Start: 1:00 pm
Wise, Happy and Feeling Good ($14.25) is a compilation of quotes from the popular website Gratitude Twenty Four Seven. Each refreshing message is packed with valuable insight and humor to help you find greater fulfillment and happiness. Whether or not you’re conscious of it, you create well-being or distress by the thoughts you entertain and the feelings that result from them. This should come as no surprise since modern medicine consistently confirms the harmful health impacts of thought-induced stress and depression.
Jarl Forsman and Steve Sekhon are married and living (gratefully) on a houseboat in Sausalito, California. A long practice of Tai Chi as well as other forms of meditation, spiritual counseling, dream work, daily journal writing, personal inquiry and help from many teachers have informed their paths of self-discovery. Jarl teaches Tai Chi and Qigong and maintains a diverse counseling clientele. Together they co-founded Gratitude Twenty Four Seven, an undertaking that produces resources to help themselves and others increase self-awareness, fulfillment and love for life.
Start: 4:00 pm
Twice Heroes ($45.00) is a story of true American heroes, portrays a chapter of history known to few countrymen. In the panic following the December 1941, Pearl Harbor attack, Japanese American citizens were prohibited from joining the U.S. armed forces, and along with their families, many faced forced incarceration in bleak internment camps. They took up the fight for their country, for civil liberties, for the freedom of their families and recognition for themselves as full American citizens. Along the way, they became the most decorated military unit in United States history, fought their own civil rights battle and championed Hawaii statehood and acceptance of Asian Americans into our society.
Start: 7:00 pm
Michael Samuels M.D. will talk about how to heal yourself, others, community and the earth with art (visual arts, word, music, dance and ceremony. He will be accompanied by visual artists, and dancers who will share art making experiences with you during the book signing event.
Acclaimed by hospitals and caretakers from around the world, Healing with the Arts $18.00) brings
a tried and true program out of the medical field and into your home
and neighborhood. Improve your physical, mental, emotional, and
spiritual health in just 12 weeks. Whether you are ill, suffering from
emotional trauma, or looking to unite your community, the arts become
the conduit to restore your wellness and thrive in life.
Michael Samuels, MD, is the founder and director of Art as a Healing Force and currently teaches at San Francisco State University in the Institute of Holistic Studies. He is the author of nineteen books, including the bestsellers The Well Body Book and The Well Baby Book.
Start: 9:00 am
End: 11:00 am
Start: 6:00 pm
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.
Start: 7:00 pm
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
Start: 1:00 pm
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.
Start: 6:00 pm
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.
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.
Start: 7:00 pm
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.
Start: 1:00 am
End: 3:00 pm
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.
Start: 12:00 pm
Left Bank Restaurant, Larkspur
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.
Start: 1:00 pm
Our brains were designed for tribal life, for getting along with a select group of others (Us), and for fighting off everyone else (Them). But modern life has thrust the world’s tribes into a shared space, creating conflicts of interest and clashes of values, along with unprecedented opportunities. As the world shrinks, the moral lines that divide us become more salient and more puzzling. We fight over everything from tax codes to gay marriage to global warming, and we wonder where, if at all, we can find our common ground.
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.
Joshua Greene is the John and Ruth Hazel Associate Professor of the Social Sciences and the director of the Moral Cognition Lab in Harvard University’s Department of Psychology. His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and the MacArthur Foundation. Greene has appeared on Charlie Rose and Scientific American Frontiers, and his work has been featured in the New York Times, Discover Magazine, WNYC’s RadioLab, and NPR’s Morning Edition.
Start: 3:00 pm
End: 5:00 pm
4 Wednesdays • Nov. 13, 20, Dec. 4, & Friday, Dec. 6 • 3:00-5:00pm • $120
**Please note the date change
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.
Start: 3:30 pm
End: 5:30 pm
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.”
Start: 6:00 pm
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.
Start: 6:00 pm
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.
Start: 7:00 pm
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.
Start: 8:00 pm
Marin Veterans Memorial Auditorium
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).
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.
Start: 6:00 pm
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.
Start: 6:00 pm
End: 8:00 pm
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.”
Start: 6:30 pm
End: 9:30 pm
Cavallo Point Cooking School, Sausalito
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.
Start: 7:00 pm
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
Start: 5:30 pm
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.
Start: 6:30 pm
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.
Start: 7:00 pm
Drawing from the most comprehensive collection of photos of the Vietnam War, AP's new book, Vietnam: The Real War ($40.00), tells the story of the war through the images that helped shape public opinion. Join former AP Vietnam Reporter and Pulitzer Prize-winner Peter Arnett, AP Vice President of Photography Santiago Lyon, Pulitzer Prize-winner Nick Ut, and AP War Photographer Julie Jacobson in a discussion about some of the most iconic wartime images ever taken and the challenges of conflict photography.
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.
Start: 10:00 am
End: 2:00 pm
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.
Start: 11:00 am
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.
Richard Layman is an Edgar-Award-nominated Hammett scholar.
Start: 1:00 pm
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.
Start: 1:00 pm
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.
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.
Start: 4:00 pm
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.
Start: 7:00 pm
Angelico Hall, Dominican University
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.
Private Ocean Wealth Management is the Diamond Lead Sponsor of the Leadership Lecture Series of Dominican and Book Passage.