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Start: 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: 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: 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.

 

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Start: 12:40 pm
End: 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: 6:30 pm
End: 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: 7:00 pm
End: 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)

 

Start: 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.

 

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Start: 8:30 am
End: 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: 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.

 

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Start: 9:00 am
End: 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: 11:00 am
End: 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: 6:00 pm
End: 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: 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.

 

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Start: 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: 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.

 

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Start: 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: 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.

 

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Start: 9:30 am
End: 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: 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: 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: 2:00 pm
End: 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: 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: 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.

 



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