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9
Start: 1:00 pm

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

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

 

Start: 4:00 pm

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

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

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

10
Start: 6:00 pm

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

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

 

Start: 7:00 pm

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

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

 

11
Start: 6:00 pm

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

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

 

Start: 7:00 pm

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

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

 

12
Start: 6:00 pm

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

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

 

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

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

13
Start: 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: 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: 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.

 

 

 

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Start: 5:30 pm
End: 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: 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.

 

15
Start: 11:00 am

Rebecah Freeling is a master storyteller, experienced early childhood educator, and parent coach. New to California, she recently joined the faculty of Marin Mountain School Early Childhood Center in Corte Madera. For thirteen years she was owner, Director and Lead Teacher of Briar Rose Children's Center in her home state of Ohio. Her magical stories, both original and drawn from the folk and fairy tale traditions, are enhanced by handmade table puppets and simple marionettes. One often observes the children hearing her stories to be sitting on the edge of their seats, eyes wide and mouths open in anticipation!

 

Start: 1:00 pm

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: 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: 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: 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.

 



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