Classes

Class: Kerrin Meis - The Cultural Heritage of London (Corte Madera Store)

Friday, September 7, 2018 - 1:00pm

Three Fridays; Sep. 7 - 21  • 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm • $120

Study London from prehistory to the present through visits to museums devoted to her history such as the Tower of London, Shakespeare's Globe, The Museum of the City of London, her churches , Hampton Court Palace, the Churchill War Rooms and the extension of the Tate Modern.

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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Class: Hamid Emami - Beginning German (Corte Madera Store)

Monday, September 10, 2018 - 9:00am

Eight Mondays; Sep. 10 - Nov. 5 (no class Oct. 1) • 9:00 - 11:00 am • $250

Hamid Emami has a master’s degree from the University of Hamburg, and is fluent in German, English, French, Spanish, and Farsi. He has taught German for many years.

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Class: Pat Holt - Contemporary Classics (Corte Madera Store)

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 - 10:30am

Five Tuesdays; Sep. 11, Oct. 9, Nov. 13, Dec. 11, & Jan. 8 • 10:30 am – 12:30 pm • $125

September 11

Sing, Unburied Sing - Jesmyn Ward

October 9

Frankenstein in Baghdad - Ahmed Saadawl

November 13

Elmet - Fiona Mozley

December 11

Like a Fading Shadow - Antonio Munoz Molina 

January 8, 2019  

Winter - Ali Smith 

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Pat Holt leads a discussion of books that have captured the contemporary imagination. Holt is the former book review editor of the S.F. Chronicle and publisher of Holt Uncensored.

Sing, Unburied, Sing Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781501126079
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Scribner Book Company - May 8th, 2018

WINNER of the NATIONAL BOOK AWARD and A NEW YORK TIMES TOP 10 BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR


Frankenstein in Baghdad Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780143128793
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Published: Penguin Books - January 23rd, 2018

*Longlisted for the Man Booker International Prize*

"Brave and ingenious." --The New York Times

"Gripping, darkly humorous . . . profound." --Phil Klay, bestselling author and National Book Award winner for Redeployment


Elmet Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781616208424
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Published: Algonquin Books - December 5th, 2017

The family thought the little house they had made themselves in Elmet, a corner of Yorkshire, was theirs, that their peaceful, self-sufficient life was safe. Cathy and Daniel roamed the woods freely, occasionally visiting a local woman for some schooling, living outside all conventions.


Like a Fading Shadow Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781250182432
Availability: Backordered
Published: Picador USA - July 17th, 2018

A hypnotic novel intertwining the author's past with James Earl Ray's attempt to escape after shooting Martin Luther King Jr.


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

Sunday, September 16, 2018 - 10:00am

Sunday September 16 • 10 am - 1 pm • $80

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.  
**A portion of your ticket price will be donated by Book Passage to the Citizens Climate Lobby Education Fund.**

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

Monday, September 17, 2018 - 1:00pm

Five Mondays; Sep. 17, Oct. 22, Nov. 19, Dec. 17, & Jan. 21 • 1:00 – 3:00 pm • $130

This fall we will read 5 novels whose authors have won literary prizes including the Mann Booker Prize, Premio Internazionale Nonino, Nordic Council’s Literature Prize, and “Economist" Best Book. 

September 17

“I Married a Communist”, Philip Roth, Man Booker International Award

October 22

”Memed, My Hawk”, Yasar Kemal, Premio Internazionale Nonino 

Nov. 19 

“Lincoln in the Bardo”, George Saunders, Man Booker Prize

December 17

 “Aliss at the Fire,” Jon Fosse, Nordic Council’s Literature Prize

January 21, 2019 

“War and Turpentine”, Stefan Hertmans, “Economist" Best Book

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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.

I Married a Communist (Vintage International) Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780375707216
Availability: Backordered
Published: Vintage - November 2nd, 1999

I Married a Communist is the story of the rise and fall of Ira Ringold, a big American roughneck who begins life as a teenage ditch-digger in 1930s Newark, becomes a big-time 1940s radio star, and is destroyed, as both a performer and a man, in the McCarthy witchhunt of the 1950s.


Memed, My Hawk (New York Review Books Classics) Cover Image
By Yashar Kemal, Yashar Kemal (Introduction by), Edouard Roditi (Translator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781590171394
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: New York Review of Books - July 1st, 2005

A tale of high adventure and lyrical celebration, tenderness and violence, generosity and ruthlessness, Memed, My Hawk is the defining achievement of one of the greatest and most beloved of living writers, Yashar Kemal. It is reissued here with a new introduction by the author on the fiftieth anniversary of its first publication.


Aliss at the Fire (Norwegian Literature) Cover Image
By Jon Fosse, Damion Searls (Translator)
$12.95
ISBN: 9781564785732
Availability: Backordered
Published: Dalkey Archive Press - September 16th, 2010

In her old house by the fjord, Signe lies on a bench and sees a vision of herself as she was more than twenty years earlier: standing by the window waiting for her husband Asle, on that terrible late November day when he took his rowboat out onto the water and never returned.


Lincoln in the Bardo Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780812985405
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Random House Trade - February 6th, 2018

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - WINNER OF THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE


War and Turpentine Cover Image
By Stefan Hertmans, David McKay (Translator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781101872116
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Published: Vintage - July 25th, 2017

Longlisted for the International Man Booker Prize

A New York Times Top 10 Best Book of the Year

An Economist Best Book of the Year

Longlisted for the Best Translated Book Award


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

Monday, September 17, 2018 - 7:00pm

5 Mondays: Sep. 17, Oct. 22, Nov. 19, Dec. 17, & Jan. 21 • 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm • $130

This fall we will read 5 novels whose authors have won literary prizes including the Mann Booker Prize, Premio Internazionale Nonino, Nordic Council’s Literature Prize, and “Economist" Best Book

.....

September 17

“I Married a Communist”, Philip Roth, Man Booker International Award

October 22 

”Memed, My Hawk”, Yasar Kemal, Premio Internazionale Nonino 

Nov. 19 

“Lincoln in the Bardo”, George Saunders, Man Booker Prize

December 17

“Aliss at the Fire,” Jon Fosse, Nordic Council’s Literature Prize

January 21, 2019 

“War and Turpentine”, Stefan Hertmans, “Economist" Best Book

.....

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.

I Married a Communist (Vintage International) Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780375707216
Availability: Backordered
Published: Vintage - November 2nd, 1999

I Married a Communist is the story of the rise and fall of Ira Ringold, a big American roughneck who begins life as a teenage ditch-digger in 1930s Newark, becomes a big-time 1940s radio star, and is destroyed, as both a performer and a man, in the McCarthy witchhunt of the 1950s.


Memed, My Hawk (New York Review Books Classics) Cover Image
By Yashar Kemal, Yashar Kemal (Introduction by), Edouard Roditi (Translator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781590171394
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: New York Review of Books - July 1st, 2005

A tale of high adventure and lyrical celebration, tenderness and violence, generosity and ruthlessness, Memed, My Hawk is the defining achievement of one of the greatest and most beloved of living writers, Yashar Kemal. It is reissued here with a new introduction by the author on the fiftieth anniversary of its first publication.


Lincoln in the Bardo Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780812985405
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Random House Trade - February 6th, 2018

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - WINNER OF THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE


Aliss at the Fire (Norwegian Literature) Cover Image
By Jon Fosse, Damion Searls (Translator)
$12.95
ISBN: 9781564785732
Availability: Backordered
Published: Dalkey Archive Press - September 16th, 2010

In her old house by the fjord, Signe lies on a bench and sees a vision of herself as she was more than twenty years earlier: standing by the window waiting for her husband Asle, on that terrible late November day when he took his rowboat out onto the water and never returned.


War and Turpentine Cover Image
By Stefan Hertmans, David McKay (Translator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781101872116
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Vintage - July 25th, 2017

Longlisted for the International Man Booker Prize

A New York Times Top 10 Best Book of the Year

An Economist Best Book of the Year

Longlisted for the Best Translated Book Award


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Class: Melanie Vetter - Write Your Life (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, September 22, 2018 - 10:00am

Saturday September 22 • 10 am - 12 pm • $60

Writing your life —two pages at a time—using universal themes such as family, career and work, and spirituality. Priming questions will help evoke memories of events and people. Writing and sharing life stories with others is an enjoyable way to gain a growing appreciation of your life and the lives of others, as well as put the past into perspective. Narrative storytelling is a wonderful way to learn about yourself, and has been shown to enhance the writer’s sense of meaning. This introductory class will include creative exercises, writing tips, writing, and sharing of stories. All levels of writing experience (from no experience to expert) are welcome and encouraged to join.

Melanie Vetter is the founder of Wellfleet Circle. Melanie's life’s work is dedicated to teaching and empowering others to celebrate, document and share a purposeful life using fun and joyful tools and techniques.  She helps others preserve and share  their intangible wealth—traditions, wisdom, values, stories and love. Melanie is a Harvard Law School trained attorney and business professional and a certified Legacy Advisor. She holds a certificate in Guided Autobiography Instruction from the Birren Center for Autobiographical Studies, and is also a Certified Senior Advisor®.

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Class: Susan Fritz-Prey - Learning to Listen to Classical Music (Corte Madera Store)

Monday, September 24, 2018 - 10:30am

Four Mondays; September 24 - October 15th • 10:30 am - 12:00 pm • $120

Are you curious about Classical music but unsure what you are listening to? Do you already enjoy this music but would like to understand more? In this class, we will explore how we already experience music, how we can apply what we know to this genre, and ways to gain a deeper and more rewarding listening experience.  

Susan Fritz-Prey received her Masters and Doctorate in Musical Arts from the University of Southern California with an emphasis in piano.  She has taught at USC, Cal State Dominguez Hills, San Francisco State, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and she currently maintains an active piano studio in Marin County.

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Class: Pamela Feinsilber - Meet the Author (Corte Madera Store)

Monday, September 24, 2018 - 7:00pm

Four Mondays; Sep. 24, Oct. 22, Nov. 19, & Dec. 17 • 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm • $95

In the first hour of this long-running group, we discuss the book we’ve just read. In the second hour, we talk with the author about what it took to create it and other engrossing topics. We’ve had wonderful conversations with Daniel Handler, Elizabeth McKenzie, Yiyun Li, T.J. Stiles, Anthony Marra, Tom Barbash, Elizabeth Rosner, T. Geronimo Johnson, Adam Hochschild, Joyce Maynard, Natalie Baszile, and many others.

Pamela Feinsilber is a book editor and writing consultant and blogs about the arts for Huffington Post.

September 24

A Kind of Freedom – Margaret Wilkerson Sexton

October 22

Lucky Boy – Shanthi Sekaran

November 19

Goodbye, Vitamin – Rachel Khong

December 17

When It’s Over – Barbara Ridley

A Kind of Freedom Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781640091030
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Counterpoint LLC - August 14th, 2018

Long-listed for the National Book Award and named a New York Times Notable Book, A Kind of Freedom is a moving tale of love and the consequences of American racial inequality spanning three generations of a New Orleans family


Lucky Boy Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781101982266
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - September 5th, 2017

A gripping tale of adventure and searing reality, Lucky Boy gives voice to two mothers bound together by their love for one lucky boy.

"Sekaran has written a page-turner that's touching and all too real."--People

"Heart-rending and heartwarming....There's something for everyone in this wonderful novel."--Celeste Ng, Little Fires Everywhere


Goodbye, Vitamin Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781250182555
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Published: Picador USA - July 10th, 2018

Named a Best Book of the Year by NPR; O, The Oprah Magazine; Vogue; San Francisco Chronicle; Esquire; Huffington Post; Nylon; Entertainment Weekly; BuzzFeed; Booklist; and The Independent


When It's Over Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781631522963
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Published: She Writes Press - September 26th, 2017

Coming of age in Prague in the 1930s, Lena Kulkova is inspired by the left-wing activists who resist the rise of fascism. She meets Otto, a refugee from Hitler's Germany, and follows him to Paris to work for the Republican side in the Spanish Civil War.


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Pre-Conference Class: David Corbett - The Character of Crime (Corte Madera)

Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 1:00pm to 3:30pm

2018 Mystery Writers Pre-Conference Class
$90 for Conference Participants, $125 for General Public

The Character of Crime: Creating the Character Web in Crime, Mystery/Detective and Thriller Fiction

In this pre-conference lecture and workshop, award-winning crime novelist David Corbett will guide students in exploring the key roles that make crime fiction work, with specific focus on the specific demands of the three major subgenres of crime fiction—mystery/detective, crime, and thriller—and an emphasis on maintaining dramatic tension, creating moral complexity, and avoiding cliché.

In particular, students will learn:

  • How to create strong, compelling protagonists who push the action forward and serve the story’s theme—instead of victims of circumstance, intrepid boy scouts, ciphers, stiffs, or sleepwalkers.
  • How to create equally compelling opponents or villains who aren’t just another iteration of Lucifer or the Creature from the Black Lagoon—with the purpose of gaining an understanding that the hero’s only as compelling as his enemy, that evil must be justified to be dramatically interesting, and that there’s “no beast so fierce” as man.
  • How to create secondary characters—from Watsons to wheelmen to femmes fatales to sympathetic heavies—who elicit nuance and subtlety from the main characters, flesh out the values in conflict in the story, create moral complexity through ‘four-corner conflict,” serve the hinge points of the plot, and bring to life the story world.

David Corbett worked 15 years for the famed private investigation firm of Palladino & Sutherland. He is the author of several novels including Done for a Dime (A New York Times Notable Book), His latest is Thirteen Confessions: Stories. His writing text, The Art of Character, has been called “a writer’s bible.”

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