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.

Class: Melanie Vetter - Legacy Letter Writing Workshop (Corte Madera)

Saturday, September 23, 2017 - 10:00am

Saturday September 23 • 10am-12pm, 2017  • $60

Legacy Letters are written to share your intangible wealth of wisdom, traditions, values, blessings and love with people special to you. Historically, Legacy Letters were known as Ethical Wills and were used as a way of transmitting values, wisdom and blessings at the end of life, sharing funeral or memorial wishes and, sometimes, as an explanation of the decisions made in a legal will. In the workshop, you will learn of the many ways Legacy Letters can be used, including  celebrating a major milestone, such as a wedding or birth. Any time is a good time to write a Legacy Letter, especially times of transition such as graduations, births, special birthdays or anniversaries, and weddings. Whether you want to include a Legacy Letter to your loved ones with your Legal Will or celebrate your child’s graduation from high school, a Legacy Letter is often considered to be the most cherished and meaningful gift you can give. In this workshop, I will show you how to write your own Legacy Letters in four easy steps and you will have the opportunity to write one your self.

Melanie Vetter is the founder of Wellfleet Circle where she helps others preserve and share legacy. She is a Harvard Law School trained attorney and business professional and a certified Legacy Advisor. She holds a certificate in Guided Autobiography Instruction from the Birren Center for Autobiographical Studies, and is also a Certified Senior Advisor®.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Paula Poundstone - The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happiness (Corte Madera)

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 - 7:00pm

"A remarkable journey. I laughed. I cried. I got another cat." Lily Tomlin

"Paula Poundstone is the funniest human being I have ever known." —Peter Sagal, host of Wait Wait . . . Don't Tell Me

"Is there a secret to happiness?" asks comedian Paula Poundstone. "I don't know how or why anyone would keep it a secret. It seems rather cruel, really . . . Where could it be? Is it deceptively simple? Does it melt at a certain temperature? Can you buy it? Must you suffer for it before or after?" In her wildly and wisely observed book, the comedy legend takes on that most inalienable of rights--the pursuit of happiness.

 

Offering herself up as a human guinea pig in a series of thoroughly unscientific experiments, Poundstone tries out a different get-happy hypothesis in each chapter of her data-driven search. She gets in shape with taekwondo. She drives fast behind the wheel of a Lamborghini. She communes with nature while camping with her daughter, and commits to getting her house organized (twice ). Swing dancing? Meditation? Volunteering? Does any of it bring her happiness? You may be laughing too hard to care.

The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happiness is both a story of jumping into new experiences with both feet and a surprisingly poignant tale of a single working mother of three children (not to mention dozens of cats, a dog, a bearded dragon lizard, a lop-eared bunny, and one ant left from her ant farm) who is just trying to keep smiling while living a busy life.

The queen of the skepticism-fueled rant, Paula Poundstone stands alone in her talent for bursting bubbles and slaying sacred cows.

Like George Carlin, Steve Martin, and David Sedaris, she is a master of her craft, and her comedic brilliance is served up in abundance in this book. As author and humorist Roy Blount Jr. notes, "Paula Poundstone deserves to be happy. Nobody deserves to be this funny."

 

The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happiness Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9781616204167
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Algonquin Books - May 9th, 2017

"A remarkable journey. I laughed. I cried. I got another cat." --Lily Tomlin

"Paula Poundstone is the funniest human being I have ever known." --Peter Sagal, host of Wait Wait . . . Don't Tell Me and author of The Book of Vice


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Kate Rider - Improve Your Italian Through Music

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - 9:30am

4 Wednesdays, July 26 – August 16, 2017 • 9:30 - 11:15 am • $110

Listening to foreign-language songs is a great way to boost your language learning. In this class we will listen to a variety of Italian popular songs and use them as a tool for increasing vocabulary, improving listening skills, and reinforcing grammar. No singing, only listening! For students at or above an intermediate level. 

Kate Rider studied Italian at Stanford, Middlebury College, and in Florence and Genoa. She earned a master’s degree in Italian Literature at S.F. State, and teaches Italian at Dominican University. She loves to share her passion for Italian with her students! Classes are fun and relaxed, with a variety of activities and an emphasis on practical speaking ability.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Kate Rider - Intermediate Italian

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - 9:30am

5 Wednesdays, June 14 - July 19 (No class June 28), 2017 • 9:30 - 11:30 am • $160

Kate Rider studied Italian at Stanford, Middlebury College, and in Florence and Genoa. She earned a master’s degree in Italian Literature at S.F. State, and teaches Italian at Dominican University. She loves to share her passion for Italian with her students! Classes are fun and relaxed, with a variety of activities and an emphasis on practical speaking ability.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Kate Rider - Advanced Italian

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 - 4:00pm

5 Wednesdays, June 21 – July 19, 2017 • 4:00pm - 6:00pm • $160

This class will be reading a short novel entitled Scontro di civilta per un ascensore a Piazza Vittorio. It's a gently funny giallo that also examines the stereotypes and realities of immigrants living in Rome. In addition to reading the book, we will also work on conversation and listening skills, as well as review grammar topics by request. 

Kate Rider studied Italian at Stanford, Middlebury College, and in Florence and Genoa. She earned a master’s degree in Italian Literature at S.F. State, and teaches Italian at Dominican University. She loves to share her passion for Italian with her students! Classes are fun and relaxed, with a variety of activities and an emphasis on practical speaking ability.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Kate Rider - Beginning Continuing Italian

Friday, July 7, 2017 - 10:00am

4 Fridays, July 7 – August 4 (no class July 21), 2017 • 10:00am - 12:00pm • $120

Kate Rider studied Italian at Stanford, Middlebury College, and in Florence and Genoa. She earned a master’s degree in Italian Literature at S.F. State, and teaches Italian at Dominican University. She loves to share her passion for Italian with her students! Classes are fun and relaxed, with a variety of activities and an emphasis on practical speaking ability.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Grant Jarrett - The Half-Life of Remorse

Saturday, August 26, 2017 - 4:00pm

In The Half-Life of Remorse, three life-scarred people are brought together to confront each other thirty years after the brutal crime that shattered their lives. 

When two vagrants meet on the streets of Muncie, Indiana, they are both unaware that their paths crossed years before. Chic, crude and uneducated, is convinced that Sam is nothing more than a harmless lunatic, and Sam, emotionally scarred and psychologically traumatized by events long past, regards Chic as just another denizen of the street. But Chic has spent his adult life trying to purge his soul of the brutal crime he committed as a teenager?the same botched burglary that resulted in the deaths of Sam’s wife and son. Meanwhile, Sam’s daughter Claire is still unable to give up hope that her father might someday reappear. When these three lives converge, the puzzle of the past gradually falls together, but redemption commands a high price, and what is revealed will test the limits of love and challenge the human capacity for forgiveness.

Grant Jarrett lived in Manhattan for twenty years before moving to Marin County, CA, where he now works as a writer, ghostwriter, editor, musician, and occasional songwriter. His publishing credits include numerous magazine articles, essays, short stories, and More Towels, his coming-of-age memoir about life on the road. His debut novel, Ways of Leaving, won the Best New Fiction category in the 2014 International Book Awards. The House That Made Me, his 2016 anthology about the meaning of home, was chosen as an Elle "Trust Us" book. Jarrett is an avid cyclist, skier, and surf skier.

The Half-Life of Remorse Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781943006144
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Sparkpress - May 16th, 2017

When two vagrants meet on the streets of Muncie, Indiana, they are both unaware that their paths crossed years before. Chic, crude and uneducated, is convinced that Sam is nothing more than a harmless lunatic, and Sam, emotionally scarred and psychologically traumatized by events long past, regards Chic as just another denizen of the street.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Suzanne Siminger - In An Artist's Shoes (Corte Madera)

Saturday, July 15, 2017 - 4:00pm

In An Artist’s Shoes: An Intimate Look at a Painter’s Life in Art is an insightful journal full of beautiful watercolors for artists and non-artists alike.

Suzanne Siminger is a contemporary realist landscape artist and her stunning oils and watercolors will be on exhibit in the Gallery.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Barbara McDonald - Slipsiding by the Bay (Corte Madera)

Saturday, August 5, 2017 - 1:00pm

A zany glimpse of a small college at a crossroads that will transport the reader back to the seventies in the Bay Area, a time of upheaval and societal change. 

Perched on the edge of San Francisco, Lakeside College is experiencing an identity crisis. John Gudewill is recruited as president to save the college from possible closure—but he is flummoxed at every turn. The faculty, led by secretive English professor Eliot Blanc, is determined to unionize. The alumni want Lakeside to return to its former status as a women-only college. Meanwhile, Sister Magdalena, the college’s infamous artist, is waging war against corporate America through her art, and the students are engaging in their own warfare through sit-ins and protests. With the college besieged on all sides, what is its new president to do? A hilarious spoof of academic intrigue, Slipsliding by the Bay mirrors the societal turmoil and follies of the seventies.

Barbara McDonald has had poetry published in anthologies and magazines and spent several summers at the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley, where she worked on Slipsliding by the Bay. She held various positions at Lone Mountain College in San Francisco before it closed: adjunct faculty, director of institutional service, editor and writer, and alumni director. After being a stringer for local papers and managing editor of a magazine, she worked at Dominican University as director of facilities. North American Review commissioned her to write an article on Lone Mountain, its progression and demise.

Slipsliding by the Bay Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781631522253
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: She Writes Press - July 18th, 2017

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Jeremy McCarter - Young Radicals (Corte Madera)

Monday, August 21, 2017 - 7:00pm

From the co-author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Hamilton: The Revolution, a stunning group portrait of five American radicals fighting for their ideals as the country goes mad around them.

What does it mean to live for your ideals…and to risk dying for them? This book tells the story of young American radicals who sensed a moment of unprecedented promise for American life—politically, socially, culturally—and struggled to bring it about, only to see World War I sweep it away. Based on six years of extensive archival research, Jeremy McCarter’s dramatic narrative Young Radicals brings to life the adventures of Randolph Bourne, a visionary social critic beset with a hunchback, Max Eastman, the charismatic poet-propagandist of Greenwich Village, Walter Lippmann, a fast-rising socialist who became a liberal icon, Alice Paul, a fearless suffragist who risked everything for women’s rights, and John Reed, an adventurer who witnessed the Russian Revolution and tried to bring it to America. It evokes the kind of country they fought to create in the early 20th century, one that young radicals are still fighting to create amid the dangers of the 21st.

Jeremy McCarter is a writer, director, and producer. He is the co-author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Hamilton: The Revolution, with Lin-Manuel Miranda. He spent five years on the artistic staff of the Public Theater in New York, where he created and ran the Public Forum series of performances and conversations. He was a cultural critic for New York magazine and Newsweek, and an editor at The New Republic. He taught theater history and criticism at Brooklyn College, and served on the jury of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Young Radicals: In the War for American Ideals Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780812993059
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Random House - June 13th, 2017

From the co-author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Hamilton: The Revolution, the stunning story of five American radicals fighting for their ideals as the country goes mad around them


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Corte Madera, CA 94925

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