Classes

Class: Melissa Cistaro- Mapping Your Memoir (Corte Madera Store)

Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 6:30pm

Four Thursdays: April 26th, May 3rd, May 24,  & May 31 • 6:30 - 8:30 pm • $220

Finding a structure can be one of the biggest challenges of writing a memoir. How do you choose what to put in your story and what to leave out. In this workshop you will have the opportunity to create a series of visual “memory maps” specifically for your story. We will use these personal maps as a tool for writing narratives that are both emotional and compelling. Experienced and beginning writers welcome. Materials provided.

Melissa Cistaro is the author of the award-winning memoir Pieces of My Mother. Her stories, essays and interviews have appeared in numerous literary journals and national publications. She also works as an event coordinator at Book Passage and has taught memoir writing classes in the Bay Area and beyond.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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

Monday, February 13, 2017 - 1:00pm

Five Mondays: Feb. 13, Mar. 20, Apr. 17, May 15 & June 12, 2017 • 1:00-3:00pm • $125

 

 

 

This group reads authors that have won literary prizes including the Nobel Prize, the Man Booker Prize, the National Book Award and the Asturias Literary Prize. Carol Benet has an M.A from Michigan and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from UC Berkeley.

 

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.

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: John Hart - Reading the Poets (Corte Madera Store)

Monday, March 5, 2018 - 7:00pm

Eight Mondays: March 5-April 23 • 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 edits the venerable all-poetry journal Blue Unicorn.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Book Group: Pat Holt - Contemporary Classics (Tuesdays) (Corte Madera)

Tuesday, February 14, 2017 - 10:30am

5 Tuesdays: Feb. 14, Mar. 14, Apr. 11, May 9, June 13, 2017 • 10:30 am – 12:30 pm • $125

Pat Holt leads a discussion of books that have captured the contemporary imagination. Holt is the former book review editor of the S.F. Chronicle and publisher of Holt Uncensored.

February - Marilynne Robinson - Lila  Picador, 272 pages

March - Anuradha Roy - Sleeping on Jupiter  Graywolfe, 256 pages 

April - B.A. Shapiro - The Muralist Algonquin, 368 pages

May - Tom McCarthy - Satin Island  Vintage, 208 pages           

June - Joyce Carol Oates - The Man Without a Shadow  Ecco, 384 pages

Lila Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781250074843
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Picador USA - October 6th, 2015

The New York Times Bestseller
NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST
NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD WINNER


Sleeping on Jupiter Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781555977511
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Graywolf Press - September 6th, 2016

Long-listed for the Man Booker Prize, a novel about violence, love, and religion in modern India


The Muralist Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781616206437
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Algonquin Books - October 11th, 2016

"Vibrant and suspenseful . . . Like The Art Forger, this new story takes us into the heart of what it means to be an artist." --The Washington Post

"B. A. Shapiro captivated us in 2012 with her 'addictive' novel The Art Forger. Now, she's back with another thrilling tale from the art world." --Entertainment Weekly


Satin Island (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780307739629
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Vintage - January 26th, 2016

Short-listed for the Man Booker Prize
A New York Magazine Best Book of the Year


The Man Without a Shadow Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062416100
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Ecco Press - January 3rd, 2017

In this taut and fascinating novel, the bestselling, New York Times bestselling and National Book Award-winning author of The Sacrifice, The Accursed, and Lovely, Dark, Deep examines the mysteries of memory, personality, and identity and pierces the enigmatic force that drives human lives--love.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Book Group: Pat Holt - Contemporary Classics (Fridays) (Corte Madera)

Friday, February 17, 2017 - 10:30am

5 Fridays: Feb. 17, Mar. 17, Apr. 14, May 12, June 16, 2017 • 10:30 am – 12:30 pm • $125

Pat Holt leads a discussion of books that have captured the contemporary imagination. Holt is the former book review editor of the S.F. Chronicle and publisher of Holt Uncensored.

 

February - Marilynne Robinson - Lila  Picador, 272 pages

March - Anuradha Roy - Sleeping on Jupiter  Graywolfe, 256 pages 

April - B.A. Shapiro - The Muralist Algonquin, 368 pages

May - Tom McCarthy - Satin Island  Vintage, 208 pages           

June - Joyce Carol Oates - The Man Without a Shadow  Ecco, 384 pages

Lila Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781250074843
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Picador USA - October 6th, 2015

The New York Times Bestseller
NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST
NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD WINNER


Sleeping on Jupiter Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781555977511
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Graywolf Press - September 6th, 2016

Long-listed for the Man Booker Prize, a novel about violence, love, and religion in modern India


The Muralist Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781616206437
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Algonquin Books - October 11th, 2016

"Vibrant and suspenseful . . . Like The Art Forger, this new story takes us into the heart of what it means to be an artist." --The Washington Post

"B. A. Shapiro captivated us in 2012 with her 'addictive' novel The Art Forger. Now, she's back with another thrilling tale from the art world." --Entertainment Weekly


Satin Island (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780307739629
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Vintage - January 26th, 2016

Short-listed for the Man Booker Prize
A New York Magazine Best Book of the Year


The Man Without a Shadow Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062416100
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Ecco Press - January 3rd, 2017

In this taut and fascinating novel, the bestselling, New York Times bestselling and National Book Award-winning author of The Sacrifice, The Accursed, and Lovely, Dark, Deep examines the mysteries of memory, personality, and identity and pierces the enigmatic force that drives human lives--love.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Sandra Kierulff - Intermediate French (Corte Madera)

Monday, January 2, 2017 - 2:00pm

7 Mondays; Jan. 2- Feb. 27, 2017 (no class 2/20) • 2:00pm - 3:30pm • $225

Review of grammar structures (past, future, conditional, and subjunctive tenses) through lively conversation, readings and songs.  Texts: ‘Grammaire en dialogues’ with CD, Niveau Intermédiaire and ‘Grammaire Progressive du Français’ 

Sandra Kierulff has taught French at the College of Marin, Adult Education and was the instructor and author of "French à la Carte," a French language course for adults aired on KQED radio. She was a teacher and director of Elan Français, a French language program for young students offered in many schools in Marin. She lived in Paris, France for several years and holds degrees and California Teaching Credentials in French and Spanish.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Hamid Emami - Beginning Conversational German

Friday, January 6, 2017 - 9:00am

8 Fridays; January 6 - February 24, 2017 • 9:00 - 11:00 am • $250

This class is for beginners and those who have previously had some exposure to German. You'll learn greetings, introductions, carrying on a simple conversation, basic grammar, and proper pronunciation. 

Hamid Emami has a master's degree from the University of Hamburg, and is fluent in German, English, French, Spanish, and Farsi. He has taught German for many years.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Wendy Walsh - Higher Intermediate Italian

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - 8:45am

7 Tuesdays; Jan. 17 - Feb. 28, 2017 • 8:45 - 10:30 am • $225

Wendy Walsh has a PhD in Italian Literature from UCB. She has been teaching Italian language, literature, and cooking since 1979.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Wendy Walsh - Lower Intermediate Italian

Monday, January 16, 2017 - 12:45pm

7 Mondays; Jan. 16 - Feb. 27, 2017 • 12:40 - 2:25 pm • $225

Wendy Walsh has a Ph.D. in Italian Literature from UCB. She has been teaching Italian language, literature, and cooking since 1979.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Wendy Walsh - Advanced Italian

Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 9:00am

 7 Thursdays; Jan. 19 - Mar. 2, 2017 • 9:00 - 11:00am • $225

Students will use newspaper articles, novels, and a variety of engaging activities to help them master the Italian language. Wendy Walsh has a Ph.D. in Italian Literature from UCB. She has been teaching Italian language, literature, and cooking since 1979, and leads a yearly Language Study Tour Program to Italy. Buy a panino in the cafe and join Wendy before or after your class for informal Italian conversation.  

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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