Corte Madera Events

Starr Goode - Sheela Na Gig (Corte Madera)

Sunday, April 9, 2017 - 4:00pm

A quarter of a century in the making with over 150 illustrations, Sheela Na Gig, The Dark Goddess of Sacred Power has three parts: History, Journeys, Image. Nothing represents the necessity of re-imagining the female in Western culture more than the startling stone carving of the Sheela na gig displaying her vulva. Striking in her originality, the Sheela na gig is an antidote to the war on women, the war on nature, and the war on the imagination.

Starr Goode, MA, teaches literature at Santa Monica College. Producer and moderator for the cable TV series, The Goddess in Art, which is now available on YouTube. She is the author of The Art of Living: Falstaff, the Fool, and Dino. Her latest essay, "Adventures She Has Brought My Way" appears in the anthology, Foremothers of the Women's Spirituality Movement.

 

 

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$35.00
ISBN: 9781620555958
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Published: Inner Traditions International - December 17th, 2016

Traces the origins of the Sheela na gig from Medieval times to Paleolithic cave art
- Reveals the sacred display of the vulva to be a universal archetype and the most enduring image of creativity throughout the world
- Provides meditations on the Sheelas the author encountered in Ireland, England, Scotland, and Wales, allowing readers to commune with the power of these icons


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Lyanda Lynn Haupt - Mozart's Starling (Corte Madera)

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 - 7:00pm

On May 27th, 1784, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart met a flirtatious little starling in a Viennese shop who sang an improvised version of the theme from his Piano Concerto no. 17 in G major. Sensing a kindred spirit in the plucky young bird, Mozart bought him and took him home to be a family pet. For three years, the starling lived with Mozart, influencing his work and serving as his companion, distraction, consolation, and muse.

Two centuries later, starlings are reviled by even the most compassionate conservationists. A nonnative, invasive species, they invade sensitive habitats, outcompete local birds for nest sites and food, and decimate crops. A seasoned birder and naturalist, Lyanda Lynn Haupt is well versed in the difficult and often strained relationships these birds have with other species and the environment. But after rescuing a baby starling of her own, Haupt found herself enchanted by the same intelligence and playful spirit that had so charmed her favorite composer.

In Mozart's Starling, Haupt explores the unlikely and remarkable bond between one of history's most cherished composers and one of earth's most common birds. The intertwined stories of Mozart's beloved pet and Haupt's own starling provide an unexpected window into human-animal friendships, music, the secret world of starlings, and the nature of creative inspiration. A blend of natural history, biography, and memoir, this is a tour de force that awakens a surprising new awareness of our place in the world.

Lyanda Lynn Haupt is an ecophilosopher, naturalist, and author of several books, including The Urban Bestiary, Crow Planet, Pilgrim on the Great Bird Continent, and Rare Encounters with Ordinary Birds. A winner of the Washington State Book Award and the Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award, she lives in Seattle with her husband and daughter.

 

 

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$27.00
ISBN: 9780316370899
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Published: Little Brown and Company - April 4th, 2017

On May 27th, 1784, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart met a flirtatious little starling in a Viennese shop who sang an improvised version of the theme from his Piano Concerto no. 17 in G major. Sensing a kindred spirit in the plucky young bird, Mozart bought him and took him home to be a family pet.


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Corte Madera, CA 94925

T.R. Reid - A Fine Mess (Corte Madera)

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 - 7:00pm

In A Fine Mess: A Global Quest for a Simpler, Fairer, and More Efficient Tax System, bestselling author T. R. Reid voyages around the world to solve the urgent problem of America's failing tax code, unraveling a complex topic in plain English and telling a rollicking story along the way.

The U.S. tax code is a total write-off. Overstuffed with loopholes and special interest provisions, it works for no one except tax lawyers, accountants, and corporations, that is and certainly not me and you. Not for the first time, we have to tear it up and start over. That happened in 1922, and again in 1954, and again in 1986.There's a pattern here; we reach this point every thirty-two years. Which means the next complete rewrite of the tax code is due in 2018.Can we write a newtax code thatis fair and simple? Can we cut tax rates and still bring in the revenue required?In fact, we can by learning from the world's other democracies. Around the world, wealthy democracies, from Estonia to New Zealand to the U.K., have all reformed their tax codes, while the United States has languished.With his penchant for making complex subjects accessible and even fun, T. R. Reid travels the world in order to find out what makes for good taxation (if that's not an oxymoron ) and brings that knowledge home.

So byzantine are the current statutes that by the government's own estimates, Americans spend six billion hours and ten billion dollars every year preparing and filing their taxes. In the Netherlands it takes the average person fifteen minutes Brilliantly successful American companies like Apple, Caterpillar, and Google effectively pay no tax at all because of loopholes that allow them to move profits offshore. Indeed, the dysfunctional tax system has become so easy to dodge that it is a major cause of economic inequality, as Warren Buffett and Thomas Piketty have pointed out. But it doesn t have to be this way, the ever-intrepid Reid proves, crisscrossing the globe from the Czech Republic to Mexico. Doing our taxes may never be America's favorite pastime, but it can and should be so much easier.

T. R. Reid is a longtime correspondent for The Washington Post and former chief of its Tokyo and London bureaus. He is a commentator for National Public Radioand has been a correspondent for several PBS documentaries. His bestselling books include The Healing of America, The United States of Europe, The Chip, and Confucius Lives Next Door.

 

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$27.00
ISBN: 9781594205514
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Published: Penguin Press - April 4th, 2017

The U.S. tax code is a total write-off. Crammed with loopholes and special interest provisions, it works for no one except tax lawyers, accountants, and huge corporations. Not for the first time, we have reached a breaking point. That happened in 1922, and again in 1954, and again in 1986. In other words, every thirty-two years. Which means that the next complete overhaul is due in 2018.


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2016 One Book One Marin 2017 - Culminating Event (San Rafael)

Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 7:00pm

Free & Open to the Public

Anthony Marra's acclaimed story collection, The Tsar of Love & Techno, has been selected as the 2017 honoree for One Book One Marin. Now celebrating its 11th anniversary, One Book One Marin seeks to build a stronger, enriched community through community dialogue, and the exploration of literature and culture. The One Book One Marin program will conclude with a special event on Thursday, April 13, 2017, at Dominican University's Angelico Hall, featuring Anthony Marra and KQED host Michael Krasny in conversation.

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From Anthony Marra, the author of National Book Award longlist selection and New York Times bestseller A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, comes The Tsar of Love and Techno, a collection of dazzling, poignant, and lyrical interwoven stories about family, sacrifice, the legacy of war, and the redemptive power of art.

This stunning, exquisitely written collection introduces a cast of remarkable characters whose lives intersect in ways both life-affirming and heartbreaking. A 1930s Soviet censor painstakingly corrects offending photographs, deep underneath Leningrad, bewitched by the image of a disgraced prima ballerina. A chorus of women recounts their stories and those of their grandmothers, former gulag prisoners who settled their Siberian mining town. Two pairs of brothers share a fierce, protective love. Young men across the former USSR face violence at home and in the military. And great sacrifices are made in the name of an oil landscape unremarkable except for the almost incomprehensibly peaceful past it depicts. In stunning prose, with rich character portraits and a sense of history reverberating into the present, The Tsar of Love and Techno is a captivating work from one of our greatest new talents.

Anthony Marra is the author of A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, which won the National Book Critics Circle’s inaugural John Leonard Prize, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award in fiction, and the Barnes and Noble Discover Award and appeared on over twenty year-end lists. Marra’s novel was a National Book Award longlist selection as well as a finalist for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize and France’s Prix Medicis. He received an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and was a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, where he teaches as the Jones Lecturer in Fiction. He has lived and studied in Eastern Europe, and now resides in Oakland, California.

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Popular across the United States and throughout the world, One Book programs take the idea of a localized book discussion club and expand it to cover a whole city or county. The city, county and college libraries of Marin, and community partners Book Passage and the Institute for Leadership Studies at Dominican University of California collaborate to bring Marin County readers stimulating programming and events related to the book throughout a three-month period, February - April, each year. All events are free and open to the public.

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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.

 

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$16.00
ISBN: 9780770436452
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Published: Hogarth Press - July 19th, 2016

From the "New York Times" bestselling author of "A Constellation of Vital Phenomena" dazzling, poignant, and lyrical interwoven stories about family, sacrifice, the legacy of war, and the redemptive power of art. This stunning, exquisitely written collection introduces a cast of remarkable characters whose lives intersect in ways both life-affirming and heartbreaking.


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

Elizabeth Kostova - The Shadow Land (Corte Madera)

Saturday, April 15, 2017 - 4:00pm

In conversation with Melissa Cistaro

From the #1 bestselling author of The Historian comes The Shadow Land, an engrossing novel that spans the past and the present and unearths the dark secrets of Bulgaria, a beautiful and haunted country. 

A young American woman, Alexandra Boyd, has traveled to Sofia, Bulgaria, hoping that life abroad will salve the wounds left by the loss of her beloved brother. Soon after arriving in this elegant East European city, however, she helps an elderly couple into a taxi and realizes too late that she has accidentally kept one of their bags. Inside she finds an ornately carved wooden box engraved with a name: Stoyan Lazarov. Raising the hinged lid, she discovers that she is holding an urn filled with human ashes. 

As Alexandra sets out to locate the family and return this precious item, she will first have to uncover the secrets of a talented musician who was shattered by oppression and she will find out all too quickly that this knowledge is fraught with its own danger. 

Elizabeth Kostova's new novel is a tale of immense scope that delves into the horrors of a century and traverses the culture and landscape of this mysterious country. Suspenseful and beautifully written, it explores the power of stories, the pull of the past, and the hope and meaning that can sometimes be found in the aftermath of loss. 

Elizabeth Kostova is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Historian, for which she won the 2006 Book Sense Award for Best Adult Fiction and the 2005 Quill Award for Debut Author of the Year, and The Swan Thieves. She graduated from Yale and holds an MFA from the University of Michigan, where she won the Hopwood Award for Novel-in-Progress.

 

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$28.00
ISBN: 9780345527868
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Published: Ballantine Books - April 11th, 2017

From the #1 bestselling author of The Historian comes an engrossing novel that spans the past and the present--and unearths the dark secrets of Bulgaria, a beautiful and haunted country.


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Annabelle Gurwitch - Wherever You Go, There They Are (Corte Madera)

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 - 7:00pm

When Annabelle Gurwitch was a child, surrounded by a cast of epically dysfunctional relatives, she secretly prayed that it was all a terrible mistake. Maybe she was a long lost daughter of Joni Mitchell or a reincarnation of the Russian princess, Anastasia. A family of bootleggers, gamblers, and philanderers, the Gurwitches have always been a bit vague on the standard ideal of a loving and supportive family. Their definition includes people you can count on to borrow money from, hold a grudge against, or blackmail. One day, unfortunately, Gurwitch woke up to realize that she’d made similar, if not the same, mistakes as everyone else before her—just in a new zip code. Wherever she went, there they were.

With her wry wit and hard-learned wisdom, Gurwitch explores the inescapable, yet rewarding, realities of life with her relatives and her southern Jewish roots, as well as her flirtation with surrogate families including theater folk, pet people, the sisterhood, and the ladies who brunch at Tel Aviv Gardens Retirement Home in Miami, Florida. She’s learned that for better or for worse (you can guess which) it’s worth celebrating the traditions, rituals, and recipes that come with a shared mythology and legacy, even if her own inheritance amounts to a small plot of land split between five relatives on an ill-fated sliver of sand known as Massacre Island.

Written with haunting detail, poignant family moments, laugh out loud comedy and social commentary, Gurwitch delivers a provocative treatise on the importance and insanity of family. Wherever You Go, There They Are is a must-read for anyone who’s even occasionally been frustrated by the people they share carbohydrate-laden meals with every year.

Annabelle Gurwitch is an actress and the author of three books: the New York Times bestseller and Thurber Prize finalist I See You Made an Effort, You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up (co-authored with her husband Jeff Kahn), which is now a play receiving its fifth national tour; and Fired! Gurwitch first gained a loyal comedic following during her years co-hosting Dinner and a Movie on TBS. Her essays and satire have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Nation, Harpers Bazaar, More, Glamour, Marie Claire, Los Angeles Times, L.A. Magazine, Salon, and The Hollywood Reporter as well as numerous outlets online. Gurwitch hosted programs on HBO, ABC, and The Planet Green Network. Her acting credits include Seinfeld, Boston Legal, Dexter, Daddy Day Care and Melvin Goes to Dinner. Gurwitch has made frequent and much lauded performances on stage in Los Angeles and off-Broadway. She is a frequent keynote speaker at book festivals and women’s empowerment conferences, a prominent figure in the atheist and Jewish communities, active in the sustainability movement, and a comedic commentator on politics and culture. She is empty nesting in Los Angeles.

 

Wherever You Go, There They Are: Stories about My Family You Might Relate to Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780399574887
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Published: Blue Rider Press - April 18th, 2017

A hysterically funny and slyly insightful new collection of essays from New York Times bestselling author Annabelle Gurwitch, about her own family of scam artists and hucksters, as well as the sisterhoods, temporary tribes, communities, and cults who have become surrogates along the way.


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Sally Bedell Smith - Prince Charles (Corte Madera)

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 7:00pm

From Sally Bedell Smith -- the New York Times bestselling author of Elizabeth the Queen -- comes Prince Charles, an illuminating and revelatory new biography of the man who has waited his whole life to be King. The first major biography of Prince Charles in over 20 years, this work is filled with fresh insights into his marriages and his family, and draws on extensive access to Charles’s inner circle.

This in-depth look at Prince Charles brings to life the real man, with all of his contradictions, complexities, and ambitions. Beginning with his lonely childhood, and moving through his love affairs, his intellectual quests, his entrepreneurial pursuits, the tragedy of his marriage to Diana, and his eventual reunion with his true love Camilla—this is a riveting, insightful portrait of a man who possesses a fiercely independent spirit, and yet who has spent more than six decades waiting for his destined role. Smith writes of the women who loved him, including Camilla, and the women who didn’t love him enough, including his mother and Diana; and she writes of the next generation of royals, including the beloved William, Kate, Harry, and his grandchildren. Sally Bedell Smith has created a surprising, multifaceted portrait of Charles and his world—a man more complicated, tragic, and compelling than we knew, until now.

Sally Bedell Smith is the author of the bestselling biographies of William S. Paley, Pamela Harriman, Diana, Princess of Wales, John and Jacqueline Kennedy, Bill and Hillary Clinton, and Queen Elizabeth II. A contributing editor at Vanity Fair since 1996, she previously worked at Time and The New York Times, where she was a cultural news reporter.


 

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$32.00
ISBN: 9781400067909
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Published: Random House - April 4th, 2017

From the New York Times bestselling author of Elizabeth the Queen comes the first major biography of Prince Charles in more than twenty years--perfect for fans of The Crown.


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Carolyn Miller & Lynne Knight - Poetry Reading (Corte Madera)

Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 7:00pm

“Could time end?” asks a poem in Route 66 and Its Sorrows. In these pages, time is the engine of desire and the vehicle of memory and dreams; here, the past is not past, and the present is stunningly alive. The journey of the book begins and ends on Route 66, taking us from Southern Missouri to the coast of California and back again and again, from lightning bugs and whippoorwills to dolphins and gray whales, from the high song of a man calling hogs to the rumble of a cable car. The dead and disappeared are here, too, as well as the living; both the lost and the found cry out for our attention, as we travel from an old kitchen in the Ozarks to the streets of San Francisco, and from the Roubidoux River to the Pacific Ocean, where the light burns and fades, and the sky throws down a hail of stars.

Carolyn Miller grew up in the Missouri Ozarks, where she was baptized in the Roubidoux River at the age of eight. Today, she lives in a Romeo and Juliet flat on the Hyde Street cable-car line in San Francisco, where she writes, paints, and works as a freelance writer/editor. Her books of poetry are After Cocteau and Light, Moving, both from Sixteen Rivers Press, and four limitededition letter-press chapbooks from Protean Press. Her poems have been featured on Poetry Daily, The Writer’s Almanac, and American Life in Poetry, and have appeared in The Gettysburg Review, The Southern Review, Prairie Schooner, and The Georgia Review, among other journals, as well as in several anthologies, including Garrison Keillor’s Good Poems: American Places. Her honors include the James Boatwright Award for Poetry from Shenandoah and the Rainmaker Award from Zone 3.

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The Persistence of Longing is a catalogue of love and the transgressions that ensue in its name. Lynne Knight offers both a tender embrace and a healthy dose of fiery scorn.  Knight isn't playing around, she's ready for love or she's ready to kick the crap out of love, whatever needs must.

Lynne Knight, a former fellow in poetry at Syracuse University, taught high school English in Upstate New York, and then moved to California where she taught at San Francisco Bay Area community colleges and began writing poetry again. She is the author of four full-length poetry collections and four chapbooks. Awards for her collections include the Quarterly Review of Literature Prize and the Dorothy Brunsman Award from Bear Star Press. Her work has appeared in a number of journals, including Kenyon Review, Poetry, and The Southern Review. Other awards and honors include publication in Best American Poetry, the Prix de l’Alliance Française 2006, a PSA Lucille Medwick Memorial Award, the 2009 Rattle Poetry Prize, and an NEA grant.

 

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ISBN: 9780997666656
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Published: Terrapin Books - January 12th, 2017

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Jeff Guinn - The Road to Jonestown (Corte Madera)

Friday, April 21, 2017 - 7:00pm

By the New York Times bestselling author of Manson, the comprehensive, authoritative, and tragic story of preacher Jim Jones, who was responsible for the Jonestown Massacre—the largest murder-suicide in American history.

In the 1950s, a young Indianapolis minister named Jim Jones preached a curious blend of the gospel and Marxism. His congregation was racially integrated, and he was a much-lauded leader in the contemporary civil rights movement. Eventually, Jones moved his church, Peoples Temple, to northern California. He became involved in electoral politics, and soon was a prominent Bay Area leader.

In this riveting narrative, Jeff Guinn examines Jones’s life, from his extramarital affairs, drug use, and fraudulent faith healing to the fraught decision to move almost a thousand of his followers to a settlement in the jungles of Guyana in South America. Guinn provides stunning new details of the events leading to the fatal day in November, 1978 when more than nine hundred people died—including almost three hundred infants and children—after being ordered to swallow a cyanide-laced drink.

Guinn examined thousands of pages of FBI files on the case, including material released during the course of his research. He traveled to Jones’s Indiana hometown, where he spoke to people never previously interviewed, and uncovered fresh information from Jonestown survivors. He even visited the Jonestown site with the same pilot who flew there the day that Congressman Leo Ryan was murdered on Jones’s orders. The Road to Jonestown is the definitive book about Jim Jones and the events that led to the tragedy at Jonestown.

Jeff Guinn is a former award-winning investigative journalist and the bestselling author of numerous books, including Go Down Together: The True Untold Story of Bonnie and Clyde, The Last Gunfight: The Real Story of the Shootout at the O.K. Corral and How It Changed the West, and Manson: The Life and Times of Charles Manson. Guinn lives in Fort Worth, Texas.

 

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ISBN: 9781476763828
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Published: Simon & Schuster - April 11th, 2017

By the New York Times bestselling author of Manson, the comprehensive, authoritative, and tragic story of preacher Jim Jones, who was responsible for the Jonestown Massacre--the largest murder-suicide in American history.


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Johanna Silver - The Bold Dry Garden (Corte Madera)

Saturday, April 22, 2017 - 11:00am

Special Earth Day Event

Ruth Bancroft is a dry gardening pioneer. Her lifelong love of plants led to the creation of one of the most acclaimed public gardens, The Ruth Bancroft Garden in Walnut Creek, California. The Bold Dry Garden offers unparalleled access to the garden and the extraordinary woman responsible for it. In its stunningly photographed pages, you’ll discover the history of the garden and the design principles and plant palette that make it unique. Packed with growing and maintenance tips, profiles of signature plants for a dry garden, and innovative design techniques, The Bold Dry Garden has everything you need to create a garden that is lush, waterwise, and welcoming.

Johanna Silver is a San Francisco-based writer, editor, and garden designer. She is the garden editor at Sunset, where she also manages the editorial test garden. Johanna is a regular contributor to Sunset magazines, books, and videos. Her writing earned her a James Beard Award in 2009 for her contributions to the One-Block Diet blog and an ASME award for General Excellence in 2014.

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By Johanna Silver, Marion Brenner (Photographer)
$34.95
ISBN: 9781604696707
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Published: Timber Press (OR) - October 5th, 2016

"For those of you--and your numbers are growing--gardening in drought-stricken parts of the country, The Bold Dry Garden will quench your thirst for inspiration." --New York Times Book Review


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