Classes

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

Friday, September 13, 2019 - 10:30am to 12:30pm
photo of Pat Holt

Five Fridays: Sep 13, Oct 11, Nov 15, Dec 13, Jan 17 • 10:30 am – 12:30 pm • $125 

Pat Holt leads a discussion of books that have captured the contemporary imagination. (Due to the large number of people registering, Pat has added a new Friday class. Book group members register for Tuesday or Friday.)  

September 13
Milkman - Anna Burns

October 11
Fever Dream - Samanta Schweblin

November 15
There There - Tommy Orange

December 13
Kudos - Rachel Cusk

January 17
Idaho - Emily Ruskovich

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

Milkman: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781644450000
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Graywolf Press - December 4th, 2018

Winner of the Man Booker Prize

“Everything about this novel rings true. . . . Original, funny, disarmingly oblique and unique.”—The Guardian


Fever Dream: A Novel Cover Image
By Samanta Schweblin, Megan McDowell (Translated by)
$16.00
ISBN: 9780399184604
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Riverhead Books - March 6th, 2018

"Genius." —Jia Tolentino, The New Yorker

"Samanta Schweblin’s electric story reads like a Fever Dream." —Vanity Fair

Shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize!

Experience the blazing, surreal sensation of a fever dream...


There There Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780525436140
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Vintage - May 7th, 2019

National Bestseller

One of The New York Times 10 Best Books of the Year

One of the Best Books of the Year: The Washington Post, NPR, Time, O, The Oprah Magazine, The Dallas Morning News, GQ, Entertainment Weekly, BuzzFeed, San Francisco Chronicle, The Boston Globe
 
Winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award


Kudos: A Novel (Outline Trilogy #3) Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781250207395
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Picador - April 2nd, 2019

New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books of 2018 Amazon Editors' Top 100 of 2018

Rachel Cusk, the award-winning and critically acclaimed author of Outline and Transit, completes the transcendent literary trilogy with Kudos, a novel of unsettling power.


Idaho: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780812984460
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - November 7th, 2017

A stunning debut novel about love and forgiveness, about the violence of memory and the equal violence of its loss—from O. Henry Prize–winning author Emily Ruskovich

Finalist for the New York Public Library's Young Lions Fiction Award


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Class: Victoria Einhorn - Advanced Intermediate Spanish (Corte Madera Store)

Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
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8 Thursdays: June 20 – August 29 (no class 7/4, 8/1, 8/22) • 10:00am - 12:00pm • $265

In this course, participants will learn more conversational Spanish, improve upon and add to their vocabulary, work on their accents and learn the remaining "core" grammar.  By the end of this course participants will feel confident communicating in Spanish.

Victoria Einhorn has a bachelor's degree in Spanish language from William Smith College and a master's degree in education from NYU. She has taught Spanish for 25 years.

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Class: Steven Stein - Food and Culture Book Group (Corte Madera Store)

Monday, June 17, 2019 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
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4 Mondays: June 17, July 15, Aug. 19, Sept. 16 • 3:00 – 5:00 pm • $100

“To eat well is to live well’ is a familiar saying that comes fairly close to the mark. The group continues its exploration of writers who’ve had lots to say about dining in and dining out - past and present. Newcomers welcome!

June 17
The Gourmand’s Way - Justin Spring

July 15 
An Edible History of Humanity - Tom Standage

August 19 
The Tummy Trilogy - Calvin Trillin

September 16 
Heat - Bill Buford

Steve Stein spent over 30 years in the food and lodging industry, and currently spends a little too much time dining around.

The Gourmands' Way: Six Americans in Paris and the Birth of a New Gastronomy Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780374538019
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - October 16th, 2018

A Publishers Weekly Best Nonfiction Book of 2017 and a Christian Science Monitor Best Book of 2017. Winner of the Gourmand World Cookbook Award in Culinary History.


An Edible History of Humanity Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780802719911
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Published: Bloomsbury USA - May 3rd, 2010

The bestselling author of A History of the World in 6 Glasses charts the enlightening history of humanity through the foods we eat.


The Tummy Trilogy: American Fried; Alice, Let's Eat; Third Helpings Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780374524173
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - September 30th, 1994

In the 1970s, Calvin Trillin informed America that its most glorious food was not to be found at the pretentious restaurants he referred to generically as La Maison de la Casa House, Continental Cuisine.


Heat: An Amateur's Adventures as Kitchen Slave, Line Cook, Pasta-Maker, and Apprentice to a Dante-Quoting Butcher in Tuscany Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781400034475
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Published: Vintage - June 26th, 2007

A highly acclaimed writer and editor, Bill Buford left his job at The New Yorker for a most unlikely destination: the kitchen at Babbo, the revolutionary Italian restaurant created and ruled by superstar chef Mario Batali.


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

Tuesday, September 10, 2019 - 10:30am to 12:30pm
photo of Pat Holt

Five Tuesdays: Sep 10, Oct 8, Nov 12, Dec 10, Jan 14 • 10:30 am – 12:30 pm • $125 

Pat Holt leads a discussion of books that have captured the contemporary imagination. (Due to the large number of people registering, Pat has added a new Friday class. Book group members register for Tuesday or Friday.)  

September 10 
Milkman - Anna Burns

October 8
Fever Dream - Samanta Schweblin

November 12
There There - Tommy Orange

December 10
Kudos - Rachel Cusk

January 14
Idaho - Emily Ruskovich

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

Milkman: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781644450000
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Graywolf Press - December 4th, 2018

Winner of the Man Booker Prize

“Everything about this novel rings true. . . . Original, funny, disarmingly oblique and unique.”—The Guardian


Fever Dream: A Novel Cover Image
By Samanta Schweblin, Megan McDowell (Translated by)
$16.00
ISBN: 9780399184604
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Riverhead Books - March 6th, 2018

"Genius." —Jia Tolentino, The New Yorker

"Samanta Schweblin’s electric story reads like a Fever Dream." —Vanity Fair

Shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize!

Experience the blazing, surreal sensation of a fever dream...


There There Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780525436140
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Vintage - May 7th, 2019

National Bestseller

One of The New York Times 10 Best Books of the Year

One of the Best Books of the Year: The Washington Post, NPR, Time, O, The Oprah Magazine, The Dallas Morning News, GQ, Entertainment Weekly, BuzzFeed, San Francisco Chronicle, The Boston Globe
 
Winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award


Kudos: A Novel (Outline Trilogy #3) Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781250207395
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Picador - April 2nd, 2019

New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books of 2018 Amazon Editors' Top 100 of 2018

Rachel Cusk, the award-winning and critically acclaimed author of Outline and Transit, completes the transcendent literary trilogy with Kudos, a novel of unsettling power.


Idaho: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780812984460
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - November 7th, 2017

A stunning debut novel about love and forgiveness, about the violence of memory and the equal violence of its loss—from O. Henry Prize–winning author Emily Ruskovich

Finalist for the New York Public Library's Young Lions Fiction Award


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

Monday, September 16, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
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Five Mondays: Sep 16, Oct 21, Nov 18, Dec 16, & Jan 20 • 1:00 - 3:00 pm • $130

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

September 16
The Moor's Account - Laila Lalami  (AmericanBook Award & Arab American Book Award)

October 21
Milkman: A Novel - Anna Burns  (Booker Prize)

November 18
The Friend - Sigrid Nunez  (National Book Award)

December 16
Flights - Olga Tokarczuk  (National Book Award)
(The book shown below is the hardcover version. A paperback verson is due out in August 2019.)

January 20
Solar Bones - Mike McCormack  (IMPAC 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.  

The Moor's Account Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780804170628
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Published: Vintage - August 18th, 2015

**PULITZER PRIZE FINALIST**
**NOMINATED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE**
**WINNER OF THE AMERICAN BOOK AWARD**

A New York Times Notable Book
A Wall Street Journal Top 10 Book of the Year
An NPR Great Read of 2014
A Kirkus Best Fiction Book of the Year


Milkman: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781644450000
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Graywolf Press - December 4th, 2018

Winner of the Man Booker Prize

“Everything about this novel rings true. . . . Original, funny, disarmingly oblique and unique.”—The Guardian


The Friend: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780735219458
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Riverhead Books - February 5th, 2019

WINNER OF THE 2018 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR FICTION
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

"A beautiful book … a world of insight into death, grief, art, and love." —Wall Street Journal

"A penetrating, moving meditation on loss, comfort, memory...Nunez has a wry, withering wit." —NPR


Flights Cover Image
By Olga Tokarczuk, Jennifer Croft (Translated by)
$26.00
ISBN: 9780525534198
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Riverhead Books - August 14th, 2018

2018 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST FOR TRANSLATED LITERATURE
WINNER OF THE MAN BOOKER INTERNATIONAL PRIZE
NAMED A BEST BOOK OF 2018 BY ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY, THE WASHINGTON POST, BOSTON GLOBE, LITHUB AND PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2018 WARWICK PRIZE FOR WOMEN IN TRANSLATION


Solar Bones Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9781616959531
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Soho Press - August 7th, 2018

Longlisted for the 2017 Man Booker Prize
Winner of the Goldsmiths Prize
Winner of the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards Novel of the Year 
An Irish Times Book Club Choice


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Class: The Craft of Writing Memoir (4-Class Series) (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, August 17, 2019 - 10:00am
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Four Classes • Saturday, Aug 17, 10am - 1pm & 3 - 6pm • Sunday, Aug 18, 10am - 1pm & 3 - 6pm • $350

Use this button to register for all four classes at a reduced cost, or use the links below to register for classes individually.

We all have life stories to tell. But how do we write about personal experience in a way that will engage a reader? This series of four, half-day workshops focuses on the craft of writing memoir. Each workshop will provide concrete tools and strategies for transforming memory into compelling narrative. Class format includes readings, discussion and writing exercises. Experienced and aspiring writers welcome. The 4-class series includes:

Who’s Talking? The Narrator in Memoir                                            Sat Aug 17   10am - 1pm
The Way They Were • Writing Believable Characters in Memoir     Sat Aug 17     3pm - 6pm
You Had To Be There • Writing Scene in Memoir                              Sun Aug 18  10am - 1pm
The Shape of Time in Memoir                                                             Sun Aug 18    3pm - 6pm

Connie Josefs is a writer, teacher, and writing coach who has worked extensively with writers - particularly older writers - to write and publish their memoirs. She has taught writing at the University of New Mexico, the Taos Writers Conference, and Santa Monica College. She has also been a writer and story analyst for film and television.

 

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Class: Connie Josefs - The Shape of Time in Memoir (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, August 18, 2019 - 3:00pm to 6:00pm
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Sunday, August 18, 2019 • 3:00 – 6:00 pm • $95

Use this link to register for The Shape of Time in Memoir, or use the link at the bottom of the page to register for the 4-class series.

“You don’t look back along time but down through it, like water. Sometimes this comes to the surface, sometimes that... Nothing goes away.” —Margaret Atwood  Time can be one of the the most challenging aspects of memoir. We view events from two vantage points: then and now. How do writers accommodate this shifting narrative stance? How do we effectively utilize hindsight to gain access to narratives of the past? This workshop will explore how memoirists organize time, voice and point of view to structure scenes and create coherence.

Connie Josefs is a writer, teacher, and writing coach who has worked extensively with writers - particularly older writers - to write and publish their memoirs. She has taught writing at the University of New Mexico, the Taos Writers Conference, and Santa Monica College. She has also been a writer and story analyst for film and television.

Use the link below to register for the 4-class series,The Craft of Writing Memoir, at a reduced price of $350. Includes:

Who’s Talking? The Narrator in Memoir                                            Sat Aug 17   10am - 1pm
The Way They Were • Writing Believable Characters in Memoir     Sat Aug 17     3pm - 6pm
You Had To Be There • Writing Scene in Memoir                              Sun Aug 18  10am - 1pm
The Shape of Time in Memoir                                                             Sun Aug 18    3pm - 6pm

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Class: Connie Josefs - You Had To Be There - Writing Scene in Memoir (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, August 18, 2019 - 10:00am to 1:00pm
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Sunday, August 18, 2019 • 10:00am – 1:00pm • $95 

Use this link to register for You Had To Be There - Writing Scene in Memoir, or use the link at the bottom of the page to register for the 4-class series.

“I find that scene making is my natural way of marking the past.” —Virginia Woolf  Scene is the building block of narrative; it brings the reader into the immediate experience of a story. But how do we determine when to move from scene to exposition? This workshop will examine the varied effects of scene and exposition in memoir and explore how they are used effectively to bring personal experience to the page.

Connie Josefs is a writer, teacher, and writing coach who has worked extensively with writers - particularly older writers - to write and publish their memoirs. She has taught writing at the University of New Mexico, the Taos Writers Conference, and Santa Monica College. She has also been a writer and story analyst for film and television.

Use the link below to register for the 4-class series,The Craft of Writing Memoir, at a reduced price of $350. Includes:

Who’s Talking? The Narrator in Memoir                                            Sat Aug 17   10am - 1pm
The Way They Were • Writing Believable Characters in Memoir     Sat Aug 17     3pm - 6pm
You Had To Be There • Writing Scene in Memoir                              Sun Aug 18  10am - 1pm
The Shape of Time in Memoir                                                             Sun Aug 18    3pm - 6pm

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Class: Connie Josefs - The Way They Were - Writing Believable Characters in Memoir (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, August 17, 2019 - 3:00pm to 6:00pm
photo of Connie Josefs

Saturday, August 17, 2019 • 3:00 – 6:00 pm • $95 

Use this link to register for The Way They Were: Writing Believable Characters, or use the link at the bottom of the page to register for the 4-class series.

“I write to discover what I know.” ― Flannery O'Connor How do we get the people we know onto the page? When writing memoir, it’s all too easy to take our characters for granted because we know them. Complexity develops in characters as we discover them, moment by moment. This workshop will provide tools to help memoir writers reach beyond the familiar and craft characters in vivid and memorable detail.

Connie Josefs is a writer, teacher, and writing coach who has worked extensively with writers - particularly older writers - to write and publish their memoirs. She has taught writing at the University of New Mexico, the Taos Writers Conference, and Santa Monica College. She has also been a writer and story analyst for film and television.

Use the link below to register for the 4-class series,The Craft of Writing Memoir, at a reduced price of $350. Includes:

Who’s Talking? The Narrator in Memoir                                            Sat Aug 17   10am - 1pm
The Way They Were • Writing Believable Characters in Memoir     Sat Aug 17     3pm - 6pm
You Had To Be There • Writing Scene in Memoir                              Sun Aug 18  10am - 1pm
The Shape of Time in Memoir                                                             Sun Aug 18    3pm - 6pm

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Connie Josefs - Who’s Talking? The Narrator in Memoir (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, August 17, 2019 - 10:00am to 1:00pm
photo of Connie Josefs

Saturday, August 17, 2019 • 10:00am – 1:00pm • $95 

Use this link to register for Who’s Talking? The Narrator in Memoir, or use the link at the bottom of the page to register for the 4-class series.

 


“Get the narrator and you’ve got the piece.” —Vivian Gornick The narrator’s voice is central to the success of any memoir. It releases the story from the raw material of our lives and illuminates shape, forward movement, tone and theme. How do we find the right voice to tell our story? In this workshop, we will explore the concept of narrator as persona, a construct that emphasizes certain parts of ourselves and omits others. We will also explore the assets and liabilities of writing in first person. 

Connie Josefs is a writer, teacher, and writing coach who has worked extensively with writers - particularly older writers - to write and publish their memoirs. She has taught writing at the University of New Mexico, the Taos Writers Conference, and Santa Monica College. She has also been a writer and story analyst for film and television.

Use the link below to register for the 4-class series,The Craft of Writing Memoir, at a reduced price of $350. Includes:

  • Who’s Talking? The Narrator in Memoir                                            Sat Aug 17   10am - 1pm
  • The Way They Were • Writing Believable Characters in Memoir     Sat Aug 17     3pm - 6pm
  • You Had To Be There • Writing Scene in Memoir                              Sun Aug 18  10am - 1pm
  • The Shape of Time in Memoir                                                             Sun Aug 18    3pm - 6pm

 

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