works from the Netherlands, Italy, France, and England.

 
 
Start: 07/19/2013 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.

 

 

Introduction by author Gail Tsukiyama!

From the New York Times–bestselling author of The Jane Austen Book Club comes We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, the story of an American family, middle class in middle America, ordinary in every way but one. But that exception is the beating heart of this extraordinary novel.


Meet the Cooke family: Mother and Dad, brother Lowell, sister Fern, and our narrator, Rosemary, who begins her story in the middle. She has her reasons. “I spent the first eighteen years of my life defined by this one fact: that I was raised with a chimpanzee,” she tells us. “It’s never going to be the first thing I share with someone. I tell you Fern was a chimp and already you aren’t thinking of her as my sister. But until Fern’s expulsion, I’d scarcely known a moment alone. She was my twin, my funhouse mirror, my whirlwind other half, and I loved her as a sister.”

Karen Joy Fowler is the author of three story collections and six novels, one a national bestseller, another a PEN/Faulkner finalist, and all New York Times Notable Books. She lives in Santa Cruz, California.

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: 07/19/2013 7:00 pm

For years, best friends Sarah and Jennifer kept what they called the “Never List”:  a list of actions to be avoided, for safety’s sake, at all costs.  But one night, against their best instincts, they accept a cab ride with grave, everlasting consequences. For the next three years, they are held captive with two other girls in a dungeon-like cellar by a connoisseur of sadism. Ten years later, at thirty-one, Sarah is still struggling to resume a normal life, living as a virtual recluse under a new name, unable to come to grips with the fact that Jennifer didn’t make it out of that cellar. Now, her abductor is up for parole and Sarah can no longer ignore the twisted letters he sends from jail. Finally, Sarah decides to confront her phobias and the other survivors—who hold their own deep grudges against her. When she goes on a cross-country chase that takes her into the perverse world of BDSM, secret cults, and the arcane study of torture, she begins unraveling a mystery more horrifying than even she could have imagined. A shocking, blazingly fast read, Koethi Zan’s debut The Never List ($27.95) is a must for fans of Karin Slaughter, Laura Lippman, and S.J. Watson.

Koethi Zan was born and raised in rural Alabama, then moved to New York City after earning a J.D. from Yale Law School. She practiced entertainment law for more than fifteen years, working in film, television, and theater, most recently at MTV. She now lives in upstate New York with her husband and children.

 

Saturday July 20, 2013
Start: 07/20/2013 10:00 am
End: 07/20/2013 2:00 pm

Sat., July 20 • 10:00-2:00 pm • $60

 

 

Transform the stories of your life into fiction! We’ll practice accessing memory, mining our family myths for their dramatic potential, and creating memorable characters from the people we know. Audrey Ferber’s fiction and essays have appeared in journals and anthologies. She teaches writing at UC Extension.

 

Start: 07/20/2013 12:00 pm

Saving the Season: A Cook's Guide to Home Canning, Pickling, and Preserving ($35.00) is a stylish, richly illustrated, practical guide for home cooks and preserving enthusiasts, and the first cookbook from journalist Kevin West, author of the popular blog www.savingtheseason.com.

Incorporating classic favorites and new flavors, West gives us more than one hundred recipes, organized by season, for sweet preserves and savory pickles; easy-to-can vegetables and fruits; condiments such as relishes, chutneys, and salsas; and cordials, candies, and cocktails. Interspersed with the recipes are chronicles of West's travels and the history of American preserving traditions from California to New Mexico to Long Island. A witty and erudite culinary companion, West makes a rich and entertaining story of the introductions to the recipes.  Also included is a primer on preserving techniques that addresses issues of food safety and nutrition.

Kevin West is from rural Blount County in eastern Tennessee. He attended Deep Springs, an experimental college in the White Mountains of California, and Sewanee: The University of the South. For 13 years he was on staff at W magazine, with postings in New York, Paris, and Los Angeles, where he was West Coast editor and where he still lives. He runs the blog www.savingtheseason.com; writes about food, culture, and travel; and produces a retail collection of jams and marmalades. He is certified as a Master Food Preserver by the University of California Cooperative Extension.

 

Start: 07/20/2013 1:00 pm

Dyanna Falconer is on a roll when she sells her book to Hollywood and falls in love with a famous, hot movie star, but she misses her cottage on the California coast and longs to paint and write, and live her life with the unforgettable characters that inhabit Big Sur. Dyanna is warned about the jasmine dogs by a rough Esalen Indian Mystic, but plunges ahead with a big romance and faces the dire consequences of her double life. Escape into the mysteries of Jasmine Dogs Mystic Advntures in Big Sur ($19.95) and hold on tight... it's a wild ride.

J.W. Winslow
is a writer, artist, poet, and green publisher who has expanded her dreams into books about the places she loves. She hosts the radio show Winslowart, and is the author of Sensual Indigo: Memoir of a Renaissance Woman. Jasmine Dogs is the first book in a series about mystic adventures in Big Sur to be published by Fresh Art.

 

Start: 07/20/2013 1:30 pm
End: 07/20/2013 4:30 pm

Sat., July 20 • 1:30-4:30 pm • $60

 

 

Cynthia Pepper’s short films have won Emmy Awards and are distributed worldwide. This class discusses all the elements of translating a short story into a film. Topics include writing a simple treatment or screenplay, creating shooting boards, casting, finding locations, directing, producing, editing, and scoring a short film on a variety of budgets. Students may send a three sentence synopsis prior to the class (details upon registration).

 

Start: 07/20/2013 4:00 pm

The America's Cup, first awarded in 1851, is the oldest trophy in international sports, and one of the most hotly contested. In 2000, Larry Ellison, co-founder and billionaire CEO of Oracle Corporation, decided to run for the coveted prize and found an unlikely partner in Norbert Bajurin, a car radiator mechanic who had recently been named Commodore of the blue collar Golden Gate Yacht Club.

Julian Guthrie's The Billionaire and the Mechanic ($27.00) tells the incredible story of the partnership between Larry and Norbert, their unsuccessful runs for the Cup in 2003 and 2007, and their victory in 2010. With unparalleled access to Ellison and his team, Guthrie takes readers inside the design and building process of these astonishing boats, and the management of the passionate athletes who race them. She traces the bitter rivalries between Oracle and their competitors, including Swiss billionaire Ernesto Bertarelli's Team Alinghi, and throws readers into exhilarating races from Australia and New Zealand to Valencia, Spain.

Julian Guthrie is an award-winning journalist and staff writer at the San Francisco Chronicle. She is the author of The Grace of Everyday Saints: How a Band of Believers Lost Their Church and Found Their Faith. She lives in San Francisco.

 

Start: 07/20/2013 7:00 pm

The chief of police of Jarrett Creek, Texas, doubles as the town drunk, so when Dora Lee Parjeter is murdered, her old friend and former police chief Samuel Craddock steps in. Does Craddock still have what it takes to find the killer? A Killing at Cotton Hill ($15.95) is the first book in the Samuel Craddock mystery series from Terry Shames.

 

Sunday July 21, 2013
Start: 07/21/2013 10:00 am
End: 07/21/2013 11:45 am

Sun., July 21 • 10:00-11:45 am • $30

This class has been postponed - please email bpclasses@bookpassage.com for further information

Class will cover self-publishing agreements and other legal issues affecting authors who self-publish.

Authors’ Legal Rights Series
An overview of the legal and business issues facing writers. Daniel Riviera is an entertainment attorney based in San Francisco with extensive experience in the entertainment industry. Q&A session to follow presentations.

 

 

 

Start: 07/21/2013 10:00 am
End: 07/21/2013 4:00 pm

Sun., July 21 • 10:00-4:00 pm • $105

This class has been postponed - please call us at (415) 927-0960 for further information

This workshop focuses on crafting concise narratives for writers of both fiction and creative non-fiction. The class reads and examines successful short stories and essays in order to learn the art of selectivity in writing.

Ethel Rohan is the author of two story collections: Goodnight Nobody, and Cut Through the Bone.

 

Start: 07/21/2013 11:00 am

From Dorothy’s red slippers to dinosaurs to the Wright brothers’ plane, the Smithsonian is filled with fascinating objects. Yet choosing what to see can challenge even the most enthusiastic families. Awesome Adventures at the Smithsonian ($14.95) by Emily Korrell is the perfect way to engage a son or daughter on the big trip to Washington, DC.

 

Start: 07/21/2013 12:30 pm
End: 07/21/2013 1:45 pm

Sun., July 21 • 12:30-1:45 pm • $30

This class has been postponed - please email bpclasses@bookpassage.com for further information

Class will cover movie/TV option/purchase agreements and exploiting derivative rights for authors.

Authors’ Legal Rights Series
An overview of the legal and business issues facing writers. Daniel Riviera is an entertainment attorney based in San Francisco with extensive experience in the entertainment industry. Q&A session to follow presentations.

 

 

 

Start: 07/21/2013 4:00 pm

Coyote Winds ($10.99) follows the adventures of a boy and his coyote living on the prairie in the years preceding the Dust Bowl. Author Helen Sedwick explores the American spirit that drew families to windswept frontiers, and the consequences of those choices. Sedwick’s writing has previously appeared in bosque and Vintage Voices Anthology.

 

Monday July 22, 2013
Start: 07/22/2013 7:00 pm

Marin Shakespeare Company’s Lesley Currier and Dr. Mary Ann Koory explain why Thomas Kyd’s The Spanish Tragedy is one of the most influential plays of all time. Marin Shakespeare returns on August 26 to discuss All’s Well That Ends Well (click here for details).

 

Tuesday July 23, 2013
Start: 07/23/2013 12:30 pm

In Harold E. Stassen: The Life and Perennial Candidacy of the Progressive Republican ($45.00), John F. Rothmann chronicles the career of the onetime Minnesota governor from his work on the United Nations charter and his near success in obtaining a nuclear test treaty with the Soviet Union to his 10 bids for the Republican Party presidential nomination.

 

 

Start: 07/23/2013 6:00 pm

Sailing on the Edge ($75.00) is a comprehensive, behind-the-scenes look at the race that has inspired sports enthusiasts and nations alike for more than 150 years. This ultimate treasury of the America’s Cup explores the sport’s rich history, tracing its evolution to becoming the most riveting race on the water with the most coveted prize. Recent advancements in technology and design have revolutionized the sport like never before, making the 2013 34th America’s Cup the most thrilling race to date.

Kimball Livingston has been covering sailing in the Bay Area since the 1970s. Editor-at-large for Sail Magazine and author of Sailing the Bay, Livingston has established himself as the voice for San Francisco's sailing culture. He lives in San Francisco, California.

 

Start: 07/23/2013 6:30 pm
End: 07/23/2013 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: 07/23/2013 7:00 pm

Sheldon Siegel has jumped onto best-seller lists and into readers’ and reviewers’ affections with seven extraordinary novels featuring San Francisco criminal defense attorneys Mike Daley and Rosie Fernandez. Siegel now returns to write about his hometown of Chicago in his electrifying new thriller, The Terrorist Next Door ($24.95).

 

Wednesday July 24, 2013
Start: 07/24/2013 1:00 pm

Corte Madera store
Priority seating with book purchase
Mention you plan to attend in the comments field when purchasing online!

 

If Rafe Esquith’s Teach Like Your Hair’s on Fire was food for a teacher’s mind, Real Talk for Real Teachers ($26.95) feeds the teacher’s soul. In this inspiring book, the genius behind the triumphs in Room 56 and on the stage with the Hobart Shakespeareans returns with words of wisdom and advice for those who struggle day to day in the world’s hardest profession.

After thirty-plus years in the job, Esquith still puts in the countless classroom hours with which any dedicated teacher will be instantly familiar. He recognizes that new teachers and veteran educators need different kinds of nourishment, whether it’s encouragement to see through a teacher’s difficult early years, advice on midcareer classroom building, or novel ideas for how longtime educators can put their expertise to work.

Mixing his trademark offbeat humor and no-nonsense maxims with instructive stories and useful in-class advice, Esquith proves the perfect companion for teachers who need a quick pick-me-up, a long heart-to-heart, or just a momentary reminder that they’re not alone. Real Talk for Real Teachers is from-the-hip advice to help teachers of every stripe cope with the overwhelming challenges of the classroom and beyond.

Rafe Esquith has taught at Hobart Elementary School in Los Angeles for twenty-eight years. He is the only classroom teacher to have been awarded the president’s National Medal of the Arts. His many other honors and awards include the American Teacher Award and People magazine’s Heroes Among Us Award. He lives in Los Angeles.

 

Start: 07/24/2013 7:00 pm
From the internationally bestselling author of No god but God comes Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth ($27.00), a fascinating and meticulously researched biography of Jesus of Nazareth.

 

 

Who was the Jewish peasant who, two thousand years ago, walked across what is now Palestine to gather followers with the goal of establishing the Kingdom of God? Weighing both gospel and historical truth, Reza Aslan crafts a startling biography about one of history's littlest known but most influential figures: Jesus of Nazareth. By placing this charismatic preacher within the turbulent contexts of his time and closely examining the testimonies of those who knew him best-his disciples-Aslan sifts through myths and probabilities to reveal "the Jesus of history." Elegantly written, rigorously researched and scrupulously detailed, Zealot provides a brilliant portrait of a time, a man, and the birth of a religion.

Reza Aslan is an internationally acclaimed writer and scholar of religions. His first book, No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam, has been translated into thirteen languages and named by Blackwell as one of the hundred most important books of the last decade. He is also the author of How to Win a Cosmic War: God, Globalization, and the End of the War on Terror (published in paperback as Beyond Fundamentalism), as well as the editor of Tablet & Pen: Literary Landscapes from the Modern Middle East. Born in Iran, he lives in New York and Los Angeles with his wife and two sons.

 

Thursday July 25, 2013
Start: 07/25/2013 5:00 pm

Priority seating for Mystery Writers Conference attendees

Set against the rough-hewn backdrop of the New York waterfront in which the disappearance of a teenaged girl sends shock waves through her community, Visitation Street ($25.99) is a riveting literary mystery and a “gripping urban drama” from rising star Ivy Pochoda.

Ivy Pochoda is the author of The Art of Disappearing and has a BA from Harvard University in English and Classical Greek with a focus on dramatic literature and a MFA from Bennington College in fiction. She is a former professional squash player and now lives in Los Angeles with her husband.

“Visitation Street is urban opera writ large. Gritty and magical, filled with mystery, poetry and pain, Ivy Pochoda’s voice recalls Richard Price, Junot Diaz, and even Alice Sebold, yet it’s indelibly her own.” - Dennis Lehane

David Corbett worked as a private investigator for fifteen years before becoming the widely acclaimed author of four novels, with short fiction twice chosen for Best American Mystery Stories. He has taught at the UCLA Extension Writers' Program, 826 Valencia, Chuck Palahniuk's LitReactor, and the San Francisco Writers' Grotto.

"David Corbett has written a wise, inspiring love letter to all the imaginary creatures inside our minds—so we might conjure them whole on the page. I predict that massively underscored copies of The Art of Character will rest close at hand on writers’ desks for many years to come."—Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild and Torch



 

Start: 07/25/2013 6:00 pm

Come listen to author/guitarist Michael Koppy as he presents Ashmore's Store ($20). His self-proclaimed style includes old cowboy songs he’s changed to his liking, blues he’s learned from friends and street musicians way back when, ballads he’s modified, his own interpretations of traditional tunes, and bastardized pop ditties he’d heard so long ago he’d forgotten where, along with idiosyncratic originals that are hard to classify.

Ashmore’s Store
is a CD music album, with songwriting that is both stunningly literate and wildly eclectic, housed in a hard-bound smyth-sewn book filled with stories and anecdotes about the author’s growing up in the Deep South. The print component by itself was called “Like a real-life ‘News from Lake Wobegon’” by critic Ken Bullock in The Berkeley Daily Planet. Ashmore’s Store was named “The Best Album of 2012” by critic Paul Riley in Country Music People Magazine.

 

Start: 07/25/2013 6:30 pm
End: 07/25/2013 8:30 pm

Three Thurs.: July 11 - 25 • 6:30-8:30 pm • $40 per session

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


Make space for your writing. Making commitments and setting goals is one way to find the consistency you need. The habit of writing is what helps us access our creativity. Use the supportive of other writers and Keenan’s guidance and techniques to keep moving forward. Limited to ten participants—Restricted registration; call for information.

 

 

Start: 07/25/2013 7:30 pm

Mystery writers John Lescroart (The Ophelia Cut, $26.99) and Alex Kava (Stranded, $24.95) come together for an evening of readings and discussion in conjunction with the 2013 Mystery Writers Conference.

 

Friday July 26, 2013
Start: 07/26/2013 7:30 pm

Mystery writers Charlie Huston (Skinner, $25.99) and Kirk Russell (Redback, $15.95) come together for an evening of readings and discussion in conjunction with the 2013 Mystery Writers Conference.

 

 

Saturday July 27, 2013
Start: 07/27/2013 6:00 pm

Please note: this event is free for all Mystery Writers Conference attendees
Tickets for the general public are $12 and do not include a book

 

 

Join Book Passage as we welcome renowned mystery writer Elizabeth George for an evening of reading, discussion and signing. George’s first novel, A Great Deliverance, was honored with the Anthony and Agatha Best First Novel Awards and received the Grand Prix de Littérature Policière. Her third novel, Well-Schooled in Murder, was awarded the prestigious German prize for suspense fiction, the MIMI. A Suitable Vengeance, For the Sake of Elena, Missing Joseph, Playing for the Ashes, In the Presence of the Enemy, Deception on His Mind, In Pursuit of the Proper Sinner, A Traitor to Memory, and I, Richard were international bestsellers. Elizabeth George divides her time between Huntington Beach, CA, and London. Her novels are currently being dramatized by the BBC.

 

Monday July 29, 2013
Start: 07/29/2013 7:00 pm

Humboldt County is one of the most beautiful places in California, but it is also the epicenter of marijuana production. Emily Brady spent more than a year immersed in the community. In her compelling narrative debut, Humboldt: Life on America’s Marijuana Frontier ($27.00), she takes readers inside this secretive and virtually unknown world.

 

Tuesday July 30, 2013
Start: 07/30/2013 6:30 pm
End: 07/30/2013 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: 07/30/2013 7:00 pm

It’s 1964. Eleven-year-old Fin and his glamorous, worldly, older half sister, Lady, have just been orphaned, and Lady, whom Fin hasn’t seen in six years, is now his legal guardian and his only hope. That means Fin is uprooted from a small dairy farm in rural Connecticut to Greenwich Village, smack in the middle of the swinging ’60s. He soon learns that Lady—giddy, careless, urgent, and obsessed with being free—is as much his responsibility as he is hers.

So begins Fin & Lady ($26.00), the lively, spirited new novel by Cathleen Schine, the author of the bestselling The Three Weissmanns of Westport. Fin and Lady lead their lives against the background of the ’60s, the civil rights movement, and the Vietnam War—Lady pursued by ardent, dogged suitors, Fin determined to protect his impulsive sister from them and from herself.

Cathleen Schine is the author of The Three Weissmanns of Westport, The New Yorkers, and The Love Letter, among other novels. She has contributed to The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, The New York Times Magazine, and The New York Times Book Review. She lives in Los Angeles, CA.

 

 

Wednesday July 31, 2013
Start: 07/31/2013 6:00 pm

In No Kidding: Women Writers on Bypassing Parenthood ($16.00), comedy writers tackle the topic of not having kids. This
fascinating collection features a star-studded group of contributors, including Andrea Carla Michaels, Bernadette Luckett, Margaret Cho, and Laurie Graff.

 

Start: 07/31/2013 7:00 pm

Joseph Zaccardi, the incoming Poet Laureate of Marin County, and C.B. Follett, the outgoing Laureate will present an evening of poems.  Both have new poetry books coming out: Nine Gradations of Light (Zaccardi), and Of Gravity and Tides (Follett).  Follett will speak on her programs, specifically ROAR and Poetry Exchange Boxes, and Zaccardi will talk about plans for his Laureate project.

Born in Newark, New Jersey, poetry came late to Joseph Zaccardi at the age of thirteen. His publications include Vents, Render, and The Nine Gradations of Light. In 2003, he received an Individual Artist Grant from the Marin Arts Council, and from 2010 to 2012 was editor of the Marin Poetry Center Anthology. He was appointed Poet Laureate of Marin County, CA in 2013 for a two-year term. Since 1987, he has lived in Fairfax, tossing seeds from an imaginary apple tree.

C.B. Follett is, by roots, a Connecticut Yankee. But she has been in California for so long, her roots are confused. Of Gravity and Trees is her eighth book of poems, as well as several chapbooks. She is Publisher and Editor of Arctos Press, which among many titles, published Beside the Sleeping Maiden: Poets of Marin; and GRRRRR: A Collection of Poems About Bears.

Both have received Poetry Grants from the Marin Arts Council and are members of the Marin Poetry Center.

 

Thursday August 01, 2013
Start: 08/01/2013 6:00 pm
End: 08/01/2013 8:00 pm

2 Thursdays: Aug. 1 & 22 • 6:00-8:00pm • $80

 

 

Make space for your writing. Making commitments and setting goals is one way to find the consistency you need. The habit of writing is what helps us access our creativity. Use the support of other writers and Keenan's guidance and techniques to keep moving forward. 

Friday August 02, 2013
Start: 08/02/2013 7:00 pm

When Francine Toder, Ph.D. retired from private practice as a clinical psychologist, she began to think about what to do with her retirement. Her search for a meaningful way to spend her new-found time is chronicled in The Vintage Years: Finding Your Inner Artist (Writer, Musician, Visual Artist) After Sixty ($23.95).

 

 

Saturday August 03, 2013
Start: 08/03/2013 10:00 am
End: 08/03/2013 12:00 pm

Sat., Aug. 3 • 10:00-12:00 pm • $40

This class has been cancelled. Please call (415) 927-0960, ext. 1 for further details

The idea behind “Together Stories” is deliciously simple and wonderfully addictive: using storytelling to forge a bond between the young and the old. Learn how to create a collaborative story using a sequential back-and-forth method via email. Writing a story with a child is a unique way to gain insight into a child’s thoughts—and the kids love it! Susanne Pari is a novelist, essayist, and author of The Fortune Catcher. Sheila Gordon was one of the original organizers the Kidney Foundation Authors Luncheon. She has written a Together Story with her granddaughter Emily.

 

 

 

 

Start: 08/03/2013 10:30 am
End: 08/03/2013 12:30 pm

Sat., Aug. 3 • 10:30-12:30 pm • $50

Class is postponed - please call (415) 927-0960, ext. 1 for further information 

What's going on in the art world?  What are galleries and museums looking for now?  What makes the Bay Area a unique place for artists?  This workshop will help emerging and established artists learn the basic business strategies required for success.  Topics include:  how to create an artist-friendly business plan, how to think like an entrepreneur, and how to use professional networks to advance your career.  

Mary Edwards is a Career & Life Coach for artists and creative entrepreneurs.  She works with painters, sculptors, photographers, designers, graphic artists, and other creative people.  Mary has a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan and has taught workshops and classes for artists throughout the Bay Area.

Start: 08/03/2013 1:00 pm
End: 08/03/2013 4:00 pm

Sat., Aug. 3 • 1:00-4:00 pm • $60

 

 

You only have a couple pages to hook your prospective agent, editor or reader. Detailed edits and a technique checklist make your opening stand out from the slush pile.

Elizabeth Stark Powers wrote the novel Shy Girl and two short films. She is a veteran writing instructor.

 

 

Start: 08/03/2013 4:00 pm

Featuring Champagne Reception!

Barefoot Wine is now America’s #1 wine brand but did you know it was created by a North Bay couple in a laundry room of a rented farmhouse? They built a bestselling wine brand with no money and no knowledge of their industry, and did it all without conventional advertising! Instead they relied on support for non-profits. Their new book, The Barefoot Spirit ($15.95) is a New York Times bestselling business paperback. It takes the reader on a seat-of-your-pants rocket ride behind the scenes of the mysterious wine business. But the takeaway lessons are applicable to any business. In fact Michael Houlihan and Bonnie Harvey are now are professional speakers and travel throughout the country sharing their experience with colleges of entrepreneurship. They also work with post 9/11 disabled veterans aspiring to become entrepreneurs.

Michael and Bonnie will share their industry reforming guiding principles during their talk. This is your opportunity to meet some North Bay folks who have made a difference by using their business to support the causes they hold dear. Their book was professionally written by Sacramento Bee columnist and award-winning journalist Rick Kushman. Their wine was designed for the average person and their book is as well. For more information on Michael and Bonnie, check out www.barefootwinefounders.com and www.thebrandauthority.net.

 

Start: 08/03/2013 7:00 pm

No crime is more horrific than a child’s murder at the hands of a parent. Veteran journalist Mary Papenfuss combines research, interviews, and detailed profiles of this troubling American crime. Often shocking, Killer Dads ($19.00) provides disturbing insights into the dark forces that can turn family dynamics into the worst imaginable nightmare.

 

Sunday August 04, 2013
Start: 08/04/2013 4:00 pm

In The Years the Giants Won the Series ($15.00), lifelong baseball fan Joseph Sutton chronicles the thrills of the 2010 and 2012 San Francisco Giants World Series teams. He talks also about the time he coached and taught his son about life and baseball two decades prior. KNBR host Marty Lurie called it “a terrific chronicle of the 2010 Giants season.”

 

Monday August 05, 2013
Start: 08/05/2013 7:00 pm

In conversation with Margaret Kaufman

Body and Bread ($14.95) follows a bereft anthropologist as she assembles the artifacts of her family’s history and her brother’s suicide, hoping to discover herself within them. In this moving debut novel, Nan Cuba unearths the power of family legacies and the indelible imprint of loss on all our lives.

Margaret Kaufman, poet and fiction writer, is the author of five books of poetry, including letterpress limited editions published by the Gefn Press, The Janus Press , and Protean Press. 

 

Start: 08/05/2013 7:00 pm

The assignment from National Geographic couldn’t have come at a better time for Perry Garfinkel. Burned out, laid up with back problems, disillusioned by relationships and religion itself, he was still hoping for that big journalistic break—and the answers to life’s biggest riddles as well. So in Buddha or Bust ($15.00),  he sets out on a geographic, historical and personal expedition that will lead him around the world in search of those answers, and then some.

In this original, entertaining book, Garfinkel separates Buddhist fact from fiction, sharing his humorous insights and keen perceptions about everything from spiritual tourism to Asian traffic jams to the endless road to enlightenment.

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 August 06, 2013
Start: 08/06/2013 7:00 pm

Join authors Meg Donohue (All the Summer Girls, $14.99), Gretchen Berg (I Have Iraq in My Shoe, $14.99), Libby Mercer (Unmasking Maya) and Sere Halverson (The Underside of Joy, $16.00) for a Chick Lit & Wine event. The evening will featuring readings, discussion, book signings from our author trio, plus wine pairings provided by Cline Cellars.

 

Wednesday August 07, 2013
Start: 08/07/2013 9:00 am
End: 08/07/2013 6:00 pm

A Book Passage Travel Writers & Photographers Pre-Conference Class
Wed., Aug. 7 • 9:00-6:00 pm • $120 for TWC Attendees, $170 for General Public

 

 

Join award-winning landscape, food, and wine photographers Robert Holmes and Andrea Johnson for a day of exploration and photography. Throughout the day, they demonstrate the art of finding, framing, and capturing photos. Participants have time to wander and photograph one of Marin’ most scenic open spaces. They will then meet over a picnic lunch to talk about their experiences and share their work. Lunch and transportation included.

 

Start: 08/07/2013 9:00 am
End: 08/07/2013 6:00 pm

A Book Passage Travel Writers & Photographers Pre-Conference Class
Wed., Aug. 7 • 9:00-6:00 pm • $120 for TWC Attendees, $170 for General Public

 

 

Join acclaimed National Geographic and Gadling.com travel writer and editor Don George for a day of exploration and travel writing in beautiful Point Reyes. George demonstrates the art of finding, researching, and note-taking in the field. Participants will explore the shops and sites of this seaside town, as well as the rolling hills and sweeping ocean views. The group gathers over a picnic lunch to talk about the writing experience and to discuss their work. Lunch and transportation included.

 

Start: 08/07/2013 6:00 pm

In Conversation with 2013 Pulitzer Prize winner Adam Johnson 

& Sons ($27.00) opens with the funeral of Charles Henry Topping on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. It would have been a minor affair (his two-hundred-word obit in The New York Times notwithstanding) but for the presence of one particular mourner: the notoriously reclusive author A. N. Dyer, whose novel Ampersand stands as a classic of American teenage angst. But as Andrew Newbold Dyer delivers the eulogy for his oldest friend, he suffers a breakdown over the life he’s led and the people he’s hurt and the novel that will forever endure as his legacy. He must gather his three sons for the first time in many years—before it’s too late.

David Gilbert
is the author of the story collection Remote Feed and the novel The Normals. His stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s, GQ, and Bomb. He lives in New York with his wife and three children.

 

Start: 08/07/2013 7:00 pm

The Best Travel Writing, Volume 9 ($19.95) is the latest in the annual Travelers' Tales series launched in 2004 to celebrate the world's best travel writing — from Nobel Prize winners to emerging new writers. The points of view and perspectives are global, and themes encompass high adventure, spiritual growth, romance, hilarity and misadventure, service to humanity, and encounters with exotic cuisines and cultures.

Authors expected to appear include:

Tim Cahill has been laboring in the salt mines of travel writing for more than forty years. He is the author of nine books and the winner of many awards, including The National Magazine Award and several Lowell Thomas Awards from the Society of American Travel Writers Foundation.

Erin Byrne is a writer whose essays have won numerous awards, including the 2012 Travelers’ Tales Grand Prize Silver Solas Award for Best Travel Story of the Year and Spirals, Memoir of a Celtic Soul. Erin’s work has appeared in Everywhere magazine, World Hum, The Literary Traveler, Brave New Traveler, Travelers’ Tales Best Travel Writing 2011, Crab Creek Review and many other publications.

Marcia DeSanctis is a writer whose work has appeared in many publications, including Vogue, The New York Times Magazine, and Town & Country.

Colette O’Connor's stories that have appeared in a number of Travelers’ Tales anthologies, among them Travelers’ Tales Paris, Sand in My Bra and Other Misadventures, Whose Panties Are Those?, The Best Women’s Travel Writing (2005 and 2010), and The Best Travel Writing (2010 and 2011).

Larry Habegger, executive editor of Travelers’ Tales, has visited almost fifty countries and six of the seven continents, traveling from the Arctic to equatorial rainforests, the Himalayas to the Dead Sea. In the 1980s he co-authored mystery serials for the San Francisco Examiner with James O’Reilly, and since 1985 has written a syndicated column, “World Travel Watch” (WorldTravelWatch.com). Habegger regularly teaches travel writing at workshops and writers’ conferences, is a principal of the Prose Doctors (prosedoctors.com), editor-in-chief of Triporati.com, a destination discovery site, and editor of the annual magazine The Travel Guide to California. He lives with his family on Telegraph Hill in San Francisco.

 

Thursday August 08, 2013
Start: 08/08/2013 8:00 pm

Tickets: free for Travel Writers & Photographers Conference attendees, $10 for general public 

 

 

 

Acclaimed travel writer Tim Cahill (A Wolverine is Eating My LegPass the Butterworms) is joined by TWC chair Don George for an evening of readings and discussion in conjunction with the 2013 Travel Writers and Photographers Conference.

 

Friday August 09, 2013
Start: 08/09/2013 8:00 pm

Tickets: free for Travel Writers & Photographers Conference attendees, $10 for general public

 

 

Join Book Passage as we welcome renowned novelist Amy Tan for an evening of reading, discussion, and signing as part of our 2013 Travel Writers & Photographers Conference. Her bestselling books include The Joy Luck Club, Saving Fish From Drowning, and the forthcoming The Valley of Amazement:

Spanning more than forty years and two continents, The Valley of Amazement resurrects pivotal moments of the past: the collapse of China’s last imperial dynasty; the beginning of the Republic; the explosive growth of both lucrative foreign trade and bouts of antiforeign sentiment, which would have ramifications into the future. The lost world of old Shanghai is recaptured through the inner workings of courtesan houses and the lives of the foreign “Shanghailanders” living in the International Settlement, both erased by World War II. This deeply evocative narrative exposes the profound connections between mothers and daughters, which returns readers to the compelling territory Amy Tan so expertly mapped in The Joy Luck Club. With her characteristic insight and humor, she conjures a story of inherited trauma, desire and deception, and the power and obstinacy of love. 

"...utterly engrossing..." - Edward Cone, Advanced Library Journal Reviews

"This was the kind of book I couldn't put down but was scared of finishing..." - Good Choice Reading

 

 

Saturday August 10, 2013
Start: 08/10/2013 8:00 pm

Tickets: free for Travel Writers & Photographers Conference attendees, $10 for general public

 

 

Acclaimed photographer Catherine Karnow presents an evening of her work in conjunction with our 2013 Travel Writers & Photographers Conference. In the course of her career, Karnow has photographed everything from Australian Aborigines and Bombay film stars to the victims of Agent Orange in Vietnam.

 

Sunday August 11, 2013
Start: 08/11/2013 4:00 pm

Rob Sheffield, bestselling author of Love Is a Mix Tape and Talking to Girls About Duran Duran returns with his newest, funniest, most moving book about the intersection of love, music and memories in our lives. Turn Around Bright Eyes ($25.99) is a story about finding the courage to start over, move on, and rock the mike.

 

Monday August 12, 2013
Start: 08/12/2013 6:00 pm

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

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: 08/12/2013 7:00 pm

In 1997, Sona Mehring created the CaringBridge website when a close friend endured a life-threatening pregnancy. Now CaringBridge hosts thousands of stories of hope and connection among people struggling with stroke, cancer, and other life-changing conditions. Hope Conquers All ($22.00) shares some of its most touching stories.

 



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