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Emi Nietfeld - Acceptance (Online Event)

Tuesday, November 1, 2022 - 5:30pm

Emi Nietfeld


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Tues., November 1, 2022 • 5:30pm PT

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A luminous, generation-defining memoir of foster care and homelessness, Harvard and Big Tech, examining society’s fixation with resilience — and its cost.

As a homeless teenager writing college essays in her rusty Toyota Corolla, Emi Nietfeld was convinced that the Ivy League was the only escape from her dysfunctional childhood. But upward mobility required crafting the perfect resilience narrative. She had to prove that she was an “overcomer,” made stronger by all that she had endured.

The truth was more complicated. Emi’s mom was a charming hoarder who had her put on antipsychotics but believed in her daughter’s brilliance — unlike the Minnesotan foster family who banned her “pornographic” art history flash cards (of Michelangelo’s David). Emi’s other parent vanished shortly after coming out as trans, a situation few understood in the mid-2000s. Her own past was filled with secrets: mental health struggles, Adderall addiction, and the unbecoming desperation of a teenager fending for herself. And though Emi would go on to graduate from Harvard and become a software engineer at Google, she found that success didn’t necessarily mean safety.

Both a chronicle of the American Dream and an indictment of it, this searing debut exposes the price of trading a troubled past for the promise of a bright future. Told with a ribbon of dark humor, Acceptance challenges our ideas of what it means to overcome — and find contentment on your own terms.

Emi Nietfeld is a writer and software engineer. After graduating from Harvard College in 2015, she worked at Google and Facebook. Her essays have appeared in The New York TimesThe RumpusVice, and other publications. She lives in New York City with her family.


Emi Nietfeld photo courtesy of Zoe Prinds


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Oscar Hokeah - Calling for a Blanket Dance (Online Event)

Wednesday, November 16, 2022 - 5:30pm

Oscar Hokeah

Calling for a Blanket Dance

Live Online
Wed., November 16, 2022 • 5:30pm PT

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A moving and deeply engaging debut novel about a young Native American man finding strength in his familial identity, from a stellar new voice in fiction.

Oscar Hokeah’s electric debut takes us into the life of Ever Geimausaddle, whose family — part Mexican, part Native American — is determined to hold onto their community despite obstacles everywhere they turn. Ever’s father is injured at the hands of corrupt police on the border when he goes to visit family in Mexico, while his mother struggles both to keep her job and care for her husband. And young Ever is lost and angry at all that he doesn’t understand, at this world that seems to undermine his sense of safety. Ever’s relatives all have ideas about who he is and who he should be. His Cherokee grandmother, knowing the importance of proximity, urges the family to move across Oklahoma to be near her, while his grandfather, watching their traditions slip away, tries to reunite Ever with his heritage through traditional gourd dances. Through it all, every relative wants the same: to remind Ever of the rich and supportive communities that surround him, there to hold him tight, and for Ever to learn to take the strength given to him to save not only himself but also the next generation.

How will this young man visualize a place for himself when the world hasn’t made room for him to start with? Honest, heartbreaking, and ultimately uplifting, Calling for a Blanket Dance is the story of how Ever Geimausaddle finds his way home.

Oscar Hokeah is a citizen of Cherokee Nation and the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma from his mother's side and has Latinx heritage through his father. He holds an MA in English with a concentration in Native American Literature from the University of Oklahoma, as well as a BFA in Creative Writing from the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA), with a minor in Indigenous Liberal Studies. He is a recipient of the Truman Capote Scholarship Award through IAIA and is also a winner of the Native Writer Award through the Taos Summer Writers Conference. His short stories have been published in South Dakota Review, American Short Fiction, Yellow Medicine Review, Surreal South, and Red Ink Magazine. He works with Indian Child Welfare in Tahlequah.


Oscar Hokeah photo courtesy of Dalton Perse


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María Amparo Escandón with Jorge Ramos Ávalos - El Clima de Los Angeles (Online Event)

Tuesday, October 11, 2022 - 5:00pm

María Amparo Escandón
in conversation with Jorge Ramos Ávalos

El Clima de Los Angeles

Live Online
Tues., October 11, 2022 • 5:00pm PT

This event will be hosted online by Book Passage. Please contact with questions regarding online events.

Join us for a Spanish-language broadcast in partnership with many of our independent bookstore friends!

La edición en inglés de El clima de Los Ángeles (L.A. Weather) fue galardonada en 2022 con el Rudolfo Anaya Best Latino Focused Fiction Book Award.

Con ingenio y humor, María Amparo Escandón sigue a la familia Alvarado mientras esta lucha con evacuaciones inminentes, secretos, engaños y traiciones, y con la decisión más difícil que deben tomar hasta el momento: permanecer unidos o quemarlo todo.

L.A. está seco como un desierto, Oscar, el patriarca de la familia Alvarado, está obsesionado con el clima y solo quiere un poco de lluvia. En realidad, alberga un secreto que lo distrae de todo lo demás. Su esposa, Keila, desesperada por tener una vida con un poco más de intimidad y un poco menos de Weather Channel, siente que no tiene más remedio que terminar su matrimonio. Sus tres hijas — Claudia, una chef televisiva de actitud insensible; Olivia, una arquitecta de éxito que sufre la culpa de la gentrificación; y Patricia, una maga de las redes sociales que tiene una extraña habilidad para conectarse con el público, pero no con sus amantes — quedan sorprendidas ante la noticia y empiezan a cuestionar todo lo que saben. Cada uno tendrá que mirar críticamente sus propias relaciones y tomar decisiones difíciles en el camino.


Winner for of The Rudolfo Anaya Best Latino Focused Fiction Book Award, 2022.

With quick-wit and humor, Maria Amparo Escandón follows the Alvarado family as they wrestle with impending evacuations, secrets, deception, and betrayal, and their toughest decision yet: whether to stick together or burn it all down.
L.A. is parched, dry as a bone, and all Oscar, the weather-obsessed patriarch of the Alvarado family, desperately wants is a little rain. He’s harboring a costly secret that distracts him from everything else. His wife, Keila, desperate for a life with a little more intimacy and a little less Weather Channel, feels she has no choice but to end their marriage. Their three daughters — Claudia, a television chef with a hard-hearted attitude; Olivia, a successful architect who suffers from gentrification guilt; and Patricia, a social media wizard who has an uncanny knack for connecting with audiences but not with her lovers — are blindsided and left questioning everything they know. Each will have to take a critical look at her own relationships and make some tough decisions along the way.

María Amparo Escandón es una escritora bilingüe, autora de novelas de superventas, narrativa breve, guionista y productora cinematográfica, nacida en México y residente en los Estados Unidos.


Jorge Ramos Ávalos has been called “Star newscaster of Hispanic TV” and “Hispanic TV’s No. 1 correspondent and key to a huge voting bloc” by the Wall Street Journal. Time magazine put him on one of the covers for its “100 most influential people in the world” (2015 issue) and on the list of “the 25 most influential Hispanics in the United States”. A survey conducted by the Pew Hispanic Center found that Ramos is the second most recognized Latino leader in the country.  Latino Leaders magazine chose him as one of “The Ten Most Admired Latinos” and “101 Top Leaders of the Latino Community in the U.S.” He is a father of two, plays soccer every Saturday morning and is considered one of the most eloquent, credible and powerful voices of Hispanic America.


María Amparo Escandón photo courtesy of the author; Jorge Ramos Ávalos photo courtesy of himself


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Carell Augustus - Black Hollywood (Online Event)

Wednesday, October 19, 2022 - 5:30pm

Carell Augustus

Black Hollywood

Live Online
Wed., October 19, 2022 • 5:30pm PT

This event will be hosted online by Book Passage. Please contact with questions regarding online events.

A visionary photography book that brings together the best of classic Hollywood with today's iconic Black entertainers for an immersive experience unlike anything you've ever seen before.

Features a foreword by Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker and an afterword by beloved entertainer Niecy Nash!

Black Hollywood is a groundbreaking reimagining of Hollywood's most beloved films, including Breakfast at Tiffany'sSingin' in the RainMission: ImpossibleForrest Gump, and more. Visionary photographer Carell Augustus has created a "who's who" of today's Black entertainers recreating iconic cinematic scenes, renewing readers' appreciation of the past while asking questions about representation in media and inspiring the artists of the future.

Compiled over the course of more than ten years and highlighting more than sixty-five stars such as Vanessa L. Williams, Dulé Hill, Karamo Brown, Shermar Moore, and others, Carell Augustus says, "Black Hollywood is not just a book for Black people — it's a book for all people about Black people. About the dreams we were never told we could achieve. About the places we were never told we could go. And now, finally, about how we can get there."

Carell Augustus is a Los Angeles-based photographer whose career has taken him around the world to shoot some of the biggest stars on the planet. His celebrity clients have included Viola Davis, Beverly Johnson, Mariah Carey, Elizabeth Banks, Pierce Bronson, Meghan Markle, Serena Williams, Snoop Dogg, and more.


Carell Augustus photo courtesy of Sean Andrew Russell


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Midterm Elections 2022: Voting Rights & Defending Democracy with Carol Anderson, Joshua A. Douglas, Anita Gail Jones, moderated by Paula Farmer (Online Event)

Tuesday, October 18, 2022 - 7:00pm
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Midterm Elections 2022
Voting Rights & Defending Democracy

Carol Anderson, Joshua A. Douglas,
Anita Gail Jones,
moderated by Paula Farmer

Live Online
Tues., October 18, 2022 • 7:00pm PT

This event will be hosted online by Book Passage. Please contact with questions regarding online events.

For the Book Passage special panel events we always like to focus on timely issues with an impressive array of authors and activists well-versed on the subject. The event this fall is no exception as we feature an in-depth discussion on midterm elections 2022, voter rights, the importance of grassroots political movements and why voter engagement matters now more than ever. We’ll be navigating these issues and more with the help of the following panelists …

Carol Anderson is the Charles Howard Candler Professor of African American Studies at Emory University and author of the New York Times bestseller and National Book Critics Circle Award winner, White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide.  She is also the author of Eyes Off the Prize:  The United Nations and the African American Struggle for Human Rights, 1944-1955; Bourgeois Radicals:  The NAACP and the Struggle for Colonial Liberation, 1941-1960, and One Person, No Vote:  How Voter Suppression is Destroying Our Democracy, which was long-listed for the National Book Award and a finalist for the PEN/Galbraith Award in non-fiction.






Professor Joshua A. Douglas of the University of Kentucky J. David Rosenberg College of Law is the Ashland-Spears, Inc. Distinguished Research Professor of Law. He teaches and researches election law and voting rights, civil procedure, constitutional law, and judicial decision making. He is the author of Vote for US: How to Take Back our Elections and Change the Future of Voting, a popular press book that provides hope and inspiration for a positive path forward on voting rights. His most recent legal scholarship focuses on the constitutional right to vote, with an emphasis on state constitutions, as well as the various laws, rules, and judicial decisions impacting election administration.




Anita Gail Jones - lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, but was born and raised in Albany, Georgia, and maintains a strong connection with this southwest corner of the state. In fact, it is that connection, among other things,  that inspired her to get involve with Georgia's changing and volatile political landscape. She recently launch Anita's Peach Corp to enlist Bay Area residents to help her home state send 2020 Democratic candidates to the U.S. Senate through grassroots efforts. She's continuing the work with a volunteer network in California for this year's midterm elections. Anita is doing this all while also working on her novel, The Peach Seed. The manuscript was selected as a 2021 Finalist in the PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction and was acquired by Retha Powers at Holt in a two-book deal for publication in August 2023.






Paula Farmer, moderator-  Paula curates and moderates special programming for social justice discourse for Book Passage and other clients. She is also the creator and host of the “Speaking Of,” an interview series on Instagram in which she talks with BIPOC authors, artists, and activists on topical issues. She is co-Founder and Chairperson of the Mosaic Committee for the California Independent Booksellers Association (CALIBA), and in 2021 was selected for the DEI Committee on behalf of the American Booksellers Association.


Carol Anderson photo courtesy of the author; Joshua A. Douglas photo courtesy of the author; Anita Gail Jones photo courtesy of Adrianne Mathiowetz


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Online Class: Nina Schuyler - Making Metaphors

Saturday, October 29, 2022 - 10:30am

Saturday, October 29th, 2022

Hosted and Recorded via Zoom • 10:30am-12:00pm PT • $60


Whenever I read a metaphor, something alters, and a rival reality emerges. If someone’s hair color is compared to basil, the world that previously kept those two things apart is made anew. “Every metaphor or simile is a little explosion of fiction within the larger fiction of the novel or story,” writes James Wood. Magically, with this explosion, a new way of seeing emerges. We’ll explore why metaphors are so powerful, but the main focus will be trying out different strategies for how to make them. By the end of the class, you’ll come away better able to create your own original metaphors.  

Nina Schuyler’s new novel, Afterword, will be published in May 2023 by Clash Books. Her short story collection, In this Ravishing World, won the W.S. Porter Prize for Short Story Collections and the Prism Prize for Climate Literature and will be published by Regal House Publishing in 2024. She teaches creative writing at the University of San Francisco and Stanford Continuing Education.


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Book Passage Fall Picks 2022 (Corte Madera Store In-Person and Live Online)

Tuesday, October 11, 2022 - 1:00pm
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Book Passage
Fall Reads

Elaine Petrocelli with
Book Passage Staff Presents

~ Corte Madera Store In-Person and Live Online ~

Tuesday, October 11th 1:00pm PT

Free Event  No Registration Required

 Please contact with questions regarding online events.

Join us for an afternoon of fabulous new books emerging this fall.

Incredible reads for those of all ages speaking to a constellation of interests. 

Our knowledgeable and enthusiastic staff will take you through novels, thrillers, memoirs that stir and inform, and non-fiction topics that address concerns of the day. There will be poetry, humor, cooking, and the best books on the natural world. We will feature both photography and art and introduce you to just the book that will infuse your travels with wonder.

Books for teens and tweens and a whole array of picture books certain to delight will be presented by our children’s specialist, Ari Ray. She knows the hearts and minds of young people.

Book Passage Corte Madera
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Victor Ray and Adam Serwer - On Critical Race Theory & The Cruelty is the Point (Online Event)

Tuesday, September 27, 2022 - 5:30pm

Victor Ray
On Critical Race Theory

& Adam Serwer
The Cruelty is the Point

Live Online
Tues., September 27, 2022 • 5:30pm PT

This event will be online by Book Passage. Please contact with questions regarding events.

What exactly is critical race theory? This concise and accessible exploration demystifies a crucial framework for understanding and fighting racial injustice in the United States.
From renowned scholar Dr. Victor Ray, 
On Critical Race Theory explains the centrality of race in American history and politics, and how the often mischaracterized intellectual movement became a political necessity.

Ray draws upon the radical thinking of giants such as Ida B. Wells, W.E.B. Du Bois, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., to clearly trace the foundations of critical race theory in the Black intellectual traditions of emancipation and the civil rights movement. From these foundations, Ray explores the many facets of our society that critical race theory interrogates, from deeply embedded structural racism to the historical connection between whiteness and property, ownership, and more.

In succinct, thoughtful essays, Ray presents, analyzes, and breaks down the scholarship and concepts that constitute this often misconstrued term. He explores how the conversation on critical race theory has expanded into the contemporary popular conscience, showing why critical race theory matters and why we should all care.

Victor Ray was born in Pittsburgh and raised in western Pennsylvania. After receiving his bachelor of arts in urban studies at Vassar, he earned his PhD from Duke University in 2014. His work has been published in a number of peer-reviewed journals, including American Sociological Review and The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. Dr. Ray is a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and his research has been funded by the Ford Foundation. As an active public scholar, his social and critical commentary has appeared in outlets such as The Washington Post, Newsweek, Harvard Business Review, and Boston Review. Victor Ray currently resides in Iowa City.

Featuring additional elements: essays on how the Supreme Court undermines justice, and a new epilogue that connects the post-reconstruction narrative with today’s political discourse

To many, our most shocking political crises appear unprecedented—un-American, even. But they are not, writes The Atlantic’s Adam Serwer in this prescient essay collection, which dissects the most devastating moments in recent memory to reveal deeply entrenched dynamics, patterns as old as the country itself. The January 6 insurrection, anti-immigrant sentiment, and American authoritarianism all have historic roots that explain their continued power with or without President Donald Trump — a fact borne out by what has happened since his departure from the White House.

Serwer argues that Trump is not the cause, he is a symptom. Serwer’s phrase “the cruelty is the point” became among the most-used descriptions of Trump’s era, but as this book demonstrates, it resonates across centuries. The essays here combine revelatory reporting, searing analysis, and a clarity that’s bracing. In this new, expanded version of his bestselling debut, Serwer elegantly dissects white supremacy’s profound influence on our political system, looking at the persistence of the Lost Cause, the past and present of police unions, the mythology of migration, and the many faces of anti-Semitism. In so doing, he offers abundant proof that our past is present and demonstrates the devastating costs of continuing to pretend it’s not. The Cruelty Is the Point dares us, the reader, to not look away.

Adam Serwer has been a staff writer for the Ideas section of The Atlantic since 2016, focusing on contemporary politics, often viewed through the lens of history. He is the recipient of the 2015 Sigma Delta Chi award for commentary, the 2019 Salute to Excellence award for commentary from the National Association of Black Journalists, and the 2019 Hillman Prize for opinion journalism. He lives in San Antonio, Texas, with his family.


Victor Ray photo courtesy of the author; Adam Serwer photo courtesy of Shorenstein Center, Harvard University

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Marple: 12 Mysteries - Alyssa Cole, Lucy Foley, Jean Kwok, and Lizz Schumer (Online Event)

Thursday, September 15, 2022 - 12:00pm
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Marple: 12 Mysteries

Alyssa Cole, Lucy Foley,
Jean Kwok, and Lizz Schumer

Live Online
Thurs., September 15, 2022 • 12:00pm PT

This event will be online by Book Passage. Please contact with questions regarding events.

Agatha Christie’s legendary sleuth, Jane Marple, returns to solve twelve baffling cases in this brand-new collection, penned by a host of acclaimed authors skilled in the fine art of mystery and murder

One doesn't stop at one murder...

Jane Marple is an elderly lady from St Mary Mead who possesses an uncanny knack for solving even the most perplexing puzzles. Now, for the first time in 45 years, Agatha Christie’s beloved character returns to the page for a globe-trotting tour of crime and detection.

Join Marple as she travels through her sleepy English village and around the world. In St Mary Mead, a Christmas dinner is interrupted by unexpected guests; the Broadway stage in New York City is set for a dangerous improvisation; bad omens surround an untimely death aboard a cruise ship to Hong Kong; and a bestselling writer on holiday in Italy is caught in a nefarious plot. These and other crimes committed in the name of love, jealousy, blackmail, and revenge are ones that only the indomitable Jane Marple can solve.

Bringing a fresh twist to the hallmarks of a classic Agatha Christie mystery, these twelve esteemed writers have captured the sharp wit, unique voice, and droll ingenuity of the deceptively demure detective. A triumphant celebration of Christie’s legacy and essential reading for crime lovers, Marple is a timely reminder why Jane Marple remains one of the most famous detectives of all time.

Alyssa Cole is an award-winning author of historical, contemporary, and sci-fi romance. Her contemporary rom-com A Princess in Theory was one of the New York Times’ 100 Notable Books of 2018, and her books have received critical acclaim from Library Journal, BuzzFeed, Kirkus, Booklist, Jezebel, Vulture, Book Riot, Entertainment Weekly, and various other outlets. When she’s not working, she can usually be found watching anime or wrangling her many pets.

Lucy Foley studied English liter­ature at Durham University and University College London and worked for several years as a fiction edi­tor in the publishing industry. She is the author of five novels including The Guest List and The Hunt­ing Party. She lives in London.

Jean Kwok is the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of Girl in Translation and Mambo in Chinatown. Her work has been published in twenty countries and is taught in universities, colleges, and high schools across the world. She has been selected for numerous honors, including the American Library Association Alex Award, the Chinese American Librarians Association Best Book Award and the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award international shortlist. She received her bachelor's degree from Harvard University and earned an MFA from Columbia University. She is fluent in Chinese, Dutch, and English, and currently lives in the Netherlands.

Lizz Schumer covers pets, culture, lifestyle, books,  entertainment and more as Good Housekeeping's senior editor; she also contributes to Woman's Day and Prevention. She has also written food and lifestyle content for The New York Times, HuffPost, VinePair and many others. When she's not writing, you can find Lizz instagramming her food or playing with her dog, Jerry.

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Samuel C. Spitale - How to Win the War on Truth (Online Event)

Thursday, October 27, 2022 - 5:30pm

Samuel C. Spitale

How to Win
the War on Truth

Live Online
Thurs., October 27, 2022 • 5:30pm PT

This event will be online by Book Passage. Please contact with questions regarding events.

Made to Stick by Chip and Dan Heath meets Thing Explainer by Randall Munroe in this illustrated guide to navigating today’s post-truth landscape, filled with examples of modern-day propaganda campaigns.

We’re bombarded with information like never before. Some of it’s true, some of it’s spin, and some of it’s flat-out fake news. And that’s by design. Propaganda helps governments and corporations sell us products, lifestyles, and ideas. Sometimes the agenda is harmless, but other times it’s destructive, and it’s not always easy to spot the difference.

Whether you want to be informed on the issues or debunk misinformation wherever you encounter it, How to Win the War on Truth is here to help. You’ll learn:
   • The history of propaganda, from Edward Bernays to Fox News
   • Why simple messages are so powerful
   • Who profits from propaganda
   • How propaganda is manufactured and delivered directly to you
   • How to find the truth for yourself

Filled with cleverly illustrated real-world examples of propaganda in all its forms, How to Win the War on Truth will help you see the world with clear eyes for the first time. Because when it comes to preserving democracy and fighting for our rights, it’s essential that we do.

Samuel C. Spitale is a media studies expert who has written for Huffington Post, as well as Geek magazine and Previously, he worked at Lucasfilm Ltd. in global product development. He is the author of Star Wars: Collecting a Galaxy.


Samuel C. Spitale photo courtesy of Christine Taylor

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