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.

Carol Rosenberger - To Play Again (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, April 28, 2018 - 1:00pm

Independent Bookstore Day Event!

At age 21, while she was working with the legendary Nadia Boulanger in France, concert pianist Carol Rosenberger was stricken with paralytic polio--a condition that knocked out the very muscles she needed in order to play. But Rosenberger refused to give up. Over the next ten years, against all medical advice, she struggled to rebuild her technique and regain her life as a musician -- and went on to not only play again, but to receive critical acclaim for her performances and recordings. Beautifully written and deeply inspiring, To Play Again is Rosenberger's chronicle of making possible the seemingly impossible: overcoming career-ending hardships to perform again.

 

To Play Again: A Memoir of Musical Survival Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781631523267
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Published: She Writes Press - April 17th, 2018

At age twenty-one, while she was working with the legendary Nadia Boulanger in France, concert pianist Carol Rosenberger was stricken with paralytic polio--a condition that knocked out the very muscles she needed in order to play. But Rosenberger refused to give up.


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Carla Gambescia - La Dolce Vita University (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, April 28, 2018 - 4:00pm

Independent Bookstore Day Event!

La Dolce Vita University is the perfect sampler for anyone curious about (or already in amore with) Italy and its remarkably rich cultural gifts, both past and present. True to its lighthearted name, La Dolce Vita "U" is all about pleasurable learning, or what we prefer to call "edu-tainment." Its dozens of entertaining yet authoritative mini-essays on a wide assortment of intriguing topics encourage random dipping at the reader's pleasure. Even the most erudite Italophile will discover fun new facts and fascinating new insights in the pages of La Dolce Vita U.

Mini-essays treat specific topics in one or more of the following subject areas: the Italian character; the visual arts (art, artists, architects); the performing arts (music, theater, cinema); history and antiquity; language and literature; cuisine and agriculture; wine and spirits; traditions and festivals; style and applied arts; unique places. In a wink and nod to the book's "academic" identity, the 165 mini-essays are arranged alphabetically and accompanied by charming illustrations throughout. A special traveler's topic index is provided at the end of the book.

This event will also feature "Trivia Challenge Italian-Style:" Test your knowledge and discover surprising new facts and insights about “The Boot!” An edu-taining program for those curious about (or already in amore with) Italy and its cultural and culinary gifts. Carla Gambescia will play the MC. 

Carla Gambescia's passion for Italy began early -- with her mother's love of the Renaissance masters and her father's discourses on Italian geniuses of every calling. In the ensuing decades she has toured every region of Italy (often by bicycle) and immersed herself in its astonishing array of cultural treasures. In recent years Carla has combined her passion as an Italophile and writer with her skills as a career marketer and branding expert, acting as a consultant to and a collaborator with boutique tour operators. She conceived and co-led the Giro del Gelato bicycle tour, winner of Outside magazine's "Best Trip in Western Europe." In 2008 Carla founded Via Vanti! Restaurant & Gelateria, in Mount Kisco, New York, with the ambition of creating a unique environment and dining experience that would enable guests to feel as though they had stepped right into Italy. Via Vanti! quickly won plaudits not just for its innovative Italian cuisine, extraordinary gelato (named "Best Gelato Shop in New York") and dazzling jewel box interior but also, under Carla's direction, for its active program of culinary and cultural events. It is Carla's conviction that all of us, regardless of our inherited ethnicities, share an "inner Italian"--that part of our nature which is most expressive, festive, spontaneous and fun -- just waiting to be unlocked. La Dolce Vita University: An Unconventional Guide to Italian Culture from A to Z is the natural outgrowth of Carla's work and play in both the restaurant and boutique travel industries, as well as a lifelong love affair with the land of her ancestors.

 

La Dolce Vita University: An Unconventional Guide to Italian Culture from A to Z Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781609521318
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Published: Travelers' Tales Guides - March 1st, 2018

La Dolce Vita University (LDVU) is the perfect sampler for anyone curious about (or already in amore with) Italy and its remarkably rich cultural gifts, both past and present.


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A.J. Finn - The Woman in the Window (Corte Madera Store)

Friday, April 27, 2018 - 7:00pm

For readers of Gillian Flynn and Tana French comes one of the decade’s most anticipated debuts, to be published in thirty-six languages around the world and already in development as a major film from Fox: a twisty, powerful Hitchcockian thriller about an agoraphobic woman who believes she witnessed a crime in a neighboring house.

Anna Fox lives alone—a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times...and spying on her neighbors Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, a mother, their teenage son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn’t, her world begins to crumble—and its shocking secrets are laid bare. What is real? What is imagined? Who is in danger? Who is in control? In this diabolically gripping thriller, no one—and nothing—is what it seems.

Twisty and powerful, ingenious and moving, The Woman in the Window is a smart, sophisticated novel of psychological suspense that recalls the best of Hitchcock.

The Woman in the Window is A.J. Finn's debut novel.

 

The Woman in the Window: A Novel Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780062678416
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Published: William Morrow - January 2nd, 2018

Instant #1 New York Times Bestseller!

“Astounding. Thrilling. Amazing.” —Gillian Flynn

“Unputdownable.” —Stephen King

“A dark, twisty confection.” —Ruth Ware

“Absolutely gripping.” —Louise Penny


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Peter Rubin - Future Presence (Corte Madera Store)

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - 7:00pm

Heralded as the most significant technological innovation since the smartphone, virtual reality is poised to transform our very notions of life and humanity. Though this tech is still in its infancy, to those on the inside, it is the future. VR will change how we work, how we experience entertainment, how we feel pleasure and other emotions, how we see ourselves, and most importantly, how we relate to each other in the real world. And we will never be the same.

Peter Rubin, senior culture editor for Wired and the industry's go-to authority on the subject, calls it an "intimacy engine." While once we needed another person to feel the sensations of closeness, trust, vulnerability, confidence, and titillation, VR will give us the ability to induce these sensations by ourselves for the first time in human history. This metamorphosis, Rubin argues, is going to have a powerful impact on relationships that will ripple throughout our society and our individual lives.

A journey into this uncertain future and a glimpse at the cultural implications and promises of a new reality, Future Presence explores a host of complex questions about what makes us human, what connects us, and what is real. Offering a glimpse into the mind-blowing things happening in universities, labs, and tech companies around the world, Rubin leads readers on an entertaining tour of the weirdest, wildest corners of this fascinating new universe.

 

Future Presence: How Virtual Reality Is Changing Human Connection, Intimacy, and the Limits of Ordinary Life Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062566690
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Published: HarperOne - March 13th, 2018

A Wired senior editor and virtual reality expert presents a captivating, candid glimpse into the future "realities" of this emerging technology: how we will use it to form previously impossible relationships, explore new frontiers of intimacy, and how it will forever change human connection.


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Special Evening - Marin Poets in the Schools (Corte Madera Store)

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 6:30pm

Terri Glass, Marin Coordinator for California Poets in the Schools will host a lively reading celebrating selected student poets from all over the county. Teachers will be on hand to introduce their students. Come hear these talented children surprise you and feed your heart.

 

 

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Playwell Tek - Free-Build with LEGO PlayWell (Corte Madera Store)

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 4:00pm

Special Children's Event!

Join us for an hour of free-build fun at the bookstore. An expert from Playwell Tek will be on hand to help with ideas for fun builds and we'll have plenty of LEGO themed books too.

About Playwell Tek
Kids are already naturally gifted creators. Then they get added inspiration from our specially trained instructors. They dive into our massive collections of LEGO® parts. And while they build elaborate objects, structures and vehicles, they explore fundamental principles of engineering and physics. They also learn to collaborate and create without fear of mistakes. The experience is joyful, the impact long-lasting.We teach through play. We explore, solve problems, and express ourselves through LEGO®. Our curriculum is designed by engineers and refined by teachers, but the kids just think it's fun! Play-Well Marin's Activity Center also offers a drop-in/open build. This is a creative space for children to build using their imagination and creativity with access to millions of LEGO® parts. Our Play-Well staff members are on hand to provide guidance and assistance where needed. Our Activity Center also includes a large collection of LEGO® sets for sell as well as individual parts for sell.

 

 

The Lego Batman Movie: The Essential Guide (DK Essential Guides) Cover Image
By DK
$12.99
ISBN: 9781465456335
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Published: DK Publishing (Dorling Kindersley) - December 27th, 2016

The perfect companion to LEGO Batman's first solo movie, The LEGO(R) Batman(TM) Movie: The Essential Guide showcases the full range of exciting LEGO Batman sets and minifigures that will be released to tie in with the film's release.


Brick by Brick Space: 20+ Lego Brick Projects That Are Out of This World Cover Image
By Warren Elsmore (Artist)
$19.99
ISBN: 9780762490516
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Published: Running Press Kids - February 6th, 2018

From a master LEGO builder comes twenty easy-to-build space projects using nothing but LEGO bricks


Build It! Trains: Make Supercool Models with Your Favorite Lego(r) Parts (Brick Books) Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781513261140
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Published: Graphic Arts Books - April 17th, 2018

This series of visually rich instruction books for LEGO(R) creations is perfect for children ages 5 and up. Inside Build it Trains, you'll find a range of creative models to put together, created using the LEGO(R) Classic sets 10693 and 10695, or bricks or bricks that LEGO(R) obsessives may already have at home.


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Corte Madera, CA 94925

K.J. Howe - Skyjack (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, April 22, 2018 - 7:00pm

Skyjack opens as international kidnap expert Thea Paris is escorting two former child soldiers on a plane from an orphanage in Kanzi, Africa, to adoptive parents in London when the Boeing Business Jet is hijacked and forced to land on a deserted airstrip in the Libyan desert.

On the ground, Thea comes face-to-face with a former nemesis, a Sicilian don who wants something, or someone, on that plane. Her old foe imprisons her in the hangar and takes to the air with the boys and the passengers still aboard, mysteriously demanding that Thea use the resources of Quantum International to hijack a truckload of Syrian refugees bound for Budapest. He makes it clear he will return the passengers only when the truck and its contents are in his possession.

Thea, Rif, and the Quantum team must race against the clock to discover the don's true motives before any harm comes to the two boys and their fellow passengers. Revealing a deadly conspiracy that connects the dark postwar legacy of World War II to the present, this case will bring all parties to an explosive conclusion that will decide the fate of millions across Europe and the Middle East.

K.J. Howe is the executive director of ThrillerFest, the annual conference of International Thriller Writers. A three-time Daphne du Maurier Award winner, she completed her MA in Writing Popular Fiction at Seton Hill University. She is an avid traveler who has raced camels in Jordan, surfed in Hawaii, and dove with the great whites in South Africa. She became fascinated by the kidnap and ransom (K&R) world after meeting Peter Moore, a British computer consultant who became the longest-held hostage in Iraq and the only person to survive of the five men who were taken that day. She is the author of The Freedom Broker.

 

Skyjack: A Kidnap-And-Ransom Thriller (Thea Paris Novel #2) Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781681443010
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Published: Quercus Books - April 10th, 2018

International kidnap expert Thea Paris is escorting two former child soldiers on a plane from an orphanage in Kanzi, Africa, to adoptive parents in London when the Boeing Business Jet is hijacked.


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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Charlie & Linda Bloom - That Which Doesn't Kill Us (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, April 21, 2018 - 11:00am

That Which Doesn’t Kill Us is both an archetypal story and one couple’s journey through hell and how they managed to reconstruct a relationship from the ashes of their broken dreams. It is both inspiring and instructive, demonstrating to the reader the power of true commitment in the face of great odds and enormous obstacles.

Although authors Charlie Bloom and Linda Bloom are both relationship counselors, and have been since 1975, they discovered that their professional training and education didn’t insulate them from encounters with some of the same difficulties that their clients and students had experienced. They discovered that they each had some serious work to do in order to stave off a total collapse of their marriage. This book presents in vivid detail just what that work was and how they managed to fulfill its demands despite the presence of frequent setbacks.

 

That Which Doesn't Kill Us: How One Couple Became Stronger at the Broken Places Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780996578554
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Published: Sacred Life Publishers - April 9th, 2018

That Which Doesn't Kill Us is the story of a couple's ten-year journey that took them through a series of ordeals that crippled their family and nearly destroyed their marriage. Trained as psychotherapists and practicing relationship counselors, both Charlie and Linda found that their professional training wasn't enough to liberate them from the challenges they encountered.


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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Dr. Vincanne Adams & Dr. Michelle Perro - What's Making Our Children Sick? (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, April 21, 2018 - 4:00pm

With chronic disorders among American children reaching epidemic levels, hundreds of thousands of parents are desperately seeking solutions to their children’s declining health, often with little medical guidance from the experts. What’s Making Our Children Sick? convincingly explains how agrochemical industrial production and genetic modification of foods is a culprit in this epidemic. Is it the only culprit? No. Most chronic health disorders have multiple causes and require careful disentanglement and complex treatments. But what if toxicants in our foods are a major culprit, one that, if corrected, could lead to tangible results and increased health? Using patient accounts of their clinical experiences and new medical insights about pathogenesis of chronic pediatric disorders―taking us into gut dysfunction and the microbiome, as well as the politics of food science―this book connects the dots to explain our kids’ ailing health.

What’s Making Our Children Sick? explores the frightening links between our efforts to create higher-yield, cost-efficient foods and an explosion of childhood morbidity, but it also offers hope and a path to effecting change. The predicament we now face is simple. Agroindustrial “innovation” in a previous era hoped to prevent the ecosystem disaster of DDT predicted in Rachel Carson’s seminal book in 1962, Silent Spring. However, this industrial agriculture movement has created a worse disaster: a toxic environment and, consequently, a toxic food supply. Pesticide use is at an all-time high, despite the fact that biotechnologies aimed to reduce the need for them in the first place. Today these chemicals find their way into our livestock and food crop industries and ultimately onto our plates. Many of these pesticides are the modern day equivalent of DDT. However, scant research exists on the chemical soup of poisons that our children consume on a daily basis. As our food supply environment reels under the pressures of industrialization via agrochemicals, our kids have become the walking evidence of this failed experiment.

What’s Making Our Children Sick? exposes our current predicament and offers insight on the medical responses that are available, both to heal our kids and to reverse the compromised health of our food supply.

Michelle Perro, MD, is a veteran pediatrician with over thirty-five years of experience in acute and integrative medicine. More than ten years ago, Dr. Perro transformed her clinical practice to include pesticide and health advocacy. She has both directed and worked as attending physician from New York’s Metropolitan Hospital to UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland. Dr. Perro has managed her own business, Down to Earth Pediatrics, a holistic urgent care clinic for children. For the past four years, she has been an integrative physician at the Institute for Health and Healing, part of Sutter Pacific Medical Center.

Vincanne Adams, PhD, is a professor and vice-chair of Medical Anthropology, in the Department of Anthropology, History, and Social Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Adams has previously published six books on the social dynamics of health, scientific knowledge and politics, including most recently, Markets of Sorrow, Labors of Faith: New Orleans in the Wake of Katrina (2013), and Metrics: What Counts in Global Health (2016). She is currently editor for Medical Anthropology Quarterly, the flagship journal for the Society for Medical Anthropology of the American Anthropological Association.

 

What's Making Our Children Sick?: How Industrial Food Is Causing an Epidemic of Chronic Illness, and What Parents (and Doctors) Can Do about It Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781603587570
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Published: Chelsea Green Publishing Company - December 9th, 2017

Exploring the links between GM foods, glyphosate, and gut health


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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Tayari Jones - An American Marriage (Corte Madera Store)

Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 7:00pm

Oprah's Book Club 2018 Selection!

Newlyweds Celestial and Roy are the embodiment of both the American Dream and the New South. He is a young executive, and she is an artist on the brink of an exciting career. But as they settle into the routine of their life together, they are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have imagined. Roy is arrested and sentenced to twelve years for a crime Celestial knows he didn't commit. Though fiercely independent, Celestial finds herself bereft and unmoored, taking comfort in Andre, her childhood friend, and best man at their wedding. As Roy's time in prison passes, she is unable to hold on to the love that has been her center. After five years, Roy's conviction is suddenly overturned, and he returns to Atlanta ready to resume their life together.

This stirring love story is a profoundly insightful look into the hearts and minds of three people who are at once bound and separated by forces beyond their control. An American Marriage is a masterpiece of storytelling, an intimate look deep into the souls of people who must reckon with the past while moving forward -- with hope and pain -- into the future.

Tayari Jones is the author of four novels, including Silver Sparrow, The Untelling, and Leaving Atlanta. Jones holds degrees from Spelman College, Arizona State University, and the University of Iowa. She serves on the MFA faculty at Rutgers.

 

An American Marriage Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781616201340
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Algonquin Books - February 6th, 2018

THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

OPRAH'S BOOK CLUB 2018 SELECTION

"Haunting . . . Beautifully written." --The New York Times Book Review

"Brilliant and heartbreaking . . . Unforgettable." --USA Today

"A tense and timely love story . . . Packed with brave questions about race and class." --People


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