Judy Melinek & T.J. Mitchell - First Cut (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, January 18, 2020 - 4:00pm

First Cut follows San Francisco’s newest medical examiner, Dr. Jessie Teska, who makes a chilling discovery when a suspected overdose case contains hints of something more sinister: a drug lord’s attempt at a murderous cover-up. But as Jessie digs deeper, she faces unexpected pushback from her superiors and pressure to stay in her lane, close the case and move on.

For Jessie, San Francisco was supposed to be a fresh start, a chance to escape her troublesome past in Los Angeles. Instead she finds herself overworked and underpaid, working in a dingy morgue and living under the fog in a cramped converted cable car. Now, despite warnings from her colleagues and threats from her boss, she is determined to find the truth.

As more bodies land on her autopsy table, Jessie uncovers a constellation of deaths that point to a plot involving opioid traffickers and San Francisco’s shifting terrain of tech start-ups. Autopsy means “see for yourself,” and Jessie Teska won’t stop until she has seen it all—even if it means the next corpse on the slab could be her own.

Judy Melinek, M.D. was an assistant medical examiner in San Francisco for nine years, and today works as a forensic pathologist in Oakland and as CEO of PathologyExpert Inc. She and T.J. Mitchell met as undergraduates at Harvard, after which she studied medicine and practiced pathology at UCLA. Her training in forensics at the New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiner is the subject of their first book, the memoir Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner.

T.J. Mitchell is a writer with an English degree from Harvard, and worked in the film industry before becoming a full-time stay-at-home dad. He is the New York Times bestselling co-author of Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner with his wife, Judy Melinek.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Corey Fischer - Finding Your Story

Sunday, January 19, 2020 - 10:00am
photo of actor, storytelling teacher Corey Fischer

Sunday, January 19 • 10:00-4:00 pm • Tuition: $150

“Stand-up storytelling” invigorates the imagination, reclaims memories, and inspires the body’s own creativity. Award-winning actor/ writer/director Corey Fischer will share a variety of exercises in a safe and supportive setting as he guides each student in discovering a particular personal story that needs to be told. This class is for anyone who wants to tell their own stories and expand their expressive range.

Corey Fischer, co-founder of Traveling Jewish Theatre (1978-2012), has been creating and teaching theatre over 50 years. He views autobiographical storytelling as a much-needed way to open imagination and memory and to nurture community.

What Students Say About Corey Fischer

“Corey Fischer is an amazing teacher.  I took his workshops in storytelling, performance, and improvisation whenever I could. Each time my mind opened, my body became more energized and limber, my spirit and imagination expanded – always in an atmosphere of safety, human connection, and enjoyment. I highly recommend Corey as an extraordinary teacher for anyone seeking to express their creativity, find their storytelling voice, and have a lot of fun along the way.” -- Jonathan D. Greenberg, Executive Director, Gandhi King Institute for Nonviolence and Social Justice, Stanford Law School

“With humor and heart, Corey guides you to the wild, unknown parts of your creativity.  He is a teacher not to be missed: a man with a lifetime of experience, an insightful perspective, and a gentle and supportive approach. He grounds you as you leap into the unknown, and expertly helps you shape what you bring back from your explorations.” – Naomi Stein, writer, performer

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Mock Caldecott

Sunday, January 19, 2020 - 2:00pm to 4:30pm

Sunday, January 19 * 2:00-4:30 pm * $20

What is a Mock Caldecott?

The Caldecott Medal is the most important award given to illustrated children’s books, and is awarded each year by the American Library Association. This afternoon of wine and discussion will cover the criteria by which the Caldecott committee judges books for this prestigious award, and offers a fun, hands-on experience as we discuss and vote on some of the year’s best illustrated books.


Attendees must complete the reading ahead of time. The reading list is available on our website and will be emailed to participants who register for the program. All books will be available for purchase at Book Passage.  

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Steve Gorman - Hard to Handle: The Life and Death of the Black Crowes (Ferry Building Store)

Sunday, January 19, 2020 - 3:00pm

Tickets: $32 (includes signed copy of Hard to Handle)

For over two decades, the Black Crowes topped the charts and reigned supreme over the radio waves, even as hair bands, grunge, and hip-hop threatened to dethrone them. With hits like "Hard to Handle," "She Talks to Angels," and "Remedy," their massive success launched them to stardom in the early '90s, earning them a place among rock royalty. They were on the cover of Rolling Stone, MTV played their videos 24/7, and Generation X re-discovered the power of classic rock and blues by digging into multi-platinum classics like Shake Your Money Maker and The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion.

But stardom can be fleeting. For the Black Crowes, success slowly dwindled as the band members got caught up in the rock star world and lost sight of their musical ambition. Despite the drinking, drugs, and incessant fighting between Chris and Rich Robinson—the angriest brothers in rock and roll, with all due respect to Oasis and the Kinks—the band continued to tour until 2013. On any given night, they could be the best band you ever saw. (Or the most combative.) Then, one last rift caused by Chris Robinson proved insurmountable for the band to survive. After that, the Black Crowes would fly no more.

Founding member Steve Gorman was there for all of it—the coke and weed-fueled tours; the tumultuous recording sessions; the backstage hangs with legends like Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, and the Rolling Stones. As the band's drummer and voice of reason, he tried to keep the Black Crowes together musically—and in one piece emotionally. In his first-person history of the Black Crowes, Hard To Handle—the first ever account of this great American rock band's beginning, middle, and end—Gorman makes it clear just how impossible that job was. Fortunately, Gorman tells the tale with great insight, candor, and humor. They don't make bands like the Black Crowes anymore: crazy, brilliant, self-destructive, inspiring, and, ultimately, not built to last. But, man, what a ride it was while it lasted.

Steve Gorman is a founding member of the Black Crowes as well as his current band, Trigger Hippy. He has created and hosted two nationally syndicated radio shows. Hard to Handle is his first book. He lives in Nashville with his wife and two kids.


Please note: Tickets are non-refundable

1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Class: Wendy Walsh - Low Intermediate Italian

Monday, January 20, 2020 - 12:30pm
photo of Italian teacher Wendy Walsh

Eight Mondays: Jan 20 - Mar 16 • 12:40 - 2:25 pm • $290 (no class 2/17)

Wendy Walsh has a Ph.D. in Italian Literature from UC Berkeley. She has been teaching Italian language and literature since 1979.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Pamela Feinsilber - Meet the Author Book Group

Monday, January 20, 2020 - 7:00pm
photo of Pamela Feinsilber

Four Mondays: Jan. 20, Feb. 24, Mar. 30, Apr. 27 • 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm • Tuition: $100

We’ll have intimate conversations with the authors of...a "spellbinding" novel in which a mysterious package sends a Muslim-Jewish American student to Cairo, where he uncovers his own tangled family history; a "very satisfying," "illuminating" look at a father and son whose lives in the Dakota building cross John Lennon's in 1979; 12 wide-ranging, "astute and sensitive" stories that center on a missing loved one; and one more. Pamela Feinsilber is a Path to Publishing mentor, book editor, and freelance writing consultant.

Jan. 20
The Last Watchman of Old Cairo by Michael David Lukas

Feb. 24
The Dakota Winters by Tom Barbash

Mar. 30
Evening in Paradise: More Stories by Lucia Berlin Stephen Emerson

Apr. 27
World Gone Missing: Stories by Laurie Ann Doyle

All titles are available at Book Passage. Please support your local, independent bookstore and buy from us. 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925