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Start: 10:00 am
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Sun., Apr. 6 • 10:00-1:00 pm • $55

 

 

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

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

 

Start: 1:00 pm

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

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

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

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

 

Start: 4:00 pm

Co-sponsored by Marin Shakespeare Company. 

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

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

 

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Start: 7:00 pm

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

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

 

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Start: 6:00 pm

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

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

Start: 6:30 pm

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

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

 

Start: 7:00 pm

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

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

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

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

 

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Start: 6:00 pm

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

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

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

 

Start: 6:00 pm

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

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

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

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

Moderator: Julie Cummins, CUESA’s Director of Education

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

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

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

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Start: 6:00 pm

A special event for teens!

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

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

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

 

Start: 6:00 pm

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

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

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

Start: 7:00 pm

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

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

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

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

 

 

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Start: 10:00 am
End: 12:00 pm

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

 

 

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

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

 

Start: 7:00 pm

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

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

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

 

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Start: 1:00 pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Start: 7:00 pm

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

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

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



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