Olivia Koski & Jana Grcevich - Vacation Guide to the Solar System (Corte Madera)

Sunday, June 11, 2017 - 1:00pm

Co-Sponsored by Mt. Tam Astronomy

Imagine taking a hike along the windswept red plains of Mars to dig for signs of life, or touring one of Jupiter's sixty-four moons where you can photograph its swirling storms.  For a shorter trip on a tight budget, the Moon is quite majestic and very quiet if you can make it during the off-season.

With four-color illustrations and packed with real-world science, The Vacation Guide to the Solar System is the must-have planning guide for the curious space adventurer, covering all of the essentials for your next voyage, how to get there, and what to do when you arrive. Written by an astronomer who presents at the Hayden Planetarium and one of the creators of the Guerilla Science collective, this tongue-in-cheek reference guide is an imaginative exploration into the "What if" of space travel, sharing fascinating facts about space, the planets in our solar system, and even some moons!

Olivia Koski is Head of Operations at Guerilla Science. She was previously a senior producer at the Atavist Magazine, where she produced 30 interactive journalism stories, five of which were nominated for a National Magazine Award and one an Emmy. She has a master's in journalism from NYU and her writing has appeared in Wired, Popular Mechanics, and Scientific American.

Jana Grcevich, PHD, has worked as an astronomer and science educator at the American Museum of Natural History and hosts shows at the Hayden Planetarium. She received her undergraduate degrees in astronomy, physics, and mathematics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and her doctorate in astronomy at Columbia University. She teaches astronomy to future high school Earth Science teachers as a part of the Master of Arts in Teaching program at AMNH.


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ISBN: 9780143129776
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Penguin Books - June 6th, 2017

Packed with real science and fueled by imagination, a beautifully illustrated guide to traveling in our solar system

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

David Montgomery - Growing a Revolution (Corte Madera)

Sunday, June 11, 2017 - 4:00pm

A MacArthur Fellow’s impassioned call to make agriculture sustainable by ditching the plow, covering the soil, and diversifying crop rotations.

The problem of agriculture is as old as civilization. Throughout history, great societies that abused their land withered into poverty or disappeared entirely. Now we risk repeating this ancient story on a global scale due to ongoing soil degradation, a changing climate, and a rising population.

But there is reason for hope. David Montgomery introduces us to farmers around the world at the heart of a brewing soil health revolution that could bring humanity’s ailing soil back to life remarkably fast. Growing a Revolution draws on visits to farms in the industrialized world and developing world to show that a new combination of farming practices can deliver innovative, cost-effective solutions to problems farmers face today.

Cutting through standard debates about conventional and organic farming, Montgomery explores why practices based on the principles of conservation agriculture help restore soil health and fertility. Farmers he visited found it both possible and profitable to stop plowing up the soil and blanketing fields with chemicals. Montgomery finds that the combination of no-till planting, cover crops, and diverse crop rotations provides the essential recipe to rebuild soil organic matter. Farmers using these unconventional practices cultivate beneficial soil life, smother weeds, and suppress pests while relying on far less, if any, fertilizer and pesticides.

These practices are good for farmers and the environment. Using less fossil fuel and agrochemicals while maintaining crop yields helps farmers with their bottom line. Regenerative practices also translate into farms that use less water, generate less pollution, lower carbon emissions—and stash an impressive amount of carbon underground. Combining ancient wisdom with modern science, Montgomery lays out a solid case for an inspiring vision where agriculture becomes the solution to environmental problems, helping feed us all, cool the planet, and restore life to the land.

David Montgomery is the author of The Rocks Don't Lie and The Hidden Half of Nature and a professor of geomorphology at the University of Washington. He lives in Seattle with his wife, Anne Biklé, and Loki, their guide-dog dropout.


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ISBN: 9780393608328
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 9th, 2017

The problem of agriculture is as old as civilization. Throughout history, great societies that abused their land withered into poverty or disappeared entirely. Now we risk repeating this ancient story on a global scale due to ongoing soil degradation, a changing climate, and a rising population.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Cooks with Books: Jamie Purviance - Weber’s Greatest Hits (Larkspur)

Sunday, June 11, 2017 - 6:30pm

Left Bank Restaurant in Larkspur • Singles: $115; Couples: $185 (one book)
Event ticket includes meal, wine, tip, tax, and a signed copy of the book.


Want to win a Weber Essential Grillers accessory package? It could be yours for free if you sign up for our dinner with Jamie Purviance! Raffle and giveaways for those who attend the event.


For decades, Weber grills have set the standard for backyard grills, and Weber’s cookbooks have delighted grilling enthusiasts. But out of more than 2,000 total recipes for every kind of dish, which ones are the very best of the best?

Weber's Greatest Hits: 125 Classic Recipes for Every Grill is the ultimate gift for every griller, from beginner to veteran. Weber rated, debated, and curated its entire recipe collection, with help from its most enthusiastic fans. Here in one gorgeous package are the ultimate go-to recipes for every occasion.

The book includes all-new photography, fun stories from Weber’s rich and often hilarious history, and special features such as the Top Ten Grilling Do's and Don’ts.

Whether building a better burger or smoking competition-worthy ribs, Weber fans will delight in these classic standards and contemporary inspirations.

Jamie Purviance is one of America's top grilling experts and Weber's master griller. He graduated from Stanford University and the Culinary Institute of America before launching a career as a food writer for publications such as Bon Appetit, Better Homes and Gardens, Fine Cooking, Town & Country, and the Los Angeles Times. He is the author of numerous cookbooks including Weber's Way to Grill, a James Beard Award nominee and New York Times best seller. Purviance has appeared as a grilling authority on numerous television shows including Today, The Early Show, Good Morning America, and The Oprah Winfrey Show. He lives in California.


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ISBN: 9780544952379
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - April 25th, 2017

All Killer, No Filler: The Absolute Best Weber Recipes Ever Published, in One Amazing Collection

For decades, Weber grills have set the standard for backyard grills, and Weber's cookbooks have delighted grilling enthusiasts. But out of more than 2,000 total recipes for every kind of dish, which ones are the very best of the best?

Left Bank Restaurant
507 Magnolia Ave.
Larkspur, CA 94939

Left Coast Writers®: Susanna Solomon - More Point Reyes Sheriff's Calls (San Francisco)

Monday, June 12, 2017 - 6:00pm

In More Point Reyes Sheriff's Calls, Susanna Solomon, a resident of both San Anselmo and Point Reyes Station, finds humor and delight in the Sheriff's Calls printed in the local newspaper the Point Reyes Light, where she draws inspiration for her short stories. This is the second collection.

Susanna Solomon makes her home in Northern California where she splits her time between Point Reyes Station and San Anselmo. She’s been writing a long time and her work has appeared in the Point Reyes Light, The MacGuffin Review, Foliate Oak Magazine, Meat for Tea – The Valley Review, the Redwood Writers Anthology, The Literary Journal of Carteret Writers, the West Wind Centennial, and online in The Mill Valley Literary Review and Harlots Sauce Radio, an ezine. Her first book of short stories, Point Reyes Sheriff’s Calls, came out in 2013. In the early seventies she started writing for newspapers, where one newspaper set her work in hot type. After covering local news, city councils and writing several investigative pieces, she made a life change in the early 80s and entered engineering school where she graduated Summa Cum Laude. She’s been an electrical engineer ever since. For the last sixteen years she’s owned and operated her own consulting business. Although electrical engineering is her profession, writing is her passion and her love.


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ISBN: 9781943588336
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Published: Lucky Bat Books - July 22nd, 2016

1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Thad Carhart - Finding Fontainebleau (San Francisco)

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - 6:00pm

For a young American boy in the 1950s, Fontainebleau was a sight both strange and majestic, home to a continual series of adventures: a different language to learn, weekend visits to nearby Paris, family road trips to Spain and Italy. Then there was the château itself: a sprawling palace once the residence of kings, its grounds the perfect place to play hide-and-seek. The curiosities of the small town and the time with his family as expats left such an impression on him that thirty years later Thad Carhart returned to France with his wife to raise their two children. Touring Fontainebleau again as an adult, he began to appreciate its influence on French style, taste, art, and architecture. Each trip to Fontainebleau introduces him to entirely new aspects of the château’s history, enriching his memories and leading him to Patrick Ponsot, the head of the château’s restoration, who becomes Carhart’s guide to the hidden Fontainebleau.

What emerges is an intimate chronicle of a time and place few have experienced. Finding Fontainebleau is for those captivated by the French way of life, for armchair travelers, and for anyone who has ever fallen in love with a place they want to visit over and over again.

Thad Carhart grew up in a variety of places, including Washington, D.C.; Fontainebleau, France; Minneapolis; Amherst, Massachusetts; and Tokyo. After graduating from Yale, he worked for the State Department as an interpreter. He has also written The Piano Shop on the Left Bank and Across the Endless River.

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ISBN: 9780525428800
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Published: Viking - May 17th, 2016

"While bringing alive this redolent Gallic chapter of his boyhood (baguettes from the boulangerie; inkwells and laborious handwriting exercises at school), Mr. Carhart also resurrects the mood and mores of a particular window in time: the 1950s of Ike and Elvis's America, and postwar France. . . .

1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Marin Poetry Center - Traveling Show

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - 7:00pm

Robin Leslie Jacobson

Calvin Ahlgren
Barbara Brooks
Laurel Feigenbaum
Marilyn King
Janis Seagrave
Elizabeth Weaver

The Marin Poetry Center Summer Traveling Show brings together local poets (MPC members from all over the Bay Area) to read their own or others' work aloud. In groups of no more than five, these poets hold forth at coffee houses, bookstores, libraries, the occasional bar, and some civic sites. The shows are short (one hour and change), punchy, pithy, informal, and well attended.

The Marin Poetry Center is a local organization dedicated to the development and appreciation of poetry. It has a number of activities and programs; please visit its website at marinpoetrycenter.org.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925