Virtual Events

Lady Gaga and Cynthia Germanotta with Born This Way Foundation Youth Reporters - Channel Kindness (Virtual Event)

Tuesday, September 22, 2020 - 5:00pm

Ticket: $36.49 (includes a copy of Channel Kindness)
Tuesday, September 22, 5:00pm PT • Virtual Event via Cadenza

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Join Born This Way Foundation Youth Reporters in conversation with Lady Gaga and Cynthia Germanotta for an uplifting night filled with personal conversations about the power of kindness.

Since founding Born This Way Foundation in 2012, Lady Gaga and Cynthia have collected inspiring stories from young people around the world who found their inner strength, prevailed in the face of bullies, started their own social movements, and decided to break through the mental health stigma. Fans will get an intimate look at some of these stories collected in Channel Kindness as well as the chance to hear directly from a few of the book contributors, Lady Gaga, and Cynthia as they reflect on their own experiences defined by kindness and resilience.

Each ticket includes a copy of Channel Kindness and all proceeds from the livestream event will go toward continuing Born This Way Foundation’s mission to support the wellness of young people and build a kinder, braver, and more just world.

Academy Award, Golden Globe, and 11-time Grammy-winner Lady Gaga is a one-of-a kind artist, performer and a trailblazer in beauty and fashion. She has amassed an outstanding 35 million global album sales, 42 billion streams and 321 million in song consumption, making her one of the best-selling musicians of all time. Lady Gaga is also an outspoken activist, philanthropist and supporter of many important issues including LGBT rights, HIV/AIDS awareness and body image issues.

Cynthia Bissett Germanotta is president and co-founder of Born This Way Foundation, which she launched with her daughter Lady Gaga in 2012. Born This Way Foundation supports the mental health and wellness of young people, empowering them to build a kinder, braver world. Under Cynthia's leadership, BTWF has reached hundreds of thousands of young people across the country and around the world, launched innovative youth-focused programming such as teen Mental Health First Aid, and conducted cutting-edge research to improve the understanding of mental wellness and the impact of kindness.

Conversations with Authors - Bobbie Ann Mason (Virtual Event)

Sunday, October 4, 2020 - 4:00pm

 

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

Bobbie Ann Mason

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.

 

Bobbie Ann Mason‘s new release, Dear Ann, is a beautifully crafted and profoundly moving novel which follows a woman as she looks back over her life and her first love.

Her first short stories were published in The New Yorker, during the 1980s renaissance of the short story, when writers such as Raymond Carver, Ann Beattie, and Tobias Wolff came to prominence. Her first book of fiction, Shiloh & Other Stories, won the PEN/Hemingway Award and was nominated for the American Book Award, the PEN/Faulkner Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award. She received an Arts and Letters Award for Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. The title story, “Shiloh,” about a disabled trucker whose wife is not used to having him at home, has been widely anthologized in college textbooks. The couple’s trip to the Civil War battleground of Shiloh began for Mason a recurring preoccupation with the theme of war.

Her first novel, In Country, is taught widely in classes and was made into a Norman Jewison film starring Bruce Willis and Emily Lloyd. It is about a teenager whose father died in Vietnam before she was born, and who is now coming of age, desperate to know more about him. The Girl in the Blue Beret ventures into World War II and the ways it is remembered. Her memoir, Clear Springs, about an American farm family throughout the twentieth century, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Her book of linked stories, Nancy Culpepper, is inspired by this family, and she says that while the circumstances are different, this is the work of fiction most closely identified with her own life and sensibility.

 

Below, please find links to purchase her books.

 

 

Conversations with Authors - P. J. O'Rourke (Virtual Event)

Saturday, October 3, 2020 - 4:00pm

 

Saturday, October 3rd • 4:00pm PT/7:00pm ET

P. J. O'Rourke

in conversation with Michael Krasny


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.

 

P. J. O’Rourke‘s latest work, A Cry from the Far Middle, asks his fellow Americans to take it down a notch, offering a new collection of essays about our nation’s propensity for anger and perplexity.

P. J. has written twenty books on subjects as diverse as politics and cars and etiquette and economics. Parliament of Whores and Give War a Chance both reached #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. He is also an H. L. Mencken Research Fellow at the Cato Institute, a regular panelist on NPR’s Wait Wait . . . Don’t Tell Me, and editor-in-chief of the web magazine American Consequences. He lives in rural New England, as far away from the things he writes about as he can get.

Michael Krasny has been in broadcast journalism since 1983. He was with ABC in both radio and television and migrated to public broadcasting in 1993. He has been Professor of English at San Francisco State University and also taught at Stanford, the University of San Francisco and the University of California, as well as in the Fulbright International Institutes. A veteran interviewer for the nationally broadcast City Arts and Lectures, he is the author of a number of books, including Off Mike: A Memoir of Talk Radio and Literary Life, Spiritual Envy, and Let There Be Laughter, as well as the twenty-four lecture series Short Story Masterpieces.

 

Below, please find links to purchase their books.

 

 

Conversations with Authors - Nancy Pearl & Jeff Schwager (Virtual Event)

Wednesday, September 30, 2020 - 4:00pm

 

Wednesday, September 30th • 4:00pm PT/7:00pm ET

Nancy Pearl & Jeff Schwager

in conversation with Andrew Sean Greer


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.

 

Nancy Pearl and Jeff Schwager’s new book, The Writer’s Library: The Authors You Love on the Books That Changed Their Lives is an inspiring collection of interviews with America’s most notable and influential writers, conversations about the books that shaped them and inspired them to leave their own literary mark.

Nancy regularly speaks about the importance and pleasure of reading at libraries, literacy organizations, and community groups around the world. She can be found on NPR’s Morning Edition and KWGS-FM in Tulsa, Oklahoma talking about her favorite books. Her monthly television show on the Seattle Channel, Book Lust with Nancy Pearl, features interviews with authors, poets, and other literary figures. Among her many honors are the 2011 Librarian of the Year Award from Library Journal and the 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association. Nancy is the creator of the internationally recognized program If All of Seattle Read the Same Book, and was the inspiration for the Archee McPhee “Librarian Action Figure.” Nancy is a bestselling author, librarian, and literary critic, but first and foremost, she is a reader and has spent her life promoting reading as one of the most beneficial and joyful experiences anyone can have.

Jeff is a Seattle-based journalist and playwright. Book-It Repertory Theatre produced his adaptation of Jesus’ Son by Denis Johnson in 2013. The following year, the company’s five-hour stage version of his adaptation of Michael Chabon’s The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay won Theatre Puget Sound’s Gregory Award for Outstanding Production. He lives on Queen Anne Hill, in a Craftsman house built in 1913, with his partner Megan and his pug Edgar.

Andrew Sean Greer is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of six works of fiction, including the bestsellers The Confessions of Max Tivoli and Less. He has taught at a number of universities, including the Iowa Writers Workshop, been a TODAY show pick, a New York Public Library Cullman Center Fellow, a judge for the National Book Award, and a winner of the California Book Award and the New York Public Library Young Lions Award. Andrew is the recipient of a NEA grant, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. He lives in San Francisco.

 

Below, please find links to purchase their books.

 

 

Jon Meacham - His Truth Is Marching On: John Lewis and the Power of Hope (Virtual Event)

Thursday, September 24, 2020 - 5:30pm

 

Thursday, September 24th • 5:30pm PT/8:30pm ET

Jon Meacham
 


Presented with Dominican University as part of their free, virtual Fall Leadership Lecture series! Register for all the upcoming events here.


Join us for the second session in Dominican University's free Fall Leadership Lecture Series with Pulitzer Prize-winning author and historian Jon Meacham, to talk about his new book, His Truth is Marching On: John Lewis and the Power of Hope.

This intimate and revealing portrait of civil rights icon and longtime U.S. congressman John Lewis links this civil-rights icon’s painful quest for justice in America from the 1950s to the present. Drawing on decades of wide-ranging interviews with Lewis, Meacham writes of how Lewis, the great-grandson of a slave and son of an Alabama tenant farmer, was inspired by the Bible and his teachers in nonviolence, the Reverends James Lawson and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., to put his life on the line in the service of what Abraham Lincoln called “the better angels of our nature.”

From an early age, Lewis learned that nonviolence was not only a tactic but a philosophy, a biblical imperative, and a transforming reality. At the age of four, Lewis, ambitious to become a minister, practiced by preaching to his family’s chickens. When his mother cooked one of the chickens, the boy refused to eat it—his first act, he wryly recalled, of nonviolent protest. Integral to Lewis’s commitment to bettering the nation was his faith in humanity and in God—and an unshakable belief in the power of hope.

Meacham calls Lewis “as important to the founding of a modern and multiethnic twentieth- and twenty-first-century America as Thomas Jefferson and James Madison and Samuel Adams were to the initial creation of the Republic itself in the eighteenth century.” A believer in the injunction that one should love one’s neighbor as oneself, Lewis was arguably a saint in our time, risking limb and life to bear witness for the powerless in the face of the powerful. In many ways he brought a still-evolving nation closer to realizing its ideals, and his story offers inspiration and illumination for Americans today who are working for social and political change.

Jon Meacham is a Pulitzer Prize–winning biographer, contributing writer for The New York Times Book Review, and a contributing editor of Time magazine. He is the author of the New York Times bestsellers The Hope of Glory, Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush, Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power, American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House, American Gospel, and Franklin and Winston. Meacham, who holds the Rogers Chair in the American Presidency at Vanderbilt University, lives in Nashville.

 

Below, please find links to purchase Jon Meacham's books.

 

 

Virtual Class: Pat Holt - Contemporary Classics Book Group - Friday (via Zoom)

Friday, October 16, 2020 - 10:30am
photo of Pat Holt

Five Fridays: Oct. 16, Nov. 13, Dec. 11, Jan. 15 & Feb. 12 • 10:30am – 12:30pm • $125 

Pat Holt leads a discussion of books that have captured the contemporary imagination. Pat is the former book review editor of the SF Chronicle and publisher of Holt Uncensored.

October 16
Call Me Zebra by Azareen Vander Vliet Oloomi

November 13
Weather by Jenny Offill

December 11
The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

January 15
Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips

February 12
The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai

All titles are available at Book Passage. Please support your local, independent bookstore and buy from us.

Virtual Class: Pat Holt - Contemporary Classics Book Group - Tuesday (via Zoom)

Tuesday, October 13, 2020 - 10:30am
photo of Pat Holt

Five Tuesdays: Oct. 13, Nov. 10, Dec. 8, Jan. 12 & Feb. 9 • 10:30am – 12:30pm • $125 

Pat Holt leads a discussion of books that have captured the contemporary imagination. Pat is the former book review editor of the SF Chronicle and publisher of Holt Uncensored.

October 13
Call Me Zebra by Azareen Vander Vliet Oloomi

November 10
Weather by Jenny Offill

December 8
The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

January 12
Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips

February 9
The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai

All titles are available at Book Passage. Please support your local, independent bookstore and buy from us.

Virtual Class: Don George - Write Your Best Travel Story (via Zoom)

Wednesday, October 7, 2020 - 4:00pm

Six Wednesdays: October 7, 14, 21, 28 & November 4, 11 • 4:00-7:00pm PT • $495 • Hosted via Zoom • Class limited to 9 attendees.

This class is patterned on a graduate school creative writing workshop, with emphasis on the craft of writing a publishable travel story. In this workshop, participants will conceive, pitch, and write an original travel piece of up to 2,500 words. This may be based on a recent close-to-home travel experience or on a memory of a past trip. In the workshop, we'll begin by closely reading, discussing, and critiquing examples of excellent travel writing. Then each participant will present their story idea for discussion and revision, and then write an original travel piece of up to 2,500 words. Each piece will be closely read and discussed in class. Subsequent classes will allow for revision, discussion, and further refinement of each piece. During the course of the workshop, in addition to individual critiques, we'll talk about the fine points of structure, pacing, and making your point. This highly successful class has led to numerous published stories in widely known venues such as the annual Best Travel Writing and Lonely Planet anthologies.

Don George is the author of The Way of Wanderlust: The Best Travel Writing of Don George and of Lonely Planet's Guide to Travel Writing and the editor of ten anthologies, including A Moveable Feast, The Kindness of Strangers, Better Than Fiction, and An Innocent Abroad. George is Editor at Large for National Geographic Traveler, where he writes feature articles and the monthly Trip Lit column. He is also Editor of BBC Travel's literary travel column, Chance Encounters.

Virtual Class: Don George - Fine-Tune Your Travel Tale: Advanced Writing Workshop (via Zoom)

Friday, September 25, 2020 - 12:00pm

Friday, Saturday & Sunday: September 25-27 • 12:00-3:00pm PT • $395 • Hosted via Zoom • Class limited to 9 attendees.

This workshop is designed for writers who have an already finished travel story of up to 3,000 words that they would like to workshop and refine. Participants will be asked to send their story to Don George and all the workshop participants before the first class. In each workshop, we will closely discuss and critique three pieces. In addition to individual critiques, we will also discuss the art of great travel writing — how to lead into a piece, how to structure a story arc, how to bring a place and scene to life, and how to create a compelling close.

Don George is the author of The Way of Wanderlust: The Best Travel Writing of Don George and of Lonely Planet's Guide to Travel Writing and the editor of ten anthologies, including A Moveable Feast, The Kindness of Strangers, Better Than Fiction, and An Innocent Abroad. George is Editor at Large for National Geographic Traveler, where he writes feature articles and the monthly Trip Lit column. He is also Editor of BBC Travel's literary travel column, Chance Encounters.

Two Virtual Classes: Julia McNeal - Ways Two and Three (October 3rd) & Ways Four and Five (October 17th) of the Five Ways In to Character (via Zoom)

Saturday, October 17, 2020 - 1:30pm

Two Saturdays: October 3 & 17 • 1:30-4:00pm PT • $75 (individual class); $125 (for both) • Hosted via Zoom
Ways Two and Three: October 3 • Ways Four and Five: October 17
Format: Presentation, short interactive exercise, writing time, question & answer • Class size limited to 16
It is not necessary to have taken Way One first

 

Five Ways In to Character is a unique, five-part technique for creating characters on the page and in performance. Synthesized by Julia McNeal, and honed over the last 15 years, this technique has never failed to deepen, clarify, and improve the character creation of all who apply it. Following the sold-out Way One class, Julia brings the next Four Ways of the technique to Book Passage in 2, two-and-a-half-hour classes.

1. Ways Two and Three of the Five Ways In to Character (Saturday, October 3rd)

Way Two completes the “Outside-In” work of the technique—focusing on gender; and Way Three is the deep core of the technique: the Inside-Out work that opens the door to any character’s truest being and unique nature.

Bring to Class: a short paragraph (1–5 sentences) that describes or is in the voice of a character you are working on or thinking about.

2. Ways Four and Five of the Five Ways In to Character (Saturday, October 17th)

Ways Four and Five are both Inside-Out work (starting with the inner world of a character, and discovering how that manifests outwardly). Way Four gives you Julia’s Artist’s/Writer’s Authentic Self meditation (totally valuable on its own, with or without characters to write!), and shows you how to apply it to creating distinct characters. Way Five is the simplest Inside-Out piece of the technique—almost a no-brainer—and always worth applying last.

In each class, you will learn useful practices to apply every time you want to get clear, compelling, recognizable and specific characters on the page.

If you need something to shake up your writing routine, invite deeper truth, energy and new ways of seeing the character(s) you are writing (even if that character is You), come play and learn on two Saturdays: October 3rd and 17th.  You’ll come away with a whole new way of looking at characters, and a concrete method of approach you can use, going forward.

 

What Students Are Saying about Julia McNeal

“Julia’s Ways In is a brilliant and original set of techniques for exploring and deepening characters which go way beyond what writers usually learn and practice. A wonderful opportunity to learn from an accomplished actress how to access the often elusive essence of characters and what makes them tick."

"Julia is a passionate and stimulating teacher and her classes crack open new insights and perspectives for writers committed to creating characters that are fully alive.”

"Julia's techniques help keep me excited about my writing projects rather than overwhelmed. Her classes offer a useful conceptual framework, actionable practices, and compassionate support."

“Thank you Julia. This was exactly what I needed to reconnect with my writing project after losing focus amid this whole pandemic situation.”

 

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