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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

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

Sat., Jan. 18 1:00-5:00pm • $70

 

 

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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 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

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

 

 

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.

 

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.

 

Monday January 27, 2014
Start: 01/27/2014 7:00 pm
The real-life “Jerry Maguire,” superagent Leigh Steinberg shares his personal stories on the rise, fall, and redemption of his game-changing career in the high-stakes world of professional sports. In The Agent: My 40-Year Career Making Deals and Changing the Game ($25.99), he details his illustrious rise into pro sports fame, his decades of industry dominance, and how he overcame a series of high-profile struggles.
 
 
Tuesday January 28, 2014
Start: 01/28/2014 6:30 pm

Mill Valley Community Center • $69

Dr. Robert Lustig is a leading thinker on the science and politics that have led to the pandemic of chronic disease over the last 30 years. He will present tactics for readjusting the key hormones that regulate hunger, reward and stress, and will share strategies to improve the health of the next generation.

Inspired by the fabulous women among us in the Bay Area, Speak to Me was created to stimulate thought and discussion,
facilitate the swapping of stories and experiences, and enjoy the sense of community we share in this great place we call home. For more information, visit www.speaktome.org.

 

Wednesday January 29, 2014
Start: 01/29/2014 3:15 pm
End: 01/29/2014 5:15 pm

Eight Wednesdays, Jan. 29-Mar. 26 (no class Feb. 26) • 3:15-5:15 pm • $295

 

 

For nonfiction and fiction writers looking for a focused, individualized course of study, this eight-week class mimics the experience of working closely with a faculty advisor in a low-residency MFA program. Includes ongoing workshops of your writing project(s), assigned readings and discussion, and Jasmin’s written comments on up to 20 pages of creative work every four weeks. The process provides plentiful feedback and clear next steps for each writer to break new ground and advance in his or her work. Darznik is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Good Daughter. She earned her PhD from Princeton and has received an Outstanding Faculty Award for her teaching.

Start: 01/29/2014 6:00 pm
End: 01/29/2014 8:00 pm

Eight Wednesdays, Jan. 29-Mar. 26 (no class 2/26) • 6:00-8:00 pm • $295

 

 

This eight-week workshop will help you transform your personal life stories into the stuff of rich memoirs. Jasmin Darznik is the New York Times bestselling author of The Good Daughter: A Memoir of My Mother’s Hidden Life. She offers inspiration and practical advice, including tips on how to get started, interview family members, and manage the emotional and ethical challenges of writing a memoir. Darznik is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Good Daughter. She earned her PhD from Princeton and has received an Outstanding Faculty Award for her teaching.

Start: 01/29/2014 6:00 pm

In Sustenance ($20.00), Elizabeth Wholey explores Italy’s Upper Tiber Valley and theways in which its peasants fed and sustained themselves throughout history. Through close association with the farmers and food producers of the region, she has created a beautiful and valuable guide to the history, culture, and rustic cuisine of this still largely rural area.

 

Start: 01/29/2014 7:00 pm
Diane Johnson, the New York Times bestselling author of Le Divorce and L’Affaire, offers readers a dazzling meditation on the mysteries of the “wispy but material” family ghosts who shape us. Her memoir Flyover Lives ($26.95) captures the magnetic pull we feel between the comfort of home and the lust for escape and self-invention.
 
Thursday January 30, 2014
Start: 01/30/2014 6:00 pm

Dr. Ellen Cutler's newest book, Clearing the Way to Health and Wellness ($22.95), provides an overview of the system of healing she created. BioSET® (Bioenergetic Sensitivity and Enzyme Therapy) incorporates enzyme therapy with nutritional counseling, detoxification, and the identification and clearing of food and other sensitivities. Dr. Cutler provides a number of case studies to document the effectiveness of BioSET in a wide range of health problems. She also explains to readers how they can help themselves with proper diet, supplementation, and desensitization.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday January 31, 2014
Start: 01/31/2014 7:00 pm

Ticket: $30.50 (includes copy of The Invention of Wings)

 

 

 

From the celebrated author of The Secret Life of Bees, a magnificent novel about two unforgettable American women

Writing at the height of her narrative and imaginative gifts, Sue Monk Kidd presents a masterpiece of hope, daring, the quest for freedom, and the desire to have a voice in the world. Inspired by the historical figure of Sarah Grimke, Kidd goes beyond the record to flesh out the rich interior lives of all of her characters, both real and invented, including Handful’s cunning mother, Charlotte, who courts danger in her search for something better.

Kidd’s sweeping novel, The Invention of Wings ($27.95), is set in motion on Sarah’s eleventh birthday, when she is given ownership of ten year old Handful, who is to be her handmaid.We follow their remarkable journeys over the next thirty five years, as both strive for a life of their own, dramatically shaping each other’s destinies and forming a complex relationship marked by guilt, defiance, estrangement and the uneasy ways of love.

As the stories build to a riveting climax, Handful will endure loss and sorrow, finding courage and a sense of self in the process. Sarah will experience crushed hopes, betrayal, unrequited love, and ostracism before leaving Charleston to find her place alongside her fearless younger sister, Angelina, as one of the early pioneers in the abolition and women’s rights movements.

This exquisitely written novel is a triumph of storytelling that looks with unswerving eyes at a devastating wound in American history, through women whose struggles for liberation, empowerment, and expression will leave no reader unmoved.

Sue Monk Kidd is the author of three novels, The Secret Life of Bees (New York Times bestseller), The Mermaid Chair (#1 New York Times bestseller), and, most recently, The Invention of Wings. She is also the author of the memoirs The Dance of the Dissident Daughter, When the Heart Waits, and, with her daughter Ann Kidd Taylor, the New York Times bestseller Traveling with Pomegranates

 

Saturday February 01, 2014
Start: 02/01/2014 10:30 am

Aya ($12.00) is story about a curious, busy little panda who delights in searching for beautiful things to see, and delicious foods to eat. While climbing the bamboo in her forest home, she notices a beautiful place in the distance and decides she must travel to see it. Along the way, Aya's curiosity helps her to become friends with a kind Buddhist monk who encourages her to stop her busyness long enough to notice another beautiful place, the one inside of her heart.

 

Start: 02/01/2014 1:00 pm
End: 02/01/2014 4:00 pm

Sat., Feb. 1 1:00-4:00pm • $60

 

 

Whether you’re traditionally published or selfpublished, a platform matters more today than it ever has. Brooke Warner explores why this is the case; the nuts and bolts of starting and/or building a platform; and why, as an author, you must get out in front of your idea long before your book is published. She is founder of Warner Coaching Inc., publisher of She Writes Press, and author of What’s Your Book?

 

 

 

 

 

Start: 02/01/2014 10:00 pm
End: 02/01/2014 10:00 pm

Sat. Feb. 1, 10:00-4:00pm & Sun., Feb. 2, 10:00-1:00pm, $165

 

 

In this two-day weekend course, David Corbett, prize-winning author of The Art Of Character, will guide students through an in-depth examination of how to frame a story’s conflict through compelling, essential characters. Through a deep analysis of the major dramatic roles—protagonist, opponent, and a variety of secondary characters—the class will explore both the “Unity of Opposites” and “Four-Corner Conflict,” learning how to create moral and emotional complexity, heightened suspense, and dramatic tension. The class will also tackle specific story structure problems with unique conflict issues: the love story, the mystery, stories lacking an opponent, and more.

 

 

 

Sunday February 02, 2014
Start: 02/02/2014 1:00 pm

Real Happiness at Work: Meditations for Accomplishment, Achievement, and Peace ($13.95) brings the profound benefits of meditation to an area where people could use it most-the workplace. And it's written by one of the world's leading meditation teachers.

A follow-up to Real Happiness, the New York Times bestseller, Sharon Salzberg's Real Happiness at Work is a practical guide to improving work life through mindfulness, compassion, and ingenuity. It's about being committed without being consumed, competitive without being cruel, managing time and emotions to counterbalance stress and frustration. It shows readers how to be more creative, organized, and accomplished in order to do better, more productive work.

Sharon Salzberg cofounded the Insight Meditation Society with Jack Kornfield and Joseph Goldstein. In addition to Real Happiness, she is the author of eight other books, including the bestsellers Lovingkindness and Faith. A teacher for 40 years, she has been a contributing editor at O, The Oprah Magazine and has written for Time, Real Simple, Good Housekeeping, Self, Yoga Journal, More, and others. She divides her time between Barre, Massachusetts, home of the IMS, and New York City.

 

 

Start: 02/02/2014 4:00 pm

In his highly-acclaimed book, Dancing with Fire: A Mindful Way to Loving Relationships ($16.95), psychotherapist John Amodeo shows how emotionally fulfilling relationships and spiritual development are two sides of the same coin of awakening. He suggests that the Buddha’s teaching about the root of suffering is often misunderstood. It is not desire and attachment that cause suffering; desire is the fire that springs from the basic life force. Drawing upon the science of human bonding, Amodeo illuminates how suffering spreads when we’re disconnected from ourselves and others—and is fueled by clinging to habits and beliefs that divert us from a deeper intimacy with life.

John Amodeo. PhD, a licensed marriage and family therapist for over thirty years, is the author of The Authentic Heart and Love & Betrayal. He conducts workshops internationally on relationships and couples therapy and has been a featured guest on CNN, Donahue, and New Dimension Radio.

 

Monday February 03, 2014
Start: 02/03/2014 6:00 pm
In Growing a Feast: The Chronicle of a Farm-to-Table Meal ($24.95), Kurt Timmermeister tells the story of a feast made from what he grows on his farm on Vashon Island. This narrative of a feast provides insight into the day-to-day operations of running a farm and turning it into a practical source of food for everyday living.
 
Start: 02/03/2014 7:00 pm

Written by pre-eminent travel writer Don George and bursting with invaluable advice, The Lonely Planet Guide to Travel Writing is an inspiring and practical guide for anyone who has ever yearned to turn their travels into saleable tales. Packed with insider hints and tips, practical writing exercises and examples of travel writing excellence, this guide helps you bring the dream job of Travel Writer within scribbling distance of reality. 

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.

 

Wednesday February 05, 2014
Start: 02/05/2014 6:00 pm

Tanya Selvaratnam writes from the personal experience of attempting to conceive at age 37. The Big Lie: Motherhood, Feminism, and the Reality of the Biological Clock ($19.95) is part memoir, part manifesto about the complicated information surrounding delayed motherhood. Selvaratnam is a writer, producer, actor, and activist living in New York.

 

Start: 02/05/2014 6:00 pm
End: 02/05/2014 8:00 pm

Ferry Building Board Room
Presented by CUESA

Sarah Elton presents her new book Consumed: Sustainable Food for a Finite Planet. She describes efforts of those who are developing a new way of food production that is more resilient in a time of climate change. Elton is the author of the award-winning Locavore.

 

Start: 02/05/2014 7:00 pm

Priority seating with book purchase from Book Passage
Angelico Hall, Dominican University

If the Big Data revolution has a presiding genius, it is MIT’s Alex “Sandy” Pentland. Over years of groundbreaking experiments, he has distilled remarkable discoveries significant enough to become the bedrock of a whole new scientific field: social physics. Social Physics: How Good Ideas Spread—The Lessons From a New Science ($27.95) will change the way we think about how we learn and how our social groups work.

Book Passage is pleased to work with the Institute of Leadership Studies at Dominican University of California in San Rafael to present these outstanding events sponsored by Private Ocean.

 

 

Thursday February 06, 2014
Start: 02/06/2014 3:00 pm
End: 02/06/2014 5:00 pm

Four Thursdays Feb. 6-27 3:00-5:00pm • $160

 

 

This session is designed for those who are writing or close to finishing their memoirs. Find the “flow” in your story and discover the secrets of transforming life experiences into memoir. You’ll learn to uncover your essential material and craft it into engaging, compelling pieces. Includes instruction, in-class writing, and an opportunity to bring writing for feedback.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Start: 02/06/2014 6:00 pm

What’s the best way to mend a broken heart? Forget ice cream, wine, and sappy movies. Journalist Meghan Laslocky’s advice is to read through the pain. The Little Book of Heartbreak ($15.00) is not another self-help book about moving on, but a quirky exploration of all things lovelorn, and a history of the, culture, music, art, film and literature of love lost.

 

Start: 02/06/2014 7:00 pm

Tickets: $32 (includes signed book)
Angelico Hall, Dominican University

Please note: online sales are now closed. Tickets may be purchased at the door.

Read the SF Chronicle review of Ripper!

Isabel Allende—the New York Times bestselling author of Maya's Notebook and Island Beneath the Sea—demonstrates her remarkable literary versatility with Ripper, an atmospheric, fast-paced mystery involving a brilliant teenage sleuth who must unmask a serial killer in San Francisco. When a string of strange murders occurs across the city, Amanda Jackson, Deputy Chief of Homicide for the SFPD, plunges into her own investigation, discovering, before the police do, that the deaths may be connected.

Book Passage is pleased to work with the Institute of Leadership Studies at Dominican University of California in San Rafael to present these outstanding events sponsored by Private Ocean. 

 

Friday February 07, 2014
Start: 02/07/2014 10:00 am
End: 02/07/2014 12:00 pm

3 Fri. & 1 Wed. • Feb. 7, 14, 26, & 28 • 10:00-12:00pm on Fridays & 3:00-5:00pm on Wednesdays • $120

 

 

Study this fantastic repository of the relics of lost Hittite and Urartian civilizations, as well as ancient Roman, Biblical, Seljuk, Armenian and Crusader structures. Examine the earliest “temple” at Gobekli Tepe with its 12,000-year-old carvings, the colossal sculpture of Mt. Nemrut, the Abdurrahman mosque of Urfa, and the beehive architecture of Harran. Highlights include: Byzantine Trabzon’s Santa Sofia, the Sumeli Monastery, and the magnificent carvings on the Armenian Church on Akdamar Island, plus the ghostly ruined Christian city at Ani. At Gaziantep, the class will examine the Roman mosaics from Zeugma, the magnificent Ulu mosque at Dyarbakir and Ishak Pasha Palace, the Taj Mahal of Turkey! Kerrin Meis leads a tour to Eastern Turkey in May.

 

Suggested Reading:
Eastern Turkey: The Bradt Travel Guide by Diana Darke

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: 02/07/2014 10:00 am
End: 02/07/2014 12:00 pm

Six Fridays: Feb. 7-Mar. 21 (no class Feb. 21) • 10:00-12:00 pm • $240

 

 

 

This class is for anyone who has a clear sense of the book they want to write, and may even have written a good portion of it, but has not been able to complete it. Class will present strategies for maintaining a consistent flow of your writing, helping you get unstuck, tips on structure and completing the project.  (for new and continuing students)

 

"If it weren't for Leslie Keenan's courses at Book Passage, I would never have written a word of fiction, and I would never have been published. To this day, I still use the tools she gave me for understanding my process, finding my voice, and fighting my fears."

- Tammy Kaehler, author of Dead Man's Switch, Poisoned Pen Press 

 

 "Leslie is inspiring, compassionate and has a natural gift for creating a safe place for a writer."  

- Student, Is There a Book in You?         

Start: 02/07/2014 6:30 pm

Special for teens!

From the bestselling author of Cinder and Scarlet comes the third book in the Lunar Chronicles. In Marissa Meyer’s Cress ($18.99), Cinder and Scarlet are fugitives plotting to overthrow the wicked Queen Levana. Their only hope is Cress, a brilliant hacker who has spent her life trapped on a satellite by the evil queen.

 

Start: 02/07/2014 7:00 pm

The young Mary Cassatt never thought moving to Paris after the Civil War to be an artist was going to be easy, but when, after a decade of work, her submission to the Paris Salon is rejected, Mary’s fierce determination wavers. Her father is begging her to return to Philadelphia to find a husband before it is too late, her sister Lydia is falling mysteriously ill, and worse, Mary is beginning to doubt herself. Then one evening a friend introduces her to Edgar Degas and her life changes forever. Years later she will learn that he had begged for the introduction, but in that moment their meeting seems a miracle. So begins the defining period of her life and the most tempestuous of relationships.

In I Always Loved You ($27.95), Robin Oliveira brilliantly re-creates the irresistible world of Belle Époque Paris, writing with grace and uncommon insight into the passion and foibles of the human heart.

Robin Oliveira is the New York Times bestselling author of My Name Is Mary Sutter. She holds a BA in Russian and studied at the Pushkin Language Institute in Moscow. She received an MFA in writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts and is also a registered nurse, specializing in critical care. She lives in Seattle, Washington.

 

Saturday February 08, 2014
Start: 02/08/2014 10:00 am
End: 02/08/2014 1:00 pm

Sat., Feb. 8 • 10:00-1:00pm • $40

 

 

The blank page, canvas, or stage is daunting. Fear kills our ideas. Together, we break through our barriers and dare to be creative. This class gives you the tools to begin, to stay motivated, and to finish your creative projects. Diane Conway is a life coach and the author of What Would You Do If You Had No Fear? Living Your Dreams While Quakin’ in Your Boots.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Start: 02/08/2014 10:30 am
End: 02/08/2014 12:30 pm

Sat., Feb. 8 • 10:30-12:30pm • $50

 

 

What's going on in the art world? What are galleries and museums looking for now? What makes the Bay Area a unique place for artists? This workshop will help emerging and established artists learn the basic business strategies required for success. Topics include: how to create an artist-friendly business plan, how to think like an entrepreneur, and how to use professional networks to advance your career. 

Mary Edwards is a Career & Life Coach for artists and creative entrepreneurs. She works with painters, sculptors, photographers, designers, graphic artists, and other creative people. Mary has a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan and has taught workshops and classes for artists throughout the Bay Area.  

 

 

 

Start: 02/08/2014 1:00 pm

Join author Suzanne Himmelwright for an ensemble reading from her memoir Shadow Time: Living with and Surviving My Husband’s Dementia ($15.00). In documenting the sad fate of one couple’s love, Himmelwright hopes others experiencing the tangled emotions of similar situations will feel less alone and might possibly find joy again.

 

Start: 02/08/2014 4:00 pm

Once viewed with suspicion as a New Age indulgence or fringe religious practice, hospice is now a $14 billion a year business and arguably the most successful segment of health care in America. However, talking about death still remains taboo and socially inappropriate to discuss. Why are we constantly trying to avoid the unavoidable? In Changing the Way We Die ($16.96), Fran Smith and Sheila Himmel not only address the discomfort that surrounds death, but also suggest that there is a better way to die. Through the stories of patients, caregivers, and researchers, Smith and Himmel examine the remarkable shift in practices around dying and look at the changes ahead if profits replace a dying-well philosophy.

Of course, talking about death will not make the idea of dying any less painful or uncomfortable, but it is time that we take advantage of options that may create a more peaceful environment for ourselves or our loved ones—and not as a last resort. By sharing the stories of patients, caregivers, and their own death-related experiences, the authors change the way we perceive death and dying. Once we accept that relentlessly fighting death may sometimes cause more harm than good, we can really take advantage of the benefits that hospice care has to offer. Changing the Way We Die advocates living our lives, rather than constantly fighting against death.

Fran Smith has written for O: The Oprah Magazine, Redbook, Salon, Good Housekeeping, and many other newspapers and websites. A former John S. Knight Fellow at Stanford University and Pulitzer Prize winner, she lives in Dobbs Ferry, NY.

Sheila Himmel is a Psychology Today blogger and the coauthor of Hungry: A Mother and Daughter Fight Anorexia. Her work has appeared in USA Today, the Washington Post, the Robb Report, and M Magazine. As restaurant critic of the San Jose Mercury News, she won a James Beard Award for feature writing. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

 

 

Start: 02/08/2014 7:00 pm
Though the characters in Point Reyes Sheriff's Calls ($16.95) are fictitious, Susanna Solomon conceived of their adventures by pondering on actual sheriff’s calls published in her favorite local newspaper, the Point Reyes Light. These short stories feature an array of magical characters, all set in Point Reyes, the lovely, scenic hometown of the author.
 
Sunday February 09, 2014
Start: 02/09/2014 1:00 pm

Today’s increasingly busy lifestyles can make enjoying whole-grains and natural, seasonal foods in the morning seem like a challenge, forcing many of us to rely on store-bought yogurts, sugary prepared cereals, and other fast but not so healthy choices. Luckily, Megan Gordon’s Whole-Grain Mornings: New Breakfast Recipes to Span the Seasons ($22.00) offers a beautifully illustrated collection of sixty-five wholesome and inventive breakfast recipes that are so easy and convenient they are perfect for any day of the week. Seasonal recipes like Greens and Grains Scramble and Strawberry Rhubarb Quick Jam complement breakfast staples like Whole-Grain Pancake Mix and The Very Best Oatmeal. Natural sweeteners top tasty fare, such as infused honey drizzled over Rosemary Apricot Oatcakes, and a variety of homemade yogurts make even the staunchest avoider of breakfast eager to pull up a chair.

Featured throughout is an inspiring account of the author’s own personal journey, from her business success as the founder of Marge Granola and her relocation from San Francisco to Seattle, to stories of nostalgia and new-found love. Whether one is thumbing through the pages to savor the stories or just looking for a simple, easy-to-follow guide to the most important meal, Whole-Grain Mornings is a delightfully nourishing way to start the day.

Megan Gordon is a writer, recipe developer and culinary educator living in Seattle, WA. She writer regularly for the Kitchn and on her blog "A Sweet Spoonful." Her work has appeared in numerous national magazines including Better Homes and Gardens, Ready Made Magazine and the Edible publications. When not writing about food, Megan operates runs Marge, the granola company she founded in 2010. Marge Granola is distributed nationally and has been recognized by the Wall Street Journal, Sunset Magazine and Whole Living. Visit her blog at www.asweetspoonful.com.

 

Start: 02/09/2014 4:00 pm

Mykonos After Midnight ($14.95) is the fifth and latest in the fast paced Chief Inspector Andreas Kaldis series

Mykonos holds tight to its past even as it transforms from an obscure, impoverished Aegean island into a tourist mecca and summertime playground for the world's rich, a process making the Mykonian people some of the wealthiest in Greece.

A legendary nightclub owner, has been found savagely bludgeoned in his home. All evidence points to obvious thugs. Yet the murder has put long hidden, politically explosive secrets in play and drawn a dangerous foreign investor to the island paradise. Andreas Kaldis, feared head of Greece's special crimes division, is certain there's a far more complex solution to the murder than robbery, and he vows to find it.

His quest for answers cuts straight into the entrenched cultural contradictions that give Mykonos so much of its magic and soon has him battling ruthless opportunists preying on his country's weakened financial condition. Kaldis learns there is a high, unexpected price to pay for his curiosity as he becomes locked in a war with a powerful, clandestine international force willing to do whatever it takes to change and wrest control of Mykonos, no matter the collateral damage. Such is global crime. And the need for a wily hero to stand against it.

Jeffrey Siger was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He practiced law at a major Wall Street law firm and while there served as Special Counsel to the citizens group responsible for reporting on New York City's prison conditions. He left Wall Street to establish his own New York City law firm and continued as one of its name partners until giving it all up to write full-time among the people, life, and politics of his beloved Mykonos, his adopted home of thirty years. When not in Greece, he enjoys his other home, a farm outside New York City.

 

Start: 02/09/2014 7:00 pm

Award-winning author Willy Vlautin demonstrates his extraordinary talent for confronting issues facing modern America, illuminated through the lives of three memorable characters who are looking for a way out of their financial, familial, and existential crises, in his heartbreaking and hopeful fourth novel The Free ($14.99).

Leroy Kervin is a 31 year old Iraqi War veteran living with a traumatic brain injury. Unable to dress or feed himself, or cope with his emotions, he has spent the last seven years in a group home. There he spends his days watching old sci-fi movies until he awakens one night with a clear mind and memories of his girlfriend.

Freddie McCall is a middle aged father working two jobs. He's lost his wife and kids, and is close to losing his house. He's buried in debt, unable to pay the medical bills from his daughter's childhood illness. As Freddie's situation becomes more desperate he undertakes a risky endeavor he hopes will solve his problems but could possibly end in disaster.

Pauline Hawkins takes care of everyone else around her. She cares for her mentally ill father out of a deep sense of obligation. As a nurse at the local hospital, she treats her patients and their families with a familiar warmth and tenderness. When Pauline becomes attached to a young runaway, she learns the difficult lesson that you can't help someone who doesn't help themselves.

The lives of these three characters intersect as they look for meaning in desperate times. Willy Vlautin covers themes ranging from health care to the economic downturn and housing crisis, to the toll war takes on veterans and their families. The Free is an extraordinary portrait of contemporary America and a testament to the resiliency of the human heart.

Born and raised in Reno, Nevada, Vlautin started playing guitar and writing songs as a teenager and quickly became immersed in music. It was a Paul Kelly song, based on Raymond Carver's Too Much Water So Close to Home that inspired him to start writing stories. He is the author of three well recieved novels, The Motel Life, which has been made into a movie starring Dakota Fanning, Emile Hersh, and Stephen Dorff; Northline, and Lean on Pete, which won two Oregon Book Awards. He is a founding member of the alternative country band Richmond Fontaine, who have produced eight studio albums.

 

Monday February 10, 2014
Start: 02/10/2014 1:00 pm
End: 02/10/2014 3:00 pm

5 Mon.: Feb. 10, Mar. 10, Apr. 7, May 12, & June 9 • 1:00-3:00pm • $105

 

 

Carol Benet has been teaching her popular classes on literary awards for 22 years at Book Passage. She received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from UC Berkeley, where she won an Outstanding Teaching Award. She also received an M.A. in French Literature from the University of Michigan.

Reading List:

February:  City of Bohane, Kevin Barry ($15.00) - Impac Dublin Literary Award

March: The Hunger Angel, Herta Mueller ($16.00) - Nobel Prize Winner

April: Restless, William Boyd ($16.00) - Costa Award-formerly Whitbread

May: Spilt Milk, Chico Buarque ($15.00) - Premio Jabuti and Portugal Telecom Awards

June: Tenth of December, George Saunders ($15.00) - Pen/Saul Bellow Award

 

 

Start: 02/10/2014 1:00 pm
Introduction by Jane Ganahl
 
In French Women Don’t Get Facelifts: The Secret of Aging with Style and Attitude ($25.00), Mireille Guiliano, author of the bestselling French Women Don’t Get Fat, shares the secrets and strategies of aging with attitude, joy, and no surgery. Readers learn proactive ways to look and feel great.
 
Start: 02/10/2014 6:00 pm

Left Coast Writers® Event

Join the Left Coast Writers® as they celebrate Undercover Love: Lust, Literature, and Lingerie. What our world needs is a lot more love. Of course in these busy days, it might be hard to find the elusive amour, let alone bask in its healing influence. So we provide the antidote for modern, time- and love-starved lives.

 

Start: 02/10/2014 7:00 pm
End: 02/10/2014 9:00 pm

5 Mon.: Feb. 10, Mar. 10, Apr. 7, May 12, & June 9 • 7:00-9:00pm • $105

 

 

Carol Benet has been teaching her popular classes on literary awards for 22 years at Book Passage. She received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from UC Berkeley, where she won an Outstanding Teaching Award. She also received an M.A. in French Literature from the University of Michigan.

Reading List:

February:  City of Bohane, Kevin Barry ($15.00) - Impac Dublin Literary Award

March: The Hunger Angel, Herta Mueller ($16.00) - Nobel Prize Winner

April: Restless, William Boyd ($16.00) - Costa Award-formerly Whitbread

May: Spilt Milk, Chico Buarque ($15.00) - Premio Jabuti and Portugal Telecom Awards

June: Tenth of December, George Saunders ($15.00) - Pen/Saul Bellow Award

 

 

Start: 02/10/2014 7:00 pm

In the 1980s Jimmy Rabbitte formed the Commitments, a ragtag, blue-collar collective of Irish youths determined to bring the soul music stylings of James Brown and Percy Sledge to Dublin. Time proves a great equalizer for Jimmy as he’s now approaching fifty with a loving wife, four kids, and a recent cancer diagnosis that leaves him feeling shattered and frightened.

Jimmy still loves his music, and he still loves to hustle—his new thing is finding old bands and then finding the people who loved them enough to pay for their resurrected albums. As he battles his illness on his path through Dublin, Jimmy manages to reconnect with his own past, most notably Commitments guitarist Liam “Outspan” Foster and the still beautiful backup vocalist Imelda Quirk. Jimmy also learns the trumpet, reunites with his long-lost brother, and rediscovers the joys of fatherhood.

An immensely funny and poignant novel, The Guts ($27.95) captures friendship, family, the power of music, the specter of death, and the zeal for life.

Roddy Doyle is the author of nine novels, two short story collections, and a nonfiction book. In 1993 he won the Booker Prize for his novel Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha. His 1991 novel, The Van, was a Booker Prize finalist. He lives in Dublin.

 

 

Start: 02/10/2014 7:00 pm
End: 02/10/2014 9:00 pm
Four Mondays, Feb. 10, Feb. 24, Mar. 31 & Apr. 28 • 7:00-9:00 pm • $95
 
 
 
We’ll have an intimate conversation with the authors of: “the major, soul-searching biography that Leonard Cohen deserves” (NY Times); an adventurous yet deep, decades-long look into the beauty and violence, history, cultures, and vanishing natural splendor of Central America; an ingeniously designed “tour de force” (George Saunders) mystery set in high-tech San Francisco; and the “riveting” (Pat Conroy), heartbreaking tale of 40 years in the hardscrabble lives of a small-town Tennessee family. Pamela Feinsilber is a writing consultant and book editor: pamelafeinsilber.com.
 
Feb. 10: I’m Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen, Sylvie Simmons $16.99
Feb. 24: Maya Roads: One Woman’s Journey Among the People of the Rainforest, Mary Jo McConahay $16.95
Mar. 31: Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, Robin Sloan $15.00
Apr. 28: The Lost Saints of Tennessee, Amy Franklin-Willis $15.00
  
Tuesday February 11, 2014
Start: 02/11/2014 10:30 am
End: 02/11/2014 12:30 pm

5 Tuesdays: Feb. 11, Mar. 11, April 8, May 13, & June 10 • 10:30-12:30pm • $105

 

 

Pat Holt leads a discussion of books that have captured the contemporary imagination. Holt is the former book review editor of the San Francisco Chronicle and publisher of Holt Uncensored. 

Reading List: 

Feb.: A Tale for the Time Being, Ruth Ozeki $16.00

Mar.: City of Women, David Gillham $16.00

Apr.: Me, Who Dove Into the Heart of the World, Sabina Bergman $15.00

May: Pigeon English, Stephen Kelman $13.95

June: The Garden of Evening Mists, Tan Twan Eng $15.99 

 

 

Start: 02/11/2014 1:00 pm

Dept. of Speculation ($22.95) is a portrait of a marriage. It is also a beguiling rumination on the mysteries of intimacy, trust, faith, knowledge, and the condition of universal shipwreck that unites us all.

Jenny Offill's heroine, referred to in these pages as simply "the wife," once exchanged love letters with her husband postmarked Dept. of Speculation, their code name for all the uncertainty that inheres in life and in the strangely fluid confines of a long relationship. As they confront an array of common catastrophes-a colicky baby, a faltering marriage, stalled ambitions-the wife analyzes her predicament, invoking everything from Keats and Kafka to the thought experiments of the Stoics to the lessons of doomed Russian cosmonauts. She muses on the consuming, capacious experience of maternal love, and the near total destruction of the self that ensues from it as she confronts the friction between domestic life and the seductions and demands of art.

With cool precision, in language that shimmers with rage and wit and fierce longing, Jenny Offill has crafted an exquisitely suspenseful love story that has the velocity of a train hurtling through the night at top speed. Exceptionally lean and compact, Dept. of Speculation is a novel to be devoured in a single sitting, though its bracing emotional insights and piercing meditations on despair and love will linger long after the last page.

Jenny Offill is the author of the novel Last Things, which was chosen as a Notable Book of the Year by the New York Times and was a finalist for the L.A. Times First Book Award. She is the coeditor, with Elissa Schappell, of two anthologies of essays, The Friend Who Got Away and Money Changes Everything. Her children's books include 17 Things I'm Not Allowed to Do Anymore, 11 Experiments That Failed, and Sparky. She teaches in the writing programs at Queens University, Brooklyn College, and Columbia University.

 

Start: 02/11/2014 6:00 pm

Third-generation farmer Gary Romano, owner of Sierra Valley Farms, speaks from experience about today's most vital issues: how to live with purpose and how to protect our food supply. In Why I Farm: Risking It All for a Life on the Land ($15.00), Romano documents a disappearing way of life and issues a wake-up call, describing his metamorphosis from a small boy growing up on a farm to an adult white-collar worker and his ultimate return to the land. If you've ever wanted to claim a patch of earth, this book offers hard-earned counsel about small farming in the twenty-first century. Part memoir, part call to action, Romano details the challenges and joys of living off the land, what's at stake, and why this way of life must be protected for future farmers.

After a childhood spent pulling weeds and planting seeds, Gary Romano received a master's degree in recreation administration from California State University, Chico, and worked as a park ranger and county park administrator before returning to the farm.

 

 

Start: 02/11/2014 7:00 pm

One Book One Marin Launch

An unforgettably charming memoir, Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer ($16.00) is full of hilarious moments, fascinating farmer's tips, and a great deal of heart. When Novella Carpenter—captivated by the idea of backyard self-sufficiency—moved to inner city Oakland and discovered a weed-choked, garbage-strewn abandoned lot next door to her house, she closed her eyes and pictured heirloom tomatoes and a chicken coop. The story of how her urban farm grew from a few chickens to one populated with turkeys, geese, rabbits, ducks, and two three-hundred-pound pigs will capture the imagination of anyone who has ever considered leaving the city behind for a more natural lifestyle.

Novella Carpenter grew up in rural Idaho and Washington State. She went to University of Washington in Seattle where she majored in Biology and English. She studied under Michael Pollan for two years while attending Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. Her writing has appeared on Salon.com, Saveur.com, and sfgate.com (the San Francisco Chronicle's website), and in Food & Wine and Mother Jones.  She lives in Oakland, California.

 

 

Wednesday February 12, 2014
Start: 02/12/2014 6:00 pm

In conversation with Tiffany Baker

Love Water Memory ($16.00) is a bittersweet masterpiece filled with longing and hope, Jennie Shortridge’s emotional novel explores the raw, tender complexities of relationships and personal identity.

Who is Lucie Walker? Even Lucie herself can’t answer that question after she comes to, confused and up to her knees in the chilly San Francisco Bay. Back home in Seattle, she adjusts to life with amnesia, growing unsettled by the clues she finds to the selfish, carefully guarded person she used to be. Will she ever fall in love with her handsome, kindhearted fiancé, Grady? Can he devote himself to the vulnerable, easygoing Lucie 2.0, who is so unlike her controlling former self? When Lucie learns that Grady has been hiding some very painful secrets that could change the course of their relationship, she musters the courage to search for the shocking, long-repressed childhood memories that will finally set her free.

Jennie Shortridge has published five novels: Love Water Memory, When She Flew, Love and Biology at the Center of the Universe, Eating Heaven, and Riding with the Queen. When not writing, teaching writing workshops, or volunteering with kids, Jennie stays busy as a founding member of Seattle7Writers.org, a collective of Northwest authors devoted both to raising funds for community literacy projects and to raising awareness of Northwest literature.

 

 

Start: 02/12/2014 7:00 pm
McKenzie Funk has spent the last six years reporting around the world on how we are preparing for a warmer planet. In Windfall: The Booming Business of Global Warming ($27.95) Funk shows us that the best way to understand the catastrophe of global warming is to see it through the eyes of those who see it most clearly—as a market opportunity.

Funk visits the front lines of the melt, the drought, and the deluge to make a human accounting of the booming business of global warming. By letting climate change continue unchecked, we are choosing to adapt to a warming world. Containing the resulting surge will be big business; some will benefit, but much of the planet will suffer. McKenzie Funk has investigated both sides, and what he has found will shock us all. To understand how the world is preparing to warm, Windfall follows the money.
 
McKenzie Funk is a journalist whose work has appeared in Harper’s, National Geographic, Rolling Stone, GQ, Outside, and The New York Times. A National Magazine Award and Livingston Award finalist and the winner of the Oakes Prize for Environmental Journalism, he was a Knight-Wallace Fellow at the University of Michigan, where he studied economics and systems thinking. He lives in Seattle with his wife and son.
 
 
 
Thursday February 13, 2014
Start: 02/13/2014 6:00 pm

Eileen Cronin’s Mermaid: A Memoir of Resilience ($26.95) is a gorgeously crafted memoir about resilience, family, and forging your own way, written by a woman born without legs. Reflecting with grace and humor on her youth, search for love, and quest for answers that pitted her against her mother, Cronin spins a shimmering story of self-discovery and transformation.

 

Start: 02/13/2014 7:00 pm

In All Joy and No Fun ($26.99), award-winning journalist Jennifer Senior isolates and analyzes the many ways in which children reshape their parents' lives, whether it's their marriages, their jobs, their habits, their hobbies, their friendships, or their internal senses of self. She argues that changes in the last half century have radically altered the roles of today's mothers and fathers, making their mandates at once more complex and far less clear. Recruiting from a wide variety of sources-in history, sociology, economics, psychology, philosophy, and anthropology-she dissects both the timeless strains of parenting and the ones that are brand new, and then brings her research to life in the homes of ordinary parents around the country. The result is an unforgettable series of family portraits, starting with parents of young children and progressing to parents of teens. Through lively and accessible storytelling, Senior follows these mothers and fathers as they wrestle with some of parenthood's deepest vexations-and luxuriate in some of its finest rewards. 

Jennifer Senior is a contributing editor at New York Magazine, where she writes profiles and cover stories about politics and social science. She has been a frequent guest on NPR and numerous television programs, including Charlie Rose, The Chris Matthews Show, Hardball, Morning Joe, Washington Journal with Brian Lamb, CNN/American Morning, and NBC/Today. She is a regular contributor to the New York Times Book Review. She lives in New York with her husband and young son.

 

 

Start: 02/13/2014 7:00 pm

In Conversation with Amber Kelleher- Andrews

I'm telling you why we broke up, Ed. I'm writing it in this letter, the whole truth of why it happened.

Why We Broke Up
($15.00) tells the story of Min Green and Ed Slaterton. They are breaking up. Min is writing Ed a letter and giving him a box. Inside the box is why they broke up. Two bottle caps, a movie ticket, a folded note, a box of matches, a protractor, books, a toy truck, a pair of ugly earrings, a comb from a motel room, and every other item collected over the course of a giddy, intimate, heartbreaking relationship. Item after item is illustrated (art by Maira Kalman) and accounted for, and then the box, like a girlfriend, will be dumped.

Daniel Handler has written three novels under his own name, including The Basic Eight, Watch Your Mouth, and Adverbs, and many books under the name Lemony Snicket, including All the Wrong Questions, A Series of Unfortunate Events, and the picture book 13 Words. He was dumped at least three times in high school.

Maira Kalman has written and illustrated many books, such as And the Pursuit of Happiness, The Principles of Uncertainty, Looking at Lincoln, Fireboat, and with Lemony Snicket, 13 Words. Her heart was broken in high school first by a boy who looked like Bob Dylan and shortly thereafter by one who looked like Leonard Cohen.

Amber Kelleher-Andrews serves as a matchmaker on Ready for Love, NBC's innovative and dramatic new relationship show about making real connections. Kelleher-Andrews is an internationally renowned relationship expert and matchmaker. A host for her radio talk show, The Rules of Engagement, her topics touch on matters of the heart, where Kelleher-Andrews' unique expertise provides insight into the challenges of dating in the modern world.

 

Friday February 14, 2014
Start: 02/14/2014 10:30 am
End: 02/14/2014 12:30 pm

5 Fridays: Feb. 14, Mar. 14, April 11, May 16, & June 13 • 10:30-12:30pm • $105

 

 

Pat Holt leads a discussion of books that have captured the contemporary imagination. Holt is the former book review editor of the San Francisco Chronicle and publisher of Holt Uncensored. 

Reading List: 

Feb.: A Tale for the Time Being, Ruth Ozeki $16.00

Mar.: City of Women, David Gillham $16.00

Apr.: Me, Who Dove Into the Heart of the World, Sabina Bergman $15.00

May: Pigeon English, Stephen Kelman $13.95

June: The Garden of Evening Mists, Tan Twan Eng $15.99

 

Saturday February 15, 2014
Start: 02/15/2014 10:00 am
End: 02/15/2014 2:00 pm

Sat., Feb. 15 • 10:00-2:00pm • $60

Class is full - please register for next month

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: 02/15/2014 10:00 am
End: 02/15/2014 4:00 pm

Sat., Feb. 15 • 10:00 - 4:00pm • $105

 

 

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

Adair Lara shows all the elements of the memoir: the arc, reflective voice, scene vs. narrative, fact vs. truth, and writing about family members. She shows what it takes to get published. There will be in-class exercises. Writers of fiction and essays are welcome. A former San Francisco Chronicle columnist, Lara is the author of twelve books, including Naked, Drunk and Writing, her guide to essay and memoir.

 

 

 

 

Start: 02/15/2014 1:00 pm

The author of Bird in Hand and The Way Life Should Be delivers her most ambitious and powerful novel to date: a captivating story of two very different women who build an unexpected friendship: a 91-year-old woman with a hidden past as an orphan-train rider and the teenage girl whose own troubled adolescence leads her to seek answers to questions no one has ever thought to ask

Nearly eighteen, Molly Ayer knows she has one last chance. Just months from "aging out" of the child welfare system, and close to being kicked out of her foster home, a community service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping her out of juvie and worse. Vivian Daly has lived a quiet life on the coast of Maine. But in her attic, hidden in trunks, are vestiges of a turbulent past. As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly discovers that she and Vivian aren't as different as they seem to be. A young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York City, Vivian was put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other children whose destinies would be determined by luck and chance.

The closer Molly grows to Vivian, the more she discovers parallels to her own life. A Penobscot Indian, she, too, is an outsider being raised by strangers, and she, too, has unanswered questions about the past. As her emotional barriers begin to crumble, Molly discovers that she has the power to help Vivian find answers to mysteries that have haunted her for her entire life - answers that will ultimately free them both.

Rich in detail and epic in scope, Orphan Train ($14.99) is a powerful novel of upheaval and resilience, of second chances, of unexpected friendship, and of the secrets we carry that keep us from finding out who we are.

Christina Baker Kline is the author of five novels, including The Way Life Should Be and Bird in Hand. She lives outside of New York City with her husband and three sons, and spends as much time on the coast of Maine as possible.

 

 

Start: 02/15/2014 4:00 pm

It may be taboo to say, but some groups in America do better than others. Mormons have recently risen to astonishing business success. Cubans in Miami climbed from poverty to prosperity in a generation. Nigerians earn doctorates at stunningly high rates. Indian and Chinese Americans have much higher incomes than other Americans; Jews may have the highest of all.

Why do some groups rise? Drawing on groundbreaking original research and startling statistics, The Triple Package:How Three Unlikely Traits Explain the Rise and Fall of Cultural Groups in America ($27.95) uncovers the secret to their success. A superiority complex, insecurity, impulse control—these are the elements of the Triple Package, the rare and potent cultural constellation that drives disproportionate group success. The Triple Package is open to anyone. America itself was once a Triple Package culture. It’s been losing that edge for a long time now.

The Triple Package has a dark underside too. Each of its elements carries distinctive pathologies; when taken to an extreme, they can have truly toxic effects. Should people strive for the Triple Package? Should America? Ultimately, the authors conclude that the Triple Package is a ladder that should be climbed and then kicked away, drawing on its power but breaking free from its constraints.

Amy Chua and Jed Rubenfeld are professors at Yale Law School. Chua, one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world in 2011, is the author of Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, which unleashed a firestorm debate about the cultural value of self-discipline, as well as the bestselling World on Fire. Rubenfeld examined the political dangers of “living in the moment” in Freedom and Time; he is also the author of the international bestseller The Interpretation of Murder.

 

 

Sunday February 16, 2014
Start: 02/16/2014 1:00 pm

We all know someone who has suffered a heart attack, but how often do we learn intimate details that might help us deal with coronary artery disease before it strikes? In The Sanctuary of Illness ($15.00), Thomas Larson tells a powerful and personal story of what happens when our arteries fail us. Thomas Larson has been a staff writer for the San Diego Reader for fifteen years.

 

Start: 02/16/2014 1:00 pm

So The Echo ($49.95) visually weaves the past five years for Brandon Boyd, who spent much time honing his craft, displaying his work, and using art as a tool for activism. Beautifully designed, the book reveals many new sketches and works with watercolor and other experimental techniques, as well as very personal photos and journal entries. There is a breath and space to the book and artwork that is a departure from his previous publications but the intimacy remains very much in tact.

Born February 15, 1976, Brandon Boyd grew up in Calabasas, California. In 1991 he began singing and writing song lyrics with high school friends in what would become the multi-platinum selling and internationally recognized rock band, Incubus. In 2011 the band released their seventh studio album entitled ‘If Not Now, When?’ and toured all of South America together as recently as December of last year.

Brandon’s life is certainly one characterized by creativity and self-expression, and though best known as a musician, he is also visual artist for whom art has played a consistent and powerful role throughout his life. He is the author of three books combining his artwork, photography and creative writing: White Fluffy Clouds (2003),  From the Murks of the Sultry Abyss (2007), and his most recent publication, So The Echo, released last September (2013).

 

Start: 02/16/2014 4:00 pm

Why Are You So Sad? ($15.00) is Jason Porter’s brilliant debut novel—a wry and uniquely told story of one man determined to find out whether or not the world needs saving. This is a sardonic, existential page-turner for fans of Sam Lipsyte, George Saunders, and Meg Wolitzer. Porter has been an editor, teacher, musician, and painter.

 

Monday February 17, 2014
Start: 02/17/2014 7:00 pm
C-SPAN will be performing a live filming of this event.
 
In the chaos following WWII, some of the greatest spoils of Germany’s resources were the Third Reich’s scientific minds. Operation Paperclip: The Secret Intelligence Program that Brought Nazi Scientists to America ($28.00) by Annie Jacobsen reveals the secret U.S. government plan—nicknamed Operation Paperclip—to utilize the knowledge and work of Nazi scientist war criminals.
 
Tuesday February 18, 2014
Start: 02/18/2014 7:00 pm

From National Book Award-finalist David Kertzer, an explosive book that exposes the fractious, co-dependent relationship between Pope Pius XI and Mussolini.

With the recent opening of the Vatican archives covering Pius XI's papacy, the full story of his dealings with the Italian dictator can be told for the first time in The Pope and Mussolini: The Secret History of Pius XI and the Rise of Fascism in Europe ($32.00). The two men -- one scholarly and devout, the other an anti-clerical rabble-rouser-came to power in Rome in the same year, 1922. Contrary to the widely accepted account of this time, in which a heroic Church does battle with the Fascist regime, David Kertzer shows that Mussolini would not have been able to impose his dictatorship on Italy without the pope's support. In exchange, the pope expected Mussolini to use his repressive reach to enforce Catholic morality. Even in the face of Mussolini's increasing embrace of Hitler, each man relied on the other to consolidate his power and pursue his political goals. Reaching from Sistine Chapel conclaves to roaring Fascist crowds, The Pope and Mussolini is a thrilling history, surprising and finely-wrought.

David Kertzer is the Paul Dupee, Jr. University Professor of Social Science and professor of anthropology and Italian studies at Brown University, where he served as provost from 2006 to 2011. He is the author of nine books, including The Popes Against the Jews, which was a finalist for the Mark Lynton History Prize, and The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara, which was a finalist for the National Book Award. He has twice been awarded the Marraro Prize from the Society for Italian Historical Studies for the best work on Italian history. He and his wife, Susan, live in Providence.

 

 

 

Wednesday February 19, 2014
Start: 02/19/2014 6:00 pm

Described by comics pioneer Will Eisner as “one of the most awesome undertakings in modern comic book history,” Jack Katz’s First Kingdom Vol. I: The Birth of Tundran & Vol. II: The Galaxy Hunters ($24.99) are Homeric post-apocalyptic graphic novels featuring Tundran, a new hero in the vein of Odysseus and Beowulf.

 

 

Start: 02/19/2014 7:00 pm
Moriarty Returns a Letter ($24.99) is the latest installment in Michael Robertson’s charming and innovative Baker Street Mystery series, where brothers Reggie and Nigel Heath are charged with answering letters to Holmes that arrive at their law office, located at 221B Baker Street. Previous titles include The Baker Street Translation and The Brothers of Baker Street.
 
Thursday February 20, 2014
Start: 02/20/2014 6:00 pm

From Michelle Richmond, the New York Times bestselling author of The Year of Fog, comes a compelling new novel Golden State ($15.00). In her new book Richmond explores themes of grief, responsibility, marriage, and family crisis. She takes readers on a life-altering journey that transpires over the course of one unforgettable day.

 

Start: 02/20/2014 7:00 pm

Join Don George and Diana Saint James as they provide information on their upcoming conference at sea! Cruise Like a Travel Writer: A Mediterranean Workshop takes place Sept. 5-12, with stops in Croatia, Crete, Rhodes, and Ephesus. Don’t miss this special event for full details on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure!

 

Friday February 21, 2014
Start: 02/21/2014 7:00 pm
Co-Sponsored by A Band of Women
 
Karen Lynch was an unlikely person to become one of the first female cops in San Francisco. Good Cop, Bad Daughter: Memoirs of an Unlikely Police Officer ($15.95) is an often humorous, poignant adventure story of Karen’s journey from pot-smoking Cal student, to bar-serving wench, to street cop. Lynch joined the S.F. Police Department in 1981. 
 
Saturday February 22, 2014
Start: 02/22/2014 10:00 am
End: 02/22/2014 4:00 pm
Sat. Feb. 22 • 10:00-4:00 pm • $105
 
 
 
 
Character-driven—it’s one way to ensure that your writing is compelling. But how do you create characters that captivate a reader? Digging up all you’ll need to create characters that jump from the page can be as complicated as a covert operation. This workshop includes plenty of in-class exercises and amusing tips on craft.
 
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: 02/22/2014 11:00 am

Until now, no book has addressed the unique concerns of those over 50 who are exploring or adopting a vegan diet. Never Too Late to Go Vegan ($15.95)  fills that void. It explains the specific health benefits of a plant-rich vegan diet for those over 50, and how best to embark upon and maintain this way of eating. And it includes 75 delicious, easy vegan recipes to meet the changing nutritional needs that come with aging.

The authors bring close to 75 years of vegan life experience to this book-and help readers prepare for and solve the many thorny issues that affect vegans over 50 (and that younger people do not face), including: how to manage the stress on relationships when lifelong patterns are changed; how your vegan lifestyle can affect socializing and retirement choices; how to handle friends and family who may expect to find favorite, familiar foods when visiting; and how to care for aging friends and family who are not vegan.

Patti Breitman is an advocate for health and animals, a writer and an expert public speaker. She teaches vegetarian cooking classes in Marin County, Calif., where she also lives. Patti is the director of the Marin Vegetarian Education Group and a former food columnist for VegNews Magazine. Her writing is often published on VegSource.com. Patti is the coauthor (with Connie Hatch) of How to Say No Without Feeling Guilty and (with Carol J.Adams) of How To Eat Like a Vegetarian, Even If You Never Want to Be One.

 

Start: 02/22/2014 4:00 pm

Inspired by debut author Natalie Baszile’s own life and family history, Queen Sugar ($27.95) is a mother-daughter story of reinvention—about an African American woman who inherits a sugarcane farm in Louisiana, and the new life and new family it brings together. Offering a rare glimpse into the little-known and complicated world of Louisiana sugarcane farming, Queen Sugar is a story of Southern wisdom, unexpected love and second chances.

Queen Sugar is the story of Charley Bordelon, a recently widowed mother of an 11 year old girl struggling to get by in Los Angeles, whose late father leaves her her eight hundred acres of prime sugarcane land in Louisiana with the stipulation that she must farm it or lose it. No amount of planning can prepare Charley for a Louisiana that’s mired in the past:  Cane farming is very much a white man’s business, and her grandmother, Miss Honey, is far thornier than she remembers. As the sweltering south Louisiana summer unfolds, a troubled brother threatens Charley’s cane operation with violence and theft, and she must struggle to balance the overwhelming challenges of her farm with the demands of a homesick daughter, a judgmental and unpredictable grandmother, and the startling desires of her own heart.

When author Natalie Baszile’s father left Louisiana as a teenager in 1954, he vowed never to return.  Everything about the south—from the brutal segregation to the weeds pushing through cracks in the sidewalk—repulsed him. He trained his eye on California and never looked back. Years later, his Southern Californian daughter Natalie had a different view and found herself drawn to the warmth of her Louisiana relatives, intrigued by the cast of characters who lived in her grandmother’s tiny town, and stories she’d heard about family secrets, rivalries and feuds. While writing this novel, she questioned her father extensively about her family history and made several trips back to the region, visiting with relatives and helping out during sugarcane harvesting season as part of her research for the book. 

Natalie Baszile has an M.A. in Afro-American Studies from UCLA and earned an M.F.A. at the Warren Wilson Program for Writers where she was a Holden Minority Scholar. 

 

Sunday February 23, 2014
Start: 02/23/2014 1:00 pm
Jennifer Vanderbes’s riveting World War II novel The Secret of Raven Point ($26.00) is a haunting war saga that explores the experiences of soldiers after the battles have ended. And as few novels have done, it depicts the ravages of war through the eyes of a young woman coming of age in a time of unrelenting violence. Vanderbes is the award-winning writer of Easter Island and Strangers at the Feast.
 
Start: 02/23/2014 2:00 pm
End: 02/23/2014 4:00 pm

$5 for members; $10 for non-members

When his bicycle is intentionally run off the road by a neighbor's SUV, something snaps in Bob Coffin. Modern suburban life has been getting him down and this is the last straw. To avoid following in his own father’s missteps, Bob is suddenly desperate to reconnect with his wife and his distant, distracted children. And he's looking for any guidance he can get.

Bob Coffin soon learns that the wisest words come from the most unexpected places, from characters that are always more than what they appear to be: a magician/marriage counselor, a fast-food drive-thru attendant/phone-sex operator, and a janitor/guitarist of a French KISS cover band. Can these disparate voices inspire Bob to fight for his family? To fight for his place in the world?

A call-to-arms for those who have ever felt beaten down by life, Fight Song ($15.95) is a quest for happiness in a world in which we are increasingly losing control. It is the exciting new novel by one of the most surprising and original writers of his generation.

Joshua Mohr is the author of the novels Termite Parade (a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice selection), Some Things that Meant the World to Me (one of O Magazine's Top 10 reads of 2009 and a San Francisco Chronicle bestseller), and Damascus, published in the fall of 2011 to much critical acclaim. Mohr teaches in the MFA program at the University of San Francisco.

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.

 

Start: 02/23/2014 7:00 pm

Passionate traveler and wine and food professional Melanie Young took an unexpected detour in 2009  to a place she refers to as “Cancer Land.” She has written a witty guidebook filled with tips and insights to help newly diagnosed women navigate their journey called: Getting Things Off My Chest: A Survivor’s Guide To Staying Fearless and Fabulous in the Face of Breast Cancer ($16.99).

Melanie stresses the importance of understanding your rights and options as a breast cancer patient and taking responsibility for eating, hydrating and exercising to build strength and fight fatigue.  Melanie interviewed dozens of breast cancer survivors and experts from the medical, cancer and related communities to provide concise, useful information covering a broad range of issues.

Diagnosed with cancer in both breasts in August 2009, Melanie underwent a double mastectomy with reconstruction, five months of chemotherapy, genetic testing and a prophylactic surgery to remove her ovaries and fallopian tubes. Throughout, she continued to run her wine and food marketing business without revealing her diagnosis to her clients or colleagues.  She used her experience to retool her diet, reboot her exercise regimen, rid her life from toxic stress and repurpose through writing and helping other women facing the journey. She still enjoys working in wine and food and focuses on mindful moderation and careful consumption. Today she is speaker/writer/advocate for the empowerment women, women’s health and breast cancer awareness.

 

 

Tuesday February 25, 2014
Start: 02/25/2014 6:30 pm

Mill Valley Community Center • $69

As the president of Barnard College, arguably the most important women’s school in the country, Debora Spar brings research, wisdom, humor, and insight to the heated debate about how women’s lives have and have not changed over the past forty years. How far have women really come? And what will it take to get true equality? Can women really have it all?

Inspired by the fabulous women among us in the Bay Area, Speak to Me was created to stimulate thought and discussion, facilitate the swapping of stories and experiences, and enjoy the sense of community we share in this great place we call home. For more information, visit http://speaktomeevents.com/.

 

Start: 02/25/2014 7:00 pm
I Shall Be Near to You ($24.00) is the extraordinary story of a woman who disguises herself as a man in order to fight next to her husband in the Civil War. It was inspired by a real female soldier’s letters home. Erin Lindsay McCabe’s debut novel is a tender love story, an exploration of gender roles and marriage, and a hard examination of war.
 
 
Wednesday February 26, 2014
Start: 02/26/2014 7:00 pm
After the publication of her book The Secret Lives of Wives, Iris Krasnow discovered that two subjects dominated her audiences’ conversations: sex and change. Her new book Sex After... ($26.00) is filled with edgy and honest stories of carnal challenge and triumph from women at all life stages. It is a guide to intimacy in later years.
 
Thursday February 27, 2014
Start: 02/27/2014 7:00 pm

Because they are the product of failed marriages and watch so many of their peers divorce, most couples don't have many successful long-term relationship role models. Parenting and communication issues are perennial while some challenges - like increasingly 24/7 work lives and economic hardships - mark the current decade. Despite all this, psychotherapist and clinical social worker Marcia Naomi Berger asserts that most couples can make love last, they just need to learn how. in Marriage Meetins for Lasting Love: 30 Minutes a Week to the Relationship You've Always Wanted ($15.95), Berger answers that need with a deceptively simple prescription: have an interruption-free 45-minute (or shorter) meeting each week and follow an agenda that includes the kind of appreciation and planning for fun that fosters intimacy and paves the way for collaborative conflict resolution. Berger has refined these techniques while working with hundreds of couples - with results that are both practical and profound.

Marcia Naomi Berger, MSW, LCSW, has taught her Marriage Meeting Program for a decade. She coaches, consults, and speaks nationally, has served on the clinical faculty of the University of California School of Medicine, and lives in San Rafael, CA.

 

 

Friday February 28, 2014
Start: 02/28/2014 10:00 am
End: 02/28/2014 1:00 pm

Fri., Feb. 28 • 10:00-1:00 pm • $60

 

 

As a writer, your first step to market your book is to talk to everyone. You never know who the listener might be: an agent, publisher, bookseller, or future reader. Acheson shares what works, what doesn't, and why. Learn the tools to create a well-honed, every-useful selling description. You'll leave the workshop with some essential sentences that can be expanded after you've won the audience's attention. 

The pre-class assignment is to write a thirty-second pitch, practice it out loud many times, and memorize it so it sounds like conversation. 

Start: 02/28/2014 2:00 pm
End: 02/28/2014 5:00 pm

Fri., Feb. 28 • 2:00-5:00 pm • $60

 

 

What is print-on-demand? How does it differ from self-publishing? Will either be easier, faster, or better than the route to a traditional publisher? All authors need to investigate the most appropriate method of publication before finishing a book. You owe it to yourself - and your pocketbook - to learn the advantages andpitfalls of each type. No method is appropriate for every book and every author. Is it important that your book be eligible for review and sold in bookstores? In the final analysis, will you earn more money with one procedure over the others? Alice Acheson has worked with all three publishing choices and will guide you through this crucial decision.  

Start: 02/28/2014 5:30 pm
Nom Nom Paleo ($35.00) by Michelle Tam, the #1 and critically acclaimed Paleo food blogger, features over 100 flavor-packed, nutrient-dense recipes using real, whole ingredients. In Your Personal Paleo Code ($28.00), Chris Kresser uses the Paleo diet as a baseline from which you can tailor the ideal three-step program.

 

Start: 02/28/2014 6:30 pm
Tamara Ireland Stone presents Time After Time, a companion novel to Time Between Us. Calling Anna and Bennett’s romance long distance is an understatement: she’s from 1995 Chicago and he’s a time traveler from 2012 San Francisco. The two of them never should have met, but they did. They fell in love, even though they knew they shouldn’t. And they found a way to stay together, against all odds. It’s not a perfect arrangement, though, with Bennett unable to stay in the past for more than brief visits, skipping out on big chunks of his present in order to be with Anna in hers. They each are confident that they’ll find a way to make things work…until Bennett witnesses a single event he never should have seen (and certainly never expected to). Will the decisions he makes from that point on cement a future he doesn’t want?
 
Told from Bennett’s point of view, Time After Time will satisfy readers looking for a fresh, exciting, and beautifully-written love story, both those who are eager to find out what’s next for Time Between Us‘s Anna and Bennett and those discovering their story for the first time. Tamara Ireland Stone grew up in Northern California. In addition to her work as a writer, Tamara co-owns a Silicon Valley marketing communications firm and enjoys skiing, hiking, and spending time with her husband and two children. Tamara and her family live just outside of San Francisco. 
 
Saturday March 01, 2014
Start: 03/01/2014 9:30 am
End: 03/01/2014 12:30 pm

Sat., Mar. 1 • 9:30-12:30 pm • $40

 

 

This workshop offers what every writer needs—inspiration and encouragement. Exercises will help you dig deeper into your material. Taught by veteran writer and UCLA Extension teacher, Barbara Abercrombie, whose book A Year of Writing Dangerously was chosen as one of the “Best Books for Writers” by Poets & Writers magazine.

Start: 03/01/2014 10:00 am
End: 03/01/2014 5:00 pm

Sat., Mar. 1 • 10:00-5:00 pm • $150

 

 

The first draft has been written and you've decided on the method of publishing your book, but how will you market and sell it? The publishing industry has made a quantam shift. How do you allot time, energy, and money to the marketing demands of the publishing world without neglecting your writing? Learn to choose something old, something new, something borrowed, and something... true.

Start: 03/01/2014 1:00 pm

Expressing and listening to one’s own life story is an ancient mode of healing. Readers of this book can return to Self through the focused journaling exercises shared within its pages. Based on a workshop developed at Esalen Institute in Big Sur, CA, the award-winning author of The Way of Story and global teacher offers a step-by-step journey of discovery and re-visioning designed to facilitate healing and deeper self-inquiry. The online course Heal Your Self with Writing was launched mid-January 2010 and by the second week had become the #2 bestselling course at DailyOM.com, which has more than one million subscribers and hosts courses by Deepak Chopra, Marianne Williamson, Debbie Ford, and others. Now in book form, Heal Your Self with Writing ($16.95) provides individuals, therapists, and teachers with the hands-on healing tools needed to deal with grief and trauma in today’s chaotic world.

Catherine Ann Jones holds a graduate degree in Depth Psychology and Archetypal Mythology from Pacifica Graduate Institute where she has also taught. In addition to being an award-winning playwright (On the Edge, The Women of Cedar Creek) and screenwriter ("Touched by an Angel"), Jones is a Fulbright Research Scholar to India studying shamanism, and has taught at The New School University, University of Southern California, and the Esalen and the Omega Institute. Jones lives in Ojai, California, and leads The Way of Story and Heal Your Self with Writing workshops throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. www.wayofstory.com

 

Start: 03/01/2014 4:00 pm
A series of child abductions in Peru leads an FBI agent and an archaeologist to uncover the ultimate secret of the Inca Empire in The Last Conquistador ($16.99).
 
On a Peruvian Andes mountaintop, archaeology professor Nina Ramirez and her students make two stunning discoveries: the five-hundred-year-old mummy of an Inca girl, the victim of ritual sacrifice, and in another grave, the corpse of a recently kidnapped boy wearing the same ancient constume. Child abductions are being reported throughout Peru, and when an American boy is snatched in Lima, FBI agent Adam Palma is assigned to the case.

At the home of a manic artist who was the sole survivor of similar kidnappings in 1962, Adam is shown a disturbing mural depicting the Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro. In the painting, the conquistador's face looks exactly like his own. Adam teams up with Nina, and with the help of a mysterious boy named Quiso, their investigation takes them deep into the Amazon jungle in search for a lost city of the Incas, where the ancient sacrificial rituals may still be alive. As Quiso leads Nina and Adam close to the city and its secrets, Adam realizes that the only way to save the kidnapped children is to make the past repeat itself. Adam, like his distant ancestor Pizarro, must square off against an Inca high priest.

Michael Elias is a writer and director based in the Westwood area of Los Angeles. His screen credits include The Jerk, The Frisco Kid, Envoyez les Violons, Young Doctors in Love, and Serial. He wrote and directed the acclaimed jazz film Lush Life, starring Forest Whitaker and Jeff Goldblum. In television, he co-created the series Head of the Class. His play The Catskill Sonata premiered in Los Angeles and was directed by Paul Mazursky. With Fred Roos (co-producer of Apocalypse Now), Elias is currently producing his screen adaptation of Anthony Burgess's novel A Dead Man in Deptford.
 
 
Start: 03/01/2014 7:00 pm

The year 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of a unique venture into the early days of literary recordings. In 1963, three young entrepreneurs in Boston persuaded some of the most original voices of the era to participate by reading selections from their work. The trio then produced recordings on 7” long-playing records to be sold in bookstores as “the companion to the paperback book.” The authors—Nelson Algren, James Baldwin, James Jones, Bernard Malamud, Philip Roth, William Styron and John Updike—went on to become among the leading writers of their time, and the records, under the label Calliope, were warmly welcomed and praised.

Now, given the thriving state of audio material, two of the original producers, Lynne & Harry Schwartz, decided the recordings should be made available to a brand-new audience. The result is, Calliope Author Readings ($15.95), with re-issued tracks ranging from 14 to 24 minutes long, on two CDs. These tracks include:



-Nelson Algren reading from The Man With the Golden Arm
-James Baldwin reading from Giovanni’s Room and Another Country
-James Jones reading from From Here to Eternity and The Thin Red Line
-Bernard Malamud reading a story from The Magic Barrel
-Philip Roth reading from Letting Go
-William Styron reading from Lie Down in Darkness
-John Updike reading a story from Pigeon Feathers

Since nearly all of these authors are now deceased, in most cases this is the only opportunity to hear their own interpretations of their work. As John Ciardi wrote, “They read lovingly and feelingly the sentences and cadences of their stories…. One is left with an experience.”

Lynne and her husband, Harry, are the co-directors of Calliope Author Readings. 

 

Sunday March 02, 2014
Start: 03/02/2014 10:00 am
End: 03/02/2014 1:00 pm

Sun., Mar. 2 • 10:00-1:00 pm • $60

 

 

Writers spend years preparing their manuscript, only to follow it up with a hastily-written proposal that often proves unsuccessful. As a marketing specialist and former editor of a major New York publisher, Alice Acheson can spot the "no go" elements of a project and guide you to a bound-for-success book proposal. Enhanced with extensive handouts, the class will discuss how to move beyond the "gate keepers", what agents and editors look for in proposals, what will stop the reader from requesting more material, and how the cover letter and synopsis differ. 

Start: 03/02/2014 1:00 pm

In her charming and self-effacing voice, Jenifer Ringer covers the highs and lows of what it’s like to make it to the top in the exclusive, competitive ballet world. From the heart-pounding moments waiting in the wings before a performance to appearing on Oprah to discuss weight and body image among dancers, Dancing Through It: My Journey in the Ballet ($27.95) is moving and revelatory.

Ringer takes us inside the dancer’s world, detailing a typical day, performance preparation, and the extraordinary pressures that these athletes face. Ringer shares exhilarating stories of starring in Balanchine productions, working with the famous Peter Martins, and of meeting her husband and falling in love at the New York City Ballet. Ringer also talks candidly of Alistair Macauley’s stinging critique of her weight in his 2010 New York Times review of The Nutcracker that ignited a public dialogue about ballet and weight. She unflinchingly describes her personal struggles with eating disorders and body image, and shares how her faith helped her to heal and triumph over these challenges.

Jenifer Ringer is a principal dancer with the New York City Ballet (NYCB). Before joining NYCB as an apprentice in 1989, she studied at the School of American Ballet. She is married to former NYCB principal dancer James Fayette. They live in New York City.

Start: 03/02/2014 4:00 pm

One Way Out: The Inside History of the Allman Brothers Band ($29.99), is the powerful biography of The Allman Brothers Band, an oral history written with the band’s participation, and filled with original, never-before-published interviews as well as personal letters and correspondence. This is the most in-depth look at a legendary American rock band that has meant so much to so many for so long.

For twenty-five years, Alan Paul has covered and written about The Allman Brothers Band. He has interviewed every living band member for this book as well as managers, roadies, and contemporaries, including: Gregg Allman, Dickey Betts, Oteil Burbridge, the late Allen Woody, Jimmy Herring, Eric Clapton, and many others.

Tracking the band's career from their 1969 formation to today, this work is filled with musical and cultural insights, riveting tales of sometimes violent personality conflicts and betrayals, drug and alcohol use, murder allegations and exoneration, tragic early deaths, road stories, and much more.

Alan Paul is a senior writer for Guitar World magazine and has interviewed the Allman Brothers Band hundreds of times. No one has written more frequently about the band, and his work has earned the praise of Gregg Allman, Warren Haynes, Butch Trucks, and other band members. He is the author of Big in China, and his work has also appeared in The New Yorker, Sports Illustrated, the Wall Street Journal, Entertainment Weekly, People, and ESPN.com among others.

This event will take place at Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael.

 

Monday March 03, 2014
Start: 03/03/2014 8:30 am
End: 03/03/2014 10:15 am

Eight Mondays: Mar. 3-Apr. 21 • 8:30-10:15 am • $250

 

 

 

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

Start: 03/03/2014 12:40 pm
End: 03/03/2014 2:20 pm

6 Mon., Mar. 3 - April 7 • 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: 03/03/2014 4:30 pm

Special event for families!

Fans of New York Times bestselling author and celebrated journalist Cokie Roberts will love her stunning nonfiction picture book based on her acclaimed work for adults, Founding Mothers, which highlights the female patriots of the American Revolution.

Beautifully illustrated by Caldecott Honor-winning artist Diane Goode, Founding Mothers: Remembering the Ladies ($17.99) reveals the incredible accomplishments of the women who orchestrated the American Revolution behind the scenes. Roberts traces the stories of heroic, patriotic women such as Abigail Adams, Martha Washington, Phillis Wheatley, Mercy Otis Warren, Sarah Livingston Jay, and others. Details are gleaned from their letters, private journals, lists, and ledgers. The bravery of these women's courageous acts contributed to the founding of America and spurred the founding fathers to make this a country that "remembered the ladies."

Cokie Roberts is a political commentator for ABC News and a senior news analyst for National Public Radio. From 1996 to 2002, she and Sam Donaldson co-anchored the weekly ABC interview program, This Week. She is the bestselling author of We Are Our Mothers' Daughters, Ladies of Liberty, and Founding Mothers

Bring your kids for a great taste of history- and great tasting cookies. Remember, March is Women's History Month!

 

Start: 03/03/2014 7:00 pm

Brenda Knight, Viva Editions, is a publisher and editor who writes about women's history and issues affecting women's lives today. She is the author of Sheroes, Wild Women and Books, and the American Book Award-winning Women of the Beat Generation. Brenda also does volunteer work with women newly diagnosed with breast cancer. Brenda believes everyone does have the inalienable right to the pursuit of happiness and lives in one of the happiest places on earth, the San Francisco Bay Area.

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

 

Start: 03/03/2014 7:00 pm

Helene Wecker’s best-selling debut novel The Golem and the Jinni ($15.99) is an immigrant tale that combines elements of Jewish and Arab folk mythology. It tells the story of two supernatural creatures who arrive separately in New York in 1899: the first, a woman who is a golem, created out of clay to be the wife of a man who then dies on the journey to New York; the second, a man who is a Jinni, a being of fire, who is trapped by a Bedouin wizard in a copper flask and released accidentally by a Syrian tinsmith in Lower Manhattan.

The stunning narrative traces their respective journeys as they explore the strange human city. Chava, as a kindly old rabbi names her, is beset by human desires and wishes, which she constantly feels tugging at her; Ahmad, christened by the tinsmith who makes him his apprentice, is aggravated by human dullness. But they both work to make at least a temporary place for themselves in this new world, and develop tentative relationships with the people in their neighborhoods.

In an exciting and fast-paced story of adventure and adversity, the Golem and the Jinni finally meet. It is not exactly a romance, and at first they are hostile and suspicious, but they eventually form a strong bond, since only they can recognize each other for what they truly are. Surrounding them, and crucial to their story, is a colorful cast of supporting characters: the café owner Maryam Faddoul; the solitary ice cream maker Saleh; Rabbi Meyer’s beleaguered nephew Michael; the young Fifth Avenue socialite Sophia Winston; and the mysterious Yehudah Schaalman, with his spells and esoteric wisdom.

A marvelous and compulsively readable work of fiction, The Golem and the Jinni is a fresh combination of vivid historical novel and magical fable. With threads from Yiddish and Middle Eastern literature, it belongs in a tradition of contemporary writing that draw on folk materials, such as Michael Chabon’s The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, Jonathan Safran Foer’s Everything is Illuminated, Nicole Krauss’ The History of Love, Susanna Clarke’s Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, Tea Obreht’s The Tiger’s Wife, and Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus.

Helene Wecker is Jewish, and her husband’s family is Syrian, giving her a unique perspective on these two culture’s mystical traditions and the immigrant experiences of both groups. Her fiction has appeared in the online magazine Joyland, and she has read from her stories at the KGB Bar in Manhattan and the Barbershop Reading Series in San Francisco. She received a B.A. from Carleton College in Minnesota and an M.F.A. from Columbia University in New York. A Chicago-area native who’s made her home in Minneapolis, Seattle, and New York, she now lives near San Francisco, CA with her husband and daughter.

 

 

 

Tuesday March 04, 2014
Start: 03/04/2014 8:30 am
End: 03/04/2014 10:15 am

Eight Tuesdays: Mar. 4-Apr. 22 • 8:30-10:15 am • $250

 

 

Speaking and listening will be emphasized, as well as grammar and usage. Gisella Petrone has a Master’s degree from the University of Calabria. She has taught English, Italian, Latin, Roman History, and Italian cooking.

Start: 03/04/2014 8:30 am
End: 03/04/2014 10:15 am

6 Tues., March 4 - April 8 • 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: 03/04/2014 10:30 am
End: 03/04/2014 12:15 pm

Eight Tuesdays: Mar. 4-Apr. 22 • 10:30-12:15 pm • $250

 

 

 

This class will improve students’ listening comprehension and speaking ability. Gisella Petrone has a Master’s degree from the University of Calabria. She has taught English, Italian, Latin, Roman History, and Italian cooking.

Start: 03/04/2014 6:00 pm

Anne’s sister, a bright and lovely teenager, sustains a traumatic brain injury after a near-fatal car accident. As a result, Anne and her siblings and parents are thrown into a decades-long struggle for belonging, deliverance and redemption — with surprising results. A Map of Everything ($16.95) intimately explores the fragile nature of family dynamics, revealing what is salvaged, what is lost, and what is gained after a tragedy hits home.

This work will be published in both a full color art edition and a black and white edition. The art edition will feature 20 original illustrations created by the artist, Christa Donner. Christa is known for revisions of the female body, health, and illness through drawing, video, collage, small-press comics and large-scale installation works.

Elizabeth Earley holds a BA in Creative Writing and an MFA in Fiction from Antioch University Los Angeles. Her stories and essays have appeared in Time Out Magazine, the Chicago Reader, Geek Magazine, Outside Magazine, Gnome Magazine, Hyper Text Magazine, the Windy City Times, Hayden’s Ferry Review, the First Line Magazine, Fugue, Hair Trigger, Role/Reboot, Ms. Fit Magazine, and Hoot. The Hair Trigger piece won the David Friedman Memorial Prize for the best story in that anthology. Elizabeth has twice been a finalist for the AWP New Journals Award, has received two pushcart nominations, and was a finalist for the 2011 Able Muse Write Prize for Fiction and for the Bakeless Literary Prize for Fiction. A new novel excerpt, Backbone, won an Honorable Mention in the Glimmer Train March 2013 Fiction Open contest. She serves as editor and curator of Bleed, a literary blog from Jaded Ibis Press. This is her first novel. 

 

 

Wednesday March 05, 2014
Start: 03/05/2014 1:00 pm
End: 03/05/2014 3:00 pm

Eight Wednesdays: Mar. 5-Apr. 23 • 1:00-3:00 pm • $250

 

 

 

This class is for beginners and those who have had some exposure to German. Hamid Emami has a Master’s from the University of Hamburg, and he is fluent in German, English, French, Spanish, and Farsi. He has taught German for many years.

Start: 03/05/2014 1:15 pm
End: 03/05/2014 3:00 pm

 Eight Wednesdays: Mar. 5-Apr. 23 • 1:15-3:00 pm • $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 Master’s degree from the University of Calabria. She has taught English, Italian, Latin, Roman History, and Italian cooking.

Start: 03/05/2014 3:00 pm
End: 03/05/2014 4:30 pm

Four Weds., Mar. 5-26 • 3:00-4:30 pm • $100

 

This class has been cancelled. Please call (415) 927-0960 for more information. Thank you.

 

Provence is a land that captures the imagination through the work of the great artists of the late 19th century. This class explores how painters like Cezanne, Van Gogh, Renoir, Signac, Matisse, Bonnard, and Gauguin drew inspiration from the landscape of Provence and helped shape our images of it. We look also at the images we carry in our own minds of this region. Roger Housden is the author of Saved by Beauty and Ten Poems to Say Goodbye.

Start: 03/05/2014 6:00 pm

Dr. Charlotte Reese works in the intensive care unit of Seattle's Beacon Hospital, tending to patients with the most life-threatening illnesses and injuries. One night a Jane Doe is transferred to her care from a rural hospital on the Olympic Peninsula. This unidentified patient remains unconscious, the victim of a hit and run. As Charlotte and her team struggle to stabilize her, the police search for the driver who fled the scene, and Charolette's usual professional distance evaporates. She's plagued by questions: Who is Jane Doe? Who should decide her fate if she doesn't regain consciousness--and when?

Enlisting the help of her boyfriend, Eric, a science journalist, Charlotte impulsively sets out to uncover Jane Doe's past. But the closer they get to the truth, the more their relationship is put to the test. It is only when they open their hearts to their own feelings toward each other--and toward life itself--that Charlotte and Eric will unlock Jane Doe's shocking secret, and prepare themselves for a miracle.

Filled with intricate medical detail and set in the breathtaking Pacific Northwest, Gemini ($25.99), is a riveting and heartbreaking novel of moral complexity and emotional depth.

Carol Casella, MD, is a practicing anesthesiologist, novelist and public speaker. She majored in English Literature at Duke University and attended Baylor College of Medicine. She is the bestselling author of the novels Oxygen and Healer. Carol lives on Bainbridge Island, Washington with her husband and two sets of twins.

 

Start: 03/05/2014 7:00 pm

She: A Celebration of Greatness in Every Woman ($18.95) by Mary Anne Radmacher and Liz Kalloch, is a book of qualities illustrating the greatness of women. From "everywoman" to exemplars, such as Madame Secretary Hillary Clinton, to visionary artist Shiloh McCloud, these many women represent the very best in the human spirit. Author/artists Radmacher and Kalloch have gathered these fierce and feisty females along with their best advice for our life's journey on the topics of leadership, friendship, purpose, adventurousness, collaboration, risk-taking, happiness, compassion, and much more, including what it is to inspire.

Each page spread features a collection of vintage art and ephemera elegantly designed by Kalloch, paired with a love letter by Radmacher to each quality along with a tribute to women's strength, character, and extraordinary capabilities within each and every woman. This work gathers the wisdom of many wise women, including: Madeleine L'Engle, Erica Jong, Oprah Winfrey, Harper Lee, Lucille Ball, Mother Teresa, Pearl Buck, Julia Child, Drew Barrymore, and many more.

Mary Anne Radmacher's words and art travel the world. People use her classic combination of phrase and image to celebrate and commemorate events from births to eulogies...and all the significances in between. CNN, HGTV, Oprah, and The New Yorker, among others, have featured her work.

Liz Kalloch is a San Francisco Bay area based artist, illustrator,  graphic designer and writer. Her design work includes product, package, and book design. Her illustration work has appeared in publications by Jen Lee Productions, Institute of Noetic Sciences, and Brush Dance. Her paintings have been shown at galleries around the country, and appear in several private collections. 

Start: 03/05/2014 7:00 pm

Tickets: $32 (includes signed book)
Angelico Hall, Dominican University

 

 

When Kelly Corrigan was in high school, her mother neatly summarized the family dynamic as “Your father’s the glitter but I’m the glue.” Glitter and Glue, the new memoir from Kelly Corrigan, focuses on the true meaning of motherhood. From her tenure as a nanny in Australia to the birth of her own daughters, this is a story about growing up, stepping up, and most all, the great adventure of motherhood.

Kelly Corrigan is the author of The Middle Place and Lift, both New York Times bestsellers. She is also a contributor to O: The Oprah Magazine, Good Housekeeping, and Medium. Kelly co-founded Notes & Words, an annual benefit concert for Children’s Hospital Oakland featuring writers and musicians onstage together.

Book Passage is pleased to work with the Institute of Leadership Studies at Dominican University of California in San Rafael to present these outstanding events sponsored by Private Ocean.  

 

Thursday March 06, 2014
Start: 03/06/2014 9:00 am
End: 03/06/2014 11:00 am

6 Thurs., March 6 - April 10 • 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: 03/06/2014 11:30 am
End: 03/06/2014 1:15 pm

Eight Thursdays: Mar. 6-Apr. 24 • 11:30-1:15 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 Master’s degree from the University of Calabria. She has taught English, Italian, Latin, Roman History, and Italian cooking.

Start: 03/06/2014 6:00 pm

Transplanted Midwesterners – what’s your favorite food memory?  Chili five ways?  Fried biscuits? Ohio Swiss cheese?  Reminisce with editor Peggy Wolff and two of the 30 contributors to this collection of nostalgic essays served with regional pride.  Even California natives will savor the stories and tips on how to recreate the delicacies in your own kitchens.
With its corn by the acre, beef on the hoof, Quaker Oats, and Kraft Mac n’ Cheese, the Midwest eats pretty well and feeds the nation on the side. But there’s more to the midwestern kitchen and palate than the farm food and sizable portions the region is best known for beyond its borders. It is to these heartland specialties, from the heartwarming to the downright weird, that Fried Walleye and Cherry Pie: Midwestern Writers on Food ($19.95) invites the reader.  

This volume brings to the table an illustrious gathering of thirty midwestern writers with something to say about the gustatory pleasures and peculiarities of the region. Stuart Dybek takes us on a school field trip to a slaughtering house, while Peter Sagal grapples with the ethics of paté. Harry Mark Petrakis reflects on owning a South Side Chicago lunchroom, while Bonnie Jo Campbell nurses a sweet tooth through a fudge recipe in the Joy of Cooking and Lorna Landvik nibbles her way through the Minnesota State Fair. These are just a sampling of what makes this work—with its generous helpings of laughter, culinary confession, and information—an irresistible literary feast.

Peggy Wolff has written on food and food culture for publications including the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Hartford Courant, and Orlando Sentinel. She is the food editor for Realize Magazine.

 

Start: 03/06/2014 7:00 pm

An Evening of Readings

What is faith? This question is explored by Roger Housden in his new book, Keeping the Faith Without a Religion ($21.95). Housden offers us readers a way to recognize and embrace the extraordinary mystery of our lives without resorting to dogmatic beliefs or nihilistic scientism. With his new work, Housden provides a guidebook for a growing population of free-thinking seekers-an inspiring call to step beyond the need for answers and trust ourselves to the unfolding of our singular, extraordinary life.

Ellen Bass brings a deft touch as she continues her ongoing interrogations of crucial moral issues of our times, while simultaneously delighting in endearing human absurdities. From the start of Like a Beggar ($16.00), Bass asks her readers to relax, even though "bad things are going to happen," because the "bad" gets mined for all manner of goodness. In the face of sorrow and suffering, with the ever-present awareness of our mortality and the increasing threat of environmental devastation, how do we find the courage to fully inhabit the moments of our lives? Mixing revelation, humor, despair, and awe, Bass holds a mirror of unflinching compassion in which we see our flawed and exquisitely beautiful selves.

Roger Housden spent decades traveling the world exploring spiritual teachings and learning from masters both East and West, including India, Turkey, and Greece. He has published twenty books, including three travel books, a novella, and the best-selling Ten Poems series. His work has been featured in the Oprah Magazine, the New York Times, and in the Los Angeles Times. Housden draws from the language of poetry, art, science and spiritual tradition to voice a secular spirituality for our times. 

Ellen Bass's previous books include The Human Line, which was named a Notable Book by the San Francisco Chronicle, and Mules of Love, which won the Lambda Literary Award. She co-edited (with Florence Howe) the groundbreaking No More Masks! An Anthology of Poems by Women. Her work has been published in the New Yorker, the American Poetry Review, the New Republic, the Progressive, the Sun, and many other journals. Among her awards for poetry are a Pushcart Prize, the Elliston Book Award, the Pablo Neruda Prize from Nimrod/Hardman, the Larry Levis Prize from Missouri Review, and the New Letters Prize. She is core faculty of the MFA writing program at Pacific University.

Roger Housden and Ellen Bass will be reading from their new books, and talking about life, poetry, and what inspires them.

Friday March 07, 2014
Start: 03/07/2014 10:00 am
End: 03/07/2014 12:00 pm

Four Fridays: Mar. 7-28 • 10:00-12:00 pm • $120

 

 

 

As the Age of Enlightenment immolated itself in the flames of the American and French revolutions, Romanticism emerged as the cult of the individual – of sensibility over reason. Abandoning heroic and rhetorical themes, painters and sculptors escaped reality, reveling in the infinite, in distant, exotic lands, in dreams and fantasies and the dark terror of the psyche. We study painters and sculptors in France, England, America, and Germany, including Goya in Spain. Kerrin Meis taught art history at SFSU for ten years and now lectures for the College of Marin and Dominican University and leads study tours in Europe. Her Book Passage classes have been big favorites for years.

Start: 03/07/2014 6:00 pm

An exciting new voice offers a fresh portrait of Africans thriving in the face of adversity, showing the way forward for development on the continent and beyond.

For years Dayo Olopade struggled to reconcile the American media's image of Africa as warring, impoverished, and pitiful with the Africa she's known since childhood: resilient, joyful, and innovative, a continent of impassioned community leaders. She reports firsthand on the explosion of commercial opportunities and technological innovations that are improving outcomes for families, children, and the environment. 

The Bright Continent: Breaking Rules and Making Change in Modern Africa ($26.00) joins the conversation started by authors such as Jeffrey Sachs, Nicholas Kristof, and Dambisa Moyo. Olopade rejects stale and ineffectual foreign interventions, arguing that the increasingly globalized challenges the continent faces can and must be addressed with the tools Africans are already using to solve these problems themselves. In many ways, Africa's model of doing more with less--of working around dysfunctional institutions to establish strong informal networks--can be a powerful model for the rest of the world. Behind the dire headlines, Olopade discovers many convincing rays of hope.

Dayo Olopade is a Nigerian-American journalist covering global politics and development policy. She has reported for the New Republic, the Root, the Daily Beast, the New York Times, and many other publications. Olopade is currently a Knight Law and Media Scholar at Yale University. 

 

Start: 03/07/2014 7:00 pm

We've all had them — dreams that seem to predict the future or revise the past; dream visits from wise elders offering us advice; experiences of communication that seems urgent but needs interpretation. All of these dreams and experiences are buried treasures that need to be carefully excavated and explored, prodded and studied. In his exciting new book, The Boy Who Died and Came Back: Adventures of a Dream Archaeologist in the Multiverse ($15.95), dream expert and shamanic teacher Robert Moss gives readers the tools for doing that.

When he was three years old, Robert died during a severe case of pneumonia. Afterward, illness kept him isolated and still during much of his childhood, but he found ways to explore the world through dreams. This book is about those experiences, and about others who have experienced death or other life-altering events and used dreams to work their way back — or forward. Based on years of offering workshops in shamanism and dreamwork, the examples and exercises in this book will guide readers to understanding what their dreams and experiences have to teach them about living the most fulfilling live possible.

Robert Moss has led seminars at the foremost human potential centers around the world and thousands follow him online. His vast media experience ranges from the Today Show and Charlie Rose to Parade and Shamans Drum. He lives in Albany, NY.

Saturday March 08, 2014
Start: 03/08/2014 9:00 am
End: 03/08/2014 5:00 pm

Publishing Workshop

Saturday, March 8 • 9:00-5:00 pm • $195 • ($95 for Path to Publishing program participants)

The price includes lunch and a post-workshop reception.

 

 

 

Join us for a jam-packed day of panels with agents, marketing and publicity experts, small publishers, book designers, and experienced authors to learn about today’s alternative publishing opportunities.

Book Passage has provided acclaimed writers’ conferences for more than twenty years, as well as hundreds of classes on the craft of writing and on marketing your work. In this Publishing Workshop, Book Passage brings you a sampling of publishing alternatives, including traditional publishing, copublishing and self-publishing. We’ll explain the new Path to Publishing and Mentors programs to guide writers through the alternative publishing options.

Workshop faculty will include members of our mentor panel, including Phil Cousineau, Jasmin Darznik, David Corbett, Linda McFerrin, Molly Giles, Don George, and Amy Novesky. They will be joined by other book designers, editors, literary agents, publishing specialists, small publishers, and marketing experts.

For more details about the workshop, contact Sam Barry at sbarry@bookpassage.com or call 415-927-0960, ext. 256

Topics to be covered will include:
Basic choices for a writing career
Setting your writing goals; understanding the finances of writing and publishing; working with a mentor.
Traditional publishing
An overview of major publishing in the U.S. today; working with an agent; the economics of a publishing contract.
Co-publishing and self-publishing
The advantages and disadvantages of self-publishing; working with a co-publisher; using self-publishing to showcase your book.
Editing
Working with an editor; the different types of editing; working
with a co-author.
Book design
The basic steps of book design, including cover art, UPC, and ISBN; what publishers require.
Printing options
Working with a local publisher; using Print-on-Demand technology; combining print and e-books.
Book distribution
Distribution through local stores; working with a national distributor; benefits and pitfalls of on-line distribution.
Marekting and promotion
Budgeting and planning a marketing campaign; publicity through traditional media, blogs, stores and online.

Students are invited to join the faculty for lunch and a post-workshop reception.

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Start: 03/08/2014 4:00 pm

How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia ($26.95), by Mohsin Hamid, is the astonishing and riveting tale of a man’s journey from impoverished rural boy to corporate tycoon, stealing its shape from the business self-help books devoured by ambitious youths all over “rising Asia.” It follows its nameless hero to the sprawling metropolis where he begins to amass an empire built on that most fluid, and increasingly scarce, of goods: water. Yet his heart remains set on the pretty girl whose star rises along with his, their paths crossing and recrossing, a lifelong affair sparked, snuffed, and sparked again by the forces that careen their fates along.

This work is a striking slice of contemporary life at a time of crushing upheaval. Romantic without being sentimental, political without being didactic, and spiritual without being religious, it brings an unflinching gaze to the violence and hope it depicts. And it creates two unforgettable characters who find moments of transcendent intimacy in the midst of shattering change.

Mohsin Hamid's first novel, Moth Smoke, won the Betty Trask Award and was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Prize. His second, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, a bestseller in the United States and abroad, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Hamid contributes to Time, The New York Times, and The Washington Post, among others. He lives in Lahore, Pakistan.
 

 

Start: 03/08/2014 7:00 pm

Buyer’s Remorse ($15.00) is a celebration of the small, the overlooked, the underrated. Doggedly anti-lofty, reveling in the This-Worldly, these poems caper around the themes of the body, mathematics and rationality, adolescence and middle-age, love and fear and death. The tone ranges from the irreverent to the wistful – the spritz of seltzer in the face of the Creature from the Black Lagoon, to the lover standing in one sock. Drawing on sources from The Three Stooges to Archimedes, Lavoisier to Tweety Bird, Mash is a latter day Anti-Oracle, a nail in the tire of post-modernity, an incorrigible wag who’s smuggled his pea shooter into the Church of Poetry. Be ready to duck.

Roy Mash is a long time board member of  Marin Poetry Center. In a previous life he held degrees in English, Philosophy, and Computer Science. Currently he is appearing as a regular in the movie of his life, where his character can be found doodling away his brief time staring out of café windows, dabbing up the seeds that have fallen from an everything bagel, and mentally thumbing over his poems that have appeared widely in journals such as Agni, Atlanta Review, Barrow Street, Nimrod, Passages North, Poetry East, Rhino, and River Styx.

 

 

Sunday March 09, 2014
Start: 03/09/2014 1:00 pm

In Conversation with Daniel Ellsberg.

Bestselling author Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson has delved deep into the unexplored territory of animal emotions, but in his new book he tackles the wildest creature of all – humans. Beasts: What Animals Can Teach Us About the Origins of Good and Evil ($26.00) is an illuminating account of the relationship between humans, animals, and our perception of violence.

A given person might say they fear shark attacks more than his fellow man, but there is a glaring discrepancy with this prevalent misconception: sharks, orcas, big cats, and other fearsome predators are not nearly as aggressive as humans. We are the only species responsible for killing over 200 million of our own members in the last century alone.

Masson has taught us how to explore human emotions through animal behavior – the way dogs love, cats practice independence, and elephants grieve for their lost ones. In his new work, Masson examines the difference between the unchecked aggression and predatory behavior that separates humans from animals, and who the real beasts are.

Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, an ex-psychoanalyst and former director of the Freud Archives, is the author of numerous bestselling books on animal emotions, including Dogs Never Lie About Love and When Elephants Weep. He lives in New Zealand.

Daniel Ellsberg worked on the top secret McNamara study of U.S. Decision-making in Vietnam, which later became known as the Pentagon Papers. He is the author of three books: Papers on the War, Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers, and Risk, Ambiguity and Decision. In December 2006 he was awarded the Right Livelihood Award, known as the “Alternative Nobel Prize,” in Stockholm, Sweden. Since the end of the Vietnam War, Ellsberg has been a lecturer, writer and activist on the dangers of the nuclear era, wrongful U.S. interventions, and the urgent need for patriotic whistleblowing. He is a Senior Fellow of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation.  

Start: 03/09/2014 4:00 pm

Reyes of Light ($45.00) by Kathleen Goodwin and Richard Blair captures the Point Reyes Lighthouse-both as it exists today and its compelling history. There are contemporary landscape photographs by the authors as well as images dating from the nineteenth century. Included is the U.S. Life-Saving Service, which patrolled Point Reyes beaches, undertaking dangerous rescues in human-powered lifeboats before the modern Coast Guard was born. The people of the era are revealed through their own accounts, journals, newspapers of the time, and even the gravestones of the life-savers. Perhaps the most inspiring sight visitors to the Lighthouse observe are whales, who pass by on their migrations along the Pacific coast. Photographs and essays illuminate their remarkable lives. This is an essential book for both lighthouse buffs and Point Reyes enthusiasts, by two park afficionados who have spent decades in the national parks.

The Point Reyes Lighthouse is a historic treasure because its 1867 optics and clockwork are still relatively intact. People can stand on its windy perch and imagine what the world was like to the old salts who relied on its flashing light.
The line between fact and the fantasy  is blurred at Point Reyes. History, biology, and mythology converge here in this compelling book, Point Reyes Lighthouse ($19.95) by local artist/authors Blair and Goodwin.

Since 1999 Kathleen Goodwin and Richard Blair have been creating artisan books in their Inverness studio, on a high ridge-top overlooking the Pacific. After spending twenty five years preparing for this work, they are dedicated to making the highest quality fine art books. Richard has been a photographer since 1968, and has spent many years mastering the art of making lithographic plates. Kathleen was a journalist  in South Africa in the 1970‘s. She is also an award winning photographer, and a serious landscape painter.

 

 

Start: 03/09/2014 7:00 pm

Illustrated with whimsical, full-color cartoons on every page, The Bumpy Road to Collaboration: How to Break Free from your Ego's Hot Buttons ($30.00) describes how our egos’ hot buttons get in the way of authentic and effective relationships – and how we can break free.

Culture Change Partner, Senior Executive Coach, and 
Facilitator at Learning as Leadership, Carole Levy has been with LaL for over 22 years, drawing funny cartoons in her spare time that occasionally surface in her popular blog posts. Many concepts and ideas in this work come from LaL’s methodology, which Levy deftly infuses with her own humorous twist and original illustrations.

 

Monday March 10, 2014
Start: 03/10/2014 9:00 am
End: 03/10/2014 11:00 am

Eight Mondays: Mar. 10-May 5 (no class Apr. 21) • 9:00-11:00 am • $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.

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Start: 03/10/2014 10:00 am
End: 03/10/2014 12:00 pm

Eight Mondays: Mar. 10-Apr. 28 • 10:00-12:00 pm • $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 at the Lycée Français, The Branson School, and French American International in San Francisco. She has a degree in bilingual education. Josette creates a comfortable atmosphere and utilizes songs and poems in her lessons.

Start: 03/10/2014 7:00 pm
The enchanted place is an ancient stone prison, viewed through the eyes of a death row inmate who finds escape in his books and in re-imagining life around him, weaving a fantastical story of the people he observes and the world he inhabits. Fearful and reclusive, he senses what others cannot. Though bars confine him every minute of every day, he marries magical visions of golden horses running beneath the prison, heat flowing like molten metal from their backs, with the devastating violence of prison life.

Two outsiders venture here: a fallen priest, and the Lady, an investigator who searches for buried information from prisoners' pasts that can save those soon-to-be-executed. Digging into the background of a killer named York, she uncovers wrenching truths that challenge familiar notions of victim and criminal, innocence and guilt, honor and corruption-ultimately revealing shocking secrets of her own.

Beautiful and transcendent, The Enchanted ($25.99) reminds us of how our humanity connects us all, and how beauty and love exist even amidst the most nightmarish reality.

Rene Denfeld is an internationally bestselling author, journalist, Mitigation Specialist, and fact Investigator in death penalty cases. She has written for the New York Times Magazine, the Oregonian, and the Philadelphia Inquirer, and is a published author of four books including the international bestseller The New Victorians: A Young Woman's Challenge to the Old Feminist Order; Kill The Body, The Head Will Fall; and All God's Children: Inside the Dark and Violent World of Street Families.

 

 

Tuesday March 11, 2014
Start: 03/11/2014 10:00 am
End: 03/11/2014 12:00 pm

Eight Tuesdays: Mar. 11-May 6 (no class Apr. 22) • 10:00-12:00 pm • $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.

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Start: 03/11/2014 6:00 pm

Chief resident Steve Mitchell is the quintessential surgeon: ambitious, intelligent, confident.  Charged with molding a group of medical trainees into doctors, and in line for a coveted job, Steve’s future is bright. But then a patient mysteriously dies, and it quickly becomes clear that a killer is on the loose in his hospital. A killer set on playing a deadly game with Steve. A killer holding information that could ruin his career and marriage. Now, alone and under a cloud of suspicion, Steve must discover a way to outsmart his opponent and save the killer's next victim before the cycle repeats itself again and again…

A chilling and compelling thriller that also takes you into the hospital and details the politics and hierarchy among doctors, as well as the life and death decisions that are made by flawed human beings, Doing Harm ($25.99) by Kelly Parson marks the gripping debut of a major fiction career.

Kelly Parsons is a board-certified urologist with degrees from Stanford University, University of Pennsylvania, and Johns Hopkins. He is on the faculty at the University of California San Diego. This is his first novel.

Start: 03/11/2014 6:30 pm
Mill Valley Community Center • $69

An unheralded grandmothers' movement is changing the world. Insurgent grandmothers are using their power to fight for a better future for grandchildren everywhere. And they are succeeding. Grandmother Power: A Global Phenomenon ($49.95), profiles activist grandmothers in fifteen countries on five continents who tell their compelling stories in their own words.

Grandmothers in Canada, Swaziland, and South Africa collaborate to care for AIDS orphans. Grandmothers in Senegal convince communities to abandon female genital mutilation. Grandmothers in India become solar engineers and bring light to their villages while those in Peru, Thailand, and Laos sustain weaving traditions. Grandmothers in Argentina teach children to love books and reading. Other Argentine grandmothers continue their 40-year search for grandchildren who were kidnapped during the nation's military dictatorship. Irish grandmothers teach children to sow seeds and cook with fresh, local ingredients. Filipino grandmothers demand justice for having been forced into sex slavery during World War II. Guatemalan grandmothers operate a hotline and teach parenting. In the Middle East, Israeli grandmothers monitor checkpoints to prevent abuse and the UAE's most popular television show stars four animated grandmothers who are surprised by contemporary life. Indigenous grandmothers from thirteen countries conduct healing rituals to bring peace to the world.

Author, Paola Gianturco's full-color images and her heroines' amazing tales make this work an inspiration for everyone, and it cements the power of grandmothers worldwide.

Paola Gianturco, a grandmother herself, has documented women’s lives in 55 countries. Her work has been exhibited at UNESCO’s Paris headquarters; United Nations’ New York headquarters; Chicago’s Field Museum; San Francisco’s International Museum of Women; and many other venues. Her previous works include: Women Who Light the Dark (2007), ¡Viva Colores! A Salute to the Indomitable People of Guatemala (2006), Celebrating Women (2004), and In Her Hands, Craftswomen Changing the World (2004).

Inspired by the fabulous women among us in the Bay Area, Speak to Me was created to stimulate thought and discussion, facilitate the swapping of stories and experiences, and enjoy the sense of community we share in this great place we call home. For more information, visit http://speaktomeevents.com/.

Start: 03/11/2014 7:00 pm

One of the Middle East’s most celebrated voices, Rabih Alameddine, brings us an enchanting story of a book-loving, obsessive, seventy-two-year-old “unnecessary” woman.

Aaliya Saleh lives alone in her Beirut apartment, surrounded by stockpiles of books. Godless, fatherless, childless, and divorced, Aaliya is her family’s “unnecessary appendage.” Every year, she translates a new favorite book into Arabic, then stows it away. The thirty-seven books that Aaliya has translated over her lifetime have never been read—by anyone.

In this breathtaking portrait of a reclusive woman’s late-life crisis, readers follow Aaliya’s digressive mind as it ricochets across visions of past and present Beirut. Colorful musings on literature, philosophy, and art are invaded by memories of the Lebanese Civil War and Aaliya’s own volatile past. As she tries to overcome her aging body and spontaneous emotional upwellings, Aaliya is faced with an unthinkable disaster that threatens to shatter the little life she has left.

A love letter to literature and its power to define who we are, the prodigiously gifted Alameddine has given us a nuanced rendering of one woman's life in the Middle East with An Unnecessary Woman ($25.00).

Rabih Alameddine is the author of the novels Koolaids; I, the Divine; The Hakawati; and the story collection, The Perv. He divides his time between San Francisco and Beirut.

 

Wednesday March 12, 2014
Start: 03/12/2014 9:00 am
End: 03/12/2014 11:00 am

Eight Wednesdays: Mar. 12-May 7 (no class Apr. 23) • 9:00-11:00 am • $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: 03/12/2014 10:00 am
End: 03/12/2014 12:00 pm

Eight Wednesdays: Mar. 12-Apr. 30 • 10:00-12:00 pm • $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 at the Lycée Français, The Branson School, and French American International in San Francisco. She has a degree in bilingual education. Josette creates a comfortable atmosphere and utilizes songs and poems in her lessons.

Start: 03/12/2014 6:00 pm

The King's Ransom ($28.95) is the long-anticipated sequel to the national bestseller Lionheart. It is a vivid and heart-wrenching story of the last event-filled years in the life of Richard, Coeur de Lion. Taken captive by the Holy Roman Emperor while en route home—in violation of the papal decree protecting all crusaders—he was to spend fifteen months imprisoned, much of it in the notorious fortress at Trefils, while Eleanor of Aquitaine moved heaven and earth to raise the exorbitant ransom. For the five years remaining to him, betrayals, intrigues, wars, and illness were ever present, but the courage, compassion, and intelligence of this warrior king was to become the stuff of legend.

Sharon Kay Penman is the author of eight previous historical novels and four mysteries. Among writers who admire her work are Margaret George, Steve Berry, George R. R. Martin, and Bernard Cornwell. Her readers are passionately committed. A lawyer by training, by her mid-thirties she was a full-time novelist. She lives in Mays Landing, New Jersey.

 

Start: 03/12/2014 7:00 pm

In conversation with Tom Barbash

In isolated British Columbia, girls, mostly native, are vanishing from the sides of a notorious highway. Leo Kreutzer and his four friends are barely touched by these disappearances—until a series of mysterious and troublesome outsiders come to town. Then it seems as if the devil himself has appeared among them.

In this intoxicatingly lush debut novel, Adrianne Harun weaves together folklore, mythology, and elements of magical realism to create a compelling and unsettling portrait of life in a dead-end town. A Man Came Out of a Door in the Mountain ($16.00) is atmospheric and evocative of place and a group of people, much in the way that Jesmyn Ward’s Salvage the Bones conjures the South, or Charles Bock’s Beautiful Children provides a glimpse of the Las Vegas underworld: kids left to fend for themselves in a broken world—rendered with grit and poetry in equal measure.


Adrianne Harun teaches at the Rainier Writing Workshops, an MFA program at Pacific Lutheran University, and is the author of the acclaimed short story collection The King of Limbo. She lives in Port Townsend, Washington.
 
Tom Barbash is the author of the award-winning novel The Last Good Chance and the non-fiction book On Top of the World: Cantor Fitzgerald, Howard Lutnick, and 9/11: A Story of Loss and Renewal, which was a New York Times bestseller. His stories and articles have been published in Tin House, McSweeney's, Virginia Quarterly Review, and other publications, and have been performed on National Public Radio's Selected Shorts series. He currently teaches in the MFA program at California College of the Arts. 
 
 
Thursday March 13, 2014
Start: 03/13/2014 11:15 am
End: 03/13/2014 1:15 pm

Eight Thursdays: Mar. 13-May 1 • 11:15-1:15 pm • $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 at the Lycée Français, The Branson School, and French American International in San Francisco. She has a degree in bilingual education. Josette creates a comfortable atmosphere and utilizes songs and poems in her lessons.

Start: 03/13/2014 7:00 pm

A few months after the outbreak of the War of 1812, Captain David Porter set out in the USS Essex on an epic, seventeen-month cruise to the South Seas. Porter was pursuing fame and riches, and by most accounts his odyssey was a stunning success: it brought glory to the fledgling American navy, cemented Porter's reputation as a daring and talented commander, and has long been celebrated as one of the greatest maritime adventures in U.S. history. Less well known, however, is the terrible price that the crew of the Essex paid for their captain's outsized ambitions. In The Shining Sea: David Porter and the Epic Voyage of the U.S.S. Essex During the War of 1812 ($29.99), award-winning historian George C. Daughan tells the full story of Porter's thrilling, action-packed voyage, revealing the heights of Porter's hubris and the true depths of his failure on this fateful cruise. 

A swashbuckling tale of risk and ruin on the high seas, this new work brings to life the monomaniacal quest of one of the most misunderstood commanders of the War of 1812. Porter's singular voyage, Daughan shows, stands as a cautionary tale for any leader who would put personal glory and ambition ahead of cause and countrymen.

After receiving a PhD in American History and Government from Harvard University, George Daughan spent three years in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War. He taught at the Air Force Academy, where he was director of the MA program in International Affairs. Upon returning to civilian life, he taught at the University of Colorado, the University of NH, Wesleyan University, Connecticut College, and Harvard University. His other works include, If By Sea: The Forging of the American Navy from the Revolution to the War of 1812, winner of the 2008 Samuel Eliot Morison Award; and 1812: The Navy's War, recipient of the 2012 gold medal in history from the Independent Publisher's Association, and the 2012 George Pendleton Prize.

 

Friday March 14, 2014
Start: 03/14/2014 12:00 pm

Ticket: $55 (includes lunch & signed book)

 

Please call (415) 927-0960 x1 to register 

 

Let’s face it: families not only enrich our lives every day, they drive us completely around the bend. In You Can Date Boys When You’re Forty: Dave Barry on Parenting and Other Topics He Knows Very Little About, Dave Barry tackles everything from bat mitzvah parties to funeral instructions with his trademark wit and wisdom.

Book Passage hosts literary luncheons with celebrated authors at our Marin store. These events are catered by the outstanding Insalata’s Restaurant of San Anselmo. The price includes lunch and an autographed book.

Start: 03/14/2014 7:00 pm

Shahan Mufti’s family history, which he can trace back fourteen hundred years to the inner circle of the prophet Muhammad, offers an enlightened perspective on the mystifying history of Pakistan. Mufti uses the stories of his ancestors, many of whom served as judges and jurists in Muslim sharia courts of South Asia, to reveal the deepest roots—real and imagined—of Islamic civilization in Pakistan.
 
More than a personal history, The Faithful Scribe: A Story of Islam, Pakistan, Family & War ($26.95) captures the larger story of the world’s first Islamic democracy, and explains how the state that once promised to bridge Islam and the West is now threatening to crumble under historical and political pressure, and why Pakistan’s destiny matters to us all.

Shahan Mufti is a journalist who has contributed pieces on Pakistan and the political evolution of Islam to Harper’s, Atlantic Monthly, New York Times Magazine, Boston Sunday Globe, The Nation, Bloomberg Businessweek, Columbia Journalism Review, and many others. He teaches journalism at the University of Richmond, and splits his time between the United States and Pakistan.

 

Saturday March 15, 2014
Start: 03/15/2014 10:00 am
End: 03/15/2014 2:00 pm

Sat., March 15 • 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: 03/15/2014 1:00 pm

Boy, Snow, Bird ($27.95) by Helen Oyeyemi begins in the winter of 1953. Boy Novak arrives by chance in a small town in Massachusetts, looking, she believes, for beauty—the opposite of the life she’s left behind in New York. She marries a local widower and becomes stepmother to his winsome daughter, Snow Whitman. A wicked stepmother is a creature Boy never imagined she’d become, but elements of the familiar tale of aesthetic obsession begin to play themselves out when the birth of Boy’s daughter, Bird, who is dark-skinned, exposes the Whitmans as light-skinned African Americans passing for white. Among them, Boy, Snow, and Bird confront the tyranny of the mirror to ask how much power surfaces really hold.

Dazzlingly inventive and powerfully moving, this new work is an astonishing and enchanting novel. With breathtaking feats of imagination, Helen Oyeyemi confirms her place as one of the most original and dynamic literary voices of our time.

Helen Oyeyemi is the author of five novels, most recently White Is for Witching, which won a 2010 Somerset Maugham Award, and Mr. Fox, which won a 2012 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. In 2013, she was named one of Granta’s Best Young British Novelists.

 

Start: 03/15/2014 1:00 pm
End: 03/15/2014 4:00 pm

Sat., Mar. 15 • 1:00-4:00 pm • $60

 

 

Cynthia Pepper’s short films have won Emmy Awards and are distributed worldwide. She has worked on over 90 films with budgets of every size. This class reviews all the elements of translating a short personal story into a film. Topics include creating a simple treatment or script, drawing shooting boards, casting, location scouting, simple directing techniques, producing, editing, and scoring a short film. Students are encouraged to send a three-sentence synopsis prior to the class (instructions available upon registration). Advance registration required.

Start: 03/15/2014 4:00 pm

This event will feature one of the authors, Jasmin Darznik, and the editors, Anita Amirrezvani and Persis Karim. To celebrate the upcoming Persian New Year, there will be an array of Persian tea and cookies to enjoy!

Tremors: New Fiction by Iranian American Writers ($24.95) is a groundbreaking anthology that brings together twenty-seven authors from a wide range of experiences that offer new perspectives on the Iranian American story. The authors represent the maturing voice of Iranian American fiction from the vantage point of those who were born and raised in Iran, as well as those writers who reflect a more distant, but still important, connection to their Iranian heritage. Altogether, these narratives capture the diversity of the Iranian diaspora and complicate the often-narrow view of Iranian culture represented in the media. The stories and novel excerpts explore the deeply human experiences of one of the newest immigrant groups to the United States in its attempts to adjust and assimilate in the face of major historical upheavals such as the 1979 Iranian revolution, the hostage crisis, and the attacks of September 11, 2001. The stories set in Iran testify to the resilience, dignity, and humor of a people rich in history and culture.

Jasmin Darznik was born in Tehran, Iran. She received her PhD in English from Princeton University. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and other publications.

Anita Amirrezvani is the author of the novels The Blood of Flowers and Equal of the Sun.

Persis Karim is a poet and editor of Let Me Tell You Where I’ve Been: New Writing by Women of the Iranian Diaspora and coeditor of A World Between: Poems, Short Stories and Essays by Iranian-Americans.

 

Start: 03/15/2014 7:00 pm

Why is it always hard to fall asleep the night before an important meeting? Or be charming and relaxed on a first date? What is it about a politician who seems wooden or a comedian whose jokes fall flat or an athlete who chokes? In all of these cases, striving seems to backfire.
 
In Trying Not To Try: The Art and Science of Spontaneity ($26.00), Edward Slingerland explains why we find spontaneity so elusive, and shows how early Chinese thought points the way to happier, more authentic lives. We’ve long been told that the way to achieve our goals is through careful reasoning and conscious effort. But recent research suggests that many aspects of a satisfying life, like happiness and spontaneity, are best pursued indirectly. The early Chinese philosophers knew this, and they wrote extensively about an effortless way of being in the world, which they called wu-wei (ooo-way). They believed it was the source of all success in life, and they developed various strategies for getting it and hanging on to it.
 
With clarity and wit, Slingerland introduces us to these thinkers and the marvelous characters in their texts. He explains why wu-wei is more powerful than flow, and tells us what it all means for getting a date. He also shows how new research reveals what’s happening in the brain when we’re in a state of wu-wei—why it makes us happy and effective and trustworthy, and how it might have even made civilization possible.

Edward Slingerland is Professor of Asian Studies and Canada Research Chair in Chinese Thought and Embodied Cognition at the University of British Columbia. Educated at Princeton, Stanford, and the University of California, Berkeley, he is an internationally renowned expert in Chinese thought, comparative religion, and cognitive science. In addition to over twenty academic journal articles in a range of fields, he has written several scholarly books, including What Science Offers the Humanities and a translation of the Analects of Confucius

 

Start: 03/15/2014 7:00 pm

As the creator of Forrest Yoga, Ana T. Forrest has been transforming people's lives throughout the world for more than thirty-five years. Her unique blend of physical practice, Eastern wisdom, and profound Native American ceremony takes her teachings literally off the mat and into daily life--to heal everything from addictive behaviors and eating disorders to chronic pain and injury. In Fierce Medicine: Breakthrough Practices to Heal the Body and Ignite the Spirit ($16.00) Forrest tells her own story of healing from the scars of abuse and physical handicaps, and reveals the proven practices that enabled her to move beyond her past into a life committed to helping others reconnect with their bodies, cultivate balance, and start living in harmony with their Spirits.

In her unique, powerful, and inviting voice, Ana Forrest reveals how to: stalk fear and break free from it, be attentive to your body, speak and act from a place of honesty and compassion, cultivate an open heart that is open and able to embrace change, and harness the courage to live in alignment with your Spirit.

Whether you've never done yoga or are a seasoned practitioner, Forrest's practices, stories, and exercises will help you uncover your own warrior's heart. With this wise woman as your trusted guide, you too can become centered, strong, and more alive than ever before.

Ana T. Forrest is an internationally recognized pioneer in yoga and emotional healing. The creator of Forrest Yoga, she is a contributing expert to Yoga Journal and other leading Asian and European wellness publications. Forrest teaches worldwide at yoga conferences, workshops, retreats, and teacher trainings.

 

Sunday March 16, 2014
Start: 03/16/2014 3:00 pm
End: 03/16/2014 5:00 pm

Marin Photography Club Presents: An Afternoon with Howard Schatz at the Four Points Sheraton Hotel
Non MPC Members $10 donation (proceeds go to MPC)

Actors fascinate us in part because they live out the truths we cannot - or do not - want to live out ourselves. In his 20th book, Caught in the Act: Actors Acting ($65.00), acclaimed photographer Howard Schatz develops upon his well-received monthly feature for Vanity 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 photographs regularly for Vanity Fair Magazine, Sports Illustrated, ESPN Magazine, New York Times Magazine, and countless others. His photographs are exhibited in museums and photography galleries internationally and are included in innumerable private collections. He has received international acclaim for his work which has been published in twenty monographs.

Howard Schatz and wife/collaborator Berverly Ornstein will be signing and selling their previous photography books, as well as their newest work, Caught in the Act.

 

Start: 03/16/2014 4:00 pm

In New York, in the early dawn hours, Isabel Reed is reading. A normal task for one of the most respected and powerful literary agents in the city, but she's reading frantically, turning the pages breathlessly. The manuscript-printed out, hand-delivered and totally anonymous-is full of shocking revelations and disturbing truths. This is what she's been waiting for her entire career: a book that will help her move on from a painful past, a book that could save her beloved industry…a book that will change the world.

In Copenhagen, Hayden Gray, a veteran station chief, wary of the CIA's obsession with the Middle East, has been steadfastly monitoring the dangers that abound in Europe. Even if his bosses aren't paying attention, he's determined to stay vigilant. And when he hears of this book-and the secret that it holds-he will stop at nothing to keep it from seeing the light of day.

As Isabel and Hayden each tries to outwit the other, the nameless author watches from afar. In this tangled web, no one knows who holds all the cards and the stakes couldn't be higher: an empire could crumble, careers could be ruined, secrets could be unearthed, and innocent people could die.

Chris Pavone has once again written a masterful espionage thriller. The Accident ($26.00) is gripping, sophisticated, and impossible to put down.

Chris Pavone, the author of the New York Times bestselling The Expats, was a book editor for nearly two decades. He lives in New York City with his family.

 

Start: 03/16/2014 7:00 pm

A Wolf Song: A Story of Forgiveness through Gratitude ($33.95) is a healing story about a multidimensional, dual-life journey of tragedy, gratitude and forgiveness. Its key characters—Hanna and Margaret; their “spirit” wolves, Nano and Nala; family members; and teacher Trudy Goodenough—meet every ten years under Trudy’s guidance and the wolves’ whims. The story begins at childbirth; the girls meet nearing their tenth birthday and discover their wolf spirits under a jump rope. Each chapter contains a verse which reveals the lessons of each chapter. Ordered to meet every ten years by the wolves, Hanna and Margaret meet at twenty in Wales and in New York City at thirty. Nano and Nala are not necessarily balanced. Their karmic rites spill over into the young women’s lives. One of the wolf spirits wreaks havoc at a public event, and a battle between light and darkness ensues.

Lisa Osina was born in New York State and immigrated in 1971 with her family to Israel, where they settled on a kibbutz. Professionally, Lisa’s thirty-five-year career in theatre administration, publicity, and accounting has supported her lifestyle and writing. She is an ordained minister and graduate of Lynn Andrews Center for Sacred Art and Training. Her newest work is a reflection of the journeys and lessons she learned and continues to study. She is also the author of Moving, one in a quartet of autobiographical novels published in 2000 as one of the first e-books published by the Internet Book Company. 

 

Monday March 17, 2014
Start: 03/17/2014 6:00 pm

A Special Event for Teens!

Don't Even Think About It ($22.49) is a contemporary teen fiction novel, with romance, secrets, scandals, and ESP, from the author of Gimme a Call, Sarah Mlynowski.

We weren't always like this. We used to be average New York City high school sophomores. Until our homeroom went for flu shots. We were prepared for some side effects. Maybe a headache. Maybe a sore arm. We definitely didn't expect to get telepathic powers. But suddenly we could hear what everyone was thinking. Our friends. Our parents. Our crushes. Now we all know that Tess is in love with her best friend, Teddy. That Mackenzie cheated on Cooper. That, um, Nurse Carmichael used to be a stripper.

Since we've kept our freakish skill a secret, we can sit next to the class brainiac and ace our tests. We can dump our boyfriends right before they dump us. We know what our friends really think of our jeans, our breath, our new bangs. We always know what's coming. Some of us will thrive. Some of us will crack. None of us will ever be the same.
So stop obsessing about your ex. We're always listening.

Sarah Mlynowski is the author of the Magic in Manhattan and Whatever After series, as well as Gimme a Call, Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn't Have), Milkrun, and more. Her books have been translated into twenty-two languages and Bras & Broomsticks was optioned to Hollywood. Sarah was born in Montreal, but lives and writes in New York City.

 

Start: 03/17/2014 7:00 pm

In Redeployment ($26.95), a book of short stories, a soldier who has had to shoot dogs because they were eating human corpses must learn what it is like to return to domestic life in suburbia. A Lance Corporal seeks expiation for a killing he didn't commit, in order that his best friend will be unburdened.  A Morturary Affairs Marine tells about his experiences collecting remains—of U.S. and Iraqi soldiers both.  A chaplain sees his understanding of Christianity tested by the actions of a ferocious Colonel. These stories reveal the intricate combination of monotony, bureaucracy, comradeship and violence that make up a soldier's daily life at war, and the isolation, remorse, and despair that can accompany a soldier's homecoming.

This work is  is poised to become a classic in the tradition of war writing.  Across nations and continents, Klay sets in devastating relief the two worlds a soldier inhabits: one of extremes and one of loss.  Written with a hard-eyed realism and stunning emotional depth, this work marks Phil Klay as one of the most talented new voices of his generation.

Phil Klay is a Dartmouth grad and a veteran of the US Marine Corps.  He served in Iraq during the Surge and subsequently received an MFA from Hunter College, where he studied with Colum McCann and Peter Carey, and worked as Richard Ford’s research assistant.  His first published story, “Redeployment”, appeared in Granta’s Summer 2011 issue.  That story led to the sale of his forthcoming collection, which will be published in seven countries.  His writing has also appeared in the New York Times, the New York Daily News, Tin House, and in The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2012.

 

Tuesday March 18, 2014
Start: 03/18/2014 6:00 pm
End: 03/18/2014 8:00 pm

Four Tuesdays: Mar. 18-Apr. 15 (no class 4/8) • 6:00-8:00 pm • $130

 

 

This class will continue to look at basic Italian grammar and vocabulary

Kate Rider studied Italian at Stanford University, Middlebury College, and in Florence. She earned a Master’s Degree in Italian Literature at San Francisco State University, and completed a course in Italian pedagogy in Genoa. She currently teaches Italian at Dominican University of California.

 

Start: 03/18/2014 7:00 pm

Co-Sponsored by Osher Marin JCC

In this magnificently illustrated cultural history-the tie-in to the PBS and BBC series The Story of the Jews, Simon Schama details the story of the Jewish experience, tracing it across three millennia, from their beginnings as an ancient tribal people to the opening of the New World in 1492 to the modern day

The Story of the Jews ($39.99) spans the millennia and the continents-from India to Andalusia and from the bazaars of Cairo to the streets of Oxford. It takes you to unimagined places: to a Jewish kingdom in the mountains of southern Arabia; a Syrian synagogue glowing with radiant wall paintings; the palm groves of the Jewish dead in the Roman catacombs. And its voices ring loud and clear, from the severities and ecstasies of the Bible writers to the love poems of wine bibbers in a garden in Muslim Spain.

Simon Schama is University Professor of Art History and History at Columbia University in New York. His award-winning books include The American Future: A History; National Book Critics Circle award-winner Rough Crossings; The Power of Art; The Embarrassment of Riches: An Interpretation of Dutch Culture in the Golden Age; Citizens: A Chronicle of the French Revolution; Dead Certainties (Unwarranted Speculations); Landscape and Memory; Rembrandt's Eyes; and the History of Britain trilogy. He has written and presented forty television documentary films for the BBC, PBS, and The History Channel, including the Emmy-winning Power of Art.

 

 



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