Start: 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: 2:00 pm
End: 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.
Start: 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.
Start: 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,
Start: 3:15 pm
End: 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: 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: 6:00 pm
End: 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: 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.
Start: 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.
Start: 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.
Start: 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: 1:00 pm
End: 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: 10:00 pm
End: 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.