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Conversations with Authors

Live sessions with the writers and thinkers most committed to America’s independent bookstores

For more than 40 years, Book Passage has been the welcoming home for readers. And now, together with ExtendedSession, we’re pleased to share live, online conversations with many of our favorite authors well beyond the Bay Area.

Please join us here each week as — together with great authors and thinkers — we explore what it means to be living through these times, and what it means to stay connected to the people and the ideas that bind us.

Register once, and you’re guaranteed a seat at every upcoming Conversations with Authors event. You’ll be invited to help shape each session in advance by prioritizing the issues we discuss, and you’ll have the chance to ask additional questions during each conversation. You can also view the free archive of any event you might have missed, any time you like.

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MONDAY, MAY 10th

4:00PM EST/1:00PM PST

in conversation with Michael Krasny

Brad Stone’s new book, Amazon Unbound, is an unvarnished picture of Amazon’s unprecedented growth and its billionaire founder, Jeff Bezos, revealing the most important business story of our time.

Brad is senior executive editor of global technology at Bloomberg News. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon, which has been translated into over thirty-five languages, and The Upstarts: Uber, Airbnb, and the Battle for the New Silicon Valley. He has covered Silicon Valley for more than twenty years and lives in the San Francisco Bay area.

Michael Krasny is the former host of the award-winning KQED Forum, a program discussing news and public affairs, current events, culture, health, business and technology.

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Monday, May 10th

4:00PM est/1:00PM pst

Brad Stone

in conversation with Michael Krasny

Brad Stone’s new book, Amazon Unbound, is an unvarnished picture of Amazon’s unprecedented growth and its billionaire founder, Jeff Bezos, revealing the most important business story of our time.

Brad is senior executive editor of global technology at Bloomberg News. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon, which has been translated into over thirty-five languages, and The Upstarts: Uber, Airbnb, and the Battle for the New Silicon Valley. He has covered Silicon Valley for more than twenty years and lives in the San Francisco Bay area.

Michael Krasny is the former host of the award-winning KQED Forum, a program discussing news and public affairs, current events, culture, health, business and technology.

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Sunday, May 16th

7:00PM est/4:00PM pst

Ian Manuel

Ian Manuel‘s memoir, My Time Will Come: A Memoir of Crime, Punishment, Hope, and Redemption is the wrenching, and inspiring, story of a fourteen-year-old sentenced to life in prison, of the extraordinary relationship that developed between him and the woman he shot, and of his release after twenty-six years of imprisonment through the efforts of America’s greatest contemporary legal activist, Bryan Stevenson.

Ian Manuel lives in New York City. He is a motivational speaker at schools and social organizations nationwide.

 

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Thursday, May 27th

8:00PM est/5:00PM pst

Neal Allen

in conversation with Anne Lamott

Neal Allen’s Shapes of Truth is a remarkable new tool for self-realization that describes the thirty-five embodied concepts — physical manifestations — hidden inside you, concepts that describe facets of God. It’s as if you are made of them, as if God is within you already. They appear as imaginary objects distinguished by specific colors, the same for everybody, isolated inside your torso or head. Simply experiencing them provides respite from day-to-day concerns, and over time can help you land a life that feels lighter, more loving, and less difficult.

Neal is a coach and writer who studies and practices traditional and contemporary spiritual traditions. He especially likes Plato, the Middle Way, and Diamond Heart, each its own mystery school. In past lives he was a newspaperman, corporate executive, and memoir publisher. He lives nearby in Fairfax with his wife, the author Anne Lamott.

Anne Lamott is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Hallelujah AnywayHelp, Thanks, Wow; Small Victories; StitchesSome Assembly RequiredGrace (Eventually)Plan BTraveling Mercies; Bird by Bird; and Operating Instructions. She is also the author of seven novels, including Imperfect Birds and Rosie.A past recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and an inductee to the California Hall of Fame, she lives in Northern California.

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Tuesday, June 8th

8:30PM est/5:30PM pst

Ben Rhodes

in conversation with Dan Pfeiffer

Ben Rhodes’ upcoming release, After the Fall: Being American in the World We’ve Madedetails a deeply personal, beautifully observed quest for answers to the questions: Why is democracy so threatened in America and around the world? And what can we do about it?

Ben is also the author of the New York Times bestseller The World as It Is, co-host of Pod Save the World, a contributor for NBC News and MSNBC, and an adviser to former president Barack Obama.

Dan Pfeiffer is a former White House communications director, noted political and digital strategist, Pod Save America co-host, CNN contributor, and best-selling author. His New York Times #1 best-seller, Yes We (Still) Can: Politics in the Age of Obama, Twitter and Trump is a colorful account of how politics, the media and the internet changed during the Obama presidency alongside the evolution of social media. His newest book, Un-Trumping America: A Plan to Make America a Democracy Again, offers readers three critical insights: first, Trump is not an aberration, but rather the logical extension of the modern Republican Party; second, how Democrats can defeat Trump in 2020; and third, preventing the likes of Trump from ever happening again with a plan to fix democracy.

 

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Thursday, July 22nd

8:30PM est/5:30PM pst

Geoff Manaugh & Nicola Twilley

Geoff Manaugh and Nicola Twilley‘s Until Proven Safe: The History and Future of Quarantine is as compelling as it is definitive, not only urgent reading for social-distanced times but also an up-to-the-minute investigation of the interplay of forces –biological, political, technological – that shape our modern world.

Geoff Manaugh is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer and the author of A Burglar’s Guide to the City, on the relationship between crime and architecture. A Burglar’s Guide to the City was a New York Times-bestseller for two months, and, in 2016, was optioned for television by CBS Studios. He is also the creator of BLDGBLOG (“building blog”), which explores architecture and the built environment through an expansive lens, including technology, literature, crime, history, archaeology, acoustics, science fiction, warfare, subterranean space, the planetary sciences, and more.

Nicola Twilley is a science journalist, a regular contributor to The New Yorker, and co-host of the “Gastropod” podcast. She is at work on two books: one about refrigeration and the other about quarantine.

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Wednesday, July 28th

4:00PM est/1:00PM pst

Eddie Glaude Jr

Eddie Glaude Jr‘s Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own is one of the great books on James Baldwin and a powerful reckoning with America’s ongoing failure to confront the lies it tells itself about race.

Eddie is the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor and chair of the Department of African American Studies at Princeton University. He is the former president of the American Academy of Religion, the largest professional organization of scholars of religion in the world. In addition to Begin Again, Eddie is the author of a number of books, including Democracy in Black. He hails from Moss Point, Mississippi, a small town on gulf coast, and is a graduate of Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia.

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