Corte Madera Events

Left Coast Writers®: Barbara Ridley - When It's Over (Corte Madera)

Saturday, October 14, 2017 - 7:00pm

World War II envelops Europe and Lena Kulkova flees Czechoslovakia to join her lover, Otto, in England, leaving her Jewish family behind in Prague. But Lena soon finds herself navigating anti-refugee sentiment, wartime deprivations, a new romance with a wealthy Englishman, and the progressive politics that will eventually oust Churchill. Based on family history and a trove of personal letters, When It’s Over is a moving, resonant, and timely debut. 

Coming of age in Prague in the 1930s, Lena Kulkova is inspired by the left-wing activists who resist the rise of fascism. She meets Otto, a refugee from Hitler’s Germany, and follows him to Paris to work for the Republican side in the Spanish Civil War. As the war in Spain ends and a far greater war engulfs the continent, Lena gets stuck in Paris with no news from her Jewish family, including her beloved baby sister, left behind in Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia. Otto, meanwhile, has fled to a village in England, and urges Lena to join him, but she can’t obtain a visa.

When Lena and Otto are finally reunited, the safe haven Lena has hoped for doesn’t last long. Their relationship becomes strained, and Lena is torn between her loyalty to Otto and her growing attraction to Milton, the son of the eccentric Lady of the Manor. As the war continues, she yearns to be reunited with her sister, while Milton is preoccupied with the political turmoil that leads to the landslide defeat of Churchill in the 1945 election.

Based on a true story, When It’s Over is a moving, resonant, and timely read about the lives of war refugees, dramatic political changes, and the importance of family, love, and hope.

Barbara Ridley was raised in England but has lived in California for more than thirty years. After a successful career as a nurse practitioner, which included publication in numerous professional journals, she is now focused on creative writing. Her work has appeared in literary journals, such as The Writers Workshop Review, Still Crazy, Ars Medica, The Copperfield Review, and BLYNKT. This is her first novel. Ridley lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her partner and her dog, and has one adult daughter, of whom she is immensely proud.

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$16.95
ISBN: 9781631522963
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Published: She Writes Press - September 26th, 2017

Coming of age in Prague in the 1930s, Lena Kulkova is inspired by the left-wing activists who resist the rise of fascism. She meets Otto, a refugee from Hitler's Germany, and follows him to Paris to work for the Republican side in the Spanish Civil War.


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Special Children's Event: Kathryn Otoshi - Draw the Line (Corte Madera)

Sunday, October 15, 2017 - 1:00pm

Draw the Line is a powerful and poignant picture book about forgiveness from Kathryn Otoshi, author of the bestselling book One.

When two boys draw their own lines and realize they can connect their lines together—magic happens! But a misstep causes their lines to get crossed.

Push, pull, tug, yank!
Soon their line unravels into an angry tug-of-war.

With a growing rift between then, will the boys ever find a way to come together again?

Award-winning author/illustrator Kathryn Otoshi uses B&W illustrations with thoughtful splashes of color to create a powerful, multi-layered statement about friendship, boundaries, and healing after conflict.

Kathryn Otoshi is an award-winning author-illustrator, best known for her character-building number/color book series: One, Zero, and Two. She is also the co-author of Beautiful Hands, a book about possibilities and reaching your dreams. She travels across the country to encourage children to develop strong character assets and to help teachers find creative methods to engage and connect with their students through the power of reading, art, and literature. She lives in San Francisco.

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$17.99
ISBN: 9781626725638
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - October 10th, 2017

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Timothy Dukes - The Present Parent Handbook (Corte Madera)

Sunday, October 15, 2017 - 4:00pm

"If you can recognize that your child needs to be witnessed, held, and loved by you, he or she will have a chance to thrive."

The Present Parent Handbook addresses the importance of being both mentally and emotionally available to your children. In the present, there is the opportunity to show up, pay attention, and become the parent you so want to be.

With an easy to follow A-Z format, every parent will be able to implement the 26 tools to becoming a present parent to their children.

Tim Dukes, Ph.D. consults with senior leaders and teams, established business owners, political and organizational visionaries, emerging innovators, entrepreneurs, and artists to bridge the worlds of dynamic opposition so that what seems to be a contradiction can actually inform a process of continued evolution into clarity.

His model for clarity is based on presence and mindfulness distilled from years of coaching leaders, clinical work, academic research, and contemplative practices. With clarity, a leader can be an inspired, authentic communicator, transform challenges into professional mastery, and be accountable for his or her actions. His process fosters a relational environment based on insight, trust, and candor.

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$14.99
ISBN: 9781945547133
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Published: Familius - September 2017

"If you can recognize that your child needs to be witnessed, held, and loved by you, he or she will have a chance to thrive."


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Clare Doorbos - Storytime with Clare (Corte Madera)

Monday, October 16, 2017 - 9:30am

Come to Book Passage, Corte Madera every Monday morning at 9.30am for a preschool story time with bounce! There's no better way to start the week than with picture books, songs, rhymes and some jumping around. Our story teller Clare will pick her favorite new books, classics and poetry to share with kids aged 0-5 and their parents in this half hour story time. Clare is a popular storyteller, who has read at local libraries and other stores in the Bay Area and is now pleased to join the Book Passage team.

 

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Elizabeth Rosner - Survivor Cafe (Corte Madera)

Monday, October 16, 2017 - 7:00pm

As firsthand survivors of many of the 20th century's most monumental events--the Holocaust, Pearl Harbor, the Vietnam War--begin to pass away, Survivor Cafe addresses urgent questions: How do we carry those stories forward? How do we, collectively, ensure that the horrors of the past are not forgotten?

Elizabeth Rosner organizes her book around three trips with her father to Buchenwald concentration camp, from 1983 to 1995 to 2015, each journey an experience in which personal history confronts both commemoration and memorialization. She explores the echoes of similar legacies among descendants of African American slaves, descendants of Cambodian survivors of the Killing Fields, descendants of survivors of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and the effects of 9/11 on the general population. Examining current brain research, Rosner depicts the efforts to understand the intergenerational inheritance of trauma, as well as the intricacies of remembrance in the aftermath of atrocity. This book becomes a lens for numerous constructs of memory--from museums and commemorative sites to national reconciliation projects to small-group cross-cultural encounters.

Beyond preserving the firsthand testimonies of participants and witnesses, individuals and societies must continually take responsibility for learning the painful lessons of the past in order to offer hope for the future. Survivor Cafe offers a clear-eyed sense of the enormity of our 21st century human inheritance--not only among direct descendants of the Holocaust but also in the shape of our collective responsibility to learn from tragedy, and to keep the ever-changing conversations alive between the past and the present.

Elizabeth Rosner is the author of three novels and a poetry collection. The Speed of Light was translated into nine languages and won several awards in the US and in Europe, including being shortlisted for the prestigious Prix Femina. Blue Nude was named among the best books of 2006 by the San Francisco Chronicle. Electric City was named among the best books of 2014 by NPR. Her essays and reviews have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Elle, the San Francisco Chronicle and others. She lives in Berkeley, CA.

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$26.00
ISBN: 9781619029545
Availability: Special Order
Published: Counterpoint LLC - September 12th, 2017

"Rosner demonstrates a rare blend of scholarly assessment and personal revelation, tempering her singular passion with an encompassing mercy.


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Lynn Freed - The Romance of Elsewhere (Corte Madera)

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 7:00pm

Lynn Freed's deeply personal essays explore our most quintessential question: What makes a home? From very early on she had imagined for herself an ideal life: a stranger in a strange place: someone just arrived, just about to leave, and always with a home to return to. As a teenager on an exchange program to the U.S., she had made up fantastic reasons to escape high school in the suburbs and spend her time in New York City. Accepting a marriage proposal as a young woman, partly because it promised just such a life - away from South Africa, where she'd grown up, and in New York as a graduate student - she found herself both restless and unmoored. At home neither in the place nor in the marriage.

What she did find, in the end, was a true marriage between writing and travel, travel and identity. Traversing decades and continents and back again, The Romance of Elsewhere captures the dilemma of the expat and does so with Freed's signature honesty and humor. She takes on subjects as disparate as Disneyland, lovers, eco-tourism, shopping, serious illness, and the anomaly of writers who blossom into full power only in old age. Lynn has been publishing these pieces for the past three decades, and this new collection further establishes her as a renowned voice in memoir and the exploration of identity.

Lynn Freed grew up in South Africa, before moving to New York and receiving her M.A. and Ph.D. in English Literature from Columbia. She has published eight books, and her short stories and essays have been published widely in such places as Harper's, O, The New Yorker, Tin House, and The Atlantic. She is the recipient of a 2011 PEN/O. Henry Award and was awarded the inaugural Katherine Anne Porter Award by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She is currently the Professor Emerita of English at the University of California in Davis.

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$26.00
ISBN: 9781619029279
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - October 10th, 2017

"A beautiful writer, dead-on brilliant, rich in humor, possessing a dark and comforting wisdom." --Anne Lamott


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Nate Dern - Not Quite a Genius (Corte Madera)

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 7:00pm

From the senior writer at Funny or Die and former artistic director at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, a collection of absurdist, hilarious stories and essays on relationships, technology, and contemporary society.

Not Quite a Genius is a collection of essays and stories that spans a wide variety of topics. There's the open letter to Charles Manson, the report of a brave archeologist's journey into a suburban man cave, and a long overdue missive from Leif Erikson to Christopher Columbus. Walt Whitman even teaches a spin class.

Nate Dern's razor-sharp eye examines modern society and technology, man buns, dating apps, and juicing crazes. Anyone who's ever scrunched their eyes at WiFi Terms & Conditions, listened to the reasons that led a vegetarian to give up meat, or looked on in horror at the evolving audacity of reality TV will appreciate Dern's wicked and funny take on modern life.

Nate Dern grew up in the mountains of Evergreen, Colorado, where he enjoyed running on dirt trails and reading Kurt Vonnegut. Formerly the Artistic Director at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, Dern is the current news editor at Funny or Die. He lives in Brooklyn with his fiance and their cat, Renly Baratheon.

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$26.00
ISBN: 9781501122200
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Published: Simon & Schuster - August 8th, 2017

From the senior writer at Funny or Die and former artistic director at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, a collection of absurdist, hilarious stories and essays on relationships, technology, and contemporary society.


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Gregory C. Randall - The Cherry Pickers (Corte Madera)

Friday, October 20, 2017 - 7:00pm

The edge of the orchard, where the last row of trees stood on the old lake bluff, delimited the edge of the real world. The orchard’s orderly realm clashed and stood in mortal conflict with the Michigan woods spread below. One would win in the end. The boy understood the battle: The orchard is man’s domain; the forest is owned by no one, a wilderness. He called it “below the hill,” below civilization, below the safe, the known, the comfortable. The path from the crest of the bluff to the woods below carved a hallway from one life to another, from one place that held his family to another that held him. It was a place to learn, to poke and prod, to watch and wonder, and to see miracles. It was also where he began to understand the conflicts of life and death.

The Cherry Pickers is a tale of secrets in northern Michigan during that hot and stormy summer of 1956. With constant fear of nuclear war, an exploding Middle East, and memories of World War II still fresh on soldier’s graves, a fourteen-year-old boy realizes that he is growing up. In Howie Smith’s world of primeval forests, orderly orchards, and Lake Michigan, he learns about life and begins to understand death. While dealing with a crazy aunt, a dying uncle he learns to cherish, and the unyielding pressure to bring in the demanding crop of cherries, Howie is forced to quickly learn that there is much more to life than baseball.

Gregory C. Randall born in Traverse City, Michigan, raised in Chicago, and has called California his home for the past 40 years. He is the author of more than a dozen books within the historical nonfiction and thriller genres. Greg’s Sharon O’Mara Chronicles is a contemporary, international thriller series and his historical fiction thriller series, set in the 1930’s Chicago, features Detective Tony Alfano. Chicago Swing and Chicago Jazz are as noir as it gets. 

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$14.95
ISBN: 9780998708300
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Published: Windsor Hill Publishing - February 18th, 2017

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Irvin Yalom - Becoming Myself: A Psychiatrist's Memoir (Corte Madera)

Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 1:00pm

Irvin D. Yalom has made a career of investigating the lives of others. In this profound memoir, he turns his writing and his therapeutic eye on himself. He opens his story with a nightmare: He is twelve, and is riding his bike past the home of an acne-scarred girl. Like every morning, he calls out, hoping to befriend her, "Hello Measles!" But in his dream, the girl's father makes Yalom understand that his daily greeting had hurt her. For Yalom, this was the birth of empathy; he would not forget the lesson. As Becoming Myself unfolds, we see the birth of the insightful thinker whose books have been a beacon to so many. This is not simply a man's life story, Yalom's reflections on his life and development are an invitation for us to reflect on the origins of our own selves and the meanings of our lives.

Irvin D. Yalom is an emeritus professor of psychiatry at Stanford University and a psychiatrist in San Francisco. He is the author of many books, including Love's Executioner, The Gift of Therapy, and When Nietzsche Wept.
 

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$30.00
ISBN: 9780465098897
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Published: Basic Books - October 3rd, 2017

Bestselling writer and psychotherapist Irvin D. Yalom puts himself on the couch in a lapidary memoir


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Paola Gianturco - Wonder Girls (Corte Madera)

Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 4:00pm

Paola Gianturco and her eleven-year-old granddaughter documented the work of fifteen girl-led nonprofit groups in thirteen countries in Asia and Central Asia, North and Latin America, the Middle East, Africa and Oceania. They interviewed and photographed 90 girls. If you think “girls are the future,” prepare to be dazzled. These girls are changing our world right now.

Groups of activist girls age 10-18 are transforming our world: improving education, health, equality and the environment; stopping child marriage, domestic violence, trafficking and war. Their imagination and courage radiate through their stories, all told in their own words.

In this book, you will watch girls lobby U.S. senators; see Mexican girls invent mobile phone apps; meet Malawian girls who convinced Parliament to outlaw child marriage. You will eavesdrop on Ugandan girls as they advocate for girls’ rights at a UN meeting. And you will meet other girls as they write blogs, petitions, poetry, create radio shows, videos, invent dances, songs and works of art to promote their causes.

Wonder Girls: Changing Our World is a call to action to help these girls accomplish their important work. Alex Sangster’s sections, the finale of each chapter, tell you how.

The book’s Foreword was written by Musimbi Kanyoro, President and CEO of the Global Fund for Women, the world’s largest grant- making organization that benefits women and girls internationally.

The Global Fund for Women will receive 100% of the authors’ royalties from this book.

Paola Gianturco, author-photographer, has documented women’s issues in 62 countries for six powerHouse Books. Grandmother Power: A Global Phenomenon won four first place literary awards in categories as diverse as multicultural nonfiction and women’s studies. Paola’s images have been exhibited at the United Nations, UNESCO, The US Senate, The Field Museum/Chicago, The Museum of the African Diaspora/San Francisco, The Norton Simon Museum/Pasadena, The Grand Rapids Public Museum and more. She lectures internationally, presented a TED talk in Dubai, and has been a guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show, CNN, NPR and Voice of America programs among others. Paola serves on the advisory boards of three nonprofits: Rise Up/Let Girls Lead (which empowers girls to advocate for policy change), Pencils for Africa (a child-led initiative that aims to alter the narrative about Africa), and Global Grandmothers (who support children in need internationally). In 2013 Paola was listed among “40 Women to Watch Over 40,” and in 2014, Women’s e-News named her one of 21 Leaders for the 21st Century. 

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$49.95
ISBN: 9781576878224
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Published: powerHouse Books - October 10th, 2017

Paola Gianturco and her eleven-year-old granddaughter documented the work of fifteen girl-led nonprofit groups in thirteen countries in Asia and Central Asia, North and Latin America, the Middle East, Africa and Oceania. They interviewed and photographed 102 girls. If you think "girls are the future," prepare to be dazzled. These girls are changing our world right now.


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