Corte Madera Events

Judy Collins - Cravings (Corte Madera)

Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 7:30pm

Tickets: $30 (includes signed copy of Cravings)

Co-Sponsored by Green Light Clinic

A no-holds-barred account of folk legend Judy Collins's harrowing struggle with compulsive overeating and of the journey that led her to a solution.

Since childhood Judy Collins has had a tumultuous, fraught relationship with food. Her issues with overeating nearly claimed her career and her life. For decades she thought she simply lacked self-discipline. She tried nearly every diet plan that exists, often turning to alcohol to dull the pain of yet another failed attempt to control her seemingly insatiable cravings.

Today, Judy knows she suffers from an addiction to sugar and grains, flour and wheat. She adheres to a strict diet of unprocessed foods consumed in carefully measured portions. This solution has allowed her to maintain a healthy weight for years, to enjoy the glow of good health, and to attain peace of mind.

Alternating between chapters on her life and those of the many diet gurus she has encountered along the way (Atkins, Jean Nidetch of Weight Watchers, Andrew Weil, to name a few), Cravings is the culmination of Judy's genuine desire to share what she's learned -- so that no one else has navigate her heart-rending path to recovery.

Judy Collins has recorded more than fifty albums over her illustrious career. With several top-ten hits, Grammy nominations, and gold- and platinum-selling albums to her credit, she has also written several books and is a New York Times bestselling author.

 

Cravings: How I Conquered Food Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780385541312
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Published: Nan A. Talese - February 28th, 2017

A no-holds-barred account of folk legend Judy Collins's harrowing struggle with compulsive overeating and of the journey that led her to a solution.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Lloyd Kahn - Small Homes (Corte Madera)

Sunday, May 7, 2017 - 11:00am

From the publishers of a popular series of building books comes Small Homes, which is highly relevant for these times — getting smaller, rather than larger. Some 75 builders share their knowledge of building and design, with artistic, practical, and/or economical homes in the United States, Canada, England, Scotland, France, Germany, Spain, New Zealand, and Lithuania.

  • The average American home is 2,500 sq. ft.
  • The tiny home averages 200-300 sq. ft.
  • The small homes here are 400-1200 sq. ft. — the middle ground — not too big, not too small (à la Goldilocks).

Compared to the average American home, small homes are less expensive, use less resources, are more efficient to heat and cool, and cheaper to maintain and repair. Compared to tiny homes, they offer a lot more space and breathing room. They are desirable for people who want to avoid a bank mortgage or high rents, yet need more room than a tiny house affords.

Here are 65 small homes. They vary from unique and artistic to simple and low-cost. Some are plain, ordinary buildings that provide owners shelter at a reasonable cost — and some are inspiring examples of design, carpentry, craftsmanship, imagination, creativity, and homemaking. Some are built with "natural materials," such as cob or straw, some with recycled wood or lumber milled on-site, some are old homes that have been remodeled, and many are designed and built from scratch by the owners. Many are in the country, some in small towns, and some in large cities.

It’s all in the hands. The underlying theme with Shelter’s books, which cover an over-40-year span, is that you can create your own home with your own hands, using mostly natural materials.

And note: A computer can’t build your home for you. You still need a hammer (or nail gun), a saw — and human hands.

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. 

 

Small Homes: The Right Size Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9780936070681
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Published: Shelter Publications - April 14th, 2017

From the publishers of a popular series of building books comes Small Homes, which is highly relevant for these times -- getting smaller, rather than larger. Some 75 builders share their knowledge of building and design, with artistic, practical, and/or economical homes in the United States, Canada, England, Scotland, France, Germany, Spain, New Zealand, and Lithuania.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Courtney Spain Aragon - Fraydo The Dragon (Corte Madera)

Sunday, May 7, 2017 - 1:00pm

Special Children's Book Week Event

This fun and humorous picture book follows Fraydo the Dragon and his friend Pee Wee on an adventure to solve Fraydo's BIG Problem --- he thinks he is a dog! And Fraydo just cannot keep out of trouble. The villagers, however, are fed up with his antics. But soon, Pee Wee and Fraydo figure out the root of the problem. And it turns out Fraydo the Dragon needs eyeglasses. From that moment on the world becomes crystal clear to Fraydo. Now, with eyeglasses, Fraydo the Dragon can see where he is walking, play safely with friends, read street signs clearly, and play his favorite game -- Fetch -- better than ever!

In this first book, Fraydo the Dragon represents the majority of children who are not even aware that their vision is compromised. The book plays out the academic, behavioral and social consequences associated with Fraydo's poor vision. This book and corresponding discussion guide will help children build upon their own self-awareness to problem solve for themselves. And in this case, speak up about the health of their own vision.

All her life, Courtney Spain Aragon has been a storyteller. A good story can bring the past to the present. It can ignite the imagination revealing possible futures. It can give courage and hope as a way forward. Or simply provide comfort and love. For her, creating stories for children is one of the most important ways she can give back to the world and truly make a difference.

 

Fraydo the Dragon: A Very Big Problem! Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781944349509
Availability: Special Order
Published: Little Fire Press - January 1st, 2016

This fun and humorous picture book follows Fraydo the Dragon and his friend Pee Wee on an adventure to solve Fraydo's BIG Problem --- he thinks he is a dog! And Fraydo just cannot keep out of trouble. The villagers, however, are fed up with his antics. But soon, Pee Wee and Fraydo figure out the root of the problem. And it turns out Fraydo the Dragon needs eyeglasses.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Marianne Richmond - If I Could Keep You Little (Corte Madera)

Sunday, May 7, 2017 - 1:00pm

Special Event for Kids!

If I Could Keep you Little: A Pre-Mother’s Day Event

For moms + dads + cute little ones:  Join bestselling children’s book author and artist Marianne Richmond for an afternoon of connection and creativity.  The author of more than 50 books, Marianne is most known for her best-selling title, If I Could Keep you Little, which puts into words the emotional journey of parenthood:  wanting to freeze time while anticipating the wonderful things to come.

A San Jose resident and mom of four teens, Marianne’s desire with her books is to instill into kids that they are loved and cherished. That what they think and feel matters.  And hopefully to help lay a foundation for a relationship that grows as they do.  

She will read from books old and new as well as share some of the inspirations behind her titles.

In addition to reading, Marianne invites you to exercise your creativity through a simple art project — creating your own “kindness rock” to keep or share. The Kindness Rocks Project (www.thekindnessrocksproject.com) was created to spread inspiration and joy through randomly placed rocks along our way.

 

 

If I Could Keep You Little Cover Image
$9.95
ISBN: 9781934082928
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Published: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky - August 2010

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Natasha Yim - The Rock Maiden (Corte Madera)

Sunday, May 7, 2017 - 2:00pm

Special Children's Book Week Event

When her fisherman husband fails to come home after a storm at sea, the beautiful maiden Ling Yee is heartbroken. Every morning, she puts her baby on her back and clambers to the top of a cliff looking for any signs of his return. But day after day, she is disappointed. The villagers try to convince her to give up her vigil. "No," she would say, "He will come home soon." Tin Hau, the Goddess of the Heavens, takes pity on her grief and turns Ling Yee and her child into stone so that they would mourn no more. The fisherman eventually finds his way home--only to discover that his wife has been transformed into the Rock Maiden. Will the family forever be kept apart? Or will devotion and faithfulness ultimately be rewarded? Find out in this re-envisioning of an old Hong Kong legend by award-winning author Natasha Yim, featuring stunning illustrations by renowned Finnish artist Pirkko Vainio.

Natasha Yim is an American Chinese author of fiction and non-fiction works for children and young adults. Born in Malaysia, she grew up in Singapore and Hong Kong, where she was captivated by the old Chinese legends she heard as a child. She is the author of Otto's Rainy Day (a Kids' Pick of the Lists selection), Cixi: The Dragon Empress, and Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas (a 2014 Junior Library Guild selection and 2015 Scholastic Book Club selection). Natasha lives in Ukiah, California, with her husband and three children. Pirkko Vainio was born in Finland and studied at the Academy of Art in Helsinki. She has written and illustrated over thirty children's books, which have been translated into fifteen languages. Among her books are The Dream House (winner of Frankfurt's Prix Octagonale Graphique), The Snow Goose (winner of the Picture Book Prize, Finland), and the Hans Christian Andersen tales The Nightingale and The Ugly Duckling. Pirkko's artwork has been exhibited throughout the world, while the Finnish Broadcasting Company has made two documentaries on her life and work. She resides in Jamsa, Finland.

 

The Rock Maiden: A Chinese Tale of Love and Loyalty Cover Image
By Natasha Yim, Pirkko Vainio (Illustrator)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781937786656
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Published: Wisdom Tales - March 2017

When her fisherman husband fails to come home after a storm at sea, the beautiful maiden Ling Yee is heartbroken. Every morning, she puts her baby on her back and clambers to the top of a cliff looking for any signs of his return. But day after day, she is disappointed. The villagers try to convince her to give up her vigil.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Marissa Moss - Last Things (Corte Madera)

Sunday, May 7, 2017 - 4:00pm

Last Things is the true and intensely personal story of how one woman coped with the devastating effects of a catastrophic illness in her family.

Using her trademark mix of words and pictures to sharp effect, Marissa Moss presents the story of how she, her husband, and her three young sons struggled to maintain their sense of selves and wholeness as a family and how they continued on with everyday life when the earth shifted beneath their feet.

After returning home from a year abroad, Marissa’s husband, Harvey, was diagnosed with ALS. The disease progressed quickly, and Marissa was soon consumed with caring for Harvey while trying to keep life as normal as possible for her young children. ALS stole the man who was her husband, the father of her children, and her best friend in less than 7 months.

This is not a story about the redemptive power of a terminal illness. It is a story of resilience—of how a family managed to survive a terrible loss and grow in spite of it. Although it’s a sad story, it’s powerfully told and ultimately uplifting as a guide to strength and perseverance, to staying connected to those who matter most in the midst of a bleak upheaval. If you’ve ever wondered how you would cope with a dire diagnosis, this book can provide a powerful example of what it feels like and how to come through the darkness into the light.

Marissa Moss has written more than seventy books, from picture books to middle-grade and young adult novels. Best known for the "Amelia's Notebook" series (over 5 million sold), her books are popular with teachers and children alike. Her picture book, Barbed Wire Baseball, won the California Book Award, Gold medal. Marissa is also the founder of Creston Books, an independent children's publishing house.

 

Last Things: A Graphic Memoir of Loss and Love Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781573246989
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Published: Conari Press - May 2017

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Therese Crutcher-Marin - Watching Their Dance (Corte Madera)

Sunday, May 7, 2017 - 7:00pm

We all have challenges to overcome in our lives and they come in many forms; a serious medical condition, a divorce, an autistic child, financial devastation, a difficult teenager, death of a parent/child/spouse or living at risk for a genetic disease like Huntington’s disease.  Watching Their Dance is a story of a young woman who learns to live with unimaginable uncertainty by making changes in her life so she could live happily and as fully as possible with the man she loves.  By reading this book you will be:

Inspired.  Filled with hope.
Learn about mindfulness.
Empowered to make changes in your life.

Therese Crutcher-Marin graduated from California State University, Long Beach with a Masters of Science in Healthcare Administration.  Helping others is her passion and she worked twenty years in the healthcare industry, ten of those years in hospice care. Through the years she listened to her patients stories and was compelled to share her powerful, heartfelt love story that challenged, inspired and ultimately lead to her survival.

Watching Their Dance: Three Sisters, a Genetic Disease and Marrying Into a Family at Risk for Huntington's Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780998442204
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Published: Norcal Publishing Company - April 15th, 2017

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Peter Gibb - King of Doubt (Corte Madera)

Monday, May 8, 2017 - 7:00pm

In a small town on the west coast of Scotland, five-year-old Peter Gibb trades his soul to the devil in a futile attempt to win the approval of classmates, teachers and parents. Follow the story of his humorous but desperate struggle to find a way out of the dungeons of doubt. An insightful tale of lost and found, King of Doubt grips you with tension as it warms you with heart. Anyone who has ever struggled with self doubt –and who among us hasn't?–will see themselves in these pages. This moving story, one man's journey from doubt to wonder, will fill you with hope and promise. The story rivets your attention right to the final word, while the beauty of the language still sings long after the reading.

Peter Gibb is an author, writing teacher, editor, coach, and speaker, committed to spreading the joys of memoir and mindfulness.

King of Doubt Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781627874458
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Published: Wheatmark - February 6th, 2017

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Dani Shapiro - Hourglass: Time, Memory, Marriage (Corte Madera)

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 1:00pm

Hourglass is an inquiry into how marriage is transformed by time—abraded, strengthened, shaped in miraculous and sometimes terrifying ways by accident and experience. With courage and relentless honesty, Dani Shapiro opens the door to her house, her marriage, and her heart, and invites us to witness her own marital reckoning—a reckoning in which she confronts both the life she dreamed of and the life she made, and struggles to reconcile the girl she was with the woman she has become.

What are the forces that shape our most elemental bonds? How do we make lifelong commitments in the face of identities that are continuously shifting, and commit ourselves for all time when the self is so often in flux? What happens to love in the face of the unexpected, in the face of disappointment and compromise—how do we wrest beauty from imperfection, find grace in the ordinary, desire what we have rather than what we lack? Drawing on literature, poetry, philosophy, and theology, Shapiro writes gloriously of the joys and challenges of matrimonial life, in a luminous narrative that unfurls with urgent immediacy and sharp intelligence. Artful, intensely emotional work from one of our finest writers.

Dani Shapiro is the author of the memoirs Still Writing, Devotion, and Slow Motion and five novels including Black & White and Family History. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, Tin House, One Story, Elle, Vogue, The New York Times Book Review, the op-ed pages of The New York Times, and the Los Angeles Times and has been broadcast on This American Life. Shapiro was recently Oprah Winfrey’s guest on Super Soul Sunday. She has taught in the writing programs at Columbia, NYU, the New School, and Wesleyan University; she is cofounder of the Sirenland Writers Conference in Positano, Italy.

Hourglass: Time, Memory, Marriage Cover Image
$22.95
ISBN: 9780451494481
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - April 11th, 2017

The best-selling novelist and memoirist delivers her most intimate and powerful work: a piercing, life-affirming memoir about marriage and memory, about the frailty and elasticity of our most essential bonds, and about the accretion, over time, of both sorrow and love.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

José Gutiérrez & Dean Rader - An Evening of Poetry (Corte Madera)

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 7:00pm

A World Less Away is a honeycomb, blackbox, dream codex and memory palace. These poems traffic in the interstices of our lives where the quotidian is imbued with meaning and hums with metaphysical unrest. By turns existential, surreal and elegiac, the poems in this collection take swerves that are sure to transport the reader to the oneiric side of reality while never losing sight that "flesh was the first simile/we were given,/to feel, conjure,/never truly inhabit.

José Gutiérrez is a San Francisco-based poet. His work has appeared in Eratio, Scythe, Margie, Poemeleon, DMQ, Kestrel, Thrush Journal, Jetfuel, Caliban, Gnarled Oak and the anthologies Mutanabbi Street Starts Here and 99 Poems for the 99 Percent and is forthcoming in Metonym, Public Pool, eleveneleven and Xavier Review, among others. He works as an interpreter and translator in the medical and legal fields in the Bay Area.

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Wikipedia articles are never finalized. In Dean Rader's energized and inventive new book, Self-Portrait as Wikipedia Entry, the poet considers identity of self and society as a Wikipedia page -- sculpted and transformed by the ever-present push and pull of politics, culture, and unseen forces. And, in the case of Rader, how identity can be affected by the likes of Paul Klee's paintings and the characters from the children's stories about Frog and Toad. Rader's cagey voice is full of humor and inquiry, warmly inviting readers to fully participate in the creation.

Born in Oklahoma, Dean Rader has published in the fields of poetry, American Indian studies, and popular culture. He is a professor of English at the University of San Francisco, and writes regularly on literature and politics for The San Francisco Chronicle.

 

A World Less Away Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781329841031
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Published: Lulu.com - February 23rd, 2016

Self-Portrait as Wikipedia Entry Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781556595080
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Published: Copper Canyon Press - February 21st, 2017

"By writing honestly about the difficulties of self-representation, Rader represents himself as a writer who cares deeply about his audience and his craft." --ZYZZYVA

"Rader's poetry asks how to be an artist in a nation founded on and still struggling with the demand for representation and what poetry as a medium means in an era of representational sprawl." --Jacket


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