Katy Butler - The Art of Dying Well (Corte Madera Store)

Wednesday, February 12, 2020 - 7:00pm

“A common sense path to define what a ‘good’ death looks like” (USA TODAY), The Art of Dying Well is about living as well as possible for as long as possible and adapting successfully to change. Packed with extraordinarily helpful insights and inspiring true stories, award-winning journalist Katy Butler shows how to thrive in later life (even when coping with a chronic medical condition), how to get the best from our health system, and how to make your own “good death” more likely. Butler explains how to successfully age in place, why to pick a younger doctor and how to have an honest conversation with them, when not to call 911, and how to make your death a sacred rite of passage rather than a medical event. This handbook of preparations—practical, communal, physical, and spiritual—will help you make the most of your remaining time, be it decades, years, or months.

Based on Butler’s experience caring for aging parents, and hundreds of interviews with people who have successfully navigated our fragmented health system and helped their loved ones have good deaths, The Art of Dying Well also draws on the expertise of national leaders in family medicine, palliative care, geriatrics, oncology, and hospice. This “empowering guide clearly outlines the steps necessary to prepare for a beautiful death without fear” (Shelf Awareness).

Katy Butler’s articles have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Best American Science Writing, and The Best American Essays. A finalist for a National Magazine Award, she lives in Northern California. She is the author of Knocking on Heaven’s Door.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Jigsaw Puzzle Swap (Sausalito Equator)

Thursday, February 13, 2020 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Come by the new Equator Coffee shop on Caledonia in Sausalito, where Book Passage and Equator will be hosting a puzzle swap! Bring your used jigsaw puzzle and swap it for someone else’s favorite. (Drastic penalties will follow if there are any pieces missing!)

We’ll also have a big array of new puzzles available, one of which you will naturally want to purchase for your Sweetie for Valentines Day.

Sausalito Equator
1201 Bridgeway
Sausalito, CA 94965

Special Event: Toni Morrison, A Literary Legend Remembered (Corte Madera Store)

Thursday, February 13, 2020 - 7:00pm

As one of the icons of literature, Toni Morrison changed the world with her words, influencing generations of readers and writers. The literary and publishing worlds continue to mourn her recent passing while also celebrating her life. As such, and in conjunction with her birthday, Book Passage will honor her with a special event celebration featuring Bay Area authors, booksellers, and you, the community. We’ll read passages from her novels and share stories of her impact.

Authors attending include:

Jose Antonio Vargas
A Pulitzer Prize- winning journalist, Emmy-nominated filmmaker, and a leading voice for the human rights of immigrants. His debut book, Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen is a best-selling memoir.

Carolina de Robertis
Author of the novels Cantoras, a finalist for the Kirkus Prize and a New York Times Editors’ Choice; The Gods of Tango; Perla; and the international bestseller The Invisible Mountain. Her books have been translated into seventeen languages and have received numerous other honors.

Jacqueline Luckett
Author of the novels Passing Love and Searching for Tina Turner. The native Californian is currently working on a third novel and several screenplays.

Margaret Wilkerson Sexton
Her debut novel, A Kind of Freedom, was a National Book Award Nominee, a Book Passage “First Edition Club” selection, and a New York Times Notable Book of 2017.

C Pam Zhang
Born across one ocean, dragged over another. Went willingly every time after. Strange stories. Reluctant realist. Brown / Cambridge / Iowa educated. Lived in 13 cities & still pondering home. Currently located in San Francisco. Her debut novel, How Much of These Hills is Gold is coming next spring.

Tom Barbash
Author of the short story collection Stay Up With Me, a New York Times Editor's Choice and picked as a Best Book of the Year by NPR and the San Francisco Chronicle, and the novels The Last Good Chance, awarded the California Book Award, and The Dakota Winters.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Pat Holt - Contemporary Classics Book Group - Friday (Corte Madera Store)

Friday, February 14, 2020 - 10:30am
photo of Pat Holt

Five Fridays: Feb. 14, Mar. 13, Apr. 17, May. 15, Jun. 12 • 10:30 am – 12:30 pm • $125 

Pat Holt leads a discussion of books that have captured the contemporary imagination.

Febuary 11
Improvement - Joan Silber

March 10
Conversations with Friends - Sally Rooney

April 14
My Sister the Serial Killer - Oyinkan Braithwaite

May 12
In the Distance - Hernan Diaz

June 9
Flights - Olga Tokarczuk

Pat Holt is the former book review editor of the SF Chronicle and publisher of Holt Uncensored.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Maureen Theresa Smith - Your Moontime Magic (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, February 15, 2020 - 11:00am

In conversation with Beth Hossfeld

While it may no longer be commonly referred to as "the curse," menstruation is still at best, hush-hush, and at worst, the subject of demeaning PMS jokes. Instead of honoring this facet of the awesome power to procreate, girls are often embarrassed and confused, their changing bodies a cause not for wonder and pride but worry and self-criticism. Your Moontime Magic ushers in a new day. Author Maureen Theresa Smith, the mother of a daughter, understands the many ways that starting to menstruate rocks a girl's world. She dispels fear with easy-to-understand biological facts, soothes shame and isolation with stories about other young women around the world, and creates a sense of pride through ways to engage with age-old wisdom connecting women to nature and the cycles of the moon. Smith doesn't skirt the fact that getting one's period can involve physical or emotional discomfort and some inconvenience, but she addresses these with lifestyle tips, physical practices, and spiritual techniques that empower. But mostly, Your Moontime Magic is celebratory and fun. Recipes, crafts, journaling prompts, affirmations, aromatherapy, and even beauty treatments redefine "that time of the month" in ways that mothers, grandmothers, and aunties will wish they had had and that they will be thrilled to share with the

Maureen Theresa Smith is a writer, activist, and communications professional. She offers visionary coaching to girls and women in times of transition and facilitates Girls Circles for tween girls.

Beth Hossfeld is a therapist and the founder of the One Circle Foundation. She is a national leader on gender-responsive group programs for youth, the co-developer and trainer of the Girls Circle model, the Girls Circle Facilitator Training and The Council for Boys and Young Men Facilitator Training.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Sunny McMillan - Soul Digger

Sunday, February 16, 2020 - 10:00am

Sunday, February 16 • 10:00 am - 4:00 pm • $150

You know you have a purpose…but you are not totally clear on what that is. You feel called to more…but you aren’t sure how to get there. You know your soul has a plan for you…but you want to hear its guidance more clearly. Sound familiar? It can be so easy to forget that you are, as Pierre Teilhard de Chardin put it, a spiritual being having a human experience. And it can be frustrating and overwhelming to feel called to something greater, but not know where to begin. The good news is that the spiritual being inside, your soul, contains the map to your best destiny, as well as everything you will need to follow it. You just have to learn how to hear it - and how to act on it, even when what you are called to do or be scares you.

Enter Soul Digger™: An engaging, experiential workshop where we will cover:

  • How to hear the voice of your soul
  • How to recognize your true purpose
  • How to bravely take your purpose into the world and live a soul-driven life

Weather permitting, we will be doing a short hike - with coconuts - but more on that later!

Sunny Joy McMillan, JD, is a recovering attorney, a practicing master life coach, and the author of Unhitched: Unlock Your Courage and Clarity to Unstick Your Bad Marriage. As the host of Sunny in Seattle, a weekly live radio show that airs on Fridays from 9-10am Pacific on Alternative Talk 1150AM KKNW in Seattle and 103.3FM KPCA in Petaluma, Sunny has conducted over 200 live radio interviews with leaders in the field of science, spirituality, and mind/body/spirit wellness. Her work has been featured in Oprah Magazine, Best Self Magazine, as well as Anita Moorjani’s Hay House Radio show, Explore the Extraordinary.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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