Susan Terris & CB Follett - Memos & Of Gravity and Tides

 "In reading C B Follett’s most recent collection, I've realized that, poem by poem, it holds many of her most precisely poised and deeply powerful poems yet. These often wrenching family poems constellate and adhere in a remarkable way, informing one another, talking back to one another -- multiplying the poignancy and sadness and luminous victories as well. These are incredible poems of parents and children, the whole web of family and loss. The cosmic beauty of the title section is stunning, yet the book builds carefully to its final section, 'Into the Light,' where each poem is just exquisite, perfectly and simply balanced, as we move to the book’s elegant and moving conclusion."
– David St. John

Susan Terris was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. She has a B.A. degree in English literature from Wellesley College and an M.A. from San Francisco State University. For seven years she edited Runes, A Review of Poetry. She is now editor of Spillway and a poetry editor for Pedestal Magazine and In Posse Review. In addition to writing & journal editing, she does freelance editing of book-length poetry manuscripts and teaches workshops on “The Making of a Chapbook”.

CB Follett is the author of 9 books of poems, the most recent Of Gravity and Tides, and several chapterbooks, most recently Wind Rose. At the Turning of the Light won the 2001 National Poetry Book Award. She is Editor/Publisher of Arctos Press, was publisher and co-editor (with Susan Terris) of Runes, a Review of Poetry (2001-2008). Follett has numerous nominations for Pushcart Prizes for individual poems, as well as eight nominations as a individual poet; a Marin Arts Council Grant for Poetry; awards and honors and been widely published both nationally and internationally. Follett was Poet Laureate of Marin County, CA, USA. (2010-2013)

 

Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
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Corte Madera
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Postal Code:
94925
$16.00
ISBN-13: 9780979518577
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Many Voices Press, 4/2013

Joseph Kanon - Leaving Berlin

Berlin 1948. Leaving Berlin begins almost four years after the war’s end, with the city still in ruins, a physical wasteland and a political symbol about to rupture. In the West, a defiant, blockaded city is barely surviving on airlifted supplies; in the East, the heady early days of political reconstruction are being undermined by the murky compromises of the Cold War. Espionage, like the black market, is a fact of life. Even culture has become a battleground, with German intellectuals being lured back from exile to add credibility to the competing sectors.

Alex Meier, a young Jewish writer, fled the Nazis for America before the war. But the politics of his youth have now put him in the crosshairs of the McCarthy witch-hunts. Faced with deportation and the loss of his family, he makes a desperate bargain with the fledgling CIA: he will earn his way back to America by acting as their agent in his native Berlin. But almost from the start things go fatally wrong. A kidnapping misfires, an East German agent is killed, and Alex finds himself a wanted man. Worse, he discovers his real assignment—to spy on the woman he left behind, the only woman he has ever loved. Changing sides in Berlin is as easy as crossing a sector border. But where do we draw the lines of our moral boundaries? Betrayal? Survival? Murder?

Joseph Kanon is the Edgar Award–winning author of Istanbul Passage, Los Alamos, The Prodigal Spy, Alibi, Stardust, and The Good German, which was made into a major motion picture starring George Clooney and Cate Blanchett. Before becoming a full-time writer, he was a book publishing executive.

 

 

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51 Tamal Vista Blvd
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Corte Madera
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94925

Leaving Berlin (Hardcover)

$27.00
ISBN-13: 9781476704647
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Atria Books, 3/2015

Michael David Lukas - The Oracle of Stamboul

04/24/2015 2:30 pm

College of Marin, Kentfield Library

Other College of Marin ESCOM Lectures:

Don George - An Innocent Abroad

Cara Black - Murder on the Champ de Mars

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.

Ushered into the world by a mysterious pair of Tartar midwives late in the summer of 1877 in the town of Constanta on the Black Sea, Eleonora Cohen proves herself an extraordinarily gifted child—a prodigy—at a very young age. When she is eight years old, she stows away aboard a ship, following her carpet merchant father, Yakob, to the teeming and colorful imperial capital of Stamboul where a new life awaits her.

In the narrow streets of this city at the crossroads of the world, intrigue and gossip are currency, and people are not always what they seem. But it is only when she charms the eccentric Sultan Abdulhamid II—beleaguered by friend and foe as his unwieldy realm crumbles—that Eleonora will change the course of an empire.

Michael David Lukas has been a Fulbright Scholar in Turkey, a night-shift proofreader in Tel Aviv, and a waiter at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference in Vermont. Translated into more than a dozen languages, his first novel The Oracle of Stamboul was a finalist for the California Book Award, the NCIBA Book of the Year Award, and the Harold U. Ribalow Prize. A graduate of Brown University and the University of Maryland, he is a recipient of scholarships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Montalvo Arts Center, New York State Summer Writers’ Institute, Squaw Valley Community of Writers, and Elizabeth George Foundation. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Slate, National Geographic Traveler, and Georgia Review.

Parking: Free campus parking for the event.

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

 

Location: 
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College of Marin, Kentfield Library
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835 College Ave.
City:
Kentfield
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Postal Code:
94904
$24.99
ISBN-13: 9780062012098
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Harper, 2/2011

Class: Anne Lamott - On Writing

05/02/2015 4:00 pm

Sat., May 2 • 1:00 - 4:00 pm • $150

 

 

Join Anne Lamott, the bestselling author of Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life, for an afternoon that includes an onstage interview, a lecture, and a Q&A session. Anne Lamott offers advice on the writing process, while also touching upon the experiences of the writer and the writing life. Writers working at all levels are encouraged to learn from one of the great writers of our time. Anne Lamott taught the first Book Passage writing class almost two decades ago. It’s a joy to welcome her back.

 

Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925
$15.95
ISBN-13: 9780385480017
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Anchor, 9/1995

Peter Coyote - The Rainman's Third Cure: An Unsentimental Education

A celebrated actor, writer, and Zen practitioner, Peter Coyote's second memoir, The Rainman's Third Cure: An Unsentimental Education, recounts the most pivotal stages of his life: childhood with an overbearing yet very successful father, his liberating years at Grinnell College, and his founding of the Diggers commune, all of which led to his introduction to the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and highly-respected Buddhist Gary Snyder. Inspired by Snyder's balanced lifestyle, spiritual expertise, and encyclopedic knowledge of world history, Peter began the journey to become a Zen Buddhist himself while also taking on the extraordinary challenge of funding local arts by chairing the California Arts Council.

An ordained practitioner of Zen Buddhism and a politically engaged actor, Peter Coyote began his work in street theater and political organizing in San Francisco. In addition to acting in over 140 films, and working with directors such as Martin Ritt, Steven Spielberg, and Roman Polanski, Coyote has won an Emmy for narrating the award-winning documentary Pacific Century. He has also narrated The West, The Dust Bowl, Prohibition, and The Roosevelts for Ken Burns. In 1993 he was awarded a Pushcart Prize for Carla’s Story, published in ZYZZYVA.

 

Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925
$26.00
ISBN-13: 9781619024960
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Counterpoint LLC, 4/2015

Claire Bidwell Smith - After This: When Life Is Over, Where Do We Go?

Drawing on her personal losses, chronicled in her memoir The Rules of Inheritance, as well as her background working in hospice as a bereavement counselor, Claire Bidwell Smith attempts to show how exploring the afterlife can have a positive impact on the grief process. Brave, profound, and ultimately inspiring, After This: When Life Is Over, Where Do We Go? is unique in the power of the personal journey that underlies the book’s message: What we believe about what happens next affects everything about how we live–and love–right now.

Claire Bidwell Smith is the author of The Rules of Inheritance, which has been published in seventeen countries and is currently being adapted for film. Claire has a master’s degree in clinical psychology and is a therapist specializing in grief. She regularly teaches writing workshops and gives talks on both writing and grief.

 

 

Location: 
Street:
1 Ferry Building
City:
San Francisco
,
Postal Code:
94111
$25.95
ISBN-13: 9781594633065
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Hudson Street Press, 4/2015



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