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Start: 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: 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: 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: 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.

 

 

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Start: 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.

 

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Start: 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. 

 

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Start: 3:00 pm
End: 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: 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: 6:30 pm
End: 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: 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.

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Start: 10:00 am
End: 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: 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: 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: 6:30 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.  

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

 



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