Spring Washam - A Fierce Heart (Corte Madera)

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 - 7:00pm

In Partnership with Spirit Rock

Spring Washam is a founder of the East Bay Meditation Center, one of the most diverse and accessible Dharma centers in the United States. In A Fierce Heart, Washam shares her contemporary, unique interpretation of the Buddha’s 2,500-year-old teachings, with short chapters that get to the heart of mindfulness, wisdom, loving kindness, and compassion.

Woven throughout the book are stories from the author’s life, family, and ancestors, along with many soulful, heartfelt stories from all over the world. Washam’s teachings focus on social action, multiculturalism, and youth, making the Dharma welcoming to as large and wide a community as possible. Anyone who has suffered will benefit from the life-saving teachings of this charismatic teacher. Her humor, enthusiasm, and energy are a balm.

Spring Washam is a meditation and Dharma teacher based in the Bay Area of Northern California. She was trained by Jack Kornfield and now leads retreats throughout the country. Spring is one of the founders of the East Bay Meditation Center in Oakland where she teaches and leads meditation groups regularly. She is also a member of the Spirit Rock Teachers Council. Spring is considered a pioneer in bringing mindfulness based healing practices to inner-city communities. She has extensive training in indigenous healing practices and works with students individually from around the world.

A Fierce Heart: Finding Strength, Courage, and Wisdom in Any Moment Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781937006761
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Published: Parallax Press - November 7th, 2017

Spring Washam is a founder of the East Bay Meditation Center, one of the most diverse and accessible meditation centers in the United States. In A Fierce Heart, Washam shares her contemporary, unique interpretation of the Buddha's 2,500-year-old teachings with powerfully written chapters that get to the heart of mindfulness, wisdom, and compassion.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Paul Madonna - Close Enough for the Angels (San Francisco)

Saturday, November 25, 2017 - 11:00am

Join us in celebration of Small Business Saturday!

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. But when she disappears while hiking with two other women, Emit finds himself chasing down a mystery that promises to leave him forever changed.

With his signature blend of drawing and storytelling, Paul Madonna (All Over Coffee, Everything is its own reward) delivers a beautiful and entertaining novel filled with suspense, surprise, and humor. Paired with over a hundred lush and haunting drawings from Thailand to Japan, Close Enough for the Angels is a profound visual and narrative ride.

Paul Madonna is the creator of the series All Over Coffee (San Francisco Chronicle 2004-15), and the author of three books, All Over Coffee (City Lights 2007), Everything is its own reward (City Lights 2011; winner of the 2011 NCBR Recognition Award for Best Book) and On to the Next Dream (City Lights 2017). His drawings and stories have appeared in numerous international books and journals as well as galleries and museums, including the San Francisco Contemporary Jewish Museum, the Oakland Museum of California, and an upcoming solo exhibition at the Legion of Honor in San Francisco (November 2017). Paul is the former Comics Editor for TheRumpus.net (2009-16), has taught drawing at the University of San Francisco, and frequently lectures on creative practice, even when not asked. He holds a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University, and was the first (ever!) Art Intern at MAD Magazine (1993-94), for which he proudly received no money.

Close Enough for the Angels Cover Image
$34.99
ISBN: 9781513260815
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
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.


1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94105

Silent Book Club - Monthly Meeting (Corte Madera)

Monday, November 27, 2017 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

 

Silent Book Club is happy hour for introverts. Bring a book (or buy one at Book Passage). Order a drink or food if you like, and then settle in for an hour or so of quiet reading with fellow book lovers at Book Passage's Cafe.There's no assigned reading or discussion guides -- that's the "silent" part of our book club -- but we do like to share book recommendations and meet like-minded readers. 

No one will be shushed or shamed at Silent Book Club. All readers are welcome -- even e-readers. 

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Marin Ballet - Nutcracker Story Time (Corte Madera)

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 - 4:00pm

Join Marin Ballet at Book Passage to hear the magical tale of the Nutcracker. This unique telling of the holiday classic will feature a costumed visit by some of the characters from the ballet’s cast.  The dancers will be available to take photos and sign autographs after the reading.  This is the perfect opportunity to introduce the Nutcracker tradition to little ones!  Follow it up by seeing Clara’s whimsical adventure come to life at the Marin Center on December 9th and 10th.  

Purchase Nutcracker Tickets Here:
http://www.marinballet.org/performance/nutcracker-season/

Nutcracker Cover Image
By E. T. a. Hoffmann, Ralph Manheim (Translator), Maurice Sendak (Illustrator)
$24.99
ISBN: 9780385348645
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Crown Publishing Group (NY) - October 30th, 2012

"A classic, new and complete. One of the ten best illustrated children's books of the year."
-- New York Times Book Review
The tale of Nutcracker, written by E.T.A. Hoffmann in 1816, has fascinated and inspired artists, composers, and audiences for almost two hundred years. It has retained its freshness because it appeals to the sense of wonder we all share.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Diane Pomerantz - Lost in the Reflecting Pool (San Francisco)

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 - 6:00pm

When Diane Pomerantz, a psychologist, falls in love with Charles, a charming and brilliant psychiatrist, there is laughter and flowers and also darkness. After moving through infertility treatments and the trials of the adoption process as a united front, the couple is ultimately successful in creating a family. As time goes on, however, Charles becomes increasingly critical and controlling, and Diane begins to feel barraged and battered. When she is diagnosed with aggressive breast cancer, Charles is initially there for her, but his attentiveness quickly vanishes and is replaced by withdrawal, anger, and unfathomable sadism. What Diane previously thought were just Charles controlling ways are replaced by clear pathologic narcissism and emotional abuse that turns venomous at the very hour of her greatest need. A memoir and a psychological love story that is at times tender and at times horrifying, Lost in the Reflecting Pool is a chronicle of one woman's struggle to survive within and ultimately break free of a relationship with a man incapable of caring about anyone beyond himself.

Dr. Diane Pomerantz is a clinical psychologist who has been in practice working with children, adolescents, and adults in the Baltimore, Maryland area for over thirty-five years. She has done extensive work in the area of trauma and child abuse and research in the area of personality development of abused children. She currently runs Healing Through Writing groups in her practice. She is a breast cancer survivor and has two wonderful grown children. She and her shaggy dog, Rug, live amidst tall trees on the outskirts of Baltimore, Maryland.

Lost in the Reflecting Pool: A Memoir Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781631522680
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: She Writes Press - October 10th, 2017

When Diane, a psychologist, falls in love with Charles, a charming and brilliant psychiatrist, there is laughter and flowers?and also darkness. After moving through infertility treatments and the trials of the adoption process as a united front, the couple is ultimately successful in creating a family.


1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Robin Gainey - Light of the Nothern Dancers (Corte Madera)

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 - 7:00pm

Robin Gainey’s second novel is a story of two dynamic nineteenth century women, each with a unique style. Light of the Nothern Dancers follows fiery aristocrat, Eden Rose, uprooted from her native Scotland, who has tended a foundering marriage and failing ranch at the corner of Crazy Woman Creek and the Powder River for a decade. Best friend, backwoods spitfire Maddie True, has her own woes a few miles away: widowed with a passel of children and caretaker to her addled father. Abandoned by her husband during the height of Wyoming Territory’s worst drought in history, Eden depends on her inept brother, Aiden, to see her through the coming winter. But when he disappears into the wild Bighorn mountains, she shuns Maddie’s fearful cautions, teaming with enigmatic Lakota Holy Man, Intah, to find him before the wicked snow holds them all hostage. Guided by spirit and love, their lives are transformed.

Robin Gainey partnered in creating California’s Gainey Vineyard; presided over their culinary programs; and, with Julia Child, founded Santa Barbara’s American Institute of Wine and Food. She also oversaw the breeding and showing of champion Arabian Horses begun by the Gainey Family in 1939. She’s lived in California, Colorado, Washington, and Rome, Italy. She returned to her hometown, Seattle, to find her heart in writing. Active trustee of the acclaimed, Pacific Northwest Ballet, she enjoys reading, cooking, horseback riding, skiing any mountain, and spending three months every year cruising the wild Canadian Inside Passage aboard her boat—mostly alone.

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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