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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.

Charles Frazier - Varina (Corte Madera)

Saturday, April 14, 2018 - 4:00pm

With her marriage prospects limited, teenage Varina Howell agrees to wed the much-older widower Jefferson Davis, with whom she expects a life of security as a Mississippi landowner. He instead pursues a career in politics and is eventually appointed president of the Confederacy, placing Varina at the white-hot center of one of the darkest moments in American history--culpable regardless of her intentions.

The Confederacy falling, her marriage in tatters, and the country divided, Varina and her children escape Richmond and travel south on their own, now fugitives with "bounties on their heads, an entire nation in pursuit."

Intimate in its detailed observations of one woman's tragic life and epic in its scope and power, Varina is a novel of an American war and its aftermath. Ultimately, the book is a portrait of a woman who comes to realize that complicity carries consequences.

Charles Frazier is the author of Cold Mountain, an international bestseller that won the National Book Award and was adapted into an Academy-Award winning film by Anthony Minghella. He is also the author of the bestselling novels Thirteen Moons and Nightwoods.

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ISBN: 9780062405982
Availability: Not Yet Published
Published: Ecco Press - April 3rd, 2018

In his powerful fourth novel, Charles Frazier returns to the time and place of Cold Mountain, vividly bringing to life the chaos and devastation of the Civil War

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John Crocker - Following Fifi (Corte Madera)

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - 1:00pm

As a young student, John Crocker embarked on the adventure of a lifetime, spending eight months in the Gombe forest working with Jane Goodall. He followed families of wild chimpanzees from sunrise to sunset and learned the fundamental behavioral traits of these chimps as they raised their offspring.

One chimpanzee captivated him. Her name was Fifi, and she displayed extraordinary patience and reassurance toward her infant, Freud. Upon returning home and becoming a doctor, Crocker found himself incorporating the lessons he learned from Fi into his work as a father and physician. When he witnessed his young patients rocketing around his exam room, he would picture Fi ’s patience and tacit approval of Freud’s uninhibited and joyful exploration.

Crocker shares how his time spent with our closest animal cousins has helped him better understand his patients with ADD, anxiety, and depression, and how primate traits hardwired into our own natural behavior help chimpanzees protect their community, raise their young, and survive. Finally, chronicling his return to Gombe thirty-six years later with his own son, he reflects on how his experience with the chimps has come full circle.

An illuminating book that will raise thought-provoking questions about the evolution of human behavior and the importance of patience and strong family bonds, Following Fi provides a greater understanding of what it means to be human.

John Crocker has been practicing family medicine in Seattle for thirty-five years. He attended Stanford University, where he met Jane Goodall. He received his MD from Case Western School of Medicine in Cleveland. Dr. Crocker is a popular speaker on primate behavior and has written for the Huffington Post about lessons learned from our closest living relatives. This is his first book.

Following Fifi: My Adventures Among Wild Chimpanzees: Lessons from Our Closest Relatives Cover Image
By John Crocker, Jane Goodall (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9781681775685
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Published: Pegasus Books - December 5th, 2017

One chimpanzee would captivate him. Her name was Fifi, and she displayed extraordinary patience and reassurance towards her infant, Freud. Upon returning home and becoming a doctor, Crocker found himself incorporating the lessons he learned from Fifi into his work as a father and physician.

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Amy Chua - Political Tribes (Corte Madera)

Tuesday, March 6, 2018 - 7:00pm

Humans are tribal. We need to belong to groups. In many parts of the world, the group identities that matter most - the ones that people will kill and die for - are ethnic, religious, sectarian, or clan-based. But because America tends to see the world in terms of nation-states engaged in great ideological battles - Capitalism vs. Communism, Democracy vs. Authoritarianism, the "Free World" vs. the "Axis of Evil" - we are often spectacularly blind to the power of tribal politics. Time and again this blindness has undermined American foreign policy.

In the Vietnam War, viewing the conflict through Cold War blinders, we never saw that most of Vietnam's "capitalists" were members of the hated Chinese minority. Every pro-free-market move we made helped turn the Vietnamese people against us. In Iraq, we were stunningly dismissive of the hatred between that country's Sunnis and Shias. If we want to get our foreign policy right - so as to not be perpetually caught off guard and fighting unwinnable wars - the United States has to come to grips with political tribalism abroad.

Just as Washington's foreign policy establishment has been blind to the power of tribal politics outside the country, so too have American political elites been oblivious to the group identities that matter most to ordinary Americans - and that are tearing the United States apart. As the stunning rise of Donald Trump laid bare, identity politics have seized both the American left and right in an especially dangerous, racially inflected way. In America today, every group feels threatened: whites and blacks, Latinos and Asians, men and women, liberals and conservatives, and so on. There is a pervasive sense of collective persecution and discrimination. On the left, this has given rise to increasingly radical and exclusionary rhetoric of privilege and cultural appropriation. On the right, it has fueled a disturbing rise in xenophobia and white nationalism.

In Political Tribes, Amy Chua argues that America must rediscover a national identity that transcends our political tribes. Enough false slogans of unity, which are just another form of divisiveness. It is time for a more difficult unity that acknowledges the reality of group differences and fights the deep inequities that divide us.

Amy Chua is the John M. Duff, Jr. Professor at Yale Law School. She is a noted expert in the fields of ethnic conflict and globalization, and the author of the bestselling titles World on Fire: How Exporting Free Market Democracy Breeds Ethnic Hatred and Global Instability, Day of Empire: How Hyperpowers Rise to Global Dominance -- and Why They Fall, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, and her most recent book, The Triple Package: How Three Unlikely Traits Explain the Rise and Fall of Cultural Groups in America, co-written with Jed Rubenfeld. She lives in New Haven, Connecticut, with her husband and two daughters.

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ISBN: 9780399562853
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Published: Penguin Press - February 20th, 2018

The bestselling author of Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, Yale Law School Professor Amy Chua offers a bold new prescription for reversing our foreign policy failures and overcoming our destructive political tribalism at home

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Terence Clarke - New York (Corte Madera)

Sunday, January 28, 2018 - 4:00pm

See the view from the High Line, find love in Central Park, dance with the finest ballerina of the century, and feel the artistic pulse of Williamsburg, Brooklyn…all in New York.

Terence Clarke is the director of publishing at Astor & Lenox. He is also a novelist, a short-story writer, a journalist, and a translator of literature from Spanish to English. Among his favorite authors, he mentions Jane Austen, Frank O'Connor, and Eduardo Galeano. His own novels include The Notorious Dream of Jesús Lázaro, My Father in the Night, The King of Rumah Nadai, and A Kiss for Señor Guevara. His short-story collections include The Day Nothing Happened, Little Bridget and the Flames of Hell, and New York

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ISBN: 9780986058271
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Published: Astor and Lenox LLC - November 1st, 2017

See the view from the High Line, find love in Central Park, dance with the finest ballerina of the century, and feel the artistic pulse of Williamsburg, Brooklyn...all in New York.

"Clarke's enjoyable collection captures an authentic takes on classic stories of New York by Salinger or Capote--fine company, all in all." -Kirkus Reviews

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Maia Duerr - Work That Matters (Corte Madera)

Saturday, January 27, 2018 - 1:00pm

Create a career that is an expression of your life's core intention with a mindfulness-based journey to clarify your highest calling, create a vision for meaningful vocation, and enact practical steps to make that vision a vivid reality.

So many of us feel trapped in wage slavery and deadened to our true talents and life's purpose. Or we've wandered through dozens of jobs and are left feeling adrift and without meaning in our lives. Livelihood is a source of great suffering for way too many.

From disenchanted alfalfa sprout packer to bombastic Buddhist Chaplain, author, and longtime meditator, Maia Duerr wandered through dozens of jobs before she was able to examine the emotional, psychological, and cultural barriers to creating work that expressed her life's core intention, what she calls "liberation-based livelihood."

Work is one of the primary vehicles for expressing our deepest selves. In Work That Matters, Duerr takes readers through a careful and comprehensive process that can lead to new insights, breakthroughs, and positive reformulation of their careers. Mindfulness practice is an invaluable tool in the process of gaining new perspective. This book gives you the tools to create joyful work that embodies love and compassion--for yourself, and for the whole world.

Maia Duerr has been passionate about pursuing the question, "How can I create right livelihood?" She has served as Research Director of the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society and Director of the Upaya Zen Center Buddhist Chaplaincy Training Program--among many other jobs, ranging from alfalfa sprout packer to anthropologist to Buddhist chaplain--to finally realize what she calls "Liberation-Based Livelihood." She defines this as livelihood that is an expression of your life's Core Intention. Duerr has an MA in Cultural Anthropology from the California Institute of Integral Studies and currently lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She blogs at The Liberated Life Project.

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ISBN: 9781941529683
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Parallax Press - December 26th, 2017

Create a career that is an expression of your life's core intention with a mindfulness-based journey to clarify your highest calling, create a vision for meaningful vocation, and enact practical steps to make that vision a vivid reality.

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Special Event - Mock Caldecott 2018 (Corte Madera)

Saturday, January 27, 2018 - 4:00pm

Tickets: $20 per person


What is a Mock Caldecott?

The Caldecott Medal is the most important award given to illustrated children’s books, and is awarded each year by the American Library Association. This afternoon of wine and discussion will cover the criteria by which the Caldecott committee judges books for this prestigious award, and offers a fun, hands-on experience as we discuss and vote on some of the year’s best illustrated books.

SPACE IS LIMITED TO 15 PEOPLE (not counting your moderator)!

Attendees must complete the reading ahead of time.

Reading list:

(Click here for Caldecott Terms and Criteria)

  1. Big Cat, Little Cat by Elisha Cooper
  2. The Book of Mistakes by Corinna Luyken
  3. Grand Canyon by Jason Chin
  4. Muddy by Michael Mahin, illustrated by Evan Turk
  5. Out of Wonder by Kwame Alexander with Chris Colderley and Marjory Wentworth, illustrated by Ekua Holmes
  6. Silent Days, Silent Dreams by Allen Say
  7. Spinning by Tillie Walden
  8. Why Am I Me by Paige Britt, illustrated by Sean Qualls and Selina Alko
  9. Wolf in the Snow by Matthew Cordell
  10. The Wolf, the Duck, and the Mouse by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Jon Klassen


Big Cat, Little Cat Cover Image
ISBN: 9781626723719
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - March 14th, 2017

There was a cat
who lived alone.
Until the day
a new cat came . . .

And so a story of friendship begins, following two cats through their days, months, and years until one day, the older cat has to go. And he doesn't come back.

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By Corinna Luyken, Corinna Luyken (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780735227927
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Published: Dial Books - April 18th, 2017

Zoom meets Beautiful Oops in this memorable picture book debut about the creative process, and the way in which "mistakes" can blossom into inspiration

One eye was bigger than the other. That was a mistake.
The weird frog-cat-cow thing? It made an excellent bush.

Grand Canyon Cover Image
ISBN: 9781596439504
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - February 21st, 2017

Rivers wind through earth, cutting down and eroding the soil for millions of years, creating a cavity in the ground 277 miles long, 18 miles wide, and more than a mile deep known as the Grand Canyon.

Muddy: The Story of Blues Legend Muddy Waters Cover Image
By Michael Mahin, Evan Turk (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781481443494
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - September 5th, 2017

A New York Times Best Illustrated Book of 2017
Parents' Choice Recommended

A picture book celebration of the indomitable Muddy Waters, a blues musician whose fierce and electric sound laid the groundwork for what would become rock and roll.

Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets Cover Image
ISBN: 9780763680947
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - March 14th, 2017

The instant New York Times bestseller

A Newbery Medalist and a Caldecott Honoree offer a glorious, lyrical ode to poets who have sparked a sense of wonder.

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ISBN: 9780545927611
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Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - October 31st, 2017

James Castle was born two months premature on September 25, 1899, on a farm in Garden Valley, Idaho. He was deaf, mute, autistic and probably dyslexic. He didn't walk until he was four; he would never learn to speak, write, read or use sign language.

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By Tillie Walden, Tillie Walden (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781626729407
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Published: First Second - September 12th, 2017

Ignatz Award winner Tillie Walden's powerful graphic memoir Spinning captures what it's like to come of age, come out, and come to terms with leaving behind everything you used to know.

It was the same every morning. Wake up, grab the ice skates, and head to the rink while the world was still dark.

Why Am I Me? Cover Image
By Paige Britt, Selina Alko (Illustrator), Sean Qualls (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781338053142
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Published: Scholastic Press - August 29th, 2017

Presented as a thoughtful, poetic exchange between two characters -- who don't realize they are thinking and asking the very same questions -- this beautiful celebration of our humanity and diversity invites readers of all ages to imagine a world where there is no you or me, only we.

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ISBN: 9781250076366
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - January 3rd, 2017

A girl is lost in a snowstorm. A wolf cub is lost, too. How will they find their way home?

Paintings rich with feeling tell this satisfying story of friendship and trust. Here is a book set on a wintry night that will spark imaginations and warm hearts, from Matthew Cordell, author of Trouble Gum and Another Brother.

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By Mac Barnett, Jon Klassen (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763677541
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - October 10th, 2017

This is a story about a duck and mouse who get swallowed by a wolf, and then decide to live in his belly.

Early one morning a mouse met a wolf
and was quickly gobbled up.

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Kelly Corrigan - Tell Me More (Corte Madera)

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 - 7:00pm

Featuring Music from Matt Nathanson

“The poet laureate of the ordinary.”—HuffPost

It’s a crazy idea: trying to name the phrases that make love and connection possible. But that’s just what Kelly Corrigan has set out to do here. In her New York Times bestselling memoirs, Corrigan distilled our core relationships to their essences, showcasing a warm, easy storytelling style. Now, in Tell Me More, she’s back with a deeply personal, unfailingly honest, and often hilarious examination of the essential phrases that turn the wheel of life.

In “I Don’t Know,” Corrigan wrestles to make peace with uncertainty, whether it’s over invitations that never came or a friend’s agonizing infertility. In “No,” she admires her mother’s ability to set boundaries and her liberating willingness to be unpopular. In “Tell Me More,” a facialist named Tish teaches her something important about listening. And in “I Was Wrong,” she comes clean about her disastrous role in a family fight—and explains why saying sorry may not be enough. With refreshing candor, a deep well of empathy, and her signature desire to understand “the thing behind the thing,” Corrigan swings between meditations on life with a preoccupied husband and two mercurial teenage daughters to profound observations on love and loss.

With the streetwise, ever-relatable voice that defines Corrigan’s work, Tell Me More is a moving and meaningful take on the power of the right words at the right moment to change everything.

Kelly Corrigan has been called "the voice of her generation" by O: The Oprah Magazine and "the poet laureate of the ordinary" by HuffPost. She is the author of the New York Times bestsellers The Middle Place, Lift, and Glitter and Glue. She is also the creative director of The Nantucket Project and host of their conversation series about what matters most. She lives near Oakland, California, with her husband, Edward Lichty, and her daughters, Georgia and Claire.

Advance Praise for Tell Me More

“Tell Me More is a testament to the idea that the things we say matter, that our words have the power to comfort and uplift, empower and inspire. Kelly Corrigan takes on all the big, difficult questions here, with great warmth and courage. As life unfolds, this is a book I will go back to again and again.”—Glennon Doyle

“It is such a comfort just knowing that Kelly Corrigan exists: she is somehow both wise and self-deprecating; funny but unafraid of pain; frank but gentle. She is the sister/mother/best friend we all wish we could have—and because of this big-hearted book, we all get to.”—Ariel Levy, author of The Rules Do Not Apply

“With full-bodied humor and radical sensitivity, Kelly Corrigan transforms the mundane pain of life into a necessary spiritual text of sorts, one that reminds us that we have the right to grieve but the obligation to be grateful. This book will remind you that you are human—and of the fragile loveliness of being so.”—Lena Dunham


Tell Me More: Stories about the 12 Hardest Things I'm Learning to Say Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399588372
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Random House - January 9th, 2018

A warm, insightful look at the twelve phrases that strengthen and sustain our relationships, from the New York Times bestselling author of Glitter and Glue and The Middle Place

"The poet laureate of the ordinary."--HuffPost

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Cameron Stauch - Vegetarian Viet Nam (Corte Madera)

Sunday, March 25, 2018 - 1:00pm

In the years he spent living and cooking in Vietnam, Cameron Stauch learned about a tradition of vegetarian Vietnamese cuisine that is light and full of flavor. Based on recipes devised over centuries by Mahayana Buddhist monks, the dishes in Vegetarian Việt Nam make use of the full arsenal of Vietnamese spices and sauces to make tofu, mushrooms, and vegetables burst with flavor like never before.

With a lavishly illustrated glossary that helps you recognize the mushrooms, noodles, fruits, and vegetables that make up the vegetarian Vietnamese pantry, Vegetarian Việt Nam will unlock an entire universe of flavor to people who want healthy, tasty, and sustainable food.

Cameron Stauch is a former member of the cooking staff for the Governor General, Queen Elizabeth's representative in Canada. When he's not cooking for his wife Ayesha and their children in Bangkok he's cooking, traveling, and writing around Asia.

Vegetarian Viet Nam Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393249330
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - March 13th, 2018

In the years he spent living and cooking in Vietnam, Cameron Stauch learned about a tradition of vegetarian Vietnamese cuisine that is light and full of flavor.

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Peggy Reskin - Barefoot Runners (Corte Madera)

Saturday, February 3, 2018 - 4:00pm

The inspiration that moved women toward political and sexual freedom were the front runners; they found their way in the social turbulence and chaos of the 1960s Anti-war, Civil Rights and Women's revolutions. We were barefoot because there was no clear way or agreement about the path to choices that opened our minds and hearts and led us through Reproductive Rights and Civil Rights to our political and social power. There were feminist and political leaders who called out from a distance the ideals of women's rights, but it was each woman's choice to respond or deny the sexual and political revolution in process.
Barefoot Frontrunners begins with Peggy Reskin's story, "An Intimate Journal of Liberation," representing the response of many women to the life changing break from what we considered our lives to be; to meet the new demands of being free women.

Sex, Women, and Power describes the social and political structure that provided the basis for this evolution. It all began with the recognition of women's desire and gratification, once the reproductive responsibility and rights could be theirs, marriage and family patterns changed.  Corresponding and encouraging in the process were the demands for race, sex and gender equality. Even as it was a social and political phenomena, a new context to be filled, it was personal, as was each woman's story.

Peggy Reskin was born in an Irish Catholic community of Worchester, Massachusettes in circumstances that would lead her ongoing discovery of finding answers to questions not asked, words not spoken, and experiences that begged nevertheless for new answers and new possibilities. Finding the mother she mysteriously lost at age three provided the backdrop for seeing her own history in the context of the sexual revolution and social upheaval of the 1970's. Women and men were called to terms with new roles and identities through the sexual liberation and the new consciousness inspired by the anti-war and civil rights movements. 

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Path to Publishing: Betty Goerke - A Broken Propeller (Corte Madera)

Sunday, January 14, 2018 - 1:00pm

A Broken Propeller is the story of America’s first transcontinental air race. Pilots in this dangerous adventure flew WWI planes with open cockpits and no parachutes.
In October 1919 fifty-nine pilots competed in a round trip race that began simultaneously on Long Island and in San Francisco with predetermined stops 150 miles apart at airfields across the United States. Newspapers gave it front-page press: who was ahead, who was missing, who made an unexpected emergency landing, who crashed, and who was felled by blinding snowstorms.
The race was conceived by Brig. Gen. Billy Mitchell to promote the future of flight in the United States, but all did not go as planned. There were 54 crashes and seven deaths. Pilots landed on rooftops, in Lake Eire, and the front-runner had his dog with him. The predominant plane in the race, the DH-4, had life-threatening flaws. Pilots faced heavy rain, gale winds, snow, ice, and treacherous landing fields. As a result they lost their way, and made courageous and foolhardy decisions. There were comic moments, and poignant ones. The future head of the Air Force, Gen. Carl A. Spaatz was a feisty participant. The heroes were the ranchers and farmers who helped downed airmen with food, lodging and fuel.
There has never been a book about this extraordinary moment in American history. The author is fortunate to have what earlier reports lacked: memoirs of pilots, plus the charming and humorous letters and log of a participant in the race, her father, one of only eight who completed the race. 1st Lt. Ralph (Baz) Bagby was a former professional baseball player and an MIT graduate.

Betty Goerke is the author of five books, including Chief Marin: Leader, Rebel and Legend and Discovering Native People at Point Reyes. She has also produce four award-winner videos for classroom use. She taught in the Anthropology Department at College of Marin for 36 years, and now she is teaching in a certificate program that she helped to create in Community Education.

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