Start: 10:00 am
End: 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: 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?
Start: 12:00 pm
The ticket price of $55 includes lunch and a signed book
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: 7:00 pm
Start: 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.
Start: 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.
Start: 6:00 pm
3 Minute Reads from San Francisco Grotto Writers
Start: 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.
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.