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Start: 11:00 am
End: 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: 1:00 pm
End: 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: 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: 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: 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.
Start: 9:00 am
End: 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: 1:00 pm
End: 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: 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.
Start: 9:00 am
End: 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: 9:30 am
End: 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: 11:00 am
End: 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: 11:15 am
End: 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: 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: 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 
Start: 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: 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.

Start: 11:00 am
End: 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.


Start: 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.

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