Corte Madera Events

Anna Gatmon - Living a Spiritual Life in a Material World (Corte Madera)

Saturday, November 18, 2017 - 4:00pm

Passionate about making spirituality practical and accessible to everyone in their personal and professional life, she offers tools on how to rise above the daily grind in Living a Spiritual Life in a Material World: Four Keys to Fulfillment and Balance. Through her personal experience and research, Dr. Anna Gatmon found four keys that lead to amore whole and compassionate way of life, which is spiritually and materially balanced.

BENEFITS OF THE FOUR KEYS:

  • Ability to find peace and break out of a dispirited mood within minutes
  • A shift from feeling alone to feeling that you are cared for
  • Increased impact on daily situations
  • Enhancement of your intuitive decision-making skills
  • Ability to embrace your authentic self
  • Connecting with your true purpose
  • A greater sense of harmony, intimacy, and connection with people

Believing that her knowledge is not just for spiritual seekers but also for anyone looking for more meaning and fulfillment in their life, this spiritual coach provides a road map to living a life that is spiritually fulfilling without having to give up material pleasures.

Anna Gatmon, PhD, is a visionary educator and spiritual midwife.  The founder of an alternative elementary school, she is a former fashion model who comes from a multicultural background that spans the USA, Sweden, Israel, and France.  She holds a doctoral degree in Transformative Learning from the California Institute for Integral Studies. Anna won the bronze award in the Living Now 2017 book competition in their Enlightenment/Spirituality category for Living a Spiritual Life in a Material World. She lives with her family in Sonoma County, California.

 

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$16.95
ISBN: 9781631522567
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Published: She Writes Press - August 15th, 2017

Living a Spiritual Life in a Material World offers a offers an unconventional approach to the spiritual-material split so prevalent in our culture. In these pages, Dr.


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Spring Washam - A Fierce Heart (Corte Madera)

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 - 7:00pm

In Partnership with Spirit Rock

Spring Washam is a founder of the East Bay Meditation Center, one of the most diverse and accessible Dharma centers in the United States. In A Fierce Heart, Washam shares her contemporary, unique interpretation of the Buddha’s 2,500-year-old teachings, with short chapters that get to the heart of mindfulness, wisdom, loving kindness, and compassion.

Woven throughout the book are stories from the author’s life, family, and ancestors, along with many soulful, heartfelt stories from all over the world. Washam’s teachings focus on social action, multiculturalism, and youth, making the Dharma welcoming to as large and wide a community as possible. Anyone who has suffered will benefit from the life-saving teachings of this charismatic teacher. Her humor, enthusiasm, and energy are a balm.

Spring Washam is a meditation and Dharma teacher based in the Bay Area of Northern California. She was trained by Jack Kornfield and now leads retreats throughout the country. Spring is one of the founders of the East Bay Meditation Center in Oakland where she teaches and leads meditation groups regularly. She is also a member of the Spirit Rock Teachers Council. Spring is considered a pioneer in bringing mindfulness based healing practices to inner-city communities. She has extensive training in indigenous healing practices and works with students individually from around the world.

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$16.95
ISBN: 9781937006761
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Published: Parallax Press - November 7th, 2017

Spring Washam is a founder of the East Bay Meditation Center, one of the most diverse and accessible meditation centers in the United States. In A Fierce Heart, Washam shares her contemporary, unique interpretation of the Buddha's 2,500-year-old teachings with powerfully written chapters that get to the heart of mindfulness, wisdom, and compassion.


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Silent Book Club - Monthly Meeting (Corte Madera)

Monday, November 27, 2017 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

 

Silent Book Club is happy hour for introverts. Bring a book (or buy one at Book Passage). Order a drink or food if you like, and then settle in for an hour or so of quiet reading with fellow book lovers at Book Passage's Cafe.There's no assigned reading or discussion guides -- that's the "silent" part of our book club -- but we do like to share book recommendations and meet like-minded readers. 

No one will be shushed or shamed at Silent Book Club. All readers are welcome -- even e-readers. 

 

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Marin Ballet - Nutcracker Story Time (Corte Madera)

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 - 4:00pm

Join Marin Ballet at Book Passage to hear the magical tale of the Nutcracker. This unique telling of the holiday classic will feature a costumed visit by some of the characters from the ballet’s cast.  The dancers will be available to take photos and sign autographs after the reading.  This is the perfect opportunity to introduce the Nutcracker tradition to little ones!  Follow it up by seeing Clara’s whimsical adventure come to life at the Marin Center on December 9th and 10th.  

Purchase Nutcracker Tickets Here:
http://www.marinballet.org/performance/nutcracker-season/

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By E. T. a. Hoffmann, Ralph Manheim (Translator), Maurice Sendak (Illustrator)
$24.99
ISBN: 9780385348645
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Published: Crown Publishing Group (NY) - October 30th, 2012

"A classic, new and complete. One of the ten best illustrated children's books of the year."
-- New York Times Book Review
The tale of Nutcracker, written by E.T.A. Hoffmann in 1816, has fascinated and inspired artists, composers, and audiences for almost two hundred years. It has retained its freshness because it appeals to the sense of wonder we all share.


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Robin Gainey - Light of the Nothern Dancers (Corte Madera)

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 - 7:00pm

Robin Gainey’s second novel is a story of two dynamic nineteenth century women, each with a unique style. Light of the Nothern Dancers follows fiery aristocrat, Eden Rose, uprooted from her native Scotland, who has tended a foundering marriage and failing ranch at the corner of Crazy Woman Creek and the Powder River for a decade. Best friend, backwoods spitfire Maddie True, has her own woes a few miles away: widowed with a passel of children and caretaker to her addled father. Abandoned by her husband during the height of Wyoming Territory’s worst drought in history, Eden depends on her inept brother, Aiden, to see her through the coming winter. But when he disappears into the wild Bighorn mountains, she shuns Maddie’s fearful cautions, teaming with enigmatic Lakota Holy Man, Intah, to find him before the wicked snow holds them all hostage. Guided by spirit and love, their lives are transformed.

Robin Gainey partnered in creating California’s Gainey Vineyard; presided over their culinary programs; and, with Julia Child, founded Santa Barbara’s American Institute of Wine and Food. She also oversaw the breeding and showing of champion Arabian Horses begun by the Gainey Family in 1939. She’s lived in California, Colorado, Washington, and Rome, Italy. She returned to her hometown, Seattle, to find her heart in writing. Active trustee of the acclaimed, Pacific Northwest Ballet, she enjoys reading, cooking, horseback riding, skiing any mountain, and spending three months every year cruising the wild Canadian Inside Passage aboard her boat—mostly alone.

 

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Picture Book Club: Chitra Soundar - Pattan's Pumpkin (Corte Madera)

Thursday, November 30, 2017 - 4:00pm

Picture Book Club Event!

At least once a month at Book Passage, kids aged 4-8 and their grown-ups have the chance to hear a picture book read aloud by the author or illustrator. These events will always be after school, midweek and feature our favorite newly published books. Picture Book Club is also available as a subscription service, one new signed picture book per month can be delivered to the child (or adult) of your choice. Contact cdoornbos@bookpassage.com or call 414-927-0960 ext 402 for more information about Picture Book Club.

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Pattan's Pumpkin is a vibrant variation on the traditional flood myth from the Irular tribe in Southern India.

When Pattan finds a yellow-flower vine wilting in his valley, he replants and cares for it, watching as a pumpkin appears and grows taller than the goats, taller than the elephants, as tall as the very mountains. When a terrible storm rages across the valley, Pattan wonders if perhaps his pumpkin can save the seeds and grains and saplings, the goats and birds and bison, and protect them all as the storm clouds burst and the waters rise. Frane Lessac's brilliantly hued artwork is a feast for the eyes, while Chitra Soundar's thoughtful retelling is a fascinating example of the kinds of stories told the world over -- and the differences that make each version unique. 

Chitra Soundar grew up in southern India before moving to Singapore, where she began her career writing for children. She has since written more than twenty children's books.

 

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By Chitra Soundar, Frane Lessac (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780763692742
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - August 1st, 2017

A vibrant variation on the traditional flood myth from the Irular tribe in Southern India.


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Reza Aslan - God (San Rafael)

Thursday, November 30, 2017 - 7:00pm

Angelico Hall, Dominican University of California
Tickets: $40 (includes signed book)

In God, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Zealot and host of the new TV show Believer explores how different ideas of god have united, divided, and propelled humanity forward for millennia.

The entire history of religion—any religion—can be seen as the evolution of one metaphor: God as a super-charged version of ourselves. This metaphor occurs over and over again, regardless of time, location, and culture. This concept of the “humanized God”—God made in our own image—led to our earliest theorizing about the nature of the universe and our place in it. It informed our first physical representations of the non-material world. Belief in humanized gods guided us as hunter-gatherers, and then, tens of thousands of years later, compelled us to swap our spears for plows and begin planting instead. Our first temples were built by people who thought of the gods as super-powered human beings - as were our first religions.

With the layered prose and thoughtful, accessible scholarship that made Zealot an international bestseller, Reza Aslan takes us through the history of a particular view of God and, in the process, reflects on how intense belief has shaped humanity’s history.

Reza Aslan is an internationally acclaimed writer and scholar of religions. His first book, No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam, was an international bestseller and has been translated into thirteen languages and named by Blackwell as one of the hundred most important books of the last decade. He is also the author of How to Win a Cosmic War: God, Globalization and the End of the War on Terror (published in paperback as Beyond Fundamentalism), as well as the editor for Tablet & Pen: Literary Landscapes from the Modern Middle East. He is also the founder of Aslan Media, a company devoted to creating forums and encouraging discourse abou the Greater Middle East. Born in Iran, he now lives in Los Angeles, where he is an associate professor of creative writing at the University of California, Riverside.

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$28.00
ISBN: 9780553394726
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Published: Random House - November 7th, 2017

The #1 New York Times bestselling author of Zealot and host of Believer explores humanity's quest to make sense of the divine in this concise and fascinating history of our understanding of God.


Angelico Hall, Dominican University
20 Olive Avenue
San Rafael, CA 94901

Birgitte Rasine - The Jaguar and the Cacao Tree (Corte Madera)

Saturday, December 2, 2017 - 1:00pm

In Partnership with Marin Munchies
Featuring a chocolate tasting provided by Marin Munchies and chocolate maker Katja Reitemeyer!

Award-winning author Birgitte Rasine talks chocolate in ways you've never known it: its incredible 5,300 history, its fascinating mythology, and all the good things it brings our body, mind and spirit. Come discover a world where jaguars talk to hummingbirds,1,000-year-old cacao pods release their secrets in the light of the full moon, and feathered serpents guard the very soul of chocolate's history. This is story time for kids and parents, the young and the young-at-heart, and especially everyone who loves chocolate.

The Jaguar and the Cacao Tree is a mythic fantasy about the history, mythology, and biology of cacao that readers young and old alike are calling “addicting.” Think of it as a blend of Harry Potter and The Chronicles of Narnia, doused in chocolate. 

And what chocolate story time would be complete without a taste of the real thing? Local craft chocolate maker Katja Reitemeyer, owner of Marin Munchies, will regale us with samples of her delicious chocolate and tell you all about the production and sourcing of the world's most favorite food.

Birgitte Rasine is an award-winning author, journalist, producer, and entrepreneur whose work marries sustainability with storytelling, mobile apps with print books, and art with technology. She is the author of numerous literary works and articles, and has spoken on topics ranging from media to sustainability on three continents. Birgitte’s books and mobile apps have been recognized by design and publishing awards and honors from organizations such as the Eric Hoffer Award, International Academy of Visual Arts in Los Angeles, Press 53, and the Alliance of Independent Authors.

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By Birgitte Rasine, Allen Young (Foreword by), Luba Rasine-Ortoleva (Illustrator)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781938284922
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Published: Lucita Publishing - March 18th, 2016

What strange creatures might these be... that guard cacao history?

Max Hammond has a life other science-obsessed boys his age only dream of: he travels the world with his bee researcher dad and science writer mom.


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Laura Schenone - The Dogs of Avalon (Corte Madera)

Sunday, December 3, 2017 - 11:00am

In partnership with the Marin Humane Society

Greyhounds, bred to be the fastest racing dogs on earth, are streaks of lightning. Beautiful, astonishing creatures, countless numbers of them disappear each year once they can no longer compete and win.

The Dogs of Avalon introduces us to the strong-willed Marion Fitzgibbon, born in rural Ireland, where animals are valued only for their utility. But Fitzgibbon believes that suffering is felt by all creatures, and she champions the cause of strays, baffling those around her--including her family--as she and a group of local women rescue any animal in need and taking on increasingly risky missions.

When Fitzgibbon becomes head of the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and focuses on the cause of the greyhound, she faces an entrenched racing industry protected by money and power. She joins forces with an American greyhound activist, a foxhunter's wife, a British lady, and an influential German animal rescuer to create an international network to find these animals homes, confront the racing industry, and provide safe havens where animals can live in peace.

The Dogs of Avalon brings forward the people on the other side of the tracks--Irish Travellers (a people whose Celtic history goes back centuries), dogmen who hope to win big--together with a host of animals on two continents--circus tigers in Ireland, wild monkeys in the Yucatan, dolphins in a marine animal park in Florida, and one very special Irish sight hound in New Jersey named Lily.

In this potent David and Goliath story, Laura Schenone's journey helps us understand our deep connection to animals and gives us inspiration in the form of the unforgettable Fitzgibbon, who grapples with compassion and activism and shows the difference we are all capable of making in the world.

Laura Schenone is the author of the James Beard Award-winning A Thousand Years Over a Hot Stove and The Lost Ravioli Recipes of Hoboken. She lives in New Jersey with her family and dog Lily.

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$26.95
ISBN: 9780393073584
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - August 22nd, 2017

Greyhounds, bred to be the fastest racing dogs on earth, are streaks of lightning. Beautiful, astonishing creatures, countless numbers of them disappear each year once they can no longer compete and win.


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Matt Coyle & Patricia Smiley - An Afternoon In Conversation (Corte Madera)

Sunday, December 3, 2017 - 1:00pm

In Blood Truth, Rick Cahill has long feared the truth about his own blood--the blood of his father coursing through his veins.

When a long-hidden safe unlocks clues about why his father was kicked off the police force twenty-seven years ago and then spiraled into an early drunken death, Rick determines to find the truth even if it proves the one thing he's always feared.

But as he grapples with his father's past, the woman he still loves pleads with him to find out if her husband is having an affair--or is involved in something much more sinister. Could the truth send her back into Rick's arms? Would he have a last shot at happiness? He may never get the chance to find out, as killers who will do anything to protect their secrets lurk in the shadows.

Matt Coyle is the winner of the Anthony Award, the Benjamin Franklin Silver Medal, the San Diego Book Award, and is a Shamus, Macavity, and Lefty Award finalist as well. He has a degree in English from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and has worked in the restaurant, golf, and sports collectible businesses. Blood Truth is the fourth in his Rick Cahill crime series. Matt lives in San Diego with his yellow Lab, Angus.

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In Outside the Wire, LAPD homicide detective Davie Richards is called to an airport parking garage to investigate the shooting of a retired US Army Ranger. Missing personal items point to a robbery, but Davie suspects a more sinister motive when she notices only one military dog tag around the victim's neck. Could the murderer have taken the other as a memento of the kill?

Patricia Smiley (Los Angeles, CA) is a bestselling mystery author whose short fiction has appeared in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine and Two of the Deadliest, an anthology edited by Elizabeth George. Patricia has taught writing classes at various conferences throughout the US and Canada, and she served as vice president of the Southern California Chapter of Mystery Writers of America and as president of Sisters in Crime/Los Angeles.

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$26.95
ISBN: 9781608092390
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Published: Oceanview Publishing - December 5th, 2017

A hard-boiled PI novel for fans of Raymond Chandler, Ross MacDonald and Dashiell Hammett.

Rick Cahill has long feared the truth about his own blood--the blood of his father coursing through his veins.


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$15.99
ISBN: 9780738752358
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Published: Midnight Ink - November 8th, 2017

Homicide detective Davie Richards is called to an airport parking garage to investigate the shooting of a retired U.S. Army Ranger. Missing personal items point to a robbery, but Davie suspects a more sinister motive when she notices only one military dog tag around the Ranger's neck. Could the murderer have taken the other as a memento of the kill?


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