Tom Killion - Art in the Gallery Reception

Sunday, December 3, 2017 - 5:00pm

Join us for a reception with artist Tom Killion to celebrate his year-long residency in the Book Passage gallery on December 3 from 5:00 - 7:00 pm!

Book Passage is thrilled to welcome back Tom Killion to our Gallery for a year-long exhibition of his original prints and hand-crafted books. Killion was born and raised in Marin County, where the rugged scenery inspired him from an early age to create spectacular landscape prints. His work has been inspired by the landscape prints of early 19th century Japan as well as early 20th century European/American wood-engraving and book illustration techniques.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Left Coast Writers® Salon: Javier Zamora - Unaccompanied (Corte Madera)

Monday, December 4, 2017 - 7:00pm

In conversation with Marin Poet laureate Rebecca Foust
Refreshments—pupusas and El Salvadoran beer—will be served.

Javier Zamora was nine years old when he traveled unaccompanied 4,000 miles, across multiple borders, from El Salvador to the United States to be reunited with his parents. This dramatic and hope-filled poetry debut humanizes the highly charged and polarizing rhetoric of border-crossing; assesses borderland politics, race, and immigration on a profoundly personal level; and simultaneously remembers and imagines a birth country that's been left behind.

Through an unflinching gaze, plainspoken diction, and a combination of Spanish and English, Unaccompanied crosses rugged terrain where families are lost and reunited, coyotes lead migrants astray, and "the thin white man let us drink from a hose / while pointing his shotgun."

From "Let Me Try Again":

He knew we weren't Mexican.
He must've remembered his family
coming over the border, or the border
coming over them, because he drove us
to the border and told us next time, rest
at least five days, don't trust anyone calling
themselves coyotes, bring more tortillas, sardines, 
Alhambra. He knew we would try again.
And again--like everyone does.

Javier Zamora was born in El Salvador and immigrated to the United States at the age of nine. He earned a BA at UC-Berkeley, an MFA at New York University, and is a 2016-2018 Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University.

Unaccompanied Cover Image
ISBN: 9781556595110
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Published: Copper Canyon Press - September 5th, 2017

"Every line resonates with a wind that crosses oceans."--Jamaal May

"Zamora's work is real life turned into myth and myth made real life." --Glappitnova

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Khizr Khan - An American Family (San Rafael)

Monday, December 4, 2017 - 7:00pm

In conversation with Book Passage co-owner William Petrocelli

Angelico Hall, Dominican University of California
Tickets: $40 (includes signed book)

This inspiring memoir by Gold Star parent and captivating DNC speaker Khizr Khan is the story of one family’s pursuit of the American dream and why—especially in these tumultuous times—we must not be afraid to step forward for what we believe in when it matters most.

An American Family is an intensely personal story about the nature of true patriotism and what it’s like to risk everything you know for the promise of a 226-year-old piece of parchment. As Khizr Khan traces his remarkable journey—from humble beginnings on a poultry farm in Pakistan to obtaining a degree from Harvard Law School and raising a family in America—he shows what it means to leave the limitations of one’s country behind for the best values and promises of another. He also tells the story of the Khans’ middle child, U.S. Army Captain Humayun Khan, who was killed while protecting his base camp in Iraq, and the ways in which their undying pride in him and his sacrifice have helped them endure the deepest despair a parent can know.

The book is a stark depiction of what an American looks like, what being a nation of immigrants really means, and what it is to live—rather than simply to pay lip service to—our ideals.
Khizr Khan was born in 1950, the eldest of ten children, to poultry farming parents in Gujranwala, a city in rural Pakistan. He moved to the United States with his wife Ghazala in 1980. The couple became American citizens in 1986, and raised their three sons in Silver Lake, Maryland. His middle son, Captain Humayun Khan, was killed in 2004 in a suicide attack near Baqubah, Iraq, and was posthumously awarded a Purple Heart and Bronze Star. Khizr works as a legal consultant, and is involved with the University of Virginia’s ROTC program.


Please note: Tickets are non-refundable



An American Family: A Memoir of Hope and Sacrifice Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399592492
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Published: Random House - October 24th, 2017

This inspiring memoir by the Muslim American Gold Star father and captivating DNC speaker is the story of one family's pursuit of the American dream.


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

Marcy Carriker Smothers - Eat Like Walt (Corte Madera)

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 - 5:30pm

Join us in celebration of Walt Disney's birthday and sample bites from the book!

Eat Like Walt, explores the lore of each land, beginning with Main Street, U.S.A., an homage to Walt's childhood home of Marceline, Missouri, to Tomorrowland, set in futuristic 1986, a year Disney would not live long enough to see. Although Disneyland opened in 1955, its culinary history dates back to 1923 when Walt Disney first arrived in Hollywood. Walt was a simple eater yet a big dreamer. By 1934, four years before his first feature film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, would be released, Mickey Mouse had made him famous enough to have a recipe published in Better Homes & Gardens magazine. Ask fans what Walt's favorite food was and most will say, "Chili." Chili has a cult status at Disneyland. People want to eat what Walt ate, the way he ate, where he ate it.

Marcy Carriker Smothers is a noted personality in the Northern California world of food and dining. She does two radio shows--one with the Food Network's Guy Fieri on The Food Guy and Marcy Show and one with Clark Wolf called At the Table. Her love of all things Disney but especially Disneyland inspired her to delve into Walt Disney's world of food. She previously authored Snacks--Adventures in Food Aisle by Aisle.

Eat Like Walt: The Wonderful World of Disney Food Cover Image
ISBN: 9781484782293
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Published: Disney Editions - September 19th, 2017

Eat Like Walt, explores the lore of each land, beginning with Main Street, U.S.A., an homage to Walt's childhood home of Marceline, Missouri, to Tomorrowland, set in futuristic 1986, a year Disney would not live long enough to see. Although Disneyland opened in 1955, its culinary history dates back to 1923 when Walt Disney first arrived in Hollywood.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Mike Duncan - The Storm Before the Storm (San Francisco)

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 - 6:00pm

The Roman Republic was one of the most remarkable achievements in the history of civilization. After its founding in 509 BCE, the Romans refused to allow a single leader to seize control of the state and grab absolute power. The Roman commitment to cooperative government and peaceful transfers of power was unmatched in the history of the ancient world.

But by the year 133 BCE, the republican system was unable to cope with the vast empire Rome now ruled. Almost as soon as they had conquered the Mediterranean, Rome became engulfed in violent political conflicts and civil wars that would destroy the Republic less than a century later.

Chronicling the years 133-80 BCE, The Storm Before the Storm is a rollicking deep-dive into the bloody battles, political machinations, and human drama that defined a dangerous new political environment--a stark warning for modern readers about what happens to a civilization driven by increasing economic inequality, political polarization, and ruthless ambition.

Mike Duncan is one of the foremost history podcasters in the world. His award winning series The History of Rome chronologically narrated the entire history of the Roman Empire over 189 weekly episodes. Running from 2007-2012, The History of Rome has generated more than 56 million downloads and remains one of the most popular history podcasts on the internet. Duncan has continued this success with his ongoing series Revolutions -- which so far has explored the English, American, French, and Haitian Revolutions. Since debuting in September 2013, Revolutions has generated more than 12 million downloads. Thanks to the worldwide popularity of his podcasts, Duncan has led fans on a number of sold-out guided tours of Italy, England, and France to visit historic sites from Ancient Rome to the French Revolution. Duncan also collaborates with illustrator Jason Novak on informative cartoons that humorously explain the historical context for current events. Their work has been featured in the New Yorker, Paris Review, Awl, and Morning News.


The Storm Before the Storm: The Beginning of the End of the Roman Republic Cover Image
ISBN: 9781610397216
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Published: PublicAffairs - October 24th, 2017

The creator of the award-winning podcast series The History of Rome and Revolutions brings to life the bloody battles, political machinations, and human drama that set the stage for the fall of the Roman Republic.

1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Eric Torney - Marinship (Sausalito)

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 - 6:00pm

Eric Torney's most recent movie, Marinship: World's Most Amazing Shipyard, is the result of a passion he have developed due to the discovery of a trove of historic material about the shipyard. This totally nonfiction, not for profit, and not for sale video made on a zero budget tells the amazing story of how a shipyard was hastily built in Sausalito during the opening months of the United States of America's involvement in WWII to fulfill a dire need for cargo ships. The U. S. Maritime Commission had the onerous task of replacing cargo ships which were being sunk by German Wolf Pack U Boats at a rate approaching 80 per month (on some days 4 ships were sunk). A shipyard was requested for the West Coast. The Sausalito site was chosen because the recently opened Golden Gate Bridge had caused the demise and closure of the local NWP Commuter Railroad, leaving a fully operable rail transportation system with an adjacent deep water channel originally used by the NWP ferry boats. On 28 March, 1942 construction was begun on a vacant mudflat. Three months later a cargo ship's keel was laid on a not yet complete shipway. Amazingly, six months after construction began on the mudflat a ship was launched. The movie tells this amazing story.

Eric Torney is a 4th generation California native. His great great grandfather, Charles Fardon Langley, arrived in San Francisco in 1851, after an ocean voyage from New York to San Francisco as crew on the famous Clipper Ship Flying Cloud. Charles had booked passage with his cargo of medicine to sell to gold miners. The Flying Cloud made the passage in the world record time of 89 days. Charles set up a tent near what today is Union Square and sold his entire cargo in one day. The company Charles founded, after several buyouts, today is McKesson. Living in Marin all of his life, Eric graduated from Kent School, Redwood High School, College of Marin, and U.C. Berkeley. Now a retired remodeling contractor living in Greenbrae he volunteers at Sausalito Historical Society and has produced several exhibits featuring Marinship.

100 Bay Street
Sausalito, CA 94965