Corte Madera Events

James Vlahos - Talk to Me (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, July 27, 2019 - 7:00pm

The next great technological disruption is coming. The titans of Silicon Valley are racing to build the last, best computer that the world will ever need. They know that whoever successfully creates it will revolutionize our relationship with technology—and make billions of dollars in the process. They call it conversational AI.

Computers that can speak and think like humans may seem like the stuff of science fiction, but they are rapidly moving toward reality. In Talk to Me, veteran tech journalist James Vlahos meets the researchers at Amazon, Google, and Apple who are leading the way. He explores how voice tech will transform every sector of society: handing untold new powers to businesses, overturning traditional notions of privacy, upending how we access information, and fundamentally altering the way we understand human consciousness. And he even tries to understand the significance of the voice-computing revolution first-hand — by building a chatbot version of his terminally ill father.

Vlahos’s research leads him to one fundamental question: What happens when our computers become as articulate, compassionate, and creative as we are?

James Vlahos covers the frontiers of technological change for publications like Wired, the New York Times Magazine, Popular Science, and Scientific American; he also writes for The Atlantic and GQ. In 2017 he engineered a chatbot that helps preserve the personality and tell the life story of his late father, a project that resulted in a Wired cover story and attracted attention from around the world. He lives in El Cerrito, California.


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ISBN: 9781328799302
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Published: Eamon Dolan/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - March 26th, 2019

**To chat with the author, ask your Alexa device to "open the voice computing book."**

The next great technological disruption is coming

The titans of Silicon Valley are racing to build the last, best computer that the world will ever need.

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Literary Luncheon: Janet Fitch - Chimes of a Lost Cathedral (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, July 28, 2019 - 12:00pm

Ticket: $55 (includes meal & signed book)

After the events of The Revolution of Marina M., the young Marina Makarova finds herself on her own amid the devastation of the Russian Civil War--pregnant and adrift in the Russian countryside, forced onto her own resourcefulness to find a place to wait out the birth of her child. She finds new strength and self-reliance to fortify her in her sojourn, and to prepare her for the hardships and dilemmas still to come.

When she finally returns to Petrograd, the city almost unrecognizable after two years of revolution, the haunted, half-emptied, starving Capital of Once Had Been, she finds the streets teeming with homeless children, victims of war. Now fully a woman, she takes on the challenge of caring for these civil war orphans, until they become the tool of tragedy from an unexpected direction. But despite the ordeal of war and revolution, betrayal and privation and unimaginable loss, Marina at last emerges as the poet she was always meant to be.

Chimes of a Lost Cathedral finishes the epic story of Marina's journey through some of the most dramatic events of the last century---as a woman and an artist, entering her full power, passion, and creativity just as her revolution reveals its true direction for the future.

Janet Fitch's first novel, White Oleander, a #1 bestseller and Oprah's Book Club selection, has been translated into 24 languages and was made into a feature film. Her most recent novel, Paint It Black, hit bestseller lists across the country and has also been made into a film. She lives in Los Angeles.



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R. O. Kwon with C Pam Zhang - The Incendiaries (Corte Madera Store)

Tuesday, July 30, 2019 - 7:00pm

In Conversation with C Pam Zhang

Phoebe Lin and Will Kendall meet in their first month at prestigious Edwards University. Phoebe is a glamorous girl who doesn't tell anyone she blames herself for her mother's recent death. Will is a misfit scholarship boy who transfers to Edwards from Bible college, waiting tables to get by. What he knows for sure is that he loves Phoebe.

Grieving and guilt-ridden, Phoebe is drawn into a secretive cult founded by a charismatic former student with an enigmatic past. When the group commits a violent act in the name of faith, Will finds himself struggling to confront a new version of the fanaticism he's worked so hard to escape. Haunting and intense, The Incendiaries is a fractured love story that explores what can befall those who lose what they love most.

R. O. Kwon is a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellow. Her writing is published or forthcoming in the New York Times, New York, The Guardian, Vice, Buzzfeed, Time, Noon, Electric Literature, Playboy, and elsewhere. Born in South Korea, she has lived most of her life in the United States.

Born in Beijing but mostly an artifact of the United States, C Pam Zhang is the recipient of support from Tin House, Bread Loaf, Aspen Words, and elsewhere. Her work lives in publications such as Kenyon Review, The Pushcart Prize Anthology, and McSweeney's Quarterly; she herself has lived in thirteen cities across four countries and is still pondering home.

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ISBN: 9780735213906
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Published: Riverhead Books - July 30th, 2019

Now a National Bestseller

"Religion, politics, and love collide in this slim but powerful novel reminiscent of Donna Tartt's The Secret History, with menace and mystery lurking in every corner." --People Magazine

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William McKeever - Emperors of the Deep (Corte Madera Store)

Wednesday, July 31, 2019 - 7:00pm

From the Jaws blockbusters to Shark Week, we are conditioned to see sharks as terrifying cold-blooded underwater predators. But as Safeguard the Seasfounder William McKeever reveals, sharks are evolutionary marvels essential to maintaining a balanced ecosystem. We can learn much from sharks, he argues, and our knowledge about them continues to grow. The first book to reveal in full the hidden lives of sharks, Emperors of the Deep examines four species—Mako, Tiger, Hammerhead, and Great White—as never before, and includes fascinating details such as:

  • Sharks are 50-million years older than trees;
  • Sharks have survived five extinction level events, including the one that killed off the dinosaurs;
  • Sharks have electroreception, a sixth-sense that lets them pick up on electric fields generated by living things;
  • Sharks can dive 4,000 feet below the surface;
  • Sharks account for only 6 human fatalities per year, while humans kill 100 million sharks per year.

McKeever goes back through time to probe the shark’s pre-historic secrets and how it has become the world’s most feared and most misunderstood predator, and takes us on a pulse-pounding tour around the world and deep under the water’s surface, from the frigid waters of the Arctic Circle to the coral reefs of the tropical Central Pacific, to see sharks up close in their natural habitat. He also interviews ecologists, conservationists, and world-renowned shark experts, including the founders of Greenpeace’s Rainbow Warrior, the head of the Massachusetts Shark Research Program, and the self-professed “last great shark hunter.”

At once a deep-dive into the misunderstood world of sharks and an urgent call to protect them, Emperors of the Deep celebrates this wild species that hold the key to unlocking the mysteries of the ocean—if we can prevent their extinction from climate change and human hunters.

William McKeever is the founder of Ocean Guardian, a NGO dedicated to ocean conservation. He is the producer and director of the forthcoming feature-length documentary Man Bites Shark, which will premier in the spring.


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ISBN: 9780062880321
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Published: HarperOne - June 25th, 2019

Emperors of the Deep is a must-read for anyone in love with our oceans and concerned with averting the looming ecological destruction of our planet. McKeever brings to light the importance of sharks and their role as ancient guardians of the seas.”—John Hocevar, Oceans Campaign Director, Greenpeace USA

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September Williams - The Elephant in the Room (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, August 3, 2019 - 4:00pm

In Conversation with Susan Martinelli and Pauline Sakamoto • Proceeds Benefit Mothers' Milk Bank, San Jose

September Williams is an American physician-writer, bioethicist, and filmmaker who is a member of the National Writers Union and an affiliate of the International Federation of Journalists. Researching her first novel of the Chasing Mercury Toxic Trilogy she came across material showing cow’s milk-based formula poses a greater risk of infant exposure to mercury and lead than does breastfeeding. There, the seed was planted for The Elephant in the Room: Bioethical Concerns in Human Milk Banking. Seriously humorous, informative and timely, The Elephant in the Room takes a sexy look at bioethics. The year 2018 will be remembered as pivotal in modern history because that’s when the first mother-model (in more ways than one) helped empower all families by breastfeeding her baby at work, on a runway during Fashion Week.

How did we come to this point where breastfeeding is sensational? Dr. Williams defines bioethical problem-solving techniques, wades through some heady science, and breaks public health into bite-sized bits ingestible by ‘everybody and their mothers’. “Should we let babies starve?” It is a not so ‘tongue in cheek’ example of a simplified moral question. The Elephant in the Room worries about the pain of disproportionate infant mortality and maternal morbidity by race and class. Evidence is given for why mothers and their babies plagued by high infant mortality and morbidity might benefit from mind-body skill development. She notes traps inherent in our dependence on biotechnology and neonatal intensive care units if we do not place equal focus on diminishing root causes for those needs. Using the history of moral travesties related to the commodification of women and their bodies, in the service of science and technology, she warns that we risk repeated deviations from our health evolution.

The Elephant in the Room trumpets a song that can be easily heard by a wide range of people—women and men, healthcare professionals, owners of restaurants, movie theaters, and bookstores. The clarion call? “More breast milk, please,”  through the normalization of breastfeeding in society.

The first week of August 2019 is World Breastfeeding Week.  A member of the California Breastfeeding Coalition, Susan Martinelli, (BCLC) based at the Marin Community Clinics will join the discussion. Also, Pauline Sakamoto, MS, RN, PHN, Mothers’ Milk Bank San Jose’s founding executive director will join  September Williams, MD, as a resource for this book talk. In recognition of decades of lactation advocacy, feeding frail babies, and the wisdom to identify milk inequity— proceeds from the sale of the Elephant in the Room: Bioethical Concerns in Human Milk Banking go to Mothers’ Milk Bank, San Jose.

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ISBN: 9780692179109
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Published: Cove International Publishers - September 24th, 2018

From bioethicist September Williams, MD, the author of 'Chasing Mercury, ' with Mothers' Milk Bank, San Jose, comes The Elephant in the Room: Bioethical Concerns in Human Milk Banking. Seriously humorous, informative and timely, The Elephant... makes bioethics look sexy. The year 2018 will be remembered as pivotal in modern history.

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Marin Shakespeare Company - Spamalot (Corte Madera Store)

Monday, August 5, 2019 - 7:00pm
In Partnership with Marin Shakespeare Company

Join us for a spirited conversation with the members from the cast and crew of Marin Shakespeare Company's production of Spamalot, a musical lovingly ripped off from the motion picture Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Marin Shakespeare Company’s first ever musical theatre production is a zany performance of epic proportions and riotous nonsense, complete with a nod to the Legend of King Arthur and appearances by The Lady of the Lake. You don’t need to slay The Vicious Chicken of Bristol to be admitted to the court of Spamalot. Experience the irreverent search for a shrub, all set to fetching tunes with men in tights, loads of fabulous dancers, and frivolous lingering lyrics. Spamalot will be playing at the Forest Meadows Amphitheatre through August 25. Purchase tickets and read more at

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Left Coast Writers® Salon: Travel Writers & Photographers Conference Preview (Corte Madera Store)

Monday, August 5, 2019 - 7:00pm

At this Left Coast Writers® Literary Salon, a group of women travel writers share their secrets in advance of the Travel Writers & Photographers Conference.

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Rhys Bowen - Love and Death Among the Cheetahs (Corte Madera Store)

Tuesday, August 6, 2019 - 7:00pm

Georgie and Darcy are finally on their honeymoon in Kenya's Happy Valley, but murder crashes the party in Love and Death Among the Cheetahs, the all-new installment in the New York Times bestselling series.

I was so excited when Darcy announced out of the blue that we were flying to Kenya for our extended honeymoon. Now that we are here, I suspect he has actually been sent to fulfill another secret mission. I am trying very hard not to pick a fight about it, because after all, we are in paradise! Darcy finally confides that there have been robberies in London and Paris. It seems the thief was a member of the aristocracy and may have fled to Kenya. Since we are staying in the Happy Valley—the center of upper-class English life—we are well positioned to hunt for clues and ferret out possible suspects.

Now that I am a sophisticated married woman, I am doing my best to sound like one. But crikey! These aristocrats are a thoroughly loathsome sort enjoying a completely decadent lifestyle filled with wild parties and rampant infidelity. And one of the leading lights in the community, Lord Cheriton, has the nerve to make a play for me. While I am on my honeymoon! Of course, I put an end to that right off.

When he is found bloodied and lifeless along a lonely stretch of road, it appears he fell victim to a lion. But it seems that the Happy Valley community wants to close the case a bit too quickly. Darcy and I soon discover that there is much more than a simple robbery and an animal attack to contend with here in Kenya. Nearly everyone has a motive to want Lord Cheriton dead and some will go to great lengths to silence anyone who asks too many questions. The hunt is on! I just hope I can survive my honeymoon long enough to catch a killer. . . .

Rhys Bowen, a New York Times bestselling author, has been nominated for every major award in mystery writing, including the Edgar®, and has won many, including both the Agatha and Anthony awards. She is also the author of the Molly Murphy Mysteries, set in turn-of-the-century New York, and the Constable Evans Mysteries, set in Wales as well as two internationally bestselling stand alone novels. She was born in England and now divides her time between Northern California and Arizona.

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Published: Berkley - August 6th, 2019

Georgie and Darcy are finally on their honeymoon in Kenya's Happy Valley, but murder crashes the party in this all-new installment in the New York Times bestselling series.

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Deep Travel Anthology: Souvenirs from the Inner Journey (Corte Madera Store)

Wednesday, August 7, 2019 - 7:00pm

"A Deep Travel Workshop takes us to remote places, introduces us to marvelous characters, and then lets each of us find our own way as we write." —Tim Cahill, author of Hold the Enlightenment

Deep Travel has led writers from the Himalayan peaks of Nepal to the Saharan sands of Morocco, from the jungles of Mexico to the gitano caves in Spain. Just as compelling as the exterior landscapes we travel are the interior landscapes we encounter—the terrain of our own thoughts and emotions.  The writers in this anthology address both inner and outer adventures through stories, poems, and vignettes that are as informative as a travelogue yet as revelatory as a journal. During our trips we collect many things—cactus silk scarves, handfuls of tin milagros—but the best souvenirs lie within this book: the observations, insights, and reflections that form the heart of Deep Travel.

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Mark Nepo with Phil Cousineau - More Together Than Alone & Drinking from the River of Light (Corte Madera Store)

Thursday, August 8, 2019 - 7:30pm

Please note: Drinking from the River of Light will be available for the event • Priority seating for conferees • $10 ticket charge at the door for those not attending the Travel Writers & Photographers Conference

At once a moving meditation and an empowering guide, More Together Than Alone by Mark Nepo is a compelling testament to the power of community and why it’s so essential in our lives, now more than ever. Nepo draws from historical events, spiritual leaders, and the natural world to show how, in every generation, our tendency is to join together to accomplish our greatest achievements, from creating education to providing clean drinking water, and preserving the arts. Nepo’s historical snapshots, from ancient times to contemporary examples, show how community creates a light in the darkest of times. The book explores the heart of how we come together in varied and beautiful ways, whether forming resistance groups during the Holocaust or rebuilding after the nuclear devastation in Nagasaki. These inspiring stories teach us that even in the bleakest days, we have the power to create connections and draw strength from one another.

In his newest book, Drinking from the River of Light, Nepo traces the search for our most essential selves and explores the importance of art to bear witness to the sorrow, depth, and joy of life. In this collection of interconnected essays and poetry--covering subjects ranging from the importance of staying in conversation with other forms of life to a consideration of how innovators such as Matisse, Rodin, and Beethoven saw the world--Nepo presents a lyrical ode to the artistic urge that stirs in each of us. The book includes dozens of journaling prompts and personal exercises meant to enliven the reader's creative instincts.

Mark Nepo is the author of twenty-one books, including Seven Thousand Ways to Listen, The Endless Practice, and the #1 New York Times bestseller, The Book of Awakening. His work has been translated into more than twenty languages. Mark traveled the country with Oprah Winfrey on her sold-out 2014 “The Life You Want” tour and has appeared several times with Oprah on her Super Soul Sunday program (OWN TV). He lives in southwest Michigan. Visit him online at and

Phil Cousineau is an wward-winning writer and filmmaker, teacher and editor, lecturer and travel leader, storyteller, TV and radio host. His life-long fascination with the art, literature, and history of culture has taken him on many journeys around the world. He lectures frequently on a wide range of topics--from mythology, film, and writing, to beauty, travel, sports, and creativity. He has more than 30 nonfiction books and 15 scriptwriting credits to his name.

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ISBN: 9781501167843
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Published: Atria Books - July 9th, 2019

Mark Nepo—the #1 New York Times bestselling author and popular spiritual teacher—“has given us not only a much-needed message of hope and inspiration, but a practical guide on how to build a better tomorrow, together” (Arianna Huffington, founder of HuffPost).

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Published: Sounds True - September 3rd, 2019

A deeply heartfelt weave of reflections and poems about what it means to live the creative, expressive life.

“I cherish the wisdom and embrace the practices offered in this luminous book.” —Mirabai Starr, author of Caravan of No Despair and Wild Mercy

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