Class: Wendy Walsh - Lower Intermediate Italian (Corte Madera)

Monday, January 22, 2018 - 12:45pm

Eight Mondays; Jan. 22 - Mar. 19 (no class Feb. 5) • 12:40 - 2:25 pm • $275

Wendy Walsh has a Ph.D. in Italian Literature from UCB. She has been teaching Italian language, literature, and cooking since 1979.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Sam Graham-Felsen - Green (Corte Madera)

Monday, January 22, 2018 - 7:00pm

Boston, 1992. David Greenfeld is one of the few white kids at the Martin Luther King, Jr., Middle School. Everybody clowns him, girls ignore him, and his hippie parents won't even buy him a pair of Nikes, let alone transfer him to a private school. Unless he tests into the city's best public high school--which, if practice tests are any indication, isn't likely--he'll be friendless for the foreseeable future.

Nobody's more surprised than Dave when Marlon Wellings sticks up for him in the school cafeteria. Mar's a loner from the public housing project on the corner of Dave's own gentrifying block, and he confounds Dave's assumptions about black culture: He's nerdy and neurotic, a Celtics obsessive whose favorite player is the gawky, white Larry Bird. Before long, Mar's coming over to Dave's house every afternoon to watch vintage basketball tapes and plot their hustle to Harvard. But as Dave welcomes his new best friend into his world, he realizes how little he knows about Mar's. Cracks gradually form in their relationship, and Dave starts to become aware of the breaks he's been given--and that Mar has not.

Infectiously funny about the highs and lows of adolescence, and sharply honest in the face of injustice, Sam Graham-Felsen's debut Green is a wildly original take on the struggle to rise in America.

Green Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399591143
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Published: Random House - January 2nd, 2018

A coming-of-age novel about race, privilege, and the struggle to rise in America, written by a former Obama campaign staffer and propelled by an exuberant, unforgettable narrator.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Blaire Briody - The New Wild West (San Francisco)

Tuesday, January 23, 2018 - 6:00pm

In Partnership with Mesa Refuge

Williston, North Dakota was a sleepy farm town for generations -- until the frackers arrived. The oil companies moved into Williston, overtaking the town and setting off a boom that America hadn't seen since the Gold Rush. Workers from all over the country descended, chasing jobs that promised them six-figure salaries and demanded no prior experience.

But for every person chasing the American dream, there is a darker side--reports of violence and sexual assault skyrocketed, schools overflowed, and housing prices soared. Real estate is such a hot commodity that tent cities popped up, and many workers' only option was to live out of their cars. Farmers whose families had tended the land for generations watched, powerless, as their fields were bulldozed to make way for one oil rig after another.

Written in the vein Ted Conover and Jon Krakauer, using a mix of first-person adventure and cultural analysis, The New Wild West is the definitive account of what's happening on the ground and what really happens to a community when the energy industry is allowed to set up in a town with little regulation or oversight--and at what cost.

Blaire Briody is a journalist who has written for The New York Times, Popular Science, Popular Mechanics, Fast Company, and Glamour, among others. She has worked as a senior editor at The Fiscal Times and she received the Richard J. Margolis Award in 2014 for social justice reporting.The New Wild West is her first book and it was the 2016 finalist for the Lukas Work-in-Progress Award from Columbia Journalism School and Harvard's Nieman Foundation. She teaches journalism at Santa Rosa Junior College, and she's been a writer-in-residence at the Headlands Center for the Arts, Mesa Refuge, and Blue Mountain Center. She grew up in the small town of Mount Shasta, California, graduated from the University of California, Davis with a degree in international relations, and now resides in Sonoma County.


The New Wild West: Black Gold, Fracking, and Life in a North Dakota Boomtown Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250064929
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Published: St. Martin's Press - September 26th, 2017

Williston, North Dakota was a sleepy farm town for generations--until the frackers arrived. The oil companies moved into Williston, overtaking the town and setting off a boom that America hadn't seen since the Gold Rush. Workers from all over the country descended, chasing jobs that promised them six-figure salaries and demanded no prior experience.

1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Michelle Gale - Mindful Parenting in a Messy World (Corte Madera)

Tuesday, January 23, 2018 - 7:00pm

Mindful Parenting in a Messy World is a guidebook that teaches busy, stressed out parents how to become more present with themselves and with their children. Through Michelle Gale's engaging and often funny personal stories, parents discover practical ways to:

- Meet conflict with compassion and curiosity
- Recognize family as a catalyst for personal growth
- React less and connect more
- Grow their capacity for self-awareness, humor and love
- Find ease in the midst of family mayhem

“This is likely the most honest description of what genuine mindfulness means for our everyday lives that you will ever read,” says Dr. Shefali Tsabary, author of the Oprah-acclaimed books The Conscious ParentOut of Control, and The Awakened Family. “This is the story of a mother who lays out her struggles as an individual, a wife, and a parent in a manner that causes us to laugh and cry with her—and simultaneously admire her—as she tells of her messy journey and shows us what it really means to be mindful.”

Rachel Macy Stafford, New York Times bestselling author of Hands Free MamaHands Free Life, and Only Love Today, says: “Mindful Parenting in a Messy World reveals how mindfulness can ground parents moment-to-moment, even amidst chaos, and find peace together and within."

Michelle Gale is a mindfulness educator, corporate trainer, executive coach, and podcast host. She is on a mission to support parents in staying meaningfully connected to themselves and their families, even as the demands and complexity of contemporary life and work are accelerated. She works in schools, communities, and corporations teaching mindfulness and speaking to parents.

Michelle was previously the head of learning and leadership development at Twitter and spent most of her career working in high growth technology start-ups. In addition to her board work with the Holistic Life Foundation she is currently an advisor to the Mindful Schools, Wisdom 2.0 and Tilt365. Michelle is also a Strategic Partner with The Trium Group and WisdomLabs.

Michelle received her M.A in Psychology from Meridian University and her undergraduate degree from Florida State University where she studied Child Development. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and two sons, who are by far her greatest life teachers.


Mindful Parenting in a Messy World: Living with Presence and Parenting with Purpose Cover Image
ISBN: 9781628654813
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Published: Motivational Press, Inc. - October 12th, 2017

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Erin Byrne & Guests - LitWings Event Series (Sausalito)

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 6:30pm

LitWings Event Series
Writers, filmmakers, and photographers sharing uplifting art that illuminates travel.

The event is hosted by writer Erin Byrne. The concept of LitWings symbolizes art that lifts the spirit, and the "lit-up" wings of illuminated travel, both of which are themes in Erin’s travel essays, poetry, screenplays and fiction; and in the work of each presenter.

LitWings brings together international writers, photographers, and filmmakers to highlight their wide-ranging work, the paths of their careers, and the creative process of one particular project. Past presenters include National Geographic photographers, New York Times bestselling authors, and Emmy award winning filmmakers sharing work that highlights Vietnam, Azerbaijan, Nairobi, Cuba, Scotland, and many other places around the globe.

Erin Byrne is host of LitWings, author of Wings: Gifts of Art, Life, and Travel in France, editor of Vignettes & Postcards from Morocco and Vignettes & Postcards from Paris, and writer of The Storykeeper film. Erin teaches writing in Sausalito, Paris, and on Deep Travel trips.

Jeff Burkhart is an award-winning columnist (Barfly, “Best Column in California” 2014, California Newspaper Publishers Association), author, and award-winning bartender. He has written over 800 published articles and columns. In addition, he has written five different “bestsellers” in several different categories: books, calendars and knowledge card decks.

Michael Shapiro is the producer and co-director of Junkyard Alchemist, a film about a husband-and-wife team who create a fanciful carousel from junk. He’s author of A Sense of Place, a collection of interviews with the world’s top travel writers, and contributes to National Geographic Traveler and the Washington Post.

Lou Lesko is an American photographer and writer. He started shooting pictures for the fashion industry and later expanded his métier to include photojournalism and commercial directing. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California’s writing program and a former editor at National Geographic Assignment.

100 Bay Street
Sausalito, CA 94965

Class: Leslie Keenan - Is There a Book in You? (Corte Madera)

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 6:30pm

Four Wednesdays: Jan. 24-Feb. 14, 2018 • 6:30 – 8:30 pm • $160

Leslie Keenan teaches techniques for gaining confidence as a writer and developing a clear sense of what your project is about. She gives advice on how to get the book published and gives names of agents, editors, publishers, and printers.

Leslie Keenan is an experienced writing instructor. One published student says, “If it weren’t for Leslie Keenan’s courses at Book Passage, I would never have written a word of fiction.” Author Eve Pell says, “Your help was really valuable since it stopped me from feeling utterly overwhelmed... I knew how to make a plan, and that’s what made the difference.”

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925