Class: John Hart - Poetry, Anyone?

Monday, September 9, 2019 - 7:00pm
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Eight Mondays: Sep 9 – Oct 28, 2019 • 7:00 - 9:00 pm • $225

Let’s admit it: Not all poetry is equally interesting. Some poems grab the reader right away and don’t let go. Others are tricky but have their hidden rewards. Still others just lie there. But which is which? We read a handful of poems, old and new, each week and then have fun disagreeing about them. “If you like poetry,” a repeat participant says, “you’ll enjoy this class. If you don’t know if you like poetry, you’ll enjoy this class." If you think you don't know anything about poetry, you are likely to be very surprised. Widely published local poet, author, and editor of the poetry journal Blue Unicorn,

John Hart is a seasoned teacher with deep knowledge and love of poetry from every era. 

What Students Are Saying about John Hart

"Minimum effort; maximum benefit. Nothing serious, yet mentally engaging.” – Rick Holderness   

“Whether we are a lifelong readers of poetry or remember only [a poem] memorized in third grade, this class is a delightful way to read poems together. John Hart is the ideal leader. There is never a sense that any poet or poem is something we “should” like. John encourages our honest reactions to whatever we find baffling or captivating, whatever we find beautiful, moving, or downright irritating.” – Penny Wright

“There is no other place where I feel so deeply nourished by the esthetic experience of hearing and appreciating poetry. John provides a wealth of biographical and historical background and encourages our own analysis and appreciation, which allows us to “dig deep” and bring to awareness important aspects of our own experience of life.” – Nani Ranken

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Wendy Walsh - Intermediate Italian 2

Tuesday, September 10, 2019 - 8:45am to 10:30am
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Eight Tuesdays: Sept 10 - Oct 29 • 8:45 - 10:30 am • $290

Wendy Walsh has a Ph.D. in Italian Literature from UC Berkeley. She has been teaching Italian language and literature since 1979.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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

Tuesday, September 10, 2019 - 10:30am
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Five Tuesdays: Sep 10, Oct 8, Nov 12, Dec 10, Jan 14 • 10:30 am – 12:30 pm • $125 

 

This class is full and has been closed. Go here to register for the Friday Contemporary Classics Book Group also offered by Pat Holt.

 

Pat Holt leads a discussion of books that have captured the contemporary imagination. (Due to the large number of people registering, Pat has added a new Friday class. Book group members register for Tuesday or Friday.)  

September 10 
Milkman - Anna Burns

October 8
Fever Dream - Samanta Schweblin

November 12
There There - Tommy Orange

December 10
Kudos - Rachel Cusk

January 14
Idaho - Emily Ruskovich

Pat Holt is the former book review editor of the SF Chronicle and publisher of Holt Uncensored.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Kit Chapman - Superheavy (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Tuesday, September 10, 2019 - 6:00pm

The science of element discovery is a truly fascinating field and is constantly rewriting the laws of chemistry and physics as we know them. Superheavy is the first book to take an in-depth look at how synthetic elements are discovered, why they matter, and where they will take us. From the Cold War nuclear race to the present day, scientists have stretched the periodic table to 118 elements. They have broken the rules of the periodic table, rewriting the science we're taught in school, and have the potential to revolutionize our lives.

Kit Chapman takes us back to the very beginning, with the creation of the atomic bomb. He tells the story of the major players, such as Ernest Lawrence who revolutionized the field of particle physics with the creation of the cyclotron; Yuri Oganessian, the "guerilla scientist" who opened up a new era of discovery in the field and is the only living scientists to have an element named after him; and Victor Ninov, the disgraced physicist who almost pulled off the greatest fraud in nuclear science. This book will bring us in a full circle back to Oak Bridge National Laboratory, where the first atomic bomb was developed, and that has more recently been an essential player in creating the new superheavy element 117.

Throughout, Superheavy explains the complex science of element discovery in clear and easy-to-follow terms. It walks through the theories of atomic structure, discusses the equipment used and explains the purpose of the research. By the end of the book readers will not only marvel at how far we've come, they will be in awe of where we are going and what this could mean for the worlds of physics and chemistry as we know them today.

Kit Chapman is an award-winning science journalist and broadcaster. Initially qualifying as a pharmacist, Chapman began his career on medical journal The Practitioner before moving to Chemist+Druggist, the UK's leading magazine for pharmacists. After stints as campaign website manager for the British Medical Association and clinical editor for The Pharmaceutical Journal, Chapman was appointed comment editor for Chemistry World. Chapman also writes for the Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph, and has appeared as an expert for the BBC and Sky News.

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Published: Bloomsbury Sigma - August 27th, 2019

An in-depth look at how elements are discovered, why they matter and where they will take us.


1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94911

Class: Leslie Keenan - Master Writers (Sep/Oct 2019)

Tuesday, September 10, 2019 - 6:30pm
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8 Tuesdays: Sep 10 - Oct 29 • 6:30 - 8:30pm • $360

Use the support of fellow writers and well-timed feedback to move through resistance and finish your work. This class requires that you have previously taken either “Is There a Book in You?” or “You Can Complete That Book” offered by Leslie Keenan.

Leslie Keenan is an writing instructor, coach, and editor with over 30 years of experience. She lives in Marin County, California with her daughter. 

What Students Are Saying about Leslie Keenan

“If it weren’t for Leslie Keenan’s courses at Book Passage, I would never have written a word of fiction, and I would never have been published. To this day, I still use the tools she gave me for understanding my process, finding my voice, and fighting my fears.” – Tammy Kaehler, author of Dead Man’s Switch, Poisoned Pen Press

“Leslie is inspiring, compassionate and has a natural gift for creating a safe place for a writer.” – Student, “Is There a Book in You?”

“Truckloads of useful information and inspiration.” – Harvey Hyman

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

James Ellman - Hitler's Great Gamble (Corte Madera Store)

Tuesday, September 10, 2019 - 7:00pm

On June 22, 1941, Hitler invaded the Soviet Union in Operation Barbarossa, one of the turning points of World War II. Within six months, the invasion bogged down on the outskirts of Moscow, and the Eastern Front proved to be the decisive theater in the defeat of the Third Reich. Ever since, most historians have agreed that this was Hitler's gravest mistake. In Hitler's Great Gamble, James Ellman argues that while Barbarossa was a gamble and perverted by genocidal Nazi ideology, it was not doomed from the start. Rather it represented Hitler's best chance to achieve his war aims for Germany which were remarkably similar to those of the Kaiser's government in 1914. Other options, such as an invasion of England, or an offensive to seize the oil fields of the Middle East were considered and discarded as unlikely to lead to Axis victory.

In Ellman's recounting, Barbarossa did not fail because of flaws in the Axis invasion strategy, the size of the USSR, or the brutal cold of the Russian winter. Instead, German defeat was due to errors of Nazi diplomacy. Hitler chose not to coordinate his plans with his most militarily powerful allies, Finland and Japan, and ensure the seizure of the ports of Murmansk and Vladivostok. Had he done so, Germany might well have succeeded in defeating the Soviet Union and, perhaps, winning World War II. Drawing on a wealth of primary and secondary sources (including many recently released), Hitler's Great Gamble is a provocative work that will appeal to a wide cross-section of World War II buffs, enthusiasts, and historians.

James Ellman holds a bachelor's degree in history and economics from Tufts University and an MBA from Harvard. He lives near San Francisco, California.

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Published: Stackpole Books - September 2019

On June 22, 1941, Hitler invaded the Soviet Union in Operation Barbarossa, one of the turning points of World War II. Within six months, the invasion bogged down on the outskirts of Moscow, and the Eastern Front proved to be the decisive theater in the defeat of the Third Reich. Ever since, most historians have agreed that this was Hitler's gravest mistake.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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