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Yasmin Khan - Zaitoun (San Francisco Store)

Saturday, February 16, 2019 - 1:00pm

Meet & Greet

"Yasmin Khan draws on her vast experience as a storyteller, cook, human rights activist, itinerant traveler and writer to create a moving, empathetic, hugely knowledgeable and utterly delicious book." —Anthony Bourdain

In Zaitoun, Yasmin Khan unlocks the flavors and fragrances of modern Palestine, from the sun-kissed pomegranate stalls of Akka, on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea, through evergreen oases of date plantations in the Jordan Valley, to the fading fish markets of Gaza City.

Palestinian food is winningly fresh and bright, centered around colorful mezze dishes that feature the region’s bountiful eggplants, peppers, artichokes, and green beans; slow-cooked stews of chicken and lamb flavored with Palestinian barahat spice blends; and the marriage of local olive oil with earthy za’atar, served in small bowls to accompany toasted breads. It has evolved over several millennia through the influences of Arabic, Jewish, Armenian, Persian, Turkish, and Bedouin cultures and civilizations that have ruled over, or lived in, the area known as ancient Palestine.

In each place she visits, Khan enters the kitchens of Palestinians of all ages and backgrounds, discovering the secrets of their cuisine and sharing heartlifting stories.

Yasmin Khan is the author of The Saffron Tales: Recipes from the Persian Kitchen. Her writing has appeared in Food52, Saveur, and Roads and Kingdoms. A former human rights campaigner, she now lives in London.

 

1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Zaitoun: Recipes from the Palestinian Kitchen Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9781324002628
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - February 5th, 2019

 

Stephanie Land - Maid (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, February 17, 2019 - 1:00pm

At 28, Stephanie Land's plans of breaking free from the roots of her hometown in the Pacific Northwest to chase her dreams of attending a university and becoming a writer were cut short when a summer fling turned into an unexpected pregnancy. She turned to housekeeping to make ends meet, and with a tenacious grip on her dream to provide her daughter the very best life possible, Stephanie worked days and took classes online to earn a college degree, and began to write relentlessly. She wrote the true stories that weren't being told: the stories of overworked and underpaid Americans. Of living on food stamps and WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) coupons to eat. Of the government programs that provided her housing, but that doubled as halfway houses. The aloof government employees who called her lucky for receiving assistance while she didn't feel lucky at all. She wrote to remember the fight, to eventually cut through the deep-rooted stigmas of the working poor.

Maid explores the underbelly of upper-middle class America and the reality of what it's like to be in service to them. "I'd become a nameless ghost," Stephanie writes about her relationship with her clients, many of whom do not know her from any other cleaner, but who she learns plenty about. As she begins to discover more about her clients' lives-their sadness and love, too-she begins to find hope in her own path.

Her compassionate, unflinching writing as a journalist gives voice to the "servant" worker, and those pursuing the American Dream from below the poverty line. Maid is Stephanie's story, but it's not her alone. It is an inspiring testament to the strength, determination, and ultimate triumph of the human spirit.

Journalist Stephanie Land's work has been featured in The New York TimesThe Washington PostThe GuardianVoxSalon, and many other outlets. She focuses on social and economic justice as a writing fellow through both the Center for Community Change and the Economic Hardship Reporting Project.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780316505116
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Hachette Books - January 22nd, 2019

 

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.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Exit West: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780735212206
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Riverhead Books - February 27th, 2018

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Compass Cover Image
By Mathias Enard, Charlotte Mandell (Translator)
$18.95
ISBN: 9780811227476
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Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - March 27th, 2018

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Less (Winner of the Pulitzer Prize): A Novel Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780316316132
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Published: Back Bay Books - May 22nd, 2018

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The Essex Serpent: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062666383
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Published: Custom House - April 24th, 2018

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Dust Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780345802545
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Vintage - October 7th, 2014

 

Dani Shapiro with Sylvia Boorstein - Inheritance (Corte Madera Store)

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 - 1:00pm

In Conversation with Sylvia Boorstein

What makes us who we are? What combination of memory, history, biology, experience, and that ineffable thing called the soul defines us?

In the spring of 2016, through a genealogy website to which she had whimsically submitted her DNA for analysis, Dani Shapiro received the stunning news that her father was not her biological father. She woke up one morning and her entire history--the life she had lived--crumbled beneath her.

Inheritance is a book about secrets--secrets within families, kept out of shame or self-protectiveness; secrets we keep from one another in the name of love. It is the story of a woman's urgent quest to unlock the story of her own identity, a story that has been scrupulously hidden from her for more than fifty years, years she had spent writing brilliantly, and compulsively, on themes of identity and family history. It is a book about the extraordinary moment we live in--a moment in which science and technology have outpaced not only medical ethics but also the capacities of the human heart to contend with the consequences of what we discover.

Timely and unforgettable, Dani Shapiro's memoir is a gripping, gut-wrenching exploration of genealogy, paternity, and love.

Dani Shapiro is the author of the memoirs Hourglass, Still Writing, Devotion, and Slow Motion and five novels including Black & White and Family History. Also an essayist and a journalist, Shapiro's short fiction, essays, and journalistic pieces have appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, Tin House, One Story, Elle, Vogue, O, The Oprah Magazine, The New York Times Book Review, the op-ed pages of the New York Times, and many other publications. She has taught in the writing programs at Columbia, NYU, the New School, and Wesleyan University; she is cofounder of the Sirenland Writers Conference in Positano, Italy. She lives with her family in Litchfield County, Connecticut.

Sylvia Boorstein, Ph.D., is a co-founding teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, California, and a senior teacher at the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts. She writes a regular column for Shambhala Sun, lectures widely, and is the bestselling author of Happiness is an Inside Job; Pay Attention, for Goodness’ Sake; It’s Easier Than You Think; Don’t Just Do Something, Sit There; and That’s Funny, You Don’t Look Buddhist. A practicing psychotherapist, Boorstein is a frequent presenter at psychology conferences and training seminars. Sylvia and her husband, Seymour, divide their time between Sonoma County, California, and their home in France.

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781524732714
Availability: Backordered
Published: Knopf - January 15th, 2019

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Happiness Is an Inside Job: Practicing for a Joyful Life Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780345481320
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Published: Ballantine Books - December 30th, 2008

 

Katy Butler - The Art of Dying Well (Corte Madera Store)

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 - 7:00pm

Book Launch!

The Art of Dying Well is about living as well as possible for as long as possible and adapting successfully to change. Packed with extraordinarily helpful insights and inspiring true stories, award-winning journalist and prominent end-of-life speaker Katy Butler shows how to thrive in later life (even when coping with a chronic medical condition), how to get the best from our health system, and how to make your own “good death” more likely. This handbook of step by step preparations—practical, communal, physical, and sometimes spiritual—will help you make the most of your remaining time, be it decades, years, or months.

Butler explains how to successfully age in place, why to pick a younger doctor and how to have an honest conversation with her, when not to call 911, and how to make your death a sacred rite of passage rather than a medical event.

This down-to-earth manual for living, aging, and dying with meaning and even joy is based on Butler’s own experience caring for aging parents, as well as hundreds of interviews with people who have successfully navigated a fragmented health system and helped their loved ones have good deaths. It also draws on interviews with nationally recognized experts in family medicine, palliative care, geriatrics, oncology, hospice, and other medical specialties. Inspired by the medieval death manual Ars Moriendi, or the Art of Dying, The Art of Dying Well is the definitive update for our modern age, and illuminates the path to a better end of life.

Katy Butler’s articles have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Best American Science Writing, and The Best American Essays. A finalist for a National Magazine Award, she lives in Northern California. She is the author of Knocking on Heaven’s Door and The Art of Dying Well.

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

The Art of Dying Well: A Practical Guide to a Good End of Life Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781501135316
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Scribner - February 19th, 2019

 

Cara Black - Murder on the Left Bank (College of Marin)

Friday, February 22, 2019 - 1:00pm

College of Marin, Kentfield Library

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Other College of Marin ESCOM Lectures:

Jasmin Darznik - Song of a Captive Bird

Tom Barbash - The Dakota Winters

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ESCOM is delighted to partner with Book Passage in bringing a free series of interesting authors to the community. ESCOM, the Emeritus Students College of Marin, is a unique organization of 1500 senior students within the Community Education Department at the College of Marin. The organization fosters lifelong learning through classes, clubs, special events and a reading room. They publish a newsletter of original writing and commentary. ESCOM is sustained by memberships, gifts and bequests. Leadership is through a Council and various committees.

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As Murder on the Left Bank opens, a dying man drags his oxygen machine into the office of Éric Besson, a lawyer in Paris’s 13th arrondissement. The old man, an accountant, is carrying a dilapidated notebook full of meticulous investment records. For decades, he has been helping a cadre of dirty cops launder stolen money. The notebook contains his full confession—he’s waited 50 years to make it, and now it can’t wait another day. He is adamant that Besson get the notebook into the hands of La Proc, Paris’s chief prosecuting attorney, so the corruption can finally be brought to light. But en route to La Proc, Besson’s courier—his assistant and nephew—is murdered, and the notebook disappears.

Grief-stricken Éric Besson tries to hire private investigator Aimée Leduc to find the notebook, but she is reluctant to get involved. Her father was a cop and was murdered by the same dirty syndicate the notebook implicates. She’s not sure which she’s more afraid of, the dangerous men who would kill for the notebook or the idea that her father’s name might be among the dirty cops listed within it. Ultimately that’s the reason she must take the case, which leads her across the Left Bank, from the Cambodian enclave of Khmer Rouge refugees to the ancient royal tapestry factories to the modern art galleries.

Cara Black is the author of eighteen books in the New York Times bestselling Aimée Leduc series. She has received multiple nominations for the Anthony and Macavity Awards, and her books have been translated into German, Norwegian, Japanese, French, Spanish, Italian, and Hebrew. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and son and visits Paris frequently. 

College of Marin
Kentfield Library
Kentfield, CA 94904

Murder on the Left Bank (An Aimée Leduc Investigation #18) Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9781616959272
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Soho Crime - June 19th, 2018

 

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 Joy@bookpassage.com 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! 

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

 

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.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Art of Pilgrimage: The Seeker's Guide to Making Travel Sacred Cover Image
By Phil Cousineau, Houston Smith (Foreword by)
$19.95
ISBN: 9781573245937
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Conari Press - August 1st, 2012

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Stoking the Creative Fires: 9 Ways to Rekindle Passion and Imagination Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781573242998
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Published: Conari Press - May 1st, 2008

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The Oldest Story in the World Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780962654893
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Sisyphus Press - July 12th, 2017

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Book of Roads: Travel Stories from Michigan to Marrakech Cover Image
By Phil Cousineau, Larry Habegger (Foreword by)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781632280190
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Viva Editions - August 11th, 2015

 

Marc Lesser - Seven Practices of a Mindful Leader (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, February 23, 2019 - 1:00pm

Seven Practices of a Mindful Leader evolved out of Marc Lesser's work helping to create "Search Inside Yourself," a mindfulness-based emotional intelligence program at Google. It builds on his experiences as a Zen teacher, particularly his time as head cook at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center, the first Zen monastery in the western world.

Marc Lesser is a longtime Zen teacher and the cofounder and former CEO of the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute. The author of several books, he now leads ZBA Associates, a company providing executive coaching, consulting, and keynote speaking. He lives in Mill Valley, CA.

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Seven Practices of a Mindful Leader: Lessons from Google and a Zen Monastery Kitchen Cover Image
By Marc Lesser, Daniel J. Siegel (Foreword by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781608685196
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: New World Library - June 15th, 2018

 

Geoff Dyer with Don George - Broadsword Calling Danny Boy (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, February 23, 2019 - 4:00pm

From a writer of “derelict luminosity” (David Mitchell) comes Broadsword Calling Danny Boy, a scene-by-scene exploration of Where Eagles Dare, one of cinema’s most cherished and popular films, on the occasion of its 50th anniversary.

Geoff Dyer has loved Where Eagles Dare since childhood. It is both a thrillingly realized Alpine World War II adventure with tough, compelling acting from its two great stars, Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood, and a flippant travesty, reducing the central disaster in Europe’s modern history to a series of huge explosions and peopled by campy SS officers. As he did in Zona–which took on Andrei Tarkovsky’s Stalker–here Dyer gives us a scene-by-scene reaction to and reading of the film. And perhaps as only he can, the author both extols and denigrates–lovingly and entertainingly no matter which way he falls–this acme of the late ’60s action movie.

A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Geoff Dyer has received the Somerset Maugham Award, the E. M. Forster Award, a Lannan Literary Fellowship, a National Book Critics Circle Award for criticism, and the Windham Campbell Prize for nonfiction. The author of four novels and nine works of nonfiction, Dyer is writer in residence at the University of Southern California and lives in Los Angeles. His books have been translated into twenty-four languages.

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.

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

'Broadsword Calling Danny Boy': Watching 'Where Eagles Dare' Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9781524747572
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Pantheon - February 12th, 2019

 

Bernard-Henri Levy - The Empire and the Five Kings (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, February 23, 2019 - 7:00pm

The United States was once the hope of the world, a beacon of freedom and the defender of liberal democracy. Nations and peoples on all continents looked to America to stand up for the values that created the Western world, and to oppose autocracy and repression. Even when America did not live up to its ideals, it still recognized their importance, at home and abroad.

But as Bernard-Henri Lévy lays bare in this powerful and disturbing analysis of the world today, America is retreating from its traditional leadership role, and in its place have come five ambitious powers, former empires eager to assert their primacy and influence. Lévy shows how these five--Russia, China, Turkey, Iran, and Sunni radical Islamism--are taking steps to undermine the liberal values that have been a hallmark of Western civilization.

The Empire and the Five Kings is a cri de coeur that draws upon lessons from history and the eternal touchstones of human culture to reveal the stakes facing the West as America retreats from its leadership role, a process that did not begin with Donald Trump's presidency and is not likely to end with him. The crisis is one whose roots can be found as far back as antiquity and whose resolution will require the West to find a new way forward if its principles and values are to survive.

Bernard-Henri Lévy is a philosopher, activist, filmmaker and author of over thirty books including The Genius of Judaism, American Vertigo, Barbarism with a Human Face, and Who Killed Daniel Pearl? His writing has appeared extensively in publications throughout Europe and the United States. His documentaries include Peshmerga, The Battle of Mosul, The Oath of Tobruk and Bosna! Lévy is co-founder of the antiracist group SOS Racisme and has served on diplomatic missions for the French government.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

The Empire and the Five Kings: America's Abdication and the Fate of the World Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781250203014
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Henry Holt and Co. - February 12th, 2019

 

Christopher Castellani - Leading Men (Corte Madera Store)

Monday, February 25, 2019 - 1:00pm

In July of 1953, at a glittering party thrown by Truman Capote in Portofino, Italy, Tennessee Williams and his longtime lover Frank Merlo meet Anja Blomgren, a mysteriously taciturn young Swedish beauty and aspiring actress. Their encounter will go on to alter all of their lives.

Ten years later, Frank revisits the tempestuous events of that fateful summer from his deathbed in Manhattan, where he waits anxiously for Tennessee to visit him one final time. Anja, now legendary film icon Anja Bloom, lives as a recluse in the present-day U.S., until a young man connected to the events of 1953 lures her reluctantly back into the spotlight after he discovers she possesses the only surviving copy of Williams's final play.

What keeps two people together and what breaks them apart? Can we save someone else if we can't save ourselves? Like The Master and The Hours, Leading Men seamlessly weaves fact and fiction to navigate the tensions between public figures and their private lives. In an ultimately heartbreaking story about the burdens of fame and the complex negotiations of life in the shadows of greatness, Castellani creates an unforgettable leading lady in Anja Bloom and reveals the hidden machinery of one of the great literary love stories of the twentieth-century.

Christopher Castellani is the author of three previous novels (the trilogy A Kiss from Maddalena, The Saint of Lost Things, and All This Talk of Love) and The Art of Perspective, a book of essays on the craft of fiction. He is the son of Italian immigrants, a Guggenheim fellow, and the artistic director of GrubStreet, one of the country's leading creative writing centers. He lives in Boston.

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Leading Men: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525559054
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Viking - February 12th, 2019

 

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.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

 

Blake J. Harris - The History of the Future (San Francisco Store)

Monday, February 25, 2019 - 6:00pm

From iconic books like Neuromancer to blockbuster films like The Matrix, virtual reality has long been hailed as the ultimate technology. But outside of a few research labs and military training facilities, this tantalizing vision of the future was nothing but science fiction. Until 2012, when Oculus founder Palmer Luckey—then just a rebellious teenage dreamer living alone in a camper trailer—invents a device that has the potential to change everything.

With the help of a videogame legend, a serial entrepreneur and many other colorful characters, Luckey’s scrappy startup kickstarts a revolution and sets out to bring VR to the masses. As with most underdog stories, things don’t quite go according to plan. But what happens next turns out to be the ultimate entrepreneurial journey: a tale of battles won and lost, lessons learned and neverending twists and turns—including an unlikely multi-billion-dollar acquisition by Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, which shakes up the landscape in Silicon Valley and gives Oculus the chance to forever change our reality.

Drawing on over a hundred interviews with the key players driving this revolution, The History of the Future weaves together a rich, cinematic narrative that captures the breakthroughs, breakdowns and human drama of trying to change the world. The result is a super accessible and supremely entertaining look at the birth of a game-changing new industry.

Blake J. Harris is the bestselling author of Console Wars: Sega, Nintendo and the Battle that Defined a Generation, which is currently being adapted into a feature film by Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and Scott Rudin. He has written for ESPN, IGN, Fast Company, The Huffington Post, /Film and The AV Club. He is also a regular guest on Paul Scheer’s How Did This Get Made? podcast, where every week he interviews some the biggest names responsible for some of the worst movies ever made. Harris lives in New York with his wife.

1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

The History of the Future: Oculus, Facebook, and the Revolution That Swept Virtual Reality Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780062455963
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Dey Street Books - February 19th, 2019

 

Chris Wilson with Dameion Brown - The Master Plan (Corte Madera Store)

Monday, February 25, 2019 - 7:00pm

In Partnership with Marin Shakespeare Company
In Conversation with Dameion Brown

Moderated by Paula Farmer 

Growing up in a tough Washington, D.C., neighborhood, Chris Wilson was so afraid for his life he wouldn't leave the house without a gun. One night, defending himself, he killed a man. At eighteen, he was sentenced to life in prison with no hope of parole.

But what should have been the end of his story became the beginning. Deciding to make something of his life, Chris embarked on a journey of self-improvement--reading, working out, learning languages, even starting a business. He wrote his Master Plan: a list of all he expected to accomplish or acquire. He worked his plan every day for years, and in his mid-thirties he did the impossible: he convinced a judge to reduce his sentence and became a free man. Today Chris is a successful social entrepreneur who employs returning citizens; a mentor; and a public speaker. He is the embodiment of second chances, and The Master Plan is his unforgettable story.

Chris Wilson lives in Baltimore, Maryland, and is the owner and founder of the Barclay Investment Corporation, a multi-service social enterprise, specializing in residential and commercial contracting work. Barclay works closely with local workforce and social service providers to connect unemployed Baltimore City residents with clients who are in need of services. His other business ventures include the House of DaVinci, a high-end furniture restoration and design company, and Master Plan Productions, a social impact content development company.

Dameion Brown had his first ever public performing playing the title role in Othello at Marin Shakespeare Company in 2016, for which he won “Best Lead Actor” from the Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award.  Since then, he as appeared in The Seagull at Utopia Theatre Project, Waafrika and The Farm at TheatreFirst (winning another BATCC award), Dance of the Holy Ghost at Ubuntu, and as Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing and Pericles at Marin Shakespeare Company. He is now a full-time Artist-in-Residence at Marin Shakespeare Company where he acts, teaches at-risk youth at youth correctional facilities, and serves as a community ambassador and sought-after inspirational speaker. Dameion Brown spent 23 years in prison, where he discovered Shakespeare as part of Marin Shakespeare Company’s Shakespeare at Solano Prison program.

 

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

The Master Plan: My Journey from Life in Prison to a Life of Purpose Cover Image
By Chris Wilson, Bret Witter, Wes Moore (Foreword by)
$27.00
ISBN: 9780735215580
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - February 5th, 2019

 

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.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

 

Stanton Klose - Insects & Icebergs (Corte Madera Store)

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 - 7:00pm

Book Launch!

With wry humor and quiet wisdom, Stanton Klose’s richly textured essays in Insects & Icebergs: A Memoir of Sorts featuring Poems for Children and Selected Adults explore topics as varied as growing up in the Pacific Northwest, coming of age in Berkeley during the Vietnam War era and adventure travel in remote landscapes.

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

 

Yangsze Choo - The Night Tiger (San Francisco Store)

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 - 6:00pm

Quick-witted, ambitious Ji Lin is stuck as an apprentice dressmaker, moonlighting as a dancehall girl to help pay off her mother's Mahjong debts. But when one of her dance partners accidentally leaves behind a gruesome souvenir, Ji Lin may finally get the adventure she has been longing for.

Eleven-year-old houseboy Ren is also on a mission, racing to fulfill his former master's dying wish: that Ren find the man's finger, lost years ago in an accident, and bury it with his body. Ren has 49 days to do so, or his master's soul will wander the earth forever.

As the days tick relentlessly by, a series of unexplained deaths racks the district, along with whispers of men who turn into tigers. Ji Lin and Ren's increasingly dangerous paths crisscross through lush plantations, hospital storage rooms, and ghostly dreamscapes.

Yangsze Choo's The Night Tiger pulls us into a world of servants and masters, age-old superstition and modern idealism, sibling rivalry, and forbidden love. But anchoring this dazzling, propulsive novel is the intimate coming-of-age of a child and a young woman, each searching for their place in a society that would rather they stay invisible.

Yangsze Choo is a fourth-generation Malaysian of Chinese descent. Due to a childhood spent in various countries, she can eavesdrop (badly) in several languages. After graduating from Harvard University, she worked as a management consultant and at a startup before writing her first novel. The Ghost Bride, set in colonial Malaya and the elaborate Chinese world of the afterlife, is about a peculiar historic custom called a spirit marriage. Yangsze lives in California with her husband, two children, and a potential rabbit. She loves to eat and read, and often does both at the same time.

1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

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$26.99
ISBN: 9781250175458
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Published: Flatiron Books - February 12th, 2019

 

Shani Raviv - Being Ana (Corte Madera Store)

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 - 7:00pm

Shani Raviv is a misfit teen whose peer-pressured diet spirals down into full-blown anorexia nervosa -- something no one in her early-nineties, local South African community knows anything about.

Fourteen-year-old Shani spends the next six years being "Ana" (as many anorexics call it), on the run from her feelings. She goes from aerobics addict to Israeli soldier to rave bunny to wannabe reborn, using sex, drugs, exercise and, above all, starvation, to numb out everything along the way. But one night, at age twenty, Shani faces the rude awakening that if she doesn't slow down, break her denial, and seek help, she will starve to death.

Three years later, her hardest journey of all begins: the journey to let go of being Ana and learn to love herself.

Being Ana is an exploration into the soul and psyche of a young woman wrestling with anorexia's demons -- one that not only exposes the real horrors of a day in the life of an anorexic girl but also reveals the courage it takes to stop fighting and find healing.

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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$16.95
ISBN: 9781631521393
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Published: She Writes Press - July 11th, 2017

 

Valeria Luiselli - Lost Children Archive (Corte Madera Store)

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 7:00pm

A mother and father set out with their kids from New York to Arizona. In their used Volvo -- and with their ten-year-old son trying out his new Polaroid camera -- the family is heading for the Apacheria: the region the Apaches once called home, and where the ghosts of Geronimo and Cochise might still linger. The father, a sound documentarist, hopes to gather an "inventory of echoes" from this historic, mythic place. The mother, a radio journalist, becomes consumed by the news she hears on the car radio, about the thousands of children trying to reach America but getting stranded at the southern border, held in detention centers, or being sent back to their homelands, to an unknown fate.

But as the family drives farther west -- through Virginia to Tennessee, across Oklahoma and Texas -- we sense they are on the brink of a crisis of their own. A fissure is growing between the parents, one the children can feel beneath their feet. They are led, inexorably, to a grand, unforgettable adventure--both in the harsh desert landscape and within the chambers of their own imaginations.

Told through the voices of the mother and her son, as well as through a stunning tapestry of collected texts and images -- including prior stories of migration and displacement -- Lost Children Archive is a story of how we document our experiences, and how we remember the things that matter to us the most. Blending the personal and the political with astonishing empathy, it is a powerful, wholly original work of fiction: exquisite, provocative, and deeply moving.

Valeria Luiselli was born in Mexico City and grew up in South Korea, South Africa and India. An acclaimed writer of both fiction and nonfiction, she is the author of the essay collection Sidewalks; the novels Faces in the Crowd and The Story of My Teeth; and, most recently, Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in Forty Questions. She is the winner of two Los Angeles Times Book Prizes and an American Book Award, and has twice been nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Kirkus Prize. She has been a National Book Foundation "5 Under 35" honoree and the recipient of a Bearing Witness Fellowship from the Art for Justice Fund. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Granta, and McSweeney's, among other publications, and has been translated into more than twenty languages. She lives in New York City.

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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$27.95
ISBN: 9780525520610
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Published: Knopf - February 12th, 2019

 

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.

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

 

Rick Steves - Travel as a Political Act (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, March 2, 2019 - 10:00am

Tickets: $23 (includes a copy of Travel as a Political Act)

Rick Steves believes there’s more to travel than good food and fun in the sun. Travelers who “travel as a political act” can have the time of their lives and come home smarter, with a better understanding of today’s world. In his inspirational lecture, Rick explains how, when we venture thoughtfully out of our comfort zone, we gain an empathy for the other 96 percent of humanity and come home with the greatest of all souvenirs: a broader perspective.

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Since 1973, Rick has spent about four months a year exploring Europe. His mission: to empower Americans to have European trips that are fun, affordable, and culturally broadening. Rick produces a best-selling guidebook series, a public television series, and a public radio show, and organizes small-group tours that take over 20,000 travelers to Europe annually. He does all of this with the help of a hardworking, well-traveled staff of 100 at Rick Steves' Europe in Edmonds, Washington, near Seattle. When not on the road, Rick is active in his church and with advocacy groups focused on economic justice, drug policy reform, and ending hunger. To recharge, Rick plays piano, relaxes at his family cabin in the Cascade Mountains, and spends time with his partner Trish, son Andy, and daughter Jackie.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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$19.99
ISBN: 9781631217630
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Published: Rick Steves - February 6th, 2018

 

Nicole & Christine Skibola - Wakeful Night (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, March 2, 2019 - 4:00pm

Nicole Skibola was 32 and a lawyer working in the New York start-up world when she received a diagnosis for a rare endometrial cancer.

That surreal moment marked the beginning of a race to save eggs, to operate, and to mourn the loss of her reproductive organs. Echoing the urgency of diagnosis and treatment were the messages from everyone to move on, be grateful, resettle into the person she was "before."

Loss begat losses: her boyfriend left her, her start-up failed, and Nicole found herself in her childhood home, alone, and for the first time was allowed to explore her grief. She joined a group of writers and artists, many of whom were making art that dealt explicitly with grief and loss. It was a revelation. After documenting her own story -- and with some inspiration from The Artist's Way -- Nicole developed a framework that she shares in Wakeful Night. It's built around supporting people, especially those with cancer, to face, feel, and express their own reality by connecting to their inner artist.

Nicole Skibola is a Brooklyn-based writer and artist whose work explores concepts from personal storytelling to modern feminism. In addition to her creative practice, she is the co-founder of Cosmic View, a line of holistic cannabis products with her mother, a former cancer research scientist.

Christine Skibola is a former UC Berkeley professor and a leading international cancer researcher. Christine was a Professor of Epidemiology and an Endowed Chair of Oncology in the Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Alabama, Birmingham until 2016. She is considered an international leader in the molecular epidemiology of lymphoma and is currently an Adjunct Professor at the Emory School of Medicine.  She is the mother of two daughters who both were diagnosed with cancer. Her own family experiences with cancer have given her greater insight and passion for the work that she does.

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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$19.95
ISBN: 9781948340014
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Published: Dottir Press - October 9th, 2018

 

Dave Eggers & Mokhtar Alkhanshali - The Monk of Mokha (Sausalito Store)

Sunday, March 3, 2019 - 2:00pm

Dave Eggers and Mokhtar Alkhanshali, the subject of Dave’s latest book, The Monk of Mokha, will be stopping by on March 3 at 2:00 p.m. as a part of their paperback book tour. The Monk of Mokha tells the incredible true story of a Yemeni-American man, raised in San Francisco, who dreams of resurrecting the ancient art of Yemeni coffee but finds himself trapped in Sana'a by civil war. Please join us in welcoming Dave and Mokhtar for some informal conversation about the new book and coffee and to sign copies of The Monk of Mokha.

 

100 Bay Street
Sausalito, CA 94965

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$16.95
ISBN: 9781101971444
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Published: Vintage - January 8th, 2019

 

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

Monday, March 4, 2019 - 7:00pm

Eight Mondays: March 4 - April 22 • 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.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

 

Left Coast Writers®: Matti Friedman - Spies of No Country (Corte Madera Store)

Monday, March 4, 2019 - 7:00pm

Presented in Partnership with JIMENA: Jews Indigenous to the Middle East and North Africa

The four spies at the center of this story were part of a ragtag unit known as the Arab Section, conceived during World War II by British spies and Jewish militia leaders in Palestine. Intended to gather intelligence and carry out sabotage and assassinations, the unit consisted of Jews who were native to the Arab world and could thus easily assume Arab identities. In 1948, with Israel’s existence in the balance during the War of Independence, our spies went undercover in Beirut, where they spent the next two years operating out of a kiosk, collecting intelligence, and sending messages back to Israel via a radio whose antenna was disguised as a clothesline. While performing their dangerous work these men were often unsure to whom they were reporting, and sometimes even who they’d become. Of the dozen spies in the Arab Section at the war’s outbreak, five were caught and executed. But in the end the Arab Section would emerge, improbably, as the nucleus of the Mossad, Israel’s vaunted intelligence agency.

Spies of No Country is about the slippery identities of these young spies, but it’s also about Israel’s own complicated and fascinating identity. Israel sees itself and presents itself as a Western nation, when in fact more than half the country has Middle Eastern roots and traditions, like the spies of this story. And, according to Friedman, that goes a long way toward explaining the life and politics of the country, and why it often baffles the West. For anyone interested in real-life spies and the paradoxes of the Middle East, Spies of No Country is an intimate story with global significance.

Matti Friedman’s 2016 book Pumpkinflowers was chosen as a New York Times Notable Book and as one of Amazon’s 10 Best Books of the Year. It was selected as one of the year’s best by Booklist, Mother Jones, Foreign Affairs, the National Post, and the Globe and Mail. His first book, The Aleppo Codex, won the 2014 Sami Rohr Prize, the ALA’s Sophie Brody Medal, and the Canadian Jewish Book Award for history. A former AssociatedPress correspondent, Friedman has reported from Israel, Lebanon, Morocco, Moscow, the Caucasus, and Washington, DC, and his writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Atlantic, the Washington Post, and elsewhere. Friedman grew up in Toronto and now lives with his family in Jerusalem. 

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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$26.95
ISBN: 9781616207229
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Published: Algonquin Books - March 5th, 2019

 

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.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

 

Elinor Lipman - Good Riddance (San Francisco Store)

Tuesday, March 5, 2019 - 12:00pm

Meet & Greet! 

Daphne Maritch doesn't quite know what to make of the heavily annotated high school yearbook she inherits from her mother, who held this relic dear. Too dear. The late June Winter Maritch was the teacher to whom the class of '69 had dedicated its yearbook, and in turn she went on to attend every reunion, scribbling notes and observations after each one—not always charitably—and noting who overstepped boundaries of many kinds.

In a fit of decluttering (the yearbook did not, Daphne concluded, "spark joy"), she discards it when she moves to a small New York City apartment. But when it's found in the recycling bin by a busybody neighbor/documentary filmmaker, the yearbook's mysteries—not to mention her own family's—take on a whole new urgency, and Daphne finds herself entangled in a series of events both poignant and absurd.
 
Good Riddance is a pitch-perfect, whip-smart new novel from an "enchanting, infinitely witty yet serious, exceptionally intelligent, wholly original, and Austen-like stylist" (Washington Post).

Elinor Lipman is the author of ten novels, including The View from Penthouse B and The Inn at Lake Devine; one essay collection, I Can’t Complain; and Tweet Land of Liberty: Irreverent Rhymes from the Political Circus. She lives in New York City.

1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

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$25.00
ISBN: 9780544808256
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - February 5th, 2019

 

Elinor Lipman - Good Riddance (Corte Madera Store)

Tuesday, March 5, 2019 - 7:00pm

Daphne Maritch doesn't quite know what to make of the heavily annotated high school yearbook she inherits from her mother, who held this relic dear. Too dear. The late June Winter Maritch was the teacher to whom the class of '69 had dedicated its yearbook, and in turn she went on to attend every reunion, scribbling notes and observations after each one—not always charitably—and noting who overstepped boundaries of many kinds.

In a fit of decluttering (the yearbook did not, Daphne concluded, "spark joy"), she discards it when she moves to a small New York City apartment. But when it's found in the recycling bin by a busybody neighbor/documentary filmmaker, the yearbook's mysteries—not to mention her own family's—take on a whole new urgency, and Daphne finds herself entangled in a series of events both poignant and absurd.
 
Good Riddance is a pitch-perfect, whip-smart new novel from an "enchanting, infinitely witty yet serious, exceptionally intelligent, wholly original, and Austen-like stylist" (Washington Post).

Elinor Lipman is the author of ten novels, including The View from Penthouse B and The Inn at Lake Devine; one essay collection, I Can’t Complain; and Tweet Land of Liberty: Irreverent Rhymes from the Political Circus. She lives in New York City.

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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$25.00
ISBN: 9780544808256
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - February 5th, 2019

 

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.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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