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Start: 1:00 pm

In Wounded Prey ($14.99), a young girl is snatched in broad daylight from outside her school and later found brutally murdered and hanging from a tree. When recently retired San Francisco Police Inspector Bob Farrell sees this on the news, he realises his worst nightmare has just come true. The same brutal killer a government agency stopped him from putting away twenty years before is once more on the loose. As the killer wreaks a trail of blood and destruction across North America, Bob Farrell sets out to track him down. But Farrell’s not playing by the rules any more than the killer is, and soon the FBI have both of them in their sights.

Sean Lynch was born and raised in Iowa, in a Civil War-era brick farmhouse restored by his family. When not outdoors shooting his BB guns, Sean could be found reading crime and science fiction, paranormal and military non-fiction, and trying to persuade his parents to let him stay up past bedtime to watch the late-show creature feature. After high school, Sean obtained a Bachelor of Sciences degree and served in the U.S. Army as an enlisted Infantryman. He migrated to Northern California.

 

Start: 4:00 pm

Rape has never had a universally accepted definition, and the uproar over "legitimate rape" during the 2012 U.S. elections confirms that it remains a word in flux. Redefining Rape ($35.00) tells the story of the forces that have shaped the meaning of sexual violence in the United States, through the experiences of accusers, assailants, and advocates for change. In this ambitious new history, Estelle Freedman demonstrates that our definition of rape has depended heavily on dynamics of political power and social privilege. Freedman narrates the victories, defeats, and limitations of these and other reform efforts. The modern civil rights and feminist movements, she points out, continue to grapple with both the insights and the dilemmas of these first campaigns to redefine rape in American law and culture.

Estelle Freedman is Edgar E. Robinson Professor in United States History at Stanford University.

 

 

 

Start: 6:00 pm
End: 8:00 pm

3 Sun., Nov. 3, 10, & 17 • 6:00-8:00pm • $150

Please note: this class has been cancelled. For information on possible rescheduling, please contact Esme Rabin at erabin@bookpassage.com

This workshop focuses on re-interpreting stories you've always been told about who you are and where you came from. We'll add layers of context and reflection to turn those stories into literature. Bring a notebook or laptop, and be ready to rewrite history. 

 

For examples of Frances Lefkowitz's writing, check out "Watching Sandra Be Loved By God" and two of her pieces of flash fiction here.  

Start: 7:00 pm

Compiled by the editor of Living Life as a Thank You and collaborator on the runaway bestseller Attitudes of Gratitude, Brenda Knight has employed the practice of gratitude for years. Grateful Table ($15.95) is not your grandmother's book of graces. Filled with fresh voices and contemporary expressions of thankfulness in a gorgeously gift-able hardcover, this book of blessings makes every occasion more meaningful.

Brenda Knight is the author of Sheroes, The Poetry Oracle, Wild Women and Books, and the American Book Award–winning Women of the Beat Generation.

Nina Lesowitz is co-author of The Party Girl Cookbook and the bestselling Living Life as a Thank You.

 

 

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Start: 8:30 am
End: 10:15 am

7 Mondays • Nov. 4 - Dec. 16 • 8:30-10:15am • $220

 

 

The advance class makes extensive use of contemporary materials, including newspaper articles and novels. 

Gisella Petrone has a Masters degree from the University of Calabria. She has taught English, Italian, Latin, Roman History, and Italian cooking. 

 

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

7 Mondays, Nov. 4 - Dec.  16  • 10:00-12:00pm • $220

 

 

Lisez à la maison un livre, des textes d’actualité puis discutez en classe et cultivez votre français en échangeant des idées. Révision de grammaire selon vos besoins. Josette Charbit Schwartz has taught French in Marin at the Lycee Francais, The Branson School, and French American International in San Francisco. Born in Paris, Josette has lived in Marin County for 30 years and has a degree in Bilingual Education from France. Josette's classes often read poems, break out in song, and discuss the joys of French culture.

 

 

Start: 1:00 pm
End: 3:00 pm

7 Mon., Nov. 4 - Dec. 16 • 1:00-3:30pm • $220

 

 

This course gives the essentials of everyday topics: salutations, food, and communicating in simple, correct sentences. Josette Charbit Schwartz has taught French in Marin at the Lycee Francais, The Branson School, and French American International in San Francisco. Born in Paris, Josette has lived in Marin County for 30 years and has a degree in Bilingual Education from France. Josette's classes often read poems, break out in song, and discuss the joys of French culture.

 

 

 

Start: 6:00 pm

Ties That Bind ($25.95) honors the people who nourish and strengthen us. StoryCorps founder Dave Isay draws from ten years of the revolutionary oral history project’s rich archives, collecting conversations that celebrate the power of the human bond and capture the moment at which individuals become family. Between blood relations, friends, coworkers, and neighbors, in the most trying circumstances and in the unlikeliest of places, enduring connections are formed and lives are forever changed.

The stories shared in Ties That Bind reveal our need to reach out, to support, and to share life’s burdens and joys. We meet two brothers, separately cast out by their parents, who reconnect and rebuild a new family around each other. We encounter unexpected joy: A gay woman reveals to her beloved granddaughter that she grew up believing that family was a happiness she would never be able to experience. We witness lifechanging friendship: An Iraq war veteran recalls his wartime bond with two local children and how his relationship with his wife helped him overcome the trauma of losing them.

Dave Isay is the founder of StoryCorps and the recipient of numerous broadcasting honors, including six Peabody awards and a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship. He is the author/editor of numerous books that grew out of his public radio documentary work, including three StoryCorps books: Listening Is an Act of Love, Mom: A Celebration of Mothers from StoryCorps, and All There Is: Love Stories from StoryCorps -- all New York Times bestsellers.

 

Start: 7:00 pm

In Japantown ($25.00), a fresh and engaging thriller, an American antique dealer-turned-reluctant-private eye must use his knowledge of Japanese culture to unravel a major murder in San Francisco, even as he and his daughter become targets for the same mysterious killer.

Jim Brodie, a San Francisco antique dealer with ties to a Tokyo-based private investigation firm, receives a call one night from a friend at the SFPD: an entire family has been senselessly gunned down in the Japantown neighborhood of the bustling city. As an American born and raised in Japan, Brodie has advised the local police in the past, but when he arrives at the crime scene, the near-perfect murder offers only one clue—an unreadable scrap of paper that has devastating personal consequences not only for the victims but for Brodie himself.

With his array of Asian contacts and fluency in Japanese, Brodie follows leads gathered from a shadow powerbroker, a renegade Japanese detective, and the elusive tycoon at the center of the Japantown murders along a trail that takes him from the crime scene in California to terrorized citizens and informants in Japan. Step by step, he unravels a web of intrigue stretching back centuries and unearths a deadly secret that threatens not only his life but also those of his entire circle of family and friends.

Drawing on a wealth of insider information on Japanese culture, Japantown offers a riveting read and a terrific new series character in Jim Brodie.

Barry Lancet has lived in Japan for more than twenty-five years. His former position as an editor at one of the nation’s largest publishers gave him access to the inner circles in traditional and business fields most outsiders are never granted, and an insider’s view that informs his writing.

Start: 7:00 pm

Left Coast Writers® Salon

This month’s speaker will be none other than our favorite bookseller—Book Passage co-owner and debut novelist, William Petrocelli. William's new novel, The Circle of Thirteen ($26.95), is set in a future in which a misogynistic terrorist organization called Patria carries out relentless and vicious attacks on women. Standing between Patria and its nefarious agenda is an organization called the Women of Peace, led by thirteen women who strive for world harmony. The book begins with the bombing of the United Nations building in New York City by Patria and follows Security Director, Julia Moro, on a chase after the leader of Patria.

William Petrocelli is the co-owner, with his wife Elaine, of the our favorite independent Bay Area bookstore, Book Passage, with locations in Corte Madera and San Francisco. As a former Deputy Attorney General for the State of California and a poverty lawyer in Oakland, Petrocelli has long been an advocate for women’s rights. The Circle of Thirteen is his first novel.

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/

 

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Start: 8:30 am
End: 10:15 am

7 Tues., Nov. 5 - Dec. 17 • 8:30-10:15am • $220

 

 

 

Speaking and listening will be emphasized, supported by grammatical usage. Gisella Petrone has a Masters degree from the University of Calabria. She has taught English, Italian, Latin, Roman History, and Italian cooking.

 

 

Start: 10:30 am
End: 12:15 pm

7 Tuesdays • Nov. 5 - Dec. 17 • 10:30-12:15pm • $220

 

 

This class will improve the student’s listening,comprehension and speaking ability.

Gisella Petrone has a Masters degree from the University of Calabria. She has taught English, Italian, Latin, Roman History, and Italian cooking. 

 

 

Start: 6:30 pm

Left Bank Restaurant, Larkspur
Tickets (Book Included): $120 per person, $185 per couple

Since her James Beard Award-winning first book, Sunday Suppers at Lucques, Suzanne Goin and her Los Angeles empire of restaurants have blossomed and she has been lauded as one of the best chefs in the country. Now, she is bringing us the recipes from her sophomore restaurant, A.O.C., turning the small-plate, shared-style dishes that she made so famous into main courses for the home chef. Among her many recipes, you can expect her addictive Bacon-Wrapped Dates with Parmesan; Duck Sausage with Candied Kumquats; Dandelion and Roasted Carrot Salad with Black Olives and Ricotta Salata; California Sea Bass with Tomato Rice, Fried Egg, and Sopressata; Lamb Meatballs with Spiced Tomato Sauce, Mint, and Feta; Crème Fraîche Cake with Santa Rosa Plums and Pistachios in Olive Oil; and S'Mores with Caramel Popcorn and Chocolate Sorbet.

But The A.O.C. Cookbook is much more than just a collection of recipes. Because Goin is a born teacher with a gift for pairing seasonal flavors, this book is full of wonderful, eye-opening information about the ingredients that she holds dear. She takes the time to talk you through each one of her culinary decisions, explaining her palate and how she gets the deeply developed flavor profiles, which make even the simplest dishes sing. More than anything, Goin wants you to understand her techniques so you enjoy yourself in the kitchen and have no problem achieving restaurant-quality results right at home.

Suzanne Goin was born and raised in southern California and graduated from Brown University. In 2006 she was the recipient of two awards from the James Beard Foundation (Best Chef California and Best Cookbook from a Professional Viewpoint for Sunday Suppers at Lucques), and she has received five concurrent nominations for Outstanding Chef of the Year. Goin is the chef and owner of Lucques, A.O.C., Tavern, and The Larder, all in Los Angeles, where she lives with her husband, David Lentz.

 

Start: 7:00 pm

Set against a dramatic backdrop of war, spies, and nuclear bombs, An Atomic Love Story ($27.95) unveils a vivid new view of a tumultuous era and one of its most important figures. In the early decades of the 20th century, three highly ambitious women found their way to the West Coast, where each was destined to collide with the young Oppenheimer, the enigmatic physicist whose work in creating the atomic bomb would forever impact modern history. His first and most intense love was for Jean Tatlock, though he married the tempestuous Kitty Harrison—both were members of the Communist Party—and was rumored to have had a scandalous affair with the brilliant Ruth Sherman Tolman, ten years his senior and the wife of another celebrated physicist. Although each were connected through their relationship to Oppenheimer, their experiences reflect important changes in the lives of American women in the 20th century: the conflict between career and marriage; the need for a woman to define herself independently; experimentation with sexuality; and the growth of career opportunities. Beautifully written and superbly researched through a rich collection of firsthand accounts, this intimate portrait shares the tragedies, betrayals, and romances of an alluring man and three bold women, revealing how they pushed to the very forefront of social and cultural changes in a fascinating, volatile era.

Shirley Streshinsky is the critically acclaimed author of three works of nonfiction and four historical novels. As a journalist and travel essayist, she has written extensively for Redbook, Glamour, Preservation, American Heritage, The American Scholar, and Condé Nast Traveler and has been featured on NPR. She is the recipient of the Society of Magazine Writers’ Award for Excellence and the National Council for the Advancement of Education Writing Award.


Patricia Klaus received her PhD in Modern British History from Stanford where she specialized in women’s studies, the history of marriage, and the study of war and literature. She has taught at Yale, Stanford, and the University of Virginia and has published scholarly papers on the subject of women.

 

 

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

7 Wednesdays., Nov. 6 - Dec.  18 • 10:00-12:00pm • $220

 

 

Further study of tenses and grammatical concepts through simple dialogues, as well as reviewing regular and irregular verbs. Josette Charbit Schwartz has taught French in Marin at the Lycee Francais, The Branson School, and French American International in San Francisco. Born in Paris, Josette has lived in Marin County for 30 years and has a degree in Bilingual Education from France. Josette's classes often read poems, break out in song, and discuss the joys of French culture.

 

 

Start: 1:15 pm
End: 3:00 pm

7 Wednesdays • Nov. 6 - Dec. 18 • 1:15-3:00pm • $220

 

 

Students will start reading short novels by modern Italian writers, as well as reviewing difficult grammar structures and the subjunctive tense. Material will be provided. 

Gisella Petrone has a Masters degree from the University of Calabria. She has taught English, Italian, Latin, Roman History, and Italian cooking. 

 

Start: 6:00 pm

In conversation with David Corbett

Set in a turbulent futuristic society, this provocative drama follows one woman’s investigation into the dark forces unleashing chaos around the world—a thrilling ride that will mesmerize until the end. 

In 2082, a catastrophic explosion rocks the dedication ceremony of the new United Nations in New York City. Security Director Julia Moro is on the job, chasing after the misogynistic leader of Patria, a long-disbanded international terrorist organization now being whispered about again on the streets. This dangerous, shadowy figure has been linked to several bombing attempts and vicious attacks on women, including the Women of Peace--an organization headed by thirteen bold women who have risked their lives to restore worldwide peace. As Julia's investigation unfolds, a deep secret from her past threatens to strip her of everything she cherishes and plunge her into unrecoverable darkness.

The Circle of Thirteen ($26.95) is a gripping narrative, weaving back and forth in time, from an act of domestic violence that created the disturbed personality of the Patria mastermind, to the two weeks leading up to the bombing at the UN, to events half a century before the bombing that directly influence it. The strong, relatable women and the unbreakable bond between them provide an emotionally grounded window into the future's unforgettable history.

William Petrocelli is the co-owner, with his wife Elaine, of the famed independent San Francisco Bay Area Book Passage bookstores. As a former Deputy Attorney General for the State of California and a poverty lawyer in Oakland, Petrocelli has long been an advocate for women's rights. The Circle of Thirteen is his first novel.

David Corbett is the author of four novels: The Devil's Redhead, Done for a Dime (a New York Times Notable Book), Blood of Paradise (nominated for numerous awards, icluding the Edgar), and Do They Know I'm Running? David's short fiction and poetry have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. He lives in Vallejo, CA. 

Start: 6:00 pm
End: 8:30 pm

Wednesday, Nov. 13 • 6:00-8:30pm • $65

Please note the date change 

 

 

 

Literary Agent Amy Rennert demystifies the publishing process. She shows how to write query letters and proposals, develop relationships with editors, and make sure books reach the widest audience possible. She also discusses agency agreements and contracts, as well as self-publishing and e-book options. Her clients includeJimmy Buffett, Michael Krasny, Amy Krouse Rosenthal, Dr. Nancy Snyderman, and Jacqueline Winspear. 

 

Start: 7:00 pm

From acclaimed author Susan Conley comes Paris Was the Place ($25.95), a novel that gives us a luminous emotional portrait of a young woman living abroad in Paris in the 1980s and trying to make sense of the chaotic world around her as she learns the true meaning of family.

When Willie Pears agrees to teach at a Parisian center for immigrant girls who have requested French asylum, she has no idea it will utterly change her life. She has lived in Paris for six months, surrounded by the most important people in her life: her beloved brother, Luke, her funny and wise college roommate, Sara, and Sara's do-gooder husband, Rajiv. And now there is Macon Ventri, a passionate, dedicated attorney for the detained girls. Theirs is a meeting of both hearts and minds--but not without its problems. As Willie becomes more involved with the immigrant girls who touch her soul, the lines between teaching and mothering are  blurred. She is especially drawn to Gita, a young Indian girl who is determined to be free. Ultimately Willie will make a decision with potentially dire consequences to both her relationship with Macon and the future of the center. Meanwhile, Luke is taken with a serious, as-yet-unnamed illness, and Willie will come to understand the power of unconditional love while facing the dark days of his death. Conley has written a piercing, deeply humane novel that explores the connections between family and friends and reaffirms the strength of the ties that bind.

Susan Conley is the author of The Foremost Good Fortune, a book that won the Maine Literary Award for memoir and was a Goodreads Choice Award Finalist. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Huffington Post, The Daily Beast, The Paris Review, The Harvard Review, The Massachusetts Review, and elsewhere. She lives in Portland, Maine, with her husband and their two sons.

 

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Start: 11:15 am
End: 1:15 pm

6 Thursdays, Nov. 7 - Dec.  19 (no class Nov. 28) • 11:15-1:15pm • $190

 

 

Improve your French with current events, varied texts, and dialogues. The class goes further with grammar and verb tenses. Josette Charbit Schwartz has taught French in Marin at the Lycee Francais, The Branson School, and French American International in San Francisco. Born in Paris, Josette has lived in Marin County for 30 years and has a degree in Bilingual Education from France. Josette's classes often read poems, break out in song, and discuss the joys of French culture.

 

 

 

Start: 12:45 pm
End: 2:30 pm

6 Thursdays • Nov. 7 - Dec. 19 • 11:30-1:15pm • $190 (no class Nov. 28) 

 

 

Students will continue to study basic Italian grammar as well as present and past tense. Textbook is Studio Italiano

Gisella Petrone has a Masters degree from the University of Calabria. She has taught English, Italian, Latin, Roman History, and Italian cooking. 

 

Start: 6:00 pm

James Beard Award-winning chef, John Sundstrom, has written a culinary homage to the Pacific Northwest, which is his home and the source of inspiration that is showcased at his Seattle restaurant, Lark.  His new self-published cookbook Lark: Cooking Against the Grain ($50.00), celebrates the distinctly moody and majestic Northwest and its bounty of ingredients, telling the story through over 140 recipes with full color photographs.

John Sundstrom was named one of Food & Wine Magazine's Best New Chefs for 2001, is a two-time Seattle winner of the popular Cochon 555 heritage pork cooking competition (2009 & 2010), and was awarded the prestigious James Beard award for Best Chef Northwest in 2007.

 

Start: 7:00 pm

Are you saying "no" to dessert because of food allergies or health concerns? Or saying "no" when your kid asks for a cupcake at a birthday party? If so, Sweet Debbie has a Chocoholic Cupcake for you! With her own son allergic to "every food in the USDA pyramid," Debbie Adler took matters into her own kitchen. Today, her wildly popular, allergen-free bakery, Sweet Debbie's Organic Cupcakes, has Hollywood's A-list celebrities lining up for her delicious, nutritious muffins, brownies, cookies, cupcakes, donut holes and breads. Now Sweet Debbie is sharing all her delectable secrets for fifty scrumptious treats with Sweet Debbie's Organic Treats ($19.95). 

If you're a vegan, diabetic, have celiac disease, a food allergy or an intolerance, or are simply interested in boosting your health via your baking tins, set the oven to "preheat" and sit down with Sweet Debbie's Organic Treats. Your sweet tooth will thank you for it.

Debbie Adler opened her allergen-free, vegan bakery, Sweet Debbie’s Organic Cupcakes, in Los Angeles in 2006. Adler has appeared on NBC’s evening news, and Sweet Debbie’s has been featured in Pilates Style magazine and on InStyle online and E! Online. Adler lives in Los Angeles, California, with her husband and son. Visit her at www.sweetdebbiesorganiccupcakes.com.

 

Start: 7:00 pm

Angelico Hall, Dominican University
Tickets: $30 (includes signed copy of Aimless Love)

Please note: online sales for this event have closed. Tickets may be available at the door. Call (415) 927-0960 ext. 1 for details.

“Billy Collins puts the ‘fun’ back in ‘profundity.’ ”—Alice Fulton

From the two-term Poet Laureate of the United States Billy Collins comes his first compilation of new and selected poems in twelve years. Aimless Love combines more than fifty new poems with selections from four previous books -- Nine Horses, The Trouble with Poetry, Ballistics, and Horoscopes for the Dead. Collins’s unmistakable voice, which brings together plain speech with imaginative surprise, is clearly heard on every page, reminding us how he has managed to enrich the tapestry of contemporary poetry and greatly expand its audience.

His work is featured in top literary magazines such as The New Yorker, Poetry, and The Atlantic, and he sells out reading venues all across the country. Appearing regularly in The Best American Poetry series, his poems appeal to readers and live audiences far and wide and have been translated into more than a dozen languages. By turns playful, ironic, and serious, Collins’s poetry captures the nuances of everyday life while leading the reader into zones of inspired wonder. In the poet’s own words, he hopes that his poems “begin in Kansas and end in Oz.” Touching on the themes of love, loss, joy, and poetry itself, these poems showcase the best work of this “poet of plenitude, irony, and Augustan grace” (The New Yorker).

Billy Collins is the author of ten collections of poetry, including Aimless Love, Horoscopes for the Dead, Ballistics, The Trouble with Poetry, Nine Horses, Sailing Alone Around the Room, Questions About Angels, The Art of Drowning, and Picnic, Lightning. He is also the editor of Poetry 180: A Turning Back to Poetry, 180 More: Extraordinary Poems for Every Day, and Bright Wings: An Illustrated Anthology of Poems About Birds. A distinguished professor of English at Lehman College of the City University of New York, and Senior Distinguished Fellow at the Winter Park Institute of Rollins College, he was Poet Laureate of the United States from 2001 to 2003 and Poet Laureate of New York State from 2004 to 2006.

 

Private Ocean Wealth Management is the Diamond Lead Sponsor of the Leadership Lecture Series of Dominican and Book Passage.

 

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Start: 5:30 pm

Join David Schuemann, author of 99 Bottles of Wine, for a delightful wine tasting at Book Passage! 

Ticket: $10.00

 

 

Fifty years ago, no one dreamed that America could make great wine - that was the exclusive province of France, Italy, Germany, and Spain. There has been a revolution, and today America is not only making amazing wines but is also at the forefront of wine research, science, technology, design, and innovation. 99 Bottles of Wine ($49.50) tells the story of contemporary wine packaging, bringing readers and wine lovers an illuminating perspective on what makes for a successful brand. It is not just the quality of wines that has made America a world leader, it is also the fresh and innovative look and feel of the labels, bottles, and packaging that are now influencing the world wine industry.

Along with a foreword by Agustin Huneeus Sr., the renowned creator of Quintessa wine, 99 Bottles of Wine offers wine lovers, serious collectors, and design aficionados a rare, behind-the-scenes look at how contemporary packaging and innovative design are driving the success of today's leading wine brands.

Author David Schuemann is the owner and creative director at CF Napa Brand Design, a leader in the wine packaging and design industry for over 35 years.

 

Start: 6:00 pm

Our national park and land conservation movement is something Americans can all be proud of. Yosemite National Park is one of the crown jewels of this effort, and it appeals to conservationists, environmentalists, naturalists, scientists, backpackers, hikers, climbers, travelers, and photographers on a national and international level. Yosemite National Park alone hosts 4 million visitors per year from around the world.

While the concept of national parks now seems a given, 150 ago it was not a foregone conclusion that a nation’s most special landscapes would be saved. Seed of the Future: Yosemite and the Evolution of the National Park Idea ($27.00) honors the 150th Act, a bill signed by Abraham Lincoln that is the first instance of scenic, wilderness lands being preserved specifically for public use, resort, and recreation by action of the U.S. federal government. Dayton Duncan's compelling narrative, lavishly illustrated with more than one hundred archival images and full-color landscape photographs, is sure to inspire future generations to do their part for Yosemite and all protected areas. Through the efforts of visionaries such James Mason Hutchings, Galen Clark, Frederick Law Olmsted, John Muir, and Theodore Roosevelt, among others, the world learned of Yosemite, flocked to it, nearly destroyed it, and finally saved it. These fascinating characters and their enduring stories are skillfully woven together in this lively portrayal of the beginnings of the preservation movement. The idea of preserving special places grew into the national park idea, and it started on its course from a seed, a seed planted in Yosemite in 1864.

Dayton Duncan is an award-winning writer and documentary filmmaker. He has served on the boards of the National Park Foundation, the Student Conservation Association, and the Conservation Lands Foundation, and was appointed by President Clinton as chair of the American Heritage Rivers Advisory Committee. For more than twenty years he has been making documentaries for PBS with Ken Burns, including "The National Parks: America’s Best Idea," for which he won two Emmy awards as writer and producer, and was named honorary park ranger by the director of the National Park Service.

 

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

This class has been cancelled - please call (415) 927-0960, ext. 230 for more information

 

Writers sit a lot—quietly. Little movement, little sound. In this workshop of discovery and surprise, you will access images and ideas catalyzed by movement and/or voice. Drawing on my decades in theatre, the arts, and various movement modalities, Nina Solomita leads students to writing with enlivened bodies and oxygenated brains. Dare to explore the treasures of your imagination in new ways.

 

 

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

Sat., Nov. 9 • 10:00-2:00pm • $60

 

 

48-hour advance registration • Limit of six

You’ve written a brilliant story and can’t wait to hear what others think. You’re stuck and need a critique. What to do? Bring your manuscript, or even just an idea, to this on-thespot workshop, and we’ll critique it. Amy Novesky is a children’s book editor, author, and experienced workshop leader. 

 

Start: 1:00 pm

In their new book, Peruvian Power Foods: 18 Superfoods, 101 Recipes and Anti-aging Secrets from the Amazon to the Andes ($18.95), Manuel Villacorta and Jamie Shaw share the fruits of their labor. Returning to his birthplace and culinary roots, Villacorta set out on a cross-country adventure with Shaw to discover the origins of and best uses for the most incredibly potent foods. Armed with the latest scientific research and a hearty appetite, he traveled from the fertile farmlands of the Andes, where over 3,000 kinds of potatoes and 200 species of corn are grown, to the depths of the Amazonian jungle, where thousands of amazing fruits, nuts and seeds originate. Along the way, he visited open markets, restaurants, humble food stands, and family kitchens, stopping to gather the stories and favorite recipes of local chefs, food bloggers, farmers, fishermen, and abuelitas. In between savoring dishes packed with phenomenal disease-fighting, immunity strengthening ingredients, he took over 2,000 photographs of stunning landscapes and delicious masterpieces. In vibrant color and eye-opening detail, Peruvian Power Foods introduces 18 incredible edibles—all native to Peru but now widely available across America—showcased in 101 delicious recipes.

Manuel Villacorta, MS, RD, is a nationally recognized, award-winning registered dietitian with more than 16 years of experience. The author of Eating Free and the founder of Eating Free, an international weight management and wellness program, he is a trusted voice in the health and wellness industry. A national media spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics from 2010-2013, he is also a health blog contributor for the Huffington Post and an on-air contributor for the Univision and Fox News Latino. He is the owner of a San Francisco-based private practice, MV Nutrition, and the recipient of five “Best Bay Area Nutritionist” awards from the San Francisco Chronicle, ABC7, and Citysearch. Born and raised in Peru, he lives in San Francisco. His coauthor, Jamie Shaw is a writer and brand expert who specializes in food.

 

 

Start: 4:00 pm

In conversation with Pam Mandel

One of the most seasoned and accomplished astronauts in history, Colonel Chris Hadfield captivated the world earlier this year when he released a series of breathtaking photographs and educational videos about life in space. His music video, a zero-gravity version of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity,” received over 10 million views in its first three days online and has received more than 16 million views to date. He’s logged nearly 4,000 hours in space, knows how to perform basic surgery in zero gravity, and has broken into a space station with a Swiss Army Knife. Now, in An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth: What Going to Space Taught Me About Ingenuity, Determination, and Being Prepared for Anything ($28.00), Hadfield shows how the lessons he’s learned in space can improve our everyday lives—at work and at home.

Colonel Chris Hadfield is one of the most seasoned and accomplished astronauts in the world. In May, Hadfield returned to Earth after serving as Commander of the International Space Station, where he and his crew lived for six months (it was his third trip). The top graduate of the U.S. Air Force test pilot school in 1988 and U.S. Navy test pilot of the year in 1991, Hadfield was selected to be an astronaut in 1992. He served as Director of NASA Operations in Star City, Russia from 2001-2003, Chief of Robotics at the Johnson Space Center in Houston from 2003-2006 and Chief of International Space Station Operations there from 2006-2008. The former President of the Association of Space Explorers (2007-2011), Hadfield is also a fully qualified flight engineer cosmonaut, is fluent in Russian, and is designated a "specialist" on all Space Station systems, meaning that he has earned the highest qualification level possible for every imaginable task onboard.

Pam Mandel wrote a series of letters to Col. Chris Hadfield that were published on SKYE on AOL. Pam is a freelance writer and photographer. She's written travel stories for Conde Nast Traveler online, Afar, World Hum, Gadling, Perceptive Travel, and a handful of food, travel, and in-flight magazines. She's worked on two guidebooks -- British Columbia and Hawaii -- for Thomas Cook.

Start: 7:00 pm

After The Belvedere Club, Briana Kaleigh returns to Marin County. In Bolinas Bongo ($12.95), journalist Briana Kaleigh rips off her East Coast shackles and moves to California to start a new life, but inadvertently gets her only friend, Marin detective Dusty Arkansas, kidnapped. Now, while hiding from the authorities in the secretive beach town of Bolinas, Briana and her high-strung poodle must ferret out a cojones-collecting serial killer before he starts snipping off parts of Dusty.
 
Nicola Trwst has a gypsy heart. She currently resides in California, but has lived in Virginia, Georgia, France, and Canada. She loves languages and speaks several, including Pig Latin. Due to an overactive imagination, her stories thread many genres such as mystery, thriller, paranormal, and contemporary. Her short stories have appeared in several anthologies. Bolinas Bongo is her third novel. Discover Nicola’s work at www.nicolatrwst.com.

 

 

 



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