Corte Madera Events

Gish Jen - The Resisters (Corte Madera Store)

Monday, February 17, 2020 - 7:00pm

The time: not so long from now. The place: AutoAmerica. The land: half under water. The Internet: one part artificial intelligence, one part surveillance technology, and oddly human--even funny. The people: Divided. The angel-fair "Netted" have jobs, and literally occupy the high ground. The "Surplus" live on swampland if they're lucky, on water if they're not.

The story: To a Surplus couple--he once a professor, she still a lawyer--is born a Blasian girl with a golden arm. At two, Gwen is hurling her stuffed animals from the crib; by ten, she can hit whatever target she likes. Her teens find her happily playing in an underground baseball league.

When AutoAmerica rejoins the Olympics, though--with a special eye on beating ChinRussia--Gwen attracts interest. Soon she finds herself playing ball with the Netted even as her mother challenges the very foundations of this divided society.

A moving and important story of an America that seems ever more possible, The Resisters is also the story of one family struggling to maintain its humanity and normalcy in circumstances that threaten their every value--as well as their very existence.

Extraordinary and ordinary, charming and electrifying, this is Gish Jen at her most irresistible.

Gish Jen is the author of four previous novels, a story collection, and two works of nonfiction, the latest of which was The Girl at the Baggage Claim: Explaining the East-West Culture Gap. Her honors include the Lannan Literary Award for fiction and the Mildred and Harold Strauss Living Award from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She teaches from time to time in China, and otherwise lives with her husband and two children in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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Fergus M. Bordewich - Congress at War (Corte Madera Store)

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 - 7:00pm

The story of how Congress helped win the Civil War--a new perspective that puts the House and Senate, rather than Lincoln, at the center of the conflict.

This brilliantly argued new perspective on the Civil War overturns the popular conception that Abraham Lincoln single-handedly led the Union to victory and gives us a vivid account of the essential role Congress played in winning the war.

Building a riveting narrative around four influential members of Congress--Thaddeus Stevens, Pitt Fessenden, Ben Wade, and the pro-slavery Clement Vallandigham--Fergus Bordewich shows us how a newly empowered Republican party shaped one of the most dynamic and consequential periods in American history. From reinventing the nation's financial system to pushing President Lincoln to emancipate the slaves to the planning for Reconstruction, Congress undertook drastic measures to defeat the Confederacy, in the process laying the foundation for a strong central government that came fully into being in the twentieth century. Brimming with drama and outsized characters, Congress at War is also one of the most original books about the Civil War to appear in years and will change the way we understand the conflict.

Fergus M. Bordewich is the author of seven nonfiction books, including The First Congress: How James Madison, George Washington, and a Group of Extraordinary Men Invented the GovernmentAmerica's Great Debate: Henry Clay, Stephen A. Douglas, and the Compromise That Preserved the Union; and Washington: The Making of the American Capital. He lives in San Francisco with his wife, Jean Parvin Bordewich.

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Joshua Hammer - The Falcon Thief (Corte Madera Store)

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 7:00pm

On May 3, 2010, an Irish national named Jeffrey Lendrum was apprehended at Britain’s Birmingham International Airport with a suspicious parcel strapped to his stomach. Inside were fourteen rare peregrine falcon eggs snatched from a remote cliffside in Wales.

So begins a tale almost too bizarre to believe, following the parallel lives of a globetrotting smuggler who spent two decades capturing endangered raptors for royals in the United Arab Emirates—where falcon races have multimillion-dollar purses and a champion bird might just be worth risking prison for—and Detective Andy McWilliam of the United Kingdom’s National Wildlife Crime Unit, who’s determined to protect the world’s birds of prey from one of the most irrepressible predators of our time.

The Falcon Thief whisks readers from the volcanoes of Patagonia to Zimbabwe’s Matobo National Park, and from the frigid tundra near the Arctic Circle to luxurious aviaries in the deserts of Dubai, all in pursuit of a man who is reckless, arrogant, and gripped by a destructive compulsion to make the most beautiful creatures in nature his own. It’s a story that’s part true-crime narrative, part epic adventure—and wholly unputdownable until the very last page.

Joshua Hammer is the New York Times bestselling author of The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu. He has written for The New York Times Magazine, GQ, Smithsonian, The Atlantic, The New Yorker, National Geographic, and Outside. He lives in Berlin.

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Madeline Levine - Ready or Not (Corte Madera Store)

Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 7:00pm

In The Price of Privilege, respected clinician, Madeline Levine was the first to correctly identify the deficits created by parents giving kids of privilege too much of the wrong things and not enough of the right things. Continuing to address the mistaken notions about what children need to thrive in Teach Your Children Well, Levine tore down the myth that good grades, high test scores, and college acceptances should define the parenting endgame. In Ready or Not, she continues the discussion, showing how these same parenting practices, combined with a desperate need to shelter children from discomfort and anxiety, are setting future generations up to fail spectacularly.

Increasingly, the world we know has become disturbing, unfamiliar, and even threatening. In the wake of uncertainty and rapid change, adults are doubling-down on the pressure-filled parenting style that pushes children to excel. Yet these daunting expectations, combined with the stress parents feel and unwittingly project onto their children, are leading to a generation of young people who are overwhelmed, exhausted, distressed—and unprepared for the future that awaits them. While these damaging effects are known, the world into which these children are coming of age is not. And continuing to focus primarily on grades and performance are leaving kids more ill-prepared than ever to navigate the challenges to come.

But there is hope. Using the latest developments in neuroscience and epigenetics (the intersection of genetics and environment), as well as extensive research gleaned from captains of industry, entrepreneurs, military leaders, scientists, academics, and futurists, Levine identifies the skills that children need to succeed in a tumultuous future: adaptability, mental agility, curiosity, collaboration, tolerance for failure, resilience, and optimism. Most important, Levine offers day-to-day solutions parents can use to raise kids who are prepared, enthusiastic, and ready to face an unknown future with confidence and optimism.

Madeline Levine, PhD, is a clinician, consultant, and educator; the author of the New York Times bestseller The Price of Privilege; and a cofounder of Challenge Success, a project of the Stanford School of Education that addresses education reform, student well-being,and parent education. She lives outside San Francisco with her husband and is the proud mother of three grown sons and a newly minted granddaughter.

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Esti Skloot - Uprooted: A Memoir of a Marriage (Corte Madera Store)

Friday, February 21, 2020 - 7:00pm

Uprooted is the story of Esther—a young, pregnant, adventurous, British-born Israeli—who follows her new husband, Steve, to America, and soon realizes that she has no idea what she's getting herself into. Even before their baby is born, Esther discovers the dark side of her charming film production manager husband, and learns that she must cope with his moodiness and domineering personality. Left alone day after day in a high-rise apartment in Queens, Esther struggles with culture shock, homesickness, and adapting to her husband's whims—like the baby goat he brings home to their eighth-floor apartment to keep as a pet. Ten years and two more children later, thirty-four-year-old Steve is diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. Despite aggressive treatments, he succumbs to the disease, leaving Esther to care for their three children alone. Esther at first feels lost and bewildered; as time goes on, however, she discovers that there is a freedom in her new situation—and that she has a greater inner strength than she ever before realized.

Esti Skloot is an adjunct professor of Hebrew at the University of San Francisco. She was born in England to Jewish refugees who escaped Nazi Germany.  She grew up in Israel where she received her teaching credentials from the Hebrew Teachers’ Seminary in Jerusalem. Esti served in the IDF as a singer in an army entertainment troupe. She married an American whom she met while working on a ZIM line ship and immigrated to New York. After moving to California, she received her BA in music at Sonoma State University and her MFA in creative writing at the University of San Francisco.

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Special Event: Book Club Brunch 2020 (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, February 22, 2020 - 11:00am

Tickets: $40 (includes brunch and a book) • Presenters include Michele Sulka and Jenn Ramage

*Please note: Registration is now closed. *

Bring your book group to the Corte Madera store and hear the latest word from publishing representatives! They'll be sharing their picks for new fiction and non-fiction releases, focusing on titles selected especially for book clubs. Your ticket includes a catered brunch and a free copy of a yet-to-be released book, courtesy of our publishing partners. Seating can be reserved for book clubs to sit together on a first-come, first-served basis. This event was quite popular last year, and it is sure to sell out, so call us or come into the store to reserve your space!

Jenn Ramage has been with Penguin Random House for 13 years and in publishing/ bookselling for over 20 years. She currently sells the Knopf/Doubleday side of the list and this will be her 3rd time at the bookclub brunch.

Michele Sulka is a 30-year veteran of the book business, having started as a clerk in independent bookstores in the Midwest, then moved into publishing in 2008. With Random House, she’s worked with great booksellers all over the Rocky Mountains and southwest, and now sells to independent bookstores in the Bay Area (which, as everyone knows, are the best in the country.)

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Ann Harleman - Tell Me, Signora (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, February 22, 2020 - 1:00pm

Kate Hagesfeld, grieving the death of her husband, travels to Italy just after 9/11 to re-start her career as an archaeologist. Caught up in efforts to aid refugees from the Kosovo War, Tell Me, Signora follows her journey as she's faced with the choice of a lifetime.

Ann Harleman is the author of Happiness, which won the Iowa Short Fiction Award, Bitter Lake, Thoreau's Laundry, and The Year She Disappeared. Among her awards are Guggenheim and Rockefeller fellowships, the Berlin Prize in Literature, the PEN Syndicated Fiction Award, and the O. Henry Award. In an earlier life, Ann was the first woman to earn a Ph.D. in Linguistics from Princeton, and she has lived and worked in Italy. Having taught for two decades at the Rhode Island School of Design, she is now on the faculty of Brown University. She makes her home within sight of San Francisco Bay.

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Maria Ross - The Empathy Edge (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, February 22, 2020 - 4:00pm

Being empathetic at work means seeing the situation from another’s perspective, and using that vantage point to shape your leadership style, workplace culture, and branding strategy. Pairing her knowledge as a branding expert with proven research and fascinating stories from executives, change-makers and community leaders, Maria Ross reveals exactly how empathy makes brands and organizations stronger and more successful.

Ross shows why your business needs to cultivate more empathy now, and shares the habits and traits of empathetic leaders who foster more productivity and loyalty. She gives practical tips, big and small, for how to align your mission and values and hire the right people, cultivating a more empathetic―and innovative―workplace culture. Finally, she gives you the goods on building your empathetic brand in an authentic and proactive way, and shows how doing so results in happier customers, innovative work cultures and increased profits.

In The Empathy Edge, a practical playbook for businesses of all types, Maria Ross proves that empathy is not just good for society―it’s great for business, and may transform you at a personal level, too.

Maria Ross is the founder of Red Slice, a consultancy that advises entrepreneurs, startups, and fast-growth businesses on how to build an irresistible brand story and authentically connect with customers. She is a keynote speaker who regularly speaks to audiences on marketing and building an engaging brand story that drives growth and impact. She is the author of Branding Basics for Small Business and the Juicy Guides ebook series for entrepreneurs. Maria started her career as a management consultant with Accenture and went on to build marketing and brand strategies for multiple companies, including Discovery Communications,, BusinessObjects (now SAP), and many other startups and technology leaders, before starting her own business. As a brand strategist, she has worked with brands such as Microsoft, Dropbox, Alteryx, and GSK, as well as many smaller leaders in niche industries. Maria has been featured in and written for numerous media outlets, including MSNBC, Entrepreneur magazine, Huffington Post, and Maria understands the power of empathy at both a brand and personal level: in 2008, six months after launching her business, she suffered a ruptured brain aneurysm that almost killed her. Her humorous and heartfelt memoir about surviving this health crisis, Rebooting My Brain, has received worldwide praise. Maria lives with her husband, young son, and precocious black lab mutt in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Wynn Burkett - The Power of Mindful Parenting (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, February 23, 2020 - 1:00pm

Are you baffled by the surly tween who has replaced your sweet loving child? Are you wondering how you're going to guide your teen safely to young adulthood? Are you not sure you'll survive the teen years with all the eye rolling, attitude, and arguing? Do you find yourself raising your voice more but being heard less? You're not alone. Parenting teenagers is hard work.

The Power of Mindful Parenting offers concrete strategies to stay calm in the face of challenging teen behavior. Successful parenting workshop leader Wynn Burkett explores the stages of teen development to explain why they act the way they do. (Spoiler alert: it's not because you're a bad parent.) She teaches simple mindfulness skills, meditation exercises, and practical tools to help parents take a more positive approach that reduces conflict and improves communication. This book will help you feel more optimistic about your relationship with your teen and result in more love, compassion, and connection at home.

Wynn Burkett is a certified executive coach and leadership consultant who has been coaching individuals and teams and facilitating workshops for nearly twenty years. With psychotherapist Ann Arora, MFT, she created the workshop How to Tame Your Teen by Taming Yourself First: A Mindfulness-Based Approach to Parenting, which provides education and tools to help parents stay calm and connected to their teens during the challenging adolescent years.

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Panel: Race in America and the Lead-Up to the 2020 Election (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, February 23, 2020 - 5:00pm

Join us for this special event featuring a carefully curated and diverse panel of Bay Area writers and agents of change. Moderated by journalist and Book Passage host Paula Farmer, they’ll be tackling this vital topic and how it may impact the next presidential election. Presented with MarinArts


Brian Copeland
An award-winning actor, comedian, author, playwright, TV and radio talk show host. His bestselling memoir, Not a Genuine Black Man: My Life as an Outsider, reveals a little-known chapter of Bay Area history, and was the 2009 pick for Silicon Valley Reads. Earlier this year, Brian and his fellow actor, Charlie Varon, took on Trump and politics in their play, The Great American S*** Show.

Aya de Leon
The director of the Poetry for the People program, and a teacher of creative writing at UC Berkeley. Kensington Books publishes her award-winning feminist heist/romance series, Justice Hustlers, including Uptown Thief, The Boss, and Side Chick Nation (2019) which was the first novel published about Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. Since 2013 Aya has been consistently blogging on race, class, gender, culture, and social justice politics.

Mimi Lok
The author of the story collection Last of Her Name, published October 2019 by Kaya Press, of which the title story was a finalist for the 2018 Katherine Anne Porter Fiction Prize. She is currently working on a novel. Mimi is also the executive director, cofounder, and editor of Voice of Witness, an award-winning human rights/oral history nonprofit that amplifies marginalized voices through a book series and a national education program.

Ian Haney Lopez
A law professor and commentator on coded racism in American politics. His most recent book is Merge Left: Fusing Race and Class, Winning Elections, and Saving America.

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Corte Madera, CA 94925