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.

Literary Luncheon with Joyce Maynard - Women’s National Book Association Celebrates National Reading Group Month!

Thursday, October 14, 2010 - 12:00pm

The ticket price of $55 includes lunch and a signed book
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Join Joyce Maynard for lunch as she talks about her novel The Good Daughters. They were born on the same day in the same New Hampshire town. Ruth Plank is an artist, born to a gentle, caring farmer and his stolid wife, who yearns to soar beyond the confines of their town. Dana Dickerson, who was raised by a pair of drifters, is a scientist and realist who longs for stability and rootedness. Ruth and Dana share a need to make sense of who they are. Maynard’s works include At Home in the World.

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Ashley Judd - All That Is Bitter and Sweet

Friday, April 15, 2011 - 7:00pm

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Ashley Judd presents her memoir All That Is Bitter and Sweet ($26.00). Ashley Judd is an award-winning film and stage actor known for her roles in both box-office hits and art-house gems, and the daughter and sister of country-music royalty. In 2002, drawing on a deep well of empathy, she found her true calling: as a humanitarian and advocate for those suffering in neglected parts of the world.

Asked why she was opting out of a successful career, walking away while she was one of the highest-paid women in Hollywood, Ashley herself could not provide an answer. She simply knew that after her first trip to the notorious brothels, slums, and hospices of southeast Asia, her own life depended on advocating on behalf of the vulnerable. Along the way, Ashley realized that the coping strategies she had developed to deal with her own emotional pain, stemming from childhood abandonment, were no longer working. Seeking in-patient treatment in 2006 for the grief that had nearly killed her, Ashley found not only her own recovery and an enriched faith but an expanded kit of spiritual tools that energized and advanced her feminist social justice work. Now, in this deeply moving memoir, Judd describes her odyssey, as a left-behind lost child attains international prominence as a fiercely dedicated advocate. 

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Literary Luncheon with Maya Soetoro-Ng

Thursday, April 21, 2011 - 12:00pm
The ticket price of $55 includes lunch and a signed book
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Join Maya Soetoro-Ng, sister of President Barack Obama, for a special lunch as she discusses the inspiration behind her new children’s book Ladder to the Moon, beautifully illustrated by Yuyi Morales. In a rich and deeply personal narrative, Maya Soetoro-Ng draws inspiration from her mother’s love for family, her empathy for others, and her ethic of service. Evoking fantasy and folklore, the story touches on events that have affected people across the world in our time and reaffirms our common humanity.

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.
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Anne Lamott - Imperfect Birds

Thursday, April 21, 2011 - 7:00pm

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Preferred seating with purchase of the book
Anne Lamott
discusses her novel Imperfect Birds ($15.00). 17-year-old Rosie Ferguson is smart and beautiful—everything her mother and stepfather hoped she would be. But as the school year draws to a close, there are disturbing signs that the well-adjusted teenage life that Rosie claims to be leading is a sham. Lamott’s many acclaimed books include Operating Instructions.

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Barbara Kingsolver - Flight Behavior

Thursday, November 15, 2012 - 1:00pm

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Barbara Kingsolver reads from her new novel Flight Behavior ($28.99), which follows the story of a Tennessee farm wife who dreams of something bigger. One day, she comes upon a forested glen filled with silent red fire. Fundamentalists, climate scientists, politicians, and the media all weigh in on the phenomenon, as locals fend off the invasion.

This is a ticketed event: admission to this Book Passage event is by purchase of Flight Behavior ($28.99 + tax) from Book Passage.  A ticket entitles one person to admission and seating. [Due to high demand, tickets are now only available by calling (415) 927-0960, ext. 1]

Barbara Kingsolver is the author of seven works of fiction, including the novels The Poisonwood Bible, Animal Dreams, and The Bean Trees, as well as books of poetry, essays, and creative nonfiction such as Animal, Vegetable, Miracle. In 2000, she was awarded the National Humanities Medal, our country's highest honor for service through the arts. Her last novel, The Lacuna, was a best seller and also won the Orange Prize.

 

 

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Tom Ricks - The Generals: American Military Command from WWII to Today

Thursday, November 15, 2012 - 7:00pm

Tom Ricks talks about The Generals: American Military Command from WWII to Today ($36.00). From the bestselling author of Fiasco and The Gamble comes an epic history of the decline of American military leadership from World War II to Iraq. As military history, this is essential reading for anyone with an interest in the difference between good leaders and bad ones.

Thomas E. Ricks is a fellow at the Center for a New American Security and a contributing editor of Foreign Policy magazine, in which he writes the blog The Best Defense. Ricks covered the U.S. military for The Washington Post from 2000 through 2008. Until the end of 1999 he had the same beat at The Wall Street Journal, where he was a reporter for seventeen years. A member of two Pulitzer Prize-winning teams, he has covered U.S. military activities in Somalia, Haiti, Korea, Bosnia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Kuwait, Turkey, Afghanistan, and Iraq. He is the author of several books, including The Gamble and the #1 New York Times bestseller Fiasco, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

 

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Joyce Carol Oates - A Widow’s Story

Monday, April 25, 2011 - 7:00pm

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National Book Award-winner Joyce Carol Oates discusses A Widow’s Story ($27.99). Oates unveils a poignant, intimate memoir about the unexpected death of her husband of 46 years and its wrenching, surprising aftermath. This is a candid view of this very private woman. Oates is the author of The Gravedigger’s Daughter and Them.

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Francine Prose - My New American Life

Wednesday, May 4, 2011 - 1:00pm

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Francine Prose discusses her novel My New American Life ($25.99). Set in the aftermath of 9/11, this work offers a darkly humorous, bitingly real portrait of a particular moment in history, when a nation’s dreams and ideals gave way to a culture of cynicism, lies, and fear. Beneath its surface, the novel is a more serious consideration of immigration and what it means to be an American. Prose is the author of Reading Like a Writer.

Read the interview with Francine Prose on the Book Passage Blog.

 

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Mother-Daughter Literary Luncheon with Katie Crouch

Thursday, May 5, 2011 - 12:00pm
The ticket price of $55 includes lunch and a signed book
Call (415) 927-0960 ext. 1 to reserve
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Mother-Daughter Literary Luncheon!
Katie Crouch talks about Men and Dogs and The Magnolia League. In
Men and Dogs, Crouch presents a hilarious, affecting, and wholly original tale of siblings trying to reckon with their flaws, with a heroine as exasperating, magnetic, and breathtakingly real as family itself. The Magnolia League is an enchanting and humorous mysterious story about girls growing up in a magical Southern city. Katie Crouch was raised in Charleston, South Carolina and now lives in San Francisco.

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.
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
94925 Corte Madera
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Richard North Patterson - The Devil's Light

Monday, May 9, 2011 - 7:00pm

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Richard North Patterson discusses his thriller The Devil’s Light ($26.00). Patterson tells the story of an Al-Qaeda operative named Amer Al Zaroor, who, on orders from Osama Bin Laden, directs the theft of a nuclear weapon from the Pakistani military, and then transports it toward its intended target, Israel. Patterson is the author of In the Name of Honor, The Spire, and sixteen other critically-acclaimed novels.

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