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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

May 17: Bill Bradley at Book Passage

Posted By on Wed, May 16, 2012 at 1:05 PM

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Everyone loves a success story: it’s inspirational to hear and gives everyone a little bit of hope that maybe one day they will have their story heard in a positive light. The 18-year New Jersey senator, former Olympic and NBA athlete, national radio host and author Bill Bradley comes to Marin to discuss his newest book, We Can All Do Better, which talks about his personal view on the current state of our nation. Judging by his life experience, he sounds like he might be someone worth listening to. Maybe he’ll also give some tips on how to improve your three-point shooting on Thursday, May 17, at Book Passage. 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 7pm. Free. 415.927.0960.

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Thursday, April 19, 2012

April 24: Melanie Thorne at Book Passage

Posted By on Thu, Apr 19, 2012 at 12:48 PM

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Sometimes things happen that are all too easy to turn a blind eye to, or just completely disregard, because it makes us uncomfortable. Local author Melanie Thorne addresses a personal topic that many people probably have some experience with. Her novel Hand Me Down involves a young girl in a broken home who tries to protect her younger sister from her alcoholic father, but they eventually become separated after a drastic decision by her mother. After considering whether it was better to write the story as a novel or not, she decided to stick with fiction, because “it reveals truths more cleanly and clearly then they appear in real life,” she says. See a brave author and her inspirational novel on Tuesday, April 24, at Book Passage. 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 7pm. Free. 415.924.3838.

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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Jan 7: Robert Sandberg at Book Passage

Posted By on Wed, Jan 4, 2012 at 11:05 AM

A few weeks ago in the pages of this paper, our own Rachel Dovey spotlighted Tom Cooper, a man fascinated with chronicling in book form the tankhouses of Sonoma County. We are enamored of those with idiosyncratic relationships to the minute details of their own terrain, and consequently we love Robert Sandberg and his single-focus book ‘Steps, Lanes and Paths of Mill Valley.’ Of course, these are no ordinary steps, lanes and paths; created around the turn of the century as shortcuts in town, they were abandoned with the advent of car travel, only to be unearthed and rebuilt in the 1990s. Sandberg is the premier authority on these small thoroughfares; he appears on Saturday, Jan. 7, at Book Passage. 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 2pm. Free. 415.927.0960.

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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Nov. 11: Gregory Maguire at Book Passages

Posted on Thu, Nov 10, 2011 at 10:47 AM

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Redemption for the long-vilified Wicked Witch of the West finally came in 1995, at the compassionate hands of writer Gregory Maguire. His book Wicked reintroduced the witch as an easily relatable, misunderstood and recklessly teased youth just trying to find her footing as the outcasted “green girl”—to say nothing of the immensely popular Broadway musical it inspired. Maguire’s newest novel, Out of Oz, concludes the magical, heartfelt saga following the Wicked characters. Maguire reads and discusses on Friday, Nov. 11, at Book Passage. 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 7pm. Free. 415.927.0960.

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Aug. 25: Penn Jillette at Book Passage

Posted on Wed, Aug 24, 2011 at 9:57 AM

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Are you an atheist who doesn’t know it? According to Penn Jillette, the chances are pretty likely. Building on his magic career with Penn & Teller and his subversive Showtime series Bullshit, Jillette now takes a literary jab at the premise of a man upstairs with his new book, God, No! Signs You May Already Be an Atheist and Other Magical Tales. Be part of the congregation on Thursday, Aug. 25, at Book Passage. 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 7pm. Free. 415.927.0960.
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Aug. 25: Mike Twohy at River Reader

Posted on Wed, Aug 24, 2011 at 9:55 AM

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“I just remember being delighted that the rejection letters addressed me as Mr. Twohy,” Mike Twohy once said in an interview. Now, however, the cartoonist has a lot more to be delighted about, having been published in the Saturday Review, TV Guide, Audubon, Esquire and ultimately inking a regular panel in the New Yorker. Hear him read from his latest children’s book on Thursday, Aug. 25, at River Reader. 16355 Main St., Guerneville. 3:30pm. 707.869.2240.
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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

August 18: Jane Fonda at Book Passage

Posted on Wed, Aug 17, 2011 at 10:43 AM

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How many times have you eaten breakfast with a two-time Oscar winner? Well, now’s your chance—Jane Fonda is just waiting to meet you. Her new book, Prime Time: Love, Health, Sex, Fitness, Friendship, Spirit—Making the Most of All Your Life, explores how 73-year-old Fonda has learned to love the latter part of life. Learn some lessons over breakfast with the legendary star, fitness guru and activist on Thursday, Aug. 18, at Book Passage. 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. $55. 9am. 415.927.0960.
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Thursday, August 4, 2011

August 4: Author Steve Jones at Book Passage

Posted on Thu, Aug 4, 2011 at 9:39 AM

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.

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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

July 22: O.J. Simpson lawyer Marcia Clark at Book Passage

Posted on Wed, Jul 20, 2011 at 9:31 AM

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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.

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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

July 9: The Diva Doctrine at Book Passage

Posted on Wed, Jul 6, 2011 at 9:23 AM

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.
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