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Start: 2:00 pm
End: 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: 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.

 

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Start: 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: 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.

 

25
Start: 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: 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.

 

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Start: 9:30 am
End: 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: 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: 1:00 pm
End: 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: 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.

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Start: 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.

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Start: 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.

 

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Start: 10:00 am
End: 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: 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

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: 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: 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.

 



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