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.

At this time, all of these programs are online, but we will soon be adding in-store events once again..


BOOK PASSAGE ONLINE CLASS

Saturday, June 19, 2021 - 10:00am

Online Class: Ying Compestine - How to Write a Children's Book and Get It Published

In this class, award-winning author Ying Compestine will introduce you to the different genres of children’s books: picture books, chapter books, middle grade, and young adult. You will learn the basic skill of writing and publishing books for children as well as how to find a good agent, creating a winning book proposal, selling your manuscript to a reputable publisher, and marketing your book.

BOOK PASSAGE & EXTENDEDSESSION

Saturday, June 19, 2021 - 1:00pm

Billy Collins - The Driver's Seat of Poetry: A Live Poetry Session (Online Class)

Billy Collins is an American phenomenon—no poet since Robert Frost has managed to combine high critical acclaim with such broad popular appeal. Join him for this live, three-hour poetry session in which he'll pull from decades as a literature and poetry professor and tackle many of the enduring questions around how to create and write poetry.

BOOK PASSAGE ONLINE CLASS

Saturday, June 19, 2021 - 1:30pm

Online Class: Ying Compestine - How to Edit Your Work Into a Bestselling Book

In this class, award-winning author Ying Compestine will share with you her processes of editing her own bestselling books. You will learn how to build a story arc, create memorable characters and vivid settings, and make every word count. She will also take you through the process of how to get your book published, and finding a good agent and a publisher.

SPECIAL PANEL EVENT

Saturday, June 19, 2021 - 4:00pm

Special Commemorative Event: Juneteenth (Online Event)

Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day, is a holiday commemorating the emancipation of those who were enslaved in the United States. Book Passage is giving a platform to invited guest writers of acclaim to share their thoughtful reflections about Juneteenth, through the written and spoken word. Please access these commemorative written pieces on our website, and on Saturday, June 19 at 4:00pm, join us for a special presentation when some of those writers will present their essays as spoken word.

CONVERSATIONS WITH AUTHORS

Sunday, June 20, 2021 - 1:00pm

Alka Joshi and Sujata Massey - The Secret Keeper of Jaipur and The Bombay Prince (Online Event)

Join Alka Joshi and Sujata Massey for a discussion celebrating their latest books, The Secret Keeper of Japiur—Joshi's follow-up to her sensational debut, The Henna Artist—and The Bombay Prince—Massey's third installment in her Agatha Award-winning Perveen Mistry series.

BOOK PASSAGE PRESENTS

Monday, June 21, 2021 - 5:30pm

Ayad Akhtar with Syed M. Masood - Homeland Elegies (Online Event)

Ayad Akhtar's "beautiful novel . . . has echoes of The Great Gatsby": Homeland Elegies follows an immigrant father and his son search for belonging—in post-Trump America, and with each other (Dwight Garner, New York Times).

ONLINE TICKETED EVENT

Tuesday, June 22, 2021 - 4:00pm

Stacey Abrams with Cari Champion - Our Time Is Now (Online Event)

Join Picador and Book Passage for “An Evening with Stacey Abrams” to celebrate the paperback launch of the New York Times bestseller Our Time Is Now. Stacey Abrams will be joined by Cari Champion to discuss the urgency of ending voter suppression and how we can empower citizens to use their power to shape the future.

BOOK PASSAGE PRESENTS

Tuesday, June 22, 2021 - 6:00pm

Dr. Timmen L. Cermak and Dr. Peter Banys - From Bud to Brain (Online Event)

Cambridge University Press and the Royal College of Psychiatrists are proud to announce publication of From Bud to Brain: A Psychiatrist’s View of Marijuana, Dr. Timmen L. Cermak's new book that provides a detailed yet accessible overview of the science of marijuana.

BOOK PASSAGE PRESENTS

Wednesday, June 23, 2021 - 1:00pm

M. Leona Godin with Jason Roberts - There Plant Eyes: A Personal and Cultural History of Blindness (Online Event)

"Leona Godin Faces Her Portrait," © 2020, photograph by Alabaster Rhumb, painting by Roy Nachum"There Plant Eyes" Book JacketFrom Homer to Helen Keller, from Dune to Stevie Wonder, from the invention of braille to the science of echolocation, M. Leona Godin's There Plant Eyes explores the fascinating history of blindness, interweaving it with her own story of gradually losing her sight.

EVENTS WITH OUR PARTNERS

Wednesday, June 23, 2021 - 5:00pm

Community at the Table Speaker Series - Dr. Peggy McIntosh (Online Event)

Dr. Peggy McIntosh is an American feminist, anti-racism activist, scholar, and speaker. McIntosh is the author of influential articles on curriculum change, women's studies, and systems of unearned privilege. She is best known for authoring the groundbreaking article, “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack (1989),” which has been instrumental in putting the dimension of privilege into discussions of gender, race, and sexuality.

BOOK PASSAGE PRESENTS

Wednesday, June 23, 2021 - 5:30pm

Nina Renata Aron & Phyllis Grant - Good Morning, Destroyer of Men's Souls & Everything Is Under Control (Online Event)

Join Nina Renata Aron and Phyllis Grant for a discussion of their books, Good Morning, Destroyer of Men's Souls—Aron's scorching memoir of a love affair with an addict—and Everything is Under Control—Grant's memoir about appetite as it comes, goes, and refocuses its object of desire.

EVENTS WITH OUR PARTNERS

Thursday, June 24, 2021 - 10:00am

World's Largest Book Signing - Stone Soup for a Sustainable World (Online Event)

Marianne Larned's Stone Soup for a Sustainable World features inspiring stories of 100 climate change trailblazers, environmental justice changemakers, sustainable business leaders, and green inventors/entrepreneurs who are creating innovative and sustainable solutions to build a more just, equitable, and sustainable world. Join Book Passage and the Stone Soup Leadership Institute in the World's Largest Book Signing, an online event with those in the book, hailing from the 38 countries and 32 U.S. cities.

SPECIAL PANEL EVENT

Thursday, June 24, 2021 - 5:00pm

Special Event: Pride Panel (Online Event)

With an unprecedented number of anti-LGBTQ measures sweeping through state legislatures across the country, it is more important than ever that—in addition to protest marches and celebratory Pride parades—there be discussions of the issues, informing those within and outside of the community of what is at stake. Join us for the first-ever Book Passage Pride Panel, featuring Darcie Little Badger, P. Carl, Jaquira Díaz, and Brandon Taylor, moderated by Paula Farmer.

BOOK PASSAGE PRESENTS

Saturday, June 26, 2021 - 11:00am

Mary Alice Monroe and Angela May - The Islanders (Online Event)

Don't miss an online literary salon featuring bestselling author Mary Alice Monroe and her co-author of The Islanders, Angela May, in conversation with Aladdin/Simon & Schuster book editor Aly Heller, and literary agent Faye Bender on writing, reading, publishing, and more!

BOOK PASSAGE PRESENTS

Saturday, June 26, 2021 - 4:00pm

Ottessa Moshfegh with Rita Bullwinkel - Death in Her Hands (Online Event)

From Ottessa Moshfegh—one of our most ceaselessly provocative literary talents—Death in Her Hands is a novel of haunting metaphysical suspense about an elderly widow whose life is upturned when she finds an ominous note on a walk in the woods.

BOOK PASSAGE PRESENTS

Monday, June 28, 2021 - 6:00pm

Dr. Jen Gunter and Emily Willingham - A Public Talk About Private Parts (Online Event)

Join Dr. Jen Gunter and Emily Willingham for a discussion celebrating their books, The Menopause Manifesto—in which Gunter counters stubborn myths and misunderstandings about menopause with hard facts and expert advice—and Phallacy—Willingham's wry look at what the astonishing world of animal penises can tell us about how we use our own.

BOOK PASSAGE PRESENTS

Tuesday, June 29, 2021 - 1:00pm

Chris Offutt with Jonathan Lethem - The Killing Hills (Online Event)

From Chris Offutt—literary master across genres and award-winning author—comes The Killing Hills, a compelling, propulsive thriller in which a suspicious death exposes the loyalties and rivalries of a deep-rooted and fiercely private community in the Kentucky backwoods.

BOOK PASSAGE PRESENTS

Wednesday, June 30, 2021 - 1:00pm

Paula Stone Williams - As a Woman (Online Event)

As a Woman is the moving and unforgettable memoir of transgender pastor Paula Stone Williams, recounting her journey from despair to joy as she transitioned from male to female and learned about gender inequity, at home and in the workplace—perfect for fans of Redefining Realness and There Is Room for You.

BOOK PASSAGE PRESENTS

Wednesday, June 30, 2021 - 5:30pm

Peter L.W. Osnos - An Especially Good View (Online Event)

In more than five decades as a reporter, editor, and publisher, Peter L.W. Osnos has had a unique perspective on momentous events and relationships with some of the most influential personalities of our time—a career recounted in his wide-ranging memoir, An Especially Good View.

BOOK PASSAGE PRESENTS

Thursday, July 1, 2021 - 5:30pm

Jonathan Evison with Caroline Leavitt - Legends of the North Cascades (Online Event)

When tragedy strikes, Dave Cartwright makes a dramatic decision to take his daughter and head off the grid to live in the wilderness of the Pacific Northwest. Legends of the North Cascades brings Jonathan Evison’s trademark voice to bear on a story that is at once a meditation on the perils of isolation and an exploration of the ways that connection can save us.

BOOK PASSAGE PRESENTS

Monday, July 5, 2021 - 12:00pm

David Downie with Don George - Red Riviera (Online Event)

In David Downie's new mystery novel, Red Riviera, rising star Daria Vinci must face down a Fascist police chief, the CIA’s local mastermind, a former World War Two Spitfire fighter pilot, and a plucky hundred-year-old marquise whose memory is as long as it is vengeful in order to solve her case.

ONLINE TICKETED EVENT

Tuesday, July 6, 2021 - 6:00pm

Michael Pollan with Dacher Keltner - This Is Your Mind on Plants (Online Event)

From number one New York Times bestselling author Michael Pollan comes This Is Your Mind on Plants, a radical challenge to how we think about drugs and an exploration into the powerful human attraction to psychoactive plants—and the equally powerful taboos.

BOOK PASSAGE PRESENTS

Wednesday, July 7, 2021 - 1:00pm

Mindy Uhrlaub with Adam Hochschild - Unnatural Resources (Online Event)

Inspired by true stories, author and activist Mindy Uhrlaub shines a light on the injustices against women, children and other at-risk populations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in her latest novel, Unnatural Resources, in which eleven-year-old Therese is forced to make a choice: lie down and become another victim of the war or stand up and survive.

ONLINE TICKETED EVENT

Wednesday, July 7, 2021 - 4:00pm

An Afternoon with Christina Baker Kline - The Exiles (Online Event)

Christina Baker Kline—author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Orphan Train—returns with The Exiles, an ambitious, emotionally resonant novel about three women whose lives are bound together in nineteenth-century Australia. Join her for a special event featuring guests Elin Hilderbrand, Chris Bohjalian, Kristin Hannah, and Paula McLain, hosted by John Searles.

BOOK PASSAGE PRESENTS

Wednesday, July 7, 2021 - 5:30pm

NEW DATE: Maria Konnikova with Michael Ian Black - The Biggest Bluff (Online Event)

Maria Konnikova had never played poker before when she approached Erik Seidel, Poker Hall of Fame inductee, and convinced him to be her mentor. Soon she was down the rabbit hole with him, into the wild world of high-stakes Texas Hold'em, their initial end point the following year's World Series of Poker.

BOOK PASSAGE PRESENTS

Thursday, July 8, 2021 - 1:00pm

Kelly Williams Brown - Easy Crafts for the Insane (Online Event)

From Kelly Williams BrownNew York Times bestselling author of Adulting—comes Easy Crafts for the Insane: A Mostly Funny Memoir of Mental Illness and Making Things, a story about how to build something when you’re capable of nothing.

ONLINE TICKETED EVENT

Thursday, July 8, 2021 - 5:00pm

Francine Prose - The Vixen (Online Event)

Critically acclaimed, bestselling author Francine Prose returns with a dazzling new novel set in the world of 1950s New York publishing—the story of a young man tasked with editing a bodice-ripper based on the recent trial and execution of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg, an assignment that will reveal the true cost of entering that seductive, dangerous new world.

BOOK PASSAGE ONLINE CLASS

Saturday, July 10, 2021 - 1:00pm

Online Class: Art History with Kerrin Meis - Art in Texas

The Lone Star State has some of the most outstanding art museums in our country. We will look at highlights from the Houston Museum of Fine Art, the Menil Collection, the Dallas Museum of Art, the Nasher Sculpture Center, the Meadows Museum, the Kimbell Museum, the Amon Carter Museum, the Blanton Museum of Art, the San Antonio Museum of Art, the McNay Museum, and the Alamo Mission.

BOOK PASSAGE PRESENTS

Tuesday, July 13, 2021 - 1:00pm

Megha Majumdar - A Burning (Online Event)

Taut, symphonic, and riveting from its opening lines, Megha Majumdar's A Burning is an electrifying debut about three unforgettable characters who seek to rise—to the middle class, to political power, to fame in the movies—and find their lives entangled in the wake of a catastrophe in contemporary India.

ONLINE TICKETED EVENT

Tuesday, July 13, 2021 - 4:00pm

Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus - Love People, Use Things (Online Event)

Join Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus, hosts of The Minimalists podcast, to discuss their new book, Love People, Use Things, along with Erwin McManus. The trio will discuss how minimalism makes room to reevaluate and heal the seven essential relationships in our lives: stuff, truth, self, money, values, creativity, and people.

BOOK PASSAGE PRESENTS

Tuesday, July 13, 2021 - 5:30pm

Douglas Chadwick - Four-Fifths a Grizzly (Online Event)

In what has been called wildlife biologist Douglas Chadwick's “career-capping" book, Four-Fifths a Grizzly presents an engaging series of personal essays that illustrate the amazing interconnectedness of nature, advocating that the path toward conservation begins with how we see our place in the world.

BOOK PASSAGE PRESENTS

Wednesday, July 14, 2021 - 5:30pm

Madhav Misra with Fred Ritzenberg - Labyrinth of the Wind (Online Event)

Set in Tehran, Delhi, and several European hotspots, Labyrinth of the Wind is a suspenseful work of historical fiction focusing on choices and consequences during a time of political upheaval. The story follows the timeline of historical events that occurred from 1977 to 1978, when author Madhav Misra lived and worked in Iran as a senior executive for a multinational energy company.

BOOK PASSAGE PRESENTS

Thursday, July 15, 2021 - 5:00pm

Francine Falk-Allen with Betsy Graziani Fasbinder - No Spring Chicken (Online Event)

In No Spring Chicken, Francine Falk-Allen—a polio survivor who knows a thing or two about living with a disability—offers her own take on how to navigate the complications aging brings with equanimity (and a sense of humor).

ONLINE TICKETED EVENT

Sunday, July 18, 2021 - 11:00am

Judy Chicago with Kevin Kwan - The Flowering (Online Event)

In her provocative and resonant autobiography The Flowering, world-renowned artist and feminist icon Judy Chicago reflects on her extraordinary life and career with photographs of her work, as well as never-before-published personal images and a foreword by Gloria Steinem.

BOOK PASSAGE PRESENTS

Monday, July 19, 2021 - 5:30pm

T.J. Newman - Falling (Online Event)

You just boarded a flight to New York. What you don’t know is that thirty minutes before the flight your pilot’s family was kidnapped. For his family to live, everyone on your plane must die. The only way the family will survive is if the pilot follows his orders and crashes the plane. Enjoy the flight. Falling is T.J. Newman's first novel.

BOOK PASSAGE PRESENTS

Tuesday, July 20, 2021 - 1:00pm

Joyce Maynard with Marisa Silver - Count the Ways (Online Event)

In Count the Ways, New York Times bestselling author Joyce Maynard returns to the themes that are the hallmarks of her most acclaimed work in a mesmerizing story of a family—from the hopeful early days of young marriage to parenthood, divorce, and the costly aftermath that ripples through all their lives.

BOOK PASSAGE PRESENTS

Tuesday, July 20, 2021 - 5:30pm

Doug Bierend with Maya Elson - In Search of Mycotopia (Online Event)

From ecology to fermentation, in pop culture and in medicine—mushrooms are everywhere. With an explorer's eye, author Doug Bierend guides readers through the weird, wonderful world of fungi and the amazing mycological movement in his new book, In Search of Mycotopia.

BOOK PASSAGE PRESENTS

Wednesday, July 21, 2021 - 5:30pm

Megan Miranda with Hank Phillippi Ryan - Such a Quiet Place (Online Event)

From Megan Miranda—New York Times bestselling author of The Last House Guest—comes Such a Quiet Place, a riveting new suspense novel about a mysterious murder in an idyllic and close-knit neighborhood

CONVERSATIONS WITH AUTHORS

Thursday, July 22, 2021 - 5:30pm

Geoff Manaugh and Nicola Twilley with Alexis Madrigal - Until Proven Safe (Online Event)

Geoff Manaugh and Nicola Twilley have been researching quarantine since long before the COVID-19 pandemic. With Until Proven Safe, they bring us not only urgent reading for social-distanced times but also an up-to-the-minute investigation of the interplay of forces—biological, political, technological—that shape our modern world.

BOOK PASSAGE PRESENTS

Tuesday, July 27, 2021 - 5:30pm

Mick LaSalle - Dream State (Online Event)

Nothing has contributed more to the mythology of California than the movies. Longtime San Francisco Chronicle film critic Mick LaSalle's Dream State is a freewheeling journey through several dozen big-screen visions of the Golden State, presenting a bold dissection of the California dream and its hypnotizing effect on the modern world.

CONVERSATIONS WITH AUTHORS

Wednesday, July 28, 2021 - 1:00pm

Eddie S. Glaude Jr. - Begin Again (Online Event)

Begin Again is one of the great books on James Baldwin and a powerful reckoning with America’s ongoing failure to confront the lies it tells itself about race, in which Eddie S. Glaude Jr. mixes biography—drawn partially from newly uncovered Baldwin interviews—with history, memoir, and poignant analysis of our current moment to reveal the painful cycle of Black resistance and white retrenchment.

BOOK PASSAGE PRESENTS

Thursday, July 29, 2021 - 1:00pm

Peggy Knickerbocker with Anne Lamott and Armistead Maupin - Love Later On (Online Event)

Love Later On is a short, colorful, amusing book about how romance can work later in life. Peggy Knickerbocker never thought she'd marry again. She'd traveled the world and was a fulfilled woman on her own—and then, of course, she met him. Love Later On is a hopeful, sophisticated tale of two 60-somethings from disparate backgrounds falling in love.

BOOK PASSAGE PRESENTS

Wednesday, August 4, 2021 - 5:30pm

Maggie Smith - Goldenrod: Poems (Online Event)

From Maggie Smith—award-winning poet and bestselling author of Keep Moving and Good Bones—comes Goldenrod, a stunning poetry collection that celebrates the beauty and messiness of life.

BOOK PASSAGE PRESENTS

Saturday, August 7, 2021 - 4:00pm

Celebrating the Publication of Anthony Veasna So's Afterparties: A Tribute Panel (Online Event)

Join us for a special tribute event for author Anthony Veasna So, author of the forthcoming story collection Afterparties, featuring panelists Bryan Washington, Monica Sok, and Mira Jacob, moderated by Alex Torres, with an exercept of Afterparties read by Anthony Veasna So's sister, Samantha So Lamb.

BOOK PASSAGE PRESENTS

Monday, August 9, 2021 - 5:30pm

Tim Higgins - Power Play (Online Event)

From award-winning Wall Street Journal tech and auto reporter Tim Higgins, Power Play is the outrageous inside story of Elon Musk and Tesla's bid to build the world's greatest car, and an exhilarating look at how a team of eccentrics and innovators beat the odds—and changed the future.

EVENTS WITH OUR PARTNERS

Tuesday, August 17, 2021 - 5:00pm

Michelle Gable with Kristina McMorris - The Bookseller's Secret (Online Event)

From New York Times bestselling author Michelle Gable comes The Bookseller's Secret, a dual-narrative set at the famed Heywood Hill Bookshop in London about a struggling American writer on the hunt for a rumored lost manuscript written by the iconic Nancy Mitford—bookseller, spy, author, and aristocrat—during World War II.

EVENTS WITH OUR PARTNERS

Tuesday, August 24, 2021 - 5:00pm

Community at the Table Speaker Series - Dr. john a. powell (Online Event)

john a. powell is the Director of the Othering & Belonging Institute, a University of California Berkeley research institute that brings together scholars, organizers, communicators, and policymakers to identify and eliminate barriers to an inclusive, just, and sustainable society, to create transformative change toward a more equitable nation. powell has written extensively on several issues including structural racism, racial justice, concentrated poverty, opportunity-based housing, voting rights, affirmative action in the United States, South Africa, and Brazil, racial and ethnic identity, spirituality and social justice, and the needs of citizens in a democratic society.

BOOK PASSAGE ONLINE CLASS

Saturday, September 11, 2021 - 1:30pm

Online Class: Julia McNeal - Five Ways In to Character: A Three-Class Series (Way One)

Five Ways In to Character is a unique, five-part technique for creating characters on the page and in performance. Synthesized by Julia McNeal, and honed over the last 15 years, this technique has never failed to deepen, clarify, and improve the character creation of all who apply it. The first of the Five Ways, “Way One,” introduces the first of the “Outside-In” approaches of the technique.

 

BOOK PASSAGE ONLINE CLASS

Saturday, September 18, 2021 - 1:30pm

Online Class: Julia McNeal - Five Ways In to Character: A Three-Class Series (Ways Two and Three)

Five Ways In to Character is a unique, five-part technique for creating characters on the page and in performance. Synthesized by Julia McNeal, and honed over the last 15 years, this technique has never failed to deepen, clarify, and improve the character creation of all who apply it. Way Two completes the “Outside-In” work of the technique — focusing on gender; and Way Three is the deep core of the technique: the Inside-Out work that opens the door to any character’s truest being and unique nature.

CORTE MADERA STORE

Sunday, September 19, 2021 - 1:00pm

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

Women and girl leaders around the world are guiding organizations that are reducing—and over time reversing—the carbon dioxide emissions that cause global warming. Paola Gianturco's 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.

CORTE MADERA STORE

Sunday, September 19, 2021 - 4:00pm

Joel Selvin - Hollywood Eden (Corte Madera Store)

From the Beach Boys and Jan & Dean to the Byrds and the Mamas & the Papas, Hollywood Eden from acclaimed music journalist Joel Selvin tells the story of a group of young artists and musicians who came together at the dawn of the 1960s to create the lasting myth of the California dream.

BOOK PASSAGE ONLINE CLASS

Saturday, September 25, 2021 - 1:30pm

Online Class: Julia McNeal - Five Ways In to Character: A Three-Class Series (Ways Four and Five)

Five Ways In to Character is a unique, five-part technique for creating characters on the page and in performance. Synthesized by Julia McNeal, and honed over the last 15 years, this technique has never failed to deepen, clarify, and improve the character creation of all who apply it. Ways Four and Five are both Inside-Out work (starting with the inner world of a character, and discovering how that manifests outwardly).

 

BOOK PASSAGE ONLINE CLASS

Sunday, October 3, 2021 - 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.