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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.

Grace Bonney & Contributors - In the Company of Women (Corte Madera)

Friday, October 28, 2016 - 7:00pm

Tickets: $40 (includes signed book)

Featuring Grace Bonney and contributors Emi Grannis, Flora Grubb, & Lisa Wong Jackson.

The widely anticipated second book from Grace Bonney, bestselling author of Design*Sponge at Home, profiles in words and pictures 100 influential women who have forged their own paths in business and work, bridging the worlds of lifestyle and business like never before.

“I want to rip out every page of this glorious book and hang them on my wall so that I can be surrounded by these incredible women all day long.”
—Emma Straub, New York Times bestselling author of The Vacationers and Modern Lovers

Across the globe, women are embracing the entrepreneurial spirit and starting creative businesses. In the Company of Women profiles over 100 of these influential and creative women from all ages, races, backgrounds, and industries. Chock-full of practical, inspirational advice for those looking to forge their own paths, these interviews detail the keys to success (for example, going with your gut; maintaining meaningful and lasting relationships), highlight the importance of everyday rituals (meditating; creating a daily to-do list), and dispense advice for the next generation of women entrepreneurs and makers (stay true to what you believe in; have patience). The book is rounded out with hundreds of lush, original photographs of the women in their work spaces.

Grace Bonney is the founder of Design*Sponge, a daily website dedicated to the creative community. Design*Sponge was founded in 2004 and currently reaches nearly 2 million readers per day. A native of Virginia Beach, Bonney has worked as a contributing editor at publications such as House & Garden, Domino, and Craft magazine. She is passionate about supporting all members of the creative community; she runs an annual scholarship for up-and-coming designers, writes a free business column for creatives, and is the host of a weekly radio show, "After the Jump", which reaches over 500,000 listeners per episode. Her first book, Design*Sponge at Home, is a national bestseller and has over 100,000 copies in print. After 12 years in Brooklyn, Bonney now lives in New York's Hudson River Valley with her wife and their three pets.

Lisa Wong Jackson is a San Francisco based designer. She runs the Good on Paper Design blog (www.goodonpaperdesign.com/blog).  
 
Flora Grubb is the founder of the wildly popular Flora Grubb Gardens in San Francisco. Flora has converted gardeners, urban planners, and designers in California and worldwide to her cause of making lavishly beautiful landscapes that require minimal water and chemicals. Her artful Bayview District nursery has become a gathering place for design-driven gardeners and who are pursuing a wiser use of resources.
 
Emi Grannis is a metalsmith and maker based in Oakland, California. Emi studied jewelry making and metal arts at the California College of the Arts. She comes from a family of self-starters and entrepreneurs and sells hers collections online at emigranis.com

 

In the Company of Women: Inspiration and Advice from Over 100 Makers, Artists, and Entrepreneurs Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781579655976
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Artisan Publishers - October 4th, 2016

I want to rip out every page of this glorious book and hang them on my wall so that I can be surrounded by these incredible women all day long.
Emma Straub, New York Timesbestselling author ofThe VacationersandModern Lovers


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Todd Parr - Be Who You Are (Corte Madera)

Monday, November 14, 2016 - 10:00am

Special Children's Event!

In Be Who You Are, a brand-new companion to his beloved classic It's Okay to Be Different, New York Times bestselling author Todd Parr encourages kids to be proud of who they are inside. 

Be who you are. 
Be proud of where you're from.
Be a different color. Speak your language.
Wear everything you need to be you. 

Who better than Todd Parr to remind kids that their unique traits are what make them so special? With his signature silly and accessible style, Parr encourages readers to embrace all their unique qualities.

Todd Parr has inspired and empowered children around the world with his bold images and positive messages. He is the bestselling author of more than forty books, including The Goodbye BookThe Family BookThe I Love You Book, and It's Okay to be Different. He lives in Berkeley, California.

Be Who You Are Cover Image
By Todd Parr (Artist)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316265232
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - October 25th, 2016

In a brand-new companion to his beloved classic It's Okay to Be Different, New York Times bestselling author Todd Parr encourages kids to be proud of who they are inside.
Be who you are
Be proud of where you're from.
Be a different color. Speak your language.
Wear everything you need to be you.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Katrina Goldsaito - The Sound of Silence (Corte Madera)

Saturday, September 10, 2016 - 11:00am

Special Children's Event!

In The Sound of Silence, Yoshio delights in the everyday sounds of Tokyo, but when a musician tells him that her favorite sound is ma, the Japanese word for silence, Yoshio sets out to hear this sound for himself among the hustle and bustle of the city. Includes information on the Japanese concept of ma.

Katrina Goldsaito's favorite sound is the sound of bare feet on tatami mats. In Tokyo, she worked as an on-camera TV journalist and producer for NHK-World, and has written for National Geographic, The Christian Science Monitor, NPR, and The Japan Times. She lives near Golden Gate Park with her husband and son, and spends her days eating avocados and working on her first YA novel.

Julia Kuo's favorite sound is "kuk-kuk-kuk" (the sound an angry squirrel makes). She is the illustrator of Go, Little Green Truck and has created illustrations for American Greetings, the Cleveland Public Library, The New York Times, and Capitol Records, among many others. She works from Chicago for most of the year, and from Taipei over the winter.

The Sound of Silence Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316203371
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - August 2nd, 2016

"Do you have a favorite sound?" little Yoshio asks. The musician answers, "The most beautiful sound is the sound of ma, of silence."
But Yoshio lives in Tokyo, Japan: a giant, noisy, busy city. He hears shoes squishing through puddles, trains whooshing, cars beeping, and families laughing. Tokyo is like a symphony hall
Where is silence?


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Ransom Riggs - Tales of the Peculiar (Corte Madera)

Saturday, September 3, 2016 - 4:30pm

Ticket: $27.25 (includes signed book)

Space for the event is limited to 100—purchase a book here or through our Corte Madera store to secure your spot.

Just in time for the film release, the fantastic and peculiar book of tales featured in the #1 international bestselling Miss Peregrine series is brought to life in this beautifully illustrated new book.

Wealthy cannibals who dine on the discarded limbs of peculiars. A fork-tongued princess. The origins of the first ymbryne. These stories and more are featured in Tales of the Peculiar, the collection of peculiar fairy tales (first introduced in Hollow City) that was revealed to hide unexpected information about the peculiar world, including clues to the locations of time loops. A perfect gift for the series’ myriad fans that’s also a compelling, rich, and truly peculiar story collection for everyone.

Ransom Riggs is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children novels. Prior to writing his first novel, Riggs published a tongue-in-cheek guide to life as a professional detective (The Sherlock Holmes Handbook) and a coffee-table collection of found snapshots with surprising messages written on them (Talking Pictures). Before that he worked as a writer for Mental Floss’s magazine and blog, which explains his love of obscure trivia. Riggs was born on a farm in Maryland and grew up in southern Florida. He studied literature at Kenyon College and film at the University of Southern California. His hobbies include urban exploration, wreck diving, collecting vintage found photography, and making short films. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, bestselling author Tahereh Mafi.

Tales of the Peculiar Cover Image
By Ransom Riggs, Andrew Davidson (Illustrator)
$24.99
ISBN: 9780399538537
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - September 3rd, 2016

A companion to the bestselling Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, soon to be a major motion picture directed by Tim Burton.
Before Miss Peregrine gave them a home, the story of peculiars was written in the Tales.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Roger Higgins - Billy Gogan, American (Corte Madera)

Saturday, October 29, 2016 - 7:00pm

Billy Gogan, American is a fictional memoir told by an old Army general of his adventures as a young man. The book opens with recently orphaned Billy Gogan fleeing Ireland on the eve of the Great Hunger — either because he is the son of a dangerous revolutionary, or because his cousin doesn't trust him around his daughter. Billy befriends a destitute Irish peasant named Máire and her young daughter Fíona, and together they endure a harsh passage to New York, America's greatest city. They get separated as they debark, and Billy searches tirelessly for them in the dangerous Five Points, ground zero in the collision of Americans, ex-slaves, and Irish refugees.

Here, Billy completes his education. Already able to declaim Cicero and construe Aristotle, he learns voting fraud from Bill Tweed, the future head of Tammany Hall, and the numbers game from Charlie Backwell, Tammany's top bookie. Finally, Brannagh O’Marran, the beautiful mulatta daughter of the Irish madam of Gotham’s finest brothel, teaches him about love.

Billy eventually finds Máire and Fíona, and the three of them plan their future together. But that future is taken in a cruel stroke, and nothing will ever be the same.

Roger Higgins was born in England and became a lawyer after retiring from the Navy. He continues to practice law and write novels. Roger lives in Chicago.

 

Billy Gogan, American Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781609521158
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Travelers' Tales Guides - May 24th, 2016

The "Billy Gogan" story is a fictional memoir told by an old Army general of his adventures as a young man. "Billy Gogan, American," opens with recently orphaned Billy Gogan fleeing Ireland on the eve of the Great Hunger either because he is the son of a dangerous revolutionary, or because his cousin doesn't trust him around his daughter.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Grace Bonney & Contributors - In the Company of Women (Corte Madera)

Friday, October 28, 2016 - 7:00pm

Ticket: $39 (includes signed book)

Across the globe, women are embracing the entrepreneurial spirit and starting creative businesses. In the Company of Women profiles over 100 of these influential and creative women from all ages, races, backgrounds, and industries. Chock-full of practical, inspirational advice for those looking to forge their own paths, these interviews detail the keys to success (for example, going with your gut; maintaining meaningful and lasting relationships), highlight the importance of everyday rituals (meditating; creating a daily to-do list), and dispense advice for the next generation of women entrepreneurs and makers (stay true to what you believe in; have patience). The book is rounded out with hundreds of lush, original photographs of the women in their work spaces.

Grace Bonney is the founder of Design*Sponge, a daily website dedicated to the creative community. Design*Sponge was founded in 2004 and currently reaches nearly 2 million readers per day. A native of Virginia Beach, Bonney has worked as a contributing editor at publications such as House & Garden, Domino, and Craft magazine. She is passionate about supporting all members of the creative community; she runs an annual scholarship for up-and-coming designers, writes a free business column for creatives, and is the host of a weekly radio show, "After the Jump," which reaches over 500,000 listeners per episode. Her first book, Design*Sponge at Home, is a national bestseller and has over 100,000 copies in print. After 12 years in Brooklyn, Bonney now lives in New York's Hudson River Valley with her wife and their three pets.

 

In the Company of Women: Inspiration and Advice from Over 100 Makers, Artists, and Entrepreneurs Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781579655976
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Artisan Publishers - October 4th, 2016

I want to rip out every page of this glorious book and hang them on my wall so that I can be surrounded by these incredible women all day long.
Emma Straub, New York Timesbestselling author ofThe VacationersandModern Lovers


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Literary Supper: Maria Semple - Today Will Be Different (Corte Madera)

Thursday, October 27, 2016 - 6:00pm

Tickets: $65
Event tickets include the meal, wine, tip, and a signed copy of the book.

Eleanor knows she's a mess. But today, she will tackle the little things. She will shower and get dressed. She will have her poetry and yoga lessons after dropping off her son, Timby. She won't swear. She will initiate sex with her husband, Joe. But before she can put her modest plan into action-life happens. Today, it turns out, is the day Timby has decided to fake sick to weasel his way into his mother's company. It's also the day Joe has chosen to tell his office-but not Eleanor-that he's on vacation. Just when it seems like things can't go more awry, an encounter with a former colleague produces a graphic memoir whose dramatic tale threatens to reveal a buried family secret.

Today Will Be Different is a hilarious, heart-filled story about reinvention, sisterhood, and how sometimes it takes facing up to our former selves to truly begin living.

Maria Semple is the author of This One Is Mine and Where'd You Go, Bernadette, which has been translated into eighteen languages. She lives in Seattle.

 

Today Will Be Different Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780316403436
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Little Brown and Company - October 4th, 2016

A brilliant novel from the author of Where'd You Go, Bernadette, about a day in the life of Eleanor Flood, forced to abandon her small ambitions and awake to a strange, new future.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Barkpost - Dogs & Their People (Corte Madera)

Sunday, October 23, 2016 - 1:00pm

Co-Sponsored by BarkPost

Finally, Bark & Co. has tapped the humans at BarkPost, the company's publishing arm, to put into words and photographs the first official BarkBook, capturing the depth, spirit, and power of the extraordinary bond between humans and their pups.

Mostly community-sourced and filled with never-before-told anecdotes, stories, photos, and intimate insights, Dogs and Their People spotlights over 200 unique and remarkable dogs. Some are celebri-dogs while others are just making their debut; some will make your heart ache, while others will make it soar; and others simply look really dapper in color. All bring to life and celebrate the crazy, consuming, insatiable love we feel for the World's Ultimate Best Friend in a book that is the perfect gift for Dog Lovers everywhere.

Bark & Co. is a company dedicated to the happiness of dogs everywhere. BarkPost, the company’s publishing arm, helps dogs share their stories with the world through their enormously popular blog.

Dogs and Their People: Photos and Stories of Life with a Four-Legged Love Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780399574269
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - October 18th, 2016

From the humans that brought you BarkBox (and BarkPost and BarkShop) finally comes "Dogs and Their People."
Finally, Bark & Co. has tapped the humans at BarkPost, the company's publishing arm, to put into words and photographs the first official BarkBook, capturing the depth, spirit, and power of the extraordinary bond between humans and their pups.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Gerald Fleming - One (Corte Madera)

Saturday, October 22, 2016 - 7:00pm

Gerald Fleming’s new book of prose poems (Hanging Loose Press, Brooklyn)—titled, simply, One, pushes the tensile strength of the English language. Frederick Barthelme has called the work in this new volume “dizzying and wonderful, pretzelesque,” and for Fleming the book is the culmination of two years’ work using a language “constrained, but somehow liberated in that constraint.” Of his last book, The Choreographer (Sixteen Rivers Press), the poet Terence Winch said, “Fleming’s world is a universe of his own making, defined by a poet’s sense of language and a novelist’s take on story. Readers will have a blast traveling through this wondrous place.”

Gerald Fleming’s most recent books are Night of Pure Breathing, prose poems (Hanging Loose Press), and Swimmer Climbing onto Shore, poetry (Sixteen Rivers Press). Fleming taught in San Francisco’s public schools for thirty-seven years and has written three books for teachers, including Rain, Steam, and Speed (Jossey-Bass/Wiley). From 1995 to 2000, he edited and published the literary magazine Barnabe Mountain Review. In 2013, with his brother and sister—glass artists Bernie Fleming and Michaela Fleming—he launched the limited-edition magazine One (More) Glass.

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Jane Alexander - Wild Things, Wild Places (Corte Madera)

Friday, October 21, 2016 - 7:00pm

In Wild Things, Wild Places, Jane Alexander movingly, with a clear eye and a knowing, keen grasp of the issues and on what is being done in conservation and the worlds of science to help the planet’s most endangered species to stay alive and thrive, writes of her steady and fervent immersion into the worlds of wildlife conservation, of her coming to know the scientists throughout the world—to her, the prophets in the wilderness—who are steeped in this work, of her travels with them—and on her own—to the most remote and forbidding areas of the world as they try to save many species, including ourselves.

Jane Alexander was born and raised in Brookline, Massachusetts, and attended Sarah Lawrence College and the University of Edinburgh. Alexander has appeared in more than twenty films, including Testament, Kramer vs. Kramer, All the President’s Men, The Great White Hope, Brubaker, The Cider House Rules, Sunshine State, Feast of Love, and Terminator Salvation. She has performed in more than 100 plays, among them The Great White Hope, The Visit and The Sisters Rosensweig, appearing on Broadway, London’s West End, and in regional theaters from Atlanta to LA. She has received, in addition to a Tony and two Emmys, an Obie, a Drama Desk Award, and a Theatre World Award, as well as being inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame. She lives in upstate New York and Nova Scotia with her husband, Ed Sherin, the award-winning director of the TV series Law & Order and the Broadway productions of The Great White Hope and The First Monday in October, among many others.

 

Wild Things, Wild Places: Adventurous Tales of Wildlife and Conservation on Planet Earth Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9780385354363
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Knopf Publishing Group - September 27th, 2016

A moving, inspiring, personal look at the vastly changing world of wildlife on planet earth as a result of human incursion, and the crucial work of animal and bird preservation across the globe being done by scientists, field biologists, zoologists, environmentalists, and conservationists.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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