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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

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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

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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

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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

2014 Faculty
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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

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
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 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 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. 
Friday June 20, 2014
Start: 06/20/2014 10:00 am
End: 06/20/2014 12:30 pm

Friday, June 20, 10:00-12:30 pm, $35




Since their acquisitions in the 1950s, Walter and Lee Annenberg have purchased only the finest examples of works from Boudin to Picasso, bequeathing the entire collection to the Metropolitan Museum. Our virtual tour will study in depth a great many of these masterpieces, addressing issues of content, moments of inspiration in the artist’s life, and particular qualities provided by locale and provenance. Our cast includes Degas, Manet, Monet, Renoir, Cezanne, Seurat, Gauguin, Van Gogh, Toulouse-Lautrec, and Vuillard, concluding with Picasso’s “At the Lapin Agile”. Join Kerrin Meis in this imaginary visit to 82nd and Fifth!

Saturday June 21, 2014
Start: 06/21/2014 10:00 am
End: 06/21/2014 4:00 pm

Sat. June 21 • 10:00-4:00 pm • $150



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Advice so simple it can’t possibly be right: just tell the story. In fact, the vast majority of writing problems—what’s essential and what isn’t, how to balance inner life against action and dialogue, how to create variety and contrast among the characters, how to use setting to enhance the narrative—can be solved by referring to the context of the story.

David Corbett, author of The Art of Character, leads students in a one-day workshop, reviewing 10-page manuscript submissons from each student in detail to reveal how story guides the revision process.

Manuscripts must be submitted by June 16


Start: 06/21/2014 1:00 pm

Why You Were Born is about remembering life as a child, why it was important to forget and how great it is to remember. It's about learning to let go of the burden of darkness in order to be able to feel light again.

Jerry Downs is an artist, photographer and writer who lives 10 miles North of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Rafael, California. His work has appeared throughout the world in books, magazines and museums. He was born the 5th of 11 children, had a horrible time in school and spent most of his life living hand to mouth trying to make a living and make sense of why he was born. Eventually he stopped trying so hard. Everything that has happened in his life has helped him understand that life is a creative act and joy is the only measure of success. He’s happy to be alive and enormously appreciative that anything exists at all.

Start: 06/21/2014 1:00 pm
In The Red Room ($26.95), John Knox - expert at surveillance and delicate, international dealings - is understandably thrown when David “Sarge” Dulwich, his contact at Rutherford Risk, hands him a photo of a transaction he recently facilitated in the Middle East. More curious to him, he’s shown that photo while in the Red Room, the private security company’s highly secure underground bunker, where eavesdropping is impossible and privacy ensured. Why all the cloak-and-dagger?

Knox is pressured into accepting a job as an art broker in the mysterious Istanbul, a city situated on two continents where East meets West and Islam meets Christianity. It is a melting pot of spies, terrorists, and conflicting interests.

Teamed with smart, quick, and fearless Grace Chu, Knox must navigate a murky operation, the only goal of which is to spend five minutes in the proximity of a man they’ve never met. Why? What can it possibly matter? And why are so many others bound and determined to see it never happens—at any cost? 
Ridley Pearson is the New York Times-bestselling author of more than two dozen novels, including The Risk Agent and Choke Point, featuring John Knox and Grace Chu; the Walt Fleming novels; the Lou Boldt crime series; and many books for young readers.
Start: 06/21/2014 4:00 pm

The Culture of Possibility: Art, Artists & The Future ($18.99) and The Wave ($14.99)—two short books published simultaneously—tell a powerful, emergent story of art and public purpose in very different ways. They open a door to understanding for readers of any age, gender, background, or taste.

Culture is the matrix of every humane society, the power-source of the imagination, empathy, creativity, and resilience needed to activate our innate capacity for moral grandeur and social healing. Begin to see culture clearly and everything changes from despair to possibility. We know ourselves and each other through music, images, movement, and stories. Thousands of years ago, art aided our survival as a species. Today, culture is the laboratory in which we nurture compassion and discover how to improvise a livable future. And artists are both the stem cells of the body politic, generating myriad forms of beauty and meaning, and our indicator species for social well-being.

People sense the truth of this, but the guardians of the old order can’t yet see it. They keep ignoring what’s emerging and trying vainly to solve all our dilemmas with numbers. Corporation Nation is killing us: our social institutions and official understanding no longer fit reality. We are like 20th-century people trying to live in the 19th century.

The antidote to this malady is awareness: face the damage, assess our capacities and alents, envisage the possible, then bring our actions in line with the new reality. The Culture of Possibility: Art, Artists & The Future and The Wave point the way. 

Arlene Goldbard is a writer, speaker, consultant and cultural activist whose focus is the intersection of culture, politics and spirituality. Her book New Creative Community: The Art of Cultural Development was published by New Village Press in November 2006. She is also co-author of Community, Culture and Globalization, an international anthology published by the Rockefeller Foundation, Crossroads: Reflections on the Politics of Culture, and author of Clarity, a novel.


Start: 06/21/2014 7:00 pm
In answer to the question of what happened following her New York Times bestseller Kabul Beauty School, Deborah Rodriquez is back with a new memoir, Margarita Wednesdays: Making a New Life by the Mexican Sea ($26.00).
Irreverent, insightful, and blatantly honest, Deborah takes us along on her inspiring journey of self-discovery and renewal after she is forced to flee Afghanistan in 2007. She first lands in California, where she feels like a misfit teetering on the brink of sanity. Where was that fearless redhead who stared danger in the face back in Kabul?

After being advised to commune with glowworms and sit in contemplation for one year, Rodriguez finally packs her life and her cat into her Mini Cooper and moves to a seaside town in Mexico. Despite having no plan, no friends, and no Spanish, a determined Rodriguez soon finds herself swept up in a world where the music never stops and a new life can begin. Her adventures and misadventures among the expats and locals help lead the way to new love, new family, and a new sense of herself.

In the magic of Mexico, she finds the hairdresser within, and builds the life she never knew was possible—a life on her own terms.
Deborah Rodriguez is a hairdresser, a motivational speaker, and the author of the bestselling memoir Kabul Beauty School. She spent five years teaching at and later directing the Kabul Beauty School, the first modern beauty academy and training salon in Afghanistan. Rodriguez also owned the Oasis Salon and the Cabul Coffee House. She currently lives in Mazatlan, Mexico, where she owns the Tippy Toes Salon.
Sunday June 22, 2014
Start: 06/22/2014 10:00 am
End: 06/22/2014 4:00 pm

Sun., June 22 • 10:00-4:00 pm • $105



Have you always wanted to start a blog? This is your chance! In one six-hour session you will set up a blog, choose a focus and design, and learn how to write great blog posts. This class covers best blogging practices, how to build traffic, and time management.

Meghan Ward is the author of Runway: Confessions of a Not-So-Supermodel and the owner of, a weekly blog about writing and publishing.

Start: 06/22/2014 1:00 pm

To be alienated from animals is to live a life that is not quite whole, contends nature writer, Tai Moses. Urban and suburban residents share our environments with many types of wildlife: squirrels, birds, spiders, and increasingly lizards, deer, and coyote. Many of us crave more contact with wild creatures, and recognize the small and large ways animals enrich our lives, yet don’t notice the animals already around us.

Zooburbia: Meditations on the Wild Animals Among Us ($14.95) reveals the reverence that can be felt in the presence of animals and shows how that reverence connects us to a deeper, better part of ourselves. A lively blend of memoir, natural history, and mindfulness practices, this work makes the case for being mindful and compassionate stewards — and students — of the wildlife with whom we coexist. With lessons on industriousness, perseverance, presence, exuberance, gratitude, aging, how to let go, and much more, Tai's vignettes share the happy fact that none of us is alone — our teachers are right in front of us. We need only go outdoors to find a rapport with the animal kingdom.

Tai Moses knew she wanted to be a writer from an early age, yet her career path was anything but linear. She has been a cook, a waitress, a secretary, a motel maid, a wildland firefighter and emergency medical technician, and an animal trainer's assistant. Finally, she discovered the world of independent media. She has worked alongside veteran newspaper editors who taught her the craft of writing, reporting and editing. Tai has worked in journalism for more than 25 years, and her writing has been widely published in the independent press.


Start: 06/22/2014 2:00 pm
End: 06/22/2014 4:00 pm
Buyer’s Remorse ($15.00) is a celebration of the small, the overlooked, the underrated. Doggedly anti-lofty, reveling in the This-Worldly, these poems caper around the themes of the body, mathematics and rationality, adolescence and middle-age, love and fear and death. The tone ranges from the irreverent to the wistful – the spritz of seltzer in the face of the Creature from the Black Lagoon, to the lover standing in one sock. Drawing on sources from The Three Stooges to Archimedes, Lavoisier to Tweety Bird, Mash is a latter day Anti-Oracle, a nail in the tire of post-modernity, an incorrigible wag who’s smuggled his pea shooter into the Church of Poetry. Be ready to duck.

Roy Mash is a long time board member of  Marin Poetry Center. In a previous life he held degrees in English, Philosophy, and Computer Science. Currently he is appearing as a regular in the movie of his life, where his character can be found doodling away his brief time staring out of café windows, dabbing up the seeds that have fallen from an everything bagel, and mentally thumbing over his poems that have appeared widely in journals such as Agni, Atlanta Review, Barrow Street, Nimrod, Passages North, Poetry East, Rhino, and River Styx.

Start: 06/22/2014 4:00 pm
After Indian Independence Arjun brings his family to London, but hopes of a better life rapidly dissipate. His wife Sunila spends all day longing for a nice tea service, his son suddenly hates anything Indian, and his daughter, well, that's a whole other problem. As he struggles to enforce the values he grew up with, his family eagerly embraces the new. But when Arjun's right leg suddenly fails him, his sense of imbalance is more than external. Diagnosed with muscular dystrophy, he is forced to question his youthful impatience and careless cruelty to his family, until he learns, ultimately, to love them despite - or because of - their flaws. In Losing Touch ($15.99), through a series of tender and touching glimpses into the shared life of a married couple, Sandra Hunter creates strikingly sympathetic characters - ones that remind us of our own shortfalls, successes, hypocrisies, and humanity. She is a prolific short-story writer and has won the Arthur Edelstein Prize for Short Fiction and been a finalist for numerous other prizes, including the Pushcart. She lives in Moorpark, CA.
Ruth Thompson grew up near Berkeley, California. She received a BA from Stanford and a PhD from Indiana University, and was an English professor, librarian, college dean, and yoga teacher in Los Angeles. She now lives in Hilo, Hawai'i where she teaches yoga, meditation, and writing. Her poems have won the New Millennium Writings Poetry Award and the Harpur Palate Milton Kessler Memorial Prize. Woman with Crows ($15.00) is her second book of poetry.

Monday June 23, 2014
Start: 06/23/2014 6:00 pm
The images and memories that matter most are those that are unshakeable, unforgettable. Kenneth Turan's fifty-four favorite films embrace a century of the world's most satisfying romances and funniest comedies, the most heart-stopping dramas and chilling thrillers.

Turan discovered film as a child left undisturbed to watch Million Dollar Movie on WOR-TV Channel 9 in New York, a daily showcase for older Hollywood features. It was then that he developed a love of cinema that never left him and honed his eye for the most acute details and the grandest of scenes.

Not to Be Missed ($25.99) blends cultural criticism, historical anecdote, and inside-Hollywood controversy. Turan's selection of favorites ranges across all genres. From All About Eve to Seven Samurai to Sherlock Jr., these are all timeless films-classic and contemporary, familiar and obscure, with big budgets and small-each underscoring the truth of director Ingmar Bergman's observation that "no form of art goes beyond ordinary consciousness as film does, straight to our emotions, deep into the twilight room of the soul."
Kenneth Turan is the film critic for the Los Angeles Times and NPR's Morning Edition, as well as the director of the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes. He has been a staff writer for the Washington Post and TV Guide, and served as the Times' book review editor. A graduate of Swarthmore College and Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, he is the co-author of Call Me Anna: The Autobiography of Patty Duke. Turan teaches film reviewing and non-fiction writing at USC and is on the board of directors of the National Yiddish Book Center. His most recent books include Free for All: Joe Papp, The Public, and the Greatest Theater Story Ever Told and Never Coming To A Theater Near You.
Start: 06/23/2014 7:00 pm
From New England Book Award winner Lily King comes a breathtaking novel about three young anthropologists of the '30's caught in a passionate love triangle that threatens their bonds, their careers, and, ultimately, their lives.
English anthropologist Andrew Banson has been alone in the field for several years, studying the Kiona river tribe in the Territory of New Guinea. Haunted by the memory of his brothers' deaths and increasingly frustrated and isolated by his research, Bankson is on the verge of suicide when a chance encounter with colleagues, the controversial Nell Stone and her wry and mercurial Australian husband Fen, pulls him back from the brink. Nell and Fen have just fled the bloodthirsty Mumbanyo and, in spite of Nell's poor health, are hungry for a new discovery. When Bankson finds them a new tribe nearby, the artistic, female-dominated Tam, he ignites an intellectual and romantic firestorm between the three of them that burns out of anyone's control.

Set between two World Wars and inspired by events in the life of revolutionary anthropologist Margaret Mead, Euphoria ($25.00) is an enthralling story of passion, possession, exploration, and sacrifice from accomplished author Lily King.
Lily King's first novel, The Pleasing Hour won the Barnes & Noble Discover Award and was a New York Times Notable Book and an alternate for the PEN/Hemingway Award. Her second book, The English Teacher, was a Publishers Weekly Top Ten Book of the Year, a Chicago Tribune Best Book of the Year, and the winner of the Maine Fiction Award. Father of the Rain was a New York Times Editors' Choice, a Publishers Weekly Best Novel of the Year, and winner of the 2010 New England Book Award for Fiction. Lily King lives with her family in Maine.
Tuesday June 24, 2014
Start: 06/24/2014 6:00 pm
Poignant, keenly observed, and irresistibly funny: a memoir about literary New York in the late nineties, a pre-digital world on the cusp of vanishing, where a young woman finds herself entangled with one of the last great figures of the century.

At twenty-three, after leaving graduate school to pursue her dreams of becoming a poet, Joanna Rakoff moves to New York City and takes a job as assistant to the storied literary agent for J. D. Salinger. She spends her days in a plush, wood-paneled office, where Dictaphones and typewriters still reign and old-time agents doze at their desks after martini lunches. At night she goes home to the tiny, threadbare Williamsburg apartment she shares with her socialist boyfriend. Precariously balanced between glamour and poverty, surrounded by titanic personalities, and struggling to trust her own artistic instinct, Rakoff is tasked with answering Salinger's voluminous fan mail. But as she reads the candid, heart-wrenching letters from his readers around the world, she finds herself unable to type out the agency's decades-old form response. Instead, drawn inexorably into the emotional world of Salinger's devotees, she abandons the template and begins writing back. Over the course of the year, she finds her own voice by acting as Salinger's, on her own dangerous and liberating terms.

Rakoff paints a vibrant portrait of a bright, hungry young woman navigating a heady and longed-for world, trying to square romantic aspirations with burgeoning self-awareness, the idea of a life with life itself. Charming and deeply moving, filled with electrifying glimpses of an American literary icon, My Salinger Year ($25.95) is the coming-of-age story of a talented writer. Above all, it is a testament to the universal power of books to shape our lives and awaken our true selves.

Joanna Rakoff's novel A Fortunate Age won the Goldberg Prize for Jewish Fiction by Emerging Writers and the Elle Readers' Prize, and was a New York Times Editors' Choice and a San Francisco Chronicle best seller. She has written for The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Vogue, and other publications.
Start: 06/24/2014 7:00 pm
For the first time, a historian of science draws evidence from across the world to show how humans and other animals are astonishingly similar when it comes to their feelings and the ways in which they lose their minds.
Charles Darwin developed his evolutionary theories by looking at physical differences in Galapagos finches and fancy pigeons. Alfred Russell Wallace investigated a range of creatures in the Malay Archipelago. Laurel Braitman got her lessons closer to home—by watching her dog. Oliver snapped at flies that only he could see, ate Ziploc bags, towels, and cartons of eggs. He suffered debilitating separation anxiety, was prone to aggression, and may even have attempted suicide. Her experience with Oliver forced Laurel to acknowledge a form of continuity between humans and other animals that, first as a biology major and later as a PhD student at MIT, she’d never been taught in school. Nonhuman animals can lose their minds. And when they do, it often looks a lot like human mental illness.

Thankfully, all of us can heal. As Laurel spent three years traveling the world in search of emotionally disturbed animals and the people who care for them, she discovered numerous stories of recovery, discussed in Animal Madness: How Anxious Dogs, Compulsive Parrots, and Elephants in Recovery Help Us Understand Ourselves ($28.00).
MIT PhD in the history of science, Laurel Braitman has written for Pop Up Magazine, The New Inquiry, Orion, and a variety of other publications. She is a TED Fellow and an affiliate artist at the Headlands Center for the Arts. Laurel lives on a houseboat in Sausalito, California, and can be reached at
Wednesday June 25, 2014
Start: 06/25/2014 6:00 pm
Yours for Eternity ($27.95) is an intimate look at the extraordinary love story between Damien Echols and Lorri Davis, who met and married while Echols—author of the New York Times bestseller Life After Death—served nearly eighteen years on death row.
From one of the greatest legal injustices of our time sprang one of the most unlikely—and unforgettable—love stories. For anyone who followed the case of the “West Memphis Three,” or read Damien Echols’s memoir, Life After Death, there is one lingering question: Who was the woman—courageous, affected, or just plain crazy enough—to fall in love and marry him while he was on death row? Lorri Davis was a landscape architect living in New York City when she saw Paradise Lost, a documentary about the three young men imprisoned in Arkansas for an unspeakable crime they didn’t commit. When her first letter arrived in Echols’s cell in 1996, hers were some of the first kind words of support he had heard.
Over the course of a remarkable sixteen-year correspondence, Echols and Davis grew to know each other, fall in love, and marry—all without ever being able to touch each other freely or be alone together. In Yours for Eternity, they describe also how they overcame the enormous challenges and heartbreaks throughout the years—personal setbacks, legal complications, and much more. Astoundingly, thousands of their personal letters have survived, to create a singular portrait of their marriage told in alternating voices by Echols and Davis both. Yours for Eternity reveals a relationship unfolding in the most exceptional of circumstances. Powerful, unique, and incredibly intimate, it is a modern-day love story for the ages.
Damien Echols and Lorri Davis met in 1996, and were married in a Buddhist ceremony at Tucker Maximum Security Unit in Tucker, Arkansas, in 1999. Echols spent nearly eighteen years on death row until his release in 2011. He is the author of the New York Times–bestselling memoir Life After Death (2012). For more than a decade, Lorri Davis spearheaded a full-time effort toward her husband’s release from prison, which encompassed all aspects of the legal case and forensic investigation and, with Echols, served as producer of the documentary West of Memphis. Echols and Davis live in Massachusetts.
Start: 06/25/2014 7:00 pm
A boy and a girl who fall in love. Two families whose hopes collide with destiny. An extraordinary novel that offers a resonant new definition of what it means to be American.

Arturo and Alma Rivera have lived their whole lives in Mexico. One day, their beautiful fifteen-year-old daughter, Maribel, sustains a terrible injury, one that casts doubt on whether she'll ever be the same. And so, leaving all they have behind, the Riveras come to America with a single dream: that in this country of great opportunity and resources, Maribel can get better.

When Mayor Toro, whose family is from Panama, sees Maribel in a Dollar Tree store, it is love at first sight. It's also the beginning of a friendship between the Rivera and Toro families, whose web of guilt and love and responsibility is at this novel's core.

Woven into their stories are the testimonials of men and women who have come to the United States from all over Latin America. Their journeys and their voices will inspire you, surprise you, and break your heart.

Suspenseful, wry and immediate, rich in spirit and humanity, The Book of Unknown Americans ($24.95) is a work of rare force and originality.
Cristina Henríquez is the author of the story collection Come Together, Fall Apart, which was a New York Times Editors' Choice selection, and the novel The World in Half. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The American Scholar, Glimmer Train, Virginia Quarterly Review, Ploughshares, TriQuarterly, AGNI, and Oxford American, as well as in various anthologies.
Thursday June 26, 2014
Start: 06/26/2014 8:30 am

Please note: This event is now sold out. Standby tickets may be available starting at 9:30 am.

Ticket cost of $40 includes entry to meet Secretary Clinton and (1) signed copy of Hard Choices . Customer must be present to redeem ticket at event in order to guarantee signed book. Limit of (1) signed book per customer. No personal items allowed in the event space. A bag check will be available on-site. No other books or memorabilia, please.

Hard Choices is Hillary Rodham Clinton's inside account of the crises, choices, and challenges she faced during her four years as America's 67th Secretary of State, and how those experiences drive her view of the future.

"All of us face hard choices in our lives," Hillary Rodham Clinton writes at the start of this personal chronicle of years at the center of world events. "Life is about making such choices. Our choices and how we handle them shape the people we become."

In the aftermath of her 2008 presidential run, she expected to return to representing New York in the United States Senate. To her surprise, her former rival for the Democratic Party nomination, newly elected President Barack Obama, asked her to serve in his administration as Secretary of State. This memoir is the story of the four extraordinary and historic years that followed, and the hard choices that she and her colleagues confronted.

Secretary Clinton and President Obama had to decide how to repair fractured alliances, wind down two wars, and address a global financial crisis. They faced a rising competitor in China, growing threats from Iran and North Korea, and revolutions across the Middle East. Along the way, they grappled with some of the toughest dilemmas of US foreign policy, especially the decision to send Americans into harm's way, from Afghanistan to Libya to the hunt for Osama bin Laden.

By the end of her tenure, Secretary Clinton had visited 112 countries, traveled nearly one million miles, and gained a truly global perspective on many of the major trends reshaping the landscape of the twenty-first century, from economic inequality to climate change to revolutions in energy, communications, and health. Drawing on conversations with numerous leaders and experts, Secretary Clinton offers her views on what it will take for the United States to compete and thrive in an interdependent world. She makes a passionate case for human rights and the full participation in society of women, youth, and LGBT people. An astute eyewitness to decades of social change, she distinguishes the trendlines from the headlines and describes the progress occurring throughout the world, day after day.

Secretary Clinton's descriptions of diplomatic conversations at the highest levels offer readers a master class in international relations, as does her analysis of how we can best use "smart power" to deliver security and prosperity in a rapidly changing world-one in which America remains the indispensable nation. 


Start: 06/26/2014 9:30 am
End: 06/26/2014 12:00 pm

Four Thursdays: June 26-July 24 (no class July 3) • 9:30-12:00 pm • $160



Wendy Walsh has a Ph.D. in Italian Literature from UCB. She has been teaching Italian language, literature, and cooking since 1979. Join Wendy after class in the café for informal Italian conversation.

Start: 06/26/2014 6:00 pm

Special event for teens!

Book Passage is thrilled to welcome five YA authors from Simon and Schuster's Summer Lovin' 2.0 Tour to discuss their new and upcoming books.

Infinite Sky ($17.99) is the story of Iris, who, just two months after her mother abandons her family, watches a family of gypsies set up an illegal camp in the paddock by her house. The gypsy boy, Trick, is restless and warm and full of life and Iris feels as though she understands him completely. But Trick may not be what he seems, and as Iris struggles to find where her loyalties lie, all of the vulnerability and anger that surrounds her collides in an unspeakable tragedy. C.J. Flood, also known as Chelsey Flood, graduated from the University of East Anglia in 2010 with an MA in creative writing. She has won several prizes and awards for her writing, including the Curtis Brown Award. Infinite Sky is her debut novel and she is currently working on her next book in Bristol. 

The Treatment ($17.99), the thrilling sequel to The Program, follows Sloane and James as they try to survive the lies and secrets surrounding them. On the run after barely surviving the suicide epidemic and The Program, they’re not out of danger yet. Huge pieces of their memories are still missing and although Sloane and James have found their way back to each other, The Program isn’t ready to let them go. Suzanne Young currently lives in Tempe, Arizona, where she teaches high school English. When not writing obsessively, Suzanne can be found searching her own tragic memories for inspiration. She is the author of several books for teens, including The Program, The Treatment, A Need So Beautiful, and A Want So Wicked

A private, high school senior gets an unwanted turn in the spotlight when a Facebook scandal goes viral after prom in #scandal ($17.99), a comedic, edgy novel from the author of The Book of Broken Hearts and Bittersweet. When Lucy's best friend Ellie gets sick before prom and begs her to step in as Cole’s date, Lucy accepts with a smile, even though she’s been secretly in love with Cole since the dawn of time. When Cole surprises her at the after-party with a kiss, it’s everything Lucy has ever dreamed of...and the biggest BFF dealbreaker ever. Then Lucy’s Facebook profile mysteriously explodes with compromising photos of her and Cole, along with tons of other students’ party indiscretions. Tagged. Liked. And furiously viral. Sarah Ockler is the bestselling author of #scandal, The Book of Broken Hearts, Bittersweet, Fixing Delilah, and Twenty Boy Summer

Ever since the car accident that killed his identical twin brother, Marshall Windsor has been consumed with guilt and crippled by the secrets of that night. He has only one chance to make amends and set things right. He must find a thin space—a point where the barrier between this world and the next is thin enough to step through to the other side. But when a new girl moves into the exact same house Marsh is sure holds a thin space, she may be the key—or the unraveling--of all his secrets. Jody Casella has been writing stories since the age of seven. She majored in creative writing at Rhodes College and started an MFA at the University of Memphis. Then in a moment of fear at the sheer impracticality of being a poet, she quit writing, earned an MA, and started teaching. After a stint working and raising children, she’s grateful to be back writing full-time. Thin Space ($16.99) is her debut novel.


Start: 06/26/2014 6:30 pm
End: 06/26/2014 9:30 pm




Thurs. June 26 • 6:30-9:30 pm • Cavallo Point Cooking School • $125 (includes book)

The guru of barbeque is back in town. Steven Raichlen will be on hand to do a cooking demo and share some of his newest culinary techniques. Man Made Meals: The Essential Cookbook for Guys ($24.95) has over 300 step-by-step recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert, so this is one cookbook you won’t want to miss—whether you’re a man or a woman! Participants in this interactive class will dine on some of the recipes from the cookbook. Seating is limited.


Friday June 27, 2014
Start: 06/27/2014 7:00 pm
The New York Times bestselling author Alan Furst now gives us a taut, suspenseful, romantic and richly rendered novel of spies and espionage, in Paris, New York and Madrid, on the eve of World War II.

Paris, 1937. The dark cloud of war is gathering as the forces of Fascism spread across Europe. In Spain, war has already begun. Cristian Ferrar, a brilliant and handsome Spanish émigré, is a lawyer in the Paris office of a prestigious international firm. Ferrar is approached by the Spanish Republican forces to help a clandestine agency trying desperately to supply arms to Spain's beleagured Republican Army-and to put his life, family, and career at risk for his country. Joining him in this mission is a surprising group of unlikely heroes, heroines, and villains: gun-runners and gangsters, stevedores and businessmen, aristocrats and patriots. From romantic Paris night clubs and bistros to Fifth Avenue and white-shoe New York law firms, from brothels in Istanbul to shipyards in Poland, from Czechoslovakia and war-torn Madrid to Nazi Berlin, Midnight in Europe ($27.00) follows Ferrar and his allies as they battle for the heart and soul of Europe and its fragile democracies.
Alan Furst is widely recognized as the master of the historical spy novel. Now translated into eighteen languages, he is the author of Night Soldiers, Dark Star, The Polish Officer, The World at Night, Red Gold, Kingdom of Shadows, Blood of Victory, Dark Voyage, The Foreign Correspondent, The Spies of Warsaw, Spies of the Balkans, and Mission to Paris. Born in New York, he lived for many years in Paris, and now lives on Long Island.
Saturday June 28, 2014
Start: 06/28/2014 12:00 pm

Peju Winery in St. Helena • Single $125; Couple $195 (one book)

Please note: this event is now sold out.

Steven Raichlen really knows the pleasure men get from cooking, the joy they take in having the skills, the need to show off a little bit. Man Made Meals: The Essential Cookbook for Guys ($24.95), is everything a man needs to achieve confidence and competence in the kitchen. It's about tools and techniques, adopting secrets from the pros how to multitask, prep before you start cooking, clean as you go. It's about understanding flavor and flavor boosters, like anchovies and miso, and it's about essentials: how to shuck an oyster, truss a chicken, cook a steak to the desired doneness. It's about having a repertoire of great recipes (there are 300 to choose from), breakfast to dessert, to dazzle a date, or be a hero to your family, or simply feed yourself with real pleasure.

Event will include a wine tasting 

Start: 06/28/2014 1:00 pm

The Restoration Project ($15.00) explores The Twelve Steps of Humility, the heart of The Rule of Saint Benedict, revealing how this ancient guide leads to wisdom, strength, and love. The book weaves prayer, poetry, and art with contemporary stories of brokenness, joy, and discovery to guide the reader to a place of spiritual renewal. The book is a cornerstone of a national initiative, also called The Restoration Project.

Christopher Martin is the rector of St. Paul's, San Rafael, California where he has served since 2004. He is the founder of The Restoration Project, a national movement of churches devoted to spiritual maturity through a balance of spiritual practices, including friendship with the poor. 


Start: 06/28/2014 2:00 pm
Art Peterson has translated his lifelong love affair with his favorite city into a sparkling, well-researched guide exploring San Francisco's quirks, landmarks and eccentricities. 
Why Is That Bridge Orange? ($19.95) links everyday sights that are the fabric of the city with answers to nagging questions that tantalize the curious. Why is Lombard Street crooked? How does a cable car work? Why are there windmills at Ocean Beach? In 240 pages, 86 of these conundrums are resolved, supported by dozens of contemporary and historical photos. It all adds up to a crash course in urban discovery.
Art Peterson, a lifelong Bay Area resident, taught in the San Francisco public schools for 30 years, 15 of these as a teacher of writing at Lowell High School. Until recently, he was employed as Senior Editor at the University of California-affiliated National Writing Project, the nation’s prime organization devoted to the teaching of writing in the schools.

He is the author of several books, including the best-selling humor book Teachers: A Survival Guide for the Grownup in the Classroom, and the teaching classic, The Writer’s Workout Book: 113 Stretches Toward Better Prose
Start: 06/28/2014 4:00 pm
Two Rare Birds: A Legacy of Love ($17.95) is an inspirational memoir that traces the spiritual journey Lily Myers Kaplan took following her sister’s death from a fourteen-year battle with brain cancer. Her brother-in-law, Dave, followed nine months later, after ten years of colon cancer.

An entirely thoughtful and profoundly honest story, Two Rare Birds tracks Lily through the long tunnel of grief. With a listening heart, she examines her ancestral heritage, giving meaning to the joys and struggles she faced with her sister over the years. As their fates unfold, Lily finds renewed faith in something larger than this physical world. She pieces herself back together with memory, myth, and the mystical, awakening to the full power of love and forgiveness.

Two Rare Birds serves as a beacon of hope for the grieving heart. It is breathtaking to discover how much inner strength and peace can be found while facing difficulty and death.
For thirty years, Lily Myers Kaplan has guided hundreds of people to navigate life’s challenges, overcome traumas, and deepen spirituality, helping them become more vitally alive. She holds a master’s degree in culture and spirituality from The Sophia Center of Holy Names College. Foundational to her work is a love of the natural world, a value for service, a belief that life is enhanced by embracing death, and a commitment to creating meaning and purpose as a form of healing.
Start: 06/28/2014 4:00 pm
Chick Lit and Wine Presents: An afternoon with Jennifer Coburn and Cindy Arora
Join Chick Lit and Wine's Danielle English in conversation with best-selling author Jennifer Coburn along with Cindy Arora. Featuring local wine samplings, author readings and Bay Area sweets from Muffin ManiaMiette and Zen Boy Chocolates this is an afternoon you won't want to miss.
Jennifer Coburn has always been terrified of dying young. So she decides to save up and drop everything to travel with her daughter, Katie, on a whirlwind European adventure before it's too late. Even though her husband can't join them, even though she's nervous about the journey, and even though she's perfectly healthy, Jennifer is determined to jam her daughter's mental photo album with memories--just in case. From the cafes of Paris to the top of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Jennifer and Katie take on Europe one city at a time, united by their desire to see the world and spend precious time together. In We'll Always Have Paris ($14.99), a heartwarming generational love story, Jennifer reveals how their adventures helped vanquish her fear of dying...for the sake of living.
Jennifer Coburn is a USA Today best selling author of six novels and contributor to four literary anthologies. Over the past two decades, Coburn has received numerous awards from the Press Club and Society for Professional Journalists for articles that appeared in Mothering, Big Apple Baby, The Miami Herald, The San Diego Union-Tribune and dozens of national and regional publications. She has also written for Creators News Syndicate and The Huffington Post
In Heartbreak Cake ($14.95), business is sweet for pastry chef Indira Aguilar. Her indie bakery, Cake Pan, is fast becoming the talk of the wedding circuit. But while her professional life is blossoming, her personal life is crumbling. Indira may have a talent for blending buttercream into bliss, but when it comes to relationships, she’s got a lot to learn. Considering that the love of her life, Josh Oliver is not only married, but also runs the award-winning pastry department of her fiercest competition, Crystal Cove Resort, Indira puts much more at stake than just her heart when she ends her affair with him. Rumors begin to fly as the small seaside community of Long Beach learns of her secret relationship, and Indira must defend not only her actions, but her wedding business and her reputation while trying to maneuver the choppy heartbreak waters of starting over, finding new love, and facing her past. With the support of friends, family, a fondness for butter, and a determined spirit, Indira may just bake her way back to happiness and possibly into the heart of Crystal Cove’s dishy new chef, Noah. But one thing is certain. Where there’s heartbreak, there must be cake.
Cindy Arora was a staff writer at The San Gabriel Valley Tribune, The Orange County Register, and Sacramento Magazine. She’s been published in Saveur, Tasting Table, Orange Coast Magazine, and Fodor’s. Heartbreak Cake is her  debut novel. 

Start: 06/28/2014 7:00 pm
From the cofounder of Oxford’s legendary Square Books—a stunning debut novel set in Mississippi in 1996, based on the real-life, long-unsolved murder of the author’s young stepbrother.
Mary Byrd Thornton could understand how a reporter couldn’t resist the story: a nine-year-old boy sexually molested and killed on Mother's Day, 1966. A suspect to whom nothing would stick. A neighborhood riddled with secrets. No one, especially the bungling or complicit authorities, had been able to solve the crime. Now, thirty years later, the reporter’s call will reel a reluctant Mary Byrd from Mississippi back to Virginia where she must confront her family—and, once again, the murder’s irremovable stain of tragedy.

Lisa Howorth’s remarkable Flying Shoes ($26.00) is a work of fiction, but the murder is based on the still-unsolved case of her stepbrother, a front page story in the Washington Post. And yet this is not a crime novel; it is an honest and luminous story of a particular time and place in the South, where even calamitous weather can be a character, everyone has  a story, and all are inextricably entwined. With a flamboyant cast, splendid dark humor, a potent sense of history, and a shocking true story at its heart, Flying Shoes is a rich and candid novel from a fresh new southern voice about family and memory and one woman’s flight from a wounded past.

Lisa Howorth was born in Washington, D.C., where her family has lived for four generations. She moved to Oxford, Mississippi, where she married her husband, Richard, and raised their three children. They opened Square Books (named by Publishers Weekly as the 2013 Bookstore of the Year) in 1979. She received the Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts in 1996 and a MacDowell Colony Fellowship in 2007. Her writing has appeared in Garden & Gun and the Oxford American. This is her first novel.
Start: 06/28/2014 7:00 pm

Undergoing a crisis of the heart and spirit, artist Sherry Brier meets a mysterious teacher of mystical movement who initiates her into Egyptian Temple Dance. As the enigmatic Prema Devi prepares Sherry for her Return to the Source, she introduces her to other masters of wisdom. From California to the sacred sites of Egypt, Doorway to Ecstasy ($19.75) follows Sherry's spiritual journey interweaves her present life with her far distant past, revealing the blueprint of her destiny. Follow her on her liberating path of transformation from self to Soul.

Sherry Brier is co-owner/director of Inner Rhythm Movement Arts Institute in Marin County, California. She spends her days dancing, teaching, choreographing dances for her students and two dance companies, writing, and playing hooky with her husband and cat. Frequent journeys to exotic lands and ancient cultures inspire her writing and choreographies.


Sunday June 29, 2014
Start: 06/29/2014 11:00 am
End: 06/29/2014 1:00 pm

Two Sundays: June 29 & July 6 • 11:00-1:00 pm • $80 (or $40 for single session)




Join author Karen Benke for a lively couple of Sundays. After a year of school work, it’s time to play on the page and unwind from school with creative writing experiments guaranteed to amuse even the most reluctant writer. We’ll eavesdrop to gather great lines for dialogue prompts, tip words over and see what wants to spill out, create comic cross-out poems, and write a story from inspiring postcard paintings. The afternoon will close with a chocolate mindfulness experiment. Benke is the author of Rip the Page! and Leap Write In!.

Start: 06/29/2014 1:00 pm
Explosion Green ($17.95) tells the twenty-year story of the global green building movement through the eyes of David Gottfried, the man who helped start it all. It reveals the inner workings of the building industry as it comes to grips with the need for environmentally friendly practices. It describes how the industry has evolved, and how this evolution has helped fight climate change and prevent further damage to the environment while creating a multibillion-dollar industry. Filled with his unique insight and self-deprecating humor, Gottfried's riveting memoir demonstrates how one person can start a global movement.

David Gottfried is the founder of the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and the CEO of Regenerative Ventures. He is honored to have two annual awards offered in his name each year. He is the author of Greed to Green and Greening My Life. He has been featured on KQED’s “Forum” with Michael Krasny, Discovery Channel’s “HowStuffWorks,” Planet Green’s “Renovation Nation,” ABC News, PRI’s “Living on Earth,” and Australia’s “Financial Times,” to list only a few. 

Start: 06/29/2014 1:00 pm
End: 06/29/2014 3:00 pm
Sunday, June 29 • 1:00 - 3:00pm • $20 (Path to Publishing Members) or $40 (General Public)  
It’s a fundamental and strategic task for you, the author, no matter how you decide to publish your work: Promote Yourself!

Or call (415) 927-0960, ext. 1 to register.
Pat Rose, a seasoned public relations and communications expert with a background in publishing ─ and a partner in San Francisco’s Campbell+Rose ─ joins Path to Publishing at the Corte Madera store to share strategies on how to get started on your PR path and build an effective PR campaign. Learn how to set up your own website, create and manage a blog, effectively use social and local media, and develop a strong author profile for reader sites. Pat will take your questions and also will be available during the Mix ‘n’ Mingle from 2:00 to 3:00.

Lemonade and light refreshments provided.
Start: 06/29/2014 4:00 pm

Eighty percent of Americans suffer trauma in their lifetimes, and many are able to survive and overcome its effects. Then there are those, who, in the aftermath of great tragedy and turmoil, accomplish extraordinary feats. They break records, win awards, and meet the seemingly unattainable goals they set for themselves. These are the supersurvivors: the individuals who not only rebuild their lives, but thrive and grow in ways never previously imagined.

A cancer-ridden Olympic Gold Medalist, a blind man who rowed across the Atlantic, and an amputee stuntman are among the extraordinary stories that open the door to understanding the surprising and counterintuitive aspects of accomplishment. Renowned psychologists and popular writers, David Feldman and Lee Daniel Kravetz, interview dozens of men and women who have a “miracle” story, and uncover how they were able to achieve greatness in the wake of their traumas. Their findings are startling-- the conventionally held belief that optimism alone has the potential to heal is simply untrue.

In stark contrast of blind optimism, it is by allowing the stress of trauma to exact an emotional toll that leads the way to healing. Drawing from scientific findings and their experience as clinical psychologists, the authors weave the narratives of these supersurvivors to elucidate what is common among them-- they all had a realistic approach to their challenges. Supersurvivors: The Surprising Link Between Suffering and Success ($25.99) is sure to reset our thinking about how we deal with all our challenges, no matter how big or small.

Lee Daniel Kravetz received a master’s degree in counseling psychology in 2013, and is a graduate of the University of Missouri and the Columbia School of Journalism. Kravetz has written for print and television. At the age of 29, he survived a battle with cancer, and found himself confronted with a seemingly endless series of physical and emotional hurdles. The experience called into relief his personal values and choices, and he changed the course of his life to study clinical counseling with a focus on positive psychology. Kravetz lectures at the San Francisco Writers Grotto and is a founder of the LitCamp Writers Conference.

David B. Feldman, PhD, is considered to be among the top experts on hope in the field of psychology. An associate professor of counseling psychology at Santa Clara University, he holds a PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Kansas and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the VA Palo Alto Health Care System, a medical center associated with Stanford University. Dr. Feldman is the author of two previous books, has written for Psychology Today and The Huffington Post, and has published numerous research articles.


Start: 06/29/2014 7:00 pm
Co-Sponsored by the Academy of Sciences
Join emergency medicine expert and California Academy of Sciences researcher Matthew Lewin for a special lecture on wilderness medicine. He encourages attendees to purchase Extreme Medicine by Kevin Fong if they’d like to learn more on the subject. An article featuring Mr. Lewin was published in Discover magazine.
Monday June 30, 2014
Start: 06/30/2014 9:00 am
End: 06/30/2014 11:00 am

Four Mondays: June 30, July 7, 28, & Aug. 4 • 9:00-11:00am • $125



Readings from the classics and advanced grammar. Gisella Petrone has a master’s degree from the University of Calabria. She has taught English, Italian, Latin, Roman History, and Italian cooking.

Start: 06/30/2014 1:00 pm
End: 06/30/2014 3:30 pm

Four Mondays: June 30 - July 21• 1:00-3:30 pm • $160



Wendy Walsh has a Ph.D. in Italian Literature from UCB. She has been teaching Italian language, literature, and cooking since 1979. Join Wendy after class in the café for informal Italian conversation.


Start: 06/30/2014 7:00 pm
Beyond Las Vegas’s casinos lies a boomtown where four lives can be brought together by one split-second choice.

In the predawn hours, a woman’s marriage crumbles with a single confession. Across town, an immigrant family struggles to fit in and get by in the land of opportunity. Three thousand miles away, a soldier wakes up in Walter Reed hospital with the vague feeling that he’s done something awful. In a single moment, these disparate lives intersect. Faced with seemingly insurmountable loss, each person must decide whether to give in to despair, or to find the courage and resilience to rise.

We Are Called to Rise ($25.00) is a story about a child’s fate. It is a story about families—the ones we have and the ones we make. It challenges us to think about our responsibilities to each other and reminds us that compassion and charity can rescue us, even in our darkest moment. It is a book that will break your heart and then put it back together.
Laura McBride teaches at the College of Southern Nevada and lives with her husband and two children in Las Vegas. She graduated with a degree in American Studies from Yale University and wrote part of We Are Called to Rise, her first novel, while in residency at Yaddo.
Tuesday July 01, 2014
Start: 07/01/2014 9:00 am
End: 07/01/2014 11:00 am

Four Tuesdays: July 1, 8, 29, & Aug. 5 • 9:00-11:00am • $125



Review of nouns/articles, simple tenses, and conversation. Gisella Petrone has a master’s degree from the University of Calabria. She has taught English, Italian, Latin, Roman History, and Italian cooking.

Start: 07/01/2014 9:30 am
End: 07/01/2014 12:00 pm

Four Tuesdays: July 1- 22 • 9:30-12:00 pm • $160



Wendy Walsh has a Ph.D. in Italian Literature from UCB. She has been teaching Italian language, literature, and cooking since 1979. Join Wendy after class in the café for informal Italian conversation.

Start: 07/01/2014 11:00 am
End: 07/01/2014 1:00 pm

Four Tuesdays: July 1-22 • 11:00-1:00 • $125



This course is based on a variety of songs and poems to develop your grammar, enhance your vocabulary, and reinforce your speaking skills. Be ready to sing in French or read a poem from Jacques Prévert.

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.

Not for beginning students.


Start: 07/01/2014 11:15 am
End: 07/01/2014 1:00 pm

Four Tuesdays: July 1, 8, 29, & Aug. 5• 11:15-1:00pm • $125



Review of the subjunctive tense and conversation from newspaper articles and short stories. Gisella Petrone has a master’s degree from the University of Calabria. She has taught English, Italian, Latin, Roman History, and Italian cooking.

Start: 07/01/2014 5:30 pm

Every summer, the Bay Area Writing Project (BAWP) at UC Berkeley sponsors Young Writers' Camps (grades 3 through 8) across the Bay Area. You're invited to celebrate the best and brightest budding Marin authors at Book Passage. Three weeks of exploring their talents and interests as writers will culminate in an Author's Chair Celebration with family, friends, and all who appreciate the creativity and passion that young writers have to offer. 


Start: 07/01/2014 7:00 pm
Change your life in just seven minutes a day with the revolutionary practice that will open your body and psyche to gratifying levels of personal and sexual intimacy. "Read this book," says Deepak Chopra. 
"Your Seven-Minute Wonder" is the profoundly uplifting, empowering, yet simple solution to the cause of all human discontent: the lack of intimacy. As myriad techniques from meditation to yoga to obsessive exercise regimens become more and more popular--this special breathing technique is all you need to satisfy your intimate relationships. Requiring just seven minutes a day, this physical practice combines healthful breathing and synchronistic body movement. The in-and-out breath cycle, which Mark Whitwell carefully delineates, activates the deep male-female polarity within each of us, regardless of sex. The practice is effortless, and practitioners report that their well-being, vitality, sexuality, self-awareness, and true desires are awakened immediately and dramatically. 
The Promise of Love, Sex, and Intimacy ($18.99) is a wise, powerful, and easy-to-follow roadmap for a profoundly life-changing practice of intimacy and human connection.
Don't miss Mark Whitwell at Yoga Tree 
Wednesday July 02, 2014
Start: 07/02/2014 6:00 pm
From the bestselling author of Girl in Translation comes a new novel, Mambo in Chinatown ($27.95), the story of a young woman torn between her family duties in Chinatown and her escape into the world of ballroom dancing.
Twenty-two-year-old Charlie Wong grew up in New York’s Chinatown, the older daughter of a Beijing ballerina and a noodle maker. Though an ABC (America-born Chinese), Charlie’s entire world has been limited to this small area. Now grown, she lives in the same, tiny apartment with her widower father and her eleven-year-old sister, and works—miserably—as a dishwasher.

But when she lands a job as a receptionist at a ballroom dance studio, Charlie gains access to a world she hardly knew existed, and everything she once took to be certain turns upside down.  Slowly, within this new arena, shy, clumsy, unfashionable Charlie’s own natural talents begin to emerge, and gradually her perspective, her expectations, and her sense of self all are transformed—something she must hide, at great pains, from her father and his suspicion of all things Western. As Charlie blossoms, though, her sister becomes chronically ill. As Pa insists on treating his ailing child exclusively with Eastern practices to no avail, Charlie is forced to find a way to reconcile her two selves and her two worlds—Eastern and Western, old world and new—to rescue her sister while also keeping her newfound confidence and identity.
Jean Kwok is the author of Girl in Translation. She was born in Hong Kong and immigrated to Brooklyn as a young girl. Jean received her bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and completed an MFA in Fiction at Columbia University.
Start: 07/02/2014 7:00 pm
By July 1914, the ties between Kezia Marchant and Thea Brissenden, friends since girlhood, have become strained—by Thea’s passionate embrace of women’s suffrage, and by the imminent marriage of Kezia to Thea’s brother, Tom, who runs the family farm. When Kezia and Tom wed just a month before war is declared between Britain and Germany, Thea’s gift to Kezia is a book on household management—a veiled criticism of the bride’s prosaic life to come. Yet when Tom enlists to fight for his country and Thea is drawn reluctantly onto the battlefield, the farm becomes Kezia’s responsibility. Each must find a way to endure the ensuing cataclysm and turmoil.

As Tom marches to the front lines, and Kezia battles to keep her ordered life from unraveling, they hide their despair in letters and cards filled with stories woven to bring comfort. Even Tom’s fellow soldiers in the trenches enter and find solace in the dream world of Kezia’s mouth-watering, albeit imaginary meals. But will well-intended lies and self-deception be of use when they come face to face with the enemy?

Published to coincide with the centennial of the Great War, The Care and Management of Lies ($26.99) paints a poignant picture of love and friendship strained by the pain of separation and the brutal chaos of battle. Ultimately, it raises profound questions about conflict, belief, and love that echo in our own time.
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.

Thursday July 03, 2014
Start: 07/03/2014 11:00 am
End: 07/03/2014 1:00 pm

Four Thursdays: July 3-24 • 11:00-1:00 • $125



This class will review grammar and vocabulary through varied texts and contemporary literature.

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.

Not for beginning students.


Saturday July 05, 2014
Start: 07/05/2014 12:30 pm
Founder of the largest language-learning blog in the world offers the first blueprint for learning any language at any age in just 3 months.

Benny Lewis speaks an amazing ten languages fluently and counting (all self-taught) and runs the largest language-learning blog in the world which receives more than 400,000 unique visitors every month and is one of the top 5 travel blogs in the world. Benny is a full-time "language hacker," someone who devotes all his time to finding better, faster, and more efficient ways to learn languages. His approach is different from any other language program out there, as he encourages readers to avoid studying, ignore grammar, and start speaking from day 1. He argues that you don't need a great memory or "the language gene" to learn any language quickly. He also debunks a number of long-held beliefs, such as children are better language learners. Fluent in 3 Months ($17.99) offers Benny's language hacks together in a systematic way so that anyone at any age can learn to speak any language from anywhere in the world.

In 2003, Benny Lewis spoke only one language (English) and even that one had given him trouble, as he had to overcome a stutter as a child. Benny barely passed German in high school and was so poor in Irish (Gaeilge) that he had to drop down to the lower level examination just to get into University. He moved to Spain after graduating with an engineering degree and six months into his stay there he still couldn't speak or understand Spanish beyond the most basic level. Today Benny is the known as The Irish Polyglot and speaks an amazing 10 languages fluently.
Monday July 07, 2014
Start: 07/07/2014 7:00 pm

Tracy Grant, novelist and Merola Opera Program Director of Foundation, Corporate and Government Relations, will discuss Merola's upcoming Summer Festival Season. The festival will feature two operas that offer very different takes on passion and power dynamics between men and women, Mozart's masterpiece Don Giovanni and André Previn's jazz-influenced setting of Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire. Grant will discuss the common themes and literary origins of both works and share insights into Merola's productions this summer.

Led artistically by San Francisco Opera Center Director and internationally acclaimed soprano Sheri Greenawald, the Merola Opera Program is an independent nonprofit organization which operates in collaboration with the San Francisco Opera. Founded in 1957 and named for San Francisco Opera’s founder, Gaetano Merola, the Program is recognized as one of the most prestigious operatic training programs in the world. The Merola Opera Program typically receives more than 800 applications for approximately 30 positions. Throughout the summer, Merola artists participate in master classes and private coachings with opera luminaries. Participants – who include singers, apprentice coaches and an apprentice stage director – also receive training in operatic repertory, foreign languages, diction, acting and stage movement. Read more >>


Tuesday July 08, 2014
Start: 07/08/2014 7:00 pm
Co-Sponsored by the Academy of Sciences
In 2005, the United States imported twelve billion dollars’ worth of seafood, nearly double what we had imported ten years earlier. During that same period, our seafood exports rose by a third. In American Catch ($26.95), our foremost fish expert Paul Greenberg looks to New York oysters, gulf shrimp, and Alaskan salmon to reveal how it came to be that 91 percent of the seafood Americans eat is foreign.

Despite the challenges, hope abounds. In New York, Greenberg connects with an oyster restoration project with a vision for how the bivalves might save the city from rising tides; in the gulf, shrimpers band together to offer local catch direct to consumers. And in Bristol Bay, fishermen, environmentalists, and local Alaskans gather to roadblock Pebble Mine. In American Catch Paul Greenberg proposes there is a way to break the current destructive patterns of consumption and return the American catch back to American consumers.
Paul Greenberg is the author of the James Beard Award–winning bestseller Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food and a regular contributor to The New York Times. He has been featured on NPR’s Fresh Air and All Things Considered and has lectured for Google, Harvard, the U.S. Senate, and many other institutions. He is currently a fellow with The Blue Ocean Institute and the writer in residence at New York City’s South Street Seaport Museum.
Wednesday July 09, 2014
Start: 07/09/2014 10:00 am
End: 07/09/2014 12:00 pm

Three Wednesdays: July 9, 30, & Aug. 6 • 10:00-12:00pm • $95



Review of verb tenses—newspaper articles and short stories. Gisella Petrone has a master’s degree from the University of Calabria. She has taught English, Italian, Latin, Roman History, and Italian cooking.


Start: 07/09/2014 12:30 pm
As someone whose identity has been forged by reality TV (as a contestant on America’s Next Top Model) and social media and mobile technology, Kim Stolz is deeply obsessed with the subject. She has a hard time putting her phone down. And yet she remembers what life was like before technology-induced ADD, before life had become a string of late-night texts, Snapchats, endless selfies, that sinking feeling you get when you realize you’ve hit reply all by mistake. It’s hard to imagine now, but there was once a time before we wasted a full hour emptily clicking through a semi-stranger’s vacation pictures on Facebook, a time before every ex, every meaningless fling was a mere click away. 

Unfriending My Ex: And Other Things I’ll Never Do ($24.00) is the first book to document the hilarity of the social media revolution from the inside; it chronicles a life filtered through our obsessive relationship with technology. The book is as eye-opening as it is entertaining as it proceeds through the various ways in which social media and mobile technology have generated empathy deficits and left us all with the attention spans of fruit flies…and the sad fact that in spite all of this, we find it impossible to switch our devices off. 

Smart, hilarious, and completely relatable, Unfriending My Ex: And Other Things I’ll Never Do captures our crazy moment, shining a bright light on the trials and tribulations of life online.
Kim Stolz is a former contestant on America’s Next Top Model, MTV news anchor, restaurateur, and current Vice President of Equity Derivatives at Citigroup. She is a graduate of The Brearley School and Wesleyan University. In 2012 she was named one of the 100 Most Compelling People of the Year by Out magazine. She lives in New York City.
Start: 07/09/2014 7:00 pm
An award-winning writer takes a groundbreaking look at the experience and psyche of the Asian American male in Big Little Man ($27.00). Alex Tizon landed in an America that saw Asian women as sexy and Asian men as sexless. Immigrating from the Philippines as a young boy, everything he saw and heard taught him to be ashamed of his face, his skin color, his height. His fierce and funny observations of sex and the Asian American male include his own quest for love during college in the 1980s, a tortured tutorial on stereotypes that still make it hard for Asian men to get the girl. Tizon writes: "I had to educate myself on my own worth. It was a sloppy, piecemeal education, but I had to do it because no one else was going to do it for me." And then, a transformation. First, Tizon's growing understanding that shame is universal: that his own just happened to be about race. Next, seismic cultural changes - from Jerry Yang's phenomenal success with Yahoo! Inc., to actor Ken Watanabe's emergence in Hollywood blockbusters, to Jeremy Lin's meteoric NBA rise. Finally, Tizon's deeply original, taboo-bending investigation turns outward, tracking the unheard stories of young Asian men today, in a landscape still complex but much changed for the Asian American man.
Alex Tizon, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, is former Seattle bureau chief for the Los Angeles Times and longtime staff writer for the Seattle Times. He co-produced a 60 Minutes segment on Third World mail-order brides in Asia, and currently teaches at the University of Oregon. Big Little Man was the winner of the prestigious Work in Progress Prize from the J. Anthony Lukas Prize Project.
Thursday July 10, 2014
Start: 07/10/2014 1:00 pm
End: 07/10/2014 3:00 pm

Three Thursdays: July 10, 31, & Aug. 7 • 1:00-3:00pm • $95



Review of passato prosimo and imperfect, with readings of Italian short stories. Gisella Petrone has a master’s degree from the University of Calabria. She has taught English, Italian, Latin, Roman History, and Italian cooking.

Start: 07/10/2014 6:00 pm
From award-winning, Los Angeles Times bestselling author Jervey Tervalon comes Monster’s Chef ($24.99), a highly clever, twisting tale of suspense involving drugs, perverse sex, and poisonous celebrity worship, in which a man trying to rebuild his life becomes entangled in dangerous and deadly circumstances

Once upon a time, Gibson was a successful chef with a popular restaurant and a beautiful loving wife. He was also a drug addict with a habit that nearly destroyed him. Fresh out of rehab, he’s now using his skills to feed his fellow halfway house residents budget gourmet meals—a talent that attracts two shady women who offer him a job cooking for a music superstar named Monster. Though Gibson doesn’t have a good feeling about his seeming good fortune, he needs a job.

Arriving on Monster’s compound, Gibson senses that trouble is still on his tail. First, he’s asked to sign a confidentiality agreement. Then he meets the compound’s gardener, who warns him not to go outside at night—and tells him that to stay alive he must see nothing, hear nothing, say nothing. 

It is advice that proves all too true when Gibson discovers a dead body near his bungalow a few nights later. Suddenly, all hell is breaking loose . . . and Gibson is at the center. Now he has to figure out how to escape this terrifying nightmare . . . and whether he can.

Jervey Tervalon is the author of five books, including the bestselling Dead Above Ground and Understanding This, for which he won the New Voices Award from Quality Paper Books, and the anthology, The Cocaine Chronicles. He was the Remsen Bird Writer in Residence at Occidental College and a Disney Screen Writing Fellow. He is the director of the Literature for Life Project, a literary/salon magazine, and the literary director of LitFest Pasadena. Born in New Orleans, he now lives in California and teaches at the College of Creative Studies at UC Santa Barbara.
Start: 07/10/2014 7:00 pm
Though he lived in the thirteenth century, Meister Eckhart's deeply ecumenical teachings were in many ways modern. He taught about what we call ecology, championed artistic creativity, and advocated for social, economic, and gender justice. All these elements have inspired spiritual maverick Matthew Fox and influenced his Creation Spirituality. In Meister Eckhart: A Mystic-Warrior for Our Times ($17.95) Fox creates metaphorical meetings between Eckhart and Teilhard de Chardin, Thich Nhat Hanh, Carl Jung, Black Elk, Rumi, Adrienne Rich, and other radical thinkers. The result is profoundly insightful, substantive, and inspiring. 
The author of thirty books, Matthew Fox has been an instrumental teacher and scholar in the revival of Western mysticism, particularly the work of Hildegard of Bingen, Meister Eckhart, and Thomas Aquinas. Fox teaches and speaks widely and lives in Oakland, California.
Friday July 11, 2014
Start: 07/11/2014 7:00 pm
When life gives you lemons, make citron pressé

When Francophiles Don and Mindy Wallace received an offer for a house on a tiny French island, they jumped at the chance, buying it almost sight unseen. What they found when they arrived was a building in ruin, and it wasn't long before their lives resembled it. Plagued by emergency repairs, a stock market crash, and very exasperated French neighbors, the Wallace's could have accepted their fate. Instead, they embraced it. The French House ($14.99) is the delightfully amusing and picturesque memoir about a family who seized life, rose from the rubble, and built themselves a home away from home.

Don Wallace has been a writer and editor for 25 years and is the film editor for Honolulu Weekly. He has held senior positions at Yachting, SELF, and Golf Digest Woman, with articles appearing in the New York Times, Fast Company, Redbook, and others.
Saturday July 12, 2014
Start: 07/12/2014 10:00 am
Special event for kids! 
Ron Berman is a native San Franciscan who loves to write about the city.

The Cable Car That Couldn’t Clang ($6.95) is Ron’ s latest book. Have you ever lost your voice?  What a nuisance! But can you imagine the horror of a Cable Car losing its Clang? This is what happens to Clyde as he and his old buddy, Sasha the Sea Lion, roam the hills and beaches of San Francisco in search of his Clang. On the way, he runs across all the great sounds of the city from Fisherman’s Wharf, to the S.F.Zoo, the ballet, Chinatown and more.
Ron worked as a copy writer and Creative Director in SF which is not even nearly as much fun as writing children’s books. He lives just 15 minutes away from Book Passage where he’s purchased books for his wife, Ellie, two daughters, three grandchildren and three grand dogs. Along with illustrator Frank Hill, Ron has also written Sasha the San Francisco Sea Lion and Dude the Surfin’ Sea Otter. He also created Old McDonald Had a Wedding with illustrations by Brian Gerrity.
Start: 07/12/2014 1:00 pm
In this fun and informative presentation Kyle Ellison, author of Moon Maui ($19.99), will share unique and environmental ways for travelers to enjoy Maui—complete with gorgeous photos! By educating visitors about environmental issues, volunteer opportunities, and ways to lessen their impact on the island, Ellison will help you to become a responsible visitor while enjoying an unforgettable Maui vacation. Travelers are always looking for ways to be more eco-friendly, and as an outdoor enthusiast and Maui native, Ellison can offer them essential advice for minimizing their footprint while making the most of this dynamic destination. 
Outdoor enthusiast, travel writer, and Maui expert Kyle Ellison knows the best ways to experience Hawaii’s second largest island. From the endless stretches of golden sand to the sparkling waters off of Wai’anapanapa State Park, residents and visitors alike can agree that there’s something magical about Maui. With itineraries like “Best of Maui in 10 Days,” “Best Surfing,” and “Best for Honeymooners,” Moon Maui truly has something for every traveler—no matter their reason for visiting the Valley Isle.
Kyle Ellison began researching Maui when he first moved there at age five. The island has changed considerably since then, but his love of Maui has remained. Today he works as a freelance travel writer for Gadling, Viator, AOL Travel, Matador, and Journey and lives in Lahaina with his wife Heather.
Start: 07/12/2014 4:00 pm

Networking is why the term, "It's who you know,” is relevant in society today. Networking has provided the vital introductions for which many well known celebrities can credit their success. And now, Networking Magic: How to Find Connections That Transform Your Life ($17.95), reveals the tricks and illusions that surround truly magical networking. Networking, for many, is purely a selfish act; friendships are only maintained until one person gets everything they can get from the other and then they sever the bond. However, true and effective networking, as explained by networking legends Jill Lublin and Rick Frishman, is built upon the foundation of relationships and a core of generosity. Networking is the act of giving to others. Lublin and Frishman provide the key networking habits and tips to help readers build, maintain, and grow their networking database and reputation as a giver.

This work recognizes that networking should also be intentional. Readers should choose to develop a network of supportive people that will willingly and gladly help them reach their goals. To help readers be intentional networkers, Lublin provides action steps that make readers aware of the impressions they give, and guides them in how to connect more authentically with their peers and those they want to meet.

Jill Lublin is the three time bestselling author of Guerrilla Publicity, Get Noticed…Get Referrals, and Networking Magic. As an international speaker, Jill is an audience favorite for her lively and interactive keynote speeches, seminars, and special programs. Her unparalleled knowledge of publicity and networking has gotten the attention of ABC, NBC, CBS, the New York Times, Entrepreneur magazine, Fortune Small Business and a long list of media outlets worldwide. When Jill isn’t travelling, she hosts her own television show, Messages of Hope.


Start: 07/12/2014 7:00 pm
The Sicilian Mafia: A True Crime Travel Guide ($18.95) is the first book of its kind in any language: the ultimate Cosa Nostra experience. Since 2006, author Carl Russo has photographed Mafia hotspots on the Italian island of Sicily: where the murders happened, where the godfathers lived, where their victims are buried. From the sunbaked fishing villages of the Mediterranean to the darkest alleys of Palermo, western Sicily is the exotic backdrop for more than 100 meticulously researched tales of murder and mayhem, packed with 200 photographs of the actual locations.
The book’s historical sweep covers 150 years of revolutions, world wars, politics and popular culture—all inextricably bound to Cosa Nostra. They include the childhood home of gangster Lucky Luciano, the hideouts of the fearsome bosses of Corleone, the tombs of the “Robin Hood” bandit Giuliano and the legendary dons, Calogero Vizzini and Giuseppe Genco Russo, the roots of the American and Canadian mafias, Mussolini, the Allied landing, pistol-packing priests, the Room of Death, the political assassinations, the playgrounds of the new Mafia. the anti-Mafia movement…. All of these Cosa Nostra sites and associations are depicted in sharp prose and revealing images, introducing many stories to English readers for the first time.
Street directions are included for the adventurous traveler. Whether you’re planning a trip to Sicily or sticking to the comfort of your armchair, this provocative book will take you closer to the Sicilian Mafia than you dared to think possible.
Carl Russo is a San Francisco writer who has covered film for various publications, including the Oakland Tribune, and KUSF-FM. He fell in love with Sicily on his first trip to the island in 1999 and has returned nearly every year since. In 2010, he started writing a blog, Mafia Exposed, which became the basis for this book.
Sunday July 13, 2014
Start: 07/13/2014 1:00 pm
A treatise that is both informative and entertaining, Understanding Tree Law ($80.00) is the first in-depth treatment of this often contentious and confusing area of law. Written by the country’s leading expert in the litigation and mediation of tree and neighbor disputes, this handbook provides practitioners with a comprehensive explanation of all aspects of tree law, including view obstructions, damage from falling trees and limbs, nuisance from hazards, debris and roots, injury from tree failures, ownership versus encroachment, trespass and wrongful cutting of trees, and appraisal of trees that have been damaged or removed. Because it’s never about the trees, the author reveals an insider’s perspective on tips and strategies for resolving clients’ matters by identifying, understanding, and defusing the psychological underpinnings that often plague these disputes. Beyond providing black letter law, Understanding Tree Law offers a unique approach toward problem solving, starting with the proposition that attorneys are first and foremost “counselors at law.” This socially responsible philosophy reminds us that law, like medicine, can and should be a healing profession. 

Barri Kaplan Bonapart is a veteran attorney considered to be one of the nation’s foremost experts in tree law. In addition to her speaking engagements throughout the country and numerous published articles related to this contentious area of the law, she has been a featured guest on various television and radio programs. Although she is recognized as a formidable advocate and accomplished trial attorney, Ms. Bonapart is most passionate about her role as peacemaker. To that end, she is a respected mediator and arbitrator, specializing in helping parties resolve a wide variety of emotionally charged disputes.
Start: 07/13/2014 2:00 pm

Brewing beer in your basement; growing veggies and herbs; learning to butcher-- homesteading is the it-child of culinaryexperimentation. Everyone wants to give it a try and there’s a surprisingly simple way to get started: make your own cheese!

Based on thousands of years of cheesemaking wisdom, the approach is simple: heat milk, add coagulant, drain, salt and press. Simplified further with the guidance of Claudia Lucero, anyone with a hot plate can take on this beloved food. One Hour Cheese: Ricotta, Mozzarella, Chevre, Paneer--Even Burrata. Fresh and Simple Cheeses You Can Make in an Hour or Less! ($14.95) is a fully illustrated, easy-to-follow guide, cookbook, and hostess manual. Through step-by-step instructions and photos, Lucero teaches readers how to make 16 cheeses– each with endless variations, no complex instructions, no hard-to-find ingredients, and no excessive prep time. Start with favorites like Ricotta and Chevre and then veer to the more exotic with Paneer and Burrata, and finally customize using a wide range of flavorings from herbs to nutmeg to lemon juice. The possibilities are endless and the results delicious.

But the fun doesn’t stop there! While each cheese can be enjoyed on its own, it can also be incorporated into different meals and used in the most unique ways. Pizza, lasagna, cheesecake and the like are classic options, but Lucero will show you more inventive ways to use each cheese, including fresh Squeaky “Pasta” Primavera, gooey Mozzarella Kebabs, and irresistible Grill Cheese Sammies, where the cheese is the bread. Information on ingredients, flavor pairings, troubleshooting, and basic tips and techniques are also included– along with how to make the perfect cheese platter, cocktail recipes, and 3 bonus DIY dairy essentials every aspiring homesteader should know: yogurt, butter, and ghee.

Claudia Lucero is the entrepreneur behind and DIY Cheese Kits, which she sells through Etsy, specialty food shops, and select Whole Foods stores. She also developed the home cheesemaking kits for Williams-Sonoma’s Agrarian product line. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

Please join us at the Book Passage Cafe for a one- hour demonstration and tasting of Claudia Lucero's easy and delicious cheese!


Start: 07/13/2014 2:00 pm

Join us this summer for creative tinkering with craft blogger and author Rachelle Doorley! We will experiment, explore, test, and play. Tinkerlab: A Hands-On Guide for Little Inventors is about creative experiments that help kids explore the world, from making art to building robots. Find out what you can do with just a little tinkering!


Start: 07/13/2014 4:00 pm
This is the first true entry-level bread-baking cookbook, from Josey Baker, a former science teacher turned San Francisco baking sensation. Josey Baker Bread ($27.50) combines step-by-step lessons with more than 100 photographs, offering easy-to-follow guidance for aspiring bakers. Recipes start with the basic formula for making bread- requiring little more than flour, water, time, and a pan-and build in depth and detail as the user progresses to more complex loaves, including Josey's cult favorite Dark Mountain Rye. With chapters dedicated to pizza, pocketbreads, and treats, Josey's playful, encouraging tone makes for a fun read full of great advice for bakers of all levels.
Josey Baker leads a small team of bakers at The Mill in San Francisco's NOPA District.
Monday July 14, 2014
Start: 07/14/2014 6:00 pm

Join Linda Watanabe McFerrin and the Left Coast Writers® as they dedicate the evening to a celebration of all things France! Find your best beret and come get your French on!


Tuesday July 15, 2014
Start: 07/15/2014 6:00 pm
End: 07/15/2014 8:00 pm
Five Tuesdays: July 15-Aug. 12 • 6:00-8:00 pm • $160
Kate Rider studied Italian at Stanford, Middlebury College, and in Florence. She earned a master’s degree in Italian Literature at S.F. State University and completed a course in Italian pedagogy in Genoa. She teaches Italian at Dominican University of California.

Start: 07/15/2014 7:00 pm

Lucille Lang Day was married at age 14, gave birth to her first child at 15, divorced her husband at 16, married him again at 17, and left him at 18. Her memoir, Married at Fourteen, is a story full of hope and encouragement for those who find themselves in challenging circumstances. Day will be joined by special guests of the Marin Poetry Center.


Wednesday July 16, 2014
Start: 07/16/2014 3:15 pm
End: 07/16/2014 5:00 pm

Four Wednesdays • July 16-Aug 6 • 3:15-5:00 pm • $100



Join art historian Kerrin Meis in an odyssey to some of the finest art collections in the country, all located in university art museums. We study masterpieces from all periods, visiting collections including Dumbarton Oaks in Washington D.C., the Fogg Museum, The Yale Art Gallery, and museums at Smith College, Oberlin College, and Dartmouth among others. The works of art will be discussed in terms of content. We ask how a professor teaching another discipline might have students engage with these works and see how art steps in when other means of communication fail. Participants may want to plan a field trip to the University Art Museum at Stanford.

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: 07/16/2014 6:00 pm
A haunting debut novel about a mixed-race family living in 1970s Ohio and the tragedy that will either be their undoing or their salvation.
Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee; their middle daughter, a girl who inherited her mother’s bright blue eyes and her father’s jet-black hair. Her parents are determined that Lydia will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue—in Marilyn’s case that her daughter become a doctor rather than a homemaker, in James’s case that Lydia be popular at school, a girl with a busy social life and the center of every party.

When Lydia’s body is found in the local lake, the delicate balancing act that has been keeping the Lee family together tumbles into chaos, forcing them to confront the long-kept secrets that have been slowly pulling them apart. James, consumed by guilt, sets out on a reckless path that may destroy his marriage. Marilyn, devastated and vengeful, is determined to find a responsible party, no matter what the cost. Lydia’s older brother, Nathan, is certain that the neighborhood bad boy Jack is somehow involved. But it’s the youngest of the family—Hannah—who observes far more than anyone realizes and who may be the only one who knows the truth about what happened.

A profoundly moving story of family, history, and the meaning of home, Everything I Never Told You ($26.95) is both a gripping page-turner and a sensitive family portrait, exploring the divisions between cultures and the rifts within a family, and uncovering the ways in which mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, and husbands and wives struggle, all their lives, to understand one another.
Celeste Ng grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Shaker Heights, Ohio, in a family of scientists. She attended Harvard University and earned an MFA from the University of Michigan (now the Helen Zell Writers’ Program at the University of Michigan), where she won the Hopwood Award. Her fiction and essays have appeared in One Story, TriQuarterly, Bellevue Literary Review, the Kenyon Review Online, and elsewhere, and she is the recipient of the Pushcart Prize. 
Start: 07/16/2014 7:00 pm
30th anniversary edition of Goddesses in Everywoman and 25th anniversary edition of Gods in Everyman 
Goddesses in Everywoman ($15.99) is Jean Shinoda Bolen’s celebrated work of female psychology that uses seven archetypical goddesses to describing behavior patterns and personality traits, as relevant and timeless today as when it was first published thirty years ago. Jean Shinoda Bolen brings the Greek pantheon to life as our inner archetypes and applies the power of myth to our personal lives. Depending on which goddess is more active within, one woman might be more committed to achieving professional success, while another more fulfilled as a wife and mother. From the autonomous Artemis and the cool Athena to the nurturing Demeter and the creative Aphrodite, she teaches women how to decide which to cultivate and which to overcome, and how to tap the power of these enduring archetypes to become a better “heroine” in their own life story.
Gods in Everyman ($15.99), the companion volume to Goddesses in Everywoman, reveals the powerful inner patterns, or archetypes, that shape men’s personalities, careers, and personal relationships—offering a insights into Greek mythology, Jungian archetypal psychology, and into themselves and the people in their lives. Dr. Bolen introduces our inner patterns in the guise of eight archetypal gods. From the authoritarian, power-seeking gods (Zeus, Poseidon) to the gods of creativity (Apollo, Hephaestus) to the sensual Dionysis, Dr. Bolen shows men how to identify their ruling gods, how to decide which to cultivate and which to overcome, and how to tap the power of these enduring archetypes in order to enrich and strengthen their lives. She stresses the importance of understanding which gods you are attracted to and which are incompatible with your expectations, uncovers the origins of the often-difficult father-son relationship, and explores society’s deep conflict between nurturing behavior and the need to foster masculinity.

Jean Shinoda Bolen, M. D, is a psychiatrist, Jungian analyst and an internationally known author and speaker. Her books include The Tao of Psychology, Goddesses in Everywoman, Gods in Everyman, Ring of Power, Crossing to Avalon, Close to the Bone, The Millionth Circle, Goddesses in Older Women, Crones Don’t Whine, Urgent Message from Mother, Like a Tree, and Moving Toward the Millionth Circle. She is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a former clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of California at San Francisco, a past board member of the Ms. Foundation for Women and the International Transpersonal Association.
Thursday July 17, 2014
Start: 07/17/2014 6:00 pm
Bestselling author of Trail of Crumbs and former food editor Kim Sunée offers up her first cookbook A Mouthful of Stars: A Constellation of Favorite Recipes from My World Travels ($27.99), a collection of Kim's interpretation of cherished recipes and cooking discoveries from across the globe. From Tuscan crostini di fegatini and Louisiana dirty rice to the flavors of her birth country, South Korea, to her favorites from the ten years she spent eating and cooking in Provence and Paris. The author's time in many lands and cooking in many kitchens has inspired this beautiful, unique, exotic, and delicious culinary journey.
Kim Sunée is the author of the national bestseller, Trail of Crumbs: Hunger, Love, and the Search for Home. Trail of Crumbs was both a Barnes & Noble Discover pick and a Book Sense Pick, and has been translated into Korean, Chinese, and Hebrew. She has been featured in the New York Times, Ladies' Homes Journal, People, ELLE, and Glamour.

She ate and lived in Europe for ten years before working as a food editor for Southern Living magazine and Cottage Living magazine. Her writing has appeared in Food & Wine, The Oxford American, and Asian American Poetry and Writing. Sunée has appeared several times as a guest judge on the Food Network's Iron Chef America and has collaborated on several cookbooks, including The Tuscan Sun Cookbook by Frances and Ed Mayes, and the Tupelo Honey Cafe by Elizabeth Sims and Chef Brian Sonoskus.
Start: 07/17/2014 7:00 pm
Co-Sponsored by the Academy of Sciences
While on assignment in Greece, journalist James Nestor witnessed something that confounded him: a man diving 300 feet below the ocean’s surface on a single breath of air and returning four minutes later, unharmed and smiling.
This man was a freediver, and his amphibious abilities inspired Nestor to seek out the secrets of this little-known discipline. In Deep ($27.00), Nestor embeds with a gang of extreme athletes and renegade researchers who are transforming not only our knowledge of the planet and its creatures, but also our understanding of the human body and mind. Along the way, he takes us from the surface to the Atlantic’s greatest depths, some 28,000 feet below sea level. He finds whales that communicate with other whales hundreds of miles away, sharks that swim in unerringly straight lines through pitch-black waters, and seals who dive to depths below 2,400 feet for up to eighty minutes—deeper and longer than scientists ever thought possible. As strange as these phenomena are, they are reflections of our own species’ remarkable, and often hidden, potential—including echolocation, directional sense, and the profound physiological changes we undergo when underwater. Most illuminating of all, Nestor unlocks his own freediving skills as he communes with the pioneers who are expanding our definition of what is possible in the natural world, and in ourselves.
James Nestor has written for Outside Magazine, Men's Journal, Dwell Magazine, the New York Times, San Francisco Magazine, Interior Design, the San Francisco Chronicle, and numerous other publications. His longform piece "Half-Safe," about the only around-the-world journey by land and sea in the same vehicle ever attempted (and completed), was published by The Atavist. Nestor lives in San Francisco and is a member of the San Francisco Writers' Grotto.
Saturday July 19, 2014
Start: 07/19/2014 11:00 am

Special Event for Kids!

Craft-making expert Sophie Maletsky brings us a workshop on the hottest crafting material today: duct tape! Sticky Fingers: DIY Duct Tape Projects instructs us on how to make everything with this household item, from jewelry to cell phone holders. Come by to make your own items, and discover how versatile duct tape really is!


Start: 07/19/2014 12:30 pm
Teenage foodie Joshua Weissman lost over 100 pounds just by turning from trendy diets to real food. Now he shares how he developed a sensible, yet still indulgent, philosophy of eating for health and happiness, along with some of his favorite recipes.
For decades, the food industry has misconstrued valid viewpoints about healthful ways of eating, sometimes leading the public even further from good health. For this and many other reasons, we have become increasingly disconnected from the food we eat. In The Slim Palate Paleo Cookbook ($29.95), teenage food blogger Joshua Weissman, who lost more than 100 pounds by eating real food, shares some of his favorite recipes, along with his philosophy on food. This book focuses on the use of whole foods and on eating for happiness and health. Whether you’re trying to lose weight, you want to be healthier, or you just love food, The Slim Palate Paleo Cookbook brings it all to the table with more than 100 recipes that will appeal to inexperienced and advanced home cooks alike. It includes recipes that everyone can enjoy making and eating that are free of grain, gluten, and refined sugar—ingredients that are all too common in our Western diet but can be real roadblocks on the path to wellness. Healthful food does not inherently taste bland or bad; Joshua proves just that with recipes such as an irresistible Rolled Pork Loin lined with fresh and fragrant herbs, a hearty Shepherd’s Pie topped with a creamy cauliflower mash, and a flavorful Steak and Brussels Sprouts Stir-Fry. Vegetable dishes such as Braised Leeks and Artichoke Hearts and Grilled Eggplant and Tomato Stacks will show you new ways to cook and enjoy your favorite veggies, and maybe even find a new favorite.

Teenager Joshua Weissman is an accomplished real-food advocate and food blogger who writes and photographs for the increasingly popular blog Slim Palate. At a young age he began to struggle with weight problems, and his health began to decline. Even simple tasks such as walking up stairs grew difficult for him. He was physically and verbally harassed at school, causing frequent bouts of depression. Wanting to change his life and his eating habits, Joshua did extensive research and found a way to use whole, natural foods to create elegant, palate-pleasing recipes that helped him lose weight without sacrificing flavor. He lost more than 100 pounds and is now fit and happy. His affinity for food and cooking compels him to share his kitchen tips and tempting, nourishing recipes with the world. Joshua focuses on the use of whole foods and grass-fed/pastured meats in his cooking and makes note of the empowering benefits of buying locally. He feels that food is a powerful expression of love and relationship that is enriched by knowing where your food comes from and knowing that it’s properly raised.
Start: 07/19/2014 1:00 pm
This transformational journey in words and 149 full color paintings and drawings, chronicles Nancy Calef's evolution from child model, suffering anorexia and bulimia, through her recovery and maturation into a multi-disciplined artist renowned for her innovative "Peoplescapes": vibrant plein-air colors applied to exaggerated snapshots of the human condition. Characters are often rendered in 3D, sculpted on the canvas, with found objects, symbolism and commentary, together producing a razor sharp narrative on issues facing society.
Driven by honest self-examination and daily commitment to convert her self-destructive energy into creative expression and physical exercise, Calef provides in these pages a method for others to help themselves transcend deep emotional and physical obstructions. More than a cocktail table art book, Peoplescapes: My Story From Purging To Painting ($22.95) is an around-the-world tale of self-discovery, courage, and love, at turns hilarious and heart-breaking, while Calef's luminous talent shines through.
Nancy Calef is a contemporary American painter, multi-media artist, and a singer-songwriter. This is her first memoir.
Start: 07/19/2014 4:00 pm
Constructive Wallowing: How to Beat Bad Feelings by Letting Yourself Have Them ($15.95) is the first book to cut right to the chase, bypassing descriptions of Eastern philosophy and meditation techniques common in many “happiness” books today. Self-esteem expert and certified mental health counselor Tina Gilbertson teaches readers exactly how to accept and feel their feelings with self-compassion for greater emotional health and well-being—while making them laugh from time to time.
Chances are, when it comes to the small losses, irritations, upsets, and annoyances that the vast majority of us suffer daily and weekly, year in and year out, we say, “It could be worse” or “At least I’ve got my health.” In this effort to look on the bright side, we succeed in cutting ourselves off from the understanding and support we need most.
By learning to accept and embrace, rather than suppress, difficult feelings, people can keep their sense of personal power and, better yet, gain greater understanding and ultimately esteem for themselves. Feeling bad can actually lead to feeling better, faster!
Tina Gilbertson holds a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology and is a licensed mental health counselor. In addition to working with adults one-on-one, she teaches assertiveness and self-esteem workshops and classes on goal-setting, decision-making, overcoming anxiety and finding the right career. She has written feature articles on emotional intelligence and health for Portland’s Natural Awakenings magazine, and contributes wisdom as a self-esteem expert for online therapist directory She lives in Portland, Oregon, and can be found online at

Start: 07/19/2014 7:00 pm
A daring and spellbinding new novel of historical fiction that melds the author's trademark themes of transformation, healing and forgiveness. Holly Payne transports readers to the enchanting world of 13th century Persia and into the heart of the world's most beloved poet, Mevlana Rumi.

Simply but elegantly told, Damascena ($20.00) unravels the mystery surrounding a legendary orphaned girl, who discovers her gift of turning roses into oil. Named after the flowering rosa damascena, the girl reluctantly assumes the role of a living saint for the miracles she performs—longing for the only one that matters: finding her mother. Deeply wounded by the separation since birth, Damascena undergoes a riveting transformation when she meets Rumi and finally discovers the secret of the rose. Imbued with rich historical research and inspired by the devastating disappearance of Rumi’s most lauded spiritual companion, Shams of Tabriz, Payne has courageously opened herself to receive Rumi’s teachings and offer a timeless love story. Inspiring and magical, the story of Damascena transmits the wisdom of the heart, inviting us to transform our pain into love.

Holly Lynn Payne is the Discover Great New Writers author of The Virgin's Knot, The Sound of Blue, and the award-winning novel Kingdom of Simplicity. A native of Amish Country, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, she makes her home in Northern California.
Start: 07/19/2014 10:00 pm
End: 07/19/2014 10:00 pm

Sat., July 19 • 10:00-4:00 • $105



Ever wondered where the poetry is today? We’ve never needed it more. Let’s take a look at how to push the envelope and integrate poetry into our lives and work. We’ll spend a day filled with poetic prompts. Come prepared to write and read your work.

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


Sunday July 20, 2014
Start: 07/20/2014 10:00 am
End: 07/20/2014 4:00 pm

Sun., July 20 • 10:00-4:00pm • $105



Should you be on Twitter or Snapchat? Facebook or Google+? Instagram or Pinterest? The number of social networks is overwhelming, and you can’t do it all. In this one-day intensive workshop, you’ll learn strategies for building your brand—whether you’re an author, designer, or dog walker—on the most popular social media networks of 2014.

Meghan Ward is the author of Runway: Confessions of a Not-So-Supermodel and the owner of, a weekly blog about writing and publishing.

Start: 07/20/2014 1:00 pm

The iPhone 5S has the most advanced camera in any iPhone or iPad to date. For the first time, the photos that an iPhone can capture are truly equivalent (or better) to what's possible using a stand-alone point-and-shoot camera. With this book of tips and tricks for digital photography on iPad and iPhone, you will learn to utilize your device as your primary camera - without sacrificing resolution or image quality iPad and iPhone Digital Photography Tips and Tricks ($29.99) will teach you how to use your iOS 7 mobile device in order to consistently take, edit and share professional-quality, vibrant and in-focus images.

This book instructs on how to use the Camera, Photos and iPhoto apps, while utilizing basic photography and photo composition techniques. You will walk away knowing how to take professional-quality photos in a wide range of situations. You will also discover how to edit and enhance photos to quickly achieve professional-quality and visually impressive results. Once you've mastered shooting, editing, and enhancing beautiful photos, iPad and iPhone Digital Photography Tips and Tricks will show you all of the ways those images can be shared - online and in the real world. Discover your options for creating professional-quality prints, wall art and photo books, plus learn how to showcase your photos online - all from your iPhone 5S or iPad

Jason R. Rich is the best-selling author of more than 55 books, including Your iPad at Work, Fourth Edition; iPad and iPhone Tips and Tricks, Third Edition; How To Do Everything Digital Photography; How To Do Everything iCloud, Second Edition; and Ultimate Guide to YouTube For Business.



Start: 07/20/2014 4:00 pm

This book tells the intimate history of a family of two men plus triplets that came together suddenly one day, and thrived for a year before being torn apart by groundless prejudice. San Francisco author Kevin Fisher-Paulson tells this riveting story with grace, dignity, and a surprisingly generous dose of humor.

“After a week of not sleeping, Papa and I got into the routine of baby care: feed the baby, burp the baby, change the baby, put the baby to bed, wash baby’s clothes, rinse out baby’s bottle, and make more formula, just about in time to start feeding the baby. Oh, and that process was in duplicate. In fact it was in duplicate with a third kid in the hospital, across the bay. I often found that I was still in my bathrobe at three o’clock in the afternoon. The witty gay couple with lots of time for canapés and cocktails had quickly turned into two sleep-deprived, middle-aged men.” 

A Song for Lost Angels ($16.95) takes the discussion of gay marriage to the next level, where the rights and struggles of gay parents and their kids can be openly recognized. This family history will make you laugh, cry, and sometimes sputter with outrage, even as it redefines what Americans call “family values."

Kevin Thaddeus Fisher-Paulson lives with his husband Brian, their two sons, and their four rescue dogs in San Francisco. When not writing, he serves as Captain of the Honor Guard for the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department. He earned a degree in American Studies from the University of Notre Dame in 1980 and subsequently studied writing with Dorothy Allison, Jessica Hagedorn and Steve Abbott and has attended courses at the University of Iowa and the University of Oregon. Kevin contributed regularly as a writer to The Sentinel, and his stories and poems have been seen in The James White Literary Review, Amethyst, Oberon, RFD, and Suburban Wilderness. His essay, “Virtue Enough for Miss Grrrl” was published as part of an anthology, When Love Lasts Forever, by Pilgrim Press. His plays and monologues have been produced in the ODC Summerfest, Theater Rhinoceros, and the National AIDS Theater Festival. Kevin contributes irregularly to the National Public Radio Perspective Series. 


Start: 07/20/2014 7:00 pm

Like a majestic ocean liner or a grand hotel, the Victorian-era Sutro Baths dazzled visitors with its over-the-top opulence and its many attractions: seven swimming pools filled with filtered and heated seawater, a museum, restaurants, tropical plants, promenades, and seating for thousands of spectators, all covered by more than 100,000 square feet of glass. The creation of Comstock millionaire Adolph Sutro, the Baths opened in 1894 and ended in fire in 1966. Once the debris was cleared, little remained of Sutro's ambitious structure, which he intended to outshine the baths of Rome. Today, visitors explore its concrete ruins and mysterious tunnels, which are protected by the National Park Service as part of the larger Lands End site. Sutro's Glass Palace, the fascinating story of a vanished but enduring piece of San Francisco history, comprehensively answers the question, "What was this place?"

John A. Martini is a fourth-generation San Franciscan and a life-long researcher into the history of the American West. He worked as a National Park Service Ranger for more than twenty-five years, serving at such diverse locations as Fort Point National Historic Site, Alcatraz Island, the National Maritime Museum, the USS Arizona National Memorial, the Presidio of San Francisco, and Sagamore Hill National Historic Site. Retired from the National Park Service in 1999, he now serves as a professional researcher and historical consultant. 


Monday July 21, 2014
Start: 07/21/2014 7:00 pm
The sustained dramatic monologue of John Doe describes and enacts the formidable struggles of ordinary Americans in this book-length poem.

Following the manic journey of a man stripped of memory, the poems in American Amnesiac ($16.00) confront the complexities of being American in an age of corruption, corporations, and global conflict.

I am a man missing a nation and a wife, strung up between a past
I may not want and a present in which I cannot make myself at ease.

Diane Raptosh has published three books of poems: Just West of Now, Labor Songs, and Parents from a Different Alphabet. The recipient of three Literature Fellowships from the Idaho Commission on the Arts, she teaches creative writing and literature at The College of Idaho. She lives in Boise with her family.
Tuesday July 22, 2014
Start: 07/22/2014 6:00 pm
A comedy of rabbits and real estate in the D.C. suburbs from the author of Acceptance and Beach Week.
Dominique is one very bitter rabbit. His owner, Lars Jorgenson, is a former tennis pro who has blown out both knees, become obese, and is now addicted to a cocktail of prescription drugs containing the letters X and Z, one weird side-effect of which is that he has developed an omniscient point of view. Both Dominique and Lars are going crazy in the affluent Maryland suburbs where their faux Tudor home is up for sale. Idle on the market for months, the home is now being staged: A professional has come in to redecorate and depersonalize the house so that others can imagine themselves living there. Into the messy personal life of Lars and his beautiful wife Bella comes Eve, an unemployed journalist-turned stager who immediately realizes, as she steps into the foyer, that she is in the home of her former best friend. Eve knows way too much about Bella, including the questionable paternity of the meddling young child who lives in this house. Questions of friendship, loyalty, fidelity, sobriety, and sanity are raised to hilarious effect in The Stager ($26.00), a dark comedy that explores how we live in the age of planned communities, cookie-cutter mansions, and cutthroat careerism.
Susan Coll is the Events and Programs Director at Politics & Prose Bookstore in Washington, D.C. She is the author of the novels Beach Week, Acceptance, Rockville Pike, and Acceptance was made into a television movie starring Joan Cusack in 2009. She lives in Washington, D.C.

Start: 07/22/2014 7:00 pm
From the bestselling author of French Lessons comes a delightful and thought-provoking novel about love, family and marriage, set in the vineyards and beaches of Southern France.

What could be more idyllic than a wedding in Provence? That's what Olivia and Brody think when they invite their closest friends and family to spend their wedding weekend with them. But when Olivia's older daughter from her first marriage invites a man she met on the plane to join her, the delicate balance of the entire weekend is upset. Soon Olivia's best friend, the owner of the inn who is hosting the wedding, discovers that her husband has cheated on her. Then Brody's mother shows up without his father, who has gone into hiding. How can one choose love in the midst of chaos? Told from the point of view of Olivia and her two daughters, A Wedding in Provence ($25.00) is a moving novel about love, trust, secrets and family.
Ellen Sussman is the nationally bestselling author of the novels On a Night Like This, French Lessons, and The Paradise Guest House. A major force in the Northern California writers' community, Sussman is also an acclaimed essayist and the editor of two anthologies. She has two daughters and lives with her husband in Northern California.
Wednesday July 23, 2014
Start: 07/23/2014 3:30 pm
End: 07/23/2014 5:30 pm

Six Wednesdays: July 23-Aug. 27 • 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: 07/23/2014 6:00 pm

Port Commission Hearing Room, second floor of the Ferry Building (Embarcadero at Market St., San Francisco)

The talk will be followed by a reception with book signing and farmers market refreshments. The event is open to the public and space is first-come-first-served. A $5 donation will be requested at the door. 

The implausible truth: roughly a billion people in the world are hungry and more than a billion are overweight. Far from complete opposites, hunger and obesity are different manifestations of the same problem: it’s increasingly difficult to find and eat nutritious food. Solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges—from hunger to healthcare costs, from corruption to cancer, from terrorism to type 2 diabetes—are right under our noses, literally embedded in the food we put on our plates.

In her new book, We the Eaters: If We Change Dinner, We Can Change the World, author Ellen Gustafson—a young social entrepreneur, foreign policy maven, and food policy advocate—outlines the root causes of this dichotomy. She provides a blueprint of actionable solutions—solutions that could start with changing out just a single item on your plate.

Join CUESA for a talk with this impassioned and articulate author, and hear about how we can love our food and our country while being better stewards of our food system and our health.

Ellen Gustafson is a sustainable food systems activist and social entrepreneur. She lectures around the world on global food issues and is the cofounder of Food Tank: The Food Think Tank and founder of the Apron Project. The cofounder of FEED Projects and the FEED Foundation, which have provided more than 60 million school meals to children in need, Gustafson has also worked at the U.N. World Food Program, ABC News, and the Council on Foreign Relations. 


Start: 07/23/2014 7:00 pm

With his new work, A Well-Tempered Heart ($15.95), Jan-Philipp Sendker gives readers the sequel to the international best-selling novel The Art of Hearing Heartbeats.
Almost ten years have passed since Julia Win came back from Burma, her father’s native country. Though she is a successful Manhattan lawyer, her private life is at a crossroads; her boyfriend has recently left her and she is, despite her wealth, unhappy with her professional life. Julia is lost and exhausted. One day, in the middle of an important business meeting, she hears a stranger’s voice in her head that causes her to leave the office without explanation. In the following days, her crisis only deepens. Not only does the female voice refuse to disappear, but it starts to ask questions Julia has been trying to avoid. Why do you live alone? To whom do you feel close? What do you want in life?
Interwoven with Julia’s story is that of a Burmese woman named Nu Nu who finds her world turned upside down when Burma goes to war and calls on her two young sons to be child soldiers. This spirited novel explores the most inspiring and passionate terrain imaginable: the human heart.

Jan-Philipp Sendker, born in Hamburg in 1960, was the American correspondent for Stern from 1990 to 1995, and its Asian correspondent from 1995 to 1999. In 2000 he published Cracks in the Wall, a nonfiction book about China. The Art of Hearing Heartbeats, his first novel, is an international best seller. He lives in Berlin with his family.


Thursday July 24, 2014
Start: 07/24/2014 12:00 pm
End: 07/24/2014 8:00 pm



We’re excited to announce the 20th Annual Book Passage Mystery Writers Conference. This Conference has a strong tradition of great authors and teachers. Mystery writers learn all the clues to a successful writing career. Editors, agents, and publishers share with participants what they need to know to get published. Authors offer classes on setting, dialogue, suspense and point of view. Panels of detectives, forensic experts, and other crime-fighting professionals provide invaluable information that allows writers to put realism into their work. We’re proud of the successful mystery writers who began their careers at this conference.

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

2014 Faculty
2014 Schedule
Learning All the Clues
Private Consultations

Start: 07/24/2014 1:00 pm
End: 07/24/2014 3:30 pm
Thursday, July 24 • 1:00 - 3:30pm • $90 (Mystery Writers Conference Participants) or $125 (General Public) 
Beyond Good and Evil:
Using Moral Argument to Develop Plot & Character
Far too often writers revert to the easiest, simplest, and least compelling form of moral argument to structure their stories: Good versus Evil. In this pre-conference seminar and workshop, award-winning novelist David Corbett will guide students through a deeper understanding of the possibilities of this moral contest by exploring ways to add texture, nuance and complexity to the depiction of opposing values, with additional instruction on other forms of moral argument, such as Tragedy, Drama, Pathos, Satire/Irony and Black Comedy.
David Corbett is a skilled private investigator, having worked 15 years for the famed private investigation firm of Palladino & Sutherland. He is also a highly-talented writer of crime fiction. His novels including Do They Know I’m Running?, Blood of Paradise, Done for a Dime, and The Devil’s Redhead
Start: 07/24/2014 1:00 pm
End: 07/24/2014 3:30 pm
Thursday, July 24 • 1:00 - 3:30pm • $90 (Mystery Writers Conference Participants) or $125 (General Public) 
Ripped From the Headlines:
Turning News into Fiction

The best plots come from life. In the headlines everyday, we see stories that can be adapted to dozens of different times and places, given different endings, and more.  Participants will learn how to take a current news story and adapt it to work in a story set a hundred years ago or in the distant future. The class will discuss what elements to keep and which to change. Learn how to retell great disasters, conspiracies, romances or crimes, in a totally different setting.  This writing exercise will force the imagination to work overtime. Loads of detailed examples from Anne's own experiences will provide context throughout the class.

Anne Perry is an acclaimed English author of historical detective fiction, known for her Thomas Pitt and William Monk series. She has also written a series of YA novels and a number of short stories including "Heroes," which won the 2001 Edgar award for best short story. 
Start: 07/24/2014 5:00 pm

In conversation with William Petrocelli

John Lescroart is the heart-stopping author of 25 mysteries. He discusses his new thriller The Keeper with Book Passage co-owner, William Petrocelli (author of The Circle of Thirteen). Lescroart’s novels paint a vivid, unforgettable picture of San Francisco.

Mystery Conference attendees have preferred seating.


Start: 07/24/2014 6:00 pm

History reveals itself when, in the seventeenth century, a Jesuit missionary ventures into the Canadian wilderness in search of converts-- the defining moment of first contact between radically different worlds. What unfolds over the next several years is truly epic, illuminating, surprising, sometimes comic, always entrancing and ultimately all too human in its tragic grandeur.

Christophe has been in the New World only a year when his native guides abandon him to flee their Iroquois pursuers. A Huron warrior and elder named Bird soon takes him prisoner, along with a young Iroquois girl, Snow Falls, whose family he has just killed, and holds them captive in his massive village. Champlain's Iron People have only recently begun trading with the Huron, who mistrust them as well as this Crow who has now trespassed onto their land; and her people, of course, have become the Huron's greatest enemy. Putting both to death would resolve the issue, but Bird sees Christophe as a potential envoy to those in New France, and Snow Falls as a replacement for his two daughters who were murdered by the Iroquois. The relationships between these three are reshaped again and again as life comes at them relentlessly: a dangerous trading mission, friendly exchanges with allied tribes, shocking victories and defeats in battle, and sicknesses the likes of which no one has ever witnessed.

The Orenda ($26.95) traces a story of blood and hope, suspicion and trust, hatred and love, that comes to a head when Jesuit and Huron join together against the stupendous wrath of the Iroquois, when everything that any of them has ever known or believed faces nothing less than annihilation. A saga nearly four hundred years old, it is also timeless and eternal.

Joseph Boyden divides his time between Lousiana, where he teaches at the University of New Orleans, and Northern Ontario, where he was born in 1966. He is the author of two previous novels, two works of nonfiction, and a collection of stories.


Start: 07/24/2014 6:30 pm
End: 07/24/2014 9:30 pm
Thurs., July 24 • 6:30-9:30 pm • Cavallo Point Cooking School • $125
Sold Out! Please call (415) 927-0960 ext. 1 to inquire about waitlist availability.
New York Times "Recipes for Health" columnist and James Beard Award winning chef, Martha Rose Shulman, brings us her latest cookbook boasting 100 recipes that arm home chefs with a repertoire of delicious vegetarian building blocks. Shulman teaches how to cook basic dishes via templates – master recipes with simple guidelines for creating an essential dish from frittatas to risottos to soups to stir-fry – and then how to swap in and out key ingredients as desired based on seasonality and freshness. By having these basic templates at their fingertips home chefs will be able to prepare luscious, vegetarian main dishes simply and easily. Shulman will share her mouth-watering template recipes in this interactive, hands-on class. Seats are limited.

Start: 07/24/2014 7:30 pm

In conversation with Cara Black

Anne Perry is a distinguished author of historical detective novels. In Death on Blackheath, the murder of a “house maid” leads to conflict between England’s Special Branch and Downing Street. Perry is in discussion with Cara Black, author of Murder in Pigalle and a popular series of mysteries set in Paris.

Mystery Conference attendees have preferred seating.


Friday July 25, 2014
Start: 07/25/2014 9:00 am
End: 07/25/2014 9:00 pm



We’re excited to announce the 20th Annual Book Passage Mystery Writers Conference. This Conference has a strong tradition of great authors and teachers. Mystery writers learn all the clues to a successful writing career. Editors, agents, and publishers share with participants what they need to know to get published. Authors offer classes on setting, dialogue, suspense and point of view. Panels of detectives, forensic experts, and other crime-fighting professionals provide invaluable information that allows writers to put realism into their work. We’re proud of the successful mystery writers who began their careers at this conference.

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

 2014 Faculty
2014 Schedule
Learning All the Clues
Private Consultations

Start: 07/25/2014 7:00 pm

In conversation with Tim Maleeny

Former government operative Valerie Plame first chronicled her famed CIA career in Fair Game. Now she discusses her novel Blowback. She will be joined in conversation by Mystery Conference Faculty member Tim Maleeny.

Mystery Conference attendees have preferred seating.


Saturday July 26, 2014
Start: 07/26/2014 9:00 am
End: 07/26/2014 9:00 pm



We’re excited to announce the 20th Annual Book Passage Mystery Writers Conference. This Conference has a strong tradition of great authors and teachers. Mystery writers learn all the clues to a successful writing career. Editors, agents, and publishers share with participants what they need to know to get published. Authors offer classes on setting, dialogue, suspense and point of view. Panels of detectives, forensic experts, and other crime-fighting professionals provide invaluable information that allows writers to put realism into their work. We’re proud of the successful mystery writers who began their careers at this conference.

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

2014 Faculty
2014 Schedule
Learning All the Clues
Private Consultations

Start: 07/26/2014 1:00 pm

In Maya’s Notebook, Isabel Allende explored some dark territory. Now in Ripper, she brings us a terrific thriller. MIT-bound Amanda Jackson, a fan of crime fiction and the online mystery game Ripper, indulges in some investigating when murder starts breaking out all over San Francisco. Allende is the internationally acclaimed author of House of the Spirits, Paula, and Daughter of Fortune.

Mystery Conference attendees have preferred seating.


Start: 07/26/2014 4:00 pm
Co-Sponsored by Amoeba Music
Featuring a live musical performance!
After making an unexpected connection with God via his cell phone, one man embarks on an unlikely spiritual quest in Magnificent Vibration ($24.99), a smart, savvy, rambunctious debut from Grammy Award-winning musician and New York Times bestselling author Rick Springfield.
Why are we here? What is love? Is there a Loch Ness monster? Does God send text messages?" These are the kinds of questions Horatio Cotton, aka Bobby Cotton, asks as he sets off on an uproarious adventure to find his purpose in life. After serendipitously stealing a mysterious self-help book called Magnificent Vibration: Discover Your True Purpose from a bookstore, Bobby calls the 1-800 number scrawled inside the front cover, only to discover that he has a direct line to God—and that God likes to mess with him. Soon enough, Bobby finds an ideal companion for his journey—the breathtakingly sexy and exceedingly sharp Alice—and they set out to find some combination of spiritual and carnal salvation...and possibly save the planet.
Rick Springfield is a Grammy Award–winning musician and actor, and the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir Late, Late Night, which Rolling Stone named one of the twenty-five greatest rock memoirs off all time. He lives in Malibu with his wife, Barbara.
Start: 07/26/2014 6:00 pm

In conversation with Otto Penzler

Tom Rob Smith is the author of the haunting new thriller The Farm. His prior acclaimed novel was Child 44. He will be joined in conversation conversation by famed editor Otto Penzler, who is the owner of The Mysterious Bookshop in New York City.

Mystery Conference attendees have preferred seating.


Sunday July 27, 2014
Start: 07/27/2014 9:00 am
End: 07/27/2014 3:00 pm



We’re excited to announce the 20th Annual Book Passage Mystery Writers Conference. This Conference has a strong tradition of great authors and teachers. Mystery writers learn all the clues to a successful writing career. Editors, agents, and publishers share with participants what they need to know to get published. Authors offer classes on setting, dialogue, suspense and point of view. Panels of detectives, forensic experts, and other crime-fighting professionals provide invaluable information that allows writers to put realism into their work. We’re proud of the successful mystery writers who began their careers at this conference.

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

2014 Faculty
2014 Schedule
Learning All the Clues
Private Consultations

Monday July 28, 2014
Start: 07/28/2014 6:00 pm
From Tony Hsieh to Amy Chua to Jeremy Lin, Chinese Americans are now arriving at the highest levels of American business, civic life, and culture. But what makes this story of immigrant ascent unique is that Chinese Americans are emerging at just the same moment when China has emerged - and indeed may displace America - at the center of the global scene. What does it mean to be Chinese American in this moment? And how does exploring that question alter our notions of just what an American is and will be?

In many ways, Chinese Americans today are exemplars of the American Dream: during a crowded century and a half, this community has gone from indentured servitude, second-class status and outright exclusion to economic and social integration and achievement. But this narrative obscures too much: the Chinese Americans still left behind, the erosion of the American Dream in general, the emergence-perhaps-of a Chinese Dream, and how other Americans will look at their countrymen of Chinese descent if China and America ever become adversaries. As Chinese Americans reconcile competing beliefs about what constitutes success, virtue, power, and purpose, they hold a mirror up to their country in a time of deep flux.

In searching, often personal essays that range from the meaning of Confucius to the role of Chinese Americans in shaping how we read the Constitution to why he hates the hyphen in "Chinese-American," Eric Liu pieces together a sense of the Chinese American identity during these auspicious years for both countries in A Chinaman's Chance ($25.99). He considers his own public career in American media and government; his daughter's efforts to hold and release aspects of her Chinese inheritance; and the still-recent history that made anyone Chinese in America seem foreign and disloyal until proven otherwise. Provocative, often playful but always thoughtful, Liu breaks down his vast subject into bite-sized chunks, along the way providing insights into universal matters: identity, nationalism, family, and more.
Eric Liu is founder and CEO of Citizen University. His books include The Accidental Asian, a New York Times Notable Book; Guiding Lights, the official book of National Mentoring Month; and The Gardens of Democracy (coauthored with Nick Hanauer). Eric served as a White House speechwriter and policy adviser for President Bill Clinton. He is a correspondent for the Atlantic and a columnist for and lives in Seattle with his family.
Start: 07/28/2014 6:30 pm
End: 07/28/2014 8:30 pm
Mon. July 28 • 6:30-8:30 pm • $18 (includes copy of the book)
This workshop introduces writers to the Book Architecture Method, a process for organization and revision of fiction and narrative nonfiction that has helped bestselling writers transform their messy manuscripts into polished books. Class will include in-depth exercises; new and experienced writers welcome. A previous long-time Marin resident, Stuart Horwitz’s Blueprint Your Bestseller was named one of 2013’s best books about writing by The Writer magazine.

Start: 07/28/2014 7:00 pm
Co-Sponsored by Marin Shakespeare Company
Hot on the heels of the New York Times best seller William Shakespeare's Star Wars comes the next two installments of the original trilogy: William Shakespeare's The Empire Striketh Back and William Shakespeare's The Jedi Doth Return ($14.95). Return to the star-crossed galaxy far, far away as the brooding young hero, a power-mad emperor, and their jesting droids match wits, struggle for power, and soliloquize in elegant and impeccable iambic pentameter. Illustrated with beautiful black-and-white Elizabethan-style artwork, these two plays offer essential reading for all ages. Something Wookiee this way comes!
Ian Doescher is a Portland native, and lives in Portland with his spouse and two children.  He has a B.A. in Music from Yale University, a Master of Divinity from Yale Divinity School, and a Ph.D. from Union Theological Seminary.  He is currently the Creative Director at Pivot Group LLC, a full service marketing, research and web agency in Portland, Oregon.
Tuesday July 29, 2014
Start: 07/29/2014 6:00 pm
Set against the backdrop of the early 1960s Chicago jazz scene, a highly ambitious and stylish literary debut that combines the atmosphere and period detail of Amor Towles’ Rules of Civility with the emotional depth and drama of The Memory Keeper's Daughter, about a talented but troubled singer, her precocious ten-year-old daughter, and their heatbreaking relationship
It is the early 1960s, and Chicago is a city of uneasy tensions—segregation, sexual experimentation, free love, the Cold War—but it is also home to one of the country’s most vibrant jazz scenes. Naomi Hill, a singer at the Blue Angel club, has been poised on the brink of stardom for nearly ten years. Finally, her big break arrives—the cover of Look magazine. But success has come at enormous personal cost. Beautiful and magnetic, Naomi is a fiercely ambitious yet extremely self-destructive woman whose charms are irresistible and dangerous for those around her. No one knows this better than Sophia, her precocious ten-year-old daughter.

For Sophia, Naomi is the center of her universe. As the only child of a single, unconventional mother, growing up in an adult world, Sophia has seen things beyond her years and her understanding. Unsettled by her uncertain home life, she harbors the terrible fear that the world could end at any moment, so she compulsively keeps a running list of practical objects she will need to reinvent once nuclear catastrophe strikes. Her one constant is Jim, the photographer who is her best friend, surrogate father, and protector. But Jim is deeply in love with Naomi—a situation that adds to Sophia’s anxiety.

Told from the alternating perspectives of Sophia and Naomi, their powerful and wrenching story unfolds in layers, revealing Sophia’s struggle for her mother’s love with Naomi’s desperate journey to stardom and the colorful cadre of close friends who shaped her along the way. 

Sophisticated yet poignant, Last Night at the Blue Angel ($25.99) is an unforgettable tale about what happens when our passion for the life we want is at sharp odds with the life we have. It is a story ripe with surprising twists and revelations, and an ending that is bound to break your heart.

Rebecca Rotert received an M.A. in Literature from Hollins College, where she was the recipient of the Academy of American Poets prize. Her poetry and essays have appeared in a range of magazines and journals. She’s an accomplished singer and songwriter, and has performed with several bands. She lives in Omaha, Nebraska. This is her first novel.
Start: 07/29/2014 7:00 pm
Magic, adventure, mystery, and romance combine in this epic debut in which a young princess must reclaim her dead mother’s throne, learn to be a ruler—and defeat the Red Queen, a powerful and malevolent sorceress determined to destroy her.

On her nineteenth birthday, Princess Kelsea Raleigh Glynn, raised in exile, sets out on a perilous journey back to the castle of her birth to ascend her rightful throne. Plain and serious, a girl who loves books and learning, Kelsea bears little resemblance to her mother, the vain and frivolous Queen Elyssa. But though she may be inexperienced and sheltered, Kelsea is not defenseless: Around her neck hangs the Tearling sapphire, a jewel of immense magical power; and accompanying her is the Queen’s Guard, a cadre of brave knights led by the enigmatic and dedicated Lazarus. Kelsea will need them all to survive a cabal of enemies who will use every weapon—from crimson-caped assassins to the darkest blood magic—to prevent her from wearing the crown.

Despite her royal blood, Kelsea feels like nothing so much as an insecure girl, a child called upon to lead a people and a kingdom about which she knows almost nothing. But what she discovers in the capital will change everything, confronting her with horrors she never imagined. An act of singular daring will throw Kelsea’s kingdom into tumult, unleashing the vengeance of the tyrannical ruler of neighboring Mortmesne: the Red Queen, a sorceress possessed of the darkest magic. Now Kelsea will begin to discover whom among the servants, aristocracy, and her own guard she can trust.

But the quest to save her kingdom and meet her destiny has only just begun—a wondrous journey of self-discovery and a trial by fire that will make her a legend…if she can survive.

The Queen of the Tearling ($26.99) introduces readers to a world fully-imagined and terrifying, with vivid and intriguing characters and a wholly original heroine. Combining thrilling action and twisting plot turns, it is a magnificent debut from the talented Erika Johansen.
Erika Johansen grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. She went to Swarthmore College, earned an M.F.A. from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and eventually became an attorney, but she never stopped writing. She lives in the Bay Area.
Wednesday July 30, 2014
Start: 07/30/2014 12:30 pm

After traveling through time in Shadow of Night, the second book in Deborah Harkness’s enchanting series, historian and witch Diana Bishop and vampire scientist Matthew Clairmont, return to the present to face new crises and old enemies. At Matthew’s ancestral home at Sept-Tours, they reunite with the cast of characters from A Discovery of Witches—with one significant exception. But the real threat to their future has yet to be revealed, and when it is, the search for Ashmole 782 and its missing pages takes on even more urgency. In the trilogy’s final volume, Harkness deepens her themes of power and passion, family and caring, past deeds and their present consequences. In ancestral homes and university laboratories, using ancient knowledge and modern science, from the hills of the Auvergne to the palaces of Venice and beyond, the couple at last learn what the witches discovered so many centuries ago.
With more than one million copies sold in the United States and appearing in thirty-eight foreign editions, A Discovery of Witches and Shadow of Night have landed on all of the major bestseller lists and garnered rave reviews from countless publications. Eagerly awaited by Harkness’s legion of fans, The Book of Life brings this superbly written series to a deeply satisfying close.

Deborah Harkness is the number one New York Times bestselling author of A Discovery of Witches and Shadow of Night. A history professor at the University of Southern California, Harkness has received Fulbright, Guggenheim, and National Humanities Center fellowships.


Start: 07/30/2014 7:00 pm
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is one of the best loved novels of the twentieth century. But for the last fifty years, the novel’s celebrated author, Harper Lee, has said almost nothing on the record. Journalists have trekked to her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama, where Harper Lee, known to her friends as Nelle, has lived with her sister, Alice, for decades, trying and failing to get an interview with the author. But in 2001, the Lee sisters opened their door to Chicago Tribune journalist Marja Mills. It was the beginning of a long conversation—and a great friendship.
In 2004, with the Lees’ blessing, Mills moved into the house next door to the sisters. She spent the next eighteen months there, sharing coffee at McDonalds and trips to the Laundromat with Nelle, feeding the ducks and going out for catfish supper with the sisters, and exploring all over lower Alabama with the Lees’ inner circle of friends.
Nelle shared her love of history, literature, and the Southern way of life with Mills, as well as her keen sense of how journalism should be practiced. As the sisters decided to let Mills tell their story, Nelle helped make sure she was getting the story—and the South—right. Alice, the keeper of the Lee family history, shared the stories of their family.
The Mockingbird Next Door ($27.95) is the story of Mills’s friendship with the Lee sisters. It is a testament to the great intelligence, sharp wit, and tremendous storytelling power of these two women, especially that of Nelle.
Mills was given a rare opportunity to know Nelle Harper Lee, to be part of the Lees’ life in Alabama, and to hear them reflect on their upbringing, their corner of the Deep South, how To Kill a Mockingbird affected their lives, and why Nelle Harper Lee chose to never write another novel.
Marja Mills is a former reporter for the Chicago Tribune and a staff Pulitzer Prize winner for a 2001 series about O’Hare Airport entitled “Gateway to Gridlock". The Mockingbird Next Door is her first book. 
Thursday July 31, 2014
Start: 07/31/2014 7:00 pm
A varied and colorful collection of the best-loved pieces by one of America's most popular travel columnists; these vignettes from Susan Spano's life on the road are like a box of chocolates-once you've tasted one, it's hard to put the book down. 

Susan Spano, America's original Frugal Traveler, explores some of the most romantic, most exotic, and wildest corners of the world in this captivating collection of her best-loved pieces.

French Ghosts, Russian Nights, and American Outlaws: Souvenirs of a Professional Vagabond ($15.95) takes the reader on magical trips, when everything conspired to make a place unforgettable, like a temple in Java at sunrise or an ice hotel in the Artic Circle at sunset. In some of the stories, she finds the kind of enlightenment that only travel can provide by following in the footsteps of luminaries such as Federico Fellini, Julia Child, and Chairman Mao.

Other stories are about travel itself: how it became Spano's passion and calling; how it fed her incurably restless spirit; how it inspired her philosophy of travel and life: Go forth and find meaning. Take a condemned cable car over the Yangtze River or a shared taxi over the Andes with a leaking gas tank and chain-smoking driver. Eat oysters and drink martinis wherever you can. And, as often as possible, come home with a tan.

Susan Spano has journeyed the world reporting on culture, nature, and the curiosities of humankind. She launched the still-running "Frugal Traveler" column for the New York Times, and later joined the staff of the Los Angeles Times, which sent her to the City of Light from 2003 to 2006 to start the popular travel blog "Postcards from Paris." She spent six months in Beijing studying Mandarin and researching stories in the run-up to the 2008 Olympics before moving to Rome-her favorite foreign posting-where she wrote about everything Italian, from Caravaggio to mozzarella. Her work has appeared in the Financial Times, Chicago Tribune, Smithsonian, National Geographic Traveler and Redbook; she is the co-author of Women on Divorce: A Bedside Companion and Men on Divorce: The Other Side of the Story.
Friday August 01, 2014
Start: 08/01/2014 7:00 pm

Completed shortly before her untimely death from breast cancer, Kathi Kamen Goldmark’s Her Wild Oats is a honky-tonk road story about two unlikely pals. Join us for an evening of readings and discussion in celebration of Kathi’s new novel. Amy Tan (The Joy Luck Club), Sam Barry (Write That Book Already!), and Susanne Pari (The Fortune Catcher) will be autographing copies of the book.

Goldmark died of triple negative breast cancer on May 24, 2012. In 2014, Barry oversaw the posthumous publication Goldmark's novel.

In the media:

Husband gets Kathi Kamen Goldmark's novel out to the world
Lee Daniel Kravetz, San Francisco Chronicle (July 22, 2014)



Saturday August 02, 2014
Start: 08/02/2014 10:00 am
End: 08/02/2014 11:30 am

THIS CLASS HAS BEEN CANCELLED. For more information, please contact the Classes Department at 415-927-0960 ext. 1



Join local children’s author and yoga teacher, Andrea Alban Gosline, for a summer of nature discovery and creative expression. Children will play the “I Notice” game (a quiet, noncompetitiveversion of “I Spy”), write poeTREE, make leaf and bark rubbings, and learn amazing tree facts. Andrea inspires children to express their own original ideas and encourages thoughtful observationof the natural world. “Seedlings” (4-5 year olds) and “Saplings” (6-9 year olds) are welcome to join in the forest fun.


Start: 08/02/2014 12:30 pm

R. A. Dickey was the first knuckleball pitcher to ever win a coveted Cy Young Award--despite spending most of his career in the minor leagues. Terry Landers, also a knuckleballer, is Dickey`s fictional counterpart in The Closer ($14.95). The main difference, aside from winning the Cy Young, is that at age thirty-three, Terry has never played in the majors. Once he finally gets his chance, what follows is the heartwarming story of his impact both on the pitching mound and with a family in distress.

Alan Mindell is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, where he played varsity center field for three years. More recently, he coached high school baseball and basketball, and won four gold medals as a sprinter in the 2012 edition of the San Diego Senior Olympics. The Closer is his first novel.

Start: 08/02/2014 1:00 pm
Mississippi Eyes ($45.00) is the chronicle of the events and the powerful witness of five young photographers in The Southern Documentary Project, working during the pivotal summer of 1964 in the segregated South. Together they captured the sometimes violent, sometimes miraculous process of social change as segregation resisted then gave way to a new beginning toward social justice.

With 160 black-and-white photographs, this chronicle begins in the winter mud of the Mississippi Delta and ends in Atlantic City's convention hall as the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party delegation challenged the official Mississippi delegates to the National Democratic Convention. The Southern Documentary Project was the brain child of Matt Herron, a budding photojournalist who had moved with his family to Mississippi in 1963 to work in civil rights and shoot picture stories for Life, Look, and the Saturday Evening Post. Drawing on advice from his friend, the noted documentary photographer Dorothea Lange, he pulled together a shoestring budget, recruited photographers with civil rights experience, and completed the summer with a file of unforgettable photographs.

Along the way, Southern Documentary photographers suffered beatings and nearly died at the hands of a sheriff's posse in Selma, Alabama. They documented a moving service in a sharecropper's church, and captured inspirational encounters between Ivy League student teachers and black children in Freedom Schools. They followed the heartbreaking struggle of a young boy to confront the murder of his older brother by Klansmen. Mississippi Eyes is the only book to provide a firsthand account of what it was actually like to photograph the civil rights struggle in the Deep South.
Start: 08/02/2014 4:00 pm
Money Anxiety is a behavioral economics book showing readers how money anxiety impacts consumer financial behavior and the economy. The book demonstrates the impact of financial anxiety on retail sales and bank savings. When money anxiety increases, consumers save more and spend less, which pushes the economy into a recession. Conversely, when money anxiety decreases, consumers save less and spend more, which expands the economy. 

Business and financial people will gain from this knowledge by reducing their expenses during times of high money anxiety, and increasing their revenues during times of low money anxiety. 
Dr. Dan Geller is an experienced researcher and analyst, and an expert in statistical modeling.  He developed the Money Anxiety concept and index after observing how a combination of economic indicators and factors impacts consumers’ financial behavior. Specifically, he observed how financial anxiety impacts the saving and spending patterns of consumers, and the impact such changes in financial behavior have on the economy. He is frequently featured in national and financial publications, such as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Bloomberg/Newsweek, and has appeared on CNBC, Fox News Radio, and numerous regional programs. Dr. Geller earned his Ph.D. in Business Administration from Touro University, and has published numerous peer-reviewed studies in professional publications.  He resides in San Rafael, California. 
Start: 08/02/2014 7:00 pm
Tickets: $28.50 (includes complimentary signed book)
Ralph Nader has fought for over fifty years on behalf of American citizens against the reckless influence of corporations and their government patrons on our society. Now he ramps up the fight and makes a persuasive case that Americans are not powerless. In Unstoppable, he explores the emerging political alignment of the Left and the Right against converging corporate-government tyranny.

Large segments from the progressive, conservative, and libertarian political camps find themselves aligned in opposition to the destruction of civil liberties, the economically draining corporate welfare state, the relentless perpetuation of America's wars, sovereignty-shredding trade agreements, and the unpunished crimes of Wall Street against Main Street. Nader shows how Left-Right coalitions can prevail over the corporate state and crony capitalism.

He draws on his extensive experience working with grassroots organizations in Washington and reveals the many surprising victories by united progressive and conservative forces. As a participator in, and keen observer of, these budding alliances, he breaks new ground in showing how such coalitions can overcome specific obstacles that divide them, and how they can expand their power on Capitol Hill, in the courts, and in the decisive arena of public opinion.

Americans can reclaim their right to consume safe foods and drugs, live in healthy environments, receive fair rewards for their work, resist empire, regain control of taxpayer assets, strengthen investor rights, and make bureaucrats more efficient and accountable. Nader argues it is in the interest of citizens of different political labels to join in the struggle against the corporate state that will, if left unchecked, ruin the Republic, override our constitution, and shred the basic rights of the American people.
Ralph Nader is an author, a lecturer, an attorney, and an American political activist in areas of consumer and worker protection, humanitarianism, environmentalism, and democratic government. He is the best-selling author of many books, including Unsafe at Any Speed, a critique of the safety record of American automobile manufacturers. Nader is a four-time candidate for president of the United States, having run as the Green Party nominee in 1996 and 2000 and as an independent candidate in 2004 and 2008.
Sunday August 03, 2014
Start: 08/03/2014 10:30 am
End: 08/03/2014 1:00 pm

Sun. Aug. 3 • 10:30-1:00 pm • $60




A summer creative-writing workshop for adult kids who want to loosen the grip of the critic and have some fun. With the tried and true methods that Karen Benke has used for decades writing with children, the secrets of playing on the page will be revealed to you too. We’ll experiment accessing the imagination you had as a child (yes, you still have it) and leave with a piece of writing you’ll be eager to share.

Start: 08/03/2014 11:00 am
End: 08/03/2014 4:00 pm

Sun., Aug. 3 • 11:00-4:00 pm • $105



We have multiple ways of building our characters— their appearance, their actions, their thoughts, and of course their words. The writer Robert Boswell once said that dialogue “is like neon: too much of it and you end up seeing none of it—it is all flash and no content.” How do we write dialogue that appears realistic but is uncluttered, that conceals and reveals, seduces, protects, and rejects? Come explore what a powerful tool and weapon dialogue can be. Natalie Serber’s short story collection, Shout Her Lovely Name, was named one of 100 Notable Books of 2012 by the New York Times. She has taught writing in several universities.

Start: 08/03/2014 1:00 pm
Inspire personal growth, creativity, and community involvement through daily activities that explore four personality pathways
Living life in full bloom means living with hope and purpose, with imagination and vision—in a way that honors the Earth, the spirit, and one another. Elizabeth Murray encourages and nurtures each person to explore four personality attributes (Gardener, Artist, Lover, and Spirit Weaver), or pathways, that create a framework for practicing mindfulness, unleashing potential, and reviving communities. As Gardeners, readers will learn to observe and grow; as Artists, they’ll discover creativity and new possibilities; as Lovers, they’ll lead with the heart and commit to things they’re passionate about; and as Spirit Weavers, they’ll create rituals and express gratitude.

Accented with Murray’s exquisite nouveau vintage photography in a beautiful gift format, Living Life in Full Bloom ($21.99) includes 30 guided activities for each pathway help readers take small but powerful action steps to define the purposes of busy lives and help them remember who they really are. Murray also includes profiles of "bloomers," inspiring individuals who exemplify this life and are in partnership with their local communities and international organizations focused on people and causes. A step-by-step exercise on life mapping helps to identify passions, skills, and community needs and offers specific actions to serve the greater good.
Elizabeth Murray is a writer, photographer, and motivational speaker, and she’s best known for assisting in the restoration of Monet’s gardens and photographing them annually for the past 28 years. In 2012, Murray’s photography was shown alongside Monet’s paintings at the New York Botanical Garden. She has an active lecture and class schedule and is invited to speak and teach around the world. 
Start: 08/03/2014 4:00 pm
Moving into Meditation ($19.95) is a practical yet fresh guide to integrating mindful yoga and embodied meditation, in a 12-week format.

One week at a time, Moving into Meditation lays out a plan for exploring body-based practices to get you more in tune with not only your limbs and core but your mind and heart. Anne Cushman's curriculum integrates asana with mindfulness meditation to help practitioners turn "embodiment" from a concept into a tangible reality. Her delightful mixture of practices, yoga history, and Buddhist philosophy are made relevant to your present-day life. Personal stories from the "trenches" of decades of practice and teaching add color; Cushman's characteristic poetic and funny voice makes all readers feel that much more human. Cushman believes-and experience proves-that by becoming better attuned to and acquainted with the body, the physical forms become a vehicle for becoming more intimate with yourself and your world. From there, we can explore and embody the teachings of the Buddha for a more awakened life.

In recent years, "mindfulness" has blasted into mainstream culture much as yoga did two decades ago, making "mindful yoga" an appealing trend. But how does mindful yoga evolve from a buzz-worthy concept to a lived experience? How do yoga asanas and pranayama support and express the practice of meditation? How do you explore the teachings of the Buddha through the vehicle of your own living, breathing, human body?

As we quickly learn, the practices are inherently entwined. Experienced yoga and meditation teacher Anne Cushman answers all these questions and more in Moving into Meditation, teaching us to deepen our asana practices with mindfulness meditation and enhance our meditation practice with asana. With compassion, humor, and deep intelligence, Moving into Meditation guides us through integrating mind, body, and spirit practices for a wide-awake life.

The book is presented in a systematic, week-by-week format for ease of use and accessibility, and because the author is also developing an online course for which the book will be a central text. The program progresses through the Buddha's four foundations of mindfulness as well as the koshas.
Anne Cushman has been practicing Buddhist meditation since 1983 and yoga since 1986 and teaching their integrated practice since 1997. Her essays on the intersection of spiritual practice with daily life have been widely published, appearing in the New York Times, O magazine, Yoga Journal, Tricycle, and the Shambhala Sun. A former editor at both Yoga Journal and Tricycle, she has presented at and directed multiple conferences at Kripalu, including "Yoga and Buddhism" and "The Yoga of Parenting." Since 2000 she has taught yoga and meditation on close to fifty retreats at Spirit Rock Meditation Center, where she is the codirector of the Mindfulness Yoga and Meditation Training Program.
Start: 08/03/2014 7:00 pm

Includes a live performance of music from the book, by acclaimed cellist Miriam Perkoff and violinist Michael Grossman. 

Strings Attached: One Tough Teacher and the Gift of Great Expectations is a powerful memoir about resilience in the face of unspeakable tragedy, an inspiring and poignant tale of how one man transformed his heartache into a legacy of joy for his students. His students knew Jerry Kupchynsky as "Mr. K"-the fierce Ukrainian-born music teacher who made them rehearse until their fingers almost bled and, in turn, better than they ever expected to be. Away from the classroom, though, life seemed to conspire against him at every turn. This account takes you on his remarkable journey, from his childhood on the run in Nazi Germany, to his life in America caring for his disabled wife while raising their two small daughters, to his search for his beloved younger daughter after she mysteriously disappeared. Jerry Kupchynsky unforgettable story is lyrically told in alternating chapters by two childhood friends who reconnected decades later: Melanie Kupchynsky, his daughter, and Joanne Lipman, a former student. Heartbreaking yet ultimately triumphant, this memoir is a testament to the astonishing power of hope-and a celebration of the profound impact one person can have on the lives of others.

Joanne Lipman is one of the nation's most prominent journalists and commentators. She was a Deputy Managing Editor of The Wall Street Journal and she founded and was Editor-in-Chief of Portfolio. Currently, she is a Newsweek columnist and advisor to news organizations such as CNN and New York Public Radio. She is a frequent television commentator, appearing on CNN, CBS, and CNBC, among others.


Start: 08/03/2014 7:00 pm

This is the story of how the FBI broke its own rules to catch the notorious Unabomber who had randomly killed and maimed people while leaving a cold trail of terrorism for sixteen years. When a new team of hand-picked investigators devised a different strategy to crack the genetic code that protected the Unabomber’s anonymity, the first task was to begin blasting away the layers of bureaucratic constraints that had plagued the earlier efforts to retrace the trail of crimes. As the rules broke and the bureaucratic restraints crumbled, the puzzle pieces of earlier bombings that the terrorist left behind were found and the puzzle collapsed around the Unabomber like a deck of cards. Unabomber ($27.95) is the story, told in the narrative by the three FBI Agents who led the chase, of how they broke the Bureau’s own rules and finally captured the notorious Unabomber who had led the Federal Bureau of Investigation on the longest chase in its century-old history.

Jim Freeman who was designated by then FBI Director Louis Freeh to be the SAC, the Special Agent in Charge of the national pursuit; Terry Turchie a counter-terrorism and counter-intelligence expert who directed the task force; and Max Noel the Special Agent in the street who succeeded in placing Mr. Kaczynski under arrest. The three collaborated to bring the definitive work on the man long considered to be the most notorious lone wolf terrorist in American history.


Monday August 04, 2014
Start: 08/04/2014 6:00 pm

When Emma Sasha Silver loses her eyesight in a nightmare accident, she must relearn everything from walking across the street to recognizing her own sisters to imagining colors. One of seven children, Emma used to be the invisible kid, but now it seems everyone is watching her. And just as she’s about to start high school and try to recover her friendships and former life, one of her classmates is found dead in an apparent suicide. Fifteen and blind, Emma has to untangle what happened and why—in order to see for herself what makes life worth living.

Unflinching in its portrayal of Emma’s darkest days, yet full of hope and humor, Rachel DeWoskin’s brilliant Blind is one of those rare books that utterly absorbs the reader into the life and experience of another.

Rachel DeWoskin spent her twenties in China as a consultant, writer, and the unlikely star of a nighttime soap opera called "Foreign Babes in Beijing." Her memoir of those years, Foreign Babes in Beijing, has been published in six countries and is being developed as a television series by Sundance. She is the author of two other adult novels, Repeat After Me and Big Girl Small, which received the ALA’s Alex Award. Rachel has a BA in English from Columbia and an MFA in poetry from Boston University. Rachel lives with her husband, playwright Zayd Dohrn, and their two little girls in Chicago, where she teaches creative writing at the University of Chicago. Blind is her first YA novel.


Start: 08/04/2014 7:00 pm

 Join the Left Coast Writers for a travel writing salon featuring a special guest (TBA)! 

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


Tuesday August 05, 2014
Start: 08/05/2014 10:30 am
End: 08/05/2014 12:30 pm

Tuesday: Aug. 5 • 10:30-12:30pm • $20



Pat Holt leads a discussion of books that have captured the contemporary imagination. Holt is the former book review editor of the San Francisco Chronicle and publisher of Holt Uncensored.

Book: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green 

Start: 08/05/2014 12:30 pm
End: 08/05/2014 3:00 pm

Four Tues./Thurs.: Aug. 5- 14 • 12:30-3:00 pm • $160



This class will focus on becoming comfortable conversing in French. 

Genevieve Blaise-Sullivan has taught French at College of Marin for over 30 years. She graduated from the Sorbonne with degrees in French, Russian, and Bulgarian.

Start: 08/05/2014 3:30 pm
End: 08/05/2014 5:30 pm
Four Tuesdays: Aug. 5-26 • 3:30-5:30pm • $125
This class is a short introductory Japanese class for someone travelling to Japan or someone who wants to learn a little bit about Japanese language and culture. We will learn basic greetings, basic structure of Japanese sentences, vocabulary, necessary phrases during your trip: at the airport, hotel, etc., along with an introduction to customs and culture.

Yoko Hara received her B.A. in French from Tamagawa University in Tokyo and studied at the Pana Lingua Institute of Japanese Language before coming to the US. She has taught Japanese for all age groups in Marin and San Francisco, and currently teaches at the East Bay Japanese School.

Start: 08/05/2014 7:00 pm
Queen of Hearts ($25.95) follows Lady Georgiana Rannoch, thirty-fifth in line for the British throne, who knows how to play the part of an almost royal. Now, though, she’s off to Hollywood, where she must reprise her role as sleuth or risk starring in an all-too-convincing death scene…
My mother, the glamorous and much-married actress, is hearing wedding bells once again—which is why she must hop across the pond for a quickie divorce in Reno. To offer my moral support, and since all expenses are paid by her new hubby-to-be, Max, I agree to make the voyage with her.
Crossing the Atlantic, with adventure in the air and wealthy men aboard, Mother all but forgets about Max and matrimony—especially when movie mogul Cy Goldman insists on casting her in his next picture.
Meanwhile, I find myself caught up in the secret investigation of a suspected jewel thief. Lucky for me, the lead investigator happens to be my dashing beau, Darcy!
Mother’s movie and Darcy’s larceny lead everyone to Cy’s Hollywood home, where the likes of Charlie Chaplin are hanging about and there’s enough romantic intrigue to fill a double feature. But we hardly get a chance to work out the sleeping arrangements before Cy turns up dead—as if there wasn’t enough drama already…
Rhys Bowen is a USA Today bestselling author and has been nominated for every major award in mystery writing, including the Edgar®, and has won many, including both the Agatha and Anthony awards. She is also the author of the Molly Murphy Mysteries, set in turn-of-the-century New York, and the Constable Evans Mysteries, set in Wales. She was born in England and now divides her time between Northern California and Arizona.
Wednesday August 06, 2014
Start: 08/06/2014 12:00 pm
End: 08/06/2014 2:00 pm

5 Weds., Aug. 6-Sept. 3 • 12:00-2:00pm • $160



Silvia Iannelli is a private Italian tutor who 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.”

Thursday August 07, 2014
Start: 08/07/2014 12:00 pm

Ticket: $55 (includes lunch & signed copy of Lucky Us)



Two sisters-one the star, the other the sidekick-make their way in 1930s Hollywood and Long Island in the 1940s and 50s in this brilliant, funny novel by the New York Times bestselling author of Away.

When Eva's mother abandons her on her half-sister Iris's front porch, the girls don't seem to have much in common-except, they soon discover, a father. Thrown together with no mothers to care for them and a father who could not be considered a parent, Eva and Iris become one another's family. Iris wants to be a movie star; Eva is her sidekick. From scandal in Hollywood to the carriage house of a wealthy Long Island family, the sisters look out for each other through good and bad, until unexpected events send Iris to London, leaving Eva with a responsibility she could never have imagined.

Full of colorful characters and irresistible settings-a lavish, sensual Hollywood party; an unforgettable cross-country road trip; a Brooklyn beauty parlor where Eva reads Tarot cards; high and low life in Great Neck, Long Island, Lucky Us is a stunningly imagined novel about the longing to connect with others over self, the quest for a mother, and the meaning of family, in 1930s-50s America.

Amy Bloom is the author of Away, Where the God of Love Hangs Out, Come to Me (National Book Award finalist), A Blind Man Can See How Much I Love You (National Book Critics Circle Award finalist); Love Invents Us; and Normal. Her stories have appeared in The Best American Short Stories, O. Henry Prize Short Stories, The Scribner Anthology of Contemporary Short Fiction, and many other anthologies. She has written for The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic Monthly, Vogue, Granta, and Slate, among other publications, and has won a National Magazine Award.

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: 08/07/2014 7:00 pm
Everybody knows her smile, but no one knows her story: Meet the flesh-and-blood woman who became one of the most famous artistic subjects of all time—Mona Lisa.
A genius immortalized her. A French king paid a fortune for her. An emperor coveted her. Every year more than 9 million visitors trek to view her portrait in the Louvre.Yet while everyone recognizes her smile, hardly anyone knows her story. Mona Lisa: A Life Discovered ($28.00), a blend of biography, history, and memoir, truly is a book of discovery—about the world’s most recognized face, most revered artist, and most praised and parodied painting. Who was she, this ordinary woman who rose to such extraordinary fame? Why did the most renowned painter of her time choose her as his model? What became of her? And why does her smile enchant us still?

Lisa Gherardini (1479-1542) was a quintessential woman of her times, caught in a whirl of political upheavals, family dramas, and public scandals. Her life spanned the most tumultuous chapters in the history of Florence—and of the greatest artistic outpouring the world has ever seen. Her story creates an extraordinary tapestry of Renaissance Florence, with larger-than-legend figures such as Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Machiavelli.

Dianne Hales, author of La Bella Lingua, became obsessed with finding the real Mona Lisa on repeated trips to Florence. In Mona Lisa: A Life Discovered, she takes readers with her to meet Lisa’s descendants; uncover her family’s long and colorful history; and explore the neighborhoods where she lived as a girl, a wife, and a mother. In the process, we can participate in Lisa’s daily rituals; understand her personal relationships; and see, hear, smell, and taste “her” Florence. Hales brings to life a time poised between the medieval and the modern, a vibrant city bursting into fullest bloom, and a culture that redefined the possibilities of man—and of woman.

Dianne Hales is a prize-winning, widely published journalist and author. The President of Italy awarded her an honorary knighthood in recognition of her bestselling book, La Bella Lingua. Her other works include Just Like a Woman; Caring for the Mind; and the leading college health textbook, An Invitation to Health. She has served as a contributing editor for Parade, Ladies Home Journal, Working Mother, and American Health and has written for many national publications, including Family Circle, Good Housekeeping, The New York Times, and Woman’s Day.
Friday August 08, 2014
Start: 08/08/2014 6:00 pm
Tony Serra: The Green, Yellow and Purple Years in the Life of a Radical Lawyer ($15.00) is a Chromatic, metaphoric autobiography of Tony Serra’s defense of Black Panthers, S.L.A., New World Liberation Front, Nuestra Familia, Earth First, Hells Angels, Mafia and Native Americans, intertwined with his anti-establishment ideology: written by Tony Serra while in Federal Prison for tax resistance.

“Forgive my romanticized and self-indulgent propositions in the forthcoming pages. Recall that such were written at Lompoc Federal Prison camp during my incarceration for U.S. tax resistance. I was not purporting to document case histories. You can find those references on the internet,. Mine is not a quest for accuracy. Mine is a flight into whimsy and caprice, a retrospective twinkle in the eyes of memory: In short, confinement escapism.” - J. Tony Serra

“Watching Tony in action is one of the reasons I became a public defender. As a new trial lawyer, I tried to emulate Tony. I had heard that he used to lick the railing at the Hall Of Justice (or “Injustice” as it is sometimes called) between the first and second floor so he could absorb the souls of all of those defendants who have walked that stairway to meet their legal destinies. I couldn’t bring myself to do it and whenever I lost a case, I would think to myself, ‘Tony Serra would have won that case.’” - Jeff Adachi, San Francisco Public Defender

Start: 08/08/2014 6:30 pm

Special Event for Teens!

Join us in welcoming three talented young adult authors! Ann Aguirre presents Mortal Danger, a novel of revenge and demonic deals. Ann is joined by Veronica Rossi, author of the thrilling Under the Never Sky trilogy, and Corinne Jackson, author of If I Lie.

Ann Aguirre is the author of the New York Times– and USA Today–bestselling Razorland Trilogy (Enclave, Outpost, and Horde).

Veronic Rossi's Under the Never Sky has sold in twenty-six countries and been optioned for film by Warner Bros.

Corrine Jackson lives in San Francisco, where she works at a top marketing agency, managing campaigns for several Fortune 500 clients. She has bachelor and master degrees in English, and an MFA in Creative Writing from Spalding University.


Saturday August 09, 2014
Start: 08/09/2014 10:00 am
End: 08/09/2014 4:00 pm

Sat., Aug. 9 • 10:00-4:00 pm • $105


Hone up your observation skills to make your writing unforgettable. Whether your writing is literary, journalistic, humorous, or quirky, you still need to catch readers’ attention. Writers accomplish this by using specific detail, and the way to amp up detail is to hone your skills of observation. Through playful exercises, ferocious editing, and lively discussion, Molly Fisk shows how to notice more of what’s in front of you and gracefully add it to your sentences. Molly Fisk is the author of Blow-Drying a Chicken, a collection of her weekly commentary for community radio stations She’s written three poetry collections.


Start: 08/09/2014 10:00 am
End: 08/09/2014 2:00 pm

Sat., Aug 9 • 10:00-2:00 pm • $60



48-hour advance registration • Limit of six

You’ve written a brilliant children’s story and can’t wait to hear what others think, or you’re stuck and need a critique. Bring your manuscript or idea to this on-the-spot workshop, and we’ll critique it. Amy Novesky is a children’s book editor, author, and experienced workshop leader.


Start: 08/09/2014 1:00 pm

Authors, Carol Benson and Paul Benson met over a decade ago and it was a dream partnership from the beginning. Life was exciting, easy and a lot of fun. They felt confident they would be able to eventually retire in the style of their parents.

At the height of the country's economic meltdown their entire financial foundation crumbled. They watched as their savings dwindled, businesses vanished and they lost their home. But, guess what? They never fought; never blamed each other and never let the fears get in the way of their bond. In fact, they stayed alive, still in love and motivated to prosper!

They used 5 Steps to get through the chaos and confusion of their financial circumstances changing. People kept asking what they were doing to stay happy while losing most everything they had counted on. So they decided to show how in the book 5 Steps to Thrive: Reveal Any Crisis as Opportunity.

Carol Benson’s background is heavy on what it takes to actually accomplish effective communication, team building and forming sustainable alliances and relationships. In addition to coaching, she’s worked as a Speech Language Pathologist and as a writer. Paul Benson, as a successful entrepreneur for over thirty years, has a background immersed in business and all that it takes to create multimillion-dollar businesses. He’s also received training in somatic, body-centered therapy and a variety of personal coaching styles,

Start: 08/09/2014 4:00 pm
An Unplanned Encounter: Two Lives Forever Changed ($38.34) is an unforgettable heart-rending novel set against the backdrop of World War II England. The main characters are involved in a fifteen-minute unintended sexual event that has lasting ramifications in their lives for the next thirty years.

Jonathan Husband, a first-time author, has written a touching, intense, complex story that is all the more striking because it is based on real events. He perceptively describes people dealing with emotions that have spiraled out of control and consumed their ordinary lives. Readers may very well imagine what their reactions might be if they found themselves in similar circumstances to the protagonists.

Within the main story are other spin-off stories, ranging from a Jewish family fleeing to Shanghai to escape the Nazis, to the San Francisco hippie scene in the 1960s complete with a graphic description of an acid trip, and insight into a mental hospital’s treatment of suicidal patients.

Mary Louise, the 20-year-old girl at the heart of the story, struggles to keep her illegitimate baby and support him in the face of her family’s disapproval. Jock is the father of the son he does not acknowledge, support, or have any involvement with. The third main character is Michael, an American who worked at an airfield in England with Jock during the War, and who, years later, connects the lives of Mary Louise and Jock.

Simultaneously tragic and uplifting, An Unplanned Encounter is an unforgettable story about relationships, acceptance, determination, sacrifice, and generosity.
Start: 08/09/2014 7:00 pm

Laurie McAndish King’s adventures may have seemed like a good idea at the time: Tracking lions on foot, without a gun, in Botswana. Taste-testing the world’s most expensive coffee—which happens to be made from the excrement of a small Balinese mammal. Marrying a Maasai warrior in Kenya, searching the Irish countryside for an erotic goddess, and attempting to eat a horse in southern Italy. Whether she is lost in Melbourne, kidnapped in Tunisia, or eaten alive in Queensland, King’s travel adventures tend toward the quirky. And her retelling in Lost, Kidnapped, Eaten Alive! ($14.95) is poignant, thoughtful, occasionally unsettling, often funny, and always appealing.

Laurie McAndish King grew up in rural Iowa, the pulmonary artery of the American Heartland. She has traveled to nearly forty countries and published award-winning travel essays and photography in Smithsonian magazine, Travel Channel affiliate, the San Francisco Chronicle, Travelers’ Tales’ The Best Women’s Travel Writing, and other magazines and literary anthologies. Her mobile app about the San Francisco waterfront received a five-star rating on iTunes. She is an avid photographer—one of her photos was displayed at the Smithsonian Institution—and enjoys gardening, taxidermy, and chasing the cosmic serpent. Laurie lives in northern California with her husband and two cats. They all study philosophy together in front of the fireplace. 


Sunday August 10, 2014
Start: 08/10/2014 11:00 am
End: 08/10/2014 12:30 pm

Sunday, Aug. 10 • 11:00-12:30 pm • $40




Young authors write haiku poems with the skilled guidance of published writer and young author mentor, Thais Derich. Count syllables, use the traditional three-line structure of haiku, and capture the beauty of summer in a poem. Guaranteed success!


The meadow is still.

A bird flies over the meadow.

Whoosh! The seeds scatter.

-Lily C. (2nd grade, poem written at Thais’s workshop)

Start: 08/10/2014 1:00 pm

Why are we drawn to the ocean each summer? Why does being near water set our minds and bodies at ease? In Blue Mind, Wallace J. Nichols revolutionizes how we think about these questions, revealing the remarkable truth about the benefits of being in, on, under, or simply near water. Nichols is a Research Associate at California Academy of Sciences.


Start: 08/10/2014 4:00 pm
Sharing a lifetime's worth of learning and experience by noted peace scholar Michael N. NaglerThe Nonviolence Handbook ($12.00) distills the practice and theory of nonviolent action into a concise, highly readable manual for thought and action. 

Love Is Stronger Than Hate "Nonviolence is not the recourse of the weak but actually calls for an uncommon kind of strength; it is not a refraining from something but the engaging of a positive force," renowned peace activist Michael Nagler writes. Here he offers a step-by-step guide to creatively using nonviolence to confront any problem and to build change movements capable of restructuring the very bedrock of society. Nagler identifies some specific tactical mistakes made by unsuccessful nonviolent actions such as the Tiananmen Square demonstrations and the Occupy protests and includes stories of successful nonviolent resistance from around the world, including an example from Nazi Germany. And he shows that nonviolence is more than a tactic-it is a way of living that will enrich every area of our lives.
Michael N. Nagler is the founder and president of the Metta Center for Nonviolence. He cofounded the Peace and Conflict Studies Program at UC Berkeley, where he is professor emeritus of classics and comparative literature.

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