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Explore the world of At Night We Walk in Circles through music, dance, theatre, food, travel and history to enrich your understanding of this year’s honored novel.

Kick-Off Celebration:

Launch party to introduce the author and programming events. Meet this year's author Daniel Alarcón, buy or bring your copy of the book for an autograph and join us for an always delightful evening as he shares his background and insights.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Book Passage - 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera

A book club kit contains 8-10 copies of A Night We Walk in Circles and a discussion guide. All items are placed in a convenient canvas tote. Mill Valley Library is even including suggested food and wine pairings ( Basic kit available to all Marin County Library cardholders (

Book Group Discussions

Attend a library book group for an engaging discussion of At Night We Walk in Circles. First time attendees are welcome.

Wednesday, February 11 7:00 pm Corte Madera Library1

Thursday, February 19 1:00 pm Novato Library

Monday, March 9, 6:30 pm Point Reyes Library

Tuesday, March 10 7:30 pm San Anselmo Library

Monday, March 16 6:00 pm Marin City Library

Wednesday, March 25 7:00 pm Novato Library

Thursday, March 26 7:00 pm Bolinas Library

Thursday, April 9 7:00 pm Fairfax Library

Tuesday, April 14 6:00 pm South Novato Library

Wednesday, April 15 6:30 pm San Rafael Public Library

Tuesday, April 21, 7:00 pm Stinson Beach Library

Thursday, April 23 7:00 pm Mill Valley Library

Monday, April 27 1:00 pm Belvedere-Tiburon Library2

Wednesday, May 6 7:00 pm Margaret Todd Senior Center

Wednesday, May 20 12 noon Civic Center Library

1Led by David King, English Professor at College of Marin
2Led by Carol Benet, Ph.D., UC Berkeley

Club de Lectura en Español / Spanish Language Book Club

Wednesday, April 8 7:00 pm Novato Library

Please call the library for date & time Point Reyes Library

Shakespeare in Blue

Lesley Currier, Managing Director of Marin Shakespeare Company, will talk about teaching Shakespeare in prison. Since 2003, Marin Shakespeare Company has offered weekly Shakespeare classes at San Quentin Prison, culminating in an annual performance of a Shakespeare play. The men also write and perform autobiographical theatre pieces inspired by their work with Shakespeare. Lesley will show a video of the program and share stories.

Tuesday, February 17, 7:30 pm Belvedere-Tiburon Library

Learning to Say Yes

An interactive improvisation workshop taught by Stacy Mayer and Susie Sargent from The Un-Scripted Theater Company.

Wednesday, February 18 7:00 pm San Rafael Public Library

The History of the San Francisco Mime Troupe and Political Theater

Ed Holmes, actor, director, and teacher, has been performing and teaching in the Bay Area for the past four decades. Ed was a member of the San Francisco Mime Troup from 1986 – 2014. He will discuss the history of the Mime Troupe and the origins of political theater, helping readers to put into context the fictional theater group, Diciembre, in At Night We Walk in Circles.

Thursday, February 19 6:45 pm South Novato Library

Wednesday, February 25 12 noon Civic Center Library

Monday, April 13 7:00 pm Inverness Library

Wednesday, May 6 7:00 pm Fairfax Library

Traditional Dance of Peru and the Andes

Antakella, an Andean dance company based at Tradición Peruana Cultural Center in San Francisco, will perform authentic folkloric dance in traditional costumes from different regions of Peru. This bilingual program will delight viewers of all ages.

Saturday, February 21 1:00 pm Novato Library

Saturday, March 21 1:00 pm Stinson Beach Community Center

Tuesday, March 24 7:00 pm Civic Center Library

TeamWorks Art Activity and Information

Katya McCulloch, Program Director & Founder, will give a talk about TeamWorks Art Mentoring Program. TeamWorks provides visual arts education, mentoring and exhibit opportunities for high-risk youth in juvenile detention and continuation high schools in Marin. Katya also teaches block printing at San Quentin State Prison through the William James Association’s Prison Art Project. This event will include a hands-on creativity workshop for attendees.

Tuesday, February 24 6:30 pm San Rafael Public Library

The Andes: An Illustrated Travelogue by Nadia Le Bon

Nadia has led trips to over sixty countries on all seven continents but now focuses on travel to Peru. Having left Mountain Travel Sobek after 25 years, Nadia is currently President of Wanderlust Consulting. You won’t find a better travel guide to introduce you to the wonders and beauty of Peru.

Thursday, February 26 7:00 pm Corte Madera Library

Activated Story Theatre presents: Tops and Bottoms and The Dragon of Krakow

For 30 years Activated Storytellers has brought theatre to libraries across the US. Every show is presented by professional performers and features witty scripts, costumes, imaginative props, music, song and dance, masks and puppets, nonstop action, American Sign Language, physical comedy, and audience participation. All set before a gigantic oversized book that encourages reading and promotes a love of literature. Children ages 5 and up.

Thursday, March 5 4:00 pm Belvedere-Tiburon Library

Andean Village Music by Chaskinakuy

Musicians Edmond Badoux and Francy Vidal introduce audiences to an ancient culture whose music can still be heard in the mountain villages of the Andes. Flutes and panpipes of bamboo, bone, and feathers, a trumpet ten feet long, and a harp played upside down are just some of the traditional instruments Chaskinakuy presents in this lively, bilingual program for all ages.

Saturday, March 7 1:00 pm Bolinas Community Center

Tuesday, March 10 7:00 pm Corte Madera Library

Wednesday, April 1 5:30 pm Novato Library

Saturday, April 25 3:00 pm Fairfax Library

A Life in the Arts: Margie Belrose

Join us for what is sure to be an entertaining evening with Margie Belrose, co-founder of The Belrose Performing Arts Center. Margie will discuss her life in the arts and the journey that became her book, The Me I Found.

Tuesday, March 17 6:30 pm San Rafael Public Library

Peru’s Struggle for Democracy

Want to learn more about the history and politics in At Night We Walk in Circles? College of Marin warmly welcomes you to this public lecture on Alarcón’s native Peru by Yolanda Bellisimo, professor of history and political science at College of Marin. Known for her dynamic and incisive analysis, Professor Bellisimo will present a fascinating study of Peru’s struggle for democracy and its attempts to create a strong middle class.

Thursday, March 19 10:00 AM College of Marin Library, Kentfield

The Food of Peru and the Andes

Join Chris Kese and Chio Burga of Lima Peruvian Food as they explore the traditions and flavors of Peru. They will demonstrate preparation techniques, discuss Peruvian food culture, and share tasty samples.

Tuesday, March 24 6:00 pm Point Reyes Library

Tuesday, April 7 7:00 pm Marin City Library

Saturday, April 18 3:00 pm Civic Center Library

Saturday, May 2 3:00 pm Fairfax Library

The South America of At Night We Walk in Circles

Daniel Alarcón brings readers on a theatrical journey through an unnamed South American country in his novel. Now, return to the southern hemisphere with Rea Franjetic of Cosmopolitan Adventure Tours. Rea, who was raised in South America, will give a visual presentation on travel, cultural and political issues, and “popular theater” of Peru, Argentina, and Chile.

Monday, March 30 7:00 pm San Anselmo Town Council Chambers

Peru: A Closer Look

Would you like to know more about the real places and events behind the fictionalized story in At Night We Walk in Circles? Join us for an intriguing look at author Daniel Alarcon’s birthplace, the country of Peru. Learn about its people, history, politics and culture with Rea Franjetic, Latin America scholar and travel expert.

Saturday, April 4 2:00 pm Larkspur Library

Joan Palmero on The Art of Latin America

Joan Palmero was a docent at San Francisco’s Mexican Museum for 6 years and, since leaving the museum, has continued her study of the fine arts of Latin America, focusing on Modern Art, which is generally thought to encompass the late 1800s and the Mexican Impressionist painters through current day Chicano art. Her multi-media presentations are designed as a window into Latin American art.

Tuesday, April 14 7:30 pm Belvedere-Tiburon Library

The Greatest Hits of Peruvian Archaeology

Are you interested in learning about the Ancient Peruvians who actually did walk in circles (the Nazca)? Peru’s archaeological record brings to light amazing stories of ceremony, resilience and innovation. This program by San Rafael Public Library’s Assistant Director (and former South American archaeology student), Vanessa Christman, will feature the “greatest hits” of 7000 years of Peruvian prehistory.

Wednesday, April 22 6:30 pm San Rafael Public Library

Culminating Celebration:

Author Daniel Alarcón will be joined by KQED host and author Michael Krasny in a discussion of his novel at this special culminating event. Presented in conjunction with the Dominican University of California Institute for Leadership Studies/Book Passage Spring Leadership Lecture Series. .

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015 - 7:00pm (Doors open at 6:00pm)
Angelico Hall, Dominican University of California
(Corner of Acacia & Olive, San Rafael)

Directions to Dominican
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Many thanks to our community partners and sponsors for their support and contributions.

All events and programs are free and open to the public.

Locations and Contact Info

Belvedere-Tiburon Library
1501 Tiburon Blvd.
Bolinas Library
14 Wharf Road
Book Passage
51 Tamal Vista Blvd.
Corte Madera
Civic Center Library
3501 Civic Center Drive, 4th Floor
San Rafael
College of Marin Library
835 College Ave.
Corte Madera Library
707 Meadowsweet Drive
Corte Madera
Dominican University of California
50 Acacia Avenue
San Rafael
Fairfax Library
2097 Sir Francis Drake Blvd.
Inverness Library
15 Park Avenue
Larkspur Library
400 Magnolia Avenue
Marin City Library
164 Donahue Street
Marin City
Mill Valley Public Library
375 Throckmorton Avenue
Mill Valley
Novato Library
1720 Novato Blvd.
Pickleweed Library
50 Canal Street
San Rafael
Point Reyes Station Library
11431 State Route One
Point Reyes Station
San Anselmo Library
110 Tunstead Ave
San Anselmo
San Rafael Library
1100 E Street
San Rafael
South Novato Library
6 Hamilton Landing, Suite 140A
Stinson Beach Library
3521 Shoreline Highway
Stinson Beach