Corte Madera Events

Shira Marin - Shards of a Broken Mystery (Corte Madera)

Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 7:00pm

Shards of a Broken Mystery: The Restoration of Hekate records the real-time unfolding of the relationship between the author and a Titan Greek goddess, Hekate: denigrated, discarded, and all but forgotten during the rise of the patriarchy in millennia past. The work could be called a psychoactive memoir as page after page seeds and grows a sense of inner process. This book supports the evolving nature of full, true psychological development, including a fresh perspective on the often discussed shadow aspect of the human condition. from the foreword: Mystery! The word itself means “seeing with the eyes closed,” in the context of initiation. Shira Marin’s Shards of a Broken Mystery: The Restoration of Hekate, is itself a mystery, and must be approached as a mystery, seeing with the eyes closed, preparing oneself for ritual initiation.

Should you be so fortunate to be chosen to serve even an unlikely presence as a goddess of old, make no mistake, nothing less than your future is at stake. Taking part in possible futures rather than having futures thrust upon one, is the best possible course. Shards of a Broken Mystery facilitates the awareness of possible futures through the agency of Hekate and even more so as she is restored to vitality in the individual psyche. This is the gift, Shira Marin, through her devotion to Hekate, has presented to us

Shira Marin, PhD, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist for over 35 years, is also an educator, speaker, writer, and mixed-media journal artist intimately engaged with the psychoactive nature of life. Currently, in her private practice, Dr. Marin serves individuals, couples, families, and groups through the lens of Jungian Psychology and consults to clinicians and interns. She is Immediate Past- President of the Northern California Group Psychotherapy Society. Formerly, Dr. Marin served as adjunct faculty of John F. Kennedy University and the Community Institute for Psychotherapy. Her primary interests focus on the individual and society, on consultancy to groups and communities, and developing collective, collaborative peace-making processes through the engagement of Non-Violent Communication, imagination, and feminine values. Dr. Marin lives in Marin County with her family and their standard poodle, Bella Rosa, who assists Dr. Marin in the consulting room.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

David St. John & Susan Terris - An Afternoon in Conversation (Corte Madera)

Sunday, October 22, 2017 - 1:00pm

In The Last Troubadour, David St. John has given us a collection of new and selected poems of astonishing beauty, precise and keenly observed but also touched with sensuality and deep feeling. Nothing is too small to escape notice (in “Guitar” St. John reflects on the beauty of that word) or too large to be explored-the suicide of a friend, the illness of a lover, or the texture of longing and desire. A sharp observer of landscapes within and without, St. John directs his empathetic gaze and vivid, inventive voice to investigating both the darkest and the most inspiring parts of being human, the small moments between friends and lovers as well as the groundswells that alter lives.

At times lyrical, sometimes conversational, occasionally wry and playful, St. John’s poetry reveals an expansive vision animated by “intimacy and subtlety, and by a disturbing force, the work of an urgent sensibility and a true ear.” (W.S. Merwin) The beauty, music, and artistry of David St. John’s widely admired work is fully on display in this masterful collection.

David St. John is the author of eleven collections of poetry (including Study for the World’s Body, nominated for The National Book Award in Poetry) as well as a volume of essays, interviews and reviews entitled Where the Angels Come Toward Us. He is University Professor and Chair of English at The University of Southern California, and lives in Venice Beach, California.

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Susan Terris's Take Two: Film Studies is a series of dazzling poems about pairs who are heading in one way or another for trouble, disaster, or death. Each poem is a kind of filmic scene, which has a few movie terms embedded as parenthetical script directives.

The text spins back and forth in time from the era of Beowulf to that of Jacqueline Kennedy. There are traditional couples like Abélard & Héloïse or Bonnie & Clyde. But many of the pairs are unexpected: Sancho Panza & his donkey Dapple, Mary Shelley & her monster, Picasso & a portrait of Dora Maar, or Lady Macbeth & King Duncan. Expect the unexpected in this volume. No matter what you think you know about a pair, you may be in for a dark surprise.

Susan Terris's most recent books are Memos and Ghost of Yesterday: New & Selected Poems. She is the author of six books of poetry, sixteen chapbooks, three artist’s books, and one play. Journal publications include The Southern Review, Colorado Review, and Ploughshares. A poem of hers from FIELD appeared in Pushcart Prize XXXI. A poem from Memos, first published in the Denver Quarterly, was selected for Best American Poetry 2015. She is the editor of Spillway Magazine and a poetry editor for Pedestal Magazine.

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$25.99
ISBN: 9780062640932
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Published: Ecco Press - April 18th, 2017

A haunting and intimately observed new collection from David St. John, a poet of soaring imagination and passionate candor


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$11.95
ISBN: 9781632430472
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Published: Omnidawn - October 3rd, 2017

Susan Terris' Take Two: Film Studies is a series of dazzling poems about pairs who are heading in one way or another for trouble, disaster, or death. Each poem is a kind of filmic scene, which has a few movie terms embedded as parenthetical script directives.


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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Clare Doorbos - Storytime with Clare (Corte Madera)

Monday, October 23, 2017 - 9:30am

Come to Book Passage, Corte Madera every Monday morning at 9.30am for a preschool story time with bounce! There's no better way to start the week than with picture books, songs, rhymes and some jumping around. Our story teller Clare will pick her favorite new books, classics and poetry to share with kids aged 0-5 and their parents in this half hour story time. Clare is a popular storyteller, who has read at local libraries and other stores in the Bay Area and is now pleased to join the Book Passage team.

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

John Bargh - Before You Know It (Corte Madera)

Monday, October 23, 2017 - 7:00pm

For more than three decades, Dr. John Bargh has been responsible for the revolutionary research into the unconscious mind, research that informed bestsellers like Blink and Thinking Fast and Slow. Now, in what Dr. John Gottman said "will be the most important and exciting book in psychology that has been written in the past twenty years," Dr. Bargh takes us on an entertaining and enlightening tour of the forces that affect everyday behavior while transforming our understanding of ourselves in profound ways.

Telling personal anecdotes with infectious enthusiasm and disclosing startling and delightful discoveries, Dr. Bargh takes the reader into his labs at New York University and Yale where he and his colleagues have discovered how the unconscious guides our behavior, goals, and motivations in areas like race relations, parenting, business, consumer behavior, and addiction. He reveals what science now knows about the pervasive influence of the unconscious mind in who we choose to date or vote for, what we buy, where we live, how we perform on tests and in job interviews, and much more. Because the unconscious works in ways we are completely unaware of, Before You Know It is full of surprising and entertaining revelations as well as tricks to help you remember to-do items, shop smarter, and sleep better.

John Bargh, PhD, is a social psychologist and the world’s leading experts on the unconscious mind. His research has appeared in over 170 publications, as well as in Blink by Malcolm Gladwell. In 2014, he received the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award from the American Psychological Association. He is currently the James Rowland Angell Professor of Psychology at Yale University and director of the ACME (Automaticity in Cognition, Motivation, and Evaluation) laboratory. Before You Know It is his first book.

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$26.00
ISBN: 9781501101212
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Published: Touchstone Books - October 17th, 2017

Dr. John Bargh, the world's leading expert on the unconscious mind, presents a groundbreaking book, twenty years in the making, which gives us an entirely new understanding of the hidden mental processes that secretly govern every aspect of our behavior.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Picture Book Club: Mac Barnett - The Wolf, the Duck & the Moose (Corte Madera)

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 4:00pm

PIcture Book Club Event!

At least once a month at Book Passage, kids aged 4-8 and their grown-ups have the chance to hear a picture book read aloud by the author or illustrator. These events will always be after school, midweek and feature our favorite newly published books. Picture Book Club is also available as a subscription service, one new signed picture book per month can be delivered to the child (or adult) of your choice. Contact cdoornbos@bookpassage.com or call 414-927-0960 ext 402 for more information about Picture Book Club.

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This is a story about a duck and mouse who get swallowed by a wolf, and then decide to live in his belly.

Early one morning a mouse met a wolf
and was quickly gobbled up.

When a woeful mouse is swallowed by a wolf, he quickly learns he is not alone: a duck has already set up digs, and, boy, has that duck got it figured out! Turns out it’s pretty nice in there, with delicious food and elegant table settings, courtesy of the wolf’s unchecked gluttony. And there’s something even better: no more fear of being eaten by a wolf! In fact, life is pretty good, until a hunter shows up…. With a nod to traditional fables and a wink to the reader, the award-winning Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen offer The Wolf, the Duck, and the Mouse -- a tale of cooperation and creative cuisine that is sure to go down easy.

Mac Barnett is the author of three books illustrated by Jon Klassen: Extra Yarn, which won a Caldecott Honor and a Boston Globe–Horn Book Award; Sam and Dave Dig a Hole, which won a Caldecott Honor and an E. B. White Award; and Triangle. With Jory John, he is the co-author of the New York Times bestselling series The Terrible Two. Mac Barnett lives in California.

 

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By Mac Barnett, Jon Klassen (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780763677541
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - October 10th, 2017

This is a story about a duck and mouse who get swallowed by a wolf, and then decide to live in his belly.

Early one morning a mouse met a wolf
and was quickly gobbled up.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Nathan Runkle - Mercy For Animals (Corte Madera)

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 7:00pm

Nathan Runkle would have been a fifth-generation farmer in his small midwestern town. Instead, he founded our nation's leading nonprofit organization for protecting factory farmed animals. In Mercy For Animals, Nathan brings us into the trenches of his organization's work; from MFA's early days in grassroots activism, to dangerous and dramatic experiences doing undercover investigations, to the organization's current large-scale efforts at making sweeping legislative change to protect factory farmed animals and encourage compassionate food choices.

But this isn't just Nathan's story. Mercy For Animals examines how our country moved from a network of small, local farms with more than 50 percent of Americans involved in agriculture to a massive coast-to-coast industrial complex controlled by a mere 1 percent of our population--and the consequences of this drastic change on animals as well as our global and local environments. We also learn how MFA strives to protect farmed animals in behind-the-scenes negotiations with companies like Nestle and other brand names--conglomerates whose policy changes can save countless lives and strengthen our planet. Alongside this unflinching snapshot of our current food system, readers are also offered hope and solutions--big and small--for ending mistreatment of factory farmed animals. From simple diet modifications to a clear explanation of how to contact corporations and legislators efficiently, Mercy For Animals proves that you don't have to be a hardcore vegan or an animal-rights activist to make a powerful difference in the lives of animals.

Nathan Runkle is the founder and president of Mercy For Animals. For two decades Nathan has overseen the organization's growth into a leading international force in the prevention of cruelty to farmed animals and promotion of compassionate food choices and policies. A nationally recognized speaker on animal advocacy, Nathan has presented at colleges, conferences, and many other forums from coast to coast. He has been featured in hundreds of television, radio, and newspaper interviews, and has worked alongside elected officials, corporate executives, heads of international organizations, academics, farmers, celebrities, and film producers to pass landmark legislation and implement animal-welfare policy changes. Gene Stone is the author of many bestselling books, including the number-one New York Times bestseller Forks over Knives. He also cowrote the bestsellers How Not to Die, My Beef with Meat, The Engine 2 Diet, and Living the Farm Sanctuary Life.

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$27.00
ISBN: 9780399574054
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Published: Avery Publishing Group - September 12th, 2017

A compelling look at animal welfare and factory farming in the United States from Mercy For Animals, the leading international force in preventing cruelty to farmed animals and promoting compassionate food choices and policies.


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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Haider Warraich - Modern Death (Corte Madera)

Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 7:00pm

In-conversation with Katy Butler

There is no more universal truth in life than death. No matter who you are, it is certain that one day you will die, but the mechanics and understanding of that experience will differ greatly in today's modern age. Dr. Haider Warraich is a young and brilliant new voice in the conversation about death and dying started by Dr. Sherwin Nuland's classic How We Die: Reflections on Life's Final Chapter, and Atul Gawande's recent sensation, Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End. Dr. Warraich takes a broader look at how we die today, from the cellular level up to the very definition of death itself.

The most basic aspects of dying the whys, wheres, whens, and hows are almost nothing like what they were mere decades ago. Beyond its ecology, epidemiology, and economics, the very ethos of death has changed. Modern Death, Dr. Warraich's debut book, will explore the rituals and language of dying that have developed in the last century, and how modern technology has not only changed the hows, whens, and wheres of death, but the what of death.

Delving into the vast body of research on the evolving nature of death, this book will provide readers with an enriched understanding of how death differs from the past, what our ancestors got right, and how trends and events have transformed this most final of human experiences.

Dr. Haider Warraich graduated from medical school in Pakistan in 2009. He did his residency in internal medicine at Harvard Medical School s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, one of the main teaching hospitals of Harvard Medical School. He is currently a fellow in cardiology at Duke University Medical Center. His medical and Op Ed pieces have appeared in many media outlets including the New York Times, The Atlantic, the Wall Street Journal, Slate, and the LA Times among others.

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$26.99
ISBN: 9781250104588
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Published: St. Martin's Press - February 7th, 2017

There is no more universal truth in life than death. No matter who you are, it is certain that one day you will die, but the mechanics and understanding of that experience will differ greatly in today's modern age. Dr. Haider Warraich is a young and brilliant new voice in the conversation about death and dying started by Dr.


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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Margaret Wilkerson Sexton - A Kind of Freedom (Corte Madera)

Sunday, October 29, 2017 - 1:00pm

In conversation with Esme Weijun Wang

Evelyn is a Creole woman who comes of age in New Orleans at the height of World War II. Her family inhabits the upper echelon of Black society, and when she falls for no-account Renard, she is forced to choose between her life of privilege and the man she loves.

In 1982, Evelyn’s daughter, Jackie, is a frazzled single mother grappling with her absent husband’s drug addiction. Just as she comes to terms with his abandoning the family, he returns, ready to resume their old life.

Jackie’s son, T.C., loves the creative process of growing marijuana more than the weed itself. He was a square before Hurricane Katrina, but the New Orleans he knew didn't survive the storm. Fresh out of a four-month stint for drug charges, T.C. decides to start over—until an old friend convinces him to stake his new beginning on one last deal.

For Evelyn, Jim Crow is an ongoing reality, and in its wake new threats spring up to haunt her descendants. A Kind of Freedom is an urgent novel that explores the legacy of racial disparity in the South through a poignant and redemptive family history.

Margaret Wilkerson Sexton was born and raised in New Orleans and studied creative writing at Dartmouth and law at UC Berkeley. A recipient of the Lombard fellowship, she spent a year in the Dominican Republic working for a civil rights organization and writing her first manuscript, A Kind of Freedom, which received an honorable mention in the Leapfrog Press Fiction Contest. Her stories have been published or are forthcoming in The Massachusetts Review, Grey Sparrow Journal, Limestone Journal, and Broad! Magazine, and her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

 

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$26.00
ISBN: 9781619029224
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - August 15th, 2017

A 2017 National Book Award Nominee
A New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice
Chosen as 1 of 12 books to read this August by the Chicago Review of Books
Chosen as 1 of 24 Incredible Books to Add to Your Shelf This Summer by the Huffington Post
Chosen as 1 of 10 Books to Read in August by BBC Culture


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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Clare Doorbos - Storytime with Clare (Corte Madera)

Monday, October 30, 2017 - 9:30am

Come to Book Passage, Corte Madera every Monday morning at 9.30am for a preschool story time with bounce! There's no better way to start the week than with picture books, songs, rhymes and some jumping around. Our story teller Clare will pick her favorite new books, classics and poetry to share with kids aged 0-5 and their parents in this half hour story time. Clare is a popular storyteller, who has read at local libraries and other stores in the Bay Area and is now pleased to join the Book Passage team.

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Silent Book Club - Monthly Meeting (Corte Madera)

Monday, October 30, 2017 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

 

Silent Book Club is happy hour for introverts. Bring a book (or buy one at Book Passage). Order a drink or food if you like, and then settle in for an hour or so of quiet reading with fellow book lovers at Book Passage's Cafe.There's no assigned reading or discussion guides -- that's the "silent" part of our book club -- but we do like to share book recommendations and meet like-minded readers. 

No one will be shushed or shamed at Silent Book Club. All readers are welcome -- even e-readers. 

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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