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4th Annual Matrix Luncheon with Stephen Hinshaw

Monday, March 28, 2011 - 12:00pm

Corte Madera store

The Unity Center of Marin | Novato, CA

Stephen Hinshaw, Ph.D. is Chair of the Psychology Department at U.C., Berkeley and one of the nation’s foremost experts on teens. He is known for his effective work with children with ADHD, his commitment to reducing the stigma of mental illness in youth, and his research on how contemporary pressures affect the development of youth.

His latest book is The Triple Bind: Saving Our Teenage Girls from Today’s Pressures and Conflicting Expectations. His other works include The Mark of Shame: Stigma of Mental Illness and An Agenda for Change, and Breaking The Silence. Matrix Parents’ Network is a parent-run, non-profit organization that provides crucial services to families raising a child with special needs.

600 Palm Drive
94949 Novato

Cooks with Books: Gabrielle Hamilton SOLD OUT

Thursday, March 10, 2011 - 6:30pm

This event is now SOLD OUT. We are accepting requests for the WAITING LIST. Call (415) 927-0960, ext. 1 for availability. 

Left Bank Restaurant in Larkspur
Tickets: $100 per person
| $170 per couple

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Gabrielle Hamilton is the chef/owner of Prune restaurant in New York City. Anthony Bourdain writes, “Hamilton packs in more heart, soul, and pure power into one beautifully crafted page than I’ve ever accomplished in my entire writing career.” If that doesn’t convince you, then read what Mario Batali says: “I will read this book to my children and then burn the books I have written for pretending to be anything even close to this. After that I will apply for the dishwasher job at Prune to learn from my new queen.” Hamilton’s writing has appeared in The New Yorker, GQ, Bon Appetit, and Saveur. The ticket price includes the meal, wine, coffee, tax, tip & a signed copy of the author’s book.

507 Magnolia Avenue
94939-1328 Larkspur

Discovery Forum with Jonah Lehrer

Tuesday, February 8, 2011 - 11:30am

The Ritz Carlton Hotel
600 Stockton Street, San Francisco, CA
Tickets $150: (415) 339-3958 or at

Bay Area Discovery Museum presents
Jonah Lehrer, author of How We Decide, explores creativity from a scientific perspective. He advocates integrating science and art in order to advance human culture. Lehrer is also the author of Proust Was a Neuroscientist.

The Bay Area Discovery Museum is a one-of-a-kind indoor and outdoor facility at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge, serving over 300,000 visitors per year on its 7.5 acre Sausalito campus. It is a critical resource for preparing children for the challenges of the 21st century. This event helps support the Museum’s educational programs and outreach to communities.


600 Stockton Street
94108 San Francisco

Aminatta Forna - The Memory of Love

Wednesday, January 26, 2011 - 6:00pm

World Affairs Council of N. California
312 Sutter St., 2nd Floor
San Francisco, CA
Tickets $25/ Members $15/ Students $5

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The International Museum of Women and the World Affairs Council of Northern California present the Extraordinary Voices, Extraordinary Change Speaker Series with Aminatta Forna, in conversation with Clare Winterton, IMOW’s Executive Director.

Forna is one of Africa’s most important and perceptive chroniclers. In her new novel The Memory of Love, set in post-colonial Sierra Leone, she portrays modern Africa through the eyes of those who struggle to cope with the aftermath of war. Aminatta Forna is also the author of a novel, Ancestor Stones, and a memoir, The Devil That Danced on the Water.


312 Sutter St.
2nd Floor
94108-4305 San Francisco

A New Year's Eve Celebration Made Easy (and funny) in Marin

Friday, December 31, 2010 - 8:30pm

Marin Jewish Community Center, San Rafael
Tickets at (415) 444-8081 or at

Comedy Showcase: 8:30 pm
After party & countdown: 11:15 pm

With a rare west coast appearance from comedian & star of Broadway's Hairspray Kevin Meaney! Special guests include famed comedian/juggler Michael Davis, SF Favorite Geoff Bolt & your host, award-winning magician/comedian Robert Strong.

Come for the Comedy ~ Stay for the party!
- fun, full no-host bar, favors, sweets & countdown

DISCOUNTED TICKETS are available to members of Other Café email list (join now!)

Limited VIP tix & include champagne & reserved premier table seating

200 North San Pedro Road
94903 San Rafael

Steven M. Cohen - The Jew Within: Self, Family, and Community in America

Thursday, March 24, 2011 - 7:00pm

Marin Jewish Community Center, San Rafael
Tickets at (415) 444-8000 or at

Steven M. Cohen talks about The Jew Within: Self, Family, and Community in America (Arnold Eisen, co-author) ($29.95). Cohen is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the Melton Center for Jewish Education, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

200 North San Pedro Road
94903-4213 San Rafael

Erica Brown - Confronting Scandal: How Jews Can Respond When Jews Do Bad Things

Thursday, January 27, 2011 - 7:00pm

Marin Jewish Community Center, San Rafael
Tickets at (415) 444-8000 or at

Erica Brown discusses Confronting Scandal: How Jews Can Respond When Jews Do Bad Things ($24.99). Brown explores the difficult and thorny issues surrounding scandals. She addresses practical ways to strengthen ethical behavior, and to engender greater self-respect and respect of others.

200 North San Pedro Road
94903-4213 San Rafael

Elliot Aronson - Not by Chance: My Life as a Social Psychologist

Friday, February 11, 2011 - 6:30pm

Dominican University of California
Guzman Hall, San Rafael, CA

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Dr. Elliot Aronson discusses his autobiography Not by Chance: My Life as a Social Psychologist ($27.50). As the only person in the history of the American Psychological Association to have won all three of its highest honors—for distinguished research, teaching, and writing—Aronson presents a personal and compelling look into his profound contributions to the field of social psychology. Book Passage is proud to be the bookseller for this event.

50 Acacia Avenue
94901 San Rafael

Marcus Samuelsson - Cooks with Books: YES, CHEF with Traci Des Jardins EVENT SOLD OUT

Thursday, July 12, 2012 - 12:00pm

Admission $110 per person - EVENT SOLD OUT
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Join Marcus Samuelsson at the top rated Jardinière restaurant in San Francisco, along with co-owner and award winning chef/restauranteur Traci Des Jardins, for what is sure to be a very special event.

Some may recognize Marcus Samuelsson as the winner of Top Chef: Master's Season 2 or as the James Beard Foundation award winning chef of New York City's Red Rooster Harlem. In his memoir, YES, CHEF, Samulesson chronicles his incredible journey from the age of 3 when he was orphaned along with his sister in Ethiopia after walking 75 miles from a remote village to a hospital to try and save his mother from succumbing to tuberculosis. Later, when he was adopted by a loving Swedish family, Samuelsson developed a lifelong passion for cooking alongside his Swedish grandmother, Helga. From this humble beginning to some of the most demanding restaurants in Europe, Samuelsson then arrived in NYC's Aquavit. While there, he earned a coveted three-star rating from the New York Times at the age of 24. President Clinton writes, "In his famed dishes, and now in this memoir, Marcus Samuelsson tells a story that reaches past racial and national divides to the foundations of family, hope and downright good food." 

300 Grove Street
94102 San Francisco

Rick Steves - Travel as a Political Act

Wednesday, November 10, 2010 - 7:00pm

Dominican University of California, Angelico Hall
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Rick Steves—author of over 50 European travel guidebooks and host of the PBS-TV series, Rick Steves' Europe—believes that thoughtful travel expands our world view and shapes how we address the challenges confronting our nation politically. Having spent four months a year overseas for the last 25 years, Rick feels that travel helps us "challenge truths we were raised to think were self-evident and God-given." His classes have helped millions of Americans not only enjoy maximum travel thrills per mile, minute and euro…but become better citizens of our planet. Rick shares how the other 96 percent of humanity sees our nation and explores how his social activism has grown naturally out of his travel experiences. He's fresh back from lots of travels (including a TV production trip to Iran) and will be on hand after his talk for questions and autographs.

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Travel writer, PBS-TV host, and Seattle businessman Rick Steves shares what he's learned in 30 years of travel: why India is his favorite country, why trains are pulling into European stations with birds squished onto their windshields, and how travel challenges truths we've always just assumed were "self-evident and God-given." From Kurdish wood carvers proudly holding up their chisels to teary-eyed Germans atop their new parliament building, the world is changing and America is challenged. Today's travel writer can be much like the medieval court jester—he can bring home the truth and not get killed.

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


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