Corte Madera Events

Siobhan Fallon - The Confusion of Languages (Corte Madera)

Thursday, June 29, 2017 - 7:00pm

I’ll just read a little bit, I tell myself. And really, why shouldn’t I?

Both Cassie Hugo and Margaret Brickshaw dutifully followed their soldier husbands to the US Embassy in Jordan, but that’s about all the women have in common. After two years, Cassie’s an expert on the rules of the Middle East. For newly arrived Margaret, the move is a chance to see the world and explore. Against the odds the two strike up a friendship, until their husbands deploy and Cassie senses her new friend pulling away.

So when a fender-bender supposedly sends Margaret to the local police station, Cassie remains alone in the Brickshaw apartment to watch over Margaret’s toddler son. But with Margaret missing for hours Cassie becomes bored and soon frustrated, tired of being left behind while Margaret adventures. Then she discovers her friend’s journal. Where could Margaret be? Could her diary reveal the secrets that have come between them?

Written with stunning prose and powerful emotional insight, here is a story of two unforgettable women and the choices each will make in friendship, in marriage, and in love. The Confusion of Languages offers a poignant glimpse into the private lives of husbands, wives, and American military families living overseas.

Siobhan Fallon is the author of The 2012 PEN Center USA Literary Award in Fiction winner You Know When the Men Are Gone. She earned her MFA at the New School in New York City and her writing has appeared in The Washington Post Magazine, Women’s Day, Good Housekeeping, Prairie Schooner, Publishers Weekly, The Huffington Post, NPR’s The Morning Edition, and Military Spouse magazine. Siobhan and her family moved to Jordan in 2011, and they currently live in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

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ISBN: 9780399158926
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - June 27th, 2017

A searing debut novel from the award-winning author of You Know When the Men are Gone, about jealousy, the unpredictable path of friendship, and the secrets kept in marriage, all set within the U.S. expat community of the Middle East during the rise of the Arab Spring.

"A gripping, cleverly plotted novel with surprising bite." --Phil Klay

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Linda Joy Myers - Song of the Plains (Corte Madera)

Friday, June 30, 2017 - 7:00pm

Song of the Plains: A Memoir of Family, Secrets, and Silence is a weaving of family history that starts in the Oklahoma plains and spans over forty years as Myers combs through dusty archives, family stories, and genealogy online. She discovers the secrets that help to explain the fractures in her family, and the ways in which her mother and grandmother found a way not only to survive the great challenges of their eras but to thrive, despite mental illness and abuse. She discovers how decisions made long ago broke her family apart―and she makes it her life’s work to change her family story from one of abuse and loss to one of finding and creating a new story of hope, forgiveness, healing, and love.
Linda Joy Myers is president and founder of the National Association of Memoir Writers. Her memoir Don’t Call Me Mother: A Daughter’s Journey from Abandonment to Forgiveness was a finalist in the ForeWord Book of the Year Award, a finalist in the Indie Excellence Awards, and the winner of the BAIPA Gold Medal award. She’s the author of three books on memoir writing: The Power of Memoir: How to Write Your Healing Story, Journey of Memoir, and Becoming Whole. She’s a co-author with Brooke Warner of two books: Breaking Ground on Your Memoir and The Magic of Memoir. Myers writes for the Huffington Post and co-teaches the program Write Your Memoir in Six Months with Brooke Warner. A therapist for thirty-eight years, Myers also speaks about memoir, healing, and the power of writing the truth.


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ISBN: 9781631522161
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Published: She Writes Press - June 20th, 2017

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Al Franken - Giant of the Senate (Corte Madera)

Thursday, July 6, 2017 - 5:00pm

Tickets: $31 (includes signed book)
Please note: This event will feature Senator Franken discussing his latest book. All ticket holders will receive a signed copy of the book. There will not be an opportunity to meet Senator Franken following his presentation.

From Senator Al Franken -- #1 bestselling author and beloved SNL alum -- comes Al Franken, Giant of the Senate, the story of an award-winning comedian who decided to run for office and then discovered why award-winning comedians tend not to do that.

This is a book about an unlikely campaign that had an even more improbable ending: the closest outcome in history and an unprecedented eight-month recount saga, which is pretty funny in retrospect.

It's a book about what happens when the nation's foremost progressive satirist gets a chance to serve in the United States Senate and, defying the low expectations of the pundit class, actually turns out to be good at it.

It's a book about our deeply polarized, frequently depressing, occasionally inspiring political culture, written from inside the belly of the beast.

In this candid personal memoir, the honorable gentleman from Minnesota takes his army of loyal fans along with him from Saturday Night Live to the campaign trail, inside the halls of Congress, and behind the scenes of some of the most dramatic and/or hilarious moments of his new career in politics.

Has Al Franken become a true Giant of the Senate? Franken asks readers to decide for themselves.


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ISBN: 9781455540419
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Published: Twelve - May 30th, 2017

#1 New York Times Bestseller

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Meredith May - I, Who Did Not Die (Corte Madera)

Thursday, July 6, 2017 - 7:00pm

An eloquent and haunting act of witness to horrors beyond grimmest fiction, and a thing of towering beauty. More importantly, it is a story that must be told, and a richly textured view into an overlooked conflict and misunderstood region. I, Who Did Not Die is the untold story of the children and young men whose lives were sacrificed at the whim of vicious dictators and pointless, barbaric wars.

Little has been written of the Iran-Iraq war, which was among the most brutal conflicts of the twentieth century, one fought with chemical weapons, ballistic missiles, and cadres of child soldiers.

The numbers involved are staggering:
—All told, it claimed 700,000 lives—200,000 Iraqis, and 500,000 Iranians.
—Young men of military service age—eighteen and above in Iraq, fifteen and above in Iran—died in the greatest numbers.
—80,000 Iranian child soldiers were killed, mostly between the ages of sixteen and seventeen.
—The two countries spent a combined 1.1 trillion dollars fighting the war.

Rarely does this kind of reportage succeed so power- fully as literature. 

Meredith May spent sixteen years as a feature writer at The San Francisco Chronicle, where her 2004 narrative series on a war-wounded Iraqi boy won the PEN USA Literary Award for Journalism and was shortlisted for the Pulitzer Prize.

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ISBN: 9781682450116
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Published: Regan Arts - March 28th, 2017

Khorramshahr, Iran, May 1982--It was the bloodiest battle of one of the most brutal wars of the twentieth century, and Najah, a twenty-nine-year-old wounded Iraqi conscript, was face to face with a thirteen-year-old Iranian child soldier who was ordered to kill him. Instead, the boy committed an astonishing act of mercy. It was an act that decades later would save his own life.

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Class: Kate Rider - Beginning Continuing Italian

Friday, July 7, 2017 - 10:00am

4 Fridays, July 7 – August 4 (no class July 21), 2017 • 10:00am - 12:00pm • $120

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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The Best Women's Travel Writing Volume 11 - Various Contributors (Corte Madera)

Friday, July 7, 2017 - 7:00pm

Join contributors Erin Byrne, Lindsey Crittenden, Colette Hannahan, Janis Cooke Newman & Jenna Scatena discuss the latest in The Best Women's Travel Writing series!

Since publishing the original edition of A Woman's World in 1995, Travelers' Tales has been the recognized national leader in women's travel literature, and with the launch of the annual series The Best Travel Writing in 2004, the obvious next step was an annual collection of the best women's travel writing of the year. This title is the eleventh in that series—The Best Women's Travel Writing—presenting stimulating, inspiring, and uplifting adventures from women who have traveled to the ends of the earth to discover new places, peoples, and facets of themselves.

The common threads connecting these stories are a female perspective and fresh, compelling storytelling to make the reader laugh, weep, wish she were there, or be glad she wasn't. The points of view and perspectives are global, and themes are as eclectic as in all of our books, including stories that encompass spiritual growth, hilarity and misadventure, high adventure, romance, solo journeys, stories of service to humanity, family travel, and encounters with exotic cuisine.

The 31 true travel stories in this year's collection are, as always, wildly diverse in theme and location. They tell of places like California and Cuba, Switzerland and Singapore, Iran and Iceland, Montana and Mexico and Mongolia and Mali, our own back yards and some of the farthest, most extreme corners of the world. They are the personal stories we can't help but collect when we travel, stories of reaching out to embrace the unfamiliar and creating cross-cultural connections while learning more about ourselves.

In The Best Women's Travel Writing, Volume 11, you will:

  • go scuba diving with sharks in Palau
  • cook for Syrian refugees in Greece
  • be the first American to play pro basketball in the Czech Republic
  • anger a nun in Ethiopia
  • go whitewater rafting on the Nile in Uganda
  • help slaughter a pig in Hungary
  • realize your limits of filial piety in Singapore
  • seek healing at the hands of a witchdoctor in Mexico
  • feast on rancid food in Iceland
  • avoid hypothermia by spooning in Mongolia
  • fall in love in Nepal

... and much, much more.

Erin Byrne writes travel essays, poetry, fiction and screenplays. Her work has won numerous awards including three Grand Prize Solas Awards for Travel Story of the Year, the Reader’s Favorite Award, Foreword Reviews Book of the Year Finalist, and an Accolade Award for film. She is the author of Wings: Gifts of Art, Life, and Travel in France, editor of Vignettes & Postcards From Paris, Vignettes & Postcards From Morocco, and writer of The Storykeeper film.

Lindsey Crittenden is the author of two published books, The Water Will Hold You: A Skeptic Learns to Pray and The View from Below, as well as numerous stories, articles, and essays. Whether fiction or nonfiction, all her work is informed by an attachment to place, a grappling with loss, a fascination with detail. Since 1996, her essays have appeared in the The New York Times, Best American Spiritual Writing, Image, and many others. She lives in San Francisco and teaches writing at UC Berkeley Extension and The Grotto.

Colette Hannahan is an artist who has lived in Chicago, New York, and the Twin Cities. She now resides in San Francisco and draws daily inspiration from the wide-open skies and fog of the Bay Area. Currently, she has upcoming shows around San Francisco and owns a studio filled with her latest paintings and works in Russian Hill. 

Janis Cooke Newman is the author of A Master Plan for Rescue and Mary: Mrs. A. Lincolnl. She is a member of the San Francisco Writers Grotto, on the board of Litquake, and a founder and organizer of the Lit Camp writers conference, through which she works with an array of well-known visiting writers.

Jenna Scatena is a magazine journalist, writer and editor. She serves as a Contributing Editor for Sunset  and Correspondent for Travel + Leisure. She was also the former editor for the National Magazine Award-winning publication San Francisco.

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By Lavinia Spalding (Editor)
ISBN: 9781609521110
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Published: Travelers' Tales Guides - May 16th, 2017

Since publishing the original edition of A Woman's World in 1995, Travelers' Tales has been the recognized national leader in women's travel literature, and with the launch of the annual series The Best Travel Writing in 2004, the obvious next step was an annual collection of the best women's travel writing of the year.

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Nancy Tingley - A Head in Cambodia (Corte Madera)

Saturday, July 8, 2017 - 1:00pm

When the alluring, eleventh-century Cambodian stone head of Radha, consort to Krishna, shows up at the Searles Museum, young curator Jenna Murphy doesn’t suspect that it will lead her to a murder. Asian art is her bailiwick, not criminal investigation, and her immediate concern is simply figuring out whether the head is one famously stolen from its body, or a fake.

When a second decapitation happens—this time of an art collector, not a statue—Jenna finds herself drawn into a different kind of mystery, and the stakes are life or death. It turns out that the same talents for research and for unraveling puzzles—the bread and butter of an art historian—have perfectly equipped her to solve crimes. She’s certain the sculpture provides clues to help her solve the case, which takes her to Thailand and Cambodia. But the collectors, dealers, and con artists of the Bangkok art world only compound her questions.

A Head in Cambodia is the fiction debut of noted Asian art expert Nancy Tingley. Readers will delight in the rarified world of collecting, as well as getting to know Jenna, an intrepid and shrewd observer who will easily find her place among V.I. Warshawski, Kinsey Milhone, and other great female sleuths.

Nancy Tingley is an independent art historian and consultant with a specialty in Asian art. She has worked extensively in the art world and as a museum curator. Most recently, she curated Arts of Ancient Viet Nam: From River Plain to Open Sea, jointly organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and The Asia Society in New York.

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ISBN: 9780804011853
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Published: Swallow Press - March 13th, 2017

"In a crowded field of art history whodunits, this first novel stands out ... Jenna, an unabashed sleuth both on and off the job, is a fresh new voice. A great pick for fans of of Iain Pears and B.A.

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James Coleman - Buddha's Dream of Liberation (Corte Madera)

Saturday, July 8, 2017 - 4:00pm

Three great teachings of the Buddha laid down the bedrock of Buddhist thought and practice. Known as the three turnings of the wheel, they introduced to the world concepts—such as the four noble truths and emptiness—that would revolutionize religious and philosophical thinking.

In The Buddha's Dream of Liberation, James Coleman guides the reader through the ancient sutras that preserve the Buddha’s message, teasing out their meaning for the modern reader. We begin with the Pali Canon, the earliest record of the Buddha’s teachings, and then move through the earthshattering Perfection of Wisdom literature of the second turning. Finally, Coleman’s clear and simple presentation of the monumental Samdhinirmocana Sutra, or Sutra of the Explanation of the Profound Secrets, ties the Buddha’s wisdom together for us. The book concludes with chapters from two great teachers, one from the Zen tradition and one from the Tibetan

Buddhist tradition, showing us how to use meditation to bring the Buddha’s wisdom into our lives.

This is Buddhism 101.

James Coleman has a Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and is currently a professor of sociology at the California Polytechnic State University. He is one of the founders of the White Heron Sangha in San Luis Obispo, California.


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ISBN: 9781614293583
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Published: Wisdom Publications - June 27th, 2017

Explore the three great teachings of the Buddha.

- The First Turning of the Wheel Insight into the nature of suffering--and the way out of it--from the four noble truths and the eightfold path

- The Second Turning of the Wheel Teachings on emptiness from the Heart Sutra and the Diamond Sutra

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Jamail Yogis - All Our Waves Are Water (Corte Madera)

Sunday, July 9, 2017 - 1:00pm

In this meditative memoir -- a compelling fusion of Barbarian Days and the journals of Thomas Merton -- the author of Saltwater Buddha reflects on his failing toward enlightenment, his continued search to find meaning, and a greater understanding of the Divine in the world's oceans as well as everyday life.

For Jaimal Yogis, the path to enlightenment is surfing. Between water and air, between control and surrender, between the tangible and intangible realities of life, the spiritual can be found. Born to a family of seekers, he left home at sixteen to surf in Hawaii and join a monastery--an adventure he chronicled in Saltwater Buddha. Now, in his early twenties, his heart is broken and he's lost his way. Hitting the road again, he lands in a monastery in Dharamsala, where he meets Sonam, a displaced Tibetan.

To help his friend, Jaimal makes a cockamamie attempt to reunite him with his family in Tibet by way of America. Though he does not succeed, witnessing Sonam's indomitable spirit in the face of failure offers Jaimal a deeper understanding of faith. When the two friends part, he cannot fathom the unlikely circumstances that will reunite them.

All Our Waves Are Water follows Jaimal's trek from the Himalayas to Indonesia; to a Franciscan Friary in New York City to the dusty streets of Jerusalem; and finally to San Francisco's Ocean Beach. Along his journey, Jaimal prays and surfs; mourning a lost love and seeking something that keeps eluding him, until he ultimately finds what he's been looking for -- that the perfect ride may well be the one we are on right now.

The poet Rumi wrote, "we are not a drop in the ocean. We are the ocean in a drop." This book is Jaimal's attempt to understand the ocean in a drop, to find that one moon shining in the water everywhere -- to find the Divine that unites us all.



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ISBN: 9780062405173
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Published: Harper Wave - July 4th, 2017

In this meditative memoir--a compelling fusion of Barbarian Days and the journals of Thomas Merton--the author of Saltwater Buddha reflects on his "failing toward enlightenment," his continued search to find meaning and a greater understanding of the Divine in the world's oceans as well as everyday life.

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Bren McClain - One Good Mama Bone (Corte Madera)

Sunday, July 9, 2017 - 4:00pm

Set in early 1950s rural South Carolina, One Good Mama Bone chronicles Sarah Creamer’s quest to find her “mama bone,” after she is left to care for a boy who is not her own but instead is the product of an affair between her husband and her best friend and neighbor, a woman she calls “Sister.” When her husband drinks himself to death, Sarah, a dirt-poor homemaker with no family to rely on and the note on the farm long past due, must find a way for her and young Emerson Bridge to survive. But the more daunting obstacle is Sarah’s fear that her mother’s words, seared in her memory since she first heard them at the age of six, were a prophesy, “You ain’t got you one good mama bone in you, girl.”

When Sarah reads in the local newspaper that a boy won $680 with his Grand Champion steer at the recent 1951 Fat Cattle Show & Sale, she sees this as their financial salvation and finds a way to get Emerson Bridge a steer from a local farmer to compete in the 1952 show. But the young calf is unsettled at Sarah’s farm, crying out in distress and growing louder as the night wears on. Some four miles away, the steer’s mother hears his cries and breaks out of a barbed-wire fence to go in search of him. The next morning Sarah finds the young steer quiet, content, and nursing a large cow. Inspired by the mother cow’s act of love, Sarah names her Mama Red. And so Sarah’s education in motherhood begins with Mama Red as her teacher.

But Luther Dobbins, the man who sold Sarah the steer, has his sights set on winning too, and, like Sarah, he is desperate, but not for money. Dobbins is desperate for glory, wanting to regain his lost grand-champion dynasty, and he will stop at nothing to win. Emboldened by her lessons from Mama Red and her budding mama bone, Sarah is committed to victory even after she learns the winning steer’s ultimate fate. Will she stop at nothing, even if it means betraying her teacher?

Bret McClain’s writing is distinguished by a sophisticated and detailed portrayal of the day-to-day realities of rural poverty and an authentic sense of time and place that marks the best southern fiction. Her characters transcend their archetypes and her animal-as-teacher theme recalls the likes of Water for Elephants and The Art of Racing in the Rain. One Good Mama Bone explores the strengths and limitations of parental love, the healing power of the human-animal bond, and the ethical dilemmas of raising animals for food.

Bren McClain was born and raised in Anderson, South Carolina, on a beef cattle and grain farm. She has a degree in English from Furman University; is an experienced media relations, radio, and television news professional; and currently works as a communications confidence coach. She is a two-time winner of the South Carolina Fiction Project and the recipient of the 2005 Fiction Fellowship by the South Carolina Arts Commission. An excerpt from One Good Mama Bone was named a 2012 finalist for the Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Award for a Novel-in-Progress. This is McClain’s first novel.


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By Bren McClain, Mary Alice Monroe (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781611177466
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Published: University of South Carolina Press - February 14th, 2017

Set in early 1950s rural South Carolina, One Good Mama Bone chronicles Sarah Creamer's quest to find her mama bone, after she is left to care for a boy who is not her own but instead is the product of an affair between her husband and her best friend and neighbor, a woman she calls Sister.

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