Mary Doria Russell - Epitaph: A Novel of the O.K. Corral

A deeply divided nation. Vicious politics. A shamelessly partisan media. A president loathed by half the populace. Smuggling and gang warfare along the Mexican border. Armed citizens willing to stand their ground and take law into their own hands...

That was America in 1881.

All those forces came to bear on the afternoon of October 26th when Doc Holliday and the Earp brothers faced off against the Clantons and the McLaurys in Tombstone, Arizona. It should have been a simple misdemeanor arrest. Thirty seconds and thirty bullets later, three officers were wounded and three citizens lay dead in the dirt.

Wyatt Earp was the last man standing, the only one unscathed. The lies began before the smoke cleared, but the gunfight at the O.K. Corral would soon become central to American beliefs about the Old West.

Epitaph: A Novel of the O.K. Corral tells Wyatt’s real story, unearthing the Homeric tragedy buried under 130 years of mythology, misrepresentation, and sheer indifference to fact. Epic and intimate, this novel gives voice to the real men and women whose lives were changed forever by those fatal 30 seconds in Tombstone. At its heart is the woman behind the myth: Josephine Sarah Marcus, who loved Wyatt Earp for forty-nine years and who carefully chipped away at the truth until she had crafted the heroic legend that would become the epitaph her husband deserved.

Mary Doria Russell is the author of The Sparrow, considered a classic of speculative fiction and its sequel, Children of God, which, combined, have won eight regional, national and international awards. Her third novel, A Thread of Grace, was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, and her fourth novel, Dreamers of the Day, was nominated for the 2008 IMPAC Dublin Literary Prize. Her fifth novel, Doc, was also nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. She holds a Ph.D. in Biological Anthropology and previously taught human gross anatomy.

 

Location: 
Street:
1 Ferry Building
City:
San Francisco
,
Postal Code:
94111
$27.99
ISBN-13: 9780062198761
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Ecco Press, 3/2015

Cara Black - Murder of the Champ de Mars

03/27/2015 2:30 pm

College of Marin, Kentfield Library

Other College of Marin ESCOM Lectures:

Don George - An Innocent Abroad

Michael David Lukas - The Oracle of Stamboul

ESCOM is delighted to partner with Book Passage in bringing a free series of interesting authors to the community. ESCOM, the Emeritus Students College of Marin, is a unique organization of 1500 senior students within the Community Education Department at the College of Marin. The organization fosters lifelong learning through classes, clubs, special events and a reading room. They publish a newsletter of original writing and commentary. ESCOM is sustained by memberships, gifts and bequests. Leadership is through a Council and various committees.

Paris, April 1999: Aimée Leduc has her work cut out for her - running her detective agency and fighting off sleep - deprivation as she tries to be a good single mother to her new bébé. The last thing she has time for now is to take on a personal investigation for a poor manouche (French Gypsy) boy. But he insists his dying mother has an important secret she needs to tell Aimée, something to do with Aimée's father's unsolved murder a decade ago. How can she say no?

Set in the seventh arrondissment, the quartier of the Parisian elite, Murder on the Champ de Mars takes us from the highest seats of power in the Ministries and embassies through the city's private gardens and the homes of France's oldest aristocratic families. Aimée discovers more connections than she thought possible between the clandestine "Gypsy" world and the moneyed ancien régime, ultimately leading her to the truth behind her father's death… After all, for Aimée, murder is never far from home.

Cara Black is the author of fifteen books in the New York Times bestselling Aimée Leduc series. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and son, and visits Paris frequently.

Parking: Free campus parking for the event.

For more information call the ESCOM Volunteer Desk: 415-485-9652

 

Location: 
Street:
College of Marin, Kentfield Library
Additional:
835 College Ave.
City:
Kentfield
,
Postal Code:
94904
$27.95
ISBN-13: 9781616952860
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Soho Crime, 3/2015

San Francisco Grotto Writers - 3 Minute Reads

 

 3 Minute Reads from San Francisco Grotto Writers
50+ Writers, 3 Minutes Each!

Join us for a fast-paced and irreverent evening, showcasing new work from the students of the San Francisco Writer's Grotto writing classes. On this Friday evening, both fiction and nonfiction writers will read their work — but only for 3 minutes each! Their instructors (Grotto authors) will enforce the time limit. Join us for wine, fun, and fresh new writing.

 

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

Class: Molly Giles - Short Story Repair

03/28/2015 4:00 pm
Sat., Mar. 28 • 10:00-4:00 pm • $120
 
 
 
 
This is your chance to fix short stories that are “almost there.” Often it just takes a slight adjustment, but sometimes it takes a sharp kick—this class offers both. Molly Giles is a novelist and short story writer. She teaches at the University of Arkansas and is an editor for Penguin Putnam. Giles has worked with Amy Tan and many other successful writers.
 
 
Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925

Path to Publishing Workshop - The Path to Publishing Alternative and Self-Publishing Workshop

03/29/2015 3:00 pm
Sunday, March 29, 2015 • 8:30 - 3:00pm

$100 (Path to Publishing Members) or $150 (General Public)

    

 

Calling All Writers!

Book Passage’s Path to Publishing invites you to an informative workshop at our Corte Madera location on Sunday, March 29 (please note this is a date change) that will feature top Bay Area experts in publishing, book design, marketing/promotion, social media, sales/distribution, and other fields comprising the multiple facets of your “path to publishing.”

This special event is designed to provide aspiring writers and authors with a complete package approach so that you can better understand how all the publishing parts connect and make sound choices for your specific projects. The day will be filled with educational panels and time for Q&A and networking. Lunch on-site will give you a chance to mix and mingle with your fellow writers and workshop speakers, and attendees are invited to further network at a gathering at the end of the program.

The workshop will include a host of topics, including:

● Understanding subsidy publishing, self-publishing, alternative publishing
● Cover and interior design, process, and cost
● Print on demand (POD) and e-books
● Differences between marketing and publicity
●Self-promotion: using websites, social media and blogging to deliver your message
● Getting your manuscript ready for publishing
● How to decide if you need a publicist or literary agent
● Sales and distribution

Mark Your Calendar, and Watch for Registration Details!
Sunday, March 29, 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM


$100 for Path to Publishing members; $150 for non-members. Price includes lunch with the panelists and a networking get-together after the workshop.

For questions about the workshop, finding a publishing mentor, scheduling a meeting with Sam, or to learn more about the Path to Publishing program, contact Sam Barry at sbarry@bookpassage.com or call 415-927-0960, ext. 256.

 

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

Barney Frank - Frank: A Life in Politics from the Great Society to Same-Sex Marriage

Angelico Hall, Dominican University
Tickets: $35 (includes signed book)

 

 

In Conversation with Dr. Mary Marcy

How did a disheveled, intellectually combative gay Jew with a thick New Jersey–Massachusetts accent become one of the most effective politicians of his time?

In Frank: A Life in Politics from the Great Society to Same-Sex Marriage, a candid and witty political memoir, Barney Frank relates his journey from the outskirts of New York City to Boston’s city hall and the Massachusetts legislature, and then to the U.S. Congress, where he played a vital role in the struggle for personal freedom and economic fairness for more than four decades. With his trademark directness and insight, Frank explores the emotional toll of living in the closet and how he became the first member of Congress to voluntarily disclose his homosexuality. And he chronicles his lifelong struggle against inequality, which culminated in cowriting the most significant Wall Street regulations since the Great Depression. He also demonstrates how he used his rhetorical skills to expose his opponents' hypocrisies and delusions, and details the endless favors, grudges, and fears that compose a legislator’s career. From the Clinton impeachment to the economic meltdown of 2008 to the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, Frank’s words and deeds mattered, and Frank shows why. Here is a guide to how political change really happens—composed by a master of the art—and a testament to how Democrats, if they reject purism and passivity, can rebuild trust in an active government.

Barney Frank represented the Fourth Congressional District of Massachusetts for nearly five decades, and chaired the House Financial Services Committee from 2007 to 2013. He is the first member of congress to enter a same-sex marriage while serving in office. He is a regular commentator on MSNBC and lives near Portland, Maine, with his husband.

A political scientist, President Mary Marcy earned her Doctorate of Philosophy and Master of Philosophy from the University of Oxford. Her research focuses on women in American politics, and she has published extensively on issues of diversity, leadership, and strategy in higher education. Born and raised in western Nebraska, President Marcy received her Bachelor of Arts with honors from the University of Nebraska. She became Dominican University of California’s ninth President on July 1, 2011.

Location: 
Street:
Dominican University, Angelico Hall
Additional:
50 Acacia Ave.
City:
San Rafael
,
Postal Code:
94901
$27.00
ISBN-13: 9780374280307
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 3/2015



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