Corte Madera Events

Lani Muelrath - The Mindful Vegan (Corte Madera)

Saturday, October 14, 2017 - 4:00pm

Discover how to shed old thinking patterns -- and live more joyfully with food.
Certified mindfulness meditation facilitator, award winning health educator, and longtime vegan advocate Lani Muelrath has been practicing mindfulness meditation for 25 years. In The Mindful Vegan, she teaches you how to practice mindfulness and shows how it can bring freedom and a new joy to your eating -- and living -- experience. This title will set you on a path to cultivating your capacity for genuine happiness and a more peaceful life -- in a way that is personally satisfying and aligned with your deepest values. This book is for anyone who wants to be free of frustrating and baffling eating behaviors, experience a new ease around eating, and discover their naturally healthy body and weight.
Stop stressing. Start living -- and eating -- mindfully. Your body and mind will thank you. 

Lani Muelrath, M.A., is an award-winning health educator, inspirational speaker and the best-selling author of three books. A longtime vegan advocate and creator of numerous health courses and wellness workshops, Lani is Certified in Plant-Based Nutrition, Mindfulness Meditation Instruction, Mind-Body Specialist, and is a Credentialed Yoga Teacher. Lani has been featured on CBS TV, ABC TV, Prevention, USA Today, Huffington Post, and The Saturday Evening Post. Presenter for Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine, Plant Pure Nation, Complete Health Improvement Program, and guest lecturer at San Francisco State University, she created and starred in her own TV health and fitness show. Lani is Associate Faculty in Kinesioloty at Butte College where her book has been adopted as required text.  She is the author of the doctor recommended The Plant-Based Journey: A Step-by-Step Guide to Transition to a Healthy Lifestyle and Achieving Your Ideal Weight, recognized by VegNews as Top Media Pick, and Fit Quickies: 5 Minute Workouts.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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. 

Wonder Girls: Changing Our World Cover Image
ISBN: 9781576878224
Availability: Not Yet Published
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.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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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ISBN: 9781501178139
Availability: Not Yet Published
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.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Reza Aslan - god (San Rafael)

Thursday, November 30, 2017 - 7:00pm

Angelico Hall, Dominican University of California
Tickets: $35 (includes signed book)

In god, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Zealot and host of the new TV show Believer explores how different ideas of god have united, divided, and propelled humanity forward for millennia.

The entire history of religion—any religion—can be seen as the evolution of one metaphor: God as a super-charged version of ourselves. This metaphor occurs over and over again, regardless of time, location, and culture. This concept of the “humanized God”—God made in our own image—led to our earliest theorizing about the nature of the universe and our place in it. It informed our first physical representations of the non-material world. Belief in humanized gods guided us as hunter-gatherers, and then, tens of thousands of years later, compelled us to swap our spears for plows and begin planting instead. Our first temples were built by people who thought of the gods as super-powered human beings - as were our first religions.

With the layered prose and thoughtful, accessible scholarship that made Zealot an international bestseller, Reza Aslan takes us through the history of a particular view of God and, in the process, reflects on how intense belief has shaped humanity’s history.

Reza Aslan is an internationally acclaimed writer and scholar of religions. His first book, No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam, was an international bestseller and has been translated into thirteen languages and named by Blackwell as one of the hundred most important books of the last decade. He is also the author of How to Win a Cosmic War: God, Globalization and the End of the War on Terror (published in paperback as Beyond Fundamentalism), as well as the editor for Tablet & Pen: Literary Landscapes from the Modern Middle East. He is also the founder of Aslan Media, a company devoted to creating forums and encouraging discourse abou the Greater Middle East. Born in Iran, he now lives in Los Angeles, where he is an associate professor of creative writing at the University of California, Riverside.


God Cover Image
ISBN: 9780553394726
Availability: Not Yet Published
Published: Random House - November 7th, 2017

From the bestselling author of Zealot and host of the new CNN series Believer comes a fascinating account of humanity's struggle to make sense of the divine, and how the idea of god, from its prehistoric origins to its emergence as a single divine personality, continues to offer new ways of connecting people of different faiths today.

Angelico Hall, Dominican University
20 Olive Avenue
San Rafael, CA 94901