Class: Amy Novesky - On-the-Spot Children's Writing Workshop

10/18/2014 2:00 pm
Sat., Oct. 18 • 10:00-2:00 pm • $60
 
48-hour advance registration • Limit of six
 
 
 
You’ve written a brilliant children’s story and can’t wait to hear what others think, or you’re stuck and need a critique. Bring your manuscript or idea to this on-the-spot workshop, and we’ll critique it. Amy Novesky is a children’s book editor, author, and experienced workshop leader.

Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925

Erika T. Wurth - An Evening with Curbside Splendor

Crazy Horse's Girlfriend is Erika T. Wurth's portrait of Margaritte, a sharp-tongued, drug-dealing, sixteen-year-old Native American floundering in a Colorado town crippled by poverty, unemployment, and drug abuse. She hates the burnout, futureless kids surrounding her and dreams that she and her unreliable new boyfriend can move far beyond the bright lights of Denver that float on the horizon before the daily suffocation of teen pregnancy eats her alive.

Set in mid-1990s Florida, Losing in Gainsville hilariously explores what failure means in a culture where everyone is supposed to win. With an ensemble cast of slackers, burn-outs, musicians, and dreamers, who are all losing something—their youth, their ambitions, their careers, their children, their former identities—Brian Costello builds a sun-bleached world of people struggling to understand what it means to succeed on their terms.

Where To?: A Hack Memoir is Dmitry Samarov's illustrated memoir capturing encounters with drunken passengers, overbearing cops, unreasonable city bureaucracy, his fellow cabdrivers, a few potholes, and other unexpectedly beautiful moments. Accompanied by dozens of Samarov's original artworks—composed during traffic jams, waits at the airport, and lulls in his shifts—these stories provide a street-level view of America from the perspective of an immigrant painter driving a cab for money.

The Game We Play features ten of Susan Lanier's riveting, emotionally complex stories examine the decisions we make when our choices are few and courage is costly. A young couple faces disease and commitment with the same sharp fear, a neglected woman battles her worsening condition of a very real invisibility, and a father makes a split-second decision that puts his child's life at risk.

Erika T. Wurth is an Apache/Chickasaw/Cherokee raised on the outskirts of Denver, which she describes as crossroads for many, many Native Americans. She holds an MA in English from University of Toledo, and a PhD in Creative Writing and Literature from University of Colorado. She was a writer-in-residence at the Institute of American Indian Arts and teaches creative writing at Western Illinois University.

Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925
$15.95
ISBN-13: 9781940430430
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Curbside Splendor Publishing, 9/2014

$15.95
ISBN-13: 9781940430317
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Curbside Splendor Publishing, 10/2014

$15.95
ISBN-13: 9781940430225
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Curbside Splendor Publishing, 9/2014

The Game We Play (Paperback)

$14.95
ISBN-13: 9781940430270
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Curbside Splendor Publishing, 9/2014

Carol Burnham - The Caver

In The Caver, Claire, an American writer, returns to the island of Kithera, “for answers,” but certainty is difficult in the land of myth and “trickster” light. Even her new tutor, who possesses a "strange consonance" with the island, becomes for her, an object of intrigue. When an amiable new neighbour extends an invitation on the day they meet, Claire declines, indicating that she needs to be alone for a while, but subsequently is persuaded to attend a dinner party. There she meets George, a caver from Malta, and falls inexplicably in love. She travels to Crete and ventures alone up a mountain to the remote village where she can be with him near his project. Then the unexpected occurs. Claire comes to Greece in search of answers and finds, instead, a stubborn but beautiful mystery.

Carol Burnham has a master’s degree in English literature and has taught at colleges in the San Francisco Bay area.

Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925
Country:
United States

Boris Fishman - A Replacement Life

Yevgeny Gelman, grandfather of Slava Gelman, ''didn't suffer in the exact way'' he needs to have suffered to qualify for the reparations the German government has been paying out to Holocaust survivors. But suffer he has--as a Jew in the war, as a second-class citizen in the USSR, as an immigrant in America. So? Isn't his grandson a ''writer''?

High-minded Slava wants to put all this immigrant-scraping behind him. Only the American dream is not panning out for him: Century, the legendary magazine where he works as a researcher, wants nothing greater from him. Slava wants to be a correct, blameless American--but he wants to be a lionized writer even more.

Slava's turn as the Forger of South Brooklyn teaches him that not every fact is a truth and not every lie a falsehood. It takes more than law-abiding to become an American; it takes the same self-reinvention at which his people excel. Intoxicated and unmoored by his inventions, Slava risks exposure. Cornered, he commits an irrevocable act that finally grants him a sense of home in America--but not before collecting a lasting price from his family.

A Replacement Life
is a dark, moving, and beautifully written novel about family, honor, and justice.

Boris Fishman was born in the former Soviet Union and immigrated to the United States at the age of nine. His journalism, essays, and criticism have appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, the New Republic, the Wall Street Journal, the London Review of Books, and other publications. He is the editor of Wild East: Stories From the Last Frontier, an anthology about Eastern Europe after the fall of communism, and the recipient of fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts and the Fine Arts Work Center, among others. A Replacement Life is his first novel.

Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925

A Replacement Life (Hardcover)

$25.99
ISBN-13: 9780062287878
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Harper, 6/2014

Class: Tressa Berman - Life Is A Story

10/19/2014 4:00 pm

 Sun., Oct. 19 • 10:00-4:00pm • $105

 

 

Everyone has a life story, but how do we shape that story to make it compelling? Through inclass exercises, we will consider the art of the interview, life history methods, performance, and writing techniques to bring your life story alive. Please bring samples of interviews or works-in-progress to class. Tressa Berman, Ph.D., is an anthropologist and writer who has collected life histories and interviews as a fieldworker and oral historian for more than 25 years.

 

 

 

 

Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925

Marcia DeSanctis - 100 Places in France Every Woman Should Go

Whether she is a die-hard Francophile or simply dreaming of Paris, a woman will discover France, her way, in 100 Places in France Every Woman Should Go. With her eye trained towards the feminine, award-winning author Marcia DeSanctis draws on years of traveling and living in France to lead women into the City of Light, along the Cote d’Azur, and through vineyards, cooking classes, lavender fields and architectural treasures. These 100 entries capture art, culture and jaunts along France's many beaches, and include not only most-visited attractions such as the Chateau de Versailles and the Musee d'Orsay, but many places to be discovered. Wander around the Art Nouveau city of Nancy, make a pilgrimage to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer in the Camargue, try thalassotherapy in St. Malo, or discover the Cathar Cathedral of St. Cecile in Albi. From sexy to literary, from spiritual to simply gorgeous, the range of this book proves that the allure of France for women goes beyond food and fashion.

Marcia DeSanctis spent years traveling the world as a network news producer and is now writing a memoir. Her work has been in Vogue, Departures, The New York Times Magazine, The Christian Science Monitor, More, Princeton Alumni Weekly, and the Huffington Post. She loves to travel alone and her idea of heaven is arriving at a new place, opening the hotel room door, checking out what candy is in the mini-bar, and then heading outside to explore her new temporary neighborhood. She lives in Bethlehem, CT.

Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925
$19.95
ISBN-13: 9781609520823
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Travelers' Tales, 5/2013



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