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.

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.

 

Al Capone Throws Me a Curve (Tales from Alcatraz) Cover Image
$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.

 

Rendezvous with Oblivion: Reports from a Sinking Society Cover Image
$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.

 

Slow: Simple Living for a Frantic World Cover Image
$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.

 

Bad Stories: What the Hell Just Happened to Our Country Cover Image
$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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Madeline Miller - Circe (Corte Madera Store)

Friday, June 15, 2018 - 7:00pm

In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child--not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power--the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves.

Threatened, Zeus banishes her to a deserted island, where she hones her occult craft, tames wild beasts and crosses paths with many of the most famous figures in all of mythology, including the Minotaur, Daedalus and his doomed son Icarus, the murderous Medea, and, of course, wily Odysseus.

But there is danger, too, for a woman who stands alone, and Circe unwittingly draws the wrath of both men and gods, ultimately finding herself pitted against one of the most terrifying and vengeful of the Olympians. To protect what she loves most, Circe must summon all her strength and choose, once and for all, whether she belongs with the gods she is born from, or the mortals she has come to love.

With unforgettably vivid characters, mesmerizing language and page-turning suspense, Circe is a triumph of storytelling, an intoxicating epic of family rivalry, palace intrigue, love and loss, as well as a celebration of indomitable female strength in a man's world. 

Madeline Miller was born in Boston and attended Brown University where she earned her BA and MA in Classics. She lives in Narbeth, PA with her husband and two children. The Song of Achilles was awarded the Orange Prize for Fiction and has been translated into twenty-five languages. 

 

Circe (#1 New York Times Bestseller) Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780316556347
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Little Brown and Company - April 10th, 2018

#1 New York Times Bestseller
" A bold and subversive retelling of the goddess's story, Circe manages to be both epic and intimate in its scope, recasting the most infamous female figure from the Odyssey as a hero in her own right." --- Alexandra Alter, New York Times


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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Michael Genhart - Love is Love (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, June 30, 2018 - 11:00am

Special Event for Kids!

Love Is Love empowers young readers to celebrate the family they have—no matter how it's constructed.

A boy confides in a friend when he's teased for having two dads and for wearing a shirt that they deem is "gay." Kids tell him that they're not a real family, and he doesn't know how to respond. But our narrator realizes that his friend's family (with a mom and a dad) isn't all that different from his: they both have parents who love them, and they both love their parents. And it's love that makes a family.

Dr. Michael Genhart is clinical psychologist specializing in working with children who have gay or lesbian parents; gay teens and coming out issues; same sex relationships; and LGBTQ parenting matters. He also visits and speaks at local elementary, middle, and high schools to engage students in conversations about LGBTQ issues.

 

Love Is Love Cover Image
By Michael Genhart, Ken Min (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781939775139
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Little Pickle Press - May 16th, 2018

It's love that makes a family

When a boy confides in his friend about bullies saying he doesn't have a real family, he discovers that his friend's parents--a mom and a dad--and his two dads are actually very much alike.


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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Wendy Spinale - Ozland (Corte Madera Store)

Friday, June 29, 2018 - 7:00pm

Special Event for Teens!

In Ozland, Everland and Umberland have both been destroyed. The survivors have taken refuge in a small village tucked within the shadows of the Bloodred Queen's castle. Doc has found an actual cure for the Horologia virus, while Gwen, Pete, and Alyssa begin plotting the assassination of the queen with the help of Gail, an excellent huntress. But killing the queen won't be enough.

The world has been destroyed and its needs a ruler to set things right again. A ruler who is good, kind, and fair. Someone like the former king of Germany. But he's dead...or is he?There's a rumor that the king has been hidden away in a secret land, where only the worthiest can find him. Desperate to end the war, a plan is hatched that could put everything right again. Yet before it's set in motion, the village is burned to the ground, all survivors taken prisoner to the castle. Except Gail. But is one girl enough to find a long-dead king, kill the wicked queen, and save the world?

Wendy Spinale is a former character actor for the Disneyland theme park (so she's very familiar with the world of make-believe). She is the author of Everland and its follow-up, Umberland, as well as Lost Boy, a prequel novella to Everland. Wendy lives with her family in the San Francisco Bay Area.

 

 

Ozland (Everland #3) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780545953221
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Scholastic Press - April 24th, 2018

With Everland and Umberland both destroyed, the survivors have taken refuge in a small village tucked within the shadows of the Bloodred Queen's castle. Doc has found an actual cure for the Horologia virus, while Gwen, Pete, and Alyssa begin plotting the assassination of the queen with the help of Gail, an excellent huntress. But killing the queen won't be enough.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Chris Feliciano Arnold - The Third Bank of the River (Corte Madera Store)

Tuesday, June 26, 2018 - 7:00pm

Following doctors and detectives, environmental activists and indigenous tribes, The Third Bank of the River traces the history of the Amazon from the arrival of the first Spanish flotilla to the drones that are now mapping unexplored parts of the forest. Grounded in rigorous firsthand reporting and in-depth research, Chris Feliciano Arnold reveals a portrait of Brazil and the Amazon that is complex, bloody, and often tragic.

During the 2014 world cup, an isolated Amazon tribe emerged from the rain forest on the misty border of Peru and Brazil, escaping massacre at the hands of loggers who wanted their land. A year later, in the jungle capital of Manaus, a bloody weekend of reprisal killings inflame a drug war that has blurred the line between cops and kingpins. Both events reveal the dual struggles of those living in and around the world's largest river. As indigenous tribes lose their ancestral culture and territory to the lure and threat of the outside world, the question arises of how best to save isolated tribes: Keep them away from the modern world or make contact in an effort to save them from extinction? As Brazil looks to be a world leader in the twenty-first century, this magnificent and vast region is mired in chaos and violence that echoes the atrocities that have haunted the rain forest since Europeans first traveled its waters.

Chris Feliciano Arnold has written for The New York Times, Harper's, The Atlantic, Foreign Policy, Outside, Sports Illustrated, Playboy, Vice News, and other outlets, including Folha de S. Paulo, Brazil's largest newspaper. He is the recipient of a 2014 creative writing fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. Born in Brazil and raised in the United States, he now resides in northern California.

 

The Third Bank of the River: Power and Survival in the Twenty-First-Century Amazon Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781250098948
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Picador USA - June 5th, 2018

A sweeping look at the war over the Amazon--as activists, locals, and indigenous tribes struggle to save it from the threat of loggers, drug lords, and corrupt cops and politicians


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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Jim Averbeck - Two Problems for Sophia (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, June 23, 2018 - 11:00am

Special Children's Event

In Two Problems for Sophia, Sophia quickly learns her new pet comes with two giraffe-sized problems. This is the enterprising sequel to One Word from Sophia, which was named one of the best picture books of 2015 by Kirkus Reviews.

Sophia and Noodle, her One True Desire, are together at last.

But Noodle comes with two gigantic problems, and those problems are tearing Sophia’s family apart!

Can a little creative experimenting save Noodle? Or will Sophia have to bid him adieu?

Jim Averbeck is the author of One Word from Sophia and Two Problems for Sophia, illustrated by Yasmeen Ismail; In a Blue Room, illustrated by Tricia Tusa; and of the novel A Hitch at the Fairmont. He is also the author and illustrator of the picture books Oh No, Little Dragon!, and Except If. He studied children’s book writing and illustration at the University of California Berkeley and now makes his home in San Francisco.

 

Two Problems for Sophia Cover Image
By Jim Averbeck, Yasmeen Ismail (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481477888
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - June 12th, 2018

Sophia quickly learns her new pet comes with two giraffe-sized problems in this enterprising sequel to One Word from Sophia, which was named one of the best picture books of 2015 by Kirkus Reviews.

Sophia and Noodle, her One True Desire, are together at last.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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