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Literary events for week of March 30


<em><strong>Sunday, March 30</strong></em>

<strong>Betsy Chasse, "Tipping Sacred Cows,"</strong> 4 p.m., <em>In a book that's anything but quiet, BetsyChasse takes readers on a playful romp through the muddy fields of life and spirituality. Witty, yet unflinching, Chasse exposes her own experience tipping sacred cows and dissects the fragile beliefs we all hold so dear. Because the truth is, we each have a choice to believe the stories we tell ourselves or create new ones. A candid, no-nonsense confession, Chasse's story gives readers the freedom to break free from their old patterns and gleefully frolic through fields, cow tipping at will and in the process, create a new reality for themselves. </em> Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. (415) 927-0960, <a href="http://bookpassage.com" target="_blank">bookpassage.com</a>.

<em><strong>Monday, March 31</strong></em>

<strong> Austin Kleon, "Show Your Work,"</strong> 7 p.m., <em>In a forward-thinking and necessary book, Austin Kleon shows how to take that critical next step on a creative journey—getting known. Show Your Work! is about why generosity trumps genius. It's about getting findable, about using the network instead of wasting time "networking." It's not self-promotion, it's self-discovery—let others into your process, then let them steal from you. Filled with illustrations, quotes, stories, and examples, Show Your Work! offers ten transformative rules for being open, generous, brave, productive. </em> Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. (415) 927-0960, <a href="http://bookpassage.com" target="_blank">bookpassage.com</a>.

<em><strong>Tuesday, April 1</strong></em>

<strong> Jonathan Stroud, "Lockwood &amp;amp; Co: The Screaming Staircase,"</strong> 4 p.m.,<em> In The Screaming Staircase, the plucky and talented Lucy Carlyle teams up with Anthony Lockwood, the charismatic leader of Lockwood &amp;amp; Co, a small agency that runs independent of any adult supervision. After an assignment leads to both a grisly discovery and a disastrous end, Lucy, Anthony, and their sarcastic colleague, George, are forced to take part in the perilous investigation of Combe Carey Hall, one of the most haunted houses in England. Will Lockwood &amp;amp; Co. survive the Hall's legendary Screaming Staircase and Red Room to see another day?</em> Copperfield's Books, 140 Kentucky St., Petaluma. 762-0563, <a href="http://copperfieldsbooks.com" target="_blank">copperfieldsbooks.com</a>.

<em><strong>Wednesday, April 2</strong></em>

<strong> Ina Garten, "Barefoot Contessa Foolproof: Recipes You Can Trust,"</strong> 8 p.m., <em>For Ina, "foolproof" means more than just making one dish successfully; it's also about planning a menu, including coordinating everything so it all gets to the table at the same time. In Barefoot Contessa Foolproof, Ina shows you how to make a game plan so everything is served hot while you keep your cool. There are notes throughout detailing where a recipe can go wrong to keep you on track, plus tips for making recipes in advance. It's as though Ina is there in the kitchen with you guiding you every step of the way.</em> Wells Fargo Center For The Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Rd., Santa Rosa, <a href="http://wellsfargocenterarts.org" target="_blank">wellsfargocenterarts.org</a>.

<strong>Thursday, April 3</strong>

<strong> Opening Reception for "Broadsides: Interactive Literature, An Exhibit of the Letterpress Poetry Broadsides of Theresa Whitehill,"</strong> 7 p.m., St. Helena Public Library, 1492 Library Ln, St Helena. 963-5244.

<strong>David Sheff, "Clean: Overcoming Addiction and Ending America's Greatest Tragedy,"</strong> 6 p.m., <em>Addiction is a preventable, treatable disease, not a moral failing. As with other illnesses, the approaches most likely to work are based on science — not on faith, tradition, contrition, or wishful thinking. These facts are the foundation of Clean. The existing addiction treatments, including Twelve Step programs and rehabs, have helped some, but they have failed to help many more. To discover why, David Sheff spent time with scores of scientists, doctors, counselors, and addicts and their families, and explored the latest research in psychology, neuroscience, and medicine. In Clean, he reveals how addiction really works, and how we can combat it. </em> Copperfields Books, 850 4th Street, San Rafael, (415) 524-2800, <a href="http://copperfieldsbooks.com" target="_blank">copperfieldsbooks.com</a>.

<strong>Friday, April 4</strong>

<strong> Dr. Jane Goodall, "Seeds of Hope,"</strong> 2 p.m., <em>Renowned naturalist and bestselling author Dr. Jane Goodall examines the critical role that trees and plants play in our world. In her wise and elegant new book, Goodall blends her experience in nature with her enthusiasm for botany to give readers a deeper understanding of the world around us. </em> Angelico Hall, Dominican University, 50 Acacia Avenue, San Rafael. (415) 927-0960, <a href="http://bookpassage.com" target="_blank">bookpassage.com</a>.

<strong>Lit Nights with Ayelet Waldman, "Love and Treasure,"</strong> 7 p.m., <em>A spellbinding new novel of contraband masterpieces, tragic love, and the unexpected legacies of forgotten crimes, Ayelet Waldman's Love and Treasure weaves a tale around the fascinating, true history of the Hungarian Gold Train in the Second World War. </em> Copperfield's Books, 140 Kentucky St., Petaluma. 762-0563, <a href="http://copperfieldsbooks.com" target="_blank">copperfieldsbooks.com</a>.

<strong>Saturday, April 5</strong>

<strong> William C. Gordon, "The Halls of Power,"</strong> 7 p.m., <em>Fifth in a series of noir mysteries featuring newspaper reporter Samuel Hamilton, The Halls of Power explores corruption at the top of the money chain in San Francisco in the early 1960s. The work teems with eccentric characters: hardboiled cops and immigrant workmen, prosperous businessmen, but especially the albino sage, Mr. Song, who brings a form of vigilante justice when the system stops working for the people of Chinatown.</em> Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. (415) 927-0960, <a href="http://bookpassage.com" target="_blank">bookpassage.com</a>.

<em> To submit book events for consideration in this column, contact Sara Peyton at sara.peyton@gmail.com at least three weeks in advance of the event.</em>