2022 — 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.


Tuesday, May 24, 2022 - 6:00pm

Catherine Newman with Julie Lythcott Haims - What Can I Say? (Online Event)

In What Can I Say?, Catherine Newman, author of the bestseller How to Be a Person, provides supportive guidance and instruction to help kids establish or and maintain meaningful relationships and effective communication with friends, teachers, family members, and others in their communities.


Saturday, May 28, 2022 - 1:00pm

Andy Baraghani - The Cook You Want to Be (Ferry Building Store Meet-and-Greet)

 In The Cook You Want to Be, Andy Baraghani shows home cooks on how to hone their own cooking styles by teaching the techniques and unexpected flavor combinations that maximize flavor in minimal time.


Saturday, May 28, 2022 - 4:00pm

Barbara Quick - What Disappears (Corte Madera Store)

What Disappears is a gripping, multi-generational tale that begins in 1880s Tsarist Russia and ends in Paris at the start of World War I. In it, Barbara Quick explores the ways in which girls and women define their identity and search for meaning in a world that tries at every turn to hold them back.


Sunday, May 29, 2022 - 2:00pm

Dan Chaon with Tom Barbash - Sleepwalk (Ferry Building Store)

 Sleepwalk is a high speed and darkly comic road trip through a near future America with a big hearted mercenary, from beloved and acclaimed novelist Dan Chaon.


Monday, May 30, 2022 - 6:00pm

Diana Goetsch with Thomas Peele - This Body I Wore (Online Event)

 Long before Laverne Cox appeared on the cover of Time, far removed from drag and ballroom culture, there were countless trans women living and dying as men, most of whom didn’t even know they were trans. Diana Goetsch’s This Body I Wore chronicles one woman’s long journey to coming out, a path that runs parallel to the emergence of the trans community over the past several decades.


Wednesday, June 1, 2022 - 6:00pm

Eric Holder with Jelani Cobb - Our Unfinished March (Online Ticketed Event)

Our Unfinished March is a brutal, bloody, and at times hopeful history of the vote and a playbook for how we can save our democracy before it’s too late — from Eric Holder, the former U.S. Attorney General on the front lines of this fight.


Thursday, June 2, 2022 - 1:00pm

A.J. Verdelle with Anita Gail Jones - Miss Chloe (Online Event)

Toni Morrison, born Chloe A. Wofford, was a towering figure in the world of literature when she entered A.J. Verdelle’s life. Miss Chloe chronicles a literary friendship that was a young writer’s dream — simultaneously exhilarating, intimidating, fulfilling, and challenging. The relationship crossed generations, spanned several cycles in life, exhibited high and low notes, reached and dipped and found its way.


Thursday, June 2, 2022 - 5:30pm

Emily May and Jorge Artega - I've Got Your Back (Online Event)

From the nonprofit organization Right to Be (formerly Hollaback!), I’ve Got Your Back by authors Jorge Arteaga and Emily May teaches readers the ins and outs of bystander intervention using Right to Be’s methodology: the 5D’s of bystander intervention—distract, delegate, document, delay, and direct.


Friday, June 3, 2022 - 1:00pm

Corte Madera Class: Kerrin Meis - Cordoba: The Ornament of the World

First in a series of lectures on the Convivencia , the 800 years when Muslims, Jews and Christians co-existed in relative harmony in Southern Spain. (Later lectures will focus on Toledo, Seville and Granada.)



Saturday, June 4, 2022 - 1:00pm

Sandor Katz - Fermentation Journeys (Ferry Building Store)

In his latest book, Sandor Katz's Fermentation Journeys, Katz takes readers along with him to revisit these special places, people, and foods. This cookbook goes far beyond mere general instructions and explores the transformative process of fermentation.


Saturday, June 4, 2022 - 1:00pm

Judy Gumbo with Steve Wasserman & Kris Welch - Yippie Girl (Corte Madera Store)

Yippie Girl explores Judy Gumbo's life as a protester to show that, while circumstances always change, protesters can stay loyal to the causes they believe in and remain true to themselves. She also reveals how dogmatism, authoritarianism, and interpersonal conflict can damage those same just causes, offering a timeless and strategic guide for activists today protesting against injustice in all its forms.


Saturday, June 4, 2022 - 4:00pm

Lynne Kaufmann with Phil Cousineau - Divine Madness (Corte Madera Store)

Award-winning playwright Lynne Kaufman's spare, poetic novel is far deeper — and more disturbing  than a harrowing account of a famously unhappy marriage. Divine Madness is an intriguing elegy that marks where fiction and reality converge.


Sunday, June 5, 2022 - 4:00pm

Lynne Cox with Linda Watanabe McFerrin - Tales of Al (Corte Madera Store)

Tales of Al is the moving, inspiring story of Lynne Cox’s adventures on Italy’s picturesque Lake Idroscalo, as witness to the rigorous training of one of the spectacular dogs at SICS for incredible water rescue operations.


Monday, June 6, 2022 - 5:30pm

James Patterson - James Patterson by James Patterson (Online Ticketed Event)

How did a boy from small-town New York become the world’s most successful writer? How does he do it? He has always wanted to write the kind of novel that would be read and reread so many times that the binding breaks and the book literally falls apart. As James Patterson says in his memoir, “I’m still working on that one.” 


Tuesday, June 7, 2022 - 1:00pm

Jaime Lynn Hendricks with Luisa Smith - It Could Be Anyone (Online Event)

A suspenseful tale of a deadly destination wedding, It Could Be Anyone by Jaime Lynn Hendricks is a twisty domestic thriller that will appeal to readers of Liane Moriarty, May Cobb, and Lisa Jewell; its unforgettable characters and unpredictable plot will stay with you long after the last page.


Tuesday, June 7, 2022 - 5:00pm

Britt Wray - Generation Dread (Ferry Building Store)

 In Generation Dread, Britt Wray seamlessly merges scientific knowledge with emotional insight to show how these intense feelings are a healthy response to the troubled state of the world. The first crucial step toward becoming an engaged steward of the planet is connecting with our climate emotions, seeing them as a sign of humanity, and learning how to live with them.


Thursday, June 9, 2022 - 4:00pm

David Sedaris - Happy Go Lucky (Corte Madera Ticketed Event)

In Happy-Go-Lucky, David Sedaris once again captures what is most unexpected, hilarious, and poignant about these recent upheavals, personal and public, and expresses in precise language both the misanthropy and desire for connection that drive us all.


Thursday, June 9, 2022 - 5:30pm

Tabitha Carvan with Melinda Wenner Moyer - This Is Not a Book About Benedict Cumberbatch (Online Event)

In This Is Not a Book About Benedict Cumberbatch, Tabitha Carvan explores what happens to women's desires after we leave adolescence…and why the space in our lives for pure, unadulterated joy is squeezed ever smaller as we age.


Saturday, June 11, 2022 - 11:00am

Elizabeth Kracht - How to Find a Literary Agent

With the arrival of hybrid- and self-publishing, not every writer needs a literary agent. However, for those writers who plan to traditionally publish, most large publishing houses require that a writer have an agent to submit their work. But how do you know if working with an agent is even right for you and your work? In this workshop, taught by a literary agent, you will learn everything you need to know about literary agents, including whether working with one is right for you.


Saturday, June 11, 2022 - 1:00pm

Helene Wecker - The Hidden Palace (Corte Madera Store)

In The Hidden Palace, the enthralling historical epic set in New York City and the Middle East in the years leading to World War I, Helene Wecker revisits her beloved characters Chava and Ahmad as they confront unexpected new challenges in a rapidly changing human world.


Saturday, June 11, 2022 - 4:00pm

Susan Sands with Saul Rosenberg - The Inside Story (Corte Madera Store)

What if the secret to healthy aging has been inside of you all along? Find out in this enlightening guide to better aging through embodiment for women at midlife and beyond. With wise and humorous insight, Dr. Susan Sands calls on case studies, personal stories, and scientific findings in The Inside Story to help us rewrite the cultural beliefs that put us at odds with our own bodies.


Monday, June 13, 2022 - 5:00pm

Mark Kurlansky - The Importance of Not Being Ernest (Online Event)

Discover Hemingway's biography through the eyes of a fellow author and journalist. New York Times bestselling author of Salt, Mark Kurlansky turns his historical eye to the life of Ernest Hemingway. Sometimes funny, sometimes sad, The Importance of Not Being Ernest shows the huge shadow Hemingway casts.


Tuesday, June 14, 2022 - 5:00pm

James Kirchick - Secret City (Ferry Building Store)

 Magisterial in scope and intimate in detail, Secret City will forever transform our understanding of American history. Washington, D.C., has always been a city of secrets. Few have been more dramatic than the ones revealed in James Kirchick’s Secret City.


Tuesday, June 14, 2022 - 5:30pm

Ryan O'Connell with Karley Sciortino - Just By Looking at Him (Online Event)

Candid, biting, and refreshingly real,  Just by Looking at Him by Emmy-nominated creator and writer Ryan O'Connell is an incisive commentary on gay life, a heart-centered, laugh-out-loud exploration of self, and a rare insight into life as a person with disabilities.


Wednesday, June 15, 2022 - 1:00pm

Emily Willingham with Christie Aschwanden - The Tailored Brain (Online Event)

In The Tailored Brain, Emily Willingham explores the promises and limitations of well-known and emerging methods of brain customization, including prescription drugs, diets, and new research on the power of your “social brain.”


Wednesday, June 15, 2022 - 5:30pm

Caleb Gayle - We Refuse to Forget (Online Event)

In We Refuse to Forget, award-winning journalist Caleb Gayle tells the extraordinary story of the Creek Nation, a Native tribe that two centuries ago both owned slaves and accepted Black people as full citizens. Yet this equality was shredded in the 1970s when tribal leaders revoked the citizenship of Black Creeks, even those who could trace their history back generations.


Friday, June 17, 2022 - 1:00pm

Corte Madera Class: Kerrin Meis - Convivencia: Toledo - City of Three Cultures

In this time of disquieting xenophobia it is enlightening to reflect on the possibilities of tolerance as we learn about the cooperation among the scholars of Toledo's School of Translators: Jews, Muslims and Christians.



Friday, June 17, 2022 - 3:00pm

Simu Liu - We Were Dreamers (Ferry Building Ticketed Book Signing)

 Simu Liu's We Were Dreamers is more than a celebrity memoir - it's a story about growing up between cultures, finding your family, and becoming the master of your own extraordinary circumstance.


Saturday, June 18, 2022 - 11:00am

Elizabeth Kracht - How to Write a Nonfiction Book Proposal

A book proposal is a document that nonfiction writers (including memoirists) must have if they plan to gain interest in their project from a literary agent and/or editor. In this workshop, literary agent Elizabeth Kracht will break down the many working parts of the book proposal.


Saturday, June 18, 2022 - 1:00pm

Nicolò Mazza - The Forgotten Sword (Corte Madera Store)

Drake Philosopher, an orphaned teen of thirteen, never expected to be great. In fact, he'd always thought less of himself, and in his opinion, his master's constant aggressive encouragement and tough love never really helped. Join first-time author Nicolò Mazza for the launch of his book The Forgotten Sword!


Monday, June 20, 2022 - 5:00pm

Rebecca Soffer with Dr. Lucy Kalanithi - The Modern Loss Handbook (Ferry Building Store)

 In The Modern Loss Handbook, Modern Loss cofounder Rebecca Soffer offers candid, practical, and witty advice for confronting a future without your person, honoring their memory, dealing with trigger days, managing your professional life, and navigating new and existing relationships.


Wednesday, June 22, 2022 - 1:00pm

Alison Fairbrother with Susan Minot - The Catch (Online Event)

A young woman searches for the truth about her father — and the secrets of her family — in this electric debut novel.  Moving, witty, and unforgettable, The Catch is a story of the gifts we’re given over the course of a lifetime, by family, friends, and strangers — the ones we want and the ones that catch us unawares.


Thursday, June 23, 2022 - 4:00pm

Geraldine Brooks with Michael Lewis - Horse (Online Ticketed Event)

A discarded painting in a junk pile, a skeleton in an attic, and the greatest racehorse in American history: from these strands, Geraldine Brooks braids a sweeping story of spirit, obsession, and injustice across American history. Based on the remarkable true story of the record-breaking thoroughbred Lexington, Horse is a novel of art and science, love and obsession, and our unfinished reckoning with racism.


Saturday, June 25, 2022 - 11:00am

Elizabeth Kracht - Self-Editing for Fiction and Memoir Writers

Based on her book The Author’s Checklist: An Agent’s Guide to Developing and Editing Your Manuscript, this workshop with Elizabeth Kracht will cover more than 50 points for consideration before submitting to an agent, editor, or indie publisher, such as how to sharpen dialogue and prose, improving characterization, complicating plot, and much more. This workshop will be interactive with plenty of time for questions and answers.


Saturday, June 25, 2022 - 1:00pm

John Geoghehan - When Giants Ruled the Sky (Corte Madera Store)

In When Giants Ruled the Sky, John Geoghegan tells the true but little-known story of the USS Macon (ZRS-5), the world’s largest, most expensive and most technologically advanced airship of her day, and the four men responsible for conceiving, designing, building, and flying her.


Sunday, June 26, 2022 - 1:00pm

Ada Calhoun - Also a Poet (Corte Madera Store)

Also a Poet explores what happens when we want to do better than our parents, yet fear what that might cost us; when we seek their approval, yet mistrust it. The result is Ada Calhoun's groundbreaking and kaleidoscopic memoir that weaves compelling literary history with a moving, honest, and tender story of a complicated father-daughter bond.


Saturday, July 9, 2022 - 1:00pm

Dan Pfeiffer - Battling the Big Lie (Corte Madera Store)

In Battling the Big Lie, bestselling author Dan Pfeiffer dissects how the right-wing built a massive, billionaire-funded disinformation machine powerful enough to bend reality and nearly steal the 2020 election. Pfeiffer lays out how the right-wing media apparatus works, where it came from, and what progressives can do to fight back against disinformation.


Saturday, July 9, 2022 - 4:00pm

Michael Bourne - Blithedale Canyon (Corte Madera Store)

Set in a small, sun-drenched Northern California town shifting from hippie haven to moneyed paradise, Michael Bourne's Blithedale Canyon asks whether a man who has spent his whole life screwing up can stop long enough to avoid destroying a woman he loves.


Sunday, July 10, 2022 - 4:00pm

Barbara Graham with Sylvia Boorstein - What Jonah Knew (Corte Madera Store)

In What Jonah Knew by Barbara Graham, Helen and Lucie set out to make sense of the insensible, a heart-stopping quest that forces them to redefine not just what it is to be a mother or a human being, but the very nature of life — and death — because of what Jonah knows.


Saturday, July 16, 2022 - 11:00am

KJ Dell'Antonia - In Her Boots (Corte Madera Store)

From KJ Dell'Antonia, the New York Times bestselling author of The Chicken Sisters comes In Her Boots, a delightfully entertaining story about a ruse that goes awry and a chaotic homecoming that proves that confronting your past can sometimes set you free.


Saturday, July 16, 2022 - 1:00pm

Mindy Carlson - Her Dying Day (Corte Madera Store)

Perfect for fans of Shari Lapena and Hannah Mary McKinnon, dubut author Mindy Carlson's Her Dying Day tells of a mystery writer’s sudden disappearance leads a budding filmmaker down a dark road to treachery, murder, and long-buried sins.


Sunday, July 17, 2022 - 1:00pm

Nick Seabrook - One Person, One Vote (Corte Madera Store)

One Person, One Vote explores the rise of the most partisan gerry­manders in American history, put in place by the Republican Party after the 2010 census. Nick Seabrook makes clear that a vast new redistricting is already here, and that to safeguard our republic, action is needed before it is too late.


Thursday, July 21, 2022 - 5:30pm

Michael Goldberg with Robert Duncan - Wicked Game (Online Event)

Author Michael Goldberg presents Wicked Game: The True Story of Guitarist James Calvin Wilsey. Another incredibly in-depth look into the dark side of San Francisco in the 1970s & 80s, and the dark side of rock ‘n roll in general, through the wild life of one Jimmy Wilsey.


Sunday, July 24, 2022 - 2:00pm

Louisa Morgan - The Great Witch of Brittany (Ferry Building Store)

 A tale of magic and fate, triumph and heartbreak, and the powerful bonds between mothers and daughters unfolds in the late 1700s in The Great Witch of Brittany, a spellbinding novel from master storyteller, Louisa MorganReturn to the world of A Secret History of Witches with this new, bewitching tale of Ursule Orchière!


Saturday, July 30, 2022 - 1:00pm

Michael Pollan with Mark Danner - This is Your Mind on Plants (Corte Madera Ticketed Event)

In This Is Your Mind on Plants, Michael Pollan dives deep into three plant drugs — opium, caffeine, and mescaline — and throws the fundamental strangeness, and arbitrariness, of our thinking about them into sharp relief.


Friday, August 5, 2022 - 9:00am

Mystery Writers Conference Class: Hallie Ephron - Managing Viewpoint in a Mystery Novel

In this workshop with instructor Hallie Ephron, we'll talk about how POV relates to story (the sequence of events that actually took place in your fictional world) and plot (the order in which it's revealed to the reader). Careful management of viewpoint is key to making it all work.



Saturday, August 13, 2022 - 4:00pm

Paola Gianturco - Cool: Women Leaders Reversing Global Warming (Corte Madera Store)

Paola Gianturco and her 12-year-old granddaughter and co-author, Avery Sangster, interviewed and photographed heads of grassroots organizations, activists, politicians, corporate executives, scholars, and presidents of nonprofits from all over the world. Cool: Women Leaders Reversing Global Warming tells their important, inspiring stories in their own words and suggests action steps so you can join them on this existential journey.


Wednesday, August 17, 2022 - 9:00am

Pre-Conference Class: Don George - Travel Writing in San Francisco

Join acclaimed National Geographic Traveler and BBC Travel writer and editor Don George for a day of exploration and travel writing in San Francisco. The group meets at the store at 9:00am and takes the ferry to the historic Ferry Building, while discussing how to find, research, and write travel stories.


Wednesday, August 17, 2022 - 9:00am

Pre-Conference Class: Robert Holmes - Travel Photography in San Francisco

Join award-winning landscape, food, and wine photographer Robert Holmes for a day of exploration and travel photography in San Francisco. The group meets at the store at 9:00 am for a discussion of travel photography, and then take the ferry to San Francisco to photograph and document one of the city’s most colorful and historic neighborhoods in North Beach.


Sunday, August 28, 2022 - 2:00pm

Tania Romanov - San Francisco Pilgrimage (Ferry Building Store)

 Like her parents and their parents before them, Tania Romanov Amochaev was an exile, her childhood in a refugee camp ending only when her family eventually made their way to San Francisco’s Russian community. Nearly seventy years later San Francisco Pilgrimage recounts how she and her city have endured massive change.


Thursday, September 8, 2022 - 5:00pm

Jillian Medoff - When We Were Bright and Beautiful (Ferry Building Store)

 Lightning-paced and psychologically astute as it rockets toward an explosive ending, When We Were Bright and Beautiful, by nationally bestselling author Jillian Medoff, is a dazzling novel that asks: who will pay the price when the truth is revealed? 


Saturday, October 1, 2022 - 3:00pm

Anya Kamenetz - The Stolen Year (Ferry Building Store)

 In The Stolen Year, NPR education reporter Anya Kamenetz shows that the roots of our crisis run far deeper than COVID. Kamenetz makes the case that 2020 wasn't a lost year — it was taken from our children, by years of neglect and bad faith. We have failed to put them first.


Saturday, October 22, 2022 - 4:00pm

Ray Arata - Showing Up (Corte Madera Store)

Showing Up by Ray Arata is a "how-to" book for men in organizations seeking to be better allies and leaders. The book also gives guidance to HR, Diversity & Inclusion Professionals on how to engage their men in diversity efforts. Unlike other ally work which is often heady and data-driven, Arata provides a road map for supporting men to be authentic, vulnerable, and accountable.