Kids and Teens Events

Bay Area Writing Project's - Young Writers Camp (Corte Madera)

Thursday, July 7, 2016 - 5:30pm

Come celebrate young writers July 7 at Book Passage. UC Berkeley's Bay Area Writing Project sponsors Young Writers Camps for budding authors ages 8-15 across the Bay Area each summer. In Marin, these young writers will spend three weeks exploring their talents and interests, with camp culminating in an Author's Chair Celebration for family, friends, and all who appreciate the creativity and passion that young writers have to offer.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

A.E. Conran - The Lost Celt

Tuesday, March 15, 2016 - 7:00pm

Co-Sponsored by Irish American Crossroads

The Lost Celt is the best kind of adventure story, full of taut suspense, riveting action, and, most importantly, humor and heart. Not to be missed!”—Katherine Applegate, Winner of the 2013 Newbery

Primed by their love of video war games pitching Romans against Celts, Mikey and Kyler are convinced that they’ve seen a real live Celtic warrior in the VA. Has the Celt been transported to the present as part of a secret defense project? In tracking him down, the boys solve the biggest mystery of their lives.

Drawing on the tales of Irish warrior hero Cuchulain, The Lost Celt was 60% funded by a group of Desert Storm Veterans. 20% of the net profits will go to veterans’ charities. When A. E. Conran was Mikey’s age she had a tin of tiny Roman and Celtic warriors, which she never finished painting, and a desire to time travel, which remains with her still. In addition to writing middle grade novels, A. E. Conran works as a freelance editor, as well as a children’s book consultant, book talker, and children’s book club facilitator for Book Passage.

Crossroads was founded to promote the discovery and understanding of the Irish experience in the Americas, and to ensure that the richness of the arts, culture, history, and traditions of this heritage are both held in high esteem and preserved for generations to come. Crossroads produces a variety of outstanding cultural and historical programs throughout the year, while also serving as a central hub of events information for the Irish and Irish-American communities of the Bay Area.



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ISBN: 9781937463540
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Published: Gosling Press - March 15th, 2016

Written in the voice of Mikey, a fourth-grader who believes that eating crunchy things will get your neurons to fire, "The Lost Celt" follows Mikey's adventures after a chance encounter with what he thinks is a time-traveling Celtic warrior.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Erin Gleeson - The Forest Feast for Kids (San Francisco)

Saturday, February 27, 2016 - 11:00am

The first children’s cookbook from New York Times bestselling author and popular food blogger Erin Gleeson, The Forest Feast for Kids, serves up kid-friendly vegetarian recipes that are quick, easy, and fun to make. This unique cookbook showcases the rustic simplicity of the fare through vibrant colorful photography of Gleeson’s beautiful home in the woods and of children cooking the dishes themselves.

In addition to its recipes—which span meals, party food, snacks, and beverages—this nonfiction book includes ideas for crafty table decoration, party ideas, an illustrated guide on kitchen safety, and a glossary of culinary terms. The recipes are complemented by a mix of stunning photographs and art, including Gleeson’s own fanciful watercolor illustrations and hand lettering.

Photographer, artist, and mother Erin Gleeson is the New York Times bestselling cookbook author of The Forest Feast. Erin lives in an idyllic cabin in the woods near San Francisco, California, where she paints beautiful watercolors, cooks, and writes her beloved food blog, The Forest Feast, and a weekly “Delish Dish” column for Better Homes and Gardens. She has garnered attention from Design*Sponge, Food52, Bon Appétit, and Saveur.

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ISBN: 9781419718861
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Published: Abrams Books for Young Readers - February 16th, 2016

The Forest Feast for Kids includes the most kid-friendly favorites from The Forest Feast, along with 20 new recipes, plus ideas for kids' parties and easy-to-follow instructions on techniques, measurements, and other helpful kitchen aides.

1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Dragon Mist Book Launch

Friday, December 11, 2015 - 6:00pm

Introducing . . . Dragon Mist . . . and meet the dynamic young authors from the Book Passage INK group who wrote it! Only kids could live it…only kids could write it.

All that Omara and Thrax have ever known is their little dreary island, covered in fog, controlled by a medicine man whom everybody fears and despises...until two outsiders wash up in a shipwreck on the beach and their life takes a whole new turn… Dragon Mist is the first book in a potential trilogy written by the members of INK, our dynamic book club for 10-13 year olds. You only have sit in on INK for a few minutes to realize that you’re surrounded by avid readers and natural storytellers who have an instinctive appreciation of character, world-building, and plot. So, creating a book was a natural progression. After a visit from Eric Elfman, screenwriter and co-author of middle grade novels Tesla’s Attic and Edison’s Alley, the INK members decided they wanted to write one of their own. After looking at a few web-tools, including some “Save the Cat” beat sheets, the group spent several sessions under the guidance of Amanda Conran, the book club facilitator, discussing setting, characters, backstory, and plot. Ideas were thrown out thick and fast and everyone agreed to the contents of each chapter before moving on. The whiteboard was filled, photographed, and then filled again. Between sessions INK members illustrated the characters, setting, and key moments in the book. Conran suggested brief descriptions of each chapter to ensure consistency, and the INK members then wrote the text. A couple more sessions were spent writing key moments and preparing the flap copy. And then? The book was ready for publication!

Please join us for our official book launch with readings by the authors on December 11, at 6pm. Net proceeds from the book will be given to “Giving Tree,” which gives books to disadvantaged children in our community.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Gianna Marino - Night Animals

Saturday, December 5, 2015 - 11:00am

Something's out there in the dark. First Possum hears it. Then Skunk. Then Wolf comes running. "What could it possibly be?" asks Bat. "Night Animals!" the animals declare. "But you 'are' night animals," Bat informs this not-so-smart crew. Children will love Night Animals,a twist on a cozy bedtime book.

Gianna Marino spent her early years galloping horses through Golden Gate Park and writing stories of her adventures. She has traveled throughout the world and now lives in Northern California, where she writes and illustrates full time.


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By Gianna Marino, Gianna Marino (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780451469540
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - July 14th, 2015

Something's out there in the dark

First Possum hears it. Then Skunk. Then Wolf comes running.

"What could it possibly be?" asks Bat.

"Night Animals " the animals declare.

"But you are night animals," Bat informs this not-so-smart crew.

Children will love the oh-so-funny animals in this twist on a cozy bedtime book.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Jennifer Donnelly - Dark Tide

Saturday, October 17, 2015 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm

Join Jennifer Donnelly for a presentation on the story-behind-the story of her award-winning, best-selling Waterfire Saga, plus a reading from the third book in the series – DARK TIDE.

Once a lost and confused princess, Serafina is now a confident leader of the Black Fin Resistance (BFR). While she works on sabotaging her enemy and enlisting allies for battle, her friends face challenges of their own. Ling is in the hold of Rafe Mfeme’s giant trawler, on her way to a prison camp. Becca meets up with Astrid and learns why the Ondalinian mermaid is always so angry: she is hiding a shameful secret. Ava can’t return home, because death riders await her arrival. And it is getting more and more difficult for Mahdi, Serafina’s betrothed, to keep up the ruse that he is in love with Lucia Volerno. If Lucia’s parents become suspicious, his life–and all of Sera’s hopes–will be extinguished. Political intrigue, dangerous liaisons, and spine-tingling suspense swirl like a maelstrom in this penultimate book in the WaterFire saga.



51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Tom DeLonge & Suzanne Young - Poet Anderson...Of Nightmares

Saturday, November 7, 2015 - 6:00pm

Tom DeLonge and Suzanne Young will be signing copies of Poet Anderson...Of NightmaresTo reserve a space in the signing line, you will need to purchase the book through online order or at Book Passage. If you cannot attend the event we will be happy to get you a signed copy. Simply order online or at either of our store locations. Autographed books makes a great holiday gift!

Poet Anderson...Of Nightmares follows the epic journey of two orphan brothers, Jonas and Alan, who are Lucid Dreamers. After a tragic car accident lands Alan in a coma, Jonas sets out into the Dream World in an attempt to find his brother and wake him up. What he discovers instead is an entire shared consciousness where fear comes to life as a snarling beast called a Night Terror, and a creature named REM is bent on destruction and misery, devouring the souls of the strongest dreamers to get closer to the Waking World. With the help of a Dream Walker--a guardian of the dreamscape, Jonas must face his fears, save his brother, and become who he was always meant to be: "Poet Anderson".

Tom DeLonge is an award-winning American musician, producer and director best known as the lead vocalist, guitarist and songwriter for the platinum selling rock bands Blink-182 and Angels & Airwaves.  His home is San Diego, where he focuses on creating entertainment properties that bridge music, narrative and film through his multimedia company To The Stars. 

Suzanne Young is the New York Times bestselling author of The Program series. Originally from Utica, New York, Suzanne moved to Arizona to pursue her dream of not freezing to death. She is a novelist and an English teacher, but not always in that order. Suzanne is the author of The Program, The Treatment, The Remedy, and Hotel Ruby.


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ISBN: 9781943272006
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Published: To the Stars - October 6th, 2015

Winner of the silver Benjamin Franklin award for Best Teen Fiction and part of the critically acclaimed transmedia project Poet Anderson: The Dream Walker, comes what is hailed as a "teen Blade Runner, this book has nonstop action with dramatic, heart-pounding escapes" by the School Library Journal.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Marin School of the Arts - Student Celebration

Friday, October 2, 2015 - 6:00pm

The next big event for Marin School of the Arts is taking place at Book Passage in Corte Madera on Friday, October 2, where we will share MSA student talents with the greater Marin community. There will be performances on three different "stages" within the Book Passage complex, including Theatre, Music, Dance, and Creative Writing, as well as a gallery exhibit of MSA Fine Arts. Along with the wonderful literature and great cafe there, this is a perfect evening to bring your family and friends and enjoy!


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Susan Katz - All Year Round (Corte Madera)

Saturday, January 16, 2016 - 1:00pm

Follow two friends as they explore the changing seasons through the beauty of each month's iconic shapes and celebrations--from January to December--all year round. In All Year Round, poetic text by Susan B. Katz (ABC Baby Me!, My Mama Earth, ABC School's for Me) is paired with debut illustrator Eiko Ojala's intricate cut-paper artwork to bring the months and their shapes to life! Bold colors, adorable characters, and lyrical text fuse together perfectly in this truly creative look at the world around us.

Susan B. Katz is an author and illustrator of children's books as well as a National Board Certified teacher. She lives in California, but you can visit her at


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ISBN: 9780545741002
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Published: Orchard Books - January 5th, 2016

"A world of shapes, twelve months abound,
from four-cornered square, to circle, round."
"Circle round, ready to roll. Add two sticks, a carrot and coal." (January)
"A sporty diamond, player at bat. Bases loaded, tilt your hat." (June)
"Triangle treats-pumpkin, peach. Want some pie? Excuse my reach " (November)

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Tim Floreen - Willful Machines

Wednesday, October 28, 2015 - 6:00pm

Young Adult Science Fiction Event! 

In Willful Machines, scientists create what may be a new form of life: an artificial human named Charlotte. All goes well until Charlotte escapes, transfers her consciousness to the Internet, and begins terrorizing the American public. Charlotte's attacks have everyone on high alert, everyone except Lee Fisher, the closeted son of the US president. Lee has other things to worry about, like keeping his Secret Service detail from finding out about his crush on Nico, the eccentric, Shakespeare-obsessed new boy at school. And keeping Nico from finding out about his recent suicide attempt. And keeping himself from freaking out about all his secrets. But when attacks start happening at his school, Lee realizes he's Charlotte's next target. Even worse, Nico may be part of Charlotte's plan too. As Lee races to save himself, uncover Charlotte's plan, and figure out if he can trust Nico, he comes to a whole new understanding of what it means to be alive and what makes life worth living.

Tim Floreen majored in English at Yale and earned a Master's degree in creative writing at Boston University. He now lives in San Francisco with his partner and their two cats.

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ISBN: 9781481432771
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Published: Simon Pulse - October 20th, 2015

In this action-packed, high-octane debut, the closeted son of an ultra-conservative president must keep a budding romance secret from his father while protecting himself from a sentient computer program that's terrorizing the United States--and has zeroed in on him as its next target.

1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111


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