Corte Madera Events

San Geronimo Valley School - Poetry Reading

Friday, April 28, 2017 - 7:00pm

San Geronimo Valley School students from the first through sixth grades read their original poems—poems about their lives, their interests, their worries, and the natural world. Almost all of the work presented at this special event will be read for the first time in public. Come meet the future poets of America!
 
San Geronimo Valley Elementary School is located in San Geronimo, CA and is one of two elementary schools in the Lagunitas Elementary School District. It is a public school that serves students in grades K-6.

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Eric Harrison - The Foundations of Mindfulness (Corte Madera)

Saturday, April 29, 2017 - 4:00pm

Discover the wisdom of the Buddha’s original teachings on mindfulness.

Usually translated as The Foundations of Mindfulness, the Satipatthana Sutta—taken from the 2,500-year-old teachings of the Buddha himself—is the original “DIY manual” on how to meditate and be mindful. Just a few pages long, with 13 recommended practices, it provides the authority for the worldwide practice of mindfulness. However, this influential text has been neglected of late—not least because the common translation, in Victorian English, is virtually indecipherable. So, many modern mindfulness students—focused instead on the Zen practice of “just sitting”—risk missing the benefits of the Buddha’s more sophisticated approach.

Eric Harrison first translated the Satipatthana Sutta in 1975 and made it the basis of his decades-long teaching career. Now, with a new translation and commentary informed by a lifelong consideration of the Buddha’s original teachings, Harrison makes mindfulness more accessible than ever—to psychologists, teachers, and everyone with a serious interest in the practice looking for deeply informed, sparklingly clear insights and guidance.

Eric Harrison is the author of seven books on meditation and mindfulness that have been translated into 13 languages and published in 15 countries. He began teaching meditation as a secular, science-based therapy decades ago-long before the modern mindfulness movement began-and has taught tens of thousands of students. He lives in Perth, Australia.

 

The Foundations of Mindfulness: How to Cultivate Attention, Good Judgment, and Tranquility Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781615192564
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Experiment - April 18th, 2017

An Essential Addition to Mindfulness Literature

Who among us does not want to discern right from wrong and useful from useless in any situation?


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

[Bookstore Day] Sylvia Gonzalez - Art Reception (Corte Madera)

Saturday, April 29, 2017 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm

 

Special Independent Bookstore Day Event!

We are thrilled to have the artworks of local artist  Sylvia Gonzalez represented in  our Book Passage Gallery. Sylvia has worked in pastel for 27 years and has developed her own techniques in monotype. Sylvia is inspired by the colors and textures of the surrounding landscape, its creatures in, around and beyond. While her love of nature, traveling and exploring new places and cultures, is key to her work, she is always happy to be back home in her 100 year old barn-studio. We have her framed limited edition giclees and wonderful notecards.

Please join us for a reception with Sylvia, on Independent Bookstore Day, April 29, from 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. in our gallery.

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Book Passage is thrilled to once again be participating in Independent Bookstore Day. We'll have a selection of limited edition items (see the list here), as well as events at our stores.

In San Francisco, we'll also have an "Under the Yellow Umbrella" tribute to beloved author Amy Krouse Rosenthal, and our "Baking Booksellers" will choose some of their favorite cookie recipes from featured books, put in some overtime in the kitchen, and share the bounty. We will also be participating in an SF Bicycle Book Tour. For more info, click here

San Francisco Events for April 29:

10:00 am - Meg Lentz, Ready, Set, Build
10:30 am - Eleanor Burke, Meet and Greet
12:00 pm - Chris Santella, The Tug is the Drug
2:00 pm - Lou Bustamante, The Complete Cocktail Manual

Corte Madera Events for April 29:

4:00 pm - Artist Reception with Sylvia Gonzalez
7:00 pm - Movie Night: The Outsiders

 

 

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

[Bookstore Day] Movie Night - The Outsiders (Corte Madera)

Saturday, April 29, 2017 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

 

Special Independent Bookstore Day Event!

Join Book Passage as we host a special outdoor movie night in celebration of Independent Bookstore Day. We'll have popcorn and a snocone machine, as well as other snacks and refreshments for sale. Bring a blanket, a bean bag -- even your dog! For our first movie night, we'll be showing the classic 1983 movie The Outsiders based on the novel by S.E. Hinton.

In The Outsiders, the rivalry between two gangs -- the poor Greasers and the rich Socs -- only heats up when one gang member kills a member of the other. Directed by Francis Ford Coppola, the film stars Matt Dillon, Ralph Macchio, Diane Lane, Leif Garrett, Patrick Swayze, Rob Lowe, Emilio Estevez, and Tom Cruise.

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Book Passage is thrilled to once again be participating in Independent Bookstore Day. We'll have a selection of limited edition items (see the list here), as well as events at our stores.

In San Francisco, we'll also have an "Under the Yellow Umbrella" tribute to beloved author Amy Krouse Rosenthal, and our "Baking Booksellers" will choose some of their favorite cookie recipes from featured books, put in some overtime in the kitchen, and share the bounty. We will also be participating in an SF Bicycle Book Tour. For more info, click here

San Francisco Events for April 29:

10:00 am - Meg Lentz, Ready, Set, Build
10:30 am - Eleanor Burke, Meet and Greet
12:00 pm - Chris Santella, The Tug is the Drug
2:00 pm - Lou Bustamante, The Complete Cocktail Manual

Corte Madera Events for April 29:

4:00 pm - Artist Reception with Sylvia Gonzalez
7:00 pm - Movie Night: The Outsiders

 

 

 

The Outsiders Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780140385724
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Puffin Books - September 1988

50 years of an iconic classic This international bestseller and inspiration for a beloved movie is a heroic story of friendship and belonging.


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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Cooks with Books: Cal Peternell - A Recipe for Cooking (Larkspur)

Sunday, April 30, 2017 - 12:00pm

Left Bank Restaurant in Larkspur • Singles: $115; Couples: $175 (one book)
Event ticket includes meal, wine, tip, tax, and a signed copy of the book.

Celebrate the joys of a great day in the kitchen and a meal shared with family and friends with this follow-up to the bestselling, IACP Award-winning Twelve Recipes, featuring next level, home-cook-friendly recipes for occasions large and small

Twelve Recipes provided the basic techniques and recipes for essential home cooking. Now, A Recipe for Cooking takes home cooks to the next level.

Cal Peternell gives you everything you need to cook for big get-togethers, holiday feasts, family occasions, and for a special dinner for two. He organizes the recipes by season to help cooks plan their meals from first bite to last—how a meal should start, what should be the main attraction, what should be served alongside, and how to choose the perfect finish.

Illustrated with charming color photos and drawings, this book offers a range of delicious, easy-to-master fare: Savory Tart with Onions, Olive, and Anchovies; Shredded Zucchini Fritters with Basil Mayonnaise; Citrus Salad with Ginger, Cilantro, and Saffron-toasted Pistachios; Fish and Shellfish Soup; Rolled Pork Loin Roast Stuffed with Olives and Herbs; Lasagna Bolognese; Belgian Endive Gratin with Gruyere and Prosciutto; and a Blood Orange and Buttermilk Tart. Each of Cal's recipes utilizes the freshest, most delicious ingredients of each season.

Here are meals to share with close family and good friends—to laugh, drink, and cook with—as well as dishes that give you some quiet time in the kitchen, slicing, seasoning, and simmering. With food to make introductions, to commemorate, to celebrate, even, on occasion, to gently instigate, this is Cal Peternell at his wittiest, warmest, and most inspiring.

Cal Peternell grew up on a small farm in New Jersey and graduated with a BFA in painting from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. His cooking career began at Bix in San Francisco, and continued to Biba and The Blue Room in Boston, and back to San Francisco for a sous chef spot at Loretta Keller’s Bizou. Cal was hired at Chez Panisse in 1995, has been the chef in the Cafe since 2001, and took over as chef of the downstairs restaurant in 2013. Cal is the author of Twelve Recipes. He and his wife, Kathleen, have three sons and live in Berkeley, California.

 

A Recipe for Cooking Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9780062427861
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: William Morrow & Company - October 25th, 2016

Celebrate the joys of a great day in the kitchen and a meal shared with family and friends with this follow-up to the bestselling, IACP Award-winning Twelve Recipes, featuring next level, home-cook-friendly recipes for occasions large and small.


Left Bank Larkspur Brasserie
507 Magnolia Avenue
Larkspur, CA 94939

Left Coast Writers®: Rebecca Foust - Marin Poet Laureate (Corte Madera)

Monday, May 1, 2017 - 7:00pm

Readers, writers, poets and lovers of poetry, we know you’ll enjoy this evening with one of our favorite Left Coast Writers poets and Marin County’s newest Poet Laureate. Please join us for a celebration of Becky’s work and accomplishments and a look at what is happening in the Bay Area poetry scene.

Rebecca Foust grew up Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania, a small town surrounded by farmlands and forests, quarries and strip mines. After earning a BA in English, she moved to northern California in 1979 to attend Stanford Law School. The year she turned 50, a class offered by a local bookstore inspired her to pick up the writing she had put aside for thirty years. She went back to school, earning an MFA in poetry from Warren Wilson in January 2010.

All That Gorgeous Pitiless Song won the Many Mountains Moving Book Prize and was released in 2010, the same year that God, Seed: Poetry & Art About the Natural World, won the Foreword Review Book of the Year Award for Poetry. Mom’s Canoe and Dark Card, recipients of the Robert Phillips Chapbook Poetry Prize in consecutive years, were released by Texas Review Press in 2008 and 2009. Rebecca Foust was the 2014 Dartmouth Poet in Residence at the Frost Place and recipient of a MacDowell Colony residence award. Her work now appears in journals including The Hudson Review, North American Review, Massachsetts Review, Notre Dame Review, Sewanee Review, Smartish Pace, Woman’s Review of Books, Zyzzyva, and others, and has been featured on Poetry Daily, Verse Daily and in The South Carolina Review. Essays, book reviews and fiction are published in American Book Review, Calyx, Chautauqua Journal, Prairie Schooner, Rumpus Daily and elsewhere. She is Marin County’s current poet Laureate.

 

Paradise Drive Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781941209165
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Published: Press 53 - April 24th, 2015

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Paul Hawken - Drawdown (San Rafael)

Monday, May 1, 2017 - 7:00pm

Co-Sponsored by Environmental Forum of Marin

Tickets: $35 (includes book)
Angelico Hall, Dominican University

In Drawdown, renowned environmentalist Paul Hawken has assembled a team of over 200 scholars, scientists, policymakers, business leaders, and activists to illustrate the hundred most substantive solutions to combat climate change that together will not only slow down the growth of carbon emissions, but reverse them altogether. The book analyzes how and when humanity can reach climate drawdown, the point at which greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere begin to decline on a year-to-year basis, by mapping and modeling how we can scale those hundred technologies over the next thirty years. Printed on recycled paper, the book will be one of three centerpieces to Project Drawdown, which will also feature an open-source database and an interactive digital platform that together describe how these solutions can be scaled globally across continents and across many different ways of life.

These are all “no regrets” approaches—actions that regardless of their climate value have intrinsic benefits to communities and economies. They improve lives, create jobs, restore the environment, enhance security, generate resilience, and advance human health. Together they will mobilize society into taking the climate change conversation from problem definition to problem solving, from fear and apathy to collaboration and regeneration.

Paul Hawken is an environmentalist, entrepreneur, journalist, and author. Starting at age 20, he dedicated his life to sustainability and changing the relationship between business and the environment. His practice has included starting and running ecological businesses, writing and teaching about the impact of commerce on living systems, and consulting with governments and corporations on economic development, industrial ecology, and environmental policy. Paul Hawken has written seven books published in over 50 countries in 29 languages including four national bestsellers, The Next Economy, Growing a Business, The Ecology of Commerce, and Blessed Unrest.

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Book Passage is pleased to be in partnership with the Institute of Leadership Studies at Dominican University of California and their sponsor, Private Ocean Wealth Management, to present an outstanding series of events. These events take place on the Dominican University of California campus at 20 Olive Avenue in San Rafael, CA 94901.

 

 

 

Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming Cover Image
By Paul Hawken (Editor), Tom Steyer (Foreword by)
$22.00
ISBN: 9780143130444
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Published: Penguin Books - April 18th, 2017

The 100 most substantive solutions to reverse global warming, based on meticulous research by leading scientists and policymakers around the world


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

Elizabeth L. Silver - The Tincture of Time (Corte Madera)

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 - 7:00pm

In conversation with Christine Hyung-Oak Lee

Growing up as the daughter of a dedicated surgeon, Elizabeth L. Silver felt an unquestioned faith in medicine. When her six-week-old daughter, Abby, was rushed to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit with sudden seizures, and scans revealed a serious brain bleed, her relationship to medicine began to change.

The Tincture of Time is Silver's gorgeous and haunting chronicle of Abby's first year. It's a year of unending tests, doctors' opinions, sleepless nights, promising signs and steps backward, and above all, uncertainty: The mysterious circumstances of Abby's hospitalization attract dozens of specialists, none of whom can offer a conclusive answer about what went wrong or what the future holds. As Silver explores what it means to cope with uncertainty as a patient and parent and seeks peace in the reality that Abby's injury may never be fully understood, she looks beyond her own story for comfort, probing literature and religion, examining the practice of medicine throughout history, and reporting the experiences of doctors, patients, and fellow caretakers. The result is a brilliant blend of personal narrative and cultural analysis, at once a poignant snapshot of a parent's struggle and a wise meditation on the reality of uncertainty, in and out of medicine, and the hard-won truth that time is often its only cure.

Heart-wrenching, unflinchingly honest, and beautifully written, this is a powerful story of parenthood, an astute examination of the boundaries of medicine, and an inspiring reminder of life's precariousness.

Elizabeth L. Silver is the author of the novel The Execution of Noa P. Singleton, which was published in seven languages. Her writing has been published in McSweeney's, The Huffington Post, The Rumpus, The Millions, and elsewhere. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, the MA Programme in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia in England, and Temple University, Beasley School of Law, Silver has worked as an attorney in Texas and California and as an adjunct instructor of English literature and composition at Drexel and St. Joseph's Universities. She lives with her family in Los Angeles.

 

The Tincture of Time: A Memoir of (Medical) Uncertainty Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781101981443
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Published: Penguin Press - April 25th, 2017

Set against the unexplained stroke of the author's newborn daughter, this stunning, unflinchingly honest memoir is a thought-provoking reflection on uncertainty in medicine and in life.

Growing up as the daughter of a dedicated surgeon, Elizabeth L. Silver felt an unquestioned faith in medicine.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Jon Allen & Amie Parnes - Shattered (Corte Madera)

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 - 7:00pm

A gripping, vivid postmortem of the most shocking and bitter election struggle in history, told from inside the campaign that was supposed to win it all—by the bestselling authors of the Hillary bio HRC.

It was never supposed to be this close. And of course she was supposed to win. How Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 election to Donald Trump is tragic story of a sure thing gone off the rails. For every Comey revelation or hindsight acknowledgment about the electorate, no explanation of defeat can begin with anything than the core problem of Hillary’s campaign—the candidate herself. Through deep access to insiders from the top to the bottom of the campaign, political writers Jon Allen and Amie Parnes have reconstructed the key decisions and unseized opportunities, the well-intentioned misfires and the hidden thorns that turned a winnable contest into a devastating loss.

Drawing on the authors’ deep knowledge of Hillary from their previous book, the acclaimed biography HRC, Shattered will offer an object lesson in how Hillary herself made victory an uphill battle, how her difficulty articulating a vision irreparably hobbled her impact with voters, and how the campaign failed to internalize the lessons of populist fury from the hard-fought primary against Bernie Sanders. Moving blow-by-blow from the campaign’s difficult birth through the bewildering terror of election night, it tells an unforgettable story with urgent lessons both political and personal, filled with revelations that will change the way readers understand just what happened to America on November 8, 2016.

Jon Allen has covered national politics for Politico, Bloomberg, and Vox. He is the head of community and content for Sidewire, and writes a weekly political column for Roll Call.

Amie Parnes is the senior White House correspondent for The Hill newspaper in Washington, and also covers Hillary Clinton.

Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton's Doomed Campaign Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780553447088
Availability: Special Order
Published: Crown Publishing Group (NY) - April 18th, 2017

It was never supposed to be this close. And of course she was supposed to win. How Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 election to Donald Trump is the riveting story of a sure thing gone off the rails. For every Comey revelation or hindsight acknowledgment about the electorate, no explanation of defeat can begin with anything other than the core problem of Hillary's campaign--the candidate herself.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Jo Piazza - How to Be Married (Corte Madera)

Thursday, May 4, 2017 - 7:00pm

Everyone tells you marriage is hard, but no one tells you what to do about it. As journalist Jo Piazza began planning her own wedding she realized that American marriage traditions focus more on the perfect dress, the Instagram-worthy decorations, and the menu than on how to make a real, lasting, joy-filled commitment. 

What comes after the whirlwind romance and fairy-tale wedding? How do you create a marriage that lasts in a world where marriage is increasingly becoming obsolete? A travel editor, Jo finds herself in the unique position of being able to devote the first year of her marriage to exploring the rituals, customs, and traditions from other countries and cultures in an attempt to learn how to be (happily) married. 

With elegant prose, astute reporting and hilarious insight into the human psyche, How to Be Married: What I Learned from Real Women on Five Continents about Surviving My First (Really Hard) Year of Marriage portrays Jo's journey around the globe in search of what a modern marriage should look like and shares the most effective advice from hundreds of real women and men on 5 continents. An extraordinary memoir about what really happens after we say I do, Jo and her husband come up against much more than they bargained for in that first year together, from receiving a terrifying health diagnosis to caring for sick parents and losing a job. 

Yet, their spirit, curiosity, humor, and love are unflagging throughout as they interview hundreds of men and women on a range of topics from polygamy in Kenya, open marriage in France, sex in Orthodox Israel, and marital equality in Sweden. They conquer a wife-carrying competition in Maine, nearly suffocate in a Mexican Temazcal, investigate a matrilineal tribe in India, learn how to salsa together in Chile, and overpower all of their fears on one of the world's tallest mountains. Ultimately, this book is a grand experiment that will forever change the way we look at marriage and commitment.

Jo Piazza is an award-winning journalist and the bestselling coauthor of the novel The Knockoff. Her work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, New York magazine, Glamour, Elle, Time, Marie Claire, the Daily Beast, and Slate. She is also the author of the critically acclaimed Celebrity, Inc.: How Famous People Make Money; and If Nuns Ruled the World: Ten Sisters on a Mission. She holds an undergraduate degree in economics from the University of Pennsylvania, a master's in journalism from Columbia University, and a master's in religious studies from New York University. She lives in San Francisco with her husband Nick and their giant dog.

 

How to Be Married: What I Learned from Real Women on Five Continents about Surviving My First (Really Hard) Year of Marriage Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780451495556
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Harmony - April 18th, 2017

Everyone tells you marriage is hard, but no one tells you what to do about it.


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Corte Madera, CA 94925

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