Corte Madera Events

Author Events at our Corte Madera store, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, CA, (415) 927-0960. All events are free & open to the public unless otherwise noted.

Andre Dubus III - Gone So Long (Corte Madera Store)

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 - 7:00pm

For as long as she can remember, Susan Dunn has been trying to escape. But peace and happiness have always eluded her--now an adjunct professor, she is tortured by the novel she cannot finish, and a lack of feeling toward a husband who loves her. Just when she's ready to abandon everything to try again, she receives a letter that forces her to reckon with the trauma that first sent her running: her mother's murder at the hands of her father, Daniel Ahearn, forty years ago.

Daniel, out of prison and living a spartan life, has written Susan with his dying wish: to see her for the first time since a policeman tore her from his arms. But does she want to see him, and confront the reason he's been gone so long? What could Daniel possibly offer the daughter he robbed of a family? As the story moves toward a possible reunion, it pulses with emotion, probing the limits of our capacity to forgive. Like Andre Dubus III's award-winning Townie and House of Sand and Fog, Gone So Long is a profound exploration of the struggle between our best intentions and most mercurial desires.

 

 

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$27.95
ISBN: 9780393244106
Availability: Not Yet Published
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 2nd, 2018

For as long as she can remember, Susan Dunn has been trying to escape. But peace and happiness have always eluded her--now an adjunct professor, she is tortured by the novel she cannot finish, and a lack of feeling toward a husband who loves her.


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Literary Luncheon: Kate Atkinson - Transcription (Corte Madera Store)

Monday, October 1, 2018 - 12:00pm

In Conversation with Kelly Corrigan
Ticket: $55 (includes meal & signed book)

In 1940, eighteen-year old Juliet Armstrong is reluctantly recruited into the world of espionage. Sent to an obscure department of MI5 tasked with monitoring the comings and goings of British Fascist sympathizers, she discovers the work to be by turns both tedious and terrifying. But after the war has ended, she presumes the events of those years have been relegated to the past forever.

Ten years later, now a radio producer at the BBC, Juliet is unexpectedly confronted by figures from her past. A different war is being fought now, on a different battleground, but Juliet finds herself once more under threat. A bill of reckoning is due, and she finally begins to realize that there is no action without consequence.

Transcription is a work of rare depth and texture, a bravura modern novel of extraordinary power, wit and empathy. It is a triumphant work of fiction from one of the best writers of our time.

Kate Atkinson's first novel, Behind the Scenes at the Museum, was named England's Whitbread Book of the Year in 1996. Since then, she has written nine more ground-breaking, bestselling books, most recently A God in Ruins. She lives in Edinburgh, Scotland.

 

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$28.00
ISBN: 9780316176637
Availability: Not Yet Published
Published: Little Brown and Company - September 25th, 2018

A thrilling new novel from the bestselling author of Life After Life


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Literary Brunch: Isabel Allende - In the Midst of Winter (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, September 15, 2018 - 10:30am

Ticket: $30 (includes meal & signed book)

An instant New York Times bestseller, In the Midst of Winter, is about three very different people who are brought together in a mesmerizing story that offers "a timely message about immigration and the meaning of home" (People).

During the biggest Brooklyn snowstorm in living memory, Richard Bowmaster, a lonely university professor in his sixties, hits the car of Evelyn Ortega, a young undocumented immigrant from Guatemala, and what at first seems an inconvenience takes a more serious turn when Evelyn comes to his house, seeking help. At a loss, the professor asks his tenant, Lucia Maraz, a fellow academic from Chile, for her advice.

As these three lives intertwine, each will discover truths about how they have been shaped by the tragedies they witnessed, and Richard and Lucia will find unexpected, long overdue love. Allende returns here to themes that have propelled some of her finest work: political injustice, the art of survival, and the essential nature of -- and our need for -- love.

Born in Peru and raised in Chile, Isabel Allende is the author of a number of bestselling and critically acclaimed books, including The House of the Spirits, Eva Luna, Stories of Eva Luna, Of Love and Shadows, and The Japanese Lover. Her books have been translated into more than thirty-five languages and have sold more than 65 million copies worldwide. She lives in California.

 

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$17.00
ISBN: 9781501178146
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Atria Books - September 4th, 2018

New York Times and worldwide bestselling author Isabel Allende returns with a sweeping novel that journeys from present-day Brooklyn to Guatemala in the recent past to 1970s Chile and Brazil.


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Various Contributors - West Marin Review Vol. 8 (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, July 15, 2018 - 4:00pm

 

In celebration of the publication of West Marin Review, Vol. 8, Book Passage welcomes prose writers David Miller and Joan Thornton, poets Mary Winegarden and Stephen Ajay, and artists Elizabeth Gorek and Lissa Nicolaus.

The award-winning literary and arts journal features prose, poetry, art, and original music selected from contributors from across the nation, but the focus this night is on local writers and artists. West Marin Review is published by Point Reyes Books in collaboration with a group of professional artists, writers, and editors from West Marin.

 

 

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By Neighbors &. Friends (Created by), Point Reyes Books (Created by), Black Mountain Circle (Created by)
$18.95
ISBN: 9780982282977
Availability: Special Order
Published: Point Reyes Books - February 6th, 2018

The West Marin Review is a nationally award-winning literary and arts journal founded in the rural town of Point Reyes Station, California. This fine literary journal is defined by the diversity of its contributors who come from around the world, and range in age from five to ninety-five.


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Jim & Janelle Fazackerly - Getting Ready for the Big One (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, July 21, 2018 - 11:00am

 

In Conversation with Alta Magazine’s Digit Editor and San Francisco Chronicle Columnist Beth Spotswood

Emergency and survival experts Jim and Janelle Fazackerley will detail how we can best prepare for “The Big One” — no matter where we find ourselves when an earthquake strikes. Learn from a former big-city EMS Operations Chief and Loma Prieta EMS researcher exactly what you’ll need in your emergency survival kits (for both car and home) and dig through some actual pre-stocked emergency backpack available commercially to explore the missing ingredients. This updated and informative discussion will assist you in keeping your family (pets included) best equipped when disaster strikes.

 

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Kent Middle School - In-Store Shopping Night (Corte Madera Store)

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Summer Reading Library Fundraiser at Book Passage Corte Madera

To benefit Kent Middle School Library Wednesday, May 23 from 6pm to 9pm.

Kent Jazz Band will perform in the plaza between 6.30pm and 7.00pm

At 7.00pm, Gennifer Choldenko will present her new book, Al Capone Throws Me a Curve. Followed by Kent Middle School students performing a dramatic reading from Gennifer Choldenko’s books And a question and answer session lead by Kent Middle School Students.

15% of money spent will go back to Kent Middle School Library Come and get your Summer Reading for students and adults. Buy your favorite book and donate it to the school library. Book Passage Children’s Book Specialists will be on hand all evening and visit Kent school in the week before the event to tell students about new books that we love.

 

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$17.99
ISBN: 9781101938133
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Wendy Lamb Books - May 8th, 2018

Return to Al Capone's Alcatraz with Newbery Honor-winning author Gennifer Choldenko in this charming addition to the beloved series about the son of a prison guard.


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Thomas Frank - Rendezvous with Oblivion (Corte Madera Store)

Thursday, July 12, 2018 - 7:00pm

What does a middle-class democracy look like when it comes apart? When, after forty years of economic triumph, America's winners persuade themselves that they owe nothing to the rest of the country?

With his sharp eye for detail, Thomas Frank takes us on a wide-ranging tour through present-day America, showing us a society in the late stages of disintegration and describing the worlds of both the winners and the losers--the sprawling mansion districts as well as the lives of fast-food workers.

Rendezvous with Oblivion is a collection of interlocking essays examining how inequality has manifested itself in our cities, in our jobs, in the way we travel--and of course in our politics, where in 2016, millions of anxious ordinary people rallied to the presidential campaign of a billionaire who meant them no good.

These accounts of folly and exploitation are here brought together in a single volume unified by Frank's distinctive voice, sardonic wit, and anti-orthodox perspective. They capture a society where every status signifier is hollow, where the allure of mobility is just another con game, and where rebellion too often yields nothing.

For those who despair of the future of our country and of reason itself, Rendezvous with Oblivion is a booster shot of energy, reality, and moral outrage.

Thomas Frank is the author of Listen, Liberal, Pity the Billionaire, The Wrecking Crew, and What's the Matter with Kansas? A former columnist for The Wall Street Journal and Harper's, Frank is the founding editor of The Baffler and writes regularly for The Guardian. He lives outside Washington, D.C.

 

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$25.00
ISBN: 9781250293664
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Metropolitan Books - June 19th, 2018

From the acclaimed author of Listen, Liberal and What's the Matter with Kansas, a scathing collection of his incisive commentary on our cruel times--perfect for this political moment


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Brooke McAlary - Slow (Corte Madera Store)

Wednesday, July 11, 2018 - 7:00pm

Once upon a time, it became clear to Brooke McAlary that the key to happiness was discovering a simpler, more fulfilling existence. She put the brakes on her stressful path, and reorganized her life to live outside the status-quo, emphasizing depth, connection and meaningful experiences. Alongside Brooke's affirming personal stories of breaking down and rising up, Slow provides practical advice and fascinating insights into the benefits and challenges of the slow life, such as:

  • Decluttering to de-owning
  • Messiness to mindfulness
  • Asking why, to asking where to now?

Slow is an inspirational guide on creating a life filled with the things that really matter, and is meant for anyone seeking peace, meaning, and joy in their otherwise rapid lives. Slowly -- of course.

 

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$25.99
ISBN: 9781492665540
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Sourcebooks - July 1st, 2018

Free yourself from the frantic and embrace the joy of slow...

"After reading this book, you'll have an amazing list of ingredients that can help you create a meaningful life, too " --The Minimalists Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus


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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Steve Almond - Bad Stories (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, July 7, 2018 - 4:00pm

Like a lot of Americans, Steve Almond spent the weeks after the 2016 election lying awake, in a state of dread and bewilderment. The problem wasn't just the election, but the fact that nobody could explain, in any sort of coherent way, why America had elected a cruel, corrupt, and incompetent man to the Presidency. Bad Stories: What the Hell Just Happened to Our Country is Almond's effort to make sense of our historical moment, to connect certain dots that go unconnected amid the deluge of hot takes and think pieces. Almond looks to literary voices -- from Melville to Orwell, from Bradbury to Baldwin -- to help explain the roots of our moral erosion as a people.

The book argues that Trumpism is a bad outcome arising directly from the bad stories we tell ourselves. To understand how we got here, we have to confront our cultural delusions: our obsession with entertainment, sports, and political parody, the degeneration of our free press into a for-profit industry, our enduring pathologies of race, class, immigration, and tribalism. Bad Stories is a lamentation aimed at providing clarity. It's the book you can pass along to an anguished fellow traveler with the promise, This will help you understand what the hell happened to our country.

 

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$16.95
ISBN: 9781597092265
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Red Hen Press - April 1st, 2018

Like a lot of Americans, Steve Almond spent the weeks after the 2016 election lying awake, in a state of dread and bewilderment. The problem wasn't just the election, but the fact that nobody could explain, in any sort of coherent way, why America had elected a cruel, corrupt, and incompetent man to the Presidency.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Bay Area Writing Project - Young Writers Camp (Corte Madera)

Friday, July 6, 2018 - 5:30pm

The Bay Area Writing Project (BAWP) at UC Berkeley sponsors Young Writers’ Camps across the Bay Area each summer. Budding authors in Marin County (grades 4th through 9th) spend three weeks of exploring their talents as writers. Join us for this culminating celebration with all who appreciate the creativity and passion that young writers have to offer.

 

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