2021 — All Events & Classes

Book Passage has a long history of author events and classes. That tradition continues with these exciting programs. Please click on each event for details about sign-ups or ticketing. Click here to view the archives of prior events.


BOOK PASSAGE LIVE

Tuesday, January 18, 2022 - 5:30pm

Tareq Azim - Empower (Online Event)

From finding common ground with warlords, introducing the Taliban to change, and working with NFL greats such as Marshawn Lynch, this uplifting and inspirational memoir from coach and personal development expert, Tareq Azim, will help you build a relationship with fear and embrace your own power in his newest book Empower.

BOOK PASSAGE LIVE

Wednesday, January 19, 2022 - 5:30pm

Gavin Edwards with Douglas Wolk - Bad Motherf---er (Online Event)

Samuel L. Jackson’s embodiment of cool isn’t just inspirational—it’s important. Bad Motherf---er by author Gavin Edwards lays out how his attitude intersects with his identity as a Black man, why being cool matters in the modern world, and how Jackson can guide us through the current cultural moment in which everyone is losing their cool.

BOOK PASSAGE ONLINE CLASS

Thursday, January 20, 2022 - 9:00am

Online Class: Wendy Walsh - Advanced Italian

Join teacher Wendy Walsh for a new series of Italian language classes aimed at advanced students. Wendy Walsh has a PhD in Italian Literature from UC Berkeley. She has been teaching Italian language and literature since 1979.

BOOK PASSAGE LIVE

Thursday, January 20, 2022 - 12:00pm

Charles Cumming - Box 88 (Online Event)

A pulse-pounding narrative that straddles two eras — 1989 and 2020 — BOX 88 by author Charles Cumming is a “wonderfully taut, exciting and up-to-date spy thriller” that introduces a compelling new character and a captivating international storyline.

BOOK PASSAGE LIVE

Friday, January 21, 2022 - 2:15pm

Alan Gratz - Meet the Author + Q&A (Online Event)

Join Alan Gratz, the New York Times bestselling author of the middle grade novels Ground Zero, Refugee, Allies, Prisoner B-3087, Ban This Book, and more, for a presentation about the inspiration behind some of his biggest books, followed by an interactive Q&A!

CORTE MADERA STORE

Saturday, January 22, 2022 - 1:00pm

POSTPONED: Maryles Casto with Elaine Petrocelli - A Hole in the Clouds (Corte Madera Store)

A Hole in the Clouds is the true story of how Maryles Casto, an unemployed flight attendant from the Philippines, transformed herself into the CEO of the go-to travel agency for Intel, Apple, Syntex, Kleiner Perkins, and more. In this book, Maryles shares how she built her business from a $1,500 startup to a $200 million company, with the respect of Silicon Valley’s pioneers.

BOOK PASSAGE ONLINE CLASS

Tuesday, January 25, 2022 - 9:00am

Online Class: Wendy Walsh - Low Intermediate Italian

Join teacher Wendy Walsh for a new series of Italian language classes aimed at low intermediate students. Wendy Walsh has a PhD in Italian Literature from UC Berkeley. She has been teaching Italian language and literature since 1979.

BOOK PASSAGE LIVE

Tuesday, January 25, 2022 - 5:30pm

Leisa Peterson with Simone Griffin - The Mindful Millionaire (Online Event)

Using techniques she’s developed as a financial planner and spiritual coach, Leisa Peterson guides you to dig deeper and discover the root of your financial thinking to change not just the way you save and spend, but the way you live your life. Through powerful practices, compelling stories and extensive research, The Mindful Millionaire meets you wherever you are in your money journey.

EVENTS WITH OUR PARTNERS

Wednesday, January 26, 2022 - 3:00pm

Senator Amy Klobuchar - On Antitrust (Commonwealth Club Virtual Event)

  Antitrust: Taking on Monopoly Power from the Gilded Age to the Digital Age by Senator Klobuchar explores today's Big Pharma and what she calls its price-gouging, tech, television, content, and agriculture communities and how a marketplace with few players can hurt consumer prices and stifle innovation. 

 

EVENTS WITH OUR PARTNERS

Saturday, January 29, 2022 - 3:00pm

The Writers Grotto - 3 Minute Reads (Ferry Building Store)

Join us for a fast-paced and irreverent evening, showcasing new work from the students of the Writers Grotto writing classes. On this Saturday evening, both fiction and nonfiction writers will read their work — but only for 3 minutes each! Their instructors (Grotto authors) will enforce the time limit. Join us for wine, fun, and fresh new writing.

TICKETED EVENT

Saturday, January 29, 2022 - 4:00pm

Isabel Allende - Violeta (Online Ticketed Event)

 Violeta, a sweeping novel from Isabel Allende, the New York Times bestselling author of A Long Petal of the Sea, tells the epic story of Violeta Del Valle, a woman whose life spans one hundred years and bears witness to the greatest upheavals of the twentieth century.

 

BOOK PASSAGE LIVE

Tuesday, February 1, 2022 - 5:30pm

Weike Wang with May-lee Chai - Joan is Okay (Online Event)

Deceptively spare yet quietly powerful, laced with sharp humor, Joan Is Okay by author Weike Wang touches on matters that feel deeply resonant: being Chinese-American right now; working in medicine at a high-stakes time; finding one’s voice within a dominant culture; being a woman in a male-dominated workplace.

TICKETED EVENT

Thursday, February 3, 2022 - 4:30pm

Lindsey Vonn with Angela Duckworth - Rise (Online Ticketed Event)

In Rise, Lindsey Vonn shares her incredible journey for the first time, going behind the scenes of a badass life built around resilience and risk-taking. One of the most aggressive skiers ever, Vonn offers a fascinating glimpse into the relentless pursuit of her limits, a pursuit so focused on one-upping herself that she pushed her body past its breaking point as she achieved greatness.

BOOK PASSAGE LIVE

Thursday, February 3, 2022 - 5:00pm

Solace Wales with Paula Farmer - Braided in Fire: Black GIs and Tuscan Villagers on the Gothic Line (Online Event)

Braided in Fire is author Solace Wales’ search to understand the drama that unfolded between the Italian peasants and African-American infantrymen of the 366th Infantry Regiment. This was the regiment attached to the legendary 92nd Infantry Buffalo Division, whose lives were lost—or changed irrevocably—by a village battle in Tuscany during the Battle of Garfagnana.

BOOK PASSAGE ONLINE CLASS

Saturday, February 5, 2022 - 10:30am

Online Class: Nina Schuyler - Pacing Your Story

Pacing is one of the most important elements to story. It's the momentum of a story, and a good story has a variety of speeds to generate tension, develop characters, and build anticipation, all of which keep the reader’s interest. In this class, Nina Schuyler will explore when and how to vary the speed by looking at structural beats.

FERRY BUILDING STORE

Sunday, February 6, 2022 - 2:00pm

Michelle Tam and Henry Fong - Nom Nom Paleo: Let's Go! (Ferry Building Store)

 Michelle Tam and Henry Fong New York Times bestselling creators of Nom Nom Paleo are back with a new collection of internationally-inspired, umami-packed dishes—including keto-friendly, Whole30, and plant-based recipes! With step-by-step photos, fun cartoons, and a dash of snarky humor, Let’s Go! will have you running into the kitchen and ready to cook!

 

BOOK PASSAGE LIVE

Tuesday, February 8, 2022 - 5:30pm

Mimi Winsberg, M.D. - Speaking in Thumbs (Online Event)

Speaking in Thumbs is a lively and indispensable guide to interpreting our most important medium of communication. Drawing from of-the-moment research and a treasure trove of real-life online dating chats, including her own, Mimi Winsberg helps you see past the surface and into the heart of the matter.

CORTE MADERA STORE

Sunday, February 13, 2022 - 4:00pm

Kim Fay - Love and Saffron (Corte Madera Store)

In the vein of the classic 84, Charing Cross Road and Meet Me at the Museum, this witty and tender novel by Kim Fay offers a brief respite from our chaotic world. Love & Saffron is a gem of a novel, a reminder that food and friendship are the antidote to most any heartache, and that human connection will always be worth creating.

BOOK PASSAGE ONLINE CLASS

Tuesday, February 15, 2022 - 4:00pm

Online Class: Don George - Write Your Best Travel Story

Patterned on a graduate school creative writing workshop, this class will guide participants through conceiving, pitching, and writing an original travel piece of up to 2,500 words. We'll begin by closely reading, discussing, and critiquing examples of excellent travel writing before participants will move on to crafting their own stories. Each piece will be closely read and discussed in class.

BOOK PASSAGE ONLINE CLASS

Saturday, February 26, 2022 - 11:00am

Online Class: John J. Geoghegan - How to Get Your Book Published

This class is designed to help writers improve their chance of getting their memoir, novel, or nonfiction book considered for publication by a reputable literary agent or publisher. The three hour course will cover topics including how to identify the right agent, editor or publisher, and what they look for in submissions; how to write a query letter; what a standard industry book contract looks like, and more. Read More >>

BOOK PASSAGE LIVE

Tuesday, March 1, 2022 - 5:30pm

Jonathan Meiburg with Jonathan Slaght - A Most Remarkable Creature (Online Event)

Jonathan Meiburg draws us into the life and work of William Henry Hudson, the Victorian writer and naturalist who championed caracaras as an unsung wonder of the natural world. A Most Remarkable Creature is a hybrid of science writing, travelogue, and biography, as generous and accessible as it is sophisticated, and absolutely riveting.

FERRY BUILDING STORE

Saturday, March 5, 2022 - 3:00pm

Fanny Singer - Always Home (Ferry Building Store)

 In this extraordinarily intimate portrait of her mother — and herself — Fanny Singer, daughter of food icon and activist Alice Waters, chronicles a unique world of food, wine, and travel; a world filled with colorful characters, mouthwatering traditions, and sumptuous feasts in her debut book, Always Home.

 

TICKETED EVENT

Saturday, March 5, 2022 - 4:00pm

Erik Larson - The Splendid and the Vile (Corte Madera Store)

 In The Splendid and the Vile, Erik Larson shows, in cinematic detail, how Churchill taught the British people “the art of being fearless.” It is a story of political brinkmanship, but it’s also an intimate domestic drama, set against the backdrop of Churchill’s prime-ministerial country home, his wartime retreat, and of course 10 Downing Street in London. 

FERRY BUILDING STORE

Sunday, March 6, 2022 - 2:00pm

Peter Mann - The Torqued Man (Ferry Building Store)

 A brilliant debut novel by Peter Mann, at once teasing literary thriller and a darkly comic blend of history and invention, The Torqued Man is set in wartime Berlin and propelled by two very different but equally mesmerizing voices: a German spy handler and his Irish secret agent, neither of whom are quite what they seem.

 

FERRY BUILDING STORE

Sunday, March 13, 2022 - 2:00pm

Susan Meissner - The Nature of Fragile Things (Ferry Building Store)

  From Susan Meissner, the acclaimed author of The Last Year of the War and As Bright as Heaven, comes The Nature of Fragile Things  a gripping novel about the bonds of friendship and mother love, and the power of female solidarity. 

 

BOOK PASSAGE LIVE

Wednesday, March 16, 2022 - 1:00pm

Frank Bruni - Beauty of Dusk (Online Event)

In The Beauty of Dusk, Frank Bruni hauntingly recounts his adjustment to this daunting reality, a medical and spiritual odyssey that involved not only reappraising his own priorities but also reaching out to, and gathering wisdom from, longtime friends and new acquaintances who had navigated their own traumas and afflictions.

BOOK PASSAGE LIVE

Wednesday, March 16, 2022 - 1:00pm

Clone of Frank Bruni - Beauty of Dusk (Online Event)

In The Beauty of Dusk, Frank Bruni hauntingly recounts his adjustment to this daunting reality, a medical and spiritual odyssey that involved not only reappraising his own priorities but also reaching out to, and gathering wisdom from, longtime friends and new acquaintances who had navigated their own traumas and afflictions.

FERRY BUILDING STORE

Sunday, March 20, 2022 - 2:00pm

Gabriela Garcia - Of Women and Salt (Ferry Building Store)

 

From 19th-century cigar factories to present-day detention centers, from Cuba to Mexico, Of Women and Salt by author Gabriela Garcia is a kaleidoscopic portrait of betrayals—personal and political, self-inflicted and those done by others—that have shaped the lives of these extraordinary women. 

 

CORTE MADERA STORE

Sunday, March 20, 2022 - 4:00pm

Michael J. Coffino with Robert Stricker - Truth Is in the House (Corte Madera Store)

Michael J. Coffino's Truth Is in the House is an epic and provocative tale that plumbs historical and modern racial themes and explores redemption, forgiveness, and the power of connecting through the human spirit.

BOOK PASSAGE LIVE

Tuesday, March 22, 2022 - 5:30pm

Jacqueline Winspear with Elaine Petrocelli - A Sunlit Weapon (Online Event)

In A Sunlit Weapon, the latest installment of the New York Times bestselling series, a series of possible attacks on British pilots leads Jacqueline Winspear's beloved heroine Maisie Dobbs into a mystery involving First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt.

CORTE MADERA STORE

Saturday, March 26, 2022 - 1:00pm

Lee Kravetz with Janis Cooke Newman - The Last Confessions of Sylvia P. (Corte Madera Store)

 The Last Confessions of Sylvia P. imaginatively brings into focus the period of promise and tragedy that marked the writing of Sylvia Plath’s modern classic The Bell Jar. Lee Kravetz uses a prismatic narrative formed from three distinct fictional perspectives to bring Plath to life—that of her psychiatrist, a rival poet, and years later, a curator of antiquities.   

CORTE MADERA STORE

Saturday, March 26, 2022 - 4:00pm

Mike Robbins - Corte Madera store

 Mike Robbins

We're All in This Together

BOOK PASSAGE LIVE

Tuesday, March 29, 2022 - 1:00pm

Katharine Weber with Meg Waite Clayton - Jane of Hearts and Other Stories (Online Event)

At the heart of every story in this collection, Katharine Weber has located a compelling character in medias res, at a moment when situation, desire, and identity are intersecting and sometimes colliding. Jane of Hearts offers Katharine Weber's readers a lively assortment of her short fiction, each story a precise and nuanced investigation of its moments.

BOOK PASSAGE LIVE

Thursday, April 7, 2022 - 5:30pm

Raquel Salas Rivera - antes que isla es volcán / before island is volcano (Online Event)

Raquel Salas Rivera’s star has risen swiftly in the poetry world, and this, his 6th book, promises to cement his status as one of the most important poets working today. In sharp, crystalline verses, written in both Spanish and English versions, antes que isla es volcán daringly imagines a decolonial Puerto Rico.

TICKETED EVENT

Tuesday, April 12, 2022 - 5:00pm

Jane McGonigal - Imaginable (Online Event)

You're invited to a Night of Urgent Optimism! Join author Jane McGonigal and special guests for a live virtual event that will help you tap into your own sense of authentic hope for the future. Jane will teach you how to play her favorite games from the book.

 

 

CORTE MADERA STORE

Wednesday, April 27, 2022 - 6:00pm

Don Winslow - City on Fire (Corte Madera Store)

 Exploring the classic themes of loyalty, betrayal, and honor, City on Fire is a contemporary Iliad, a saga that spans generations—a towering achievement of storytelling genius from Don Winslow, “America’s greatest living crime writer” (Jon Land, Providence Journal). 

CORTE MADERA STORE

Saturday, April 30, 2022 - 1:00pm

Kim Downer - I Wore This Dress Today for You, Mom (Corte Madera Store)

Acclaimed for combining the accessible and profound, Kim's poems about motherhood are some of her most moving and disarmingly candid. I Wore This Dress Today for You, Mom is an anthology of her poems on being a mother, being a daughter with all the teenaged drama and conflict, to finally caring for one's mother suffering from dementia.