Class: Carol Benet - Potpourri of Literary Prizes (Corte Madera Store)

Monday, February 18, 2019 - 1:00pm

Five Mondays; Feb. 18, Mar. 18, Apr. 15, May 13, & Jun. 10, 2019 • 1:00 – 3:00 pm • $130

This spring we will read 5 novels whose authors have won literary prizes including the Prix Goncourt, New York Times Best 10, British Book Award, Pulitzer Prize and Jomo Kenyatta Prize. 

February 18

Exit West - Mohsin Hamid (NYT Best 10 Books 217)

March 18

Compass - Mathias Énard (Prix Goncourt 2015)

April  15

Less -  Andrew Sean Greer (Pulitzer Prize 2018)

May 13

The Essex Serpent - Sarah Perry (British Book Awards 2017)

June 10

Dust - Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor (Jomo Kenyatta Prize for Literature 2015)

This group reads authors that have won literary prizes including the Man Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle. In addition to reading award-winning novels, participants develop literary perceptual and critiquing skills. Carol Benet received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of California, Berkeley where she won an Outstanding Teaching Award.

Exit West: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780735212206
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 27th, 2018




“A breathtaking novel…[that] arrives at an urgent time.” –NPR

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By Mathias Enard, Charlotte Mandell (Translator)
ISBN: 9780811227476
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Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - March 27th, 2018

On the shortlist for the 2017 Man Booker International Prize

Less (Winner of the Pulitzer Prize): A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316316132
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Published: Back Bay Books - May 22nd, 2018

A struggling novelist travels the world to avoid an awkward wedding in this hilarious Pulitzer Prize-winning novel full of "arresting lyricism and beauty" (The New York Times Book Review).

National Bestseller
A New York Times Notable Book of 2017

The Essex Serpent: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062666383
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Published: Custom House - April 24th, 2018

A Kirkus Review Best Book of 2017 and a Washington Post Notable Work of Fiction. Winner of the British Book Awards Fiction Book of the Year and overall Book of the Year, selected as the Waterstones Book of the Year, and a Costa Book Award Finalist

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ISBN: 9780345802545
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Published: Vintage - October 7th, 2014

A Washington Post Notable Book

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Class: David Kunhardt & Peter Joseph - Climate Change: Present Realities and Promising Solutions

Saturday, February 23, 2019 - 10:00am

Saturday February 23 • 10:00 am - 12:00 pm • Free

Free presentation, please email to secure your space

The climate crisis has arrived much earlier and with more ferocity than predicted, indicating that it’s accelerating towards tipping points of no return. Yet the global political process remains mired in ineffectiveness, while the rest of humanity searches for solutions as individuals, corporations, cities, counties, and states. 

What’s the single missing ingredient that would facilitate those efforts worldwide? 

It’s simple. As long as fossil fuels remain artificially “cheap,” their use — somewhere — is inevitable. The global problem of excessive atmospheric carbon can be solved only with a global solution: a global price on carbon.  Rapid "demand destruction” can be accomplished only by raising fossil fuel prices globally in an equitable, effective and efficient fashion that’s fair, popular, and politically durable. That means giving the revenues back to citizens so they tolerated higher prices while competition for lower carbon products and processes proceeds. The global trading system in which all nations participate becomes the vehicle that induces cooperation. 

Citizens’ Climate Lobby, a nonpartisan, national volunteer organization, advocates a revenue neutral, fully refunded carbon fee, dividend, and border carbon duty. Their decade of relentless, respectful work with Congress has just been rewarded with the historic introduction of the bipartisan Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act, HR 7173.  It will be reintroduced in February 2019. 

This class will focus on the current alarming data and our best hope for activating and empowering the myriad creative solutions arising from humanity’s yearning to avoid catastrophe. We must start by fixing the market failure that “externalizes” the real costs of fossil fuels, thus harnessing the world economy to work for civilization’s survival rather than its destruction. 

Learn why you really want this legislation to pass and how you can help! 


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Class: Phil Cousineau - The Writer’s Odyssey One-Day Workshop (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, February 23, 2019 - 1:00pm

Saturday February 23 • 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm • $120

Have you ever felt as if you were wandering aimlessly with your writing, lost in the labyrinth without a clue how to get home again? Take heart! This one-day workshop explores the uncanny parallels between the writing life and Homer’s Odyssey by helping you visualize your work as a mythic journey. This intensive but entertaining approach will help you identify which stage you are on now, and through a series of writing exercises and practices that provide a map to guide you along the final stages of the publishing adventure.

**Class price includes a copy of The Book of Roads – Travel Stories from Michigan to Marrakech.

Phil Cousineau is the author of over 30 books, including the bestseller The Art of Pilgrimage, and the award-winning Stoking the Creative Fires, a documentary filmmaker, a frequent writer for television and radio, as well as a frequent leader of mythic tours and writing workshops in Greece. As a founding mentor in Book Passage’s Path to Publishing program, Cousineau will also offer insights into the metamorphosis that is reshaping the book world.

Art of Pilgrimage: The Seeker's Guide to Making Travel Sacred Cover Image
By Phil Cousineau, Houston Smith (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781573245937
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Published: Conari Press - August 1st, 2012

First published in 1998 and updated with a new preface by the author, The Art of Pilgrimage is a sacred travel guide in book form that is full of inspiration for the spiritual traveler.

award-winning writer and filmmaker and host of the acclaimed Global Spirits series seen on PBS and Link TV, Phil Cousineau weaves stories, myths, parables, and quotes from famous travelers with prac

Stoking the Creative Fires: 9 Ways to Rekindle Passion and Imagination Cover Image
ISBN: 9781573242998
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Published: Conari Press - May 1st, 2008

In Stoking the Creative Fires, award-winning author and filmmaker, Phil Cousineau, gives readers the tools they need to alleviate burnout and rekindle passion in all areas of their lives.

The Oldest Story in the World Cover Image
ISBN: 9780962654893
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Published: Sisyphus Press - July 12th, 2017

The Oldest Story in the World is a brooding, daring, idiosyncratic exploration of the secret strength of storytelling, in which Phil Cousineau addresses the central theme that runs through all his work, the transportive power of words.

Book of Roads: Travel Stories from Michigan to Marrakech Cover Image
By Phil Cousineau, Larry Habegger (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781632280190
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Published: Viva Editions - August 11th, 2015

Cousineau's wanderlust has driven him to visit nearly 100 countries as a backpacker, documentary filmmaker, travel writer, photographer, and art and literary tour leader.

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Class: Anne-Marie Lebas - Beyond the Basics French (Corte Madera)

Monday, February 25, 2019 - 2:45pm

Eight Mondays; Feb. 25 - April 15 , 2019 • 2:45 - 4:15 pm  • $265

These second year refresher courses are for those who would like to review what they learned in high school or college French classes, or for those students who have taken the beginning French conversation courses. The goal is to boost confidence and fluency in speaking. Venez apprendre avec plaisir!

Anne–Marie Lebas is a native of France who has taught in the Bay Area for over 20 years. She teaches with great enthusiasm and energy and creates a lively and comfortable learning environment for students at any level.

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Class: Anne-Marie Lebas - Beginning Conversational French (Corte Madera)

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 - 3:30pm

Eight Tuesdays; Feb. 26 - April 16, 2019, • 3:30 - 5:00 pm • $265

These sequential courses are designed for those who have no or very little knowledge of French. We work with pronunciation, vocabulary enrichment, and short conversations.

Anne–Marie Lebas is a native of France who has taught in the Bay Area for over 20 years. She teaches with great enthusiasm and energy and creates a lively and comfortable learning environment for students at any level.

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Class: Joel Blackwell - Introduction - You Can Influence Politicians and Public Policy (Corte Madera Store)

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 7:00pm

Thursday February 28th, 2019 • 7 - 8 pm  • $50

You will learn specific techniques to influence elected officials from city council to Congress and mistakes to avoid including -

How to influence elected officials with little time and effort, why you already know everything you need to become an effective advocate, and what message legislators want from you compared to professional lobbyists.

Joel Blackwell, author of “Personal Political Power in California,” was an award-winning reporter and editor at the Miami Herald. He interviewed elected officials, lobbyists, volunteer advocates, and academic researchers to find out what works to influence senators and representatives. He has worked for associations and corporations in 47 states and Washington DC, helping them build grassroots systems to support their professional lobbyists. His keynotes and seminars leave audiences inspired, laughing and learning.


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Class: John Hart - Reading the Poets (Corte Madera Store)

Monday, March 4, 2019 - 7:00pm

Eight Mondays: March 4 - April 28 (no class 3/18) • 7:00-9:00 pm • $200

To have great poets,” Walt Whitman said, “there must be great audiences.” He wanted not just many readers but also able readers, open-minded and demanding. What makes a poem worth the effort of reading it? In this group we look at (mostly) famous, (mostly) English-language works from Shakespeare to last week. Widely published local poet and author John Hart edits the venerable all-poetry journal Blue Unicorn.

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Class: Alessandra Beraldi - Italian 3: Elementary (Corte Madera Store)

Tuesday, March 5, 2019 - 10:00am

Six Tuesdays: March 5 - April 23 (no class 3/12 & 4/9), 2019 • 10 am - 12 pm • $210

Alessandra Beraldi is from Genoa, Italy and has been teaching Italian to children, undergraduates and adults for over 20 years. She has taught in US at University of Pennsylvania, in England at several language institutions, and at the Italian General Consulate. She teaches at several schools here in Marin.

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Class: Kathy Freschi - Advanced Italian Literature (Corte Madera Store)

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 - 11:45am

Six Wednesdays; March 6 - April 10, 2019 • 11:45 am - 1:45 pm • $200

FOR INTERMEDIATE and ADVANCED students of Italian
Part “giallo” and part comedy, Scontro di Civilta’ per un Ascensore in Piazza Vittorio, by Amara Lakhous, is primarily about the immigrant experience in Italy. It is an example of the nascent trend in Italian literature of foreign authors who write their works in Italian. We will explore the clash of civilizations and the “Italian” that the author creates. 

Kathy Freschi has been teaching Italian for over 40 years at UC Santa Barbara, UC Berkeley and College of Marin. In 1987, she founded the Credit Program of Italian at College of Marin, for which she was awarded La Stella d’Italia by the Republic of Italy.

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Class: Kerrin Meis - Celebrating the De Young Museum II (Corte Madera Store)

Friday, March 8, 2019 - 1:00pm

Three Fridays; March 8 - 22 , 2019  • 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm • $110

We’ll be looking at the fascinating history of the museum, its founders, donors, and its controversial rebuilding. Then study in context masterpieces of American Painting including landscapes, study meaning in the canvases of Eakins and Hopper, marvel at the trompe l' oeil works of Harnett and Peto. Then study works by O' Keeffe, Hartley, Ramos, Brown, Park, Diebenkorn and Thiebaud.

Kerrin Meis taught art history at SFSU for ten years, and she currently teaches for the OLLI programs at Dominican University and UC Berkeley. She leads study tours in Europe. Her Book Passage classes have been big favorites for years.

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