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 PRESENTS

Tuesday, August 3, 2021 - 1:00pm

Emma Marris with Carl Zimmer - Wild Souls (Online Event)

From acclaimed environmental writer Emma Marris, Wild Souls: Freedom and Flourishing in the Non-Human World is a groundbreaking and provocative new vision for our relationships with—and responsibilities toward—the planet's wild animals.

BOOK PASSAGE ONLINE CLASS

Tuesday, August 3, 2021 - 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 PRESENTS

Wednesday, August 4, 2021 - 5:30pm

Maggie Smith with Matthew Caws - 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

Thursday, August 5, 2021 - 5:30pm

Charlotte McConaghy with Nina LaCour - Once There Were Wolves (Online Event)

From Charlotte McConaghy—author of the beloved bestseller Migrations—comes Once There Were Wolves, a pulse-pounding new novel set in the wild Scottish Highlands. Biologist Inti Flynn is tasked with reintroducing fourteen gray wolves into the landscape, but what happens when a local farmer is found dead? Inti is sure her wolves can't be responsible—but who could it be?

BOOK PASSAGE PRESENTS

Saturday, August 7, 2021 - 1:00pm

Alvy Ray Smith with Barbara Robertson - A Biography of the Pixel (Online Event)

In A Biography of the Pixel, Pixar cofounder Alvy Ray Smith argues that the pixel is the organizing principle of most modern media, and he presents a few simple but profound ideas that unify the dazzling varieties of digital image making. Please note: This event will now be hosted online.

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 with Dan Neil - 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.

BOOK PASSAGE PRESENTS

Tuesday, August 10, 2021 - 5:30pm

Molly Wizenberg with Sara B. Franklin - The Fixed Stars (Online Event)

From bestselling writer Molly Wizenberg, The Fixed Stars is an intense and moving memoir about changing identity, complex sexuality, and enduring family relationships, beginning when Wizenberg at age 36—married to a man for nearly a decade and mother to a toddler—found herself drawn to a woman.

BOOK PASSAGE PRESENTS

Wednesday, August 11, 2021 - 5:30am

Ash Davidson with Nickolas Butler - Damnation Spring (Online Event)

An epic, immersive debut, Ash Davidson's Damnation Spring is the deeply human story of a Pacific Northwest logging town wrenched in two by a mystery that threatens to derail its way of life.

BOOK PASSAGE PRESENTS

Thursday, August 12, 2021 - 5:30pm

Mona Awad with Robert Currier - All's Well (Online Event)

From Mona Awad—author of Bunny, which Margaret Atwood hails as “genius”—comes All's Well, a dazzling and darkly funny novel about a theater professor who is convinced staging Shakespeare’s most maligned play will remedy all that ails her—but at what cost?

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.

BOOK PASSAGE PRESENTS

Wednesday, August 18, 2021 - 5:30pm

Laura Munson with Grace Kraaijvanger - Willa's Grove (Online Event)

Three women open their mailboxes to the same intriguing invitation. The sender is Willa Silvester, reeling from the untimely death of her beloved husband, who has now decided to host a week-long interlude from life. Laura Munson's Willa's Grove follows the four women as they converge in a place where they can learn from nature and one another as they contemplate their second acts together in the rugged wilderness of big sky country.

BOOK PASSAGE PRESENTS

Thursday, August 19, 2021 - 1:00pm

Diane Johnson - Lorna Mott Comes Home (Online Event)

From Diane Johnson—bestselling author of Le Divorce and Le Mariage—comes Lorna Mott Comes Home, a comedy of contemporary manners, morals, (ex)marriages, and motherhood (past, present, and future), about an American woman leaving her 20-year marriage to her French second husband, returning to her native San Francisco and to the entwining lives of her children and grandchildren.

BOOK PASSAGE PRESENTS

Thursday, August 19, 2021 - 5:30pm

Leslie K. Barry - Newark Minutemen (Online Event)

A #1 bestseller and soon-to-be motion picture, Leslie K. Barry's Newark Minutemen has bridged generations. Based on a true story, this epic narrative of unholy heroism and forbidden love between a Jewish boxer and the daughter of a member of the German-American Bund party is set against the backdrop of an America ripped apart by the Great Depression and on the brink of war.

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 PRESENTS

Wednesday, August 25, 2021 - 5:30pm

Deborah Madison with Avram Kosasky - An Onion in My Pocket (Online Event)

An Onion in My Pocket is the charming and refreshingly frank memoir from Deborah Madison—"The Queen of Greens" and America's leading culinary authority on vegetables—in which she gives us a deeply personal look at the rise of vegetarian cooking and a manifesto for how to eat well.

BOOK PASSAGE PRESENTS

Thursday, August 26, 2021 - 1:00pm

Kate Milliken with Melissa Cistaro - Kept Animals (Online Event)

From award-winning author Kate Milliken, Kept Animals is a “rugged and ravishing” (O, The Oprah Magazine) debut novel of desire, betrayal, and loss, centering on three teenage girls, a horse ranch, and the accident that changes everything.

BOOK PASSAGE PRESENTS

Monday, August 30, 2021 - 1:00pm

Peter Heller with Don George - The Guide (Online Event)

Bestelling author of The River Peter Heller returns with The Guide, a heart-racing thriller about a young man who, escaping his own grief, is hired by an elite fishing lodge in Colorado, where amid the natural beauty of sun-drenched streams and forests he uncovers a plot of shocking menace.

CORTE MADERA STORE

Tuesday, September 7, 2021 - 5:30pm

Jaime Lowe - Breathing Fire (Corte Madera Store)

California’s fire season gets more extreme every year. Of the thousands of firefighters employed, roughly 30 percent are inmates earning a dollar an hour, and approximately 200 of those firefighters are women. In Breathing Fire, Jaime Lowe presents an illuminating look at how the fire camps actually operate — a story that encompasses California’s underlying catastrophes of climate change, economic disparity, and historical injustice.

CORTE MADERA STORE

Saturday, September 11, 2021 - 1:00pm

Erin Gordon with Michael Krasny - Peeps (Corte Madera Store)

A coming-of-middle-age novel, Erin Gordon's Peeps tells the story of Meg, a 51-year-old podcaster who has spent her life afraid of "what ifs." After her mother's death, Meg gathers the courage to seek answers from her uncle, driving across the country and conducting interviews for her podcast called Peeps along the way, in which she asks everyday people the same seven questions to "peep" into their lives and uncover shared humanity.

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.

 

CORTE MADERA STORE

Sunday, September 12, 2021 - 1:00pm

Michael J. Coffino - 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.

CLASSES AT CORTE MADERA

Tuesday, September 14, 2021 - 10:30am

Class: Pat Holt - Contemporary Classics Book Group (Tuesdays - Corte Madera)

Join Pat Holt for a discussion of books that have captured the contemporary imagination. This cycle features The Friend by Sigrid Nunez; Deacon King Kong by James McBride; On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong; The Boy in the Field by Margot Livesey; and Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell. Pat is the former book review editor of the San Francisco Chronicle and publisher of Holt Uncensored.

BOOK PASSAGE PRESENTS

Thursday, September 16, 2021 - 5:30pm

Brittany K. Barnett - A Knock at Midnight (Online Event)

Named one of the best books of the year by Kirkus Reviews, Brittany K. Barnett's riveting memoir, A Knock at Midnight, is at once a coming-of-age story and a powerful evocation of what it takes to bring hope and justice to a system built to resist them both.

CLASSES AT CORTE MADERA

Friday, September 17, 2021 - 10:30am

Class: Pat Holt - Contemporary Classics Book Group (Fridays - Corte Madera)

Join Pat Holt for a discussion of books that have captured the contemporary imagination. This cycle features The Friend by Sigrid Nunez; Deacon King Kong by James McBride; On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong; The Boy in the Field by Margot Livesey; and Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell. Pat is the former book review editor of the San Francisco Chronicle and publisher of Holt Uncensored.

BOOK PASSAGE PRESENTS

Saturday, September 18, 2021 - 1:00pm

Alix Ohlin - We Want What We Want (Online Event)

Populated with imperfect families, burned potential, and inescapable old flames, We Want What We Want is a collection of thirteen glittering, surprising, darkly funny stories of people testing the boundaries of their lives, from Alix Ohlin, award-winning author of Dual Citizens.

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 PRESENTS

Monday, September 20, 2021 - 1:00pm

Giulio Boccaletti - Water (Online Event)

Spanning millennia and continents—from the earliest civilizations of farmers on the banks of the Nile, the Tigris, and the Euphrates Rivers to the communal ownership of wells in Greece to how the Greek and Roman experiences with water security resulted in systems of taxation—Giulio Boccaletti's Water is a stunningly revealing history of how the distribution of water has shaped human civilization.

EVENTS WITH OUR PARTNERS

Saturday, September 25, 2021 - 10:00am

Picture Book Launch with Author Michael Genhart and Special Guests! (Online Event)

Join the Writing Barn to celebrate the release of two picture books by author Michael Genhart: May Your Life Be Deliciosa, illustrated by Loris Lora, and They're So Flamboyant, illustrated by Tony Neal. The author and illustrators will be joined by special guest Bella Noche. Hear the inspiration behind both books and the illustrations (accompanied by music), listen to readings, and participate in a Q&A. Families, friends, librarians, readers—all are welcome!

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).

 

CORTE MADERA STORE

Sunday, September 26, 2021 - 1:00pm

Celebrating the Publication of Nancy Bourne's "Spotswood, Virginia" (Corte Madera Store)

Spotswood, Virginia from Virginia-native writer and educator Nancy Bourne is an engaging collection of stories of ordinary people forced to make difficult decisions, based on Bourne's colorful childhood in a racially divided American South during the Civil Rights era.

CORTE MADERA STORE

Saturday, October 2, 2021 - 4:00pm

Cathy Rath - Ripple Effect (Corte Madera Store)

Jeannie Glazer was three when her father died in a car accident on a trip to Atlanta. Sixteen years later, she is arrested during the 1968 Democratic Convention, released when a sergeant announces her bail was paid by her “pop” and tosses her an envelope of cash. Cathy Rath's Ripple Effect follows Jeannie's search to find answers and the darker secret about her father’s tragic death two decades earlier.

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.

BOOK PASSAGE PRESENTS

Monday, October 4, 2021 - 11:00am

Colin Thubron with Don George - The Amur River (Online Event)

In The Amur River, Colin Thubron—the most admired travel writer of our time, author of Shadow of the Silk Road and To a Mountain in Tibet—recounts an eye-opening, often perilous journey along a little known Far East Asian river that for over a thousand miles forms the highly contested border between Russia and China.

BOOK PASSAGE PRESENTS

Thursday, October 7, 2021 - 1:00pm

Rhys Bowen - God Rest Ye, Royal Gentlemen (Online Event)

Georgie is back and hanging the stockings with care when a murder interrupts her Christmas cheer in God Rest Ye, Royal Gentlemen, an all-new installment of the New York Times bestselling Royal Spyness series from Bay Area beloved author Rhys Bowen.

BOOK PASSAGE PRESENTS

Thursday, October 7, 2021 - 5:30pm

Joshua Ferris - A Calling for Charlie Barnes (Online Event)

 From National Book Award finalist Joshua Ferris comes A Calling for Charlie Barnes, a novel about a modern American family and a man on a secret mission to uncover the world's hidden truths—until his two lives come crashing together. 

CORTE MADERA STORE

Sunday, October 10, 2021 - 1:00pm

Marcia Naomi Berger - Marriage Minded: An A to Z Dating Guide for Lasting Love (Corte Madera Store)

 Any woman who wants to marry can...once she learns how. Marriage Minded's A-to-Z format—packed with warmth, wisdom, and humor—makes the process fun and informative. You will learn how to overcome obstacles, meet men, and date constructively; in Marcia Naomi Berger, you'll have a sensitive guide to creating the lasting, loving union you've always wanted. 

CORTE MADERA STORE

Saturday, October 23, 2021 - 4:00pm

Joshua Jay - How Magicians Think (Corte Madera Store)

The door to magic is closed, but it’s not locked. In How Magicians Think, Joshua Jay—one of the world’s most accomplished magicians—not only opens that door, but brings us inside to reveal the artistry and obsessiveness, esoteric history, and long-whispered-about traditions of a subject shrouded in mystery.

CORTE MADERA STORE

Wednesday, November 10, 2021 - 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’ stirring 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.

CORTE MADERA STORE

Saturday, March 26, 2022 - 4:00pm

Mike Robbins - We're All in This Together (Corte Madera Store)

 In We're All in This Together, corporate consultant Mike Robbins dives deep into the ways great businesses build trust, collaborate, and operate at their peak level, drawing on more than 20 years of experience working with top companies like Google and Microsoft, as well as his baseball career with the Kansas City Royals.