Three Thursdays: July 10, 31, & Aug. 7 • 1:00-3:00pm • $95
Review of passato prosimo and imperfect, with readings of Italian short stories. Gisella Petrone has a master’s degree from the University of Calabria. She has taught English, Italian, Latin, Roman History, and Italian cooking.
From award-winning, Los Angeles Times bestselling author Jervey Tervalon comes Monster’s Chef ($24.99), a highly clever, twisting tale of suspense involving drugs, perverse sex, and poisonous celebrity worship, in which a man trying to rebuild his life becomes entangled in dangerous and deadly circumstances
Once upon a time, Gibson was a successful chef with a popular restaurant and a beautiful loving wife. He was also a drug addict with a habit that nearly destroyed him. Fresh out of rehab, he’s now using his skills to feed his fellow halfway house residents budget gourmet meals—a talent that attracts two shady women who offer him a job cooking for a music superstar named Monster. Though Gibson doesn’t have a good feeling about his seeming good fortune, he needs a job.
Arriving on Monster’s compound, Gibson senses that trouble is still on his tail. First, he’s asked to sign a confidentiality agreement. Then he meets the compound’s gardener, who warns him not to go outside at night—and tells him that to stay alive he must see nothing, hear nothing, say nothing.
It is advice that proves all too true when Gibson discovers a dead body near his bungalow a few nights later. Suddenly, all hell is breaking loose . . . and Gibson is at the center. Now he has to figure out how to escape this terrifying nightmare . . . and whether he can.
Jervey Tervalon is the author of five books, including the bestselling Dead Above Ground and Understanding This, for which he won the New Voices Award from Quality Paper Books, and the anthology, The Cocaine Chronicles. He was the Remsen Bird Writer in Residence at Occidental College and a Disney Screen Writing Fellow. He is the director of the Literature for Life Project, a literary/salon magazine, and the literary director of LitFest Pasadena. Born in New Orleans, he now lives in California and teaches at the College of Creative Studies at UC Santa Barbara.
Though he lived in the thirteenth century, Meister Eckhart's deeply ecumenical teachings were in many ways modern. He taught about what we call ecology, championed artistic creativity, and advocated for social, economic, and gender justice. All these elements have inspired spiritual maverick Matthew Fox and influenced his Creation Spirituality. In Meister Eckhart: A Mystic-Warrior for Our Times ($17.95) Fox creates metaphorical meetings between Eckhart and Teilhard de Chardin, Thich Nhat Hanh, Carl Jung, Black Elk, Rumi, Adrienne Rich, and other radical thinkers. The result is profoundly insightful, substantive, and inspiring.
The author of thirty books, Matthew Fox has been an instrumental teacher and scholar in the revival of Western mysticism, particularly the work of Hildegard of Bingen, Meister Eckhart, and Thomas Aquinas. Fox teaches and speaks widely and lives in Oakland, California.
When Francophiles Don and Mindy Wallace received an offer for a house on a tiny French island, they jumped at the chance, buying it almost sight unseen. What they found when they arrived was a building in ruin, and it wasn't long before their lives resembled it. Plagued by emergency repairs, a stock market crash, and very exasperated French neighbors, the Wallace's could have accepted their fate. Instead, they embraced it. The French House ($14.99) is the delightfully amusing and picturesque memoir about a family who seized life, rose from the rubble, and built themselves a home away from home.
Don Wallace has been a writer and editor for 25 years and is the film editor for Honolulu Weekly. He has held senior positions at Yachting, SELF, and Golf Digest Woman, with articles appearing in the New York Times, Fast Company, Redbook, and others.
Ron Berman is a native San Franciscan who loves to write about the city.
The Cable Car That Couldn’t Clang ($6.95) is Ron’ s latest book. Have you ever lost your voice? What a nuisance! But can you imagine the horror of a Cable Car losing its Clang? This is what happens to Clyde as he and his old buddy, Sasha the Sea Lion, roam the hills and beaches of San Francisco in search of his Clang. On the way, he runs across all the great sounds of the city from Fisherman’s Wharf, to the S.F.Zoo, the ballet, Chinatown and more.
Ron worked as a copy writer and Creative Director in SF which is not even nearly as much fun as writing children’s books. He lives just 15 minutes away from Book Passage where he’s purchased books for his wife, Ellie, two daughters, three grandchildren and three grand dogs. Along with illustrator Frank Hill, Ron has also written Sasha the San Francisco Sea Lion and Dude the Surfin’ Sea Otter. He also created Old McDonald Had a Wedding with illustrations by Brian Gerrity.
In this fun and informative presentation Kyle Ellison, author of Moon Maui ($19.99), will share unique and environmental ways for travelers to enjoy Maui—complete with gorgeous photos! By educating visitors about environmental issues, volunteer opportunities, and ways to lessen their impact on the island, Ellison will help you to become a responsible visitor while enjoying an unforgettable Maui vacation. Travelers are always looking for ways to be more eco-friendly, and as an outdoor enthusiast and Maui native, Ellison can offer them essential advice for minimizing their footprint while making the most of this dynamic destination.
Outdoor enthusiast, travel writer, and Maui expert Kyle Ellison knows the best ways to experience Hawaii’s second largest island. From the endless stretches of golden sand to the sparkling waters off of Wai’anapanapa State Park, residents and visitors alike can agree that there’s something magical about Maui. With itineraries like “Best of Maui in 10 Days,” “Best Surfing,” and “Best for Honeymooners,” Moon Maui truly has something for every traveler—no matter their reason for visiting the Valley Isle.
Kyle Ellison began researching Maui when he first moved there at age five. The island has changed considerably since then, but his love of Maui has remained. Today he works as a freelance travel writer for Gadling, Viator, AOL Travel, Matador, and Journey and lives in Lahaina with his wife Heather.