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14
Start: 10:00 am
End: 11:45 am

Sun., July 14 • 10:00-11:45 am • $30

Class has been postponed - please email bpclasses@bookpassage.com for further information

Class covers source materials, fair use, collaboration agreements, and personal management agreements.

Authors’ Legal Rights Series
An overview of the legal and business issues facing writers. Daniel Riviera is an entertainment attorney based in San Francisco with extensive experience in the entertainment industry. Q&A session to follow presentations.

 

 

 

Start: 12:30 pm
End: 1:45 pm

Sun., July 14 • 12:30-1:45 pm • $30

This class has been postponed - please email bpclasses@bookpassage.com for further information

An analysis of the conventional publishing agreement.

Authors’ Legal Rights Series
An overview of the legal and business issues facing writers. Daniel Riviera is an entertainment attorney based in San Francisco with extensive experience in the entertainment industry. Q&A session to follow presentations.

 

 

 

Start: 4:00 pm

Daisy loves words, so she is delighted when Miss Goldner teaches the class about alliteration. When her neighbor Grant starts calling her Lazy Daisy, she decides to come up with an alliterative nickname so dazzling it sticks. As Daisy collects D words that describe her, she shows delightful determination in finding the perfect name.

Daisy’s Defining Day
($14.95) is the second book in the Daisy series. With its fresh fun characters and engaging, believable stories, the Daisy series introduces children to the satisfaction of independent reading and the joy of playing with language.

Sandra V. Feder
is the author of Daisy’s Perfect Word. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and three daughters.

 

Start: 7:00 pm

Dr. Wayne Pernell has an extensive history of helping individuals, leaders, and organizations define, design, and attain success. In Choosing Your Power ($14.99), Pernell leads readers through simple, insight-oriented shortcuts that encourage them to step into their greatness and live life authentically, productively, and powerfully.

 

15
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.

 

16
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

The first thirty folks to arrive will receive a FREE 125 year old antique print from John Muir's Picturesque California, originally published in 1888!

Critically acclaimed poet Brian Francis Heffron presents his debut novel, Colorado Mandala ($14.95). He mines the complex landscape of 1970s post-Vietnam America to chart the love triangle of a former Green Beret with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, his lover, and a stoic young wanderer in Manitou Springs, Colorado.

 

17
Start: 1:00 pm

In the tradition of Kristin Hannah and Karen Joy Folwer, Meg Waite Clayton, bestselling author of The Wednesday Sisters, returns with The Wednesday Daughters ($26.00), an enthralling new novel of mothers, daughters, and the secrets and dreams passed down through generations. It is early evening when Hope Tantry arrives at the small cottage in England’s pastoral Lake District where her mother, Ally, spent the last years of her life. Ally—one of a close-knit group of women who called themselves the Wednesday Sisters—had used the cottage as a writer’s retreat while she worked on her unpublished biography of Beatrix Potter, yet Hope knows little about her mother’s time there. Traveling with Hope are friends Anna Page and Julie, first introduced as little girls in The Wednesday Sisters, now grown women grappling with issues of a different era. They’ve come to help Hope sort through her mother’s personal effects, yet what they find is a tangled family history—one steeped in Lake District lore.

Meg Waite Clayton is the nationally bestselling author of The Four Ms. Bradwells, The Wednesday Sisters, and The Language of Light. Her books have been published in six languages, and her essays and stories have aired on public radio and appeared in national news publications. A graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, Clayton lives with her family in Palo Alto, California.

 

Start: 7:00 pm

In silken prose and with subtle suspense, Nina Schuyler brings us a mesmerizing novel of language and translation, memory loss and heartbreak, and the search for answers in a foreign country. When renowned translator Hanne Schubert falls down a flight of stairs, her injury is an unusual but real condition -- the loss of her native language. She is left speaking only Japanese, a language learned later in life. With her personal life at a crossroad, Hanne leaves for Japan. There, the Japanese novelist whose work she translated stunningly confronts her publicly for sabotaging his work. Reeling, Hanne struggles for meaning and seeks out the inspiration for the author's novel -- a tortured, chimerical actor, once a master in the art of Noh theater. Through their passionate and intriguing relationship, Hanne begins to understand the masks she has worn in her life, just as the actor dons the masks that have made him a legend of Noh. The demons from her past and present begin to unfold and Hanne sets out to make amends in The Translator ($24.95).

 

18
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.

 

 

Curtis Sittenfeld, New York Times bestselling author of American Wife and Prep, returns with a mesmerizing novel of family and identity, loyalty and deception, and the delicate line between truth and belief.

Funny, haunting, and thought-provoking, Sisterland is a beautifully written novel of the obligation we have toward others, and the responsibility we take for ourselves. With her deep empathy, keen wisdom, and unerring talent for finding the extraordinary moments in our everyday lives, Curtis Sittenfeld is one of the most exceptional voices in literary fiction today. 

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: 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

Positing that modern society is an adolescent culture, driven by greed and power and lying on the cusp of an era of spiritual growth and shifting values, The Global Heart Awakens ($19.95) explores mythic themes in various historical eras to explain the past, present, and future of the human experience. It suggests that the world is facing a rite of passage into adulthood and that a time of cooperation, stabilization, and sharing is approaching. With an original theory of history based on developmental psychology, including an analysis of masculine and feminine archetypes, this thoughtful guide weaves the narratives of human history and individuals' experiences into a path of enlightenment and a way to catalyze social change.

Also, check out Anodea's event at Yoga Tree on July 20: http://bit.ly/AnodeaJudithDancingAndAwakeningJuly20YTCM

Anodea Judith is the author of Eastern Body, Western Mind; The Sevenfold Journey; and Wheels of Life. She lives in Novato, California.

 

19
Start: 10:30 am
End: 12:30 pm

5 Fridays: July 19-Aug. 30 (no class July 26 or Aug. 9) • 10:30-12:30pm • $135

 

 

An in-depth exploration of the masterpieces in this gem of a museum. The survey includes a history of the museum, its Ancient, Egyptian and near Eastern works, its sculpture collection including Rodin, and the important works on paper collected by the Achenbach Foundation. Hear three lectures on European painting: Medieval and Renaissance works from Italy, Germany and Spain; 17th &18th century works from the Netherlands, Italy, France, and England.

 
 
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.

 

 

Introduction by author Gail Tsukiyama!

From the New York Times–bestselling author of The Jane Austen Book Club comes We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, the story of an American family, middle class in middle America, ordinary in every way but one. But that exception is the beating heart of this extraordinary novel.


Meet the Cooke family: Mother and Dad, brother Lowell, sister Fern, and our narrator, Rosemary, who begins her story in the middle. She has her reasons. “I spent the first eighteen years of my life defined by this one fact: that I was raised with a chimpanzee,” she tells us. “It’s never going to be the first thing I share with someone. I tell you Fern was a chimp and already you aren’t thinking of her as my sister. But until Fern’s expulsion, I’d scarcely known a moment alone. She was my twin, my funhouse mirror, my whirlwind other half, and I loved her as a sister.”

Karen Joy Fowler is the author of three story collections and six novels, one a national bestseller, another a PEN/Faulkner finalist, and all New York Times Notable Books. She lives in Santa Cruz, California.

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: 7:00 pm

For years, best friends Sarah and Jennifer kept what they called the “Never List”:  a list of actions to be avoided, for safety’s sake, at all costs.  But one night, against their best instincts, they accept a cab ride with grave, everlasting consequences. For the next three years, they are held captive with two other girls in a dungeon-like cellar by a connoisseur of sadism. Ten years later, at thirty-one, Sarah is still struggling to resume a normal life, living as a virtual recluse under a new name, unable to come to grips with the fact that Jennifer didn’t make it out of that cellar. Now, her abductor is up for parole and Sarah can no longer ignore the twisted letters he sends from jail. Finally, Sarah decides to confront her phobias and the other survivors—who hold their own deep grudges against her. When she goes on a cross-country chase that takes her into the perverse world of BDSM, secret cults, and the arcane study of torture, she begins unraveling a mystery more horrifying than even she could have imagined. A shocking, blazingly fast read, Koethi Zan’s debut The Never List ($27.95) is a must for fans of Karin Slaughter, Laura Lippman, and S.J. Watson.

Koethi Zan was born and raised in rural Alabama, then moved to New York City after earning a J.D. from Yale Law School. She practiced entertainment law for more than fifteen years, working in film, television, and theater, most recently at MTV. She now lives in upstate New York with her husband and children.

 

20
Start: 10:00 am
End: 2:00 pm

Sat., July 20 • 10:00-2:00 pm • $60

 

 

Transform the stories of your life into fiction! We’ll practice accessing memory, mining our family myths for their dramatic potential, and creating memorable characters from the people we know. Audrey Ferber’s fiction and essays have appeared in journals and anthologies. She teaches writing at UC Extension.

 

Start: 12:00 pm

Saving the Season: A Cook's Guide to Home Canning, Pickling, and Preserving ($35.00) is a stylish, richly illustrated, practical guide for home cooks and preserving enthusiasts, and the first cookbook from journalist Kevin West, author of the popular blog www.savingtheseason.com.

Incorporating classic favorites and new flavors, West gives us more than one hundred recipes, organized by season, for sweet preserves and savory pickles; easy-to-can vegetables and fruits; condiments such as relishes, chutneys, and salsas; and cordials, candies, and cocktails. Interspersed with the recipes are chronicles of West's travels and the history of American preserving traditions from California to New Mexico to Long Island. A witty and erudite culinary companion, West makes a rich and entertaining story of the introductions to the recipes.  Also included is a primer on preserving techniques that addresses issues of food safety and nutrition.

Kevin West is from rural Blount County in eastern Tennessee. He attended Deep Springs, an experimental college in the White Mountains of California, and Sewanee: The University of the South. For 13 years he was on staff at W magazine, with postings in New York, Paris, and Los Angeles, where he was West Coast editor and where he still lives. He runs the blog www.savingtheseason.com; writes about food, culture, and travel; and produces a retail collection of jams and marmalades. He is certified as a Master Food Preserver by the University of California Cooperative Extension.

 

Start: 1:00 pm

Dyanna Falconer is on a roll when she sells her book to Hollywood and falls in love with a famous, hot movie star, but she misses her cottage on the California coast and longs to paint and write, and live her life with the unforgettable characters that inhabit Big Sur. Dyanna is warned about the jasmine dogs by a rough Esalen Indian Mystic, but plunges ahead with a big romance and faces the dire consequences of her double life. Escape into the mysteries of Jasmine Dogs Mystic Advntures in Big Sur ($19.95) and hold on tight... it's a wild ride.

J.W. Winslow
is a writer, artist, poet, and green publisher who has expanded her dreams into books about the places she loves. She hosts the radio show Winslowart, and is the author of Sensual Indigo: Memoir of a Renaissance Woman. Jasmine Dogs is the first book in a series about mystic adventures in Big Sur to be published by Fresh Art.

 

Start: 1:30 pm
End: 4:30 pm

Sat., July 20 • 1:30-4:30 pm • $60

 

 

Cynthia Pepper’s short films have won Emmy Awards and are distributed worldwide. This class discusses all the elements of translating a short story into a film. Topics include writing a simple treatment or screenplay, creating shooting boards, casting, finding locations, directing, producing, editing, and scoring a short film on a variety of budgets. Students may send a three sentence synopsis prior to the class (details upon registration).

 

Start: 4:00 pm

The America's Cup, first awarded in 1851, is the oldest trophy in international sports, and one of the most hotly contested. In 2000, Larry Ellison, co-founder and billionaire CEO of Oracle Corporation, decided to run for the coveted prize and found an unlikely partner in Norbert Bajurin, a car radiator mechanic who had recently been named Commodore of the blue collar Golden Gate Yacht Club.

Julian Guthrie's The Billionaire and the Mechanic ($27.00) tells the incredible story of the partnership between Larry and Norbert, their unsuccessful runs for the Cup in 2003 and 2007, and their victory in 2010. With unparalleled access to Ellison and his team, Guthrie takes readers inside the design and building process of these astonishing boats, and the management of the passionate athletes who race them. She traces the bitter rivalries between Oracle and their competitors, including Swiss billionaire Ernesto Bertarelli's Team Alinghi, and throws readers into exhilarating races from Australia and New Zealand to Valencia, Spain.

Julian Guthrie is an award-winning journalist and staff writer at the San Francisco Chronicle. She is the author of The Grace of Everyday Saints: How a Band of Believers Lost Their Church and Found Their Faith. She lives in San Francisco.

 

Start: 7:00 pm

The chief of police of Jarrett Creek, Texas, doubles as the town drunk, so when Dora Lee Parjeter is murdered, her old friend and former police chief Samuel Craddock steps in. Does Craddock still have what it takes to find the killer? A Killing at Cotton Hill ($15.95) is the first book in the Samuel Craddock mystery series from Terry Shames.

 



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