Corte Madera Events

Andrew Evans - The Black Penguin (Corte Madera)

Sunday, June 18, 2017 - 4:00pm

A devout young boy in rural Ohio, Andrew Evans had his life mapped for him: baptism, mission, Brigham Young University, temple marriage, and children of his own. But as an awkward gay kid, bullied and bored, he escaped into the glossy pages of National Geographic and the wide promise of the world atlas. The Black Penguin is Evans's memoir, travel tale, and love story of his eventual journey to the farthest reaches of the map, a wild yet touching adventure across some of the most astonishing landscapes on Earth. 

Ejected from church and shunned by his family as a young man, Evans embarks on an ambitious overland journey halfway across the world. Riding public transportation, he crosses swamps, deserts, mountains, and jungles, slowly approaching his lifelong dream and ultimate goal: Antarctica. With each new mile comes laughter, pain, unexpected friendship, true weirdness, unsettling realities, and some hair-raising moments that eventually lead to a singular discovery on a remote beach at the bottom of the world. 

His 12,000-mile voyage becomes a soulful quest to balance faith, family, and self, reminding us that, in the end, our lives are defined by the roads we take, the places we touch, and those we hold nearest. 

Andrew Evans has completed more than thirty assignments for National Geographic, reporting from all seven continents. He is the author of the Bradt Travel Guides Iceland and Ukraine and lives in Washington, DC.

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ISBN: 9780299311407
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Published: University of Wisconsin Press - April 25th, 2017

A devout young boy in rural Ohio, Andrew Evans had his life mapped for him: baptism, mission, Brigham Young University, temple marriage, and children of his own. But as an awkward gay kid, bullied and bored, he escaped into the glossy pages of National Geographic and the wide promise of the world atlas.

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Literary Luncheon: Jane Green - The Sunshine Sisters (Corte Madera)

Monday, June 19, 2017 - 12:00pm

Tickets: $55 (includes meal & signed book)

From Jane Green -- the New York Times bestselling author of Falling -- comes The Sunshine Sisters: a warm, wise, and wonderfully vivid novel about a mother who asks her three estranged daughters to come home to help her end her life. 

Ronni Sunshine left London for Hollywood to become a beautiful, charismatic star of the silver screen. But at home, she was a narcissistic, disinterested mother who alienated her three daughters. 

As soon as possible, tomboy Nell fled her mother's overbearing presence to work on a farm and find her own way in the world as a single mother. The target of her mother's criticism, Meredith never felt good enough, thin enough, pretty enough. Her life took her to London--and into the arms of a man whom she may not even love. And Lizzy, the youngest, more like Ronni than any of them, seemed to have it easy, using her drive and ambition to build a culinary career to rival her mother's fame, while her marriage crumbled around her. 

But now the Sunshine sisters are together again, called home by Ronni, who has learned that she has a serious disease and needs her daughters to fulfill her final wishes. And though Nell, Meredith, and Lizzy have never been close, their mother's illness draws them together to confront the old jealousies and secret fears that have threatened to tear these sisters apart. As they face the loss of their mother, they will discover if blood might be thicker than water after all...

A former journalist in the UK and a graduate of the International Culinary Center in New York, Jane Green has written many novels (including Jemima J, The Beach House, and, most recently, Falling), most of which have been New York Times bestsellers, and one cookbook, Good Taste. Her novels are published in more than twenty-five languages, and she has over ten million books in print worldwide. She lives in Westport, Connecticut, with her husband and a small army of children and animals.


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ISBN: 9780399583315
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Published: Berkley Books - June 6th, 2017

"All women will recognize something of themselves in one of the Sunshine sisters. Jane Green's best yet. I raced through this."--Jojo Moyes, New York Times bestselling author of Me Before You and Paris for One and Other Stories

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Joseph Kanon - Defectors (Corte Madera)

Monday, June 19, 2017 - 7:00pm

In conversation with Luisa Smith

From the bestselling author of Leaving Berlin and The Good German comes a fast-paced and richly imagined novel about an American spy, the Cold War’s most notorious defector, who gave up his country for the safety—and prison—of Moscow, but never lost his gift for betrayal.

In 1949, Frank Weeks, fair-haired boy of the newly formed CIA, was exposed as a Communist spy and fled the country to vanish behind the Iron Curtain. Now, twelve years later, he has written his memoirs, a KGB- approved project almost certain to be an international bestseller, and has asked his brother Simon, a publisher, to come to Moscow to edit the manuscript. It’s a reunion Simon both dreads and longs for. Defectors is sure to be filled with mischief and misinformation; Frank’s motives suspect, the CIA hostile. But the chance to see Frank, his adored older brother, proves irresistible.

And at first Frank is still Frank—the same charm, the same jokes, the same bond of affection that transcends ideology. Then Simon begins to glimpse another Frank, still capable of treachery, still actively working for “the service.” He finds himself dragged into the middle of Frank’s new scheme, caught between the KGB and the CIA in a fatal cat and mouse game that only one of the brothers is likely to survive.

This book is the gripping story of one family torn apart by the divided loyalties of the Cold War, but it's also a revealing look at the wider community of defectors, American and British, living a twilit Moscow existence, granted privileges but never trusted, spies who have escaped one prison only to find themselves trapped in another that is even more sinister. Filled with authentic period detail and moral ambiguity, Defectors takes us to the heart of a world of secrets, where no one can be trusted and murder is just collateral dam

Joseph Kanon is the Edgar Award–winning author of Leaving Berlin, Istanbul Passage, Los Alamos, The Prodigal Spy, Alibi, Stardust, and The Good German, which was made into a major motion picture starring George Clooney and Cate Blanchett. He lives in New York City.


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ISBN: 9781501121395
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Published: Atria Books - June 6th, 2017

From the bestselling author of Istanbul Passage and Leaving Berlin comes a riveting novel about two brothers bound by blood, divided by loyalty.

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Class: Kate Rider - Advanced Italian

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 - 4:00pm

5 Wednesdays, June 21 – July 19, 2017 • 4:00pm - 6:00pm • $160

This class will be reading a short novel entitled Scontro di civilta per un ascensore a Piazza Vittorio. It's a gently funny giallo that also examines the stereotypes and realities of immigrants living in Rome. In addition to reading the book, we will also work on conversation and listening skills, as well as review grammar topics by request. 

Kate Rider studied Italian at Stanford, Middlebury College, and in Florence and Genoa. She earned a master’s degree in Italian Literature at S.F. State, and teaches Italian at Dominican University. She loves to share her passion for Italian with her students! Classes are fun and relaxed, with a variety of activities and an emphasis on practical speaking ability.

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Paula Poundstone - The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happiness (Corte Madera)

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 - 7:00pm

"A remarkable journey. I laughed. I cried. I got another cat." Lily Tomlin

"Paula Poundstone is the funniest human being I have ever known." —Peter Sagal, host of Wait Wait . . . Don't Tell Me

"Is there a secret to happiness?" asks comedian Paula Poundstone. "I don't know how or why anyone would keep it a secret. It seems rather cruel, really . . . Where could it be? Is it deceptively simple? Does it melt at a certain temperature? Can you buy it? Must you suffer for it before or after?" In her wildly and wisely observed book, the comedy legend takes on that most inalienable of rights--the pursuit of happiness.


Offering herself up as a human guinea pig in a series of thoroughly unscientific experiments, Poundstone tries out a different get-happy hypothesis in each chapter of her data-driven search. She gets in shape with taekwondo. She drives fast behind the wheel of a Lamborghini. She communes with nature while camping with her daughter, and commits to getting her house organized (twice ). Swing dancing? Meditation? Volunteering? Does any of it bring her happiness? You may be laughing too hard to care.

The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happiness is both a story of jumping into new experiences with both feet and a surprisingly poignant tale of a single working mother of three children (not to mention dozens of cats, a dog, a bearded dragon lizard, a lop-eared bunny, and one ant left from her ant farm) who is just trying to keep smiling while living a busy life.

The queen of the skepticism-fueled rant, Paula Poundstone stands alone in her talent for bursting bubbles and slaying sacred cows.

Like George Carlin, Steve Martin, and David Sedaris, she is a master of her craft, and her comedic brilliance is served up in abundance in this book. As author and humorist Roy Blount Jr. notes, "Paula Poundstone deserves to be happy. Nobody deserves to be this funny."


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ISBN: 9781616204167
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Published: Algonquin Books - May 9th, 2017

"A remarkable journey. I laughed. I cried. I got another cat." --Lily Tomlin

"Paula Poundstone is the funniest human being I have ever known." --Peter Sagal, host of Wait Wait . . . Don't Tell Me and author of The Book of Vice

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Prison University Project - Open Line (Corte Madera)

Thursday, June 22, 2017 - 7:00pm

The Prison University Project extends an educational lifeline to people who have been historically excluded from the arts and humanities. Our students, like most people in prison, come from some of the nation’s most vulnerable communities. Over 70% of students are men of color, and many are the first in their family to earn a degree. The Prison University Project was awarded the 2015 National Humanities Medal by President Obama, in recognition of the organization’s impact and leadership in supporting educational opportunities for the incarcerated.

OpenLine features essays, poetry, and artwork from Prison University Project students, amplifying their voices and humanizing the image of incarcerated people in the public imagination. OpenLine strives to change public perceptions of currently and formerly incarcerated people, playing a critical role in bringing about a more rational and humane discussion about criminal justice reform in the United States. The 2016 edition of OpenLine, titled Live: Performances in Print celebrates student performances from an Open Mic event hosted by the Prison University Project.

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Barbara Bonner - Inspiring Courage (Corte Madera)

Friday, June 23, 2017 - 7:00pm

How can we manage to move forward in the face of hardship, when the odds aren't in our favor? Inspiring Courage offers us a beautiful companion to the challenges of daily life -- it is a book of inspiration and a resource for finding strength when the very notion of courage seems unfathomable. This collection of quotations, poetry, and uplifting accounts of ordinary acts of life-changing courage -- often in the face of fear -- are carefully selected to open us up to living life fully, from a place of strength and love.

In this book we are inspired to all kinds of courage: courage to live a human life, courage to face disaster, and courage to help an ailing world. Included are stories of ordinary people who have faced illness, loss, and discrimination, and taken on political challenges and the environmental crisis. Selected poems and quotations include figures like Martin Luther King, Jr., Mark Twain, the Buddha, Maya Angelou, Rainer Maria Rilke, Pema Chodron, Rumi, Wendell Berry, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and many more.

Barbara Bonner started her professional life as an art historian, moving on to leadership positions in three New York City museums. She later served as Vice President of Bennington College and the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, and she formerly served as board chair at the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies. She now has her own consulting practice focused on helping non-profits transform their philanthropic support. Committed to a life in philanthropy, she has served on ten nonprofit boards and has started a fund to serve women with cancer in her region. A gardener, swimmer, avid reader and enthusiastic student of yoga, Eastern religions and contemplative practice, Barbara is the inordinately proud mother of an actor and an English professor and grandmother of magnificent Archer and Nate. Barbara lives in a converted barn in Housatonic, Massachusetts.


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ISBN: 9781614292616
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Published: Wisdom Publications - April 18th, 2017

Through a broad scope of quotations, poems, and true-life stories, Inspiring Courage offers inspiration to help us authentically live life to the fullest, even against all odds.

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Patti Breitman - Even Vegans Die (Corte Madera)

Saturday, June 24, 2017 - 1:00pm

Even Vegans Die is a compassionate and practical guide to care giving, inclusion and acceptance when we or others are ill or dying. It includes advice and information for ensuring that our loved ones, human and nonhuman, will be cared for as we wish when we are gone. Patti Breitman examines the false promise of eternal health when promoting a plant based diet, and the harm that does to ourselves and our community. This is a book for anyone who ever thought that their yoga, running, diet or healthy lifestyle choices guaranteed protection from disease and mortality. If you were ever embarrassed when you got sick, or didn't know what to say when someone else was sick, this book is for you.

Patti Breitman is a co-founder of Dharma Voices for Animals and the director of the Marin Vegetarian Education Group. In 2016 she was honored with the Lisa Shaprio Award for Unsung Vegan Heroes. Patti lives in Fairfax and considers herself the happiest vegan in town.

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Admiral James Stavridis - Sea Power (Corte Madera)

Saturday, June 24, 2017 - 4:00pm

From the time of the Greeks and the Persians, clashing in the Mediterranean, sea power has determined world power.  To an extent that is often underappreciated, it still does. No one understands this more than Admiral James Stavridis, one of the most decorated naval officers of our time. A retired 4-star admiral with 35 years of active service in the Navy, he served as the Supreme Allied Commander for Global Operations at NATO from 2009 to 2013. In Sea Power: The History and Geopolitics of the World’s Oceans, Stavridis takes us with him on a remarkable voyage of the world’s most important bodies of water. He shows us how the geography of the oceans has shaped the destiny of nations, and how naval power has helped create the world we live in today, and will shape the world we live in tomorrow.  
This book is a marvelous naval history, giving us fresh insight into great naval engagements from the battles of Salamis and Lepanto through to Trafalgar, the Battle of the Atlantic, and Cold War submarine blind man’s bluff. It is also a keen-eyed reckoning with the likely sites of our next major naval conflicts, particularly the Arctic Ocean and the South China Sea. Finally, Admiral Stavridis steps back to take a holistic view of the plagues to our oceans that are best seen that way, from piracy to pollution.

Admiral Jim Stavridis, USN (Ret.) is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy who spent over 35 years on active service in the Navy. He commanded destroyers and a carrier strike group in combat and served for seven years as a four-star admiral, including nearly four years as the first Navy officer chosen as Supreme Allied Commander for Global Operations at NATO. After retiring from the Navy he was named the dean of The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University in 2013. He has written articles on global security issues for The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Atlantic.

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ISBN: 9780735220591
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Published: Penguin Press - June 6th, 2017

From one of the most admired admirals of his generation -- and the only admiral to serve as Supreme Allied Commander at NATO -- comes a remarkable voyage through all of the world's most important bodies of water, providing the story of naval power as a driver of human history and a crucial element in our current geopolitical path.

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Thomas Centolella - Almost Human (Corte Madera)

Saturday, June 24, 2017 - 7:00pm

Thomas Centolella’s new poems register attraction, delight, expectations fulfilled and foiled, and moments of great feeling cherished and/or lamented. Employing the vividness of narrative without yielding to its linear strictures and overly familiar tonalities, many of the first-person protagonists are mysterious figures at once engaging and idiosyncratic, even outright eccentric. Often betwixt and between, neither here nor there, they are uncertain of actually getting anywhere. Almost Human documents the restive life-force incarnated in an endangered species—our own—and charts the movement of the self between spirit and human, recalling the idea, attributed to Teilhard de Chardin, that we aren’t human beings having a spiritual experience but spiritual beings having a human experience.

Thomas Centolella is the author of four books of poetry. His awards include the American Book Award, the California Book Award, the Northern California Book Award, the Lannan Literary Award, and publication in the National Poetry Series. He is also a former Wallace Stegner Fellow in poetry at Stanford University. His poems have appeared widely in magazines, anthologies, and on Garrison Keillor’s The Writer’s Almanac. He has been a visiting writer at many colleges, universities and literary centers and has taught creative writing in the Bay Area for 30 years, notably at College of Marin and in private Marin workshops. 


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