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Start: 10:00 am
End: 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: 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: 12:00 pm
End: 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: 1:00 pm
End: 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: 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: 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.

 

23
Start: 6:30 pm
End: 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: 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.

 

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Start: 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: 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.

 

25
Start: 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: 6:00 pm
End: 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: 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.

 

26
Start: 9:00 am
End: 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: 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: 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.

 

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Start: 1:00 pm
End: 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: 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: 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.

 

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

 



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