51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera • www.bookpassage.com • January - February 2018, No. 1 415-927-0960 (Marin) • 415-835-1020 (San Francisco) • 415-339-1300 (Sausalito) • 800-999-7909 (orders) Robert Hass

Mon., Jan. 15, 7:00 pm Corte Madera

Robert Crais

Tues., Jan. 16, 7:00 pm Corte Madera

Nick Nolte

Wed., Jan. 24, 7:00 pm Corte Madera

Dave Eggers & Mokhtar Alkhanshali Sat., Jan. 27, 5:00 pm Ferry Building

Deborah Santana

Sat., Feb. 3, 7:00 pm Corte Madera

George Saunders

Mon., Feb. 5, 7:00 pm Dominican University

Kelly Corrigan & Matt Nathanson

Wed., Feb. 7, 7:00 pm Corte Madera

Joel Richard Paul

Tues., Feb. 20, 7:00 pm Corte Madera

John Lescroart

Wed., Feb. 21, 7:00 pm Corte Madera

Walter Mosley Mon., Feb. 26, 7:00 pm Corte Madera

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Book Passage • Tom Killion Class for Kids on Making Prints Sat., Feb 3 • 2:00-5:00 pm ( see pg. 21)



• Arlie Russell Hochschild One Book One Marin

Kick-off event at Book Passage Tues., Feb. 27 (see pg. 9)

• Phil Cousineau

Classes on “The Writer’s Odyssey “ Series begins Sat., Mar. 3 (see pg. 23)

• Path to Publishing Non-fiction Writing Workshop Sat., Mar. 17 • 9:00-4:00 pm (see page 28)

• Anne Lamott Class “On Writing” Sat. May 12 • 1:00-4:00 pm (see pg. 23)

Arlie Russell Hochschild Tues., Feb. 27, 7:00 pm

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Marilyn Yalom

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Sat., Jan. 13, 4:00 pm In The Amorous Heart, Marilyn Yalom tracks the metaphor of the heart. She traces heart-iconography across two thousand years of history, through Christian theology, pagan love poetry, medieval painting, Shakespearean drama, Enlightenment science, and into the present.

Chloe Benjamin

Jay Humphrey

Tues., Jan. 9, 1:00 pm In conversation with Karen Joy Fowler A sweeping novel of remarkable power, The Immortalists is a moving testament to the power of story, the nature of belief, and the unrelenting pull of familial bonds. Chloe Benjamin is the author of The Anatomy of Dreams.

Sat., Jan. 13, 7:00 pm Left Coast Writers® Launch In The Day You Love Me, Jay Humphrey invites readers to travel to six places around the globe and experience six different encounters, each fueled by hope and desire, each clouded by uncertainty.

Gary Wasserman

Doreen Stock

Wed., Jan. 10, 7:00 pm Written with a sharp sense of humor, The Doha Experiment offers Gary Wasserman’s unique perspective on where the region of Qatar is headed. He illustrates with clarity why Americans need to understand the clash between Western and Arab civilizations.

Thomas Mann

Thurs., Jan. 11, 7:00 pm American democracy was never supposed to give the nation a president like Donald Trump. In One Nation After Trump, award-winning author Thomas Mann explains Trump’s rise, and the danger his administration poses to our free institutions.

A Tribute to Denis Johnson Melissa Cistaro, Tom Barbash, Molly Giles, Kate Milliken, & Gerald Fleming Wed., Jan. 17 • 7:00 pm • Corte Madera store

Join us for a special evening celebrating the legacy of Denis Johnson and his latest posthumous publication. Authors Tom Barbash, Melissa Cistaro, Gerald Fleming, Molly Giles, and Kate Milliken will read selections and discuss Johnson’s work. Twenty-five years after Jesus’ Son, The Largesse of the Sea Maiden is a haunting new collection of short stories on aging, mortality, and transcendence, from National Book Award winner and two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist Denis Johnson.

Sun., Jan. 14, 4:00 pm Path to Publishing Event In Three Tales From the Archive of Love, voices long suppressed by the larger currents of history are brought to life by poet and author Doreen Stock. Set within the unmistakable power of the bonds of love, these stories spring from the lives of real-life women.

Sarah Lavender Smith

Sun., Jan. 14, 7:00 pm Like a trusted coach, The Trail Runner’s Companion offers an inspiring, practical, and goal-oriented approach to trail running and racing. Sarah Lavender Smith is a seasoned competitive trail runner, coach, and contributor to Trail Runner magazine.

Robert Hass

Mon., Jan. 15, 7:00 pm Famed poet Robert Hass introduces us to the fascinating correspondence between Thomas Merton and Ernesto Cardenal, who were both poets and priests. From the Monastery to the World collects the complete correspondence between these spiritual men, translated into English for the first time. Robert Hass is winner of both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award.

Robert Crais

Tues., Jan. 16, 7:00 pm It seemed like a simple case...before the bodies started piling up. In The Wanted, Investigator Elvis Cole and his partner Joe Pike take on the deadliest case of their lives, in a new masterpiece of suspense from #1 New York Times bestselling author Robert Crais.

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George Saunders

Mon., Feb. 5, 7:00 pm

Tickets: $40 (includes book) Winner of the 2017 Man Booker Prize, Lincoln in the Bardo is the long-awaited first novel from author George Saunders. A moving fatherson story featuring none other than Abraham Lincoln, this rich narrative is infused with an unforgettable cast of supporting characters, living and dead, historical and invented.

Maria Shriver

Wed., Mar. 14, 7:00 pm

Tickets: $40 (includes book) Maria Shriver knows just how surprising, unpredictable, and stressful everyday life can be. I’ve Been Thinking... is a book of reflections for those seeking wisdom, guidance, encouragement, and inspiration on the road to a meaningful life. Shriver is a Peabody Awardwinning and Emmy Award-winning journalist.

Literary Luncheons

Book Passage hosts literary luncheons with celebrated authors at our Corte Madera store. Lunch is catered by Insalata’s Restaurant. Tickets include lunch and a signed book. Call 415-927-0960, ext. 1, or bookpassage.com for tickets

Anna Quindlen

Thurs., Apr. 5 • 12:00 pm • $55 Set against the vibrant backdrop of New York City, Anna Quindlen’s singular ability to reveal the interior lives, thoughts and desires of women is sketched in crisp relief and sharp humor in her new book. Alternate Side showcases her fiction prowess at its most brave, most heartbreaking, and most satisfying.

Frances Mayes

Wed., Apr. 18 • 12:00 pm • $55 Frances Mayes—the bestselling author of Under the Tuscan Sun—writes with her trademark warmth, heart, and delicious descriptions of place, food, and friendship. Women in Sunlight is the story of four American strangers who bond in Italy and whose lives change over the course of an exceptional year.

Emeritus Students College of Marin

Afternoon Author Series

ESCOM. Events are free & open to the Public College of Marin, Kentfield Library • 1:00-2:30 pm

Arlie Russell Hochschild Wed., Apr. 18, 7:00 pm Rabih Allamedine In conversation with Michael Krasny The Angel of History One Book One Marin 2018 Event Free & Open to the Public In Strangers in Their Own Land, renowned sociologist Arlie Russell Hochschild embarks on a thought-provoking journey from liberal Berkeley to deep into Louisiana bayou country—a stronghold of the conservative right. This evening will serves as the culminating event for One Book One Marin 2018.

Book Launch Party!

Deborah Santana & Contributors All the Women in My Family Sing Sat., Feb. 3 • 7:00 pm • Corte Madera store All the Women in My Family Sing is an anthology documenting the experiences of women of color at the dawn of the twentyfirst century. It is a vital collection of prose and poetry. Join editor Deborah Santana and select contributors as we celebrate the release of this important work!



Fri., Feb. 23 • 1:00 - 2:30 pm Set over the course of one night in the waiting room of a psych clinic, The Angel of History follows Yemeni-born poet Jacob as he revisits the events of his life. Rabih Alameddine is the author of the novel An Unnecessary Woman.

Joyce Maynard The Best of Us

Fri., Mar. 30 • 1:00 - 2:30 pm When she was in her late fifties, author and journalist Joyce Maynard met the first true partner she had ever known. The Best of Us is a heart-wrenching, ultimately life-affirming reflection on coming to understand true love through the experience of great loss.

George Omi In conversation with Garrett Omi American Yellow Fri., Apr. 27 • 1:00 - 2:30 pm When Japan bombed Pearl Harbor, Minoru Omi’s life was turned upside down. Follow the Omi family as they make their way through World War II—from San Francisco to an internment camp in Arkansas and back again.



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Sam Graham-Felsen

Mon., Jan. 22, 7:00 pm An infectiously funny narrative about the highs and lows of adolescence that also offers sharp honesty in the face of injustice, Sam GrahamFelsen’s debut novel Green is a wildly original take on the struggle to rise in America.

Events in Corte Madera Dr. Tom Singer & Bandy Lee

Thurs., Jan. 18, 7:00 pm In The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump, Tom Singer and Bandy Lee provide insights from 27 mental health experts who argue that, in Mr. Trump’s case, their moral and civic “duty to warn” America supersedes professional neutrality. They then explore Trump’s symptoms and potentially relevant diagnoses to find a complex, if also dangerously mad, man.

Clive Rosengren

Sat., Jan. 20, 7:00 pm In Velvet on a Tuesday Afternoon—the third book in the Eddie Collins mystery series—a femme fatale sashays into Collins’s office, thrusting him into a saga straight from a classic noir. Clive Rosengren is the author of Murder Unscripted and Red Desert.

James L’Etoile

Sun., Jan. 21, 1:00 pm How do you stop a killer who’s already behind bars? With a plot full of twisty, hairpin runs and heart-pounding action, James L’Etoile’s Bury the Past is a riveting follow-up to the first entry in his Detective Penley mysteries, At What Cost.

Glenda Carroll

Sun., Jan. 21, 4:00 pm Path to Publishing Event What happened to Shari Grantner? One day the lawyer is running a successful swim clinic, but less than 24 hours later, her body washes up on a beach near San Francisco. Drop Dead Red is the debut novel from former Marin IJ columnist Glenda Carroll.

Jeffrey Siger

Sun., Jan. 21, 7:00 pm Aegean April links modern Greece to its ancient past, exploring the powerful grip of myths upon its people, and tackling cutting edge issues of societal change affecting our world at large. Author Jeffrey Siger is the author of eight bestselling mystery thrillers.

Michelle Gale

Tues., Jan. 23, 7:00 pm Mindful Parenting in a Messy World is a guidebook that teaches busy, stressed-out parents how to become more present with themselves and with their children. Michelle Gale was previously the head of learning and leadership development at Twitter.

Nick Nolte

Wed., Jan. 24, 7:00 pm Tickets: $32 (includes signed book) In Rebel, legendary actor Nick Nolte delivers his most revealing performance yet. This intimate memoir is a tale of art, passion, commitment, addiction. The quest for personal enlightenment is as intense and hypnotic as the man himself.

Stanley Bing

Thurs., Jan. 25, 7:00 pm Eternal life may soon be at the fingertips of those who can afford it. Mixing brisk action, humor, and wicked social commentary, Immortal Life imagines a day just around the corner. Stanley Bing is the author of nearly a dozen books.

Ori Hofmekler

Fri., Jan. 26, 7:00 pm In The 7 Principles of Stress, Ori Hofmekler—acclaimed author of The Warrior Diet and an early proponent of intermittent fasting—challenges conventional wisdom with a new approach to health that uses stress to live longer, stay fit, and ward off fat.

Maia Duerr

Sat., Jan. 27, 1:00 pm Work is one of the primary vehicles for expressing our deepest selves. In Work That Matters, Maia Duerr takes readers through a careful and comprehensive process that can lead to new insights, breakthroughs, and positive reformulation of their careers.

Ian Lendler

Sat., Jan. 27, 2:00 pm In Partnership with Spirit Rock In the charming and accessible picture book Little Sid, Ian Lendler offers a heart-warming account of the childhood of the Buddha. This event will also feature Dawn Scott, Spirit Rock’s family-meditation expert.

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John Crocker

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Anne & Joan Watts

Wed., Jan. 31, 7:00 pm An illuminating book that raises questions about the evolution of human behavior and the importance of patience and strong family bonds, Following Fi provides a greater understanding of what it means to be human. John Crocker has practiced medicine in Seattle for 35 years.

Daphne de Marneffe

Thurs., Feb. 1, 7:00 pm In the brilliant, transformative, and optimistic Sat., Jan. 27, 4:00 pm The Rough Patch, clinical psychologist Philosopher, author, and lecturer Daphne de Marneffe delves into the Alan Watts popularized Zen extraordinary pushes and pulls of midlife Buddhism and other Eastern marriage, where our need to develop as philosophies for the counterculture individuals can crash headlong into the of the 1960s. The Collected Letters of Alan Watts reveals the remarkable arc of Watts’s demands of our relationships. colorful and controversial life, presented by his daughters Joan Sandra Allen Watts and Anne Watts. Sat., Feb. 3, 1:00 pm Jonathan Kauffman In 2009, Sandra Allen’s uncle mailed her his memoir—typewritten in all caps on sixty, Sun., Jan. 28, 11:00 am single-spaced pages. In A Kind of Mirraculas Hippie Food chronicles how the longhairs Paradise, Allen translates the text into a rejected the square establishment of President gripping coming-of-age story while sticking Nixon’s America and turned instead to a more faithfully to the facts as he shared them. communal approach to life and food. Jonathan Kauffman is a James Beard Award–winning Peggy Reskin staff writer at the San Francisco Chronicle. Sat., Feb. 3, 4:00 pm Madisyn Taylor In Barefoot Frontrunners: Sex, Women and Power, Peggy Reskin argues for a broader Sun., Jan. 28, 1:00 pm focus in the struggle for women’s rights. The In conversation with Deborah Evans initial battles were over reproductive and Plagued by depression and anxiety, Madisyn sexual freedom, but those issues now provide Taylor made the decision to become a springboard for broader measures that will unmedicated, reaching out to the natural, enhance women’s rights and human rights. holistic health realm. Unmedicated is her thoughtful account of how she broke free to Jeanie Kortum become happy, healthy, and productive. Tues., Feb. 6, 7:00 pm In the novel Stones, a master’s degree Terence Clarke student in narrative anthropology finds a new Sun., Jan. 28, 4:00 pm perspective when she comes home to Africa In New York: Stories, readers will see the view and reconnects with her family’s tribe and its from the High Line, find love in Central Park, mystical prophecies. Jeanie Kortum is the dance with the finest ballerina of the century, award-winning author of Ghost Vision. and feel the artistic pulse of Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Author Terence Clarke is the director Bill Minutaglio & Steve Davis of publishing at Astor & Lenox. Wed., Feb. 7, 1:00 pm Michael Benanav From Bill Minutaglio and Steve Davis— authors of the PEN Center USA award-winning Tues., Jan. 30, 7:00 pm Dallas 1963—comes The Most Dangerous Himalaya Bound paints a sublime picture of a Man in America, a madcap narrative about rarely-seen world, revealing the hardships and Timothy Leary’s daring prison escape and run joys of a people who wonder if there is still a from the law. place for them on this planet. Michael Benanav writes and photographs for the travel section of The New York Times. Free Gift Wrap

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Wed., Feb. 7 • 7:00 pm • Corte Madera store Join author Kelly Corrigan and musician Matt Nathanson for an evening of notes and words celebrating the release of Kelly’s new book! With the streetwise, ever-relatable voice that defines Corrigan’s work, Tell Me More is a moving take on the power of the right words at the right moment to change everything. S.F.-based singer/songwriter Matt Nathanson released his album Show Me Your Fangs in 2015.

Dr. Pilar Jennings

Thurs., Feb. 8, 7:00 pm Presented with the case of a six-year-old girl who had stopped speaking, psychoanalyst Pilar Jennings took the unconventional approach of inviting a Tibetan Buddhist monk into their sessions. To Heal a Wounded Heart is the fascinating account of what happened next.

James Janko & Judy Halebsky Fri., Feb. 9, 7:00 pm Join author James Janko as he presents his novel, The Clubhouse Thief in conjunction with poet Judy Halebsky, who will read from her latest collection, Tree Line, at this special dual event!

Anya Kamenetz

Sat., Feb. 10, 1:00 pm In The Art of Screens, Anya Kamenetz—an expert on both education and technology— takes a refreshingly practical look at the subject of our children’s constant exposure to smartphones and screens. Kamenetz is the lead digital education correspondent for NPR.

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Isabella Price

Sat., Feb. 10, 4:00 pm Goddess Power takes readers on a fascinating and, at times, surprising journey into the enduring essence of the Divine Feminine. Isabella Price, MA, is an international speaker, author, and higher education professional at JFK University.

Ann Steiner

Sat., Feb. 10, 7:00 pm Left Coast Writers® Launch Help Your Group Thrive: A Workbook and Planning Guide from Ann Steiner is an easyto-use manual recommended for leaders of all types of groups—discussion groups, peer support, organizations, and workplace teams.

For more information or to register, contact Julie Carlucci at [email protected] or 415-927-0960, ext. 404

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Ying Compestine

Events in Corte Madera Timothy Kreider

Sun., Feb. 11, 1:00 pm In his new collection, I Wrote This Book Because I Love You, New York Times essayist and author of We Learn Nothing, Tim Kreider trains his virtuoso writing and singular power of observation on his (often befuddling) relationships with women.

Bill Kimberlin

Sun., Feb. 11, 4:00 pm Bill Kimberlin has helped make some of the most celebrated and popular movies of the past century. Inside the Star Wars Empire is Kimberlin’s funny, insightful tell-all about the two decades he spent as a department director at LucasFilm Industrial Light and Magic.

Matt Haig

Mon., Feb. 12, 7:00 pm How to Stop Time is a bighearted, wildly original novel about losing and finding yourself, the inevitability of change, and how with enough time to learn how, we just might find happiness. Matt Haig is the author of the bestselling memoir Reasons to Stay Alive.

Jasmin Darznik

Tues., Feb. 13, 7:00 pm With Traditional Persian Bites & Beverages In Song of a Captive Bird, Jasmin Darznik uses the lens of fiction to capture the tenacity, spirit, and ecstatic turmoil of Iranian poet Forugh Farrokzhad. Darznik is the author of the bestseller, The Good Daughter. She also teaches memoir writing at Book Passage.

John Heminway

Thurs., Feb. 15, 7:00 pm In Full Flight explores the question of whether it is possible to rewrite one’s troubled past simply by doing good in the present. John Heminway is an author and award-winning filmmaker who has produced and written more than 200 documentaries.

Sat., Feb. 17, 11:00 am Special Children’s Event In The Chinese Emperor’s New Clothes, acclaimed children’s author Ying Compestine (Revolution is Not a Dinner Party) puts a fresh spin on the classic story of an emperor who seeks to outsmart his devious advisors.

Anna Raimondi

Sat., Feb. 17, 4:00 pm Prominent spiritual counselor and medium Anna Raimondi channels the Blessed Mother in Conversations with Mary, an insightful, prescriptive, and timely dialogue that not only acts as a guide to modern spirituality but celebrates the Mother Mary as a central figure for all people and religions across the globe.

Lisa Church

Sun., Feb. 18, 1:00 pm Kimmensville was the dream of five families. Welcome to Kimmensville: Population 17-1/2 is a bittersweet memoir about the mischievous adventures of the Kimmensville Club and their magical neighborhood before the suicide of author Lisa Church’s beloved younger brother.

Quentin Guerlain

Sun., Feb. 18, 4:00 pm Nom de Guerre: Ivan is a novel based on true events as well as actual experiences of author Quentin Guerlain’s father, Ivan, who fought against the German-Italian-Spanish Fascist coalition in the Spanish Civil War—the actual start of World War II.

Joel Richard Paul

Tues., Feb. 20, 7:00 pm In Without Precedent, Hastings Law Professor Joel Richard Paul delivers an engrossing account of Chief Justice John Marshall, who, with cunning and grace, shaped America’s future as he held together the Supreme Court, the Constitution, and the country itself.

John Lescroart

Wed., Feb. 21, 7:00 pm In this riveting new book by “master of the legal thriller” (Chicago Sun-Times) John Lescroart, attorney Dismas Hardy investigates the murder of a wealthy man whose heirs are all potential suspects. With Lescroart’s sharp dialogue and whip-smart plotting, Poison is a nail-biter that will keep you guessing until the last page.

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Mariana Caplan

Thurs., Feb. 22, 7:00 pm In Yoga & Psyche, Mariana Caplan draws from extensive personal experience as a psychotherapist and yoga teacher to offer one of the first titles to merge yoga philosophy with contemporary psychology. Caplan is the founder of Yoga & Psyche International.

Dr. Patricia Frisch

Sat., Feb. 24, 1:00 pm Integrating the work of Reich, Masterson, and Jung, Whole Therapist, Whole Patient is a step-by-step guidebook for professionals to learn about the psychology of their patients and conduct treatment in a dynamic way. Patricia Frisch, PhD, MFT, is a licensed psychologist with an active private practice in Mill Valley.

Travis Nichols

Sat., Feb. 24, 4:00 pm Special Children’s Event Perfect for lovers of wordplay and sweet treats, not to mention educators and librarians looking for an engaging story to teach alliteration, Betty’s Burgled Bakery is a raucous adventure from award-winning author Travis Nichols.

Dr. Samuel Harrington

Sun., Feb. 25, 4:00 pm In At Peace, Samuel Harrington, MD, outlines specific active and passive steps that older patients and their health-care proxies can take to ensure loved ones live their last days comfortably at home and/or in hospice when further aggressive care is inappropriate.

Walter Mosley

Elizabeth Flock

Wed., Feb. 28, 7:00 pm In the vein of Behind the Beautiful Forevers, The Heart is a Shifting Sea is Elizabeth Flock’s deeply reported and revelatory examination of love, marriage, and the state of modern India—as witnessed through the lives of three very different couples in today’s Mumbai.

Rebecca Soffer & Gabrielle Birkner

Thurs., Mar. 1, 7:00 pm Inspired by the website that the New York Times hailed as “redefining mourning,” Modern Loss is a fresh and irreverent examination into navigating grief and resilience in the age of social media. Co-authors Rebecca Soffer and Gabrielle Birkner will host an evening of provocative storytelling on the complex, gut wrenching, illuminating, and hilarious mess we all know formally as “living with loss.”

Congregation Rodef Sholom

REAL Mental Health Initiative at Congregation Rodef Sholom offers a speaker series on Mental Health and Mental Illness. Rodef Sholom, 170 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. Free & open to the public. RSVP to [email protected]

Julie Lythcott-Haims How to Raise an Adult

Mon., Feb. 26, 7:00 pm In Down the River Unto the Sea, a private detective realizes that he has no choice but to take his own case, one that landed him in Rikers Island for a decade: figuring out who on the NYPD wanted him disposed of—and why. Walter Mosley is one of America’s most celebrated and beloved writers.

Tues., Feb. 6 • 7:00 pm Based on her New York Times bestselling book, How to Raise an Adult, Julie Lythcott-Haims will draw on her own insights as a mother and as a student dean to highlight the ways in which overparenting harms children, their stressed-out parents, and society at large.

Arlie Russell Hochschild

Kelly Corrigan The Middle Place

Tues., Feb. 27, 7:00 pm One Book One Marin 2018 Launch! In Strangers in Their Own Land, Arlie Russell Hochschild embarks on a journey from liberal Berkeley to Louisiana bayou country— a stronghold of the conservative right. This evening will serve as the launch event for One Book One Marin 2018.



Tues., Mar. 27 • 7:00 pm Through the sharing of her poignant personal story of caring for her father through three bouts of cancer, her own fight with Stage III breast cancer, and her daughter’s meningitis, Kelly Corrigan will share about the experience of living in what she has described as the Middle Place, “that sliver of time when parenthood and childhood overlap.” The REAL Mental Health Initiative at Rodef Sholom is supported by the Lazlo N. Tauber Family Foundation

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Book Passage

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Mon., Jan. 8, 6:00 pm Left Coast Writers® Launch In Redemption: How Ronald Reagan Nearly Ruined My Life, Barbara McVeigh recounts how President Reagan fired her father for a union strike in 1981, leading him and 11,500 other families into years of strife.

Elizabeth Blackburn & Elissa Epel Sun., Jan. 14, 5:00 pm The Telomere Effect is the N.Y, Times bestselling book by Nobel Prize winner Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn and her co-author Elissa Epel. The book documents the discovery of telomerase and the role of telomeres in the aging process. Blackburn received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2009.

The Writer’s Studio

Tues., Jan. 16, 6:00 pm Founded by the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Philip Schultz, The Writer’s Studio is a landmark school of creative writing. Celebrating the release of The Writer’s Studio at 30 will be contributors Kathie Jacobson, Tamara Schuyler, and Tristan Silverman.

Kirk Schneider

Wed., Jan. 17, 6:00 pm In The Spirituality of Awe: Challenges to the Robotic Revolution, the robotic revolution is here and there’s no going back. Kirk Schneider, Ph.D., has authored or edited eleven books and is a leading spokesperson for existentialhumanistic psychology.

Ama & Stephanie Marston

Thurs., Jan. 18, 6:00 pm In Type R, Ama Marston and Stephanie Marston explore the idea of Transformative Resilience and the strategies to use in difficult circumstances as catalysts for growth— springing forward rather than bouncing back. Ama Marston is the founder of Marston Consulting. Stephanie Marston is a pioneering psychotherapist.

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Ferry Building Blaire Briody

Tues., Jan. 23, 6:00 pm In Partnership with Mesa Refuge Using a mix of first-person adventure and cultural analysis, The New Wild West: Black Gold, Fracking, and Life in a North Dakota Boomtown is Blaire Briody’s definitive account of what’s happening on the ground.

Dave Eggers & Mokhtar Alkhanshali

Sat., Jan. 27, 5:00 pm Meet and Greet From bestselling author Dave Eggers comes The Monk of Mokha, a true story that combines the history of coffee, the struggles of Yemenis living through civil war, and the courageous journey of Mokhtar Alkhanshali—a young man following the most American of dreams.

Jon Golinger

Wed., Jan. 31, 6:00 pm In Conversation with Mayor Art Agnos The first book by longtime public interest advocate & attorney Jon Golinger, Saving San Francisco’s Heart is an action manual for the resistance that takes readers through the wild world of San Francisco politics.

Winter Cocktails of the Farmers Market

Wed., Jan. 31, 5:30- 8:00 pm Savor the best of the season at the first 2018 Cocktails of the Farmers Market at the Ferry Building, hosted by CUESA (CUESA.org) and the Northern California chapter of the United States Bartenders’ Guild. Enjoy at least two unique signature cocktails showcasing the bounty of the Market, plus a dozen sample-sized drinks and hors d’oeuvres from local restaurants. All proceeds support CUESA’s sustainable agriculture educational initiatives and the USBG’s professional development programs.

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T. Christian Miller

Tues., Feb. 6, 6:00 pm In A False Report, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist T. Christian Miller tells the riveting true story of Marie, a teenager who was charged with lying about having been raped, and the detectives who followed a winding path to arrive at the truth.

Jackson Fahnestock

Mon., Feb. 12, 6:00 pm Left Coast Writers® Launch Shu Wei’s Revenge: A Young Man’s Journey Into the Depths of the Underworld is a story about the strength of family and friendships, set in 1898 in the sleepy village of Sanhou, China. Jackson Fahnestock is the author of To Preserve a Heritage.

Irvin Ungar

Thurs., Feb. 15, 6:00 pm Arthur Szyk: Soldier in Art is an indispensable publication on the life and work of the great Polish-Jewish-American artist-activist Arthur Szyk. Irvin Ungar is the curator of The Arthur Szyk Society in Burlingame, CA.

Brianna Wolfson

Tues., Feb. 20, 6:00 pm Book Launch! Just as opposites attract, they can also cause friction, and no one feels that friction more than Rex and Rosie’s daughter, Willow. Whimsical, heartbreaking and uplifting, Rosie Colored Glasses is Brianna Wolfson’s novel about the many ways love can find you.

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SCBWI Presents

How to Publish Your Children’s Book Hybrid, Small, Medium, or Traditional Presses

Thurs., Feb. 8 • 6:00 pm • San Francisco store

Children’s writers have more options than ever before to bring their work to young readers. A panel of authors of YA, middlegrade, and picture books (all members of the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) will discuss their roads to publication via large, medium, small, and hybrid publishers. Join Annemarie O’Brien (Knopf, Inkshares Press), J.L. Powers (Penguin Random House, Cinco Puntos, Purple House Press), Emily Jiang (Shen Books, Lee & Low), and Ann Jacobus (Macmillan, Inkshares) for this special evening. We’ll also bookbrowse and mingle over light refreshments. Free of charge and open to the public.

Ferry Building Book Picks Elmet Fiona Mozley

This novel of a family on society’s fringe, and the power of position and income disparity that shapes their lives, imparts a sense of doom from page one. But it’s impossible to stop reading this terse tale set in contemporary rural northern England. The reader is left with the sense of the family’s love rather than its fate. Shortlisted for the 2017 Man Booker Prize, this paperback original is ideal for discussion.

The Great Alone Kristin Hannah

From the author of the beloved The Nightingale comes the story of a Vietnam War veteran from Seattle determined to rebuild a life for his wife and teenage daughter by homesteading in a remote Alaskan village. Told from the girl’s perspective, the book spans 20 years and captures the wild and frightful beauty of the land, the crises created by her volatile, PTSD-plagued father, and the strength and grit that she draws on to survive. (Pub date: Feb. 6)

This is How It Always Is Laurie Frankel

This loving novel of a family handling the announcement that the last of their five sons is a woman illuminates how a family’s secret affects everyone. Set in Seattle, there’s much to contemplate in this thoughtful, endearing and often humorous story of gender identity and the unlimited boundaries of a family’s love. Now in paperback, this is a perfect book club pick.

Our Lady of the Prairie Thisbe Nissen

Long-married college theater professor Phillipa Maakestad isn’t looking for love when she leaves Iowa for Ohio and a stint as a visiting teacher, but then she meets Lucius. Add to love’s passion her daughter’s betrothal to a lapsed Amish, the 2004 Bush – Kerry election, her enigmatic mother-in-law, and a tornado, both real and metaphorical. Laugh-out-loud funny, yet poignant and eerily reflective of current events, Our Lady of the Prairie will sweep your heart right into the heartland. (Pub date: Jan. 23)

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Events in Sausalito Woman’s Literary Society Author Event Joyce Maynard, Sylvia Brownrigg, Sarah Ladipo Manyika

Sun., Jan. 7 • 5:30 pm Stop by our Sausalito store for an informal reception to help celebrate the launch of the new Woman’s Literary Society and meet three great authors. The latest book by Joyce Maynard is The Best of Us: A Memoir. Sylvia Brownrigg’s latest book is Pages for Her. Sarah Ladipo Manyika’s books include Like a Mule Bringing Ice Cream to the Sun. The goal of the Women’s Literary Society is to create a literary community among Bay Area women with a series of salons, a newsletter, and special events. Light refreshments served at the Book Passage reception. All of this is being done in conjunction within 2018 – The Year of Women.

Book Passage at the Sausalito Yacht Harbor Ellen Petry Leanse

Tues., Jan. 9, 6:00 pm The Happiness Hack offers ways to gain new insights to help you manage your tech habits and give you new ways of increasing happiness— all by your own design. Ellen Petry Leanse has worked for Apple and Google.

Mike Denney

Wed., Jan. 10, 6:00 pm A heartwarming medical memoir, Nobody’s Boy tells of doctor Mike Denney’s lifelong quest to unify spirituality with science in the healing arts. A surgeon and psychologist, Denny’s story offers paths toward a new science of the 21st century.

Selena Bartlett

Thurs., Jan. 11, 6:00 pm Trace It to Erase It is a guidebook that uses tracing and other fun techniques to help you learn how to tap into brainpower. In Smashing Children’s Events in Sausalito Join us for a kids’ picture book event. On the second Sunday of Mindset, neuroscientist Selena Bartlett shows each month at 11:00 am we welcome authors and illustrators readers how to replace the things that are to share their book with us. There will be snacks and crafts. holding them back. Perfect for kids aged 2-6 and their families.

Second Sunday Stories

Jess Hong

Lovely

Sun., Jan. 14 • 11:00 am • Sausalito store Big, small, curly, straight, loud, quiet, smooth, wrinkly. Lovely explores a world of differences that all add up to the same thing: we are all lovely! That is the central message of author/illustrator Jess Hong’s thoughtful and unfailingly entertaining book story for children ages 4 to 8.

Suzanne Mirviss

Hello From Sammi!

Sun., Feb. 11 • 11:00 am • Sausalito store Meet a real Western Screech Owl named Buho. Buho will be helping author Suzanne Mirviss present her new book, Hello From Sammi! Sammi is a small curious owl from Point Reyes who writes an open letter to an “Owl Friend” she doesn’t know yet. Seagulls and whales deliver Sammi’s message and in return, she receives letters from owls all over the world.

Katherine Bolger Hyde

Sat., Jan. 13, 1:00 pm Classic novels and crime solving intertwine in Katherine Bolger Hyde’s charming A Crime with the Classics series. Bloodstains with Bronte is the second in the series and will puzzle and please fans of mysteries and masterpieces alike.

Margaret Stawowy

Sat., Jan. 13, 5:00 pm Keeper of the Pond is a collection of poems from Margaret Stawowy that plumbs the depths of one writer’s relationship to place, time, and the people who inhabit her world. Stawowy is also a lifelong librarian.

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Sausalito Storytime Sausalito Storytime with Mari

Fridays • 11:00 am • Sausalito • Free Please join us for our new weekly Book Passage storytime in our Sausalito store. Mari Allen, our bookseller, will read new and classic picture books that are sure to engage and delight. Storytime is perfect for five-and-unders and their parents.

Events in Sausalito William Vlach

Wed., Jan. 17, 6:00 pm Path to Publishing Event It’s a bird. It’s a plane. No. It’s Father Coffee! From renowned penman William Vlach comes The Gospel According to Father Coffee, one of the most outrageous, insightful, and delightful new books of 2017.

LitWings Event Series

Erin Byrne, Jeff Burkhart, Michael Shapiro, & Lou Lesko Wed., Jan. 24 • 6:30 pm • Sausalito store

Kim Steinhardt

Thurs., Jan. 18, 6:00 pm The Edge is a dramatic snapshot of the California coast’s past, present and probable future in a time of climate change and expanding human activity. Kim Steinhardt delivers popular lectures and photographic programs on coastal conservation and ocean advocacy.

Sara Zaske

Fri., Jan. 19, 6:00 pm In Partnership with Southern Marin Mommies When Sara Zaske moved from Oregon to Berlin with her husband and toddler, she knew the transition would be multi-layered. Achtung Baby reveals that today’s Germans know something that American parents don’t (or have perhaps forgotten) about raising kids.

Gary Rogowski

Mon., Jan. 29, 6:00 pm In the tradition of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance and Shop Class as Soulcraft, Gary Rogowski’s Handmade is a profound meditation on the eternal value of manual work, creativity, human fallibility, and the stubborn pursuit of quality work.

Bevan Atkinson

Tues., Jan. 30, 6:00 pm Bevan Atkinson’s Tarot Mystery series is a fascinating journey into the Royal Road that is the tarot. Her protagonist, Xana Bard, reads cards for Querents who all too often end up dead. In her latest book, The Emperor Card, the murder occurs entirely too close to home.

LitWings brings together international photographers, writers, and filmmakers to highlight their wide-ranging work and the creative process of one particular project. Presenters for this installment include award-winning columnist Jeff Burkhart, author and filmmaker Michael Shapiro, photographer Lou Lesko, and moderator and LitWings founder Erin Byrne.

Wilford Welch

Wed., Jan. 31, 6:00 pm In Our Hands shows you the exciting, satisfying roles you can play to solve the climate crisis and just how you can create a better world for yourself, your children, and grandchildren by getting engaged. Wilford Welch served as a U.S. diplomat in Asia.

Gillian Herbert

Thurs., Feb. 1, 6:00 pm In Stark Truths: Living on High Alert, linked stories trace a lesbian’s progress through the slowly changing face of homophobia in our lifetimes. Gillian Herbert speaks bravely and honestly about one of the great issues of our time and how it impacted one woman’s life.

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Anna Quinn

Wed., Feb. 7, 6:00 pm The Night Child is a breathtaking debut novel that examines the impact of traumatic childhood experiences and the fragile line between past and present. Anna Quinn is the owner of The Writers’ Workshoppe and Imprint Bookstore in Port Townsend, Washington.

Gerald Sheinfeld

Thurs., Feb. 8, 6:00 pm In At the Feet of the Spiritual Master: Stories from My Life with Avatar Adi Da Samraj, author Gerald Sheinfeld shares lessons of selfunderstanding and awakened devotion that will touch the heart of readers.

Gianna Marino

Sat., Feb. 10, 5:00 pm Special Children’s Event From acclaimed author-illustrator Gianna Marino (Meet Me at the Moon, Night Animals), If I Had a Horse is an inspiring, self-reflective picture book with simple text and gorgeous, impressionistic artwork.

Jim Holden

Thurs., Feb. 15, 6:00 pm What makes Marin County such an enjoyable place to live and such a unique part of the American landscape? In It Happened in Marin, Jim Holden brings us a wealth of answers in a book that travels from secret wildlife preserves to the origins of the Golden Gate Bridge.

Susan Compo

Sat., Feb. 17, 4:00 pm Earthbound is the first book-length exploration of cult classic film The Man Who Fell To Earth. Drawing on extensive research and interviews with members of the cast and crew, Susan Compo offers the definitive account behind one of David Bowie’s most memorable roles.

Steve Cavanagh

Tues., Feb. 20, 6:00 pm In Conversation with David Corbett In The Plea, the FBI believes billionaire David Child’s arrest and obvious guilt could help them take down a huge money laundering scheme - if they can get him to testify. Steve Cavanagh is a leading civil rights lawyer from Belfast and the author of The Defense.

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Alessandra Beraldi Italian Language Classes in Sausalito Alessandra Beraldi is from Genoa, Italy, and has been teaching Italian to children, undergraduates, and adults for over 20 years. She has taught in the U.S. at University of Pennsylvania, in England at several language institutions, and through the Italian General Consulate. She teaches at several schools here in Marin.

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16 Book Passage • November- December 2017 Elaine’s & Luisa’s Picks An American Marriage Tayari Jones

This is a novel of such searing brilliance that it will leave marks on your soul. Lyrical prose, gut-wrenching circumstances, authentically alive characters, and a story that demands to be heard. An innocent man is convicted and the new marriage he leaves behind struggles to thrive, like a young flower shut in the darkness. This is more than a tale of personal tragedy, loyalty, and love. It is a piercing account of the devastation of mass incarceration and a system that simply doesn’t work for so many. Unforgettable. Luisa

The Monk of Mokha David Eggers

In 2015, when civil war erupted in Yemen, the US Embassy closed. Mokhtar Alkhanshali, an American citizen, was trapped. He’d come to Yemen planning to help farmers grow and once again market their outstanding coffee. He’d expected to bring their crops to Blue Bottle. This 24 year-old former doorman barely avoided losing his liberty and his life in his desire to know the country of his parents and his determination to bring samples of those precious coffee beans to America. Eggers brilliantly involves us in an important true story that reads like a thriller. Some signed first printings after our Jan. 27 event. Elaine

I AM, I AM, I AM Maggie O’Farrell

Seventeen essays that weave together a beautiful tapestry about the fragility of life, these true stories of brushes with death illustrate how easily our future can be changed by chance encounters and rash decisions. Maggie O’Farrell’s writer’s eye illuminates the dark corners where the dangers lurk, while her graceful prose plucks at the emotional strings attached to each perfectly rendered moment. When a friend hearing one of these stories comments on how unlucky O’Farrell has been, O’Farrell is surprised. She thinks of herself as lucky to have survived so much. This feeling is beautifully captured in this book. While it may be a recounting of her brushes with death, it will fill your heart as a celebration of life. Luisa

How to Stop Time Matt Haig

Both poignant and unceasingly charming, How to Stop Time is about a man who has an abundance of time and a scarcity of love. Tom Hazard ages very slowly—so slowly, that memories from the past crowd every moment of his present. He also discovers that time without the people we love loses all meaning. Matt Haig takes us from Shakespeare’s London to roaring 20s Paris, and from sailing with Captain Cook to present day Los Angeles. Scenes both familiar and exotic thrum with life, but the real magic is in how he makes us believe in this 439 year old man who is only now learning how to live. Some signed first printings after our Feb. 2 event. Luisa

The Immortalists Chloe Benjamin

This is a novel filled with fear and faith, hope and sadness. The central question is how do we love those around us when we are burdened with the knowledge of when our lives will end. The Gold siblings have the unfortunate luck of discovering a mysterious woman who is said to be able to predict the dates of their death. We follow the paths their lives take as they grapple with their prophecies. Chloe Benjamin weaves a magic of her own, as her characters breathe with life. The alchemy of these pages transforms the story from the fear of knowing the end, into the faith in the journey itself. Some signed first printings after our Jan. 9 event. Luisa

Only Killers and Thieves Paul Howard

Only Killers and Thieves is a powerful story of vengeance and atonement. Struggles between power and weakness, empathy and callousness define this dark coming of age story. In the late 19th century, Billy and Tommy seek out a dark path of revenge after discovering their family slaughtered in the Australian Outback. Paul Howard paints a landscape where forces of nature trample hope, remaking the men into a ruthless force of their own. The powerful prose is the balm to the blistering account of injustice in this extraordinary debut. Luisa

The Woman in the Window AJ Finn

Absolutely gripping! I have never had so much fun being submerged in a world of fear and suspense. A.J. Finn’s writing is perfectly paced throughout, allowing q host of unforgettable characters the space to draw us even deeper into this unrelenting mystery. Our protagonist is Anna, a psychologist who loves Hitchcock movies and drinking merlot; she also hasn’t left her house for a year. But we know from Hitchcock himself how unwitting neighbors can reveal their darkest secrets to an overly curious shut in. Anna’s voyeuristic little hobby entangles her in a mystery that leaves her wondering if she should be fearful of losing her sanity or her life! Luisa

The Undertaker’s Daughter Sara Blaedel

Warning: Sara Blaedel is bound to keep you up all night. Ilka, a school photographer who leads a quiet life in Copenhagen, learns that her father has died and bequeathed her a funeral home in Racine, Wisconsin. Intrigued, since her father abandoned his family decades ago, she flies to Racine where she finds a strong Danish community. As she investigates her father’s past she can’t turn away from an old unsolved murder and a killer still on the loose. When you read The Undertaker’s Daughter, you’ll see why Blaedel has received Denmark’s prestigious Golden Laurel literary award and has been voted Denmark’s most popular novelist. Elaine

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Tell Me More:

Stories about the 12 Hardest Things I’m Learning to Say

Kelly Corrigan

Kelly Corrigan brings us 12 chapters that contemplate the importance of what we say and how we listen. She shows how her freind Liz taught her that by listening to her teenage daughter instead of talking, she would find out so much more. You won’t be able to avoid laughing when you read my favorite chapter, “I Was Wrong”. Who but Kelly Corrigan could combine her own resistance to admitting a mistake with an unflushed toilet and a dog? Signed first editions after our Feb. 7 event. Elaine

The Song of a Captive Bird Jasmin Darznik

Asymmetry Lisa Halliday

Halliday’s brilliant first novel contains three sections that at first seem unrelated. We begin in New York in the early years of the Iraq War when Alice, a young editor, falls in love with Ezra Blazer, a much older, esteemed author. Next we meet Amar, an Iraqi-American on his way to visit his brother in Kurdistan. Amar is being held by immigration officers in Heathrow. Why we wonder, are these two mesmerizing but disparate tales in the same novel? The final section weaves it all together in unexpected ways. I can’t stop thinking about Lisa Halliday’s exquisite novel of love, age, power, money, fame, geography, luck and justice. Elaine

Grist Mill Road Christopher Yates

There are many intriguing paths in Christoper Yates’ propulsive new novel, and with skill and grit he masterfully draws us along each one. A horrific event of their youth haunts Patrick, Hannah, and Matthew, casting its shadow over their lives, ever more urgently demanding a final reckoning. Weaving the story between each characters’ differing accounts, we can appreciate how easily small misunderstandings can metastasize into unforgiving actions. From the beauty of the upper New York countryside, to the brutality of New York City life, Yates adeptly ratchets up the suspense as he reveals each layer of this mystery, and the satisfying complexity of the characters within. Luisa

Poetry lovers often refer to Forugh Farrokzhap as the Persian Sylvia Plath. Both lived at the same time, challenged power, and died young. Jasmin Darznik’s gorgeous novel is written as a memoir, so you feel Farrokzhap is speaking to you. The inclusion of Forugh Farrokzhap’s poetry makes the story even more personal. Forugh wasn’t allowed to go to school, and her parents were unhappy that she kept reading books and writing poems. The family was furious when teenage Forugh was seen in public with a man. But Forugh refused to be silenced and wrote poems that say that a “woman is a human being…that we too have the right to breathe, to cry out, and to sing.” This is a novel to read again and again Some signed first printings after our Feb. 13 event. Elaine

Down the River Unto the Sea Walter Mosley

Joe King Oliver was a top investigator for the NYPD when he was framed by crooked cops and sent to Rikers. After all charges against him were suddenly dropped, he became a private investigator. Now a woman tells him why she was forced to falsely implicate Oliver for assault and murder. With help from his teenage daughter and a friend (who is a career criminal), King exposes shady cops, double-dealing lawyers, and Wall Street hypocrites. Some signed first printings after our Feb. 26 event. Elaine

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18 Book Passage • January - February 2018 The World of Books for Kids & Teens Second Sunday Stories in Sausalito

Second Sunday Stories is a series of kids’ picture book events in our Sausalito store on the second Sunday of each month at 11:00 am. Second Sunday Stories are just right for kids aged 2-6 and their families. See pg. 15

Jess Hong Lovely

Sun., Jan. 14 • 11:00 am • Sausalito store

Suzanne Mirviss Hello from Sammi! Sun., Feb. 11 • 11:00 am • Sausalito store

Travis Nichols

Sat., Feb. 24, 4:00 pm • Corte Madera Special Children’s Event Perfect for lovers of wordplay and sweet treats, not to mention educators and librarians looking for an engaging story to teach alliteration, Betty’s Burgled Bakery is a raucous adventure from award-winning author Travis Nichols.

Gianna Marino

Sat., Feb. 10, 5:00 pm • Sausalito Special Children’s Event From acclaimed author-illustrator Gianna Marino (Meet Me at the Moon, Night Animals), If I Had a Horse is an inspiring, self-reflective picture book with simple text and gorgeous, impressionistic artwork.

INK—Books for Not-Quite-Young-Adults A drop-in book group for kids age 8–12 Corte Madera • 6:00 - 7:00 pm • Third Friday of the month • New members welcome INK is a lively group of kids who love books. There are many perks of membership, including getting advance copies of books before they arrive in the store, meeting authors, and recommending books to other kids. And the members of INK write books! They edit them, design them, print them, and publish them. To sign up, please contact us at [email protected]

INK YA Writing Group INK YA is a drop-in book group for ages 12 – 16 • Corte Madera • 7:15 – 8:15 pm • Third Friday of the month • New members welcome

The Insiders

Ten Insiders Wanted!

Do you love to read? Are you between 14 and 18? Do you geek out over new books by E. Lockhart, Andrew Smith, or Leigh Bardugo? Do you want to volunteer to improve the literary life of your community? Then you are probably an “Insider.”

What do the Insiders get?

• Access to new YA books before they’re published. Read review copies and discover the best upcoming books. • Special field trips, events. and author Q&A

What do the Insiders give?

• Your opinions. Tell us what books you’ve loved and write “shelf-talkers” for the store. • Meet other Insiders on the second Sunday of the month (5:00 pm). Share what you’ve read and pick up new books. • Two hours of volunteer time in the store per year. Help out at little-kid events, help choose books to donate to the Giving Tree, or staff the YA Advisory Desk (and you can submit school community service forms for volunteering). If you think you should be one of the Insiders write a short review of your favorite YA book & email it to Clare Doornbos, [email protected] The limit is ten, so do it today!

Storytimes Songs & Stories with Megan

Sundays at 10:30 am • Corte Madera Join us on Sundays for songs and stories! Megan is a children’s music teacher, performer, and recording artist. She has a degree in music therapy from the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Free! www.musictimewithmegan.com

Sausalito Storytime with Mari Fridays at 11:00 am • Sausalito

Please join us for our new weekly Book Passage storytime in our Sausalito store. Mari, our bookseller, will read new and classic picture books that are sure to engage and delight. Storytime is perfect for five-and-unders and their parents. Please join us! Free!

Storytime with Clare

Mondays at 9:30 am • Corte Madera

Bring the children to our Corte Madera store on Monday mornings for a storytime with bounce! There’s no better way to start the week than with picture books, songs, rhymes and some jumping around. Our storyteller Clare picks her favorite new books, classics, and poetry to share with kids aged 0-5 and their parents in this free half-hour story time.

Book Passage • January - February 2018

The Picture Book Club For Kids & Collectors

Picture books are the type of books that many collectors value the most. But they are more than just that—they are also the source of memories that young children will treasure for a lifetime. The Book Passage Picture Book Club offers a way to add to your own collection and to fill the dreams of your favorite children. Each month, we will be selecting the best picture books available— books that are sure to be loved by kids from 4 to 8. The Book Passage Picture Book Club is modeled on our popular First Editions Club. Once you sign up, we will send you a signed picture book each month from one of our favorite authors. The book can be sent to you or it can be gift-wrapped and sent to a favorite child. For info: email [email protected] or call 415-927-0960, ext. 402 Here are two upcoming Picture Book Club selections:

David Shannon Bizzy Mizz Lizzie

In Bizzy Mizz Lizzie, Lizzie is the busiest, buzziest bee in Hivetown. David Shannon’s vivid artwork and Lizzie’s endearing efforts to “do it all” will make children laugh aloud at her frantic antics as she juggles school, multiple sports, dance, violin, and art. Shannon is the acclaimed creator of more than thirty picture books, including No, David!, a Caldecott Honor Book.

Ying Compestine The Chinese Emperor’s New Clothes In The Chinese Emperor’s New Clothes, acclaimed children’s book author Ying Compestine (Revolution is Not a Dinner Party) puts a fresh spin on the classic story of an emperor who seeks to outsmart his devious advisors. Compestine’s previous work also includes Secrets of the TerraCotta Soldier and The Real Story of Stone Soup.

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Aunt Lydia

The Personalized Gift Program Let Aunt Lydia help with your gifts If you want a special, ongoing gift, the Aunt Lydia Book Program may be the answer. The program began years ago when a customer sent a book a month to her favorite aunt. We decided other “Aunt Lydias” might like the same gift. Here’s how it works: We talk with you about what your gift recipient likes to read and then select an appropriate book. You decide how often you want books to arrive—every month, every two months—it’s up to you. It’s a personalized gift. We have book givers who send travel books to armchair explorers, thrillers to at-home sleuths, or political books to news addicts. This gift is matched to the reading preferences of the recipient. The books arrive beautifully wrapped with a hand-written note. Each book will remind the recipient of your thoughtfulness. For info: email [email protected] or call 415-927-0960, ext. 1

Book Passage Travel Writers & Photographers Conference

27th Annual • Corte Madera • August 9-12

The Book Passage Travel Writers & Photographers Conference has an extraordinary reputation among publishers, editors, and writers. Alumni have published books, articles, and photos—many as the direct result of lessons learned and contacts made at the conference. There is no finer travel conference anywhere in the world. The Conference offers an array of workshops, panels, and evening activities. The collegial atmosphere of this four-day conference attracts participants and faculty from all over the country, many for repeat visits. Opportunities abound for faculty and participants to talk, laugh, and exchange ideas in classes, workshops, panels, and informal lunches. For info: email [email protected] or call Kathryn Petrocelli at 415-927-0960, ext. 239

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Writing & Art Classes Andrea Alban Writers Tribe

Four Sundays: Jan. 7 & 21; Feb. 4 & 18 • 4:00 - 7:00 pm • $240 and Four Sundays: Mar. 18, Apr. 8, Apr. 29, May 20 • $240 Polish your manuscript in a safe space built on respect, clarity, and honesty. The focus is on rendering quintessential characters, vivid settings, and page-turning plots. The group discusses submission strategies to agents and editors. Andrea Alban is the author of nine books, including Anya’s War. She edits manuscripts and coaches writers on how to prepare submissions to editors and agents. Prerequisite: Must have written a picture book or first 25 pages of a novel.

Melanie Vetter

Melanie Vetter is the founder of Wellfleet Circle and holds a certificate in Guided Autobiography Instruction from the Birren Center for Autobiographical Studies.

Write Your Life

Thurs., Jan. 11 • 6:30 - 8:30 pm • $60 This class is about writing your life —two pages at a time—using universal themes such as family, career and work, and spirituality. Narrative storytelling is a wonderful way to learn about yourself, and has been shown to enhance the writer’s sense of meaning. This introductory class will include creative exercises, writing tips, writing, and sharing of stories. .

Leslie Keenan

Leslie Keenan is an experienced writing instructor. Author Eve Pell says, “Your help was really valuable since it stopped me from feeling utterly overwhelmed. I know how to make a plan, and that’s what made the difference.”

Is There a Book in You?

Four Wednesdays: Jan. 24 - Feb. 14 • 6:30 - 8:30 pm • $160 Learn the techniques for gaining confidence as a writer and developing a clear sense of what your project is about. Keenan also shares advice on agents, editors, publisher, and printers.

You Can Complete That Book

Sat., Feb. 17 • 10:00 am - 4:00 pm • $105 Have you started a book but haven’t been able to finish it? Do you feel like you have all the pieces but don’t know how to stitch them together? Do you feel overwhelmed, blocked, or stuck? In You Can Complete That Book!, you will learn the reasons writers get stuck, and how to get back in the flow, write effortlessly, find solutions for structural issues, navigate the publication process and ultimately complete the book.

Don George Travel Writing Intensive

Six Tuesdays: Jan. 30 - Mar 6 • 6:30 – 9:00 pm • $350 Don George’s six-week intensive travel writing class is patterned on a graduate school creative writing workshop. The emphasis is on the craft of travel writing. Weekly assignments progress from a few paragraphs to full-length articles, Deepening Connections: with the goal of writing publishable pieces. Legacy Letter Writing Workshop Students learn to research stories, write query Sat., Feb. 3 • 10:00 am - 1:00 pm • $75 letters, work with editors, and market their arLegacy Letters allow you to share wisdom, traditions, values, ticles. This highly successful class has led to numerous published blessings and love with people special to you. You can pass on stories, including many tales in the annual Best Travel Writing special family stories and traditions. In this workshop, I will show and Lonely Planet anthologies. you how to write your own Legacy Letters in four easy steps, and you will have the opportunity to write one yourself.

Melissa Cistaro Mapping Your Memoir

Lynn Ryder Reinvent Yourself After 50

Sat., Jan. 20 • 2:00 - 6:00 pm • $110 In our 50s, 60s and 70s, we begin a new phase Sat., Jan. 27 • 10:00 am - 1:00 pm • $60 of life. It’s important now to address the opFinding a structure can be one of the biggest portunities and fears of retirement and aging. challenges of writing a memoir. How do you Working with an exercise book, we’ll engage choose what to put in your story and what to in discussions, journaling and short lectures leave out? In this workshop you will have the to create a vision and a plan for your happy, opportunity to create a visual “memory map” healthy, and fulfilling future. Make the next specifically for your story. Melissa Cistaro is years the best years of your life. Exercise book included. Bring the author of the award-winning memoir Pieces of My Mother. She also works as an event host at Book paper and a pen to class. Lynn Ryder is a coach, trainer and university lecturer. She is the author of Road to Fulfillment. Passage and teaches memoir writing classes.

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Diane Conway Brainstorm Your Book

Sat., Jan. 20 • 10:00 am - 1:00 pm • $50 This class will help you strengthen and refine your vision for your non-fiction book or memoir. You have the idea for your book and have probably done a fair amount of writing, but the concept is still fuzzy. You can’t grasp exactly what your book is about and so you spin your wheels, failing to gain traction. With her experience in developmental and concept editing, Diane Conway will help you brainstorm your core idea. In this supportive class, you’ll discover how a clear focus is key to writing that flows. Diane Conway is a Book Midwife, writing coach, developmental editor and has three published books.

Tom Killion Learn Block Printmaking for Kids Sat., Feb 3 • 2:00 - 5:00 pm • $100 Local printmaker and artist Tom Killion will demonstrate his process of making a simple block print. Each child will then create their own piece of art with the guidance of Amanda Dorward to take home and enjoy. This is a rare opportunity to learn from an accomplished local artist, and for your kid to explore their creative side!

Jasmin Darzik Writing Memoir

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Art History with Kerrin Meis

Kerrin Meis taught art history at SFSU for 10 years, and she leads study tours in Europe. Her Book Passage classes have been favorites for years.

The Image of Woman in Western Art: From Antiquity to Degas

Three Fridays: Jan. 5 - 19 • 1:00 - 3:00 pm • $105 We’ll look at how artists, mostly male, developed an image of the “other” and how the social and religious milieu of the time influenced their choices. With Eve’s Expulsion from Paradise on the one hand and the Virgin Enthroned as Queen of Heaven on the other, we see the evolution that began with the fecund Earth Mother of Pre-History. What were artists and their patrons thinking when the goddesses of mythology emerge as seductive nudes? We look at saints, mystics, martyrs, and other models of female deportment as well as attributes ascribed to the Virgin Mary, as we trace her image back to Artemis. We meet some interesting women: Astarte, Cybele, Athena, the philosopher Hipatia, as well as warrior heroines: Semiramis, Cleopatra, and Hatshepsut. Salome, Delilah, Judith, and Danae kept artists glued to their easels. One century’s stoic heroine becomes a later century’s Femme Fatale or object of voyeurism.

Post Impressionism: What Does it Mean?

Sat., Feb. 10 • 10:00 am - 4:00 pm • $105 Join Jasmin Darznik in an intensive workshop to transform your personal life stories into the stuff of rich memoirs. Darznik, N.Y. Timesbestselling author of The Good Daughter: A Memoir of My Mother’s Hidden Life, offers inspiration and practical advice, including tips on how to get started, how to interview family members, how to shape and refine your stories, and how to meet the emotional and ethical challenges of writing a memoir. Darznik holds a Ph.D. in English from Princeton.

Three Fridays: Feb. 2, 9 & 23 • 1:00 - 3:00 pm • $105 The term, invented by a British art critic, really only means that which follows Impressionism. It is not a style of painting. We study the works of a diverse group of artists including Seurat, Signac, Cezanne, Gauguin, Van Gogh and Toulouse-Lautrec. While these artists laid the groundwork for a modern art based on concepts, process, and emotion rather than on a direct visual response to reality, they point to different directions the world of art would take. Seurat’s pointillism influenced Fauvism; Cezanne’s experiments with space inspired Cubism; in contrast to these scientific approaches the introspective paintings of Gauguin and Van Gogh paved the way to Symbolism and Expressionism. Toulouse-Lautrec posters are the very essence of Art-Nouveau.

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Three Fridays: Mar. 2, 9 & 16 • 1:00 - 3:00 pm • $105 A close look of the works and lives of artists who inspired each other. From Vasily Kandinsky and Gabriele Muenter to Julia Kleinhans Mathews and Arthur Mathews. Was their most brilliant work created while they were together or was parting company an opportunity for growth? We study Natalia Goncharova and Mikhail Larionov, Sonia Terk- Delaunay and Robert Delaunay, Van Gogh and Gauguin, Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant, Max Ernst and Leonora Carrington, and others all considered in the context of the artistic milieu in which they worked.

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Writing & Art Classes Karen Benke Creative Writing Adventure

Sat., Mar. 3 • 9:30 am - 12:30 pm • $140 A lot can fit on and into an envelope—poems, quotes, story starts, jokes—and of course detailed lettering and stamps! In this interactive workshop, we’ll inspire ourselves and each other with letter poems and magic word tickets, tipped words and broken bits of thought, black-out poems and 100 word stories... Well take a field trip to the big blue box to send our hand-heart creations into the world and even risk eavesdropping for overheard dialog. Snacks, stamps, all materials, take-home writing ideas included. For 4th, 5th, and 6th graders.

Diane Hinds How to Promote Your Book

Thurs., Mar. 8 • 6:00 - 7:30 pm • $60 In this class, Diane Hinds will guide writers through the process of devising their personalized campaigns, with comprehensive information regarding research, targeting the audience, creating the key message, as well as writing a press release and learning about distribution. Writers will learn how to achieve these elements in an affordable way, delivering to the public sound public relations through a well-thought-out campaign.

Hillary Homzie How to Write for Tweens

Sat., Apr. 28 • 10:00 am - 1:00 pm • $75 “In this workshop, we’ll learn techniques for writing for tweens, what works and what doesn’t work. Additionally, I’ll present some emotional, physical, social, and moral milestones that you should know about. Phew! It’s a lot but it’s also so much fun. Additionally, it’s a growing market. I’ll also share with you the mistakes that I’ve made, so you don’t have to! “ Hillary Homzie has published two novels for tween girls, The Hot List and Things Are Gonna Ugly, as well as a chapter book series for younger readers. Booklist wrote that Hillary “capture the angst of young teen friendships and fragile identities. She’s also a member of the popular middle-grade/tween blog The Mixed-Up Files of Middle Grade Authors. She teaches in the MFA program for Children’s Literature and Writing at Hollins University.

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Elizabeth Stark & Ellen Sussman Compelling Characters

Sat., Mar. 24 • 10:30 am - 12:00 pm • $90 Characters are at the heart of all our stories. Readers fall in love with our characters, and it’s through that emotional connection that they’re moved by our stories. All of us have a marvelous laboratory with which to explore what it means to be a human being: ourselves and the people around us. Yet getting characters to fully inhabit our stories can be a challenge. Generative writing exercises will bring your characters–invented or remembered–to dynamic, compelling life. Ellen Sussman is the New York Times bestselling author of four novels, A Wedding in Provence, The Paradise Guest House, French Lessons, and On a Night Like This. Elizabeth Stark, host of StoryMakers Podcast and author of the novel Shy Girl (FSG, Seal Press), co-directed and co-wrote of several short films, two distributed by Frameline. Ellen Sussman and Elizabeth Stark co-founded and co-teach SonomaCountyWritersCamp.com.

Kim Hermanson The Power of Metaphor

Sat., Apr. 14 • 10:00 am -1:00 pm • $75 Metaphor takes us ‘under the surface’ of our everyday consciousness, into a Deep Creative realm that lies beyond the linear mind. In this experiential class you will directly tap into your own metaphoric imagery and symbolic language, and discover the ways in which metaphor is currently influencing how you see the world, your life, and your creative work. You don’t need to be a writer to benefit from this class. Artists, teachers, organizational leaders, coaches, therapists, and others who wish to expand their ways of learning and knowing are welcome.

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are at our Corte Madera store. Call (415) 927-0960 or register online at bookpassage.com/classes-workshops.

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Classes with

Phil Cousineau The Writer’s Odyssey One-Day Workshop

Sat., Mar 3 • 2:00 - 5:00 pm • $75 Have you ever felt as if you were wandering aimlessly with your writing, lost in the labyrinth without a clue how to get home again? Take heart! This one-day workshop explores the uncanny parallels between the writing life and Homer’s Odyssey by helping you visualize your work as a mythic journey.through a series of writing exercises and practices that provide a map to guide you along the final stages of the publishing adventure.

The Writer’s Odyssey Evening Classes

Four Sundays: Mar 4 - Mar. 25 • 6:30 - 8:30 pm • $240 This four-week class explores the uncanny parallels between the writing life and Homer’s Odyssey by helping you visualize your work as a mythic journey. In that sense, it is an extension and continuation of the themes undertaken in the one-day workshop.This intensive but entertaining approach will help you identify which stage you are at now, and is designed to help guide you to the next stage of your writing through a series of writing exercises, practices, movie clips, ample group discussion, and one-on-one meetings with the instructor. Themes to be explored are: The Call, Mentors and Muses, the Monster in the Labyrinth, The Beauty of the Real Work, The Cool Fire, and Bringing Home the Boon.

The Art of the Interview

Sun., Apr. 15 • 6:30 - 8:00 pm • $50 The cornerstone of many forms of writing is the ability to conduct an in-depth interview. There is no deep story without knowing how to ask questions, listen, and when necessary to take notes. This one-day workshop is designed to be helpful and entertaining, by helping you help yourself. Through discussion, film clips, and a series of exercises, you will learn how to listen more closely, observe more honestly, draw out the more useful information, and even to be aware of your own body language, voice, and mannerisms. This class is designed for writers of all kinds—journalists, novelists, travel writers, and anyone who is seeking to tell a better story. Phil Cousineau is the author of over 30 award-winning books, including The Art of Pilgrimage, Stoking the Creative Fires, and The Oldest Story in the World. He has been interviewing people since he was a sixteen-year-old cub reporter in his hometown, outside Detroit. Since 2008 he has been host and cowriter of the national series “Global Spirit,” which airs on PBS and Link TV. He is a guest host for New Dimensions Radio.

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Anne Lamott On Writing

Sat., May 12 • 1:00 - 4:00 pm • Corte Madera • $160 “Lamott is a narrator who has relished and soaked up the details of her existence, equally of mirth and devastation, and spilled them onto her pages.” - N.Y. Times Give the writer in your world a memorable experience, as he or she shares an afternoon with Anne Lamott. She never shies away from the difficult topics—both in writing and in life. Share an afternoon with this talented, humorous, and daring writer in an event that includes an on-stage interview, a lecture, and Q&A session. Lamott offers advice on the writing process and shares her writing experience. Anne Lamott is the bestselling author of Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life, as well as of Hallelujah Anyway, Hard Laughter and several other novels and essays Anne Lamott taught the first Book Passage writing class almost two decades ago. It’s a joy to welcome her back.

Left Coast Writers®

Led by Linda Watanabe McFerrin

1st Monday each month • 7:00-9:00 pm $140 per year • Corte Madera Left Coast Writers® provides literary connections, support, readings, writing tips, literary chats, unabashed networking, and great fun. LCW hosts a variety of activities to launch the books of members and explore publishing alternatives. You will often see LCW writers featured at Book Passage events. See www.bookpassage.com/left-coast-writer

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Language Classes Italian Language Classes Kate Rider

Kate Rider has a master’s degree in Italian Literature from SFSU and taught Italian at Dominican University. Her classes are fun and relaxed, with an emphasis on practical speaking ability.

Kate Rider

Wendy Walsh

Hamid Emami

Alesssandra Beraldi

Kathy Freschi

Advanced Italian

Six Wednesdays: Jan. 10 - Feb. 14 • 4:00 - 6:00 pm • $190

Wendy Walsh

Wendy Walsh has a PhD in Italian Literature from UCB. She has taught Italian language and literature since 1979.

Lower Intermediate Italian

Eight Mondays: Jan. 22 - Mar. 19 • 12:40 - 2:25 pm • $275 (no class Feb. 5)

Higher Intermediate Italian

Eight Tuesdays: Jan. 30 - Mar. 27 • 8:45 - 10:30 am • $275 (no class Feb. 27)

Advanced Italian

Eight Thursdays: Jan. 25 - Mar. 22 • 9:00 - 11:00 am • $275 (no class Mar. 8)

Lower Intermediate Italian

Eight Mondays: Apr. 9 - June 11 • 12:40 - 2:25 pm • $275 (no class Apr. 30 & May 28)

Graciela Pera

Alessandra Beraldi

Alessandra Beraldi is from Genoa, Italy, and has been teaching Italian to children, undergraduates, and adults for over 20 years. She has taught in U.S. at University of Pennsylvania, in England at several language institutions, and through the Italian General Consulate. She teaches at several schools here in Marin.

Beginning Italian 2 — Sausalito store

Ten Mondays: Jan. 15 - Apr. 2 • 9:00 - 11:00 am • $325 (no class on Feb. 19 and Mar. 12)

Beginning Italian — Corte Madera store

Higher Intermediate Italian

Eight Thursdays: Jan. 18 - Mar. 15 • 11:30 am - 1:30 pm • $265 (no class on Feb. 22)

Advanced Italian

Eight Wednesdays: Feb. 28 - Apr. 25 • 4:00 - 6:00 pm • $250 (no class on Apr. 11)

Eight Tuesdays: Apr. 10 - June 12 • 8:45 - 10:30 am • $275 (no class May 1 & May 29) Eight Thursdays: Apr. 12 - June 14 • 9:00 - 11:00 am • $275 (no class May 3 & May 31)

Information & Sign-ups: Unless otherwise noted, classes

are at our Corte Madera store. Call (415) 927-0960 or register online at bookpassage.com/classes-workshops.

10% off coupon: Register one week before class, and we’ll give you a 10% off coupon for books and select merchandise.

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The teachers of these classes are independent contractors and are solely responsible for the content, preparation, and presentation of the class to the students. The ideas and views presented in the class are solely those of the teacher, and Book Passage assumes no responsibility for their content.

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Advanced Italian — Corte Madera store Beginning Italian 3 — Sausalito store

Eight Mondays: Apr. 16 - June 11 • 9:00 - 11:00 am • $265

Beginning Italian 2 — Corte Madera store

Eight Thursdays: Mar. 22 - May 17 • 11:30 am - 1:00 pm • $265 (no class on Apr. 12)

Kathy Freschi

Kathy Freschi has taught Italian for over 40 years at UC Santa Barbara, UC Berkeley, and College of Marin. She founded the Credit Program of Italian at College of Marin, for which she was awarded La Stella d’Italia by the Republic of Italy

Advanced Italian

Five Wed.: Jan. 17 - Feb. 14 • 11:45 am - 1:45 pm • $160 The workbook Sei Pronto a Perfezionarti by Barbara Carbon complements traditional Italian texts used in instruction. The class will include writing assignments, oral conversation in Italian, and identifying current events in Italy. The class covers the first three chapters of the workbook.

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Spanish Language Classes Graciela Pera

Graciela Pera is a graduate of the University of Buenos Aires. She has been teaching Spanish for over 35 years. Genevieve Blaise-Sullivan

Sandra Kierulff

Mehri Dadgar

French Language Classes Sandra Kierulff

First Beginning Spanish

Eight Mondays: Jan. 8 - Mar. 5 • 10:00 am - 12:00 pm • $250 (no class Feb. 19)

Beginning Continuing Spanish

Eight Wed.: Jan. 10 - Feb. 28 • 10:00 am - 12:00 pm • $250

Sandra Kierulff has taught French at the College of Marin, and Intermediate Spanish was the instructor and author of “French à la Carte” for KQED Eight Thurs.: Jan. 11 - Mar. 1 • 10:00 am - 12:00 pm • $250 radio. She holds degrees in French and Spanish.

Conversational French

Six Mondays: Jan. 8 - Feb. 26 • 2:00 - 3:30 pm • $225 (no class on Jan. 15 and Feb. 19)

Conversational French

German Language Classes Hamid Emami

Eight Mondays: Mar. 5 - May 7 • 2:00 - 3:30 pm • $265 (no class on Apr. 2 & Apr. 16)

Hamid Emami has a master’s degree from the University of Hamburg, and is fluent in German, English, French, Spanish, and Farsi. He has taught German for many years.

Genevieve Blaise-Sullivan

Beginning Continuing German

Advanced French - Level 1

Eight Fridays: Mar. 2 - Apr. 27 • 9:00 - 11:00 am • $250 (no class Mar. 30)

Genevieve Blaise-Sullivan is a graduate of the Sorbonne, and has Eight Fridays: Jan. 5 - Feb. 23 • 9:00 - 11:00 am • $250 taught French at College of Marin for over 30 years. German for Business Travelers Eight Tuesdays: Jan. 30 - Mar. 27 • 1:00 - 3:00 pm • $265 (no class on Mar. 6) German for Travelers (one-day workshop) Review of grammar, with videos from “7 jours sur la planete.” Sat., Mar. 10 • 9:00 am - 3:00 pm • $120 Talks on current issues. Students continue reading the contemporary novel “Balzac et la petite tailleuse chinoise” (Dai Sijie).

Advanced French - Level 2

Eight Tues.: Jan. 30 - Mar. 27 • 10:35 am - 12:35 pm • $265 (no class on Mar. 6) Review of advanced grammar, discussions on current issues. Students will read the contemporary French novel “En attendant Bojangles” by Olivier Bourdeault.

California Writers Club A Professional Writing Club

4th Sunday/ monthly • 2:00-4:00 pm $5 for members; $10 for non-members The Marin branch of the California Writers Club celebrates 14 years with Book Passage. Meetings are open to the public. See www.cwcmarinwriters.com for information.

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If you buy a book through us, we will have it ready for you as soon as it becomes available anywhere in the U.S. Publishers often announce a book before they are ready to ship it, but you can still buy that book from us and be sure that your book will be ready for pick-up or delivery as soon as it is available. If you want to find the projected date for any book, just search for it by title or author on our website (bookpassage. com) and you’ll find the publication date. If the book will be featured at a Book Passage author-event, we will ask you if you want us to hold it until after the event so that we can send you a signed copy. But that’s your choice. If you want the book immediately, you can pre-order it from us and know that it will be ready.

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Book Groups

Pamela Feinsilber Meet the Author

Four Mondays: Jan. 29, Feb. 26, Mar. 26, & April 30 • 7:00 - 9:00 pm • $95 The will have have intimate conversations with the authors of (1).a brave and haunting novel about two Kurdish boys who flee revolutionary Iran for Los Angeles, (2) a “darkly hilarious” dual portrait of an aged dictator and a revenge-seeking emigre in Florida, (3) a moving, hopeful tale of a Shakespearean scholar with Alzheimer’s whose knowledge of the plays helps him make sense of his splintered world, and (4) the young publishers of two short, much-lauded novels in translation, one from Polish, the other from Spanish. Pamela Feinsilber is a Path to Publishing editor, book editor, and freelance writing consultant. Jan. Laleh Khadivi The Walking Feb. Cristina García King of Cuba Mar. Jean Hegland Still Time Apr. Wioletta Greg Swallowing Mercury & Andres Barba, Adam Levy & Ashley Nelson Levy Such Small Hands

Pat Holt Contemporary Classics Five Tues.: Feb. 13, Mar. 13, Apr. 10, May 8 & June 12 • 10:30 am -12:30 pm • $125 Pat Holt leads a discussion of books that have captured the contemporary imagination. Holt is the former book review editor of the S.F. Chronicle & publisher of Holt Uncensored. Feb. Ali Smith Autumn Mar. Rachel Cusk Transit Apr. George Saunders Lincoln in the Bardo May Moshin Hamid Exit West June Elizabeth Strout Anything is Possible

John Hart Reading the Poets

Eight Mondays: Mar. 5 - Apr. 23 • 7:00 - 9:00 pm • $200 To have great poets,” Walt Whitman said, “there must be great audiences.” He wanted not just many readers but also able readers, openminded and demanding. What makes a poem worth the effort of reading it? In this group we look at (mostly) famous, (mostly) English-language works from Shakespeare to last week. Widely published local poet and author John Hart edits the venerable all-poetry journal Blue Unicorn.

Carol Benet

Potpourri of Literary Prizes

Five Mondays: Feb. 19, Mar. 19, Apr. 16, May 14, & June 11 Afternoon: 1:00 - 3:00 pm or Evening: 7:00 - 9:00 pm • $130 each This group reads authors that have won literary prizes including the Man Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle. Carol Benet received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from U.C. Berkeley where she won an Outstanding Teaching Award. Feb. Lily King Euphoria (Kirkus Prize) Mar. David Grossman A Horse Walks into a Bar (Man Booker International Prize) Apr. László Krasznahorkai The Melancholy of Resistance (Man Booker International Prize) May Enrique Vila-Matas The Illogic of Kassel (FIL Literary Award in Romance Languages) June Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o Devil on the Cross (Nonino International Prize for Literature)

Bill Petrocelli Provocative Histories

Four Thursdays: Mar. 15, Apr. 12, May 10, & June 14 • 6:30-8:30 pm • $100 There’ve been a wealth of scholarly, readable, and provocative works of history published in recent years. This book group includes books that look at the impact of slavery on the British empire, the events leading up to the U.S, Constitution, the struggle over the U.S.’s first foreign war, and then the struggle over slavery that lead up to the Civil War. Author and attorney Bill Petrocelli is co-owner of Book Passage. His latest novel is Through the Bookstore Window. Mar. Adam Hochschild Bury the Chains: Prophets and Rebels in the Fight to Free an Empire’s Slaves Apr. Joseph J. Ellis The Quartet: Orchestrating the Second American Revolution, 1783-1789 May Amy S. Greenberg A Wicked War: Polk, Clay, Lincoln, and the U.S. Invasion of Mexico June Bruce Levine The Fall of the House of Dixie: The Civil War and the Social Revolution That Transformed the South

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Book Passage Path to Publishing

Nonfiction Writing Workshop Sat.. March 17 • 9:00 am - 4:00 pm • Corte Madera

Writers of Nonfiction

Join us for a day of discovery on the ins and outs of nonfiction writing in both traditional and nontraditional publishing. the emphasis will be on the particular challenges and opportunities for writers in the vast field of non-fiction writing. The day will be filled with professional panels and direct expert advice provided by the Mentors of Book Passage’s Path to Publishing program. For further information, contact: [email protected] com or (415) 927-0960, x 401 PTP Members $75 • Non-Members $150 Includes all workshops and catered lunch.

Panels & Presentations

• An Introduction to the Publishing World • Writing your Proposal • The (non-Spooky) World of Ghost Writing • What Agents Look For • Polish to Perfection: Editing & Designing Your Book • Marketing and Promoting Your Work

Presenters Phil Cousineau

Linda Jay:

Jan Johnson Drantell

Pamela Livingston

Phil Cousineau is an award-winning writer and filmmaker with more than 30 books and 15 scriptwriting credits, including Stoking the Creative Fires, Once and Future Myths, The Art of Pilgrimage, The Hero’s Journey, and The Oldest Story in the World. Jan Johnson Drantell cofounded RedWheel/ Weiser publishing house and has over forty years of experience publishing, editing and acquiring primarily non-fiction books, from memoirs and self-help to alternative spirituality and more. She recently spearheaded a cooperative publishing arrangement with the New York Open Center is the founder of an author-driven imprint, Turning Stone Press.

Candice Fuhrman

Candice Fuhrman’s West Coast literary agency represented high quality literary fiction and non-fiction subjects including twelve N.Y. Times bestsellers from clients including Patricia Garfield, Rabbi Michael Lerner and Mehmet Oz. Fuhrman works with up and coming authors to meet their career goals.

Laurie McAndish King

Laurie McAndish King is an award-winning travel writer, editor and photographer whose stories have aired on NPR and been published in Lonely Planet, Travelers’ Tales, S.F. Chronicle Magazine, and Marin magazine.

Linda Jay is a book manuscript copy editor and a promotional writer with decades of experience. Her career began at traditional publishers and now works mostly with indie authors and writes marketing copy for both corporations and individuals. Pamela Livingston, MA, MFA, is an experienced writer and book consulatant who heads the Book Passage’ Path to Publishing program and the annual Children’s Writers’ Conference, She is also the owner of Goosebottom Books publishing company.

Bill Petrocelli

Bill Petrocelli is the co-owner of Book Passage. He is the author of two works of fiction books as well as two non-fiction books, including Sexual Harassment on the Job: What it is and How to Stop it. His novel that is soon to be published in March is Through the Bookstore Window.

Andy Ross:

Andy Ross opened Andy Ross Literary Agency after owning the legendary Cody’s Books in Berkeley, California, for 30 years. He represents books in narrative non-fiction, science, journalism, history, religion, children’s books, young adult fiction, literary fiction, & cooking.

Jim Schubin

Jim Schubin, aka “The Book Alchemist,” draws upon his years of graphic design experience to design and customize print-ready and online format books. He is an Ingram-Spark specialist with years of experience in formatiing books

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Book Passage

Path to Publishing Program A Program to Help Writers Get Published

If you have an idea for a book, the Path to Publishing Program is a good place to start. You can schedule an initial, no-cost interview that will help you decide if PTP makes sense for you. We are proud of the success of the program. Many authors who have come through PTP now have published books and are busy presenting those books to their readers.

What’s the Next Step?

We try to tailor the Path to Publishing Program to your needs. The Mentoring Program is designed for those who would benefit from the open-ended guidance of someone experienced in the publishing business. For those ready to move on, we offer the Next Step to Publication. The goal here is to provide practical guidance to bring the book into being.

Mentoring Program

In the Mentoring Program writers and mentors focus on the issues that are the most important to them. They set the agenda for their sessions. In selecting the mentors, we’ve turned to professionals with whom we have worked with for several years.

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Book Passage Mystery Writers Conference

26th Annual • Corte Madera • September 27-30 The Conference covers everything mystery writers need—from developing ideas and writing skills to finding a publisher. Editors, agents, and publishers tell participants what they need to know to get published. Authors offer classes on setting, dialogue, and suspense, and they show how to write about private eyes, amateur sleuths, and police protagonists. Panels of detectives, forensic experts, and other crime-fighting professionals provide information that allows writers to put realism in their work. The collegial atmosphere of this four-day conference attracts participants and faculty from all over the country, many for repeat visits. Opportunities abound for faculty and participants to talk, laugh, and exchange ideas in classes, workshops, panels, and informal lunches For info: email [email protected] or call Kathryn Petrocelli at 415-927-0960, ext. 239

Next-Step to Publication

These services are aimed at authors who have a manuscript underway and need some specific services: • Referral to editors, copy editors, and other professionals • Providing information about local and smaller publishers • Evaluating the possibility of securing a national publisher • Referral to book-design professionals to create books that meet industry-standard specifications • Help in getting the book copyrighted & obtaining an ISBN • Assistance in setting up an Ingram Spark account in order to make the book available for sale in the wider book market • Assistance in preparing the book for listing on the Book Passage website and placement in the Book Passage stores • Referral to publicists and book blogging services

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Please contact Pamela Livingston, Head of the Path to Publishing Program, to discuss the program and your work. If you join the program, she will help you make the next step to advance your writing career. Contact: [email protected] or (415) 927-0960, x 401

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Book Passage • January - February 2018

A Look Behind the Bookshelves The Sonoma Valley Author Festival is Thriving

As we were going to press with the last issue of the News & Reviews, the terrible fires hit the Sonoma Valley. In the midst of all our other concerns we worried that the Sonoma Valley Author Festival might be undone by the damage. Not so! The heroic firefighters saved the historic Jack London State Park (site of the Festival on May 4-6), and the Festival’s organizers are now more determined than ever to put on a first-class event. Their terrific line-up of authors includes Amor Towles, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Jesmyn Ward, Billy Collins, Deepa Thomas, Lisa See, and a stellar cast of writers (see svaf.info for more information.) This is a true tribute to resilience! (See pg. 13)

Marbury, Madison – and John Marshall

Every One-L student learns that our system of judicial review under the Constitution began with the case of Marbury v. Madison. But they don’t learn all the maneuverers Chief Justice John Marshall went through to set up that landmark decision. Hastings Professor Joel Paul gave our recent Constitution Class a taste of the high-minded cornercutting that accompanied this case. He expands on that in Without Precedent: Chief Justice John Marshall and His Times at Corte Madera on Feb. 20 at 7:00 pm. At a time when we rely on—or, maybe, fear—what the Supreme Court does, this grows in importance. Further teaser: Marshall and Thomas Jefferson were cousins who didn’t like each other very much.

Grammar Wars & Other Trivia

• George Bernard Shaw called apostrophes “uncouth bacilli” and refused to use many of them in his play Pygmalion. • Gertrude Stein renounced almost all punctuation. Question marks are fine when used to brand cattle, she said. But in writing anybody should know that a question is a question. • F. Scott Fitzgerald once said “An exclamation point is like laughing at your own joke,” and Elmore Leonard would allow no more than two or three exclamation points for each 100,000 words of prose. That’s all great advice! Don’t you think? These are the kinds of provocations and disputes you’re likely to find in lithub.com (oops! I used an apostrophe) — an on-line home for booklovers. That recent article by Stephen Spector about grammar wasn’t the only thing that caught our eye in Literary Hub. The other articles included one by Ursula Le Guin, asking Who Cares About the Great American Novel?, an essay by Maya Jasanoff, on how Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness led to early legislation to curb abuses in the rubber trade, and a profile of Becky Anderson Wilkins—one of our favorite booksellers—who is currently running for Congress in Illinois. However, if you want to get further into the grammar wars, we’ve got loads of books in our Writer’s Craft section back near our Classroom & Gallery in

our Corte Madera store. Of course, they include the wonderful Sin and Syntax by Constance Hale and Eats, Shoots & Leaves by Lynne Truss. If, however, you’re inclined to veer a little further off the grammar-rails, take a look at Emmy Favilla’s new A World Without ‘Whom’: The Essential Guide to Language in the BuzzFeed Age (No “whom”? Really? For whom ,then, would the bell toll?). On the other hand, there are others who are drawn to the rather formidable looking Trivium: The Classical Liberal Arts of Grammar, Logic, & Rhetoric. It looks intimidating, but once you dive into it you can become hooked. I never knew the difference between a dactyl* and an anapest**, and I realized it was high time that I learned. (Be warned: the trivia in Trivium can be addictive) (*DUM diddy, DUM diddy) (**diddy DUM, diddy DUM)

More Mysteries Abroad

Is there any better way to get you a sense of place than through a well-written mystery? Last issue we offered a short introduction to the Benjamin Black mysteries, highlighting the mood and moodiness they conveyed about mid-20th century Ireland. This time we focus on the Italian city of Bari on the Adriatic coast and the mysteries of Gianrico Carofiglio. It’s sometimes difficult to get a sense of an author when you’re dealing with books in translation, but we met Carofiglio at a Book Passage author event a few years ago. He’s an eroe vero of the judicial wars against the Mafia, and there are undertones of those battles in all his legal mysteries. A good place to start is with Reasonable Doubts or Involuntary Witness.

History Book Group

The enthusiasm generated by our eight-week Constitution Class continues to have a few spinoffs. One of them is our new History Book Group: “Provocative Histories.” (see pg. 26) Will a book group that reads and ponders some of the well-written histories of recent years have an appeal to readers? We think so. The group begins with Adam Hochschild’s Bury the Chains: Prophets and Rebels in the Fight to Free an Empire’s Slaves followed by three books that delve into a few corners of U.S. history.

The Telomere Effect

We are very excited to host Nobel Prize winner Elizabeth Blackburn and her co-author Elissa Epel at our Ferry building store on January 14 at our Ferry Building store for their book The Telomere Effect (see pg. 10). Since Blackburn’s discovery can lead

Book Passage • January- February 2018 to a slowing down of the aging process, that’s reason enough to be excited. But we are also taken with her ability to explain her discovery in a very accessible way. This is from The Guardian (theguardian.com) January 29, 2017: “Q. You won your Nobel prize for medicine for your discoveries concerning telomeres, found at the ends of chromosomes. What are telomeres and what happens to them as we age?” “A. If you think of your chromosomes – which carry your genetic material – as shoelaces, telomeres are the little protective tips at the end. They are made of repeating short sequences of DNA sheathed in special proteins.” According to Blackburn, telomeres tend to wear down over a life time, and that increases the risks of major diseases. But an enzyme called telomerase can add DNA to the ends of chromosomes to slow, prevent, and partially reverse the shortening. (When we find the dispensary for telomerase, we’ll be first in line)

Craven Capitalism

When you’re a main-street retailer and you get an official-looking letter from a local government agency, it’s usually nothing to look forward to. One day we’ll open one, and it’ll say, “We’re really glad to have you in town; how can we help?” But in 40 years we’ve only had one of those (Last year – thanks, Board of Supes). Like other merchants, we usually just grit our teeth when a letter arrives and wonder, “Now what?” So that’s why we thought we would change our name to “Amazon.” According to the Oct. 20, 2017 issue of businessinder.com, 50 cities have submitted proposals to Amazon.com asking to be chosen as the home for that company’s new second headquarters. Each proposal seems more slavish than the others. It’s probably too late for us to change our name, because the town of Stonecrest, Georgia, has offered to change its name to “Amazon.” The Mayor refers to it as a “branding opportunity.” Calgary, Alberta, is a pretty close second in the suck-up game, offering to combine its name with the on-line giant and call itself “Calmazon” or “Amagary.” Frisco, Texas, with a population of about 160,000, wants to give the whole city to Amazon, turning about 62 square miles into a company town that would completely surround the existing town. “We’re innovators, and we’re forward thinkers,” said the mayor. Of course, offering to change your civic-name is one thing – but a lot of the cities are offering some real dough. Memphis, Tennessee, is putting about $60 million in “tax incentives” on the table. But, really, they’re just pikers. New Jersey said it would give Amazon tax breaks worth $7 billion over the next decade to locate in Newark. Is it too late to point out that tax-breaking in one part of town might prove back-breaking to businesses a few blocks away? Every time a community gives away its tax revenues to a new business (not to mention giving its name – and its civic soul) it’s really counting on the other community businesses to pick up the slack. In this case it is particularly jarring, because the new kid in town who is getting all the attention has a business model designed to drive the other kids into the poor house.

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The Friends of Main Street

Local businesses are not without their friends, however. There are a couple of organizations that have been unflagging in their advocacy for local, independent businesses. One is the Advocates for Independent Business (indiebizadvocates.org). Recently it published an article entitled “The Ripple Effect When You Shop Local.” Another group is the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ilsr.org), which has been the organization fighting on behalf of local communities and businesses for the last several years. ILSR talks about stories and issues you probably won’t find anywhere else. So when the next out-of-town behemoth comes knocking at the city-hall door looking for a hand-out, take a look at the work done by these organizations to see the true cost in terms of missing revenue, lost jobs, and civic disruption.

Relentlessly Optimistic

I had the pleasure of sharing a stage on Dec. 4 with Khizr Khan for our author event at Dominican University. His book An American Family: A Memoir of Hope and Sacrifice is a wonderful story. Khan is probably the most sincerely optimistic person I have ever met, and his enthusiasm is contagious. His deep faith in American institutions and in the American future seems to derive—perhaps ironically—from his immigrant background. After his talk, he took the Dominican students aside and gave them a spontaneous chat about public service. He then repeated that emotion-laden pep-talk the next morning at Hall Middle School, after which he came by our Corte Madera store to talk to our staff. The proceeds from his two books are going to a scholarship fund that he and his wife have set up to honor their son, Captain Humayun Khan, who was killed in the Iraq war. (If I knew the Pakistani word for mensch, I would insert it here.)

A Memory Out of Nowhere

Maybe it’s all the current parallels with the Watergate investigation, but something recently popped up in my memory from several years back. One of our favorite politicians, Senator George McGovern, had dropped by Book Passage when he was on author tour for his book. Someone in the audience asked him if he thought the country would have been better off if he had beaten Richard Nixon for President in 1972. He thought for a second, and then he gave the expected answer: “Yes, I think the county would have been better off if I had won.” A slight puase . . . and then the zinger: “I actually think Richard Nixon would have been better off if I had won.” —Bill Petrocelli

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Cooks with Books! Philip Tessier & Roland Passot Chasing Bocuse:

America’s Journey to the Culinary World Stage

Sun., Mar. 18 • 6:30 pm • La Folie, San Francisco $350 per person (only 40 seats available) Chasing Bocuse is a stunning cookbook and an intriguing story about Team USA’s journey to win the gold medal in 2017 at the renowned competition at the Bocuse d’Or in Lyon, France. Philip Tessier coached the team, and he shares personal anecdotes, vibrant photos, and recipes for some of the winning dishes. The book includes contributions from Daniel Boulud, Thomas Keller, and Jerome Bocuse. You’ll read about Team USA’s preparation, training, and intense pressure of the competition. Tessier was previously executive sous chef at Thomas Keller’s The French Laundry and chef de cuisine at Bouchon in Yountville. Roland Passot is the owner/chef of La Folie and Left Bank.

Jacques Pépin and Shorey Pépin A Grandfather’s Lessons: In the Kitchen with Shorey

Sat., Apr. 14 • 6:30 pm • Peju Winery • $145 per person or Thurs., Apr. 19 • 6:30 pm • Left Bank • $145 per person The grandmaster of cooking, consummate author of 25 cookbooks, and acclaimed host of an award-winning PBS TV show, Jacques Pépin is back with a surprise chef by his side, his granddaughter Shorey. In A Grandfather’s Lessons, his goal is to provide a simple cookbook for her and to show how “spending time together in the kitchen can enhance your life as well as your relationships.” Pépin shows no signs of slowing down in the kitchen as together they create traditional French dishes and family favorites with easy clear instruction. The cookbook takes the time to talk about how to properly set the table, table manners and even some ideas for table decor. The recipes are sure to be irresistible go-to dishes for kids, parents and grandparents alike.

Lidia Matticchio Bastianich My American Dream: A Life of Love, Family, & Food

Sun., Apr., 15 • 6:00 pm Insalata’s Restaurant, San Anselmo $125 per person, $190 per couple My American Dream is a heartwarming, emotional and revelatory memoir from Lidia Bastianich, the bestselling cookbook author, award-winning television personality and successful restauranteur. Her story begins with her upbringing in Pula, a formerly Italian City turned Yugoslavian under Tito’s Communist regime. Despite the family’s poverty, she learned everything about Italian cooking from her grandmother Nonna Rosa. While a young girl, her family fled to Trieste where they lived in a refugee camp for 2 years before getting to the U.S. This is a story of survival and strength, and how against all odds, Bastianich is the author of 13 cookbooks, TV host of Lidia’s Kitchen, and a judge on Master Chef Junior Italy. She owns Felicia, Becca and several other restaurants.

Nigella Lawson At My Table: A Celebration

Sun., Apr. 22 • 6:30 pm Left Bank, Larkspur $125 per person, $190 per couple “It is the freedom of the home cook, beyond all else, that I celebrate in At My Table,” writes Nigella Lawson. In her newest cookbook, she delivers over 100 recipes that are abundant, comforting and delicious. They include Chestnutty Chicken Fricassee, Coconut Shrimp with Tumeric Yogurt, Apple Pork Chops with Sauerkraut Slaw, Butternut and Sweet Potato Curry, White Miso Hummus, Carrots and Fennel with Harissa and other dishes, of which 30 are vegan and nearly half of which are vegetarian. No Nigella cookbook would be complete without her outstanding crowd pleasing desserts like her Emergency Brownies and Lemon Tendercake with Blueberries. This gorgeous cookbook is fit for the coffee table as well as the kitchen table. Lawson is a food enthusiast, TV personality as host for The Taste, journalist and the author of 11 bestselling cookbooks which include How to Eat, Feast, and How To Be A Domestic Goddess.

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