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Saturday November 30, 2013
Start: 11/30/2013 10:00 am

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!

 

Sunday December 01, 2013
Start: 12/01/2013 1:00 pm
Despite an uncertain economy, the market for green building is exploding. The US green building market has expanded dramatically since 2008 and is projected to double in size by 2015 (from $42 billion in construction starts to $135 billion). But green-building pioneer Sim Van der Ryn says, "greening" our buildings is not enough. He advocates for "empathic design", in which a designer not only works in concert with nature, but with an understanding of and empathy for the end user and for ones self. It is not just one of these connections, but all three that are necessary to design for a future that is more humane, equitable, and resilient.

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.
 
Sim Van der Ryn is President of The Ecological Design Collaborative, a design and consulting practice providing comprehensive services though the non-profit Ecological Design Institute established in 1969. Sim has served as California's first energy-conscious State Architect, authored seven influential books, including Ecological Design, and won numerous honors and awards for his leadership and innovation in architecture and planning. He is an adjunct architecture faculty member at the University of California, Berkeley.
 
 
Start: 12/01/2013 4:00 pm

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.

 

Monday December 02, 2013
Start: 12/02/2013 6:00 pm

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.

 

Start: 12/02/2013 7:00 pm

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/.  

 

Tuesday December 03, 2013
Start: 12/03/2013 6:00 pm

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
visit.

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.

 

Start: 12/03/2013 7:30 pm

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.

 

Wednesday December 04, 2013
Start: 12/04/2013 6:00 pm

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.

 

Start: 12/04/2013 6:00 pm
End: 12/04/2013 9:00 pm

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.

 

Thursday December 05, 2013
Start: 12/05/2013 6:00 pm
Greg Kihn continues to pioneer the Rock Thriller Genre with Rubber Soul ($16.99), a murder mystery and an action packed ride through Beatlemania, featuring The Beatles themselves.

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!
 
NBC called Greg Kihn “Rock’s True Renaissance Man.”  His career stretches from the dawn of punk and indie rock to the discos of the 80’s to the glory days of MTV.  As a pioneer with the legendary Beserkley Records, he helped write the book on revolutionary west coast rock and roll.  He’s toured the world, had hit records, appeared on Saturday Night Live and American Bandstand, opened for the Rolling Stones, jammed with Bruce Springsteen, and so much more.
 
In the 90’s Greg turned his attention to writing fiction.  He published four novels, a handful of short stories in various anthologies, and edited a compilation of original fiction by famous musicians.  Horrow Show was nominated for the prestigious Bram Stoker Award for Best First Novel.  It was also in the 90’s that he began his radio career at a little classic rock station in San Jose, which grew to become the most powerful music station in Northern California.
 
 
 
 
Start: 12/05/2013 7:00 pm

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.

 

 

Friday December 06, 2013
Start: 12/06/2013 1:00 pm

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.

 

Start: 12/06/2013 6:00 pm
3 Minute Reads
from San Francisco Grotto Writers
50+ Writers, 3 Minutes Each! 
 

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.

 

 

Start: 12/06/2013 6:30 pm

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.

 

Start: 12/06/2013 7:00 pm

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.

 

Saturday December 07, 2013
Start: 12/07/2013 9:00 am
End: 12/07/2013 1:00 pm

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.

 

Start: 12/07/2013 12:30 pm

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.

 

 

 

Start: 12/07/2013 1:00 pm

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.

 

Start: 12/07/2013 4:00 pm

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.

 

 

 

Start: 12/07/2013 4:30 pm
End: 12/07/2013 6:30 pm

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.

 

 

Start: 12/07/2013 7:00 pm

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.

 

Sunday December 08, 2013
Start: 12/08/2013 1:00 pm

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Start: 12/08/2013 4:00 pm

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.

 

 

 

 

Start: 12/08/2013 7:00 pm

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.

 

Monday December 09, 2013
Start: 12/09/2013 7:00 pm

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.

 

Tuesday December 10, 2013
Start: 12/10/2013 6:00 pm
J. Tony Serra is the epitome of counter-cultural hero. He has spent his life defending society’s marginalized citizens in the courtroom. His role in the Chol Soo Lee case was depicted in the film True Believer and he has gained national prominence for his closing argument techniques. Mr. Serra has consulted with hundreds of professional organizations on various legal issues in multiple forums in 14 different states. He is a life-long tax resister who has spent time in federal prison in protest of what he perceives to be an unjust political and legal system.

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.

 

 

Start: 12/10/2013 7:00 pm

Osher Marin JCC
FREE – no registration necessary.

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Start: 12/10/2013 7:00 pm

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.

 

 

Wednesday December 11, 2013
Start: 12/11/2013 7:00 pm

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.

 

 

Thursday December 12, 2013
Start: 12/12/2013 6:00 pm

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.

 

 

Start: 12/12/2013 7:00 pm

Please note: this event has been cancelled. For information, please contact us at 415-927-0960, ext. 1

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.

 

 

Friday December 13, 2013
Start: 12/13/2013 1:00 pm

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!

 

Saturday December 14, 2013
Start: 12/14/2013 1:00 pm

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). 

 

 

 

 

 

Start: 12/14/2013 4:00 pm

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.

 

Start: 12/14/2013 7:00 pm

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.

 

Sunday December 15, 2013
Start: 12/15/2013 1:00 pm

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.

 

Start: 12/15/2013 4:00 pm

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.

Start: 12/15/2013 7:00 pm

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.

 

 

 

Tuesday December 17, 2013
Start: 12/17/2013 12:30 pm

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.

 

Start: 12/17/2013 6:00 pm

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.

 

 

 

Start: 12/17/2013 7:00 pm

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

 

 

Wednesday December 18, 2013
Start: 12/18/2013 7:00 pm

Attending speakers include:
Gregg Chadwick
Joyce Jenkins
Erin Byrne
Georgia Hesse
Linda Watanabe McFerrin
Mikkel Aaland
Willis Barnstone
"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.

 

 

Saturday December 21, 2013
Start: 12/21/2013 11:00 am

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.

 

Saturday January 04, 2014
Start: 01/04/2014 10:00 am
End: 01/04/2014 4:00 pm

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.

 

 

 

Start: 01/04/2014 1:00 pm

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.

 

 

Start: 01/04/2014 1:00 pm

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.

 

Sunday January 05, 2014
Start: 01/05/2014 1:00 pm

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.

 

 

 

Start: 01/05/2014 4:00 pm

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

 

Start: 01/05/2014 7:00 pm

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.

 

Monday January 06, 2014
Start: 01/06/2014 8:30 am
End: 01/06/2014 10:15 am

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.

 

 

Start: 01/06/2014 9:00 am
End: 01/06/2014 11:00 am

8 Mondays • Jan. 6 - Feb. 24 • 9:00-11:00am • $250

 

 

 

For first year students who have had some Spanish study.

Graciela Pera was born in Buenos Aires. She is a graduate of the University of Buenos Aires, and has been teaching Spanish for 35 years.

 

 

Start: 01/06/2014 10:00 am
End: 01/06/2014 12:00 pm

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.

 

 

Start: 01/06/2014 1:00 pm
End: 01/06/2014 3:00 pm

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.

 

 

Start: 01/06/2014 7:00 pm
Where Somebody Waits ($15.95) instantly transports you to small-town Arkansas more than a half-century ago-a world of catfish and bourbon-and-Coke; of tent revival meetings and less boisterous discussions about heaven and hell; of finding love or just dreaming about it. A neighborly community, but with its share of intrigues.

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. 

 

 

Start: 01/06/2014 7:00 pm

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.

 

Tuesday January 07, 2014
Start: 01/07/2014 8:30 am
End: 01/07/2014 10:15 am

8 Tues., Jan. 7 - Feb. 25 • 8:30-10:15am • $250

 

 

 

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

Start: 01/07/2014 10:00 am
End: 01/07/2014 12:00 pm

8 Tuesdays • Jan. 7 - Feb. 25 • 10:00-12:00pm • $250

 

 

 

Continuation of grammar and language immersion.

Graciela Pera was born in Buenos Aires. She is a graduate of the University of Buenos Aires, and has been teaching Spanish for 35 years.

 

 

Start: 01/07/2014 10:30 am
End: 01/07/2014 12:30 pm

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. 

Start: 01/07/2014 10:30 am
End: 01/07/2014 12:15 pm

8 Tuesdays • Jan. 7 - Feb. 25 • 10:30-12:15pm • $250

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

Start: 01/07/2014 1:00 pm
End: 01/07/2014 3:00 pm

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. 

 

 

Start: 01/07/2014 6:00 pm
End: 01/07/2014 8:00 pm

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.”

 

Start: 01/07/2014 6:30 pm
End: 01/07/2014 8:30 pm
Eight Tuesdays: Jan. 7 - Mar. 4 (No class Feb. 18) • 6:30-8:30 pm • $320
 
Are you ready to commit to completing your book? Use the support of fellow writers and well-timed feedback to move through resistance and finish your work. Keenan provides incisive feedback as well as structural and publishing advice as needed. Restricted registration – call for information.
 
 
Wednesday January 08, 2014
Start: 01/08/2014 9:00 am
End: 01/08/2014 11:00 am

8 Wednesdays • Jan. 8 - Feb. 26 • 9:00-11:00am • $250

 

 

 

A basic introduction for students who have never studied Spanish.

Graciela Pera was born in Buenos Aires. She is a graduate of the University of Buenos Aires, and has been teaching Spanish for 35 years.

 

 

Start: 01/08/2014 10:00 am
End: 01/08/2014 12:00 pm

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.

 

 

Start: 01/08/2014 12:00 pm

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.

 

 

Start: 01/08/2014 1:00 pm
End: 01/08/2014 3:00 pm

8 Wednesdays • Jan. 8 - Feb. 26 • 1:00-3:00pm • $250

 

 

 

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: 01/08/2014 1:15 pm
End: 01/08/2014 3:00 pm

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.

 

 

Start: 01/08/2014 3:30 pm
End: 01/08/2014 5:30 pm

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.”

 

 

Start: 01/08/2014 7:00 pm
How to Work a Room ($15.99) is the classic bestselling self-help book on improving communication and socialization skills in business and life. This 25th Anniversary Edition is fully revised and updated, incorporating new research on interaction and the role of technology and social media in networking, with Susan RoAne’s tips for using digital strategies to advantage.
 
Thursday January 09, 2014
Start: 01/09/2014 10:00 am
End: 01/09/2014 12:00 pm

8 Thursdays • Jan. 9 - Feb. 27 • 10:00-12:00pm • $250

 

 

 

For students who have had Spanish study. Reading list TBA.

Graciela Pera was born in Buenos Aires. She is a graduate of the University of Buenos Aires, and has been teaching Spanish for 35 years.

 

 

Start: 01/09/2014 11:15 am
End: 01/09/2014 1:15 pm

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.

 

 

 

 

Start: 01/09/2014 12:45 pm
End: 01/09/2014 2:30 pm

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.

 

 

 

Start: 01/09/2014 2:00 pm
End: 01/09/2014 4:00 pm

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.

 

 

Start: 01/09/2014 6:00 pm
End: 01/09/2014 8:00 pm

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.”

 

Start: 01/09/2014 6:00 pm

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 levels of the program. Choose the level that's best for you—and bust a lifetime of sugar and carb cravings in just three weeks.. Now it's your turn! In just three weeks, you can free yourself from cravings, regain your energy, and feel great again.

This simple detox plan will help you break the stronghold of your worst go-to foods: the sweets, the refined grains you grab on the go, even the many seemingly "okay" foods that contain hidden sugars. These foods taste great, but they make you look and feel terrible. They rob you of your focus, spawn irrational mid-afternoon cravings, and make it so you can't even get through the day without wanting—no, needing—to prop up your energy level with caffeine or, worse, even more sugar!

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."

 

Start: 01/09/2014 6:30 pm
End: 01/09/2014 8:30 pm

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. 

 

Friday January 10, 2014
Start: 01/10/2014 10:00 am
End: 01/10/2014 12:00 pm

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.

 

 

 

Start: 01/10/2014 7:00 pm
Throughout history, hearing and sound perception have been typically framed in the context of how sound conveys information and how that information influences the listener. In Hear Where We Are ($34.99), Michael Stocker inverts this premise and examines how humans and other hearing animals use sound to establish acoustical relationships with their surroundings.
 
Saturday January 11, 2014
Start: 01/11/2014 10:00 am
End: 01/11/2014 4:00 pm

Sat., Jan. 11 10:00-4:00pm • $105

 

 

This workshop focuses on the craft of fine storytelling: plot, character, point of view, setting, imagery, dialogue, description, pacing, voice, and theme. After deconstructing the skill-set of some brilliant authors, participants will write from prompts, beginning a novel or short story which they will then read and discuss with fellow participants. Ethel Rohan is the author of two story collections: Goodnight Nobody and Cut Through the Bone.

 

 

Start: 01/11/2014 10:00 am
End: 01/11/2014 4:00 pm

Sat., Jan. 11 • 10:00-4:00 pm • $105

 

 

Please note that the date has changed

This workshop focuses on the basic craft elements of fine storytelling: plot, character, point of view, setting, imagery, dialogue, description, pacing, voice, and theme. After deconstructing the skill-set of some brilliant authors, participants will write from prompts, beginning a novel or short story which they will then read and discuss with fellow participants.

Ethel Rohan is the author of two story collections: Goodnight Nobody, and Cut Through the Bone.

 

Start: 01/11/2014 10:00 am
End: 01/11/2014 2:00 pm

Sat., Jan. 11 • 10:00-2:00pm • $60

 

 

48-hour advance registration • Limit of six

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

 

Start: 01/11/2014 1:00 pm

Author David Christopher has elegantly crafted a new narrative that translates the scientific facts of the Universe into a soulful story of creation. The Holy Universe: A New Story of Creation for the Heart, Soul, and Spirit ($17.95) breathes life into the cold, scientific worldview of the universe, transforming our physical history into a living story—and provides us with powerful insights into navigating the global ecological, social, and spiritual crises now facing our world, and provocatively argues the crises we face today just might be the best thing that ever happened to humanity.

David Christopher is a "spiritual but not necessarily religious" thinker, speaker, and researcher. He is most influenced by Brian Swimme, Thomas Berry, Miriam MacGillis, and James Lovelock, as well as those in the discipline of "Big History" such as David Christian and Fred Spier. He lives in Santa Rosa, California.

 

 

Start: 01/11/2014 4:00 pm

Marin author Ace Remas reveals the joys and terrors of the Buddhist path in his memoir, Just Passin' Through: My Rough Ride to Buddha Land ($16.95). Inspired by the Buddhist message implicit in a Nevada cowboy's poem, he offers an affirming but realistic account of spiritual practice.

 

Start: 01/11/2014 7:00 pm
What if a puma could spring from the grass and motivate you to “get more pounce to the ounce”? Or what if an electric eel could somehow zap you with the mindset to “be positive’’? Such is the concept behind Elaine Bond’s Dream Affimals ($19.95)—that animals can uplift your spirits, simply by doing what comes naturally.
 
Sunday January 12, 2014
Start: 01/12/2014 1:00 pm

The Marin County Diet: Feed Your Children Right From Birth ($21.95) book contains everything a parent needs to know to design an optimal diet for the healthy child from infancy through the teenage years. It addresses the need for a practical nutrition book that contains evidence based information rather than "faith based" reasoning passed off as "science." It addresses the daily nutritional health issues of children in a specific, truthful, and friendly way. In addition to parents, this book will be of special interest to nursery schools, elementary and high school teachers, coaches, all health care providers, family physicians, pediatricians, and nurses who work with children, including pediatric and family nurse practitioners

Although Albert C. Goldberg, MD is a Board Certified Pediatrician with years of experience nurturing thousands of children (and their parents), he has recruited the experience of many other experts in nutrition. For the past twenty five years Dr. Goldberg has worked in countries such as Argentina, Chile, China, Colombia, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Honduras, India, Mexico, Nepal, Philippines, Peru, Venezuela, and Vietnam, where poverty, ignorance, social disintegration and war have contributed to nutritional diseases, and he has brought back with him a keen understanding of the multi-cultural effects upon diet. In 2001 Dr. Goldberg was selected as one of fifty "Unsung Heroes Of Compassion" from around the world and was acknowledged personally by the His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama.

 

Start: 01/12/2014 4:00 pm

From world leading technology companies such as Acorn Products who design, engineer and manufacture products for Apple, Cisco, Logitech and Siemens Medical. From CEOs to architects, homeowners, physicians and retailers, the renowned artist and consultant, Caroline Patrick BorNei brings the knowledge of Feng Shui to not only to large corporations, but to the humble homes of thousands of clients.

Her new book, Diary of a Feng Shui Consultant and Visual Artist ($26.00), describes years of her experiences teaching students and clients to understand Chi flow and how to implement healing, life-affirming Feng Shui design and placement of the essential elements into their lives.

Told as stories from her long-established newspaper column, and integrated with stunning color images of the author’s paintings, Diary of a Feng Shui Consultant and Visual Artist is unlike any other book on Feng Shui. She addresses a wide of variety of subjects, including gardens, children, health, homes and real estate, pets, relationships, workplaces and money matters.

Caroline Patrick BorNei is a Certified Feng Shui Practitioner and a Red Ribbon Professional of the International Feng Shui Guild; she makes frequent media and public appearances and continues to teach the basic and advanced techniques of Feng Shui. Her newspaper column called “West Meets East” educated readers about the Art of Placement in an easy to understand and humorous manner for 14 years. Caroline now writes monthly columns for the Sonoma Life ad magazine which runs in several other publications such as Santa Barbara, San Diego, Bakersfield, Los Angeles and soon to come, other US cities and Europe.

 

Start: 01/12/2014 6:00 pm

Sisterhood in Sports tells the stories of all kinds of female athletes in a variety of sports. Their natural tendency to use talking as a primary form of communication is essential to their experiences and successes in sports. Women and girls tend to have BFFs, collaborate during periods of stress, express empathy for one another, worry about themselves and others, and desire to have fun in sports, which makes their experiences of sports and competition different from their male counterparts. Female strengths are grounded in both mind and body, and they take these strengths onto the court, field, and track.

Joan Steidinger, Ph.D., is a Certified Consultant through the Association of Applied Sports Psychology and on the United States Olympic Committee’s Sport Psychology Registry. She has written columns online for PsychologyToday.com and SFGate.com. She has worked as a sports psychologist for close to 30 years with offices in Mill Valley and San Francisco. In the 1990s, she was a competitive ultrarunner and competitive Ride and Tie participant.

Start: 01/12/2014 7:00 pm

Actors fascinate us in part because they live out the truths we cannot - or do not - want to live out ourselves. In his latest book, Caught in the Act: Actors Acting ($65.00), acclaimed photographer Howard Schatz develops upon his well-received monthly feature forVanity Fair,"In Character." Schatz' mastery of his craft is demonstrated as he himself acts, taking on the role of a director and giving his subjects detailed situations to explore, which are listed with the resulting image. The actors featured here - including John Malkovich, Pierce Brosnan, Michael Douglas, Colin Firth, Laurence Fishburne, Whoopi Goldberg, Michael C. Hall, Hugh Laurie, Amy Poehler, and Geoffrey Rush, among other illustrious greats - demonstrate their skill for improvisation while Schatz captures the complexity of their emotional and physical range. This inventive collection is a richly entertaining revelation of the fantasy of transformation. Schatz does not simply create characters from these actors - he helps to reveal their humanity.

Howard Schatz is an internationally known, critically acclaimed, award-winning photographer. His work has been published in 19 books, and his images are regularly featured in illustrious publications such as Time, Vanity Fair, Sports Illustrated, ESPN Magazine, Vogue, GQ, The New York Times Magazine, and The New Yorker. Schatz has worked with such prominent clients as Ralph Lauren RLX, Escada, Sergio Tacchini, Nike, Reebok, Wolford, Etienne Aigner, Sony, Adidas, AT&T, and Mercedes-Benz. Schatz has won nearly every award in his field, putting his talent on par with that of the A-list subjects of his work.

Beverly J. Ornstein worked for ten years as a producer at KQED-TV in San Francisco before taking on the role of executive producer at Schatz Ornstein Studio. She has overseen the production of over 20 books of photography.

 

Monday January 13, 2014
Start: 01/13/2014 12:40 pm
End: 01/13/2014 2:20 pm

6 Mon., Jan. 13 - Feb. 17 • 12:40-2:20pm • $190

 

 

Students continue work in Ultimate Italian. Emphasis is on conversation and review of various difficult grammatical structures. Wendy Walsh has a Ph.D. in Italian Literature from UCB. She has been teaching Italian language, literature, and cooking since 1979, and leads a yearly Language Study Tour Program to Italy. Buy a panino in the cafe and join Wendy before or after your class for informal Italian conversation. 

 

 

 

 

 

Start: 01/13/2014 6:00 pm
End: 01/13/2014 8:00 pm

Six Mondays Jan. 13 - Feb. 17 6:00-8:00pm • $220

 

 

You know those favorite sentences? The ones you wish you wrote? In this class, we’ll learn how to craft sentences that flow,
jar, create suspense, or lead your reader to an unexpected place. We’ll draw upon published work, including Faulkner, Conrad, Fitzgerald, and Woolf, and focus on syntax, rhythm, sound, diction, voice, schemes, tropes, and imagery. By the end, you’ll know the power of anaphora, asyndeton, and synecdoche.

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.

 

 

 

 

Start: 01/13/2014 6:00 pm
In her latest poetry collection, Grace Marie Grafton takes inspiration from the vaudeville shows of years past. Jester: A Book of Poetry ($15.00) is a playful and beautiful examination of life’s many facets. Her poetry has appeared in the Spoon River Poetry Review, the Modern Review, the Listening Eye, poetrymagazine. com and others.
 
Start: 01/13/2014 7:00 pm

In 1975, fresh out of law school and working a numbing job at the Treasury Department, John Rizzo took “a total shot in the dark” and sent his resume to the CIA. He had no notion that more than thirty years later, after serving under eleven CIA directors and seven Presidents, he would become a notorious public figure—a symbol and victim of the toxic winds swirling in post-9/11 Washington. From approval of the rules governing waterboarding and other “enhanced interrogation techniques” to serving as the point person answering for the Iran Contra scandal, John Rizzo witnessed and participated in virtually all of the significant operations of the CIA’s modern history.

In Company Man:Thirty Years of Controversy and Crisis in the CIA ($28.00), Rizzo charts the CIA’s evolution from shadowy entity to an organization exposed to new laws, rules, and a seemingly never-ending string of public controversies, from Iran-Contra to Valerie Plame. Rizzo offers a direct window into the CIA’s actions in the years after the 9/11 attacks, when he served as the agency’s top lawyer, with oversight of actions that remain the subject of intense debate today, including CIA black sites and the infamous memos surrounding the interrogation of Al Qaeda suspect Abu Zubaydah. Spanning more than three decades, Company Man is the most comprehensive insider account of the CIA ever written. Filled with revelatory stories set against a backdrop of some of Washington’s biggest political dramas, it is a groundbreaking, timely, and remarkable personal history of American intelligence.

John Rizzo had a thirty-four-year career as a lawyer at CIA, culminating with seven years as the Agency’s chief legal officer. In the post-9/11 era, he helped create and implement the full spectrum of aggressive counterterrorist operations against Al Qaeda, including the so-called “enhanced interrogation program” and lethal strikes against the Al Qaeda leadership. Since retiring from the CIA, he has served as senior counsel at a Washington, D.C., law firm and is a visiting scholar at the Hoover Institution. He is a graduate of Brown University and George Washington University Law School.

 

Tuesday January 14, 2014
Start: 01/14/2014 8:30 am
End: 01/14/2014 10:15 am

6 Tues., Jan. 14 - Feb. 18 • 8:30-10:15am • $190

 

 

Students will finish Ultimate Italian. Emphasis is on conversation, and continual review of various difficult grammatical structures. Wendy Walsh has a Ph.D. in Italian Literature from UCB. She has been teaching Italian language, literature, and cooking since 1979, and leads a yearly Language Study Tour Program to Italy. Buy a panino in the cafe and join Wendy before or after your class for informal Italian conversation. 

 

 

Start: 01/14/2014 6:30 pm
End: 01/14/2014 9:00 pm

Six Tuesdays Jan. 14 - Feb. 18 6:30-9:00pm • $350

 

 

Class Credit: Participants in this class may receive credit at Dominican University: bookpassage.com/dominican-credit

Don George’s six-week intensive travel writing class is patterned on a graduate school creative writing workshop. The emphasis is on the craft of travel writing. Weekly assignments progress from a few paragraphs to full-length articles,
with the goal of writing publishable pieces. Students learn to research stories, write query letters, work with editors, and market their articles. This highly successful class has led to numerous published stories, including many tales in the annual Best Travel Writing and Lonely Planet anthologies.

 

 

 

Start: 01/14/2014 7:00 pm

In conversation with Kelly Corrigan
Ticket:
$29.50 (book included)

 

 

After three acclaimed novels, the New York Times bestseller and fan favorite turns to memoir in a hilarious, candid, and deeply poignant account of his life so far.

It's impossible to get through a chapter of Gary Shteyngart's first memoir without laughing: newly landed immigrants; unrequited love; American and Soviet absurdities; incomparable wit and word play; an audacious sense of fun; and, best of all, a lovable, stumbling, lusting hero: this time, Gary himself. But Little Failure: A Memoir ($27.00) is also Gary's most mature, open-hearted, and emotionally rich book to date, telling the story of a man coming to terms with his legacy.

July 5, 1972. Gary is born in Leningrad, USSR. He will grow into an asthmatic, Lenin-loving toddler; a seven-year-old in a ratty fur overcoat, newly arrived in Queens, New York; a baffled, bullied child of Hebrew School; a high school student and aspiring Republican celebrating George Bush Sr.'s victory in a Marriott hotel; an undergrad of impossible longings at Oberlin; a post-grad New Yorker with a psychoanalyst, a drinking problem, and a desire to depict the world in words; and a forty-year-old about to write his first memoir, armed with a receding hairline, some hard-earned wisdom, a fiancee, and an exceptionally good sense of humor.

Gary Shteyngart is the author of the novels Super Sad True Love Story, which won the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize and was selected as one of the best books of the year by more than forty news journals and magazines around the world; Absurdistan, which was chosen as one of the ten best books of the year by the New York Times Book Review and Time magazine; and The Russian Debutante’s Handbook, winner of the Stephen Crane Award for First Fiction and the National Jewish Book Award for Fiction. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, Esquire, GQ, Travel + Leisure, the New York Times, and many other publications and has been translated into twenty-six languages.

 

Wednesday January 15, 2014
Start: 01/15/2014 10:00 am
End: 01/15/2014 12:00 pm

Eight Wed: Jan. 15-Mar. 5 • 10:00-12:00 pm • $250

 

 

 

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: 01/15/2014 7:00 pm

A haunting, beautiful first novel by the bestselling author of A Long Way Gone.

When Ishmael Beah’s A Long Way Gone was published in 2007, it soared to the top of bestseller lists, becoming an instant classic: a harrowing account of Sierra Leone’s civil war and the fate of child soldiers that “everyone in the world should read” (The Washington Post). Now Beah, whom Dave Eggers has called “arguably the most read African writer in contemporary literature,” has returned with his first novel, an affecting, tender parable about postwar life in Sierra Leone.

At the center of Radiance of Tomorrow ($25.00) are Benjamin and Bockarie, two longtime friends who return to their hometown, Imperi, after the civil war. The village is in ruins, the ground covered in bones. As more villagers begin to come back, Benjamin and Bockarie try to forge a new community by taking up their former posts as teachers, but they’re beset by obstacles: a scarcity of food; a rash of murders, thievery, rape, and retaliation; and the depredations of a foreign mining company intent on sullying the town’s water supply and blocking its paths with electric wires. As Benjamin and Bockarie search for a way to restore order, they’re forced to reckon with the uncertainty of their past and future alike. With the gentle lyricism of a dream and the moral clarity of a fable, Radiance of Tomorrow is a powerful novel about preserving what means the most to us, even in uncertain times.

Ishmael Beah was born in Sierra Leone in 1980. He came to the United States when he was seventeen and graduated from Oberlin College in 2004. He is a UNICEF Ambassador and Advocate for Children Affected by War; a member of the Human Rights Watch Children’s Rights Advisory Committee; a visiting scholar at the Center for International Conflict Resolution at Columbia University; a cofounder of the Network of Young People Affected by War (NYPAW); and the president of the Ishmael Beah Foundation. He has spoken before the United Nations, the Council on Foreign Relations, and many panels on the effects of war on children. He lives in New York.

 

Thursday January 16, 2014
Start: 01/16/2014 9:00 am
End: 01/16/2014 11:00 am

6 Thurs., Jan. 16 - Feb. 20 • 9:00-11:00am • $190

 

 

Wendy Walsh has a Ph.D. in Italian Literature from UCB. She has been teaching Italian language, literature, and cooking since 1979, and leads a yearly Language Study Tour Program to Italy. Buy a panino in the cafe and join Wendy before or after your class for informal Italian conversation. 

 

 

Start: 01/16/2014 6:00 pm

Taking the locavore movement to heart, bestselling author and social innovator Vicki Robin pledged for one month to eat only food sourced within a 10-mile radius of her home on Whidbey Island in Puget Sound, Washington. Her sustainable diet not only brings to light society’s unhealthy dependency on mass-produced, prepackaged foods but also helps her reconnect with her body and her environment.

Like Barbara Kingsolver’s Animal, Vegetable, Miracle and the bestselling books of Michael Pollan, Blessing the Hands That Feed Us ($26.95) is part personal narrative and part global manifesto. By challenging herself to eat and buy local, Robin exposes the cause and effect of the food business, from the processed goods laden with sugar, fat, and preservatives to the trucks burning through fuel to bring them to a shelf near you.

Vicki Robin is a renowned innovator, writer, and speaker. In addition to coauthoring the bestselling Your Money or Your Life, Robin has been at the forefront of the sustainable living movement. She has received awards from Co-Op America and Sustainable Northwest and was profiled in Utne Magazine’s book Visionaries: People and Ideas to Change Your Life. She lives on Whidbey Island in Washington.

 

Start: 01/16/2014 7:00 pm

Whether you’re aiming for a New York Times bestseller or a short personal essay to share with family and friends, a popular blogger and memoirist shows you the way in this witty writing guide and disarmingly candid account of discovering her own voice.   

"Theo Pauline Nestor is a writer who, I am positive, will be heard from," wrote Pulitzer Prize-winning author Frank McCourt, and hear from her we do in this enthralling memoir that doubles as a witty and richly told writing guide. Yet the real promise in Writing Is My Drink ($15.00) lies in Nestor's uncanny ability as a storyteller and teacher to make sure we'll also hear from you, the reader. Brimming with stories from her own writing life, and paired with practical "Try This" sections designed to challenge and inspire, this disarmingly candid account of a writer's search for her voice delivers charming, wise, and often hilarious guidance that will motivate writers at every stage of their careers. 

Theo Pauline Nestor is the author of How to Sleep Alone in a King-Size Bed, which was a 2008 Kirkus Review Top Picks for Reading Groups and a Target Breakout Book. An award-winning instructor, Nestor teaches the Certificate in Memoir Writing for the University of Washington in Seattle.

 

Friday January 17, 2014
Start: 01/17/2014 12:30 pm
End: 01/17/2014 2:30 pm

Eight Fri: Jan. 17-Mar. 7 • 12:30-2:30 pm • $250

 

 

 

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: 01/17/2014 6:00 pm
End: 01/17/2014 7:30 pm

Fri. Jan. 17, 6:00-7:30 pm • $40

 

 

Join us for an evening of creativity as legendary wordsmith Phil Cousineau guides us through the writer's journey, starting with the first spark of inspiration. Cousineau looks at how to find mentors, struggle with critics, and collaborate with designers, editors, and marketing professionals. 

Start: 01/17/2014 7:00 pm

In the tiny town of Titan Falls, New Hampshire, the paper mill dictates a quiet, steady rhythm of life. But one day a tragic bus accident sets two families on a course toward destruction, irrevocably altering the lives of everyone in their wake. June McAllister is the wife of the local mill owner and undisputed first lady in town. But the Snow family, a group of itinerant ne'er-do-wells who live on a decrepit and cursed property, have brought her--and the town--nothing but grief.

June will do anything to cover up a dark secret she discovers after the crash, one that threatens to upend her picture-perfect life, even if it means driving the Snow family out of town. But she has never gone up against a force as fierce as the young Mercy Snow. Mercy is determined to protect her rebellious brother, whom the town blames for the accident, despite his innocence. And she has a secret of her own. When an old skeleton is discovered not far from the crash, it beckons Mercy to solve a mystery buried deep within the town's past.

Hauntingly beautiful, wrapped in a lush, cold atmosphere, Mercy Snow ($25.00) is a ghostly, magical, psychological tale of redemption and mercy.

Tiffany Baker is the author of The Gilly Salt Sisters and The Little Giant of Aberdeen County, which was a New York Times and San Francisco Chronicle bestseller. She holds an MFA (creative writing) and a PhD (Victorian Literature) from UC Irvine, and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and three children.

 

Saturday January 18, 2014
Start: 01/18/2014 9:30 am
End: 01/18/2014 1:30 pm

Sat., Jan. 18. 9:30-1:30pm • $65

 

 

Whatever you have lost—keys, single socks, your empathy for a nasty neighbor, your marriage, your parents, your sense of optimism in the face of loss–you can bring it back to life with words. In this class, you will read excerpts from fabulous writers working with memories, learn techniques for delving into our own, and find ways to keep working with this rich material at home.

Monica Wesolowska is the author of the memoir Holding Silvan: A Brief Life. With an introduction by Erica Jong, Holding Silvan explores motherhood, modern medicine, and grief. She has taught at UC Berkeley Extension and elsewhere for over a decade.

 

 

 

 

Start: 01/18/2014 1:00 pm
End: 01/18/2014 5:00 pm

Sat., Jan. 18 1:00-5:00pm • $70

 

 

Advanced registration required to receive supply list.

Make your travel experiences memorable by keeping an art journal! In this workshop you will transform a blank journal into a creative expression of your journey using art media, magazine pictures, and collage to prep your pages for writing. You’ll learn how to create journal pockets and storage areas to hold trip memorabilia, and get tips on how to alter and incorporate travel photos into your journal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Start: 01/18/2014 1:00 pm

Todd Porter and Diane Cu are photographers who publish the immensely popular food, gardening, and lifestyle blog WhiteonRiceCouple.com. Inspired by their love of cooking, growing vegetables and over 38 fruit trees in their suburban garden, Todd and Diane love sharing recipes that are fresh and seasonally simple. Their cookbook, Bountiful: Recipes Inspired by Our Garden ($35.00), offers 100 seasonal, flavorful, and approachable recipes -- 90 of which have not been seen on the blog -- each featuring a vegetable or fruit as the star of the meal. Blueberry Frangipane Tarts, Wilted Mizuna Shrimp Salad, Blood Orange Bars and Gin Cocktail with Pomegranate & Grapefruit are just a few examples of recipes that are inspired from their garden bounty.

Peppered with personal stories from Todd's childhood on a cattle ranch in Oregon and Diane's journey from Vietnam to the United States, this cookbook shares the couples' beautiful love story as well as their diverse recipes that reflects their love of fresh and healthy produce, seasonally ripe fruit and sharing a home cooked meal with those you love.

 

Start: 01/18/2014 4:00 pm

In Astor Place Vintage ($16.00), Amanda Rosenbloom, proprietor of Astor Place Vintage, thinks she’s on just another call to appraise and possibly purchase clothing from a wealthy, elderly woman. But after discovering a journal sewn into a fur muff, Amanda gets much more than she anticipated. The pages of the journal reveal the life of Olive Westcott, a young woman who had moved to Manhattan in 1907. Olive was set on pursuing a career as a department store buyer in an era when Victorian ideas, limiting a woman’s sphere to marriage and motherhood, were only beginning to give way to modern ways of thinking. As Amanda reads the journal, her life begins to unravel until she can no longer ignore this voice from the past. Despite being separated by one hundred years, Amanda finds she’s connected to Olive in ways neither could ever have imagined.

Stephanie Lehmann received her BA at UC Berkeley and a MA in English from New York University. She has taught novel writing at Mediabistro and online at Salon.com, where her essays have been published. She is the author of several books, including The Art of Undressing

 

Start: 01/18/2014 7:00 pm

Elizabeth Cohen’s writing has been called “frank, funny . . . courageous” (New York Times Book Review) with “language that’s light, beautiful, and razor-sharp” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review). Now, in her provocative and whimsical new short story collection, The Hypothetical Girl ($14.95), she explores the world of online dating, with a menagerie of characters that are ordinary, dissatisfied, and desperate to find love. Under fictitious personas, they flirt and court, but in spite of dating’s technological advances, finding a suitable lover turns out to be just as confusing, embittering, and isolating as ever—and maybe even more so.

Alternating between quirky humor, painful awkwardness, and the outright painful, Elizabeth Cohen offers an insightful, heartrending, and comical look at love in the age of the internet. The Hypothetical Girl will resonate with any reader who has ever ventured into the dating world (digital or physical), or is at all curious about the intersection of love and technology today.

Elizabeth Cohen is an assistant professor of English at Plattsburgh State University. Her memoir, The Family on Beartown Road, was a New York Times Notable Book, and her articles, stories, and poetry have appeared in Newsweek, New York Times Magazine, Salon, Tablet, and the Yale Review.

 

Sunday January 19, 2014
Start: 01/19/2014 1:00 pm

What is the purpose of life on earth? In An Unknown World: Notes on the Meaning of the Earth ($15.95), philosopher Jacob Needleman frames man’s role on the planet in a completely new and fresh way, moving beyond the usual environmental concerns to reveal how the care and maintenance of a world is something vital and basic to our existence as authentic human beings.

The acclaimed author of The American Soul, The Essential Marcus Aurelius, Lost Christianity, and Money and the Meaning of Life, Jacob Needleman is a professor of philosophy at San Francisco State University and former director of the Center for the Study of New Religions at the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley.

 

 

 

 

Start: 01/19/2014 4:00 pm

What if there were a single skill that could directly and radically improve our relationships and our emotional lives? Empathy, teaches Karla McLaren, is that skill. With The Art of Empathy: A Complete Guide to Life's Most Essential Skill ($18.95), this acclaimed author teaches us how to perceive and feel the experiences of others with clarity and authenticity-to connect with them more deeply and effectively. Informed by current insights from neuroscience, social psychology, and healing traditions, this book teaches readers why empathy is not a mystical phenomenon but a natural, innate ability that we can strengthen and develop, how to identify and regulate our own emotions and boundaries, and so much more.

Karla McLaren is an empath, pioneering educator, researcher, and award-winning author whose empathic approach to emotions revalues even the most “negative” emotions, and opens startling new pathways into the depths of the soul. She is the author of The Language of Emotions, and the online course Emotional Flow (2012). Karla has taught at such venues as the University of San Francisco, Naropa University, Kripalu, and the Association for Humanistic Psychology, and she is currently developing new forms of empathy and social interaction curricula for autistics and other neurologically diverse people. She lives in Sonoma County, California. For more information, visit karlamclaren.com.

 

 

Start: 01/19/2014 7:00 pm

Introduced by Don George

Modern budget travel was practically invented by Arthur Frommer a few decades ago with his famous book Europe on $5 a Day. He remains the nation’s foremost authority on leisure travel along with his daughter, Pauline Frommer. They discuss the relaunch of the Frommer Guidebooks, with 30 new travel guides in two formats: EasyGuides, and Day by Day Guides.

 

Monday January 20, 2014
Start: 01/20/2014 7:00 pm
Co-Sponsored by the Academy of Sciences 
 
In The Shark's Paintbrush: Biomimicry and How Nature Is Inspiring Innovation ($26.95), Jay Harman introduces us to pioneering engineers in a wide array of businesses who are uncovering and copying nature's hidden marvels. He shows business leaders and aspiring entrepreneurs how we can reconcile creating more powerful, lucrative technologies with maximizing sustainability. He injects a whole new vocabulary and way of thinking into the business sphere that speaks to both small start-ups and corporate giants.

Since the Industrial Revolution, manufacturers have built things by a process known as "heat, beat, and treat." They use enormous amounts of energy to heat raw material, shape it with heavy machinery, and maintain its design, strength, and durability with toxic chemicals. Now, in a world of depleted natural resources, entrepreneurs and scientists are turning to nature to inspire future products that are more energy- and cost-efficient. Biomimicry, the science of employing nature to advance sustainable technology, is arguably one of the hottest new business concepts. At the center of this growing movement has been award-winning inventor and biomimetic entrepreneur Jay Harman.

Jay Harman is a scientist, inventor, and entrepreneur dedicated to creating breakthrough technologies through biomimicry that will radically reduce energy consumption worldwide. He continues to conduct field research leading to new biomimetic products. Harman is CEO of PAX Scientific based in San Rafael, CA.

 

 

Tuesday January 21, 2014
Start: 01/21/2014 12:30 pm

Suspenseful, comic, and touching, the ninth and final novel in Armistead Maupin's bestselling "Tales of the City" series follows one of modern literature's most unforgettable and enduring characters -- Anna Madrigal, the legendary transgender landlady of 28 Barbary Lane -- on a road trip that will take her deep into her past in The Days of Anna Madrigal ($26.99)

Now a fragile ninety-two, and committed to the notion of "leaving like a lady," Anna Madrigal has seemingly found peace in the bosom of her "logical family" in San Francisco: her devoted young caretaker Jake Greenleaf; her former tenant Brian Hawkins; Brian's daughter Shawna; as well as Michael Tolliver and Mary Ann Singleton, who have known and loved Anna for nearly four decades.

Some members of Anna's family are bound for the other-worldly landscape of Burning Man, the art community in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada where 60,000 revelers will build a temporary city (Michael calls it "a Fellini carnival on Mars") designed to last only a week. Anna herself has another Nevada destination in mind: a lonely stretch of road outside of Winnemucca where the 16-year-old boy she used to be ran away from the whorehouse he called home. With Brian and his beat-up RV, she journeys into the dusty troubled heart of her Depression childhood, where she will unearth a lifetime of secrets and dreams and attend to unfinished business she has long avoided. 

Armistead Maupin is the author of the nine-volume "Tales of the City" series that includes Tales of the City, More Tales of the City, Further Tales of the City, Babycakes, Significant Others, Sure of You, Michael Tolliver Lives, and Mary Ann in Autumn. The first three books were made into television miniseries starring Olympia Dukakis and Laura Linney. Maupin's other books include Maybe the Moon and The Night Listener, which was made into a film starring Robin Williams and Toni Collette. A stage musical version of Tales of the City premiered at San Francisco's American Conservatory Theater in May, 2011. Maupin lives in Santa Fe with his husband, photograher Christopher Turner.

 

Start: 01/21/2014 6:00 pm
Following the death of his younger brother in Europe, journalist John Easley is determined to find meaning in his loss, to document some part of the growing war that claimed his own flesh and blood. Leaving his wife, Helen, behind in Seattle, he heads to the Territory of Alaska to investigate the Japanese invasion of the Aleutian Islands, a story censored by the U.S. government.

While accompanying a crew on a bombing run, John's plane is shot down over the island of Attu. But surviving the crash is only the beginning of his ordeal in this harsh and unforgiving fury of a wilderness known as "the Birthplace of Winds." In the days ahead, John must battle the elements, starvation, and his own regrets while evading discovery by the Japanese. Alone in their home 3,000 miles to the south, Helen struggles with her husband's absence-a silence that exposes the truth of her sheltered, untested life. Caught in extraordinary circumstances, in this new world of the missing, she is forced to reimagine who she is-and what she is capable of doing. Somehow, she will find John and bring him home, a quest that takes her into the farthest reaches of the war, beyond the safety of everything she knows.

An evocative, richly atmospheric story of life and death, commitment and sacrifice, The Wind Is Not a River ($26.99) is a sweeping story of survival that illuminates the fragility of life and the fierce power of love.

Brian Payton has written for the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, and the Boston Globe. He is the author of Shadow of the Bear: Travels in Vanishing Wilderness, which was chosen as a Barnes and Noble Book Club Pick, an NPR Pearl's Pick, and a 2006 U.S. National Outdoor Book Awards Book of the Year. Another work of nonfiction, The Ice Passage, and a novel, Hail Mary Corner, were published to acclaim in Canada. He lives with his family in Vancouver.

 

Start: 01/21/2014 7:00 pm

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 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.

In The Poison Patriarch ($24.95), Shaw addresses these tantalizing questions: Why, shortly after his brother’s death, did a grief-stricken RFK tell a colleague, “I thought they would get one of us . . . I thought it would be me”? Why was Belli, an attorney with almost no defense experience (but proven ties to the Mafia), chosen as Jack Ruby’s attorney? How does Belli’s Mafia connection call into question his legal strategy, which ultimately led to the Ruby’s first-degree murder conviction and death sentence? What was Joseph Kennedy’s relationship to organized crime? And how was his insistence that JFK appoint RFK as attorney general tantamount to signing the president’s death warrant?

For fifty years, Shaw maintains, researchers investigating the president’s murder in Dallas have been looking at the wrong motives and actors. The Poison Patriarch offers a shocking reassessment—one that is sure to alter the course of future assassination debates.

Mark Shaw author of twenty-plus books, is a former criminal defense attorney who has served as a legal analyst for ABC, ESPN, and USA Today. He is a member of the Assassination Archives and Research Center in Washington, DC, and the Mary Ferrell Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering critical thinking on a range of historical topics, including the assassinations of the 1960s. He lives in Superior, Colorado.

 

Wednesday January 22, 2014
Start: 01/22/2014 7:00 pm

Please note: this event has been cancelled.  

Why is it that some of the greatest works of literature have been produced by writers in the grip of alcoholism, an addiction that cost them personal happiness and caused harm to those who loved them?

In The Trip to Echo Spring: On Writers and Drinking ($26.00) Olivia Laing examines the link between creativity and alcohol through the work and lives of six of America’s finest writers: F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Tennessee Williams, John Berryman, John Cheever, and Raymond Carver. All six of these men were alcoholics, and the subject of drinking surfaces in some of their finest work, from Cat on a Hot Tin Roof to A Moveable Feast. Often, they did their drinking together: Hemingway and Fitzgerald ricocheting through the cafes of  Paris in the 1920s; Carver and Cheever speeding to the liquor store in Iowa in the icy winter of 1973.

Olivia Laing grew up in an alcoholic family herself. One spring, wanting to make sense of this ferocious, entangling disease, she took a journey across America that plunged her into the heart of these overlapping lives. As she travels from Cheever’s New York to Williams’s New Orleans, and from Hemingway’s Key West to Carver’s Port Angeles, she pieces together a topographical map of alcoholism, from the horrors of addiction to the miraculous possibilities of recovery. Beautiful, captivating, and original, The Trip to Echo Spring strips away the myth of the alcoholic writer to reveal the terrible price creativity can exert.

Olivia Laing is the author of To the River, published by Canongate to critical acclaim, and shortlisted for the Ondaatje Prize. She was deputy books editor of the Observer, and writes for The Guardian, New Statesman, and The Times Literary Supplement, among other publications. She lives in Cambridge.

 

 

Thursday January 23, 2014
Start: 01/23/2014 7:00 pm
End: 01/23/2014 9:00 pm

6 Thursdays., Jan. 23 - Feb. 27 • 7:00-9:00pm • $150

 

 

 

"To have great poets," Walt Whitman said, "There must be great audiences too." What makes a poem worth reading? This group looks at famous poets from several centuries and from several literatures. Widely-published local poet and author John Hart co-edits the venerable all-poetry journal Blue Unicorn, now in its 36th year. 

 

 

 

 

Start: 01/23/2014 7:00 pm

In her masterful new novel, Nancy Horan has recreated a love story that is as unique, passionate, and overwhelmingly powerful as the one between Frank Lloyd Wright and Mamah Cheney depicted so memorably in Loving Frank. Under the Wide and Starry Sky ($26.00) chronicles the unconventional love affair of Scottish literary giant Robert Louis Stevenson, author of classics including Treasure Island and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and American divorcee Fanny Van de Grift Osbourne. They meet in rural France in 1875, when Fanny, having run away from her philandering husband back in California, takes refuge there with her children. Stevenson too is escaping from his life, running from family pressure to become a lawyer. And so begins a turbulent love affair that will last two decades and span the world.

Nancy Horan is the author of Loving Frank. She is also a journalist whose work has appeared in numerous publications. She has two sons, and lives with her husband on an island in Puget Sound.

 

 

 

Friday January 24, 2014
Start: 01/24/2014 7:00 pm

In Saints of the Shadow Bible ($26.00), Rebus is back on the force, albeit with a demotion and a chip on his shoulder. He is investigating a car accident when news arrives that a case from 30 years ago is being reopened. Rebus's team from those days is suspected of helping a murderer escape justice to further their own ends.

Malcolm Fox, in what will be his last case as an internal affairs cop, is tasked with finding out the truth. Past and present are about to collide in shocking and murderous fashion. What does Rebus have to hide? And whose side is he really on? His colleagues back then called themselves "The Saints," and swore a bond on something called the Shadow Bible. But times have changed and the crimes of the past may not stay hidden much longer -- and may also play a role in the present, as Scotland gears up for a referendum on independence.

Allegiances are being formed, enemies made, and huge questions asked. Who are the saints and who the sinners? And can the one ever become the other? 

Ian Rankin is a #1 international bestselling author. Winner of an Edgar Award and the recipient of a Gold Dagger for fiction and the Chandler-Fulbright Award, he lives in Edinburgh, Scotland, with his wife and their two sons.

 

Start: 01/24/2014 7:00 pm

Marla Fibish and Bruce Victor are Noctambule.  They take their name from one of the songs on their acclaimed CD Travel in the Shadows, their setting of a Robert Service poem about a nocturnal ramble through the streets and less savory back alleys of Paris.  The recording is centered on the idea of the 'night journey,' as explored in a broad variety of poetry -- the opportunity to see and experience things differently once the usual sources of light have been extinguished.  All the songs are original settings of poetry from a variety of poets-- Tennyson, Neruda, Roethke, St. Vincent Millay, and several from Robert Service. There are two original instrumental pieces as well – a reel and a waltz – as well as one traditional song. The music is rendered with lush beauty, sensitivity and humor on an unusual array of strings - various guitars in varied tunings, mandola, mandolin, bouzouki, tenor guitar, accordion, and their blended voices.

Marla Fibish is a long-time feature of the Bay Area Irish music scene, bringing a musicality and excitement to the tradition that is seldom heard on the mandolin. In addition to the mandolin, Marla brings mandola, tenor guitar, bouzouki, accordion, and her alto voice to the Noctambule sound. 

Bruce Victor is an eclectic and accomplished guitarist and composer, who plays several different guitars in several different tunings. Seemingly resisting any single musical genre, he has been labeled a 'poly-stylist,' and has played with The Sirens of San Francisco, The Triplicates, and as a solo performer. He is also a practicing psychiatrist and was a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry in the School of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco.

You'll find lots more info about them, and you can hear sample tracks from the album at www.noctambulemusic.com.   

Here is a link to a video of Marla and Bruce playing their setting of Roethke's 'Night Journey': http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uaLLq9y1imw

 

 

Saturday January 25, 2014
Start: 01/25/2014 9:30 am
End: 01/25/2014 3:30 pm

Sat., Jan. 25 • 9:30-3:30pm • $105

 

 

In this workshop, students will study the components of personal essay through lecture and writing exercises and will learn how to structure and craft creative nonfiction in a way that is both joyful and rewarding. Victoria Zackheim wrote The Bone Weaver and has edited five anthologies. She wrote the documentary "Where Birds Never Sang," which aired on PBS.

 

 

Start: 01/25/2014 10:00 am
End: 01/25/2014 4:00 pm
Sat. Jan. 25 • 10:00-4:00 pm • $105
 
 
 
 
Aristotle called plot “the most important element of storytelling.” But to plot properly, you must have a plan, and the plan must give rise to emotion. Does the plot always seem to elude you? Spend a day planning and plotting and find out what you’re missing. Bring your flat-lining fiction and nonfiction and fix it.
 
Linda Watanabe McFerrin is the founder of Left Coast Writers®. Her latest novel, Dead Love, a global supernatural thriller, was a Bram Stoker Award finalist.
 
Class Credit: Participants in these classes may receive credit at Dominican University: bookpassage.com/dominican-credit
 
 
 
Start: 01/25/2014 4:00 pm

In The Last Death of Jack Harbin ($15.95), before the outbreak of the Gulf War two eighteen-year-old football stars and best friends from Jarrett Creek, Texas, signed up for the army. But Woody Patterson was rejected and stayed home to marry the girl they both loved, while Jack Harbin came back from the war badly damaged. The men haven't spoken since. Just as they are about to reconcile, Jack is brutally murdered. With the chief of police out of commission, it's up to trusted ex-chief Samuel Craddock to investigate. Against the backdrop of small-town loyalties and betrayals, Craddock discovers dark secrets of the past and present to solve the mystery of Jack's death.

Terry Shames is the author of A Killing at Cotton Hill, the first Samuel Craddock Mystery. She is the coeditor of Fire in the Hills, a book of stories, poems, and photographs about the 1991 Oakland Hills Fire. She grew up in Texas and continues to be fascinated by the convoluted loyalties and betrayals of the small town where her grandfather was the mayor. Terry is a member of the Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime. Visit Terry Shames online at www.terryshames.com.

 

 

Start: 01/25/2014 7:00 pm
Adrienne Amundsen went to Afghanistan and brought back Reclaiming the Apple: Poems from Afghanistan ($12.95), which describes a country devastated by war. She found the people determined and resilient in impossible circumstances. Both Afghans and American soldiers are depicted here, and tragedy stands next to hope in this modern war zone.
 
Sunday January 26, 2014
Start: 01/26/2014 1:00 pm
In his new book, People Tools: 54 Strategies for Building Relationships, Creating Joy, and Embracing Prosperity ($16.95), Alan C. Fox speaks from the heart about time-proven techniques to help people succeed in their relationships with others, while bringing joy and prosperity into their lives.
 
Jack Kornfield trained as a Buddhist monk in the monasteries of Thailand, India and Burma. He has taught meditation internationally since 1974 and is one of the key teachers to introduce Buddhist mindfulness practice to the West. His books have been translated into 20 languages and sold more than a million copies.
 
 
Start: 01/26/2014 2:00 pm
End: 01/26/2014 4:00 pm

$5 for members; $10 for non-members

Rough Translations ($20.95), Molly Giles's engaging collection of stories, was the winner not only of the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction but also of the 1985 San Francisco Bay Area Book Reviewers Association (BABRA) Award for Fiction and the 1986 Boston Globe Fiction Award. Many of the stories in Rough Translations have been anthologized and adapted for radio performance.

A master of the complexities of language, Molly Giles writes of the missed connections in life and of the rough translations that we employ when we try to convey, through words and gestures, what we are thinking and what we want from our loved ones. Giles's stories have appeared in Playgirl, Redbook, North American Review, New England Review, and Ascent, among other publications.

Giles is also the author of Creek Walk, a novel, Iron Shoes, and a chapbook of flash fictions, Bothered. She has taught Creative Writing at San Francisco State University and the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville and has led workshops at the Squaw Valley Community of Writers, the Napa Writers' Conference, and Naropa. She has edited Amy Tan and many other published writers and currently mentors through Book Passage's Path to Publishing program.

The Marin branch of the California Writers Club celebrates 14 years with Book Passage. Meetings are open to the public. See www.cwcmarinwriters.com for information.

 



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