Virtual Events

Jennifer Weiner with Kristy Woodson Harvey - That Summer (Online Event)

Wednesday, May 19, 2021 - 1:00pm


Wednesday, May 19th • Online

Live • 1:00pm PT/4:00pm ET • Tickets: $5-$36

In conversation with Kristy Woodson Harvey


Purchase a $36 ticket for this event and receive a complimentary signed copy of That Summer and custom That Summer chapstick, delivered right to your door!

 

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Big Summer comes another timely and deliciously twisty novel of intrigue, secrets, and the transformative power of female friendship.

Daisy Shoemaker can’t sleep. With a thriving cooking business, full schedule of volunteer work, and a beautiful home in the Philadelphia suburbs, she should be content. But her teenage daughter can be a handful, her husband can be distant, her work can feel trivial, and she has lots of acquaintances, but no real friends. Still, Daisy knows she’s got it good. So why is she up all night?

While Daisy tries to identify the root of her dissatisfaction, she’s also receiving misdirected emails meant for a woman named Diana Starling, whose email address is just one punctuation mark away from her own. While Daisy’s driving carpools, Diana is chairing meetings. While Daisy’s making dinner, Diana’s making plans to reorganize corporations. Diana’s glamorous, sophisticated, single-lady life is miles away from Daisy’s simpler existence. When an apology leads to an invitation, the two women meet and become friends. But, as they get closer, we learn that their connection was not completely accidental. Who is this other woman, and what does she want with Daisy?

From the manicured Main Line of Philadelphia to the wild landscape of the Outer Cape, written with Jennifer Weiner’s signature wit and sharp observations, That Summer is a story about surviving our pasts, confronting our futures, and the sustaining bonds of friendship.

Jennifer Weiner is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of eighteen books, including Good in Bed, Big Summer, and an essay collection, Hungry Heart: Adventures in Life, Love, and Writing. A graduate of Princeton University and a frequent contributor to the New York Times Opinion section, Jennifer lives with her family in Philadelphia. Visit her online at JenniferWeiner.com.

Kristy Woodson Harvey is the New York Times bestselling author of seven novels, including Under the Southern Sky, which released in April 2021. A Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s school of journalism, she holds a master’s in English from East Carolina University, and is the winner of the Lucy Bramlette Patterson Award for Excellence in Creative Writing. Kristy is the co-creator and co-host of the weekly web show and podcast Friends & Fiction. She blogs with her mom Beth Woodson on Design Chic, and loves connecting with fans on KristyWoodsonHarvey.com. She lives on the North Carolina coast with her husband and son where she is (always!) working on her next novel.

 

Jennifer Weiner photo courtesy of author; Kristy Woodson Harvey photo by Jay Ackerman

 

Online Class: Don George - Write Your Best Travel Story

Wednesday, June 16, 2021 - 4:00pm to 7:00pm

Seven Wednesdays: June 16 - July 28, 2021

Hosted via Zoom • 4:00-7:00pm PT • $575

Class limited to nine attendees

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

 

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.
 

What students are saying about Don George:

“Don George's travel writing workshop was a rigorous, profound, magical experience, the product of a uniquely nurturing environment. Taking his courses has encouraged me to write without fear of failure, and with greater confidence and creativity than ever before. Any writer—whether officially a travel writer, or any other writer considering issues of place—should jump at the chance to work with him."
—Diane Vadino

"I have always wanted to take a writing workshop from Don George, but was never able to because I did not live in the Bay Area. When he offered his workshop virtually this year, I jumped at the chance and could not be happier with the experience. It motivated me to work on a piece and the feedback I received from the other attendees enabled me to take an "okay" piece I had written and turn it into a piece I'm really proud of by the end of the workshop. I ended up going in a different direction than intended, but it ended up being the right direction I could not see by myself. I would have not been able to get my writing to where it needed to be without Don and the workshop participants. I would sign up for another virtual workshop with Don George in a heartbeat.”
—Lisa Boice

 

Online Class: Art History with Kerrin Meis - Discover Mexico

Saturday, June 5, 2021 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm


Saturday, June 5th, 2021

Hosted via Zoom • Live • 1:00-3:00pm PT • $45


Beyond its gorgeous beach resorts, there is much to discover in Mexico. We visit cities renowned for splendid architecture of several ages, mural cycles by famous artists, regional museums dedicated to the country's  history and culture, Spanish missions, and Mayan ruins. Highlights include: Guadalajara, including the work of Jose Clemente Orozco; Guanahuato, the country's most picturesque colonial city; Morelia, burgeoning with European style buildings; Puebla, home to indigenous people and the most spectacular Day of the Dead celebrations; Merida, the White City; Cuernavaca, where Mexico's first Saint is buried; Taxco, the silver city; Oaxaca, especially interesting for its nearby ruins and textiles; and Loreto in Baja California Sur. Learn about regional festivals, time-resistant legends, dining experiences, and out of the way places to get lost!

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.

 

Online Class: Melissa Cistaro - Memoir as an Act of Discovery

Saturday, June 5, 2021 - 10:30am to 12:00pm

Saturday & Sunday, June 5 & 6th, 2021

Hosted via Zoom • 10:30am-12:00pm PT • $120

 

Flannery O’Connor once said, “Anyone who survives childhood has enough material to write for the rest of her life.” She’s right. You have the material, but often memoir writers think they already know their story because they’ve lived it. Writing our truths on the page opens a deep well of vulnerability, and ultimately it’s a process of discovery. You uncover the past as you go; new patterns, characters, and themes begin to arise as you write. Memoirists often struggle with the most effective and the most honest way to tell their own stories. In this workshop of discovery, we will practice some surefire techniques and writing exercises to help you dig up those hidden gems just beneath the surface. We will shine a light on some recently published memoirs and ask why they are so effective. Participants will leave with new strategies to deepen their own work. Come prepared to write, meander, and explore!

The format of this 3-hour Zoom workshop will be divided into to two sessions (1.5 hours on Saturday and 1.5 hours on Sunday) allowing participants extra time for writing and reflection.

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

 

Online Class: Art History with Kerrin Meis - Convivencia: Toledo — City of Three Cultures

Saturday, June 12, 2021 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm


Saturday, June 12th, 2021

Hosted via Zoom • Live • 1:00-3:00pm PT • $45


Spectacularly sited, Toledo is blessed with important vestiges of her role as the spiritual capital of Spain: Two exquisite and historically important Synagogues, a Sephardic Museum, the intriguing Mosque de la Luz, an Arab fortress, the Gothic Cathedral's virtual gallery of paintings and its famous Transparente, San Roman church housing a Visigothic museum (Francisco de San Roman was, interestingly, the first Protestant to be burned at the stake in Spain.) El Greco is everywhere: in several churches, his house/museum, the Tavera hospital, and the Museum of Santa Cruz. Visit the spectacular Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes and study Mozarabic book illustrations created in nearby monasteries. In this time of disquieting xenophobia, it is enlightening to reflect on the possibilities of tolerance, and we will learn about the cooperation among the scholars of Toledo's School of Translators.

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.

 

Online Class: Art History with Kerrin Meis - Mexico City: The Vibrant Capital of Our Neighbor to the South

Saturday, May 22, 2021 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm


Saturday, May 22nd, 2021

Hosted via Zoom • Live • 1:00-3:00pm PT • $45


Join Art Historian Kerrin Meis on a virtual tour of one of her favorite spots in the world: the vibrant capital of our neighbor to the South, offering the visitor fascinating architecture, lovely parks, and more art museums than any other city in North America. While the casual tourist may concentrate on the delectable food and exciting nightlife, we will enjoy immersing ourselves in the cultures that have left their mark here: from Aztecs, Maya, and Olmecs, to the Spanish colonialists, to the somewhat misguided French, to its Revolutionaries and independence.

We begin in the Centro Historico (a UNESCO site): The Zocalo, a huge gathering place; the Templo Mayor, remainder of the religious center of the Aztec people; the National Cathedral built over three centuries, the oldest and largest in the Americas; the exquisite National Palace with its Diego Rivera mural of the History of Mexico on the staircase; and the nearby Ministry of Education Building with Rivera's best known murals. Other highlights include the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe; Chapultepec Castle, housing the National History Museum in the former home of the Emperor Maximilian and his wife Carlota, located in the 1600 acre Chapultepec Park; churches and buildings in out-of-the-way neighborhoods; the Paseo de la Reforma; the House of Tiles, now a restaurant with murals by Orozco; and the unbelievable number of top rate museums, from the famous Museum of Anthropology and the superb Palace of Fine Arts, to the enormous modernist Soumaya Museum, as well as the Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo Studio Museum, the Dolores Olmedo Museum, the Franz Mayer Museum, and the soon-to-be opened Casa Leonora Carrington. Vamos!

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.

 

Bettye Kearse - The Other Madisons (Book Discussion & Film Screening)

Friday, May 28, 2021 - 5:00pm


Friday, May 28th, 2021

Online • Live • 5:00pm PT/8:00pm ET

A film screening of The Other Madisons followed by a

book discussion with filmmaker Eduardo Montes-Bradley



In The Other Madisons, Bettye Kearse—a descendant of an enslaved cook and, according to oral tradition, President James Madison—shares her family story and explores the issues of legacy, race, and the powerful consequences of telling the whole truth. 

For thousands of years, West African griots (men) and griottes (women) have recited the stories of their people. Without this tradition Bettye Kearse would not have known that she is a descendant of President James Madison and his slave, and half-sister, Coreen. In 1990, Bettye became the eighth-generation griotte for her family. Their credo—“Always remember—you’re a Madison. You come from African slaves and a president”—was intended to be a source of pride, but for her, it echoed with abuses of slavery, including rape and incest.

Confronting those abuses, Bettye embarked on a journey of discovery—of her ancestors, the nation, and herself. She learned that wherever African slaves walked, recorded history silenced their voices and buried their footsteps: beside a slave-holding fortress in Ghana; below a federal building in New York City; and under a brick walkway at James Madison’s Virginia plantation. When Bettye tried to confirm the information her ancestors had passed down, she encountered obstacles at every turn.

Part personal quest, part testimony, part historical correction, The Other Madisons is the saga of an extraordinary American family told by a griotte in search of the whole story.
About the Author

Bettye Kearse is a writer and retired pediatrician. Her writing has appeared in the Boston Herald, TIME MagazineRiver Teeth, Zora, and the anthology Black Lives Have Always Mattered, among other places. The Other Madisons received the International Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Book Award for Nonfiction, Autobiography. Her research for The Other Madisons was covered in the Washington Post. She lives in New Mexico.

Eduardo Montes-Bradley creates films with a transcendent documentary style. He has been awarded multiple distinctions for his photography of the descendants of the enslaved community. His biographical portrayal of Civil Rights activist Julian Bond was presented at the Royal Academy in London.

 

Bettye Kearse photo by Eduardo Montes-Bradley

 

Ben Rhodes with Dan Pfeiffer - After the Fall (Online Event)

Tuesday, June 8, 2021 - 5:30pm


Conversations with Authors

Tues., June 8th, 2021 • 5:30pm PT• Live • Online

In conversation with Dan Pfeiffer



Conversations with Authors is our free online event series produced with Extended Session. Sign up once with your email address and gain access to all future conversations as well as all video archives.

 

Why is democracy so threatened in America and around the world? And what can we do about it? A former White House aide and close confidant to President Barack Obama—and the New York Times bestselling author of The World as It Is—travels the globe in a deeply personal, beautifully observed quest for answers.

In 2017, as Ben Rhodes was helping Barack Obama begin his next chapter, the legacy they had worked to build for eight years was being taken apart. To understand what was happening in America, Rhodes decided to look outward. Over the next three years, he traveled to dozens of countries, meeting with politicians, activists, and dissidents confronting the same nationalism and authoritarianism that was tearing America apart. Along the way, a Russian opposition leader he spoke with was poisoned, the Hong Kong protesters he came to know saw their movement snuffed out, and America itself reached the precipice of losing democracy before giving itself a second chance.

Part memoir and part reportage, After the Fall is a hugely ambitious and essential work of discovery. In his travels, Rhodes comes to realize how much America’s fingerprints are on a world we helped to shape, through our post–Cold War embrace of unbridled capitalism and our post-9/11 nationalism and militarism; our mania for technology and social media; and the racism that fueled the backlash to America’s first Black president. At the same time, Rhodes learns from the stories of a diverse set of characters—from Barack Obama himself to Cuban rebels to a rising generation of international leaders—that looking squarely at where America has gone wrong makes clear how essential it is to fight for what America is supposed to be, for our own country and the entire world.

Ben Rhodes is the author of the New York Times bestseller The World as It Is, co-host of Pod Save the World, a contributor for NBC News and MSNBC, and an adviser to former president Barack Obama.

Dan Pfeiffer is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Yes We (Still) Can and Un-Trumping America and a cohost on Pod Save America. One of Barack Obama’s longest serving advisors, he was White House director of communications under President Obama (2009-2013) and senior advisor to the President (2013-2015). He currently lives in the Bay Area with his wife, Howli, and their children, Kyla and Jack.

 

Ben Rhodes photo by Natalie Moser; Dan Pfeiffer photo by Sarah Deragon

 

Dr. Jane Goodall and Peter Wohlleben with Donna Seaman - The Heartbeat of Trees (Online Event)

Sunday, May 16, 2021 - 10:00am


Sunday, May 16th, 2021 • Online

Live • 10:00am PT • Tickets: $5-$35

Moderated by Donna Seaman


Purchase a $35 ticket for this event and receive a complimentary signed copy of The Heartbeat of Trees, delivered right to your door!

 

Join the renowned Dr. Jane Goodall and New York Times bestselling author Peter Wohlleben for an uplifting conversation about the natural world, in celebration of Wohlleben’s new book, The Heartbeat of Trees, moderated by Donna Seaman.

In The Heartbeat of Trees, renowned forester Peter Wohlleben draws on new scientific discoveries to show how humans are deeply connected to the natural world. In an era of cell phone addiction, climate change, and urban life, many of us fear we've lost our connection to nature—but Peter Wohlleben is convinced that age-old ties linking humans to the forest remain alive and intact.

Drawing on science and cutting-edge research, The Heartbeat of Trees reveals the profound interactions humans can have with nature, exploring:

  • The language of the forest
  • The consciousness of plants
  • And the eroding boundary between flora and fauna.

A perfect book to take with you into the woods, The Heartbeat of Trees shares how to see, feel, smell, hear, and even taste the forest.

Peter Wohlleben spent over twenty years working for the forestry commission in Germany before leaving to put his ideas of ecology into practice. He now runs an environmentally-friendly woodland in Germany, where he is working for the return of primeval forests. He is the author of numerous books about the natural world including the New York Times bestseller The Hidden Life of Trees, The Inner Lives of Animals, and The Secret Wisdom of Nature, which together make up his bestselling The Mysteries of Nature Series. He has also written numerous books for children including Can You Hear the Trees Talking? and Peter and the Tree Children.

Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace, began her landmark study of chimpanzee behavior in July 1960 in what is now Tanzania. Her work at Gombe Stream would become the foundation of future primatological research and redefine the relationship between humans and animals. In 1977, Dr. Goodall established the Jane Goodall Institute, which is a global leader in the effort to protect chimpanzees and their habitats. The Institute is widely recognized for innovative, community-centered conservation and development programs in Africa, and Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots, the global environmental and humanitarian youth program. Dr. Goodall founded Roots & Shoots with a group of Tanzanian students in 1991. Today, Roots & Shoots is active in more than 60 countries and since its inception has greatly impacted participants of all ages in over 100 countries.  Dr. Goodall’s honors include the French Legion of Honor, the Medal of Tanzania, and Japan’s prestigious Kyoto Prize. In 2002, Dr. Goodall was appointed to serve as a United Nations Messenger of Peace and in 2003, she was named a Dame of the British Empire.

Moderator Donna Seaman is Editor for Adult Books for Booklist. She is also a member of the Content Leadership Team for the American Writers Museum, and a recipient of the Studs Terkel Humanities Service Award and the Louis Shores Award for excellence in book reviewing. Her author interviews are collected in Writers on the Air: Conversations about Books, and she is the author of Identity Unknown: Rediscovering Seven American Women Artists.

 

Peter Wohlleben photo courtesy of author; Jane Goodall photo courtesy of janegoodall.org; Donna Seaman photo courtesy of author

 

Special Panel Event: Tamika D. Mallory with Andra Day, Matt Barnes, Angelo Pinto & Van Jones - State of Emergency: Is It Up to Us to Educate You? (Online Event)

Wednesday, May 12, 2021 - 1:00pm


Wed., May 12th, 2021 • 1:00pm PT • Online • Live• $40

In conversation with Andra Day, Matt Barnes, Angelo Pinto & Van Jones


Purchase a ticket for this event and receive a complimentary signed copy of State of Emergency, delivered right to your door! Ticket also includes a $5 donation to Until Freedom.

 

Social justice leader Tamika D. Mallory states her case for action in this searing indictment of America’s historical, deadly, and continuing assault on Black and brown lives.

Drawn from a lifetime of frontline culture-shifting advocacy, organizing, and fighting for equal justice, State of Emergency makes Mallory’s demand for change and shares the keys to effective activism both for those new to and long-committed to the defense of Black lives.

From Minneapolis to Louisville, to Portland, Kenosha, and Washington, DC, America’s reckoning with its unmet promises on race and class is at a boiling point not seen since the 1960s. While conversations around pathways to progress take place on social media and cable TV, history tells us that meaningful change only comes with radical legislation and boots-on-the-ground activism. Here, Mallory shares her unique personal experience building coalitions, speaking truth to power, and winning over hearts and minds in the struggle for shared prosperity and safety. Forward-looking, steeped in history, and rich with stories from life on the margins of American life, State of Emergency is a revelatory examination of the challenges we face, of the forces we must overcome, and a blueprint for all who maintain hope for social equity and a better tomorrow.

Tamika D. Mallory is a trailblazing social justice leader, movement strategist, globally recognized civil rights activist, cofounder of Until Freedom and the historic Women’s March, and author of State of Emergency. She served as the youngest ever Executive Director of the National Action Network. Her speech in the wake of the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota—entitled “State of Emergency”—was dubbed “the speech of a generation” by ABC News. Mallory is an expert in the areas of gun violence prevention, criminal justice reform, and grassroots organizing. Please follow Tamika Mallory on IG @tamikadmallory, on Twitter @TamikaDMallory, or on Facebook @TDMallory; or Until Freedom on IG @untilfreedom, on Twitter @untilfreedom, or on Facebook @UntilFreedomOffical.

 

Powerful, inspiring, beautiful-- those are just a few words that illustrate the force that is Andra Day. With a voice that can only be described as God-given, Andra has unapologetically chartered her own course for success. Hailing from Southeast San Diego, this SoCal native dedicated her life to the arts at a young age. Between singing in her church choir and diligently studying dance, theater, and music in school, it’s no surprise that she has become an internationally recognized and respected musician and singer. Her full-length debut Cheers to the Fall garnered a “Best R&B Album” nomination and her RIAA 2x Multi-Platinum single “Rise Up” received a nod for “Best R&B Performance” at the 2016 GRAMMY® Awards. The song has since become the anthem to the Black Lives Matter movement, providing the audio heartbeat for activists and changemakers across the world. Andra quickly followed in 2017 with the moving anthem “Stand Up For Something” [feat. Common] from the Marshall official soundtrack album and film. The song received a nomination for “Best Original Song” at the 2017 Academy Awards.

Andra’s ability to connect with audiences everywhere and her commitment to giving back has allowed her to share the stage with a diverse group of people, from Michelle and Barack Obama to Stevie Wonder and Alicia Keys, Common and Bonnie Rait. Her undeniable beauty and vivacious personality have graced the cover and pages of Essence, The Hollywood Reporter, Billboard, The New York Times, Vibe, Vanity Fair, and more. In 2021 Andra will make her acting debut starring as her idol and biggest musical influence, Billie Holiday, in the biopic The United States vs Billie Holiday, directed by Oscar-winner Lee Daniels.

 

Matt Barnes played professional basketball player for 14-seasons in the NBA and was a world champion with the 2017 Golden State Warriors. Known as one of the most outspoken, explosive athletes of his generation, Barnes flourished on court with his iconic trash-talking, “me-against-the-world” attitude. He has now taken that same mentality to his ventures off the court in both business and entertainment which has elevated him to being of the most powerful forces in sports media. After studying history at UCLA, Matt was originally selected by the Memphis Grizzlies, later signing with the Los Angeles Clippers, then the Sacramento Kings before getting traded to the Philadelphia 76ers. In 2006, Barnes signed with the Golden State Warriors, where he contributed to a season that is distinguished for the improbable upset of the top-seeded Dallas Mavericks in the first round of the 2007 NBA Playoffs. In the following years, Barnes signed with the Orlando Magic, LA Clippers, Memphis Grizzlies, & the Sacramento Kings, before returning to the Golden State Warriors where he secured a championship ring in the 2016-17 season.

After retiring in 2017, Barnes transitioned into a premier NBA analyst on ESPN. In 2019, he teamed up with former NBA player Stephen Jackson to debut Showtime’s All the Smoke podcast, tackling everything from basketball to politics to LA lifestyle & culture. All the Smoke has become one of the world’s largest, most discussed sports podcasts in the past year, featuring an impressive array of guests such as the late Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett, and Dwayne Wade. Off the court, Matt also founded Athletes Vs Cancer (AVC) in honor of his late mother Ann who lost the battle to the disease in 2007. With a mission to provide patients and their families resources to fight, AVC partners with research institutions and celebrities to enhance public awareness of innovative treatment methods with the ultimate goal of prevention. Matt is also the proud father of 3 sons.

 

Angelo Pinto, Esq. is a movement lawyer, senior strategist, and policy guru. He served as lead organizer for the Indigenous Peoples March, the Free Meek Mills Campaign which procured the release of rapper meek Mills, as well as the Restore Heat Campaign at Brooklyn MDC, a federal prison which garnered National attention for not providing heat to incarcerated individuals during the coldest days of winter 2019.

 

Van Jones is a CNN host, political commentator, Emmy Award-winning producer, and author of three New York Times best-selling books: The Green Collar Economy; Rebuild the Dream; and Beyond the Messy Truth: How We Came Apart, How we Come Together. Van has also found success as a social entrepreneur, having founded and led many thriving enterprises including the REFORM Alliance, Color of Change, the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, and the Dream Corps, which works to close prison doors and open doors of opportunity in the green and tech economies. In 2009, as the Green Jobs Advisor to the Obama White House, Jones oversaw an $80 billion dollar investment in clean energy jobs. Jones was also the main advocate for the Green Jobs Act, signed into law by George W. Bush in 2007 and first piece of federal legislation to codify the term "green jobs." During the Obama Administration, the legislation has resulted in $500 million in national funding for green jobs training. Jones has stewarded several bipartisan legislative and advocacy efforts, racking up wins under the last four US Presidents: Clinton, Bush, Obama, and Trump. Jones’ most recent victory was advocating successfully for the passage of the FIRST STEP Act, which the New York Times calls the most substantial breakthrough in criminal justice in a generation.A Yale-educated attorney, Jones has won numerous awards, including the World Economic Forum’s “Young Global Leader” designation, Rolling Stone’s 2012 “12 Leaders Who Get Things Done”, TIME’s 2009 “100 Most Influential People in The World”, the 2010 NAACP Image Award, a 2017 WEBBY Special Achievement Award, a 2019 Lumiere Award, and a 2020 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Original Interactive Program.

 

Tamika D. Mallory photo by Geeno Mizelli; Matt Barnes photo by Malibu Clothes of Beverly Hills; Andra Day photo by Myriam Santos; Van Jones photo by CNN; Angelo Pinto photo by Until Freedom

 

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