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Start: 10:30 am
End: 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: 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: 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: 5:00 pm
End: 7:00 pm
Corte Madera Community CenterTickets: $35 per person in advance, $40 per person at the door   Celebrate the Bounty of Delectable MarinPlease 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: 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. ...............................................................................................  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: 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.  


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