Corte Madera Events

Grant Jarrett - The Half-Life of Remorse (Corte Madera)

Saturday, August 26, 2017 - 4:00pm

In The Half-Life of Remorse, three life-scarred people are brought together to confront each other thirty years after the brutal crime that shattered their lives. 

When two vagrants meet on the streets of Muncie, Indiana, they are both unaware that their paths crossed years before. Chic, crude and uneducated, is convinced that Sam is nothing more than a harmless lunatic, and Sam, emotionally scarred and psychologically traumatized by events long past, regards Chic as just another denizen of the street. But Chic has spent his adult life trying to purge his soul of the brutal crime he committed as a teenager?the same botched burglary that resulted in the deaths of Sam’s wife and son. Meanwhile, Sam’s daughter Claire is still unable to give up hope that her father might someday reappear. When these three lives converge, the puzzle of the past gradually falls together, but redemption commands a high price, and what is revealed will test the limits of love and challenge the human capacity for forgiveness.

Grant Jarrett lived in Manhattan for twenty years before moving to Marin County, CA, where he now works as a writer, ghostwriter, editor, musician, and occasional songwriter. His publishing credits include numerous magazine articles, essays, short stories, and More Towels, his coming-of-age memoir about life on the road. His debut novel, Ways of Leaving, won the Best New Fiction category in the 2014 International Book Awards. The House That Made Me, his 2016 anthology about the meaning of home, was chosen as an Elle "Trust Us" book. Jarrett is an avid cyclist, skier, and surf skier.

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ISBN: 9781943006144
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Published: Sparkpress - May 16th, 2017

When two vagrants meet on the streets of Muncie, Indiana, they are both unaware that their paths crossed years before. Chic, crude and uneducated, is convinced that Sam is nothing more than a harmless lunatic, and Sam, emotionally scarred and psychologically traumatized by events long past, regards Chic as just another denizen of the street.

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Walter Stahr - Stanton (Corte Madera)

Sunday, August 27, 2017 - 1:00pm

Of the crucial men close to President Lincoln, Secretary of War Edwin Stanton (1814–1869) was the most powerful and controversial. Stanton raised, armed, and supervised the army of a million men who won the Civil War. He organized the war effort. He directed military movements from his telegraph office, where Lincoln literally hung out with him. He arrested and imprisoned thousands for “war crimes,” such as resisting the draft or calling for an armistice. Stanton was so controversial that some accused him at that time of complicity in Lincoln’s assassination. He was a stubborn genius who was both reviled and revered in his time.

Stanton was a Democrat before the war and a prominent trial lawyer. He opposed slavery, but only in private. He served briefly as President Buchanan’s Attorney General and then as Lincoln’s aggressive Secretary of War. On the night of April 14, 1865, Stanton rushed to Lincoln’s deathbed and took over the government since Secretary of State William Seward had been critically wounded the same evening. He informed the nation of the President’s death, summoned General Grant to protect the Capitol, and started collecting the evidence from those who had been with the Lincolns at the theater in order to prepare a murder trial.

Now with this worthy complement to the enduring library of biographical accounts of those who helped Lincoln preserve the Union, Stanton honors the indispensable partner of the sixteenth president. Walter Stahr’s essential book Stanton is the first major biography of Edwin Stanton in fifty years, restoring this underexplored figure to his proper place in American history.

Walter Stahr is the author of John Jay: Founding Father, a biography of America’s first Supreme Court Chief Justice. He lives in Exeter, New Hampshire, and Newport Beach, California.

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ISBN: 9781476739304
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Published: Simon & Schuster - August 8th, 2017

"This exhaustively researched, well-paced book should take its place as the new, standard biography of the ill-tempered man who helped save the Union: It is fair, judicious, authoritative and comprehensive."--The Wall Street Journal

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Dawn Scott - Spirit Rock Mindfulness for Children (Corte Madera)

Sunday, August 27, 2017 - 2:00pm

Spirit Rock Meditation Center and Book Passage welcome children of all ages to experience an hour of joy, compassion and mindfulness. Enjoy moments of connecting to others, stillness, movement, celebration, singing, and children’s mindful book readings. Come play, share, learn and open your heart!

Led by Spirit Rock’s Family Program Coordinator and Teacher, Dawn Scott.


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Robert Currier - Marin Shakespeare Company (Corte Madera)

Monday, August 28, 2017 - 7:00pm

In Partnership with Marin Shakespeare Company

"A Labour of Love"

Join Marin Shakespeare Company Artistic Director Robert Currier and Marin Shakespeare actors as they discuss the complex wordplay and sly wit of Shakespeare’s Love’s Labour’s Lost, playing through September 24 at Dominican University’s Forest Meadows Amphitheater.

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ISBN: 9780743484923
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Published: Simon & Schuster - July 2005

At first glance, Shakespeare's early comedy Love's Labor's Lost simply entertains and amuses. Four young men (one of them a king) withdraw from the world for three years, taking an oath that they will have nothing to do with women. The King of Navarre soon learns, however, that the Princess of France and her ladies are about to arrive.

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Gershon Shafir - A Half Century of Occupation (Corte Madera)

Tuesday, August 29, 2017 - 7:00pm

The Israel-Palestine conflict is one of the world’s most polarizing confrontations. Its current phase, Israel’s “temporary” occupation of the West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem, turned a half century old in June 2017. In A Half Century of Occupation, Gershon Shafir asks three questions—What is the occupation, why has it lasted so long, and how has it transformed the Israeli-Palestinian conflict? His cogent answers illuminate how we got here, what here is, and where we are likely to go. Shafir expertly demonstrates that at its fiftieth year, the occupation is riven with paradoxes, legal inconsistencies, and conflicting interests that weaken the occupiers’ hold and leave the occupation itself vulnerable to challenge.

Gershon Shafir is Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of California, San Diego, and the founding director of its Human Rights Program. He has served as President of the Association for Israel Studies and is the author or editor of ten books, among them Land, Labor, and the Origins of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, 1882-1914. He is also the coauthor, with Yoav Peled, of Being Israeli: The Dynamics of Multiple Citizenship, which won the Middle Eastern Studies Association's Albert Hourani Award in 2002, and the coeditor, with Mark Levine, of Struggle and Survival in Palestine/Israel.

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ISBN: 9780520293502
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Published: University of California Press - April 25th, 2017

The Israel-Palestine conflict is one of the world's most polarizing confrontations. Its current phase, Israel's "temporary" occupation of the West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem, turned a half century old in June 2017.

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Louise Penny - Glass Houses (Corte Madera)

Friday, September 1, 2017 - 2:00pm

Tickets: $50 (includes book); $25 (ticket only)

When a mysterious figure appears on the village green on a cold November day in Three Pines, Armand Gamache, now Chief Superintendent of the Sûreté du Québec, knows something is seriously wrong. Yet he does nothing. Legally, what can he do? Only watch and wait. And hope his mounting fears are not realized.

From the moment its shadow falls over Three Pines, Gamache suspects the creature has deep roots and a dark purpose. When it suddenly vanishes and a body is discovered, it falls to Gamache to discover if a debt has been paid or levied.

In the early days of the investigation into the murder, and months later, as the trial for the accused begins in a Montreal courtroom on a steamy day in July, the Chief Superintendent continues to struggle with actions he’s set in motion, from which there is no going back. “This case began in a higher court,” he tells the judge, “and it’s going to end there.”

And regardless of the trial’s outcome, he must face his own conscience.

In Glass Houses -- her latest utterly gripping book -- #1 New York Times bestselling author Louise Penny shatters the conventions of the crime novel to explore what Gandhi called the court of conscience. A court that supersedes all others.

Louise Penny  is the author of the #1 New York Times and Globe and Mail bestselling series of Chief Inspector Armand Gamache novels. She has won numerous awards, including a CWA Dagger and the Agatha Award (six times), and was a finalist for the Edgar Award for Best Novel. In 2017, she received the Order of Canada for her contributions to Canadian culture. Louise lives in a small village south of Montréal.


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ISBN: 9781250066190
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Published: Minotaur Books - August 29th, 2017

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Deirdre Hade & William Arntz - The (Not So) Little Book of Surprises (Corte Madera)

Saturday, September 2, 2017 - 4:00pm

The (Not So) Little Book of Surprises is a verbal and graphic trip to the unexpected, whimsical, and wise worlds of writer and poet Deirdre Hade and her husband and graphic visionary Will Arntz. With images provided by award winning photographer Endre Balogh. These images will inspire you, make you laugh and make you think. The prose and poetry will raise your awareness to the level that great art does when truly enjoyed. You will constantly be surprised and perhaps conclude that this is not such a little book after all. An ideal gift for those on your list who have everything or nothing at all.

Deirdre Hade is a Modern Day Mystic. A spiritual adept since childhood she has spent her life communicating with the unseen. As a member of the Transformational Leadership Council her wisdom has been cited, for example, in Marci Shimoff’s Love for No Reason. Her work is taught by Jack Canfield, America’ s Success Coach. Ms. Hade founded Radiance Healing and Meditation in 2007 as a system of mindfulness for our modern time, reaching thousands globally with her Radiance Pure Energy program. Years of deep study into the spiritual traditions combined with a direct perception of what those traditions were alluding to has given her the rare ability to imbue her written worlds with the wisdom of the ages: past, present, and future.

William Arntz began his professional career as a research laser physicist, developing wave optics simulators for high energy lasing systems. He then wrote a systems management software system called AutoSys. Embraced by Fortune 500 companies around the world, he sold his company and retired. Or so he thought... After some months on the beach William became interested in disseminating some of the principles gleaned from his decades of spiritual inquiry to the general public. He realized he could satisfy a life-long dream and use the software proceeds to make a movie. That movie started its life as a small documentary about Spirit and Science, but grew in scope (and budget) and became What the BLEEP Do We Know!? Producing, scripting, and co-directing the film, What the BLEEP went on to become a global phenomenon, with well over 100 million viewers experiencing the BLEEP. The companion book to the film What the Bleep has sold over 150,000 copies and has been translated into 20 languages.

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By Deirdre Hade, William Arntz (Created by), Endre Balogh (Photographer)
ISBN: 9781943625932
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Published: Waterside - November 15th, 2016

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Speak and Speak Again Panel - Various Contributers (Corte Madera)

Tuesday, September 5, 2017 - 7:00pm

Pact Press brings you Speak and Speak Again, the first anthology in a series designed to spark conversation and protest.Contained within are thoughtful, thought provoking essays on immigration, women's rights, race relations, and concerns for American society by Jaynie Royal, Eugene Gregory, Nora Shychuk, Rob Waters, Laurie Ann Doyle, Stephen D. Gutierrez, Frances Kai Hwa Wang, Martha Haakmat, and Mikhal Weiner. The anthology also includes a short story by Raymond Luczak and poems by Rose Knapp, Lily Iona MacKenzie, Cheryl A. Ossola, Sandy Roffey, and Daniel A. Olivas. We are honored to provide a medium in which these authors can Speak and Speak Again. Pact Press is immensely proud, in the sale of this anthology, to support the fine work of the Southern Poverty Law Center in their battle against discrimination.

All net proceeds from the sale of this anthology are donated to the Southern Poverty Law Center to help fund their battle against discrimination.

Cheryl A. Ossola, a longtime editor, has written for San Francisco Ballet, Dance Magazine, and other arts publications/organizations, and her poetry appears in Switchback. She teaches at the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto and UC Berkeley Extension and is working on a novel. 
Lily Iona Mackenzie has published fiction, poetry, essays, and memoir in over 150 American and Canadian magazines. She is the author of four novels: Fling! (2015), Curva Peligrosa (to be released in fall, 2017), Freefall: A Divine Comedy (coming in 2018), and Tillie: Portrait of a Canadian Girl in Training (2019). Her poetry collection All This was published in 2011. https://lilyionamackenzie.word

Laurie Ann Doyle is the author of World Gone Missing, forthcoming in October, 2017. The winner of the Alligator Juniper National Fiction Award, her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and published in The Los Angeles Review, Timber, Jabberwock Review, Road Story, Arroyo Literary Review, Under the Sun Magazine, and elsewhere.

Stephen D. Gutierrez is the author of Elements, Live from Fresno y Los and The Mexican Man in hIs Backyard. His short stories, essays and plays have been widely published and produced. http://www.stephendgutierrez.c om/ 
Rob Waters is a journalist and travel writer who writes about health, science, world culture and criminal justice. He has covered biotechnology for Bloomberg News, was a senior editor at WebMD, and editor-in-chief of the Tenderloin Times, a San Francisco community newspaper. His articles have appeared in Business Week, San Francisco magazine,, Sierra, Columbia Journalism Review, and the Los Angeles Times.

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By Jaynie Royal (Editor), Michelle Esquillo (Editor), Ruth Feiertag (Editor)
ISBN: 9780991261260
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Published: Regal House Publishing - April 28th, 2017

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Class: Kate Rider - Advanced Italian (Corte Madera)

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 - 4:00pm

8 Wednesdays; Sept. 6-Oct. 25, 2017 • 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm • $250

Kate Rider has an M.A. in Italian Literature from San Francisco State University and has taught Italian at Dominican University. Her classes are fun and relaxed, with an emphasis on practical speaking ability.

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Gabriel Tallent - My Absolute Darling (Corte Madera)

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 - 7:00pm

Turtle Alveston is a survivor. At fourteen, she roams the woods along the northern California coast. The creeks, tide pools, and rocky islands are her haunts and her hiding grounds, and she is known to wander for miles. But while her physical world is expansive, her personal one is small and treacherous: Turtle has grown up isolated since the death of her mother, in the thrall of her tortured and charismatic father, Martin. Her social existence is confined to the middle school (where she fends off the interest of anyone, student or teacher, who might penetrate her shell) and to her life with her father.

Then Turtle meets Jacob, a high-school boy who tells jokes, lives in a big clean house, and looks at Turtle as if she is the sunrise. And for the first time, the larger world begins to come into focus: her life with Martin is neither safe nor sustainable. Motivated by her first experience with real friendship and a teenage crush, Turtle starts to imagine escape, using the very survival skills her father devoted himself to teaching her. The reader tracks Turtle’s escalating acts of physical and emotional courage, and watches, heart in throat, as she struggles to become her own hero—and in the process, becomes ours as well.

Shot through with striking language in a fierce natural setting, My Absolute Darling is an urgently told, profoundly moving read that marks the debut of an extraordinary new writer.

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ISBN: 9780735211179
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Published: Riverhead Books - August 29th, 2017

"The word 'masterpiece' has been cheapened by too many blurbs, but My Absolute Darling absolutely is one." --Stephen King

"Our generation's next beloved literary heroine." -Harper's Bazaar

"One of EW's favorite books of the year so unputdownable coming-of-age novel." --Entertainment Weekly

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