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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

July 25: Valerie Plame at Book Passage

Posted By on Wed, Jul 23, 2014 at 11:30 AM

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One of the most intriguing real-life spy stories of the last decade is the case of CIA operative Valerie Plame, whose cover was blown in a Washington Post article as retribution for an op-ed piece her husband wrote that refuted the Bush administration’s claims on Iraq. Plame’s career with the CIA ended in turmoil, yet now the betrayed spy has returned with a new career—as a spy novelist, naturally. Her first novel, Blowback, follows a Plame-esque operative, and the true-to-life details add to the thrills. This week, Plame appears in conversation with author and KGO radio host Brian Copeland, discussing her new novel on Friday, July 25, at Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 7pm. 415.927.0960.

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

June 9: Garrison Keillor at Lincoln Theater

Posted By on Wed, Jun 4, 2014 at 9:16 AM

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Garrison Keillor is the consummate storyteller. Best known for his national radio program, A Prairie Home Companion, Keillor has spent 40-plus years spotlighting great music and stories. Now Keillor is in the spotlight himself, with his newest collection, The Keillor Reader. Compiling work from The New Yorker, monologues from A Prairie Home Companion and new, never-before-published pieces, The Keillor Reader is essential for any fan of the masterful raconteur. Keillor makes two North Bay appearances this week, first on Monday, June 9, at the Lincoln Theater (100 California Drive, Yountville; $20—$35; 7pm; 707.226.8742) and again Tuesday, June 10, at Book Passage (51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera; 1pm; 415.927.0960).

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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

April 5-7: Spring Forward Festival at the Arlene Francis Center

Posted By on Wed, Apr 3, 2013 at 11:45 AM

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100 Thousand Poets for Change is an organization of poets, writers, musicians and artists from all over the world looking for a change. What kind of change exactly? Find out at the Spring Forward Festival, a three-day event dedicated to celebrating poets of all forms, shapes and sizes in the hope of global peace and sustainability. Expect live readings, traditional belly dance, skateboarding demos, dance parties, live music and, of course, three days of nonstop poetry. Join those with hope for peace and sustainability on Friday—Sunday, April 5—7, at the Arlene Francis Center. 99 Sixth St., Santa Rosa. Free. Friday, 5—11:30pm; Saturday, 10am-11:30pm; Sunday, 10am—9pm. 305.753.4569.

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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

August 18: Mark Morford Interview at 142 Throckmorton Theatre

Posted By on Wed, Aug 11, 2010 at 9:00 AM

Sure, we love San Francisco Chronicle writer Mark Morford for describing Dick Cheney as “pure sneering vileness incarnate just by opening his tiny black eyes,” but we also love that the next day he’ll eloquently unearth deep-seated truths about fearing death or having children or maintaining sanity in a world which seems to exist solely to desecrate humankind’s empathy for each other. Readers all over the country revile him as a source of “San Francisco values,” but we say Morford’s compassion, intellect and incisive wit are to be most celebrated. (Plus, he really likes sex.) Jane Ganahl interviews him live and onstage on Wednesday, Aug. 18, at 142 Throckmorton Theatre. 142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 7:30pm. $12–$15. 415.383.9600.
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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Feb. 6: Michael Ondaatje and Robert Hass at the Dance Palace

Posted By on Wed, Feb 3, 2010 at 1:00 PM

The average Joe who reads a book or two every year might only know author Michael Ondaatje as a novelist behind the film-adapted and Booker Prize-winning The English Patient. But Ondaatje’s minimalist prose is deeply informed by poetry, having published more than twice as many books of poetry as novels. Ondaatje sits down this weekend to talk poetry with fellow word sculptor Robert Hass, who served as poet laureate of the United States from 1995 to 1997 and whose collection Time and Materials stands as a modern masterwork. Ondaatje and Hass have appeared together before to discuss their own work together, although as with most meetings of creative minds, tributaries have always been explored—they’ve chatted about everything from British imperialism to The Seventh Seal to Robert Rauschenberg. See what unexpected topic pop up when the two literary giants appear in conversation on Saturday, Feb. 6, at the Dance Palace. Fifth and B streets, Pt. Reyes Station. 7pm. $20. 415.663.1075.Gabe Meline
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