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.

Monica West - Revival Season (In-Store and Online Event)

Wednesday, September 22, 2021 - 5:30pm

Book Passage Presents

Wed., September 22, 2021 • 5:30pm PT • Corte Madera & Online

In conversation with Julie Carlucci

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The daughter of one of the South’s most famous Baptist preachers discovers a shocking secret about her father that puts her at odds with both her faith and her family in this “tender and wise” (Ann Patchett, author of Commonwealth) debut novel.

Every summer, fifteen-year-old Miriam Horton and her family pack themselves tight in their old minivan and travel through small southern towns for revival season: the time when Miriam’s father—one of the South’s most famous preachers—holds massive healing services for people desperate to be cured of ailments and disease.This summer, the revival season doesn’t go as planned, and after one service in which Reverend Horton’s healing powers are tested like never before, Miriam witnesses a shocking act of violence that shakes her belief in her father—and in her faith.

When the Hortons return home, Miriam’s confusion only grows as she discovers she might have the power to heal—even though her father and the church have always made it clear that such power is denied to women. Over the course of the next year, Miriam must decide between her faith, her family, and her newfound power that might be able to save others, but, if discovered by her father, could destroy Miriam.

Celebrating both feminism and faith, Revival Season is a story of spiritual awakening and disillusionment in a Southern, black, Evangelical community. Monica West’s transporting coming-of-age novel explores complicated family and what it means to live among the community of the faithful.

Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Monica West received her BA from Duke University, her MA from New York University, and her MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop where she was a Rona Jaffe Graduate Fellow. She was a Southern Methodist University Kimbilio Fellow in 2014, and she will be a Hedgebrook Writer in Residence in 2021. Revival Season is her first novel. 

Julie Carlucci is the lead of Book Passage's Signed First Editions Club. In addition to curating and researching unknown and debut authors throughout the year, Julie also designs personalized book lists for over 250 Book Passage clients across the U.S., delighting avid readers each month with a perfectly picked book aimed to captivate, enchant, entertain, and provoke thought. Julie leads multiple book group discussions in the Marin community and reviews nearly 100 newly published books a year.

 

Monica West photo by Chickpea Photography

 

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Celebrating the Publication of Nancy Bourne's "Spotswood, Virginia" (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, September 26, 2021 - 1:00pm


Book Passage Presents

Sun., September 26, 2021 • 1:00pm PT • Corte Madera Store

Presented by Michael Bourne, Daniel Coshnear, and Jo-Anne Rosen

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Spotswood, Virginia from Virginia-native writer and educator Nancy Bourne is an engaging collection of stories of ordinary people forced to make difficult decisions, based on Bourne's colorful childhood in a racially divided American South during the Civil Rights era.

Nancy Bourne’s stories in Spotswood, Virginia take place in the racially troublesome mid-twentieth century south and include mob violence, political cowardice, family conflict, and mental illness. The focus of the collection is on everyday people forced to make decisions in a morally confused and deeply divided world. As a writer and a native of the south, Bourne presents the conflicts faced by her characters as honestly as she can without judging their choices, crafting illustrations of humanity and the heart.

In “Memorial Mansion,” a politically naïve librarian is caught between her empathy for a black teacher and her deep love for her racist son. An ambitious politician in “Massive Resistance” strives to convince himself and his family that his conservative politics will somehow redeem the racist south. In “Dirty Dora,” an academically backward young girl is sent to reform school for dancing with a black man. A love-sick paper boy in “Going Under” tries to save a sexually provocative high school girl by bringing her to God. These are a few of the nine stories and one novella in Spotswood, Virginia. Mixing literary skill and ethics, Bourne witnessed and represents outrages that still ring true to life in America today.

Nancy Bourne dreamed about being a writer since she was thirteen. For more than 60 years, she dedicated her life to writing and teaching. After graduating from Duke with a Master's in English, Bourne spent her life in the education sector as an attorney for public schools, a potter with a home studio, and a teacher, most recently teaching writing to prisoners and incarcerated minors in San Quentin. She devoted her free time to fight for fair voting rights and racial and social justice. In 2011, Bourne published her first story at the age of 72. Since then, her work has appeared in over thirty publications worldwide, including Upstreet, The South Carolina Review, The Carolina Quarterly, Blue Lake Review, and many others. In early 2020, Bourne was diagnosed with lung and accelerated cancer-related problems. After a 14-month struggle, during which she continued to write and publish stories and novellas, Bourne lost her battle March 2021. For more information on Nancy Bourne’s publications, visit nancybourne.us.

 

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Solace Wales with Bill Petrocelli - Braided in Fire: Black GIs and Tuscan Villagers on the Gothic Line (Corte Madera Store)

Wednesday, November 10, 2021 - 5:00pm


Book Passage Presents

Wed., November 10, 2021 • 5:00pm PT • Corte Madera Store

In conversation with Bill Petrocelli

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Braided in Fire is author Solace Wales’ search to understand the drama that unfolded between the Italian peasants and African American infantrymen of the 366th Infantry Regiment. This was the regiment attached to the legendary 92nd Infantry Buffalo Division, whose lives were lost—or changed irrevocably—by a village battle in Tuscany during the Battle of Garfagnana.

Cultures and relationships are intertwined to become braided in fire in Sommocolonia, a medieval Tuscan village in the Apennines directly on the highly fortified Third Reich’s ‘Gothic Line’ stretching across northern Italy. Only at Sommocolonia did attacking German troops break through that formidable line, with dire consequences to the inhabitants and their defenders—a handful of black GIs—who were outnumbered three to one by Axis troops. In the desperate fight, Lt. John Fox sacrificed himself with supreme heroism. (He was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor 52 years later.)

Braided in Fire is not just military history, but tells of the human toll of war: the drama, the folly, the heartache—all present in grand measure for two peoples marginalized over the years for reasons of race and economic circumstances. This story is a celebration of human dignity in desperate circumstances. This book is painted in a narrative befitting the beauty and rich hues of the Tuscan hills and its people, juxtaposed by the toils of a segregated America in black versus white, even while in Army green.

Solace Wales was first director of the International Child Art Center in San Francisco and then for many years of the Marin Child Art Studio. She and her artist husband have lived part of the year in Sommocolonia since the mid 1970s. Ms. Wales has interviewed both the villagers in Italy and surviving African American veterans across the United States to make this book rich with primary research and exemplary writing.

 

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Cathy Rath - Ripple Effect (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, October 2, 2021 - 4:00pm


Book Passage Presents

Sat., October 2, 2021 • 4:00pm PT • Live • Corte Madera Store

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Jeannie Glazer was three years old in 1952 when her father dies in a car accident on a trip to Atlanta. Sixteen years later, as a college freshman, she is arrested during the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago. She is released hours later when a sergeant announces that her bail was paid by her “pop” and tosses her an envelope of cash. Stunned and suspicious, Jeannie tells no one, convinced somebody is watching her. Determined to find answers, her search closes in on an even darker secret about her father’s tragic death two decades earlier.

“The pleasure of reading Cathy Rath’s Ripple Effect is like the turning of a kaleidoscope: each chapter brings a burst of new revelations, each jump back and forth in time deepens the moral complexity of a story that is part political thriller and part family drama. At its heart is a dauntless and empathetic heroine, Jeannie Glazer, whose coming of age as an activist and truth-teller is both inspiring and emotionally affecting.”
Christopher Castellani, author of Leading Men

“I was hooked from the start by this compulsively readable narrative of family secrets.”
Jo Piazza, author of Charlotte Walsh likes to Win

“A complex novel that dives into a daughter’s discovery of her father’s life and death during the 1960s student rebellions, it builds into an undeniably powerful story of regret and redemption.”
Joy Gould Boyum, author of Double Exposure: Fiction to Film

Born and raised in New York, Cathy Rath ventured out west to complete her education at UCSB and SFSU where she is a professor in the public health department. As a social justice advocate and organizer, she led public health campaigns at Planned Parenthood and Transforming Communities, where her innovative approach to violence prevention was published by the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence. Her efforts to reduce violence against women earned her the 2000 Millennium Leadership Award by the Marin Independent Journal. A writing coach and tutor from middle school to the graduate school level, Cathy also guides debut writers in crafting and completing their books, and works as a Book Passage author event host. In January 2021, Cathy published her first novel, Ripple Effect. During the turbulent 1970s, Cathy was actively involved in a variety of protest movements, and her story draws upon these profound experiences.

 

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Jaime Lowe - Breathing Fire (Corte Madera Store)

Tuesday, September 7, 2021 - 5:30pm


Book Passage Presents

Tues., September 7, 2021 • 5:30pm PT • Live • Corte Madera Store

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A dramatic, revelatory account of the female inmate firefighters who battle California wildfires.

Shawna was overcome by the claustrophobia, the heat, the smoke, the fire, all just down the canyon and up the ravine. She was feeling the adrenaline, but also the terror of doing something for the first time. She knew how to run with a backpack; they had trained her physically. But that’s not training for flames. That’s not live fire.

California’s fire season gets hotter, longer, and more extreme every year — fire season is now year-round. Of the thousands of firefighters who battle California’s blazes every year, roughly 30 percent of the on-the-ground wildland crews are inmates earning a dollar an hour. Approximately 200 of those firefighters are women serving on all-female crews.

In Breathing Fire, Jaime Lowe expands on her revelatory work for The New York Times Magazine. She has spent years getting to know dozens of women who have participated in the fire camp program and spoken to captains, family and friends, correctional officers, and camp commanders. The result is a rare, illuminating look at how the fire camps actually operate — a story that encompasses California’s underlying catastrophes of climate change, economic disparity, and historical injustice, but also draws on deeply personal histories, relationships, desires, frustrations, and the emotional and physical intensity of firefighting.

Lowe’s reporting is a groundbreaking investigation of the prison system, and an intimate portrayal of the women of California’s Correctional Camps who put their lives on the line, while imprisoned, to save a state in peril.

Jaime Lowe is the author of Mental, a memoir about lithium and bipolar disorder, and Digging for Dirt: The Life and Death of ODB, a biography of Ol' Dirty Bastard, a founding member of the Wu-Tang Clan. She is a frequent contributor to the New York Times Magazine and other national and international publications. Lowe has contributed to This American Life and Radiolab, and has been featured on NPR and WNYC numerous times.

 

Jaime Lowe photo by Phillip Montgomery

 

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

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

Friday, September 17, 2021 - 10:30am to 12:30pm


Five Fridays: Sept. 17, Oct. 15, Nov. 12, Dec. 17., 2021 & Jan. 14, 2022

Corte Madera Store • 10:30am-12:30pm PT • $125

 

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

September 17
The Friend by Sigrid Nunez

October 15
Deacon King Kong by James McBride

November 12
On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong

December 17
The Boy in the Field by Margot Livesey

January 14
Hamnet by Maggie O'Farrell

 

All titles are available at Book Passage. Please support your local, independent bookstore and buy from us!

 

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

Tuesday, September 14, 2021 - 10:30am to 12:30pm


Five Tuesdays: Sept. 14, Oct. 12, Nov. 9, Dec. 14., 2021 & Jan. 11, 2022

Corte Madera Store • 10:30am-12:30pm PT • $125

 

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

September 14
The Friend by Sigrid Nunez

October 12
Deacon King Kong by James McBride

November 9
On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong

December 14
The Boy in the Field by Margot Livesey

January 11
Hamnet by Maggie O'Farrell

 

All titles are available at Book Passage. Please support your local, independent bookstore and buy from us!

 

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Erin Gordon with Michael Krasny - Peeps (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, September 11, 2021 - 1:00pm


Book Passage Presents

Sat., September 11, 2021 • 1:00pm PT • Corte Madera Store

In conversation with Michael Krasny

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A coming-of-middle-age novel, Peeps tells the story of Meg, a 51-year-old podcaster who has spent her life afraid of "what ifs." After an unexpected divorce, Meg might finally have the chance to obtain what she calls a Big Life, but isn't sure she can pull it off. After her mother's death, Meg gathers the courage to seek answers from her uncle about her disinterested and cruel mother. To get to him, she moves out of her Santa Monica home and drives across the country in a new RV she nicknames Irv.

Along her journey, Meg conducts interviews for her podcast called Peeps, in which she asks everyday people the same seven questions to "peep" into their lives and uncover shared humanity. Meg's narrative is peppered with lively transcripts of her interviews with the ordinary yet fascinating people she meets. The podcast enables Meg to process the complicated grief and relief related to her mother's death, her divorce, and her only child leaving home for college.

Peeps is evocative of The Wizard of Oz and Wild; like Dorothy and Cheryl—and many middle-aged women—Meg seeks to find her place in the world. Discerning readers will enjoy spotting the subtle references and symbols from both iconic stories.

The author of smart and moving book club fiction, Erin Gordon is a former lawyer and legal affairs journalist. A Bay Area native with degrees from both UC Berkeley and Stanford, Gordon’s novels explore themes of friendship, parenthood and self-discovery.

Michael Krasny is the former host of the award winning KQED Forum, a program discussing news and public affairs, current events, culture, health, business and technology.

 

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Michael J. Coffino - Truth Is in the House (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, September 12, 2021 - 1:00pm


Book Passage Presents

Sun., September 12, 2021 • 1:00pm PT • Corte Madera Store

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As a young boy in the late 1950s, Jimmy O'Farrell emigrates with his family from Ireland to Manhattan to bask in the dawn of a new life. Thousands of miles away, the family of Jaylen Jackson seeks to build a life amid Jim Crow culture in Mississippi. As teenagers, both boys struggle to come of age in a racially divisive world, suffering horrific tragedies that shape their characters and life missions. Jimmy seeks to define what it means to stand for someone when the chips are down, while Jaylen embarks on a journey to gain respect beyond the color of his skin.

Fleeing the past, both families land in neighboring Bronx communities in the 1960s, where Jimmy and Jaylen's lives first intersect, on the basketball courts and then in the Vietnam jungle. Repeatedly tested as men of different races, their friendship faces its toughest challenge outside a Bronx bar-with fatal consequences. Truth Is in the House is an epic and provocative tale that plumbs historical and modern racial themes and explores redemption, forgiveness, and the power of connecting through the human spirit.

Before becoming a full-time author, ghostwriter, editor, and writing coach, Michael J. Coffino had two parallel careers. One was in the courtroom as a business litigation and trial attorney where he delighted in the art of legal writing and advocacy storytelling for clients. The other was in the gymnasium as a basketball coach, primarily at the high school level, coaching both girls and boys in public and private schools. His life-long passion for reading, the written word, and storytelling drove him into the literary world several years ago. Since then, he has authored, co-authored, ghostwrote, edited, and coached in multiple genres: memoir (true crime, business, spiritual quest, personal, military, and life-coaching and motivational); sports (basketball and high school athletics); web content; blogs; and fiction.

 

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Left Coast Writers®: Diane LeBow - Dancing on the Wine-Dark Sea (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, July 10, 2021 - 2:00pm


Book Passage & Left Coast Writers® Presents

Sat., July 10, 2021 • 2:00pm PT • Live • Book Passage Patio

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Diane LeBow's stories, like her life, take you to places and experiences you've probably never imagined. They are passionate, poignant, funny, sometimes tragic, and always unexpected. Share a meal with Corsican rebels in the ragged mountains of this ancient island, meet a black stallion in a blizzard on the Mongolian steppes, assist Afghan women exiled in Tajikistan in writing a Declaration of their Rights for the new Constitution, and savor a love affair with an elegant French Baron.

LeBow gives us peeks behind the curtains into women's and men's lives around the world in our search for answers to universal human questions such as how to experience the best our world offers, ways to balance our desire for love with yearning for freedom and adventure, and longing for a sense of home within ourselves and in our worlds.

"In this glorious memoir, Diane LeBow weaves together the colorful threads of an adventurous woman's life and takes us along on an invigorating and thoughtful journey through memory,culture, rebellion, and self-discovery."
Jasmin Darznik,
New York Times bestselling author of The Bohemians

"A keenly observed travel memoir of a passionate woman’s odyssey; from her awakening to sensual adventures and trail blazing on different continents. LeBow explores l’amour from a love affair with a French baron to seduction in St Tropez, and a liaison in a tomb with the view of the pyramids. A rollicking read!"
Cara Black,
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of nineteen books in the Private Investigator Aimée Leduc series, set in Paris

Diane LeBow is an award-winning writer and photojournalist, professor emerita, and president emerita of the Bay Area Travel Writers. Her work has appeared in multiple anthologies, including Best Women's Travel Writing, and numerous other publications. She received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Douglass College (Rutgers University) for her writing, photojournalism, women's rights work, and as a pioneer of women's studies and innovative college teaching in Paris, Holland, and the USA. She earned one of the first Ph.D's in Women's Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz. Her travels have taken her to almost 100 countries.

 

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