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Joseph Telushkin - Hillel: If Not Now, When?

Sunday, November 7, 2010 - 10:30am

Osher Marin JCC
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Joseph Telushkin talks about Hillel: If Not Now, When? ($24.00). From the bestselling author of Jewish Literacy comes a provocative biography of one of the greatest rabbis of the Talmudic era and a figure of prophetic importance to today’s world. This bold new look at Hillel is certain to generate passionate discussion and debate.

Tickets available at (415) 444-8000
or online at

Osher Marin Jewish Community Center
200 N San Pedro Rd.
94903-4213 San Rafael

Bill Bryson - At Home EVENT SOLD OUT

Monday, October 24, 2011 - 7:00pm


In At Home: A Short History of Private Life, Bryson decides to learn about the ordinary things of life by exploring each room in his converted 19th-century church rectory in Norfolk, England. From the blood and wars that put salt and pepper on our table to the baffling mysteries that put shoes on our feet, At Home is Bryson’s most historic journey yet—the history of the way we live. Bryson is the author of A Walk in the Woods and A Short History of Nearly Everything.

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

Cooks with Books: Michael Chiarello - Bottega

Wednesday, October 27, 2010 - 6:30pm
Cooks with Books Event!
Left Bank Restaurant, Larkspur

Tickets: $140 per person
/ $195 per couple
Reserve by phone at (415) 927-0960 ext. 1

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Within a year of its opening, Michael Chiarello’s restaurant Bottega in the Napa Valley was selected as one of America’s best new restaurants by Forbes and Esquire and a top new-comer by Zagat guides. Chiarello’s signature dishes are full of big, bold Italian flavors, which draw inspiration from his Calabrese roots. Chiarello has been a fixture on Top Chef Masters, the Food Network, and PBS. Now, with Bottega, home cooks can enjoy the Bottega experience. The ticket price includes the meal, wine, coffee, tax, tip & a signed copy of the author’s book.

Left Bank Restaurant
507 Magnolia Ave.
94939 Larkspur

Robert Reich - Aftershock: The Next Economy and America's Future

Friday, October 1, 2010 - 7:00pm

Free Event - Open to the Public
Preferred seating with purchase of the book
Dominican University of California
Angelico Hall, San Rafael, CA

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Robert Reich discusses Aftershock: The Next Economy and America’s Future ($25.00). He presents a new reading of the economic crisis—and a plan for dealing with its aftermath. Reich is one of our most trenchant and informed experts. When the nation’s economy foundered in 2008 and blame was directed at Wall Street, Reich suggested a different reason for the meltdown. He argues that the real problem is structural: it lies in the increasing concentration of income and wealth at the top. He sees a perilous road ahead, as we deal with a middle class that has had to go deeply into debt to stay afloat.

Dominican University of California
50 Acacia Avenue
94901 San Rafael

Ingrid Betancourt - Even Silence Has an End: My Six Years of Captivity in the Colombian Jungle

Thursday, October 28, 2010 - 7:00pm

Tickets $35 ($25 members/$15 students)
Reserve at or by phone at (415) 543-4669, ext. 27
Schwab Center, San Francisco
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Book Passage and the International Museum of Women present Ingrid Betancourt
Moderated by Jeanne Carstensen
Join us as Ingrid Betancourt discusses Even Silence Has an End: My Six Years of Captivity in the Colombian Jungle. Betancourt tells the story of her six and one-half years of captivity in the Colombian jungle, describing her resilience, resistance, and faith. In 2002, while campaigning as a candidate in the Colombian presidential elections, she was abducted by the FARC. Chained day and night for much of her captivity, she never stopped dreaming of escape. Attending as intimately to the landscape of her mind as she does to the events of her capture and captivity, this work is a meditation on the very stuff of life—fear and freedom, hope and what inspires it.

Schwab Center
211 Main Street (at Howard)
94105 San Francisco

Spiritual Journeys - with Sylvia Boorstein, Michael Krasny, Dani Shapiro & Don Lattin

Thursday, October 7, 2010 - 7:30pm

Tickets $15 ($12 members) • Call (415) 444-8000
Osher Marin JCC, San Rafael, CA

Co-presented with Litquake! Moderated by Don Lattin
Michael Krasny discusses Spiritual Envy ($22.95), an exploration of morality, mortality, and why evil sometimes triumphs. Sylvia Boorstein talks about Happiness is an Inside Job ($13.00), drawing from the heart of Buddhism. Dani Shapiro presents Devotion ($24.99), a searching and timeless new personal account of her quest to find meaning in a constantly changing world. Don Lattin is the author of The Harvard Psychedelic Club ($24.99).

Osher Marin JCC
200 North San Pedro Road
94903 San Rafael

Cooks with Books: Connie Green & Sarah Patterson Scott - The Wild Table

Thursday, December 2, 2010 - 12:00pm
Cooks with Books Event!
Greens Restaurant, San Francisco
Tickets: $120 per person ($190 per couple)
Reserve by phone at (415) 927-0960, ext. 1

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The Wild Table offers an invitation to the mysterious world of exotic, foraged foods. Connie Green is on the forefront of the foraging movement, and she sells her gathered goods to restaurants like French Laundry and Greens. Readers of this original cookbook will be taken into the woods in search of prize morels, chanterelles, mousserons and more. Along with incredible recipes are entertaining stories of wild foods from the gatherers, foragers, and chefs. You’ll learn the art of enjoying and appreciating these delicious delicacies. Connie Green has been foraging foods for 30 years. She owns Wine Forest, and her clients include Thomas Keller, Daniel Patterson, Nancy Oaks, Charles Phan,
Bradley Ogden, and others. Sarah Patterson Scott is a chef and culinary consultant who served as executive chef for Robert Mondavi Winery for 13 years. The ticket price includes the meal, wine, coffee, tax, tip & a signed copy of the author’s book.

Sarah Patterson Scott
Greens Restaurant
Fort Mason, Building A
94123 San Francisco

Susan Feniger - Cooks with Books: Street Food: Irresistibly crispy, creamy, crunchy, spicy, sticky, sweet recipes!

Thursday, September 20, 2012 - 6:30pm

Admission $110 per person


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

Susan Feniger is an award winning chef and leading authority on Latin Cuisine. She was one of the original stars on the Food Network. She and her partner opened Border Grill in L.A. before creating STREET, a multi-ethnic eatery that draws inspiration from street-food carts all over the globe. In Street Food, she shares 83 of her favorite recipes from places like Vietnam, Mongolia, Turkey and Egypt.

Join Susan Feniger at Insalata's restaurant in San Anselmo for what is sure to be a very special and very tasty event.

Don't wait to sign up - space is limited. Price includes the meal, wine, tax, tip & a signed copy of the author’s book. Reserve at Book Passage (415-927-0960) or at Can't attend the event? Order a signed copy.

120 Sir Francis Drake Blvd.
94960 San Anselmo

Eoin Colfer - Artemis Rocks!

Sunday, September 26, 2010 - 12:00pm
Tickets: $27 (includes a signed book) • $48 (for a family of four, including one signed book) • Children under five free • Call (415) 444-8000
Osher Marin JCC, San Rafael, CA

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Read the review in Publishers Weekly!

Special for kids & parents!
Join us for original songs, live music, videos, onstage interview and audience Q&A with Eoin Colfer! Colfer delivers a knockout, fast-paced, and hilarious adventure in Artemis Fowl: The Atlantis Complex, the seventh book in the series. Artemis has committed his entire fortune to a project he believes will save the planet. Can it be true? Has goodness taken hold of the world’s greatest teenage criminal mastermind? Captain Holly Short is unconvinced and discovers that Artemis is suffering from Atlantis Complex, a psychosis common among guilt-ridden fairies!

Osher Marin JCC
200 North San Pedro Road
94903 San Rafael

Marlo Thomas - Growing Up Laughing

Monday, October 18, 2010 - 7:00pm

Tickets $32 (includes a signed copy of the book)
Call (415) 927-0960, ext. 1

Dominican University of California

Guzman Lecture Hall (2nd Floor), San Rafael, CA

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In Growing Up Laughing, Marlo Thomas recalls the behind-the-scenes decisions that shaped her career; her marriage to Phil Donahue; and her friendships and collaborations with an impressive list of cultural icons—from Gloria Steinem and Milton Berle to Orson Welles and Elaine May. Among her interviews and remembrances, Thomas also shares a running collection of prized jokes, both long and short, that summon up the rich chorus of voices she has brought together.

Along the way, Thomas shares stories about her childhood; her hard-working father and high-spirited mother and the family they created; and the making of her signature television series That Girl. It was in 1966 that Thomas first charmed her way into the nation’s living rooms as That Girl—a single career woman in New York City. At the time, the notion of a young woman living on her own and charting her own course was not seen as viable television entertainment, and yet Thomas’s landmark portrayal of budding actress Ann Marie would pave the way for the Murphy Browns and Carrie Bradshaws to come. She was just getting started breaking barriers: With her acclaimed Free to Be…You and Me books and recordings, Thomas challenged preconceived notions of gender and rejected fairy-tale endings so that young girls and boys could be free to express their hopes and dreams. And through it all, she has remained at the heart of American entertainment and culture—starring on and off-Broadway, stealing scenes as Rachel Green’s mother on Friends, and becoming the public face of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Marlo Thomas is an award-winning actress, author and activist whose body of work continues to have an impact on American entertainment and culture. She has been honored with four Emmy Awards, a Peabody, a Golden Globe and a Grammy, and has been inducted into the Broadcasting Hall of Fame.

Dominican University of California
Guzman Lecture Hall (2nd Floor), 50 Acacia Avenue
94901 San Rafael


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