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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 GoodTherapy.org. She lives in Portland, Oregon, and can be found online at TinaGilbertson.com
 
 

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 Writerland.com, 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 karlmarx.com. 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 bpconferences@bookpassage.com. 

2014 Faculty
2014 Schedule
Learning All the Clues
Private Consultations
Accomodations
FAQ

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 bpconferences@bookpassage.com. 

 2014 Faculty
2014 Schedule
Learning All the Clues
Private Consultations
Accomodations
FAQ

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 bpconferences@bookpassage.com. 

2014 Faculty
2014 Schedule
Learning All the Clues
Private Consultations
Accomodations
FAQ

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 bpconferences@bookpassage.com. 

2014 Faculty
2014 Schedule
Learning All the Clues
Private Consultations
Accomodations
FAQ

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 CNN.com 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

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.

 

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.

 

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 bookpassage.com/left-coast-writers
 

 

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 iExplore.com, 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!

Dandelion

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.
 
Monday August 11, 2014
Start: 08/11/2014 6:00 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! 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 iExplore.com, 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.

 

Start: 08/11/2014 7:00 pm
Based on Nixon’s overlooked recordings, New York Times bestselling author John W. Dean connects the dots between what we’ve come to believe about Watergate and what actually happened.
 
Watergate forever changed American politics, and in light of the revelations about the NSA’s widespread surveillance program, the scandal has taken on new significance. Yet remarkably, four decades after Nixon was forced to resign, no one has told the full story of his involvement in Watergate.
 
In The Nixon Defense ($29.95), former White House Counsel John W. Dean, one of the last major surviving figures of Watergate, draws on his own transcripts of almost a thousand conversations, a wealth of Nixon’s secretly recorded information, and more than 150,000 pages of documents in the National Archives and the Nixon Library to provide the definitive answer to the question: What did President Nixon know and when did he know it?
 
Through narrative and contemporaneous dialogue, Dean connects dots that have never been connected, including revealing how and why the Watergate break-in occurred, what was on the mysterious 18 1/2 minute gap in Nixon’s recorded conversations, and more.
 
In what will stand as the most authoritative account of one of America’s worst political scandals, The Nixon Defense shows how the disastrous mistakes of Watergate could have been avoided and offers a cautionary tale for our own time.

John W. Dean was legal counsel to president Nixon during the Watergate scandal, and his Senate testimony helped lead to Nixon’s resignation. In 2006, he testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee investigating George W. Bush’s NSA warrantless wiretap program. He is the New York Times bestselling author of Blind Ambition, Broken Government, Conservatives Without Conscience, and Worse Than Watergate.
 
Tuesday August 12, 2014
Start: 08/12/2014 6:00 pm

From the beach in San Francisco to a thriving annual city of 50,000 in the Nevada Desert, Burning Man has become an internationally recognized epicenter for radical selfexpression, art, and performance. Join photographer George Post in Dancing with the Playa Messiah, his two-decade documentation of this amazing event.

 

 

Start: 08/12/2014 7:00 pm
A sensational debut thriller featuring an unforgettable heroine who just might have murdered her mother
 
Former “It Girl” Janie Jenkins is acerbic, whip smart, and fresh out of prison. Ten years ago, at the height of her glamour and fame, she was incarcerated for the murder of her mother, a philanthropist best known for her string of rich husbands. Now, released on a technicality, Janie chops off her trademark hair, determined to chase down the one lead she has about her mother’s killer. The only problem? Janie doesn’t know if she’s the one she’s looking for.
 
In an isolated South Dakota town whose secrets rival Janie’s own, with the unwitting help of the locals, she pieces together a shocking picture of her mother’s supposedly pristine past. On the run from the press, the police, and possibly even a murderer, Janie is forced to choose between the anonymity she craves and the truth she so desperately needs.
 
A gripping debut novel, Dear Daughter ($26.95) follows every twist and turn as Janie unravels the mystery of what happened the night her mother died—whatever the cost.

A graduate of Harvard University, Elizabeth Little is the author of two well-regarded nonfiction works, Biting the Wax Tadpole and Trip of the Tongue. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and their son.
 
Wednesday August 13, 2014
Start: 08/13/2014 9:00 am
End: 08/13/2014 6:00 pm
Wednesday, August 13 • 9:00 - 6:00pm • $120 (Travel Writers Conference Participants) or $170 (General Public) 
 
 
 
 
 
Travel Writing in Sonoma:  
Join acclaimed National Geographic Traveler columnist and editor at large Don George, author of Lonely Planet's Guide to Travel Writing, for an inspiring day of exploration and travel writing in beautiful Sonoma. George demonstrates the art of finding, researching, and note-taking in the field. Participants will explore the shops and sites of this historic Wine Country town, sample some of the area's famed wines, and work on a travel writing exercise. Over lunch, the group will talk about the writing experience and discuss their work. Lunch and transportation included. 
 
Author of Travel Writing and the editor of eight anthologies, including Moveable Feast, The Kindness of Strangers, and most recently, Lonely Planet Travel Writing. George writes the monthly Trip Lit column for National Geographic Traveler and is Features Editor for Gadling.com. He also edits Geographic Expeditions’ online magazine, Recce: Literary Journeys for the Discerning Traveler.
 
Start: 08/13/2014 7:00 pm
In the mid-1950s, America was flush with prosperity and saw an unbroken line of progress clear to the horizon, while the West was still very much wild. In this ambitious, incandescent debut, Malcolm Brooks animates that time and untamed landscape, in a tale of the modern and the ancient, of love and fate, and of heritage threatened by progress.

Catherine Lemay is a young archaeologist on her way to Montana, with a huge task before her-a canyon "as deep as the devil's own appetites." Working ahead of a major dam project, she has one summer to prove nothing of historical value will be lost in the flood. From the moment she arrives, nothing is familiar-the vastness of the canyon itself mocks the contained, artifact-rich digs in post-Blitz London where she cut her teeth. And then there's John H, a former mustanger and veteran of the U.S. Army's last mounted cavalry campaign, living a fugitive life in the canyon. John H inspires Catherine to see beauty in the stark landscape, and her heart opens to more than just the vanished past. Painted Horses ($26.00) sends a dauntless young woman on a heroic quest, sings a love song to the horseman's vanishing way of life, and reminds us that love and ambition, tradition and the future, often make strange bedfellows. It establishes Malcolm Brooks as an extraordinary new talent.

Malcolm Brooks was raised in the rural foothills of the California Sierras, and grew up around Gold Rush and Native American artifacts. A carpenter by trade, he has lived in Montana for most of two decades. His writing has appeared in Gray's Sporting Journal, Outside, Sports Afield, and Montana Quarterly, among others.
 
Thursday August 14, 2014
Start: 08/14/2014 12:00 pm
End: 08/14/2014 8:00 pm

 

 

The Book Passage Travel Writers & Photographers Conference has an extraordinary, international reputation among publishers, editors, and writers. Now in its 22nd year, this four-day Conference offers an array of writing and photography workshops in the morning, a full afternoon of panels and discussions, and evening faculty presentations. There are optional, working field trips to explore the resources of the Bay Area. The faculty includes publishers, magazine editors, photographers, travel essayists, food writers, restauranteurs, guidebook writers, and more. There are hours of informal interaction between faculty and participants during lunch and in discussions that often last late into the evening.

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

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Start: 08/14/2014 7:30 pm

In conversation with Don George

Tony Wheeler, founder of Lonely Planet Publications and author of the its very first guide, discusses his newest book, Dark Lands, with Don George, former editor of Lonely Planet and current Travel Conference Chair.

Travel Conference attendees have preferred seating.

 

Friday August 15, 2014
Start: 08/15/2014 9:00 am
End: 08/15/2014 9:00 pm

 

 

The Book Passage Travel Writers & Photographers Conference has an extraordinary, international reputation among publishers, editors, and writers. Now in its 22nd year, this four-day Conference offers an array of writing and photography workshops in the morning, a full afternoon of panels and discussions, and evening faculty presentations. There are optional, working field trips to explore the resources of the Bay Area. The faculty includes publishers, magazine editors, photographers, travel essayists, food writers, restauranteurs, guidebook writers, and more. There are hours of informal interaction between faculty and participants during lunch and in discussions that often last late into the evening.

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

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Start: 08/15/2014 8:00 pm

Introduced by Robert Holmes

Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Deanne Fitzmaurice specializes in reportage stills and motion. Her work has appeared in National Geographic, Time Magazine, Newsweek, and numerous other publications.

Travel Conference attendees have preferred seating.

 

Saturday August 16, 2014
Start: 08/16/2014 9:00 am
End: 08/16/2014 9:00 pm

 

 

The Book Passage Travel Writers & Photographers Conference has an extraordinary, international reputation among publishers, editors, and writers. Now in its 22nd year, this four-day Conference offers an array of writing and photography workshops in the morning, a full afternoon of panels and discussions, and evening faculty presentations. There are optional, working field trips to explore the resources of the Bay Area. The faculty includes publishers, magazine editors, photographers, travel essayists, food writers, restauranteurs, guidebook writers, and more. There are hours of informal interaction between faculty and participants during lunch and in discussions that often last late into the evening.

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

2014 Faculty
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Start: 08/16/2014 8:00 pm

Free for Travel Writers & Photographers Conference attendees, $10 for General Public

 

 

In conjunction with our 2014 Travel Writers & Photographers Conference, Book Passage welcomes travel writers Tim Cahill and Andrew McCarthy for an evening of conversation. Cahill is the author of numerous bestselling books on travel, including Jaguars Ripped My Flesh, Road Fever, A Wolverine is Eating My Leg, and Pass the Buttworms. He is the founding editor of Outside magazine. McCarthy is a writer, actor, and director. He is an editor-at-large with National Geographic Traveler and has written for The New York Times, The Atlantic, and The Wall Street Journal. He is the author of The Longest Way Home: One Man's Quest for the Courage to Settle Down. McCarthy made his acting debut at nineteen and has appeared in dozens of films, including Pretty in Pink, St. Elmo’s Fire, and The Joy Luck Club.

 

Sunday August 17, 2014
Start: 08/17/2014 9:00 am
End: 08/17/2014 3:00 pm

 

 

The Book Passage Travel Writers & Photographers Conference has an extraordinary, international reputation among publishers, editors, and writers. Now in its 22nd year, this four-day Conference offers an array of writing and photography workshops in the morning, a full afternoon of panels and discussions, and evening faculty presentations. There are optional, working field trips to explore the resources of the Bay Area. The faculty includes publishers, magazine editors, photographers, travel essayists, food writers, restauranteurs, guidebook writers, and more. There are hours of informal interaction between faculty and participants during lunch and in discussions that often last late into the evening.

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

2014 Faculty
2014 Schedule
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Monday August 18, 2014
Start: 08/18/2014 7:00 pm

Kelli Stanley mesmerizes readers with City of Ghosts—the most thrilling novel yet in her award-winning series of novels featuring private investigator Miranda Corbie. Stanley’s previous novels include City of Dragons, City of Secrets, The Curse-Maker, and Nox Dormienda, winner of the Bruce Alexander Award for Best Historical Mystery.

 

 

Tuesday August 19, 2014
Start: 08/19/2014 7:00 pm
The world Cal and Frida have always known is gone, and they've left the crumbling city of Los Angeles far behind them. They now live in a shack in the wilderness, working side-by-side to make their days tolerable in the face of hardship and isolation. Mourning a past they can't reclaim, they seek solace in each other. But the tentative existence they've built for themselves is thrown into doubt when Frida finds out she's pregnant.

Terrified of the unknown and unsure of their ability to raise a child alone, Cal and Frida set out for the nearest settlement, a guarded and paranoid community with dark secrets. These people can offer them security, but Cal and Frida soon realize this community poses dangers of its own. In this unfamiliar world, where everything and everyone can be perceived as a threat, the couple must quickly decide whom to trust.

A gripping and provocative debut novel by a stunning new talent, California ($26.00) imagines a frighteningly realistic near future, in which clashes between mankind's dark nature and deep-seated resilience force us to question how far we will go to protect the ones we love.
 
Edan Lepucki is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and a staff writer for The Millions. Her short fiction has been published in McSweeney's and Narrative magazine, among other publications, and she is the founder and director of Writing Workshops Los Angeles. This is her first novel.
 
Wednesday August 20, 2014
Start: 08/20/2014 7:00 pm
When Natasha, a talented young artist working as a congressional aide, meets Michael Faulk, an Episcopalian priest struggling with his faith, the stars seem to align. Although he is nearly two decades older, they discover in each other the happy yearning and exhilaration of lovers, and within months they are engaged. Shortly before their wedding, while Natasha is vacationing in Jamaica and Faulk is in New York attending the wedding of a family friend, the terrorist attacks of September 11 shatter the tranquillity of the nation's summer. Alone in a state of abject terror, cut off from America and convinced that Faulk is dead, Natasha makes an error in judgment that leads to a private trauma of her own on the Caribbean shore. A few days later, she and Faulk are reunited, but the horror of that day and Natasha's inability to speak of it inexorably divide their relationship into "before" and "after." They move to Memphis and begin their new life together, but their marriage quickly descends into repression, anxiety, and suspicion. 

In prose that is direct, exact, and lyrical, Richard Bausch plumbs the complexities of public and personal trauma, and the courage with which we learn to face them. Above all, Before, During, After ($26.95) is a love story, offering a penetrating and exquisite portrait of intimacy, of spiritual and physical longing, and of the secrets we convince ourselves to keep even as they threaten to destroy us. An unforgettable tour de force from one of America's most distinguished storytellers.

Richard Bausch is the author of twelve novels and eight volumes of short stories. He is a recipient of many awards, including the PEN/Malamud Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Writers' Award, the Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, and, in 2012, the Rea Award for the Short Story. He is currently professor of English at Chapman University in Orange, California. 
 
Thursday August 21, 2014
Start: 08/21/2014 12:30 pm

A beautiful cookbook destined to become an heirloom, A Simple Feast: A Year of Recipes to Savor and Share presents a year of life in food. Each chapter presents a story--apple picking, snow day, tea party, date night, rooftop barbeque, etc.--and recipes inspired by the whimsy that lies therein. The food here is simple and elegant, taking cues from the bounty of local markets and farms, embodying modern American cooking. This is a playful journey guided by the ever stylish Jewels of New York, who lead the reader through the seasons and the culinary adventures each has to offer.

Founded in 2009 and led by Diana Yen, The Jewels of New York is a multidisciplinary creative studio that combines the love of cooking with the beauty of everyday things. The studio aims to uncover the hidden treasures New York has to offer and share them with others through seasonally based cooking. With a background in home and lifestyle design, Yen brings a sense of beauty and community to the table.

 

 

Start: 08/21/2014 6:00 pm
A fast-paced, gorgeously written follow-up to Steph Cha's critically acclaimed debut Follow Her Home, featuring a sharply observant, thoroughly modern sleuth with an unforgettable voice

No longer an amateur sleuth, Steph Cha’s “compelling and original” crime heroine Juniper Song is working as an apprentice for Chaz Lindley’s P.I. firm when she finds herself nose deep in a Hollywood murder scandal.  When a young woman named Daphne Freamon calls looking for an eye on her boyfriend, Chaz punts the client to Song.  Daphne is an independently wealthy painter living in New York, and her boyfriend Jamie Landon is a freelance screenwriter living in Los Angeles, ghostwriting a vanity project for movie star Joe Tilley.  Song quickly learns that there’s more to this case than a simple tail, and her suspicions are confirmed when Tilley winds up dead in a hotel room.  Nonetheless, when Jamie becomes the prime suspect in the movie star’s murder, she agrees to help the charismatic couple discover the truth, even as the police build their case against Jamie.  As she chases leads and questions grieving Hollywood insiders, she uncovers a sordid layer of blackmail and hidden identities, of a history of violence that leaves no one safe from judgment.

A stunningly written, fast-paced, and edgy read, Beware, Beware ($25.99) takes readers to the dark heart that beats behind the glittery surfaces of LA’s celebrity royalty and in a tale perfect for fans of Lisa Unger and Tana French.

Steph Cha is a graduate of Stanford University and Yale Law School. She lives in her native city of Los Angeles, California.
 
Start: 08/21/2014 6:30 pm
Left Bank, Larkspur • Single $110; Couple $175 (one book) 
 
Please note: online registration for this event has closed.
 
Once a week Mark Kurlansky and his daughter spun the globe, and where her finger landed set the stage for that week’s family dinner. This tradition morphed into a cookbook of 52 meals, including appetizers, main and side dishes, and a dessert— 250 recipes in all. The book is full of stories and insights from his travels all over the world. Kurlansky’s many books include World Without Fish and Salt: A World History.
 
Start: 08/21/2014 7:00 pm
True Love Scars ($20.00) is a tragic love story set in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s. Although it takes place in the past, the themes running through the book -- trying to live an authentic life, struggling against the powers that be, navigating the terrain between love and lust, loyalty and betrayal (and there are more) -- are as relevant today as ever.

It’s 1972 and the Sixties are gone, baby, gone. Only Michael Stein, age 19, doesn’t have a clue. Soon enough he will. The love is gone and all that’s left are the drugs. How the dream died and what there is left after. How you cope. 

To the relentless beat of the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, The Beatles and others, True Love Scars' narrator, known to his friends as Writerman, is searching for what he calls the “authentic real.” A way he felt, a way he lived, in the late Sixties, in the days when he was with Sweet Sarah, his high school girlfriend, his first love. Searching for who he was before he lost her, and his life crashed and burned.

Writerman’s story is one long deep breath. The exhale is obsessive, transgressive. How macho meets feminism. How second chakra rises up to third. Through all the women: Sweet Sarah, Beat-Chick Elise, Jaded, Simone, Harper, Eve. A puff, a party, a tragedy —from marijuana to angel dust, teenage heartbreak to addiction, from “All You Need is Love” to the junked-out punk of the New York Dolls. 
 
“Michael Goldberg is comparable to Kerouac in a 21st century way, someone trying to use that language and energy and find a new way of doing it.” – Mark Mordue, author of Dastgah: Diary of a Head Trip

“Radioactive as Godzilla.” – Richard Meltzer, author of The Aesthetics of Rock

"Holden Caulfield meets Lord Buckley?” – Paul Krassner, founder of The Realist

 “True Love Scars reads like a fever dream from the dying days of the Summer of Love. Keyed to a soundtrack of love and apocalypse, Writerman pitches headlong into a haze of drugs, sex and confusion in search of what no high can bring: his own redemption. Read it and be transformed.” – Alina Simone, occasional Op/Ed columnist for the New York Times, author of Note to Self and You Must Go and Win


Michael Goldberg grew up in Mill Valley and attended Tam High where he put on dance concerts (Michael Bloomfield headlined one), created a light show troop that projected psychedelic images behind the musicians and wrote about rock ‘n’ roll for the school paper. In late 1983 he joined the staff of Rolling Stone magazine where he worked as a senior writer and the magazine’s West Coast Editor for a decade. His journalism also appeared in Esquire, Wired, Details, British Mirabella, NME, the San Francisco Chronicle, the San Francisco Bay Guardian, Creem, New West, New York Rocker and many other publications. He started Addicted To Noise, the highly influential music web site, in 1994. He was a senior vice-president and editor in chief at SonicNet from March 1997 through May 2000. Goldberg writes a monthly column, The Drama You’ve Been Craving, for the Australian version of Addicted To Noise.

Friday August 22, 2014
Start: 08/22/2014 9:30 am
End: 08/22/2014 2:30 pm

Please note that this class has been cancelled.  Feel free to contact the Classes Dept with any questions at 415-927-0960. 

Aug. 22 • 9:30-2:30 pm • $160 

This one day Italian immersion class is truly a wonderful opportunity for both Beginning and Intermediate level students. 

Subjects that will be covered include:

  • VERBO PIACERE (and other verbs with a smiliar construction)
  • VERBI COMUNI CON PREPOSIZIONI
  • LA FORMA IMPERSONALE
  • PRONOMI INTERROGATIVI E RELATIVI
  • CONVERSATIONAL ITALIAN
  • PRONOMI DOPPI

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.”

Start: 08/22/2014 6:00 pm
3 Minute Reads from San Francisco Grotto Writers 50+ Writers, 3 Minutes Each!

Join us for a fast-paced and irreverent evening, showcasing new work from the students of the San Francisco Writer's Grotto writing classes. On this Friday evening, both fiction and nonfiction writers will read their work — but only for 3 minutes each! Their instructors (Grotto authors) will enforce the time limit. Join us for wine, fun, and fresh new writing.

 
Start: 08/22/2014 6:00 pm

Fri., Aug. 22 • 6:00 pm • Book Passage Café

Join Book Passage as we toast the newest line of wines carried by our café! Tuscan Sun Wines cast their signature warmth and vivacity across any table. Through this line of hand-selected Italian wines, writer, cook, and designer Frances Mayes draws on her long connection to Cortona and her friendships with noted winemakers throughout Italy. Frances brings the casual, beautiful, everyday expression of Tuscan wine to her fans and beyond; a ray of Tuscan Sun shines in each bottle!

 

Saturday August 23, 2014
Start: 08/23/2014 10:00 am

Christine Bronstein and illustrator Karen Young team up to bring children and parents a great new read-aloud in Stewie Boomstein Starts School.

The book begins as a fun story about Stewie Boomstein—a loud, sometimes cranky, funny boy—who has a very bad day at school and how he and his family overcome his problem. In the second half of the book, there is a parent tips section, which includes concrete tips for parents from our interviews with two renowned child and education specialists. Stewie Boomstein Starts School is aimed to help parents and children smooth the transition into school. 

Christine Bronstein is the founder of A Band of Women and their publishing house, Nothing But the Truth Publishing. Based on her experience with her own children, and her interviews with child specialists, Stewie Boomstein Starts School is about dealing with the fear of the unknown that many children feel on their first day of school and how parents can help turn this often traumatic transition into an exciting journey and familial bonding experience.

Karen Young is a Rhode Island School of Design alum and an art therapist. She moved next door to Christine in 2013, and fell in love with the story. She wishes this book had been available when her daughter Grace began pre-school, and feels confident it will help other parents with the transition. 

 

Start: 08/23/2014 10:00 am
End: 08/23/2014 2:00 pm
Sat., Aug. 23 • 10:00-4:00pm • $105
 
 
 
 
It’s you, the blank page . . . and a mentor to guide you using concrete, inspiring exercises in a supportive group setting through the step-by-step writing of an entire draft of a short story (or complete chapter) in one fun-filled writing day. Leave with a powerfully written, well-structured story peopled with unforgettable characters. You’ll also get feedback about revising it for publication.
Elizabeth Stark Powers is the author of a novel, Shy Girl, and two distributed films. She blogs at BookWritingWorld.com.

Start: 08/23/2014 1:00 pm

Please note: this event has been cancelled.

Eating locally grown, organic, and crueltyfree food is a laudable goal, but it’s hard to achieve without some help. The Green Teen Cookbook provides that essential assistance. It’s more than just a cookbook: it’s an all-in-one guide for going green and eating well. Pam McElroy is an editor and caterer living in San Francisco, California.

 

 

 

Start: 08/23/2014 3:00 pm
End: 08/23/2014 6:00 pm
 Please note: this event is cancelled. View our Cooks with Books event with Mark Kurlansky here.
 
Sat., Aug. 23 • 3:00-6:00 pm • Cavallo Point Cooking School • $125 per person
  
Once a week in the Kurlansky home, Mark and his young daughter spun the globe. The country on which her finger landed set the stage for that week’s dinner. This tradition morphed into a cookbook. There are 52 specific and simple dinner meals that include appetizers, main and side dishes, and a dessert for a full 250 recipes. Readers will enjoy the stories, insights, culture and history from his travels all over the the world. Mark Kurlansky is a playwright, journalist, and author of several books. If you have children who enjoy cooking, this may be the time to bring them. Seats are limited.

Start: 08/23/2014 4:00 pm
The Art of Tinkering ($32.50) is an unprecedented celebration of what it means to tinker: to take things apart, explore tools and materials, and build wondrous, wild art that’s part science and part technology. Join 150+ makers as they share the stories behind their beautiful and bold work—and use the special conductive ink on the cover to do some tinkering yourself!

Brought to you by the Exploratorium’s Tinkering Studio.

As codirectors of the Tinkering Studio, Karen Wilkinson and Mike Petrich see their roles at the Exploratorium as advocates for making as a way of knowing. They believe deeply in studio pedagogy and the ability that we all have to think with our hands, and are curious about how people develop personal and unique understandings of the world for themselves. As undergraduates, both attended the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, where Mike studied fine arts, filmmaking, and photography and Karen focused on environmental design. 

Before coming to the Exploratorium, they pursued graduate studies in education and technology at Harvard and MIT. Today, after more than twenty years working as a team to integrate science, art, and technology into curriculum for both in-school and out-of-school learning environments, they foster and facilitate informal learning spaces for making and tinkering, offering people a chance to connect to their own learning in a deeply personal way. They’ve worked with audiences as diverse as museum visitors, primary school students, Tibetan monks, prison inmates, and graduate school researchers, and are both happy to call the Tinkering Studio home, where they are able to work with a delightfully quirky group of artists, educators, and innovators. 

The Exploratorium—San Francisco’s renowned museum of science, art, and human perception—is dedicated to changing the way the world learns. Within the Exploratorium, the Tinkering Studio is a workshop in which science and technology become powerful tools for personal expression, and where visitors gather to participate in hands-on, mind-expanding activities and demonstrations.
 
Sunday August 24, 2014
Start: 08/24/2014 12:00 pm

Please note: this event has been cancelled.

In Cooking with an Asian Accent: Eastern Wisdom in a Western Kitchen ($29.99), award-winning author Ying Compestine  reveals how to make delicious home-cooked meals that nourish the senses and the soul using accessible ingredients, simple preparations, and thrilling flavors. Melding Eastern philosophy with Western-style efficiency, Ying's recipes offer a balanced approach to cooking everything from quick and healthy soups, salads, and stir-fries to sauces, condiments, and desserts. Accompanied by beautiful full-color photography and inspirational personal stories, this accessible, engaging book is ideal for anyone who aspires to home cooking that is simple, delicious, and revitalizing.

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: 08/24/2014 4:00 pm
The Sausalito Wooden Boat Tour ($19.95) guide book is a colorful and informative excursion revealing the diverse and historical path through this famed waterfront. Created as an accompaniment to the walking tour itself, it was first published in 2003 by Victoria Colella, owner and operator of the Sausalito Wooden Boat Tour and is now celebrating the publication of its third limited edition. 

Encompassing a collection of stories about the various vessels that flank the piers, this book is an insight into the bygone times of local characters and lore and includes color photos and the illustrative works by the author. The Sausalito Wooden Boat Tour guide book will educate and  delight Sausalito locals and visitors as they “Stroll the Docks of the Bay.”

Start: 08/24/2014 7:00 pm

The Tale of Hun Shim & Sun Mung ($19.95) begins as Mother Nature declares a grand new plan, devised to bring the world’s people closer together beyond their differences, to a very confused and skeptical crane. Hun Shim & Sun Mung, both born in Korea, are destined to travel to America where they will find their true parents according to Mother Nature’s design. With each trial and tribulation the girls face, the crane questions Mother Nature’s decision to have them move so far away to a family and community where so few people look like the girls. Each time the curious crane questions her decision Mother Nature reassures the crane that all of the difficulties the girls face will ultimately mold them into their true selves. As Mother Nature foretells, Hun Shim and Sun Mung grow to be great peacemakers, spreading charity throughout the world, which ultimately teaches the questioning crane to have faith in the ways of Nature.

The Tale of Hun Shim & Sun Mung is the debut novel of Michele Maleville.

 

Monday August 25, 2014
Start: 08/25/2014 7:00 pm
A tale of fathers and sons, the ties that bind, and the barriers of class that even love cannot break, Three Bargains ($25.95) is a stunning first novel, as potent, heart-stopping, and epic as Khaled Hosseini's The Kite Runner

By the banks of the River Yamuna in northern India, where rice paddies of basmati merge into fields of sugarcane, twelve-year-old Madan lives with his impoverished family in the town of Gorapur. Madan's father works for Avtaar Singh, a powerful and controlling man who owns the largest factory in town and much of the land around it. Madan's sharp mind and hardened determination catch Avtaar Singh's attention. When Madan's father's misdeeds jeopardize his sister's life, Madan strikes his first bargain with Avtaar Singh to save her. Drawn into Avtaar Singh's violent world, Madan becomes his son in every way but by blood. Suddenly it looks as if everything will change for Madan and his family until a forbidden love affair has brutal consequences and he is forced to leave behind all that is dear to him. On his journey toward redemption, Madan will have to bargain, once, twice, three times for his life and for the lives of those he loves.
 
Tania Malik was born in New Delhi, educated in boarding schools in the Himalayas, and raised in India, Africa, and the Middle East. She received her degree from the University of Delhi and currently lives in northern California with her husband, daughter, and dog.
 
Tuesday August 26, 2014
Start: 08/26/2014 10:30 am
End: 08/26/2014 12:30 pm
Eight Tuesdays: Aug. 26-Oct. 21 (no class Sept. 9) • 10:30-12:30pm • $250
 
 
 
 
The class will discuss and debate current issues, and students will also read a contemporary French novel.  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: 08/26/2014 1:00 pm
End: 08/26/2014 3:00 pm
Eight Tuesdays: Aug. 26-Oct. 21 (no class Sept. 9) • 1:00-3:00pm • $250
 
 
 
 
Selections from French authors and the French press, review of grammar, and a contemporary French novel. 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: 08/26/2014 7:00 pm
A grieving mother draws on her storied heritage to find her daughter in the afterlife.
 
When Sukey Forbes lost her six-year-old daughter, Charlotte, to a rare genetic disorder, she felt as if her life had shattered irreparably. As the scion of two distinguished New England families, Forbes was raised in a rarefied—if eccentric—life of privilege. Yet, Forbes’s family history is also rich with spiritual seekers, including her great-great-great-grandfather Ralph Waldo Emerson. On Naushon Island, the family’s private enclave off Cape Cod, apparitions have always been as common as the servants who once walked the back halls. But the “afterlife” took on new meaning once Forbes dipped into the world of clairvoyants to reconnect with Charlotte.
 
With a mission to help others by sharing her own story, Forbes chronicles a world of ghosts that reawakens us to a lost American spiritual tradition. Filled with rare and candid glimpses into the lives of the Forbes clan, The Angel in My Pocket ($27.95) is a moving and utterly unique tale of one mother’s undying love for her child.
 
Sukey Forbes currently splits her time between Mill Valley and Boston, where she runs an art, antiques, and interior design company.

Wednesday August 27, 2014
Start: 08/27/2014 7:00 pm

In the vein of Mary Roach’s Stiff comes Working Stiff, the true, frank, and funny account of a young forensic pathologist’s “rookie season” as a NYC medical examiner. Judy Melinek and her husband T.J. Mitchell lay bare the fascinating truth behind the glamorized depictions of autopsy work on such shows as CSI.

 

 

Thursday August 28, 2014
Start: 08/28/2014 2:00 pm
End: 08/28/2014 4:00 pm
Eight Thursdays: Aug. 28-Oct. 23 (no class Sept. 11) • 2:00-4:00pm • $250
 
 
 
 
The class will include a review of grammar and a reading of a French play. 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.

Saturday August 30, 2014
Start: 08/30/2014 10:00 am
End: 08/30/2014 4:00 pm
Sat., Aug. 30 • 10:00-4:00 • $105
 
 
  
 
Aristotle called plot “the most important element of storytelling.” But to plot properly, you must have a plan, and the plan must give rise to emotion. Does the plot always seem to elude you? Spend a day planning and plotting and find out what you’re missing. Bring your flat-lining fiction and nonfiction and fix it.
Linda Watanabe McFerrin is the founder of Left Coast Writers®. Her latest novel, Dead Love, was a Bram Stoker Award finalist.
 
Start: 08/30/2014 4:00 pm
How the Poor Can Save Capitalism ($24.95) has a simple message for business leaders: your primary goal must be to serve and raise the poor. The poor need to enter the economic system to buy products, put money in banks, and move into the middle class. This is the only approach that can possibly save the American Dream.
 
John Hope Bryant, successful self-made businessman and founder of the nonprofit Operation HOPE, says business and political leaders are ignoring the one force that could truly re-energize the stalled American economy: the poor. If we give poor communities the right tools, policies, and inspiration, he argues, they will be able to lift themselves up into the middle class and become a new generation of customers and entrepreneurs.

Raised in poverty-stricken, gang-infested South Central Los Angeles, Bryant saw firsthand how our institutions have abandoned the poor. He details how business loans, home loans, and financial investments have vanished from their communities. After decades of deprivation, the poor lack bank accounts, decent credit scores, and any real firsthand experience of how a healthy free enterprise system functions.

Bryant radically redefines the meaning of poverty and wealth. (It's not just a question of finances; it's values too.) He exposes why attempts to aid the poor so far have fallen short and offers a way forward: the HOPE Plan, a series of straightforward, actionable steps to build financial literacy and expand opportunity so that the poor can join the middle class.

Fully 70 percent of the American economy is driven by consumer spending, but more and more people have too much month at the end of their money. John Hope Bryant aspires to "expand the philosophy of free enterprise to include all of God's children" and create a thriving economy that works not just for the 1 percent or even the 99 percent but for the 100 percent. This is a free enterprise approach to solving the problem of poverty and raising up a new America.

John Hope Bryant is an entrepreneur, author, and advisor and one of the nation's most recognized empowerment leaders. He is the founder, chairman, and CEO of Operation HOPE and Bryant Group Companies. Recognized as one of Time magazine's "50 for the Future" leaders, Bryant is the author of Love Leadership and is the only African-American bestselling business author. He served as chairman of the President's Advisory Council on Financial Capability, Subcommittee on the Underserved and Community Empowerment, and was appointed by President Obama in 2014 as a member of the President's Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans. He is also cofounder of the Gallup-HOPE Index, the only national research poll on youth financial dignity and youth economic energy in the United States.
 
Tuesday September 02, 2014
Start: 09/02/2014 3:30 pm
End: 09/02/2014 5:30 pm
8 Tuesdays: Sept. 2-Oct. 21 • 3:30-5:30pm • $250
 
 
 
 
This is a Japanese Beginning I class that covers basic sentence structure, pronunciation, greetings, numbers, and conversation with polite form. We will learn about Japanese customs and etiquette. Our focus will be on conversation, but writing can be taught upon request.

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: 09/02/2014 6:00 pm
End: 09/02/2014 8:00 pm
Eight Tuesdays: Sept. 2-Oct. 21 • 6:00-8:00pm • $250
 
 
 
 
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: 09/02/2014 7:00 pm

Where did the ideas come from that became the cornerstone of American democracy? Not only the erudite Thomas Jefferson, the wily and elusive Ben Franklin, and the underappreciated Thomas Paine, but also Ethan Allen, the hero of the Green Mountain Boys, and Thomas Young, the forgotten Founder who kicked off the Boston Tea Party—these radicals who founded America set their sights on a revolution of the mind. Derided as “infidels” and “atheists” in their own time, they wanted to liberate us not just from one king but from the tyranny of supernatural religion. The ideas that inspired them were neither British nor Christian but largely ancient, pagan, and continental: the fecund universe of the Roman poet and philosopher Lucretius, the potent (but nontranscendent) natural divinity of the Dutch heretic Benedict de Spinoza. Drawing deeply on the study of European philosophy, Nature’s God: The Heretical Origins of the American Republic pursues a genealogy of the philosophical ideas from which America’s revolutionaries drew their inspiration, all scrupulously researched and documented and enlivened with storytelling of the highest order.

Matthew Stewart is the author of the books The Courtier and the Heretic: Leibniz, Spinoza, and the Fate of God in the Modern World and The Management Myth: Debunking the Modern Philosophy of Business. He lives in Boston, Massachuset

Wednesday September 03, 2014
Start: 09/03/2014 10:00 am
End: 09/03/2014 12:00 pm
Eight Wednesdays: Sept. 3-Oct. 22 • 10:00-12:00pm • $250
 
 
 
 
Josette Charbit Schwartz has taught at the Lycée Français, the Branson School, and French American International. “Josette makes us feel comfortable with asking questions or stumbling on new words, and that openness is absolutely essential to learning,” said one student.

Start: 09/03/2014 6:00 pm
End: 09/03/2014 8:00 pm
Eight Wednesdays: Sept. 3-Oct. 22 • 6:00-8:00pm • $250
 
 
 
 
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: 09/03/2014 6:30 pm
End: 09/03/2014 8:30 pm
 
This class is cancelled. Please contact the Classes department with any questions! 415-927-0960 ext. 1
 
 
Three Wednesdays: Sept. 3-17 • 6:30-8:30pm • $120

 
 
Dive deeply into the world of travel literature and improve your writing by studying the masters. We’ll discuss work by Bill Bryson, Pico Iyer, Paul Theroux, Jan Morris, Peter Matthiessen and Tim Cahill. Michael Shapiro interviewed each of these renowned authors for his book, A Sense of Place. Shapiro’s travel stories appear in National Geographic Traveler, Islands, American Way, Washington Post and S.F. Chronicle

Start: 09/03/2014 7:00 pm

Marin Shakespeare’s Artistic Director Robert Currier lectures on “The Wit and Wisdom of Oscar Wilde.” Wilde’s An Ideal Husband will be mounted by Marin Shakespeare from August 23 through September 27. The play focuses on a respected politician who’s spotless reputation is threatened by a dark secret.

Robert Currier co-founded Marin Shakespeare Company and is its original Artistic Director. He holds a B.A. in Drama and an M.F.A. in Directing from U.C. Irvine, where he helped establish the Objective Drama Project with the legendary theatrical guru Jerzy Grotowski in the early 1980's. An actor, director, writer and designer, Robert co-founded Encounter With the Theatre at the Woodstock Illinois Opera House (artistic home of the young Orson Welles) in 1971 and the still thriving Ukiah Players Theatre in 1977. He and Lesley initiated Baja Shakespeare, Baja del Sur's only live classical theatre company in Los Barriles, Mexico in 2001. At Marin Shakespeare Company, he has been nominated for "Best Director" and his productions for "Best Production" numerous times by the Bay Area Critics Circle, Choice Awards, and others. His 1994 production of A Midsummer Night's Dream won the Bay Area Theatre Critics Award for "Best Overall Production".

Thursday September 04, 2014
Start: 09/04/2014 11:15 am
End: 09/04/2014 1:15 pm
Seven Thursdays: Sept. 4-Oct. 23 (no class Sept. 25) • 11:15-1:15pm • $220
 
 
 
 
Josette Charbit Schwartz has taught at the Lycée Français, the Branson School, and French American International. “Josette makes us feel comfortable with asking questions or stumbling on new words, and that openness is absolutely essential to learning,” said one student.

Start: 09/04/2014 6:00 pm
End: 09/04/2014 8:00 pm

8 Thurs., Sept. 4-Oct. 23 • 6:00-8:00pm • $250

 

 

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.”



 

 

 

Start: 09/04/2014 6:30 pm
End: 09/04/2014 8:30 pm
Four Thursdays: Sept. 4-25 • 6:30-8:30pm • $160
 
 
 
 
 
 
Have you always wanted to write but weren't sure where to begin? Do you think you don't have the time or discipline? Leslie Keenan has 28 years' experience in helping people uncover and release their ideas. She has worked on over 80 published books and knows what it takes to get a book from the first glimmer of an idea into its published form.
 
 
Start: 09/04/2014 7:00 pm
It’s the rule—always watch your fives and twenty-fives. When a convoy halts to investigate a possible roadside bomb, stay in the vehicle and scan five meters in every direction. A bomb inside five meters cuts through the armor, killing everyone in the truck. Once clear, get out and sweep twenty-five meters. A bomb inside twenty-five meters kills the dismounted scouts investigating the road ahead.

Fives and twenty-fives mark the measure of a marine’s life in the road repair platoon. Dispatched to fill potholes on the highways of Iraq, the platoon works to assure safe passage for citizens and military personnel. Their mission lacks the glory of the infantry, but in a war where every pothole contains a hidden bomb, road repair brings its own danger.

Lieutenant Donavan leads the platoon, painfully aware of his shortcomings and isolated by his rank. Doc Pleasant, the medic, joined for opportunity, but finds his pride undone as he watches friends die. And there’s Kateb, known to the Americans as Dodge, an Iraqi interpreter whose love of American culture—from hip-hop to the dog-eared copy of Huck Finn he carries—is matched only by his disdain for what Americans are doing to his country.

Returning home, they exchange one set of decisions and repercussions for another, struggling to find a place in a world that no longer knows them. A debut both transcendent and rooted in the flesh, Fives and Twenty-Fives is a deeply necessary novel. - See more at: http://www.bloomsbury.com/us/fives-and-twenty-fives-9781620407547/#sthash.caea1qlX.dpuf
Michael Pitre is a graduate of LSU, where, as a double major in history and creative writing, he studied with Andrei Codrescu and Mark Jude Poirier. He joined the US Marines in 2002, deploying twice to Iraq and attaining the rank of Captain before leaving the service in 2010 to get his MBA at Loyola. He lives in New Orleans - See more at: http://www.bloomsbury.com/author/michael-pitre#sthash.pfGbsFeT.dpuf

It’s the rule—always watch your fives and twenty-fives. When a convoy halts to investigate a possible roadside bomb, stay in the vehicle and scan five meters in every direction. A bomb inside five meters cuts through the armor, killing everyone in the truck. Once clear, get out and sweep twenty-five meters. A bomb inside twenty-five meters kills the dismounted scouts investigating the road ahead. In Fives and Twenty-Fives, Lieutenant Donavan leads the platoon, painfully aware of his shortcomings and isolated by his rank. Doc Pleasant, the medic, joined for opportunity, but finds his pride undone as he watches friends die. And there’s Kateb, known to the Americans as Dodge, an Iraqi interpreter whose love of American culture—from hip-hop to the dog-eared copy of Huck Finn he carries—is matched only by his disdain for what Americans are doing to his country. In this "deeply moving" book, Pitre conveys "the harrowing consequences that the war had not only for the American soldiers who served there, but also for the ordinary Iraqis, who found that the United States government’s vows to keep them safe were among the many promises not kept."

Michael Pitre is a graduate of LSU, where, as a double major in history and creative writing, he studied with Andrei Codrescu and Mark Jude Poirier. He joined the US Marines in 2002, deploying twice to Iraq and attaining the rank of Captain before leaving the service in 2010 to get his MBA at Loyola. He lives in New Orleans.

 

Michael Pitre is a graduate of LSU, where, as a double major in history and creative writing, he studied with Andrei Codrescu and Mark Jude Poirier. He joined the US Marines in 2002, deploying twice to Iraq and attaining the rank of Captain before leaving the service in 2010 to get his MBA at Loyola. He lives in New Orleans - See more at: http://www.bloomsbury.com/author/michael-pitre#sthash.pfGbsFeT.dpuf
Michael Pitre is a graduate of LSU, where, as a double major in history and creative writing, he studied with Andrei Codrescu and Mark Jude Poirier. He joined the US Marines in 2002, deploying twice to Iraq and attaining the rank of Captain before leaving the service in 2010 to get his MBA at Loyola. He lives in New Orleans - See more at: http://www.bloomsbury.com/author/michael-pitre#sthash.pfGbsFeT.dpuf
Michael Pitre is a graduate of LSU, where, as a double major in history and creative writing, he studied with Andrei Codrescu and Mark Jude Poirier. He joined the US Marines in 2002, deploying twice to Iraq and attaining the rank of Captain before leaving the service in 2010 to get his MBA at Loyola. He lives in New Orleans - See more at: http://www.bloomsbury.com/author/michael-pitre#sthash.pfGbsFeT.dpuf
Friday September 05, 2014
Start: 09/05/2014 12:00 pm
End: 09/05/2014 2:00 pm

8 Fri., Sept. 5-Oct. 24 • 12:00-2:00pm • $250


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.” 

 

 

 

 

Start: 09/05/2014 7:00 pm

Rosetta doesn't want her new husband, Jeremiah, to enlist, but he joins up, hoping to make enough money that they'll be able to afford their own farm someday. Though she's always worked by her father's side as the son he never had, now that Rosetta is a wife she's told her place is inside with the other women. But Rosetta decides her true place is with Jeremiah, no matter what that means, and to be with him she cuts off her hair and signs up as a Union soldier. Inspired by more than two hundred documented accounts of the women who fought in the Civil War, I Shall Be Near to You is the intimate story, in Rosetta's powerful and gorgeous voice, of the drama of marriage, one woman's amazing exploits, and the tender love story that can unfold when two partners face life's challenges side by side.

Erin Lindsay McCabe studied Literature at University of California, Santa Cruz, and taught high school English before completing her MFA at St. Mary's College of California in 2010. She has taught Composition at St. Mary's and Butte College and resides in Northern California with her husband and son and a small menagerie that includes one dog, four cats, two horses, ten chickens, and two goats.

Six months before her execution date, Noa is visited on Pennsylvania's death row by high-powered attorney Marlene Dixon, who initiates a clemency petition on her behalf. Marlene also happens to be the mother of Noa's victim, Sarah, and ten years earlier, she helped cement Noa's fate on the witness stand. What unfolds is the haunting account of Noa P. Singleton, an insular, acerbic thirty-five-year-old woman who agrees to entertain this last-minute appeal because Marlene has unexpectedly reversed her belief in the death penalty. The Execution of Noa P. Singleton is a character-driven story about two women whose lives are inextricably linked through the law, through shared sentiments of guilt, and through irreversible mistakes, Noa and Marlene's motivations become increasingly nebulous, and in the end they must accept that they are both, in fact, a blurred spectrum of good and evil.

Elizabeth L. Silver grew up in New Orleans and Dallas and currently lives in Los Angeles.  She holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania, an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia in England, and a JD from Temple University Beasley School of Law. She has taught ESL in Costa Rica, writing and literature at several universities in Philadelphia, and worked as a research attorney for the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. 

Saturday September 06, 2014
Start: 09/06/2014 10:00 am
End: 09/06/2014 4:00 pm
This class has been cancelled. If you have any questions, please contact the Classes dept. at 415-927-0960 ext. 1
 
Sat., Sept. 6 • 10:00-4:00pm • $105

 
Has your writing practice gotten a little flabby? Get back in shape with this one-day intensive session. Our exercises and explorations will help you tone the core muscles of fiction: plot, character, setting, and description. Perfect for both the veteran who wants a refresher and the novice who is just learning the ropes. Eli Brown is the author of Cinnamon & Gunpowder

Start: 09/06/2014 12:30 pm
End: 09/06/2014 4:30 pm
Sat., Sept. 6 • 12:30-4:30pm • $75
 
 
 
 
You want to see your work in print, but you are blocked. How do you write a good query letter, find markets for your stories, or make agents fall in love with your book? In this class, I will show you where to find markets and how to edit your query, cheer you on as you click send and get your work into the hands of editors and agents.
Elizabeth Stark Powers is the author of a novel, Shy Girl, and two distributed films. She blogs at BookWritingWorld.com.

Start: 09/06/2014 1:00 pm
Bring the indoors outdoors with these inspiring design ideas. Gardens should be spaces that invite gathering, entertaining, and relaxing-gardens are for living. This is the philosophy behind Judy Kameon's design, and it reflects a shift in the way people today relate to the areas around their homes. Kameon has developed a unique style of creating rooms outside. By extending interior design to the exterior, she shows how to expand effectively the space of the home. What's more, gardens provide opportunities to engage with our surroundings and with each other in new ways.

In Gardens Are For Living ($50.00) Kameon shares insights for making dynamic outdoor spaces that are both beautiful and usable. Inspired by the midcentury-modern ethos that introduced the idea of everyday outdoor living, she shares strategies for making complete environments-what to look for when choosing the paths, walls, and plants but also the lighting, furniture, and accessories. The goal is to create a linked series of warm settings for different purposes to suit different occasions-whether it is a patio for cocktails around the fire pit, a large table for dinner parties, or a cozy hangout nook for curling up with a book. She also shows how to use elements like mats, pillows, lanterns, and benches to carve out individual retreats. It is an inspiring lifestyle with deep roots in California, but one that can be created anywhere.

Judy Kameon has twenty years of experience as a landscape designer in Los Angeles. Her work has been featured in Garden Design, House & Garden, Dwell, The New York Times, Vogue, and Sunset. Jonathan Adler is an interior decorator and author of 100 Ways to Happy Chic Your Life.
 

Start: 09/06/2014 4:00 pm

Why would someone sell nearly everything he owns, then pack up and travel for three years, alone, on a motorcycle? One day Allan Karl woke up to discover that he was unemployed and his marriage had ended in divorce.
Allan looked at these forks in the road of his life as an opportunity to both follow a life-long dream and pursue his passions. He hopped on his motorcycle and traveled around the world. After three years and 62,000 miles of riding, through 35 countries on 5 continents, he returned home only to set out on another journey--to share the truths he'd uncovered and the lessons learned during his adventure around the world. Through stories, color photos, and the flavors of real local food, Forks brings his adventure to life and the world to your table: the kindness of strangers, the beauty of humanity, the colors of culture, and the powerful gift of human connection.

Allan Karl is an author, photographer, marketing entrepreneur, professional keynote speaker, and committed adventurer. He is also principal of WorldRider Productions where he focuses on speaking, publishing, coaching, and creating content that brings to life his stories and experiences around the world.

Sunday September 07, 2014
Start: 09/07/2014 4:00 pm

In conversation with William C. Gordon

An epic tale of love, loyalty, and war from the acclaimed author of Monkey Bridge.

Half a century after it began, the Vietnam War still has a hold on our national psyche. Lan Cao’s now-classic debut, Monkey Bridge, won her wide renown for “connecting . . . the opposite realities of Vietnam and America” (Isabel Allende). In her triumphant new novel, The Lotus and the Storm ($27.95), Cao transports readers back to the war, illuminating events central to twentieth-century history through the lives of one Vietnamese American family.

Minh is a former South Vietnamese commander of the airborne brigade who left his homeland with his daughter, Mai. During the war, their lives became entwined with those of two Americans: James, a soldier, and Cliff, a military adviser. Forty years later, Minh and his daughter Mai live in a close-knit Vietnamese immigrant community in suburban Virginia. As Mai discovers a series of devastating truths about what really happened to her family during those years, Minh reflects upon his life and the story of love and betrayal that has remained locked in his heart since the fall of Saigon.

Lan Cao is a novelist and a renowned expert in international law, trade, and economic development. A professor at Chapman Law School, she lives in Huntington Beach, California.

 

Start: 09/07/2014 7:00 pm

Call From Paris, 2007 Washington Prize winner, in a fully revised second edition: Song, incantation, and a disarming but everyday mysticism infuse the poems of Prartho Sereno. She creates a universe that is both exotic and familiar. Says acclaimed poet Bruce Smith, "...radiant energy... a book that enters the mind and the body and lives there." And Dorianne Laux, "There is a spark and swing in these poems, a touch of the surreal, and a great gust of soul...a joy to read. Ecoutez!"

Life-time advocate for poetry in everyday life, Prartho Sereno has taught the popular course Poetic Pilgrimage: Poetry Writing as Spiritual Practice at the College of Marin for the past 8 years, and as a California Poet in the Schools for 15. Her illustrated poetry collection Causing a Stir: The Secret Lives & Loves of Kitchen Utensils was awarded an IPPY in 2008 and a Mom's Choice Gold in 2010 

With the help of psychedelic drugs, Jashanananda turned away from academia and began an inner quest to find what’s real. This journey led him to Eastern religions and down the path of yoga, which carried him through a twenty-year marriage, a job in corporate America, and raising three children in the mountains of Colorado.

Then, one day, in the midst of his middleclass suburban life, he had an awakening and everything changed. He was back on his journey in search of his true self, the source of love, and the true nature of existence. Out of the Sixties is the story of his journey.

 

 

Monday September 08, 2014
Start: 09/08/2014 8:30 am
End: 09/08/2014 10:15 am

Eight Mondays: Sept. 8- Oct. 27 • 8:30-10:15am • $250

 

 

 

Gisella Petrone has a Master’s degree from the University of Calabria. She has taught Eng­lish, Italian, Latin, Roman History, and Italian cooking.

Start: 09/08/2014 9:00 am
End: 09/08/2014 11:00 am
Eight Mondays: Sept. 8-Oct. 27 • 9:00-11:00am • $250
 
 
 
 
Continuation of grammar and language immersion. Graciela Pera was born in Buenos Aires. She is a graduate of the University of Buenos Aires and has been teaching Spanish for over 35 years.

Start: 09/08/2014 10:00 am
End: 09/08/2014 12:00 pm
Seven Mondays: Sept. 8-Oct. 20 • 10:00-12:00pm • $220
 
 
 
 
Josette Charbit Schwartz has taught at the Lycée Français, the Branson School, and French American International. “Josette makes us feel comfortable with asking questions or stumbling on new words, and that openness is absolutely essential to learning,” said one student.

Start: 09/08/2014 12:40 pm
End: 09/08/2014 2:25 pm
Nine Mondays: Sept. 8- Nov. 3 • 12:40-2:25 pm • $280
 
 
 
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: 09/08/2014 7:00 pm
 
Kate Murphy first encounters Jake Bloom as her patient in a hospital emergency room, but it is only later, when she experiences his sculptures on Ocean Beach that she is forever changed. Jake reveals beauty Kate has never noticed and exposes her to spontaneity, sensuality, and love deeper than she’d imagined it could be. Beneath Jake’s brilliance lies the menace of his profound and trecherous mental illness that Kate has yet to discover. Fire & Water is Kate’s story of navigating the treacherous territory of passionate love, friendship, and family devotion. It is the story of how love is always a matter of life and death.
 
In both her works of memoir and fiction, Betsy Graziani Fasbinder explores the unending complications of people living, working, and loving one another. She has been awarded the Floyd Salas Award, a Jack London award and two East of Eden awards for both fiction and memoir pieces.  Four of her pieces have been produced as Readers’ Theater works in the historic Nevada Theater in Nevada City, California.  She is the also co-producer of The Women’s Writing Salon in Nevada County.

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 bookpassage.com/left-coast-writers
Tuesday September 09, 2014
Start: 09/09/2014 8:30 am
End: 09/09/2014 10:15 am

Eight Tuesdays: Sept. 9- Oct. 28 • 8:30-10:15am • $250

 

 

 

Gisella Petrone has a Master’s degree from the University of Calabria. She has taught Eng­lish, Italian, Latin, Roman History, and Italian cooking.

Start: 09/09/2014 9:00 am
End: 09/09/2014 10:45 am
Nine Tuesdays: Sept. 9-Nov. 4 • 9:00-10:45 am • $280
 
 
 
 
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: 09/09/2014 10:00 am
End: 09/09/2014 12:00 pm
Eight Tuesdays: Sept. 9-Oct. 28 • 10:00-12:00pm • $250
 
 
 
 
Graciela Pera was born in Buenos Aires. She is a graduate of the University of Buenos Aires and has been teaching Spanish for over 35 years.

Start: 09/09/2014 10:30 am
End: 09/09/2014 12:15 pm

Eight Tuesdays: Sept. 9- Oct. 28 • 10:30-12:15pm • $250

 

 

 

Gisella Petrone has a Master’s degree from the University of Calabria. She has taught Eng­lish, Italian, Latin, Roman History, and Italian cooking.

Start: 09/09/2014 10:30 am
End: 09/09/2014 12:30 pm
Five Tuesdays: Sept. 9, Oct. 14, Nov. 11, Dec. 9, & Jan. 13 • 10:30-12:30pm • $105
 
 
 
 
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.
 
September: Schroder, Amity Gage
October: We Need New Names, NoViolet Bulawayo,
November: A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, Anthony Marra
December: Young God, Katherine Faw Morris
January: All the Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr
Start: 09/09/2014 6:00 pm
In her masterful second book, Anne Germanacos gets right down to the elemental: the single line. Tribute ($16.00) is a work of prose--novel, essay, experiment in narrative?--created from distinct lines, a work of continual shape-shift and exhilarating motion. Tribute chronicles the daily life of a woman whose mother is dying and who begins to see a psychoanalyst, a woman who lives among lovers, sisters, and children, across continents and their conflicts (New York, San Francisco, Crete, Cyprus, Israel/Palestine). The book that results offers us both her story--forcefully sensual, vibrantly lived--and, through its bold form, her complex relationship to story.

Germanacos's restless relationship to form is born of that most essential restlessness: desire. In Tribute she documents desire's manifold incarnations, the body's and the mind's; she pays beautiful tribute to the force of desire and to those who have been bold enough to try to comprehend it--gentle echoes remind us of H.D. and her Freud. In the tradition of Clarice Lispector, David Markson, and Marguerite Duras, Tribute takes us deep into the borderlands where fiction and nonfiction meet. The first book in Rescue Press's new series of innovative prose, this is a work of profound ambition and rare urgency.

Anne Germanacos is the author of the short-story collection In the Time of the Girls. Together with her husband, Nick Germanacos, she ran the Ithaka Cultural Studies Program on the islands of Kalymnos and Crete. She now runs the Germanacos Foundation in San Francisco.
 
Start: 09/09/2014 7:00 pm
In this stunning and important work, the prominent critic, poet, and memoirist Sandra M. Gilbert explores our relationship with food and eating through discussions of literature, art, and popular culture. Focusing on contemporary practices, The Culinary Imagination ($29.95) traces the social, aesthetic, and political history of food from myth to modernity, from ancient sources to our current wave of food mania.
 
What does it mean to transform raw stuff into cooked dishes, which then become part of our own bodies; to savor festive meals yet resolve to renounce gluttony; to act as predators where in another life we might have become prey? Do the rituals of the kitchen have different meanings for men and women, for professional chefs and home cooks? Why, today, do so many of us turn so passionately toward table topics, on the page, online, and on screen? What are the philosophical implications of the food chain on which we all find ourselves?

In The Culinary Imagination, Gilbert addresses these powerful questions through meditations on myths and memoirs, children's books, novels, poems, food blogs, paintings, TV shows, and movies. Discussing figures from Rex Stout to Julia Child and Andy Warhol, from M. F. K. Fisher and Sylvia Plath to Alice Waters and Peter Singer, she analyzes the politics and poetics of our daily bread, investigating our complex self-definitions as producers, consumers, and connoisseurs of food. The result is an ambitious, lively, and learned examination of the ways in which our culture's artists have represented food across a range of genres.

Sandra M. Gilbert has published numerous volumes of criticism, including, most recently, Death's Door: Modern Dying and the Ways We Grieve, as well as eight collections of poetry and a memoir. She is coeditor (with Susan Gubar) of The Norton Anthology of Literature by Women and a recipient of the National Book Critics Circle's Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award. A Distinguished Professor of English emerita at the University of California, Davis, she lives in Berkeley, California.
 
Wednesday September 10, 2014
Start: 09/10/2014 8:30 am
End: 09/10/2014 10:15 am

Eight Wednesdays: Sept. 10- Oct. 29 • 8:30-10:15am • $250

 

 

 

Gisella Petrone has a Master’s degree from the University of Calabria. She has taught Eng­lish, Italian, Latin, Roman History, and Italian cooking.

Start: 09/10/2014 9:00 am
End: 09/10/2014 11:00 am
Eight Wednesdays: Sept. 10-Oct. 29 • 9:00-11:00 am • $250
 
 
 
 
Continuation of grammar and language immersion. Graciela Pera was born in Buenos Aires. She is a graduate of the University of Buenos Aires and has been teaching Spanish for over 35 years.

Start: 09/10/2014 11:30 am
End: 09/10/2014 1:15 pm

Eight Wednesdays: Sept. 10- Oct. 29 • 11:30-1:15pm • $250

 

 

 

Gisella Petrone has a Master’s degree from the University of Calabria. She has taught Eng­lish, Italian, Latin, Roman History, and Italian cooking.

Start: 09/10/2014 7:00 pm
A coming-of-age memoir by a Colombian-Cuban woman about shaping lessons from home into a new, queer life

In her lyrical coming-of-age memoir, Daisy Hernández, the daughter of a Colombian mother and Cuban father, chronicles what the colorful women in her community taught her about race, sex, money, and love. On the outskirts of New York City, Daisy starts out in English-as-a-second-language classes and ends up writing for the New York Times. In between, she struggles to come out as a bisexual and rebels against her family's expectations that she become white-like the Italians. A touching and heartfelt exploration of family and identity, A Cup of Water Under My Bed ($24.95) is about sexuality, immigration, race, and class, but it is ultimately a daughter's story of shaping lessons from home into a new, queer life.

Daisy Hernández is the coeditor of Colonize This! Young Women of Color on Today's Feminism and former executive editor of ColorLines magazine. She speaks at colleges and conferences about feminism, race, and media justice, and her writing has appeared in the New York Times, NPR's All Things Considered, and Ms. magazine. She lives in Arlington, Virginia.
 
Start: 09/10/2014 7:00 pm

In conversation with Tom Barbash

"For the past twelve years, since his lauded Esther Stories, Peter Orner has been engaged in a strange, quiet, and wonderful experiment...Every story in Last Car Over the Sagamore Bridge is excellent, incisive, moving." —Lauren Groff, The New York Times Book Review

"Taken as a whole, as the sum of its parts, this is a stirring and important book, one that will wash over readers and create a sensation similar to that of moving slowly through a museum, encountering masterpiece after masterpiece.” —Skip Horack, San Francisco Chronicle

“Mr. Orner packs remarkable pathos into his condensed dramas.” —Sam Sacks, Wall Street Journal

“This is an ideal moment to appreciate a master of his form.” —John Williams, New York Times

Peter Orner zeroes in on the strange ways our memories define us: A woman's husband dies before their divorce is finalized; a man runs for governor of Illinois and loses much more than an election; two brothers play beneath the infamous bridge at Chappaquiddick. Employing the masterful compression for which Orner has been widely praised, Last Car Over the Sagamore Bridge presents a kaleidoscope of individual lives viewed in startling, intimate close-up. Whether writing of Geraldo Rivera's attempt to reveal the contents of Al Capone's vault or of a father and daughter trying to outrun a hurricane, Orner illuminates universal themes. In stories that span considerable geographic ground--from Chicago to Wyoming, from Massachusetts to the Czech Republic--he writes of the past we can't seem to shake, the losses we can't make up for, and the power of our stories to help us reclaim what we thought was gone forever.

Peter Orner is the author of Esther Stories, The Second Coming of Mavala Shikongo, and Love and Shame and Love. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in the New York Times, The Atlantic, The Paris Review, Granta, McSweeney's, Best American Stories, and other periodicals. Orner has received the Rome Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, The Goldberg Prize for Jewish Fiction, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and two Pushcart Prizes. He teaches at San Francisco State University and lives in Bolinas, California.

Thursday September 11, 2014
Start: 09/11/2014 9:00 am
End: 09/11/2014 11:00 am
Nine Thursdays: Sept. 11-Nov. 13 (no class Nov. 6) • 9:00-11:00 am • $280
 
 
 
 
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: 09/11/2014 9:30 am
End: 09/11/2014 11:30 am
Eight Thursdays: Sept. 11-Oct. 30 • 9:30-11:30 am • $250
 
 
 
 
This class is for beginners or those who have previously had some exposure to German.Hamid Emami has a master’s degree from the University of Hamburg, and he is fluent in German, English, French, Spanish, and Farsi. He has taught German for many years.
 
Start: 09/11/2014 10:00 am
End: 09/11/2014 12:00 pm
Eight Thursdays: Sept. 11-Oct. 30 • 10:00-12:00pm • $250
 
 
 
 
A basic introduction for students just beginning to study Spanish. Graciela Pera was born in Buenos Aires. She is a graduate of the University of Buenos Aires and has been teaching Spanish for over 35 years.

Start: 09/11/2014 12:45 pm
End: 09/11/2014 2:30 pm

Eight Thursdays: Sept. 11- Oct. 30 • 12:45-2:30pm • $250

 

 

 

Gisella Petrone has a Master’s degree from the University of Calabria. She has taught Eng­lish, Italian, Latin, Roman History, and Italian cooking.

Start: 09/11/2014 6:00 pm

In 2009, journalist Samuel Fromartz was offered the assignment of a lifetime: to travel to France to work in a boulangerie. So began his quest to hone not just his homemade baguette—which later beat out professional bakeries to win the “Best Baguette of D.C.”—but his knowledge of bread, from seed to table. For the next four years, Fromartz traveled across the United States and Europe, perfecting his sourdough in California, his whole grain rye in Berlin, and his country wheat in the South of France. Along the way, he met historians, millers, farmers, wheat geneticists, sourdough biochemists, and everyone in between, learning about the history of breadmaking, the science of fermentation, and more. The result is In Search of the Perfect Loaf: A Home Baker's Odyssey, an informative yet personal account of bread and breadbaking, complete with detailed recipes, tips, and beautiful photographs.

Samuel Fromartz is a business journalist who began his career at Reuters in 1985. His first job was writing the "news ticker" that ran in New York City's Grand Central Station. He then covered virtually every aspect of business, working as a correspondent and editor in New York and Washington, D.C. He left Reuters in 1997 to pursue a freelance career. His work has since appeared in Fortune Small Business, Inc., Business Week, The New York Times, and many other publications. His story on a bankrupt restaurant chain was published in the anthology, Best Business Stories of the Year 2002. A native of Brooklyn, New York, he currently lives in Washington D.C., with his wife and daughter and works from home, a situation that affords him time to cook dinner for the family.

Friday September 12, 2014
Start: 09/12/2014 10:00 am
End: 09/12/2014 12:00 pm
Four Fridays: Sept. 12-Oct. 3 • 10:00-12:00pm • $140
 
PLEASE NOTE THIS CLASS HAS BEEN CANCELLED. FOR INFORMATION ABOUT UPCOMING CLASSES OR ANY OTHER QUESTIONS, PLEASE CONTACT THE BOOK PASSAGE CLASSES DEPARTMENT AT 415-927-0960 x1

Join Kerrin Meis on a virtual tour of St. Petersburg, Moscow, and the Cities of the Golden Ring to study their architecture, moving from medieval times to the Italian contributions of the 18th century, from 11th-century icons to Malevich and beyond. We’ll include the paintings, sculpture, and artifacts of the Kremlin, the incomparable Hermitage, the Pushkin Gallery, the Russian Museum and the Tretyakov Gallery. A coda to the course will be a look at the thousands of works of avant-garde art smuggled out of Russia by Norman Dodge, now at Rutgers University.
 
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: 09/12/2014 10:30 am
End: 09/12/2014 12:30 pm
Five Fridays: Sept. 12, Oct. 17, Nov. 14, Dec. 12, & Jan. 16 • 10:30-12:30pm • $105
 
 
 
 
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.
 
September: Schroder, Amity Gage 
October: We Need New Names, NoViolet Bulawayo,
November: A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, Anthony Marra
December: Young God, Katherine Faw Morris
January: All the Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr
 
Start: 09/12/2014 7:00 pm
A cookbook-slash-handbook to help anybody make plant-powered eating a habit and enjoy lasting, vibrant health-the fun way!

Researchers agree: The best foods for health are whole-plant foods. But for veg-curious omnivores and junk-food vegans alike, it's not easy to move away from the standard American diet toward eating more vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and other minimally processed plants.

In Plant-Powered for Life ($18.95), Sharon Palmer, RD, presents a straightforward, delicious way to meet the challenge. She urges readers to set a personal goal and take one step closer to it every week. Each chapter-from "Aim for at least 6 servings of veggies" to "Give sprouted grains a try"-includes a call to action, a clear, concise explanation, and two to three globally inspired recipes, which cover every meal, course, and season.

With this guide, anyone can forge new habits, cook great food, and enjoy a healthy plant-powered life-one tasty step at a time.
 
Sharon Palmer, RD, is a registered dietitian, editor of the award-winning health newsletter Environmental Nutrition, and a nationally recognized nutrition expert who has personally impacted thousands of people’s lives through her writing and clinical work. She lives outside of Los Angeles with her husband and two sons.

Saturday September 13, 2014
Start: 09/13/2014 10:00 am
End: 09/13/2014 2:00 pm
 
This class is cancelled. If you have any questions, please contact the Classes Dept at 415-927-0960 ext 1. 
 
Sat., Sept. 13 • 10:00-2:00 pm • $60
 

 
 
 
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: 09/13/2014 10:00 am

Two is best friends with One. Whenever they'd get the chance, they'd dance. She'd sing and snap. He'd tappity-tap. What a pair they made. At the end of each day, they'd always say, "ONE, TWO, I'll count on you, 'til the end, we'll be best friends." Until Three jumps in between them . . . Suddenly, One only wants to play with Three. "ONE, THREE, odds we'll be " they chant. Two feels left out. But what can she do? Another character-building counting book by award-winning author Kathryn OtoshiTwo is a powerful story of friendship, loss, letting go, and self-discovery.

Kathryn Otoshi is an award-winning writer & illustrator living in the Bay Area. Books she's written & illustrated include: What Emily Saw, Simon & the Sock Monster, One - winner of 10 nationwide awards -and her upcoming bookZero. Books she has illustrated only include: Marcello the Movie Mouse, The Saddest Little Robot, and Maneki Neko: The Tale of the Beckoning Cat. 

 

 

Start: 09/13/2014 12:30 pm
A playful and delicious cookbook, from the host of ABC’s Food for Thought with Claire Thomas and creator of the much loved food blog The Kitchy Kitchen.
 
Every cook needs an arsenal of staples, whether for the perfect dinner party entrée to wow a crowd, or throw-it-together lunches for lazy afternoons…but we all know that the real fun comes in making basic recipes your own. The Kitchy Kitchen ($26.00) is tastemaker Claire Thomas’s solution for amping up your everyday culinary routine, introducing her approach to her own kitchen: loose, personal, unfussy, and most of all, fun.

With new takes on classic favorites—think adding farmer’s market peaches to upgrade a BLT, spicing up tempura cauliflower with a zesty harissa sauce, or transforming basic red velvet cupcakes into decadent pancakes—this cookbook is filled with fresh, produce-driven recipes for every skill set and occasion. It’s your best friend and personal chef, all rolled into one. Gorgeously illustrated and peppered with stylish entertaining tips and quirky essays that will inspire you to take the recipes you love and make them new, The Kitchy Kitchen will make your life in the kitchen a little easier, a little more fabulous, and positively delicious.

Claire Thomas is an unabashed food enthusiast and the host of Food for Thought with Claire Thomas, part of Litton’s Weekend Adventure on ABC. She works as a nationally recognized commercial director, food photographer, and writer, with her blog, The Kitchy Kitchen, as her experiment and much beloved playground. Born and raised in LA, Claire has turned food into an intellectual and grumbling stomach–driven passion.
 
Start: 09/13/2014 1:00 pm
From licking a Monet in Paris, to pushing an abusive macho honeymooner off his sailboat in the shark-infested Galápagos, to saving her toddler son from a charging bull elephant in Africa, these delightful tales will inspire readers to follow the call of a wild life and leave home with their doors unlocked. The 14 captivating woman’s adventure stories in Wild Life: Travel Adventures of a Worldly Woman ($14.95) by Lisa Alpine span the savanna of the Masai Mara to the ski resorts of Switzerland. Tales of taking it too far in foreign countries are woven together with stories of sadness and joy, from hitchhiking with her son in New Zealand to the sorrow of her last meal with her mother suffering from dementia. Initiations, dreams, and visions illuminate the exotic landscapes in which these journeys take place, pulling the reader along to experience the far-off places and share in the personal evolution of the author as she lives the “Wild Life”.
 
Lisa Alpine is the author of Wild Life: Travel Adventures of a Worldly Woman and Exotic Life: Travel Tales of an Adventurous Woman ($12.95) (Best Women's Adventure Memoir BAIPA Book Awards). She is the winner of many awards including Best Travel Story of the Year 2014 Solas Silver for Fish Trader Ray.
 
Start: 09/13/2014 4:00 pm

France, 1940: Nazi forces march towards Paris. Lili Rosenswig's wealthy and eccentric family is ensconced in their country chateau with their sumptuous collection of arts and antiques. The beloved Matisse portrait of Lili's mother has been brought from their Paris salon for safety. It is the day before young lovers Lili and Paul are to be married that they are forced to flee and their fortunes change irrevocably. Lili and her family escape but Paul must stay behind to defend his country. In their struggle to adapt to changing circumstances in an unpredictable world, all are pushed to reinvent themselves. When top Nazi Herman Goring loots their Matisse portrait, their story is intertwined with the fate of the painting. Portrait of a Woman in White is a moving family saga, an obsessive search for lost love and lost art and how far we will go to survive.

Susan Winkler is the author of four editions of The Paris Shopping Companion. A former print journalist for Fairchild Publications in New York, she studied French literature at Bennington College (BA), Stanford University (MA), L'Academie in Paris, and the University of Geneva, and has a lifelong interest in art. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her family.

Start: 09/13/2014 7:00 pm

A Sleuth in Sausalito takes place in California during the wild and free-living days of Sausalito. Poets, painters and philosophers dotted this artsy town, as well as a community of people living on houseboats. The river rats vs. the hill people continue an ongoing battle.

After ten years of not knowing what happened to her mother when she disappeared, Gwen Harris is notified that recently discovered remains might be those of her mother. Leaving the University of Michigan to find out what she can in Sausalito, where her mother disappeared, Gwen begins a long and arduous journey of discovering what happened, and who is responsible. Her trust in several people is shattered by secrecy, betrayal and deception. She begins to feel she can trust no one. Ultimately, she must decide who her real friends are, and who she will be able to forgive.

Carol Sheldon is the author of Mother Lode and Driven to Rage. Sheldon studied at the University of Michigan, where she earned a BA and MA in creative writing and education.

Sunday September 14, 2014
Start: 09/14/2014 11:30 am
Louise loves art more than anything. It's her imagination on the outside. She is determined to create a masterpiece—her pièce de résistance! Louise also loves Art, her little brother. This is their story. 

Join us in welcoming Kelly Light to Book Passage as she reads from her stunning debut picture book Louise Loves Art! This is an irresistible story about the importance of creativity in all its forms; and a celebration of the brilliant artist who resides in all of us. 
 
Kelly Light lives in New York but grew up down the shore in New Jersey surrounded by giant pink dinosaurs, cotton candy colors, and Skee-Ball sounds. She was schooled on Saturday-morning cartoons and Sunday funny pages. She picked up a pencil, started drawing, and never stopped. Kelly has illustrated Elvis and the Underdogs and Elvis and the Underdogs: Secrets, Secret Service, and Room Service by Jenny Lee, and the Quirks series by Erin Soderberg. This is her first picture book. 
 
This is a free event. 
 
Start: 09/14/2014 12:00 pm

It's time to fly home for dinner! In Telephone, the latest witty picture book from award-winning and bestselling author Mac Barnett, a mother bird gives the bird next to her a message for little Peter. But passing messages on a telephone line isn't as simple as it sounds. Each subsequent bird understands Mama's message according to its own very particular hobbies. Will Peter ever get home for dinner? This uproarious interpretation of a favorite children's game will get everyone giggling and is sure to lead to countless rereads.

Mac Barnett is the New York Times bestselling author of several picture books, including Extra Yarn, which won a Caldecott Honor, the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award, and the E. B. White Read-Aloud Award. Mac lives in Berkeley, California.

 

Start: 09/14/2014 12:30 pm

 Please note: This Event is Cancelled. Please contact the Events department with any questions at 415-927-0960 

Left Bank in Larkspur • Single $105; Couple $165 (one book)

 

 

Alice Waters describes Tanya Holland’s food as “...robust, soulful recipes that use seasonal and local ingredients. This book is a wonderful reflection of the spirit she has fostered at Brown Sugar Kitchen in West Oakland.” If you haven’t yet been to eat at Brown Sugar Kitchen, executive chef and owner Tanya Holland has created a delicious outpost of soul food and a common gathering spot for locals at her popular restaurant. Brown Sugar Kitchen features recipes for 80 restaurant favorites including her famous chicken and waffles dish as well as sides, salads, and desserts like Caramel Layer Cake with Brown Butter Caramel Frosting. The foreword is by Michael Chabon, Pulitzer Prize winning novelist and a regular at her restaurant.

The ticket includes the meal, wine, tax, tip, and a signed copy of the book.

 

Start: 09/14/2014 1:00 pm

In conversation with Andy Ross

A generational saga of romance, lust, friendship, hatred, enduring loyalty, and sudden betrayal, All Our Yesterdays follows a small group of friends and lovers in Berkeley, California from their student days in 1968 to the present. Along the way, they deal with revolutionary changes in politics and sexual mores, personal crises and historical upheavals. In the tradition of Flaubert’s Sentimental Education and Updike’s Rabbit cycle, with a nod to The Big Chill, this coming of age story is an engaging tale of love and friendship.

Erik Tarloff is the author of the national bestseller Face-Time, and a screenwriter with a list of credits that includes episodes of M*A*S*H, All in the Family, the Bob Newhart Show, the Jeffersons, and many others. He has contributed reviews and articles to the New York Times, the Washington Post, Slate and is currently a blogger at Atlantic Online.

Andy Ross is a literary agent and former owner of Cody’s Books in Berkeley. He represents authors of narrative nonfiction, science, history, essays, and travel.

 

Start: 09/14/2014 4:00 pm
End: 09/14/2014 6:00 pm

Single Session: Sunday Sept. 14th • 4:00-6:00pm • $50

 

 

All Sessions: 4 Sundays, Sept. 14, Oct. 12, Nov. 9, and Dec. 14 • 4:00-6:00pm • $180

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Writer's Tribe™ 

A Feedback Forum for Children’s Writers 

$180 for 4 sessions or $50 per class drop-in

Polish your manuscript in a safe space built on respect, clarity and honesty. The focus is on rendering quintessential characters, vivid settings, page-turning plots, and snappy dialog. Andrea Alban guides the group through a powerful revision process. Writers cultivate self-editing mastery. The group is highly interactive. The mission of this university-level workshop is to inspire and deepen craft. Each member receives a Manuscript Feedback Form featuring revision strategies and literary vocabulary.

 

PRAISE FOR ANDREA’S REVISION WORKSHOPS:

 

Your class is terrific -- not just your knowledge and rich understanding of how good writing works, but how you draw people along growing their own skills, and your deep presence and welcoming kindness. 

— Ann Gronvold

 

Your edits are remarkable.  The flow and crispness of the sentences are much improved (even with the little changes). You are magical.  — Bob Healey

 

Great class! I learn something valuable at every meeting. (From all the discussions, not just mine.) I really love the way you put out your thoughts, but also bounce off and expand on our thoughts. You have created more than a class. You have created a community. — Travis Darcy

Start: 09/14/2014 4:00 pm
Photographer and food blogger Kimberley Hasselbrink looks at ingredients differently, regarding them in terms of what colors inspire her: the shocking fluorescent pink of a chard stem, the deep reds and purples of baby kale leaves, the bright shades of green that emerge in the spring, and even the calm yellows and whites of so many winter vegetables. Thinking about produce in terms of color has reinvigorated Hasselbrink's relationship with food, and in the collection of recipes contained in Vibrant Food ($25.00), she employs color, flavor, and texture to build gorgeous yet unfussy dishes. From Pasta with Nettle Pesto and Blistered Snap Peas in spring to Broiled Figs with Za'atar and Pecans in autumn, this beautiful celebration of the colors, flavors, and moods of each season create a delicious picture of healthy eating.
 
Kimberly Hasselbrink is a food photographer, writer, and creator of the acclaimed site The Year in Food, which was a finalist in Saveur's 2012 and 2013 Best Food Blog Awards. Her work appears regularly in the Etsy blog, and her photography clients include Williams Sonoma, Bon Appetit, Harvard Common Press, Kinfolk magazine, Edible San Francisco, Foodzie, Rewinery, Grist, and CUESA. The Year in Food has been praised by The Kitchn, Food52, Gourmet Live, Anthology magazine, Refinery 29, Spry Living, and Babble. Bon Appetit named Kimberley's Instagram account one of the fifteen Best Accounts for Food Lovers.
 
The first gluten-free cookbook so enticing that it transcends the genre, Yummy Supper ($24.99) is about bounty, flavor, and fun. Based on Erin Scott's award-winning blog of the same name, it has the same clean, gifty visual aesthetic. These are recipes that emphasize naturally gluten-free ingredients and, like her blog, will appeal not only to gluten intolerants and celiacs but also to anyone just looking for a great recipe. 
 
Erin Scott writes and photographs the award-winning blog Yummy Supper. After working at Elle, she contributed to numerous places, from Kinfolk and Glamour to Gourmet.com, TasteSpotting, Foodgawker, and Fine Cooking. Her upcoming cookbook Yummy Supper is full of simple, seasonal, gluten-free recipes.She lives in Berkeley, CA, with her husband and children. 
 
Start: 09/14/2014 7:00 pm

Dogs Rule Nonchalantly appeals to dog lovers of all ages. The intuitive, colorful paintings communicate a depth of understanding of the quips and quirks of our canine companions that will bring a smile to the faces of children, while the sophistication and nuance of Mark Ulriksen's artistic expertise and his acute observations, will resonate with anyone who has ever had a dog.

Mark Ulriksen is a San Francisco-based artist and illustrator whose instantly recognizable portraits and whimsical take on life have led to projects for a variety of major clients. He specializes in figurative work that blends humor and darkness with psychological insight. After initially working for 13 years as a graphic designer and magazine art director, Mark went through a relatively early mid-life crisis and gave up a world of monthly deadlines for a world of weekly ones, pursuing a new career as a freelance illustrator and artist. Ulriksen is best known for his work for The New Yorker, where he has been a regular contributor since 1993, with more than 30 magazine covers to his credit.

 

Monday September 15, 2014
Start: 09/15/2014 1:00 pm
End: 09/15/2014 3:00 pm
Five Mondays: Sept. 15, Oct. 20, Nov. 17, Dec. 15, & Jan. 19 • 1:00-3:00pm • $105
 
 
 
 
This group reads authors that have won literary prizes including the Nobel Prize, the Man Booker Prize, the National Book Award and the Asturias Literary Prize. Carol Benet has an M.A from Michigan and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from UC Berkeley.
 
September: Troubles, J.G. Farrell (Man Booker Prize)
October: Dear Life, Alice Munro (Nobel Prize for Literature)
November: Shroud, John Banville (Asturias Literary Prize)
December: The Flamethrowers, Rachel Kushner (National Book Award)
January: The Garlic Ballads, Mo Yan (Nobel Prize)

Start: 09/15/2014 6:00 pm

Games between the Dodgers and Giants are never just another day at the ballpark.

Dating back to the late nineteenth century--when the teams embodied the competitive spirit of rival metropolises of New York and Brooklyn--the Giants-Dodgers rivalry gained intensity throughout the early twentieth century. The venue had changed but the venom remained, and the rivalry became author Joe Konte's obsession.

A longtime newspaper editor and baseball fiend, Konte understands what is so special about what is one of the most significant rivalries in American sports. And so--via statistical analysis, game summaries, roster scrutiny, manager matchups, season recaps, and more--he has put together a rivalry bible. Focusing primarily on the California years, but also providing background on the origins and the New York years, The Rivalry Heard 'Round the World captures the spirit and intensity of one of the greatest rivalries in American sports.

Start: 09/15/2014 7:00 pm
End: 09/15/2014 9:00 pm
Five Mondays: Sept. 15, Oct. 20, Nov. 17, Dec. 15, & Jan. 19 • 7:00-9:00pm • $105
 
 
 
 
This group reads authors that have won literary prizes including the Nobel Prize, the Man Booker Prize, the National Book Award and the Asturias Literary Prize. Carol Benet has an M.A from Michigan and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from UC Berkeley.
 
September: Troubles, J.G. Farrell (Man Booker Prize)
October: Dear Life, Alice Munro (Nobel Prize for Literature)
November: Shroud, John Banville (Asturias Literary Prize)
December: The Flamethrowers, Rachel Kushner (National Book Award)
January: The Garlic Ballads, Mo Yan (Nobel Prize)

Start: 09/15/2014 7:00 pm
Alexander “Sasha” Karnokovitch and his family would like to mourn the passing of his mother, Rachela, with modesty and dignity. But Rachela, a famous Polish émigré mathematician and professor at the University of Wisconsin, is rumored to have solved the million-dollar, Navier-Stokes Millennium Prize Problem. Rumor also has it that she spitefully took the solution to her grave. To Sasha’s chagrin, a ragtag group of socially challenged mathematicians arrives in Madison and crashes the shiva, vowing to do whatever it takes to find the solution—even if it means prying up the floorboards for Rachela’s notes.

Written by a trained geophysicist, The Mathematician's Shiva ($16.00) is a hilarious and multi-layered debut novel that brims with colorful characters and brilliantly captures humanity’s drive not just to survive, but to solve the impossible.
 
Stuart Rojstaczer was raised in Milwaukee and has degrees from the University of Wisconsin, the University of Illinois, and Stanford. For many years, he was a professor of geophysics at Duke University. He lives in Northern California.
 
Start: 09/15/2014 7:00 pm

The Bay School of San Francisco
Moderated by Dr. Louann Brizendine

Eventbrite - Dr. Julianna Deardorff & Dr. Louise Greenspan Discuss The New Puberty

 

 

The New Puberty is a reassuring, empowering guide for millions of parents-as well as teachers, coaches, pediatricians, and family members-by two notable experts in the field. Compiling original research and clinical experience, this text offers practical strategies for supporting girls entering this complex stage of their lives. Louise Greenspan, MD is a board-certified endocrinologist focusing on puberty. Julianna Deardorff, PhD, is a clinical psychologist with a specialty in adolescence.

 

Tuesday September 16, 2014
Start: 09/16/2014 5:30 pm

Culled from the popular blog Waffleizer, Will It Waffle?: 53 Irresistible and Unexpected Recipes to Make in a Waffle Iron expands "the frontiers of waffling" by finding alternative uses for your waffle iron (while also exploring more conventional waffling).

Dan Shumski is an author, journalist, and cook. His food writing has appeared in The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, and The Washington Post. His first waffle iron was a 1985 Kensmore nicknamed Sparky. He now owns six waffle irons. 

Start: 09/16/2014 6:00 pm

Destined to be a classic, We Are Not Ourselves is a "powerfully moving" (Chad Harbach, "The Art of Fielding), multigenerational novel about an Irish-American family that is being hailed as nothing short of a "masterwork" (Joshua Ferris, "Then We Came to the End"). Born in 1941, Eileen Tumulty is raised by her Irish immigrant parents in Woodside, Queens, in an apartment where the mood swings between heartbreak and hilarity, depending on whether guests are over and how much alcohol has been consumed. When Eileen meets Ed Leary, a scientist whose bearing is nothing like those of the men she grew up with, she thinks she's found the perfect partner to deliver her to the cosmopolitan world she longs to inhabit. They marry, and Eileen quickly discovers Ed doesn't aspire to the same, ever bigger, stakes in the American Dream. Epic in scope, heroic in character, masterful in prose, this debut novel heralds the arrival of a major new talent in contemporary fiction.

Matthew Thomas was born in the Bronx and grew up in Queens. A graduate of the University of Chicago, he has an MA from the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University and an MFA from the University of California, Irvine, where he received the Graduate Essay Award. He lives with his wife and twin children in New Jersey.

 

Start: 09/16/2014 7:00 pm

Please note: this event has been cancelled.

F is the story of Arthur Friedland, who one day piles his three sons into the car and drives them to see the Great Lindemann, Master of Hypnosis. Protesting that he doesn't believe in magic even as he is led onto the stage, Arthur nevertheless experiences something. Later that night, while his family sleeps, he takes his passport, empties all the money from his bank account, and vanishes. In time, still absent from his family, he beings to publish novels and becomes an internationally famous author. His sons grow into men who manifest their inexplicable loss—Martin becomes a priest who does not believe in God; Ivan, a painter in constant artistic crisis; Eric, a businessman given to a fear of ghosts and hallucinations—even as they struggle to understand their father's disappearance and make their own places in the world.

Daniel Kehlmann was born in Munich in 1975 and lives in Berlin and New York. His works have won the Candide Prize, the Doderer Prize, the Kleist Prize, the Welt Literature Prize, and the Thomas Mann Prize. Measuring the World was translated into more than forty languages and is one of the greatest successes in postwar German literature.



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