Corte Madera Events

Beth Miller - Waking Up on the Couch (Corte Madera Store)

Tuesday, June 4, 2019 - 7:00pm

Waking Up on the Couch is the journal of one woman’s quest for spiritual awakening, from a childhood connection with the ‘invisible world’ to a profound remembering of her true nature decades later.  It is an intimate look at how we develop our personalities, identities, and defenses, all in the service of a self.  And how, by "dying before dying”, we can let go of whatever keeps us small. Waking Up on the Couch is a deep psychological and spiritual exploration, as well as an invitation to the reader to take an inner journey, delving into your deepest being in a discovery of abiding and embodied contentment.

Beth Miller, PhD, trained as a psychologist and lives in San Francisco. She is the author of The Woman’s Book of Resilience and has had a gratifying career devoted to helping people discover their innate wholeness. She taught at California Institute of Integral Studies and The University of San Francisco Medical Center. She had a private practice of psychotherapy for twenty-five years and gave seminars, talks, and workshops on cultivating resilience. She treasures watching her five extraordinarily kind grandsons find their way in the world. They bring her enormous joy and belly laughs. Find more about her at bethmillerphd.com.

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$20.00
ISBN: 9781948796354
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Published: Epigraph Publishing - September 4th, 2018

Waking up on the Couch is a journey of spiritual awakening. It is an intimate look at how we develop our personalities, identities, defenses, and the letting go of whatever keeps us small. Using her personal story, Beth Miller, invites the reader to take an inner journey, delving into your deepest being in discovery of abiding and embodied contentment.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Lama Palden Drolma with Sylvia Boorstein - Love on Every Breath (Corte Madera Store)

Wednesday, June 5, 2019 - 7:00pm

In Conversation with Sylvia Boorstein

Many today feel called to action. Others are stymied, grief-stricken, confused about how to proceed. An ancient Tibetan Buddhist meditation--Tonglen--addresses this condition. One breathes in the suffering of others and breathes out compassion. But it is a difficult, advanced practice. Breathing in the suffering of others can be overwhelming. Lama Palden Drolma, a Western woman trained by Buddhist masters and also schooled in contemporary psychotherapy, here introduces readers to a variation of Tonglen that is no less powerful but more user-friendly. What she calls "Love on Every Breath" is a direct descendent of Tonglen, dating back centuries. Lama Drolma walks readers step-by-step through the meditation, from beginning issues of sitting with awareness and breath to taking in and extending love. Challenging situations of sadness, anger, and overwhelm are addressed with "On-the-Spot" strategies. Love on Every Breath elegantly and practically addresses a contemporary culture rife with anger, fear, and a sense of exclusion. The practices heal both the practitioner and the society in which they live. 

In this inspiring evening, bestselling author Sylvia Boorstein will lead a dialogue with Lama Palden Drolma about her new book Love on Every Breath. They will discuss the eight steps of a full Tonglen practice, as well as the “On-the-Spot” strategies for each step of the meditation that Lama Drolma offers throughout the book, which can be practiced in the moment anywhere and anytime. They will also explore the meditation’s numerous benefits, like shifting away from ego contraction, opening more deeply to love and compassion, letting go of clinging to our negativity and fear, and connecting with our innate Buddha nature.

Lama Palden Drolma is the author of Love on Every Breath. A licensed psychotherapist, spiritual teacher, and coach, she has studied Buddhism in the Himalayas with some of the most preeminent Tibetan masters of the twentieth century. Following a traditional three-year retreat under his guidance, Kalu Rinpoche authorized her to become one of the first Western lamas. She subsequently founded the Sukhasiddhi Foundation, a Tibetan Buddhist teaching center in Fairfax, California.

Sylvia Boorstein is a Jewish Buddhist author, psychotherapist, and Buddhist teacher. Boorstein studied with Dipa Ma and is a co-founding teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, California and a senior teacher at the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA. She has written numerous books such as It’s Easier Than You Think: The Buddhist Way to Happiness, That’s Funny, You Don’t Look Buddhist, Don’t Just Do Something, Sit There, and How to Be Sick: A Buddhist-Inspired Guide for the Chronically Ill and Their Caregivers with Toni Bernhard.

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$16.95
ISBN: 9781608685769
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Published: New World Library - May 28th, 2019

Today, when our human family is facing so many challenges, it is more important than ever that we find peace and sustenance in our hearts. Love on Every Breath, or Tonglen, is a seven-step meditation for anyone who wants to nourish and open their heart.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Julia Phillips - Disappearing Earth (Corte Madera Store)

Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 1:00pm

Spellbinding, moving--evoking a fascinating region on the other side of the world--this suspenseful and haunting story announces the debut of a profoundly gifted writer.

One August afternoon, on the shoreline of the Kamchatka peninsula at the northeastern edge of Russia, two girls--sisters, eight and eleven--go missing. In the ensuing weeks, then months, the police investigation turns up nothing. Echoes of the disappearance reverberate across a tightly woven community, with the fear and loss felt most deeply among its women.

Taking us through a year in Kamchatka, Disappearing Earth enters with astonishing emotional acuity the worlds of a cast of richly drawn characters, all connected by the crime: a witness, a neighbor, a detective, a mother. We are transported to vistas of rugged beauty--densely wooded forests, open expanses of tundra, soaring volcanoes, and the glassy seas that border Japan and Alaska--and into a region as complex as it is alluring, where social and ethnic tensions have long simmered, and where outsiders are often the first to be accused.

In a story as propulsive as it is emotionally engaging, and through a young writer's virtuosic feat of empathy and imagination, this powerful novel brings us to a new understanding of the intricate bonds of family and community, in a Russia unlike any we have seen before.

Julia Phillips is a Fulbright fellow whose writing has appeared in Glimmer Train, The Atlantic, Slate, and The Moscow Times. She lives in Brooklyn.

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$26.95
ISBN: 9780525520412
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Published: Knopf - May 14th, 2019

"Splendidly imagined . . . Thrilling" --Simon Winchester

"A genuine masterpiece" --Gary Shteyngart

Spellbinding, moving--evoking a fascinating region on the other side of the world--this suspenseful and haunting story announces the debut of a profoundly gifted writer.


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Corte Madera, CA 94925

CANCELLED: Briana Saussy - Making Magic (Corte Madera Store)

Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 7:00pm

Please note: this event has been cancelled

Born with a severe cleft palate, Briana Saussy was given a low survival rate by doctors. She fortunately received the life-altering surgery necessary to survive, but the recovery was still an uphill climb. Several factors contributed to her healing process—including magic. For many, the term conjures up thoughts of illusions or tricks, but for Saussy, magic is something entirely different.

In Making Magic: Weaving Together the Everyday and the Extraordinary, Saussy introduces us to the remarkable magic that’s already present in our daily lives. She shows us how our ordinary experiences—going in and out of doors, scheduling our time, making and maintaining friendships, and tending to our homes—are rich and bursting with magic. Through practical, straight-forward techniques and rich story-telling, Saussy teaches us how to create rituals and ceremonies that are both meaningful and relevant to our immediate lives.

Briana Saussy is a teacher, spiritual counselor, and founder of the Sacred Arts Academy, where she teaches tarot, ceremony, alchemy, and other sacred arts for everyday life.

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$17.95
ISBN: 9781683642480
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Published: Sounds True - June 4th, 2019

Re-enchant your life with this book of rituals, ceremonies, and practices for personal growth—anchored in the hidden power of everyday things.


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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Don McPhail - The Guest from Johannesburg (Corte Madera Store)

Friday, June 7, 2019 - 7:00pm

The Guest From Johannesburg is the much-antipated sequel to The Millionaires Cruise, featuring adventurous travel executive Duff Malone. Set in Hawaii, Asia and South Africa, this epic tale of hope and resilience is also an anti-war novel -- a sharp indictment of deceitful government leaders, and warlords throughout the world.

Carefully crafted and replete with memorable characters, The Guest From Johannesburg is a coming of age story that carries Malone from energetic young cruise director to respected Pan Am executive, from violent pre-war Asia in the 1930s to America's tumultuous Vietnam protest years of the 1970s. Set in Hawaii, it presents informed and affectionate insights about Hawaiian attitudes and cultures. A wise narrator with a hidden agenda elicits powerful personal stories from Malone and his friends, constructing a unique saga that spans two generations and three major wars. It brings to life painful experiences of Japanese-Americans imprisoned at Amache internment camp in Colorado, U.S. prisoners within Omori camp in Yokohama, and non-white South Africans within apartheid South Africa. It vividly captures Japan's invasion of Shanghai and Pearl Harbor, as well as America's cruelty at My Lai and Kent State.

The Guest From Johannesburg is a riveting examination of the horrors of war and the heroic resilience of individuals who fight for peace, invoking the words and inspirations of JFK, Robert Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela and Joan Baez. This is an anti-war novel that offers hope for future generations.

Born in Chile and educated in the United States, Don McPhail was raised in Palo Alto and now lives in Mountain View, California. He attended Menlo College, the U.S Naval Academy, and San Francisco State University. A longtime freelance writer, he is an avid traveler and spent forty years as a marketing executive in the airline and hospitality industries. He devoted nearly 20 years to fundraising and governance for Hanna Boys Center in Sonoma, California.

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$15.99
ISBN: 9780578460994
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Published: Donald McPhail - April 2019

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Sanderson Dean - Stark Raving Dad (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, June 8, 2019 - 1:00pm

Finally! The pain of parenting . . . in poetic form! Stark Raving Dad is an illustrated collection of poems (no claims of being Walt Whitman here) that humorously captures fatherly angst in comedic verse and pairs it with "talented" art from the author's own kids.

Let's be honest: Most gifts for Dad usually end up being a golf club or a tie. But what about the Dad in desperate need of a laugh? Give him reassurance he's not the only father trying to figure it all out.

Over the years Sanderson Dean has turned all his fatherly angst into poetry, accompanied by crudely drawn images by his children. But before your eyes glaze over at the word "poetry," you should know it's more hapless than highbrow. From surviving road trips to being puked on, and from plunging clogged toilets to finding Craisins in the couch cushions, Sanderson covers many of the rarely talked about adventures that make the journey of parenthood so very exciting.

Sanderson Dean has been an Emmy Award-winning writer/producer/creative in the television and film advertising business for more than two decades. He is a husband and proud father of two boys who serve as his poetic inspiration. Find him online at StarkRavingDad.com.

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$14.00
ISBN: 9780762493609
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Published: Running Press Adult - May 7th, 2019

Finally! The pain of parenting . . . in poetic form! Stark Raving Dad is an illustrated collection of poems (no claims of being Walt Whitman here) that humorously captures fatherly angst in comedic verse and pairs it with "talented" art from the author's own kids.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Tony Broadbent - The Timeless Teachings of Guru Zuzu (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, June 8, 2019 - 4:00pm

If you live with a cat (and let's be clear, you are living with your cat, not the other way around) you may also be living with a guru. You may have noticed "your" cat's smarts, the way she knows exactly when it is four a.m. and thus time to apply her right paw to your lower lip. Or her instincts in sensing, hours before the vet appointment, that it's time to blend imperceptibly in with the dust bunnies under your bed. But did you know that the snoozing bundle of fur on your sofa is also, most likely, a spiritual teacher worthy of reverence and devotion? A saying celebrated in the teachings of Lao Tzu and Zen Buddhism promises that "when the student is ready, the teacher will appear." Author Tony Broadbent experienced this when a cat, subsequently named Zuzu--named after "Zuzu's Petals" in the film, It's a Wonderful Life--showed up in his life. In tribute he has created The Timeless Teachings of Guru Zuzu--a series of delightful spreads with nuggets of wit and wisdom on the left and image on the right. So get ready for your own visitation. If you share a domicile with a cat, you don't have to climb a mountaintop, go to an ashram, or learn a new way to breathe. You already have all you need.

Tony Broadbent is the author of mysteries including The Smoke, about a Cockney cat (yes, cat) burglar in post-war London and The Beatles in Liverpool, Hamburg, London. Broadbent lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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$16.95
ISBN: 9781608685936
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Published: New World Library - May 7th, 2019

If you live with a cat, you live with a teacher, one that watches your every move.

When author Tony Broadbent began observing his cat Zuzu in all her daily wanderings, he found she led him to new pathways of thought, new insights, and an unexpected trove of wisdom.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

John Doe & Tom DeSavia - More Fun in the New World (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, June 8, 2019 - 4:30pm

Picking up where Under the Big Black Sun left off, More Fun in the New World explores the years 1982 to 1987, covering the dizzying pinnacle of L.A.'s punk rock movement as its stars took to the national--and often international--stage. Detailing the eventual splintering of punk into various sub-genres, the second volume of John Doe and Tom DeSavia's west coast punk history portrays the rich cultural diversity of the movement and its characters, the legacy of the scene, how it affected other art forms, and ultimately influenced mainstream pop culture. The book also pays tribute to many of the fallen soldiers of punk rock, the pioneers who left the world much too early but whose influence hasn't faded.

As with Under the Big Black Sun, the book features stories of triumph, failure, stardom, addiction, recovery, and loss as told by the people who were influential in the scene, with a cohesive narrative from authors Doe and DeSavia. Along with many returning voices, More Fun in the New World weaves in the perspectives of musicians Henry Rollins, Fishbone, Billy Zoom, Mike Ness, Jane Weidlin, Keith Morris, Dave Alvin, Louis Pérez, Charlotte Caffey, Peter Case, Chip Kinman, Maria McKee, and Jack Grisham, among others. And renowned artist/illustrator Shepard Fairey, filmmaker Allison Anders, actor Tim Robbins, and pro-skater Tony Hawk each contribute chapters on punk's indelible influence on the artistic spirit.

In addition to stories of success, the book also offers a cautionary tale of an art movement that directly inspired commercially diverse acts such as Green Day, Rancid, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Wilco, and Neko Case. Readers will find themselves rooting for the purists of punk juxtaposed with the MTV-dominating rock superstars of the time who flaunted a "born to do this, it couldn't be easier" attitude that continued to fuel the flames of new music. More Fun in the New World follows the progression of the first decade of L.A. punk, its conclusion, and its cultural rebirth.

John Doe, a founding member of groundbreaking punk band X, has recorded eight solo records and as an actor has appeared in over fifty films and television productions.

Tom DeSavia is a long time record and music publishing A&R man based in Los Angeles, California. DeSavia began his music industry career as a journalist.

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$28.00
ISBN: 9780306922121
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Published: Da Capo Press - June 4th, 2019

Sequel to Grammy-nominated bestseller Under the Big Black Sun, continuing the up-close and personal account of the L.A. punk scene, with 50 rare photos


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$16.99
ISBN: 9780306825330
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Published: Da Capo Press - April 25th, 2017

Under the Big Black Sun explores the nascent Los Angeles punk rock movement and its evolution to hardcore punk as it's never been told before. John Doe of the legendary band X and co-author Tom DeSavia have woven together an enthralling story of the legendary West Coast scene from 1977-1982 by enlisting the voices of people who were there.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Left Coast Writers® Launch: Wanderland Writers Night

Saturday, June 8, 2019 - 7:00pm

A night of unabashed travel tales and fun with authors from Left Coast Writers®. In this Caravansary, a selection of travel writers will share their stories from the road.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Writer's Tribe Launch: Jacqueline Faber - A Purrfect Home for Kitters (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, June 9, 2019 - 1:00pm

Children and adults alike face times when courage and acceptance are needed to navigate unwanted change. Jacqueline Faber's picture book, A Purrfect Home for Kitters, creates an understandable roadmap for young readers when facing the unfamiliar, and it's told from the cat's point of view! It will make you laugh and touch your heart.

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