All events and programs are free and open to the public.
Launch party to introduce the author and programming events. Meet this year’s author Anthony Marra, buy or bring your copy of the book for an autograph and join us for a delightful evening as he shares his background and insights.
Wednesday, February 1, 2017 – 7:00pm
Book Passage – 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera
Author Anthony Marra 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.
Thursday, April 13, 2017 – 7:00pm (Doors open at 6:00pm)
Angelico Hall, Dominican University of California
(Corner of Acacia & Olive, San Rafael)
Book Group Discussions:
Attend a library book group for an engaging discussion of The Tsar of Love and Techno. First time attendees are welcome.
Thursday, February 2 7:00 pm Bolinas Library
Monday, February 13 6:30 pm Point Reyes Library
Thursday, February 16 1:00 pm Novato Library
Monday, February 27 6:30 pm San Rafael Public Library
Tuesday, February 28 2:00 pm San Anselmo Library
Thursday, March 2 7:00 pm Corte Madera Library
Led by David King, English Professor at College of Marin
Friday March 3 7:00 pm Belvedere Tiburon Library
Led by Carol Benet
Thursday, March 9 7:00 pm Fairfax Library
Tuesday March 21 7:00 pm Stinson Beach Library
Wednesday, March 22 12 Noon Civic Center Library
Tuesday, April 11 6:00 pm South Novato Library
American Authors Book Club Discussion
This award-wining book club at the Mill Valley Public Library welcomes all to attend a discussion of this year’s work. Register online at millvalleylibrary.org
Tuesday February 28 7:00 pm Mill Valley Library
Let There Be Laughter: A Treasury of Great Jewish Humor, and What It All Means
Michael Krasny will discuss his latest book. Anthony Marra has said of the comedic elements in his book, “I think that humor is often a way of dealing with really dark material, that we laugh at what would otherwise make us cry.” Just as Marra has discussed his appreciation for humor, especially Russian humor, Krasny will delight us by sharing great jokes and explaining what they have to say about the Jewish experience.
Friday, February 10 1:00 pm College of Marin, Academic Center 255, Kentfield
Creative Writing Workshop: Theory and Application
Starting with poetry to explore imagery, sound, rhythm, and metaphor, and moving to fiction to discuss elements of craft such as voice, point of view, character development, conflict, resolution, and epiphany, this intensive two-hour workshop will cover both the theory and practice of creative writing. Teaching methods include free-writing exercises and the critical reading of selected poetry and short fiction. James Tipton teaches Literature and Creative Writing at College of Marin and is the author of Annette Vallon, A Novel of the French Revolution. Attendance is limited. Contact the library to register.
Friday, February 10 2:00 pm to 4 pm Fairfax Library
Wednesday, March 8 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm Corte Madera Library
Friday, March 17 3:15 pm to 5:15 pm Inverness Library
Russian Art History: 1917-2017
This illustrated lecture explores Russian art and the influence of political ideologies, beginning with the Russian avant-garde, moving into Soviet Realism, and the development of Russian contemporary art. More recently, Russian artists have returned to their cultural roots and developed their own unique methods of expression. Cathy Locke, M.F.A., artist and founder of Russian Art Tour, leads tours to Moscow and St. Petersburg annually. She is currently writing a book on Russian art and teaches in the graduate department at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.
Saturday February 25 10:30 am to 12 noon South Novato Library
Tuesday February 28 7:00 pm to 8:30 Point Reyes Library
Friday, March 10 12 Noon to 1:30 pm Civic Center Library
A Taste of Russia
Katia of Katia’s Russian Tea Room in San Francisco will share her knowledge of Russian cuisine and provide a delicious sampling of sweets and savories. Experience a taste of Russia. Attendance is limited. Contact the library to register.
Monday, February 27 7:00 pm Marin City Library
Monday, March 13 7:00 pm Point Reyes Library
Friday, March 24 12 noon Civic Center Library
Tuesday, April 4 7:00 pm Fairfax Library
Chechnya and Russia: Historical and Cultural Influences
Jason Morton, Ph. D candidate at University of California, Berkley, specializes in Russian and Soviet History with an emphasis on popular culture. He will survey the historical relationship between Russia and Chechnya and discuss the unique place of Chechnya and the Caucasus in Russian literature and culture. In 2004, he visited Chechnya and the North Caucasus and will share impressions and photographs from his trip.
Friday, March 3 12 noon Civic Center Library
Tuesday, March 7 7:00 pm Stinson Beach Library
Tuesday, March 14 7:00 pm Fairfax Library
Saturday, March 18 2:00 pm South Novato Library
Art Travel to Moscow and St. Petersburg
Experience a virtual tour of the artistic and cultural highlights of Moscow and St. Petersburg. In the old section of Moscow, see the stunning architecture of the Bolshoi Theater, Tretyakov Gallery, and St. Basil’s Cathedral. Referred to as the Venice of the North, St. Petersburg’s architecture is predominantly baroque and neoclassical and is filled with beautiful buildings, bridges and sculptures. Cathy Locke, M.F.A., artist and founder of Russian Art Tour, leads tours to Moscow and St. Petersburg annually. She is currently writing a book on Russian art and teaches in the graduate department at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.
Saturday, March 4 11:00 am to 12:30 pm Novato Library
Tuesday, March 28 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm Bolinas Library
The Politics Behind The Tsar of Love and Techno
Anthony Marra’s book captures the scramble for humanity in the midst of the struggles to survive in the USSR and former USSR, whether during the Soviet Purges of the late 1930s, the remains of post war Chechnya, or in the industrial pollution of Siberia. What are the politics behind such a world? What happened to the hopes of the Russian Revolution and the expectations after the collapse of Communism? What does this story mean to us outside of that world, in particular in the USA? Join Paul Cheney, Professor of History and Political Science at College of Marin, for a thoughtful exploration of these questions.
Monday, March 6 7:00 pm Novato Library
Loyalty Through Betrayal: Us Versus Them in a Russian Context
The sense of belonging to a collective plays a much larger role in the construction of the individual’s self-conception for the average Russian than it does for the average American. Responsibility for achievement or failure is shared, and there is a greater belief in the power of fate. How has this collective spirit functioned in Russian society, in literature, culture, politics, and religion? And how does it affect Russian attitudes today?
Svetlana Kristal, Lecturer, Russian Program, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, SFSU
Krista Hanson, Professor in the Department of Foreign Languages, CCSF
Thursday, March 9 6:30 pm San Rafael Public Library
Brendan Moylan, General Manager for Stillwater Spirits, an award-winning craft distillery, will give a talk about vodka. His presentation will cover the process of making vodka, the history of vodka making, and a bit about his experience in the world of spirits.
Thursday, March 23 7:00 pm Novato Library
Armchair Travel to Russia with Rea Franjetic of Cosmopolitan Tours
Russia, the world’s largest nation, and much in the news today, borders two oceans with a landscape that ranges from tundra and forests to subtropical beaches. St. Petersburg, the most visited city, highlights the State Hermitage Museum and is famous for its Mariinsky ballet company. Tour leader and travel lecturer Rea Franjetic will share stories in this visual presentation.
Thursday, March 23 7:00 pm Larkspur Library
Wednesday, March 29 7:00 pm San Anselmo Library
Thursday, March 30 6:30 pm San Rafael Public Library
Slavyanka Chorus Presents: Russia, Old and New
For almost 40 years, Slavyanka Chorus has been bringing the music of Russia and other former Soviet Republics to Bay Area audiences, providing a unique window into the richness and diversity of Russian culture. In this program of sacred and secular music, Slavyanka will help readers understand the themes of Russian life and history that form the background for The Tsar of Love and Techno.
Saturday, April 1 4:00 pm Corte Madera Library
Decorating Faux Ukrainian Eggs for Adults and Teens
Eggs are symbols of spring, found in cultures all over the world. Some of the most beautiful decorated eggs come from the Ukraine where they are called Pysanky. In the spirit of our OBOM selection, come try your hand at decorating eggs Ukrainian-style. All supplies will be provided. We’ll be using paper mache eggs, but feel free to bring your own real eggs if you wish!
Sunday, April 2 1:00 pm San Rafael Public Library
Art of the Russian Revolution and Beyond
The political and social reforms of the Russian Revolution engendered a rethinking of art and artistic practice. Some artists embraced avant-garde innovations, while others preferred more traditional styles and imagery. This talk will survey the key historical arguments for and against each style, and in so doing we will understand the eventual emergence of the official Soviet style, known as Socialist Realist.
Kevin R. Muller received his Ph.D. from UC Berkeley, and teaches art history at the College of Marin.
Thursday, April 6 7:00 pm Corte Madera Library
Culminating Celebration: Anthony Marra and Michael Krasny in Conversation
Author Anthony Marra 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 Leadership Lecture Series in partnership with Book Passage
Thursday, April 13 7:00 pm (Doors open at 6:00 pm) Angelico Hall, Dominican University of California
Many thanks to our community partners and sponsors for their support and contributions.
All events and programs are free and open to the public.