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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: 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: 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: 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. 

 

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Start: 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.
 
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Start: 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: 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.
 
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Start: 3:30 pm
End: 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: 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: 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.

 

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Start: 12:00 pm
End: 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: 1:00 pm
End: 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: 1:00 pm
End: 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: 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: 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: 6:30 pm
End: 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: 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.

 

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Start: 9:00 am
End: 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: 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.

 

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Start: 9:00 am
End: 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: 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: 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: 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.

 



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