Corte Madera Events

Dee Dussault - Ganja Yoga (Corte Madera)

Saturday, April 22, 2017 - 1:00pm

Yogis have been using cannabis to enhance spiritual practice for millennia. Today, there is a quiet but growing conversation within the Western yoga community about the potential role of cannabis for modern seekers pursuing a spiritual path. Now, certified yoga instructor Dee Dussault takes this ancient practice mainstream. Ganja Yoga isn’t just mixing cannabis and exercise; it is a ceremony that makes conscious relaxation an intentional ritual that can be enhanced with practice -- a lifestyle to help you create a more harmonious and stress-free world.

Dee Dussault is a 500-hour Yoga-Alliance certified yoga instructor and the first yoga teacher in North America to offer cannabis-enhanced yoga. She holds a degree in Sexuality Studies from York University. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

 

Ganja Yoga: A Practical Guide to Conscious Relaxation, Soothing Pain Relief, and Enlightened Self-Discovery Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780062656841
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: HarperOne - April 18th, 2017

Yogis have been using cannabis to enhance spiritual practice for millennia. Unfortunately, we've lost this tradition in the modern practice of yoga, and along with it the ability to truly relax, self-connect, and find peace.


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Erin Rodoni & Gillian Wegener - Sixteen Rivers Press Reading (Corte Madera)

Saturday, April 22, 2017 - 4:00pm

Join Sixteen Rivers Press poets Erin Rodoni and Gillian Wegener for an evening of reading and discussion.

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The first section of Body, in Good Light opens with the words, “Between any two points, there is a love story”: points on a compass, points in time, between lovers and strangers, mother and child. Throughout this debut collection, Erin Rodoni distills experience for its essence, rendered in language that is fierce, tender, penetrating in its precision, and astonishing in its turns of phrase. Whether describing “turncoat cells” of cancer, the half-smile scar of a caesarian, or the alien landscape of childhood seared by wildfire, Rodoni’s poems remind us how tenuous our lives are, how each moment arrives as inescapably painful and miraculous as birth.

Erin Rodoni was born and raised in the small coastal community of Point Reyes, California. Her work has appeared in Colorado Review, Cimarron Review, Drunken Boat, Ninth Letter, and Vinyl Poetry, among others. Her poems have also been included in the Best New Poets anthology, featured on Verse Daily, and honored with an Intro Journals Award from the Association of Writers and Writing programs. Rodoni holds a BA from UC Berkeley and an MFA from San Diego State. She currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and two young daughters.

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The poems in This Sweet Haphazard are anything but haphazard in their designs or effects, and while sweetness resides here, it’s a sweetness hard-won by looking at life unflinchingly. Gillian Wegener’s gift is to show us that the ever-changing, the temporal, is as close as we’re apt to come to paradise. The second poem in the book, “Chorus,” establishes the multiple tensions that exist between person and place, tensions that come under the scrutiny of a shrewd, wry, endlessly inventive eye. These are poems that no one will forget, radiating as they do with Central Valley heat, with the beauty of the ordinary, and with the love of a woman for the “sweet haphazard of home,” from which everything here so accurately and ingeniously arises.

Gillian Wegener is the author of two previous books of poetry: a chapbook, Lifting One Foot, Lifting the Other (In the Grove Press, 2001), and a full-length collection, The Opposite of Clairvoyance (Sixteen Rivers Press, 2008). Widely published, she has won several awards for her work, including the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Prize in 2006 and 2007, and the Zócalo Public Square Prize for Poetry of Place in 2015. Wegener, a junior high teacher, lives with her husband and daughter in Modesto, where she coordinates and hosts the monthly Second Tuesday Reading Series. She is a cofounder of the Modesto- Stanislaus Poetry Center and has served as the poet laureate for the city of Modesto.

 

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Amy S. Peele - Cut (Corte Madera)

Saturday, April 22, 2017 - 7:00pm

In Cut, a well-respected transplant nurse and her best friend meet the corrupt world of organ transplants in a wild roller coaster ride through lifestyles of the rich and famous. 

While the federal government is launching a national investigation on the “equity” of organ distribution, a female tech CEO flies across the country to get a liver transplant. Soon, well-respected transplant nurse Sarah Golden and her best friend, Jackie, find themselves tangled up in an intense plot to uncover the answer to the question on everyone’s mind: Can you buy your way up to the top of the waiting list? Their pursuit of justice brings them to Miami, San Francisco, and Chicago—a sometimes fun, sometimes dangerous roller coaster ride from which they barely escape with their lives.

Amy S. Peele was born and raised in the Chicago area, where she graduated from South Chicago School of Nursing. She discovered her passion for organ donation and transplantation when she started as a transplant coordinator at University of Chicago, and has since enjoyed a thirty-five-year career in transplantation in both Illinois and California. Peele has lived and worked in the San Francisco area since 1985 and has been writing creatively for over fifteen years. In addition to killing people in her murder mysteries, she enjoys meditating, yoga, swimming, and pursuing her spirituality by studying the teachings of Deepak Chopra.

 

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$16.95
ISBN: 9781631521843
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Published: She Writes Press - April 11th, 2017

While the federal government is launching a national investigation on the -equity- of organ distribution, a female tech CEO flies across the country to get a liver transplant.


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Margot Anand - Love, Sex, & Awakening (Corte Madera)

Sunday, April 23, 2017 - 4:00pm

A true virtuoso of Tantra and a brilliant star in the universe of erotic delights, bestselling author Margot Anand has led a life of sexual ecstasy and spiritual bliss. This book recounts her fascinating adventures and provides techniques and exercises to help you connect to the spiritual potential of sex and cultivate a deeper, more fulfilling love life.

One of the first teachers to bring Tantra to the West, Margot has explored the connection between sex, body, mind, and spirit with gurus around the world, including Timothy Leary, Alan Watts, Osho, and many more. Love, Sex, and Awakening shares her amazing stories and explores the answers to profound questions: What is Tantra? What does a woman need to realize her multi-orgasmic nature? What does it mean for a man to be a Tantric lover? What is awakening?

Margot Anand is the bestselling author of five books on sexual tantra. Her groundbreaking book The Art of Sexual Ecstasy (Tarcher, Putnam) has been published in fifteen countries. Margot has been a guest on CNN, ABC, Nightline, and major TV and radio in ten countries. She has appeared in international press and magazines including Time, Elle, and Cosmopolitan. Margot has been on the teaching faculty of Dr. Deepak Chopra's programs, and has worked with Tony Robbins' couples’ programs, Dr. Dean Ornish (nutritionist of President and Mrs. Clinton at the White House), and the Omega Institute.

 

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$17.99
ISBN: 9780738751719
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Published: Llewellyn Publications - January 8th, 2017

A true virtuoso of Tantra and a brilliant star in the universe of erotic delights, bestselling author Margot Anand has led a life of sexual ecstasy and spiritual bliss. This book recounts her fascinating adventures and provides techniques and exercises to help you connect to the spiritual potential of sex and cultivate a deeper, more fulfilling love life.


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Donna Seaman - Identity Unknown (Corte Madera)

Monday, April 24, 2017 - 7:00pm

An award-winning writer rescues seven first-rate twentieth-century women artists from oblivion—their lives fascinating, their artwork a revelation.

Who hasn’t wondered where—aside from Georgia O’Keeffe and Frida Kahlo—all the women artists are? In many art books, they’ve been marginalized with cold efficiency, summarily dismissed in the captions of group photographs with the phrase “identity unknown” while each male is named.

Donna Seaman brings to dazzling life seven of these forgotten artists, among the best of their day: Gertrude Abercrombie, with her dark, surreal paintings and friendships with Dizzy Gillespie and Sonny Rollins; Bay Area self-portraitist Joan Brown; Ree Morton, with her witty, oddly beautiful constructions; Lois Mailou Jones of the Harlem Renaissance; Lenore Tawney, who combined weaving and sculpture when art and craft were considered mutually exclusive; Christina Ramberg, whose unsettling works drew on pop culture and advertising; and Louise Nevelson, an art-world superstar in her heyday but omitted from most recent surveys of her era.

These women fought to be treated the same as male artists, to be judged by their work, not their gender or appearance. In brilliant, compassionate prose, Seaman reveals what drove them, how they worked, and how they were perceived by others in a world where women were subjects—not makers—of art. Featuring stunning examples of the artists’ work, Identity Unknown speaks to all women about their neglected place in history and the challenges they face to be taken as seriously as men no matter what their chosen field.

Donna Seaman has degrees in the fine arts and English. An editor at Booklist, she reviews books for the Chicago Tribune and the Los Angeles Times, among others. She has written bio-critical essays for the Oxford Encyclopedia of American Literature and American Writers, and has published in TriQuarterly and Creative Nonfiction. Seaman created, hosted, and produced Open Books, a radio program about outstanding books and writers and the art of reading. She lives in Chicago.

 

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$35.00
ISBN: 9781620407585
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Published: Bloomsbury USA - February 14th, 2017

Who hasn t wondered where--aside from Georgia O Keeffe and Frida Kahlo--all the women artists are? In many art books, they ve been marginalized with cold efficiency, summarily dismissed in the captions of group photographs with the phrase "identity unknown" while each male is named.


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Special Evening - Poets in the Schools (Corte Madera)

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - 6:30pm

Terri Glass, Marin Coordinator for California Poets in the Schools, will host a lively reading celebrating selected student poets from all over the county. Poet Teachers will be on hand to introduce their students. Come hear these talented youth surprise you and feed your heart.

 

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Vaddey Ratner - Music of the Ghosts (Corte Madera)

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 7:00pm

Leaving the safety of America, Teera returns to Cambodia for the first time since her harrowing escape as a child refugee. She carries a letter from a man who mysteriously signs himself as "the Old Musician" and claims to have known her father in the Khmer Rouge prison where he disappeared twenty-five years ago.

In Phnom Penh, Teera finds a society still in turmoil, where perpetrators and survivors of unfathomable violence live side by side, striving to mend their still beloved country. She meets a young doctor who begins to open her heart, immerses herself in long-buried memories and prepares to learn her father's fate.

Meanwhile, the Old Musician, who earns his modest keep playing ceremonial music at a temple, awaits Teera's visit with great trepidation. He will have to confess the bonds he shared with her parents, the passion with which they all embraced the Khmer Rouge's illusory promise of a democratic society, and the truth about her father's end.

A love story for things lost and things restored, a lyrical hymn to the power of forgiveness, Music of the Ghosts is an unforgettable journey through the embattled geography of the heart and its hidden chambers where love can be reborn.

Vaddey Ratner is a survivor of the Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia and arrived in the United States when she was eleven years old.  Her New York Times bestselling and critically-acclaimed debut novel, In the Shadow of the Banyan, was a PEN/Hemingway Award finalist and has been translated into seventeen languages.  She is a summa cum laude graduate of Cornell University, where she specialized in Southeast Asian history and literature.

 

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$26.00
ISBN: 9781476795782
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Published: Touchstone Books - April 11th, 2017

An astonishing and powerful new novel from PEN/Hemingway finalist Vaddey Ratner.


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David Dalin - Jewish Justices of the Supreme Court (Corte Madera)

Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 7:00pm

In conversation with John Rothmann

Jewish Justices of the Supreme Court examines the lives, legal careers, and legacies of the eight Jews who have served or who currently serve as justices of the U.S. Supreme Court: Louis D. Brandeis, Benjamin Cardozo, Felix Frankfurter, Arthur Goldberg, Abe Fortas, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen G. Breyer, and Elena Kagan.

David Dalin discusses the relationship that these Jewish justices have had with the presidents who appointed them, and given the judges’ Jewish background, investigates the antisemitism some of the justices encountered in their ascent within the legal profession before their appointment, as well as the role that antisemitism played in the attendant political debates and Senate confirmation battles.

Other topics and themes include the changing role of Jews within the American legal profession and the views and judicial opinions of each of the justices on freedom of speech, freedom of religion, the death penalty, the right to privacy, gender equality, and the rights of criminal defendants, among other issues.

David Dalin, a historian and rabbi, is the author, coauthor or editor of eleven books, including Religion and State in the American Jewish Experience (coauthored with Jonathan D. Sarna) and The Presidents of the United States and the Jews. His articles and book reviews have appeared in a variety of publications, including American Jewish History, Commentary, Modern Judaism, the Weekly Standard, the American Jewish Year Book, and the Jewish Review of Books.

 

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$35.00
ISBN: 9781611682380
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Published: Brandeis University Press - April 4th, 2017

Jewish Justices of the Supreme Court examines the lives, legal careers, and legacies of the eight Jews who have served or who currently serve as justices of the U.S. Supreme Court: Louis D. Brandeis, Benjamin Cardozo, Felix Frankfurter, Arthur Goldberg, Abe Fortas, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen G. Breyer, and Elena Kagan.


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Bill Schutt - Cannibalism (Corte Madera)

Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 7:00pm

“A masterful and compulsively readable book that challenges our preconceived notions about a behavior often sensationalized in our culture and, until just recently, misunderstood in the scientific world.” —Ian Tattersall, Curator Emeritus, American Museum of Natural History, and author of The Strange Case of the Rickety Cossack

For centuries scientists have written off cannibalism as a bizarre phenomenon with little biological significance. Its presence in nature was dismissed as a desperate response to starvation or other life-threatening circumstances, and few spent time studying it. A taboo subject in our culture, the behavior was portrayed mostly through horror movies or tabloids sensationalizing the crimes of real-life flesh-eaters. But the true nature of cannibalism--the role it plays in evolution as well as human history--is even more intriguing (and more normal) than the misconceptions we’ve come to accept as fact.

In Cannabalism, zoologist Bill Schutt sets the record straight, debunking common myths and investigating our new understanding of cannibalism’s role in biology, anthropology, and history in the most fascinating account yet written on this complex topic. Schutt takes readers from Arizona’s Chiricahua Mountains, where he wades through ponds full of tadpoles devouring their siblings, to the Sierra Nevadas, where he joins researchers who are shedding new light on what happened to the Donner Party--the most infamous episode of cannibalism in American history. He even meets with an expert on the preparation and consumption of human placenta (and, yes, it goes well with Chianti).

Bringing together the latest cutting-edge science, Schutt answers questions such as why some amphibians consume their mother’s skin; why certain insects bite the heads off their partners after sex; why, up until the end of the twentieth century, Europeans regularly ate human body parts as medical curatives; and how cannibalism might be linked to the extinction of the Neanderthals. He takes us into the future as well, investigating whether, as climate change causes famine, disease, and overcrowding, we may see more outbreaks of cannibalism in many more species--including our own.

Schutt's new title places a perfectly natural occurrence into a vital new context and invites us to explore why it both enthralls and repels us.

Bill Schutt is a professor of biology at LIU Post and a research associate in residence at the American Museum of Natural History. His first book, Dark Banquet: Blood and the Curious Lives of Blood-Feeding Creatures, was selected as a Best Book of 2008 by Library Journal. Born in New York City and raised on Long Island by parents who encouraged his love for turning over stones and peering under logs, Schutt quickly grew a passion for the natural world, with its enormous wonders and its increasing vulnerability. He received his PhD in zoology from Cornell and has published over two dozen peer-reviewed articles on topics ranging from terrestrial locomotion in vampire bats to the precarious, arboreal copulatory behavior of a marsupial mouse. His research has been featured in Natural History magazine as well as the New York Times, Newsday, the Economist, and Discover magazine. He was recently reelected to the board of directors of the North American Society for Bat Research. A recipient of the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Grant at the AMNH, Schutt lives on the East End of Long Island with his wife and son.

 

 

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$26.95
ISBN: 9781616204624
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Published: Algonquin Books - February 14th, 2017

-A masterful and compulsively readable book that challenges our preconceived notions about a behavior often sensationalized in our culture and, until just recently, misunderstood in the scientific world.- --Ian Tattersall, Curator Emeritus, American Museum of Natural History, and author of The Strange Case of the Rickety Cossack


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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Path to Publishing Workshop - How to Craft and Sell a Non-Fiction Book (Corte Madera)

Saturday, April 29, 2017 - 8:30am to 3:00pm

$50 for Path to Publishing Members • $100 for Non-Members
Saturday, April 29, 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Includes morning beverages, lunch with faculty, and a closing wine and cheese hour on the patio

Join us at Book Passage for an inspirational, information-filled workshop featuring some of the Bay Area’s finest authors, editors, and publishing experts. The day will include educational panels and plenty of time for networking. Several of the Path to Publishing Program’s top mentors and experts will be on hand.

Some of the areas covered will include:    

  • How to structure your idea into a book.
  • Writing a winning (and useful) book proposal.
  • The importance of an author platform and how to build one.
  • Gleaning what an agents and publishers (and the public) are looking for
  • Understanding the opportunities and process for alternative and self-publishing
  • Morning beverages, lunch with faculty, and a closing wine and cheese hour on the patio

For information contact Sam Barry: 415-927-0960, ext. 256; or sbarry@bookpassage.com.

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