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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 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.

9
Start: 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: 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.

 
10
Start: 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: 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: 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.
 
Start: 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.
 
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Start: 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: 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: 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.

 

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Start: 12:00 pm
End: 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 

 

13
Start: 9:00 am
End: 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 

 

14
Start: 9:00 am
End: 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: 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.
 


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