Corte Madera Events

A Is for Anthology: The Writing and Publishing of Short Stories (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, September 29, 2019 - 4:00pm

Panelists include: Robin C. Stuart, author of SegFault; Margaret Lucke, Fault Lines editor and author of Two Hundred Miles; Deborah Lacy, author of Please See Me; J.J. Lamb, author of Two-Buck Hitch; and Judith Janeway, author of Get a Life

Fog shrouds the landscape. Redwood treetops disappear into the sky. Ocean waves crash against rocky cliffs. And sometimes a fault line cracks open, shaking our world.

Fault Lines explores faults that exist not just in the earth but in people—the flaws and failings that lead us to commit grievous acts against someone else, and the guilt and culpability we bear. It also examines the lines that we draw to connect clues, expose secrets, establish bonds, and lead us to justice.

Sisters in Crime/Northern California’s first short story anthology offers 19 tales that will take you on an exciting journey around our earthquake-prone region and beyond.

The editor of Fault Lines and several of its contributors discuss the rewards and challenges of writing and publishing short stories.

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By Margaret Lucke (Editor)
ISBN: 9781733694209
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Published: Sisters in Crime Northern California Chapter - March 27th, 2019

Fault lines in the earth can shake our world. Fault lines within people give rise to wrongs that must be righted. Sisters in Crime/Northern California's first short story anthology invites you to take a journey into mystery and intrigue, with 19 short stories that explore crime, guilt, and justice in our earthquake-prone region and beyond.

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Shafia Zaloom with Peggy Orenstein - Sex, Teens, and Everything in Between (Corte Madera Store)

Monday, September 30, 2019 - 7:00pm

In Conversation with Peggy Orenstein

Many American teens are steeped in a culture that sends unsettling messages about sex, through everything from politics to music to the normalization of porn. In today's environment, it's crucial that teens be able to ask hard questions about how to take care of themselves, make decisions that reflect their values, and stay safe. In Sex, Teens, and Everything in Between, veteran teen sex educator and mother of three Shafia Zaloom helps you discuss a wide variety of sex-related topics with your teens, including:

  • How to get and give consent
  • What it means to have "good" sex
  • How to help prevent sexual harassment and assault
  • How to stay safe in difficult situations
  • The legal consequences of sexual harassment and assault, and what to do if a teen experiences assault or is accused of it
  • Stories from survivors of sexual assault

Approachable, engaging, and with real-life scenarios and discussion questions in every chapter, Sex, Teens, and Everything in Between is a must-have resource that gives parents and educators the tools they need to have meaningful conversations with teens about what sex can and should be.

Shafia Zaloom is currently a Health Educator at the Urban School in San Francisco. A teacher, former coach, certified outdoor educator and administrator in the Bay Area for 25 years, she has worked with thousands of teenagers. The focus of Shafia’s work is on human development, healthy communities, ethics and social justice. She consults with other schools to create programs and leads teachers to develop and present curricula on a variety of topics. Committed to service, Shafia has been on six educational nonprofit boards and honored by the San Francisco Giants with the Isabelle Lemon Community Spirit Award of 2018 for her work with Aim High, a program that expands opportunities for students from low-income neighborhoods and their teachers through tuition-free summer learning enrichment.

Peggy Orenstein is the New York Times bestselling author of Girls & Sex, Cinderella Ate My Daughter, Waiting for Daisy, Flux, and Schoolgirls. A contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine, she has been published in USA Today, Parenting, Salon, the New Yorker, and other publications, and has contributed commentary to NPR’s All Things Considered. She lives in Northern California with her husband and daughter.

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By Shafia Zaloom, Michael Riera (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781492680086
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Published: Sourcebooks - September 3rd, 2019

The only book you need to start a conversation with your kids about sexual harassment, consent, #metoo, and more

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James Verini - They Will Have to Die Now (Corte Madera Store)

Tuesday, October 1, 2019 - 7:00pm

James Verini arrived in Iraq in the summer of 2016 to write about life in the Islamic State. He stayed to cover the jihadis' last great stand, the Battle of Mosul, not knowing it would go on for nearly a year, nor that it would become, in the words of the Pentagon, "the most significant urban combat since WWII."

They Will Have to Die Now takes the reader into the heart of the conflict against the most lethal insurgency of our time. We see unspeakable violence, improbable humanity, and occasional humor. We meet an Iraqi major fighting his way through the city with a bad leg; a general who taunts snipers; an American sergeant who removes his glass eye to unnerve his troops; a pair of Moslawi brothers who welcomed the Islamic State, believing, as so many Moslawis did, that it might improve their shattered lives. Verini also relates the rich history of Iraq, and of Mosul, one of the most beguiling cities in the Middle East.

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ISBN: 9780393652475
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 17th, 2019

James Verini arrived in Iraq in the summer of 2016 to write about life in the Islamic State. He stayed to cover the jihadis' last great stand, the Battle of Mosul, not knowing it would go on for nearly a year, nor that it would become, in the words of the Pentagon, "the most significant urban combat since WWII."

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Paul Tough - The Years That Matter Most (Corte Madera Store)

Wednesday, October 2, 2019 - 7:00pm

Does college still work? Is the system designed just to protect the privileged and leave everyone else behind? Or can a college education today provide real opportunity to young Americans seeking to improve their station in life?

The Years That Matter Most tells the stories of students trying to find their way, with hope, joy, and frustration, through the application process and into college. Drawing on new research, the book reveals how the landscape of higher education has shifted in recent decades and exposes the hidden truths of how the system works and whom it works for. And it introduces us to the people who really make higher education go: admissions directors trying to balance the class and balance the budget, College Board officials scrambling to defend the SAT in the face of mounting evidence that it favors the wealthy, researchers working to unlock the mysteries of the college-student brain, and educators trying to transform potential dropouts into successful graduates.

With insight, humor, and passion, Paul Tough takes readers on a journey from Ivy League seminar rooms to community college welding shops, from giant public flagship universities to tiny experimental storefront colleges. Whether you are facing your own decision about college or simply care about the American promise of social mobility, The Years That Matter Most will change the way you think—not just about higher education, but about the nation itself.

Paul Tough is the author of Helping Children Succeed and How Children Succeed, which spent more than a year on the New York Times hardcover and paperback bestseller lists and was translated into twenty-eight languages. He is also the author of Whatever It Takes: Geoffrey Canada’s Quest to Change Harlem and America. He is a contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine and a regular contributor to the public-radio program This American Life. You can learn more about his work at and follow him on Twitter @paultough.

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ISBN: 9780544944480
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - September 10th, 2019

“Indelible and extraordinary.”—Tara Westover, author of Educated: A Memoir, New York Times Book Review

The best-selling author of How Children Succeed returns with a powerful, mind-changing inquiry into higher education in the United States

Does college still work?

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William Kent Krueger - This Tender Land (Corte Madera Store)

Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 7:00pm

1932, Minnesota—the Lincoln School is a pitiless place where hundreds of Native American children, forcibly separated from their parents, are sent to be educated. It is also home to an orphan named Odie O’Banion, a lively boy whose exploits earn him the superintendent’s wrath. Forced to flee, he and his brother Albert, their best friend Mose, and a brokenhearted little girl named Emmy steal away in a canoe, heading for the mighty Mississippi and a place to call their own.

Over the course of one unforgettable summer, these four orphans will journey into the unknown and cross paths with others who are adrift, from struggling farmers and traveling faith healers to displaced families and lost souls of all kinds. With the feel of a modern classic, This Tender Land is an en­thralling, big-hearted epic that shows how the magnificent American landscape connects us all, haunts our dreams, and makes us whole.

William Kent Krueger is the award-winning author of the New York Times bestseller Ordinary Grace--winner of the Edgar Award for best novel--as well as eighteen Cork O’Connor novels, including Desolation Mountain and Sulfur Springs. He lives in the Twin Cities with his family.

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ISBN: 9781476749297
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Published: Atria Books - September 3rd, 2019


“If you liked Where the Crawdads Sing, you’ll love This Tender Land...This story is as big-hearted as they come.” —Parade

A magnificent novel about four orphans on a life-changing odyssey during the Great Depression, from the bestselling author of Ordinary Grace.

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Lit Camp Fundraiser (Corte Madera Store)

Friday, October 4, 2019 - 6:30pm

Lit Camp Live! Join Lit Camp for a celebratory evening of wine and food…plus a dozen fast-paced readings from both Lit Camp alumni (representing all 6 years!), as well as local, best-selling authors. Free admission

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Joan Price - Sex After Grief (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, October 5, 2019 - 1:00pm

Sex is complicated at the best of times--but when we're overcome by grief, it's especially mysterious and confusing. How do we nurture ourselves as sexual beings when we're grieving the death of a partner? Why does taking care of ourselves sexually matter at a time when we'd rather hide under the covers and wail? How do we know when it's time to open ourselves to the sexual phase of a new relationship? And how do we do it?

There's no right or wrong method or timeline for bringing our sexuality back into into our lives, whether it's with our own hands, a friend with benefits, a hook-up, a new companion, or any combination. Sex After Grief includes a variety of people's personal stories from folks of all genders and orientations. Some jumped into sex quickly. Some took years. Some withdrew from sexual possibility. No one was wrong, and no choice is defective or shameful.

A grief book like no other, Sex after Grief is the first book to address sex and grief together and treat sex as a normal, positive, life-affirming part of emerging from such a difficult time. Joan Price, the top expert on senior sex, draws on her own experiences as a widow since 2008, when she lost the love of her life to cancer. She shares her raw grief journey, sexual reawakening (and the many stumbles along the way), and attempts to dip back into dating, along with excellent advice on handling each step.

Author and speaker Joan Price calls herself an "advocate for ageless sexuality." For fifteen years, Joan was a widely published health and fitness writer. Then at 57, after decades of single life, she fell deeply in love with artist Robert Rice, who was then 64. Their love affair was profound, joyful, and extremely spicy. Their passion, in contrast to society's view of older people as sexless, led Joan at age 61 to write Better Than I Ever Expected: Straight Talk about Sex After Sixty to celebrate the delights of older-life sexuality. Robert and Joan married after five years together and had two more years together before Robert died of cancer in 2008. His last request to Joan was "Promise me you'll keep doing your work." After Better Than I Ever Expected came out, hundreds of senior readers sent her questions and comments about the problems in their own sex lives. Joan realized that her next book had to be a self-help guide for both men and women dealing with the challenges of older-age sexuality. She started writing Naked at Our Age: Talking Out Loud about Senior Sex to address readers' problems. The success of Naked at Our Age and the demand for more information about senior sexuality led Joan to write The Ultimate Guide to Sex After 50: How to Maintain – or Regain! – a Spicy, Satisfying Sex Life, an upbeat, inclusive, and comprehensive guidebook for seniors of all genders and orientations and their health professionals. She travels nationally and internationally, speaking about senior sex to wide and diverse audiences. Formerly a high school English teacher, Joan is also a fitness professional who believes that exercise should be a treat, not a treatment. She has written several books about health and fitness, including The Anytime, Anywhere Exercise Book: 300+ Quick and Easy Exercises You Can Do Whenever You Want.

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ISBN: 9781642500332
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Published: Mango - August 15th, 2019

Reclaim Your Sexuality After Loss

An Honest Approach to Hard Questions: Sex is complicated at the best of times--but when we're overcome by grief, it's especially mysterious and confusing. How do we nurture ourselves as sexual beings when we're grieving the death of a partner?

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Katherine Ellison - Mothers & Murderers (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, October 5, 2019 - 4:00pm

What is the single most humiliating mistake you’ve ever made?

Katherine Ellison has a good one: At 23 years old, barely one year into her first job as a newspaper reporter, she mis-paraphrased a prosecutor in a major murder trial, making it seem as if a woman who hadn’t been charged with any crime was guilty of plotting a murder.

The woman sued Ellison for libel, demanding $11 million, in a humiliating episode that Ellison initially feared would destroy her career. Instead, the mistake pushed her into taking new risks to restore her editors’ faith in her, while also dealing with her own traumatic family history: a journey that led to insight, adventure, and love.

Mothers & Murderers is an intense psychological thriller that weaves together the story of an outrageous murder mystery with a mysterious woman at its center and Ellison’s roller-coaster love life and career. It takes readers from San Jose, California—before it was Silicon Valley—to Pakistan, Nicaragua, Ethiopia, and the Philippines.

As the book progresses, with each story offering insights into the other, the reader comes to understand both why Ellison made the mistake that almost ruined her life and how she was able to overcome it.

This story of resilience and empowerment is equally relevant for women who came of age after the second wave of feminism and women who today face strikingly similar challenges in taking responsibility for their behavior, whether conscious or unconscious.

Katherine Ellison began her writing career at age 11, when Archie Comics paid her $10 for an essay about her pet Miniature Schnauzer. (That was a long time ago but freelancing still doesn’t pay all that much.) Twelve years later she got her first full-time job as a reporter for The San Jose Mercury News. At age 27, Ellison won a Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting for her contributions as part of a team of three journalists, for an investigative series on secret US real estate investments by Philippine dictators Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos and their cronies. She went on to work for 12 years as a foreign correspondent covering Latin America for Knight Ridder Newspapers. Ellison is the author and co-author of ten non-fiction books, including The Mommy Brain and Buzz: A Year of Paying Attention. The mother of two sons, she lives in San Anselmo with her husband and two dogs.

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Linda Watanabe McFerrin - Navigating the Divide (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, October 5, 2019 - 7:00pm

Navigating the Divide: Selected Poetry and Prose is a career-spanning, multi-genre collection from the award-winning Asian-American writer and indie lit legend Linda Watanabe McFerrin. In poetry and prose that is sometimes profoundly personal, sometimes astoundingly surreal, this world traveler and devoted literary explorer breaks down walls, bridges, cultures, and genres, delighting and instructing the reader. This rich, multi-faceted collection really does “navigate the divide” between spiritual and physical, between thought and desire, between identity and others.

Linda Watanabe McFerrin is a poet, travel writer, and novelist. She is the author of two poetry collections, two novels, a collection of award-winning short stories, and a travel guidebook. Her literary honors include the Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction and various travel writing, poetry, and fiction awards. Her latest novel, Dead Love, was a Bram Stoker Award Finalist for Superior Achievement in a Novel. As the founder of Left Coast Writers, Watanabe McFerrin has taught and mentored a long list of writers and is a beloved figure in California’s rich, historic literary culture. She has led workshops around the world, and with ASP author Joanna Biggar, she co-founded the Wanderland Writers series of workshops and anthologies, which they co-edit.

Advance Praise for Navigating the Divide

“I have loved everything I’ve ever read by Linda Watanabe McFerrin. Her prose and poetry are filled with amazing women, charm, wisdom and light. She is both soulful and precise, eloquent and full of life.”

Anne Lamott, Author of Bird by Bird

“Reading Linda’s work is like being mesmerized by a snake before it swallows you whole.   The words shimmer, creating a dreamscape where the story unfolds and draws you in while strange, sometimes bizarre, encounters play out in minutely described detail.  You ‘emerge’ from her stories rather than ‘finish’ them.   The poems are spare, elegant and evocative, stirring deep emotions even while not ostensibly emotional.  This is a beautiful book by a writer who has honed her writing skills and knows precisely how to wield them.”

Maureen Wheeler, Co-Founder of Lonely Planet Publications

“Poetry like burnished steel and prose that reads like poetry. The most captivating and rewarding book I’ve read this year.”

Tim Cahill, Author of Jaguars Ripped My Flesh, A Wolverine Is Eating My Leg, and Pass the Butterworms

"Navigating the Divide by Linda Watanabe McFerrin reminds me of the prodigious efforts of the legendary Polynesian long canoe wayfinders, who navigated the vast ocean using only the stars, the  sun and moon, and the pattern of the waves. Likewise, the poems and prose pieces here range across the wide globe, from San Francisco and Oakland, to Shanghai and Tokyo, as well as the often enormous distance between love and loneliness, strangers and friends, sadness and happiness. The insights here into the human condition are often as wrenching as a sea storm, but also as euphoric as the moment when the fog lifts and your ship slips into a safe harbor."  

Phil Cousineau, Author of The Book of Roads and The Art of Pilgrimage

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ISBN: 9781942892144
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Published: Santa Fe Writer's Project - October 2019

Navigating the Divide: Selected Poetry and Prose is a career-spanning, multi-genre collection from the award-winning Asian-American writer and indie lit legend Linda Watanabe McFerrin.

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Mark Stephens - Yoga for Better Sleep (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, October 6, 2019 - 1:00pm

As modern science unravels some of the mysteries of our sleeping, dreaming, and waking states, age-old yoga practices are helping us to enjoy better sleep, clearer minds, and healthier bodies. Over 65 percent of U.S. adults are sleep deprived. Sleep deprivation causes and worsens many ailments, including stress, heart conditions, high blood pressure, obesity, and depression. This book provides easy-to-do and effective yoga activities--including postural sequences, breathing exercises, and meditation tools--for better quality and quantity sleep across the life cycle from childhood to older age. In Yoga for Better Sleep, long-time yoga instructor, teacher trainer, and bestselling author Mark Stephens integrates the ancient wisdom of yoga, practical insights, age- and condition-specific sequences, and discussions of neuroscience and psychology to offer tools for improving sleep--naturally and drug-free.

Mark Stephens is a reformed insomniac who once believed that sleeping five to six hours per night was a blessing of the gods. Now a healthy eight-hour-per-night sleeper, Stephens is the author of Teaching Yoga, Yoga Sequencing, Yoga Adjustments, and Yoga Therapy. A yoga practitioner for over twenty-five years, he lives, practices yoga, and writes in Santa Cruz, California.

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By Mark Stephens, Sally Kempton (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781623173630
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Published: North Atlantic Books - August 13th, 2019

Learn simple yoga techniques--poses, meditations, and breathwork--to sleep better and longer, from master yoga teacher trainer and author, Mark Stephens

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