Tracy Grant - The Glenister Papers (Sausalito Store)

Sunday, June 2, 2019 - 4:00pm

Every spy has a past. But Mélanie Suzanne Rannoch is not prepared to meet her husband Malcolm’s past literally walking towards them across a candlelit Mayfair ballroom in the person of brilliant, stunning Katelina Ashford, Malcolm’s first love. Nor is she prepared to find that Kitty is a former agent herself, who has come to London seeking Malcolm’s help. Mélanie, who misses her own past as a spy, always relishes the intrigue of espionage, but even as Kitty’s secret mission unsettles London society, it leaves Mélanie questioning her own assumptions about the man whose name and bed she has shared for seven years.

The quest that has brought Kitty to London began in Spain in the tumult of the Napoleonic Wars, but it stretches into some of the Britain’s most powerful families. From the gritty bustle of Bow Street to the scandalous (or intrigue-laced) grottos of Vauxhall, The Glenister Papers follows the Rannochs as they find themselves involved in a search for a mysterious operative known as the Goshawk, a painting that holds the key to unraveling a long-buried secret history, and a fiendishly clever killer working very much in the present. But even as they try to keep the revelations from overturning vital alliances and smashing the lives of their closest friends, Mélanie and Malcolm discover the greatest danger may be to their own personal alliance.

Tracy Grant has been making up stories as long as she can remember and writing them down since third grade when she was assigned writing a story and realized she had a wealth of characters and plots inside her head. She studied British history at Stanford University and received the Firestone Award for Excellence in Research for her honors thesis on shifting conceptions of honor in late fifteenth century England. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she is on the board of the Merola Opera Program, a training program for professional opera singers, coaches, and stage directors.

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ISBN: 9781641970914
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Nancy Yost Literary Agency, Inc - May 15th, 2019

Every spy has a past. But M lanie Suzanne Rannoch is not prepared to meet her husband Malcolm's past literally walking towards them across a candlelit Mayfair ballroom in the person of brilliant, stunning Katelina Ashford, Malcolm's first love. Nor is she prepared to find that Kitty is a former agent herself, who has come to London seeking Malcolm's help.

100 Bay Street
Sausalito, CA 94965

Cooks with Books: Jamie Purviance - Weber's Ultimate Grilling (Left Bank Brasserie)

Sunday, June 2, 2019 - 6:30pm


Presented by Book Passage at Left Bank, Larkspur
Tickets: $115 per person; $175 per couple (includes meal & book)

This is your new go-to companion from the most trusted name in grilling. Much more than just a recipe collection, Weber’s Ultimate Grilling is an entirely new take on grilling today, with every recipe step visually depicted in full-color photography. With these extensively tested recipes, anyone—from amateur to ace—can be a barbecue genius. Foundational recipes for popular grilled foods—steak, burgers, pork chops, ribs, chicken breasts and wings, and salmon fillets—are masterfully explained in this keepsake classroom-in-a-book. “Flavor Bomb” spreads offer inspiring, weeknight-friendly recipe ideas for how to create wonderful variations of the most-loved grilled foods. And fun food science facts, along with infographics, illustrations, and tips, help you get the absolute best results every time.

Jamie Purviance is one of America’s top grilling experts and Weber’s master griller. He graduated from Stanford University and the Culinary Institute of America before launching a career as a food writer for publications such as Bon Appetit, Better Homes and Gardens, Fine Cooking, Town & Country, and the Los Angeles Times. He is the author of numerous cookbooks including Weber’s Way to Grill, a James Beard Award nominee and New York Times best seller. Purviance has appeared as a grilling authority on numerous television shows including Today, The Early Show, Good Morning America, and The Oprah Winfrey Show. He lives in Sacramento, California.


Our award-winning Cooks with Books events are held at outstanding Bay Area restaurants. The meal is inspired by the author/chefs who discuss their cookbooks with guests throughout the meal. These are happy, convivial events that often sell out quickly, so don’t wait to register! Event tickets include the meal, wine, tip, and a signed copy of the book.

Left Bank Brasserie
507 Magnolia Avenue
Larkspur, CA 94939

Special Story Time Guest: Kara Navolio - Everybody Can Dance! (Corte Madera Store)

Monday, June 3, 2019 - 9:30am

Everybody Can Dance! shows children of all cultures experiencing the joy of dance together. Children with disabilities tap a beat alongside others swinging to ballroom or bouncing to Bollywood. The fun, rhyming text will have any child asking for a repeat performance. This book can be a springboard for discussing how much we are all the same, how dance is fun for everyone, and how everybody can do it!

Kara Navolio is a children’s book author and freelance writer. Her debut picture book Everybody Can Dance! celebrates the joy of dance with a message of inclusion and shows children that no matter what you look like, your physical ability or style, everybody can dance! When she isn’t writing for children, Kara tells stories of real-life heroes, artists and authors for local newspapers. Kara has been working with children since her college days at UC Berkeley.  When she had her own two children she volunteered in their classrooms and at their schools for 16 years. Currently she is a docent at The Bedford Gallery in Walnut Creek where she takes school children on tours and teaches art in local schools. Kara is a member of Andrea Alban’s Writer’s Tribe and Book Passage’s Path to Publishing program. She loves to read, travel, take photographs, paint, hike, dance, cook, and spend time with her family. She lives in Walnut Creek, California with her husband and every day makes it a goal to learn something new. 


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By Kara Navolio, Ruth-Mary Smith (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781947860360
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Brandylane Publishers, Inc. - May 28th, 2019

The music starts. You feel the beat.

You clap your hands and tap your feet.

Everybody twist and twirl

Everybody can dance

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Secrets of Narrative Nonfiction: Getting Started, Getting Published (Corte Madera Store)

Monday, June 3, 2019 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
photo of Pamela Feinsilber

Three Mondays: June 3, June 10, June 17 • 7-9 pm • $125

This class has been cancelled.

Whether it’s in a memoir, biography or other work, the best nonfiction writing—what’s become known as narrative nonfiction—tells a story, using the same techniques you’ll find in fiction. Students in this class analyze and practice these techniques, including characterization, scene setting, dialogue, description, and point of view. Now that hybrid and self-publishing are so common, we'll focus on how to publish and market your work as well. Guests from the writing and publishing world will join us.

Pamela Feinsilber is a longtime editor of fiction and nonfiction by both established authors and new writers. A mentor and editor in Book Passage’s Path to Publishing program, she has helped many writers turn not-there manuscripts into well-received books. 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Left Coast Writers® Salon: Jeff Greenwald Talks Travel (Corte Madera Store)

Monday, June 3, 2019 - 7:00pm

At this Left Coast Writers® Literary Salon, join Jeff Greenwald--author of Snake Lake and Scratching the Surface, and founder of Ethical Traveler--as he talks travel.   

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Christopher X. Shade - The Good Mother of Marseille (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Tuesday, June 4, 2019 - 6:00pm

In Conversation with Aileen Cassinetto

In Christopher X. Shade's The Good Mother of Marseille, it's summer of 2013, the year of Marseille's designation as the European Capital of Culture. Readers get a taste of this dangerous, impoverished yet seductive port city of France as they follow the interwoven stories of Americans who have come to wander and sightsee. No mie, an anthropology student, wants to make the gritty graffiti-covered neighborhood of Cours Julien her home, but she's running out of time, money, and her university sponsor's patience.

No mie watches over Corey, from New Jersey, who is an earlier version of her: also an anthropology student, he's just getting started. But what he wants is very different. He searches the Marseille streets for what he needs from someone to love. In the old port, the wife of a small-town Alabama couple presses to see all the sights while her husband is losing his vision to an eye disease. No mie intersects with everyone--has she stolen their passports? A Colorado man with late-stage cancer and fear of the unexpected falls in love with a French woman he meets at a caf on the old port. In Marseille and then in Paris, a woman helps her journalist husband figure out what is happening in his head as he experiences a peculiar stress disorder. Hovering on the fringe are the Marseillais, the shopkeepers, artists, caf waiters. Who among them will save No mie?

To the rhythm of European street life, each American puts a Marseille experience in the context of their own histories. It's a love letter to the turbulence of Marseille, and to the turbulence to be found under the surface of each of us, the pounding hearts and jarring fears.

Christopher X. Shade is co-founder and co-editor of Cagibi, at, a journal of poetry and prose. His stories and book reviews have appeared widely, and he has won story awards including the 2016 Writers at Work fellowship competition. He teaches fiction and poetry writing at The Writers Studio. Raised in the South, he now lives with his wife in New York City.

The Good Mother of Marseille Cover Image
ISBN: 9781732302525
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Paloma Press - February 9th, 2019

Praise for The Good Mother of Marseille:

"A veritable bouillabaisse of a novel, simmering with intrigue and steaming with surprises." --Lorea Canales, author of Becoming Marta and Los Perros

1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111