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Start: 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.”

 

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Start: 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: 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/.

 

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Start: 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.

 

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Start: 9:00 am
End: 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: 9:00 am
End: 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: 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: 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.

 

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Start: 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.

 

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Start: 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

 

 

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Start: 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.

 



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