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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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SUNDAY, JUNE 20th

4:00PM EST/1:00PM PST

in conversation with Freida Pinto

Alka Joshi’s intriguing new novel The Secret Keeper of Jaipur follows henna artist Lakshmi as she arranges for her protégé, Malik, to intern at the Jaipur Palace – it’s a tale rich in character, atmosphere, and lavish storytelling.

Alka was born in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India ,and has lived in the U.S. since the age of nine. She has a BA from Stanford University and an MFA from California College of the Arts. She ran her own advertising and PR agency for 30 years. The Henna Artist was her first novel. Currently, she is working on the third book of the trilogy and a screen adaption of The Henna Artis.

Sujata Massey is the author of fourteen novels, two novellas and numerous short stories that have been published in eighteen countries. Her novels have won the Agatha, Lefty and Macavity awards and been finalists for the Edgar, Anthony and Mary Higgins Clark prizes. Sujata writes mystery and suspense fiction set in pre-Independence India, as well as a modern mystery series set in Japan.

Freida Pinto is.a celebrated actress, most known internationally for her role in the film Slumdog Millionare.

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Sunday, June 20th

4:00PM est/1:00PM pst

Alka Joshi and Sujata Massey

in conversation with Freida Pinto

Alka Joshi’s intriguing new novel The Secret Keeper of Jaipur follows henna artist Lakshmi as she arranges for her protégé, Malik, to intern at the Jaipur Palace – it’s a tale rich in character, atmosphere, and lavish storytelling.

Alka was born in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India ,and has lived in the U.S. since the age of nine. She has a BA from Stanford University and an MFA from California College of the Arts. She ran her own advertising and PR agency for 30 years. The Henna Artist was her first novel. Currently, she is working on the third book of the trilogy and a screen adaption of The Henna Artis.

Sujata Massey is the author of fourteen novels, two novellas and numerous short stories that have been published in eighteen countries. Her novels have won the Agatha, Lefty and Macavity awards and been finalists for the Edgar, Anthony and Mary Higgins Clark prizes. Sujata writes mystery and suspense fiction set in pre-Independence India, as well as a modern mystery series set in Japan.

Freida Pinto is.a celebrated actress, most known internationally for her role in the film Slumdog Millionare.

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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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