Class: Nina Schuyler - Creating Dynamic Characters

Saturday, June 17, 2017 - 10:00am

Sat., June 17 • 10:00 am - 4:00 pm • $110


How do you create characters that capture the readers’ attention? We’ll look at published works as a jumping off point. Then we’ll explore your own character’s flaws, conflicts, and relationships to become clearer about them and their role in the plot. Nina Schuyler is the author of the award-winning novel The Translator, The Painting, and many short stories.

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Jeremy Lent - Patterning Instinct (Corte Madera)

Saturday, June 17, 2017 - 7:00pm

The Patterning Instinct: A Cultural History of Humanity's Search for Meaning is a fresh perspective on crucial questions of history. It identifies the root metaphors that cultures have used to construct meaning in their world and offers a glimpse into the minds of a vast range of different peoples: early hunter-gatherers and farmers, ancient Egyptians, traditional Chinese sages, the founders of Christianity, trail-blazers of the Scientific Revolution, and those who constructed our modern consumer society.

Taking the reader on an archaeological exploration of the mind, the author, an entrepreneur and sustainability leader, uses recent findings in cognitive science and systems theory to reveal the hidden layers of values that form today's cultural norms.

Uprooting the tired cliches of the science-religion debate, he shows how medieval Christian rationalism acted as an incubator for scientific thought, which in turn shaped our modern vision of the conquest of nature. The author probes our current crisis of unsustainability and argues that it is not an inevitable result of human nature, but is culturally driven: a product of particular mental patterns that could conceivably be reshaped.

By shining a light on our possible futures, the book foresees a coming struggle between two contrasting views of humanity: one driving to a technological endgame of artificially enhanced humans, the other enabling a sustainable future arising from our intrinsic connectedness with each other and the natural world. This struggle, it concludes, is one in which each of us will play a role through the meaning we choose to forge from the lives we lead.

Jeremy Lent is a writer and the founder and president of the nonprofit Liology Institute, dedicated to fostering a worldview that could enable humanity to thrive sustainably on the earth. The Liology Institute, which integrates systems science with ancient wisdom traditions, holds regular workshops and other events in the San Francisco Bay Area. Lent is the author of the novel Requiem of the Human Soul. Formerly, he was the founder, CEO, and chairman of a publicly traded Internet company. Lent holds a BA in English Literature from Cambridge University and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

 

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By Jeremy Lent, Fritjof Capra (Foreword by)
$26.00
ISBN: 9781633882935
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Published: Prometheus Books - May 23rd, 2017

This fresh perspective on crucial questions of history identifies the root metaphors that cultures have used to construct meaning in their world.


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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Andrew Evans - The Black Penguin (Corte Madera)

Sunday, June 18, 2017 - 4:00pm

A devout young boy in rural Ohio, Andrew Evans had his life mapped for him: baptism, mission, Brigham Young University, temple marriage, and children of his own. But as an awkward gay kid, bullied and bored, he escaped into the glossy pages of National Geographic and the wide promise of the world atlas. The Black Penguin is Evans's memoir, travel tale, and love story of his eventual journey to the farthest reaches of the map, a wild yet touching adventure across some of the most astonishing landscapes on Earth. 

Ejected from church and shunned by his family as a young man, Evans embarks on an ambitious overland journey halfway across the world. Riding public transportation, he crosses swamps, deserts, mountains, and jungles, slowly approaching his lifelong dream and ultimate goal: Antarctica. With each new mile comes laughter, pain, unexpected friendship, true weirdness, unsettling realities, and some hair-raising moments that eventually lead to a singular discovery on a remote beach at the bottom of the world. 

His 12,000-mile voyage becomes a soulful quest to balance faith, family, and self, reminding us that, in the end, our lives are defined by the roads we take, the places we touch, and those we hold nearest. 

Andrew Evans has completed more than thirty assignments for National Geographic, reporting from all seven continents. He is the author of the Bradt Travel Guides Iceland and Ukraine and lives in Washington, DC.

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$24.95
ISBN: 9780299311407
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Published: University of Wisconsin Press - April 25th, 2017

A devout young boy in rural Ohio, Andrew Evans had his life mapped for him: baptism, mission, Brigham Young University, temple marriage, and children of his own. But as an awkward gay kid, bullied and bored, he escaped into the glossy pages of National Geographic and the wide promise of the world atlas.


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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Literary Luncheon: Jane Green - The Sunshine Sisters (Corte Madera)

Monday, June 19, 2017 - 12:00pm

Tickets: $55 (includes meal & signed book)

From Jane Green -- the New York Times bestselling author of Falling -- comes The Sunshine Sisters: a warm, wise, and wonderfully vivid novel about a mother who asks her three estranged daughters to come home to help her end her life. 

Ronni Sunshine left London for Hollywood to become a beautiful, charismatic star of the silver screen. But at home, she was a narcissistic, disinterested mother who alienated her three daughters. 

As soon as possible, tomboy Nell fled her mother's overbearing presence to work on a farm and find her own way in the world as a single mother. The target of her mother's criticism, Meredith never felt good enough, thin enough, pretty enough. Her life took her to London--and into the arms of a man whom she may not even love. And Lizzy, the youngest, more like Ronni than any of them, seemed to have it easy, using her drive and ambition to build a culinary career to rival her mother's fame, while her marriage crumbled around her. 

But now the Sunshine sisters are together again, called home by Ronni, who has learned that she has a serious disease and needs her daughters to fulfill her final wishes. And though Nell, Meredith, and Lizzy have never been close, their mother's illness draws them together to confront the old jealousies and secret fears that have threatened to tear these sisters apart. As they face the loss of their mother, they will discover if blood might be thicker than water after all...

A former journalist in the UK and a graduate of the International Culinary Center in New York, Jane Green has written many novels (including Jemima J, The Beach House, and, most recently, Falling), most of which have been New York Times bestsellers, and one cookbook, Good Taste. Her novels are published in more than twenty-five languages, and she has over ten million books in print worldwide. She lives in Westport, Connecticut, with her husband and a small army of children and animals.

 

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$26.00
ISBN: 9780399583315
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Published: Berkley Books - June 6th, 2017

"All women will recognize something of themselves in one of the Sunshine sisters. Jane Green's best yet. I raced through this."--Jojo Moyes, New York Times bestselling author of Me Before You and Paris for One and Other Stories


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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Joseph Kanon - Defectors (Corte Madera)

Monday, June 19, 2017 - 7:00pm

In conversation with Luisa Smith

From the bestselling author of Leaving Berlin and The Good German comes a fast-paced and richly imagined novel about an American spy, the Cold War’s most notorious defector, who gave up his country for the safety—and prison—of Moscow, but never lost his gift for betrayal.

In 1949, Frank Weeks, fair-haired boy of the newly formed CIA, was exposed as a Communist spy and fled the country to vanish behind the Iron Curtain. Now, twelve years later, he has written his memoirs, a KGB- approved project almost certain to be an international bestseller, and has asked his brother Simon, a publisher, to come to Moscow to edit the manuscript. It’s a reunion Simon both dreads and longs for. Defectors is sure to be filled with mischief and misinformation; Frank’s motives suspect, the CIA hostile. But the chance to see Frank, his adored older brother, proves irresistible.

And at first Frank is still Frank—the same charm, the same jokes, the same bond of affection that transcends ideology. Then Simon begins to glimpse another Frank, still capable of treachery, still actively working for “the service.” He finds himself dragged into the middle of Frank’s new scheme, caught between the KGB and the CIA in a fatal cat and mouse game that only one of the brothers is likely to survive.

This book is the gripping story of one family torn apart by the divided loyalties of the Cold War, but it's also a revealing look at the wider community of defectors, American and British, living a twilit Moscow existence, granted privileges but never trusted, spies who have escaped one prison only to find themselves trapped in another that is even more sinister. Filled with authentic period detail and moral ambiguity, Defectors takes us to the heart of a world of secrets, where no one can be trusted and murder is just collateral dam

Joseph Kanon is the Edgar Award–winning author of Leaving Berlin, Istanbul Passage, Los Alamos, The Prodigal Spy, Alibi, Stardust, and The Good German, which was made into a major motion picture starring George Clooney and Cate Blanchett. He lives in New York City.

 

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$27.00
ISBN: 9781501121395
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Published: Atria Books - June 6th, 2017

From the bestselling author of Istanbul Passage and Leaving Berlin comes a riveting novel about two brothers bound by blood, divided by loyalty.


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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Kate Rider - Advanced Italian

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 - 4:00pm

5 Wednesdays, June 21 – July 19, 2017 • 4:00pm - 6:00pm • $160

This class will be reading a short novel entitled Scontro di civilta per un ascensore a Piazza Vittorio. It's a gently funny giallo that also examines the stereotypes and realities of immigrants living in Rome. In addition to reading the book, we will also work on conversation and listening skills, as well as review grammar topics by request. 

Kate Rider studied Italian at Stanford, Middlebury College, and in Florence and Genoa. She earned a master’s degree in Italian Literature at S.F. State, and teaches Italian at Dominican University. She loves to share her passion for Italian with her students! Classes are fun and relaxed, with a variety of activities and an emphasis on practical speaking ability.

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

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