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: Ellen Meredith - The Language Your Body Speaks (Corte Madera Store)

Thursday, May 7, 2020 - 7:00pm

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Energy healing is based on the premise that energy is our essence—that while our bodies appear solid, they are in fact a constantly swirling set of energetic exchanges. Ellen Meredith's innovative approach to energy medicine recognizes these exchanges as a language in itself. Speaking that language allows us to hear and understand what the body is telling us so that we can heal ailments and maintain optimal well-being. Though this communication may seem esoteric, it is actually a fundamental human skill, one we had as preverbal infants. The Language Your Body Speaks teaches readers to relearn it through simple experiments, meditations, exercises, and practices. The resulting dialogue produces an internal guidance system that empowers anyone to read their physical and emotional symptoms and understand how to heal them. Learning to speak the body's language creates a potent, personalized path to not only healing but the realization of one's unique mind, body, and spirit potential.

Ellen Meredith, DA, EEMAP, is an intuitive and energy medicine practitioner with over 35 years of experience. She has served on the faculty of energy medicine pioneer Donna Eden since 2010 and teaches energy healing techniques all over the world. Ellen lives in Marin County in California.

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

POSTPONED: Jason B. Rosenthal - My Wife Said You May Want to Marry Me (Corte Madera Store)

Monday, April 27, 2020 - 7:00pm

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On March 3, 2017, Amy Krouse Rosenthal penned an op-ed piece for the New York Times’ “Modern Love” column —”You May Want to Marry My Husband.” It appeared ten days before her death from ovarian cancer. A heartbreaking, wry, brutally honest, and creative play on a personal ad—in which a dying wife encouraged her husband to go on and find happiness after her demise—the column quickly went viral, reaching more than five million people worldwide.

In My Wife Said You May Want to Marry Me, Jason describes what came next: his commitment to respecting Amy’s wish, even as he struggled with her loss. Surveying his life before, with, and after Amy, Jason ruminates on love, the pain of watching a loved one suffer, and what it means to heal—how he and their three children, despite their profound sorrow, went on. Jason’s emotional journey offers insights on dying and death and the excruciating pain of losing a soulmate, and illuminates the lessons he learned.

As he reflects on Amy’s gift to him—a fresh start to fill his empty space with a new story—Jason describes how he continues to honor Amy’s life and her last wish, and how he seeks to appreciate every day and live in the moment while trying to help others coping with loss. My Wife Said You May Want to Marry Me is the poignant, unreserved, and inspiring story of a great love, the aftermath of a marriage ended too soon, and how a surviving partner eventually found a new perspective on life’s joys in the wake of tremendous loss.

Jason Rosenthal is a dad, a lawyer, a yogi, an artist, and author of Dear Boy. He delivered a TED Talk about moving through the loss of his wife of twenty-six years, Amy Krouse Rosenthal. He also penned a Modern Love column for the New York Times. Jason is filled with joy at the opportunity to work with his daughter, Paris, on the follow-up to Dear Girl, a book she wrote with her mom.

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

POSTPONED: Mary Ladd with Don Asmussen and Michael Krasny - The Wig Diaries (Corte Madera Store)

Monday, April 6, 2020 - 7:00pm

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"I love this book." —Mary Roach, author of the books Grunt, Stiff, Spook, and Bonk

The Wig Diaries is Mary Ladd's debut disrespectful cancer book. Delivered with bold gallows humor, it intimately address the gravity of cancer and invites the reader to bear witness to both the horror and the joke(s). Armed with creative sensibility, Ladd robs her diagnosis of its dour weightiness. Refusing to tiptoe around the gnarlier elements of treatment and recovery, the narrative is powerful in its unvarnished honesty and contagious lust for life exemplified by hilarious anecdotes.

  • A uniquely fresh modern and black comedy take on cancer
  • Covers and pokes fun at everything from diagnosis to treatment to medical bills
  • Illustrated by San Francisco Chronicle cartoonist Don Asmussen, who has cancer for the second time

Mary Ladd's writing has appeared in Playboy, Time Magazine, Health, the San Francisco Chronicle, and in five anthologies, including Lit Starts: Writing Humor. You may have seen her onstage at the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley, Breast Cancer Action, Bay Area Young Survivors (BAYS) and reading her first place essay for a Litquake contest. She is a Writers Grotto member who collaborated with Anthony Bourdain on his Bay Area episodes of No Reservations.

Don Asmussen is the creator of Bad Reporter, a twice-weekly political comic strip in the San Francisco Chronicle that is syndicated by Universal Press Syndicate and the author of Dog vs. Cat: A Nation Divided and The San Francisco Comic Strip Book of Big-Ass Mocha.

Michael Krasny, PhD, has been in broadcast journalism since 1983. He was with ABC in both radio and television and migrated to public broadcasting in 1993. A veteran interviewer for the nationally broadcast City Arts and Lectures, he is the author of a number of books, including Off Mike: A Memoir of Talk Radio and Literary Life, Spiritual Envy, Sound Ideas, and Let There Be Laughter, as well as the twenty-four lecture series in DVD, audio and book, Short Story Masterpieces. He has interviewed many of the world’s leading political, cultural, literary, science and technology figures, as well as major figures from the world of entertainment. He is the recipient of many awards and honors including the S.Y. Agnon Medal for Intellectual Achievement; The Eugene Block Award for Human Rights Journalism; the James Madison Freedom of Information Award; the Excellence in Journalism Award from the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association; Career Achievement Award from the Society of Professional Journalists and an award from the Radio and Television News Directors Association.

Mary Ladd photo credit to Cynthia Wood

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

POSTPONED: Johanna Garton - Edge of the Map (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, May 3, 2020 - 4:00pm

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How did a girl from a small Midwestern town become one of the world's top female alpinists, a record holder for the most 8000-meter peaks climbed by an American woman? Christine Boskoff would have deflected that question with a smile, but it's a story that is told in full in Edge of the Map.

Edge of the Map traces Christine's life as a high-altitude climber and trailblazing mountain guide: from a two-day climbing course while a Lockheed engineer in Atlanta to her remarkable leadership of Seattle's Mountain Madness guiding company following Scott Fischer's death on Everest in 1996. She was a rarity at the time: a woman leading otherwise all-male expeditions. Despite challenges both personal and professional, Christine persevered to find freedom and a balance with nature on the earth's wildest peaks.  And, in legendary Colorado climber Charlie Fowler, she discovered her perfect partner.

A role model to many, Christine avoided media and fame, preferring to find adventure in the most remote regions. But in 2006, when she and Charlie disappeared while climbing in China, the world was riveted by the dramatic search.

Johanna Garton interviewed more than seventy-five friends and family of Christine Boskoff and Charlie Fowler in the course of her work on Edge of the Map, including notable climbers Peter Habeler, Nazir Sabir, Willie Benegas, Phil Powers, Hector Ponce de Leon, Steve Swenson, Conrad Anker, and Mark Gunlogson, current owner of Mountain Madness. Conversant in Mandarin, Garton conducted several weeks of research and interviews near the site of Boskoff's death in China. Garton is a journalist, attorney, and non-profit consultant who lives in Denver. Her first book, Awakening East, traced the joys and challenges of adopting two children from China, then later moving back to China with them for a year of heart-wrenching discovery and adventure.

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POSTPONED: A Conversation with HarperOne Publisher and President Judith Curr (Corte Madera Store)

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 - 7:00pm

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In conversation with Elaine Petrocelli

Join HarperOne publisher and president Judith Curr and Book Passage owner and founder Elaine Petrocelli for a lively conversation about the world of publishing. Together, they'll discuss the modern landscape of the industry; Judith's career in publishing, including some of her favorite memories and experiences; what HarperOne editors are looking for when they select manuscripts; as well as the upcoming titles she is most looking forward to releasing. Whether you're curious to learn more about the publishing industry, or if you are a new or established author, this conversation promises to be illuminating for all!

Judith Curr is President and Publisher of the HarperOne Group, which includes the imprints HarperOne, Amistad, HarperCollins Español, and HarperVia. She is expanding the imprint’s current editorial scope to include developing, marketing, and building fiction and non-fiction properties with global appeal for both the HarperCollins English and foreign language publishing programs. HarperOne is committed to publishing the most important books across the full spectrum of religion, spirituality, health, personal growth, social change, relationships, and creativity. Prior to joining HarperCollins, Curr founded Atria Books in 2002 and was named President and Publisher of Atria Publishing Group in 2012, with responsibility for all its editorial, publishing, and marketing activities. She oversaw Atria’s growth into a consistently successful and forward-thinking division with an array of imprints and was the guiding force behind publishing the international phenomenon The Secret by Rhonda Byrne (more than 35 million copies sold in 57 languages). She was an adjunct professor at NYU and has been featured in the New York Times, NPR, the Wall Street Journal, and Publishers Weekly. A native of Australia, Curr has been an executive in American publishing since 1996.

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POSTPONED: Susan B. Katz - The Story of Frida Kahlo & The Story of Ruth Bader Ginsburg (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, April 18, 2020 - 10:00am

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Frida Kahlo is one of the most celebrated artists in the world, but before she made history with her beautiful paintings and brave spirit, she went through a life-changing accident that would have made many people want to give up. The Story of Frida Kahlo explores how she went from a young girl from a small Mexican town to one of the most well-known painters in history, and how she fought to overcome setbacks and follow her passion to create amazing artwork and make the world a more colorful place.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg became the second woman ever to serve as a judge on the Supreme Court of the United States. Before she fought for equal rights and made history, Ruth was a curious kid who loved to read about strong women who were making important changes. In school, Ruth wished girls could have as many opportunities as boys. She soon learned that by studying and working hard, she could change her life-and the world. The Story of Ruth Bader Ginsburg explores how she went from a young girl during World War II to one of the most celebrated leaders in America.

Susan B. Katz is an award-winning author, National Board Certified Teacher, educational consultant, and social media strategist. As a former bilingual educator of over 25 years, Susan incorporates props, puppets and multimedia into her presentations making them interactive and engaging. She is the author of All Year Round which was named "Best New Book of 2016" by The Children's Book Review. She translated it into Spanish as Un Año Redondo in 2017. My Mama Earth won the Moonbeam Gold Award for Best Picture Book of 2012 as well as being named "Top Green Toy" by ABC, Baby Me! debuted to rave reviews and sold out of its first print run in three months. ABC School's For Me was illustrated by Lynn Munsinger and reviewed as "having verse that never misses a beat." Susan is also the Founder and Executive Director of, a national non-profit bringing children's book authors and illustrators into schools and libraries as role models of literacy and the arts. Ms. Katz served as the Strategic Partner Manager for Authors at Facebook. When she's not writing, Susan enjoys salsa dancing and spending time at the beach. Her website is:

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POSTPONED: Katherine Whitney with Contributors - My Shadow is My Skin: Voices from the Iranian Diaspora (Corte Madera Store)

Friday, March 27, 2020 - 7:00pm

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Featuring readings from contributors Jasmin Darznik, Farnaz Fatemi, Daniel Rafinejad, Layla Maryam Razavi, and Dena Rod

The Iranian revolution of 1979 launched a vast, global diaspora, with many Iranians establishing new lives in the United States. In the four decades since, the diaspora has expanded to include not only those who emigrated immediately after the revolution but also their American-born children, more recent immigrants, and people who married into Iranian families, all of whom carry their own stories of trauma, triumph, adversity, and belonging that reflect varied and nuanced perspectives on what it means to be Iranian or Iranian American. The essays in My Shadow Is My Skin are these stories.

This collection brings together thirty-two authors, both established and emerging, whose writing captures the diversity of Iranian diasporic experiences. Reflecting on the Iranian American experience over the past forty years and shedding new light on themes of identity, duality, and alienation in twenty-first-century America, the authors present personal narratives of immigration, sexuality, marginalization, marriage, and religion that offer an antidote to the news media's often superficial portrayals of Iran and the people who have a connection to it. My Shadow Is My Skin illuminates a community that rarely gets to tell its own story.

Katherine Whitney (ed.) was drawn into the Iranian diaspora by marriage and first wrote about the subject in the anthology Because I Said So: 33 Mothers Write About Children, Sex, Men, Aging, Faith, Race & Themselves. She graduated from Duke University, has a masters in Museum Studies from John F. Kennedy University, and lives with her Iranian husband in Berkeley, California. Photo credit Katherine Briccetti Photography (

Presenting contributors include:

Jasmin Darznik’s debut novel Song of a Captive Bird was a New York Times Book Review “Editors’ Choice” book and a Los Angeles Times bestseller. Jasmin is also the author of the New York Times bestseller The Good Daughter: A Memoir of My Mother’s Hidden Life. Her books have been published in seventeen countries and her essays have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times, among others. Her next book, a historical novel set in 1920s San Francisco, is forthcoming in 2021. She is a professor of English and creative writing at California College of the Arts. 
Farnaz Fatemi’s poetry and prose has appeared or is forthcoming in Grist, Catamaran Literary Reader, Tahoma Literary Review, Crab Orchard Review, Tupelo Quarterly, Delaware Poetry Review, the anthologies Halal If You Hear Me and Let Me Tell You Where I’ve Been: New Writing by Women of the Iranian Diaspora, and elsewhere. She has been awarded residencies from Djerassi, PLAYA, Marble House Project, I-Park Foundation, and Vermont Studio Center and has been honored by the International Literary Awards (Center for Women Writers), Poets on the Verge (Litquake SF), Best of the Net Nonfiction, and Pushcart. She taught writing at the University of California, Santa Cruz, from 1997 to 2018.
Daniel Rafinejad was born to Iranian parents in the San Francisco Bay Area. He taught Persian language and literature both at the University of California, Los Angeles and Harvard University before devoting himself to full-time writing and translating. His work has appeared in LongreadsThe Huffington PostEncyclopaedia IranicaThe International Encyclopaedia for the Middle Ages, as well as in the anthologies Pearls of Persia: The Philosophical Poetry of Nasir Khusraw and My Shadow is My Skin: Writings from the Iranian Diaspora. This winter, Danny was a fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, where he worked on a forthcoming collection of essays/memoir. He recently completed his first play.
  Layla Maryam Razavi is a civil rights advocate who specializes in promoting inclusion and equity for all immigrants and crafting legislation that upholds and strengthens due process, including the right to counsel for people in detention. She holds a JD from the University of California, Davis School of Law and previously served as advocacy and policy counsel at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). She was born and raised in San Diego and resides in San Francisco. Her parents were studying abroad during the revolution.
Dena Rod is the assistant creative nonfiction editor for Homology Lit, and the former managing editor of Argot Magazine, a Webby-nominated queer nonprofit with a mission to highlight and sponsor LGBTQIAA+ perspectives and art across the globe. Dena works to illuminate their diasporic experiences of  Iranoan-American heritage and queer  dentity, combating negative stereotypes of their intersecting identities in the mainstream media. Their poetry and creative nonfiction essays have appeared in Endangered Species, Enduring Values: An Anthology of San Francisco Area Writers and Artists of Color, Forum Literary Magazine, Beyond Bloodlines, Argot Magazine, and Imagoes: A Queer Anthology. They were selected for RADAR Productions’ Show Us Your Spines Residency and for the Kearny Street Workshop Interdisciplinary Writers Lab. Dena received their MA in English literature from San Francisco State University and is currently residing in the San Francisco Bay Area with their wife and cat.
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POSTPONED: Left Coast Writers® Launch: Joan Steidinger - Stand Up and Shout Out (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, March 14, 2020 - 7:00pm

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Today, women have greater opportunities to participate in sport than ever before, particularly due to the passage of Title IX in 1972. Yet, despite all this growth, women still struggle to hold leadership positions, become coaches of both girls and boys teams, receive equal pay, and even get adequate coverage in the media. In Stand Up and Shout Out: Women's Fight for Equality in Sports, Joan Steidinger explores the three crucial areas in sport that remain huge concerns for women: leadership, money, and media. Steidinger looks at the number of ways in which women experience vast inequalities by examining topics such as the politics of sport, sexual assault, the #MeToo movement, pay equity, women in coaching positions, and the experiences of women of color and LGBTQ athletes. Interviews with leading authorities in the field and prominent female athletes are interwoven throughout to add both expert and personal perspectives to the conversation. Stand Up and Shout Out does more than just inform readers about these important issues; its purpose is to create enlightened discussions around the unequal treatment of women and present readers with "action steps" so we can all become active contributors toward improving this situation. This is an ideal time to fight for women's equality in sport, as it draws attention to the growing need for advocacy for girls and women around the world in all areas of life.

Joan Steidinger is a licensed clinical and sports psychologist. She is designated as a Certified Mental Performance Consultant by the Association of Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) and is on the United States Olympic Committee's (USOC) Registry of Sports Psychology. Dr. Steidinger has worked with sport psychology clients for twenty-seven years, including with pro and amateur athletes. Dr. Steidinger's first book about female athletes, Sisterhood in Sports: How Female Athletes Collaborate and Compete (2014), won five literary awards. Dr. Steidinger lives in Mill Valley, California.

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

POSTPONED: Ishmael Beah - Little Family (Corte Madera Store)

Wednesday, April 29, 2020 - 7:00pm

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Tickets: $30 (includes signed copy of Litle Family)

Hidden away from a harsh outside world, five young people have improvised a home in an abandoned airplane, a relic of their country’s chaos. Elimane, the bookworm, is as street-smart as he is wise. Clever Khoudiemata maneuvers to keep the younger kids—athletic, pragmatic Ndevui; thoughtful Kpindi; and especially their newest member, Namsa—safe and fed. When Elimane makes himself of service to the shadowy William Handkerchief, it seems as if the little family may be able to keep the world at bay and their household intact. But when Khoudi comes under the spell of the “beautiful people”—the fortunate sons and daughters of the powerful—the desire to resume an interrupted coming of age and follow her own destiny proves impossible to resist.

A profound and tender portrayal of the connections we forge to survive the fate we’re dealt, Little Family marks the further blossoming of a unique global voice.

Ishmael Beah's first book, A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier, was a #1 New York Times bestseller and has been published in more than forty languages. Among other work on behalf of young people affected by war, Beah is a UNICEF Ambassador and Advocate for Children Affected by War and a member of the Human Rights Watch Children's Rights Advisory Committee. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and their children.


Please note: Tickets are non-refundable

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POSTPONED: Cara Black - Three Hours in Paris (Corte Madera Store)

Wednesday, April 8, 2020 - 7:00pm

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Kate Rees, a young American markswoman, has been recruited by British intelligence to drop into Paris with a dangerous assignment: assassinate the Führer. Wrecked by grief after a Luftwaffe bombing killed her husband and infant daughter, she is armed with a rifle, a vendetta, and a fierce resolve. But other than rushed and rudimentary instruction, she has no formal spy training. Thrust into the red-hot center of the war, a country girl from rural Oregon finds herself holding the fate of the world in her hands. When Kate misses her mark and the plan unravels, Kate is on the run for her life—all the time wrestling with the suspicion that the whole operation was a set-up.

Cara Black, doyenne of the Parisian crime novel, is at her best in Three Hours in Paris as she brings Occupation-era France to vivid life in this gripping story about one young woman with the temerity—and drive—to take on Hitler himself.

Features an illustrated map of 1940s Paris as full color endpapers.

Cara Black is the author of nineteen 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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