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Margaret Atwood with Kelly Corrigan - The Testaments (Carol Channing Theater)

Tuesday, September 24, 2019 - 7:00pm

Tickets: $65 (includes a copy of The Testaments)

Book Passage and Curran will present a special one-night-only event featuring a conversation with acclaimed novelist Margaret Atwood—moderated by best-selling author and host of “Foreword,” Kelly Corrigan—at the Carol Channing Theater at San Francisco’s Lowell High School (1101 Eucalyptus Drive) on Tuesday, September 24 at 7 p.m. The conversation will center on The Testaments, Atwood’s long-awaited sequel to her seminal novel, The Handmaid’s Tale.

 In her brilliant sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood answers the questions that have tantalized readers for decades. When the van door slammed on Offred’s future at the end of The Handmaid’s Tale, readers had no way of telling what lay ahead for her—freedom, prison or death. With The Testaments, the wait is over.  Atwood’s sequel picks up the story 15 years after Offred stepped into the unknown, with the explosive testaments of three female narrators from Gilead.
 
Says Atwood, “Dear Readers: Everything you’ve ever asked me about Gilead and its inner workings is the inspiration for this book. Well, almost everything! The other inspiration is the world we’ve been living in.”
 
Margaret Atwood, whose work has been published in thirty-five countries, is the author of more than forty books of fiction, poetry, and critical essays. In addition to The Handmaid’s Tale, her novels include Cat’s Eye, short-listed for the 1989 Booker Prize; Alias Grace, which won the Giller Prize in Canada and the Premio Mondello in Italy; The Blind Assassin, winner of the 2000 Booker Prize; Oryx and Crake, short-listed for the 2003 Man Booker Prize; The Year of the Flood; and MaddAddam. She is the recipient of the Los Angeles Times Innovator’s Award, and lives in Toronto with the writer Graeme Gibson.

Kelly Corrigan is the author of four New York Times bestselling memoirs including The Middle Place and her most recent book, Tell Me More.  She has written for O Magazine and been on the Today Show five times. She is also the creative force behind Notes & Words, an annual concert for UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital in Oakland, which has raised over $12 million in the last 10 years.  

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The event is part of Curran’s popular SHOW & TELL series, featuring topical and entertaining events. From the White House to the Great White Way, Curran’s SHOW & TELL all-star lineup has previously featured Former FBI Director James Comey,  Senator Kamala Harris, former White House photographer Pete Souza, the writers and creative minds behind SOFT POWER, David Henry Hwang and Jeanine Tesori and Broadway legend Patti LuPone, comedians Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman, and Monty Python original member Eric Idle.

The Curran’s official reopening in 2016, following an extensive, two-year, top-to-bottom renovation, became one of the most widely discussed and covered cultural happenings in San Francisco. A key component of the national movement to renovate and revitalize America’s great culture palaces from coast-to-coast, Curran’s impact has resonated far beyond the seven square miles of its hometown. Curran’s impact extends to the Bay Area’s education system, with a strong emphasis on student-focused initiatives and programming, including hosting student performances of HEAD OVER HEELS, ECLIPSED, THE ENCOUNTER, and THE JUNGLE as well as presenting the first ever amateur performances of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s SCHOOL OF ROCK: THE MUSICAL, which were performed entirely by the students of Oakland School for the Arts.

“With Harry Potter and the Cursed Child occupying our Curran stage starting this fall, we have the great opportunity to expand our canvas beyond the stage and into the Bay Area with Curran About Town,” says Carole Shorenstein Hays. “Keep your eyes peeled for Curran events and activities around the city that complement the programming at the theater—including more SHOW & TELL’s and partnerships with our friends at Book Passage. I’m thrilled to present this conversation between two brilliant female authors as part of this effort.”

The Testaments: A Novel Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9780385543781
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Nan A. Talese - September 10th, 2019

In this brilliant sequel to The Handmaid's Tale, acclaimed author Margaret Atwood answers the questions that have tantalized readers for decades.

When the van door slammed on Offred's future at the end of The Handmaid's Tale, readers had no way of telling what lay ahead for her—freedom, prison or death.
 


Carol Channing Theater, Lowell High School
1101 Eucalyptus Drive
San Francisco, CA 94132

Mark Winston - Listening to the Bees (Marin Art & Garden Center)

Tuesday, April 30, 2019 - 6:00pm

Wine reception and bee-themed book sale after the talk.

Mark Winston, a naturalist, scientist, and author of the Governor General’s Literary Nonfiction Award-winning book, Bee Time: Lessons from the Hive, has joined forces with celebrated poet Renée Sarojini Saklikar. This talk, and the book, grew from their common passion for bees, an exploration of the intricate ways we come to understand our world through language and through science. In Listening to the Bees Winston will talk about his experiences over 40 years of walking into apiaries, and the lessons learned from a life spent among the bees.

“Listening to the bees connects us to the ineffable mysteries we will never resolve or fully understand. As a scientist, I find it oddly satisfying that data and studies can only take us so far, that there is a realm where there are no answers, only wonder at how little we can know.”

Mark L. Winston is the recipient of the 2015 Governor General’s Literary Award for Nonfiction for his book Bee Time: Lessons From the Hive. One of the world’s leading experts on bees and pollination, Dr. Winston is also an internationally recognized researcher, teacher and writer. He directed Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Dialogue for 12 years, where he founded the Centre’s Semester in Dialogue, a program that creates leadership development opportunities that equip and empower students contribute to social change in communities.

As a consultant and thought leader, Dr. Winston partners with universities, corporations, NGOs, governments and communities to advance communication skills, engage public audiences with controversial issues through dialogue, and implement experiential learning and community engagement in educational institutions. As an award-winning writer and editor, he works with students, scientists, other professionals and writers to develop compelling non-fiction, from proposals and newspaper opinion pieces to manuscripts and books.

He currently is a Professor and Senior Fellow in Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Dialogue, and a Professor of Biological Sciences.

 

Listening to the Bees Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9780889713468
Availability: Special Order
Published: Nightwood Editions - June 30th, 2018

Listening to the Bees is a collaborative exploration by two writers to illuminate the most profound human questions: Who are we?


Marin Art & Garden Center
30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd.
Ross, CA 94957

Chip Conley - Wisdom @ Work (The Buck Institute)

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 - 7:00pm

As you move through your career, would you rather grow whole than grow old? That’s the promise of the Modern Elder Academy, Chip Conley’s newest venture, recently featured in the New York Times. You need to apply for the privilege of paying $5000 tuition for a week at the Academy, located on a Mexican beachfront, where you will be provided with the tools to start reframing your lifetime of experience. Or you could join us at the Buck Institute on June 19!

Chip Conley will be sharing the Academy’s lessons in book form in his sensational new book Wisdom@Work: The Making of the Modern Elder. Chip argues that “adolescence” and “retirement” were 20th century inventions. In the “Modern Elder” stage emerging today, he says, we’re full of wisdom and curiosity, and searching for meaning, not retirement. It’s time to liberate “elder” from “elder-ly.”  One is purely how many  years you’ve lived. The other is what you’ve done with those years. Modern Elders, he believes, have a growth mindset and are often as much an intern as a mentor. He calls for new rites of passage for midlife that will help to repurpose wisdom and inspire a sense of relevance through the Modern Elder skill-building process of: Evolve, Learn, Collaborate and Counsel.

Bestselling author, speaker and hospitality entrepreneur Chip Conley is Strategic Advisor at Airbnb. At age 26, he founded Joie de Vivre Hospitality and held the position of CEO for 24 years, turning Joie De Vivre into the second largest boutique hotel brand in the world. After selling his company in 2010, he joined Airbnb, and as head of Global Hospitality and Strategy, helped turn it into the world's largest hospitality brand. Conley has received hospitality's highest honor, the Pioneer Award. He serves on the boards of the Burning Man Project and the Esalen Institute and is the author of Peak and the New York Times bestseller Emotional Equations. He holds a BA and MBA from Stanford University.

Wisdom at Work: The Making of a Modern Elder Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525572909
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Currency - September 18th, 2018

Experience is making a comeback. Learn how to repurpose your wisdom.


The Buck Institute for Research and Aging
8001 Redwood Blvd.
Novato, CA 94945

Tiffanie DeBartolo - Grace (Sweetwater Music Hall)

Tuesday, April 30, 2019 - 7:30pm

California, 1991. All his life, people have told Jeff Buckley how much he looks like his father, the famous ’60s folksinger he barely knew. But Jeff believes he has gifts of his own: a rare, octave-spanning voice and a songwriting genius that has only started to show itself. After he falls in love with a mysterious girl in New York, he sets out to make a name for himself outside his father’s shadow.

What follows are six turbulent years of music, heartbreak, hope, and daring—culminating in a tragedy that’s still reverberating in the music world today. Written by Tiffanie DeBartolo and with art by Pascal Dizin and Lisa Reist, Grace: The Jeff Buckley Story uses archival material provided by Jeff’s mother, Mary Guibert, to reveal the young songwriter in the process of becoming a legend.

Tiffanie DeBartolo is the author of How to Kill a Rock Star and God-Shaped Hole and the writer and director of the Columbia Tristar movie Dream for an Insomniac. She is the cofounder and CEO of San Francisco Bay Area record label Bright Antenna Records and lives in California’s Marin County with her two dogs, Kazoo and Dipsea, and her husband, Scott Schumaker.

Pascal Dizin is a comic book artist and illustrator. His first graphic novel City of Spies was published by First Second in 2010. His illustrations have appeared in Time Out NY magazine, as the covers for the Joey Pigza series, and more.

Lisa Reist is an illustrator and colorist based in New York City. When she’s not drawing or reading, she’s probably knitting.

Grace: Based on the Jeff Buckley Story Cover Image
By Tiffanie DeBartolo, Pascal Dizin (Illustrator), Lisa Reist (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781596432871
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: First Second - April 30th, 2019

A moving graphic biography for music lovers, Grace: The Jeff Buckley Story is painstakingly researched and created in collaboration with Jeff Buckley's estate.


Sweetwater Music Hall
19 Corte Madera Ave
Mill Valley, CA 94941

Jennifer Cody Epstein - Wunderland (The Astro, Santa Rosa)

Tuesday, May 7, 2019 - 6:00pm

East Village, 1989
Things had never been easy between Ava Fisher and her estranged mother Ilse. Too many questions hovered between them: Who was Ava's father? Where had Ilse been during the war? Why had she left her only child in a German orphanage during the war’s final months? But now Ilse’s ashes have arrived from Germany, and with them, a trove of unsent letters addressed to someone else unknown to Ava: Renate Bauer, a childhood friend. As her mother’s letters unfurl a dark past, Ava spirals deep into the shocking history of a woman she never truly knew.

Berlin, 1933
As the Nazi party tightens its grip on the city, Ilse and Renate find their friendship under siege—and Ilse’s increasing involvement in the Hitler Youth movement leaves them on opposing sides of the gathering storm. Then the Nuremburg Laws force Renate to confront a long-buried past, and a catastrophic betrayal is set in motion…

An unflinching exploration of Nazi Germany and its legacy, Wunderland is a at once a powerful portrait of an unspeakable crime history and a page-turning contemplation of womanhood, wartime, and just how far we might go in order to belong.

Jennifer Cody Epstein is the author of the international bestseller The Painter from Shanghai, and The Gods of Heavenly Punishment, and winner of the 2013 Asian Pacific Association of Librarians Honor award for outstanding fiction. She has written for The Wall Street Journal, Vogue, Self, Mademoiselle, and many others. She has an MFA in fiction from Columbia University and an MA in international affairs from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two daughters.

Wunderland: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525576907
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Crown - April 23rd, 2019

USA TODAY BESTSELLER • “Searing . . . a heartbreaking page-turner.”—People (Book of the Week)

An intimate portrait of a friendship severed by history, and a sweeping saga of wartime, motherhood, and legacy by an award-winning novelist


East Village, 1989


The Astro
323 Santa Rosa Ave.
Santa Rosa, CA 95404

Colson Whitehead - The Nickel Boys (Dominican University)

Friday, September 20, 2019 - 7:00pm

 

Angelico Hall, Dominican University of California
Tickets: $45 (includes book)

As the Civil Rights movement begins to reach the black enclave of Frenchtown in segregated Tallahassee, Elwood Curtis takes the words of Dr. Martin Luther King to heart: He is "as good as anyone." Abandoned by his parents, but kept on the straight and narrow by his grandmother, Elwood is about to enroll in the local black college. But for a black boy in the Jim Crow South of the early 1960s, one innocent mistake is enough to destroy the future. Elwood is sentenced to a juvenile reformatory called the Nickel Academy, whose mission statement says it provides "physical, intellectual and moral training" so the delinquent boys in their charge can become "honorable and honest men."

In reality, the Nickel Academy is a grotesque chamber of horrors where the sadistic staff beats and sexually abuses the students, corrupt officials and locals steal food and supplies, and any boy who resists is likely to disappear "out back." Stunned to find himself in such a vicious environment, Elwood tries to hold onto Dr. King's ringing assertion "Throw us in jail and we will still love you." His friend Turner thinks Elwood is worse than naive, that the world is crooked, and that the only way to survive is to scheme and avoid trouble. 
The tension between Elwood's ideals and Turner's skepticism leads to a decision whose repercussions will echo down the decades. Formed in the crucible of the evils Jim Crow wrought, the boys' fates will be determined by what they endured at the Nickel Academy.
Based on the real story of a reform school in Florida that operated for one hundred and eleven years and warped the lives of thousands of children, The Nickel Boys is a devastating, driven narrative that showcases a great American novelist writing at the height of his powers.

Colson Whitehead is the author of nine books of fiction and non-fiction, including The Underground Railroad, which was a #1 New York Times bestseller and won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. A recipient of MacArthur and Guggenheim Fellowships, he lives in New York City.

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Please note: Tickets are non-refundable

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Angelico Hall, Dominican University of California
20 Olive Avenue
San Rafael, CA 94901

David Sedaris - An Evening at the Marin Veterans' Memorial Auditorium

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 - 8:00pm

Marin Veterans' Memorial Auditorium, San Rafael, CA

With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, David Sedaris has become one of America’s pre-eminent humor writers. He is the master of satire and one of today’s most observant writers addressing the human condition. His latest book is a New York Times best-selling collection of his essays entitled Calypso.

Beloved for his personal essays and short stories, David Sedaris is the author of Barrel Fever, Holidays on Ice, Naked, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, When You Are Engulfed in Flames, Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls, and Theft By Finding: Diaries (1977-2002), as well as Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary, a collection of fables with illustrations by Ian Falconer. Each of these books was an immediate bestseller. He was also the editor of Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules: An Anthology of Outstanding Stories. His pieces regularly appear in The New Yorker and have twice been included in “The Best American Essays.” There are over ten million copies of his books in print and they have been translated into 25 languages. In 2018 he was awarded the Terry Southern Prize for Humor, as well as the Medal for Spoken Language from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

He and his sister, Amy Sedaris, have collaborated under the name “The Talent Family” and have written half-a-dozen plays which have been produced at La Mama, Lincoln Center, and The Drama Department in New York City. These plays include Stump the Host, Stitches, One Woman Shoe, which received an Obie Award, Incident at Cobbler’s Knob, and The Book of Liz, which was published in book form by Dramatists Play Service.

Sedaris’s original audio pieces can often be heard on the public radio show This American Life. He has been nominated for three Grammy Awards for Best Spoken Word and Best Comedy Album. His latest audio recording of new stories (recorded live) is “David Sedaris: Live for Your Listening Pleasure”. A feature film adaptation of his story C.O.G. was released after a premiere at the Sundance Film Festival (2013). Since 2011, he can be heard annually on a series of live recordings on BBC Radio 4 entitled “Meet David Sedaris.” 

Marin Veterans' Memorial Auditorium
10 Ave of the Flags
San Rafael, CA 94901

Sandra Gilbert - Judgment Day (College of Marin)

Tuesday, April 9, 2019 - 7:00pm

College of Marin, Kentfield Library
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In this rapacious world, we eat or are eaten—so poet-critic Sandra M. Gilbert suggests throughout Judgment Day, her tenth collection of poems. Tracing this theme through the range of histories that make us who we are—private, public, religious, artistic, even culinary—Gilbert meditates on recent events as well as the sacred turnings of time, great works of graphic art, and the personal crises that continually reshape our lives.

Bringing together physical and metaphysical, elegy and celebration, Judgment Day is rich with grace and insight.

Sandra M. Gilbert has published numerous volumes of criticism, including, most recently, Death's Door: Modern Dying and the Ways We Grieve, as well as eight collections of poetry and a memoir. She is coeditor (with Susan Gubar) of The Norton Anthology of Literature by Women and a recipient of the National Book Critics Circle's Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award. A Distinguished Professor of English emerita at the University of California, Davis, she lives in Berkeley, California.

Judgment Day: Poems Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780393356328
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - March 12th, 2019

In this rapacious world, we eat or are eaten--so poet-critic Sandra M. Gilbert suggests throughout Judgment Day, her tenth collection of poems.


College of Marin
Kentfield Library
Kentfield, CA 94904

Abby Wambach with Kelly Corrigan - WOLFPACK (Dominican)

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 - 7:00pm

Tickets: $35 (includes book)
In Conversation with Kelly Corrigan
Dominican University of California, San Rafael

Please note: This event is at capacity

Based on her inspiring, viral 2018 commencement speech to Barnard College’s graduates in New York City, New York Times bestselling author, two-time Olympic gold medalist and FIFA World Cup champion Abby Wambach delivers her empowering rally cry for women to unleash their individual power, unite with their pack, and emerge victorious together.

Abby Wambach became a champion because of her incredible talent as a soccer player. She became an icon because of her remarkable wisdom as a leader. As the co-captain of the 2015 Women’s World Cup Champion Team, she created a culture not just of excellence, but of honor, commitment, resilience, and sisterhood. She helped transform a group of individual women into one of the most successful, powerful and united Wolfpacks of all time.

In her retirement, Abby’s ready to do the same for her new team: All Women Everywhere.

In WOLFPACK, Abby’s message to women is:
We have never been Little Red Riding Hood.
We Are the Wolves.
We must wander off the path and blaze a new one: together.

She insists that women must let go of old rules of leadership that neither include or serve them. She’s created a new set of Wolfpack rules to help women unleash their individual power, unite with their Wolfpack, and change the landscape of their lives and world: from the family room to the board room to the White House.

  • Make failure your fuel: Transform failure to wisdom and power.
  • Lead from the bench: Lead from wherever you are.
  • Champion each other: Claim each woman’s victory as your own.
  • Demand the effing ball: Don’t ask permission: take what you’ve earned.

In Abby’s vision, we are not Little Red Riding Hoods, staying on the path because we’re told to. We are the wolves, fighting for a better tomorrow for ourselves, our pack, and all the future wolves who will come after us.

Abby Wambach is a two-time Olympic gold medalist, FIFA World Cup Champion, and the highest all-time international goal scorer for male and female soccer players. She is an activist for equality and inclusion and the New York Times bestselling author of Forward: A Memoir. Abby is co-founder of Wolfpack Endeavor, which is revolutionizing leadership development for women in the workplace and beyond through her champion mindset, individualized coaching, and team-bound focus. Abby lives in Florida with her wife and three children.

Kelly Corrigan has been called “the voice of her generation” by O: The Oprah Magazine and “the poet laureate of the ordinary” by HuffPost. She is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Tell Me More, The Middle Place, Lift, and Glitter and Glue. She is also the creative director of The Nantucket Project and host of their conversation series about what matters most. She lives near Oakland, California, with her husband and her daughters.

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Please noteTickets are non-refundable

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Angelico Hall, Dominican University of California
20 Olive Avenue
San Rafael, CA 94901

CANCELLED: Cooks with Books: Fiorella Butron, John McReynolds, & Mike Emanuel - Stone Edge Farm Kitchen Larder Cookbook (Silver Cloud Vineyard)

Saturday, May 25, 2019 - 12:00pm

 

Presented by Book Passage at Silver Cloud Vineyard, Glen Ellen
Tickets: $155 per person; $250 per couple (includes meal & book)

Please note: This event has been cancelled. It will be rescheduled to an in-store event at a future date

Celebrating the bounty of the estate’s organic kitchen garden, groves, and olive orchard, The Stone Edge Farm Kitchen Larder Cookbook makes the ultimate gift for cooks looking for new creative and efficient means to make the most of abundance and is a thoughtful, practical inspiration for building one’s own repertoire of versatile staples and resourceful dishes combining delicious and dependable larder recipes with fresh, seasonal ingredients.

Divided into chapters around ten classic ingredients—Lemons and Citrus, Herbs, Garlic, Potatoes, Tomatoes, Peppers, Figs, Quince, Olives and Olive Oil, and Grapes—seventy-five delectable recipes show readers how to prepare pantry staples, such as preserves, infused oils, and conservas, and then how to use those same products and ingredients in fully composed seasonal cocktails, dishes, and desserts for family meals and entertaining. Recipes include: Warm Olives with Preserved Lemon, Stone Fruit Salad with Onions, Wild Pecans, and Black Garlic Dressing, Potato and Green Garlic Ravioli, Herb-Crusted Fillet of Beef with Red Wine Jus, and Honey Sage Whiskey Sour.

Step-by-step photographs guide the reader through preservation techniques and recipes and inspire with views of finished and composed dishes and scenery from wine country.

John McReynolds is the author of The Stone Edge Farm Cookbook (2013), winner of the 2014 Cookbook of the Year and Best First Book awards from the International Association of Culinary Professionals (a historic first for a self-published cookbook). He was the founding chef and co-owner of Café La Haye in Sonoma, CA for ten years and is the Executive Chef and Culinary Director of Stone Edge Farm Estate Vineyards and Winery. His recipes have appeared in numerous magazines, newspapers, and cookbooks. Mike Emanuel and Fiorella Butron are both chefs at Stone Edge Farm Estate Vineyards and Winery.

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Upon reservation, address and directions will be provided to this exclusive property.

Stone Edge Farm Kitchen Larder Cookbook Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780847864546
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Rizzoli - March 12th, 2019

Focusing on ten ingredients, this book will enliven and inspire the way you harvest, shop, stock your pantry, and cook for everyday meals and special occasions.


Silver Cloud Vineyard
Glen Ellen, CA

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