Class: Kerrin Meis - Art and Adventure Beyond Venice

Wednesday, August 7, 2019 - 10:30am
photo of art history teacher Kerrin Meis

Three Wednesdays: August 7, 14, 21 • 10:30 am – 12:30 pm • $110

Our adventure takes us to Padua’s Giotto frescoes and Donatello sculpture; to Verona, with her magnificent amphitheatre and Mantegna’s San Zeno; to Vicenza, Palladio's city; and a tour of villas including La Rotunda and Villa Barbaro at Maser. We’ll travel to Bassano del Grappa, home to Jacopo Bassano and (yes!) Grappa. We’ll see Asolo and Udine’s rarely-seen frescoes, Aquileia, and other highlights. We’ll end our visit in the watery city of Treviso where hardly anyone goes, and everyone should!

Kerrin Meis taught art history at SFSU for ten years, and she leads study tours in Europe. Her Book Passage classes have been favorites for years.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Deep Travel Anthology: Souvenirs from the Inner Journey (Corte Madera Store)

Wednesday, August 7, 2019 - 7:00pm

"A Deep Travel Workshop takes us to remote places, introduces us to marvelous characters, and then lets each of us find our own way as we write." —Tim Cahill, author of Hold the Enlightenment

Deep Travel has led writers from the Himalayan peaks of Nepal to the Saharan sands of Morocco, from the jungles of Mexico to the gitano caves in Spain. Just as compelling as the exterior landscapes we travel are the interior landscapes we encounter—the terrain of our own thoughts and emotions.  The writers in this anthology address both inner and outer adventures through stories, poems, and vignettes that are as informative as a travelogue yet as revelatory as a journal. During our trips we collect many things—cactus silk scarves, handfuls of tin milagros—but the best souvenirs lie within this book: the observations, insights, and reflections that form the heart of Deep Travel.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Nina G - Stutterer Interrupted (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Thursday, August 8, 2019 - 6:00pm

Nina G bills herself as "The San Francisco Bay Area's Only Female Stuttering Comedian." On stage, she encounters the occasional heckler, but off stage she is often confronted with people's comments toward her stuttering; listeners completing her sentences, inquiring, "Did you forget your name?" and giving unwanted advice like "slow down and breathe" are common. (As if she never thought about slowing down and breathing in her over thirty years of stuttering ) In her memoir Stutterer Interrupted, she tells the story of starting comedy nearly ten years ago, when was the only woman in the world of stand-up who stuttered--not a surprise, since men outnumber women four to one amongst those who stutter and comedy is a male-dominated profession. Nina's brand of comedy reflects the experience of many people with disabilities in that the problem with disability isn't in the person with it but in a society that isn't always accessible or inclusive.

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By Nina G
ISBN: 9781631526428
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Published: She Writes Press - August 6th, 2019

Nina G bills herself as "The San Francisco Bay Area's Only Female Stuttering Comedian." On stage, she encounters the occasional heckler, but off stage she is often confronted with people's comments toward her stuttering; listeners completing her sentences, inquiring, "Did you forget your name?" and giving unwanted advice like "slow down and breathe" are common.

1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Mark Nepo with Phil Cousineau - More Together Than Alone & Drinking from the River of Light (Corte Madera Store)

Thursday, August 8, 2019 - 7:30pm

Please note: Drinking from the River of Light will be available for the event • Priority seating for conferees • $10 ticket charge at the door for those not attending the Travel Writers & Photographers Conference

At once a moving meditation and an empowering guide, More Together Than Alone by Mark Nepo is a compelling testament to the power of community and why it’s so essential in our lives, now more than ever. Nepo draws from historical events, spiritual leaders, and the natural world to show how, in every generation, our tendency is to join together to accomplish our greatest achievements, from creating education to providing clean drinking water, and preserving the arts. Nepo’s historical snapshots, from ancient times to contemporary examples, show how community creates a light in the darkest of times. The book explores the heart of how we come together in varied and beautiful ways, whether forming resistance groups during the Holocaust or rebuilding after the nuclear devastation in Nagasaki. These inspiring stories teach us that even in the bleakest days, we have the power to create connections and draw strength from one another.

In his newest book, Drinking from the River of Light, Nepo traces the search for our most essential selves and explores the importance of art to bear witness to the sorrow, depth, and joy of life. In this collection of interconnected essays and poetry--covering subjects ranging from the importance of staying in conversation with other forms of life to a consideration of how innovators such as Matisse, Rodin, and Beethoven saw the world--Nepo presents a lyrical ode to the artistic urge that stirs in each of us. The book includes dozens of journaling prompts and personal exercises meant to enliven the reader's creative instincts.

Mark Nepo is the author of twenty-one books, including Seven Thousand Ways to Listen, The Endless Practice, and the #1 New York Times bestseller, The Book of Awakening. His work has been translated into more than twenty languages. Mark traveled the country with Oprah Winfrey on her sold-out 2014 “The Life You Want” tour and has appeared several times with Oprah on her Super Soul Sunday program (OWN TV). He lives in southwest Michigan. Visit him online at and

Phil Cousineau is an wward-winning writer and filmmaker, teacher and editor, lecturer and travel leader, storyteller, TV and radio host. His life-long fascination with the art, literature, and history of culture has taken him on many journeys around the world. He lectures frequently on a wide range of topics--from mythology, film, and writing, to beauty, travel, sports, and creativity. He has more than 30 nonfiction books and 15 scriptwriting credits to his name.

More Together Than Alone: Discovering the Power and Spirit of Community in Our Lives and in the World Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501167843
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Published: Atria Books - July 9th, 2019

Mark Nepo—the #1 New York Times bestselling author and popular spiritual teacher—“has given us not only a much-needed message of hope and inspiration, but a practical guide on how to build a better tomorrow, together” (Arianna Huffington, founder of HuffPost).

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ISBN: 9781683642305
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Published: Sounds True - September 3rd, 2019

A deeply heartfelt weave of reflections and poems about what it means to live the creative, expressive life.

“I cherish the wisdom and embrace the practices offered in this luminous book.” —Mirabai Starr, author of Caravan of No Despair and Wild Mercy

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Mikkel Aaland - Perfect Sweat (Corte Madera Store)

Friday, August 9, 2019 - 8:00pm

Everyone sweats. It’s one of the most elemental things a human body can do. But when its pursued intentionally, like eating, drinking or making love, it’s also one of the few natural experiences that can rejuvenate us and bring spiritual and social reconnection to our lives. Our ancestors understood this and have ritually practiced various forms of intense sweating since the beginning of time.

Today, all over the world, people still seek out the banya, steam room, sweat lodge and hammam. The question that Perfect Sweat seeks to answer is why? The motivation can vary by region, culture, country and tradition. Each episode will be a journey exploring the root of that question and seeking the answer. The series will be less about the act of physically steaming and more about the story behind it.

We are in search of the perfect sweat!

Inspired by the book Sweat by Mikkel Aaland and starring a host of characters, Perfect Sweat will take the form of an exploratory journey to every corner of the world. Each episode will take place in a new location that can be anything from a Navajo sweat lodge in Monument Valley to a gigantic Turkish bathhouse to a Swiss sauna inside a mountain gondola dangling high above the peaks. Within that there are three goals for each show:

  1. To visit someplace fascinating
  2. To understand why people have historically sweat in the location we are visiting and why they continue to do it today
  3. To meet some incredible and entertaining people along the way

Mikkel Aaland is a professional photographer and the author of 12 best selling books on digital photography, including two Adobe Lightroom Adventure books (Iceland and Tasmania). Aaland's non-technical books include County Fair Portraits, (for which he made an appearance on Late Night with David Letterman) Sweat, an illustrated tour of international bathing customs (which inspired the streaming video series Perfect Sweat, currently in-production), The Sword of Heaven, Pilgrimage to Kailash, and a recently published memoir, The River in My Backyard.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Janet Fletcher - Wine Country Table (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Saturday, August 10, 2019 - 12:00pm

Meet & Greet Following CUESA Demo

Beautifully photographed, Wine Country Table offers a visual tour of 23 stunning farms and wineries--including Cakebread Cellars, Domaine Carneros, Handley Cellars, and Tablas Creek Vineyard, along with Lodi Farming (cherries), Hilltop & Canyon Farms (avocados and citrus), and Henderson Orchards (pears) to name a few--whose sustainable practices highlight the future of responsible farming and winegrowing embraced throughout California.

Award-winning author Janet Fletcher's recipes turn any gathering into a celebration. Wine pairings and recommendations add sophistication to everyday meals. Wine Country Table shows readers firsthand how responsible growing practices and careful technique result in delicious dishes you'll be proud to share with family and friends.

Janet Fletcher is the author or co-author of nearly 30 books on food and beverage, including Cheese & Wine, Cheese & Beer, Yogurt: Sweet and Savory Recipes for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner, and Sur la Table's Eating Local: Recipes Inspired by America's Farmers. She publishes the weekly Planet Cheese blog and is the cheese columnist for Specialty Food and Somm Journal magazines. Fletcher's journalism has received three James Beard Awards and the IACP Bert Greene Award, and her food writing has appeared in numerous national publications, including The New York Times, Saveur, Fine Cooking, and Food & Wine.


We are pleased to share our Saturday mornings at the Ferry Building with our friends at CUESA, as they host well-known chefs at their demonstration kitchen. The food-portion of the events usually start at the market about an hour or so earlier than the times listed below. We invite the chefs and their fans to take a short walk over to our store where they can meet their readers and sign their books.

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By Janet Fletcher, Robert Holmes (Photographs by), Sara Remington (Photographs by)
ISBN: 9780847865437
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Published: Rizzoli - March 26th, 2019

Celebrating the Golden State's wine-growing regions, Wine Country Table features compelling stories and recipes that showcase the range of the state's agricultural bounty and the seasonal spirit that continues to define the produce-driven and ethnically influenced essence of California wine country cooking.

1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111