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.


Saturday, October 1, 2022 - 11:00am

Online Class: Elizabeth K. 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 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.


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 1, 2022 - 6:00pm

Anthony Doerr - Cloud Cuckoo Land (Corte Madera Ticketed Event)

Among the most celebrated and beloved novels of recent times, Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr is a triumph of imagination and compassion, a soaring story about children on the cusp of adulthood in worlds in peril, who find resilience, hope, and a book.


Sunday, October 2, 2022 - 2:00pm

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

 In Kirthana Ramisetti debut novel, Dava Shastri's Last Day, 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, October 2, 2022 - 4:00pm

Kristin Chenoweth - My Moment (Ferry Building Ticketed Book Signing)

 Over and over again, when told “no” these women said “yes” to themselves. This hugely inspiring, beautiful book will move people of all ages and make them feel less alone. More than the sum of its parts, My Moment is also a handbook for young women (or any woman) making their way through the world.


Tuesday, October 4, 2022 - 5:30pm

Rolf Potts with Ernest White II - The Vagabond's Way (Online Event)

Throughout the year, Rolf Potts embraces the ragged-edged, harder-to-quantify aspects of travel that inevitably change travelers' lives for the better, in unexpected ways. The Vagabond’s Way encourages us to sustain the mindset of a journey, even when we aren’t able to travel, and affirms that travel is as much a way of being as it is an act of movement.


Tuesday, October 4, 2022 - 8:00pm

Mike Duncan - The Stories of History (SF Palace of Fine Arts)

From the bestselling author Mike Duncan comes Hero of Two Worlds, the thrilling story of the Marquis de Lafayette’s lifelong quest to defend the principles of liberty and equality. Few in history can match the revolutionary career of the Marquis de Lafayette. Over fifty incredible years at the heart of the Age of Revolution, he fought courageously on both sides of the Atlantic. He was a soldier, statesman, idealist, philanthropist, and abolitionist.


Wednesday, October 5, 2022 - 6:00pm

Brad Mangin and Brian Murphy - 28: A Photographic Tribute to Buster Posey (Corte Madera Store)

Longtime sports photographer Brad Mangin and Brian Murphy team up with Buster Posey himself in this visual celebration of the star catcher’s twelve seasons with the San Francisco Giants. Packed with over 150 photographs, 28: A Photographic Tribute to Buster Posey captures Buster’s entire career, from the first time he stepped foot onto the field for the Giants back in 2009 all the way to his final at-bat in 2021.


Thursday, October 6, 2022 - 1:00pm

Elin Hilderbrand - Endless Summer (Corte Madera Store)

In this dazzling collection, Elin Hilderbrand's Endless Summer offers nine delicious stories — prequels, sequels, and "missing chapters" from her cherished books — some of which have never been published, until now.


Thursday, October 6, 2022 - 4:00pm

Shirley Morrison - From Classroom to Career (Corte Madera Store)

The rules have changed; the traditional workplace is dead. To BOOM in employment today, the secret is to alter the approach, and Shirley Morrison's From Classroom to Career will tell you how. Gen Z and Millennials are asking for this value-led guide as they embark on careers.


Thursday, October 6, 2022 - 6:00pm

Ramit Sethi - I Will Teach You to Be Rich, The Journal (Ferry Building Store)

 Once you know what your Rich Life looks like, you can start to live it. In Ramit Sethi's I Will Teach You To Be Rich: The Journal, there are no more vague goals. No more procrastinating. Just beautiful, a detailed vision and the confidence to make it real. So find a quiet room, grab a cup of coffee, and let’s get to work.


Friday, October 7, 2022 - 1:00pm

Judith Amtzis - Sky Dharma (Ferry Building Store)

 Translator Judith Amtzis brings to us Sky Dharma, the inspiring life story of Tertön Migyur Dorje, who revealed a new cycle of Tibetan Buddhist teachings, together with a commentary on the preliminary practices written by his main student.


Saturday, October 8, 2022 - 11:00am

Online Class: Elizabeth K. Kracht - How to Write a Query Letter

In this three-hour workshop, Elizabeth will not only teach the essential elements of the query, but will also work alongside participants to help them complete a solid query draft before end of class.


Saturday, October 8, 2022 - 11:30am

Anna Voloshyna - Budmo! (Ferry Building Store)

Meaning “cheers!” in Ukrainian, Budmo! is the first cookbook to celebrate classic Eastern European recipes with a modern, creative twist. Presented by Ukrainian-born, California-based chef, blogger, and culinary instructor Anna Voloshyna, bright flavors and vibrant ingredients sing from each plate.


Saturday, October 8, 2022 - 1:00pm

Susan Salenger - Sidelined (Corte Madera Store)

In Sidelined, writer and researcher Susan Salenger explains why women are misdiagnosed more often than men, and why their symptoms often go unrecognized or even disputed. This book teaches readers how to take charge of their health, make informed decisions, and leave their appointments with answers instead of just questions.


Saturday, October 8, 2022 - 1:00pm

Maren Ellingboe King - Fresh Midwest (Ferry Building Store)

In Fresh Midwest, her debut cookbook, recipe developer and Minnesota native Maren Ellingboe King perfectly combines the nostalgia of traditional midwestern dishes and influences of her Scandinavian heritage with an emphasis on local, unprocessed ingredients.


Saturday, October 8, 2022 - 2:00pm

Left Coast Writers® Alec Scott with Alison Hills - Until It Shimmers (Corte Madera Store)

An online event with Alec Scott, the author of the novel Until It ShimmersThe book is the story of a young Canadian, Ned Baldwin, who moves to London to figure out what to do with his life – and to come out.


Sunday, October 9, 2022 - 2:00pm

Corte Madera Class: Britta Stromeyer Esmail - Petite Prose: Crash Course in Writing Flash Fiction

Brevity seems easy (after all, we live in a hashtag world). But it’s not. What if 100, 500 or 1000 words is all you’ve got to take a reader’s breath away? Instructor Britta Stromeyer Esmail will examine the craft of writing short-short stories and help differentiate between forms of flash fiction. 



Sunday, October 9, 2022 - 2:00pm

Alex Budak - Becoming a Changemaker (Ferry Building Store)


Becoming a Changemaker is Alex Budak's radically inclusive playbook for leading positive change. It’s a fresh, inspiring, and research-backed guide to developing the mindsets and leadership skills needed to navigate, shape, and lead change and to thrive amidst uncertainty.


Sunday, October 9, 2022 - 4:00pm

Ingrid Rojas Contreras with Carolina De Robertis - The Man Who Could Move Clouds (Corte Madera Store)

Interweaving family stories more enchanting than those in any novel, resurrected Colombian history, and her own deeply personal reckonings with the bounds of reality, Rojas Contreras writes her way through the incomprehensible and into her inheritance. The result is The Man Who Could Move Clouds — a luminous testament to the power of storytelling as a healing art and an invitation to embrace the extraordinary.


Tuesday, October 11, 2022 - 1:00pm

Book Passage Fall Picks 2022 (Corte Madera Store In-Person and Live Online)

Join us for an afternoon of fabulous new books emerging this fall! Incredible reads for those of all ages speaking to a constellation of interests


Tuesday, October 11, 2022 - 5:00pm

María Amparo Escandón with Jorge Ramos Ávalos - El Clima de Los Angeles (Online Event)

Con ingenio y humor, María Amparo Escandón sigue a la familia Alvarado mientras esta lucha con evacuaciones inminentes, secretos, engaños y traiciones, y con la decisión más difícil que deben tomar hasta el momento: permanecer unidos o quemarlo todo.


Wednesday, October 12, 2022 - 4:00pm

Thomas E. Ricks with David J. Dennis Jr. - Waging a Good War (Online Event)

In Waging a Good WarThomas E. Ricks offers a fresh perspective on America’s greatest moral revolution — the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s — and its legacy today. While the Movement has become synonymous with Martin Luther King Jr.’s ethos of nonviolence, Ricks draws on his deep knowledge of tactics and strategy to note the surprising affinities between that ethos and the organized pursuit of success at war.


Wednesday, October 12, 2022 - 5:00pm

Online Class: Elizabeth K. Kracht - How to Write a Query Letter

In this three-hour workshop, Elizabeth will not only teach the essential elements of the query, but will also work alongside participants to help them complete a solid query draft before end of class.


Thursday, October 13, 2022 - 11:00am

Sarah Winman - Still Life (Online Event)

With beautiful prose, extraordinary tenderness, and bursts of humor and light, Sarah Winman's Still Life is a sweeping portrait of unforgettable individuals who come together to make a family, and a deeply drawn celebration of beauty and love in all its forms.


Thursday, October 13, 2022 - 5:00pm

Anthony Ocampo - Brown and Gay in LA (Ferry Building Store)

 Anthony Ocampo writings detail his own story of reconciling his queer Filipino American identity and those of men like him. Brown and Gay in LA is an homage to second-generation gay men and their radical redefinition of what it means to be gay, to be a man, to be a person of color, and, ultimately, what it means to be an American.


Friday, October 14, 2022 - 1:00pm

Corte Madera Class: Kerrin Meis - Granada/Alhambra

"If you have not seen Granada you have not seen anything." So says the Spanish adage. In this class, we shall visit the city of the pomegranate which is defined by the events of 1492 when the last Moorish King Boabdil surrendered to Ferdinand and Isabella, thus ending the Nasrids domination of the city.


Saturday, October 15, 2022 - 11:00am

Online Class: Elizabeth K. Kracht - How To Build an Author Platform

In this workshop, Elizabeth will not only teach you what Author Platform is, but will also give you many examples of how to begin building platform or augmenting the platform you already have in place. 


Saturday, October 15, 2022 - 4:00pm

Mark Ciabattari with Lee Kravetz - When the Mask Slips (Corte Madera Store)

An old hand at postmodern literary play, Mark Ciabattari is one writer who could claim charter membership in the Pirandello and Calvino schools of literary humor, and if his first three Rizzoli books were not sufficiently persuasive, you'd have no choice but to recognize his important contribution to literature by the time you got to his latest Rizzoli novel, When The Mask Slips.


Monday, October 17, 2022 - 6:00pm

Penn Jillette - Random (Corte Madera In-Person and Online Ticketed Event)

Random combines the intellectual curiosity of Richard Dawkins with the humor and grit of an Elmore Leonard antihero. Penn Jillette's up-on-his-luck Ingersoll is the character we need to help us navigate the chaos of the post-truth era. Well, unless his roll runs cold.


Tuesday, October 18, 2022 - 1:15pm

Class: Anne-Marie Lebas - Beginning Conversational French (Corte Madera Store)

This course is designed for those who have no or very little knowledge of French. We work with pronunciation, vocabulary enrichment, and short conversations.


Tuesday, October 18, 2022 - 5:00pm

Erika Hayasaki - Somewhere Sisters (Ferry Building Store)

 For readers of All You Can Ever Know and American BabySomewhere Sisters is a richly textured, moving story of sisterhood and coming-of-age, told through the remarkable lives of young women who have redefined the meaning of family for themselves.


Tuesday, October 18, 2022 - 6:00pm

Jim VandeHei, Mike Allen, and Roy Schwartz - Smart Brevity (Corte Madera Store)

In Smart Brevity: The Power of Saying More with Less, Axios co-founders Jim VandeHei, Mike Allen, and Roy Schwartz teach readers how to say more with less in virtually any format. They also share communications lessons learned from their decades of experience in media, business and communications.


Tuesday, October 18, 2022 - 7:00pm

Midterm Elections 2022: Voting Rights & Defending Democracy with Carol Anderson, Joshua A. Douglas, Anita Gail Jones, moderated by Paula Farmer (Online Event)

For the Book Passage special panel events we always like to focus on timely issues with an impressive array of authors and activists well-versed on the subject. The event this fall is no exception as we feature an in-depth discussion on midterm elections 2022, voter rights, the importance of grassroots political movements and why voter engagement matters now more than ever.


Wednesday, October 19, 2022 - 2:00pm

Class: Anne-Marie Lebas - Say It in French: Intermediate/Advanced (Corte Madera Store)

This course is for students who wish to become more fluent and self-confident in speaking and writing French, expand vocabulary, understand and participate in casual conversations, and better comprehend the French way of life.


Wednesday, October 19, 2022 - 5:30pm

Carell Augustus - Black Hollywood (Online Event)

Black Hollywood is a groundbreaking reimagining of Hollywood's most beloved films. Visionary photographer Carell Augustus has created a "who's who" of today's Black entertainers recreating iconic cinematic scenes, renewing readers' appreciation of the past while asking questions about representation in media and inspiring the artists of the future.


Thursday, October 20, 2022 - 5:00pm

Zhuqing Li - Daughters of The Flower Fragrant Garden (Ferry Building Store)

 Daughters of the Flower Fragrant Garden is a window into the lives of women in twentieth-century China, a time of traumatic change and unparalleled resilience. In this riveting and deeply personal account, Zhuqing Li confronts the bitter political rivals of mainland China and Taiwan with elegance and unique insight, while celebrating her aunts’ remarkable legacies.


Thursday, October 20, 2022 - 5:30pm

Andrew Meier - Morgenthau (Online Event)

Now unearthed by author Andrew Meier, the saga of the Morgenthaus has lain half hidden in the shadows for too long. At heart a family history, Morgenthau is also an American epic, as sprawling and surprising as the country itself.


Saturday, October 22, 2022 - 11:00am

Online Class: Elizabeth K. Kracht - How To Write a Fiction Synopsis

Writing a synopsis is difficult for many fiction writers because it’s a technical piece of writing rather than creative. In this three-hour workshop, Elizabeth will break down the synopsis in simple terms, and get you well on your way to a first draft by the end of workshop.


Saturday, October 22, 2022 - 1:00pm

David Fenton with David Talbot and Judy Gumbo - The Activist's Media Handbook (Corte Madera Store)

Activist and public relations thought leader David Fenton shares lessons on how to organize successful media campaigns, cultivated from more than half a century working within some of history’s most impactful social movements. Part rollercoaster memoir, part practical guide, The Activist's Media Handbook provides an essential toolkit for today’s activists who are organizing to win.


Saturday, October 22, 2022 - 3:00pm

Ethan Chatagnier with Talia Lakshmi Kolluri - Singer Distance (Ferry Building Store)

 Filled with mystery and wonder, Ethan Chatagnier’s Singer Distance is a novel about ambition, loneliness, exploration, and love — about how far we’re willing to go to communicate with a distant civilization, and the great lengths we’ll travel to connect with each other here on Earth.


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.


Sunday, October 23, 2022 - 2:00pm

Tom Felton - Beyond the Wand (Dominican University of California)

From the magical moments on set as Draco Malfoy to the challenges of growing up in the spotlight, get a backstage pass into Tom Felton’s life on and off the big screen. Tom Felton’s Beyond the Wand is an entertaining, funny, and poignant must-read for any Harry Potter fan. Prepare to meet a real-life wizard.


Sunday, October 23, 2022 - 4:00pm

Katie Hafner with Michael Krasny - The Boys (Corte Madera Store)

The Boys by Katie Hafner is a delicious summer read filled with humor and surprise for readers of Anne Tyler and Kevin Wilson. When introverted Ethan Fawcett marries fun-loving Barb, so comfortable in the world, he has every reason to believe he will be delivered from a lifetime of solitude. She fills his world with a sense of adventure, expanding his horizons beyond his comfortable routine.


Monday, October 24, 2022 - 7:00pm

Reza Aslan - An American Martyr in Persia (Calvary Presbyterian In-Person and Live Online)

In this rip-roaring tale of Howard Baskerville's life and death, Reza Aslan gives us a powerful parable about the universal ideals of democracy — and to what degree Americans are willing to support those ideals in a foreign land. Woven throughout An American Martyr in Persia is an essential history of the nation we now know as Iran — frequently demonized and misunderstood in the West.


Tuesday, October 25, 2022 - 4:00pm

Peter Gibb - Mindful Conversation (Corte Madera Store)

Mindful Conversation presents a fresh inner/outer approach to the most important life skill you never studied in school. Peter Gibb has written a compelling, enjoyable and practical guide for the intelligent conversationalist eager to move beyond small talk. Change how you talk. Change how you listen. Change your relationships with others, and yourself. Change your life.


Tuesday, October 25, 2022 - 6:00pm

Mark Vanhoenacker with Matthew Felix - Imagine A City (Corte Madera Store)

In this intimate yet expansive work that weaves travelogue with memoir, Mark Vanhoenacker celebrates the cities he has come to know and to love, through the lens of the hometown his heart has never quite left. As he explores emblematic facets of each city’s identity in Imagine a City, he shows us with warmth and fresh eyes the extraordinary places that billions of us call home. 


Wednesday, October 26, 2022 - 5:00pm

Ina Garten with Frank Bruni - Go-To Dinners (Online Ticketed Event)

In Go-To Dinners, Ina Garten shares her strategies for making her most satisfying and uncomplicated dinners. Many, like Overnight Mac & Cheese, you can make ahead and throw in the oven right before dinner. Light dinners like Tuscan White Bean Soup can be prepped ahead and assembled at the last minute. Go-to family meals like Chicken in a Pot with Orzo and Hasselback Kielbasa will feed a crowd with very little effort.


Wednesday, October 26, 2022 - 7:00pm

Temple Grandin - Visual Thinking (Dominican University of California)

A quarter of a century after her memoir, Thinking in Pictures, forever changed how the world understood autism, Temple Grandin transforms our awareness of the different ways our brains are wired in her newest book, Visual Thinking. Do you have a keen sense of direction, a love of puzzles, the ability to assemble furniture without crying? You are likely a visual thinker.


Thursday, October 27, 2022 - 5:30pm

Samuel C. Spitale - How to Win the War on Truth (Online Event)

Filled with cleverly illustrated real-world examples of propaganda in all its forms, How to Win the War on Truth will help you see the world with clear eyes for the first time. Because when it comes to preserving democracy and fighting for our rights, it’s essential that we do.


Thursday, October 27, 2022 - 6:00pm

Joan Frank - Late Work & Juniper Street (Corte Madera Store)

Useful for writers at any stage of development, Late Work offers a seasoned artist's thinking through the exploration of issues, paradoxes, and crises of faith.


Saturday, October 29, 2022 - 10:30am

Online Class: Nina Schuyler - Making Metaphors

Whenever I read a metaphor, something alters, and a rival reality emerges. If someone’s hair color is compared to basil, the world that previously kept those two things apart is made anew. We’ll explore why metaphors are so powerful, but the main focus will be trying out different strategies for how to make them. By the end of the class, you’ll come away better able to create your own original metaphors.  



Saturday, October 29, 2022 - 1:00pm

Clint Hill and Lisa McCubbin Hill - My Travels with Mrs. Kennedy (Corte Madera Ticketed Event)

My Travels with Mrs. Kennedy unveils a personal side of history that has never been told before and takes the reader on a breathtaking journey, experiencing what it was like for Clint Hill to travel with Jacqueline Kennedy as the entire world was falling in love with her.


Saturday, October 29, 2022 - 2:00pm

Kristin Marguerite Doidge with Erin Carlson - Nora Ephron (Corte Madera Store)

Nora Ephron: A Biography is the first comprehensive portrait of the Manhattan-born girl who forged a path of her own, earning accolades and adoration from critics and fans alike. Author Kristin Marguerite Doidge explores the tremendous successes and disappointing failures Ephron sustained in her career as a popular essayist turned screenwriter turned film director.


Saturday, October 29, 2022 - 4:00pm

Joel Richard Paul - Indivisible (Corte Madera Store)

The story of how Daniel Webster popularized the ideals of American nationalism that helped forge our nation’s identity and inspire Abraham Lincoln to preserve the Union. As he did in Without Precedent and Unlikely Allies, author Joel Richard Paul has written in Indivisible both a compelling history and a fascinating account of one of the founders of our national perspective.


Sunday, October 30, 2022 - 1:00pm

Erik Tarloff with Matthew Robins - Tell Me The Truth About Love (Corte Madera Store)

A novel about sexual love, straight and queer, about love between friends, between exes, between parents and children, between lovers old and new, Erik Tarloff's Tell Me the Truth About Love tells the story of Toby Lindeman, a divorced man in San Francisco leading what appears to be an enviable bachelor's life.


Sunday, October 30, 2022 - 2:00pm

Kate Zaliznock - The San Francisco Doodler Murders (Ferry Building Store)


In The San Francisco Doodler Murders, Kate Zaliznock chronicles one of San Francisco's most horrific unsolved serial murder cases. In less than two years, the man police called The Doodler took at least five lives, terrorized the LGBTQ community, and left three survivors forever changed.


Tuesday, November 1, 2022 - 11:00am

Lee Child & Andrew Child with Louise Penny - No Plan B (Online Ticketed Event)

No Plan B is the gripping new Jack Reacher thriller from the #1 New York Times bestselling authors Lee Child and Andrew Child. In Gerrardsville, Colorado, a woman dies under the wheels of a moving bus. The death is ruled a suicide. But Jack Reacher saw what really happened: A man in a gray hoodie and jeans, moving stealthily, pushed the victim to her demise — before swiftly grabbing the dead woman’s purse and strolling away.


Tuesday, November 1, 2022 - 5:30pm

Emi Nietfeld - Acceptance (Online Event)

Both a chronicle of the American Dream and author Emi Nietfeld's indictment of it, this searing debut exposes the price of trading a troubled past for the promise of a bright future. Told with a ribbon of dark humor, Acceptance challenges our ideas of what it means to overcome — and find contentment on your own terms.


Tuesday, November 1, 2022 - 6:00pm

John Shea - Long Schott (Corte Madera Store)

A candid autobiography from the famously reclusive Oakland Athletics owner during the pivotal Moneyball era, Long Schott is a story written by John Shea about unlikely victories: from that feisty A's squad that rallied for a historic 20-game win streak to the booming California real estate market and beyond.


Thursday, November 3, 2022 - 5:00pm

Owen Ullmann - Empathy Economics (Ferry Building Store)

 Owen Ullmann's Empathy Economics is the trailblazing story of Janet Yellen, the Ruth Bader Ginsburg of economics, and her lifelong advocacy for an economics of empathy that delivers the fruits of a prosperous society to people at the bottom half of the economic ladder. 


Thursday, November 3, 2022 - 6:00pm

Michael Zagaris & Brian Murphy - Field of Play (Corte Madera Store)

With contributions from celebrated Hall of Famers Joe Montana, Ronnie Lott, and Fred Biletnikoff, as well as text from renowned sportswriter Steve Cassady and sociologist Dr. Harry Edwards, Field of Play highlights Michael Zagaris’s storied career as a photographer, showcasing the irresistible force of football and celebrates its enduring presence.


Friday, November 4, 2022 - 1:00pm

Robert Crais - Racing the Light (Corte Madera Store)

Private investigator Elvis Cole and his enigmatic partner Joe Pike are back on the case in this brilliant new thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Robert Crais. Written with the heart, humor, and relentless suspense for which Crais is famous, Racing the Light delivers Elvis Cole's most dangerous case yet.


Saturday, November 5, 2022 - 1:00pm

James L'Etoile - Dead Drop (Corte Madera Store)

In James L'Etoile's Dead Drop, while investigating the deaths of undocumented migrants in the Arizona desert, Detective Nathan Parker finds a connection to the unsolved murder of his partner by a coyote on a human smuggling run. The new evidence lures Parker over the border in search of the truth, only to trap him in a strange and dangerous land. If he's to survive, Parker must place his life in the hands of the very people he once pursued.


Saturday, November 5, 2022 - 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.



Sunday, November 6, 2022 - 11:00am

Sasha Paulsen and Georgeanne Brennan - Finding Place: Travel and the Search for Home (Corte Madera Store)

Sasha Paulsen and Georgeanne Brennan will be in conversation at Corte Madera Book Passage discussing Travel and the Search for Home. Both Sasha Paulsen's Where Time Begins and Georgeanne Brennan's A Pig in Provence have much to say to readers searching for a sense of adventure and a longing for home.


Sunday, November 6, 2022 - 1:00pm

Dani Shapiro with Sylvia Boorstein - Signal Fires (Corte Madera Store)

In Dani Shapiro’s first work of fiction in fifteen years, she returns to the form that launched her career, with a riveting, deeply felt novel that examines the ties that bind families together — and the secrets that can break them apart. Signal Fires is a work of haunting beauty by a masterly storyteller.


Sunday, November 6, 2022 - 2:00pm

James Reginato with Paul Wilner - Growing Up Getty (Ferry Building Store)

 Through extensive research, including access to J. Paul Getty’s diaries and love letters, and fresh interviews with family members and friends, James Reginato's Growing Up Getty offers an inside look into the benefits and burdens of being part of today’s world of the ultra-wealthy.


Sunday, November 6, 2022 - 4:00pm

Mary R Thompson - Wild Soul Woman (Corte Madera Store)

Woven throughout with Mary R. Thompson's personal story, the stories of other women who have blazed a trail, and Kathleen Brigidina’s enchanting illustrations, this is an inspirational how-to guide to exploring your inner nature. A Wild Soul Woman is also a blueprint for the next wave of feminism and its larger purpose — to reshape our culture and our institutions.


Wednesday, November 9, 2022 - 5:30pm

Toni Mirosevich with Nina Schuyler - Spell Heaven (Online Event)

In Toni Mirosevich's Spell Heaven, a lesbian couple moves to a coast town and unexpectedly finds a sense of belonging with a group of outsiders. Stories include the tale of an undocumented boy's drowning when a wave pulls him out to sea, an ex–FBI agent’s surveillance of a man who leaves chocolate bars at a tree in a weekly ritual, a mother on meth who teaches a lesson on mercy, and a man who flies kites from a fishing pole and sells drugs on the side.


Thursday, November 10, 2022 - 5:30pm

Joan Baranow and Amy Crider - A Slight Thing, Happiness + Disorder (Online Event)

In A Slight Thing, Happiness, Joan Baranow's readers gain a look into reproductive experiences that are rarely found in poems and are rewarded with the miracle of ordinary family life. Amy Crider's debut psychological thriller, Disorder, is an endlessly satisfying page turner that will forever change the way you look at storytelling and mental illness.


Friday, November 11, 2022 - 4:00pm

Jennifer Lynn Alvarez and Alexa Donne with Lisa Manterfield - Friends Like These + Pretty Dead Queens (Corte Madera Store)

Join us at Book Passage Corte Madera for Jennifer Lynn Alvarez, author of Friends Like These, and Alexa Donne, author of Pretty Dead Queens!


Saturday, November 12, 2022 - 12:00pm

National Kidney Foundation - 34th Annual Author Luncheon (SF Palace Hotel In-Person and Online)

For 33 years the Authors Luncheon has welcomed nearly 1,000 Bay Area guests to celebrate renowned, bestselling authors. We will be hosting this event in-person at San Francisco's Palace Hotel and we will again take the event VIRTUAL; connecting with our guests where they are – from the comfort of their favorite reading nooks all over the GLOBE.  


Saturday, November 12, 2022 - 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.


Saturday, November 12, 2022 - 2:00pm

Susan Cohen & Rebecca Foust - Democracy of Fire + ONLY (Corte Madera Store)

Join all of us at Book Passage Corte Madera for two stunning poetry collections — Susan Cohen's Democracy of Fire and Rebecca Foust's Only.


Saturday, November 12, 2022 - 6:00pm

Billy Collins - Musical Tables (Corte Madera Store Ticketed)

From Billy Collins, the former United States Poet Laureate and New York Times bestselling author of Aimless Love, comes Musical Tablesa collection of more than 125 small poems, all of them new, and each a thought or observation compressed to its emotional essence.


Sunday, November 13, 2022 - 4:00pm

David Downie with Matthew Felix - Roman Roulette (Corte Madera Store)

In Roman Roulette, David Downie's second Daria Vinci investigation, the glamorous and high-principled police commissioner of Italy’s FBI must investigate what at first seems a simple case of suicide. In doing so, she attracts the attention of her boss, the Questor of the Province of Rome, who has his own reasons for wanting her off the case. Now, she must solve the murder in 36 hours, while risking her career and, possibly, her life.


Monday, November 14, 2022 - 7:00pm

Nigella Lawson - Cook. Eat. Repeat (Curran Theatre)

Cook, Eat, Repeat is a delicious and delightful combination of recipes intertwined with narrative essays about food, all written in Nigella Lawson’s engaging and insightful prose. Whether asking “what is a recipe?” or declaring death to the “guilty pleasure,” Nigella brings her wisdom about food and life to the fore while sharing new recipes that readers will want to return to again and again.


Tuesday, November 15, 2022 - 6:00pm

Ross Gay - Inciting Joy (Corte Madera Online and In-Person Ticketed Event)

In an era when divisive voices take up so much air space, Inciting Joy offers a vital alternative: What might be possible if we turn our attention to what brings us together, to what we love? Full of energy, curiosity, and compassion, Inciting Joy is essential reading from one of our most brilliant writers.


Wednesday, November 16, 2022 - 1:00pm

Laird Hunt - Zorrie (Corte Madera Store)

Spanning an entire lifetime, a life convulsed and transformed by the events of the 20th century, Laird Hunt's Zorrie is an extraordinary novel that offers a profound and intimate portrait of the dreams that propel one tenacious woman onward and the losses that she cannot outrun.


Wednesday, November 16, 2022 - 5:30pm

Oscar Hokeah - Calling for a Blanket Dance (Online Event)

How will this young man visualize a place for himself when the world hasn’t made room for him to start with? Honest, heartbreaking, and ultimately uplifting, Oscar Hokeah Calling for a Blanket Dance is the story of how Ever Geimausaddle finds his way home.


Wednesday, November 16, 2022 - 6:00pm

Rabia Chaudry - Fatty Fatty Boom Boom (Corte Madera Store)

At once a love letter (with recipes) to fresh roti, chaat, chicken biryani, ghee, pakoras, shorba, parathay and an often hilarious dissection of life in a Muslim immigrant family, Rabia Chaudry's Fatty Fatty Boom Boom is also a searingly honest portrait of a woman grappling with a body that gets the job done but that refuses to meet the expectations of others.


Saturday, November 19, 2022 - 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).



Wednesday, November 30, 2022 - 7:00pm

Patti Smith - A Book of Days (Dominican University of California)

With over 365 photographs taking you through a single year, A Book of Days is a new way to experience the expansive mind of the visionary poet, writer, and performer. Hopeful, elegiac, playful — and complete with an introduction by Patti Smith that explores her documentary process — A Book of Days is a timeless offering for deeply uncertain times, an inspirational map of an artist’s life.


Saturday, December 3, 2022 - 11:30am

Jennifer Latham - Baking Bread with Kids (Ferry Building Store)

Baking Bread with Kids is the definitive bread book for learning to make delicious loaves and treats that everyone will enjoy. Author Jennifer Latham organizes each recipe into clear and easy-to-follow instructions and accompanies them with beautiful illustrations depicting each step — perfect for school-age readers or younger kids accompanied by an adult in the kitchen. 


Saturday, December 3, 2022 - 11:30am

Dr. Steven Thrasher with Piper Kerman - The Viral Underclass (Ferry Building Store)

Told through the heart-rending stories of friends, activists, and teachers navigating the novel coronavirus, HIV, and other viruses, Dr. Steven Thrasher brings the reader with him as he delves into the viral underclass and lays bare its inner workings. The Viral Underclass helps us understand the world more deeply by showing the fraught relationship between privilege and survival.


Saturday, December 3, 2022 - 1:00pm

Emmanuel LaRoche - Conversations Behind the Kitchen Door (Ferry Building Store)

Conversations Behind the Kitchen Door is Emmanuel Laroche's collection of dialogues with award-winning chefs from various backgrounds and cultures, sharing their personal experiences of where and why food culture is where it is today.


Saturday, December 3, 2022 - 4:00pm

Matthew Quick - We Are The Light (Corte Madera Store)

From Matthew Quick, whose work has been described by the Boston Herald as “like going to your favorite restaurant. You just know it is going to be good,” We Are the Light is an unforgettable novel about the quicksand of grief and the daily miracle of love.


Sunday, December 4, 2022 - 4:00pm

Emil DeAndreis - Tell Us When to Go (Corte Madera Store)

Tell Us When To Go is a millennial coming-of-age story; part Silicon Valley satire and part urgent glimpse into the darker sides of privilege, troll culture, and class disparity. Emil DeAndreis asks the question, what comes of a friendship, or a city, with so much splitting it apart? Can it be saved?


Saturday, December 10, 2022 - 1:00pm

Jane Smiley - A Dangerous Business (Corte Madera Store)

From Jane Smiley, the beloved Pulitzer Prize-winning and best-selling author of A Thousand Acres, comes A Dangerous Business a rollicking murder mystery set in Gold Rush California, as two young prostitutes follow a trail of missing girls.


Saturday, December 10, 2022 - 2:00pm

Mike Bernhardt - Voices of the Grieving Heart (Corte Madera Store)

When Mike Bernhardt's wife died, he turned to writing poetry as a tool of healing. He later solicited the poetry of other people whose loved ones had died and received hundreds of submissions from around the world. The result was Voices of the Grieving Heart, first published in 1994. More than just an anthology of poetry, it is a companion on the darkest road many of us will ever have to travel: grieving the death of someone we loved.


Tuesday, December 13, 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.


Wednesday, December 14, 2022 - 5:30pm

David Hinton - Wild Mind, Wild Earth (Online Event)

In Wild Mind, Wild Earth, David Hinton explores modes of seeing and being that could save the planet by reestablishing a deep kinship between human and earth: the insights of primal cultures and the Ch’an (Zen) Buddhism of ancient China. He also shows how these insights have become well-established in the West over the last two hundred years, through the work of poets and philosophers and scientists.


Saturday, January 7, 2023 - 4:00pm

Susanne Pari - In The Time of Our History (Corte Madera Store)

Inspired by her own family’s experiences following the 1979 Islamic Revolution, in In The Time of Our History author Susanne Pari explores the entangled lives within an Iranian American family grappling with generational culture clashes, the roles imposed on women, and a tragic accident that forces them to reconcile their guilt or forfeit their already tenuous bonds.


Sunday, January 22, 2023 - 2:00pm

Kathryn Lasky - Light on Bone (Ferry Building Store)

 Kathryn Lasky has written Light on Bone, an exciting new adult amateur sleuth mystery set in New Mexico in the 1930s. The sleuth is Georgia O'Keefe, who actually did suffer a nervous breakdown in 1933 when her husband Alfred Stieglitz had a somewhat public affair, was hospitalized for psychiatric treatment, and then traveled to the Ghost Ranch in New Mexico to paint.


Sunday, February 5, 2023 - 2:00pm

Kevin Griffin - Living Kindness (Ferry Building Store)

 Through stories from the ancient Pali canon of Buddhism and personal reflections on modern life, in Living Kindness Dharma teacher Kevin Griffin reveals the richness and multifaceted nature of loving-kindness or metta on the Buddhist path. Along with the other brahmaviharas of compassion, sympathetic joy, and equanimity, the practice of loving-kindness is a radical way of life based in wisdom, ethics, and compassion for all beings.


Thursday, February 23, 2023 - 6:00pm

Christopher J. Preston - Tenacious Beasts (Corte Madera Store)

Tenacious Beasts by author Christopher Preston is quintessential nature writing for the Anthropocene, touching on different facets of ecological restoration from Indigenous knowledge to rewilding practices. More important, perhaps, the book offers a road map — and a measure of hope — for a future in which humans and animals can once again coexist.