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<strong>SUNDAY (Dec 8)</strong>

<strong>Lisa Brackmann, "Rock Paper Tiger: How All Good Writing Keeps Us in Suspense,"</strong> 2 p.m., <em>Join New York Times best-selling author Lisa Brackmann (Rock Paper Tiger) for a discussion on how techniques for writing crime fiction can be applied to to nearly any genre. Learn how suspense and mystery can help drive narrative, turning a plod into a page-turner.</em> Redwood Writers, Flamingo Hotel, 2777 Fourth Street, Santa Rosa. Details: <a href="http://redwoodwriters.org/meetings">redwoodwriters.org/meetings</a>

<strong>MONDAY (Dec. 9)</strong>

<strong> Monte Schulz, "Naughty,"</strong> 7 p.m., <em>Based on a true story: Monte Schulz's prose novel fictionalizes the hardboiled exploits of a real-life femme fatale, told from her hapless husband's perspective.</em> Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. (415) 927-0960, <a href="http://bookpassage.com" target="_blank">bookpassage.com</a>.

<strong>TUESDAY (Dec 10)</strong>

<strong> Byron Williams, "1963: The Year of Hope and Hostility,"</strong> 7 p.m., <em>It was a year that began with George Wallace declaring "segregation now, segregation tomorrow, and segregation forever," and concluded with Martin Luther King being named Time Magazine's Man of the Year. It was a year that cemented our current Cuban policy and shaped the events in Vietnam. It was a year that demonstrated to the world America's incongruence between the Jeffersonian ideal that "all men are created equal" and the everlasting threads of segregation and slavery to which the streets of Birmingham bore witness. Finally, 1963 was the year America was forced to acknowledge the fact that presidential assassinations were a reality as it witnessed the death of President Kennedy.</em> Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. (415) 927-0960, <a href="http://bookpassage.com" target="_blank">bookpassage.com</a>.

<strong>WEDNESDAY (Dec 11)</strong>

<strong> Chris Rainier, "Cultures on the Edge,"</strong> 7 p.m., <em>Chris Rainier is a master at creating powerful images that document the anthropological story of indigenous cultures whose ways are under threat. His new book, Cultures on the Edge ($40.00), propels us to the edge of the map, illuminating societies vulnerable to powerful changes unfolding in this century. Former assistant to Ansel Adams, Rainier's stunning images have been featured in Life, Time, and Adventure.</em> Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. (415) 927-0960, <a href="http://bookpassage.com" target="_blank">bookpassage.com</a>.

<strong>THURSDAY (Dec 12)</strong>

<strong> "A Child's Christmas in Wales" by Dylan Thomas,</strong> 7:30 p.m., performed by The Rebound Players, Larkspur Library, 400 Magnolia, Larkspur. For more information, 927-5005.

<strong>FRIDAY (Dec 13)</strong>

<strong>Josh Ruxin, "A Thousand Hills to Heaven,"</strong> 7 p.m., <em>One couple's inspiring memoir of healing a Rwandan village, raising a family near the old killing fields, and building a restaurant named Heaven.</em> Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. (415) 927-0960, <a href="http://bookpassage.com" target="_blank">bookpassage.com</a>.

<strong>SATURDAY (Dec 14)</strong>

<strong> Molly Fisk, "Blow-Drying a Chicken,"</strong> 1 p.m., <em>Nationally-known poet Molly Fisk's singular perspective on love, death, grammar, lingerie, small towns, and the natural world will get you laughing, crying, and thinking.</em> Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. (415) 927-0960, bookpassage.com.

<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>