Corte Madera Events

David Sedaris - Theft By Finding (Corte Madera)

Sunday, June 25, 2017 - 4:00pm

Tickets: $30.50 (includes signed book)

Please note that we are now sold out of seats for this event, and are no longer selling tickets for the book/seat combination to attend. We are now selling Standing Room Only tickets, and the event will be broadcast on our in-store monitors in the store and café. Patrons with Standing Room Only tickets will join the signing line after all seated patrons have lined up. David Sedaris will stay to sign every book for guests in attendance!

Introduction by Kelly Corrigan

It's no coincidence that the world's best writers tend to keep diaries. If you faithfully record your life in a journal, you're writing every day-and if you write every day, you become a better writer. David Sedaris has kept a diary for forty years. This means that if you've kept a diary for a year of your life or less, Sedaris is at least forty times better at writing than you are.

In his diaries, he's recorded everything that has captured his attention-overheard comments, salacious gossip, soap opera plot twists, secrets confided by total strangers. These observations are the source code for his finest work, and with them he has honed his self-deprecation and learned to craft his cunning, surprising sentences.

Now, for the first time, Sedaris shares his private writings with the world in Theft By Finding: Diaries 1977-2002. This is the first-person account of how a drug-abusing dropout with a weakness for the International House of Pancakes and a chronic inability to hold down a real job became one of the funniest people on the planet.

Most diaries - even the diaries of great writers - are impossibly dull, because they generally write about their emotions, or their dreams, or their interior life. Sedaris's diaries are unique because they face outward. He doesn't tell us his feelings about the world, he shows us the world instead, and in so doing he shows us something deeper about himself.

Written with a sharp eye and ear for the bizarre, the beautiful, and the uncomfortable, and with a generosity of spirit that even a misanthropic sense of humor can't fully disguise, Theft By Finding proves that Sedaris is one of our great modern observers. It's a potent reminder that there's no such thing as a boring day-when you're as perceptive and curious as Sedaris, adventure waits around every corner.

David Sedaris is the author of the books Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls, Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk, When You Are Engulfed in Flames, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Holidays on Ice, Naked, and Barrel Fever. He is a regular contributor to The New Yorker and BBC Radio 4. He lives in England.

 

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$28.00
ISBN: 9780316154727
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Little Brown and Company - May 30th, 2017

One of the most anticipated books of 2017: Boston Globe, New York Times Book Review, New York's "Vulture," The Week, Bustle, BookRiot


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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Wendy Walsh - Intermediate Italian Review

Monday, June 26, 2017 - 1:00pm

5 Mondays; June 26- July 31, 2017 (No Class July 3); 1pm - 3:30pm • $195

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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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Thrity Umrigar - Everybody's Son (Corte Madera)

Monday, June 26, 2017 - 7:00pm

In Everybody's Son, during a terrible heat wave in 1991--the worst in a decade--ten-year-old Anton has been locked in an apartment in the projects, alone, for seven days, without air conditioning or a fan. With no electricity, the refrigerator and lights do not work. Hot, hungry, and desperate, Anton shatters a window and climbs out. Cutting his leg on the broken glass, he is covered in blood when the police find him.

Juanita, his mother, is discovered in a crack house less than three blocks away, nearly unconscious and half-naked. When she comes to, she repeatedly asks for her baby boy. She never meant to leave Anton--she went out for a quick hit and was headed right back, until her drug dealer raped her and kept her high. Though the bond between mother and son is extremely strong, Anton is placed with child services while Juanita goes to jail.

The Harvard-educated son of a US senator, Judge David Coleman is a scion of northeastern white privilege. Desperate to have a child in the house again after the tragic death of his teenage son, David uses his power and connections to keep his new foster son, Anton, with him and his wife, Delores--actions that will have devastating consequences in the years to come.

Following in his adopted family's footsteps, Anton, too, rises within the establishment. But when he discovers the truth about his life, his birth mother, and his adopted parents, this man of the law must come to terms with the moral complexities of crimes committed by the people he loves most.

Thrity Umrigar is the author of six novels—The Story Hour, The World We Found, The Weight of Heaven, The Space Between Us, If Today Be Sweet, and Bombay Time—and the memoir First Darling of the Morning. The Armington Professor of English at Case Western Reserve University and a journalist for nearly twenty years, she is the winner of the Nieman Fellowship to Harvard and was a 2006 finalist for the PEN/Beyond Margins Award. She lives in Cleveland, Ohio.

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$26.99
ISBN: 9780062442246
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Harper - June 6th, 2017

The bestselling, critically acclaimed author of The Space Between Us and The World We Found deftly explores issues of race, class, privilege, and power and asks us to consider uncomfortable moral questions in this probing, ambitious, emotionally wrenching novel of two families--one black, one white.


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Paul Madonna - On the Next Dream (Corte Madera)

Tuesday, June 27, 2017 - 7:00pm

Paul Madonna’s popular comic, All Over Coffee had been running for twelve years in the San Francisco Chronicle when he was evicted from his longtime home and studio in the Mission District, ground-zero in the “tech wars” transforming the city. Suddenly finding himself yet another victim of San Francisco’s overheated boomtown housing market, with its soaring prices and rampant evictions, Madonna decided to use his comic as a cathartic public platform to explore the experience, and to capture the complex, highly charged atmosphere of a city—and a life—being forced through a painful transition.

In a series of drawings and stories, On the Next Dream evokes the sense of vertigo induced by being forced from Madonna's home, and the roil of emotions that ensue as he enters into the city’s brutal competition for a place to live. The line between reality and surreality begins to blur almost immediately, in real life and in his comic. Absurd, maddening, and all-too-poignant, these drawings and stories capture the spirit of not just San Francisco, but a cultural epidemic that has now spread to cities around the world. 

Paul Madonna is a San Francisco-based artist and writer. He is the creator of the comic series All Over Coffee and the author of two books, All Over Coffee and Everything is Its Own Reward. His drawings and stories have appeared in numerous books and journals as well as galleries and museums, including the San Francisco Contemporary Jewish Museum and the Oakland Museum of California.

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By Paul Madonna (Illustrator)
$17.95
ISBN: 9780872867420
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: City Lights Books - April 4th, 2017

Paul Madonna's popular comic, "All Over Coffee" had been running for twelve years in the San Francisco Chronicle when he was evicted from his longtime home and studio in the Mission District, ground-zero in the "tech wars" transforming the city.


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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Steve Clifford - The CEO Pay Machine (Corte Madera)

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - 7:00pm

The former top CEO examines the scandalous and corrupt reasons behind obscene pay packages for corporate executives -- and explains how this hurts all of us -- and how we can stop it.

Today, the pay gap between chief executive officers of major U.S. firms and their workers is higher than ever before -- depending on the method of calculation, CEOs get paid between 300 and 700 times more than the average worker. Such outsized pay is a relatively recent phenomenon, but despite all the outrage, few detractors truly understand the numerous factors that have contributed to the dizzying upward spiral in CEO compensation.

Steven Clifford, a former CEO who has also served on many corporate boards, has a name for these procedures and practices --  "The CEO Pay Machine." The CEO Pay Machine is Clifford's thorough and shocking explanation of the 'machine' -- how it works, how its parts interact, and how every step pushes CEO pay to higher levels. As Clifford sees it, the payment structure for CEOs begins with shared delusions that reinforce one other: Once this groupthink is accepted as corporate dogma, it becomes infinitely harder to see any decision as potentially irrational or dysfunctional. Yet, as Clifford notes, the Pay Machine has caused immeasurable harm to companies, shareholders, economic growth, and democracy itself. He uses real-life examples of the top four CEOs named the highest paid in 2011 through 2014. Clifford examines how board directors and compensation committees have directly contributed to the rising salaries and bonuses of the country's richest executives; what's more, Clifford argues, each of those companies could have paid their CEOs 90 percent less and performed just as well.

Witty and infuriating, this is a thorough and incisive critique of an economic issue that affects all American workers.

Steven Clifford served as CEO for King Broadcasting Company for five years and National Mobile Television for nine years. He has been a director of thirteen companies and has chaired the compensation committee for both public and private companies. He holds a BA from Columbia University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

 

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$23.00
ISBN: 9780735212398
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Published: Blue Rider Press - May 9th, 2017

The former top CEO examines the scandalous and corrupt reasons behind obscene pay packages for corporate executives--and explains how this hurts all of us--and how we can stop it.


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Class: Wendy Walsh - Advanced Italian Review

Thursday, June 29, 2017 - 9:30am

5 Thursdays; June 29- July 27, 2017; 9:30am - 12pm • $195

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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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Siobhan Fallon - The Confusion of Languages (Corte Madera)

Thursday, June 29, 2017 - 7:00pm

I’ll just read a little bit, I tell myself. And really, why shouldn’t I?

Both Cassie Hugo and Margaret Brickshaw dutifully followed their soldier husbands to the US Embassy in Jordan, but that’s about all the women have in common. After two years, Cassie’s an expert on the rules of the Middle East. For newly arrived Margaret, the move is a chance to see the world and explore. Against the odds the two strike up a friendship, until their husbands deploy and Cassie senses her new friend pulling away.

So when a fender-bender supposedly sends Margaret to the local police station, Cassie remains alone in the Brickshaw apartment to watch over Margaret’s toddler son. But with Margaret missing for hours Cassie becomes bored and soon frustrated, tired of being left behind while Margaret adventures. Then she discovers her friend’s journal. Where could Margaret be? Could her diary reveal the secrets that have come between them?

Written with stunning prose and powerful emotional insight, here is a story of two unforgettable women and the choices each will make in friendship, in marriage, and in love. The Confusion of Languages offers a poignant glimpse into the private lives of husbands, wives, and American military families living overseas.

Siobhan Fallon is the author of The 2012 PEN Center USA Literary Award in Fiction winner You Know When the Men Are Gone. She earned her MFA at the New School in New York City and her writing has appeared in The Washington Post Magazine, Women’s Day, Good Housekeeping, Prairie Schooner, Publishers Weekly, The Huffington Post, NPR’s The Morning Edition, and Military Spouse magazine. Siobhan and her family moved to Jordan in 2011, and they currently live in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

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$26.00
ISBN: 9780399158926
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - June 27th, 2017

A searing debut novel from the award-winning author of You Know When the Men are Gone, about jealousy, the unpredictable path of friendship, and the secrets kept in marriage, all set within the U.S. expat community of the Middle East during the rise of the Arab Spring.
"A gripping, cleverly plotted novel with surprising bite." --Phil Klay


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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Linda Joy Myers - Song of the Plains (Corte Madera)

Friday, June 30, 2017 - 7:00pm

Song of the Plains: A Memoir of Family, Secrets, and Silence is a weaving of family history that starts in the Oklahoma plains and spans over forty years as Myers combs through dusty archives, family stories, and genealogy online. She discovers the secrets that help to explain the fractures in her family, and the ways in which her mother and grandmother found a way not only to survive the great challenges of their eras but to thrive, despite mental illness and abuse. She discovers how decisions made long ago broke her family apart―and she makes it her life’s work to change her family story from one of abuse and loss to one of finding and creating a new story of hope, forgiveness, healing, and love.
 
Linda Joy Myers is president and founder of the National Association of Memoir Writers. Her memoir Don’t Call Me Mother: A Daughter’s Journey from Abandonment to Forgiveness was a finalist in the ForeWord Book of the Year Award, a finalist in the Indie Excellence Awards, and the winner of the BAIPA Gold Medal award. She’s the author of three books on memoir writing: The Power of Memoir: How to Write Your Healing Story, Journey of Memoir, and Becoming Whole. She’s a co-author with Brooke Warner of two books: Breaking Ground on Your Memoir and The Magic of Memoir. Myers writes for the Huffington Post and co-teaches the program Write Your Memoir in Six Months with Brooke Warner. A therapist for thirty-eight years, Myers also speaks about memoir, healing, and the power of writing the truth.

 

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$16.95
ISBN: 9781631522161
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Published: She Writes Press - June 20th, 2017

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Meredith May - I, Who Did Not Die (Corte Madera)

Thursday, July 6, 2017 - 7:00pm

An eloquent and haunting act of witness to horrors beyond grimmest fiction, and a thing of towering beauty. More importantly, it is a story that must be told, and a richly textured view into an overlooked conflict and misunderstood region. I, Who Did Not Die is the untold story of the children and young men whose lives were sacrificed at the whim of vicious dictators and pointless, barbaric wars.

Little has been written of the Iran-Iraq war, which was among the most brutal conflicts of the twentieth century, one fought with chemical weapons, ballistic missiles, and cadres of child soldiers.

The numbers involved are staggering:
—All told, it claimed 700,000 lives—200,000 Iraqis, and 500,000 Iranians.
—Young men of military service age—eighteen and above in Iraq, fifteen and above in Iran—died in the greatest numbers.
—80,000 Iranian child soldiers were killed, mostly between the ages of sixteen and seventeen.
—The two countries spent a combined 1.1 trillion dollars fighting the war.

Rarely does this kind of reportage succeed so power- fully as literature. 

Meredith May spent sixteen years as a feature writer at The San Francisco Chronicle, where her 2004 narrative series on a war-wounded Iraqi boy won the PEN USA Literary Award for Journalism and was shortlisted for the Pulitzer Prize.

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$26.95
ISBN: 9781682450116
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Published: Regan Arts - March 28th, 2017

Khorramshahr, Iran, May 1982--It was the bloodiest battle of one of the most brutal wars of the twentieth century, and Najah, a twenty-nine-year-old wounded Iraqi conscript, was face to face with a thirteen-year-old Iranian child soldier who was ordered to kill him. Instead, the boy committed an astonishing act of mercy. It was an act that decades later would save his own life.


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Class: Kate Rider - Beginning Continuing Italian

Friday, July 7, 2017 - 10:00am

4 Fridays, July 7 – August 4 (no class July 21), 2017 • 10:00am - 12:00pm • $120

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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