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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.

Arthur Grace - Robin Williams

Sunday, September 11, 2016 - 4:00pm

I had always thought that when I was around 84 and Robin was 80 we could collaborate on a book about the golden years of his career where he could look at my photographs and reminisce about the events and his feelings at the time. Unfortunately, that book was never to be . . . .

Photographer Arthur Grace first met Robin Williams in April 1986, at a comedy club in Pittsburgh where Williams was working to polish what would eventually become his award-winning special “Evening at the Met”. The two hit it off immediately, and thus blossomed a close friendship that carried them through their increasingly successful careers. Told through a series of stunning photographs of Williams taken by Grace over the course of this decades-long partnership, Robin Williams: A Singular Portrait offers a touching and up-close look at the real Robin Williams—the manic and happy, the pensive and weary, the engaged and disengaged, a true portrait of one of America’s greatest comics and most beloved actors.

For the millions of people around the globe that Robin Williams has touched, these images, more than 150 photographs, a glorious mixture of stunning color and resonating black and white presented in exhibit format, will be something to embrace and cherish, not simply because of their exclusivity, but because of their intimacy and their honesty.

Arthur Grace began his professional career in 1973 as a staff photographer for United Press International. During his award-winning thirty-year career, his photos have been featured on the cover of Life, Time, Newsweek, The New York Times Magazine, are in the permanent collections of numerous museums including the J. Paul Getty Museum, the National Portrait Gallery, and the High Museum of Art. He has published four critically-acclaimed photographic books: Choose Me: Portraits of a Presidential Race, Comedians, State Fair, and America 101.

 

Robin Williams: A Singular Portrait, 1986-2002 Cover Image
$50.00
ISBN: 9781619027275
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - August 9th, 2016

"I had always thought that when I was around 84 and Robin was 80 we could collaborate on a book about the golden years of his career where he could look at my photographs and reminisce about the events and his feelings at the time. Unfortunately, that book was never to be . . . ."


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Erin Byrne - Vignettes & Postcards from Paris

Friday, August 19, 2016 - 7:00pm

The award-winning anthology Vignettes & Postcards from Paris is both a loving tribute and a breathtaking collection of artful prose. It is a compilation of writings from the "Evening Writing Workshop at Shakespeare Company Bookstore, Paris, Fall 2011, Leaping Into the Void," taught by Erin Byrne. The workshop challenged writers to take risks in writing and make room for their Real Work to emerge. Find your own "something other" inside these stories, essays, poems, vignettes, and postcards. You may even start to wonder what would happen if a story or two were coaxed out of you.

Erin Byrne writes travel essays, poetry, fiction and screenplays. Her work has won numerous awards including three Grand Prize Solas Awards for Travel Story of the Year, the Reader’s Favorite Award, Foreword Reviews Book of the Year Finalist, and an Accolade Award for film.

 

Vignettes & Postcards: Writings from the Evening Writing Workshop at Shakespeare and Company Bookstore, Paris Fall 2011 Cover Image
By Erin Byrne (Editor), Anna Pook (Editor)
$22.00
ISBN: 9780985267209
Availability: Special Order
Published: Something Other Press - May 1st, 2012

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TWPC Event: Suzi Eszterhas - Photography in the Wild

Friday, August 12, 2016 - 7:00pm

This event is part of the 2016 Travel Writers & Photographers Conference, but is open to the public. Conference participants recieve preferred seating. 

Suzi Eszterhas is an award-winning wildlife photographer best known for her work documenting newborn animals and family life in the wild. Suzi's unique ability to earn the trust of her subject leads to touching imagery including groundbreaking work with tiger cubs at a den in India, newborn cheetahs on the African savanna, and brown bear cubs seeing the world for the first time in the Alaskan wilderness. Her photographs have been published in over 100 magazine cover and feature stories in publications such as TIME, Smithsonian, BBC Wildlife, GEO, Popular Photography, Ranger Rick, and National Geographic Kids.

Suzi has won awards in many competitions including the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition, National Wildlife Photo Contest, and Environmental Photographer of the Year Competition. She now serves as the jury chair for the prestigious Big Picture Natural World Photography Competition.

As an author, Suzi has nine books in print with another four in progress. A Future for Cheetahs, created in collaboration with Dr. Laurie Marker, is an intimate portrait of the cheetah's life and its race against extinction. Suzi's series of children's books, Eye on the Wild, follows the lives of wild baby animals from birth to adulthood. Her new book series, Wildlife Rescue, debuts in late 2015. Her books have been featured on GoodMorningAmerica.com and TodayShow.com.

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TWPC Event: Anthony Marra - In Conversation with Don George

Thursday, August 11, 2016 - 7:30pm

This event is part of the 2016 Travel Writers & Photographers Conference, but is open to the public. Conference participants recieve preferred seating. 

Anthony Marra is the author of A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, which won the National Book Critics Circle's inaugural John Leonard Prize, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award in fiction, the Barnes and Noble Discover Award, and appeared on over twenty year-end lists. Marra's novel was a National Book Award longlist selection as well as a finalist for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize and France's Prix Médicis. He is the author most recently of The Tsar of Love and Techno (2015). He received an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop and was a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, where he teaches as the Jones Lecturer in Fiction. He has lived and studied in Eastern Europe, and now resides in Oakland, California.

Don George (Travel Writers and Photographers Conference Chair) is the author of Lonely Planet’s Guide to Travel Writing and editor of ten anthologies, including A Moveable Feast, The Kindness of Strangers, Better Than Fiction, and An Innocent Abroad. George is Editor at Large for National Geographic Traveler, where he writes feature articles and the monthly Trip Lit column. He is also Editor of BBC Travel’s literary travel site, Words and Wanderlust.

 

A Constellation of Vital Phenomena Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780770436421
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Published: Hogarth - February 4th, 2014

"New York Times "Notable Book of the Year * "Washington Post "Top Ten Book of the Year In a small rural village in Chechnya, eight-year-old Havaa watches from the woods as Russian soldiers abduct her father in the middle of the night and then set fire to her home.


The Tsar of Love and Techno: Stories Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780770436438
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Published: Hogarth - October 6th, 2015

From the "New York Times" bestselling author of "A Constellation of Vital Phenomena" dazzling, poignant, and lyrical interwoven stories about family, sacrifice, the legacy of war, and the redemptive power of art. This stunning, exquisitely written collection introduces a cast of remarkable characters whose lives intersect in ways both life-affirming and heartbreaking.


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Variny Yim - The Immigrant Princess

Monday, August 15, 2016 - 7:00pm

Sophea Lim is living the American dream as an aspiring executive producer at her local television station. But at the home she shares with her Cambodian mother and grandmother, her success is measured by how soon she can find a husband and how well she prepares a spring roll. While Sophea embraces her new life in America, her elders cling to memories of their old life in the Cambodian royal family. They continue to live in the shadow of the genocide that killed two million Cambodians, including their husbands. Turmoil erupts when younger sister Ravy encourages Sophea to move out of the house and forsake her cultural responsibility to take care of her elders. Will Sophea abandon the ones she loves most? Can her mother and grandmother find meaning and relevance in their new country? The Immigrant Princess is a poignant love story about three generations of spirited women learning to navigate a world that challenges their core values and traditions. 

Variny Yim is a first generation, Cambodian-American author and independent consultant who brings over twenty years of experience and expertise in the fields of communications, nonprofit management, and financial education. Variny has worked as a journalist for USA TODAY and NBC, and blogged for Forbes.com. Variny collaborated on a book with Jessica Blatt Press entitled, The Teen Girl's Gotta-Have-It Guide to Money.
 

The Immigrant Princess Cover Image
$14.29
ISBN: 9781941478189
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Published: Windy City Publishers - May 3rd, 2016

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Joel Selvin - Altamont

Thursday, August 18, 2016 - 7:00pm

In this breathtaking cultural history filled with exclusive, never-before-revealed details, celebrated rock journalist Joel Selvin tells the definitive story of the Rolling Stones’ infamous Altamont concert in San Francisco, the disastrous historic event that marked the end of the idealistic 1960s.

In the annals of rock history, the Altamont Speedway Free Festival on December 6, 1969, has long been seen as the distorted twin of Woodstock—the day that shattered the Sixties’ promise of peace and love when a concertgoer was killed by a member of the Hells Angels, the notorious biker club acting as security. While most people know of the events from the film Gimme Shelter, the whole story has remained buried in varied accounts, rumor, and myth--until now.

Altamont explores rock’s darkest day, a fiasco that began well before the climactic death of Meredith Hunter and continued beyond that infamous December night. Joel Selvin probes every aspect of the show—from the Stones’ hastily planned tour preceding the concert to the bad acid that swept through the audience to other deaths that also occurred that evening—to capture the full scope of the tragedy and its aftermath. He also provides an in-depth look at the Grateful Dead’s role in the events leading to Altamont, examining the band’s behind-the-scenes presence in both arranging the show and hiring the Hells Angels as security.

The product of 20 years of exhaustive research and dozens of interviews with many key players, including medical staff, Hells Angels members, the stage crew, and the musicians who were there, and featuring 16 pages of color photos, Altamont is the ultimate account of the final event in rock’s formative and most turbulent decade.

Joel Selvin is an award-winning journalist who has covered pop music for the San Francisco Chronicle since 1970. He is the author of the bestselling Summer of Love and has written nine other books about pop music. He lives in San Francisco, California.

 

Altamont: The Rolling Stones, the Hells Angels, and the Inside Story of Rock's Darkest Day Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062444257
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Dey Street Books - August 16th, 2016

In this breathtaking cultural history filled with exclusive, never-before-revealed details, celebrated rock journalist Joel Selvin tells the definitive story of the Rolling Stones infamous Altamont concert in San Francisco, the disastrous historic event that marked the end of the idealistic 1960s.


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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Elisabeth Levy - Carry On: Travels Around the Globe

Saturday, August 20, 2016 - 1:00pm

Carry On: Travels Around the Globe is an author’s travel journal. From her many travels over the years she has chosen a cross section and divided it into 13 trips between 1981 and 2013. Colorful lively street scenes are part of the book, as well as the unique experience of the Death Dance in Bhutan. Watch out for icebergs while searching for whales and penguins, enjoy the view from the city wall of Dubrovnik or find yourself sailing down the Nile. The Tanzania chapter is full of unexpected happenings, like an almost fatal accident while camping in the bush. All seven continents are covered. Two countries, China and Cuba have been visited twice and give a most interesting comparison. This book is meant for adventurers, armchair travelers and young readers arousing their curiosity to learn more about interacting with different cultures.

Elizabeth Levy is a journalist and writer.

 

Carry on: Travels Around the Globe Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9781478756156
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Published: Outskirts Press - October 28th, 2015

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Jayme Moye & Hans Florine - On the Nose

Wednesday, August 10, 2016 - 7:00pm

The Nose is the most famous rock climb on earth, tracing the 3,000-foot prow of the granite formation known as El Capitan in Yosemite National Park. Climbers didn’t figure out how to scale it until 1958— five years after Everest. In 1989, a young climber named Hans Florine attempted to ascend the Nose, an effort that took him 46 hours. He would go on to climb it an unprecedented 101 times (and counting) and whittle his total effort down to a mere 2.5 hours—a feat that has no parallel in modern outdoor sport. Florine’s story is at once an audacious adventure that spans nearly three decades, providing a rare look inside the adrenaline-charged world of big-wall climbing in Yosemite Valley, and a testament to the power of persistence.

In 30 years of climbing, Hans Florine has ascended the Nose route of El Capitan over 100 times, more than anyone else has, and most likely ever will. In On the Nose, Florine describes the most dangerous, pivotal, and inspirational of those climbs, providing a rare look inside the adrenaline-charged world of competitive climbing in Yosemite Valley. He tells of his very first attempt on the Nose, which ended in failure after 14 hours, his friendships - and rivalries - with climbing's most colorful personalities, and his battle with the late Dean Potter to secure the definitive speed record on the Nose - an endeavor that's been called "the wildest competition known to man".

In addition to his climbing accolades, Hans Florine is the coauthor of Speed Climbing, and has contributed to three other books, as well as written articles for Rock and Ice and Climbing. Hans served as executive director of the American Sport Climbers Federation from 1992 to 1996, and is currently an Ambassador for The Access Fund, as well as manager and shareholder at Touchstone Climbing & Fitness, the largest climbing gym chain in the country. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, and maintains strong relationships, fundraising and otherwise, with Yosemite Conservancy, Outward Bound, The Access Fund, American Safe Climbing Association, American Alpine Club, Sierra Club, and Nature Bridge. He is also a professional motivational speaker, delivering keynotes at trade shows, conferences, and college auditoriums worldwide, from local rotary club meetings to Fortune 500 events.

Jayme Moye is an award-winning freelance journalist based in Boulder, Colo., and the former managing editor of Elevation Outdoors. She’s a regular contributor at National Geographic Adventure, Men’s Journal, Travel + Leisure, and Fodor’s Travel Intelligence. She also writes for National Geographic Traveler, New York, ESPN, Women’s Adventure, Bicycling, and Runner’s World. In 2014, Moye was named Travel Writer of the Year by the North American Travel Journalists Association.

 

On the Nose: A Lifelong Obsession with Yosemite's Most Iconic Climb Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781493024988
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Published: Falcon Guides - September 2016

In 30 years of climbing, Hans Florine has ascended the Nose route of El Capitan over 100 times, more than anyone else has, and most likely ever will. In On the Nose, Florine describes the most dangerous, pivotal, and inspirational of those climbs, providing a rare look inside the adrenaline-charged world of competitive climbing in Yosemite Valley.


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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Megan Abbott - You Will Know Me

Tuesday, August 9, 2016 - 1:00pm

How far will you go to achieve a dream? That's the question a celebrated coach poses to Katie and Eric Knox after he sees their daughter Devon, a gymnastics prodigy and Olympic hopeful, compete. For the Knoxes there are no limits--until a violent death rocks their close-knit gymnastics community and everything they have worked so hard for is suddenly at risk.

As rumors swirl among the other parents, Katie tries frantically to hold her family together while also finding herself irresistibly drawn to the crime itself. What she uncovers--about her daughter's fears, her own marriage, and herself--forces Katie to consider whether there's any price she isn't willing to pay to achieve Devon's dream.

From a writer with "exceptional gifts for making nerves jangle and skin crawl" (Janet Maslin), You Will Know Me is a breathless rollercoaster of a novel about the desperate limits of parental sacrifice, furtive desire, and the staggering force of ambition.

Megan Abbott is the award-winning author of eight novels, including The Fever and Dare Me. She received her Ph.D. in English and American literature from New York University. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Salon, the Los Angeles Review of Books, the Wall Street Journal, and the Guardian. Megan is currently a staff writer on HBO's forthcoming David Simon show, The Deuce. She lives in New York City.

 

You Will Know Me Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780316231077
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Little Brown and Company - July 26th, 2016


The audacious new novel about family and ambition from "one of the best living mystery writers" ("Grantland") and bestselling, award-winning author of "The Fever," Megan Abbott.


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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Ruth Galm - Into the Valley

Sunday, August 7, 2016 - 4:00pm

Ruth Galm's spare, poetic debut novel, set in the American West of early Joan Didion, traces the drifting path of a young woman as she skirts the law and her own oppressive anxiety.

Into the Valley opens on the day in July 1967 when B. decides to pass her first counterfeit check and flee San Francisco for the Central Valley. Caught between generations and unmarried at 30, B. doesn t understand the new counterculture youths. She likes the dresses and kid gloves of her mother's generation, but doesn t fit into that world either. B. is beset by a disintegrative anxiety she calls the carsickness, and the only relief comes in handling illicit checks and driving endlessly through the valley. As she travels the bare, anonymous landscape, meeting an array of other characters an alcoholic professor, a bohemian teenage girl, a criminal admirer B.'s flight becomes that of a woman unraveling, a person lost between who she is and who she cannot yet be.

Ruth Galm was born and raised in San Jose, California, earned an MFA from Columbia University, and has been in San Francisco ever since. Her short fiction has appeared in Kenyon Review, Indiana Review, and on Joyland. She is a past resident of the Ucross Foundation in Wyoming.

 

Into the Valley Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9781616957100
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Published: Soho Press - July 12th, 2016

Ruth Galm's spare, poetic debut novel, set in the American West of early Joan Didion, traces the drifting path of a young woman as she skirts the law and her own oppressive anxiety.


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Corte Madera, CA 94925

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