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Start: 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: 2:00 pm
End: 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: 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.

 

 

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Start: 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: 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.
 
 
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Start: 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.
 
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Start: 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.

 

 

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Start: 10:00 am
End: 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: 2:00 pm
End: 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: 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: 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. 
 
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Start: 9:30 am
End: 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: 10:00 am
End: 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: 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: 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: 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. 

 



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