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Friday, May 2, 2014

May 3: Michael Pollan talks at SHED

Posted By on Fri, May 2, 2014 at 10:00 AM

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Writer Michael Pollan is the intellectual godfather of the modern good-food movement. His explorations of food and the human experience are unlike any other. Now the man behind The Omnivore’s Dilemma and other works returns with his most conceptual culinary-based book yet. Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation examines the classical elements of fire, water, air and earth with great reporting and recipes to boot. Standing at the intersection of culture and nature, Pollan appears in conversation with the award-winning NPR producer Davia Nelson May 3 at SHED, 25 North St., Healdsburg. 2pm.
$10. 707.431.7433.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

April 22: Barbara Ehrenreich at Book Passage

Posted By on Wed, Apr 16, 2014 at 11:45 AM

Writer and political activist Barbara Ehrenreich has written more than 20 books since 1969. She is best known for her eye-opening 2001 account of trying to survive on minimum wage, Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America, and the author never shies from controversy to explore and expose social strife. Her new book, Living with a Wild God: A Nonbeliever’s Search for the Truth About Everything, is her most ambitious, personal and controversial work to date, as she endeavors to tackle nothing less than the meaning of life. Ehrenreich reads from her book and talks in conversation with KQED Forum radio host Michael Krasny on April 22 at Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 7pm. $10. 415.927.0960.

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Feb. 28: Eldon Sellers at Loveable Rogue

Posted By on Wed, Feb 26, 2014 at 9:07 AM

When the words “Playboy magazine” are uttered, the face that comes to mind is Hugh Hefner’s, the publication’s storied founder. But Hefner wasn’t alone when he started the company in 1953. In fact, he didn’t even come up with the name for the magazine. That honor belongs to Hef’s friend and co-investor Eldon Sellers. As well as naming the iconic Playboy, Sellers was a major factor in the early success of the company, investing and guiding the entrepreneurial avenues that led to Playboy’s astounding success. Now a North Bay resident, Sellers talks in person on the “Business of Playboy,” Friday, Feb. 28, at Loveable Rogue bookstore. 867 Grant Ave., Novato. 7pm. $7. 415.895.1081.

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March 5: Kelly Corrigan at Dominican University

Posted By on Wed, Feb 26, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Back in 2008, author Kelly Corrigan rocketed into the spotlight with the release of her first bestselling memoir, which revolved around her and her father’s concurring bouts with cancer. Now Corrigan is back with another tale of trials and lessons gleaned in her new memoir, Glitter and Glue. Chronicling her time spent as a nanny when she was 24, the author, now 46, relates the experience to her relationship with her mother and their reconciliation after years of tension. Down-to-earth and easily accessible, Corrigan has been praised for her warmth and humor, which she shares when she reads from Glitter and Glue on Wednesday, March 5, at Angelico Hall, Dominican University. 50 Acacia Ave., San Rafael. 7pm. (Presented by Book Passage.) $32 includes signed book. 415.927.0960.

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Jan. 22: Olivia Laing at Book Passage

Posted By on Tue, Jan 21, 2014 at 9:09 PM

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Ernest Hemingway. F. Scott Fitzgerald. Tennessee Williams, John Berryman, John Cheever. Raymond friggin’ Carver. What do these authors have in common? (“They were all overrated white males” is not the answer we’re looking for.) They all ordered booze by the boatful, and in her new book The Trip to Echo Spring: On Writers and Drinking, author Olivia Laing explores why. Having grown up in an alcoholic family herself, Laing removes the romance from drinking to reveal just how destructive the famous men’s habits became; she appears Wednesday, Jan. 22, at Book Passage. 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 7pm. Free. 415.927.0960.

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Nov. 14: Mark Halperin and John Heilemann at Book Passage

Posted By on Wed, Nov 13, 2013 at 4:57 PM

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In their book Game Change,Time magazine senior political analyst Mark Halperin and New York magazine national affairs editor John Heilemann scoured every nook and cranny of the 2008 presidential race to paint a revealing look at how politics works—so revealing, in fact, that it was adapted to an HBO movie starring Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin. Now, Halperin and Heilemann follow up that bestseller with Double Down: Game Change 2012, collecting the best juicy bits from the Obama / Romney slugfest. Halperin and Heilemann read and discuss the book on Thursday, Nov. 14 at Book Passage. 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. $33, includes book. 415.927.0960.

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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Sep. 10 and 13: Tom Barbash at Book Passage and Copperfield's

Posted By on Wed, Sep 4, 2013 at 4:04 PM

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The characters in Tom Barbash’s new short story collection, Stay Up with Me, are tied together by their navigation of a new world, entered into either by poor choices or loss of some kind. How do we connect to each other? How do we connect to the world around us? These are the questions Barbash explores in his excursion into the heart of humanity. The Marin-based author of the New York Times bestseller 9/11: A Story of Loss and Renewal is introduced by Dave Eggers for a reading on Tuesday, Sept. 10 at Book Passage. 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 7pm. Free. 415.927.0960 and Friday, Sept. 13 at Copperfield’s Petaluma. 140 Kentucky St., Petaluma. 7pm. Free. 707.762.0563.

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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

July 13: Karilee Halo Shames In Conversation with Lynn Woolsey at Book Passage.

Posted By on Wed, Jul 10, 2013 at 1:53 PM

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Ladies, gather round. No, literally: women gather together this week to discuss empowerment and overcoming difficulties when author Karilee Halo Shames discusses her book, ‘Amazing Mentors: The REAL Hot Mama’s Path to Power’ with one of the contributors, former congresswoman Lynn Woolsey. In Shames’ compilation of mentors, she brings forth the life stories and lessons of 20 talented and wise women, ranging from politicians to therapists to businesswomen, such as Woolsey, U.S. Army general Clara Adams and world ambassador for peace Rama Vernon. In conversation with Woolsey, Shames makes key points on how and why women should become mentors to others. Absorb life experiences and knowledge on Saturday, July 13, at Book Passage. 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 1pm. Free. 415.927.0960.

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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

June 26: Emily Brady, author of 'Humboldt: Life on America's Marijuana Frontier,' at Copperfield's

Posted By on Wed, Jun 19, 2013 at 3:53 PM

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When Humboldt County comes to mind, one can’t help but grin at its infamous reputation. For decades, the livelihoods of the sometimes-secretive residents and growers of the area have thrived on marijuana production. Journalist Emily Brady spent a year living in the county to research her latest book, Humboldt: Life on America’s Marijuana Frontier, in which she reveals a variety of characters encountered during her stay, and narrates a story of the past, present and future of the county that weed built. Get a contact high at an in-person reading by Brady on Wednesday, June 26, at Sebastopol Copperfield’s Books. 138 N. Main St., Sebastopol. Free. 7pm. 707.823.2618.

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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

June 12: Adam Lashinsky at Book Passage

Posted By on Wed, Jun 12, 2013 at 11:23 AM

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Recently, my total idiot of an editor soaked his iPhone in the ocean. He did the whole shebang with the bag of rice, then rinsed it, dabbed it with alcohol, threw it in rice again—and it worked! This allowed him to be thankful for all the hard work that Apple puts into its—whoops! Scratch that. I meant to say the hard work that poor workers in China put into iPhones. Anyway, the company actually does important things, too, according to Adam Lashinsky, author of Inside Apple: How America’s Most Admired—and Secretive—Company Really Works. His book explains the systems and strategies used by Steve Jobs that allowed Apple to accumulate a cult following to their products. Lashinsky reads on Wednesday, June 12, at Book Passage. 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. Free. 6pm. 415.927.0960.

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