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Tracy Kidder - A Truck Full of Money (Dominican)

Wednesday, September 28, 2016 - 7:00pm

Angelico Hall, Dominican University of CA
Tickets: $35 (includes a signed copy of Truck Full of Money)

Online ticket sales now closed. Tickets available at the door.

Tracy Kidder, the “master of the nonfiction narrative” (The Baltimore Sun) and author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning classic The Soul of the New Machine and the bestselling Mountains Beyond Mountains, gives us the inspiring story of founder Paul English, a kinetic and unconventional inventor and entrepreneur. A Truck Full of Money: One Man’s Quest to Recover from Great Success offers us a window on the strange and extraordinarily well-financed, world of software engineering and commerce, where genius and artistry often mingle with vulgarity and greed.

Growing up in working-class Boston, English discovers a medium for his talents the first time he sees a computer. As a young man, despite suffering from what will later be diagnosed as bipolar disorder, he begins his pilgrim’s journey through the ups and downs in the brave new world of computers. Relating to the Internet as if it’s an extension of his own mind, he discovers that he has a gift for building creative teams of people, becoming a pied piper of geeks. His innovative management style, success, and innate sense of fair play inspire intense loyalty. Early on, one colleague observes: “Someday this boy’s going to get hit by a truck full of money, and I’m going to be standing beside him.” Yet when English makes a fortune as co-founder of the travel website, which sold for almost two billion dollars, the first thing he thinks about is how to give it away. The second thing he thinks is, what’s next?

With the power of a consummate storyteller, Tracy Kidder casts a fresh, critical, and often humorous eye on the way new inventions and new money are reshaping our culture. This is a mesmerizing portrait of an irresistibly endearing man who is indefatigable, original, and as unpredictable as America itself.

Tracy Kidder, whose most recent book is Home Town, is also the author of Among Schoolchildren and Old Friends. He has won both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. He lives in Massachusetts and Maine.


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ISBN: 9780812995244
Availability: Special Order
Published: Random House - September 20th, 2016

"A perfectly executed, exquisitely reported parable of the Internet age and the wild, mad adventure that is start-up culture."--Charles Duhigg

Fortune, mania, genius, philanthropy--the bestselling author of Mountains Beyond Mountains gives us the inspiring story of Paul English, the founder of and Lola.

Angelico Hall
20 Olive Avenue
San Rafael, CA 94901

National Kidney Foundation - 28th Annual San Francisco Author Luncheon (Hilton San Francisco)

Saturday, October 22, 2016 - 10:00am to 3:00pm

Hilton San Francisco Union Square
Tickets: $135 individual tickets; Tables($1,200 (through Sept. 1)

During the last two decades, the annual San Francisco Author’s Luncheon has grown into the Bay Area’s premier literary event. This year is no different: the National Kidney Foundation celebrate its 28th annual luncheon on Saturday, October 22 with seven nationally known, best-selling authors: 

Book Passage is proud to be a part of this major literary event!

The National Kidney Foundation’s 28th Annual Authors Event is the largest literary event of its kind in the Bay Area. Featuring a luncheon and a dinner, the event brings together those who are passionate about literature and saving lives through kidney disease research, advocacy, and education. Meet each author during book signing sessions. Individuals and corporations sponsoring the event at $5,000 and above receive an invitation to the exclusive Authors VIP Cocktail & Dinner Party, the Friday night before the luncheon.

Nearly 2 million people in Northern California suffer from chronic kidney disease, including 1 million living in the Greater Bay Area. Luncheon proceeds support the work of the National Kidney Foundation to directly enhance the lives of people in our community who are either dialysis or transplant patients, or at risk for developing kidney disease.


Taste of Persia: A Cook's Travels Through Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Iran, and Kurdistan Cover Image
ISBN: 9781579655488
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Published: Artisan Publishers - September 20th, 2016

Winner, James Beard Award for Best Book of the Year, International (2017)
Winner, IACP Award for Best Cookbook of the Year in Culinary Travel (2017)

Let There Be Laughter: A Treasury of Great Jewish Humor and What It All Means Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062422040
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Published: William Morrow & Company - September 27th, 2016

From the host of NPR affiliate's Forum with Michael Krasny, a compendium of Jewish jokes that packs the punches with hilarious riff after riff and also offers a window into Jewish culture.

Spaceman: An Astronaut's Unlikely Journey to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101903544
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Published: Crown Archetype - October 4th, 2016

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to find yourself strapped to a giant rocket that's about to go from zero to 17,500 miles per hour?

50 Years, 50 Moments: The Most Unforgettable Plays in Super Bowl History Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062302601
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Published: Dey Street Books - November 3rd, 2015

In commemoration of the fiftieth anniversary of America's most beloved sporting event--the Super Bowl--an authoritative collection of the most pivotal plays through the decades, compiled by the legendary Jerry Rice, and illustrated with dozens of color photographs.

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ISBN: 9781501126222
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Published: Simon & Schuster - June 7th, 2016

"Lily and the Octopus is the dog book you must read this summer...a profound experience." --The Washington Post

Combining the emotional depth of The Art of Racing in the Rain with the magical spirit of The Life of Pi, Lily and the Octopus is an epic adventure of the heart.

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ISBN: 9781101984543
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Published: Dutton Books - August 9th, 2016

The bestselling author of Encyclopedia an Ordinary Life returns with a literary experience that is unprecedented, unforgettable, and explosively human.

No Fair! No Fair! and Other Jolly Poems of Childhood Cover Image
By Calvin Trillin, Roz Chast (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780545825788
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Published: Orchard Books - September 27th, 2016

Get ready to laugh out loud with Calvin Trillin's first collection of poems for children (and nearby grown-ups). Enjoy the whimsical cartoon illustrations by New York Times bestselling illustrator Roz Chast as you find out if Justin is "the awfulest kid in the class," if there's anything that Matt won't eat, and if you can send back a new baby brother.

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ISBN: 9780345532855
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Published: Ballantine Books - February 17th, 2015

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Look for special features inside. Join the Random House Reader's Circle for author chats and more.
From theauthor of The Middle Place comes a new memoir that examines the bond sometimes nourishing, sometimes exasperating, occasionally divine between mothers and daughters.

Hilton San Francisco Union Square
333 O’Farrell Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

Cooks with Books: Shalane Flanagan & Elyse Kopecky - Run Fast Eat Slow (Left Bank)

Wednesday, September 14, 2016 - 12:00pm

Left Bank Restaurant, Larkspur
Tickets: $100 single, $165 couple (one book)

Event tickets include the meal, wine, tip, and a signed copy of the book.

Please note: this event is now sold out. For waitlist availability, please call (415) 927-0960.

From world-class marathoner and 4-time Olympian Shalane Flanagan and chef Elyse Kopecky comes a whole foods, flavor-forward cookbook for athletes that proves food can be indulgent and nourishing at the same time.
Packed with more than 100 recipes for every part of your day, from a morning smoothie to a lunch salad or sandwich to, yes, even, a satisfying dessert, Run Fast Eat Slow has all the bases covered. Fitness-minded readers will find no shortage of delicious meals, snacks, beverages, and sweets to indulge in without the guilt. Meals like Roasted Butternut Squash Ravioli with Sage Brown Butter and Pesto Zucchini "Pasta" will fill you up, without leaving you feeling heavy. Other fan favorites include Can’t Beet Me Smoothie, High-Altitude Bison Meatballs, Superhero Muffins, Arugula Cashew Pesto and Double Chocolate Teff Cookies. Flanagan and Kopecky also tackle the major misconceptions around what constitutes healthy eating. Many people have an ingrained fear of fat, but healthy fat is essential for preventing weight gain, absorbing nutrients, balancing hormones, building muscle and strong bones, and boosting energy.
Packaged as a beautiful full-color hardcover cookbook, this title stands out from other cookbooks geared toward athletes, and will please Shalane’s many fans who have been asking for food advice and recipes from her for years. Shalane will have just returned from competing in the 2016 Olympic Games, and in addition to dishing out cooking and food advice, will share stories about her experience in Rio.


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ISBN: 9781623366810
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Published: Rodale Books - August 9th, 2016

Fuel up like 2017 New York City Marathon Champion Shalane Flanagan

Left Bank Brasserie
507 Magnolia Avenue
Larkspur, CA 94939

Tom Killion - 28th Annual Marinscapes Fine Art Exhibit & Benefit

Saturday, June 25, 2016 - 11:00am

Historic Escalle Winery, 771 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur

$15 for the "Meet the Artists" Reception Friday June 24, 5:30 to 8:00 pm
$15 for weekend exhibit on June 25 and 26, noon to 6 p.m.

On Saturday, June 25 at 11:00 am, Artist Tom Killion will give a demonstration and special talk about his Japanese-style Woodcut Prints.  $15 admission includes entrance to MarinScapes, which opens at 12:00 pm.

The 28th Annual MarinScapes Fine Art Exhibit & Benefit showcases works by more than 30 artists and photographers immortalizing the life and landscapes of Marin County. Enjoy complimentary wine and refreshments at a historic winery set amid bucolic hills in Larkspur. Many pieces will feature scenes of Marin's national parks as a salute to the Centennial Celebration of the National Parks Service.  This year's featured artist is Christin Coy. Proceeds support Buckelew Programs, including Family Service Agency of Marin and Helen Vine Recovery Center.

More Information:  (415) 491-5705; 

Historic Escalle Winery
771 Magnolia Ave.
Larkspur, CA 94939

Diana Nyad - Find a Way (Dominican University)

Wednesday, September 14, 2016 - 7:00pm

Tickets: $25 (includes signed paperback copy of Find a Way)

Online sales have closed. Tickets available at the door.

On September 2, 2013, at the age of sixty-four, Diana Nyad emerged onto the sands of Key West after swimming 111 miles, nation to nation, Cuba to Florida, in an epic feat of both endurance and human will, in fifty-three hours. Nyad carried three poignant messages on her way across this stretch of shark-infested waters, and she spoke them to the crowd in her moment of final triumph:

1. Never, ever give up.
2. You're never too old to chase your dreams.
3. It looks like a solitary sport, but it's a Team.

Millions of people around the world cheered this maverick on, moved by her undeniable tenacity to be the first to make the historic crossing without the aid of a shark cage. At the end of her magnificent journey, after thirty-five years and four crushing failures, the public found hope in Nyad's perseverance. They were inspired by her mantra find a way that led her to realize a dream in her sixties that had eluded her as a young champion in peak form.

In Find a Way, Nyad engages us with a unique, passionate story of this heroic adventure and the extraordinary life experiences that have served to carve her unwavering spirit.

Nyad was a world champion in her twenties, setting the record for swimming around Manhattan Island, along with other ocean-swim achievements, all of which rendered her a star at the time. Back then, she made the first attempt at the Mount Everest of swims, the Cuba Swim, but after forty-two hours and seventy-nine miles she was blown desperately off course. Her dream unfulfilled, she didn t swim another stroke for three decades.

Why, at sixty-four, was she able to achieve what she could not at thirty? How did her dramatic failures push her to success? What inner resources did Diana draw on during her long days and nights of training, and how did the power of the human spirit trump both the limitations of the body and the forces of nature across this vast, dangerous wilderness? This is the gripping story of an athlete, of a hero, of a bold mind. This is a galvanizing meditation on facing fears, engaging in our lives full throttle, and living each day with no regrets.


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ISBN: 9780804172912
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Published: Vintage - June 28th, 2016

Hillary Clinton said that Find a Way would stay with her through the general election: "When you're facing big challenges in your life, you can think about Diana Nyad getting attacked by the lethal sting of box jellyfishes. And nearly anything else seems doable in comparison."

Angelico Hall
20 Olive Avenue
San Rafael, CA 94901

Bill Walton - Back from the Dead (Sweetwater Music Hall)

Monday, June 20, 2016 - 7:00pm

Tickets: $15
Sweetwater Music Hall, Mill Valley

Back from the Dead is the inspiring memoir from sports and cultural icon Bill Walton, recounting his devastating injuries and amazing recoveries, set in the context of his UCLA triumphs under John Wooden, his storied NBA career, and his affinity for music and the Grateful Dead.

Walton grew up in San Diego in the 1950s and 1960s and was deeply influenced by the political and cultural upheavals of that period. Although he strongly identified with the cool people, particularly in music and politics, his greatest role model outside his family was super-straight UCLA basketball coach John Wooden, a thoughtful, rigorous mentor who seemed immune to the turmoil of the times. Although there was always tension and conflict between them, the two men would speak nearly every day for forty-three years, until Wooden’s death at age ninety-nine.

Despite a lifelong stuttering affliction, Walton chose a career in broadcasting after his playing days ended. He eventually won an Emmy Award and other accolades for broadcasting and was recognized as a leading media pundit.

John Wooden once said that no greatness ever came without sacrifice. Nothing better illustrates this saying than the real story of Walton’s life. In his own words, Back from the Dead shares this dramatic story, including his basketball and broadcasting careers, his many setbacks and rebounds, and his ultimate triumph as the toughest of champions.

Bill Walton was NCAA player of the year at UCLA from 1972 to 1974, when UCLA set an NCAA record eighty-eight consecutive-game winning streak. A former NBA Champion and MVP, he was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame and selected as one of the NBA’s Fifty Greatest Players ever. He has also had a successful award-winning broadcasting career with ABC, ESPN, NBC, MSNBC, CBS, Turner, and Fox, among others. He currently resides in his hometown of San Diego with his family.


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ISBN: 9781476716862
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Simon & Schuster - March 22nd, 2016

This inspiring memoir from sports and cultural icon Bill Walton recounts his devastating injuries and amazing recoveries, set in the context of his UCLA triumphs under John Wooden, his storied NBA career, and his affinity for music and the Grateful Dead.

19 Corte Madera Ave
Mill Valley, CA 94941

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

Saturday, May 7, 2016 - 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. The great skill with which he slices through cultural euphemisms and political correctness proves that Sedaris is a master of satire and one of the most observant writers addressing the human condition today. David Sedaris is the author of Barrel Fever and Holidays on Ice, as well as collections of personal essays, Naked, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, When You Are Engulfed in Flames, and his most recent book, Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls, each of which became an immediate bestseller. He is the author of the NYT-bestselling collection of fables entitled Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary (with illustrations by Ian Falconer). There are a total of ten million copies of his books in print and they have been translated into 25 languages.

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

Billy Collins - The Rain in Portugal (Dominican University)

Monday, October 10, 2016 - 7:00pm

Angelico Hall, Dominican Univeristy of CA

Tickets: $35 (includes a signed copy of The Rain in Portugal)

Online ticket sales now closed. Tickets available at the door. 


From former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins comes a twelfth collection of poetry offering nearly fifty new poems that showcase the generosity, wit, and imaginative play that prompted The Wall Street Journal to call him “America’s favorite poet.”
The Rain in Portugal—a title that admits he’s not much of a rhymer—sheds Collins’s ironic light on such subjects as travel and art, cats and dogs, loneliness and love, beauty and death. His tones range from the whimsical—“the dogs of Minneapolis . . . / have no idea they’re in Minneapolis”—to the elegiac in a reaction to the death of Seamus Heaney. A student of the everyday, here Collins contemplates a weather vane, a still life painting, the calendar, and a child lost at a beach. His imaginative fabrications have Shakespeare flying comfortably in first class and Keith Richards supporting the globe on his head. By turns entertaining, engaging, and enlightening, this collection amounts to another chorus of poems from one of the most respected and familiar voices in the world of American poetry.

Billy Collins is the author of ten collections of poetry, including Aimless Love, Horoscopes for the Dead, Ballistics, The Trouble with Poetry, Nine Horses, Sailing Alone Around the Room, Questions About Angels, The Art of Drowning, and Picnic, Lightning. He is also the editor of Poetry 180: A Turning Back to Poetry, 180 More: Extraordinary Poems for Every Day, and Bright Wings: An Illustrated Anthology of Poems About Birds. A Distinguished Professor of English at Lehman College of the City University of New York, he was Poet Laureate of the United States from 2001 to 2003 and Poet Laureate of New York State from 2004 to 2006. He lives in Florida.

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ISBN: 9780679644064
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Published: Random House - October 4th, 2016

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - From former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins comes a twelfth collection of poetry offering over fifty new poems that showcase the generosity, wit, and imaginative play that prompted The Wall Street Journal to call him "America's favorite poet."

Angelico Hall
20 Olive Avenue
San Rafael, CA 94901

Cooks with Books: Victor Hazan - Ingredienti (Left Bank Restaurant)

Thursday, July 21, 2016 - 6:30pm

Left Bank Restaurant in Larkspur • Single $110; Couple $180 (one book)

This event is now sold-out. To inquire about waitlist availability, call (415) 927-0960 x233.

From the inimitable woman who popularized Italian cuisine in America, Marcella Hazan’s simple and elegant manual on how to shop for the best ingredients and prepare the most delicious meals is a must-have for every home cook.

When Marcella Hazan died in 2013, the world mourned the passing of the “Godmother of Italian cooking.” But her legacy lives on, through her cookbooks and recipes, and in the handwritten notebooks filled with her thoughts on how to select the best ingredients—Ingredienti. Her husband and longtime collaborator Victor Hazan has translated and transcribed these vignettes on how to buy and what to do with the fresh produce used in Italian cooking, the elements of an essential pantry, and salumi.

Before you know how to cook, you must know how to shop. From Artichokes to Zucchini, Anchovies to Ziti, this guide offers succinct and compelling advice on how to choose vegetables, pasta, olive oil, Parmigiano Reggiano, prosciutto, and all of the key elements of Marcella’s classic meals. Organic isn’t necessarily best, boxed pasta can be better than fresh. Marcella’s authoritative wisdom and surprising tips will change the way you cook. Her clear, practical guidance in acquiring the components of good cooking is helpful wherever you choose to shop—in supermarkets, farmers’ markets, specialty food stores, or online.

Based on sixty years of almost daily visits to the market to choose the ingredients of that day’s meal, this book is a life’s work, distilled—an expression of Marcella’s judgments, advice, and suggestions. Uncomplicated and precise, this volume will be essential to home cooks eager to produce meals in the same delicious style Marcella was the first to introduce to America.

Victor Hazan, Marcella’s lifelong collaborator and writing partner, is an authority on Italian wine and food. He is the author of Italian Wine. He lives in Longboat Key, Florida.


Ingredienti: Marcella's Guide to the Market Cover Image
ISBN: 9781451627367
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Published: Scribner Book Company - July 12th, 2016

From the inimitable woman who popularized Italian cuisine in America, Marcella Hazan's simple and elegant manual on how to shop for the best ingredients and prepare the most delicious meals is a must-have for every home cook.

Left Bank Restaurant
507 Magnolia Ave
Larkspur, CA 94939

Mandy Ingber - Yogalosophy for Inner Strength (New Om World)

Saturday, June 18, 2016 - 12:00pm

New Om World, Corte Madera

Open your heart and embrace joy with Yogalosophy! Celebrity fitness and wellness expert and New York Times best-selling author, Mandy Ingber, has used her signature Yogalosophy yoga/toning hybrid to help stars like Jennifer Aniston and Kate Beckinsale sculpt their bodies. Building on the concepts in her first book, join Mandy for a sampler yoga class designed to open your heart and cultivate joy. This 90-minute practice will draw from the 5 routines in her new book, with lessons and exercises to energize, open and relax you. 

Ingber incorporates anecdotes from her personal journey through loss and trying times, and stories from experts within her inner circle of friends. Whether you’re experiencing crisis or simply feeling adrift, Yogalosophy for Inner Strength will help guide and carry you through your transition by providing a path to emotional strength, inner balance, and ultimately, to a greater capacity for true joy.

Mandy Ingber, The New York Times best-selling author of Yogalosophy: 28 Days to the Ultimate Mind-Body Makeover and creator of the yoga-hybrid DVD Yogalosophy, is a celebrity fitness and wellness expert. Her twenty years of teaching experience have attracted such clients as Jennifer Aniston, Kate Beckinsale, Helen Hunt, Ricki Lake, Jennifer Meyer, and Brooke Shields. She has been a spokesperson for Silk Soymilk and is a contributing fitness and wellness advisor for Health, POPSUGAR, SELF, Shape, USA Today and Yahoo!  Mandy is a fitness blogger for E! Online and and is featured regularly in Elle, Glamour, Harper’s Bazaar, O, The Oprah Magazine, Vanity Fair, Vogue, and more.

For more information, call New Om World at (415) 891-3764 

Yogalosophy for Inner Strength: 12 Weeks to Heal Your Heart and Embrace Joy Cover Image
ISBN: 9781580055932
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Published: Seal Press (CA) - May 17th, 2016

Heartbreak is a universal experience, and self-compassion is vital to healing. In this moment of truth lies the opportunity to find action-oriented ways to love yourself.

New Om World
67 Tamal Vista Blvd.
Corte Madera, CA 94925


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