Post-Conference Master Class: Mina Witterman - Fictionalize Your Memories (Corte Madera)

Sunday, July 30, 2017 - 2:30pm to 4:00pm

2017 Children's Book Writers & Illustrators Post-Conference Master Class
$125 for Conference Participants, $160 for General Public

Letting readers experience your story as if they are walking in the shoes of the protagonist is one of the writer’s most difficult tasks. It requires you to pen the protagonist’s emotions down believable, heartfelt and true. An excellent way to learn this type of evocative writing is to bring your own memories to a story. But there is always the urge to stay too close to the truth, so you need to create a healthy distance between you and your memories. This class explores ways to use your own experiences and memories without getting caught in the ‘that’s not how it happened’ snare.

Mina Witteman is a children’s author of dark YA and adventurous MG, picture books and short stories, Witteman writes in both English and Dutch. Boreas en de vier windstreken/Boreas and the Four Winds, her latest MG, is the third book in the highly praised Boreas series (Boreas en de zeven zeeën/Boreas and the Seven Seas; Boreas en de duizend eilanden/Boreas and the Thousand Islands). She has a Dutch little golden book out: Mia’s Nest (Spanish edition: El nido de Mia), and over 40 short stories in magazines and read-aloud anthologies. Witteman is a university trained and seasoned freelance editor (Master Book Editing, University of Amsterdam), a coach to budding writers, and an accredited Creative Writing Teacher. She is the International Published Authors’ Coordinator for the SCBWI. Previously, she was the Regional Advisor for SCBWI The Netherlands and Chairman of the Working Group Children’s Books of the Dutch Authors Guild.

 

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Post-Conference Master Class: Ying Compestine - Write an Award Winning Novel & Sell It (Corte Madera)

Sunday, July 30, 2017 - 2:30pm to 4:00pm

2017 Children's Book Writers & Illustrators Post-Conference Master Class
$125 for Conference Participants, $160 for General Public

If you have the beginnings of a book and want to take it to the next level, Ying Compestine will share with you the journey of writing her award winning novel Revolution is Not a Dinner Party (which has been optioned for a feature film). She explains the different aspects of fiction writing, such as grabbing your reader with a strong hook, developing a dramatic storyline, and creating unforgettable characters that are beset by inner conflicts. She shares what she has learned about writing, while facing challenges such as shifting between cultures and writing in a second language. 

Ying Compestine is an award-winning author, inspirational speaker, spokesperson and television host, Compestine is a sought-after speaker who has lectured all over the world. Named one of  the "50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading" by the Author's Show,  she has authored over 20 books of multiple genres. Her keen interest in cuisine has led her to weave food into her writing — from cookbooks, novels, to picture books for young readers.  Her highly acclaimed novel about her life growing up in China during the Cultural Revolution, Revolution Is Not a Dinner Party, has received over 33 national awards and has been selected as required reading in schools around the world. Several of her works are currently being optioned for movie adaptations, television series, and video games.

 

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Rhys Bowen - On Her Majesty's Frightfully Secret Service (Corte Madera)

Tuesday, August 1, 2017 - 7:00pm

In On Her Majesty's Frightfully Secret Service, when royal sleuth Georgie Rannoch receives a letter from her dearest friend Belinda, who’s in an Italian villa awaiting the birth of her illegitimate baby, she yearns to run to her side. If only she could find a way to get there! But then opportunity presents itself in a most unexpected way—her cousin the queen asks her to attend a house party in the Italian Lake Country. The Prince of Wales AND the dreadful Mrs. Simpson have been invited, and Her Majesty is anxious to thwart a possible secret wedding.

What luck! A chance to see Belinda, even if it is under the guise of stopping unwanted nuptials. Only that’s as far as Georgie’s fortune takes her. She soon discovers that she attended finishing school with the hostess of the party—and the hatred they had for each other then has barely dimmed. Plus, she needs to hide Belinda’s delicate condition from the other guests. And her dashing beau, Darcy is (naturally) working undercover on a dangerous mission. Then her actress mother shows up, with a not-so-little task to perform. With all this subterfuge, it seems something is bound to go horribly wrong—and Georgie will no doubt be left to pick up the pieces when it does.

Rhys Bowen is a New York Times bestselling author has been nominated for every major award in mystery writing, including the Edgar®, and has won many, including both the Agatha and Anthony awards. She is also the author of the Molly Murphy Mysteries and the Constable Evans Mysteries.

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$26.00
ISBN: 9780425283509
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Berkley Books - August 1st, 2017

In the new Royal Spyness Mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of Crowned and Dangerous, Lady Georgiana Rannoch juggles secret missions from the Queen, Darcy, and her mother. But it's all in a day's work when you're thirty-fifth in line to the British Crown.


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Class: Kathy Freschi - Advanced Italian

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 - 10:00am

4 Wednesdays; August 2 - August 30, 2017 (no class 8/16) • 10:00 am - 12:00 pm • $130

Novecento, a theatrical monologue by Antonio Baricco, tells the story of a boy stranded on the SS Virginian who becomes a famed pianist. Jelly Roll Morton, of New Orleans jazz fame, comes aboard to challenge him to a duel. Read and discussed in Italian, including the viewing of its film by Giuseppe Tornatore. Students will produce writing samples. Intermediate and Advanced students.

Kathy Freschi has been teaching Italian for over 40 years at UC Santa Barbara, UC Berkeley and College of Marin. In 1987, she founded the Credit Program of Italian at College of Marin, for which she was awarded La Stella d’Italia by the Republic of Italy.

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Michelle Richmond - The Marriage Pact (Corte Madera)

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 - 7:00pm

Newlyweds Alice and Jake are a picture-perfect couple—young, beautiful, successful, and in love. But after receiving an odd gift at their wedding, they find themselves initiated into a mysterious organization known as The Pact.

The goal of The Marriage Pact seems simple: to keep marriages happy and intact. And some of the rules make sense: Always answer the phone when your spouse calls, plan a trip together once per quarter, exchange thoughtful gifts regularly. But other rules—and their methods of enforcement—prove to be far more terrifying.

What follows is a relentlessly paced tale of deception, unfaithfulness, and duplicity in which the twists and turns just keep coming.

Michelle Richmond is the bestselling author of The Year of Fog, No One You Know, Golden State, Dream of the Blue Room and the award-winning The Girl in the Fall-Away Dress. A native of Mobile, Alabama, she lives with her husband and son in San Francisco.

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$27.00
ISBN: 9780385343299
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Bantam - July 25th, 2017

How far is too far when it comes to protecting your marriage? Find out in this relentlessly paced novel of psychological suspense for anyone who loved The Couple Next Door.

"Gripping, thought-provoking, and irresistible."--Dean Koontz


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Augustus Rose - The Readymade Thief (Corte Madera)

Thursday, August 3, 2017 - 7:00pm

Lee Cuddy is seventeen years old and living in a quiet suburb of Philadelphia with her mother and her unctuous stepfather. A fast, intense friendship with a girl at school lands Lee in trouble with the cops when she takes the fall for a drug crime. Her real troubles begin with a knife fight and a hasty escape from juvie, when suddenly she finds herself a homeless fugitive with nowhere to turn. After a harrowing few days, a group of runaways discover her and offer her shelter in a squatter’s cooperative dubbed the Crystal Castle. But she discovers their enigmatic leader is hiding something terrible upstairs. After fleeing the Castle, she finds herself being followed by a dangerous underground organization, The Société Anonyme. The S.A.’s far-reaching influence has Lee on the run with no end in sight and no one to trust.
 
A smitten young hacker named Tomi pulls her out of danger and, after an unexpected tryst in the bowels of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the two become an unlikely Bonnie and Clyde. At night, they explore the abandoned buildings of Philadelphia. Tomi introduces her to the hidden treasures of the “Subnet” and the two spend hours together searching the underground web for traces of the S.A. Mimicking Lee and Tomi’s Subnet spelunking, Augustus Rose nimbly pulls threads of pop culture, art history, science, and mysticism into an addicting knot of connections and possible conspiracies.
 
With Tomi’s help, there is hope for escape. But once Lee glimpses the sinister truth behind the S.A—a shadowy cash operation using drug-fueled raves to entrap beautiful young bodies for exploitation —Lee can’t let go until she’s exposed the truth. The Readymade Thief follows Lee—tough as nails, a natural grifter, and fiercely loyal—as she uncovers a mystery and navigates a world of abandoned structures, illegal raves, designer drug labs, and the makeshift homes of the lost and forgotten.

Augustus Rose is a novelist and screenwriter. He was born in the northern California coastal town of Bolinas, and grew up there and in San Francisco. He lives in Chicago with his wife, the novelist Nami Mun and their son, and he teaches fiction writing at the University of Chicago.

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$26.00
ISBN: 9780735221833
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Viking - August 1st, 2017

"A debut novel that's unexpected, uncategorizable, unputdownable." -Robin Sloan, New York Times bestselling author of Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore

Lee Cuddy is seventeen years old and on the run.


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