Corte Madera Events

Class: Wendy Walsh - Advanced Italian (Corte Madera)

Thursday, September 7, 2017 - 9:00am

9 Thursdays; Sept. 7-Nov. 16 (no class Nov. 2 & Nov. 9), 2017 • 19:00 am - 11:00 am • $290

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

Rene Denfeld - The Child Finder (Corte Madera)

Thursday, September 7, 2017 - 7:30pm

2017 Mystery Writers Conference Opening Night Event

Please note: this event is free & open to the public. Priority seating for all Mystery Writers Conference attendees.

Rene Denfeld’s exquisitely-wrought second novel, The Child Finder, is a compelling, atmospheric literary page-turner centered on Naomi, an unforgettable young woman with an extraordinary talent: locating missing children. Denfeld, whose award-winning debut, The Enchanted, was hailed as “a stunning first novel from an already accomplished writer” (Publishers Weekly), takes readers to dark places—both the remote forest primeval of the Pacific Northwest where a child has disappeared, presumed dead, and into Naomi’s own murky past, where the seeds of her singular gifts were planted. As the at-once elegant and disquieting narrative unfolds, the alternating perspectives of Naomi and a deeply imaginative child reveal its surprising truths.

Naomi has found thirty children—but not all of them alive. In her current case, she has been hired by the family of Madison Culver, who went missing three years before while her family searched for a Christmas tree in the wilds of Skookum National Forest. It seems highly unlikely that Madison survived the harsh winter terrain—unless she was abducted—and Naomi offers her parents little hope, even as she keeps it kindled in her own heart. As she scours the mysterious forest and the secrets of its reclusive denizens, Naomi is determined to find what happened to the missing girl. Though she generally only takes on one case at a time, Naomi is drawn in and takes on another—finding a baby who has vanished while in the care of its mentally-challenged mother. Both disappearances reveal hidden truths for Naomi, with her uncanny ability to inhabit her victims’ worlds.

Her own childhood experience, which she wrote about with great poignancy for the New York Times, informs this new work: “I went on to become a journalist and to adopt three kids from foster care. I took a day job, working as a death penalty investigator. I am hired by the lawyers representing men and women facing execution to examine their backgrounds in hopes of persuading a judge or jury to extend them mercy. It is the gift of my history that I can understand these people and their families. I can see their humanity even as I witness the harm they have done to others, and the harm done to them.”

Denfeld’s first novel, The Enchanted, won numerous honors, including the prestigious French Prix, an ALA Medal for Excellence in Fiction, and Book of the Year from The Oregonian. She has written for The New York Times Magazine, The Oregonian, and the Philadelphia Inquirer and is also the author of The New Victorians: A Young Woman’s Challenge to the Old Feminist Order, Kill The Body, The Head Will Fall, and All God’s Children: Inside the Dark and Violent World of Street Families. Rene lives in Portland, Oregon. 

 

The Child Finder Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9780062659057
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Harper - September 5th, 2017

A haunting, richly atmospheric, and deeply suspenseful novel from the acclaimed author of The Enchanted about an investigator who must use her unique insights to find a missing little girl.

"Where are you, Madison Culver? Flying with the angels, a silver speck on a wing? Are you dreaming, buried under snow? Or--is it possible--you are still alive?"


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Mystery Writers Conference: Michael Connelly - The Late Show (Corte Madera)

Saturday, September 9, 2017 - 6:00pm

2017 Mystery Writers Conference Event
Free for Conference Attendees • $10 for General Public
Ticket cost may be applied to purchase of book

In conversation with Otto Penzler

The Late Show introduces readers to Renee Ballard, a fierce young detective fighting to prove herself on the LAPD's toughest beat, from #1 New York Times bestselling author Michael Connelly.

Renee Ballard works the night shift in Hollywood--also known as the Late Show--beginning many investigations but finishing none, as each morning she turns everything over to the day shift. A once up-and-coming detective, she's been given this beat as punishment after filing a sexual harassment complaint against a supervisor.

But one night she catches two assignments she doesn't want to part with: the brutal beating of a prostitute left for dead in a parking lot and the killing of a young woman in a nightclub shooting. Ballard is determined not to give up at dawn. Against orders and her partner's wishes, she works both cases by day while maintaining her shift by night. As the investigations entwine, they pull her closer to her own demons and the reason she won't give up her job, no matter what the department throws at her.

Michael Connelly is the author of twenty-nine previous novels, including #1 New York Times bestsellers The Wrong Side of Goodbye and The Crossing. Connelly is a former newspaper reporter who has won numerous awards for his journalism and his novels and is the executive producer of Bosch, starring Titus Welliver. He spends his time in California and Florida. 

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The Late Show Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780316225984
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Little Brown and Company - July 18th, 2017

Introducing Ren?e Ballard, a fierce young detective fighting to prove herself on the LAPD's toughest beat, from #1 New York Times bestselling author Michael Connelly.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Left Coast Writers®: Christine Evelyn Volker - Venetian Blood (Corte Madera)

Saturday, September 9, 2017 - 7:00pm

To escape a failing marriage, Anna Lucia Lottol goes to Venice to visit an old friend—and becomes a suspect in a brutal murder echoing a gruesome homicide that happened decades ago. Fearful of foreign justice and hoping to prove her innocence, she gathers clues before the real murderer comes for her. At the climax of her journey, she discovers a secret that will change her life. 

Struggling to forget a crumbling marriage, forty-year-old Anna Lucia Lottol comes to Venice to visit an old friend—but instead of finding solace, she is dragged into the police station and accused of murdering a money-laundering count with whom she had a brief affair. A US Treasury officer with brains and athleticism, Anna fights to clear her name in a seductive city full of watery illusions. As she works to pry information from a cast of recalcitrant characters sometimes denying what she sees and hears, she succeeds in unleashing a powerful foe bent on destroying her. Will she save herself and vanquish her enemies, including her darkest fears? A mysterious tapestry of murder, betrayal, and family, Venetian Blood is a story of one woman’s brave quest for the truth —before it’s too late.

Christine Evelyn Volker became intrigued by foreign cultures at an early age, which propelled her to study Spanish, German, and Italian. After pursuing an MLS and an MBA, she was drawn to international banking and became a senior vice president at a global financial institution. Her career brought her to Italy, where she immersed herself in the language and made frequent visits to Venice. A native New Yorker, she resides with her husband in Richmond, California, where she heads a local library non-profit organization and writes about environmental sustainability. She is currently at work on her second international mystery, this one set in the rainforest of Peru.
 

Venetian Blood: Murder in a Sensuous City Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781631523106
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: She Writes Press - August 8th, 2017

Struggling to forget a crumbling marriage, forty-year-old Anna Lucia Lottol comes to Venice to visit an old friend--but instead of finding solace, she is dragged into the police station and accused of murdering a money-laundering count with whom she had a brief affair. A US Treasury officer with brains and athleticism, Anna fights to clear her name in a seductive city full of watery illusions.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Robert Wright - Why Buddhism Is True (Corte Madera)

Sunday, September 10, 2017 - 4:00pm

From one of America's greatest minds, a journey through psychology, philosophy, and lots of meditation to show how Buddhism holds the key to moral clarity and enduring happiness.

Robert Wright famously explained in The Moral Animal how evolution shaped the human brain. The mind is designed to often delude us, he argued, about ourselves and about the world. And it is designed to make happiness hard to sustain.

But if we know our minds are rigged for anxiety, depression, anger, and greed, what do we do? Wright locates the answer in Buddhism, which figured out thousands of years ago what scientists are only discovering now. Buddhism holds that human suffering is a result of not seeing the world clearly--and proposes that seeing the world more clearly, through meditation, will make us better, happier people.

In Why Buddhism is True, Wright leads readers on a journey through psychology, philosophy, and a great many silent retreats to show how and why meditation can serve as the foundation for a spiritual life in a secular age. At once excitingly ambitious and wittily accessible, this is the first book to combine evolutionary psychology with cutting-edge neuroscience to defend the radical claims at the heart of Buddhist philosophy. With bracing honesty and fierce wisdom, it will persuade you not just that Buddhism is true--which is to say, a way out of our delusion--but that it can ultimately save us from ourselves, as individuals and as a species.

Robert Wright is the New York Times bestselling author of The Evolution of God (a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize), Nonzero, The Moral Animal, Three Scientists and their Gods (a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award), and Why Buddhism Is True. He is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of the widely respected Bloggingheads.tv and has written for The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New York Times, Time, Slate, and The New Republic. He has taught at the University of Pennsylvania and at Princeton University, where he also created the popular online course “Buddhism and Modern Psychology.”

Why Buddhism Is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781439195451
Availability: Special Order
Published: Simon & Schuster - August 8th, 2017

From one of America's greatest minds, a journey through psychology, philosophy, and lots of meditation to show how Buddhism holds the key to moral clarity and enduring happiness.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Sandra Kierulff - Conversational French (Corte Madera)

Monday, September 11, 2017 - 10:30am

6 Mondays; September 11 - Oct. 16 (no class Oct. 9) 2017; •10:30 am-12:00 pm • $225

Conversational French, with an emphasis on practical vocabulary for travelers, as well as a review of useful grammar structures through lively discussion, readings and songs.

Sandra Kierulff has taught French at the College of Marin, and was the instructor and author of “French à la Carte,” a French course aired on KQED radio. 

She lived and worked in France for several years and holds degrees in French and Spanish.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Wendy Walsh - Lower Intermediate Italian (Corte Madera)

Monday, September 11, 2017 - 12:45pm

9 Mondays, Sept. 11 – Nov. 20, (no class Oct. 9 & Nov. 6) 2017 • 12:40pm - 2:25 am • $290

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

Salman Rushdie - The Golden House (Corte Madera)

Monday, September 11, 2017 - 1:00pm

Tickets: $32 (includes signed book)

When the aristocratic Golden family moves into a self contained pocket of New York City, a park in Greenwich Village called “The Gardens,” their past is an absolute mystery. They seem to be hiding in plain sight: Nero Golden, the powerful but shady patriarch, and his sons Petya, a high functioning autistic and recluse; Apu, the successful artist who may or may not be profound; and D, the enchanting youngest son whose gender confusion mirrors the confusion - and possibilities - of the world around him. And finally there is Vasilisa, the Russian beauty who seduces the patriarch to shape their American stories.

Our fearless narrator is an aspiring filmmaker who decides the Golden family will be his subject. He gains the trust of this strange family, even as their secrets gradually unfold - love affairs and betrayals, questions of belonging and identity, a murder, an apocalyptic terror attack, a magical, stolen baby, all set against a whirling background in which an insane Presidential Candidate known as only The Joker grows stronger and stronger, and America itself grows mad. And yet The Golden House is a hopeful story, even an inspiring one - a story about the hope that surrounds, and is made brighter by, even the darkest of situations.

Overflowing with inventiveness, humor, and a touch of magic, this is a full-throated celebration of human nature, a great American novel, a tale of exile wrapped in a murder mystery, a meditation on the nature of good and evil, a thrilling page turner, and a coming of age story for the ages.

Salman Rushdie is the author of eleven previous novels—Luka and the Fire of Life, Grimus, Midnight’s Children (for which he won the Booker Prize and the Best of the Booker), Shame, The Satanic Verses, Haroun and the Sea of Stories, The Moor’s Last Sigh, The Ground Beneath Her Feet, Fury, Shalimar the Clown, The Enchantress of Florence, and Two Years, Eight Months, and Twenty-Eight Nights. He has written one collection of short stories, East, West. He has also published four works of nonfiction: The Jaguar Smile, Imaginary Homelands, Step Across This Line, and his memoir, Joseph Anton. He has also coedited two anthologies, Mirrorwork and Best American Short Stories 2008, and is a former president of American PEN.

The Golden House Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780399592805
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Random House - September 5th, 2017

A modern American epic set against the panorama of contemporary politics and culture--a hurtling, page-turning mystery that is equal parts The Great Gatsby and The Bonfire of the Vanities


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Julie King - How To Talk So Little Kids Will Listen (Corte Madera)

Monday, September 11, 2017 - 7:00pm

Monday September 11, 2017 • 7:00pm - 9:00pm • $75

Are you getting worn down by bedtime challenges, morning-rush madness, dawdling, whining, and other challenging behaviors? Do you find yourself too often resorting to threats, bribes, or raised voices? Learn practical strategies to improve cooperation and discipline, strengthen character, and enhance your relationships at home. Based on the bestseller by Faber and King, this entertaining workshop consistently receives rave reviews. Here’s what one participant said: “… immensely helpful, practical, and insightful.” Q & A session included.

Julie King has been educating and supporting parents since 1995. In addition to her work with individual parents and couples, she is a highly regarded parenting workshop leader and public presenter. Julie is co-author, together with Joanna Faber, of How To Talk So LITTLE Kids Will Listen:  A Survival Guide to Life with Children Ages 2 – 7.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Patricia Ravasio - The Girl from Spaceship Earth (Corte Madera)

Monday, September 11, 2017 - 7:00pm

“I’ve been waiting for this book! I interviewed Bucky Fuller as a young journalist, and the rush of profound ideas is exactly as this charming story describes. It also proves that serious is not necessarily synonymous with solemn.” – Bill McKibben, author and founder, 350.org

The Girl from Spaceship Earth: A True Story is the true story of a lifelong passion to live up to the practical utopian ideas of iconic American genius R. Buckminster Fuller. An honest tell-all memoir about climbing out of comfort zones and finding your own voice to make a difference in the world. It also gives readers a charming introduction to the once famous Bucky, the inventor of Synergetic Geometry and geodesic dome, and whose unswerving faith in humanity sweeps the author off her feet.

In 1982 Chicago, a mind-blowing two-day interview with the iconic futurist leads an overeager wannabe journalist to promise she’ll share his urgent messages with the world, in time to help humanity awaken in time. When Fuller’s dire predictions come true on 9/11 she must face up to her commitment, which morphs into a fiery passion when she makes unsettling discoveries about Bucky's archives at Stanford. Her outsized passions threaten her relationships and her sanity.

And yet she persists. 

Patricia Ravasio has won awards for her radio reporting, advertising copywriting, real estate sales, and community volunteerism. She wrote a long-running weekly column for her community newspaper and pens occasional guest opinion pieces for the Marin Independent Journal, but this is her first book, inspired by her 1982 interviews with iconic genius R. Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983). Pat is the mother of three grown daughters and lives with her husband of thirty years in Corte Madera.

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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