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Cooks with Books: Nigella Lawson - At My Table (Left Bank)

Sunday, April 22, 2018 - 6:30pm

Left Bank, Larkspur
Tickets: $125 per person, $190 per couple (includes meal & book)

*Registration is now closed. Please call (415) 927-0960 x1 for waitlist.* 

Internationally bestselling author Nigella Lawson celebrates the home cook in At My Table. Engaging with fans like never before, she invites you into her home kitchen & steps into yours as well.

At My Table includes dishes to inspire all cooks and eaters, from Hake with Bacon, Peas, and Cider to Indian-Spiced Chicken and Potato Traybake and Chili Mint Lamb Cutlets, plus a host of colorful vegetable dishes, like Eastern Mediterranean Chopped Salad and Carrots and Fennel with Harissa.

No Nigella cookbook would be complete without sweet treats, and At My Table is no exception, with Emergency Brownies, White Chocolate Cheesecake, and a Victoria Sponge with Cardamom, Marmalade, and Crème Fraiche set to become family favorites.

As Nigella writes, "happiness is best shared," and the food in this book will be served and savored at your own kitchen table just as it is at hers.

Nigella Lawson has written nine bestselling cookbooks, including the classics How to Eat and How to Be a Domestic Goddess. These books and her television series have made her a household name around the world. She was a mentor on ABC's The Taste, and her books have sold more than eight million copies.

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

Left Bank
507 Magnolia Avenue
Larkspur, CA 94939

Cooks with Books: Lidia Matticchio Bastianich - My American Dream (Insalata's)

Sunday, April 15, 2018 - 6:00pm

Insalata's, San Anselmo
Tickets: $125 per person, $190 per couple (includes meal & book)

Please Note: this event is sold out. To inquire about waitlist availability, please contact mfriedman@bookpassage.com.

From Lidia Matticchio Bastianich, the bestselling cookbook author, beloved and award-winning television personality, and hugely successful restaurateur comes My American Dream, a heartwarming, emotional, revelatory memoir told with all her hallmark warmth and gusto.

Lidia's story begins with her upbringing in Pula, a formerly Italian city turned Yugoslavian under Tito's communist regime. She enjoys a childhood surrounded by love and security -- despite the family's poverty -- learning everything about Italian cooking from her beloved grandmother, Nonna Rosa. When the communist regime begins investigating the family, they flee to Trieste, Italy, where they spend two years in a refugee camp waiting for visas to enter the United States -- an experience that will shape Lidia for the rest of her life. At age 12, Lidia starts a new life in New York. She soon begins working in restaurants as a young teenager, the first step toward the creation of her own American dream. And she tells in great, vivid detail the fulfillment of that dream: her close-knit family, her dedication and endless passion for food that ultimately leads to multiple restaurants, many cookbooks, and twenty years on public television as the host of her own cooking show. An absolute must-have for the millions of Lidia fans.

Lidia Matticchio Bastianich is the author of thirteen cookbooks and the Emmy award-winning host of public television's Lidia's Kitchen, which also airs internationally. She is also a judge on MasterChef Junior Italy and Italy's highly rated daily program, La Prova del Cuoco. Lidia owns Felidia, Becco, several other restaurants, and is a partner in the acclaimed Eataly. She lives on Long Island, New York.

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

Insalata's Restaurant
120 Sir Francis Drake Blvd.
San Anselmo, CA 94960

CANCELLED: Cooks with Books: Philip Tessier & Roland Passot - Chasing Bocuse (La Folie)

Sunday, March 18, 2018 - 6:30pm

PLEASE NOTE: This event has been cancelled. To be notified of a potential rescheduled date, please contact mfriedman@bookpassage.com.

La Folie, San Francisco

In Chasing Bocuse, the dramatic story of the American team's journey from obscurity to the silver-medal and ultimately the gold-medal win at the world's most renowned cooking competition, the Bocuse d'Or, is told in riveting narrative, breathtaking photographs, and expert recipes from every stage of the process. In 2015 in Lyon, France, Team USA medaled for the first time ever at the Bocuse d'Or--often called the "Olympics of the cooking world"-- taking silver. Two years later, Team USA won the competition and took home the gold. The coach and mentors of the 2015 team consisted of chefs who have become household names: Gavin Kaysen, Thomas Keller, and Daniel Boulud, with French Laundry executive sous chef Philip Tessier and his assistant Skylar Stover as the primary competitors.

Now Tessier, who went on to coach the winning 2017 team, and his teammates offer readers a seat at the table of this exciting culinary event, founded by and named for famed chef Paul Bocuse, in a book brimming with personal anecdotes, vibrant pictures, and a course-by-course offering of recipes for the home chef from the competitions. As Tessier describes the journey to the competition -- first as competitor, then as coach -- including the chaos, pressure, and the glorious result, readers will feel every heated moment. With a collection of recipes for meals served at every stage, readers will be able to taste those moments as well. Rarely has food writing been so exciting--or so rewarding. Combining a great story with recipes crafted by America's culinary giants, this beautiful celebration of a historic victory will make every reader feel and cook like a champion.

Philip Tessier is the first American chef to ever place on the podium at the prestigious Bocuse d'Or culinary competition in Lyon, France, taking silver in 2015 competition. Chef Tessier continued on to coach the 2017 U.S. team, guiding them to victory as they won gold for the first time in the 30 year competition. He was previously executive sous chef at Thomas Keller's three Michelin star The French Laundry in Napa Valley, CA, and chef de cuisine at Bouchon in Yountville, CA. He was part of the opening team of Per Se and was a sous chef at Le Bernardin, both three Michelin star restaurants based in New York City.

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

La Folie
2316 Polk Street
San Francisco, CA 94109

One Book One Marin 2018: Arlie Russell Hochschild - Strangers in Their Own Land (Dominican University)

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - 7:00pm

In Conversation with KQED's Michael Krasny

Angelico Hall, Dominican University of California
Free & Open to the Public • No Ticket Required

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One Book One Marin 2018 Culminating Event!

In Strangers in Their Own Land, the renowned sociologist Arlie Hochschild embarks on a thought-provoking journey from her liberal hometown of Berkeley, California, deep into Louisiana bayou country—a stronghold of the conservative right. As she gets to know people who strongly oppose many of the ideas she famously champions, Hochschild nevertheless finds common ground and quickly warms to the people she meets—among them a Tea Party activist whose town has been swallowed by a sinkhole caused by a drilling accident—people whose concerns are actually ones that all Americans share: the desire for community, the embrace of family, and hopes for their children.

This book goes beyond the commonplace liberal idea that these are people who have been duped into voting against their own interests. Instead, Hochschild finds lives ripped apart by stagnant wages, a loss of home, an elusive American dream—and political choices and views that make sense in the context of their lives. Hochschild draws on her expert knowledge of the sociology of emotion to help us understand what it feels like to live in "red" America. Along the way she finds answers to one of the crucial questions of contemporary American politics: why do the people who would seem to benefit most from "liberal" government intervention abhor the very idea?

Arlie Russell Hochschild is one of the most influential sociologists of her generation. She is the author of nine books, including The Second Shift, The Time Bind, The Managed Heart, and The Outsourced Self. Three of her books have been named as New York Times Notable Books of the Year and her work appears in sixteen languages. The winner of the Ulysses Medal as well as Guggenheim and Mellon grants, she lives in Berkeley, California.

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Popular across the United States and throughout the world, One Book programs take the idea of a localized book discussion club and expand it to cover a whole city or county. The city, county and college libraries of Marin, and community partners Book Passage and the Institute for Leadership Studies at Dominican University of California collaborate to bring Marin County readers stimulating programming and events related to the book throughout a three-month period, February - April, each year. All events are free and open to the public.

The launch party at Book Passage kicks off the celebration and introduces the author and programming events that take place during the months of February, March and April. Most events take place at city and community libraries throughout Marin and are geared around themes of the novel. The One Book One Marin program will conclude with a special event on April 18 at Dominican University's Angelico Hall, featuring Arlie Russell Hoschild and KQED host Michael Krasny in conversation.

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

Maria Shriver - I've Been Thinking (Dominican University)

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 - 7:00pm

Angelico Hall, Dominican University of California
Tickets: $40 (includes book)

**Tickets available for sale at the door starting at 6pm**

As a prominent woman juggling many roles, Maria Shriver knows just how surprising, unpredictable, and stressful everyday life can be.

In this moving and powerful book, she shares inspiring quotes, prayers, and reflections designed to get readers thinking, get them feeling, get them laughing, and help them in their journey to what she calls The Open Field -- a place of acceptance, purpose, and passion--a place of joy.

I've Been Thinking... is ideal for anyone at any point in her life. Whether you feel like you've got it all together or like it's all falling apart -- whether you're taking stock of your life or simply looking to recharge, this is the book you will turn to again and again. Like talking with a close friend, it's the perfect companion -- an exceptional gift for someone looking to move forward in life with hope and grace.

Maria Shriver is the mother of four, a Peabody Award-winning and Emmy Award-winning journalist and producer, the author of six New York Times bestselling books and a bestselling coloring book, an NBC News Special Anchor, and founder of The Women's Alzheimer's Movement. When she's not thinking or writing, she can be found hanging with her kids.

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Please note: Tickets are non-refundable

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

George Saunders - Lincoln in the Bardo (Dominican University)

Monday, February 5, 2018 - 7:00pm

Angelico Hall, Dominican University of California
Tickets: $40 (includes book)

Please Note: online ticket sales are now closed. Tickets will be available at the door!

#1 New York Times Bestseller and Winner of the 2017 Man Booker Prize

February 1862. The Civil War is less than one year old. The fighting has begun in earnest, and the nation has begun to realize it is in for a long, bloody struggle. Meanwhile, President Lincoln's beloved eleven-year-old son, Willie, lies upstairs in the White House, gravely ill. In a matter of days, despite predictions of a recovery, Willie dies and is laid to rest in a Georgetown cemetery. "My poor boy, he was too good for this earth," the president says at the time. "God has called him home." Newspapers report that a grief-stricken Lincoln returns, alone, to the crypt several times to hold his boy's body.

From that seed of historical truth, George Saunders spins an unforgettable story of familial love and loss that breaks free of its realistic, historical framework into a supernatural realm both hilarious and terrifying. Willie Lincoln finds himself in a strange purgatory where ghosts mingle, gripe, commiserate, quarrel, and enact bizarre acts of penance. Within this transitional state--called, in the Tibetan tradition, the bardo--a monumental struggle erupts over young Willie's soul.

Lincoln in the Bardo is an astonishing feat of imagination and a bold step forward from one of the most important and influential writers of his generation. Formally daring, generous in spirit, deeply concerned with matters of the heart, it is a testament to fiction's ability to speak honestly and powerfully to the things that really matter to us. Saunders has invented a thrilling new form that deploys a kaleidoscopic, theatrical panorama of voices to ask a timeless, profound question: How do we live and love when we know that everything we love must end?

George Saunders is the author of eight books, including the story collections Pastoralia and Tenth of December, which was a finalist for the National Book Award. He has received fellowships from the Lannan Foundation, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Guggenheim Foundation. In 2006 he was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship. In 2013 he was awarded the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction and was included in Time's list of the one hundred most influential people in the world. He teaches in the creative writing program at Syracuse University.

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Please note: Tickets are non-refundable

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Dominican University
20 Olive Avenue
San Rafael, CA 94901

Joyce Maynard - At Home in the World (College of Marin)

Friday, March 30, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

College of Marin, Kentfield Library

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Other College of Marin ESCOM Lectures:

Rabih Alameddine - The Angel of History

George Omi - American Yellow

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ESCOM is delighted to partner with Book Passage in bringing a free series of interesting authors to the community. ESCOM, the Emeritus Students College of Marin, is a unique organization of 1500 senior students within the Community Education Department at the College of Marin. The organization fosters lifelong learning through classes, clubs, special events and a reading room. They publish a newsletter of original writing and commentary. ESCOM is sustained by memberships, gifts and bequests. Leadership is through a Council and various committees.

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When it was first published in 1998, At Home in the World set off a furor in the literary world and beyond. Joyce Maynard's memoir broke a silence concerning her relationship -- at age eighteen -- with J.D. Salinger, the famously reclusive author of The Catcher in the Rye, then age fifty-three, who had read a story she wrote for The New York Times in her freshman year of college and sent her a letter that changed her life. Reviewers called her book "shameless" and "powerful" and its author was simultaneously reviled and cheered.

With what some have viewed as shocking honesty, Maynard explores her coming of age in an alcoholic family, her mother's dream to mold her into a writer, her self-imposed exile from the world of her peers when she left Yale to live with Salinger, and her struggle to reclaim her sense of self in the crushing aftermath of his dismissal of her not long after her nineteenth birthday. A quarter of a century later -- having become a writer, survived the end of her marriage and the deaths of her parents, and with an eighteen-year-old daughter of her own -- Maynard pays a visit to the man who broke her heart. The story she tells -- of the girl she was and the woman she became -- is at once devastating, inspiring, and triumphant.

Joyce Maynard's essays have appeared in magazines and newspapers for five decades. She is the author of five works of nonfiction and nine novels, including After Her, To Die For, and Labor Day, which was the basis of the 2013 major motion picture of the same name.

 

College of Marin, Kentfield Library
Kentfield, CA 94904

Rabih Alameddine - The Angel of History (College of Marin)

Friday, February 23, 2018 - 1:00pm

College of Marin, Kentfield Library

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Other College of Marin ESCOM Lectures:

Joyce Maynard - At Home in the World

George Omi - American Yellow

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ESCOM is delighted to partner with Book Passage in bringing a free series of interesting authors to the community. ESCOM, the Emeritus Students College of Marin, is a unique organization of 1500 senior students within the Community Education Department at the College of Marin. The organization fosters lifelong learning through classes, clubs, special events and a reading room. They publish a newsletter of original writing and commentary. ESCOM is sustained by memberships, gifts and bequests. Leadership is through a Council and various committees.

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Following the critical and commercial success of An Unnecessary Woman, Rabih Alameddine delivers a spectacular portrait of a man and an era of profound political and social upheaval.

Set over the course of one night in the waiting room of a psych clinic, The Angel of History follows Yemeni-born poet Jacob as he revisits the events of his life, from his maternal upbringing in an Egyptian whorehouse to his adolescence under the aegis of his wealthy father and his life as a gay Arab man in San Francisco at the height of AIDS. Hovered over by the presence of alluring, sassy Satan who taunts Jacob to remember his painful past and dour, frigid Death who urges him to forget and give up on life, Jacob is also attended to by 14 saints. Set in Cairo, and Beirut Sana'a, Stockholm, and San Francisco, Alameddine gives us a charged philosophical portrait of a brilliant mind in crisis. This is a profound, philosophical and hilariously winning story of the war between memory and oblivion we wrestle with every day of our lives.

Rabih Alameddine is the author of the novels An Unnecessary WomanI, the Divine KoolaidsThe Hakawati. and the story collection, The Perv.

 

College of Marin, Kentfield Library
835 College Ave
Kentfield, CA 94904

George Omi - American Yellow (College of Marin)

Friday, April 27, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

College of Marin, Kentfield Library

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Other College of Marin ESCOM Lectures:

Rabih Alameddine - The Angel of History

Joyce Maynard - At Home in the World

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ESCOM is delighted to partner with Book Passage in bringing a free series of interesting authors to the community. ESCOM, the Emeritus Students College of Marin, is a unique organization of 1500 senior students within the Community Education Department at the College of Marin. The organization fosters lifelong learning through classes, clubs, special events and a reading room. They publish a newsletter of original writing and commentary. ESCOM is sustained by memberships, gifts and bequests. Leadership is through a Council and various committees.

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In conversation with Garrett Omi

The day Japan bombed Pearl Harbor, Minoru Omi's whole life was turned upside down. Racial tensions ran high -- his father, a Japanese immigrant, is questioned by the FBI, and eventually his family is uprooted from their lives in San Francisco, and forcibly relocated to desolate Rohwer, Arkansas. He and his little sister leave behind their school and friends, while their immigrant parents give up their hard-won dry cleaning business. 

Still, though, their family resolve persists -- and even while facing tough times thousands of miles from the city he was born in, Minoru manages to get into trouble with snakes, bullies, and out-of-bounds candy shops, just like any other young boy. Interned or not, he finds a way to thrive. 

Follow the Omi family as they make their way through World War II -- from San Francisco to the internment camp in Arkansas and back again in American Yellow

George Omi lives in Mill Valley, California. He has won awards for his writing, which he only took up after retiring from a successful career as a landscape architect. American Yellow is his debut novel and took first place as Writers Digest Self-Published Life Story of 2017. 

Parking: Free campus parking for the event.

For more information call the ESCOM Volunteer Desk: 415-485-9652

College of Marin, Kentfield Library
835 College Ave.
Kentfield, CA 94904

Alec Baldwin & Kurt Anderson - You Can't Spell America Without Me (San Francisco)

Saturday, November 18, 2017 - 7:00pm

Moderated by Kelly Corrigan

Curran Theater, San Francisco
Tickets: $45 - $65; $125 VIP

All tickets include a copy of the book. All VIP seats (Premier Orchestra - Pink) include book signing and complimentary beverages from 5-6pm before the 7pm show.

Join actor, author, and activist Alec Baldwin and author and broadcaster Kurt Andersen in a special Book Passage and Curran presentation celebrating the new satirical “presidential memoir” Donald J. Trump: You Can't Spell America Without Me: The Really Tremendous Inside Story Of My Fantastic First Year As President. The evening will include discussions of the current political and cultural climates, audience questions, and more.

Until Donald Trump publishes the ultimate account of his entire four or eight or one-and-a-half years in the White House, the definitive chronicle will be You Can't Spell America Without Me: The Really Tremendous Inside Story Of My Fantastic First Year As President. Trump was elected because he was the most frank presidential candidate in history, a man eager to tell the unvarnished truth about others’ flaws and tout his own amazing excellence. Now he levels his refreshingly compulsive, un-PC candor at his landslide election victory as well as his role as commander-in-chief and leader of the free world.

You Can't Spell America Without Me is presented by America’s foremost Trump scholar Kurt Andersen as well as America's foremost mediocre Trump impersonator, Alec Baldwin.

Alec Baldwin is a multiple Emmy, Golden Globe, and Screen Actors Guild Award-winning actor, producer, comedian, and philanthropist. He has also been nominated for an Oscar and a Tony Award and the author of the New York Times bestseller A Promise to Ourselves.

Kurt Andersen is an author/novelist and host of the public radio show Studio 360. He is also co-founder of Spy and author of  Fantasyland: How American Went Haywire, which Random House published in July 2017.

 

Curran Theater
445 Geary Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

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