Corte Madera Events

Jaime Lowe - Breathing Fire (Corte Madera Store)

Tuesday, September 7, 2021 - 5:30pm


Book Passage Presents

Tues., September 7, 2021 • 5:30pm PT • Live • Corte Madera Store

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A dramatic, revelatory account of the female inmate firefighters who battle California wildfires.

Shawna was overcome by the claustrophobia, the heat, the smoke, the fire, all just down the canyon and up the ravine. She was feeling the adrenaline, but also the terror of doing something for the first time. She knew how to run with a backpack; they had trained her physically. But that’s not training for flames. That’s not live fire.

California’s fire season gets hotter, longer, and more extreme every year — fire season is now year-round. Of the thousands of firefighters who battle California’s blazes every year, roughly 30 percent of the on-the-ground wildland crews are inmates earning a dollar an hour. Approximately 200 of those firefighters are women serving on all-female crews.

In Breathing Fire, Jaime Lowe expands on her revelatory work for The New York Times Magazine. She has spent years getting to know dozens of women who have participated in the fire camp program and spoken to captains, family and friends, correctional officers, and camp commanders. The result is a rare, illuminating look at how the fire camps actually operate — a story that encompasses California’s underlying catastrophes of climate change, economic disparity, and historical injustice, but also draws on deeply personal histories, relationships, desires, frustrations, and the emotional and physical intensity of firefighting.

Lowe’s reporting is a groundbreaking investigation of the prison system, and an intimate portrayal of the women of California’s Correctional Camps who put their lives on the line, while imprisoned, to save a state in peril.

Jaime Lowe is the author of Mental, a memoir about lithium and bipolar disorder, and Digging for Dirt: The Life and Death of ODB, a biography of Ol' Dirty Bastard, a founding member of the Wu-Tang Clan. She is a frequent contributor to the New York Times Magazine and other national and international publications. Lowe has contributed to This American Life and Radiolab, and has been featured on NPR and WNYC numerous times.

 

Jaime Lowe photo by Phillip Montgomery

 

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Erin Gordon with Michael Krasny - Peeps (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, September 11, 2021 - 1:00pm


Book Passage Presents

Sat., September 11, 2021 • 1:00pm PT • Corte Madera Store

In conversation with Michael Krasny

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A coming-of-middle-age novel, Peeps tells the story of Meg, a 51-year-old podcaster who has spent her life afraid of "what ifs." After an unexpected divorce, Meg might finally have the chance to obtain what she calls a Big Life, but isn't sure she can pull it off. After her mother's death, Meg gathers the courage to seek answers from her uncle about her disinterested and cruel mother. To get to him, she moves out of her Santa Monica home and drives across the country in a new RV she nicknames Irv.

Along her journey, Meg conducts interviews for her podcast called Peeps, in which she asks everyday people the same seven questions to "peep" into their lives and uncover shared humanity. Meg's narrative is peppered with lively transcripts of her interviews with the ordinary yet fascinating people she meets. The podcast enables Meg to process the complicated grief and relief related to her mother's death, her divorce, and her only child leaving home for college.

Peeps is evocative of The Wizard of Oz and Wild; like Dorothy and Cheryl—and many middle-aged women—Meg seeks to find her place in the world. Discerning readers will enjoy spotting the subtle references and symbols from both iconic stories.

The author of smart and moving book club fiction, Erin Gordon is a former lawyer and legal affairs journalist. A Bay Area native with degrees from both UC Berkeley and Stanford, Gordon’s novels explore themes of friendship, parenthood and self-discovery.

Michael Krasny is the former host of the award winning KQED Forum, a program discussing news and public affairs, current events, culture, health, business and technology.

 

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Michael J. Coffino - Truth Is in the House (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, September 12, 2021 - 1:00pm


Book Passage Presents

Sun., September 12, 2021 • 1:00pm PT • Corte Madera Store

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As a young boy in the late 1950s, Jimmy O'Farrell emigrates with his family from Ireland to Manhattan to bask in the dawn of a new life. Thousands of miles away, the family of Jaylen Jackson seeks to build a life amid Jim Crow culture in Mississippi. As teenagers, both boys struggle to come of age in a racially divisive world, suffering horrific tragedies that shape their characters and life missions. Jimmy seeks to define what it means to stand for someone when the chips are down, while Jaylen embarks on a journey to gain respect beyond the color of his skin.

Fleeing the past, both families land in neighboring Bronx communities in the 1960s, where Jimmy and Jaylen's lives first intersect, on the basketball courts and then in the Vietnam jungle. Repeatedly tested as men of different races, their friendship faces its toughest challenge outside a Bronx bar-with fatal consequences. Truth Is in the House is an epic and provocative tale that plumbs historical and modern racial themes and explores redemption, forgiveness, and the power of connecting through the human spirit.

Before becoming a full-time author, ghostwriter, editor, and writing coach, Michael J. Coffino had two parallel careers. One was in the courtroom as a business litigation and trial attorney where he delighted in the art of legal writing and advocacy storytelling for clients. The other was in the gymnasium as a basketball coach, primarily at the high school level, coaching both girls and boys in public and private schools. His life-long passion for reading, the written word, and storytelling drove him into the literary world several years ago. Since then, he has authored, co-authored, ghostwrote, edited, and coached in multiple genres: memoir (true crime, business, spiritual quest, personal, military, and life-coaching and motivational); sports (basketball and high school athletics); web content; blogs; and fiction.

 

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Class: Pat Holt - Contemporary Classics Book Group (Tuesdays - Corte Madera)

Tuesday, September 14, 2021 - 10:30am to 12:30pm


Five Tuesdays: Sept. 14, Oct. 12, Nov. 9, Dec. 14., 2021 & Jan. 11, 2022

Corte Madera Store • 10:30am-12:30pm PT • $125

 

Pat Holt leads a discussion of books that have captured the contemporary imagination. Pat is the former book review editor of the San Francisco Chronicle and publisher of Holt Uncensored.

September 14
The Friend by Sigrid Nunez

October 12
Deacon King Kong by James McBride

November 9
On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong

December 14
The Boy in the Field by Margot Livesey

January 11
Hamnet by Maggie O'Farrell

 

All titles are available at Book Passage. Please support your local, independent bookstore and buy from us!

 

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Class: Pat Holt - Contemporary Classics Book Group (Fridays - Corte Madera)

Friday, September 17, 2021 - 10:30am to 12:30pm


Five Fridays: Sept. 17, Oct. 15, Nov. 12, Dec. 17., 2021 & Jan. 14, 2022

Corte Madera Store • 10:30am-12:30pm PT • $125

 

Pat Holt leads a discussion of books that have captured the contemporary imagination. Pat is the former book review editor of the San Francisco Chronicle and publisher of Holt Uncensored.

September 17
The Friend by Sigrid Nunez

October 15
Deacon King Kong by James McBride

November 12
On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong

December 17
The Boy in the Field by Margot Livesey

January 14
Hamnet by Maggie O'Farrell

 

All titles are available at Book Passage. Please support your local, independent bookstore and buy from us!

 

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Paola Gianturco - COOL: Women Leaders Reversing Global Warming (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, September 19, 2021 - 1:00pm


Book Passage Presents

Sun., Sept. 19, 2021 • 1:00pm PT • Corte Madera Store

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Women and girl leaders around the world are guiding organizations that are reducing—and over time reversing—the carbon dioxide emissions that cause global warming.

Clover Moore, Lord Mayor of Sydney, Australia, who's vowed to reduce city government emissions by 70% by 2030. Already, she's made Sydney the first Australian city to be declared carbon neutral.

Sheila Watt-Cloutier, Inuit activist, who sees her indiegenous people as climate change sentinels for the world, and levers their observations, experience, and knowledge of the Arctic to benefit people everywhere.

Fifteen thousand Sri Lankan women who raise and plant "miracle trees," mangroves, which sequester five times more carbon dioxide than tropical trees in the Amazon Rain Forrest.

Nelleke van der Puil, Vice President of Materials at LEGO, who is developing plastic made with plants instead of oil, which is transforming her company's products.

Women are especially effective leaders when it comes to combating global warming. Christiana Figueres and Tom Rivett-Carnac, architects of the 2015 Paris Agreement, report that “Nations with greater female representation in positions of power have smaller climate footprints. Companies with women on their executive boards are more likely to invest in renewable energy and develop products that help solve the climate crisis.  Women legislators vote for environmental protections almost twice as frequently as men, and women who lead investment firms are twice as likely to make investment decisions based on how companies treat their employees and the environment.”

For this book, Paola Gianturco and her 12-year-old granddaughter and co-author, Avery Sangster, interviewed and photographed heads of grassroots organizations, activists, politicians, corporate executives, scholars, and presidents of nonprofits in the United States, United Kingdom, Sweden, Denmark, Tanzania, Australia, Sri Lanka, India, Canada and Hong Kong. All of them are using intelligence, creativity, and courage.

COOL: Women Leaders Reversing Global Warming tells their important, inspiring stories in their own words and suggests action steps so you can join them on this existential journey.

Paola Gianturco, author-photographer, has documented women's issues in 62 countries for six powerHouse Books. Grandmother Power: A Global Phenomenon (2012) won four first place literary awards in categories as diverse as multicultural nonfiction and women's studies. Wonder Girls: Changing Our World is third in a triptych. Women Who Light the Dark described women activists; Grandmother Power told about grandmother activists. Paola's images have been exhibited at the United Nations, UNESCO, The US Senate, The Field Museum/Chicago, The Museum of the African Diaspora/San Francisco, The Norton Simon Museum/Pasadena, The Grand Rapids Public Museum, and more. She lectures internationally, presented a TED talk in Dubai, and has been a guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show, CNN, NPR and Voice of America programs among others. Paola serves on the advisory boards of two nonprofits: Rise Up/Let Girls Lead (which empowers girls to advocate for policy change) and Global Grandmothers (who support children in need internationally). In 2013 Paola was listed among "40 Women to Watch Over 40," and in 2014, Women's e-News named her one of 21 Leaders for the 21st Century.

 

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Joel Selvin - Hollywood Eden (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, September 19, 2021 - 4:00pm


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Sun., Sept. 19, 2021 • 4:00pm PT • Corte Madera Store

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From the Beach Boys and Jan & Dean to the Byrds and the Mamas & the Papas, acclaimed music journalist Joel Selvin tells the story of a group of young artists and musicians who came together at the dawn of the 1960s to create the lasting myth of the California dream.

From surf music to hot-rod records to the sunny pop of the Beach Boys and the Mamas & the Papas, Hollywood Eden captures the fresh blossom of a young generation who came together in the epic spring of the 1960s to invent the myth of the California Paradise. Central to the story is a group of sun-kissed teens from the University High School class of 1959—a class that included Jan & Dean, Nancy Sinatra, and future members of the Beach Boys—who came of age in Los Angeles at the dawn of a new golden era when anything seemed possible. These were the people who created the idea of modern California for the rest of the world. From the Beach Boys' "California Girls" to the Mamas & the Papas' "California Dreamin'," they crafted an image of the West Coast as the promised land—a sun-dappled vision of an idyllic life in the sand and surf.

But their own private struggles belied the paradise portrayed in their music. What began as a light-hearted frolic under sunny skies ended up crashing down to earth just a few short but action-packed years later, as, one by one, each met their destinies head-on. Compelling, evocative, and ultimately tragic, Hollywood Eden travels far beyond the music into the desires of the human heart and the price of living out a dream. A rock 'n' roll opera loaded with violence, deceit, intrigue, low comedy, and high drama, it tells the story of a group of young artists and musicians who bumped heads, crashed cars, and ultimately flew too close to the sun.

 

Joel Selvin photo by Deanne Fitzmaurice

 

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Celebrating the Publication of Nancy Bourne's "Spotswood, Virginia" (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, September 26, 2021 - 1:00pm


Book Passage Presents

Sun., September 26, 2021 • 1:00pm PT • Corte Madera Store

Presented by Michael Bourne, Daniel Coshnear, and Jo-Anne Rosen

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Spotswood, Virginia from Virginia-native writer and educator Nancy Bourne is an engaging collection of stories of ordinary people forced to make difficult decisions, based on Bourne's colorful childhood in a racially divided American South during the Civil Rights era.

Nancy Bourne’s stories in Spotswood, Virginia take place in the racially troublesome mid-twentieth century south and include mob violence, political cowardice, family conflict, and mental illness. The focus of the collection is on everyday people forced to make decisions in a morally confused and deeply divided world. As a writer and a native of the south, Bourne presents the conflicts faced by her characters as honestly as she can without judging their choices, crafting illustrations of humanity and the heart.

In “Memorial Mansion,” a politically naïve librarian is caught between her empathy for a black teacher and her deep love for her racist son. An ambitious politician in “Massive Resistance” strives to convince himself and his family that his conservative politics will somehow redeem the racist south. In “Dirty Dora,” an academically backward young girl is sent to reform school for dancing with a black man. A love-sick paper boy in “Going Under” tries to save a sexually provocative high school girl by bringing her to God. These are a few of the nine stories and one novella in Spotswood, Virginia. Mixing literary skill and ethics, Bourne witnessed and represents outrages that still ring true to life in America today.

Nancy Bourne dreamed about being a writer since she was thirteen. For more than 60 years, she dedicated her life to writing and teaching. After graduating from Duke with a Master's in English, Bourne spent her life in the education sector as an attorney for public schools, a potter with a home studio, and a teacher, most recently teaching writing to prisoners and incarcerated minors in San Quentin. She devoted her free time to fight for fair voting rights and racial and social justice. In 2011, Bourne published her first story at the age of 72. Since then, her work has appeared in over thirty publications worldwide, including Upstreet, The South Carolina Review, The Carolina Quarterly, Blue Lake Review, and many others. In early 2020, Bourne was diagnosed with lung and accelerated cancer-related problems. After a 14-month struggle, during which she continued to write and publish stories and novellas, Bourne lost her battle March 2021. For more information on Nancy Bourne’s publications, visit nancybourne.us.

 

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Cathy Rath - Ripple Effect (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, October 2, 2021 - 4:00pm


Book Passage Presents

Sat., October 2, 2021 • 4:00pm PT • Live • Corte Madera Store

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Jeannie Glazer was three years old in 1952 when her father dies in a car accident on a trip to Atlanta. Sixteen years later, as a college freshman, she is arrested during the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago. She is released hours later when a sergeant announces that her bail was paid by her “pop” and tosses her an envelope of cash. Stunned and suspicious, Jeannie tells no one, convinced somebody is watching her. Determined to find answers, her search closes in on an even darker secret about her father’s tragic death two decades earlier.

“The pleasure of reading Cathy Rath’s Ripple Effect is like the turning of a kaleidoscope: each chapter brings a burst of new revelations, each jump back and forth in time deepens the moral complexity of a story that is part political thriller and part family drama. At its heart is a dauntless and empathetic heroine, Jeannie Glazer, whose coming of age as an activist and truth-teller is both inspiring and emotionally affecting.”
Christopher Castellani, author of Leading Men

“I was hooked from the start by this compulsively readable narrative of family secrets.”
Jo Piazza, author of Charlotte Walsh likes to Win

“A complex novel that dives into a daughter’s discovery of her father’s life and death during the 1960s student rebellions, it builds into an undeniably powerful story of regret and redemption.”
Joy Gould Boyum, author of Double Exposure: Fiction to Film

Born and raised in New York, Cathy Rath ventured out west to complete her education at UCSB and SFSU where she is a professor in the public health department. As a social justice advocate and organizer, she led public health campaigns at Planned Parenthood and Transforming Communities, where her innovative approach to violence prevention was published by the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence. Her efforts to reduce violence against women earned her the 2000 Millennium Leadership Award by the Marin Independent Journal. A writing coach and tutor from middle school to the graduate school level, Cathy also guides debut writers in crafting and completing their books, and works as a Book Passage author event host. In January 2021, Cathy published her first novel, Ripple Effect. During the turbulent 1970s, Cathy was actively involved in a variety of protest movements, and her story draws upon these profound experiences.

 

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Marcia Naomi Berger - Marriage Minded: An A to Z Dating Guide for Lasting Love (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, October 10, 2021 - 1:00pm


Book Passage Presents

Sun., October 10, 2021 • 1:00pm PT • Corte Madera Store

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From single to happily ever after...

Any woman who wants to marry can...once she learns how. Marriage Minded's A-to-Z format—packed with warmth, wisdom, and humor—makes the process fun and informative. You will learn how to overcome obstacles, meet men, and date constructively; you'll read about single women of all ages who became happily married; and in Marcia Naomi Berger, you'll have a sensitive guide to creating the lasting, loving union you've always wanted. After her parents divorced, Berger became a long-term commitmentphobe who stayed single for many years. Now happily married for more than thirty-three years, this psychotherapist and clinical social worker's mission is to help others create marriages that fulfill them—emotionally, spiritually, physically, and materially.

Marcia Naomi Berger (née Fisch), MSW, LCSW, leads dynamic marriage and communication workshops and is a popular speaker at conferences. In addition to working as a clinical social worker with a private psychotherapy practice in San Rafael, California, she’s taught continuing education classes for therapists at the University of California Berkeley Extension, Alliant International University, and online and in person for various professional associations. While employed by the City and County of San Francisco, she held senior-level positions in child welfare, alcoholism treatment, and psychiatry. She also served as a lecturer on the clinical faculty at the University of California, School of Medicine, and as executive director of Jewish Family and Children’s Services of the East Bay. Berger lives in Marin County, California, with her husband, David Berger. She gives their weekly marriage meetings major credit for their lasting happiness together, which inspired her to write her first book, Marriage Meetings for Lasting Love: 30 Minutes a Week to the Relationship You’ve Always Wanted. Find more at www.marriagemeetings.com.

 

Marcia Naomi Berger photo by Patty Spinks

 

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