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Start: 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: 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: 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.

 

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Start: 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. 

 

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Start: 10:30 am
End: 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: 1:00 pm
End: 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: 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: 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.

 

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Start: 10:00 am
End: 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: 3:30 pm
End: 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: 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.

 

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Start: 2:00 pm
End: 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: 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: 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: 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.

 

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Start: 12:30 pm
End: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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.

 

 

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



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