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Diane Johnson - Lorna Mott Comes Home (Online Event)

Thursday, August 19, 2021 - 1:00pm

Book Passage Presents

Thurs., August 19, 2021 • 1:00pm PT • Live • Online

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From the author of the best-selling Le Divorce and Le Mariage, a comedy of contemporary manners, morals, (ex)marriages, and motherhood (past, present, and future)—about an American woman leaving her 20-year marriage to her French second husband, returning to her native San Francisco and to the entwining lives of her children and grandchildren.

Lorna Mott Dumas, small, pretty, high-strung, the epitome of a successful woman—lovely offspring, grandchildren, health, a French husband, a delightful house, and an independent career as an admired art lecturer involving travel and public appearances, and expensive clothes. She's a woman with an uncomplicated, sociable nature and an intellectual life.

But in an impulsive and planned decision, Lorna has decided to leave her husband, a notorious tombeur (seducer), and his small ancestral village in France, and return to America, much more suited to her temperament than the rectitude of formal starchy France. For Lorna, a beautiful idyll is over, finished, done . . .

In Lorna Mott Comes Home, Diane Johnson brings us into the dreamy, anxiety-filled American world of Lorna Mott Dumas, where much has changed and where she struggles to create a new life to support herself. Into the mix—her ex-husband, and the father of her three grown children (all supportive), and grandchildren with their own troubles (money, divorce, real estate, living on the fringe; a thriving software enterprise; a missing child in the far east; grandchildren—new hostages to fortune; and, one, 15 years old, a golden girl yet always different, diagnosed at a young age with diabetes, and now pregnant and determined to have the child) . . .

In the midst of a large cast, the precarious balance of comedy and tragedy, happiness and anxiety, contentment and striving, generosity and greed, love and sex, Diane Johnson—our Edith Wharton of expat life—comes home to America to deftly, irresistibly portray, with the lightest of touch, the way we live now.

Diane Johnson is a best-selling author and two-time finalist for the National Book Award. She lives in Paris and San Francisco.

 

Diane Johnson photo by Miriam Berkley

 

Brittany K. Barnett - A Knock at Midnight (Online Event)

Thursday, September 16, 2021 - 5:30pm

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Thurs, September 16, 2021 • 5:30pm PT • Live • Online

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Brittany's riveting memoir is at once a coming-of-age story and a powerful evocation of what it takes to bring hope and justice to a system built to resist them both.

Brittany K. Barnett was only a law student when she came across the case that would change her life forever ⁠— that of Sharanda Jones, single mother, business owner, and, like Brittany, Black daughter of the rural South. A victim of America's devastating war on drugs, Sharanda had been torn away from her young daughter and was serving a life sentence without parole — for a first-time drug offense. In Sharanda, Brittany saw haunting echoes of her own life, as the daughter of a formerly incarcerated mother. As she studied this case, a system came into focus in which widespread racial injustice forms the core of America's addiction to incarceration. Moved by Sharanda's plight, Brittany set to work to gain her freedom.

This had never been the plan. Bright and ambitious, Brittany was a successful accountant on her way to a high-powered future in corporate law. But Sharanda's case opened the door to a harrowing journey through the criminal justice system. By day she moved billion-dollar deals, and by night she worked pro bono to free clients in near hopeless legal battles. Ultimately, her path transformed her understanding of injustice in the courts, of genius languishing behind bars, and the very definition of freedom itself.

Brittany K. Barnett is an award-winning attorney and entrepreneur focused on social impact investing. She is dedicated to transforming the criminal justice system and has won freedom for numerous clients serving life sentences for federal drug offenses — seven of whom received executive clemency from President Barack Obama. Brittany has founded several nonprofits and social enterprises, such as XVI Capital Partners, Milena Reign LLC, the Buried Alive Project, and Girls Embracing Mothers. She has earned many honors, including being named one of America's most Outstanding Young Lawyers by the American Bar Association.

 

Brittany Barnett photo by Cyndi Brown

 

Rhys Bowen - God Rest Ye, Royal Gentlemen (Online Event)

Thursday, October 7, 2021 - 1:00pm

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Thurs., Oct 7, 2021 • 1:00pm PT • Live • Online

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Georgie is back and hanging the stockings with care when a murder interrupts her Christmas cheer in this all-new installment in the New York Times bestselling Royal Spyness series from Rhys Bowen.

Georgie is excited for her first Christmas as a married woman in her lovely new home. She suggests to her dashing husband, Darcy, that they have a little house party, but when Darcy receives a letter from his aunt Ermintrude, there is an abrupt change in plans. She has moved to a house on the edge of the Sandringham estate, near the royal family, and wants to invite Darcy and his new bride for Christmas. Aunt Ermintrude hints that the queen would like Georgie nearby. Georgie had not known that Aunt Ermintrude was a former lady-in-waiting and close confidante of her royal highness. The letter is therefore almost a royal request, so Georgie, Darcy, and their Christmas guests: Mummy, Grandad, Fig, and Binky all head to Sandringham.

Georgie soon learns that the notorious Mrs. Simpson, mistress to the Prince of Wales, will also be in attendance. It is now crystal clear to Georgie that the Queen expects her to do a bit of spying. There is tension in the air from the get-go, and when Georgie pays a visit to the queen, she learns that there is more to her request than just some simple eavesdropping. There have been a couple of strange accidents at the estate recently. Two gentlemen of the royal household have died in mysterious circumstances and another has been shot by mistake during a hunt. Georgie begins to suspect that a member of the royal family is the real target but her investigation will put her new husband and love of her life, Darcy, in the crosshairs of a killer.

Rhys Bowen, a New York Times bestselling author, has been nominated for every major award in mystery writing, including the Edgar®, and has won many, including both the Agatha and Anthony awards. She is also the author of the Molly Murphy Mysteries, set in turn-of-the-century New York, and the Constable Evans Mysteries, set in Wales as well as two internationally bestselling stand alone novels. She was born in England and now divides her time between Northern California and Arizona.

 

Rhys Bowen photo by John Quin-Harkin

 

Kate Milliken with Melissa Cistaro - Kept Animals (Online Event)

Thursday, August 26, 2021 - 1:00pm

Book Passage Presents

Thurs., August 26, 2021 • 1:00pm PT • Live • Online

In conversation with Melissa Cistaro • Signed Copies Available!

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A “rugged and ravishing” (O, The Oprah Magazine) debut novel of desire, betrayal, and loss, centering on three teenage girls, a horse ranch, and the accident that changes everything.

It’s 1993, and Rory Ramos works as a ranch hand at the stable her stepfather manages in Topanga Canyon, California, a dry, dusty place reliant on horses and hierarchies. There she rides for the rich clientele, including twins June and Wade Fisk. While Rory draws the interest of out-and-proud June, she’s more intrigued by Vivian Price, the beautiful girl with the movie-star father who lives down the hill. Rory keeps largely separate from the likes of the Prices—but, perched on her bedroom windowsill, Rory steals glimpses of Vivian swimming in her pool nearly every night.

After Rory’s stepfather is involved in a tragic car accident, the lives of Rory, June, and Vivian become inextricably bound together. Rory discovers photography, begins riding more competitively, and grows closer to seductive, mercurial Vivian, but despite her newfound sense of self, disaster lurks all around her in this “exquisite exploration of hurt and desire” (Jeannette Walls): in the parched landscape, in her unruly longings, in her stepfather’s wrecked body and guilty conscience. One night, as the relationships among these teenagers come to a head, a forest fire tears through the canyon, and Rory’s life is changed forever.

Narrated by Rory’s daughter, Charlie, in 2015, more than twenty years after that fateful fire, Kept Animals is “gorgeous, sensual...an event-packed novel of class, desire, [and] coming-of-age” (The New York Times Book Review).

Kate Milliken is the author of the 2013 Iowa Short Fiction Award–winning collection of stories, If I’d Known You Were Coming. A graduate of the Bennington College Writing Seminars, she has received fellowships from the Vermont Studio Center and the Tin House Summer Workshop. She lives in Northern California with her family. Kept Animals is her first novel.

Melissa Cistaro has worked on multiple sides of the literary industry including helping authors complete and publish their manuscripts, collaborating with publishers, editors, and working in the bookselling trade. She is the author of the award-winning memoir Pieces of My Mother (US edition) and the Canadian bestseller Without My Mother (HarperCollins Canada). Her stories, essays and interviews have appeared in The New Ohio Review, Brevity, The Huffington Post, PBS: To the Contrary, Good Housekeeping, and the anthologies Cherished, and Love and Profanity. Melissa’s taught on faculty at The San Miguel Writers’Conference, Writing Pad SF, Book Passage, San Francisco Writers’ Conference, and Word Wave Literary Festival in Tahoe.

 

Kate Milleken by Adam Karsten

 

Conversations with Authors - Jacqueline Winspear (Online Event)

Sunday, May 10, 2020 - 4:00pm


Conversations with Authors

Sun., May 10th, 2020 • 4:00pm PT• Live • Online

In conversation with Jennifer Barth



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Friends,

Thank you to everyone who joined us for my conversation with Jennifer Barth, my editor at Harper Collins, and Elaine Petrocelli. It was terrific fun and you came up with some great questions for me. On June 20th I'll be back again for a conversation with Elizabeth George—I know, lucky me!  During this time of lockdown, I’ve mainly been steeped in research for my next novel, which will be out in March 2021, so I haven’t been able to wallow in recreational reading. However, here are a few of the books I mentioned during the conversation with Jennifer:

One of the questions I was asked during the event was if there were any TV shows or movies based on WW2 that I would recommend. I loved Foyles War, particularly as I used to live in Hastings, where it’s set. There are also some old war movies that I particularly love: The Dam Busters, The Guns of Navarone, and The Train are among my favorites. There’s nothing like a lockdown to bring out the classic movie goer in me!

 

Conversations with Authors - Lisa See (Online Event)

Sunday, May 3, 2020 - 4:00pm


Conversations with Authors

Sun., May 3rd, 2020 • 4:00pm PT• Live • Online

In conversation with Kathryn Belden



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Friends,

Thank you to all those who joined in today from near and far.

It was wonderful for me to have a conversation with two people who I admire greatly—the amazing Elaine Petrocelli and the thoughtful Kathy Belden.

For the epigraph for Howard’s End, E.M. Forster wrote, Only connect. These words seem more important and more vital than ever. As I think about these strange times, I’m heartened and encouraged by the endurance of women like Elaine and Kathy to meet difficulties, to persist, to keep life regular life going for all of us, and to help us connect.

These characteristics are reflected in the books I love and that I’ve been reading.

We didn’t have a chance to talk about this, but for comfort I’ve also been rereading some of my favorite books from childhood:

—Lisa

 

Conversations with Authors - Joan Ryan (Online Event)

Saturday, May 23, 2020 - 4:00pm


Conversations with Authors

Sat., May 23rd, 2020 • 4:00pm PT• Live • Online

In conversation with Phil Cousineau



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From Joan

Dear Friends,

I woke this morning still thinking about all of you who joined my conversation yesterday with Phil Cousineau.

Relationship is at the core of team chemistry, and of what it means to be human. Phil captured that so well in his questions and ideas. And Elaine Petrocelli lives it every day. She continues to offer a place for all of us—authors and readers alike—to connect with one another despite our current physical isolation.

We are tribal beings, wired to flourish in community. Thank you, Elaine, for helping us to flourish in this enormous, eclectic tribe of yours.

Books I’ve recently read or reread:

—Joan Ryan

 

From Phil

Thank you, Book Passage readers, for listening to my Author's Conversation with the great sports columnist and author Joan Ryan. I ardently believe that her new work, Intangibles, will elucidate many mysteries about team chemistry in sports, but also the team chemistry in our everyday lives.

I also mentioned a few other titles during our hour together, including my own 2004 book, The Olympic Odyssey, which was chosen by the US Olympic Committee as a gift for all 1,700 US athletes who competed in the 2004 Athens Games.

In my 1998 book, The Art of Pilgrimage, I describe ritual journeys to sporting sites such as the Cooperstown Baseball Hall of Fame, as a pilgrimage, as well the trek to the homes of revered players, such as Pele, the superstar soccer star. I also cited legendary UCLA basketball coach John Wooden and his belief in the ancient Greek concept of "arete," translated as "excellence." A good course for him would be The Essential Wooden.

And finally some advice from my dad, who led me to both books and baseball, "Read, play, read again!"

—Phil Cousineau

 

Conversations with Authors - Jason and Paris Rosenthal (Online Event)

Sunday, June 21, 2020 - 4:00pm


Conversations with Authors

Sunday., June 21st, 2020 • 4:00pm PT• Live • Online


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Friends,

We would like to express our sincere gratitude to the Book Passage community for tuning in to our Father's Day virtual event. We know there were many ways you could have spent your time, so joining us and supporting this wonderful bookstore meant the world to us. This global pandemic has caused a huge shift in all of our lives. If you have gone through a loss during this time, we hope you found some value in our open discussion of the topics we discussed. We need to keep talking with one another about our personal stories and about the events of the day.

Here are some books Jason has on his nightstand:

As for Paris, some of her recent favorite books include:

She recommends a few books that cover topics such as death, dying, loss, and finding meaning: From Here to Eternity by Caitlin Doughty, When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalinithi, and Man’s Search For Meaning by Vicktor Frankl.

Thank you,

—Jason and Paris

 

Conversations with Authors - Jason Rezaian (Online Event)

Saturday, April 25, 2020 - 4:00pm


Conversations with Authors

Sat., April 25th, 2021 • 4:00pm PT• Live • Online

In conversation with Yeganeh Rezaian



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Dear Friends of Book Passage,

Thanks so much for joining Yegi and me yesterday for a video discussion. It was a wonderful reminder that, although we can’t be with each other in person right now, we’re not so far away as we sometimes think we are.

In my loneliest hours, books were my most cherished companions.

Here are a few titles that have sustained Yegi and me and helped us remain engaged. We hope some of them will resonate with you, too!

Jason’s Books

Yegi’s books

Stay healthy and stay home (for now)!

—Jason

 

Conversations with Authors - Janine Urbaniak Reid (Online Event)

Saturday, June 13, 2020 - 4:00pm


Conversations with Authors

Sat., June 13th, 2020 • 4:00pm PT• Live • Online

In conversation with Anne Lamott



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Dear Friends,

Thank you for joining Anne Lamott and me in conversation on Saturday.  If you missed the talk, follow the link below to view it in the Conversations with Authors archive.

We get through tough times together, tapping strength we didn’t know we had, and defying gravity by finding reasons to laugh. Our stories heal and give us hope that we too can get through what seems impossible.

Here are some titles that have helped me when the days are too long.

With love and gratitude,

—Janine

 

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