Corte Madera Events

Literary Luncheon: Nicole Krauss - Forest Dark (Corte Madera)

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 - 12:00pm

In conversation with Kelly Corrigan
Tickets: $55 (includes lunch & signed book)

“A brilliant novel. I am full of admiration.” —Philip Roth

Jules Epstein, a man whose drive, avidity, and outsized personality have, for sixty-eight years, been a force to be reckoned with, is undergoing a metamorphosis. In the wake of his parents’ deaths, his divorce from his wife of more than thirty years, and his retirement from the New York legal firm where he was a partner, he’s felt an irresistible need to give away his possessions, alarming his children and perplexing the executor of his estate. With the last of his wealth, he travels to Israel, with a nebulous plan to do something to honor his parents. In Tel Aviv, he is sidetracked by a charismatic American rabbi planning a reunion for the descendants of King David who insists that Epstein is part of that storied dynastic line. He also meets the rabbi’s beautiful daughter who convinces Epstein to become involved in her own project—a film about the life of David being shot in the desert—with life-changing consequences.

But Epstein isn’t the only seeker embarking on a metaphysical journey that dissolves his sense of self, place, and history. Leaving her family in Brooklyn, a young, well-known novelist arrives at the Tel Aviv Hilton where she has stayed every year since birth. Troubled by writer’s block and a failing marriage, she hopes that the hotel can unlock a dimension of reality—and her own perception of life—that has been closed off to her. But when she meets a retired literature professor who proposes a project she can’t turn down, she’s drawn into a mystery that alters her life in ways she could never have imagined.

Bursting with life and humor, Forest Dark is a profound, mesmerizing novel of metamorphosis and self-realization—of looking beyond all that is visible towards the infinite.

Nicole Krauss is the author of Great House, a finalist for the National Book Award; the New York Times bestseller The History of Love; and Man Walks into a Room. She was selected as one of Granta’s Best Young American Novelists in 2007 and named to The New Yorker’s “Twenty Under Forty” list in 2010. Her fiction has been published in The New Yorker, Harper’s, Esquire, and Best American Short Stories, and her books have been translated into more than thirty-five languages. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

 

Forest Dark Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062430991
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Published: Harper - September 12th, 2017

"A brilliant novel. I am full of admiration." --Philip Roth


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Picture Book Club: Dashka Slater - The Antlered Ship (Corte Madera)

Tuesday, September 26, 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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In The Antlered Ship, an inquisitive fox sets off on a seafaring voyage with a crew of deer and pigeons in this enchanting tale of friendship and adventure.

Marco the fox has a lot of questions, like: how deep does the sun go when it sinks into the sea? And why do birds have such lizardy feet? But none of the other foxes share his curiosity. So when a magnificent ship adorned with antlers and with a deer for a captain arrives at the dock looking for a crew, Marco volunteers, hoping to find foxes who are as inquisitive as he is that can answer his questions. The crew finds adventure and intrigue on their journey. And, at last, Marco finds the answer to his most important question of all: What’s the best way to find a friend you can talk to?

Dashka Slater’s four picture books have won widespread praise for their inventive language and vivid imagery. Baby Shoes was named one of the best children’s books of 2006 by both Booklist and Nick Jr.magazines and was chosen for the Texas 2x2 list. The Sea Serpent and Me was a Junior Library Guild Selection and a finalist for the Cybil and Chickadee Awards. Dangerously Ever After was named the 2013–14 Surrey Picture Book of the Year based on the votes of over 12,700 elementary school students. Slater is also an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in such publications as Newsweek, Salon, The New York Times Magazine, and Mother Jones.

 

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By Dashka Slater, Terry Fan (Illustrator), Eric Fan (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481451604
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Published: Beach Lane Books - September 12th, 2017

An inquisitive fox sets off on a seafaring voyage with a crew of deer and pigeons in this enchanting tale of friendship and adventure.


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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Gabrielle Zevin - Young Jane Young (Corte Madera)

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 - 7:00pm

Aviva Grossman, an ambitious congressional intern in Florida, makes the mistake of having an affair with her boss--and blogging about it. When the affair comes to light, the beloved congressman doesn’t take the fall. But Aviva does, and her life is over before it hardly begins: slut-shamed, she becomes a late-night talk show punch line, anathema to politics.

She sees no way out but to change her name and move to a remote town in Maine. This time, she tries to be smarter about her life and strives to raise her daughter, Ruby, to be strong and confident. But when, at the urging of others, Aviva decides to run for public office herself, that long-ago mistake trails her via the Internet and catches up--an inescapable scarlet A. In the digital age, the past is never, ever, truly past. And it’s only a matter of time until Ruby finds out who her mother was and is forced to reconcile that person with the one she knows.

Young Jane Young is a smart, funny, and moving novel about what it means to be a woman of any age, and captures not just the mood of our recent highly charged political season, but also the double standards alive and well in every aspect of life for women.

Gabrielle Zevin is a New York Times bestselling author whose books have been translated into more than thirty languages. Her eighth novel, The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry, spent more than four months on the New York Times Bestseller list, reached #1 on the National Indie Bestseller list, and has been a bestseller all around the world. She has also written books for children and young adults, including the award-winning Elsewhere.

 

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$26.95
ISBN: 9781616205041
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Published: Algonquin Books - August 22nd, 2017

From the author of the international bestseller The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry comes another novel that will have everyone talking.


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Lauren Markham - The Far Away Brothers (Corte Madera)

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 - 7:00pm

Growing up in rural El Salvador in the wake of the civil war, Ernesto Flores had always had a fascination with the United States, the distant land of skyscrapers and Nikes, while his identical twin, Raul, never felt that northbound tug. But when Ernesto ends up on the wrong side of the region's brutal gangs he is forced to flee the country, and Raul, because he looks just like his brother, follows close behind--away from one danger and toward the great American unknown.

In The Far Away Brothers, journalist Lauren Markham follows the seventeen-year-old Flores twins as they make their harrowing journey across the Rio Grande and the Texas desert, into the hands of immigration authorities, and from there to their estranged older brother's custody in Oakland, CA. Soon these unaccompanied minors are navigating a new school in a new language, working to pay down their mounting coyote debt, and facing their day in immigration court, while also encountering the triumphs and pitfalls of life as American teenagers--girls, grades, Facebook--with only each other for support. With intimate access and breathtaking range, Markham offers a coming of age tale that is also a nuanced portrait of Central America's child exodus, an investigation of U.S. immigration policy, and an unforgettable testament to the migrant experience.

Lauren Markham is a writer based in Berkeley, California. Her work has appeared in VQR, VICE, Orion, Pacific Standard, Guernica, The New Yorker.com, on This American Life, and elsewhere. Lauren earned her MFA in Fiction Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts and has been awarded Fellowships from the Middlebury Fellowship in Environmental Journalism, the 11th Hour Food and Farming Journalism Fellowship, the Mesa Refuge, and the Rotary Foundation. For the past decade, she has worked in the fields of refugee resettlement and immigrant education.

The Far Away Brothers: Two Young Migrants and the Making of an American Life Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781101906187
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Published: Crown Publishing Group (NY) - September 12th, 2017

The deeply reported story of identical twin brothers who escape El Salvador's violence to build new lives in California--fighting to survive, to stay, and to belong.


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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Back to School Link: Deborah Underwood - Super Saurus Saves Kindergarten & Teacher Cat (Corte Madera)

Friday, September 29, 2017 - 4:00pm

Special Children's Event!

Join us for a "Back to School Link" social on Friday, September 29 at 4pm when author Deborah Underwood will read and sign her new school books, Super Saurus Saves Kindergarten and Here Comes Teacher Cat. Parents, teachers and kids can make new friends, buy some fun books and raise money for the school at the same time.

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Here Comes Teacher Cat
Cat is not pleased to be tapped as substitute teacher. Not only is it cutting into his naptime, but a roomful of kittens is a little, well, scary. At school, he’s faced with six adorable kittens and follows the lesson plan of music, building, and painting—only in pure, mischief-making Cat style. By the end, Cat has learned a thing or two about inspiring others by being himself.

Super Saurus Saves Kindergarten
When Arnold has concerns about the first day of school (what if the teacher turns out to be the villain, Zorgo?), he sends his alter ego, Super Saurus, to kindergarten instead. His teacher Mr. Z welcomes both Arnold and his super-sized imagination, and when classroom events take a surprising turn, Super Saurus saves the day.

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Deborah Underwood is the author of many picture books, including Interstellar Cinderella; Good Night, Baddies; and New York Times bestsellers The Quiet Book, The Loud Book, and Here Comes Easter Cat. Please visit her online at DeborahUnderwoodBooks.com.

 

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By Deborah Underwood, Claudia Rueda (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780399539053
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Published: Dial Books - August 8th, 2017

It's back to school for the New York Times bestselling Cat when he steps in as a substitute teacher.


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By Deborah Underwood, Ned Young (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781423175681
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - June 27th, 2017

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SF-Marin Food Bank Benefit: Todd Parr - Love the World (Corte Madera)

Saturday, September 30, 2017 - 11:00am

Tickets: $25
Ticket price includes entry for a family of up to four people, one copy of Love the World, and a $5 donation to SF-Marin Food Bank

Come celebrate the release of Todd Parr’s latest book, Love the World, and help feed your neighbors in need at the same time.  Todd has decided to turn his launch party at Book Passage in Mill Valley into a fundraiser for his new friends at the SF-Marin Food Bank.  With 1 in 5 people in need of food assistance in Marin County alone, it’s more important than ever that we all band together to make sure families, children, seniors and people with disabilities all have access to healthy, nutritious food. SF-Marin Food Bank will have food collection barrels at the event and someone on hand to collect additional donations and volunteer names. 

Todd Parr is the award-winning author and illustrator of more than 40 children’s books. Empathy is at the core of Todd’s stories; they are about acceptance, differences, and promoting empowerment for kids in a simple, fun way. Through his books, Todd has partnered with Target, Reach Out and Read, People Magazine, and several other organizations to promote reading. He has created merchandise for Macy’s, developed his own children’s clothing line, and had work displayed in the windows of FAO Schwarz.

About SF-Marin Food Bank

The SF-Marin Food Bank’s mission is to end hunger in San Francisco and Marin, where one in four neighbors is at risk of hunger. We envision a community where everyone is able to obtain enough nutritious food in a dignified manner to support the health and well-being of themselves and their families. We address hunger head on: from our pantry network and home-delivered groceries, to our nutrition-education classes and food-stamp enrollment, we work in many ways to nourish and empower neighbors in need.  We are on target to distribute more than 48 million pounds of food this year, 60% of which is fresh fruits and vegetables. Learn more at www.sfmfoodbank.org.

Love the World Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316506588
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 26th, 2017

A celebration of love, respect, peace, and unity by bestselling author and illustrator Todd Parr.

Love your grin. Love your skin.
Love the bees. Love the trees.
Love giving a hand. Love taking a stand.
LOVE YOURSELF. LOVE THE WORLD


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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Paul Madonna & Andy Weiner - Close Enough for the Angels (Corte Madera)

Saturday, September 30, 2017 - 7:00pm

Emit Hopper was a one-hit wonder—twice. First as a rock and roller in the 80s, then as a literary darling in the 90s. Now it's twenty years later, and despite his desire to remain a simple laundromat owner, stardom has found him once again. As he’s drawn back into the limelight he meets Julia, a former celebrity chef with an enigmatic past. But when she disappears while hiking with two other women, Emit finds himself chasing down a mystery that promises to leave him forever changed.

From the artist and author of All Over Coffee and Everything is its own reward, Paul Madonna uses his signature blend of drawing and storytelling to deliver a beautiful and entertaining novel filled with suspense, surprise, and humor.

With over one hundred lush and haunting drawings, Close Enough for Angels is a is a fresh and innovative reinvention of the illustrated novel.

Paul Madonna is an award-winning artist and writer. He is the creator of the series All Over Coffee, which ran in the San Francisco Chronicle for twelve years, and the author of four books. His drawings and stories have appeared internationally in numerous publications as well as in galleries and museums, including the Oakland Museum of California, the San Francisco Contemporary Jewish Museum, and an upcoming solo exhibition at the Legion of Honor in San Francisco. Paul holds a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University and was the first (ever!) Art Intern at MAD magazine. He is a former editor for therumpus.net, has taught drawing at the University of San Francisco, and frequently lectures on creative practice, even when not asked. 

Andy Weiner is the co-publisher of Close Enough for Angels.

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$34.99
ISBN: 9781513260815
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Published: Petty Curse Books - September 5th, 2017

Emit Hopper was a one-hit wonder--twice. First as a rock and roller in the 80s, then as a literary darling in the 90s. Now it's twenty years later, and despite his desire to remain a simple laundromat owner, stardom has found him once again. As he's drawn back into the limelight he meets Julia, a former celebrity chef with a dark past.


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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Lenora Chu - Little Soldiers (Corte Madera)

Sunday, October 1, 2017 - 4:00pm

In the spirit of Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, Bringing up Bebe, and The Smartest Kids in the World, a hard-hitting exploration of China's widely acclaimed yet insular education system--held up as a model of academic and behavioral excellence--that raises important questions for the future of American parenting and education.

When students in Shanghai rose to the top of international rankings in 2009, Americans feared that they were being "out-educated" by the rising super power. An American journalist of Chinese descent raising a young family in Shanghai, Lenora Chu noticed how well-behaved Chinese children were compared to her boisterous toddler. How did the Chinese create their academic super-achievers? Would their little boy benefit from Chinese school?

Chu and her husband decided to enroll three-year-old Rainer in China's state-run public school system. The results were positive--her son quickly settled down, became fluent in Mandarin, and enjoyed his friends--but she also began to notice troubling new behaviors. Wondering what was happening behind closed classroom doors, she embarked on an exploratory journey, interviewing Chinese parents, teachers and education professors, and following students at all stages of their education.

What she discovered is a military-like education system driven by high-stakes testing, with teachers posting rankings in public, using bribes to reward students who comply, and shaming to isolate those who do not. At the same time, she uncovered a years-long desire by government to alleviate its students' crushing academic burden and make education friendlier for all. The more she learns, the more she wonders: Are Chinese children--and her son--paying too high a price for their obedience and the promise of future academic prowess? Is there a way to appropriate the excellence of the system but dispense with the bad? What, if anything, could Westerners learn from China's education journey?

Little Soldiers challenges our assumptions and asks us to consider the true value and purpose of education.

Lenora Chu is an American writer and journalist. She has worked as a television correspondent for Thomson Reuters and media consultant to universities and the private sector; her articles have appeared in CNNMoney, The New York Times, Science, Christian Science Monitor, and on National Public Radio programs. She holds degrees from Stanford University and Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism. She lives in Shanghai with her husband Rob Schmitz, National Public Radio’s Shanghai correspondent, and their two sons.

Little Soldiers: An American Boy, a Chinese School, and the Global Race to Achieve Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062367853
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Published: Harper - September 19th, 2017

In the spirit of Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, Bringing up Bebe, and The Smartest Kids in the World, a hard-hitting exploration of China's widely acclaimed yet insular education system--held up as a model of academic and behavioral excellence--that raises important questions for the future of American parenting and education.


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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Lisa Monroe Watts - Fete en Francais (Corte Madera)

Sunday, October 1, 2017 - 6:00pm

4 Sundays; Oct. 1 - 22, 2017 • 6pm-8pm • $175

Join us for a contemporary French dinner gathering. Intermediate level speakers with a love of conversation and French cuisine welcome. Catered meal included.

Lisa Monroe Watts is a long-time Bay Area resident with roots in New Orleans where she learned to read and speak French at a young age. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in French and English and spent time in many regions of France from Avignon to Chamonix to Paris. As an experienced educator, she is equally skilled at helping others acquire new languages and making it fun at the same time. 

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Betsy Carter - We Were Strangers Once (Corte Madera)

Monday, October 2, 2017 - 7:00pm

On the eve of World War II Egon Schneider--a gallant and successful Jewish doctor, son of two world-famous naturalists--escapes Germany to an uncertain future across the sea. Settling into the unfamiliar rhythms of upper Manhattan, he finds solace among a tight-knit group of fellow immigrants, tenacious men and women drawn together as much by their differences as by their memories of the world they left behind.

They each suffer degradations and triumphs large and small: Egon's terminally acerbic lifelong friend, bestselling author Meyer Leavitt, now wears a sandwich board on a New York street corner; Catrina Harty, the headstrong daughter of a dirt-poor Irish trolley driver, survives heartbreak and loss to forge an unlikely alliance; and Egon himself is forced to abandon his thriving medical practice to become the "Cheese Man" at a Washington Heights grocery. But their spirits remain unbroken, and when their little community is faced with an existential threat, these strangers rise up together in hopes of creating a permanent home. With her uncanny ability to create indelible characters in unforgettable circumstances, Betsy Carter's We Were Strangers Once is a gorgeous novel that will resonate with anyone who has ever felt adrift and longed for home.

Betsy Carter is the author of the novels Swim to Me, The Orange Blossom Special, and The Puzzle King, as well as her memoir, Nothing to Fall Back On. She is also the creator and editor of New York Woman Magazine, and has worked at many other magazines, including Newsweek, Harper's Bazaar and Esquire.

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$26.00
ISBN: 9781455571437
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - September 12th, 2017

For readers of The Nightingale and Brooklyn, an exquisitely moving novel about friendship, love, and redemption in a circle of immigrants who flee Europe for 1930s-era New York City.


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