Tracy Grant - Gilded Deceit (Corte Madera)

Saturday, June 3, 2017 - 4:00pm

The secrets of Suzanne Rannoch's scandalous past have forced Suzanne and her husband Malcolm-- also a spy -- to flee London's intrigues and ballrooms. In Gilded Deceit, Suzanne fears they will go mad from boredom in their gilded refuge on Lake Como. But before they even reach the villa, they are attacked by bandits who think the Rannochs possess a mysterious treasure. Are their past deeds catching up with them or were they mistaken for someone else?

As they settle in at the lake, they encounter Italian revolutionaries, gun smugglers, an English nobleman living in self-imposed exile with a beautiful contessa, and Lord Byron and Percy and Mary Shelley, who have their own reasons for fleeing Britain. The exquisite beauty of the villas and gardens holds layers of deceit, tied to the very enemies the Rannochs sought to escape. When a golden afternoon on the lake turns crimson with murder, Malcolm and Suzanne realize that boredom is the least of their concerns...but they may have to fear for their lives and the lives of those closest to them...

Tracy Grant has been making up stories as long as she can remember and writing them down since third grade when she was assigned writing a story and realized she had a wealth of characters and plots inside her head. She studied British history at Stanford University and received the Firestone Award for Excellence in Research for her honors thesis on shifting conceptions of honor in late fifteenth century England. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she is on the board of the Merola Opera Program, a training program for professional opera singers, coaches, and stage directors

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Courtney Maum - Touch (Corte Madera)

Saturday, June 3, 2017 - 7:00pm

In conversation with Melissa Cistaro

Sloane Jacobsen is one of the world’s most powerful trend forecasters. Fashion, lifestyle, tech, and other global companies pay to hear her opinions on the future of everything from clothes to gadgets, food and families. Sloane’s recent forecasts on the family are definitive and unwavering: the world is over-populated, and with unemployment, college costs, and food prices all on the rise, having children is unnecessary.

But not far into her current contract with the tech-giant Mammoth, Sloane begins to sense the undeniable signs of a movement against electronics that will see people embracing compassion, empathy, and “in-personism” again. She is struggling with the fact that her predictions are hopelessly out of sync with her employer’s mission when her partner, the French “neo-sensualist” Roman Bellard, reveals that he is about to publish an op-ed on the death of penetrative sex: a post-sexual treatise that instantly goes viral. Still, Sloane becomes convinced that her instincts are the right ones, and goes on a quest to bring compassion and humanism to others, while finally allowing the love and connectedness she’s long been denying herself.

A poignant and amusing call to arms that showcases her signature biting wit and keen eye, acclaimed novelist Courtney Maum’s Touch is a moving investigation into what it means to be an individual in a globalized world.

Courtney Maum is the author of I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You. She graduated from Brown University with a degree in Comparative Literature and French translation. She splits her time between the Berkshires and Paris, working as a creative brand strategist, corporate namer, and humor columnist. Her writing appears regularly in Electric Literature, Tin House, and The Rumpus.

Touch Cover Image
ISBN: 9780735212121
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - May 30th, 2017

From the author of the acclaimed I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You, a satirical and moving novel in the spirit of Maria Semple and Jess Walter about a New York City trend forecaster who finds herself wanting to overturn her own predictions, move away from technology, and reclaim her heart.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Samantha Walravens - Geek Girl Rising (Corte Madera)

Sunday, June 4, 2017 - 1:00pm

Meet the women who aren’t asking permission from Silicon Valley to chase their dreams. Geek Girl Rising invites women everywhere to join the digital revolution and create the future!  Join author and journalist Samantha Walravens for a lively conversation about "breaking the glass ceiling in tech," along with: 

  • Jamie Corley, Co-founder, The Bridge
  • Kristen Koh Goldstein, Founder and CEO, HireAthena
  • Jill Richmond, Director of Marketing, SingularDTV

Wine and refreshments will be served!


With exclusive access to some of the most intriguing female entrepreneurs, innovators and leaders in Silicon Valley and beyond, Geek Girl Rising takes you inside the lives of the women disrupting “business as usual” across the nation’s vibrant tech scene. With a nod to trailblazers like Sheryl Sandberg and Marissa Mayer, veteran journalists Heather Cabot and Samantha Walravens profile the next generation of women fighting at the grassroots level for an ownership stake in the revolution that’s changing the way we live, work and connect to each other. These women are going for it– building tech start-ups, investing in each other’s ventures, crushing male hacker stereotypes, creating networks of support and rallying their younger sisters.

Readers will meet Debbie Sterling, inventor of GoldieBlox, the first engineering toy for girls, which topples the notion that only boys can build. They’ll get a peek inside YouTube sensation Michelle Phan’s ipsy studios, where she is grooming the next generation of digital video stars while leading her own mega e-commerce beauty business. They will sit down with Tracy Chou, former lead software developer at Pinterest, whose public urging in late 2013 helped push Silicon Valley tech giants to reveal the tiny number of women in their ranks, propelling the “women in tech” conversation to front pages. They will tour the headquarters of The Muse, the hottest career site for millennials and meet its intrepid CEO, Kathryn Minshew, who stared down sexism while raising millions of dollars to fund the company she co-founded. And they will journey around the country to meet a new crop of female investors, including Theresia Gouw and Kathryn Finney, who are infusing women-led tech start-ups with much needed capital.

These women are the rebels proving that a female point of view not only matters in the age of technology, but can rock big returns on investment. At a time when women hold a quarter of computing jobs in the U.S. and make up a fraction of the entrepreneurs launching new tech companies, their stories show that in today’s fast-moving innovation economy, there is a place for anyone who has a big idea and the passion to build it.

Samantha Walravens is an award-winning journalist and editor of the New York Times-acclaimed book, TORN: True Stories of Kids, Career & the Conflict of Modern Motherhood. She writes about women, career and work-life issues for publications including Forbes, The Huffington Post, Disney Interactive and Modern Mom and speaks to audiences nationwide on the topic of work-life success, including groups at Google, Goldman Sachs, Deloitte, UBS, Northern Trust, the Society of Women Engineers and Princeton University. Samantha started her career as a technology reporter for PC World magazine in San Francisco, led marketing communications at Tumbleweed Software, and is currently uncovering the stories of women changing the face of technology for Geek Girl Rising. She is a member of Pipeline Angels, an angel network that invests in female-led companies, and serves on the Alumni Schools Committee for her alma mater, Princeton University.


Geek Girl Rising: Inside the Sisterhood Shaking Up Tech Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250112262
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: St. Martin's Press - May 23rd, 2017

Meet the women who haven t asked for permission from Silicon Valley to chase their dreams. They are going for it -- building the next generation of tech start-ups, investing in each other's ventures, crushing male hacker stereotypes and rallying the next generation of women in tech.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

George Taylor - A Path for Couples (Corte Madera)

Sunday, June 4, 2017 - 4:00pm

A Path for Couples addresses communication issues that many couples have, and it teaches them specific skills to develop intimacy through conversations. This communication upgrade, combined with a discussion of couples’ intentions, clears up old injuries and opens the door to deeper love and connection. The practices in the book have been tested on thousands of couples in workshops and in couples sessions. They are very effective and some can be done in 5-10 minutes.

Couples often create predictable repeated patterns of conflict and tension. This book helps them break these bad habits and learn more tools for happiness and creativity. 

George Taylor MFT has been married since 1981 and working as a couples counselor and educator in Marin County since 1991. With his wife Debra, a Spirit Rock Meditation Center teacher, he teaches relationship workshops throughout California and Hawaii.  His expertise is in couples communications,  in conflict resolution and in helping couples discover relationships of more joy and creativity.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Left Coast Writers®: Robert Pimm - Literary Lawyer for the Arts (Corte Madera)

Monday, June 5, 2017 - 7:00pm

Bob Pimm is admitted and qualified as an attorney and counselor at law to practice in all courts in the State of California. He is also admitted and qualified to practice in the federal courts of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, and in the United States Court of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit.  Bob has extensive expertise in all aspects of the book industry with more than 20 years experience. He has valuable first-hand knowledge in book industry retailing, distribution, small press publishing, and literary agency. He has worked with Barnes & Noble, Ingram Book Company, small press publishers and independent booksellers throughout the U.S.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Cara Black - Murder in Saint-Germain (Corte Madera)

Monday, June 5, 2017 - 7:00pm

Paris, July 1999: Private investigator Aimée Leduc is walking through Saint-Germain when she is accosted by Suzanne Lesage, a Brigade Criminelle agent on an elite counterterrorism squad. Suzanne has just returned from the former Yugoslavia, where she was hunting down dangerous war criminals for the Hague. Back in Paris, Suzanne is convinced she's being stalked by a ghost-a Serbian warlord she thought she'd killed. She's suffering from PTSD and her boss thinks she's imagining things. She begs Aimée to investigate-is it possible Mirko Vladic could be alive and in Paris with a blood vendetta?

In the Murder in Saint-Germain, Aimée is already working on a huge case, plus she's got an eight-monthold baby to take care of. But she can't say no to Suzanne, whom she owes a big favor. Aimée chases the few leads, and all evidence confirms Mirko Vladic is dead. It seems that Suzanne is in fact paranoid, perhaps losing her mind-until Suzanne's team begins to turn up dead in a series of strange, tragic accidents. Are these just coincidences? Or are things not what they seem?

Cara Black is the author of seventeen books in the New York Times bestselling Aimée Leduc series. She has received multiple nominations for the Anthony and Macavity Awards, and her books have been translated into German, Norwegian, Japanese, French, Spanish, Italian, and Hebrew. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and visits Paris frequently.

Murder in Saint-Germain Cover Image
ISBN: 9781616957704
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Soho Crime - June 6th, 2017

Paris, July 1999: Private investigator Aimee Leduc is walking through Saint-Germain when she is accosted by Suzanne Lesage, a Brigade Criminelle agent on an elite counterterrorism squad. Suzanne has just returned from the former Yugoslavia, where she was hunting down dangerous war criminals for the Hague.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925