2024 — 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.


Friday, June 14, 2024 - 1:00pm

The History of the Book with Kerrin Meis

Join us for a presentation on the history of the book, from Ancient Syria to the invention of the alphabet, all the way to the introduction of eBooks. A book is a work of art, and we shall enjoy looking at some outstanding examples.


Saturday, June 15, 2024 - 12:00pm

Micah Siva - Nosh: Plant-Forward Recipes Celebrating Modern Jewish Cuisine (Ferry Plaza Farmers Market)

Please join us for a special meet & greet signing event with trained chef and registered dietitian Micah Siva accompanying her Foodwise demo at the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. This signing is in celebration of Nosh...elevating beloved Jewish flavors into everyday life.


Saturday, June 15, 2024 - 1:00pm

Zach Williams with Adam Johnson - Beautiful Days (Corte Madera Store & Online)

From New Yorker and Paris Review contributor Zach Williams comes a striking and savage debut story collection that confronts parenthood, mortality, and life’s broken promises. With exquisite prose and a lacerating wit, Beautiful Days holds a mirror to the many absurdities of being human and refuses to let us look away. Joined in-conversation with Adam Johnson.


Saturday, June 15, 2024 - 4:00pm

Elaine Kelliher - Do You Think I Cried Too Long (Corte Madera Store)

This story of heartache and suspense will keep you guessing until the very end... Elaine Kelliher is a first-time published author of the new novel, Do You Think I Cried Too Long? She was a finalist in the Essence Magazine Maya Angelou’s Award in Creative Fiction in 1989 for her short fiction, Brown Sugar. 


Monday, June 17, 2024 - 5:30pm

Paul Tremblay with Christopher Golden and Richard Kadrey - Horror Movie (Ferry Building Store)

Horror Movie, by Paul Tremblay, is an obsessive, psychologically chilling, and suspenseful feat of storytelling genius that builds inexorably to an unforgettable, mind-bending conclusion. Joined in-conversation with Christopher Golden, author of The House of Last Resort and Richard Kadrey The Dead Take the A Train


Tuesday, June 18, 2024 - 5:30pm

Elizabeth Acevedo with Yalitza Ferreras - Family Lore: A Novel (Ferry Building Store)

Family Lore traces the lives of each of the Marte women, weaving together past and present, Santo Domingo and New York City. Told with Elizabeth Acevedo’s inimitable and incandescent voice, this is an indelible portrait of sisters and cousins, aunts and nieces—one family’s journey through their history, helping them better navigate all that is to come. Joined in-conversation with Yalitza Ferreras.


Tuesday, June 18, 2024 - 5:30pm

Pride Panel 2024 (Online)

Whether you are part of the LBTQ community or an ally, this is a discussion you don’t
want to miss! The panelists include … KB Brookins, Karl Dunn, Laura Gao and Ann Pellegrini with moderator Paula Farmer


Wednesday, June 19, 2024 - 5:30pm

Payam Zamani - Crossing the Desert (Ferry Building Store)

Crossing the Desert gives readers an intimate look at how the paths we choose, the values we embrace, and the systems we decide to participate in (or not) can make or break us, not only financially, but spiritually. Payam Zamani’s story is a timely reminder that enduring and embracing life’s most difficult journeys can lead us to a brighter future—not only for ourselves, but for the people around us, and even the world. 


Thursday, June 20, 2024 - 5:00pm

Crafting Compelling Characters & Dialogue with Anoop Judge

In this two-day workshop, students will explore how to craft compelling characters and dialogue for any genre (fiction, essays, nonfiction, or memoir).


Saturday, June 22, 2024 - 11:00am

Simi Monheit - The Goldie Standard: A Novel (Corte Madera Store)

Hilarious and surprising, this unapologetically Jewish story delivers a present-day take on a highly creative grandmother trying to find her Ph.D granddaughter a husband who is a doctor-with a yarmulke, of course. this novel explores generational differences, the weight of tradition, and the resilience of love. Drawing on the long tradition of Jewish humor and pathos, The Goldie Standard mainly celebrates life.


Saturday, June 22, 2024 - 1:00pm

Eric Weiner with Matthew Félix - Ben & Me (Corte Madera Store)

At a time when history is either neglected or contested, Eric Weiner argues we have much to learn from the past and that we’d all be better off if we acted and thought a bit more like Ben did, even if he didn’t always live up to his own high ideals. Engaging, smart, moving, quirky, Ben & Me distills the essence of Franklin’s ideas into grounded, practical wisdom for all of us. Joined in-conversation with Matthew Félix, author of Porcelain Travels.


Saturday, June 22, 2024 - 3:00pm

Karl Dunn - How to Burn a Rainbow (Ferry Building Store)

This raw and unflinching memoir welcomes readers into the heart of Karl Dunn's transformative journey-burning the scripts written for him by both the gay and straight worlds, facing down his deepest fears, and forging his own path to self-love. How To Burn A Rainbow is a gripping narrative of resilience and courage that dares to ask the hard questions about love, equality, and the price of happiness.


Saturday, June 22, 2024 - 4:00pm

Walter Mosley - Farewell, Amethystine (Corte Madera Store & Online)

Farewell, Amethystine by Walter Mosley – Easy Rawlins’ latest client sends him down a warren of memory and nostalgia, blinding him to reason and risk, from “master of the genre,” (Washington Post) Walter Mosley.


Sunday, June 23, 2024 - 2:00pm

Bobby Finger - Four Squares (Ferry Building Store)


Alternating between both timelines, Four Squares, by Bobby Finger, is an intimate look at what it means to find community at any age. With humor and compassion, it honors the enduring power of queer friendship, its history, and how essential it is to keep those stories alive.


Sunday, June 23, 2024 - 4:00pm

John McNellis - Scout's Honor (Corte Madera Store)

With an intricate plot spanning the 1960's counterculture, the Vietnam War, 1970's gritty New York real estate world, the grandeur and hardship of the Marine Corps, and more, Scout's Honor by John McNellis is a sweeping novel of suspense that explores larger themes of morality, guilt, trust, and redemption. Populated with flawed yet compelling characters, Scout's Honor will appeal to fans of both character-driven literary fiction, thrillers, and redemption tales.


Monday, June 24, 2024 - 6:00pm

Stephanie Harrison - New Happy (Online Event)

 Through an inspiring blend of art and science, New Happy, by Stephanie Harrison, will forever change the way that you see yourself and the world. Whether you’re wondering what career you should choose, navigating a life transition, going through a difficult time, teaching your kids what matters most, or simply hoping to experience more joy every day, New Happy offers the proven path to a happier life and a better world.


Tuesday, June 25, 2024 - 5:30pm

Guzman with Conrad Amenta - Family Values: Kurt, Courtney & Frances Bean (Ferry Building Store)

Family Values is a photography book presenting approximately 90 images featuring Kurt, Courtney, and their baby Frances, one morning in their modest Hollywood home selected from a photoshoot that Guzman did for Spin magazine in 1992. Only five photographs from the shoot were published in the magazine at the time, including the cover.


Tuesday, June 25, 2024 - 6:00pm

Maggie Mertens with Rahawa Haile - Better Faster Farther (Corte Madera Store)

For readers of Good and MadBorn to Run, and Fly GirlsBetter Faster Farther, by Maggie Mertens, takes us inside the lives and the victories of the women who have redefined society’s image of strength and power. Joined in-conversation with Rahawa Haile.


Tuesday, June 25, 2024 - 7:00pm

Dr. Anthony Fauci with Barbara Boxer - On Call: A Doctor's Journey in Public Service (Dominican University of California)

We are honored to welcome world renowned doctor and public servant, Dr. Anthony Fauci to Dominican University of California, for an evening celebrating the release of his memoir, On Call : A Doctor's Journey in Public Service. Joined in conversation with Barbara Boxer who served as California’s United States Senator from 1993 to 2017.


Wednesday, June 26, 2024 - 5:30pm

Rosalie M. Lin with Sara Hashem - Daughter of Calamity (Ferry Building Store)

Daughter of Calamity, by Rosalie M. Lin, Genres collide in this dark and atmospheric reimagining of 1930s Shanghai for fans of Nghi Vo and S. A. Chakraborty. Joined in conversation with Sara Hashem.


Wednesday, June 26, 2024 - 6:00pm

Kasley Killam with Smiley Poswolsky - The Art and Science of Connection (Shack15 Event)

Join Shack15 for a fireside chat with the Kasley Killam, the author of The Art and Science of Connection: Why Social Health is the Missing Key to Living Longer, Healthier, and Happier in conversation with SHACK15 member and author Smiley Poswolsky. In the book, Killam provides a groundbreaking redefinition of what it means to be healthy and introduces the need for social health—the part of well-being that comes from feeling connected—to truly flourish.


Wednesday, June 26, 2024 - 6:00pm

Joyce Maynard - How the Light Gets In (Corte Madera Store & Online)

From New York Times bestselling author Joyce Maynard comes the eagerly anticipated follow-up to her beloved novel Count the Ways—a complex story of three generations of a family and its remarkable, resilient, indomitable matriarch, Eleanor.


Thursday, June 27, 2024 - 5:30pm

Leslie Stephens with Kyla Zhao - You're Safe Here (Ferry Building Store)


You're Safe Here by Leslie Stephens - Wellness, motherhood, and technology converge in a near future California, as three women’s seemingly innocuous decisions have further-reaching consequences than any of them could imagine in this timely, clever, and white-knuckled thriller. Joined in-conversation with Kyla Zhao. Author of Valley Verified.


Thursday, June 27, 2024 - 6:00pm

Karen Solt with Tania Malik - Hiding for My Life (Corte Madera Store)

Hiding who you are can’t help but alter the course of your life—and in some cases, it can even kill us or those we hold most dear. In this memoir [Hiding for my Life] of Karen Solt's twenty-two-year career in the U.S. Navy, retired Senior Chief Karen Solt shines a light on the heavy toll NCIS witch hunts and Don’t Ask Don’t Tell took on her and other LGBTQ Americans who donned the uniform in the 1980s-2000s. Joined in-conversation with Tania Malik, author of Hope You Are Satisfied.


Friday, June 28, 2024 - 1:00pm

Hidden Gems of Art in Italy with Kerrin Meis

Join Kerrin Meis for this special, two-part presentation on the many excursions she made with her brother-in-law from his home in San Giusto. We will discover many masterpieces - some in tiny villages, others in better-known cities and churches.


Saturday, June 29, 2024 - 11:00am

Travel Photography with Your iPhone with Susan & Neil Silverman

Want to become a pro with your smartphone camera before your next trip? This hands-on workshop will set you on that path. Combining discussion and demonstration with the iPhone camera, Susan and Neil Silverman will share their photography experience with you.


Saturday, June 29, 2024 - 11:00am

Nicola Twilley with Mary Roach - Frostbite (Corte Madera Store)

In Frostbite, by New Yorker contributor and cohost of the award-winning podcast Gastropod Nicola Twilley, comes an engaging and far-reaching exploration of refrigeration, tracing its evolution from scientific mystery to globe-spanning infrastructure, and an essential investigation into how it has remade our entire relationship with food—for better and for worse. Joined in-conversation of Mary Roach, the author of Fuzz: When Nature Breaks the Law.


Saturday, June 29, 2024 - 1:00pm

Valerie Andrews, Mary Reynolds Thompson and Phil Cousineau - Sanctuary (Corte Madera Store)

If you want to get to know someone, listen to their story of home. Intimacy builds as we ask: Where do you come from? What did you leave behind? Where do you feel safe?

In Sanctuary, presented by Valerie Andrews (editor), Mary Reynolds Thompson and Phil Cousineau, these questions are explored by Jungian analysts, architects and historians, scientists, and storytellers.


Saturday, June 29, 2024 - 4:00pm

Essie Chambers with Anita Gail Jones - Swift River (Corte Madera Store)

“The book we all need to revive our souls” (Nicole Dennis-Benn): A sweeping family saga about the complicated bond between mothers and daughters, the disappearance of a father, and the long-hidden history of a declining New England mill town. A story of first friendships, family secrets, and finding the courage to let go, Swift River, by Essie Chambers, is a sensational debut about how history shapes us and heralds the arrival of a major new literary talent. Joined in-conversation with Anita Gail Jones.


Sunday, June 30, 2024 - 10:00am

Summer Reads Book Group with Karen Secrist

Nothing calls for page-turning, escape reading more than summer, so now we bring you a book group to discuss these engrossing, plot-forward reads. These books are complex enough to discuss, but breezy enough to read poolside.


Sunday, June 30, 2024 - 1:00pm

Ferris Jabr with Obi Kaufmann - Becoming Earth: How Our Planet Came to Life (Corte Madera Store)

Becoming Earth, by Ferris Jabr, is an exhilarating journey through the hidden workings of our planetary symphony—its players, its instruments, and the music of life that emerges—and an invitation to reexamine our place in it. How well we play our part will determine what kind of Earth our descendants inherit for millennia to come. Joined in-conversation with Obi Kaufmann.


Sunday, June 30, 2024 - 4:00pm

Cody Delistraty with Katie Peterson - The Grief Cure: Looking for the End of Loss (Corte Madera Store)

In [The Grief Cure] this lyrical and moving story of the world of Prolonged Grief, journalist Cody Delistraty reflects on his experience with loss and explores what modern science, history, and literature reveal about the nature of our relationship to grief and our changing attitudes toward its cure. Joined in-conversation with Katie Peterson, author of Fog and Smoke.


Wednesday, July 3, 2024 - 5:30pm

Dallas Woodburn & Carol Van Den Hende - Before and After You and Me & the Goodbye Orchid series


For fans of Sarah Dessen and Jennifer Niven comes Before and After You and Me, by Dallas Woodburn a breathtakingly original contemporary YA novel about love, grief, art, and the tiny choices that change our lives. Orchid Blooming is the captivating first book in the Goodbye, Orchid contemporary fiction series. If you like complex characters overcoming trauma, heart-warming stories, and compassionate connections, then you'll adore award-winning author Carol Van Den Hende's emotionally satisfying page-turner.


Sunday, July 7, 2024 - 2:00pm

Marjan Kamali - The Lion Women of Tehran (Ferry Building Store)

Written with Marjan Kamali’s signature “evocative, devastating, and hauntingly beautiful” (Whitney Scharer, author of The Age of Light) prose, The Lion Women of Tehran is a sweeping exploration of how profoundly we are shaped by those we meet when we are young, and the way love and courage transforms our lives.


Tuesday, July 9, 2024 - 5:30pm

Fiona McPhillips - When We Were Silent (Ferry Building Store)

Now with a daughter and career to protect, the last thing Lou wants is for Highfield Manor to be back in her life. But to finally free herself and others, she has to confront her past, go to battle once more, and discover, for once and for all, what really happened at Highfield. Powerful and compelling, When We Were Silentby Fiona McPhillips is an unputdownable, thrilling story of exploitation, privilege, and retribution.


Wednesday, July 10, 2024 - 5:00pm

Time to Write! A Prompt Writing Workshop with Britta Stromeyer

Let's make time to write together! Instructor Britta Stromeyer leads you in a series of rapid fire writing prompts to connect you to your creative mind and get the words flowing.



Wednesday, July 10, 2024 - 5:30pm

Rebecca Kormos with Dr. Liza Keānuenueokalani Williams - Intertwined (Ferry Building Store)

In Intertwined, writer and wildlife biologist Rebecca Kormos elevates the voices of women working to prevent the climate crisis, weaving together their stories to make a powerful case for why women are essential to changing our current trajectory toward catastrophic global warming and environmental degradation. Joined in-conversation with Dr. Liza Keānuenueokalani Williams, a Kanaka Maoli (Native Hawaiian) writer, activist, facilitator, teacher and scholar.


Wednesday, July 10, 2024 - 6:00pm

Joseph Kanon - Shanghai (Corte Madera Store)

In this dazzling thriller, New York Times bestselling author Joseph Kanon gives us his richest setting yet: pre-World War II Shanghai, where glamour and squalor exist side by side and murder is just a cost of doing business.


Thursday, July 11, 2024 - 12:30pm

Italian for Travel with Valentina Medda

Our traveler's class is perfect for those planning a trip to Italy. After three fun sessions, you’ll be able to order your spritz before dinner, ask for directions, reserve a taxi or a table at a restaurant, check-in at the hotel or Airbnb, purchase tickets to a museum, or indulge in some serious shopping in Milan...and much more!


Thursday, July 11, 2024 - 1:00pm

Susannah Marren - Maribelle’s Shadow (Online Event)

 The only thing that spreads faster than gossip in Palm Beach is news of a mysterious death.

From a nationally renowned observer of women’s relationships comes Maribelle’s Shadow, a compelling tale of deception and family loyalty.


Thursday, July 11, 2024 - 5:30pm

Suzannah Weiss with Dr. Carol Queen - Subjectified (Ferry Building Store)


Subjectified is a book about subjects, objects, and verbs. The book is for everybody wanting to understand themselves better as subjects. Wholeheartedly, the author, Suzannah Weiss, invites you to follow her search for subjecthood and, should you desire, forge your own path out of objecthood. Joined in-conversation with Dr. Carol Queen.


Friday, July 12, 2024 - 4:00pm

Jessica Chen with Brooks E. Scott - Smart, Not Loud (Online)

Building on the lessons she learned as an award-winning TV news journalist, Jessica Chenwho now speaks at Fortune 100 companies and whose LinkedIn Learning courses have been watched by over 2 million peopleintroduces a new way of getting noticed at work, without being loud, aggressive, or boastful. In Smart, Not Loud, Chen teaches readers how they can look within, to the values they already hold, to more effectively show up. Joined in-conversation with Brooks E. Scott.


Saturday, July 13, 2024 - 11:00am

Nina Schuyler with Laura Cogan - In This Ravishing World (Corte Madera Store)

In this Ravishing World, by Nina Schuyler, is a sweeping, impassioned short story collection, ringing out with joy, despair, and hope for the natural world. Nine connected stories unfold, bringing together an unforgettable cast of dreamers, escapists, activists, and artists, creating a kaleidoscopic view of the climate crisis.


Saturday, July 13, 2024 - 2:00pm

Left Coast Writers® Let's Talk Poetry Panel (Corte Madera Store)

Join us for an in-depth panel discussion of poetry: its creation, publication and dissemination, featuring LCW founder Linda Watanabe McFerrin, author of The Impossibility of Redemption, Navigating the Divide and POST-Apocalyptic Valentine; Catharine Clarke-Sayles, author of four books of poetry including One Breath, Lifeboat, and The Telling, The Listening and writer/poet Adrienne Amundsen, author of Cassandras Falling, Reclaiming the Apple: Poems from Afghanistan and Dog Days of the Pandemic Summer.


Sunday, July 14, 2024 - 10:00am

The Business of Kids' Publishing with Mat Heagerty

You have written a children’s book… now what? Join Mat Heagerty, children’s book writer, to guide you through the wild world of getting your book published.


Sunday, July 14, 2024 - 1:00pm

Elizabeth Stix with Tom Barbash - Things I Want Back From You (Corte Madera Store)

In Things I Want Back From You, Elizabeth Stix's hilarious and poignant debut of 20 linked stories, hopelessly flawed characters flail against their own insecurities, seeking one true moment of connection, and if they're lucky, winning that rarest of gifts--a second chance. Joined in-conversation with Tom Barbash, author of The Dakota Winters.


Sunday, July 14, 2024 - 2:00pm

Adrienne Chung - Organs of Little Importance (Ferry Building Event)


While Darwin was perplexed and ultimately dismissive of these seemingly useless body parts, Organs of Little Importance reframes and repositions the apparent uselessness of our compulsions, superstitions, errant thoughts, and other selves. In diptychs and ghazals, sonnets and lullabies, Adrienne Chung collects and preserves pieces of psychological debris as one would care for precious heirlooms, revealing their surprising potential to become sites of meaning and connection.


Sunday, July 14, 2024 - 4:00pm

Banning Lyon - The Chair and the Valley (Corte Madera Store)

The Chair and The Valley is a raw, gut-wrenching, and amazing story about healing from trauma and starting over. It is a exploration of the importance of chosen family, the restorative power of nature, and the strength it takes to build a new life in the face of fear and doubt. “Banning Lyon’s story is a testament to the power of found family and the hard-earned resilience that can come over time with love.”—Maria Shriver


Tuesday, July 16, 2024 - 5:30pm

Philip Witte and Rex Hesner - Funny Stuff (Ferry Building Store)


Based on interviews with legendary cartoonists—Roz Chast, Sam Gross, Harry Bliss, Joe Dator, Mick Stevens, and many others—Funny Stuff offers a revealing look at the creative process, describing how cartoonists come up with ideas and what their cartoons say about their often twisted view of the world. 


Tuesday, July 16, 2024 - 6:00pm

Carissa Carter and Scott Doorley with Lisa Kay Solomon - Assembling Tomorrow (Corte Madera Store)

Assembling Tomorrow by Carissa Carter and Scott Doorley A powerful guide to why even the most well-intentioned innovations go haywire, and the surprising ways we can change course to create a more positive future, by two celebrated experts working at the intersection of design, technology, and learning at Stanford University’s acclaimed d.school. Joined in-conversation with award-winning designer, Lisa Solomon


Wednesday, July 17, 2024 - 6:00pm

Taffy Brodesser-Akner with Elizabeth Weil - Long Island Compromise: A Novel (Corte Madera Store)

Long Island Compromise, Taffy Brodesser-Akner by spans the entirety of one family’s history, winding through decades and generations, all the way to the outrageous present, and confronting the mainstays of American Jewish life: tradition, the pursuit of success, the terror of history, fear of the future, old wives’ tales, evil eyes, ambition, achievement, boredom, dybbuks, inheritance, pyramid schemes, right-wing capitalists, beta-blockers, psychics, and the mostly unspoken love and shared experience that unite a family forever. Joined in-conversation with Elizabeth Weil


Thursday, July 18, 2024 - 10:00am

Louise Penny and Rhys Bowen with Luisa Smith - Writing and Inspiration (Online Event)

 Rhys Bowen, author of the Molly Murphy Series, will be interviewing Louise Penny, author of the Chief Inspector Gamache Series, about the practice of writing. This conversation is for anyone interested in where inspiration comes from, how to be a better editor, where to start their research, and how to collaborate with colleagues. 


Thursday, July 18, 2024 - 6:00pm

Julia Phillips - Bear: A Novel (Corte Madera Store)

A mesmerizing novel of two sisters whose lives are upended by an unexpected visitor—a tale of family, obsession, and a mysterious creature in the woods, by the celebrated, bestselling author of Disappearing Earth, Julia Phillips. A story about the bonds of sisterhood and the mysteries of the animals that live among us—and within us—Bear is a propulsive, mythical, richly imagined novel from one of the most acclaimed young writers in America.


Friday, July 19, 2024 - 9:00am

Class: Hallie Ephron - Plotting a Mystery Novel: The Secret's in the Secrets

New York Times bestselling author Hallie Ephron, leads a standalone course in building a compelling main character that will ignite reader's imaginations from their first appearance, and leave them thinking about them long after the last page.


Friday, July 19, 2024 - 6:00pm

The Minimalists' Everything Tour 2024 - Everything That Remains & Love People, Use Things (Calvary Presbyterian SF)








Join The Minimalists to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Everything That Remains, the bestselling book that started a movement and led to their first Netflix film, Minimalism.


Saturday, July 27, 2024 - 12:00pm

Maria Zizka - The Hostess Handbook (Ferry Plaza Farmers Market)

Please join us for a special meet & greet signing event with award-winning cookbook author Maria Zizka accompanying her Foodwise demo (starting at 11am) at the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. This signing is in celebration of The Hostess Handbook...everything you need to know to throw your next epic dinner party!


Saturday, July 27, 2024 - 3:00pm

DC Frost and Kate Gale with Saul Gonzalez - A Punishing Breed and Under a Neon Sun (Ferry Building Store)

A Punishing Breed, by DC Frost, the first in a series of novels featuring Detective DJ Arias, is a murder mystery that takes place in Los Angeles, the city of angels, freeways, Santa Ana winds, and honeysuckle slithering through chain-link fences and perfuming LA's dark streets and neighborhoods. Under a Neon Sun by Kate Gale -- Unable to afford rent, Mia--a community college student--lives out of her car, cleaning houses of the well-to-do in the LA area to meet her shoestring budget. Then Covid hits, and everything changes.

Moderated by Saul Gonzalez who has been the Los Angeles co-host of public radio’s statewide show, The California Report since 2019.


Saturday, July 27, 2024 - 4:00pm

Vicki Larson - LATitude (Corte Madera Store)

After years of conducting extensive research and interviews, longtime award-winning journalist and author Vicki Larson has some answers. LATitude: How You Can Make a Live Apart Together Relationship Work is the definitive guide to creating a successful live apart together relationship.


Sunday, July 28, 2024 - 1:00pm

Michael Castleman - The Untold Story of Books (Corte Madera Store & Online)

From Gutenberg to Amazon, Michael Castleman's The Untold Story of Books is the first and only history of publishing told from a veteran author's point of view. Witty, entertaining, and full of remarkable new insights, it's a deeply researched, fascinating history of the idiosyncratic book business--aimed at authors, aspiring authors, booksellers, industry professionals, and everyone who loves to read books.


Sunday, July 28, 2024 - 2:00pm

Andrea Freeman - Ruin Their Crops on the Ground (Ferry Building Event)


Twenty years ago, she survived. This time she may not be so lucky.

On the night that changed everything, Amy Brewer walked out of a house party, trudging angrily away from the friends who made her feel like she didn't belong. Within the next hour, all five of those friends would be dead.


Sunday, July 28, 2024 - 4:00pm

Larry Jacobson - Your Ideal Retirement Workbook (Corte Madera Store)

Your Ideal Retirement Workbook, by Larry Jacobson, is a retirement book full of professional experience, research, and real results that will change the quality of your retirement. Featuring practical answers and inspiring examples to take inspiration from, you'll soon be enjoying the retired life of your dreams.


Monday, July 29, 2024 - 10:30am

Advanced Beginner Spanish with Victoria Einhorn

Join Victoria for a continuing introduction to Spanish, for new and former students. You will learn the basics of the language through reading, writing, addressing grammar and responding to written text. We will also engage in conversation through readings and prompts to promote organic conversation.


Monday, July 29, 2024 - 12:15pm

Advanced Intermediate Spanish with Victoria Einhorn

Join Victoria for a Spanish class for those with some experience and comfort with the language. Students will work towards fluency by reading, writing, addressing grammar and responding to written text. We will also engage in conversation through readings and prompts to promote organic conversation.


Wednesday, July 31, 2024 - 10:30am

Continuing Beginner Spanish with Victoria Einhorn

Join Victoria for a continuing introduction to Spanish, for new and former students. You will learn the basics of the language through reading, writing, addressing grammar and responding to written text. We will also engage in conversation through readings and prompts to promote organic conversation.


Wednesday, July 31, 2024 - 1:00pm

Yasmin Zaher with Priscilla Wathington - The Coin: A Novel (Online)

A bold and unabashed novel about a young Palestinian woman's unraveling as she teaches at a New York City middle school, gets caught up in a scheme reselling Birkin bags, and strives to gain control over her body and mind... In enthralling, sensory prose, The Coin explores nature and civilization, beauty and justice, class and belonging—all while resisting easy moralizing. Provocative, wry, and inviting, The Coin marks the arrival of a major new literary voice. Joined in-conversation with Priscilla Wathington a Palestinian American poet, writer and human rights advocate.


Thursday, August 1, 2024 - 6:00pm

Willy Vlautin - The Horse: A Novel (Corte Madera Store)

In The Horse -- Award-winning author Willy Vlautin explores loneliness, art, regret, and hard-won empathy in this poignant novel—his most personal to date—that captures the life of a journeyman musician unable to escape the tragedies of his past. 


Saturday, August 3, 2024 - 11:00am

Steve Hoffman - A Season for That (Corte Madera Store)

In this poignant, delicious memoir, A Season for That: Lost and Found in the Other Southern France, American tax preparer and food writer Steve Hoffman tells the story of how he and his family move to the French countryside, where the locals upend everything he knows about food, wine, and learning how to belong.


Saturday, August 3, 2024 - 1:00pm

Mark Atkeson - Risky Business in Rising China (Corte Madera Store)

"Risky Business in Rising China" by Mark Atkeson is an American businessman's in-the-trenches chronicle of three decades working in multiple industries in China's new economy — and a candid account of the conflicting forces that have transformed the world's most-populous nation into an economic (and military) superpower, yet may doom it to spectacular decline without drastic change in central-government direction.


Saturday, August 3, 2024 - 4:00pm

Marie Thouin - What Is Compersion? (Corte Madera Store)

What is compersion? Is it the "opposite" of jealousy, as it is usually believed? Is it an emotion or a behavior? Based on her seminal research with consensually non-monogamous (CNM) individuals, Dr. Marie Thouin unravels these questions and more in the first-ever book to offer a comprehensive model of compersion and a practical road map to cultivating it.


Sunday, August 4, 2024 - 12:00pm

Storytelling Workshop with Corey Rosen

You have great stories to tell! In this workshop, author, storyteller, and beloved instructor Corey Rosen (host of The Moth, BATS Improv, and author of Your Story, Well Told) helps you develop stories from your own life and learn the fundamentals of good storytelling in a safe and supportive environment.


Tuesday, August 6, 2024 - 6:00pm

Sidney Morrison - Frederick Douglass: A Novel (Corte Madera Store)

Frederick Douglass was the most prominent African American of the 19th Century and Sidney Morrison has created a mesmerizing historical novel richly detailing his life and the Civil War Era. 

This portrayal of Douglass distinguishes him as one of the founders of American democracy instrumental in ending the institution of slavery from which he escapes to become a fierce abolitionist, gifted orator, and newspaper publisher of The North Star.


Wednesday, August 7, 2024 - 6:00pm

Amanda Bellows - The Explorers (Corte Madera Store)

The Explorers by Amanda Bellows is a fascinating new history of America, told through the stories of a diverse cast of ten extraordinary—and often overlooked—adventurers, from Sacagawea to Matthew Henson to Sally Ride, who pushed the boundaries of discovery and determined our national destiny.


Thursday, August 8, 2024 - 10:00am

Phil Cousineau - Writing Down the Country: On the Road Research

Join author and storyteller, Phil Cousineau, in the venerable art of what correspondents used to call "writing down the country," which combines avid on-site research with scintillating prose. Cousineau will explore ways of traveling to thoroughly gather the background for your travel stories, novels, and scripts.


Thursday, August 8, 2024 - 5:30pm

Helen Phillips with Anna Wiener - Hum: A Novel (Ferry Building Store)

Written in taut, urgent prose, Hum is a work of speculative fiction that unflinchingly explores marriage, motherhood, and selfhood in a world compromised by global warming and dizzying technological advancement, a world of both dystopian and utopian possibilities. As New York Times bestselling author Jeff VanderMeer says, “Helen Phillips, in typical bravura fashion, has found a way to make visible uncomfortable truths about our present by interrogating the near-future.” Joined in conversation with Anna Wiener, author of Uncanny Valley


Saturday, August 10, 2024 - 1:00pm

Yvie Oddly with Michael Bach - All About Yvie : Into the Oddity (Ferry Building Ticketed Event)


Come join us at the Ferry Building as we celebrate the world's oddest drag artist and winner of RuPaul's Drag Race season eleven, Yvie Oddly with an extraordinary meet & greet book signing for her inspiring new memoir All About Yvie.

Each ticket to this non-seated event will include entry to the signing line plus an opportunity for a candid photo taken with Yvie Oddly.


Sunday, August 11, 2024 - 2:00pm

Dean-David Schillinger, MD with Ashley M. McMullen, MD - Telltale Hearts (Ferry Building Event)


In Telltale Hearts, Schillinger reveals what is lost when patients’ stories are ignored or overlooked, and how much is gained when these stories are actively elicited. The stories themselves, at times shocking and always revelatory, disclose secrets, prompt awe, forge unexpected connections, and even catalyze public health action. Telltale Hearts serves as a call to action, urging us to reshape public policy to improve the nation's health.


Tuesday, August 13, 2024 - 6:00pm

Melissa Urban - The New Whole30 (Corte Madera Store & Online)

The new and improved Whole30 program from #1 New York Times bestselling author Melissa Urban, featuring an updated approach to food freedom, the Original and Plant-Based programs, and over 100 new recipes.


Wednesday, August 21, 2024 - 6:00pm

Susan Casey - The Underworld (Corte Madera Store)

“An irresistible mix of splendid scholarship, heart-stopping adventure writing, and vivid, visceral prose." —Sy Montgomery, New York Times best-selling author of The Soul of an Octopus. 

The Underworld is Susan Casey’s most beautiful and thrilling book yet, a gorgeous evocation of the natural world and a powerful call to arms.


Saturday, August 24, 2024 - 11:00am

Frances Mayes with Michael Shapiro - A Great Marriage (Corte Madera Store & Online)

With her signature warmth, humor, and incisive style, beloved author Frances Mayes creates a multigenerational probe into the complexity of love and the great mystery ride of marriage. A novel of casual choices and fateful consequences, A Great Marriage introduces two unforgettable families and the arrival of a stranger who rearranges their futures. Joined in-conversation with Michael Shapiro.


Saturday, August 24, 2024 - 12:00pm

Sara Calvosa Olson - Chími Nu'am: Native California Foodways for the Contemporary Kitchen (Ferry Plaza Farmers Market)

Please join us for a special meet & greet signing event food writer Sara Calvosa Olson acompanying her Foodwise demo at the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. This signing is in celebration of Chími Nu'am: Native California Foodways for the Contemporary KitchenMore than seventy delectable recipes that bring California's Indigenous cuisines into kitchens today.


Thursday, August 29, 2024 - 5:30pm

Paula Lehman-Ewing with Ken Oliver - Reimagining the Revolution (Ferry Building Store)

Paula Lehman-Ewing frames each profile within two fundamental truths: The current system—built and sustained by oppression, extraction, and inequity by design—cannot be reformed. Reimagining the Revolution is a call to action for each of us: if we can access the tools we have, we can dream bigger, think outside the box, and follow the paths laid out by change-making activists toward nothing short of revolution. Joined in-conversation with Ken Oliver, the VP of Checkr.org and Executive Director of the Checkr Foundation.


Sunday, September 8, 2024 - 1:00pm

Sky Nelson-Isaacs - Leap to Wholeness (Corte Madera Store)

It seems like an obvious question, one that drives everything from spiritual creation stories to our understanding of the Big Bang. Yet it leaves us with a sense that underneath everything lies emptiness and lack. We can phrase this question in a new way: how do we get something out of everything? In Leap to Wholeness, physics educator Sky Nelson-Isaacs explores the science of wholeness. 


Sunday, September 8, 2024 - 4:00pm

Ipek S. Burnett and Thomas Singer - Re-Visioning the American Psyche and Mind of State (Corte Madera Store)

[Re-Visioning the American Psyche by Ipek S. Burnett] brings together leaders in Jungian and archetypal psychology to forge this path by offering a comprehensive look at the American psyche.

In Mind of State by Thomas Singer -- Drawn from the Mind of State podcast created by some of the co-authors and contributors to the New York Times bestseller, The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump, this compilation of conversations helps fit together the broken pieces of our American psycho-political jigsaw puzzle.



Thursday, September 12, 2024 - 6:00pm

Alison Owings and Del Seymour - Mayor of the Tenderloin (Corte Madera Store)

In Mayor of the Tenderloinjournalist Alison Owings slips behind the cold statistics and sensationalism surrounding San Francisco’s Tenderloin to reveal a harrowing and life-affirming account of Del Seymour—whose addiction led him into eighteen years of homelessness, pimping, and drug dealing. Once sober, he started Tenderloin Walking Tours and later Code Tenderloin, the remarkable organization teaching homeless...and other marginalized people how to get and keep a job.


Saturday, September 14, 2024 - 11:00am

Janna Barkin - A Grand Love (Corte Madera Store)

With up-to-date research on gender identity, letters and stories from grandparents on the same journey, resources for transgender youth and their families, and a selection of online and local support groups - [A Grand Love by Janna Barkin] provides uplifting, educational guidance on how to support your grandchild - and yourself!"--


Tuesday, September 17, 2024 - 5:30pm

Mara Kardas-Nelson - We Are Not Able to Live in the Sky (Ferry Building Store)

Mara Kardas-Nelson’s We Are Not Able to Live in the Sky is a story about unintended consequences, blind optimism, and the decades-long ramifications of seemingly small policy choices, rooted in the stories of women borrowers in Sierra Leone, West Africa; their narratives are set against the rise of Yunus’s vision that tiny loans would “put poverty in museums,” explored through a deep history of modern international development.


Tuesday, September 17, 2024 - 6:00pm

Pam Houston - Without Exception (Corte Madera Store)

An unflinching call for freedom by way of abortion rights.
Pam Houston tells the story of how her personal and professional life was powered by access to abortion. Alongside her own account, Houston examines the legal history of abortion and shines a bright light on the impact of reproductive rights on all American women during the days Roe v. Wade was the law of the land.


Sunday, September 22, 2024 - 4:00pm

Sheri T. Joseph - Edge of the Known World: A Novel (Corte Madera Store)

Edge of the Known World by Sheri T. Joseph -- Fans of Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake will be swept away by this fast-paced and humorous speculative fiction adventure about the onrushing future of genetic engineering.


Friday, September 27, 2024 - 7:00pm

Connie Chung - Connie: A Memoir (Dominican University of California)

In an industry dominated by white men, Connie Chung stood alone, the first and only Asian woman to break into the television news industry. This is her extraordinary story, told with incisive wit and remarkable candor.


Sunday, September 29, 2024 - 1:00pm

Mark Nepo with Brooke Warner - You Don't Have to Do It Alone (Online Event)

 Join #1 New York Times bestselling author Mark Nepo for a inspiriting conversation with Brooke Warner on his new bookFalling Down and Getting Up: Discovering Your Inner Resilience and Strength.


Thursday, October 3, 2024 - 4:00pm

Scott Dominic Carpenter with Don George - Paris Lost & Found (Corte Madera Store)

After his hilarious introduction to Paris in French Like Moi, Scott Dominic Carpenter returns to the scene of the crime with more tales of intrigue. Paris Lost and Found unveils sides of the great city that are as quirky as they are authentic. With his unique blend of wit, insight, and wistfulness, Carpenter charts a path through his new labyrinth of solitude—only to emerge on the other side, squinting into the bright light of hope and new beginnings. Joined in-conversation with Don George.


Wednesday, October 9, 2024 - 6:00pm

Francine Falk-Allen - A Wolff in the Family: A Novel (Corte Madera Store)

Based on a true story, A Wolff in the Family is a riveting saga of prejudice, passion, and revenge, perfect for fans of Kristin Hannah’s The Four Winds. What mysterious scandal led a couple to abandon the youngest of their children—and for the elder siblings to keep it a secret for eighty years? From award-winning author of Not a Poster Child: Living Well with a Disability—A Memoir and No Spring Chicken: Stories and Advice from a Wild Handicapper on Aging, and DisabilityFrancine Falk-Allen


Saturday, October 19, 2024 - 1:00pm

Cynthia Jurs - Summoned by the Earth (Corte Madera Store)

As many of us wonder what we can do in this eleventh hour, Summoned by the Earth offers a riveting account of one woman's response to the challenges we face, and is an irresistible invitation to become "sacred activists" heeding the call of the Earth. Cynthia Jurs became a dharma teacher (Dharmacharya) in the Order of Interbeing of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh in 1994 and in 2018, was made an honorary lama in the Vajrayana tradition of Tibetan Buddhism in recognition of her dedication in carrying out the Earth Treasure Vase practice.


Sunday, October 27, 2024 - 4:00pm

Paige Peterson - The Secret Garden (Corte Madera Store)

As a journalist, Paige Peterson has contributed to Marin Magazine, New York Social Diary and the National Council on U.S. Arab Relations. She is the author of “Growing Up Belvedere-Tiburon.” She illustrated “Blackie: The Horse Who Stood Still,” which she co-authored with Christopher Cerf. As an illustrator, she has collaborated on “A Christmas Carol”, “Black Beauty,” and "The Secret Garden" adapted by Jesse Kornbluth.


Saturday, November 2, 2024 - 11:00am

Special Event for Kids: Kimberley Lovato - Pisa Loves Bella (Corte Madera Store)

Special Event for Kids!

Told in fun-to-read rhyme and splashed with vibrant illustrations and Italian words, Pisa Loves Bella is a heartfelt story that celebrates travel as well as the importance of being kind to others and yourself. 


Saturday, November 9, 2024 - 4:00pm

Susannah Breslin - Data Baby : My Life in a Psychological Experiment (Corte Madera Store)

Lab Girl meets Brain on Fire in, Data Baby, by Susannah Breslin, [a] provocative and poignant memoir delving into a woman's formative experiences as a veritable "lab rat" in a lifelong psychological study, and her pursuit to reclaim autonomy and her identity as a adult.