Corte Madera Events

Dan Kois - How to Be a Family (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, September 22, 2019 - 11:00am

In Conversation with Jason Fagone

Dan Kois and his wife always did their best for their kids. Busy professionals living in the D.C. suburbs, they scheduled their children's time wisely, and when they weren't arguing over screen time, the Kois family--Dan, his wife Alia, and their two pre-teen daughters--could each be found searching for their own happiness. But aren't families supposed to achieve happiness together?

In this eye-opening, heartwarming, and very funny book, the fractious, loving Kois family goes in search of other places on the map that might offer them the chance to live away from home--but closer together. Over a year the family lands in New Zealand, the Netherlands, Costa Rica, and small-town Kansas. The goal? To get out of their rut of busyness and distractedness and to see how other families live outside the East Coast parenting bubble.

How to Be a Family brings readers along as the Kois girls--witty, solitary, extremely online Lyra and goofy, sensitive, social butterfly Harper--hike through the Kiwi bush, ride bikes to a Dutch school in the pouring rain, battle iguanas in their Costa Rican kitchen, and learn to love a town where everyone knows your name. Meanwhile, Dan interviews neighbors, public officials, and scholars to learn why each of these places work the way they do. Will this trip change the Kois family's lives? Or do families take their problems and conflicts with them wherever we go?

A journalistic memoir filled with heart, empathy, and lots of whining, How to Be a Family will make readers dream about the amazing adventures their own families might take.

Dan Kois is an editor at Slate, founding host of the podcast Mom and Dad Are Fighting, and a contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine.

Jason Fagone is a journalist who covers science, technology, and culture. Named one of the “Ten Young Writers on the Rise” by the Columbia Journalism Review, he works at the San Francisco Chronicle and has written for GQ, Esquire, The Atlantic, the New York Times, Mother Jones, and Philadelphia magazine. Fagone is also the author of Ingenious: A True Story of Invention, the X Prize, and the Race to Revive America and Horsemen of the Esophagus: Competitive Eating and the Big Fat American Dream. He lives in San Francisco, California.

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ISBN: 9780316552622
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - September 17th, 2019

In this "refreshingly relatable" (Outside) memoir, Slate editor Dan Kois sets out with his family on a journey around the world to change their lives together.

What happens when one frustrated dad turns his kids' lives upside down in search of a new way to be a family?

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Tatiana Schlossberg - Inconspicuous Consumption (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, September 22, 2019 - 1:00pm

With urgency and wit, Tatiana Schlossberg explains that far from being only a distant problem of the natural world created by the fossil fuel industry, climate change is all around us, all the time, lurking everywhere in our convenience-driven society, all without our realizing it.

By examining the unseen and unconscious environmental impacts in four areas-the Internet and technology, food, fashion, and fuel, Schlossberg helps readers better understand why climate change is such a complicated issue, and how it connects all of us: How streaming a movie on Netflix in New York burns coal in Virginia; how eating a hamburger in California might contribute to pollution in the Gulf of Mexico; how buying an inexpensive cashmere sweater in Chicago expands the Mongolian desert; how destroying forests from North Carolina is necessary to generate electricity in England.

Cataloging the complexities and frustrations of our carbon-intensive society with a dry sense of humor, Inconspicuous Consumption makes the climate crisis and its solutions interesting and relevant to everyone who cares, even a little, about the planet. She empowers readers to think about their stuff and the environment in a new way, helping them make more informed choices when it comes to the future of our world.

Most importantly, this is a book about the power we have as voters and consumers to make sure that the fight against climate change includes all of us and all of our stuff, not just industry groups and politicians. If we have any hope of solving the problem, we all have to do it together.

Tatiana Schlossberg is a journalist writing about climate change and the environment. She previously reported on those subjects for the Science and Climate sections of the New York Times, where she also worked on the Metro desk. Her work has also appeared in the Atlantic, Bloomberg View, the Record (Bergen County), and the Vineyard Gazette. She lives in New York.

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ISBN: 9781538747087
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - August 27th, 2019

From a former New York Times science writer, this urgent call to action will empower you to stand up to climate change and environmental pollution by making simple but impactful everyday choices.

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Immigration in America: the Law, the Politics, the Reality (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, September 22, 2019 - 4:00pm

Moderated by Paula Farmer • Presented with MarinArts & La Cocina • Unfortunately, due to a scheduling conflict, Jose Antonio Vargas will no longer be appearing on the panel

As a follow-up to our February panel on Race in America, please join us for another vital and timely discussion. The panel will focus on issues of immigration and feature a diverse group of Bay Area writers and agents of change. Moderated by journalist and Book Passage event host, Paula Farmer, we will look at this hot-button topic in our current political climate.

Panelists include: Carolina de Robertis, Vanessa Hua, & Jaime Alcabes

Carolina de Robertis is the author of the novels The Gods of Tango, Perla, and the international bestseller The Invisible Mountain. She is also an award-winning translator of Hispanic literature, and editor of the anthology Radical Hope: Letters of Love and Dissent in Dangerous Times, featuring essays by leading thinkers and writers about the shifting political atmosphere in the U.S. Her latest novel is the forthcoming Cantoras.

Vanessa Hua is an award-winning columnist for the S.F. Chronicle. Her novel, A River of Stars, was named to the Washington Post’s Notable Works of Fiction. For two decades, she has been writing about Asia and the diaspora, filing stories from China, Burma, Panama, South Korea, and Ecuador.

Jaime Alcabes has a long history of practicing immigration law in the Bay Area. His firm, Alcabes Law, is based in Oakland.


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ISBN: 9780525521693
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Published: Knopf - September 3rd, 2019

"Cantoras is a stunning lullaby to revolution—and each woman in this novel sings it with a deep ferocity. Again and again, I was lifted, then gently set down again—either through tears, rage, or laughter. Days later, I am still inside this song of a story."—Jacqueline Woodson, National Book Award–winning author

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ISBN: 9780399178795
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Published: Ballantine Books - August 6th, 2019

NATIONAL BESTSELLER • In a powerful debut about modern-day motherhood, immigration, and identity, a pregnant Chinese woman stakes a claim to the American dream in California.

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Petina Gappah - Out of Darkness, Shining Light (Corte Madera Store)

Monday, September 23, 2019 - 7:00pm

“This is how we carried out of Africa the poor broken body of Bwana Daudi, the Doctor, David Livingstone, so that he could be borne across the sea and buried in his own land.” So begins Petina Gappah's powerful novel of exploration and adventure in nineteenth-century Africa—the captivating story of the loyal men and women who carried explorer and missionary Dr. Livingstone's body, his papers and maps, fifteen hundred miles across the continent of Africa, so his remains could be returned home to England and his work preserved there. Narrated by Halima, the doctor's sharp-tongued cook, and Jacob Wainwright, a rigidly pious freed slave, Out of Darkness, Shining Light is a story that encompasses all of the hypocrisy of slavery and colonization—the hypocrisy at the core of the human heart—while celebrating resilience, loyalty, and love.

Petina Gappah is an award-winning and widely translated Zimbabwean writer. She is the author of two novels, Out of Darkness, Shining Light, The Book of Memory, and two short story collections, Rotten Row and An Elegy for Easterly. Her work has also been published in, among others, The New Yorker, Der Spiegel, The Financial Times, and the Africa Report. For many years, Petina worked as an international trade lawyer at the highest levels of diplomacy in Geneva where she advised more than seventy developing countries from Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Latin America on trade law and policy.  Petina has also been a DAAD Writing Fellow in Berlin, an Open Society Fellow and a Livingstone Scholar at Cambridge University.  She has law degrees from Cambridge, Graz University in Austria, and the University of Zimbabwe. She currently lives in Harare.

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ISBN: 9781982110338
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Published: Scribner - September 10th, 2019

“Engrossing, beautiful, and deeply imaginative, Out of Darkness, Shining Light is a novel that lends voice to those who appeared only as footnotes in history, yet whose final, brave act of loyalty and respect changed the course of it.

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Josh Campbell - Crossfire Hurricane (Corte Madera Store)

Tuesday, September 24, 2019 - 7:00pm

Titled after the FBI code name for the initial investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia, Crossfire Hurricane chronicles President Trump's relentless attacks on the FBI. Josh Campbell, a career special agent who served under Presidents George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and Donald J. Trump before resigning from the FBI in February 2018, takes readers behind the scenes of the Russia investigation’s earliest days and makes a compelling case that Trump's campaign of attack poses a threat to public safety.

Campbell, who has twelve years' experience working on some of the FBI's highest-profile operations and is now a national security expert for CNN, was special assistant to James Comey. Using a combination of firsthand experience and reporting from sources still within the Bureau, he offers an inside perspective into the FBI that will captivate readers struggling to make sense of a news cycle careening out of control.

Josh Campbell is a CNN analyst, providing insight on crime, justice, and national security issues. Prior to joining the network, Campbell was a Supervisory Special Agent with the FBI and served as Special Assistant to FBI Director James Comey. During his twelve-year career, he conducted numerous high-profile terrorism and kidnapping investigations, served overseas in multiple diplomatic and operational assignments, and managed the bureau's interagency communication response strategy following crisis incidents. He received four FBI Combat Theater Awards for his work embedded with military special operations and CIA teams abroad. Campbell has a Master of Arts in Communication from Johns Hopkins, a Bachelor of Arts in Government from the University of Texas at Austin, and completed the Arabic language immersion training program at Middlebury College. He is an officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve and a term member with the Council on Foreign Relations.

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ISBN: 9781616209506
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Published: Algonquin Books - September 17th, 2019

“An indispensable and riveting insider’s account of one of the most dramatic and controversial periods in the history of the FBI. Crossfire Hurricane is a must-read for all Americans.” —Daniel Silva, New York Times bestselling author

“Campbell speaks both from the heart and experience.

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LitWings Event Series (Corte Madera Store)

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 - 6:30pm

Tickets: $10

Join us to celebrate literature, photography, and film!

Hosted by author Erin Byrne, LitWings brings together international writers, photographer and filmmakers. Presenters include National Geographic photographers, New York Times bestselling authors, and Emmy award winning filmmakers sharing work that highlights many places around the world.  To see the full LitWings line up for the past two years, go to

Come celebrate the incredible work of LitWings presenters and make connections with writers, photographers and filmmakers!


Erin Byrne, Host
Award-winning author of Wings: Gifts of Art, Life, and Travel in France, editor of Vignettes & Postcards from Paris and Vignettes & Postcards from Morocco, and writer of The Storykeeper film.  Erin has written dozens of award-winning and widely published travel essays, and is Travel Writing and Photography Curator of the Creative Process Exhibition, launched at The Sorbonne, which travels to the world's leading universities.  She has taught writing at Shakespeare and Company in Paris, Book Passage, and on Deep Travel trips around the globe.

Cara Black, Writer
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of 20 books in the Private Investigator Aimée Leduc series, the latest of which is Murder in Bel-Air. Cara has received nominations for the Anthony and Macavity Awards, a Washington Post Book of the Year citation, and the Médaille de la Ville de Paris, the Paris City Medal, in recognition of contribution to international culture.

Ernest White II, Filmmaker
Producer and host of television travel docu-series, Fly Brother, which highlights friendships and connections around the world.  His writing has been featured in Time Out London, USA Today, and at Fly Brother will premiere on PBS in January, and Ernest recently appeared at LitWings Paris at La Caféothèque and the Cannes Film Festival.

Matthew Félix, Podcast Producer
Award-winning author of A Voice Beyond Reason, With Open Arms: Misadventures in Morocco, and Porcelain Travels.  Adventure, humor, and spirituality infuse his work, which draws on his experience in more than 50 countries.  Matthew is host of Matthew Félix on Air, which highlights people from all over the world who create and make a difference. Matthew recently joined Erin, Italian author and playwright Alberto Rigettini, Danish photographer Lone Morch, and Ernest at LitWings Paris at La Caféothèque.

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ISBN: 9781609521134
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Published: Travelers' Tales Guides - March 29th, 2016

France is steeped in refined traditions, with its rich history, exquisite art, robust culture, and varied cuisine. Writer Erin Byrne was changed by traveling around this country with the ghosts of artists and historical figures who shared with her their guides to living.

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By Byrne Erin (Editor), Pook Anna (Editor)
ISBN: 9780985267209
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Published: Reputation Books - August 9th, 2016

Vignettes & Postcards From Paris is a new edition of the award-winning anthology of writings from Shakespeare and Company Bookstore edited by Erin Byrne and Anna Pook, which includes new stories and poems by Marcia DeSanctis (100 Places in France Every Woman Should Go), Billy Collins, Don George, Georgia Hesse, the top-hatted SpokenWord poets of Paris and others.

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By Erin Byrne (Editor)
ISBN: 9781944387068
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Published: Reputation Books - August 9th, 2016

Vignettes & Postcards From Morocco is an anthology of writings edited by Erin Byrne (Wings). From Fez to Marrakech, Casablanca to Tangier, The Atlas Mountains to the Sahara Desert, writers Suzanna Clarke (A House in Fez), Phil Cousineau, Paul Bowles, Michael Chabon and others seek the ancient and celebrate the exotic in Morocco. Sketches by Anna Elkins.

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ISBN: 9781616959296
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Published: Soho Crime - June 4th, 2019

Cara Black’s riveting 19th installment in her New York Times bestselling Parisian detective series entangles private investigator Aimée Leduc in a dangerous web of international spycraft, post-colonial Franco-African politics, and neighborhood secrets in Paris’s 12th arrondissement.

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ISBN: 9781641290265
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Published: Soho Crime - May 7th, 2019

A confession fifty years in the making puts everyone’s favorite Paris détéctive très chic, Aimée Leduc, on a collision course with the “Hand,” a cabal of corrupt Parisian cops among who masterminded her father's murder—and among whose ranks he might have once found membership.

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ISBN: 9780997761955
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Published: Solificatio - October 2016

"I loved the powerful and inspiring message of this tale."- Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite (5-star review)A young Spaniard's awakening to his intuition gets him out of his head, so he can follow his Best-Selling Novel #1 Kindle Metaphysical * #1 Spirituality Books#1 Inspirational Books * #1 Metaphysical & Visionary BooksSynopsis: In his mountai

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ISBN: 9780997761900
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Published: Solificatio - July 26th, 2016

Winner of Three Solas Awards for Travel Writing #1 Amazon Bestseller: Kindle Morocco * Books Morocco * Kindle Africa * Books Africa"Matthew's prose is a dance between the richness and delicacy of poetry and the bawdy, acerbic wit of a standup comic." - The Best Travel Writing, Volume II contributor Keith SkinnerAlso check out Matthew's NEW book, Porcelain Travels A Foreword INDIES Book of the Yea

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ISBN: 9780997761924
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Published: Solificatio - October 12th, 2018

His unorthodox bathing practices in Paris. The Dead Sea shower incident that led to an arrest. The nightmare while he was trapped on a bus without a bathroom in Anatolia, his retelling of which won Gold for Humor in the 2018 Solas Awards. Maybe it's Matthew's no-frills approach to experiencing the world that gets him into situations that are sometimes hilarious, sometimes cringeworthy.

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Vivian Ho - Those Who Wander (Corte Madera Store)

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 - 7:00pm

In 2015, the senseless Bay Area murders of twenty-three-year-old Audrey Carey and sixty-seven-year-old Steve Carter were personal tragedies for the victims' families. But they also shed light on a more complex issue. The killers were three drifters scrounging for a living among a burgeoning counterculture population. Soon this community of runaways and transients became vulnerable scapegoats of a modern witch hunt. The supposedly progressive residents of San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury, only two generations removed from the Summer of Love, now feared all of society's outcasts as threats.

In Those Who Wander, Vivian Ho delves deep into a rising subculture that's changing the very fabric of her city and all of urban America. Moving beyond the disheartening statistics, she gives voices to these young people--victims of abuse, failed foster care, mental illness, and drug addiction. She also doesn't ignore the threat they pose to themselves and to others as a dangerous dark side emerges. With alarming urgency, she asks what can be done to save the next generation of America's vagabond youth.

Available in hardcover and paperback

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ISBN: 9781503903722
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Published: Little a - September 2019

Award-winning journalist Vivian Ho exposes a shattering true-crime story, shedding light on America's new lost generation.

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ISBN: 9781503903739
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Published: Little a - September 2019

Award-winning journalist Vivian Ho exposes a shattering true-crime story, shedding light on America's new lost generation.

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Jacqueline Woodson - Red at the Bone (Corte Madera Store)

Thursday, September 26, 2019 - 1:00pm

Two families from different social classes are joined together by an unexpected pregnancy and the child that it produces. Moving forward and backward in time, with the power of poetry and the emotional richness of a narrative ten times its length, Jacqueline Woodson's extraordinary new novel uncovers the role that history and community have played in the experiences, decisions, and relationships of these families, and in the life of this child.

As the book opens in 2001, it is the evening of sixteen-year-old Melody's coming of age ceremony in her grandparents' Brooklyn brownstone. Watched lovingly by her relatives and friends, making her entrance to the soundtrack of Prince, she wears a special custom-made dress. But the event is not without poignancy. Sixteen years earlier, that very dress was measured and sewn for a different wearer: Melody's mother, for her own ceremony--a celebration that ultimately never took place.

Unfurling the history of Melody's parents and grandparents to show how they all arrived at this moment, Woodson considers not just their ambitions and successes but also the costs, the tolls they've paid for striving to overcome expectations and escape the pull of history. As it explores sexual desire and identity, ambition, gentrification, education, class and status, and the life-altering facts of parenthood, Red at the Bone most strikingly looks at the ways in which young people must so often make long-lasting decisions about their lives--even before they have begun to figure out who they are and what they want to be.

Jacqueline Woodson is the bestselling author of more than two dozen award-winning books including the 2016 New York Times-bestselling National Book Award finalist for adult fiction, Another Brooklyn. Among her many accolades, Woodson is a four-time National Book Award finalist, a four-time Newbery Honor winner, a two-time NAACP Image Award Winner, and a two-time Coretta Scott King Award Winner. Her New York Times-bestselling memoir, Brown Girl Dreaming, received the National Book Award in 2014. Woodson is also the 2018-2019 National Ambassador for Young People's Literature and recipient of the 2018 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award and the 2018 Children's Literature Legacy Award. In 2015, she was named the Young People's Poet Laureate by the Poetry Foundation. She lives with her family in New York.

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ISBN: 9780525535270
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 17th, 2019

"An exquisite tale of family legacy….The power and poetry of Woodson’s writing conjures up Toni Morrison." – People

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Charlie Gilkey - Start Finishing

Thursday, September 26, 2019 - 7:00pm

Though we’ve created more productivity tools and strategies than ever, many people are frustrated that they’re not making progress on what’s most important to them. We’re to-do list ninjas, knocking off task after task but doing less of what really matters.

“The problem with most approaches to productivity is that they focus on superficial fixes without teaching you the deeper skills you need to succeed. To do meaningful work requires courage, setting good boundaries, being disciplined, and knowing what matters to you,” writes Charlie Gilkey. “The payoff is that you’re on the way to thriving and becoming the person you want to be in the world.”

With Start Finishing, Gilkey presents a systematic, root-cause approach for overcoming the real pitfalls to productivity and turning your ideas into finished projects. He outlines a powerful seven-step method for success—including identifying your genius, building a success pack of supporters, navigating multiple projects, and using each completed step to create momentum that propels you toward your larger goals. With deep insight and clarity—and contributions from Seth Godin, Susan Piver, Jonathan Fields, and more—Gilkey provides an invaluable set of tools to help you stop being bogged down with task lists and start finishing your best work.

Charlie Gilkey is the founder of Productive Flourishing, a company that helps professional creatives, leaders, and changemakers take meaningful action on work that matters. He is the author of The Small Business Life Cycle, and is widely cited in outlets such as Inc., Time, Forbes, the Guardian, Lifehacker, and more. He’s also an Army veteran and near-PhD in philosophy. He lives in Portland, Oregon. For more, visit

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ISBN: 9781683642633
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Published: Sounds True - September 24th, 2019

Productivity Meets Purpose—Discover a Powerful 9-Step Method to Start Finishing the Work That Matters Most

How much of your time and attention lately has been focused on things that truly matter to you?

Most people's honest answer is: not enough.

Everyone is buried by busywork, responsibility, distraction, and fatigue.

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Mag Dimond - Bowing to Elephants (Corte Madera Store)

Thursday, September 26, 2019 - 7:00pm

Introduced by Jack Kornfield

Who would have thought a privileged white woman of a mature age would finally see herself while gazing into the feathery eyes of a 14,000 lb. African elephant?  Or that a dream of death in a steamy Phnom Penh hotel room would help an abandoned daughter find the love she assumed was gone?

Bowing to Elephants is a travel memoir with a twist – the story of an unloved rich girl from San Francisco who becomes a travel junkie, searching for herself in the world to avoid the tragic fate of her narcissistic, alcoholic mother.  Haunted by images of childhood loneliness and the need to learn about her world, she journeys to far flung places -- into the perfumed chaos of India, the nostalgic damp streets of Paris, the gray watery world of Venice in the winter, the reverent and silent mountains of Bhutan, and the gold temples of Burma.  She discovers kinship, comfort and love amongst giant elephants in Kenya, and looks for answers to old questions in Vietnam and the tragically ravaged landscape of Cambodia. In the end, she sees herself as a citizen of the larger world. She accepts the death of the mother she never really had, and she finds peace and her authentic self in the refuge of Buddhist practice.

Mag Dimond has been a world traveler since the age of eleven when her mother took her to live in Italy for three years.  She has traveled extensively in Europe, and ventured to such exotic landscapes as India, Cambodia, Bhutan, Japan, Kenya, China, Burma, Vietnam, Thailand, and Cuba.  Through it all she kept detailed journals and photographed all the adventures.

With a BA in Creative Writing, MA in Comparative Literature, she embarked on a teaching career which lasted almost 20 years, teaching writing to college students in San Francisco and in Taos, New Mexico.  Most recently she volunteers as a writing tutor at 826 Valencia, an esteemed literacy program in San Francisco launched by local writer David Eggers.  Since the 1990’s she has been a practicing Buddhist and dedicated member of Spirit Rock Meditation Center north of San Francisco.  She dedicated 10 years to hospice work with the Zen Hospice Project in San Francisco beginning in 2005.

Some of the loves of her life are:  her family, playing her grandmother’s baby grand, meditation, traveling, knitting, walking by the Pacific Ocean, writing practice, teaching, reading great literature, and enjoying good food and wine with friends.  In odd day-dreaming moments, she channels MFK Fisher and imagines writing a collection of intimate and witty essays about food and culture.

Essays excerpted from her memoir have been honored in a number of literary contests, specifically American Literary Review, Travelers Tales Solas Awards, Tulip Tree “Stories that Must be Told” Awards, and the Faulkner Wisdom Awards for 2017.  Additionally, she has published a number of short pieces on Elephant Journal, an online magazine with a readership of close to two million.  She has been a blogger for many years; you can find current (and earlier) essays on

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ISBN: 9781631525964
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Published: She Writes Press - September 17th, 2019

In Bowing to Elephants, a woman seeking love and authenticity comes to understand herself as a citizen of the world through decades of wandering the globe. During her travels she sees herself more clearly as she gazes into the feathery eyes of a 14,000-pound African elephant and looks for answers to old questions in Vietnam and the tragically ravaged landscape of Cambodia.

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