Book Groups

Class: Cyretta Chaput - Spanish Book Group

Tuesday, January 14, 2020 - 3:00pm

Four Tuesdays: Jan. 14, Feb. 11, Mar. 10, Apr. 14 • 3:00-5:00 pm • $100 • (in Spanish)

This Spanish language book group features books by Allende, Paz, Rulfo, Marquez, Esquivel, and Duenas that cover a variety of writing styles and genres. Lively discussions in Spanish will help strengthen our communication skills as we delve into the historical settings and sociological significance that these noted authors contributed to Latin American literature. We will begin on January 14 with Isabel Allende’s latest masterpiece, Largo Pétalo de Mar, available at Book Passage, and followed by the group’s next selection. We recommend this workshop for advanced Spanish-language students as well as people who admire the beautiful language, imagery, and literary depth of Latin American authors.

Cyretta Chaput is a native of San Francisco who grew up in Mexico City. She earned her B.A. in Spanish Literature at Universidad de las Americas.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Pamela Feinsilber - Meet the Author Book Group

Monday, January 20, 2020 - 7:00pm
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Four Mondays: Jan. 20, Feb. 24, Mar. 30, Apr. 27 • 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm • Tuition: $100

We’ll have intimate conversations with the authors of...a "spellbinding" novel in which a mysterious package sends a Muslim-Jewish American student to Cairo, where he uncovers his own tangled family history; a "very satisfying," "illuminating" look at a father and son whose lives in the Dakota building cross John Lennon's in 1979; 12 wide-ranging, "astute and sensitive" stories that center on a missing loved one; and one more. Pamela Feinsilber is a Path to Publishing mentor, book editor, and freelance writing consultant.

Jan. 20
The Last Watchman of Old Cairo by Michael David Lukas

Feb. 24
The Dakota Winters by Tom Barbash

Mar. 30
Evening in Paradise: More Stories by Lucia Berlin Stephen Emerson

Apr. 27
World Gone Missing: Stories by Laurie Ann Doyle

All titles are available at Book Passage. Please support your local, independent bookstore and buy from us. 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Pat Holt - Contemporary Classics Book Group - Tuesday (Corte Madera Store)

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 - 10:30am
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Five Tuesdays: Feb. 11, Mar. 10, Apr 14, May 12, & June 9 • 10:30 am – 12:30 pm • $125 

Pat Holt leads a discussion of books that have captured the contemporary imagination. Pat is the former book review editor of the SF Chronicle and publisher of Holt Uncensored.

Febuary 11
Improvement - Joan Silber

March 10
Conversations with Friends - Sally Rooney

April 14
My Sister the Serial Killer - Oyinkan Braithwaite

May 12
In the Distance - Hernan Diaz

June 9
Flights - Olga Tokarczuk

All titles are available at Book Passage. Please support your local, independent bookstore and buy from us.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Pat Holt - Contemporary Classics Book Group - Friday (Corte Madera Store)

Friday, February 14, 2020 - 10:30am
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Five Fridays: Feb 14, Mar 13, Apr 17, May 15, Jun 12 • 10:30 am – 12:30 pm • $125 

Pat Holt leads a discussion of books that have captured the contemporary imagination.

Febuary 11
Improvement - Joan Silber

March 10
Conversations with Friends - Sally Rooney

April 14
My Sister the Serial Killer - Oyinkan Braithwaite

May 12
In the Distance - Hernan Diaz

June 9
Flights - Olga Tokarczuk

Pat Holt is the former book review editor of the SF Chronicle and publisher of Holt Uncensored.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Carol Benet - Potpourri of Literary Prizes Book Group (Corte Madera Store)

Monday, February 17, 2020 - 1:00pm
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Five Mondays: February 17, March 23, April 20, May 18, June 22 • 1:00-3:00 pm • $130

The book group, led by Carol Benet, will read and discuss these books:

Febuary 17
This Blinding Absence of Light - Tahar Ben Jelloun
(International Impac Dublin Literary Award)

March 23
The Ruined House - Ruby Namdar
(Sapir Prize)

April 20 
Beloved - Toni Morrison
(Nobel Prize)

May 18 
The Appointment - Herta Muller
(Nobel Prize)

June 22
Improvement - Joan Silber
(PEN/Faulkner, National Book Critics Circle Award)

Carol Benet received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of California, Berkeley where she won an Outstanding Teaching Award. Carol Benet has been teaching her popular classes on literary awards at Book Passage for more than 25 years.  

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925