Class: Candace Rose Rardon - The Art & Soul of Travel Sketching Weekend Retreat

Saturday, March 7, 2020 - 10:00am
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Two days: Saturday, March 7 & Sunday, March 8 • 10:00am-4:00 pm • $295

Travel sketching not only helps create vibrant memories of the places we’re exploring — it’s a way to unlock deeper connections when we’re traveling. Join professional sketch artist and illustrator CandaceRose Rardon for two days of watercolor travel sketching. Whether you’re looking to hone your skills or discover them for the first time, creativity will be at the heart of this weekend. Saturday will take place at Book Passage, with a classroom-based workshop and demonstrations covering perspective, composition, and watercolors.

On Sunday, Rardon will lead participants to Larkspur where the group will sketch together. By the end of the weekend, participants will have developed greater confidence with sketching on-location, as well as a creative new way of documenting their travels.

Lunches and a wine & cheese reception will be provided. 

Candace Rose Rardon is a professional sketch artist and illustrator with a passion for connecting with the world through art. Her artwork has appeared on National Geographic, BBC Travel, and the Calm meditation app, among others, and she’s also been featured by the N.Y. Times as a sketch artist.

Image (right): Sketching on-location at Arizona's Horseshoe Bend

What Students Are Saying about Candace Rose Rardon

"Candace’s class was informative, concise, and well designed. It was presented in a thoughtful, detailed, and humorous way while allowing the students to apply the skills learned through her unending support, caring suggestions, and brilliant ideas to further enhance the sketching experience. Candace taught us the ease of sketching in a brief span of time; for instance, a colorful cafe scene, a time-worn village, or a simple garden setting with just a pencil, paint set, sketchbook, and brush…not to mention the ease of packing the above in a day-pack!” — Kathryn McGeorge, California

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Sarah Kozloff - A Queen in Hiding (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Wednesday, March 11, 2020 - 6:00pm

Debut author Sarah Kozloff offers a breathtaking and cinematic epic fantasy of a ruler coming of age in A Queen in Hiding first in the quartet of The Nine Realms series.

Exiled and hunted, Cerúlia, Princess of Weirandale, knows she has one destiny. Her enemies failed to kill her, and no one harboring her is safe. Raised in obscurity, she has no resources, no army, nothing that can help her against her enemies. Except their gods.

Sarah Kozloff holds an endowed chair as a professor of film history at Vassar College. She worked in the film industry in both television and film before becoming a professor. A Queen in Hiding is her debut fantasy novel.

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Published: Tor Books - January 21st, 2020

Debut author Sarah Kozloff offers a breathtaking and cinematic epic fantasy of a ruler coming of age in A Queen in Hiding first in the quartet of The Nine Realms series.

Exiled and hunted, Cerulia, Princess of Weirandale, knows she has one destiny.


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San Francisco, CA 94111

Jane Hirshfield - Ledger (Corte Madera Store)

Thursday, March 12, 2020 - 7:00pm

From one of our most celebrated contemporary poets—long-listed for the National Book Award and a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and England's T.S. Eliot Prize—comes Jane Hirshfield's Ledger, her most important work yet. From its already much-quoted opening lines of despair and defiance ("Let them not say: we did not see it. / We saw."), Hirshfield's poems inscribe a registry, both personal and communal, of our present-day predicaments, and call us to action. They summon our responsibility to sustain one another and the earth while pondering, acutely and tenderly, the crises of refugees, justice, and climate. They consider "the minimum mass for a whale, for a language, an ice cap," recognize the intimacy of interconnection ("lichens, burdocks, mycelial mats between trees-- / forgive this hubris"), and apply the lever of questions ("How came separation to chisel, / to cherish, to chafe?") by which we might begin to find a way forward. Finally, it is the human spirit and words themselves--loyal instruments of recognition, humility, and praise--that triumph in this stunning accounting by an essential poet.

Jane Hirshfield is the author of nine books of poetry, including Ledger; The Beauty; Come, Thief; and Given Sugar, Given Salt. She is also the author of two now-classic collections of essays, Nine Gates: Entering the Mind of Poetry and Ten Windows: How Great Poems Transform the World, and has edited and co-translated four books presenting the work of world poets from the past. Her books have received the Poetry Center Book Award, the California Book Award, and the Donald Hall-Jane Kenyon Prize in American Poetry, have been finalists for The National Book Critics Circle Award and England's T.S. Eliot Prize, and long-listed for The National Book Award. Hirshfield has received fellowships from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller foundations, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Academy of American Poets, and presents her work at literary and interdisciplinary events worldwide. Her poems appear in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New York Review of Books, The Times Literary Supplement, The Washington Post, The New York Times, New Republic, Harper's, and Poetry, and have been selected for ten editions of The Best American Poetry. A resident of Northern California, she is a 2019 elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a former chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.

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Published: Knopf - March 10th, 2020

A book of personal, ecological, and political reckoning from the internationally renowned poet named "among the modern masters" (Washington Post).


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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Anjali Andrea Alban - Writer's Tribe (Spring)

Sunday, March 15, 2020 - 2:00pm
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Four Sundays: Mar 15, Apr 19, May 17, Jun 7 • 2:00 pm - 5:00pm • $260

Prerequisite: Must have written a picture book or first 25 pages of a novel.

Polish your manuscript in a safe space built on respect and honesty with a mission to develop self-editing mastery. The focus is on rendering quintessential characters, vivid settings, snappy dialog, and page-turning plots.

Manuscripts and students must be accepted by the instructor. 

Anjali Andrea Alban is the author of nine books, including The Happiness Tree and Anya’s War. She edits manuscripts and coaches writers on preparing submissions to editors and agents.

What Students Are Saying about Anjali Andrea Alban

What I most appreciate about Anjali is her optimism and support. She has been like a college professor giving me valuable lessons in picture book creation. I appreciate her honesty and the writing exercises she prescribed to find my voice. It's been an incredible journey with Anjali as my story midwife! —Allison Fragakis, Author

Anjali Alban is very funny. Her presentation at the New World of Publishing Conference in Santa Cruz sounded like a lively conversation with a favorite friend. Anjali is the epitome of creativity, and she relishes life, qualities that are reflected in her presentation as well as her writing. —Melanie Coon, Special Education Teacher and Memoirist

Anjali's class has improved my writing beyond my greatest expectations. Not only does the Writer's Tribe help strengthen your craft, but in providing feedback to one another, you learn 12 times the amount of helpful advice...and make friends in the process. I am looking forward to coming back! -- Megan Pickett

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$9.99
ISBN: 9781250073525
Availability: Special Order
Published: Square Fish - March 29th, 2016

Anya Rosen and her family have left their home in Odessa for Shanghai, believing that China will be a safe haven from Hitler's forces. At first, Anya's life in the Jewish Quarter of Shanghai is privileged and relatively carefree: she has crushes on boys, fights with her mother, and longs to defy expectations just like her hero, Amelia Earhart.


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$18.99
ISBN: 9780312370176
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - September 2nd, 2008

This celebration of one of Earth's most precious resources embraces the beauty of trees and brings them to life with attributes sure to resonate with readers of all ages: peace, generosity, love, and happiness. With a detailed index of state trees, THE HAPPINESS TREE is a welcome reminder that everything good begins right here.


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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Alissa Hirshfeld-Flores and Amy Roost - Fury: Women's Lived Experiences in the Trump Era (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Saturday, April 4, 2020 - 3:00pm

Donald Trump is an affront to the entire feminine ethos of caring. He is the ultimate self-aggrandizing, toxic male who will always act on his own behalf. This is his pathology, and by extension, he is a danger to public health, particularly the health of women.

Fury: Women’s Lived Experiences During the Trump Era brings together a diverse community of women who reveal the impact of Donald Trump’s behavior, words, and presidency and how each is confronting the problem and fighting back. Fury is a cohesive narrative of the times we live in and chronicles a unique chapter in history for the edification of generations of women and allies to follow.

Alissa Hirshfeld-Flores balances a psychotherapy practice with parenting and writing. Her academic articles have appeared in American Journal of Psychiatry, Creativity Research Journal, and The Therapist Magazine. She is the author of a memoir, This Whole Wide World is Just a Narrow Bridge, and a novel Living Waters: From Harvard Halls to Sacred Falls. Ms. Hirshfeld-Flores is active in the Duty to Warn movement, warning about the danger this president presents to the public mental health.

Amy Roost is a documentary podcaster and freelance journalist. She is an Annenberg School of Journalism 2019 California Health Journalism Fellow and recipient of numerous journalism awards for her op-ed columns appearing in San Diego Union Tribune publications. Her forthcoming memoir is based on a 2017 Snap Judgment podcast she wrote and produced about how she replaced a Black child that her parents adopted and later returned in 1962.

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Published: Regal House Publishing - March 20th, 2020

Donald Trump is an affront to the entire feminine ethos of caring. He is the ultimate self-aggrandizing, toxic male who will always act on his own behalf. This is his pathology, and by extension, he is a danger to public health, particularly the health of women.


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San Francisco, CA 94111

Class: Peter Thabit Jones - Singing in Chains: Sound-texturing in Poetry

Saturday, April 18, 2020 - 10:00am
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Saturday, April 18 • 10am – 1pm • $95

The sound-texturing of a poem connects with the iambic beat in us. Dylan Thomas believed in “the colour of saying,” suggesting it is not just what we say in a poem, but the way we say it. Peter’s talk will focus on the craft of cynghanedd, Welsh-language harmonizing devices, used by Thomas and others in English. The workshop will allow participants to experiment with the devices and poetic forms that lend themselves to creating poems that “sing.”  

Peter Thabit Jones has authored fourteen books, including Dylan Thomas Walking Tour of Greenwich Village. A recipient of many awards including the Eric Gregory Award for Poetry (The Society of Authors, London) and the Homer: European Medal of Poetry and Art, Peter will be in America as a writer-in-residence in Big Sur. 

What People Are Saying about Peter Thabit Jones

"Peter Thabit Jones is poetry. He lives, creates and recites the alluring and mysterious. In Salem and in Cambridge MA, Peter’s readings, classes and workshops were magical. His is a dynamic voice and he invites us to explore the world with him. Such an adventure is pure delight as Peter can transform even the arduous job of stone-laying into verse.” – Kristine Doll, Ph.D., Professor, Department of World Cultures and Languages, Salem State University

"Peter Thabit Jones mesmerized a gathering of Boulder poets and novelists at my home, an event to be reprised this fall, to satisfy audience demand. Peter's poems and public appearances have captured the imagination of the Boulder community. To listen to him read is a rare treat, not to be missed in any venue." -- Paul M. Levitt, Professor emeritus, University of Colorado

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