Corte Madera Events

Eric Nuzum - Make Noise (Corte Madera Store)

Monday, January 27, 2020 - 7:00pm

In conversation with Skye Pillsbury

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

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

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

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

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

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David Talbot - Between Heaven and Hell (Corte Madera Store)

Tuesday, January 28, 2020 - 7:00pm

In conversation with Blaise Zerega

Acclaimed writer, bestselling author, and founder of Salon magazine, David Talbot has brought us masterful and explosive headline-breaking stories for over 25 years with books like the New York Times bestsellers Brothers, The Devil's Chessboard, and nationally recognized Season of the Witch. Now for the first time, he turns inward in Between Heaven and Hell, an intimate journey through the life-changing year following his stroke—a year that turned his life upside down, and ultimately, saved him.

In his signature voice and with powerful storytelling, Talbot examines the physical, emotional, and psychological impact his stroke has had on his identity. Along the way Talbot offers readers insider stories on the wild early days of Internet journalism, insights into the new tech culture, the down and dirty of Hollywood, and much more. This is an illuminating, often humorous, portrait of how a health crisis can truly shift one's perspective on life and purpose.

David Talbot is the esteemed author of four popular history books, and the founder and original editor in chief of one of the first entirely digital publications, Salon magazine. A former senior editor of Mother Jones magazine, Talbot is a journalist and columnist who has written for the New Yorker, Time, Rolling Stone, The Guardian, the San Francisco Chronicle and other publications. His book Season of the Witch was a San Francisco Chronicle bestseller for four years and was the 2015 San Francisco One City One Book pick.

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Diane Patricia Capone - Al Capone, Stories My Grandmother Told Me (Corte Madera Store)

Wednesday, January 29, 2020 - 6:00pm

For the first time, the true stories of Al Capone's private life and final days will be told by his granddaughter, Diane Patricia Capone. Al Capone, Stories My Grandmother Told Me is based on Diane's personal recollections along with the stories that her grandmother, Mae, and her father, who was Al Capone's only child, told her. It is based also on her mother, Diana Casey Capone's private journals. It is about a remarkable love that never died; about not giving up hope and finally about personal redemption.

Diane Patricia Capone was born in Miami Beach, Florida and moved to California as a teenager. She graduated from Palo Alto High School in the 60's and married and had a family while living in the San Francisco Bay Area. She graduated from San Jose State University with a B.S. in Business and Psychology. After working in Venture Capital and other business positions, she completed a Masters in Counseling at Santa Clara University. She worked for the next twenty years as a Counselor and an Instructor at Mission College in Santa Clara, CA. Al Capone, Stories My Grandmother Told Me is her first book.

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Jeanine Cummins - American Dirt (Corte Madera Store)

Wednesday, January 29, 2020 - 7:00pm

February First Edition Pick!

Lydia Quixano Pérez lives in the Mexican city of Acapulco. She runs a bookstore. She has a son, Luca, the love of her life, and a wonderful husband who is a journalist. And while there are cracks beginning to show in Acapulco because of the drug cartels, her life is, by and large, fairly comfortable.

Even though she knows they’ll never sell, Lydia stocks some of her all-time favorite books in her store. And then one day a man enters the shop to browse and comes up to the register with a few books he would like to buy—two of them her favorites. Javier is erudite. He is charming. And, unbeknownst to Lydia, he is the jefe of the newest drug cartel that has gruesomely taken over the city. When Lydia’s husband’s tell-all profile of Javier is published, none of their lives will ever be the same.

Forced to flee, Lydia and eight-year-old Luca soon find themselves miles and worlds away from their comfortable middle-class existence. Instantly transformed into migrants, Lydia and Luca ride la bestia—trains that make their way north toward the United States, which is the only place Javier’s reach doesn’t extend. As they join the countless people trying to reach el norte, Lydia soon sees that everyone is running from something. But what exactly are they running to?

American Dirt will leave readers utterly changed. It is a literary achievement filled with poignancy, drama, and humanity on every page. It is one of the most important books for our times.

Already being hailed as "a Grapes of Wrath for our times" and "a new American classic," Jeanine Cummins's American Dirt is a rare exploration into the inner hearts of people willing to sacrifice everything for a glimmer of hope.

Jeanine Cummins is the author of the novels The Outside Boy and The Crooked Branch, and the bestselling memoir A Rip in Heaven. She lives in New York with her husband and two children.

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Elissa Altman - Motherland (Corte Madera Store)

Thursday, January 30, 2020 - 7:00pm

After surviving a traumatic childhood in nineteen-seventies New York and young adulthood living in the shadow of her flamboyant mother, Rita, a makeup-addicted former television singer, Elissa Altman has managed to build a very different life, settling in Connecticut with her wife of nearly twenty years. After much time, therapy, and wine, Elissa is at last in a healthy place, still orbiting around her mother but keeping far enough away to preserve the stable, independent world she has built as a writer and editor. Then Elissa is confronted with the unthinkable: Rita, whose days are spent as a flâneur, traversing Manhattan from the Clinique counters at Bergdorf to Bloomingdale’s and back again, suffers an incapacitating fall, leaving her completely dependent upon her daughter.

Now Elissa is forced to finally confront their profound differences, Rita’s yearning for beauty and glamour, her view of the world through her days in the spotlight, and the money that has mysteriously disappeared in the name of preserving youth. To sustain their fragile mother-daughter bond, Elissa must navigate the turbulent waters of their shared lives, the practical challenges of caregiving for someone who refuses to accept it, the tentacles of narcissism, and the mutual, frenetic obsession that has defined their relationship.

Motherland is a story that touches every home and every life, mapping the ferocity of maternal love, moral obligation, the choices women make about motherhood, and the possibility of healing. Filled with tenderness, wry irreverence, and unforgettable characters, it is an exploration of what it means to escape from the shackles of the past only to have to face them all over again.

Elissa Altman is the critically acclaimed author of Poor Man’s Feast: A Love Story of Comfort, Desire, and the Art of Simple Cooking and the James Beard Award–winning blog of the same name and Treyf: My Life as an Unorthodox Outlaw. Her work has appeared in O: The Oprah Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, The New York Times, Tin House, The Rumpus, Dame Magazine, LitHub, Saveur, and The Washington Post, where her column, “Feeding My Mother,” ran for a year. Her work has been anthologized in Best Food Writing six times. A finalist for the Frank McCourt Memoir Prize, Altman has taught the craft of memoir at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, The Loft Literary Center, 1440 Multiversity, and Ireland’s Literature and Larder program, and has appeared live on stage at TEDx and The Public, on Heritage Radio, and widely on NPR. She lives in Connecticut with her family.

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Irene Butter - Shores Beyond Shores (Corte Madera Store)

Friday, January 31, 2020 - 7:00pm

In conversation with Christina Desser

Shores Beyond Shores—Irene Butter's memoir of her experiences before, during and after the Holocaust—is not a recounting of misery and tragedy; rather it is the genuine story of a girl coming to terms with a terrible event and choosing to view herself as a survivor instead of a victim. When the Dutch police knock on their door, Irene and her family were forced to leave their home and board trains meant for cattle. They were taken to Nazi-controlled prison camps and finally to Bergen-Belsen, where Irene was a fellow prisoner with Anne Frank. With limited access to food, shelter, and warm clothing, Irene's family needed nothing short of a miracle to survive. Later forbidden from speaking about her experiences by the American relatives who cared for her, Irene is now making up for lost time. She has shared the stage with peacemakers such as the Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, and Elie Wiesel, and she considers it her duty to tell her story now and on behalf of the six million other Jews who have been permanently silenced. Throughout the book, her first-person account celebrates the love and empathy that can persist even in the most inhumane conditions.

Irene Butter's words send a poignant message against hate at a time when anti-Semitic, fascist and xenophobic movements around the globe are experiencing a resurgence. Irene, through her book, reminds us of the impact one person can have in choosing to follow the mantra, 'never a bystander'—a phrase she adopted only 33 years ago, after her own voice was silenced by her cousins in the years after the Holocaust. Now, Irene Hasenberg Butter is a well-known inspirational speaker on her experiences during World War II.

Chris Desser is an artist, writer, and advocate for progressive social change. She was a Fellow at On the Commons and developed A Catalogue of Extinct Experience, a collaborative art installation demonstrating that our best, creative selves grow out of and depend on preserving a diverse and evolving planet. She was recently appointed to the Marin County Planning Commission and previously served on the California Coastal Commission and the San Francisco Commission for the Environment. Author of numerous articles and essays, Chris co-edited Living with the Genie—Technology and the Quest for Human Mastery.  She has practiced environmental law and served on the boards of many companies, foundations and progressive non-profit organizations including The Women’s Donor Network, The Rockwood Leadership Institute, Patagonia, Mother Jones Magazine, the Rainforest Action Network, and the Furthur Foundation.

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Barbara Rose Brooker - Love, Sometimes (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, February 1, 2020 - 1:00pm


Launch Event! 

In Love, Sometimes, a passionate, sixty-eight-year-old author single-handedly fights ageism in the Hollywood networks and risks her TV series, fame, and fortune—finding controversial true love along the way.

After publishing many books, and many failed TV opportunities, Bette Roseman finally signs a network contract for a TV series based on her novel, The Viagra Diaries, and dreams of a hit show. But when WC Network changes her protagonist’s age from sixty to twenty-something, Bette angrily confronts Network CEO Joshua Bitterman. She demands that her protagonist maintain her original age, but he insists the public “wants young.” After betrayal, intrigue, bartering with the multi-million-dollar network, the impassioned Bette finds herself in the middle of a high-stakes Hollywood legal court battle. Wanting to make deeper connection with her feelings, writing, and her two adult daughters, she begins to explore her past and her subconscious for her truths.

Barbara Rose Brooker, MA, age activist, teacher, painter, and poet, has published eleven books of fiction and won a National Library Award for her poetry. She has appeared often on The Today Show, The Talk, ET, Andy Cohen, and Watch What Happens Live. Also a columnist, she has published Boomer in the City for the JWeekly and the Huffington Post. Currently she teaches writing at San Francisco State/OLLI, and other venues. She is the founder of, the first march in history to celebrate age pride! She believes that anyone at any age can write and publish a book. She lives in San Francisco, has two daughters, and loves dogs. She is at work on a book of short stories about aging with glamour and never giving up on dreams.

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Stacy E. Wolf with Marilyn Izdebski - Beyond Broadway (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, February 1, 2020 - 7:00pm

The idea of American musical theatre conjures up images of bright lights and big city, but its lifeblood is found in local and amateur productions at schools, community theatres, summer camps, and more. In Beyond Broadway: The Pleasure and Promise of Musical Theatre Across America, author Stacy Wolf discusses the widespread presence and persistence of musical theatre in U.S. culture as a live, pleasurable, participatory experience of creating, watching, and listening. Why does local musical theatre flourish in America for practitioners and audiences alike? 

Wolf traveled from Maine to Hawaii, visiting elementary schools, a middle school performance festival, afterschool programs, high schools, summer camps, state park outdoor theatres, community theatres, and dinner theatres, and conducted over 200 interviews with practitioners and spectators, licensors and Disney creatives.  Beyond Broadway tells the story of musical theatre's abundance and longevity in the U.S. as a thriving, joyful activity that touches millions of lives.

As part of her journey, Wolf met musical theatre director, dance teacher, and producer Marilyn Izdebski, and observed auditions, rehearsals, and performances as part of her research.  

Stacy Wolf is a theatre professor and director of the Program in Music Theater at Princeton University, where she teaches classes on gender and race in the American musical, including a course on the musicals of Stephen Sondheim.  She is the author of Changed for Good: A Feminist History of the Broadway MusicalA Problem Like Maria: Gender and Sexuality in the American Musical, and co-editor of The Oxford Handbook of the American Musical.  Wolf's latest book, Beyond Broadway: The Pleasure and Promise of Musical Across America, explores how the Broadway musical theatre repertoire finds new life at local venues across the country, including summer camps, high schools, community theatres, and afterschool programs.  She’s also written about women in The Hunchback of Notre Dame for Disney Theatrical Group’s Study Guide and two articles on gender in the smash hit Hamilton.  Before Princeton, Wolf taught at the University of Texas at Austin, the George Washington University, and Florida State University.  She holds a BA in English from Yale, an MA in Drama from the University of Virginia, and a PhD in Theatre & Drama from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Wolf is also a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and a President’s Distinguished Teaching Award from Princeton.

Marilyn Izdebski has a BA, MA and Teaching Credential in Theatre from UCLA and has been dancing since the age of 3.  She has directed and choreographed for the Mountain Play, Ross Valley Players, Marin Theatre Company & the Novato Theater Company.  At NTC, she most recently directed Chicago, 2017, and A Chorus Line, 2018, for which she was nominated for Best Choreography 2018 for by SFBATTC; as well as choreographed Fantastiks, 2018, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, 2019, Sweeney Todd, 2019 and currently directing & choreographing The Who’s Tommy.  She directed and taught at her company, Marilyn Izdebski Productions, for 40 years. Newly “retired,” she is thrilled to be working with many Marin theatre companies and as well as serving as the President of NTC Board & The Playhouse in San Anselmo.

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Danielle Svetcov - Parked (Corte Madera Store)

Tuesday, February 4, 2020 - 7:00pm

Jeanne Ann is smart, stubborn, living in an orange van, and determined to find a permanent address before the start of seventh grade.

Cal is tall, sensitive, living in a humongous house across the street, and determined to save her.

Jeanne Ann is roughly as enthusiastic about his help as she is about living in a van.

As the two form a tentative friendship that grows deeper over alternating chapters, they're buoyed by a cast of complex, oddball characters, who let them down, lift them up, and leave you cheering. In Parked, debut novelist Danielle Svetcov shines a light on a big problem without a ready answer, nailing heartbreak and hope, and pulling it off with a humor and warmth that make the funny parts of Jeanne Ann and Cal's story cathartic and the difficult parts all the more moving.

An impatient chef once told author Danielle Svetcov, "You talk too much, you move too slow!" when she was peeling onions in his restaurant kitchen. He was right. So she doubled down on writing, which rewards thinking (and talking) and going slow. Danielle wrote for The New York Times, U.S. News & World Report, The Chicago Tribune Magazine, and others before becoming a literary agent and, now, an author. With her debut novel, Parked, she writes her way back to her first loves—food and friendship. You can find Danielle across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco with her salami-loving family.

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Kim Brown Seely - Uncharted (Corte Madera Store)

Wednesday, February 5, 2020 - 7:00pm

In conversation with Marybeth Bond

Kim Brown Seely and her husband were at a crossroads. With the economy in freefall, their jobs stagnant, and their youngest son moving away to college, the couple decided to face another unknown. They impulsively purchased a too-big sailboat, learned how to sail, and embarked on a 700-nautical-mile voyage through the Inside Passage. Bound for an expanse of untamed wilderness—the stunningly wild Great Bear Rainforest of the Northwest—in search of the elusive white Kermode bear, the couple begin to discover who they are as individuals and as a couple in a pivotal moment in their lives. Honest, self-effacing, and full of humor and generosity, this unforgettable memoir is at once a breathtaking adventure tale and a lyrical meditation on the changing nature of love.

Kim Brown Seely, a 2016 Lowell Thomas Journalist of the Year, has worked in publishing on both coasts, including as senior editor at Travel + Leisure, contributing editor at National Geographic Adventure, and travel editor at Microsoft and Amazon. Her writing has also appeared in Outside, National Geographic Traveler, Sunset, Coastal Living, and Virtuoso Life.

Marybeth Bond is the author of four books, two for National Geographic, and editor/contributor of five women's travel anthologies. Her best selling books include A Women's World, Gutsy Women, and Best Girlfriends Getaways. Her career has included a guest appearance on the Oprah Winfrey Show with her book Gutsy Women, and recently a half page New York Times profile about her career and work. She has appeared on more than 250 television and radio shows, including KQED with Michael Krasny. She is the creator of GutsyTraveler and reports from locations worldwide. Marybeth lives in Marin County, writes for The Ark Newspaper and has previously spoken at Book Passage. Several years ago Marybeth and her daughter rode their bikes across the USA to raise over $55,000 for an Osteoporosis Charity.

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