Class: Nina Schuyler - Creating Compelling Characters

11/06/2014 6:00 pm

Four Thursdays: November 6, 13, 20 & December 4 • 4:00-6:00pm • $200

 

 

 

Character is at the center of all fiction. Your fiction is only as compelling as the characters who populate it. In this series, we’ll discuss craft and theory. You'll read excerpts from published work and use these excerpts as a springboard to create your own work. I want to consider emotional engagement, internal conflict, voice, multidimensionality, and personal stakes, among other things. By the end of the series, you will have deepened your characters, turning them into characters who linger with your readers long after the story's last line. 

Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925

J.M. Mitchell - The Height of Secrecy

High on a treacherous canyon wall, a man from the pueblo clings to a ledge. Furiously working to rescue him, Ranger Jack Chastain is nearly killed. Now he wants an explanation and the man refuses to talk. Jack learns the secret revolves around a death sixteen years before, and a lot more is now at stake. While looking for answers, ghosts from Jack's past threaten his new life in New Mexico, forcing him to choose sides between a man who can save a collapsing coalition or a Native American with something to hide.

The Height of Secrecy
is the second Jack Chastain Mystery, a Prairie Plum Press national park mystery novel.

J.M. Mitchell was chief of the National Park Service's Biological Resource Management Division and retired after 36 years of service, having worked in Yosemite, Grand Canyon and Zion National Parks, Washington, D.C., and Fort Collins, Colorado.

 

Location: 
Street:
1 Ferry Building
City:
San Francisco
,
Postal Code:
94111

Height of Secrecy (Paperback)

$14.95
ISBN-13: 9780985227258
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Prairie Plum Press, 10/2014

Heather Greene - Whisk(e)y Distilled

Whiskey is in the midst of a huge renaissance. Ten years ago, the United States housed sixty-nine craft distillers; today, there are more than four hundred. Exports of Scotch whisky grew 12 percent just last year. Sales are skyrocketing, and specialty bars are popping up around the country, from New York City to Chicago to Houston. Yet whiskey drinkers—especially novices—are more confused than ever. Over the past decade, whiskey expert Heather Greene has been bombarded with thousands of questions, including: Can I have ice in my whiskey? Why is it sometimes spelled "whisky"? What makes bourbon different? In the lively and authoritative guide, Whisk(e)y Distilled: A Populist Guide to the Water of Life, Greene introduces audiences to the spirit’s charms and challenges the boys' club sensibilities that have made whiskey seem inaccessible.

Heather Greene is the director of the Whiskey School at the Flatiron Room in Manhattan, which offers courses on tasting and history that sell out every time. She is New York City's first female whiskey sommelier.

 

Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925
$27.00
ISBN-13: 9780670016808
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Studio, 10/2014

Class: Kerrin Meis- Persephone's Island: An Art and Architectural Tour of Sicily

11/07/2014 12:00 pm
Three Fridays: Nov. 7-21 • 10:00-12:00 pm • $110
 
 
 
 
 
Sicily, the meeting place of Africa and Europe in the Mediterranean was occupied by the Greeks, the Romans, the Arabs, and the Normans. All left marvelous monuments: Temples in Segesta and Agrigento, the Greco-Roman theatre in Taormina and fascinating mosaics of Villa Romana Casale, and the Capella Palatina in Palermo as well as its churches and the great cathedral at Monreale. We visit Noto and Siracusa for spectacular Baroque architecture and Reggio Calabria to view the Riace Bronzes.
 
Kerrin Meis taught art history at SFSU for ten years and now lectures for the College of Marin and Dominican University and leads study tours in Europe. Her Book Passage classes have been big favorites for years!
 
Recommended Reading:
The Leopard by Giuseppe Di Lampedusa
On Persephone's Island by Mary Taylor Simeti
Seeking Sicily by John Keahy
Lonely Planet's Sicily
 

 
 
 
Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925

Bill Roorbach - The Remedy for Love

They're calling for the "Storm of the Century," and in western Maine, that means something. So Eric closes his law office early and heads to the grocery store. But when an unkempt and seemingly unstable young woman in line comes up short on cash, a kind of old-school charity takes hold of his heart--twenty bucks and a ride home; that's the least he can do.

Trouble is, Danielle doesn't really have a home. She's squatting in a cabin deep in the woods: no electricity, no plumbing, no heat. Eric, with troubles--and secrets--of his own, tries to walk away but finds he can't. She'll need food, water, and firewood, and that's just to get her through the storm: there's a whole long winter ahead. Resigned to help, fending off her violent mistrust of him, he gets her set up, departs with relief, and climbs back to the road, but--winds howling, snow mounting--he finds his car missing, phone inside. In desperation, he returns to the cabin. As the storm intensifies, these two lost souls are forced to ride it out together. Intensely moving, frequently funny, The Remedy for Love is a harrowing story about the truths we reveal when there is no time or space for artifice.

Bill Roorbach is the author of Life Among Giants, Temple Stream, the Flannery O'Connor Prize and O. Henry Prize winner Big Bend, and The Smallest Color.  His short work, both fiction and nonfiction, has been published in Harper's, Orion, The Atlantic Monthly, Playboy, The New York Times Magazine, Granta, and New York, among others.

Location: 
Street:
1 Ferry Building
City:
San Francisco
,
Postal Code:
94111
Country:
United States

The Remedy for Love (Hardcover)

$24.95
ISBN-13: 9781616203313
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 10/2014

Book Passage Cooking Class: Heather Greene - Whisk(e)y Distilled

11/07/2014 9:30 pm
Fri., Nov. 7 • 6:30-9:30 pm • Cavallo Point Cooking School • $125
 
 
 
 
Whiskey is in demand these days. It is the fastest growing drink of choice in the country. In Whisk(e)y Distilled: A Populist Guide to the Water of Life, Heather Greene dispels myths, shares knowledge and research, in this class, and provides tastings for whiskey newbies and connoisseurs, while Cavallo Point pairs a meal to go along with this special brown spirit. Greene is the current director of the Whiskey School at the Flatiron Room in Manhattan and the first American woman to serve on the Scotch Malt Whiskey Society tasting panel in Edinburgh. Seats are limited.
 
 
Location: 
Street:
Cavallo Point Cooking School
Additional:
601 Murray Circle
City:
Sausalito
,
Postal Code:
94965
$27.00
ISBN-13: 9780670016808
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Studio, 10/2014



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