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Thursday, June 23, 2011

June 28: Eva Gabrielsson at Book Passage

Posted on Thu, Jun 23, 2011 at 1:02 PM

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.

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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

June 21: Sally Wade at Book Passage

Posted By on Wed, Jun 15, 2011 at 9:35 AM

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“Never argue during a circus.” That’s sound advice for any relationship, but for George Carlin, it held an extra significance: all of life often was a circus anyway. This and other relationship axioms, like “Compliment and flatter Sally all day long,” are found in the new book by Carlin’s wife Sally Wade, The George Carlin Letters: The Permanent Courtship of Sally Wade. For the last 10 years of his life, Carlin sent his wife love notes: some goofy, some profane, all very romantic in their own way. Wade reads and discusses the book on Tuesday, June 21, at Book Passage. 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 7pm. Free. 415.927.0960.
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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

May 27: Chris Adrian at Book Passage

Posted By on Wed, May 25, 2011 at 1:51 PM

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One of The New Yorker’s 20 authors under 40, Chris Adrian writes novels that are alternately shimmering, gut-wrenching and grotesque. His latest work, The Great Night, re-envisions A Midsummer Night’s Dream as a tale of menace and gloom in modern-day San Francisco’s Buena Vista Park. In real life, Adrian moonlights as a fellow in pediatric hematology-ontology and is a graduate of Harvard Divinity School—which might explain his willingness to take on big, dark spiritual themes. Chris Adrian brings on the fairie lore on Friday, May 27, at Book Passage. 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. Free. 7pm. 415.927.0960.
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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

May 15: Larry Flynt at Book Passage

Posted By on Wed, May 11, 2011 at 10:00 AM

He’s been considered obscene by middle America, convicted for engaging in organized crime, sent to jail, released to spend time with naked women 24/7, shot at and paralyzed, and had a biopic made of his life—and no, he is not Notorious B.I.G. Hustler publisher Larry Flynt has a new book out, One Nation Under Sex, which examines the role that presidents’ sex lives had in shaping White House policy and further exercises the right of free speech that he’s fought fiercely to defend. He and co-author David Eisenbach appear in discussion on Sunday, May 15, at Book Passage. 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 4pm. Free. 415.927.0960.
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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Apr. 21: Maya Soetoro-Ng at Book Passage

Posted By on Wed, Apr 20, 2011 at 9:14 AM

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Maya Soetoro-Ng
, sister of President Barack Obama, has published a children’s book called Ladder to the Moon, a story that evokes fantasy and folklore with personal elements included. At a literary luncheon, Soetoro-Ng discusses the inspiration behind her book—as well as fields inevitable questions about her brother—on Thursday, April 21, at Book Passage. 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. Noon. $55 includes lunch and a signed book. 415.927.0960.
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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Apr. 13: Caroline Kennedy at Dominican University

Posted By on Wed, Apr 13, 2011 at 8:44 AM

In the years since the fateful day in 1963 when her father was assassinated in Dealy Plaza, Caroline Kennedy has led a life most can only begin to imagine. Now an attorney and author, Kennedy spends much of her time in public work and not, as her withdrawal from the possibility of filling a New York Senate seat in 2010 shows, in politics. Kennedy reads from her latest book of poetry, She Walks in Beauty, on Wednesday, April 13, at Dominican University. 50 Acacia Ave., San Rafael. 7pm. $35 includes book. 415.927.0960.
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Monday, March 28, 2011

Mar. 29: Tatjana Soli at Book Passage

Posted By on Mon, Mar 28, 2011 at 8:57 AM

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Tatjana Soli
’s debut novel The Lotus Eaters takes place during the Vietnam War and captures the tale of three photographers, one of whom is intriguingly “addicted to the narcotics of violence.” Called haunting, ambitious lyrical and . . . well, just fill in the blanks with the standard words that get attributed to really excellent first books, Soli’s writing is gaining much deserved notice in the literary world, including a nomination for an Los Angeles Times Book Award. And yes, the title is an allusion to those island-dwellers in The Odyssey who get all caught up and dreamy eating the magic fruit. Tatjana Soli discusses The Lotus Eaters on Tuesday, March 29, at Book Passage. 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 7pm. Free. 415. 927.0960.
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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Mar. 18: Kristi Yamaguchi at Redwood Empire Ice Arena and Copperfield's Books

Posted By on Wed, Mar 16, 2011 at 9:25 AM

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Like her Olympic predecessor Debi Thomas, the San Jose-bred Olympic figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi has long been a Bay Area favorite. When she’s not on the ice—or on Dancing With the Stars—the Olympic gold medlaist roots for the San Jose Sharks, tends to her Always Dream Foundation and writes books for kids. Her latest, Dream Big, Little Pig, is an inspiring tale for kids; she reads and signs on Thursday, March 17, at the Redwood Empire Ice Arena (1667 W. Steele Lane, Santa Rosa; 5:30pm) and Friday, March 18, at Copperfield’s Books (140 Kentucky St., Petaluma; 4:30pm). Free. 707.762.0563.
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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Mar. 12: J. Tony Serra and Paulette Frankl at Book Passage

Posted By on Wed, Mar 9, 2011 at 9:40 AM

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Called the “greatest counterculture lawyer of his time,” J. Tony Serra is a criminal-defense wizard whose reputation as a passionate defender of minorities and the underrepresented is known far and wide in legal circles. Courtroom sketch artist Paulette Frankl took note of Serra’s cases, and began a 10-year research project into his life, philosophies and working methods. The result is Lust for Justice, a biography which eloquently captures Serra’s renegade approach to law while painting the judicial system as a merciless steamroller for minorities. Frankl and Serra both appear on Saturday, March 12, at Book Passage. 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 4pm. Free. 415.927.0960.
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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Feb. 1: Karen Abbott at Book Passage

Posted By on Wed, Jan 26, 2011 at 10:57 AM

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It was the Great Depression that gave rise to the careers of the country’s most notorious strippers, and here we are in what we’re still hesitating to call a depression, and what’s flourishing? Burlesque! Amid all our steampunkery and broke-assery, a little skin turns out to be yet another recycling from the tin-can ’30s. For a brief window, no one owned the bump ’n’ grind more than Gypsy Rose Lee. In her new book, American Rose: A Nation Laid Bare: The Life and Times of Gypsy Rose Lee, author Karen Abbott uses too many colons while crafting the story of the girl born Rose Louise Havoc, her sister, June, and her overbearing, torturous stage mother. Abbott reads from the book on Tuesday, Feb. 1, at Book Passage. 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 7pm. Free. 415.927.0960.
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