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David Downie - A Taste of Paris (Sausalito)

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 6:00pm

In conversation with Kimberley Lovato

From the critically acclaimed author of Paris, Paris and A Passion for Paris, comes a delectable culinary history of the gastronomic capital of the world.

In his trademark witty and informative style, David Downie embarks on a quest to discover “What is it about the history of Paris that has made it a food lover’s paradise?” in A Taste of Paris. Long before Marie Antoinette said, “Let them eat cake!” (actually, it was brioche), the Romans of Paris devoured foie gras, and live oysters rushed in from the Atlantic; one Medieval cookbook describes a thirty-two part meal featuring hare stew, eel soup, and honeyed wine; during the last great banquet at Versailles a year before the Revolution the gourmand Louis XVI savored thirty-two main dishes and sixteen desserts; yet, in 1812, Grimod de la Reynière, the father of French gastronomy, regaled guests with fifty-two courses, fifteen wines, three types of coffee, and seventeen liqueurs.

Following the contours of history and the geography of the city, Downie sweeps readers on an insider’s gourmet walking tour of Paris and its environs, revealing the locations of Roman butcher shops, classic Belle Epoque bistros serving diners today and Marie Antoinette’s exquisite vegetable garden that still supplies produce, no longer to the unfortunate queen, but to the legendary Alain Ducasse and his stylish restaurant inside the palace of Versailles. Along the way, readers learn why the rich culinary heritage of France still makes Paris the ultimate arbiter in the world of food.

David Downie, a native San Franciscan, lived in New York, Providence, Rome and Milan before moving to Paris in the mid-80s. He divides his time between France and Italy. His travel, food and arts features have appeared in print publications worldwide including Bon AppétitGourmetSaveur,, and Gault&Millau, the premier French food guide. He is the author of the several books, including the highly acclaimed Paris, Paris and A Passion for Paris.

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ISBN: 9781250082930
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Published: St. Martin's Press - September 26th, 2017

A Taste of Paris is a delectable culinary history of the gastronomic capital of the world, written by David Downie, the critically acclaimed author of Paris, Paris and A Passion for Paris.

100 Bay St.
Sausalito, CA 94965

In Honor of Shel Silverstein - Birthday Poetry Reading (Sausalito)

Sunday, September 24, 2017 - 2:00pm

You’re invited to a birthday party for the late Shel Silverstein, former Sausalito houseboat resident and comedic inspiration for millions. We’ll celebrate the release of a new book of poetry Runny Babbit Returns, a collection of 41 never-before-published poems and drawings. The playful and poignant spoonerisms feature Runny and other woodland characters. We can reminisce a bit about Where the Sidewalk Ends and The Giving Tree. Special guests will read their favorite Silverstein poems!


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ISBN: 9780062479396
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Published: HarperCollins - September 19th, 2017

An Amazon Best Book of 2017 * A Barnes & Noble Best Book of 2017 * A NCTE 2018 Notable Poetry Book

Runny Babbit, the lovable star of Shel Silverstein's New York Times bestselling poetry book, is back in this instant New York Times bestseller

100 Bay St.
Sausalito, CA 94965

Bill Kirsch & Elizabeth Leavy Stroman - An Evening in Conversation (Sausalito)

Thursday, September 14, 2017 - 6:00pm

Each year, thousands upon thousands of eager tourists descend on tiny Sausalito, California, looking for a little fishing and artist-influenced village and finding, instead, thousands of other visitors speaking dozens of languages as they eat ice cream and browse souvenir stores. But the story of Sausalito’s days as a gathering place for artists isn’t a myth, it’s a true history; and a recent book, The Sea Lion and the Sculptor: The Tale of a Vagabond Bohemian Artist, brings a portion of that charming, iconoclastic Sausalito vividly to life. Told often in the words of Al Sybrian, the creator of the famous sea lion sculpture that reigns over the town’s sea front, lapped daily by the tides, this verbal picture of a place where a shaggy guy with grand ideas found a passel of friends is captivating. 

Sybrian fought in Europe in World War II, having enlisted as a 17-year old, and decided, on a lark, author Terence Clarke says, to study art, after which he moved to Sausalito. In the early 1950s, the town tolerated a funky community of artists, most of whom were poor as church mice and lived on anything that floated and didn’t leak overmuch. Sybrian described the town in the 50s as having a “self-regulatory character…that is, no awareness of cops and laws,” and wrote of the “indifference to money (those who had it gave it).”

Clarke tells Sybrian’s story with wit and deference to other storytellers about that era. The book is studded with excellent photos, many from personal archives that Bill Kirsch, a longtime friend of Sybrian’s and the person who spearheaded this book project, collected. There’s a wonderful oil portrait of Sybrian by Walter Kuhlman, a leading light in the town’s – and the Bay Area’s - artistic history himself. 

The story of how the bronze sea lion came to be sitting where it is today, nose up to catch the breezes, is only one tale among many worth reading in The Sea Lion and the Sculptor. This isn’t a slight book only for tourists. This is the kind of book people who love art and those who make it, who relish tales about people who live life their own way, will read with smiles on their faces and at least a whiff of envy for a man who lived exactly as he wished and made some beautiful, lasting art along the way. 

Bill Kirsch is a Sausalito eclectic abstract painter an Architect and one of the founders of the modern Sausalito Art Festival. He designed, coordinated and organized the festival in 1965 and 1966 with artists Al Garvey and Michael Bry. In addition to painting and raising a family Bill has been working full time as an architect since 1958.  He designed over 400 structures that include art galleries, custom and market homes, ranches, restaurants, floating homes, bed & breakfasts and commercial buildings.  Many of his projects have won awards and been published in more than 30 books, magazines and newspapers as well as featured in two films. Bill recently semi retired from architecture and now has more time to devote to his painting.  He is currently living on a houseboat in Sausalito and in addition to living on the water he recently completed a floating studio where he paints.  


In this first full-length biography, Elizabeth Leavy Stroman vividly brings the forgotten life of Jean Varda  back into the light. Jean Varda was a legendary iconoclast in the 20th century art world, first in Europe, then in the United States. Varda was acclaimed for his byzantine-cubist mosaics fashioned from broken glass, mirrors,crockery, and his colorful collages. He was acknowledged as a teacher, a raconteur, and a man of infinite charm and wit. Stroman takes the reader from Varda’s birthplace in the ancient Ottoman Empire to France and England, where he was at the forefront of the modernist movement, consorting with Braque, Picasso and writers like Ezra Pound, Aldous Huxley, and many others. Lavishly illustrated with reproductions of Varda's colorful collages, The Art and Life of Jean Varda tells the story of a legendary artist, and bohemian, whose old ferryboat, the Vallejo, was the center of the mid-twentieth-century Sausalito artists’ scene.

Elizabeth Leavy Stroman is the author of A Place of Innocent Recreations: History of the Sausalito Library. She has been an editor and writer for the Sausalito Historical Society and an occasional contributor to The Marin Scope. A past president of the Sausalito Library Board and a retired attorney, she lives with her husband in Sausalito, California.

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ISBN: 9780578157009
Availability: Special Order
Published: Purple Cottage Press - June 1st, 2015

100 Bay St.
Sausalito, CA 94965

Teri Glass, giovanni singleton, & Mary Reynolds Thompson - Meditation on the Theme of Water (Sausalito)

Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 4:00pm

Poets Terri Glass and giovanni singleton along with prose writer, Mary Reynolds Thompson will be reading various works on the theme of water. Come and relax with a view of the bay and hear these talented writers share their insights and reflections on water as essential element and metaphor for movement in our lives.

Terri Glass is a writer of the natural world and former statewide director of California Poets in the Schools. She continues to teach youth in Cal Poets program in Marin.She is the author of three books of poetry, the most recent a chapbook of haiku, Birds, Bees, Trees, Love, Hee Hee. Her recent work has appeared in About Place, Young Raven’s Literary Review, Fourth River, California Quarterly and many anthologies including Earth Blessings. In her twenties, she worked for the Dept. of Fisheries and the US Fish & Wildlife Service doing research on salmon populations in the Pacific Northwest. 

giovanni singleton’s debut collection Ascension, informed by the music and life of Alice Coltrane, received the California Book Award Gold Medal. Her writing has also been exhibited in the Smithsonian Institute’s American Jazz Museum, San Francisco’s first Visual Poetry and Performance Festival, and on the building of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. She is founding editor of nocturnes (re)view of the literary arts, a journal dedicated to experimental work of the African Diaspora and other contested spaces. A collection of her visual work entitled AMERICAN LETTERS: works on paper is forthcoming in 2018. She holds the 2017-18 Holloway Lectureship in Poetry at University of California-Berkeley.

Mary Reynolds Thompson, founder of Live Your Wild Soul Story, is a pioneer in the emerging field of spiritual ecology. An award-winning writer and facilitator of poetry and journal therapy, she is dedicated to bridging the false divide between outer and inner nature, Earth and soul. She teaches, speaks and holds workshops around the world, and has developed an archetypal model of transformation based on Earth’s landscapes. She is instructor for TreeSisters, an ecofeminist non-profit, and is core faculty for the Therapeutic Writing Institute. Her books are Embrace Your Inner Wild: 52 Reflections for an Eco-Centric World (with photographer Don Moseman) and Reclaiming the Wild Soul: How Earth’s Landscapes Restore Us to Wholeness

100 Bay St.
Sausalito, CA 94965

Grant Faulkner - Pep Talks for Writers (Sausalito)

Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 6:00pm

In conversation with Darcey Rosenblatt

Every writer knows that as rewarding as the creative process is, it can often be a bumpy road. Have hope and keep at it! Designed to kick-start creativity, this handsome handbook from the executive director of National Novel Writing Month gathers a wide range of insights and advice for writers at any stage of their career. From tips about how to finally start that story to helpful ideas about what to do when the words just aren't quite coming out right, Pep Talks for Writers provides motivation, encouragement, and helpful exercises for writers of all stripes.

Grant Faulkner is the executive director of National Novel Writing Month. His stories and essays have appeared in dozens of publications, including the New York Times, Poets & Writers, Writer's Digest, and the Berkeley Review. He lives in Berkeley, California.

Darcey Rosenblatt writes for middle grade and teenage people because she believes for them stories can be life changing – they were for her.  Her debut novel Lost Boys (Henry Holt for Young Readers) was released in August 2017. Darcey is a cofounder of the annual Better Books Workshop for middle grade and young adult writers. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her fabulous husband and daughter, some fish, and the best dog in the world.

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ISBN: 9781452161082
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Published: Chronicle Books - October 3rd, 2017

Every writer knows that as rewarding as the creative process is, it can often be a bumpy road. Have hope and keep at it Designed to kick-start creativity, this handsome handbook from the executive director of National Novel Writing Month gathers a wide range of insights and advice for writers at any stage of their career.

100 Bay St.
Sausalito, CA 94965

Patricia Polacco - Remembering Vera (Sausalito)

Friday, October 6, 2017 - 6:00pm

Special Children's Event!

Remembering Vera begins in 1962 when a stray dog was found under a pile of boxes in a Coast Guard warehouse in what used to be called Government Island, the Coast Guard Base in San Francisco Bay, when a seaman named Dave Bunch was mopping the floor. It was love at first sight. At first the men decided to hide the pup from the Commander, thinking she wouldn’t be allowed. But soon enough all of the men in the barracks fell hard for the little dog. Then one day when high waves challenged another vessel at sea, it was Vera’s fierce determination and natural swimming ability that brought the life preserver and safety line to the sinking boat. Vera became a hero and the beloved pet and mascot of the San Francisco Coast Guard.

Patricia Polacco belongs to a family of storytellers, poets, farmers, teachers, and artists. They came from many parts of the world, but mainly Russia. She grew up to be an illustrator, a designer, and creator of many beloved children’s books, including The Keeping Quilt, The Blessing Cup, Fiona’s Lace, The Trees of the Dancing Goats, Babushka’s Doll, and My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother. She lives in Union City, Michigan. Visit her at and follow her on Facebook.



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ISBN: 9781481442275
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Published: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books - October 3rd, 2017

From beloved author Patricia Polacco comes the heartwarming and true story of Vera, an amazing dog who was found as a stray by the US Coast Guard, moved into the San Francisco Bay base, and became a hero and friend.

100 Bay St.
Sausalito, CA 94965

Ella Mills - Natural Feasts (Sausalito)

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 6:00pm

Internationally bestselling author of Deliciously Ella, Ella Mills offers more than 100 exciting, accessible recipes to show how clean, gluten-free, plant-based eating is the perfect way to entertain friends and satisfy your guests.

In Natural Feasts, Ella makes it easy to prepare delicious food for you, your friends and family, for any event. No more wondering whether certain dishes go together or how you can provide delicious, plant-based meals that won't leave your guests craving what isn't good for them, Ella makes life simple with her menus—whether you are planning a laid-back brunch, a last-minute lunch, or a fancy dinner, she has it covered with hearty recipes that celebrate her natural eating philosophy. This gorgeous book also showcases more than one hundred full-color photographs, beautifully illustrating that clean eating and entertaining are a perfect match.

When conventional medicine failed her, Ella overcame a rare, devastating illness by switching to a plant-based diet. With no formal culinary training, she began developing her own recipes and blogging about her journey. She’s a self-taught cook. She’s approachable. She inspires people. Now Ella shares her personal ideas and recipes for every foodie occasion, from cozy nights alone to easy kitchen suppers, flavorsome feasts, birthday parties, picnics, and mocktails and cocktails. Deliciously Ella with Friends is the go-to book for anyone who wants to make simpler, healthier food choices—for themselves and their friends and family.

Ella Mills is all about embracing healthy living. In addition to her debut cookbook, Deliciously Ella, the bestselling debut cookbook ever in the UK, she is also the author of Deliciously Ella Every Day; Deliciously Ella, Smoothies and Juices; and Natural Feasts. Ella’s blog gets over six million hits a month, her app has been a bestseller more than a year, and she has nearly 500,000 Instagram followers. Ella’s philosophy is all about showing that healthy living is fun and enjoyable; it’s not about deprivation or starvation.

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ISBN: 9781501174278
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Published: Scribner Book Company - October 17th, 2017

Internationally bestselling author of Deliciously Ella, Ella Mills offers more than 100 exciting, accessible recipes to show how clean, gluten-free, plant-based eating is the perfect way to entertain friends and satisfy your guests.

100 Bay Street
Sausalito, CA 94965

Jeanne Blasberg - Eden (Sausalito)

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 6:00pm

In Eden, ecca Meister Fitzpatrick—wife, mother, grandmother, and pillar of the community—is the dutiful steward of her family’s iconic summer tradition . . . until she discovers her recently deceased husband squandered their nest egg. As she struggles to accept that this is likely her last season in Long Harbor, Becca is inspired by her granddaughter’s boldness in the face of impending single-motherhood, and summons the courage to reveal a secret she was forced to bury long ago: the existence of a daughter she gave up fifty years ago. The question now is how her other daughter, Rachel—with whom Becca has always had a strained relationship—will react.

Jeanne McWilliams Blasberg began her career on Wall Street and later worked in strategic planning at Federated Department Stores in Cincinnati before making her way to Boston, where she worked as a Research Associate at Harvard Business School. Writing case studies and business articles, however, couldn’t satisfy her creative longings. Today, she is on the board of directors and is an avid student at Grub Street, one of the nation’s preeminent creative writing centers, where she is hard at work on her next book. Jeanne and her husband split their time between Boston and Westerly, RI and have three grown children. When she’s not writing, Jeanne can be found playing squash, skiing, or taking in the sunset over Little Narragansett Bay.

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ISBN: 9781631521881
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Published: She Writes Press - May 2nd, 2017

Becca Meister Fitzpatrick--wife, mother, grandmother, and pillar of the community--is the dutiful steward of her family's iconic summer tradition . . . until she discovers her recently deceased husband squandered their nest egg.

100 Bay St.
Sausalito, CA 94965

Keith Emmons - Moondrifter Reverie (Sausalito)

Saturday, September 16, 2017 - 4:00pm

Life in the Waldo Point houseboat community was much like Moondrifter, the author’s own houseboat, swinging free on its mooring and subject only to the daily rhythms of wind and tide. Keith Emmons recalls a utopian, civic experience, that flourished briefly in the 1970s in Sausalito on San Francisco Bay. This nostalgic tribute to a youthful interlude steeped in flower power and cannabis reflects a storied moment in American history.

Moondrifter Reverie describes, through poetry, haiku and free verse, a freewheeling group of dissenters from the social mainstream, determined to live by their own collective philosophy of peace and personal freedom. Through mirthfulness and tears, drumming, howling at the moon, and raising their children in “the natural way,” the small community thrived until it ultimately succumbed to the antithetical values and raw hegemony of real estate developers.

Keith Emmons, a cum laude graduate of Harvard College, lived ten years in a waterfront houseboat community on San Francisco Bay in the free-wheeling hippie days of the 1970s. Here he wrote poetry and designed and built a 1900 square foot floating home that won a first place award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Its blueprints are in the permanent collection of the National Building Museum, Washington. D.C. His poems have appeared in San Francisco area journals including City Miner, Espresso, Loon, CoEvolution Quarterly, Sausalito Marinscope, Garlic Press, and more recently, online in Uut Poetry. Keith’s work has also been featured in American Airlines Magazine, San Francisco Chronicle, the houseboat book and in two made-for-television broadcasts. He lives off the grid in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

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ISBN: 9780998514000
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Published: Red Mountain Press - June 5th, 2017

Poetry. California Interest. Life in the Waldo Point houseboat community was much like Moondrifter, the author's own houseboat, swinging free in its mooring and subject only to the daily rhythms of wind and tide. Keith Emmons recalls a utopian, civic experience that flourished briefly in the 1970s in Sausalito on San Francisco Bay.

100 Bay St.
Sausalito, CA 94965

Second Sunday Stories: Teri Sloat - Zip! Zoom! on a Broom (Sausalito)

Sunday, October 8, 2017 - 11:00am

Second Sunday Stories Event!

Second Sunday Stories is a new series of kids picture book events at Book Passage-by-the-Bay in Sausalito. On the second Sunday of each month at 11am we welcome an author or illustrator into the store to share their book with us, there will be snacks and crafts and because it's Sunday morning, you could even come in your pajamas (we don't mind). Second Sunday Stories runs no longer than 45 minutes and is perfect for kids aged 2-6 and their families.


One goes zip, two go zoom.Three witches glide from room to room.

So begins the witchy counting story Zip! Zoom! on a Broom. Counting up from 1 to 10 and back down again, ten witches jump on a broom -- and then fall off one by one Written in pitch-perfect rhyme, and full of fun read-aloud energy that will have kids memorizing lines and clamoring to read the book again and again, this book hits the mash-up sweet spot between an important concept and Halloween fun.

Teri Sloat has written and/or illustrated over twenty trade books for young readers, including From One to One Hundred, I'm a Duck!, and the Farmer Brown series. Among her honors are a New York Times Best Picture Book, an ABA Pick of the List, a Junior Library Guild selection, and a Notable Science Trade Book. 


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By Teri Sloat, Rosalinde Bonnet (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780316256735
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - July 25th, 2017

One goes zip, two go zoom.Three witches glide from room to room.

100 Bay Street
Sausalito, CA 94925


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