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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. 

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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
Conference Contests!
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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

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!

 

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.

 
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
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.

 

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)

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.

Wednesday September 17, 2014
Start: 09/17/2014 3:30 pm
End: 09/17/2014 5:30 pm

6 Wed., Sept. 17-Oct. 22 • 3:30-5:30pm • $185

 

 

 

 

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: 09/17/2014 4:00 pm
End: 09/17/2014 6:00 pm
Please note that this class is cancelled. Feel free to contact the Classes Dept. with any questions or concerns at 415-927-0960. 
 
 
Eight Wednesdays: Sept. 17-Nov. 8 • 4:00-6:00pm • $250
 
 
The course will equip the students with basic abilities to speak and understand Hebrew, including grammar, conversational skills, and vocabulary. Flora Tsapovsky is a journalist, blogger and media scholar with an M.A in Communications. She lived in Israel for 22 years before moving to Sonoma County and developing a fun, interactive, and culturally rich system of learning Hebrew for both kids and adults.

Start: 09/17/2014 6:00 pm

Why do we eat toast for breakfast, and then toast to good health at dinner? What does the turkey we eat on Thanksgiving have to do with the country on the eastern Mediterranean? Can you figure out how much your dinner will cost by counting the words on the menu? In The Language of Food, Stanford University professor and MacArthur Fellow Dan Jurafsky peels away the mysteries from the foods we think we know. Thirteen chapters evoke the joy and discovery of reading a menu dotted with the sharp-eyed annotations of a linguist.

Dan Jurafsky is a Professor of Linguistics and Computer Science at Stanford University. His studies concern natural language processing, speech processing, dialogue, Chinese, and the applications of computational linguistics to the behavioral and social sciences. He is the former recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, an honor colloquially known as a "Genius Grant." 

Start: 09/17/2014 6:30 pm
End: 09/17/2014 8:30 pm
Eight Wednesdays: Sept. 17-Nov. 5 • 6:30-8:30pm • $250
 
 
 
 
The course will equip the students with basic abilities to speak and understand Hebrew, including grammar, conversational skills, and vocabulary. Flora Tsapovsky is a journalist, blogger and media scholar with an M.A in Communications. She lived in Israel for 22 years before moving to Sonoma County and developing a fun, interactive, and culturally rich system of learning Hebrew for both kids and adults.

Start: 09/17/2014 7:00 pm

In conversation with Kathryn Ma

Set in the shifting landscape of contemporary China, The Dog explodes the country’s cultural and social fault lines, revealing a nation accustomed to rations, bitter struggle, and the stranglehold of communism as it confronts a generation rife with the promise of unforeseen prosperity.

Jack Livings’ stories have appeared in The Paris Review, A Public Space, StoryQuarterly, Tin House, The New Delta Review, Best American Short Stories, and have been awarded two Pushcart Prizes. Livings received his MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop and was a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford. He is at work on a novel.

 

 

Thursday September 18, 2014
Start: 09/18/2014 12:00 pm
Ticket: $55 (includes lunch & signed book)
 
 
 
In The Human Age ($27.95), a landmark new book by Diane Ackerman, she confronts the unprecedented fact that the human race is now the single dominant force of change on the planet. Humans have "subdued 75 percent of the land surface, concocted a wizardry of industrial and medical marvels, strung lights all across the darkness." We now collect the DNA of vanishing species in a "frozen ark," equip orangutans with iPads, create wearable technologies and synthetic species that might one day outsmart us. Ackerman takes us on an exciting journey to understand this bewildering new reality, introducing us to many of the people and ideas now creating-perhaps saving-our future. The Human Age is a beguiling, optimistic engagement with the earth-shaking changes now affecting every part of our lives and those of our fellow creatures-a wise book that will astound, delight, and inform intelligent life for a long time to come.

Diane Ackerman has been the finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Nonfiction in addition to many other awards and recognitions for her work, which include the best-selling The Zookeeper's Wife and A Natural History of the Senses
 
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: 09/18/2014 6:00 pm

City of Lies: Love, Sex, Death, and the Search for Truth in Tehran travels up and down Vali-Asr Street, Tehran’s pulsing thoroughfare, from the lavish shopping malls of Tajrish through the smog that lingers over the humbler alleyways and bazaars of the city’s southern districts. This fearless first book from Emmy-Award winning journalist and reporter Ramita Navai candidly exposes the passions of ordinary Iranians forced to live extraordinary lives; the porn star, the aging socialite, the assassin and enemy of the state who ends up working for the Republic, the volunteer religious militiaman who undergoes a sex change, the dutiful housewife who files for divorce, and the old-time thug running a gambling den—all of whom Navai got to know when she lived as an undercover journalist in Tehran. This is a shocking, backstreet glimpse of modern Tehran: the gritty, dizzying city in which—if you want to survive—you have to lie.

Ramita Navai is an international journalist who has reported from some of the most dangerous places in the world including Sudan, Afghanistan, Egypt, Nigeria, El Salvador, and Zimbabwe, and earned an Emmy for her undercover report from Syria. She has also worked as a journalist for the United Nations in Pakistan, northern Iraq and Iran, and was the Tehran correspondent for The Times from 2003 to 2006.

 

Start: 09/18/2014 6:30 pm

How do you rid the Earth of seven billion humans? Rid the humans of their humanity. Surviving the first four waves was nearly impossible. The Infinite Sea: The Second Book of the 5th Wave finds Cassie Sullivan in a new world, a world in which the fundamental trust that binds us together is gone. As the 5th Wave rolls across the landscape, Cassie, Ben, and Ringer are forced to confront the Others' ultimate goal: the extermination of the human race. Cassie and her friends haven't seen the depths to which the Others will sink nor have the Others seen the heights to which humanity will rise, in the ultimate battle between life and death, hope and despair, love and hate. 

Rick Yancey is the author of the New York Times bestseller The 5th Wave, several adult novels, and the memoir Confessions of a Tax Collector. His first young-adult novel, The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp, was a finalist for the Carnegie Medal. In 2010, his novel, The Monstrumologist, received a Michael L. Printz Honor, and the sequel, The Curse of the Wendigo, was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. When he isn't writing or thinking about writing or traveling the country talking about writing, Rick is hanging out with his family.

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Start: 09/18/2014 7:00 pm

Island of a Thousand Mirrors is an emotionally resonant saga of cultural heritage, heartbreaking conflict, and deep family bonds. Narrated in two unforgettably authentic voices and spanning the entirety of the decades-long civil war in Sri Lanka, it offers an unparalleled portrait of a beautiful land during its most difficult period.

Before violence tore apart the tapestry of Sri Lanka and turned its pristine beaches red, there were two families. Yasodhara tells the story of her own Sinhala family, rich in love, with everything they could ask for. As a child in idyllic Colombo, Yasodhara’s and her siblings’ lives are shaped by social hierarchies, their parents’ ambitions, teenage love and, subtly, the differences between Tamil and Sinhala people; but the peace is shattered by the tragedies of war. Yasodhara’s family escapes to Los Angeles. But Yasodhara’s life has already become intertwined with a young Tamil girl’s…

Saraswathie is living in the active war zone of Sri Lanka, and hopes to become a teacher. But her dreams for the future are abruptly stamped out when she is arrested by a group of Sinhala soldiers and pulled into the very heart of the conflict that she has tried so hard to avoid – a conflict that, eventually, will connect her and Yasodhara in unexpected ways.

Nayomi Munaweera was born in Sri Lanka, and grew up in Nigeria. She emigrated with her family to the United States in her early teens, and now lives in Oakland, CA. Island of a Thousand Mirrors won the 2013 Commonwealth Book Prize for the Asian Region and was longlisted for the 2012 Man Asian Literary Prize. It is her first novel.

 

Friday September 19, 2014
Start: 09/19/2014 10:00 am
End: 09/19/2014 1:00 pm
Fri., Sept. 19 • 10:00-1:00 pm • $60
 
 
 
 
Pre-class assignment required.
 
What makes you and your book truly compelling to potential readers, reviewers, and media?  A writer's first step to market his book is to talk to "everyone."  You never know who the listener might be: an agent, publisher, bookseller, future reader.  They ask about your book, you respond "Uh, well, it's about so many things...."  Stop!  You've already blown it!

Acheson shares what works, what doesn't -- and why.  The pre-class assignment is to write that 30-second pitch, practice it out loud -- many times -- and memorize it so it sounds like conversation.  (Instructions provided upon registration.)

Learn the tools to create a well-honed, ever-useful, selling description.  You'll leave the workshop with some essential sentences that can be expanded after you've won the audience's attention.  

"[The class] gave me an easy way to talk to my friends, booksellers, the media and new readers.  But I also use what I learned as a way to shape everything I'm writing.  Chances are, if I can't describe my story idea concisely (even to myself) then I need to keep thinking.  I need to make sure I'm clear about what I'm writing.  For me, it's the starting, not ending point of publishing a book.  It's been the most valuable bit of wisdom I've learned."
    --     Jennifer Solow, bestselling author of THE ARISTOBRATS and THE BOOSTER
 
 
Start: 09/19/2014 2:00 pm
End: 09/19/2014 5:00 pm
Fri., Sept. 19 • 2:00-5:00 pm • $60
 
 
 
 
Publishing Choices: Print-On-Demand, Self-Publishing, Traditional Publisher 

What is POD?  How does it differ from self-publishing?  Will either be easier, faster, better than the route to a traditional publisher?

All authors need to investigate the most appropriate method of publication before finishing your books.  You owe it to yourself -- and your pocketbook -- to learn the advantages and pitfalls of each type.  Using decades of working with all three publishing choices, the instructor shares that no method is appropriate for all books and all authors.

For some publishing routes the services provided are quite different; for others the author might pay all the expenses.  Can your book be reviewed and sold in bookstores and will you earn more money with one procedure over the others?  The answers to these crucial questions -- and others -- will determine the appropriate publishing route.

"[Alice Acheson's] knowledge about and reflection upon the reality of the publishing business makes her absolutely credible."
    --     Catherine Conway Honig, Book Passage student
Start: 09/19/2014 7:00 pm
In Artemis: The Indomitable Spirit in Everywoman ($22.95) Jean Shinoda Bolen invites women and girls to discover the tenacity and courage of the Artemis archetype and how it can be tapped to live authentically.

To tell the story, Bolen delves deeply into the myth of Atalanta, the famous hunter and runner in ancient Greek mythology, a mortal woman who is identified with Artemis the Greek Goddess of the Hunt and Moon. Atalanta began life abandoned and left to die because she was born a girl. She faced the Calydon Boar and drew first blood; she was the runner who would demand to be beaten in a footrace by the man who could claim her as his bride. She exemplifies the indomitable spirit in competent, courageous girls and in the women they become. This is grit, the passion and persistence to go the distance, to survive, and to succeed.

She includes many real-life stories as well as mythological and fictional examples of women who are similar to Atalanta, including among others Princess Merida from the animated film Brave and Katniss from The Hunger Games. Artemis and Atalanta are the means through which readers can navigate their own personal exploration to become their authentic selves. Bolen dedicates this book to women and girls who embody the archetype of Artemis, who discover her uncrushable spirit in themselves or others.
 
Jean Shinoda Bolen, M. D, is a psychiatrist, Jungian analyst and an internationally known author and speaker. Her books include The Tao of Psychology, Goddesses in Everywoman, Gods in Everyman, Ring of Power, Crossing to Avalon, Close to the Bone, The Millionth Circle, Goddesses in Older Women, Crones Don’t Whine, Urgent Message from Mother, Like a Tree, and Moving Toward the Millionth Circle. She is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a former clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of California at San Francisco, a past board member of the Ms. Foundation for Women and the International Transpersonal Association. 
 
Saturday September 20, 2014
Start: 09/20/2014 9:00 am

9:00-5:00 pm • Corte Madera store


All Hospice used books will be on sale at 50% off at Book Passage in Corte Madera. This is a chance for some great bargains and to familiarize yourself with our Hospice by the Bay used book collection. Hospice by the Bay provides palliative care in Marin, San Francisco and Sonoma counties. Book Passage sells books from the Hospice collection in both our Marin and San Franciso stores on an ongoing basis. The sales from these books directly benefit the many Hospice programs.

 

Start: 09/20/2014 10:00 am
End: 09/20/2014 5:00 pm
Sat., Sept. 20 • 10:00-5:00 pm • $150
 
 
  
 
Pre-class assignment required.
 
Right!  You love the writing, don't like the marketing.  You don't know what comes next, or how to accomplish what is required, and when to do what.  Publishing has made a quantum shift, and your head is spinning.  Writers more than ever need to know how to interact with the industry.  This class pertains to self-publishing, print-on-demand or the traditional publisher.  A publishing contract doesn't necessarily signal success.  How can you ensure that you and your manuscript receive the deserved recognition?  How do you allot time, energy, and money?  How can you manage the tsunami of marketing tasks?  What about the demands of the digital world?  We begin with a timeline (before the book is published) to guide the entire process. The pre-class assignment is to write a sell sheet, based on instructions received upon registration.  

"Viking/Penguin told me that my author questionnaire [provided in class handouts; explained in class] was one of the best that they received.  I offered to go to New York to make them lunch.  It turned out they do monthly lunch meetings with their big authors, so they slotted me in -- right between Joan Didion and Michael Pollan....As a result of that lunch, the guy who handles the Borders account pestered them to consider me for their "original voices" program, which put my book in the front of all the Borders stores.  I would never have thought of it had it not been for you."    --     Kathleen Flinn: THE SHARPER YOUR KNIFE, THE LESS YOU CRY  
 
 
Start: 09/20/2014 11:00 am

Alice Waters and the Trip to Delicious tells the story of how one child's search for delicious led to a dream for all children to share the joy of tasty food—the same joy we get from a beautiful song, or a starry sky. This search for good food eventually led Alice Waters to France, and then back home to Berkeley, California, where she started Chez Panisse restaurant and the Edible Schoolyard. For Alice, a delicious meal does not start in the kitchen, but in the fields with good soil and caring farmers.

Jacqueline Briggs Martin is the Caldecott Award winning author of Snowflake Bentley and Farmer Will Allen and the Growing Table.

 

Start: 09/20/2014 12:30 pm

Houdan. Nankin. Indian Runner. Naragansett. These may sound like exotic place names or unusual varieties of produce, but each actually refers to one of the many hundreds of lesser-known poultry breeds that tempt the livestock owner who's prepared to venture into less familiar territory. Providing an alternative to commercial breeds and hybrids, heritage breeds each boast their own unique set of characteristics and personality traits, and are a valuable (and entertaining) addition to a sustainable food system.

Pure Poultry is the first book in nearly a hundred years to focus specifically on heritage breeds of chickens, turkeys, and ducks and their role in a self-reliant lifestyle. It's an immensely readable "how-to and why-to" based entirely on personal experience--including plenty of lessons learned the hard way. Pure Poultry shows how heritage-breed poultry can enhance and deepen anyone's quality of life, whether you have a farm, a small backyard, or a neighbor with space to share.

Victoria Redhed Miller is a writer, photographer, and off-grid homesteader who raises heritage poultry in the foothills of Washington’s Olympic Mountains.

Start: 09/20/2014 1:00 pm

Kristin Newman spent her 20s and 30s dealing with the stresses of her high-pressure job as a television comedy writer, and the anxieties of watching most of her friends get married and start families while she wrestled with her own fear of both. Not ready to settle down and yet loathe to become a sad-sack single girl, she instead started traveling the world, often alone, for a few months each year, falling madly in love with attractive locals who provided moments of the love she wanted without the cost of the freedom she needed.  What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding introduces readers to the Israeli bartenders, Argentinian priests, Finnish poker players, and sexy Bedouins who helped transform Newman into "Kristin-Adjacent" on the road—a quieter, less judgmental, and, yes, sluttier version of herself at home.

Kristin Newman is a television comedy writer, having earned credits on shows such as That 70s Show, How I Met Your Mother, Chuck. She currently writes for ABC's The Neighbors.

 

 

Start: 09/20/2014 3:00 pm

Chef and cooking teacher Becky Selengut's Shroom feeds our enduring passion for foraged and wild foods by exploring 15 types of mushrooms, including detailed how-to's on everything home cooks need to know to create 75 inventive, internationally-flavored mushroom dishes. In a voice that's informed, but friendly and down-to-earth, Selengut guides the home cook through 15 species-specific chapters on mushroom cookery with the same levity and expertise she brought to the topic of sustainable seafood in her IACP-nominated 2011 book Good Fish. Selengut's wife and sommelier April Pogue once again teams up to provide wine pairings for each of the 75 recipes.

 

Start: 09/20/2014 4:00 pm
Co-Sponsored by 10,000 Degrees
 
While education reformers and policy makers grapple with big fixes and the politics of national initiatives, most teachers and parents share the simple and urgent desire for students -- especially those from low-income communities -- to be on the road to college and ultimately to develop into people who will be equipped to thrive in the unpredictable future ahead of them. Nevertheless, the great majority of American schools do not respond to this urgent need. And just what this sort of education looks like, day to day, remains elusive.

In Deeper Learning ($26.95), education strategist Monica R. Martinez and sociologist Dennis McGrath take us inside eight schools that have set out to transform the experience of learning. In these schools, we meet teachers and students who show us just what "Deeper Learning" looks like. The examples from these pages-from high school kids developing energy-saving solutions alongside engineers to young people discovering the complexities of sustainability on an oral history expedition to Appalachia-offer an inspiring and expanded vision of what's possible in schools today.

An accessibly written showcase of schools and practices designed to empower educators and students alike, here is a book for all who are concerned with the dual need for American schools to be genuinely innovative and to embrace what works. Deeper Learning demonstrates how students in their teen years can become passionate learners and global citizens ready to take on a world increasingly defined by new technologies, economic shifts, and profound social challenges.
 
Monica R. Martinez, PhD, is a former president of the New Tech Network and was previously vice president of Knowledge Works. In 2011 she was appointed by President Obama to serve on the President's Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. A Colorado native, she currently lives in the Bay Area.
 
Dennis McGrath, PhD, is a professor of sociology at the Community College of Philadelphia where he won the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Distinguished Teaching Award. He is the author of The Collaborative Advantage: Lessons from K-16 Educational Reform, among other works. He lives in Philadelphia.
 
Sunday September 21, 2014
Start: 09/21/2014 10:00 am
End: 09/21/2014 1:00 pm
Sun., Sept. 21 • 10:00-1:00 pm • $60
 
 
 
 
 
"I have never heard anyone give so much great information as Alice Acheson." 
-- Kate Wright, who found an agent.

Avoid Book Proposal Agita!  It's time for the first edit of your book -- and time to begin collecting information for your book proposal.  What kind of information?  In class we will discuss what makes a selling proposal and which elements of your book should be highlighted.  Here you will learn how to convince an agent or editor to read your book proposal, how to craft that all-important marketing paragraph, how to avoid pitfalls that stop the reading, the difference between the query letter and the synopsis, and other insights into impressing the reader. 
 
 
Start: 09/21/2014 10:00 am
End: 09/21/2014 4:00 pm
Please note that this class is cancelled. Feel free to contact the Classes department with any questions at 415-927-0960 ext 1.  
 
Sun., Sept. 21 • 10:00-4:00pm • $105
 
 
 
 
Whatever you have lost—your first taste of ice cream, your desire to climb Mount Everest, your marriage, parents, or empathy in the face of loss—find it again in words. In this class, we’ll explore how memory works, reading excerpts from fabulous writers and learning techniques to coax out even our shyest memories. Monica Wesolowska is the author of the memoir Holding Silvan: A Brief Life which was named a “Best Book” of 2013 by both The Boston Globe and Library Journal. She has taught creative writing for over a decade. 
 
 
 
 

Start: 09/21/2014 1:00 pm

Once considered a fringe practice of raw-food zealots, juicing has gone mainstream. The founders of the wildly successful LA-based Pressed Juicery explain how juicing and juice cleansing can be used as a tool to create a fit and healthy life. Requiring only a juicer or blender, Juice features seventy-five recipes from the shop’s most popular juices including greens, roots, citrus, fruits, aloe and chlorophyll waters. Readers will learn all the ins and outs of juicing from its benefits and how-to’s to cleansing and testimonials. Pressed Juicery and it’s founders believe that the real secret to a healthy life shouldn’t be a secret at all, which is why they’ve created this book and are giving all their recipes to you!

Carly de Castro, Hedi Gores, and Hayden Slater are the founders of Pressed Juicery, a Los Angeles–based chain of juice shops that feature more than forty organic, cold-pressed juices and a simple series of multi-day juice cleansing regimens. With nearly twenty locations in Northern and Southern California (and many more opening soon), Pressed Juicery has been featured in Vanity Fair, InStyle, Details, Natural Health, Marie Claire, Vogue, the Los Angeles Times, and Entrepreneur, among many others.

 

Start: 09/21/2014 4:00 pm
In conversation with Melissa Cistaro
 
From the bestselling author of The Little Stranger and Fingersmith, an enthralling novel about a widow and her daughter who take a young couple into their home in 1920s London.

It is 1922, and London is tense. Ex-servicemen are disillusioned; the out-of-work and the hungry are demanding change. And in South London, in a genteel Camberwell villa—a large, silent house now bereft of brothers, husband, and even servants—life is about to be transformed as impoverished widow Mrs. Wray and her spinster daughter, Frances, are obliged to take in lodgers.

With the arrival of Lilian and Leonard Barber, a modern young couple of the “clerk class,” the routines of the house will be shaken up in unexpected ways. Little do the Wrays know just how profoundly their new tenants will alter the course of Frances’s life—or, as passions mount and frustration gathers, how far-reaching, and how devastating, the disturbances will be.

Short-listed for the Man Booker Prize three times, Sarah Waters has earned a reputation as one of our greatest writers of historical fiction, and here she has delivered again. A love story, a tension-filled crime story, and a beautifully atmospheric portrait of a fascinating time and place, The Paying Guests ($27.95) is Sarah Waters’s finest achievement yet.

Sarah Waters is the New York Times–bestselling author of The Little Stranger, The Night Watch, Fingersmith, Affinity, and Tipping the Velvet. She has three times been short-listed for the Man Booker Prize, twice been a finalist for the Orange Prize, and was named one of Granta’s best young British novelists, among other distinctions. Waters lives in London.
 
Melissa Cistaro is a writer and event host at Book Passage.  Her memoir Pieces of My Mother will be published in spring of 2015. 
 
 
Monday September 22, 2014
Start: 09/22/2014 6:00 pm
Ted Rall traveled deep into Afghanistan—without embedding himself with U.S. soldiers, without insulating himself with flak jackets and armored SUVs—where no one else would go (except, of course, Afghans). He made two long trips: the first in the wake of 9/11, and the next ten years later to see what a decade of U.S. occupation had wrought. On the first trip, he shouted his dispatches into a satellite phone provided by a Los Angeles radio station, attempting to explain that the booming in the background—and sometimes the foreground—were the sounds of an all-out war that no one at home would entirely own up to. Ten years later, the alternative newspapers and radio station that had financed his first trip could no longer afford to send him into harm’s way, so he turned to Kickstarter to fund a groundbreaking effort to publish online a real-time blog of graphic journalism (essentially, a nonfiction comic) documenting what was really happening on the ground, filed daily by satellite. The result of this intrepid reporting is After We Kill You, We Will Welcome You Back as Honored Guests: Unembedded in Afghanistan—a singular account of one determined journalist’s effort to bring the realities of life in twenty-first-century Afghanistan to the world in the best way he knows how: a mix of travelogue, photography, and award-winning comics.
 
Ted Rall is the author and illustrator of many graphic novels and books of political criticism and travel writing, including The Year of Loving DangerouslySilk Road to Ruin: Is Central Asia the New Middle East?, and The Book of Obama: How We Went from Hope and Change to the Age of Revolt. He lives in East Hampton, New York.
 
 
Start: 09/22/2014 7:00 pm
The inspiring memoir of a young woman who is slowly losing her sight and hearing yet continues to live each day with grace and purpose

Thirty-four-year-old Rebecca Alexander is a psychotherapist, a spin instructor, a volunteer, and an athlete. She is also almost completely blind, with significantly deteriorated hearing. Not Fade Away ($27.00) is a deeply moving exploration of the obstacles we all face—physical, psychological, and philosophical. Like The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Rebecca’s story is an exquisite reminder to live each day to its fullest.

When Rebecca was twelve, her parents were told that she would be completely blind before she turned thirty.  At eighteen, she fell through a window, shattering her body. In college, she found out that due to a rare genetic disorder—Usher Syndrome Type III—she was losing her hearing as well. Since then, she has earned two Master’s degrees from Columbia University, ridden a six-hundred-mile bike race, hiked the Inca Trail, and established a thriving career—all while maintaining a vibrant social life.

In Not Fade Away, Rebecca charts her journey from a teenager who tried to hide her disabilities, to a woman who is able to face the world exactly as she is. She meditates on what she’s lost—the sound of laughter and skies full of stars, which she can now only imagine (though, she quips, “It’s not like anyone can see stars in New York anyway”)—and what she’s found in return: an exquisite sense of intimacy with family and friends who’ve stuck by her, and a profound appreciation for everything she still has. Even though Rebecca inhabits a gradually darkening world, she refuses to let that stop her from living life with joy and enthusiasm. 
 
Rebecca Alexander, thirty-four, is a psychotherapist, spin instructor, volunteer, and an extreme athlete who is almost completely blind and deaf. Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay area, she currently lives in New York City.
 
Tuesday September 23, 2014
Start: 09/23/2014 6:00 pm
The trailblazing film Forks Over Knives exposed an entirely new generation to the whole-food, plant-based nutrition revolution and inspired thousands to want to transform their diets, and their lives. With so many people looking for change, the outstanding question became, “How can we put these dietary ideas into practice?” That’s what authors Alona Pulde and Matthew Lederman reveal in The Forks Over Knives Plan: How to Transition to the Life-Saving, Whole-Food, Plant-Based Diet ($24.99)—a clear, easy-to-follow plan that outlines the steps to take each week to transform your diet by cutting out animal-based and processed foods.

Forks Over Knives is a leading authority in the “food as medicine” movement, showing how simple dietary changes are proven to prevent, and even reverse, chronic disease such as type-2 diabetes and heart disease and improve your overall health. This is no fad diet; the Forks Over Knives program is backed by original research and has received rave reviews from physicians like Dr. Sanjay Gupta and Dr. Mehmet Oz, to athletes like Tony Gonzalez and pro basketball player Steve Nash, to healthy lifestyle pioneers like Alicia Silverstone, to name a few. Whether you’re already a convert and just want a dietary reboot, or you are trying a plant-based diet for the first time, The Forks Over Knives Plan makes it easier than ever to transition into this new way of eating.

Alona Pulde, MD, is a family practitioner specializing in nutrition and lifestyle medicine. Alona developed the Lifestyle Change Program used for patients in the film Forks Over Knives and in her clinic, Transition To Health. She is the author of the book Keep It Simple, Keep It Whole: Your Guide to Optimum Health. Alona joined Whole Foods Market in 2010 as a health and wellness medical expert.

Matthew Lederman, MD, is a board-certified Internal Medicine physician specializing in nutrition and lifestyle medicine. Matt has lectured for the eCornell T. Colin Campbell Certificate Program in Plant-Based Nutrition and appeared in the films Healing Cancer From the Inside Out and Forks Over Knives. With Alona, he cofounded Transition To Health and coauthored Keep It Simple, Keep It Whole. Matt joined Whole Foods Market in 2010 to help direct various health and wellness projects.
 
Start: 09/23/2014 7:00 pm
Gutenberg's Apprentice is an enthralling literary debut that follows the birth of printing in medieval Germany—a story of invention, intrigue, and betrayal, rich in atmosphere and historical detail, told through the lives of the three men who made it possible.    

Youthful, ambitious Peter Schoeffer is on the verge of professional success as a scribe in Paris when his foster father, wealthy merchant and bookseller Johann Fust, summons him home to corrupt, feud-plagued Mainz to meet “a most amazing man.”  

Johann Gutenberg, a driven and caustic inventor, has devised a revolutionary—and to some, blasphemous—method of bookmaking: a machine he calls a printing press. Fust is financing Gutenberg’s workshop and he orders Peter, his adopted son, to become Gutenberg’s apprentice. Resentful at having to abandon a prestigious career as a scribe, Peter begins his education in the “darkest art.” 

As his skill grows, so, too, does his admiration for Gutenberg and his dedication to their daring venture: copies of the Holy Bible. But mechanical difficulties and the crushing power of the Catholic Church threaten their work. As outside forces align against them, Peter finds himself torn between two father figures: the generous Fust, who saved him from poverty after his mother died; and the brilliant, mercurial Gutenberg, who inspires Peter to achieve his own mastery. 

Caught between the genius and the merchant, the old ways and the new, Peter and the men he admires must work together to prevail against overwhelming obstacles—a battle that will change history . . . and irrevocably transform them.

Alix Christie is an author, journalist and letterpress printer. She learned the craft of letterpress printing as an apprentice to two master California printers and owns and operates a 1910 Chandler & Price letterpress. She holds a Masters of Fine Arts degree from St Mary’s College of California. A dual citizen of the U.S. and Canada, she lives in London with her husband and two children. 

Wednesday September 24, 2014
Start: 09/24/2014 12:00 pm
Ticket: $55 (includes lunch & signed book)
 
 
 
From David Mitchell, author of the global phenomenon Cloud Atlas, comes The Bone Clocks, a vast, intricate piece that weaves together six narratives spanning from 1984 to the 2030s about a secret war between a cult of soul-decanters and the small group of vigilantes who try to take them down. It's an up-all-night thriller that fluently mixes the supernatural, sci-fi, horror, social satire, and heartbreaking realism.

David Mitchell is the award-winning and bestselling author of The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, Black Swan Green, Cloud Atlas, Number9Dream, and Ghostwritten. Twice shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, Mitchell was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine in 2007.
 
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: 09/24/2014 7:00 pm
The highly anticipated return of Tony Earley, celebrated author of Jim the Boy.

Two decades after his debut collection Here We Are in Paradise heralded Tony Earley as one of the most accomplished writers of his generation, the rueful, bittersweet, and riotous stories of Mr. Tall ($25.00) reestablish him as a mythmaker and tale spinner of the first rank. These stories introduce us not only to ordinary people seeking to live extraordinary lives, but also to the skunk ape (a southern variant of Bigfoot), the ghost of Jesse James, and a bone-tired Jack the Giant Killer. Whether it's Appalachia, Nashville, the Carolina Coast, or a make-believe land of talking dogs, each world Earley creates is indelible.

Tony Earley is the author of the novels Jim the Boy and The Blue Star. His fiction has earned a National Magazine Award and appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's, and Best American Short Stories. Earley was chosen for both The New Yorker's inaugural best "20 Under 40" list of fiction writers and Granta's "20 Best Young American Novelists." He lives with his family in Nashville, Tennessee, where he is the Samuel Milton Fleming Chair in English at Vanderbilt University.
 
Thursday September 25, 2014
Start: 09/25/2014 6:00 pm

The Sexton family's long love affair with the Dalmatian began in Linda Gray Sexton's childhood. There, on a snowy morning in the family home just outside Boston, Linda heard a whimpering coming from the basement. She discovered their first family dog giving birth to a litter. Witnessing the intimate act of birth had a profound effect on the family. Her mother, Anne, used the experience to complete the poem "Live," part of her third collection, titled " Live or Die ," which would be awarded a Pulitzer Prize. For Linda, the boundless joy of both breed and breeding triggered in her a lifelong love of Dalmatians. All told, thirty-eight Dalmatians will move through her life: the ones that cheer and support her through difficulty, divorce, and depression; the ones that stay with her as she enters the world of professional breeding and showing of Dals; and, of course, the one true dog of her heart, Gulliver, her most stalwart of canine champions. Bespotted: My Family's Love Affair with Thirty-Eight Dalmations is a page-turning and compelling look at the unique place dogs occupy in our lives. It captures another piece of this literary family's history, taps into the curious and fascinating world of dog showing/dog fancy.

Linda Gray Sexton is the daughter of Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Anne Sexton. She has written four novels and two memoirs, Half in Love: Surviving the Legacy of Suicide and Searching for Mercy Street, both published by Counterpoint. She lives in Redwood City, California. 

Start: 09/25/2014 7:00 pm

Lewis Buzbee was a self-proclaimed “average student,” one whose parents did not go to college. After the death of his father he began to spiral downward, but was saved from failing high school by attentive teachers—teachers who had ample resources thanks to a well-funded California school system. But now, schools have been devastated by funding cuts, and Buzbee wonders if it’s still possible to save at-risk students when “the public will to fund public education remains pallid, timid, hypocritical.” Blackboard: A Personal History of the Classroom looks to the origins of kindergarten, muses on the architecture of schools, and organizing principles and objects of the classroom like the blackboard and the desk, to discover what those spaces and objects tell students about the importance of learning. Buzbee adds insight not only as student, but also as a teacher and a father as he contrasts his daughter’s experiences with his own. This unique and refreshing approach to the subject makes for a warm and accessible read, and his story stands as a testament to what school can achieve in the life of a student.

Lewis Buzbee is the author of The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop, After the Gold Rush, and Fliegelman’s Desire, as well as three award-winning novels for younger readers, Steinbeck’s Ghost, The Haunting of Charles Dickens, and Bridge of Time. He lives in San Francisco with his wife and daughter.

 

 

Start: 09/25/2014 7:00 pm
This can’t-put-it-down coming of age memoir is dramatic and heart wrenching, as young Patsy Lou takes us on a journey through the Dust Bowl of Oklahoma and Texas at the time of out nation’s greatest environmental disaster. You will keep reading to find out what more could happen to this sweet child of the Great Depression after she endures severe burns down there at age seven when she pees on hot coals. As a result she suffers a type of genital mutilation that affects her entire life. And with it all, her delicious sense of humor is evident throughout Peeing On Hot Coals ($26.98). We laugh at the vivid description of her preacher dad, and a straight from the Bible Belt Mama and her eight siblings. From such humble beginnings and with little formal education Patsy Lou’s attitude of It Can be Done instilled in her the fearlessness to organize substantive meetings with world leaders in twenty-six countries.
 
Pat Montandon grew up in Oklahoma and Texas as the daughter of a Hell fire and brimstone preacher and a mother who demanded strict obedience to her and to religious strictures. Pat was a child of the Great Depression with a house full of siblings and an equal amount of fine brown sand from the Black Blizzards of the Dust Bowl. Eventually, with only a high school education, Pat used her agile mind and willingness to work and belief in herself to become a best selling author of five books. Later, she launched the International Children As The Peacemakers Foundation. That concept and the resultant journeys earned her the United Nations Peace Messenger Award and nominations for a Nobel Peace Prize. 
 
Friday September 26, 2014
Start: 09/26/2014 12:00 pm
Greens Restaurant, San Francisco • Single $115; Couple $175 (one book)
 
Online registration is now closed. To inquire about waitlist availability, please call (415) 9270960 ext. 1.
 
Rising star and chef-activist, Bryant Terry draws from African, Caribbean, and Southern food to create 100 enticing vegan dishes. They include Jamaican Patties Stuffed With Maque Choux, Bereberre-Spiced Black-Eyed Pea Sliders, and Cornmeal Dumplings. He explores popular African ingredients and traces their history, offering a cultural context. Terry is also the author of The Inspired Vegan, Vegan Soul Kitchen, and Grub.
 
The ticket includes the meal, wine, tax, tip, and a signed copy of the book. 
 
 
 
 
Start: 09/26/2014 1:00 pm

The author of Passages, a book that changed millions of lives, now lays bare her own life passages in a captivating memoir that reveals her harrowing and ultimately triumphant path from groundbreaking 1960s "girl" journalist to fearless bestselling author who made a career of excavating cultural taboos--from sex, menopause, and midlife crisis to illness, caregiving, and death. Daring to blaze a trail in a "man's world," Gail Sheehy became one of the premier practitioners of New Journalism at the fledgling New York magazine, along with such stellar writers as Tom Wolfe, Gloria Steinem, and Jimmy Breslin. Daring: My Passages is also the beguiling love story of Sheehy's tempestuous romance with Clay Felker, the charismatic creator of New York magazine and the mentor who inspired her to become the fearless journalist who won renown for her penetrating character portraits of world leaders, including Hillary Clinton, both Presidents Bush, British prime minister Margaret Thatcher, and Soviet premier Mikhail Gorbachev, among others.

World-renowned author of 17 books, journalist, and popular lecturer, Gail Sheehy has changed the way millions of women and men around the world look at the stages of their lives. Her revolutionary book Passages was named by the Library of Congress one of the ten most influential books of our times. Sheehy is one of the founding writers of New York and has been a contributing editor to Vanity Fair since 1984. She has written about presidential candidates from Robert Kennedy to Hilary Clinton and world leaders from Margaret Thatcher to Saddam Hussein.

 

Start: 09/26/2014 7:00 pm

In The Future, Declassified:  Megatrends That Will Undo the World Unless We Take Action, Mathew Burrows expands the most recent Global Trends report into a full length narrative that zeros in on the key global issues that will change our world in the coming decades. In the ten years Burrows spent at the US National Intelligence Council (NIC), he analyzed the biggest and most pressing challenges facing our world.  Most of his work remains classified, but this crucial study, which the NIC produces every four years, is not. Delivering a forthright critique on the risks of weak U.S. leadership in the face of such massive changes, Burrows details how the report’s findings can help our world face these impending challenges proactively and productively.

Mathew Burrows is the director of the Atlantic Council’s Strategic Foresight Initiative. He has served as the National Intelligence Council’s counselor and director of analysis and production for the last decade. He served as the intelligence advisor to Richard Holbrooke when he was the US Ambassador to the UN. After 9/11, he became deputy national security advisor to US Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill. He lives in Washington, DC.

 

Saturday September 27, 2014
Start: 09/27/2014 10:00 am
End: 09/27/2014 12:00 pm
Sat., Sept. 27 • 10:00-12:00pm • $55
 
 
 
 
What’s the difference between a page turner and a clunker that disappears without a trace? It’s the story, characters, pacing, literary style, dialogue, sensory description, and narrative voice. Learn specific techniques for improving your writing, then navigating the turbulent waters of today’s book business. Alan Rinzler has edited and published Toni Morrison, Tom Robbins, Hunter S. Thompson, Clive Cussler, Robert Ludlum, Shirley MacLaine, Jerzy Kosinski, Bob Dylan, and Andy Warhol in executive positions at Simon & Schuster, Bantam, Grove Press, Rolling Stone, and Straight Arrow Books.
 
 
 

Start: 09/27/2014 10:00 am
End: 09/27/2014 4:00 pm
Please note that this class is cancelled. Please contact the Classes Dept. if you have any questions at 415-927-0960 ext 1.  
 
Sat., Sept. 27 • 10:00-4:00pm • $105

 
 
How do you create tension on every page? As literary agent Donald Maass says, a constant stream of tension engages readers. Using published works as a jumping off point, we will spend the day making conflict happen by playing with diction, reader and character expectations, suspense, delay, and characters' conflicting emotion. The class is suitable for nonfiction and fiction writers. Nina Schuyler is the author of the novels The Translator and The Painting, and many short stories. She teaches creative writing in the graduate program at USF.

Start: 09/27/2014 1:00 pm

As the world demands that more and more polluters pay for carbon emissions, a financial mystery unfolds: What are the costs? Who is responsibe to pay for them? Who do you pay? How do you pay? And what are the potential impacts? In Carbon Shock: A Tale of Risk and Calculus on the Front Lines of the Disrupted Global Economy,   veteran journalist Mark Schapiro attempts to answer these questions as he illuminates the struggle to pinpoint carbon's true costs, all while bumping up against the vagaries of the free market, the lobbying power of corporations, the political maneuverings of countries, and the tolerance of everyday consumers buying a cup of coffee, a tank of gas, or an airplane ticket. Along the way, Schapiro tracks the cost of carbon through the drought-ridden farmland of California, where higher temperatures are driving up the price of the food we eat, the prices farmers pay for crop insurance, and the impact on taxpayers.

Mark Schapiro explores the intersection of the environment, economics, and political power, most recently as a correspondent at the Center for Investigative Reporting. His work has been published in Harpers, The Atlantic, Yale 360, and other publications. He has reported stories for the PBS newsmagazine Frontline/World, NOW with Bill Moyers, and public radio’s Marketplace, and is the author of Exposed: The Toxic Chemistry of Everyday Products and What’s at Stake for American Power. He is also an adjunct professor at the University of California, Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism and at the Monterey Institute of International Studies.

 

Sunday September 28, 2014
Start: 09/28/2014 1:00 pm

A Future for Cheetahs is a simple and elegant large-format book of incredible photography that provides insight on the past and present, and future of cheetahs in the wild. It features commentary by Dr. Laurie Marker, world renowned authority on cheetahs, and illustrated through imagery captured by renowned wildlife photographer Suzi Eszterhas. Through the eyes of the cheetah, this picture book story will bring the reader face to face with some of the rarest and most beautiful images taken of wild cheetahs. Equally as powerful, compelling stories and photos weave a story of the conservation initiatives that are the key to their very survival.

Dr. Laurie Marker is the founder and Executive Director of the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF). Having worked with cheetahs since 1974, Marker set up the not-for-profit Fund in 1990 and moved to Namibia to develop a permanent Conservation Research Centre for the wild cheetah. Suzi Eszterhas is an award-winning wildlife photographer based in California. Best known for her work documenting family life on the African savanna, Eszterhas has undertaken commissions and led instructional photography tours and workshops everywhere from Antarctica to the Arctic and Alaska to Montana.

 

 

Start: 09/28/2014 2:00 pm
End: 09/28/2014 4:00 pm

Nina Schuyler’s first novel, The Painting, (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2004), was a finalist for the Northern California Book Awards. It was also selected by the San Francisco Chronicle as one of the Best Books of 2004, and dubbed a “fearless debut” by MSNBC and a “great debut” by the Rocky Mountain News. It’s been translated into Chinese, Portuguese, and Serbian.

Her short story, “The Bob Society,” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her poems, short stories and essays have appeared in ZYZZYVA, Santa Clara Review, Fugue, The Meadowland Review, The Battered Suitcase, and other literary journals. She reviews fiction for The Rumpus and The Children’s Book Review. She’s fiction editor at Able Muse.

She attended Stanford University for her undergraduate degree, earned a law degree at Hastings College of the Law and an MFA in fiction with an emphasis on poetry at San Francisco State University. She currently teaches creative writing at the University of San Francisco.

Her second novel, The Translator, was published by Pegasus Books in July 1, 2013.

 

Start: 09/28/2014 4:00 pm

Jeff Greenwald's classic travelogue follows his quest for the "perfect" Buddha statue. At turns hilarious and moving, his quest features a cast of amazing characters — from a passionate palmist to a flying lama —who provide unforgettable glimpses into the daily life and culture of the former kingdom (including a wild ride on Kathmandu’s very first escalator). Greenwald doesn't shy away from Shangri-la’s darker side. Along with colorful descriptions of Hindu and Buddhist mythology, the book tells of the rampant corruption, art smuggling, assassination attempts and human right abuses that would ignite Nepal’s violent "People Power" Revolution in April 1990. A new afterword by the author recounts Nepal's tumultuous recent history — including the massacre of the royal family — in vivid detail. And a new preface introduces this 25th anniversary edition with some thoughts about how Nepal, and travel writing, have evolved since the book’s first publication. Shopping for Buddhas: An Adventure in Nepal remains a must-read for anyone who has visited, or plans to visit, Nepal.

Jeff Greenwald is a writer, photographer, and performer. He is the author of six books, including The Size of the World, for which he created the first Internet travel blog. His work has appeared in Wired, Salon, Smithsonian, Afar, The New York Times Magazine, and many other publications. Jeff serves as the executive director of the nonprofit Ethical Traveler. He has also created a critically acclaimed solo show, Strange Travel Suggestions, which draws from his tales as a travel journalist. Jeff's most recent book, Snake Lake, is set during Nepal's 1990 Democracy revolution. He lives in Oakland, CA.

Start: 09/28/2014 7:00 pm
These incandescent pages give us one fraught, momentous day in the life of Baruch Kotler, a Soviet Jewish dissident who now finds himself a disgraced Israeli politician. When he refuses to back down from a contrary but principled stand regarding the settlements in the West Bank, his political opponents expose his affair with a mistress decades his junior, and the besieged couple escapes to Yalta, the faded Crimean resort of Kotler's youth. There, shockingly, Kotler comes face-to-face with the former friend whose denunciation sent him to the Gulag almost forty years earlier.

In a whirling twenty-four hours, Kotler must face the ultimate reckoning, both with those who have betrayed him and with those whom he has betrayed, including a teenage daughter, a son facing his own moral dilemma in the Israeli army, and the wife who once campaigned to secure his freedom and stood by him through so much.

Stubborn, wry, and self-knowing, Baruch Kotler is one of the great creations of contemporary fiction. An aging man grasping for a final passion, he is drawn inexorably into a crucible that is both personal and biblical in scope.

In prose that is elegant, sly, precise, and devastating in its awareness of the human heart, David Bezmozgis has rendered a story for the ages, an inquest into the nature of fate and consequence, love and forgiveness. The Betrayers ($26.00) is a high-wire act, a powerful tale of morality and sacrifice that will haunt readers long after they turn the final page.

David Bezmozgis is an award-winning writer and filmmaker whose fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's, Zoetrope, and Best American Short Stories. He was named one of The New Yorker's "20 Under 40" writers in 2010. He lives in Toronto.
 
Monday September 29, 2014
Start: 09/29/2014 7:00 pm

In conversation with Malcolm Margolin

In an age of big box stores and media conglomerates, how can an independent publishing house survive—and even thrive? Kim Bancroft's The Heyday of Malcolm Margolin takes us into Heyday, a small press that for forty years has spotlighted California’s best stories. Drawing from the words of founder Malcolm Margolin, this compelling portrait recounts the making of Heyday, from its roots in the do-it-yourself/change-the-world clime of 1970s Berkeley to its present-day status as the “cultural linchpin for the state” (Northern California Book Booksellers Association). A chorus of friends, including Maxine Hong Kingston, Robert Hass, and Kevin Starr, enriches our understanding of a vibrant literary community and its one-of-a-kind leader. Funny and provocative, The Heyday of Malcolm Margolin reveals the workings of a courageously unconventional enterprise run on beauty, passion, friendship, and joy.

Kim Bancroft is a longtime teacher turned editor and writer. She has taught at various high schools and community colleges in the Bay Area, at the Universidad de Guanajuato in Mexico, and at Sacramento State. Kim has edited several books, including Ariel: A Memoir by Ariel Parkinson; The Morning the Sun Went Down by Darryl Wilson; and Ruth’s Journey: A Survivor’s Memoir, by Ruth Glasberg Gold.

 

Start: 09/29/2014 7:00 pm
End: 09/29/2014 9:00 pm
Four Mondays • Sept. 29, Oct. 27, Nov. 24, and Dec. 15 • 7:00-9:00 pm • $95
 
 
 
 
We’ll have an intimate conversation with the authors of…insightful, resonant stories by “a true craftsman” (New York Times); a Chechen War-set first novel whose author hoped to “combine the tension of a character-driven thriller with the richness of a historical epic” and succeeded; the tale of a Japanese novelist, the tortured actor who inspired his work, and the translator who “sabotaged” it; and sensitive fact-based fiction in which a young Argentine woman who knows her father played a part in her country’s recent, terrible past learns more from a mysterious stranger.
 
 
 
Sept: Stay Up with Me, Tom Barbash
Oct: A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, Anthony Marra
Nov: The Translator, Nina Schuyler
Dec: Perla, Carolina De Robertis


Tuesday September 30, 2014
Start: 09/30/2014 7:00 pm
Gratitude & Trust ($27.95) is a book designed to apply the principles of the recovery movement to those countless people who are not addicts but nevertheless need effective help with their difficulties and pain. Paul Williams, an award-winning songwriter, actor, and performer, has embraced a traditional alcoholism recovery plan for more than two decades of sobriety. Tracey Jackson, a well-known TV and film writer – and veteran of many years of traditional therapy—has never been a drunk nor a drug abuser, but realized that many of the tenets of Williams’ program could apply to her.  In Gratitude & Trust, Williams and Jackson ask: What happens to those who struggle with vexing problems but are not full-blown addicts? Are there any lessons to be learned from the foundational and time-tested principles of the recovery movement?

Whether you’re tethered to your phone or turn to food for comfort; whether you’re a perfectionist and can’t let things go or are too afraid to fail to even try; whether you can find intimacy only on the Internet or you’ve been involved in a string of nasty relationships—the first step toward feeling better about yourself and your life is the realization that you are what’s standing in your way. Williams and Jackson have designed a new, positive program, based on a half dozen new affirmations, that can help conquer your vices, address personal dysfunctions and start to brighten the darkest moods. Gratitude & Trust is an essential, inspirational, and uplifting guide to identifying and changing maladaptive behaviors in order to uncover your most productive and healthiest self.
 
Paul Williams is an Oscar, Grammy, and Golden Globe winning Hall of Fame songwriter and President of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). He is a major public force in the recovery movement, a graduate of UCLA's Drug and Alcohol Counseling Certification Program and has served as a member of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Board of Directors. He was a founding board member and counselor for the Musicians Assistance Program (MAP), now the treatment wing of MusiCares. He has been a passionate public advocate for the recovery movement for the past twenty-four years.

Tracey Jackson wrote the films Confessions of a Shopaholic, The Guru, and The Other End of the Line among others. She has also written twelve TV pilots, and created the series BABES for Fox TV. Tracey wrote, directed, and starred in the controversial documentary Lucky Ducks. Her first book, Between a Rock and Hot Place: Why Fifty is Not the New Thirty, came out in 2011 and was optioned for a TV movie by Lifetime.
 
Wednesday October 01, 2014
Start: 10/01/2014 6:00 pm

Conceived nearly a century ago by a man who died believing himself a failure, it's now a revered classic and a rite of passage in the reading lives of millions. But how well do we really know The Great Gatsby? As Maureen Corrigan, Gatsby lover extraordinaire, points out, while Fitzgerald's masterpiece may be one of the most popular novels in America, many of us first read it when we were too young to fully comprehend its power.

Offering a fresh perspective on what makes Gatsby great-and utterly unusual-So We Read On takes us into archives, high school classrooms, and even out onto the Long Island Sound to explore the novel's hidden depths, a journey whose revelations include Gatsby's surprising debt to hard-boiled crime fiction, its rocky path to recognition as a "classic," and its profound commentaries on the national themes of race, class, and gender.

With rigor, wit, and infectious enthusiasm, Corrigan inspires us to re-experience the greatness of Gatsby and cuts to the heart of why we are, as a culture, "borne back ceaselessly" into its thrall. Along the way, she spins a new and fascinating story of her own.

Maureen Corrigan is the book critic for NPR's Fresh Air, the Critic-in-Residence at Georgetown University, and winner of the Edgar Award for Criticism. She is the author of Leave Me Alone, I'm Reading.

 

Start: 10/01/2014 7:00 pm
The Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter's heartbreaking account of the life and shocking death of the toughest man in hockey. 

Derek Boogaard lived an almost mythic sports story: from pond-hockey on the prairies of Saskatchewan to a first NHL contract in Minnesota to the storied New York Rangers as the most feared enforcer in the league. A gentle young man, he was a brutal fighter on ice skates, capable of delivering career-ending punches and intimidating entire teams. But his death at age twenty-eight from an overdose of painkillers in the wake of a series of concussions helped shatter the silence about violence in professional sports. Boy on Ice ($26.95) is New York Times reporter John Branch's chronicle of Boogaard's tragic life and death. A human story in the tradition of Friday Night Lights and The Blind Side, it's a book that raises deep and disturbing questions about the systemic brutality of contact sports-from peewees to professionals-and damage that reaches far beyond the game.

John Branch is a reporter for the New York Times. His "Snow Fall" won the Pulitzer Prize for feature writing. He lives near San Francisco.
 
Thursday October 02, 2014
Start: 10/02/2014 12:30 pm

Wealthy Richard Walker has just died, leaving behind his country house full of rooms packed with the detritus of a lifetime. His estranged family—bitter ex-wife Caroline, troubled teenage son Trenton, and unforgiving daughter Minna—have arrived for their inheritance. But the Walkers are not alone. Long dead former residents linger within in the house's claustrophobic walls. Though their voices cannot be heard, they speak through the house itself—in the hiss of the radiator, a creak in the stairs, the dimming of a light bulb. The living and dead are each haunted by painful truths that will soon surface with explosive force. Elegantly constructed and brilliantly paced, Rooms is an enticing and imaginative ghost story and a searing family drama that is as haunting as it is resonant.

Lauren Oliver is the New York Times bestselling author of the YA novel Before I Fall and the international bestselling Delirium trilogy: Delirium, Pandemonium, and Requiem, which have been translated into more than thirty languages. She is also the author of two novels for middle-grade readers, The Spindlers and Lisel & Po, which was a 2012 E.B. White Read-Aloud Award nominee. A graduate of the University of Chicago and NYU’s MFA program, she lives in Brooklyn, New York. 

 

 

Start: 10/02/2014 6:00 pm

Random Kindness and Senseless Acts of Beauty weaves a story of our world told through beautifully crafted animal figures and startlingly simple words packed with overwhelming truth. It show us on the edge of our world’s two potential futures: one of great violence and waste, and one of peaceful coexistence and growth.  This book makes us realize the power in our actions. It makes us realize that we create our world through random acts—acts such as planting a garden and making music with those around us. Random Kindness teaches that it is up to us to give sense to beautiful acts of creation instead of acts of destruction. We have the power to be good to one another, and to create a world of good.

Margaret Paloma Pavel is an international advocate of healthy, just, and resilient urban communities. She is founder and president of Earth House of Oakland, CA, founder of the Eco-Justice film series in the San Francisco Bay Area, and editor of Breakthrough Communities: Sustainability and Justice in the Next American Metropolis. Dr. Pavel holds a Master of Divinity from Harvard University as well as degrees in psychology and economics.

 

Start: 10/02/2014 6:30 pm
End: 10/02/2014 8:30 pm
This class is cancelled. If you have any questions, please contact the Classes dept. at 415-927-0960 ext. 1.  
 
Six Thursdays: Oct. 2 - Nov. 6 • 6:30-8:30pm • $240

 
 
 
Have you started a book but haven't been able to finish it? Leslie Keenan has 30 years of experience helping writers get their books done. She knows the most reasons writers get stuck and can help them get back in flow again. Students will leave with a strategy for completing their book. Also covered is advice on the best way to get a book published, including suggestions for agents, editors, publishers, and printers. 
 
 
Start: 10/02/2014 7:00 pm

Whether stealing scenes on the big screen in My Big Fat Greek Wedding and Hedwig and the Angry Inch, or starring on the stage in her recent Tony award winning role as Berthe in Pippin, Andrea Martin has long entertained audiences with her hilarious characterizations and heartwarming performances. Martin has worked stages, sets and even trapezes across North America, playing to houses packed with adoring fans, all of whom instantly recognize the star who has entertained us for nearly forty years.

In Andrea Martin’s Lady Parts, Martin, for the first time, shares her fondest remembrances of a life in show business, motherhood, relationships, no relationships, family, chimps in tutus, squirrels, and why she flies to Atlanta to get her hair cut. Martin opens up her heart in a series of eclectic, human, always entertaining and often moving essays. These stories will make you giggle and may make you cry. This is a powerful collection by a woman with a truly storied life.

 

Friday October 03, 2014
Start: 10/03/2014 7:30 pm

Learning to honor these four desires is the key to happiness, and to a complete and balanced life. But how can you discern what will truly satisfy your desires? How can you increase your capacity to achieve them? What if your desires seem to conflict with one another? Is it really possible to live a spiritual life while also wanting material pleasures and success? For more than three decades, master teacher Rod Stryker has taught yoga in the context of its deepest philosophy. His course, called The Yoga of Fulfillment, has helped thousands recognize their soul’s call to greatness and to achieve their dreams. Now, in The Four Desires: Creating a Life of Purpose, Happiness, Prosperity, and Freedom, he has distilled those broad teachings into a roadmap for becoming the person you were meant to be. It is filled with revealing true stories, provocative exercises, and practices for unlocking your inner guidance.

Rod Stryker is the founder of ParaYoga. Widely considered one of the preeminent yoga and meditation teachers in the United States, he has taught for more than thirty years. A longtime resident and teacher in Los Angeles, he now lives in Colorado with his wife, Gina, and their four children, Jaden, Theo, Asha, and Atreya. 

Don't miss Rod Styker at Yoga Tree
October 3



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