Virtual Events

Conversations with Authors - Alex Davies (Virtual Event)

Wednesday, January 6, 2021 - 6:00pm

Wednesday, January 6th • 6:00pm PT/9:00pm ET

Alex Davies

in conversation with Aarian Marshall

Conversations with Authors is our free virtual event series! Join us throughout the week at 4:00pm PT/7:00pm ET for a new chat with a different author.


Alex DaviesDriven: The Race to Create the Autonomous Car tells the dramatic, colorful story of the quest to develop driverless cars—and the fierce competition between Google, Uber, and other companies in a race to revolutionize our lives.

Alex is a senior editor at Business Insider where he oversees the transportation coverage. He was formerly an editor at WIRED, where he launched the transportation section in 2016. Along with autonomous vehicles, he has covered everything from designing bike lanes to electric aviation to the quest to rebuild American infrastructure. He has written features about how General Motors beat Tesla in the race to build the affordable, long-range electric car, the nascent flying car industry, and X, Alphabet’s “moonshot factory.” A New Yorker by birth, Mr. Davies has lived in California’s Bay Area since 2014.

Aarian Marshall is a staff writer at WIRED covering the business of moving people and things. Before WIRED, Marshall wrote for The Atlantic’s CityLab, GOOD, and Agri-Pulse, an agriculture trade publication. She’s based in Washington, DC.


Below, please find the link to purchase his book.


The Best Women's Travel Writing, Volume 12 with Editor Lavinia Spalding (Virtual Event)

Tuesday, December 8, 2020 - 6:00pm

Contributers include Alia Volz, Eva Holland, Naomi Melati Bishop, and Sivani Babu, with introduction by Larry Habegger
Tuesday, December 8, 6:00pm PT/9:00pm ET • Virtual Event

Travelers’ Tales announces publication of the newest collection in the award-winning series that invites you to travel along with intrepid female nomads as they wander the globe. The essays in The Best Women’s Travel Writing, Volume 12: True Stories from Around the World, edited by Lavinia Spalding and illustrated by Colette Hannahan, transport readers to secret corners of place and emotion, on adventures far-ranging and vivid.  Joining Lavinia for the Volume 12 book launch are contributors: Eva Holland, whose essay is about survival in the Canadian arctic; Sivani Babu who wrote about returning to her grandparents' home, a book publishing print house in Rajahmundry, India; Alia Volz who traveled to Cuba to settle a debt; and Naomi Melati Bishop, born in Indonesia, whose story is about travel on stolen tickets. Introduction by Travelers’ Tales Executive Editor, Larry Habegger.

Lavinia Spalding has edited five previous editions of The Best Women’s Travel Writing. She is the author of Writing Away and the co-author of With a Measure of Grace and This Immeasurable Place, and she introduced the e-book edition of Edith Wharton’s classic travelogue, A Motor-Flight Through France. Lavinia’s work appears in such publications as Tin House, Longreads, Yoga Journal, Sunset, the San Francisco Chronicle, and The Guardian, and has been widely anthologized. Her AFAR essay “Playing by Heart” received a Lowell Thomas Gold Award and was recognized by The Best American Travel Writing. She is also a public speaker and teacher. When she isn’t leading international writing workshops, she lives with her family in New Orleans and on Cape Cod. Find more at

Contributors Include:

Alia Volz
Alia Volz is the author of the memoir Home Baked: My Mom, Marijuana, and the Stoning of San Francisco, which was recently featured on NPR’s Fresh Air. Her work appears in The New York Times, Salon, Bon Appetit, and The Best American Essays. Alia has crossed Spain on foot, seen Fidel Castro orate in a downpour, and made love at the feet of Easter Island's Moai. But she keeps rolling back to her hometown of San Francisco.
Eva Holland
Eva Holland is a freelance writer based in Canada’s Yukon Territory. She is a correspondent for Outside magazine, and the author of Nerve: Adventures in the Science of Fear.
Naomi Melati Bishop
Naomi Melati Bishop was born in Indonesia to odd soul mates: a Javanese princess and a wild New Yorker dad. She moved to NYC when she was eleven. Naomi earned her MFA at NYU’s Graduate Creative Writing Program and works as a writer, editor, and teacher. Naomi runs an editing service,, and is currently at work on her first book, a memoir about her mysterious origins, new motherhood, her parents' love story, and her inheritance of worldwide adventures.
Sivani Babu
Sivani Babu is the co-founder and co-CEO of Hidden Compass. She is a former federal public defender turned award-winning journalist and nature photographer who has contributed to AFAR, Backpacker, BBC Travel, CNN, Narrative, and numerous other publications. Her work has been recognized by the Best American Travel Writing and has appeared in exhibits from San Diego to the Sorbonne. She is currently at work on her first book, Saving the Night: Shedding Light on the Importance of Darkness.
Colette Hannahan
Colette Hannahan is a painter and illustrator based in San Francisco. She believes that every landscape and skyscape deserve a portrait, so she’s going for it, one by one. You can see her artwork (including the full-size color renderings of the illustrations in this book) on her website, or follow her on Instagram @colettehannahan.


Conversations with Authors - Ruby Bridges (Virtual Event)

Wednesday, December 16, 2020 - 4:00pm

Wed., December 16th • 4:00pm PT/7:00pm ET

Ruby Bridges

In conversation partner to be announced

Conversations with Authors is our free virtual event series! Join us throughout the week at 4:00pm PT/7:00pm ET for a new chat with a different author.


From civil rights activist and icon Ruby Bridges comes a powerful new book, This Is Your Time—the first book from Bridges in over twenty years, released to coincide with the sixtieth anniversary of her becoming the first Black student to attend the all-white William Frantz Elementary School in New Orleans on November 14, 1960, as a six-year-old. Inspired by the recent wave of activism for racial justice led by young people, Ruby Bridges has penned a powerful letter of encouragement to readers, recounting her
experience integrating the New Orleans public school system and culminating in a call to action for a new generation of young activists and adults to unite. Ruby’s honest and impassioned words, imbued with love and grace, serve as a moving reminder that “what can inspire tomorrow often lies in our past.” This Is Your Time will electrify people of all ages as the struggle for liberty and justice for all continues and the powerful legacy of Ruby Bridges endures.

Ruby Bridges is a civil rights activist who at the age of six was the first Black student to integrate an all-white elementary school in New Orleans. She was born in Mississippi in 1954, the same year the United States Supreme Court handed down its landmark decision ordering the integration of public schools. Her family later moved to New Orleans, where on November 14, 1960, Bridges began attending William Frantz Elementary School, single-handedly initiating the desegregation of public education in New Orleans. Her walk to the front door of the school was immortalized in Norman Rockwell’s painting The Problem We All Live With, in Robert Coles’s book The Story of Ruby Bridges, and in the Disney movie Ruby Bridges. This Is Your Time is her first book in over twenty years, following the publication of her award-winning autobiography, Through My Eyes. She established the Ruby Bridges Foundation to provide leadership training programs that inspire youth and community leaders to embrace and value the richness of diversity. Bridges is the recipient of numerous awards, including the NAACP Martin Luther King Award, the Presidential Citizens Medal, and honorary doctorate degrees from Connecticut College, College of New Rochelle, Columbia University Teachers College, and Tulane University.


Below, please find links to purchase her books.


Holiday Recommendations Book Talk (Virtual Event)

Saturday, November 28, 2020 - 4:00pm


Saturday, November 28th • 4:00pm PT/7:00pm ET

Holiday Recommendations Book Talk

with Elaine Petrocelli

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Fiction & Poetry List

Nonfiction List

Cooking List

Gift Book List

Children's Book List


Hello all,

With the holidays approaching, I wanted to write to wish you the very best for the coming weeks, and to thank you for being such an important part of our Book Passage family.

I'm also writing to remind you that no Conversations with Authors sessions are scheduled this weekend.

Instead, I invite you to join me live this Saturday, at 4:00pm Pacific, 7:00pm Eastern time. Together with Book Passage staff experts, I'll tell you about our recommendations for the holidays. We’ll also review some of our favorite books of the year and share some book-related fun for the coming weeks.

Please join us, and please feel free to extend this information to book lovers you know who may wish to take part. We're so thankful that our stores are open again, and that our website,, is busy. We're looking forward to extending our annual book talk online!

If you're already registered for Conversations with Authors, just look this for more details via email Saturday morning. If you've not yet registered, please do so, and we'll send you the information you need on Saturday, and reserve your seat at every upcoming Conversations with Authors session.

May you and your loved ones enjoy a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving.

With huge gratitude.


Conversations with Authors - Paige Peterson (Virtual Event)

Wednesday, December 9, 2020 - 4:00pm


Wednesday, December 9th • 4:00pm PT/7:00pm ET

Paige Peterson

in conversation with Jesse Kornbluth

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Belvedere and Tiburon are located just across the Bay from San Francisco, but they seem to exist in another time. In Growing Up Belvedere-Tiburon, Paige Peterson’s memories of her magical childhood and the archival photographs that trace the history of these small, lovingly protected communities combine to transport readers to a real-life Brigadoon.

Paige is an American artist, author, and photojournalist who has written extensively about the Middle East. As a journalist, she has contributed to Marin Magazine, New York Social Diary, and the National Council on U.S. Arab Relations. As an illustrator, she has collaborated on A Christmas Carol, adapted by Jesse Kornbluth, and Blackie: The Horse Who Stood Still, which she co-authored with Christopher Cerf. She and her two grown children live in New York.  She splits her time between New York City and Belvedere, California.

Jesse Kornbluth writes books and plays and edits a cultural concierge site.  As a magazine journalist, he has been a contributing editor for Vanity Fair and New York, and a contributor to The New Yorker and The New York Times. As an author, his books include Highly Confident: The Crime and Punishment of Michael Milken, Pre-Pop Warhol, and two novels, Married Sex and JFK and Mary Meyer: A Love Story. His play about Henri Matisse, The Color of Light, has been produced in California and New York. On the Web, he co-founded From 1997 to 2003, he was Editorial Director of America Online. In 2004, he launched



Below, please find links to purchase their books.


Virtual Class: Mock Caldecott (via Zoom)

Sunday, January 24, 2021 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Sunday, January 24 • 2:00-4:00pm PT • $20 • Led by Melissa Manlove
Class size limited to 24 • This event is for adults • Zoom meeting ID and password will be provided upon registration

What is a Mock Caldecott?

The Caldecott Medal is the most important award given to illustrated children’s books, presented each year by the American Library Association. This afternoon of discussion (held in small groups in Zoom breakout rooms) will cover the criteria by which the Caldecott committee judges books for this prestigious award, and offers a fun, hands-on experience as we discuss and vote on some of the year’s best illustrated books.


Attendees must complete the reading ahead of time. The reading list is:

  1. The Bear and the Moon (Cátia Chien)
  2. The Blue House (Phoebe Wahl)
  3. Exquisite: The Poetry and Life of Gwendolyn Brooks (Cozbi A. Cabrera)
  4. The Farmer and the Monkey (Marla Frazee)
  5. In the City (Chris Raschka)
  6. In the Half Room (Carson Ellis)
  7. Julián at the Wedding (Jessica Love)
  8. The Little Mermaid (Jerry Pinkney)
  9. My Best Friend (Jillian Tamaki)
  10. Prairie Days (Micha Archer)
  11. ¡VAMOS! Let’s Go Eat (Raúl the Third)
  12. You Matter (Christian Robinson)
  13. ALSO READ: The Caldecott Terms and Criteria

All books will be available for purchase at Book Passage.  

Melissa Manlove is a Senior Editor at Chronicle Books in San Francisco. She has been with Chronicle for 16 years. Her acquisitions encompass picture books, chapter books, nonfiction, graphic novels, and novels in verse. When acquiring, she looks for fresh takes on familiar topics as well as the new and unusual. An effective approach and strong, graceful writing are important to her. She has 20 years of children’s bookselling experience.

Gene Stone & Kathy Freston - 72 Reasons to Be Vegan (Virtual Event)

Wednesday, April 7, 2021 - 6:00pm

Wednesday, April 7, 6:00pm PT/9:00pm ET • Virtual Event

Did you know that if you adopt a vegan diet you can enjoy better sex? Save money? Have glowing skin? You can ward off Alzheimer’s, Type 2 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and other metabolic diseases. You can eat delicious burgers. Help save the planet. Join the cool kids, like Gandhi, Tolstoy, Leonardo—and Kyrie Irving, Kat Von D, and Joaquin Phoenix. Oh, and did we mention have better sex? (It’s about blood flow.)

Those are just some of the 72 reasons we should all be vegan, as compiled and persuasively argued by Gene Stone and Kathy Freston, two of the leading voices in the ever-growing movement to eat a plant-based diet. While plenty of books tell you how to go vegan, 72 Reasons to Be Vegan is the book that tells you why. And it does so in a way that emphasizes not what you’d be giving up, but what you’d be gaining. The tone is upbeat, passionate, and direct, and the facts are plentiful and annotated.

Whether because of environment, health, or compassion for animals, more and more people are dipping their toes into Meatless Mondays, eating vegan before 6:00 p.m., choosing Impossible Burgers, or helping books like Thug Kitchen, Forks Over Knives, and Skinny Bitch become national bestsellers—making 72 Reasons to Be Vegan the ideal next book for every food-conscious reader and the perfect gift vegans can give to their friends and family.

Gene Stone is a former Peace Corps volunteer, journalist, and book, magazine, and newspaper editor, and is a New York Times bestselling author. He has written, co-written, or ghostwritten more than 45 books on a wide variety of subjects, but for the last decade he has concentrated on plant-based diets and their relationship to health, animal protection, and the environment. Among these books are Forks Over Knives, How Not to Die, Animalkind, The Engine 2 Diet, Living the Farm Sanctuary Life, Rescue Dogs, Mercy for Animals, and Eat for the Planet. Find more at

Kathy Freston is a New York Times bestselling author of multiple health and wellness books, notably The Lean, Quantum Wellness, and Clean Protein. Her advocacy for a more healthy, sustainable, and just food system is inspired by her concern for human health as well as animal and environmental welfare. Kathy appears frequently on national TV, including Ellen, Dr. Oz, Good Morning America, The Talk, Extra, and Oprah, and her work has been featured in Vanity Fair, Harper’s Bazaar, Self, W, Fitness, and The Huffington Post. Kathy enjoys hiking and biking, will travel almost anywhere for a good plant-based meal, and is obsessed with her adopted mutt, Trixie. Find more at

Conversations with Authors - Chris Rainier (Virtual Event)

Saturday, December 5, 2020 - 4:00pm


Saturday, December 5th • 4:00pm PT/7:00pm ET

Chris Rainier

in conversation with Phil Cousineau

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Chris Rainier’s Mask presents a striking collection of rare masks steeped in ancient tradition, captured through the lens of one of the world’s most celebrated documentary photographers.

Chris is a documentary photographer and National Geographic explorer who is highly respected for his documentation of endangered cultures and traditional languages around the globe. He is a fellow at the Royal Geographic Society in London. Prior to Mask, he published five books documenting traditional cultures around the globe, from the Stone Age tribes of New Guinea to the ancient tradition of tattoo body marking. Rainier is the director of the Cultural Sanctuaries Foundation, a global program focused on legally preserving biodiversity and cultural heritage. Rainier has photographed on all seven continents, focusing on the preservation of the planet’s last wildernesses and traditional cultures.

Phil Cousineau is an award-winning writer and filmmaker, teacher and editor, lecturer and travel leader, and storyteller and TV host. His fascination with the art, literature, and history of culture has taken him from Michigan to Marrakesh, Iceland to the Amazon, in a worldwide search for what the ancients called the “soul of the world.” With more than 35 books and 15 scriptwriting credits to his name, the “omnipresent influence of myth in modern life” is a thread that runs through all of his work. His books include Stoking the Creative Fires, Once and Future Myths, The Art of Pilgrimage, The Hero’s Journey, Wordcatcher, The Painted Word, The Oldest Story in the World, The Book of Roads, and The Accidental Aphorist.


Below, please find links to purchase their books.


Conversations with Authors - David Harris (Virtual Event)

Sunday, December 13, 2020 - 4:00pm


Sunday, December 13th • 4:00pm PT/7:00pm ET

David Harris

in conversation with Peter Coyote

Conversations with Authors is our free virtual event series! Join us throughout the week at 4:00pm PT/7:00pm ET for a new chat with a different author.

David Harris’s newest release, My Country ‘Tis of Thee: Reporting, Sallies, and Other Confessions is a wide-ranging and incisive anthology conveying the spirit of the 1960s and '70s.

David Harris is a reporter, a clear-eyed idealist, an American dissident, and, as these selected pieces reveal, a writer of great character and empathy. Harris gained national recognition as an undergraduate for his opposition to the Vietnam War and was imprisoned for two years when he refused to comply with the draft. His writings trace a bright throughline of care for and attention to outsiders, the downtrodden, and those who demand change, and these eighteen pieces of long-form journalism, essays, and opinion writings remain startlingly relevant to the world we face today. This career-spanning collection of writings by an always-independent journalist follow Harris from his early days as a prominent leader of the resistance to the Vietnam War, through regular contributions to many publications, including Rolling Stone and the New York Times, and on into the twenty-first century.

Peter Coyote is the author of the 1960’s counter-culture memoir Sleeping Where I Fall, which received universally excellent reviews and has been in continuous print since 1999. His second book, The Rainman’s Third Cure: An Irregular Education, about mentors and the search for wisdom, was nominated as one of the top five nonfiction books published in California in 2015. His third book is forthcoming, Unmasking Your True Self (the Lone Ranger and Tonto Meet the Buddha), which combines 50 years of Buddhist practice and acting and uses masks and improv exercises to foster liberation experiences and teach people “how to get out of their own way.” Peter has performed as an actor in over 160 films for theaters and TV. He is a double Emmy-Award winning narrator of over 150 documentary films. An ordained Zen Buddhist priest and transmitted teacher, Peter is currently giving live weekly dharma talks on Facebook and preparing for a fourth book called Vernacular Buddhism.


Below, please find links to purchase their books.



The Roots of the Tree: Family Dynamics, Forgiveness & Reconciliation with Dr. Marlena Fiol and Dr. Joshua Coleman (Virtual Event)

Sunday, November 29, 2020 - 5:00pm

In conversation with Dr. Joshua Coleman
Sunday, November 29, 5:00pm PT/8:00pm ET • Virtual Event via Zoom

Marlena Fiol, author of Nothing Bad Between Us, will be in conversation with renowned author Joshua Coleman in a very special virtual event. Join them on Sunday, November 29th at 5:00pm PT for The Roots of the Tree: Family Dynamics, Forgiveness, and Reconciliation. In this hour-long conversation, Marlena and Joshua will explore how families shape us, for better or worse, and how we in turn shape our worldview based on their influence. Join them by registering at the link above.

Marlena Fiol, PhD, is a globally recognized author, scholar and speaker. She is a spiritual seeker whose work explores the depths of who we are and what’s possible in our lives. Her significant body of publications on the topic, coupled with her own raw identity-changing experiences, makes her uniquely qualified to write about personal transformational change. She is also a certified tai chi instructor and freelance writer whose most recent work has appeared in numerous literary magazines and newsletters.

Dr. Joshua Coleman is an internationally known expert in parenting, families and relationships. He is a psychologist in private practice in the San Francisco Bay Area and a Senior Fellow with the Council on Contemporary Families, a non-partisan organization of leading sociologists, historians, psychologists and demographers dedicated to providing the press and public with the latest research and best-practice findings about American families. He has lectured at Harvard University, The University of California at Berkeley, The University of London, and Cornell Weill Medical School. He has weekly webinars for estranged parents and blogs on parent-adult child relationships for the U.C. Berkeley publication, Greater Good Magazine.


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