Class: Hamid Emami - Beginning German (Corte Madera)

Friday, January 5, 2018 - 9:00am

Eight Fridays; Jan. 5 - Feb. 23 • 9:00 - 11:00 am • $250

This class is for beginners and those who have previously had some exposure to German. You'll learn greetings, introductions, carrying on a simple conversation, basic grammar, and proper pronunciation.

Hamid Emami has a master's degree from the University of Hamburg, and is fluent in German, English, French, Spanish, and Farsi. He has taught German for many years.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Kerrin Meis - The Image of Woman in Western Art: From Antiquity to Degas (Corte Madera)

Friday, January 5, 2018 - 1:00pm

Three Fridays; Jan. 5, 12 & 19 • 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm • $105

Examine how artists, mostly male, developed an image of the "other": how the social and religious milieu as well as contemporary literature influenced their choices. With Eve's Expulsion from Paradise on the one hand and the Virgin Enthroned as Queen of Heaven on the other, we see the evolution of images beginning with the fecund Earth Mother of Pre-History. What were the intentions of artists and their patrons when the goddesses of mythology emerge as seductive nudes?  We look at saints, mystics, martyrs and other models of female deportment as well as various attributes ascribed to the Virgin Mary in theological discussions as to her nature. We trace her image back to images of Artemis and meet some interesting women: Astarte, Cybele, Athena, the philosopher Hipatia, as well as warrior heroines: Semiramis, Cleopatra, and Hatshepsut. Salome, Delilah, Judith, and Danae kept artists glued to their easels, as did Saints, including Barbara, Catherine and the Mary Magdalen. One century's stoic heroine becomes a later century's Femme Fatale or object of voyeurism.  

Kerrin Meis taught art history at SFSU for ten years, and she currently teaches for the OLLI programs at Dominican University and UC Berkeley. She leads study tours in Europe. Her Book Passage classes have been big favorites for years.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Andrea Alban - Writers Tribe (Corte Madera)

Sunday, January 7, 2018 - 4:00pm

4 Sundays: Jan 7, Jan 21, Feb 4, & Feb 18 • 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

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Graciela Pera - First Beginning Spanish (Corte Madera)

Monday, January 8, 2018 - 10:00am

Eight Mondays; Jan. 8 - Mar. 5 (no class Feb. 19) • 10:00 am - 12:00 pm • $250

Graciela Pera was born in Buenos Aires. She is a graduate of the University of Buenos Aires and has been teaching Spanish for over 35 years.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Sandra Kierulff - Conversational French (Corte Madera)

Monday, January 8, 2018 - 2:00pm

Six Mondays; Jan. 8 - Feb. 26 (no class Jan. 15 & Feb. 19) • 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm • $225

Conversational French, with an emphasis on practical vocabulary for travelers, as well as a review of useful grammar structures through lively discussion, readings and songs.

Sandra Kierulff has taught French at the College of Marin, and was the instructor and author of “French à la Carte,” a French course aired on KQED radio. 

She lived and worked in France for several years and holds degrees in French and Spanish.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Chloe Benjamin - The Immortalists (Corte Madera)

Tuesday, January 9, 2018 - 1:00pm

In Conversation with Karen Joy Fowler

If you knew the date of your death, how would you live your life?

It’s 1969 in New York City’s Lower East Side, and word has spread of the arrival of a mystical woman, a traveling psychic who claims to be able to tell anyone the day they will die. In search of one thing they can know for sure, the Gold children—four adolescents on the cusp of self-awareness—sneak out to hear their fortunes.

Though the siblings keep the dates secret from one another, their prophecies inform their next five decades. Golden-boy Simon escapes to the West Coast, searching for love in ’80s San Francisco. Dreamy Klara becomes a Las Vegas magician, obsessed with blurring reality and fantasy; eldest son Daniel seeks security as an army doctor post-9/11, hoping to control fate; and bookish Varya throws herself into longevity research, where she tests the boundary between science and immortality.

A sweeping novel of remarkable ambition and depth, The Immortalists probes the line between destiny and choice, reality and illusion, this world and the next. It is a deeply moving testament to the power of story, the nature of belief, and the unrelenting pull of familial bonds.

Chloe Benjamin is the author of the novel The Anatomy of Dreams, which received the Edna Ferber Fiction Book Award and was longlisted for the 2014 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize. A San Francisco native, Benjamin is a graduate of Vassar College and of the University of Wisconsin, where she received her MFA in fiction. She lives with her husband in Madison, Wisconsin.

The Immortalists Cover Image
ISBN: 9780735213180
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - January 9th, 2018

A dazzling family love story reminiscent of Everything I Never Told You from a novelist heralded by Lorrie Moore as a "great new talent."

If you knew the date of your death, how would you live your life?

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925