Sausalito Events

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.

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$16.99
ISBN: 9780988940871
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Published: Lion's Paw Publishing - May 26th, 2017

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Friends of Book Passage - Members-Only Sale (All Stores)

Saturday, July 22, 2017 - 9:00am

Book Passage staff would like to remind our loyal members of a very special 30% off Members-only Sale!

This fun, Members-only event will be held Saturday, July 22, from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm at all three Book Passage locations. All members, whether new, current or former, are invited to participate. If you fall into the "former" category, now is your opportunity to renew your membership so that you don't miss out on this special 30% off sale. New members are also invited, so invite your friends to join!

Any bookseller can help with new or renewing memberships. Or, you can contact jcarlucci@bookpassage.com. You may also join or renew online here. We look forward to another special day with our Friends of Book Passage.

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F.C. Yee - The Epic Crush of Genie Lo (Sausalito)

Tuesday, August 8, 2017 - 6:00pm

The struggle to get into a top-tier college consumes sixteen-year-old Genie's every waking thought. But when she discovers she's a celestial spirit who's powerful enough to bash through the gates of heaven with her fists, her perfectionist existence is shattered.

Enter Quentin, a transfer student from China whose tone-deaf assertiveness beguiles Genie to the brink of madness. Quentin nurtures Genie's bodacious transformation-sometimes gently, sometimes aggressively-as her sleepy suburb in the Bay Area comes under siege from hell-spawn.

The Epic Crush of Genie Lo draws from Chinese folklore, features a larger-than-life heroine, and perfectly balances the realities of Genie's grounded high school life with the absurd supernatural world she finds herself commanding.

F. C. Yee grew up in New Jersey and studied economics at Brown University. For his debut novel, he drew inspiration from the best and wisest people in his life. Outside of writing, he practices capoeira, a Brazilian form of martial arts. He currently calls the San Francisco Bay Area home.

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$18.99
ISBN: 9781419725487
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Amulet Books - August 8th, 2017

The struggle to get into a top-tier college consumes sixteen-year-old Genie's every waking thought. But when she discovers she's a celestial spirit who's powerful enough to bash through the gates of heaven with her fists, her perfectionist existence is shattered.


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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)
$16.95
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.


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Sausalito, CA 94965

Stephan Bodian - Beyond Mindfulness (Sausalito)

Tuesday, September 5, 2017 - 6:00pm

Written by meditation expert, psychotherapist, and spiritual teacher Stephan Bodian, this book takes you beyond familiar mindfulness practices by offering guided meditations and direct pointers that invite you to realize your natural state of inherent wakefulness and peace. No regular practice is required, just the willingness to open yourself to a transformative new way of experiencing life.

Mindfulness has permeated our modern lives, and with good reason—it’s been proven to boost mood, reduce stress, improve health, and maximize performance. But in our achievement-oriented culture, the practice of mindfulness can feel laborious and mechanical, like one more task on your endless to-do list. What if you could let go of effort and struggle and relax back into the happiness and ease that is your birthright—and is always readily available to you?

Beyond Mindfulness offers teachings and practices based on the direct approach to spiritual awakening that take you beyond the mechanics of being mindful and open you to the non-dual dimension of being, where the separation between self and other reveals itself to be a painful but seductive illusion. Once you realize this new way of seeing, you’ll learn how to move beyond mindfulness into awakened awareness and discover that the love, compassion, wholeness, health, and happiness you’ve been seeking were there all along.

Stephan Bodian is a teacher in the non-dual wisdom tradition of Zen and Advaita a pioneer in the integration of Eastern wisdom and Western psychology, and an internationally recognized expert on meditation and mindfulness. His books include Wake Up Now and the guidebook Meditation for Dummies. A licensed psychotherapist, he leads classes, workshops, and retreats in the direct approach to spiritual realization and offers counseling and mentoring to people worldwide.

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$16.95
ISBN: 9781626259720
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Published: Non-Duality - September 2017

Written by meditation expert, psychotherapist, and spiritual teacher Stephan Bodian, this book takes you beyond familiar mindfulness practices by offering guided meditations and direct pointers that invite you to realize your natural state of inherent wakefulness and peace.


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Class: Erin Byrne - Illuminated Travel (SAUSALITO)

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 - 6:00pm

4 Wednesdays; Sept. 6- Oct. 4 (no class Sept. 20), 2017 • 6:00pm-8:00 pm • $240

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.  This process is invigorating for both new and more experienced writers.

You have taken one journey, now be ready to embark on another to bring your experience to light.  Illuminated Travel is a wild ride indeed.

*This is a four session workshop:*

Images and Impressions - Starting with an image or scene that has captivated us, we use a new process of questioning and tapping into the creative unconscious to explore it.

The Spark Inside Your Story - We probe deeper to discover and express one illuminating connection between ourselves and this place, or person, or scene, and write about it in such a way as to touch upon universal emotions and truths.

Shaping the Narrative - Using a process of pinpointing focus and fierce editing, we create pieces that both surprise and glow from within.

Reading Our Work - We prepare to perform our work, using techniques of Moroccan Master Storytellers, with whom Erin has taught.  The page now undergoes transformation to be ready for the stage.

  Erin Byrne is the author of Wings: Gifts of Art, Life, and Travel in France, winner of the Paris Book Festival Award and the Next Generation Indie Book Award; editor of Vignettes & Postcards from Paris and Vignettes & Postcards from Morocco; and writer of The Storykeeper  film.  

Erin’s travel essays, poetry, fiction and screenplays have won numerous awards including three Grand Prize Solas Awards for Travel Story of the Year, the Reader’s Favorite Award, Foreword Reviews Book of the Year Finalist, and an Accolade Award for 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. 

Erin reads and performs her work in many places around the world including exotic ruins in Morocco, underground caverns in Paris, and Bay Area venues that range from grungy to glittering. Her screenplay, Siesta, is in pre-production in Spain, and she is working on a novel set in the Paris Ritz during the occupation, Illuminations.  

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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)
$18.99
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.


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Christine Evelyn Volker - Venetian Blood (Sausalito)

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 - 6:00pm

To escape a failing marriage, Anna Lucia Lottol goes to Venice to visit an old friend—and becomes a suspect in a brutal murder echoing a gruesome homicide that happened decades ago. Fearful of foreign justice and hoping to prove her innocence, she gathers clues before the real murderer comes for her. At the climax of her journey, she discovers a secret that will change her life. 

Struggling to forget a crumbling marriage, forty-year-old Anna Lucia Lottol comes to Venice to visit an old friend—but instead of finding solace, she is dragged into the police station and accused of murdering a money-laundering count with whom she had a brief affair. A US Treasury officer with brains and athleticism, Anna fights to clear her name in a seductive city full of watery illusions. As she works to pry information from a cast of recalcitrant characters sometimes denying what she sees and hears, she succeeds in unleashing a powerful foe bent on destroying her. Will she save herself and vanquish her enemies, including her darkest fears? A mysterious tapestry of murder, betrayal, and family, Venetian Blood is a story of one woman’s brave quest for the truth —before it’s too late.

Christine Evelyn Volker became intrigued by foreign cultures at an early age, which propelled her to study Spanish, German, and Italian. After pursuing an MLS and an MBA, she was drawn to international banking and became a senior vice president at a global financial institution. Her career brought her to Italy, where she immersed herself in the language and made frequent visits to Venice. A native New Yorker, she resides with her husband in Richmond, California, where she heads a local library non-profit organization and writes about environmental sustainability. She is currently at work on her second international mystery, this one set in the rainforest of Peru.

Venetian Blood: Murder in a Sensuous City Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781631523106
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Published: She Writes Press - August 8th, 2017

Struggling to forget a crumbling marriage, forty-year-old Anna Lucia Lottol comes to Venice to visit an old friend--but instead of finding solace, she is dragged into the police station and accused of murdering a money-laundering count with whom she had a brief affair. A US Treasury officer with brains and athleticism, Anna fights to clear her name in a seductive city full of watery illusions.


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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, Epicurious.com, 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
$26.99
ISBN: 9781250082930
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Published: St. Martin's Press - September 26th, 2017

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