Virtual Events

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

Friday, July 24, 2020 - 3:30pm

Friday, Saturday & Sunday: July 24-26 • 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.

Virtual Class: Don George - Travel Writing at Home (via Zoom)

Tuesday, July 28, 2020 - 4:00pm

Four Tuesdays: July 28, August 4, 11 & 18 • 4:00-7:00pm PT • $395 • Hosted via Zoom • Class limited to 9 attendees.

Please note: This class is currently at capacity. If you would like to be added to the waitlist, please email kathryn@bookpassage.com

You may not be traveling far afield these days, but you still have travel stories to tell: There's a rich world all around you—and inside you. In this workshop, participants will conceive, pitch, and write a short original travel piece of up to 1500 words. This may be based on close-to-home travel right now or on their memory of a cherished trip. In the workshop, we'll talk about structure, pacing, and making your point, and we'll closely read, discuss, and critique each participant's work

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: Wendy Walsh - Dante's Inferno (via Zoom)

Tuesday, August 25, 2020 - 3:30pm

Nine Tuesdays: August 25 - October 20 • 3:30 - 5:30pm PT • $270 • Hosted via Zoom

The year 2021 will mark the 700th anniversary of Dante’s death. Join Italy and the rest of the world in celebrating this extraordinary poet by reading and studying his masterpiece, The Divine Comedy. Wendy Walsh will offer a three course series that follows the three canticles of the poem, Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso.The first course, Inferno, is nine weeks long and offers an introduction to the whole poem as well as to historical and cultural times in which Dante was writing.

The other two courses, Purgatorio (Eight Tuesdays: January 5 - February 23, 3:30-5:30pm PT) and Paradiso (Eight Tuesdays: March 9 - April 27,  3:30-5:30pm PT) will ideally be held at Book Passage. Price and location TBD. For more information please contact Wendy Walsh at danteista@gmail.com.

Wendy Walsh has a PhD in Italian Literature from UC Berkeley. She has been teaching Italian language and literature since 1979.

Daniel Silva in conversation with Jamie Gangel - The Order (Virtual Event)

Tuesday, July 14, 2020 - 4:30pm

Please join Book Passage in partnership with Harper to celebrate the launch of THE ORDER with Daniel Silva!  
Tuesday, July 14, 2020 • 7:30 pm EDT / 4:30 pm PDT • Virtual Event via Crowdcast • Ticket: $32 (includes copy of The Order)

Don't miss Daniel Silva, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Order in conversation with CNN Special Correspondent Jamie Gangel!

For the first time ever, the book tour is happening at Daniel’s house and you are invited via Crowdcast to join him live! The event will include a peek behind the scenes at where Daniel works —  where he keeps all those yellow legal pads and just how he sharpens his secret stash of pencils. Best of all, Daniel will be ready and waiting to answer your questions about The Order. And you never know, Gabriel and Chiara may just make a surprise visit in his kitchen.

To join us, please purchase a ticket above. Once you make your purchase you will receive the confirmation for your purchase which will include a link and password to register for this special event on Crowdcast.

Daniel is disappointed he is not able to see you all in person this year, but with Covid19 the most important thing is for everyone to stay safe. The silver lining is he thrilled to “meet” readers who live in places he doesn't usually get to visit.

Daniel Silva is the award-winning, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Unlikely Spy, The Mark of the Assassin, The Marching Season, The Kill Artist, The English Assassin, The Confessor, A Death in Vienna, Prince of Fire, The Messenger, The Secret Servant, Moscow Rules, The Defector, The Rembrandt Affair, Portrait of a Spy, The Fallen Angel, The English Girl, The Heist, The English Spy, The Black Widow, House of Spies, and The Other Woman.  He is best known for his long-running thriller series starring spy and art restorer Gabriel Allon. Silva’s books are critically acclaimed bestsellers around the world and have been translated into more than 30 languages. He resides in Florida with his wife, television journalist Jamie Gangel, and their twins, Lily and Nicholas. For more information visi danielsilvabooks.com.

Sisters in Crime Showcase (Virtual Event)

Saturday, July 18, 2020 - 12:00pm

Join us for a special virtual showcase featuring eleven Sisters in Crime authors! Each author will read for five minutes, followed by a few questions from the moderator, Robin Stuart. Don't miss this unique chance to hear from a broad collective of authors writing in the mystery and thriller genres!

Authors Include:

M. M. Chouinard
M.M. Chouinard's first fiction story was published in her local paper when she was eight, and she fell in love with Agatha Christie novels not long after. While pursuing a Ph.D in psychology and helping to found the first U.S. research university of the new millenium, the stories kept rattling around inside her skull, demanding to come out. For sanity's sake, she released them. Her latest thriller is Her Daughter's Cry.

Linda Howe Steiger
Linda Howe Steiger is an Oakland-based teacher and author of the Morgan Kendall series, the latest of which is Terroir.

Susan Kuchinskas
Susan Kuchinskas is a journalist writing about technology and business and the author of three previous books: Chimera Catalyst, the first book in the Finder series. Going Mobile: A Guide to Real-time Mobile Applications That Work, and The Chemistry of Connection: How the Oxytocin Response Can Help You Find Trust, Intimacy and Love. Her latest is the second in the Finder series, Singularity Syndrome.

Deb McCaskey
Deb McCaskey is a former newspaper editor and author of stories featuring the people and movies of Hollywood’s Golden Age, spotlighting America’s Kid Sister, Frankie Franklin. Deb lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and their independent-minded rescue dog, Mrs. Hudson. Her latest mystery in the Frankie Franklin series is Stardusted.

Ann Parker
Ann Parker is a science writer by day and fiction writer at night. Her award-winning Silver Rush mystery series features Inez Stannert, a woman with a mysterious past, a complicated present, and an uncertain future, the latest of which is Mortal Music.

Priscilla Royal
Priscilla Royal writes the Prioress Eleanor/Brother Thomas thirteenth century English mystery series. The Twice-Hanged Man is her fifteenth book. She can be found at plays, ruled by cats, and reading biographies of other crazy writers or fiction of greater and lesser violence.

Cindy Sample
Cindy Sample is the author of a national bestselling mystery series featuring single soccer mom, Laurel McKay, set in the California Gold Country, the latest of which is Dying for a Double. Cindy is a five-time finalist for the Lefty Award for Best Humorous Mystery and a two-time finalist for the Silver Falchion award for best traditional mystery.

Joseph Schneider
Joseph Schneider lives with his wife and two children in California. His professional affiliations include The Magic Castle and the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing. One Day You'll Burn is his debut novel.

Kelli Stanley
Kelli Stanley is the critically acclaimed and multiple-award winning bestselling author of the Miranda Corbie literary noir series set in 1940 San Francisco, including City of Dragons, City of Secrets, City of Ghosts, and City of Sharks. Her other works include historical mysteries set in Roman Britain and numerous short stories and essays. A Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist, her proudest achievements have been her inclusion as a literary heir of Dashiell Hammett by his granddaughter in Publisher's Weekly, and her founding of Nasty Woman Press on November 9th, 2016. Her next novel is set in 1985 in Humboldt County, California. She is featured in the anthology Shattering Glass, the first in a series of remarkable anthologies published by a most unique publisher: Nasty Woman Press, a non-profit, 501(c)(4) founded to help fund other non-profits threatened by the rise of autocracy and the ongoing war against civil and human rights. A scintillating mixture of top-flight fiction from bestselling authors in multiple genres, fascinating articles, and thought-provoking essays, conversations, and interviews, Shattering Glass takes as its broad theme the empowerment of women, with all profits from the book donated to Planned Parenthood.

CJ Verburg
CJ Verburg is an award-winning playwright and theater director, editor of two international literature collections, and the author of two crime-fiction series. Her friendship with artist Edward Gorey inspired her multimedia memoir Edward Gorey On Stage, her award-winning play Spin, or Twilight of the Bohemians, and her Edgar Rowdey Cape Cod mystery novels, starting with Croaked and Zapped. Coming soon: Scalped, or The Toastrack Enigma. CJ's Cory Goodwin mystery novels star the international-journalist daughter of NY detective Archie Goodwin and include the world's first multimedia mystery, the Paris rock-&-roll adventure Another Number for the Road. Coming up in Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine #30 is CJ’s first Holmes and Watson story, “Scandal at the Savoy: The Monocle Murder.” She also has stories in two recent anthologies: “Birdbrain” in Sisters in Crime NorCal’s Fault Lines, and “Peccata Mundy” in Seascape: Best New England Crime Stories of 2019, released November 2019.

Special Panel Event - Racism in America: Police Brutality & the Movement for Change (Digital Event)

Wednesday, June 10, 2020 - 4:00pm


Wednesday, June 10th • 7:00pm ET/4:00pm PT • Virtual Event

Racism in America: Police Brutality & the Movement for Change

with Dani McClain, Brian Copeland & Aya de Leon

A Panel Discussion Moderated by Paula Farmer

Requires free registration to attend. Held in support of National Bail Out, a Black-led and Black-centered organization that works to end the horrific policy of pretrial detention and cash bail that keeps so many people of color in jails and prisons without a conviction, solely for their inability to pay.

 

Brian Copeland is an award-winning actor, comedian, author, playwright, television and radio talk show host based in the San Francisco Bay Area. In 2004, he debuted his first one-man play, Not a Genuine Black Man at the Marsh in San Francisco. Copeland published a best-selling book based on Genuine that is now required reading in several high schools and colleges across the country.

Aya de Leon is an author and activist based in Berkeley. She directs the Poetry for the People program, teaching creative writing at UC Berkeley. In addition to being the author of an award-winning feminist heist/romance book series, her writings have appeared in Ebony, Essence, Writers Digest, Huffington Post, and The Root, to name a few. Since 2013, she has been blogging on race, class, gender, culture, and social justice politics.

Dani McClain reports on race and reproductive health. She is a contributing writer at The Nation and a fellow with Type Media Center. McClain's writing has appeared in outlets including The New York Times, TIME, The Atlantic, Slate, Colorlines, and The Rumpus. In 2018, she received a James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism. McClain has worked as a strategist with organizations including Color of Change and Drug Policy Alliance. McClain’s book, We Live for the We: The Political Power of Black Motherhood, was published April 2019 by Bold Type Books.

Moderated by Paula Farmer - In addition to being an event host/Moderator for Book Passage, she also curates special panel events focusing on discussions about topical social issues, like “Race in America” and “Immigration in America.” She is Chairwoman of the Diversity & Inclusion Committee for California Independent Booksellers Association (CALIBA). Her background is in journalism.

Below, please find links to purchase a selection of books by the panelists. A list of books that they recommend will be available here after the panel on Wednesday.
 

Virtual Class: Connie Josefs - Make a Scene: A Memoir Intensive (via Zoom)

Saturday, August 15, 2020 - 10:00am

Three Saturdays: August 15, 22 & 29 • 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. PST • $265 • Hosted via Zoom

Please note: This Memoir Intensive will be hosted on Zoom and will take place on three Saturday mornings, August 15, 22 & 29, from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. The first meeting on August 15 will start at 9:30 am to allow time for participants to become familiar with elements of the Zoom format that will be used during class. Limited class size.

Please note: This class is currently at capacity. If you would like to be added to the waitlist, please email kathryn@bookpassage.com

"I find that scene making is my natural way of marking the past.”
—Virginia Woolf

We come to memoir because we have a life story to tell. But how do we write about our lives in a way that will engage a reader? Scene is the building block of narrative; it brings the reader into the moment-to-moment experience of what’s happening. When we write scene, we re-enter life experience with newfound curiosity and all of our senses. The story becomes a living, breathing thing.

This 3-week Intensive will offer a deep dive into the craft of writing scene in memoir. Topics include:

  • Flow of scene and exposition
  • Habitual scene vs. specific scene
  • Writing time and place
  • Effective use of dialogue

Workshop format includes readings, discussion, writing exercises, and supportive feedback and critique. Writers will have the opportunity to work on scenes at home and share them in class.

Connie Josefs is a writer, teacher, editor and memoir coach. She has led workshops in fiction and creative non-fiction writing for 28 years, and has taught at the University of New Mexico, The Taos Writers Conference, Southwest Writers, and Santa Monica College, where she was founding editor of the literary journal, E-33: Writings from Emeritus. She holds an MFA in fiction from Antioch University Los Angeles and has worked as a writer and story analyst for film and television. More at conniejosefs.com.

What Students Are Saying about Connie Josefs

"The class went above and beyond my expectations! Connie is gifted in approach, connection, and content. She has a beautiful way of corralling the group and keeping people on track in a caring way. In addition, she has to hear people share some of their worst moments and traumas and respond with feedback on the writing, instead of as a therapist or friend. She’s truly brilliant in how she manages these delicate, intricate dynamics.” – Erin P.

"Connie was very clear & specific as to each segment she taught, answered questions thoughtfully and well AND had us do writing exercises in each segment. She is an excellent teacher. I feel so much better equipped to work on my memoir now." – Ruth M.

"The class totally met my expectations – so rich in content and experience. I only took one class – I wish I had taken all four!" – Joan L.

"Connie’s class surpassed my expectations. The instructor is deeply knowledgeable and wove many helpful concepts and exercises together to great effect." – Athena K.

Virtual Class: Connie Josefs - Make a Scene: A Memoir Intensive (via Zoom)

Sunday, July 12, 2020 - 10:00am

Three Sundays: July 12, 19 & 26 • 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. PST • $265 • Hosted via Zoom

Please note: This Memoir Intensive will be hosted on Zoom and will take place on three Sunday mornings, July 12, 19 & 26, from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. The first meeting on July 12 will start at 9:30 am to allow time for participants to become familiar with elements of the Zoom format that will be used during class. Limited class size.

Please note: This class is currently at capacity. If you would like to be added to the waitlist, please email kathryn@bookpassage.com

 

"I find that scene making is my natural way of marking the past.”
—Virginia Woolf

We come to memoir because we have a life story to tell. But how do we write about our lives in a way that will engage a reader? Scene is the building block of narrative; it brings the reader into the moment-to-moment experience of what’s happening. When we write scene, we re-enter life experience with newfound curiosity and all of our senses. The story becomes a living, breathing thing.

This 3-week Intensive will offer a deep dive into the craft of writing scene in memoir. Topics include:

  • Flow of scene and exposition
  • Habitual scene vs. specific scene
  • Writing time and place
  • Effective use of dialogue

Workshop format includes readings, discussion, writing exercises, and supportive feedback and critique. Writers will have the opportunity to work on scenes at home and share them in class.

Connie Josefs is a writer, teacher, editor and memoir coach. She has led workshops in fiction and creative non-fiction writing for 28 years, and has taught at the University of New Mexico, The Taos Writers Conference, Southwest Writers, and Santa Monica College, where she was founding editor of the literary journal, E-33: Writings from Emeritus. She holds an MFA in fiction from Antioch University Los Angeles and has worked as a writer and story analyst for film and television. More at conniejosefs.com.

What Students Are Saying about Connie Josefs

"The class went above and beyond my expectations! Connie is gifted in approach, connection, and content. She has a beautiful way of corralling the group and keeping people on track in a caring way. In addition, she has to hear people share some of their worst moments and traumas and respond with feedback on the writing, instead of as a therapist or friend. She’s truly brilliant in how she manages these delicate, intricate dynamics.” – Erin P.

"Connie was very clear & specific as to each segment she taught, answered questions thoughtfully and well AND had us do writing exercises in each segment. She is an excellent teacher. I feel so much better equipped to work on my memoir now." – Ruth M.

"The class totally met my expectations – so rich in content and experience. I only took one class – I wish I had taken all four!" – Joan L.

"Connie’s class surpassed my expectations. The instructor is deeply knowledgeable and wove many helpful concepts and exercises together to great effect." – Athena K.

Ian Urbina - The Outlaw Ocean: Journeys Across the Last Untamed Frontier (Zoom Livestream)

Thursday, May 14, 2020 - 5:00pm

Thursday, May 14, 5:00pm • Free Zoom Livestream Event • Presented with Shack 15
In conversation with Christopher Willits • Moderated by Marcus Colombano

There are few remaining frontiers on our planet. But perhaps the wildest, and least understood, are the world's oceans: too big to police and under no clear international authority, these immense regions of treacherous water play host to rampant criminality and exploitation.

Traffickers and smugglers, pirates and mercenaries, wreck thieves and repo men, vigilante conservationists and elusive poachers, seabound abortion providers, clandestine oil-dumpers, shackled slaves and cast-adrift stowaways—drawing on five years of perilous and intrepid reporting, often hundreds of miles from shore, Ian Urbina introduces us to the inhabitants of this hidden world. Through their stories of astonishing courage and brutality, survival and tragedy, he uncovers a globe-spanning network of crime and exploitation that emanates from the fishing, oil and shipping industries, and on which the world's economies rely.

Both a gripping adventure story and a stunning exposé, The Outlaw Ocean brings fully into view for the first time the disturbing reality of a floating world that connects us all, a place where anyone can do anything because no one is watching.

Ian Urbina is an investigative reporter for The New York Times. He has won a Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News and a George Polk Award for Foreign Reporting. Several of his stories have been developed into major feature films and one was nominated for an Emmy Award. He has degrees in history and cultural anthropology from Georgetown University and the University of Chicago. Before joining the Times, he was a Fulbright Fellow in Cuba and he also wrote about the Middle East and Africa for various outlets including the Los Angeles Times, Vanity Fair, and Harper's Magazine. He lives in Washington, D.C., with his family.

Christopher Willits is an artist, musician, and guitarist who creates immersive ambient music. As one of the core artists on the Ghostly International label roster since the early 2000s, Willits has continually evolved his craft, producing one of the most diverse and prolific catalogs within contemporary ambient music. Releases span introspective solo albums, widescreen audiovisuals, and unbridled collaborations. His process is an expression of love, inspired by an international audience of listeners, and the conviction that music can help catalyze personal transformation.

Marcus Colombano, founder of leading brand and creative studio Pineapple, has over 25 years of creative and strategy experience leading product and marketing innovation in Technology, Entertainment, and Design. His unique blend of strategic thinking, hands-on creative direction and flawless execution make him a triple-threat asset to any brand, established or entrepreneurial. With a pop-culture literacy, a sharp design eye and a high degree of global brand fluency, he brings a savvy sophistication to each project, often building bridges between communities and blurring the lines between traditional approaches. He adds to his brand consultancy, leading design, art, music and technology innovation conversations for such outlets as San Francisco Design Week, Outpost Trade and now SHACK15.

Fanny Singer - Always Home: A Daughter's Recipes and Stories (Zoom Livestream)

Thursday, April 30, 2020 - 5:00pm

Thursday, April 30, 5:00pm • Free Zoom Livestream Event • Presented with Shack 15
Moderated by Marcus Colombano

In this extraordinarily intimate portrait of her mother—and herself—Fanny Singer, daughter of food icon and activist Alice Waters, chronicles a unique world of food, wine, and travel; a world filled with colorful characters, mouth-watering traditions, and sumptuous feasts. Across dozens of vignettes with accompanying recipes, she shares the story of her own culinary coming of age and reveals a side of her legendary mother that has never been seen before. A charming, smart translation of Alice Waters's ideals and attitudes about food for a new generation, Always Home is a loving, often funny, unsentimental, and exquisitely written look at a life defined in so many ways by food, as well as the bond between mother and daughter.

Fanny Singer is a writer, editor, and co-founder of the design brand, Permanent Collection. In 2013, she received a Ph.D. on the subject of the British pop artist Richard Hamilton's late work from the University of Cambridge. In 2015, she and her mother, Alice Waters, published My Pantry, which she also illustrated. Having spent more than a decade living in the United Kingdom, Fanny recently moved back to her native California. Based in San Francisco, she travels widely, contributing art reviews and culture writing to a number of publications including Frieze, The Wall Street Journal Magazine, Apartamento, T Magazine, and Art Papers, among others.

Marcus Colombano, founder of leading brand and creative studio Pineapple, has over 25 years of creative and strategy experience leading product and marketing innovation in Technology, Entertainment, and Design. His unique blend of strategic thinking, hands-on creative direction and flawless execution make him a triple-threat asset to any brand, established or entrepreneurial. With a pop-culture literacy, a sharp design eye and a high degree of global brand fluency, he brings a savvy sophistication to each project, often building bridges between communities and blurring the lines between traditional approaches. He adds to his brand consultancy, leading design, art, music and technology innovation conversations for such outlets as San Francisco Design Week, Outpost Trade and now SHACK15.

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