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Start: 10:00 am
End: 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: 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: 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.

 

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Start: 8:30 am
End: 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: 12:40 pm
End: 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: 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: 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: 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.

 

 

 

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Start: 8:30 am
End: 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: 8:30 am
End: 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: 10:30 am
End: 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: 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. 

 

 

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Start: 1:00 pm
End: 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: 1:15 pm
End: 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: 3:00 pm
End: 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: 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: 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: 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. 

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Start: 9:00 am
End: 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: 11:30 am
End: 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: 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: 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.

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Start: 10:00 am
End: 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: 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: 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.

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Start: 9:00 am
End: 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: 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: 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.

 

 



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