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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.

Pamela Druckerman - There Are No Grown-Ups (Corte Madera Store)

Tuesday, June 5, 2018 - 7:00pm

When Pamela Druckerman turns 40, waiters start calling her "Madame," and she detects a disturbing new message in mens' gazes: I would sleep with her, but only if doing so required no effort whatsoever.

Yet forty isn't even technically middle-aged anymore. And after a lifetime of being clueless, Druckerman can finally grasp the subtext of conversations, maintain (somewhat) healthy relationships and spot narcissists before they ruin her life.

What are the modern forties, and what do we know once we reach them? What makes someone a "grown-up" anyway? And why didn't anyone warn us that we'd get cellulite on our arms? Part frank memoir, part hilarious investigation of daily life, There Are No Grown-Ups diagnoses the in-between decade when...

  • Everyone you meet looks a little bit familiar.
  • You're matter-of-fact about chin hair.
  • You can no longer wear anything ironically.
  • There's at least one sport your doctor forbids you to play.
  • You become impatient while scrolling down to your year of birth.
  • Your parents have stopped trying to change you.
  • You don't want to be with the cool people anymore; you want to be with your people.
  • You realize that everyone is winging it, some just do it more confidently.
  • You know that it's ok if you don't like jazz.

Internationally bestselling author and New York Times contributor Pamela Druckerman leads us on a quest for wisdom, self-knowledge and the right pair of pants. A witty dispatch from the front lines of the forties, There Are No Grown-ups is a (midlife) coming-of-age story, and a book for anyone trying to find their place in the world.

Pamela Druckerman is the author of four books including Bringing Up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting, which has been translated into 27 languages. She's also a contributing opinion writer at The New York Times.


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ISBN: 9781594206375
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Published: Penguin Press - May 29th, 2018

The best-selling author of BRINGING UP B B investigates life in her forties, and wonders whether her mind will ever catch up with her face.

When Pamela Druckerman turns 40, waiters start calling her "Madame," and she detects a disturbing new message in mens' gazes: I would sleep with her, but only if doing so required no effort whatsoever.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Ellen Klages - Out of Left Field (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, June 2, 2018 - 4:00pm

Special Middle Grade Event!

Every boy in the neighborhood knows Katy Gordon is their best pitcher, even though she's a girl. But when she tries out for Little League, it's a whole different story. Girls are not eligible, period. It is a boy's game and always has been. It's not fair, and Katy's going to fight back. Inspired by what she's learning about civil rights in school, she sets out to prove that she's not the only girl who plays baseball. With the help of friendly librarians and some tenacious research skills, Katy discovers the forgotten history of female ball players. Why does no one know about them? Where are they now? And how can one ten-year-old change people's minds about what girls can do?

Set in 1957 -- the world of Sputnik and Leave It to Beaver, saddle shoes and "Heartbreak Hotel" -- Out of Left Field is both a detailed picture of a fascinating historic period and a timelessly inspiring story about standing up for equality at any age.

Ellen Klages is the author of two acclaimed historical novels: The Green Glass Sea, which won the Scott O'Dell Award and the New Mexico Book Award; and White Sands, Red Menace, which won the California and New Mexico Book awards. Her story "Basement Magic" won a Nebula Award, and "Wakulla Springs," co-authored with Andy Duncan, was nominated for the Nebula, Hugo, and Locus awards, and won the World Fantasy Award for Best Novella. She is a graduate of Second City's Improv program, and has a degree in Philosophy from the University of Michigan, leading to many odd jobs that began with the letter P (proofreader, photographer, painter, pinball arcade manager). She lives in San Francisco, in a small house full of strange and wondrous things.


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ISBN: 9780425288597
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - May 1st, 2018

A story about the fight for equal rights in America's favorite arena: the baseball field

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Richard Rhodes - Energy (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, June 2, 2018 - 1:00pm

Award-winning author Richard Rhodes reveals the fascinating history behind energy transitions over time -- from wood to coal to oil to electricity and beyond.

People have lived and died, businesses have prospered and failed, and nations have risen to world power and declined, all over energy challenges. Ultimately, the history of these challenges tells the story of humanity itself.

Through an unforgettable cast of characters, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Rhodes explains how wood gave way to coal and coal made room for oil, as we now turn to natural gas, nuclear power, and renewable energy. Rhodes looks back on five centuries of progress, through such influential figures as Queen Elizabeth I, King James I, Benjamin Franklin, Herman Melville, John D. Rockefeller, and Henry Ford.

In Energy, Rhodes highlights the successes and failures that led to each breakthrough in energy production; from animal and waterpower to the steam engine, from internal-combustion to the electric motor. He addresses how we learned from such challenges, mastered their transitions, and capitalized on their opportunities. Rhodes also looks at the current energy landscape, with a focus on how wind energy is competing for dominance with cast supplies of coal and natural gas. He also addresses the specter of global warming, and a population hurtling towards ten billion by 2100.

Human beings have confronted the problem of how to draw life from raw material since the beginning of time. Each invention, each discovery, each adaptation brought further challenges, and through such transformations, we arrived at where we are today. In Rhodes's singular style, Energy details how this knowledge of our history can inform our way tomorrow.

Richard Rhodes is the author of numerous books and the winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award. He graduated from Yale University and has received fellowships from the Ford Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Appearing as host and correspondent for documentaries on public television’s Frontline and American Experience series, he has also been a visiting scholar at Harvard and MIT and is an affiliate of the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University.


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ISBN: 9781501105357
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Published: Simon & Schuster - May 29th, 2018

Pulitzer Prize- and National Book Award-winning author Richard Rhodes reveals the fascinating history behind energy transitions over time--wood to coal to oil to electricity and beyond.

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Cory Taylor - How Hitler Was Made (Corte Madera Store)

Friday, June 8, 2018 - 7:00pm

Focusing on German society immediately following the First World War, How Hitler Was Made explains how fake news and political uproar influenced Hitler and put him on the path toward dictatorial power.

How did an obscure agitator on the political fringes of early-20th-century Germany rise to become the supreme leader of the "Third Reich"? Unlike many other books that track Adolf Hitler's career after 1933, this book focuses on his formative period--immediately following World War I (1918-1924). The author, a veteran producer of historical documentaries, brings to life this era of political unrest and violent conflict, when forces on both the left and right were engaged in a desperate power struggle. Among the competing groups was a highly sophisticated network of ethnic chauvinists that discovered Hitler and groomed him into the leader he became.

The book also underscores the importance of a post-war socialist revolution in Bavaria, led by earnest reformers, some of whom were Jewish. Right wing extremists skewed this brief experiment in democracy followed by Soviet-style communism as evidence of a Jewish-Bolshevik plot. Along with the pernicious "stab-in-the-back" myth, which misdirected blame for Germany's defeat onto civilian politicians, public opinion was primed for Hitler to use his political cunning and oratorical powers to effectively blame Jews and Communists for all of Germany's problems.

Based on archival research in Germany, England, and the US, this striking narrative reveals how the manipulation of facts and the use of propaganda helped an obscure, embittered malcontent to gain political legitimacy, which led to dictatorial power over a nation.

Cory Taylor is a primetime Emmy award-winning filmmaker with twenty-five years of experience in documentaries who began his career with National Geographic Television. His most recent film, JFK: A President Betrayed (2013), was narrated by Morgan Freeman and uncovered startling information about President Kennedy's back-channel efforts for peace. Praised for its "cinematic scholarship," the film was lauded for its accurate depiction of Kennedy's foreign policy. Taylor also wrote and directed the award-winning feature-length documentary, The Power of the Powerless (2009), which tells the story of the Velvet Revolution. Narrated by Jeremy Irons and featuring Vaclav Havel, Powerless details the dissident movement in Czechoslovakia that overturned the country's forty-year-old Communist regime in 1989. Powerless was distributed by human rights organizations to encourage dissidents seeking non-violent democratic change in numerous countries. His award-winning documentary, A Quiet Revolution, narrated by Meryl Streep, introduced viewers to Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai and was aired in fifty countries. He is currently a partner and executive producer at Storylight Media and president of Agora Productions.

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ISBN: 9781633884359
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Published: Prometheus Books - June 5th, 2018

Focusing on German society immediately following the First World War, this vivid historical narrative explains how fake news and political uproar influenced Hitler and put him on the path toward dictatorial power.

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Bishop Swing - The Sacred and the Silly (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, June 24, 2018 - 1:00pm

The Sacred and the SIlly explores the busy life of a keen, sharp-eyed theologian, the retired-in-name-only Episcopal Bishop of California, Bill Swing. By raising his hand in a West Virginia schoolyard, eight year old Swing set in motion a magical life -- devotedly religious, globally significant, and generously funny all along the way. A reflection on a life of ministry, discovered young and developed into an exhiliarating (and entertaining) career of service to the church and mankind. Through it all, Bill Swing found great humor and irony, and evangelized that along with his active care for the sick, the marginalized, and the poor among us.

Bishop Swing is the President and Founding Trustee of United Religions Initiative (URI).  The idea for URI came to Bishop Swing in 1993 after an invitation by the United Nations to host a large interfaith service in San Francisco, marking the 50th anniversary of the signing of the U.N. Charter. URI now has over 915 Cooperation Circles that operate in 105 countries. Bishop Swing served as the Episcopal Bishop of California from 1980 until his retirement in 2006. In that capacity, he led the international Anglican response to the AIDS crisis, co-founded Episcopal Community Services to address San Francisco’s homeless problem, and co-founded Community Bank of the Bay. Swing is the author and co-author of several books, including The Sacred and the Silly: A Bishop’s Playful and Eventful Life, 2017; A Bishop’s Quest: Founding a United Religions, 2014; The Coming United Religions, 1998; co-author, Building Wisdom’s House, 1997, and contributor to Andrei Sakharov, The Conscience of Humanity, 2015.  

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ISBN: 9781880977460
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Published: Xoxoxpress - September 1st, 2017

A reflection on a life of ministry, discovered young and developed into an exhiliarating (and entertaining) career of service to the church and mankind. Through it all, Bill Swing found great humor and irony, and evangelized that along with his active care for the sick, the marginalized, and the poor among us.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Marin Shakespeare Company - Hamlet (Corte Madera Store)

Monday, June 11, 2018 - 7:00pm

In Partnership with Marin Shakespeare Company

Meet 26-year old Nate Currier, who plays Hamlet in Marin Shakespeare Company’s 2018 production, and hear how a lifetime growing up with parents who run a Shakespeare festival prepared him for the greatest role ever. Hamlet plays at the Forest Meadows Amphitheater through July 8.  For tickets, visit


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ISBN: 9780553212921
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Published: Bantam Classics - January 1st, 1988

One of the greatest plays of all time, the compelling tragedy of the tormented young prince of Denmark continues to capture the imaginations of modern audiences worldwide. Confronted with evidence that his uncle murdered his father, and with his mother's infidelity, Hamlet must find a means of reconciling his longing for oblivion with his duty as avenger.

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Obi Kaufmann - California Field Atlas (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, May 27, 2018 - 1:00pm

This lavishly illustrated atlas takes readers off the beaten path and outside normal conceptions of California, revealing its myriad ecologies, topographies, and histories in exquisite maps and trail paintings. Based on decades of exploring the backcountry of the Golden State, artist-adventurer Obi Kaufmann blends science and art to illuminate the multifaceted array of living, connected systems like no book has done before.

Kaufmann depicts layer after layer of the natural world, delighting in the grand scale and details alike. The effect is staggeringly beautiful: presented alongside California divvied into its fifty-eight counties, for example, we consider California made up of dancing tectonic plates, of watersheds, of wildflower gardens. Maps are enhanced by spirited illustrations of wildlife, keys that explain natural phenomena, and a clear-sighted but reverential text. Full of character and color, a bit larger than life, The California Field Atlas is the ultimate road trip companion and love letter to a place.

Growing up in the East Bay as the son of an astrophysicist and a psychologist, Obi Kaufmann spent most of high school practicing calculus and breaking away on weekends to scramble around Mount Diablo and map its creeks, oak forests, and sage mazes. Into adulthood, he would regularly journey into the mountains, spending more summer nights without a roof than with one. For Kaufmann, the epic narrative of the California backcountry holds enough art, science, mythology, and language for a hundred field atlases to come. When he is not backpacking, you can find the painter-poet at his desk in Oakland, posting @coyotethunder #trailpaintings on social media.



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ISBN: 9781597144025
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Published: Heyday Books - September 5th, 2017

Sumptuously illustrated nature atlas of the Golden State by acclaimed illustrator Obi Kaufmann.

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Dave Itzkoff - Robin (Corte Madera Store)

Monday, May 21, 2018 - 7:00pm

From his rapid-fire stand-up comedy riffs to his breakout role in Mork & Mindy and his Academy Award-winning performance in Good Will Hunting, Robin Williams was a singularly innovative and beloved entertainer. He often came across as a man possessed, holding forth on culture and politics while mixing in personal revelations -- all with mercurial, tongue-twisting intensity as he inhabited and shed one character after another with lightning speed.

But as Dave Itzkoff shows in this revelatory biography, Williams's comic brilliance masked a deep well of conflicting emotions and self-doubt, which he drew upon in his comedy and in celebrated films like Dead Poets Society; Good Morning, Vietnam; The Fisher King; Aladdin; and Mrs. Doubtfire, where he showcased his limitless gift for improvisation to bring to life a wide range of characters. And in Good Will Hunting he gave an intense and controlled performance that revealed the true range of his talent.

Itzkoff also shows how Williams struggled mightily with addiction and depression -- topics he discussed openly while performing and during interviews -- and with a debilitating condition at the end of his life that affected him in ways his fans never knew. Drawing on more than a hundred original interviews with family, friends, and colleagues, as well as extensive archival research, Robin is a fresh and original look at a man whose work touched so many lives.

Dave Itzkoff is the author of Mad as Hell, Cocaine's Son, and Lads. He is a culture reporter at The New York Times, where he writes regularly about film, television, theater, music, and popular culture. He previously worked at Spin, Maxim, and Details, and his work has appeared in GQ, Vanity Fair, Wired, and other publications. He lives in New York City.


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ISBN: 9781627794244
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Published: Henry Holt & Company - May 15th, 2018

From New York Times culture reporter Dave Itzkoff, the definitive biography of Robin Williams - a compelling portrait of one of America's most beloved and misunderstood entertainers.

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Amber Rae with Majo Molfino - Choose Wonder Over Worry (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, May 20, 2018 - 4:00pm

In Conversation with Majo Molfino

Why do we hold back from pursuing what matters most? Why do we listen to the voice inside our head that tells us we're not good enough, smart enough, or talented enough? How can we move beyond the fear and doubt that prevents us from creating a life that reflects who we truly are?

Choose Wonder Over Worry is your official invitation to face your fears, navigate your discomfort, and rewrite the "worry myths" in your mind that keep you from being your best and truest self.

Journey with inspirational speaker and artist Amber Rae as she connects you with your voice of worry and wonder, teaches you to listen to your emotions rather than silence them, and encourages you to seize your dreams. Through a thoughtful blend of vulnerability, soulfulness, and science, Amber Rae guides you in expressing the fullness of who you are and the gifts you're here to give.

You don't have to be held back by Worry when Wonder awaits you every moment of every day.

Amber Rae is an author, artist, and speaker devoted to inspiring people to express the fullness of their gifts. Her writing blends raw, personal storytelling with psychology and neuroscience, and has reached more than 5 million people in 195 countries. Her public art has spread to more than twenty countries and she's spoken to and collaborated with brands like Kate Spade, Apple, and Unilever. Fortune said her work is "determined to help people tap into their creativity," Forbes said it "helps people follow through on their ambitions," and Mind Body Green called her "The Brene Brown of Wonder." She's been featured in The New York Times, TIME, Fast Company, BBC, ABC World News, and more. Previously, Amber helped launch six bestselling books as Chief Evangelist of Seth Godin's publishing experiment and started an "accelerator for your life" called The Bold Academy. She lives in Brooklyn and around the world.


Majo Molfino is the lead host of "Heroine" – a podcast which features top women leaders and risk-takers with an emphasis on women in design, tech, and business. With almost half a million downloads, "Heroine" has been featured in iTunes New & Noteworthy, as #2 in the “Design,” Top 10 in “Arts,” and Top 200 in all podcast categories. Featuring creative legends like Isabel Allende, Eileen Fisher, and Debbie Millman, guests have landed amongst headlines such as The New York Times, TED, Forbes, TechCrunch, etc. As a FastCoDesign contributor, Majo has written about the gender gap in design and tech and how women leaders can handle criticism like true bosses. She currently maintains a full practice of clients consisting of managers, directors, and executives who work at top companies such as Facebook, Slack, Airbnb, and IDEO.



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ISBN: 9781250175250
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Published: Wednesday Books - May 15th, 2018

From the powerhouse Mind Body Green calls "the Bren Brown of Wonder" comes a book that will shift the way we relate to ourselves and our emotions, and help us reach our full potential.

"Amber Rae is the Elizabeth Gilbert of her generation." --Stacy London, New York Times bestselling author of The Truth about Style

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Sarah Winman - Tin Man (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, May 20, 2018 - 11:00am

In Conversation with Tom Barbash
Featuring Coffee and Tea!

From internationally bestselling author Sarah Winman comes an unforgettable and heartbreaking novel celebrating love in all its forms, and the little moments that make up the life of one man.

This is almost a love story. But it's not as simple as that.

Ellis and Michael are twelve-year-old boys when they first become friends, and for a long time it is just the two of them, cycling the streets of Oxford, teaching themselves how to swim, discovering poetry, and dodging the fists of overbearing fathers. And then one day this closest of friendships grows into something more.

But then we fast-forward a decade or so, to find that Ellis is married to Annie, and Michael is nowhere in sight. Which leads to the question: What happened in the years between?

With beautiful prose and characters that are so real they jump off the page, Tin Man is a love letter to human kindness and friendship, and to loss and living.

Sarah Winman is the author of two novels, When God Was a Rabbit and A Year of Marvelous Ways. She grew up in Essex and now lives in London. She attended the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art and went on to act in theatre, film, and television.


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ISBN: 9780735218727
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - May 15th, 2018

Shortlisted for the Costa Novel of the Year Award

"This is an astoundingly beautiful book. It drips with tenderness. It breaks your heart and warms it all at once."--Matt Haig, author of How to Stop Time

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