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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 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.

 

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.

 

 

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

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 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 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

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.  

 

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. 

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.

 

 

Wednesday March 19, 2014
Start: 03/19/2014 6:00 pm

Galadrielle Allman went to her first concert as an infant in diapers, held in her teenage mother’s arms. Playing was her father, Duane Allman (founder of the legendary Allman Brothers Band), who would become one of the most influential musicians of his time. Just a few short years into his remarkable career, he was killed in a motorcycle accident at the age of twenty-four. His daughter was two years old.
 
Galadrielle was raised in the shadow of his loss and his fame. Her mother sought solace in a bohemian life. Friends and family found it too painful to talk about Duane. Galadrielle listened intently to his music, read articles about him, steeped herself in the mythic stories, and yet the spotlight rendered him too simple and too perfect to know. She felt a strange kinship to the fans who longed for him, but she needed to know more. It took her many years to accept that his life and his legacy were hers, and when she did, she began to ask for stories—from family, fellow musicians, friends—and they began to flow.
 
Galadrielle Allman’s memoir, Please Be with Me: A Song for My Father, Duane Allman ($28.00), is at once a rapturous and intimate account of one of the greatest guitar prodigies of all time, the story a band that redefined the American musical landscape, and a tender inquiry of a daughter searching for her father in the memories of others.

Galadrielle Allman is the producer of Skydog: The Duane Allman Retrospective. She lives in Berkeley, California. This is her first book.

 

Start: 03/19/2014 7:00 pm

In conversation with Libby Hellman.

In Cara Black's latest novel, Murder in Pigalle ($26.95), Private Investigator Aimée Leduc has been trying to slow down her hectic lifestyle—she's five months' pregnant and has the baby's well-being to think about now. But then disaster strikes close to home. A serial rapist has been terrorizing Paris's Pigalle neighborhood, following teenage girls home and attacking them in their own houses. It is sad and frightening, but has nothing to do with Aimée—until Zazie, the 13-year-old daughter of the proprietor of Aimée's favorite café, disappears. The police aren't mobilizing quickly enough, and when Zazie's desperate parents approach Aimée for help, she knows she couldn't say no even if she wanted to.

Cara Black is the author of fourteen books in the New York Times bestselling Aimée Leduc series. She lives in San Francisco and visits Paris frequently.

Libby Fischer Hellmann writes Compulsively Readable Thrillers. With ten novels and twenty short stories published, she has also written suspense mysteries, historicals, PI novels, amateur sleuth, police procedurals, and even a cozy mystery. At the core of all her stories, however, is a crime or the possibility of one. Her most recent release is Havana Lost ($16.99), a stand-alone thriller set largely in Cuba.

Thursday March 20, 2014
Start: 03/20/2014 6:00 pm

Until 2007, a fellowship at the American Academy in Rome—arguably, the most prestigious prize awarded to archaeologists, painters, architects, scholars, and artists—had one huge drawback: the food. The dining room, ideally a place for Fellows to gather and for disciplines to “cross-pollinate,” was catered by an outside company whose dreadful food was to be avoided at all costs. But when AAR President Chatfield-Taylor asked Alice Waters to help, Waters famously responded, “That depends. What do you want, better food—or a revolution?” Fatefully and without hesitation, Chatfield-Taylor replied, “A revolution.” And a revolution was ignited.
 
A year later later, the ideals (local, seasonal, organic, sustainable) were implemented and the kitchen was up and running, with Chez Panisse alums Mona Talbott and Christopher Boswell as chefs. In a matter of days, not only were the Fellows filling the tables at lunch and dinner, they were gathered ‘round the blackboard at 11am, anxiously waiting for the daily menus to be posted. The press wasn’t far behind.

Even if you haven’t landed one of the coveted internships in the kitchen at the American Academy in Rome, you can have a behind-the-scenes tutorial in the way that pastas and sauces are made in its kitchen. The recipes in Pasta: Recipes from the Kitchen of the American Academy in Rome, Rome Sustainable Food Project ($22.00) are arranged in the same order as the interns are taught to make them, from simple to more complex, and are organized the way Italians think about pasta, not only as fresh or dry but by the base of the sauces (oil, tomato, meat, and vegetable). Boswell includes simple techniques, small refinements, and easy variations. Sauces—and even meatballs—are often lighter than their Italian counterparts. Flavors are bright. Ingredients shine. Each dish tells a unique story.
 
Seven years later, Verdure: Vegetable Recipes from the Kitchen of the American Academy in Rome, Rome Sustainable Food Project ($22.00) is the RSFP’s fourth cookbook (following Biscotti, Zuppe, Pasta).  It is perhaps the ideal collaboration among the kitchen and the Academy garden, the artisan producers, and the organic farmers who provide the impeccable raw ingredients used in each dish. Its 92 recipes are arranged seasonally; week by week, it can be used to navigate the harvest of the farmer’s market. Frugality is a consideration: the RSFP kitchen feeds a group, and cost is a consideration (beans, grains, and greens take a starring role). Maximizing flavor is paramount, while every recipe appears simple and is easy to execute, they rise far above the fundamental.

Christopher Boswell is the Executive Chef of the Rome Sustainable Food Project. He has been at the RSFP since the program was established in 2006, when he was chosen by Alice Waters to work with former RSFP Executive Chef Mona Talbott. Boswell started out as a dishwasher and a prep cook in the small gold rush town of Jackson, California. He worked at Stars, Acquarello, and One Market restaurants before moving to Italy for a year to learn authentic Italian rustic cooking. Boswell then joined Chez Panisse, where he received five years of intensive training under Alice Waters and her brigade of distinguished chefs.

 

 

Start: 03/20/2014 7:00 pm
Susan Katz Miller grew up with a Jewish father and Christian mother, and was raised Jewish. Now in an interfaith marriage herself, she is one of the growing number of Americans who are boldly electing to raise children with both faiths, rather than in one religion or the other (or without religion). In Being Both: Embracing Two Religions in One Interfaith Family ($25.95), Miller draws on original surveys and interviews with parents, students, teachers, and clergy, as well as on her own journey, to chronicle this controversial grassroots movement.

Being Both is at once a rousing declaration of the benefits of celebrating two religions, and a blueprint for interfaith families who are seeking guidance and community support.

Susan Katz Miller is a former Newsweek reporter and former US correspondent for New Scientist. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Christian Science Monitor, Conde Nast Traveler, Moment, and other publications. She blogs on interfaith families for Huffington Post and OnBeingBoth.com. She lives in the Washington, DC, area with her husband and two interfaith teenagers.

 

Friday March 21, 2014
Start: 03/21/2014 10:00 am

A special event for kids!

The sequel to the New York Times bestselling novel, House of Secrets--hailed by J. K. Rowling as "a breakneck, jam-packed roller coaster of an adventure"--this second installment by Hollywood director Chris Columbus and bestselling author Ned Vizzini (It's Kind of a Funny Story) is full of even more explosive twists and turns.

Since the siblings' last adventure, life in the Walker household is much improved--the family is rich and the Wind Witch is banished. But no Walker will be safe until she is found, and summoning her to San Francisco brings all the danger that comes with her and puts the Walkers in the crosshairs of a mysterious journey through Denver Kristoff's books. As the Walkers travel from ancient Rome to World War II to Tibet, they'll be tested in ways that cut deeper than before, by Denver Kristoff, the Wind Witch, and each other, in House of Secrets: Battle of the Beasts ($17.99).

Chris Columbus has written, directed, and produced some of the most successful box-office hits in Hollywood history. He first made his name by writing several original scripts produced by Steven Spielberg, including the back-to-back hits Gremlins and The Goonies. As a director, Columbus has been at the helm of such iconic projects as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Home Alone, Stepmom, and Mrs. Doubtfire. As a producer, Columbus was also behind the hit films Night at the Museum and The Help.

Start: 03/21/2014 6:00 pm

A Special Event for Kids!

Featuring artist, LeUyen Pham & editor/ author, Kevin Lewis. 

In a country struggling with acceptance, hope can come in many different forms.
 
As a boy, Hector loved playing soccer in his small Johannesburg township. He dreamed of playing on a real pitch with the boys from another part of the city, but apartheid made that impossible. Then, in 1990, Nelson Mandela was released from prison, and apartheid began to crumble. The march toward freedom in South Africa was a slow one, but when the beloved Bafana Bafana national soccer team won the African Cup of Nations, Hector realized that dreams once thought impossible could now come true.
 
The Soccer Fence: A Story of Friendship, Hope, and Apartheid in South Africa
($16.99) is a poignant story of friendship, which artfully depicts a brief but critical moment in South Africa’s history, and the unique role that sports can play in bringing people together.

Phil Bildner is an avid soccer fan. Away from the pitch, Phil was an attorney and taught middle school in the New York City public schools. He is the author of the Texas Bluebonnet Award–winning Shoeless Joe & Black Betsy, and the co-author, with Loren Long, of the New York Times bestselling Sluggers series.

 

Start: 03/21/2014 7:00 pm

In 1810, John Jacob Astor sent out two advance parties to settle the wild, unclaimed western coast of North America. More than half of his men died violent deaths. The others survived starvation, madness, and greed to shape the destiny of a continent. At a time when the edge of American settlement barely reached beyond the Appalachian Mountains, two visionaries, President Thomas Jefferson and millionaire John Jacob Astor, foresaw that one day the Pacific would dominate world trade as much as the Atlantic did in their day. Just two years after the Lewis and Clark expedition concluded in 1806, Jefferson and Astor turned their sights westward once again. Thus began one of history's dramatic but largely forgotten turning points in the conquest of the North American continent.

Unfolding from 1810 to 1813, Astoria: John Jacob Astor and Thomas Jefferson's Lost Pacific Empire: A Story of Wealth, Ambition, and Survival ($27.99), is a tale of high adventure and incredible hardship, drawing extensively on firsthand accounts of those who made the journey. Though the colony itself would be short-lived, its founders opened provincial American eyes to the remarkable potential of the western coast, discovered the route that became the Oregon Trail, and permanently altered the nation's landscape and global standing.

Peter Stark is the author of The Last Empty Spaces, Last Breath, At the Mercy of the River, and the essay collection Driving to Greenland. A correspondent for Outside, he has written for Smithsonian and The New Yorker, among other publications, and has been nominated for a National Magazine Award. He lives in Montana.

Saturday March 22, 2014
Start: 03/22/2014 10:00 am
End: 03/22/2014 4:00 pm

Sat., Mar. 22 • 10:00-4:00 • $105

 

 

In this one-day workshop, you’ll learn to balance setting, character, and dialogue to create stellar scenes. Some of the exercises have given birth to award-winning work by past participants. Bring your laptop and/or paper and pen and discover how a good writer takes center stage on the page and holds it.

Linda Watanabe McFerrin is the founder of Left Coast Writers®. Her latest novel, Dead Love, was a Bram Stoker Award finalist.

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

 

Start: 03/22/2014 1:00 pm
End: 03/22/2014 4:00 pm

Sat., Mar. 22 & Sun., Mar. 23 • 1:00-4:00 pm • $100

Class is postponed until further notice - please call (415) 927-0960 for further information

In this class you learn how to give and receive criticism. The class explores terms such as stiff, melodramatic, or cliché, turning a critical eye on classic works to show that even the greats had room for improvement. Participants learn strategies for offering criticism gently and for receiving it with grace. Eli Brown is the author of Cinnamon & Gunpowder.

Start: 03/22/2014 1:00 pm

We were made to love and be loved. Loving ourselves and others is in our genetic code. It’s nothing other than the purpose of our lives—but knowing that doesn’t make it easy to do. We may find it a challenge to love ourselves. We may have a hard time letting love in from others. We’re often afraid of getting hurt. It is also sometimes scary for us to share love with those around us—and love that isn't shared leaves us feeling flat and unfulfilled.

In his new work How to Be an Adult in Love: Letting Love in Safely and Showing It Recklessly ($15.95), David Richo provides the tools here for learning how to love in evolved adult ways—beginning with getting past the barriers that keep us from loving ourselves, then showing how we can learn to open to love others. Richo provides wisdom from Buddhism, psychology, and a range of spiritual traditions, along with a wealth of practices both for avoiding the pitfalls that can occur in love relationships and for enhancing the way love shows up in our lives. He then leads us on to love’s inevitable outcome: developing a heart that loves universally and indiscriminately. This transcendent and unconditional love isn’t just for a heroic few, Richo shows, it’s everyone’s magnificent calling.

David Richo, Ph.D., M.F.T., is psychotherapist, writer, and workshop leader, whose work emphasizes the benefits of mindfulness and loving-kindness in personal growth and emotional well-being. He teaches at a variety of places including Esalen and Spirit Rock Buddhist Center. He is the author of numerous books, including The Five Things We Cannot Change.

Start: 03/22/2014 4:00 pm

For a millennia, great thinkers have contemplated the meaning and purpose of human existence; but while most assumed that humanity was the end point of creation or the pinnacle of evolution, Ted Chu makes the provocative claim that the human race may in fact be a means rather than an end- that humankind will give rise to evolutionary successors. In the wide-ranging and authoritative work, Human Purpose and Transhuman Potential: A Cosmic Vision for Our Future Evolution ($26.95), Chu reexamines the question of human purpose in light of the extraordinary developments of science and technology. Chu surveys human wisdom from both East and West, traces the evolutionary trajectory that has led to this point, and explores the potentials emerging on the scientific frontier. This book addresses the legitimate fears and concerns of “playing God,” but embraces the possibility of transcending biological forms and becoming or creating entirely new life-forms.

Formerly the chief economist at General Motors, Ted Chu was also chief economist for Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, the Middle East's largest sovereign wealth fund. Born and raised in China, Chu graduated from Fudan University in Shanghai, and earned his PhD in economics at Georgetown University. He is currently professor of economics at New York University at Abu Dhabi, while also conducting independent research on humanity's place in the universe. 

Start: 03/22/2014 7:00 pm

Wish You Happy Forever: What China's Orphan's Taught Me About Moving Mountains ($25.99), chronicles Jenny Bowen's personal and professional journey to transform Chinese orphanages--and the lives of the neglected girls who live in them- from a state of quiet despair to one of vibrant promise.

After reading an article about the thousands of baby girls languishing in Chinese orphanages, Bowen and her husband adopted a little girl from China and brought her home to Los Angeles, not out of a need to build a family but rather a commitment to save one child. A year later, as she watched her new daughter play in the grass with her friends, thriving in an environment where she knew she was loved, Bowen was overcome with a desire to help the children that she could not bring home. That very day she created Half the Sky Foundation, an organization conceived to bring love into the life of every orphan in China, and one that has actually managed to fulfill its promise.

Jenny Bowen, a former Los Angeles-based screenwriter and filmmaker, is the director of Half the Sky Foundation, an organization that is dedicated to reconstruct orphanages and increase learning through relationships. Bowen’s commitment to transform the quality of life for abandoned girls in Chinese orphanages has yielded remarkable results: Half the Sky will be training all the nation’s welfare institution workers during the next five years. Bowen received the American Chamber of Commerce’s Women of Influence Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2007, and the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship in 2008.

 

 

Sunday March 23, 2014
Start: 03/23/2014 1:00 pm

The Senior Cohousing Handbook: A Community Approach to Independent Living ($34.95) is a comprehensive guide to joining or creating a cohousing project, written by the US leader in the field, Charles Durrett. Durrett touches on all the psychological and logistical aspects of senior cohousing, and addresses common concerns, fears, and misunderstandings. He emphasizes the many positive benefits of cohousing, including: Better physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health; friendships and accessible social contact; safety and security; affordability; and shared resources.

Successful aging requires control of one's life, and today's generation of seniors--the baby boomers--will find that this book holds a compelling vision for their future.

Charles Durrett is the principal architect at McCamant and Durrett, a firm that specializes in affordable and community-based multi-family housing and cohousing. He has consulted on or designed over fifty cohousing communities internationally and lives in Nevada City, California. He co-authored the groundbreaking Cohousing with his wife and business partner, Kathryn McCamant.

 

 

Start: 03/23/2014 4:00 pm

Acoustic Stories: Pickin’ for the Prez and Other Unamplified Tales ($27.00), contains 33 acoustic stories are from Bill Amatneek’s life as a string bassist playing with some of the greats of acoustic music. His writes about concertizing with Peter, Paul & Mary, jamming with the Grateful Dead’s Jerry Garcia, pickin’ bluegrass with the Father of Bluegrass, Bill Monroe, and playing a life-­endangering cocktail gig for a US president. The thread that binds these stories together is the author’s love of playing music. Amatneek brings you into the dressing room, onto the stage, and into the band, immersing you in music and music making. Readers who love any kind of acoustic music and readers who appreciate a good tale, well spun, will love these stories. Renowned storyteller Milbre Burch said of him, “I don’t know anyone who’s doing the work Bill Amatneek’s doing: telling funny, sweet, thoughtful, humble, generous stories about the very specific and rarefied culture of the folk musician. I think the folk music world has found its Homer.”

Bill Amatneek has had quite a career playing bass and banjo in and around bluegrass and acoustic music. He was visible in the 1970s with Vern and Ray, and left a permanent mark as bassist on the seminal debut album from The David Grisman Quintet in 1977. Later tours found him supporting Peter Rowan and Tony Rice, along with one-off dates with folk luminaries Peter, Paul & Mary and the Father of Bluegrass. Along the way Bill worked as a music journalist, and saw his pieces published in Rolling Stone, Down Beat, and Bluegrass Unlimited. In 2003, he collected several of these articles into a book, Acoustic Stories: Playing Bass with Peter, Paul & Mary, Jerry Garcia, and Bill Monroe. It was honored as Best Music Book of the year by the Bay Area Independent Publishers Association.

 

Start: 03/23/2014 7:00 pm

When Rivvy Neshama was twenty-two and about to get married, her mother gave her a book of handwritten recipes that taught her how to make a good roast -- but not much else. And no one gave her the recipe to make a good marriage or a good life. That took years of searching on a path with many turns.

Now, like a handwritten recipe book, Recipes for a Sacred Life: True Stories and a Few Miracles ($16.95) is passing on the most meaningful and inspiring stories from the author's life. From birth to death and in between; from dancing to forgiveness to sacred sex; and from a rabbi from Vienna to Irish Rita from the Bronx, they feature people and experiences that taught the author how to live a good life -- one touched with sacredness. And, as it turned out, the best recipes came from her mom. Written with heart and humor and steeped in ancient wisdom, these short, true tales reveal how ordinary encounters -- with friends, nature, lovers, and strangers -- can suddenly connect us with the sacred, adding love, joy, and purpose to our lives.

Rivvy Neshama is a writer, editor, and community organizer whose spiritual path draws from many sources. Along the way, she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy from Bryn Mawr College and Master’s Degrees in Comparative Literature (UC Berkeley), Social Work (Hunter College), and Education (Bank Street College). A lifelong writer, Rivvy was first published in Story Magazine’s Best College Writing anthology, and has since written for many national publications, including Ms., Glamour, and the New York Times. She is the author of the children’s book Nat Turner and the Virginia Slave Revolt.

 

Monday March 24, 2014
Start: 03/24/2014 7:00 pm

In her captivating new book, An Ocean Garden: The Secret Life of Seaweed ($17.95), artist and avid beachcomber Josie Iselin returns to the seashore to reveal the unexpected beauty of seaweed. Produced on a flatbed scanner, Iselin’s vibrant portraits of ocean flora reveal the exquisite color and extraordinary forms of more than 200 specimens gathered from tidal pools along the California and Maine coasts. Her engaging text, which accompanies the images, blends personal observation and philosophical musings with scientific fact. Like her previous books, her new work is a poetic and compelling tribute to the natural world and the wonder it evokes.

Josie Iselin is a photographer, writer, and book designer with six previous books to her credit, including Beach Stones, Heart Stones, and Beach: A Book of Treasure. She holds a B.A. in Visual and Environmental Studies from Harvard University and an M.F.A. from San Francisco State University. She shows her artwork regularly at galleries and museums throughout the United States. She lives and works in San Francisco, where she walks the beach often. 

 

Tuesday March 25, 2014
Start: 03/25/2014 10:30 am
End: 03/25/2014 12:30 pm

Eight Tuesdays: Mar. 25-May 13 • 10:30-12:30 pm • $250

 

 

 

The class will discuss and debate current issues, and students will also read a popular novel in French. Genevieve Blaise-Sullivan has taught French at College of Marin for over 30 years. She graduated from the Sorbonne with degrees in French, Russian, and Bulgarian.

Start: 03/25/2014 1:00 pm
End: 03/25/2014 3:00 pm

Eight Tuesdays: Mar. 25-May 13 • 1:00-3:00 pm • $250

 

 

 

This class offers selections from French authors, articles from the French press, and a review of grammar. Genevieve Blaise-Sullivan has taught French at College of Marin for over 30 years. She graduated from the Sorbonne with degrees in French, Russian, and Bulgarian.

Start: 03/25/2014 6:00 pm

Night in Shanghai ($25.00) begins in 1936, when classical pianist Thomas Greene is recruited to Shanghai to lead a jazz orchestra of fellow African-American expats. From being flat broke in segregated Baltimore to living in a mansion with servants of his own, he becomes the toast of a city obsessed with music, money, pleasure and power, even as it ignores the rising winds of war.

Song Yuhua is refined, educated, and bonded since age eighteen to Shanghai’s most powerful crime boss in payment for her father’s gambling debts. Outwardly submissive, she burns with rage and risks her life spying on her master for the Communist Party.

Only when Shanghai is shattered by the Japanese invasion do Song and Thomas find their way to each other. Though their union is forbidden, neither can back down from it in the turbulent years of occupation and resistance that follow. Torn between music and survival, freedom and commitment, love and world war. In this impressively researched novel, Nicole Mones not only tells the forgotten story of black musicians in the Chinese Jazz age, but also weaves in a stunning true tale of Holocaust heroism little-known in the West.

A newly launched textile business took Nicole Mones to China for the first time in 1977, after the end of the Cultural Revolution. Her novels The Last Chinese Chef, Lost in Translation and A Cup of Light have received multiple juried prizes, including the Kafka Prize and Kiriyama Prize. From 1999-2008, Mones wrote about Chinese cuisine for Gourmet magazine. Her nonfiction writing on China has also appeared in the New York Times Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, and the Washington Post. She is a member of the National Committee for U.S.-China Relations.

 

Start: 03/25/2014 7:00 pm

Please join us here at Book Passage for a broadcast event featuring Harlan Coben, as he talks about his new novel to select independent bookstores across the United States. 

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Harlan Coben, comes a heart-pounding thriller about the ties we have to our past...and the lies that bind us together in, Missing You ($27.95).

It's a profile, like all the others on the online dating site. But as NYPD Detective Kat Donovan focuses on the accompanying picture, she feels her whole world explode, as emotions she’s ignored for decades come crashing down on her. Staring back at her is her ex-fiancé Jeff, the man who shattered her heart—and who she hasn’t seen in 18 years.

Kat feels a spark, wondering if this might be the moment when past tragedies recede and a new world opens up to her.  But when she reaches out to the man in the profile, her reawakened hope quickly darkens into suspicion and then terror as an unspeakable conspiracy comes to light, in which monsters prey upon the most vulnerable.

As the body count mounts and Kat's hope for a second chance with Jeff grows more and more elusive, she is consumed by an investigation that challenges her feelings about everyone she ever loved—her former fiancé, her mother, and even her father, whose cruel murder so long ago has never been fully explained. With lives on the line, including her own, Kat must venture deeper into the darkness than she ever has before, and discover if she has the strength to survive what she finds there.

Harlan Coben is the internationally bestselling author of more than twenty previous novels, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers Six Years, Stay Close, Live Wire, Caught, Long Lost, and Hold Tight, the Myron Bolitar series, and the Mickey Bolitar series for young adult readers. Hhe winner of the Edgar, Shamus, and Anthony Awards.

 

Wednesday March 26, 2014
Start: 03/26/2014 10:00 am
End: 03/26/2014 12:00 pm

Eight Wednesdays: Mar. 26-May 14 • 10:00-12:00 pm • $250

 

 

This class is a continuation of the Italian series taught by Sylvia Iannelli.

Silvia Iannelli 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: 03/26/2014 3:30 pm
End: 03/26/2014 5:30 pm

Six Wednesdays: Mar. 26-April 30 • 3:30-5:30 pm • $190

 


This class will be reading Pista Nera by Antonio Manzini. 

Silvia Iannelli 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: 03/26/2014 6:00 pm

Bordeaux: The Bitter Finish: A Vengeance in the Vineyard Mystery ($24.95) begins with NYPD detective Max Maguire returning to France as bodyguard to a famous American wine critic. Max is not just escorting the critic, she's also keeping an eye on a very expensive bottle of wine whose authenticity is in dispute, a pawn in cut-throat wine wars. Checked into their Paris hotel, it's not long before Max discovers her client dead in her room and the bottle stolen from the hotel's safe. She has no choice but to team up with Olivier Chaumont, the man she had fallen in love with the year before. Max has no police role in France but she stays a step ahead of the French investigators, while Olivier weaves in and out of Bordeaux society where he is certain the murderer lurks.

Is this something local, or is there really a counterfeit wine operation in play? Moving back and forth from Bordeaux to Manhattan among vintners, restaurateurs, auctioneers, collectors, and other characters, everyone is propelled towards a shocking climax.

Janet Hubbard was born in South Hill, Virginia and received degrees from Virginia Intermont College and New York University. She worked in publishing in New York for ten years before moving to Vermont. She wrote non-fiction books for Chelsea House Publishers under the name Janet Hubbard-Brown, and had a writing, editing and teaching business in central Vermont. Her Vengence in the Vineyard series is the result of annual trips to France over a twenty-year span to visit French friends, and a love of wine and the wine culture that led to extensive stays in some of the wine districts, including Champagne and Bordeaux.

 

Thursday March 27, 2014
Start: 03/27/2014 2:00 pm
End: 03/27/2014 4:00 pm

Eight Thursdays: Mar. 27-May 15 • 2:00-4:00 pm • $250

 

 

The class will include a selection of French authors and a review of French tenses and pronouns. Genevieve Blaise-Sullivan has taught French at College of Marin for over 30 years. She graduated from the Sorbonne with degrees in French, Russian, and Bulgarian.

Start: 03/27/2014 6:00 pm

Eight Thursdays: March 27-May 15 • 6:00-8:00 pm• $250

 

 

This class will continue to cover concepts from Beginning Italian- basic Italian grammar and vocabulary. Silvia Iannelli 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: 03/27/2014 6:00 pm
From the coauthor (with her husband) of You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up, actress and funny-woman Annabelle Gurwitch now chronicles the indignities faced by femmes d’un certain age. Whether falling in lust at the Genius bar, navigating the extensive—and treacherously expensive—antiaging offerings at a department-store beauty counter, coping with the assisted suicide of her best friend, negotiating the ins and outs of acceptable behavior with her teenage kid, the thudding financial reality of the “never-tirement” generation that leads her to petty theft, Gurwitch proves a smart and hilarious writer in her prime (in so many ways). Is this the beginning of the Eileen Fisher years? Where does one conduct an affair with a younger man? Is 50 the new 40? Or is 50 still 50?

Scorchingly honest, surreally and riotously funny, Gurwitch’s I See You Made an Effort ($25.95) is the ultimate coming-of-middle-age story and a must-read for women of all ages. Reading glasses not included.
 
Annabelle Gurwitch is an actress and author of You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up with her husband Jeff Kahn, and the Fired! book and documentary. She co-hosted Dinner and a Movie on TBS for six years, anchored the award winning HBO series Not Necessarily the News, and appeared on TV shows, including: Dexter, Boston Legal, Seinfeld, Oprah, Real Time with Bill Maher, The Today Show. She has performed at UCB, The Geffen Playhouse and The Moth Mainstage, as well as a long career in unheated, off-off-nowhere-near-Broadway theatres. She was a regular commentator on NPR for numerous years and humorist for TheNation.com. Her essays appear in three humor anthologies, Los Angeles Magazine, LA Times, More, Harper’s Bazaar and Marie ClaireThe Washington Post has called her "hilarious," O Magazine says she is “slyly subversive,” and NPR called her newest work, “A seriously funny collection of essays...Gurwitch is squarely in Nora Ephron territory." Please welcome, Annabelle Gurwitch since 1961.
 
Start: 03/27/2014 7:00 pm

A young Nigerian living in New York City goes home to Lagos for a short visit, finding a city both familiar and strange. In a city dense with story, the unnamed narrator moves through a mosaic of life, hoping to find inspiration for his own. He witnesses the “yahoo yahoo” diligently perpetrating email frauds from an Internet café, longs after a mysterious woman reading on a public bus who disembarks and disappears into a bookless crowd, and recalls the tragic fate of an eleven-year-old boy accused of stealing at a local market. Along the way, the man reconnects with old friends, a former girlfriend, and extended family, taps into the energies of Lagos life, and slowly begins to reconcile the profound changes that have taken place in his country and the truth about himself.
 
In spare, precise prose that sees humanity everywhere, interwoven with original photos by the author, Every Day Is for the Thief ($23.00) —originally published in Nigeria in 2007—is a wholly original work of fiction. This revised and updated edition is the first version of this unique book to be made available outside Africa. You’ve never read another book like this because no one writes like Teju Cole.

Teju Cole was born in the United States in 1975 and raised in Nigeria. His other novel, Open City, won the PEN/Hemingway Award, the Internationaler Literaturpreis, the Rosenthal Family Foundation Award for Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the New York City Book Award, and was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award. His photography has been exhibited in India and the United States. He is Distinguished Writer in Residence at Bard College.

 

Friday March 28, 2014
Start: 03/28/2014 12:30 pm
End: 03/28/2014 2:30 pm

Eight Fridays: Mar. 28-May 16 • 12:30-2:30 pm • $250

 

 

This class is a continuation of the Italian series taught by Sylvia Iannelli.

Silvia Iannelli 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: 03/28/2014 6:00 pm

In Conversation with Elaine Petrocelli

Ticket: $10 (can be applied towards purchase of Thrive)

Please call (415) 927-0960 x1 to purchase tickets

 

Following the success of her acclaimed Third Metric conference, Arianna Huffington, president and editor in chief of the Huffington Post, has written a book that offers women (and men) a new definition of success. In Thrive ($26.00), Huffington shows how success can be measured not only on career advancement, but on the equally important goals of health and wellbeing, personal fulfillment, giving back, and living a life of purpose and meaning.

Arianna Huffington is the cofounder, president, and editor in chief of the Huffington Post Media Group, one of the world's most influential news and information brands. She is the author of fourteen books, including Third World America and On Becoming Fearless

 

Start: 03/28/2014 6:00 pm

A Special Event for Teens!

In Manor of Secrets ($17.99), the year is 1911. And at The Manor, nothing is as it seems . . .

Lady Charlotte Edmonds: Beautiful, wealthy, and sheltered, Charlotte feels suffocated by the strictures of upper-crust society. She longs to see the world beyond The Manor, to seek out high adventure. And most of all, romance.

Janie Seward: Fiery, hardworking, and clever, Janie knows she can be more than just a kitchen maid. But she isn't sure she possesses the courage -- or the means -- to break free and follow her passions.

Both Charlotte and Janie are ready for change. As their paths overlap in the gilded hallways and dark corridors of The Manor, rules are broken and secrets are revealed. Secrets that will alter the course of their lives. . . forever.

Katherine Longshore has been writing stories since she learned how to hold a pencil. After doing Semester at Sea in college, she created her own major, planning to use it to be a travel writer. After college, she lived in England for five years, in a little town in the county of Kent. She lived close to Hever Castle—Anne Boleyn's childhood home. Penshurst Place, once owned by the Duke of Buckingham and Knole House, once owned by King Henry VIII himself were also nearby. She grew to love the English countryside—so different from the forests and volcanic mountains of California, and came to love English history—so violent and colorful and ancient.. In writing for teens, she feels like she has finally found her calling.

Please join us for an English- style tea party with the author and Book Passage teen book group, MB14!

 

Start: 03/28/2014 6:00 pm

3 Minute Reads from San Francisco Grotto Writers
50+ Writers, 3 Minutes Each!

Joins us for a fast-paced and irreverent evening, showcasing new work from the students of the San Francisco Writer's Grotto writing classes. On this Friday evening, both fiction and nonfiction writers will read their work — but only for 3 minutes each! Their instructors (Grotto authors) will enforce the time limit. Join us for wine, fun, and fresh new writing.

Start: 03/28/2014 7:00 pm

In conversation with Don George.

In Savage Harvest: A Tale of Cannibals, Colonialism, and Michael Rockefeller’s Tragic Quest for Primitive Art ($26.99), Carl Hoffman not only solves a decades-old mystery but narrates the fate of a culture and a people whose way of life changed dramatically over years of colonial rule, but whose memories and lore remain detailed and alive. Hoffman gives them—and Michael Rockefeller—voice in an unforgettable and engrossing journalistic tour de force.

Through exhaustive archival research in the Netherlands and the U.S., he uncovers hundreds of pages of never-before-seen original letters, cables, reports, and other documents from the Dutch government and the Catholic Church and locates witnesses willing to speak publically after 50 years, all revealing that the government and local Church authorities had carefully investigated the case, knew what happened to Michael, yet chose to remain silent to the public and even Michael’s own parents.

Hoffman’s fascinating account is a masterful blend of thriller and ethnography, an expertly told who-dunnit that will mesmerize readers with its intimate, detailed, and harrowing account of Asmat life in Michael’s time, and ours. Brought to life by photographs from the 1950s and 1960s and Hoffman’s two journeys to Asmat in 2012, Savage Harvest is a story of history, art, colonialism, adventure, and traveling deep into an enigmatic culture to untangle a clash between two worlds that resulted in the death of one of America’s richest and most powerful scions.

Carl Hoffman is a contributing editor at National Geographic Traveler His second book, The Lunatic Express: Discovering the World Via It’s Most Dangerous Buses, Boats, Trains and Planes, was named one of ten best books of 2010 by the Wall Street Journal and was a New York Times summer reading pick. He has won four Lowell Thomas Awards from the Society of American Travel Writers Foundation and one North American Travel Journalism Award. A veteran journalist, he has traveled to more than 70 countries on assignment for Outside, Smithsonian, National Geographic Adventure, ESPN The Magazine, the Wall Street Journal magazine, Wired, and many other publications. He is a native of Washington, D.C. and is the father of three children.

 

 

Saturday March 29, 2014
Start: 03/29/2014 10:00 am
End: 03/29/2014 4:00 pm

Sat., Mar. 29 • 10:00-4:00 pm • $105

 

 

Whether it’s a short story or a novel, every story has certain storytelling forces that create dramatic tension and grab the reader. In this class, we’ll explore those forces, discussing the concept of a premise, the relationship between character and plot, and ways to create conflict on every page. For novelists, we’ll look at first plot points and what happens in the middle of the book. In-class writing will help you create the pivotal moments in your story and the transitions between those moments. 

Start: 03/29/2014 10:00 am
End: 03/29/2014 3:00 pm

Sat., Mar. 29 • 10:00-3:00 pm • $85

 

 

S.F. Chronicle columnist Jon Carroll shares his wit, wisdom, and essay-writing talents. Learn this skill from one of the best. One student said, “Carroll is witty, patient, knowledgeable, inspiring. He anticipates people’s concerns in their questions and problems they can’t express. Gives tons of examples...”

Start: 03/29/2014 1:00 pm

Please join us here at Book Passage for a special night of poetry! Wolf Ridge Press, a small poetry publication firm, will be launching new works, featuring Elizabeth Percer (Ultrasound), Rick Benjamin (Floating World), Harvey Ellis (Sleep Not Sleep), David Watts, Nils Patterson, Jon Sedaghatfar, and Joan Barandu.

Elizabeth Percer is a poet and novelist, and author of An Uncommon Education. She is a three- time nominee for the Pushcart Prize and has twice been honored by the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Foundation. She lives in Northern California with her husband and three children. Ultrasound is her first poetry collection.

Harvey Ellis is the alter ego of David Watts, named for a machine of the imagination designed to excavate the deep unconscious for the unusual images of a more associative poetic style. Three volumes of his works have been published.

Rick Benjamin is the State Poet of Rhode Island. He has taught at Brown University, the Rhode Island School of Design, the MFA program in Interdisciplinary Arts at Goddard College, and in community centers—where he has passed good time in the company of people who range in age from six to ninety-six. His first book, Passing Love, was published in 2010.

Readers will also read from the two books published by Rick Benjamin: Passing Love and Floating World.

Additional Readers: These poets will read from Poems for the Time Capsule, a Wolf Ridge Press anthology: Wolf Ridge Press publishers Joan Baranow and David Watts with poets, Nils Peterson and Jon Sedaghatfar.

 

 

Start: 03/29/2014 4:00 pm

Join President Jimmy Carter as he signs copies of his new book, A Call to Action. 

Ticket: $30.50 (includes copy of A Call to Action)

Please note: online registration has closed. Please call (415) 927-0960 ext. 1 for ticket information.

 

The world's discrimination and violence against women and girls is the most serious, pervasive, and ignored violation of basic human rights: This is President Jimmy Carter's call to action.

President Carter was encouraged to write this book by a wide coalition of leaders of all faiths. His urgent report, A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power ($28.00), is current. It covers the plight of women and girls--strangled at birth, forced to suffer servitude, child marriage, genital cutting, deprived of equal opportunity in wealthier nations and "owned" by men in others. And the most vulnerable, along with their children, are trapped in war and violence.

He addresses the adverse impact of distorted religious texts on women. Special verses are often omitted or quoted out of context to exalt the status of men and exclude women. In a remark that is certain to get attention, Carter points out that women are treated more equally in some countries that are atheistic or where governments are strictly separated from religion. Carter describes his personal observations of the conditions and hardships of women around the world. He describes a trip in Africa with Bill Gates, Sr. and his wife, where they are appalled by visits to enormous brothels. He tells how he joined Nelson Mandela to plead for an end to South Africa's practice of outlawing treatments to protect babies from AIDS-infected mothers.

Throughout, Carter reports on observations of women activists and workers of The Carter Center. This is an informed and passionate charge about human rights abuses against half the world's population. It comes from one of the world's most renowned human rights advocates.

Jimmy Carter was born in Plains, Georgia, and served as thirty-ninth President of the United States. He and his wife, Rosalynn, founded The Carter Center, a nonprofit organization that prevents and resolves conflicts, enhances freedom and democracy, and improves health around the world. He is the author of numerous books, including Palestine Peace Not Apartheid, An Hour Before Daylight and Our Endangered Values, for which he received a "Best Spoken Word" Grammy Award. 

This is a book signing only event. President Jimmy Carter will only be signing copies of A Call to Action, no previous books or memorabilia. There will be no posed photography. Thank you for your cooperation, and in welcoming President Jimmy Carter to our community. 

 

Start: 03/29/2014 4:00 pm

The Berkeley Square Affair ($15.00) begins on a quiet Mayfair evening. The peace of Malcolm and Suzanne Rannoch's house is shattered when their friend Simon Tanner arrives, rain-drenched and bloody. Simon was attacked and robbed of a package he was bringing to them a manuscript that may be a lost version of Hamlet.

But there's more at stake than literary authenticity. Lord Carfax, head of British intelligence, claims the manuscript conceals the identity of an Englishman who was a Bonapartist spy. And one of the possible suspects is Malcolm's late father. As danger escalates, the Rannochs untangle a mystery that involves Irish rebels, a tragic sixteenth century love affair, Lord Byron, and Marie Antoinette. And both Malcolm and Suzanne have to confront how the past has shaped them and what it means for their future.

Teresa Grant studied British history at Stanford University and received the Firestone Award for Excellence in Research for her honors thesis on shifting conceptions of honor in late fifteenth century England. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, with her young daughter and three cats, and is on the board of the Merola Opera Program, a professional training program for opera singers, pianists, and stage directors. Her real life heroine is her daughter Mélanie, who is very cooperative about Mummy's writing. Teresa is currently at work on her next book chronicling the adventures of Malcolm and Suzanne Rannoch.

Sunday March 30, 2014
Start: 03/30/2014 1:00 pm

For more than half a decade, Matt Kepnes (aka Nomadic Matt) has been showing readers of his enormously popular travel blog that traveling isn’t expensive and that it’s affordable to all. He proves that as long as you think out of the box and travel like locals, your trip doesn’t have to break your bank, nor do you need to give up luxury.

How to Travel the World on $50 a Day: Travel Cheaper, Longer, Smarter ($15.00) reveals Nomadic Matt’s tips, tricks, and secrets to comfortable budget travel based on his experience traveling the world without giving up the sushi meals and comfortable beds he enjoys. Whether it’s a two-week, two-month, or two-year trip, Nomadic Matt shows you how to stretch your money further so you can travel cheaper, smarter, and longer.

Matt Kepnes is a native of Boston but calls the world home now. After a trip to Thailand in 2005 inspired him to travel more, he quit his job and set off around the world. More than six years later, he is still exploring new lands and helping others do the same.

 

 

Start: 03/30/2014 1:00 pm

Join Book Passage for a sidewalk sale at our Corte Madera store. We'll have bargains on both winter and spring sidelines items, as well as some of our remainder books and select baggallini bags. 

 

Start: 03/30/2014 4:00 pm

What does it mean to live a spiritual and purposeful life? And how can we achieve it while picking up the kids from the school, cleaning dog vomit off the living room carpet, or sitting at our desk at work? Tip over your sacred cows of belief, dump your personal prejudices and biases, and begin to rebuild a spiritual lifestyle that really works.

For forty-two years, Betsy Chasse—movie producer, blogger, radio show host, and pioneer behind the cult-sleeper hit What the Bleep Do We Know?!—told herself a story about who she was, what she believed, and how the world worked. She thought she had it all figured out—except she didn’t.

In this candid and wry look at the singular, often ridiculous, search for “what it all means,” Tipping Sacred Cows: The Uplifting Story of Spilt Milk and Finding Your Own Spiritual Path in a Hectic World ($15.00) brings spirituality out of the intellect and into real life. Irreverent and funny, with practical tools to use as you wander through your crazy, daily life, this is not a book of answers, but an everyday guide as experienced by one woman on the same journey as the rest of us. So throw everything you think you know about spirituality out of your spiritual junk drawer and start over.

Betsy Chasse is a filmmaker, author, speaker, and mother best known as the co-creator behind the film What the Bleep Do We Know!? Chasse is a featured blogger on IntentBlog.com and TheDailyLove.com. She is a featured columnist for Select Magazine and hosts the radio show Life Unscripted. Funny, irreverent, and thoughtful in her exploration of all things spiritual, she believes “if we aren’t laughing, we aren’t growing and learning.”

 

Start: 03/30/2014 6:30 pm

Left Bank in Larkspur • Single $115; Couple $175 (one book)

Please note: online registration is now closed. To inquire about attending, call (415) 927-0960 ext. 1.

2014 James Beard Award Nominee! 

John Ash co-hosts radio and television food shows and operates his namesake restaurant John Ash and Company. In Culinary Birds: The Ultimate Poultry Cookbook his new cookbook he offers up 170 recipes on how to prepare popular birds like chicken, turkey, quail, game hens, and pheasant. He discusses proper handling, storage, factory farming, organic poultry and more. Ash was voted “Cooking School Teacher of the Year” by the International Association of Culinary Professionals.

 

 

Monday March 31, 2014
Start: 03/31/2014 7:00 pm

In his New York Times bestseller, Steal Like an Artist, Austin Kleon showed readers how to unlock their creativity by "stealing" from the community of other movers and shakers. Now, in an even more forward-thinking and necessary book, he shows how to take that critical next step on a creative journey--getting known.

Show Your Work!: 10 Ways to Show Your Creativity and Get Discovered is about why generosity trumps genius. It's about getting findable, about using the network instead of wasting time "networking." It's not self-promotion, it's self-discovery--let others into your process, then let them steal from you. Filled with illustrations, quotes, stories, and examples, this book offers ten transformative rules for being open, generous, brave, productive. Kleon has created a user's manual for embracing the communal nature of creativity-- what he calls the "ecology of talent." From broader life lessons about work (you can't find your voice if you don't use it) to the etiquette of sharing--and the dangers of oversharing--to the practicalities of Internet life (build a good domain name; give credit when credit is due), it's an inspiring manifesto for succeeding as any kind of artist or entrepreneur in the digital age.

Austin Kleon is a writer and artist. He is the author of Steal Like an Artist and the found poetry collection Newspaper Blackout, which was called, “Brilliant,” by New York Magazine. His work has been featured on NPR’s Morning Edition, PBS NewsHour, the Wall Street Journal, and the art website, 20x200.com. He speaks about creativity and being an artist online for organizations such as SXSW, TEDx, and The Economist. He lives in Austin, Texas.

 

Wednesday April 02, 2014
Start: 04/02/2014 7:00 pm

The windswept moors of England, a grand rustic estate, and a love story of one woman caught between two men who love her powerfully—all inspired by Emily Bronte’s beloved classic, Wuthering Heights. Solsbury Hill ($16.00) brings the legend of Catherine and Heathcliff, and that of their mysterious creator herself, into a contemporary love story that unlocks the past.

When a surprise call from a dying aunt brings twenty-something New Yorker Eleanor Abbott to the Yorkshire moors, and the family estate she is about to inherit, she finds a world beyond anything she might have expected. Having left behind an American fiance, here Eleanor meets Meadowscarp MacLeod—a young man who challenges and changes her. Here too she encounters the presence of Bronte herself and discovers a family legacy they may share.

With winds powerful enough to carve stone and bend trees, the moors are another world where time and space work differently. Remanants of the past are just around a craggy, windswept corner. For Eleanor, this means ancestors and a devastating romantic history that bears on her own life, on the history of the novel Wuthering Heights, and on the destinies of all who live in its shadow.

Susan Wyler has been writing poetry and fiction since she was seven years old. She studied history at UCLA and Oxford University, has lived in many parts of the world, speaks four languages, and likes to read great writing. In Argentina they believe that life is complete when one bears a child, writes a book, and plants a tree. Happily, she has done these. 

 

Thursday April 03, 2014
Start: 04/03/2014 3:00 pm
End: 04/03/2014 5:00 pm

Four Thursdays • April 3-May 1 (No class April 17) • 3:00-5:00 pm • $160

 

 

Using your life as the source for personal essays, stories, and memoir, you’ll learn techniques to access and shape your material, approach it from new angles, and find the pearls. Includes instruction, in-class writing and feedback. Deutsch’s book Writing from the Senses will be published in May. Her work has appeared in the L.A. Times, MORE magazine, Eating Well, and Best Women’s Travel Writing. She has taught writing at UC Berkeley. “Laura was terrific — organized and original, a generous and talented teacher. This is one of the best classes I’ve taken,” says one student.

Start: 04/03/2014 6:00 pm

In the tradition of Tuesdays with Morrie and The Last Lecture, journalist and bestselling author Sara Davidson met with Jewish Renewal leader and iconic rabbi Zalman Shachter-Shalomi every Friday for two years to discuss the spiritual work people must undergo during the "December" or latter years of their lives. The result is The December Project: An Extraordinary Rabbi and Skeptical Seeker Take Aime at Our Greatest Mystery ($25.99).

Davidson was surprised to get a call from Reb Zalman asking her to engage with him in what he called, "The December Project." At 85, he wanted to teach people how to navigate the December of life and to help them "not freak out about dying." Although she has a seeker's heart and a skeptic's mind, Davidson jumped at the opportunity. For two years, she and the rabbi met to explore our greatest mystery. Interspersed with their talks are sketches from Reb Zalman's past. He barely escaped the Nazis, became an Orthodox rabbi in the U.S., was married four times and had eleven children, and formed friendships with leaders of other faiths, such as Thomas Merton and the Dalai Lama. Breaking with the Orthodox, he founded the Jewish Renewal Movement to encourage people to have a direct experience of God.

During their time together, Davidson was nearly killed by a suicide bomb and Reb Zalman struggled with a steep decline in health. Together they created strategies to deal with pain and memory loss, and found tools to cultivate simplicity, fearlessness, and joy--at any age. Davidson includes twelve exercises in the book so that readers can experience what she did--making peace with our fear of dying so that we can live more fully today.

 

Start: 04/03/2014 6:30 pm
End: 04/03/2014 9:30 pm

6:30-9:30 pm • Cavallo Point Cooking School • $125 (includes book)

Please note: Online registration is now closed. For remaining availability, please call (415) 927-0960 ext. 1. 

This is an interactive cooking class with a menu inspired by Joyce Goldstein’s new book, Inside the California Food Revolution: 30 Years That Changed Our Culinary Consciousness. Many of the fresh and organic ingredients we buy at markets today weren’t available a few decades ago. Goldstein tells how this revolution came about and how the cuisine of California has changed..There will be a collaborative prepping of the recipes and an interactive sampling of dishes. Joyce Goldstein was chef/owner of San Francisco's Square One and was named James Beard Best Chef in California.

 

 

Start: 04/03/2014 7:00 pm

The unforgettable story of the birth of modern America and the western writers who gave voice to its emerging identity begins in 1860s San Francisco, and is brought to light in: The Bohemians: Mark Twain and the San Francisco Writers Who Reinvented American Literature ($27.95). The Gold Rush has ended; the Civil War threatens to tear apart the country. Far from the front lines, a city at the western edge roars. A global seaport and home to immigrants from five continents, San Francisco has become a complex urban society virtually overnight. The bards of the moment are the Bohemians: a young Mark Twain, fleeing the draft and seeking adventure; literary golden boy Bret Harte; struggling gay poet Charles Warren Stoddard; and beautiful, haunted Ina Coolbrith, poet and protectorate of the group. Ben Tarnoff’s elegant, atmospheric history reveals how these four pioneering western writers would together create a new American literature, unfettered by the heavy European influence that dominated the East.

The Bohemian movent would continue in Boston, New York, and London, and would achieve immortality in the writings of Mark Twain. San Francisco gave him his education as a writer and helped inspire the astonishing innovations that radically reimagined American literature. At once an intimate portrait of an eclectic, unforgettable group of writers and a history of a cultural revolution in America, this work reveals how a brief moment on the western frontier changed our country forever.

Ben Tarnoff has worked at Lapham's Quarterly, and his writing has appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle. He graduated from Harvard in 2007 and lives in New York City.

Friday April 04, 2014
Start: 04/04/2014 10:00 am
End: 04/04/2014 12:00 pm

Four Fridays: Apr. 4-25 • 10:00-12:00 pm • $120

 

 

 

We offer a preview and analysis of the seventy Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings on loan to the Legion of Honor beginning March 29, celebrating the personal places of Monet, Renoir, Pissarro, Sisley, and Cezanne, as well as the interiority of the Nabi painters Edouard Vuillard and Pierre Bonnard. Learn the stories behind these masterpieces. 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: 04/04/2014 2:00 pm

Tickets: $35 (includes signed book)
Angelico Hall, Dominican University

Please note: this event is now sold out. To request a signed book, please note your preference in the comments field at checkout or call (415) 927-0960 ext. 1. 

In Conversation with Gail Hudson

Renowned naturalist and bestselling author Dr. Jane Goodall examines the critical role that trees and plants play in our world. In her wise and elegant new book, Seeds of Hope: Wisdom and Wonder from the World of Plants ($30.00), Goodall blends her experience in nature with her enthusiasm for botany to give readers a deeper understanding of the world around us. Long before her work with chimpanzees, Goodall's passion for the natural world sprouted in the backyard of her childhood home in England, where she climbed her beech tree and made elderberry wine with her grandmother. The garden her family began then, she continues to enjoy today. This book takes us from England to Goodall's home-away-from-home in Africa, deep inside the Gombe forest, where she and the chimpanzees are enchanted by the fig and plum trees they encounter. She introduces us to botanists around the world, as well as places where hope for plants can be found, such as The Millennium Seed Bank, where one billion seeds are preserved. She shows us the secret world of plants with all their mysteries and potential for healing our bodies as well as Planet Earth. Looking at the world as an adventurer, scientist, and devotee of sustainable foods and gardening-and setting forth simple goals we can all take to protect the plants around us-Jane Goodall delivers an enlightening story of the wonders we can find in our own backyards.

Jane Goodall is the world's foremost authority on chimpanzees. An internationally renowned conservationist, she is the founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and has received many distinguished awards in science. Dr. Goodall is also the author of many acclaimed books, including the bestseller Reason for Hope.

Gail Hudson has worked in the publishing industry as a freelance writer, as well as a newspaper and magazine editor. Her features and personal essays about natural health, spiritual growth, and parenting have appeared in numerous publications, including Self, Utne, Natural Health, Parents, Body & Soul, and Good Housekeeping. For many years Gail was Spirituality Editor at Amazon.com. Hudson co-authored this book, along with Goodall's other works, Harvest for Hope and Hope for Animals and Their World. She teaches classes and workshops on personal narrative and memoir writing. She lives with her husband and two children near Seattle.

For Dr. Goodall's birthday, we encourage you to sign her online global birthday card at www.janegoodall.org/80yearsofJane and then tune in to her live online birthday party on April 3rd. Also, if you're using social media, you can talk about Jane's birthday using the hash tag #80yearsofJane.

We invite you to bring your old cell phones and recycle them at the event. The money from the recycling through Eco Cell will be donated to the institute.

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: 04/04/2014 6:00 pm
3 Minute Reads from San Francisco Grotto Writers
50+ Writers, 3 Minutes Each!

Joins us for a fast-paced and irreverent evening, showcasing new work from the students of the San Francisco Writer's Grotto writing classes. On this Friday evening, both fiction and nonfiction writers will read their work — but only for 3 minutes each! Their instructors (Grotto authors) will enforce the time limit. Join us for wine, fun, and fresh new writing.
 
 
Start: 04/04/2014 6:30 pm

Bring your own "letter to the dead" to be entered in a raffle for a prize!

Ava Dellaira presents her poignant and exquisite debut novel, Love Letters to the Dead ($17.99). Laurel's English assignment is to write a letter to a dead person. She chooses Kurt Cobain, someone her sister May loved before she too died young. Once Laurel begins, she can't stop, and soon she has an entire notebook full of letters to dead people. She writes to them about her daily life and her struggles to mourn for May, whom she cannot forgive and who took so much of Laurel's own identity with her when she died. As Laurel begins to see her sister for the incredible and deeply flawed person she was, she finally discovers her own path. 

Ava Dellaira is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was a Truman Capote Fellow. She grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and received her undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago. Love Letters to the Dead is her debut novel. She currently lives in Santa Monica, where she is at work on her second book.  

Saturday April 05, 2014
Start: 04/05/2014 10:30 am
End: 04/05/2014 12:00 pm

Sat., Apr. 5 • 10:30-12:00 pm • $65

 

 

Agents get lots of query letters, so yours needs to grab their attention quickly. Please prepare a draft query for your book project that we can discuss in class. Andy Ross will provide notes and edits for all of the queries that he receives. Ross is a literary agent in Oakland and former owner of Cody’s Books in Berkeley.

Start: 04/05/2014 1:00 pm

In My Century ($19.95), Dr. Ephraim Engleman, age 102, takes a look backward at his very long life, one in which music and medicine intertwined at every step. He never became the celebrated violinist his mother wished for, but instead became America s preeminent rheumatologist and someone in whose honor two Stradivari violins are named. He continues living with astonishing vitality: seeing patients, playing chamber music, putting on amateur musical productions, comparing violins with Itzhak Perlman, and directing the Rosalind Russell-Ephraim P. Engleman Medical Research Center for Arthritis at UC San Francisco.

For 60 years, Engleman has been a member of the Family Club, a prestigious social club. He writes musical biographies of composers like George Gershwin and Jerome Kern, which are performed in the club's outdoor theater. Last year, Engleman received the Gold Medal from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He is also a recipient of the Presidential Gold Medal from the American College of Rheumatology and UCSF's Medal of Honor, the institution's highest honor.

 

Start: 04/05/2014 1:00 pm
End: 04/05/2014 4:00 pm

Sat., Apr. 5 • 1:00-4:00 pm • $60

 

 

Motherhood is messy, funny, sad, and layered with reflection. A mother’s story—from Plath to Bombeck—demands to be told. With an eye to craft, we examine mom blogs, essays on motherhood, and “mom” in fiction. Consider the class a threshold for the woman who doesn’t know where to start, but knows that she wants to. There will be writing exercises, prompts, and sharing. Toni Piccinini is the author of The Goodbye Year, a mash-up of letting go and stepping forward.

 

Start: 04/05/2014 7:00 pm

Fifth in a series of noir mysteries featuring newspaper reporter Samuel Hamilton, The Halls of Power ($14.95) explores corruption at the top of the money chain in San Francisco in the early 1960s. The work teems with eccentric characters: hardboiled cops and immigrant workmen, prosperous businessmen, but especially the albino sage, Mr. Song, who brings a form of vigilante justice when the system stops working for the people of Chinatown.

William C. Gordon, a former San Francisco trial lawyer, has written a series of noir mysteries about San Francisco in the 1960's, including Fractured Lives and The Chinese Jars, which have been well received. Gordon is a world traveler and a photographer and incorporates the diversity of his life experiences into his fiction.

 

Sunday April 06, 2014
Start: 04/06/2014 10:00 am
End: 04/06/2014 1:00 pm

Sun., Apr. 6 • 10:00-1:00 pm • $55

 

 

Every author needs a platform to attract publishers, find an audience, and sell books. In this workshop you will learn the essentials of a bare bones platform that will grow as your writing grows. Discover which social media tactics are essential and which are not, so you can write more and worry less.

Anne Hill is an author and educator who has helped CEOs, entrepreneurs, and authors with online marketing since 1994. She is co-leader of the Bay Area Blogger Society, hosts “Author Platforms Decoded” on YouTube, writes for the Huffington Post, and teaches and speaks widely.

 

Start: 04/06/2014 1:00 pm

Special Agent Jack Paris doesn’t know why Alvin Cooper killed his own family five years ago. He just knows he did it. After being convicted of the murders and serving five years in prison, Cooper escapes. The next day, a bank manager reports to the Chico Police Department his wife was killed and their 17 year old daughter is missing. Agent Paris is called to investigate, gathering evidence from the crime scene at the bank manager’s home. Suddenly, past memories of the Cooper investigation surfaces, making Paris realize the two events may be connected. He fears his escaped murderer is back to killing.

He sifts through evidence from one crime scene to the next as the hunt for the missing girl quickens. He has to find her, and it must be soon. It’s the hottest summer on record and Paris is told his victim is a diabetic. Without her medication, she won't survive the heat. Finding the girl is priority, but Paris also is trying to understand why Cooper's back killing and what really happened five years earlier.

Fragmented ($17.55) is the first novel by former FBI agent, George Fong.

George Fong spent twenty-seven years as a special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, investigating all facets of violent crimes, including kidnapping, extortion, serial killings, crimes against children, bank robbery, drug trafficking, fugitives, and Asian gangs. He was a member of the FBI's Evidence Response Team and a certified undercover agent. He is now the Director of Security for the world-wide sports television network, ESPN.  

 

Start: 04/06/2014 4:00 pm

Co-sponsored by Marin Shakespeare Company. 

Put dullards and miscreants in their place with the help of Barry Kraft's, Shakespeare Insult Generator: Mix and Match More than 150,000 Insults in the Bard's Own Words ($12.95). This entertaining insult generator and flip book collects hundreds of words from Shakespeare's most pointed barbs and allows readers to combine them in creative and hilariously stinging ways. From "apish bald-pated abomination" to "cuckoldly dull-brained blockhead" to "obscene rump-fed hornbeast," each insult can be chosen at random or customized to fit any situation that calls for a literary smackdown. Featuring an informative introduction on Shakespearean wit, and notes on which terms were coined or only used once by the author in his work, this delightful book will sharpen the tongue of Shakespeare fans and insult aficionados without much further ado.

Barry Kraft has been a professional actor for 47 years. He has acted in all 38 of Shakespeare's plays, playing more than 100 roles in 86 full productions. In addition to decades at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, he has had seasons with San Diego’s Old Globe, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Utah Shakespearean, American Conservatory Theater, and Marin Shakespeare.  Barry is also a dramaturg, guest lecturer, educator, an avid Chess and Go player, and a poetry lover. He has recorded several books on tape, including Ovid's Metamorphoses.  

 

Monday April 07, 2014
Start: 04/07/2014 7:00 pm

Mark Shaw is an attorney, and former network television personality and legal analyst. He is the author of 20 books and counting, and writes about controversial subjects causing readers to stop and think about important issues. His expertise as a trial lawyer and legal analyst led him to write his latest book, The Poison Patriarch: How the Betrayals of Joseph P. Kennedy Caused the Assassination of JFK ($24.95). 

Left Coast Writers provides literary connections, support, readings, writing tips, literary chat, unabashed networking, and great fun. LCW hosts a variety of activities to launch the books of members and explore publishing alternatives. See www.bookpassage.com/left-coast-writers.  

 

Tuesday April 08, 2014
Start: 04/08/2014 6:00 pm

Containing 50 fictional legendary baseball players and their amusing biographies, Bushers: Ballplayers Drawn From Left Field ($17.99) takes a whimsical look at baseball during the Deadball Era, when free agency, luxury boxes and enormous salaries were non-existent. It's a wild and hilarious collection of baseball's greatest goof balls, wannabes, could've-beens and never was hailing from every state in the Union--representing actual towns like Nuttsville, Virginia, Parole, Maryland and Sweet Lips, Tennessee. This book tells a tale of fame squandered by unusual habits such as wrong-way baserunning, smelly feet, narcolepsy and uncontrollable sweat. With illustrations by Ed Attanasio and text written by Attanasio and Eric Gouldsberry, this graphic novel takes a funny look at baseball's early years through the eyes of two passionate lifelong fans of this great game.

Ed Attanasio started sketching as a form of rehab after he had a mini-stroke on August 4, 2009. The stroke didn’t affect his body, but it addled his brain to the point where he was unable to continue his job as a journalist/ad copywriter. So, he started drawing a series of illustrations on Post-It-Notes in order to exercise his brain, while he embarked on a slow 14-month recovery. This work is a compilation of those illustrations. 

Start: 04/08/2014 6:30 pm

Gather, Navigate, Welcome, Fortify, Surrender, Save, Listen, Make Mistakes. These are some of the messages renowned artist Nikki McClure affirms in Collect Raindrops ($24.95), a gorgeous monograph of her paper cuts. Organized by season, these delicate pieces exude an optimism that revolves around community, sustenance, parenting, and appreciating both urban and rural landscapes. McClure's work reminds us of the important things: the change of seasons, slowing down the world for a moment so we can actually taste it, looking up at the stars to dream. This reissue of the 2007 art book includes 64 pages of new, breathtaking art. At a smaller trim size than the original, this volume makes the perfect gift.

Nikki McClure is a self-taught cut-paper artist known for her calendar and gift line. She is the author and illustrator of Mama, Is It Summer Yet?; To Market, To Market; Apple; How to Be a Cat; and the illustrator of All in a Day, written by Cynthia Rylant, and May the Stars Drip Down, written by Jeremy Chatelain.

 

Start: 04/08/2014 7:00 pm

"America’s funniest science writer" (Washington Post) takes us down the hatch on an unforgettable tour. The alimentary canal that Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal ($15.95) explores is classic Mary Roach terrain: the questions inspired by our insides are as taboo, in their way, as the cadavers in Stiff, and every bit as surreal as the universe of zero gravity explored in Packing for Mars. Why is crunchy food so appealing? Why is it so hard to find names for flavors and smells? Why doesn’t the stomach digest itself? How much can you eat before your stomach bursts? Can constipation kill you? Did it kill Elvis? In Roach's newest work, we meet scientists who tackle the questions no one else thinks — or has the courage — to ask. And we go on location to a pet-food taste-test lab, a bacteria transplant, and into a live stomach to observe the fate of a meal.

With Roach as our insatiably curious guide, we travel the world, meeting murderers and mad scientists (one is a certain Dr. McNaught, who gleefully sets fire to a young man’s belch), Eskimos (with whom Roach eats the eye of an Arctic char) and exorcists (who have occasionally administered holy water rectally), nuns, terrorists (who, it turns out, for practical reasons do not conceal bombs in their digestive tracts), scammers and schemers, and so we learn about ourselves.

Like all of Roach’s books, this one is as much about human beings as it is about human bodies.

Mary Roach is the author of four previous books: Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void, Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex, Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife, and Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers. Her writing has appeared in Outside, Wired, National Geographic, and the New York Times Magazine, among others. She lives in Oakland, California.

 

Wednesday April 09, 2014
Start: 04/09/2014 6:00 pm

Join CUESA and Book Passage for a panel discussion about the earth beneath our feet with journalist and bestselling author Kristin Ohlson and a panel of soil experts.

Soil is easily dismissed as “just dirt,” but it is one of the most important resources on the planet, and its health affects us all. Ohlson’s new book, The Soil Will Save Usexplains how poor farming and ranching practices—especially modern industrial agriculture—have led to the loss of up to 80 percent of the carbon from the world’s soils. That carbon is now in the atmosphere, heating up the planet. Ohlson makes an elegantly argued case for “our great green hope,” a way in which we can not only heal the land but also potentially reverse global warming.

Also joining the panel is Al Courchesne of Frog Hollow FarmPassionate about soil fertility and microbiology, “Farmer Al” believes that soil care is key not only to planetary health, but also to the superb taste of his famous stone fruit. Frog Hollow Farm makes their own compost out of unusable fruit, pruned tree branches, chipped cardboard boxes, horse manure, coffee grounds from their cafe, waste produce from a distributor, and other donated materials. They also have recently started a worm compost system on the farm.

Panelist Jeff Creque is a co-founder of the Marin Carbon Project (MCP), which seeks to enhance carbon sequestration in rangeland, agricultural, and forest soils. MCPsupports agricultural land managers in undertaking carbon farming in a manner that can both enhance farm productivity and reverse climate change. Dr. Creque is also a director of the Carbon Cycle Institute, whose mission is to stop and reverse global warming by identifying and promoting scalable carbon management practices that are proven to reduce atmospheric carbon. He is an agricultural and rangeland consultant and Natural Resources Conservation Service certified nutrient management planning specialist. 

Moderator: Julie Cummins, CUESA’s Director of Education

The talk will be followed by a reception and book signing, with refreshments from the farmers market. Books will be for sale by Book Passage.

Admission: A $5 donation will be requested at the door (no one turned away for lack of funds). Space is limited.

Location: Port Commission Hearing Room, 2nd floor of the Ferry Building (Embarcadero at Market St.), San Francisco

Start: 04/09/2014 6:00 pm

From the time she was born, Michelle Theall knew she was different. Coming of age in the Texas Bible Belt, a place where it was unacceptable to be gay, Theall found herself at odds with her strict Roman Catholic parents, bullied by her classmates, abandoned by her evangelical best friend, and kicked out of Christian organizations that claimed to embrace her—all before she’d ever held a girl’s hand. Shame and her longing for her mother’s acceptance led her to deny her feelings and eventually run away to a remote stretch of mountains in Colorado. There, she made her home on an elk migration path facing the Continental Divide, speaking to God every day, but rarely seeing another human being.

At forty-three years of age and seemingly settled in her decision to live life openly as a gay woman, Theall and her partner attempt to have their son baptized into the Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church in the liberal town of Boulder, Colorado. Her quest to have her son accepted into the Church leads to a battle with Sacred Heart and with her mother, that leaves her questioning everything she thought she knew about the bonds of family and faith. And she realizes that in order to be a good mother, she may have to be a bad daughter. Teaching the Cat to Sit: A Memoir ($24.99) examines the modern roles of motherhood and religion, and demonstrates that our infinite capacity to love has the power to shape us all.

Michelle Theall is the author of two health books, and her syndicated health and fitness column ran with McClatchy Tribune for several years. She has appeared on NBC Today, MSNBC, The Travel Channel, and the Fox Sports Network, and she garnered two prestigious Folio Awards for her work with Women’s Adventure magazine. Theall won two awards of excellence from the North American Travel Journalists’ Association for her feature and editorial writing. Michelle currently teaches writing and photography at the Creative Conferences. Her feature essay, All That’s Left Is God, earned a 2011 GLAAD Media Award nomination and inspired this book.

 

Thursday April 10, 2014
Start: 04/10/2014 6:00 pm

From food writer, James Beard award-winning cookbook author, and co-founder of Saveur magazine, Colman Andrews, comes My Usual Table: A Life in Restaurants ($25.99), a vivid memoir of a life lived in food. From his Hollywood childhood through his days in the music business, his first forays into restaurant reviewing, and his ever-evolving career as a food writer and magazine editor, Andrews has seen the world mostly from the dining room. In his newest work, he interweaves his own story with intimate tales of the seminal restaurants and the great chefs and restaurateurs of our time who have forever transformed the way we eat, cook, and feel about food.

In sixteen chapters, each anchored by the story of his love affair with a cherished restaurant, Andrews evokes the unforgettable meals he has eaten over a lifetime, the remarkable people with whom he has shared them, and traces the evolution of our food culture. As Andrews began traveling for his career, he spent hours in the family run cafés of Paris and Rome. The timeless dishes so common on their menus, focused on local and seasonal ingredients, would not only come to profoundly influence Andrews’ palate, but also transform the American foodscape forever.

Colman Andrews co-founded Saveur and was its editor-in-chief from 2002 to 2006. After leaving the magazine, he became the restaurant columnist for Gourmet and is currently the editorial director of The Daily Meal, a food and wine mega-site. A native of Los Angeles, he holds degrees in history and philosophy from UCLA, and was a restaurant reviewer and restaurant news columnist for the Los Angeles Times. The recipient of eight James Beard awards, Andrews is the co-author and co-editor of three Saveur cookbooks and seven of his own books on food.

Start: 04/10/2014 6:00 pm

A special event for teens!

Ann Brashares’ first novel for teens since The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, The Here and Now ($18.99), is about a girl from the future who might be able to save the world... if she lets go of the one thing she’s found to hold on to.

Meet seventeen-year-old Prenna James, who immigrated to New York when she was twelve. Except Prenna didn’t come from a different country. She came from a different time—a future where a mosquito-borne illness has mutated into a pandemic, killing millions and leaving the world in ruins.
 
Prenna and the others who escaped to the present day must follow a strict set of rules: never reveal where they’re from, never interfere with history, and never, ever be intimate with anyone outside their community. Prenna does as she’s told, believing she can help prevent the plague that will one day ravage the earth. But everything changes when she falls for Ethan Jarves.

Ann Brashares is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series, 3 Willows, The Last Summer (of You & Me), and My Name Is Memory. She lives in New York City with her husband and their four children.
 

 

Start: 04/10/2014 7:00 pm

Emma Donoghue's explosive new novel is based on an unsolved murder in 1876 San Francisco. The city is in the fierce grip of a record-breaking heatwave and a smallpox epidemic. Through the window of a railroad saloon, a young woman called Jenny Bonnet is shot dead. The survivor, her friend Blanche Beunon, is a French burlesque dancer. Over the next three days, she will risk everything to bring Jenny's murderer to justice--if he doesn't track her down first.

The story Blanche struggles to piece together is one of free-love bohemians, desperate paupers and arrogant millionaires; of jealous men, icy women and damaged children. It's the secret life of Jenny herself, a notorious character who breaks the law every morning by getting dressed: a charmer as slippery as the frogs she hunts.

In thrilling, cinematic style, Frog Music ($27.00), digs up a long-forgotten, never-solved crime. Full of songs that migrated across the world, Donoghue's lyrical tale of love and bloodshed among lowlifes captures the pulse of a boomtown like no other.

Born in Dublin in 1969, Emma Donoghue is an Irish emigrant twice over: she spent eight years in Cambridge doing a PhD in eighteenth-century literature before moving to London, Ontario, where she lives with her partner and their two children. She also migrates between genres, writing literary history, biography, stage and radio plays as well as fairy tales and short stories. She is best known for her novels, which range from the historical (Slammerkin, Life Mask, Landing, The Sealed Letter) to the contemporary (Stir-Fry, Hood, Landing). Her international bestseller Room was a New York Times Best Book of 2010 and was a finalist for the Man Booker, Commonwealth, and Orange Prizes.

 

 

Friday April 11, 2014
Start: 04/11/2014 10:00 am
End: 04/11/2014 12:00 pm

Four Fridays: Apr. 11-May 2 • 10:00-12:00 pm • $160

 

 

Have you always wanted to write but weren’t sure where to begin? Do you think you don’t have the time or the discipline? Leslie Keenan has 28 years experience in helping people uncover and release their ideas. She has worked on nearly 100 published books and knows what it takes to get a book from the first glimmer of an idea into its published form.

Leslie Keenan is an experied writing instructor. One published student says, “If it weren’t for Leslie Keenan’s courses at Book Passage, I would never have written a word of fiction.”

 

Start: 04/11/2014 7:00 pm

Exploring how the world moves is the task of Kate Ascher’s new work, The Way to Go: Moving Through Sea, Land, and Air ($35.00). Lusciously illustrated and meticulously researched, it reveals the highly complex technologies that underpin global transportation. How do airplanes and rockets get up into the sky? What really happens under the hood of a car or in the cables above a streetcar? How do submarines generate enough air to stay underwater for so long? What makes high-speed trains move so fast?

Focusing on the machines that underpin our lives, Ascher also introduces the networks that keep those machines in business— the emergency communication systems that connect ships at sea, the automated tolling systems that maintain the flow of highway traffic, the air control system that keeps planes from colliding in the sky. Equally fascinating are the technologies behind these networks: baggage tag readers that make sure people’s bags go where they need to; automated street lights that adjust their timing based on traffic flow; GPS systems that allow us all to know where we’re going. Together these technologies move more people farther, faster, and with less effort than at any other time in history. As our lives and our businesses become more entwined with others’ across the globe, there has never been a better time to understand how transportation works.

Kate Ascher worked at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the New York City Economic Development Corporation, and Vornado Realty Trust EQ before taking up her current position managing Happold Consulting’s U.S. practice. Additionally, she serves on the faculty of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. Her former books include The Works: Anatomy of a City and The Heights: Anatomy of a Skyscraper.

 

Saturday April 12, 2014
Start: 04/12/2014 1:00 pm

On his 40th birthday, Joe Cross looked in the mirror and didn’t like what he saw. Over-weight and suffering from a debilitating auto-immune disorder that required daily doses of powerful medication, he decided to stop outsourcing his health and instead harness the power of fruits and vegetable by consuming nothing but fresh fruit and vegetable juice for 60-days. Joe lost 89lbs, and remains medication free 5 years later.

The Reboot with Joe Juice Diet: Lose Weight, Get Healthy and Feel Amazing
($16.95) offers readers everything they need to know to do what Joe did – their own Reboot, with valuable insights Joe has gleaned in speaking to experts and groups around the world. It will guide readers step-by-step through a reboot – getting ready, selecting the right plan, how to use a Reboot to create lasting dietary changes, and how to deal with all kinds of obstacles from headaches to navigating social events. It also provides information on how and why Reboots work, as well as inspiration and motivation.

Since his documentary, Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead, was released in 2010 and became a worldwide sensation, Joe Cross has become a tireless advocate for the power of juicing.

Start: 04/12/2014 4:00 pm
Depression, fatigue, chronic pain, sexual dysfunction, anger, and irritability: these are just some of the toxic effects of stress. Stress Relief for Men: How to Use the Revolutionary Tools of Energy Healing to Live Well ($19.95) introduces energy healing techniques based on ancient wisdom and cutting-edge science that are designed to neutralize stress so that you can regain inner strength and power in your life-without talk therapy or drugs. According to preeminent heart surgeon and author Mehmet Oz, MD, "The next big frontier in medicine is energy medicine." This essential resource provides the most scientifically sound tools from this emerging new field applied to the most pressing problems facing men today.

The ultimate goal of these practices is health, vitality, and empowerment-so that you can successfully navigate relationships, skillfully face life's challenges, and enjoy your life!

A licensed psychotherapist for over forty years and the author of ten books including the international best-seller Male Menopause, Jed Diamond, PhD, is the founder and director of MenAlive, a health program that helps men and the women who love them to live well throughout their lives. A speaker at major health conferences worldwide, his work has been featured in newspapers including the New York Times, Boston Globe, Wall Street Journal, Los AngelesTimes, and USA Today, and on more than 1,000 radio and television shows including The View with Barbara Walters, Good Morning America,Today Show, CNN-360 with Anderson Cooper, CNN with Glenn Beck, CBS, NBC, and Fox News.

 

Start: 04/12/2014 7:00 pm

In the 1960s, a girl from rural Nebraska arrives at a Midwestern college. Lonely at first among her more sophisticated classmates, everything changes when she befriends a group of international students and begins to date their self-confident leader. When his calculated seduction becomes date rape, she tells no one, living with fear and shame. For decades after college she carries the secret, always looking for a way to drive the trauma out of her life.

The Blue Eyed Girl
($15.95) is a unique story about the aftermath of crime—for assailant, victim and bystander—and how one woman breaks free of doubt and guilt.

William Goodson has dedicated his career to treating women with breast cancer. A graduate of Harvard Medical School, he has been professor of surgery and chairman of the medical school curriculum committee at University of California San Francisco, as well as recipient of the Compassionate Caring Award from the Institute for Health and Healing in San Francisco. In addition to his practice, he does research on the role of environmental chemicals as a cause of cancer. This is his first novel.
 

Sunday April 13, 2014
Start: 04/13/2014 1:00 pm

Renowned photo-journalist Robert Nickelsberg’s photographs help bring into focus the day-to-day consequences of war, poverty, oppression, and political turmoil in Afghanistan. Since the attack on the World Trade Center, Afghanistan has evolved from a country few people thought twice about to a place that evokes our deepest emotions.

Time magazine photographer, Nickelsberg has been publishing his images of this distant yet all too familiar country since 1988, when he accompanied a group of mujahideen across the border from Pakistan. This remarkable volume of photographs is accompanied by insightful texts from experts on Afghanistan and the Taliban. The images themselves are captioned with places, dates, and Nickelsberg’s own extensive commentary. Timely and important, Afghanistan: A Distant War ($60.00), serves as a reminder that Afghanistan and the rest of the world remain inextricably linked, no matter how much we long to distance outrselves from distant realities.

Robert Nickelsberg has had his work published with the New York Times, Newsweek, the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, the Guardian, Paris Match, Stern, CNN, and NBC. In addition he has exhibited photographs at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the International Center of Photography and at the New  America Foundation in New York.

 

Start: 04/13/2014 2:00 pm
End: 04/13/2014 4:00 pm

$5 for members; $10 for non-members 

Set Your Characters Free: The pitfalls and unexpected rewards of turning memoir into fiction.
 
We are told to "write what we know," which is valid enough when drawing on events and locations which can lend authenticity and supply the ever important "telling detail."  But beware taking a real person (a family member, friend or acquaintance) and placing them, as a complete entity, into a story. You know just how they look, and remember exactly what they said and did, but you can never know the whole truth:  how they felt and thought, or why they behaved that way.
 
Mary-Rose Hayes will discuss writing her new novel, What She Had to Do ($14.95); the reasons it took so long (more than ten years) and how that was a blessing in disguise;  why the characters in the book didn't seem real until she stepped out of their lives and allowed them to develop on their own;  and how, by the time she had typed “The End” for the final time, she had surprisingly come to terms with past issues of her own.
 
British-born Mary-Rose Hayes is the author of eight previous novels including the Time/Life best seller Amethyst, and two political thrillers co-authored with Senator Barbara Boxer.

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: 04/13/2014 4:00 pm

Frankly Frankl: Life, Love, Luck & Automobiles ($49.95), is a fascinating book, celebrating Andrew Frankl's 50 year career in all matter of automotive- related media.The Hungarian-born journalist, publisher,broadcaster and TV commentator has some wonderful anecdotes. The sweetest chapter is entitled Love Story, which tells the extraordinary romance with his second wife, Suzie. The childhood sweethearts were separated for many years as he was obliged to flee his native Hungary during the Revolution of 1956, but were reunited 32 years later and married in September 1996. Who says there are no fairy tales in motor racing?

Andrew Frankl is a native of Hungary, leaving Hungary in 1956, and ending up in the U.K., where he attended the University of Sheffield. He worked at Ford and has stayed on the automotive/sports track ever since. Frankl was the owner, publisher and writer of Car Magazine (similar to Car & Driver in the U.S.). He launched two magazines on trucks, sold the company and ended up in California. Currently he is Grand Prix editor and feature writer of Forza, a Ferrari magazine published in Novato, CA and European Bureau Chief of the Autochannel, an automotive site established in 1995. His radio work includes co-hosting a car show here in the Bay Area. He also works for Hungarian TV/radio, Grand Prix racing and the Olympics. He currently lives in Marin County and London.

 

Start: 04/13/2014 6:30 pm

Left Bank in Larkspur • Single $120; Couple $180 (one book)

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James Beard Award-winning author Michael Ruhlman brings food lovers and home chefs his delightful new cookbook Egg. He explains why the egg is a “miracle of natural design” and the key to the craft of cooking. He shows how to make brioche, souffles, homemade pasta, breads, meringues, custards, quiche, cakes, and mayonnaise. Color photographs take readers step by step through the recipes. Ruhlman’s books include The Elements of Cooking, Charcuterie, and The French Laundry Cookbook.

 

Start: 04/13/2014 7:00 pm

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Esther is a Ugandan teenager abducted by the Lord's Resistance Army and forced to witness and commit unspeakable atrocities, who is struggling to survive, to escape, and to find a way to live with what she has seen and done. Jane is an American journalist who has traveled to Africa, hoping to give a voice to children like Esther and to find her center after a series of failed relationships. Using unflinching prose, author, Susan Minot interweaves their stories, giving us razor-sharp portraits of two extraordinary young women confronting displacement, heartbreak, and the struggle to wrest meaning from events that test them both in unimaginable ways.  

With mesmerizing emotional intensity and stunning evocations of Africa's beauty and its horror, Thirty Girls ($26.95) gives us Minot's most brilliant and ambitious novel yet.

Susan Minot's first novel, Monkeys, was published in a dozen countries and received the Prix Femina Étranger in France. She is the author of Rapture, Lust & Other Stories, Folly, and Poems 4 A.M., and wrote the screenplay for Bernardo Bertolucci's Stealing Beauty. Her novel Evening was a worldwide best seller and became a major motion picture. She lives on an island in Maine.

 

Monday April 14, 2014
Start: 04/14/2014 6:00 pm

Left Coast Writers® Literary Round-up

Humor. Drama. Love. Mystery. Left Coast Writers will read selections from some of our favorite works in a variety of genres and forms. The Left Coast Writers meet monthly at Book Passage for lively evenings with an amazing roster of guest speakers.

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: 04/14/2014 7:00 pm

Vocally graceful and fearlessly intimate, Steal the North ($27.95), Heather Brittain Bergstrom’s remarkable debut novel, is a strikingly beautiful  portrait of modern identity, faith, family, and love in all of its forms.

Emmy Nolan is a sheltered and introverted sixteen-year-old living in Sacramento with her mom, Kate, when a phone call comes from an aunt she never knew existed. Fifteen years earlier, Kate had abandoned her only sibling, Beth, fleeing their tiny eastern Washington town and the fundamentalist Baptist church that had condemned her as a whore. Beth, who’s pregnant for what she knows is the last time after countless miscarriages, believes her only hope to delivering the baby is Emmy’s participation in a faith healing ceremony.

Emmy reluctantly goes. Despite uncovering her mom’s desperate and painful past, she soon finds she has come home—immediately developing a strong bond with her aunt Beth and feeling destined to the rugged landscape. Then Emmy meets Reuben Tonasket, the Native American boy who lives next door. Though passion-filled and resilient, their love story is eerily mirrored by the generation before them, who fear that their own mistakes are doomed to repeat themselves in Emmy and Reuben.

This is a marvelously imaginative and deeply felt debut, one whose characters live at a nearly intolerable level of vulnerability. Yet, as fragile as they may seem, Bergstrom has imbued them with a tremendous inner strength, proving that home is a spiritual one, that getting over the past is hope for the future, and that the bond between family is truly unbreakable.

Heather Brittain Bergstrom has won fiction awards from the Atlantic Monthly, the Chicago Tribune, Narrative Magazine and others, and a story was named a distinguished and notable story for The Best American Short Stories in 2010. Her short fiction has been published in several literary journals and anthologies. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing. She is from eastern Washington and now resides in northern California.

 



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