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Marilynn Preston - All is Well (Corte Madera)

Saturday, August 19, 2017 - 1:00pm

When journalist Marilynn Preston started her fitness column in Chicago in 1976, yoga and yogurt were interchangeable terms and most people thought the mind body connection was another name for “neck.”

Everything changes. We live in a healthy lifestyle world now, and in her new book, All is Well Marilynn offers readers a provocative guide to living your best life—healthy and happy, juicy and engaged, alert to corporate predators and health hucksters of every stripe.

The chapters are short and savvy, lively and opinionated: Link Mind and Body. Explore Endlessly. Tweet Mindfully. Make Your Getaway. Raise an Active Kid. Practice De-Aging. Grow Your Gray Matter. Be Your Own Uncle Sam.

Each chapter closes with a reader-friendly action step because at its core, All is Well is about lifestyle change—how it happens, and what you need to know to make positive changes in your life.

From eating clean to going green, from losing weight to adding muscle, from living longer to dying more easily, Marilynn links body and mind to culture and politics. She has great empathy for readers who have tried and failed to realize their personal vision of well being, but she knows you can always Begin. Again. and be successful. Sometimes you have to redefine success. And that’s good too.

In her long-running weekly syndicated column Energy Express, and now in All is Well, Marilynn offers readers a welcoming evidence-based path to more joy, greater health and sustained happiness—three essentials of a healthy lifestyle. Three more, she writes, are crispy fries, good wine, and love, love, love.

Marilynn Preston is a journalist, healthy lifestyle expert, Emmy Award-winning TV producer, and the author of Energy Express, America’s longest-running syndicated fitness column. She is an ACE-certified fitness trainer and certified Wellcoach. Her own practice includes yoga, race walking, kayaking, cross-country skiing, and wine tasting—not on the same day. She’s circumambulated Mt. Kailash in Tibet, climbed Mt. Olympus in Greece, bicycled in France, golfed in Bhutan, and scuba dived in the YMCA pool in Chicago. Her next big adventure is getting people to read All is Well to create their happiest, healthiest lives.

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Laura Holmes Haddad - This Is Cancer (Corte Madera)

Saturday, August 19, 2017 - 4:00pm

Cancer is indiscriminate. It cares little for class, creed or color. Its patients are literally everywhere. When Laura Holmes Haddad was diagnosed, she discovered shelf upon shelf of overly-earnest, somber, gray survival books, and knew there had to be a better way. This Is Cancer is the thoughtful, informative fabulous-looking result for those who prefer their pathos with equal parts humor and reality and a touch of flair. A “what to expect when you’re expecting” book for the diagnosis you don’t want but are stuck with, This Is Cancer is the book that patients keep in their “heading to the hospital bag,” because it’s the only one that tells them what’s going on and keeps them company.

Including such useful snippets as:

• There is no limit to what you will put yourself through when told it might save your life.
• Stay away from the Internet. And don’t let anyone tell you “what they looked up” about your diagnosis.
• You’ll be surrounded by people but you’ll feel lonely, and alone, sometimes.
• Lexapro is Tylenol for the soul.
• If you don’t like your doctor(s), find new ones. You will feel somewhat at the mercy of them, like they hold the key to your mortality, but in fact more than one doctor can potentially save you and some are nice and some are mean.

Whether you or your loved ones want a primer full of useful information in an easy to reference format or a friendly and comforting read, the honest, grave, and mordantly funny stories and tips from young survivors will bring you the real intel and advice that you need most during this tremendously difficult time.

Laura is the author of Anything But Chardonnay: A Guide to the Other Grapes and co-author of Pure Flavor: 125 Fresh, All-American Recipes from the Pacific Northwest, Lulu Powers, Food to Flowers: Simple, Stylish Food for Easy Entertaining, Anna Getty’s Easy Green Organic, and I’m Dreaming of a Green Christmas. After a three-year battle with breast cancer, Laura began writing about cancer and speaking about patient advocacy.

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Published: Seal Press (CA) - October 18th, 2016

Cancer is indiscriminate. It cares little for class, creed or color. Its patients are literally everywhere. When Laura Holmes Haddad was diagnosed, she discovered shelf upon shelf of overly-earnest, somber, gray survival books, and knew there had to be a better way.


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Left Coast Writers®: Laurie McAndish King - Your Crocodile Has Arrived (Corte Madera)

Saturday, August 19, 2017 - 7:00pm

"Enchanting.... Each story reads like a veritable treasure in the 'Cabinets of Curiosity' King deftly describes... an antidote to the streak of snark in so much modern travel writing." — Phil Cousineau

Whether your taste runs to crocodiles or chocolate, ancient relics or flying saucers, you’re sure to find entertainment and illumination in this collection of 21 true stories: Your Crocodile Has Arrived. Join in as Laurie McAndish King

  • Makes a pilgrimage to see a 2,500-year-old tooth.
  • Checks out the world’s largest earthworms — some are as much as twenty feet long.
  • Receives a full-body chocolate massage.
  • Participates in a shamanic ayahuasca ritual.
  • Learns the secrets of alien spaceship propulsion — from an Ivy-League astrophysicist.

Laurie McAndish King grew up in rural Iowa, studied science and philosophy at Cornell College, and has traveled to nearly forty countries — observing with an eye for natural science, and writing with a philosopher’s heart and mind. Her award-winning travel essays and photography have appeared in many publications, including Smithsonian magazine, Travel Channel partner site iExplore.com, the San Francisco Chronicle, and The Best Women’s Travel Writing Travelers’ Tales anthology, as well as other magazines and literary anthologies. 

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Doreen Stock & Kate Peper - An Afternoon in Conversation (Corte Madera)

Sunday, August 20, 2017 - 1:00pm

Talking With Marcelo is a bio-sketch of Argentine journalist Marcelo Holot, a chapbook-length interview in which he answers six questions covering his early years, his life as a student protester during the Dirty Wars, and also his subsequent career as a journalist in Buenos Aires. Holot met and wrote about some of the most important people of his time, including Juan Peron and the Argentine soccer hero, Maradona. His interviewer, the poet and memoir artist Doreen Stock, first met him in Argentina in a tango palace, Confiteria Ideal, where the long conversation which was to become this interview, began. Sixteen photographs complete the limited edition, published by Mine Gallery, Fairfax, CA.

Doreen Stock is a poet, essayist, and memoir practitioner who has been exploring creative nonfiction for thirty plus years from the feminine point of view as a wife, mother of three, single human, and grandmother of eleven. Her first book of poems, The Politics of Splendor, was part of a New American Writers exhibit at the Frankfurt Book Fair that year. It combined poetry and prose poems with her translations from the work of Marina Tsvetaeva and Anna Akhmatova. A selection of Stock’s poetry and translations has been video-archived at Marin Poets, Live! She was a founding member of the Marin Poetry Center and is currently living in Fairfax, California.

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In this collection of poems, Dipped In Black Water, Kate Peper explores the imperfect body, the flawed spirit and the uneasy balance she strikes between the two. Horror and depression live side-by-side with humor and hope. These poems reveal how hidden losses do not so much define the person, but once embraced, lead to wholeness.

Kate Peper is a freelance designer and award-winning watercolor painter. She was a recipient of a Marin Arts Council Individual Artist Grant for poetry and her work has been nominated three times for a Pushcart Prize. Her poetry has appeared in many journals including The Baltimore Review, Cimarron Review, Gargoyle, The Lindenwood Review, Rattle, Spillway, Tar River Review and others.

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Catherine Marshall Smith - American Family (Corte Madera)

Sunday, August 20, 2017 - 4:00pm

In American Family, Richard and Michael are celebrating their three years of sobriety by moving in to Michael’s bungalow in Manhattan Beach, California. While Michael is at work, Richard impulsively makes a phone call to his ten year old daughter who is in the custody of her mom’s parents in Oregon. Richard knows he should have discussed this with Michael but they did talk about connecting with Brady when the time was right. They just hadn’t identified when that time would be. Richard, on this day, at this hour, with boxes of his belongings in chaos around him, decided now was the right time.

In making this phone call he starts the juggernaut of family law that threatens to destroy all that is good in his life.

Things get worse as the couple learns that both Brady and her grandparents, who have been her parents for five years since her mother’s death, are fundamentalist Christians.

Both parties lawyer up only to find that the lawyers have their own agendas that supersede the needs of this family.

Events move smoothly in court for Richard and Michael until the possibility of Brady’s witnessing a questionable sexual situation is suggested and magnified by the grandparents’ attorney. Brady is whisked back to Oregon and the men have to decide how much they are willing to endure to get her back.

Catherine Marshall-Smith lives and teaches English and Social Studies to middle school students in the heart of the Silicon Valley. She is married and has three adult children, two grand dogs and one dachshund who has nothing wrong with his nose. American Family is her first novel.

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Published: She Writes Press - June 13th, 2017

Richard and Michael, both three years sober, have just decided to celebrate their love by moving in together when Richard--driven by the desire to do the right thing for his ten-year-old-daughter, Brady, whom he has never met--impulsively calls his former father-in-law to connect with her.


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Jeremy McCarter - Young Radicals (Corte Madera)

Monday, August 21, 2017 - 7:00pm


From the co-author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Hamilton: The Revolution, a stunning group portrait of five American radicals fighting for their ideals as the country goes mad around them.

What does it mean to live for your ideals…and to risk dying for them? This book tells the story of young American radicals who sensed a moment of unprecedented promise for American life—politically, socially, culturally—and struggled to bring it about, only to see World War I sweep it away. Based on six years of extensive archival research, Jeremy McCarter’s dramatic narrative Young Radicals brings to life the adventures of Randolph Bourne, a visionary social critic beset with a hunchback, Max Eastman, the charismatic poet-propagandist of Greenwich Village, Walter Lippmann, a fast-rising socialist who became a liberal icon, Alice Paul, a fearless suffragist who risked everything for women’s rights, and John Reed, an adventurer who witnessed the Russian Revolution and tried to bring it to America. It evokes the kind of country they fought to create in the early 20th century, one that young radicals are still fighting to create amid the dangers of the 21st.

Jeremy McCarter is a writer, director, and producer. He is the co-author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Hamilton: The Revolution, with Lin-Manuel Miranda. He spent five years on the artistic staff of the Public Theater in New York, where he created and ran the Public Forum series of performances and conversations. He was a cultural critic for New York magazine and Newsweek, and an editor at The New Republic. He taught theater history and criticism at Brooklyn College, and served on the jury of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

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Published: Random House - June 13th, 2017

From the co-author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Hamilton: The Revolution, the stunning story of five American radicals fighting for their ideals as the country goes mad around them

"Inspiring and entertaining."--David Brooks, The New York Times


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Claire Booth & Allison Brennan - An Evening in Conversation (Corte Madera)

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 - 7:00pm

Join mystery writers Claire Booth & Allison Brennan for an evening in conversation!

The next taut, witty mystery featuring Branson, MO’s new sheriff Hank Worth from acclaimed author Claire Booth.

It starts out as an interesting little theft case. Branson, Missouri’s new Sheriff Hank Worth is called out to look at stands of trees that have been stripped of their bark, which the property owner had planned to harvest for the booming herbal supplement market. At first, Hank easily balances the demands of the investigation with his fledging political career. He was appointed several months earlier to the vacant sheriff position, but he needs to win the fast-approaching election in order to keep his job. He thinks the campaign will go well, as long as he’s able to keep secret the fact that a group of undocumented immigrants – hired to cut down the stripped trees – have fled into the forest and he’s deliberately not looking for them.

But then the discovery of a murder victim deep in the Ozark backwoods sets him in the middle of a generations-old feud that explodes into danger not only for him, but also for the immigrants, his deputies, and his family. He must rush to find a murderer before election day, and protect the vulnerable in Branson County, where politicking is hell and trespassing can get you killed.

In Another Man's Ground, acclaimed author Claire Booth delivers a taut, witty mystery that will grip readers from the opening pages to the breathless conclusion.

Claire Booth is a former true crime writer, ghostwriter, and reporter. She lives in California. Another Man's Ground is her second novel, following The Branson Beauty.

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Over a span of twenty years, four boys have been kidnapped from their bedrooms, suffocated, and buried nearby in a shallow grave. Serial killer or coincidence?

That’s the question investigative reporter Maxine Revere sets out to answer when an old friend begs her to help exonerate his wife, who has been charged with their son’s recent murder. But Max can do little to help because the police and D.A. won’t talk to her—they think they have the right woman. Instead, Max turns her attention to three similar cold cases. If she can solve them, she might be able to help her friend.

Justin Stanton was killed twenty years ago, and his father wants closure—so he is willing to help Max with her investigation on one condition: that she work with his former sister-in-law— Justin’s aunt, FBI Agent Lucy Kincaid. Trouble is, Max works alone, and she’s livid that her only access to the case files, lead detective and witnesses depends on her partnering with a federal agent on vacation. She wants the career-making story almost as much as the truth—but if she gets this wrong, she could lose everything.

Haunted by Justin’s death for years, Lucy yearns to give her family—and herself—the closure they need. More important, she wants to catch a killer. Lucy finds Max’s theory on all three cases compelling—with Max's research added to Lucy’s training and experience, Lucy believes they can find the killer so justice can finally be served. But the very private Lucy doesn’t trust the reporter any more than Max trusts her.

Max and Lucy must find a way to work together to untangle lies, misinformation, and evidence to develop a profile of the killer. But the biggest question is: why were these boys targeted? As they team up to find out what really happened the night Justin was killed, they make a shocking discovery: Justin’s killer is still out there … stalking another victim … and they already may be too late.

New York Times bestseller Allison Brennan's two series collide in Shattered, a powerful, enthralling read about the craving for revenge and the desire for justice.

Allison Brennan is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over thirty novels. Most recently, she was nominated for Best Paperback Original Thriller by International Thriller Writers and the Daphne du Maurier Award by Kiss of Death. A former consultant in the California State Legislature, Allison lives in Northern California with her husband, five kids, and assorted pets.

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Published: Minotaur Books - July 11th, 2017

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Published: Minotaur Books - August 22nd, 2017

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Jon Rankin - Running From the Sunrise (Corte Madera)

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 - 7:00pm

"A perverse respectfulness compelled the demon within to acknowledge at the very last possible moment that it was about to take a human life."

Every time he sees a commercial on TV, Lloyd kills someone. His randomness has eluded the law and left a trail of broken lives in his wake.

Marty Randolph, a PI who's always one step ahead, has just met the woman of his dreams. As their relationship goes deeper, Marty must reveal just how dangerous his job can really be.

When Marty happens upon Lloyd in a routine background case, he has no idea the danger that has just been unleashed.

A hard-boiled detective story on the beaches of Florida and Southern California, Running From the Sunrise is a story of love, fear, horror, and revenge. A thriller sure to leave you breathless from start to finish.

Jon Rankin has a degree in Political Science from UCLA and a Juris Doctorate from Southwestern Law School. He's been a general practice lawyer for over 30 years. He lives in Tiburon, CA.

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Published: Rare Bird Books - August 22nd, 2017

"A perverse respectfulness compelled the demon within to acknowledge at the very last possible moment that it was about to take a human life."

Every time he sees a commercial on TV, Lloyd kills someone. His randomness has eluded the law and left a trail of broken lives in his wake.


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Joseph Konte - Giants vs. Dodgers (Corte Madera)

Saturday, August 26, 2017 - 1:00pm

Games between the Dodgers and Giants are never just another day at the ballpark. Dating back to the late nineteenth century—when the teams embodied the competitive spirit of rival metropolises of New York and Brooklyn—the Giants-Dodgers rivalry gained intensity throughout the early twentieth century. The cheering and jeering continued unabated until 1957, when the clubs backed the moving vans up to the Polo Grounds and Ebbets Field, and took their rivalry to new venues in Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Only six games into the first West Coast season, the clubs had their first beanball dustup. The venue had changed but the venom remained, and the rivalry became author Joe Konte’s obsession. Fifty-eight years ago, he attended one of the first Giants-Dodgers games ever played outside of New York. A longtime newspaper editor and baseball fiend, Konte understands what is so special about this storied rivalry. And so—via statistical analysis, game summaries, roster scrutiny, manager matchups, season recaps, and more—he has put together a rivalry bible. Revised and updated to cover the events of the past three seasons—including the Giants’ 2014 World Series win and the Dodgers’ playoff runs—Giants vs. Dodgers captures the spirit and intensity of one of the greatest rivalries in American sports.
Games between the Dodgers and Giants are never just another day at the ballpark. Dating back to the late nineteenth century—when the teams embodied the competitive spirit of rival metropolises of New York and Brooklyn—the Giants-Dodgers rivalry gained intensity throughout the early twentieth century. The cheering and jeering continued unabated until 1957, when the clubs backed the moving vans up to the Polo Grounds and Ebbets Field, and took their rivalry to new venues in Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Only six games into the first West Coast season, the clubs had their first beanball dustup. The venue had changed but the venom remained, and the rivalry became author Joe Konte’s obsession. Fifty-eight years ago, he attended one of the first Giants-Dodgers games ever played outside of New York. A longtime newspaper editor and baseball fiend, Konte understands what is so special about this storied rivalry. And so—via statistical analysis, game summaries, roster scrutiny, manager matchups, season recaps, and more—he has put together a rivalry bible. Revised and updated to cover the events of the past three seasons—including the Giants’ 2014 World Series win and the Dodgers’ playoff runs—Giants vs. Dodgers captures the spirit and intensity of one of the greatest rivalries in American sports.

Joe Konte began his career working as a reporter at a chain of newspapers in San Mateo County before going on to the Davis Enterprise, where he was a reporter and then news editor. He is now news editor at the Marin Independent Journal, where he has also held positions of city and sports editor. As sports editor, Konte won national Associated Press awards for best daily sections, Sunday sections, and special sections. Konte has been a follower of the Giants-Dodgers rivalry since watching the clubs play in their first year out west in 1958. He is a native of San Francisco.

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Published: Sports Publishing LLC - March 21st, 2017

Games between the Dodgers and Giants are never just another day at the ballpark. Dating back to the late nineteenth century--when the teams embodied the competitive spirit of rival metropolises of New York and Brooklyn--the Giants-Dodgers rivalry gained intensity throughout the early twentieth century.


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Grant Jarrett - The Half-Life of Remorse

Saturday, August 26, 2017 - 4:00pm

In The Half-Life of Remorse, three life-scarred people are brought together to confront each other thirty years after the brutal crime that shattered their lives. 

When two vagrants meet on the streets of Muncie, Indiana, they are both unaware that their paths crossed years before. Chic, crude and uneducated, is convinced that Sam is nothing more than a harmless lunatic, and Sam, emotionally scarred and psychologically traumatized by events long past, regards Chic as just another denizen of the street. But Chic has spent his adult life trying to purge his soul of the brutal crime he committed as a teenager?the same botched burglary that resulted in the deaths of Sam’s wife and son. Meanwhile, Sam’s daughter Claire is still unable to give up hope that her father might someday reappear. When these three lives converge, the puzzle of the past gradually falls together, but redemption commands a high price, and what is revealed will test the limits of love and challenge the human capacity for forgiveness.

Grant Jarrett lived in Manhattan for twenty years before moving to Marin County, CA, where he now works as a writer, ghostwriter, editor, musician, and occasional songwriter. His publishing credits include numerous magazine articles, essays, short stories, and More Towels, his coming-of-age memoir about life on the road. His debut novel, Ways of Leaving, won the Best New Fiction category in the 2014 International Book Awards. The House That Made Me, his 2016 anthology about the meaning of home, was chosen as an Elle "Trust Us" book. Jarrett is an avid cyclist, skier, and surf skier.

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Published: Sparkpress - May 16th, 2017

When two vagrants meet on the streets of Muncie, Indiana, they are both unaware that their paths crossed years before. Chic, crude and uneducated, is convinced that Sam is nothing more than a harmless lunatic, and Sam, emotionally scarred and psychologically traumatized by events long past, regards Chic as just another denizen of the street.


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