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POSTPONED: Michael Connelly - The Late Show (Corte Madera)

Saturday, September 9, 2017 - 6:00pm

Please Note: Due to extenuating circumstances, this event has been postponed. Details for a rescheduled date with Michael Connelly in November will be shared ASAP. Ticketholders will be contacted to arrange refunds.

The Late Show introduces readers to Renee Ballard, a fierce young detective fighting to prove herself on the LAPD's toughest beat, from #1 New York Times bestselling author Michael Connelly.

Renee Ballard works the night shift in Hollywood--also known as the Late Show--beginning many investigations but finishing none, as each morning she turns everything over to the day shift. A once up-and-coming detective, she's been given this beat as punishment after filing a sexual harassment complaint against a supervisor.

But one night she catches two assignments she doesn't want to part with: the brutal beating of a prostitute left for dead in a parking lot and the killing of a young woman in a nightclub shooting. Ballard is determined not to give up at dawn. Against orders and her partner's wishes, she works both cases by day while maintaining her shift by night. As the investigations entwine, they pull her closer to her own demons and the reason she won't give up her job, no matter what the department throws at her.

Michael Connelly is the author of twenty-nine previous novels, including #1 New York Times bestsellers The Wrong Side of Goodbye and The Crossing. Connelly is a former newspaper reporter who has won numerous awards for his journalism and his novels and is the executive producer of Bosch, starring Titus Welliver. He spends his time in California and Florida. 

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Discover all the clues for a successful career as a mystery or suspense writer! September 7-10, 2017. Register for the 2017 Mystery Writers Conference today

 

The Late Show Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780316225984
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Published: Little Brown and Company - July 18th, 2017

#1 New York Times bestselling author Michael Connelly introduces Renee Ballard, a fierce young detective fighting to prove herself on the LAPD's toughest beat--the Late Show.


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Travel Conference Event: Don George - How to Be a Travel Writer (Corte Madera)

Saturday, August 12, 2017 - 8:00pm

2017 Travel Writers & Photographers Conference Event
Free for conference participants; $10 for general public (cost can be applied to purchase of featured book)

Bursting with invaluable advice, How to Be a Travel Writer is an inspiring and practical guide. Fully revised and updated in this new edition, it is a must for anyone who yearns to write about travel - whether they aspire to make their living from it or simply enjoy jotting in a journal for posterity.

You don't have to make money to profit from travel writing. Sometimes, the richest rewards are in the currency of experience. How to be a Travel Writer reveals the varied possibilities that travel writing offers and inspires all travellers to take advantage of those opportunities. That's where the journey begins - where it takes you is up to you.

Let legendary travel writer Don George show you the way with his invaluable tips on:

  • The secrets of crafting a great travel story
  • How to conduct pre-trip and on-the-road research
  • Effective interviewing techniques
  • How to get your name in print (and money in your bank account)
  • Quirks of writing for newspapers, magazines, online and books
  • Extensive listings of writers' resources and industry organisations
  •  Interviews with established writers, editors and agents 

Don George is the author of The Way of Wanderlust: The Best Travel Writing of Don George and of Lonely Planet's Guide to Travel Writing and the editor of ten anthologies, including A Moveable Feast, The Kindness of Strangers, Better Than Fiction, and An Innocent Abroad. George is Editor at Large for National Geographic Traveler, where he writes feature articles and the monthly Trip Lit column. He is also Editor of BBC Travel's literary travel column, Chance Encounters.

 

How to Be a Travel Writer Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781786578662
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Lonely Planet - July 18th, 2017

Bursting with invaluable advice, this inspiring and practical guide, fully revised and updated in this new edition, is a must for anyone who yearns to write about travel - whether they aspire to make their living from it or simply enjoy jotting in a journal for posterity.


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Travel Conference Event: Pauline Frommer with Don George - Frommer Guides 60th Anniversary Celebration (Corte Madera)

Saturday, August 12, 2017 - 6:00pm

2017 Travel Writers & Photographers Conference Event
Free for conference participants; $10 for general public (cost can be applied to purchase of featured book)

A celebration of the 60th anniversary of Frommer Guides! Frommer Guides are still among the best books for travelers—one of the great family success stories in the travel book business. They began with the 1957 debut of Arthur Frommer’s revolutionary Europe on $5 a Day, and they’ve now expanded to include nearly 100 guidebooks.

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Pauline Frommer is the Co-President of Frommer Media LLC, with her father Arthur Frommer, the company that publishes the Frommer guidebooks and Frommers.com. She’s the author of the bestselling travel guide to New York City (Frommer’s EasyGuide to New York City), and Editorial Director for Frommer’s, overseeing a passionate staff of journalists, editors, photo editors, cartographers, compositors, designers and developers. She’s the co-host of the Frommer Travel Show, a popular radio show and podcast on WABC, and is the award-winning author of 8 books, and countless articles for such outlets as MSNBC.com, Newsweek, Marie Claire and others.

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Don George is the author of The Way of Wanderlust: The Best Travel Writing of Don George and of Lonely Planet's Guide to Travel Writing and the editor of ten anthologies, including A Moveable Feast, The Kindness of Strangers, Better Than Fiction, and An Innocent Abroad. George is Editor at Large for National Geographic Traveler, where he writes feature articles and the monthly Trip Lit column. He is also Editor of BBC Travel's literary travel column, Chance Encounters.

 

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Travel Conference Event: Lisa Kristine - Bound to Freedom (Corte Madera)

Friday, August 11, 2017 - 8:00pm

2017 Travel Writers & Photographers Conference Event
Free for conference participants; $10 for general public (cost can be applied to purchase of featured book)

Slavery didn't end with the cessation of trans-Atlantic trade to Americas in the 19th century. Modern day slavery is illegal everywhere yet exists almost everywhere, often in plain view. According to the Global Slavery Index, nearly forty-six million people are enslaved today. Lisa Kristine's new photographic essay Bound to Freedom presents this crime against humanity as it exists today - as child labor, sex trafficking, in gold mining, in stone quarrying, and the manufacturing of textiles. In compelling images, Lisa Kristine brings us face to face with these people, toiling in inhuman circumstances, and shows us the celebration of freedom of those liberated. Bound to Freedom is a call to action. In order to create change in a world that allows such crimes to exist, we first need to see and understand how it exists. The book concludes with resources and steps we can take to help free the enslaved. It is a statement of hope and commitment to help free the world of this injustice

Lisa Kristine is a San Francisco based fine-arts and humanitarian photographer specializing in indigenous peoples worldwide. Through her work, Lisa wishes to encourage a dialogue about the beauty, diversity, and hardship of our inter-locking world. The more meaning born in the images, the deeper that dialogue may be. Lisa Kristine aims to enhance her viewer's awareness and engage them in a visual journey that is also a questioning of our existence. She wants to welcome them into the exploration of our mysterious existence with a spirit of importance, astonishment, and hope. For more than 25 years, Lisa Kristine has explored the globe, looking for the peoples, cultures, and places that time forgot, creating indelible and unforgettable images. She brings the distant, ancient, and rare into clear focus. Best known for her evocative and saturated use of color, her fine-art prints are among the most sought after and collected in her field. Lisa's work has been auctioned by Christie's New York for the United Nations with Kofi Annan, and she works with several foundations and NGO's to promote awareness of cultural, social, and humanitarian goals.

 

Bound to Freedom: Slavery to Liberation Cover Image
By Lisa Kristine, Pope Francis (Foreword by)
$50.00
ISBN: 9781935935087
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Goff Books - April 18th, 2017

Slavery didn't end with the cessation of trans-Atlantic trade to Americas in the 19th century. Modern day slavery is illegal everywhere yet exists almost everywhere, often in plain view. According to the Global Slavery Index, nearly forty-six million people are enslaved today.


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Travel Conference Event: Karen Joy Fowler & Shannon Leone Fowler - Traveling with Ghosts (Corte Madera)

Thursday, August 10, 2017 - 7:30pm

2017 Travel Writers & Photographers Conference Event
Free for conference participants; $10 for general public (cost can be applied to purchase of featured book)

In the summer of 2002, Shannon Leone Fowler, a twenty-eight-year-old marine biologist, was backpacking with her fiance and love of her life, Sean. Sean was a tall, blue-eyed, warmhearted Australian, and he and Shannon planned to return to Australia after their excursion to Koh Pha Ngan, Thailand. Their plans, however, were devastatingly derailed when a box jellyfish -- the most venomous animal in the world -- wrapped around Sean's leg, stinging and killing him in a matter of minutes as Shannon helplessly watched. Rejecting the Thai authorities attempt to label Sean's death a "drunk drowning," Shannon ferried his body home to his stunned family -- a family to which she suddenly no longer belonged.

Shattered and untethered, Shannon's life paused indefinitely so that she could travel around the world to find healing. Travel had forged her relationship with Sean, and she hoped it could also aid in processing his death. Though Sean wasn't with Shannon, he was everywhere she went--among the places she visited were Oświęcim, Poland (the site of Auschwitz); war-torn Israel; shelled-out Bosnia; poverty-stricken Romania; and finally to Barcelona, where she first met Sean years before. Ultimately, Shannon had to confront the ocean after her life's first great love took her second great love away.

Cheryl Strayed's Wild meets Helen Macdonald's H Is for Hawk in Traveling with Ghosts, a beautiful, profoundly moving memorial to those we have lost on our journeys and the unexpected ways their presence echoes in all places -- and voyages -- big and small. 

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Karen Joy Fowler, a PEN/Faulkner and California Book Award winner, is the author of six novels (two of them New York Times bestsellers) and four short story collections. She has been a Dublin IMPAC nominee, and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2014. She lives in Santa Cruz, California. 

 

Traveling with Ghosts: A Memoir Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781501107795
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Published: Simon & Schuster - February 21st, 2017

From grief to reckoning to reflection to solace, a marine biologist shares the solo journey she took--through war-ravaged Eastern Europe, Israel, and beyond--to find peace after her fiance suffered a fatal attack by a box jellyfish in Thailand.


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Post-Conference Master Class: Craig Frazier - The Illustrated Voice (Corte Madera)

Sunday, July 30, 2017 - 2:30pm to 4:00pm

2017 Children's Book Writers & Illustrators Post-Conference Master Class
$125 for Conference Participants, $160 for General Public

Craig Frazier presents the theories and processees behind “visual thinking” and how they are integrated into the nature of the assignments he produces for his clients and his own works. He illuminates the step-by-step process and rationales behind visual presentation decision making, from the doodle phase through the printed book. He will take time to discuss participants’ projects and portfolios.

Craig Frazier is a designer and illustrator. His work is recognized internationally for its wit, optimism and simplicity. He is a frequent contributor to the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal to name a few. Craig has created seven postage stamps for the USPS. He has published several children’s books including Stanley Goes for a Drive (Chronicle Books 2004), Trucks Roll! (Simon & Schuster 2007), Hank Finds Inspiration (Roaring Brook Press 2008). Craig is currently completing two books, Sitting and Going (Harper Collins Fall 2018). Craig runs the blog http://36pages.com reviewing his favorite picture books.

 

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Post-Conference Master Class: Mina Witterman - Fictionalize Your Memories (Corte Madera)

Sunday, July 30, 2017 - 2:30pm to 4:00pm

2017 Children's Book Writers & Illustrators Post-Conference Master Class
$125 for Conference Participants, $160 for General Public

Letting readers experience your story as if they are walking in the shoes of the protagonist is one of the writer’s most difficult tasks. It requires you to pen the protagonist’s emotions down believable, heartfelt and true. An excellent way to learn this type of evocative writing is to bring your own memories to a story. But there is always the urge to stay too close to the truth, so you need to create a healthy distance between you and your memories. This class explores ways to use your own experiences and memories without getting caught in the ‘that’s not how it happened’ snare.

Mina Witteman is a children’s author of dark YA and adventurous MG, picture books and short stories, Witteman writes in both English and Dutch. Boreas en de vier windstreken/Boreas and the Four Winds, her latest MG, is the third book in the highly praised Boreas series (Boreas en de zeven zeeën/Boreas and the Seven Seas; Boreas en de duizend eilanden/Boreas and the Thousand Islands). She has a Dutch little golden book out: Mia’s Nest (Spanish edition: El nido de Mia), and over 40 short stories in magazines and read-aloud anthologies. Witteman is a university trained and seasoned freelance editor (Master Book Editing, University of Amsterdam), a coach to budding writers, and an accredited Creative Writing Teacher. She is the International Published Authors’ Coordinator for the SCBWI. Previously, she was the Regional Advisor for SCBWI The Netherlands and Chairman of the Working Group Children’s Books of the Dutch Authors Guild.

 

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Post-Conference Master Class: Andrea Alban - RE-Vision: Tips for Self-Editing Mastery (Corte Madera)

Sunday, July 30, 2017 - 2:00pm to 4:30pm

2017 Children's Book Writers & Illustrators Post-Conference Master Class
$125 for Conference Participants, $160 for General Public

How do professional editors turn a manuscript into a polished work? The process of editing begins with the writers. Andrea Alban shows writers how to apply techniques of the editing trade to their own children’s manuscript. Want a picture perfect manuscript to catch that agent’s eye? RE-Vision will show you the techniques of self-editing mastery.

Andrea Alban is the author of nine books, including her debut teen novel Anya's War (an ALA honor book and shortlisted for China’s Panda Award) and bestseller The Happiness Tree . She speaks at literary festivals, writer’s conferences, and schools. Andrea founded the Writer’s Tribe™ Feedback Forum for Children’s Writers at Book Passage.

 

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Post-Conference Master Class: Natasha Yim - Writing Narrative Nonfiction (Corte Madera)

Sunday, July 30, 2017 - 2:00pm to 4:30pm

2017 Children's Book Writers & Illustrators Post-Conference Master Class
$125 for Conference Participants, $160 for General Public

Whether you write picture books or middle-grade works, narrative non-fiction has fast become a popular genre! As Core Curriculum standards integrate children’s literary works into the classroom, narrative nonfiction is an expanding market. Natasha Yim shares her techniques for writing the stories of real people into books that keep children, teachers and librarians turning the pages.

Natasha Yim is a children's author, freelance writer, and playwright. Yim’s first picture book, Otto's Rainy Day, was a Kids' Pick of the Lists selection. She went onto to write two picture book biographies for elementary age children, Cixi, The Dragon Empress and Sacajawea of the Shoshone for local micro-publisher Goosebottom Books. After a nine-year publishing journey, Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas, a multicultural re-telling of the Goldilocks and the Three Bears story, was published by Charlesbridge Publishing and is a Junior Library Guild and Scholastic Book Club selection. Natasha’s latest book, The Rock Maiden, re-envisions a Chinese folk tale was released by Wisdom Tales Press this spring.

 

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Rene Denfeld - The Child Finder (Corte Madera)

Thursday, September 7, 2017 - 7:30pm

2017 Mystery Writers Conference Opening Night Event

Please note: this event is free & open to the public. Priority seating for all Mystery Writers Conference attendees.

Rene Denfeld’s exquisitely-wrought second novel, The Child Finder, is a compelling, atmospheric literary page-turner centered on Naomi, an unforgettable young woman with an extraordinary talent: locating missing children. Denfeld, whose award-winning debut, The Enchanted, was hailed as “a stunning first novel from an already accomplished writer” (Publishers Weekly), takes readers to dark places—both the remote forest primeval of the Pacific Northwest where a child has disappeared, presumed dead, and into Naomi’s own murky past, where the seeds of her singular gifts were planted. As the at-once elegant and disquieting narrative unfolds, the alternating perspectives of Naomi and a deeply imaginative child reveal its surprising truths.

Naomi has found thirty children—but not all of them alive. In her current case, she has been hired by the family of Madison Culver, who went missing three years before while her family searched for a Christmas tree in the wilds of Skookum National Forest. It seems highly unlikely that Madison survived the harsh winter terrain—unless she was abducted—and Naomi offers her parents little hope, even as she keeps it kindled in her own heart. As she scours the mysterious forest and the secrets of its reclusive denizens, Naomi is determined to find what happened to the missing girl. Though she generally only takes on one case at a time, Naomi is drawn in and takes on another—finding a baby who has vanished while in the care of its mentally-challenged mother. Both disappearances reveal hidden truths for Naomi, with her uncanny ability to inhabit her victims’ worlds.

Her own childhood experience, which she wrote about with great poignancy for the New York Times, informs this new work: “I went on to become a journalist and to adopt three kids from foster care. I took a day job, working as a death penalty investigator. I am hired by the lawyers representing men and women facing execution to examine their backgrounds in hopes of persuading a judge or jury to extend them mercy. It is the gift of my history that I can understand these people and their families. I can see their humanity even as I witness the harm they have done to others, and the harm done to them.”

Denfeld’s first novel, The Enchanted, won numerous honors, including the prestigious French Prix, an ALA Medal for Excellence in Fiction, and Book of the Year from The Oregonian. She has written for The New York Times Magazine, The Oregonian, and the Philadelphia Inquirer and is also the author of The New Victorians: A Young Woman’s Challenge to the Old Feminist Order, Kill The Body, The Head Will Fall, and All God’s Children: Inside the Dark and Violent World of Street Families. Rene lives in Portland, Oregon. 

 

The Child Finder Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9780062659057
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Harper - September 5th, 2017

A haunting, richly atmospheric, and deeply suspenseful novel from the acclaimed author of The Enchanted about an investigator who must use her unique insights to find a missing little girl.

"Where are you, Madison Culver? Flying with the angels, a silver speck on a wing? Are you dreaming, buried under snow? Or--is it possible--you are still alive?"


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