In partnership with Book Passage and with the generous support of Private Ocean, we will be hosting these remarkable authors for a series of discussions regarding their current writing and topics that presently resonate with them.


An evening with Kirsten Gillibrand

Off the Sidelines: Raise Your Voice, Change the World

Thursday, October 9, 7:00 pm • Ticket price of $30 includes a signed book. 

From New York Senator and rising political star Kirsten Gillibrand comes an inspirational memoir and call-to-action for all women to get involved politically and raise their voices to make a difference in their communities and for their families. Since her appointment in 2009, at age 42, to fill Hillary Rodham Clinton’s New York Senate seat when Clinton was appointed Secretary of State, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has established herself as a passionate, fearless, and laser-focused presence in Congress. 


 An afternoon with Leon Panetta

Worthy Fights

Friday, October 17, 2:00 pm • Ticket price of $40 includes a signed book.

Leon Panetta has held more important positions in the U.S. government than practically anyone. He began his career as a Congressman from California and from there went on to be Director of the OMB, White House Chief of Staff, Director of the CIA, and finally Secretary of Defense. His autobiography Worthy Fights is imbued with the frank, grounded, and often quite funny spirit of a man who never lost touch with his roots. It is a testament to a lost kind of political leadership, which favors progress and duty to country over partisanship.


An evening with Dr. Atul Gawande

Being Mortal

Wednesday, October 22, 7:00 pm  •  Ticket price of $30 includes a signed book.


In Being Mortal, bestselling author Atul Gawande tackles the hardest challenge of his profession: how medicine can not only improve life but also the process of its ending. Dr. Gawande, a practicing surgeon, addresses his profession’s ultimate limitation, arguing that quality of life is the desired goal for patients and families. He demonstrates that a person's last weeks or months may be rich and dignified. Full of eye-opening research and riveting storytelling, Being Mortal asserts that medicine can comfort and enhance our experiences, providing not only a good life but also a good end.


Mario Batali in conversation with Liam Mayclem

America - Farm to Table: Simple, Delicious Recipes Celebrating Local Farmers

Saturday, November 1, 1:00 pm • Ticket price of $40 includes a signed book

Bestselling author and world-renowned chef Mario Batali pays homage to the American farmer—from Maine to Los Angeles—in stories, photos, and recipes. Mario Batali, who knows the importance of ingredients to any amazing dish, sees farmers as the rock stars of the food world. In his new book America—Farm to Table, Batali celebrates the importance of American farmers. Batali asked chef friends from Nashville to San Francisco to tell him who their favorite farmers were, and those farmers graciously shared their personal stories along with their top-of-the-line produce and products.


Carlos Santana in conversation with Cheryl Jennings

The Universal Tone

Thursday, December 4, 8:00 pm • Ticket price of $35 includes a signed book

Carlos Santana is one of the most influential and celebrated artists of all time. For forty years, Santana has sold more than 100 million records and reached more than 100 million fans at concerts worldwide. The Universal Tone is the story of an individual who is ceaselessly creative, spiritually focused and yet fearlessly part of a world that brought him fame and adulation and challenged his dedication to his music and to doing good. Deeply honest and frank and richly detailed with his vivid memories, Santana’s authentic voice shines through on every page.


Event Details 

Lectures are open to the public. When an event is free, the seating is open, no ticket or RSVP is required and seating is on a first-come-first-served basis. Some events have a ticket price. Advance ticket purchases are recommended.

For Ticketed Events: Purchase tickets by calling Book Passage at (415) 927-0960. Tickets are also available at Book Passage stores in Corte Madera and San Francisco.

For Free Events: Priority seating is provided to those who purchase the speaker's book at Book Passage.

Also, for all of the authored events, books are available for purchase at the Angelico Concert Hall on the night of the event. Book signings immediately follow the lecture.

Lectures take place at Dominican University of California. 50 Acacia Avenue, San Rafael 94901. For directions, refer to the University map and directions to the campus. For each lecture's exact room location, refer to the individual lecture's descriptions.

Lectures take place at 7:00 p.m. Doors open at 6 pm