Marin County Events

Adam Haslett - Imagine Me Gone (Corte Madera)

Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 7:00pm

From a Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award finalist, a ferociously intimate story of a family facing the ultimate question: how far will we go to save the people we love the most?

When Margaret's fiancé, John, is hospitalized for depression in 1960s London, she faces a choice: carry on with their plans despite what she now knows of his condition, or back away from the suffering it may bring her. She decides to marry him. Imagine Me Gone is the unforgettable story of what unfolds from this act of love and faith. At the heart of it is their eldest son, Michael, a brilliant, anxious music fanatic who makes sense of the world through parody. Over the span of decades, his younger siblings—the savvy and responsible Celia and the ambitious and tightly controlled Alec—struggle along with their mother to care for Michael's increasingly troubled and precarious existence.

Adam Haslett is the author of the short story collection You Are Not a Stranger Here and the novel Union Atlantic. His story collection was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award and his books have been translated into eighteen languages. In 2006, he won the PEN/Malamud Award for short fiction. Haslett is a graduate of Swarthmore College, the Iowa Writers' Workshop, and Yale Law School. He has been a visiting professor at the Iowa Writers' Workshop and Columbia University.

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ISBN: 9780316261357
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Published: Little Brown and Company - May 3rd, 2016

"Haslett is one of the country's most talented writers, equipped with a sixth sense for characterization."-"-Wall Street Journal"
"Ambitious and stirring . . . With "Imagine Me Gone," Haslett has reached another level." "--New York Times Book Review"

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Matthew Gallagher - Youngblood

Thursday, May 26, 2016 - 7:00pm

In Youngblood, the US military is preparing to withdraw from Iraq, and newly-minted lieutenant Jack Porter struggles to accept how it’s happening—through alliances with warlords who have Arab and American blood on their hands. Day after day, Jack tries to assert his leadership in the sweltering, dreary atmosphere of Ashuriyah. But his world is disrupted by the arrival of veteran Sergeant Daniel Chambers, whose aggressive style threatens to undermine the fragile peace that the troops have worked hard to establish.

As Iraq plunges back into chaos and bloodshed and Chambers’s influence over the men grows stronger, Jack becomes obsessed with a strange, tragic tale of reckless love between a lost American soldier and Rana, a local sheikh’s daughter. In search of the truth and buoyed by the knowledge that what he finds may implicate Sergeant Chambers, Jack seeks answers from the enigmatic Rana, and soon their fates become intertwined. Determined to secure a better future for Rana and a legitimate and lasting peace for her country, Jack will defy American command, putting his own future in grave peril.

Matt Gallagher is a former US Army captain and the author of the acclaimed Iraq War memoir Kaboom, based on the popular and controversial blog he kept while he was deployed. He holds an MFA in fiction from Columbia and has written for the New York Times, The Atlantic, The Daily Beast, and The Paris Review, among others. He lives with his wife in Brooklyn

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ISBN: 9781501105746
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Published: Atria Books - February 2nd, 2016

An Amazon Best Book of the Month
The Millions Most Anticipated Book of 20
An urgent and deeply moving novel. Michiko Kakutani, "The New York Times"

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

David Swanson - War Is A Lie (Corte Madera)

Saturday, May 28, 2016 - 4:00pm

In conversation with Norman Solomon

War Is A Lie is a thorough refutation of every major argument used to justify wars, drawing on evidence from numerous past wars, with a focus on those that have been most widely defended as just and good. This is a handbook of sorts, an engaging, always informative manual that can be used to debunk future lies before the wars they’re deployed to justify have any chance to begin. Veteran antiwar activist Daniel Ellsberg calls War Is A Lie "a terrific tool for recognizing and resisting war lies before it's too late." This updated and expanded edition outlines lessons from America’s most recent wars, what can be done to end warmaking, and an epilogue that analyzes new trends in war lying and in resistance to it. No one to whom you give this book can claim they haven't been warned!

David Swanson is an author, activist, journalist, public speaker, and radio host. His books include When the World Outlawed War, and War No More: The Case for Abolition. Swanson serves as director of World Beyond War, and host of Talk Nation Radio. He blogs at and In the early 2000’s, he helped to expose the “Downing Street Minutes” and other attempts to lie the United States and its allies into the Iraq war. In 2015, he was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.

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ISBN: 9781682570005
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Published: Just World Books - April 2016

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Songs & Stories with Megan (Corte Madera)

Sunday, May 29, 2016 - 11:30am

Sundays at 11:30 am at Book Passage in Corte Madera: May 29, June 5, 12, 19, 26, July 3, 10, & 24 • Free

Join us on Sundays at 11:30 am to listen to songs and stories!

Megan is a children's music teacher, performer, and recording artist, offering classes and events across the north bay and San Francisco. She graduated from the Berklee College of Music in Boston with a degree in music therapy. Learn more about Megan at

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Don Miguel Ruiz Jr. - The Mastery of Self (Corte Madera)

Tuesday, May 31, 2016 - 7:00pm

The ancient Toltecs believed that life as we perceive it is a dream.

We each live in our own personal dream, and all of our dreams come together to make the Dream of the Planet. Problems arise when we forget that the dream is just a dream and fall victim to believing that we have no control over it.

The Mastery of Self takes the Toltec philosophy of the Dream of the Planet and the personal dream and explains how a person can:

Wake up
Liberate themselves from illusory beliefs and stories
Live with authenticity
Once released, we can live as our true, authentic, loving self, not only in solitude and meditation, but in any place—at the grocery store, stuck in traffic, etc.—and in any situation or scenario that confronts us.

Don Miguel Ruiz, Jr. is a Nagual, a Toltec Master of Transformation. He is a direct descendant of the Toltecs of the Eagle Knight lineage and is the son of Don Miguel Ruiz, Sr. By combining the wisdom of his family's tradition with the knowledge gained from his own personal journey, he now helps others realize their own path to personal freedom. Visit him at

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ISBN: 9781938289538
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Published: Hierophant Publishing - May 23rd, 2016

The ancient Toltecs believed that life as we perceive it is a dream.

We each live in our own personal dream, and all of our dreams come together to make the Dream of the Planet. Problems arise when we forget that the dream is just a dream and fall victim to believing that we have no control over it.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

CW Gortner - Marlene (Corte Madera)

Wednesday, June 1, 2016 - 7:00pm

A lush, dramatic biographical novel of one of the most glamorous and alluring legends of Hollywood’s golden age, Marlene Dietrich, from the gender-bending cabarets of Weimar Berlin to the lush film studios of Hollywood—a sweeping story of passion, glamour, ambition, art, and war. 

Raised in genteel poverty after the first World War, Maria Magdalena Dietrich dreams of a life on the stage. When a budding career as a violinist is cut short, the willful teenager vows to become a singer, trading her family’s proper, middle class society for the free-spirited, louche world of Weimar Berlin’s cabarets and drag balls. With her sultry beauty, smoky voice, seductive silk cocktail dresses, and androgynous tailored suits, Marlene performs to packed houses, and becomes entangled in a series of stormy love affairs that push the boundaries of social convention. 

An enthralling and insightful account of this extraordinary legend, Marlene reveals the inner life of a woman of grit, glamour, and ambition who defied convention, seduced the world, and forged her own path on her own terms.

A former fashion executive, C. W. Gortner is the author of many bestselling historical novels, including Mademoiselle Chanel, which have been published in over 20 countries. He lives in San Francisco, California.

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ISBN: 9780062406064
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Published: William Morrow & Company - May 24th, 2016

A lush, dramatic biographical novel of one of the most glamorous and alluring legends of Hollywood's golden age, Marlene Dietrich from the gender-bending cabarets of Weimar Berlin to the lush film studios of Hollywood, a sweeping story of passion, glamour, ambition, art, and war from the author of Mademoiselle Chanel.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Sebastian Junger - Tribe

Thursday, June 2, 2016 - 7:00pm

Decades before the American Revolution, Benjamin Franklin lamented that English settlers were constantly fleeing over to the Indians—but Indians almost never did the same. Tribal society has been exerting an almost gravitational pull on Westerners for hundreds of years, and the reason lies deep in our evolutionary past as a communal species. The most recent example of that attraction are combat veterans who come home to find themselves missing the incredibly intimate bonds of platoon life. The loss of closeness that comes at the end of deployment may explain the high rates of post-traumatic stress disorder suffered by military veterans today.

Combining history, psychology, and anthropology, Tribe explores what we can learn from tribal societies about loyalty, belonging, and the eternal human quest for meaning. It explains the irony that-for many veterans as well as civilians-war feels better than peace, adversity can turn out to be a blessing, and disasters are sometimes remembered more fondly than weddings or tropical vacations. Tribe explains why we are stronger when we come together, and how that can be achieved even in today's divided world.

Sebastian Junger is the New York Times bestselling author of War, The Perfect Storm and A Death in Belmont. Together with Tim Hetherington, he directed the documentary Restrepo, which won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance. He is a contributing editor to Vanity Fair and has been awarded a National Magazine Award and an SAIS Novartis Prize for journalism. He lives in New York City.

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ISBN: 9781455566389
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Published: Twelve - May 24th, 2016

We have a strong instinct to belong to small groups defined by clear purpose and understanding--"tribes." This tribal connection has been largely lost in modern society, but regaining it may be the key to our psychological survival.

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Steve Hamilton - The Second Life of Nick Mason (Corte Madera)

Friday, June 3, 2016 - 7:00pm

The Second Life of Nick Mason is the first book in a remarkable new series from the two-time Edgar Award-winning author of The Lock Artist and the New York Times bestselling Alex McKnight series.

Nick Mason is out of prison. After five years inside, he has just been given the one thing a man facing 25-to-life never gets, a second chance. But it comes at a terrible price.

Nick Mason is out of prison, but he's not free. Whenever his cell phone rings, day or night, he must answer it and follow whatever order he is given. It's the deal he made with Darius Cole, a criminal kingpin serving a double-life term who still runs an empire from his prison cell.

Forced to commit increasingly more dangerous crimes, hunted by the relentless detective who put him behind bars, and desperate to go straight and rebuild his life with his daughter and ex-wife, Nick will ultimately have to risk everything—his family, his sanity, and even his life—to finally break free.

Steve Hamilton's debut, A Cold Day in Paradise, won the PWA/SMP Best First Private Eye Novel Contest before winning both an Edgar and a Shamus Award for Best First Novel. His standalone novel The Lock Artist was named a New York Times Notable Crime Book, received an Alex Award, and went on to win the Edgar Award for Best Novel. He attended the University of Michigan, where he won the prestigious Hopwood Award for writing, and now lives in Cottekill, NY, with his wife and their two children.

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ISBN: 9780399574320
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - May 17th, 2016

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Barry Spitz - Mount Tamalpais Trails

Saturday, June 4, 2016 - 11:00am

The mountain is eternal, but trails change, and in his new book, Mount Tamalpais Trails, Barry Spitz updates and expands the roster. Spitz, who has spent more than forty years uncovering Mt. Tam’s secrets, shares his encyclopedic knowledge of the mountain’s complex network. An revised and expanded edition of his classic guide, this new book includes detailed descriptions of more than 160 trails and fire roads—every inch of which he walked and measured—and completely new maps, as well as full-color photos and an introduction to Tam’s natural and human history.

Barry Spitz is the author of nine local interest outdoors and history books, including histories of Mill Valley, Marin, and San Anselmo.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

John Hart - Redemption Road (Corte Madera)

Saturday, June 4, 2016 - 1:00pm


A boy with a gun waits for the man who killed his mother.

A troubled detective confronts her past in the aftermath of a brutal shooting.

After thirteen years in prison, a good cop walks free. But for how long?

And deep in the forest, on the altar of an abandoned church, the unthinkable has just happened…

This is a town on the brink. This is a road with no mercy.

After five years, John Hart returns with Redemption Road, his most powerful story yet.

John Hart is the author of four New York Times bestsellers, The King of Lies, Down River, The Last Child, and Iron House. The only author in history to win the best novel Edgar® Award for consecutive novels, John has also won the Barry Award and England's Steel Dagger Award for best thriller of the year. His books have been translated into twenty-nine languages and can be found in over fifty countries.

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ISBN: 9780312380366
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Published: Thomas Dunne Books - May 3rd, 2016

Now at "NYT" Besteller

Over 2 million copies of his books in print. The first and only author to win back-to-back Edgars for Best Novel. Every book a "New York Times" bestseller. After five years, John Hart is back.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925