It's a banner season for book fans. Smarty Marty's Got Game, by San Francisco Giants reporter Amy Gutierrez, tells the story of how older sister Marty teaches the game of baseball to her younger brother, Mikey.
Gutierrez will be at Book Passage (51 Tamal Vista Blvd.) on Tuesday, Sept. 11, at 6:30pm. Daniel Handler—Lemony Snicket to those in the know—introduces acclaimed writer Tom Barbash (his story collection Stay Up with Me comes out this month) at Book Passage on Sept. 10. Then Daniel Handler's back in town on Sept. 12 for "An Unfortunate A-List Conversation with Lemony Snicket's Alter Ego" at 142 Throckmorton (142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley).
Have you dreamed of reading a novel based around Skinny Bitch, the vegan cookbook empire developed by Kim Barnouin? Well, this is your lucky day: Skinny Bitch in Love is a kitchen rom-com about a twenty-something chef who "loses her dream job—only to find happiness after she launches a vegan cooking school and falls for a sexy carnivore." Barnouin appears at a $55 Book Passage Literary Luncheon on Saturday, Sept. 14.
Back for round two, the astounding Junot Diaz (above, whose liberal use of the word "motherfucker" caused more than one Monti's customer to choke on her oysters at a Montgomery Village appearance last year) will be at Book Passage on Sept. 15 in support of the paperback release of his award-winning short story collection This Is How You Lose Her.
That same day, poets Kay Ryan and Jane Hirshfield appear in an afternoon conversation and reading at the Dance Palace (503 B St., Point Reyes Station) as a benefit for the West Marin Review. And finally, Michael Chabon's latest novel, Telegraph Avenue, takes Oakland as its setting, and kung fu, Blaxploitation films, vinyl LPs and soul music as its ephemera. The author appears at Book Passage on Tuesday, Sept. 27, at 7pm.