Left Coast Writers® Book Party at the Ferry Plaza
Focusing for the first time on why attorney general Robert F. Kennedy wasn't killed in 1963 instead of on why President John F. Kennedy was, Mark Shaw offers a stunning and provocative assassination theory in his latest book The Poison Patriarch: How the Betrayals of Joseph P. Kennedy Caused the Assassination of JFK ($24.95) that leads directly to the family patriarch, Joseph P. Kennedy. Mining fresh information and more than forty new interviews, Shaw weaves a spellbinding narrative involving Mafia don Carlos Marcello; Jack Ruby (Lee Harvey Oswald's killer); Ruby's attorney, Melvin Belli; and, ultimately, the Kennedy brothers and their father.
Mark Shaw is a California attorney turned author after careers as a Midwestern criminal defense lawyer, newspaper co-publisher, and television personality. He has written over 20 books such as Stations Along the Way: The Spiritual Transformation of Former Hitler Youth Leader Ursula Martens, Down for the Count, and Larry Legend.
Tickets: $33 (includes signed copy of We Are Water)
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Hour I First Believed and I Know This Much Is True, comes a disquieting and ultimately uplifting novel about a marriage, a family, and human resilience in the face of tragedy
In middle age, Anna Oh -- wife, mother, outsider artist -- has shaken her family to its core. After twenty-seven years of marriage and three children, Anna has fallen in love with Vivica, the wealthy, cultured, confident Manhattan art dealer who orchestrated her professional success.
Anna and Viveca plan to wed in the Oh family's hometown of Three Rivers in Connecticut, where gay marriage has recently been legalized. But the impending wedding provokes some very mixed reactions and opens a Pandora's Box of toxic secrets-dark and painful truths that have festered below the surface of the Ohs' lives.
We Are Water ($29.99) is an intricate and layered portrait of marriage, family, and the inexorable need for understanding and connection, told in the alternating voices of the Ohs -- nonconformist Annie; her ex-husband, Orion, a psychologist; Ariane, the do-gooder daughter, and her twin, Andrew, the rebellious only son; and free-spirited Marissa, the youngest Oh. Set in New England and New York during the first years of the Obama presidency, it is also a portrait of modern America, exploring issues of class, changing social mores, the legacy of racial violence, and the nature of creativity and art.
Wally Lamb is the author of four previous novels, including the New York Times and national bestseller, The Hour I First Believed and Wishin' and Hopin', a bestselling novella. His first two works of fiction, She's Come Undone and I Know This Much Is True, were both number one New York Times bestsellers and selections of Oprah's Book Club. He is the editor of Couldn't Keep It To Myself and I'll Fly Away, two volumes of essays from students in his writing workshop at York Correctional Institution, a women's prison in Connecticut, where he has been a volunteer facilitator for fifteen years. He lives in Connecticut with his wife, Christine. The Lambs are the parents of three sons.
Bellman & Black ($19.99) is a dark and mesmerizing ghost story guaranteed to haunt you to your very core. As a boy, William Bellman commits one small, cruel act: killing a bird with his slingshot. Little does he know the unforeseen and terrible consequences of the deed, which is soon forgotten amidst the riot of boyhood games. By the time he is grown, with a wife and children of his own, William seems to be a man blessed by fortune—until tragedy strikes and the stranger in black comes. Then he starts to wonder if all his happiness is about to be eclipsed. Desperate to save the one precious thing he has left, William enters into a rather strange bargain, with an even stranger partner, to found a decidedly macabre business. And Bellman & Black is born.
Diane Setterfield is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Thirteenth Tale, and a former academic, specializing in twentieth-century French literature, particularly the works of Andre Gide. She lives in Yorkshire, England.
In conversation with Harold McGee.
With 50 Foods: The Essentials of Good Taste ($35.00), noted authority Edward Behr has created the definitive guide to the foods every food lover must know. A culinary Baedeker, 50 Foods will delight and inform the connoisseur as well as the novice.
Like Behr’s celebrated magazine, The Art of Eating, 50 Foods presents simple, practical information about buying, using, preparing, and enjoying. Behr focuses on aroma, appearance, flavor, and texture to determine what “the best” means for each food. He tells you how to select top quality—signs of freshness and ripeness, best season, top varieties, proper aging. If the way to prepare, serve, or eat something is little known, then he explains it (how to open an oyster, why the best way to cook green beans is boiling, how to clean a whole salted anchovy, when to eat and when to discard the rind of a cheese). Behr also names the most complementary foods and flavors for each of these fifty marvelous foods and the wines that go with them.
Edward Behr is the founder of the acclaimed food magazine The Art of Eating. His writing has been featured in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Forbes, and the Financial Times. He lives in Vermont.
Harold McGee writes about the chemistry, technique, and history of food and cooking and has written two seminal books on kitchen science including, On Food and Cooking: The Science and Lore of the Kitchen.
One of the iconic investigators of contemporary fiction, Arkady Renko—cynical, analytical, and quietly subversive—has survived the cultural journey from the Soviet Union to the New Russia, only to find the nation as obsessed with secrecy and brutality as was the old Communist dictatorship. In Tatiana ($25.99), Martin Cruz Smith’s most ambitious novel since Gorky Park, the melancholy hero finds himself on the trail of a mystery as complex and dangerous as modern Russia herself.
Martin Cruz Smith’s novels include Stalin’s Ghost, Gorky Park, Rose, December 6, Polar Star, and Stallion Gate. A two-time winner of the Hammett Prize from the International Association of Crime Writers and a recipient of Britain’s Golden Dagger Award, he lives in California.
6 Wednesdays • Nov. 13 - Dec. 18 • 1:00-3:00pm • $190
This class is for beginners and those who have previously had some exposure to German.
Hamid Emami has a Masters from the University of Hamburg, and he is fluent in German, English, French, Spanish, and Farsi. He has taught German for many years.
Left Bank Restaurant, Larkspur
Tickets (Book Included): $110 per person, $185 per couple
Please note: this event is sold out.
David Tanis was the chef of Chez Panisse in Berkeley for nearly 25 years. He is the acclaimed author of A Platter of Figs and Other Recipes and Heart of the Artichoke and other Kitchen Journeys. In his new One Good Dish, Tanis offers 100 delicious recipes that make perfect little meals. Chapters include “Bread Makes a Meal,” “Strike While the Iron is Hot,” and “Vegetables to Envy.” Tanis writes the weekly City Kitchen column for the New York Times.
A grand synthesis of neuroscience, psychology, and philosophy, Moral Tribes: Emotion, Reason, and the Gap Between Us and Them ($29.95) reveals the underlying causes of modern conflict and lights the way forward. Drawing inspiration from moral philosophy and cuttingedge science, this book shows us when to trust our instincts, when to reason, and how the right kind of reasoning can move us forward.
4 Wednesdays • Nov. 13, 20, Dec. 4, & Friday, Dec. 6 • 3:00-5:00pm • $120
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This new class on the art and architecture of the Serene Republic of Venice features Byzantine mosaics, Venetian Gothic architecture,Renaissance paintings by Carpaccio, Bellini, Titian, Tintoretto, and Veronese, Andrea Palladio’s churches, and a whole string of country villas. The heavenly 18th century frescoes of Tiepolo and his gifted son, Giandomenico and the delightful genre scenes of Guardi and Longhi will also be discussed in the context of piety, politics, and commerce of the Queen of the Adriatic.
Kerrin Meis taught art history at SFSU for ten years and now lectures for the College of Marin and Dominican University. She leads study tours in Europe. Her Book Passage classes have been big favorites for years.
5 Wednesdays • Nov. 13 - Dec. 18 • 3:30-5:30pm • $155 (no class Nov. 27)
is a private Italian tutor who was born and raised in Rome. She creates
a fun and welcoming environment for her students, motivating them
through activities and exercises. Her personal quote is: “La traduzione della parola e’ nel cuore ~ The translation of a word is in the heart.”
How does Isa Chandra Moskowitz make flavorful and satisfying vegan meals from scratch every day, often in 30 minutes or less? It's easy! In Isa Does It ($30.00), the beloved cookbook author shares 150 new recipes to make weeknight cooking a snap. Mouthwatering recipes like Sweet Potato Red Curry with Rice and Purple Kale, Bistro Beet Burgers, and Summer Seitan Saute with Cilantro and Lime illustrate how simple and satisfying meat-free food can be. The recipes are supermarket friendly and respect how busy most readers are. From skilled vegan chefs, to those new to the vegan pantry, or just cooks looking for some fresh ideas, Isa's unfussy recipes and quirky commentary will make everyone's time in the kitchen fun and productive.
Isa Chandra Moskowitz is the best-selling author of the hit books Veganomicon: The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook, Vegan with a Vengeance, and many other titles. Her website, Post Punk Kitchen, is beloved by millions. Isa has been cooking up a vegan storm for over two decades and has been named favorite cookbook author in VegNews for seven years running.
Fun-filled activities start at 5:00pm, Book Signing starts at 6:00pm
Please join us for a celebration of Jeff Kinney's new book — Diary of a Wimpy Kid book 8, Hard Luck ($13.95)! It releases on November 5, 2013, and we are thrilled to announce that Jeff Kinney will be at Book Passage to sign books on November 13, 2013. Please join us to meet Jeff and for special Hard Luck activities which will start at 1 hour before the book signing and run throughout it.
Check out the new installment in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series! In Hard Luck, Greg Heffley's on a losing streak. His best friend, Rowley Jefferson, has ditched him, and finding new friends in middle school is proving to be a tough task. To change his fortunes, Greg decides to take a leap of faith and turn his decisions over to chance. Will a roll of the dice turn things around, or is Greg's life destined to be just another hard-luck story?
Jeff Kinney is an online game developer and designer, and a #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. Jeff was named one of Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World.
Please note: this will be a multimedia performance!
Written and designed by award-winning author/artist Warren Lehrer, A Life In Books: The Rise and Fall of Bleu Mobley ($34.95) is an extraordinarily original, funny, heartwarming and heart-wrenching exploration of one man's use of books as a means of understanding himself, the people around him, and a half-century of American/global events. Rich with stories that spring from other stories, this genre-defying novel orchestrates a multicultural symphony of characters from Bleu's life and books: lovers, mothers, children, friends, enemies, teachers, students, runaways, rebels, thinkers, dreamers, believers, skeptics, the displaced and dispossessed. It celebrates the mysteries and contradictions of the creative process, and grapples with the future of the book as a medium, and the lines that separate truth, myth, and fiction. This four-color, full-length novel-containing over 101 hilarious and scrumptious book cover designs (and book-like objects)-fuses art and literature, and distinguishes itself as one of those books you'll want to hold in your hands, feast your eyes on, read and re-read, share with friends, and treasure for years to come.
Warren Lehrer is a writer and designer, acclaimed for capturing the shape of thought and reuniting the traditions of storytelling with the printed page. Known internationally as a pioneer in the ﬁelds of visual literature and design authorship, he has received many awards for his books and multimedia projects, including the Brendan Gill Prize, the Innovative Use of Archives Award, three AIGA Book Awards, two Type Director’s Club awards, the International Book Design Award, and a Media That Matters Award. His work is in many collections including MoMA, LA County Art Museum, the Getty Museum, Georges Pompidou Centre, and Tate Gallery. Lehrer is also a performer and playwright. He is a professor at Purchase College, SUNY, and a founding faculty member of the Designer As Author grad program at SVA. Together with Judith Sloan, Lehrer co-authored Crossing the BLVD and co-founded EarSay, a non-proﬁ t arts organization in Queens, NY.
Marin Veterans Memorial Auditorium
Tickets: $39.00 - $42.00
Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls ($27.00) is the new collection of essays from #1 New York Times bestselling author David Sedaris, who has been called "the preeminent humorist of his generation" (Entertainment Weekly).
A guy walks into a bar car and...
From here the story could take many turns. When this guy is David Sedaris, the possibilities are endless, but the result is always the same: he will both delight you with twists of humor and intelligence and leave you deeply moved. Sedaris remembers his father's dinnertime attire (shirtsleeves and underpants), his first colonoscopy (remarkably pleasant), and the time he considered buying the skeleton of a murdered Pygmy. With Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls, David Sedaris shows once again why his work has been called "hilarious, elegant, and surprisingly moving" (Washington Post).
David Sedaris is the author Barrel Fever and Holidays on Ice, as well as collections of personal essays, Naked, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, and When You Are Engulfed in Flames, each of which became a bestseller. There are a total of seven million copies of his books in print and they have been translated into 25 languages. He was the editor of Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules: An Anthology of Outstanding Stories. Sedaris’s pieces appear regularly in The New Yorker and have twice been included in “The Best American Essays.” His newest book, a collection of fables entitled Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary (with illustrations by Ian Falconer), was published in September 2010 and immediately hit the New York Times Bestseller Fiction List.
San Francisco’s Playland at the Beach: The Golden Years ($22.95) presents Playland as it is best remembered today — a playground where families experienced endless days of fun in San Francisco’s glorious postwar boom. Illustrated by over 200 rare black-and-white and color photographs — including many images never before published — San Francisco’s Playland at the Beach: The Golden Years takes the reader back in time to experience the rides, attractions, restaurants and behind-the-scenes operations of the great amusement park at the height of its glory.
California historian James R. Smith is the author of San Francisco’s Lost Landmarks, The California Snatch Racket, and San Francisco’s Playland at the Beach: The Early Years, as well as numerous historical articles. A well-respected authority in California history, he has spent years chronicling the stories of San Francisco and the California Gold Country. Smith is a frequent lecturer and discussion leader at universities, historical societies, libraries and bookstores.
5 Thursdays • Nov. 14 - Dec. 19 • 6:00-8:00pm • $155 (no class Nov. 28)
Silvia Iannelli is a private Italian tutor who was born and raised in Rome. She creates a fun and welcoming environment for her students, motivating them through activities and exercises. Her personal quote is: “La traduzione della parola e’ nel cuore ~ The translation of a word is in the heart.”
Cavallo Point Cooking School, Sausalito
Registration (Book Included): $125 per person • 6:30 - 9:30 pm
Please note: onlines sales for this event are now closed. To inquire about waitlist availability, please call (415) 927-0960 ext. 1.
This is a dynamic hands-on cooking class with a menu inspired by M.F. K. Fisher’s time in Provence, 1970. Guests will be making food for the evening as well as hearing the author discuss his book, Provence 1970: M.F.K. Fisher, Julia Child, James Beard & the Reinvention of American Taste. Luke Barr, grand nephew of MFK Fisher, tells the story of the memorable weeks in the hills of Provence with culinary greats M.F.K. Fisher and her friends, Julia Child and James Beard. Through a combination of journals, never before revealed letters, research, and interviews, comes a story that shares conversations, meals, debates and philosophies from culinary legends who influenced food in America. Luke Barr is an editor at Travel and Leisure.
Tickets: $33 (includes signed copy of Double Down)
From the authors of the number one New York Times bestseller Game Change, an explosive account of the 2012 presidential election, pulling back the curtain to reveal the exhilarating, newsbreaking story behind the headlines for the first time
John Heilemann and Mark Halperin set the national conversation on fire with their bestselling account of the 2008 presidential election, Game Change. In Double Down: Game Change 2012 ($29.95), they apply their unparalleled access and storytelling savvy to the 2012 election, rendering an equally compelling narrative about the circuslike Republican nomination fight, the rise and fall of Mitt Romney, and the trials, tribulations, and Election Day triumph of Barack Obama.
Drawing on hundreds of interviews with the people who lived the story, Heilemann and Halperin deliver another reportorial tour de force that reads like a fast-paced novel. Character driven and dialogue rich, replete with extravagantly detailed scenes, Double Down offers a panoramic account of a campaign at once intensely hard fought and lastingly consequential. For Obama, the victory he achieved meant even more to him than the one he had pulled off four years earlier. In 2008, he believed, voters had bet on a hope; in 2012, they passed positive judgment on what he’d actually done, allowing him to avert a loss that would have rendered his presidency a failed, one-term accident. For the Republicans, on the other hand, 2012 not only offered a crushing verdict but an existential challenge: to rethink and reconstitute the party or face irrelevance—or even extinction. Double Down is the occasionally shocking, often hilarious, ultimately definitive account of an election of singular importance.
Mark Halperin is an editor at large and a senior political analyst for Time magazine, and a senior political analyst for MSNBC. Halperin, who has covered seven presidential elections, received his B.A. from Harvard University and resides in New York City with Karen Avrich.
John Heilmann is the national affairs editor for New York magazine and a political analyst for MSNBC. An award-winning journalist and author of Pride Before the Fall, he is a former staff writer for The New Yorker, Wired, and The Economist. He lives in Brooklyn.
Taste of Honey: The Definitive Guide to Tasting and Cooking with 40 Varietals ($19.99) offers curious cooks a better understanding of all things honey — beginning with bees, and ending with sweet and savory recipes. Readers will better understand the life of a bee, and how its habitat influences both the color and the flavor of the honey it produces. A comprehensive glossary of 40 different honey varieties highlights the uniqueness of each, and lists the color, texture, taste, and uses to better equip home cooks when selecting honey at the grocery store or farmers’ market. Marie Simmons — an award-winning cookbook author — showcases the distinctly different honeys with 60 simple recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, and everything in between. In addition to recipes, Taste of Honey offers readers easy and accessible ways to incorporate healthful honey into their everyday snacks — like dressing a salad with fresh lemon juice and honey for a quick oil-free dressing. Whether sweetening old favorites or exploring the flavorful world of honey pairing, this cookbook is the most comprehensive guide available for learning about different varietals, cooking, and snacking with Earth’s natural sweetener.
Marie Simmons is a food writer, cooking school teacher, and award-winning cookbook author of over 20 cookbooks including Fig Heaven, Rice: the Amazing Grain, Things Cooks Love, The Good Egg, and Fresh & Fast Vegetarian. She lives in Eugene, Oregon.
Alcatraz Island in the 1930s isn't the most normal place to grow up, but it's home for Moose Flanagan, his autistic sister, Natalie, and all the families of the guards. When Moose's dad gets promoted to Associate Warden, despite being an unlikely candidate, it's a big deal. But the cons have a point system for targeting prison employees, and his dad is now in serious danger. After a fire starts in the Flanagan's apartment, Natalie is blamed, and Moose bands with the other kids to track down the possible arsonist. Then Moose gets a cryptic note from the notorious Al Capone himself. Is Capone trying to protect Moose's dad too? If Moose can't figure out what Capone's note means, it may be too late.
Al Capone Does My Homework ($17.99) is the last heart-pounding installment in the New York Times bestselling, Newbery Honor-winning Alcatraz trilogy is not to be missed!
Gennifer Choldenko is a full-time writer and the author of many picture books and middle grade novels, including the Newbery Honor winning Al Capone Does My Shirts. She lives in the San Francisco Bay area with her husband and two children.
Peter Arnett spent a lifetime covering wars and international crises for major American news organizations, most recently 2003's Gulf War 11 and the long bloody aftermath. Arnett is best known for his live television reporting from Baghdad during the first Gulf War in 1991. Millions of viewers tuned in around the world to watch his dramatic accounts of the intense bombing campaign -- and his interview with President Saddam Hussein -- winning Arnett a television Emmy for that assignment.
Santiago Lyon is Vice President and Director of Photography of The Associated Press, responsible for the AP's global photo report and the hundreds of photographers and photo editors worldwide who produce it. He has 29 years' experience in news service photography and has won multiple awards for his own photographic coverage of conflicts around the globe. Under his direction the AP has won three Pulitzer Prizes for Breaking News Photography. He sits on the boards of the Overseas Press Club in NY, the Eddie Adams photography Workshop and RISC, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing safety training for freelance photographers Lyon was a 2012 Sulzberger Fellow at Columbia University, exploring ways to enhance AP’s photo business.
Huynh Cong “Nick” Ut joined The Associated Press in Saigon at age 14, after his brother, accomplished AP photographer Hyunh Thanh My, was killed covering the Vietnam War in 1965. He would soon become a highly respected photographer in his own right, winning the Pulitzer Prize in 1973 for his iconic photo of 9-year-old Kim Phuc, severely burned in a misdirected South Vietnamese air raid. But his photos from that day would have a lasting impact, going on to win multiple awards, including the Pulitzer Prize and the World Press Photo of the Year.
Since joining the AP, Julie Jacobson has traveled around the United States covering floods in the Midwest, hurricanes in Florida, as well as premier sporting events such as golf's majors, the World Series and Super Bowls. Her international assignments include covering the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Haiti earthquake, the last six winter and summer Olympic games, the Pan American games as well as the men's and women's FIFA World Cups.
Sat., Nov. 16 • 10:00 - 2:00pm • $55
Please note this class has been postponed - call (415) 927-0960 for further information
Through targeted exercises and craft discussions, this class will pinpoint the trouble in your writing’s engine and get you back on the road, eager to move full speed ahead. Kate Milliken is the author of If I’d Known You Were Coming, winner of the 2013 Iowa Short Fiction Award.
Dashiell Hammett was one of the most legendary crime writers of the 20th century. A unique literary publication, The Hunter and Other Stories ($25.00) includes new Hammett stories gleaned from his personal archives, screen treatments long buried in film-industry files, unpublished and rarely published fiction, and intriguing unfinished narratives. Hammett is regarded as both a pioneer and master of hard-boiled detective fiction, but these dozen and half stories that explore failed romance, courage in the face of conflict, hypocrisy, and crass opportunism show him in a different light.
Julie Rivett is Dashiell Hammett's granddaughter. She is an excellent speaker about her grandfather's work and provided her notes and editing skills for this new book.
Richard Layman is an Edgar-Award-nominated Hammett scholar.
In conversation with Tom Franco
When Jesse Lucas, a troubled, magnetic acting major, touches the sculpture Meditation in Stanford's Rodin Sculpture Garden, he burns his finger on the bronze. By the time he returns to the garden that night, an eighteen-year-old girl has emerged from the statue, naked and disoriented. It is 2008, yet her mind is swimming with vivid, fractured memories of her volatile past in nineteenth-century Paris--of serving as Rodin's muse, of her passionate affair with the acclaimed artist, and of her own creations.
So begins Betsy Franco's extraordinary and imaginative novel, Naked ($16.99). Stranded in the sculpture garden, Camille--or Cat, as she insists on being called--forms a deep bond with Jesse, who is soon leaving for college and is as lonely and disturbed as she. As Jesse encourages Cat to confront the sinister memories that afflict her, she helps him overcome the fury he has toward his abusive father and find peace within himself. Rich, inventive, and told with a compelling mix of grace and wry humor, Naked is a bold debut that explores love, loss, and the power of art.
Betsy Franco is the author of over eighty books. She is the recipient of a number of awards, including the New York Public Library Notable Book award, the ALA Best Book award for Young Adults, and the Northern California Independent Booksellers Book of the Year award. Betsy is also a screenwriter and playwright, and has acted in indie films and on TV, most notably as her son James Franco’s mother on General Hospital.
Provence, 1970: M.F.K. Fisher, Julia Child, James Beard, and the Reinvention of American Taste ($26.00) is about a singular historic moment. In the winter of that year, more or less coincidentally, the iconic culinary figures James Beard, M.F.K. Fisher, Julia Child, Richard Olney, Simone Beck, and Judith Jones found themselves together in the South of France. They cooked and ate, talked and argued, about the future of food in America, the meaning of taste, and the limits of snobbery. Without quite realizing it, they were shaping today’s tastes and culture, the way we eat now. The conversations among this group were chronicled by M.F.K. Fisher in journals and letters—some of which were later discovered by Luke Barr, her great-nephew. In Provence, 1970, he captures this seminal season, set against a stunning backdrop in cinematic scope—complete with gossip, drama, and contemporary relevance.
Luke Barr is the grandnephew of M.F.K. Fisher and an editor and news director at Travel + Leisure magazine, where he has been on staff since 2003. He had been executive editor of Gear and senior editor at Brill's Content/Inside.com. Raised in the Bay Area, he went to school in Switzerland and graduated from Harvard. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, architect Yumi Moriwaki, and their two daughters.
The Smithsonian Institution is America's largest, most important, and most beloved repository for the objects that define our common heritage. Now Under Secretary for Art, History, and Culture Richard Kurin, aided by a team of top Smithsonian curators and scholars, has assembled a literary exhibition of 101 objects from across the Smithsonian's museums that together offer a marvelous new perspective on the history of the United States. Beautifully designed and illustrated with color photographs throughout, The Smithsonian's History of America in 101 Objects ($50.00) is a rich and fascinating journey through America's collective memory, and a beautiful object in its own right.
Richard Kurin serves as the Smithsonian Institution's Under Secretary for History, Art, and Culture, with responsibility for most of its museums and many of its educational programs. He is an anthropologist and cultural historian, a former Fulbright fellow with a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. He is the author of several books, including Hope Diamond: The Legendary History of a Cursed Gem, and his scholarship and museological work have been recognized by the International Council of Museums, UNESCO, and Harvard's Peabody Museum. Awarded the Smithsonian Secretary's Gold Medal for Exceptional Service, he represents the Smithsonian on the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, the White House Historical Association, and numerous other boards.
Angelico Hall, Dominican University
Tickets: $40 (includes signed copy of Giada's Feel Good Food)
In conversation with Joel Ridell, host of Dining Around on Radio 910
Please note: Online sales are now closed. Tickets will be available at the door.
Food Network’s most beautiful star reveals her secrets for staying fit and feeling great in this gorgeous, practical book with healthy recipes including nutritional information, and personal lifestyle and beauty tips.
Finally answering the question her fans ask most often, “How do you stay so trim?,” Giada De Laurentiis shares the delicious easy recipes and tips she uses to maximize energy and remain fit. Here are 120 recipes for breakfasts, juices, lunches, snacks, dinners, and desserts that can be combined into 30 days of delicious feel-good meals. So that everyone can enjoy these dishes, many are gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian, and/or vegan, with helpful icons to call them out—and, for the very first time, each recipe includes a calorie count and nutritional analysis. Special sections delve into Giada's everyday life, including her beauty and exercise routines, how she satisfies sugar fixes, what’s always in her bag, and her ordering tips for eating in restaurants. With 100 color photographs, Giada’s Feel Good Food is a beautiful guide to staying on track while still eating everything and enjoying life to its fullest.
Giada de Laurentiis is the Emmy award-winning star of Food Network's "Everyday Italian," "Giada at Home," and "Giada in Paradise;" a judge on Food Network Star; a contributing correspondent for NBC's Today show; and the author of six New York Times bestselling books. She attended the Cordon Bleu cooking school in Paris and worked at Wolfgang Puck's Spago restaurant before starting her own catering company, GDL Foods. Born in Rome, she grew up in Los Angeles, where she now lives with her husband, Todd, and their daughter, Jade.
Private Ocean Wealth Management is the Diamond Lead Sponsor of the Leadership Lecture Series of Dominican and Book Passage.
Enter to win a FREE vacation in Vermont by signing up for the Mud Season West Coast Book Tour raffle! Enter to win vouchers for a romantic "Vermonty" four-night stay at the Equinox Spa and Resort in Manchester, VT (and lots more!).
In self-deprecating and hilarious fashion, Mud Season ($23.95) chronicles Ellen Stimson's transition from city life to rickety Vermont farmhouse. When she decides she wants to own and operate the old-fashioned village store in idyllic Dorset, pop. 2,036, one of the oldest continually operating country stores in the country, she learns the hard way that "improvements" are not always welcomed warmly by folks who like things just fine the way they'd always been. She dreams of patrons streaming in for fresh-made sandwiches and an old-timey candy counter, but she learns they're boycotting the store. Why? "The bread," they tell her, "you moved the bread from where it used to be." Can the citified newcomer turn the tide of mistrust before she ruins the business altogether?
Follow the author to her wit's end and back, through her full immersion into rural life--swapping high heels for muck boots; raising chickens and sheep; fighting off skunks, foxes, and bears; and making a few friends and allies in a tiny town steeped in history, local tradition, and that dyed-in-the-wool Vermont "character."
Ellen Stimson lives in a beautiful old farmhouse nestled in a high valley in the mountains of Vermont with her wild pack of children,not-so-wild husband, and completely civilized group of chickens, sheep, dogs, and cats. She has a not-at-all-fashionable collection of muck boots. This is her first book.
Please join the California Wrtiers Club for a discussion panel about the memoir.
Memoir resonates with all of us. The genre has many forms - taking us through a single life-changing incident to a chronicle of one's life. We look at memoir from a wide variety of perspectives, from craft and inspiration to the actual journey. Each panelist will focus on one of these areas. The three panelists that will be speaking are Linda Joy Meyers, Lynn Henrikson, and Francine Brevetti.
Suggested donations: $5 for California Writers Club Members, $10 for Non-Members
A nonprofit 501c3 educational corporation, California Writers Club–Marin sponsors events that are open to the public. Learn more at http://www.cwcmarinwriters.com.
Over six hundred years ago, in an enclosure attached to a church in Norwich, England, a woman known only as Julian wrote a book detailing sixteen mystical encounters with Christ on the cross. At the time few women could read or write, and the writing or teaching of theology by “unlettered” lay people in the vernacular was strictly forbidden. Today, however, Julian’s Revelations are studied along with Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. Her theological insights and spiritual direction are compared to those of St. Teresa of Avila and St. John of the Cross. The twentieth century monk Thomas Merton called her “one of the most wonderful of Christian voices.”
But who was Julian? While her writings have increased greatly in popularity, the woman herself has remained a mystery. In Julian’s Gospel: Illuminating the Life & Revelations of Julian of Norwich ($38.00), Veronica Mary Rolf draws on extensive research and interpretation to reconstruct Julian’s life and times. First, Rolf introduces the world of fourteenth century Norwich, and the political, religious, and cultural context: the Hundred Years’ War, the Great Plague, the Peasants’ Revolt, the Papal Schism, and the hugely popular Corpus Christi mystery plays. Rolf traces Julian’s likely ancestry, recreating her childhood, education, and adulthood as wife, mother, widow, and finally, enclosed anchoress. Then, Rolf interprets the Revelations themselves, in a new and highly accessible translation from the Middle English that includes a complete chapter-by-chapter spiritual companion to the texts.
Unique among studies of Julian of Norwich, this work creates a strong, dramatic arc for the Revelations, interweaving Julian’s personal sufferings and burning theological questions with her visionary experiences, producing a compelling spiritual biography of one of Christianity’s most extraordinary voices.
An independent scholar of medieval studies and comparative literature, Veronica Mary Rolf was educated at Columbia University, New York. She has spent her life in the professional theatre as a performer and playwright, including more than two decades training and directing actors as a Master Teacher of Dramatic Arts at the Stella Adler Studio (New York City), The Actors’ Centre (London), Teatro Andamio ’90 (Buenos Aires) and Berkeley Repertory Theatre (California). Currently, she presents a lecture series, Mornings with Julian of Norwich, and writes frequently on her website: JuliansVoice.com.
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 Their Life's Work:The Brotherhood of the 1970s Pittsburgh Steelers, Then and Now ($26.99).
Intimate, poignant, and thrilling, Their Life's Work 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 (1996).
Book Passage loves you, and as a small token of appreciation for all the wonderful work you do we’d like to throw you a party. Come by our store for a presentation on all the new children’s and young adult books that we love, and take home free books and lots of other goodies!
And please sign up for our 25% teacher discount! (to buy books for your classrooms)
Please note: this event is sold out. Thank you! For any questions, please call (415) 927-0960 ext. 1.
Coi Restaurant, San Francisco
This event is a book launch and reception to celebrate the cookbook Coi: Stories and Recipe. Rather than a sit down dinner, Patterson is preparing a sampling of his recipes, served with wine.
Daniel Patterson is the head chef/owner of Coi (pronounced "Kwa"), a two Michelin star restaurant in San Francisco. At Coi, Patterson mixes modern culinary techniques with local, wild, and cultivated ingredients to create original dishes that speak of place, memory, and emotion. His approach has earned him a worldwide reputation as pioneer of a new Californian cuisine. Also renowned for his food writing, Patterson has been published in The New York Times, Food & Wine, and Lucky Peach. Now, in his highly anticipated new book Coi: Stories and Recipes, Patterson shares a personal account of the restaurant, its dishes, and his own unique philosophy on food and cooking. Patterson begins by examining his relationship with California after his arrival from the East Coast and as he began to feel more at home throughout the years. He then takes readers into the Coi kitchen with 70 of the restaurant's original dishes, including Chilled Spice Ratatouille Soup; Carrots Roasted in Coffee Beans; Monterey Bay Abalone with Nettle-Dandelion Salsa Verde; Inverted Cherry Tomato Tart; and Lime Marshmallow with Coal-Toasted Meringue. The dishes are explained through a series of personal essays and narrative recipes, offering insight into Patterson's life, philosophy, and inspirations.
Daniel Patterson was born in Massachusetts and moved to California in 1989, where he now has three restaurants: Coi (2006) in San Francisco, and Plum (2010) and Haven (2011) in Oakland. He is the winner of many awards, including "Best New Chef" by Food & Wine Magazine and "Chef of the Year" by San Francisco Magazine. He has been nominated for five James Beard Awards including "Best Chef: West" in 2013. Coi holds 2 Michelin stars, and is ranked #58 on the San Pellegrino World's Best Restaurants list.
Join award-winning cookbook author Judith Choate in the kitchen and at the table as she and her family of foodies celebrate the new American home cooking with her new book An American Family Cooks: From a From a Chocolate Cake You Will Never Forget to a Thanksgiving Everyone Can Master ($45.00) Within its beautifully photographed and delightfully illustrated pages, one will find a sophisticated, yet cook-friendly variety of recipes that meld influences from the fundamentals of traditional home cooking, classic follow-to-the-letter French techniques, contemporary California cuisine, exciting ethnic dishes, holiday classics and the most simple and satisfying of family meals.
Judith Choate is a writer, chef, and pioneer in the promotion of American food and author and co-author of over 100 books. Additionally, through her company, Custom Cuisine, Judie works as a consultant in product development, most specifically creating lines (both recipes and actual production) of restaurant quality specialty food products and entrées for commercial distribution as well as in marketing, restaurant development, and culinary presentations. She has been consultant to many internationally-known chefs, among them, Charlie Trotter, David Burke, and Charlie Palmer as well as to companies such as Heinz, Starbucks, and Costco.
Please note: this event is sold out. Thank you! For any questions, please call (415) 927-0960 ext. 1.
Introduction by Isabel Allende
Blending literature and memoir, Ann Patchett, author of State of Wonder and Bel Canto examines her deepest commitments: to writing, family, friends, dogs, books, and her husband in This is the Story of a Happy Marriage. Together these essays, previously published in The Atlantic, Harper's, Vogue, and the Washington Post, form a resonant portrait of a life lived with loyalty and with love.
This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage takes us into the very real world of Ann Patchett's life. Stretching from her childhood to the present day, from a disastrous early marriage to a later happy one, it covers a multitude of topics, including relationships with family and friends, and charts the hard work and joy of writing, and the unexpected thrill of opening a bookstore.
As she shares stories of the people, places, ideals, and art to which she has remained indelibly committed, Ann Patchett brings into focus the large experiences and small moments that have shaped her as a daughter, wife, and writer.
Ann Patchett is the author of six novels and two books of nonfiction. She is the winner of the PEN/ Faulkner Award, England's Orange Prize, and the Book Sense Book of the Year. Her work has been translated into more than thirty languages. She is the co-owner of Parnassus Books in Nashville, Tennessee.
Book Passage hosts literary luncheons with celebrated authors at our Marin store. These events are catered by the outstanding Insalata’s Restaurant of San Anselmo.
Mill Valley Community Center
Ticket: $69 (price includes appetizers and wine tasting).
Please join Book Passage and Shasta Nelson for this wonderful event in the Speak to Me series.
Science tells us that friendships are more critical than ever to our long-term health and well-being, but in today’s fast-paced, digitally connected world we are seeing increasing incidents of depression and isolation. Shasta will enlighten us with surprising solutions to this uniquely 21st century phenomenon.
In Friendships Don’t Just Happen! ($18.95),
Shasta Nelson, friendship expert and CEO of GirlFriendCircles.com,
reveals the most important proven steps, processes, and secrets vital to
establishing the five different levels of friendships, or Circles of
Connectedness, that women—no matter their age or relationship status—are
longing for in today’s stressful and mobile culture. This
revolutionary, engaging guide will also benefit women who already feel
rooted to fabulous friends, with insightful principles that will help
them maintain and enhance their current friendships.
Visit the Speak to Me event page for more information: http://speaktomeevents.com/
5 Tuesdays • Nov. 19 - Dec. 17 • 6:00-8:00pm • $155
Silvia Iannelli is a private Italian tutor who was born and raised in Rome. She creates a fun and welcoming environment for her students, motivating them through activities and exercises. Her personal quote is: “La traduzione della parola e’ nel cuore ~ The translation of a word is in the heart.”
On November 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy was murdered in front of hundreds of onlookers. Everything was over in mere seconds, but the events of that day have been the subject of heated debate for five decades. The presidential commission tasked with finding the truth, headed by then-Chief Justice Earl Warren, published its findings the following year--Oswald had acted alone--but the report did little to quell conspiracy theorists. Many seized on what they saw as inconsistencies in the report and branded the whole investigation a cover-up. Warren himself calmly dismissed the criticism, assuring his fellow commission members that "history will prove us right."
Now, in this eye-opening new account of the Commission and its findings, Howard Willens sets out to prove that Warren's advice was prescient in his book, History Will Prove Us Right ($29.95) Willens, one of the few surviving staff members of the Warren Commission, supervised the investigation from the very beginning and has waited until now to silence the critics and well-intentioned armchair detectives. Drawn from Willens' own journals and extensive notes on the investigation--which have never before been published--History Will Prove Us Right tells the true and complete story, perhaps for the first time, of every aspect of the investigation into one of the century's most harrowing events from a uniquely first-person perspective.
Howard Willens is the only surviving member of the three-person supervisory staff of the Warren Commission. After the commission's report was published, he left the Department of Justice and in 1965 served as the Executive Director of the President's commission on Crime in the District of Columbia. In 1967, he joined a private law firm, where he has worked for over forty years. He lives in Washington, D.C.
Whether it's Major League All Stars like Bryce Harper, Buster Posey, Jason Heyward, Joe Mauer, Josh Hamilton, Hanley Ramirez, and Tim Lincecum in the dugout, or the incredible scenery of baseball's finest ballparks like Yankee Stadium, Citi Field, and AT&T Park, or the art of baseball seen by many but recognized as photo-worthy by few like hot dogs on a grill, the freshly rubbed-in baseball, helmets in their cubbies, or bullpen phones and baseball bats - Brad Mangin utilizes the incredibly beloved yet accessible photo technology of Instagram to document all of these subjects in Instant Baseball: The Baseball Instagrams of Brad Mangin ($18.95). Brad currently has 3,300
followers on Instagram, all tuning in to see Mangin's "Instant Baseball"
photography as he sets out to revolutionize the world of sports
Brad Mangin is a freelance sports photographer based in the San Francisco Bay Area where he regularly shoot assignments for Sports Illustrated and Major League Baseball Photos. Brad's first book, Worth the Wait, was recently published about the 2010 San Francisco Giants world championship season.
Southern Italian Desserts ($29.99) is an authentic guide to the festive, mouthwatering sweets of Southern Italy, featuring regional specialties that are virtually unknown in the United States as well as variations on well-loved desserts such as cannoli, biscotti, and gelato. As a follow-up to her acclaimed My Calabria, Rosetta Costantino has gathered 76 favorite desserts and master recipes from her Southern Italian homeland, including the regions of Basilicata, Calabria, Campania, Puglia, and Sicilia. These areas have a history of rich traditions and tasty, beautiful desserts, many of them tied to holidays and festivals.
Organized by region, with each chapter showcasing the area’s best offerings, the recipes range from simple home desserts to cutting-edge creations of Southern Italy’s finest restaurants and pastry shops. All of the most classic and regionally important desserts are featured, as well as new creations (like the delicious cannoli ice cream that burst on the Italian scene just last summer). Beyond its unique and fascinating topic, and a package full of striking photos—the book’s recipes are extraordinary. With fail-proof recipes and information on the desserts’ cultural origins and context, Southern Italian Desserts illuminates the previously unexplored confectionary traditions of this enchanting region. And like the region itself, this captivating cookbook will entice all who discover it to return again and again.
Author and cooking instructor Rosetta Costantino was born and raised in Verbicaro, a small wine-producing hill town in Calabria, at the southern tip of Italy. She is the author (with Janet Fletcher) of My Calabria: Rustic Family Cooking from Italy's Undiscovered South, which was nominated for an IACP award in 2011. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
How can I become more disciplined? How do I know if I'm talented? Should I self-publish? These are just a few of the perennial and contemporary questions addressed in The Creative Compass: Writing Your Way from Inspiration to Publication ($14.95). The authors - from different generations and writing genres - first help the reader assess where they are on their path. They then walk aspiring writers through five universal stages - Dream, Draft, Develop, Refine, and Share. While these stages apply to writers of every stripe, the emphasis is always on the reader navigating his or her own challenges, process, and goals. Insight-producing prompts and the wisdom of diverse artists (from Steinbeck and Thoreau to Spike Lee, Marilyn French, and Tom Clancy) help make every writer's journey of creation as rewarding as its destination.
Dan Millman is the author of 17 books read by millions of people in 29 languages. He teaches worldwide and lives in Northern California. His dauther, Sierra Prasada is a freelance journalist, editor, and teacher; the author of Creative Lives; and the founder of the 20th Century Project. She lives in Washington, D.C.
Book Passage loves you, and as a small token of appreciation for all the wonderful work you do we’d like to throw you a party. Come by our store for a presentation on all the new children’s and young adult books that we love, and take home free books and lots of other goodies!
And please sign up for our 25% teacher discount! (to buy books for your classrooms)
Traveling With Spirits ($18.95) is a exciting, nuanced novel about an unpredictable journey across continents, cultures and values. This is a story of deep, abiding friendship, surprising romance, political conspiracy, physical challenge and emotional courage.
Doctor Monica Murphy quits her Minneapolis medical practice to work at Catholic medical mission in a decaying hill station in northern India. There, she confronts questions about the nature of faith, religious imperialism, the troubled position of Westerners in developing countries, and the growth of individual consciousness.
Valerie Miner is the award-winning author of thirteen books. Her novels include After Eden, Range of Light, A Walking Fire, Winter's Edge, Blood Sisters, All Good Women, Movement: A Novel in Stories and Murder in the English Department. Miner's work has appeared in the Georgia Review, Salmagundi, New Letters, Ploughshares, the Village Voice, Prairie Schooner, the Gettysburg Review, Conditions, the T.L.S., the Women's Review of Books, the Nation and other journals. Miner is now an artist-in-residence at the Clayman Institute for Gender Research, and a professor at Stanford University, contributing to the Feminist Studies Program and English Department.
Leonardo da Vinci – a brilliant artist, scientist, mathematician, inventor, and even musician. The quintessential Renaissance man, but also, according to Fritjof Capra, profoundly modern. In Learning from Leonardo ($29.95), Capra outlines seven key characteristics of da Vinci’s genius and more than forty innovations Leonardo made that weren’t rediscovered until centuries later. Capra provides an overview of Leonardo’s massive contributions to a variety of fields, from aerodynamics to embryology, and illuminates da Vinci’s vibrant, unified perception of the world. This book illustrates Leonardo’s holistic approach, and provides profound insights into how best to address the challenges of the 21st century.
Fritjof Capra, PhD, physicist and systems theorist, is a founding director of the center for Ecoliteracy in Berkeley, California, which advances sustainability schooling. Dr. Capra is on the faculty of the Beahrs Environmental Leadership Program of the University of California, Berkeley, and also teaches at Schumacher College, an international center for ecological studies in England.
Joins us for a fast-paced and irreverent evening, showcasing new work from the students of the San Francisco Writer's Grotto writing classes. On November 15th, both fiction and nonfiction writers will read their work — but only for 3 minutes each! Their instructors (Grotto authors) will enforce the time limit. Join us for wine, fun, and fresh new writing.
The author of the acclaimed Sala's Gift delivers the definitive biography of Josephine Marcus Earp, a Jewish woman from New York who became the common-law wife of famed lawman and gambler Wyatt Earp. For nearly fifty years, she lived with the most famous lawman of the Old West; yet Josephine Sarah Marcus Earp has nearly been erased from Western lore. In this fascinating biography, The Lady at the O.K. Corral: The True Story of Josephine Marcus Earp ($27.99), Ann Kirschner brings Josephine out of the shadows of history to tell her full story--a spirited and colorful tale of ambition, adventure, selfinvention, and romance reflective of America itself, from the post-Civil War years to World War II.
Ann Kirschner is University Dean of Macaulay Honors College at The City University of New York. She began her career as a lecturer in Victorian literature at Princeton University, where she earned her Ph.D. A writer of wide-ranging interests, she is the author of Sala’s Gift (Simon and Schuster, 2006) and an innovator in education, media, and technology.
Sat., Nov. 23 • 10:00-2:00pm • $55
The concept is simple: no essay works if the opening paragraph is weak. In this course, we’ll work on that introductory paragraph until it’s compelling, and only then will we move on to the body of the piece. There’s always resistance to this process—students hate going back over and over to revise one paragraph—but the ones who complain loudest are always the ones who say it changes their entire writing process.
Sat. Nov. 23, 10:00-4:00pm & Sun., Nov. 24, 10:00-1:00pm, $165
Aristotle believed that plot was the most important and difficult challenge the writer faced. But by plot he meant the architecture of change in the hero’s fortunes. Character and structure are inextricably linked, and it is through structure that most of a story’s meaning is imparted. In this two-day class and workshop, David Corbett will demonstrate how the architecture of story, when properly understood, deepens our understanding of character, and how integrating character with story helps the writer avoid both formulaic plotting and episodic meandering. Special attention will be paid to individual student projects, with the goal of fashioning a strong narrative arc for each student’s work-in-progress.
Fronted by the charismatic but doomed vocalist and
brilliant slide guitarist Lowell George, the band recorded such classic
studio albums as Sailin' Shoes and Dixie Chicken, as well as Waiting for Columbus, which many consider to be one of the best live albums of all time.
Acclaimed journalist Ben Fong-Torres-working with Little Feat's surviving members, their friends, and associates-wrote Willin': The Story of Little Feat ($26.99) based on hours of brand new interviews with the key players. The result? The first definitive biography of this beloved rock 'n' roll institution.
Ben Fong-Torres is a journalist, author, and broadcaster, best known for his work in Rolling Stone and the San Francisco Chronicle. He is the author of nine books and lives in San Francisco.
War-Toys: Israel, West Bank, Gaza Strip ($32.00) by Brian McCarty is a photo essay that uniquely explores the perspectives of children living in war zones using principles of play and art therapy. Girls and boys who have been affected by conflict become art directors for McCarty's narrative photographs of locally available toys, placed and posed against war-torn locations to recreate witnessed events and shared fears. Using proceeds from the sale of his book, McCarty will be exanding the
War-Toys project to include the perspectives of children living in
additional areas of conflict, including Southwest Asia, Africa, and
The first volume of War-Toys chronicles McCarty's collaborations over the course of two years with Israeli and Palestinian children. Working with humanitarian organizations including the United Nations Relief and Works Agency and the Israel Trauma Coalition, McCarty gathered children’s firsthand accounts in classrooms, clinical settings, and even bomb shelters.
Brian McCarty is an internationally exhibited artist and toy industry veteran based in West Hollywood, California. McCarty is featured in several books including Vinyl Will Kill, Dot Dot Dash, and Toys: New Designs from the Art-Toy Revolution. His first monograph, titled Art-Toys, was released in 2010 by Los Angeles based Baby Tattoo Books. His work has earned notable praise from such places as CNN.com, the New York Times, L’Uomo Vogue, the Telegraph UK, ABC World News, and XLR8R Magazine. His commercial photography roster includes pop-culture clients such as Disney, Hasbro, MTV, Kidrobot, Rockstar Games, and Cartoon Network. In 2007, McCarty’s work was featured in the first museum exhibition to focus solely on toys as a purposeful means of artistic expression.
We call California the Granola State — a place where everyone is a fruit, a flake, or a nut. They don’t get any fruitier, flakier or nuttier than the people profiled in the new humorous history California Fruits, Flakes, and Nuts: True Tales of California Crazies, Crackpots, and Creeps ($14.95).
With stories both hilarious and heartbreaking, California Fruits, Flakes, and Nuts is a freewheeling catalog of misfits, eccentrics, and failed dreamers — 48 bizarre personalities who exemplify the Golden State’s well-deserved reputation for nonconformity. Presenting a wealth of historical information that had long been swept away and forgotten, this book is a uniquely entertaining look at the dark and disreputable corners of California history.
David Kulczyk (pronounced Coal-check) is a Sacramento-based historian, freelance writer and award-winning author of short fiction. His previous books include California Justice and Death in California.
During the holidays many of us who have lost loved ones are particularly sad. We see their missing chair at the holiday dinner table. We feel our lose more than ever.
If you or someone close to you has lost someone dear, perhaps you’re ready to take another look at what is possible. That's what happened to Physician Elisa Medhus, MD, who never believed in life after death—that is until her son died and began communicating with her, her family, and those who have become followers of her extremely popular blog, ChannelingErik.com. As an accomplished physician, Dr. Medhus always placed her faith in science. An internist, daughter of atheists, and a self-proclaimed skeptic, she was not one who believed in the afterlife.
Now, based upon her blog, which is growing in readership every day with those seeking hope and answers about loved ones who have passed, Dr. Medhus is sharing her true story in her new book, My Son and the Afterlife ($16.00). Whether we believe in the afterlife or not, Elisa's story will resonate with anyone who has lost someone close and will offer new hope for the healing process. This is a story of pain and loss, and how the power of discovering faith can bring healing and understanding.
Elisa Medhus, MD, is a physician and mother of five who has practiced internal medicine for over thirty years. She is the author of three award-winning parenting books, including Raising Children who Think for Themselves, which is the recipient of three highly prestigious awards – The 2002 Parent's Choice Award, The NAPPA Gold Award and the National Parenting Center Seal of Approval – and she has lectured on parenting for schools, parent groups, and corporations.
Travel writer and longtime California resident Stuart Thornton covers the best of Coastal California, from hiking through redwoods in Big Sur to lounging on the famous beaches of Malibu. Thornton is the perfect tour guide, offering unique trip ideas for a wide variety of travelers including Pacific Coast Highway Road Trip and a complete tour of California’s best beaches. Including expert advice on visiting the Channel Islands and enjoying the nightlife of LA and San Francisco, as well as updated maps and several brand new chapters, Moon Coastal California ($19.99) gives travelers the tools they need to create a more personal and memorable experience.
San Francisco Friends School
Join The San Francisco Friends School as they welcome bestselling author Chip Conley to discuss his book Emotional Equations. Ticket comes with a light breakfast and a copy of the book.
Using brilliantly simple math that illuminates universal emotional truths, Emotional Equations crystallizes some of life’s toughest challenges into manageable facets that readers can see clearly—and bits they can control. Popular motivational speaker and bestselling author Chip Conley has created an exciting, new, immediately accessible visual lexicon for mastering the age of uncertainty. Making mathematics out of emotions may seem a counterintuitive idea, but it’s an inspiring and incredibly effective one in Chip Conley’s hands.
Veteran CEO Chip Conley has created more boutique hotels than anyone in the world. Founder of Joie de Vivre Hospitality, which he grew into America’s second largest boutique hotel company, he speaks around the world on how to find meaning at the intersection of business and psychology.
In three novels, Bill Broder follows a group of friends who left their blood families in the East and formed close relationships in the San Francisco Bay Area—a family formed in exile. The annual reunion of this “family” takes place at Thanksgiving dinners. Crimes of Innocence ($14.29), Esau’s Mountain ($15.39), and What Rough Beast?($14.29), each complete in itself, explore significant aspects of California: a vision of possibilities, a sense of exile and mobility, and a respect for the past—aspects that have contributed greatly to the development of American culture as a whole in the last fifty years.
Bill Broder has published three works of fiction: The Sacred Hoop, Remember This Time, and Taking Care of Cleo, which was chosen as a Michigan Notable Book by Michigan’s Library Foundation. Broder has also completed a memoir, A Prayer for the Departed, and a number of full-length plays. Two of his plays were chosen for readings at two annual California Studies Conferences. Professionally, Broder has worked extensively as a free-lance writer, specializing in the writing, design, and production of educational materials for museums, schools, exhibitions, and publishing companies. He and his wife have lived in Sausalito for fifty years.
Free hot apple cider at our Corte Madera store!
Inspired by beloved writer Sherman Alexie's call to his fellow authors, Book Passage will be swarmed with acclaimed worthsmiths on Saturday, November 30. In our Corte Madera store, our floor staff will be buoyed by Cara Black, Tom Barbash, Michael David Lukas, John Benus, and Tiffany Baker. Our Ferry Building store will have Willie Brown, William Petrocelli, Lewis Buzbee, Katie Hafner, Lysley Tenorio, Mollie Katzen, and Christie Matheson pitching in. These authors are here to recommend books and support independent booksellers on a day intended to celebrate the importance of local community businesses. We encourage you to stop by either store (or both!) and take advantage of temporary employees during Small Business Saturday!
In Design for an Empathic World: Reconnecting People, Nature, and Self ($35.00) Van der Ryn shares his thoughts and experience about the design of our world today. With a focus on the strengths and weaknesses in our approach to the design of our communities, regions, and buildings he looks at promising trends and projects that demonstrate how we can help create a better world for others and ourselves. Architects, urban designers, and students of architecture will all enjoy this beautifully illustrated book drawing on a rich and revered career of a noted leader in their field. The journey described in Design for an Empathic World will help to inspire change and foster the collaboration and thoughtfulness necessary to achieve a more empathic future.
My Promised Land ($28.00) tells the story of Israel as it has never been told before. Facing unprecedented internal and external pressures, Israel today is at a moment of existential crisis. Through revealing stories of significant events and of ordinary individuals -- pioneers, immigrants, entrepreneurs, scientists, army generals, peaceniks, settlers, and Palestinians -- Israeli journalist Ari Shavit illuminates many of the pivotal moments of the Zionist century that led Israel to where it is today. We meet the youth group leader who recognized the potential of Masada as a powerful symbol for Zionism; the young farmer who bought an orange grove from his Arab neighbor in the 1920s, and with the Jaffa orange helped to create a booming economy in Palestine; the engineer who was instrumental in developing Israel’s nuclear program; the religious Zionists who started the settler movement. Over an illustrious career that has spanned almost thirty years, Shavit has had rare access to people from across the Israeli political, economic, and social spectrum, and in this ambitious work he tells a riveting story that is both deeply human and of profound historical dimension.
As it examines the complexities and contradictions of the Israeli condition, My Promised Land asks difficult but important questions: Why did Israel come to be? How did it come to be? And can Israel survive? Culminating with an analysis of the issues and threats that Israel is currently facing, both internal and external, My Promised Land uses the defining events of the past to shed new light on the present. The result is a landmark portrait of a small, vibrant country living on the edge, whose identity and presence play a crucial role in today’s global political landscape.
Ari Shavit is a leading Israeli columnist and writer. Born in Rehovot, Israel, Shavit served as a paratrooper in the IDF and studied philosophy at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. In the 1980s he wrote for the progressive weekly Koteret Rashit, in the early 1990s he was Chairperson of the Association for Civil Rights in Israel, and in 1995 he joined Haaretz, where he serves on the editorial board. Shavit is also a leading commentator on Israeli public television. He is married, has a daughter and two sons, and lives in Kfar Shmariahu.
Raw: A Love Story ($14.00) is Mark Haskell Smith at his best, dangerously sexy and wickedly funny. Reality TV hunk and People magazine's "sexiest man alive", Sepp Gregory goes on a book tour to promote his debut novel, a thinly veiled autobiography. Not that Sepp has actually read the book, he doesn't have to, he lived it! The book becomes a sensation, a New York Times bestseller, and, surprisingly, it even gets rave reviews from serious critics. Aside from Harriet Post, that is.
One of the blogosphere's most respected critics, Harriet hears the host of her favorite, high-brow, radio show gush about Sepp’s abdominal muscles on-air and fears the end of civilization is upon us. She takes matters into her own hands and sets off to reveal the truth behind the bestseller and to show Sepp as the buff fraud he really is. But then Harriet reads Totally Reality, Sepp’s novel, and it’s totally great. Now she needs to find Sepp’s ghostwriter and find out why he’s wasting his talent. She finds him, appropriately enough, at the Playboy Mansion, where he’s supposed to be interviewing Sepp’s former television love Roxy Sandoval for his next, highly lucrative, project. Reality and “reality” collide, and a tragic accident sends Sepp and Harriet off on a sex-fueled roadtrip through the southwest. The mind meets the body, and both will be changed forever.
Mark Haskell Smith is the author of five novels including, Moist, Delicious, Salty, and Baked, as well as the non-fiction book Heart of Dankness: Underground Botanists, Outlaw Farmers, and the Race for the Cannabis Cup. His work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the Los Angeles Review of Books, National Post, and Vulture. He is an assistant professor in the MFA program for Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts at the University of California Riverside, Palm Desert Graduate Center.
This month’s salon speaker is Douglas Cruickshank, journalist, travel writer, essayist and author of numerous opinion pieces for magazines, newspapers and websites. Doug has worked in radio, television and film-making. He’s been a photographer for more than four decades, a columnist, and an editor for Salon.com. He was also the co-founder and editor of The Fessenden Review, the noisiest book review in the known world. Later, he was features editor for The Readerville Journal and editor of Edutopia.com, the website of the George Lucas Educational Foundation. In 1965, his sheep, Lambchop, was awarded the Grand Champion ribbon at the Alameda County Fair.
What we love about Doug is his devotion to excellence, his interest in community, and his sense of humor. He’ll be sharing his experience in online publication and new publication models, including crowd funding, as well as the work he has done in Africa. His newest book-length work, Somehow: Living on Uganda Time, contains dozens of essays and powerful photographs.
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/.
In conversation with Kamla Bhatt
When the Big Apple no longer felt big enough, Dave Prager and his wife Jenny Steeves moved to a city of sixteen million people-and, seemingly, twice that many horns honking at once.
Call them the New Delhi Yankees. In Delirious Delhi ($17.95) Dave takes readers through India's capital as he and Jenny experienced it: isolated, overwhelmed, and loving every minute of it. With 24 pages of color photos, this book offers hilarious anecdotes, astute observations, and attempted comprehension about what they encountered, ate, and stared at while stuck in traffic in this frantically expanding world capital. And in their telling, Delhi is truly delirious in every definition of the word: it's ecstatic, hallucinatory, mind-boggling, feverish, and vastly energizing-all at the same time.
Organized into twelve thematic chapters (like work-life, transportation, and food), Delirious Delhi helps newcomers orient themselves to this intense and amazing city, and it lets veterans see it through eyes that have never seen anything like it before. It's perfect for anyone who has lived in India, anyone who is moving there, or anyone who is planning a
Dave Prager was a typical copywriter working at a typical Madison Avenue advertising agency until fate (and human resources) offered the opportunity of a lifetime: to spend a year-and-a-half working at the agency’s office in Gurgaon. While many Americans would recoil with visions of mosquito Armageddon and monkey pickpockets, Dave and Jenny leaped to spend the next 18 months immersed in the cuisine of their dreams. They currently live in the San Francisco Bay Area, where they’re anxiously awaiting their daughter Georgiana to be old enough to sit through a 20-hour flight to India.
In his new book Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook: How to Tell Your Story in a Noisy, Social World ($29.99), the social media expert, entrepreneur, and New York Times bestselling author Gary Vaynerchuk explains why the battle for customers now depends not just on “poking” people using social media, but on delivering a knockout punch through compelling storytelling. Media platforms such as YouTube, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, and Pinterest are not merely channels for distributing corporate banner ads -- each are particular forms of media, and each operate by their own particular set of rules and thus require different approaches to content generation and storytelling.
Gary Vaynerchuk’s first bestseller Crush It! showed aspiring entrepreneurs how to turn their passions into full-fledged businesses using the tools of the Internet. His second bestseller, The Thank You Economy, showed more established firms how to use social media to transform their relationships with customers. Now, in his new book Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook, Vaynerchuk taps into an even more profound and urgent need that is being felt by large companies and entrepreneurs alike: the need to truly engage customers not by shouting at them over social media, but by creating compelling content, through new narrative forms particular to each of the different kinds of media platforms that have sprung up in the last five years. As increasing numbers of consumers turn first to their Smartphones and other mobile devices, business leaders will need to learn how to connect with customers in 1-2 seconds using “micro-storytelling.”
Gary Vaynerchuk is a self-trained wine and social-media expert who has revolutionized the wine industry. His cult-like following is the result of his unconventional, often irreverent commentary on wine, combined with his business acumen and foresight to use social media tools such as Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube to reach an untapped audience. Through his company, VaynerMedia, he has worked with various Fortune 500 companies on digital and social media strategy. Askmen.com named Gary to its list of the 69 Most Influential Men of 2009 and he was included in Business Week’s list of the top twenty people every entrepreneur should follow.
What happens when work is no longer a place but a state of mind: when the trappings that have defined the economy as we knew it are stripped away and we start from the bare essence of what it means to make a living? From corner coffee shops to Fortune 500 companies, workers from all different backgrounds are creating a new reality and prosperity. The Rise of the Naked Economy: How to Benefit from the Changing Workplace ($28.00) shows readers how to achieve both personal and professional success in an economy that does not guarantee lifetime employment. Pioneers Ryan Coonerty and Jeremy Neuner report from the front lines on the future of work. From the recently graduated to the recently laid off, this book covers how the rise in non-traditional employment calls for a new infrastructure, strategy, and attitude for workers, companies, and communities alike. Through interviews with the people, companies, and policymakers who are leading the change and already profiting from it, The Rise of the Naked Economy provides an optimistic, humorous, and inspirational vision for readers who want reclaim their lives and livelihoods.
Ryan Coonerty is the co-founder and Chief Strategist for NextSpace. He served two terms as the Mayor of Santa Cruz, California and was selected by the Aspen Institute as "one of the nation's most promising young leaders." Ryan teaches constitutional law at the University of California, Santa Cruz and is the author of Etched in Stone: Enduring Words from Our Nation's Monuments.
Jeremy Neuner is the co-founder and CEO of NextSpace, where he and his team are leading the charge in the future of work. Before that, he was a Navy pilot, a management consultant, and a local government official. Jeremy spent time as a fellow at the Aspen Institute's Business and Society program where he studied the future of work with leaders of Fortune 500 companies.
Wine, beer, and other refreshments available for purchase
Please join A Band of Women for a very special author spotlight happy hour featuring Beate Chelette, founder of The Women's Code and author of the book Happy Woman Happy World.
Beate Chelette is a respected speaker, coach, and successful entrepreneur. After selling her creative company in 2006 to Bill Gates, Chelette pursued her mission of building a global community of women who will collaborate and support each other. In business and in her personal life as a single mother, In 2011, drawing on the tools and strategies she learned on her road to success, Chelette founded The Women’s Code. Chelette has created three programs that are about Work-Life Balance, Leadership, and Career Advancement for Entrepreneurs and Creatives, as well as The Bitch Free Office.
A Band of Women is the premier private social network for all women. It is about women being there for each other. Our motto is "no woman left behind." For more information, visit abandofwives.ning.com.
Dust Bin Bob runs a second hand shop at the Flea Market on Penny Lane. He has an extensive collection of American R&B singles that he gets from Merchant Marines returning from Baltimore and New York. The action starts when he befriends some blokes by the name of John, Paul, George, and Ringo and becomes their lifelong friend sharing the vinyl that will start a revolution. From then on, it's a rocket ride from the Beatles earliest days in Liverpool to six shows a night in Hamburg to the Cavern Club and to full-fledged Beatlemania. Along the way, Dust Bin Bob thwarts a plot by Marcos loyalists to assassinate the Beatles in Manila after they snub Imelda Marcos, blowing off a reception at the palace and narrowly avoiding an international incident. It could have happened!
Called “one of the finest spiritual guides of our time” (Parker Palmer, author of A Hidden Wholeness), Mark Nepo has inspired millions of people with his #1 New York Times bestseller The Book of Awakening.
In Reduced to Joy ($15.95), Nepo explores the places where pain and joy are stitched to resilience, uncovering them with deep wisdom, poetic passages and personal revelations. Nepo reminds us all of the secret and sacred places within, forgotten in the noise and chatter of our busy distracted 21st Century lives. Reduced to Joy is a lesson in stillness, in standing in the mystery and, above all, in the work of love.
Mark Nepo is a poet, philosopher, and author of fourteen books, including the New York Times bestseller The Book of Awakening. Mark has appeared with Oprah Winfrey on her Super Soul Sunday program (OWN TV) and has been interviewed by Robin Roberts on Good Morning America. He lives in southwest Michigan.
Tickets: $12 (or purchase of a Rick Steves' item from Book Passage)
In his lecture, travel writer and public television host Rick Steves takes us on a journey of discovery to better understand this perplexing nation whose government so exasperates America, and to better understand the 70 million people who call Iran home. Steves captures Persian culture vividly: from Friday prayer in a mosque to non-conformist teen fashions at the mall; from anti-American murals to the hospitality of a family dinner; and from the tranquility of rural life to the crazy traffic of modern Tehran. And most importantly, Steves helps us understand the fears and passions of the Iranian people—to humanize a proud and ancient nation that has been a leader in its corner of the world for 2,500 years and will continue to make headlines.
Joins us for a fast-paced and irreverent evening, showcasing new work from the students of the San Francisco Writer's Grotto writing classes. On December 6th, both fiction and nonfiction writers will read their work — but only for 3 minutes each! Their instructors (Grotto authors) will enforce the time limit. Join us for wine, fun, and fresh new writing.
Reese and David are not normal teens--not since they were adapted with alien DNA by the Imria, an extraterrestrial race that has been secretly visiting Earth for decades. Now everyone is trying to get to them: the government, the Imria, and a mysterious corporation that would do anything for the upper hand against the aliens.
Beyond the web of conspiracies, Reese can't reconcile her love for David with her feelings for her ex-girlfriend Amber, an Imrian. But her choice between two worlds will play a critical role in determining the future of humanity, the Imria's place in it, and the inheritance she and David will bring to the universe.
In Inheritance ($18.00), a gripping sequel to Adaptation, Malinda Lo brings a thoughtful exploration of adolescence, sexuality, and "the other" to a science fiction thriller that is impossible to put down.
Malinda Lo is the author of several young adult novels, including Ash, a retelling of the Cinderella story with a lesbian twist, which was a finalist for the William C. Morris YA Debut Award, the Andre Norton Award for YA Fantasy and Science Fiction, and the Lambda Literary Award. Before she became a novelist, she was an economics major, an editorial assistant, a graduate student, and an entertainment reporter. She lives in Northern California with her partner and their dog.
The New York Times bestselling authors of Mrs. Kennedy and Me share the stories behind the five infamous, tragic days surrounding JFK’s assassination—alongside revealing and iconic photographs—published in remembrance of the beloved president on the fiftieth anniversary of his death.
Clint Hill will forever be remembered as the lone secret service agent who jumped onto the car after President Kennedy was shot, clinging to its sides as it sped toward the hospital. Even now, decades after JFK’s presidency, the public continues to be fascinated with the Kennedys—America’s royal family. To mark the fiftieth anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, Hill recounts his indelible memories of those five days leading up to, and after, that tragic day in November 1963. Hill, as Jackie’s guard, experienced those days firsthand. Alongside the famous photos everyone is familiar with, Hill provides a moment-to-moment narration evoking the feelings and emotions behind the images—clearing up the persistent conspiracy misconceptions along the way. He also shows us the little-seen photos of Jackie both before and after the terrible event, describing the poignant moments they shared, during that pivotal moment in history. Told movingly by a man who still wishes he could undo it all, Five Days in November ($27.00) is a rare and deeply personal look at the assassination that affected the entire world and changed the United States forever.
Clint Hill is a retired United States Secret Service agent who will forever be remembered for his courageous actions in the presidential motorcade during the John F. Kennedy assassination. Assigned to protect Jacqueline Kennedy, Hill remained with Mrs. Kennedy and the children for one year after the tragedy. Proudly and humbly serving five presidents—Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, and Ford—Hill rose through the ranks of the most elite protective force in the world, during the tumultuous time that encompassed the Vietnam War, the assassinations of JFK, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Robert F. Kennedy, and Watergate. He retired in 1975 as Assistant Director, United States Secret Service, responsible for all protective forces. In 2012, he penned his remarkable memoir, Mrs. Kennedy and Me, which became a #1 New York Times bestseller.
Lisa McCubbin is the coauthor of the New York Times bestsellers, Mrs. Kennedy and Me and The Kennedy Detail. An award-winning journalist, she has been a television news anchor and reporter, hosted her own radio show, and spent more than five years in the Middle East as a freelance writer.
Sat., Dec. 7 • 9:00-1:00pm • $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.
This definitive baking guide is the much-anticipated cookbook from the Model Bakery, a mother-daughter–run baking destination with a huge local following that's been wowing the Wine Country for years. And this book of sensational artisan baked goods makes clear why there are lines out the door! Featuring 75 recipes and 60 photos, The Model Bakery Cookbook ($35.00) is as luscious to look at as their most-requested breads, classic desserts, and fresh pastries—all arrayed here—are to eat. Pain au Levain, Sticky Buns, Peach Streusel Pie, Ginger Molasses Cookies, and many more glorious recipes make this a mouthwatering read and a reference gem for lovers of bread and pastry, cakes and cookies, and, of course, the Model Bakery!
Karen Mitchell opened the Model Bakery in 1984 and lives in Napa Valley, California. Sarah Mitchell Hansen expanded the bakery to the Oxbow Public Market in 2008 and lives in Napa Valley, California.
In Intuition and Dreams ($14.95), David F. Sowerby follows the guidance of his own intuition and dreams, sharing with readers his path to realizing one's healing potential in all areas of life.
David F. Sowerby, Ph.D. is a Consultant and an Adjunct Faculty Member in the Psychology Departments at Sonoma State University and Dominican University of California.
Look out pests! Ed Rosenthal loves plants and wants your garden to thrive . . .
Author Ed Rosenthal is renowned for his advice on growing the most expensive commercial crop, marijuana. Now, with Protect Your Garden: Eco-Friendly Solutions for Healthy Plants ($24.95), he extends his expertise to all gardeners who want effective, environmentally sound information. This highly visual troubleshooting guide focuses on the inevitable pests, diseases, and nutrient imbalances that can come between gardeners and a bountiful crop. Protect Your Garden is designed to quickly identify the issue and provide eco-friendly solutions. Organized as a field guide with more than 100 full-color photographs, the book covers over 70 prevalent problems. Pests vary in size from barely visible spores to large deer. They may be airborne or live in the soil. Some are plant specific, such as the tomato hornworm, while others, such as spider mites and caterpillars, are attracted to a wide range of plants. Container gardens are more likely to suffer nutrient disorders, while diseases like powdery mildew infect many garden environments. Whatever the trouble, correcting the situation will increase plant vigor and yield.
Once the problem is identified, Protect Your Garden shows you how to solve it, while keeping your garden safe for you, your family, and the planet. Solutions include commercial products, homemade recipes, minerals, and herbal oils. The guide also covers beneficial biologicals, such as bacteria, fungi, and predatory insects.
Ed Rosenthal has been writing about safe and resourceful gardening for over 40 years. Recognized worldwide as a leading botanist, he was recently featured in The Art of Doing alongside “superachievers” including Yogi Berra, Martina Navratilova, and George Clinton. Rosenthal continues to research plants and new gardening techniques. His books include: Protect your Garden, Marijuana Grower’s Handbook, Marijuana Pest & Disease Control, Medical Marijuana Handbook, The Big Book of Buds Series, and Why Marijuana Should be Legal.
Join us for a reception with artist Tom Killion to celebrate his year-long residency in the Book Passage gallery on December 7 from 4:30 - 6:30pm.
Book Passage is thrilled to welcome back Tom Killion to our Gallery for a year-long exhibition of his original prints and hand-crafted books. Killion was born and raised in Marin County, where the rugged scenery inspired him from an early age to create spectacular landscape prints. His work has been inspired by the landscape prints of early 19th century Japan as well as early 20th century European/American wood-engraving and book illustration techniques.
In conversation with Elaine Petrocelli
Shanghai, 1905: Violet Minturn is the young daughter of the American mistress of the city's most exclusive courtesan house. But when revolution arrives in the city, she will be separated from her mother in a cruel act of chicanery and forced to become a "virgin courtesan." Half-Chinese and half-American, Violet moves effortlessly between the cultural worlds of East and West, quickly becoming a shrewd business woman who deals in seduction and illusion. But her successes belie her private struggle to understand who she really is and her search for a home in the world. Lucia, Violet's mother, nurses wounds of her own, first sustained when, as a teenager, she fell blindly in love with a Chinese painter and followed him from San Francisco to Shanghai, only to be confronted with the shocking reality of the vast cultural differences between them. Violet's need for answers will propel both her and her mother on separate quests of discovery: journeys to make sense of their lives, of the men-fathers, lovers, sons-who have shaped them, and of the ways we fail each other and our children despite our best attempts to love and be loved.
Spanning fifty years and two continents, The Valley of Amazement resurrects lost worlds: from the moment when China's imperial dynasty collapsed and a Republic arose and foreign trade became the lifeblood of Shanghai, to the inner workings of courtesan houses and the lives of the foreign "Shanghailanders" living in the International Settlement, both erased by WWII. It is also a deeply evocative narrative of family secrets, the legacy of trauma, and the profound connections between mothers and daughters, which returns readers to the compelling territory Amy Tan so expertly mapped in The Joy Luck Club. With her characteristic wisdom, grace, and humor, she conjures a story of the inheritance of love, its mysteries and senses and its illusions and truths.
Amy Tan is the author of The Joy Luck Club, The Kitchen God's Wife, The Hundred Secret Senses, The Bonesetter's Daughter, The Opposite of Fate: Memories of a Writing Life, Saving Fish from Drowning, and two children's books, The Moon Lady and Sagwa, which has now been adapted as a PBS production. Tan was also a co-producer and co-screenwriter of the film version of "The Joy Luck Club." Her essays and stories have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies. Her work has been translated into thirty-five languages. She lives with her husband in San Francisco and New York.
Make Me Your Own: Poems to the Divine Beloved ($15.00) is a poetic sequel to the popular book Outrageous Openness Letting the Divine Take the Lead which got its own sort of unexpectedly rabid following around the world. This new book guides the reader ever deeper into union with the inner Divine Beloved through the realm of poetry.
Tosha Silver has been in love with the Divine for as long as she can remember. She graduated from Yale University with a degree in English Literature but quickly became immersed in metaphysics and yogic philosophy. She lives in the East Bay where she writes and teaches all the time about opening to this Force in a daily, practical way. You can find her at toshasilver.com.
Q & A with Bob Aufuldish
Debra Bloomfield engaged for five years on a photographic project in the wilderness. After photographing the desert in Four Corners and the ocean in Still, she has moved on in this new book to the forest.
In Wilderness ($50.00), Debra's photographs do not describe a particular place. She does not catalog the elements that add up to wilderness. She does not show each detail she observed or convey all the information she learned while she was there. Instead, her photographs and soundscapes bring us to the experience of wilderness. A CD is an integral part of this book, allowing the reader to share the photographer’s journey of hearing the call of birds overhead, the crunch of snow underfoot, and the hum of a ferry’s engine.
In Wilderness, Bloomfield has engaged the contributions of notable writers Terry Tempest Williams, Lauren Oakes, and Rebecca Senf, who all have essays featured in the book. The book includes a CD soundscape, that Bloomfield considers a collaboration between her and her son, musician Jake Bloomfield-Misrach.
Debra Bloomfield’s poetic large-scale color photographs are included in the collections of the New Mexico Museum of Art, the Phoenix Art Museum, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the George Eastman House, and the Victoria and Albert Museum.
Bob Aufuldish is the designer of Wilderness. Bob is teaching at CCA and is well known both in the Bay Area, as well as New York for his exceptional book designs.
Please note: this event will be a reading and a conversation with the audience
In an account as good-humored as it is heart-warming, readers meet Betty at age 89. She is clever and funny, still the life of a party, loves puns and poetry, does all her own cooking and house cleaning. Once a nurse, she reads blood pressures at a local assisted-living facility with her own stethoscope and cuff. She leads a walking group, participates in Yiddish theater and in her local Jewish Center's annual senior fashion show. She has a group of three or four very close friends, and a very large circle of friendly acquaintances.
Betty is also afflicted with Alzheimer's disease and with the less-well-known Lewy body disease, but it will be years more before this is understood. In the meantime, Betty moves to Point Reyes Station from Palo Alto, California to be closer to her daughter. Leavened with illustrative letters, poetry, and genuinely funny moments, The Alzheimer's Years: A Mother and Daughter Reuniun ($15.00), a daughter's story of her mother's last years is also the story of a fractured relationship that healed, and love that grew.
Doris Ober is an independent editor and author's collaborator in the California Bay Area; managing editor of West Marin Review, a literary and art journal; and author of The Dogtown Chronicles: Our Life and Times with Sheep, Goats, Llamas, and Other Creatures.
Veteran Joe Krueger is drifting in 1950s California, looking for work wherever he can find it. Tired after a long drive, he stops at a boardinghouse and meets sweet — and sexy — Ida, who rents him a room. That very night, Ida tells him “Mother” and “Father” have run their auto over a cliff, then seduces him in the teary aftermath. Smitten now, Joe starts helping out around the boardinghouse, and the two marry. The honeymoon is over when a shocking series of events force the Kruegers down to San Francisco, where Ida is injured in a bus accident. Soon enough, insurance investigators have chased them out of the city to another town where Ida schemes to swindle a motel owner out of her property.
Based on the true story of Iva Kroeger and her husband Ralph, who were indicted for the murders of Mildred and Jay Arneson in 1962, Naughty ($35.00) culminates in a trial: Ida, whose crimes have (only just) begun to catch up to her, is at her zenith, pleading insanity and playing the part to the hilt. The reader learns Joe’s and Ida’s fates via excerpts from authentic court documents. Naughty explores exactly what happens when “a swell-looking babe” is unleashed on real life, leaving marks, patsies, and bodies in her wake.
Monte Schulz received his M.A. in American Studies from UCSB. He published his first novel, Down By the River, in 1990, and spent the next twelve years writing a novel of the Jazz Age—This Side of Jordan. He wrote it for his father, the late cartoonist, Charles M. Schulz. It is followed by The Last Rose of Summer and a third book in the trilogy.
His recent stay in Lompoc Federal Prison Camp yielded the release of Walking the Circle: Prison Chronicles ($15.00) that sheds light on the conditions prevalent in the prison system. Not one to be content with fighting for a more civil and just society only in the court-room, Tony Serra has taken the fight to the front-lines. His examination and criticism of the prison system complex adds to the ongoing dialog for prison reform.
J. Tony Serra has been a practsing criminal defense attorney for over 45 years. He has represented: Heuy Newton and the Black Panthers, The White Panthers, The Hell’s Angels, Chol Soo Lee, Hooty Croy, Brownie Mary, Bear Lincoln, and many others. He is the reciepient of numerous award that include: ACLU Benjamin Dreyfus Civil Liberties Award, Gideon Equal Justice Award from the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office, Lawyer of the Year from the Criminal Trial Lawyers Association, as well as numerous others.
Please note: this event has been cancelled.
1963 was a year that began with George Wallace declaring “segregation now, segregation tomorrow, and segregation forever,” and concluded with Martin Luther King being named Time Magazine’s Man of the Year. It was a year that cemented our current Cuban policy and shaped the events in Vietnam. It was a year that demonstrated to the world America’s incongruence between the Jeffersonian ideal that “all men are created equal” and the everlasting threads of segregation and slavery to which the streets of Birmingham bore witness. Finally, 1963 was the year America was forced to acknowledge the fact that presidential assassinations were a reality as it witnessed the death of President Kennedy. 1963:The Year of Hope and Hostility ($32.99) explores the transformative year when America lost the illusion of innocence.
Byron Williams is a columnist, author, and pastor of the Resurrection Community Church in Berkeley, CA.
Osher Marin JCC
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In 1992, a handful of Holocaust survivors and their children turned a Sarajevo synagogue into a humanitarian aid agency. Called La Benevolencija, Ladino for good will, Muslims and Jews, Serbian Orthodox and Catholic Croats, banded together to help others. View this extraordinary exhibit and film and hear photographer Edward Serotta’s first hand account from his book, Surviving Sarajevo, of covering the conflict for Time Magazine and others.
Part of the Osher Marin JCC’s “Salaam, Shalom: Speaking of Peace” Series. Co-sponsored by Congregation Kol Shofar, the Marin Interfaith Council, and other faith organizations.
Chris Rainier is a master at creating powerful images that document the anthropological story of indigenous cultures whose ways are under threat. His new book, Cultures on the Edge ($40.00), propels us to the edge of the map, illuminating societies vulnerable to powerful changes unfolding in this century. Former assistant to Ansel Adams, Rainier’s stunning images have been featured in Life, Time, and Adventure.
The words “Silicon Valley” usually evoke images of shiny new devices unveiled at blockbuster product launches, geniuses performing coding miracles in futuristic office campuses, and blockbuster IPOs creating the world’s biggest fortunes.
They usually don’t evoke images of misfits, malefactors and ordinary schlubs turned into accidental felons… But the same way Tom Wolfe unveiled the seamy underbelly of Manhattan high finance in The Bonfire of the Vanities, tech insider Ken Goldstein holds nothing back in his debut novel This Is Rage: A Novel of Silicon Valley and Other Madness ($15.95). Goldstein has enjoyed a long and distinguished career as a software and media executive. In This Is Rage, he translates his expertise into the Silicon Valley novel we’ve all been waiting for—a biting, darkly comic crime thriller that lays bare the realities of the tech business, the media, and how they relate to the economic and political powder keg that is America in the twenty-first century.
From the opening scene, where a botched attempt to kidnap a legendary billionaire venture capitalist leaves one investment banker dead, two start-up execs missing, and two terminally unlucky programmers in way over their heads, all bets are off. And the ride only gets wilder from there. Right up to the final scene of this accomplished debut, it’s tantalizingly hard to tell where the good guys end and the bad guys begin in This Is Rage. Ken Goldstein has had a front row seat for the last two-plus decades of incredible progress in tech and media, and has parlayed these experiences into the fiction event of the fall.
Ken Goldstein advises start-ups and established corporations in technology, entertainment, media, and e-commerce. He served as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of SHOP.COM, a market leader in online consumer commerce acquired by Market America. He previously served as executive vice president and managing director of Disney Online, and as vice president of entertainment at Broderbund Software. He is active in children's welfare issues and has served on the boards of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Greater Los Angeles, Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services, and Full Circle Programs, and is currently actively in local government.
The extraordinary memoir of a woman whose journey took her from a prescribed life in mid-century Iowa to building her own family in Kenya-and from suffering the violent loss of her son, Dan, to picking up the activist's torch to ensure that his crusade wouldn't end.After moving from the U.S. to London after college, Kathy Eldon longed for a more vibrant life. In 1978, her wishes were granted. Kathy moved with her husband and two young children to Kenya -- an opportunity that might provide the adventure and life experience she longed for. There, Kathy and her husband set about raising Dan and Amy in a life of safaris and social engagement, in a society that shaped her children to be spiritual and artistic-and where they were free to follow their own truth. At the same time, Eldon dove into this new world as a journalist and writer.
Kathy came to international prominence following the death of her son, Dan in 1993. A 23-year old photojournalist for Reuters, Dan was stoned to death by an angry mob in Somalia. Eldon knew that there was no way through her grief unless she could transform it into something positive. Since Dan's death, Kathy has experienced her own spiritual journey, and her memoir, In the Heart of Life ($26.99), captures the enduring connection she has to her slain son. Because Kathy is a journalist, she has a gift for wonderfully capturing this story.
Kathy Eldon has worked as a teacher, editor, journalist, and film and television producer. Following the death of her son, Dan, she and her daughter Amy launched Creative Visions Foundation to support "creative activists" like Dan, who use media to inform, inspire and empower positive change. CVF has incubated more than 85 projects and productions on seven continents (most recently with a screening in the Antarctic), touching the lives of more than 10 million people.
Elaine Petrocelli and a team of Book Passage booksellers lead a discussion of books for the holidays. Come join us as we present new books for all the readers on your holiday shopping list this season, from children’s books to the latest literary fiction, and art books to thrillers—we’ll have the best recommendations for readers of all ages and interests!
Poets notice what other people miss. Nationally-known poet Molly Fisk’s Blow-Drying a Chicken ($14.89), is a book on love, death, grammar, lingerie, small towns, and the natural world that will get you laughing, crying, and thinking.
Poet Molly Fisk writes weekly essays for community radio stations in California, Colorado, Illinois and Wisconsin. She's the author of the poetry collections, The More Difficult Beauty, Listening to Winter, and Salt Water Poems. Fisk has been awarded grants by the National Endowment for the Arts, the California Arts Council, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. She's the owner of Poetry Boot Camp (poetrybootcamp.com).
I Know (Je sais) ($20.00) is a collection of 469 observations on life and the universe by a scientist whose eye for detail is keen and whose sense of humor is refreshing. Translated from the French by the author with Sixteen Rivers poet Lynne Knight, and published by Sixteen Rivers Press in a bilingual edition, the book is profound without being ponderous, instructive without being pedantic, and engaging even at its most serious. Although I Know (Je sais) was inspired by Brainard's I Remember and Perec's Je me souviens, it remains unique. Thanks to the author's unusually perceptive and fluid mind, the range of the book is enormous, from light rays and irony to the animal world to human love and disappointment.
Ito Naga is the nom de plume of a prominent French astrophysicist living in Paris. He is the author of three books, all published in France by Cheyne éditeur: NGC 224 (2013); Iro mo ka mo, la couleur et le parfum (2010), now in its third printing; and Je sais (2006), now in its seventh printing. He also contributes regularly to the Italian journal Sud.
Left Coast Writers Book Launch!
When Lynne Ashdown, her new lover, and more than fifty Italian male cyclists departed Italy in June of 1990, no one had yet ventured into the long-closed reaches of Eastern Europe since the falling of the Iron Curtain more than forty years before. They would be cycling almost a thousand miles from Verona, across Northern Italy, Austria, Czechoslovakia, and Poland to Warsaw, in just ten days. Ashdown hadn't realized she would be the only woman cycling with the fifty-four men.
One American Woman Fifty Italian Men ($17.95) tells not only of a sweeping journey of adventure, romantic disaster, and cultural collision, but also of a revelation of Ashdown's identity, forged by her will in the constant pain of trying to keep up with the men who were stronger. This trip back in time shows the stark contrasts between the world she knew as an American and the world she saw in impoverished Eastern Europe. This true story, rich with images of the countries the cycled through, describes the warmth and the cycling lives of the Italians, as well as the lives of people who lived under communism for so long and the values that survive all governments.
Besides cycling across Eastern Europe, Lynne Ashdown has cycled alone halfway across the U.S., and through Germany, France, Italy, and Greece. Recently she walked 400 miles alone across northern Spain on the Santiago de Compostela Pilgrimage Trail. She is a writer, a searcher, and an incurable adventurer, specializing in over-reaching. At 42 she earned her B.A. from U.C. Berkeley in (Third World) Development Studies, where she also studied journalism. She wrote always in the context of her work, taking inspiration from great writers, from years of seminars and writers’ groups, and from her travels, writing her adventures for magazines and newspapers. She worked as a singer-guitarist while raising her children, and as a highly-certified feng shui practitioner for over twenty years.
Please note: this event is cancelled.
The 7 Secrets of World Class Athletes ($16.45) takes you into the minds of super-star athletes when they are on top of their game. The fascinating concept is that regardless of what sport they are playing, they have to be experiencing identical processes in their minds. That is because the mind-body connection works the same for everyone.
Buddy Biancalana is a retired Major League Baseball shortstop. Biancalana played for two teams in his career: the Kansas City Royals (1982–1987) and Houston Astros (1987). Biancalana was a member of the Royals team that won the World Series in 1985.
Celebrating educators, who go far above and beyond the call of duty, American Teacher: Heroes in the Classroom ($45.00) shines a spotlight on one of the most underappreciated, undercompensated, yet critically important professions in the world. Over the course of two years, Katrina Fried has interviewed and written the stories of 50 extraordinary teachers from kindergarten through 12th grade, selected from public and charter schools across the United States. The result is a collection of inspiring and informative first person-narratives accompanied by heartfelt letters from students and captivating portraits taken by celebrated photographers from around the country such as Peter Feldstein, Roman Cho, Paul Natkin and Laura Straus.
Katrina Fried has previously written Everyday Heroes: 50 Americans Changing The World One Nonprofit At A Time, American Farmer, and as Senior Editor and Assoc. Publisher of Welcome Books has edited or produced numerous award-winning and bestselling titles including: Artists in Love, The Oxford Project, Gay in America, The Last Good War, Slow: Life in a Tuscan Town, Cooking with Italian Grandmothers, Primal Cuts, On The Street, and Red Carpet. Creating unique visual narratives that push the boundaries and traditional limitations of illustrated books is her greatest passion. She lives and works in NYC and Northern CA.
You can watch Katrina and one of the teachers on MSNBC here, read Katrina's piece "8 Teachers You'll Wish You Had When You Were in School" on Education Nation here, and read "The 12 Rules the Best Teachers Live By" on the Huffington Post here.
John Muir (1848-1914) was a Scottish-born American naturalist, whose writings contributed to the preservation of Yosemite and other natural parks, and helped spark the modern environmental movement. He is the founder of the Sierra Club, which numbers hundreds of thousands of members. John Muir: Spritiual Writings ($20.00) draws on his letters, journals, and other writings, to explore the deep spiritual dimension of his affinity with nature an aspect of his work that is seldom explored.
Tim Flinders is the author of Sacred Surround: The Thought and Spirituality of Thomas Berry. An educator and writer, he lectures on contemplative spirituality at the Sophia Center, Holy Names University, Oakland, CA and is a research fellow at the Spirituality and health Institute, Santa Clara University. He and his wife Carol are founders of the Two Rock Institute in Tomales, California.
Since opening Manresa in Los Gatos in 2002, David Kinch has done more to create a sense of place through his food—specifically where the Santa Cruz Mountains meet the sea—than any other chef on the West Coast.
The restaurant’s thought-provoking dishes and unconventional pairings draw on techniques both traditional and modern that combine with the heart of the Manresa experience: fruits and vegetables. Through a pioneering collaboration between farm and restaurant, nearby Love Apple Farms supplies nearly all of the restaurant’s exquisite produce. Manresa: An Edible Reflection ($50.00) is an ode to the mountains, fields, and sea; it shares the philosophies and passions of a brilliant chef whose restaurant draws its inspiration globally, while always keeping a profound connection to the people, producers, and bounty of the land that surrounds it.
David Kinch's distinctive style of American cooking has placed him on the world culinary map and assured his legacy in the advancement of California cuisine. He was named Best Chef: Pacific by the James Beard Foundation and Chef of the Year by GQ, and his restaurant, Manresa, holds two Michelin stars. He lives in Northern California.
What do you do while waiting at a red light? Your mind wanders and you think of sometimes funny, sometimes serious, sometimes quirky stuff. You watch the world go on around you. Waiting at Red Lights ($14.95) by Ed Baxter is just that. Thoughts that pop into and ﬂy out of your mind so quickly you have to record them.
Ed is a member of the Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame, spent over three decades at broadcast icon KGO in San Francisco. He substituted for Paul Harvey on the country’s number one radio broadcast through much of the nineties. Along the way he picked up more than 50 journalism awards including the Edward R. Murrow award for “Best Newscast”. So most of his friends and advisors told him to write a book recounting his experiences. Ed chose these reﬂections instead.
In Return of the Light: A Political Fable in Which the American People Retake Their Country ($10.95), it is the night of the Winter Solstice in 2120. At one of thousands of community gatherings across the United States, a storyteller does the annual retelling of how, back in 2023, a decade-long movement culminated in the people taking over their own government, making it a means for mobilizing their collective power to promote peace, social justice, environmental responsibility, and a society hospitable to the needs of the human spirit.
Part vision of the road forward for today's concerned citizens, part organizing tool, this novel is a wonderful source of hope and inspiration.
Michael Goldstein blogs in the Huffington Post and OpenSalon.com, focusing on the need to move beyond the teeter-totter of the two-party system and the means to do so. Goldstein works as a mediator and death-penalty appeals lawyer in Northern California
Attending speakers include:
Linda Watanabe McFerrin
"The Dude" himself, Jeff Dowd,
In Burning the Midnight Oil ($15.95), word-wrangler extraordinaire Phil Cousineau has gathered an eclectic and electric collection of soulful poems and prose from great thinkers throughout the ages. Whether beguiling readers with glorious poetry or consoling them with prayers from fellow restless souls, Cousineau can relieve any insomniac's unease. From St. John of the Cross to Annie Dillard, Beethoven to "The Song of Songs, " this refreshingly insightful anthology soothes and inspires all who struggle through the dark of the night. The night writers in Cousineau's vesperal collection range from saints, poets, and shamans to astronomers and naturalists, and tells of ancient tales and shining passages from the most brilliant (albeit insomniac) writers of today. These poetic ponderances sing of the falling darkness, revel in dream-time, convey the ache of melancholy, conspire against sleeplessness, vanquish loneliness, contemplate the night sky, rhapsodize on love, and languorously greet the first rays of dawn.
Phil Cousineau is an award-winning writer and filmmaker, teacher and editor, independent scholar and travel leader, storyteller and TV host. His fascination with art, literature, and the history of culture has taken him from Michigan to Marrakesh, Iceland to the Amazon, in a worldwide search for what the ancients called "the soul of the world." The author of 26 nonfiction books, he's a freelance writer, filmmaker, and an expert on film and mythology. He lives in San Francisco.
Alice Waters, the iconic food luminary, presents 200 new recipes that
share her passion for the many delicious varieties of vegetables,
fruits, and herbs that you can cultivate in your own kitchen garden or
find at your local farmers’ market.
A beautiful vegetable-focused book, The Art of Simple Food II: Recipes, Flavor, and Inspiration from the New Kitchen Garden ($35.00) showcases flavor as inspiration and embodies Alice’s vision for eating what grows in the earth all year long. She shares her understanding of the whole plant, demystifying the process of growing and cooking your own food, and reveals the vital links between taste, cooking, gardening, and taking care of the land. Along the way, she inspires you to feed yourself deliciously through the seasons. Advice for growing your own fruits and vegetables abounds in the book—whether you are planting a garden in your backyard or on your front porch or fire escape. It is gleaned from her close relationships with local, sustainable farmers.
Alice Waters is the owner of Chez Panisse Restaurant and Café in Berkeley, California. She founded the Edible Schoolyard Project and has received the French Legion of Honor and three James Beard Awards. Her most recent books are the New York Times bestsellers 40 Years of Chez Panisse and The Art of Simple Food, as well as In the Green Kitchen and The Edible Schoolyard: A Universal Idea.
Sat., Jan. 4 • 10:00-4:00pm • $105
Character is in the foreground of all fiction. This class shows how to create dynamic characters that will emotionally engage the reader. Writing exercises are designed to fold into a work in progress, whether it’s a novel, short story, or nonfiction work.
Nina Schuyler is the author of the novels The Translator and The Painting, and many short stories. She teaches creative writing in the graduate program at USF.
The Absence of Mercy ($14.99) centers on the peaceful town of Wintersville, Ohio—a place where neighbors feel more like family, the Chief of Police knows the residents by name, and the sound of children’s laughter echoes along the neighborhood streets. That is, until the dead body of a fifteen-year-old boy is discovered in the woods near town, and a brutal attack on a sixteen-year-old girl follows soon after, scarring this once “safe” town forever.
As the town’s medical examiner, Dr. Ben Stevenson, becomes involved in the investigation and more clues emerge, he begins to fear for the safety of his wife and two sons—eight-year-old Joel and sixteen-year-old Thomas—and ultimately he is forced to confront a truth that will haunt him forever.
John Burley attended medical school in Chicago and completed his emergency medicine residency training at University of Maryland Medical Center/Shock Trauma in Baltimore. He currently serves as an emergency medicine physician in northern California, where he lives with his wife, daughter, Great Dane, and English Bulldog. This is his first novel.
In this insightful and eclectic history, Adrian Miller delves into the influences, ingredients, and innovations that make up the soul food tradition. Focusing each chapter on the culinary and social history of one dish--such as fried chicken, chitlins, yams, greens, and "red drinks"--Miller uncovers how it got on the soul food plate and what it means for African American culture and identity in Soul Food: The Surprising Story of an American Cuisine, One Plate at a Time ($30.00).
Miller argues that the story is more complex and surprising than commonly thought. Four centuries in the making, and fusing European, Native American, and West African cuisines, soul food--in all its fried, pork-infused, and sugary glory--is but one aspect of African American culinary heritage. Miller discusses how soul food has become incorporated into American culture and explores its connections to identity politics, bad health raps, and healthier alternatives. This refreshing look at one of America's most celebrated, mythologized, and maligned cuisines is enriched by spirited sidebars, photographs, and 22 recipes.
Adrian Miller is a writer, attorney, and certified barbecue judge who lives in Denver, CO. He served as a special assistant to President Bill Clinton, a senior policy analyst for Colorado Governor Bill Ritter Jr., and a Southern Foodways Alliance board member.
Francis Weller, psychotherapist and author of Entering the Healing Ground: Grief, Ritual and the Soul of the World ($15.95), will offer an afternoon talk on the ways grief touches our lives. He will delve into the soul’s relationship with grief, how grief shared deepens our capacity for compassion and eases the congested sorrows that cloud our hearts. He will explore the obstacles to grief that hinder our ability to empty the bowl of grief we carry and recall that “Where there is sorrow, there is holy ground.”
Francis Weller, MFT, is a psychotherapist, writer and soul activist. To further this work, he founded and directs WisdomBridge, an organization that offers educational programs that seek to integrate the wisdom from traditional cultures with the insights and knowledge gathered from western cultures. Francis received a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin Green Bay and two Master’s Degrees from John F. Kennedy University in Clinical Psychology and Transpersonal Psychology. His writings have appeared in anthologies and journals exploring the confluence between psyche, nature and culture.
Embodying the selfless love, miraculous energy, dazzling grace, pure joy, and unfathomable mystery of the Divine Mother, Amma embraces and comforts millions of people around the world, providing food, housing, health care, education, and spiritual values. Compassion, she says, is the only power that can save the world. Her longtime follower Janine Canan MD, a psychiatrist and a poet, offers a garland of 108 of Amma's most penetrating and inspiring teachings.
Janine will introduce Garland of Love by Mata Amritanandamayi, 108 sayings by the renowned international humanitarian and spiritual leader from India, selected by American poet & psychiatrist Janine Canan MD for inspiration & contemplation in a small handy book with several photos of Amma.
Janine Canan is the author of 20 books including the award-winning anthologies Messages from Amma: In the Language of the Heart and She Rises like the Sun: Invocations of the Goddess by Contemporary American Women Poets; acclaimed translations of two Belle Époque poets, Francis Jammes and Else Lasker-Schüler; two illustrated storybooks, Journeys with Justine and Walk Now in Beauty: The Legend of Changing Woman (part of the Navajo Literacy Project); a collection of essays, Goddesses Goddesses; and many volumes of poetry including Changing Woman, a Small Press Review pick, her NEA grant-recipient first book, Of Your Seed, and most recently, Ardor: Poems of Life. Janine lives in California, graduated from Stanford with distinction and NYU School of Medicine, is a psychiatrist and consultant for Indian humanitarian Mata Amritanandamayi. Her writing has appeared in hundreds of journals and anthologies. For more information, visit JanineCanan.com or Facebook. - See more at: http://thedanobrienproject.blogspot.com/2013/07/a-moment-with-janine-canan.html#sthash.hgrK27X7.dpuf
Scientific revelation and planetary crisis are now expanding the scope of questions that have always stirred when people gaze into the night sky: How big and how old is all of this? How did we come to be and where are we going? Join June and her friends for the ultimate campfire story. In Mountain: An Evolutionary Epic ($12.95), journey with June and her friends for a week in the backcountry, as they take in the evolving saga of the cosmos and work out their own unfolding lives within that epic context. Share their everyday—and life-shifting—dramas, from love and grief to work and creativity, from spiritual practice to climate crisis, from war to classroom.
William Carney’s poetry has been awarded two American Academy of Poets prizes and a Hutchinson Fellowship at Williams College. His previous books include Cities, a nuclear peace epic. As a landscape architect, he oversaw the design and construction of Yerba Buena Gardens in San Francisco. He started telling the story of the universe as a camp naturalist in Cincinnati, Ohio, and a field biologist at Philmont National Scout Ranch in New Mexico.
8 Mondays • Jan. 6 - Feb. 24 • 8:30-10:15am • $250
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.
8 Mondays, Jan. 6 - Feb. 24 • 10:00-12:00pm • $250
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.
8 Mon., Jan. 6 - Feb. 24 • 1:00-3:30pm • $250
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.
In Burning the Midnight Oil: Illuminating Words for the Long Night's Journey Into Day ($16.95), word-wrangler extraordinaire Phil Cousineau has gathered an eclectic and electric collection of soulful poems and prose from great thinkers throughout the ages. Whether beguiling readers with glorious poetry or consoling them with prayers from fellow restless souls, Cousineau can relieve any insomniac's unease.
Left Coast Writers provides literary connections, support, readings, writing tips, literary chat, unabashed networking, and great fun. LCW hosts a variety of activities to launch the books of members and explore publishing alternatives. See www.bookpassage.com/left-coast-writers.
And instantly you're under the spell of Ruby Davidson. Self-assured, kind, always willing to take a stand for people less fortunate, at "five foot ten inches, with masses of red hair and a pompadour that increases her stature to six feet," she's also strikingly beautiful. Ruby loves her husband, adores her nephews and nieces, and more or less dutifully respects the tightly knit Jewish family into which she has married. Her life is filled with triumphs and failings, joy and sadness, lived with all possible grace, and told in a spirit of admirable and honest reflection. A full life, yes, but not an untroubled one, because Ruby also still loves her high-school sweetheart. How she comes to terms with this old, old conundrum and how it affects the lives of everyone around her shape the heart of Where Somebody Waits.
Margaret Kaufman, poet and fiction writer, is the author of five books of poetry, including letterpress limited editions published by the Gefn Press (London), The Janus Press (Vermont), and Protean Press (San Francisco). Her first full-length collection, Snake at the Wrist, was published by Sixteen Rivers Press in 2002. A resident of Kentfield, California, Kaufman leads poetry workshops, teaches at the Fromm Institute at the University of San Francisco, and edits both fiction and poetry.
8 Tues., Jan. 7 - March 11 (no class Feb. 11 & 18) • 10:30-12:30pm • $250
Text: "Grammaire Progressive du Francais/Perfectionnement "- 600 exercices by Maia Gregoire
The class will discuss and debate current issues, and students will read a popular novel in French. Genevieve Blaise-Sullivan has taught French at College of Marin for over 30 years. She graduated from the Sorbonne with degrees in French, Russian, and Bulgarian.
8 Tues., Jan. 7 - March 11 (no class Feb. 11 & 18) • 1:00-3:30pm • $250
Text: "En Bonne Forme" by Simone Renaud-Dietiker - 8th edition
This class offers selections from French authors and a review of French grammar. Genevieve Blaise-Sullivan has taught French at College of Marin for over 30 years. She graduated from the Sorbonne with degrees in French, Russian, and Bulgarian.
8 Tuesdays • Jan. 7 - Feb. 25 • 6:00-8:00pm • $250
This class will introduce basic Italian grammar and vocabulary. Silvia Iannelli is a private Italian tutor who was born and raised in Rome. She creates a fun and welcoming environment for her students, motivating them through activities and exercises. Her personal quote is: “La traduzione della parola e’ nel cuore ~ The translation of a word is in the heart.”
8 Wednesdays., Jan. 8 - Feb. 26 • 10:00-12:00pm • $250
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.
Meet and greet!
Sharon Meers and Joanna Strober are professionals,
wives, and mothers with five young children between them. They
understand the challenges and rewards of two-career households. They
also know that families thrive not in spite of working mothers but
because of them. You can have a great career, a great marriage, and be a
great mother. The key is tapping into your best resource and most
powerful ally—the man you married.
After interviewing hundreds of parents and employers, surveying more than a thousand working mothers, and combing through the latest government and social science research, the authors have discovered that kids, husbands, and wives all reap huge benefits when couples commit to share equally as breadwinners and caregivers. Mothers work without guilt, fathers bond with their kids, and children blossom with the attention of two involved parents. Getting to 50/50: How Working Parents Can Have It All ($18.95) presents real-world solutions for parents who want to get ahead in their careers and still get to their children’s soccer games.
Sharon Meers leads strategy for Magento, eBay’s global e-commerce platform. Formerly, Meers was a managing director at Goldman Sachs, where she worked for 16 years and was co-chair of the Women’s Network in the Investment Management Division. Joanna Strober is the Founder and CEO of an online company developing a platform and tools to help fight and prevent childhood obesity. Formerly, she was a direct venture capital investor and private equity investor for over 20 years. Sharon and Joanna both live in the San Francisco Bay Area with their husbands and children.
8 Wednesdays • Jan. 8 - Feb. 26 • 1:15-3:00pm • $250
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.
6 Wednesdays • Jan. 8 - Feb. 12 • 3:30-5:30pm • $185
This course is for students who are interested in honing their language skills by reading and reviewing a modern Italian novella in class. Silvia Iannelli is a private Italian tutor who was born and raised in Rome. She creates a fun and welcoming environment for her students, motivating them through activities and exercises. Her personal quote is: “La traduzione della parola e’ nel cuore ~ The translation of a word is in the heart.”
8 Thursdays, Jan. 9 - Feb. 27 • 11:15-1:15pm • $250
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.
8 Thursdays • Jan. 9 - Feb. 27 • 12:45-2:30 pm • $250
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.
8 Thurs., Jan. 9 - March 20 (no class Feb. 13, 20, & March 13) • 2:00-4:00pm • $250
Texts: Grammaire Progressive du Francais/Intermediaire - 600 exercices, Maia Gregoire and Odile Thievenaz (Nouvelle edition) & Graded French Reader/2e etape (4th edition), Camille Bauer
The class will include the subjunctive and conditional tenses. Genevieve Blaise-Sullivan has taught French at College of Marin for over 30 years. She graduated from the Sorbonne with degrees in French, Russian, and Bulgarian.
Are you ready to get your sugar and carb cravings under control? The 21-Day Sugar Detox: Bust Sugar & Carb Cravings Naturally ($34.95) is a clear-cut, effective, whole-foods-based nutrition action plan that will naturally re-set your body and your habits! More than 10,000 people have already succeeded with this easy-to-follow meal plan and more than 75 recipes suitable for all
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Diane Sanfilippo holds a BS from Syracuse University and is a Certified Nutrition Consultant who specializes in blood sugar regulation and digestive health. She is the New York Times bestselling author of Practical Paleo: A Customized Approach to Health and a Whole-Foods Lifestyle and writes for her popular health blog www.balancedbites.com, teaches nutrition seminars nationwide and has a top-rated weekly health podcast in iTunes, "The Balanced Bites Podcast."
8 Thursdays • Jan. 9 - Feb. 27 • 6:00-8:00pm • $250
This course will encourage all students to communicate correctly using past, present, and future verb tenses along with common words and everyday expressions. Silvia Iannelli is a private Italian tutor who was born and raised in Rome. She creates a fun and welcoming environment for her students, motivating them through activities and exercises. Her personal quote is: “La traduzione della parola e’ nel cuore ~ The translation of a word is in the heart.”
Eight Thursdays: Jan. 9 - Mar. 6 (No class Feb. 20) • 6:30-8:30pm • $320
Restricted registration - please call for information
Make space for your writing. Making commitments and setting goals is one way to find the consistency you need. The habit of writing is what helps us access our creativity. Use the support of other writers and Keenan's guidance and techniques to keep moving forward.
4 Fridays • Jan. 10-31 • 10:00-12:00pm • $120
Survey some of the painters and sculptors who responded to changing cultural patterns in the Bay Area, focusing on the high spots: the Arts and Crafts Movement of 1890-1920; the Society of Six; the California colorists; and Bay Area abstraction and figurative artists, including David Park and Richard Diebenkorn. Look at the sculpture by Ruth Asawa (with a map for a self-guided tour of her work).
Kerrin Meis taught art history at SFSU for ten years and now lectures for the College of Marin and Dominican University. She leads study tours in Europe. Her Book Passage classes have been big favorites for years.