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Start: 10:00 am
End: 4:00 pm

Sun., July 21 • 10:00-4:00 pm • $105

This class has been postponed - please call us at (415) 927-0960 for further information

This workshop focuses on crafting concise narratives for writers of both fiction and creative non-fiction. The class reads and examines successful short stories and essays in order to learn the art of selectivity in writing.

Ethel Rohan is the author of two story collections: Goodnight Nobody, and Cut Through the Bone.

 

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

Sun., July 21 • 10:00-11:45 am • $30

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

Class will cover self-publishing agreements and other legal issues affecting authors who self-publish.

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: 11:00 am

From Dorothy’s red slippers to dinosaurs to the Wright brothers’ plane, the Smithsonian is filled with fascinating objects. Yet choosing what to see can challenge even the most enthusiastic families. Awesome Adventures at the Smithsonian ($14.95) by Emily Korrell is the perfect way to engage a son or daughter on the big trip to Washington, DC.

 

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

Sun., July 21 • 12:30-1:45 pm • $30

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

Class will cover movie/TV option/purchase agreements and exploiting derivative rights for authors.

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

Coyote Winds ($10.99) follows the adventures of a boy and his coyote living on the prairie in the years preceding the Dust Bowl. Author Helen Sedwick explores the American spirit that drew families to windswept frontiers, and the consequences of those choices. Sedwick’s writing has previously appeared in bosque and Vintage Voices Anthology.

 

22
Start: 7:00 pm

Marin Shakespeare Company’s Lesley Currier and Dr. Mary Ann Koory explain why Thomas Kyd’s The Spanish Tragedy is one of the most influential plays of all time. Marin Shakespeare returns on August 26 to discuss All’s Well That Ends Well (click here for details).

 

23
Start: 12:30 pm

In Harold E. Stassen: The Life and Perennial Candidacy of the Progressive Republican ($45.00), John F. Rothmann chronicles the career of the onetime Minnesota governor from his work on the United Nations charter and his near success in obtaining a nuclear test treaty with the Soviet Union to his 10 bids for the Republican Party presidential nomination.

 

 

Start: 6:00 pm

Sailing on the Edge ($75.00) is a comprehensive, behind-the-scenes look at the race that has inspired sports enthusiasts and nations alike for more than 150 years. This ultimate treasury of the America’s Cup explores the sport’s rich history, tracing its evolution to becoming the most riveting race on the water with the most coveted prize. Recent advancements in technology and design have revolutionized the sport like never before, making the 2013 34th America’s Cup the most thrilling race to date.

Kimball Livingston has been covering sailing in the Bay Area since the 1970s. Editor-at-large for Sail Magazine and author of Sailing the Bay, Livingston has established himself as the voice for San Francisco's sailing culture. He lives in San Francisco, California.

 

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

Sheldon Siegel has jumped onto best-seller lists and into readers’ and reviewers’ affections with seven extraordinary novels featuring San Francisco criminal defense attorneys Mike Daley and Rosie Fernandez. Siegel now returns to write about his hometown of Chicago in his electrifying new thriller, The Terrorist Next Door ($24.95).

 

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Start: 1:00 pm

Corte Madera store
Priority seating with book purchase
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If Rafe Esquith’s Teach Like Your Hair’s on Fire was food for a teacher’s mind, Real Talk for Real Teachers ($26.95) feeds the teacher’s soul. In this inspiring book, the genius behind the triumphs in Room 56 and on the stage with the Hobart Shakespeareans returns with words of wisdom and advice for those who struggle day to day in the world’s hardest profession.

After thirty-plus years in the job, Esquith still puts in the countless classroom hours with which any dedicated teacher will be instantly familiar. He recognizes that new teachers and veteran educators need different kinds of nourishment, whether it’s encouragement to see through a teacher’s difficult early years, advice on midcareer classroom building, or novel ideas for how longtime educators can put their expertise to work.

Mixing his trademark offbeat humor and no-nonsense maxims with instructive stories and useful in-class advice, Esquith proves the perfect companion for teachers who need a quick pick-me-up, a long heart-to-heart, or just a momentary reminder that they’re not alone. Real Talk for Real Teachers is from-the-hip advice to help teachers of every stripe cope with the overwhelming challenges of the classroom and beyond.

Rafe Esquith has taught at Hobart Elementary School in Los Angeles for twenty-eight years. He is the only classroom teacher to have been awarded the president’s National Medal of the Arts. His many other honors and awards include the American Teacher Award and People magazine’s Heroes Among Us Award. He lives in Los Angeles.

 

Start: 7:00 pm
From the internationally bestselling author of No god but God comes Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth ($27.00), a fascinating and meticulously researched biography of Jesus of Nazareth.

 

 

Who was the Jewish peasant who, two thousand years ago, walked across what is now Palestine to gather followers with the goal of establishing the Kingdom of God? Weighing both gospel and historical truth, Reza Aslan crafts a startling biography about one of history's littlest known but most influential figures: Jesus of Nazareth. By placing this charismatic preacher within the turbulent contexts of his time and closely examining the testimonies of those who knew him best-his disciples-Aslan sifts through myths and probabilities to reveal "the Jesus of history." Elegantly written, rigorously researched and scrupulously detailed, Zealot provides a brilliant portrait of a time, a man, and the birth of a religion.

Reza Aslan is an internationally acclaimed writer and scholar of religions. His first book, No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam, has been translated into thirteen languages and named by Blackwell as one of the hundred most important books of the last decade. He is also the author of How to Win a Cosmic War: God, Globalization, and the End of the War on Terror (published in paperback as Beyond Fundamentalism), as well as the editor of Tablet & Pen: Literary Landscapes from the Modern Middle East. Born in Iran, he lives in New York and Los Angeles with his wife and two sons.

 

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Start: 5:00 pm

Priority seating for Mystery Writers Conference attendees

Set against the rough-hewn backdrop of the New York waterfront in which the disappearance of a teenaged girl sends shock waves through her community, Visitation Street ($25.99) is a riveting literary mystery and a “gripping urban drama” from rising star Ivy Pochoda.

Ivy Pochoda is the author of The Art of Disappearing and has a BA from Harvard University in English and Classical Greek with a focus on dramatic literature and a MFA from Bennington College in fiction. She is a former professional squash player and now lives in Los Angeles with her husband.

“Visitation Street is urban opera writ large. Gritty and magical, filled with mystery, poetry and pain, Ivy Pochoda’s voice recalls Richard Price, Junot Diaz, and even Alice Sebold, yet it’s indelibly her own.” - Dennis Lehane

David Corbett worked as a private investigator for fifteen years before becoming the widely acclaimed author of four novels, with short fiction twice chosen for Best American Mystery Stories. He has taught at the UCLA Extension Writers' Program, 826 Valencia, Chuck Palahniuk's LitReactor, and the San Francisco Writers' Grotto.

"David Corbett has written a wise, inspiring love letter to all the imaginary creatures inside our minds—so we might conjure them whole on the page. I predict that massively underscored copies of The Art of Character will rest close at hand on writers’ desks for many years to come."—Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild and Torch



 

Start: 6:00 pm

Come listen to author/guitarist Michael Koppy as he presents Ashmore's Store ($20). His self-proclaimed style includes old cowboy songs he’s changed to his liking, blues he’s learned from friends and street musicians way back when, ballads he’s modified, his own interpretations of traditional tunes, and bastardized pop ditties he’d heard so long ago he’d forgotten where, along with idiosyncratic originals that are hard to classify.

Ashmore’s Store
is a CD music album, with songwriting that is both stunningly literate and wildly eclectic, housed in a hard-bound smyth-sewn book filled with stories and anecdotes about the author’s growing up in the Deep South. The print component by itself was called “Like a real-life ‘News from Lake Wobegon’” by critic Ken Bullock in The Berkeley Daily Planet. Ashmore’s Store was named “The Best Album of 2012” by critic Paul Riley in Country Music People Magazine.

 

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: 7:30 pm

Mystery writers John Lescroart (The Ophelia Cut, $26.99) and Alex Kava (Stranded, $24.95) come together for an evening of readings and discussion in conjunction with the 2013 Mystery Writers Conference.

 

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Start: 7:30 pm

Mystery writers Charlie Huston (Skinner, $25.99) and Kirk Russell (Redback, $15.95) come together for an evening of readings and discussion in conjunction with the 2013 Mystery Writers Conference.

 

 

27
Start: 6:00 pm

Please note: this event is free for all Mystery Writers Conference attendees
Tickets for the general public are $12 and do not include a book

 

 

Join Book Passage as we welcome renowned mystery writer Elizabeth George for an evening of reading, discussion and signing. George’s first novel, A Great Deliverance, was honored with the Anthony and Agatha Best First Novel Awards and received the Grand Prix de Littérature Policière. Her third novel, Well-Schooled in Murder, was awarded the prestigious German prize for suspense fiction, the MIMI. A Suitable Vengeance, For the Sake of Elena, Missing Joseph, Playing for the Ashes, In the Presence of the Enemy, Deception on His Mind, In Pursuit of the Proper Sinner, A Traitor to Memory, and I, Richard were international bestsellers. Elizabeth George divides her time between Huntington Beach, CA, and London. Her novels are currently being dramatized by the BBC.

 



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