In Marin / READING LIST
MM: You started out as a self-
published author, and now The
Martian has been traditionally
published and is a feature film.
How does it feel to be living every
author’s dream? AW: Feels great!
It’s all of my dreams coming true.
Only problem is now I have to write
another book. Will it be as good? I
don’t know. I guess we’ll find out.
But there’s definitely pressure.
MM: If NASA were to plan the ultimate mission to Mars, would you
be on the first launch out of here?
AW: No way. I write about brave
people, but I’m not one of them.
MM: What are some of the coolest
space nerd things you’ve gotten
to do as a result of publishing The
Martian? AW: I got to do a four-day tour of Johnson Space Center
in Houston, which included a visit
to the Mission Control Center.
They let me sit at one of the sta-
tions there and control a camera
mounted on the outside of the
International Space Station.
MM: Your book is 2016’s One Book,
One Marin selection. What part
of the partnership are you most
excited about? AW: The part where
a bunch of people read my book. I
think deep down, every author is
motivated by that: the knowledge
that someone out there is reading
and enjoying his or her work.
MM: How involved were you in the
cinematic retelling of your novel?
What was that experience like?
AW: Mostly my job was just to cash
the check. Though they did send me
the screenplay to get my opinion,
they weren’t required to listen to
anything I had to say. They kept me
updated on the production because
they’re cool. And in the end, the film
is very true to the book, so I’m happy.
MM: What drew you to this subject matter? Space junkie? NASA
enthusiast? Other? AW: I’ve
always been interested in space
travel, ever since I was a little kid.
So yes, I’m a space junkie and a
NASA enthusiast. CALIN VAN PARIS
Author Talk The Martian by Andy Weir (Mountain View),
Crown, $15. After a freak storm leaves him
stranded on Mars, astronaut Mark Watney
has to find a way to survive on a planet with no
water and minimal provisions — and let Earth
know he is alive. Despite incredible obstacles,
Watney uses science and his irreverent
humor to survive and even make contact with his home world.
Appearing at Book Passage Corte Madera February 3, 6: 30 p.m.
Discovering Vintage San Francisco
by Laura Smith Borrman (Oakland), Globe Pequot
Press, $16.95. An amazing way to travel back in
time through the eclecticism and vibrancy of
San Francisco, this book is a collection of fasci-
nating stories about the city’s neighborhoods,
restaurants and landmarks. Choose where
to visit by neighborhood, category and era. Appearing at Book
Passage Ferry Building February 23, 6 p.m.
Girl Behind the Door by John Brooks (Fairfax),
Scribner, $24. John Brooks’ life took a tragic turn when
his daughter jumped from the Golden Gate Bridge.
By reading through her journals and letters and consulting therapists, Brooks hopes to understand and
provide hope to other struggling teens. Appearing at
Book Passage Corte Madera February 9, 6 p.m.
What Is Zen? by Norman Fischer (Muir
Beach) and Sue Moon (Berkeley), Shambhala,
$15.95. Two extraordinary teachers come
together to write about Zen Buddhism, creating
an ideal introduction for those wishing to learn
more. The book, written in a question-and-
answer format, can be read as a story or used
as a guide in the development of a Buddhist practice. Appearing
at Book Passage Corte Madera February 12, 7 p.m.
The Heart of Sustainability: Restoring
Ecological Balance from the Inside Out
by Andres Edwards (Fairfax), New Society Publishers,
$19.95. This book considers the human dimension
to the international desire to change the world. In
addition to education, ecology and equity, which can
be seen as the future of sustainability, Edwards calls
on readers to reconnect with themselves, others and nature in order to
face ecological challenges with compassion and creativity. Appearing
at Book Passage Corte Madera Saturday, February 27, 4 p.m.
Local Page Turners
Book picks by Book Passage Classes Coordinator Lauren Summsergill.
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