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Start: 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: 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.

 

 

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Start: 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.

 

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Start: 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: 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: 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.

 

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Start: 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.

 

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Start: 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: 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: 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.

 

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Start: 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: 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.

 

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



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