Corte Madera Events

Eric Harrison - The Foundations of Mindfulness (Corte Madera)

Saturday, April 29, 2017 - 4:00pm

Discover the wisdom of the Buddha’s original teachings on mindfulness.

Usually translated as The Foundations of Mindfulness, the Satipatthana Sutta—taken from the 2,500-year-old teachings of the Buddha himself—is the original “DIY manual” on how to meditate and be mindful. Just a few pages long, with 13 recommended practices, it provides the authority for the worldwide practice of mindfulness. However, this influential text has been neglected of late—not least because the common translation, in Victorian English, is virtually indecipherable. So, many modern mindfulness students—focused instead on the Zen practice of “just sitting”—risk missing the benefits of the Buddha’s more sophisticated approach.

Eric Harrison first translated the Satipatthana Sutta in 1975 and made it the basis of his decades-long teaching career. Now, with a new translation and commentary informed by a lifelong consideration of the Buddha’s original teachings, Harrison makes mindfulness more accessible than ever—to psychologists, teachers, and everyone with a serious interest in the practice looking for deeply informed, sparklingly clear insights and guidance.

Eric Harrison is the author of seven books on meditation and mindfulness that have been translated into 13 languages and published in 15 countries. He began teaching meditation as a secular, science-based therapy decades ago-long before the modern mindfulness movement began-and has taught tens of thousands of students. He lives in Perth, Australia.

 

The Foundations of Mindfulness: How to Cultivate Attention, Good Judgment, and Tranquility Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781615192564
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Experiment - April 18th, 2017

Discover the wisdom of the Buddha's original teachings on mindfulness.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Sylvia Gonzalez - Art Reception (Corte Madera)

Saturday, April 29, 2017 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm

We are thrilled to have the artworks of local artist  Sylvia Gonzalez represented in  our Book Passage Gallery. Sylvia has worked in pastel for 27 years and has developed her own techniques in monotype. Sylvia is inspired by the colors and textures of the surrounding landscape, its creatures in, around and beyond. While her love of nature, traveling and exploring new places and cultures, is key to her work, she is always happy to be back home in her 100 year old barn-studio. We have her framed limited edition giclees and wonderful notecards.

Please join us for a reception with Sylvia, on Independent Bookstore day, April 29, from 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. in our gallery.

 

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Cooks with Books: Cal Peternell - A Recipe for Cooking (Larkspur)

Sunday, April 30, 2017 - 12:00pm

Left Bank Restaurant in Larkspur • Singles: $115; Couples: $175 (one book)
Event ticket includes meal, wine, tip, tax, and a signed copy of the book.

Celebrate the joys of a great day in the kitchen and a meal shared with family and friends with this follow-up to the bestselling, IACP Award-winning Twelve Recipes, featuring next level, home-cook-friendly recipes for occasions large and small

Twelve Recipes provided the basic techniques and recipes for essential home cooking. Now, A Recipe for Cooking takes home cooks to the next level.

Cal Peternell gives you everything you need to cook for big get-togethers, holiday feasts, family occasions, and for a special dinner for two. He organizes the recipes by season to help cooks plan their meals from first bite to last—how a meal should start, what should be the main attraction, what should be served alongside, and how to choose the perfect finish.

Illustrated with charming color photos and drawings, this book offers a range of delicious, easy-to-master fare: Savory Tart with Onions, Olive, and Anchovies; Shredded Zucchini Fritters with Basil Mayonnaise; Citrus Salad with Ginger, Cilantro, and Saffron-toasted Pistachios; Fish and Shellfish Soup; Rolled Pork Loin Roast Stuffed with Olives and Herbs; Lasagna Bolognese; Belgian Endive Gratin with Gruyere and Prosciutto; and a Blood Orange and Buttermilk Tart. Each of Cal's recipes utilizes the freshest, most delicious ingredients of each season.

Here are meals to share with close family and good friends—to laugh, drink, and cook with—as well as dishes that give you some quiet time in the kitchen, slicing, seasoning, and simmering. With food to make introductions, to commemorate, to celebrate, even, on occasion, to gently instigate, this is Cal Peternell at his wittiest, warmest, and most inspiring.

Cal Peternell grew up on a small farm in New Jersey and graduated with a BFA in painting from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. His cooking career began at Bix in San Francisco, and continued to Biba and The Blue Room in Boston, and back to San Francisco for a sous chef spot at Loretta Keller’s Bizou. Cal was hired at Chez Panisse in 1995, has been the chef in the Cafe since 2001, and took over as chef of the downstairs restaurant in 2013. Cal is the author of Twelve Recipes. He and his wife, Kathleen, have three sons and live in Berkeley, California.

 

A Recipe for Cooking Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9780062427861
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: William Morrow & Company - October 25th, 2016

Celebrate the joys of a great day in the kitchen and a meal shared with family and friends with this follow-up to the bestselling, IACP Award-winning Twelve Recipes, featuring next level, home-cook-friendly recipes for occasions large and small.


Left Bank Larkspur Brasserie
507 Magnolia Avenue
Larkspur, CA 94939

Paul Hawken - Drawdown (San Rafael)

Monday, May 1, 2017 - 7:00pm

Co-Sponsored by Environmental Forum of Marin

Tickets: $35 (includes book)
Angelico Hall, Dominican University

In Drawdown, renowned environmentalist Paul Hawken has assembled a team of over 200 scholars, scientists, policymakers, business leaders, and activists to illustrate the hundred most substantive solutions to combat climate change that together will not only slow down the growth of carbon emissions, but reverse them altogether. The book analyzes how and when humanity can reach climate drawdown, the point at which greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere begin to decline on a year-to-year basis, by mapping and modeling how we can scale those hundred technologies over the next thirty years. Printed on recycled paper, the book will be one of three centerpieces to Project Drawdown, which will also feature an open-source database and an interactive digital platform that together describe how these solutions can be scaled globally across continents and across many different ways of life.

These are all “no regrets” approaches—actions that regardless of their climate value have intrinsic benefits to communities and economies. They improve lives, create jobs, restore the environment, enhance security, generate resilience, and advance human health. Together they will mobilize society into taking the climate change conversation from problem definition to problem solving, from fear and apathy to collaboration and regeneration.

Paul Hawken is an environmentalist, entrepreneur, journalist, and author. Starting at age 20, he dedicated his life to sustainability and changing the relationship between business and the environment. His practice has included starting and running ecological businesses, writing and teaching about the impact of commerce on living systems, and consulting with governments and corporations on economic development, industrial ecology, and environmental policy. Paul Hawken has written seven books published in over 50 countries in 29 languages including four national bestsellers, The Next Economy, Growing a Business, The Ecology of Commerce, and Blessed Unrest.

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Book Passage is pleased to be in partnership with the Institute of Leadership Studies at Dominican University of California and their sponsor, Private Ocean Wealth Management, to present an outstanding series of events. These events take place on the Dominican University of California campus at 20 Olive Avenue in San Rafael, CA 94901.

 

 

 

Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming Cover Image
By Paul Hawken (Editor), Tom Steyer (Foreword by)
$22.00
ISBN: 9780143130444
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Penguin Books - April 18th, 2017

The 100 most substantive solutions to reverse global warming, based on meticulous research by leading scientists and policymakers around the world


Angelico Hall, Dominican University
20 Olive Avenue
San Rafael, CA 94901

Elizabeth L. Silver - The Tincture of Time (Corte Madera)

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 - 7:00pm

Growing up as the daughter of a dedicated surgeon, Elizabeth L. Silver felt an unquestioned faith in medicine. When her six-week-old daughter, Abby, was rushed to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit with sudden seizures, and scans revealed a serious brain bleed, her relationship to medicine began to change.

The Tincture of Time is Silver's gorgeous and haunting chronicle of Abby's first year. It's a year of unending tests, doctors' opinions, sleepless nights, promising signs and steps backward, and above all, uncertainty: The mysterious circumstances of Abby's hospitalization attract dozens of specialists, none of whom can offer a conclusive answer about what went wrong or what the future holds. As Silver explores what it means to cope with uncertainty as a patient and parent and seeks peace in the reality that Abby's injury may never be fully understood, she looks beyond her own story for comfort, probing literature and religion, examining the practice of medicine throughout history, and reporting the experiences of doctors, patients, and fellow caretakers. The result is a brilliant blend of personal narrative and cultural analysis, at once a poignant snapshot of a parent's struggle and a wise meditation on the reality of uncertainty, in and out of medicine, and the hard-won truth that time is often its only cure.

Heart-wrenching, unflinchingly honest, and beautifully written, this is a powerful story of parenthood, an astute examination of the boundaries of medicine, and an inspiring reminder of life's precariousness.

Elizabeth L. Silver is the author of the novel The Execution of Noa P. Singleton, which was published in seven languages. Her writing has been published in McSweeney's, The Huffington Post, The Rumpus, The Millions, and elsewhere. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, the MA Programme in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia in England, and Temple University, Beasley School of Law, Silver has worked as an attorney in Texas and California and as an adjunct instructor of English literature and composition at Drexel and St. Joseph's Universities. She lives with her family in Los Angeles.

 

The Tincture of Time: A Memoir of (Medical) Uncertainty Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781101981443
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Penguin Press - April 25th, 2017

Set against the unexplained stroke of the author's newborn daughter, this stunning, unflinchingly honest memoir is an thought-provoking reflection on uncertainty in medicine and in life.

Growing up as the daughter of a dedicated surgeon, Elizabeth L. Silver felt an unquestioned faith in medicine.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Jo Piazza - How to Be Married (Corte Madera)

Thursday, May 4, 2017 - 7:00pm

Everyone tells you marriage is hard, but no one tells you what to do about it. As journalist Jo Piazza began planning her own wedding she realized that American marriage traditions focus more on the perfect dress, the Instagram-worthy decorations, and the menu than on how to make a real, lasting, joy-filled commitment. 

What comes after the whirlwind romance and fairy-tale wedding? How do you create a marriage that lasts in a world where marriage is increasingly becoming obsolete? A travel editor, Jo finds herself in the unique position of being able to devote the first year of her marriage to exploring the rituals, customs, and traditions from other countries and cultures in an attempt to learn how to be (happily) married. 

With elegant prose, astute reporting and hilarious insight into the human psyche, How to Be Married: What I Learned from Real Women on Five Continents about Surviving My First (Really Hard) Year of Marriage portrays Jo's journey around the globe in search of what a modern marriage should look like and shares the most effective advice from hundreds of real women and men on 5 continents. An extraordinary memoir about what really happens after we say I do, Jo and her husband come up against much more than they bargained for in that first year together, from receiving a terrifying health diagnosis to caring for sick parents and losing a job. 

Yet, their spirit, curiosity, humor, and love are unflagging throughout as they interview hundreds of men and women on a range of topics from polygamy in Kenya, open marriage in France, sex in Orthodox Israel, and marital equality in Sweden. They conquer a wife-carrying competition in Maine, nearly suffocate in a Mexican Temazcal, investigate a matrilineal tribe in India, learn how to salsa together in Chile, and overpower all of their fears on one of the world's tallest mountains. Ultimately, this book is a grand experiment that will forever change the way we look at marriage and commitment.

Jo Piazza is an award-winning journalist and the bestselling coauthor of the novel The Knockoff. Her work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, New York magazine, Glamour, Elle, Time, Marie Claire, the Daily Beast, and Slate. She is also the author of the critically acclaimed Celebrity, Inc.: How Famous People Make Money; and If Nuns Ruled the World: Ten Sisters on a Mission. She holds an undergraduate degree in economics from the University of Pennsylvania, a master's in journalism from Columbia University, and a master's in religious studies from New York University. She lives in San Francisco with her husband Nick and their giant dog.

 

How to Be Married: What I Learned from Real Women on Five Continents about Surviving My First (Really Hard) Year of Marriage Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780451495556
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Harmony - April 18th, 2017

Everyone tells you marriage is hard, but no one tells you what to do about it.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Brittany Newell - Oola (Corte Madera)

Friday, May 5, 2017 - 7:00pm

A provocative and impressive debut delivered with a uniquely sinister lyricism by a brilliant 21-year-old; a story about sex, privilege, desire, and creativity in the post-college years

The first thing Leif notices about Oola is the sharp curve of her delicate shoulders, tensed as if for flight. Even from that first encounter at a party in a flat outside of London, there's something electric about the way Oola, a music school dropout, connects with the cossetted, listless narrator we find in twenty-five-year-old Leif. Infatuated, the two hit the road across Europe, housesitting for Leif's parents wealthy friends, and finally settling for the summer in Big Sur.

Leif makes Oola his subject: he will attempt an infinitesimal cartography of her every thought and gesture, her every dimple, every snag, every swell of memory and hollow. And yet in this atmosphere of stifling and paranoid isolation, the world around Leif and Oola begins to warp--the tap water turns salty, plants die, and Oola falls dangerously ill. Finally, it becomes clear that the currents surging just below the surface of Leif's story are infinitely stranger than they first appear.

Oola is a mind-bendingly original novel about the way that -- particularly in the changeable, unsteady just-post-college years -- sex, privilege, desire, and creativity can bend, blur, and break. In a novel that reads like the wicked love child of American Psycho and Lolita, Brittany Newell bursts into the literary world with a narrative as twisted and fresh as it is addicting.

Brittany Newell, who often writes and performs under the nom de plume Ratty St. John, will graduate from Stanford in 2017. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and is the winner of the Norman Mailer Award for Fiction. Oola is her first book.

Oola Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781250114143
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Holt McDougal - April 25th, 2017

A provocative and impressive debut delivered with a uniquely sinister lyricism by a brilliant 21-year-old; a story about sex, privilege, desire, and creativity in the post-college years


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Mary Edwards - Jump Start Your Art Career

Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 10:00am
Saturday, May 6 • 10:00am-12:30pm • $60
 
 

This lively workshop is for emerging and established visual artists who want to figure out the next steps in an art career.  Topics include:

  • A summary of art world trends in the Bay Area and across the United States 
  • Guiding principles to follow, no matter where you are in your career  
  • Four levels of exhibition opportunities, & how to identify the best ones for you
  • A list of “Do’s” and “Don’ts” when looking for a gallery
  • An overview of resources for visual artists (websites, magazines, journals, professional associations, etc.)

A recent participant said:  “The handouts alone from this great class guided my career for six months!”

 

Mary Edwards, Ph.D.

Mary Edwards is a Career & Life Coach for artists, based in Marin.  She has a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan and received her coach training from the College of Executive Coaching.  She has taught workshops for artists at Book Passage (Corte Madera), Dominican University, Art Works Downtown, and the ICB Artists Association.   Mary has written articles for a number of national art magazines, including Professional Artist, Studios, and Artists & Makers.  Currently she is completing a book titled “Left Brain Skills for Right-Brained People.”

Mary brings a unique combination of business knowledge, art world experience, and professional coaching skill to her practice.  She works with painters, sculptors, photographers, designers, and other creative people who want to reach the next level in their careers.

 
 

Carlyn Montes De Oca - Dog as My Doctor, Cat As My Nurse (Corte Madera)

Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 1:00pm

Co-Sponsored by Marin Humane

Written for the dog and cat lover, animal advocate, and fan of natural medicine, Dog as My Doctor, Cat as My Nurse reveals how our timeless relationships with our beloved animal friends hold the keys to our optimal health. Acupuncturist, plant-based nutritional consultant, and animal advocate Carlyn Montes De Oca weaves together an insightful tapestry of prescriptive advice, personal stories about her lively six-pack of rescue dogs and cats, and testimonials from other dog and cat lovers, including best-selling author Jack Canfield. 

In an age when most people will suffer from a preventable chronic disease, this book opens readers eyes to the fact that our beloved companion animals can be some of the most powerful allies we will ever have on the journey towards a healthier, happier, and more extraordinary life.

Carlyn Montes De Oca is an acupuncturist, plant-based nutritional consultant, and animal advocate in private practice near San Francisco. She holds a bachelor's degree from Loyola Marymount University in communication arts and a master's degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Emperor's College. She is also certified in plant-based nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutritional Studies at Cornell University. She was voted PETA's Sexiest Vegetarian Over 50 in 2011, and has been a spokesperson for the Guardian Campaign at In Defense of Animals. She is also the founder of The Animal-Human Health Connection, which focuses on bringing awareness to the many powerful ways that animals enhance human health, happiness, and longevity. Montes De Oca lives in Marin County with her husband, Ken, and her beloved rescue animals.

 

Dog as My Doctor, Cat as My Nurse: An Animal Lover's Guide to a Healthy, Happy, and Extraordinary Life Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781631521867
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: She Writes Press - April 18th, 2017

Written for the dog and cat lover, animal advocate, and fan of natural medicine, Dog as My Doctor, Cat as My Nurse reveals how our timeless relationships with our beloved animal friends hold the keys to our optimal health.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Don Lattin - Changing Our Minds (Corte Madera)

Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 4:00pm

Don Lattin's book is an experiential tour through the social, spiritual and scientific revolution that is redefining our relationship with mind-expanding substances. It tells the inspiring and very human stories of pioneering neuroscientists, psychotherapists, shamans and ordinary people seeking to live more aware and compassionate lives by combining the miracles of modern chemistry, therapeutic techniques and the wise use of ancient plant medicines. A new era of research into psychedelic-assisted therapy has begun.

Party drugs like Ecstasy (MDMA) are used to help U.S. veterans struggling with the psychological aftermath of war. Psilocybin, the active ingredient in magic mushrooms, is employed as a medicine to help alcoholics get sober and cancer patients struggling with the existential distress of a life-threatening illness. Meanwhile, the use of the ayahuasca, a shamanic brew from the Amazon jungle, has grown into an international movement for those seeking greater spiritual and psychological insight. Changing Our Minds is the essential primer for understanding and navigating this new consciousness-raising territory.

Changing Our Minds: Psychedelic Sacraments and the New Psychotherapy Cover Image
$23.95
ISBN: 9780907791669
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Synergetic Press - April 17th, 2017

CHANGING OUR MINDS is an experiential tour through the social, spiritual and scientific revolution that is redefining our relationship with mind-expanding substances.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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