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: Carrie Jackson Cheadle & Cindy Kuzma - Rebound (Corte Madera Store)

Wednesday, May 27, 2020 - 7:00pm

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Weaving together personal narratives from athletes, scientific research, and the specialized clinical expertise of mental skills coach Carrie Jackson Cheadle, Rebound contains more than 45 Mental Skills and Drills that athletes can use at every phase of their recovery process. These same strategies can help athletes who aren't currently injured reduce their vulnerability to injury and enable any individual to reach new heights within their sport and beyond.

Injuries affect every athlete, from the elite Olympian to the weekend racer. In the moment, a traumatic crash, a torn muscle, or a stress fracture can feel like the most devastating event possible. While some athletes are destroyed by the experience, others emerge from their recovery better, stronger, and more confident than ever.

Not everyone can recover swiftly enough to notch a winning performance in two weeks, of course. However, anyone can work toward a swifter, stronger comeback using mental skills and psychological tools that enable them to take control of their recovery, and ultimately use the experience to their advantage. Injury and other setbacks are inevitable--but with training, you can learn to overcome them skillfully and confidently, the same way point guards and forwards practice rebounds.

Carrie Jackson Cheadle M.A., is a mental skills expert and nationally known for her expertise in sports performance and psychological recovery from injury. She is the author of On Top of Your Game: Mental Skills to Maximize Your Athletic Performance.

Cindy Kuzma is a Chicago-based journalist with a specialty in fitness and health, a contributing editor at Runner's World magazine, and co-author of Superfood Swap: The 4-Week Plan to Eat What You Crave Without the C.R.A.P. She earned her master's degree from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism and has spent the past 15 years writing for national print and online publications, including Men's Health, Women's Health, Prevention, espnW.com, VICE, SELF, and USA Today magazines. She also contributes audio reporting to The Runner's World Show and Human Race, podcasts produced by Runner's World, and is the producer and co-host of #WeGotGoals, a podcast by Chicago-based aSweatLife.com.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

POSTPONED: Jesse Wegman - Let the People Pick the President (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, March 28, 2020 - 5:00pm

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In conversation with Bill Petrocelli

Two of the last five elections were won by candidates who lost the popular vote, calling the integrity of the entire electoral system into question. Political passions are already high, and they will reach a boiling point as we enter the 2020 race. The message from the American people is clear: we need major reform, and we need it now.

In Let the People Pick the President, New York Times editorial board member Jesse Wegman makes a powerful case for abolishing the antiquated and antidemocratic Electoral College, and choosing presidents based on a national popular vote. He uncovers the Electoral College's controversial origins, profiles the many attempts to reform it over the years, and explains why it is now essential for us to remove this obsolete system and finally make every citizen's vote matter.

Wegman addresses objections from both sides of the aisle and presents an airtight argument that moving toward a national popular vote would reduce voter apathy and political polarization, increase voter turnout, and restore belief in our democratic system. Abolishing the Electoral College is the keystone reform that must be accomplished to improve our politics; Wegman shows that this once-lofty goal can be achieved, and charts a path to accomplishing it.

Jesse Wegman is a member of the New York Times editorial board, where he has written about the Supreme Court and legal affairs since 2013. He previously worked as a reporter, editor and producer at outlets including National Public Radio, The New York Observer, Reuters, The Daily Beast, and Newsweek. He graduated from New York University School of Law in 2005.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

POSTPONED: Martha Hall Kelly - Lost Roses (Corte Madera Store)

Friday, March 13, 2020 - 1:00pm

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It is 1914, and the world has been on the brink of war so often, many New Yorkers treat the subject with only passing interest. Eliza Ferriday is thrilled to be traveling to St. Petersburg with Sofya Streshnayva, a cousin of the Romanovs. The two met years ago one summer in Paris and became close confidantes. Now Eliza embarks on the trip of a lifetime, home with Sofya to see the splendors of Russia: the church with the interior covered in jeweled mosaics, the Rembrandts at the tsar’s Winter Palace, the famous ballet.

But when Austria declares war on Serbia and Russia’s imperial dynasty begins to fall, Eliza escapes back to America, while Sofya and her family flee to their country estate. In need of domestic help, they hire the local fortune-teller’s daughter, Varinka, unknowingly bringing intense danger into their household.

On the other side of the Atlantic, Eliza is doing her part to help the White Russian families find safety as they escape the revolution. But when Sofya’s letters suddenly stop coming, she fears the worst for her best friend.

From the turbulent streets of St. Petersburg and aristocratic countryside estates to the avenues of Paris where a society of fallen Russian émigrés live to the mansions of Long Island, the lives of Eliza, Sofya, and Varinka will intersect in profound ways. In Lost Roses—her newest powerful tale told through female-driven perspectives—Martha Hall Kelly celebrates the unbreakable bonds of women’s friendship, especially during the darkest days of history.

Martha Hall Kelly is the New York Times bestselling author of Lilac Girls. She lives in Connecticut, where she spends her days filling legal pads with stories and reading World War II books. Lost Roses is her second novel.

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

POSTPONED: Cindy Rasicot - Finding Venerable Mother (Corte Madera Store)

Wednesday, May 20, 2020 - 7:00pm

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When Cindy moves to Thailand with her husband and teenage son, she finds herself strangely adrift in a foreign culture, unprepared for the challenges she encounters there. On an impulse she signs up for a conference where she unexpectedly meets a Thai Buddhist nun, Venerable Dhammananda Bhikkhuni, who leads her on a spiritual journey from which there is no turning back. Along the way she discovers the beauty of the Thai people and culture.

This soulful and engaging memoir is the story of one woman’s journey of physical, emotional, and spiritual healing through her connection to a loving Buddhist teacher who fully accepts and nurtures her in a way her own mother never did. Finding Venerable Mother is a testimony to the power of faith, forgiveness, and love.

Cindy Rasicot received her master’s degree in marriage, family, and child counseling. Her work in the nonprofit sector spanned twenty-five years, and included management positions in performing arts organizations, mental health services, and university settings. She is a student of dance and has a lifelong passion for the arts. Her article “Visiting Venerable Dhammananda,” describing her early visits to Dhammananda’s monastery, Songdhammakalyani Temple, was published in Sawasdee Magazine in 2007. Her work has been featured in two anthologies: Wandering in Paris: Luminaries and Love in the City of Light and A Café in Space: The Anaïs Nin Literary Journal, Volume 11. In 2014 Cindy returned to Thailand to be ordained by Dhammananda. She currently resides in Point Richmond, California, where she writes and enjoys views of the San Francisco Bay.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

POSTPONED: Elizabeth Wetmore - Valentine (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, April 19, 2020 - 1:00pm

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Mercy is hard in a place like this . . .

It’s February 1976, and Odessa, Texas, stands on the cusp of the next great oil boom. While the town’s men embrace the coming prosperity, its women intimately know and fear the violence that always seems to follow.

In the early hours of the morning after Valentine’s Day, fourteen-year-old Gloria Ramírez appears on the front porch of Mary Rose Whitehead’s ranch house, broken and barely alive. The teenager had been viciously attacked in a nearby oil field—an act of brutality that is tried in the churches and barrooms of Odessa before it can reach a court of law. When justice is evasive, one of the town’s women decides to take matters into her own hands, setting the stage for a showdown with potentially devastating consequences.

Valentine is a haunting exploration of the intersections of violence and race, class and region in a story that plumbs the depths of darkness and fear, yet offers a window into beauty and hope. Told through the alternating points of view of indelible characters who burrow deep in the reader’s heart, this fierce, unflinching, darkly funny, and surprisingly tender novel illuminates women’s strength and vulnerability, and reminds us that it is the stories we tell ourselves that keep us alive.

Elizabeth Wetmore is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her fiction has appeared in Epoch, Kenyon Review, Colorado Review, Baltimore Review, Crab Orchard Review, Iowa Review, and other literary journals. She is the recipient of a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and two fellowships from the Illinois Arts Council, as well as a grant from the Barbara Deming Foundation. She was also a Rona Jaffe Scholar in Fiction at Bread Loaf and a Fellow at the MacDowell Colony, and one of six Writers in Residence at Hedgebrook. A native of West Texas, she lives and works in Chicago.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

POSTPONED: Donovan Moore - What Stars Are Made of: The Life of Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin (Corte Madera Store)

Friday, March 20, 2020 - 7:00pm

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It was not easy being a woman of ambition in early twentieth-century England, much less one who wished to be a scientist. Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin overcame prodigious obstacles to become a woman of many firsts: the first to receive a PhD in astronomy from Radcliffe College, the first promoted to full professor at Harvard, the first to head a department there. And, in what has been called "the most brilliant PhD thesis ever written in astronomy," she was the first to describe what stars are made of.

Payne lived in a society that did not know what to make of a determined schoolgirl who wanted to know everything. She was derided in college and refused a degree. As a graduate student, she faced formidable skepticism. Revolutionary ideas rarely enjoy instantaneous acceptance, but the learned men of the astronomical community found hers especially hard to take seriously. Though welcomed at the Harvard College Observatory, she worked for years without recognition or status. Still, she accomplished what every scientist yearns for: discovery. She calculated the atomic composition of stars—only to be told that her conclusions were wrong by the very man who would later show her to be correct.

In What Stars Are Made Of, Donovan Moore brings this remarkable woman to life through extensive archival research, family interviews, and photographs. Moore retraces Payne's steps with visits to cramped observatories and nighttime bicycle rides through the streets of Cambridge, England. The result is a story of devotion and tenacity that speaks powerfully to our own time.

Donovan Moore has written for numerous newspapers and magazines, including the Boston Globe and Rolling Stone, and has worked as a television reporter and producer.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

POSTPONED: Don Winslow - Broken (Corte Madera Store)

Wednesday, April 15, 2020 - 7:00pm

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Tickets: $33 (includes signed copy of Broken)

In six intense short novels connected by the themes of crime, corruption, vengeance, justice, loss, betrayal, guilt and redemption, Broken is #1 international bestseller Don Winslow at his nerve-shattering, heart-stopping, heartbreaking best. In Broken, he creates a world of high-level thieves and low-life crooks, obsessed cops struggling with life on and off the job, private detectives, dope dealers, bounty hunters and fugitives, the lost souls driving without headlights through the dark night on the American criminal highway.

With his trademark blend of insight, humanity, humor, action and the highest level of literary craftsmanship, Winslow delivers a collection of tales that will become classics of crime fiction.

Don Winslow is the author of twenty-one acclaimed, award-winning international bestsellers, including the New York Times bestseller and sensation The Force, the #1 international bestseller The Cartel, The Power of the Dog, Savages, and The Winter of Frankie Machine. Savages was made into a feature film by three-time Oscar-winning writer-director Oliver Stone. The Power of the Dog, The Cartel, and The Border sold to FX in a major multi-million-dollar deal to air as a weekly tv series beginning in 2020. A former investigator, antiterrorist trainer and trial consultant, Winslow lives in California and Rhode Island.

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Please note: Tickets are non-refundable

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

POSTPONED: Wine Country Women of Sonoma County (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, March 14, 2020 - 11:00am

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Featuring Lauren Belden, proprietor of Belden Barns; Marla Bedrosian, proprietor of Domaine de la Riviere; Amy Chenoweth, owner and winemaker of Chenoweth Wines; and Michelle Mandro (moderator)

In Wine Country Women of Sonoma County, Michelle Mandro introduces readers to the diverse talents of a fascinating group of more than forty women who are making significant contributions to the diversity and quality of life in Sonoma County. Accomplished professionals including Michelin Three-Star
restaurateur Katina Connaughton of SingleThread Farm, Kate MacMurray of MacMurray Ranch, Heather Patz of Patz & Hall, chefs and Food Network regulars Duskie Estes and Crista Luedtke, and winemaker Nicole Hitchcock of J Wines, providing an intimate and inspiring glimpse into their life and work. A treasured family recipe, combined with an individualized pairing explanation from each Wine Country woman, makes this book a year-round, go-to guide for both casual and elegant entertaining.

Enhanced by gorgeous photography that takes the reader on a compelling visual journey, this book captures the soul of Sonoma County. Forging unique paths as tastemakers, entrepreneurs, advocates, trailblazers, nonprofit leaders, and role models, these accomplished women boast skillsets as diverse as the wine regions that have made this area one of the most desirable places to live, work, and play in the United States.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Nelson D. Schwartz - The Velvet Rope Economy (Corte Madera Store)

Wednesday, March 11, 2020 - 7:00pm

In nearly every realm of daily life—from health care to education, highways to home security—there is an invisible velvet rope that divides how Americans live. On one side of the rope, for a price, red tape is cut, lines are jumped, appointments are secured, and doors are opened. On the other side, middle- and working-class Americans fight to find an empty seat on the plane, a place in line with their kids at the amusement park, a college acceptance, or a hospital bed.

We are all aware of the gap between the rich and everyone else, but when we weren't looking, business innovators stepped in to exploit it, shifting services away from the masses and finding new ways to profit by serving the privileged. And as decision-makers and corporate leaders increasingly live on the friction-free side of the velvet rope, they are less inclined to change—or even notice—the obstacles everyone else must contend with. Schwartz's "must read" book takes us on a behind-the-scenes tour of this new reality and shows the toll the velvet rope divide takes on society.

Nelson Schwartz has worked as a business reporter at The New York Times since 2007 and currently covers economics.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

POSTPONED: Adam Hochschild - Rebel Cinderella (Corte Madera Store)

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 - 7:00pm

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Rose Pastor arrived in New York City in 1903, a Jewish refugee from Russia who had worked in cigar factories since the age of eleven. Two years later, she captured headlines across the globe when she married James Graham Phelps Stokes, scion of one of the legendary 400 families of New York high society. Together, this unusual couple joined the burgeoning Socialist Party and, over the next dozen years, moved among the liveliest group of activists and dreamers this country has ever seen. Their friends and houseguests included Emma Goldman, Big Bill Haywood, Eugene V. Debs, John Reed, Margaret Sanger, Jack London, and W.E.B. Du Bois. Rose stirred audiences to tears and led strikes of restaurant waiters and garment workers. She campaigned alongside the country’s earliest feminists to publicly defy laws against distributing information about birth control, earning her notoriety as “one of the dangerous influences of the country” from President Woodrow Wilson. But in a way no one foresaw, her too-short life would end in the same abject poverty with which it began.

By a master of narrative nonfiction, Rebel Cinderella unearths the rich, overlooked life of a social justice campaigner who was truly ahead of her time.

Adam Hochschild is the author of ten books. King Leopold’s Ghost was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, as was To End All Wars. His Bury the Chains was a finalist for the National Book Award and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and PEN USA Literary Award. He lives in Berkeley, California.

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