Corte Madera Events

Melanie Kirkpatrick - Thanksgiving (Corte Madera)

Saturday, November 4, 2017 - 4:00pm

We all know the story of Thanksgiving. Or do we? This uniquely American holiday has a rich and little known history beyond the famous feast of 1621.

In Thanksgiving, award-winning author Melanie Kirkpatrick journeys through four centuries of history, giving us a vivid portrait of our nation’s best-loved holiday. Drawing on newspaper accounts, private correspondence, historical documents and cookbooks, this book brings to life the full history of the holiday and what it has meant to generations of Americans.

Many famous figures walk these pages—Washington, who proclaimed our first Thanksgiving as a nation amid controversy about his Constitutional power to do so; Lincoln, who wanted to heal a divided nation sick of war when he called for all Americans—North and South—to mark a Thanksgiving Day; FDR, who set off a debate on state’s rights when he changed the traditional date of Thanksgiving.

Ordinary Americans also play key roles in the Thanksgiving story—the New England Indians who boycott Thanksgiving as a Day of Mourning; Sarah Josepha Hale, the nineteenth-century editor who successfully campaigned for Thanksgiving to be a national holiday; the 92nd Street Y in New York City, which founded Giving Tuesday, an online charity pegged to the long Thanksgiving weekend.

While the rites and rituals of the holiday have evolved over the centuries, its essence remains the same: family and friends feasting together in a spirit of gratitude, neighborliness and hospitality. Thanksgiving is Americans’ oldest tradition. Kirkpatrick’s enlightening exploration offers a fascinating look at the meaning of the holiday that we gather together to celebrate on the fourth Thursday of November.

Melanie Kirkpatrick is a journalist, writer, and senior fellow at the Hudson Institute. She was deputy editor of the editorial page of the Wall Street Journal, where she was a longtime member of the editorial board and op-ed editor. She lives in rural Connecticut with her husband, Jack David.
 

Thanksgiving: The Holiday at the Heart of the American Experience Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9781594038938
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Published: Encounter Books - October 11th, 2016

We all know the story of Thanksgiving. Or do we? This uniquely American holiday has a rich and little known history beyond the famous feast of 1621.


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Women's National Book Association panel (Corte Madera)

Sunday, November 5, 2017 - 1:00pm

Please join us for a celebrations of 100 years of women in the world of books with writer of the San Francisco Chapter of the WNBA.  Before women had the right to vote, the Women's National Book Association was advocating for women writers, booksellers, editors and "women in the world of books," starting in 1917.  This vital part of the Northern California publishing community includes New York Times bestselling authors, writing coaches, award-winning editors, literary agents, National Book Critics, book to film creatives, librarians,  and an Indiefab Publisher of the Year, offering insider secrets to getting your book published   In this Centennial Showcase, the authors from the WNBA-SF will read from their books and join in a panel discussion of how women's voices and those of diversity are more important than ever before. Signing and Q&A to follow. 

Featuring WNBA-SF writers:

Cooking for Ghosts: Book I Secret Spice Cafe Trilogy Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780989905640
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Published: HD Media Press Inc - October 7th, 2016

Four diverse women have one thing in common: each is haunted by a tragedy from her past. When Cynthia, Angela, Jane, and Rohini meet on a food blogging site and bond over recipes, they decide on impulse to open The Secret Spice, an elegant café aboard the magnificent ocean liner, the RMS Queen Mary, currently a floating hotel in Long Beach, California.


Talent Cover Image
$12.50
ISBN: 9781629293356
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Published: Eternal Press - November 1st, 2015

Grateful Table: Blessings, Prayers and Graces for the Daily Meal Cover Image
By Brenda Knight (Editor), Nina Lesowitz (Foreword by)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781936740567
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Published: Viva Editions - November 5th, 2013

What would happen if you sat down to dinner with the likes of Alicia Keyes, Jonathan Safran Foer, David Lynch, Morgan Freeman, Sir Ben Kingsley, Alton Brown, Neil Gaiman, Deepak Chopra and David Foster Wallace? Fascinating conversation, without doubt, and one of the things that all these folks have in common is that they practice gratitude and have a lot to say about it.


Bloom Where You're Planted Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781512759044
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Published: WestBow Press - October 26th, 2016

Happy Healthy You: Your Total Wellness Toolkit for Renewing Body, Soul, and Mind Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781633536234
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Published: Mango - August 15th, 2017

A health and wellness toolkit Health and wellness: Happy Healthy You is a multidisciplinary approach to reclaiming ultimate wellness. We are all so busy nowadays, and tackling all those to-do lists can leave us drained, worn down, and lacking energy. When you take a deeper look inside, you will also discover patterns, old habits, and past events blocking self-growth.


Alice Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780985527051
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Published: Durare Publishing - March 31st, 2013

Poised for Retirement: Moving from Anxiety to Zen Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781942094395
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Published: Central Recovery Press - June 13th, 2017

A unique narrative on a unique time offering solace to people nearing retirement. Poised for Retirement is not your parents' retirement guide, nor is it a financial planning guide; rather, it's the relatable story of an ordinary working woman reflecting on her life and career.


Carousel Essays and Such Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781587902666
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Published: Regent Press - March 1st, 2014

Wrestling with God: Stories of Doubt and Faith Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781939221254
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Published: Patheos Press - February 3rd, 2015

Sarah's Secret: A Western Tale of Betrayal and Forgiveness Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780997034929
Availability: Special Order
Published: Word Project Press - December 14th, 2016

Overtaken by the Night: One Russian's Journey Through Peace, War, Revolution, and Terror Cover Image
$39.95
ISBN: 9780822945161
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Published: University of Pittsburgh Press - November 13th, 2017

Vladimir Fedorovich Dzhunkovsky was a witness to Russia's unfolding tragedy--from Tsar Alexander II's Great Reforms, through world war, revolution, the rise of a new regime, and finally, his country's descent into terror under Stalin. But Dzhunkovsky was not just a passive observer--he was an active participant in his troubled and turbulent times, often struggling against the tide.


Role Montage: A Creative New Way to Discover the Leader Within You Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780997393705
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Published: Jan M. Schmuckler, PH.D. - April 11th, 2016

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Jackie Day - The Vegan Way (Corte Madera)

Sunday, November 5, 2017 - 4:00pm

In Partnership with 350Marin

Want to change your life, but aren’t sure how? Look no further. The Vegan Way is a book filled with everything Jackie Day has learned as a happy vegan, a health educator, and author of the popular blog My Vegan Journal.  

A lifestyle guide that’s a real game-changer, this book is for those who are intimidated by the prospect of going vegan overnight, but don’t want the transition to stretch out for months or years.  Tips, tricks, and delicious recipes abound in this easy-to-follow guide to discovering how simple a vegan lifestyle can actually be.

In a 21-day plan that emphasizes three core reasons for going vegan—being as healthy as you can be, being compassionate to animals, and respecting our planet—Jackie provides inspiration along with specific goals to achieve with all of the support you need to accomplish it. It might be something as simple as switching out your coffee creamer for vanilla almond milk or kicking that lifetime cheese habit, and discovering the awe-inspiring magic of Cashew cheese. 

Readers will learn where to dine and what to order when eating out, the most vegan-friendly places to visit, how to avoid clothing made from animals, and how to decipher those pesky ingredients lists. And throughout, Jackie will be providing glimpses into the finer points of vegan living, giving readers something to aspire to as they get past Vegan 101. Readers will also find a handful of easy and delicious recipes sprinkled throughout, for yummy treats like Eggplant Seitan Chili, Ratatouille, Vegan Breakfast Scramble, and more! 

The Vegan Way is a road map that puts positive thoughts about health, the environment, and animals into action, transforming your life into a vibrant, healthy, and compassionate one.

Jackie Day is an award winning health educator and the former head of PETA’s Education Department, where she fought for the health and rights of humans and animals. In 2010, Jackie began her influential blog My Vegan Journal. Jackie has been recognized for her successful advocacy work by the California State Senate, the National Education Association, TIME Magazine, CNN, The CBS Evening News, NPR, and many others. She has happily been a vegan for over 28 years.

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350Marin is made up of grassroots activists who are deeply concerned about climate breakdown. Regionally, we’re affiliated with 350BayArea, which is working to achieve a significant decrease in all heat-trapping gases both locally and statewide. Globally, we’re part of the 350 movement that’s continuing to grow in 188 countries around the world. We are committed to holding our leaders and communities accountable to the realities of science and the principles of social justice. We hope you’ll join us.


 

The Vegan Way: 21 Days to a Happier, Healthier Plant-Based Lifestyle That Will Transform Your Home, Your Diet, and You Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9781250087713
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - October 25th, 2016

The Vegan Way is a book filled with everything Jackie Day has learned as a happy vegan, a health educator, and author of the popular vegan blog, My Vegan Journal. A lifestyle guide that's a real game-changer, The Vegan Way is for those who are intimidated by going vegan overnight, but don t want the transition to stretch out for months or even years.


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Jeff Goodell - The Water Will Come (Corte Madera)

Monday, November 6, 2017 - 7:00pm

What if Atlantis wasn't a myth, but an early precursor to a new age of great flooding? Across the globe, scientists and civilians alike are noticing rapidly rising sea levels, and higher and higher tides pushing more water directly into the places we live, from our most vibrant, historic cities to our last remaining traditional coastal villages. With each crack in the great ice sheets of the Artic and Antarctica, and each tick upwards of Earth's thermometer, we are moving closer to the brink of broad disaster. By century's end, hundreds of millions of people will be retreating from the world's shores as our coasts become inundated and our landscapes transformed. From island nations to the world's major cities, coastal regions will disappear. Engineering projects to hold back the water are bold and may buy some time. Yet despite international efforts and tireless research, there is no permanent solution-no barriers to erect or walls to build-that will protect us in the end from the drowning of the world as we know it. The Water Will Come is the definitive account of the coming water, why and how this will happen, and what it will all mean. As he travels across twelve countries and reports from the front lines, acclaimed journalist Jeff Goodell employs fact, science, and first-person, on-the-ground journalism to show vivid scenes from what already is becoming a water world.

Jeff Goodell is a contributing editor at Rolling Stone and the author of five books, including How to Cool the Planet: Geoengineering and the Audacious Quest to Fix Earth's Climate, which won the 2011 Grantham Prize Award of Special Merit. Goodell's previous books include Sunnyvale, a memoir about growing up in Silicon Valley, which was a New York Times Notable Book, and Big Coal: The Dirty Secret Behind America's Energy Future.

 

The Water Will Come: Rising Seas, Sinking Cities, and the Remaking of the Civilized World Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780316260244
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Published: Little Brown and Company - October 24th, 2017

An eye-opening and essential tour of the vanishing world What if Atlantis wasn't a myth, but an early precursor to a new age of great flooding?


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Bokara Legendre, Jack Kornfield, & Nina Wise - Not What I Expected (Corte Madera)

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 7:00pm

Not What I Expected is Bokara Legendre’s beautifully crafted memoir of the world-crossing journey of an artist and journalist. Legendre is joined in conversation by bestselling author Jack Kornfield and Spirit Rock practitioner and performance artist Nina Wise.
 

Not What I Expected Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781504373418
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Published: Balboa Press - July 24th, 2017

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Mohamed Owedah & Galia Galili - Combatants for Peace (Corte Madera)

Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 7:00pm

Combatants for Peace is a group of Palestinians and Israelis who have taken an active part in the cycle of violence in our region: Israeli soldiers serving in the IDF and Palestinians as combatants fighting to free their country, Palestine, from the Israeli occupation. The egalitarian, bi-national, grassroots organization was founded on the belief that the cycle of violence can only be broken when Israelis and Palestinians join forces. Combatants for Peace is the only organization, worldwide, in which former fighters on both sides of an active conflict have laid down their weapons, choosing to work together for peace and justice. Combatants for Peace was nominated for the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize.

Mohamed Owedah, a social worker, was born in the village of Silwan in East Jerusalem, Al Quds. He currently serves as the Palestinian General Coordinator of Combatants for Peace.

Galia Galili is currently the Israeli Steering Committee Member of Combatants for Peace.

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Literary Luncheon: Janet Fitch - Revolution of Marina M. (Corte Madera)

Friday, November 10, 2017 - 12:00pm

Tickets: $55 (includes lunch & signed book)

From Janet Fitch -- the mega-bestselling author of White Oleander and Paint It Black -- comes The Revolution of Marina M., a sweeping historical saga of the Russian Revolution, as seen through the eyes of one young woman.

St. Petersburg, New Year's Eve, 1916. Marina Makarova is a young woman of privilege who aches to break free of the constraints of her genteel life, a life about to be violently upended by the vast forces of history. Swept up on these tides, Marina will join the marches for workers' rights, fall in love with a radical young poet, and betray everything she holds dear, before being betrayed in turn.

As her country goes through almost unimaginable upheaval, Marina's own coming-of-age unfolds, marked by deep passion and devastating loss, and the private heroism of an ordinary woman living through extraordinary times. This is the epic, mesmerizing story of one indomitable woman's journey through some of the most dramatic events of the last century.

Janet Fitch's first novel, White Oleander, a #1 bestseller and Oprah's Book Club selection, has been translated into 24 languages and was made into a feature film. Her most recent novel, Paint It Black, hit bestseller lists across the country and has also been made into a film. She lives in Los Angeles.

 

The Revolution of Marina M. Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780316022064
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Published: Little Brown and Company - November 7th, 2017

From the mega-bestselling author of White Oleander and Paint It Black, a sweeping historical saga of the Russian Revolution, as seen through the eyes of one young woman
One of Entertainment Weekly's Most Buzzworthy Books of Fall 2017


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Larry Habegger & Contributors - The Soul of a Great Traveler (Corte Madera)

Friday, November 10, 2017 - 7:00pm

Featuring contributing travel writers and editors Marcia DeSanctis, Lisa Alpine, Keith Skinner, Erin Byrne, Brad NewshamMichael Shapiro, and emcee Larry Habegger!

For ten years the editors of Travelers' Tales have run a writing competition to find the best travel story of the year: The Solas Awards. Over those years, thousands of stories have come across their desks, from writers famous and unknown, covering all corners of the globe with stories of adventure and discovery, love and loss, humor and absurdity, grief and joy. In this collection appear all of the top prize winners of the last ten years, stories that bring readers along for journeys that are inspiring, uplifting, and, very often, transformative. These tales are powerful, moving testaments to the richness of our world, its cultures, people, and places.

In The Soul of a Great Traveler, readers will:

  • Deposit a loved one's ashes in a Bolivian River
  • Find the Celtic soul you never knew you had in rural Ireland
  • Grope through the maze of sorcery and madness in Cameroon
  • Rediscover your sense of self on a return to Russia after many years away
  • Follow the spirit of John Wesley Powell down the Grand Canyon in Arizona
  • Engage loss and the specter of death in Mexico
  • Face your deepest fears alone in an Alaskan winter
  • Encounter the realities of prostitution in Thailand
  • Absorb the rhythms and soul of Flamenco in Spain
  • Fall in love with a home in rural France and make it your own...
  • and much more!

Larry Habegger, executive editor of Travelers' Tales, has visited more than fifty countries and six of the seven continents, traveling from the Arctic to equatorial rainforests, the Himalayas to the Dead Sea. In the 1980s he coauthored mystery serials for the San Francisco Examiner with James O'Reilly, and for thirty-one years wrote a syndicated newspaper column, World Travel Watch. Habegger regularly teaches travel writing at workshops and writers conferences, is a principal of the Prose Doctors (prosedoctors .com), and editor in chief of Triporati.com, a destination discovery site. He lives with his family on Telegraph Hill in San Francisco.

 

The Soul of a Great Traveler: 10 Years of Solas Award-Winning Travel Stories Cover Image
By James O'Reilly (Editor), Larry Habegger (Editor), Sean O'Reilly (Editor)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781609521233
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Published: Travelers' Tales Guides - September 19th, 2017

For ten years the editors of Travelers' Tales have run a writing competition to find the best travel story of the year: The Solas Awards. Over those years, thousands of stories have come across their desks, from writers famous and unknown, covering all corners of the globe with stories of adventure and discovery, love and loss, humor and absurdity, grief and joy.


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Armistead Maupin - Logical Family (Corte Madera)

Saturday, November 11, 2017 - 4:00pm

"A book for any of us, gay or straight, who have had to find our family. Maupin is one of America's finest storytellers."--Neil Gaiman

"I fell in love with Maupin's effervescent Tales of the City decades ago, and his genius turn at memoir is no less compelling. Logical Family is a must read."--Mary Karr

Logical Family is the long-awaited memoir from Armistead Maupin, the beloved author of the bestselling Tales of the City series. Here he chronicles his odyssey from the old South to freewheeling San Francisco, and his evolution from curious youth to ground-breaking writer and gay rights pioneer.

Born in the mid-twentieth century and raised in the heart of conservative North Carolina, Armistead Maupin lost his virginity to another man "on the very spot where the first shots of the Civil War were fired." Realizing that the South was too small for him, this son of a traditional lawyer packed his earthly belongings into his Opel GT (including a beloved portrait of a Confederate ancestor), and took to the road in search of adventure. It was a journey that would lead him from a homoerotic Navy initiation ceremony in the jungles of Vietnam to that strangest of strange lands: San Francisco in the early 1970s.

Reflecting on the profound impact those closest to him have had on his life, Maupin shares his candid search for his "logical family," the people he could call his own. "Sooner or later, we have to venture beyond our biological family to find our logical one, the one that actually makes sense for us," he writes. "We have to, if we are to live without squandering our lives." From his loving relationship with his palm-reading Grannie who insisted Maupin was the reincarnation of her artistic bachelor cousin, Curtis, to an awkward conversation about girls with President Richard Nixon in the Oval Office, Maupin tells of the extraordinary individuals and situations that shaped him into one of the most influential writers of the last century.

Maupin recalls his losses and life-changing experiences with humor and unflinching honesty, and brings to life flesh-and-blood characters as endearing and unforgettable as the vivid, fraught men and women who populate his enchanting novels. What emerges is an illuminating portrait of the man who depicted the liberation and evolution of America's queer community over the last four decades with honesty and compassion--and inspired millions to claim their own lives.

Armistead Maupin is the author of the nine-volume Tales of the City series, which includes Tales of the City, More Tales of the City, Further Tales of the City, Babycakes, Significant Others, Sure of You, Michael Tolliver Lives, Mary Ann in Autumn, and The Days of Anna Madrigal. His other books include Maybe the Moon and The Night Listener. Maupin was the 2012 recipient of the Lambda Literary Foundation’s Pioneer Award. He lives in San Francisco with his husband, the photographer Christopher Turner.

 

Logical Family: A Memoir Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062391223
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Published: Harper - October 3rd, 2017

"A book for any of us, gay or straight, who have had to find our family. Maupin is one of America's finest storytellers."--Neil Gaiman

"I fell in love with Maupin's effervescent Tales of the City decades ago, and his genius turn at memoir is no less compelling. Logical Family is a must read."--Mary Karr


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Left Coast Writers®: Carol Sheldon - A Sleuth in the Haven (Corte Madera)

Saturday, November 11, 2017 - 7:00pm

A Sleuth in the Haven follows journalist Gwen Harris through another series of frightening experiences. Bizarre and fatal events threaten the residents of The Haven as Gwen tries to track down the attacker at her aunt's retirement home. Captured by ex-convict Sonny, she is forced to help him plot revenge against his sister, who let him take the fall for a murder during their bootlegging days. Gwen must use her ingenuity and wits to match the tortured and unpredictable demands of her adversary. With unexpected twists, this second in the Gwen Harris series takes the reader back to the days of prohibition, rum running and speakeasies.

Carol Sheldon is an author and playwright. A Sleuth in the Haven is Sheldon's fourth novel. Mother Lode is a best seller, and won an award from Bay Area Independent Publishing Association for Best Fiction. Her numerous plays have won awards across the country, both in professional and community productions. Sheldon lives and teaches writing in Marin County, California.

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