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Doreen Stock - My Name is Y (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, October 13, 2019 - 1:00pm

Below is an excerpt from My Name is Y, a mother and political activist's account of raising three children in Mill Valley while participating in anti-nuclear activist actions:

EPILOGUE

Valentine’s Day, 2018.

Thirty-two years since I wrote these pages.

R is the mother of eight children and a grandmother, B, a soccer coach for the teams of his son and daughter, and A is just this moment rehearsing a student cast, among them her own daughter, to perform The Inspector General at the same high school where she once performed.

On my desk as I write this, the current issue of Time magazine with its cover photo of a nuclear bomb exploding, announcing President Trump’s reentry into the nuclear arms race to the tune of fifteen million dollars.

On this day devoted to love, seventeen students and teachers have lost their lives in yet another school shooting.

My friend, X, and I are sitting in his electric car. White clouds are racing across a blue sky and we can see the mountain silhouetted against them. “Why aren’t we rioting in the streets?” I ask.

“Because we are busy with other things,” is his answer.

What other things? What could be more important than the lives of our children in school and the life this entire green planet we draw our breaths from?

In place of my typewriter, a personal computer. In place of my telephone, a smart phone just inches away from the hand that writes this.

In the past two years, I have driven to Sacramento to demonstrate on the steps of the state capitol for the passage of gun control legislation and I’ve marched across the Golden Gate Bridge with Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense, all of us dressed in orange, the color hunters wear so they won’t be shot.

I have worn my knit pussy-eared hat in a women’s march after Donald Trump was elected and demonstrated in front of the Immigration Services Office in San Francisco under signs that say: “Let My People Stay!”

I have stopped signing most of the petitions that endlessly flood my smart phone, which with the flick of a finger and a debit from a plastic card, try to make the case that we have acted.

This morning I texted each of my American grandchildren with a heart as they entered their public junior high and high schools respectively.

My heart is in my mouth these days.

My name is Y.

Doreen Stock is a poet, essayist, and memoir practitioner, who has been exploring creative nonfiction for over years from the point of view as a wife, mother of three, single human, and grandmother of eleven. Her first book of poems, The Politics of Splendor, was part of a New American Writers exhibit at the Frankfurt Book Fair that year. It combined her own poetry and prose poems with her translation from the work of Marina Tsvetaeva and Anna Akhmatova. While raising her three children, she wrote two book-length memoirs: FIVE: The Transcript of a Journey, detailing her family's travels through Europe in a VW van, and My Name is Y, an anti-nuclear demonstrator’s family memoir.

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Tiffany Shlain - 24/6: The Power of Unplugging One Day a Week (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, October 13, 2019 - 4:00pm

Internet pioneer and renowned filmmaker Tiffany Shlain takes us on a provocative and entertaining journey through time and technology, introducing a strategy for living in our 24/7 world: turning off all screens for twenty-four hours each week. This practice, which she’s done for nearly a decade with her husband and kids (sixteen and ten), has completely changed their lives, giving them more time, productivity, connection, and presence. She and her family call it “Technology Shabbat.”

Drawn from the ancient ritual of Shabbat, living 24/6 can work for anyone from any background. With humor and wisdom, Shlain shares her story, offers lessons she has learned, and provides a blueprint for how to do it yourself. Along the way, she delves into the neuroscience, philosophy, psychology, and history of a weekly day of rest across cultures, making the case for why we need to bring this ritual back.

A compelling personal story and a fascinating, far-reaching examination of the complex world we’ve created, 24/6: The Power of Unplugging One Day a Week is a call to rebalance ourselves and our society.

Honored by Newsweek as one of the “Women Shaping the 21st Century,” Tiffany Shlain is an Emmy-nominated filmmaker, and founder of The Webby Awards. Tiffany’s films and work have received over eighty awards and distinctions including being selected for the Albert Einstein Foundation’s Genius: 100 Visions of the Future. NPR named her UC Berkeley address as one of its best commencement speeches and her films have premiered at top festivals including Sundance. She lectures worldwide on the relationship between technology and humanity. Find out more at TiffanyShlain.com and follow @TiffanyShlain.

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In 24/6, Tiffany Shlain explores how turning off screens one day a week can work wonders on your brain, body, and soul.

Internet pioneer and renowned filmmaker Tiffany Shlain takes us on a provocative and entertaining journey through time and technology, introducing a strategy for living in our 24/7 world: turning off all screens for twenty-four hours each week.


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Nolan Higdon & Mickey Huff - United States of Distraction (Corte Madera Store)

Monday, October 14, 2019 - 7:00pm

The role of news media in a free society is to investigate, inform, and provide a crucial check on political power. But does it?

It's no secret that the goal of corporate-owned media is to increase the profits of the few, not to empower the many. As a result, people are increasingly immersed in an information system structured to reinforce their social biases and market to their buying preferences. Journalism's essential role has been drastically compromised, and Donald Trump's repeated claims of "fake news" and framing of the media as "an enemy of the people" have made a bad scenario worse.

Written in the spirit of resistance and hope, United States of Distraction offers a clear, concise appraisal of our current situation, and presents readers with action items for how to improve it.

Dr. Nolan Higdon is professor of History and Communication at California State University, East Bay. His academic work primarily focuses on news media, propaganda, critical media literacy, and social justice pedagogies. He has been a guest commentator for news media outlets such as The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, CBS, NBC, ABC, and Fox. He is a board member for the Media Freedom Foundation, frequent contributor to Project Censored's annual Censored books series, a co-founder of the Global Critical Media Literacy Project, a program advisor for Sacred Heart University Media Literacy and Digital Culture Graduate Program, a steering committee member for the Union for Democratic Communications, and co-host of the Project Censored radio show.

Mickey Huff is director of Project Censored and the president of the Media Freedom Foundation. He has edited or coedited ten volumes of in the Censored book series and contributed numerous chapters to these annuals since 2008. He has also co-authored essays on media and propaganda for other scholarly publications. He is professor of social science and history at Diablo Valley College, where he co-chairs the History Department; he is also a lecturer in the Communications Department at California State University, East Bay, and has taught Sociology of Media at Sonoma State University. Huff is executive producer and cohost of The Project Censored Show, the weekly syndicated program that originates from KPFA in Berkeley. He is a cofounding member of the Global Critical Media Literacy Project (gcml.org), sits on the advisory board for the Media Literacy and Digital Culture graduate program at Sacred Heart University, and serves on the editorial board for the journal Secrecy and Society. Huff works with the national outreach committee of Banned Books Week, the American Library Association, and the National Coalition Against Censorship, of which Project Censored is a member. He is the critical media literacy consultant for the educational Internet startup, Tribeworthy.com, He regularly gives interviews on critical media literacy, propaganda, censorship issues, and contemporary historiography. He is a musician and composer and lives with his family in Northern California.

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By Mickey Huff, Nolan Higdon, Ralph Nader (Foreword by)
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Published: City Lights Books - August 20th, 2019

"Mickey Huff and Nolan Higdon emphasize what we can do today to restore the power of facts, truth, and fair, inclusive journalism as tools for people to keep political and corporate power subordinate to the engaged citizenry and the common good."--Ralph Nader


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Lee T. Bycel - Refugees in America (Corte Madera Store)

Tuesday, October 15, 2019 - 7:00pm

It is not an easy road—but hope is the oxygen of my life.  These insightful words of Meron Semedar, a refugee from Eritrea, reflect the feelings of the eleven men and women featured in this book.  These refugees share their extraordinary experiences  of fleeing oppression, violence and war in their home countries in search of a better life in the United States.
 
Each chapter of Refugees in America focuses on an individual from a different country, from a 93-year-old Polish grandmother who came to the United States after surviving the horrors of Auschwitz to a young undocumented immigrant from El Salvador who became an American college graduate, despite being born impoverished and blind. Some have found it easy to reinvent themselves in the United States, while others have struggled to adjust to America, with its new culture, language, prejudices, and norms.
 
Each of them speaks candidly about their experiences to author Lee T. Bycel, who provides illuminating background information on the refugee crises in their native countries. Their stories help reveal the real people at the center of political debates about US immigration.
 
Giving a voice to refugees from such far-flung locations as South Sudan, Guatemala, Syria, and Vietnam, this book weaves together a rich tapestry of human resilience, suffering, and determination.

Lee T. Bycel is a humanitarian activist, Rabbi, teacher and author, who serves as the Sinton Visiting Professor of Holocaust, Ethics and Refugee Studies at the University of San Francisco.  He has visited refugee camps in Darfur, Chad, South Sudan, Rwanda, Kenya, Ethiopia and Haiti. He has written extensively about the plight of refugees, and has secured much needed funding for medical clinics in refugee camps.  
 
Dona Kopol Bonick is an esteemed portraitist and artist whose photographic career spans three decades. The photography director for the inaugural BottleRock music festival, her works have appeared in many books, art museums, and private collections.

Ishmael Beah whose work has been published in over 30 countries, is the New York Times Bestselling author of A Long Way Gone; Memoirs of a Boy Soldier and Radiance of Tomorrow, a novel. His next novel, The Lively Skeletons of Every Season, a novel, will be published by fall of 2019.

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By Lee T. Bycel, Ishmael Beah (Foreword by)
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Published: Rutgers University Press - September 13th, 2019

It is not an easy road—but hope is the oxygen of my life.  These insightful words of Meron Semedar, a refugee from Eritrea, reflect the feelings of the eleven men and women featured in this book.  These refugees  share their extraordinary experiences  of fleeing oppression, violence and war in their home countries in search of a better life in the United States.


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Rene Denfeld - The Butterfly Girl (Corte Madera Store)

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 - 7:00pm

The Butterfly Girl is a riveting novel that ripples with truth, exploring the depths of love and sacrifice in the face of a past that cannot be left dead and buried. A year ago, Naomi, the investigator with an uncanny ability for finding missing children, made a promise that she would not take another case until she finds the younger sister who has been missing for years. Naomi has no picture, not even a name. All she has is a vague memory of a strawberry field at night, black dirt under her bare feet as she ran for her life.

The search takes her to Portland, Oregon, where scores of homeless children wander the streets like ghosts, searching for money, food, and companionship. The sharp-eyed investigator soon discovers that young girls have been going missing for months, many later found in the dirty waters of the river. Though she does not want to get involved, Naomi is unable to resist the pull of children in need—and the fear she sees in the eyes of a twelve-year old girl named Celia. Running from an abusive stepfather and an addict mother, Celia has nothing but hope in the butterflies—her guides and guardians on the dangerous streets. She sees them all around her, tiny iridescent wisps of hope that soften the edges of this hard world and illuminate a cherished memory from her childhood—the Butterfly Museum, a place where everything is safe and nothing can hurt her.

As danger creeps closer, Naomi and Celia find echoes of themselves in one another, forcing them each to consider the question: Can you still be lost even when you’ve been found? But will they find the answer too late?

Rene Denfeld is an internationally bestselling author, journalist, licensed investigator, and therapeutic foster mother. She is the author of the novels The Child Finder and The Enchanted. She has also written for the New York Times Magazine, The Oregonian, and the Philadelphia Inquirer. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

 

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“A heartbreaking, finger-gnawing, and yet ultimately hopeful novel by the amazing Rene Denfeld.” —Margaret Atwood, via Twitter


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Sonia Antaki - Red Dove Listen to the Wind (Corte Madera Store)

Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 7:00pm

Special Event for Kids!

It's 1890, and the vast prairies of the Dakota Territory are empty of the buffalo that once sustained the people. Thirteen-year-old Red Dove faces a stark choice: leave her Lakota home to live in the white man’s world her father came from, or stay, and watch her family starve.

On the long, dusty trail between her village and the fort, she breaks a sacred tradition and eats the fruit of the Dead Man’s Plum Bush. Her grandfather, wise in the ways of her people, gives her a medicine pouch that allows her to enter the thoughts and feelings of others—and truly listen. With it, she confronts the cruelties of the nun at the boarding school, and the horrors of the massacre at Wounded Knee. With her beloved pony, Red Dove Listen to the Wind follows Red Dove as she begins a journey across the Great Plains to find her true place in the world—and learns that her greatest power comes from within herself.

Of Swiss, British and Syro-Lebanese ancestry, Sonia Antaki was born in Egypt and came to the U.S. as a child. Before discovering her passion for middle grade and young adult fiction, she had several careers–as a professional singer, a financial analyst, a Tony-nominated Broadway producer and an advocate for the Arts and Native traditions. She and her amazing dog Ziggy live in California.

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Published: One ELM Books - October 15th, 2019

Abandoned by her white father, thirteen-year-old Red Dove faces another lean winter with her Lakota family on the Great Plains. Willful and proud, she is presented with a stark choice: leave her people to live in the white world, or stay and watch them starve. Red Dove begins a journey to find her place in the world and discovers that her greatest power comes from within herself.


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Dan Kurtzman - San Francisco on Instagram (Corte Madera Store)

Friday, October 18, 2019 - 7:00pm

From the Golden Gate Bridge and the Palace of Fine Arts to Salesforce Tower and the Transbay Transit Center's elevated rooftop park, from Point Reyes and Muir Woods to Napa and Sonoma wine country, the San Francisco Bay Area has long been celebrated as the most photogenic region in the United States. Nowhere has that magic glittered brighter than on Instagram, where a community of dedicated photographers has captured and shared some of the most stunning images ever seen of the Bay Area.

Following the runaway success of New York City on Instagram, this collection encapsulates the San Francisco Instagram experience with fresh takes of familiar icons and fascinating glimpses of the city's newest landmarks and the natural beauty of the Bay Area's most scenic destinations. Complementing the spectacular photography is a list of "Most Instagram-Worthy Spots"-- the perfect guides for both photo enthusiasts and adventurers seeking to explore the sights featured in the book. For anyone with a love of the San Francisco Bay Area and Instagram, San Francisco on Instagram will be both the perfect keepsake and a source of inspiration.

Dan Kurtzman is a travel and landscape photographer based in San Francisco. He has been a leader and organizer on Instagram since its early days, where he curates the beautiful and inspiring work of some of Instagram's most talented artists.

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Published: Welcome Books - September 17th, 2019

From stunning coastal views to bridges wrapped in dreamy fog, this collection showcases 300 photos of San Francisco and the greater Bay Area captured by more than fifty acclaimed photographers from across the Instagram community.


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Aarti Shahani - Here We Are (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, October 19, 2019 - 1:00pm

Who really belongs in America? That question has chased every newcomer and many native born since the founding of the republic. In this heart-wrenching, vulnerable and witty memoir, journalist Aarti Shahani digs deep inside herself and her family for an answer—one that she finds in an unlikely place.

The Shahanis came to Queens—from India, by way of Casablanca—in the 1980s. They were undocumented for a few years and then, with the arrival of their green cards, they thought they'd made it. This memoir is the story of how they did, and didn't.

Here We Are: American Dreams, American Nightmares follows the lives of Aarti, the precocious scholarship kid at one of Manhattan's most elite prep schools, and her dad, the shopkeeper who mistakenly sells watches and calculators to the notorious Cali drug cartel. Together, the two represent the extremes that coexist in our country, even within a single family, and a truth about immigrants that gets lost in the headlines. It isn’t a matter of good or evil; it's complicated.

Ultimately, Here We Are is a coming-of-age story, a love letter from an outspoken modern daughter to her soft-spoken Old World father. She never expected they'd become best friends.

Aarti Namdev Shahani is a correspondent for NPR based in Silicon Valley, covering the largest companies on earth. Her reporting has received awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, a regional Edward R. Murrow Award, and an Investigative Reporters & Editors Award. Before journalism, Shahani was a community organizer in New York City, helping prisoners and families facing deportation. Her activism was honored by the Union Square Awards and Legal Aid Society. She received a Master's in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, with generous support from the university and the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans. She completed her bachelor's degree in anthropology at the University of Chicago. She was among the youngest recipients of the Charles H. Revson Fellowship at Columbia University and is an alumna of A Better Chance, Inc. Shahani grew up in Flushing, Queens—in one of the most diverse zip codes in the country—and believes every American should visit her hometown to understand what makes America great.

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Here We Are is a heart-wrenching memoir about an immigrant family's American Dream, the justice system that took it away, and the daughter who fought to get it back, from NPR correspondent Aarti Namdev Shahani.


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Holly George-Warren - Janis (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, October 19, 2019 - 4:00pm

Janis Joplin’s first transgressive act was to be a white girl who gained an early sense of the power of the blues, music you could only find on obscure records and in roadhouses along the Texas and Louisiana Gulf Coast. But even before that, she stood out in her conservative oil town. She was a tomboy who was also intellectually curious and artistic. By the time she reached high school, she had drawn the scorn of her peers for her embrace of the Beats and her racially progressive views. Her parents doted on her in many ways, but were ultimately put off by her repeated acts of defiance.

Janis Joplin has passed into legend as a brash, impassioned soul doomed by the pain that produced one of the most extraordinary voices in rock history. But in these pages, Holly George-Warren provides a revelatory and deeply satisfying portrait of a woman who wasn’t all about suffering. Janis was a perfectionist: a passionate, erudite musician who was born with talent but also worked exceptionally hard to develop it. She was a woman who pushed the boundaries of gender and sexuality long before it was socially acceptable. She was a sensitive seeker who wanted to marry and settle down—but couldn’t, or wouldn’t. She was a Texan who yearned to flee Texas but could never quite get away—even after becoming a countercultural icon in San Francisco.

Written by one of the most highly regarded chroniclers of American music history, and based on unprecedented access to Janis Joplin’s family, friends, band mates, archives, and long-lost interviews, Janis is a complex, rewarding portrait of a remarkable artist finally getting her due.

Holly George-Warren is a two-time Grammy nominee and the award-winning author of sixteen books, including the New York Times bestseller The Road to Woodstock (with Michael Lang) and the biographies Janis: Her Life and Music, A Man Called Destruction: The Life and Music of Alex Chilton, and Public Cowboy No. 1: The Life and Times of Gene Autry. She has written for a variety of publications, including Rolling Stone, The New York Times, The Village Voice, and Entertainment Weekly. George-Warren teaches at the State University of New York in New Paltz.

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Published: Simon & Schuster - October 22nd, 2019

Longlisted for the 2020 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence

This blazingly intimate biography of Janis Joplin establishes the Queen of Rock & Roll as the rule-breaking musical trailblazer and complicated, gender-bending rebel she was.

Janis Joplin’s first transgressive act was to be a white girl who gained an early sense of the power of the blues,


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Richard Morais - The Man with No Borders (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, October 19, 2019 - 7:00pm

From Richard C. Morais, the New York Times bestselling author of The Hundred-Foot Journey, comes The Man with No Borders, a moving story of forgiveness and redemption, in which a dying man comes to terms with his mortality and long-buried family secrets.

As his fast-moving illness progresses, José-Maria Alvarez, an aristocratic Spanish banker and world-renowned fly fisherman, increasingly struggles to maintain a grip on lucidity. But his mind is pulled into hallucinatory memories of the past: his boyhood in 1950s Franco-era Spain with afternoons spent salmon fishing on the Sella River; 1960s West Village in New York City, romancing the American woman who would become his wife and mother of his children. Those reveries are interrupted by visits to his life’s darkest days, unearthing his most terrible mistakes and biggest regrets. Now, as his three estranged sons return to their father’s side, José works to outpace death long enough to finally put his house in order and exorcise its demons.

Richard C. Morais was both the editor of Barron’s Penta and the European bureau chief for Forbes, and he has won three Business Journalist of the Year Awards. His literary works were semifinalists in the William Faulkner–William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition and short-
listed for Britain’s Ian St. James Award. In 2015, Morais was named Citizen Diplomat of the Year—the highest honor granted by Global Ties U.S., a private-public partnership sponsored by the U.S. State Department—“for promoting cross-cultural understanding in all of his literary work.” The
Hundred-Foot Journey
, which featured “the kind of descriptive writing that makes reading a gastronomic event” (Washington Post), was adapted into a 2014 film starring Helen Mirren. Morais’ sophomore novel Buddhaland Brooklyn is in development as a premium TV series with K&L
Productions.

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A father comes to terms with his mortality and secrets in a heartrending novel of family and forgiveness from the New York Times bestselling author of The Hundred-Foot Journey.


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