Sausalito Events

Cliff Niederer - Schooners, Seekers, & Seas (Sausalito)

Thursday, June 22, 2017 - 6:00pm

Book Passage By-the- Bay is very excited to be presenting an evening with Cliff Niederer. In the late 1960s, Cliff was among a group of intrepid West Coast enthusiasts breathing new life into the lost art of classic wooden boat building. Using traditional methods, he built eight wooden boats between 1970 and 1980. His colorful vocation brought him into contact with many fascinating characters, none more so than those of Sausalito in the 60s and 70s. We hope you will join us for this rare opportunity to hear Cliff speak in the Bay Area.



100 Bay St.
Sausalito, CA 94965

Class: Erin Byrne - Illuminated Travel (Sausalito)

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - 6:00pm

Wednesday, June 28 • 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm • $60

Have you ever wondered why a particular alleyway beckoned you, or a local character intrigued you, or an unusual ritual unsettled you?  On our travels we have few “light bulb moments” but writing that ignites connections between ourselves and the places, people, and cultures of the world transforms us and our readers.

Join Erin Byrne as we delve deeply into our travel experiences using the “anti-workshop method” she has taught at Shakespeare and Company in Paris and on Deep Travel trips.  The results are reflected in her books, and have inspired writers at all levels from emerging to highly published.

Starting with an image or scene that has captivated us, we use a new process of questioning, tapping into the creative unconscious, pinpointing focus, and fierce editing to write pieces that both surprise and glow from within.

This is an Introduction to a four session workshop which will be offered in September.

Erin Byrne is the author of the Next Generation Indie Book Award winner for Travel and Finalist for Memoir Wings: Gifts of Art, Life, and Travel in France, editor of Vignettes & Postcards from Paris and Vignettes & Postcards from Morocco, and writer of The Storykeeper film.  She has taught writing at Shakespeare and Company Bookstore in Paris and on Deep Travel trips, and is host of the LitWings event series at Book Passage Sausalito, which features writers, photographers, and filmmakers.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Christopher Felver - Tending the Fire (Sausalito)

Tuesday, July 11, 2017 - 6:00pm

Christopher Felver’s Tending the Fire celebrates the poets and writers who represent the wide range of Native American voices in literature today. In these commanding portraits, Felver’s distinctive visual signature and unobtrusive presence capture each artist’s strength, integrity, and character. Accompanying each portrait is a handwritten poem or prose piece that helps reveal the origin of the poet’s language and legends. As the individuals share their unique voices, Tending the Fire introduces us to the diversity and complexity of Native culture through the authors’ generous and passionate stories.

Felver’s insightful epilogue reminds us that “Native Americans today are as modern as the Space Age, and each in their own way carries forth the cultural heritage ‘from whence they came.’ Their abiding legacy as the first people of this continent has found its voice in the hard-won wisdom of their art and activism. Let’s learn from this belated opportunity to look and listen to these Native voices.”

Christopher Felver’s previous books include American Jukebox: A Photographic Journey, The Importance of Being, The Late Great Allen Ginsberg: A Photo Biography, The Poet Exposed, and Ferlinghetti Portrait. His photographs are distributed worldwide and collected by museums and university libraries. They have been featured in international exhibitions, including the Centre Pompidou, London’s National Theatre, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the National Gallery of Art, and MOCA.

100 Bay St.
Sausalito, CA 94965

Michael Konrad - Life On The Dock (Sausalito)

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 - 6:00pm

Life On The Dock is an informal introduction to marine biology using life on and near a floating dock in a ocean estuary as examples. We look at large and small animals and plants and follow the development of several species from egg to adult. Who eats who defines food chains in the Dock ecology. A major theme is that diversity and total mass increases as the size of organisms decrease: small is where the action is. Anyone can look under the Dock and see their own special community of organisms. Suggestions for microscopes, plankton nets, use of the Internet, and interacting with professional biologists are described at the end of the book.

Michael Konrad grew up in a Navy family, moving between East and West coasts almost every two years, always living close to the water. In 1954 he enrolled in Caltech when nuclear physics was every young scientist’s dream, but within two years discovered biology, went to UC Berkeley to get a doctorate in biophysics, and to Harvard for research in James Watson’s laboratory. He taught biochemistry in the UCLA Chemistry Department, went back to UC Berkeley as a Research Associate and then joined the staff of Cetus, one of the first biotechnology companies. He finally “retired” in Sausalito, a small town on the shore of San Francisco Bay, where he is able to row on the water several days a week and spend the other days looking at marine life on and off the dock. His book, “Life on the Dock” is a collection of photographs and stories about the plants and animals that live on the sides of the floating docks in Sausalito.

100 Bay St.
Sausalito, CA 94965

Ciji Ware - That Spring in Paris (Sausalito)

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 6:00pm

In That Spring in Paris, two Americans literally collide at the entrance to a Paris hospital, each desperately searching for friends felled in the same unspeakable tragedy.
Patrick Finley Deschanel, an expatriate former U.S. Air Force pilot, quit the military after a career flying helicopter rescue missions in the Middle East. Now resident on a classic barge moored on the Seine, Finn is a man with both physical battle scars and psychic wounds that overshadow his day-to-day encounters at every turn. 
Juliet Thayer is a fledgling landscape painter who seeks escape from a tyrannical older brother and her job at his violent video war games company in San Francisco. Her emergency trip to Paris also raises doubts as to her impending engagement to a colleague where she serves as packaging design director and “Chief Branding Officer” of GatherGames, a highly speculative enterprise in which her parents are heavily invested.
As Finn and Juliet form a tenuous attachment in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks that traumatized the French capital November 13, 2015, they wonder if the “City of Light” can provide a path out of the darkness for two emotional exiles who fear--along with the world at large—that their universe has descended into a permanent state of chaos and that the renewal of spring might never come.

Ciji Ware is a New York Times, USAToday bestselling novelist and Emmy-award winning news producer. A local Sausalito author, this is her 11th novel and the final book in her Four Seasons Series which included That Summer in Cornwall, That Autumn in Edinburgh & That Winter in Venice.

That Spring in Paris Cover Image
ISBN: 9780988940871
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Lion's Paw Publishing - May 26th, 2017

100 Bay St.
Sausalito, CA 94965

David Helvarg - The Golden Shore (Sausalito)

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 - 6:00pm

From the first human settlements to the latest marine explorations, The Golden Shore tells the tale of the history, culture, and changing nature of California’s coasts and ocean. David Helvarg takes the reader on both a geographic and literary journey along the 1,100-mile Pacific coastline, from the Oregon border to the San Diego/Tijuana international border fence and out into its whale-, seal-, and shark-rich offshore seamounts, rock isles, and kelp forests.

Part history, part travelogue, part love letter, The Golden Shore tells the story of California’s majestic coastline and ocean. Helvarg captures the spirit of the Californian coast, its mythic place in American culture, and its role in a state whose ongoing natural disasters and unremitting sense of renewal are intimately linked to its deep connection with an ever-changing sea.

David Helvarg is the author of six books, including Rescue Warriors, 50 Ways to Save the Ocean, and Saved by the Sea. He is founder and executive director of Blue Frontier and cofounder of the Peter Benchley Ocean Awards. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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By David Helvarg, Ted Danson (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781608684403
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Published: New World Library - October 4th, 2016

From the first human settlements to the latest marine explorations, The Golden Shore tells the tale of the history, culture, and changing nature of California's coasts and ocean.

100 Bay St.
Sausalito, CA 94965

Dan Kovalik - The Plot to Scapegoat Russia (Sausalito)

Saturday, September 9, 2017 - 6:00pm

Since 1945, the US has justified numerous wars, interventions, and military build-ups based on the pretext of the Russian Red Menace, even after the Soviet Union collapsed at the end of 1991 and Russia stopped being Red. In fact, the two biggest post-war American conflicts, the Korean and Vietnam wars, were not, as has been frequently claimed, about stopping Soviet aggression or even influence, but about maintaining old colonial relationships. Similarly, many lesser interventions and conflicts, such as those in Latin America, were also based upon an alleged Soviet threat, which was greatly overblown or nonexistent. And now the specter of a Russian Menace has been raised again in the wake of Donald Trump's election.

The Plot to Scapegoat Russia examines the recent proliferation of stories, usually sourced from American state actors, blaming and manipulating the threat of Russia, and the long history of which this episode is but the latest chapter. It will show readers two key things: (1) the ways in which the United States has needlessly provoked Russia, especially after the collapse of the USSR, thereby squandering hopes for peace and cooperation; and (2) how Americans have lost out from this missed opportunity, and from decades of conflicts based upon false premises. These revelations, amongst other, make this book one of the timeliest reads of 2017.

Daniel Kovalik has been a labor and human rights lawyer since graduating from Columbia Law School in 1993. He has represented plaintiffs in ATS cases arising out of egregious human rights abuses in Colombia. He received the David W. Mills Mentoring Fellowship from Stanford Law School, has written extensively for the Huffington Post and Counterpunch, and has lectured throughout the world.

The Plot to Scapegoat Russia: How the CIA and the Deep State Have Conspired to Vilify Putin Cover Image
By Dan Kovalik, David Talbot (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9781510730328
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Published: Skyhorse Publishing - June 6th, 2017

An in-depth look at the decades-long effort to escalate hostilities with Russia and what it portends for the future.

100 Bay St.
Sausalito, CA 94965

David Downie - A Taste of Paris (Sausalito)

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 6:00pm

In his trademark witty and informative style, David Downie embarks on a quest to discover “What is it about the history of Paris that has made it a food lover’s paradise?” Long before Marie Antoinette said, “Let them eat cake!” (actually, it was brioche), the Romans of Paris devoured foie gras, and live oysters rushed in from the Atlantic; one Medieval cookbook describes a thirty-two part meal featuring hare stew, eel soup, and honeyed wine; during the last great banquet at Versailles a year before the Revolution the gourmand Louis XVI savored thirty-two main dishes and sixteen desserts; yet, in 1812, Grimod de la Reynière, the father of French gastronomy, regaled guests with fifty-two courses, fifteen wines, three types of coffee, and seventeen liqueurs.

Following the contours of history and the geography of the city in A Taste of Paris, Downie sweeps readers on an insider’s gourmet walking tour of Paris and its environs, revealing the locations of Roman butcher shops, classic Belle Epoque bistros serving diners today and Marie Antoinette’s exquisite vegetable garden that still supplies produce, no longer to the unfortunate queen, but to the legendary Alain Ducasse and his stylish restaurant inside the palace of Versailles. Along the way, readers learn why the rich culinary heritage of France still makes Paris the ultimate arbiter in the world of food.

David Downie, a native San Franciscan, lived in New York, Providence, Rome and Milan before moving to Paris in the mid-80s. He divides his time between France and Italy. His travel, food and arts features have appeared in leading print and on-line publications including Bon Appetit, Gourmet, Saveur,, and Gault & Millau, the premier French food guide. He is the author of over a dozen nonfiction books, including the highly acclaimed Paris, Paris and A Passion for Paris.

A Taste of Paris: A History of the Parisian Love Affair with Food Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250082930
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: St. Martin's Press - September 26th, 2017

100 Bay St.
Sausalito, CA 94965