Peter May - The Lewis Man & The Blackhouse

The Isle of Lewis, the setting of The Blackhouse ($14.99), is the most remote, ruggedly beautiful place in Scotland, where god-fearing villagers struggle to survive in an inhospitable landscape. But older, pagan values run deep, yearning for blood and revenge. When a brutal murder on the island reveals a possible connection to a similar slaying in Edinburgh, police detective Fin Macleod is dispatched north to investigate. But since he himself was raised on Lewis, the investigation also represents a journey home and into his past. Each year the men and boys on the island perform a ritual hunting of the guga bird; a savage custom no longer necessary for survival, but to which they cling even more fiercely as the modern world finally makes its way into their isolated town. For Fin, the hunt recalls a horrific tragedy, a power that after all this time may demand another sacrifice.
 
In The Lewis Man ($26.99), the second book of the trilogy, Fin Macleod has returned to the Isle of Lewis, the storm-tossed, wind-scoured outer Hebridean island where he was born and raised. Having left behind his adult life in Edinburgh-including his wife and his career in the police force-the former Detective Inspector is intent on repairing past relationships and restoring his parents' derelict cottage. His plans are interrupted when an unidentified corpse is recovered from a Lewis peat bog. The only clue to its identity is a DNA match to a local farmer, the now-senile Tormod Macdonald-the father of Fin's childhood sweetheart, Marsaili-a man who has claimed throughout his life to be an only child, practically an orphan. Reluctantly drawn into the investigation, Fin uncovers deep family secrets even as he draws closer to the killer who wishes to keep them hidden. 

An award-winning journalist at twenty-one in his native Scotland, Peter May left newspapers for television and screenwriting, creating three prime-time British drama series, and accruing more than 1000 television credits before moving to France to concentrate on writing novels. He is the author of fifteen novels, including two series: The Enzo Files and The China Thillers. May won, among other prizes, the Barry Award (2013), the Macavity Award (2013), French Prix Intramuros (2007) for Cadavres Chinois à Houston (Snakehead) and is the only Westerner to become an honorary member of the Chinese Crime Writers' Association.
 
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$14.99
ISBN-13: 9781623659998
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Published: Quercus, 8/2014

The Lewis Man (Hardcover)

$26.99
ISBN-13: 9781623658199
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Published: Quercus, 9/2014

Class: Kerrin Meis - To Russia With Love

09/12/2014 12:00 pm
Four Fridays: Sept. 12-Oct. 3 • 10:00-12:00pm • $140
 
 
 
 
Join Kerrin Meis on a virtual tour of St. Petersburg, Moscow, and the Cities of the Golden Ring to study their architecture, moving from medieval times to the Italian contributions of the 18th century, from 11th-century icons to Malevich and beyond. We’ll include the paintings, sculpture, and artifacts of the Kremlin, the incomparable Hermitage, the Pushkin Gallery, the Russian Museum and the Tretyakov Gallery. A coda to the course will be a look at the thousands of works of avant-garde art smuggled out of Russia by Norman Dodge, now at Rutgers University.
 
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. 
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Book Group: Pat Holt - Contemporary Classics

09/12/2014 12:30 pm
Five Fridays: Sept. 12, Oct. 17, Nov. 14, Dec. 12, & Jan. 16 • 10:30-12:30pm • $105
 
 
 
 
Pat Holt leads a discussion of books that have captured the contemporary imagination. Holt is the former book review editor of the San Francisco Chronicle and publisher of Holt Uncensored.
 
September: Schroder, Amity Gage 
October: We Need New Names, NoViolet Bulawayo,
November: A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, Anthony Marra
December: Young God, Katherine Faw Morris
January: All the Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr
 
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Schroder (Paperback)

$15.00
ISBN-13: 9781455512126
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Published: Twelve, 10/2013

We Need New Names (Paperback)

$15.00
ISBN-13: 9780316230841
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Published: Back Bay Books, 5/2014

$15.00
ISBN-13: 9780770436421
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Published: Hogarth, 2/2014

Young God (Hardcover)

$24.00
ISBN-13: 9780374534233
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 5/2014

$31.99
ISBN-13: 9781410470225
Large Print
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Published: Thorndike Press, 7/2014

Sharon Palmer - Plant-Powered for Life

A cookbook-slash-handbook to help anybody make plant-powered eating a habit and enjoy lasting, vibrant health-the fun way!

Researchers agree: The best foods for health are whole-plant foods. But for veg-curious omnivores and junk-food vegans alike, it's not easy to move away from the standard American diet toward eating more vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and other minimally processed plants.

In Plant-Powered for Life ($18.95), Sharon Palmer, RD, presents a straightforward, delicious way to meet the challenge. She urges readers to set a personal goal and take one step closer to it every week. Each chapter-from "Aim for at least 6 servings of veggies" to "Give sprouted grains a try"-includes a call to action, a clear, concise explanation, and two to three globally inspired recipes, which cover every meal, course, and season.

With this guide, anyone can forge new habits, cook great food, and enjoy a healthy plant-powered life-one tasty step at a time.
 
Sharon Palmer, RD, is a registered dietitian, editor of the award-winning health newsletter Environmental Nutrition, and a nationally recognized nutrition expert who has personally impacted thousands of people’s lives through her writing and clinical work. She lives outside of Los Angeles with her husband and two sons.

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$21.95
ISBN-13: 9781615191871
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Published: Experiment, 7/2014

Class: Amy Novesky - On-the-Spot Children's Writing Workshop

09/13/2014 2:00 pm
Sat., Sept. 13 • 10:00-2:00 pm • $60
 
48-hour advance registration • Limit of six
 
 
 
You’ve written a brilliant children’s story and can’t wait to hear what others think, or you’re stuck and need a critique. Bring your manuscript or idea to this on-the-spot workshop, and we’ll critique it. Amy Novesky is a children’s book editor, author, and experienced workshop leader.

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Class: Linda Watanabe McFerrin - Expanding Travel Writing into Fiction

09/13/2014 12:00 pm

Sat., July 19 • 10:00-4:00 • $105

 

 

You love writing beautifully about place, but as markets shrink, you might want to stretttttch your horizons. The great news is that, in an age where navigating the globe has never been more important, fabulous settings—along with super dialog—have become one of the keys to the best fiction, both speculative and reality-based. So leap into this bold new travel writing terrain. Join award-winning travel writer and novelist, Linda Watanabe McFerrin, in a workshop designed to show you how to take your writing about place to a whole new dimension that is out of this world. Exciting info on craft, exercises, and work on your individual projects are all part of this day-long adventure.

Linda Watanabe McFerrin

Poet, travel writer, novelist, and contributor to numerous newspapers, magazines and anthologies and the Founder of Left Coast Writers®. A winner of the Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction, her first novel, Namako:  Sea Cucumber, was named Best Book for the Teen-Age by the New York Public Library. Her most recent novel, Dead Love, was short-listed as a William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Competition finalist and was a Bram Stoker Award Finalist for Superior Achievement in a Novel.

Linda has judged the San Francisco Literary Awards, the Josephine Miles Award for Literary Excellence and the Kiriyama Prize, served as a visiting mentor for the Loft Mentor Series and been guest faculty at the Oklahoma Arts Institute. A past NEA Panelist and juror for the Marin Literary Arts Council, she has led workshops in Greece, France, Italy, Ireland, Central America, Indonesia and the United States and has mentored a long list of accomplished writers and best-selling authors toward publication.

 

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