Corte Madera Events

Walter Stahr - Stanton (Corte Madera)

Sunday, August 27, 2017 - 1:00pm

Of the crucial men close to President Lincoln, Secretary of War Edwin Stanton (1814–1869) was the most powerful and controversial. Stanton raised, armed, and supervised the army of a million men who won the Civil War. He organized the war effort. He directed military movements from his telegraph office, where Lincoln literally hung out with him. He arrested and imprisoned thousands for “war crimes,” such as resisting the draft or calling for an armistice. Stanton was so controversial that some accused him at that time of complicity in Lincoln’s assassination. He was a stubborn genius who was both reviled and revered in his time.

Stanton was a Democrat before the war and a prominent trial lawyer. He opposed slavery, but only in private. He served briefly as President Buchanan’s Attorney General and then as Lincoln’s aggressive Secretary of War. On the night of April 14, 1865, Stanton rushed to Lincoln’s deathbed and took over the government since Secretary of State William Seward had been critically wounded the same evening. He informed the nation of the President’s death, summoned General Grant to protect the Capitol, and started collecting the evidence from those who had been with the Lincolns at the theater in order to prepare a murder trial.

Now with this worthy complement to the enduring library of biographical accounts of those who helped Lincoln preserve the Union, Stanton honors the indispensable partner of the sixteenth president. Walter Stahr’s essential book Stanton is the first major biography of Edwin Stanton in fifty years, restoring this underexplored figure to his proper place in American history.

Walter Stahr is the author of John Jay: Founding Father, a biography of America’s first Supreme Court Chief Justice. He lives in Exeter, New Hampshire, and Newport Beach, California.

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$35.00
ISBN: 9781476739304
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Published: Simon & Schuster - August 8th, 2017

"The book should be Stanton's definitive biography for some time to come." --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"A welcome and significant addition to the ample literature on the Civil War and Reconstruction." --Ron Chernow, author of The New York Times bestseller Alexander Hamilton


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Robert Currier - Marin Shakespeare Company (Corte Madera)

Monday, August 28, 2017 - 7:00pm

In Partnership with Marin Shakespeare Company

"A Labour of Love"

Join Marin Shakespeare Company Artistic Director Robert Currier and Marin Shakespeare actors as they discuss the complex wordplay and sly wit of Shakespeare’s Love’s Labour’s Lost, playing through September 24 at Dominican University’s Forest Meadows Amphitheater.

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$6.99
ISBN: 9780743484923
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Simon & Schuster - July 2005

At first glance, Shakespeare's early comedy Love's Labor's Lost simply entertains and amuses. Four young men (one of them a king) withdraw from the world for three years, taking an oath that they will have nothing to do with women. The King of Navarre soon learns, however, that the Princess of France and her ladies are about to arrive.


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Gabriel Tallent - My Absolute Darling (Corte Madera)

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 - 7:00pm

Turtle Alveston is a survivor. At fourteen, she roams the woods along the northern California coast. The creeks, tide pools, and rocky islands are her haunts and her hiding grounds, and she is known to wander for miles. But while her physical world is expansive, her personal one is small and treacherous: Turtle has grown up isolated since the death of her mother, in the thrall of her tortured and charismatic father, Martin. Her social existence is confined to the middle school (where she fends off the interest of anyone, student or teacher, who might penetrate her shell) and to her life with her father.

Then Turtle meets Jacob, a high-school boy who tells jokes, lives in a big clean house, and looks at Turtle as if she is the sunrise. And for the first time, the larger world begins to come into focus: her life with Martin is neither safe nor sustainable. Motivated by her first experience with real friendship and a teenage crush, Turtle starts to imagine escape, using the very survival skills her father devoted himself to teaching her. The reader tracks Turtle’s escalating acts of physical and emotional courage, and watches, heart in throat, as she struggles to become her own hero—and in the process, becomes ours as well.

Shot through with striking language in a fierce natural setting, My Absolute Darling is an urgently told, profoundly moving read that marks the debut of an extraordinary new writer.

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$27.00
ISBN: 9780735211179
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Published: Riverhead Books - August 29th, 2017

"The word 'masterpiece' has been cheapened by too many blurbs, but My Absolute Darling absolutely is one." --Stephen King

"Our generation's next beloved literary heroine." -Harper's Bazaar

A brilliant and immersive, all-consuming read about one fourteen-year-old girl's heart-stopping fight for her own soul.


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Class: Wendy Walsh - Advanced Italian (Corte Madera)

Thursday, September 7, 2017 - 9:00am

9 Thursdays; Sept. 7-Nov. 16 (no class Nov. 2 & Nov. 9), 2017 • 19:00 am - 11:00 am • $290

Wendy Walsh has a Ph.D. in Italian Literature from UCB. She has been teaching Italian language, literature, and cooking since 1979.

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Rene Denfeld - The Child Finder (Corte Madera)

Thursday, September 7, 2017 - 7:30pm

2017 Mystery Writers Conference Opening Night Event

Please note: this event is free & open to the public. Priority seating for all Mystery Writers Conference attendees.

Rene Denfeld’s exquisitely-wrought second novel, The Child Finder, is a compelling, atmospheric literary page-turner centered on Naomi, an unforgettable young woman with an extraordinary talent: locating missing children. Denfeld, whose award-winning debut, The Enchanted, was hailed as “a stunning first novel from an already accomplished writer” (Publishers Weekly), takes readers to dark places—both the remote forest primeval of the Pacific Northwest where a child has disappeared, presumed dead, and into Naomi’s own murky past, where the seeds of her singular gifts were planted. As the at-once elegant and disquieting narrative unfolds, the alternating perspectives of Naomi and a deeply imaginative child reveal its surprising truths.

Naomi has found thirty children—but not all of them alive. In her current case, she has been hired by the family of Madison Culver, who went missing three years before while her family searched for a Christmas tree in the wilds of Skookum National Forest. It seems highly unlikely that Madison survived the harsh winter terrain—unless she was abducted—and Naomi offers her parents little hope, even as she keeps it kindled in her own heart. As she scours the mysterious forest and the secrets of its reclusive denizens, Naomi is determined to find what happened to the missing girl. Though she generally only takes on one case at a time, Naomi is drawn in and takes on another—finding a baby who has vanished while in the care of its mentally-challenged mother. Both disappearances reveal hidden truths for Naomi, with her uncanny ability to inhabit her victims’ worlds.

Her own childhood experience, which she wrote about with great poignancy for the New York Times, informs this new work: “I went on to become a journalist and to adopt three kids from foster care. I took a day job, working as a death penalty investigator. I am hired by the lawyers representing men and women facing execution to examine their backgrounds in hopes of persuading a judge or jury to extend them mercy. It is the gift of my history that I can understand these people and their families. I can see their humanity even as I witness the harm they have done to others, and the harm done to them.”

Denfeld’s first novel, The Enchanted, won numerous honors, including the prestigious French Prix, an ALA Medal for Excellence in Fiction, and Book of the Year from The Oregonian. She has written for The New York Times Magazine, The Oregonian, and the Philadelphia Inquirer and is also the author of The New Victorians: A Young Woman’s Challenge to the Old Feminist Order, Kill The Body, The Head Will Fall, and All God’s Children: Inside the Dark and Violent World of Street Families. Rene lives in Portland, Oregon. 

 

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$25.99
ISBN: 9780062659057
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Published: Harper - September 5th, 2017

A haunting, richly atmospheric, and deeply suspenseful novel from the acclaimed author of The Enchanted about an investigator who must use her unique insights to find a missing little girl.

"Where are you, Madison Culver? Flying with the angels, a silver speck on a wing? Are you dreaming, buried under snow? Or--is it possible--you are still alive?"


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Left Coast Writers®: Christine Evelyn Volker - Venetian Blood (Corte Madera)

Saturday, September 9, 2017 - 7:00pm

To escape a failing marriage, Anna Lucia Lottol goes to Venice to visit an old friend—and becomes a suspect in a brutal murder echoing a gruesome homicide that happened decades ago. Fearful of foreign justice and hoping to prove her innocence, she gathers clues before the real murderer comes for her. At the climax of her journey, she discovers a secret that will change her life. 

Struggling to forget a crumbling marriage, forty-year-old Anna Lucia Lottol comes to Venice to visit an old friend—but instead of finding solace, she is dragged into the police station and accused of murdering a money-laundering count with whom she had a brief affair. A US Treasury officer with brains and athleticism, Anna fights to clear her name in a seductive city full of watery illusions. As she works to pry information from a cast of recalcitrant characters sometimes denying what she sees and hears, she succeeds in unleashing a powerful foe bent on destroying her. Will she save herself and vanquish her enemies, including her darkest fears? A mysterious tapestry of murder, betrayal, and family, Venetian Blood is a story of one woman’s brave quest for the truth —before it’s too late.

Christine Evelyn Volker became intrigued by foreign cultures at an early age, which propelled her to study Spanish, German, and Italian. After pursuing an MLS and an MBA, she was drawn to international banking and became a senior vice president at a global financial institution. Her career brought her to Italy, where she immersed herself in the language and made frequent visits to Venice. A native New Yorker, she resides with her husband in Richmond, California, where she heads a local library non-profit organization and writes about environmental sustainability. She is currently at work on her second international mystery, this one set in the rainforest of Peru.
 

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$16.95
ISBN: 9781631523106
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Published: She Writes Press - August 8th, 2017

Struggling to forget a crumbling marriage, forty-year-old Anna Lucia Lottol comes to Venice to visit an old friend--but instead of finding solace, she is dragged into the police station and accused of murdering a money-laundering count with whom she had a brief affair. A US Treasury officer with brains and athleticism, Anna fights to clear her name in a seductive city full of watery illusions.


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Robert Wright - Why Buddhism Is True (Corte Madera)

Sunday, September 10, 2017 - 4:00pm

From one of America's greatest minds, a journey through psychology, philosophy, and lots of meditation to show how Buddhism holds the key to moral clarity and enduring happiness.

Robert Wright famously explained in The Moral Animal how evolution shaped the human brain. The mind is designed to often delude us, he argued, about ourselves and about the world. And it is designed to make happiness hard to sustain.

But if we know our minds are rigged for anxiety, depression, anger, and greed, what do we do? Wright locates the answer in Buddhism, which figured out thousands of years ago what scientists are only discovering now. Buddhism holds that human suffering is a result of not seeing the world clearly--and proposes that seeing the world more clearly, through meditation, will make us better, happier people.

In Why Buddhism is True, Wright leads readers on a journey through psychology, philosophy, and a great many silent retreats to show how and why meditation can serve as the foundation for a spiritual life in a secular age. At once excitingly ambitious and wittily accessible, this is the first book to combine evolutionary psychology with cutting-edge neuroscience to defend the radical claims at the heart of Buddhist philosophy. With bracing honesty and fierce wisdom, it will persuade you not just that Buddhism is true--which is to say, a way out of our delusion--but that it can ultimately save us from ourselves, as individuals and as a species.

Robert Wright is the New York Times bestselling author of The Evolution of God (a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize), Nonzero, The Moral Animal, Three Scientists and their Gods (a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award), and Why Buddhism Is True. He is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of the widely respected Bloggingheads.tv and has written for The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New York Times, Time, Slate, and The New Republic. He has taught at the University of Pennsylvania and at Princeton University, where he also created the popular online course “Buddhism and Modern Psychology.”

Why Buddhism Is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781439195451
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Published: Simon & Schuster - August 8th, 2017

From one of America's greatest minds, a journey through psychology, philosophy, and lots of meditation to show how Buddhism holds the key to moral clarity and enduring happiness.


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Class: Sandra Kierulff - Conversational French (Corte Madera)

Monday, September 11, 2017 - 10:30am

6 Mondays; September 11 - Oct. 16 (no class Oct. 9) 2017; •10:30 am-12:00 pm • $225

Conversational French, with an emphasis on practical vocabulary for travelers, as well as a review of useful grammar structures through lively discussion, readings and songs.

Sandra Kierulff has taught French at the College of Marin, and was the instructor and author of “French à la Carte,” a French course aired on KQED radio. 

She lived and worked in France for several years and holds degrees in French and Spanish.

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Class: Wendy Walsh - Lower Intermediate Italian (Corte Madera)

Monday, September 11, 2017 - 12:45pm

9 Mondays, Sept. 11 – Nov. 20, (no class Oct. 9 & Nov. 6) 2017 • 12:40pm - 2:25 am • $290

Wendy Walsh has a Ph.D. in Italian Literature from UCB. She has been teaching Italian language, literature, and cooking since 1979.

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Salman Rushdie - The Golden House (Corte Madera)

Monday, September 11, 2017 - 1:00pm

Tickets: $32 (includes signed book)

When the aristocratic Golden family moves into a self contained pocket of New York City, a park in Greenwich Village called “The Gardens,” their past is an absolute mystery. They seem to be hiding in plain sight: Nero Golden, the powerful but shady patriarch, and his sons Petya, a high functioning autistic and recluse; Apu, the successful artist who may or may not be profound; and D, the enchanting youngest son whose gender confusion mirrors the confusion - and possibilities - of the world around him. And finally there is Vasilisa, the Russian beauty who seduces the patriarch to shape their American stories.

Our fearless narrator is an aspiring filmmaker who decides the Golden family will be his subject. He gains the trust of this strange family, even as their secrets gradually unfold - love affairs and betrayals, questions of belonging and identity, a murder, an apocalyptic terror attack, a magical, stolen baby, all set against a whirling background in which an insane Presidential Candidate known as only The Joker grows stronger and stronger, and America itself grows mad. And yet The Golden House is a hopeful story, even an inspiring one - a story about the hope that surrounds, and is made brighter by, even the darkest of situations.

Overflowing with inventiveness, humor, and a touch of magic, this is a full-throated celebration of human nature, a great American novel, a tale of exile wrapped in a murder mystery, a meditation on the nature of good and evil, a thrilling page turner, and a coming of age story for the ages.

Salman Rushdie is the author of eleven previous novels—Luka and the Fire of Life, Grimus, Midnight’s Children (for which he won the Booker Prize and the Best of the Booker), Shame, The Satanic Verses, Haroun and the Sea of Stories, The Moor’s Last Sigh, The Ground Beneath Her Feet, Fury, Shalimar the Clown, The Enchantress of Florence, and Two Years, Eight Months, and Twenty-Eight Nights. He has written one collection of short stories, East, West. He has also published four works of nonfiction: The Jaguar Smile, Imaginary Homelands, Step Across This Line, and his memoir, Joseph Anton. He has also coedited two anthologies, Mirrorwork and Best American Short Stories 2008, and is a former president of American PEN.

The Golden House Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780399592805
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Random House - September 5th, 2017

A modern American epic set against the panorama of contemporary politics and culture--a hurtling, page-turning mystery that is equal parts The Great Gatsby and The Bonfire of the Vanities


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