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

Kick-Off Celebration:

Launch party to introduce the author and programming events. Meet this year’s author Andy Weir, 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.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016 – 7:00pm
Book Passage – 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera

Book Group Discussions:

Attend a library book group for an engaging discussion of The Martian. First time attendees are welcome.


Monday, February 8 6:30 pm Point Reyes Library

Thursday, February 18 1:00 pm Novato Library

Thursday, February 18 7:00 pm Corte Madera Library
Led by David King, English Professor at College of Marin

Wednesday, February 24 1:30 pm San Anselmo Library


Thursday, March 10 7:00 pm Fairfax Library

Tuesday March 15 7:00 pm Stinson Beach Library

Wednesday, March 16 6:30 pm San Rafael Public Library

Wednesday March 23 12 noon Civic Center Library

Wednesday, March 23 7:00 pm Novato Library


Tuesday, April 12 6:00 pm South Novato Library

Star Viewing Parties Hosted by the San Francisco Amateur Astronomers Association

Experienced amateur astronomers will guide you through a tour of stars, planets and nebula using powerful telescopes. Bundle up, bring the family, binoculars if you have them, and share the wonder. This event may be cancelled due to weather (rain, fog or cloud cover) so be sure to call the hosting library on the day of the viewing to confirm.

Thursday, February 4 6:30 pm Bolinas Fire Department

Tuesday February 9 6:30 pm South Novato Library

Tuesday, March 8 6:30 pm Fairfax Library

Thursday, March 10 6:30 pm Point Reyes Library

Tuesday, April 5 7:30 pm Marin City Library

Movie Night for Adults

You’ve read the book, now see the movie …or see it again. Public screening licensing prevents us from advertising by title, but you know the one we mean!

Thursday, February 11 6:30 pm Belvedere-Tiburon Library

Out of This World! Trivia Contests with Howard Rachelson, Marin’s Master of Trivia

Test your knowledge of space and space exploration at this fast-paced, fun event for adults and students in 6th grade or up. Bring a team or join one. Great questions, videos clips, music and more.

Thursday February 18 6:30 pm Novato Library

Saturday March 5 2:00 pm Civic Center Library

Thursday, March 24 7:00 pm Corte Madera Library

Mission Mars–Steps Toward the First Human Mission to the Red Planet: A Presentation by Dr. Pascal Lee of the Mars Institute, SETI Institute, and NASA Ames Research Center

The first human mission to Mars will be humanity’s greatest adventure in space exploration in the 21st century. The first steps towards this journey are already underway as we achieve longer spaceflight missions, plan for deep space journeys to Near-Earth Asteroids, and explore extreme environments on Earth viewed as Mars “analogs”. Dr. Lee, who has worked extensively in the Arctic and Antarctic, will discuss progress being made around the world and examine the what, why, how, when, and who of the first human mission to Mars.

Tuesday, February 23 7:00 pm Point Reyes Library

Wednesday, February 24 12 noon Civic Center Library

Wednesday, February 24 7:00 pm Corte Madera Library

One in 400,000: A Presentation by the Space Station Museum

The Space Station Museum brings Retired Air Force pilot Don Shields with a presentation about his experiences with the Apollo Lunar Module, Skylab, and being in the Space Race!

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

Andy Weir’s The Martian and Our Journey To Mars: What Will The Real Expedition Be Like?

Using NASA slides and video, NASA Solar System Ambassador Ron Rosano will discuss how Andy Weir’s acclaimed novel and the hit movie The Martian compare to what Mars is like today, what current technologies are being developed to enable a future trip to Mars, and how – while both are highly accurate- both the book and the film took a couple of liberties with facts. Content is for audiences from middle school and older.

Thursday, February 25 7:00 pm Larkspur Library

Tuesday, March 1 7:30 pm Belvedere-Tiburon Library

Haddie Lecture Series: Author Joshua Davis – Spare Parts

Spare Parts: Four Undocumented Teenagers, One Ugly Robot, and the Battle for the American Dream is the story of four Latino teenagers, who in 2004, arrived at the Marine Advanced Technology Education Robotics Competition at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Much like astronaut Mark Watney of The Martian, they must use their resourcefulness to overcome impossible odds.

Friday, February 26 1:00 pm College of Marin

Preparing for the Unexpected: Outdoor Emergency Basics with REI

In The Martian, Mark Watney survived on Mars through knowledge, ingenuity, and preparedness. Do you know what to do to survive outdoors? Knowledge is power and preparation is key – learn how to prepare both physically and mentally for a variety of outdoor emergencies and avoid your chances of being trapped in a survival situation in this 90 minute workshop led by an REI instructor.

Monday, February 29 7:00 pm San Anselmo Library

How to Publish an Ebook: A Presentation by David Kudler, Founder of Stillpoint Digital Press

Never has it been easier for an author to become a publisher. Learn about basic tools and techniques for creating and releasing your masterpiece as an ebook. David Kudler is a local writer, editor, actor and current vice-president of the Bay Area Independent Publishers Association.

Thursday, March 3 6:30 pm Novato Library

Saturday, March 26 4:00 pm Fairfax Library

Saturday April 2 11:00 am Civic Center Library

Going to Mars: The Psychology of Humans in Space

Astronaut Mark Watney must find a way to stay alive until he can be rescued from his ordeal on Mars. But how does being stranded alone on a far away planet affect him psychologically? And what about the psychological issues impacting his crewmates and people in Mission Control as they try to deal with Mark’s situation? Based on his 15 years as a NASA-funded principal investigator, UCSF Professor Emeritus Nick Kanas will discuss what we know about the psychology of on-orbit space missions and how this knowledge will apply to a manned expedition to Mars.

Thursday, March 3 7:00 pm Larkspur Library

The View from Mars: A Talk by Jay Trimble of NASA Ames Research Center

While people have yet to set foot on the red planet, robotic explorers have extended our senses to Mars, giving us our first views of the surface. Giant volcanoes, canyons, polar ice caps, surface frost and clouds await the first explorers. Jay Trimble talks about the exploration of Mars, what we’ve learned so far, and what the fictional astronaut Mark Watney might see in Acidalia Planitia, his home on Mars.

Wednesday, March 9 6:30 pm San Rafael Public Library

Publish Your Book on Amazon: A Presentation by Ruth Schwartz

The Martian was self published and became a bestseller on Amazon before being picked up by a major publisher. You too can learn the fundamentals of publishing your book on Amazon, in both paperback and Kindle editions, and how to make your book available to bookstores and libraries. Ruth Schwartz has over forty years of publishing and small business experience. She currently serves on the board of the Bay Area Independent Publishers Association.

Monday, March 14 7:00 pm Inverness Library

Tuesday, March 29 7:00 pm Stinson Beach Library

Meet a Marsatic

Kenneth Frank, President of the Astronomical Association of Northern California, will share his expertise, show us slides of Mars, and, weather permitting, will set up his telescopes for viewing. Audiences from middle school and older are welcome.

Tuesday, March 15 7:30 pm Belvedere-Tiburon Library

How Real Is The Science In The Martian? Assessing the Opportunities and Problems In Planetary Exploration: A Talk by Dr. Michael Wing

Dr. Wing has participated in NASA’s Haughton Mars Project on Devon Island, and NASA’s Spaceward Bound expeditions to the Mojave Desert, Namibia, the United Arab Emirates, and the Himalayas. Spaceward Bound expeditions study hidden life in extreme environments as Mars analogs. Dr. Wing will discuss the science in The Martian, what’s plausible and what’s not, and share information about his experiences in Mars analog environments. Dr. Wing teaches at Sir Francis Drake High School.

Tuesday, March 22 7:00 pm Fairfax Library

Clues to the Origins of our Solar System

Travel back almost 5 billion years with Vivian White, of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, to discover how our Sun and planets formed from a cloud of dust. See how today’s scientists are using clues from all over our Solar System and beyond to piece together our humble beginnings. Find out what questions we still have and how we aim to answer them with future missions.

Thursday, March 24 6:30 pm San Rafael Public Library

Looking for Cosmic Company and Understanding our Place in Space: A Talk by Dr. Margaret Race, Senior Scientist with the SETI Institute

Dr. Margaret Race is an ecologist who works with NASA through the SETI Institute. In addition to searching for extraterrestrial life, she focuses on astrobiology and policy issues associated with space exploration and emerging technologies. Dr. Race specializes in Planetary Protection—how to plan robotic and human missions in ways that avoid harmful contamination of both the Earth and locations in outer space. In this presentation Dr. Race will discuss how and where we look for extraterrestrial life and our evolving understanding of the Universe.

Wednesday, April 6 7:00 pm Novato Library

Potato-Growing Contest

Mark Watney grew them on Mars. Can you grow them on Earth? There are just two rules for the contest: the maximum container size is one gallon and no “night soil”. Bring your plants to the Corte Madera Library during open hours on Saturday April 9 or Sunday April 10. Marin Master Gardeners will select the healthiest, most vigorous plants. Five winners in the Family Division will receive a Mr. Potato Head. Five winners in the Teen and Adult Division will receive a signed copy of The Martian.

Saturday, April 9 10 am – 5 pm Corte Madera Library

Sunday, April 10 12 noon – 5 pm Corte Madera Library


Adventure in Space! | Kenn Adams Adventure Theater


With years of experience in improvisational theater, Kenn uses his skill to help audience members star in an improvised adventure in space. In Adventure Theater, the audience provides the sound effects, become the scenery; suggest exciting plot twists, and more! For ages 5 & up.

Thursday, February 25 4:00 pm Belvedere-Tiburon Library

Children’s Program with Professor Smart

Todd Victor, AKA Professor Smart, brings his crazy Science Show to Marin. For school-aged kids.

Wednesday, March 9 3:30 pm Marin City Library

Wednesday, March 9 7:00 pm Corte Madera Library

Blast Off! Space Science for Martian Families!

Have fun with your mini-Martian in this fun, hands-on space science program. Explore, create, and discover using simple materials, creativity, and imaginative problem-solving! Don’t forget to pack your sense of wonder for an out-of-this-world experience. No registration required. For families with kids of all ages. For more information, call Children’s Services, 415-485-3322.

Saturday, April 2 1:00-4:00 pm San Rafael Public Library

Culminating Celebration:

Author Andy Weir 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.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016 – 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.

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