Book Groups

Carol Benet - Potpourri of Literary Prizes (Afternoon) (Corte Madera)

Monday, February 13, 2017 - 1:00pm

Four Mondays: Feb. 13, March 20, April 17, May 15, June 12, 2017 • 1:00-3:00pm • $125 

This group reads authors that have won literary prizes including the Man Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle. 
 

BOOK LIST:

February 13

Ottessa Moshfegh, Eileen (Pen/Hemingway Award)

March 20

Han Kang, The Vegetarian (Man Booker International Prize)

April 17

Ali Smith, How to Be Both (Women’s Prize for Fiction, Costa  Novel and Goldsmiths Awards)

May 15

Don  Delillo, Libra (Irish Times International Fiction Prize)

June12

Juan Gabriel Vásquez, The Sound of Things Falling (International Dublin Literary Award )

 

Carol Benet has an MA from Michigan and a PhD in Comparative Literature from UC Berkeley.

Eileen Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780143128755
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Published: Penguin Books - August 16th, 2016

Shortlisted for the 2016 Man Booker Prize and chosen by David Sedaris as his recommended book for his Fall 2016 tour.


The Vegetarian Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9781101906118
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Published: Hogarth Press - August 23rd, 2016

Winner of the 2016 Man Booker International Prize


How to Be Both Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780307275257
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Published: Anchor Books - October 13th, 2015

MAN BOOKER PRIZE FINALIST
WINNER OF THE BAILEYS WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION
WINNER OF THE 2014 GOLDSMITHS PRIZE
WINNER OF THE 2014 COSTA NOVEL AWARD
WINNER OF THE SALTIRE LITERARY BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD


Libra Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780140156041
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Published: Penguin Books - May 1st, 1991

From the author of White Noise (winner of the National Book Award) and Zero K


The Sound of Things Falling Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781594632747
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Published: Riverhead Books - June 3rd, 2014

An intimate portrayal of the drug wars in Colombia, from international fiction star Juan Gabriel Vasquez.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Book Group: Art Leaffer - 101 Ways to Retire

Sunday, October 25, 2015 - 4:30pm

Five Sundays: Oct. 25, Nov. 22, Dec. 13, Jan. 24, & Feb. 21 • 4:30 - 6:30pm • $105

The book club is for men thinking about retirement. We’ll discuss books that are provocative, stimulating and reassuring. The issues include aging well, joyfully not working, and staying happy.
 

BOOK LIST:

October: Travels with Epicurus Daniel Klien
November: The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry Rachel Joyce
December: The Sense of an Ending Julian Barnes
January: The Joy of Not Working Ernie J. Zelinski
February: The Happiness Project Gretchen Rubin

 

After thinking it would never happen, Art Leaffer reached retirement age.He’s spent his career designing, packaging and marketing retirement products for large banks, brokerage and mutual fund companies. He is not an investment manager, but his mission has been to help people prepare for retirement. Art has a BA from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and an MBA from San Francisco State University. He’s lived in Paris and has travelled in France and Italy. Art has co-founded a pioneering firm that markets defined benefit plans. He has been an invited speaker at many conferences in the financial services industry. Art was a loyal attendee of Joe Herzberg’s book club until Joe retired. His vision of the sense of community that a book club can create is shaped by his experience with Joe.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Book Group: John Hart - Reading the Poets

Thursday, October 1, 2015 - 7:00pm
Eight Thursdays: October 1 - November 19 • 7:00 - 9:00 pm • $200
 
“To have great poets,” Walt Whitman said, “there must be great audiences.” He wanted not just many readers but also able readers, open-minded and demanding. What makes a poem worth the effort of reading it? In this group we look at (mostly) famous, (mostly) English-language works from Shakespeare to last week. Widely published local poet and author John Hart co-edits the venerable all-poetry journal Blue Unicorn.
 
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Book Group: Pamela Feinsilber - Meet the Author

Monday, September 28, 2015 - 7:00pm
Four Mondays: Sept. 28, Oct. 26, Nov. 23, & Dec. 14 • 7:00-9:00 pm • $95
 
We’ll have intimate conversations with the authors of…the engaging tale of a schlubby suburbanite’s mid-life crisis; the basis of an upcoming TV drama series directed by Ava DuVernay (Selma) for Oprah Winfrey about an African American woman who leaves L.A. to raise sugarcane on land she inherits in Louisiana; an attention-getting story collection, both intimate and sweepingly historic, that moves from Manhattan to Tel Aviv to Belarus; and a fantastical novel that’s part Old World folktale, part New World adventure.

 

SEPTEMBER
Fight Song Joshua Mohr

OCTOBER
Queen Sugar Natalie Baszile 

NOVEMBER
The UnAmericans Molly Antopol

DECEMBER
The Golem and the Jinni Helene Wecker 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Book Group: Pat Holt - Contemporary Classics (Fridays)

Friday, September 11, 2015 - 10:30am
Five Fridays: Sept. 11, Oct. 16, Nov. 13, Dec. 11, & Jan. 15  • 10:30 am - 12:30 pm • $125

Friday, Sept. 11
Euphoria Lily King

Friday, Oct. 16 
Department of Speculation Jenny Offill, Vintage

Friday, Nov. 13
The Blazing World Siri Hustvedt

Friday, Dec. 11
Leaving the Atocha Station Ben Lerner

Friday, Jan. 15
Outline Rachel Cusk

 
Pat Holt leads a discussion of books that have captured the contemporary imagination. Holt is the former book review editor of the San Francisco Chronicle and publisher of Holt Uncensored.
 
 
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Book Group: Pat Holt - Contemporary Classics (Tuesdays)

Tuesday, September 8, 2015 - 10:30am
Five Tuesdays: Sept. 8, Oct. 13, Nov. 10, Dec. 8, & Jan. 12  • 10:30 am - 12:30 pm • $125
 
Tuesday, Sept. 8

Euphoria Lily Kin

Tuesday, Oct. 13
Department of Speculation Jenny Offill

Tuesday, Nov. 10
The Blazing World Siri Hustvedt

Tuesday, Dec. 8
Leaving the Atocha Station Ben Lerner

Tuesday, Jan. 12
Outline Rachel Cusk 

 
Pat Holt leads a discussion of books that have captured the contemporary imagination. Holt is the former book review editor of the San Francisco Chronicle and publisher of Holt Uncensored.
 
 
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Book Group: Carol Benet - Potpourri of Literary Prizes (Evenings)

Monday, September 21, 2015 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Five Mondays: Sept. 21, Oct. 12, Nov. 16, Dec. 14, Jan 18 • 7:00-9:00 pm • $125

This group reads authors that have won literary prizes including the Man Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle. Carol Benet has an MA from Michigan and a PhD in Comparative Literature from UC Berkeley.

September: Roz Chast, Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant (Kirkus Review, National Book Critics Circle, National Book Award)
October: Richard Flanagan, The Narrow Road to the Deep North (Man Booker Prize)
November: Don Antrim, The Emerald Light in the Air (MacArthur Genius Award 2013) 
December: Jane Gardam, Old Filth (Heywood Hill Literary Prize for Lifetime’s Contribution to Literature)
January (2016): Chris Pavone, The Expats (Edgar Award)

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Book Group: Carol Benet - Potpourri of Literary Prizes (Afternoons)

Monday, September 21, 2015 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Five Mondays: Sept. 21, Oct. 12, Nov. 16, Dec. 14, Jan 18 • 1:00-3:00 pm • $125

This group reads authors that have won literary prizes including the Man Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle. Carol Benet has an MA from Michigan and a PhD in Comparative Literature from UC Berkeley.


September: Roz Chast, Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant (Kirkus Review, National Book Critics Circle, National Book Award)
October: Richard Flanagan, The Narrow Road to the Deep North (Man Booker Prize)
November: Don Antrim, The Emerald Light in the Air (MacArthur Genius Award 2013) 
December: Jane Gardam, Old Filth (Heywood Hill Literary Prize for Lifetime’s Contribution to Literature)
January (2016): Chris Pavone, The Expats (Edgar Award)

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Book Group: Pamela Feinsilber - Meet the Author

Monday, January 26, 2015 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Four Mondays: Jan. 26, Feb. 23, Mar. 30, Apr. 27 • 7:00-9:00 pm • $95
 
We’ll have intimate conversations with the authors of…a brilliant, idiosyncratic, still-best-selling look at San Francisco, by a writer who walked almost every block; a masterful first novel about two sisters, the seductive artist who paints their portrait, and intricate secrets about the three—and art—that emerge decades later; the special 25th-anniversary edition of a wonderfully entertaining travelogue, updated with musings on how both Nepal and travel writing have changed; and a new collection, at long last, of 14 engrossing, adventurous tales by a much-lauded short-story writer.
January: Gary KamiyaCool Gray City of Love
February: Tracy GuzemanThe Gravity of Birds
March: Jeff GreenwaldShopping for Buddhas
April: Molly Giles, All the Wrong Places
 
 

Book Group: John Hart - Reading the Poets

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Eight Tuesdays: Mar. 3-Apr. 21 • 7:00-9:00 pm • $200
 
“To have great poets,” Walt Whitman said, “there must be great audiences, too.” What makes a poem worth reading? This group looks at famous poets from several centuries and from several literatures. Widely published local poet and author John Hart co-edits the venerable all-poetry journal Blue Unicorn, now in its 37th year.
 
 

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