Among Bay Area bookstores, Book Passage in Corte Madera has one of the most active schedules going of author events, readings, classes and other literary happenings. In fact, it’s not uncommon for more than one or two author talks to take place at the store on just about any given day. Additionally, many of these events have a local connection. Looking at the week, here are three events Patch.com readers won’t want to miss.
John Bateson presents The Final Leap
-- Sunday, May 20 at 4:00 pm
The Golden Gate Bridge, which celebrates its 75th anniversary this month, is one of the most beautiful structures in the world. It's also one of the most deadly. Weaving together drama, politics and design against the backdrop of Bay Area life, John Bateson’s The Final Leap: Suicide on the Golden Gate Bridge (University of California Press) is the first ever book on a tragic subject which has touched many lives, including the staff at Book Passage, who last year lost a member of our bookselling staff to suicide off the bridge.
John Bateson is Executive Director of the Contra Costa Crisis Center in Contra Costa County, California and the author of Building Hope. He has served on the steering committee of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. In 2007 he was appointed to a blue-ribbon committee charged with creating the California Strategic Plan on Suicide Prevention.
Peter Carey reads from The Chemistry of Tears
-- Tuesday, May 22 at 1:00 pm
Two-time Booker Prize winner Peter Carey reads from The Chemistry of Tears (Knopf), a story of secret grief assuaged, an automaton, a man and woman who can never meet, an affair, and the fate of the warming world brought to incandescent life in a haunting new novel from one of the most admired writers of our time. Carey’s books include the bestselling Oscar and Lucinda.
Peter Carey is the author of eleven previous novels and has twice received the Booker Prize. His other honors include the Commonwealth Writers' Prize and the Miles Franklin Literary Award, which he has won 5 times. Born in Australia, he has lived in New York City for twenty years.
Captain Sully (Chesley) Sullenberger talks about Making a Difference: Stories of Visions and Courage from America's Leaders (William Morrow). One of the most captivating heroes of the last decade and a source of inspiration for many after his emergency water landing of a disabled airliner on the Hudson River explores the nature of leadership with some of our best and brightest.
Captain Chesley B. Sullenberger III is a retired airline pilot, speaker, consultant and the author of the New York Times bestseller Highest Duty. He was named one of Time's 100 Most Influential People, and has been a visiting scholar at the University of California, Berkeley's Center for Catastrophic Risk Management.
MORE INFO: Unless otherwise noted, all events take place at Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., in Corte Madera. Call (415) 927-0960 or visit www.bookpassage.com for details.
Thomas Gladysz is a Bay Area arts journalist, author, and longtime bookseller. More at www.thomasgladysz.com