Class: Kerrin Meis- The History of the Book in the West

01/09/2015 12:00 pm
Three Fridays: Jan. 9-23 • 10:00-12:00 pm • $110
 

 
 
The course will focus on book illustration, tracing the development of the codex from ancient times to the present, looking at Astronomical treatises, Bibles, Haggadot, Books of Hours and the illumination of texts from Virgil to Dante to Edgar Allen Poe and beyond. An explanation of the techniques and materials employed to create these brilliant images includes the transition from palm leaves to papyrus to parchment and finally to paper. We discuss the roles of authors, illustrators and the market.
Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925

Charles Todd - A Fine Summer's Day

In A Fine Summer’s Day, it's June, 1914, and Ian Rutledge pays little notice to the assassination of an archduke in Sarajevo. An Inspector at Scotland Yard, he is planning to propose to the woman whom he deeply loves, despite intimations from friends and family that she may not be the wisest choice.

To the north on this warm and gentle day, another man in love—a Scottish Highlander—shows his own dear girl the house he will build for her in September. While back in England, a son awaits the undertaker in the wake of his widowed mother’s death. This death will set off a series of murders across England, seemingly unconnected, that Rutledge will race to solve in the weeks before the fateful declaration in August that will forever transform his world.

Charles Todd is the New York Times bestselling author of A Question of Honor, Hunting Shadows and An Unwilling Accomplice.

 

 

Location: 
Street:
1 Ferry Building
City:
San Francisco
,
Postal Code:
94111
Country:
United States
$26.99
ISBN-13: 9780062237125
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: William Morrow & Company, 1/2015

Paula Treick DeBoard - The Fragile World

In The Fragile World, Curtis Kaufman picks up the midnight phone call with his wife, Kathleen, by his side and his daughter, Olivia, listening in the shadows. The police are telling him his son—his genius, bright, talented son, Daniel–has died in a “freak accident.” Suddenly, the Kaufman’s happy, loving family will never be the same. Daniel’s unexpected death affects Curtis, Olivia, and Kathleen in different ways. In the aftermath of that tragic phone call, Curtis grows more and more secluded, pushing his wife away until she cannot bear the isolation any longer and leaves her family to start a new life in her hometown.

Curtis has one thing on his mind: revenge against Robert Saenz, man who killed his son. He can’t function at the school where he teaches, which Olivia attends, because his mind is increasingly tormented with vengeful thoughts. His anger reaches a boiling point when the man who killed his son is let out of prison. Though he tries to bury his feelings about this news, things come to a head as he stands, paralyzed with grief, on the roof of the school, and everyone, including his daughter, thinks he will jump. Instead, he finds himself inspired to take justice into his own hands, and the road trip to murder Saenz begins.

Paula Treick DeBoard is the author of The Mourning Hours. She received a B.A. in English from Dordt College.

 

Location: 
Street:
1 Ferry Building
City:
San Francisco
,
Postal Code:
94111
Country:
United States

The Fragile World (Paperback)

$14.95
ISBN-13: 9780778316763
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Mira Books, 10/2014

Class: Don George - Travel Writing Intensive

01/13/2015 8:45 pm
6 Tues., Jan. 13-Feb. 24 (no class Feb. 17) • 6:15-8:45pm • $350
 
 
 
 
 
Don George’s six-week intensive travel writing class is patterned on a graduate school creative writing workshop. The emphasis is on the craft of travel writing. Weekly assignments progress from a few paragraphs to full-length articles, with the goal of writing publishable pieces. Students learn to research stories, write query letters, work with editors, and market their articles. This highly successful class has led to numerous published stories, including many tales in the annual Best Travel Writing and Lonely Planet anthologies.
 
 
Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925

Gigi Pandian - The Accidental Alchemist

In The Accidental Alchemist, Zoe Faust, born in 1676 and perpetually 28-years-old, can transform homegrown herbs and veggies into vegan soups and smoothies to die for—an interest that makes her fresh start in Portland, Oregon seem the perfect plan. That is, until she unpacks a crate with a stowaway—the living gargoyle and gourmet French chef Dorian Robert-Houdin—and finds her hope of a fresh start squashed.

Dorian’s appearance is no accident. He needs her help to decipher an ancient text that brought him to life—or he will return to stone forever. An already impossible task is further complicated by the intrusion of fourteen-year-old hoodlum Brixton and the surprise visit of Detective Max Liu. Toss in a dead body on her doorstep and the theft of Dorian’s book, and Zoe’s first day in Portland is already a recipe for disaster. Now the only way to remedy the increasingly dire situation depends on Zoe’s ability to recall the alchemy of her past.

Gigi Pandian is the USA Today bestselling author of the Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt mystery series. A cancer diagnosis in her 30s taught her two important life lessons: healing foods can taste amazing, and life’s too short to waste a single moment. Therefore, she writes her mysteries while drinking delectable green smoothies and eating decadent home-cooked meals.

 

Location: 
Street:
1 Ferry Building
City:
San Francisco
,
Postal Code:
94111
$14.99
ISBN-13: 9780738741840
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Midnight Ink, 1/2015

Literary Lunch: Anita Diamant - The Boston Girl

Ticket: $55 (includes meal & signed book)

 

 

Addie Baum is The Boston Girl, born in 1900 to immigrant parents who were unprepared for and suspicious of America and its effect on their three daughters. Growing up in the North End, then a teeming multicultural neighborhood, Addie's intelligence and curiosity take her to a world her parents can't imagine--a world of short skirts, movies, celebrity culture, and new opportunities for women. Addie wants to finish high school and dreams of going to college. She wants a career and to find true love.

Eighty-five-year-old Addie tells the story of her life to her twenty-two-year-old granddaughter, who has asked her "How did you get to be the woman you are today." She begins in 1915, the year she found her voice and made friends who would help shape the course of her life. From the one-room tenement apartment she shared with her parents and two sisters, to the library group for girls she joins at a neighborhood settlement house, to her first, disastrous love affair, Addie recalls her adventures with compassion for the naive girl she was and a wicked sense of humor.

Anita Diamant is the bestselling author of the novels The Red Tent, Good Harbor, The Last Days of Dogtown, and Day After Night. An award-winning journalist whose work has appeared in The Boston Globe Magazine and Parenting, she is the author of six nonfiction guides to contemporary Jewish life.

Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925

The Boston Girl (Hardcover)

$26.00
ISBN-13: 9781439199350
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Scribner Book Company, 12/2014



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