Corte Madera Events

Books & Coffee with Elaine and Friends: Books & Gifts for All (Corte Madera Store)

Tuesday, December 10, 2019 - 10:00am

Books & Gifts for All!

Join Elaine Petrocelli and our team of enthusiastic booksellers to hear about the best books and gifts for the holiday season!

Our team of booksellers will present and recommend new books for all the readers on your holiday shopping list, as well as a few non-book items you can wear or carry!

Featuring coffee, snacks, and lots of fun!

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Rabbi Tirzah Firestone - Wounds Into Wisdom (Corte Madera Store)

Tuesday, December 10, 2019 - 7:00pm

Our past does not simply disappear. The painful history of our ancestors and their rich cultural wisdom intertwine within us to create the patterns of our future. Even when past trauma remains unspoken or has long been forgotten, it becomes part of us and our children--a legacy of both strength and woundedness that shapes our lives.

In Wounds Into Wisdom, Tirzah Firestone brings to life the profound impact of protracted historical trauma through the compelling narratives of Israeli terror victims, Holocaust survivors, and those whose lives were marred by racial persecution and displacement. The tragic story of Firestone's own family lays the groundwork for these revealing testimonies of recovery, forgiveness, and moral leadership. Throughout, Firestone interweaves their voices with neuroscientific and psychological findings, as well as relevant and inspiring Jewish teachings.

Seven principles emerge from these wise narratives--powerful prescriptive tools that speak to anyone dealing with the effects of past injury. At the broadest level, these principles are directives for staying morally awake in a world rife with terror.

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Dr. John J. Prendergast - The Deep Heart (Corte Madera Store)

Wednesday, December 11, 2019 - 7:00pm

The great human quest is to discover who we really are—a discovery that changes our lives and the lives of those around us. With The Deep Heart, spiritual teacher and psychotherapist Dr. John J. Prendergast invites us on a pilgrimage within, using the heart as a portal to our deepest psychological and spiritual nature.

The “deep heart” is Prendergast’s term for our heart center—a subtle center of emotional and energetic sensitivity, relational intimacy, profound inner knowing, and unconditional love. “The heart area is where we feel most deeply touched by kindness, gratitude, and appreciation, yet it is also where we feel most emotionally wounded,” writes Prendergast. “Whether we realize it or not, the heart is what we most carefully guard and most want to open.”

Throughout The Deep Heart, Prendergast expertly combines the boundaried wisdom of psychotherapy with a spacious, embodied path to liberation, bringing attention to both the joys and pitfalls of each approach with the compassion of a friend who’s walked the path for decades.

In this experiential guide, Prendergast invites you to tune into your inherent wisdom, love, and wholeness as you journey into the deep heart. Through precise and potent meditative inquiries, insightful stories, and reflections drawn from Prendergast’s intimate work with students and clients, you’ll begin to open your heart, see through your core limiting beliefs, and discover the true nature of your being.

John J. Prendergast, PhD, is a psychotherapist, retired professor of psychology, spiritual teacher, and founder and editor-in-chief of Undivided: The Online Journal of Nonduality and Psychology. For more, visit

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Sasha Paulsen - Dancing on the Spider's Web (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, December 14, 2019 - 1:00pm

In Conversation with Georgeanne Brennan

Is love incompatible with intelligence? Sarah Glass suspects this is the case. The shy, serious medical student would be the first to tell you that the heart is merely a muscle that beats or does not, the latter to the disadvantage of its owner. A heart cannot soar, leap, melt, or break. And this is why it’s so bewildering when it happens to her.

Dancing on the Spider's Web is set in San Francisco and Napa Valley in the 1970s. It’s the “winter after the Summer of Love” when Sarah decides, mid-way through med school, to give herself a break from hospitals, classrooms, and tests. She calls it “a month to live.” It becomes an adventure, during which she makes discoveries, she might never have found in a lab dissecting cadavers.

The deposit check hadn’t bounced. The keys opened the door. The electricity had been turned on without complications and all four burners on the gas stove worked. Sarah Glass, setting down the last of her three boxes of possessions, was overtaken by an unfamiliar, irrepressible fit of optimism. She felt it distinctly, if warily, an inexplicable notion that an invisible hand was arranging these things, a gift for following the bizarre impulse that had brought her here.

She did not believe in unseen hands, she reminded herself, but neither could she insist the sensation was only the biochemical result of living on peanut butter for three days. She, who had never done a wild thing, had done this. She flicked the light switch on and off. Lightbulbs too.

After studying journalism at UC Berkeley, Sasha Paulsen lived and worked in Europe and New England before returning to her hometown, Napa, California. While raising her two children, with the help of their dog, Pippi, she was features editor for The Napa Valley Register where she wrote about food, wine, art, and travel. Dancing on the Spider’s Web is her first novel.


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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Jim Wood - The Best of Looking Back in Marin County (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, December 14, 2019 - 4:00pm

The Best of Looking Back is Marin Magazine's longest-running feature, collected in one book that's filled with historical anecdotes and photographs of Marin County's colorful history, from the 1579 landing of Sir Francis Drake in West Marin to the 2005 flooding of downtown San Anselmo.

Jim Wood, former co-owner of Coast, has written articles and op-ed pieces for such Orange County publications as the Orange Coast Daily Pilot, Metropolitan Journal, OC Metro, and Coast Magazine. His preferred topics are local and global issues, travel, and special interest stories. In 2000, Jim and Nikki Wood sold Coast Magazine to the Orange County Register and, after traveling the world, relocated to Marin County and began formulating Marin Magazine. The story of their publishing partnership is best expressed by Nikki’s comment: “What can be better than doing what you love, in a place you love?”

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Left Coast Writers® Launch: RC Marlen - Pocket in the Waistcoat (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, December 14, 2019 - 7:00pm

Oregon, 1806-1839. When four girls from the Tillamook and Clatsop People befriended Joseph Gervais, he changed from the cantankerous French-Canadian fur trapper to become an amusing storyteller and hero. One day, he saved a Métis girl from being snatched by a stranger and earned respect from the Chinook and Clatsop Tribes as well as the love of a child who claimed she would become his wife. And she did. It was a time of turmoil at Fort Astoria: the British and Americans vied for control of the Northwest, yet it was a time of rapport between the native people and the fur trappers. In fact, three daughters of Tyee Koboway, Chief of the Clatsop People, sought to marry white men; however, their Tillamook friend Pocket did not want to marry anyone; she strove to be a shaman and to speak English.

Pocket in the Waistcoat by RC Marlen tells about the Native People living in the Northwest since time immemorial, and how their lives and cultures once were harmonious with the Americans and Canadians.

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Toni Bird Jones - The Measure of Ella (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, December 15, 2019 - 1:00pm

Kirkus Review,  December 6, 2019
“Jones knows how to hook readers and keep the action flowing. A compelling, fast-paced thrill ride.”

Sea-faring chef Ella Morgan is an honest woman—until her life falls apart. When her dream of owning a restaurant is shattered by the death of her father and loss of her inheritance, she is suddenly alone in the world. Desperate for money, she signs on as crew for a Caribbean drug run, only to find herself fighting for her life in an underworld ruled by violent men.

Set in the Caribbean, The Measure of Ella is a dramatic story of love, murder, high-seas action, and the consequences of pursuing a dream at all costs. Like Patrick O’Brien’s novels, including Master and Commander, The Measure of Ella captures the breathtaking and perilous world of blue-water sailing. Like Girl on the Train, it unwinds with gripping suspense from a woman’s point of view. With its brave, strong, complex female protagonist at the helm of a high seas adventure, the novel is entirely unique.

Toni Bird Jones spent years diving in the Northwest’s Georgia Straits before moving to South Florida to pursue a life on the water. Over ten years in the sailing community of the Caribbean and South Florida, she refinished and delivered boats to the Lesser Antilles, Bahamas and the Eastern Seaboard. She received her U.S. Coast Guard OPUV Captain’s License in Puerto Rico while based in Saint Thomas, Virgin Islands. Today, she and her husband sail the San Francisco Bay. A novelist and short story writer in adventure-thriller and literary genres, Jones studied Creative Writing at the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Arizona, Tucson. Her stories address moral questions of the human dilemma and are often set in the tropics. The Measure of Ella is her first novel.

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Jamie Kurtzig - Onederland: My Childhood with Type 1 Diabetes (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, December 15, 2019 - 4:00pm

Onederland is a collection of 100 poems that Jamie Kurtzig has written throughout her life, from kindergarten to high school. The poems cover topics from Type 1 diabetes to sunsets to worn out shoes. By purchasing a copy and looking at the world through her eyes, readers will be supporting Type 1 diabetes nonprofits and their groundbreaking work towards finding a cure and improving the lives of millions of children and people, like Jamie, who live with Type 1 diabetes.

Jamie Kurtzig has been living with Type 1 diabetes since she was one year old, and she has been fighting for a cure ever since. As a child, she and her family created the Royal Ball, an annual family friendly gala that raised over $1 million. In 2016, she began organizing the JDRF One Walk teams to raise money for Type 1 diabetes research, and she has raised over $55,000 with her walk team efforts so far. In 2018, Jamie was the Fund-A-Cure speaker at the JDRF Hope Gala in San Francisco and received the “Living and Giving” award. She and her family were the Honorees at this special event that raised over $2.8 million, and it was the happiest day of her life. Jamie is also a JDRF 2019 Children’s Congress Delegate, a JDRF blogger, a JDRF Youth Ambassador at TypeOneNation Summits, a Junior Summer Associate at The diaTribe Foundation, and a volunteer working with continuous glucose monitors at Stanford University.

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Pamela Chanel Monasch David - The Reinvented Life (Corte Madera Store)

Thursday, December 19, 2019 - 7:00pm

The hummingbird represents joy, hope, love, and life itself. They are known for their perpetual motion. They can hover, and they can fly forward. They are also the only known bird that can fly backward. So, as in life, even if you fall backward momentarily, this book is a guide for helping you to stay in motion. Symbolically, this perpetual motion has hummingbirds operating in the present.

In The Reinvented Life, Pamela Chanel Monasch David shares her personal challenges, insights, and vulnerabilities as she transforms herself from being morbidly obese to living a life that focuses on health, wellness, and mindfulness. But this is more than a weight loss story. It's a guide to reinventing every aspect of your life by starting with just one thing—that one thing has a ripple effect on your entire world. It's a process of engaging with yourself to think about the life you want...and then taking the steps to get there. Pamela inspires you with her personal journey when she turned a "life or death" situation into a life of purpose.

Learn how to be the hummingbird in your own life. Stay in motion, enjoy the ride, and create your life's reinvention.

Pamela is a fifth-generation San Franciscan. She earned a BS in Speech and Auditory Sciences from University of California at Santa Barbara and Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA. Her career highlights include an extensive career in the Cosmetic and Fragrance industry with Bullocks Wilshire, I.Magnin and Macy*s Department stores; even earning her the nickname Chanel! She served as President of the San Francisco Cosmetic & Fragrance Association.

Transforming her retail experience to that of entrepreneurship, she parlayed her retail background and experience into non-traditional revenue generation in the Media (Radio) and point-of-sale industries.  She founded a Special Events company serving the Greater SF Bay Area and Sacramento, CA markets for innumerable corporate, CA State Capital and Private Events. Pamela is also proud owner of a Healthy Beverage online store and has nine years experience in the Network Marketing/Direct Selling Industry.

Pamela is dedicated to empowering and transforming businesses and individuals. She has served her community as a Board Member for The River City Theatre Company (RCTC), as an Ambassador for the Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce and various community organizations.

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Robert Holmes - Pecans: Recipes & History of an American Nut (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, December 21, 2019 - 4:00pm

Event will also feature a pecan pie contest!

A delicious superfood, the pecan is quintessentially American but also an international favorite, prized for its buttery flavor and abundant fiber, protein, and vitamins. Pecans: Recipes & History of an American Nut gives the underrated nut its due with sixty recipes inspired by global flavors and regional traditions, plus sidebars from chefs and writers such as Vivian Howard, Virginia Willis, Gerard Craft, Nathalie Dupree, Sandra Gutierrez, Lois Ellen Frank, Wendell Brock, and Janet Fletcher.

Dishes run the gamut from breakfasts and baked goods to sauces and entrées, showcasing the pecan's delicious versatility in original recipes, including Pecan, Pineapple, and Lemon Sunrise Smoothies; Fried Pecan-Coated Oysters with Old Bay Remoulade; Penne with Turnips and Turnip Green-Pecan Pesto; Stir-Fried Pecan Kung Pao Chicken; and Mexican Dark Chocolate Pecan Shortbread Tart.

Robert Holmes is one of the world’s most successful and prolific travel photographers whose career has extended over 30 years. He has been honored by the Society of American Travel Writers with their Travel Photographer of the Year Award four times, and in 2016 was voted the Wine Photographer of The Year by an international panel of judges sponsored by Errazuriz in Chile. Holmes has worked for National Geographic, Geo, Saveur, Wine Spectator, Life, Time, and hundreds of other major magazines and international companies. He has illustrated over 40 books and has regularly been one of the world’s best photojournalists invited to participate in the acclaimed “Day in the Life” series.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925