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.

Bay Area Writing Project - Young Writers Camp (Corte Madera)

Friday, July 6, 2018 - 5:30pm

The Bay Area Writing Project (BAWP) at UC Berkeley sponsors Young Writers’ Camps across the Bay Area each summer. Budding authors in Marin County (grades 4th through 9th) spend three weeks of exploring their talents as writers. Join us for this culminating celebration with all who appreciate the creativity and passion that young writers have to offer.

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Madeline Miller - Circe (Corte Madera Store)

Friday, June 15, 2018 - 7:00pm

In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child--not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power--the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves.

Threatened, Zeus banishes her to a deserted island, where she hones her occult craft, tames wild beasts and crosses paths with many of the most famous figures in all of mythology, including the Minotaur, Daedalus and his doomed son Icarus, the murderous Medea, and, of course, wily Odysseus.

But there is danger, too, for a woman who stands alone, and Circe unwittingly draws the wrath of both men and gods, ultimately finding herself pitted against one of the most terrifying and vengeful of the Olympians. To protect what she loves most, Circe must summon all her strength and choose, once and for all, whether she belongs with the gods she is born from, or the mortals she has come to love.

With unforgettably vivid characters, mesmerizing language and page-turning suspense, Circe is a triumph of storytelling, an intoxicating epic of family rivalry, palace intrigue, love and loss, as well as a celebration of indomitable female strength in a man's world. 

Madeline Miller was born in Boston and attended Brown University where she earned her BA and MA in Classics. She lives in Narbeth, PA with her husband and two children. The Song of Achilles was awarded the Orange Prize for Fiction and has been translated into twenty-five languages. 

 

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$27.00
ISBN: 9780316556347
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Published: Little Brown and Company - April 10th, 2018

"A bold and subversive retelling of the goddess's story," this #1 New York Times bestseller "manages to be both epic and intimate in its scope, recasting the most infamous female figure from the Odyssey as a hero in her own right" (Alexandra Alter, The New York Times).


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Michael Genhart - Love is Love (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, June 30, 2018 - 11:00am

Special Event for Kids!

Love Is Love empowers young readers to celebrate the family they have—no matter how it's constructed.

A boy confides in a friend when he's teased for having two dads and for wearing a shirt that they deem is "gay." Kids tell him that they're not a real family, and he doesn't know how to respond. But our narrator realizes that his friend's family (with a mom and a dad) isn't all that different from his: they both have parents who love them, and they both love their parents. And it's love that makes a family.

Dr. Michael Genhart is clinical psychologist specializing in working with children who have gay or lesbian parents; gay teens and coming out issues; same sex relationships; and LGBTQ parenting matters. He also visits and speaks at local elementary, middle, and high schools to engage students in conversations about LGBTQ issues.

 

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By Michael Genhart, Ken Min (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781939775139
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Published: Little Pickle Press - May 16th, 2018

Love Is Love empowers young readers to celebrate the family they have--no matter how it's constructed.


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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Wendy Spinale - Ozland (Corte Madera Store)

Friday, June 29, 2018 - 7:00pm

Special Event for Teens!

In Ozland, Everland and Umberland have both been destroyed. The survivors have taken refuge in a small village tucked within the shadows of the Bloodred Queen's castle. Doc has found an actual cure for the Horologia virus, while Gwen, Pete, and Alyssa begin plotting the assassination of the queen with the help of Gail, an excellent huntress. But killing the queen won't be enough.

The world has been destroyed and its needs a ruler to set things right again. A ruler who is good, kind, and fair. Someone like the former king of Germany. But he's dead...or is he?There's a rumor that the king has been hidden away in a secret land, where only the worthiest can find him. Desperate to end the war, a plan is hatched that could put everything right again. Yet before it's set in motion, the village is burned to the ground, all survivors taken prisoner to the castle. Except Gail. But is one girl enough to find a long-dead king, kill the wicked queen, and save the world?

Wendy Spinale is a former character actor for the Disneyland theme park (so she's very familiar with the world of make-believe). She is the author of Everland and its follow-up, Umberland, as well as Lost Boy, a prequel novella to Everland. Wendy lives with her family in the San Francisco Bay Area.

 

 

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$17.99
ISBN: 9780545953221
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Published: Scholastic Press - April 24th, 2018

With Everland and Umberland both destroyed, the survivors have taken refuge in a small village tucked within the shadows of the Bloodred Queen's castle. Doc has found an actual cure for the Horologia virus, while Gwen, Pete, and Alyssa begin plotting the assassination of the queen with the help of Gail, an excellent huntress. But killing the queen won't be enough.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Chris Feliciano Arnold - The Third Bank of the River (Corte Madera Store)

Tuesday, June 26, 2018 - 7:00pm

Following doctors and detectives, environmental activists and indigenous tribes, The Third Bank of the River traces the history of the Amazon from the arrival of the first Spanish flotilla to the drones that are now mapping unexplored parts of the forest. Grounded in rigorous firsthand reporting and in-depth research, Chris Feliciano Arnold reveals a portrait of Brazil and the Amazon that is complex, bloody, and often tragic.

During the 2014 world cup, an isolated Amazon tribe emerged from the rain forest on the misty border of Peru and Brazil, escaping massacre at the hands of loggers who wanted their land. A year later, in the jungle capital of Manaus, a bloody weekend of reprisal killings inflame a drug war that has blurred the line between cops and kingpins. Both events reveal the dual struggles of those living in and around the world's largest river. As indigenous tribes lose their ancestral culture and territory to the lure and threat of the outside world, the question arises of how best to save isolated tribes: Keep them away from the modern world or make contact in an effort to save them from extinction? As Brazil looks to be a world leader in the twenty-first century, this magnificent and vast region is mired in chaos and violence that echoes the atrocities that have haunted the rain forest since Europeans first traveled its waters.

Chris Feliciano Arnold has written for The New York Times, Harper's, The Atlantic, Foreign Policy, Outside, Sports Illustrated, Playboy, Vice News, and other outlets, including Folha de S. Paulo, Brazil's largest newspaper. He is the recipient of a 2014 creative writing fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. Born in Brazil and raised in the United States, he now resides in northern California.

 

The Third Bank of the River: Power and Survival in the Twenty-First-Century Amazon Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781250098948
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Published: Picador USA - June 5th, 2018

A sweeping look at the war over the Amazon--as activists, locals, and indigenous tribes struggle to save it from the threat of loggers, drug lords, and corrupt cops and politicians


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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Jim Averbeck - Two Problems for Sophia (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, June 23, 2018 - 11:00am

Special Children's Event

In Two Problems for Sophia, Sophia quickly learns her new pet comes with two giraffe-sized problems. This is the enterprising sequel to One Word from Sophia, which was named one of the best picture books of 2015 by Kirkus Reviews.

Sophia and Noodle, her One True Desire, are together at last.

But Noodle comes with two gigantic problems, and those problems are tearing Sophia’s family apart!

Can a little creative experimenting save Noodle? Or will Sophia have to bid him adieu?

Jim Averbeck is the author of One Word from Sophia and Two Problems for Sophia, illustrated by Yasmeen Ismail; In a Blue Room, illustrated by Tricia Tusa; and of the novel A Hitch at the Fairmont. He is also the author and illustrator of the picture books Oh No, Little Dragon!, and Except If. He studied children’s book writing and illustration at the University of California Berkeley and now makes his home in San Francisco.

 

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By Jim Averbeck, Yasmeen Ismail (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481477888
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - June 12th, 2018

Sophia quickly learns her new pet comes with two giraffe-sized problems in this enterprising sequel to One Word from Sophia, which was named one of the best picture books of 2015 by Kirkus Reviews.

Sophia and Noodle, her One True Desire, are together at last.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Marin Poetry Center - Summer Traveling Show (Corte Madera Store)

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - 7:00pm

The Marin Poetry Center Summer Traveling Show brings together local poets (MPC members from all over the Bay Area) to read their own or others' work aloud. In groups of no more than five, these poets hold forth at coffee houses, bookstores, libraries, the occasional bar, and some civic sites. The shows are short (one hour and change), punchy, pithy, informal, and well attended.

The Marin Poetry Center is a local organization dedicated to the development and appreciation of poetry. It has a number of activities and programs; please visit its website at marinpoetrycenter.org.

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Left Coast Writers®: Todd Crawshaw - God Sex and Psychosis (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, June 9, 2018 - 7:00pm

Left Coast Writers®

God, Sex, Psychosis is the latest thriller from author Todd Crawshaw.

When criminal psychologist Mira Skyles is assigned by a court order to evaluate Egon Norwood, a person of interest in a serial murder investigation, she recognizes both a man with a dissociative identity disorder and the boy who once saved her life, with whom she shares a secret history. Egon Norwood is a master of illusion, a brilliant street artist who is mentally unraveling. He has perfected the art of dying on stage, transforming into statues that come to life, before perishing. Egon's off-stage life is just as dramatic, punctuated by disturbing and unexplained blackouts. His estranged twin sister, Faye, is a performer too, whose twisted concept of fun and her uninhibited behavior has made enemies - people who want her dead. Mira Skyles works with neurotics, pathological liars, and psychopaths. On the surface, she performs admirably and is a highly-respected criminal psychologist. But, because of her past, she struggles with her inner demons. The suspected serial killer assigned to her by court order is mysterious and charming. Against her better judgment, Mira finds herself falling in love.

 

 

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$16.99
ISBN: 9780692320143
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Published: Crowsnestpublishing.com - March 15th, 2018

When criminal psychologist Mira Skyles is assigned by a court order to evaluate Egon Norwood, a person of interest in a serial murder investigation, she recognizes both a man with a dissociative identity disorder and the boy who once saved her life, with whom she shares a secret history. Egon Norwood is a master of illusion, a brilliant street artist who is mentally unraveling.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Margaretta K. Mitchell & Sim Warkov - Island Dreams (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, June 9, 2018 - 4:00pm

In the book, Island Dreams, readers travel to a mystical place, an island in time. There they explore a landscape where, in poetry and photographs, nature sparks the mind to invent a concept for each image. With heart and imagination, photographer Margaretta K. Mitchell and poet Sim Warkov combine their talents to create literal and visual poetry.

Margaretta K. Mitchell is a well-established photographer, writer and educator. Besides photographing people, gardens, and other assignments, she exhibits her fine art photography nationally. She is the author of five books, including Recollections: Ten Women of Photography in 1979, and Ruth Bernhard: Between Art and Life. Her book, The Face of Poetry features her black and white portraits of a significant selection of remarkable American poets set in conversations with their poems.

Sim Warkov retired from the University of Connecticut in 1996, and subsequently moved to the Bay Area. He has published three previous volumes of poetry: Reaching (2005); Thin Soils (2009): and Grandchildren (2011).

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Left Coast Writers® Salon - Craft of Nonfiction Panel (Corte Madera Store)

Monday, June 4, 2018 - 7:00pm

Left Coast Writers® Salon

Craft of Nonfiction Panel:
Joanna Biggar
Joan Steidinger
Mikkel Aaland
Linda Watanabe McFerrin (Moderator)

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Book Passage hosts the monthly meetings of Left Coast Writers® at our Corte Madera store. This Literary Salon is led by author and workshop teacher Linda Watanabe McFerrin. The monthly meetings provide an evening of literary connections, support, counsel, provocative readings, writing tips, literary chat, unabashed networking, and great fun. Each meeting also features a presentation by one of several Bay Area literary figures.

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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