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Start: 1:00 pm

We call California the Granola State — a place where everyone is a fruit, a flake, or a nut. They don’t get any fruitier, flakier or nuttier than the people profiled in the new humorous history California Fruits, Flakes, and Nuts: True Tales of California Crazies, Crackpots, and Creeps ($14.95).

With stories both hilarious and heartbreaking, California Fruits, Flakes, and Nuts is a freewheeling catalog of misfits, eccentrics, and failed dreamers — 48 bizarre personalities who exemplify the Golden State’s well-deserved reputation for nonconformity. Presenting a wealth of historical information that had long been swept away and forgotten, this book is a uniquely entertaining look at the dark and disreputable corners of California history.

David Kulczyk (pronounced Coal-check) is a Sacramento-based historian, freelance writer and award-winning author of short fiction. His previous books include California Justice and Death in California.

 

 

Start: 4:00 pm

During the holidays many of us who have lost loved ones are particularly sad. We see their missing chair at the holiday dinner table. We feel our lose more than ever.

If you or someone close to you has lost someone dear, perhaps you’re ready to take another look at what is possible. That's what happened to Physician Elisa Medhus, MD, who never believed in life after death—that is until her son died and began communicating with her, her family, and those who have become followers of her extremely popular blog, ChannelingErik.com. As an accomplished physician, Dr. Medhus always placed her faith in science. An internist, daughter of atheists, and a self-proclaimed skeptic, she was not one who believed in the afterlife.

Now, based upon her blog, which is growing in readership every day with those seeking hope and answers about loved ones who have passed, Dr. Medhus is sharing her true story in her new book, My Son and the Afterlife ($16.00). Whether we believe in the afterlife or not, Elisa's story will resonate with anyone who has lost someone close and will offer new hope for the healing process. This is a story of pain and loss, and how the power of discovering faith can bring healing and understanding.

Elisa Medhus, MD, is a physician and mother of five who has practiced internal medicine for over thirty years. She is the author of three award-winning parenting books, including Raising Children who Think for Themselves, which is the recipient of three highly prestigious awards – The 2002 Parent's Choice Award, The NAPPA Gold Award and the National Parenting Center Seal of Approval – and she has lectured on parenting for schools, parent groups, and corporations.

 

 

Start: 7:00 pm

Travel writer and longtime California resident Stuart Thornton covers the best of Coastal California, from hiking through redwoods in Big Sur to lounging on the famous beaches of Malibu. Thornton is the perfect tour guide, offering unique trip ideas for a wide variety of travelers including Pacific Coast Highway Road Trip and a complete tour of California’s best beaches. Including expert advice on visiting the Channel Islands and enjoying the nightlife of LA and San Francisco, as well as updated maps and several brand new chapters, Moon Coastal California ($19.99) gives travelers the tools they need to create a more personal and memorable experience.

Stuart Thornton first fell in love with the California Coast when he got a job at the Big Sur Ranger Station. At work, he provided visitors with all sorts of information about the region, and on his days off he took his own advice and sought out to explore everything California’s majestic coastline has to offer. A former staff writer for the Monterey County Weekly, Thornton now works as a freelance writer for a range of publications, from National Geographic Education to Relix Magazine. When not on the road searching for the next great secluded beach, uncrowded wave, or quirky coastal attraction, Stuart lives in Marina, California.
 
 

 

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Start: 10:00 am

San Francisco Friends School
Tickets: $40

 

 

Join The San Francisco Friends School as they welcome bestselling author Chip Conley to discuss his book Emotional Equations. Ticket comes with a light breakfast and a copy of the book.

Using brilliantly simple math that illuminates universal emotional truths, Emotional Equations crystallizes some of life’s toughest challenges into manageable facets that readers can see clearly—and bits they can control. Popular motivational speaker and bestselling author Chip Conley has created an exciting, new, immediately accessible visual lexicon for mastering the age of uncertainty. Making mathematics out of emotions may seem a counterintuitive idea, but it’s an inspiring and incredibly effective one in Chip Conley’s hands.

Veteran CEO Chip Conley has created more boutique hotels than anyone in the world. Founder of Joie de Vivre Hospitality, which he grew into America’s second largest boutique hotel company, he speaks around the world on how to find meaning at the intersection of business and psychology.

Start: 7:00 pm

In three novels, Bill Broder follows a group of friends who left their blood families in the East and formed close relationships in the San Francisco Bay Area—a family formed in exile. The annual reunion of this “family” takes place at Thanksgiving dinners. Crimes of Innocence ($14.29), Esau’s Mountain ($15.39), and What Rough Beast?($14.29), each complete in itself, explore significant aspects of California: a vision of possibilities, a sense of exile and mobility, and a respect for the past—aspects that have contributed greatly to the development of American culture as a whole in the last fifty years.

Bill Broder has published three works of fiction: The Sacred Hoop, Remember This Time, and Taking Care of Cleo, which was chosen as a Michigan Notable Book by Michigan’s Library Foundation. Broder has also completed a memoir, A Prayer for the Departed, and a number of full-length plays. Two of his plays were chosen for readings at two annual California Studies Conferences. Professionally, Broder has worked extensively as a free-lance writer, specializing in the writing, design, and production of educational materials for museums, schools, exhibitions, and publishing companies. He and his wife have lived in Sausalito for fifty years. 

 

 

 

 

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Start: 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!

 



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