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Start: 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: 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.

 

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Start: 10:00 am
End: 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: 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: 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.

 

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Start: 9:30 am
End: 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: 1:00 pm
End: 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: 6:30 pm
End: 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: 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.

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Start: 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.

 

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