Class: David Corbett - The Final Polish (Corte Madera)

Sunday, October 8, 2017 - 10:00am

Sun., Oct. 8 • 10:00 am - 4:00 pm • $150

You’ve finished and revised your manuscript and believe it’s ready to send it out. But in today’s competitive marketplace, you may get only one chance to impress agents and editors. In this workshop, David Corbett will review your first ten pages and a one-to-two page synopsis to determine: How unique isthe voice? How compelling are the story questions? How engaging are themain characters? How high are the stakes?

Note: Manuscript and synopsis submissions need to be sent to by October 1st

David Corbett — contributing editor to Writer’s Digest, and author of The Art of Character (“a writer’s bible”) — will lead students in a one-day workshop, reviewing 10-page manuscript submissions (with one-page novel synopsis) from each student and reviewing them in detail to reveal how story guides the revision process.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Second Sunday Stories: Teri Sloat - Zip! Zoom! on a Broom (Sausalito)

Sunday, October 8, 2017 - 11:00am

Second Sunday Stories Event!

Second Sunday Stories is a new series of kids picture book events at Book Passage-by-the-Bay in Sausalito. On the second Sunday of each month at 11am we welcome an author or illustrator into the store to share their book with us, there will be snacks and crafts and because it's Sunday morning, you could even come in your pajamas (we don't mind). Second Sunday Stories runs no longer than 45 minutes and is perfect for kids aged 2-6 and their families.


One goes zip, two go zoom.Three witches glide from room to room.

So begins the witchy counting story Zip! Zoom! on a Broom. Counting up from 1 to 10 and back down again, ten witches jump on a broom -- and then fall off one by one Written in pitch-perfect rhyme, and full of fun read-aloud energy that will have kids memorizing lines and clamoring to read the book again and again, this book hits the mash-up sweet spot between an important concept and Halloween fun.

Teri Sloat has written and/or illustrated over twenty trade books for young readers, including From One to One Hundred, I'm a Duck!, and the Farmer Brown series. Among her honors are a New York Times Best Picture Book, an ABA Pick of the List, a Junior Library Guild selection, and a Notable Science Trade Book. 


Zip! Zoom! on a Broom Cover Image
By Teri Sloat, Rosalinde Bonnet (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780316256735
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - July 25th, 2017

One goes zip, two go zoom.Three witches glide from room to room.

100 Bay Street
Sausalito, CA 94925

Sara Tolchin - What Just Happened (Corte Madera)

Sunday, October 8, 2017 - 4:00pm

Sara Berkeley Tolchin's new collection of poems begins: "I'd like my heart / to be without conditions, / to crack each day a little more open," an ambition these vibrant, airy poems explore in the book's copious reach. It reflects on themes of loss and losing. "My mother is missing. The stars too, / the stars are not where I left them, / they are not in their constellations."

As Wes Davis observed, in his Harvard Anthology of Modern Irish Poetry, "her rich poems -- and her sharp eye for details of the natural world -- are given a resonant tension by the stretched ties to her native country." What Just Happened includes poems set on the west coasts of Ireland and the United States. But "the rumble beneath her poetic language," Davis continues, "is most often the noise made by the tectonic plates of personality as they shift beneath the surface terrain of relationships." 

Flights--actual and imaginary--embrace a search for "true north, / the secret heart of all things." Though they address places where "much hurt comes to rest" they sing "O holy life" and frame a time that was "a good day...full of miracles."

Sara Berkeley Tolchin grew up in Ireland and now lives in Fairfax, California. She has had six collections of poetry published: Penn, Home-movie Nights, Facts About Water, Strawberry Thief, The View from Here and What Just Happened; also a collection of short stories The Swimmer in the Deep Blue Dream and a novel Shadowing Hannah. Her poetry has been widely anthologized, and nominated for a Pushcart Prize and the Irish Times Poetry Now award. When she’s not making vast sums of money as a poet, she works as a hospice nurse.

What Just Happened Cover Image
ISBN: 9781591812869
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Sentient Publications - September 7th, 2016

Sara Berkeley Tolchin's new collection of poems begins: "I'd like my heart / to be without conditions, / to crack each day a little more open," an ambition these vibrant, airy poems explore in the book's copious reach. It reflects on themes of loss and losing: "My mother is missing.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Clare Doorbos - Storytime with Clare (Corte Madera)

Monday, October 9, 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

Left Coast Writers®: Maxine Schur - Places in Times (San Francisco)

Monday, October 9, 2017 - 6:00pm

For years readers have delighted in Maxine Rose Schur's award-winning travel essays. Now, all the tales of her unusual honeymoon are gathered in one illustrated volume, Places in Time. Whether camping in the center of Paris, dangling off a Panamanian tramp steamer, or hitching across Australia, her tales are funny, exciting and tender. Maxine Rose Schur set out to see the world. With high spirits and little money, the author traveled not only far geographically, but emotionally, toward the hearts of others. She faced the violent grief of a Mexican sheriff, celebrated a wild elopement in Turkey and was initiated into a mysterious daily ritual with an Iranian forest ranger. Looking back, she tempers her youthful encounters with mid-life wisdom, capturing the spirit of all those she met, and evoking cherished places in time. If you're looking for travel writing that blends gentle insight with delicious surprise, fasten the seatbelt on your armchair and come along.

Maxine Rose Schur is an award-winning travel journalist and the author of several books for both children and adults. As the recipient of the Joan G. Sugarman Award given by the Washington Independent Writer’s Legal and Educational Fund, Ms Schur was the 1997 Baker-Nord Guest Lecturer on Writing in the Humanities at Case Western Reserve University. In 2004, she was named the Dan Stone Memorial Children’s Book Author. Her evocative rendering of daily life in an Ethiopian village Day of Delight won the 1994 Parent's Choice Award and was read by Gregory Hines on National Public Radio and recorded on CD. 

Places in Time: Reflections on a Journey Cover Image
ISBN: 9781592661039
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Capra Press - December 10th, 2013

1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Joan Marie Johnson - Funding Feminism (San Francisco)

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - 6:00pm

Funding Feminism examines an understudied dimension of women’s history in the United States: how a group of affluent white women from the late nineteenth through the mid-twentieth centuries advanced the status of all women through acts of philanthropy. This cadre of activists included Phoebe Hearst, the mother of William Randolph Hearst; Grace Dodge, granddaughter of Wall Street “Merchant Prince” William Earle Dodge; and Ava Belmont, who married into the Vanderbilt family fortune. Motivated by their own experiences with sexism, and focusing on women’s need for economic independence, these benefactors sought to expand women’s access to higher education, promote suffrage, and champion reproductive rights, as well as to provide assistance to working-class women. In a time when women still wielded limited political power, philanthropy was perhaps the most potent tool they had. But even as these wealthy women exercised considerable influence, their activism had significant limits. As Joan Marie Johnson argues, restrictions tied to their giving engendered resentment and jeopardized efforts to establish coalitions across racial and class lines.
As the struggle for full economic and political power and self-determination for women continues today, this history reveals how generous women helped shape the movement. And Johnson shows us that tensions over wealth and power that persist in the modern movement have deep historical roots.
Joan Marie Johnson is a historian and faculty coordinator for the Office of the Provost at Northwestern University.

Funding Feminism: Monied Women, Philanthropy, and the Women's Movement, 1870-1967 Cover Image
ISBN: 9781469634692
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Published: University of North Carolina Press - October 2nd, 2017

1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111