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Monday April 21, 2014
Start: 04/21/2014 12:40 pm
End: 04/21/2014 2:25 pm

Seven Mon., Apr. 21-June 9 (no class 5/26), 12:40-2:25 pm, $220

 

 

Students continue work in Ultimate Italian. Emphasis is on conversation and review. This class is part of the Wendy Walsh Italian series, taught by Gaia Toscano.

Start: 04/21/2014 7:00 pm

Meet Momo, a border collie who loves tagging along on adventures and getting his picture taken. Find Momo: A Photography Book ($14.95), is more than a photo book: it’s a game, and it’s up to you to find out where the playful pup is hiding. Fans of photographer Andrew Knapp’s popular blog and Instagram feed will love the whimsical pictures of Momo in his element and all-new adventures as he poses, peeks out, and camouflages himself in all kinds of places. From simple settings to more complex hide-and-go-seeks, there’s lots for dog lovers of all ages to discover.

Andrew Knapp is a freelance interface designer and photographer from northern Ontario. Dog crazy, with a desire to make everyday routines into creative adventures, Andrew has presented a TEDx Talk, collaborated on an Instamissions project with MTV and Sony, and been feature in national and international media outlets including the Huffington Post, Mashable, ABCNews.com, and the Daily Mail Online.

Momo is an adorable, brown-eyed, nearly five-year-old border collie, Andrew’s BFF, and a genius at hiding. He has over 120,000 Instagram fans.

 

Start: 04/21/2014 7:00 pm

Are you longing for your life to be easier and more fun? Would you like to stop pushing, micromanaging, and forcing things so you can relax? What if you could enjoy what you have instead of always lusting for “more?” What if you could stop worrying about money and live with more emotional ease in the moment? If you answer “yes” to all these questions and desire lasting positive change, then prepare to experience the ecstasy of surrender in, The Ecstasy of Surrender: 12 Surprising Ways Letting Go Can Empower Your Life ($25.00).

The art of letting go, Dr. Judith Orloff explains, is the secret key to manifesting power and success in all areas of  life, including work, relationships, sexuality, health and healing. In our super-connected world where emails and text messages constantly interrupt us, it’s easier to let go than you think. Once embraced, surrendering removes roadblocks and the exhaustion that comes from “trying too hard”—and it helps you achieve goals more effortlessly and brings ongoing happiness.

With her stunning gift for storytelling coupled with her unique, results-oriented approach to physical, emotional, and spiritual health, Dr. Orloff provides a powerful, practical, and accessible map for anyone who is longing to be happier but who feels stuck, burned-out, tense, worried, or afraid to let go.

Judith Orloff, M.D., assistant clinical professor of Psychiatry at UCLA, has helped patients practice the art of surrender to achieve emotional freedom for more than two decades. She is the author of the New York Times bestseller Emotional Freedom and the bestsellers Positive Energy, Judith Orloff’s Guide to Intuitive Healing, and Second Sight. She has appeared on The Dr. Oz Show, the Today show, PBS, CNN, and NPR, and her TED talk debut of this book has over a half million views on YouTube.

 

Tuesday April 22, 2014
Start: 04/22/2014 8:30 am
End: 04/22/2014 10:15 am

Seven Tues., Apr. 22-June 3, 8:30-10:15 am, $220

 

 

Students will finish/review Ultimate Italian. Emphasis is on conversation, and review of various difficult grammatical structures. This is a review of Wendy Walsh's 4th Year Italian class, taught by Kathy Freschi. 

 

Start: 04/22/2014 1:00 pm

When did making babies get to be so hard? Infertility is on the rise globally, but instead of considering diet and lifestyle factors, doctors pump their patients full of expensive and invasive fertility treatments. Once pregnant, women just accept that carrying a baby will be the gassy, swollen, irritable, sleepless nightmare that has become the new normal—and then assume that new motherhood will be just as challenging, from breastfeeding woes to screaming fits.

It doesn’t have to be that way. In The Kind Mama: A Simple Guide to Supercharged Fertility, a Radiant Pregnancy, a Sweeter Birth, and a Healthier, More Beautiful Beginning ($22.99), Alicia Silverstone has created a comprehensive and practical guide empowering women to take charge of their fertility, pregnancy, and first 6 months with baby. Drawing on her own experience, as well as that of obstetricians, midwives, nutritionists, holistic health counselors, and others, Silverstone offers advice on getting one’s "baby house" in order, and gentle ways to boost comfort, energy, and health during each trimester. She helps readers navigate everything from birth plans to successful breastfeeding and creating a supportive "baby nest." The result is an authoritative, one-stop guide that empowers women to trust their instincts during this vital milestone, while helping them embark on a healthy and more vibrant path to motherhood.

Alicia Silverstone is the bestselling author of The Kind Diet and founder of TheKindLife.com. Best known for her generation-defining turn in Clueless, she continues to work steadily in film, television, and theater. A dynamic and well-connected fixture in the acting, political, and scientific communities, she is a dedicated activist on behalf of the planet and endangered animals. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and their son, Bear Blu.

 

Start: 04/22/2014 6:00 pm

Angie Chuang takes on an assignment to “find the human face of the country we’re about to bomb” weeks after the 2001 terrorist attacks. Her five-year journey into the lives of the Shirzai family transports her far beyond journalism. She travels to their homeland Afghanistan, and becomes intimately involved with the family’s story of loss and triumph over war. As she is drawn ever deeper into the Shirzais’s lives, Chuang confronts unknown territory closer to her own home. Her own immigrant family from Taiwan is falling apart. Mental illness, divorce, and deeply rooted cultural taboos have shattered her own family’s American Dream. Ultimately, she finds the two families are more similar than she had imagined.

The title, The Four Words for Home ($19.95), comes from the idea that in the Pashto language in Afghanistan, “home” is not a single word, but four. There are separate words to convey the concepts of “birthplace,” “native land,” “country,” and “house,” as is fitting to a people who have endured so much displacement, occupation, and upheaval. For all immigrants, the idea of “home” is both fluid and elusive, far more than a single place on the map. At its core, this story speaks to all those who have sought that ineffable idea of home, across oceans and generations, in their own, or in other, cultures and families.

Angie Chuang is a writer and educator based in Washington, D.C. Her work has appeared in Creative Nonfiction, The Asian American Literary Review, Vela, The Root, Washingtonian magazine, CALYX, and multiple editions of The Best Women’s Travel Writing and The Best Travel Writing. She is on the Journalism faculty of the American University School of Communication. In addition to writing and researching stories of immigrant Americans, Chuang is the daughter of Chinese American immigrants herself. She grew up in the Chinese American enclaves of the San Francisco Bay Area, and is fluent in Mandarin Chinese. She received her B.A. and M.A. in English literature at Stanford University.

 

Start: 04/22/2014 6:30 pm

Terri Glass, Marin Coordinator for California Poets in the Schools, will host a lively reading celebrating selected student poets from all over the county. Poet Teachers, Karen Benke, Lea Aschenas, Sasha Eakle, Claire Blotter, Kathy Evans, Giovanni Singleton, and Brian Kervin will be on hand to introduce their students. Come hear these talented youth surprise you and feed your heart.

 

Start: 04/22/2014 7:00 pm

In conversation with Michael Krasny 

Online registration is closed. Tickets available the door!

In middle age, Barbara Ehrenreich came across the journal she had kept during her tumultuous adolescence and set out to reconstruct that quest, which had taken her to the study of science and through a cataclysmic series of uncanny-or as she later learned to call them, "mystical"-experiences. A staunch atheist and rationalist, she is profoundly shaken by the implications of her life-long search.

Part memoir, part philosophical and spiritual inquiry, Living With a Wild God: A Nonbelievers Search for the Truth About Everything ($26.00), brings an older woman's wry and erudite perspective to a young girl's uninhibited musings on the questions that, at one point or another, torment us all. Ehrenreich's most personal book ever will spark a lively and heated conversation about religion and spirituality, science and morality, and the "meaning of life."

Certain to be a classic, Ehrenreich's new work combines intellectual rigor with a frank account of the inexplicable, in Ehrenreich's singular voice, to produce a true literary achievement.

Barbara Ehrenreich is the author of fourteen books, including the bestselling Nickel and Dimed and Bait and Switch. She lives in Virginia.

Wednesday April 23, 2014
Start: 04/23/2014 12:00 pm

World Book Night is an annual celebration dedicated to spreading the love of reading, person to person.  Each year on April 23, tens of thousands of people go out into their communities and give half a million free World Book Night paperbacks to light and non-readers. 

World Book Night is about giving books and encouraging reading in those who don’t regularly do so. But it is also about more than that: It’s about people, communities and connections, about reaching out to others and touching lives in the simplest of ways—through the sharing of stories. 

For more information of giving out books on helping out, contact Zack Ruskin, Marketing Cooridinator for Book Passage, at zruskin@bookpassage.com

Start: 04/23/2014 6:00 pm
End: 04/23/2014 8:00 pm

Two Wednesdays, Apr. 23 & 30 • 6:00-8:00 pm • $120 (or $70 for one class)

 

 

 

 

Steve Rabinowitsh has lived in Paris and led walking tours through the city. He has a Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning and teaches at Santa Rosa Junior College.

Class 1: History of Paris Architecture and Development: Focuses on the development of Paris from Roman times to the present. The class explores the architectural history of Paris and its most important buildings.

Class 2: Virtual Walks in Paris: The class takes virtual walks of the neighborhoods of Paris, touring the Marais, the Left Bank, and other lesser known areas. 

Start: 04/23/2014 6:00 pm

In this mesmerizing debut novel by Justin Go, a young American discovers he may be heir to the unclaimed estate of an English World War I officer, which launches him on a quest across Europe to uncover the elusive truth.

The Steady Running of the Hour
($26.00) tells the story of Tristan Campbell, who just after graduating college, receives a letter delivered by special courier to his apartment in San Francisco. It contains the phone number of a Mr. J.F. Prichard of Twyning & Hooper, Solicitors, in London—and news that could change Tristan’s life forever. In 1924, Prichard explains, an English alpinist named Ashley Walsingham died attempting to summit Mt. Everest, leaving his fortune to his former lover, Imogen Soames-Andersson. But the estate was never claimed. Information has recently surfaced suggesting Tristan may be the rightful heir, but unless he can find documented evidence, the fortune will be divided among charitable beneficiaries in less than two months.

In a breathless race from London archives to Somme battlefields to the Eastfjords of Iceland, Tristan pieces together the story of a forbidden affair set against the tumult of the First World War and the pioneer British expeditions to Mt. Everest. Following his instincts through a maze of frenzied research, Tristan soon becomes obsessed with the tragic lovers, and he crosses paths with a mysterious French girl named Mireille who suggests there is more to his quest than he realizes. Tristan must prove that he is related to Imogen to inherit Ashley’s fortune—but the more he learns about the couple, the stranger his journey becomes.

Justin Go attended the University of California at Berkeley, where he graduated with a BA in history and art history. He also holds an MA in English from University College London. He has lived in Tokyo, Paris, London, New York City, and Berlin. He is currently at work on his second novel.
 

 

Start: 04/23/2014 7:00 pm

The author of three beloved books about her life in Italy, including Under the Tuscan Sun and Every Day in Tuscany, Frances Mayes revisits the turning points that defined her early years in Fitzgerald, Georgia. With her signature style and grace, Mayes explores the power of landscape, the idea of home, and the lasting force of a chaotic and loving family.

From her years as a spirited, secretive child, through her university studies—a period of exquisite freedom that imbued her with a profound appreciation of friendship and a love of travel—to her escape to a new life in California, Mayes exuberantly recreates the intense relationships of her past, recounting the bitter and sweet stories of her complicated family: her beautiful yet fragile mother, Frankye; her unpredictable father, Garbert; Daddy Jack, whose life Garbert saved; grandmother Mother Mayes; and the family maid, Frances’s confidant Willie Bell.

Under Magnolia: A Southern Memoir ($26.00) is a searingly honest, humorous, and moving ode to family and place, and a thoughtful meditation on the ways they define us, or cause us to define ourselves. With acute sensory language, Mayes relishes the sweetness of the South, the smells and tastes at her family table, the fragrance of her hometown trees, and writes an unforgettable story of a girl whose perspicacity and dawning self-knowledge lead her out of the South and into the rest of the world, and then to a profound return home.

Frances Mayes is the author of worldwide bestselling Tuscany memoirs; travel memoir A Year in the World; illustrated books, In Tuscany and Bringing Tuscany Home (with Edward Mayes); and The Tuscan Sun Cookbook (also with Edward Mayes). She has published a novel, Swan, set in the South; The Discovery of Poetry: A Field Guide for Reading and Writing Poems; and five books of poetry.  Her books have been translated into more than fifty languages.  She divides her time between Tuscany and North Carolina.

Thursday April 24, 2014
Start: 04/24/2014 9:00 am
End: 04/24/2014 11:00 am

Seven Thurs., Apr. 24-June 5, 9:00-11:00 am, $220

 

 

This is a review of Wendy Walsh's Advanced Italian class, taught by Sylvia Iannelli.

 

Start: 04/24/2014 6:00 pm

Intimate Meals with Famed Authors at Spinster Sisters Restaurant in Santa Rosa

$95 person • includes the book, meal, wine, tax, tip & dessert
Call Book Passage at 415-927-0960 to reserve, or click link below

This event is now sold out.

Menu
-Sautéed shrimp, grits, green garlic, fava beans
-Braised Berkshire pork, butter beans, mustard greens, salsa verde
-Rhubarb pudding cake with ice cream

Frances Mayes has created a lyrical and evocative memoir about coming of age in the Deep South, and the region’s powerful influence on her life. The author of Under the Tuscan Sun revisits the turning points that defined her early years in Fitzgerald, Georgia. With her signature style and grace, Mayes explores the power of landscape, the idea of home, and the lasting force of a chaotic and loving family in Under Magnolia: A Southern Memoir ($26.00).

As part of this special event, The Spinster Sisters will serve a one-night-only, Tuscan- inspired menu.

 

 

Start: 04/24/2014 7:00 pm

When April Vogt’s boss tells her about the discoveries in a cramped, decrepit apartment in the ninth arrondissement, the Sotheby’s continental furniture specialist does not hear the words dust or rats or shuttered for seventy years. She hears Paris. She hears escape.

Once in Paris, April quickly learns the apartment is not merely some rich hoarder’s repository. Beneath the dust and cobwebs is a goldmine, and not because of the actual gold. First, there’s a portrait by one of the masters of the Belle Époque. And there are letters and journals written by the woman in the painting, documents showing she was more than a renowned courtesan with enviable décolletage. Suddenly it’s no longer about the bureau plats and Louis-style armchairs that will fetch millions at auction. It’s about a life. It's about two lives, actually.

With the help of a salty Parisian solicitor and the courtesan’s private documents, April tries to uncover the secrets buried in the apartment. As she digs into one woman’s life, April can’t help but take a deeper look into her own. When two things she left bubbling back in the States begin to boil over, April starts to wonder if in this apartment or in this life, she’ll ever find what she’s looking for.
 
Michelle Gable
graduated from The College of William & Mary. When not dreaming up fiction on the sly, she’s spent her career in finance. Born and raised in San Diego, Gable currently resides in Cardiff by the Sea, California with her husband, two daughters, and one lazy cat. A Paris Apartment ($25.99) is her first novel. 

 

 
 
Saturday April 26, 2014
Start: 04/26/2014 10:00 am
End: 04/26/2014 4:00 pm

Sat., Apr. 26 • 10:00-4:00 • $105

 

 

All the world is a stage, and so is the narrative that frames your characters. Whether it’s poetry, fiction, or creative non-fiction, a well-conveyed sense of place is key. Jump on a magic carpet to other places and times in this one-day workshop.

Linda Watanabe McFerrin is the founder of Left Coast Writers®. Her latest novel, Dead Love, was a Bram Stoker Award finalist.

Class Credit: Participants in these classes may receive credit at Dominican University: bookpassage.com/dominican-credit.

Start: 04/26/2014 12:30 pm

Fans of Elaine Lui’s site, LaineyGossip.com, know that her mother, The Squawking Chicken, is a huge factor in Elaine’s life. She pulls no punches, especially with her only child. “Where’s my money?” she asks every time she sees Elaine. “You’ll never be Miss Hong Kong,” she informed her daughter when she was a girl. Listen to the Squawking Chicken: When Mother Knows Best, What's a Daughter To Do? A Memoir (Sort Of) ($24.95), lays bare the playbook of unusual advice, warnings, and unwavering love that has guided Elaine throughout her life. Using the nine principles that her mother used to raise her, Elaine tells us the story of the Squawking Chicken’s life—in which she walked an unusual path to parent with tough love, humor, and, through it all, a mother’s unyielding devotion to her daughter. This is a love letter to mothers everywhere.

Elaine Lui is the voice behind the wildly popular and successful blog, LaineyGossip.com. She lives in Toronto with her husband and beagles. This is her first book.

 

Start: 04/26/2014 2:30 pm
End: 04/26/2014 5:30 pm

Sat., Apr. 26, 2:30-5:30 pm, $60

 

 

Want to get published? Publisher Brenda Knight will teach you how to sell your book idea, to whom you are really selling, the importance of “comp titles,” crafting the perfect proposal, and trend tracking.

Brenda Knight is a twenty-two year veteran of the publishing industry. Publisher of Cleis Press and Viva Editions, Knight is the author of Women of the Beat Generation, which won an American Book Award.

 

Start: 04/26/2014 4:00 pm

A mosaic of interrelated stories exploding with personality, myth, and geohistorical weight, Morning in Serra Mattu: A Nubian Ode ($23.00), is a profound, joyful meditation on life in modern Sudan. Arif Gamal seamlessly blends large-scale political realities with the local and the traditional: “old villages/whose ancient way is so composed/each single blade of grass is known/and in its place.” Epic in scope, spellbinding in its intimacy, generosity, and wisdom, this work is the book we didn’t know we needed.

The son of a career diplomat, Arif Gamal was born in 1949 and raised in Khartoum, Sudan. He left Sudan for France in 1975 to attend graduate school, returning after receiving his doctorate in Environmental Science from the University des Science et Technique Lanquedocienne, in Montpellier. Following the 1989 military coup d’état in Sudan—and with his family under constant government surveillance—Gamal received an invitation to be a Senior Fulbright Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley, which he accepted. In addition to UC Berkeley, he has taught at the University of San Francisco and College of Marin.

 

Sunday April 27, 2014
Start: 04/27/2014 1:00 pm
Few issues today excite more passion or alarm than the specter of climate change. In A Climate of Crisis ($29.95), historian Patrick Allitt shows that our present climate of crisis is far from exceptional. Indeed, the environmental debates of the last half century are defined by exaggeration and fearmongering from all sides, often at the expense of the facts.

In a real sense, Allitt shows us, collective anxiety about widespread environmental danger began with the atomic bomb. As postwar suburbanization transformed the American landscape, more research and better tools for measurement began to reveal the consequences of economic success. A climate of anxiety became a climate of alarm, often at odds with reality. The sixties generation transformed environmentalism from a set of special interests into a mass movement. By the first Earth Day in 1970, journalists and politicians alike were urging major initiatives to remedy environmental harm. In fact, the work of the new Environmental Protection Agency and a series of clean air and water acts from a responsive Congress inaugurated a largely successful cleanup.

Political polarization around environmental questions after 1980 had consequences that we still feel today. Since then, the general polarization of American politics has mirrored that of environmental politics, as pro-environmentalists and their critics attribute to one another the worst possible motives. Environmentalists see their critics as greedy special interest groups that show no conscience as they plunder the earth while skeptics see their adversaries as enemies of economic growth whose plans stifle initiative under an avalanche of bureaucratic regulation.

There may be a germ of truth in both views, but more than a germ of falsehood too. America’s worst environmental problems have proven to be manageable; the regulations and cleanups of the last sixty years have often worked, and science and technology have continued to improve industrial efficiency. Our present situation is serious, argues Allitt, but it is far from hopeless. Sweeping and provocative, A Climate of Crisis challenges our basic assumptions about the environment, no matter where we fall along the spectrum—reminding us that the answers to our most pressing questions are sometimes found in understanding the past.
 
Patrick Allitt is the Cahoon Family Professor of American History at Emory University, where he has taught since 1988. He was an undergraduate at Oxford and a graduate student at the University of California, Berkeley, and held postdoctoral fellowships at Harvard Divinity School and Princeton University. The author of six books, he is also the presenter of eight lecture series with “The Great Courses,” including “The Art of Teaching.” 
 
Start: 04/27/2014 4:00 pm

With commentary by Dave Mitchell, The Light On the Coast: 65 Years of News Big and Small as Reported in the Point Reyes Light ($29.95) encapsulates a weekly newspaper’s first 65 years of unpredictable reporting from the small towns along the Marin County coast.

At times, The Point Reyes Light — or The Baywood Press as it was known for 18 years — changed the course of public affairs by exposing private wrongdoing and official misconduct. A Light exposé and editorial crusade won the 1979 Pulitzer Prize for Meritorious Public Service. Only a handful of weeklies have ever won a Pulitzer in any category.

On other occasions, even the newspaper’s bovine coverage has made readers chuckle, what with bulls stopping traffic by fighting on Highway 1 in the Olema Valley, a firefighter having to get a cow down from a tree in Hicks Valley, and dairy cows stampeding late at night through downtown Point Reyes Station.

This work features, along with a variety of news and commentary, a sampling of cartoons, advertising, and photography. The authors reviewed more than 3,380 past issues of The Light in compiling the book and wrote explanatory narratives for many of their selections.

David Mitchell is editor and publisher emeritus of The Point Reyes Light. Mitchell retired in November 2005 after 35 years of newspapering, 27 of those at The Light. During his newspaper career, he also worked for the old San Francisco Examiner, Sonora’s Daily Union Democrat in the Sierra Nevada, and Council Bluff’s daily newspaper, The Nonpareil. In addition, he edited the weekly Sebastopol Times. Mitchell holds a Master’s Degree in Communications and a Bachelor’s Degree in English from Stanford University. He is 70 and lives in Point Reyes Station.

 

 

Monday April 28, 2014
Start: 04/28/2014 8:30 am
End: 04/28/2014 10:15 am

Five Mondays: Apr. 28-June 9 (no class 5/19 & 5/26) • 8:30-10:15 am • $160

 

 

Gisella Petrone has a Master’s degree from the University of Calabria. She has taught English, Italian, Latin, Roman History, and Italian cooking.
 

Start: 04/28/2014 7:00 pm

Etched on Me ($15.00), tells the story of sixteen-year-old Lesley Holloway, who appears to be just another bright new student at Hawthorn Hill, a posh all-girls’ prep school north of London. Little do her classmates know that she recently ran away from home, where her father had spent years sexually abusing her. Nor does anyone know that she’s secretly cutting herself as a coping mechanism...until the day she goes too far and ends up in the hospital.

Lesley spends the next two years in and out of psychiatric facilities, where she overcomes her traumatic memories and finds the support of a surrogate family. Eventually completing university and earning her degree, she is a social services success story—until she becomes unexpectedly pregnant in her early twenties. Despite the overwhelming odds she has overcome, the same team that saved her as an adolescent will now question whether Lesley is fit to be a mother. And so she embarks upon her biggest battle yet: the fight for her unborn daughter.

Jenn Crowell is the critically acclaimed author of the novels Necessary Madness and Letting the Body Lead. She holds an MFA in creative writing and lives near Portland, Oregon, with her husband and daughter.

 

Tuesday April 29, 2014
Start: 04/29/2014 8:30 am
End: 04/29/2014 10:15 pm

Seven Tuesdays: Apr. 29-June 10 • 8:30-10:15 am • $220

 


Speaking and listening with an emphasis on grammar and usage. Gisella Petrone has a Master’s degree from the University of Calabria. She has taught English, Italian, Latin, Roman History, and Italian cooking.

Start: 04/29/2014 10:30 am
End: 04/29/2014 12:15 pm

Seven Tuesdays: Apr. 29-June 10 • 10:30-12:15 pm • $220

 


This class will focus on improving listening comprehension and speaking ability. Gisella Petrone has a Master’s degree from the University of Calabria. She has taught English, Italian, Latin, Roman History, and Italian cooking.

Start: 04/29/2014 5:16 pm

Wednesday, August 13 • 9:00 - 6:00pm • $120 (Travel Writers Conference Participants) or $170 (General Public) 

 

 

Travel Photography in Sonoma: 

Join award-winning landscape, food, and wine photographers Robert Holmes and Andrea Johnson for a day of exploration and photography. Throughout the day, they demonstrate the art of finding, framing, and capturing photos. Participants have time to wander and photograph one of Northern California’s most beautiful locales. Over lunch, the group will talk about their experiences and share their work. Lunch and transportation included. 

Robert Holmes is one of the world’s most successful and prolific travel photographers whose career has extended over 30 years.  He has been honored by the Society of American Travel Writers with their Travel Photographer of the Year Award three times, most recently in 2010. Holmes has worked for National Geographic, Geo, Saveur, Wine Spectator, Life, Time and hundreds of other major magazines and international companies. He has illustrated over 40 books and has regularly been one of the world’s best photojournalists invited to participate in the acclaimed “Day in the Life” series. 

Award-winning photographer and video producer serving the wine, food, adventure, and travel industries. Over the last decade, Johnson has created a compelling body of work for corporate, advertising, editorial, and fine art clients around the globe. Her photographs regularly appear in  publications including Wine Spectator, Food and Wine, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, and the San Francisco Chronicle. Additionally, she has photographed three books: Passion for Pinot (2008), Essential Wines and Wineries of the Pacific Northwest (2010), and most recently, Spectacular Wineries of Washington (2012). 

 

Start: 04/29/2014 6:00 pm

Mill Valley Community Center

Sonja Lyubomirsky is professor of Psychology at the University of California, Riverside. Lyubomirsky and her research have been the recipients of many honors, including the 2002 Templeton Positive Psychology Prize and a multiyear grant from the National Institute of Mental Health. Her discussion will include concepts from two of her books about happiness.

The How of Happiness: A New Approach to Getting the Life You Want ($17.00) is a comprehensive guide to understanding the elements of happiness based on years of groundbreaking scientific research. It is also a practical, empowering, and easy-to-follow workbook, incorporating happiness strategies, excercises in new ways of thinking, and quizzes for understanding our individuality, all in an effort to help us realize our innate potential for joy and ways to sustain it in our lives.

The Myths of Happiness: What Should Make You Happy, But Doesn't, What Shouldn't Make You Happy, But Does ($16.00) shares practical lessons that prove we are more adaptable than we think we are. It empowers readers to look beyond their first response by sharing evidence that often it is our mindset that matters more than our circumstances. Focusing on life’s biggest, messiest moments, Lyubomirsky provides readers with the clear-eyed vision they need to build the healthiest, most satisfying life possible.

Inspired by the fabulous women among us in the Bay Area, Speak to Me was created to stimulate thought and discussion, facilitate the swapping of stories and experiences, and enjoy the sense of community we share in this great place we call home. For more information, visit http://speaktomeevents.com/

 

Start: 04/29/2014 7:00 pm

Based on the acclaimed HBO documentary, 50 Children: One Ordinary American Couple's Extraordinary Rescue Mission Into the Heart of Nazi Germany ($26.99), is the astonishing true story of how one American couple transported fifty Jewish children from Nazi-occupied Austria to America in 1939--the single largest group of unaccompanied refugee children allowed into the United States.

In early 1939, America's rigid immigration laws made it virtually impossible for European Jews to seek safe haven in the United States. As deep-seated anti-Semitism and isolationism gripped much of the country, neither President Roosevelt nor Congress rallied to their aid. Yet one brave Jewish couple from Philadelphia refused to silently stand by. Risking their own safety, Gilbert Kraus, a successful lawyer, and his stylish wife, Eleanor, traveled to Nazi-controlled Vienna and Berlin to save fifty Jewish children. Steven Pressman brought the Kraus's rescue mission to life in his acclaimed HBO documentary, 50 Children. In this book, he expands upon the story related in the hour-long film, offering additional historical detail and context to offer a rich, full portrait of this ordinary couple and their extraordinary actions.

Steven Pressman was a journalist for more than 30 years, writing and editing for newspapers, magazines, and other publications in Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., and San Francisco. He is  the author of a previous work of nonfiction, Outrageous Betrayal: The Dark Journey of Werner Erhard from est to Exile, and is the writer, director and producer of the HBO documentary film, Fifty Children: The Rescue Mission of Mr. and Mrs. Kraus. He lives in the San Francisco Bay area with his wife, former New York publisher Liz Perle, the granddaughter of Gilbert and Eleanor Kraus.

 

Wednesday April 30, 2014
Start: 04/30/2014 1:15 pm
End: 04/30/2014 3:00 pm

Seven Wednesdays: Apr. 30-June 11 • 1:15-3:00 pm • $220

 

 

This class will include reading short novels by modern Italian writers, as well as reviewing difficult grammar structures. Gisella Petrone has a Master’s degree from the University of Calabria. She has taught English, Italian, Latin, Roman History, and Italian cooking.

 

Start: 04/30/2014 6:00 pm

Everyone gets to die. Not everyone gets to find love first. Some people don’t even get to look. A Moody Fellow Finds Love and Then Dies ($16.00) is about a moody fellow who got to do all three. His name was Moody Fellow.

Moody looked for love for a long time before he found it. He looked in some, not all, of the wrong places and in quite a few of the wrong ways. It didn't make things any easier that, from the beginning of his search to the short-lived sweetness that marked its end, he was a terribly - and we do mean awfully - moody fellow.

Douglas Watson is the author of a book of short stories, The Era of Not Quite, winner of the inaugural BOA Editions Short Fiction Prize. Watson's stories have appeared or are forthcoming in One Story, Fifty-two Stories, Tin House Flash Fridays, Sou'wester, The Journal, Ecotone, Salt Hill, Epiphany and other publications. His story "Life on the Moon" was chosen by Dan Chaon and Wigleaf in 2012 as one of the year's top 50 very short fictions. He was featured as a "literary debutante" at One Story's 2013 Literary Debutante Ball.

 

 

Start: 04/30/2014 7:00 pm

Free & Open to the Public!
Angelico Hall, Dominican University

In our culminating event for the 2014 One Book One Marin selection Farm City ($16.00), author Novella Carpenter is joined by KQED “Forum” host Michael Krasny for a discussion of her work. Ambivalent about repeating her parents’ disastrous mistakes, yet drawn to the idea of backyard self-sufficiency, Carpenter decided that it might be possible to have it both ways. Farm City is an unforgettably charming memoir, full of hilarious moments, fascinating farmers’ tips, and a great deal of heart.

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: 04/30/2014 7:00 pm

Stagnant Water & Other Poems ($18.99) is a new translation by poet Robert Hammond Dorsett of Wen Yiduo’s landmark second collection. For many, this volume will serve as an introduction to Wen’s influential work, and his role as a political critic of the Nationalists in pre-Communist China. For many years, Wen’s artistic accomplishments were obscured by the circumstances of his death: Wen was assassinated in 1946, most  likely by the Nationalists after giving an impassioned speech denouncing the Guomindang government.  His work was banned in Taiwan until 1987, while Mao and the People’s Republic of China regarded Wen as a patriot.

Neal Grace's newest work, Sacred Life: Mystical Verses ($15.00), is a passport for you to leave behind the mechanized and sometimes sterile world of contemporary existence, entering a lush, vibrant garden to explore a magical place teeming with beauty and mystery. This is a book to savor slowly as if eating a delectable, exotic fruit whose  nourishment lingers long after it has been ingested.

Robert Dorsett studied Chinese at the Yale-in-China Program at the Chinese University in Hong Kong. He received an M.D. degree from the State University of New York and completed his training in pediatrics at Cornell. He also has an M.F.A. degree from New York University. With David Pollard, he translated the memoirs of Gao Ertai, In Search of My Homeland: A Memoir of a Chinese Labor Camp. He has also published his own poetry in The Literary Review, The Kenyon Review, Poetry, and elsewhere. This is his second book of translations.

Neal Grace grew up in Massachusetts and later traveled around the world. His life has been synonymous with adventure and discovery. Loving nature, art, music and theater, Grace has used these facets of life to form a powerful, deep and passionate philosophy how to live authentically. He lives with his wonderful wife Jacky in San Rafael.

Thursday May 01, 2014
Start: 05/01/2014 9:30 am
End: 05/01/2014 11:30 am

Eight Thursdays: May 1-June 26 (no class 5/29) • 9:30-11:30 am • $250

 

 

In this class, you will learn enough essential German to get around. Menus, maps, and other situational exercises will be used to practice comprehension. No previous knowledge of German is necessary.

Hamid Emami has a Master’s from the University of Hamburg, and he is fluent in German, English, French, Spanish, and Farsi. He has taught German for many years.

 

Start: 05/01/2014 12:45 pm
End: 05/01/2014 2:30 pm

Five Thursdays: May 1-June 5 (no class 5/15) • 12:45-2:30 pm • $160

 

 

Students will continue to study basic Italian grammar as well as present and past tense. Textbook is Studio Italiano. Gisella Petrone has a Master’s degree from the University of Calabria. She has taught English, Italian, Latin, Roman History, and Italian cooking.

 

Start: 05/01/2014 7:00 pm

Read an excerpt!

People tell Bob Mankoff that as the cartoon editor of The New Yorker he has the best job in the world. Never one to beat around the bush, that because he is also a cartoonist at the magazine he actually has two of the best jobs in the world. With the help of myriad images and his funniest, most beloved cartoons, he traces his love of the craft all the way back to his childhood, when he started doing funny drawings at the age of eight. After meeting his mother, we follow his unlikely stints as a high-school basketball star, draft dodger, and Sociology grad student. Though Mankoff abandoned the study of psychology in the seventies to become a cartoonist, he recently realized that the field he abandoned could help him better understand the field he was in, and here he takes up the psychology of cartooning, analyzing why some cartoons make us laugh and others don't. He allows us into the hallowed halls of The New Yorker to show us the process of cartoon creation, giving us a detailed look not only at his own work, but that of the other talented cartoonists who keep us laughing week after week. For desert, he reveals the secrets to winning the magazine's caption contest. Throughout How About Never--Is Never Good for You?: My Life in Cartoons ($32.50), we see his commitment to the motto “Anything worth saying is worth saying funny.”

Bob Mankoff is the cartoon editor for The New Yorker. Before that, he was a cartoonist for the magazine for twenty years. He founded the online Cartoon Bank, which has every cartoon since the magazine's founding. He is the author of the book The Naked Cartoonist: A New Way to Enhance Your Creativity.

 

 

Friday May 02, 2014
Start: 05/02/2014 12:30 pm

A tour de force of groundbreaking reportage by Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Jo Becker, Forcing the Spring: Inside the Fight for Marriage Equality ($27.95) follows the historic legal challenge mounted against California’s ban on same-sex marriage, a remarkable lawsuit that forced the issue of marriage equality before the highest court in the land. For nearly five years Becker embedded with the lawsuit’s plaintiffs, was given free rein within the legal and political war rooms, and attended every day of the trial and every appellate argument. Based on singular access to the internal workings of this momentous trial—and enlivened by original interviews with the participants on both sides of the case—this work offers a gripping behind-the-scenes narrative.

What starts out as a tale of an epic legal battle grows into the story of the evolution of a country, a testament and old-fashioned storytelling to move public opinion. Becker shows how the country reexamined its opinions on same-sex marriage, an issue that raced along with a snowballing velocity which astounded veteran political operatives, as public opinion on same-sex marriage flipped and elected officials repositioned themselves to adjust to a dramatically changed environment. 

A must-read account of a national civil rights struggle, Becker carries readers from the first efforts to stop Proposition 8 and the campaign to undermine the Defense of Marriage Act, all the way to the final suspenseful moments in the Supreme Court. Clear-eyed and even-handed, this work is political and legal journalism at its finest, offering an unvarnished perspective on the extraordinary transformation of America and an inside look into the fight to win the rights of marriage and full citizenship for all.

Jo Becker is a Pulitzer Prize–winning investigative reporter for the New York Times, where she has broken stories on everything from the United States’ lethal program to kill suspected terrorists, to the British phone-hacking affair and the Penn State child sexual abuse scandal. She has taught investigative journalism as a visiting professor at Princeton University, and her work has earned her numerous awards. A Washington Post series she co-authored on Vice President Dick Cheney won the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting.

 

Start: 05/02/2014 7:00 pm

Troika ($25.95) tells the story of Perla, a beautiful young Cuban-American woman who lives with her mother in a modest house in Miami’s Little Havana. After her father’s death, she finds herself leading a secret life.

Julian is from Russia. His father was a legendary Siberian hunter who fell victim to his own bravery. When Julian is forced into an orphanage, he discovers that he has more in common with his father than he originally thought. 

Taken under the wing of a gruff, elderly businessman, Julian makes his way to New York City . . . and, years later, into the club where Perla is dancing. Soon after they meet, Perla is on a plane to Manhattan at the mysterious request of Julian’s friend—a journey that will change the course of her life.
 
Adam Pelzman has been a software entrepreneur, an attorney, and a private investigator. He studied Russian literature at the University of Pennsylvania and received a law degree from UCLA. He lives in New York City with his son. Troika is his first novel.

Saturday May 03, 2014
Start: 05/03/2014 9:00 am
End: 05/03/2014 5:00 pm
Saturday, May 3 • Marin & San Francisco stores
 
Book Passage is thrilled to celebrate the inaugural California Bookstore Day with a full slate of activities, author events, and limited edition items for sale. Come early to either of our locations to score the thirteen limited edition items available in-store at California independent bookstores exclusively on May 3 (see list below). We’re also welcoming Katherine Applegate (contributor to Do You Smell Carrots?), Dave Eggers (signing his Litograph tote bag), a drawing booth with acclaimed illustrator LeUyen Pham, a “Draw Your Own Three-Panel Book Review” station, all-ages poetry writing with Karen Benke, free carrots at our Ferry Building store (with purchase of Do You Smell Carrots?), and soapbox readings from staff and customers throughout the day. Come support your local independent bookstore and join us for the literary party of the year! 
 
 
 
 
Corte Madera Schedule
9:00 am
-Complimentary pastries and coffee
-Andrea Alban puppet show
-Limited edition items go on sale!
10:00 am
-LeUyen Pham drawing booth
-Karen Benke on-the-spot poetry
11:00 am
-Signing/reading with Katherine Applegate & Michael Grant
-Café special from Michael Pollan recipe
12:00 pm
-Literary Trivia with prizes!
3:00 pm
-Dave Eggers signing
 
Ferry Building Schedule
8:00 am
-Limited edition items go on sale!
11:00 am
-Signing with Bravo’s Jenni Pulos
12:00 pm
-Signing with Phil Cousineau 
12:30 pm
-Meet and Greet with Erin Gleeson
2:00 pm
-Grotto Writers soapbox readings
3:00 pm
-McSweeney’s Bookstories reading & signing with Colin Winnette, Jordan Karnes, & Daniel Levin Becker 
 
Limited Edition Items
-The Don DeLillo Bad Citizen Graffiti Stencil
-Depressed. Repressed. Obsessed. 3-Panel Book Reviews by Lisa Brown
-A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius Tote Bag from Litographs (featuring over 18,000 words from the memoir)
-“The Bookish Life” Poster autographed by Lemony Snicket
-Special Edition of Congratulations, By the Way by George Saunders, signed and doodled in by the author
-Do You Smell Carrots: A Joke Book for Kids, featuring jokes from Lemony Snicket, Jeff Kinney, Katherine Applegate & more!
- “A Literary Map of California” print from 3 Fish Studios
-Recipes (with recipe box) from the personal kitchen of Michael Pollan
-Bookstories from McSweeney’s Writers
-Signed Hugo lithograph from author Brian Selznick
-Classic California Box Set featuring new editions of Ask the Dust, Tales from the City, Hollywood, and Get Shorty
- “Punk Rock Writers” blank illustrated journal from Wendy MacNaughton
-The Sleeper and the Spindle, a limited bound and illustrated original short story from Neil Gaiman 
 
Learn more about these items at www.cabookstoreday.com and on Twitter @bookstoreday

 
Start: 05/03/2014 10:00 am
End: 05/03/2014 1:00 pm

This class has been cancelled - for further information, please call (415) 927-0960

Like the toymaker, we enter the workshop of our imaginations to carve out something that will come to life. We will tinker with our imaginations and play with many forms—perhaps elongating your lines into prose, shortening your piece into poetry, or playing with sound in metric verse.

Terri Glass has been actively teaching creative writing to both children and adults in the Bay Area for over 20 years. She served as Program Director for California Poets in the Schools.

 

Start: 05/03/2014 10:00 am
End: 05/03/2014 1:00 pm

Sat., May 3 • 10:00-1:00 pm • $30

 

 

Whether you’re looking for a system to deal with paper, the mail, lost keys, or stacks and piles of “stuff,” or are finally ready to break free from clutter for good, you’ll find answers in this interactive, entertaining workshop. You’ll learn practical ways to stay organized and have time for the things that really matter.

10% discount on the book Unstuff Your Life!.

 

Start: 05/03/2014 11:00 am
Jenni Pulos, from Bravo's Flipping Out and Interior Therapy, pens a charming memoir-advice book on how to survive (and thrive) in any situation. She has specialized in a lifetime of disappointments. She’s been publicly humiliated, dumped by her spouse on national television, told she’d never make it in Hollywood, encouraged by her family with inspiring questions like, "when are you getting a real job?" and has not only survived but thrived as a result. Despite her struggles and setbacks, Jenni has gone from a "wannabe" aspiring actress and comedian to becoming one of Bravo's most beloved personalities. 

In her witty, entertaining voice, Jenni explains how to take what life throws at you and not just bear it, but bear it with a grin. Hilarity meets insanity in this fun and candid story of her life and career, where Jenni went from victim to victor…well, most of the time. Grin and Bear It ($24.99) is the spark we all need to ignite our passion, to get out there and be positive, find the funny in life, be present, and learn how to be happy no matter what reality throws your way.
 
Jenni Pulos is co-star and consulting producer of Bravo's Flipping Out and co-star and co-executive producer of Bravo's new show Interior Therapy. More than a television personality, Pulos is an actress, comedian, writer, producer, lyricist, and rapper.

Laura Morton is the author of more than thirty-five books, including eighteen New York Times bestsellers.
 
Start: 05/03/2014 12:30 pm

Meet and Greet with Erin Gleeson during the Ferry Plaza Farmer's Market

Erin Gleeson made her dream a reality when she left New York City and moved into a tiny cabin in a California forest in order to be closer to nature. The natural beauty of her surroundings and the abundance of local produce serve as the inspiration for The Forest Feast: Simple Vegetarian Recipes from My Cabin in the Woods ($35.00), based on her popular blog. Most of the book’s 100 wholly vegetarian recipes call for only three or four ingredients and require very few steps, resulting in dishes that are fresh, wholesome, delicious, and stunning. Among the wonderful recipes are eggplant tacos with brie and cilantro, rosemary shortbread, and blackberry negroni. Vibrant photographs, complemented by Gleeson’s own fanciful watercolor illustrations and hand lettering, showcase the rustic simplicity of the dishes. Part cookbook, part art book, this delightful work will be as comfortable in the kitchen as on the coffee table.

Photographer and artist Erin Gleeson lives in an idyllic cabin near San Francisco, California, where she paints beautiful watercolors, cooks from her CSA box, and writes her beloved food blog, The Forest Feast, and a weekly “Delish Dish” column for Better Homes and Gardens. She has garnered attention from Design*Sponge, Food 52, Bon Appétit, and Saveur.

Start: 05/03/2014 1:00 pm

Hope. Freedom. Compassion. Action. That is what this book is about.

Make a Stand: When Life Gives You Lemons Change the World! ($18.99) is written by 10-year old, Marin- native, Vivienne Harr, a.k.a. "The Little Lemonpreneur." It is a beautiful and inspiring book about how big things have small beginnings. Vivienne's message in this book is: "You don't have to be big or powerful to change the world. You can be just like me!"

When Vivienne was eight years old, she saw a photo that changed her life. Lisa Kristine’s photo of child slaves in Nepal inspired her to take  action, and her moment became a movement. Helped by her family, Vivienne sold lemonade to raise money for those children. “No price, just pay what’s in your heart,” she would  say. In this book, you will learn how Vivienne sold lemonade every day, rain or shine for 365 days in a row; what inspired her; how it came together; and no matter who you are, where you live, or how old you are, YOU can change the world. This charming, engaging and lovingly-crafted book will delight you and your children. When you finish it, you'll leave with a strong feeling that anything is possible. Five percent of sales for each book will be given to anti-slavery organizations.

Vivienne Harr has won numerous awards for her work, including the George H.W. Bush Point of Light Award and the Crowdfunding Campaign of 2012. Town & Country recognized Vivienne one of the 50 Most Influential Philanthropists in America, along with Leonado Dicaprio, Michael Bloomberg and Laurene Jobs. She is the youngest to make the list—by 10 years. Vivienne is also an honorary member of the World Affairs Council after having introduced Twitter CEO Dick Costolo at his award dinner. As of December 5, 2013, Vivienne Harr is the youngest-ever featured speaker at a Tedx Talk.

 

Start: 05/03/2014 4:00 pm

Co-sponsored by Gluten Intolerance Group of Marin

An estimated 50 million Americans suffer from some form of autoimmune disease. If you're among them, you may know all too well how little modern medicine can do to alleviate your condition. But that's no reason to give up hope. In this groundbreaking book, The Paleo Approach: Reverse Autoimmune Disease, Heal Your Body ($39.95), Sarah Ballantyne, Ph.D., draws upon current medical research and her own battle with an autoimmune disorder to show how you can become completely symptom-free—the natural way.

This book shows you how to adapt the Paleo diet and lifestyle to bring about a full recovery. Read it to learn why foods marketed as "healthy"—such as whole grains, soy, and low-fat dairy—can contribute to the development of autoimmune conditions. Discover what you can eat to calm your immune system, resolve inflammation, and help your body heal itself. Learn which simple lifestyle changes—along with changes in diet—will make the biggest difference for your health.

The Paleo Approach Cookbook: A Detailed Guide to Heal Your Body and Nourish Your Soul ($39.95) walks you through which foods you should eat to calm your immune system, reduce inflammation, and help your body heal itself. There’s no need to worry that “going Paleo” will break the bank or require too much time in the kitchen preparing special foods. This book provides expert tips on how to make the switch easily and economically. Dr. Ballantyne explains how to stay within your food budget, how to make the best use of your time in the kitchen, and where to shop for what you need. Complete food lists, shopping guides, kitchen techniques, and meal plans take the guesswork out of eating to maximize healing. Armed with more than 150 delicious recipes, from breakfast staples to decadent desserts, you can reverse your disease and love every bite!

Sarah Ballantyne, Ph.D., earned her doctorate degree in Medical Biophysics. She spent the next four years doing research on innate immunity and inflammation. After her second daughter was born, she began to experiment with the Paleo lifestyle, which had an amazing effect on her health. Over time, she healed herself of a long laundry list of physical complaints including the autoimmune disorder, Lichen Planus. Inspired by her success, Dr. Ballantyne created the popular health blog www.ThePaleoMom.com and became co-host of a top-rated podcast, The Paleo View. Her ability to provide straightforward explanations of the science behind her recommendations, plus her love of food and cooking, form the foundations of The Paleo Approach.

 

Start: 05/03/2014 7:00 pm
Nothing But The Truth So Help Me God: 73 Women on Life’s Transitions is the highly anticipated follow up to Nothing But The Truth So Help Me God: 51 Women Reveal the Power of Positive Female Connection. From becoming a mother to dealing with religion, recovery from disease and addiction to starting a business, this new anthology of essays and art sheds light on all the times along our evolution when changes shake us up and make us who we are.

73 Women on Life’s Transitions features work from NY Times best-selling authors Kelly Corrigan and Gabrielle Bernstein, notable trailblazers like Belva Davis and Rita Henley Jensen, esteemed businesswomen like Janet Hanson and social entrepreneurs like Megan Calhoun, as well as many new women, eager to share how transitions in their lives brought them unexpected gifts, lessons, and growth.

Nothing But The Truth So Help Me God: 73 Women on Life’s Transitions is the handbook for all women to know they are not alone as they navigate through the many transitions we go through in life.
 
Readers at the event will include Dolores Coleman, Claire Hennessy, Shasta Nelson, Valerie Singer, Amy Hyde, Lauretta Zucchetti, Terry Harms, Ginny Graves, Cristhal Bennett, and Barbara Libby, who will be showing her art.
 
 
Sunday May 04, 2014
Start: 05/04/2014 12:00 pm

Left Bank in Larkspur • Single $105; Couple $170 (one book)

Please note: online registration for this luncheon is now closed. Please call (415) 927-0960 ext. 1 to inquire about ticket availability. 

This special lunch will feature seasonal fresh organic produce from Marin Organic's Member Farms and select wines, including the 2013 Commanderie de la Bargemone Rosé (AOP Coteaux d’Aix en Provence) 

What Julia Child is to French cooking, Deborah Madison is to vegetarian cooking--a demystifier and definitive guide to the subject. After her many years as a teacher and writer, she realized that there was no comprehensive primer for vegetarian cooking, no single book that taught vegetarians basic cooking techniques, how to combine ingredients, and how to present vegetarian dishes with style. Originally published in 1997, Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone was both ahead of its time and an instant classic, and has endured as one of the world's most popular vegetarian cookbooks. Featuring 1,400 recipes suitable for vegetarians, vegans, and everyone who loves fresh produce and good food, New Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone is as full of practical information as it is inspiring, a treasure from a truly irreplaceable culinary voice.

Deborah Madison is the award-winning author of 12 books, including The Greens Cookbook, The Savory Way, Local Flavors, and, most recently, Vegetable Literacy. She received the M.F.K. Fisher Mid-Career Award from Les Dames d'Escoffier in 1994.

 

Start: 05/04/2014 1:00 pm

Dee Williams' life changed in an instant, with a near-death experience in the aisle of her local grocery store. Diagnosed with a heart condition at age forty-one, she was all too suddenly reminded that life is short, time is precious, and she wanted to be spending hers with the people and things she truly loved. That included the beautiful sprawling house she had painstakingly restored—but, increasingly, it did not include the mortgage payments, constant repairs, and general time-suck of home ownership. A new sense of clarity began to take hold: Just what was all this stuff for? The things that couldn’t compare with the financial freedom and the ultimate luxury—time—that would come with downsizing.

Deciding to build an eighty-four-square-foot house—on her own, from the ground up—was just the beginning of building a new life. Williams can now list everything she owns on one sheet of paper, her monthly housekeeping bills amount to about eight dollars, and it takes her approximately ten minutes to clean the entire house. It’s left her with more time to spend with family and friends, and given her freedom to head out for adventure at a moment’s notice, or watch the clouds and sunset while drinking a beer on her (yes, tiny) front porch.

The lessons Williams learned from her “aha” moment post-trauma apply to all of us, regardless of whether or not we decide to discard all our worldly belongings. Part how-to, part personal memoir, The Big Tiny: A Built-It-Myself Memoir ($26.95), is an utterly seductive meditation on the benefits of slowing down, scaling back, and appreciating the truly important things in life.

Dee Williams is a teacher and sustainability advocate. She is the co-owner of Portland Alternative Dwellings, where she leads workshops focused on tiny houses, green building, and community design. Her story has been featured on Good Morning America and NBC Nightly News, and on NPR, PBS, MSNBC, CNN, and CBC. She has also been profiled or featured in hundreds of online blogs and articles, and in print media including Time, The New York Times, and Der Spiegel.

 

Start: 05/04/2014 4:00 pm

What Are You Waiting For?: Learn How to Rise to the Occasion of Your Life ($15.95) asks the questions: What are you waiting for? Do you find yourself waiting for the right moment? The ideal relationship? The perfect job? Are you waiting for your “real” life to begin? Do think that the gifts of life are right around the corner? That one day you will arrive and everything will be okay? Do you endlessly search, yet never seem to find? Through the sharing of authentic personal stories and profound life lessons, Kristen Moeller explores our pervasive human tendency to wait for life and to look outside ourselves for answers. So we dont try; we give up. We sell out and we forget who we are. We are afraid to succeed, afraid to fail, and afraid to say we are afraid. But as Wayne Gretzky said, “You'll always miss one-hundred percent of the shots you don't take!” Kristen Moeller's mission in life is to inspire you to get on the path, move forward, and take the shot.

Kristen Moeller, MS, is a coach, speaker, author, and radio show host. She delights in "disrupting the ordinary" and inspiring others to do the same. Kristen first discovered her passion for personal development in 1989 after recovering from an eating disorder and addiction. After years of struggling with low self-esteem, she realized that recovery and joy is possible. Determined to provide this for others, Kristen immersed herself in the field of personal growth, earning a master's degree in mental health counseling, volunteering and working in treatment centers while continuing to train and develop herself. Now, a highly popular radio personality, TED speaker and author, Moeller is an in-demand workshopper and visionary dedicated to providing people with the tools they need to find and live their passions.

 

Start: 05/04/2014 4:00 pm

In 1945, on the outskirts of Salzburg, victorious American soldiers capture a train filled with unspeakable riches. Jack Wiseman, a tough, smart, New York Jew, is the lieutenant charged with guarding the treasure. This responsibility grows more complicated when he meets Ilona, a fierce, beautiful Hungarian who has lost everything in the ravages of the Holocaust. Seventy years later, Jack gives a necklace to his granddaughter, Natalie, and charges her with searching for an unknown woman—a woman whose portrait and fate come to haunt her.

A story of brilliantly drawn characters, Love and Treasure ($26.95), is Ayelet Waldman’s finest novel to date: a sad, funny, richly detailed work that poses hard questions about the value of precious things in a time when life itself has no value, and about the chains that can bind us to the griefs and passions of the past. 

Ayelet Waldman is the author of the novels Red Hook Road, Love and Other Impossible Pursuits, and Daughter’s Keeper, as well as of the essay collection Bad Mother: A Chronicle of Maternal Crimes, Minor Calamities, and Occasional Moments of Grace, and the Mommy-Track Mystery series. She lives in Berkeley.

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After the death of her beloved twin brother and the abandonment of her long-time lover, Greta Wells undergoes electroshock therapy. Over the course of the treatment, Greta finds herself repeatedly sent to 1918, 1941, and back to the present. Whisked from the gas-lit streets and horse-drawn carriages of the West Village, to a martini-fueled lunch at the Oak Room, in these other worlds, Greta finds her brother alive and well though fearfully masking his true personality. And her former lover is now her devoted husband...but will he be unfaithful to her in this life as well? Greta Wells is fascinated by her alter egos: in 1941, she is a devoted mother; in 1918, she is a bohemian adulteress.

In this spellbinding novel by Andrew Sean Greer, The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells ($14.99), each reality has its own losses, its own rewards; each extracts a different price. Which life will she choose as she wrestles with the unpredictability of love and the consequences of even her most carefully considered choices?

Andrew Sean Greer studied writing at Brown University, where he was the commencement speaker at his own graduation. He later received a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Montana. He soon moved to Seattle, where he wrote for Nintendo and taught community college, then to San Francisco, where he began to publish in magazines such as Esquire, The Paris Review, and The New Yorker before releasing a collection of his stories, How It Was for Me. His novels include The Path of Minor Planets, The Confessions of Max Tivoli, and The Story of a Marriage. He lives in San Francisco with his husband in a house adjoining that of his twin brother.

 

Start: 05/04/2014 7:00 pm
The Write On Mamas, a collective of some 40 Bay Area writing moms (and one dad), will debut their first anthology titled Mamas Write ($14.29). The book comprises 29 essays that address how the group writes about parenting in modern families formed through birth, adoption, marriage, surrogacy, and partnership. Mamas Write features a forward by Kate Hopper, author of Use Your Words and Ready For Air.
 
Essays in the anthology include Write On Mamas co-founder Janine Kovac’s “The Next Prompt,” a moving account of the birth of her premature twin sons; and widower Steven Friedman’s “Shine, Shine, Shine,” a loving chronicle of his wife’s passing. Huffington Post blogger and Minnesota resident Leslie Lagerstrom writes with heartfelt honesty about raising a transgender child in “It’s A Boy,” while blogger Jennifer Van Santvoord explores jumping off the conventional career path in “The Write Identity.” Finally, memoirist Jessica O’Dwyer describes finding her calling as a writer through adopting a child in “The Mother in the Square,” set in Antigua, Guatemala.

In addition to the essays, Mamas Write includes “Mamas Answer,” funny and heartfelt responses to questions such as: “How does a busy parent make time for writing?” “Why do you write, and where?” “What writing books inspire you?” and “What holds you back from writing?" The roster of monthly speakers has included Christine Bronstein, founder of “A Band of Women”; Brooke Warner, co-founder of “She Writes” publishing; and Caroline Grant, editor-in-chief at Literary Mama.
 
The event will include readings from Steven Friedman, Claire Hennessy, Jessica O'Dwyer, Mindy Urlaub, and Laurel Hilton, who will also act as moderator.
 
Monday May 05, 2014
Start: 05/05/2014 7:00 pm

Beverly Burch’s elegant new collection of poetry is an astonishingly stark and honest exploration of rupture and renewal, fearlessly and joyously observed. From the condensed, cryptic “Final Exam” poems woven through the book, to compelling and mysterious narratives, page after page of How a Mirage Works ($16.00) demands our attention. “Even the air's a risk,” Burch writes, and readers gladly take that risk, moved by—and into—the charged air of these powerful poems.

The range of subjects in Murray Silverstein’s Master of Leaves ($16.00)—from the mind of God, to a breakfast peach —astonishes and delights. The voice that moves through this expanse is as at home in the philosophical as it is in the colloquial. These are poems spoken by a son, husband, father, and grandfather, with a tenderness that never becomes sentimental. And there is so much music here, from the meditation on Monet at the beginning, to the stunning final sequence on dark and light that gives the book its title. These are poems that celebrate the multiple blessings of life and time.

Beverly Burch’s first book of poetry, Sweet to Burn, won the Gival Poetry Prize and a Lambda Literary Award. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in New England Review, Willow Springs, the Antioch Review, Southern Poetry Review, North American Review, and Southern Humanities Review. She is the author of two nonfiction books—On Intimate Terms and Other Women —and has a psychotherapy practice in Berkeley, California. 

Murray Silverstein’s first poetry collection, Any Old Wolf, received an Independent Publisher medal for poetry. Silverstein produced the Sixteen Rivers compact disc, Naming the Rivers, and served as executive editor for the press’s anthology, The Place That Inhabits Us: Poems of the San Francisco Bay Watershed. His poems have appeared in numerous journals, including the Brooklyn Review, Hunger Mountain, The Louisville Review, Nimrod, Poetry East, and Rattle. A practicing architect and coauthor of four books about architecture, Silverstein lives in Oakland, California.

These two works are the thirty-first and thirty-second books to be published by Sixteen Rivers Press, a poetry collective dedicated to providing an alternative publishing avenue for Bay Area poets. Please join us for a night of poetry with these two local writers.

 

Start: 05/05/2014 7:00 pm
From the outside, Brendan Chase seems to have it pretty easy. He’s a star wrestler, a video game aficionado, and a loving boyfriend to his seemingly perfect match, Vanessa. But on the inside, Brendan struggles to understand why his body feels so wrong—why he sometimes fantasizes having long hair, soft skin, and gentle curves. Is there even a name for guys like him? Guys who sometimes want to be girls? Or is Brendan just a freak?

In Freakboy ($18.99), Kristin Clark uses razor-sharp verse to fold three narratives into one powerful story: Brendan trying to understand his sexual identity, Vanessa fighting to keep her and Brendan’s relationship alive, and Angel struggling to confront her demons.
 
Kristin Elizabeth Clark always knew she wanted to be a writer. She began dabbling in haiku in the third grade – this “experimentation” turned out to be a gateway to the harder stuff: book-length verse. She lives and writes in Northern California where she has worked as a child advocate within the juvenile justice system, and as a children’s theatre producer. She is a proud volunteer at Project Outlet in Mountain View, CA. Freakboy is her young adult debut.
 
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 bookpassage.com/left-coast-writers
 
Tuesday May 06, 2014
Start: 05/06/2014 10:00 am
End: 05/06/2014 12:00 pm

Five Tuesdays: May 6-June 3 • 10:00-12:00 pm • $160

 

 

This class is a continuation of grammar and language immersion.

Graciela Pera was born in Buenos Aires. She is a graduate of the University of Buenos Aires and has been teaching Spanish for over 35 years.

 

Start: 05/06/2014 12:00 pm

Ticket: $55 (includes lunch & signed copy of It Ain't Over...Till It's Over)

In conversation with Book Passage president Elaine Petrocelli 

Please note: online registration is now closed. Tickets can be purchased over the phone (415-927-0960 ext. 1) or at the door. Seating begins at 11 am.

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Right Words at the Right Time comes a one-of-a-kind collection of inspiring stories about ordinary women who have reinvented themselves in extraordinary ways.

We’ve heard it all before: “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.”

“Where there’s a will, there’s a way.”

“When life hands you lemons, make lemonade.”

But anyone who has ever tried to make a big life change knows it can be a bit more complicated— and frightening—than that. How do you get up the nerve and confidence to actually take the leap? No one knows better than the women profiled in this powerful book by actress, activist, and bestselling author Marlo Thomas.

It Ain’t Over . . . Till It’s Over introduces us to sixty amazing women who are proving that it’s never too late to live out a dream—to launch a business, travel the world, get a PhD, indulge a creative impulse, make a family recipe famous, escape danger, find love, or fill a void in life with a challenging new experience. Meet a graphic artist who fulfilled a childhood ambition by going to med school at age forty-two; a suburban mom whose innovative snack recipe for her daughter’s lunchbox turned into a multimillion-dollar business; a private-practice psychiatrist who convinced her husband that they should quit their jobs and take off on an exciting, open-ended, cross-country adventure—in a giant bus, no less!; and a middle-aged English teacher who, devastated to discover that her husband was cheating on her, refused to be a victim, filed for divorce, and began the challenging journey of rebuilding her life.

Brimming with anecdotes that will inspire smiles, tears, and—most of all—hope, It Ain’t Over speaks to women of all ages with an empowering message: The best is yet to come! 

Marlo Thomas is the author of six bestselling books, Free to Be…You and Me, Free to Be…a Family, The Right Words at the Right Time (Volumes 1 and 2), Thanks and Giving: All Year Long, and her memoir, Growing Up Laughing: My Story and the Story of Funny. She has won four Emmys, a Golden Globe, a Grammy, and the Peabody Award, and has been inducted into the Broadcasting Hall of Fame. She lives in New York with her husband, Phil Donahue.

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: 05/06/2014 6:00 pm

A Special Event for Teens!

Lara Jean Song keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. They aren't love letters that anyone else wrote for her; these are ones she's written. One for every boy she's ever loved--five in all. When she writes, she pours out her heart and soul and says all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only. Then, one day, her secret letters are mailed. Suddenly, Lara Jean's love life goes from imaginary to out of control, in: To All the Boy's I've Loved Before ($17.99).

Emily is about to have the most unexpected summer ever in, Since You've Been Gone ($17.99). Before Sloane, Emily didn't go to parties, she barely talked to guys, and she didn't do anything crazy. Enter Sloane, the best kind of best friend--someone who yanks you out of your shell. But right before what should have been an epic summer, Sloane just... disappears. There's just a random to-do list with thirteen bizarre tasks that Emily would never try. Getting through Sloane's list will mean a lot of firsts, and with a whole summer ahead of her--and with the unexpected help of the handsome Frank Porter--who knows what she'll find.

Jenny Han is the New York Times bestselling author of The Summer I Turned Pretty series, Shug, and the Burn for Burn trilogy, cowritten with Siobhan Vivian. She is also the author of the chapter book Clara Lee and The Apple Pie Dream. A former children’s bookseller, she earned her MFA in creative writing at the New School.

Morgan Matson received her MFA in Writing for Children from the New School. She is the author of Second Chance Summer and Amy & Roger's Epic Detour, for which she was named a Publishers Weekly Flying Start author, which was also recognized as an ALA Top Ten Best Book for Young Adults. 

 

Start: 05/06/2014 7:00 pm

While camping with her family on a remote island, five-year-old Anna awakes in the night to the sound of her mother screaming. A rogue black bear is attacking the family's campsite -- and pouncing on her parents as prey. Anna manages to get her brother into the family's canoe and paddle away. But when the canoe runs aground on the edge of the woods, the two must battle hunger, the elements, and a wilderness alive with danger. Lost and completely alone, they find that their only hope resides in Anna's heartbreaking love for her family, and her struggle to be brave when nothing in her world seems safe anymore.

This is a story with a small narrator and a big heart. Author, Claire Cameron, gracefully plumbs Anna's young perspective on family, responsibility, and hope, charting both a tragically premature loss of innocence and a startling evolution as Anna reasons through the impossible situations that confront her. Lean and confident, and told in the innocent and honest voice of a five-year-old, The Bear ($25.00) is a transporting tale of loss -- but also a poignant and surprisingly funny adventure about love and the raw instincts that enable us to survive.

Claire Cameron's first novel, The Line Painter, was nominated for an Arthur Ellis Award for best crime first novel and won the Northern Lit Award from the Ontario Library Service. Cameron's work has appeared in the New York Times, the Globe & Mail, and The Millions. She worked as a wilderness instructor in Ontario's Algonquin Park and for Outward Bound. She lives in Toronto with her husband and two children.

 

Wednesday May 07, 2014
Start: 05/07/2014 9:00 am
End: 05/07/2014 11:00 am

Five Wednesdays: May 7-June 4 • 9:00-11:00 am • $160

 

 

This class is a basic introduction for students who have just begun to study Spanish.

Graciela Pera was born in Buenos Aires. She is a graduate of the University of Buenos Aires and has been teaching Spanish for over 35 years.

 

Start: 05/07/2014 7:00 pm
End: 05/07/2014 9:00 pm

Six Wednesdays: May 7-June 11 • 7:00-9:00 pm • $150

 


“To have great poets,” Walt Whitman said, “there must be great audiences, too.” What makes a poem worth reading? This group looks at famous poets from several centuries and from several literatures.

Widely published local poet and author John Hart co-edits the venerable all-poetry journal Blue Unicorn, now in its 36th year.

 

Start: 05/07/2014 7:00 pm

The financial world is more complex than ever, and people are struggling to make sense of it all. If you’re like most people moving into the phase of life where protecting—as well as growing-- assets is paramount, you’re faced with a number of financial puzzles.  Maybe you’re struggling to get your kids through college without drawing down your life’s savings. Perhaps you sense your nest egg is at risk and want to move into safer investments. Maybe you’re contemplating downsizing to a smaller home, but aren’t sure of the financial implications. Possibly, medical expenses have become a bigger drain than you expected and you need help assessing options.  Perhaps you’ll shortly be eligible for social security but want to optimize when and how to take it.

Whatever your specific financial issue, one thing is certain—your range of choices is vast. As the financial world becomes increasingly complex, what you need is deeply researched advice from professionals whose credentials are impeccable and who prize clarity and straightforwardness over financial mumbo-jumbo.

Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz and the Schwab team have been helping clients tackle their toughest money issues for decades. Through Carrie’s popular “Ask Carrie” columns, her leadership of the Charles Schwab Foundation, and her work across party lines through two White House administrations and with the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability, she has become one of America’s most trusted sources for financial advice.
 
In The Charles Schwab Guide to Finances After Fifty: Answers to Your Most Important Money Questions ($25.00), Carrie will not only answer all the questions that keep you up at night, she’ll provide answers to many questions you haven’t considered but should.

Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz is president of the Charles Schwab Foundation and senior vice president at Charles Schwab & Co., Inc., where she has spent the past thirty years serving clients and advocating for investors. Under her leadership the Foundation has established several notable financial education programs, including a curriculum for teens developed in collaboration with Boys & Girls Clubs of America. She also spearheaded a program with AARP Foundation to provide financial education and coaching to people age fifty and older. Her popular personal finance column “Ask Carrie” is syndicated weekly through Creators News Service.  She’s a Certified Financial PlannerTM certificant, and the coauthor of the popular book about family finances, It Pays to Talk.

 

Start: 05/07/2014 7:00 pm
From the highly acclaimed, award-winning Anthony Doerr comes All The Light We Cannot See ($27.00), a stunningly ambitious and beautiful novel about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.

Marie Laure lives with her father in Paris within walking distance of the Museum of Natural History where he works as the master of the locks (there are thousands of locks in the museum). When she is six, she goes blind, and her father builds her a model of their neighborhood so she can memorize it with her fingers and navigate the real streets with her feet and cane. When the Germans occupy Paris, father and daughter flee to Saint-Malo on the Brittany coast, where Marie-Laure's agoraphobic great uncle lives in a tall, narrow house by the sea wall.

In another world in Germany, an orphan boy, Werner, grows up, enchanted by a crude radio he finds. He becomes a master at building and fixing radios, a talent that wins him a place at an elite and brutal military academy and ultimately, makes him a highly specialized tracker of the Resistance. Werner travels through the heart of Hitler Youth to the far-flung outskirts of Russia, and finally into Saint-Malo, where his path converges with Marie-Laure.

Anthony Doerr was awarded the 2010 Story Prize for Memory Wall. His other books include The Shell Collector, About Grace, and Four Seasons in Rome.  His books have been a New York Times Notable Book, an American Library Association Book of the Year, a "Book of the Year" in the Washington Post. Doerr has won the Barnes & Noble Discover Prize, the Rome Prize, the Hodder Fellowship from Princeton, and shared the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Fiction Award.  His book reviews have appeared in the New York Times and Der Spiegel, and he writes the “On Science” column for the Boston Globe. Doerr is the Writer-in-Residence for the state of Idaho.

 
Thursday May 08, 2014
Start: 05/08/2014 12:00 pm

In conversation with Jacqueline Winspear 

Ticket: $55 (includes lunch & signed And the Dark Sacred Night)

Please note: online registration is now closed. Walk-up registration may be available. Call (415) 927-0960 ext. 1 for more information. 

The award-winning author, Julia Glass, on her best subject—family secrets—in And the Dark Sacred Night ($26.95), the story of a middle-aged man who searches for his father, upending relationships beyond his own and changing forever the way he fits into the world he thought he knew so well.

Julia Glass is the author of Three Junes, winner of the 2002 National Book Award for Fiction; The Whole World Over; I See You Everywhere, winner of the 2009 Binghamton University John Gardner Book Award; and The Widower's Tale. Her essays have been widely anthologized. A recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Glass also teaches fiction writing, most frequently at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. She lives with her family in Marblehead, Massachusetts. 

Jacqueline Winspear is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Leaving Everything Most Loved, Elegy for Eddie, A Lesson in Secrets, The Mapping of Love and Death, Among the Mad, and An Incomplete Revenge, as well as four other national bestselling Maisie Dobbs novels. She has won numerous awards for her work, including the Agatha, Alex, and Macavity awards for the first book in the series, Maisie Dobbs, which was also nominated for the Edgar Award for Best Novel and was a New York Times Notable Book. Originally from the United Kingdom, she now lives in California. 

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: 05/08/2014 12:30 pm
If you've started a business, you know that the journey toward success can be both invigorating and confusing, so where can you find advice that is practical and focused but still as playful and passionate as you are? Look no further than this book, which combines solid business expertise with a right-brain perspective that inspires creativity and innovation. Jennifer Lee's fresh, empowering approach emphasizes taking action and continually improving to achieve extraordinary long-term results.

Building Your Business the Right-Brain Way ($21.95) offers real-world-tested techniques that can benefit all sorts of businesses, whether you're a sole proprietor running a coaching practice, a crafter looking to license products, a wellness professional with a team of employees, or any creative soul making a meaningful difference with your work
 
Jennifer Lee is the founder of Artizen Coaching and the bestselling author of The Right-Brain Business Plan, which has helped tens of thousands of entrepreneurs around the world launch their creative businesses. Before pursuing her own passions full-time, she consulted for ten years for Fortune 500 companies such as Gap Inc., Accenture, and HP, helping leaders and organizations manage change. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
 
 
Start: 05/08/2014 6:00 pm

After the death of her beloved twin brother and the abandonment of her long-time lover, Greta Wells undergoes electroshock therapy. Over the course of the treatment, Greta finds herself repeatedly sent to 1918, 1941, and back to the present. Whisked from the gas-lit streets and horse-drawn carriages of the West Village, to a martini-fueled lunch at the Oak Room, in these other worlds, Greta finds her brother alive and well though fearfully masking his true personality. And her former lover is now her devoted husband...but will he be unfaithful to her in this life as well? Greta Wells is fascinated by her alter egos: in 1941, she is a devoted mother; in 1918, she is a bohemian adulteress.

In this spellbinding novel by Andrew Sean Greer, The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells ($14.99), each reality has its own losses, its own rewards; each extracts a different price. Which life will she choose as she wrestles with the unpredictability of love and the consequences of even her most carefully considered choices?

Andrew Sean Greer studied writing at Brown University, where he was the commencement speaker at his own graduation. He later received a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Montana. He soon moved to Seattle, where he wrote for Nintendo and taught community college, then to San Francisco, where he began to publish in magazines such as Esquire, The Paris Review, and The New Yorker before releasing a collection of his stories, How It Was for Me. His novels include The Path of Minor Planets, The Confessions of Max Tivoli, and The Story of a Marriage. He lives in San Francisco with his husband in a house adjoining that of his twin brother.

 

Start: 05/08/2014 6:30 pm

Left Bank in Larkspur • Single $115; Couple $175 (one book)

Please note: online registration is now closed. To inquire about waitlist availability, please call (415) 927-0960.  

It’s been ten years since David Lebovitz moved to Paris. In that time, the culinary culture of France has shifted as a new generation of chefs and home cooks incorporate ingredients and techniques from around the world into traditional French dishes. In My Paris Kitchen: Recipes and Stories ($35.00), David remasters the classics, introduces lesser-known fare, and presents 100 sweet and savory recipes that reflect the way modern Parisians eat today. David also shares stories told with his trademark wit and humor. Lush photography taken on location around Paris and in David’s kitchen reveal the quirks, trials, beauty, and joys of life in the culinary capital of the world.

 

Start: 05/08/2014 7:00 pm
In this highly anticipated new novel, The Temporary Gentleman ($26.95), Irishman Jack McNulty is a “temporary gentleman”—an Irishman whose commission in the British army in World War II was never permanent. Sitting in his lodgings in Accra, Ghana, in 1957, he’s writing the story of his life with desperate urgency. He cannot take one step further without examining all the extraordinary events that he has seen. A lifetime of war and world travel—as a soldier in World War II, an engineer, a UN observer—has brought him to this point. But the memory that weighs heaviest on his heart is that of the beautiful Mai Kirwan, and their tempestuous, heartbreaking marriage. Mai was once the great beauty of Sligo, a magnetic yet unstable woman who, after sharing a life with Jack, gradually slipped from his grasp.
 
Award-winning author Sebastian Barry’s newest work is the sixth book in his cycle of separate yet interconnected novels that brilliantly reimagine characters from Barry’s own family.

Sebastian Barry has won the Costa Book of the Year Award, the Hughes & Hughes Irish Novel of the Year Award and the Walter Scott Prize. His work has twice been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. He is the author of five previous novels and lives in Ireland.

 

Friday May 09, 2014
Start: 05/09/2014 10:00 am
End: 05/09/2014 12:00 pm

Six Fridays.: May 9-June 20 (no class June 13) • 10:00-12:00pm • $240

 

 

Have you started a book but haven’t been able to finish it? Leslie Keenan knows the reasons most writers get stuck and can help them get back in the flow again. Students will leave with a strategy for completing their book. Also covered is advice on the best way to get a book published, with suggestions for agents, editors, publishers, and printers.

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: 05/09/2014 7:00 pm

After three years of living his dream as a professional baseball pitcher, Mike Robbins had an arm injury that benched him for good. When this happened, everything changed. He had to figure out who he was without the identity of "baseball player"--a process fraught with emotional highs and lows--and he quickly realized that the self-criticism and self-doubt he was feeling are an epidemic in our culture. Too often we base our value on our external world--our jobs, appearance, or various other factors. Even the most successful people struggle with their relationship with themselves. In Nothing Changes Until You Do: A Guide to Self-Compassion and Getting Out of Your Own Way ($19.95), Mike looks at this delicate relationship and brings to light a new way to look at life, opening your eyes to your innate value.

These 40 inspiring essays boil down some of the most important lessons Mike has learned on his own personal journey. With themes spanning from the importance of trusting yourself to the benefits of vulnerability, this book shows you how to get out of your own way and make peace with yourself. With humor, authenticity, and ease, Mike illustrates that with a little self-compassion and a healthy dose of self-acceptance, anyone can turn away from the negatives that manifest because of critical self-perception. Making peace with yourself is fundamental to happiness and success. So join Mike, and learn to have more compassion, acceptance, and love for yourself--thus giving you access to more compassion, acceptance, and love for the people (and everything else) in your life.

Mike Robbins is the author of two previous books, Focus on the Good Stuff and Be Yourself, Everyone Else is Already Taken. He's a sought-after keynote speaker, seminar leader, and coach who speaks to groups of all kinds throughout the world. Some of his clients include Google, Wells Fargo, Twitter, Gap, Adobe, Chevron, Citibank, the US Department of Labor, Stanford University, the San Francisco Giants, and many others. Mike and his work have been featured in Forbes and the Wall Street Journal, as well as on ABC News and the Oprah radio network. He's a regular contriutor to the Huffington Post and his books have been translated into twelve different languages.

 

Saturday May 10, 2014
Start: 05/10/2014 10:00 am
End: 05/10/2014 4:00 pm

Sat., May 10 • 10:00-4:00 pm • $120

 

 

This is your chance to fix short stories that are “almost there”—the little heartbreakers that are still not exactly right. Often it just takes a slight adjustment, but sometimes it takes a sharp kick—this class offers both.

Molly Giles is a novelist and short story writer. She teaches at the University of Arkansas and is an editor for Penguin Putnam. Giles has worked with Amy Tan and many other successful writers.

Class Credit: Participants in these classes may receive credit at Dominican University: bookpassage.com/dominican-credit

 

Start: 05/10/2014 10:00 am

A Special Event for Kids!

With more than two million copies of the original sold worldwide, DK now brings you a fully revised and updated edition of the #1 New York Times bestseller, LEGO® Star Wars®: The Visual Dictionary.

Complete with 48 additional pages, and updated throughout to show all of the new sets and innovations, LEGO® Star Wars®, LEGO Star Wars: The Visual Dictionary: Update and Expanded ($21.99) provides detailed and annotated photography giving insight into the characters, locations, creatures, and spacecraft of the LEGO galaxy far, far away. Young Padawans will learn the ins and outs about their favorite vehicles, weapons, and minifigures such as Anakin, Yoda, Luke Skywalker, and Darth Vader.

Fans of all ages will learn about every LEGO Star Wars set released while exploring the updated cross sections that expose the inner workings of larger-piece sets such as the Death Star or Millennium Falcon. The updated "Beyond the Bricks" chapter goes behind-the-scenes to take a look at how LEGO sets are made, new models, plus fun fan creations. Of course this book would not be complete without an exclusive LEGO Star Wars minifigure, which is sure to impress even the most dedicated collector.

Jason Fry is an author who writes for Wizards of the Coast and Star Wars Insider. He also frequents the forums of TheForce.Net. He has a special interest in Star Wars astrography and was a co-author of The Essential Atlas with Daniel Wallace. Although he has primarily written Star Wars reference books and articles, Fry has also expanded into the realm of fiction, having authored such works as the short story "Deader than a Triton Moon" and the young readers' novel Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Darth Maul: Shadow Conspiracy. His first original novel is titled The Jupiter Pirates: Hunt for the Hydra.

 

Start: 05/10/2014 10:00 am
End: 05/10/2014 2:00 pm

Sat., May. 10 • 10:00-2:00 pm • $60

 

 

 

48-hour advance registration • Limit of six 

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: 05/10/2014 1:00 pm

Much of Heather Ross's creative work has been inspired by her being born into an eccentric family of artists and idealists in a rural corner of Vermont during the 1970s. According to Heather, that environment was defined by stunning natural beauty, creative and innovative living, and daily lessons in self-reliance. It also included equal parts of general dysfunction, a self-imposed but nearly inescapable poverty, and little exposure to basic life skills. When, as a twenty-something, Heather complained to her mother about a long list of things that had compromised her chance of ever leading a "normal" life (immunizations, a healthy respect for authority, etc.), her mother waved a hand and replied, "Well, you should thank me, because you have a lot of good stories instead." How to Catch a Frog: And Other Stories of Family, Love, Dysfunction, Survival, and DIY ($24.95), is a collection of those stories, plus others that show Ross's eventual route to success as an artist, entrepreneur, and mother. This work is also animated by Ross's delightful illustrations and how-to instructions.

Heather Ross is an illustrator, author, and textile designer with a large following in the crafts and sewing markets. Her textile designs are among the most recognizable in the retail fabric market and are a favorite among home sewers of clothing, accessories, and decor for children. She is the author of Weekend Sewing, a best-selling how-to sewing book, Heather Ross Prints, and is the illustrator of the Crafty Chloe picture book series, as well as numerous chapter book titles. She teaches sewing and crafts to women and girls of all ages through her popular sewing retreats and online. Heather's client list includes a wide range of product lines and companies, including high end home decor and fashion fabrics for Kokka of Japan, paper goods for Chronicle Books, and original artwork for Polar Bears International, for whom she acts as artistic ambassador.

 

Start: 05/10/2014 1:00 pm

Perseverance, determination, drive, resolve, courage and grit. These are the characteristics of a true survivor. A cancer survivor looks death in the face. She either gets scared and her body succumbs, or she sets an intention to live and beats the cancer against all odds. Transformation: Creating an Exceptional Life in the Face of Cancer ($16.95), is about the latter. It’s about taking the reins of your life and proactively changing the course of your survival, from diagnosis, to treatment, to creating a new life after cancer. This book explores the passion for living that lies inside each of us. Take a moment to ask yourself, "What truly excites me in life?" Is it people, food, travel, work, sports or the arts? "What's stopping me from living the life I have always dreamed of?" Author, Gale O’Brien, reveals how she conquered emotional repression and the fear of dying to emerge with a new attitude toward food, health and fitness, relationships, time management, work and spirituality. This book is an honest, revealing, no holds barred description of Gale’s transformational journey to survival, and how she finally gave herself permission to start living life fully engaged.

Gale O'Brien has a Master of Arts degree in Education, with an emphasis in Curriculum and Instruction. Previously a school teacher, she now enjoys a rewarding career as a writer and motivational speaker. she is the founder of The Healing Blog: Creating an Exceptional Life and a contributor to Examiner.com, reporting on topics relevant to cancer survivorship. She lives in New Mexico, where she is inspired by the people and the art culture of the Southwest.

 

Start: 05/10/2014 2:30 pm
End: 05/10/2014 3:30 pm

Sat., May 10 • 2:30-3:30 pm • $25

 

 

Yvonne Horn, award-winning travel writer, shares a PowerPoint presentation of eight gardens with tales to tell, gardens that express the passion of their creator. Among them are the poison garden at England’s Alnwick Castle; “Cougar Annie’s” garden in the wilderness of Vancouver Island; and Kokadera, Kyoto’s garden run amok in moss.

Yvonne Michie Horn has won multiple awards during her work as a travel writer, including two Lowell Thomas awards for Foreign Travel. Early on in her travels Yvonne began to understand that one can learn a lot about a place from its gardens, and while she admires the grand gardens of the world, she seeks out those with a compelling, unique story to be told. Yvonne is a member of the Society of American Travel Writers, American Society of Journalists and Authors, and Garden Writers Association. When not traveling, she headquarters in Sonoma County where she negotiates for gardening space with deer, turkeys, and other critters.

 

Start: 05/10/2014 4:00 pm
Join students and teachers for a selection of readings from work produced through the UC Berkeley Extension program. Founded in 1891, UC Berkeley Extension is the continuing education branch of the University of California, Berkeley. Today they offer more than 2,000 courses each year.
 
Start: 05/10/2014 4:00 pm

Tickets: $35 (includes signed copy of A Fighting Chance)
Angelico Hall, Dominican University

This event is now sold out. We will form a stand-by line at 3:00 pm outside the event for anyone who would like to wait and see if spaces open up that day. There is always the possibility that a VERY FEW amount of seats will become available due to patrons who do not attend. 

As a child in small-town Oklahoma, Elizabeth Warren yearned to go to college and then become an elementary school teacher—an ambitious goal, given her family’s modest means. Early marriage and motherhood seemed to put even that dream out of reach, but fifteen years later she was a distinguished law professor with a deep understanding of why people go bankrupt. Then came the phone call that changed her life: could she come to Washington DC to help advise Congress on rewriting the bankruptcy laws?

Thus began an impolite education into the bare-knuckled, often dysfunctional ways of Washington. She fought for better bankruptcy laws for ten years and lost. She tried to hold the federal government accountable during the financial crisis, but became a target of the big banks. She came up with the idea for a new agency designed to protect consumers from predatory bankers, and was denied the opportunity to run it. Finally, at age 62, she decided to run for elective office and won the most competitive—and watched—Senate race in the country.

In this passionate, funny, rabble-rousing book, A Fighting Chance ($28.00), Warren shows why she has chosen to fight tooth and nail for the middle class—and why she has become a hero to all those who believe that America’s government can and must do better for working families.

Elizabeth Warren is the senior senator from Massachusetts. A former Harvard Law School professor, she is the author of eight books, including All Your Worth: The Ultimate Lifetime Money Plan and The Two-Income Trap: Why Middle-Class Mothers and Fathers Are Going Broke, written with her daughter, Amelia Tyagi.

 

Start: 05/10/2014 4:00 pm

In the Heart of Marin: The History of Kentfield & Greenbrae California ($60.00), tells tales of the small communities of Kentfield and Greenbrae. It begins in the 1800s, with stories of suburban Greenbrae, carefully and thoughtfully planned. Also highlighted, is the history of the Kentfield School District. This work is a 400-page history, which includes hundreds of historical photographs and maps, and local artist George Demont Otis’ depiction of Mt. Tamalpais on the cover.

In addition to Dewey Livingston’s extensive research, Kentfield-Greenbrae Historical Society research committee members have, along with the author himself, conducted interviews with a variety of longtime residents of Kentfield and Greenbrae. (Additional interviews of Kent alumni from over the past 70 years were conducted by Kent Middle School 8th graders). The resulting oral histories have been incorporated into Livingston’s history of the two communities and add a delightful sense of place to the work. Stories of long-ago childhood adventures in both Kentfield and Greenbrae rub shoulders with the intent and vision of the founders of the two communities.

Dewey Livingston, historian and author, has spent over 25 years uncovering the rich history of Marin County and other areas of the American West, then crafting his discoveries into highly readable texts. While Dewey is originally from Southern California, he spent his high school years in Kentfield, and many hours hiking the trails of Mt. Tamalpais. A large body of his recent work has focused on the Point Reyes Peninsula and West Marin, including, Nicasio: The Historic Valley at the Center of Marin.

 

Start: 05/10/2014 7:00 pm

The ex-pat recluses hiding out in a tumbledown Baja beachfront settllement have only one desire: they want to be left alone. And they are—until a mysterious government drone plummets into the desert next to their tumbledown settlement. The high-tech air war that follows lights up the Mexican skies, and the carnage from that battle spills down on Punta Gringa’s vagabonds, scuttling their dreams. Drone Baloney ($11.95) chronicles the efforts of this quirky band that fights against progress they don’t enjoy. John Hewitt is a Los Angeles native who has pursued the art of avoiding potholes while driving through Mexico. He currently lives in northern California.

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 bookpassage.com/left-coast-writers. 

Sunday May 11, 2014
Start: 05/11/2014 4:00 pm

Michael Cunningham’s luminous novel begins with a vision. It’s November 2004. Barrett Meeks, having lost love yet again, is walking through Central Park when he is inspired to look up at the sky; there he sees a pale, translucent light that seems to regard him in a distinctly godlike way. Barrett doesn’t believe in visions—or in God—but he can’t deny what he’s seen.

At the same time, in the not-quite-gentrified Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn, Tyler, Barrett’s older brother, a struggling musician, is trying—and failing—to write a wedding song for Beth, his wife-to-be, who is seriously ill. Tyler is determined to write a song that will be not merely a sentimental ballad but an enduring expression of love.

Barrett, haunted by the light, turns unexpectedly to religion. Tyler grows increasingly convinced that only drugs can release his creative powers. Beth tries to face mortality with as much courage as she can summon.

Cunningham follows the Meeks brothers as each travels down a different path in his search for transcendence. In subtle, lucid prose, he demonstrates a profound empathy for his conflicted characters and a singular understanding of what lies at the core of the human soul.

The Snow Queen ($25.00), beautiful and heartbreaking, comic and tragic, proves again that Cunningham is one of the great novelists of his generation.

Michael Cunningham is the author of six novels, including A Home at the End of the World, Flesh and Blood, The Hours (winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Pulitzer Prize), Specimen Days, and By Nightfall, as well as Land’s End: A Walk in Provincetown.

 

Monday May 12, 2014
Start: 05/12/2014 9:00 am
End: 05/12/2014 11:00 am

Four Mondays: May 12–June 9 • 9:00-11:00 am • $125

 

 

This class is for first-year students who have had some Spanish study.

Graciela Pera was born in Buenos Aires. She is a graduate of the University of Buenos Aires and has been teaching Spanish for over 35 years.

 

Start: 05/12/2014 10:00 am
The Little Red Hen gives old MacDonald some pointers on composting - and a legendary farm is born - in EIEIO: How Old MacDonald Got His Farm with a Little Help From a Hen ($16.99), a rhyming, rollicking read-aloud.

Once upon a time, Old MacDonald didn't have a farm. He just had a yard - a yard he didn't want to mow. But under the direction of the wise (and ecologically sensitive) Little Red Hen, Mac learns to look at the environment in a very different way, and whole new worlds start to bloom with the help of some mud, garbage, horse poop, and worms! Judy Sierra's spirited verse, paired with Matthew Myers's exuberant illustrations, yields a fresh take on a children's classic, complete with raised-bed gardens and an organic farmers' market-making this a perfect story for armchair gardeners and devoted locavores of all sizes.
 
Judy Sierra is the author of many books for children, including the best-selling Wild About Books, illustrated by Marc Brown. She is also the author of The Gruesome Guide to World Monsters, illustrated by Henrik Drescher.

Matthew Myers is the illustrator of Bartholomew Biddle and the Very Big Wind by Gary Ross as well as many other books for young readers, including Tyrannosaurus Dad by Liz Rosenberg and Clink by Kelly DiPucchio.
 
Start: 05/12/2014 6:00 pm
Carousel: Essays and Such ($14.95) is an enticing collection of essays and elegant rants written by an experienced word dancer, who speaks to her audience with intelligence and wit.  A lost lady in front of an upscale hotel reminds her of stories by Jean Rhys.  Watching how the media covers Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin, she does not mince words. Negotiating public transit requires invoking the presence of Quan Yin. Whether sharing a journey to a poetry salon, or experiencing a stage musical, Jeanne Powell draws you in.
 
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 bookpassage.com/left-coast-writers
 
Start: 05/12/2014 7:00 pm

Fifteen years ago, Krista Bremer would not have been able to imagine her life today: married to a Libyan-born Muslim, raising two children with Arabic names in the American South. Nor could she have imagined the prejudice she would encounter or the profound ways her marriage would change her perception of the world. But on a running trail in North Carolina, she met Ismail. He was passionate and sincere and he loved adventure as much as she did. From acquaintances, to lovers, to a couple facing an unexpected pregnancy, this is the story of two people-- a middle-class American raised in California and a Muslim raised by illiterate parents in an impoverished Libyan fishing village, who made a commitment to each other without forsaking their own identities.

Profoundly moving and often funny, My Accidental Jihad ($24.95) is a meditation on tolerance that explores what it means to open our hearts to another culture and to embrace our own. It is Krista Bremer's unexpected struggle to reach beyond herself, her accidental Jihad.

Krista Bremer is an American author whose award-winning essays have appeared in national and international magazines and news outlets including O: The Oprah Magazine, CNN, MSN, More, The Sun, and The Sunday Times. Her work has been featured on National Public Radio, and she has appeared in the PBS series Arab American Stories. In 2009 she was one of six American writers to receive a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award, a $25,000 prize to support emerging women writers in the United States. She is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize, a North Carolina Arts Fellowship, and a scholarship to the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference.

 

Tuesday May 13, 2014
Start: 05/13/2014 6:00 pm
End: 05/13/2014 8:00 pm

4 Tues., May 13-June 3 • 6:00-8:00pm • $130

 

 

Kate Rider studied Italian at Stanford University, Middlebury College, and in Florence. She earned a master’s degree in Italian Literature at San Francisco State University and completed a course in Italian pedagogy in Genoa. She currently teaches Italian at Dominican University of California.


Start: 05/13/2014 6:00 pm
The America of the near future will look nothing like the America of the recent past.
 
America is in the throes of a demographic overhaul. Huge generation gaps have opened up in our political and social values, our economic well-being, our family structure, our racial and ethnic identity, our gender norms, our religious affiliation, and our technology use. 
 
Today's Millennials--well-educated, tech savvy, underemployed twenty-somethings--are at risk of becoming the first generation in American history to have a lower standard of living than their parents. Meantime, more than 10,000 Baby Boomers are retiring every single day, most of them not as well prepared financially as they'd hoped. This graying of our population has helped polarize our politics, put stresses on our social safety net, and presented our elected leaders with a daunting challenge: How to keep faith with the old without bankrupting the young and starving the future.
 
Every aspect of our demography is being fundamentally transformed. By mid-century, the population of the United States will be majority non-white and our median age will edge above 40--both unprecedented milestones. But other rapidly-aging economic powers like China, Germany, and Japan will have populations that are much older. With our heavy immigration flows, the US is poised to remain relatively young. If we can get our spending priorities and generational equities in order, we can keep our economy second to none. But doing so means we have to rebalance the social compact that binds young and old. In tomorrow's world, yesterday's math will not add up.
 
Drawing on Pew Research Center's extensive archive of public opinion surveys and demographic data, The Next America($26.99) is a rich portrait of where we are as a nation and where we're headed--toward a future marked by the most striking social, racial, and economic shifts the country has seen in a century. 
 
For the past decade, Paul Taylor has served as executive vice president of the Pew Research Center, where he oversees the Social & Demographic Trends project, the Hispanic Trends project, and various center-wide research initiatives. Taylor is the author of See How They Run and co-author of The Old News Versus the New News
 
 
Start: 05/13/2014 7:00 pm
A reimagining of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde from the monster's perspective, Hyde ($24.00) makes a hero of a villain. As a bonus, Stevenson's original novel is included at the back. 

What happens when a villain becomes a hero?

Mr. Hyde is trapped, locked in Dr. Jekyll's surgical cabinet, counting the hours until his inevitable capture. As four days pass, he has the chance, finally, to tell his story-the story of his brief, marvelous life.

Summoned to life by strange potions, Hyde knows not when or how long he will have control of "the body." When dormant, he watches Dr. Jekyll from a remove, conscious of this other, high-class life but without influence. As the experiment continues, their mutual existence is threatened, not only by the uncertainties of untested science, but also by a mysterious stalker. Hyde is being taunted-possibly framed. Girls have gone missing; someone has been killed. Who stands, watching, from the shadows? In the blur of this shared consciousness, can Hyde ever be confident these crimes were not committed by his hand
 
Daniel Levine studied English Literature and Creative Writing at Brown University and received his MFA in Fiction Writing from the University of Florida. He has taught composition and creative writing at high schools and universities, including the University of Florida, Montclair State University, and Metropolitan State College of Denver. Originally from New Jersey, he now lives in Colorado.
 
Wednesday May 14, 2014
Start: 05/14/2014 1:00 pm
A richly imagined and stunningly inventive literary masterpiece of love, art, and betrayal, set in Paris from the late 1920s into the dark years of World War II, that explores the genesis of evil, the unforeseen consequences of love, and the ultimate unreliability of storytelling itself
 
Emerging from the austerity and deprivation of the Great War, Paris in the 1920s shimmers with excitement, dissipation, and freedom. It is a place of intoxicating ambition, passion, art, and discontent, where louche jazz venues like the Chameleon Club draw expats, artists, libertines, and parvenus looking to indulge their true selves. It is at the Chameleon where the striking Lou Villars, an extraordinary athlete and scandalous cross-dressing lesbian, finds refuge among the club’s loyal patrons, including rising Hungarian photographer Gabor Tsenyi, socialite and art patron Baroness Lily de Rossignol; and caustic American writer Lionel Maine.

As the years pass, their fortunes—and the world itself—evolve. Lou falls desperately in love and finds success as a racecar driver. Gabor builds his reputation with startlingly vivid and imaginative photographs, including a haunting portrait of Lou and her lover, which will resonate through all their lives. As the exuberant 20s give way to the Depression of the 30s, Lou experiences another metamorphosis—sparked by tumultuous events—that will warp her earnest desire for love and approval into something far more sinister: collaboration with the Nazis.

Told in a kaleidoscope of voices that circle around the dark star of Lou Villars, Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932 ($26.99) evokes this incandescent city with brio, humor, and intimacy. Exploring a turbulent time defined by terror, bravery, and difficult moral choices, it raises critical questions about truth and memory and the nature of storytelling itself. A brilliant work of fiction and a mesmerizing read, it is Francine Prose’s finest novel yet.
 
Francine Prose is the author of twenty works of fiction. Her novel A Changed Man won the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, and Blue Angel was a finalist for the National Book Award. Her most recent works of nonfiction include the highly acclaimed Anne Frank: The Book, The Life, The Afterlife, and the New York Times bestseller Reading Like a Writer. The recipient of numerous grants and honors, including a Guggenheim and a Fulbright, a Director's Fellow at the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library, Prose is a former president of PEN American Center, and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Start: 05/14/2014 6:00 pm
When Rayya Elias was seven, her family fled their native Syria to settle in Detroit. Bullied in school and rebelling against her traditional home-life, Rayya turned her sights to fashion and music. She became a hairdresser and started a band that played the club scene in the early 1980s before she moved to New York at age twenty-three to further her musical career. She lived on the Lower East Side at the height of the punk movement and had passionate affairs with both sexes, but her casual drug use turned to addiction and Rayya was often homeless—between her visits to jail. Yet, her passion for life always saved her.

A rough and rollicking journey of courage and persistence against all odds that is told with a keen sense of humor and a lack of self-pity, Harley Loco ($16.00) is an unforgettable story about pursuing—not always by choice—a life of extremes until finally arriving at a place of contentment and peace.
 
Rayya Elias was born in Aleppo, Syria, in 1960 and moved to Detroit in 1967. She is a musician, hairdresser, filmmaker, and also sells real estate to make some extra scratch. She lives in New York City and Little York, New Jersey.
 
 
 
Start: 05/14/2014 7:00 pm

From the winner of the 2009 Iowa Short Fiction Prize, Kathryn Ma, comes the extraordinary, unexpected debut tale of three generations of Chinese-American women in a San Francisco family who must confront their past and carve out a future.

The Kong women are in crisis. A disastrous trip to visit her "home" orphanage in China has plunged eighteen-year-old Ari into a self-destructive spiral. Her adoptive mother, Charlie, a lawyer with a great heart, is desperate to keep her daughter safe. Meanwhile, Charlie must endure the prickly scrutiny of her beautiful mother, Gran, and her brilliant sister, Les.

As they cope with Ari's journey of discovery and its aftermath, the Kong women will come face to face with the truths of their lives--four powerful, intertwining stories of accomplishment, tenacity, secrets, loneliness, and love. Beautifully illuminating the bonds of family and blood, The Year She Left Us ($25.99) explores the promise and pain of adoption, the price of assimilation and achievement, the debt we owe to others, and what we owe to ourselves.

Kathryn Ma is the author of the story collection, All That Work and Still No Boys, which won the Iowa Short Fiction Award. The book was also named a San Francisco Chronicle “Notable” Book, and a Los Angeles Times “Discoveries” Book. She received the David Nathan Meyerson Prize for Fiction, and the honor of being named a San Francisco Public Library Laureate. Her stories have appeared in the Antioch Review, Kenyon Review, Northwest Review, Prairie Schooner, Slice, Southwest Review, Threepenny Review, TriQuarterly, and elsewhere. Kathryn was a Fellow at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and has taught in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at the University of Oregon. In 2011, she was a Distinguished Writer-in-Residence at Saint Mary's College of California. This is her first novel.

 

Thursday May 15, 2014
Start: 05/15/2014 6:00 pm
Click here and here to view infographics from The Lost Art of Dress
 
As a glance down any street in America quickly reveals, American women have forgotten how to dress. We chase fads, choose inappropriate materials and unattractive cuts, and waste energy tottering in heels when we could be moving gracefully. Quite simply, we lack the fashion know-how we need to dress professionally and flatteringly.
 
As historian and expert dressmaker Linda Przybyszewski reveals in The Lost Art of Dress ($28.99), it wasn't always like this. In the first half of the twentieth century, a remarkable group of women--the so-called Dress Doctors--taught American women how to stretch each yard of fabric and dress well on a budget. Knowledge not money, they insisted, is the key to timeless fashion.
 
Based in Home Economics departments across the country, the Dress Doctors offered advice on radio shows, at women's clubs, and in magazines. Millions of young girls read their books in school and at 4-H clothing clubs. As Przybyszewski shows, the Dress Doctors' concerns weren't purely superficial: they prized practicality, and empowered women to design and make clothing for both the workplace and the home. They championed skirts that would allow women to move about freely and campaigned against impractical and painful shoes. Armed with the Dress Doctors' simple design principles--harmony, proportion, balance, rhythm, emphasis--modern American women from all classes could learn to dress for all occasions in a way that made them confident, engaged members of society.
 
A captivating and beautifully-illustrated look at the world of the Dress Doctors, The Lost Art of Dress introduces a new audience to their timeless rules of fashion and beauty--rules which, with a little help, we can certainly learn again.
 
Linda is an associate professor of history at the University of Notre Dame. She is also a prize-winning dressmaker, has mastered the art of millinery, and has recreated clothing from every decade in the 20th Century. In order to test the Dress Doctors’ prescription for variety, she wore the same dress to work for a month, while only changing the collar and cuffs every day. Only one student figured it out. 
 
Start: 05/15/2014 7:00 pm
Writer Nate Piven’s star is rising. After several lean and striving years, he has his pick of both magazine assignments and women: Juliet, the hotshot business reporter; Elisa, his gorgeous ex-girlfriend, now friend; and Hannah, “almost universally regarded as nice and smart, or smart and nice,” who holds her own in conversation with his friends. When one relationship grows more serious, Nate is forced to consider what it is he really wants.

In Nate’s 21st-century literary world, wit and conversation are not at all dead. Is romance? Novelist Adelle Waldman plunges into the psyche of a flawed, sometimes infuriating modern man—one who thinks of himself as beyond superficial judgment, yet constantly struggles with his own status anxiety, who is drawn to women, yet has a habit of letting them down in ways that may just make him an emblem of our times. With tough-minded intelligence and wry good humor The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. ($25.00) is an absorbing tale of one young man’s search for happiness—and an inside look at how he really thinks about women, sex and love.
 
Adelle Waldman is a graduate of Brown University and Columbia University's journalism school. She worked as a reporter at the New Haven Register and the Cleveland Plain Dealer, and wrote a column for the Wall Street Journal's website. Her articles also have appeared in The New York Times Book Review, The New Republic, Slate, The Wall Street Journal, and other national publications.
 
Friday May 16, 2014
Start: 05/16/2014 7:00 pm
"I have a good poker face because I am half dead inside." So begins the hilarious and unexpectedly moving adventures of an amateur player who lucked into a seat at the biggest card game in town-the World Series of Poker.

In 2011 Grantland magazine sent award-winning novelist Colson Whitehead to brave the harrowing, seven-day gauntlet of the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. It was the assignment of a lifetime, except for one hitch-he'd never played in a casino tournament before.

With just six weeks to train, our humble narrator plunged into the gritty subculture of high-stakes Texas Hold'em. There's poker here, sure, which means joy and heartbreak, grizzled cowboys from the game's golden age, and teenage hotshots weaned on internet gambling. Not to mention the overlooked problem of coordinating Atlantic City bus schedules with your kid's drop-off and pick-up at school.

And then there's Vegas.

In a world full of long shots and short odds, The Noble Hustle ($24.95) is a sure bet, a raucously funny social satire whose main target is the author himself. Whether you've been playing cards your whole life or have never picked up a hand, you're sure to agree that this book contains some of the best writing about beef jerky ever put to paper.
 
Colson Whitehead is the New York Times bestselling author of Zone One, Sag Harbor, The Intuitionist, John Henry Days, Apex Hides the Hurt, and The Colossus of New York, a collection of essays. A recipient of a Whiting Writers' Award and a MacArthur Fellowship, he lives in New York City.
 
 
 
Saturday May 17, 2014
Start: 05/17/2014 9:30 am
End: 05/17/2014 12:00 pm

Sat. May 17 • 9:30-12:00 • $40

 

 

Would you like to reenter the workforce, but you’re not sure how to jazz up that rusty resume? This workshop is for women ready to re-launch their careers after staying out of the workforce for a while. Whether you want a job while the kids are in school or you are already an empty nester, you’ll need to reassess your skills and experience (both work and volunteer). Learn how to present yourself in a positive and marketable format.

Alison Berka has an MBA in marketing and has successfully built a second career in development and communications.

 

Start: 05/17/2014 9:30 am
End: 05/17/2014 4:00 pm
Special event for kids! 

Featuring Annie Barrows, Andrea Alban, Gennifer Choldenko, Christopher Cerf & Paige Peterson 

In conjunction with Children's Book Week, Book Passage is proud to take part in the inaugural Indies First Storytime Day, founded by award-winning author Kate DiCamillo along with the American Booksellers Association and the Children's Book Council. Indies First Storytime Day will be celebrated at independent bookstores across the country, with authors and illustrators invited to read from a children's book of their choice.

At Book Passage we have a day of activities scheduled with some of our favorite children's authors stopping by to participate in the event.

At 9:30 am, we welcome Andrea Alban, author of The Happiness Tree and the YA novel Anya's War, for our opening storytelling activity. 

Then, at 10:00 amChristopher Cerf & Paige Peterson will be stopping by to present the new mini-edition of Blackie: The Horse Who Stood Still, a gorgeous picture book about a local equine hero.

The day continues at 11:00 am with Ivy & Bean author Annie Barrows, who will participate in the festivities with additional storytelling.

At 12:00 pm, there will be a Timmy Failure Total Failure Party! We welcome lovers of Stephan Pastis' Timmy Failure series to take their photo with Total the Polar Bear, make their own Timmy Failure scarf, and participate in a number of fun activities and puzzles.  

Finally, at 3:00 pm, we welcome Gennifer Choldenko, author of the bestselling Al Capone Does My Shirts, who will conclude the day with reading stories.

We hope to see you all there!
 
Start: 05/17/2014 10:00 am
A special event for kids!
 
Meet Blackie, the stubbornly motionless equine hero of the delightful and touching biography-in-verse, Blackie: The Horse Who Stood Still ($16.95). This (mostly) true tale tells the heart-warming story of a horse who made standing stock-still a lifelong endeavor-while becoming a champion rodeo horse, a tourist favorite at Yosemite Park, a legendary environmental crusader, and the beloved mascot of one of America's most beautiful towns, Tiburon, California.

Magically illustrated by lyrical paintings, Blackie is destined to become a children's classic in the tradition of Munro Leaf's Ferdinand the Bull and Dr. Seuss's The Lorax, The playful, clever, rhyming text will charm adults and children alike as it delivers an important message about appreciating and preserving the natural beauty around us. 

Christopher Cerf is an author, composer-lyricist, record and television producer, editor, and cofounder and president of the educational television production company, Sirius Thinking, Ltd. Since its first season in 1970, Cerf has played a pivotal role in the creation and production of the Sesame Street television program, most notably as a regular contributor of music and lyrics. In the process, he has won two Grammy Awards and three Emmy Awards for songwriting and music production. Currently, Cerf serves as Co-Executive Producer of Between the Lions, the multiple Emmy-award-winning children's literacy series, created by his company for PBS.

Paige Peterson is a noted New York artist who has also appeared on Oprah and Lifetime Television's Our Home, and who has designed and styled segments for ABC's Good Morning America. Her paintings are exhibited regularly in galleries across the country, and in 2003 she was selected for membership in the prestigious Guild Hall Academy of the Arts. While growing up in Belvedere-Tiburon, California, Paige walked down the old railroad tracks to Blackie's pasture and fed him apples, carrots, and sugar cubes until Blackie's death in 1966. She lives and works in New York City.
 
Start: 05/17/2014 12:30 pm

In this funny, frank, and tender new memoir, the author of the New York Times bestseller A Homemade Life and the blog Orangette recounts how opening a pizza restaurant sparked the first crisis of her young marriage.

When Molly Wizenberg married Brandon Pettit, he was a trained composer with a handful of offbeat interests: espresso machines, violin construction, boat building, and ice cream making. When Brandon decided to open a pizza restaurant, Molly was supportive—not because she wanted him to do it, but because the idea was so far-fetched that she didn’t think he would. Before she knew it, he’d signed a lease. The restaurant, Delancey, was going to be a reality, and Molly’s assumptions about her married life were about to change.

Together they built Delancey: gutting and renovating the space on a small budget, developing a menu, hiring staff, passing inspections, and opening the doors. Delancey became a success, and Molly tried to convince herself she was happy—until, in the heat and pressure of the restaurant kitchen, she was forced to admit she hadn’t been honest with herself or Brandon.

With evocative photos by Molly and twenty new recipes for the kind of simple, delicious food that chefs eat at home, Delancey: A Man, a Woman, a Restaurant, a Marriage ($25.00), is a moving and honest account of two young people learning to give in and let go in order to grow together.

Molly Wizenberg is the voice behind Orangette, named the best food blog in the world by the London Times. Her first book, A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table, was a New York Times bestseller, and her work has appeared in Bon Appétit, The Washington Post, The Art of Eating, The Guardian, Saveur.com, and Gourmet.com. She also co-hosts the hit podcast Spilled Milk. She and her husband own and run the restaurants Delancey and Essex in Seattle.

 

Start: 05/17/2014 1:00 pm
End: 05/17/2014 5:00 pm

Sat., May 17 • 1:00-5:00 pm & Sun., May 18 •1:00-4:00pm • $135 (Sunday ONLY $60)

Class is cancelled - please call (415) 927-0960 for further information

Make your travel experiences memorable by keeping an art journal. On Day 1, you learn how to transform a blank journal into a creative expression of your journeys. Day 2 will be studio time. If you have previously taken the “Art Journal Your Travels” workshop, you can attend this session in lieu of Day 1.

Virginia Simpson-Magruder of Kentucky Girl Designs, is an altered book and jewelry artist. She can be found at her art studio at the Novato Arts Center and at www.kentuckygirldesigns.com.

 

Start: 05/17/2014 4:00 pm

Being a parent is hard work! And when your child refuses to do even the little things—like picking up their toys, or getting in the car—its easy to become frustrated. But what if there was a gentle, effective way to improve your kid's behavior without raising your voice? In Is That Me Yelling?: A Parent's Guide to Getting Your Kids to Cooperate Without Losing Your Cool ($16.95), leading authority on parenting, Rona Renner, outlines effective communication strategies that focus on your childs unique temperament. This book will teach you powerful mindfulness techniques based in cognitive behavioral theory and temperament theory to help reduce conflict and foster cooperation, respect, and understanding. You will also learn the real reasons behind your frustration, how your unique temperament can contribute to you losing your temper, and how you can start feeling calm and connecting with your child in a positive way, right away.

As a parent, you are often under a great deal of stress. Between helping your child with their homework, running a household, and working, its only natural to feel overwhelmed at times. But thats why you need real, practical solutions to help you communicate effectively and compassionately with your children in a way that will benefit you both. This book will show you how.

Rona Renner, RN, graduated from Brooklyn College School of Nursing in 1966, and has since been dedicated to solving problems and helping people reduce their suffering. Her extensive experience includes working in medical and psychiatric hospitals in the USA, training women in childbirth preparation in Zaire Africa, helping to start a learning disabilities program in Pune, India, and providing parent education, ADHD and temperament counseling in California. She currently consults and teaches classes for mental health professionals, teachers, and parents throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond.

 

Start: 05/17/2014 7:00 pm

He already owned and managed two ranches and needed a third about as much as he needed a permanent migraine. That’s what cattle rancher Alan Day said every time his friend pestered him about an old ranch in South Dakota. When he finally agreed to visit the ranch, he fell in love with the its lush prairie. But what to do with it’s 35,000 acres?

The opportunity soon dropped in his lap to establish a sanctuary for unadoptable wild horses warehoused by the Bureau of Land Management. After Day successfully lobbied Congress, those acres became Mustang Meadows Ranch, the first government-sponsored wild horse sanctuary established in the United States.

The Horse Lover: A Cowboy's Quest to Save the Wild Mustangs
($24.95) is Day’s personal history of the sanctuary’s vast enterprise, with its surprises and pleasures and its plentiful dangers, frustrations, and heartbreak. Day’s deep connection with the animals in his care is clear from the onset, as is his maverick philosophy of horse-whispering that he used to train fifteen hundred wild horses. This memoir weaves together Day’s recollections of his cowboying adventures astride some of his best horses, all of which taught him indispensable lessons about loyalty, perseverance, and hope.

Alan Day was part of the third generation to grow up on the 200,000-acre Lazy B cattle ranch straddling the high deserts of southern Arizona and New Mexico. The ranching and cowboy lifestyle appealed to him so greatly that after graduating from the University of Arizona, he returned to manage Lazy B for the next 40 years. During his career, he received numerous awards for his dedicated stewardship of the land. Alan and his sister, Sandra Day O’Connor, co-authored the New York Times bestselling memoir, Lazy B, which chronicles the story of the Day family and growing up on a harsh yet beautiful southwestern ranch.

 

Start: 05/17/2014 7:00 pm
The sensory details that infuse our everyday experience-the smell of a favorite dish cooking, the texture of a well-worn coat, hearing a song that reminds you of a person or a time in your life-can be used to add richness and spark to what we write. Whether you are a professional writer (or want to be one) or someone who enjoys just writing for your own personal fulfillment, Writing from the Senses ($14.95) will show you how to tap into an endless source of engaging material, using your senses as prompts. The exercises will stimulate you to develop stories, imagery, and details that will allow readers to see, taste, hear, smell, and feel that they're in the scene.

Laura Deutsch is a writer, editor, and teacher based in Mill Valley, California. She began teaching writing in 1974 at the University of California at Berkeley and has subsequently taught her popular classes and workshops at San Francisco State University, Book Passage bookstore, Tassajara Zen Mountain Center, Green Gulch Farm Zen Center, and in Arezzo, Italy. For the past fifteen years, her classes have focused on personal essay and memoir, writing from the senses, writing as a spiritual practice, and how to get into print. Laura's personal essays, feature stories, and travel pieces have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco magazine, More magazine, Time Out, Mademoiselle, and the Dallas Morning News. Her personal essays have been anthologized in several collections, including I Should Have Stayed Home; Best Women's Travel Writing 2011; and Leave the Lipstick, Take the Iguana. Her commentary has aired on public radio.
 
 
Sunday May 18, 2014
Start: 05/18/2014 1:00 pm

Like many farm children, Julene Bair left home as soon as she could, headed for what she hoped would be a more exciting life in San Francisco. The Ogallala Road: A Memoir of Love and Reckoning ($26.95) opens years later when Julene inherits part of her father’s farming empire. She knows his empire was built by plowing the prairies that enchanted her in childhood, and by mining the Ogallala aquifer, the sole source of water on the western plains. But now her family, like many other irrigators, pumps over two hundred million gallons out of the aquifer each year. Julene returns to Kansas to search for one of the few springs that still flow out of the aquifer. She happens on an even rarer find—Ward, a Kansas man who owns a ranch in the beautiful Smoky Valley. A single mother, Julene hopes that Ward will become the father her son has always wished for. Meanwhile, she struggles to reconcile her love for her family’s land with their abuse of it, and ultimately becomes a crusader for the Ogallala aquifer. Her page-turning story is a uniquely American saga of love, farm and family in our challenging times.
 
Julene Bair is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and the Iowa Nonfiction Writing Program. Her essay collection, One Degree West, won several regional awards and was a finalist for the Mountains and Plains Booksellers Award. She has taught at the University of Wyoming and the University of Iowa and currently lives in Longmont, Colorado. Bair has written editorials on the Ogallala Aquifer, most notably for USA Today and the New York Times.

 

 
 

Start: 05/18/2014 2:00 pm
End: 05/18/2014 4:00 pm
I’m Your Man ($16.99) is the definitive account of Leonard Cohen, one of the most important and influential artists of our era, a man of powerful emotion and intelligence whose work has explored the definitive issues of human life. Acclaimed music journalist Sylvie Simmons crafts a portrait of Cohen as nuanced as the man himself, drawing on a wealth of research that includes Cohen’s personal archives and more than a hundred exclusive interviews with those closest to him—from his lovers, friends, monks, professors, rabbis and fellow musicians to his muses, including Rebecca De Mornay, Marianne Ihlen, Suzanne Elrod and Suzanne Verdal—and most important, with Cohen himself.

From his hometown of Montreal to London and the Greek island of Hydra, New York in the sixties to his remarkable retreat to a monastary in Los Angeles in the mid-nineties, his extraordinary comback and continued relevance today, Simmons navigates Cohen’s journey and explores every complex, contradictory strand of his life and his influence. I'm Your Man is a deeply insightful portrait of both the artist and the man of extraordinary vision, spirit, depth and talent.

Sylvie Simmons is an award-winning writer and one of the foremost music journalists working today. Born in London, she moved to Los Angeles in the late seventies and started writing about rock music for magazines such as Sounds, Creem, Kerrang! and Q. She is the author of acclaimed fiction and nonfiction books, including the biography Serge Gainsbourg: A Fistful of Gitanes and the short-story collection Too Weird for Ziggy. She lives in San Francisco, California, where she writes for MOJO magazine and plays the ukulele.

Start: 05/18/2014 4:00 pm

Michelina Vinter’s debut novel, Colette ($10.99), is an infectiously uplifting work, embodied by a heroine who takes no prisoners and rescues the men in her life. Filled with intrigue and torn loyalties, Vinter takes us on a whirlwind tour through the times that changed our world forever.

Encountering everything from disillusioned first love, to the Gestapo, and even a kidnapping plot, Colette’s life proves to be as exciting as it is dramatic. Keeping readers guessing until the last sentence, this captivating novel uses romance, action, and intrigue to draw readers in, while exploring the constraints of life and family, and bridging the social stigma of interracial marriage during the 1940’s. Vinter honors the struggle these couples faced not only from society but also within their own families. Mirrored in her own life, Vinter is intimately wise in sharing that true love has no boundaries. Colette travels around the world and back again in defense of her family, her child, and her love. But will it be enough?

Michelina Vinter is a practicing acupuncturist and herbalist. Possessing a vivid imagination since she was a child, she often was told to get to the point - which led to her career as an acupuncturist. Born in France, her family moved to the United States when she was twelve years old. With firsthand experiences in hard goodbyes and long conversations with her maternal grandmother, Vinter’s wisdom beyond her years led to a fulfilling writing career covering multiple genres.

 

Start: 05/18/2014 7:00 pm
Marin County, California, summer, 1979. When young women start turning up dead on the mountain behind the home of Rachel and her devoted eleven-year-old sister, Patty, their father—a larger-than-life, irresistibly handsome (and chronically unfaithful) detective—is put in charge of finding the “Sunset Strangler.” Watching her father’s life slowly unravel as months pass and more women are killed, Rachel embarks on a dangerous game to catch the killer. Her actions will destroy her father’s career and alter forever the lives of everyone she loves. Thirty years later, Rachel constructs a new strategy to smoke out the Sunset Strangler she believes is still at large and vindicate her father—a plan that unexpectedly unearths a long-buried family secret.

Loosely inspired by the Trailside Killer case, After Her ($14.99) is part thriller, part love story—a poignant, suspenseful, and painfully real family saga that traces a young girl’s first sexual explorations, the loss of innocence, the bond shared by sisters, and the tender but damaged relationship between a girl and her father that endures even beyond the grave.
 
Joyce Maynard has been a reporter for the New York Times, a magazine journalist, a radio commentator, and a syndicated columnist, as well as the author of seven previous novels, including To Die For, Labor Day, and The Good Daughters, and four books of nonfiction. Her bestselling memoir, At Home in the World, has been translated into sixteen languages. Maynard’s bestselling novel Labor Day was adapted for film by Academy Award-nominated director Jason Reitman and stars Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin. Maynard makes her home in California.
 
Monday May 19, 2014
Start: 05/19/2014 10:00 am
End: 05/19/2014 12:00 pm

Four Mondays: May 19-June 9 • 10:00-12:00 pm • $125

 

 

Lisez à la maison un livre, des textes d’actualité puis discutez en classe et cultivez votre français en échangeant des idées.

Josette Charbit Schwartz has taught French at the Lycée Français, The Branson School, and French American International in San Francisco. “Josette makes us feel comfortable with asking questions or stumbling on new words, and that openness is absolutely essential to learning,” said one student.

Start: 05/19/2014 1:00 pm
End: 05/19/2014 3:00 pm

Four Mondays: May 19-June 9 • 1:00-3:00 pm • $125

 

 

This class will focus on everyday topics, such as: salutations, food, and communicating in simple, correct sentences.

Josette Charbit Schwartz has taught French at the Lycée Français, The Branson School, and French American International in San Francisco. “Josette makes us feel comfortable with asking questions or stumbling on new words, and that openness is absolutely essential to learning,” said one student.

 

Start: 05/19/2014 5:00 pm

Special signing event!

Master entrepreneur, original hip-hop mogul, and New York Times bestselling author Russell Simmons shares the most fundamental key to success—meditation—and guides readers to use stillness as a powerful tool to access their potential.

In the New York Times bestseller Super Rich, Russell Simmons proved that to be rich is more than just having money in the bank—wealth is about balance, joy, and conscientious living.

In Success Through Stillness ($20.00), Simmons shows the connection between inner peace and outward success through interviews with other successful leaders in various industries, and how learning to be still has been instrumental in his own career. Simmons attributes his meditation practice with changing his life for the better and says that there is no "bad" way to meditate, only different forms for different people.

In this highly anticipated new book, Russell Simmons guides readers into finding greater clarity and focus and explains how to be healthier in both mind and body. Simmons breaks down what he’s learned from masters of meditation to create a guide that is accessible to those unfamiliar with the practice.

Russell Simmons has been influential in various business and media ventures including Def Jam Recordings, Phat Farm, Baby Phat, Run Athletics, Simmons Lathan Media Group, and many more.

 

Start: 05/19/2014 7:00 pm

From award-winning author, Mona Simpson, comes a beguiling new work about an eavesdropping boy working to discover the mysteries of his unraveling family in: Casebook: A Novel ($25.95). He uncovers instead what he least wants to know- the workings of his parents' private lives.

Miles Adler-Rich, helped by his friend Hector, spies on his separating parents. Both boys are in thrall to Miles's unsuspecting mother, Irene, who is "pretty for a mathematician." Their amateur detective work starts innocently but soon takes them to the far reaches of adult privacy as they acquire knowledge that will affect the family's well-being, prosperity, and sanity. The boys struggle to deal with the existence of evil, and proceed to concoct hilarious modes of revenge on their villains and eventually, haltingly, learn to offer animal comfort to those harmed and to create an imaginative path to their own salvation.

Mona Simpson is the author of Anywhere But Here, The Lost Father, A Regular Guy, My Hollywood, and Off Keck Road, which was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award and won the Heartland Prize of the Chicago Tribune. She has received a Whiting Writer's Award, a Guggenheim grant, a Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Writers' Award, and, recently an Academy Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

In her magnificent new novel, internationally acclaimed author Yiyun Li masterfully moves a story of three childhood friends back and forth in time between America and China. Both a gripping novel of suspense and a penetrating study of personal corruption and moral ambivalence, Kinder Than Solitude ($26.00) is the unforgettable story of three friends whose lives are changed by a murder one of them may have committed.

When Boyang, Ruyu and Moran were young, they would share two bicycles among the three of them and whistle John Denver’s “Country Roads” as they explored Beijing. Then, they are involved in a mysterious accident in which a neighbor is poisoned, and their friendship splinters. Now grown and estranged, all three are living anonymous lives as they ruminate on the “accident,” trying to come to terms with their actions and self doubt, all three haunted by what really happened. Brilliantly written, this work resonates with provocative observations about human nature and life.                               

Yiyun Li is the author of A Thousand Years of Good Prayers, The Vagrants, and Gold Boy, Emerald Girl. A native of Beijing and a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, she is the recipient of a MacArthur Foundation fellowship, the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award, the Whiting Writers’ Award, and the Guardian First Book Award. Granta named her one of the best American novelists under thirty-five, and The New Yorker named her one of twenty U.S. writers under forty to watch. She teaches writing at the University of California, Davis.

 

Tuesday May 20, 2014
Start: 05/20/2014 12:00 pm

Ticket: $55 (includes lunch & signed book)

Please noteonline registration is sold out. For availability, please call (415) 927-0960 ext. 1.  

In her work as a New York Times food critic, editor of Gourmet, and as a memoirist, Ruth Reichl has long illuminated the theme of how food defines us. This vision has never been more clear than in Delicious, her dazzling fiction debut about sisters, family ties, and a young woman who must finally let go of guilt and grief to embrace her own true gifts.

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: 05/20/2014 6:00 pm

Troublemaker: Troubled Words for Troubled Times ($15.95) is a collection of sermons written by Episcopal deacon, Vicki Gray, who speaks with a prophetic voice about many of the things that make our world broken.

This work is grounded in the gospel story of Jesus, remembering how Christ always stood with the poor, marginalized, and vulnerable. Consequently, he stood in the line of fire for those who sought to oppress or ignore others. In this way, Jesus was always getting into trouble. He was courageous because he risked speaking into the silence that masked the poverty and struggle of his people. He was willing to be identified with outcasts. It is with this vision of Jesus that Vicki seeks to follow the path of discipleship.

These sermons tell the story of one woman’s journey into a lifetime of dedicated service to those on the margins of society or under the threat of war. Vicki intentionally walks out in faith to stand in harm’s way, believing in the power of God to bring peace, hope, and justice to those in need.

Vicki Gray is a deacon in the Episcopal Church, who works in some of the most challenging ministries in the Bay Area. Vicki works closely with people who have been marginalized in our society: the homeless, prisoners, families struggling in poverty. She has also taken up the global issues of peace and justice, especially in the Middle East. A graduate of the United States Naval Academy, and retired Foreign Service Officer, she has served on the faculty of the National Defense University. She is a recipient of the Bronze Star as a combat veteran in Vietnam.

 

Start: 05/20/2014 7:00 pm
This beautiful volume celebrates one of the twentieth century's most important photographers, Dorothea Lange. Led off by an authoritative biographical essay by Elizabeth Partridge (Lange's goddaughter), the book goes on to showcase Lange's work in over a hundred glorious plates. Dorothea Lange ($50.00) is the only career-spanning monograph of this major photographer's oeuvre in print, and features images ranging from her iconic Depression-era photograph "Migrant Mother" to lesser-known images from her global travels later in life. Presented as the companion book to a PBS American Masters episode that will air in 2014, this deluxe hardcover offers an intimate and unparalleled view into the life and work of one of our most cherished documentary photographers.
 
Elizabeth Partridge is the goddaughter of Dorothea Lange and an award-winning author of numerous books. She lives in California.

Wednesday May 21, 2014
Start: 05/21/2014 10:00 am
End: 05/21/2014 12:00 pm

Four Wednesdays: May 21- June 11 • 10:00-12:00 pm • $125

 

 

This class will continue the study of tenses, grammar, and review, using simple dialogues.

Josette Charbit Schwartz has taught French at the Lycée Français, The Branson School, and French American International in San Francisco. “Josette makes us feel comfortable with asking questions or stumbling on new words, and that openness is absolutely essential to learning,” said one student.

 

Start: 05/21/2014 12:00 pm

Intimate Meals with Famed Authors at The Spinster Sisters Restaurant in Santa Rosa

$95 person • includes the book, meal, wine, tax, tip & dessert
Call Book Passage at 415-927-0960 to reserve, or click link below

Please note: online registration is sold out. For waitlist availability, call (415) 927-0960 ext. 1. 

Ruth Reichl, the former editor of Gourmet magazine and best-selling author of culinary memoirs Tender at the Bone and Comfort Me with Apples, makes her fiction debut with a story set at an iconic food magazine in New York called “Delicious.” Delicious! ($27.00) is a novel of sisters, family ties, and a young woman who must find the courage to let go of the past in order to embrace her own true gifts. The Library Journal says Reichl’s novel is “drenched in food lore and love.”

 

 

Start: 05/21/2014 6:00 pm

What is real and what is an illusion? Can you trust your memory to provide an accurate record of what has happened in your life?

The Confabulist
($27.95) is a clever, entertaining, and suspenseful narrative. It weaves together the rise and fall of world-famous Harry Houdini with Martin Strauss, an unknown man whose fate seems forever tied to the magician’s in a way that will ultimately startle and amaze. It is at once a vivid portrait of an alluring world; a front-row seat to a world-class magic show; and an unexpected love story. In the end, the book is a kind of magic trick in itself-- there is much more to Martin than meets the eye.

Historically rich and ingeniously told, this is a novel about magic and memory, truth and illusion, and the ways that love, hope, grief, and imagination can—for better or for worse—alter what we perceive and believe.

Steven Galloway lives in British Columbia and teaches creative writing at the University of British Columbia. He is the author of The Cellist of Sarajevo, which was an IndieBound and a Barnes and Noble Discover selection, and has been chosen for community reads across the country.

 

Start: 05/21/2014 7:00 pm
The remarkable story of an ordinary man who was transformed when a traumatic injury left him with an extraordinary gift.
 
No one sees the world as Jason Padgett does. Water pours from the faucet in crystalline patterns, numbers call to mind distinct geometric shapes, and intricate fractal patterns emerge from the movement of tree branches, revealing the intrinsic mathematical designs hidden in the objects around us.

Yet Padgett wasn't born this way. Twelve years ago, he had never made it past pre-algebra. But a violent mugging forever altered the way his brain works, giving him unique gifts. His ability to understand math and physics skyrocketed, and he developed the astonishing ability to draw the complex geometric shapes he saw everywhere. His stunning, mathematically precise artwork illustrates his intuitive understanding of complex mathematics.

The first documented case of acquired savant syndrome with mathematical synesthesia, Padgett is a medical marvel. Struck by Genius ($27.00) recounts how he overcame huge setbacks and embraced his new mind. Along the way he fell in love, found joy in numbers, and spent plenty of time having his head examined. Like Born on a Blue Day and My Stroke of Insight, his singular story reveals the wondrous potential of the human brain.
 
Jason Padgett is an aspiring number theorist and mathematician with acquired savant syndrome and synesthesia. He is currently the manager of three futon stores in Tacoma, Washington. His art, drawings of the grids and fractals he sees synesthetically, won Best International Newcomer at the Artoconecto A-B(o)MB show at the Bakehouse Art Complex in 2008. Struck by Genius is his first book. 
 
Maureen Seaberg is an author with several forms of synesthesia and is an expert synesthesia blogger for Psychology Today. She has written for numerous publications, including the New York Times; the Daily Beast; the Huffington Post; O, The Oprah Magazine; and ESPN: The Magazine. She has appeared on MSNBC, PBS and "The Lisa Oz Show" on Oprah Radio. A native New Yorker, she currently resides in the city. 
 
 
Thursday May 22, 2014
Start: 05/22/2014 11:15 am
End: 05/22/2014 1:15 pm

Four Thursdays: May 22-June 12 • 11:15-1:15 pm • $125

 

 

This class will use French with current events, varied texts, and dialogues.

Josette Charbit Schwartz has taught French at the Lycée Français, The Branson School, and French American International in San Francisco. “Josette makes us feel comfortable with asking questions or stumbling on new words, and that openness is absolutely essential to learning,” said one student.

Start: 05/22/2014 6:00 pm

Kaye McDonough's Pagan: Selected Poems ($17.95) reverberates with a loving touch that spares nothing. Within its pages the impressions of a poet who focuses on lovers, friends, and family comes to life. The deft artistry of Vermeer, the splendid pathos of Beat legend Bob Kaufman, and the lives of many women are among the themes handled with grace and craftsmanship. McDonough serves as a witness to the mysteries of the ordinary. The impressive range of these poems will serve to enlighten and entertain generations to come.

Kaye McDonough was born in Pittsburgh in 1943, and studied literature at Vassar College before transferring to the University of California at Berkeley, where she earned a degree in Art History during the turbulent 1960s. She went to Paris in 1963 and explored the literary haunts of the "lost generation" before making her way back to California. She became part of the North Beach scene in San Francisco as a young publisher of Greenlight Press, and associate editor and typesetter for Alix Geluardi’s now classic anthology of San Francisco poets, 185. She has an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College, and has been a visiting playwright/poet at City College of New York, University of Utah, and Brown University. She has taught at various colleges and universities while continuing to do readings and to publish in numerous small press magazines. She is currently at work on a memoir, The Spell of Bohemia

Start: 05/22/2014 7:00 pm
Peter Heller, the celebrated author of the breakout best seller The Dog Stars, returns with an achingly beautiful, wildly suspenseful second novel about an artist trying to outrun his past.

Jim Stegner has seen his share of violence and loss. Years ago he shot a man in a bar. His marriage disintegrated. He grieved the one thing he loved. In the wake of tragedy, Jim, a well-known expressionist painter, abandoned the art scene of Santa Fe to start fresh in the valleys of rural Colorado. Now he spends his days painting and fly-fishing, trying to find a way to live with the dark impulses that sometimes overtake him. He works with a lovely model. His paintings fetch excellent prices. But one afternoon, on a dirt road, Jim comes across a man beating a small horse, and a brutal encounter rips his quiet life wide open. Fleeing Colorado, chased by men set on retribution, Jim returns to New Mexico, tormented by his own relentless conscience.

A stunning, savage novel of art and violence, love and grief, The Painter ($24.95) is the story of a man who longs to transcend the shadows in his heart, a man intent on using the losses he has suffered to create a meaningful life.
 
Peter Heller is the best-selling author of The Dog Stars. He holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop in both fiction and poetry. An award-winning adventure writer and a longtime contributor to NPR, Heller is a contributing editor at Outside magazine, Men's Journal, and National Geographic Adventure, and a regular contributor to Bloomberg Businessweek. He is also the author of several nonfiction books, including Kook, The Whale Warriors, and Hell or High Water: Surviving Tibet's Tsangpo River.
 
Friday May 23, 2014
Start: 05/23/2014 6:30 pm

Special event for teens!

Live conversation over Skype

An edgy and original coming-of-age story interwoven with several generations of family history and set against the bawdy, violent end of the world

Sixteen-year-old Austin Szerba has always filled notebooks with the “histories” of his family and the narrative of his daily life, but his story takes an epic, dangerous turn when he and his best friend, Robby, accidently bring about the end of humanity by unleashing an unstoppable army of horny, hungry, six-foot-tall praying mantises on their small Iowa hometown. While struggling with their own confusing love triangle, the boys piece together the origin of the unstoppable soldiers from stories that have been locked away in an absurd underground bunker for decades.

Delightfully bizarre, raucous, and hilarious, Grasshopper Jungle ($18.99) is a complex and fascinating balancing act that is both a genre roller coaster ride and an intimate coming-of-age study.

Andrew Smith is the acclaimed author of five novels for young adults, incuding Ghost Medicine, In the Path of Falling Objects, The Marbury Lens, Stick, and Passenger, as well as the forthcoming Winger. Andrew prefers the seclusion of his rural Southern California setting, where he lives with his wife, 16-year-old son, 13-year-old daughter, two horses, three dogs, three cats, and one irritable lizard named Leo. 

 

Start: 05/23/2014 7:00 pm

Paul O'Rourke is a man made of contradictions: he loves the world, but doesn't know how to live in it. He's a Luddite addicted to his iPhone, a dentist with a nicotine habit, a rabid Red Sox fan devastated by their victories, and an atheist not quite willing to let go of God.

Then someone begins to impersonate Paul online, and he watches in horror as a website, a Facebook page, and a Twitter account are created in his name. What begins as an outrageous violation of his privacy soon becomes something more soul-frightening: the possibility that the online "Paul" might be a better version of the real thing. As Paul's quest to learn why his identity has been stolen deepens, he is forced to confront his troubled past and his uncertain future in a life disturbingly split between the real and the virtual.

At once laugh-out-loud funny about the absurdities of the modern world, and indelibly profound about the eternal questions of the meaning of life, love and truth, To Rise Again at a Decent Hour ($26.00) is a deeply moving and constantly surprising tour de force.

Joshua Ferris is the author of two previous novels, Then We Came to the End and The Unnamed. His fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, Tin House, and Best American Short Stories. He lives in New York.

 

Saturday May 24, 2014
Start: 05/24/2014 4:00 pm
Since well before his epic 1974 walk between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center, Philippe Petit had become an artist who answered first and foremost to the demands of his craft—not only on the high wire, but also as a magician, street juggler, visual artist, builder, and writer. A born rebel like many creative people, he was from an early age a voracious learner who taught himself, cultivating the attitudes, resources, and techniques to tackle even seemingly impossible feats. His outlaw sensibility spawned a unique approach to the creative process—an approach he shares, with characteristic enthusiasm, irreverence, and originality in Creativity: The Perfect Crime ($27.95).
           
Making the reader his accomplice, Petit reveals new and unconventional ways of going about the artistic endeavor, from generating and shaping ideas to practicing and problem-solving to pulling off the “coup” itself—executing a finished work. The strategies and insights he shares will resonate with performers of every stripe (actors, musicians, dancers) and practitioners of the non-performing arts (painters, writers, sculptors), and also with ordinary mortals in search of fresh ways of tackling the challenges and possibilities of everyday existence.

Philippe Petit has performed on the high wire more than eighty times around the world; he is also a magician, street juggler, visual artist, builder, lecturer, and writer. A frequent contributor to TED and other national venues, he is the author and illustrator of several books, including To Reach the Clouds, the basis of the 2009 Academy Award–winning documentary Man on Wire.

Tuesday May 27, 2014
Start: 05/27/2014 7:00 pm

The stories in Tom Barbash's wondrous and evocative new collection explore the myriad ways we try to connect with one another and with the sometimes cruel world around us. The newly single mother in "The Break" interferes in her son's love life over his Christmas vacation from college. The anxious young man in "Balloon Night" persists in hosting his and his wife's annual watch-the-Macy's-Thanksgiving-Day-Parade-floats-be-inflated party while trying to keep the myth of his marriage equally afloat. "Somebody's Son" tells the story of a young man guiltily conning an elderly couple out of their home in the Adirondacks. The narrator in "The Women" watches his widowed father become the toast of Manhattan's midlife dating scene, as he struggles to find his own footing in life.

The characters in Stay Up with Me ($13.99) find new truths when the old ones have given out or shifted course. In the tradition of classic story writers like John Cheever and Tobias Wolff, Barbash laces his narratives with sharp humor, psychological acuity, and pathos, creating deeply resonant and engaging stories that pierce the heart and linger in the imagination.

Tom Barbash's fiction has appeared in Tin House, Story, Virginia Quarterly Review, and elsewhere. He is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and Stanford University, where he now teaches. He is also the author of On Top of the World and The Last Good Chance.

 

Wednesday May 28, 2014
Start: 05/28/2014 6:00 pm
Let's face it, reading sucks . . . but movies are fun! In this children's picture book parody for grown-ups, Pixar writer and artist Josh Cooley presents the most hilariously inappropriate-that is, the best-scenes from contemporary classic films in an illustrated, for-early-readers style. Terrifying and sexy, Movies R Fun!: A Collection of Cinematic Classics for the Pre-(Film) School Cinephile ($12.95) contains awesome scenes from such favorite films as Alien, Rosemary's Baby, Fargo, Basic Instinct, Seven, The Silence of the Lambs, Apocalypse Now, The Shining, and many more are playfully illustrated and captioned to make reading fun and exciting for kids who never grew up. A sly celebration of the things fans love most about these legendary films (and movies in general), this is one book that probably should not be read at bedtime.
 
Josh Cooley is a story supervisor at Pixar Animation Studios. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
 
 

Start: 05/28/2014 7:00 pm
San Geronimo Valley School students from the first through sixth grades read their original poems — poems about their lives, their interests, their worries, and the natural world. Almost all of the work presented at this special event will be read for the first time in public. Come meet the future poets of America!

San Geronimo Valley Elementary School is located in San Geronimo, CA and is one of two elementary schools in the Lagunitas Elementary School District. It is a public school that serves students in grades K-6.
 
Thursday May 29, 2014
Start: 05/29/2014 7:00 pm

From New York Times bestselling author John Lescroart comes The Keeper ($26.99), a riveting novel featuring Dismas Hardy and Abe Glitsky on the hunt for clues about a woman who has gone missing.

On the evening before Thanksgiving, Hal Chase, a guard in the San Francisco County Jail, drives to the airport to pick up his step-brother for the weekend. When they return, Hal's wife, Katie, has disappeared without a clue.
By the time Dismas Hardy hears about this, Katie has been missing for five days. The case strikes close to home because Katie had been seeing Hardy's wife, a marriage counselor. By this time, the original Missing Persons case has become a suspected homicide, and Hal is the prime suspect. And the lawyer he wants for his defense is none other than Hardy himself.

Hardy calls on his friend, former homicide detective Abe Glitsky, to look into the case. At first it seems like the police might have it right; the Chases' marriage was fraught with problems; Hal's alibi is suspect; the life insurance policy on Katie was huge. But Glitsky's mission is to identify other possible suspects, and there proves to be no shortage of them: Patti Orosco--rich, beautiful, dangerous, and Hal's former lover; the still unknown person who had a recent affair with Katie; even Hal's own step-mother Ruth, resentful of Katie's gatekeeping against her grandchildren. And as Glitsky probes further, he learns of an incident at the San Francisco County Jail--only one of many questionable inmate deaths that have taken place there. Then, when Katie's body is found not three blocks from the Chase home, Homicide arrests Hal and he finds himself an inmate in the very jail where he used to work, a place full of secrets he knows all too well.

Against this backdrop of conspiracy and corruption, ambiguous motives and suspicious alibis, an obsessed Glitsky closes in on the elusive truth. As other deaths begin to pile up he realizes, perhaps too late, that the next victim might be himself.

John Lescroart is the author of twenty-three previous novels, including the New York Times bestsellers Damage, Treasure Hunt, and The 13th Juror. He lives in Northern California.

 

Friday May 30, 2014
Start: 05/30/2014 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: 05/30/2014 6:30 pm

Special event for teens!

In conversation with Joyce Maynard 

"Thick. Heavy. Big boned. Plump. Full figured. Chunky. Womanly. Large. Curvy. Plus-size. Hefty." To sixteen-year-old Emery Jackson, these are all just euphemisms for the big "F" word-"fat." How I Got Skinny, Famous, and Fell Madly in Love ($9.95) follows Emery who, living on a Southern California beach with her workout fiend dad, underwear model sister, and former model mother, finds it impossible to not be aware of her weight.

Emery is okay with how things are. That is, until her "momager" signs her up for Fifty Pounds to Freedom, a reality show in which Emery will have to lose fifty pounds in fifty days in order to win the million dollars that will solve her family's financial woes. Emery is skeptical of the process, but when the pounds start to come off and the ratings skyrocket, she finds it hard to resist the adoration of her new figure and the world of fame. Emery knows that things have changed. But is it for the better?

Ken Baker is an E! Entertainment Television News Correspondent. He is the author of Fangirl, and his memoir, Man Made: A Memoir of My Body, is the inspiration for the upcoming film The Late Bloomer. 

Joyce Maynard has been a reporter for the New York Times, a magazine journalist, a radio commentator, and a syndicated columnist, as well as the author of seven previous novels, including To Die For, Labor Day, and The Good Daughters, and four books of nonfiction. Her bestselling memoir, At Home in the World, has been translated into sixteen languages.

 

Start: 05/30/2014 7:00 pm

Elizabeth Van Ingen’s poignant memoir, Kismet: From the Joy of Romance to the Agony of Alzheimer's ($16.95), begins with a whirlwind romantic courtship in 1959, where she was dazzled and wooed by a handsome and confident Dutch-American businessman. Like many American women raised in the 1950s, Liz entered her marriage assuming her husband would lead, and she would unquestioningly follow.

When Tony retired, his moods became volatile and his behavior turned dangerously aggressive, frustrated by the loss of his reasoning and memory. The man Liz knew had deteriorated into a lost soul. But Liz was changing too. Even before Tony was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease (a diagnosis he refused to accept), Liz had begun to assume responsibility. Finally, realizing she had to be the decision maker, she moved them to Colorado, where she helped him settle into a memory care facility.

After Tony's death in 2005, Liz grieved. But now, having successfully coped with the drama of her husband’s decline, she has emerged as a powerful, bruised but unbent woman. She now looks ahead to continuing adventures as a mother and grandmother. Kismet was recently selected as a finalist in the 2014 Colorado Book Awards Memoir category. 

Elizabeth Gibbons Van Ingen is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley.  After living in many places in the world, adjusting to diverse traditions, and raising three daughters, she now lives and writes in the Denver area. She has been published in two anthologies: The Voices of Alzheimer’s and The Voices of Caregivers, edited by the Healing Project.  This is her first book.

 

Saturday May 31, 2014
Start: 05/31/2014 10:00 am
End: 05/31/2014 4:00 pm

Sat., May 31 • 10:00-4:00 pm • $105

 

 

Paris can be an exacting muse. Are you looking to perfect the subtle touches necessary to evoke the City of Light, or are you keeping your characters closer to home? We will explore techniques that bring the setting alive as a character in your work, incorporating history, social mores, and local culture and cuisine. We will develop tools for researching, enhancing and
weaving in sensory details to bring your reader to a specific place and time.

Cara Black is the author of fourteen books in the New York Times bestselling Aimée Leduc series. She is a member of the Marais Historic Society and received the Médaille de la Ville de Paris for contribution to French culture last year.

 

Start: 05/31/2014 10:00 am
End: 05/31/2014 4:00 pm

Sat., May 31 • 10:00-4:00 • $105

 


If you have trouble steaming up the page, this is the workshop for you. Spend a day learning the techniques for adding spicy, sensual, and sometimes funny sizzle to your work. The class is full of quick free-writes and entertaining exercises that will have you moving from comfort to erogenous zones in no time.

Linda Watanabe McFerrin is the founder of Left Coast Writers®. Her latest novel, Dead Love, was a Bram Stoker Award finalist.

Class Credit: Participants in these classes may receive credit at Dominican University: bookpassage.com/dominican-credit.

 

Start: 05/31/2014 4:00 pm

In a suspenseful follow-up to her critically acclaimed Cover of Snow, Jenny Milchman ratchets up the tension with this edge-of-your-seat story of a mother determined to find her missing children in, Ruin Falls ($26.00).
 
Liz Daniels has every reason to be happy about setting off on a family vacation. Instead, she feels uneasy. Her children, Reid and Ally, have only met their paternal grandparents a handful of times. But Liz’s husband has decided that, despite a strained relationship with his mother and father, they should visit the New York farm where he spent his childhood.
 
On their way, the family stops at a hotel for the night. In the morning, when Liz checks on her sleeping children, all of her anxiety from the day before comes roaring back to life: Ally and Reid are nowhere to be found. Blind panic slides into terror as the hours tick by without anyone finding a trace of her kids. Soon, Liz and her husband are being interviewed by police, an Amber Alert is issued, and detectives are called in.
 
Frantic worry and helplessness threaten to overtake Liz’s mind—but in a gut-wrenching instant she realizes that it was no stranger who slipped into the hotel room that night. Someone she trusted completely has betrayed her. Liz knows that Ally and Reid are safe, but she will stop at nothing to find them and get them back. From her guarded in-laws’ unwelcoming farmhouse to the deep woods of her own hometown, Liz follows the threads of a terrible secret to uncover a hidden world created from dreams and haunted by nightmares.

Jenny Milchman lives in upstate New York with her family. She is the author of Cover of Snow and Ruin Falls.

Start: 05/31/2014 7:00 pm
Scrumptious recipes for appetizers, entrees, and desserts

From the anatomy of a nut to the history of the almond in world culture, the cultivation of almond orchards in California, and nutrition provided by a favorite nut, Almonds ($21.99) provides a wealth of information about the versatile, high-protein, dietfriendly almond.

Try Soba Noodles with Spicy Almond Butter Sauce; Almond-Crusted Pork Chops with Sweet-and-Sour Apricot Glaze; Lamb Tagine with Apricots, Almonds and Honey; Almond Florentine Cookies; Chocolate-Amaretto Torte; Moroccan Rice Pudding; and classic Chocolate-Almond Bark.

Lynda Balslev is an award-winning food writer, editor and recipe developer based in the San Francisco Bay area. She writes about food and travel, contributes to NPR’s Kitchen Window, Relish magazine, Marin magazine and authors the blog TasteFood, a compilation of more than 500 original recipes, photos and stories.
 
Robert Holmes is one of the world’s most successful and prolific travel photographers, whose career has extended over 30 years.  He has been honored by the Society of American Travel Writers with their Travel Photographer of the Year Award three times, most recently in 2010. Holmes has worked for National Geographic, Geo, Saveur, Wine Spectator, Life, Time and hundreds of other major magazines and international companies. He has illustrated over 40 books and has regularly been one of the world’s best photojournalists invited to participate in the acclaimed “Day in the Life” series. 
 
Sunday June 01, 2014
Start: 06/01/2014 1:00 pm

An Unsuitable Princess: A True Fantasy/A Fantastical Memoir ($16.99) tells two stories simultaneously. In the first, which takes place in Renaissance England, a mute stable girl of mysterious talents and potentially dangerous parentage finds herself punished for saving the life of the boy she loves. The second story, told through a series of footnotes to the first, is situated in the late 20th Century, and explain the inspirations for the first story. An overly talkative, solidly spoiled, middle class girl muses on the social and economic phenomena the author observed while growing up in Hollywood during the birth of the hippie movement, the sexual revolution, women’s liberation, and the growth of Renaissance England re-enactments. She does not save the boy she thinks she loves. Indeed, she may have hastened his death. Even years later, the only way she can acknowledge this failure is by spinning an elaborate fantasy that becomes the tale of a wretched orphan who turns out to be a princess.

Jane Rosenberg LaForge got her bachelor’s degree at UCLA. Afterwards, she worked as a journalist in California, Maryland, and upstate New York. She studied writing in the Kate Braverman workshops before attending the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Since earning her MFA, she has taught college reading, composition, and literature part-time in the New York metropolitan area; published critical articles on African-American literature; and written four volumes of poetry: After Voices, Half-Life, With Apologies to Mick Jagger, Other Gods, and All Women, and The Navigation of Loss, one of the winners of the Red Ochre Press’ annual chapbook competition. She has been nominated twice for a Pushcart Prize (once for poetry, and once for fiction) and once for a StorySouth Million Writers Award.

 

Start: 06/01/2014 7:00 pm
The definitive story of the ADHD epidemic in America and the use of ADHD medication 

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most controversial and misunderstood medical conditions today. With skyrocketing rates of diagnosis and medication treatment, it has generated a firestorm of controversy. 

Stephen Hinshaw, a distinguished psychologist, and Richard Scheffler, an eminent health economist, uniquely blend clinical wisdom, current science, medical and school policy, and global trends to debunk myths and set the record straight in The ADHD Explosion ($35.00). They describe the origins of ADHD and its huge costs to society; the science behind its causes as well as medication and behavioral treatment; and the variation in diagnosis and treatment across the U.S. Dealing directly with stimulants as "smart pills," they describe the epidemic of medicalization, arguing that accurate diagnosis and well-monitored care could ease the staggering economic burden linked to ADHD.

In innovative ways, they unravel the many poignant issues facing children, teachers, clinicians, and family members who contend with ADHD each day. The recommendations they make can improve the quality of life for those touched by ADHD and potentially improve the productivity and safety of all society.
 
Stephen P. Hinshaw, PhD, is Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, and Vice-Chair for Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco. He is also editor of Psychological Bulletin.

Richard M. Scheffler, PhD, is Distinguished Professor of Health Economics and Public Policy in the School of Public Health and the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley. 
 
Monday June 02, 2014
Start: 06/02/2014 7:00 pm
Imagine that your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret—something with the potential to destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others as well. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive. . . .
 
Cecilia Fitzpatrick has achieved it all—she’s an incredibly successful businesswoman, a pillar of her small community, and a devoted wife and mother. Her life is as orderly and spotless as her home. But that letter is about to change everything, and not just for her: Rachel and Tess barely know Cecilia—or each other—but they too are about to feel the earth-shattering repercussions of her husband’s secret.

In The Husband's Secret ($25.95), acclaimed author Liane Moriarty has written a gripping, thought-provoking novel about how well it is really possible to know our spouses—and, ultimately, ourselves. 

Liane Moriarty is the internationally bestselling author of the reading group hit, What Alice Forgot, as well as The Hypnotist’s Love Story, Three Wishes, The Last Anniversary, and the Nicola Berry series for children. Liane lives in Sydney, Australia, with her husband and two small, noisy children.
 
Start: 06/02/2014 7:00 pm

Join Linda Watanabe McFerrin and the Left Coast Writers® for a discussion of alternative publishing choices. The Book Passage Path to Publishing program will also be presented. 

 

Tuesday June 03, 2014
Start: 06/03/2014 6:00 pm
The year is 1819, and the renowned chef Owen Wedgwood has been kidnapped by a beautiful yet ruthless pirate. He will be spared, Mad Hannah Mabbot tells him, as long as he can conjure an exquisite meal every Sunday from the ship’s meager supplies. While Wedgwood attempts to satisfy his captor with feats such as tea-smoked eel and pineapple-banana cider, he realizes that Mabbot herself is under siege. Hunted by a deadly privateer and plagued by a saboteur, she pushes her crew past exhaustion in her search for the notorious Brass Fox. Yet there is a method to Mabbot’s madness, and as the Flying Rose races across the ocean, Wedgwood learns to rely on the bizarre crew members he once feared: a formidable giant who loves to knit; a pair of stoic martial arts masters, sworn to defend their captain; and the ship’s deaf cabin boy, who becomes the son he never had.

With Cinnamon and Gunpowder ($15.00), Eli Brown has given us a swashbuckling epicure’s adventure simmered over a surprisingly touching love story—with a dash of the strangest, most delightful cookbook never written.

Eli Brown lives on an experimental urban farm in Alameda, California. His writing has appeared in The Cortland Review and Homewrecker: An Adultery Reader. His first novel, The Great Days, won the Fabri Literary Prize.
 
Start: 06/03/2014 7:00 pm

In conversation with Don George  

This book begins less than two months after writer-photographer Douglas Cruickshank arrives in Africa. Over the next two-and-half years, he writes about his experiences and takes photographs virtually every day. The book combines selections from those words and pictures to give the reader an intimate view of life in contemporary Uganda, a place of dramatic beauty, great contradictions, a carpe diem culture, and vibrant, lion-hearted people. It is a country where the full spectrum of human emotions—from heartbreak to hilarity—is everywhere on display.

Somehow: Living on Uganda Time ($60.00) contains dozens of essays and intimate, powerful photographs. The writing ranges from the poignant and purely observational to sometimes jocular discussions of daily life in Uganda, as well as sojourns to Zanzibar and South Africa. The people—both Africans and expats—the extraordinary animals, and the complex culture are recurring subjects that all contribute to the richness, texture and seductiveness of this unusual and engaging book.

Douglas Cruickshank has written journalism, travel stories, profiles, essays and opinion pieces for many magazines, newspapers and web sites, and has worked in radio, television and film-making. He has been a photographer for more than four decades, a columnist and editor for Salon.com, and has edited numerous books. He was also the co-founder and editor of The Fessenden Review, the noisiest book review in the known world. Later, he was features editor for The Readerville Journal and editor of Edutopia.com, the Web site of the George Lucas Educational Foundation. In 1965, his sheep, Lambchop, was awarded the Grand Champion ribbon at the Alameda County Fair.

 

Wednesday June 04, 2014
Start: 06/04/2014 3:30 pm
End: 06/04/2014 5:30 pm

Six Wednesdays: June 4-July 16 (No class July 2) • 3:30-5:30pm • $185

 

 

Text will be provided by instructor. 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: 06/04/2014 6:00 pm
The Third Plate ($29.95) is chef Dan Barber’s extraordinary vision for a new future of American eating. After more than a decade spent investigating farming communities around the world in pursuit of singular flavor, Barber finally concluded that—for the sake of our food, our health, and the future of the land America’s cuisine required a radical transformation.

Traditionally, Americans have dined on the “first plate,” a classic meal centered on meat with few vegetables. Thanks to the burgeoning farm-to-table movement, many people have begun eating from the “second plate,” the new ideal of organic, grass-fed meats and local vegetables. But neither model, Barber shows, supports the long-term productivity of the land. Instead, he calls for a “third plate,” a new pattern of eating rooted in cooking with and celebrating the whole farm—an integrated system of vegetable, grain, and livestock production.

The Third Plate is truly a publishing event: a monumental work of personal insight and global analysis that definitively remakes the understanding of nutrition, agriculture, and taste for the twenty-first century. Barber charts a bright path forward for eaters and chefs alike, daring everyone to imagine a future for our national cuisine that is as sustainable as it is delicious.
 
Dan Barber is the executive chef of Blue Hill and Blue Hill at Stone Barns. His writings have appeared in The New York Times, Gourmet, The Nation, Saveur, and Food & Wine Magazine. Barber has received the James Beard awards for Best Chef: New York City (2006) and for Outstanding Chef (2009). In 2009 he was named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world.
 
 
 
 
Start: 06/04/2014 7:00 pm
The Three ($26.00) begins with four simultaneous plane crashes. Three child survivors. A religious fanatic who insists the three are harbingers of the apocalypse. What if he's right?
 
The world is stunned when four commuter planes crash within hours of each other on different continents. Facing global panic, officials are under pressure to find the causes. With terrorist attacks and environmental factors ruled out, there doesn't appear to be a correlation between the crashes, except that in three of the four air disasters a child survivor is found in the wreckage.

Dubbed 'The Three' by the international press, the children all exhibit disturbing behavioural problems, presumably caused by the horror they lived through and the unrelenting press attention. This attention becomes more than just intrusive when a rapture cult led by a charismatic evangelical minister insists that the survivors are three of the four harbingers of the apocalypse. The Three are forced to go into hiding, but as the children's behaviour becomes increasingly disturbing, even their guardians begin to question their miraculous survival...

Sarah Lotz is a screenwriter and pulp fiction novelist with a fondness for the macabre and fake names. Among other things, she writes urban horror novels under the name SL Grey with author Louis Greenberg, and a YA zombie series with her daughter under the name Lily Herne. She lives in Cape Town with her family and other animals.

 

Thursday June 05, 2014
Start: 06/05/2014 6:00 pm
In this scorching, mournful, often explicit, and never less than moving literary novel by the famed creator of the Easy Rawlins series, Debbie Dare, a black porn queen, has to come to terms with her sordid life in the adult entertainment industry after her tomcatting husband dies in a hot tub. Electrocuted. With another woman in there with him. Debbie decides she just isn't going to "do it anymore." But executing her exit strategy from the porn world is a wrenching and far from simple process.

Millions of men (and no doubt many women) have watched famed black porn queen Debbie Dare-she of the blond wig and blue contacts-"do it" on television and computer screens every which way with every combination of partners the mind of man can imagine. But one day an unexpected and thunderous on-set orgasm catches Debbie unawares, and when she returns to the mansion she shares with her husband, insatiable former porn star and "film producer" Theon Pinkney, she discovers that he's died in a case of hot tub electrocution, "auditioning" an aspiring "starlet." Burdened with massive debts that her husband incurred, and which various L.A. heavies want to collect on, Debbie must reckon with a life spent in the peculiar subculture of the pornography industry and her estrangement from her family and the child she had to give up. She's done with porn, but her options for what might come next include the possibility of suicide. Debbie Doesn't Do It Anymore ($25.95) is a portrait of a ransacked but resilient soul in search of salvation and a cure for grief.
 
Walter Mosley is the author of forty-two books, most notably eleven Easy Rawlins mysteries, the first of which, Devil in a Blue Dress, was made into an acclaimed film starring Denzel Washington. Always Outnumbered was an HBO film starring Laurence Fishburne, adapted from his first Socrates Fortlow novel. A native of Los Angeles and a graduate of Goddard College, he holds an MFA from CCNY and lives in Brooklyn, New York. He is the winner of numerous awards, including an O. Henry Award, a Grammy Award, and PEN America's Lifetime Achievement Award. 
 
Start: 06/05/2014 7:00 pm

Roz Chast brings her signature wit to the topic of aging parents in, Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant? A Memoir ($28.00). Spanning the last several years of her parents lives and told through cartoons, family photos, and documents, this is a narrative as rife with laughs as it is with tears. Chast’s memoir is both comfort and comic relief for anyone experiencing the life­altering loss of elderly parents.

When it came to her elderly mother and father, Roz held to the practices of denial, avoidance, and distraction. But when Elizabeth Chast climbed a ladder to locate an old souvenir from the “crazy closet”—with predictable results—the tools that had served Roz well through her parents’ seventies, eighties, and early nineties could no longer be deployed. While the particulars are Chast­ian in their idiosyncrasies the themes are universal: adult children accepting a parental role; aging and unstable parents leaving a family home for an institution; dealing with uncomfortable physical intimacies; managing logistics; and hiring strangers to provide the most personal care.

An amazing portrait of two lives at their end and an only child coping as best she can, this work will show the full range of Roz Chast’s talent as cartoonist and storyteller.

Roz Chast was born in Brooklyn, New York. Her cartoons began appearing in the New Yorker in 1978. Since then she has published hundreds of cartoons and written or illustrated more than a dozen books. This is her first memoir.

 

Friday June 06, 2014
Start: 06/06/2014 12:00 pm
End: 06/06/2014 2:00 pm

Four Fridays: June 6-July 11 (No class June 13 & July 4) • 12:00-2:00pm • $130

 

 

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: 06/06/2014 6:00 pm

Please note: this event has been cancelled. All future Grotto readings will continued as planned! 

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: 06/06/2014 7:00 pm
Eating healthy can be a struggle. It’s hard to choose broccoli and brown rice instead of hot, cheesy pizza. And diets often ask you to cut out different foods all at once, leaving you feeling deprived.

In The 3-Day Reset ($22.00), Pooja Mottl outlines 10 simple ways you can change your cravings and start eating whole, healthy, delicious foods—three days at a time. Each reset takes only 72 hours to complete, which means you’ll be able to stay focused on healthy eating from start to finish.

Resets include: sugar, wheat, salt, chocolate, yogurt, chicken, beverages, breakfast, salad, and takeout.

Packed with delicious recipes and nutritional information to support why you should eat whole foods like quinoa instead of processed, frozen, or packaged foods, The 3-Day Reset will set you on the path to healthy eating… and help you stay there for good.
 
Pooja Mottl is a professionally trained Natural Foods Chef, Healthy Eating Coach, and Healthy Living Expert whose work has captivated audiences from Good Morning America to the Huffington Post. She is a graduate of the Natural Gourmet Institute, a world-renowned institution for pairing culinary training with health-promoting food. Mottl also holds a certificate in Plant Based Nutrition from Cornell University and is an NSCA-CPT certified personal trainer. She advises private clients on healthy eating and has taught cooking classes at Whole Foods Market. She regularly blogs for the Huffington Post and GAIAM. Mottl has appeared on Good Morning America, WGN TV, Martha Stewart Radio, Style.com, the Green Festival, HuffPost Live, and a variety of additional media outlets.
 
 
 
Saturday June 07, 2014
Start: 06/07/2014 10:00 am
Special event for kids! 
 
If You Happen to Have a Dinosaur ($17.99) is a tongue-in-cheek look at the practical uses of dinosaurs by a dynamic author/illustrator team.
 
If you happen to have a dinosaur, lying around your living room, and you don't know what to do with it…why don't you use it as a can opener? It will make a terrific nutcracker too! There are oodles of uses for a dinosaur-from a fine umbrella to an excellent kite and a dandy pillow, not to mention a reliable burglar alarm and the perfect excuse to forget your homework. This delightfully absurd exploration of the domestic uses of dinosaurs-and the things dinos just aren't good for at all-is guaranteed to tickle funny bones and spark imaginations. If you read carefully, you'll learn how to make your dinosaur last a very long time.
 
Colin Jack is the incredibly talented illustrator of several books for children including the Galaxy Zack series, Toads on Toast and 1 Zany Zoo. He also works as a story artist and character designer at Dreamworks, and has been involved in such productions as Hotel TransylvaniaGrossology, and Ed, Edd n Eddy

Award-winning author Linda Bailey has written more than twenty books for children in a number of different genres, including the best-selling Stanley-the-dog series, The Farm Team, the Stevie Diamond Mysteries, the Good Times Travel Agency series, and most recently, Toads on Toast. Known for her wonderful sense of humor, evident in almost all her stories, Linda has garnered a long list of honors in both Canada and the United States such as the Ontario Blue Spruce Award, the Atlantic Provinces Hackmatack Award, the Arthur Ellis Award (Crime Writers of Canada), the California Young Reader Medal, and the Georgia Storybook Award.
 
Start: 06/07/2014 12:30 pm
A follow-up to the widely popular Flower Recipe BookThe Plant Recipe Book ($24.95) is the next great thing in interior plant design, providing simple steps showing anyone how to create stunning living plant decor. Each one of the 100 "recipes" specifies the type and quantity of plants needed; clearly numbered instructions detail each step; and 400 photographs show how to place every stem. Traditional pots and plant containers are used, but so are less conventional vehicles and methods, like shutters and planting under glass. A basic how-to chapter provides planting techniques, a tools and materials list, sourcing and plant care information, and expert advice.
 
Baylor Chapman is the founder and principal designer of Lila B. Design, a floral and plant design studio in San Francisco. Before creating Lila B. Design in January 2007, she was part of a team of talented gardeners at an ecologically minded private estate while completing UC Berkeley Extension’s Garden Design program. Her work has been featured in Sunset magazine, Brides, California Home + Design, the San Francisco Chronicle, Gardenista.com, ApartmentTherapy.com, and StyleMePretty.com, among others.
 

 

Start: 06/07/2014 1:00 pm
End: 06/07/2014 4:00 pm

Registration for this class is now closed. If you would like to be placed on the wait list or find out more about the other classes Book Passage offers, please email Leslie Berkler at lberkler@bookpassage.com

Sat., June 7, 1:00-4:00 pm, $150

Join Anne Lamott, the bestselling author of Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life, for an afternoon that includes an onstage interview, a lecture, and a Q&A session. Lamott offers advice on the writing process, while also touching upon the experiences of the writer and the writing life. Writers working at all levels are encouraged to learn from one of the great writers of our time.

Anne Lamott taught the first Book Passage writing class almost two decades ago. It’s a joy to welcome her back.

 

Start: 06/07/2014 7:00 pm

John Waters is putting his life on the line. Armed with wit, a pencil-thin mustache, and a cardboard sign that reads “I’m Not Psycho,” he hitchhikes across America from Baltimore to San Francisco, braving lonely roads and treacherous drivers. But who should we be more worried about, the delicate film director with genteel manners or the unsuspecting travelers transporting the Pope of Trash?

Before he leaves for this bizarre adventure, Waters fantasizes about the best and worst possible scenarios: a friendly drug dealer hands over piles of cash to finance films with no questions asked, a demolition-derby driver makes a filthy sexual request in the middle of a race, a gun-toting drunk terrorizes and holds him hostage, and a Kansas vice squad entraps and throws him in jail. So what really happens when this cult legend sticks out his thumb and faces the open road? His real-life rides include a gentle eighty-one-year-old farmer who is convinced Waters is a hobo, an indie band on tour, and the perverse filmmaker’s unexpected hero: a young, sandy-haired Republican in a Corvette.

Laced with subversive humor and warm intelligence, Carsick: John Waters Hitchhikes Across America ($26.00) is an unforgettable vacation with a wickedly funny companion—and a celebration of America’s weird, astonishing, and generous citizenry.

John Waters is an American filmmaker, actor, writer, and visual artist best known for his cult films, including Hairspray, Cry Baby, Pink Flamingos, and Cecil B. DeMented. He is also the author of a memoir, Role Models. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

 

Sunday June 08, 2014
Start: 06/08/2014 10:00 am
End: 06/08/2014 4:00 pm

Sun., June 8 • 10:00-4:00 pm • $105

 

 

This day-long intensive workshop will help you transform your personal life stories into the stuff of rich memoirs. Jasmin Darznik, bestselling author of The Good Daughter: A Memoir of My Mother’s Hidden Life, offers beginners and more seasoned writers inspiration and practical advice, including tips on how to get started, how to shape and refine your stories, and how to meet the emotional and ethical challenges of writing a memoir. An award-winning writer and teacher, Jasmin received her Ph.D. in English from Princeton and now teaches in the Writing and Literature Program at California College of the Arts.

Start: 06/08/2014 1:00 pm
Three bold new poetry books from Sugartown Publishing represent the latest fruits of a durable Bay Area poetic grouping known as the Activists, writers linked by years of work with teacher-critic Lawrence Hart of San Rafael (d. 1996). Not political, the term reflects Hart's insistence on poetry as language transformed, intense or "active" in every line. The new books -- Patricia Nelson's Among the Shapes that Fold and Fly, Fred Ostrander's It Lasts a Moment, and Judith Yamamoto' s At My Table ($14.95) -- show the contrasting styles that this common quest produces. Local author John Hart, who continues his father's work with poets, will introduce, invite discussion, and read as well.
 
Fred Ostrander, who began study with Lawrence Hart in the early 1950s, writes visionary poems that have been described as “complex, subtle, massive, and disturbingly romantic.” It Lasts a Moment crystallizes a career spanning three books and appearances in over ninety periodicals.
 
Patricia Nelson of San Rafael, whose richly imagistic work has been compared to expressionist painting, is an environmental lawyer by trade. She has appeared in journals including Avocet, Blue Unicorn, Listening Eye, Illuminations, and Presa.
 
Judith Yamamoto, a longtime Muir Beach resident now living in the City, speaks of the world’s tragedies in language whose homespun textures conceal radical invention. A Marin Arts Council grantee, she has appeared in Blue Unicorn, Partisan Review, Southern Poetry Review, elsewhere. She is a dedicated quilter.
 
John Hart of San Rafael is the author of 15 nonfiction books and a winner of the Phelan Award and the Commonwealth Club Medal in California. His collection The Climbers is part of the Pitt Poetry Series. He leads the Lawrence Hart Seminars, teaches at Book Passage, and, with Ostrander, helps to edit the admired poetry triquarterly Blue Unicorn.
 
Start: 06/08/2014 4:00 pm
The pivotal events of our lives go by largely uncelebrated: children pass into adulthood, two people become parents, a family moves to a new home. Karyl Huntley's Real Life Rituals ($12.95) is a hands-on guide that offers you ways to celebrate the significant moments and passages of life. Designed to be adapted for large groups or parties of one, Huntley's rituals include spiritually grounded ways to: Celebrate the birth of a child; Honor a school graduate; Bless a new home; Commemorate an anniversary; Enhance or release romantic relationships.

Real Life Rituals also provides celebrations for those special times of the year--solstices, equinox, and holidays--that have been acknowledged by people through the ages. Other rituals include: Blessing a New Home; Transitioning to a New Job; Welcoming a New Pet; Coming of Age for Girls and Boys; Blessing a Baby; Honoring a School Graduate; and Celebrating a First Driver's License, among others.
 
Karyl Huntley has created rituals in sacred, educational, community, and family settings for decades. She is the senior minister of the Golden Gate Center for Spiritual Living and the Ritual Coordinator of United Church of Religious Science. She also teaches Ministerial Craftsmanship for the Holmes Institute of Consciousness Studies.
 
Start: 06/08/2014 7:00 pm
With shades of Water for Elephants and True GritThe Untold ($26.95) is a stunning debut novel set in the Australian outback about a female horse thief, her bid for freedom, and the two men trying to capture her.

It is 1921. In a mountain-locked valley, Jessie is on the run.
 
Born wild and brave, by twenty-six she has already lived life as a circus rider, horse and cattle rustler, and convict. But on this fateful night she is just a woman wanting to survive though there is barely any life left in her.
 
Two men crash through the bushland, desperate to claim the reward on her head: one her lover, the other the law.
 
But as it has always been for Jessie, it is death, not a man, who is her closest pursuer and companion. And while all odds are stacked against her, there is one who will never give up on her—her own child, who awaits her.
 
Courtney Collins lives on the Goulburn River in regional Victoria, Australia. The Untold is her first novel, and she is currently at work on her second novel.

Monday June 09, 2014
Start: 06/09/2014 6:00 pm

Adrienne Amundsen went to Afghanistan and brought back Reclaiming the Apple: Poems from Afghanistan ($12.95), which describes a country devastated by war. She found the people determined and resilient in impossible circumstances. Both Afghans and American soldiers are depicted here, and tragedy stands next to hope in this modern war zone.

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: 06/09/2014 7:00 pm
Legend has it that bank robber Harry Longbaugh and his partner Robert Parker were killed in a shootout in Bolivia. That was the supposed end of the Sundance Kid and Butch Cassidy.

Sundance ($27.95) tells a different story. At the beginning of the twentieth century, Longbaugh is very much alive, though serving in a Wyoming prison under an alias. When he is released in 1913, Longbaugh reenters a changed world. Horses are being replaced by automobiles. Gas lamps are giving way to electric lights. Workers fight for safety, and women for the vote. What hasn’t changed are Longbaugh’s ingenuity, his deadly aim, and his love for his wife, Etta Place.

It’s been two years since Etta stopped visiting him, and, determined to find her, Longbaugh follows her trail to New York City. Confounded by the city’s immensity, energy, chaos, and crowds, he learns that his wife was very different from the woman he thought he knew. Longbaugh finds himself in a tense game of cat and mouse, racing against time before the legend of the Sundance Kid catches up to destroy him. 

By turns suspenseful, rollicking, and poignant, Sundance is the story of a man dogged by his own past, seeking his true place in this new world. 
 
David Fuller is a screenwriter and the author of Sweetsmoke. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and twin sons.

 
Tuesday June 10, 2014
Start: 06/10/2014 1:00 pm
Stories, essays, poems, and personal reminiscences from the sage of Lake Wobegon
 
When, at thirteen, he caught on as a sportswriter for the Anoka Herald, Garrison Keillor set out to become a professional writer, and so he has done—a storyteller, sometime comedian, essayist, newspaper columnist, screenwriter, poet.
 
Now a single volume brings together the full range of his work: monologues from A Prairie Home Companion, stories from The New Yorker and The Atlantic, excerpts from novels, newspaper columns. With an extensive introduction and headnotes, photographs, and memorabilia, The Keillor Reader ($26.95) also presents pieces never before published, including the essays “Cheerfulness” and “What We Have Learned So Far.”
 
Garrison Keillor is the founder and host of A Prairie Home Companion, celebrating its fortieth anniversary in 2014. He is the author of nineteen books of fiction and humor, the editor of the Good Poems collections, and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Start: 06/10/2014 6:00 pm

In 1492, Amalia sits in an empty room, waiting for soldiers to take her away. A converso forced to hide her religion from the outside world, she is the last in a long line of Jewish mapmakers, whose services to the court were so valuable that their religion had been tolerated by Muslims and Christians alike. But times have changed. When King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella conquer Granada, the last holdout of Muslim rule in Spain, they issue an order expelling all Jews who refused to convert to Christianity.

As Amalia looks back on her eventful life, we witness history in the making—the bustling court of Henry the Navigator, great discoveries in science and art, the fall of Muslim Granada, the horrors of the Spanish Inquisition. And we watch as Amalia decides whether to relinquish what’s left of her true self, or risk her life preserving it.

Exploring an under-published period in history, The Mapmaker’s Daughter ($14.99) is a sweeping saga of faith, family and identity that shows how the past shapes our map of life.

Laurel Corona
is a frequent speaker on Jewish life and literature, and is member of the Brandeis National Committee, the National Council of Jewish Women, and Hadassah. She has taught at San Diego State University, the University of California at San Diego, and San Diego City College, where she is a professor of English and Humanities. She lives in San Diego.

 

Start: 06/10/2014 7:00 pm
Award-winning journalist Katy Butler was living thousands of miles from her aging parents when the call came: her beloved seventy-nine-year-old father had suffered a crippling stroke. Katy and her mother joined the more than 28 million Americans who are shepherding loved ones through their final declines.

Doctors outfitted her father with a pacemaker, which kept his heart going while doing nothing to prevent a slide into dementia, near-blindness, and misery. When he said, “I’m living too long,” mother and daughter faced wrenching moral questions. Where is the line between saving a life and prolonging a dying? When do you say to a doctor, “Let my loved one go?”

When doctors refused to disable the pacemaker, condemning her father to a lingering death, Butler set out to understand why. Her quest had barely begun when her mother, faced with her own grave illness, rebelled against her doctors, refused open-heart surgery, and met death the old-fashioned way: head-on.

Part memoir, part medical history, and part spiritual guide, Knocking on Heaven’s Door ($16.00) is a map through the labyrinth of a broken medical system. Technological medicine, obsessed with maximum longevity, is creating more suffering than it prevents. Butler chronicles the rise of Slow Medicine, a movement bent on reclaiming the “Good Deaths” our ancestors prized. In families, hospitals, and the public sphere, this visionary memoir is inspiring the difficult conversations we must have to light the path to a better way of death.
 
Katy Butler’s articles have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Best American Science Writing, and The Best American Essays. A finalist for a National Magazine Award, she lives in Northern California.
 
Start: 06/10/2014 7:00 pm
If you refuse to believe me, I will no longer consider you my son.

Daniel believed that his parents were enjoying a peaceful retirement on a remote farm in Sweden. But with a single phone call, everything changes.

Your mother...she's not well, his father tells him. She's been imagining things - terrible, terrible things. She's had a psychotic breakdown, and been committed to a mental hospital.

Before Daniel can board a plane to Sweden, his mother calls: Everything that man has told you is a lie. I'm not mad... I need the police... Meet me at Heathrow.

Caught between his parents, and unsure of who to believe or trust, The Farm ($26.00) follows Daniel has he becomes his mother's unwilling judge and jury as she tells him an urgent tale of secrets, of lies, of a crime and a conspiracy that implicates his own father.

Tom Rob Smith was born in 1979 to a Swedish mother and an English father. His bestselling novels in the Child 44 trilogy were international publishing sensations. Named one of the top 100 thrillers of all time by NPR, Child 44 won the International Thriller Writers Award for Best First Novel, the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award, and was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize.
 
Wednesday June 11, 2014
Start: 06/11/2014 12:00 pm

Ticket: $55 (includes lunch & signed book)

 

 

From the New York Times bestselling author of Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Peony in Love, and Shanghai Girls, Lisa See, comes her highly anticipated new novel, China Dolls ($27.00). It’s 1938 in San Francisco: a world’s fair is preparing to open on Treasure Island, a war is brewing overseas, and the city is alive with possibilities. Grace, Helen, and Ruby, three young women from very different backgrounds, meet by chance at the exclusive and glamorous Forbidden City nightclub and become fast friends. But after the Japanese attack Pearl Harbor, paranoia and suspicion threaten to destroy their lives, and a shocking act of betrayal changes everything.

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: 06/11/2014 12:30 pm
From America's most preeminent conservative columnist-a long awaited collection of his essential, timeless writings that goes beyond the world of politics to offer Charles Krauthammer's penetrating and surprising reflections on everything from psychology, space exploration, medicine, his family, chess, religion and baseball.

For decades, Charles Krauthammer has dazzled readers with his insight into politics and government. His weekly column has become appointment reading across the country. Now, finally, the best of Krauthammer's writing, intelligence, erudition and wit are collected in this one volume. In the intriguing and thoughtful collection, Things That Matter ($28.00), Krauthammer presents a wide-ranging look at society and illuminates-with his own unique take-what it is that makes the American experiment vibrant and special. With a special introduction, Krauthammer will reflect on his own writing and what course America has taken as he's observed it. This is a unique publishing event, decades in the making.

Charles Krauthammer, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, is a syndicated columnist, political commentator and physi¬cian. His column is syndicated to 400 news¬papers worldwide. He is a nightly panelist on Fox News's Special Report with Bret Baier. He's a former member of the President's Council on Bioethics and current member of Chess Journalists of America. He lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland.
 
Start: 06/11/2014 7:00 pm

Jack Devine is one of the legendary spymasters of our time. He was in Chile when Allende fell; he ran Charlie Wilson’s war in Afghanistan; he had too much to do with Iran-Contra for his own taste, though he tried to stop it; he caught Pablo Escobar in Colombia; he tried to warn George Tenet that there was a bullet coming from Iraq with his name on it. Devine served America’s interests for more than thirty years in a wide range of covert operations, ultimately overseeing the Directorate of Operations, a CIA division that watches over thousands of American covert operatives worldwide.

Good Hunting: An American Spymaster's Story ($27.00) is his guide to the art of spycraft, told with great wit, candor, and commonsense wisdom. Caricatured by Hollywood, lionized by the right, and pilloried by the left, the CIA remains one of the least understood instruments of the United States government. Devine knows more than almost anyone about the CIA’s vital importance as a tool of American statecraft. Now, as he sees it, the agency is trapped within a larger bureaucracy, losing swaths of turf to the military and, most ominous of all, being transformed into a paramilitary organization. Its capacity to do what it does best has been seriously degraded.

In wonderfully readable prose, this inside look at an organization whose history has not been given its real due, aims to set the record straight.

Jack Devine is a thirty-two-year veteran of the Central Intelligence Agency. He is also a founding partner and the president of the Arkin Group, which specializes in international crisis management, strategic intelligence, investigative research, and business problem solving. He lives in New York City.

 

Thursday June 12, 2014
Start: 06/12/2014 12:00 pm
End: 06/12/2014 8:00 pm

 

 

Join us for the 7th Annual Book Passage Children’s Writers & Illustrators Conference. The Conference will cover all aspects of writing and illustrating for children—from developing ideas to honing skills to finding a publisher. Participants will work closely with other writers and illustrators, as well as with agents, editors, and publishers. The conference is designed to meet the differing needs of those who create for different age groups. Participants will choose an area of emphasis for the morning sessions, such as writing for picture books, early readers, young adult books or illustration, and then work with a teacher in a workshop setting. In the afternoon, participants choose from panels of common interest, such as working with editors, working with agents, marketing and promotion. There will be many opportunities for faculty and participants to talk, laugh, and exchange ideas in classes, lunches, and at evening events.

Questions or concerns? Contact Kathryn Petrocelli at 800-999-7909, ext. 239, or email bpconferences@bookpassage.com.

2014 Faculty
201
4 Schedule
Conference Days
Private Consultations
Accommodations
Frequently Asked Questions 

 

Friday June 13, 2014
Start: 06/13/2014 9:00 am
End: 06/13/2014 9:00 pm

 

Join us for the 7th Annual Book Passage Children’s Writers & Illustrators Conference. The Conference will cover all aspects of writing and illustrating for children—from developing ideas to honing skills to finding a publisher. Participants will work closely with other writers and illustrators, as well as with agents, editors, and publishers. The conference is designed to meet the differing needs of those who create for different age groups. Participants will choose an area of emphasis for the morning sessions, such as writing for picture books, early readers, young adult books or illustration, and then work with a teacher in a workshop setting. In the afternoon, participants choose from panels of common interest, such as working with editors, working with agents, marketing and promotion. There will be many opportunities for faculty and participants to talk, laugh, and exchange ideas in classes, lunches, and at evening events.

Questions or concerns? Contact Kathryn Petrocelli at 800-999-7909, ext. 239, or email bpconferences@bookpassage.com.

2014 Faculty
201
4 Schedule
Conference Days
Private Consultations
Accommodations
Frequently Asked Questions 

 

Saturday June 14, 2014
Start: 06/14/2014 9:00 am
End: 06/14/2014 9:00 pm

 

Join us for the 7th Annual Book Passage Children’s Writers & Illustrators Conference. The Conference will cover all aspects of writing and illustrating for children—from developing ideas to honing skills to finding a publisher. Participants will work closely with other writers and illustrators, as well as with agents, editors, and publishers. The conference is designed to meet the differing needs of those who create for different age groups. Participants will choose an area of emphasis for the morning sessions, such as writing for picture books, early readers, young adult books or illustration, and then work with a teacher in a workshop setting. In the afternoon, participants choose from panels of common interest, such as working with editors, working with agents, marketing and promotion. There will be many opportunities for faculty and participants to talk, laugh, and exchange ideas in classes, lunches, and at evening events.

Questions or concerns? Contact Kathryn Petrocelli at 800-999-7909, ext. 239, or email bpconferences@bookpassage.com.

2014 Faculty
201
4 Schedule
Conference Days
Private Consultations
Accommodations
Frequently Asked Questions 

 

Start: 06/14/2014 12:00 pm
Fifty ways to be an enlightened carnivore, while taking better care of our planet and ourselves, from the founder of Slow Food USA.

We have evolved as meat eaters, proclaims Patrick Martins, and it's futile to deny it. But, given the destructive forces of the fast-food industry and factory farming, we need to make smart, informed choices about the food we eat and where it comes from. In 50 short chapters, Martins cuts through organize zealotry and the misleading jargon of food labeling to outline realistic steps everyone can take to be part of the sustainable-food movement. With wit, and insight, and no small amount of provocation, The Carnivore's Manifesto ($26.00) is both a revolutionary call to arms and a rollicking good read that will inspire, engage, and challenge anyone interested in the way we eat today.
 
Patrick Martins is a distributor of locally raised meat through his company Heritage Foods USA, which sends over 60,000 pounds of meat every week to New York's top restaurants. He is also a founder of Slow Food USA and a founder and on-air personality at Heritage Radio Network, which has over 1 million visitors a month. He lives in Brooklyn.
 
Sunday June 15, 2014
Start: 06/15/2014 9:00 am
End: 06/15/2014 3:00 pm

 

Join us for the 7th Annual Book Passage Children’s Writers & Illustrators Conference. The Conference will cover all aspects of writing and illustrating for children—from developing ideas to honing skills to finding a publisher. Participants will work closely with other writers and illustrators, as well as with agents, editors, and publishers. The conference is designed to meet the differing needs of those who create for different age groups. Participants will choose an area of emphasis for the morning sessions, such as writing for picture books, early readers, young adult books or illustration, and then work with a teacher in a workshop setting. In the afternoon, participants choose from panels of common interest, such as working with editors, working with agents, marketing and promotion. There will be many opportunities for faculty and participants to talk, laugh, and exchange ideas in classes, lunches, and at evening events.

Questions or concerns? Contact Kathryn Petrocelli at 800-999-7909, ext. 239, or email bpconferences@bookpassage.com.

2014 Faculty
201
4 Schedule
Conference Days
Private Consultations
Accommodations
Frequently Asked Questions 

 

Monday June 16, 2014
Start: 06/16/2014 7:00 pm

Please note this event has been postponed. For details on our rescheduled date, please email events@bookpassage.com.

Award-winning documentary photographer, Doug Menuez, delivers a stunning visual history of the Silicon Valley technology boom, witnessing key moments in the careers of Steve Jobs and other leading innovators as they created today's digital world.

In the spring of 1985, a technological revolution was underway in Silicon Valley, and Menuez was there in search of a story. At the same time, Steve Jobs was being forced out of his beloved Apple and starting over with a new company, NeXT Computer. His goal was to build a supercomputer with the power to transform education. Menuez had found his story.

Menuez hoped to photograph Jobs as he built this new computer from conception to product launch. In an amazing act of trust, Jobs granted Menuez unprecedented access to him and his team. Once Silicon Valley heard Jobs had granted him complete access, they all did. Over the years, Menuez photographed behind the scenes at Adobe, Apple, Microsoft, Intel, and more than seventy other leading companies (and their innovators).

By 2000, an era was ending, and Steve Jobs was riding a blazing rocket back to glory. The growth of transformational technology during this singular era had led to the creation of more jobs and wealth than any time in human history. And Menuez was there, witness to a global revolution.

In Fearless Genius: The Digital Revolution in Silicon Valley 1985-2000 ($39.99), Menuez brings his experiences to print. He shows, in 100 stunning photographs, the human face of innovation and what it takes to transform the power of ideas into reality.

Doug Menuez's career began in 1981 at The Washington Post, then continued as a freelancer for Time, Newsweek, Life, Fortune, the New York Times Magazine, and many more publications. His many awards include honors from Communication Arts, the Kelly Awards, AOP London, and Photo District News, among others. He has been exhibited in shows in the US and Europe. Stanford University Library acquired his extensive archive of more than 1 million photographs and created the Douglas Menuez Photography Collection at Stanford University Library.

 

 

Tuesday June 17, 2014
Start: 06/17/2014 12:30 pm

In this shattering and iconic American novel, Fourth of July Creek ($26.99), PEN prize-winning writer, Smith Henderson, explores the complexities of freedom, community, grace, suspicion and anarchy, brilliantly depicting our nation's disquieting and violent contradictions.

After trying to help Benjamin Pearl, an undernourished, nearly feral eleven-year-old boy living in the Montana wilderness, social worker Pete Snow comes face to face with the boy's profoundly disturbed father, Jeremiah. With courage and caution, Pete slowly earns a measure of trust from this paranoid survivalist itching for a final conflict that will signal the coming End Times.

But as Pete's own family spins out of control, Pearl's activities spark the full-blown interest of the F.B.I., putting Pete at the center of a massive manhunt from which no one will emerge unscathed.

Smith Henderson was a 2011 Philip Roth Resident in Creative Writing at Bucknell University, a 2011 Pushcart Prize winner and a Fellow at the Michener Center for Writers in Austin, Texas. Born and raised in Montana, he currently works at the prestigious advertising firm, Wieden + Kennedy, where he wrote the Emmy-nominated Super Bowl commercial, “Halftime in America,” featuring Clint Eastwood. His fiction has appeared in American Short Fiction, One Story, New Orleans Review, Makeout Creek, and Witness. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

 

Start: 06/17/2014 7:00 pm
The 20th century was a time of great change, particularly in the arts, but seldom explored were the female poets of that time. Robert Hass and Paul Ebenkamp have put together a comprehensive anthology of poetry featuring the poems of Gertrude Stein, Lola Ridge, Amy Lowell, Elsa Von Freytag-Loringhoven, Adelaide Crapsey, Angelina Weld Grimke, Anne Spencer, Mina Loy, Hazel Hall, Hilda Doolittle, Marianne Moore, Djuna Barnes, and Hildegarde Flanner. With an introduction from Hass and Ebenkamp, as well as detailed annotation through out to guide the reader, Modernist Women Poets ($28.00) is a wonderful collection of poems that will bring together the great female writers of the modernist period as well as deconstruct the language and writing that surfaced during that period.

Robert Hass served as Poet Laureate of the United States from 1995 to 1997 and as a Chancellor of The Academy of American Poets from 2001 to 2007. He lives in California with his wife, poet Brenda Hillman, and teaches at the University of California, Berkeley.

Paul Ebenkamp previously edited the Counterpoint title The Etiquette of Freedom, a conversation with Jim Harrison and Gary Snyder and Song of Myself, a collection of poems from Walt Whitman. He lives and works in Berkeley, California.
 
Speakers at the event will include: Bob Hass, Carol Snow, giovanni singleton, Gillian Conoley, Denise Lawson, and Brenda Hillman.
  
Wednesday June 18, 2014
Start: 06/18/2014 3:15 pm
End: 06/18/2014 5:00 pm

Four Wednesdays • June 18-July 9 • 3:15-5:00 pm • $100

 

 

The ancient myths sought to explain the fears and delights of existence and continue to do so today. We’ll explore the stories of Homer, the Greek dramatists, Ovid, and others as interpreted by Greek vase painters, Roman sculptors, Medieval book illustrators, and Renaissance and Baroque painters and sculptors. What do the images tell us of the concerns of the times in which they were produced? Artists range from Exekias to Salvador Dali, and they will be examined as we unravel the many conquests of Zeus, Cupid and Psyche, Narcissus and Echo, and many others.

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: 06/18/2014 6:00 pm

Book Passage is thrilled to welcome four YA authors from the Fierce Reads book tour to discuss their new and upcoming books. 

Leigh Bardugo is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Shadow and Bone and Siege and Storm. She was born in Jerusalem, grew up in Los Angeles, graduated from Yale University, and has worked in advertising, journalism, and most recently makeup and special effects. Ruin and Rising ($18.99) is the thrilling final installment in the Grisha Trilogy.

Emmy Laybourne is a novelist, teacher, and former character actress. Before her life as an author, Emmy performed original comedy on Comedy Central, MTV, and VH1; and acted in the movies Superstar, The In-Laws, and Nancy Drew, among others. She reaches new heights of tension and romance in Monument 14: Savage Drift ($17.99), the action-packed conclusion to the Monument 14 trilogy.

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 ($17.99), her debut novel, begins as an assignment for English class: Write a letter to a dead person. Laurel chooses Kurt Cobain because her sister, May, loved him. And he died young, just like May did. Soon, Laurel has a notebook full of letters, writing about starting high school, navigating new friendships, falling in love for the first time, and learning to live with her splintering family. 

Jennifer Mathieu started writing stories when she was in kindergarten and now teaches English to middle and high schoolers. In her remarkable debut novel, The Truth About Alice ($16.99), four Healy High students tell all they "know" about Alice--and in doing so reveal their own secrets and motivations, painting a raw look at the realities of teen life.

 

 

Start: 06/18/2014 6:00 pm
Featuring a Book Passage Ice Cream Social
 
Bestselling author Susan Jane Gilman's debut novel, The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street ($26.00) is an epic story of a fierce young immigrant's rise to become the greatest ice cream maker in America... and the events that threaten to destroy her.

In 1913, little Malka Treynovsky flees Russia with her family. Bedazzled by tales of gold and movie stardom, she tricks them into buying tickets for America. Yet no sooner do they land on the squalid Lower East Side of Manhattan, than Malka is crippled and abandoned in the street.

Taken in by a tough-loving Italian ices peddler, she manages to survive through cunning and inventiveness. As she learns the secrets of his trade, she begins to shape her own destiny. She falls in love with a gorgeous, illiterate radical named Albert, and they set off across America in an ice cream truck. Slowly, she transforms herself into Lillian Dunkle, "The Ice Cream Queen" -- doyenne of an empire of ice cream franchises and a celebrated television personality.

Lillian's rise to fame and fortune spans seventy years and is inextricably linked to the course of American history itself, from Prohibition to the disco days of Studio 54. Yet Lillian Dunkle is nothing like the whimsical motherly persona she crafts for herself in the media. Conniving, profane, and irreverent, she is a supremely complex woman who prefers a good stiff drink to an ice cream cone. And when her past begins to catch up with her, everything she has spent her life building is at stake.
 
Susan Jane Gilman is the author of Hypocrite in a Pouffy White Dress and Kiss My Tiara. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Michigan, and has written commentary for The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and Ms. magazine, among others. Her fiction and essays have received several literary awards.
 
 
Start: 06/18/2014 7:00 pm
Gone Feral ($26.95) is Novella Carpenter’s search for her father. Back-to-the-land homesteader, gifted classical guitarist, Korean War vet, hermit, curmudgeon, George Carpenter has been absent for most of his daughter’s life. But when he officially goes missing— only to be found in a fleabag Arizona motel, escaping the brutal Idaho winter—his daughter is forced to confront the truth: Her time with her dad, now seventy-three years old, is limited, and the moment to restore their relationship is now. Thus begins a journey of discovery that carries Carpenter from her Oakland urban farm to her father’s ramshackle cabin on a quest for connection that reveals who she is and where she came from.

The story starts in San Miguel de Allende in 1969, where Carpenter’s free-spirited parents meet and fall in love. Their whirlwind romance continues through Europe and ends on 180 acres beside Idaho’s Clearwater River. Carpenter and her sister are born into a free, roaming childhood but soon the harsh reality of living on the land—loneliness, backbreaking labor—tears the family apart. Carpenter’s mother packs the girls and heads for the straight life in Washington State while George remains on the ranch, tied to the land and his vision of freedom.

In Gone Feral, Carpenter, now a grown woman contemplating a family of her own, returns to Orofino to answer why her father chose this life of solitude. She quickly finds that George is not living the principled, romantic life she imagined, and the truth is more complicated than anything she might have imagined. As she comes to know the real George, Carpenter looks to her own life and comes to recognize her father’s legacy in their shared love of animals, of nature, and of the written word; their dangerous stubbornness and isolating independence.
 
Novella Carpenter is the author of the bestselling Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer and is the coauthor of The Essential Urban Farmer. She lives and farms in Oakland, California, with her partner, Billy, and daughter, Frances.
 
 
Thursday June 19, 2014
Start: 06/19/2014 7:00 pm
Denali’s Howl ($27.95) is the white-knuckle account of one of the most deadly climbing disasters of all time.

In 1967, twelve young men attempted to climb Alaska’s Mount McKinley—known to the locals as Denali—one of the most popular and deadly mountaineering destinations in the world. Only five survived.

Journalist Andy Hall, son of the park superintendent at the time, investigates the tragedy. He spent years tracking down survivors, lost documents, and recordings of radio communications. Hall reveals the full story of an expedition facing conditions conclusively established here for the first time: At an elevation of nearly 20,000 feet, these young men endured an “arctic super blizzard,” with howling winds of up to 300 miles an hour and wind chill that freezes flesh solid in minutes. All this without the high-tech gear and equipment climbers use today.

As well as the story of the men caught inside the storm, it is the story of those caught outside it trying to save them—Hall’s father among them. The book gives readers a detailed look at the culture of climbing then and now and raises uncomfortable questions about each player in this tragedy. Was enough done to rescue the climbers, or were their fates sealed when they ascended into the path of this unprecedented storm?
 
Author Andy Hall, the former editor and publisher of Alaska Magazine, grew up in the shadow of Denali, the son of the park superintendent. He well remembers that terrible summer when he was five and met Joe Wilcox. Hall has devoted seven years to tracking down survivors, lost documents, and recordings of radio communications surrounding the tragedy. 
 


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