Class: Graciela Pera - Intermediate Spanish (Corte Madera)

Thursday, January 11, 2018 - 10:00am

8 Thursdays; Jan. 11 - Mar. 1 • 10:00 am - 12:00 pm • $250

Graciela Pera was born in Buenos Aires. She is a graduate of the University of Buenos Aires and has been teaching Spanish for over 35 years.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Melanie Vetter - Write Your Life (Corte Madera)

Thursday, January 11, 2018 - 6:30pm

Thursday January 11 • 6:30 pm-8:30pm • $60

Writing your life —two pages at a time—using universal themes such as family, career and work, and spirituality. Priming questions will help evoke memories of events and people. Writing and sharing life stories with others is an enjoyable way to gain a growing appreciation of your life and the lives of others, as well as put the past into perspective. Narrative storytelling is a wonderful way to learn about yourself, and has been shown to enhance the writer’s sense of meaning. This introductory class will include creative exercises, writing tips, writing, and sharing of stories. All levels of writing experience (from no experience to expert) are welcome and encouraged to join.

Melanie Vetter is the founder of Wellfleet Circle. Melanie's life’s work is dedicated to teaching and empowering others to celebrate, document and share a purposeful life using fun and joyful tools and techniques.  She helps others preserve and share  their intangible wealth—traditions, wisdom, values, stories and love. Melanie is a Harvard Law School trained attorney and business professional and a certified Legacy Advisor. She holds a certificate in Guided Autobiography Instruction from the Birren Center for Autobiographical Studies, and is also a Certified Senior Advisor®.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Thomas Mann - One Nation After Trump (Corte Madera)

Thursday, January 11, 2018 - 7:00pm

A call to action from three of Washington's premier political scholar-journalists offering the definitive work on the threat posed by the Trump presidency and how to counter it.
American democracy was never supposed to give the nation a president like Donald Trump. We have never had a president who gave rise to such widespread alarm about his lack of commitment to the institutions of self-government, to the norms democracy requires, and to the need for basic knowledge about how government works. We have never had a president who raises profound questions about his basic competence and his psychological capacity to take on the most challenging political office in the world.

Yet if Trump is both a threat to our democracy and a product of its weaknesses, the citizen activism he has inspired is the antidote. The reaction to the crisis created by Trump’s presidency can provide the foundation for an era of democratic renewal and vindicate our long experiment in self-rule.

The award-winning authors of One Nation After Trump explain Trump’s rise and the danger his administration poses to our free institutions. They also offer encouragement to the millions of Americans now experiencing a new sense of citizenship and engagement and argue that our nation needs a unifying alternative to Trump’s dark and divisive brand of politics—an alternative rooted in a New Economy, a New Patriotism, a New Civil Society, and a New Democracy. This is an essential book for our era, an unsparing assessment of the perils facing the United States and an inspiring roadmap for how we can reclaim the future.

Thomas E. Mann is a resident scholar at the Institute of Governmental Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, and a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution.

One Nation After Trump: A Guide for the Perplexed, the Disillusioned, the Desperate, and the Not-Yet Deported Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250164056
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Published: St. Martin's Press - September 19th, 2017


A call to action from three of Washington's premier political scholar-journalists, One Nation After Trump offers the definitive work on the threat posed by the Trump presidency and how to counter it.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Marilyn Yalom - The Amorous Heart (Corte Madera)

Saturday, January 13, 2018 - 4:00pm

The symmetrical, exuberant heart is everywhere: it gives shape to candy, pendants, the frothy milk on top of a cappuccino, and much else. How can we explain the ubiquity of what might be the most recognizable symbol in the world?

In The Amorous Heart, Marilyn Yalom tracks the heart metaphor and heart iconography across two thousand years, through Christian theology, pagan love poetry, medieval painting, Shakespearean drama, Enlightenment science, and into the present. She argues that the symbol reveals a tension between love as romantic and sexual on the one hand, and as religious and spiritual on the other. Ultimately, the heart symbol is a guide to the astonishing variety of human affections, from the erotic to the chaste and from the unrequited to the conjugal.

Marilyn Yalom is a senior scholar at the Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University, and the author of A History of the Wife, among other books. She lives in Palo Alto, CA, with her husband, Irvin.

The Amorous Heart: An Unconventional History of Love Cover Image
ISBN: 9780465094707
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Basic Books - January 9th, 2018

An eminent scholar unearths the captivating history of the two-lobed heart symbol from scripture and tapestry to T-shirts and text messages, shedding light on how we have expressed love since antiquity

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Margaret Stawowy - Keeper of the Pond (Sausalito)

Saturday, January 13, 2018 - 5:00pm

Keeper of the Pond is a collection of poems that plumbs the depths of one writer's relationship to place, time, and the people who  inhabit her world. Using the meaning of her surname (Stawowy) as the title of this book, the pond becomes a landscape of both the interior and exterior events that create an imagined ecosystem of the mind and spirit. Using poetry as a means to capture the tenuous and transitory, this collection features award-winning work that has been described as vivid, allusive, precise, and rich in emotional detail.  

Margaret Stawowy grew up on the southwest side of Chicago in the Back of the Yards, a neighborhood made famous in Upton Sinclair's book, The Jungle. In adulthood, she moved to the San Francisco Bay Area, then Tokyo and Yokohama Japan, where she taught English conversation and co-wrote English-teaching textbooks. She began writing poetry in Japan after meeting poets in a literary group that she co-founded. Upon returning to the Bay Area, she continued  in her lifelong occupation as a librarian.  

100 Bay Street
Sausalito, CA 94965

Left Coast Writers®: Jay Humphrey - The Day You Love Me (Corte Madera)

Saturday, January 13, 2018 - 7:00pm

You are alone. Perhaps in a bar, a museum, a cafe, a grocery store—anywhere. You meet someone. And from the moment of eye contact, a story begins. In The Day You Love Me, you'll travel to six places around the globe and experience six encounters, each fueled by hope and desire, each clouded by uncertainty. Whether in a Japanese village near Mt. Fuji, a small northern California town, an L.A. high school cafeteria, an art gallery in Tahiti, a bar in southern Spain, or in a Paris cafe, the meetings seem similar. The consequences are wildly different.

Jay Humphrey graduated with a degree in English from Stanford, pursuing a varied career in theater and television, law, writing and teaching. The Day You Love Me is his first collection of short stories. This book is fiction, but as Albert Camus noted, fiction is the lie through which we tell the truth. Jay lives with his wife in Northern California.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925