Corte Madera Events

Renate Stendhal - Kiss Me Again, Paris (Corte Madera)

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 7:00pm

In conversation Jim Van Buskirk

Event will include French waltzes by a live accordion player, hors d'oeuvres, beverages, and party favors!

From Paris's famous opera house to its gossip-rich salons, Kiss Me Again, Paris celebrates youth at the end of the 1970s, when women were in fashion and every woman, gay or straight, fell in love with women. 

Renate Stendhal ekes out a living as a cultural journalist in Europe's most cultured city. She walks Paris at night dressed as a boy, has friends and lovers among artists and writers, and falls under the spell of the mercurial actress Claude, who has all of Paris talking. At the same time, she finds herself in the crosshairs of an alluring stranger who seems to appear everywhere and nowhere at once. There are mysteries with and without clues. Is sexual obsession a way to avoid the risk of love? 

Filled with sensuality, style, romance, and suspense, Stendhal plays with the concept of memoir as a genre and transports the reader to another time and place. No matter what age, you'll be young and in love again when you reach the last page. 

Renate Stendhal is the award-winning author of the photo biography Gertrude Stein: In Words and Pictures. After growing up in Berlin and Hamburg, she lived in Paris for almost two decades, pursuing ballet and underground theater, translating American women authors and writing cultural reviews for the German radio and press. Stendhal has published several books in Germany and in the United States, three of them co-authored with her life companion Kim Chernin. Her articles and essays have appeared internationally. She has a passion for country living with Kim, two dogs, and a small orchard, and she still loves to opine about opera and ballet, reviewing culture for diverse magazines.

Jim Van Buskirk is the co-author of Gay by the Bay: A History of Queer Culture in the San Francisco Bay Area and Celluloid San Francisco: The Film Lover’s Guide to Bay Area Movie Locations. He also co-edited Identity Envy: Wanting to Be Who We're Not and Love, Castro Street: Reflections of San Francisco. His essays and articles have been featured in various books, newspapers, magazines, radio broadcasts, and websites.


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ISBN: 9780985977382
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Published: If SF Publishing - June 6th, 2017

Literary Nonfiction. LGBTQIA Studies. Memoir. Includes 130 vintage photographs. From Paris's famous opera house to its gossip-rich salons, KISS ME AGAIN, PARIS celebrates youth at the end of the 1970s, when women were in fashion and every woman, gay or straight, fell in love with women.

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Friends of Book Passage - Members-Only Sale (All Stores)

Saturday, July 22, 2017 - 9:00am

Book Passage staff would like to remind our loyal members of a very special 30% off Members-only Sale!

This fun, Members-only event will be held Saturday, July 22, from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm at all three Book Passage locations. All members, whether new, current or former, are invited to participate. If you fall into the "former" category, now is your opportunity to renew your membership so that you don't miss out on this special 30% off sale. New members are also invited, so invite your friends to join!

Any bookseller can help with new or renewing memberships. Or, you can contact You may also join or renew online here. We look forward to another special day with our Friends of Book Passage.


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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Patrick N. Hunt - Hannibal (Corte Madera)

Monday, July 24, 2017 - 7:00pm

One of the greatest commanders of the ancient world brought vividly to life: Hannibal, the brilliant general who successfully crossed the Alps with his war elephants and brought Rome to its knees.

Hannibal Barca of Carthage, born 247 BC, was one of the great generals of the ancient world. His father, Hamilcar, was also a great strategist and master tactician who imposed Carthaginian rule over much of present-day Spain. After Hamilcar led the Carthaginian forces against Rome in the First Punic War, Hannibal followed in his father’s footsteps, leading Carthage in the Second Punic War.

From the time he was a teenager, Hannibal fought against Rome. He is famed for leading Carthage’s army across north Africa, into Spain, along the Mediterranean coast, and then crossing the Alps with his army and war elephants. Hannibal won victories in northern Italy by outmaneuvering his Roman adversaries and defeated a larger Roman army at the battle of Cannae in 216 BC. Unable to force Rome to capitulate, he was eventually forced to leave Italy and return to Carthage when a savvy Roman general named Scipio invaded north Africa. Hannibal and Scipio fought an epic battle at Zama, which Hannibal lost. The terms of surrender were harsh and many Carthaginians blamed Hannibal, eventually forcing him into exile until his death.

To this day Hannibal is still regarded as a military genius. Napoleon, George Patton, and Norman Schwarzkopf, Jr. are only some of the generals who studied and admired him. His strategy and tactics are still taught in military academies. He is one of the figures of the ancient world whose life and exploits never fail to impress. Historian Patrick N. Hunt has led archeological expeditions in the Alps and elsewhere to study Hannibal’s achievements bringing an incredible story to life in this riveting and dramatic book, Hannibal.

Patrick N. Hunt is an archeologist, historian, and biographer who has taught humanities, archeology, and mythology at Stanford University since 1993. A Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society in London, Hunt has been featured on TV documentaries, including National Geographic Explorer, Nova, and the Discovery Channel. He is also a National Geographic Expeditions expert. Articles about his Hannibal research have appeared in National Geographic, Archaeology Magazine, and Earth magazine among others. He is the author of Ten Discoveries That Rewrote History and When Empires Clash: Twelve Great Battles in Antiquity, among other books. He lives in the Bay Area, California.

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ISBN: 9781439102176
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Published: Simon & Schuster - July 11th, 2017

One of the greatest commanders of the ancient world brought vividly to life: Hannibal, the brilliant general who successfully crossed the Alps with his war elephants and brought Rome to its knees.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Vanessa Grubbs - Hundreds of Interlaced Fingers (Corte Madera)

Tuesday, July 25, 2017 - 7:00pm

In Partnership with National Kidney Foundation

A young, hopeful doctor’s memoir—an unforgettable love story and an informative journey into the world of medicine and kidney transplantation that ultimately asks: What does it mean to let go of something that you love, even if it is life itself?

When Vanessa Grubbs fell in love with Robert she had no idea that the relationship would thoroughly transform her life. Robert suffered from end-stage kidney disease, which required him to endure years of debilitating dialysis to stay alive, at least until his failed organ could be replaced by a kidney transplant. Although Vanessa was a primary care doctor, she developed a deeper understanding of the difficulties Robert faced with dialysis and in finding a donor. So, despite their being early in their relationship, she volunteered one of her own kidneys—and discovered that she was a match. This life-affirming experience forged a bond that would become a pillar of Vanessa and Robert’s marriage—and the beginning of her new career.

Motivated by Robert’s experience and her newfound knowledge, Vanessa became a nephrologist—a kidney doctor—and discovered far more about the realities of the specialty. Shaped by Vanessa’s remarkable experiences as a doctor, a woman of color, a mother, and a kidney donor, Hundreds of Interlaced Fingers is a love story, an expose, and a clarion call for us all to consider the dualities of both loving and letting go.

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ISBN: 9780062418173
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Published: Amistad Press - June 13th, 2017

A young, hopeful doctor's memoir--an unforgettable love story and an informative journey into the world of medicine and kidney transplantation that ultimately asks: What does it mean to let go of something that you love, even if it is life itself?

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Kate Rider - Improve Your Italian Through Music

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - 9:30am

4 Wednesdays, July 26 – August 16, 2017 • 9:30 - 11:15 am • $110

Listening to foreign-language songs is a great way to boost your language learning. In this class we will listen to a variety of Italian popular songs and use them as a tool for increasing vocabulary, improving listening skills, and reinforcing grammar. No singing, only listening! For students at or above an intermediate level. 

Kate Rider studied Italian at Stanford, Middlebury College, and in Florence and Genoa. She earned a master’s degree in Italian Literature at S.F. State, and teaches Italian at Dominican University. She loves to share her passion for Italian with her students! Classes are fun and relaxed, with a variety of activities and an emphasis on practical speaking ability.

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Barry Kraft - Shakespeare Celebration (Corte Madera)

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - 7:00pm

Join Barry Kraft for a celebration of all things Shakespeare! Kraft has acted in all 38 of Shakespeare’s plays, playing more than 100 roles in 86 full productions. He spent 28 seasons as an actor and dramaturg at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.


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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Genevieve Blaise-Sullivan - Conversation Course in French

Thursday, July 27, 2017 - 12:30pm

6 sessions/Tues & Thurs July 27 – Aug. 17 (no class 8/10); 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm • $200

Genevieve Blaise-Sullivan is a graduate of the Sorbonne. She has taught French at College of Marin for over 30 years.

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Andrew Sean Greer - Less (Corte Madera)

Thursday, July 27, 2017 - 7:00pm

Who says you can't run away from your problems?

You are a failed novelist about to turn fifty. A wedding invitation arrives in the mail: your boyfriend of the past nine years is engaged to someone else. You can't say yes -- it would be too awkward -- and you can't say no -- it would look like defeat. On your desk are a series of invitations to half-baked literary events around the world.

QUESTION: How do you arrange to skip town?

ANSWER: You accept them all.

What would possibly go wrong? Arthur Less will almost fall in love in Paris, almost fall to his death in Berlin, barely escape to a Moroccan ski chalet from a Saharan sandstorm, accidentally book himself as the (only) writer-in-residence at a Christian Retreat Center in Southern India, and encounter, on a desert island in the Arabian Sea, the last person on Earth he wants to face. Somewhere in there: he will turn fifty.

Through it all, there is his first love. And there is his last.

Because, despite all these mishaps, missteps, misunderstandings and mistakes, this is, above all, a love story.

A scintillating satire of the American abroad, a rumination on time and the human heart, a bittersweet romance of chances lost, by an author The New York Times has hailed as "inspired, lyrical," "elegiac," "ingenious," as well as "too sappy by half," Less shows a writer at the peak of his talents raising the curtain on our shared human comedy.

Andrew Sean Greer is the bestselling author of five works of fiction, including The Confessions of Max Tivoli, which was named a best book of 2004 by the San Francisco Chronicle and the Chicago Tribune. He is the recipient of the Northern California Book Award, the California Book Award, the New York Public Library Young Lions Award, the O Henry award for short fiction and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Public Library. Greer lives in San Francisco. He has traveled to all of the locations in this novel, but he is only big in Italy.


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ISBN: 9780316316125
Availability: Special Order
Published: Lee Boudreaux Books - July 18th, 2017

A breakout romantic comedy by the bestselling author of five critically acclaimed novels

Who says you can't run away from your problems?

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Rhys Bowen - On Her Majesty's Frightfully Secret Service (Corte Madera)

Tuesday, August 1, 2017 - 7:00pm

In On Her Majesty's Frightfully Secret Service, when royal sleuth Georgie Rannoch receives a letter from her dearest friend Belinda, who’s in an Italian villa awaiting the birth of her illegitimate baby, she yearns to run to her side. If only she could find a way to get there! But then opportunity presents itself in a most unexpected way—her cousin the queen asks her to attend a house party in the Italian Lake Country. The Prince of Wales AND the dreadful Mrs. Simpson have been invited, and Her Majesty is anxious to thwart a possible secret wedding.

What luck! A chance to see Belinda, even if it is under the guise of stopping unwanted nuptials. Only that’s as far as Georgie’s fortune takes her. She soon discovers that she attended finishing school with the hostess of the party—and the hatred they had for each other then has barely dimmed. Plus, she needs to hide Belinda’s delicate condition from the other guests. And her dashing beau, Darcy is (naturally) working undercover on a dangerous mission. Then her actress mother shows up, with a not-so-little task to perform. With all this subterfuge, it seems something is bound to go horribly wrong—and Georgie will no doubt be left to pick up the pieces when it does.

Rhys Bowen is a New York Times bestselling author has been nominated for every major award in mystery writing, including the Edgar®, and has won many, including both the Agatha and Anthony awards. She is also the author of the Molly Murphy Mysteries and the Constable Evans Mysteries.

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ISBN: 9780425283509
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Berkley Books - August 1st, 2017

In the new Royal Spyness Mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of Crowned and Dangerous, Lady Georgiana Rannoch juggles secret missions from the Queen, Darcy, and her mother. But it's all in a day's work when you're thirty-fifth in line to the British Crown.

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Kathy Freschi - Advanced Italian

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 - 10:00am

4 Wednesdays; August 2 - August 30, 2017 (no class 8/16) • 10:00 am - 12:00 pm • $130

Novecento, a theatrical monologue by Antonio Baricco, tells the story of a boy stranded on the SS Virginian who becomes a famed pianist. Jelly Roll Morton, of New Orleans jazz fame, comes aboard to challenge him to a duel. Read and discussed in Italian, including the viewing of its film by Giuseppe Tornatore. Students will produce writing samples. Intermediate and Advanced students.

Kathy Freschi has been teaching Italian for over 40 years at UC Santa Barbara, UC Berkeley and College of Marin. In 1987, she founded the Credit Program of Italian at College of Marin, for which she was awarded La Stella d’Italia by the Republic of Italy.

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Corte Madera, CA 94925