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Start: 10:00 am
End: 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: 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: 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: 7:00 pm
With shades of Water for Elephants and True Grit, The 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.

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