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Start: 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.


Start: 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.


Start: 3:00 pm
End: 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: 3:30 pm
End: 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." 

Start: 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.


Start: 6:00 pm
End: 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: 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: 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.


Start: 9:30 am
End: 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: 1:00 pm
End: 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: 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.


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