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.


Saturday, December 4, 2021 - 1:00pm

Beth Moon w/ Kirsten Jones Neff - Baobab (Corte Madera Store)

A spectacular oversize photo book celebrating Africa’s most majestic trees—which are now facing an unprecedented ecological threat.  Baobab, created by photographer Beth Moon, is not only a compelling photo book and travel narrative, but also a timely ecological warning.


Saturday, December 4, 2021 - 3:00pm

Ruthe Stein - Sitting Down with the Stars (Ferry Building)

 Ruthe Stein

Sitting Down with the Stars

a memoir 


Saturday, December 4, 2021 - 4:00pm

Jesse Kornbluth and Paige Peterson - A Christmas Carol, gently abridged (Corte Madera Store)

  When Charles Dickens  published “A Christmas Carol”  in 1843, it was 28,000 words.  Dickens knew that was too long  for an audience to sit through,  so when he read it for an  audience --- and he performed  it 127 times --- he cut it in half. This is a special reading event in our very own Corte Madera Store.  Dont' miss out! 


Sunday, December 5, 2021 - 11:30am

Rosemary Wells - Poems From When We Were Very Young (Corte Madera Store)

 First published in 1924—two years before Winnie-the-Pooh—A. A. Milne’s When We Were Very Young is among the most familiar and cherished works in children’s literature. Now, Rosemary Wells brings her signature cast of animal and child characters to a dozen of Milne’s best-loved poems, including “Disobedience,” “The King’s Breakfast,” and “Buckingham Palace” (which stars the one and only Christopher Robin).



Sunday, December 5, 2021 - 1:00pm

John Briscoe and Noah Griffin - A Child's Christmas in San Francisco (Ferry Building Event)

 At the core of A Child's Christmas in San Francisco are seven poems, composed, author John Briscoe tells us, by generations of San Francisco school children. Over the week before Christmas these children paired iconic San Francisco food and drink with the days of the week.



Sunday, December 5, 2021 - 4:00pm

NEW DATE: Jim Holden - Adventurous Lives, Daring Acts (Corte Madera Store)

In the pages of Adventurous Lives, Daring Acts, Jim Holden brings us true stories of extraordinary people daring to live their dreams and their singular passions. The protagonists range from the famous to the forgotten and the settings from the wilderness to the urban.


Tuesday, December 7, 2021 - 4:00pm

Michael J. Fox - No Time Like the Future (Online Event)

In No Time Like the Future: An Optimist Considers Mortality, Michael J. Fox shares personal stories, observations about illness and health, aging, the strength of family and friends, and how our perceptions about time affect the way we approach mortality. Thoughtful and moving, but with Fox’s trademark sense of humor, his book provides a vehicle for reflection about our lives, our loves, and our losses.



Tuesday, December 7, 2021 - 5:30pm

Peter Coyote with Anne Lamott - The Lone Ranger and Tonto Meet Buddha (Online Event)

Sharing a series of mindfulness techniques and acting exercises that show how malleable the self can be, award-winning actor, narrator, and Zen Buddhist priest Peter Coyote reveals in the pages of The Lone Ranger and Tonto Meet Buddha how to use masks, meditation, and improvisation to free yourself from fixed ideas of who you think you are.


Thursday, December 9, 2021 - 5:30pm

Jordan Salama with Devi Lockwood- Every Day the River Changes (Online Event)

Every Day the River Changes by Jordan Salama is an exhilarating travelogue for a new generation about a journey along Colombia’s Magdalena River, exploring life by the banks of a majestic river now at risk, and how a country recovers from conflict.


Friday, December 10, 2021 - 1:00pm

Jodi Picoult - Wish You Were Here (Corte Madera Ticketed Event)

 From Jodi Picoult, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of twenty-seven novels, comes Wish You Were Here, a novel of examining relationships, your choices, and yourself.  When she's trapped in the Galápagos, Diana begins to wonder if when she goes home, will she will have evolved into someone completely different? 


Saturday, December 11, 2021 - 11:00am

Matt Coyle - Last Redemption (Corte Madera Store)

 In Last RedemptionMatt Coyle's latest intallation to his Rick Cahill P.I. Crime Series, Rick is forced to battle sadistic killers as he tries to find his best friend's son Luke and stay alive long enough to see the birth of his own child. 


Saturday, December 11, 2021 - 4:00pm

Faith Kramer and Tiffany Shlain - 52 Shabbats (Corte Madera Store)

Whether you are a longtime host of weekly Shabbat dinners or new to this global Jewish tradition, 52 Shabbats by award-winning author Faith Kramer will spice up your Friday night in one way or another. This book offers a holistic scope of the Shabbat tradition for every reader, Jewish or otherwise.


Sunday, December 12, 2021 - 3:00pm

Governor Gavin Newsom - Ben and Emma's Big Hit (Ferry Building Upstairs)

 Inspired by Governor Gavin Newsom’s own lifelong struggles with dyslexia, with illustrations by Alexandra Thompson, Ben and Emma's Big Hit tells the story of Ben, a kid who loves baseball and wants to fit in at school, even when his dyslexia sometimes holds him back.



Tuesday, December 14, 2021 - 4:00pm

SOLD OUT! 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.


Sunday, January 9, 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. 



Tuesday, January 11, 2022 - 6:00pm

Elizabeth George with Laurie Frankel - Something to Hide (Online Event)

When a police detective is taken off life support after falling into a coma, only an autopsy reveals the murderous act that precipitated her death.  Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers and Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley are back in Something to Hide, the next Lynley novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth George.


Sunday, January 16, 2022 - 2:00pm

Kirthana Ramisetti - Dava Shastri's Last Day (Ferry Building Store)

 In Dava Shastri's Last Day, Kirthana Ramisetti's thought-provoking and entertaining debut novel about of a multicultural family, a dying billionaire matriarch leaks news of her death early so she can examine her legacy—a decision that horrifies her children and inadvertently exposes secrets she has spent a lifetime keeping.



Sunday, January 16, 2022 - 4:00pm

Jonathan Evison - Small World (Online Event)

Jonathan Evison’s Small World is an epic novel for now. Set against such iconic backdrops as the California gold rush, the development of the transcontinental railroad, and a speeding train of modern-day strangers forced together by fate, it is a grand entertainment that asks big questions.


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.


Friday, January 21, 2022 - 2:15pm

Alan Grantz - 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!


Saturday, January 22, 2022 - 1:00pm

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.


Sunday, January 23, 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.



Tuesday, January 25, 2022 - 5:30pm

Leisa Peterson with Simone Griffen - 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.


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.


Sunday, January 30, 2022 - 2:00pm

Isabel Allende - Violeta (Ferry Building Upstairs)

 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.



Thursday, February 3, 2022 - 5:00pm

Solace Wales with Bill Petrocelli - Braided in Fire: Black GIs and Tuscan Villagers on the Gothic Line (Corte Madera Store)

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.


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!



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. 



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.


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.


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.   


Saturday, March 26, 2022 - 4:00pm

Mike Robbins - Corte Madera store

 Mike Robbins

We're All in This Together


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). 


Wednesday, April 27, 2022 - 6:00pm

Carol Edgarian with Luisa Smith - Vera (Corte Madera Store)

 Vera, by author Carol Edgarian, rings to life legendary characters—tenor Enrico Caruso, indicted mayor Eugene Schmitz and boss Abe Ruef, tabloid celebrity Alma Spreckels. This “brilliantly conceived and beautifully realized” tale of improbable outcomes and alliances takes hold from the first page, with remarkable scenes of devastation, renewal, and joy. 


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.