POSTPONED: Justin Wangler & Tucker Taylor with Deepa Thomas - Season (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, March 30, 2019 - 1:00pm

In Partnership with Sonoma Valley Authors Festival

This event has been postponed. A new date will be announced soon.

In the cookbook, Season, chef Justin Wangler and Jackson Family Wines director of culinary gardens, Tucker Taylor, share more than a hundred of their favorite recipes for everything from special occasions to everyday meals. Wangler and Jackson will be joined by Deepa Thomas, author of the James Beard award-winning cookbook, Deepa’s Secrets.

Join us for a lively discussion on the procurement of fresh seasonal ingredients and wine from Kendall Jackson wine.


Justin Wangler is the executive chef of Jackson Family Wines. He grew up in Ashville, North Carolina, with a mom who was a legendary home cook and a stepfather who ran The Market Place, a pioneering farm to table restaurant. By the time he was ten, Justin was turning the best of the region’s fields, farms, and Blue Ridge Mountains into meals for family and friends. He trained at the A-B Tech Culinary Arts Program in Asheville, and after working at several local family restaurants, cooked at the Cherokee Town and Country Club in Atlanta, Georgia, before moving to California to work at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone in the Napa Valley and Syrah Bistro in nearby Santa Rosa. From there, his love of wine took him to Saddleback Cellars in Napa, where he got a hands-on education in everything from planting grapevines to cleaning tanks. Now in his fifteenth year with Jackson Family Wines, Justin has come full circle. The Kendall-Jackson Wine Estate & Gardens are more than his culinary home. They’re a haven for creating food that pairs happily with wine and celebrates the seasonal bounty of the wine country.

Tucker Taylor, director of culinary gardens at Jackson Family Wines, grew up outside of Jacksonville, Florida, on a three-acre plot of land where he helped his father tend the family garden each summer. At the University of Florida, he earned a degree in agriculture with a focus on environmental horticulture, a field that interested him with its combination of art and science, allowing him to be simultaneously creative and analytical. After graduating, Tucker moved to Oregon, where he designed and managed his first organic farm. He later worked outside of Atlanta managing the production of specialty produce on another organic farm, before moving back to the West Coast to take a job as a grower for Thomas Keller’s The French Laundry in Napa Valley, where he spent five years and redesigned the gardens across the street to be an extension of the restaurant. In 2013, he joined Jackson Family Wines and redesigned its famous culinary gardens. He works hand in hand with the culinary team, scouring the globe for new and interesting crops to grow. Tucker loves sharing the garden with visitors from around the world and hopes to educate guests on the importance of fresh food and inspire them to plant gardens at home. He lives in Healdsburg, California, where he tends to his bonsai collection and enjoys preparing dinner with fresh produce from his garden.

Deepa Thomas is a graduate of Delhi University with degrees in journalism and political science. She moved to the US and, in 1985, founded Deepa Textiles. After 21 years and 23 design awards, the company has been credited with transforming the $10 billion a year contract furniture industry. Since 2010, Deepa has combined her passion for journalism with her newfound passion for cooking, deconstructing the principles of the most successful diets and healthy living practices in order to reconstruct a simple, slow carb "New Indian" cuisine. Deepa has served as a trustee of Rhode Island School of Design and a Commissioner of the Asian Art Museum. She is currently a trustee of Grace Cathedral in San Francisco. She won the James Beard Award in 2018 for her cookbook / memoir, Deepa's Secrets. Deepa Thomas lives with her husband, not far from her two sons, in the Nob Hill section of San Francisco.


Season: Wine Country Food, Farming, & Friends Cover Image
ISBN: 9781944903374
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Cameron - September 25th, 2018

Deepa's Secrets: Slow Carb New Indian Cuisine Cover Image
By Deepa Thomas, Curt Ellis (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781510718982
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Published: Skyhorse - July 4th, 2017

Winner of the 2018 James Beard Foundation Book Awards
Winner of the World Gourmand Cookbook Awards
Finalist for the IACP Awards
Shortlisted for the NCIBA Book Awards, Best Cookbook

A journey from old traditions to modern Indian cooking with deliciously simple and gut-healing recipes that leave you feeling fulfilled—rather than full.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Tom Clavin - Wild Bill (Sausalito Store)

Saturday, March 30, 2019 - 4:00pm

Wild Bill: The True Story of American Frontier's First Gunfighter is the definitive narrative of Wild Bill, the first lawman of the Wild West, by the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Dodge City.

In July 1865, "Wild Bill" Hickok shot and killed Davis Tutt in Springfield, MO—the first quick-draw duel on the frontier. Thus began the reputation that made him a marked man to every gunslinger in the Wild West. James Butler Hickock was known across the frontier as a soldier, Union spy, scout, lawman, gunfighter, gambler, showman, and actor. He crossed paths with General Custer and Buffalo Bill Cody, as well as Ben Thompson and other young toughs gunning for the sheriff with the quickest draw west of the Mississippi. Wild Bill also fell in love—multiple times—before marrying the true love of his life, Agnes Lake, the impresario of a traveling circus. He would be buried however, next to fabled frontierswoman Calamity Jane.

Even before his death, Wild Bill became a legend, with fiction sometimes supplanting fact in the stories that surfaced. Once, in a bar in Nebraska, he was confronted by four men, three of whom he killed in the ensuing gunfight. A famous Harper’s Magazine article credited Hickok with slaying 10 men that day; by the 1870s, his career-long kill count was up to 100. The legend of Wild Bill has only grown since his death in 1876, when cowardly Jack McCall famously put a bullet through the back of his head during a card game. Bestselling author Tom Clavin has sifted through years of western lore to bring Hickock fully to life in this rip-roaring, spellbinding true story.

Tom Clavin is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and has worked as a newspaper and web site editor, magazine writer, TV and radio commentator, and a reporter for The New York Times. He has received awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, Marine Corps Heritage Foundation, and National Newspaper Association. His books include The Heart of Everything That Is, Halsey's Typhoon, and Reckless. He lives in Sag Harbor, NY.

Wild Bill: The True Story of the American Frontier's First Gunfighter Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250173799
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: St. Martin's Press - February 5th, 2019

The definitive true story of Wild Bill, the first lawman of the Wild West, by the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Dodge City.

100 Bay Street
Sausalito, CA 94965

POSTPONED: Path to Publishing - Writing & Publishing Memoirs Workshop (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, March 31, 2019 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

UPDATE: This workshop has been postponed to a date in late Spring. Please consider our class with Melanie Vetter, "The Power of Story", which also occurs the afternoon of March 31st.

9:00 am - 4:00 pm  • Lunch included
$175 (Path to Publishing Members); $225 (General Public)

This one-day workshop explores aspects of writing and publishing memoirs, and shares information that is essential for anyone interested in publishing his or her work. A memoir is a unique type of writing, requiring careful attention to voice, context, balance, personal history, and other factors. But memoirs also share many commonalities with other forms of writing with respect to editing, publishing, promotion, and similar issues. This workshop will explore the interaction of those factors.



  • Coffee & Rolls:Informal gathering and introductions
  • Brief description of the Path to Publishing program: The description will focus on how the program might work for someone writing a memoir. Nancy Fish leads the discussion.
  • A vision of the opportunities: The memoir is an incredibly flexible literary genre that offers many opportunities for creative exploration. Phil Cousineau is an expert on this, having explored the subject in several of his books including Stoking the Creative Fires.
  • Creating a space for your book: The author’s job doesn’t end when the manuscript is finished. The book must be marketed and presented to potential readers, and the author is frequently the best person to do that. Brenda Knight from Mango Publishing helps show the way.
  • Lunch: The food is provided by Book Passage, but the interaction continues between faculty and students.
  • Teamwork with an agent: Author Melissa Cistaro and literary agent Laurie Fox worked together to get Melissa’s book published and successfully launched. They discuss what the learned from that and other experiences.
  • Getting the most from your publicity: Pat Rose has been one of the foremost publicists in the Bay Area for the last 25 years. Here she shares some of her insights.
  • Wine & cheese reception: It’s time for refreshments, but the talk about books and writing is bound to continue!



Phil Cousineau
Author of over 30 books, including the bestseller The Art of Pilgrimage, and the award-winning Stoking the Creative Fires. Phil Cousineau has a strong sense of the passion and craftsmanship that needs to go into a memoir. He is a Path to Publishing mentor.

Melissa Cistaro
Author of Pieces of My Mother, which was chosen by the Northern California Independent booksellers Association (NCIBA) as the “Best Nonfiction Book of 2016.” She is a frequent teacher on memoir writing. She is a Path to Publishing mentor.

Brenda Knight
Acquisitions and Editorial Director of Mango Publishing and President of the S.F chapter of the Women’s National Book Network. She is also the author of seven books, including the American Book Award-winning Women of the Beat Generation.

Laurie Fox
Partner at the Linda Chester Literary Agency. She is the author of fiction and poetry. She represents books in the areas of literary and quality fiction, memoir/biography, popular culture and cultural criticism, narrative nonfiction, history and current events

Pat Rose
Public relations and communications professional at Campbell + Rose, a SF agency specializing in fundraising and development for non-profit organizations, strategic communications and public relations campaigns for organizations and authors

Nancy Fish
Manager of the Book Passage Path to Publishing Program and former publicity director for HarperCollins Publishing. She has over three decades of experience in publishing.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Melanie Vetter - The Power of Story (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, March 31, 2019 - 2:00pm

Sunday March 31, 2019 • 2 - 5 pm  • $90

Do you want more meaning in your life? More gratitude? Deeper connections with the people you care about? Our stories have the power to deliver all that. Melanie will show you how to write your life through the power of story—how storytelling helps you find meaning, deepen gratitude, and get closer to people who matter most (maybe even heal relationships). At the end of the workshop, Melanie will take you step by step through writing a powerful gratitude letter to someone you care about. Come find and share your story!

Melanie Vetter is the founder of Wellfleet Circle. Melanie's life’s work is dedicated to teaching and empowering others to celebrate, document and share a purposeful life using fun and joyful tools and techniques.  Melanie is a Harvard Law School trained attorney and business professional and a certified Legacy Advisor. She holds a certificate in Guided Autobiography Instruction from the Birren Center for Autobiographical Studies, and is also a Certified Senior Advisor®.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Chanel Reynolds - What Matters Most (San Francisco Store)

Wednesday, April 3, 2019 - 6:00pm

On July 17, 2009, Chanel Reynolds’ husband, José, was struck by a car while cycling near their home in Seattle. In the wake of her husband’s untimely death, Reynolds quickly realized that she was completely unprepared for what came next. What was the password to his phone? Did they sign their wills? How much insurance did they have? Could she afford the house? And what the hell was probate anyway? Simply put, when life went sideways she didn’t have her shit together.

As it turns out, most of us don’t either. We’re too busy, in denial, overwhelmed by too much information, uncertain where to start, or just uncomfortable having those difficult conversations.

Reynolds learned the hard way that hoping for the best is not a plan, but you don’t have to. Drawing on her first-hand experience, expert advice, and the unparalleled resources she’s compiled for her celebrated website, Reynolds lends a human voice to a warren of checklists and forms and emotional confusion, showing readers how to:

  • Create a will and living will
  • Update (or finally get) the right life insurance policy
  • Start or grow an emergency fund
  • Make a watertight emergency plan
  • Keep secure, up-to-date records of personal information

Authoritative yet personal, grounded but irreverent, Reynolds’ voice carries readers through a tough subject with candor and compassion. Weaving personal story with hard-won wisdom, What Matters Most is the approachable, no-nonsense handbook we all need to living a life free of worry and "what ifs."

Chanel Reynolds is the founder of the internationally praised website, inspiring and motivating millions of people worldwide with the jumpstart they need to prepare for life’s curveballs. She is also the founding Managing Director of and has used her digital expertise consulting for clients such as Nike, Samsung, Microsoft, and Starbucks. Reynolds uses her uncanny ability to talk about the hard things at speaking events and conferences all of the world. She lives in Seattle and spends her free time exploring all the city has to offer with her son and stepdaughter.


What Matters Most: The Get Your Shit Together Guide to Wills, Money, Insurance, and Life’s
ISBN: 9780062689436
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Harper Wave - March 19th, 2019

Founder of popular website Get Your Shit Together blends personal story and must-have advice in the ultimate guide to getting your affairs in order—from wills and advance directives to insurance, finances, and relationships—before the unthinkable happens.

1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Samantha Downing - My Lovely Wife (Corte Madera Store)

Wednesday, April 3, 2019 - 7:00pm

Dexter meets Mr. and Mrs. Smith in My Lovely Wife -- a wildly compulsive debut thriller about a couple whose fifteen-year marriage has finally gotten too interesting.

Our love story is simple. I met a gorgeous woman. We fell in love. We had kids. We moved to the suburbs. We told each other our biggest dreams, and our darkest secrets. And then we got bored. We look like a normal couple. We're your neighbors, the parents of your kid's friend, the acquaintances you keep meaning to get dinner with. We all have our secrets to keeping a marriage alive. Ours just happens to be getting away with murder.

Samantha Downing currently lives in New Orleans, where she is furiously typing away on her next thrilling standalone. My Lovely Wife is her first novel.


My Lovely Wife Cover Image
ISBN: 9780451491725
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Berkley - March 26th, 2019

Dexter meets Mr. and Mrs. Smith in this wildly compulsive debut thriller about a couple whose fifteen-year marriage has finally gotten too interesting...

Our love story is simple. I met a gorgeous woman. We fell in love. We had kids. We moved to the suburbs. We told each other our biggest dreams, and our darkest secrets. And then we got bored.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925