The traditions of Burning Man, now one of the best known and least conventional festivals around, quickly gave rise to an entire culture extending beyond the week-long metropolis constructed each year in the Nevada desert. To wise up before this year’s festival, which starts Sept. 3, check out Steve Jones’ new book The Tribes of Burning Man, which explores the festival’s journey to popularity and the leaders who got it there. Find him on Thursday, August 4, at Book Passage. 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 7pm. Free. 415.927.0960.
If you’re not sick of murder cases after the recent Casey Anthony trial, here’s another. Lawyer Marcia Clark, who rose to fame as prosecutor in the O. J. Simpson case—perhaps the only in recent history to top Anthony’s—knows a few things about murder trials and, lucky for us, is willing to share them in fictionalized form. Her novel Guilt by Association was published in April and a sequel is forthcoming. The timing is perfect given the recent reading of the Anthony case verdict, which Clark has publicly denounced. Talk about crime both real and fictitious with Clark on Friday, July 22, at Book Passage. 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 7:30pm. 415.927.0960.
Ladies, grab your gold hoops, hairspray, little black dress or whatever else it takes to make you feel like a star, and don’t forget your attitude. From Beyoncé to Rachel Berry, America has seen the rise and redefinition of the diva—a new role model for girls and women and a confident go-getter with all the sassy self-assurance of Glee’s Mercedes Jones and the fierceness worthy of Tyra Banks herself. Patricia V. Davis’ new book The Diva Doctrine aims to harness that concept and empower women of all ages; find Diva Davis herself at a reading and signing on Saturday, July 9, at Book Passage. 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. Free. 415.927.0960.
Eva Gabrielsson has a few things to get off her chest. In There Are Things I Want You to Know About Stieg Larsson and Me, her new memoir about her lifelong relationship with the late author, she tells a story only she could tell. Larsson, author of The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest and the subsequent books in the Millennium trilogy, died suddenly in 2004, leaving Gabrielsson alone. Based on the themes of justice, human rights and activism found in both the trilogy and in his life work, Gabrielsson’s book is a must-read for Larsson fans; she reads and signs on Tuesday, June 28, at Book Passage. 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 11am. Free. 415.927.0960.