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7
Start: 5:30 pm
End: 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.

 

 

8
Start: 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.

 

Start: 6:00 pm
End: 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." 

9
Start: 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: 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

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.

 

10
Start: 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: 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.

 

11
Start: 6:30 pm
End: 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: 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.

 

12
Start: 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: 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.

 

13
Start: 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: 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: 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: 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.”

 



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