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.
Fault Lines Poetry Reading
-- Sunday, August 19 at 4:00 pm
Marin County poet Terri Glass hosts the first Bay area reading of Fault Lines, a new West Coast journal which includes work from 70 poets from British Columbia to San Francisco. Among those participating in this special event are editor Tony Pfannenstiel and Bay Area contributors Samuel Iniguez, Trina Drotar, Lenore Wilson, Suzanne Brooks, and Patrick Cahill.
Fault Lines is a journal of West Coast poetry. Terri Glass is a poet and writer who has been teaching poetry writing in the Bay Area for twenty years. She studied poetry writing at the University of Washington and Portland State University, and mentored with the Pulitzer Prize winning poet William Stafford. Glass currently coordinates the Marin program for California Poets in the School and served as their statewide director from 2008-11.
Selden Edwards reads from The Lost Prince
-- Monday, August 20 at 7:00 pm
Selden Edwards reads from The Lost Prince (Dutton), a sequel to his beloved, more than 30-years-in-the-making, New York Times bestselling novel, The Little Book. Like its predecessor, Edward’s magical new work is an irresistible triumph of the imagination, and a story of love capable of bridging unfathomable distances.
Pat Conroy, the bestselling author of The Prince of Tides and The Great Santini, said this: “I loved Selden Edwards’s first novel The Little Book and told everyone I knew about it. I just read his second novel The Lost Prince and think that Mr. Edwards has written his finest work so far. Once again, Selden Edwards demonstrates his mastery in blending together philosophy and art with the help of wonderful characters you fall in love with. The Lost Prince is a terrific second novel.”
Selden Edwards began writing The Little Book as a young English teacher in 1974, and continued to layer and refine the manuscript until its completion in 2007. It was his first novel. He spent his career as headmaster at several independent schools across the country.
Susan Kirsch and Jane Mellor Poetry Reading
-- Saturday, August 18 at 12:00 noon
Poets Susan Kirsch and Jane Mellor read from their recent books. Kirsch will read from Simply Go*D - Praise Poems Celebrating The Divine In Daily Life (Lulu.com). And Mellor will read from Delicate Availability: Prose and Poetry (FriesenPress). Each is an evocation and a celebration of life through poetry.
Susan Kirsch was raised in the Midwest. Jane Mellor was raised in the Bay Area.
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