Corte Madera Events

POSTPONED: Special Event for Kids: Lea Lyon - Ready to Fly (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, May 31, 2020 - 4:00pm

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.

Ready to Fly is the true story of Sylvia Townsend, an African American girl who falls in love with ballet after seeing Swan Lake on TV. Although there aren’t many ballet schools that will accept a girl like Sylvia in the 1950s, her local bookmobile provides another possibility. A librarian helps Sylvia find a book about ballet and the determined seven-year-old, with the help of her new books, starts teaching herself the basics of classical ballet. Soon Sylvia learns how to fly—how to dance—and how to dare to dream.

Lyrical, and easy-to-read text paired with bright, appealing illustrations make Ready to Fly perfect for aspiring ballerinas everywhere who are ready to leap and to spread their wings.

Includes a foreword from Sylvia Townsend, a brief history of the bookmobile, an author’s note, and a further reading list.

Lea Lyon always wanted to create children’s books when she was a little girl. Now, after several other careers, Lyon is living out her dream. Ready to Fly is the first children’s book she’s written. She has illustrated six award-winning picture books, including Say Something by Peggy Moss and Keep Your Ear on the Ball by Genevieve Petrillo. Her book Lailah’s Lunchbox by Reem Faruqi was named an ALA Notable Book. You can visit her at

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Marianne Ingheim - Out of Love (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, June 6, 2020 - 4:00pm

We all tell ourselves stories about who we are. Many of these stories are self-critical and disempowering. Through the practice of self-compassion, we can rewrite these stories and become more authentic and powerful versions of ourselves—transforming not only our own lives but also the lives of those around us.

In short and personal pieces, Marianne Ingheim tells the story of how the practice of self-compassion has changed her life in ways big and small, helping her unlearn harsh self-criticism, survive multiple tragedies, and live more authentically. In the wake of a breast cancer diagnosis and her husband’s suicide, she discovers the power of self-compassionate storytelling and finds belonging within herself—and in doing so, she learns how to manage anxiety and stress, how to be authentic in relationships, and how to let go of comparison and be truly creative.

Through stories and journaling prompts, Out of Love: Finding Your Way Back to Self-Compassion aims to inspire readers to unlearn the self-critical patterns holding them hostage—and begin to live a happier, more courageous life.

Marianne Ingheim is a Danish-Norwegian American writer, teacher, and PhD student at California Institute of Integral Studies. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. For more information, please visit

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Kathy Evans - Trespassers Welcome (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, June 7, 2020 - 4:00pm

Kathy Evans's full-length debut, Trespassers Welcome, is an extravaganza of imaginative leaps, bounds, and deep dives, a worldwide web of seemingly unlikely but delightfully believable connections—from the everyday to the unexpected. Her work is profoundly playful and playfully profound--no mean feat in these parlous times.

Kathy Evans, a Marin County resident, just recently released her latest poetry collection, Trespassers Welcome, from Bluelight Press. She is the author of three other books of poetry, including Hunger and Sorrow, which won the Small Press Poetry prize, and was Artist-in-Residence at The Headlands Center for the Arts.  She has brought poetry into classrooms all over the Bay Area and is currently poet-in-residence at The Benioff Children's Hospital in San Francsico and Oakland.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Laurie R. King - Riviera Gold (Corte Madera Store)

Wednesday, June 10, 2020 - 7:00pm

It’s summertime on the Riviera, and the Jazz Age has come to France’s once-sleepy beaches. As American expatriates begin to drift down from Paris, their villas fill with the music and merriment of their generation’s most creative minds. From those ocean-view terraces, they also gaze along the coastline at the lights of a more traditional pleasure ground: Monte Carlo, where fortunes are won, lost, stolen, and sometimes hidden away. When Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes happen across the Côte d’Azur, they find their partnership similarly pulled, between youthful pleasures and old sins, hot sun and cool jazz, new affections and enduring loyalties.

Russell falls into easy friendship with an enthralling American couple, Sara and Gerald Murphy, whose golden life on the Riviera has begun to attract famous writers and artists—and some of the scoundrels linked with Monte Carlo’s underworld. The Murphy set will go on to inspire everyone from F. Scott Fitzgerald to Pablo Picasso, but in this summer of 1925, their importance for Russell lies in one of their circle’s recent additions: none other than the Holmeses’ former housekeeper, Mrs. Hudson, who hasn’t been seen since she fled England under a cloud of false murder accusations.

When a beautiful young man is found dead in Mrs. Hudson’s front room, she becomes the prime suspect in yet another murder. Russell is certain that Mrs. Hudson is innocent; Holmes is not quite so sure. But the old woman’s colorful past has been a source of tension between them before this, and now, the dangerous players who control Monte Carlo’s gilded casinos may stop at nothing to keep the pair away from the dark corners that Mrs. Hudson’s youthful history could bring to light.

The Riviera in 1925 is a playground for the rich built on corruption and greed. It is a place where treasure can be false, where love can destroy, and where life, as Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes will discover, can be cheap—even when it is made of solid gold.

Laurie R. King is the award-winning, bestselling author of sixteen Mary Russell mysteries, five contemporary novels featuring Kate Martinelli, the Stuyvesant & Grey novels Touchstone and The Bones of Paris, and acclaimed standalone novels Folly and Lockdown. She lives in Northern California, where she is at work on her next Mary Russell mystery.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Joan Frank - Try to Get Lost (Corte Madera Store)

Wednesday, July 8, 2020 - 7:00pm

Through the author’s travels in Europe and the United States, Try to Get Lost explores the quest for place that compels and defines us: the things we carry, how politics infuse geography, media’s depictions of an idea of home, the ancient and modern reverberations of the word “hotel,” and the ceaseless discovery generated by encounters with self and others on familiar and foreign ground. Frank posits that in fact time itself may be our ultimate, inhabited place—the “vastest real estate we know,” with a “stunningly short” lease.

Joan Frank is the award-winning author of a number of books of literary fiction and essays including Because You Have To: A Writing Life and All the News I Need: A Novel. She lives with her husband, playwright Bob Duxbury, in the North Bay Area of California.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Charles Souby - A View from the Borderline (Corte Madera Store)

Thursday, July 9, 2020 - 7:00pm

In A View from the Borderline, acclaimed author Charles Souby affirms his “powerful, empathetic study of place and character” (Kirkus Reviews), his gift for dark humor, and his insight into troubled and twisted human minds. Set in Hollywood, Chicago, and nameless Midwestern small towns between the 1970s and the present, these twenty short stories introduce an eclectic cast of characters who range from quirky to deranged. These misguided, wild, lost, and warped to varying degrees, the “borderline” men and women include:

  • Davenport, a recently retired investment advisor, who hatches a plot to poison the reputation of his widely beloved apartment neighbor Mrs. Goldberg, a recently retired librarian devoted to feeding pigeons, using bread and Alka Seltzer (spoiler: it plops) in “The Gurgling Coup.”
  • Leonard, a plodding AAA clerk off on a psych leave and a regular at the local racetrack bar, whose knack for picking winning horses tragically collides with his weakness for boozy redheads in “Silver Slum Dog.”
  • Mrs. Rosewood, whose audacious plan to expose her drycleaner as a thief—with the help of a nimble accomplice, her little daughter, and lighter fluid—gets the attention of a hostage negotiator in “The Plaid Golf Pants.”
  • Stephen, a remedial student at a second-rate prep school, who, in the summer of 1973, becomes infatuated with a sweet but troubled waif—a 16-year-old runaway from her father’s threat to have her institutionalized for her “disorder,” characterized by smoking pot and having sex, in “Christa’s Case.”

At turns hilarious, touching, and chilling, A View from the Borderline brings eccentric, damaged, and unhinged characters brilliantly to life.

Charles Souby is the author of three novels: Winifred, A Shot of Malaria, and A Long Time Gone. His short stories have appeared in The Saturday Evening Post Online, Story Teller Magazine, and Opening Line, and his poetry can be found in 5 Poetry Magazine, Bohemian Magazine, and the California Quarterly Review. Born and raised in Chicago, he has lived in San Francisco and Alaska, and worked as a radio broadcaster, improv actor, and folk musician. He lives in Kappa, Hawaii.   

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Leisa Peterson - The Mindful Millionaire (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, July 12, 2020 - 4:00pm

In the world of personal finance, the biggest challenge is the sense that there’s never going to be enough. It is this mindset of scarcity—and not the amount spent on lattes—that holds people back the most from achieving their financial dreams. Using techniques she’s developed as a financial planner and spiritual coach, Leisa Peterson guides readers to dig deeper and discover the roots of their financial thinking to change not just the way they save and spend, but the way they live their lives.

Through powerful practices, compelling stories and extensive research, The Mindful Millionaire meets you wherever you are in your money journey by exploring:

  • Where your current money habits come from and why you feel the way you do about money and success.
  • How to break the cycle of fear, grief, and shame that often surrounds your money habits.
  • How to write a new money story that inspires joy, satisfaction and prosperity.
  • Why wealth building isn’t just about positive thinking and “manifesting” things into reality.
  • How to stop financial self-sabotage and procrastination.
  • Where practical financial advice misses the mark.
  • The most effective tools for changing how you think and feel about money.
  • What true financial independence looks like and how to discover the millionaire within.

Leisa Peterson, CFP® is on a mission to help 1,000,000 people elevate their financial consciousness. As a money coach, business consultant and spiritual teacher, Leisa hosts the Mindful Millionaire podcast as well as virtual workshops and deep-dive retreats. Her masterful blend of sound financial strategy and mindfulness training helps people break free of patterns of lack, scarcity, and money fears, allowing them to finally lead the rewarding, fulfilling, and abundant lives they most desire. Leisa has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, FastCompany, Forbes, The Week, Huffington Post, and has been featured on many podcasts and radio shows. Prior to starting WealthClinic®, LLC, Leisa worked with some of the largest financial and business services companies in the world including Wells Fargo, State Farm Insurance, UNUM Life Insurance, New York Life, Federal Express, Pitney Bowes, Ford Motor Company, and General Motors.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Andrea Cagan - A Friendly Guide to Writing and Ghostwriting (Corte Madera Store)

Thursday, July 16, 2020 - 7:00pm

In A Friendly Guide to Writing and Ghostwriting, Andrea Cagan offers her decades of writing experience to anyone who wants to write but can't seem to make the treacherous journey from couch to computer. She draws upon her work as an author, editor, and coach to show aspiring and professional writers alike how to tame the inner critic, dissolve the obstacles to creativity, and make friends with the blank page.

Andrea Cagan has written, ghostwritten, and edited over a dozen bestsellers including four #1 bestsellers. Her prodigious collection of work covers a broad range of subjects, all of which inform, encourage, and inspire. She has worked with Oscar winners, pro athletes, royalty, motivational speakers, relationship experts, and rock stars, helping them synthesize their stories onto the page, stage, and screen. Her client list includes Diana Ross, Grace Slick, Magic Johnson, Joan Lunden, Marianne Williamson, Kenny Loggins, John Densmore, and many more. Drawing from her own breadth of knowledge, extensive research, and inspiring insights, she elevates each of her books into a page-turning and powerful narrative.

Available in hardcover and paperback.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Peller Marion - Shark Attack and Other Mishaps (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, July 18, 2020 - 1:00pm

One out of ninety-eight million people are attacked by a shark. Peller Marion was one of them.

In early May of 2007, Peller Marion was savaged and nearly killed by an eighteen-foot, three-thousand-pound tiger shark in the waters off Kihei, Maui. After it occurred, this shark attack was a human-interest story that generated national and international attention and played out publicly on television and in newspapers. But her recovery, both physical and emotional, has been a very private process—one she chronicles in Shark Attack and Other Mishaps.

This is a story about how she survived, the ordeal she went through, and how it revealed other life changing events.

The opening narrative, from which the title is taken, establishes the central preoccupations: the difficulty of recognizing one's mortality, the yearning to make sense out of the puzzle pieces of one's life, and the poignancy and yearnings of a long-time marriage.

Marion Peller's past includes climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, racing motorcycles, and working as a Gestalt Art Therapist. She is a psychologist and corporate consultant. She is the author of several books, including Crisis Proof Your Career, Career Tune Up, Shopping Lessons, and the novel Searching for the G Spot. Since the attack, Peller has returned to the artistic life. She exhibits her mixed media paintings in galleries in Marin County, California, where she lives with her husband and cat. She also teaches a bi-weekly creative writing workshop and a class on mixed media and collage at O'Hanlon Center for the Arts. She still swims, but only in swimming pools and other places where there are no sharks. Read more at

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Karen Benke - Rip ALL the Pages! A Creative Writing Summer “Play-Shop” for Kids

Monday, July 20, 2020 - 9:30am to Thursday, July 23, 2020 - 12:30pm

July 20 - 23 • 9:30 am - 12:30 am • for ages 9-12 • $430


Rip ALL the Pages! A Creative Writing Summer “Play-Shop” for Kids. 

Sharpen your observations skills, dive into the deep-end of original detail, and master your own metaphors and similes.

Limited to 18 students (ages 9-12) the only requirement is a favorite pen and a willingness to surprise yourself. We’ll tip words over to find out what breathes underneath, hike for haiku, sneak around and listen—aka eavesdrop!—for dialog, explore making images to create our poems, sudden fiction, letters, and more. 

All materials and sort-of-healthy snacks included.


Karen Benke is the author of Rip the Page! Leap Write In! Write Back Soon! and Rip ALL the Pages! from Roost Books|Penguin Random House and translated into Chinese, Korean, and Russian. Founder of The Writers Nest and Program Director of Creative Writing Adventures (a nonprofit program of CalPoets), she taught writing for 23 years as a California Poet in the Schools and now brings her imaginative writing "play-shops" into libraries, bookstores and art centers internationally. 

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51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925