Paul Madonna & Andy Weiner - Close Enough for the Angels (Corte Madera)

Saturday, September 30, 2017 - 7:00pm

Emit Hopper was a one-hit wonder—twice. First as a rock and roller in the 80s, then as a literary darling in the 90s. Now it's twenty years later, and despite his desire to remain a simple laundromat owner, stardom has found him once again. As he’s drawn back into the limelight he meets Julia, a former celebrity chef with an enigmatic past. But when she disappears while hiking with two other women, Emit finds himself chasing down a mystery that promises to leave him forever changed.

From the artist and author of All Over Coffee and Everything is its own reward, Paul Madonna uses his signature blend of drawing and storytelling to deliver a beautiful and entertaining novel filled with suspense, surprise, and humor.

With over one hundred lush and haunting drawings, Close Enough for Angels is a is a fresh and innovative reinvention of the illustrated novel.

Paul Madonna is an award-winning artist and writer. He is the creator of the series All Over Coffee, which ran in the San Francisco Chronicle for twelve years, and the author of four books. His drawings and stories have appeared internationally in numerous publications as well as in galleries and museums, including the Oakland Museum of California, the San Francisco Contemporary Jewish Museum, and an upcoming solo exhibition at the Legion of Honor in San Francisco. Paul holds a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University and was the first (ever!) Art Intern at MAD magazine. He is a former editor for therumpus.net, has taught drawing at the University of San Francisco, and frequently lectures on creative practice, even when not asked. 

Andy Weiner is the co-publisher of Close Enough for Angels.

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$34.99
ISBN: 9781513260815
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Published: Petty Curse Books - September 5th, 2017

Emit Hopper was a one-hit wonder--twice. First as a rock and roller in the 80s, then as a literary darling in the 90s. Now it's twenty years later, and despite his desire to remain a simple laundromat owner, stardom has found him once again. As he's drawn back into the limelight he meets Julia, a former celebrity chef with a dark past.


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Robert Madrygin - The Solace of Trees (Corte Madera)

Sunday, October 1, 2017 - 1:00pm

A Bosnian War orphan of Muslim heritage escapes his homeland, finds a new family in New England, and learns to deal with his trauma—and years later falls into the depths of post-9/11 America’s extraordinary rendition program. A piercing and resonant debut novel about war and the endurance of the human spirit, and a cautionary tale about the damage that can be inflicted upon war victims when wealthy nations become obsessed with self-protection and retribution. This book contains an author Q&A at the back, and so is ideal for book group adoption and discussion. 

The Solace of Trees tells the story of Amir, a young boy of secular Muslim heritage who witnesses his family’s murder in the Bosnian War. Amir hides in a forest, mute and shocked, among refugees fleeing for their lives. Narrowly escaping death while wandering through rural Bosnia, he finds sanctuary in a UN camp. After a charity relocates him to the United States, the retired professor who fosters Amir learns that the boy holds a shameful secret concerning his parents’ and sister’s deaths.

Amir’s years in the US bring him healing and a loving place in a new family. In college he falls in love?and he accepts the request of a professor of Islamic studies to edit a documentary film on the plight of Palestinians. 9/11 comes, and with it, the arrest of the professor for his ties to terrorist organizations. As Amir enters adulthood, his destiny brings him full circle back to the darkness he thought he’d forever escaped.

Robert Madrygin has experienced the meaning of culture, ethnicity, and language from many perspectives. As a child he lived in US-occupied Japan, attended a local school, and learned to speak Japanese. His father’s career then brought him back to the US to live on both coasts, and subsequently to Morocco, Franco-ruled Spain, and Paris. The adjustment in cultural shifts and moving from home to home were made all the more difficult due to the illness his mother suffered throughout her life, causing long periods of hospitalization and necessitating that he be placed in a succession of temporary homes during his early childhood. While Madrygin was in his teens, his father suffered a series of massive debilitating strokes and his mother died. On his own at a young age, he continued a life of travel. He worked in Spain as a laborer, in Italy as a deckhand on a ship, and in Alaska on a railroad and as a crew member on a fishing boat. Madrygin first started writing in his early twenties but put it aside when he met his future wife, married, and started a family. During this period Madrygin, his wife, and three children lived in the US, Ecuador, and Spain and traveled widely. It wasn’t until years later, while living in Spain, with his children now grown, that the call to writing returned, and Madrygin, informed by a lifetime of experience, took up where he had left off decades earlier. He and his wife live currently in Vermont.

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ISBN: 9780997316902
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Published: New Europe Books - July 11th, 2017

A Bosnian War orphan of Muslim heritage escapes his homeland, finds a new family in New England, and learns to deal with his trauma--and years later falls into the depths of post-9/11 America's extraordinary rendition program.


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Lenora Chu - Little Soldiers (Corte Madera)

Sunday, October 1, 2017 - 4:00pm

In the spirit of Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, Bringing up Bebe, and The Smartest Kids in the World, a hard-hitting exploration of China's widely acclaimed yet insular education system--held up as a model of academic and behavioral excellence--that raises important questions for the future of American parenting and education.

When students in Shanghai rose to the top of international rankings in 2009, Americans feared that they were being "out-educated" by the rising super power. An American journalist of Chinese descent raising a young family in Shanghai, Lenora Chu noticed how well-behaved Chinese children were compared to her boisterous toddler. How did the Chinese create their academic super-achievers? Would their little boy benefit from Chinese school?

Chu and her husband decided to enroll three-year-old Rainer in China's state-run public school system. The results were positive--her son quickly settled down, became fluent in Mandarin, and enjoyed his friends--but she also began to notice troubling new behaviors. Wondering what was happening behind closed classroom doors, she embarked on an exploratory journey, interviewing Chinese parents, teachers and education professors, and following students at all stages of their education.

What she discovered is a military-like education system driven by high-stakes testing, with teachers posting rankings in public, using bribes to reward students who comply, and shaming to isolate those who do not. At the same time, she uncovered a years-long desire by government to alleviate its students' crushing academic burden and make education friendlier for all. The more she learns, the more she wonders: Are Chinese children--and her son--paying too high a price for their obedience and the promise of future academic prowess? Is there a way to appropriate the excellence of the system but dispense with the bad? What, if anything, could Westerners learn from China's education journey?

Little Soldiers challenges our assumptions and asks us to consider the true value and purpose of education.

Lenora Chu is an American writer and journalist. She has worked as a television correspondent for Thomson Reuters and media consultant to universities and the private sector; her articles have appeared in CNNMoney, The New York Times, Science, Christian Science Monitor, and on National Public Radio programs. She holds degrees from Stanford University and Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism. She lives in Shanghai with her husband Rob Schmitz, National Public Radio’s Shanghai correspondent, and their two sons.

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ISBN: 9780062367853
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Published: Harper - September 19th, 2017

New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice; Real Simple Best of the Month; Library Journal Editors' Pick


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Class: Lisa Monroe Watts - Fete en Francais (Corte Madera)

Sunday, October 1, 2017 - 6:00pm

4 Sundays: Oct. 1 - 22 • 6:00 - 8:00 pm • $175

Join us for a contemporary French dinner gathering. Intermediate level speakers with a love of conversation and French cuisine welcome. Catered meal included.

Lisa Monroe Watts is a long-time Bay Area resident with roots in New Orleans where she learned to read and speak French at a young age. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in French and English and spent time in many regions of France from Avignon to Chamonix to Paris. As an experienced educator, she is equally skilled at helping others acquire new languages and making it fun at the same time. 

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Clare Doorbos - Storytime with Clare (Corte Madera)

Monday, October 2, 2017 - 9:30am

Come to Book Passage, Corte Madera every Monday morning at 9.30am for a preschool story time with bounce! There's no better way to start the week than with picture books, songs, rhymes and some jumping around. Our story teller Clare will pick her favorite new books, classics and poetry to share with kids aged 0-5 and their parents in this half hour story time. Clare is a popular storyteller, who has read at local libraries and other stores in the Bay Area and is now pleased to join the Book Passage team.

 

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Left Coast Writers® Salon: David Downie - A Taste of Paris (Corte Madera)

Monday, October 2, 2017 - 7:00pm

In-conversation with Laurie McAndish King

From the critically acclaimed author of Paris, Paris and A Passion for Paris, comes a delectable culinary history of the gastronomic capital of the world.

In his trademark witty and informative style, David Downie embarks on a quest to discover “What is it about the history of Paris that has made it a food lover’s paradise?” in A Taste of Paris. Long before Marie Antoinette said, “Let them eat cake!” (actually, it was brioche), the Romans of Paris devoured foie gras, and live oysters rushed in from the Atlantic; one Medieval cookbook describes a thirty-two part meal featuring hare stew, eel soup, and honeyed wine; during the last great banquet at Versailles a year before the Revolution the gourmand Louis XVI savored thirty-two main dishes and sixteen desserts; yet, in 1812, Grimod de la Reynière, the father of French gastronomy, regaled guests with fifty-two courses, fifteen wines, three types of coffee, and seventeen liqueurs.

Following the contours of history and the geography of the city, Downie sweeps readers on an insider’s gourmet walking tour of Paris and its environs, revealing the locations of Roman butcher shops, classic Belle Epoque bistros serving diners today and Marie Antoinette’s exquisite vegetable garden that still supplies produce, no longer to the unfortunate queen, but to the legendary Alain Ducasse and his stylish restaurant inside the palace of Versailles. Along the way, readers learn why the rich culinary heritage of France still makes Paris the ultimate arbiter in the world of food.

David Downie, a native San Franciscan, lived in New York, Providence, Rome and Milan before moving to Paris in the mid-80s. He divides his time between France and Italy. His travel, food and arts features have appeared in print publications worldwide including Bon Appétit, Gourmet, Saveur, Epicurious.com, and Gault&Millau, the premier French food guide. He is the author of the several books, including the highly acclaimed Paris, Paris and A Passion for Paris.

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ISBN: 9781250082930
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Published: St. Martin's Press - September 26th, 2017

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