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Wednesday July 24, 2013
Start: 07/24/2013 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: 07/24/2013 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.

 

Thursday July 25, 2013
Start: 07/25/2013 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: 07/25/2013 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: 07/25/2013 6:30 pm
End: 07/25/2013 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: 07/25/2013 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.

 

Friday July 26, 2013
Start: 07/26/2013 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.

 

 

Saturday July 27, 2013
Start: 07/27/2013 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.

 

Monday July 29, 2013
Start: 07/29/2013 7:00 pm

Humboldt County is one of the most beautiful places in California, but it is also the epicenter of marijuana production. Emily Brady spent more than a year immersed in the community. In her compelling narrative debut, Humboldt: Life on America’s Marijuana Frontier ($27.00), she takes readers inside this secretive and virtually unknown world.

 

Tuesday July 30, 2013
Start: 07/30/2013 6:30 pm
End: 07/30/2013 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: 07/30/2013 7:00 pm

It’s 1964. Eleven-year-old Fin and his glamorous, worldly, older half sister, Lady, have just been orphaned, and Lady, whom Fin hasn’t seen in six years, is now his legal guardian and his only hope. That means Fin is uprooted from a small dairy farm in rural Connecticut to Greenwich Village, smack in the middle of the swinging ’60s. He soon learns that Lady—giddy, careless, urgent, and obsessed with being free—is as much his responsibility as he is hers.

So begins Fin & Lady ($26.00), the lively, spirited new novel by Cathleen Schine, the author of the bestselling The Three Weissmanns of Westport. Fin and Lady lead their lives against the background of the ’60s, the civil rights movement, and the Vietnam War—Lady pursued by ardent, dogged suitors, Fin determined to protect his impulsive sister from them and from herself.

Cathleen Schine is the author of The Three Weissmanns of Westport, The New Yorkers, and The Love Letter, among other novels. She has contributed to The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, The New York Times Magazine, and The New York Times Book Review. She lives in Los Angeles, CA.

 

 

Wednesday July 31, 2013
Start: 07/31/2013 6:00 pm

In No Kidding: Women Writers on Bypassing Parenthood ($16.00), comedy writers tackle the topic of not having kids. This
fascinating collection features a star-studded group of contributors, including Andrea Carla Michaels, Bernadette Luckett, Margaret Cho, and Laurie Graff.

 

Start: 07/31/2013 7:00 pm

Joseph Zaccardi, the incoming Poet Laureate of Marin County, and C.B. Follett, the outgoing Laureate will present an evening of poems.  Both have new poetry books coming out: Nine Gradations of Light (Zaccardi), and Of Gravity and Tides (Follett).  Follett will speak on her programs, specifically ROAR and Poetry Exchange Boxes, and Zaccardi will talk about plans for his Laureate project.

Born in Newark, New Jersey, poetry came late to Joseph Zaccardi at the age of thirteen. His publications include Vents, Render, and The Nine Gradations of Light. In 2003, he received an Individual Artist Grant from the Marin Arts Council, and from 2010 to 2012 was editor of the Marin Poetry Center Anthology. He was appointed Poet Laureate of Marin County, CA in 2013 for a two-year term. Since 1987, he has lived in Fairfax, tossing seeds from an imaginary apple tree.

C.B. Follett is, by roots, a Connecticut Yankee. But she has been in California for so long, her roots are confused. Of Gravity and Trees is her eighth book of poems, as well as several chapbooks. She is Publisher and Editor of Arctos Press, which among many titles, published Beside the Sleeping Maiden: Poets of Marin; and GRRRRR: A Collection of Poems About Bears.

Both have received Poetry Grants from the Marin Arts Council and are members of the Marin Poetry Center.

 

Thursday August 01, 2013
Start: 08/01/2013 6:00 pm
End: 08/01/2013 8:00 pm

2 Thursdays: Aug. 1 & 22 • 6:00-8:00pm • $80

 

 

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 support of other writers and Keenan's guidance and techniques to keep moving forward. 

Friday August 02, 2013
Start: 08/02/2013 7:00 pm

When Francine Toder, Ph.D. retired from private practice as a clinical psychologist, she began to think about what to do with her retirement. Her search for a meaningful way to spend her new-found time is chronicled in The Vintage Years: Finding Your Inner Artist (Writer, Musician, Visual Artist) After Sixty ($23.95).

 

 

Saturday August 03, 2013
Start: 08/03/2013 10:00 am
End: 08/03/2013 12:00 pm

Sat., Aug. 3 • 10:00-12:00 pm • $40

This class has been cancelled. Please call (415) 927-0960, ext. 1 for further details

The idea behind “Together Stories” is deliciously simple and wonderfully addictive: using storytelling to forge a bond between the young and the old. Learn how to create a collaborative story using a sequential back-and-forth method via email. Writing a story with a child is a unique way to gain insight into a child’s thoughts—and the kids love it! Susanne Pari is a novelist, essayist, and author of The Fortune Catcher. Sheila Gordon was one of the original organizers the Kidney Foundation Authors Luncheon. She has written a Together Story with her granddaughter Emily.

 

 

 

 

Start: 08/03/2013 10:30 am
End: 08/03/2013 12:30 pm

Sat., Aug. 3 • 10:30-12:30 pm • $50

Class is postponed - please call (415) 927-0960, ext. 1 for further information 

What's going on in the art world?  What are galleries and museums looking for now?  What makes the Bay Area a unique place for artists?  This workshop will help emerging and established artists learn the basic business strategies required for success.  Topics include:  how to create an artist-friendly business plan, how to think like an entrepreneur, and how to use professional networks to advance your career.  

Mary Edwards is a Career & Life Coach for artists and creative entrepreneurs.  She works with painters, sculptors, photographers, designers, graphic artists, and other creative people.  Mary has a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan and has taught workshops and classes for artists throughout the Bay Area.

Start: 08/03/2013 1:00 pm
End: 08/03/2013 4:00 pm

Sat., Aug. 3 • 1:00-4:00 pm • $60

 

 

You only have a couple pages to hook your prospective agent, editor or reader. Detailed edits and a technique checklist make your opening stand out from the slush pile.

Elizabeth Stark Powers wrote the novel Shy Girl and two short films. She is a veteran writing instructor.

 

 

Start: 08/03/2013 4:00 pm

Featuring Champagne Reception!

Barefoot Wine is now America’s #1 wine brand but did you know it was created by a North Bay couple in a laundry room of a rented farmhouse? They built a bestselling wine brand with no money and no knowledge of their industry, and did it all without conventional advertising! Instead they relied on support for non-profits. Their new book, The Barefoot Spirit ($15.95) is a New York Times bestselling business paperback. It takes the reader on a seat-of-your-pants rocket ride behind the scenes of the mysterious wine business. But the takeaway lessons are applicable to any business. In fact Michael Houlihan and Bonnie Harvey are now are professional speakers and travel throughout the country sharing their experience with colleges of entrepreneurship. They also work with post 9/11 disabled veterans aspiring to become entrepreneurs.

Michael and Bonnie will share their industry reforming guiding principles during their talk. This is your opportunity to meet some North Bay folks who have made a difference by using their business to support the causes they hold dear. Their book was professionally written by Sacramento Bee columnist and award-winning journalist Rick Kushman. Their wine was designed for the average person and their book is as well. For more information on Michael and Bonnie, check out www.barefootwinefounders.com and www.thebrandauthority.net.

 

Start: 08/03/2013 7:00 pm

No crime is more horrific than a child’s murder at the hands of a parent. Veteran journalist Mary Papenfuss combines research, interviews, and detailed profiles of this troubling American crime. Often shocking, Killer Dads ($19.00) provides disturbing insights into the dark forces that can turn family dynamics into the worst imaginable nightmare.

 

Sunday August 04, 2013
Start: 08/04/2013 4:00 pm

In The Years the Giants Won the Series ($15.00), lifelong baseball fan Joseph Sutton chronicles the thrills of the 2010 and 2012 San Francisco Giants World Series teams. He talks also about the time he coached and taught his son about life and baseball two decades prior. KNBR host Marty Lurie called it “a terrific chronicle of the 2010 Giants season.”

 

Monday August 05, 2013
Start: 08/05/2013 7:00 pm

In conversation with Margaret Kaufman

Body and Bread ($14.95) follows a bereft anthropologist as she assembles the artifacts of her family’s history and her brother’s suicide, hoping to discover herself within them. In this moving debut novel, Nan Cuba unearths the power of family legacies and the indelible imprint of loss on all our lives.

Margaret Kaufman, poet and fiction writer, is the author of five books of poetry, including letterpress limited editions published by the Gefn Press, The Janus Press , and Protean Press. 

 

Start: 08/05/2013 7:00 pm

The assignment from National Geographic couldn’t have come at a better time for Perry Garfinkel. Burned out, laid up with back problems, disillusioned by relationships and religion itself, he was still hoping for that big journalistic break—and the answers to life’s biggest riddles as well. So in Buddha or Bust ($15.00),  he sets out on a geographic, historical and personal expedition that will lead him around the world in search of those answers, and then some.

In this original, entertaining book, Garfinkel separates Buddhist fact from fiction, sharing his humorous insights and keen perceptions about everything from spiritual tourism to Asian traffic jams to the endless road to enlightenment.

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/.

 

Tuesday August 06, 2013
Start: 08/06/2013 7:00 pm

Join authors Meg Donohue (All the Summer Girls, $14.99), Gretchen Berg (I Have Iraq in My Shoe, $14.99), Libby Mercer (Unmasking Maya) and Sere Halverson (The Underside of Joy, $16.00) for a Chick Lit & Wine event. The evening will featuring readings, discussion, book signings from our author trio, plus wine pairings provided by Cline Cellars.

 

Wednesday August 07, 2013
Start: 08/07/2013 9:00 am
End: 08/07/2013 6:00 pm

A Book Passage Travel Writers & Photographers Pre-Conference Class
Wed., Aug. 7 • 9:00-6:00 pm • $120 for TWC Attendees, $170 for General Public

 

 

Join award-winning landscape, food, and wine photographers Robert Holmes and Andrea Johnson for a day of exploration and photography. Throughout the day, they demonstrate the art of finding, framing, and capturing photos. Participants have time to wander and photograph one of Marin’ most scenic open spaces. They will then meet over a picnic lunch to talk about their experiences and share their work. Lunch and transportation included.

 

Start: 08/07/2013 9:00 am
End: 08/07/2013 6:00 pm

A Book Passage Travel Writers & Photographers Pre-Conference Class
Wed., Aug. 7 • 9:00-6:00 pm • $120 for TWC Attendees, $170 for General Public

 

 

Join acclaimed National Geographic and Gadling.com travel writer and editor Don George for a day of exploration and travel writing in beautiful Point Reyes. George demonstrates the art of finding, researching, and note-taking in the field. Participants will explore the shops and sites of this seaside town, as well as the rolling hills and sweeping ocean views. The group gathers over a picnic lunch to talk about the writing experience and to discuss their work. Lunch and transportation included.

 

Start: 08/07/2013 6:00 pm

In Conversation with 2013 Pulitzer Prize winner Adam Johnson 

& Sons ($27.00) opens with the funeral of Charles Henry Topping on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. It would have been a minor affair (his two-hundred-word obit in The New York Times notwithstanding) but for the presence of one particular mourner: the notoriously reclusive author A. N. Dyer, whose novel Ampersand stands as a classic of American teenage angst. But as Andrew Newbold Dyer delivers the eulogy for his oldest friend, he suffers a breakdown over the life he’s led and the people he’s hurt and the novel that will forever endure as his legacy. He must gather his three sons for the first time in many years—before it’s too late.

David Gilbert
is the author of the story collection Remote Feed and the novel The Normals. His stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s, GQ, and Bomb. He lives in New York with his wife and three children.

 

Start: 08/07/2013 7:00 pm

The Best Travel Writing, Volume 9 ($19.95) is the latest in the annual Travelers' Tales series launched in 2004 to celebrate the world's best travel writing — from Nobel Prize winners to emerging new writers. The points of view and perspectives are global, and themes encompass high adventure, spiritual growth, romance, hilarity and misadventure, service to humanity, and encounters with exotic cuisines and cultures.

Authors expected to appear include:

Tim Cahill has been laboring in the salt mines of travel writing for more than forty years. He is the author of nine books and the winner of many awards, including The National Magazine Award and several Lowell Thomas Awards from the Society of American Travel Writers Foundation.

Erin Byrne is a writer whose essays have won numerous awards, including the 2012 Travelers’ Tales Grand Prize Silver Solas Award for Best Travel Story of the Year and Spirals, Memoir of a Celtic Soul. Erin’s work has appeared in Everywhere magazine, World Hum, The Literary Traveler, Brave New Traveler, Travelers’ Tales Best Travel Writing 2011, Crab Creek Review and many other publications.

Marcia DeSanctis is a writer whose work has appeared in many publications, including Vogue, The New York Times Magazine, and Town & Country.

Colette O’Connor's stories that have appeared in a number of Travelers’ Tales anthologies, among them Travelers’ Tales Paris, Sand in My Bra and Other Misadventures, Whose Panties Are Those?, The Best Women’s Travel Writing (2005 and 2010), and The Best Travel Writing (2010 and 2011).

Larry Habegger, executive editor of Travelers’ Tales, has visited almost fifty countries and six of the seven continents, traveling from the Arctic to equatorial rainforests, the Himalayas to the Dead Sea. In the 1980s he co-authored mystery serials for the San Francisco Examiner with James O’Reilly, and since 1985 has written a syndicated column, “World Travel Watch” (WorldTravelWatch.com). Habegger regularly teaches travel writing at workshops and writers’ conferences, is a principal of the Prose Doctors (prosedoctors.com), editor-in-chief of Triporati.com, a destination discovery site, and editor of the annual magazine The Travel Guide to California. He lives with his family on Telegraph Hill in San Francisco.

 

Thursday August 08, 2013
Start: 08/08/2013 8:00 pm

Tickets: free for Travel Writers & Photographers Conference attendees, $10 for general public 

 

 

 

Acclaimed travel writer Tim Cahill (A Wolverine is Eating My LegPass the Butterworms) is joined by TWC chair Don George for an evening of readings and discussion in conjunction with the 2013 Travel Writers and Photographers Conference.

 

Friday August 09, 2013
Start: 08/09/2013 8:00 pm

Tickets: free for Travel Writers & Photographers Conference attendees, $10 for general public

 

 

Join Book Passage as we welcome renowned novelist Amy Tan for an evening of reading, discussion, and signing as part of our 2013 Travel Writers & Photographers Conference. Her bestselling books include The Joy Luck Club, Saving Fish From Drowning, and the forthcoming The Valley of Amazement:

Spanning more than forty years and two continents, The Valley of Amazement resurrects pivotal moments of the past: the collapse of China’s last imperial dynasty; the beginning of the Republic; the explosive growth of both lucrative foreign trade and bouts of antiforeign sentiment, which would have ramifications into the future. The lost world of old Shanghai is recaptured through the inner workings of courtesan houses and the lives of the foreign “Shanghailanders” living in the International Settlement, both erased by World War II. This deeply evocative narrative exposes the profound connections between mothers and daughters, which returns readers to the compelling territory Amy Tan so expertly mapped in The Joy Luck Club. With her characteristic insight and humor, she conjures a story of inherited trauma, desire and deception, and the power and obstinacy of love. 

"...utterly engrossing..." - Edward Cone, Advanced Library Journal Reviews

"This was the kind of book I couldn't put down but was scared of finishing..." - Good Choice Reading

 

 

Saturday August 10, 2013
Start: 08/10/2013 8:00 pm

Tickets: free for Travel Writers & Photographers Conference attendees, $10 for general public

 

 

Acclaimed photographer Catherine Karnow presents an evening of her work in conjunction with our 2013 Travel Writers & Photographers Conference. In the course of her career, Karnow has photographed everything from Australian Aborigines and Bombay film stars to the victims of Agent Orange in Vietnam.

 

Sunday August 11, 2013
Start: 08/11/2013 4:00 pm

Rob Sheffield, bestselling author of Love Is a Mix Tape and Talking to Girls About Duran Duran returns with his newest, funniest, most moving book about the intersection of love, music and memories in our lives. Turn Around Bright Eyes ($25.99) is a story about finding the courage to start over, move on, and rock the mike.

 

Monday August 12, 2013
Start: 08/12/2013 6:00 pm

Join Left Coast Writers® in a celebration of stories from the road as some of our favorite travel writers share their funny, daring, exciting, and outrageous travel tales.

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: 08/12/2013 7:00 pm

In 1997, Sona Mehring created the CaringBridge website when a close friend endured a life-threatening pregnancy. Now CaringBridge hosts thousands of stories of hope and connection among people struggling with stroke, cancer, and other life-changing conditions. Hope Conquers All ($22.00) shares some of its most touching stories.

 

Tuesday August 13, 2013
Start: 08/13/2013 6:00 pm
End: 08/13/2013 8:00 pm

7 Tues., Aug. 13-Sept. 24 • 6:00-8:00pm • $220

 

 

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." 

Text: Ultimate Italian (Living Language - available in our store) 

Start: 08/13/2013 7:00 pm

In her new book Griefprints: A Practical Guide for Supporting a Grieving Person ($14.95), Radha Stern offers compassionate and sound guidance for understanding and helping a grieving loved one. She also shares her own moving story.

Radha Stern is no stranger to grief. In 1996 her twenty-two-year-old son, Christopher, was murdered, and she started down the long road of healing and coming to terms with her loss. While Stern believes that “closure” is a myth, she is living proof that you can gain solace, acceptance, and the strength to reclaim your life even after the most tragic loss. Stern found support from others who had walked the same path, and she quickly realized that everyone grieves differently. “Grief is like fingerprints; everyone grieves in their own way,” she says. Still, one thing that remains constant is that support from family and friends can nurture the healing process, and make the journey less painful.

Since the 1996 murder of her son, Christopher, Radha Stern has devoted herself to helping others who have lost a loved one due to a violent crime. She is active in the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, the Insight Prison Project, and The Compassionate Friends (for parents who have lost a child), and has donated her skills to numerous organizations that help critical-needs populations. She is a contributor to the inspirational book, Courage Does Not Always Roar: Ordinary Women with Extraordinary Courage. A native Californian, she lives with her husband Gary, and together they have five children and five grandchildren.

 

Wednesday August 14, 2013
Start: 08/14/2013 1:00 pm

“When there are no right choices, where do we find our north star?” This is the question M.L. Stedman wrestles with so movingly in The Light Between Oceans ($16.00). Set in Australia four years after the harrowing Western Front, Stedman’s debut novel is a meditation on loss and choices that will break your heart and leave you wanting more.

 

Start: 08/14/2013 6:00 pm

Necessary Errors ($16.00) is the long-awaited first novel from literary critic and journalist Caleb Crain. Shimmering and expansive, Crain’s prose richly captures the turbulent feelings and discoveries of youth as it stretches toward adulthood and the treasure of living in Prague during an era of historic change.

 

Start: 08/14/2013 7:00 pm

Enlisted by Her Majesty the Queen and the Dowager Duchess to groom Jack Altringham—the Duke’s newly discovered heir fresh from the Outback of Australia—for high society, Lady Georgiana Rannoch is living the high life at one of England’s most gorgeous stately homes in Heirs and Graces ($24.95), the latest novel from acclaimed author Rhys Bowen. But when the Duke announces that he wants to choose his own heir, the house falls into chaos—and Jack’s hunting knife somehow finds its way into the Duke’s back. And while Jack may be wild, Georgie would bet the crown jewels that it wasn’t he who killed the Duke…

Rhys Bowen is also the author of the Molly Murphy mysteries and the Constable Evans mysteries. She was born in England and now divides her time between Northern California and Arizona.

 

Thursday August 15, 2013
Start: 08/15/2013 6:00 pm

Reminiscent of Lisa See's Peony in Love and Sarah Waters' The Little Stranger, vividly imaginative and told in luminous prose, The Ghost Bride ($24.99) is a gripping literary ghost novel, set in 1890s colonial Malyasia, that is infused with Chinese folklore, romantic intrigue, and fascinating supernatural twists. Brimming with mystery, romance, and the supernatural, and featuring a smart, winning heroine, this debut novel announces the arrival of Yangsze Choo, a masterful new talent.

Yangsze Choo is a fourth generation Malaysian of Chinese descent who reads and writes in Mandarin, Cantonese, and Malay. The daughter of a diplomat, she moved to the U.S. to study at Harvard and now lives in California. The Ghost Bride is her first novel.

 

Start: 08/15/2013 6:00 pm
End: 08/15/2013 8:00 pm

7 Thurs., Aug. 15-Sept. 26 • 6:00-8:00pm • $220

 

 

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." 

Text: Ultimate Italian (Living Language - available in our store)  

Start: 08/15/2013 7:00 pm

After more than forty years, Charles Manson continues to mystify and fascinate us. One of the most notorious criminals in American history, Manson and members of his mostly female commune killed nine people, including pregnant actress Sharon Tate. Now, drawing on new information, bestselling author Jeff Guinn tells the definitive story of how this ordinary delinquent became a murderer.

Manson ($27.50) helps us understand what obsessed him and, most terrifying of all, how he managed to persuade others to kill. Guinn interviewed Manson’s sister and cousin, neither of whom has ever previously cooperated with an author. Childhood friends, cellmates, and even some members of the Manson Family have provided new information about Manson’s life. Guinn has made discoveries about the night of the Tate murders, answering unresolved questions, such as why one person on the property was spared. There are even photographs of Manson’s childhood and youth that have never previously been seen outside private family albums.

Putting Manson in the context of his times, the turbulent end of the Sixties, Guinn shows how Manson represented the dark side of a generation. He came to Los Angeles hoping to get a recording contract, and the murders were directly related to his musical ambitions, although he cloaked them in a bizarre race-war theory. He was, in the words of one person who knew him, just like many other rock star wannabes—except that he was a killer.

Jeff Guinn is the bestselling author of several books of fiction and nonfiction, including The Last Gunfight and Go Down Together, which was a finalist for an Edgar Award in 2010. Formerly an award-winning investigative journalist and now a frequent guest on national radio and TV programs, he lives in Fort Worth, Texas.

 

Friday August 16, 2013
Start: 08/16/2013 6:30 pm

Please note: you must purchase The Land of Stories: The Enchantress Returns from Book Passage for a ticket in the signing line. Signing line will form by arrival. Only copies of The Land of Stories: The Enchantress Returns will be autographed. 

To purchase a book and secure your ticket, call (415) 927-0960 ext. 1.

You may also purchase the book on our website. Make sure to note your intention to attend the signing with Chris Colfer in the comments field!

Not local? Feel free to order a signed copy and we will have Chris sign it for you. Again, simply note your desire to have your book signed at checkout if ordering online.

Join Book Passage as we welcome Chris Colfer for a signing of his newest book, The Land of Stories: The Enchantress Returns ($18.00). 

After decades of hiding, the evil Enchantress who cursed Sleeping Beauty is back with a vengeance. Alex and Conner Bailey have not been back to the magical Land of Stories since their adventures in The Wishing Spell ended. But one night, they learn the famed Enchantress has kidnapped their mother! Against the will of their grandmother, the twins must find their own way into the Land of Stories to rescue their mother and save the fairy tale world from the greatest threat it's ever faced.

Chris Colfer is a Golden Globe-winning actor, best known for his role as Glee's Kurt Hummel. He is the author of The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell, and Struck By Lightning: The Carson Phillips Journal, based on his screenplay of the same name. 

 

Saturday August 17, 2013
Start: 08/17/2013 10:00 am
End: 08/17/2013 3:00 pm

Sun., Aug. 17 • 10:00-3:00 pm • $85

Class has been postponed - call for further information

 

Transform difficult memories into captivating writing. Exercises will help with sensory detail, scene vs. summary, time shifts, and voice. You will leave class with a body of work and the courage and confidence to continue writing. Louise Nayer, author of Burned: A Memoir, has taught creative writing for 40 years.

 

 

Start: 08/17/2013 1:00 pm
End: 08/17/2013 3:30 pm

Co-Sponsored by A Band of Women

Tickets: $45 in advance, $50 at the door (book not included)
Corte Madera store - 1:00-3:30 pm

We have all unwittingly made agreements about how we choose to live our lives and what we believe our personal truths are. But what we may not realize is that each one of these agreements represents an attachment, a limiting filter on who we think we are, and what the future could hold. We call these attachments “knowledge” without ever questioning if that knowledge is necessarily true for us. The Five Levels of Attachment: Toltec Wisdom For a Modern World ($18.95) by don Miguel Ruiz, Jr. is a guide to understanding how we have developed our belief structures and how to go about re-evaluating—or even severing—these harmful attachments.

Register now for this limited space workshop! Teaching the principles found in The Four Agreements and The Five Levels of Attachment, don Miguel Ruiz Jr. will teach you how to:

·         Become aware of how you confuse “who you are” with “what you know”

·         Gain awareness of how your attachments have created your reality

·         Stop creating your identity based on the opinions and judgments of others around you

·         Let go of the fear of what you are without your beliefs

·         Make New Agreements that are more in line with your true Authentic Self


Don Miguel Ruiz Jr. is a Nagual, a Toltec Master of Transformation.  He is a direct descendant of the Toltecs of the Eagle Knight lineage and is the son of don Miguel Ruiz.  By combining the wisdom of his family’s traditions with the knowledge gained from his own personal journey, he now helps others realize their own path to personal freedom.

 

 

Start: 08/17/2013 4:00 pm

In True North ($22.95), Tom North gathers the courage to tell the true story about growing up in the real-life Beardsley family made famous in the movie, "Yours, Mine and Ours” starring Lucille Ball—a famous family, living a lie. From the moment he meets Frank Beardsley to a family counseling session years later, North lays out the full truth of his personal saga.

Special Note: Tom North will make a special presentation at Marin Advocates for Children from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. at 30 North San Pedro Road, San Rafael, California. He will then go to Book Passage for his book talk and signing. Tom has pledged to donate a portion of his book sale proceeds to the Marin Advocates for Children.

Start: 08/17/2013 7:00 pm

Join us for wine, snacks, and more than a taste of Paris when Wanderland Writers editors, Linda Watanabe McFerrin and Joanna Biggar, and contributors to the newest Wanderland Writers anthology toast the City of Light.

 

Monday August 19, 2013
Start: 08/19/2013 7:00 pm

Introduction by Lesley Currier, Managing Director of Marin Shakespeare Company


Stay, Illusion! The Hamlet Doctrine ($25.00) avoids the customary clichés about the timelessness of the Bard. Author Simon Critchley focuses instead on the timely power of Hamlet to cast light on the intractable dilemmas of human existence.

 

Tuesday August 20, 2013
Start: 08/20/2013 6:00 pm

In the fall of 1991, at Zingerman’s deli in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Michael Paterniti encountered a piece of cheese. Not just any cheese. This was Paramo de Guzmán, a rare Spanish queso, which – according to the deli’s newsletter – was one of the most sought-after delicacies on earth. Prized by presidents and kings, heralded for its rustic beauty and made from the milk of churra sheep, the cheese was submerged in olive oil and aged for a year in a cave, known as “a telling room,” where it gained magical qualities--if you ate it, some said, you might recover long-lost memories. In the course of writing The Telling Room: A Tale of Love, Betrayal, Revenge, and the World's Greatest Piece of Cheese ($27.00), Paterniti discovers that the story of this cheese is nothing like the idyllic slow-food fable he first imagined. Instead, he’s sucked into the heart of an unfolding mystery, a blood feud that includes accusations of betrayal and theft, death threats, and a murder plot. As the village begins to spill its long-held secrets, Paterniti finds himself implicated in the very story he is writing.

Michael Paterniti is the New York Times bestselling author of Driving Mr. Albert: A Trip Across America with Einstein’s Brain. His writing has appeared in many publications, including the New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, Harper’s, Outside, Esquire, and GQ, where he works as a correspondent. Paterniti has been nominated eight times for the National Magazine Award, and is the recipient of a NEA grant and two MacDowell Fellowships. He lives in Portland, Maine, with his wife and their three children.

 

Wednesday August 21, 2013
Start: 08/21/2013 3:00 pm
End: 08/21/2013 5:00 pm
Six Wednesdays: Aug. 21-Oct. 2 (no class Sept. 4) • 3:00-5:00 pm • $150
 
 
 
 
 
Study couples in the visual arts whose partnership inspired outstanding works of painting, sculpture, textiles, and furniture. Some relationships were stormy, some brief. Did they produce their best work while together or did separation lead to higher achievement? We also look at other artists in their circle. Artists include Natalia Goncharova and Mikhail Larionov; Sonia and Robert Delaunay; Leonora Carrington and Max Ernst; Gabrielle Muenter and Wassily Kandinsky; Marianne von Werefkin and Alexei Jawlensky; Picasso and Braque inventing Cubism; and Van Gogh and Gauguin. 
 
 
Start: 08/21/2013 3:30 pm
End: 08/21/2013 5:30 pm

6 Wed., Aug. 21-Sept. 25 • 3:30-5:30pm • $185

 

 

Text: Omicidio Alla Moda by Cinzia Medaglia

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." 

Thursday August 22, 2013
Start: 08/22/2013 7:00 pm

In May 2010, NYPD officer Adrian Schoolcraft made national headlines when he released a series of secretly recorded audio tapes exposing corruption and abuse at the highest levels of the police department. But, according to a lawsuit filed by Schoolcraft against the City of New York, instead of admitting mistakes and pledging reform Schoolcraft’s superiors forced him into a mental hospital in an effort to discredit the evidence.

In The NYPD Tapes ($27.00), the reporter who first broke the Schoolcraft story brings his ongoing saga up to date, revealing the rampant abuses that continue in the NYPD today, including warrantless surveillance, systemic harassment and underreporting of serious crimes like rape and murder.

Graham A. Rayman is a writer for The Village Voice who has covered the New York City Police Department for 17 years. His NYPD Tapes series has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, the Polk Award, the Harvard Goldsmith award, and a half-dozen other prizes. Previously, he was at Newsday, covering Ground Zero on the day of the 9/11 attacks and writing about the start of the Iraq War after being embedded with a US Marine Corps. He lives in New York City.

 

Friday August 23, 2013
Start: 08/23/2013 6:00 pm
End: 08/23/2013 8:30 pm

Co-sponsored by Marin Master Gardeners 

American Legion Hall
Tickets: $30 in advance, $40 at the door

Buy advanced tickets here 

Join Daphne Miller M.D. in a discussion about her  latest book, Farmacology: What Innovative Family Farming Can Teach Us About Health and Healing, which chronicles her year-long exploration of sustainable agriculture where she learns from farmers and ranchers how to be a better family doctor. Miller approaches medicine with the idea that health and healing may be found not only in the medical system but also in edible gardens, farmsteads, home kitchens, ranches, nature trails and more. Before the talk, enjoy appetizers from Nicasio Valley Cheese Company and local artisan purveyors. Taste wine from Scribe and Zaremba. Meet local farmers and community members interested in this vital topic. Learn what Master Gardeners are doing to create a healthy environment for Marin County.

 

 

Start: 08/23/2013 6:30 pm

It seems that once a fire is lit, the only thing you can do is let it burn. Fire With Fire ($17.99) is the second installment of a trilody from Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian. Lillia, Kat, and Mary seem to have gotten away with the debacle at the Homecoming Dance, and all they have to do now is move on and pick up the pieces. That's easier said than done, especially since the people who wronged them are meaner than ever.

Jenny Han is the author of Shug, The Summer I Turned Pretty, It's Not Summer Without You, and We'll Always Have Summer. She works as a YA librarian at a private school on the Upper East Side.

Siobhan Vivian is the author of The List, Not That Kind of Girl, Same Difference, and A Little Friendly Advice. She teaches creative writing at the University of Pittsburgh.  

 

Start: 08/23/2013 7:00 pm

J. Maarten Troost, bestselling author of The Sex Lives of Cannibals, recounts his latest hilarious misadventures in the South Pacific, following in the footsteps of his unlikely idol, Robert Louis Stevenson. Headhunters on My Doorstep ($26.00) is a funny yet poignant account of one man’s journey to find himself that will captivate travel writing aficionados.

 

Saturday August 24, 2013
Start: 08/24/2013 9:30 am
End: 08/24/2013 12:30 pm

Sat., Aug. 24 • 9:30-12:30pm • $40

This class has been postponed - call (415) 927-0960 for more information

In this workshop, students will study the components of personal essay through lecture and writing exercises and will learn how to structure and craft creative nonfiction in a way that is both joyful and rewarding. Victoria Zackheim wrote The Bone Weaver and has edited five anthologies. She wrote the documentary "Where Birds Never Sang", now airing on PBS.  

Start: 08/24/2013 1:00 pm
End: 08/24/2013 4:00 pm

Sat., Aug. 24 • 1:00-4:00 pm • $60

 

 

“Speech is what people do to each other.” Brilliant examples of published dialogue will inspire your best writing. This class will discuss text, subtext, and the key roles of silence, gestures, actions, and setting.

Elizabeth Stark Powers wrote the novel Shy Girl and two short films. She is a veteran writing instructor.

 

 

Start: 08/24/2013 6:00 pm

From the author of Daughters of the Revolution and The Bostons (winner of the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for fiction) come eleven stories about sex and death, violence and desire, love and madness, set in a vast American landscape that ranges from the largest private residence in Manhattan to the lush rain forests and marijuana farms of Northern California.

In “Francis Bacon,” an aspiring writer learns essential lessons from an aging pornographer. In “The Snake,” a restless Jungian analyst sheds one existence after another. In “The Boundary,” a muralist falls in love with a troubled boy from the rez. In the surreal “She Bites,” a man builds an architecturally distinguished doghouse as his wife slowly transforms. And in the transcendent, three-part title story, two best friends face their strange fates, linked by a determination to wrest meaning and coherence from lives spiraling out of control.

At once philosophical and compulsively readable, Amor and Psycho ($24.95) dives into our darkest spaces, confronting the absurdity, poetry and brutality of human existence.

Carolyn Cooke’s Daughters of the Revolution was listed among the best novels of 2011 by the San Francisco Chronicle and The New Yorker. Her short fiction, collected in The Bostons, won the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize, was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award and has appeared in AGNI, The Paris Review and two volumes each of The Best American Short Stories and The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories. She teaches in the MFA writing program at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco.

 

Sunday August 25, 2013
Start: 08/25/2013 10:00 am
End: 08/25/2013 4:00 pm
Aug. 25 • 10:00-4:00 pm • $150
 
 
 
 
 
 
Advice so simple it can't possibly be right: Just tell the story. In fact, take the vast majority of writing problems -- what details are essential and which discardable, how to balance inner life against action and dialog, how to create variety among the characters, how much backstory is necessary, etc. -- none of these can be solved without getting grounded in the story you're trying to tell. David Corbett, longtime Book Passage instructor, "story whisperer," and author of The Art of Character ("A writer's bible that will lead to your character's soul") will lead students in a one-day workshop, reviewing 12-page manuscript submissions from each student and reviewing them in detail to reveal how story guides the revision process.
Students must register and send manuscripts 10 days prior to class.

Start: 08/25/2013 4:00 pm

If you had the knowledge and tools to make serious and lasting changes in your life, would you do it? If you had the chance to start over, change everything you needed to change in order to live the visions of your dreams, would you? Is it going to take a near death experience to motivate you into making the necessary changes in your life, or will you accept the challenges contained here and master your own personal expansion?

Expansion Mastery
($19.95) offers you a chance at creating the life you know in your heart you were meant to experience. Can you rise up and actually participate in your life? Can you change your attitude from "just getting through another day" to fully engage your life with enthusiasm, purpose and presence?

Robert Bessler helps people to live a more fully engaged life of authenticity, self-honesty, and enthusiasm through the ancient concept of Heaven, Earth and Being. He teaches unique and effective methods that re-empower and re-align people with the life they deserve while opening their heart.

 

Monday August 26, 2013
Start: 08/26/2013 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. 

 

Joyce Maynard, the New York Times bestselling author of Labor Day and The Good Daughters returns with After Her, a warm and haunting novel of sisterhood, adolescence, sacrifice, and suspense loosely inspired by the Trailside Killer case that terrorized Marin County in the 1970’s.

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: 08/26/2013 7:00 pm

Join Marin Shakespeare Company Artistic Director Robert Currier and Costume Designer Abra Berman for a discussion of the role of fashion in Shakespeare’s All’s Well That Ends Well. Marin Shakespeare will also discuss The Spanish Tragedy on July 22 (click here for details).

 

Wednesday August 28, 2013
Start: 08/28/2013 7:00 pm

Trauma does not just happen to a few unlucky people; it is the bedrock of our psychology. In The Trauma of Everyday Life ($25.95), renowned psychiatrist Mark Epstein uncovers the transformational potential of trauma, revealing how it can be used for the mind’s own development. Epstein is the author of the bestselling Thoughts Without a Thinker.

 

Thursday August 29, 2013
Start: 08/29/2013 7:00 pm

Illuminating the dramatic, ongoing struggle for women’s reproductive rights in the U.S., Perilous Times ($19.95) focuses on a vast variety of women’s personal, sometimes devastating, experiences of back alley abortions before Roe v. Wade. Fran Moreland Johns also profiles physicians and activists who risked everything to provide safe procedures.

 

Friday August 30, 2013
Start: 08/30/2013 6:00 pm

3 Minute Reads from San Francisco Grotto Writers
50+ Writers, 3 Minutes Each!


Joins us for a fast-paced and irreverent evening, showcasing new work from the students of the San Francisco Writer's Grotto writing classes. On this Friday evening, both fiction and nonfiction writers will read their work — but only for 3 minutes each! Their instructors (Grotto authors) will enforce the time limit. Join us for wine, fun, and fresh new writing.

 

Saturday August 31, 2013
Start: 08/31/2013 1:00 pm

In Converstaion with Book Passage Head Buyer Luisa Smith

As How the Light Gets In ($25.99) opens, Christmas is approaching, and in Québec it’s a time of dazzling snowfalls, bright lights, and gatherings with friends in front of blazing hearths. But shadows are falling on the usually festive season for Chief Inspector Armand Gamache. Most of his best agents have left the Homicide Department, his old friend and lieutenant Jean-Guy Beauvoir hasn’t spoken to him in months, and hostile forces are lining up against him. When Gamache receives a message from Myrna Landers that a longtime friend has failed to arrive for Christmas in the village of Three Pines, he welcomes the chance to get away from the city. Mystified by Myrna's reluctance to reveal her friend's name, Gamache soon discovers the missing woman was once one of the most famous people not just in North America, but in the world, and now goes unrecognized by virtually everyone except the mad, brilliant poet Ruth Zardo.

As events come to a head, Gamache is drawn ever deeper into the world of Three Pines. Increasingly, he is not only investigating the disappearance of Myrna’s friend but also seeking a safe place for himself and his still-loyal colleagues. Is there peace to be found even in Three Pines, and at what cost to Gamache and the people he holds dear?

Louise Penny is The New York Times and Globe and Mail bestselling author of eight Chief Inspector Armand Gamache novels. She has been awarded the John Creasey Dagger, Nero, Macavity and Barry Awards, as well as two each of the Arthur Ellis and Dilys Awards. Additionally, Louise has won five Agatha Awards and four Anthony Awards. She lives in a small village south of Montréal.

 

 

Tuesday September 03, 2013
Start: 09/03/2013 10:00 am
End: 09/03/2013 12:00 pm

8 Tues., Sept. 3-Oct. 22 • 10:00-12:00pm • $250

 

 

Continuation of grammar and language immersion. Graciela Pera was bown in Buenos Aires. She is a graduate of the University of Buenos Aires, and has been teaching Spanish for 35 years.  

Start: 09/03/2013 10:30 am
End: 09/03/2013 12:30 pm

8 Tues., Sept. 3-Oct. 22 • 10:30-12:30pm • $250

 

 

Text: "Grammaire Progressive du Francais/Perfectionnement "- 600 exercices by Maia Gregoire 

The class will discuss and debate current issues, and students will read a popular novel in French. Genevieve Blaise-Sullivan has taught French at College of Marin for over 30 years. She graduated from the Sorbonne with degrees in French, Russian, and Bulgarian.  

Start: 09/03/2013 1:00 pm
End: 09/03/2013 3:30 pm

8 Tues., Sept. 3-Oct. 22 • 1:00-3:30pm • $250

 

 

Text: "En Bonne Forme" by Simone Renaud-Dietiker - 8th edition  

This class offers selections from French authors and a review of French grammar. Genevieve Blaise-Sullivan has taught French at College of Marin for over 30 years. She graduated from the Sorbonne with degrees in French, Russian, and Bulgarian.  

Start: 09/03/2013 6:00 pm

In two frenetic days of fast driving, fast talking, and fast thinking, Annabelle discovers several truths by learning to trust her own instincts. And the significance of an antique hat pin.

Jump the Gun ($24.95) is Zoe Burke’s debut mystery and starts a series for a heroine whose cinematic fantasies spur her to take chances but never cloak terrifying realities. No matter what the danger, Annabelle’s fresh and funny voice is her best weapon.

Zoe Burke is the author of two children’s books, Charley Harper’s What’s in the Woods: A Nature Discovery Book and Lightning Bug Thunder. This is her first mystery novel.

 

Start: 09/03/2013 6:30 pm
End: 09/03/2013 6:30 pm
Eight Tuesdays: Sept. 3-Oct. 22 • 6:30-8:30 pm • $320
 
Are you ready to commit to completing your book? Use the support of fellow writers and well-timed feedback to move through resistance and finish your work. Keenan provides incisive feedback as well as structural and publishing advice as needed. Restricted registration – call for information.
 
 
Start: 09/03/2013 7:00 pm

Left Coast Writers® Salon

For 24 years, Charles Entrekin was the managing editor of The Berkeley Poets Cooperative and The Berkeley Poets Workshop & Press. The story of the Berkeley Poets Workshop & Press was written up as the cover story in the August 29, 1976 issue of the New York Times Magazine.

The Managing Editor of Hip Pocket Press (www.hippocketpress.com), Charles is also the author of Listening: New and Selected Works, In This Hour, Casting For The Cutthroat & Other Poems, Casting For The Cutthroat, All Pieces Of A Legacy, and the novel Red Mountain, Birmingham, Alabama, 1965.

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: 09/03/2013 7:00 pm

Games between the Dodgers and Giants are never just another day at the ballpark.

Dating back to the late nineteenth century--when the teams embodied the competitive spirit of rival metropolises of New York and Brooklyn--the Giants-Dodgers rivalry gained intensity throughout the early twentieth century. The venue had changed but the venom remained, and the rivalry became author Joe Konte's obsession.

A longtime newspaper editor and baseball fiend, Konte understands what is so special about what is one of the most significant rivalries in American sports. And so--via statistical analysis, game summaries, roster scrutiny, manager matchups, season recaps, and more--he has put together a rivalry bible. Focusing primarily on the California years, but also providing background on the origins and the New York years, The Rivalry Heard 'Round the World ($24.95) captures the spirit and intensity of one of the greatest rivalries in American sports.

 

Wednesday September 04, 2013
Start: 09/04/2013 6:00 pm

Politicians have talked endlessly about the economic devastation wrought by the recent financial crisis, but what about the damage it’s done to our bodies and minds? In The Body Economic ($27.99), pioneering public health researchers David Stuckler and Sanjay Basu mine data from around the globe and throughout history to demonstrate that bad fiscal policy—particularly cuts to social service spending—can have disastrous consequences for human health. While some nations have seen suicide rates, HIV transmissions, alcoholism, and heart disease spike during the Great Recession, not everyone has suffered—or needs to, so long as governments make health and well-being a priority.

Dr. Sanjay Basu is an Assistant Professor of Medicine and an epidemiologist at the Prevention Research Center of Stanford University. A former Rhodes Scholar, he lives in San Francisco.

 

Start: 09/04/2013 7:00 pm

The legend behind such songs as “Suzanne,” “Bird on the Wire” and “Hallelujah” and the poet and novelist behind such groundbreaking literary works as Beautiful Losers and Book of Mercy, Leonard Cohen is one of the most important and influential artists of our era, a man of powerful emotion and intelligence whose work has explored the definitive issues of human life—sex, religion, power, meaning, love. Cohen is also a man of complexities and seeming contradictions: a devout Jew, who is also a sophisticate and ladies’ man, as well as an ordained Buddhist monk whose name, Jikan—“ordinary silence”—is quite the appellation for a writer and singer whose life has been anything but ordinary.

I’m Your Man ($16.99) is the definitive account of that extraordinary life. Acclaimed music journalist Sylvie Simmons crafts a portrait of Cohen as nuanced as the man himself, drawing on a wealth of research that includes Cohen’s personal archives and more than a hundred exclusive interviews with those closest to Cohen—from his lovers, friends, monks, professors, rabbis and fellow musicians to his muses, including Rebecca De Mornay, Marianne Ihlen, Suzanne Elrod and Suzanne Verdal—and most important, with Cohen himself, whose presence infuses these pages.

Sylvie Simmons is an award-winning writer and one of the foremost music journalists working today. Born in London, she moved to Los Angeles in the late seventies and started writing about rock music for magazines such as Sounds, Creem, Kerrang! and Q. She is the author of acclaimed fiction and nonfiction books, including the biography Serge Gainsbourg: A Fistful of Gitanes and the short-story collection Too Weird for Ziggy. She lives in San Francisco, California, where she writes for MOJO magazine and plays the ukulele.

 

Thursday September 05, 2013
Start: 09/05/2013 9:59 am

Six Sundays: Oct. 13, 20, 27, Nov. 3, 10, & 17, 12:00-1:00pm, $100 (includes books)

This class is cancelled - please call (415) 927-0960 for further information

Listen, follow along, or read aloud in this weekend book club for boys. Just in time for the World Series, we will read Jinxed by Kurtis Scaletta, as well as keep reading journals, do fun book and baseball activities, write letters to the author, and host a very special guest! Open to readers of all levels, ages 7-10. Amy Novesky is a children's book editor, author, and mother. She loves to read, especially with her 8-year-old son.  

Start: 09/05/2013 10:00 am
End: 09/05/2013 12:00 pm

8 Thurs., Sept. 5-Oct. 24 • 10:00-12:00pm • $250

 

 

For students who have had some Spanish study. Graciela Pera was born in Buenos Aires. She is a graduate of the University of Buenos Aires, and has been teaching Spanish for 35 years.  

Start: 09/05/2013 1:00 pm

In conversation with Adam Bucko

The election of Jorge Mario Bergoglio to the Papacy marked a series of historic Papal firsts—first Jesuit, first from the Americas and first from the Southern Hemisphere. But most moving was his being the first to take the name of St. Francis. At a time when the Vatican is embroiled in decades-long scandals of the Curia and its clergy around the globe, this act has inspired the world to hope for a church rebuilt in the spirit of his namesake, Francis.

In Letters to Pope Francis: Rebuilding a Church with Justice and Compassion ($14.25), former Dominican priest Matthew Fox presents a series of heartfelt letters to his brother in Christ about the great challenges facing the church today, drawing from the deep spiritual and theological sources that have been suppressed since Vatican II, and implores him to restore the sensus fidelium (the sense of the faithful) and reshape a church with justice and compassion.

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Occupy Spirituality: A Radical Vision for a New Generation ($17.95) is a call to action for a new era of spirituality-infused activism. Authors Adam Bucko and Matthew Fox encourage us to use our talents in service of compassion and justice and to move beyond our broken systems--economic, political, educational, and religious--discovering a spirituality that not only helps us to get along, but also encourages us to reevaluate our traditions, transforming them and in the process building a more sacred and just world.

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Matthew Fox is an internationally acclaimed theologian working in the creation spirituality tradition of Christianity. He is the best-selling author of 30 books, including Original Blessing, A Spirituality Named Compassion, and The Coming of the Cosmic Christ

Adam Bucko is cofounder of the Reciprocity Foundation, empowering homeless youth to break the cycle of poverty, and HAB, an interspiritual contemplative fellowship focused on training young people in radical spirituality and sacred activism.


 

Start: 09/05/2013 2:00 pm
End: 09/05/2013 4:00 pm

8 Thurs., Sept. 5-Oct. 24 • 2:00-4:00pm • $250

 

 

Texts: Grammaire Progressive du Francais/Intermediaire - 600 exercices, Maia Gregoire and Odile Thievenaz  (Nouvelle edition) & Graded French Reader/2e etape (4th edition), Camille Bauer  

The class will include the subjunctive and conditional tenses. Genevieve Blaise-Sullivan has taught French at College of Marin for over 30 years. She graduated from the Sorbonne with degrees in French, Russian, and Bulgarian.  

Start: 09/05/2013 6:00 pm

Curtis, Japh, and Jool are film extras, who—with the help of a couple of very gutsy women—survived being anonymous players in a “live-action” film in which getting killed on-screen meant getting killed for real. Surviving the shoot made them rich enough to escape the post-apocalyptic Hell that L.A. has become. But their survival was not what Panoply Studios’ CEO Val Margolian had in mind, especially since it cost his company millions.

Now he's taking his revenge. After several plainclothes police are found dead in the former extras' new home, the bucolic, peaceful town of Sunrise, California, the entire town is subjected to Margolian's invidious plan to punish the entire town…and make a fortune doing it. Margolian has created toxic, murderous wasp-like mechanical creatures to set upon the people of Sunrise, while his film crew captures the carnage in what promises to be the bloodiest “live-action” film yet. With their haven from L.A. besieged by the deadly assault, the former extras—and their fellow townspeople—are faced with a grim task: to defeat the creatures and take back their town and their freedom. Michael Shea's Assault on Sunrise ($25.99) is a saga of courage and sacrifice in a world gone mad.

Michael Shea is the World Fantasy Award–winning author of Nifft the Lean and other novels. He has written many short stories for major fantasy and science fiction magazines.

 

Start: 09/05/2013 6:30 pm
End: 09/05/2013 8:30 pm

Eight Thursdays: Sept. 5-Oct. 24 • 6:30-8:30pm • $320

Restricted registration - please call 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 support of other writers and Keenan's guidance and techniques to keep moving forward.  

 

Start: 09/05/2013 7:00 pm

Sisters Natalie and Alice Kessler were close, until adolescence wrenched them apart. Natalie is headstrong, manipulative—and beautiful; Alice is a dreamer who loves books and birds. During their family’s summer holiday at the lake, Alice falls under the thrall of a struggling young painter, Thomas Bayber, in whom she finds a kindred spirit. Natalie, however, remains strangely unmoved, sitting for a family portrait with surprising indifference. But by the end of the summer, three lives are shattered.

Decades later, Bayber, now a reclusive, world-renowned artist, unveils a never-before-seen work, Kessler Sisters—a provocative painting depicting the young Thomas, Natalie, and Alice. Bayber asks Dennis Finch, an art history professor, and Stephen Jameson, an eccentric young art authenticator, to sell the painting for him. That task becomes more complicated when the artist requires that they first locate Natalie and Alice, who seem to have vanished. And Finch finds himself wondering why Thomas is suddenly so intent on resurrecting the past.

In The Gravity of Birds ($25.00), histories and memories refuse to stay buried; in the end only the excavation of the past will enable its survivors to love again.

Tracy Guzeman lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her work has appeared in Gulf Coast, Vestal Review, and Glimmer Train Stories. The Gravity of Birds is her first novel.

 

Friday September 06, 2013
Start: 09/06/2013 6:00 pm
End: 09/06/2013 9:00 pm

Friday, Sept. 6 • 6:00-9:00pm • $40

 

 

Join us for a mythic evening of creativity as we follow every writer’s odyssey from the spark of inspiration to the choosing of mentors, from the dark forest struggle with firebreathing critics to the work with the “productionauts,” the designers, editors and marketing people. Finally we revel in the thrill of returning home with the published manuscript. Phil Cousineau is the author of over 30 books, including Stoking the Creative Fires.

The Book Passage Path to Publishing Program 

The evening's events will also include the prelimary announcement of the Book Passage Path to Publishing Program. The Book Passage Path to Publishing Program will be offering a two-pronged program: a Mentorship Program, to help you cultivate and complete your work, and Direct to Press, an innovative alternative to the traditional publishing model.

The Path to Publishing Program will be a one-stop shopping experience for the serious writer. In addition to the mentoring services, the program will help direct you to proven professionals, including editors, designers, publicists, and more. The Direct to Press track will include the guidance and resources you need to take the necessary steps to the publication and distribution of your book.

For more information, contact:

Sam Barry
Book Passage Author Services Liaison
415-927-0960, ext. 256sbarry@bookpassage.com 

 

Start: 09/06/2013 7:00 pm

Achingly tender, yet filled with laughter, The Lake House ($15.00) is a novel that brings to life the wide range of human emotions and the difficult journey from heartbreak to healing.

VICTORIA ROSE. Fifty years before, a group of teenage friends promised each other never to leave their idyllic lakeside town. But the call of Hollywood and a bigger life was too strong for Victoria . . . and she alone broke that pledge. Now she has come home, intent on making peace with her demons, even if her former friends shut her out. Haunted by tragedy, she longs to find solace with her childhood sweetheart, but even this tender man may be unable to forgive and forget.

HEATHER BREGMAN. At twenty-eight, after years as a globe-trotting columnist, she’s abandoned her controlling fiancé and their glamorous city life to build one on her own terms. Lulled by a Victorian house and a gorgeous locale, she’s determined to make the little community her home. But the residents, fearful of change and outsiders, will stop at nothing to sabotage her dreams of lakeside tranquility.

As Victoria and Heather become unlikely friends, their mutual struggle to find acceptance—with their neighbors and in their own hearts—explores the chance events that shape a community and offer the opportunity to start again.

Marci Nault, author of The Lake House and the creator of 101 Dreams Come True, a motivational website about going after your dreams, will speak about her journey to complete 101 of her biggest dreams in life, including publishing The Lake House with Gallery/ Simon & Schuster; living in Florence; becoming an adult competitive figure skater; and many more. To date she's completed 91. She'll discuss how making her list helped her to stay motivated to pursue the dream of writing and publishing her novel and how accomplishing dreams in other areas of her life taught her to overcome the fear that happens when facing the blank page. Marci's story has been featured on CBS, ABC, NPR, and North American radio stations and publications. The Lake House is a Chicago Tribune, CBS, and Cape May Herald summer read pick.

 

Saturday September 07, 2013
Start: 09/07/2013 10:00 am
End: 09/07/2013 4:00 pm
Sat. Sept. 7 • 10:00-4:00 pm • $105
 
 
 
 
If you have trouble steaming up the page, this is the workshop for you. Spend a day learning the techniques for adding spicy, sensual, and sometimes funny sizzle to your work. The class is full of quick free-writes and entertaining exercises that will have you moving from comfort to erogenous zones in no time.
 
 
Start: 09/07/2013 10:00 am
End: 09/07/2013 12:00 pm

Sat., Sept. 7 • 10:00-12:00pm • $40

 

 

Your memoir begins with you, but other matters are at stake—tone and truth, tense and structure. For this writing workshop, bring a photograph of yourself at a critical turning point, a pen and paper, and a favorite spice. Through a series of guided exercises, we’ll work together to hone voice, identify meaning, and craft a memorable memoir scene.

Beth Kephart’s first memoir was a National Book Award finalist, and she has written four more. Her new book is Handling the Truth: On the Writing of Memoir,which was featured in O Magazine as a top writing book and has received multiple starred reviews. Kephart teaches memoir at the University of Pennsylvania and writes about the form in publications ranging from Chicago Tribune and Huffington Post to Creative Nonfiction and The Millions. She blogs daily and her ideas about memoir, as well as some recent memoir reviews, can be found here: http://beth-kephart.blogspot.com/p/handling-truth.html

Start: 09/07/2013 1:00 pm

In 1971, Bruce Neuburger--young, out of work, and radicalized by the 60s counterculture in Berkeley--took a job as a farmworker on a whim. He could have hardly anticipated that he would spend the next decade laboring up and down the agricultural valleys of California, alongside the anonymous and largely immigrant workforce that feeds the nation. This account of his journey begins at a remarkable moment, after the birth of the United Farm Workers union and the ensuing uptick in worker militancy. As a participant in organizing efforts, strikes, and boycotts, Neuburger saw first-hand the struggles of farmworkers for better wages and working conditions, and the lengths the growers would go to suppress worker unity.

Part memoir, part informed commentary on farm labor, the U.S. labor movement, and the political economy of agriculture, Lettuce Wars ($22.95) is a lively account written from the perspective of the fields. Neuburger portrays the people he encountered--immigrant workers, fellow radicals, company bosses, cops and goons--vividly and indelibly, lending a human aspect to the conflict between capital and labor as it played out in the fields of California.

 

Start: 09/07/2013 1:00 pm

How do artists think of the ideas and techniques that go into a work of art? What do their pasts have to do with the subject matter and materials they choose? Artist books are a field rife with new and unusual treatments.

Combining her love of books and fiber art, Emily Marks shows how 25 artists develop their ideas using thread as a medium for their work. Each section in Thread Loves Paper ($20.00) depicts the history of covers, bindings, hand embroidery, machine stitching and altered books and then shows how contemporary book artists build on this past to make new works of art.

 

Start: 09/07/2013 4:00 pm

As climate change encroaches, animals and plants around the globe are having their habitats pulled out from under them.  At the same time, human development has made islands out of even our largest nature reserves, stranding the biodiversity that lives within them. In The Spine of the Continent ($24.95), Mary Ellen Hannibal introduces readers to the most ambitious conservation effort ever undertaken:  to create linked protected areas extending from the Yukon to Mexico, the entire length of North America. In this fascinating, exciting, and important book, Hannibal travels the length of the Spine, sharing stories and anecdotes about the passionate, idiosyncratic people she meets along the way – and the critters they love.

Mary Ellen Hannibal’s most recent book is Evidence of Evolution.  She has written for many publications, including the San Francisco Chronicle, Esquire, and Elle magazines, and extensively for environmental nonprofits.  She is a 2011 Alicia Patterson Foundation Fellow and lives in the California Bay Area.

Read a review of The Spine of the Continent in Nature Conservancy

 

Start: 09/07/2013 7:00 pm

"Simply stunning." Richard Wilbur

"A book Keats would have loved. A book to keep by bed or bath." Bill Berkson, in Poetry

"These translations are alive and potent. Funny, moving, cutting, ferocious."  Philip Levine

Cut These Words Into My Stone ($26.20) offers evidence that ancient Greek life was not only celebrated in great heroic epics, but was also commemorated in hundreds of artfully composed verse epitaphs. They have been preserved in anthologies and gleaned from weathered headstones.

Three-year-old Archianax, playing near a well,
Was drawn down by his own silent reflection.

His mother, afraid he had no breath left,
Hauled him back up wringing wet. He had a little.

He didn't taint the nymphs' deep home.
He dozed off in her lap. He's sleeping still.


These words, translated from the original Greek by poet and filmmaker Michael Wolfe, mark the passing of a child who died roughly 2,000 years ago. Ancient Greek epitaphs honor the lives, and often describe the deaths, of a rich cross section of Greek society, including people of all ages and classes- paupers, fishermen, tyrants, virgins, drunks, foot soldiers, generals-and some non-people-horses, dolphins, and insects. With brief commentary and notes, this bilingual collection of 127 short, witty, and often tender epigrams spans 1,000 years of the written word.

Michael Wolfe is a poet, author, documentary film producer, and president of Unity Productions Foundation, a nonprofit media organization. Wolfe is the author of many books of verse and prose, including The Hadj: An American's Pilgrimage to Mecca.

 

Sunday September 08, 2013
Start: 09/08/2013 1:00 pm

Jordan E. Rosenfeld presents Forged in Grace ($15.39). At age 15, a horrific fire left Grace Jensen scarred and highly sensitive to the pain of anyone she touches. Thirteen years later, living with her hoarder mother and half-in-love with her former doctor, her long-absent best friend, Marly Kennet, returns to town and convinces Grace to make a leap-of-faith trip to Las Vegas. There, Grace discovers she doesn’t only feel others’ pain, she can heal it. This healing gift soon turns darker when the truth of Marly’s past and the fire that scarred Grace is revealed, pushing the boundaries of loyalty and exposing both women to danger.

Jordan Rosenfeld is the author of Make a Scene: Crafting a Powerful Story One Scene at a Time and Write Free: Attracting the Creative Life (with Rebecca Lawton). She earned her MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars. Jordan’s essays and articles have appeared in The San Francisco Chronicle, The St. Petersburg Times, The Writer and Writer’s Digest magazine. Her book commentaries have run on The California Report, a radio news-magazine produced by NPR-affiliate KQED radio. 

 

Start: 09/08/2013 3:00 pm
End: 09/08/2013 5:00 pm
Please note: this book group has been cancelled. For more information, contact  (415) 927-0960.

This series is a blend of the old and new with all the selections pertaining in some way to contemporary life of LGBTQ adults in the Bay Area. Adrian Tiller is a writer, teacher, and licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. He has created numerous workshops.

Reading List: 

SeptemberWhy Be Happy When You Can Be Normal?, Jeanette Winterson ($15.00)

OctoberA Home at the End of the World, Michael Cunningham ($14.00)

NovemberOrlando, Virginia Woolf ($14.00)

DecemberThe Shipping News, E. Annie Proulx ($16.00)

JanuaryIn One Person, John Irving ($15.99)

 

Start: 09/08/2013 3:30 pm
End: 09/08/2013 8:00 pm

5 Sundays: Sept. 8, Oct. 13, Nov. 10, Dec. 8, & Jan. 12 • $250

Picture Book & Chapter Book Writers: 3:30-6:30pm

 

 

Children's Novelists: 5:00 - 8:00pm

 

 

Critique Circle for Developing and Revising your Children's Book is a monthly workshop led by Andrea Alban for children's writers to deepen the craft of fiction, from initial concept through finished manuscript. Included is plotting a page-turning story structure, developing quintessential characters, creating vivid story worlds, and practicing the art of revision. Writers learn how to give and receive feedback in the spirit of generosity. The mission of this university-level workshop is to guide writers to publish their work. Included is research into publishing houses and literary agencies, and the art of writing cover/query letters, synopses and sample chapters that stand out from the crowd.

Testimonials:

What I most appreciate about Andrea is her optimism and support--a self-described "cheerleader." She has been like a college professor giving me valuable lessons in picture book creation. Her honesty and writing exercises helped me find my voice. It's been an incredible journey with Andrea as my story midwife!

--Allison Fragakis

Andrea Alban is the author of nine books, including the YA novel, Anya's War, (shortlisted for China's 2012 Panda Awards and an ALA honor book), and the bestseller, The Happiness Tree. She is a dynamic speaker at schools, writing conferences, and literary festivals. Andrea edits manuscripts and coaches writers in manuscript development and revision as well as how to prepare submissions to editors and agents.

Start: 09/08/2013 4:00 pm

Based on the life of an Iranian princess, this is “a fine historical novel, a story of intrigue and action…its scheming and parricide rival A Game of Thrones…and may remind you of Mary Renault’s stunning The Persian Boy” (San Francisco Chronicle).

Iran in 1576 is a place of wealth and dazzling beauty. But when the Shah dies without having named an heir, the court is thrown into tumult. Princess Pari, the Shah’s daughter and protégée, knows more about the inner workings of the state than almost anyone, but her maneuvers to instill order after her father’s sudden death incite resentment and dissent. Pari and her closest adviser, Javaher, a eunuch able to navigate the harem as well as the world beyond the palace walls, possess an incredible tapestry of secrets that explode in a power struggle of epic proportions.

Legendary women—from Anne Boleyn to Queen Elizabeth I to Mary, Queen of Scots—changed the course of history in the royal courts of England. While they are celebrated, few people know of the powerful and charismatic women in the Muslim world. Based loosely on Princess Pari Khan Khanoom, Equal of the Sun ($17.00) is a riveting story of political intrigue that brings one extraordinary woman to light. Anita Amirrezvani is a master storyteller, and her lustrous prose brings to life this rich and labyrinthine world with a stunning cast of characters—passionate and brave men and women who defy or embrace their destiny in a Machiavellian game played by those who lust for power and will do anything to attain it.

Anita Amirrezvani is the author of the novel The Blood of Flowers which has been published in more than twenty-five languages and was longlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction. She teaches at the California College of the Arts and Sonoma State University.

 

Start: 09/08/2013 7:00 pm

Imagine being able to fly. Walk through walls. Shape-shift. Breathe underwater. Conjure loved ones or total strangers out of thin air. Imagine experiencing your nighttime dreams with the same awareness you possess right now fully functioning memory, imagination, and self-awareness. Imagine being able to use this power to be more creative, solve problems, and discover a deep sense of well-being.

This is lucid dreaming the ability to know you are dreaming while you are in a dream, and then consciously explore and change the elements of the dream. A Field Guide to Lucid Dreaming ($12.95), with its evocative retro illustrations, shows exactly how to do it. Written by Thomas Peisel, an experienced lucid dreamers, this manual for the dream world takes the reader from step one learning how to reconnect with his or her dreams through the myriad possibilities of what can happen once the dreamer is lucid and an accomplished oneironaut (a word that comes from the Greek oneira, meaning dreams, and nautis, meaning sailor).

 

 

Monday September 09, 2013
Start: 09/09/2013 8:30 am
End: 09/09/2013 10:15 am

8 Mon., Sept. 9-Oct. 28 • 8:30-10:15am • $250

 

 

 

Gisella Petrone has a Masters degree from the University of Calabria. She has taught English, Italian, Latin, Roman History, and Italian cooking. 

Start: 09/09/2013 9:00 am
End: 09/09/2013 11:00 am

8 Mon., Sept. 9-Oct. 28 • 9:00-11:00am • $250

 

 

 

For first year students who have had some Spanish study. Graciela Pera was born in Buenos Aires. She is a graduate from the University of Buenos Aires, and has been teaching Spanish for 35 years.  

Start: 09/09/2013 10:00 am
End: 09/09/2013 12:00 pm

8 Mon., Sept. 9-Oct. 28 • 10:00-12:00pm • $250

 

 

Josette Charbit Schwartz has taught French in Marin at the Lycee Francais, The Branson School, and French American International in San Francisco. Born in Paris, Josette has lived in Marin County for 30 years and has a degree in Bilingual Education from France. Josette's classes often read poems, break out in song, and discuss the joys of French culture.  

Start: 09/09/2013 10:00 am
End: 09/09/2013 12:00 pm

4 Fridays • Sept. 20 - Oct. 11 • 10:00-12:00pm • $155

 

 

 

Learn what it takes to get a book from the first glimmer of an idea into publication.

 

Start: 09/09/2013 1:00 pm
End: 09/09/2013 3:30 pm

8 Mon., Sept. 9-Oct. 21 • 1:00-3:30pm • $250

 

 

Josette Charbit Schwartz has taught French in Marin at the Lycee Francais, The Branson School, and French American International in San Francisco. Born in Paris, Josette has lived in Marin County for 30 years and has a degree in Bilingual Education from France. Josette's classes often read poems, break out in song, and discuss the joys of French culture.  

Start: 09/09/2013 6:00 pm

Left Coast Writers® at the Ferry Plaza

Inside sales are overtaking field sales. Businesses now rely on it to generate up to 50 percent of their revenue. Smart Sales Manager ($24.95) shows readers how to lead their inside sales squads to success -— from hiring and motivating to training and coaching. Josiane Feigon is author of Smart Selling on the Phone and Online.

 

 

Start: 09/09/2013 7:00 pm

The Gallery of Vanished Husbands ($16.00) opens in London, 1958. It’s the eve of the sexual revolution, but in Juliet Montague’s conservative Jewish community where only men can divorce women, she finds herself a living widow, invisible. Ever since her husband disappeared seven years ago, Juliet has been a hardworking single mother of two and unnaturally practical. But on her thirtieth birthday, that’s all about to change. A wealthy young artist asks to paint her portrait, and Juliet, moved by the powerful desire to be seen, enters into the burgeoning art world of 1960s London, which will bring her fame, fortune, and a life-long love affair.

Natasha Solomons is a screenwriter and the New York Times bestselling author of The House at Tyneford and Mr. Rosenblum Dreams in English. She lives in Dorset, England, with her husband and young son. This is her third novel.

 

Tuesday September 10, 2013
Start: 09/10/2013 8:30 am
End: 09/10/2013 8:30 am

8 Tues., Sept. 10-Oct. 29 • 8:30-10:30am • $250

 

 

The class will learn new words, grammar, and various aspects of Italian culture. The text helps develop language acquisition tools. Gisella Petrone has a Masters degree from the University of Calabria. She has taught English, Italian, Latin, Roman History, and Italian cooking.  

Start: 09/10/2013 10:30 am
End: 09/10/2013 12:15 pm

8 Tues., Sept. 10-Oct. 29 • 10:30-12:15pm • $250

 

 

Gisella Petrone has a Masters degree from the University of Calabria. She has taught English, Italian, Latin, Roman History, and Italian cooking.  

Start: 09/10/2013 6:00 pm

Mitchell S. Jackson grew up black in a neglected neighborhood in America’s whitest city, Portland, Oregon. In the ’90s, those streets and beyond had fallen under the shadow of crack cocaine and its familiar mayhem. In his commanding autobiographical novel, Mitchell writes what it was to come of age in that time and place, with a break-out voice that’s nothing less than extraordinary.

The Residue Years ($24.00) switches between the perspectives of a young man, Champ, and his mother, Grace. Grace is just out of a drug treatment program, trying to stay clean and get her kids back. Champ is trying to do right by his mom and younger brothers, and dreams of reclaiming the only home he and his family have ever shared. But selling crack is the only sure way he knows to achieve his dream. In this world of few options and little opportunity, where love is your strength and your weakness, this family fights for family and against what tears one apart.

Read the New York Times Book Review review

Start: 09/10/2013 7:00 pm

Introduced by Daniel Handler!

The stories in Tom Barbash's evocative and often darkly funny collection explore the myriad ways we try to connect to one another and to the sometimes cruel world around us. The newly single mother in "The Break" interferes with her son's love life over his Christmas vacation from college. The anxious young man in "Balloon Night" persists in hosting his and his wife's annual watch-the-Macy's-Thanksgiving-Day-Parade-floats-be-inflated party, while trying to keep the myth of his marriage equally afloat. "Somebody's Son," tells the story of a young man guiltily conning an elderly couple out of their home in the Adirondacks, and the young narrator in "The Women" watches his widowed father become the toast of Manhattan's mid-life dating scene, as he struggles to find his own footing.

The characters in Stay Up with Me ($22.99) find new truths when the old ones have given out or shifted course. In the tradition of classic story writer like John Cheever and Tobias Wolff, Barbash laces his narratives with sharp humor, psychological acuity, and pathos, creating deeply resonant and engaging stories that pierce the heart and linger in the imagination.

Tom Barbash is the author of the award-winning novel, The Last Good Chance, and the nonfiction book, On Top of the World: Cantor Fitzgerald, Howard Lutnick, and 9/11: A Story of Loss and Renewal, which was a New York Times bestseller. His stories and articles have been published in Tin House, McSweeney's, VQR, and other publications, and have been performed on National Public Radio for their Selected Shorts Series. He currently teaches in the MFA program at California College of the Arts.

 

Wednesday September 11, 2013
Start: 09/11/2013 9:00 am
End: 09/11/2013 11:00 am

8 Wednesdays • Sept. 11 - Oct. 30 • 9:00-11:00am • $250

 

 

 

A basic introduction for students who have never studied Spanish. 

Graciela Pera was born in Buenos Aires.She is a graduate of the University of Buenos Aires, and has been teaching Spanish for 35 years. 

 

 

Start: 09/11/2013 10:00 am
End: 09/11/2013 12:00 pm

8 Wed., Sept. 11-Oct. 30 • 10:00-12:00pm • $250

 

 

Josette Charbit Schwartz has taught French in Marin at the Lycee Francais, The Branson School, and French American International in San Francisco. Born in Paris, Josette has lived in Marin County for 30 years and has a degree in Bilingual Education from France. Josette's classes often read poems, break out in song, and discuss the joys of French culture.  

Start: 09/11/2013 1:15 pm
End: 09/11/2013 3:00 pm

8 Wed., Sept. 11-Oct. 30 • 1:15-3:00pm • $250

 

 

Gisella Petrone has a Masters degree from the University of Calabria. She has taught English, Italian, Latin, Roman History, and Italian cooking.  

Start: 09/11/2013 6:00 pm

All it takes is a quarter to change pediatric psychiatrist Dr. Owen Lerner’s life. When the coin he’s feeding into a parking meter is struck by lightning, Lerner survives, except that now all he wants to do is barbecue. The bolt of lightning that lifts Lerner into the air sends the entire Lerner clan into free fall. Mary Kay Zuravleff depicts family-on-family pain with generosity and devastating humor as she explores how much we are each allowed to change within a family—and without. Man Alive! ($27.00) captures Owen and Toni Lerner and their nearly grown children so vividly you’ll be looking over your shoulder to make sure the author hasn’t been watching your own family in action.

Mary Kay Zuravleff is also the author of The Bowl Is Already Broken, which The New York Times praised as “a tart, affectionate satire of the museum world’s bickering and scheming,” and The Frequency of Souls, which the Chicago Tribune deemed “a beguiling and wildly inventive first novel.” Honors for her work include the American Academy’s Rosenthal Award and the James Jones First Novel Award, and she has been nominated for the Orange Prize. She lives in Washington, D.C., where she serves on the board of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation and is a cofounder of the D.C. Women Writers Group.

 

Start: 09/11/2013 6:00 pm
End: 09/11/2013 8:00 pm

5 Wed., Sept. 11-Oct. 9 • 6:00-8:00pm • $195

 

 

This five-week workshop will help you transform your personal life stories into the stuff of rich memoirs. Jasmin Darznik is the award-winning author of The Good Daughter: A Memoir of My Mother's Hidden Life. She offers inspiration and practical tips, including ways to get started, interviewing family members, and handling the emotional and ethical challenges of writing memoir. You will also learn how and where to market your work. Darznik received her Ph.D. from Princeton and has taught widely.

Start: 09/11/2013 6:30 pm

In Smarty Marty's Got Game ($17.95), Amy Gutierrez ("Amy G" to San Francisco Giants fans) tells the inspiring story of older sister Marty, who teaches the game (and love) of baseball to her younger brother Mikey. Marty has always loved baseball and is known as "Smarty Marty" to her friends at school because she knows more about baseball than most grown-up baseball fans.

However, her younger brother, Mikey, couldn't be bothered and just doesn't get it...UNTIL, Marty and Mikey attend a real baseball game, where Marty gradually teaches Mikey the ins and outs of baseball, the lingo, strategy, and more, often using real-life examples so Mikey can better understand. Before long, Mikey is no longer solely interested in the salted pretzels and garlic fries of the ballpark but is soon engrossed in the game and cheering along with his older sister.

Amy G's story appeals to both boys and girls and also defies the strong gender stereotypes that Amy herself has battled in her 16-year career as a sports journalist and reporter.

Amy Gutierrez, a Bay Area native is entering her 16th year in the broadcasting industry and embarking upon her fourth season as the San Francisco Giants in-game reporter. She also serves as a contributing reporter for G-Mag, Giants Pregame Live and Giants Postgame Live. In her Bay Area broadcasting tenure, Amy has covered a variety of teams including the A's, San Jose Sharks, Raiders, 49ers, PAC-10 and WCC football and basketball and the San Jose SaberCats. Amy G's a graduate of UC Davis where she majored in Communications and played volleyball. She resides in her hometown of Petaluma with her husband and two children.

 

 

Start: 09/11/2013 7:00 pm
End: 09/11/2013 9:00 pm

Please note that this event has been cancelled due to unforseen circumstances.

8 Wed., Sept. 11-Oct. 30 • 7:00-9:00pm • $200

"To have great poets," Walt Whitman said, "There must be great audiences too." What makes a poem worth reading? This group looks at famous poets from several centuries and from several literatures. Widely-published local poet and author John Hart co-edits the venerable all-poetry journal Blue Unicorn, now in its 36th year.  

 

Start: 09/11/2013 7:00 pm

Like so many of us, award-winning writer Katy Butler always assumed her aging parents would experience healthy, active retire­ments before dying peacefully at home. Then her father suffered a stroke that left him incapable of easily finishing a sentence or showering without assistance. Her mother was thrust into full-time caregiving, and Katy became one of the 24 mil­lion Americans who help care for aging parents. In an effort to correct a minor and non–life threatening heart arrhythmia, doctors outfitted her father with a pacemaker. The device kept his heart beating but did nothing to prevent his slide into dementia, incontinence, near-muteness, and misery. After several years, he asked his wife for help, telling her, “I am living too long.”

Mother and daughter faced a series of wrench­ing moral questions: When does death cease being a curse and become a blessing? Where is the line between saving life and prolonging a dying? When is the right time to say to a doctor, “Let my loved one go”?

When doctors refused to disable the pace­maker, sentencing her father to a protracted and agonizing death, Katy set out to understand why. Her quest had barely begun when her mother faced her own illness, rebelled against her doctors, refused open-heart surgery, and instead met death head-on. Knocking on Heaven’s Door ($25.00), a revolution­ary blend of memoir and investigative reporting, is the fruit of the Butler family’s journey.

 

Thursday September 12, 2013
Start: 09/12/2013 11:15 am
End: 09/12/2013 11:15 am

8 Thurs., Sept. 12-Oct. 31 • 11:15-1:15pm • $250

 

 

Josette Charbit Schwartz has taught French in Marin at the Lycee Francais, The Branson School, and French American International in San Francisco. Born in Paris, Josette has lived in Marin County for 30 years and has a degree in Bilingual Education from France. Josette's classes often read poems, break out in song, and discuss the joys of French culture.  

Start: 09/12/2013 11:30 am
End: 09/12/2013 1:15 pm

8 Thurs., Sept. 12-Oct. 31 • 11:30-1:15pm • $250

 

 

Gisella Petrone has a Masters degree from the University of Calabria. She has taught English, Italian, Latin, Roman History, and Italian cooking.  

Start: 09/12/2013 6:00 pm

Why? Why Not? ($35.00) is a novel novel, a diary, a high-flying history, an academic adult comic book with visions of utopia, dystopia and myopia. Illusions, confusions, and conclusions form the thirty-six plays, each contained on a single page. The setting for each play is a piece of paper. Characters are listed. Scene and characters are drawn on the top half of the page; five columns of lines of type, newspaper style, are arranged below. The dialogue is minimal, a poetic shorthand determined by the number of letterforms per line, a text-message for today's limited attention spans, mostly in rhyme.

Barbara Solomon is a graphic designer, landscape architect, writer, and artist. Her innovative logo design and building graphics for The Sea Ranch in Northern California brought her fame in the 1960s as the inventor of supergraphics. Her first book, Green Architecture and the Agrarian Garden, reinvigorated the view of the classical garden by creating a sophisticated pictorial language. In Good Mourning California, Solomon presented a provocative and acerbic look at the social topology of the Golden State.

 

Start: 09/12/2013 7:00 pm

Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Chabon reads from Telegraph Avenue ($16.99), an exhilarating, big-hearted novel that explores the intertwined lives of two Oakland families, one black and one white. Telegraph Avenue is a world grounded in pop culture—Kung Fu, ’70s Blaxploitation films, vinyl LPs, jazz and soul music—and a bravura epic of friendship, race, and secret histories.

Michael Chabon is the bestselling and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, A Model World, Wonder Boys, Werewolves In Their Youth, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, The Final Solution, The Yiddish Policemen’s Union, Maps & Legends, Gentlemen of the Road, and the middle-grade book Summerland. He lives in Berkeley, California, with his wife, the novelist Ayelet Waldman, and their children.

 

Friday September 13, 2013
Start: 09/13/2013 10:30 am
End: 09/13/2013 12:30 pm

5 Fri.: Sept. 13, Oct. 18, Nov. 15, Dec. 13, & Jan. 17 • 10:30-12:30pm • $105

 

 

Pat Holt leads a discussion of books that have captured the contemporary imagination. Holt is the former book review editor of the San Francisco Chronicle and publisher of Holt Uncensored. 

Reading List: 

September:  Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, Ben Fountain ($14.99)

October:  A Partial History of Lost Causes, Jennifer DuBois ($16.00)

November:  The Orphan Master's Son, Adam Johnson ($15.00)

December:  Tell the Wolves I'm Home, Carol Rifka Brunt ($15.00)

January:  Silent HouseOrhan Pamuk ($15.00)

Saturday September 14, 2013
Start: 09/14/2013 9:30 am
End: 09/14/2013 1:30 pm

Sat., Sept. 14 • 9:30-1:30pm • $60

 

 

48-hour advance registration • Limit of six

You’ve written a brilliant story and can’t wait to hear what others think. You’re stuck and need a critique. What to do? Bring your manuscript, or even just an idea, to this on-thespot workshop, and we’ll critique it. Amy Novesky is a children’s book editor, author, and experienced workshop leader. 

 

Start: 09/14/2013 10:00 am
End: 09/14/2013 4:00 pm

Sat., Sept. 14 • 10:00-4:00pm • $120

 

 

This is your chance to fix short stories that are "almost there" -- the little heartbreakers that are still not exactly right. Often it just takes a slight adjustment, but sometimes it takes a sharp kick, and this class offers both. Molly Giles is a novelist and short story writer. She teaches at the University of Arkansas and is an editor for Penguin Putnam. Giles has worked with Amy Tan and many other successful writers. 

Start: 09/14/2013 12:00 pm

Please note: this event has been cancelled. For more information, please call (415) 927-0960 ext. 233. 

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In Skinny Bitch in Love, the new novel based on the #1 bestselling Skinny Bitch books, a twenty-something chef loses her dream job—only to find happiness after she launches a vegan cooking school and falls for a sexy carnivore.

Twenty-six-year-old Clementine Cooper is an ambitious sous chef at a hot vegan restaurant in Santa Monica. When an important food critic visits the restaurant, a backstabbing coworker sabotages her vegan dish by adding butter. Fired from her job and blackballed in L.A., Clementine has hit rock bottom. Not one to wallow, she decides to launch her own cooking school and personal chef business called Skinny Bitch.

Kim Barnouin lives in California with her husband and son. Kim coauthored the #1 New York Times bestselling Skinny Bitch series, which includes such hit titles as Skinny Bitch, Skinny Bitch in the Kitch, Skinny Bastard, Skinny Bitch: Ultimate Everyday Cookbook, and Skinny Bitch Book of Vegan Swaps.

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: 09/14/2013 1:00 pm

The Ayurvedic Vegan Kitchen ($19.95) is a celebration of the benefits of ayurveda and a vegan diet. Certified ayurvedic practitioner, Talya Lutzker opens a new world of healing that previously had been off limits to vegans and anyone who needs to avoid dairy.

Ayurveda, a holistic healing system developed in ancient India, organizes the elements of ether, air, fire, water, and earth into three body types or doshas. Each individual's dominant dosha needs to be balanced on a regular basis. Dairy products are important foods in conventional ayurveda; however, for every milk-based food that ayurvedic healers revere, Talya has substituted an equally effective whole-food vegan alternative. Over 120 delicious recipes provide healing flavors and harmony to the mind and spirit. Easy-to-follow symbols on each recipe page show how that recipe can balance the body's constitution. This cookbook is the perfect marriage of a healing diet and exquisite taste.

Talya Lutzker is a certified practitioner in Ayurvedic healing and massage, a yoga teacher and professional chef, and the founder of Talya’s Kitchen, an organic, nutrition-focused catering business. She has studied with DeAnna Batdorff, founder of the dhyana Center of Health Sciences in Sebastopol, California, and has a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies.

 

Start: 09/14/2013 2:00 pm
End: 09/14/2013 5:00 pm

Sat., Sept. 14 • 2:00-5:00pm • $50

 

 

Our family provided our first relationships, as well as our first conflicts. There is no richer source of raw material, whether we write fiction, memoir, or poetry. We will use family stories to improve our skills with the various elements of fiction (character, plot, dialogue, description and conflict). Adrian Tiller is a writer, teacher, and licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. He has created numerous workshops and taught graduate students at Dominican University.  

Start: 09/14/2013 7:00 pm

Left Coast Writers Book Launch®

The Goodbye Year ($16.00) speaks to a mother’s realization that her child’s senior year of high school is the end of motherhood as she knows it, because Toni Piccinini knows exactly what that’s like. After her third child graduated, she was an expert at navigating the senior year experience, and she shares her acquired wisdom about letting go in a narrative that addresses what motherhood—and womanhood—is really all about.

Toni Piccinini opened a San Francisco “Top 100” restaurant and has won several recipe contests, one of which awarded one hundred pounds of pasta to the San Francisco Food Bank in her name. She has written essays, cookbook reviews, and recipes for national and local media, including Roadwork, SheWrites, and The Marin Independent Journal. Her essay “House Affair” was a Narrative Magazine “Story of the Week.” She lives in Marin County, California.

 

Sunday September 15, 2013
Start: 09/15/2013 1:00 pm

Patricia Engel’s collection of stories, Vida, quickly established her as one of our country’s best young writers, winning praise from Junot Díaz, Uzodinma Iweala, Francisco Goldman, and others. Her first novel is a vibrant and wistful narrative about an American girl abroad in Paris, who navigates the intoxicating and treacherous complexities of independence, friendship, and romance.

It’s Not Love, It’s Just Paris ($25.00) is a spellbinding love story, a portrait of a Paris caught between old world grandeur and the international greenblood elite, and an exploration of one woman’s journey to distinguish honesty from artifice and lay claim to her own life.

Patricia Engel's debut, Vida, was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Fiction Award, Young Lions Fiction Award, winner of a Florida Book Award and Independent Publisher Book Award, and named a Best Book of the Year by NPR, Barnes & Noble, and L.A. Weekly. Her award-winning fiction has appeared in A Public Space, The Atlantic, Boston Review, Guernica, Harvard Review, and elsewhere. Born to Colombian parents and raised in New Jersey, she is a graduate of New York University and earned her MFA at Florida International University.

 

Start: 09/15/2013 4:00 pm

Priority seating with purchase of the book from Book Passage 

Junot Díaz reads from This Is How You Lose Her ($16.00). From the National Book Critics Circle Award and Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao comes a collection of stories, by turns hilarious and devastating, raucous and tender, which lay bare the infinite longing and inevitable weaknesses of our all-too-human hearts.


Junot Díaz is the author of Drown and The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Pulitzer Prize and was named Time's #1 Fiction Book of 2007. He is the recipient of a PEN/Malamud Award and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize.  Born in Santo Domingo, Díaz is a professor at MIT.

 

 

 

 

 

Start: 09/15/2013 7:00 pm

My Madonna: My Intimate Friendship with the Blue Eyed Girl on her Arrival in New York ($10.99) is an intimate memoir by Norris W. Burroughs. The memoir centers on the Material Girl herself. Mr. Burroughs had the distinct pleasure of dating the superstar just before her dizzying rise to fame. She was a bright-eyed nineteen-year-old dancer, a recent arrival to New York City, hungry for stardom but unsure of how she would get there. He was an aspiring rocker, spending his nights performing at CBGB,s and his days making t-shirts in the Garment District.

There was something different about her, a yearning, a sense of forward propulsion. He knew he would not be able to hold on to her for long. It was Norris who initiated Madonna into his world of rock & roll, Norris who introduced her to her future band mates. In his revealing memoir, Norris attempts to reconcile the young woman he knew and loved with the pop icon she has become. The book is a meditation on the slippery nature of fame, set against the backdrop of the grungy 80s music scene. Many books have been written on Madonna, but few have such an intimate, personal perspective and focus on this crucial time in her artistic development.

Norris W. Burroughs is a writer and illustrator who was born in Harlem, New York. Burroughs dated Madonna in the fall of 1978, when she had recently arrived in New York from Michigan, several years prior to her amazing success. Madonna’s biographers have interviewed Burroughs, and his quotes appear in most accounts of her life, but he has never told his story in his own words. Burroughs feels that it is vital to place Madonna’s ascent in the context of the contemporary New York scene. Burroughs is the author and artist of Voodoo Macbeth, a graphic novel depicting the events surrounding a 1936 performance of the Shakespeare play that impresario Orson Welles staged and directed. Burroughs' father was an actor in that production, playing the part of Hecate, a role that Welles changed to that of a male demonic force. Burroughs lives with his wife and son in Mill Valley, California.

 

Monday September 16, 2013
Start: 09/16/2013 10:00 am

Kids will giggle as they count all the animals that have frightened the monkeys off the pages in Count the Monkeys ($16.99). Full of fun reader interactions, it'll keep readers guessing until the very last page! Matching Mac Barnett's brilliant wit with Kevin Cornell's luminous illustrations, young readers will be begging to count the monkeys all over again!

Mac Barnett is one man who has written thirteen books, including Billy Twitters and His Blue Whale Problem, Mustache!, Chloe and the Lion and the New York Times best-selling, Boston Globe Horn Book Award-winning Extra Yarn. He also writes the Brixton Brothers series of mysteries. Mac lives in the eighth largest city of thirty-first state, which is Oakland, California. Visit him a million times at www.macbarnett.com.

 

Start: 09/16/2013 1:00 pm
End: 09/16/2013 3:00 pm

5 Mon.: Sept. 16, Oct. 14, Nov. 18, Dec. 9, & Jan. 13 • 1:00-3:00pm • $105

 

 

Carol Benet received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literatyre from University of California, Berkeley. She currently teaches book discussion groups in San Francisco and Marin and is an art, opera, ballet, and drama critic for The Ark Newspaper and ARTSSF.com. 

Reading List:

September:  The Orphan Master's Son, Adam Johnson ($15.00) - Pulitzer Prize

OctoberSilent House, Orhan Pamuk ($15.00) - Nobel Prize

NovemberTroubling Love, Elena Ferrante ($14.95) - Morante Prize

DecemberBuddha in the Attic, Julie Otsuka ($13.95) - Pen/Faulkner Award

JanuaryMontano's Malady, Enrique Vila-Matas ($14.95) - Prix Medicis Etranger)

Start: 09/16/2013 5:30 pm

It’s Middle Grade Mania at Book Passage! Jasper Fforde presents Song of the Quarkbeast ($16.99), the long-awaited sequel to The Last Dragonslayer, in which the wizards of Kazam are in deep trouble. Catherine Jinks teaches us How to Catch a Bogle ($16.99), which might stop them from eating the children of London. Catherine Murdock brings us Heaven is Paved with Oreos ($16.99), in which the magic of Rome entwines with the wonder of first love. Don’t miss these three fantastic authors!

 

Start: 09/16/2013 6:00 pm

Brilliant, haunting, breathtakingly suspenseful, Night Film ($28.00) is a superb literary thriller by Marisha Pessl, the New York Times bestselling author of the blockbuster debut Special Topics in Calamity Physics.
 
On a damp October night, beautiful young Ashley Cordova is found dead in an abandoned warehouse in lower Manhattan. Though her death is ruled a suicide, veteran investigative journalist Scott McGrath suspects otherwise. As he probes the strange circumstances surrounding Ashley’s life and death, McGrath comes face-to-face with the legacy of her father: the legendary, reclusive cult-horror-film director Stanislas Cordova—a man who hasn’t been seen in public for more than thirty years.
 
For McGrath, another death connected to this seemingly cursed family dynasty seems more than just a coincidence. Though much has been written about Cordova’s dark and unsettling films, very little is known about the man himself.
Driven by revenge, curiosity, and a need for the truth, McGrath, with the aid of two strangers, is drawn deeper and deeper into Cordova’s eerie, hypnotic world. The last time he got close to exposing the director, McGrath lost his marriage and his career. This time he might lose even more.

Marisha Pessl’s bestselling debut novel, Special Topics in Calamity Physics, won the John Sargent Sr. First Novel Prize (now the Center for Fiction’s Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize), and was selected as one of the 10 Best Books of the Year by the New York Times Book Review. Pessl grew up in Asheville, North Carolina, and currently resides in New York City.

 

 

Start: 09/16/2013 7:00 pm
End: 09/16/2013 9:00 pm

5 Mon.: Sept. 16, Oct. 14, Nov. 18, Dec. 9, & Jan. 13 • 7:00-9:00pm • $105

 

 

Carol Benet received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from University of California, Berkeley. She currently teaches book discussion groups in San Francisco and Marin and is an art, opera, ballet, and drama critic for The Ark Newspaper and ARTSSF.com.

Reading List:

SeptemberThe Orphan Master's Son, Adam Johnson ($15.00) - Pulitzer Prize

OctoberSilent House, Orhan Pamuk ($15.00) - Nobel Prize

NovemberTroubling Love, Elena Ferrante ($14.95) - Morante Prize

DecemberBuddha in the Attic, Julie Otsuka ($13.95) - Pen/Faulkner Award

JanuaryMontano's Malady, Enrique Vila-Matas ($14.95) - Prix Medicis Etranger

Start: 09/16/2013 7:00 pm

From Thomas Keneally, the acclaimed author of Schindler’s List, the epic, unforgettable story of two sisters from Australia, both trained nurses, whose lives are transformed by the cataclysm of the first World War.

At once vast in scope and extraordinarily intimate, The Daughters of Mars ($26.00), brings World War I to vivid, concrete life from an unusual perspective. A searing and profoundly moving tale, it pays tribute to men and women of extraordinary moral resilience, even in the face of the incomprehensible horrors of modern war.

Thomas Keneally began his writing career in 1964 and has published twenty-five novels since. They include Schindler’s List, which won the Booker Prize in 1982, The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith, Confederates, and Gossip from the Forest, all of which were shortlisted for the Booker Prize. He has also written several works of nonfiction, including his boyhood memoir Homebush Boy, The Commonwealth of Thieves, and Searching for Schindler. He is married with two daughters and lives in Sydney, Australia.

 

Tuesday September 17, 2013
Start: 09/17/2013 6:00 pm

In the sixth installment of Spencer Quinn's brilliant New York Times bestselling mystery series, canine narrator Chet and his human partner P.I. Bernie Little are handed a hard case in the Big Easy.

With top-notch suspense, humor, and genuine insight into the ways our canine companions think and behave -- all set against a rollicking new Louisiana backdrop -- The Sound and the Furry ($25.00) will make you howl in delight.

Spencer Quinn is the author of five previous Chet and Bernie mystery novels: Dog on It, Thereby Hangs a Tail, To Fetch a Thief, The Dog Who Knew Too Much, and A Fistful of Collars. He lives on Cape Cod with his dogs Audrey and Pearl. When not keeping them out of mischief, he is hard at work on the next Chet and Bernie mystery.

Dr. Jennifer Emmert of the San Francisco SPCA will be introducing Spencer Quinn. Book Passage will be donating 10% of the profits for the event's sales of Quinn's book to the SF SPCA.

Start: 09/17/2013 7:00 pm

In The Devil's Interval ($15.00), Maggie Fiori uses her powers as a journalist to dig into the world of San Francisco's elite after a limo driver is convicted of murdering a socialite. Between managing her sons' soccer practices, saving her damaged marriage, and handling her maddening staff, Maggie fights to prove that the "Limousine Lothario" was guilty of no more than loving his mother.

Linda Lee Peterson is the author of Edited to Death, which introduced readers to San Francisco sleuth and magazine editor Maggie Fiori. A well-known marketing expert, Peterson has also written several nonfiction books and contributed to such publications as the Chicago Tribune.

 

Wednesday September 18, 2013
Start: 09/18/2013 1:00 pm
End: 09/18/2013 3:00 pm

8 Wednesdays • Sept. 18 - Nov. 6 • 1:00-3:00pm • $250

 

 

 

This class is for beginners and those who have previously had some exposure to German. 

Hamid Emami has a Masters from the University of Hamburg, and he is fluent in German, English, French, Spanish, and Farsi. He has taught German for many years.

 

 

 

Start: 09/18/2013 1:00 pm

As a child, Amanda Lindhout escaped a violent household by paging through issues of National Geographic and imagining herself in its exotic locales. Aspiring to understand the world and live a significant life, she backpacked through Latin America, Laos, Bangladesh, and India, and emboldened by each adventure, went on to Sudan, Syria, and Pakistan. In war-ridden Afghanistan and Iraq she carved out a fledgling career as a television reporter. And then, in August 2008, she traveled to Somalia—“the most dangerous place on earth.” On her fourth day, she was abducted by a group of masked men along a dusty road.

Held hostage for 460 days, Amanda converts to Islam as a survival tactic, receives “wife lessons” from one of her captors, and risks a daring escape. Moved between a series of abandoned houses in the desert, she survives on memory—every lush detail of the world she experienced in her life before captivity—and on strategy, fortitude, and hope.

Vivid and suspenseful, as artfully written as the finest novel, A House in the Sky ($26.00) is the searingly intimate story of an intrepid young woman and her search for compassion in the face of unimaginable adversity.

Amanda Lindhout is the founder of the Global Enrichment Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports development, aid, and education initiatives in Somalia and Kenya.

 

Start: 09/18/2013 6:00 pm

Antoine Laurain's prize-winning French bestseller is a charming fable about the power of a hat that takes the reader on a roller-coaster ride through French life during the Mitterrand years.

Shot through with a delicious, wicked sense of humor, The President's Hat ($14.95) is a vivid re-creation of the everyday life of an era.

Antoine Laurain was born in Paris. He is a writer, collector, and director of several short films.

 

Start: 09/18/2013 6:00 pm
End: 09/18/2013 8:00 pm
Wed., Sept. 18 • 6:00-8:00 pm • $25
 
 
 
 
Get historical background about the popular Adriatic coast and other historical gems of this region.
 
 
Start: 09/18/2013 7:00 pm

Harold and Lucille Hargrave's lives have been both joyful and sorrowful in the decades since their only son, Jacob, died tragically at his eighth birthday party in 1966. In their old age they've settled comfortably into life without him, their wounds tempered through the grace of time…. Until one day Jacob mysteriously appears on their doorstep—flesh and blood, their sweet, precocious child, still eight years old.

With spare, elegant prose and searing emotional depth, award-winning poet Jason Mott explores timeless questions of faith and morality, love and responsibility. A spellbinding and stunning debut, The Returned ($24.95) is an unforgettable story that marks the arrival of an important new voice in contemporary fiction.

Jason Mott holds a BA in fiction and an MFA in poetry and is the author of two poetry collections. His writing has appeared in numerous literary journals, and he was nominated for the 2009 Pushcart Prize. Jason lives in North Carolina.

 

Thursday September 19, 2013
Start: 09/19/2013 7:00 pm

The Mystic Boxing Commission presents Sparring With Beatnik Ghosts, Round 52. The Spar will be led by M.C. Gerald Nicosia and feature three generations of the Beat Generation. Incredible Bay Area spoken word talents performing include 1st generation Beat Joanna McClure; 2nd generation Beats Latif Harris and Nicosia; third generation Beats Michelle Tea and Ali Liebegott. Read more at www.sparringwithbeatnikghosts.com.

Ali Liebegott is an award-winning American author, poet, and teacher. She has taught creative writing at University of California, San Diego and Mills College. She currently lives in San Francisco. Liebegott is a recipient of a Poetry Fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts. As of 2013 she has written three books: The Beautifully Worthless; The IHOP Papers; and Cha-Ching.

Daniel Yaryan is founder of the Sparring With Beatnik Ghosts multi-media poetry super-series .  He is a poet, writer, graphic designer and event producer. He resurrected Poetry Festival Santa Cruz in 2012, created the Lawrence Ferlinghetti Day celebration in 2011 and is regarded by Los Angeles poet Wanda Coleman as "one of the new generation of poetry mavens."

Gerold Nicosia is a biographer, historian, playwright, novelist and poet, whose work has been closely associated with the Beat Movement as well as the 1960’s. He came to prominence with the publication of Memory Babe: A Critical Biography of Jack Kerouac in 1983, a book that earned him the Distinguished Young Writer Award from the National Society of Arts and Letters. Nicosia has taught Beat literature, the Sixties, and the Vietnam War around the world.

Joanna McClure's poems reveal the story of a central woman writer of the San Francisco Beat generation counterculture. Married to Beat poet Michael McClure soon after she arrived in San Francisco in 1954, Joanna McClure became a significant figure in the Beat poetry scene. In the late 1950s she began publishing her work in literary journals and chapbooks, and her first book of poems, Wolf Eyes, was published in 1974. 

Latif Harris has contributed to the San Francisco/North Beach literary scene since 1959. In addition to his publications of poetry, articles, reviews and various anthologies. Harris has published 11 books of poetry, including A Bodhisattva’s Busted Truth.

Michelle Tea grew up in Chelsea, Massachusetts. Influenced by poet Eileen Myles and photographer Nan Goldin, Tea writes narrative poetry and prose that explore issues of class, queer identity, feminism, and autobiography. Her numerous books include the poetry collection The Beautiful: Collected Poems (2003), the novels Valencia (2000) and Rose of No Man’s Land (2006), and memoirs Rent Girl (2004, illustrated by Lauren McCubbin), The Chelsea Whistle (2002), and The Passionate Mistakes and Intricate Corruption of One Girl in America (1998). Tea has won a Lambda Literary Award and was Zale Writerin-Residence at Tulane University. She founded the literary nonprofit RADAR Productions and, with Sini Anderson, the spoken word tour Sister Spit. In 2012 Tea partnered with City Lights Publishers to form the Sister Spit imprint.

Start: 09/19/2013 7:00 pm

Into the Wild meets Helter Skelter in this riveting true story of a modern-day homesteading family in the deepest reaches of the Alaskan wilderness – and of the chilling secrets of its maniacal, spellbinding patriarch.

In Pilgrim’s Wilderness ($25.00), veteran Alaska journalist Tom Kizzia unfolds the remarkable, at times harrowing, story of a charismatic spinner of American myths who was not what he seemed, the townspeople caught in his thrall, and the family he brought to the brink of ruin.

Tom Kizzia has traveled widely in rural Alaska for the Anchorage Daily News, and his work has appeared in the Washington Post and been featured on CNN.  His first book, The Wake of the Unseen Object, was named one of the best all-time nonfiction books about Alaska by the state’s historical society.  He lives in Homer, Alaska.

 

Friday September 20, 2013
Start: 09/20/2013 10:00 am
End: 09/20/2013 1:00 pm

Fri., Sept. 20 • 10:00-1:00pm • $60

 

 

As a writer, your first step to market your book is to talk to "everyone."  You never know who the listener might be: an agent, publisher, bookseller, future reader.  They ask about your book, you respond "Uh, well, it's about so many things...."  Stop!  You've already blown it!

Acheson shares what works, what doesn't -- and why.  The pre-class assignment is to write that 30-second pitch, practice it out loud -- many times -- and memorize it so it sounds like conversation.  (Instructions provided upon registration.)

Learn the tools to create a well-honed, ever-useful, selling description.  You'll leave the workshop with some essential sentences that can be expanded after you've won the audience's attention.

Alice Acheson, a Marketing Specialist and Publishing Consultant with decades of experience, works with authors, illustrators and photographers plus large and small publishers.  She has edited books, negotiated contracts, and sold subsidiary rights. Her publicity work has been recognized with many New York Times bestsellers (four simultaneously) and a Literary Market Place Outside Services Award for Advertising, Promotion, and Publicity. Her knowledge and handouts are the key to your publishing success.
 
Start: 09/20/2013 1:00 pm

Sudhir Venkatesh, acclaimed sociologist at Columbia University and author of Gang Leader for a Day, returns to the streets to connect the dots of New York’s divergent economic worlds and crack the code of the city’s underground economy. Based on Venkatesh’s interviews with prostitutes and socialites, immigrants and academics, high end drug bosses and street-level dealers, Floating City: A Rogue Sociologist Lost and Found in New York's Underground Economy ($27.95) exposes the underground as the city’s true engine of social transformation and economic prosperity—revealing a wholly unprecedented vision of New York.

Sudhir Venkatesh is the William B. Ransford Professor of Sociology and a member of the Committee on Global Thought at Columbia University. His most recent book is Gang Leader for a Day, a New York Times bestseller that received a best book of the year award from The Economist. Venkatesh’s writings have appeared in the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, and the Washington Post. He lives in New York City.

 

Start: 09/20/2013 2:00 pm
End: 09/20/2013 5:00 pm

Fri., Sept. 20 • 2:00-5:00pm • $60

 

 

What is POD?  How does it differ from self-publishing?  Will either be easier, faster, better than the route to a traditional publisher?

All authors need to investigate the most appropriate method of publication before finishing your book.  You owe it to yourself -- and your pocketbook -- to learn the advantages and pitfalls of each type.  No method is appropriate for all books and all authors.

For some methods the services provided are quite different, and the author might pay all the expenses.  Is it important that your book be eligible for review and sold in bookstores?  In the final analysis, will you earn more money with one procedure over the others?  The instructor has worked with all three publishing choices and will guide you in making this crucial decision.

Alice Acheson, a Marketing Specialist and Publishing Consultant with decades of experience, works with authors, illustrators and photographers plus large and small publishers.  She has edited books, negotiated contracts, and sold subsidiary rights. Her publicity work has been recognized with many New York Times bestsellers (four simultaneously) and a Literary Market Place Outside Services Award for Advertising, Promotion, and Publicity. Her knowledge and handouts are the key to your publishing success.

Start: 09/20/2013 7:00 pm

The Cairo Codex ($15.95) is a riveting novel of two women, two millennia apart, set in the exotic cultures of ancient and present-day Egypt. Dr. Justine Jenner has come to Cairo to forge her own path from the legacies of her parents, an Egyptian beauty and an American archaeologist. After an earthquake nearly buries her alive in an underground crypt, she discovers an ancient codex, written by a woman whose secrets threaten the foundations of both Christian and Muslim beliefs. As political instability rocks the region and the Muslim Brotherhood threatens to steal the Egyptian Revolution, Justine is thrust into a world where even those she trusts may betray her in order to control the codex's revelations.

Linda Lambert, Ed.D. is Professor Emeritus from California State University, East Bay, and a full-time author of novels and texts on leadership. Linda is the author of dozens of articles and lead author of The Constructivist Leader, Who Will Save Our Schools, and Women's Ways of Leading; she is the author of Building Leadership Capacity in Schools and Leadership Capacity for Lasting School Improvement.

 

Saturday September 21, 2013
Start: 09/21/2013 10:00 am
End: 09/21/2013 5:00 pm

Sat., Sept. 21 • 10:00-5:00pm • $150

 

 

The first draft has been written, you've probably decided on the method of publishing your book, but how are you going to market and sell it?  The publishing industry has made a quantum shift.  How do you allot time, energy, and money to the marketing tasks and demands of the publishing world -- without neglecting your writing?  Learn to choose "something old, something new, something borrowed, something ...." true (to your book). 

Pre-class assignment: Write a "sell sheet: based on instructions received upon registration.  It can later be used for reviewers, interviewers, bookstores, and distribution suppliers.

Alice Acheson, a Marketing Specialist and Publishing Consultant with decades of experience, works with authors, illustrators and photographers plus large and small publishers.  She has edited books, negotiated contracts, and sold subsidiary rights. Her publicity work has been recognized with many New York Times bestsellers (four simultaneously) and a Literary Market Place Outside Services Award for Advertising, Promotion, and Publicity. Her knowledge and handouts are the key to your publishing success.

Start: 09/21/2013 1:00 pm

Like much of our culture’s pop psychology quick fixes, Dr. Phil’s counsel often leaves his guests – and others like them – feeling confused and inadequate.

In his new book Talking Back to Dr. Phil ($17.95), counselor, educator and attorney David Bedrick introduces a fresh approach to addressing our disturbing feelings and behaviors, and encourages a loved-based psychology rooted in the belief that there is profound meaning in our struggles, which can be healed when compassionately reframed.

Using examples from the television show Dr. Phil, the author illustrates mainstream psychology’s tendency to shame people into thinking something is wrong with them and debunks many standard protocols and “fixes.” Readers will easily identify with the guests as story after story presents how our difficulties can be the seeds of our own unique beauty, power, and intelligence.

David Bedrick JD, Dipl. PW, spent eight years on the faculty of the University of Phoenix and taught courses for the US Navy, 3M, the American Society of Training and Development, the Process Work Institute, and psychological associations. An expert in counseling individuals and couples, Bedrick focused on domestic relations and family law, as well as women’s empowerment, children’s rights and more.

 

Start: 09/21/2013 4:00 pm

Following widespread praise for Volume 1 (Hips, Twists and Forward Bends), comes Extra Love: the Art of Hands-on Assists ($35.00). In this new book, bi-coastal yoga teacher and author Jill Abelson taps into the cultural phenomenon that is yoga,  crafting an accessible and richly illustrated resource. The power of touch – our first sense developed by birth – is now gaining more attention in the yoga community. Drawing from multiple yoga styles, the book illustrates alignment tips essential for today’s popular poses, and shows how confident and compassionate hands-on support can help us practice smarter, safer, and more sustainably. The book’s insightful detail, technical nuances, and humor will appeal to yoga enthusiasts and professional teachers, alike.

The event at Book Passage is preceded by a workshop on Sept. 21 (1:00pm) at Yoga Tree, Corte Madera. For more information about Jill's workshop, visit here.


Recognized by Yoga Journal as one of the "Five Yogis Changing the World," Jill Abelson is a popular instructor, teacher trainer and workshop presenter renowned for her keen eye and unique power of touch. Her uncanny sense of the human body draws from a lifetime of classical dance, athletics and multidisciplinary yoga studies. Jill's 13 years of teaching spans both coasts, as well as training and workshops around the country, most recently in Washington DC, Palm Springs CA, Chapel Hill NC, New York City, and the SF Bay Area. She's on the training faculty at Yoga Tree in San Francisco and Flow Yoga Center of Washington,D.C.

 

 

Start: 09/21/2013 7:00 pm

Murder, marijuana, and mystery in the hippie Haight-Ashbury -- and in contemporary San Francisco. Michael Castleman’s fourth Ed Rosenberg mystery, Killer Weed ($14.95), is a fast-paced magical mystery tour through a marriage under duress, forty years of pot dealing in America, and two murders, one contemporary, the other a cold case from 1968.

Michael Castleman is an award-winning medical journalist, and the author of twelve consumer health and sexuality books. He has published three previous Ed Rosenberg novels: The Lost Gold of San Francisco, Death Caps, and A Killing in Real Estate.

 

Sunday September 22, 2013
Start: 09/22/2013 10:00 am
End: 09/22/2013 1:00 pm

Sun., Sept. 22 • 10:00-1:00pm • $60

 

 

Yes, you know local venues for your book, but how do you expand that market?  OR you have launched a book in another genre; now how can you build on that experience when the market for the current book is entirely different?  We will help you search out the marketing possibilities in your region/genre to grow the audience in which you have expertise and experience.

Additionally, learn how to find "staff" to assist you.  Both fiction and nonfiction titles can use these real tools and great methods.  Handouts provide additional marketing ideas.

Alice Acheson, a Marketing Specialist and Publishing Consultant with decades of experience, works with authors, illustrators and photographers plus large and small publishers.  She has edited books, negotiated contracts, and sold subsidiary rights. Her publicity work has been recognized with many New York Times bestsellers (four simultaneously) and a Literary Market Place Outside Services Award for Advertising, Promotion, and Publicity. Her knowledge and handouts are the key to your publishing success.


Start: 09/22/2013 11:30 am

Osher Marin JCC
FREE – no registration necessary.

 

 

 

 

Meet the chefs, hear about the benefits of eating gluten-free, and taste samples from their cookbook, Nosh on This: Gluten-Free Baking from a Jewish-American Kitchen ($19.95), at the JCC’s Sukkot Harvest Festival – a free event open to everyone in the community. Includes tons of activities for all ages to learn about the holiday of Sukkot, how you can help to shelter our community’s homeless, and how to live, eat and dwell more sustainably. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Start: 09/22/2013 12:00 pm
End: 09/22/2013 4:00 pm

The Spanish Table - Paella Patio Party!

Tickets: $10

 

 

Join the owners of Mill Valley’s The Spanish Table and Book Passage as we host our first ever Paella Patio Party.  Enjoy live cooking demos, samples of traditional Spanish cuisine, wine, or just come and relax. This is one food event you won’t want to miss! $10 per person.

 

 

 

 

Start: 09/22/2013 1:00 pm
End: 09/22/2013 5:00 pm

Come Revel in Writing
  • Talk technique with fellow writers
  •  Connect with a critique group
  •  Play literary ice breakers
  •  Chat with book coaches, freelance editors,
  • agents, and other Marin writers
  •  Enjoy refreshments, wine, and live music

Keynote Speaker: Constance Hale!

Pitch an Agent or a Publisher!
Pooja Menon, Carlisle Webber, Peter Beren, Little Pickle Press, and New World Library will hear pitches (signup when you arrive!)

Readings throughout!

Authors:
Sheldon Siegel
Molly Giles
Peg Alford Pursell
Tanya Egan Gibson

Club members:
Susanna Solomon
Susan Keller
Pat Morin
Joan Steidinger.

California Writers Club Members: $25, Non-Members: $30

A nonprofit 501c3 educational corporation, California Writers Club–Marin sponsors events that are open to the public. Learn more at http://www.cwcmarinwriters.com.

 

 

Start: 09/22/2013 4:00 pm

Bert Botta has written a memoir for anyone who's ever wanted to know what goes on behind the cockpit door and in the heart and soul of the pilot in command of your life.

Fast Lane to Faith ($12.95) is Botta's story, spanning his teenage years building and racing hot rods in San Francisco to his career as a commercial pilot for TWA, one of the premiere airlines in the world. Over the twenty-six years of his airline career, there would be 4 marriages, a spiritual breakthrough of major proportions, and travel to exotic lands. Bert’s story is one of hope, inspiration and the value of persistence; it’s also a story for men and women who want to learn the transformative power of truth, vulnerability, and openheartedness.
 


 

Start: 09/22/2013 7:00 pm

In his candid and moving memoir, Lost Decency: The Untold Afghan Story ($18.95), author Atta Arghandiwal tells of his own as well as the people of Afghanistan’s turbulent journey to escape their war-torn country.  Spanning a history of more than fifty years, Arghandiwal shares his personal story of growing up in a large Afghan family, the son of a prominent military officer, and eventually having to leave with the invasion of the Soviet Union, becoming a refugee in Germany before creating a life in the United States.

Atta Arghandiwal was born in Afghanistan but has spent over half his life in the West. He left Afghanistan eight months after the Russian invasion, in August of 1980, and became a refugee in Germany before immigrating to the United States where he built a successful banking career of twenty-eight years. Arghandiwal wrote his story to increase awareness about his country’s political upheaval and the innocent people who have been caught in the chaos. Arghandiwal is married and lives with his wife and two children in Northern California.

 



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