Sausalito Events

Eric Torney - Marinship (Sausalito)

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 - 6:00pm

Eric Torney's most recent movie, Marinship: World's Most Amazing Shipyard, is the result of a passion he have developed due to the discovery of a trove of historic material about the shipyard. This totally nonfiction, not for profit, and not for sale video made on a zero budget tells the amazing story of how a shipyard was hastily built in Sausalito during the opening months of the United States of America's involvement in WWII to fulfill a dire need for cargo ships. The U. S. Maritime Commission had the onerous task of replacing cargo ships which were being sunk by German Wolf Pack U Boats at a rate approaching 80 per month (on some days 4 ships were sunk). A shipyard was requested for the West Coast. The Sausalito site was chosen because the recently opened Golden Gate Bridge had caused the demise and closure of the local NWP Commuter Railroad, leaving a fully operable rail transportation system with an adjacent deep water channel originally used by the NWP ferry boats. On 28 March, 1942 construction was begun on a vacant mudflat. Three months later a cargo ship's keel was laid on a not yet complete shipway. Amazingly, six months after construction began on the mudflat a ship was launched. The movie tells this amazing story.

Eric Torney is a 4th generation California native. His great great grandfather, Charles Fardon Langley, arrived in San Francisco in 1851, after an ocean voyage from New York to San Francisco as crew on the famous Clipper Ship Flying Cloud. Charles had booked passage with his cargo of medicine to sell to gold miners. The Flying Cloud made the passage in the world record time of 89 days. Charles set up a tent near what today is Union Square and sold his entire cargo in one day. The company Charles founded, after several buyouts, today is McKesson. Living in Marin all of his life, Eric graduated from Kent School, Redwood High School, College of Marin, and U.C. Berkeley. Now a retired remodeling contractor living in Greenbrae he volunteers at Sausalito Historical Society and has produced several exhibits featuring Marinship.

100 Bay Street
Sausalito, CA 94965

Second Sunday Stories: Arree Chung - Ninja! Claus (Sausalito)

Sunday, December 10, 2017 - 11:00am

Second Sunday Stories Event!

Second Sunday Stories is a new series of kids picture book events at Book Passage-by-the-Bay in Sausalito. On the second Sunday of each month at 11am we welcome an author or illustrator into the store to share their book with us, there will be snacks and crafts and because it's Sunday morning, you could even come in your pajamas (we don't mind). Second Sunday Stories runs no longer than 45 minutes and is perfect for kids aged 2-6 and their families.


After missing Santa in previous years, Maxwell is determined to catch Santa this year. Will Maxwell catch Santa or will he come up empty handed? 

Find out who is the ultimate ninja in Ninja Claus! -- the third installment of the Ninja! series. 

Arree Chung is the author of author and illustrator of Ninja! and Ninja! Attack of the Clan and the illustrator of Danger Gang. He's also the founder of Storyteller Academy, where he teaches his creative process in making stories.When he's not working on ideas for stories or businesses you can find him playing basketball or riding his bike around the San Francisco Bay area. 


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By Arree Chung, Arree Chung (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781627795524
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Henry Holt & Company - October 10th, 2017

A young ninja has waited all year for Christmas Eve. He puts his skills to the test in the pursuit of one goal--to catch a glimpse of Santa Claus. But does Santa have some super-special ninja tricks of his own?

100 Bay Street
Sausalito, CA 94965

Obi Kaufmann - The California Field Atlas (Sausalito)

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - 6:00pm

This lavishly illustrated atlas takes readers off the beaten path and outside normal conceptions of California, revealing its myriad ecologies, topographies, and histories in exquisite maps and trail paintings. Based on decades of exploring the backcountry of the Golden State, artist-adventurer Obi Kaufmann blends science and art to illuminate the multifaceted array of living, connected systems like no book has done before. Kaufmann depicts layer after layer of the natural world, delighting in the grand scale and details alike. The effect is staggeringly beautiful: presented alongside California divvied into its fifty-eight counties, for example, we consider California made up of dancing tectonic plates, of watersheds, of wildflower gardens. Maps are enhanced by spirited illustrations of wildlife, keys that explain natural phenomena, and a clear-sighted but reverential text. Full of character and color, a bit larger than life, The California Field Atlas is the ultimate road trip companion and love letter to a place.

Obi Kaufmann grew up in the East Bay as the son of an astrophysicist and a psychologist spending most of high school practicing calculus and breaking away on weekends to scramble around Mount Diablo and map its creeks, oak forests, and sage mazes. Into adulthood, he would regularly journey into the mountains, spending more summer nights without a roof than with one. For Kaufmann, the epic narrative of the California backcountry holds enough art, science, mythology, and language for a hundred field atlases to come. When he is not backpacking, you can find the painter-poet at his desk in Oakland, posting @coyotethunder #trailpaintings on social media.

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ISBN: 9781597144025
Availability: Backordered
Published: Heyday Books - September 5th, 2017

Sumptuously illustrated nature atlas of the Golden State by acclaimed illustrator Obi Kaufmann.

100 Bay Street
Sausalito, CA 94965

Ellen Petry Leanse - The Happiness Hack (Sausalito)

Tuesday, January 9, 2018 - 6:00pm

Are you feeling overwhelmed or disconnected from things that once mattered to you? As we rely more and more on technology, it's the devices meant to simplify our lives that often cause us the most stress. In this refreshing, practical book, you'll learn ways to reclaim some of the calm and focus that's slipping away from many of us. By reading The Happiness Hack, you'll gain new insights that bring you more connectedness, help you manage your tech habits, and give you new ways of increasing happiness—all by your own design.

Ellen Petry Leanse has worked for Apple and Google, and has consulted for more than forty technology companies. Today she coaches start-up teams, teaches at Stanford University, and writes on innovation, mindfulness, and product design.

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ISBN: 9781492656913
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Simple Truths - November 7th, 2017

For years, Ellen Leanse worked with the biggest technology titans that fight for our attention, including Apple, Facebook, Google, and Microsoft... programming habits that revolved around our devices. By mapping how the mind works, innovators like Ellen are able to ingrain habits for all of us, revolving around our technology.

100 Bay Street
Sausalito, CA 94965

Margaret Stawowy - Keeper of the Pond (Sausalito)

Saturday, January 13, 2018 - 5:00pm

Keeper of the Pond is a collection of poems that plumbs the depths of one writer's relationship to place, time, and the people who  inhabit her world. Using the meaning of her surname (Stawowy) as the title of this book, the pond becomes a landscape of both the interior and exterior events that create an imagined ecosystem of the mind and spirit. Using poetry as a means to capture the tenuous and transitory, this collection features award-winning work that has been described as vivid, allusive, precise, and rich in emotional detail.  

Margaret Stawowy grew up on the southwest side of Chicago in the Back of the Yards, a neighborhood made famous in Upton Sinclair's book, The Jungle. In adulthood, she moved to the San Francisco Bay Area, then Tokyo and Yokohama Japan, where she taught English conversation and co-wrote English-teaching textbooks. She began writing poetry in Japan after meeting poets in a literary group that she co-founded. Upon returning to the Bay Area, she continued  in her lifelong occupation as a librarian.  

100 Bay Street
Sausalito, CA 94965

Sara Zaske - Achtung Baby (Sausalito)

Friday, January 19, 2018 - 6:00pm

In Partnership with Southern Marin Mother's Club

When Sara Zaske moved from Oregon to Berlin with her husband and toddler, she knew the transition would be multi-layered, adding parenting and then the birth of another child into the mix. She was surprised to discover that German parents give their children a great deal of freedom—much more than Americans. In Berlin, kids walk to school by themselves, ride the subway alone, cut food with sharp knives, and even play with fire. German parents did not share her fears and their children were thriving. Was she doing the opposite of what she intended, which was to raise capable children? Why was parenting culture so different in the States?

Through her own family's often funny experiences as well as interviews with other parents, teachers, and experts, Zaske shares the many unexpected parenting lessons she learned from living in Germany. Achtung Baby reveals that today's Germans know something that American parents don't (or have perhaps forgotten) about raising kids with “selbstandigkeit” (self-reliance), and provides many new and practical ideas American parents can use to give their own children the freedom they need to grow into responsible, independent adults. Our American anxiety is a culturally specific modern stumbling block—which readers can overcome using Zaske’s crucial insights into the German perspective on parenting.


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ISBN: 9781250160171
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Picador USA - January 2nd, 2018

An Entertaining, Enlightening Look at the Art of Raising Self-Reliant, Independent Children Based on One American Mom's Experiences in Germany

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Gary Rogowski - Handmade (Sausalito)

Monday, January 29, 2018 - 6:00pm

In an era when there are countless competing claims on one's attention, how does one find the internal focus to be creative? For master furniture craftsman Gary Rogowski, the answer is in the act of creative work itself. The discipline of working with one's hands to create unnecessarily beautiful things shapes the builder into a more complete human being.

In the tradition of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance and Shop Class as Soulcraft, Rogowski's Handmade is a profound meditation on the eternal value of manual work, creativity, human fallibility, and the stubborn pursuit of quality work. Rogowski tells his life story of how he became a craftsman and how years of persistent work have taught him patience, resilience, tolerance for failure, and a love of pursuing beauty and mastery for its own sake.

Part autobiography, part guide to creativity, and part guide to living, Handmade is a book for craftspeople, artists, and anyone who seeks clarity, purpose, and creativity in their work -- and it's the perfect antidote to a modern world that thinks human labor is obsolete.

Gary Rogowski is a furniture maker, designer, teacher and author. Since 1974 he has built public and private furniture commissions for clients and galleries nationwide. He was a contributing editor for Fine Woodworking Magazine for fourteen years and has written hundreds of articles and several books, including the best-selling Complete Illustrated Guide to Joinery. He is also a playwright, novelist, and essayist. Rogowski has taught and lectured throughout the United States and in the United Kingdom, Iceland, and Germany.

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ISBN: 9781610353144
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Linden Publishing - December 1st, 2017

"Gary Rogowski leads us gently but surely upon the path to a type of success we may not have previously considered. (Hint: it involves blisters)." --Nick Offerman

100 Bay Street
Sausalito, CA 94965

Wilford Welch - In Our Hands (Sausalito)

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - 6:00pm

In Our Hands shows you the exciting, satisfying roles you can play to solve the climate crisis and just how you can create a better world for yourself, your children, and grandchildren by getting engaged. The book explains why global warming and climate change do not have to be scary topics. It succinctly explains the science of global warming and the challenges it is causing, then offers a pathway to success. Looking back from 2050, the author presents two futures, one if we do take affective individual and collective actions, the other if we do not. The final chapter of thirty pages is filled with extraordinary resources for those who want to explore the issues further, from the shift to renewable energy to dealing with plastics and climate refugees.

As the subtitle suggests, this book is indeed a Handbook for Intergenerational Actions to Solve the Climate Crisis

Wilford Welch has been exploring the driving forces impacting our world for over five decades: as a U.S. diplomat in Asia; as an economic development and business consultant in Asia, the Middle East, Europe and the U.S.; as the publisher of a world affairs magazine that appeared in 26 countries in six language editions; and as the leader of educational trips to numerous countries and cultures. Wilford has also been deeply involved in outdoor and environmental education, including being chair of the board of the NatureBridge Golden Gate campus in the Marin Headlands and the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS). In 1994 Wilford led the support team on Mount Everest of NOLS instructors who removed 5,000 pounds of trash off the high camps and introduced the notion of Leave No Trace to Everest mountaineering. Over the past decades, Wilford has created and led several large conferences exploring the issues addressed in this book, including two Quest for Global Healing gatherings in Bali, Indonesia in 2004 and 2007 for over 1,000 participants from forty countries, and the Beyond Sustainability conference that took place at the Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii in 2010. Wilford has a BA from Yale, a law degree from Berkeley, and a PMD degree from the Harvard Business School. He lives on a houseboat in Sausalito with his wife Carole Angermeir.

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ISBN: 9780998887906
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: In Our Hands - September 10th, 2017

In Our Hands shows you the exciting, satisfying roles you can play to solve the climate crisis and just how you can create a better world for yourself, your children, and grandchildren by getting engaged.

100 Bay Street
Sausalito, CA 94965

Anna Quinn - The Night Child (Sausalito)

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 - 6:00pm

Nora Brown teaches high school English and lives a quiet life in Seattle with her husband and six-year-old daughter. But one November day, moments after dismissing her class, a girl's face appears above the students' desks-"a wild numinous face with startling blue eyes, a face floating on top of shapeless drapes of purples and blues where arms and legs should have been. Terror rushes through Nora's body-the kind of raw terror you feel when there's no way out, when every cell in your body, your entire body, is on fire-when you think you might die."

Twenty-four hours later, while on Thanksgiving vacation, the face appears again. Shaken and unsteady, Nora meets with neurologists and eventually, a psychiatrist. As the story progresses, a terrible secret is discovered-a secret that pushes Nora toward an even deeper psychological breakdown.

This breathtaking debut novel examines the impact of traumatic childhood experiences and the fragile line between past and present. Exquisitely nuanced and profoundly intimate, The Night Child is a story of resilience, hope, and the capacity of the mind, body, and spirit to save itself despite all odds.

Anna Quinn is the owner of The Writers' Workshoppe and Imprint Bookstore in Port Townsend, Washington. Her writing has appeared in various literary journals and magazines, including Literature Circles and Response, Practical Aspects of Authentic Assessment, Instructor, Tidepools, IS Literary Magazine, Manifest-Station, Lit-Fest Anthology, 2016, and Washington 129 Anthology. She is working on a second novel, Confidante, the story of a band of expelled nuns living in the San Juan Islands. Her writing studio is a tug boat.

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ISBN: 9781538434345
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Blackstone Audiobooks - January 30th, 2018

Nora Brown teaches high school English and lives a quiet life in Seattle with her husband and six-year-old daughter. But one November day, moments after dismissing her class, a girl's face appears above the students' desks--"a wild numinous face with startling blue eyes, a face floating on top of shapeless drapes of purples and blues where arms and legs should have been.

100 Bay Street
Sausalito, CA 94965

Caspar Craven - Where The Magic Happens (Sausalito)

Saturday, April 14, 2018 - 2:45pm

One night when their children were still in diapers, Caspar and Nichola Craven hatched a plan to sail around the world as a family. Most people thought they were crazy. But in the years that followed they embraced every moment of this transformative chapter of their lives. Five years of planning—the vision, the values, the practicalities, the realities, the excitement, the highs, the lows, and the seemingly adventure-stopping obstacles—led to two wonderful years of living their dream of sailing the world—the magical and the scary—enjoying life and learning and growing as a family. 

Where The Magic Happens is one family’s story. It’s also a story of a fabulous sailing adventure and an inspirational tale for all those wishing they could do the same; it’s a practical guide to show you just how you can make it happen; it’s a motivational story of leadership and teamwork within a family; and it’s a funny, heart-warming tale of slightly unconventional family life. The fascinating narrative of the Craven family is accompanied by useful text features such as tip boxes, sidebars, and chapter summaries, so that the reader can easily extrapolate the necessary nuggets about how they can make the dream a reality.

Caspar Craven has become a respected and sought after keynote speaker on the topics of leadership, team building, and dealing with adversity. He engages business audiences with stories from sailing and business world and delivers practical specific lessons that audiences can understand and use in their day-to-day lives. He is invited to speak all around the world to inspire and motivate business and their teams to create change.

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ISBN: 9781472949912
Availability: Not Yet Published
Published: Adlard Coles Nautical Press - March 27th, 2018

One night when their children were still in diapers, Caspar and Nichola Craven hatched a plan to sail around the world as a family. Most people thought they were crazy. But in the years that followed they embraced every moment of this transformative chapter of their lives.

100 Bay Street
Sausalito, CA 94965