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32 Book Awards Authors Should Pursue for 2013
04 April 2013
Book Reviews, Kids' Book Review, Young Adult
32 Book Awards Authors Should Pursue for 2013
“Do book awards matter?” YES!!As a book publicist I am here to inform you that yes, they absolutely do matter! In fact, one of my clients won the prestigious Los Angeles Book Festival award. That then led to a flurry of media interest, which subsequently led to a major New York agent deciding to represent the book and pitch it to all the major publishing houses. Deals are in the offing. This author, needless to say, is happy he decided to enter.
How to Get Traffic to Your Author Website
30 April 2013
Book Reviews, Kids' Book Review, Young Adult
How to Get Traffic to Your Author Website
The author website or blog is an essential book marketing tool, and it’s important for authors to understand how to get people to their site. Google Analytics (a tool for measuring website traffic) tracks four different ways that visitors land on websites. Let’s take a closer look at these four sources of author website traffic.
Bad Reviews Suck…and Why I Don’t Care
18 July 2012
Book Reviews, Kids' Book Review, Young Adult
Bad Reviews Suck…and Why I Don’t Care
Let’s talk about reviews, shall we?We’ve all read instances where an author acts poorly in the face of a one or two-star review. It’s usually referred to as ‘authors behaving badly,’ usually for good reason.
The Road to London
03 December 2014
Book Reviews, Kids' Book Review, Young Adult
The Road to London
Well it's not every book that opens with a poem drawn from Middle English, and not Geoffrey Chaucer either. This immediately tells the eager reviewer two things: one, this novel is likely to be a fabulous adventure; and second, that the writer doesn't mind challenging the reader's intelligence in a good way.Indeed this novel is an adventure, with its goal being the narrator's move from his birthplace near Milan to London in his twenty-sixth year. This adventure, though, is an internal one, exploring neither the Nile nor the Zambezi, but rather the unknown bends and rapid currents of growing into one's self.

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January 25, 2015
Sunday Morning Storytime with Christopher Smith
Starts: 11:00 am
Ends: January 25, 2015 - 12:00 pm
Location: Author Appearance - , “” Book Passage - 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera
Description: Sunday Morning Storytime with Christopher Smith at Book Passage, Corte Madera
Starting September 12!
Sundays • 11:00 am • Free
Summer is over and Christopher is back! Singer-songwriter Christopher Smith has been writing music and performing in the Bay Area for over 20 years. Smith writes well-crafted story songs that aim for the heart. Children of all ages—and adults—love him!

These events are free and take place at Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, unless otherwise noted. For information or to reserve autographed books, call 415-927-0960 or go to http://www.bookpassage.com.
Nayomi Munaweera - Island of a Thousand Mirrors
Starts: 1:00 pm
Ends: January 25, 2015 - 2:00 pm
Location: Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera
Kiera Butler - Raise
Starts: 1:00 pm
Ends: January 25, 2015 - 2:00 pm
Location: Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera
California Writers Club
Starts: 2:00 pm
Ends: January 25, 2015 - 4:00 pm
Location: Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera
Description: California Writers Club at Book Passage, Corte Madera
4th Sunday each month • 2:00-4:00 pm • $5 members/$10 non-members per meeting
The Marin branch of the California Writers Club meets monthly at Book Passage, except July, August and December, on the 4th Sunday of the month, unless it’s a holiday. 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Meetings may feature a guest speaker, a workshop, or a panel discussion, along with networking, encouragement, and writing news. CWC, a 501c educational corporation, is the nation’s oldest professional club for writers ... “educating writers of all levels of expertise in the craft of writing and in the marketing of their work.” All are welcome. Visit http://www.cwcmarinwriters.com.
Upcoming Meetings: Sun., June 26 • 2:00 pm • Topic: “Patience & Persistence: the Writer as Marathoner” • Meg Waite Clayton, author of The Four Ms. Bradwells, The Wednesday Sisters, and The Language of Light.
Jimmy Lewis - A Holy Relationship
Starts: 4:00 pm
Ends: January 25, 2015 - 5:00 pm
Location: Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera
January 26, 2015
Kid Lit Salon - Led by Lissa Rovetch, 4th Monday each Month, 7:00-9:00 pm, $120 per year
Starts: 7:00 pm
Ends: January 26, 2015 - 9:00 pm
Location: Book Passage - 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera
Description: Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators Salon led by Lissa Rovetch.
4th Monday each month • 7:00-9:00 pm • $120 per year

The Bay Area is home to many children’s book writers and illustrators, and is an absolute hotbed of emerging talent. Book Passage is thrilled to host the Kid Lit Salon for both established and beginning children’s book writers and illustrators. Come socialize with like-minded, creative types in your field. Our evenings include a wildly diverse array of speakers, member updates, events, conferences, and insider tips. Writer and illustrator Lissa Rovetch is the illustrator of There Was a Man Who Loved a Rat and Other Vile Little Poems and author of Ook the Book and the Hot Dog and Bob book series.
Wendy Lesser - Why I Read
Starts: 7:00 pm
Ends: January 26, 2015 - 8:00 pm
Location: Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera
Steward O'Nan - West of Sunset
Starts: 7:00 pm
Ends: January 26, 2015 - 8:00 pm
Location: Books Inc, Alameda; 1344 park St, Alameda, 94501
January 27, 2015
Agatha Kulaga & Erin Patinkin - Ovenly
Starts: 12:30 pm
Ends: January 27, 2015 - 1:30 pm
Location: 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco
Karen E. Bender - Refund: Stories
Starts: 7:00 pm
Ends: January 27, 2015 - 8:00 pm
Location: Books Inc, Opera Plaza; 601 Van Ness, SF, 94102
Michelle Tea - How to Grow Up
Starts: 7:30 pm
Ends: January 27, 2015 - 8:30 pm
Location: Books Inc, The Castro; 2275 Market St, SF, 94114
January 28, 2015
Gary Paul Nabhan - Cumin, Camels, & Caravans
Starts: 6:30 pm
Ends: January 28, 2015 - 7:30 pm
Location: Omnivore Books: 3885a Cesar Chaves St, San Francisco
Peter Richardson - No Simple Highway
Starts: 7:00 pm
Ends: January 28, 2015 - 8:00 pm
Location: Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera
Joelle Charbonneau - The Testing
Starts: 7:00 pm
Ends: January 28, 2015 - 8:00 pm
Location: Books Inc, Opera Plaza; 601 Van Ness, SF, 94102