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.

Mary Roach - Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void

Friday, August 27, 2010 - 7:00pm

Free Event - Open to the Public
Preferred seating with book purchase
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Mary Roach presents Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void ($25.95). Space exploration is in some ways an exploration of what it means to be human. How much can a person give up? Roach, the author of Stiff and Bonk, takes us on a surreally entertaining trip into the science of life in space and space on Earth.

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$25.95
ISBN: 9780393068474
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - August 2nd, 2010

Space is a world devoid of the things we need to live and thrive: air, gravity, hot showers, fresh produce, privacy, beer. Space exploration is in some ways an exploration of what it means to be human. How much can a person give up? How much weirdness can they take? What happens to you when you can't walk for a year? have sex? smell flowers?


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William Gibson - Zero History

Friday, September 10, 2010 - 1:00pm

Free Event - Open to the Public
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William Gibson
presents Zero History (26.95). Hollis Henry’s face was known worldwide, but in the post-crash economy, she’s a journalist in need of a job. The last person she wants to work for is Hubertus Bigend, twisted genius of global marketing, but there’s no way to tell an entity like Bigend that you want nothing more to do with him.


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$26.95
ISBN: 9780399156823
Availability: Special Order
Published: Putnam Adult - September 7th, 2010

The iconic visionary returns with his first new novel since the "New York Times" bestseller "Spook Country."
"Whatever you do, because you are an artist, will bring you to the next thing of your own..."


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Andrew McCarthy - The Longest Way Home: One Man's Quest for the Courage to Settle Down

Thursday, September 27, 2012 - 7:00pm

Acclaimed actor and award winning travel writer Andrew McCarthy talks about The Longest Way Home: One Man's Quest for the Courage to Settle Down ($26.00), a revealing and insightful memoir about how travel helped him become the man he wanted to be, which meant helping him overcome life-long fears and confront his resistance to commitment.

Andrew McCarthy will be in conversation with fellow travel writer Don George.

Andrew McCarthy has been a fixture on screen, television, and stage since making his debut at age nineteen. He has appeared in such films as Pretty in Pink, St. Elmo’s Fire, and Less Than Zero. For the last ten years, he has been a prolific and successful travel writer, publishing with National Geographic Traveler Magazine, The Atlantic, Slate, Travel + Leisure, and The Wall Street Journal, among other publications. He has won the Lowell Thomas Award twice, including being named Travel Journalist of the Year by the Society of American Travel Writers, and has been cited twice for “notable” work in the Best American Travel Series.

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Jacob Needleman - Unknown World: Notes on the Meaning of Earth

Saturday, September 29, 2012 - 4:00pm
Jacob Needleman discusses Unknown World: Notes on the Meaning of Earth ($23.95). In his new book, a noted Bay Area philosopher frames man's role on the planet in a completely new and fresh way, moving beyond the usual environmental concerns to reveal how the care and maintenance of a world is something vital and basic to our existence as authentic human beings.

The acclaimed author of books including The American Soul, The Essential Marcus Aurelius, Lost Christianity, and Money and the Meaning of Life,
Jacob Needleman is professor of philosophy at San Francisco State University, and former director of the Center for the Study of New Religions at the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley. He has also served as research associate at the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research and was a research fellow at Union Theological Seminary.

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J.R. Moehringer - Sutton

Saturday, October 6, 2012 - 7:00pm

J.R. Moehringer reads from Sutton ($27.99), the long anticipated debut novel from the Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and author of the New York Times Bestseller, The Tender Bar. This fictionalized account of the life of the once famous Willie Sutton, the “Babe Ruth” of bank robbers, is vivid and poignant, comic, fast-paced and fact-studded, and a story of doomed love.

J.R. Moehringer is a former national correspondent for the Los Angeles Times. A 1986 graduate of Yale University, Moehringer began his journalism career as a news assistant at The New York Times. He won the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing in 2000.

 

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Tony La Russa - One Last Strike: Fifty Years in Baseball, Ten and a Half Games Back, and One Final Championship Season

Friday, October 5, 2012 - 1:00pm

Tony La Russa discusses One Last Strike: Fifty Years in Baseball, Ten and a Half Games Back, and One Final Championship Season ($27.99). Speaking candidly, the third-winningest manager in baseball history talks about his World Championship season with the St. Louis Cardinals, his lifetime spent studying the game, his famously intense style, and his decision to retire. La Russa also shares stories from throughout his career that shaped his outlook — from his first days managing the Chicago White Sox to his championship years with the Oakland A's, to his triumphant tenure as St. Louis's longest-serving manager.

Tony La Russa managed the St. Louis Cardinals from 1996 to 2011, as well as the Oakland A's and the Chicago White Sox. He has three World Series wins, six league championships, and five Manager of the Year awards, and is ranked third in all-time major league wins. He and his wife, Elaine, founded the Tony La Russa Animal Rescue Foundation in Walnut Creek, California.

 

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A.M. Homes - May We Be Forgiven

Thursday, October 11, 2012 - 1:00pm
A.M. Homes reads from May We Be Forgiven ($26.95), a darkly comic novel of twenty-first-century domestic life and the possibility of personal transformation. And an unnerving, funny tale of unexpected intimacies and of how one deeply fractured family might begin to put itself back together. And the story of two brothers, Harry and George.

“Flat-out amazing.” — Salman Rushdie. “Ms. Homes just gets better and better.” — Gary Shteyngart. “A seductive minefield of a novel.” — John Sayles. “Wild and funny, questioning and true, she is a writer to go travelling with on the journey called life.” — Jeanette Winterson.

A. M. Homes is the author of the memoir The Mistress’s Daughter and the novels This Book Will Save Your Life, Music for Torching, The End of Alice, In a Country of Mothers, and Jack, as well as the story collections The Safety of Objects and Things You Should Know.

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Literary Luncheon with Debra Dean

Tuesday, October 16, 2012 - 12:00pm

RegisterTickets $55 (includes lunch & a signed book)
Call (415) 927-0960, ext. 1 to reserve

Join us for lunch as Debra Dean talks about The Mirrored World. The critically acclaimed author of The Madonnas of Leningrad returns with a novel of love and madness set in 18th century Russia. Dean will be introduced by Isabel Allende, who described Dean’s earlier work as “Elegant and poetic, the rare kind of book that you want to keep but you have to share.”

Debra Dean will be introduced by Isabel Allende. 

Debra Dean's bestselling debut novel, The Madonnas of Leningrad, was a New York Times Editors' Choice, a #1 Booksense Pick, a Booklist Top Ten Novel, and an American Library Association Notable Book of the Year. It has been published in twenty languages. Her collection of short stories, Confessions of a Falling Woman, won the Paterson Fiction Prize and a Florida Book Award. 

Book Passage hosts literary luncheons with celebrated authors at our Marin store. These events are catered by the outstanding Insalata’s Restaurant of San Anselmo. Can't attend the event? Order a signed copy today.

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Louise Erdrich - The Round House

Wednesday, October 17, 2012 - 1:00pm

Louise Erdrich reads from The Round House ($26.99). This acclaimed author continues the trilogy begun with The Plague of Doves with the story of an Ojibwe woman ruthlessly attacked one summer morning in 1988. Because she refuses to speak about the event, her husband and 13-year-old son must find answers to their own questions.

Priority seating to this event offered with purchase of the author's new book from Book Passage. 

Louise Erdrich is the author of twelve novels as well as volumes of poetry, children's books, and a memoir of early motherhood. Her debut novel, Love Medicine, won the National Book Critics Circle Award. The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse was a finalist for the National Book Award. Her most recent novel, a New York Times bestseller, received the high praise from Philip Roth, who wrote, "Louise Erdrich's imaginative freedom has reached its zenith - The Plague of Doves is her dazzling masterpiece." She lives in Minnesota and is the owner of Birchbark Books, a small independent bookstore.

 

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Huston Smith and Phil Cousineau - And Life Rejoicing: Chapters from a Charmed Life

Wednesday, October 24, 2012 - 7:00pm

Huston Smith and Phil Cousineau talk about And Live Rejoicing: Chapters from a Charmed Life ($15.95). Smith, a spiritual trailblazer, has written comprehensive books about religion and a memoir of his own life, but nowhere has he merged the two elements of seeking and experience with such storytelling flair as he has in these pages.

“One loves what Huston Smith brings to us as one loves an unfailing source of light and warmth. A book — a life — that nourishes the spirit as it opens the heart.” — Jacob Needleman

Huston Smith is recognized and revered as the preeminent teacher of world religions and a prolific author. He was the focus of the five-part television series The Wisdom of Faith hosted by Bill Moyers. // Phil Cousineau is an editor, filmmaker, creativity consultant, literary tour leader, and the author of numerous books, including The Art of Pilgrimage.

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