Start: 10:00 am
End: 3:00 pm
PLEASE NOTE: This class has been postponed. Contact Esme at firstname.lastname@example.org for information on future classes with Laura.Sat. June 29 • 10:00-3:00 pm • $85Sensory 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.