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.

Special Event for Kids: Michael Genhart & Priscilla Burris - Accordionly (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, April 25, 2020 - 10:00am

When both grandpas, Abuelo and Opa, visit at the same time, they can't understand each other's language and there is a lot of silence, but their grandson's clever thinking helps find a way for everyone to share the day together as two cultures become one family! Accordionly includes a bonus fold-out and a note from the author sharing the true story of his own family.

Michael Genhart, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice in San Francisco and Mill Valley, California. He received his BA in psychology from the University of California, San Diego and his PhD in clinical and community psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park.  He is also the author of several picture books including: Ouch! Moments: When Words Are Used in Hurtful Ways, illustrated by Viviana Garofoli; So Many Smarts!, illustrated by Holly Clifton-Brown; I See You, illustrated by Joanne Lew-Vriethoff; a series about nourishing friendships, illustrated by Steve Mack; Peanut Butter & Jellyous; Mac & Geeeez!; Cake & I Scream!; and Rainbow: A First Book of Pride, illustrated by Anne Passchier, as well as Love Is Love, illustrated by Ken Min. Love Is Love is a 2019 ALA GLBT Round Table Rainbow Book List selection as well as a 2019 Notable Social Studies Trade Book. His work was recently featured in the San Francisco Chronicle, BookTrib, KidLit411, and BookRiot. Several of his books have been translated into different languages. He has been a member of APA for thirty years, SCBWI since 2011, and is a book reviewer for the New York Journal of Books. When he is not in his office treating patients or writing books for kids, he is outdoors gardening, hiking, reading, traveling, and enjoying time with family and friends. He and his husband are proud parents of a recent college graduate who now teaches marine science, her dream job!. He lives with his family in Marin County. Visit him on his website www.michaelgenhart.com, Facebook (@picturebookauthor), and Instagram (@michaelgenhart). 

A native Californian of Hispanic descent, author-illustrator Priscilla Burris counts herself blessed to have grown up across her neighborhood street from the local public library in East Los Angeles, where her love and devotion for children's books was born. Creating characters and images whether in the real world or digitally, Priscilla delights most in bringing out the element of expression and emotion.  She is enthusiastically involved in the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (www.scbwi.org) as the U.S. Illustrator Coordinator & Advisor, as well as a member of their Board of Advisors.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Kate Milliken - Kept Animals (Corte Madera Store)

Friday, April 24, 2020 - 7:00pm

Rory Ramos works as a ranch hand at the stable her stepfather manages in Topanga Canyon, California, a dry, dusty place reliant on horses and hierarchies. There she rides for the rich clientele, including twins June and Wade Fisk. While Rory may have unwittingly drawn the interest of out-and-proud June, she’s more intrigued by Vivian Price, the beautiful teenager with the movie-star father who lives down the hill. Rory’s blue-collar upbringing keeps her largely separate from the likes of the Prices—but, perched on her bedroom windowsill, Rory steals glimpses of Vivian swimming in her pool nearly every night.

After Rory’s stepfather is involved in a tragic car accident, the lives of Rory, June, and Vivian become inextricably bound together. Rory discovers photography, begins riding more competitively alongside June, and grows closer and closer to gorgeous, mercurial Vivian, but despite her newfound sense of self, disaster lurks all around her: in the parched landscape, in her unruly desires, in her stepfather's wrecked body and guilty conscience. One night, as the relationships among these teenagers come to a head, a forest fire tears through Topanga Canyon, and Rory's life is changed forever.

Kept Animals is narrated by Rory’s daughter, Charlie, twenty years after that fateful 1993 fire. Realizing that the key to her own existence lies in the secret of what really happened that unseasonably warm fall, Charlie is finally ready to ask questions about her mother’s past. But with Rory away on assignment as a war photographer, Charlie knows she must unravel the truth for herself.

Kate Milliken is the author of the 2013 Iowa Short Fiction Award–winning collection of stories, If I’d Known You Were Coming. A graduate of the Bennington College Writing Seminars, she has received fellowships from the Vermont Studio Center and the Tin House Summer Workshop. She lives in Northern California with her family. Kept Animals is her first novel.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Chris Baron - All of Me (Corte Madera Store)

Thursday, March 19, 2020 - 7:00pm

Ari has body-image issues. After a move across the country, his parents work at selling and promoting his mother's paintings and sculptures. Ari's bohemian mother needs space to create, and his father is gone for long stretches of time on "sales" trips. Meanwhile, Ari makes new friends: Pick, the gamer; the artsy Jorge, and the troubled Lisa. He is also relentlessly bullied because he's overweight, but he can't tell his parents—they're simply not around enough to listen.

After an upsetting incident, Ari's mom suggests he go on a diet, and she gives him a book to help. But the book—and the diet—can’t fix everything. As Ari faces the demise of his parents' marriage, he also feels himself changing, both emotionally and physically. All of Me is a much-needed story about accepting the imperfect in oneself and in life.

Chris Baron is a professor of English at San Diego City College. He's also the author of the (adult) poetry collection, Lantern Tree, which was published as part of a poetry anthology, Under the Broom Tree, winner of the San Diego Book Award. He lives in San Diego, California, with his wife and their three children. All of Me is his first novel.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Kate Schatz & Miriam Klein Stahl - Rad American History A-Z (Corte Madera Store)

Monday, March 16, 2020 - 5:00pm

In Rad American History A-Z, each letter of the alphabet tells the story of a significant moment in America's progressive history—one that isn't always covered in history classes: A is for Alcatraz, and the Native occupation of 1969; C is for the Combahee River Raid, a Civil War action planned in part by Union spy Harriet Tubman; Z is for Zuccotti Park, and the Occupy movement that briefly took over the world.

Paired with dynamic paper-cut art by Miriam Klein Stahl, the entries by Kate Schatz explore several centuries of politics, culture, art, activism, and liberation, including radical librarians, Supreme Court cases, courageous youth, punk rocker grrrls, Southern quilts, and modern witches. In addition to the twenty-six core stories, short sidebars expand the discussion, and dictionary-style lists refer readers to additional key moments. So while F is for Federal Theater Project, a New Deal-era program that employed thousands of artists, F is also for Freedom Rides and First Amendment. E is for Earth First!, but also for Endangered Species Act and Equal Rights Amendment.

There are tales of triumph, resilience, creation, and hope. Each engaging, fact-filled narrative illustrates an eye-opening moment that shows us how we got to now—and what we need to know about our histories to create a just and sustainable future.

Kate Schatz is a feminist writer, activist, and educator. With illustrator Miriam Klein Stahl, she is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Rad American Women A-Z and Rad Women Worldwide, as well as My Rad Life: A Journal and Rad Girls Can. Kate is the co-founder of Solidarity Sundays, a nationwide network of feminist activist groups, and she speaks often about politics, resistance, feminism, race, parenting, and more.

Miriam Klein Stahl is an artist, educator, and activist. In addition to her work in printmaking, drawing, sculpture, and paper-cut and public art, she is also the co-founder of the Arts and Humanities Academy at Berkeley High School, where she has taught since 1995.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Left Coast Writers® Salon with Author and Songwriter Zoe FitzGerald Carter

Monday, February 3, 2020 - 7:00pm

We have an appropriately LOVE-ly treat planned for the February Left Coast Writers Literary Salon: Author and well-known songwriter and performer, Zoe Fitzgerald Carter will be brightening the month by sharing her take on how to turn life and love into lyrics.

As Zoe says, “In many ways my songwriting feels like it builds on everything I’ve done as a writer over my lifetime. It’s just another, more concentrated way to explore language and storytelling and, like all my first-person writing, draws on lived experience.

Zoe FitzGerald Carter will discuss how she decided to become a full-time songwriter and musician after working as a journalist and memoirist for 30 years. While the form is different, the challenge is the same: How to be a vivid—and economical—storyteller. Zoe will share her tips and we think she has some surprises in store, one of which involves a guitar.

Zoe FitzGerald Carter is an author, teacher and journalist who has published in The New York Times, Salon, Vogue, and Newsweek among other places. Her 2010 memoir, Imperfect Endings, about her mother’s decision to end her life, was excerpted in O magazine and was a Barnes and Noble “Discover Great New Writers” pick. Since 2017, she has turned exclusively to music, writing and performing original songs with her band, Sugartown. Her first album, Waiting for the Earthquake, came out last year and she is about to record a full-length solo album of original songs. She teaches memoir at The San Francisco Writers Grotto and Left Margin Lit in Berkeley, where she also teaches a six-week course on songwriting. Find more at zoefitzgeraldcarter.com.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Barton Gellman - Dark Mirror: Edward Snowden and the American Surveillance State (Corte Madera Store)

Friday, May 29, 2020 - 7:00pm

Edward Snowden chose three journalists to tell the stories in his Top Secret trove of NSA documents: Barton Gellman of The Washington Post, Glenn Greenwald of The Guardian, and filmmaker Laura Poitras, all of whom would share the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. Poitras went on to direct the Oscar-winning Citizenfour. Greenwald cast himself as a pugilist on Snowden's behalf.

Gellman, whose relationship with his source was more turbulent, took his own path. Snowden and his documents were the beginning, not the end, of a story he had prepared his whole life to tell. More than two decades as a top investigative journalist armed him with deep sources in national security and high technology. Gellman's reporting continued to unlock new puzzles long after the headlines began to fade. Fresh discoveries in this book touch us all.

Dark Mirror is a true-life spy tale, told with authority and an inside view of extraordinary events. Within it is a compelling portrait of investigative journalism under pressure of legal threats, government investigations and foreign intelligence agencies intent on stealing Gellman’s files. The NSA director secretly calls for a federal raid to seize the leaked documents. The author finds his name in one of those documents—as the target of a previous leak investigation. Google warns him that “state sponsored attackers” are trying to compromise his account. His tablet is hacked before his eyes as he leaves the set of a Sunday news broadcast. Customized malware is sent to his computer. Sophisticated impostors approach him with counterfeit documents, attempting to divert or discredit his work. Throughout Dark Mirror, Gellman wages an escalating battle against unknown adversaries who force him to mimic their tradecraft in self-defense.

With the vivid and insightful style that marked Gellman's bestselling Angler, Dark Mirror is an inside account of the surveillance-industrial revolution and its discontents. Along the way, and with the benefit of hindsight, it tells the full story of a government leak unrivaled in drama since All the President's Men.

Barton Gellman is a Pulitzer Prize and Emmy Award-winning journalist. Since 2013 he has been a senior fellow at the Century Foundation. During 21 years at the Washington Post he served tours as legal, military, diplomatic, and foreign correspondent. He has taught courses at Princeton on nonfiction writing, investigative reporting, and national security secrecy. His bestselling Angler: The Cheney Vice Presidency won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and was a New York Times Best Book of 2008.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Elizabeth Kracht with Kimberley Cameron - The Author's Checklist (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, March 29, 2020 - 1:00pm

In conversation with Kimberley Cameron

The bad news: even really good manuscripts have weak spots that are enough to garner rejections from agents and publishers. The good news: most of these problems are easy to fix—once the writer sees and understands them. After several years of evaluating manuscripts, literary agent Elizabeth Kracht noticed that many submissions had similar problems, so she began to make a list of the pitfalls. The Author's Checklist offers her short, easy-to-implement bites of advice, illustrated by inspiring—and cautionary—real-world examples. Most aspiring authors yearn for a friend in book publishing, and The Author's Checklist is just that.

Elizabeth K. Kracht is a literary agent with Kimberley Cameron & Associates and a freelance editor. She holds a bachelor’s degree in technical writing from New York Institute of Technology. She has lived in New York, San Francisco, and San Juan, Puerto Rico, and regularly participates in writers’ conferences nationally and internationally.

Kimberley Cameron has been a literary agent for 28 years. She recently sold Senator Barbara Boxer’s Memoir, The Art of Tough to Hachette, and the new Willie Mays book, 24, Life Stories and Lessons from Say Hey Kid will be released shortly. She has started the careers of many debut authors, which she loves and finds thrilling. She is interested in writing that makes a reader feel something, whether it be fiction or non-fiction. Some of the genres she particularly enjoys are mystery and crime, thriller, science fiction, women’s fiction, horror and literary fiction. Non-fiction genres are health, science, biography, memoir and history.  She resides and works from Tiburon, California and France, with many visits to New York to make the rounds of editorial offices. She is also a mentor to five other agents who are selling their own books at her Agency.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Robert Kolker - Hidden Valley Road (Corte Madera Store)

Friday, April 17, 2020 - 7:00pm

Don and Mimi Galvin seemed to be living the American dream. After World War II, Don's work with the Air Force brought them to Colorado, where their twelve children perfectly spanned the baby boom: the oldest born in 1945, the youngest in 1965. In those years, there was an established script for a family like the Galvins—aspiration, hard work, upward mobility, domestic harmony—and they worked hard to play their parts. But behind the scenes was a different story: psychological breakdown, sudden shocking violence, hidden abuse. By the mid-1970s, six of the ten Galvin boys, one after another, were diagnosed as schizophrenic. How could all this happen to one family?

What took place inside the house on Hidden Valley Road was so extraordinary that the Galvins became one of the first families to be studied by the National Institute of Mental Health. Their story offers a shadow history of the science of schizophrenia, from the era of institutionalization, lobotomy, and the schizophrenogenic mother to the search for genetic markers for the disease, always amid profound disagreements about the nature of the illness itself. And unbeknownst to the Galvins, samples of their DNA informed decades of genetic research that continues today, offering paths to treatment, prediction, and even eradication of the disease for future generations.

With clarity and compassion, Hidden Valley Road uncovers one family's unforgettable legacy of suffering, love, and hope.

Robert Kolker is the New York Times bestselling author of Lost Girls, named one of the New York Times's 100 Notable Books and one of Publishers Weekly's Top Ten Books of 2013. As a journalist, his work has appeared in New York magazine, Bloomberg Businessweek, The New York Times Magazine, Wired, GQ, O magazine,and Men's Journal. He is a National Magazine Award finalist and a recipient of the 2011 Harry Frank Guggenheim Award for Excellence in Criminal Justice Reporting from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Charles Finch - The Last Passenger (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, February 29, 2020 - 2:00pm

London, 1855. A young and eager Charles Lenox faces his toughest case yet: a murder without a single clue. Slumped in a third-class car at Paddington Station is the body of a handsome young gentleman. He has no luggage, empty pockets, and no sign of identification on his person. And putting together the clues to the mystery of the man’s identity only raises more questions when Lenox discovers that the crime has a significant connection to America.

As he seeks to solve this impossible case, the young Lenox must confront an equally troublesome problem in his personal life. Kitty Ashbrook, beautiful and cultured, appears to be his soulmate—but love comes with obstacles of its own. In tandem, this fiendish case and passionate, deeply felt affair will irrevocably shape the brilliant detective and thoughtful gentleman Lenox is destined to become.

Written in Charles Finch’s unmistakably witty and graceful voice, The Last Passenger is a cunning, thrilling, and deeply satisfying conclusion to this trilogy of prequels for his bestselling Charles Lenox series.

Charles Finch is the USA Today bestselling author of the Charles Lenox historical mysteries, which begin with A Beautiful Blue Death. His contemporary novel The Last Enchantments, is also available from St. Martin's Press. Finch received the 2017 Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing from the National Book Critics Circle. His essays and criticism have appeared in the New York Times, Slate, Washington Post, and elsewhere. He lives in Los Angeles.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Dr. Kenneth Perlmutter - Freedom from Family Dysfunction (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, March 28, 2020 - 1:00pm

The headlines ring with stories of opioid addiction and overdose. Parents complain about their children's screen addiction, law enforcement decries the flood of fentanyl, scores of Americans overdose and die daily, and teen alcohol poisoning and marijuana-induced psychosis rates continue to rise. Disabling depression and anxiety are diagnosed at alarming rates in families across the country. Now, more than ever, families struggle to live with, care for, and protect their family members suffering with addiction or mental illness. Kenneth Perlmutter, a California psychologist with 30-plus years in the field, has written Freedom from Family Dysfunction specifically for family members who love someone battling addiction or mental illness and who want to break the cycles of codependency and relapse plaguing their dysfunctional systems. The combination of compelling vignettes, lively dialogues, and step-by-step instructions makes this guidebook an indispensable tool for parents, partners, adult children, and the clinicians who treat them, to heal the powerlessness, pain, and impossibility of life with someone they've been trying to help, sometimes for decades. Perlmutter takes a systemic and inter-generational view, combining current knowledge with his deep personal experience of addiction and family dysfunction to guide readers toward understanding their systems, their positions in them, and the forces that keep things stuck. "Stress-Induced Impaired Coping (SIIC)" is the term he's coined to describe his ground-breaking model of family system pathology and recovery. He invites families to see themselves not as dysfunctional, but as wounded, as they work toward connection, closeness, and the restoration of systemic mental wellness and sustainability. Best of all, the method works regardless of whether the one identified as "the problem" makes changes or not. Perlmutter's method is oriented towards: creating closeness by pursuing connection over being right; rejecting "tough love"; learning to communicate authentically and to set boundaries confidently and fairly; rebuilding trust, authenticity, and equality in family relationships; reducing chaos, anxiety and distress in the mind and in the home; and shifting the entire family system itself toward wellness.

Kenneth Perlmutter, PhD is a California-based Family Systems Psychologist. He is Founder of the Family Recovery Institute in San Rafael, CA. The Institute and its staff provide individual and family treatment, family systems assessment, and clinical training for professionals at all levels. He has served on the graduate faculty for San Francisco State University Counseling Department and as Associate Professor of Chemical Dependency Studies at California State University East Bay. He has appeared as an expert commentator for KCBS radio and been published in Sober World and Counselor magazines. He makes his home in Marin County, California with his wife of 35 years, Jacqueline, and their yellow lab ShoSho. Visit www.FamilyRecoveryInstitute.com to learn more.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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