Corte Madera Events

Author Events at our Corte Madera store, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, CA, (415) 927-0960. All events are free & open to the public unless otherwise noted.

Special Path to Publishing Workshop - Birthing Your Truest Stories

Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 9:00pm

Speical Path to Publishing Workshop; Birthing Your Truest Stories by Nurturing Your Most Tender Voice

Sun., Oct. 21 - 9:00-12:00 pm - $30 PTP Member/ $45 non-member - Space is limited 

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Jennifer Browdy & Audrey Kalman

Memoirist and writing teacher Jennifer Browdy joins writer and birth doula Audrey Kalman to explore the resonances between birthing and writing in this interactive class. This class will inspire writers to become their own doulas, developing a powerful internal ally to walk with them on their writing journeys. Among the questions to be explored: What tender truths are seeking to come through you? Can you express your truth more authentically in fiction than in memoir? What are the strengths of different genres, and which one is right for the story you are bringing to light? 

Jennifer Browdy, Ph.D. is an associate professor of comparative literature, gender studies and media studies at Bard College. She is the founding director of the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers. Audrey Kalman is the author of two novels: What Remains Unsaid and Dance of Souls. Her short fiction has appeared in numerous print and online publications. 

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Robert Wright - Why Buddhism Is True (Corte Madera)

Sunday, September 10, 2017 - 4:00pm

From one of America's greatest minds, a journey through psychology, philosophy, and lots of meditation to show how Buddhism holds the key to moral clarity and enduring happiness.

Robert Wright famously explained in The Moral Animal how evolution shaped the human brain. The mind is designed to often delude us, he argued, about ourselves and about the world. And it is designed to make happiness hard to sustain.

But if we know our minds are rigged for anxiety, depression, anger, and greed, what do we do? Wright locates the answer in Buddhism, which figured out thousands of years ago what scientists are only discovering now. Buddhism holds that human suffering is a result of not seeing the world clearly--and proposes that seeing the world more clearly, through meditation, will make us better, happier people.

In Why Buddhism is True, Wright leads readers on a journey through psychology, philosophy, and a great many silent retreats to show how and why meditation can serve as the foundation for a spiritual life in a secular age. At once excitingly ambitious and wittily accessible, this is the first book to combine evolutionary psychology with cutting-edge neuroscience to defend the radical claims at the heart of Buddhist philosophy. With bracing honesty and fierce wisdom, it will persuade you not just that Buddhism is true--which is to say, a way out of our delusion--but that it can ultimately save us from ourselves, as individuals and as a species.

Robert Wright is the New York Times bestselling author of The Evolution of God (a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize), Nonzero, The Moral Animal, Three Scientists and their Gods (a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award), and Why Buddhism Is True. He is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of the widely respected Bloggingheads.tv and has written for The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New York Times, Time, Slate, and The New Republic. He has taught at the University of Pennsylvania and at Princeton University, where he also created the popular online course “Buddhism and Modern Psychology.”

Why Buddhism Is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781439195451
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Simon & Schuster - August 8th, 2017

From one of America's greatest minds, a journey through psychology, philosophy, and lots of meditation to show how Buddhism holds the key to moral clarity and enduring happiness.


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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Lauren Walker - The Energy Medicine Yoga Prescription (Corte Madera)

Monday, September 25, 2017 - 7:00pm

During this fun and interactive evening, Lauren will share key practices from her new book, The Energy Medicine Yoga Prescription. You’ll also learn the primary energy technique that can change your life right now – in less than five minutes a day! Lauren is a funny, engaging, storyteller and teacher, and this evening is sure to inform and delight.

Lauren Walker’s Energy Medicine Yoga method is a potent synthesis of traditional energy medicine, yoga, and key principles from Ayurveda. In this follow-up to her debut book, she delivers a solution-oriented manual for addressing hundreds of common ailments using practices that complement any existing health regimen. Join her to discover essential insights for well-being, techniques to activate your body’s natural healing intelligence, and a powerful new vision for health and happiness.

A Powerful How-To Guide for Energetic Self-Care

When you’re dealing with a health issue, what kind of energy practice will help the most? “To bring ourselves back into wellness,” teaches Lauren Walker, “we first have to understand what brought our body out of wellness. When we return to balance, the body is best able to heal itself.” With The Energy Medicine YogaPrescription, Lauren brings you an invaluable guide to help you uncover the root causes of specific physical, emotional, and psychological health complaints—along with a treasury of potent self-care practices to accelerate your healing.

This easy-to-use resource includes:

• Simple instructions for learning to sense and diagnose your body’s subtle energy
• The Five Elements System—the ancient healing practice at the heart of Energy Medicine Yoga
• Easy reference charts to match hundreds of health complaints with the most effective energy healing practice
• Links to training videos to help guide you in many Energy Medicine Yoga techniques
• The three most important Ayurvedic techniques to change your life right now
• Guidance for creating your own daily practice—and maintaining good health and balance on and off the yoga mat

“If you want to affect the physical matter that is your body and the invisible matter that is your mind and your soul,” says Lauren Walker, “the most effective practice you can learn is how to work with your own energy.” With The Energy Medicine Yoga Prescription, she brings you a solution-oriented manual to complement any health regimen—filled with essential insights for well-being, techniques to activate your body’s natural healing intelligence, and a powerful new vision for happiness and wholeness.

Lauren Walker is the author of The Energy Medicine Yoga Prescription and Energy Medicine Yoga: Amplify the Healing Power of Your Yoga Practice. She's been teaching yoga and meditation since 1997, and created Energy Medicine Yoga while teaching at Norwich University. She teaches EMYoga across the US and internationally, and has been featured in Yoga Journal, Mantra Yoga + Health, Yoga Digest, and the New York Times. She was recently named one of the top 100 most influential yoga teachers in America by Sonima.

The Energy Medicine Yoga Prescription Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781622036615
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Sounds True - September 2017

A Powerful How-To Guide for Energetic Self-Care


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David St. John & Susan Terris - An Afternoon in Conversation (Corte Madera)

Sunday, October 22, 2017 - 1:00pm

In The Last Troubadour, David St. John has given us a collection of new and selected poems of astonishing beauty, precise and keenly observed but also touched with sensuality and deep feeling. Nothing is too small to escape notice (in “Guitar” St. John reflects on the beauty of that word) or too large to be explored-the suicide of a friend, the illness of a lover, or the texture of longing and desire. A sharp observer of landscapes within and without, St. John directs his empathetic gaze and vivid, inventive voice to investigating both the darkest and the most inspiring parts of being human, the small moments between friends and lovers as well as the groundswells that alter lives.

At times lyrical, sometimes conversational, occasionally wry and playful, St. John’s poetry reveals an expansive vision animated by “intimacy and subtlety, and by a disturbing force, the work of an urgent sensibility and a true ear.” (W.S. Merwin) The beauty, music, and artistry of David St. John’s widely admired work is fully on display in this masterful collection.

David St. John is the author of eleven collections of poetry (including Study for the World’s Body, nominated for The National Book Award in Poetry) as well as a volume of essays, interviews and reviews entitled Where the Angels Come Toward Us. He is University Professor and Chair of English at The University of Southern California, and lives in Venice Beach, California.

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Susan Terris's Take Two: Film Studies is a series of dazzling poems about pairs who are heading in one way or another for trouble, disaster, or death. Each poem is a kind of filmic scene, which has a few movie terms embedded as parenthetical script directives.

The text spins back and forth in time from the era of Beowulf to that of Jacqueline Kennedy. There are traditional couples like Abélard & Héloïse or Bonnie & Clyde. But many of the pairs are unexpected: Sancho Panza & his donkey Dapple, Mary Shelley & her monster, Picasso & a portrait of Dora Maar, or Lady Macbeth & King Duncan. Expect the unexpected in this volume. No matter what you think you know about a pair, you may be in for a dark surprise.

Susan Terris's most recent books are Memos and Ghost of Yesterday: New & Selected Poems. She is the author of six books of poetry, sixteen chapbooks, three artist’s books, and one play. Journal publications include The Southern Review, Colorado Review, and Ploughshares. A poem of hers from FIELD appeared in Pushcart Prize XXXI. A poem from Memos, first published in the Denver Quarterly, was selected for Best American Poetry 2015. She is the editor of Spillway Magazine and a poetry editor for Pedestal Magazine.

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$25.99
ISBN: 9780062640932
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Published: Ecco Press - April 18th, 2017

A haunting and intimately observed new collection from David St. John, a poet of soaring imagination and passionate candor


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$11.95
ISBN: 9781632430472
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Omnidawn - October 3rd, 2017

Susan Terris' Take Two: Film Studies is a series of dazzling poems about pairs who are heading in one way or another for trouble, disaster, or death. Each poem is a kind of filmic scene, which has a few movie terms embedded as parenthetical script directives.


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Class: Emily Marks - Altered Books (Corte Madera)

Saturday, October 28, 2017 - 10:00am

Saturday Oct. 28, 2017,  • 10:00am - 3:00pm • $120

Libraries regularly clean out and dispose of old books, to make room for the new. What to do with those old books and keep them out of the landfill?  Re-purpose them into delightful works of art, to be treasured for years to come! Join Emily Marks as she guides you through transforming old books and printed materials, into brand new art pieces. Creations will not be limited to the conventional book but encompass a range from journals to altars. Students will learn skills and techniques that are applicable to other sculptures such as painting on paper, collage, weaving, sewing, embroidering, and cutting and sanding. This class is for all levels of experience.  Students are encouraged to bring items of their choice to incorporate into their project.

 Emily Marks earned her BA in English literature and has always loved books. In 2006 she consolidated her art credits with an AA degree in the arts from College of Marin. Emily has taught at the Sonoma County Museum, The Sonoma Valley Museum, the Petaluma Art Center and the Marin Museum of Contemporary Art. Her art work has been shown nationally and internationally. In 21012, she published her book Thread Loves Paper, sold through Book Passage and on the web.

** $15 materials fee not included in cost of class**

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Left Coast Writers® Salon: Michael Krasny - Let There Be Laughter (Corte Madera)

Monday, August 7, 2017 - 7:00pm

*Note: This is a Literary Salon for registered Left Coast Writers® members only -- sign-up for a membership online or in-store today*

From the host of NPR affiliate's Forum with Michael Krasny, a compendium of Jewish jokes that packs the punches with hilarious riff after riff and also offers a window into Jewish culture.

Michael Krasny has been telling Jewish jokes since his bar mitzvah, and it's been said that he knows more of them than anyone on the planet. He certainly states his case in this wise, enlightening, and hilarious book that not only collects the best of Jewish humor passed down from generation to generation, but explains the cultural expressions and anxieties behind the laughs.

-What's Jewish Alzheimer's?-
-You forget everything but the grudges.-

-You must be so proud. Your daughter is the President of the United States -
-Yes. But her brother is a doctor -

-Isn't Jewish humor masochistic?-
-No. And if I hear that one more time I am going to kill myself.-

With his background as a scholar and public-radio host, Krasny delves deeply into the themes, topics, and form of Jewish humor: chauvinism undercut by irony and self-mockery, the fear of losing cultural identity through assimilation, the importance of vocal inflection in joke-telling, and calls to communal memory, including the use of Yiddish.

Borrowing from traditional humor and such Jewish comedy legends as Jackie Mason, Mel Brooks, and Joan Rivers, Larry David, Sarah Silverman, Jerry Seinfeld and Amy Schumer, Let There Be Laughter is an absolute pleasure for the chosen and goyim alike.

Book Passage hosts the monthly meetings of Left Coast Writers® at our Corte Madera store. This Literary Salon is led by author/teacher Linda Watanabe McFerrin. The monthly meetings provide an evening of literary connections, support, counsel, provocative readings, writing tips, literary chat, unabashed networking, and great fun. Each meeting also features a presentation by one of several Bay Area literary figures. The fee includes membership in Left Coast Writers®, a group of new and experienced writers. LCW has its own lively newsletter and website at www.leftcoastwriters.com/

Let There Be Laughter: A Treasury of Great Jewish Humor and What It All Means Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780062422040
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Published: William Morrow & Company - September 27th, 2016

From the host of NPR affiliate's Forum with Michael Krasny, a compendium of Jewish jokes that packs the punches with hilarious riff after riff and also offers a window into Jewish culture.


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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Nisha Zenoff - The Unspeakable Loss (Corte Madera)

Sunday, November 12, 2017 - 4:00pm

 

Co-Sponsored by the Marin Chapter of The Compassionate Friends and the Open to Hope Foundation

In The Unspeakable Loss, Nisha offers support, guidance and wisdom from others who have experienced the death of a child, as well as her personal story after the death of her beloved 17-year-old son, Victor, and her insight as a grief counselor and psychotherapist. Charting the long path from the worst possible nightmare, shock, trauma, and overwhelming pain, to a life that once again miraculously contains joy, love, and laughter, The Unspeakable Loss addresses the importance of self-compassion and self-care.

Written in a Q & A format, it goes to the heart of grief, answering the urgent questions that accompany loss. "Will my tears ever stop?" "Who am I now without my child?" "How can I help my other children cope?" "I lost my only child, how do I live?" "Will my marriage survive?" "Will life ever feel worth living again?" The book addresses bereaved family members no matter where they are in their grief process, whether newly bereaved or dealing with a death that occurred many years earlier. It provides an in-depth perspective on how the death of a child affects siblings, other family members and friends, and offers a unique long-term perspective on grief.

While books on grief have sadness at their core, this one contains invaluable hope about surviving and living a purposeful and meaningful life in the aftermath of such heartbreak. The Unspeakable Loss emphasizes love, truth and the often unspoken "signs and signals" from loved ones. It doesn't flinch from the reality or pain caused by the death of a child, yet ultimately it is a book about the choice to embrace life again. 

Nisha Zenoff, PhD, LMFT, has been a psychotherapist, grief counselor, and teacher for more than thirty-five years. In addition to being a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Nisha is a registered dance movement therapist. Educated at Brandeis University, the University of Utah and Columbia University, she received her PhD in transpersonal psychology from Sofia University.

The Unspeakable Loss: How Do You Live After a Child Dies? Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780738219752
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Da Capo Lifelong Books - November 7th, 2017

In The Unspeakable Loss, Nisha offers support, guidance and wisdom from others who have experienced the death of a child, as well as her personal story after the death of her beloved 17-year-old son, Victor, and her insight as a grief counselor and psychotherapist.


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Catherine Marshall Smith - American Family (Corte Madera)

Sunday, August 20, 2017 - 4:00pm

In American Family, Richard and Michael are celebrating their three years of sobriety by moving in to Michael’s bungalow in Manhattan Beach, California. While Michael is at work, Richard impulsively makes a phone call to his ten year old daughter who is in the custody of her mom’s parents in Oregon. Richard knows he should have discussed this with Michael but they did talk about connecting with Brady when the time was right. They just hadn’t identified when that time would be. Richard, on this day, at this hour, with boxes of his belongings in chaos around him, decided now was the right time.

In making this phone call he starts the juggernaut of family law that threatens to destroy all that is good in his life.

Things get worse as the couple learns that both Brady and her grandparents, who have been her parents for five years since her mother’s death, are fundamentalist Christians.

Both parties lawyer up only to find that the lawyers have their own agendas that supersede the needs of this family.

Events move smoothly in court for Richard and Michael until the possibility of Brady’s witnessing a questionable sexual situation is suggested and magnified by the grandparents’ attorney. Brady is whisked back to Oregon and the men have to decide how much they are willing to endure to get her back.

Catherine Marshall-Smith lives and teaches English and Social Studies to middle school students in the heart of the Silicon Valley. She is married and has three adult children, two grand dogs and one dachshund who has nothing wrong with his nose. American Family is her first novel.

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$16.95
ISBN: 9781631521638
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Published: She Writes Press - June 13th, 2017

Richard and Michael, both three years sober, have just decided to celebrate their love by moving in together when Richard--driven by the desire to do the right thing for his ten-year-old-daughter, Brady, whom he has never met--impulsively calls his former father-in-law to connect with her.


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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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Corte Madera, CA 94925

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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