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: Adam Hochschild - Rebel Cinderella (Corte Madera Store)

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 - 7:00pm

Please note: This event has been postponed due to concerns for the health and well-being of our community. For updates on this event and for additional event information, please subscribe to our e-newsletter.

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.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

POSTPONED: Art Wolfe - Wild Elephants & Human Canvas (Corte Madera Store)

Monday, March 23, 2020 - 7:00pm

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Includes a presentation with images from both Wild Elephants and Human Canvas

In Wild Elephants, Art Wolfe seeks to capture on camera just what makes elephants so special and so worth saving. Legendary for their size and intelligence, elephants are one of the most charismatic of megafauna. That they are under siege from poachers is no secret, and the rapidity of their declining numbers is horrifying. However, amidst the steady stream of bad news, all is not lost. Ivory prices are declining, global education seems to be succeeding, and recent government crackdowns are beginning to stem the flow of illegal ivory. While Wild Elephants features photographs of both African and Asian species, the emphasis is on the African savanna or bush elephant. Samuel Wasser's informative text focuses on his current groundbreaking research on the impacts of the illegal trade in elephant ivory along with legal culling practices as a means of population control of this highly intelligent, tightly knit social species. Wild Elephants is a celebration of these wondrous gentle giants, of the renewed efforts countries are taking to protect their natural heritage, and of what we can do to empower local populations to safeguard the survival of a magnificent species.

What does it mean to be human? In Human Canvas, Art Wolfe uses his exceptional photography and his background in fine-art painting to transform skin into an abstract landscape. Inspired by the body-painting traditions of indigenous peoples that Wolfe has photographed worldwide—particularly those in Ethiopia and Papua New Guinea—he set out to present his own take on this art form and explore concepts of universal beauty. Through the use of lines, patterns, textures, and unusual points of view, Wolfe abstracts the human form and creates a unique and captivating look of the human body as art. The result is an energized expression of both artistic mastery and cultural impact.

Award-winning photographer Art Wolfe has worked on every continent and in hundreds of locations over his forty-year career. His stunning images interpret and record the world’s fast-disappearing natural treasures.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Special Event: Toni Morrison, A Literary Legend Remembered (Corte Madera Store)

Thursday, February 13, 2020 - 7:00pm

As one of the icons of literature, Toni Morrison changed the world with her words, influencing generations of readers and writers. The literary and publishing worlds continue to mourn her recent passing while also celebrating her life. As such, and in conjunction with her birthday, Book Passage will honor her with a special event celebration featuring Bay Area authors, booksellers, and you, the community. We’ll read passages from her novels and share stories of her impact.

Authors attending include:

Jose Antonio Vargas
A Pulitzer Prize- winning journalist, Emmy-nominated filmmaker, and a leading voice for the human rights of immigrants. His debut book, Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen is a best-selling memoir.

Carolina de Robertis
Author of the novels Cantoras, a finalist for the Kirkus Prize and a New York Times Editors’ Choice; The Gods of Tango; Perla; and the international bestseller The Invisible Mountain. Her books have been translated into seventeen languages and have received numerous other honors.

Margaret Wilkerson Sexton
Her debut novel, A Kind of Freedom, was a National Book Award Nominee, a Book Passage “First Edition Club” selection, and a New York Times Notable Book of 2017.

C Pam Zhang
Born across one ocean, dragged over another. Went willingly every time after. Strange stories. Reluctant realist. Brown / Cambridge / Iowa educated. Lived in 13 cities & still pondering home. Currently located in San Francisco. Her debut novel, How Much of These Hills is Gold is coming next spring.

Tom Barbash
Author of the short story collection Stay Up With Me, a New York Times Editor's Choice and picked as a Best Book of the Year by NPR and the San Francisco Chronicle, and the novels The Last Good Chance, awarded the California Book Award, and The Dakota Winters.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Suzanne Maggio - The Cardinal Club (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, January 12, 2020 - 4:00pm

When her mother developed Alzheimer’s in her early 60s, Suzanne Maggio longed to find a way to hold onto her. But her new memoir, The Cardinal Club: A Daughter’s Journey to Acceptance, traveled in unexpected directions as she began to write about her experience. Her book not only chronicles the personal journey to understand the tragedy unfolding through the illness, but also to unravel an often difficult relationship with her mother. The result
beckons readers to open their hearts to “unfinished business” in their own relationships.

Throughout her 30-year career as a licensed clinical social worker, Suzanne Maggio has helped hundreds of families improve their relationships by encouraging them to share and connect their stories. She now trains a new generation of helpers as a university lecturer in Psychology, Counseling and Social Work at Sonoma State University and Santa Rosa Junior College.

Passionate about writing, Ms. Maggio won a 2016 silver award from publisher Travelers Tales for “Yo Soy,” a story about the search for identity while traveling in Nicaragua. Her work also has been published in Sonoma Family Life, an award-winning parenting magazine, and Junior Baseball Magazine. She lives in Northern California with her husband, where they raised their two sons and where they now manage three rambunctious dogs and a brood of demanding chickens.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Left Coast Writers® Launch: Antoinette Constable - Natalie in the Shadow of the Swastika (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, February 8, 2020 - 7:00pm

Author Antoinette Constable, who was a young girl in WWII France, has written a compelling coming-of-age novel for young adult readers, Natalie in the Shadow of the Swastika. Set in 1940 occupied Paris, eight-year-old Natalie and her family—a Jewish mother, gentile father, and two sisters—cope with the harsh facts of war and Hitler’s occupying army. When her ailing father suddenly disappears, Natalie’s safe surroundings are forever changed. Her struggles with the painful family separation and the dangerous threats against her Jewish mother reveal a growing maturity in the face of confusing loss. Natalie’s fierce resolve to hold onto hope and her love of family leads her from innocence to understanding and resilience, despite the violence of war.

Born and raised in France, Antoinette Constable was a career nurse holding British and American degrees, and is also retired from her own catering business. She has lived in the United States for many years, where she raised her four children as a single mother. Her work has won the PEN First Prize for Poetry, as well as the Ann Stanford Award from the University of Southern California, and has appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, Barnabe Mountain Review, Bay Area Poets Coalition, California Quarterly (CQ), Denver Metropolitan State Magazine, The Healing Muse, Louisville Review, and POEM. Her chapbook of war-related poems, The Lasting War, was published in December 2014.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Ben Moon - Denali: A Man, a Dog, and the Friendship of a Lifetime (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, January 19, 2020 - 1:00pm

When Ben Moon moved from the Midwest to Oregon, he hadn’t planned on getting a dog. But when he first met the soulful gaze of a rescue pup in a shelter, Ben instantly felt a connection, and his friendship with Denali was born. The two of them set out on the road together, on an adventure that would take them across the American West and through some of the best years of their lives. But when Ben was diagnosed with colorectal cancer at age 29, he faced a difficult battle with the disease, and Denali never once left his side until they were back out surfing and climbing crags. It was only a short time later that Denali was struck by the same disease, and Ben had the chance to return the favor. Denali is the story of this powerful friendship that shaped Ben and Denali’s lives, showing the strength and love that we give and receive when we have our friends by our side.

Ben Moon is an adventure and lifestyle photographer turned director and filmmaker who uses his intuitive sensibilities to bring individuals and their stories to life: from climbing and surfing images, to music videos, to behind-the-scenes moments and narratives. For more than seventeen years his work has been featured in the esteemed Patagonia catalogs, where he seeks to capture the beauty and authenticity of people challenging themselves everywhere, from the sheer rock walls of Yosemite to fifty-foot waves in the Pacific Northwest.

Because Ben is also a rock climber, surfer, and adventurer, his insights into the subjects he photographs are tangible. He takes this ability to connect with others a step further in his ongoing black-and-white portrait project called Faces, in which each individual’s inner beauty is revealed in a disarming and intimate manner. Founded in 2014, his production company, Moonhouse, is a platform for collaborating with friends and other creatives who similarly want to bring thoughtful stories to life on-screen. The 2015 short film Denali told Ben’s own deeply personal story about his battle with colorectal cancer and his relationship with his beloved dog Denali, who passed away from cancer a decade after Ben recovered from his. The film continues to touch new audiences online and at film festivals worldwide. Another short, Grizzly Country, documents the ecowarrior and grizzly bear activist Doug Peacock. Ben’s most recent short films include Offseason, which features his close friend Daniel Norris, an ace lefty pitcher for the Detroit Tigers, who lives in his van in the off-season and who hopes to inspire others to slow down and live more simply. Ben now lives in Pacific City, Oregon, where he explores the nearby dunes of Cape Kiwanda and shores of the Pacific Ocean with his pup, Nori, who has strikingly similar facial markings to Denali, and shares many of his finer personality traits.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Nita Winter & Rob Badger - Beauty and the Beast (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, February 8, 2020 - 11:00am

Climate change and other human impacts on the environment are threatening wildflowers and the life that depends on them. In this special and timely work, conservation photographers Nita Winter and Rob Badger give us a spectacular view of California’s extraordinary wildflowers as both a cause for celebration and protection.

Beauty and the Beast pairs the couple’s striking field photography with thought-provoking and inspiring essays by authors like Robin Wall Kimmerer, Jose Gonzalez, Peter Raven, Mary Ellen Hannibal, Ileene Anderson, and more.

Enjoy this stunning visual tour of California’s wildflowers and renew your resolve to care for this precious place we call California!

Nita Winter and Rob Badger are internationally acclaimed, award-winning photographers who have been life partners and creative collaborators for over three decades. Rob's first environmental assignment (1980) was documenting the effects of groundwater pumping in California's Owens Valley. Since then, he has photographed more than thirty projects for land-conservation groups throughout the world. Nita began her photographic career nearly forty years ago documenting her work fighting wildfires in Northern California. Her first major exhibit, The Children of the Tenderloin, was first shown in 1986 in San Francisco. It was followed by 7 exhibits and public art projects celebrating the Bay Area's ethnic diversity. Their media credits include Time, Mother Jones, Flora and Sierra Magazines and the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Washington Post. WinterBadger fine art prints and architectural installations have been commissioned by Kaiser Permanente, Sutter Health, the San Francisco Arts Commission, the Alameda County Arts Commission, and the James Irvine Foundation.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Katy Butler - The Art of Dying Well (Corte Madera Store)

Wednesday, February 12, 2020 - 7:00pm

“A common sense path to define what a ‘good’ death looks like” (USA TODAY), The Art of Dying Well is about living as well as possible for as long as possible and adapting successfully to change. Packed with extraordinarily helpful insights and inspiring true stories, award-winning journalist Katy Butler shows how to thrive in later life (even when coping with a chronic medical condition), how to get the best from our health system, and how to make your own “good death” more likely. Butler explains how to successfully age in place, why to pick a younger doctor and how to have an honest conversation with them, when not to call 911, and how to make your death a sacred rite of passage rather than a medical event. This handbook of preparations—practical, communal, physical, and spiritual—will help you make the most of your remaining time, be it decades, years, or months.

Based on Butler’s experience caring for aging parents, and hundreds of interviews with people who have successfully navigated our fragmented health system and helped their loved ones have good deaths, The Art of Dying Well also draws on the expertise of national leaders in family medicine, palliative care, geriatrics, oncology, and hospice. This “empowering guide clearly outlines the steps necessary to prepare for a beautiful death without fear” (Shelf Awareness).

Katy Butler’s articles have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Best American Science Writing, and The Best American Essays. A finalist for a National Magazine Award, she lives in Northern California. She is the author of Knocking on Heaven’s Door.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Dog Lovers Weekend: Doggy Valentine Day with Mark Rogers (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, February 9, 2020 - 1:00pm

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with unconditional love!

Mark Roger’s book, Canines of San Francisco is a love story of our dogs and our home here in the Bay. Mark, a renowned animal photographer, photographed all kinds of dogs, many of whom are rescue dogs, in the most iconic spots in the Bay Area.

Join us at this special event where he will demonstrate how to capture beautiful shots of your dog. Good dogs will get treats!

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Erin Khar with Alia Volz - Strung Out (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, March 1, 2020 - 1:00pm

In conversation with Alia Volz

In this deeply personal and illuminating memoir about her fifteen-year struggle with heroin, Erin Khar sheds profound light on the opioid crisis and gives a voice to the over two million people in America currently battling with this addiction.

Growing up in LA, Erin Khar hid behind a picture-perfect childhood filled with excellent grades, a popular group of friends, and horseback riding. After first experimenting with her grandmother's expired painkillers, Khar started using heroin when she was thirteen. The drug allowed her to escape from pressures to be perfect and suppress all the heavy feelings she couldn't understand.

This fiercely honest memoir explores how heroin shaped every aspect of her life for the next fifteen years and details the various lies she told herself, and others, about her drug use. With enormous heart and wisdom, she shows how the shame and stigma surrounding addiction, which fuels denial and deceit, is so often what keeps addicts from getting help. There is no one path to recovery, and for Khar, it was in motherhood that she found the inner strength and self-forgiveness to quit heroin and fight for her life.

Strung Out is a life-affirming story of resilience while also a gripping investigation into the psychology of addiction and why people turn to opioids in the first place.

Erin Khar is known for her writing on addiction, recovery, mental health, relationships, parenting, infertility, and self-care. Her weekly advice column, Ask Erin, is published on Ravishly and brings in over 500K unique readers per month. Her personal essays have appeared in SELF, Marie Claire, Esquire, Cosmopolitan, Good Housekeeping, Redbook, and others. She's the recipient of the Eric Hoffer Editor's Choice Prize and her prize-winning essay was featured in Best New Writing 2012 anthology. Her essays have also been published in the Stigma Fighters Anthology (vol 3) and BURN IT DOWN, an anthology edited by Lilly Dancyger. She lives in New York City with her husband and two kids.

Alia Volz is a homegrown San Franciscan. Her writing appears in The Best American Essays 2017, the New York Times, Tin House, Threepenny Review, River Teeth, Nowhere magazine, Utne Reader, New England Review, and the recent anthologies Dig If You Will the Picture: Writers Reflect on Prince and Golden State 2017: Best New Writing from California. A 2018 MacDowell Colony fellow, Volz has also been an Artist in Residence with Writing Between the Vines and the Soaring Gardens Artists Retreat. The Squaw Valley Community of Writers awarded her the Oakley Hall Memorial Scholarship twice. She was runner-up of The Moth’s GrandSLAM Championship in 2014 and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She is the author of Homebaked: My Mom, Marijuana, and the Stoning of San Francisco, forthcoming from HMH Books, 4/20/20.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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