Literary Luncheons

Literary Lunch: Lisa See - China Dolls

Wednesday, June 11, 2014 - 12:00pm

Ticket: $55 (includes lunch & signed book)

From the New York Times bestselling author of Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Peony in Love, and Shanghai Girls, Lisa See, comes her highly anticipated new novel, China Dolls ($27.00). It’s 1938 in San Francisco: a world’s fair is preparing to open on Treasure Island, a war is brewing overseas, and the city is alive with possibilities. Grace, Helen, and Ruby, three young women from very different backgrounds, meet by chance at the exclusive and glamorous Forbidden City nightclub and become fast friends. But after the Japanese attack Pearl Harbor, paranoia and suspicion threaten to destroy their lives, and a shocking act of betrayal changes everything.

Book Passage hosts literary luncheons with celebrated authors at our Marin store. These events are catered by the outstanding Insalata’s Restaurant of San Anselmo. The price includes lunch and an autographed book.

 

China Dolls: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780812992892
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Random House - June 3rd, 2014

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE WASHINGTON POST


Literary Lunch: Julia Glass - And the Dark Sacred Night

Thursday, May 8, 2014 - 12:00pm

In conversation with Jacqueline Winspear 

Ticket: $55 (includes lunch & signed And the Dark Sacred Night)

Please note: online registration is now closed. Walk-up registration may be available. Call (415) 927-0960 ext. 1 for more information. 

The award-winning author, Julia Glass, on her best subject—family secrets—in And the Dark Sacred Night ($26.95), the story of a middle-aged man who searches for his father, upending relationships beyond his own and changing forever the way he fits into the world he thought he knew so well.

Julia Glass is the author of Three Junes, winner of the 2002 National Book Award for Fiction; The Whole World Over; I See You Everywhere, winner of the 2009 Binghamton University John Gardner Book Award; and The Widower's Tale. Her essays have been widely anthologized. A recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Glass also teaches fiction writing, most frequently at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. She lives with her family in Marblehead, Massachusetts. 

Jacqueline Winspear is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Leaving Everything Most Loved, Elegy for Eddie, A Lesson in Secrets, The Mapping of Love and Death, Among the Mad, and An Incomplete Revenge, as well as four other national bestselling Maisie Dobbs novels. She has won numerous awards for her work, including the Agatha, Alex, and Macavity awards for the first book in the series, Maisie Dobbs, which was also nominated for the Edgar Award for Best Novel and was a New York Times Notable Book. Originally from the United Kingdom, she now lives in California. 

Book Passage hosts literary luncheons with celebrated authors at our Marin store. These events are catered by the outstanding Insalata’s Restaurant of San Anselmo. The price includes lunch and an autographed book.

 

And the Dark Sacred Night: A Novel Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780307377937
Availability: Special Order
Published: Pantheon - April 1st, 2014

In this richly detailed novel about the quest for an unknown father, Julia Glass brings new characters together with familiar figures from her first two novels, immersing readers in a panorama that stretches from suburban New Jersey to rural Vermont and ultimately to the tip of Cape Cod.
 


CANCELLED: Literary Lunch: Ying Compestine - Cooking with an Asian Accent

Sunday, August 24, 2014 - 12:00pm

Please note: this event has been cancelled.

In Cooking with an Asian Accent: Eastern Wisdom in a Western Kitchen ($29.99), award-winning author Ying Compestine  reveals how to make delicious home-cooked meals that nourish the senses and the soul using accessible ingredients, simple preparations, and thrilling flavors. Melding Eastern philosophy with Western-style efficiency, Ying's recipes offer a balanced approach to cooking everything from quick and healthy soups, salads, and stir-fries to sauces, condiments, and desserts. Accompanied by beautiful full-color photography and inspirational personal stories, this accessible, engaging book is ideal for anyone who aspires to home cooking that is simple, delicious, and revitalizing.

Book Passage hosts literary luncheons with celebrated authors at our Marin store. These events are catered by the outstanding Insalata’s Restaurant of San Anselmo. The price includes lunch and an autographed book.

Cooking with an Asian Accent Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9781118130759
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - January 14th, 2014

In Cooking with an Asian Accent, award-winning author Ying Compestine, a nationally renowned authority on Asian culture and cuisine, reveals how to make delicious home-cooked meals that nourish the senses and the soul using accessible ingredients, simple preparations, and thrilling flavors.

Cooking with an Asian Accent is not another traditional Asian or "quick-meals" cookb


Literary Lunch: Francesca Marciano - The Other Language

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 12:00pm

Ticket: $55 (includes lunch & signed copy of The Other Language)

"What makes these tales stand out as captivating exemplars of storytelling craft is Ms. Marciano’s sympathetic, but wryly unsentimental knowledge of these people’s inner lives; her ability — not unlike Alice Munro’s — to capture the entire arc of a character’s life in handful of pages; and her precise yet fluent prose (the result, perhaps, of writing in a second language), that immerses us, ineluctably, in the predicaments of her men and women."

—Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times 

The Other Language ($24.95), is the most evocative and immediate work yet from Francesca Marciano, a writer adored by readers for her global sensibility, humor, and narrative flair. Taking us to Venice during film festival season, a sun-drenched Greek village at the height of summer holidays, and a classical dance community in southern India, these stories sparkle with insight, pitch-perfect dialogue, and surprising twists. In all of these remarkable stories, characters take risks, confront fears, and step outside their boundaries into new passions and destinies. Enlivened by Marciano's vivid and clear eye on love and betrayal, politics and travel, and the awakenings of childhood, her newest work is a tour de force that illuminates both the joys and ironies of self-reinvention.

Book Passage hosts literary luncheons with celebrated authors at our Marin store. These events are catered by the outstanding Insalata’s Restaurant of San Anselmo. The price includes lunch and an autographed book.

 

The Other Language Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9780307908360
Availability: Special Order
Published: Pantheon Books - April 8th, 2014

Hailed by "The New York Times" as a natural-born storyteller, the acclaimed author of "Rules of the Wild" gives us nine incandescently smart stories, funny, elegant, and poignant by turns, that explore the power of change in relationships, in geographies, and across cultures to reveal unexpected aspects of ourselves.


Literary Lunch: Ruth Reichl - Delicious!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 - 12:00pm

Ticket: $55 (includes lunch & signed book)

Please noteonline registration is sold out. For availability, please call (415) 927-0960 ext. 1.  

In her work as a New York Times food critic, editor of Gourmet, and as a memoirist, Ruth Reichl has long illuminated the theme of how food defines us. This vision has never been more clear than in Delicious, her dazzling fiction debut about sisters, family ties, and a young woman who must finally let go of guilt and grief to embrace her own true gifts.

Book Passage hosts literary luncheons with celebrated authors at our Marin store. These events are catered by the outstanding Insalata’s Restaurant of San Anselmo. The price includes lunch and an autographed book.

 

Delicious!: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781400069620
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Random House - May 6th, 2014

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER


Literary Lunch: Dave Barry - You Can Date Boys When You're Forty

Friday, March 14, 2014 - 12:00pm

Ticket: $55 (includes lunch & signed book)

 

Please call (415) 927-0960 x1 to register 

 

Let’s face it: families not only enrich our lives every day, they drive us completely around the bend. In You Can Date Boys When You’re Forty: Dave Barry on Parenting and Other Topics He Knows Very Little About, Dave Barry tackles everything from bat mitzvah parties to funeral instructions with his trademark wit and wisdom.

Book Passage hosts literary luncheons with celebrated authors at our Marin store. These events are catered by the outstanding Insalata’s Restaurant of San Anselmo. The price includes lunch and an autographed book.

You Can Date Boys When You're Forty: Dave Barry on Parenting and Other Topics He Knows Very Little about Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780399165948
Availability: Special Order
Published: G. P. Putnam's Sons - March 4th, 2014

A brilliantly funny exploration of the twin mysteries of parenthood and families from the Pulitzer Prize winner and "New York Times" bestselling author of "Insane City."
In his "New York Times" bestselling "I ll Mature When I m Dead," Dave Barry embarked on the treacherous seas of adulthood, to hilarious results. What comes next? Parenthood, of course, and families.


Literary Luncheon: Ann Patchett - This is the Story of a Happy Marriage

Tuesday, November 19, 2013 - 12:30pm

Please note: this event is sold out. Thank you! For any questions, please call (415) 927-0960 ext. 1.

Introduction by Isabel Allende

Blending literature and memoir, Ann Patchett, author of State of Wonder and Bel Canto examines her deepest commitments: to writing, family, friends, dogs, books, and her husband in This is the Story of a Happy Marriage. Together these essays, previously published in The Atlantic, Harper's, Vogue, and the Washington Post, form a resonant portrait of a life lived with loyalty and with love.

This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage
takes us into the very real world of Ann Patchett's life. Stretching from her childhood to the present day, from a disastrous early marriage to a later happy one, it covers a multitude of topics, including relationships with family and friends, and charts the hard work and joy of writing, and the unexpected thrill of opening a bookstore.

As she shares stories of the people, places, ideals, and art to which she has remained indelibly committed, Ann Patchett brings into focus the large experiences and small moments that have shaped her as a daughter, wife, and writer.

Ann Patchett is the author of six novels and two books of nonfiction. She is the winner of the PEN/ Faulkner Award, England's Orange Prize, and the Book Sense Book of the Year. Her work has been translated into more than thirty languages. She is the co-owner of Parnassus Books in Nashville, Tennessee.

Book Passage hosts literary luncheons with celebrated authors at our Marin store. These events are catered by the outstanding Insalata’s Restaurant of San Anselmo.

 

This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062236678
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Harper - November 5th, 2013

Blending literature and memoir, Ann Patchett, author of State of  Wonder, Run, and Bel Canto, examines her deepest commitments—to writing, family, friends, dogs, books, and her husband—creating a resonant portrait of a life in This is the Story of a Happy Marriage.


Literary Luncheon: Alice Hoffman - Survival Lessons

Friday, November 1, 2013 - 12:00pm

The ticket price of $55 includes lunch and a signed book
Call (415) 927-0960 ext. 1 or click the button below to register.

 

 

Survival Lessons provides a road map of how to reclaim your life from this day forward, with ways to reenvision everything-from relationships with friends and family to the way you see yourself. As Alice Hoffman says, "In many ways I wrote Survival Lessons to remind myself of the beauty of life, something that's all too easy to overlook during the crisis of illness or loss. I forgot that our lives are made up of equal parts of sorrow and joy, and that it is impossible to have one without the other. I wrote to remind myself that despite everything that was happening to me, there were still choices I could make."

Wise, gentle, and wry, Alice Hoffman teaches all of us how to choose what matters most.

Alice Hoffman has published twenty-one novels, three books of short fiction, and eight books for children and young adults. Her books have been published in more than twenty translations and more than one hundred foreign editions. Her novels, many of which have been New York Tiimes bestsellers, have received mention as notable books of the year by the New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, the Los Angeles Times, Library Journal, and People magazine. Alice’s advance from Survival Lessons will be donated to the Hoffman Breast Center at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Book Passage hosts literary luncheons with celebrated authors at our Marin store. These events are catered by the outstanding Insalata’s Restaurant of San Anselmo.

 

Survival Lessons Cover Image
$13.95
ISBN: 9781616203146
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Algonquin Books - October 1st, 2013

One of America's most beloved writers shares her suggestions for finding beauty in the world even during the toughest times.


CANCELLED: Literary Luncheon: Kim Barnouin - Skinny Bitch in Love

Saturday, September 14, 2013 - 12:00pm

Please note: this event has been cancelled. For more information, please call (415) 927-0960 ext. 233. 

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In Skinny Bitch in Love, the new novel based on the #1 bestselling Skinny Bitch books, a twenty-something chef loses her dream job—only to find happiness after she launches a vegan cooking school and falls for a sexy carnivore.

Twenty-six-year-old Clementine Cooper is an ambitious sous chef at a hot vegan restaurant in Santa Monica. When an important food critic visits the restaurant, a backstabbing coworker sabotages her vegan dish by adding butter. Fired from her job and blackballed in L.A., Clementine has hit rock bottom. Not one to wallow, she decides to launch her own cooking school and personal chef business called Skinny Bitch.

Kim Barnouin lives in California with her husband and son. Kim coauthored the #1 New York Times bestselling Skinny Bitch series, which includes such hit titles as Skinny Bitch, Skinny Bitch in the Kitch, Skinny Bastard, Skinny Bitch: Ultimate Everyday Cookbook, and Skinny Bitch Book of Vegan Swaps.

Book Passage hosts literary luncheons with celebrated authors at our Marin store. These events are catered by the outstanding Insalata’s Restaurant of San Anselmo.

 

Skinny Bitch in Love Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781476708867
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Gallery Books - June 4th, 2013

In this new novel based on the #1 bestselling Skinny Bitch books, a twenty-something chef loses her dream job--only to find happiness after she launches a vegan cooking school and falls for a sexy carnivore.


Literary Luncheon: Joyce Maynard - After Her

Monday, August 26, 2013 - 12:00pm

The ticket price of $55 includes lunch and a signed book
Call (415) 927-0960 ext. 1 or click the button below to register. 

 

Joyce Maynard, the New York Times bestselling author of Labor Day and The Good Daughters returns with After Her, a warm and haunting novel of sisterhood, adolescence, sacrifice, and suspense loosely inspired by the Trailside Killer case that terrorized Marin County in the 1970’s.

Book Passage hosts literary luncheons with celebrated authors at our Marin store. These events are catered by the outstanding Insalata’s Restaurant of San Anselmo.

 

After Her: A Novel Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9780062257390
Availability: Special Order
Published: William Morrow - August 20th, 2013

The New York Times bestselling author of Labor Day and The Good Daughters returns with a haunting novel of sisterhood, sacrifice, and suspense.

I was always looking for excitement, until I found some . . .


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