Roger Housden - Ten Poems for Difficult Times (Corte Madera)

Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 7:00pm

Proving that poetry is not hard to understand or meaningful to only a few, Roger Housden has spent nearly twenty years creating poetry collections that meet the changing needs of readers. Housden has a knack for choosing poems that resonate and then writing about them in ways that prompt smiles of agreement, nods of appreciation, and wows of insight. While the poems here acknowledge the "Sorrow everywhere" (Jack Gilbert, "A Brief for the Defense") and that "The world is at least fifty percent terrible, and that's a conservative estimate" (Maggie Smith, "Good Bones") they also highlight the many and diverse ways a poem, a turn of phrase, a beautifully expressed direction of our attention can turn grief to grit, anger to action, and pain to perseverance. Ten Poems for Difficult Times is the perfect gift for those suffering, and is also a must for the nightstand of any thinking, feeling, and human being.

Roger Housden grew up in the cleft of a Cotswold valley on the edge of Bath, England. From 1986 to 1998 he founded and ran The Open Gate, a conference and workshop center in England that introduced the work of Ram Dass, Thich Naht Hanh, Jacob Needleman, James Hillman, Robert Bly and many others into Europe. His work has been featured many times in O Magazine, The New York Times, and the Los Angeles Times. His first book was published in the U.K. in 1990, and as of 2017, he has published twenty-three books, including four travel books, a novella, Dropping the Struggle, and the bestselling Ten Poems series. He now runs live and online writing workshops with an emphasis on self-discovery and exploration.

 

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$19.95
ISBN: 9781608685295
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: New World Library - March 15th, 2018

Proving that poetry is not hard to understand or meaningful to only a few, Roger Housden has spent nearly twenty years creating poetry collections that meet the changing needs of readers. Housden has a knack for choosing poems that resonate and then writing about them in ways that prompt smiles of agreement, nods of appreciation, and wows of insight.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Michael Wing - Passion Projects for Smart People (Corte Madera)

Sunday, March 18, 2018 - 1:00pm

You loved your college major. You worked hard to earn your degree. And now your day job doesn't fully use your education, engage your mind, or feed your soul. But there are still limitless opportunities to do intellectually serious work -- work that will win you professional recognition, travel opportunities, and even publication in peer-reviewed journals. All you have to do is create your own academic opportunities, and Passion Projects for Smart People will show you exactly how to do it.

The perfect career guide for the era of the Ph.D. barista, the underpaid adjunct, and the gig economy, this guide will help you take charge of your career and your life. Written by a high school science teacher who has done field work in six countries, published in professional journals, and worked with NASA, Passion Projects for Smart People details how to turn side projects into career-development opportunities. Passion Projects for Smart People shows you how to develop your own research and creative projects; form collaborations with universities and public agencies; apply for grants and professional experience opportunities; travel around the world for free; and develop your career as a teacher and mentor.

Michael Wing is a public high school teacher. He has done field work on five continents and worked in collaboration with NASA, the University of California, the Mars Institute, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Park Service.

 

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$14.95
ISBN: 9781610353069
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Published: Quill Driver Books - November 1st, 2017

You loved your college major. You worked hard to earn your degree. And now your day job doesn't fully use your education, engage your mind, or feed your soul. But there are still limitless opportunities to do intellectually serious work--work that will win you professional recognition, travel opportunities, and even publication in peer-reviewed journals.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Andrea Alban - Writers Tribe (Corte Madera)

Sunday, March 18, 2018 - 4:00pm

4 Sundays: March 18, April 8, April 29, & May 20, 2018 • 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

Greg Sarris & Robert McNally - An Evening in Conversation (Corte Madera)

Sunday, March 18, 2018 - 4:00pm

In the tradition of Calvino's Italian Folktales, Greg Sarris, author of the award-winning novel Grand Avenue, turns his attention to his ancestral homeland of Sonoma Mountain in Northern California.

In sixteen interconnected original stories, the twin crows Question Woman and Answer Woman take us through a world unlike yet oddly reminiscent of our own: one which blooms bright with poppies, lupines, and clover; one in which Waterbug kidnaps an entire creek; in which songs have the power to enchant; in which Rain is a beautiful woman who keeps people's memories in stones.

Inspired by traditional Coast Miwok and Southern Pomo creation tales, these stories are timeless in their wisdom and beauty, and because of this timelessness their messages are vital and immediate. The figures in these stories ponder the meaning of leadership, of their place within the landscape and their community. In these stories we find a model for how we can all come home again.

At once ancient and contemporary, How a Mountain Was Made is equally at home in modern letters as the ancient story cycle. Sarris infuses his stories with a prose stylist's creativity and inventiveness, moving American Indian literature in a new and emergent direction.

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On a cold, rainy dawn in late November 1872, Lieutenant Frazier Boutelle and a Modoc Indian nicknamed Scarface Charley leveled firearms at each other. Their duel triggered a war that capped a decades-long genocidal attack that was emblematic of the United States' conquest of Native America's peoples and lands. Robert Aquinas McNally tells the wrenching story of the Modoc War of 1872-73, one of the nation's costliest campaigns against North American Indigenous peoples, in which the army placed nearly one thousand soldiers in the field against some fifty-five Modoc fighters.

Although little known today, the Modoc War dominated national headlines for an entire year. Fought in south-central Oregon and northeastern California, the war settled into a siege in the desolate Lava Beds and climaxed the decades-long effort to dispossess and destroy the Modocs.

The war did not end with the last shot fired, however. For the first and only time in U.S. history, Native fighters were tried and hanged for war crimes. The surviving Modocs were packed into cattle cars and shipped from Fort Klamath to the corrupt, disease-ridden Quapaw reservation in Oklahoma, where they found peace even more lethal than war.

The Modoc War tells the forgotten story of a violent and bloody Gilded Age campaign at a time when the federal government boasted officially of a "peace policy" toward Indigenous nations. This compelling history illuminates a dark corner in our country's past. 

Robert Aquinas McNally is a freelance writer and editor based in Concord, California. He is the author or coauthor of nine nonfiction books, including So Remorseless a Havoc: Of Dolphins, Whales, and Men.

 

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$25.00
ISBN: 9781597144148
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Published: Heyday Books - October 10th, 2017

At once ancient and contemporary, How a Mountain Was Made is equally at home in modern letters as the ancient story cycle. Sarris infuses his stories with a prose stylist's creativity and inventiveness, moving American Indian literature in a new and emergent direction.


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$34.95
ISBN: 9781496201799
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Published: Bison Books - November 1st, 2017

On a cold, rainy dawn in late November 1872, Lieutenant Frazier Boutelle and a Modoc Indian nicknamed Scarface Charley leveled firearms at each other. Their duel triggered a war that capped a decades-long genocidal attack that was emblematic of the United States' conquest of Native America's peoples and lands.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Cooks with Books: Philip Tessier & Roland Passot - Chasing Bocuse (San Francisco)

Sunday, March 18, 2018 - 6:30pm

La Folie, San Francisco
Tickets: $350 per person (includes meal & book)
Only 40 Seats Available

In Chasing Bocuse, the dramatic story of the American team's journey from obscurity to the silver-medal and ultimately the gold-medal win at the world's most renowned cooking competition, the Bocuse d'Or, is told in riveting narrative, breathtaking photographs, and expert recipes from every stage of the process. In 2015 in Lyon, France, Team USA medaled for the first time ever at the Bocuse d'Or--often called the "Olympics of the cooking world"-- taking silver. Two years later, Team USA won the competition and took home the gold. The coach and mentors of the 2015 team consisted of chefs who have become household names: Gavin Kaysen, Thomas Keller, and Daniel Boulud, with French Laundry executive sous chef Philip Tessier and his assistant Skylar Stover as the primary competitors.

Now Tessier, who went on to coach the winning 2017 team, and his teammates offer readers a seat at the table of this exciting culinary event, founded by and named for famed chef Paul Bocuse, in a book brimming with personal anecdotes, vibrant pictures, and a course-by-course offering of recipes for the home chef from the competitions. As Tessier describes the journey to the competition -- first as competitor, then as coach -- including the chaos, pressure, and the glorious result, readers will feel every heated moment. With a collection of recipes for meals served at every stage, readers will be able to taste those moments as well. Rarely has food writing been so exciting--or so rewarding. Combining a great story with recipes crafted by America's culinary giants, this beautiful celebration of a historic victory will make every reader feel and cook like a champion.

Philip Tessier is the first American chef to ever place on the podium at the prestigious Bocuse d'Or culinary competition in Lyon, France, taking silver in 2015 competition. Chef Tessier continued on to coach the 2017 U.S. team, guiding them to victory as they won gold for the first time in the 30 year competition. He was previously executive sous chef at Thomas Keller's three Michelin star The French Laundry in Napa Valley, CA, and chef de cuisine at Bouchon in Yountville, CA. He was part of the opening team of Per Se and was a sous chef at Le Bernardin, both three Michelin star restaurants based in New York City.

Event tickets include the meal, wine, tip, tax, and a signed copy of the book.

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By Philip Tessier, Daniel Boulud (Contribution by), Thomas Keller (Contribution by)
$49.95
ISBN: 9783791383699
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Published: Prestel Publishing - October 24th, 2017

All proceeds from the book are donated to ment'or, the non profit Foundation that supports Team USA for the Bocuse d'Or


La Folie
2316 Polk Street
San Francisco, CA 94109

Geneen Roth - This Messy Magnificent Life (Corte Madera)

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 - 7:00pm

Inspiring, personal, and often spiritual reflections on how women can find peace, make wise choices, practice everyday joy, and step into their power from Geneen Roth -- author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Women Food and God.

From the beginning, Geneen Roth was told she was too sensitive, too emotional, too curious, too demanding, too intense, and too big. Yet gaining and losing weight for decades did not improve her self-worth or reduce other people's criticisms. Like most women who struggle with their weight, she believed that if she could resolve what seemed to be the source of her self-hatred--how and what she ate--she would be thin, happy, and free. That belief, she discovered, was false.

When her struggle with food ended--and didn't change anything except the size of her thighs--she kept trying to fix other broken parts of herself with therapy, intensive meditation retreats, and rigorous spiritual practices. Yet it was only when Geneen stopped trying to change or fix herself--that she was at last able to feel at home in her mind, body, and life. Now, she shares the wisdom of giving up what Geneen calls "the Me Project," and finding the freedom, peace and power that await us just beyond it.

With humor, compassion, and insight, This Messy Magnificent Life explores the personal beliefs, hidden traumas, and social pressures that shape not just women's feelings about their bodies, but also their confidence, choices, and relationships. This provocative, enchanting, and sometimes laugh-out-loud look at the imperfect path women take to step into their own power, presence, and ownership is based on the author's personal journey and her decades of work with thousands of women around the country.

Roth embraces everyone's unique and often unsung potential and shows us how to be open, curious, and kind with ourselves; how to say no to people and ideas that hold us back; how to let go of grudges and anxieties; how to pick ourselves up after setbacks; how to say a resounding yes to the world; how to move from fixing ourselves to finding ourselves; how to find joy in the ordinary; and how to experience the extraordinary right here and now in our bodies.

With a foreword by Anne Lamott, This Messy Magnificent Life is a compelling and often quirky look at what it means to be an imperfect but unapologetic woman living a (mostly) magnificent life.

 

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By Geneen Roth, Anne Lamott (Foreword by)
$26.00
ISBN: 9781501182464
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Scribner Book Company - March 6th, 2018

Inspiring, personal, and often spiritual reflections on how women can find peace, make wise choices, practice everyday joy, and step into their power from Geneen Roth--author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Women Food and God.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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