Corte Madera Events

Andrew Fraknoi - When the Sun Goes Dark (Corte Madera)

Saturday, July 15, 2017 - 11:00am

** Purchase a copy of When The Sun Goes Dark through Book Passage and receive a complimentary pair of eclipse viewing glasses upon attending event (courtesy of Google) **

This illustrated book is a fun way to get young astronomers ready for August 2017, when millions of North Americans will have the rare chance to witness a solar eclipse. Andrew Fraknoi's book tells how two curious children and their grandparents re-create eclipses in their living room using a lamp, a tennis ball, two Hula Hoops, and Ping-Pong balls. Later, in the backyard and around the house, the family explores safe ways to view a solar eclipse and ponders phenomena from sunspots to phases of the Moon. Written by the authors of NSTA’s award-winning book Solar Science, When the Sun Goes Dark gives children and adults hands-on techniques for learning the science behind eclipses of the Sun and Moon.

Andrew Fraknoi is the chair of the astronomy department at Foothill College and the author of two children’s books about astronomy. He serves on the 2017 Eclipse Task Force of the American Astronomical Society, training teachers and librarians to act as guides for the public as the August eclipse approaches. He has appeared regularly on local and national radio, explaining astronomical developments in everyday language and was named California Professor of the Year in 2007. In 2016, a project sponsored the Gates and Hewlett Foundations made the college astronomy textbook he is the lead author on available free in electronic form nationwide. The International Astronomical Union has named Asteroid 4859 Asteroid Fraknoi to honor his contributions to the public understanding of science.

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ISBN: 9781681400112
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Published: National Science Teachers Association - May 2017

This illustrated book is a fun way to get young astronomers ready for August 2017, when millions of North Americans will have the rare chance to witness a solar eclipse. The book tells how two curious children and their grandparents re-create eclipses in their living room using a lamp, a tennis ball, two Hula Hoops, and Ping-Pong balls.

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Mark Shaw - How to Become a Published Author (Corte Madera)

Saturday, July 15, 2017 - 1:00pm

Written by the published author of 20+ books for aspiring authors, How to Become a Published Author: Idea to Publication  provides Mark Shaw’s “Ten-Step Method” providing practical advice for every writer who dreams of becoming published. Guaranteed to inspire, this is the only publishing guide a writer will ever need.

A former criminal defense attorney and legal analyst for CNN, ESPN and USA Today, Mark Shaw is the author of 20+ books  including his most recent, The Reporter Who Knew Too Much as well as The Poison Patriarch, Miscarriage of Justice, and Beneath the Mask of Holiness. Mr. Shaw has written for the New York Daily News, USA Today, and Huffington Post.


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ISBN: 9781944887063
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Published: Mark Shaw - August 11th, 2016

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Ellen Kirschman - The Fifth Reflection (Corte Madera)

Saturday, July 15, 2017 - 4:00pm

This event is a benefit for The First Responders Support Network

In The Fifth Reflection, police psychologist Dr. Dot Meyerhoff is pulled into the vortex of a terrible crime involving an eccentric photographer whose images of nude children make her a prime suspect in the disappearance of her own daughter. The principal investigator in the case is a young officer whose dedication to work and obsession with finding the missing child is tearing his own family apart. Trapped between her allegiance to the investigator, her complicated connections to the photographer, and her unstable relationship with the police chief, Dot must find a way to help everyone involved. As Dot's psychological expertise and determination contribute to solving the mystery, her involvement with the missing child's extended, dysfunctional family brings her face-to-face with painful psychological issues of her own. The Fifth Reflection delivers a chilling, up-close look at the psychological strain of investigating Internet crimes against children, the complexities of being married to a cop, and the deadliness of jealousy.

Ellen Kirschman, PhD. is an award winning public safety psychologist and author of I Love a Cop: What Police Families Need to Know, I Love a Firefighter: What the Family Needs to Know, lead author of Counseling Cops: What Clinicians Need to Know and three mysteries, including Burying Ben and The Right Wrong Thing -- all told from the perspective of police psychologist Dr. Dot Meyerhoff. She is a member of Sisters-in-Crime and Mystery Writers of America. She blogs with The Lady Killers.


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ISBN: 9781608092505
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Published: Oceanview Publishing - July 11th, 2017

A missing child. An eccentric mother. An obsessed and troubled investigator. A police psychologist trying to help them all--at her own peril.

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Suzanne Siminger - In An Artist's Shoes (Corte Madera)

Saturday, July 15, 2017 - 4:00pm

Special Giveaways!
Event attendees will have a chance to win a bottle of wine, a copy of In An Artist’s Shoes and a small framed painting by Suzanne Siminger

This book sneaks up on you. At first it seems like a painter’s diary, filled with sketches and notes about the pleasures and frustrations of the artist’s daily life. After a few minutes of reading it, however, artists and want-to-be artists alike will find that it takes them much deeper.

In An Artist’s Shoes is the fruit of the artist/author’s Millennium Sketchbook Project, a two-year journal and daily watercolor sketchbook from the years 1999 and 2000. These specially chosen excerpts invite the reader to step into Suzanne Siminger’s shoes—to experience life as an artist constantly searching for ways to improve her work, and to go deeper in order to make art—and life— more meaningful.

The passage of time is especially significant for artists like Siminger, who feels an urgency to always make the next painting better than the last, and to paint “just one more” before time runs out. Her artful insights explore self-doubts in the face of a changing art world. They also reveal a surprising strength born of the quest to leave something of value for future generations.

This refreshing look into the life of an artist blends deeply felt passions with masterful watercolor sketches. It’s an inspiration you’ll treasure. 

Suzanne Siminger is a contemporary realist landscape artist and her stunning oils and watercolors will be on exhibit in the Gallery.

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Duncan Lloyd - Elena (Corte Madera)

Saturday, July 15, 2017 - 7:00pm

In Elena, Teddy Schoendienst is a brilliant but isolated teenager, troubled by constant sexual fantasies. One night, he sees a beautiful young girl walk out of his closet. Her name is Elena and she promises to fulfill all his fantasies if he promises not to tell his small family—his father and his beloved sister Ellen—about her. He gladly agrees and she fulfills her part of the bargain. He falls in love with Elena, even though he can only see her out of the corner of his eye, her body is ice cold and she seems to have no heartbeat. Ellen tells Teddy that Elena has been haunting her dreams. He suspects his lover of playing a double game with his family. Shortly thereafter, Ellen's decapitated body is found by the river behind their house. Teddy, an amateur detective, vows to discover the identities of her killer and of his mysterious lover. He succeeds, but what he finds is so horrible that it threatens his sanity, his life, and even his soul.

More than 50 years ago, a fifteen year old named Duncan Lloyd joined a search for a teenage girl who had been abducted near his Wisconsin home. The girl was never found but shortly thereafter, a serial killer named Ed Gein was arrested in a nearby town. Gein, whose crimes were the source for the classic Alfred Hitchcock film "Psycho.", had used the bodies of dozens of female victims to make ashtrays, tables and other items. But in those days before DNA, police were only able to tie him to two murders where Gein had made masks of the victims' faces. He was suspected of killing the girl Duncan and others had searched for, but nothing could be proved. Duncan wrote his first short story about these events. He later moved to California, became a career civil servant and recently retired. But he never forgot Gein or the search for the girl Gein may have killed. He has now published his first novel, "Elena" based in part on his search for the girl, and partly on crimes resembling Gein's. But the horrors found in "Elena" differ from those in "Psycho" because they are all linked to a sinister Force, who torments her victims even beyond the grave.

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ISBN: 9781524660109
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Published: Authorhouse - February 15th, 2017

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Bianca Marais - Hum If You Don't Know the Words (Corte Madera)

Sunday, July 16, 2017 - 1:00pm

Perfect for readers of The Secret Life of Bees and The Help, a perceptive and searing look at Apartheid-era South Africa, told through one unique family brought together by tragedy.

Life under Apartheid has created a secure future for Robin Conrad, a ten-year-old white girl living with her parents in 1970s Johannesburg. In the same nation but worlds apart, Beauty Mbali, a Xhosa woman in a rural village in the Bantu homeland of the Transkei, struggles to raise her children alone after her husband's death. Both lives have been built upon the division of race, and their meeting should never have occurred . . . until the Soweto Uprising, in which a protest by black students ignites racial conflict, alters the fault lines on which their society is built, and shatters their worlds when Robin's parents are left dead and Beauty's daughter goes missing.

After Robin is sent to live with her loving but irresponsible aunt, Beauty is hired to care for Robin while continuing the search for her daughter. In Beauty, Robin finds the security and family that she craves, and the two forge an inextricable bond through their deep personal losses. But Robin knows that if Beauty finds her daughter, Robin could lose her new caretaker forever, so she makes a desperate decision with devastating consequences. Her quest to make amends and find redemption is a journey of self-discovery in which she learns the harsh truths of the society that once promised her protection.

Told through Beauty and Robin's alternating perspectives, the interwoven narratives create a rich and complex tapestry of the emotions and tensions at the heart of Apartheid-era South Africa. Hum if You Don't Know the Words is a beautifully rendered look at loss, racism, and the creation of family.

Bianca Marais holds a Certificate in Creative Writing from the University of Toronto's SCS, and her work has been published in World Enough and Crime. Before turning to writing, she started a corporate training company and volunteered with Cotlands, where she assisted care workers in Soweto with providing aid for HIV/AIDS orphans. Originally from South Africa, she now resides in Toronto with her husband.


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ISBN: 9780399575068
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - July 11th, 2017

Perfect for readers of The Secret Life of Bees and The Help, a perceptive and searing look at Apartheid-era South Africa, told through one unique family brought together by tragedy.

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Curran Galway - Ordinary Mystic (Corte Madera)

Sunday, July 16, 2017 - 4:00pm

Bridget McGuire fell in love with God when she was thirty-five years old. Drowning in a sea of diapers and lost in her routine life as mother and wife, she felt invisible until that day in 1980 when she was on a retreat in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California. Caught up in an unexpected mystical union with God, Bridget’s life was turned upside down and changed forever.
Bridget is an ordinary mystic, ready to share her story to awaken other mystics. Her journey of transformation isn’t easy. The tragedies she endures—a brutal divorce, betrayal, forbidden love, the agony of death—challenge her to continue to reach deep inside and hold on to the dignity of her own divinity. Her story is about the struggle to live the extraordinary in her ordinary life.
Bridget discovers that the mystical experience of God’s love is available to everyone. She has always felt the nearness of God in the process of transformation, and the Presence she encountered on the mountaintop continues to be as close to her as her own breath.
Forty-nine percent of the people living in the United States have had mystical experiences but were afraid to talk about them. Ordinary Mystic is one of the first novels to offer the extraordinary journey of an ordinary woman struggling to integrate her encounters with God into her daily life. Bridget’s story gives readers permission to recognize and honor the mystical experience and feel comfortable sharing their own stories.

Curran Galway holds degrees in Education and English, and a Master of Divinity in Transformational Spirituality from Seattle University. Galway has published articles in Unity Magazine, and is the author of The Aquarians. She is a spiritual coach and an inspirational speaker, leading retreats and spiritual seminars, including Ordinary Mystic, and Raising Spiritual Children workshops in the Bay Area.

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ISBN: 9781504349529
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Published: Balboa Press - April 1st, 2016

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Douglas Harr - Rockin the City of Angels (Corte Madera)

Monday, July 17, 2017 - 7:00pm

Rockin the City of Angels celebrates the sensational albums and spectacular live performances staged in Los Angeles, the "City of Angels" during the 1970s by more than thirty classic and progressive rock bands of the era including: AC/DC, David Bowie, Camel, Alice Cooper, Eagles, ELO, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Genesis, Heart, Jethro Tull, Elton John, Kansas, King Crimson, Led Zeppelin, McCartney/Wings, Pink Floyd, Queen, Rolling Stones, Rush, Supertramp, The Who, Yes and others.

Douglas Harr shares memories of their legendary albums and concerts along with reviews of the best video documents of the era, each band illuminated by a hand-picked collection of brilliant images-some never-before seen-by the best photo-journalists of that time, so long ago.

Douglas Harr is a staff writer for Gonzo Weekly magazine and a contributor to Something Else!. His writings can also be found on his weekly blog at Classically trained on piano for seven years, Doug is an aficionado of early 1970’s progressive and classic rock and has attended more than 400 shows during his lifetime. 

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Judy Collins - Cravings (Corte Madera)

Tuesday, July 18, 2017 - 7:00pm

Tickets: $30 (includes signed copy of Cravings)

Co-Sponsored by Green Light Clinic

Greenlight Clinic is a San Francisco Bay Area non-profit organization which provides free mental health services to young people ages 14-25 years. At Greenlight Clinic, we are helping young people dealing with the same challenges that Judy Collins lived through and is talking about.

A no-holds-barred account of folk legend Judy Collins's harrowing struggle with compulsive overeating and of the journey that led her to a solution.

Since childhood Judy Collins has had a tumultuous, fraught relationship with food. Her issues with overeating nearly claimed her career and her life. For decades she thought she simply lacked self-discipline. She tried nearly every diet plan that exists, often turning to alcohol to dull the pain of yet another failed attempt to control her seemingly insatiable cravings.

Today, Judy knows she suffers from an addiction to sugar and grains, flour and wheat. She adheres to a strict diet of unprocessed foods consumed in carefully measured portions. This solution has allowed her to maintain a healthy weight for years, to enjoy the glow of good health, and to attain peace of mind.

Alternating between chapters on her life and those of the many diet gurus she has encountered along the way (Atkins, Jean Nidetch of Weight Watchers, Andrew Weil, to name a few), Cravings is the culmination of Judy's genuine desire to share what she's learned -- so that no one else has navigate her heart-rending path to recovery.

Judy Collins has recorded more than fifty albums over her illustrious career. With several top-ten hits, Grammy nominations, and gold- and platinum-selling albums to her credit, she has also written several books and is a New York Times bestselling author.


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ISBN: 9780385541312
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Published: Nan A. Talese - February 28th, 2017

A no-holds-barred account of folk legend Judy Collins's harrowing struggle with compulsive overeating and of the journey that led her to a solution.

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Linda Watanabe McFerrin - Long Summer Nights, Hot Summer Reads

Wednesday, July 19, 2017 - 6:30pm

Wednesday July 19 & August 16, 2017  • 6:30-8:30pm • $60

Join us for a two-night summer book group where we’ll be discussing two sizzling summer reads. Wine is included in the price, as is a copy of facilitator Linda Watanabe McFerrin’s short story collection The Hand of Buddha.


Ahrundati Roy's The Ministry of Utmost Happiness 


George Saunders Lincoln in the Bardo

Poet, travel writer and novelist Linda Watanabe McFerrin ( is the author of award-winning books of long and short fiction and editor of twelve anthologies. She has judged numerous literary competitions, led workshops all over the world, and mentored a long list of accomplished writers and best-selling authors toward publication.

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ISBN: 9781524733155
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - June 6th, 2017

A dazzling, richly moving new novel by the internationally celebrated author of The God of Small Things

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ISBN: 9780812995343
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Published: Random House - February 14th, 2017

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - The long-awaited first novel from the author of Tenth of December a moving and original father-son story featuring none other than Abraham Lincoln, as well as an unforgettable cast of supporting characters, living and dead, historical and invented

One of Entertainment Weekly's 10 Best Books of 2017 So Far

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