Start: 1:00 pm
Renowned photo-journalist Robert Nickelsberg’s photographs help bring into focus the day-to-day consequences of war, poverty, oppression, and political turmoil in Afghanistan. Since the attack on the World Trade Center, Afghanistan has evolved from a country few people thought twice about to a place that evokes our deepest emotions.
Start: 2:00 pm
End: 4:00 pm
$5 for members; $10 for non-members
Set Your Characters Free: The pitfalls and unexpected rewards of turning memoir into fiction.
The Marin branch of the California Writers Club celebrates 14 years with Book Passage. Meetings are open to the public. See www.cwcmarinwriters.com for information.
Start: 4:00 pm
Frankly Frankl: Life, Love, Luck & Automobiles ($49.95), is a fascinating book, celebrating Andrew Frankl's 50 year career in all matter of automotive- related media.The Hungarian-born journalist, publisher,broadcaster and TV commentator has some wonderful anecdotes. The sweetest chapter is entitled Love Story, which tells the extraordinary romance with his second wife, Suzie. The childhood sweethearts were separated for many years as he was obliged to flee his native Hungary during the Revolution of 1956, but were reunited 32 years later and married in September 1996. Who says there are no fairy tales in motor racing?
Andrew Frankl is a native of Hungary, leaving Hungary in 1956, and ending up in the U.K., where he attended the University of Sheffield. He worked at Ford and has stayed on the automotive/sports track ever since. Frankl was the owner, publisher and writer of Car Magazine (similar to Car & Driver in the U.S.). He launched two magazines on trucks, sold the company and ended up in California. Currently he is Grand Prix editor and feature writer of Forza, a Ferrari magazine published in Novato, CA and European Bureau Chief of the Autochannel, an automotive site established in 1995. His radio work includes co-hosting a car show here in the Bay Area. He also works for Hungarian TV/radio, Grand Prix racing and the Olympics. He currently lives in Marin County and London.
Start: 6:30 pm
Left Bank in Larkspur • Single $120; Couple $180 (one book)
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James Beard Award-winning author Michael Ruhlman brings food lovers and home chefs his delightful new cookbook Egg. He explains why the egg is a “miracle of natural design” and the key to the craft of cooking. He shows how to make brioche, souffles, homemade pasta, breads, meringues, custards, quiche, cakes, and mayonnaise. Color photographs take readers step by step through the recipes. Ruhlman’s books include The Elements of Cooking, Charcuterie, and The French Laundry Cookbook.
Start: 7:00 pm
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Esther is a Ugandan teenager abducted by the Lord's Resistance Army and forced to witness and commit unspeakable atrocities, who is struggling to survive, to escape, and to find a way to live with what she has seen and done. Jane is an American journalist who has traveled to Africa, hoping to give a voice to children like Esther and to find her center after a series of failed relationships. Using unflinching prose, author, Susan Minot interweaves their stories, giving us razor-sharp portraits of two extraordinary young women confronting displacement, heartbreak, and the struggle to wrest meaning from events that test them both in unimaginable ways.
Start: 6:00 pm
Left Coast Writers® Literary Round-up
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
Vocally graceful and fearlessly intimate, Steal the North ($27.95), Heather Brittain Bergstrom’s remarkable debut novel, is a strikingly beautiful portrait of modern identity, faith, family, and love in all of its forms.
Heather Brittain Bergstrom has won fiction awards from the Atlantic Monthly, the Chicago Tribune, Narrative Magazine and others, and a story was named a distinguished and notable story for The Best American Short Stories in 2010. Her short fiction has been published in several literary journals and anthologies. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing. She is from eastern Washington and now resides in northern California.
Start: 12:00 pm
Ticket: $55 (includes lunch & signed copy of The Other Language)
"What makes these tales stand out as captivating exemplars of storytelling craft is Ms. Marciano’s sympathetic, but wryly unsentimental knowledge of these people’s inner lives; her ability — not unlike Alice Munro’s — to capture the entire arc of a character’s life in handful of pages; and her precise yet fluent prose (the result, perhaps, of writing in a second language), that immerses us, ineluctably, in the predicaments of her men and women."
—Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
The Other Language ($24.95), is the most evocative and immediate work yet from Francesca Marciano, a writer adored by readers for her global sensibility, humor, and narrative flair. Taking us to Venice during film festival season, a sun-drenched Greek village at the height of summer holidays, and a classical dance community in southern India, these stories sparkle with insight, pitch-perfect dialogue, and surprising twists. In all of these remarkable stories, characters take risks, confront fears, and step outside their boundaries into new passions and destinies. Enlivened by Marciano's vivid and clear eye on love and betrayal, politics and travel, and the awakenings of childhood, her newest work is a tour de force that illuminates both the joys and ironies of self-reinvention.
Book Passage hosts literary luncheons with celebrated authors at our Marin store. These events are catered by the outstanding Insalata’s Restaurant of San Anselmo. The price includes lunch and an autographed book.
Start: 6:00 pm
The Burglary: The Discovery of J. Edgar Hoover's Secret FBI ($29.95) tells the never-before-told full story of the history-changing break-in at the FBI office in Media, Pennsylvania, by a group of unlikely activists—quiet, ordinary, hardworking Americans—that made clear the shocking truth and confirmed what some had long suspected, that J. Edgar Hoover had created and was operating, in violation of the U.S. Constitution, his own shadow Bureau of Investigation.
Start: 7:00 pm
“War! . . . . / What is it good for? / Absolutely nothing,” says the famous song—but archaeology, history, and biology show that war in fact has been good for something. Surprising as it sounds, war has made humanity safer and richer.
In War! What Is It Good For?: Conflict and the Progress of Civilization from Primates to Robots ($28.00), the renowned historian and archaeologist Ian Morris tells the gruesome, gripping story of fifteen thousand years of war, going beyond the battles and brutality to reveal what war has really done to and for the world. Stone Age people lived in small, feuding societies and stood a one-in-ten or even one-in-five chance of dying violently. In the twentieth century, by contrast—despite two world wars, Hiroshima, and the Holocaust—fewer than one person in a hundred died violently. The explanation: War, and war alone, has created bigger, more complex societies, ruled by governments that have stamped out internal violence. Strangely enough, killing has made the world safer, and the safety it has produced has allowed people to make the world richer too.War has been history’s greatest paradox, but this searching study of fifteen thousand years of violence suggests that the next half century is going to be the most dangerous of all time. If we can survive it, the age-old dream of ending war may yet come to pass. But, Morris argues, only if we understand what war has been good for can we know where it will take us next.
Ian Morris is the Jean and Rebecca Willard Professor of Classics and Professor in History at Stanford University, and the author of the critically acclaimed Why the West Rules—for Now. He has published ten scholarly books and has directed excavations in Greece and Italy. He lives in the Santa Cruz Mountains.
Start: 12:30 pm
A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. His wife has died, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. Slowly but surely, he is isolating himself from all the people of Alice Island--from Lambiase, the well-intentioned police officer who’s always felt kindly toward Fikry; from Ismay, his sister-in-law ; from Amelia, the lovely and idealistic Knightley Press sales rep who refuses to be deterred by A.J.’s bad attitude. Even the books in his store have stopped holding pleasure for him.
Start: 6:00 pm
Raiders of the Nile ($26.99) takes place in 88 B.C., where it seems as if all the world is at war. From Rome to Greece and to Egypt itself, most of civilization is on the verge of war. The young Gordianus—a born-and-raised Roman citizen—is living in Alexandria, making ends meet by plying his trade of solving puzzles and finding things out for pay. He whiles away his time with his slave Bethesda, waiting for the world to regain its sanity. But on the day Gordianus turns twenty-two, Bethesda is kidnapped by brigands who mistake her for a rich man’s mistress. If Gordianus is to find and save Bethesda, who has come to mean more to him than even he suspected, he must find the kidnappers before they realize their mistake and cut their losses. Using all the skills he learned from his father, Gordianus must track them down and convince them that he can offer something of enough value in exchange for Bethesda’s release.
Start: 7:00 pm
Joel Sevlin’s biography, Here Comes the Night: The Dark Soul of Bert Berns and the Dirty Business of Rhythm and Blues ($25.00), is the definitive account of the golden age of rhythm and blues in the early 1960s. It chronicles the ultimately tragic story of songwriter/record producer, Bert Berns. Due to a bout with rheumatic fever as a child, Berns was not expected to live to see 21. However, Berns refused to let his health challenges hold him back and thrived under the auspices of Atlantic Records.
His fury to succeed led Berns to use his Mafia associations to muscle Atlantic Records out of their partnership and intimidate new talents like Neil Diamond and Van Morrison, whom he had signed to his record label. Berns died at age 38 from a long-expected heart attack.
Joel Selvin is a San Francisco-based music critic and author known for his weekly column in the San Francisco Chronicle which ran from 1972 to 2009. Selvin has written books covering various aspects of pop music—including the New York Times bestseller, Red: My Uncensored Life In Rock with Sammy Hagar—and has interviewed a large number of musical artists. Selvin has published articles in Rolling Stone, the Los Angeles Times, Billboard, Melody Maker and has written liner notes for dozens of recorded albums. He has appeared in documentaries about the music scene and has occasionally taken the stage himself as a rock and roll singer.
Start: 6:00 pm
The most popular drug in America is a white powder. No, not that powder. This is caffeine in its most essential state. And Caffeinated reveals the little-known truth about this addictive, largely unregulated drug found in coffee, energy drinks, teas, colas, chocolate, and even pain relievers.
Start: 7:00 pm
Ticket: $30.50 (includes copy of Creativity, Inc.)
Introduced by Mark Fishkin, Executive Director and Founder of the California Film Institute and the Founder and Director of the Mill Valley Film Festival
In Conversation with Jim Morris, General Manager/ Executive Vice President of Production at Pixar
For nearly twenty years, Pixar has dominated the world of animation, producing fourteen consecutive #1 box office hits. But before Pixar was one of the world’s most successful movie studios, it was a small hardware company struggling to stay afloat. Ed Catmull, who co-founded the company in 1986 with Steve Jobs and John Lasseter, led Pixar as it moved toward its goal—to make the first-ever computer animated movie—and grew into the creative, innovative force that it is today. In Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration ($28.00), Catmull reveals the ideals that have made the studio so widely admired and profitable.
This work is a distillation of the core principles Catmull has used to develop Pixar’s singular creative culture. Its lessons will serve anyone who wants to work in an environment that fosters problem solving and creativity, and any leader who wants to enable their people to thrive and collaborate effectively. Its rare view into how Pixar’s beloved movies are made will appeal to the studio’s millions of fans, and Catmull’s account of Steve Jobs casts a new portrait of the man he calls, “Pixar’s fiercest champion and a close friend.”
Ed Catmull is co-founder of Pixar Animation Studios and president of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios. He has been honored with five Academy Awards, including the Gordon E. Sawyer Award for lifetime achievement in the field of computer graphics. He received his Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Utah. He lives in San Francisco with his wife and children.
Jim Morris is General Manager and Executive Vice President of Production at Pixar, where he oversees all of the studio’s productions and operations. He produced Disney Pixar’s Academy Award®-winning feature, WALL-E, for which he was awarded Producer of the Year in Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures from the Producer’s Guild of America, a BAFTA, an AFI Award, a Golden Globe and A VES Award.
Mark Fishkin is the Executive Director and Founder of the California Film Institute and the Founder and Director of the Mill Valley Film Festival. Since founding the Mill Valley Film Festival in 1977, it has garnered a reputation as a favorite among filmmakers and one of the most influential non-competitive festivals in North America.
Start: 12:30 pm
Move over bland,
wimpy tofu and lackluster salads-- Meatless All Day: Recipes for Inspired Vegetarian Meals ($19.95) redefines meat-free
meals as colorful and super-satisfying. Whether you're a committed
vegetarian or are trying to cut down on meat, the hearty, creative
recipes will inspire you to cook in new ways.
Here, you'll discover Beet Wellington, Spaghetti with White Bean Balls,
Quinoa-Polenta Cakes with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce and White Bean Puree,
Roasted Root Vegetable and Goat Cheese Salad with Lemon-Tahini
Vinaigrette, and Baklava Sticky Buns--fare that will make avowed
carnivores jealous. One secret behind these dishes: high-impact
ingredients (like miso, tomato paste, and mushrooms).
To ensure that readers' dishes come out perfectly, the book opens with key cooking techniques, such as Tips for Perfect Vegetables, The Art of Cooking Eggs, and Tips for a Golden Brown, Crispy Exterior. It then lists 45 ""power ingredients"" that lend vegetarian food a meaty flavor, meaty texture, or both. The heart of the book is 85 ultra-flavorful recipes, with meal suggestions and ideas for making non-vegan fare vegan. Hungry yet? Get ready to stock your pantry and start cooking.
Dina Cheney graduated from Columbia College, Columbia University and the Institute of Culinary Education Career program. She studied art at the Rhode Island School of Design and The Yellow Barn Studio and Gallery. She the author of Tasting Club, Williams-Sonoma; New Flavors for Salads, and Year-Round Slow Cooker: 100 Favorite Recipes for Every Season. For three years, she has been the "Taste Test" columnist for Everyday with Rachael Ray. She has also written articles or developed recipes for 20 other publications, including Parents, Fine Cooking, Coastal Living, Specialty Food, Cooking Light, and The Huffington Post.
Start: 10:00 am
End: 2:00 pm
Sat., Apr. 19 • 10:00-2:00 pm • $60
48-hour advance registration • Limit of six
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You’ve written a story and you can’t wait to hear what others think. Or you’re stuck and need help. Bring your story to this on-the-spot workshop, and we’ll critique it. Amy Novesky is a children’s book editor, author, and workshop leader.
Start: 12:30 pm
In 1960, actress and dreamer Lena Spencer opened a
small, grassroots coffeehouse, Caffè Lena, in Saratoga Springs, New York. It was a time in
America when a coffeehouse could be something more—a focal point for a
different sort of people, radical new ideas, and emerging
artists. Caffè Lena’s humble stage regularly welcomed musicians such as a
young Bob Dylan, singer/activist Bernice Johnson Reagon, and a pre-“American Pie” Don McLean. Quickly, Caffè Lena
took its place within the American
folk movement that inspired a generation of musicians, artists, and
Jocelyn Arem is a folklorist, producer, consultant, and musician, who played her first professional gig on Caffè Lena’s legendary stage. Inspired by the Caffè’s history, she began to document the legacy and cultural impact of the venue and its founder. Her writing appears in the American Folklife Center News, The Association for Recorded Sound Collections Journal, and Boston Beats magazine, and her research has been featured on NPR, NBC, CBS, ABC, in American Airlines Magazine, and at Grammy week in Los Angeles.
Start: 1:00 pm
The Dog Lover's Guide to Travel: Best Destinations, Hotels, Events, and Advice to Please Your Pet-And You ($22.95) answers common questions for pet owners looking to take a vacation with a pet, such as: how can I determine if my dog is ready for a trip, how do I select the right carrier and appropriate travel gear, what do I need to know before booking a flight with my pup? Author, Kelly Carter, shares her knowledge of what to expect at hotels, airports, the beach, and more. The book is divided by region, showcasing 75 pet-friendly cities across North America, from Sanibel Island, FL, to Whistler, BC. In each, Carter offers all the best for pets, from top hotels to perfect parks, to trendy pet shops and doggie bakeries. Special features include walks you can take with your dog, insider tips from local pet owners, and sidebars detailing unique opportunities available only to people with a dog in tow.
Whether you’re looking for a simple off-leash romp in a nearby park, or trying to find a fancy wine-and-wag event, Carter provides the ultimate resource for making the most of travel with your best canine friend. Filling the need for a high-quality, well-researched travel guide for dog owners, this book provides guidance for those planning ahead for summer getaways.
Kelly Carter has spent more than a decade traveling around the world with her beloved longhair Chihuahua, Lucy. She founded TheJetSetPets.com, a resource for people who travel with their pets. A popular speaker at travel conferences, Carter is also the pet travel expert for AOL's pet site PawNation and Elite Traveler, where she’s a Contributing Editor. She has written for numerous publications and websites, including People, USA Today, Departures, Black Enterprise, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Sun-Times, History Channel Magazine, Brides.com, TownandCountryTravelMag.com. With Venus Williams, Carter co-authored the New York Times best-selling book Come to Win: Business Leaders, Artists, Doctors and Other Visionaries on How Sports Can Help You Top Your Profession.
Start: 4:00 pm
In a rousing account of one of the critical turning points in American history, Through the Perilous Fight: Six Weeks That Saved the Nation ($30.00)
tells the gripping story of the burning of Washington, and the
improbable last stand at Baltimore that helped save the nation and
inspired its National Anthem.
Steve Vogel is the author of The Pentagon, and a veteran national reporter for The Washington Post. He has written extensively about military affairs and the treatment of veterans from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. His reporting on the war in Afghanistan was part of a package of Washington Post stories selected as a finalist for the 2002 Pulitzer Prize. Vogel covered the September 11 terrorist attack on the Pentagon, and the building’s subsequent reconstruction. He covered the war in Iraq and the first Gulf War, as well as U.S. military operations in Rwanda, Somalia, and the Balkans. A graduate of the College of William and Mary, Vogel received a Master’s Degree in International Public Policy from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.