Corte Madera Events

Prison University Project - Open Line (Corte Madera)

Thursday, June 22, 2017 - 7:00pm

The Prison University Project extends an educational lifeline to people who have been historically excluded from the arts and humanities. Our students, like most people in prison, come from some of the nation’s most vulnerable communities. Over 70% of students are men of color, and many are the first in their family to earn a degree. The Prison University Project was awarded the 2015 National Humanities Medal by President Obama, in recognition of the organization’s impact and leadership in supporting educational opportunities for the incarcerated.

OpenLine features essays, poetry, and artwork from Prison University Project students, amplifying their voices and humanizing the image of incarcerated people in the public imagination. OpenLine strives to change public perceptions of currently and formerly incarcerated people, playing a critical role in bringing about a more rational and humane discussion about criminal justice reform in the United States. The 2016 edition of OpenLine, titled Live: Performances in Print celebrates student performances from an Open Mic event hosted by the Prison University Project.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Barbara Bonner - Inspiring Courage (Corte Madera)

Friday, June 23, 2017 - 7:00pm

How can we manage to move forward in the face of hardship, when the odds aren't in our favor? Inspiring Courage offers us a beautiful companion to the challenges of daily life -- it is a book of inspiration and a resource for finding strength when the very notion of courage seems unfathomable. This collection of quotations, poetry, and uplifting accounts of ordinary acts of life-changing courage -- often in the face of fear -- are carefully selected to open us up to living life fully, from a place of strength and love.

In this book we are inspired to all kinds of courage: courage to live a human life, courage to face disaster, and courage to help an ailing world. Included are stories of ordinary people who have faced illness, loss, and discrimination, and taken on political challenges and the environmental crisis. Selected poems and quotations include figures like Martin Luther King, Jr., Mark Twain, the Buddha, Maya Angelou, Rainer Maria Rilke, Pema Chodron, Rumi, Wendell Berry, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and many more.

Barbara Bonner started her professional life as an art historian, moving on to leadership positions in three New York City museums. She later served as Vice President of Bennington College and the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, and she formerly served as board chair at the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies. She now has her own consulting practice focused on helping non-profits transform their philanthropic support. Committed to a life in philanthropy, she has served on ten nonprofit boards and has started a fund to serve women with cancer in her region. A gardener, swimmer, avid reader and enthusiastic student of yoga, Eastern religions and contemplative practice, Barbara is the inordinately proud mother of an actor and an English professor and grandmother of magnificent Archer and Nate. Barbara lives in a converted barn in Housatonic, Massachusetts.


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ISBN: 9781614292616
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Published: Wisdom Publications - April 18th, 2017

Through a broad scope of quotations, poems, and true-life stories, Inspiring Courage offers inspiration to help us authentically live life to the fullest, even against all odds.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Patti Breitman - Even Vegans Die (Corte Madera)

Saturday, June 24, 2017 - 1:00pm

Even Vegans Die is a compassionate and practical guide to care giving, inclusion and acceptance when we or others are ill or dying. It includes advice and information for ensuring that our loved ones, human and nonhuman, will be cared for as we wish when we are gone. Patti Breitman examines the false promise of eternal health when promoting a plant based diet, and the harm that does to ourselves and our community. This is a book for anyone who ever thought that their yoga, running, diet or healthy lifestyle choices guaranteed protection from disease and mortality. If you were ever embarrassed when you got sick, or didn't know what to say when someone else was sick, this book is for you.

Patti Breitman is a co-founder of Dharma Voices for Animals and the director of the Marin Vegetarian Education Group. In 2016 she was honored with the Lisa Shaprio Award for Unsung Vegan Heroes. Patti lives in Fairfax and considers herself the happiest vegan in town.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Admiral James Stavridis - Sea Power (Corte Madera)

Saturday, June 24, 2017 - 4:00pm

From the time of the Greeks and the Persians, clashing in the Mediterranean, sea power has determined world power.  To an extent that is often underappreciated, it still does. No one understands this more than Admiral James Stavridis, one of the most decorated naval officers of our time. A retired 4-star admiral with 35 years of active service in the Navy, he served as the Supreme Allied Commander for Global Operations at NATO from 2009 to 2013. In Sea Power: The History and Geopolitics of the World’s Oceans, Stavridis takes us with him on a remarkable voyage of the world’s most important bodies of water. He shows us how the geography of the oceans has shaped the destiny of nations, and how naval power has helped create the world we live in today, and will shape the world we live in tomorrow.  
This book is a marvelous naval history, giving us fresh insight into great naval engagements from the battles of Salamis and Lepanto through to Trafalgar, the Battle of the Atlantic, and Cold War submarine blind man’s bluff. It is also a keen-eyed reckoning with the likely sites of our next major naval conflicts, particularly the Arctic Ocean and the South China Sea. Finally, Admiral Stavridis steps back to take a holistic view of the plagues to our oceans that are best seen that way, from piracy to pollution.

Admiral Jim Stavridis, USN (Ret.) is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy who spent over 35 years on active service in the Navy. He commanded destroyers and a carrier strike group in combat and served for seven years as a four-star admiral, including nearly four years as the first Navy officer chosen as Supreme Allied Commander for Global Operations at NATO. After retiring from the Navy he was named the dean of The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University in 2013. He has written articles on global security issues for The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Atlantic.

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ISBN: 9780735220591
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Published: Penguin Press - June 6th, 2017

From one of the most admired admirals of his generation--and the only admiral to serve as Supreme Allied Commander at NATO--comes a remarkable voyage through all of the world's most important bodies of water, providing the story of naval power as a driver of human history and a crucial element in our current geopolitical path.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Thomas Centolella - Almost Human (Corte Madera)

Saturday, June 24, 2017 - 7:00pm

Thomas Centolella’s new poems register attraction, delight, expectations fulfilled and foiled, and moments of great feeling cherished and/or lamented. Employing the vividness of narrative without yielding to its linear strictures and overly familiar tonalities, many of the first-person protagonists are mysterious figures at once engaging and idiosyncratic, even outright eccentric. Often betwixt and between, neither here nor there, they are uncertain of actually getting anywhere. Almost Human documents the restive life-force incarnated in an endangered species—our own—and charts the movement of the self between spirit and human, recalling the idea, attributed to Teilhard de Chardin, that we aren’t human beings having a spiritual experience but spiritual beings having a human experience.

Thomas Centolella is the author of four books of poetry. His awards include the American Book Award, the California Book Award, the Northern California Book Award, the Lannan Literary Award, and publication in the National Poetry Series. He is also a former Wallace Stegner Fellow in poetry at Stanford University. His poems have appeared widely in magazines, anthologies, and on Garrison Keillor’s The Writer’s Almanac. He has been a visiting writer at many colleges, universities and literary centers and has taught creative writing in the Bay Area for 30 years, notably at College of Marin and in private Marin workshops. 


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

David Sedaris - Theft By Finding (Corte Madera)

Sunday, June 25, 2017 - 4:00pm

Tickets: $30.50 (includes signed book)

Please note that we are now sold out of seats for this event, and are no longer selling tickets for the book/seat combination to attend. We are now selling Standing Room Only tickets, and the event will be broadcast on our in-store monitors in the store and café. Patrons with Standing Room Only tickets will join the signing line after all seated patrons have lined up. David Sedaris will stay to sign every book for guests in attendance!

Introduction by Kelly Corrigan

It's no coincidence that the world's best writers tend to keep diaries. If you faithfully record your life in a journal, you're writing every day-and if you write every day, you become a better writer. David Sedaris has kept a diary for forty years. This means that if you've kept a diary for a year of your life or less, Sedaris is at least forty times better at writing than you are.

In his diaries, he's recorded everything that has captured his attention-overheard comments, salacious gossip, soap opera plot twists, secrets confided by total strangers. These observations are the source code for his finest work, and with them he has honed his self-deprecation and learned to craft his cunning, surprising sentences.

Now, for the first time, Sedaris shares his private writings with the world in Theft By Finding: Diaries 1977-2002. This is the first-person account of how a drug-abusing dropout with a weakness for the International House of Pancakes and a chronic inability to hold down a real job became one of the funniest people on the planet.

Most diaries - even the diaries of great writers - are impossibly dull, because they generally write about their emotions, or their dreams, or their interior life. Sedaris's diaries are unique because they face outward. He doesn't tell us his feelings about the world, he shows us the world instead, and in so doing he shows us something deeper about himself.

Written with a sharp eye and ear for the bizarre, the beautiful, and the uncomfortable, and with a generosity of spirit that even a misanthropic sense of humor can't fully disguise, Theft By Finding proves that Sedaris is one of our great modern observers. It's a potent reminder that there's no such thing as a boring day-when you're as perceptive and curious as Sedaris, adventure waits around every corner.

David Sedaris is the author of the books Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls, Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk, When You Are Engulfed in Flames, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Holidays on Ice, Naked, and Barrel Fever. He is a regular contributor to The New Yorker and BBC Radio 4. He lives in England.


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ISBN: 9780316154727
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Published: Little Brown and Company - May 30th, 2017

One of the most anticipated books of 2017: Boston Globe, New York Times Book Review, New York's "Vulture," The Week, Bustle, BookRiot

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Wendy Walsh - Intermediate Italian Review

Monday, June 26, 2017 - 1:00pm

5 Mondays; June 26- July 31, 2017 (No Class July 3); 1pm - 3:30pm • $195

Wendy Walsh has a Ph.D. in Italian Literature from UCB. She has been teaching Italian language, literature, and cooking since 1979.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Thrity Umrigar - Everybody's Son (Corte Madera)

Monday, June 26, 2017 - 7:00pm

In Everybody's Son, during a terrible heat wave in 1991--the worst in a decade--ten-year-old Anton has been locked in an apartment in the projects, alone, for seven days, without air conditioning or a fan. With no electricity, the refrigerator and lights do not work. Hot, hungry, and desperate, Anton shatters a window and climbs out. Cutting his leg on the broken glass, he is covered in blood when the police find him.

Juanita, his mother, is discovered in a crack house less than three blocks away, nearly unconscious and half-naked. When she comes to, she repeatedly asks for her baby boy. She never meant to leave Anton--she went out for a quick hit and was headed right back, until her drug dealer raped her and kept her high. Though the bond between mother and son is extremely strong, Anton is placed with child services while Juanita goes to jail.

The Harvard-educated son of a US senator, Judge David Coleman is a scion of northeastern white privilege. Desperate to have a child in the house again after the tragic death of his teenage son, David uses his power and connections to keep his new foster son, Anton, with him and his wife, Delores--actions that will have devastating consequences in the years to come.

Following in his adopted family's footsteps, Anton, too, rises within the establishment. But when he discovers the truth about his life, his birth mother, and his adopted parents, this man of the law must come to terms with the moral complexities of crimes committed by the people he loves most.

Thrity Umrigar is the author of six novels—The Story Hour, The World We Found, The Weight of Heaven, The Space Between Us, If Today Be Sweet, and Bombay Time—and the memoir First Darling of the Morning. The Armington Professor of English at Case Western Reserve University and a journalist for nearly twenty years, she is the winner of the Nieman Fellowship to Harvard and was a 2006 finalist for the PEN/Beyond Margins Award. She lives in Cleveland, Ohio.

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ISBN: 9780062442246
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Published: Harper - June 6th, 2017

The bestselling, critically acclaimed author of The Space Between Us and The World We Found deftly explores issues of race, class, privilege, and power and asks us to consider uncomfortable moral questions in this probing, ambitious, emotionally wrenching novel of two families--one black, one white.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Paul Madonna - On the Next Dream (Corte Madera)

Tuesday, June 27, 2017 - 7:00pm

Paul Madonna’s popular comic, All Over Coffee had been running for twelve years in the San Francisco Chronicle when he was evicted from his longtime home and studio in the Mission District, ground-zero in the “tech wars” transforming the city. Suddenly finding himself yet another victim of San Francisco’s overheated boomtown housing market, with its soaring prices and rampant evictions, Madonna decided to use his comic as a cathartic public platform to explore the experience, and to capture the complex, highly charged atmosphere of a city—and a life—being forced through a painful transition.

In a series of drawings and stories, On the Next Dream evokes the sense of vertigo induced by being forced from Madonna's home, and the roil of emotions that ensue as he enters into the city’s brutal competition for a place to live. The line between reality and surreality begins to blur almost immediately, in real life and in his comic. Absurd, maddening, and all-too-poignant, these drawings and stories capture the spirit of not just San Francisco, but a cultural epidemic that has now spread to cities around the world. 

Paul Madonna is a San Francisco-based artist and writer. He is the creator of the comic series All Over Coffee and the author of two books, All Over Coffee and Everything is Its Own Reward. His drawings and stories have appeared in numerous books and journals as well as galleries and museums, including the San Francisco Contemporary Jewish Museum and the Oakland Museum of California.

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By Paul Madonna (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780872867420
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Published: City Lights Books - April 4th, 2017

Paul Madonna's popular comic, "All Over Coffee" had been running for twelve years in the San Francisco Chronicle when he was evicted from his longtime home and studio in the Mission District, ground-zero in the "tech wars" transforming the city.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Steve Clifford - The CEO Pay Machine (Corte Madera)

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - 7:00pm

The former top CEO examines the scandalous and corrupt reasons behind obscene pay packages for corporate executives -- and explains how this hurts all of us -- and how we can stop it.

Today, the pay gap between chief executive officers of major U.S. firms and their workers is higher than ever before -- depending on the method of calculation, CEOs get paid between 300 and 700 times more than the average worker. Such outsized pay is a relatively recent phenomenon, but despite all the outrage, few detractors truly understand the numerous factors that have contributed to the dizzying upward spiral in CEO compensation.

Steven Clifford, a former CEO who has also served on many corporate boards, has a name for these procedures and practices --  "The CEO Pay Machine." The CEO Pay Machine is Clifford's thorough and shocking explanation of the 'machine' -- how it works, how its parts interact, and how every step pushes CEO pay to higher levels. As Clifford sees it, the payment structure for CEOs begins with shared delusions that reinforce one other: Once this groupthink is accepted as corporate dogma, it becomes infinitely harder to see any decision as potentially irrational or dysfunctional. Yet, as Clifford notes, the Pay Machine has caused immeasurable harm to companies, shareholders, economic growth, and democracy itself. He uses real-life examples of the top four CEOs named the highest paid in 2011 through 2014. Clifford examines how board directors and compensation committees have directly contributed to the rising salaries and bonuses of the country's richest executives; what's more, Clifford argues, each of those companies could have paid their CEOs 90 percent less and performed just as well.

Witty and infuriating, this is a thorough and incisive critique of an economic issue that affects all American workers.

Steven Clifford served as CEO for King Broadcasting Company for five years and National Mobile Television for nine years. He has been a director of thirteen companies and has chaired the compensation committee for both public and private companies. He holds a BA from Columbia University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.


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ISBN: 9780735212398
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Published: Blue Rider Press - May 9th, 2017

The former top CEO examines the scandalous and corrupt reasons behind obscene pay packages for corporate executives--and explains how this hurts all of us--and how we can stop it.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925