Virtual Events

Conversations with Authors - Deborah Tannen (Virtual Event)

Wednesday, November 18, 2020 - 4:00pm

Wednesday, November 18th, 2020

Online • Live • 4:00pm PT/7:00pm ET

In conversation with Amy Tan

Conversations with Authors is our free online event series! Join us throughout the week for new chats between different authors.


A note from Deborah:


What a great pleasure and privilege it was to connect across the continent with Amy Tan, a dear friend with whom I share so much history and affection—and to connect with you as well.

I missed seeing you all in person. At in-person events, seeing nodding, smiling, and sometimes laughing faces keeps me going. But even though I couldn’t see you, knowing you were there made all the difference, and I’m grateful that going virtual meant more of you could attend.

Thank you for coming. And thank you to Book Passage for bringing us together, and for bringing readers and writers together day after day, connecting us with each other, and with books—and, through books, with the ideas and emotions swirling around us, and within us, in these surreal times.

Here are some books published this year that I really enjoyed:

I’m especially pleased to mention Richard Ford’s new story collection. Here’s why: As a member of the board of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation (a unique literary organization that Amy introduced me to), I co-chair the committee that administers the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story, and Ford is a past winner of that prize. I’ll also mention other story collections recently published by PEN/Malamud winners:

And a wonderful novel soon to be published by another PEN/Malamud prize winner:

Finally, I’ll mention The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis, who will receive this year’s PEN/Malamud prize on Dec. 4. The award ceremony will be online, so you’re all welcome to attend.


Deborah Tannen’s newest work, Finding My Father: His Century-Long Journey from World War I Warsaw and My Quest to Follow, traces her father’s life from turn-of-the-century Warsaw to New York City in an intimate memoir about family, memory, and the stories we tell.

Deborah is University Professor and Professor of Linguistics at Georgetown University and author of many books and articles about how the language of everyday conversation affects relationships. She is best known as the author of New York Times bestseller You Just Don’t Understand: Women and Men in Conversation. This is the book that brought gender differences in communication style to the forefront of public awareness. In addition to her eight books for general audiences, Deborah is author or editor of sixteen books and over one hundred articles for scholarly audiences. She is also a frequent guest on television and radio news and has been featured in and written for most major newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, HuffPost, Newsweek, Time, USA Today, People, and The Harvard Business Review. She lives with her husband in the Washington, D.C., area.

Amy Tan’s The Joy Luck Club remains a classic examination of the sometimes painful, often tender, and always deep connection between mothers and daughters. Her other novels are The Kitchen God’s Wife, The Hundred Secret Senses, The Bonesetter’s Daughter, Saving Fish from Drowning, and The Valley of Amazement, all New York Times bestsellers. She is also the author of two memoirs, The Opposite of Fate and Where the Past Begins, two children’s books, The Moon Lady and The Chinese Siamese Cat, and numerous articles for magazines, including The New Yorker, Harper’s Bazaar, and National Geographic.


Below, please find links to purchase their books, as well as Deborah's recommended titles.



Conversations with Authors - Andrea Bemis (Virtual Event)

Wednesday, November 11, 2020 - 4:00pm

Wednesday, November 11th, 2020

Online • Live • 4:00pm PT/7:00pm ET

In conversation with Erin Gleeson

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Andrea Bemis’ second cookbook, Local Dirt: Seasonal Recipes for Eating Close to Home, is a dazzling collection of inventive recipes using farm-fresh ingredients, inspired by her commitment to supporting the local food movement.

Andrea is the writer, recipe developer, and photographer behind the cookbook Dishing Up The Dirt and the food blog of the same name. Andrea’s recipes focus on using whole, locally-sourced foods—incorporating the philosophy of eating as close to the land as possible. Her recipes have been featured in publications such as The New York Times, Well and Good NYC, and Eating Well Magazine. She lives and runs a sixty-acre organic farm outside of Portland, Oregon with her husband and their dog.

Erin Gleeson is the author, illustrator, and photographer behind the New York Times bestselling cookbooks The Forest Feast, The Forest Feast for Kids, The Forest Feast Gatherings, and The Forest Feast Mediterranean, as well as the popular blog by the same name. Erin teaches Photography in Continuing Studies at Stanford University and lives in a cabin in the woods in Northern California.


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Conversations with Authors - Mikel Jollett (Virtual Event)

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 - 4:00pm

Wednesday, October 28th, 2020

Online • Live • 4:00pm PT/7:00pm ET

In conversation with Tom Barbash

Conversations with Authors is our free online event series! Join us throughout the week for new chats between different authors.


A note from Mikel:


Thank you all so much for spending an hour with us to talk about my book, family, music, addiction, the masks we wear, and the writing of details which argue for their existence! I truly enjoyed this.

Tom’s pointed question about This Boy’s Life and Stop-Time got me thinking about all the wonderful books that I had at my fingertips when writing Hollywood Park. (They weren’t all memoirs). I believe the best books answer the question, “What was this world like for you?” And it was probably the question I thought about most when writing. Anyway, if you don’t already have them, I highly recommend that you consider picking up one of these incredible books from Book Passage:


Mikel Jollett‘s remarkable new memoir of a tumultuous life, Hollywood Park, is both the story of a man born into one of the country’s most infamous cults and subjected to a childhood filled with poverty, addiction, and emotional abuse; and the story of fierce love and family loyalty told in a raw, poetic voice that signals the emergence of a uniquely gifted writer

Mikel is the frontman of the indie band The Airborne Toxic Event. Prior to forming the band, he graduated with honors from Stanford University. Mikel was an on-air columnist for NPR’s All Things Considered, an editor-at-large for Men’s Health and an editor at Filter magazine. His fiction has been published in McSweeney’s.

Tom Barbash is the author of the novels The Dakota Winters and The Last Good Chance and the non-fiction book On Top of the World: Cantor Fitzgerald, Howard Lutnick, and 9/11; A Story of Loss and Renewal, which was a New York Times bestseller. His stories and articles have been published in Tin House, McSweeney’s, Virginia Quarterly Review, and other publications, and have been performed on National Public Radio’s Selected Shorts series. He currently teaches in the MFA program at California College of the Arts. He grew up on the Upper West Side of Manhattan and now lives in Marin County, California


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Conversations with Authors - Marilyn Chase (Virtual Event)

Sunday, October 25, 2020 - 4:00pm

Sunday, October 25th, 2020

Online • Live • 4:00pm PT/7:00pm ET

In conversation with Jan Yanehiro

Conversations with Authors is our free online event series! Join us throughout the week for new chats between different authors.


A note from Marilyn:

Dear Book Passage Community,

Thank you so much for inviting me into your community of engaged book lovers. What a treat!

I so appreciate all the engaged viewers—905!—asking great questions at my talk about Everything She Touched: The Life of Ruth Asawa.

As a longtime journalist, and writer of narrative nonfiction books—steeped in research, citations, and the world of facts—I love to read fiction for pleasure while I'm writing. So my reading this year includes lots of novels, including:

  • The Lying Life of Adults by Elena Ferrante. This tour of a teen's psyche darkens as she learns her ideal academic parents are dissemblers, living in a world of secrets. As a fan of Ferrante's Neapolitan quartet, beginning with My Brilliant Friend, I love the window she opens onto Italian society, female friendships, and gender politics.
  • The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich. I marvel at her rendering of Native American experience with steel and heart. My favorite remains LaRose, and I will be haunted forever by the sacrifice made by a loving couple to heal their neighbors' loss.  Nobody can touch the way she seamlessly weaves the tragic and comical elements of family life.
  • The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates. He beguiled me with his magical realist take on the story of Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railway.
  • The Mirror & the Light by Hilary Mantel. We waited so long for this capstone to her trilogy beginning with Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies.

Nonfiction exceptions to my fiction-only diet:

  • >Ninth Street Women by Mary Gabriel, which explored female painters of the Abstract Expressionist movement. Their lives and choices were the antithesis of the artist I wrote about, Ruth Asawa.  Their style throws into relief all of Ruth's rare, if not unique, qualities as an artist and public citizen that I wanted to document.
  • The Splendid and the Vile, Erik Larson's portrait of the leader everyone thought they knew but didn't—Winston Churchill—has pride of place on my nightstand among 18 books.

This spring I'll be reading lots more nonfiction narrative for a class I'll be teaching at UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism called, "Telling Life Stories: Biography and Social Justice."  Inspired by five years of research on Ruth Asawa, the class will build on the notion that telling a single life story is a way to address great themes of social justice in a personal, palpable and fully-fleshed way. I'm looking forward to diving into biographies of John Lewis, Malcolm X, Rosa Parks, and many more change-makers with my graduate students!

Again, heartfelt thanks for hosting me.

Stay safe,

Marilyn Chase’s compelling new biography, Everything She Touched, recounts the life of WWII prison camp survivor Ruth Asawa, who broke barriers of race and gender to become an artist of genius.

Marilyn is an author, journalist, and teacher at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. After more than two decades as a reporter and columnist for The Wall Street Journal focusing on health science, she returned to independent writing and teaching. She has taught narrative writing at her alma mater Stanford, as well as news, health, business, and narrative writing as a Continuing Lecturer for her grad school at U.C. Berkeley. She is also the author of The Barbary Plague: The Black Death in Victorian San Francisco, which tells the story of a young public health doctor treating patients during an outbreak of bubonic plague in the city’s Chinatown in 1900.

Jan Yanehiro is a well renowned broadcast journalist who has won several Emmys for her work. She has also co-authored three books including This is Not The Life I Ordered.


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Conversations with Authors - Claire Messud (Virtual Event)

Saturday, October 24, 2020 - 4:00pm

Saturday, October 24th, 2020

Online • Live • 4:00pm PT/7:00pm ET

In conversation with Sheila Heti

Conversations with Authors is our free online event series! Join us throughout the week for new chats between different authors.


A note from Claire:

Huge thanks to everyone who joined us for my conversation with Sheila Heti on Saturday. I’m very grateful to Book Passage for the opportunity, and for its wonderful existence in the world. Independent bookstores have been a lifeline and a godsend in these challenging months, and they need our support more than ever. I was so thrilled to have the chance to talk with the amazing Sheila Heti—whom I first met on a flight to Australia, now many years ago, and whose brilliance on the page and in person have captivated me since longer ago still — I read How Should a Person Be? when it first appeared, and have been a fan ever since. The only thing better than our time together on Saturday would have been to be with Sheila and all of you in real life.

There are so many amazing books I’d love recommend to you. If you haven’t already, you’ll want to read Sheila Heti’s remarkable novels Motherhood, How Should a Person Be?, and Ticknor.

And here are a few contemporary books of essays that are dear to my heart…

And a few recent novels and books of stories I’ve loved…

And a few unforgettable recent books of poetry…

And in case you didn’t know about it, just published, a last book of poems from our beloved and mourned Eavan Boland, The Historians, which I myself cannot wait to read.

How grateful we all are to books, more than ever in these hard times; and especially grateful to independent bookstores and to Book Passage in particular, for creating a precious community space for talking about books and ideas. Thank you all again for being with me and Sheila on Saturday!


Claire Messud‘s latest release, Kant’s Little Prussian Head and Other Reasons Why I Write, opens a window on her own life: a peripatetic upbringing; a warm, complicated family; and, throughout it all, her devotion to art and literature.

Claire is a recipient of Guggenheim and Radcliffe Fellowships and the Strauss Living Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She is the author of six works of fiction including The Burning Girl, The Emperor’s Children, and The Woman Upstairs. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with her family.

Sheila Heti is the author of eight books of fiction and non-fiction, including the novels Motherhood; chosen by the book critics at the New York Times as one of their top books of 2018, and by New York magazine as the best book of the year; How Should a Person Be?, named one of the 12 “New Classics of the 21st Century” by Vulture, as well as a New York Times Notable Book, a best book of the year in The New Yorker, and cited by Time as “one of the most talked-about books of the year"; and Ticknor; as well as the story collection, The Middle Stories. She was named one of “The New Vanguard” by the New York Times; a list of fifteen women writers from around the world who are “shaping the way we read and write fiction in the 21st century.” Her books have been translated into twenty-two languages.


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Conversations with Authors - Lan and Harlan Cao with Isabel Allende (Virtual Event)

Sunday, October 18, 2020 - 4:00pm

Sunday, October 18th, 2020

Online • Live • 4:00pm PT/7:00pm ET

Conversations with Authors is our free online event series! Join us throughout the week for new chats between different authors.


A note from Lan and Harlan:

Dear Friends of Book Passage,

Thank you for joining Isabel and the two of us for our conversation about our book, Family in Six Tones: A Refugee Mother, An American Daughter. When Lan first met Isabel in 1997 at Book Passage in Corte Madera, Isabel referred to Book Passage as “my second home.” And it is clear why she would feel this way. It’s a place that Elaine has lovingly reconfigured as a virtual sanctuary for writers and readers, to enable us to connect with each other, in these strange times of displacement and disconnectedness and isolation.

From Lan—

Books and passages I love:

  • A Long Petal of the Sea by Isabel Allende. The title alone, from a Pablo Neruda poem, drew me inexorably into the epic story of love and resilience set against the savaged world of Pinochet’s war and exile. The beauty of poetry against the terror of tyranny.
  • The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje. Memories of pain and losses, told by four people, caught in a ghost house after World War II. I was intrigued by the fact that the titular English Patient was actually not English at all, but rather Hungarian; and that so much pain and trauma are told in such a lyrical prose.
  • Cereus Blooms at Night by Shani Mootoo. Part magical realism, part naked, horrifying truths. What struck me when I first read this book years ago was the storyteller, a male nurse stigmatized for his sexual orientation, who told the tender story of Mala and who bonded with her, a woman with her own history of abandonment, sexual abuse, and madness.


  • September 1, 1939 and Refugee Blues by W. H. Auden (read both of these poems freshman year in high school when my English teacher made photocopies and gave them to me.)
  • One Art by Elizabeth Bishop (discovered this poet myself when I wandered the shelves at my public library in Virginia.)
  • Diving into the Wreck by Adrienne Rich (read in college — WOW.)

From Harlan—

It means very much to me that everyone checked into our event with Isabel and Elaine.

Here are some books I have loved:

  • Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman (my biggest inspiration for all of my future characters—lovable or not—and for how I write.)
  • Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austin (a classic love story, but one that isn’t as traditional as one would think.)
  • The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins (the perfect representation of how terrifying human nature is.)
  • Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng (this story was adapted into a screenplay and perfectly captures class and racial issues today in the most subtle but somehow also shocking way possible.)

Please remember that everything—even this pandemic hell—passes, and so all we will be left with is whatever energy we put out into the world: therefore, be happy and kind to one another.
Also please be environmentally conscious (I know that's off topic but I want to use this platform to say I really love the elephants and pandas and the ocean so let's take care of them.)


—Lan and Harlan


Lan Cao’s dual first-person memoir, Family in Six Tones—co-authored with her American daughter Harlan Margaret Van Cao—explores their complicated relationship, culture clash, and how they have grown both as individuals and as a family.

Lan is a Vietnamese American writer who left Saigon for the U.S. as a refugee in 1975. She is the author of two other novels, Monkey Bridge and The Lotus and the Storm. Both novels tell the stories of Vietnamese refugees in America, set against the Vietnam War and its traumatic aftermath for those who are left with its haunting legacy. In both novels, the war is told from a Vietnamese American perspective.

Lan is also a professor of law and has taught at Brooklyn Law School, Michigan Law School, Duke Law School, and William & Mary Law School. She is currently working at Chapman Law School in Orange, CA. She has written numerous articles on public international law, international trade, and rule of law development. Her book Culture in Law and Development: Nurturing Positive Change was published by Oxford University Press in 2015.

Isabel Allende—novelist, feminist, and philanthropist—is one of the most widely-read authors in the world, having sold more than 74 million books. Born in Peru and raised in Chile, she won worldwide acclaim in 1982 with the publication of her hugely popular first novel, The House of the Spirits. In addition to her work as a writer, Allende devotes much of her time to human rights causes.


Below, please find links to purchase their books.



Conversations with Authors - Catherine Grace Katz (Virtual Event)

Sunday, October 11, 2020 - 4:00pm

Sunday, October 11th, 2020

Online • Live • 4:00pm PT/7:00pm ET

In conversation with Stacy Schiff

Conversations with Authors is our free online event series! Join us throughout the week for new chats between different authors.


A note from Catherine Grace Katz:

Thank you to Stacy, Book Passage, and everyone who joined our conversation this evening! And thank you for your support of independent bookstores, first time authors, and for The Daughters of Yalta, especially during these challenging times.  I hope to have the opportunity to visit with you in person at Book Passage someday in the not too distant future!  The greatest joy of being a writer is interacting with readers, so I look forward to the day we can all be together, but I am very grateful to have tools like Zoom that bring us together in spirit.

Here are a few books that I have enjoyed that you might enjoy, too!  Some are longtime personal favorites, and some I thought might be especially enjoyable in this moment (aside from Stacy Schiff's books, of course!)

• Favorite classics: Emma by Jane Austen; Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen; Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery; and To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Le

• Favorite fiction for quarantine: A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles; The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro; The Dutch House by Ann Patchett; Bel Canto by Ann Patchett; The Last Days of Night by Graham Moore; An Officer and a Spy by Robert Harris; and The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.

• Favorite non-fiction for quarantine: The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown; Young Men and Fire by Norman Maclean; Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow; and Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand.

• A few favorite Churchill books: My Early Life by Winston Churchill; The Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larson; and Hero of the Empire by Candice Millard.

• Favorite Roosevelt book: No Ordinary Time by Doris Kearns Goodwin.

• Favorite book about the craft of writing history: In Command of History: Churchill Fighting and Writing the Second World War by David Reynolds.

• Favorite discovery while writing The Daughters of Yalta: Empire of the Czar: A Journey Through Eternal Russia by The Marquis de Custine, translated by George Kennan.

• Favorite "end of the world" book for COVID times: The Martian by Andy Weir.

• Favorite stories for families to read together: The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall and Eloise by Kay Thompson.

And you can never go wrong with a good spy thriller!

—Catherine Grace Katz


Catherine Grace Katz's first book, The Daughters of Yalta: The Churchills, Roosevelts, and Harrimans — A Story of Love and War, draws on newly accessible sources to bring to light both the untold story of the three intelligent and glamorous young women who accompanied their famous fathers to the Yalta Conference with Stalin seventy-five years ago, and the fateful reverberations during the waning days of World War II.

Catherine is a writer and historian from Chicago. She graduated from Harvard in 2013 with a BA in History and received her MPhil in Modern European History from Christ’s College, University of Cambridge in 2014, where she wrote her dissertation on the origins of modern counterintelligence practices. After graduating, Catherine worked in finance in New York City before a very fortuitous visit to the bookstore in the lobby of her office in Manhattan led her to return to history and writing. She is currently pursuing her JD at Harvard Law School.

Stacy Schiff is the author of Véra: (Mrs. Vladimir Nabokov), winner of the Pulitzer Prize; Saint-Exupéry, a Pulitzer Prize finalist; A Great Improvisation: Franklin, France, and the Birth of America, winner of the George Washington Book Prize and the Ambassador Book Award; and The Witches: Suspicion, Betrayal, and Hysteria in 1692 Salem, which has been hailed by the New York Times “an almost novelistic, thriller-like narrative.” Schiff has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library. The recipient of an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, she lives in New York City.


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Aarti Namdev Shahani - Here We Are: American Dreams, American Nightmares (Virtual Event)

Thursday, October 8, 2020 - 4:00pm

Virtual Book Club
Thursday, October 8, 4:00pm PT/7:00pm ET • Virtual Event via Crowdcast

Come join us! Sign up to participate in the next event in Macmillan’s Book + Author series: a virtual book club event with journalist and activist Aarti Namdev Shahani for the paperback release of her heart-wrenching debut memoir, Here We Are. We've partnered with Macmillan to bring this opportunity to book club members across the country, who can tune in to hear a discussion and participate in the live Q&A. Register through the link above.

The Shahanis came to Queens—from India, by way of Casablanca—in the 1980s. They were undocumented for a few unsteady years and then, with the arrival of their green cards, they thought they'd made it. This is the story of how they did, and didn't; the unforeseen obstacles that propelled them into years of disillusionment and heartbreak; and the strength of a family determined to stay together.

Here We Are: American Dreams, American Nightmares follows the lives of Aarti, the precocious scholarship kid at one of Manhattan's most elite prep schools, and her dad, the shopkeeper who mistakenly sells watches and calculators to the notorious Cali drug cartel. Together, the two represent the extremes that coexist in our country, even within a single family, and a truth about immigrants that gets lost in the headlines. It isn’t a matter of good or evil; it's complicated.

Ultimately, Here We Are is a coming-of-age story, a love letter from an outspoken modern daughter to her soft-spoken Old World father. She never expected they'd become best friends.

Aarti Namdev Shahani is the author of memoir Here We Are: American Dreams, American Nightmares. She is a correspondent for NPR based in Silicon Valley, covering the largest companies on earth. Her reporting has received awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, a regional Edward R. Murrow Award, and an Investigative Reporters & Editors Award. Before journalism, Shahani was a community organizer in New York City, helping prisoners and families facing deportation. Her activism was honored by the Union Square Awards and Legal Aid Society. She received a Master's in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, with generous support from the university and the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans. She completed her bachelor's degree in anthropology at the University of Chicago. She was among the youngest recipients of the Charles H. Revson Fellowship at Columbia University and is an alumna of A Better Chance, Inc. Shahani grew up in Flushing, Queens—in one of the most diverse zip codes in the country—and believes every American should visit her hometown to understand what makes America great.

Victoria Johnson - American Eden (Virtual Event)

Tuesday, October 6, 2020 - 5:30pm

Presented with Marin Art and Garden Center
Tuesday, October 6, 5:30pm PT/8:30pm ET • Tickets: $20 • Virtual Event

Join us for this illustrated lecture by historian Victoria Johnson featuring her latest book, American Eden, which both the Wall Street Journal and Ron Chernow (Alexander Hamilton) have called “captivating.” American Eden was a finalist for the 2018 National Book Award in Nonfiction, the 2018 Los Angeles Times Book Prize in Biography, and the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in History. It was also a New York Times Notable Book of 2018.

When Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr met on a dueling ground in July 1804, they chose the same attending physician: David Hosack. Family doctor and friend to both men, Hosack is today a shadowy figure at the edge of a famous duel, the great achievements of his life forgotten. But in 1801, on twenty acres of Manhattan farmland, Hosack founded the first public botanical garden in the new nation, amassing a spectacular collection of medicinal, agricultural, and ornamental plants that brought him worldwide praise from the likes of Thomas Jefferson, Sir Joseph Banks, and Alexander von Humboldt. In an age of rampant epidemics and dangerous treatments, Hosack used his pioneering institution to train the next generation of American doctors and naturalists and to conduct some of the first pharmacological research in the United States. In this talk, Victoria Johnson takes us back to old New York, when the nation’s founders strolled the city sidewalks and most of Manhattan was a green island.

Available in hardcover and paperback.

Virtual Class: Kerrin Meis - Mastering the Met (via Zoom)

Saturday, November 7, 2020 - 1:00pm

Two Saturdays: November 7 & 14 • 1:00-2:30pm PT • $80 • Hosted via Zoom

The Metropolitan Museum has re-opened! If you aren't comfortable making the trip to NYC, you may want to join Kerrin Meis in Zoom lectures on November 7 and 14. Home to over two million masterworks spanning many cultures and time periods, the Met can be somewhat daunting. We will study carefully chosen works of painting, sculpture and jewelry from important world centers representing major movements in art. From a 3,000-year-old Hittite gold pendant to an Artist's Studio painted in 2019, we will scrutinize each work, asking the important When? Where? By Whom? For Whom? and Why?

Kerrin Meis taught art history at SFSU for ten years and has led study tours in Europe. Her Book Passage classes have been favorites for years.


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