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Start: 12:40 pm
End: 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: 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: 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.

 

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Start: 8:30 am
End: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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.

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Start: 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: 6:00 pm
End: 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: 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: 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.

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Start: 9:00 am
End: 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: 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: 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. 

 

 
 
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26
Start: 10:00 am
End: 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: 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: 2:30 pm
End: 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: 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.

 



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