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Elizabeth Gilbert: Cooks with Books - At Home on the Range

Sunday, April 29, 2012 - 6:30pm

IMPORTANT: Registration closes at 5:00pm on Saturday, April 28. For reservations before then, please call (415) 927-0960 ext. 1 and request to speak with a manager. 


Admission $115 per person
Introduced by Dave Eggers

Join Elizabeth Gilbert, the bestselling author of  Eat, Pray, Love, for a tribute to our mothers and our mother's mothers. For decades, they cooked and celebrated life in the kitchen. That was true for Margaret Yardley Potter, Gilbert's great grandmother and a longtime cooking columnist in the early decades of the 20th century. An accomplished cook and an epicurean adventurer in her day, Potter encouraged interest in farmer's markets, ethnic foods, and other approaches far ahead of their time. Be it luck or fate, Gilbert recently stumbled upon her great grandmother's collection of recipes. She has now revived this heirloom collection and given it new life in a lovely new edition from McSweeney's, At Home on the Range. [ For more about this remarkable book, check out this just published Huffington Post interview with Elizabeth Gilbert.]

"This book is a beautiful time capsule that looks back to the roots of American gastronomy, when the values of gardening and fresh ingredients were the primary inspiration. Margaret Yardley Potter's warm, witty stories and recipes show us that our great-grandmothers instinctually understood that food is central to a life well-lived." - Alice Waters

Don't miss this very special event!
Elizabeth Gilbert will be introduced by McSweeney's publisher Dave Eggers, who will speak a bit about ScholarMatch, the organization to which a portion of the proceeds of this new book are being donated. Tickets are $115 per person. Price includes meal, wine, coffee, tax, tip, & a signed copy of the book. Proceeds benefit the educational nonprofits 826 National and ScholarMatch.

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Left Bank Restaurant
507 Magnolia Ave
94939 Larkspur

Nina Simons - The Power of Women Leading from the Heart

Thursday, December 8, 2011 - 7:00pm

Tickets are $20 ($15 for members)
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Gwen Mazer Lecture Series
California Institute of Integral Studies
There will be a 6:00pm reception with wine and chocolate before the lecture

This time of environmental and social upheaval calls for a reinvention of leadership. It calls for healing, community-building and collaboration, and requires employing innovative, creative, empathic and relational thinking. Given that many cultures have systematically devalued these and other relevant capacities associated with the ‘feminine,' Nina suggests reframing our understanding and appreciation of those qualities and gifts, both individually and society-wide. Effective leaders need to be flexible and cooperative, and adept at bridging differences and forging collaborations systemically - across disciplines, generations, ethnicities, cultures and sectors that have previously operated in isolation. Few skills are more needed in this time than our ability to connect across differences, and bring all of our human capacities to bear in shifting our collective course to a future that's just, healthy and resilient.

Nina Simons is co-founder & co-CEO of the non-profit Bioneers, an organization that since 1990 has identified, featured and disseminated breakthrough solutions for people and planet. Her recently published anthology book Moonrise: The Power of Women Leading from the Heart tells inspiring stories of women, nature, leadership, justice and engaged action. She co-facilitates Cultivating Women's Leadership intensives with Toby Herzlich. She was previously president of Seeds of Change and strategic marketing director with Odwalla, and lives outside Santa Fe, NM with her husband and partner.


CIIS Main Building
1453 Mission St.
94103 San Francisco

Marilyn Schlitz - Sensing the Divine: Toward A Science of Enlightenment

Wednesday, November 16, 2011 - 7:00pm

Tickets are $20 ($15 for members)
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Gwen Mazer Lecture Series
California Institute of Integral Studies
There will be a 6:15 pm reception with wine and chocolate before the lecture

In this time of enormous change and complexity, many truth systems are converging that speak to a new model of reality. Science, with all its precision and sophistication, offers new understandings of the physical world. And at the same time, deep truths from the world's religious and spiritual traditions offer insights into our divine nature. In this presentation, we will explore the breakthroughs that are arising today as these two truth systems interface—revealing new possibilities about our human potential.

Marilyn Mandala Schlitz, Ph.D.
is a clinical research scientist, medical anthropologist, writer, speaker, and thought leader who has pioneered clinical and field-based research in the area of human transformation, consciousness studies, worldview literacy and cultural healing for more than three decades. She is the President and CEO for the Institute of Noetic Sciences and Senior Scientist at the Research Institute, California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, CA. Dr. Schlitz has published hundreds of articles on consciousness studies in both scholarly and popular journals. She is a visionary leader and an engaging speaker with a rare ability to translate complex ideas into a common sense language that excites the imaginations of her audiences worldwide. Her books include: Consciousness and Healing: Integral Approaches to Mind-Body Medicine and Living Deeply: the Art and Science of Transformation in Everyday Life.


CIIS Main Building
1453 Mission St.
94103 San Francisco

Isabel Allende - What Women Really Want: Their Role in the World Today

Wednesday, November 2, 2011 - 7:00pm

Tickets are $20 ($15 for members)
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Gwen Mazer Lecture Series
California Institute of Integral Studies

My most significant achievements are not my books, but the love I share with a few people, especially my family, and the ways in which I have tried to help others" -Isabel Allende
Join us for this conversation with Isabel Allende, and learn how the celebrated author transforms facts into magical stories and turns reality into endless possibilities. Her talent for creating a story becomes our conversation for this evening, focusing on her theme of women determining their own way. Supporting her commitments to empowering women and saving girls from exploitation and abuse, she explores with us the ever changing role of women in today's challenging world.

Isabel Allende, the Chilean-American internationally known writer and feminist, is a women with a warrior heart, a passionate soul and a wild sense of humor. A consummate storyteller, the author of 19 books, with over 57 million copies sold, the first being House of the Spirits, the latest, Island Beneath the Sea. She has received 12 honorary doctorates and fifty awards, and her books have been adapted for a variety of movies, plays, ballets and operas. In 1992 she created a foundation in her name to support the empowerment of women and girls worldwide.


First Unitarian Universalist Church
1187 Franklin Street
94109 San Francisco

Cindy Pawlcyn - Cooks with Books: Cindy’s Supper Club: Meals from Around the World to Share with Family and Friends

Thursday, May 24, 2012 - 12:00pm

Admission $115 per person/ $185 per couple

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Call (415) 927-0960, ext. 1 to reserve

Join Cindy Pawlcyn, one of America's leading chef's, for what we know will be a very special event! Twice nominated as the James Beard Best Chef in California, Pawlcyn is rocking the food world with her new cookbook, Cindy's Supper Club.

It's no secret that legions of fans flock to Pawlcyn's restaurants for her globally influenced signature dishes. What is not so well known is that Cindy has turned her passions for cooking and travel into a popular supper club, where she creates an adventurous menu celebrating a different international cuisine each week. Cindy's Supper Club has become a destination event, presenting a world tasting tour on a plate. Pawlcyn's new book, drawn from the weekly menus of her supper clubs, is a collection of 125 complete recipes and menus from around the globe - as well as a delicious delight.

Pawlcyn helped make the Napa Valley a destination for food and wine in Northern California. Today, her trio of restaurants - 
Mustard’s Grill, Cindy’s Backstreet Kitchen, and Brassica - are as much loved among locals as they are popular with visitors. Besides owning three of region's popular restaurants, Pawlcyn is also the author of four award-winning cookbooks including Mustard's Grill Napa Valley Cookbook, Big Small Plates, and Cindy Pawlcyn's Appetizers. She received a James Beard award for Mustards Grill Napa Valley Cookbook and is the author of Fog City Diner Cookbook.

Don't miss this event! Tickets are $115 per person / or $185 per couple. Price includes meal, wine, coffee, tax, tip, & a signed copy of the book. 

Cindy’s Backstreet Kitchen
1327 Railroad Ave.
94574 St. Helena

Literary Pilgrimage to the Soul of England - A Journey Abroad with Roger Housden

Monday, May 28, 2012 - 9:00am
Journey to the sceptered isle with

Roger Housden
May 28 to June 5, 2012

A unique and leisurely journey through southern England and the landscape that inspired Jane Austen, Thomas Hardy, TS Eliot, Wordsworth, and Shakespeare.

While visiting their homes and the places that inspired them, Roger will draw from the work of these authors as a guide for our own soul's journey.

We visit Jane Austen's house in Hampshire, as well as the City of Bath; Thomas Hardy's home in the county town of Dorchester, and Stonehenge along the way. Then to the village of East Coker, location for one of TS Eliot's Four Quartets, and Tintern Abbey, the subject of Wordsworth's famous poem. We spend a day at Hay on Wye Literature Festival, the greatest festival of its kind in the world, which takes place every year in the Welsh border country. After visiting Stratford on Avon we shall attend a performance at the Globe Theatre in London, and then spend our final day visiting our own choice of London's great sights. We never drive more than a hundred miles in a day at most, and usually much less, so this is indeed a leisurely pilgrimage with no early starts.

Literary Pilgrimage to the Soul of England

Cost: $3750
Maximum participants: 12 Includes all hotels ( 3x3 star and 2x5 star), tips for hotel staff, seven dinners, six breakfasts, group transport by minibus, airport transfers, services of Roger Housden and Braeda Horan.

Not included: international airfare, lunches, all beverages except for included breakfasts.

Full itinerary and registration form:
Download Itinerary

You can email Roger at Visit Roger on the Web at

About Roger Housden:
Roger Housden has written some twenty books, including the best-selling Ten Poems series, three travel books, the novella Chasing Rumi, and a book on Rembrandt. All his books, whatever the subject, encourage us to ask questions that help us to live into the best that we are. His Ten Poems series has shown many thousands of readers how literature can be a guide for the soul. He will be assisted by his partner, English designer Braeda Horan.


Travel with Roger Housden

Neal Stephenson - Reamde

Thursday, October 6, 2011 - 7:00pm

Tickets $40
(admits two - includes one signed book)

Reserve by phone: (415) 927-0960, ext. 1

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Neal Stephenson talks about his new thriller Reamde. Stephenson presents a high-stakes thriller that will enthrall his loyal audience—science, science fiction, and espionage fiction fans equally—the tale of a wealthy tech entrepreneur caught in the crossfire of his own online fantasy war game. Stephenson is the author of Snow Crash. College of Marin students, faculty & staff tickets are $7 per person (does not include a book) - Call (415) 927-0960, ext. 1 to reserve.

Can't attend the event? Order a signed copy

College of Marin, Olney Hall
835 College Avenue
94904 Kentfield

Brian Swimme - Journey of the Universe

Wednesday, September 7, 2011 - 7:00pm

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Dr. Brian Swimme discusses Journey of the Universe ($25.00). Swimme tells the epic story of the universe from an inspired new perspective, weaving the findings of modern science together with enduring wisdom found in the humanistic traditions of the West, China, India, and indigenous peoples. This book is part of a larger project that includes a documentary film, educational DVD series, and website

Dominican University of California, Angelico Hall
50 Acacia Avenue
94901 San Rafael

San Francisco Authors Luncheon - Russell Banks, Melissa Clark, Erik Larson, Kathryn Otoshi, Calvin Trillin & Jacqueline Winspear

Saturday, October 22, 2011 - 10:00am

23nd Annual National Kidney Foundation San Francisco Authors Luncheon
10:00 am (autographing begins) • 12:00 pm (luncheon)

$125 • For tickets or information call (415) 543-3303, ext. 114
Book Passage is proud to be part of this major literary event.

Participating Authors:

Russell Banks
Melissa ClarkErik Larson
Kathryn OtoshiCalvin TrillinJacqueline Winspear



2011 Authors Luncheon Books

Marriott Marquis
55 Fourth Street
94103 San Francisco

Gangaji - Hidden Treasure: Uncovering the Truth in Your Life Story

Thursday, October 13, 2011 - 7:30pm
Tickets $20: Purchase at the door

Gangaji discusses Hidden Treasure: Uncovering the Truth in Your Life Story ($24.95). Gangaji was given her name by her teacher Sri H. W. L. Poonja in 1990. She had pursued many paths to enlightenment and made a final prayer for help. And in 1990, the answer to her prayer came unexpectedly, taking her to India and to the meeting that would change her life.

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Mill Valley Community Center
180 Camino Alto
94941 Mill Valley


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