Shira Marin - Shards of a Broken Mystery (Corte Madera)

Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 7:00pm

Shards of a Broken Mystery: The Restoration of Hekate records the real-time unfolding of the relationship between the author and a Titan Greek goddess, Hekate: denigrated, discarded, and all but forgotten during the rise of the patriarchy in millennia past. The work could be called a psychoactive memoir as page after page seeds and grows a sense of inner process. This book supports the evolving nature of full, true psychological development, including a fresh perspective on the often discussed shadow aspect of the human condition. from the foreword: Mystery! The word itself means “seeing with the eyes closed,” in the context of initiation. Shira Marin’s Shards of a Broken Mystery: The Restoration of Hekate, is itself a mystery, and must be approached as a mystery, seeing with the eyes closed, preparing oneself for ritual initiation.

Should you be so fortunate to be chosen to serve even an unlikely presence as a goddess of old, make no mistake, nothing less than your future is at stake. Taking part in possible futures rather than having futures thrust upon one, is the best possible course. Shards of a Broken Mystery facilitates the awareness of possible futures through the agency of Hekate and even more so as she is restored to vitality in the individual psyche. This is the gift, Shira Marin, through her devotion to Hekate, has presented to us

Shira Marin, PhD, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist for over 35 years, is also an educator, speaker, writer, and mixed-media journal artist intimately engaged with the psychoactive nature of life. Currently, in her private practice, Dr. Marin serves individuals, couples, families, and groups through the lens of Jungian Psychology and consults to clinicians and interns. She is Immediate Past- President of the Northern California Group Psychotherapy Society. Formerly, Dr. Marin served as adjunct faculty of John F. Kennedy University and the Community Institute for Psychotherapy. Her primary interests focus on the individual and society, on consultancy to groups and communities, and developing collective, collaborative peace-making processes through the engagement of Non-Violent Communication, imagination, and feminine values. Dr. Marin lives in Marin County with her family and their standard poodle, Bella Rosa, who assists Dr. Marin in the consulting room.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

David St. John & Susan Terris - An Afternoon in Conversation (Corte Madera)

Sunday, October 22, 2017 - 1:00pm

In The Last Troubadour, David St. John has given us a collection of new and selected poems of astonishing beauty, precise and keenly observed but also touched with sensuality and deep feeling. Nothing is too small to escape notice (in “Guitar” St. John reflects on the beauty of that word) or too large to be explored-the suicide of a friend, the illness of a lover, or the texture of longing and desire. A sharp observer of landscapes within and without, St. John directs his empathetic gaze and vivid, inventive voice to investigating both the darkest and the most inspiring parts of being human, the small moments between friends and lovers as well as the groundswells that alter lives.

At times lyrical, sometimes conversational, occasionally wry and playful, St. John’s poetry reveals an expansive vision animated by “intimacy and subtlety, and by a disturbing force, the work of an urgent sensibility and a true ear.” (W.S. Merwin) The beauty, music, and artistry of David St. John’s widely admired work is fully on display in this masterful collection.

David St. John is the author of eleven collections of poetry (including Study for the World’s Body, nominated for The National Book Award in Poetry) as well as a volume of essays, interviews and reviews entitled Where the Angels Come Toward Us. He is University Professor and Chair of English at The University of Southern California, and lives in Venice Beach, California.


Susan Terris's Take Two: Film Studies is a series of dazzling poems about pairs who are heading in one way or another for trouble, disaster, or death. Each poem is a kind of filmic scene, which has a few movie terms embedded as parenthetical script directives.

The text spins back and forth in time from the era of Beowulf to that of Jacqueline Kennedy. There are traditional couples like Abélard & Héloïse or Bonnie & Clyde. But many of the pairs are unexpected: Sancho Panza & his donkey Dapple, Mary Shelley & her monster, Picasso & a portrait of Dora Maar, or Lady Macbeth & King Duncan. Expect the unexpected in this volume. No matter what you think you know about a pair, you may be in for a dark surprise.

Susan Terris's most recent books are Memos and Ghost of Yesterday: New & Selected Poems. She is the author of six books of poetry, sixteen chapbooks, three artist’s books, and one play. Journal publications include The Southern Review, Colorado Review, and Ploughshares. A poem of hers from FIELD appeared in Pushcart Prize XXXI. A poem from Memos, first published in the Denver Quarterly, was selected for Best American Poetry 2015. She is the editor of Spillway Magazine and a poetry editor for Pedestal Magazine.

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ISBN: 9780062640932
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Published: Ecco Press - April 18th, 2017

A haunting and intimately observed new collection from David St. John, a poet of soaring imagination and passionate candor

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ISBN: 9781632430472
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Published: Omnidawn - October 3rd, 2017

Susan Terris' Take Two: Film Studies is a series of dazzling poems about pairs who are heading in one way or another for trouble, disaster, or death. Each poem is a kind of filmic scene, which has a few movie terms embedded as parenthetical script directives.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Van Jones - Beyond the Messy Truth (San Rafael)

Sunday, October 22, 2017 - 4:00pm

In conversation with KGO's Brian Copeland
Angelico Hall, Dominican University of California
Tickets: $40 (includes signed book)

With his unscripted style of truth-telling for CNN, Van Jones burst into the collective American consciousness during the 2016 Presidential campaign. He has since become a beacon of hope and a voice of reason for progressives (and worried conservatives) everywhere; his compassion and wisdom were most recently on display during his rousing speech at the Washington, D.C. Women’s March. In Beyond the Messy Truth, Van Jones provides a blueprint for transforming our anxiety about our political future into meaningful change, including plans for a massive LoveArmy that grows from red and blue states alike. Issuing a call for a deeper patriotism, one that is wise enough to reject binaries and honestly face America’s complicated truths, he draws on poignant behind-the-scenes moments from his important and lifelong activist work, inspiring stories of quiet activists who have become unlikely change-makers, and little-known historical examples of collaboration rising from the fog of bitter disagreement. On full display throughout the book is the insight, empathy, and instinct for bridge-building that is fueling Jones’ successful TV special features and documentary shorts, “The Messy Truth, with Van Jones.”

Van Jones is a CNN political contributor as well as the host of the recurring CNN primetime special The Messy Truth with Van Jones. A graduate of Yale Law School, a former Obama administration “green jobs Czar,” and the author of two New York Times bestsellers, Jones founded the social justice accelerator, The Dream Corps. A recent guest host of Live with Kelly, and a regular guest on The Daily Show, Real Time with Bill Maher, Late Night with Seth Meyers, and The View, Jones is also a prolific writer of Op-Eds and essays that have appeared in USA Today, The San Francisco Chronicle, Washington Post, LA Times,, and The Huffington Post.


Please note: Tickets are non-refundable



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ISBN: 9780399180026
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Published: Ballantine Books - October 10th, 2017

A passionate manifesto that exposes hypocrisy on both sides of the political divide and points a way out of the tribalism that is tearing America apart--by the CNN political contributor and host hailed as "a star of the 2016 campaign" (The New York Times) who coined the term "whitelash"

Angelico Hall, Dominican University
20 Olive Avenue
San Rafael, CA 94901

Atticus - Love Her Wild (San Francisco)

Sunday, October 22, 2017 - 4:00pm

The first collection of poetry by Instagram sensation Atticus.

Love Her Wild is a collection of new and beloved poems from Atticus, the young writer who has captured the hearts and minds of hundreds of thousands of avid followers on his Instagram account @atticuspoetry, including superstars like Karlie Kloss and Shay Mitchell. He was dubbed the "#1 poet to follow" by Teen Vogue and "the world's most tattoo-able" poet by Galore magazine. In his first published collection, Atticus captures what is both raw and relatable about the smallest and the grandest moments in life: the first glimpse of a new love in Paris; skinny dipping on a summer's night; the irrepressible exuberance of the female spirit; or drinking whiskey in the desert watching the rising sun. With honesty, poignancy, and romantic flair, Atticus distills the most exhilarating highs and the heartbreaking lows of life and love into a few perfectly evocative lines, ensuring that his words will become etched in your mind--and will awaken your sense of adventure.

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By Atticus
ISBN: 9781501171239
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Published: Atria Books - July 11th, 2017

The first collection of poetry by Instagram sensation Atticus.

1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Class: David Corbett - Your Novel: From Start to Finish (Corte Madera)

Sunday, October 22, 2017 - 6:30pm

4 Sundays: Oct. 22 - Nov. 19 (no class Oct. 29) • 6:30 - 8:30 pm • $240

David Corbett, an award-winning author and Book Passage teacher, is offering this 4-week course at the request of recent students.

It covers the whole gamut of novel-writing:

Week 1: Finding the Compelling Story Idea and Maximizing its Potential

Week 2: Creating and Developing the Character Web

Week 3: Building Plot from Character

Week 4: Putting It All Together - Scene Structure, Dialogue, Point of View, Voice. Specific student works-in-progress, will be fleshed out, analyzed, and strengthened as the course progresses.

The class will be aimed at all levels of writing competence, from novice to advanced.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Clare Doornbos - Storytime with Clare (Corte Madera)

Monday, October 23, 2017 - 9:30am

Come to Book Passage, Corte Madera every Monday morning at 9.30am for a preschool story time with bounce! There's no better way to start the week than with picture books, songs, rhymes and some jumping around. Our story teller Clare will pick her favorite new books, classics and poetry to share with kids aged 0-5 and their parents in this half hour story time. Clare is a popular storyteller, who has read at local libraries and other stores in the Bay Area and is now pleased to join the Book Passage team.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925