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.

POSTPONED: Laurie R. King - Riviera Gold (Corte Madera Store)

Wednesday, June 10, 2020 - 7:00pm

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It’s summertime on the Riviera, and the Jazz Age has come to France’s once-sleepy beaches. As American expatriates begin to drift down from Paris, their villas fill with the music and merriment of their generation’s most creative minds. From those ocean-view terraces, they also gaze along the coastline at the lights of a more traditional pleasure ground: Monte Carlo, where fortunes are won, lost, stolen, and sometimes hidden away. When Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes happen across the Côte d’Azur, they find their partnership similarly pulled, between youthful pleasures and old sins, hot sun and cool jazz, new affections and enduring loyalties.

Russell falls into easy friendship with an enthralling American couple, Sara and Gerald Murphy, whose golden life on the Riviera has begun to attract famous writers and artists—and some of the scoundrels linked with Monte Carlo’s underworld. The Murphy set will go on to inspire everyone from F. Scott Fitzgerald to Pablo Picasso, but in this summer of 1925, their importance for Russell lies in one of their circle’s recent additions: none other than the Holmeses’ former housekeeper, Mrs. Hudson, who hasn’t been seen since she fled England under a cloud of false murder accusations.

When a beautiful young man is found dead in Mrs. Hudson’s front room, she becomes the prime suspect in yet another murder. Russell is certain that Mrs. Hudson is innocent; Holmes is not quite so sure. But the old woman’s colorful past has been a source of tension between them before this, and now, the dangerous players who control Monte Carlo’s gilded casinos may stop at nothing to keep the pair away from the dark corners that Mrs. Hudson’s youthful history could bring to light.

The Riviera in 1925 is a playground for the rich built on corruption and greed. It is a place where treasure can be false, where love can destroy, and where life, as Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes will discover, can be cheap—even when it is made of solid gold.

Laurie R. King is the award-winning, bestselling author of sixteen Mary Russell mysteries, five contemporary novels featuring Kate Martinelli, the Stuyvesant & Grey novels Touchstone and The Bones of Paris, and acclaimed standalone novels Folly and Lockdown. She lives in Northern California, where she is at work on her next Mary Russell mystery.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

POSTPONED: Zach Norris - We Keep Us Safe (Corte Madera Store)

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 - 7:00pm

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As the effects of aggressive policing and mass incarceration harm historically marginalized communities and tear families apart, how do we define safety? In a time when the most powerful institutions in the United States are embracing the repressive and racist systems that keep many communities struggling and in fear, we need to reimagine what safety means. Community leader and lawyer Zach Norris lays out a radical way to shift the conversation about public safety away from fear and punishment and toward growth and support systems for our families and communities. In order to truly be safe, we are going to have to dismantle our mentality of Us vs. Them. By bridging the divides and building relationships with one another, we can dedicate ourselves to strategic, smart investments—meaning resources directed toward our stability and well-being, like healthcare and housing, education and living-wage jobs. This is where real safety begins.

We Keep Us Safe is a blueprint of how to hold people accountable while still holding them in community. The result reinstates full humanity and agency for everyone who has been dehumanized and traumatized, so they can participate fully in life, in society, and in the fabric of our democracy.

Zach Norris is the executive director of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, which creates campaigns related to civic engagement, violence prevention, juvenile justice, and police brutality, with a goal of shifting economic resources away from prisons and punishment and towards economic opportunity. He is also the cofounder of Restore Oakland and Justice for Families, both of which focus on the power of community action. He graduated from Harvard and took his law degree from New York University. Connect with him @ZachWNorris.

"Bright, talented, compassionate, strategic, and committed . . . Norris's insights and story will be an enormously important contribution in the effort to advance human rights in this country." —Bryan Stevenson, author of Just Mercy

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

POSTPONED: John Shea - 24: Life Stories and Lessons from the Say Hey Kid (Corte Madera Store)

Thursday, May 7, 2020 - 7:00pm

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In conversation with Phil Cousineau

Widely regarded as the greatest all-around player in baseball history because of his unparalleled hitting, defense, and baserunning, beloved icon Willie Mays offers his lifetime of experience meeting challenges with positivity, integrity, and triumph in 24: Life Stories and Lessons from the Say Hey Kid.

Presented in 24 chapters to correspond with his universally recognized uniform number, Willie’s memoir provides more than the story of his role in America’s pastime. This is the story of a man who values family and community, engages in charitable causes especially involving children, and follows a philosophy that encourages hope, hard work, and the fulfillment of dreams.

“I was very lucky when I was a child. My family took care of me and made sure I was in early at night. I didn’t get in trouble. My father made sure that I didn’t do the wrong thing. I’ve always had a special place in my heart for children and their well-being, and John Shea and I got the idea that we should do something for the kids and the fathers and the mothers, and that’s why this book is being published. We want to reach out to all generations and backgrounds. Hopefully, these stories and lessons will inspire people in a positive way.” —Willie Mays

John Shea is the award-winning national baseball columnist at the San Francisco Chronicle and Willie Mays's longtime acquaintance. He has written several books, including the autobiography of Hall of Famer Rickey Henderson, Off Base: Confessions of a Thief. He is seen regularly on MLB Network.

Phil Cousineau is an award-winning writer and filmmaker, teacher and editor, lecturer and travel leader, storyteller, and TV and radio host. His lifelong fascination with the art, literature, and history of culture has taken him on many journeys around the world. He lectures frequently on a wide range of topics—from mythology, film, and writing, to beauty, travel, sports, and creativity. He has more than 30 nonfiction books and 15 scriptwriting credits to his name.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

POSTPONED: Kevin Nguyen - New Waves (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, April 25, 2020 - 7:00pm

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Lucas and Margo are fed up. Margo is a brilliant programmer tired of being talked over as the company’s sole black employee, and while Lucas is one of many Asians at the firm, he’s nearly invisible as a low-paid customer service rep. Together, they decide to steal their tech startup’s user database in an attempt at revenge. The heist takes a sudden turn when Margo dies in a car accident, and Lucas is left reeling, wondering what to do with their secret—and wondering whether her death really was an accident. When Lucas hacks into Margo’s computer looking for answers, he is drawn into her private online life and realizes just how little he knew about his best friend.

With a fresh voice, biting humor, and piercing observations about human nature, Kevin Nguyen brings an insider’s knowledge of the tech industry to this imaginative novel. A pitch-perfect exploration of race and startup culture, secrecy and surveillance, social media and friendship, New Waves asks: How well do we really know one another? And how do we form true intimacy and connection in a tech-obsessed world?

Kevin Nguyen is the features editor at The Verge and was previously a senior editor at GQ. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

POSTPONED: Christina Isobel - Everyday Mermaid (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, April 26, 2020 - 4:00pm

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Everyday Mermaid is a collaborative fine art poetry book by Christina Isobel and Deidre Scherer. Dive deeply into ordinary moments with Scherer's sewn textile art cradling Isobel's lyric narrative poetry.

Bathtub poems, washing-dishes poems, driving poems, walking poems, planting poems, looking-out window poems. Poems of marriage, giving birth, looking at grey hair. Poems of the ordinary. Moment to moment, day by day, season by season, living into growing older. Isobel had to stay open each day be ready when the hum came—ready to write. At the end of the year she looked into her hands and saw a poetic journal, a journal with gold at the end: she had found her life.

Isobel reached out to dear friend and artist, Deidre Scherer. They worked intimately to create cross current visuals that invite the reader into the tactile inner world of the poems. Scherer created luminous images that cradle the poems and map the flow Isobel’s life through the year.

Begin on a standing wave and follow the hints of the mermaid flowing into winter, spring, summer, fall, and winter. Experience the light and colors of the seasons as they shape insights, feelings, and epiphanies.

Christina O’Reilly Isobel is a poet and lyric playwright. Her passion for experiential poetry began in 1985 when she created a poetry/dance concert featuring Robert Bly and the Indian Classical dancer Neena Gulati. She co-founded The Loading Zone Theater in Santa Rosa, CA. She wrote, produced, choreographed, and directed the acclaimed play Skeleton Woman; A Dance with the Dark, inspired by an Inuit fairytale. Her current project, Everyday Mermaid, is a fine art/poetry collaboration with Deidre Scherer and published bya thousand flowers®. Early days include an honors B.A. in International Relations from Scripps College, Claremont, CA, teaching at MSU, Philippines, and an M.A. in Urban Policy & Planning from UCLA. She studied nonverbal communication and empathy and created her own way of supporting her students to listen to their and others’ inner lives. She taught at Esalen and throughout the country. Listening to her own inner voice, she began reading and writing poetry and studying Bharatanatyam dance,which includes poetry and music. Isobel also served on the board of O’Reilly Mediaand was influential in shaping its foundational and cultural values.Isobel is the blessed mother of two daughters and two grandchildren and lives in San Francisco and Sebastopol, CA.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

POSTPONED: Wade Davis - Magdalena: River of Dreams, a Story of Colombia (Corte Madera Store)

Monday, May 4, 2020 - 7:00pm

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Introduced by Robert Holmes • Presented with Left Coast Writers®

Travelers often become enchanted with the first country that captures their hearts and gives them license to be free. For Wade Davis, it was Colombia. Now in a masterly new book, Davis tells of his travels on the mighty Magdalena, the river that made possible the nation. Along the way, he finds a people who have overcome years of conflict precisely because of their character, informed by an enduring spirit of place, and a deep love of a land that is home to the greatest ecological and geographical diversity on the planet. Only in Colombia can a traveler wash ashore in a coastal desert, follow waterways through wetlands as wide as the sky, ascend narrow tracks through dense tropical forests, and reach verdant Andean valleys rising to soaring ice-clad summits. This rugged and impossible geography finds its perfect coefficient in the topography of the Colombian spirit: restive, potent, at times placid and calm, in moments explosive and wild. Both a corridor of commerce and a fountain of culture, the wellspring of Colombian music, literature, poetry, and prayer, the Magdalena has served in dark times as the graveyard of the nation. And yet, always, it returns as a river of life.

At once an absorbing adventure and an inspiring tale of hope and redemption, Magdalena gives us a rare, kaleidoscopic picture of a nation on the verge of a new period of peace. Braiding together memoir, history, and journalism, Wade Davis tells the story of the country's most magnificent river, and in doing so, tells the epic story of Colombia.

Wade Davis is the author of twenty books, including One River, The Wayfinders, and Into the Silence, which won the 2012 Samuel Johnson prize, the top award for literary nonfiction in the English language. Explorer-in-Residence at the National Geographic Society from 1999 to 2013, he is currently Professor of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia. In 2016, he was made a Member of the Order of Canada. In 2018 he became an Honorary Citizen of Colombia.

Robert Holmes is one of the world’s most successful and prolific travel photographers whose career has extended over 30 years. He has been honored by the Society of American Travel Writers with their Travel Photographer of the Year Award four times, and in 2016 was voted the Wine Photographer of The Year by an international panel of judges sponsored by Errazuriz in Chile. Holmes has worked for National Geographic, Geo, Saveur, Wine Spectator, Life, Time, and hundreds of other major magazines and international companies. He has illustrated over 40 books and has regularly been one of the world’s best photojournalists invited to participate in the acclaimed “Day in the Life” series.

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

POSTPONED: Monica Hesse - They Went Left (Corte Madera Store)

Tuesday, April 7, 2020 - 5:00pm

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In conversation with Darcey Rosenblatt

Germany, 1945. The soldiers who liberated the Gross-Rosen concentration camp said the war was over, but nothing feels over to eighteen-year-old Zofia Lederman. Her body has barely begun to heal; her mind feels broken. And her life is completely shattered: Three years ago, she and her younger brother, Abek, were the only members of their family to be sent to the right, away from the gas chambers of Auschwitz-Birkenau. Everyone else—her parents, her grandmother, radiant Aunt Maja—they went left.

Zofia's last words to her brother were a promise: Abek to Zofia, A to Z. When I find you again, we will fill our alphabet. Now her journey to fulfill that vow takes her through Poland and Germany, and into a displaced persons camp where everyone she meets is trying to piece together a future from a painful past: Miriam, desperately searching for the twin she was separated from after they survived medical experimentation. Breine, a former heiress, who now longs only for a simple wedding with her new fiancé. And Josef, who guards his past behind a wall of secrets, and is beautiful and strange and magnetic all at once.

But the deeper Zofia digs, the more impossible her search seems. How can she find one boy in a sea of the missing? In the rubble of a broken continent, Zofia must delve into a mystery whose answers could break her—or help her rebuild her world.

Monica Hesse is the bestselling author of Girl in the Blue Coat, American Fire, and The War Outside, as well as a columnist at The Washington Post. She lives outside Washington, D.C. with her husband and their dog.

Darcey Rosenblatt writes for middle grade and teenage people because she believes for them stories can be life changing – they were for her.  Her debut novel Lost Boys (Henry Holt for Young Readers) was released in August 2017. Darcey is a cofounder of the annual Better Books Workshop for middle grade and young adult writers.

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

POSTPONED: Charles Souby - A View from the Borderline (Corte Madera Store)

Thursday, July 9, 2020 - 7:00pm

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In A View from the Borderline, acclaimed author Charles Souby affirms his “powerful, empathetic study of place and character” (Kirkus Reviews), his gift for dark humor, and his insight into troubled and twisted human minds. Set in Hollywood, Chicago, and nameless Midwestern small towns between the 1970s and the present, these twenty short stories introduce an eclectic cast of characters who range from quirky to deranged. These misguided, wild, lost, and warped to varying degrees, the “borderline” men and women include:

  • Davenport, a recently retired investment advisor, who hatches a plot to poison the reputation of his widely beloved apartment neighbor Mrs. Goldberg, a recently retired librarian devoted to feeding pigeons, using bread and Alka Seltzer (spoiler: it plops) in “The Gurgling Coup.”
  • Leonard, a plodding AAA clerk off on a psych leave and a regular at the local racetrack bar, whose knack for picking winning horses tragically collides with his weakness for boozy redheads in “Silver Slum Dog.”
  • Mrs. Rosewood, whose audacious plan to expose her drycleaner as a thief—with the help of a nimble accomplice, her little daughter, and lighter fluid—gets the attention of a hostage negotiator in “The Plaid Golf Pants.”
  • Stephen, a remedial student at a second-rate prep school, who, in the summer of 1973, becomes infatuated with a sweet but troubled waif—a 16-year-old runaway from her father’s threat to have her institutionalized for her “disorder,” characterized by smoking pot and having sex, in “Christa’s Case.”

At turns hilarious, touching, and chilling, A View from the Borderline brings eccentric, damaged, and unhinged characters brilliantly to life.

Charles Souby is the author of three novels: Winifred, A Shot of Malaria, and A Long Time Gone. His short stories have appeared in The Saturday Evening Post Online, Story Teller Magazine, and Opening Line, and his poetry can be found in 5 Poetry Magazine, Bohemian Magazine, and the California Quarterly Review. Born and raised in Chicago, he has lived in San Francisco and Alaska, and worked as a radio broadcaster, improv actor, and folk musician. He lives in Kappa, Hawaii.   

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

POSTPONED: JoAnne Silver Jones - Headstrong: Surviving a Traumatic Brain Injury (Corte Madera Store)

Friday, May 8, 2020 - 7:00pm

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She didn’t see the hammer. For a fraction of a second JoAnne Jones saw a young black face, framed by a black hoodie, and then she descended into a place where she felt and saw nothing.

Jones survived this sudden assault by a stranger, but it left her with severe traumatic brain injury (TBI), fractured hands, and PTSD. Headstrong tells the story of how she learned to live with the daily challenges of TBI. It brings the reader into a life traumatized by violence and set in the context of a society full of violence and vocal, visible white supremacists. Woven throughout Jones’s account are the stories of how medical professionals, friends, family, and strangers became a foundation strong enough to hold her during the worst of times, and to give her the buoyancy to find a path toward hope.

JoAnne Jones is Professor Emeritus at Springfield College in Massachusetts, where she worked for twenty-five years. While at Springfield College, Dr. Jones served as Associate Dean of the School of Human Services and Acting Dean of the School of Social Work. Before Springfield College, she was an Associate Professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and an Assistant Professor of Social Welfare at the University of Calgary, School of Social Welfare. Her teaching and research focused primarily on social justice issues. In addition to teaching, she has consulted with public and private organizations in relation to diversity, inclusiveness, and excellence. She is a cofounder of the firm Diversityworks Consulting.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

POSTPONED: Susan Browne & Thomas Centolella - Just Living & Almost Human (Corte Madera)

Saturday, April 25, 2020 - 4:00pm

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Please join poets Susan Browne and Thomas Centolella for a poetry event focusing on themes of love, wonder, identity, parents, and politics.

Susan Browne’s poetry has appeared in Ploughshares, The Sun, Subtropics, The Southern Review, Superstition Review, Rattle, New Ohio Review, B O D Y, American Life in Poetry, The American Journal of Poetry, Love’s Executive Order, and 180 More, Extraordinary Poems for Every Day. She has published two books of poetry, Buddha’s Dogs and Zephyr. Awards include prizes from Four Way Books, the Los Angeles Poetry Festival, the River Styx International Poetry Contest, and The Fischer Poetry Prize. She received a fellowship from the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, and her work has been nominated for three Pushcart Awards. Her third collection, Just Living, recently won the Catamaran Poetry Prize. She lives in Oakland, California. Read more at susanbrownepoems.com.

Thomas Centolella is the author of four books of poetry: Terra Firma (1990), Lights & Mysteries (1995), Views from along the Middle Way (2002), and Almost Human (2017), which won the Dorset Prize. He has received the Lannan Literary Award, the American Book Award, the California Book Award, the Northern California Book Award, and was selected for publication in the National Poetry Series (selected by Denise Levertov). He is a former Wallace Stegner Fellow in poetry at Stanford University and a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship. His work has appeared in many periodicals and anthologies and on Garrison Keillor's The Writer's Almanac. Centolella lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he has taught creative writing for many years.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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