Class: Laura Deutsch - Personal Essay & Memoir (Corte Madera)

Saturday, December 2, 2017 - 11:00am

Saturday December 2, 2017 • 11:00 am - 4:00 pm • $125

Using your life as the source for personal essays, stories and memoir, you’ll learn techniques to access and shape your material and approach it from new angles. This workshop includes instruction, in-class writing, and feedback.  

Laura Deutsch leads writing retreats from CA to Italy and has taught at UC Berkeley, SFSU and Dominican. Her writing has appeared in MORE magazine, the LA Times and elsewhere. She helps writers and others create meaningful legacies in their lives.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Marie Reginato - Alternative Vegan (San Francisco)

Saturday, December 2, 2017 - 12:00pm

Flexible vegans, look no further. Marie Reginato makes plant-based cooking more exciting with over 75 healthy recipes with the option of adding in seafood or eggs.

Marie’s recipes are inspired by her healthy-cooking journey and allow for experimentation so you can make each dish your own. Recipes include Cupboard Curry, Minty-Pistachio Falafels, Veggie Filled Miso To-Go, Basil-Stuffed Zucchini Rolls, and Caramelized Fennel and Dill Cakes.

With delicious recipes―a majority of which are dairy, egg and gluten free― and the wiggle room to stick to a healthy lifestyle long term, Alternative Vegan is the carefully-crafted, modern approach to ditching the “one size fits all” mentality.

Marie Reginato is a food photographer, writer and recipe developer, and has been cooking and blogging about her most popular recipes on her blog and Instagram account 8th and Lake, named one of the "Best Healthy Food Accounts" by MindBodyGreen. She is a native of San Francisco, California and lives there today.

 

Alternative Vegan: Healthy Plant-Based Recipes That Break the Rules Cover Image
$21.99
ISBN: 9781624144677
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Page Street Publishing - November 21st, 2017

Vibrant and Veggie-Rich Recipes for All Kinds of Vegans

Flexible vegans, look no further. Marie Reginato makes plant-based cooking more exciting with over 75 healthy recipes with the option of adding in seafood or eggs.


1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Birgitte Rasine - The Jaguar and the Cacao Tree (Corte Madera)

Saturday, December 2, 2017 - 1:00pm

In Partnership with Marin Munchies
Featuring a chocolate tasting provided by Marin Munchies and chocolate maker Katja Reitemeyer!

Award-winning author Birgitte Rasine talks chocolate in ways you've never known it: its incredible 5,300 history, its fascinating mythology, and all the good things it brings our body, mind and spirit. Come discover a world where jaguars talk to hummingbirds,1,000-year-old cacao pods release their secrets in the light of the full moon, and feathered serpents guard the very soul of chocolate's history. This is story time for kids and parents, the young and the young-at-heart, and especially everyone who loves chocolate.

The Jaguar and the Cacao Tree is a mythic fantasy about the history, mythology, and biology of cacao that readers young and old alike are calling “addicting.” Think of it as a blend of Harry Potter and The Chronicles of Narnia, doused in chocolate. 

And what chocolate story time would be complete without a taste of the real thing? Local craft chocolate maker Katja Reitemeyer, owner of Marin Munchies, will regale us with samples of her delicious chocolate and tell you all about the production and sourcing of the world's most favorite food.

Birgitte Rasine is an award-winning author, journalist, producer, and entrepreneur whose work marries sustainability with storytelling, mobile apps with print books, and art with technology. She is the author of numerous literary works and articles, and has spoken on topics ranging from media to sustainability on three continents. Birgitte’s books and mobile apps have been recognized by design and publishing awards and honors from organizations such as the Eric Hoffer Award, International Academy of Visual Arts in Los Angeles, Press 53, and the Alliance of Independent Authors.

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By Birgitte Rasine, Allen Young (Foreword by), Luba Rasine-Ortoleva (Illustrator)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781938284922
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Published: Lucita Publishing - March 18th, 2016

What strange creatures might these be... that guard cacao history?

Max Hammond has a life other science-obsessed boys his age only dream of: he travels the world with his bee researcher dad and science writer mom.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Laura Schenone - The Dogs of Avalon (Corte Madera)

Sunday, December 3, 2017 - 11:00am

In partnership with the Marin Humane Society

Greyhounds, bred to be the fastest racing dogs on earth, are streaks of lightning. Beautiful, astonishing creatures, countless numbers of them disappear each year once they can no longer compete and win.

The Dogs of Avalon introduces us to the strong-willed Marion Fitzgibbon, born in rural Ireland, where animals are valued only for their utility. But Fitzgibbon believes that suffering is felt by all creatures, and she champions the cause of strays, baffling those around her--including her family--as she and a group of local women rescue any animal in need and taking on increasingly risky missions.

When Fitzgibbon becomes head of the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and focuses on the cause of the greyhound, she faces an entrenched racing industry protected by money and power. She joins forces with an American greyhound activist, a foxhunter's wife, a British lady, and an influential German animal rescuer to create an international network to find these animals homes, confront the racing industry, and provide safe havens where animals can live in peace.

The Dogs of Avalon brings forward the people on the other side of the tracks--Irish Travellers (a people whose Celtic history goes back centuries), dogmen who hope to win big--together with a host of animals on two continents--circus tigers in Ireland, wild monkeys in the Yucatan, dolphins in a marine animal park in Florida, and one very special Irish sight hound in New Jersey named Lily.

In this potent David and Goliath story, Laura Schenone's journey helps us understand our deep connection to animals and gives us inspiration in the form of the unforgettable Fitzgibbon, who grapples with compassion and activism and shows the difference we are all capable of making in the world.

Laura Schenone is the author of the James Beard Award-winning A Thousand Years Over a Hot Stove and The Lost Ravioli Recipes of Hoboken. She lives in New Jersey with her family and dog Lily.

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$26.95
ISBN: 9780393073584
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - August 22nd, 2017

Greyhounds, bred to be the fastest racing dogs on earth, are streaks of lightning. Beautiful, astonishing creatures, countless numbers of them disappear each year once they can no longer compete and win.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Matt Coyle & Patricia Smiley - An Afternoon In Conversation (Corte Madera)

Sunday, December 3, 2017 - 1:00pm

In Blood Truth, Rick Cahill has long feared the truth about his own blood--the blood of his father coursing through his veins.

When a long-hidden safe unlocks clues about why his father was kicked off the police force twenty-seven years ago and then spiraled into an early drunken death, Rick determines to find the truth even if it proves the one thing he's always feared.

But as he grapples with his father's past, the woman he still loves pleads with him to find out if her husband is having an affair--or is involved in something much more sinister. Could the truth send her back into Rick's arms? Would he have a last shot at happiness? He may never get the chance to find out, as killers who will do anything to protect their secrets lurk in the shadows.

Matt Coyle is the winner of the Anthony Award, the Benjamin Franklin Silver Medal, the San Diego Book Award, and is a Shamus, Macavity, and Lefty Award finalist as well. He has a degree in English from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and has worked in the restaurant, golf, and sports collectible businesses. Blood Truth is the fourth in his Rick Cahill crime series. Matt lives in San Diego with his yellow Lab, Angus.

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In Outside the Wire, LAPD homicide detective Davie Richards is called to an airport parking garage to investigate the shooting of a retired US Army Ranger. Missing personal items point to a robbery, but Davie suspects a more sinister motive when she notices only one military dog tag around the victim's neck. Could the murderer have taken the other as a memento of the kill?

Patricia Smiley (Los Angeles, CA) is a bestselling mystery author whose short fiction has appeared in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine and Two of the Deadliest, an anthology edited by Elizabeth George. Patricia has taught writing classes at various conferences throughout the US and Canada, and she served as vice president of the Southern California Chapter of Mystery Writers of America and as president of Sisters in Crime/Los Angeles.

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$26.95
ISBN: 9781608092390
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Oceanview Publishing - December 5th, 2017

A hard-boiled PI novel for fans of Raymond Chandler, Ross MacDonald and Dashiell Hammett.

Rick Cahill has long feared the truth about his own blood--the blood of his father coursing through his veins.


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$15.99
ISBN: 9780738752358
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Midnight Ink - November 8th, 2017

Homicide detective Davie Richards is called to an airport parking garage to investigate the shooting of a retired U.S. Army Ranger. Missing personal items point to a robbery, but Davie suspects a more sinister motive when she notices only one military dog tag around the Ranger's neck. Could the murderer have taken the other as a memento of the kill?


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Jim Holden - It Happened in Marin (Corte Madera)

Sunday, December 3, 2017 - 4:00pm

What makes Marin County such an enjoyable place to live and such a unique part of the American landscape? In It Happened in Marin, author Jim Holden brings us a wealth of answers. With Jim we explore the enchanted wilds of Mt. Tam. We learn about the difficult birth of the Golden Gate Bridge and the pioneers who brought it into being. We hike the trails of a secret wildlife preserve that Jim calls “The Big Empty,” and we get an insider’s look into the controversies surrounding the county’s oyster beds, its tule elk, and even Marin’s esteemed Buck Trust.

The lifeblood of Jim’s stories is his rich cast of characters. Here we meet renowned national figures like Teddy Roosevelt, John Muir and Kit Carson, we meet Marin’s own William Kent and William Coleman, and we meet the fascinating but little known trailblazer, Martha Buckelew, a frontier woman who left a profound mark on her male-dominated world. There is high drama here too: the now infamous shootout and hostage-taking at the Marin County courthouse by a group of inmates from San Quentin, with the alleged involvement of activist Angela Davis. And we confront a stunning chapter in Marin history: the campaign of violence and intimidation fostered by a bizarre cult that once ran rampant in West Marin. Yes, it all happened here in Marin, just beneath the façade of wealthy sophistication for which Marin is so well known across the whole of America.

With magnificent photography from Marin’s Brad Rippe, this is a book to savor and a must read for history buffs and for all of us who call Marin our home.

Jim Holden brings a distinguished background to these stories. A native of St. Louis, Jim came west and graduated from Stanford University. He then earned his law degree from Stanford Law School and practiced law for many years in San Francisco and Marin, mostly with Hanson Bridgett, LLP. For more than 45 years, Jim has lived in Marin County, hiking its trails, loving its spirit, and becoming an avid student of its unique history, culture and lore. Now retired, Jim and his wife Mary live in San Rafael.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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