Marin County Events

Left Coast Writers®: Patricia Bracewell - Shadow on the Crown

Monday, March 2, 2015 - 7:00pm

Left Coast Writers Book Launch! 

Author and Left Coast Writer Patricia Bracewell reads from Shadow on the Crown ($27.95). In 1002, fifteen­-year-old Emma of Normandy crosses the Narrow Sea to wed the much older King Athelred of England, whom she meets for the first time at the church door. Thrust into an unfamiliar and treacherous court, with a husband who mistrusts her, stepsons who resent her and a bewitching rival who covets her crown, Emma must defend herself against her enemies and secure her status as queen by bearing a son. Based on real events recorded in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, Shadow on the Crown introduces readers to a fascinating, overlooked period of history and an unforgettable heroine whose quest to find her place in the world will resonate with modern readers.

Patricia Bracewell grew up in California where she taught literature and composition before embarking upon a writing career. This is her first novel. She lives in Oakland, California.  

ISBN: 9780143124351
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Published: Penguin Books - December 31st, 2013

A rich tale of power and forbidden love revolving around a young medieval queen

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Garth Stein - A Sudden Light

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 7:00pm
When a boy tries to save his parents’ marriage, he uncovers a legacy of family secrets in a coming-of-age ghost story by the author of the internationally bestselling phenomenon, The Art of Racing in the Rain.
In the summer of 1990, fourteen-year-old Trevor Riddell gets his first glimpse of Riddell House. Built from the spoils of a massive timber fortune, the legendary family mansion is constructed of giant, whole trees, and is set on a huge estate overlooking Puget Sound. Trevor’s bankrupt parents have begun a trial separation, and his father, Jones Riddell, has brought Trevor to Riddell House with a goal: to join forces with his sister, Serena, dispatch Grandpa Samuel—who is flickering in and out of dementia—to a graduated living facility, sell off the house and property for development into “tract housing for millionaires,” divide up the profits, and live happily ever after.
But Trevor soon discovers there’s someone else living in Riddell House: a ghost with an agenda of his own. For while the land holds tremendous value, it is also burdened by the final wishes of the family patriarch, Elijah, who mandated it be allowed to return to untamed forestland as a penance for the millions of trees harvested over the decades by the Riddell Timber company. The ghost will not rest until Elijah’s wish is fulfilled, and Trevor’s willingness to face the past holds the key to his family’s future.
A Sudden Light is a rich, atmospheric work that is at once a multigenerational family saga, a historical novel, a ghost story, and the story of a contemporary family’s struggle to connect with each other. A tribute to the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest, it reflects Garth Stein’s outsized capacity for empathy and keen understanding of human motivation, and his rare ability to see the unseen: the universal threads that connect us all.
Garth Stein is the author of the New York Times bestselling novel, The Art of Racing in the Rain, published in thirty-five languages. He is also the author of two previous novels, How Evan Broke His Head and Other Secrets and Raven Stole the Moon. He lives in Seattle with his family.
ISBN: 9781439187036
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Published: Simon & Schuster - September 30th, 2014

The bestselling author of "The Art of Racing in the Rain" presents a long-awaited new novel in which a boy trying to save his parents' marriage uncovers a vast legacy of family secrets.

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Corte Madera, 94925

Laurie R. King - Dreaming Spies

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 7:00pm

Dreaming Spies begins on a normal afternoon in Sussex until Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes return home to find a peculiar addition to their garden: a beautiful stone that once occupied the Imperial gardens in Kyoto. The stone immediately recalls the spring of 1924, when, on their way back from India, Russell and Holmes agreed to perform a small but exceedingly dangerous job for the emperor of Japan. At the time, Russell encountered a young Japanese woman on board their ship who tutored the two foreigners about her country and guided them into a secret meeting with the Prince Regent himself. Now, when Russell heads for Oxford to resume her long-delayed studies, she comes face-to-face with that very same young Japanese womanand quickly realizes Miss Sato Haruki is not all that she seems…

Laurie R. King is the New York Times bestselling author of twelve Mary Russell mysteries, five contemporary novels featuring Kate Martinelli, and the acclaimed novels The Bones of Paris, A Darker Place, Folly, Keeping Watch, and Touchstone.


ISBN: 9780345531797
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Published: Bantam - February 17th, 2015

Laurie R. King's "New York Times" bestselling novels of suspense featuring Mary Russell and her husband, Sherlock Holmes, are critically acclaimed and beloved by readers for the author's adept interplay of history and adventure.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd.
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Ian Weir - Will Starling

Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 7:00pm

In conversation with Stacy Carlson.

The Napoleonic War is over, Romanticism is at its high tide, and the great city of London is charged with the thrill of scientific discovery and Regency abandon. Into this milieu, the nineteen-year-old foundling Will Starling returns from the Continent, having spent five years assisting military surgeon Alec Comrie. Cocky, charming and damaged, Will is helping Comrie build a civilian practice--and a life--in London’s rough Cripplegate area. This means entering into an uneasy alliance with the Doomsday Men: grave robbers who supply London’s surgeons and anatomists with cadavers for dissection. When a grave robbing goes terribly wrong, it sets in motion a sequence of events that leads to the murder of a moneylender and the arrest of a young woman, Meg Nancarrow. As Meg is sentenced to hang, Will grows convinced that she is the innocent victim of an unholy conspiracy, and that the conspiracy traces itself back to Dionysus Atherton, an old university friend of Comrie’s and the brightest of London’s emerging surgical stars. There are wild rumors about Atherton: whispers of experiments on corpses not quite dead--indeed, on corpses wide awake and wailing--in a bid to unlock the mystery of death itself.

Ian Weir is an award winning playwright, screenwriter and novelist. He holds both American and Canadian citizenship. His first novel, Daniel O’Thunder, was named one of the top historical novels of 2011 by Library Journal and was a finalist for four awards.

Stacy Carlson won the 2003 Dana Portfolio Award, given for three book-length manuscripts, and was awarded residencies at the Djerassi Resident Artists Program in California and Galleri Svalbard, in Norway. A native of Seattle, she now lives in Oakland, California.


ISBN: 9781586422301
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Published: Steerforth Press - February 3rd, 2015

The Reckoning of WM. STARLING, Esq., a Foundling, concerning Monstrous Crimes and Infernal Aspirations, with Perpetrators Named and Shrouded Infamies disclosed to Light of Day, as set down by his Own Hand in this year 1816

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Corte Madera, CA 94111

John Boyne - A History of Loneliness

Friday, March 6, 2015 - 1:00pm

A novel as intimate as it is universal, A History of Loneliness is the riveting narrative of an honorable Irish priest who finds the church collapsing around him at a pivotal moment in its history. It confirms John Boyne as one of the most searching storytellers of his generation. Boyne is the author of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas.

ISBN: 9780374171339
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Published: Farrar Straus Giroux - February 3rd, 2015

The riveting narrative of an honorable Irish priest who finds the church collapsing around him at a pivotal moment in its history

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Richard Price, Writing as Harry Brandt - The Whites

Friday, March 6, 2015 - 7:00pm

Tickets: $31 (includes book)



In The Whites, Night Watch usually acts a set-up crew for the day shift, but when Billy is called to a 4:00 a.m. fatal slashing of a man in Penn Station, his investigation of the crime moves beyond the usual handoff. And when he discovers that the victim was once a suspect in the unsolved murder of a 12-year-old boy—a brutal case with connections to the former members of the Wild Geese—the bad old days are back in Billy's life with a vengeance, tearing apart enduring friendships forged in the urban trenches and even threatening the safety of his family.

Richard Price, one of America’s most gifted novelists, has always written brilliantly about cops, criminals, and New York City. Now, writing as Harry Brandt, he is poised to win a huge following among all those who hunger for first-rate crime fiction.

Harry Brandt is the pen name of acclaimed novelist Richard Price, whose eight previous novels—including Clockers and Lush Life—have won universal praise for their vividly etched portrayals of urban America. He lives in Manhattan with his wife, the novelist Lorraine Adams.


ISBN: 9780805093995
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Published: Henry Holt & Company - February 17th, 2015

The electrifying tale of a New York City police detective under siege--by an unsolved murder, by his own dark past, and by a violent stalker seeking revenge.

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Martha Conway - Thieving Forest

Saturday, March 7, 2015 - 1:00pm

On a humid morning in 1806, seventeen-year-old Susanna Quiner watches helplessly from behind a tree while a band of Potawatomi Indians kidnaps her four older sisters from their cabin. With both her parents dead from Swamp Fever and all the other settlers out in their fields, Susanna rashly decides to pursue them herself. What follows is a young woman’s quest to save her sisters and the parallel story of her sisters’ new lives.

Fast-paced and richly detailed, Thieving Forest explores the transformation of all five women as the Quiners contend with starvation, slavery, betrayal, and love. It paints a fascinating new picture of pioneer life among Native American communities, while telling a gripping tale of survival.

Martha Conway’s first novel 12 Bliss Street was nominated for an Edgar Award, and her short fiction has appeared in The Iowa Review, The Mississippi Review, The Quarterly, The Carolina Quarterly, and other publications. She has reviewed fiction for the San Francisco Chronicle and The Iowa Review, and is a recipient of a California Arts Council fellowship in Creative Writing.


ISBN: 9780991618521
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Published: Noontime Books - August 15th, 2014

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Corte Madera, 94925

Daniel Handler - We Are Pirates

Saturday, March 7, 2015 - 4:00pm

In Conversation with Michella Tea

A boat has gone missing. Goods have been stolen. There is blood in the water. It is the twenty-first century and a crew of pirates is terrorizing the San Francisco Bay.

Phil is a husband, a father, a struggling radio producer, and the owner of a large condo with a view of the water. But he’d like to be a rebel and a fortune hunter.

Gwen is his daughter. She’s fourteen. She’s a student, a swimmer, and a best friend. But she’d like to be an adventurer and an outlaw.

Phil teams up with his young, attractive assistant. They head for the open road, attending a conference to seal a deal.

Gwen teams up with a new, fierce friend and some restless souls. They head for the open sea, stealing a boat to hunt for treasure.

We Are Pirates is a novel about our desperate searches for happiness and freedom, about our wild journeys beyond the boundaries of our ordinary lives.

Also, it’s about a teenage girl who pulls together a ragtag crew to commit mayhem in the San Francisco Bay, while her hapless father tries to get her home.

Daniel Handler is the author of the critically acclaimed novels Why We Broke Up, Adverbs, The Basic Eight, and Watch Your Mouth, and, as Lemony Snicket, Who Could That Be at This Hour? and a sequence of children’s novels collectively entitled A Series of Unfortunate Events.

ISBN: 9781608196883
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC - February 3rd, 2015

From mega-bestselling author Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket), a novel for adults that "will dazzle, disturb, and delight you" (Jess Walter). A boat has gone missing. Goods have been stolen. There is blood in the water. It is the twenty-first century and a crew of pirates is terrorizing the San Francisco Bay.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd.
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Courtney Dasher & Tuna the Chiweenie - Tuna Melts My Heart: The Underdog with the Overbite

Sunday, March 8, 2015 - 4:00pm

From Southern California castaway to Hollywood heartbreaker, Tuna the Chiweenie has won the adoration of millions. Now, the peculiar pooch has his own book, Tuna Melts My Heart: The Underdog with the Overbite, filled with over 100 all-new color photographs to give fans an intimate look at the Internet’s most prized pup. Tuna’s crooked grin, wrinkled neck, and undeniable allure have enchanted audiences online. Now it’s time for the charming canine to jump off the screen and into the pages of his very own book!

Tuna’s mom, Courtney Dasher, is an advocate of animal rescue and she is committed to bringing her audience joy through Instagram and Facebook. She has given Tuna a voice for the underdog and built a loyal following for @Tunameltsmyheart.




ISBN: 9780451475848
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Published: New American Library - March 3rd, 2015

The heartwarming true story of "the most inspiring dog on the Internet."--BuzzFeed

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, 94925

Carolyn Hobbs - Free Yourself

Sunday, March 8, 2015 - 7:00pm

In an encouraging, uplifting voice, therapist Carolyn Hobbs draws from her years of counseling experience and her spiritual practice to present the liberating truth: each of us has within ourselves the power to release ourselves from fear, from past traumas, from our ingrained habits of mistrust and defensiveness. Warm and inspiring, Free Yourself maps the path to lasting peace and freedom—a path that absolutely anyone can follow.

By Carolyn Hobbs, James Baraz (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781614290810
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Published: Wisdom Publications (MA) - October 7th, 2014

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Corte Madera, CA 94925