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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

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.

 

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/.

 

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

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 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 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
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 6:00 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 6:30 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

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.

 

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.  

 

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

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.

 

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

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
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 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 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

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.

 

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.

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.

 

Monday September 23, 2013
Start: 09/23/2013 6:30 pm
End: 09/23/2013 8:00 pm

Mon., Sep. 23 • 6:30-8:00 pm • $25/parents, $15/students

 

 

Are you wondering when and how to get started? Leslie will offer proven methods on how keep organized and meet deadlines. You will receive a list of helpful books and websites.

Leslie Goldgehn Ph.D.has been an Independent College Counselor for over 15 years, and has assisted many students and families through the college application process.

Start: 09/23/2013 7:00 pm

Cool, Gray City of Love: 49 Views of San Francisco ($27.00) brings together an exuberant combination of personal insight, deeply researched history, in-depth reporting, and lyrical prose to create an unparalleled portrait of San Francisco. Each of its 49 chapters explores a specific site or intersection in the city, from the mighty Golden Gate Bridge to the raunchy Tenderloin to the soaring sea cliffs at Land's End.

This ambitious, eclectic, and beautifully written book draws on everything from on-the-ground reporting to obscure academic papers to the author's 40-year life in San Francisco to create a rich and insightful portrait of a magical corner of the world. Complete with hand-drawn maps of the 49 locations, this handsome package will sit comfortably on the short shelf of enduring books about places, alongside E. B. White's Here is New York, Jose Saramago's Journey to Portugal, or Alfred Kazin's A Walker in the City.

Gary Kamiya was born in Oakland in 1953 and grew up in Berkeley. After dropping out of Yale, he earned his BA and MA in English lit from UC Berkeley, where he won the Mark Schorer Citation. He drove a taxi in San Francisco for 7 years while completing college and working as a freelance writer. After co-founding a short-lived city magazine called Frisko, he got his first real job at the age of 37 as an editor of the San Francisco Examiner's Sunday magazine, Image. After five years at the Examiner, where he was a culture critic and book editor, he left to co-found the groundbreaking website Salon.com, where he was executive editor for 12 years. He is currently a columnist for Salon. His first book, Shadow Knights: The Secret War Against Hitler, was a critically-acclaimed history. He is married to the novelist Kate Moses. They have two children.

 

Tuesday September 24, 2013
Start: 09/24/2013 6:00 pm

The burgeoning range of people now turning their urban backyards into homesteads is wide and varied, from families with young children, to immigrants recapturing their original culture, to idealistic twenty-somethings seeking community. Many of these farmers have a special lesson or inspiration to share with those who aspire to, or simply appreciate, the urban farm lifestyle.

Backyard Roots: Lessons on Living Local from 35 Urban Farmers ($21.95) is a unique project by California-based photographer Lori Eanes that evocatively and intimately explores the lives of 35 urban farmers in Northern California, Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia.

 

Start: 09/24/2013 7:00 pm

Beyond images of emaciated polar bears and drought-cracked lakes, there remains a major part of climate change’s impact that the media has neglected: how our health will suffer from higher temperatures and extreme weather. From spiraling rates of asthma and allergies and spikes in heatstroke-related deaths to swarms of invasive insects carrying diseases like dengue or West Nile and increases in heart and lung disease and cancer, the effect of rising temperatures on human health will be far-reaching, and is more imminent than we think.

Award-winning journalist Linda Marsa blends compelling narrative with cutting-edge science to explore the changes in Earth’s increasingly fragile support system and provide a blueprint—a “medical Manhattan Project”—detailing what we need to do to protect ourselves from this imminent medical meltdown. In the tradition of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, Fevered: Why a Hotter Planet Will Hurt Our Health -- and How We Can Save Ourselves ($25.99) sounds the alarm on a subject that has largely been ignored by governments and policy makers, and persuasively argues why preparedness for the health effects of climate change is the most critical issue affecting our survival in the coming century.

Linda Marsa is an investigative journalist and contributing editor at Discover who has covered medicine, health and science for more than two decades. A former Los Angeles Times reporter and author of Prescription for Profits: How the Pharmaceutical Industry Bankrolled the Unholy Marriage Between Science and Industry, her work was selected for the anthology The Best American Science Writing, 2012. She lives in Los Angeles.

 

Wednesday September 25, 2013
Start: 09/25/2013 6:00 pm
End: 09/25/2013 8:00 pm

Wed., Sept. 25 • 6:00-8:00pm • $25

 

 

Franjetic shares Vietnam's tumultuous history, colonial charm, vibrant colors, and inspiring Mekong Delta.  

Start: 09/25/2013 6:00 pm

Can we reclaim our lives in an age that feels busier and more distracting by the day?

We've all found ourselves checking email at the dinner table, holding our breath while waiting for Outlook to load, or sitting hunched in front of a screen for an hour longer than we intended. Mobile devices and the web have invaded our lives, and this is a big idea book that addresses one of the biggest questions of our age: can we stay connected without diminishing our intelligence, attention spans, and ability to really live? Can we have it all?

Alex Soojung-Kim Pang, a renowned Stanford technology guru, says yes. The Distraction Addiction ($27.99) is packed with fascinating studies, compelling research, and crucial takeaways. Whether it's breathing while Facebook refreshes, or finding creative ways to take a few hours away from the digital crush, this book is about the ways to tune in without tuning out.

Alex Soojung-Kim Pang has spent the past twenty years studying people, technology, and the worlds they make. A professional futurist with a PhD in the history of science, Pang is a former Microsoft Research fellow, a visiting scholar at Stanford and Oxford universities, and a senior consultant at Strategic Business Insights, a Silicon Valley-based think tank. Pang's writings have appeared in Scientific American, American Scientist, and the Los Angeles Times Book Review, as well as in many academic publications.

 

Start: 09/25/2013 7:00 pm

Angelico Hall, Dominican University
Priority seating with purchase of Oil and Honey from Book Passage

Bill McKibben is not a person you'd expect to find handcuffed and behind bars, but that's where he found himself in the summer of 2011 after leading the largest civil disobedience in thirty years, protesting the Keystone XL pipeline in front of the White House.

With the Arctic melting, the Midwest in drought, and Irene scouring the Atlantic, McKibben recognized that action was needed if solutions were to be found. Some of those would come at the local level, where McKibben joins forces with a Vermont beekeeper raising his hives as part of the growing trend toward local food. Other solutions would come from a much larger fight against the fossil-fuel industry as a whole.

Oil and Honey is McKibben’s account of these two necessary and mutually reinforcing sides of the global climate fight—from the center of the maelstrom and from the growing hive of small-scale local answers. With empathy and passion he makes the case for a renewed commitment on both levels, telling the story of raising one year’s honey crop and building a social movement that’s still cresting.

Bill McKibben is the author of more than a dozen books, including The End of Nature, Eaarth, and Deep Economy. He is the founder of the environmental organization 350.org and was among the first to warn of the dangers of global warming. He is the Schumann Distinguished Scholar at Middlebury College, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the 2013 winner of the Gandhi Prize. He lives in Vermont. 

 

Private Ocean Wealth Management is the Diamond Lead Sponsor of the Leadership Lecture Series of Dominican and Book Passage.

 

Thursday September 26, 2013
Start: 09/26/2013 9:00 am
End: 09/26/2013 11:00 am

8 Thurs., Sept. 26-Nov. 21 • 9:00-11:00am • $250

 

 

Students will use newspaper articles, novels, and a variety of engaging activities to help them master the Italian language. Wendy Walsh has a Ph.D. in Italian Literature from UCB. She has been teaching Italian language, literature, and cooking since 1979, and leads a yearly Language Study Tour Program to Italy. Buy a panino in the cafe and join Wendy before or after your class for informal Italian conversation.  

Start: 09/26/2013 6:00 pm

May 1564: When a samurai is brutally murdered in a Kyoto teahouse, master ninja Hiro has no desire to get involved. But the beautiful entertainer accused of the crime enlists the help of Father Mateo, the Portuguese Jesuit Hiro is sworn to protect, leaving the master shinobi with just three days to find the killer in order to save the girl and the priest from execution.

The investigation plunges Hiro and Father Mateo into the dangerous waters of Kyoto’s floating world, where they learn that everyone from the elusive teahouse owner to the dead man’s dishonored brother has a motive to keep the samurai’s death a mystery. A rare murder weapon favored by ninja assassins, a female samurai warrior, and a hidden affair leave Hiro with too many suspects and far too little time. Worse, the ninja’s investigation uncovers a host of secrets that threaten not only Father Mateo and the teahouse, but the very future of Japan.

Debut author Susan Spann delivers a riveting mystery filled with rich period detail and a fine sense of Japanese culture. Claws of the Cat ($24.99) boasts a detective like no other and a world never seen before in crime fiction.

Susan Spann is a transactional attorney and former law school professor whose practice focuses on publishing law and business. She has a deep interest in Asian culture and has studied Mandarin and Japanese. Her hobbies include Asian cooking, fencing, knife and shuriken throwing, traditional archery, martial arts, rock climbing, and horseback riding. She keeps a marine aquarium where she raises seahorses and rare corals. She lives in northern California with her family.

 

Start: 09/26/2013 7:00 pm

At the center of Dissident Gardens ($27.95), Jonathan Lethem’s superb new novel stand two extraordinary women. Rose Zimmer, the aptly nicknamed Red Queen of Sunnyside, Queens, is an unreconstructed Communist and mercurial tyrant who terrorizes her neighborhood and her family with the ferocity of her personality and the absolutism of her beliefs. Her brilliant and willful daughter, Miriam, is equally passionate in her activism, but flees Rose’s suffocating influence and embraces the Age of Aquarius counterculture of Greenwich Village.

Both women cast spells that entrance or enchain the men in their lives: Rose’s aristocratic German Jewish husband, Albert; her nephew, the feckless chess hustler Lenny Angrush; Cicero Lookins, the brilliant son of her black cop lover; Miriam’s (slightly fraudulent) Irish folksinging husband, Tommy Gogan; their bewildered son, Sergius. These flawed, idealistic people all struggle to follow their own utopian dreams in an America where radicalism is viewed with bemusement, hostility, or indifference.

As the decades pass—from the parlor communism of the ’30s, McCarthyism, the civil rights movement, ragged ’70s communes, the romanticization of the Sandinistas, up to the Occupy movement of the moment—we come to understand through Lethem’s extraordinarily vivid storytelling that the personal may be political, but the political, even more so, is personal.

Jonathan Lethem is the New York Times bestselling author of nine novels, including Chronic City, The Fortress of Solitude, Motherless Brooklyn, and the nonfiction collection The Ecstasy of Influence, a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist. A recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship and winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction, Lethem’s work has appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s, Rolling Stone, Esquire, and The New York Times, among other publications.

 

Friday September 27, 2013
Start: 09/27/2013 1:00 pm

Bob Odenkirk and David Cross, creators of HBO's classic sketch comedy show Mr. Show, present to you this collection of never-before-seen scripts and ideas that Hollywood couldn't find the gumption to green-light. Simply put...HOLLYWOOD SAID NO!

Since Mr. Show closed up shop, Bob and David have kept busy with many projects--acting in fun, successful, movies and TV shows, directing things, and complaining about stuff that didn't turn out well to anyone who would listen, and even alone, in silence, inside their own heads.

Hollywood Said No! ($17.00) reveals the full-length, never-before-seen scripts for Bob and David Make a Movie (fleshed out with brand-new storyboards by acclaimed artist Mike Mitchell) and Hooray For America!: a satirical power-house indictment of all that you hold dear. This tome also includes a bonus section of orphaned sketch ideas from the Mr. Show days and beyond, suitable for performance by church groups that aren't all koo-koo about religion.

Bob Odenkirk is an actor, writer, film director and comedian who wrote for Saturday Night Live and The Ben Stiller Show, amongst others. He writes humor pieces for The New Yorker and is currently starring on the Emmy award-winning show Breaking Bad.

David Cross is an actor, writer and comedian known for his stand-up comedy as well as roles in film and television, including the character of Tobias Fünke on Arrested Development. David wrote, produced, and starred in the acclaimed IFC show The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret. He is also the New York Times bestselling author of I Drink for a Reason.

Comedian/actor/writer Brian Posehn has most recently been seen on Comedy Central's popular show, The Sarah Silverman Program and on tour as one of the original members of the Comedians of Comedy. Besides writing and performing on HBO's acclaimed Mr. Show, he has appeared in sitcoms such as Just Shoot Me, Seinfeld, NewsRadio, Everybody Loves Raymond, and Friends.

 

Start: 09/27/2013 1:00 pm
End: 09/27/2013 3:00 pm

8 Fri., Sept. 27-Nov. 22 • 1:00-3:00pm • $250

 

 

Wendy Walsh has a Ph.D. in Italian Literature from UCB. She has been teaching Italian language, literature, and cooking since 1979, and leads a yearly Language Study Tour Program to Italy. Buy a panino in the cafe and join Wendy before or after your class for informal Italian conversation.  

Start: 09/27/2013 6:00 pm

Join Soho Crime Press as they celebrate a trio of authors with recently published mysteries. Lisa Brackman (The Hour of the Rat, $25.95), Tim Hallinan (The Fame Thief, $25.00), and Cara Black (Murder Below Montparnasse, $25.95), will read and sign their newest books in an evening of murder, mystery, and words. The night will be moderated by Janet Rudolph, editor of Mystery Reader's Journal and creative director/writer for Murder on the Menu.

 

Saturday September 28, 2013
Start: 09/28/2013 10:00 am
End: 09/28/2013 3:00 pm

Sat., Sept. 28 • 10:00-3:00pm • $85

 

 

S.F. Chronicle columnist Jon Carroll shares his wit, wisdom, and essay-writing talents. This is a chance to learn personal essay writing from one of the best. One student wrote, "Carroll is witty, patient, knowledgeable, inspiring. He anticipates people's concerns in their questions and problems they can't express. Gives tons of examples..." 

Start: 09/28/2013 10:00 am
End: 09/28/2013 2:00 pm

Sat., Sept. 28 • 10:00-2:00pm • $50 (includes materials & snacks)

 

 

This class is for adults only--parents, teachers, and others who want to re-learn how to play on the page. Come reclaim your inner third-grader who isn't afraid to experiment using magic word tickets, word-play, open-ended prompts, and ideas from Karen Benke's newest book Leap Write In! Adventures in Creative Writing to Stretch & Surprise Your One-of-a-Kind Mind.  

Start: 09/28/2013 1:00 pm

Fifty years after Michael Harrington published his groundbreaking book The Other America, in which he chronicled the lives of people excluded from the Age of Affluence, poverty in America is back with a vengeance. It is made up of both the long-term chronically poor and new working poor-the tens of millions of victims of a broken economy and an ever more dysfunctional political system. In many ways, for the majority of Americans, financial insecurity has become the new norm.

The American Way of Poverty ($26.99) shines a light on this travesty. Sasha Abramsky brings the effects of economic inequality out of the shadows and, ultimately, suggests ways for moving toward a fairer and more equitable social contract. Exploring everything from housing policy to wage protections and affordable higher education, Abramsky lays out a panoramic blueprint for a reinvigorated political process that, in turn, will pave the way for a renewed War on Poverty.

It is, Harrington believed, a moral outrage that in a country as wealthy as America, so many people could be so poor. Written in the way of the 2008 financial collapse, in an era of grotesque economic extremes, The American Way of Poverty brings that same powerful indignation to the topic.

Sasha Abramsky is a freelance journalist. His work has appeared in the Nation, Atlantic Monthly, Village Voice, and Rolling Stone. In 2000 he was awarded a Soros Society, Crime, and Communities Media Fellowship, and he is currently a senior fellow at Demos. He resides in Sacramento, California.

 

Start: 09/28/2013 2:00 pm
End: 09/28/2013 5:00 pm

Sat., Sept. 28 • 2:00-5:00pm • $65

 

 

True meaning and purpose are found in the deep current of your life. Using poetry for our prompts, we wil use writing exercises to orient ourselves towards our deeper values and aspirations. You will learn to be more aware of your original voice, come closer to the truth of your experience, and deepen your relationship with yourself.  

Start: 09/28/2013 4:00 pm

Jim Ziolkowski gave up his career in corporate finance to create buildOn, a service-oriented program that goes into high-risk areas around the world to work with students in their communities. Under Jim’s leadership, buildOn volunteers have contributed more than 850,000 hours of community service, and the organization has constructed more than 430 schools worldwide, from the South Bronx, to Detroit, Chicago, and Oakland, to Haiti, Senegal, Nicaragua, and Nepal.

Walk in Their Shoes ($25.00) is packed with the ingredients of a powerful bestseller as it traces Jim’s story from his transformation from a thrill-seeking twenty-something backpacker, to a Harlem-based idealist trying to launch a not-for-profit organization, and finally to the head of buildOn.

Jim Ziolkowski started the nonprofit organization buildOn to break the cycle of poverty and illiteracy in nations throughout the world. He lives in Stamford, Connecticut.

 

Start: 09/28/2013 4:00 pm

Watch out, you diabolical masterminds! There's a new detective on Pancake Court: Bean! She laughs at danger! She solves even the most mysterious mysteries! What? There aren't any mysteries? Then Bean and her assistant, Ivy, will make some in Ivy & Bean Take the Case ($14.99)!

Annie Barrows is the author of many children's books, including the Ivy & Bean series and The Magic Half, as well as several books for adults, including the bestselling novel The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. She lives in Northern California with her husband and two daughters.

 

Start: 09/28/2013 7:00 pm

What is a polarized mind? It is a mind stricken with one absolutist point of view, to the utter exclusion, even demonization, of all others. The polarized mind can appear as bigotry, bullying, tyranny, vengefulness, and arrogance. It is found in fields as diverse as governance, religion, and science, often hidden in plain sight until rearing its ugly head in the morning headlines. 

In his latest book, The Polarized Mind: Why It’s Killing Us and What We Can Do About It ($21.95), Dr. Kirk Schneider explores why and how estranged killers, corporate swindlers, bullheaded ideologues, and notorious leaders and their followers have become repeatedly polarized throughout history, why it’s problematic – even dangerous, and how we can begin to understand and undo it.

Kirk J. Schneider, Ph.D., is a leading spokesperson for contemporary existential-humanistic psychology. Dr. Schneider is the recent past editor of the Journal of Humanistic Psychology , vice-president of the Existential-Humanistic Institute (EHI), and adjunct faculty at Saybrook University, Teachers College, Columbia University, and the California Institute of Integral Studies.

 

Sunday September 29, 2013
Start: 09/29/2013 1:00 pm

On the magnificent isle of Capri, an epoch event in the life of Esmeralda Pembrooke, heiress to Italy's largest biotech conglomerate, takes place: she is blackmailed and exposed as an imposter exactly as she launches an international blockbuster film. Bella Figura ($20.89) follows Esmeralda's life as it erupts like a volcano, revealing prejudices of class, religion, race and nationality. Jojo Capece's brilliant cameos of guests at Esmeralda's Villa entwines everyone in a gripping tale of love, greed and intrigue with a finale that will stir the reader long after you have finished the last page.

Jojo Capece is the author of All Roads Lead to Rome. She has received the distinction of Honourable Seref Uyeligi from the Turkish-American University, Master's of Art diploma from Heatherley's Art College, London, Member of President Reagan's Task Force for the Initiative on Women's Business Ownership and was the only American advisor to Prime Minister Thatcher's Committee on Women Into Business.

 

Start: 09/29/2013 4:00 pm

In Burying Ben, Dot Meyerhoff has barely settled into her new job as a psychologist for the Kenilworth Police Department when Ben Gomez, a troubled young rookie that she tries to counsel, commits suicide without any warning and leaves a note blaming her. Overnight, her promising new start becomes a nightmare. At stake is her job, her reputation, her license to practice, and her already battered sense of self-worth.

This event will be a fundraiser for the First Responders Support Network (FRSN), with a donation from the book's publisher, Aakenbaaken & Kent. The FRSN is a non-profit organization of volunteer clinicians, chaplains, and emergency service peers. Their mission is to offer first responders and their families treatment programs that promote recovery from stress and critical incidents. More information can be found on their website, http://www.frsn.org.

Before it was published, Ellen Kirschman’s debut novel, Burying Ben, won first prize for the best not-yet-in-print novel by the Public Safety Writers Association. She is a member of the Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and a contributor to the Mystery Readers Journal. A police psychologist for thirty years, her other books are I Love a Cop: What Police Families Need to Know, I Love a Fire Fighter: What the Family Needs to Know, and the forthcoming Counseling Cops: What Clinicians Need to Know. She lives in Northern California.

 

Start: 09/29/2013 7:00 pm

In his long-awaited new novel, Norman Rush, author of three immensely praised books set in Africa, including the best-selling classic and National Book Award-winner Mating, returns home, giving us a sophisticated, often comical, romp through the particular joys and tribulations of marriage, and the dilemmas of friendship, as a group of college friends reunites in upstate New York twenty-some years after graduation.

When Douglas, the ringleader of a clique of self-styled wits of "superior sensibility" dies suddenly, his four remaining friends are summoned to his luxe estate high in the Catskills to memorialize his life and mourn his passing. Responding to an obscure sense of emergency in the call, Ned, our hero, flies in from San Francisco (where he is the main organizer of a march against the impending Iraq war), pursued instantly by his furious wife, Nina: they're at a critical point in their attempt to get Nina pregnant, and she's ovulating! It is Nina who gives us a pointed, irreverent commentary as the friends begin to catch up with one another. She is not above poking fun at some of their past exploits and the things they held dear, and she's particularly hard on the departed Douglas, who she thinks undervalued her Ned. Ned is trying manfully to discern what it was that made this clutch of souls his friends to begin with, before time, sex, work, and the brutal quirks of history shaped them into who they are now--and, simultaneously, to guess at what will come next.

Subtle Bodies ($26.95) is filled with unexpected, funny, telling aperçus, alongside a deeper, moving exploration of the meanings of life. A novel of humor, small pleasures, deep emotions. A novel to enjoy and to ponder.

Norman Rush is the author of three previous works of fiction: Whites, a collection of stories, and two novels, Mating and Mortals. His stories have appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and Best American Short Stories. Mating was the recipient of the National Book Award. Rush and his wife live in Rockland County, New York.

 

Monday September 30, 2013
Start: 09/30/2013 12:40 pm
End: 09/30/2013 12:40 pm

8 Mon., Sept. 30-Nov. 18 • 12:40-2:25pm • $250

 

 

In this session, students continue their study of basic Italian grammar. Wendy Walsh has a Ph.D. in Italian Literature from UCB. She has been teaching Italian language, literature, and cooking since 1979, and leads a yearly Language Study Tour Program to Italy. Buy a panino in the cafe and join Wendy before or after your class for informal Italian conversation.  

Start: 09/30/2013 6:30 pm
End: 09/30/2013 8:00 pm

Mon., Sep. 30 • 6:30-8:00 pm • $25/parents, $15/students

 

 

Navigate through the world of college choices and how to determine the right academic and social fit for each student. You will learn how to assess a student’s portfolio of grades, test scores, activities, community service, and goals.

Leslie Goldgehn Ph.D.has been an Independent College Counselor for over 15 years, and has assisted many students and families through the college application process.

 

Start: 09/30/2013 7:00 pm

A powerful novel of sacrifice and redemption set in a tiny community on the edge of the frontier, this spellbinding narrative unfolds around Daniel’s struggle to maintain his faith; his young wife, Ruth, who must find her own way; and Mary, the eldest child, who is bound to a runaway slave by a terrible secret. Darkly evocative, The Purchase ($25.95) is as hard-edged as the realities of pioneer life. Its memorable characters, drawn with compassion and depth, are compellingly human, with lives that bring light to matters of loyalty and conscience.

Linda Spalding was born and raised in Kansas. She is the author of three previous novels and two acclaimed works of nonfiction, A Dark Place in the Jungle, which was short-listed for the Trillium Book Award and the Pearson Writers’ Trust Non-Fiction Prize, and Who Named the Knife. The Purchase received Canada’s prestigious Governor General’s Award for English-language fiction. Spalding lives in Toronto, where she is an editor of the literary magazine Brick.

 

Start: 09/30/2013 7:00 pm
End: 09/30/2013 9:00 pm

4 Mon.: Sept. 30, Oct. 28, Nov. 25, & Dec. 16 • 7:00-9:00pm • $95

 

 

Participants will meet and share an intimate conversation with the authors of a gripping look deep into 1960s and '70s San Francisco; a vivid, intimate tale centered on an intrepid world traveler and her personal baggage; a raucous yet art-learned mystery, by a "sweetly demented" author, in which Toulouse-Lautrec and his sidekick seek Van Gogh's murderer; and a fascinating novel starring a princess in 16th-century Iran, negotiating court politics and tribal animosities with her closest advisor, a eunuch. Pamela Feinsilber is a book editor and writing consultant, and blogs about the arts for Huffington Post and Examiner.com. 

Reading List: 

September: Season of the Witch, David Talbot ($14.00)

OctoberContents May Have Shifted, Pam Houston ($14.95)

NovemberSacre Bleu, Christopher Moore ($16.99)

DecemberEqual of the Sun, Anita Amirrezvani ($17.00)

 

Tuesday October 01, 2013
Start: 10/01/2013 8:30 am
End: 10/01/2013 10:15 am

8 Tues., Oct. 1-Nov. 19 • 8:30-10:15am • $250

 

 

Wendy Walsh has a Ph.D. in Italian Literature from UCB. She has been teaching Italian language, literature, and cooking since 1979, and leads a yearly Language Study Tour Program to Italy. Buy a panino in the cafe and join Wendy before or after your class for informal Italian conversation.  

Start: 10/01/2013 7:00 pm

Traveling Sprinkler ($26.95) is a new novel by bestselling author Nicholson Baker. Readers are reintroduced to feckless but hopeful hero Paul Chowder, whose struggle to get his life together is reflected in his steadfast desire to write a pop song, or a protest song, or both at once.

Nicholson Baker is the author of nine novels, including The Anthologist, Vox, and The Fermata, and five works of nonfiction, including Human Smoke and Double Fold (winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award). He lives in Maine with his family.

 

Wednesday October 02, 2013
Start: 10/02/2013 9:00 am
End: 10/02/2013 10:45 am

8 Wed., Oct. 2-Nov. 20 • 9:00-10:45am • $250

 

 

Wendy Walsh has a Ph.D. in Italian Literature from UCB. She has been teaching Italian language, literature, and cooking since 1979, and leads a yearly Language Study Tour Program to Italy. Buy a panino in the cafe and join Wendy before or after your class for informal Italian conversation.   

Start: 10/02/2013 11:00 am
End: 10/02/2013 12:45 pm

8 Wed., Oct. 2-Nov. 20 • 11:00-12:45pm • $250

 

 

Students review difficult grammar structure and read short novels by modern Italian writers. Wendy Walsh has a Ph.D. in Italian Literature from UCB. She has been teaching Italian language, literature, and cooking since 1979, and leads a yearly Language Study Tour Program to Italy. Buy a panino in the cafe and join Wendy before or after your class for informal Italian conversation.  

Start: 10/02/2013 6:00 pm
End: 10/02/2013 8:00 pm

Wed., Oct. 2 • 6:00-8:00pm • $25

 

 

 Find splendid colonial cities, timeless beauty, and a fascinating culture waiting to be discovered. Experience this fast-changing island through dazzling pictures. 

 

Start: 10/02/2013 7:00 pm

Gary Soto is a widely published author of children's and young adult fiction, and he is an acclaimed poet -- often referred to as one of the nation's first Chicano poets. With a sharp sense of storytelling and a sly wit, What Poets Are Like ($14.00) is a memoir of the writing life that shares the keen observation, sense of self and humor of such writers as Sherman Alexie and Nora Ephron.

Gary Soto is the author of eleven poetry collections for adults, most notably New and Selected Poems, a finalist for both the Los Angeles Times Book Award and the National Book Award. He is also the author of more than 35 books for young readers, including Baseball in April, Taking Sides, Too Many Tamales, and Chato's Kitchen.

 

Thursday October 03, 2013
Start: 10/03/2013 6:00 pm

Please note: this event has been cancelled. For more information, contact events@bookpassage.com.

In 1998, when community worker Nick Saul became executive director of The Stop, it was like thousands of other food banks, offering canned handouts in a cramped, dreary, makeshift space. Today it is a thriving, internationally respected Community Food Center with gardens, kitchens, a greenhouse, farmers’ markets, and a mission to revolutionize our food system. Their message is spreading: Jamie Oliver told his 750,000 Twitter followers that he’d traveled all over the world and never seen anything like The Stop; Raj Patel, author of Stuffed and Starved, told Alternet he was "blown away" by this model of an NGO—whose mission is to work for healthy food, strong communities and political empowerment.
 
In a voice that’s “never preachy” (Maclean’s), Saul argues that we need a new politics of food in which everyone has a dignified, healthy place at the table. The Stop: How the Fight for Good Food Transformed a Community and Inspired a Movement ($19.95) is a “riveting” personal story (Naomi Klein) about overcoming obstacles and creating lasting change.

Nick Saul was executive director of The Stop Community Food Centre in Toronto from 1998 to 2012 and is a recipient of the prestigious Jane Jacobs Prize and the Queen’s Jubilee Medal. He is now president and CEO of Community Food Centres Canada.

 

Start: 10/03/2013 7:00 pm

Jennifer duBois’s debut novel, A Partial History of Lost Causes, was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award for Debut Fiction and was honored by the National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35 program. In Cartwheel ($26.00), duBois delivers a novel of propulsive psychological suspense and rare moral nuance. Who is Lily Hayes? What happened to her roommate? No two readers will agree. Cartwheel will keep you guessing until the final page, and its questions about how much we really know about ourselves will linger well beyond.

Jennifer duBois’s A Partial History of Lost Causes was one of the most acclaimed debuts of 2012. It was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award for Debut Fiction, winner of the California Book Award for First Fiction and the Northern California Book Award for Fiction, and O: The Oprah Magazine chose it as one of the ten best books of the year. DuBois was also named one of the National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35 authors. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, duBois recently completed a Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University. Originally from Massachusetts, she now lives in Texas.

 

Friday October 04, 2013
Start: 10/04/2013 6:00 pm

In the winter of 1920, a quirky bequest draws Morrie Morgan back to Butte, Montana, from a year-long honeymoon with his bride, Grace. But the mansion bestowed by a former boss upon the itinerant charmer, who debuted in Ivan Doig’s bestselling The Whistling Season, promises to be less windfall than money pit. And the town itself, with its polyglot army of miners struggling to extricate themselves from the stranglehold of the ruthless Anaconda Copper Mining Company, seems—like the couple’s fast-diminishing finances—on the verge of implosion.

These twin dilemmas catapult Morrie into his new career as editorialist for the Thunder, the fledgling union newspaper that dares to play David to Anaconda’s Goliath. Amid the clatter of typewriters, the rumble of the printing presses, and a cast of unforgettable characters, Morrie puts his gift for word-slinging to work. As he pursues victory for the miners, he discovers that he is enmeshed in a deeply personal battle as well—the struggle to win lasting love for himself.



Brilliantly capturing an America roaring into a new age, Sweet Thunder ($27.95) is another great tale from a classic American novelist.

Often called the dean of writers about the American West, Ivan Doig is the author of such national bestsellers as The Whistling Season and The Bartender's Tale. His work has been translated into Spanish, Japanese, German, and Finnish, and his honors include seven regional booksellers awards, the Evans Biography Prize, and the Wallace Stegner Award, among others. He lives in Seattle.

 

Start: 10/04/2013 7:00 pm
"Here is an original new voice, with a deep and lovely grasp of language and story. Hannah Kent's first novel, Burial Rites, is an accomplished gem, its prose as crisp and sparkling as its northern setting."
-Geraldine Brooks, winner of the Pulitzer Prize


Set against Iceland's stark landscape, Hannah Kent brings to vivid life the story of Agnes, who, charged with the brutal murder of her former master, is sent to an isolated farm to await execution.

Horrified at the prospect of housing a convicted murderer, the family at first avoids Agnes. Only Tóti, a priest Agnes has mysteriously chosen to be her spiritual guardian, seeks to understand her. But as Agnes's death looms, the farmer's wife and their daughters learn there is another side to the sensational story they've heard.

Riveting and rich with lyricism, Burial Rites ($26.00) evokes a dramatic existence in a distant time and place, and asks the question, how can one woman hope to endure when her life depends upon the stories told by others?

Hannah Kent was born in Adelaide in 1985. As a teenager she travelled to Iceland on a Rotary Exchange, where she first heard the story of Agnes Magnúsdóttir. Hannah is the co-founder and deputy editor of the Australian literary journal Kill Your Darlings, and is completing her PhD at Flinders University. In 2011 she won the inaugural Writing Australia Unpublished Manuscript Award. Burial Rites is her first novel.

 

Saturday October 05, 2013
Start: 10/05/2013 9:30 am
End: 10/05/2013 12:30 pm

Please note: this event has been cancelled. For more information, contact bpclasses@bookpassage.com

Sat., Oct. 5 • 9:30-12:30pm • $40

This workshop offers what writers need most -- inspiration and encouragement. Writing exercises help yo uto get started and dig deeper into your material. Veteran writer and teacher Barbara Abercrombie is the author of A Year of Writing Dangerously, which received an award from Poets & Writers Magazine. Class fee includes a copy of her latest book Kicking in the Wall.  

 

Start: 10/05/2013 1:00 pm

In the winter of 1920, a quirky bequest draws Morrie Morgan back to Butte, Montana, from a year-long honeymoon with his bride, Grace. But the mansion bestowed by a former boss upon the itinerant charmer, who debuted in Ivan Doig’s bestselling The Whistling Season, promises to be less windfall than money pit. And the town itself, with its polyglot army of miners struggling to extricate themselves from the stranglehold of the ruthless Anaconda Copper Mining Company, seems—like the couple’s fast-diminishing finances—on the verge of implosion.

These twin dilemmas catapult Morrie into his new career as editorialist for the Thunder, the fledgling union newspaper that dares to play David to Anaconda’s Goliath. Amid the clatter of typewriters, the rumble of the printing presses, and a cast of unforgettable characters, Morrie puts his gift for word-slinging to work. As he pursues victory for the miners, he discovers that he is  enmeshed in a deeply personal battle as well—the struggle to win lasting love for himself.



Brilliantly capturing an America roaring into a new age, Sweet Thunder ($27.95) is another great tale from a classic American novelist.

Often called the dean of writers about the American West, Ivan Doig is the author of such national bestsellers as The Whistling Season and The Bartender's Tale. His work has been translated into Spanish, Japanese, German, and Finnish, and his honors include seven regional booksellers awards, the Evans Biography Prize, and the Wallace Stegner Award, among others. He lives in Seattle.

 

Start: 10/05/2013 1:00 pm

A lively introduction to Indian cooking from the award-winning cooking teacher and food writer, Raghavan Iyer. He shows readers how to create 100 of the cuisine's most popular dishes with the help of step-by-step full-color photos presented as gatefolds throughout the book.

Indian food is ravishing, exotic, addictively flavorful, but has a reputation for being too difficult for the average cook. Not anymore. When Raghavan Iyer moved from Mumbai to Minneapolis, he had to learn how to make all his beloved dishes using supermarket ingredients -and now he shows us his secrets in Indian Cooking Unfolded ($19.95).

Raghavan Iyer, an IACP Award–winning Teacher of the Year, is the author of 660 Curries, Betty Crocker’s Indian Home Cooking, and the James Beard Award Finalist The Turmeric Trail: Recipes and Memories from an Indian Childhood. He is also a spokesperson and consultant to General Mills, Target, and other companies. Born in Mumbai, Mr. Iyer lives with his family outside of Minneapolis, Minnesota.

 

Start: 10/05/2013 2:00 pm
End: 10/05/2013 4:00 pm

Come join us for a fun afternoon of treats and accessories! We have a huge assortment of new baggallini bags and Che Bella jewelry brought in to tempt you. There will be a drawing to win prizes from baggallini and Che Bella. Refreshments, too! 

baggallini Form. Function. Style. With these guiding principles, two flight attendants began baggallini, which has grown into a worldwide leader in beautifully organized bags and accessories.

Che Bella Designs - Formerly with Tiffany & Co., Belinda Wickwire is a local jewelry designer who has been accessorizing clients from all over the world for 15 years. Driven by her passion for antique pieces, she creates jewelry that is delicate and
timeless, yet sustainable and strong.

 

 

 

Start: 10/05/2013 4:00 pm

Renowned through four award-winning books for his gritty and revelatory visions of the Caribbean, Bob Shacochis returns to occupied Haiti in The Woman Who Lost Her Soul ($28.00) before sweeping across time and continents to unravel tangled knots of romance, espionage, and vengeance. In riveting prose, Shacochis builds a complex and disturbing story about the coming of age of America in a pre-9/11 world.

Bob Shacochis’s first collection of stories, Easy in the Islands, won the National Book Award for First Fiction, and his second collection, The Next New World, was awarded the Prix de Rome from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He is also the author of the novel Swimming in the Volcano, a finalist for the National Book Award, and The Immaculate Invasion, a work of literary reportage that was a finalist for The New Yorker Book Award for Best Nonfiction of the Year. Shacochis is a contributing editor at Outside, a former columnist for Gentleman’s Quarterly, and has served as a contributing editor for Harper’s and GQ. His op-eds on the US military, Haiti, and Florida politics have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal.

 

Start: 10/05/2013 7:00 pm

In these twelve award-winning stories, Kate Milliken unflinchingly shows us what can happen when the uninvited guest of our darkest desires comes to call. Whether surrounded by the white noise of a Hollywood celebration or enduring a stark winter in Maine, the characters of If I’d Known You Were Coming ($17.00) yearn to heal old wounds with new hurts. With a wry wit and a keen eye for emotive detail, the author of this unforgettable collection sets intersections in motion that will leave you both winded and wanting more.

In one story, a mother, driven by greed, unwittingly finds out how far her needs will push her. A hand model surprises himself and everyone else at the birthday party of an old friend’s daughter in another. With poetic deftness, a woman evaluates the meaning, the familial stories, that we carry with us from birth. In a story ripped from the headlines, a woman pines for the legs her husband lost in a freak accident at a Santa Monica farmer's market. A medical clerk, restless and alone, takes advantage of a disabled neighbor.

Kate Milliken knows the ties that bind and how tautly we will pull them. These are stories about desire, betrayal, love, regret, and family.

 

Sunday October 06, 2013
Start: 10/06/2013 1:00 pm

What would you do if you were sitting in school one morning and suddenly found you couldn't see? When it happens to Matt VanFossan during his third year of college, it's the start of a life he hasn't planned on and definitely doesn't want. When he's paired with a new guide dog a few months later, he's still in a state of denial.

But Matt's new companion, named Gilly, isn't one for self-pity -- or modesty, as he describes himself as "one of the handsomest dogs at guide dog school." A keen observer of the human condition, especially his human's condition, Gilly provides a running commentary on Matt's progress. And as Gilly and Matt learn to work together, the two gradually forge a relationship that transcends the ordinary bonds between dog and man.

From dog training school then back to college, from home and on to Brazil, Gilly relates their story with humor and insight. Through Matt's challenging adventures, new friendships, and ultimately, lasting love, Gilly provides him with guidance and companionship for six years -- a lifetime that will last forever.

Through Gilly's Eyes: Memoirs of a Guide Dog ($14.25) is a moving coming-of-age story about a young man and the guide dog who loved him.

 

Start: 10/06/2013 4:00 pm

By the time Queen Victoria slipped the Mountain of Light diamond on her wrist, claiming it for England, the gem had traveled around the world, changing hands over the centuries from one ruler to another in Persia, Afghanistan, and India.

The fascinating story of this 105-carat diamond opens in 1830, when the Indian Maharaja and founder of the Sikh empire Ranjit Singh takes possession of the massive jewel that has been passed from man to man, king to king, and emperor to emperor, through bloodshed and destruction, since the 1200s. But India in the nineteenth century is a very different place. Now the British Empire has claimed territories all across the country and the colonization of India takes root. When Ranjit Singh dies, four of his sons are slaughtered in wars with the British, and the diamond is left to Prince Dalip Singh, a six-year-old child. The British governor-general orders that the Mountain of Light be secreted out of India in 1850, and the teenage-king Dalip Singh follows the diamond to London to officially present it to the queen as a spoil of the Sikh War. He is feted and petted by the British monarchy for a long while—until he realizes that all that Britain gives him cannot make up for the loss of his country and its celebrated diamond.

In her inimitable trademark style, Indu Sundaresan’s The Mountain of Light ($16.00) is a wondrous and historically rich tale, as clear and as dazzling as a diamond itself.

Indu Sundaresan was born in India and came to the US for graduate school at the University of Delaware. She is the author of two acclaimed novels, The Twentieth Wife and The Feast of Roses.

 

Start: 10/06/2013 6:00 pm
End: 10/06/2013 8:00 pm

This class has been changed - please call (415) 927-0960, ext. 230 for more information

Sun., Oct. 20 • 6:00-8:00pm • $50

 

 

Writing a one-page memoir jump-starts the writing process and explores the shape that the memoir is taking. The class looks at memoirs focusing on one key character, event, or relationship; memoirs of lists; and memoirs summarizing a life. Then we'll write short exercises and learn self-editing tips.  

 

For examples of Frances Lefkowitz's writing, check out "Watching Sandra Be Loved By God" and two of her pieces of flash fiction here

Start: 10/06/2013 7:00 pm

Co-Sponsored by Kol Shofar and Shalom Bayit

When Joshua Safran was four years old, his mother--determined to protect him from the threats of nuclear war and Ronald Reagan--took to the open road with her young son, leaving the San Francisco countercultural scene behind. Together they embarked on a journey to find a utopia they could call home. In Free Spirit ($24.99), Safran tells the harrowing, yet wryly funny story of his childhood chasing this perfect life off the grid--and how they survived the imperfect one they found instead.

Joshua Safran is an attorney, writer, speaker, and occasional rabbi, and was featured in the award-winning documentary Crime After Crime, which premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and had its television debut as part of the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN)'s Documentary Film Club. He is a nationally recognized champion for women's rights and a zealous advocate for survivors of domestic violence and the wrongfully imprisoned. For his work he has received national media coverage and numerous awards. He lives in Oakland, California.

 

Monday October 07, 2013
Start: 10/07/2013 6:00 pm

Please note: this event has been cancelled. Signed copies of Someone will be available. To order online, note your preference for a signed copy in the Comments field of the check out screen or call (415) 927-0960 ext. 1. 

An ordinary life -- its sharp pains and unexpected joys, its bursts of clarity and moments of confusion -- lived by an ordinary woman: this is the subject of Someone ($25.00), Alice McDermott’s extraordinary return, seven years after the publication of After This. Scattered recollections—of childhood, adolescence, motherhood, old age—come together in this transformative narrative, stitched into a vibrant whole by McDermott’s deft, lyrical voice.

Alice McDermott is the author of six previous novels, including After This; Child of My Heart; Charming Billy, winner of the National Book Award; and At Weddings and Wakes. That Night, At Weddings and Wakes, and After This were all finalists for the Pulitzer Prize. McDermott lives with her family outside Washington, D.C.

 

Start: 10/07/2013 6:30 pm
End: 10/07/2013 8:00 pm

Mon., Oct. 7 • 6:30-8:00 pm • $25/parents, $15/students

 

 

Do you qualify for financial aid? Where does a student have the best chance of receiving aid? Essays are often the “tipping point” that can turn a student’s application into an acceptance letter. Advanced registration recommended.

Leslie Goldgehn Ph.D.has been an Independent College Counselor for over 15 years, and has assisted many students and families through the college application process.

 

Start: 10/07/2013 7:00 pm

Left Coast Writers® Salon

In this love story of impossible odds, award-winning writer Tim Z. Hernandez weaves a rich and visionary portrait of Bea Franco, the real woman behind famed American author Jack Kerouac's The Mexican Girl. Set against an ominous backdrop of California in the 1940s, deep in the agricultural heartland of the Great Central Valley, Mañana Means Heaven ($24.95) reveals the desperate circumstances that lead a married woman to an illicit affair with an aspiring young writer traveling across the United States.

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: 10/07/2013 7:00 pm

With the meteoric success of Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All, Allan Gurganus placed himself among America's most original and emotionally engaged storytellers. If his first comic novel mapped the late nineteenth-century South, Local Souls ($25.95) brings the twisted hilarity of Flannery O'Connor kicking into our new century.

 

Tuesday October 08, 2013
Start: 10/08/2013 6:00 pm

Powerful, brilliantly written, and deeply moving Paul Harding has, in Enon ($26.00), written a worthy successor to Tinkers, a debut which John Freeman on NPR called "a masterpiece." Drawn always to the rich landscape of his character's inner lives, here, through the first person narrative of Charlie Crosby (grandson to George Crosby of Tinkers), Harding creates a devastating portrait of a father trying desperately to come to terms with family loss.

Paul Harding is the author of the novel Tinkers, which won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. He has received a Guggenheim Fellowship and the PEN/Robert Bingham Fellowship for Writers. He was a fiction fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts, and has taught at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Harvard University, and Grinnell College.

 

Start: 10/08/2013 7:00 pm

In Conversation with Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom

Introducing an exhilarating new espionage thriller by former CIA ops officer Valerie Plame and thriller writer Sarah Lovett.

Covert CIA ops officer Vanessa Pierson is finally close to capturing the world’s most dangerous international nuclear arms dealer: Bhoot, alias the ghost. One of her assets has information about Bhoot’s upcoming visit to a secret underground nuclear weapons facility in Iran—in only a few days. But just as Pierson’s informant is about to give her the location, they’re ambushed by an expert sniper. Pierson narrowly escapes. Her asset: dead.

Desperate to capture Bhoot and the sniper before they inflict more damage, Pierson enlists all of the Agency’s resources to find them. But with each day, the pressure of the manhunt mounts, causing her to push her forbidden romance with a fellow ops officer to its limit when she asks him to do the impossible. Despite the risks, she refuses to halt her pursuit of the terrorists, and she puts her cover and her career—and her life—at risk.

With rapid-cut shifts from European capitals to Washington to the Near East, and with insider detail that only a former spy could provide, Blowback ($26.95) marks the explosive beginning of the hunt for Bhoot, the villain whom Vanessa Pierson devotes her life to capturing, dead or alive.

Valerie Plame’s career in the CIA included assignments in counterproliferation operations, ensuring that enemies of the United States could not threaten the country with weapons of mass destruction. She and her husband, Ambassador Joseph Wilson, are the parents of twins. Plame and her family live in New Mexico.

“Want to read a thriller about the real CIA and how it actually works? Then dive into this corker from former agent Valerie Plame and Sarah Lovett.” —James Patterson

 

 

Start: 10/08/2013 7:00 pm

The world’s most famous mountain, Everest, remains for serious high-altitude climbers an ultimate goal.  Ed Viesturs has gone on eleven expeditions to Everest, reaching the summit seven times. He’s spent more than two years of his life on the mountain. No climber today is better poised to survey Everest’s various ascents -- both personal and historic. In The Mountain ($27.00), Viesturs delivers just that: riveting you-are-there accounts of his own climbs as well as vivid narratives of some of the more famous and infamous climbs throughout the last century, when the honor of nations often hung in the balance, depending on which climbers summited first. In addition to his own experiences, Viesturs sheds light on the fate of Mallory and Irvine, whose 1924 disappearance just 800 feet from the top remains one of mountaineering’s greatest mysteries, and on the multiply tragic last days of Rob Hall and Scott Fischer in 1996, the stuff of which Into Thin Air was made.

Informed by the experience of one who has truly been there, The Mountain affords a rare glimpse into that place on earth where Heraclitus’s maxim --character is destiny -- is proved time and again.  Complete with gorgeous photos of Everest, many of which were taken by Viesturs himself, and shots taken on some of the legendary historic climbs, this is an immensely appealing book for active and armchair climber alike.

Ed Viesturs is widely regarded as America’s foremost high-altitude mountaineer. He is the only American to have climbed all fourteen of the world’s 8,000-meter peaks, and only the sixth man to do so without supplemental oxygen. In 1992 he was awarded the American Alpine Club’s David A. Sowles Award for his participation in two rescues on K2. He is also the recipient of the Explorers Club’s Lowell Thomas Award for outstanding achievement in the field of mountaineering. He lives on Bainbridge Island, Washington, with his wife and their children.

 

Wednesday October 09, 2013
Start: 10/09/2013 3:00 pm
End: 10/09/2013 5:00 pm

This class has been postponed - please call (415) 927-0960, ext. 230 for more information

From the first cry of “Gold” in 1848 to the aftermath of World War II, we shall survey some of the painters and sculptors who responded to changing cultural patterns in the Bay Area. Set up as a nonlinear survey, the class focuses on the highlights: the Arts and Crafts Movement of 1890-1920, the Society of Six, the California colorists, and the Bay Area’s abstraction and figurative art, especially that of David Park and Richard Diebenkorn. Close attention will be paid to the large body of sculpture by Ruth Asawa and her commitment to the arts. A map for a self-guided tour of her work will be distributed. We’ll finish with Wayne Thiebaud: Pop or Not? Suggested preparation: the exhibit at the de Young Museum on Richard Diebenkorn: The Berkeley Years (ends Sept. 29).
 

Start: 10/09/2013 6:00 pm

We were made to love and be loved. Loving ourselves and others is in our genetic code. It's nothing other than the purpose of our lives-but knowing that doesn't make it easy to do. We may find it a challenge to love ourselves. We may have a hard time letting love in from others. We're often afraid of getting hurt. It is also sometimes scary for us to share love with those around us-and love that isn't shared leaves us feeling flat and unfulfilled. David Richo provides the tools in How to Be an Adult in Love ($21.95) for learning how to love in evolved adult ways-beginning with getting past the barriers that keep us from loving ourselves, then showing how we can learn to open to love others.

David Richo, PhD, is a psychotherapist, teacher, writer, and workshop leader whose work emphasizes the benefits of mindfulness and loving-kindness in personal growth and emotional well-being. He is the author of numerous books, including How to Be an Adult in Relationships and The Five Things We Cannot Change. He lives in Santa Barbara and San Francisco, California.

 

Start: 10/09/2013 7:00 pm

Please note: this event is sold out. Thank you! We will have signed first editions of David and Goliath available for purchase in-store or online. To inquire about availabiliy, please call (415) 927-0960 ext. 1.

Angelico Hall, Dominican University

Malcolm Gladwell, the #1 bestselling author of The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers, and What the Dog Saw, offers his most provocative -- and dazzling -- book yet.

We all know that underdogs can win-that's what the David versus Goliath legend tells us, and we've seen it with our own eyes. Or have we? In David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell, with his unparalleled ability to grasp connections others miss, uncovers the hidden rules that shape the balance between the weak and the mighty, the powerful and the dispossessed. Gladwell examines the battlefields of Northern Ireland and Vietnam, takes us into the minds of cancer researchers and civil rights leaders, and digs into the dynamics of successful and unsuccessful classrooms-all in an attempt to demonstrate how fundamentally we misunderstand the true meaning of advantages and disadvantages. When is a traumatic childhood a good thing? When does a disability leave someone better off? Do you really want your child to go to the best school he or she can get into? Why are the childhoods of people at the top of one profession after another marked by deprivation and struggle?

Drawing upon psychology, history, science, business, and politics, David and Goliath is a beautifully written book about the mighty leverage of the unconventional. Millions of readers have been waiting for the next Malcolm Gladwell book. That wait is over.

Malcolm Gladwell has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1996. He is the author of The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers, and What the Dog Saw. Prior to joining The New Yorker, he was a reporter at the Washington Post. Gladwell was born in England and grew up in rural Ontario. He now lives in New York.

 

Private Ocean Wealth Management is the Diamond Lead Sponsor of the Leadership Lecture Series of Dominican and Book Passage.

 

Start: 10/09/2013 7:00 pm

In Dirty Love ($25.95), a heartbreakingly beautiful book of disillusioned intimacy and persistent yearning, beloved and celebrated author Andre Dubus III explores the bottomless needs and stubborn weaknesses of people seeking gratification in food and sex, work and love.

Slivered by happiness and discontent, aging and death, but also persistent hope and forgiveness, these beautifully wrought narratives express extraordinary tenderness toward human beings, our vulnerable hearts and bodies, our fulfilling and unfulfilling lives alone and with others.

Andre Dubus III is the author of The Garden of Last Days, House of Sand and Fog (a #1 New York Times bestseller, Oprah’s Book Club pick, and finalist for the National Book Award) and Townie, winner of an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature. His writing has received many honors, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Magazine Award, and two Pushcart Prizes. He lives with his family north of Boston.

 

Start: 10/09/2013 7:30 pm

The Bay School
Event is free and open to the public. Registration encouraged!

 

 


Deborah Spar has been invited to be the first speaker for The Bay School’s 10th anniversary Speaker Series.

 

Debora L. Spar never thought of herself as a feminist. Raised after the tumult of the 1960s, she presumed the gender war was over. As one of the youngest female professors to be tenured at Harvard Business School and a mother of three, she swore to young women that they could have it all. “We thought we could just glide into the new era of equality, with babies, board seats, and husbands in tow,” she writes. “We were wrong.”

In her book, Wonder Women: Sex, Power, and the Quest for Perfection ($27.00)—a fresh, wise, original book— Debora asks why, a half century after the publication of Betty Friedan’s The Feminine Mystique, do women still feel stuck. In this groundbreaking and compulsively readable book, Spar explores how American women’s lives have—and have not—changed over the past fifty years. Armed with reams of new research, she details how women struggled for power and instead got stuck in an endless quest for perfection. The challenges confronting women are more complex than ever, and they are challenges that come inherently and inevitably from being female. Spar is acutely aware that it’s time to change course. Both deeply personal and statistically rich, Wonder Women is Spar’s story and the story of our culture. It is cultural history at its best, and a road map for the future. 

Debora L. Spar is the president of Barnard College, a women’sundergraduate college affiliated with Columbia University. She received her doctorate in government from Harvard University and was the Spangler Family Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School. Spar is the author of numerous books, including Ruling the Waves: Cycles of Invention, Chaos, and Wealth from the Compass to the Internet and The Baby Business: How Money, Science, and Politics Drive the Commerce of Conception.

 

Thursday October 10, 2013
Start: 10/10/2013 10:00 am
End: 10/10/2013 12:00 pm

8 Wednesdays • Oct. 10 - Nov. 7 • 10:00-12:00pm • $190

 

 

 

Class will be tailored to meet group and individual needs. Text: Advanced Spanish Step-by-Step.

Gloria Lopez Gutierrez is an experienced bilingual teacher as well as College of Marin instructor. She aims to make Spanish language learning a relevant endeavor for each student.

 

 

Start: 10/10/2013 6:00 pm

In this groundbreaking exploration of the brain, dreams, and neurology, the reader is thrust into the dark corners and hidden pathways of human consciousness. The Chronicle of Stolen Dreams ($14.95) is alternately profound, hilarious, and provocative as it poses theories of human behavior that challenge all accepted wisdom. The book is part Vonnegut, part Rushdie, part Chabon, and entirely Tarnoff as the author of The Bone Man of Benares and The Thousand Year Journey of Tobias Parker pushes into a whole new universe of ideas. The summer of 1947 will never again be seen the same way.

Terry Tarnoff's first book, The Bone Man of Benares, was published by St. Martin’s Press. A one-man show adapted from that book was produced later that year by the Encore Theatre Company in San Francisco. His second book, The Thousand Year Journey of Tobias Parker, was published earlier this year. Terry lives in San Francisco with his wife, artist Tina Tarnoff.

 

Start: 10/10/2013 7:00 pm

Why are we afraid of death? Should we tell someone they are dying? Is reincarnation true? With depth, clarity, compassion, and even humor, Osho answers the questions we all have about this most sacred of mysteries and offers practical guidance for meditation and support. In The Art of Living and Dying ($19.95), he reveals not only that our fear of death is based on a misunderstanding, but that dying is an opportunity for inner growth. When life is lived consciously and totally, death is not a catastrophe but a joyous climax.

Born in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia in 1947, Maneesha James graduated  in General Nursing, Midwifery, and Psychiatry. Meeting the Indian mystic, Osho, in 1974 unexpectedly changed the entire course of her life. Appointed by him as his chief editor, James was also lucky enough to be the guinea pig in Osho's early experimentation with meditative methods, a member of his emergency medical team, and the reader-of-questions (on behalf of his people and other seekers) in his daily public discourses. Under the name of Juliet Forman she wrote what he referred to as the 'historical documentation' of his work in the form of a trilogy.

Osho is one of the best-known and most provocative spiritual teachers of our time. The Sunday Times of London has named him one of the "1,000 makers of the 20th century"; the novelist Tom Robbins has called him "the most dangerous man since Jesus Christ." More than two decades after his death in 1990, the influence of his teachings continues to grow, reaching seekers around the world. 

 

Start: 10/10/2013 7:00 pm

In the spirit of The Gospel According to Coco Chanel and How Georgia Became O'KeeffeJulia Child Rules dissects the life of the sunny, unpretentious chef, author, cooking show star, and bon vivant, with an eye towards learning how we, too, can savor life.

With her characteristic wit and flair, Karen Karbo takes us for a spin through Julia's life: from her idyllic childhood in California to her confusing young adulthood in New York; her years working for the OSS in Sri Lanka; her world class love affairs with Paris and Paul Child; and her decades as America's beloved French chef. Karbo weaves in her own personal experiences and stops for important life lessons along the way: how to live by your whims, make the world your oyster, live happily married, work hard, and enjoy a life of full immersion. It celebrates Julia's indomitable spirit and irrepressible joy, giving readers a taste of what it means to master the art of living.


Karen Karbo's first novel, Trespassers Welcome Here, was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and a Village Voice Top Ten Book of the Year. Her other two adult novels, The Diamond Lane and Motherhood Made a Man Out of Me, were also named New York Times Notable Books. Her short stories, essays, articles and reviews have appeared in Elle, Vogue, Esquire, Outside, O, More, the New Republic, the New York Times, Salon.com and other magazines. She is a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Fiction, and a winner of the General Electric Younger Writer Award. Karbo is most well known for her best-selling Kick Ass Women series, the most recent of which is How Georgia Became O'Keeffe. How to Hepburn was hailed by the Philadelphia Inquirer as "an exuberant celebration of a great original."

 

Friday October 11, 2013
Start: 10/11/2013 6:00 pm

In The Yarn Whisperer: Reflections on a Life in Knitting ($19.95), renowned knitter and author Clara Parkes ponders the roles knitting plays in her life in  22 captivating, poignant, and laugh-out-loud funny essays. Recounting tales of childhood and adulthood, family, friends, adventure, privacy, disappointment, love, and celebration, she hits upon the universal truths that drive knitters to create and explores the ways in which knitting can be looked at as a metaphor for so many other things. Put simply, "No matter how perfect any one sweater may be, it's only human to crave another. And another, and another."

Clara Parkes, a celebrated raconteur, is the bestselling author of The Knitter’s Book of Yarn, The Knitter’s Book of Wool, and The Knitter’s Book of Socks. She is also the founder and publisher of KnittersReview.com, a weekly e-newsletter that explores the pleasures and subtleties of yarn and was described by Folio Magazine as “what Cook’s Illustrated is to foodies.” She resides in Portland, Maine.

 

Saturday October 12, 2013
Start: 10/12/2013 10:30 am
End: 10/12/2013 1:00 pm

Sat., Oct. 12 • 10:30-1:00pm • $55

 

 

Which is better for you? Veteran insider Alan Rinzler lays out the advantages and disadvantages between the traditional method of agents and publishers, as opposed to the potential independence and control of self-publishing. He's held executive positions at Simon & Schuster, Bantam, Macmillan, and Rolling Stone, editing and publishing Toni Morrison, Hunter Thompson, Clive Cussler, and others.  

Start: 10/12/2013 11:00 am

With the world of technology advancing and face-to-face communication becoming less common, it is no wonder the many “manner” and “etiquette” books fall short of reaching young people who are fully enveloped in a digital age. Faye de Muyshondt’s socialsklz:-) for Success ($16.00) is not only relevant, touching on topics of email, social networking, cyberbullying, and smartphones, but also breathes life into the basics: how to speak, shake hands, make conversation, and behave in all social settings. Although they are not typically taught in school, research has shown that teaching these skills increases academic scores.

Faye de Muyshondt was an adjunct professor in the Steinhardt School of Communications at New York University with a 13-year business background in public relations and marketing. After seeing her own students’ unpolished manners in and outside the classroom, she developed a course titled “The Brand Called You.” In 2008, she extended the course to New York Public schools as well as organizations such as the YMCA, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and Girl Scouts of America. Motivated by her younger students’ improvement and desire to learn, de Muyshondt began socialsklz:-) tools to thrive in the modern world, a workshop for all ages that opened to the public in October 2009 in New York City. She lives in Manhattan with her husband, daughter, and polite pooch.

 

Start: 10/12/2013 1:00 pm

Aminatta Forna excels in unmasking the deceptions and betrayals of men in wartime, and in tracing the lingering effects—both obvious and insidious—that haunt their survivors. Forna’s previous novel, The Memory of Love, was set in her family’s native Sierra Leone, and won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best Book; was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction, the International Dublin IMPAC Award, and many other accolades. With The Hired Man ($24.00), she has delivered a layered, psychologically rich portrait of a man caught in the crossfire of the Croatian War of Independence, and the secrets and tensions that fester within a town coping with the aftermath of conflict. 

Aminatta Forna is the author of two novels, Ancestor Stones and The Memory of Love, and The Devil That Danced on the Water, a memoir of her activist father and of Sierra Leone. With The Hired Man, she has widened her scope beyond Africa and stakes her claim as a truly cosmopolitan talent. She lives in London and will be teaching at Williams College in Western Massachusetts in the autumn of 2013.

 

Start: 10/12/2013 5:00 pm
End: 10/12/2013 7:00 pm

Corte Madera Community Center

Tickets: $35 per person in advance, $40 per person at the door

 

 

Celebrate the Bounty of Delectable Marin

Please join your fellow community members for an early evening gathering which will include local wines, beer and tasty finger foods made by West Marin caterer Pam Ferrari. It's all locally grown, produced, and prepared. Savor Marin is intended to do what its name suggests: to slow down for just a moment and appreciate Marin — the hard working people, the verdant and productive environment, and the incredible array of local foods and artisan producers.

Dr. Daphne Miller, author of Farmacology ($27.99), will be there to talk about the surprising ways that the ecology of our bodies and the ecology of our farms are intimately and inextricably linked. Venerable Marty Griffin, author of Saving the Marin-Sonoma Coast, one of the founding fathers of the Environmental Forum of Marin, and a Marin County treasure — will be there too. So please bring your sustainable foodie friends and come join in the fun!

For more information, visit the Savor Marin event page.

 

 

 

Start: 10/12/2013 7:00 pm

PLEASE NOTE: Due to Jhumpa Lahiri's nomination for a 2013 Man Booker Prize, she will be unable to appear at Dominican University. We congratulate Ms. Lahiri on her nomination and apologize to our patrons who were looking forward to this event as much as we were.

We will have a limited quantity of signed first editions of her book, The Lowland. Pre-order one with the button below, and be sure to note in the comments field your preference for a signed copy. For those who've already purchased tickets, please call (415) 927-0960, ext. 233 for refund information.

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Two brothers bound by tragedy. A fiercely brilliant woman haunted by her past. A country torn by revolution. A love that lasts long past death. An extraordinary new novel, set in both India and America, that expands the scope and range of one of our most dazzling storytellers: the best-selling author of The Namesake and Unaccustomed Earth.

Born just fifteen months apart, Subhash and Udayan Mitra are inseparable brothers, one often mistaken for the other in the Calcutta neighborhood where they grow up. But they are also opposites, with gravely different futures ahead. It is the 1960s, and Udayan-charismatic and impulsive-finds himself drawn to the Naxalite movement, a rebellion waged to eradicate inequity and poverty; he will give everything, risk all, for what he believes. Subhash, the dutiful son, does not share his brother's political passion; he leaves home to pursue a life of scientific research in a quiet, coastal corner of America. But when Subhash learns what happened to his brother in the lowland outside their family's home, he goes back to India, hoping to pick up the pieces of a shattered family, and to heal the wounds Udayan left behind-including those seared in the heart of his brother's wife.

Masterly suspenseful, sweeping, piercingly intimate, The Lowland is a work of great beauty and complex emotion; an engrossing family saga and a story steeped in history that spans generations and geographies with seamless authenticity. It is Jhumpa Lahiri at the height of her considerable powers.

Jhumpa Lahiri is the author of three previous works of fiction: Interpreter of Maladies, The Namesake and, most recently, Unaccustomed Earth. A recipient of the Pulitzer Prize, a PEN/Hemingway Award, the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship, she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2012.

Private Ocean is the Diamond Lead Sponsor of the Leadership Lecture Series of Dominican and Book Passage. 

 

Start: 10/12/2013 7:00 pm

Left Coast Writers Book Launch®

The Whale Song Translation ($16.95) is a story about sound: sounds of language, sounds of songs, and the sounds that kill. When the Navy’s controversial sonar experiments begin destroying Maui’s whales, an unlikely hero emerges. Howard Pines’ remarkable novel follows professor David Damitri as he races to save the humpback whales with time running out.

 

Sunday October 13, 2013
Start: 10/13/2013 1:00 pm

In the same format as The Elements by Theodore Gray comes the most complete, fascinating, and beautiful book ever written on color and how it affects everything in the universe in profound ways.

The Secret Language of Color
($29.95) is organized by chapters that cover broad topics, such as the Physics and Chemistry of Color, the Universe, the Earth, Flora, Animals, and Humans. These chapters alternate with chapters devoted to each hue in the visible spectrum Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Violet presenting them in singular and in-depth detail. It also includes dozens of information graphics and visual exercises that clearly demonstrate the amazing principles behind the science of color.

Arielle Eckstut is the author of 8 books including The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published. She is co-founder of The Book Doctors with her husband David Henry Sterry, a company dedicated to helping writers successfully publish their books. She is also co-founder of the iconic company, LittleMissMatched, which has become a national brand with stores all over the United States including Disneyland, Disney World, and Fifth Avenue in New York City. She lives in Montclair, New Jersey.

Joann Eckstut
is a leading color consultant who works with a wide range of professionals including architects, developers, and manufacturers of name brands. She is founder of The Roomworks, a prominent NYC interior design firm and is one of 12 designers chosen by the Color Association of the United States to create the yearly interior/environmental forecast that is bought by major industries to keep up with color trends. She is the author of Room Redux: The Home Decorating Workbook and The Color Palette Primer: A Guide to Choosing Ideal Color Combinations for Your Home. She lives in Rensselaerville, New York.

 

Start: 10/13/2013 4:00 pm

Featured Litquake Event!

In conversation with Isabel Allende

Set in a turbulent futuristic society, this provocative drama follows one woman’s investigation into the dark forces unleashing chaos around the world—a thrilling ride that will mesmerize until the end. 

In 2082, a catastrophic explosion rocks the dedication ceremony of the new United Nations in New York City. Security Director Julia Moro is on the job, chasing after the misogynistic leader of Patria, a long-disbanded international terrorist organization now being whispered about again on the streets. This dangerous, shadowy figure has been linked to several bombing attempts and vicious attacks on women, including the Women of Peace--an organization headed by thirteen bold women who have risked their lives to restore worldwide peace. As Julia's investigation unfolds, a deep secret from her past threatens to strip her of everything she cherishes and plunge her into unrecoverable darkness.

The Circle of Thirteen ($26.95) is a gripping narrative, weaving back and forth in time, from an act of domestic violence that created the disturbed personality of the Patria mastermind, to the two weeks leading up to the bombing at the UN, to events half a century before the bombing that directly influence it. The strong, relatable women and the unbreakable bond between them provide an emotionally grounded window into the future's unforgettable history.

William Petrocelli is the co-owner, with his wife Elaine, of the famed independent San Francisco Bay Area Book Passage bookstores. As a former Deputy Attorney General for the State of California and a poverty lawyer in Oakland, Petrocelli has long been an advocate for women's rights. The Circle of Thirteen is his first novel.

Isabel Allende is the author of ten works of fiction, four memoirs, and three young adult novels, which have been translated into more than twenty-seven languages with more than fifty-seven millions copies sold. Two of her novels were made into major motion pictures. In 2004 she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Allende is the 2012 recipient of the Hans Christian Andersen Literature Award. Born in Peru and raised in Chile, she lives in California. 

 

Start: 10/13/2013 7:00 pm

Even at birth, everyone is unique. Can heredity alone account for the complex differences in people's temperaments and styles? The Michael teachings, an extraordinary body of channeled work, propose that we are each unique souls who deliberately take on a specific combination of traits to give us the experiences we seek. In this fascinating book, Shepherd Hoodwin expertly discusses these teachings from his vantage point as a Michael channel.

These teachings address many age-old questions, such as "How did we become who we are?" "Why are we here?" "Where are we going?" and "How does the universe work?" In addition, Journey of Your Soul ($19.95) sheds light on the channeling process itself, answering questions such as "How does channeling work?" "Why do different channels receive conflicting information?" and "What does it take to become a channel?" Hoodwin shows us that it is possible, and indeed beneficial, to engage all parts of the human consciousness. His unique analytical approach to channeling will help readers gain a firm intellectual understanding of what is involved.

Shepherd Hoodwin has been channeling since 1986. He specializes in the Michael teachings, and practices healing, mediumship, past-life readings and therapy, counseling, and coaches others to channel.

 

Monday October 14, 2013
Start: 10/14/2013 3:30 pm
End: 10/14/2013 5:30 pm

7 Mon., Oct. 14-Dec. 9 (no class Nov. 18) • 3:30-5:30pm • $230
Prerequisite: Intermedium to Advanced German

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

This multimedia and interactive conversation class discusses topics around modern life in Germany. Wiebke Meineke is a native German. In 1999 she relocated to California and now lives in Tiburon. She has been teaching for 30 years.  

Start: 10/14/2013 6:00 pm

Join Linda Watanabe McFerrin and the Left Coast Writers® for an evening of poetry.

Book Passage hosts the monthly meetings of Left Coast Writers® at our Corte Madera store. This Literary Salon is led by author/teacher Linda Watanabe McFerrin. The monthly meetings provide an evening of literary connections, support, counsel, provocative readings, writing tips, literary chat, unabashed networking, and great fun. Each meeting also features a presentation by one of several Bay Area literary figures. The fee includes membership in Left Coast Writers®, a group of new and experienced writers. LCW has its own lively newsletter and website at www.leftcoastwriters.com/

 

 

Start: 10/14/2013 6:00 pm
End: 10/14/2013 8:00 pm

7 Mon., Oct. 14-Dec. 9 (no class Nov. 18) • 6:00-8:00pm • $230

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

Join us for this bilingual, interactive, and fun German class and learn important words and phrases which will help you to master daily life situations as a traveler in Germany. Wiebke Meineke is a native German. In 1999 she relocated to California and now lives in Tiburon. She has been teaching for 30 years.  

Start: 10/14/2013 7:00 pm

From acclaimed author Richard North Patterson comes Loss of Innocence ($26.95), a sweeping family drama of dark secrets and individual awakenings, set against the backdrop of the tumultuous summer of 1968.

America is in a state of turbulence, engulfed in civil unrest and uncertainty. Yet for Whitney Dane -- spending the summer of her twenty-second year on Martha's Vineyard -- life could not be safer, nor the future more certain. Educated at Wheaton, soon to be married, and the youngest daughter of the all-American Dane family, Whitney has everything she has ever wanted, and is everything her all-powerful and doting father, Charles Dane, wants her to be.

But the Vineyard's still waters are disturbed by the appearance of Benjamin Blaine. An underprivileged, yet fiercely ambitious and charismatic figure, Blaine is a force of nature neither Whitney nor her family could have prepared for.

Richard North Patterson is the author of twenty bestselling novels, including Degree of Guilt and Silent Witness. He has made appearances on "Good Morning America," "Hardball," and "The CBS Morning Show," and his articles on politics, literature, and law have been published in the London Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the San Jose Mercury News. He lives in Martha's Vineyard, Cabo San Lucas and San Francisco with his wife, Dr. Nancy Clair.

 

 

Tuesday October 15, 2013
Start: 10/15/2013 11:30 am
End: 10/15/2013 1:30 pm
San Domenico School Luncheon
Tickets:  $50.00

 

 

Please join San Domenico School for the 10th Annual Author Luncheon featuring Karen Joy Fowler. The lunch as always will also feature top notch 8th grade wait staff! 

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Jane Austen Book Club, We Are Completely Besides Ourselves ($26.95) is the story of an American family, middle class in middle America, ordinary in every way but one. But that exception is the beating heart of this extraordinary novel.

Meet the Cooke family: Mother and Dad, brother Lowell, sister Fern, and our narrator, Rosemary, who begins her story in the middle. She has her reasons. “I spent the first eighteen years of my life defined by this one fact: that I was raised with a chimpanzee,” she tells us. “It’s never going to be the first thing I share with someone. I tell you Fern was a chimp and already you aren’t thinking of her as my sister. But until Fern’s expulsion, I’d scarcely known a moment alone. She was my twin, my funhouse mirror, my whirlwind other half, and I loved her as a sister.”

Rosemary was not yet six when Fern was removed. Over the years, she’s managed to block a lot of memories. She’s smart, vulnerable, innocent, and culpable. With some guile, she guides us through the darkness, penetrating secrets and unearthing memories, leading us deeper into the mystery she has dangled before us from the start. Stripping off the protective masks that have hidden truths too painful to acknowledge, in the end, “Rosemary” truly is for remembrance.

Karen Joy Fowler is the author of three story collections and six novels, including The Jane Austen Book Club, which was on the New York Times bestsellers list for thirteen weeks.  Her novel Sister Noon was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award, and most of her titles have been New York Times Notable Books.  Born and raised in Bloomington, Indiana, she holds an undergraduate degree from University of California, Berkeley and earned her MA from University of California, Davis. 

Any questions? Contact: authorluncheon@me.com

 

Start: 10/15/2013 1:00 pm

Don Tillman, professor of genetics, has never been on a second date. He is a man who can count all his friends on the fingers of one hand, whose lifelong difficulty with social rituals has convinced him that he is simply not wired for romance. So when an acquaintance informs him that he would make a “wonderful” husband, his first reaction is shock. Yet he must concede to the statistical probability that there is someone for everyone, and he embarks upon The Wife Project. In the orderly, evidence-based manner with which he approaches all things, Don sets out to find the perfect partner. She will be punctual and logical—most definitely not a barmaid, a smoker, a drinker, or a late-arriver.

Yet Rosie Jarman is all these things. She is also beguiling, fiery, intelligent—and on a quest of her own. She is looking for her biological father, a search that a certain DNA expert might be able to help her with. Don's Wife Project takes a back burner to the Father Project and an unlikely relationship blooms, forcing the scientifically minded geneticist to confront the spontaneous whirlwind that is Rosie—and the realization that love is not always what looks good on paper.

The Rosie Project
($24.00) is a moving and hilarious novel for anyone who has ever tenaciously gone after life or love in the face of overwhelming challenges.

Graeme Simsion is a former IT consultant with an international reputation. His screen adaptation of The Rosie Project won the Australian Writers Guild/Inscription Award for Best Romantic Comedy Script and has been optioned to Sony Pictures. Graeme lives in Australia with his wife Anne, a psychiatrist who writes erotic fiction, and their two children.

 

Start: 10/15/2013 7:00 pm

Osher Marin JCC
FREE - no registration necessary.

 

 

 

Imagine if your childhood bedtime stories were of the Holocaust. With blunt honesty, Alan Kaufman shares his harrowing life journey in his book, Drunken Angel: A Memoir ($18.95), from the streets of NY and SF to the battlefields of Israel—through alcoholism and recovery. His narrative of loss, addiction and redemption explores the intersection of alcoholism, his Jewish lineage and the Holocaust—and what it may mean for us today. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Start: 10/15/2013 7:00 pm

In conversation with James Dalessandro

On the day John F. Kennedy is inaugurated, Claire, an uncompromising young wife and mother obsessed with the glamour of Jackie O, struggles over the decision of whether to stay in a loveless marriage or follow the man she loves and whose baby she may be carrying. Decades earlier, in 1919, Vivien Lowe, an obituary writer, is searching for her lover who disappeared in the Great San Francisco Earthquake of 1906. By telling the stories of the dead, Vivien not only helps others cope with their grief but also begins to understand the devastation of her own terrible loss. The surprising connection between Claire and Vivien will change the life of one of them in unexpected and extraordinary ways. Part literary mystery and part love story, The Obituary Writer ($15.95) examines expectations of marriage and love, the roles of wives and mothers, and the emotions of grief, regret, and hope.

Ann Hood is the best-selling author of The Knitting Circle, The Red Thread, and Comfort, among other works. Her most recent novel is The Obituary Writer. She has been the recipient of a Best American Spiritual Writing Award, a Best American Food Writing Award, a Best American Travel Writing Award, the Paul Bowles Prize for Short Fiction, and two Pushcart Prizes. She lives in Providence, Rhode Island. 

James Dalessandro is the author of Bohemian Heart and the co-author of Citizen Jane.

 

 

Wednesday October 16, 2013
Start: 10/16/2013 6:00 pm
End: 10/16/2013 8:00 pm

4 Wed., Oct. 16-Nov. 6 • 6:00-8:00pm • $175

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

Are you excited about putting stories onto paper but intimidated by the blank computer screen? Whether you're just starting or have some writing experience, learn structures and techniques that will bring your fiction or nonfiction to life. This class will include handouts, take-home assignments, and in-class writing. Tanya Egan Gibson is the author of the novel How to Buy a Love of Reading. 

Start: 10/16/2013 7:00 pm

Angelico Hall, Dominican University
Tickets: $35 (includes signed copy of The Signature of All Things)

In Conversation with Kelly Corrigan

In The Signature of All Things, Elizabeth Gilbert returns to fiction, inserting her inimitable voice into an enthralling story of love, adventure and discovery. Spanning much of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the novel follows the fortunes of the extraordinary Whittaker family as led by the enterprising Henry Whittaker—a poor-born Englishman who makes a great fortune in the South American quinine trade, eventually becoming the richest man in Philadelphia. Born in 1800, Henry’s brilliant daughter, Alma (who inherits both her father’s money and his mind), ultimately becomes a botanist of considerable gifts herself. As Alma’s research takes her deeper into the mysteries of evolution, she falls in love with a man named Ambrose Pike who makes incomparable paintings of orchids and who draws her in the exact opposite direction—into the realm of the spiritual, the divine, and the magical. Alma is a clear-minded scientist; Ambrose a utopian artist—but what unites this unlikely couple is a desperate need to understand the workings of this world and the mechanisms behind all life.


Exquisitely researched and told at a galloping pace, The Signature of All Things soars across the globe—from London to Peru to Philadelphia to Tahiti to Amsterdam, and beyond. Along the way, the story is peopled with unforgettable characters: missionaries, abolitionists, adventurers, astronomers, sea captains, geniuses, and the quite mad. But most memorable of all, it is the story of Alma Whittaker, who—born in the Age of Enlightenment, but living well into the Industrial Revolution—bears witness to that extraordinary moment in human history when all the old assumptions about science, religion, commerce, and class were exploding into dangerous new ideas. Written in the bold, questing spirit of that singular time, Gilbert’s wise, deep, and spellbinding tale is certain to capture the hearts and minds of readers.

Elizabeth Gilbert is an award-winning writer of both fiction and nonfiction. Her short story collection, Pilgrims, was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award, and her novel, Stern Men, was a New York Times Notable Book. Her 2002 book, The Last American Man, was a finalist for both the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. She is best known for her 2006 memoir, Eat, Pray, Love, which has been published in more than thirty languages; a film based on the memoir, starring Julia Roberts, opened in August 2010. Her most recent book, the memoir Committed: A Love Story, appeared in 2010. In 2008, Time magazine named Gilbert one of the most influential people in the world.

 

Private Ocean Wealth Management is the Diamond Lead Sponsor of the Leadership Lecture Series of Dominican and Book Passage.

 

Thursday October 17, 2013
Start: 10/17/2013 1:00 pm

In conversation with Sylvia Boorstein, founder of Spirit Rock.

From the best-selling author of Devotion and Slow Motion comes a witty, heartfelt, and practical look at the exhilarating and challenging process of storytelling. At once a memoir, meditation on the artistic process, and advice on craft, Still Writing ($24.00) is an intimate and eloquent companion to living a creative life.

Through a blend of deeply personal stories about what formed her as a writer, tales from other authors, and a searching look at her own creative process, Dani Shapiro offers her gift to writers everywhere: an elegant guide of hard-won wisdom and advice for staying the course. “The writer’s life requires courage, patience, empathy, openness. It requires the ability to be alone with oneself. Gentle with oneself. To be disciplined, and at the same time, take risks.” Writers—and anyone with an artistic temperament—will find inspiration and comfort in these pages. Offering lessons learned over twenty years of teaching and writing, Shapiro brings her own revealing insights to weave an indispensable almanac for modern writers.

Like Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird, Virginia Woolf’s A Writer’s Diary, and Stephen King’s On Writing, Dani Shapiro’s Still Writing is a lodestar for aspiring scribes and an eloquent memoir of the writing life.

Dani Shapiro is the bestselling author of the memoirs Devotion and Slow Motion, and five novels including Black & White and Family History. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, Tin House, One Story, Elle, Vogue, The New York Times Book Review, The Los Angeles Times, and has been widely anthologized. She has taught in the writing programs at Columbia, NYU, The New School and Wesleyan University, and she is co-founder of the Sirenland Writers Conference in Positano, Italy. She is a contributing editor at Travel + Leisure.

 

Start: 10/17/2013 7:00 pm

The Los Angeles Times has described Kim Dower's poetry as, “sensual and evocative lyrical snapshots of life’s bittersweet moments, seamlessly combining humor and heartache.” Slice of Moon ($18.95) is her second poetry collection . Kim’s work has appeared in Ploughshares, The Seneca Review, Barrow Street, Eclipse, and Two Hawks Quarterly. Two of the poems in Slice of Moon were finalists for the Rattle Poetry Prize.

Kim Dower grew up in New York City and studied Creative Writing at Emerson College in Boston. Her first collection, Air Kissing on Mars, was published by Red Hen Press in 2010 and appeared on the Poetry Foundation’s Contemporary Best Sellers list.

 

Friday October 18, 2013
Start: 10/18/2013 10:00 am
End: 10/18/2013 12:00 pm

6 Fridays • Oct. 18 - Nov. 22 • 10:00-12:00pm • $220

 

 

Students leave with a strategy for completing their book and advice on publication, with suggestions for agents, editors, publishers, and printers. 

 

Start: 10/18/2013 12:00 pm

Please note: this event is sold out! For signed first editios of The Heart of the Plate, request a signed copy in the comments field at check-out or call (415) 927-0960 ext. 1. 

Greens Restaurant, San Francisco

The New York Times has hailed Mollie Katzen as "one of the best-selling cookbook authors of all time." Katzen has helped Americans change the way we eat and brought vegetarian cuisine into home kitchens with her award winning Moosewood Cookbook popularity. In her new cookbook, The Heart of the Plate, readers will find a repertoire of 250 flavorful, lighter, vibrant recipes. In assembling this huge collection, she has included her most loved recipes. She also includes 35 menu's  of which 15 are vegan. Katzen's hallmark has always been her drawings and illustrations in her cookbooks and this one is no exception. Her latest work is filled with line drawings, illustrations and stunning full color photographs.

 

Start: 10/18/2013 6:00 pm

The Black Russian ($25.00) is the incredible story of Frederick Bruce Thomas, born in 1872 to former slaves who became prosperous farmers in Mississippi. A rich white planter’s attempt to steal their land forced them to flee to Memphis, where Frederick’s father was brutally murdered. After leaving the South and working as a waiter and valet in Chicago and Brooklyn, Frederick sought greater freedom in London, then crisscrossed Europe, and—in a highly unusual choice for a black American at the time—went to Russia in 1899. Because he found no color line there, Frederick made Moscow his home.

He renamed himself Fyodor Fyodorovich Tomas, married twice, acquired a mistress, and took Russian citizenship. Through his hard work, charm, and guile he became one of the city’s richest and most famous owners of variety theaters and restaurants. The Bolshevik Revolution ruined him, and he barely escaped with his life and family to Constantinople in 1919. Starting from scratch, he made a second fortune by opening celebrated nightclubs that introduced jazz to Turkey. However, the long arm of American racism, the xenophobia of the new Turkish Republic, and Frederick’s own extravagance landed him in debtor’s prison. He died in Constantinople in 1928.

Vladimir Alexandrov received a Ph. D. in comparative literature from Princeton. He taught Russian literature and culture at Harvard before moving to Yale, where he is B.E. Bensinger Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures. He is the author of books on Bely, Nabokov, and Tolstoy, and has published numerous articles on various other Russian writers and topics.

 

Start: 10/18/2013 7:00 pm

There is nothing inherently threatening about Melissa, a young evangelist hoping to write the definitive paper on intelligent design. But when she implores Andy Waite, a biology professor and a hardcore evolutionist, to direct her independent study, she becomes the catalyst for the collapsing house of cards surrounding him. As he works with Melissa, Andy finds that everything about his world is starting to add up differently. Suddenly there is the possibility of faith. But with it come responsibility and guilt-the very things that Andy has sidestepped for years.

Professor Waite is nearing the moment when his life might settle down a bit: tenure is in sight, his daughters are starting to grow up, and he's slowly but surely healing from the sudden loss of his wife. His life is starting to make sense again-until the scientific stance that has defined his life(and his work) is challenged by this charismatic student.

In a bravura performance, Lauren Grodstein dissects the permeable line between faith and doubt to create The Explanation of Everything ($24.95), a fiercely intelligent story about the lies we tell ourselves, the deceptions we sustain with others, and how violated boundaries-between students and teachers, believers and nonbelievers-can have devastating consequences.

Lauren Grodstein is the author of the bestselling A Friend of the Family, which was a Washington Post Best Book of the Year, a New York Times Editor’s Pick, and an Indie Next selection; the collection The Best of Animals; and the novel Reproduction Is the Flaw of Love. She teaches creative writing at Rutgers University.

 

Saturday October 19, 2013
Start: 10/19/2013 10:00 am
End: 10/19/2013 2:00 pm

Sat., Oct. 19 • 10:00-2:00pm • $60

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

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: 10/19/2013 10:00 am
End: 10/19/2013 12:30 pm

Sat., Oct. 19 • 10:00-12:30pm • $50

 

 

If you want to get published, you'll need an agent. This class discusses the agent's role in trade publishing, finding the right agent, your agent's expectations from you, and your expectations from your agent. One student said, "I liked Andy's style -- timely, on task, focused, direct, funny..." Andy Ross is a literary agent in Oakland. Before that, he was owner of Cody's Books in Berkeley.  

Start: 10/19/2013 11:00 am

Tickets: $21 (includes book, coffee, & tea)

 

 

What’s wrong with the US food system? Why is half the world starving while the other half battles obesity? Who decides our food issues, and why can’t we do better with labeling, safety, or school food? These are complex questions that are hard to answer in an engaging way for a broad audience. But everybody eats, and food politics affects us all.

Marion Nestle, whom Michael Pollan ranked as the #2 most powerful foodie in America (after Michelle Obama) in Forbes, has always used cartoons in her public presentations to communicate how politics—shaped by government, corporate marketing, economics, and geography—influences food choice. Cartoons do more than entertain; the best get right to the core of complicated concepts and powerfully convey what might otherwise take pages to explain.

In Eat, Drink, Vote, Nestle teams up with The Cartoonist Group syndicate to present more than 250 of her favorite cartoons on issues ranging from dietary advice to genetic engineering to childhood obesity. Using the cartoons as illustration and commentary, she engagingly summarizes some of today’s most pressing issues in food politics. While encouraging readers to vote with their forks for healthier diets, this book insists that it’s also necessary to vote with votes to make it easier for everyone to make healthier dietary choices.

Marion Nestle is Paulette Goddard Professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University. She is the author of three prize-winning books: Food Politics, Safe Food, and What to Eat. She writes a monthly Food Matters column for the San Francisco Chronicle and blogs daily at FoodPolitics.com. She lives in New York City.

 

Start: 10/19/2013 1:00 pm

Introduction by David Corbett

Every man has his dark side...Spero Lucas confronts his own in The Double ($26.00), the most explosive thriller yet from George Pelecanos, one of America's best-loved crime writers.

The job seems simple enough: retrieve the valuable painting -- "The Double" -- Grace Kinkaid's ex-boyfriend stole from her. It's the sort of thing Spero Lucas specializes in: finding what's missing, and doing it quietly. But Grace wants more. She wants Lucas to find the man who humiliated her--a violent career criminal with a small gang of brutal thugs at his beck and call.

Lucas is a man who knows how to get what he wants, whether it's a thief on the run--or a married woman. In the midst of a steamy, passionate love affair that he knows can't last, in pursuit of a dangerous man who will stop at nothing to get what he wants, Lucas is forced to decide what kind of man he is--and how far he'll go to get what he wants.

George Pelecanos is the author of several highly praised and bestselling novels, including The Cut, What It Was, The Way Home, The Turnaround, and The Night Gardener. He is also an independent-film producer, an essayist, and the recipient of numerous international writing awards. He was a producer and Emmy-nominated writer for The Wire and currently writes for the acclaimed HBO series Treme. He lives in Maryland.

 

Start: 10/19/2013 4:00 pm

Budapest, 1956. In this darkest year in the modern history of Hungary, a national uprising against Soviet occupiers and their reign of terror is underway. Eleven year old Evike and her firebrand mother steal deep into battle zones in support of civilian freedom fighters armed only with primitive weapons and desperate courage against the heavy artillery of trained Russian troops. Taken in for interrogation by the secret police, little Evike spins a story to deflect attention from her mother's revolutionary activities. A story that will irrevocably alter a number of lives and reach its tentacles, thirty years later, into the life of Ildiko Palmay.

Chicago, 1986
. Ildiko, 37, a librarian and ESL teacher, the American-born daughter of Hungarian refugees, is caught in a web of guilt and regret over her mother's mystifying death. Unsettled by her life and her romantic failures, she finds herself suddenly and unexpectedly drawn back to her roots, first to the Hungarian neighborhood of her youth in Chicago--and eventually to the Russian-occupied city of Budapest. Along the way, she meets a magnetic man who may not be what he seems, uncovers a trail of secrets and betrayals that eventually intersect with the tangled knot of the mother-daughter participants in the Revolution--and she discovers the shocking truth about her mother's death.

Triptych ($24.95) is the suspenseful unfolding of two parallel stories of mother and daughter relationships forged in the brutalities of the 1956 Hungarian revolution.

Margit Liesche is the daughter of Hungarian refugees who arrived in the States in 1947 following years of missionary service in war-torn central China. Weaned on her parents’ tales of isolation, adventure, and escape, intrigue is part of her DNA. She is the author of Lipstick and Lies and Hollywood Buzz, WWII homefront mysteries featuring the engaging WASP pilot Pucci Lewis and highly praised for their authenticity. Margit lives in Marin County, CA.

 

Start: 10/19/2013 7:00 pm

Comprehensively, and for the first time, award-winning ESPN investigative reporters Mark Fainaru-Wada and Steve Fainaru tell the story of a public health crisis that emerged from the playing fields of our 21st century pastime. Everyone knew that football is violent and dangerous. But what the players who built the NFL into a $10 billion industry didn’t know -- and what the league sought to shield from them -- is that no amount of padding could protect the human brain from the force generated by modern football; that the very essence of the game could be exposing these players to brain damage.

In a fast-paced narrative that moves between the NFL trenches, America’s research labs and the boardrooms where the NFL went to war against science, League of Denial ($26.00) examines how the league used its power and resources to attack independent scientists and elevate its own flawed research -- a campaign with echoes of Big Tobacco’s fight to deny the connection between smoking and lung cancer. It chronicles the tragic fates of players like Hall of Fame Pittsburgh Steelers center Mike Webster, who was so disturbed at the time of his death he fantasized about shooting NFL executives; and former Chargers great Junior Seau, whose diseased brain became the target of an unseemly scientific battle between researchers and the NFL. Based on exclusive interviews, previously undisclosed documents and private emails, this is the story of what the NFL knew and when it knew it –- questions at the heart of a crisis that threatens football, from the highest levels all the way down to Pop Warner.

Mark Fainaru-Wada is an investigative reporter for ESPN. With his colleague Lance Williams, he co-authored the New York Times best-seller Game of Shadows: Barry Bonds, BALCO and the Steroids Scandal That Rocked Professional Sports. He lives in Petaluma, California, with his wife Nicole, son Max and daughter Ella.
 
Steve Fainaru is an investigative reporter for ESPN. While covering the Iraq war for the Washington Post, he received the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting for his investigation into the U.S. military’s reliance on private security contractors. He lives in Berkeley, California, with his wife Maureen Fan, and son Will.

 

Sunday October 20, 2013
Start: 10/20/2013 1:00 pm

Raymond Francis' first book, Never Be Sick Again, helped thousands of people with "incurable" diseases and enabled thousands more to shed excess weight, improve their cholesterol profiles, and achieve peak immunity from disease. Now Francis brings his revolutionary approach to anyone who wants to enjoy robust health and wellness and reverse accelerated aging.

As Francis explains, just like an automobile, the body ages as a result of accumulated repair deficits, or a lack of maintenance. Fortunately, the human body is a self-repairing system, and in this latest book, Francis shows readers how to stay in good repair and keep the aging process at bay. His revolutionary approach counters the one-size-fits-all approach of most conventional anti-aging treatments on the market by targeting specific imbalances that manifest through "aging" symptoms. Botox injections, plastic surgery, and even hormone-replacement therapies don't yield meaningful results because they fail to activate the body's self-repair mechanisms; what's more, sometimes these treatments compound the problem by introducing additional toxins into the body. Never Feel Old Again ($15.95) provides a fundamental understanding of why we experience accelerated aging and teaches readers to look and feel their best and be healthy at any age.

 

Start: 10/20/2013 4:00 pm

Join Lavinia Spalding, Abbie Kozolchyk, Natalie Baszile, Kimberly Lovato, and Jenna Scatena as they celebrate the release of The Best Women’s Travel Writing, Vol. 9 ($19.95). This title is the ninth in an annual series that presents stimulating, inspiring, and uplifting adventures from women who have traveled to the ends of the earth to discover new places, peoples, and facets of themselves.

Lavinia Spalding is the author of Writing Away: A Creative Guide to Awakening the Journal-Writing Traveler, and coauthor of With a Measure of Grace: The Story and Recipes of a Small Town Restaurant. Her work has also appeared in such publications as Sunset Magazine, Yoga Journal, Inkwell, and Post Road Magazine. She grew up in New Hampshire and Flagstaff, Arizona and graduated from the University of Arizona creative writing program. She has kept travel journals throughout thirty countries on five continents, and is the editor of The Best Women's Travel Writing 2011 and The Best Women's Travel Writing 2012.

 

 

Monday October 21, 2013
Start: 10/21/2013 7:00 pm

From the first Rockefeller woman to write a personal family memoir comes an inspiring and courageous story that gives readers an intimate look at one of the most important families in American history.

In Being a Rockefeller, Becoming Myself ($27.95), Eileen Rockefeller, the great-granddaughter of John D. Rockefeller and the daughter of David and Peggy Rockefeller, shares personal stories connecting the extraordinary experience of being a Rockefeller to the universal one of finding identity and purpose.

Eileen Rockefeller is the youngest daughter of David and Peggy Rockefeller, and a great-granddaughter of John D. Rockefeller. She is the founding chair of the Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisers and the Growald Family Fund. She lives in Vermont with her husband.

 

Tuesday October 22, 2013
Start: 10/22/2013 12:30 pm

Lose inches while enjoying pan-seared steak? Restore your health and boost your energy through chipotle mashed sweet potatoes and sautéed Brussels sprouts? Absolutely. Millions of people are embracing the health benefits of the Paleo movement and transitioning to a diet based on protein, healthy fats, and fresh fruits and vegetables. Charles and Julie Mayfield's easy, inspiring recipes from Quick & Easy Paleo Comfort Foods: 150 Delicious Gluten-Free Recipes ($25.95) will have healthy, delicious meals on the table, without spending hours in the kitchen.

These are simple-to-make dishes that soothe the soul after a stressful day—food you'll want to share with family and friends. Gorgeously illustrated and written by home cooks for home cooks, Quick & Easy Paleo Comfort Foods helpfully instructs on cooking techniques, pantry staples and must-have kitchen equipment. With these warm and engaging authors as your guides, healthy eating becomes less complicated and infinitely more pleasurable and satisfying.

Charles and Julie Mayfield…simply two home cooks with an immense joy of growing, cooking and eating fantastic food. They love sharing what they learn along the way with others. As the saying goes "give a man a fish and feed him for a day…teach a man to fish and feed him for a lifetime." Their adventure into eating real, natural and nutrient dense food started in 2008. Since then, theye have spent hours refining recipes and coming up with unique and fun ways to prepare food to make it really tasty.

 

Start: 10/22/2013 6:00 pm

Whitey Bulger: America’s Most Wanted Gangster and the Manhunt That Brought Him to Justice ($26.95), written by veteran Boston Globe reporters Kevin Cullen and Shelley Murphy, is the first authoritative look at the real Whitey Bulger, cutting through the myths, legends, and hearsay and offering the cold truth about Whitey’s life of violence and his disturbing collusion with the FBI. It is a true crime epic of the highest caliber as well as the most intimate, relentlessly well-researched, real-time look at the man who, following the death of Osama bin Laden, became America’s most wanted criminal.

James “Whitey” Bulger is to crime in the latter half of the twentieth century what Al Capone was to the first: a mythic figure, a legendary hood, a bogeyman. Whitey’s criminal associates have published memoirs about him, some serving up spurious claims and self-serving reminiscences. Hollywood has been inspired by him, most notably in the character of Irish mob boss Frank Costello in Martin Scorsese’s 2006 movie The Departed. Each attempt has done more to obscure Whitey’s true story than to reveal it.

Until now, no book has come close to giving us a complete, three-dimensional portrait of Bulger, from his criminal beginnings as a neighborhood tough who would “take two punches to land one” to his nine years in federal prison—including Alcatraz—for bank robbery. No work has told the whole story of how a wiry ne’er-do-well from the South Boston projects became the most wanted person in America and evaded capture for nearly two decades.

Kevin Cullen, a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist who has written for the Boston Globe since 1985, was the first to raise questions about Bulger's relationship with the FBI.  Shelley Murphy, winner of the George Polk Award, has covered organized crime since 1985, beginning at the Boston Herald and moving to the Globe in 1993.  Cullen lived in South Boston during much of Whitey’s reign. Murphy was born and raised in Dorchester and attended South Boston High School. Together, Cullen and Murphy have been pursuing Whitey Bulger for over fifty years.

 

 

Start: 10/22/2013 7:30 pm

Since Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) introduced his constitutional amendment to redress the implications of Citizens United vs. FEC, and the Supreme Court rules on the Voting Rights Act, John Nichols and Robert McChesney have become the go-to journalists to discuss exactly how the electoral process has been corrupted by the fabulously wealthy individuals and corporations who’ve been legally freed to attempt to buy elections outright.

In their new book, Dollarocracy: How the Money and Media Election Complex is Destroying America ($25.99), Nichols and McChesney -- two leading media experts -- examine the forces that have sapped elections of their meaning and stolen America’s democratic potential. When Barack Obama was reelected, some pundits argued that, despite unbridled campaign spending, here was proof that big money couldn’t buy elections. However, Nichols and McChesney have crunched the numbers and found that the exact opposite was the case. The 2012 election was a quantum leap: it was America’s first $10 billion election campaign. U.S. elections have never been perfect, but America is now hurtling toward a point where the electoral process itself ceases to function as a means for citizens to effectively control leaders and to guide government policies.

Robert W. McChesney is the Gutgsell Endowed Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the author or editor of sixteen books. He is the President and co-founder of Free Press, a national media reform organization and hosts “Media Matters” on WILL-AM radio. He lives in Madison, WI.

John Nichols, a pioneering political blogger, has written The Nation’s Online Beat since 1999 is their Washington DC correspondent contributing writer for The Progressive and In These Times, he is also the associate editor of the Capital Times, the daily newspaper in Madison, Wisconsin. His articles have appeared in the New York Times, Chicago Tribune and dozens of other newspapers and he is a frequent guest on radio and television programs as a commentator on politics and media issues. Nichols lives in Madison, WI and Washington DC.

 

Wednesday October 23, 2013
Start: 10/23/2013 7:00 pm

With cinematic power and beauty, bestselling author David Laskin mines his own genealogy to tell the spellbinding tale of the three drastically different paths that his family members took across the span of 150 years.

In the latter half of the nineteenth century Laskin’s great-great-grandfather, a Torah scribe named Shimon Dov HaKohen, raised six children with his wife, Beyle, in a yeshiva town at the western fringe of the Russian empire. The pious couple expected their sons and daughters to carry the family tradition into future generations. But the social and political upheavals of the twentieth century decreed otherwise.

The HaKohen family split off into three branches. One branch emigrated to America and founded the fabulously successful Maidenform Bra Company; one branch went to Palestine as pioneers and participated in the contentious birth of the state of Israel; and the third branch remained in Europe and suffered the Holocaust.

In tracing the roots of his own family, Laskin captures the epic sweep of twentieth-century history. A modern-day scribe, Laskin honors the traditions, the lives, and the choices of his ancestors: revolutionaries and entrepreneurs, scholars and farmers, tycoons and truck drivers. The Family ($32.00) is an eloquent masterwork of true grandeur -- a deeply personal, dramatic, and universal account of a people caught in a cataclysmic time in world history.

David Laskin is the author of The Children’s Blizzard, which won the Washington State Book Award and Midwest Booksellers’ Choice Award for nonfiction. He is the author of several other books of nonfiction and also writes for The New York Times and The Washington Post. He lives in Seattle.

 

Thursday October 24, 2013
Start: 10/24/2013 1:00 pm

Donna Tartt, author of the classic bestsellers The Secret History and The Little Friend returns with a brilliant, highly anticipated new novel.

Composed with the skills of a master, The Goldfinch ($30.00) is a haunted odyssey through present day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a thirteen-year-old New Yorker, who miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

As an adult, Theo moves silkily between the drawing rooms of the rich and the dusty labyrinth of an antiques store where he works. He is alienated and in love -- and at the center of a narrowing, ever more dangerous circle. The Goldfinch is a novel of shocking narrative energy and power. It combines unforgettably vivid characters, mesmerizing language, and breathtaking suspense, while plumbing with a philosopher's calm the deepest mysteries of love, identity, and art. It is a beautiful, stay-up-all-night and tell-all-your-friends triumph, an old-fashioned story of loss and obsession, survival and self-invention, and the ruthless machinations of fate.

Donna Tartt was born in Greenwood, Mississippi and is a graduate of Bennington College. She is the author of the novels The Secret History and The Little Friend, which have been translated into thirty languages.

 

Start: 10/24/2013 6:00 pm

In conversation with Joel Riddell

Co-sponsor with Israeli Consulate

Einat Admony is a 21st-century balaboosta (Yiddish for perfect housewife ). She's a mother and wife, but also a chef busy running three bustling New York City restaurants. Balaboosta ($29.95), her debut cookbook features 140 of the recipes she cooks for the people she loves her children, her husband, and the many friends she regularly entertains. Here, Einat s mixed Israeli heritage (Yemenite, Persian) seamlessly blends with the fresh, sophisticated Mediterranean palate she honed while working in some of New York City s most beloved kitchens.

The result is a melting pot of meals for every need and occasion: exotic and exciting dinner-party dishes (harissa-spiced Moroccan fish, beet gnocchi), meals just for kids (chicken schnitzel, root veggie chips), healthy options (butternut squash and saffron soup, quinoa salad with preserved lemon and chickpeas), satisfying comfort food (creamy, cheesy potatoes, spicy chili), and so much more.

Joel Riddell is the award winning host and producer of Dining Around on Talk 910 Saturday from 10:00am-1:00pm.

 

 

Start: 10/24/2013 7:00 pm

In 2010, scientists led by J. Craig Venter became the first to successfully create “synthetic life”—putting humankind at the threshold of the most important and exciting phase of biological research, one that will enable us to actually write the genetic code for designing new species to help us adapt and evolve for long-term survival. The science of synthetic genomics will have a profound impact on human existence, including chemical and energy generation, health, clean water and food production, environmental control, and possibly even our evolution.

In Life at the Speed of Light ($26.95), Venter presents a fascinating and authoritative study of this emerging field from the inside -- detailing its origins, current challenges and controversies, and projected effects on our lives. This scientific frontier provides an opportunity to ponder anew the age-old question “What is life?” and examine what we really mean by “playing God.” Life at the Speed of Light is a landmark work, written by a visionary at the dawn of a new era of biological engineering.

J. Craig Venter is best known for sequencing the human genome. He is the founder, chairman, and CEO of the J. Craig Venter Institute, a not-for-profit research organization dedicated to genomic research. He is also the founder and CEO of Synthetic Genomics, Inc., as well as the author of A Life Decoded. He is the recipient of numerous awards and honorary degrees, including the 2008 United States National Medal of Science, and twice been named one Time's 100 most influential people. He lives in La Jolla, California. Visit jcvi.org.

 

Friday October 25, 2013
Start: 10/25/2013 5:00 pm

Peju Winery, Rutherford (Napa Valley)
Tickets (Book Included): $120 per person, $200 per couple

Please note: this event is currently waitlist only. To inquire about ticket availabiliy, please call (415) 927-0960 ext. 1.

 

Check-in and registration from 5:00 - 6:00 pm, with sit down dinner to immediately follow

Anne Burrell has worked at top restaurants in New York, studied food in Italy, and battled alongside Mario Batali on the Food Network’s Iron Chef. She gives kitchen tips in her Food Network series Secrets of a Restaurant Chef. Own Your Kitchen has recipes that let home cooks take charge when they’re cooking. Burrell shows how to let flavors work together, how to make things early, and how to feel confident and stress free in the kitchen.

We are proud to launch a partnership with Peju Winery, a family owned and operated winery in the heart of the Napa Valley.

 

Start: 10/25/2013 7:00 pm

In his first fully illustrated work, David Thomson breaks new ground by focusing in on a series of moments -- which his readers will also experience in beautifully reproduced imagery -- from seventy-two films across a 100-year-plus span. An indispensable counterpart to both his classic Biographical Dictionary of Film (called “a miracle” by Sight and Sound) and his lauded recent history, The Big Screen (“a pungently written, brilliant book” according to David Denby), Moments That Made The Movies ($39.95) takes readers on an unprecedented visual tour, where the specifics of the imagery the reader is seeing are inextricably tied to the text. Thomson's moments range from a set of Eadweard Muybridge's pioneering photographs to sequences in films from the classic -- Citizen Kane, Sunset Boulevard, The Red Shoes -- to the unexpected -- The Piano Teacher, Burn After Reading.

Based in San Francisco, David Thomson is the film critic for The New Republic and has written regularly for The Guardian, The Independent, Sight & Sound, Film Comment, and Movieline.

 

Saturday October 26, 2013
Start: 10/26/2013 10:00 am
End: 10/26/2013 3:00 pm

During the last two decades, the annual San Francisco Author’s Luncheon has grown into the Bay Area’s premier literary event. This year is no different: the National Kidney Foundation celebrate its 25th annual luncheon on Saturday, October 26 with seven nationally known, best-selling authors: Lidia Bastianich, Daniel Boulud, Sherri Duskey Rinker, Anne Lamott, Amy Tan, Jess Walter, and Simon Winchester. Master of Ceremonies is Michael J. Krasny, PhD, host of KQED public radio’s Forum. Book Passage is proud to be a part of this major literary event.

 



Nearly 2 million people in Northern California suffer from chronic kidney disease, including 1 million living in the Greater Bay Area. Luncheon proceeds support the work of the National Kidney Foundation to directly enhance the lives of people in our community who are either dialysis or transplant patients, or at risk for developing kidney disease.

Individual Tickets are $135, Individual Tables are $1,200 before September 1st, and Table Sponsorships begin at $2,500. Reserve individual seating, a reader's table, or become a sponsor today! For more information, please call 415.543.3303 or visit
this webpage.

 

Start: 10/26/2013 1:00 pm

Will you be the next to break the world record?

Anything is possible with The New World Champion Paper Airplane Book ($16.99), the newest collection of designs and theories of flight from John M. Collins, the man behind the Guinness World Record–breaking distance plane. Featuring twenty-two unique airplane designs with step-by-step instructional photos, plus tear-out models printed on regulation-weight paper stock, this entertaining and informative guide promises hours of flying fun.

John M. Collins, also known as “The Paper Airplane Guy,” is the author of The Gliding Flight and Fantastic Flight and has taught hundreds of thousands of people how to make better paper airplanes. Collins is a television producer and on-camera talent and has his own production company. Visit www.ThePaperAirplaneGuy.com.

 

Start: 10/26/2013 4:00 pm

A brilliantly imagined, irresistible below-stairs answer to Pride and Prejudice: a story of the romance, intrigue, and drama among the servants of the Bennet household, a triumphant tale of defying society's expectations, and an illuminating glimpse of working-class lives in Regency England.

The servants at Longbourn estate -- only glancingly mentioned in Jane Austen's classic -- take center stage in Jo Baker's lively, cunning new novel. Here are the Bennets as we have never known them: seen through the eyes of those scrubbing the floors, cooking the meals, emptying the chamber pots. Our heroine is Sarah, an orphaned housemaid beginning to chafe against the boundaries of her class. When the militia marches into town, a new footman arrives under mysterious circumstances, and Sarah finds herself the object of the attentions of an ambitious young former slave working at neighboring Netherfield Hall, the carefully choreographed world downstairs at Longbourn threatens to be completely, perhaps irrevocably, up-ended. From the stern but soft-hearted housekeeper to the starry-eyed kitchen maid, these new characters come vividly to life in this already beloved world. With Longbourn ($25.95), Jo Baker shows us what Jane Austen wouldn't in a captivating, wonderfully evocative, moving work of fiction.

 

Start: 10/26/2013 7:00 pm

It's a Wonderful Life (1946), Resurrection (1980), Poltergeist (1982), Beetlejuice (1988), Ghost (1990), Groundhog Day (1993), The Sixth Sense (1999) - these are only a few of the influential movies in recent decades dealing with the afterlife. But beyond entertainment, do they mean anything? The authors of Death at the Movies: Hollywood's Guide to the Hereafter ($16.95) believe so. They explore how popular motion pictures, from Outward Bound (1930) to Hereafter, play a perhaps unconscious role in guiding humanity toward its evolutionary comprehension of the meaning and purpose of death. They draw on the Tibetan Book of the Dead, Buddhism, and depth psychology to review some of the most spiritually powerful films ever made. Death is, say the authors, at once the most immediate locked door and the ultimate frontier, a staggering paradox that invites us to search for deeper understanding based upon a level of consciousness beyond thought. After reading this book, you'll never view Casablanca or The Wizard of Oz the same way again.

Lyn Davis Genelli has been a psychotherapist, consultant, and workshop leader for over forty years. She is the co-founder of the Bay Area Institute for Integrative Body Psychotherapy. She also teaches hatha yoga and yoga nidra, and is a long-time practitioner of meditation. Tom Davis Genelli cut his media teeth as third base cameraman for the Philadelphia Phillies before ascending to New York to become an independent film producer/director and an instructor in film production at New York's New School for Social Research. Returning to San Francisco for a Ph.D. in Psychology, he met Lyn, married and settled into a twenty-six year career as a therapist and Clinical Director for Conard House, Inc., a large, progressive mental health agency. He now writes a little, cooks and grows cacti.

The Genellis share a profound conviction that the purpose of life is self-realization for the benefit of all. In the course of their respective careers, they began writing and publishing articles dealing with the cross-fertilization of film, psychology and spirituality as a way of expressing their joint conviction. Their articles have appeared in journals of psychology and popular culture, including Yoga Journal and Vogue.

 

Start: 10/26/2013 7:00 pm

Please note: this event has been postponed. For updates on our rescheduled date, please email events@bookpassage.com

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The Pittsburgh Steelers of the 1970s won an unprecedented and unmatched four Super Bowls in six years. A dozen of those Steelers players, coaches, and executives have been inducted into the Hall of Fame, and three decades later their names echo in popular memory: Mean Joe Greene, Terry Bradshaw, Franco Harris, Mike Webster, Jack Lambert, Lynn Swann, and John Stallworth. In ways exhilarating and heartbreaking, they define not only the brotherhood of sports but those elements of the game that engage tens of millions of Americans: its artistry and its brutality. In 1981, when the Steelers failed to make the playoffs for the first time in nine years, acclaimed author Gary M. Pomerantz, then a sportswriter for The Washington Post, interviewed them in training camp. At that time, Pomerantz asked himself, "What will life be like for these guys when they're sixty?" Without knowing it, he began writing his book.

The heroes of those days sat with Pomerantz for new interviews. Greene, in his living room, explained Super Bowl IX, when the Steel Curtain held the Vikings to 2.4 feet per carry. In his man cave, Count “Frenchy” Fuqua recounted the "Immaculate Reception." Dan Rooney came to the den of his childhood home to tell of the profound influences of his father, team founder Art Rooney, Sr., and of why he fired his brother Art Jr., mastermind of the NFL's most successful draft ever. In Hollywood, Bradshaw strained to explain his falling out with Coach Chuck Noll, his kinship with old teammates. The result is Pomerantz's richly textured story of a team and a sport. The book shows in full what the game gave these men, and what it took from them.

Intimate, poignant, and thrilling, Their Life's Work: The Brotherhood of the 1970s Pittsburgh Steelers, Then and Now ($26.99) does for football what Roger Kahn's The Boys of Summer did for baseball. It is a story of victory, fortitude, renown, and, above all, the brotherhood of players who said they'd do it again—all of it.

Gary M. Pomerantz is a nonfiction author and journalist and has served the past seven years as a visiting lecturer in the Department of Communication at Stanford University. His work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and The Washington Post. Pomerantz has written four books, including the New York Times Notable Book of the Year, Where Peachtree Meets Sweet Auburn.

 

Start: 10/26/2013 10:00 pm
End: 10/26/2013 10:00 pm

Sat., Oct. 26 • 10:00-4:00pm • $105

 

 

Adair Lara shows all the elements of the memoir: the arc, reflective voice, scene vs. narrative, fact vs. truth, and writing about famiy members. She shows what it takes to get published. There will be in-class exercises. Writers of fiction and essays are welcome. A former S.F. Chronicle columnist, Lara is the author of twelve books, including Naked, Drunk, and Writing, her guide to essay and memoir.  

Sunday October 27, 2013
Start: 10/27/2013 2:00 pm
End: 10/27/2013 4:00 pm

Come join the California Writers Club and Michael David Lukas!

Ushered into the world by a mysterious pair of Tartar midwives late in the summer of 1877 in the town of Constanta on the Black Sea, Eleonora Cohen proves herself an extraordinarily gifted child—a prodigy—at a very young age. When she is eight years old, she stows away aboard a ship, following her carpet merchant father, Yakob, to the teeming and colorful imperial capital of Stamboul where a new life awaits her.

In the narrow streets of this city at the crossroads of the world, intrigue and gossip are currency, and people are not always what they seem. But it is only when she charms the eccentric Sultan Abdulhamid II—beleaguered by friend and foe as his unwieldy realm crumbles—that Eleonora will change the course of an empire. The Oracle of Stamboul ($13.99) is a marvelously evocative, magical historical novel that will transport readers to another time and place—romantic, exotic, yet remarkably similar to our own.

Michael David Lukas has been a Fulbright scholar in Turkey, a late-shift proofreader in Tel Aviv and a Rotary scholar in Tunisia. He is a graduate of Brown University and the University of Maryland, and his writing has been published in the Virginia Quarterly Review, Slate, National Geographic Traveler and the Georgia Review. Lukas lives in Oakland, California, less than a mile from where he was born. When he isn’t writing, he teaches creative writing to third- and fourth-graders. Visit him online at www.michaeldavidlukas.com.

 

Suggested donations: $5 for California Writers Club Members, $10 for Non-Members

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: 10/27/2013 4:00 pm

Sharon Meers and Joanna Strober are professionals, wives, and mothers with five young children between them. They understand the challenges and rewards of two-career households. They also know that families thrive not in spite of working mothers but because of them. You can have a great career, a great marriage, and be a great mother. The key is tapping into your best resource and most powerful ally—the man you married.

After interviewing hundreds of parents and employers, surveying more than a thousand working mothers, and combing through the latest government and social science research, the authors have discovered that kids, husbands, and wives all reap huge benefits when couples commit to share equally as breadwinners and caregivers. Mothers work without guilt, fathers bond with their kids, and children blossom with the attention of two involved parents. Getting to 50/50: How Working Parents Can Have It All ($18.95) presents real-world solutions for parents who want to get ahead in their careers and still get to their children’s soccer games.

Sharon Meers leads strategy for Magento, eBay’s global e-commerce platform. Formerly, Meers was a managing director at Goldman Sachs, where she worked for 16 years and was co-chair of the Women’s Network in the Investment Management Division. Joanna Strober is the Founder and CEO of an online company developing a platform and tools to help fight and prevent childhood obesity. Formerly, she was a direct venture capital investor and private equity investor for over 20 years. Sharon and Joanna both live in the San Francisco Bay Area with their husbands and children.

 

Monday October 28, 2013
Start: 10/28/2013 6:00 pm

Encourage creativity with this wildly entertaining picture book mash-up from the minds of Jon Scieszka and Mac Barnett.

Alex has been given a saccharine, sappy, silly-sweet picture book about Birthday Bunny that his grandma found at a garage sale. Alex isn’t interested -- until he decides to make the book something he’d actually like to read. So he takes out his pencil, sharpens his creativity, and totally transforms the story! Birthday Bunny becomes Battle Bunny, and the rabbit’s innocent journey through the forest morphs into a supersecret mission to unleash an evil plan -- a plan that only Alex can stop.

Featuring layered, original artwork that emphasizes Alex’s additions, Battle Bunny ($14.99) is a dynamic exploration of creative storytelling that's sure to engage and inspire.

Jon Scieszka is the creator of Trucktown, including the New York Times bestselling Smash, Crash!, and the author of The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs!, the Time Warp Trio series, Caldecott Honor Book The Stinky Cheese Man, and many other books that inspire kids to want to read. He has worked as an elementary school teacher and is the founder of GuysRead.com, a literacy initiative for boys.

Mac Barnett 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.

 

Tuesday October 29, 2013
Start: 10/29/2013 6:30 pm

Left Bank Restaurant, Larkspur
Please note: online sales are now closed. To inquire about waitlist availability, please call (415) 927-0960 ext. 1.

The New York Times says “Patricia Wells is a genuine phenomenon.” We couldn’t agree more. To put it in perspective, Patricia Wells is the only foreigner and only woman to serve as a restaurant critic for a major French publication, L’Express. She was the global restaurant critic for the International Herald Tribune for 25 years. She is also the award winning author of 12 cookbooks and has won four James Beard awards. The French Kitchen Cookbook features delicious recipes from her famous cooking school in France. For several weeks each year, Patricia and her husband open their 18th Century Provencal home for personalized cooking classes for a small group of cooking enthusiasts who are eager to share in the food, wine, and culture of one of France’s most blessed regions. Wells is the author of The Provence Cookbook, The Paris Cookbook, The Food Lover’s Guide to Paris and many more.

 

Start: 10/29/2013 6:30 pm
End: 10/29/2013 8:30 pm

8 Tuesdays • Oct. 29-Dec. 17 • 6:30-8:30pm • $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: 10/29/2013 7:00 pm

What do we do when life lurches out of balance? How can we reconnect to one other and to what’s sustaining, when evil and catastrophe seem inescapable?

These questions lie at the heart of Stitches ($17.95), Anne Lamott’s profound follow-up to her New York Times–bestselling Help, Thanks, Wow. In this book Lamott explores how we find meaning and peace in these loud and frantic times; where we start again after personal and public devastation; how we recapture wholeness after loss; and how we locate our true identities in this frazzled age. We begin, Lamott says, by collecting the ripped shreds of our emotional and spiritual fabric and sewing them back together, one stitch at a time.

It’s in these stitches that the quilt of life begins, and embedded in them are strength, warmth, humor, and humanity.

Anne Lamott is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Help, Thanks, Wow; Some Assembly Required; Grace (Eventually); Plan B; and Traveling Mercies, as well as several novels, including Imperfect Birds and Rosie. A past recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and an inductee to the California Hall of Fame, she lives in Northern California.

 

Wednesday October 30, 2013
Start: 10/30/2013 7:00 pm

In conversation with Andrew Sean Greer

Jayne Anne Phillips’s debut collection, Black Tickets, galvanized critics and readers when it was published in 1979 and announced her as one of the great new voices of her generation. Her four novels, prizewinners and reader favorites, have secured her place as one of America’s most celebrated storytellers. In Quiet Dell ($28.00), Phillips re-imagines a gruesome crime in a tiny West Virginia community not far from where she grew up.

Jayne Anne Phillips is the author of Lark and Termite, Motherkind, Shelter, and Machine Dreams, and the widely anthologized collections of stories, Fast Lanes and Black Tickets. A National Book Award and National Book Critic’s Circle Award finalist, Phillips is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, a Bunting Fellowship, the Sue Kaufman Prize, and an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. She is currently Professor of English and Director of the MFA Program at Rutgers-Newark, the State University of New Jersey, where she established The Writers At Newark Reading Series.

Andrew Sean Greer is the bestselling author of five works of fiction, including The Story of a Marriage, which The New York Times has called an "inspired, lyrical novel," and The Confessions of Max Tivoli, which was named a best book of 2004 by the San Francisco Chronicle and the Chicago Tribune. He is the recipient of the Northern California Book Award, the California Book Award, the New York Public Library Young Lions Award, the O Henry Award for short fiction and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Public Library. Greer lives in San Francisco. His latest novel is The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells

 

 



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