Corte Madera Events

Martha Conway - The Underground River (Corte Madera)

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - 7:00pm

May Bedloe has always lived in the shadow of her older cousin, the famous actress Comfort Vertue. May works as her seamstress—until 1838 when their steamboat explodes on the Ohio River. Though they both survive, May and Comfort must seek new employment. Comfort comes under the protection of noted abolitionist, Flora Howard, and May stumbles upon a jack-of-all-trades job on a small flatboat, Hugo and Helena’s Floating Theatre as it cruises the border between the northern states and the slave-holding southern states.

The job proves difficult at first—May’s strict compulsion to be honest is tested when she must learn to stretch the truth to promote shows—but she becomes indispensable to the troupe and Hugo, with whom she shares a deepening affection. All goes well until May sees her cousin again. Comfort and Mrs. Howard are also traveling down the Ohio River, speaking out against slavery at riverside towns. May owes Mrs. Howard a debt, and Mrs. Howard uses the opportunity to enlist May in her network of anonymous activists who ferry babies given up by slave mothers across the river to freedom. May is forced to break the law, deceive her new-found friends on the showboat, and deflect the suspicions of Dr. Early—a slave hunter who captures “ranaways” and facilitates the arrest of anyone helping them.  

As May’s involvement in the Underground Railroad expands, her secrets become more tangled and harder to keep—just as the Floating Theatre gears up for its biggest performance yet. May’s predicament could mean doom for all her friends on board, including her beloved Hugo, unless she can figure out a lie to trap those who know her best.
Though it is first-rate, entertaining fiction, The Underground River is also steeped in history and is a thought-provoking portrayal of life on the Ohio River, the often dangerous and precarious natural division between the North and the South—the free and the slave-holding states—in antebellum America.
Martha Conway grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, the sixth of seven daughters. Her first novel was nominated for an Edgar Award, and she has won several awards for her historical fiction, including an Independent Book Publishers Award and the North American Book Award for Historical Fiction. Her short fiction has been published in the Iowa Review, Massachusetts Review, Carolina Quarterly, Folio, Epoch, The Quarterly, and other journals. She has received a California Arts Council Fellowship for Creative Writing, and has reviewed books for the Iowa Review and the San Francisco Chronicle. She now lives in San Francisco, and is an instructor of creative writing for Stanford University’s Continuing Studies Program and UC Berkeley Extension.


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ISBN: 9781501160202
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Published: Touchstone Books - June 20th, 2017

Set aboard a nineteenth century riverboat theater, this is the moving, page-turning story of a charmingly frank and naive seamstress who is blackmailed into saving runaways on the Underground Railroad, jeopardizing her freedom, her livelihood, and a new love.

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Stephen Hinshaw - Another Kind of Madness (Corte Madera)

Friday, September 15, 2017 - 7:00pm

Parallel to An Unquiet Mind and The Glass Castle, a deeply personal memoir calling for the destigmatization of mental illness.

Families are riddled with untold secrets. But Stephen Hinshaw would have never thought that in his family a profound secret had been kept under lock and key for 18 years. From the moment his father revealed his long history with mental illness and involuntary hospitalizations, Hinshaw knew his life would be changed forever.

Hinshaw terms these insights from his father as a “psychological birth." After years of experiencing the ups and downs of his father’s illness without knowing it existed, watching him disappear for weeks at a time only to return as the loving father he had always known, everything he experienced as a child now made a strange sense. He learned as much as possible about his father’s illness, and what began as an exploration into his father’s past and mental health turned into a full-fledged career as a clinical psychologist.

In Another Kind of Madness, Hinshaw explores the burden of living in a family “loaded” with mental illness and debunks the stigma behind it, explaining that in today’s society, mental health problems can result in a loss of a driver’s license, inability to vote or run for office, ineligibility for jury service, or automatic relinquishment of child custody. With a moving personal narrative and shocking facts about how America views mental health conditions in the 21st century, Another Kind of Madness is a passionate call to arms regarding the importance of destigmatizing mental illness.

Stephen Hinshaw is a professor of psychology at UC Berkeley and the Vice-Chair for Psychology at UC San Francisco. Hinshaw is the author The Mark of Shame: Stigma of Mental Illness and an Agenda for Change, the first book in the U.S. on mental illness stigma. His research has been covered in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Time, The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, among others. He lives in Berkeley, CA.

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ISBN: 9781250113368
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Published: St. Martin's Press - June 20th, 2017

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Phillip Moffitt - Awakening Through the Nine Bodies (Corte Madera)

Saturday, September 16, 2017 - 1:00pm

Based on meditation practices Phillip Moffitt learned twenty years ago from Himalayan yoga master Sri Swami Balyogi Premvarni, this beautifully illustrated book is a guide to exploring the nature of mind and gaining a better understanding of experiences that arise during meditation. Awakening Through the Nine Bodies teachings map out a journey that starts with consciousness that arises in the physical body and is directly observable, and then travels through ever more subtle levels of consciousness to that which is not manifest and is only potential, and therefore has to be inferred. The book includes a series of mysterious illustrations that Balyogi created during his time of intense Samadhi explorations. Each illustration is a rich composition of symbols that express aspects of inner experiences that are almost impossible to express with language. Moffitt provides detailed interpretations of all the illustrations along with precise meditation instructions.

Phillip Moffitt occupies a unique position in the world of mindful living and leadership. With the astute business acumen honed during his years as a media entrepreneur combined with the deep wisdom about inner development cultivated over the past thirty years as an insight meditation practitioner and teacher, Moffitt brings unparalled insights and strategic vision to those seeking to lead authentic, purposeful lives. Moffitt was editor-in-chief and CEO of Esquire and led the successful turnaround of the magazine in the 1980s. After he left his publishing enterprise, he devoted himself to studying and practicing Theraveda Buddhism and is now a nationally known teacher of mindfulness meditation. He was ordained in 2001 by Jack Kornfield to teach vipassana meditation. His teaching is influenced by Ajahn Sumedho and his teacher Ajahn Chah. He serves as co-guiding teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Northern California. Moffitt is also the president and founder of Life Balance Institute where he trains individuals and groups in the principles of values-based leadership and living with a focus on how to skillfully make major transitions. He is the author of Dancing with Life and Emotional Chaos to Clarity.

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ISBN: 9781623171902
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Published: North Atlantic Books - September 5th, 2017

Based on meditation practices Phillip Moffitt learned twenty years ago from Himalayan yoga master Sri Swami Balyogi Premvarni, this beautifully illustrated book is a guide to exploring the nature of mind and gaining a better understanding of experiences that arise during meditation.

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Andrea Alban - Writers Tribe (Corte Madera)

Sunday, September 17, 2017 - 12:45pm

4 Sundays; Sept. 17, Oct. 1, Oct. 15, & Oct. 29, 2017 • 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm • $240

Polish your manuscript in a safe space built on respect and honesty.The focus is on rendering quintessential characters, vivid settings, page-turning plots, and snappy dialog. Andrea guides the group through a powerful revision process and self-editing mastery. Each writer receives a copy of Andrea’s popular mini-book: How to polish your words in 17 easy steps.

Andrea Alban is the author of nine books, including her debut teen novel ANYA’S WAR (an ALA honor book and shortlisted for China’s Panda Award), and bestseller THE HAPPINESS TREE. 

Andrea's Writer's Tribe is a safe and creative space to bring your work in progress. Andrea's skilled facilitation, keen literary eye, and delightful sense of humor make these Sunday afternoon gatherings the highlight of my week. Andrea is a writer's dream come true. Not only do you learn from the invaluable critiques of your own work, but her in-class critiques of your fellow writers' work are richly informative and insightful. I have queried, and had several interested responses for my novel and know that what I have learned in Andrea's Tribal circle has been in large part what I needed to get a foot in the door. 
—Nina Vincent

Thanks to Andrea and the Writer's Tribe, my story is polished and ready to go! Andrea's expertise and superb editing skills alone are worth the price of admission. Andrea guides the Tribe with profound wisdom and gentle humor. Class participants are supportive of one another, and we 'bonded" as a group. None of us wanted the class to end! 

—Gailya Magdalena

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Dan Millman - The Hidden School (Corte Madera)

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - 7:00pm

In the long-awaited conclusion to the international bestselling Peaceful Warrior saga, Dan Millman takes readers on an epic spiritual quest across the world as he searches for the link between everyday life and transcendent possibility.

Continuing his journey from Way of the Peaceful Warrior, Dan moves from Honolulu to the Mojave Desert, and from a bustling Asian city to a secluded forest, until he uncovers the mystery of The Hidden School. While traversing continents, he uncovers lessons of life hidden in plain sight—insights pointing the way to an inspired life in the eternal present.

Along the way, you’ll encounter remarkable characters and brushes with mortality as you explore the nature of reality, the self, death, and finally, a secret as ancient as the roots of this world. Awaken to the hidden powers of paradox, humor, and change. Discover a vision that may forever change your perspectives about life’s promise and potential.

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ISBN: 9781501169670
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Published: North Star Way - June 6th, 2017

The Hidden School reveals a book within a book, a quest within a quest, and a bridge between worlds.

In the long-awaited conclusion to the international bestselling Peaceful Warrior saga, Dan Millman takes readers on an epic spiritual quest across the world as he searches for the link between everyday life and transcendent possibility.

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Joyce Maynard - The Best of Us (Corte Madera)

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - 7:00pm

In 2011, when she was in her late fifties, beloved author and journalist Joyce Maynard met the first true partner she had ever known. Jim wore a rakish hat over a good head of hair; he asked real questions and gave real answers; he loved to see Joyce shine, both in and out of the spotlight; and he didn’t mind the mess she made in the kitchen. He was not the husband Joyce imagined, but he quickly became the partner she had always dreamed of.

Before they met, both had believed they were done with marriage, and even after they married, Joyce resolved that no one could alter her course of determined independence. Then, just after their one year wedding anniversary, her new husband was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. During the nineteen months that followed, as they battled his illness together, she discovered for the first time what it really meant to be a couple—to be a true partner and to have one.

This is their story. Charting the course through their whirlwind romance, a marriage cut short by tragedy, and Joyce’s return to singleness on new terms, The Best of Us is a heart-wrenching, ultimately life-affirming reflection on coming to understand true love through the experience of great loss.

Joyce Maynard is the author of sixteen books including the novels To Die For and Labor Day (both adapted for film) and the bestselling memoir At Home in the World. Her essays and columns have appeared in dozens of publications and numerous collections. She is a frequent performer with The Moth, a fellow of the MacDowell Colony and Yaddo, and founder of the Lake Atitlan Writers' Workshop. She is the mother of three grown children, and makes her home in Lafayette, California.

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ISBN: 9781635570342
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Published: Bloomsbury USA - September 5th, 2017

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Scott Stabile - Big Love (Corte Madera)

Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 7:00pm

Scott Stabile’s parents were murdered when he was fourteen. Nine years later, his brother died of a heroin overdose. Soon after that, Stabile joined a cult that would dominate his life. Through all these challenges, Stabile grew stronger and more committed to living his life from love. He forgave the man who murdered his parents, found compassion for his late drug-addicted brother, and finally walked away from the cult leader who had controlled his life for thirteen years. In Big Love, he writes about these experiences and many other personal milestones in ways that are universally applicable, uplifting, and even laugh-out-loud funny. Whether trying (as we all must) to silence shame, show up for friends, or overcome dreaded what-ifs, Stabile shares hard-won insights that return readers to love, both of themselves and others.

Scott Stabile has amassed a Facebook community of over 350,000 people with his inspirational quotes, posts and live videos. His previous works include Just Love, Iris, and the Li'l Pet Hospital series. Scott also wrote a feature film entitled The Oogieloves in the BIG Balloon Adventure. A regular contributor to the Huffington Post, Scott runs daylong, transformational workshops nationally and internationally. He lives in his home state of Michigan with his partner.

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ISBN: 9781608684939
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Published: New World Library - September 15th, 2017

"I look to Scott for wisdom and leadership and he has delivered both with Big Love. This book opened my heart and mind and I'm forever grateful."
-- Glennon Doyle Melton, author of #1 NYT bestseller Love Warrior

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Melanie Vetter - Deepening Connections: Legacy Letter Writing Workshop (Corte Madera)

Saturday, September 23, 2017 - 10:00am

Saturday September 23 • 10am-12pm, 2017  • $60

Legacy Letters allow you to share wisdom, traditions, values, blessings and love with people special to you. They are tangible objects, things people can return to again and again—and they do. If you hear Legacy Letters and think of wills or estates, there’s more to it than that. Legacy Letters don’t have to be connected to wealth or even end of life. Legacy Letters are for any time you want to deepen a connection with someone special in your life. With Legacy Letters, you can pass on special family stories and traditions, recognize major milestones such as a wedding, a birthday or a graduation in a meaningful way, share the stories and reasons behind gifts to others, and know you have said what is important. In this workshop, I will show you how to write your own Legacy Letters in four easy steps and you will have the opportunity to write one your self.

Melanie Vetter is the founder of Wellfleet Circle. Melanie's life’s work is dedicated to teaching and empowering others to celebrate, document and share a purposeful life using fun and joyful tools and techniques.  She helps others preserve and share  their intangible wealth—traditions, wisdom, values, stories and love. Melanie is a Harvard Law School trained attorney and business professional and a certified Legacy Advisor. She holds a certificate in Guided Autobiography Instruction from the Birren Center for Autobiographical Studies, and is also a Certified Senior Advisor®.

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Colleen Patrick-Goudreau - The 30-Day Vegan Challenge (Corte Madera)

Sunday, September 24, 2017 - 1:00pm

Take The 30-Day Vegan Challenge and see the difference a plant-based diet makes in your life! Whether you want to improve your overall health, shed a few pounds, demonstrate your compassion for animals, or help the environment, Colleen Patrick-Goudreau, dubbed "The Vegan Martha Stewart" by VegNews magazine, holds your hand every step of the way, giving you the tools, resources, and recipes you need to make the vegan transition - healthfully, joyfully, and deliciously. In this one-stop, comprehensive guide, Colleen Patrick-Goudreau: debunks common nutrition myths and explains the best sources of such nutrients as calcium, protein, iron, and omega-3 fatty acids helps you become a savvy shopper, eat healthfully affordably, restock your kitchen, read labels, and prepare nutrient-rich meals without feeling overwhelmed offers practical strategies for eating out, traveling, hosting holiday gatherings, and attending social events provides delicious, nutrient-rich, easy plant-based recipes empowers you to experience the tangible and intangible benefits of living a healthy, compassionate life, including achieving healthful numbers for cholesterol, blood pressure, weight, and more.

Colleen Patrick-Goudreau is the award-winning author of six books, including the bestselling The Joy of Vegan Baking, The Vegan Table, Color Me Vegan, and Vegan's Daily Companion. Through her inspiring work, she has guided thousands of people to living compassionately and healthfully.

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ISBN: 9781944903145
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Roundtree Press - September 12th, 2017

Take the 30-Day Vegan Challenge and see the difference a plant-based diet makes in your life Whether you want to improve your overall health, shed a few pounds, demonstrate your compassion for animals, or help the environment, Colleen Patrick-Goudreau, dubbed "The Vegan Martha Stewart" by VegNews magazine, holds your hand every step of the way, giving you the tools, resources, and recipes

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

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

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 - 12:00pm

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

“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.


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ISBN: 9780062430991
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Harper - September 12th, 2017

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

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