Corte Madera Events

Kevin Thaddeus Fisher-Paulson - How We Keep Spinning...! (Corte Madera Store)

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 - 6:00pm

Kevin Thaddeus Fisher-Paulson is beloved all over the San Francisco Bay area, and beyond, for the stories of family he has told as a weekly columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle. While telling his stories, Kevin has stumbled over more than a few truths about foster care, gay marriage, interracial family, rescue dogs, and cupcakes. Many thousands of print readers in Northern California, as well as digital readers around the world, are touched every week by those truths. How We Keep Spinning...! is the first bound collection of selected columns. These are the stories of Kevin, a cop, and his husband Brian, a dancer, along the journey of raising two challenging boys in the Bedlam Blue Bungalow of the outer, outer, outer, outer Excelsior, that most mysterious edge of San Francisco. These stories have drawn a loyal readership of interracial and adoptive families, families dealing with learning challenges and disabilities, gays and lesbians, and people who love the City.

When not writing and parenting, Kevin serves as the Chief Deputy of the San Francisco Sheriff's Department. He earned a degree in Writing and American Studies from the University of Notre Dame, with subsequent coursework at the University of Iowa Writer's Workshop and the University of Oregon. His memoir A Song for Lost Angels, originally published by Fearless Books, earned finalist status in two different independent book publishing contests and is now available under his own imprint, Two Penny Press.

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Janeane Bernstein with Diane Rubenstein - Get the Funk Out! (Corte Madera Store)

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 - 7:00pm

In Conversation with Diane Rubenstein

What if the worst thing that ever happened to you turned out to be the best thing that ever happened? When you belly flop into another one of life's funks, Get the Funk Out! shows you what to do next.

"Finally, a common sense approach to an all too common malady. Ms. Bernstein has assembled the tools to overcome our personal demons in words that are clear and concise. When I find a good book, I usually ‘can’t put it down’ but Get The Funk Out! demands time to absorb the inspirational stories and ponder the question of how faith can be so strong." —Gary Pihl, former guitarist for Sammy Hagar and current member of the band Boston

"I love this book! A radically transparent look that teaches us to face life's hard knocks—instead of running away—and heal from the gifts that emerge from them. This is a bedside keeper to remind you that grass grows through concrete." —Bryan E. Robinson, Ph.D., Psychotherapist and Author of #Chill: Turn Off Your Job and Turn On Your Life

"The power of self-esteem  is on full display in Get the Funk Out!.  Janeane Bernstein pulls together an unlikely cast to write a prescription for dealing with life’s large and small challenges. Finding joy on the journey is possible, no matter how rocky the road." —Richard M. Cohen, Author of Blindsided and Strong at the Broken Places

Janeane Bernstein is a writer, on-air personality, voice actress, and researcher. She earned a doctorate from Boston University and received degrees from Syracuse University. In 2011, she started “Get the Funk Out!” on KUCI 88.9 FM: UC Irvine after losing her childhood friend.

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Robert Hass - Summer Snow (Corte Madera Store)

Friday, January 24, 2020 - 7:00pm

A new volume of poetry from Robert Hass is always an event. In Summer Snow, his first collection of poems since 2010, Hass further affirms his position as one of our most highly regarded living poets. Hass’s trademark careful attention to the natural world, his subtle humor, and the delicate but wide-ranging eye he casts on the human experience are fully on display in his masterful collection. Touching on subjects including the poignancy of loss, the serene and resonant beauty of nature, and the mutability of desire, Hass exhibits his virtuosic abilities, expansive intellect, and tremendous readability in one of his most ambitious and formally brilliant collections to date.

Robert Hass was born in San Francisco. His books of poetry include The Apple Trees at Olema, Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winner Time and Materials, Sun Under Wood, Human Wishes, Praise, and Field Guide, which was selected by Stanley Kunitz for the Yale Younger Poets Series. Hass also co-translated several volumes of poetry with Nobel Laureate Czeslaw Milosz and authored or edited several other volumes of translation, including Nobel Laureate Tomas Tranströmer's Selected Poems and The Essential Haiku: Versions of Basho, Buson, and Issa. His essay collection Twentieth Century Pleasures: Prose on Poetry received the National Book Critics Circle Award. Hass served as Poet Laureate of the United States from 1995 to 1997 and as Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. He lives in California with his wife, poet Brenda Hillman, and teaches at the University of California, Berkeley.

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Jay Schulkin & Jonathan D. Moreno - The Brain in Context (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, January 25, 2020 - 1:00pm

The human brain is the most complex object in the known universe. The field of neuroscience has made remarkable strides in recent years in understanding aspects of the brain, yet we still struggle with seemingly fundamental questions about how the brain works. What lessons can we learn from neuroscience's successes and failures? What kinds of questions can neuroscience answer, and what will remain out of reach?

In The Brain in Context, bioethicist Jonathan D. Moreno and neuroscientist Jay Schulkin provide an accessible and thought-provoking account of the evolution of neuroscience and the neuroscience of evolution. They emphasize that the brain is not an isolated organ—it extends into every part of the body and every aspect of human life. Understanding the brain requires studying the environmental, biological, chemical, genetic, and social factors that continue to shape it. Moreno and Schulkin describe today's transformative devices, theories, and methods, including technologies like fMRI and optogenetics as well as massive whole-brain activity maps and the attempt to create a digital simulation of the brain. They show how theorizing about the brain and experimenting with it often go hand in hand, and they raise cautions about unintended consequences of technological interventions. The Brain in Context is a stimulating and even-handed assessment of the scope and limits of what we know about how we think.

Jonathan D. Moreno is David and Lyn Silfen University Professor and a Penn Integrates Knowledge professor at the University of Pennsylvania, where he is also a professor of medical ethics and health policy, history and sociology of science, and philosophy. His books include Mind Wars: Brain Science and the Military in the 21st Century and Impromptu Man: J. L. Moreno and the Origins of Psychodrama, Encounter Culture, and the Social Network. Jay Schulkin is a research professor in the Department of Neuroscience at Georgetown University. He is the author of numerous books, including Reflections on the Musical Mind: An Evolutionary Perspective and Sport: A Biological, Philosophical, and Cultural Perspective.

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Pilar Gerasimo with Geneen Roth - The Healthy Deviant (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, January 25, 2020 - 4:00pm

In conversation with Geneen Roth

What kind of society makes being healthy and happy so difficult that only a single-digit percentage of the population can hope to pull it off? The answer: A sick society.

And within a sick society—one where illness, anxiety, and depression are the prevailing norms—what does it mean to be one of the few people to beat those unhealthy odds? It means bucking a lot of your society’s norms and rejecting a lot of its conventional health prescriptions. It also means acknowledging a disturbing truth: If you aren’t breaking the rules, you’re probably breaking yourself. That’s the simple, provocative philosophy behind The Healthy Deviant, one seasoned health journalist’s quest to reframe healthy choices as a positive form of social rebellion. Combining hand-drawn infographics and statistics with insights from sociology, psychology, evolutionary biology, functional medicine, and the school of hard knocks, this category-defying book rejects the idea that diet and exercise alone can save us—or are even the best places to start. Part manifesto, part whispered wake-up call, The Healthy Deviant is a modern-day survival guide for being a healthy person in an unhealthy world. Starting now.

Pilar Gerasimo is an award-winning health journalist, founding editor-in-chief of Experience Life magazine (national paid circulation 750,000; estimated reach 3.2 million), and the creative force behind the popular mobile app, "101 Revolutionary Ways to Be Healthy." Gerasimo previously served as the top editor of Healthy Living for Huffington Post, where she was also a longtime blogger. She co-hosts The Living Experiment podcast with Whole30 founder Dallas Hartwig, which earned a top-five spot on iTunes in its first week. A frequent speaker, workshop leader, and expert guest for radio and TV, Gerasimo is currently serving as Chief Creative Officer for the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. She splits her time between New York City and her family's organic farm in western Wisconsin. Learn more at

Geneen Roth is the author of ten books, including the New York Times bestsellers When Food Is Love, Lost and Found, and Women, Food, and God, as well as The Craggy Hole in My Heart and the Cat Who Fixed It. She has been speaking, teaching groundbreaking workshops, and offering retreats for over thirty years, and has appeared on numerous national shows, including The Oprah Winfrey Show, 20/20, the Today show, Good Morning America, and The View. For more information about her work, please visit

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Path to Publishing Workshop: Publishing & Marketing Children's Books (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, January 26, 2020 - 10:00am to 3:00pm

Sunday, January 26, 2020 • 10:00am - 3:00pm • $125 (Path to Publishing members); $175 (General public) • Lunch included


This one-day seminar explores aspects of writing and publishing for children. Children’s books require a particular sensibility as they must appeal to both the child and the person buying the book, be that their teacher, librarian, caretaker, or parent. Each of those audiences requires something a little different to be satisfied. We will gather for coffee, rolls, and introductions beforehand, and then we will break for lunch (which is included). The entire program will allow lots of time for questions.

Topics include:

Introduction to the Path to Publishing program
The description by Path to Publishing manager Nancy Fish will focus on services for writers of children’s books.

Finding where you fit in children’s literature
How to identify what age range you’re writing for depending on your voice, writing style, and subject matter, with writing coach and author Amanda Conran.

Writing a captivating book for teachers, parents, and kids
Children’s librarian Rebecca Jelen and Book Passage children’s bookselling specialist Clare Doornbos will discuss how to enchant each of the audiences you must satisfy to have a successful children’s book.

Self-marketing primer
Elizabeth Singer Hunt will share many of the strategies she used to catapult her Secret Agent Jack Stalwart series into multiple languages and millions of copies sold. She’ll explain how to build a relationship with your reader, how to publicize your book, and how to generate author awareness in the community. 

Connecting with teachers and booksellers
Successful classroom presenter author Meera Sriram and children’s bookselling specialist at Book Passage Clare Doornbos will share how they present to teachers, how they got into those teachers’ classrooms, and what they did once they got there.

The business of children’s book publishing
Long time children’s publishing exec and consultant Lara Starr fills in the blanks in the labyrinthine process of children’s books publishing

For questions and additional information, contact: Nancy Fish at



Amanda Conran
When Amanda Conran is not writing her own children’s books or working as a freelance editor, she is a children’s book specialist, school book fair booktalker and children’s book club facilitator at Book Passage. The Lost Celt is her first middle grade novel.
Clare Doornbos
Clare Doornbos has been a bookseller for 20 years and is a specialist in children’s books. She has created and run literary events for kids from tiny preschool story times to a theater full of John Green fans. Clare is slated to be the new kids book buyer for Book Passage.
Nancy Fish
Nancy Fish is the Manager of the Book Passage Path to Publishing Program and the former Publicity Director for HarperCollins Publishers. She has over three decades of publishing experience.
Elizabeth Singer Hunt
Elizabeth Singer Hunt is the author of twenty adventure books for children including the award-winning ‘Secret Agent Jack Stalwart’ chapter book series. This 14-book series has been translated into multiple languages, sold millions, and was recently optioned for TV.
Rebecca Jelen
Rebecca Jelen is the greatly beloved and highly innovative librarian at Kent Middle School. School libarians play a key role in children’s literature, and Jelen is one of the best.
Meera Sriram
Meera Sriram enjoys writing for children, teaching early literacy, and advocating for diverse books. Meera’s debut children’s book was The Yellow Suitcase and her next picture book, A Gift for Amma, comes out in Fall 2020 from Barefoot Books.
Lara Starr
Lara Starr is a publishing and public relations professional with a specialty in children’s books. She’s arranged hundreds of author events at bookstores, schools and libraries and placed authors and illustrators at prestigious national festivals and conferences.
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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Roy Parvin aka Yoga Matt - Yoga for the Inflexible Male (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, January 26, 2020 - 1:00pm

The benefits of yoga—greater strength, flexibility, and presence of mind—are for anyone, no matter their skill level. But most classes don't feel that way if you're a first-timer—or an inflexible male. Enter Yoga for the Inflexible Male, a welcoming and humorous guide for people of all stripes that gives three vetted hour-long yoga routines, each with roughly a dozen yoga poses. The poses are illustrated and described in depth, and each one contains variations so that they are accessible to anyone, no matter their flexibility. The back of the book also has sequences geared for practitioners of specific sports, like running, biking, climbing, and so on. As more and more men are encouraged to increase their flexibility, the health advantages of yoga are no longer beyond their reach.

Yoga Matt is the nom de namaste of Roy Parvin and a nod to the everyman of yoga. Parvin is the award-winning fiction author of In the Snow Forest, and a recipient of a National Endowments for the Arts Grant in Literature. Roy is also an elite cyclist; his devotion to yoga began as therapy for a bout of sleeplessness. The yoga proved to be so therapeutic for his insomnia that he became an evangelist of the ancient practice.

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Peggy Orenstein - Boys & Sex (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, January 26, 2020 - 4:00pm

Co-sponsored by the Kentfield Schools Parent Teacher Association

In her taboo-shattering New York Times bestseller Girls & Sex, Peggy Orenstein traversed the complicated new landscape of sex and sexuality that today’s young women must negotiate. “Deeply reported, passionately argued” (Slate), the book unsparingly pulled back the curtain on the reality of girls’ sex lives in the modern world. The Washington Post found it “provocative and thoughtful,” lauding the “impressive” breadth of Orenstein’s reporting. Yet, with the advent of the #MeToo era, Orenstein came to realize that her deep dive into contemporary culture provided only one side of the conversation. In a world where the sheer magnitude of sexual misconduct by men young and old has become glaringly and disturbingly obvious, Orenstein knew it was time that she look at the sexual attitudes, activities, and insecurities of a new generation of men with the same depth and candor as she had their female peers. Boys & Sex: Young Men on Hookups, Love, Porn, Consent, and Navigating the New Masculinity draws on Peggy Orenstein’s trademark mix of richly reported anecdote and research to reveal how young men understand and negotiate the new rules of physical and emotional intimacy―and to map out a much-needed vision of how today’s boys can move forward as better men.

“I already knew that Americans talk precious little to their daughters about sex, but I’d soon learn they talk even less to their sons,” writes Orenstein, who spent over two years talking to boys between the ages of sixteen and twenty-two, engaging in-depth, hours-long conversations about masculinity, as well as their attitudes, expectations, and early experiences with sex and intimacy. She came to realize that “boys may now more likely be admonished to ‘respect women,’ but what, precisely, does that mean: which women, under what circumstances, and how? What’s more, despite the growing insistence that only ‘yes’ means ‘yes,’ boys (like girls) are bombarded by incessant images—on TV, in movies, games, social media, music videos—of female objectification and sexual availability, which is reinforced by unprecedented exposure to pornography. How were they navigating that contradiction?” Orenstein also spoke with psychologists, academics, and other experts in the field as she investigated such topical realities as locker room talk; how the word “hilarious” robs boys of empathy; pornography as the new sex education; boys’ understanding of hookup culture and consent; and their experience as both victims and perpetrators of sexual violence.

Peggy Orenstein is the New York Times bestselling author of Girls & Sex, Cinderella Ate My Daughter, Waiting for Daisy, Flux, and Schoolgirls. A contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and AFAR magazine, she has been published in The Washington Post, Slate, New York, The Atlantic, and The New Yorker, among other publications, and has contributed commentary to NPR's All Things Considered. She lives in Northern California with her husband and daughter.

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Diana Kapp - Girls Who Run the World (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, January 26, 2020 - 6:30pm

In conversation with Juliet Wiscombe Starrett

Girls Who Run the World is a woman-to-woman playbook that spotlights bold businesswomen who have achieved success and done it in their own way.”
—Former Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright.

Girls Who Run the World is a blueprint for badassery and bravery. Think How I Built This for teen girls and young women, featuring the entrepreneurs behind Rent the Runway, Stitch Fix, Pop Sugar, Glossier, Minted, Soul Cycle, Mitu. These are the sometimes messy, always bold, inside stories of the entrepreneurs fighting bias in hiring (Blendoor), sequencing genes to empower with personal health information (23andMe) and saving premie babies (Embrace). Stuffed with how-to’s, advice, worst fumbles and best comebacks, this is pure inspiration for enterprising young gals. Find out where Sara Blakely does her best inventing. Learn how Coolhaus got its engine-less food truck to Coachella to launch. See what Emma Mcilroy visualizes when she needs to calm down. Then, in back, learn how to write a business plan, file a patent, and brainstorm a killer business idea.

Diana Kapp’s work as a journalist has taken her inside San Quentin prison, and to deepest Afghanistan. Her path to writing has been circuitous. She has worked for a senator and a biotech start-up, made ads for Nike, and helped launch women’s sportswear retailer She went to Stanford and got an MBA. She has lived in Kenya, and the Haight. She loves the Sawtooth Mountains, Neil Young, her 5 a.m. running club, and climbing mountains. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, San Francisco Magazine, San Francisco Chronicle, ELLE, Marie Claire, MORE Magazine, O the Oprah Magazine, California Sunday Magazine, Sunset, ESPN.

Juliet Wiscombe Starrett is a former whitewater rafting world champion, CEO of San Francisco Crossfit, founder of the nonprofit Stand Up Kids, and philanthropist. She is the co-founder, with her husband Kelly Starrett, of the fitness website The Ready State.

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Eric Nuzum - Make Noise (Corte Madera Store)

Monday, January 27, 2020 - 7:00pm

In conversation with Skye Pillsbury

With 2,000 new podcasts created every week, 286 a day, 12 an hour, and one every five minutes, podcasting is the fastest growing audio platform in the world. But despite all of this interest from audiences and creators, there is very little advice for would-be podcasters on how to start, and there’s even less to help them harness their potential to be distinct voices and great storytellers.

Make Noise: A Creator's Guide to Podcasting and Great Audio Storytelling brings all the wisdom, advice, practical information, and big picture thinking that any individual or business needs to make a successful podcast. Written by Eric Nuzum, a veteran of NPR and Audible who’s had a hand in creating and launching over 130 podcasts, including some of the most successful out there like TED Radio Hour, Invisibilia, Where Should We Begin? with Esther Perel, The Butterfly Effect, and West Cork, Make Noise offers an analysis of the medium, examining its promise, its drawbacks, what it offers to creators, and how to bring it all together. Filled with advice, practical tools and a deep-yet-accessible dive into what works and why, it identifies core principles to help readers develop a “Ten Word Description” that will guide them throughout the creative process. And then it gets into how-tos—how to develop character, story, voice; and how to conduct an effective interview, with tips from Terry Gross and story building ideas from Ira Glass.

Much in the way that Robert McKee’s book Story has become a must-read for any aspiring screenwriter, Make Noise is poised to become the foundational text for podcasting—the dog-eared definitive guide for anyone who has something to say.

Eric Nuzum is a leading go-to expert in audio, podcasting, radio, and spoken-word entertainment. He has developed several iconic programs and been on the front lines of innovation in the evolving podcast ecosystem. He led NPR’s initial podcasting efforts in 2005 and remained its leading creative and strategic force for a decade. He brought programs like Fresh Air with Terry Gross, Snap Judgment, and Wait Wait . . . Don’t Tell Me! into the podcasting ecosystem and helped them become iconic hits. As a creator, he developed some of NPR’s most successful podcasts, including the TED Radio Hour and Invisibilia. He continued his track record of success during his tenure as Audible’s leader for short-form content and podcasting, creating such recognized podcasts as Sincerely, X (another coproduction with TED), The Butterfly Effect with Jon Ronson, and Where Should We Begin? with Esther Perel. Nuzum is also the co-founder of the podcast production and consulting company, Magnificent Noise.

Podcast junkie and recovered publicist Skye Pillsbury writes Inside Podcasting, an email newsletter that reaches over 15,000 avid podcast fans three times a week. In 2019 Skye launched the Inside Podcasting podcast, a show in which creators discuss their craft. In her former life, Skye crafted communications strategies for brands like Yahoo! and Microsoft and worked regularly with journalists at places like The New York Times, Rolling Stone, and NPR. Skye was famous for 49 minutes when she and her son were featured in an episode of Gimlet Media’s Heavyweight podcast.

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Corte Madera, CA 94925