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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.

Benjamin Ludwig - Ginny Moon (Corte Madera)

Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 1:00pm

Readers who loved Christopher from The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, Jack from Room, and Bee from Where’d You Go, Bernadette, will be thrilled to get to know Ginny Moon in this unforgettable debut that affirms of how fiction has the power to change the way we look at the world.

Told in an extraordinary and wholly unique voice that will candidly take you into the mind of a curious and deeply human character.

For the first time in her life, Ginny Moon has found her "forever home"-a place where she'll be safe and protected, with a family that will love and nurture her. It's exactly the kind of home that all foster kids are hoping for. So why is this 14-year-old so desperate to get kidnapped by her abusive, drug-addict birth mother, Gloria, and return to a grim existence of hiding under the kitchen sink to avoid the authorities and her mother's violent boyfriends?

While Ginny is pretty much your average teenager-she plays the flute in the school band, has weekly basketball practice and studies Robert Frost poems for English class-she is autistic. And so what's important to Ginny includes starting every day with exactly nine grapes for breakfast, Michael Jackson, bacon-pineapple pizza and, most of all, getting back to Gloria so she can take care of her baby doll.

A compulsively readable and touching novel, this story is about being an outsider trying to find a place to belong and making sense of a world that just doesn't seem to add up.

Benjamin Ludwig lives in New Hampshire with his family and is a life-long teacher of English and writing. He holds an MAT in English Education and an MFA in Writing. Shortly after he and his wife married they became foster parents and adopted a teenager with autism. The Original Ginny Moon is his first novel, which was inspired in part by his conversations with other parents at Special Olympics basketball practices.

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ISBN: 9780778330165
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Published: Park Row Books - May 2nd, 2017

Ginny Moon is a brilliant debut... I was unable to put the book down.... This novel has all the elements for critical and popular success " --Graeme Simsion, New York Times bestselling author of The Rosie Project
See the world differently.

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Jordan Reid and Erin Williams - The Big Fact Activity Book for Pregnant People (Corte Madera)

Friday, May 26, 2017 - 7:00pm

Join authors Jordan Reid and Erin Williams, in partnership with charity: water for a discussion focusing on motherhood, working moms, female entrepreneurship and the importance of clean, safe water for women around the world. Jordan and Erin are the authors of The Big Fat Activity Book for Pregnant People. Please consider donating to charity: water to contribute to the health and success of women and mothers in developing countries.

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ISBN: 9780735213685
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Published: Plume Books - April 25th, 2017

-Funny as hell.---Amy Morrison, founder of Pregnant Chicken

The ultimate must-have for any mom-to-be with a sense of humor: an irreverent, laugh-out-loud activity book filled with quizzes, mazes, fill-in-the-blanks, journaling pages, and hysterical musings on what pregnancy is really like.
Baby shower gifts don't get more perfect than this.

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Siobhan Fallon - The Confusion of Languages (Corte Madera)

Thursday, June 29, 2017 - 7:00pm

I’ll just read a little bit, I tell myself. And really, why shouldn’t I?

Both Cassie Hugo and Margaret Brickshaw dutifully followed their soldier husbands to the US Embassy in Jordan, but that’s about all the women have in common. After two years, Cassie’s an expert on the rules of the Middle East. For newly arrived Margaret, the move is a chance to see the world and explore. Against the odds the two strike up a friendship, until their husbands deploy and Cassie senses her new friend pulling away.

So when a fender-bender supposedly sends Margaret to the local police station, Cassie remains alone in the Brickshaw apartment to watch over Margaret’s toddler son. But with Margaret missing for hours Cassie becomes bored and soon frustrated, tired of being left behind while Margaret adventures. Then she discovers her friend’s journal. Where could Margaret be? Could her diary reveal the secrets that have come between them?

Written with stunning prose and powerful emotional insight, here is a story of two unforgettable women and the choices each will make in friendship, in marriage, and in love. The Confusion of Languages offers a poignant glimpse into the private lives of husbands, wives, and American military families living overseas.

Siobhan Fallon is the author of The 2012 PEN Center USA Literary Award in Fiction winner You Know When the Men Are Gone. She earned her MFA at the New School in New York City and her writing has appeared in The Washington Post Magazine, Women’s Day, Good Housekeeping, Prairie Schooner, Publishers Weekly, The Huffington Post, NPR’s The Morning Edition, and Military Spouse magazine. Siobhan and her family moved to Jordan in 2011, and they currently live in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

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ISBN: 9780399158926
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - June 27th, 2017

A searing debut novel from the award-winning author of You Know When the Men are Gone, about jealousy, the unpredictable path of friendship, and the secrets kept in marriage, all set within the U.S. expat community of the Middle East during the rise of the Arab Spring.
"A gripping, cleverly plotted novel with surprising bite." --Phil Klay

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Mel Goodman - Whistleblower at the CIA (Corte Madera)

Tuesday, June 20, 2017 - 1:00pm

Melvin Goodman's long career as a respected intelligence analyst at the CIA, specializing in US/Soviet relations, ended abruptly. In 1990, after twenty-four years of service, Goodman resigned when he could no longer tolerate the corruption he witnessed at the highest levels of the Agency. In 1991 he went public, blowing the whistle on top-level officials and leading the opposition against the appointment of Robert Gates as CIA director. In the widely covered Senate hearings, Goodman charged that Gates and others had subverted "the process and the ethics of intelligence" by deliberately misinforming the White House about major world events and covert operations.

A breathtaking expose, Whistleblower at the CIA tells the whole story. Retracing his career with the Central Intelligence Agency, he presents a rare insider's account of the inner workings of America's intelligence community, and the corruption, intimidation, and misinformation that lead to disastrous foreign interventions. An invaluable and historic look into one of the most secretive and influential agencies of US government--and a wake-up call for the need to reform its practices.

Melvin A. Goodman: During his 42-year government career Goodman served official positions in the CIA, Army, State Dept. and Dept of Defense. Senior fellow at the Center for International Policy and an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins, he is author of National Insecurity: The Cost of American Militarism and Failure of Intelligence: The Decline and Fall of the CIA.

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ISBN: 9780872867307
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Published: City Lights Books - May 16th, 2017

"Mel Goodman has spent the last few decades telling us what's gone wrong with American intelligence and the American military . . . he is also telling us how to save ourselves."--Seymour M. Hersh, The New Yorker

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Holly Eger - Split Rock (Corte Madera)

Sunday, July 9, 2017 - 7:00pm

After inheriting a house on Martha’s Vineyard and finding herself alone there with three young children, Annie Tucker must confront her past when an unresolved love tests whether she has the courage to resist the pull of seduction and reclaim her true self. Both poignant and funny, Split Rock is about forgiveness, acceptance, and the power of love and family.

Holly Eger has written travel articles and personal commentaries that have appeared in national and local publications. She began Split Rock as a short story when her youngest child was in nursery school, put it aside while raising her family and moving them internationally several times, and finished it just before her oldest was married. Holly and her husband now live on Martha’s Vineyard and in Northern California, where she teaches writing. Split Rock is her first novel.

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ISBN: 9780997835106
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Published: Holly Hodder Eger - August 15th, 2016

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Class: Cathy Rath - Enhancing Your Craft (Corte Madera)

Thursday, June 15, 2017 - 6:30pm

Thursday Jun. 15, 2017 • 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm • $50

Starting out or nearing the end of your writing project? No worries, there’s always time to enhance your craft.  A well-written novel, short story or memoir entices us with creative characterization, consistent point of view, and memorable dialogue. Come and review the fundamentals in this interactive workshop, and then please return for the full journey in a four-week session offering.

Cathy Rath is currently a professor at SFSU and a professional writing coach.

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Patti Breitman - Even Vegans Die (Corte Madera)

Saturday, June 24, 2017 - 1:00pm

Even Vegans Die is a compassionate and practical guide to care giving, inclusion and acceptance when we or others are ill or dying. It includes advice and information for ensuring that our loved ones, human and nonhuman, will be cared for as we wish when we are gone. Patti Breitman examines the false promise of eternal health when promoting a plant based diet, and the harm that does to ourselves and our community. This is a book for anyone who ever thought that their yoga, running, diet or healthy lifestyle choices guaranteed protection from disease and mortality. If you were ever embarrassed when you got sick, or didn't know what to say when someone else was sick, this book is for you.

Patti Breitman is a co-founder of Dharma Voices for Animals and the director of the Marin Vegetarian Education Group. In 2016 she was honored with the Lisa Shaprio Award for Unsung Vegan Heroes. Patti lives in Fairfax and considers herself the happiest vegan in town.

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Curran Galway - Ordinary Mystic (Corte Madera)

Sunday, July 16, 2017 - 4:00pm

Bridget McGuire fell in love with God when she was thirty-five years old. Drowning in a sea of diapers and lost in her routine life as mother and wife, she felt invisible until that day in 1980 when she was on a retreat in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California. Caught up in an unexpected mystical union with God, Bridget’s life was turned upside down and changed forever.
Bridget is an ordinary mystic, ready to share her story to awaken other mystics. Her journey of transformation isn’t easy. The tragedies she endures—a brutal divorce, betrayal, forbidden love, the agony of death—challenge her to continue to reach deep inside and hold on to the dignity of her own divinity. Her story is about the struggle to live the extraordinary in her ordinary life.
Bridget discovers that the mystical experience of God’s love is available to everyone. She has always felt the nearness of God in the process of transformation, and the Presence she encountered on the mountaintop continues to be as close to her as her own breath.
Forty-nine percent of the people living in the United States have had mystical experiences but were afraid to talk about them. Ordinary Mystic is one of the first novels to offer the extraordinary journey of an ordinary woman struggling to integrate her encounters with God into her daily life. Bridget’s story gives readers permission to recognize and honor the mystical experience and feel comfortable sharing their own stories.

Curran Galway holds degrees in Education and English, and a Master of Divinity in Transformational Spirituality from Seattle University. Galway has published articles in Unity Magazine, and is the author of The Aquarians. She is a spiritual coach and an inspirational speaker, leading retreats and spiritual seminars, including Ordinary Mystic, and Raising Spiritual Children workshops in the Bay Area.

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ISBN: 9781504349529
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Published: Balboa Press - April 1st, 2016

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Admiral James Stavridis - Sea Power (Corte Madera)

Saturday, June 24, 2017 - 4:00pm

From the time of the Greeks and the Persians, clashing in the Mediterranean, sea power has determined world power.  To an extent that is often underappreciated, it still does. No one understands this more than Admiral James Stavridis, one of the most decorated naval officers of our time. A retired 4-star admiral with 35 years of active service in the Navy, he served as the Supreme Allied Commander for Global Operations at NATO from 2009 to 2013. In Sea Power: The History and Geopolitics of the World’s Oceans, Stavridis takes us with him on a remarkable voyage of the world’s most important bodies of water. He shows us how the geography of the oceans has shaped the destiny of nations, and how naval power has helped create the world we live in today, and will shape the world we live in tomorrow.  
This book is a marvelous naval history, giving us fresh insight into great naval engagements from the battles of Salamis and Lepanto through to Trafalgar, the Battle of the Atlantic, and Cold War submarine blind man’s bluff. It is also a keen-eyed reckoning with the likely sites of our next major naval conflicts, particularly the Arctic Ocean and the South China Sea. Finally, Admiral Stavridis steps back to take a holistic view of the plagues to our oceans that are best seen that way, from piracy to pollution.

Admiral Jim Stavridis, USN (Ret.) is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy who spent over 35 years on active service in the Navy. He commanded destroyers and a carrier strike group in combat and served for seven years as a four-star admiral, including nearly four years as the first Navy officer chosen as Supreme Allied Commander for Global Operations at NATO. After retiring from the Navy he was named the dean of The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University in 2013. He has written articles on global security issues for The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Atlantic.

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ISBN: 9780735220591
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Published: Penguin Press - June 6th, 2017

From one of the most admired admirals of his generation -- and the only admiral to serve as Supreme Allied Commander at NATO -- comes a remarkable voyage through all of the world's most important bodies of water, providing the story of naval power as a driver of human history and a crucial element in our current geopolitical path.

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Julie Monson - Gardening on California's Coast (Corte Madera)

Saturday, July 15, 2017 - 11:00am

Profusely illustrated with photographs, Gardening on California’s Coast is both a practical guide and a beautiful addition to any gardener’s library. Julie Monson provides advice for novice and experienced gardeners who garden on California’s Coast and in inland areas with a similar climate. The nine chapters include advice on landscaping, garden design and garden practices, using the gardens of West Marin, San Francisco, Kyoto, and England as inspiration. Throughout, beautiful photographs illustrate the book’s practical ideas and suggestions for successful gardening. Her nine chapters cover landscaping with trees, shrubs, flowers, food and ground covers; pruning and maintenance; ending with a chapter on the positive links between gardening, gardens and health.

Julie Monson has had a lifelong interest in gardens and gardening. Yet, it wasn’t until she and her husband, Jim, retired to Point Reyes in 1998 that she became an avid student of horticulture and landscape design. She designed and nurtures her own garden, inspired by gardens they have visited in Kyoto, England and France. Her gardening and garden writing is informed by ten years as an active member of the Marin Master Gardeners Program.

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ISBN: 9780997916232
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Published: Maples and Moss - October 23rd, 2016

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