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Claude Jarman - My Life and the Final Days of Hollywood (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, June 24, 2018 - 4:00pm

In Conversation with Leon Huntting

Kentfield resident Claude Jarman Jr. has written his memoir, entitled My Life and the Final Days of Hollywood, about his career as an actor at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) during the “Golden Years” of Hollywood in the 1950s.

Discovered in a fifth grade school room in Nashville, Tennessee during a nationwide talent search, Jarman was selected out of 10,000 boys to star with Gregory Peck and Jane Wyman in the classic film, The Yearling. Based on the Pulitzer Prize winning book by author Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, the story focuses on a young boy’s relationship with his pet deer. Jarman received a special Academy Award for his performance as “Jody”. He went on to act in ten additional films including John Ford’s epic western, Rio Grande, where he played the son of John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara. He capped his acting career with a starring role in Intruder in the Dust, based on William Faulkner’s 1949 controversial book about a lynching. Jarman writes about his years at the MGM school with classmates Elizabeth Taylor, Jane Powell, Roddy McDowell and Margaret O’Brien. He discusses how the advent of television led to the eventual collapse of the Hollywood studio system.

He moved to San Francisco in the sixties and in 1965 became the Executive Director of the San Francisco International Film Festival, a position he held until 1980.  During that period the Festival rose to become one of the premier film events in the world, and reunited Jarman with many famous stars he knew from Hollywood.  Jarman writes about the film festival and the luminaries who attended. His last film work was as Executive Producer of Fillmore, a documentary focused on rock impresario, Bill Graham, as he planned the closing rock concert at the music venue, the Fillmore in San Francisco.

Jarman has lived in Marin County, California for twenty two years with his wife Katie and their twin daughters Charlotte and Sarah.


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ISBN: 9781640036673
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Published: Covenant Books - March 12th, 2018

In the 1940s, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer was at the epicenter of the film world. Clark Gable, Ava Gardner, Judy Garland, Gene Kelly, and Elizabeth Taylor were only a few of the many stars under contract at the studio. The author, Claude Jarman Jr., takes us from his discovery in a small school in Nashville, Tennessee, through his life among the movie elite.

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Andrea Huff - Every Night's Friday Night (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, June 23, 2018 - 1:00pm

Every Night’s Friday Night: Time and Freedom for the Rest of Your Life is a process to help you transition from full time work to an active retirement where you figure out who you want to be and your favorite activities in your next stage of that you’re no longer working those 14 hour days!

Andrea Huff provides a simple and comprehensive process that offers ten chapters with 13 interviews, which share how real people are living in the third stage of life. Her exercises are short and thought provoking to give you personal insights. The book chapters are short enough to be read in one sitting. She also includes man ypersonal experiences she has had during her first year in active retirement.

Andrea Huff is an expert coach and consultant for people entering the third stage of their lives -- ages 50-plus. She has a Master’s degree in counseling and has been a career consultant, executive coach, managing director and member of the Executive Team for the global career and leadership consulting company, Lee Hecht Harrison.She founded their Executive Coaching and Leadership Development business.



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Ace Smith - The Pitcher and the Dictator (Corte Madera Store)

Monday, June 25, 2018 - 7:00pm

Soon after Satchel Paige arrived at spring training in 1937 to pitch for the Pittsburgh Crawfords, he and five of his teammates, including Josh Gibson and Cool Papa Bell, were lured to the Dominican Republic with the promise of easy money to play a short baseball tournament in support of the country's dictator, Rafael Trujillo. As it turned out, the money wasn't so easy. After Paige and his friends arrived on the island, they found themselves under the thumb of Trujillo, known by Dominicans for murdering those who disappointed him.

In the initial games, the Ciudad Trujillo all-star team floundered. Living outside the shadow of segregation, Satchel and his recruits spent their nights carousing and their days dropping close games to their rivals, who were also stocked with great players. Desperate to restore discipline, Trujillo tapped the leader of his death squads to become part of the team management. The American players believed they might be lined up and shot if they lost the tournament.

When Paige's team ultimately rallied to win, it barely registered with Trujillo, who a few months later ordered the killings of fifteen thousand Haitians at the border between Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Paige and his teammates returned to the states to face banishment from the Negro Leagues, but ironically they barnstormed across America wearing their Trujillo All-Stars uniforms.

The Pitcher and the Dictator is an extraordinary story of race, politics, and some of the greatest baseball players ever assembled, playing high-stakes baseball in support of one of the Caribbean's cruelest dictators.

Averell "Ace" Smith is a political consultant and lifelong baseball fanatic. He is a thirty-year veteran of state and national politics and has directed winning campaigns from district attorney to president of the United States, including a recent campaign for Gavin Newsom. He has been profiled in the Los Angeles Times, the New Republic, and the San Francisco Chronicle.


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ISBN: 9781496205490
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Published: University of Nebraska Press - April 1st, 2018

Soon after Satchel Paige arrived at spring training in 1937 to pitch for the Pittsburgh Crawfords, he and five of his teammates, including Josh Gibson and Cool Papa Bell, were lured to the Dominican Republic with the promise of easy money to play a short baseball tournament in support of the country's dictator, Rafael Trujillo. As it turned out, the money wasn't so easy.

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Joel Selvin - Fare Thee Wells (Corte Madera Store)

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 - 7:00pm

The Grateful Dead rose to greatness under the inspired leadership of guitarist Jerry Garcia, but the band very nearly died along with him. When Garcia passed away suddenly in August of 1995, the remaining band members experienced full crises of confidence and identity. So long defined by Garcia's vision for the group, the surviving "Core Four," as they came to be called, were reduced to conflicting agendas, strained relationships, and catastrophic business decisions that would leave the iconic band in shambles. Wrestling with how best to define their living legacy, the band made many attempts at restructuring, but it would take twenty years before relationships were mended enough for the Grateful Dead as fans remembered them to once again take the stage.

Acclaimed music journalist and New York Times bestselling author Joel Selvin was there for much of the turmoil following Garcia's death, and he'll offer a behind-the-scenes account of the ebbs and flows that occurred during the ensuing two decades. Plenty of books have been written about the rise of the Grateful Dead, but this final chapter of the band's history has never before been explored in detail. Culminating in the landmark tour bearing the same name, Fare Thee Well charts the arduous journey from Garcia's passing all the way up to the uneasy agreement between the Core Four that led to the series of shows celebrating the band's fiftieth anniversary and finally allowing for a proper, and joyous, sendoff of the group revered by so many.

Joel Selvin is an award-winning journalist who has covered pop music for the San Francisco Chronicle since 1970. Selvin is the author of the bestselling Summer of Love and co-author, with Sammy Hagar, of the #1 New York Times bestseller Red. He has written twelve other books about pop music. Selvin lives in San Francisco, California.


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ISBN: 9780306903052
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Published: Da Capo Press - June 19th, 2018

A tell-all biography of the epic in-fighting of the Grateful Dead in the years following band leader Jerry Garcia's death in 1995

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Spencer Wise - The Emperor of Shoes (Corte Madera Store)

Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 7:00pm

From Spencer Wise -- an exciting new voice in literary fiction -- comes a transfixing story about an expatriate in southern China and his burgeoning relationship with a seamstress intent on inspiring dramatic political change.

Alex Cohen, a twenty-six-year-old Jewish Bostonian, is living in southern China, where his father runs their family-owned shoe factory. Alex reluctantly assumes the helm of the company, but as he explores the plant's vast floors and assembly lines, he comes to a grim realization: employees are exploited, regulatory systems are corrupt and Alex's own father is engaging in bribes to protect the bottom line. When Alex meets a seamstress named Ivy, his sympathies begin to shift. She is an embedded organizer of a pro-democratic Chinese party, secretly sowing dissonance among her fellow laborers. Will Alex remain loyal to his father and his heritage? Or will the sparks of revolution ignite?

Deftly plotted and vibrantly drawn, The Emperor of Shoes is a timely meditation on idealism, ambition, father-son rivalry and cultural revolution, set against a vivid backdrop of social and technological change.


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ISBN: 9781335145901
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Published: Hanover Square Press - June 5th, 2018

From an exciting new voice in literary fiction, a transfixing story about an expatriate in southern China and his burgeoning relationship with a seamstress intent on inspiring dramatic political change Alex Cohen, a twenty-six-year-old Jewish Bostonian, is living in southern China, where his father runs their family-owned shoe factory.

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Cara Black - Murder on the Left Bank (Corte Madera Store)

Monday, June 18, 2018 - 7:00pm

Murder on the Left Bank is the eighteenth mystery in the New York Times bestselling Parisian detective series

A dying man drags his oxygen machine into the office of ric Besson, a lawyer in Paris's 13th arrondissement. The old man, an accountant, is carrying a dilapidated notebook full of meticulous investment records. For decades, he has been helping a cadre of dirty cops launder stolen money. The notebook contains his full confession--he's waited 50 years to make it, and now it can't wait another day. He is adamant that Besson get the notebook into the hands of La Proc, Paris's chief prosecuting attorney, so the corruption can finally be brought to light. But en route to La Proc, Besson's courier--his assistant and nephew--is murdered, and the notebook disappears.

Grief-stricken ric Besson tries to hire private investigator Aim e Leduc to find the notebook, but she is reluctant to get involved. Her father was a cop and was murdered by the same dirty syndicate the notebook implicates. She's not sure which she's more afraid of, the dangerous men who would kill for the notebook or the idea that her father's name might be among the dirty cops listed within it. Ultimately that's the reason she must take the case, which leads her across the Left Bank, from the Cambodian enclave of Khmer Rouge refugees to the ancient royal tapestry factories to the modern art galleries.

Cara Black is the author of eighteen books in the New York Times bestselling Aimée Leduc series. She has received multiple nominations for the Anthony and Macavity Awards, and her books have been translated into German, Norwegian, Japanese, French, Spanish, Italian, and Hebrew. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and son and visits Paris frequently.


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ISBN: 9781616959272
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Published: Soho Crime - June 19th, 2018

A confession fifty years in the making puts everyone's favorite Paris d t ctive tr's chic, Aim e Leduc, on a collision course with the "Hand," a cabal of corrupt Parisian cops among who masterminded her father's murder--and among whose ranks he might have once found membership.

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Marin Shakespeare Company - Shakespeare's Will (Corte Madera Store)

Monday, June 18, 2018 - 7:00pm

In Partnership with Marin Shakespeare Company

Actress Elena Wright will share insights about bringing to life the character of Anne Hathaway, Shakespeare’s wife in the one-woman tour-de-force production of Shakespeare’s Will by Canadian playwright Vern Thiessen, which plays at the Forest Meadows Amphitheater through July 8.  For tickets, visit

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ISBN: 9780887547690
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Published: Playwrights Canada Press - April 1st, 2009

This revised version of the Governor General Award-winner sheds light on an unexplored aspect of Shakespeare's life by looking through the eyes and heart of his wife, Anne Hathaway, with whom he spent a lifetime.

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Fredrik Backman - Us Against You (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, June 17, 2018 - 7:00pm

In Conversation with Elaine Petrocelli
Tickets: $30.50 (includes signed book)

Fredrik Backman -- the #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Man Called Ove and Beartown -- returns with Us Against You, an unforgettable novel “about people -- about strength and tribal loyalty and what we unwittingly do when trying to show our boys how to be men” (Jojo Moyes).

A small community tucked deep in the forest, Beartown is home to tough, hardworking people who don’t expect life to be easy or fair. No matter how difficult times get, they’ve always been able to take pride in their local ice hockey team. So it’s a cruel blow when they hear that Beartown ice hockey might soon be disbanded. What makes it worse is the obvious satisfaction that all the former Beartown players, who now play for a rival team in the neighboring town of Hed, take in that fact. As the tension mounts between the two adversaries, a newcomer arrives who gives Beartown hockey a surprising new coach and a chance at a comeback.

Soon a team starts to take shape around Amat, the fastest player you’ll ever see; Benji, the intense lone wolf; always dutiful and eager-to-please Bobo; and Vidar, a born-to-be-bad troublemaker. But bringing this team together proves to be a challenge as old bonds are broken, new ones are formed, and the town’s enmity with Hed grows more and more acute.

As the big game approaches, the not-so-innocent pranks and incidents between the communities pile up and their mutual contempt intensifies. By the time the last goal is scored, a resident of Beartown will be dead, and the people of both towns will be forced to wonder if, after everything, the game they love can ever return to something as simple and innocent as a field of ice, two nets, and two teams. Us against you.

Here is a declaration of love for all the big and small, bright and dark stories that give form and color to our communities. With immense compassion and insight, Fredrik Backman reveals how loyalty, friendship, and kindness can carry a town through its most challenging days.

Fredrik Backman is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Man Called Ove (soon to be a major motion picture starring Tom Hanks), My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry, Britt-Marie Was Here, Beartown, Us Against You, as well as two novellas, And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer and The Deal of a Lifetime. His books are published in more than forty countries. He lives in Stockholm, Sweden, with his wife and two children.


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ISBN: 9781501160790
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Published: Atria Books - June 5th, 2018

Instant New York Times Bestseller The author of A Man Called Ove returns with "a lyrical look at how a community heals, how families recover, and how individuals grow" (The Washington Post).

"Fans of Backman will not be disappointed. His work continues to amaze and captivate, enlighten and thrill." --Shelf Awareness

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Tommy Orange - There There (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, June 16, 2018 - 4:00pm

In Conversation with T.J. Stiles

Fierce, angry, funny, heartbreaking -- Tommy Orange's first novel is a wondrous and shattering portrait of an America few of us have ever seen, and it introduces a brilliant new author at the start of a major career.

There There is a relentlessly paced multigenerational story about violence and recovery, memory and identity, and the beauty and despair woven into the history of a nation and its people. It tells the story of twelve characters, each of whom have private reasons for traveling to the Big Oakland Powwow. Jacquie Red Feather is newly sober and trying to make it back to the family she left behind in shame. Dene Oxendene is pulling his life back together after his uncle's death and has come to work at the powwow to honor his uncle's memory. Opal Viola Victoria Bear Shield has come to watch her nephew Orvil, who has taught himself traditional Indian dance through YouTube videos and has come to the powwow to dance in public for the very first time. There will be glorious communion, and a spectacle of sacred tradition and pageantry. And there will be sacrifice, and heroism, and unspeakable loss.

Here is a voice we have never heard -- a voice full of poetry and rage, exploding onto the page with stunning urgency and force. Tommy Orange writes of the plight of the urban Native American, the Native American in the city, in a stunning novel that grapples with a complex and painful history, with an inheritance of beauty and profound spirituality, and with a plague of addiction, abuse, and suicide. An unforgettable debut, destined to become required reading in schools and universities across the country.

Tommy Orange is a recent graduate from the MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts. He is a 2014 MacDowell Fellow, and a 2016 Writing by Writers Fellow. He is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma. He was born and raised in Oakland, California, and currently lives in Angels Camp, California.


T.J. Stiles is the author most recently of Custer's Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America, winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for History. It was also named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Biography, the National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography, the Guggenheim-Lehrman Prize in Military History, and the California Book Award. He also wrote The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt and Jesse James: Last Rebel of the Civil War. He is currently working on a biography of Theodore Roosevelt. The First Tycoon won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Biography and the 2009 National Book Award for Nonfiction.


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ISBN: 9780525520375
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - June 5th, 2018


"This is a novel about what it means to inhabit a land both yours and stolen from you, to simultaneously contend with the weight of belonging and unbelonging. There is an organic power to this book--a revelatory, controlled chaos. Tommy Orange writes the way a storm makes landfall." --Omar El Akkad, author of American War

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Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar - The Map of Salt and Stars (Corte Madera Store)

Thursday, June 14, 2018 - 7:00pm

This rich, moving, and lyrical debut novel from Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar is to Syria what The Kite Runner was to Afghanistan; the story of two girls living eight hundred years apart -- a modern-day Syrian refugee seeking safety and a medieval adventurer apprenticed to a legendary mapmaker -- places today's headlines in the sweep of history, where the pain of exile and the triumph of courage echo again and again.

It is the summer of 2011, and Nour has just lost her father to cancer. Her mother, a cartographer who creates unusual, hand-painted maps, decides to move Nour and her sisters from New York City back to Syria to be closer to their family. But the country Nour's mother once knew is changing, and it isn't long before protests and shelling threaten their quiet Homs neighborhood. When a shell destroys Nour's house and almost takes her life, she and her family are forced to choose: stay and risk more violence or flee as refugees across seven countries of the Middle East and North Africa in search of safety. As their journey becomes more and more challenging, Nour's idea of home becomes a dream she struggles to remember and a hope she cannot live without.

More than eight hundred years earlier, Rawiya, sixteen and a widow's daughter, knows she must do something to help her impoverished mother. Restless and longing to see the world, she leaves home to seek her fortune. Disguising herself as a boy named Rami, she becomes an apprentice to al-Idrisi, who has been commissioned by King Roger II of Sicily to create a map of the world. In his employ, Rawiya embarks on an epic journey across the Middle East and the north of Africa where she encounters ferocious mythical beasts, epic battles, and real historical figures.

A deep immersion into the richly varied cultures of the Middle East and North Africa, The Map of Salt and Stars follows the journeys of Nour and Rawiya as they travel along identical paths across the region eight hundred years apart, braving the unknown beside their companions as they are pulled by the promise of reaching home at last.


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ISBN: 9781501169038
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Published: Touchstone Books - May 1st, 2018

"This imaginative but very real look into war-torn Syria is a must." -Booklist (starred review)

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