Corte Madera Events

Lynn Freed - The Last Laugh (Corte Madera)

Friday, July 14, 2017 - 7:00pm

Since their children left home, Ruth, Dania, and Bess have grown used to living wonderfully free lives. Only now they’re beset by children again—this time, their grandchildren. In order to escape, they decide to run away to Greece together for a year.

At first, settled on a glorious island, barefoot and contented, they think they’ve rediscovered the wheel. But then things begin to go awry. Dionysos, a local poet, takes up with Bess, at least until his wife gets wind of things. Dania, a therapist, is being stalked by one of her patients. And Ruth’s ex-lover turns up out of the blue, closely followed by the man who lost Bess her fortune. It doesn’t help when the children and grandchildren also start turning up whenever they feel like it. As Bess writes in one of Ruth’s weekly “Granny au Go Go” columns, this is not an Enchanted April sort of year.

Lynn Freed’s previous novels have received rave reviews everywhere from The New York Times Book Review (“Makes us laugh while packing, finally, a punch”), to the Los Angeles Times Book Review (“Deeply absorbing and ambitious . . . Astonishingly vivid”). In The Last Laugh she returns with a beautifully written and funny novel about money, sex, friendship, and the pleasures and perils of children.

Lynn Freed’s books include six novels, a collection of stories, and a collection of essays. Her short fiction and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s Magazine, and The Atlantic, among many other publications. She is the recipient of the inaugural Katherine Anne Porter Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, two PEN/O. Henry Awards, and fellowships and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation, among others.

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$25.00
ISBN: 9780374286651
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Published: Sarah Crichton Books - July 3rd, 2017

A witty new novel about three self-proclaimed old bags who run off to a Greek island

Since their children left home, Ruth, Dania, and Bess have grown used to living wonderfully free lives. Only now they re beset by children again this time, their grandchildren. In order to escape, they decide to run away to Greece together for a year.


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Julie Monson - Gardening on California's Coast (Corte Madera)

Saturday, July 15, 2017 - 11:00am

Profusely illustrated with photographs, Gardening on California’s Coast is both a practical guide and a beautiful addition to any gardener’s library. Julie Monson provides advice for novice and experienced gardeners who garden on California’s Coast and in inland areas with a similar climate. The nine chapters include advice on landscaping, garden design and garden practices, using the gardens of West Marin, San Francisco, Kyoto, and England as inspiration. Throughout, beautiful photographs illustrate the book’s practical ideas and suggestions for successful gardening. Her nine chapters cover landscaping with trees, shrubs, flowers, food and ground covers; pruning and maintenance; ending with a chapter on the positive links between gardening, gardens and health.

Julie Monson has had a lifelong interest in gardens and gardening. Yet, it wasn’t until she and her husband, Jim, retired to Point Reyes in 1998 that she became an avid student of horticulture and landscape design. She designed and nurtures her own garden, inspired by gardens they have visited in Kyoto, England and France. Her gardening and garden writing is informed by ten years as an active member of the Marin Master Gardeners Program.

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$25.00
ISBN: 9780997916232
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Published: Maples and Moss - October 23rd, 2016

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Mark Shaw - How to Become a Published Author (Corte Madera)

Saturday, July 15, 2017 - 1:00pm

Written by the published author of 20+ books for aspiring authors, How to Become a Published Author: Idea to Publication  provides Mark Shaw’s “Ten-Step Method” providing practical advice for every writer who dreams of becoming published. Guaranteed to inspire, this is the only publishing guide a writer will ever need.

A former criminal defense attorney and legal analyst for CNN, ESPN and USA Today, Mark Shaw is the author of 20+ books  including his most recent, The Reporter Who Knew Too Much as well as The Poison Patriarch, Miscarriage of Justice, and Beneath the Mask of Holiness. Mr. Shaw has written for the New York Daily News, USA Today, and Huffington Post.

 

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$18.95
ISBN: 9781944887063
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Published: Mark Shaw - August 11th, 2016

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Suzanne Siminger - In An Artist's Shoes (Corte Madera)

Saturday, July 15, 2017 - 4:00pm

In An Artist’s Shoes: An Intimate Look at a Painter’s Life in Art is an insightful journal full of beautiful watercolors for artists and non-artists alike.

Suzanne Siminger is a contemporary realist landscape artist and her stunning oils and watercolors will be on exhibit in the Gallery.

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Ellen Kirschman - The Fifth Reflection (Corte Madera)

Saturday, July 15, 2017 - 4:00pm

This event is a benefit for The First Responders Support Network

In The Fifth Reflection, police psychologist Dr. Dot Meyerhoff is pulled into the vortex of a terrible crime involving an eccentric photographer whose images of nude children make her a prime suspect in the disappearance of her own daughter. The principal investigator in the case is a young officer whose dedication to work and obsession with finding the missing child is tearing his own family apart. Trapped between her allegiance to the investigator, her complicated connections to the photographer, and her unstable relationship with the police chief, Dot must find a way to help everyone involved. As Dot's psychological expertise and determination contribute to solving the mystery, her involvement with the missing child's extended, dysfunctional family brings her face-to-face with painful psychological issues of her own. The Fifth Reflection delivers a chilling, up-close look at the psychological strain of investigating Internet crimes against children, the complexities of being married to a cop, and the deadliness of jealousy.

Ellen Kirschman, PhD. is an award winning public safety psychologist and author of I Love a Cop: What Police Families Need to Know, I Love a Firefighter: What the Family Needs to Know, lead author of Counseling Cops: What Clinicians Need to Know and three mysteries, including Burying Ben and The Right Wrong Thing -- all told from the perspective of police psychologist Dr. Dot Meyerhoff. She is a member of Sisters-in-Crime and Mystery Writers of America. She blogs with The Lady Killers.

 

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$26.95
ISBN: 9781608092505
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Published: Oceanview Publishing - July 11th, 2017

Police psychologist Dr. Dot Meyerhoff is pulled into the vortex of a terrible crime involving an eccentric photographer whose images of nude children make her a prime suspect in the disappearance of her own daughter. The principal investigator in the case is a young officer whose dedication to work and obsession with finding the missing child is tearing his own family apart.


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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Bianca Marais - Hum If You Don't Know the Words (Corte Madera)

Sunday, July 16, 2017 - 1:00pm

Perfect for readers of The Secret Life of Bees and The Help, a perceptive and searing look at Apartheid-era South Africa, told through one unique family brought together by tragedy.

Life under Apartheid has created a secure future for Robin Conrad, a ten-year-old white girl living with her parents in 1970s Johannesburg. In the same nation but worlds apart, Beauty Mbali, a Xhosa woman in a rural village in the Bantu homeland of the Transkei, struggles to raise her children alone after her husband's death. Both lives have been built upon the division of race, and their meeting should never have occurred . . . until the Soweto Uprising, in which a protest by black students ignites racial conflict, alters the fault lines on which their society is built, and shatters their worlds when Robin's parents are left dead and Beauty's daughter goes missing.

After Robin is sent to live with her loving but irresponsible aunt, Beauty is hired to care for Robin while continuing the search for her daughter. In Beauty, Robin finds the security and family that she craves, and the two forge an inextricable bond through their deep personal losses. But Robin knows that if Beauty finds her daughter, Robin could lose her new caretaker forever, so she makes a desperate decision with devastating consequences. Her quest to make amends and find redemption is a journey of self-discovery in which she learns the harsh truths of the society that once promised her protection.

Told through Beauty and Robin's alternating perspectives, the interwoven narratives create a rich and complex tapestry of the emotions and tensions at the heart of Apartheid-era South Africa. Hum if You Don't Know the Words is a beautifully rendered look at loss, racism, and the creation of family.

Bianca Marais holds a Certificate in Creative Writing from the University of Toronto's SCS, and her work has been published in World Enough and Crime. Before turning to writing, she started a corporate training company and volunteered with Cotlands, where she assisted care workers in Soweto with providing aid for HIV/AIDS orphans. Originally from South Africa, she now resides in Toronto with her husband.

 

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$26.00
ISBN: 9780399575068
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - July 11th, 2017

Perfect for readers of The Secret Life of Bees and The Help, a perceptive and searing look at Apartheid-era South Africa, told through one unique family brought together by tragedy.


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Curran Galway - Ordinary Mystic (Corte Madera)

Sunday, July 16, 2017 - 4:00pm

Bridget McGuire fell in love with God when she was thirty-five years old. Drowning in a sea of diapers and lost in her routine life as mother and wife, she felt invisible until that day in 1980 when she was on a retreat in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California. Caught up in an unexpected mystical union with God, Bridget’s life was turned upside down and changed forever.
 
Bridget is an ordinary mystic, ready to share her story to awaken other mystics. Her journey of transformation isn’t easy. The tragedies she endures—a brutal divorce, betrayal, forbidden love, the agony of death—challenge her to continue to reach deep inside and hold on to the dignity of her own divinity. Her story is about the struggle to live the extraordinary in her ordinary life.
 
Bridget discovers that the mystical experience of God’s love is available to everyone. She has always felt the nearness of God in the process of transformation, and the Presence she encountered on the mountaintop continues to be as close to her as her own breath.
 
Forty-nine percent of the people living in the United States have had mystical experiences but were afraid to talk about them. Ordinary Mystic is one of the first novels to offer the extraordinary journey of an ordinary woman struggling to integrate her encounters with God into her daily life. Bridget’s story gives readers permission to recognize and honor the mystical experience and feel comfortable sharing their own stories.

Curran Galway holds degrees in Education and English, and a Master of Divinity in Transformational Spirituality from Seattle University. Galway has published articles in Unity Magazine, and is the author of The Aquarians. She is a spiritual coach and an inspirational speaker, leading retreats and spiritual seminars, including Ordinary Mystic, and Raising Spiritual Children workshops in the Bay Area.

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$24.99
ISBN: 9781504349529
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Published: Balboa Press - April 1st, 2016

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Douglas Harr - Rockin the City of Angels (Corte Madera)

Monday, July 17, 2017 - 7:00pm

Rockin the City of Angels celebrates the sensational albums and spectacular live performances staged in Los Angeles, the "City of Angels" during the 1970s by more than thirty classic and progressive rock bands of the era including: AC/DC, David Bowie, Camel, Alice Cooper, Eagles, ELO, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Genesis, Heart, Jethro Tull, Elton John, Kansas, King Crimson, Led Zeppelin, McCartney/Wings, Pink Floyd, Queen, Rolling Stones, Rush, Supertramp, The Who, Yes and others.

Douglas Harr shares memories of their legendary albums and concerts along with reviews of the best video documents of the era, each band illuminated by a hand-picked collection of brilliant images-some never-before seen-by the best photo-journalists of that time, so long ago.

Douglas Harr is a staff writer for Gonzo Weekly magazine and a contributor to Something Else!. His writings can also be found on his weekly blog at diegospadeproductions.com. Classically trained on piano for seven years, Doug is an aficionado of early 1970’s progressive and classic rock and has attended more than 400 shows during his lifetime. 

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Judy Collins - Cravings (Corte Madera)

Tuesday, July 18, 2017 - 7:00pm

Tickets: $30 (includes signed copy of Cravings)

Co-Sponsored by Green Light Clinic

A no-holds-barred account of folk legend Judy Collins's harrowing struggle with compulsive overeating and of the journey that led her to a solution.

Since childhood Judy Collins has had a tumultuous, fraught relationship with food. Her issues with overeating nearly claimed her career and her life. For decades she thought she simply lacked self-discipline. She tried nearly every diet plan that exists, often turning to alcohol to dull the pain of yet another failed attempt to control her seemingly insatiable cravings.

Today, Judy knows she suffers from an addiction to sugar and grains, flour and wheat. She adheres to a strict diet of unprocessed foods consumed in carefully measured portions. This solution has allowed her to maintain a healthy weight for years, to enjoy the glow of good health, and to attain peace of mind.

Alternating between chapters on her life and those of the many diet gurus she has encountered along the way (Atkins, Jean Nidetch of Weight Watchers, Andrew Weil, to name a few), Cravings is the culmination of Judy's genuine desire to share what she's learned -- so that no one else has navigate her heart-rending path to recovery.

Judy Collins has recorded more than fifty albums over her illustrious career. With several top-ten hits, Grammy nominations, and gold- and platinum-selling albums to her credit, she has also written several books and is a New York Times bestselling author.

 

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$26.00
ISBN: 9780385541312
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Published: Nan A. Talese - February 28th, 2017

A no-holds-barred account of folk legend Judy Collins's harrowing struggle with compulsive overeating and of the journey that led her to a solution.


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Alexandra Fuller - Quiet Until the Thaw (Corte Madera)

Wednesday, July 19, 2017 - 7:00pm

Lakota Oglala Sioux Nation, South Dakota. Two Native American cousins, Rick Overlooking Horse and You Choose Watson, though bound by blood and by land, find themselves at odds as they grapple with the implications of their shared heritage. When escalating anger towards the injustices, historical and current, inflicted upon the Lakota people by the federal government leads to tribal divisions and infighting, the cousins go in separate directions: Rick chooses the path of peace; You Choose, violence.

Years pass, and as You Choose serves time in prison, Rick finds himself raising twin baby boys, orphaned at birth, in his meadow. As the twins mature from infants to young men, Rick immerses the boys within their ancestry, telling wonderful and terrible tales of how the whole world came to be, and affirming their place in the universe as the result of all who have come before and will come behind. But when You Choose returns to the reservation after three decades behind bars, his anger manifests, forever disrupting the lives of Rick and the boys.

A complex tale that spans generations and geography, Alexandra Fuller's Quiet Until the Thaw conjures with the implications of an oppressed history, how we are bound not just to immediate family but to all who have come before and will come after us, and, most of all, to the notion that everything was always, and is always, connected. As she writes, “The belief that we can be done with our past is a myth. The past is nudging at us constantly.”

Alexandra Fuller was born in England in 1969. In 1972, she moved with her family to a farm in southern Africa. She lived in Africa until her midtwenties. In 1994, she moved to Wyoming. She is also the bestselling memoirist of The Legend of Colton H. Bryant, Scribbling the Cat, and Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight.

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$25.00
ISBN: 9780735223349
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Published: Penguin Press - June 27th, 2017

The debut novel from the bestselling author of Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight and Leaving Before the Rains Come.


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