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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.

Niccolò Capponi - An Unlikely Prince: The Life and Times of Machiavelli ADDED EVENT!

Saturday, August 28, 2010 - 5:00pm

Free Event - Open to the Public
Includes a Wine Tasting by Villa Calcinaia Winery!
Villa Calcinaia Chianti Classico 2007 will be served.

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Niccolò Capponi presents An Unlikely Prince: The Life and Times of Machiavelli ($26.00). In this compelling new biography, historian Capponi frees Machiavelli (1469–1527) from centuries of misinterpretation. Exploring the Renaissance city of Florence, where Machiavelli lived, Capponi reveals the man behind the legend. A complex portrait of Machiavelli emerges—at once a brilliantly skillful diplomat and a woefully inept liar; a sharp thinker and an impractical dreamer; a hardnosed powerbroker and a risk-taking gambler; a calculating propagandist and an imprudent jokester.

Capponi’s intimate portrait of Machiavelli reveals his behavior as utterly un-Machiavellian, his vision of the world as limited by his very provincial outlook. In the end, Machiavelli was frustrated by his own political failures and utterly baffled by the success of his book The Prince.

Niccolò Capponi is the author of the highly acclaimed Victory of the West and former fellow of the Medici Project. A direct descendant of Machiavelli, he lives in Florence, Italy.

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$26.00
ISBN: 9780306817564
Availability: Special Order
Published: Da Capo Press - June 8th, 2010

In this compelling new biography, historian Niccolo Capponi frees Machiavelli (1469-1527) from centuries of misinterpretation. Exploring the Renaissance city of Florence, where Machiavelli lived, Capponi reveals the man behind the legend.


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Margaret Kathrein with Jonathan Kathrein - Far From Shore: A Mother's Memoir of a Shark Attack ADDED EVENT!

Sunday, August 8, 2010 - 2:00pm

Free Event - Open to the Public
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It was the final day of summer, 1998, when 16-year-old surfer Jonathan Kathrein paddled out on his board for one last ride at Stinson Beach, in the area known as the Red Triangle. When the great white shark struck, it so decimated the boy's hip and leg that his survival was considered miraculous. From this vicious and terrifying attack, and from the lengthy and painful post-surgical rehabilitation that followed, comes Margaret Kathrein's moving and deeply inspirational memoir, Far From Shore: A Mother's Memoir of a Shark Attack ($16.99). This book is more than a narration on survival and courage; it is a reminder of the importance of a close and encouraging family, and how the love and support of family and community can sustain us through unrelenting pain and fear. This is also a memorable insight into how one boy faced the possibility of death and grew to be an extraordinary man. 

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$16.99
ISBN: 9781439247372
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Booksurge Publishing - November 3rd, 2009

It was the final day of summer, 1998, when sixteen-year-old surfer Jonathan Kathrein paddled out on his board for one last ride at Stinson Beach, in the area known as the Red Triangle. When the great white shark struck, it so decimated the boy's hip and leg that his survival was considered miraculous.


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94925 Corte Madera
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National Book Critics Circle Reads

Wednesday, August 4, 2010 - 7:00pm
Free Event - Open to the Public
Corte Madera store


National Book Critics Circle
(NBCC) Reads Conversation on Books about Conjugal Love, with NBCC President, Jane Ciabattari, Balakian winner Molly Giles, NBCC members Meredith Maran and Greg Sarris. Books discussed will include Annie Dillard's The Maytrees, Jane Smiley's Private Life, Evan Connell's Mr. Bridge and Mrs. Bridge, Peggy Orenstein's Waiting for Daisy, and Louise Erdrich's Shadow Tag.

Jane Ciabattari (www.janeciabattari.com) serves as president of the National Book Critics Circle. Her articles and book reviews appear regularly on NPR.org, The Daily Beast, and dozens of other publications. She is author of the short story collection Stealing the Fire (her award-winning short stories have been published widely, from online publications like KBG Bar Lit, LOST magazine, Literary Mama, and VerbSap, to print publications like Ms., The North American Review, and the Denver Quarterly). She has taught at Bennington's Low-Residency MFA program, Knox College, New York University, Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism.

Molly Giles teaches in the creative writing department at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. She was a professor of creative writing at San Francisco State for 17 years. Her many awards include the Bay Area Book Reviewers' Award and the National Book Critics Circle Nona Balakian Award for Excellence in Book Reviewing. She is author of the novel Iron Shoes and the short story collections Rough Translations, winner of the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction, and Creek Walk and Other Stories.

Meredith Maran (www.meredithmaran.com) is an award-winning journalist, book critic, and the author of several bestselling nonfiction books, including Class Dismissed and What It’s Like to Live Now. Her work appears regularly in anthologies, newspapers, and magazines including People, Salon.com, More Magazine, and the San Francisco Chronicle. Her next book, My Lie: A True Story of False Memory, will be published in September 2010.

Greg Sarris is author of the story collection Grand Avenue, and co producer, with Robert Redford, of the HBO miniseries based on the book, as well as author of the novel Watermelon Nights and the nonfiction books Keeping Slug Woman Alive: A Holistic Approach to American Indian Texts; Mabel McKay: Weaving the Dream and the critical work Approaches to Teaching the Works of Louise Erdrich. Sarris fills the endowed chair in Native American Studies at Sonoma State University and serves as chairman of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria.
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Kid Lit Salon - Ying Chang Compestine CANCELED

Monday, August 23, 2010 - 7:00pm
This meeting of Kid Lit Salon is canceled. We will look forward to a future salon with Ying Chang Compestine.

Speaker: Ying Chang Compestine, author of Revolution is Not a Dinner Party, A Banquet for Hungry Ghosts, and Boy Dumplings

Kid Lit Salon
Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators Salon • Led by Lissa Rovetch
4th Monday each month • 7:00-9:00 pm • $120 per year

The
Kid Lit Salon is for both established and beginning children’s book writers and illustrators. Come socialize with like-minded, creative types in your field. Our evenings include a wildly diverse array of speakers, member updates, events, conferences, and insider tips. Writer and illustrator Lissa Rovetch is the illustrator of There Was a Man Who Loved a Rat and Other Vile Little Poems and author of Ook the Book and the Hot Dog and Bob book series.

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51 Tamal Vista Blvd
94925 Corte Madera
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Kid Lit Salon - Annie Barrows

Monday, July 26, 2010 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Speaker: Annie Barrows, author of the Ivy and Bean series, The Magic Half, and The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Kid Lit Salon
Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators Salon • Led by Lissa Rovetch
4th Monday each month • 7:00-9:00 pm • $120 per year

The
Kid Lit Salon is for both established and beginning children’s book writers and illustrators. Come socialize with like-minded, creative types in your field. Our evenings include a wildly diverse array of speakers, member updates, events, conferences, and insider tips. Writer and illustrator Lissa Rovetch is the illustrator of There Was a Man Who Loved a Rat and Other Vile Little Poems and author of Ook the Book and the Hot Dog and Bob book series.

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51 Tamal Vista Blvd
94925 Corte Madera
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Writing Mamas Salon® - Shawna Ryan

Sunday, August 8, 2010 - 5:00pm
Speaker: Shawna Ryan, author of Water Ghosts, a Northern California Book Award finalist

Writing Mamas Salon®

A Writing Group • Led by Dawn Yun
2nd Sunday each month • 5:00-8:00 pm. • $120 per year

The Writing Mamas is where motherhood meets writinghood and finds a happy neighborhood at Book Passage. Improve your writing! Meet great mothers who are writers! Learn to perform your work before the public! Get published! All this and more when you join the popular Writing Mamas! We will write, workshop, gab, and hear speakers. Many members have gone on to be published. Why not you? Let the other mothers/writers help you, while the speakers inspire you. This year lots of Writing Mamas are getting their books, articles, and blogs published. Inspiration is found in the fabulous speakers we have lined up. For a complete list of all speakers, go to www.writingmamas.com.

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Left Coast Writers - Michael Krasny

Monday, August 2, 2010 - 7:00pm

Speaker: Michael Krasny, author of Off Mike and Spiritual Envy: An Agnostic’s Quest

Left Coast Writers®
A Literary Salon • Led by Linda Watanabe McFerrin
1st Monday each month • 7:00-9:00 pm • $120 per year

Left Coast Writers meetings provide literary connections, support, counsel, readings, writing tips, literary chat, unabashed networking, and great fun. Many local authors are active members of this group. Meetings feature presentations by Bay Area literary figures. In addition, LCW hosts a variety of other activities to launch the books of members, to explore publishing alternatives, and to network with others in the industry.

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Alexa Stevenson - Half Baked: The Story of My Nerves, My Newborn, and How We Both Learned to Breathe

Tuesday, August 17, 2010 - 6:00pm

Free Event - Open to the Public
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Alexa Stevenson talks about her moving memoir Half Baked: The Story of My Nerves, My Newborn, and How We Both Learned to Breathe ($14.95). When Stevenson’s daughter is born 15 weeks early, she learns the Zen of medical uncertainty and makes the surprising discovery that a worst-case scenario may just be the best thing that’s ever happened to her.

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ISBN: 9780762439461
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Running Press Book Publishers - August 10th, 2010

Author Alexa Stevenson had spent most of her life preparing for the wrong disasters. When her daughter is born 15 weeks early, she is plunged into the strange half-light of the Newborn Intensive Care Unit, where she learns the Zen of medical uncertainty and makes the surprising discovery that a worst-case scenario may just be the best thing that’s ever happened to her.


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Children’s Italian Book Fair - La Festa del Libro 2010

Saturday, August 28, 2010 - 10:00am to Sunday, August 29, 2010 - 6:00pm

Aug. 28-29: 10:00-6:00 pm,  Corte Madera store
Sept. 5-6: 10:00-6:00 pm, San Francisco store


Please join us to discover and celebrate some of the finest Italian children’s literature available. Enjoy a selection of more than 200 children’s books and songs from the most distinguished Italian publishers. The book selection offers a large range of educational topics, design and multimedia styles for kids age 0 to 10. La Festa del Libro 2010 is organized by Papilio Books.


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Loretta Stinson - Little Green

Thursday, August 26, 2010 - 7:00pm

Free Event - Open to the Public
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Loretta Stinson discusses her debut novel Little Green ($15.95). It’s 1976, and Janie, a runaway, ends up working at a strip club called “The Habit” and falls for Paul Jesse, a drug dealer who spirals into addiction and becomes physically abusive. As the violence escalates, Janie finds a job in a bookstore and her independence begins.

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By Loretta Stinson, Robin Givens (Introduction by)
$15.95
ISBN: 9780979018817
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Hawthorne Books - May 11th, 2010

In Little Green, Loretta Stinson's stunning, redemptive first novel, tragedy leaves Janie Marek orphaned. The action begins in 1976, with Janie a runaway and stranded on the freeway outside a Northwestern town after hitchhiking. Janie ends up working at a strip club called "The Habit" and falls for Paul Jesse, a drug dealer who spirals into addiction and becomes physically abusive.


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