Immigration in America: the Law, the Politics, the Reality (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, September 22, 2019 - 4:00pm

Moderated by Paula Farmer

As a follow-up to our February panel on Race in America, please join us for another vital and timely discussion. The panel will focus on issues of immigration and feature a diverse group of Bay Area writers and agents of change. Moderated by journalist and Book Passage event host, Paula Farmer, we will look at this hot-button topic in our current political climate.

Panelists include: Jose Antonio Vargas, Carolina de Robertis, Vanessa Hua, & Jaime Alcabes

Jose Antonio Vargas is a high-profile undocumented immigrant who is also a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, filmmaker, and the founder and CEO of the nonprofit Define America. His courageous memoir, Dear America, Notes of an Undocumented Citizen, is a must-read.

Carolina de Robertis is the author of the novels The Gods of Tango, Perla, and the international bestseller The Invisible Mountain. She is also an award-winning translator of Hispanic literature, and editor of the anthology Radical Hope: Letters of Love and Dissent in Dangerous Times, featuring essays by leading thinkers and writers about the shifting political atmosphere in the U.S. Her latest novel is the forthcoming Cantoras.

Vanessa Hua is an award-winning columnist for the S.F. Chronicle. Her novel, A River of Stars, was named to the Washington Post’s Notable Works of Fiction. For two decades, she has been writing about Asia and the diaspora, filing stories from China, Burma, Panama, South Korea, and Ecuador.

Jaime Alcabes has a long history of practicing immigration law in the Bay Area. His firm, Alcabes Law, is based in Oakland.

Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9780062851352
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Published: Dey Street Books - September 18th, 2018

THE NATIONAL BESTSELLER

“This riveting, courageous memoir ought to be mandatory reading for every American.”  Michelle Alexander, New York Times bestselling author of The New Jim Crow


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Cantoras: A novel Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780525521693
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Published: Knopf - September 3rd, 2019

"Carolina's writing, as always, blew me away. Cantoras is a stunning lullaby to revolution--and each woman in this novel sings it with a deep ferocity. Again and again, I was lifted, then gently set down again--either through tears, rage, or laughter. Days later, I am still inside this song of a story."--Jacqueline Woodson, National Book Award–winning author


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ISBN: 9780399178795
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Published: Ballantine Books - August 6th, 2019

NATIONAL BESTSELLER • In a powerful debut about modern-day motherhood, immigration, and identity, a pregnant Chinese woman stakes a claim to the American dream in California.


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Class: Pamela Feinsilber - Meet the Author Book Group

Monday, September 23, 2019 - 7:00pm
photo of Pamela Feinsilber

Four Mondays: Sep 23, Oct 21, Nov 18 & Dec 16, 2019 • 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm • Tuition: $100

We’ll have intimate conversations with the authors of... a life-affirming novel about an obese parent who wants to make his son's suicide "mean something" by losing 200 pounds; ten powerful, subtle stories—"imagine [Elena] Ferrante telling a family's story from prismatic perspectives"—spanning 30 years; a bold, "often bleak but poignant" tale of a woman who tries to escape terrible wartime events in a San Francisco bookstore; and an acclaimed, "keenly observed" debut novel in which a frazzled new mother flees to the high desert with her baby. Pamela Feinsilber is a Path to Publishing editor, book editor, and freelance writing consultant.

  • September: The Weight of Him - Ethel Rohan
  • October:      My Old Faithful: Stories - Yang Huang
  • November:  Through the Bookstore Window - Bill Petrocelli
  • December:  The Golden State - Lydia Kiesling

Pamela Feinsilber is a Path to Publishing mentor, book editor, and freelance writing consultant.

The Weight of Him: A Novel Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9781250092120
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Published: St. Martin's Press - February 14th, 2017

"Deeply moving and memorable." —Roxane Gay, author of Bad Feminist and Hunger

"First-time novelist Rohan shows impressive acuity in portraying the many facets of Billy's and his family's grief." --Booklist


My Old Faithful (Juniper Prize for Fiction) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781625343369
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Published: University of Massachusetts Press - March 23rd, 2018

Showing both the drama of familial intimacy and the ups and downs of the everyday, My Old Faithful introduces readers to a close-knit Chinese family. These ten interconnected short stories, which take place in China and the United States over a thirty-year period, merge to paint a nuanced portrait of family life, full of pain, surprises, and subtle acts of courage.


Through the Bookstore Window Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781945572906
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Published: Rare Bird Books, a Vireo Book - March 13th, 2018

"I don't know if I sought out bookselling, or whether bookselling sought me out. But when you are hiding from a past that can blow up in your face at any minute, immersing yourself in the stories of others may be a good place to hide."


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ISBN: 9781250238115
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Published: Picador - September 3rd, 2019

NATIONAL BOOK FOUNDATION 5 UNDER 35 PICK. LONGLISTED FOR THE CENTER FOR FICTION'S FIRST NOVEL PRIZE.


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Margaret Atwood with Kelly Corrigan - The Testaments (Carol Channing Theater)

Tuesday, September 24, 2019 - 7:00pm

Tickets: $65 (includes a copy of The Testaments)

Book Passage and Curran will present a special one-night-only event featuring a conversation with acclaimed novelist Margaret Atwood—moderated by best-selling author and host of “Foreword,” Kelly Corrigan—at the Carol Channing Theater at San Francisco’s Lowell High School (1101 Eucalyptus Drive) on Tuesday, September 24 at 7 p.m. The conversation will center on The Testaments, Atwood’s long-awaited sequel to her seminal novel, The Handmaid’s Tale.

In her brilliant sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood answers the questions that have tantalized readers for decades. When the van door slammed on Offred’s future at the end of The Handmaid’s Tale, readers had no way of telling what lay ahead for her—freedom, prison or death. With The Testaments, the wait is over.  Atwood’s sequel picks up the story 15 years after Offred stepped into the unknown, with the explosive testaments of three female narrators from Gilead.
 
Says Atwood, “Dear Readers: Everything you’ve ever asked me about Gilead and its inner workings is the inspiration for this book. Well, almost everything! The other inspiration is the world we’ve been living in.”
 
Margaret Atwood, whose work has been published in thirty-five countries, is the author of more than forty books of fiction, poetry, and critical essays. In addition to The Handmaid’s Tale, her novels include Cat’s Eye, short-listed for the 1989 Booker Prize; Alias Grace, which won the Giller Prize in Canada and the Premio Mondello in Italy; The Blind Assassin, winner of the 2000 Booker Prize; Oryx and Crake, short-listed for the 2003 Man Booker Prize; The Year of the Flood; and MaddAddam. She is the recipient of the Los Angeles Times Innovator’s Award, and lives in Toronto with the writer Graeme Gibson.

Kelly Corrigan is the author of four New York Times bestselling memoirs including The Middle Place and her most recent book, Tell Me More.  She has written for O Magazine and been on the Today Show five times. She is also the creative force behind Notes & Words, an annual concert for UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital in Oakland, which has raised over $12 million in the last 10 years.  

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The event is part of Curran’s popular SHOW & TELL series, featuring topical and entertaining events. From the White House to the Great White Way, Curran’s SHOW & TELL all-star lineup has previously featured Former FBI Director James Comey,  Senator Kamala Harris, former White House photographer Pete Souza, the writers and creative minds behind SOFT POWER, David Henry Hwang and Jeanine Tesori and Broadway legend Patti LuPone, comedians Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman, and Monty Python original member Eric Idle.

The Curran’s official reopening in 2016, following an extensive, two-year, top-to-bottom renovation, became one of the most widely discussed and covered cultural happenings in San Francisco. A key component of the national movement to renovate and revitalize America’s great culture palaces from coast-to-coast, Curran’s impact has resonated far beyond the seven square miles of its hometown. Curran’s impact extends to the Bay Area’s education system, with a strong emphasis on student-focused initiatives and programming, including hosting student performances of HEAD OVER HEELS, ECLIPSED, THE ENCOUNTER, and THE JUNGLE as well as presenting the first ever amateur performances of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s SCHOOL OF ROCK: THE MUSICAL, which were performed entirely by the students of Oakland School for the Arts.

“With Harry Potter and the Cursed Child occupying our Curran stage starting this fall, we have the great opportunity to expand our canvas beyond the stage and into the Bay Area with Curran About Town,” says Carole Shorenstein Hays. “Keep your eyes peeled for Curran events and activities around the city that complement the programming at the theater—including more SHOW & TELL’s and partnerships with our friends at Book Passage. I’m thrilled to present this conversation between two brilliant female authors as part of this effort.”

 

 

 

*Click on the link below to purchase a copy of The Testaments. (Please note this link is for buying the book only. Tickets for the event are sold out.)

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ISBN: 9780385543781
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Published: Nan A. Talese - September 10th, 2019

In this brilliant sequel to The Handmaid's Tale, acclaimed author Margaret Atwood answers the questions that have tantalized readers for decades.

When the van door slammed on Offred's future at the end of The Handmaid's Tale, readers had no way of telling what lay ahead for her—freedom, prison or death.
 


Carol Channing Theater, Lowell High School
1101 Eucalyptus Drive
San Francisco, CA 94132

Duffy Jennings - Reporter's Note Book (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 - 6:00pm

Duffy Jennings became a San Francisco Chronicle reporter at the dawn of the 1970s, one of the century’s most turbulent decades for crime and social unrest in Northern California. The period was marked by political assassinations, serial killings, kidnappings, a mass suicide, attacks on police, a courthouse shootout, racial murders, gang warfare, and an assortment of counterculture terrorists and whack-job loners with guns and bombs. It was also a time of profound cultural and political upheaval anti-Vietnam War marches; draft protests; the black power movement; feminism; gay rights; and new excesses in sex, drugs, and rock and roll. In some ways, it was all connected. Reporter’s Note Book: A San Francisco Chronicle Journalist’s Diary of the Shocking Seventies, is Jennings’s vivid behind-the-scenes account of the stories that shocked the Bay Area one afer another, culminating in the tragic Jonestown mass suicides and the city hall assassinations of Mayor George Moscone and gay Supervisor Harvey Milk ten days later in November 1978.

Duffy Jennings has compiled a distinguished career in journalism and communications over five decades as a reporter, publicist, corporate communications executive, public relations consultant, magazine publisher and freelance writer. As a prize-winning reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle in the tumultuous 1970s, Jennings’ coverage included the City Hall assassinations of Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk, the Patty Hearst kidnapping, and the Zodiac and Zebra serial murders. Veteran actor Adam Goldberg portrayed Duffy in the 2007 film, Zodiac. His writing has appeared in Rolling Stone, San Francisco Magazine, Los Gatos Magazine, SFGate.com and other publications. This is his first book. After his journalism career, Jennings served as vice president of public relations for the San Francisco Giants, online sporting goods retailer Fogdog.com, and two Silicon Valley public policy organizations. He also operated his own PR business for twenty years. Duffy earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism from San Francisco State University. He lives in the Bay Area with his wife, Bonnie Becker, and has two grown children, a step-daughter, and two grandsons.

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$17.95
ISBN: 9781950393923
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Published: Grizzly Peak Press - June 4th, 2019

Duffy Jennings became a San Francisco Chronicle reporter at the dawn of the 1970s, one of the century’s most turbulent decades for crime and social unrest in Northern California.


1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

LitWings Event Series (Corte Madera Store)

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 - 6:30pm

Tickets: $10

Join us to celebrate literature, photography, and film!

Hosted by author Erin Byrne, LitWings brings together international writers, photographer and filmmakers. Presenters include National Geographic photographers, New York Times bestselling authors, and Emmy award winning filmmakers sharing work that highlights many places around the world.  To see the full LitWings line up for the past two years, go to blog.e-byrne.com

Come celebrate the incredible work of LitWings presenters and make connections with writers, photographers and filmmakers!

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Erin Byrne, Host
Award-winning author of Wings: Gifts of Art, Life, and Travel in France, editor of Vignettes & Postcards from Paris and Vignettes & Postcards from Morocco, and writer of The Storykeeper film.  Erin has written dozens of award-winning and widely published travel essays, and is Travel Writing and Photography Curator of the Creative Process Exhibition, launched at The Sorbonne, which travels to the world's leading universities.  She has taught writing at Shakespeare and Company in Paris, Book Passage, and on Deep Travel trips around the globe.

Cara Black, Writer
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of 20 books in the Private Investigator Aimée Leduc series, the latest of which is Murder in Bel-Air. Cara has received nominations for the Anthony and Macavity Awards, a Washington Post Book of the Year citation, and the Médaille de la Ville de Paris, the Paris City Medal, in recognition of contribution to international culture.

Ernest White II, Filmmaker
Producer and host of television travel docu-series, Fly Brother, which highlights friendships and connections around the world.  His writing has been featured in Time Out London, USA Today, and at TravelChanel.com. Fly Brother will premiere on PBS in January, and Ernest recently appeared at LitWings Paris at La Caféothèque and the Cannes Film Festival.

Matthew Félix, Podcast Producer
Award-winning author of A Voice Beyond Reason, With Open Arms: Misadventures in Morocco, and Porcelain Travels.  Adventure, humor, and spirituality infuse his work, which draws on his experience in more than 50 countries.  Matthew is host of Matthew Félix on Air, which highlights people from all over the world who create and make a difference. Matthew recently joined Erin, Italian author and playwright Alberto Rigettini, Danish photographer Lone Morch, and Ernest at LitWings Paris at La Caféothèque.

Wings: Gifts of Art, Life, and Travel in France Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781609521134
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Published: Travelers' Tales Guides - March 29th, 2016

France is steeped in refined traditions, with its rich history, exquisite art, robust culture, and varied cuisine. Writer Erin Byrne was changed by traveling around this country with the ghosts of artists and historical figures who shared with her their guides to living.


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By Byrne Erin (Editor), Pook Anna (Editor)
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ISBN: 9780985267209
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Published: Reputation Books - August 9th, 2016

Vignettes & Postcards From Paris is a new edition of the award-winning anthology of writings from Shakespeare and Company Bookstore edited by Erin Byrne and Anna Pook, which includes new stories and poems by Marcia DeSanctis (100 Places in France Every Woman Should Go), Billy Collins, Don George, Georgia Hesse, the top-hatted SpokenWord poets of Paris and others.


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By Erin Byrne (Editor)
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ISBN: 9781944387068
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Published: Reputation Books - August 9th, 2016

Vignettes & Postcards From Morocco is an anthology of writings edited by Erin Byrne (Wings). From Fez to Marrakech, Casablanca to Tangier, The Atlas Mountains to the Sahara Desert, writers Suzanna Clarke (A House in Fez), Phil Cousineau, Paul Bowles, Michael Chabon and others seek the ancient and celebrate the exotic in Morocco. Sketches by Anna Elkins.


Murder in Bel-Air (An Aimée Leduc Investigation #19) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781616959296
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Published: Soho Crime - June 4th, 2019

Cara Black’s riveting 19th installment in her New York Times bestselling Parisian detective series entangles private investigator Aimée Leduc in a dangerous web of international spycraft, post-colonial Franco-African politics, and neighborhood secrets in Paris’s 12th arrondissement.


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ISBN: 9781641290265
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Published: Soho Crime - May 7th, 2019

A confession fifty years in the making puts everyone’s favorite Paris détéctive très chic, Aimée Leduc, on a collision course with the “Hand,” a cabal of corrupt Parisian cops among who masterminded her father's murder—and among whose ranks he might have once found membership.


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ISBN: 9780997761955
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Published: Solificatio - October 2016

"I loved the powerful and inspiring message of this tale."- Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite (5-star review)A young Spaniard's awakening to his intuition gets him out of his head, so he can follow his heart.Amazon.ca Best-Selling Novel #1 Kindle Metaphysical * #1 Spirituality Books#1 Inspirational Books * #1 Metaphysical & Visionary BooksSynopsis: In his mountai


With Open Arms: Short Stories of Misadventures in Morocco Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780997761900
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Published: Solificatio - July 26th, 2016

Travel stories that are sometimes hilarious, sometimes horrifying.When Matthew had to renew his European visa, his point of exit was obvious: he was going to Morocco. Memories of his previous trip filled him with anxiety. What was he thinking? After everything that had happened, did he really want to go back? Scams. Altercations. Mishaps. But also humor and beauty.


Porcelain Travels: Humor, Horror and Revelation in, on and around Toilets, Tubs and Showers Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780997761924
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Published: Solificatio - October 12th, 2018

His unorthodox bathing practices in Paris. The Dead Sea shower incident that led to an arrest. The nightmare while he was trapped on a bus without a bathroom in Anatolia, his retelling of which won Gold for Humor in the 2018 Solas Awards. Maybe it's Matthew's no-frills approach to experiencing the world that gets him into situations that are sometimes hilarious, sometimes cringeworthy.


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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Vivian Ho - Those Who Wander

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 - 7:00pm

In 2015, the senseless Bay Area murders of twenty-three-year-old Audrey Carey and sixty-seven-year-old Steve Carter were personal tragedies for the victims' families. But they also shed light on a more complex issue. The killers were three drifters scrounging for a living among a burgeoning counterculture population. Soon this community of runaways and transients became vulnerable scapegoats of a modern witch hunt. The supposedly progressive residents of San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury, only two generations removed from the Summer of Love, now feared all of society's outcasts as threats.

In Those Who Wander, Vivian Ho delves deep into a rising subculture that's changing the very fabric of her city and all of urban America. Moving beyond the disheartening statistics, she gives voices to these young people--victims of abuse, failed foster care, mental illness, and drug addiction. She also doesn't ignore the threat they pose to themselves and to others as a dangerous dark side emerges. With alarming urgency, she asks what can be done to save the next generation of America's vagabond youth.

Available in hardcover and paperback

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ISBN: 9781503903722
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Published: Little a - September 2019

Award-winning journalist Vivian Ho exposes a shattering true-crime story, shedding light on America's new lost generation.


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ISBN: 9781503903739
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Published: Little a - September 2019

Award-winning journalist Vivian Ho exposes a shattering true-crime story, shedding light on America's new lost generation.


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