Book Group: Carol Benet - Potpourri of Literary Prizes

09/15/2014 9:00 pm
Five Mondays: Sept. 15, Oct. 20, Nov. 17, Dec. 15, & Jan. 19 • 7:00-9:00pm • $105
 
 
 
 
This group reads authors that have won literary prizes including the Nobel Prize, the Man Booker Prize, the National Book Award and the Asturias Literary Prize. Carol Benet has an M.A from Michigan and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from UC Berkeley.
 
September: Troubles, J.G. Farrell (Man Booker Prize)
October: Dear Life, Alice Munro (Nobel Prize for Literature)
November: Shroud, John Banville (Asturias Literary Prize)
December: The Flamethrowers, Rachel Kushner (National Book Award)
January: The Garlic Ballads, Mo Yan (Nobel Prize)

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

Troubles (Paperback)

$16.95
ISBN-13: 9781590170182
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: NYRB Classics, 10/2002

Dear Life: Stories (Paperback)

$15.95
ISBN-13: 9780307743725
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Vintage, 8/2013

Shroud (Paperback)

$15.95
ISBN-13: 9780375725302
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Vintage, 6/2004

The Flamethrowers (Paperback)

$17.00
ISBN-13: 9781439142011
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Scribner Book Company, 1/2014

The Garlic Ballads (Paperback)

$14.95
ISBN-13: 9781611457070
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Arcade Publishing, 11/2012

Class: Flora Tsapovsky - Hebrew for Young Adults

09/17/2014 6:00 pm
Eight Wednesdays: Sept. 17-Nov. 8 • 4:00-6:00pm • $250
 
 
 
 
The course will equip the students with basic abilities to speak and understand Hebrew, including grammar, conversational skills, and vocabulary. Flora Tsapovsky is a journalist, blogger and media scholar with an M.A in Communications. She lived in Israel for 22 years before moving to Sonoma County and developing a fun, interactive, and culturally rich system of learning Hebrew for both kids and adults.

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

Class: Flora Tsapovsky - Beginning Hebrew

09/17/2014 8:30 pm
Eight Wednesdays: Sept. 17-Nov. 8 • 6:30-8:30pm • $250
 
 
 
 
The course will equip the students with basic abilities to speak and understand Hebrew, including grammar, conversational skills, and vocabulary. Flora Tsapovsky is a journalist, blogger and media scholar with an M.A in Communications. She lived in Israel for 22 years before moving to Sonoma County and developing a fun, interactive, and culturally rich system of learning Hebrew for both kids and adults.

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

Literary Lunch: Diane Ackerman - The Human Age

Ticket: $55 (includes lunch & signed book)
 
 
 
In The Human Age ($27.95), a landmark new book by Diane Ackerman, she confronts the unprecedented fact that the human race is now the single dominant force of change on the planet. Humans have "subdued 75 percent of the land surface, concocted a wizardry of industrial and medical marvels, strung lights all across the darkness." We now collect the DNA of vanishing species in a "frozen ark," equip orangutans with iPads, create wearable technologies and synthetic species that might one day outsmart us. Ackerman takes us on an exciting journey to understand this bewildering new reality, introducing us to many of the people and ideas now creating-perhaps saving-our future. The Human Age is a beguiling, optimistic engagement with the earth-shaking changes now affecting every part of our lives and those of our fellow creatures-a wise book that will astound, delight, and inform intelligent life for a long time to come.

Diane Ackerman has been the finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Nonfiction in addition to many other awards and recognitions for her work, which include the best-selling The Zookeeper's Wife and A Natural History of the Senses
 
Book Passage hosts literary luncheons with celebrated authors at our Marin store. These events are catered by the outstanding Insalata’s Restaurant of San Anselmo. The price includes lunch and an autographed book.

Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925
$27.95
ISBN-13: 9780393240740
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: W. W. Norton & Company, 9/2014

Ramita Navai - City of Lies

City of Lies: Love, Sex, Death, and the Search for Truth in Tehran travels up and down Vali-Asr Street, Tehran’s pulsing thoroughfare, from the lavish shopping malls of Tajrish through the smog that lingers over the humbler alleyways and bazaars of the city’s southern districts. This fearless first book from Emmy-Award winning journalist and reporter Ramita Navai candidly exposes the passions of ordinary Iranians forced to live extraordinary lives; the porn star, the aging socialite, the assassin and enemy of the state who ends up working for the Republic, the volunteer religious militiaman who undergoes a sex change, the dutiful housewife who files for divorce, and the old-time thug running a gambling den—all of whom Navai got to know when she lived as an undercover journalist in Tehran. This is a shocking, backstreet glimpse of modern Tehran: the gritty, dizzying city in which—if you want to survive—you have to lie.

Ramita Navai is an international journalist who has reported from some of the most dangerous places in the world including Sudan, Afghanistan, Egypt, Nigeria, El Salvador, and Zimbabwe, and earned an Emmy for her undercover report from Syria. She has also worked as a journalist for the United Nations in Pakistan, northern Iraq and Iran, and was the Tehran correspondent for The Times from 2003 to 2006.

 

Location: 
Street:
1 Ferry Building
City:
San Francisco
,
Postal Code:
94111
$26.99
ISBN-13: 9781610395199
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: PublicAffairs, 9/2014

Class: Alice Acheson - The Greatest Marketing Tool

09/19/2014 1:00 pm
Fri., Sept. 19 • 10:00-1:00 pm • $60
 
 
 
 
Pre-class assignment required.
Authors! Be prepared to present yourselves and your projects in the best manner possible. The listener might be an agent, publisher, bookseller, or future reader. Acheson shares what works, what doesn’t, and why. As a marketing and publishing consultant with decades of experience, Alice Acheson works with authors, illustrators, and photographers. She has edited books and negotiated contracts. Her publicity work has produced many New York Times bestsellers.

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


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