Sausalito Events

Patricia Polacco - Remembering Vera (Sausalito)

Friday, October 6, 2017 - 6:00pm

Special Children's Event!

Remembering Vera begins in 1962 when a stray dog was found under a pile of boxes in a Coast Guard warehouse in what used to be called Government Island, the Coast Guard Base in San Francisco Bay, when a seaman named Dave Bunch was mopping the floor. It was love at first sight. At first the men decided to hide the pup from the Commander, thinking she wouldn’t be allowed. But soon enough all of the men in the barracks fell hard for the little dog. Then one day when high waves challenged another vessel at sea, it was Vera’s fierce determination and natural swimming ability that brought the life preserver and safety line to the sinking boat. Vera became a hero and the beloved pet and mascot of the San Francisco Coast Guard.

Patricia Polacco belongs to a family of storytellers, poets, farmers, teachers, and artists. They came from many parts of the world, but mainly Russia. She grew up to be an illustrator, a designer, and creator of many beloved children’s books, including The Keeping Quilt, The Blessing Cup, Fiona’s Lace, The Trees of the Dancing Goats, Babushka’s Doll, and My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother. She lives in Union City, Michigan. Visit her at and follow her on Facebook.



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ISBN: 9781481442275
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Published: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books - October 3rd, 2017

From beloved author Patricia Polacco comes the heartwarming and true story of Vera, an amazing dog who was found as a stray by the US Coast Guard, moved into the San Francisco Bay base, and became a hero and friend.

100 Bay St.
Sausalito, CA 94965

Second Sunday Stories: Teri Sloat - Zip! Zoom! on a Broom (Sausalito)

Sunday, October 8, 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.


One goes zip, two go zoom.Three witches glide from room to room.

So begins the witchy counting story Zip! Zoom! on a Broom. Counting up from 1 to 10 and back down again, ten witches jump on a broom -- and then fall off one by one Written in pitch-perfect rhyme, and full of fun read-aloud energy that will have kids memorizing lines and clamoring to read the book again and again, this book hits the mash-up sweet spot between an important concept and Halloween fun.

Teri Sloat has written and/or illustrated over twenty trade books for young readers, including From One to One Hundred, I'm a Duck!, and the Farmer Brown series. Among her honors are a New York Times Best Picture Book, an ABA Pick of the List, a Junior Library Guild selection, and a Notable Science Trade Book. 


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By Teri Sloat, Rosalinde Bonnet (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780316256735
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - July 25th, 2017

One goes zip, two go zoom.Three witches glide from room to room.

100 Bay Street
Sausalito, CA 94925

Susan Gubernat & David Watts - An Evening in Conversation (Sausalito)

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - 7:00pm

Winner of the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry, Susan Gubernat’s The Zoo at Night reflects with subtle craft on the dark side of love, death, the family romance, carnality, and lofty aspirations. She thinks of her poems as “night thoughts” resembling nocturnes, in which “a bit of light leaks in.”

Both experimental and classic, Gubernat’s poems combine formal and free verse elements. A (mostly) unrhymed sonnet sequence seeks to recall the world of a pre-digital childhood when physical objects—tactile, mechanical—took on totemic import and magical significance. Other poems echo the Rilkean principle that poetry can be empathetic by looking outward at the “thingness” of the world. 

In these works of love and longing, Gubernat enters through the doors of craft and exits with feeling.

Susan Gubernat is a professor of English at California State University, East Bay. She is the author of Flesh, winner of the Marianne Moore Poetry Prize, and the chapbook Analog House. An opera librettist, her major work, Korczak’s Orphans, in collaboration with composer Adam Silverman, has been performed in a number of venues. She lives in Oakland, California.


Having and Keeping is the work of an accomplished poet collecting and revising for more than a decade. These poems, inspired by the landscape of the Southwest United States and by human interactions that astonish and entertain have initiated this spontaneous poetic response. The poems have been etched out in a distinct poetic voice that has, over the years, become very comfortable and is both probing and graceful. The voice has been influenced by poets such as Jack Gilbert, Jennifer K. Sweeney and Molly Bashaw. Several of the poems have won awards or have been published in respected literary journals.

The journey this book takes ushers the reader through the various and varied pages of a life: interactions between father and son over life choices, the hesitations of love, the teen-age betrayal that remains in the consciousness forever, the death of loved ones, divorce, and finally, a prescription for happiness in the midst of turmoil.

The unintended subtext of the book is a deliberate exploration into the mechanisms and quirkiness of memory in preserving for us the events of our lives. In this analysis, the distinction between having something and being able to keep it is elegantly revealed. Without slipping into academic tones, the book takes on a philosophical turn, laying in its observations not like mathematical deductions but as revelations earned by careful reflection.

The experience thus encountered by a careful reader is that which crosses many lines of thought but always reduces what is observed into a compressed, elegant language that is both lyrical and effortless.

David Watts’ most recent book of poems, Having and Keeping, was runner-up in the 2015 Brick Road Poetry Press contest and published as an Editor’s Choice in 2017. Previously, he’s published six books of poems, four anthologies, two collections of short stories and five novels. He is a classically trained musician, a physician and a retired television and radio host. He has an active practice of medicine at UCSF and teaches poetry at the Fromm Institute. He lives in Mill Valley with his family.

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ISBN: 9781496202055
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Published: University of Nebraska Press - September 2017

Winner of the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry, Susan Gubernat's The Zoo at Night reflects with subtle craft on the dark side of love, death, the family romance, carnality, and lofty aspirations. She thinks of her poems as "night thoughts" resembling nocturnes, in which "a bit of light leaks in."

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ISBN: 9780997955910
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Published: Brick Road Poetry Press, Inc. - May 12th, 2017

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.

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

100 Bay St.
Sausalito, CA 94965

Teri Glass, giovanni singleton, & Mary Reynolds Thompson - Meditation on the Theme of Water (Sausalito)

Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 4:00pm

Poets Terri Glass and giovanni singleton along with prose writer, Mary Reynolds Thompson will be reading various works on Meditation on the Theme of Water. Come and relax with a view of the bay and hear these talented writers share their insights and reflections on water as essential element and metaphor for movement in our lives.

Terri Glass is a writer of the natural world and former statewide director of California Poets in the Schools. She continues to teach youth in Cal Poets program in Marin.She is the author of three books of poetry, the most recent a chapbook of haiku, Birds, Bees, Trees, Love, Hee Hee. Her recent work has appeared in About Place, Young Raven’s Literary Review, Fourth River, California Quarterly and many anthologies including Earth Blessings. In her twenties, she worked for the Dept. of Fisheries and the US Fish & Wildlife Service doing research on salmon populations in the Pacific Northwest. 

giovanni singleton’s debut collection Ascension, informed by the music and life of Alice Coltrane, received the California Book Award Gold Medal. Her writing has also been exhibited in the Smithsonian Institute’s American Jazz Museum, San Francisco’s first Visual Poetry and Performance Festival, and on the building of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. She is founding editor of nocturnes (re)view of the literary arts, a journal dedicated to experimental work of the African Diaspora and other contested spaces. A collection of her visual work entitled AMERICAN LETTERS: works on paper is forthcoming in 2018. She holds the 2017-18 Holloway Lectureship in Poetry at University of California-Berkeley.

Mary Reynolds Thompson, founder of Live Your Wild Soul Story, is a pioneer in the emerging field of spiritual ecology. An award-winning writer and facilitator of poetry and journal therapy, she is dedicated to bridging the false divide between outer and inner nature, Earth and soul. She teaches, speaks and holds workshops around the world, and has developed an archetypal model of transformation based on Earth’s landscapes. She is instructor for TreeSisters, an ecofeminist non-profit, and is core faculty for the Therapeutic Writing Institute. Her books are Embrace Your Inner Wild: 52 Reflections for an Eco-Centric World (with photographer Don Moseman) and Reclaiming the Wild Soul: How Earth’s Landscapes Restore Us to Wholeness

100 Bay St.
Sausalito, CA 94965

Jenna Blasberg - Eden (Sausalito)

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 6:00pm

In Eden, ecca Meister Fitzpatrick—wife, mother, grandmother, and pillar of the community—is the dutiful steward of her family’s iconic summer tradition . . . until she discovers her recently deceased husband squandered their nest egg. As she struggles to accept that this is likely her last season in Long Harbor, Becca is inspired by her granddaughter’s boldness in the face of impending single-motherhood, and summons the courage to reveal a secret she was forced to bury long ago: the existence of a daughter she gave up fifty years ago. The question now is how her other daughter, Rachel—with whom Becca has always had a strained relationship—will react.

Jeanne McWilliams Blasberg began her career on Wall Street and later worked in strategic planning at Federated Department Stores in Cincinnati before making her way to Boston, where she worked as a Research Associate at Harvard Business School. Writing case studies and business articles, however, couldn’t satisfy her creative longings. Today, she is on the board of directors and is an avid student at Grub Street, one of the nation’s preeminent creative writing centers, where she is hard at work on her next book. Jeanne and her husband split their time between Boston and Westerly, RI and have three grown children. When she’s not writing, Jeanne can be found playing squash, skiing, or taking in the sunset over Little Narragansett Bay.

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ISBN: 9781631521881
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Published: She Writes Press - May 2nd, 2017

Becca Meister Fitzpatrick wife, mother, grandmother, and pillar of the community is the dutiful steward of her family's iconic summer tradition . . . until she discovers her recently deceased husband squandered their nest egg.

100 Bay St.
Sausalito, CA 94965