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.

Kelli Stanley - City of Sharks (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, April 7, 2018 - 7:00pm

The blonde secretary was scared when she visited Miranda Corbie's office. A shove into a streetcar track, a box of poisoned chocolates...hateful, violent letters.

Someone was trying to kill her.

Miranda isn't sure of anything at first except that Louise Crowley, the blonde who works as an assistant to Niles Alexander, San Francisco publisher, is in trouble. Despite her own preparations for an imminent voyage to a blitzkrieged Britain and a painful farewell to the city she loves, Miranda decides to help Louise and takes on her last case as a private detective in San Francisco...investigating her client, surveying the publishing world of 1940, and stumbling into murder with a trail that leads straight to island city of sharks.

Along the way, Miranda explores her beloved San Francisco once more, from Playland-at-the-Beach to Chinatown to Nob Hill and Treasure Island. She encounters John Steinbeck and C.S. Forester, and is aided and abetted by the charming and dapper San Francisco Chronicle columnist Herb Caen. And she also discovers personal truths she's long denied...

With her characteristic luxurious, lyrical prose and insightful eye for character, Kelli Stanley paints a rich, authentic portrait of 1940 San Francisco in City of Sharks, the latest installment of her award-winning series.

Kelli Stanley is the critically-acclaimed, award-winning author of three previous Miranda Corbie novels (City of Dragons, City of Secrets, City of Ghosts). She is a Macavity, Bruce Alexander and Golden Nugget Award winner and has been a finalist for The Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the Shamus Award. Her other books include Nox Dormienda and The Curse-Maker, both part of a historical noir series set in Roman Britain, as well as contributions to various fiction and non-fiction anthologies. The city and county of San Francisco has awarded her a Certificate of Honor for her contributions to literature.


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ISBN: 9781250006752
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Published: Minotaur Books - March 20th, 2018

The blonde secretary was scared when she visited Miranda Corbie's office. A shove into a streetcar track, a box of poisoned chocolates...hateful, violent letters.

Someone was trying to kill her.

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Noelle Barton - Love, Mom and Dad (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, April 7, 2018 - 4:00pm

In Conversation with Peter Coyote

Love, Mom and Dad captures the intriguing lives of the author’s showbiz parents and their friends — Lenny Bruce, Tennessee Williams, Lou Gottlieb, and Pat Morita. Despite censorship and persecution, they were innovative trailblazers who challenged the rules during the conservative 1940s and ‘50s. With humor and insight, the author chronicles their adventures and enduring friendships decade by decade as her parents’ world gave way to her own coming of age in San Francisco during the psychedelic explosion of The Sixties.

Noelle Barton was born in Hollywood. Raised on the road as a backstage baby, she called Miami Beach, Los Angeles and San Francisco home until her parents finally settled in Marin County, CA in 1960. Dancer, ceramic artist, archivist, and author, Noelle has performed and lived in Nepal, India, and Europe and presently resides in western Sonoma County.


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Nancie Clare - Battle for Beverly Hills (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, April 7, 2018 - 1:00pm

If you look at a map of the sprawling city lines of Los Angeles, you'll notice a distinct hole in the middle. That is Beverly Hills, and there's a reason why it remains an island in the sea of LA. It's a tale inextricably linked with the dawn of cinema, a celebrity couple using their reputation to get what they wanted politically, and of course, the age old conundrum of California: water.

For film stars who moved out to California in the early 20th century, Beverly Hills was a refuge from tabloid-heavy Los Angeles. It was also a societal blank slate: unlike Los Angeles, saddled with the East Coast caste system, Beverly Hills' developers were not picky about who settled there. It was the perfect place for Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks who both came from mixed-ethnic, impoverished backgrounds. It allowed them to become among the first actors to reach 'superstar status' through hard-work and keen entrepreneurial instincts -- and to keep their steamy affair out of the press.

Today, listening to a celebrity advocating a cause doesn't raise an eyebrow. But in 1923, it was something new. This is the story of how the stars battled to keep their city free from the clutches of a rapacious Los Angeles and lay the groundwork for celebrity influence and political power. With a nuanced eye and fantastic storytelling, The Battle for Beverly Hills is an irresistible tale of glamour, fame, gossip, and politics.

Nancie Clare has been a Southern California-based journalist and writer her entire career, which includes 11 years as an editor at Los Angeles Magazine and most recently editor in chief of the award-winning LA, The Los Angeles Times Magazine. She has also contributed articles to The Los Angeles Times, The Hollywood Reporter, Los Angeles Review of Books, NYU Alumni Magazine, and Coast Magazine. Clare is the chief interviewer for the podcast "Speaking of Mysteries."


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ISBN: 9781250121349
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Published: St. Martin's Press - March 6th, 2018

The untold history of Beverly Hills and how, against all odds, it remained an independent, exclusive, and glamorous enclave through the efforts of Hollywood's film pioneers.

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Jennifer Palmieri - Dear Madam President (Corte Madera Store)

Tuesday, April 3, 2018 - 7:00pm

Dear Madam President is an empowering letter from former Hillary Clinton Communications Director Jennifer Palmieri to the first woman president, and by extension, to all women working to succeed in any field. By using lessons learned during her experiences with Hillary Clinton, President Obama, and Elizabeth Edwards -- to name a few -- Palmieri through each chapter creates a forward-thinking framework of inspirational and practical advice for all women everywhere--from boardrooms to living rooms -- who are determined to seize control of their lives, their workplaces, and their country. Dear Madam President will turn the results of the 2016 election into something incredibly empowering for future female leaders and independent thinkers everywhere.

As a country, we haven't wrapped our heads around what it should look like for a woman to be in the job of President. Our only models are men. This of course was seen during the Hillary Clinton campaign, and no one knows this better than Jennifer Palmieri. While wildly disappointed by the outcome of the election, Palmieri optimistically argues in the book that the Clinton candidacy and all she experienced on the campaign trail -- confusion, admiration, hate, love, acceptance, rejection -- can now open the country up to reimagining women in leadership roles. And that is what Palmieri takes on in this book--redefining expectations for women looking to lead and creating a blueprint for women candidates and leaders to follow.

Jennifer Palmieri was the Director of Communications for Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign. Prior to that position, she served as the White House Communications Director for President Barack Obama. She has also been the National Press Secretary for the 2004 John Edwards presidential campaign and for the Democratic Party in 2002. She is currently President of the Center for American Progress Action Fund, and she frequently appears on television and radio outlets.


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ISBN: 9781538713457
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - March 27th, 2018

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Bill Petrocelli - Through the Bookstore Window (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, March 24, 2018 - 4:00pm

"I don't know if I sought out bookselling, or whether bookselling sought me out. But when you are hiding from a past that can blow up in your face at any minute, immersing yourself in the stories of others may be a good place to hide."

Gina Perini manages a bookstore in one of San Francisco's most lively neighborhoods. Although she thrives in her world of books, her harrowing escape from the war in the Balkans years earlier remains fresh in her mind. There are still those who are searching for her and who are intent on vengeance. Gina suddenly gets news that someone from her past is still alive--someone she had given up hope of finding. This sets in motion a chain of events that will stretch across the country and push her love and resourcefulness to the limit.

Through the Bookstore Window grapples with the grim effects of war and violence while exploring how love can transcend age, gender, background, and -- perhaps -- the readers' expectations.

Bill Petrocelli is the author of the novel The Circle of Thirteen. He is co-owner with his wife, Elaine, of Book Passage with bookstores in Corte Madera, San Francisco, and Sausalito. Bill is a former attorney with the California Attorney General and previously headed a poverty law office in Oakland. His previous books were Low Profile: How to Avoid the Privacy Invaders and Sexual Harassment on the Job: What It Is and How to Stop It.



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ISBN: 9781945572906
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Published: Rare Bird Books, a Vireo Book - March 13th, 2018

"I don't know if I sought out bookselling, or whether bookselling sought me out. But when you are hiding from a past that can blow up in your face at any minute, immersing yourself in the stories of others may be a good place to hide."

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Meir Schneider - Awakening Your Power of Self-Healing (Corte Madera Store)

Friday, March 16, 2018 - 7:00pm

Awakening Your Power of Self Healing offers instruction to help you to develop a deep awareness of your body and to engage in appropriate, pleasant exercise at the same time. It also includes 600 exercises, many of which are unavailable anywhere else in the world, along with 300 hand-drawn illustrations meant to clarify the movements.

Meir Schneider, PhD, LMT developed an original holistic approach to health. The Meir Schneider Self-Healing Method is a unique combination of therapeutic massage, movement, and natural vision improvement exercises for prevention and rehabilitation of degenerative conditions. A globally respected therapist and educator, Meir is also a bestselling author. His latest book, Vision for Life, was published by North Atlantic Books. He is the founder of the School For Self-Healing in San Francisco. 


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ISBN: 9780998060002
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Published: Self-Healing Press - November 1st, 2017

Virtuoso pianist Arthur Rubenstein developed crippling arthritis throughout his whole body, except for in his hands. Their consistently fluid, effortless, and balanced movement during years of performance kept his hands in wonderful shape, even as the rest of his body failed him.

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Mike Wallace - Greater Gotham (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, March 25, 2018 - 4:00pm

In Greater Gotham: A History of New York City from 1898 to 1919, Mike Wallace captures the swings of prosperity and downturn, from the 1898 skyscraper-driven boom to the Bankers' Panic of 1907, the labor upheaval, and violent repression during and after the First World War. Here is New York on a whole new scale, moving from national to global prominence -- an urban dynamo driven by restless ambition, boundless energy, immigrant dreams, and Wall Street greed.

Within the first two decades of the twentieth century, a newly consolidated New York grew exponentially. The city exploded into the air, with skyscrapers jostling for prominence, and dove deep into the bedrock where massive underground networks of subways, water pipes, and electrical conduits sprawled beneath the city to serve a surging population of New Yorkers from all walks of life. New York was transformed in these two decades as the world's second-largest city and now its financial capital, thriving and sustained by the city's seemingly unlimited potential.

Wallace's new book matches its predecessor in pure page-turning appeal and takes America's greatest city to new heights.

Mike Wallace is Distinguished Professor of History at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the director of the Gotham Center for New York City History. He is the co-author of Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for History.


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ISBN: 9780195116359
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Published: Oxford University Press, USA - October 2nd, 2017

In this utterly immersive volume, Mike Wallace captures the swings of prosperity and downturn, from the 1898 skyscraper-driven boom to the Bankers' Panic of 1907, the labor upheaval, and violent repression during and after the First World War.

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Aminatta Forna - Happiness (Corte Madera Store)

Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 7:00pm

In Conversation with Isabel Allende

London. A fox makes its way across Waterloo Bridge. The distraction causes two pedestrians to collide -- Jean, an American studying the habits of urban foxes, and Attila, a Ghanaian psychiatrist there to deliver a keynote speech. From this chance encounter, Aminatta Forna's unerring powers of observation show in Happiness how in the midst of the rush of a great city lie numerous moments of connection.

Attila has arrived in London with two tasks: to deliver a keynote speech on trauma, as he has done many times before; and to contact the daughter of friends, his "niece" who hasn't called home in a while. Ama has been swept up in an immigration crackdown, and now her young son Tano is missing.

When, by chance, Attila runs into Jean again, she mobilizes the network of rubbish men she uses as volunteer fox spotters. Security guards, hotel doormen, traffic wardens--mainly West African immigrants who work the myriad streets of London--come together to help. As the search for Tano continues, a deepening friendship between Attila and Jean unfolds.

Meanwhile a consulting case causes Attila to question the impact of his own ideas on trauma, the values of the society he finds himself in, and a grief of his own. In this delicate tale of love and loss, of cruelty and kindness, Forna asks us to consider the interconnectedness of lives, our co-existence with one another and all living creatures, and the true nature of happiness.

Aminatta Forna is the author of the novels Ancestor Stones, The Memory of Love, and The Hired Man, as well as the memoir The Devil That Danced on the Water. Forna's books have been translated into sixteen languages. Her essays have appeared in Granta, The Guardian, The Observer, and Vogue. She is currently the Lannan Visiting Chair of Poetics at Georgetown University.


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ISBN: 9780802127556
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Published: Atlantic Monthly Press - March 6th, 2018

"Not since Remains of the Day has an author so skillfully revealed the way history's layers are often invisible to all but its participants . . . Gorgeous."--John Freeman, Boston Globe on The Hired Man

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Scott Strazzante - Shooting from the Hip (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, March 18, 2018 - 11:00am

In Shooting from the Hip, Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Scott Strazzante uses an iPhone and the Hipstamatic app to capture the whimsy and irony, struggle and strength of everyday America. Influenced by the work of Garry Winogrand and Robert Frank, Strazzante's modern twist on classic street photography fuses his shooting from the hip style with the serendipity of life, for a revealing vision of today's world.

Scott Strazzante joined the photography staff at the San Francisco Chronicle in 2014 after spending the first 27 years of his career at Chicago newspapers, including 13 at the Chicago Tribune. Strazzante is a former POY/NPPA National Newspaper Photographer of the Year, an 11-time Illinois Photographer of the Year and was part of a Chicago Tribune team that won a Pulitzer Prize in 2007 for investigative journalism. Strazzante's personal project, Common Ground, has been featured in National Geographic, Mother Jones, New York Times Lens Blog and on CBS Sunday Morning. The 23-year-long effort, which has won BOP's Best Feature Video and POY's Community Awareness Award, became his first book with PSG. In 2016, twenty years after being named an Outstanding Young Alumni, Strazzante received a Distinguished Alumni Citation from Ripon College.


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ISBN: 9780996058780
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Published: Press Syndication Group - October 30th, 2017

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Sands Hall - Flunk. Start. (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, March 17, 2018 - 7:00pm

In Flunk. Start., Sands Hall chronicles her slow yet willing absorption into the Church of Scientology. Her time in the Church, the 1980s, includes the secretive illness and death of its founder, L. Ron Hubbard, and the ascension of David Miscavige. Hall compellingly reveals what drew her into the religion--what she found intriguing and useful--and how she came to confront its darker sides.

As a young woman from a literary family striving to forge her own way as an artist, Hall ricochets between the worlds of Shakespeare, avant-garde theater, and soap opera, until her brilliant elder brother, playwright Oakley Hall III, falls from a bridge and suffers permanent brain damage. In the secluded canyons of Hollywood, she finds herself increasingly drawn toward the certainty that Scientology appears to offer.

In this candid and nuanced memoir, Hall recounts her spiritual and artistic journey with a visceral affection for language, delighting in the way words can create a shared world. However, as Hall begins to grasp how purposefully Hubbard has created the unique language of Scientology--in the process isolating and indoctrinating its practitioners--she confronts how language can also be used as a tool of authoritarianism.

Hall is a captivating guide, and Flunk. Start. explores how she has found meaning and purpose within that decade that for so long she thought of as lost; how she has faced the "flunk" represented by those years, and has embraced a way to "start" anew.

Sands Hall is the author of the novel Catching Heaven, a WILLA Award Finalist for Best Contemporary Fiction, and a Random House Reader's Circle selection; and of a book of writing essays and exercises, Tools of the Writer's Craft. She teaches at the Iowa Summer Writing Festival and at the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley, and is an Associate Teaching Professor at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.


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ISBN: 9781619021785
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - March 13th, 2018

"I could not put down this book--it is a triumph, a work of great honesty and insight. It is a necessary book for our time." --Karen E. Bender, author of Refund

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