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Start: 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: 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.


Start: 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: 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


Start: 6:00 pm
End: 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: 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: 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.



Start: 3:00 pm
End: 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: 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: 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. 


Start: 10:00 am
End: 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: 10:00 am
End: 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: 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: 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.


Start: 10:00 am
End: 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: 10:30 am
End: 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: 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: 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: 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.

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