Book Groups

Virtual Class: Pat Holt - Contemporary Classics Book Group - Friday (via Zoom)

Friday, October 16, 2020 - 10:30am
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Five Fridays: Oct. 16, Nov. 13, Dec. 11, Jan. 15 & Feb. 12 • 10:30am – 12:30pm • $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.

October 16
Call Me Zebra by Azareen Vander Vliet Oloomi

November 13
Weather by Jenny Offill

December 11
The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

January 15
Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips

February 12
The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai

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

Virtual Class: Pat Holt - Contemporary Classics Book Group - Tuesday (via Zoom)

Tuesday, October 13, 2020 - 10:30am
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Five Tuesdays: Oct. 13, Nov. 10, Dec. 8, Jan. 12 & Feb. 9 • 10:30am – 12:30pm • $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.

October 13
Call Me Zebra by Azareen Vander Vliet Oloomi

November 10
Weather by Jenny Offill

December 8
The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

January 12
Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips

February 9
The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai

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

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; an entertaining mystery, “full of genius and originality,” in which an aging Jewish PI with an attitude investigates the death of a “celebrity rabbi”; and 12 wide-ranging, "astute and sensitive" stories that center on a missing loved one.

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

Feb. 24
The Dakota Winters by Tom Barbash

Mar. 30
An Old Man’s Game by Andy Weinberger

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

All titles are available at Book Passage. Please support your local, independent bookstore and purchase your books through us. 

Pamela Feinsilber is a Path to Publishing editor, book editor, and freelance writing consultant. 

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

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

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 - 10:30am
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All spaces for the Tuesday book group are currently filled. We have space available in the Friday session of this program. If Tuesdays work better for you and you want to be added to the Tuesday book group wait list, please email classes@bookpassage.com.  Thank you.

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: Steve Stein - Food and Culture Book Group

Monday, October 14, 2019 - 3:00pm
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Four Mondays: Oct. 14, Nov. 11, Dec. 9, 2019 & Jan. 13, 2020 • 3:00 – 5:00 pm • Tuition: $100

Three of our four fall  books take us to foreign lands in search of answers to the familiar question: how shall food and dining enhance life’s enjoyment? The third book - by Alice Waters - addresses the same matter, but more locally.

(Note that the book list has changed since the July/August newsletter was published.)

  • October:      The Food Explorer: The True Adventures of the Globe-Trotting Botanist
                        Who Transformed What America Eats
    - Daniel Stone 
  • November:  Climbing the Mango Trees: A Memoir of a Childhood in India - Jeffrey Madhur
  • December:  Coming to My Senses: The Making of a Counterculture Cook - Alice Waters
  • January:      Food Journeys of a Lifetime: 500 Extraordinary Places to Eat Around the
                        Globe
    (National Geographic Anthology)

The moderator, Steve Stein, The moderator, Steve Stein, worked in the food and lodging industry for many years. He now spends more time reading and writing than booking room reservations or planning events.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Pamela Feinsilber - Meet the Author Book Group

Monday, September 23, 2019 - 7:00pm
photo of Pamela Feinsilber

Four Mondays: Sep 23, Oct 21, Nov 18 & Dec 16, 2019 • 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm • Tuition: $100

We’ll have intimate conversations with the authors of... a life-affirming novel about an obese parent who wants to make his son's suicide "mean something" by losing 200 pounds; ten powerful, subtle stories—"imagine [Elena] Ferrante telling a family's story from prismatic perspectives"—spanning 30 years; a bold, "often bleak but poignant" tale of a woman who tries to escape terrible wartime events in a San Francisco bookstore; and an acclaimed, "keenly observed" debut novel in which a frazzled new mother flees to the high desert with her baby. Pamela Feinsilber is a Path to Publishing editor, book editor, and freelance writing consultant.

  • September: The Weight of Him - Ethel Rohan
  • October:      My Old Faithful: Stories - Yang Huang
  • November:  Through the Bookstore Window - Bill Petrocelli
  • December:  The Golden State - Lydia Kiesling

Pamela Feinsilber is a Path to Publishing mentor, book editor, and freelance writing consultant.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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