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And at any moment the end is near: the terminus of anxiety, fear and tension, the desire and imagined needs we carry - a confining architecture designed by only humankind. Rejoice! Cracks in the edifice (of our cherished friends, Doubt & Pain) let in slivers of light so allow the walls to crumble into the sea

December 18th, 2017|Happiness, Personal Growth|

John Rain Is Back!

Barry Eisler, beloved and prodigious author of thrillers, celebrated the release of his thirteenth novel, Zero Sum, at Kepler’s Books in Menlo Park, CA this summer. During the introduction, author Keith Raffel aptly compared Eisler to John le Carré for his tightly-plotted novels, rich with spy tradecraft and understated prose, based on real-life experience as

Radicalize Your Hope!

Carolina De Robertis sat at her desk, overwhelmed by grief. President-elect Trump’s “victory” was only three days old. The probable ramifications of this dolorous event on all the hard-won civil rights gains of the past fifty years racked Carolina’s mind. She thought about the many communities of immigrants, people of color, gay and transgender people,

Amy S. Peele Launches Cut with Sharp Humor

Book Passage in Marin County’s Corte Madera was the site for Amy S. Peele’s comic and compassionate introduction of her debut novel, Cut, to a crowd of nearly one hundred people last month. Standing-room-only is rare at any book launch, but Peele’s was marked by eager cheers, a rousing introduction by author Betsy Graziani Fasbinder,

Professors, Perfidy, and Poison in a Pig Pen

The tall and gracious Professor Emerita, Judith L. Newton, held the book launch celebration for her debut novel one recent evening at Books Inc. in Berkeley. The star of the evening was Oink, A Food for Thought Mystery (She Writes Press), the first in a series showcasing the protagonist Emily Addams, a foodie professor of

Ariel Levy’s Rules Do Not Apply

The San Francisco Bay Area’s iconic book store, Book Passage, was the setting for many a teary eye one recent afternoon when Ariel Levy’s audience shared their deep connections with her new memoir, The Rules Do Not Apply (Random House 2017). Ms. Levy is a 42-year-old journalist who has been a staff writer at The

April 18th, 2017|Uncategorized|

News to the Reading World: An Afternoon with Paulette Jiles

Paulette Jiles is a subtle woman with a penetrating gaze who chooses her words with obvious punctiliousness, as a great author must. She delivered them to an adoring audience at the preeminent Corte Madera, CA book store, Book Passage, on a recent Sunday afternoon. She began by relating an ignominious moment with self-effacing humor, about

March 15th, 2017|Author Events, Writing|

To the Bright Edge of Eowyn Ivey’s World

The greatly admired Alaskan writer, Eowyn Ivey (pronounced “A-o-win”), spoke at Book Passage in San Francisco’s Ferry Building recently about her enticing new book, To the Bright Edge of the World. It is an epistolary novel published in hardcover by Little Brown and Company. Ms. Ivey’s stunning debut novel, The Snow Child (2012), was a

February 2nd, 2017|Author Events|