Classes

Class: Kerrin Meis - Masterpieces of European Art in the Legion of Honor (Corte Madera Store)

Friday, November 16, 2018 - 1:00pm

Two Fridays; Nov. 16 & 30 (no class Nov. 23) • 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm • $75

Often ignored by visitors, special exhibitions are superb examples of European art housed in the California Palace of the Legion of Honor. From Medieval sculpture and painting through the nineteenth century we will look closely at works by Rembrandt, Van Dyck, El Greco, Titian, Fra Angelico, Jan Steen, Pieter de Hooch, Tiepolo,  Watteau, Vigee-Lebrun, Daumier, Corot, Manet, Renoir, Monet, Pissarro and Rodin. We begin with the history of the institution -its founders and benefactors including Alma de Bretteville Spreckels.

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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Corte Madera, CA 94925

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

Sunday, November 18, 2018 - 10:00am

Sunday November 18 • 10 am - 1 pm • $40

This class will present up to the present realities of global warming and the changing climate, with reference to scientific and governmental conclusions, with particular reference to those changes that are already reaching self-perpetuating tipping points.
Then we will progress to the actions being taken around the globe, and close to home, to mitigate the worst of climate change, starting with the policy most likely to achieve meaningful improvement: putting a price on carbon.  
 

**If you are a Citizens Climate Lobby Member, please email joy@bookpassage.com to register**

David Kunhardt – On the Steering Committee of the Time to Lead on Climate coalition of over 20 Marin organizations.  Speaker trained by the Climate Reality Leadership Corps.  Principal of SolEd Benefit Corp.  Advisor to the Drawdown: Marin campaign. Graduate of Middlebury College and the G.W.U. Master of Urban & Regional Planning program.

Peter G. Joseph, M.D. – Group leader, Marin Chapter at Citizens Climate Lobby
Co-author, MIT Climate CoLab winning proposals for a US Carbon Price, 2014, 2015 and 2017: 
“Revenue Neutral Carbon Fee and Dividend: Bending the Emissions Curve” 
Member, The Medical Society Consortium on Climate & Health.  Former emergency room physician, graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School.
 

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: David Corbett - The Final Polish (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, December 2, 2018 - 10:00am

Sunday December 2 • 10:00 am - 4:00 pm • $150

**Please note Date Change from October 14th**

You’ve finished and revised your manuscript and believe it’s ready to send it out. But in today’s competitive marketplace, you may get only one chance to impress agents and editors. In this workshop, David Corbett will review your first ten pages and a one-to-two page synopsis to determine: How unique isthe voice? How compelling are the story questions? How engaging are themain characters? How high are the stakes?

Note: Manuscript and synopsis submissions need to be sent to davidcorbettauthor@gmail.com by Sunday, November 25th.

David Corbett — contributing editor to Writer’s Digest, and author of The Art of Character (“a writer’s bible”) — will lead students in a one-day workshop, reviewing 10-page manuscript submissions (with one-page novel synopsis) from each student and reviewing them in detail to reveal how story guides the revision process.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Christine O'Brien - Macro-Micro Memoir: Using Structure and Specifics to Shape Your Nonfiction (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, January 6, 2019 - 10:00am

Sunday January 6th, 2019 • 10am - 4pm • $140

Micro Macro Memoir, Using Structure and Specifics to Shape your Nonfiction: Students focus on specifics (“micro”) such as scene, exposition, and detail, as well as structural elements, (“macro”), including premise, limiting belief and the 7 steps of story archetype, to generate useable material for their memoirs.

Christine O’Brien grew up in New York and Beverly Hills and teaches at Saint Mary’s College of California. Her work has appeared in The Seneca Review and The Slush Pile. Her memoir Crave, a Memoir of Food and Longing, which Booklist calls “compelling” and a “page turner,” and Lit Hub lists as one of ten memoirs to look for in 2018, will be published by St. Martin’s Press on November 13, 2018.

Crave: A Memoir of Food and Longing Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781250128836
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: St. Martin's Press - November 13th, 2018

“Do you mind that I’m going to be writing a book about the fact that I was hungry?” I asked my mother. “Just tell a good story,” she replied.


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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Jana Zanetto - Beyond the Basics in French (Corte Madera Store)

Monday, January 7, 2019 - 2:00pm

Six Mondays; January 7th - February 11th, 2019 • 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm • $235

Moving beyond basic conversation and present tense verbs: Developing confidence and more facility in communication with new sentence structures, grammar, and vocabulary through conversation, lively discussions, and varied texts, with pronunciation assistance.

Jana Zanetto has been a francophile since childhood and majored in French at UC Santa Barbara, spending her junior year abroad in Bordeaux. She taught French at Berlitz before getting her M.A. in teaching ESL, working at City College for 33 years. She has developed techniques for reducing accents and improving pronunciation for both French and English and supports training the ear through listening. She continues to visit France regularly, often on unsupported bike trips.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Jana Zanetto - Basic French (Corte Madera Store)

Monday, January 7, 2019 - 4:00pm

6 Mondays; January 7th - February 11th, 2019 • 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm • $235

Conversation practice in scenarios that travelers most often encounter, from ordering a meal at a restaurant to filling a prescription at a pharmacy. Perfect for the traveler with only a little French, or the rusty intermediate speaker wishing to review.

Jana Zanetto has been a francophile since childhood and majored in French at UC Santa Barbara, spending her junior year abroad in Bordeaux. She taught French at Berlitz before getting her M.A. in teaching ESL, working at City College for 33 years. She has developed techniques for reducing accents and improving pronunciation

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Steven Stein - Food & Culture Book Group (Corte Madera Store)

Monday, January 7, 2019 - 7:00pm

Four Mondays; Jan. 7, Feb. 4, Mar. 4, & Apr. 1, 2019 • 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm • $100

The foods we choose, and the places we dine say a lot about how we live. This group will read four quite different books - each with an entertaining and informative narrative - that focus on food and dining, and their impacts on society.

Steve Stein spent over thirty years in the food and lodging industry before turning his attention to finance and economics. He’s probably also spent too much time at the dinner table.

The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143038580
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Penguin Books - August 28th, 2007

One of the New York Times Book Review's Ten Best Books of the Year

Winner of the James Beard Award

Author of How to Change Your Mind and the #1 New York Times Bestsellers In Defense of Food and Food Rules


Ten Restaurants That Changed America Cover Image
By Paul Freedman, Danny Meyer (Introduction by)
$23.95
ISBN: 9781631494987
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - October 23rd, 2018

The Fortune Cookie Chronicles: Adventures in the World of Chinese Food Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780446698979
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Twelve - March 23rd, 2009

If you think McDonald's is the most ubiquitous restaurant experience in America, consider that there are more Chinese restaurants in America than McDonalds, Burger Kings, and Wendys combined. New York Times reporter and Chinese-American (or American-born Chinese). In her search, Jennifer 8 Lee traces the history of Chinese-American experience through the lens of the food.


The Art of Eating: 50th Anniversary Edition Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9780764542619
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - March 5th, 2004

RUTH REICHL
"Mary Frances [Fisher] has the extraordinary ability to make the ordinary seem rich and wonderful. Her dignity comes from her absolute insistence on appreciating life as it comes to her."

JULIA CHILD


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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Alessandra Beraldi - Italian 2: Beginning (Corte Madera Store)

Tuesday, January 8, 2019 - 10:00am

Six Tuesdays: Jan. 8 - Feb. 26 (no class Feb.12 & 19), 2019 • 10:00 am - 12:00 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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Corte Madera, CA 94925

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

Wednesday, January 9, 2019 - 11:45am

Six Wednesdays; Jan 9 - 13, 2019 • 11:45 am - 1:45 pm • $190

FOR INTERMEDIATE and ADVANCED students of Italian
Il Caso Kodra is Renato Olivieris’ first crime novel in an important series. Against the backdrop of a cold and dark Milan winter, the quirky Vice Commissario Giulio Ambrosio delves into the death of Anna Kodra, an Istrian refugee to Italy. As he solves this crime, the theme of refugees after World War II, is explored, tying this phenomena once again to the events of today.

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.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Alessandra Beraldi - Advanced Italian (Corte Madera Store)

Wednesday, January 9, 2019 - 3:15pm

Four Wednesdays; Jan 9 - Feb. 27 (no class Feb. 20), 2019 • 3:20 pm-5:20 pm • $245

 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.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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