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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: 10:30 am
End: 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: 1:00 pm
End: 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: 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: 6:30 pm
End: 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: 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/.

 

Start: 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.

 

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Start: 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: 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.

 

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Start: 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: 10:00 am
End: 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: 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: 2:00 pm
End: 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: 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: 6:30 pm
End: 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: 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.

 

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Start: 6:00 pm
End: 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: 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.

 

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Start: 10:00 am
End: 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: 10:00 am
End: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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.

 



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