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Start: 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.

 

12
Start: 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: 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.

 

13
Start: 6:00 pm
End: 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: 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.

 

14
Start: 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: 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: 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.

 

15
Start: 6:00 pm
End: 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: 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: 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.

 

16
Start: 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. 

 

17
Start: 10:00 am
End: 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: 1:00 pm
End: 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: 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: 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.

 



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