Start: 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 Transylvania, Grossology, 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: 12:30 pm
A follow-up to the widely popular Flower Recipe Book, The 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: 1:00 pm
End: 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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: 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.