Corte Madera Events

Elizabeth Rosner - Survivor Cafe (Corte Madera)

Monday, October 16, 2017 - 7:00pm

As firsthand survivors of many of the 20th century's most monumental events--the Holocaust, Pearl Harbor, the Vietnam War--begin to pass away, Survivor Cafe addresses urgent questions: How do we carry those stories forward? How do we, collectively, ensure that the horrors of the past are not forgotten?

Elizabeth Rosner organizes her book around three trips with her father to Buchenwald concentration camp, from 1983 to 1995 to 2015, each journey an experience in which personal history confronts both commemoration and memorialization. She explores the echoes of similar legacies among descendants of African American slaves, descendants of Cambodian survivors of the Killing Fields, descendants of survivors of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and the effects of 9/11 on the general population. Examining current brain research, Rosner depicts the efforts to understand the intergenerational inheritance of trauma, as well as the intricacies of remembrance in the aftermath of atrocity. This book becomes a lens for numerous constructs of memory--from museums and commemorative sites to national reconciliation projects to small-group cross-cultural encounters.

Beyond preserving the firsthand testimonies of participants and witnesses, individuals and societies must continually take responsibility for learning the painful lessons of the past in order to offer hope for the future. Survivor Cafe offers a clear-eyed sense of the enormity of our 21st century human inheritance--not only among direct descendants of the Holocaust but also in the shape of our collective responsibility to learn from tragedy, and to keep the ever-changing conversations alive between the past and the present.

Elizabeth Rosner is the author of three novels and a poetry collection. The Speed of Light was translated into nine languages and won several awards in the US and in Europe, including being shortlisted for the prestigious Prix Femina. Blue Nude was named among the best books of 2006 by the San Francisco Chronicle. Electric City was named among the best books of 2014 by NPR. Her essays and reviews have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Elle, the San Francisco Chronicle and others. She lives in Berkeley, CA.

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$26.00
ISBN: 9781619029545
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - September 12th, 2017

"Survivor Cafe takes on important issues of atrocity, trauma, and memory, rendering them all with such great clarity and intimacy that the reader will not soon forget them, or this powerful book." --Viet Thanh Nguyen, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Sympathizer


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Nate Dern - Not Quite a Genius (Corte Madera)

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 7:00pm

From the senior writer at Funny or Die and former artistic director at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, a collection of absurdist, hilarious stories and essays on relationships, technology, and contemporary society.

Not Quite a Genius is a collection of essays and stories that spans a wide variety of topics. There's the open letter to Charles Manson, the report of a brave archeologist's journey into a suburban man cave, and a long overdue missive from Leif Erikson to Christopher Columbus. Walt Whitman even teaches a spin class.

Nate Dern's razor-sharp eye examines modern society and technology, man buns, dating apps, and juicing crazes. Anyone who's ever scrunched their eyes at WiFi Terms & Conditions, listened to the reasons that led a vegetarian to give up meat, or looked on in horror at the evolving audacity of reality TV will appreciate Dern's wicked and funny take on modern life.

Nate Dern grew up in the mountains of Evergreen, Colorado, where he enjoyed running on dirt trails and reading Kurt Vonnegut. Formerly the Artistic Director at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, Dern is the current news editor at Funny or Die. He lives in Brooklyn with his fiance and their cat, Renly Baratheon.

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$26.00
ISBN: 9781501122200
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Published: Simon & Schuster - August 8th, 2017

From the senior writer at Funny or Die and former artistic director at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, a collection of absurdist, hilarious stories and essays on relationships, technology, and contemporary society.


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Irvin Yalom - Becoming Myself: A Psychiatrist's Memoir (Corte Madera)

Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 1:00pm

Irvin D. Yalom has made a career of investigating the lives of others. In this profound memoir, he turns his writing and his therapeutic eye on himself. He opens his story with a nightmare: He is twelve, and is riding his bike past the home of an acne-scarred girl. Like every morning, he calls out, hoping to befriend her, "Hello Measles!" But in his dream, the girl's father makes Yalom understand that his daily greeting had hurt her. For Yalom, this was the birth of empathy; he would not forget the lesson. As Becoming Myself unfolds, we see the birth of the insightful thinker whose books have been a beacon to so many. This is not simply a man's life story, Yalom's reflections on his life and development are an invitation for us to reflect on the origins of our own selves and the meanings of our lives.

Irvin D. Yalom is an emeritus professor of psychiatry at Stanford University and a psychiatrist in San Francisco. He is the author of many books, including Love's Executioner, The Gift of Therapy, and When Nietzsche Wept.
 

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$30.00
ISBN: 9780465098897
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Published: Basic Books - October 3rd, 2017

Bestselling writer and psychotherapist Irvin D. Yalom puts himself on the couch in a lapidary memoir


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Paola Gianturco - Wonder Girls (Corte Madera)

Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 4:00pm

Paola Gianturco and her eleven-year-old granddaughter documented the work of fifteen girl-led nonprofit groups in thirteen countries in Asia and Central Asia, North and Latin America, the Middle East, Africa and Oceania. They interviewed and photographed 90 girls. If you think “girls are the future,” prepare to be dazzled. These girls are changing our world right now.

Groups of activist girls age 10-18 are transforming our world: improving education, health, equality and the environment; stopping child marriage, domestic violence, trafficking and war. Their imagination and courage radiate through their stories, all told in their own words.

In this book, you will watch girls lobby U.S. senators; see Mexican girls invent mobile phone apps; meet Malawian girls who convinced Parliament to outlaw child marriage. You will eavesdrop on Ugandan girls as they advocate for girls’ rights at a UN meeting. And you will meet other girls as they write blogs, petitions, poetry, create radio shows, videos, invent dances, songs and works of art to promote their causes.

Wonder Girls: Changing Our World is a call to action to help these girls accomplish their important work. Alex Sangster’s sections, the finale of each chapter, tell you how.

The book’s Foreword was written by Musimbi Kanyoro, President and CEO of the Global Fund for Women, the world’s largest grant- making organization that benefits women and girls internationally.

The Global Fund for Women will receive 100% of the authors’ royalties from this book.

Paola Gianturco, author-photographer, has documented women’s issues in 62 countries for six powerHouse Books. Grandmother Power: A Global Phenomenon won four first place literary awards in categories as diverse as multicultural nonfiction and women’s studies. Paola’s images have been exhibited at the United Nations, UNESCO, The US Senate, The Field Museum/Chicago, The Museum of the African Diaspora/San Francisco, The Norton Simon Museum/Pasadena, The Grand Rapids Public Museum and more. She lectures internationally, presented a TED talk in Dubai, and has been a guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show, CNN, NPR and Voice of America programs among others. Paola serves on the advisory boards of three nonprofits: Rise Up/Let Girls Lead (which empowers girls to advocate for policy change), Pencils for Africa (a child-led initiative that aims to alter the narrative about Africa), and Global Grandmothers (who support children in need internationally). In 2013 Paola was listed among “40 Women to Watch Over 40,” and in 2014, Women’s e-News named her one of 21 Leaders for the 21st Century. 

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$49.95
ISBN: 9781576878224
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Published: powerHouse Books - October 10th, 2017

Paola Gianturco and her eleven-year-old granddaughter documented the work of fifteen girl-led nonprofit groups in thirteen countries in Asia and Central Asia, North and Latin America, the Middle East, Africa and Oceania. They interviewed and photographed 90 girls. If you think "girls are the future," prepare to be dazzled. These girls are changing our world right now.


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Special Path to Publishing Workshop - Birthing Your Truest Stories

Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 9:00pm

Speical Path to Publishing Workshop; Birthing Your Truest Stories by Nurturing Your Most Tender Voice

Sun., Oct. 21 - 9:00-12:00 pm - $30 PTP Member/ $45 non-member - Space is limited 

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Jennifer Browdy & Audrey Kalman

Memoirist and writing teacher Jennifer Browdy joins writer and birth doula Audrey Kalman to explore the resonances between birthing and writing in this interactive class. This class will inspire writers to become their own doulas, developing a powerful internal ally to walk with them on their writing journeys. Among the questions to be explored: What tender truths are seeking to come through you? Can you express your truth more authentically in fiction than in memoir? What are the strengths of different genres, and which one is right for the story you are bringing to light? 

Jennifer Browdy, Ph.D. is an associate professor of comparative literature, gender studies and media studies at Bard College. She is the founding director of the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers. Audrey Kalman is the author of two novels: What Remains Unsaid and Dance of Souls. Her short fiction has appeared in numerous print and online publications. 

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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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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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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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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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Class: Emily Marks - Altered Books (Corte Madera)

Saturday, October 28, 2017 - 10:00am

Saturday Oct. 28, 2017,  • 10:00am - 3:00pm • $120

Libraries regularly clean out and dispose of old books, to make room for the new. What to do with those old books and keep them out of the landfill?  Re-purpose them into delightful works of art, to be treasured for years to come! Join Emily Marks as she guides you through transforming old books and printed materials, into brand new art pieces. Creations will not be limited to the conventional book but encompass a range from journals to altars. Students will learn skills and techniques that are applicable to other sculptures such as painting on paper, collage, weaving, sewing, embroidering, and cutting and sanding. This class is for all levels of experience.  Students are encouraged to bring items of their choice to incorporate into their project.

 Emily Marks earned her BA in English literature and has always loved books. In 2006 she consolidated her art credits with an AA degree in the arts from College of Marin. Emily has taught at the Sonoma County Museum, The Sonoma Valley Museum, the Petaluma Art Center and the Marin Museum of Contemporary Art. Her art work has been shown nationally and internationally. In 21012, she published her book Thread Loves Paper, sold through Book Passage and on the web.

** $15 materials fee not included in cost of class**

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Literary Luncheon: Isabel Allende - In the Midst of Winter (Corte Madera)

Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - 12:00pm

Tickets: $55 (includes meal & signed lunch)

In the Midst of Winter begins with a minor traffic accident—which becomes the catalyst for an unexpected and moving love story between two people who thought they were deep into the winter of their lives. Richard Bowmaster—a 60-year-old human rights scholar—hits the car of Evelyn Ortega—a young, undocumented immigrant from Guatemala—in the middle of a snowstorm in Brooklyn. What at first seems just a small inconvenience takes an unforeseen and far more serious turn when Evelyn turns up at the professor’s house seeking help. At a loss, the professor asks his tenant Lucia Maraz—a 62-year-old lecturer from Chile—for her advice. These three very different people are brought together in a mesmerizing story that moves from present-day Brooklyn to Guatemala in the recent past to 1970s Chile and Brazil, sparking the beginning of a long overdue love story between Richard and Lucia.

Exploring the timely issues of human rights and the plight of immigrants and refugees, the book recalls Isabel Allende’s landmark novel The House of the Spirits in the way it embraces the cause of “humanity, and it does so with passion, humor, and wisdom that transcend politics” (Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post).

Born in Peru and raised in Chile, Isabel Allende is the author of a number of bestselling and critically acclaimed books, including The House of the Spirits, Eva Luna, Stories of Eva Luna, Of Love and Shadows, and Paula. Her latest novel is The Japanese Lover. Her books have been translated into more than thirty-five languages and have sold more than 65 million copies worldwide. She lives in California.

 

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$28.00
ISBN: 9781501178139
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Published: Atria Books - October 31st, 2017

New York Times and worldwide bestselling "dazzling storyteller" (Associated Press) Isabel Allende returns with a sweeping novel about three very different people who are brought together in a mesmerizing story that journeys from present-day Brooklyn to Guatemala in the recent past to 1970s Chile and Brazil.


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E. Lockhart - Genuine Fraud (Corte Madera)

Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 7:00pm

A masterful new psychological suspense novel, Genuine Fraud—the story of a young woman whose diabolical smarts are her ticket into a charmed life. But how many times can someone reinvent themselves? You be the judge.

Imogen is a runaway heiress, an orphan, a cook, and a cheat.
Jule is a fighter, a social chameleon, and an athlete.
An intense friendship. A disappearance. A murder, or maybe two.
A bad romance, or maybe three.
Blunt objects, disguises, blood, and chocolate. The American dream, superheroes, spies, and villains.
A girl who refuses to give people what they want from her.
A girl who refuses to be the person she once was.

E. Lockhart wrote the New York Times bestseller We Were Liars, which is also available in a deluxe edition. Her other books include Fly on the Wall, Dramarama, The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, and the Ruby Oliver Quartet, which includes The Boyfriend List, The Boy Book, The Treasure Map of Boys, and Real Live Boyfriends.

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$18.99
ISBN: 9780385744775
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Published: Delacorte Press - September 5th, 2017

From the author of the unforgettable New York Times bestseller We Were Liars comes a masterful new psychological suspense novel--the story of a young woman whose diabolical smarts are her ticket into a charmed life. But how many times can someone reinvent themselves? You be the judge.


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