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Start: 3:30 pm
End: 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: 6:00 pm
End: 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: 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

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Start: 10:00 am
End: 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: 6:00 pm
End: 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: 6:30 pm
End: 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: 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".

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Start: 11:15 am
End: 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: 6:00 pm
End: 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: 6:30 pm
End: 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: 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
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Start: 12:00 pm
End: 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: 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. 

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Start: 10:00 am
End: 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: 12:30 pm
End: 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: 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: 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.



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