Picture Book Club: Dashka Slater - The Antlered Ship (Corte Madera)

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 - 4:00pm

PIcture Book Club Event!

At least once a month at Book Passage, kids aged 4-8 and their grown-ups have the chance to hear a picture book read aloud by the author or illustrator. These events will always be after school, midweek and feature our favorite newly published books. Picture Book Club is also available as a subscription service, one new signed picture book per month can be delivered to the child (or adult) of your choice. Contact cdoornbos@bookpassage.com or call 414-927-0960 ext 402 for more information about Picture Book Club.

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In The Antlered Ship, an inquisitive fox sets off on a seafaring voyage with a crew of deer and pigeons in this enchanting tale of friendship and adventure.

Marco the fox has a lot of questions, like: how deep does the sun go when it sinks into the sea? And why do birds have such lizardy feet? But none of the other foxes share his curiosity. So when a magnificent ship adorned with antlers and with a deer for a captain arrives at the dock looking for a crew, Marco volunteers, hoping to find foxes who are as inquisitive as he is that can answer his questions. The crew finds adventure and intrigue on their journey. And, at last, Marco finds the answer to his most important question of all: What’s the best way to find a friend you can talk to?

Dashka Slater’s four picture books have won widespread praise for their inventive language and vivid imagery. Baby Shoes was named one of the best children’s books of 2006 by both Booklist and Nick Jr.magazines and was chosen for the Texas 2x2 list. The Sea Serpent and Me was a Junior Library Guild Selection and a finalist for the Cybil and Chickadee Awards. Dangerously Ever After was named the 2013–14 Surrey Picture Book of the Year based on the votes of over 12,700 elementary school students. Slater is also an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in such publications as Newsweek, Salon, The New York Times Magazine, and Mother Jones.

 

The Antlered Ship Cover Image
By Dashka Slater, Terry Fan (Illustrator), Eric Fan (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481451604
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Beach Lane Books - September 12th, 2017

An inquisitive fox sets off on a seafaring voyage with a crew of deer and pigeons in this enchanting tale of friendship and adventure.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Christine Evelyn Volker - Venetian Blood (Sausalito)

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 - 6:00pm

To escape a failing marriage, Anna Lucia Lottol goes to Venice to visit an old friend—and becomes a suspect in a brutal murder echoing a gruesome homicide that happened decades ago. Fearful of foreign justice and hoping to prove her innocence, she gathers clues before the real murderer comes for her. At the climax of her journey, she discovers a secret that will change her life. 

Struggling to forget a crumbling marriage, forty-year-old Anna Lucia Lottol comes to Venice to visit an old friend—but instead of finding solace, she is dragged into the police station and accused of murdering a money-laundering count with whom she had a brief affair. A US Treasury officer with brains and athleticism, Anna fights to clear her name in a seductive city full of watery illusions. As she works to pry information from a cast of recalcitrant characters sometimes denying what she sees and hears, she succeeds in unleashing a powerful foe bent on destroying her. Will she save herself and vanquish her enemies, including her darkest fears? A mysterious tapestry of murder, betrayal, and family, Venetian Blood is a story of one woman’s brave quest for the truth —before it’s too late.

Christine Evelyn Volker became intrigued by foreign cultures at an early age, which propelled her to study Spanish, German, and Italian. After pursuing an MLS and an MBA, she was drawn to international banking and became a senior vice president at a global financial institution. Her career brought her to Italy, where she immersed herself in the language and made frequent visits to Venice. A native New Yorker, she resides with her husband in Richmond, California, where she heads a local library non-profit organization and writes about environmental sustainability. She is currently at work on her second international mystery, this one set in the rainforest of Peru.

Venetian Blood: Murder in a Sensuous City Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781631523106
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: She Writes Press - August 8th, 2017

Struggling to forget a crumbling marriage, forty-year-old Anna Lucia Lottol comes to Venice to visit an old friend--but instead of finding solace, she is dragged into the police station and accused of murdering a money-laundering count with whom she had a brief affair. A US Treasury officer with brains and athleticism, Anna fights to clear her name in a seductive city full of watery illusions.


100 Bay St.
Sausalito, CA 94965

Kathryn Sermak - Miss D & Me (San Francisco)

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 - 6:00pm

Miss D and Me is a story of two powerful women, one at the end of her life and the other at the beginning. As Bette Davis aged she was looking for an assistant, but she found something more than that in Kathryn Sermak: a loyal and loving buddy, a co-conspirator in her jokes and schemes, and a competent assistant whom she trained never to miss a detail. But Miss D had strict rules for Kathryn about everything from how to eat a salad to how to wear her hair...even the spelling of Kathryn's name was changed (adding the "y") per Miss D's request. Throughout their time together, the two grew incredibly close, and Kathryn had a front-row seat to the larger-than-life Davis's career renaissance in her later years, as well as to the humiliating public betrayal that nearly killed Miss D.

The frame of this story is a four-day road trip Kathryn and Davis took from Biarritz to Paris, during which they disentangled their ferocious dependency. Miss D and Me is a window into the world of the unique and formidable Bette Davis, told by the person who perhaps knew her best of all.

Kathryn Sermak is the co-founder of the Bette Davis Foundation and co-executor of the Bette Davis Estate. In addition to Bette Davis, Kathryn has been personal assistant to HH Princess Shams Pahlavi; French actress, Isabelle Adjani; the statesman and journalist, Pierre Salinger; astronaut Dr. Buzz Aldrin, Motown Founder, Berry Gordy Jr.; famed American designer, Patrick Kelly; and the co-creator of Where's Waldo, Michael Gornall. Kathryn was also among the first to receive the Personal Assistant Career Award in 2003.

Miss D and Me: Life with the Invincible Bette Davis Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780316507844
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Hachette Books - September 12th, 2017

For ten years Kathryn Sermak was at Bette Davis's side--first as an employee, and then as her closest friend--and in Miss D and Me she tells the story of the great star's harrowing but inspiring final years, a story fans have been waiting decades to hear.


1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Gabrielle Zevin - Young Jane Young (Corte Madera)

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 - 7:00pm

Aviva Grossman, an ambitious congressional intern in Florida, makes the mistake of having an affair with her boss--and blogging about it. When the affair comes to light, the beloved congressman doesn’t take the fall. But Aviva does, and her life is over before it hardly begins: slut-shamed, she becomes a late-night talk show punch line, anathema to politics.

She sees no way out but to change her name and move to a remote town in Maine. This time, she tries to be smarter about her life and strives to raise her daughter, Ruby, to be strong and confident. But when, at the urging of others, Aviva decides to run for public office herself, that long-ago mistake trails her via the Internet and catches up--an inescapable scarlet A. In the digital age, the past is never, ever, truly past. And it’s only a matter of time until Ruby finds out who her mother was and is forced to reconcile that person with the one she knows.

Young Jane Young is a smart, funny, and moving novel about what it means to be a woman of any age, and captures not just the mood of our recent highly charged political season, but also the double standards alive and well in every aspect of life for women.

Gabrielle Zevin is a New York Times bestselling author whose books have been translated into more than thirty languages. Her eighth novel, The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry, spent more than four months on the New York Times Bestseller list, reached #1 on the National Indie Bestseller list, and has been a bestseller all around the world. She has also written books for children and young adults, including the award-winning Elsewhere.

 

Young Jane Young Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781616205041
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Algonquin Books - August 22nd, 2017

"This sly, exhilarating novel takes on slut-shaming . . . and manages to be hilarious in the process." --People

"It's brilliant and hilarious . . . It has a heart. And a spine. It's exactly what we need more of right now." --Chicago Tribune

From the author of the international bestseller The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Chris Mavraedis - Falling in Love with Baseball (San Francisco)

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 - 6:00pm

Falling in Love with Baseball is a beautiful full-color hardbound book loaded with great anecdotes, and remembrances by a man who truly loves baseball. When Lou Gehrig’s disease robbed Chris Mavraedis of the ability to speak, he translated his passion for the game into stories, blog posts, and emails. These pieces and photographs (24, in honor of Willie Mays Jersey number) are inspiring, often hilarious, at times heartrending, and will delight anyone who ever fell in love with baseball.

Chris Mavraedis, author, was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's Disease a few years ago. "Falling in Love with Baseball" is a project being commissioned by Chris and supported by the San Francisco Giants and the ALS Golden West Chapter.

1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Lauren Markham - The Far Away Brothers (Corte Madera)

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 - 7:00pm

Growing up in rural El Salvador in the wake of the civil war, Ernesto Flores had always had a fascination with the United States, the distant land of skyscrapers and Nikes, while his identical twin, Raul, never felt that northbound tug. But when Ernesto ends up on the wrong side of the region's brutal gangs he is forced to flee the country, and Raul, because he looks just like his brother, follows close behind--away from one danger and toward the great American unknown.

In The Far Away Brothers, journalist Lauren Markham follows the seventeen-year-old Flores twins as they make their harrowing journey across the Rio Grande and the Texas desert, into the hands of immigration authorities, and from there to their estranged older brother's custody in Oakland, CA. Soon these unaccompanied minors are navigating a new school in a new language, working to pay down their mounting coyote debt, and facing their day in immigration court, while also encountering the triumphs and pitfalls of life as American teenagers--girls, grades, Facebook--with only each other for support. With intimate access and breathtaking range, Markham offers a coming of age tale that is also a nuanced portrait of Central America's child exodus, an investigation of U.S. immigration policy, and an unforgettable testament to the migrant experience.

Lauren Markham is a writer based in Berkeley, California. Her work has appeared in VQR, VICE, Orion, Pacific Standard, Guernica, The New Yorker.com, on This American Life, and elsewhere. Lauren earned her MFA in Fiction Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts and has been awarded Fellowships from the Middlebury Fellowship in Environmental Journalism, the 11th Hour Food and Farming Journalism Fellowship, the Mesa Refuge, and the Rotary Foundation. For the past decade, she has worked in the fields of refugee resettlement and immigrant education.

The Far Away Brothers: Two Young Migrants and the Making of an American Life Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781101906187
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Crown Publishing Group (NY) - September 12th, 2017

The deeply reported story of identical twin brothers who escape El Salvador's violence to build new lives in California--fighting to survive, to stay, and to belong.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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