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Bishop Swing - The Sacred and the Silly (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, June 24, 2018 - 1:00pm

The Sacred and the SIlly explores the busy life of a keen, sharp-eyed theologian, the retired-in-name-only Episcopal Bishop of California, Bill Swing. By raising his hand in a West Virginia schoolyard, eight year old Swing set in motion a magical life -- devotedly religious, globally significant, and generously funny all along the way. A reflection on a life of ministry, discovered young and developed into an exhiliarating (and entertaining) career of service to the church and mankind. Through it all, Bill Swing found great humor and irony, and evangelized that along with his active care for the sick, the marginalized, and the poor among us.

Bishop Swing is the President and Founding Trustee of United Religions Initiative (URI).  The idea for URI came to Bishop Swing in 1993 after an invitation by the United Nations to host a large interfaith service in San Francisco, marking the 50th anniversary of the signing of the U.N. Charter. URI now has over 915 Cooperation Circles that operate in 105 countries. Bishop Swing served as the Episcopal Bishop of California from 1980 until his retirement in 2006. In that capacity, he led the international Anglican response to the AIDS crisis, co-founded Episcopal Community Services to address San Francisco’s homeless problem, and co-founded Community Bank of the Bay. Swing is the author and co-author of several books, including The Sacred and the Silly: A Bishop’s Playful and Eventful Life, 2017; A Bishop’s Quest: Founding a United Religions, 2014; The Coming United Religions, 1998; co-author, Building Wisdom’s House, 1997, and contributor to Andrei Sakharov, The Conscience of Humanity, 2015.  

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$25.00
ISBN: 9781880977460
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Published: Xoxoxpress - September 1st, 2017

A reflection on a life of ministry, discovered young and developed into an exhiliarating (and entertaining) career of service to the church and mankind. Through it all, Bill Swing found great humor and irony, and evangelized that along with his active care for the sick, the marginalized, and the poor among us.


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Claude Jarman - My Life and the Final Days of Hollywood (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, June 24, 2018 - 4:00pm

In Conversation with Leon Huntting

Kentfield resident Claude Jarman Jr. has written his memoir, entitled My Life and the Final Days of Hollywood, about his career as an actor at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) during the “Golden Years” of Hollywood in the 1950s.

Discovered in a fifth grade school room in Nashville, Tennessee during a nationwide talent search, Jarman was selected out of 10,000 boys to star with Gregory Peck and Jane Wyman in the classic film, The Yearling. Based on the Pulitzer Prize winning book by author Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, the story focuses on a young boy’s relationship with his pet deer. Jarman received a special Academy Award for his performance as “Jody”. He went on to act in ten additional films including John Ford’s epic western, Rio Grande, where he played the son of John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara. He capped his acting career with a starring role in Intruder in the Dust, based on William Faulkner’s 1949 controversial book about a lynching. Jarman writes about his years at the MGM school with classmates Elizabeth Taylor, Jane Powell, Roddy McDowell and Margaret O’Brien. He discusses how the advent of television led to the eventual collapse of the Hollywood studio system.

He moved to San Francisco in the sixties and in 1965 became the Executive Director of the San Francisco International Film Festival, a position he held until 1980.  During that period the Festival rose to become one of the premier film events in the world, and reunited Jarman with many famous stars he knew from Hollywood.  Jarman writes about the film festival and the luminaries who attended. His last film work was as Executive Producer of Fillmore, a documentary focused on rock impresario, Bill Graham, as he planned the closing rock concert at the music venue, the Fillmore in San Francisco.

Jarman has lived in Marin County, California for twenty two years with his wife Katie and their twin daughters Charlotte and Sarah.

 

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$14.95
ISBN: 9781640036673
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Published: Covenant Books - March 12th, 2018

In the 1940s, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer was at the epicenter of the film world. Clark Gable, Ava Gardner, Judy Garland, Gene Kelly, and Elizabeth Taylor were only a few of the many stars under contract at the studio. The author, Claude Jarman Jr., takes us from his discovery in a small school in Nashville, Tennessee, through his life among the movie elite.


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Ace Smith - The Pitcher and the Dictator (Corte Madera Store)

Monday, June 25, 2018 - 7:00pm

Soon after Satchel Paige arrived at spring training in 1937 to pitch for the Pittsburgh Crawfords, he and five of his teammates, including Josh Gibson and Cool Papa Bell, were lured to the Dominican Republic with the promise of easy money to play a short baseball tournament in support of the country's dictator, Rafael Trujillo. As it turned out, the money wasn't so easy. After Paige and his friends arrived on the island, they found themselves under the thumb of Trujillo, known by Dominicans for murdering those who disappointed him.

In the initial games, the Ciudad Trujillo all-star team floundered. Living outside the shadow of segregation, Satchel and his recruits spent their nights carousing and their days dropping close games to their rivals, who were also stocked with great players. Desperate to restore discipline, Trujillo tapped the leader of his death squads to become part of the team management. The American players believed they might be lined up and shot if they lost the tournament.

When Paige's team ultimately rallied to win, it barely registered with Trujillo, who a few months later ordered the killings of fifteen thousand Haitians at the border between Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Paige and his teammates returned to the states to face banishment from the Negro Leagues, but ironically they barnstormed across America wearing their Trujillo All-Stars uniforms.

The Pitcher and the Dictator is an extraordinary story of race, politics, and some of the greatest baseball players ever assembled, playing high-stakes baseball in support of one of the Caribbean's cruelest dictators.

Averell "Ace" Smith is a political consultant and lifelong baseball fanatic. He is a thirty-year veteran of state and national politics and has directed winning campaigns from district attorney to president of the United States, including a recent campaign for Gavin Newsom. He has been profiled in the Los Angeles Times, the New Republic, and the San Francisco Chronicle.

 

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ISBN: 9781496205490
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Published: University of Nebraska Press - April 1st, 2018

Soon after Satchel Paige arrived at spring training in 1937 to pitch for the Pittsburgh Crawfords, he and five of his teammates, including Josh Gibson and Cool Papa Bell, were lured to the Dominican Republic with the promise of easy money to play a short baseball tournament in support of the country's dictator, Rafael Trujillo. As it turned out, the money wasn't so easy.


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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Chris Feliciano Arnold - The Third Bank of the River (Corte Madera Store)

Tuesday, June 26, 2018 - 7:00pm

Following doctors and detectives, environmental activists and indigenous tribes, The Third Bank of the River traces the history of the Amazon from the arrival of the first Spanish flotilla to the drones that are now mapping unexplored parts of the forest. Grounded in rigorous firsthand reporting and in-depth research, Chris Feliciano Arnold reveals a portrait of Brazil and the Amazon that is complex, bloody, and often tragic.

During the 2014 world cup, an isolated Amazon tribe emerged from the rain forest on the misty border of Peru and Brazil, escaping massacre at the hands of loggers who wanted their land. A year later, in the jungle capital of Manaus, a bloody weekend of reprisal killings inflame a drug war that has blurred the line between cops and kingpins. Both events reveal the dual struggles of those living in and around the world's largest river. As indigenous tribes lose their ancestral culture and territory to the lure and threat of the outside world, the question arises of how best to save isolated tribes: Keep them away from the modern world or make contact in an effort to save them from extinction? As Brazil looks to be a world leader in the twenty-first century, this magnificent and vast region is mired in chaos and violence that echoes the atrocities that have haunted the rain forest since Europeans first traveled its waters.

Chris Feliciano Arnold has written for The New York Times, Harper's, The Atlantic, Foreign Policy, Outside, Sports Illustrated, Playboy, Vice News, and other outlets, including Folha de S. Paulo, Brazil's largest newspaper. He is the recipient of a 2014 creative writing fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. Born in Brazil and raised in the United States, he now resides in northern California.

 

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$28.00
ISBN: 9781250098948
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Published: Picador USA - June 5th, 2018

A sweeping look at the war over the Amazon--as activists, locals, and indigenous tribes struggle to save it from the threat of loggers, drug lords, and corrupt cops and politicians


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Glen David Gold - I Will Be Complete (Corte Madera Store)

Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - 7:00pm

Glen David Gold was raised rich, briefly, in southern California at the end of the go-go 1960s. But his father's fortune disappears, his parents divorce, and Glen falls out of his well-curated life and into San Francisco at the epicenter of the Me Decade: the inimitable '70s. Gold grows up with his mother, among con men and get-rich schemes. Then, one afternoon when he's twelve, she moves to New York without telling him, leaving him to fend for himself.

I Will Be Complete is the story of how Gold copes, honing a keen wit and learning how to fill in the emotional gaps: "I feel love and then it's like I'm driving on black ice with no contact against the road." He leads us though his early salvation at boarding school; his dream job at an independent bookstore in Los Angeles in 1983; a punk rock riot; a romance with a femme fatale to the soundtrack of R.E.M.; and his attempts to forge a career as a writer. Along the way, Gold becomes increasingly fascinated with his father's self-described "cheerful amorality" and estranged from his mother, who lives with her soulmate, a man who threatens to kill her. Clear-eyed and heartbreaking, Gold's story ultimately speaks to everyone who has struggled with the complexity of parental bonds by searching for--and finding--autonomy.

Glen David Gold is the author of Sunnyside and Carter Beats the Devil, which has been translated into fourteen languages. His short stories and essays have appeared in McSweeney's, Playboy, and the New York Times Magazine. He lives in Los Angeles.

 

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$29.95
ISBN: 9781101946398
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - June 26th, 2018

From the best-selling author of Carter Beats the Devil and Sunnyside, a big-hearted memoir told in three parts: about growing up in the wake of the destructive choices of an extremely unconventional mother.


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Wendy Spinale - Ozland (Corte Madera Store)

Friday, June 29, 2018 - 7:00pm

Special Event for Teens!

In Ozland, Everland and Umberland have both been destroyed. The survivors have taken refuge in a small village tucked within the shadows of the Bloodred Queen's castle. Doc has found an actual cure for the Horologia virus, while Gwen, Pete, and Alyssa begin plotting the assassination of the queen with the help of Gail, an excellent huntress. But killing the queen won't be enough.

The world has been destroyed and its needs a ruler to set things right again. A ruler who is good, kind, and fair. Someone like the former king of Germany. But he's dead...or is he?There's a rumor that the king has been hidden away in a secret land, where only the worthiest can find him. Desperate to end the war, a plan is hatched that could put everything right again. Yet before it's set in motion, the village is burned to the ground, all survivors taken prisoner to the castle. Except Gail. But is one girl enough to find a long-dead king, kill the wicked queen, and save the world?

Wendy Spinale is a former character actor for the Disneyland theme park (so she's very familiar with the world of make-believe). She is the author of Everland and its follow-up, Umberland, as well as Lost Boy, a prequel novella to Everland. Wendy lives with her family in the San Francisco Bay Area.

 

 

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ISBN: 9780545953221
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Published: Scholastic Press - April 24th, 2018

With Everland and Umberland both destroyed, the survivors have taken refuge in a small village tucked within the shadows of the Bloodred Queen's castle. Doc has found an actual cure for the Horologia virus, while Gwen, Pete, and Alyssa begin plotting the assassination of the queen with the help of Gail, an excellent huntress. But killing the queen won't be enough.


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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Michael Genhart - Love is Love (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, June 30, 2018 - 11:00am

Special Event for Kids!

Love Is Love empowers young readers to celebrate the family they have—no matter how it's constructed.

A boy confides in a friend when he's teased for having two dads and for wearing a shirt that they deem is "gay." Kids tell him that they're not a real family, and he doesn't know how to respond. But our narrator realizes that his friend's family (with a mom and a dad) isn't all that different from his: they both have parents who love them, and they both love their parents. And it's love that makes a family.

Dr. Michael Genhart is clinical psychologist specializing in working with children who have gay or lesbian parents; gay teens and coming out issues; same sex relationships; and LGBTQ parenting matters. He also visits and speaks at local elementary, middle, and high schools to engage students in conversations about LGBTQ issues.

 

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By Michael Genhart, Ken Min (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781939775139
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Published: Little Pickle Press - May 16th, 2018

It's love that makes a family

When a boy confides in his friend about bullies saying he doesn't have a real family, he discovers that his friend's parents--a mom and a dad--and his two dads are actually very much alike.


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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Left Coast Writers® Salon: Paul McHugh - The Blind Pool (Corte Madera Store)

Monday, July 2, 2018 - 7:00pm

Left Coast Writers® Salon

In The Blind Pool by Paul McHugh, a Russian crime ring scores entry to the USA by forging an alliance with a criminal gang that uses a West Texas private prison as their base. Felons are secretly released from that prison and sent out across the nation to work as hard-case enforcers. An assault on a bridge in the Florida Keys tips off authorities to the alliance's grand plot to subvert, exploit, and terrorize the American public. But agents who start to investigate are betrayed by a high-placed FBI mole. Stakes rise to life-or-death when the agents and their women are kidnapped by the cabal. To achieve escape, wreak vengeance and exact justice stretches the tradecraft and loyalties of these U.S. operators close to a breaking point - and beyond.

 

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$17.95
ISBN: 9780998732077
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Published: Elkheart Books - August 1st, 2017

A Russian crime ring scores entry to the USA by forging an alliance with a criminal gang that uses a West Texas private prison as their base. Felons are secretly released from that prison and sent out across the nation to work as hard-case enforcers.


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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Bay Area Writing Project - Young Writers Camp (Corte Madera)

Friday, July 6, 2018 - 5:30pm

The Bay Area Writing Project (BAWP) at UC Berkeley sponsors Young Writers’ Camps across the Bay Area each summer. Budding authors in Marin County (grades 4th through 9th) spend three weeks of exploring their talents as writers. Join us for this culminating celebration with all who appreciate the creativity and passion that young writers have to offer.

 

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Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha - What the Eyes Don't See (Corte Madera)

Tuesday, July 10, 2018 - 7:00pm

“Flint is a public health disaster. But it was Dr. Mona, this caring, tough pediatrician turned detective, who cracked the case.”—Rachel Maddow

“It’s one thing to point out a problem. It is another thing altogether to step up and work to fix it. Mona Hanna-Attisha is a true American hero.”—Erin Brockovich

Flint was already a troubled city in 2014 when the state of Michigan—in the name of austerity—shifted the source of its water supply from Lake Huron to the Flint River. Soon after, citizens began complaining about the water that flowed from their taps—but officials rebuffed them, insisting that the water was fine. Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, a pediatrician at the city’s public hospital, took state officials at their word and encouraged the parents and children in her care to continue drinking the water—after all, it was American tap water, blessed with the state’s seal of approval.

But a conversation at a cookout with an old friend, leaked documents from a rogue environmental inspector, and the activism of a concerned mother raised red flags about lead—a neurotoxin whose irreversible effects fall most heavily on children. Even as circumstantial evidence mounted and protests grew, Dr. Mona knew that the only thing that could stop the lead poisoning was undeniable proof—and that to get it, she’d have to enter the fight of her life.

What the Eyes Don’t See is the inspiring story of how Dr. Mona—accompanied by an idiosyncratic team of researchers, parents, friends, and community leaders—proved that Flint’s kids were exposed to lead and then fought her own government and a brutal backlash to expose that truth to the world. Paced like a scientific thriller, this book shows how misguided austerity policies, the withdrawal of democratic government, and callous bureaucratic indifference placed an entire city at risk. And at the center of the story is Dr. Mona herself—an immigrant, doctor, scientist, and mother whose family’s activist roots inspired her pursuit of justice.

What the Eyes Don’t See is a riveting, beautifully rendered account of a shameful disaster that became a tale of hope, the story of a city on the ropes that came together to fight for justice, self-determination, and the right to build a better world for their—and all of our—children.

Mona Hanna-Attisha, MD, MPH, FAAP, is a physician, scientist, and activist who has been called to testify twice before the United States Congress, awarded the Freedom of Expression Courage Award by PEN America, and named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World.

 

 

 

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$28.00
ISBN: 9780399590832
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Published: One World - June 19th, 2018

The dramatic story of the Flint water crisis, told "with the gripping intrigue of a Grisham thriller" (O: The Oprah Magazine)--an inspiring tale of scientific resistance by a relentless physician who stood up to power.


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