Corte Madera Events

Special Event - Tribute to Peter Everwine (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, June 9, 2019 - 4:00pm

Join Bill Broder, Sandra Hoben--a poet who studied with Everwine and long-term resident of Mill Valley--along with two close poet friends of his, Dorianne Laux and Joseph Millar in a tribute to Peter Everwine. Featuring an edition of Peter Everwine’s last poems, Pulling the Invisible But Heavy Cart, just published by the Stephen F. Austin State University Press at Nacogdoches, Texas.


Bill Broder, Literary Executor for Peter Everwine, has published six novels, three works of historical fiction, and three memoirs. Broder has also acted as member, Executive Director and Artistic Director of a playwright’s workshop, California On Stage, and has completed a number of full-length plays that were stage-read throughout Northern California. Abalone! was produced in Carmel, California. Professionally, Broder has worked extensively as a free-lance writer, specializing in the writing, design, and production of educational materials for museums, schools, exhibitions, and publishing companies.


Peter Everwine (1930 - 2018)

Peter Everwine was brought up in western Pennsylvania. He attended Northwestern University, the University of Iowa, and studied with Yvor Winters at Stanford on a Jones Fellowship (later called a Stegner Fellowship). In 1962 he began teaching at Fresno State and retired from CSU Fresno in 1992. He is the author of eight collections of poetry including Collecting the Animals (Atheneum) which won the Lamont Poetry Prize, Keeping the Night (Atheneum), and From the Meadow: New & Selected Poems (2004) from the Univ. of Pittsburgh Press. Everwine's recent collections of poetry are The Countries We Live In: Selected Poems of Natan Zach 1955-1979 (Tavern Books, 2011), and Listening Long and Late (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2013), and the limited- edition poetry chapbook A Small Clearing (Aureole Press, 2016).

Everwine also published translations of the Nauhuatl/Aztec, in a volume, In the House of Light, with Stone Wall Press (1970), The Static Element: Selected Poems of Natan Zach, the Israeli poet, with Atheneum, in 1983, and then more translations from the Aztecs in Working the Song Fields, with The Eastern Washington University Press, 2009.

At California State University Fresno, with Philip Levine, and later C.G. Hanzlicek, Everwine was responsible for the renowned creative writing program, often referred to as “the Fresno School.” Many nationally recognized poets today owe their careers and writing lives in large part to their time in Fresno working with Everwine, Levine, and Hanzlicek. The poets Larry Levis, David St. John, Roberta Spear, Gary Soto, Dixie Salazar, Ernesto Trejo, Kathy Fagan, Greg Pape, Jon Veinberg, and Luis Omar Salinas are but a few whose skills and poetic sensibilities were influenced and shaped at Fresno State.

Everwine’s career included a senior Lecturer Fulbright award for the University of Haifa, Israel, fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and Guggenheim Foundation, and an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature. His poems were published in many prominent literary journals have been widely anthologized.


Pulling the Invisible but Heavy Cart: Last Poems Cover Image
ISBN: 9781936205950
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Published: Stephen F. Austin University Press - May 30th, 2019

The editors of this volume share Peter Everwine’s opinion that the art speaks for itself and should be paramount.  Even the artist does not know the full meaning of the creation. There has to be a reader, a spectator, a viewer for the act to have full resonance. We leave that resonance to each of you who read the poems.  

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Mary Beth Keane - Ask Again, Yes (Corte Madera Store)

Monday, June 10, 2019 - 7:00pm

Francis Gleeson and Brian Stanhope are two NYPD rookies assigned to the same Bronx precinct in 1973. They aren’t close friends on the job, but end up living next door to each other outside the city. What goes on behind closed doors in both houses—the loneliness of Francis’s wife, Lena, and the instability of Brian’s wife, Anne, sets the stage for the stunning events to come.

Ask Again, Yes by award-winning author Mary Beth Keane, is a beautifully moving exploration of the friendship and love that blossoms between Francis’s youngest daughter, Kate, and Brian’s son, Peter, who are born six months apart. In the spring of Kate and Peter’s eighth grade year a violent event divides the neighbors, the Stanhopes are forced to move away, and the children are forbidden to have any further contact.

But Kate and Peter find a way back to each other, and their relationship is tested by the echoes from their past. Ask Again, Yes reveals how the events of childhood look different when reexamined from the distance of adulthood—villains lose their menace, and those who appeared innocent seem less so. Kate and Peter’s love story is marked by tenderness, generosity, and grace.

Mary Beth Keane was born in the Bronx to Irish parents and grew up in Rockland County, New York. She attended Barnard College and the University of Virginia, where she received an MFA in Fiction. In 2011, she was named one of the National Book Foundation’s “5 under 35,” and in 2015 she was awarded a John S. Guggenheim fellowship for fiction writing. She currently lives in Pearl River, New York with her husband and their two sons. She is the author of The Walking People, Fever, and Ask Again, Yes.

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ISBN: 9781982106980
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Published: Scribner - May 28th, 2019

“A beautiful novel, bursting at the seams with empathy.”Elle

A profoundly moving novel about two neighboring families in a suburban town, the friendship between their children, a tragedy that reverberates over four decades, the daily intimacies of marriage, and the power of forgiveness.

How much can a family forgive?

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Marin Poetry Center Traveling Show (Corte Madera Store)

Tuesday, June 11, 2019 - 7:00pm

Readers still to be announced.

Please join us in welcoming members from the Marin Poetry Center for an evening of poetry readings!

The Marin Poetry Center hosts regular readings and workshops featuring nationally recognized poets. Annually, they offer their Marin High School Poetry Contest, their Marin Poetry Center Anthology, and the popular Summer Traveling Show, a roving series that showcases our members’ poetry in fun group readings all summer long.

Founded in 1981 by a dedicated group of Northern California poets, the Marin Poetry Center is a non-profit organization whose mission is to nurture the enjoyment of poetry and the craft of writing throughout the Bay Area. They are based in Marin County but are expanding throughout the Bay Area.

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Louise Aronson - Elderhood (Corte Madera Store)

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - 7:00pm

For more than 5,000 years, "old" has been defined as beginning between the ages of 60 and 70. That means most people alive today will spend more years in elderhood than in childhood, and many will be elders for 40 years or more. Yet at the very moment that humans are living longer than ever before, we've made old age into a disease, a condition to be dreaded, disparaged, neglected, and denied.

Reminiscent of Oliver Sacks, noted Harvard-trained geriatrician Louise Aronson uses stories from her quarter century of caring for patients, and draws from history, science, literature, popular culture, and her own life to weave a vision of old age that's neither nightmare nor utopian fantasy--a vision full of joy, wonder, frustration, outrage, and hope about aging, medicine, and humanity itself.

Elderhood is for anyone who is, in the author's own words, "an aging, i.e., still-breathing human being."

Louise Aronson, MD, is the author of A History of the Present Illness and a geriatrician, educator, and professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), where she directs UCSF Medical Humanities. A graduate of Harvard Medical School and the MFA Program For Writers at Warren Wilson College, Dr. Aronson has received the Gold Professorship in Humanism, the California Homecare Physician of the Year Award, and the American Geriatrics Society Clinician-Teacher of the Year Award, as well as numerous awards for her teaching, educational research, and writing. The recipient of a MacDowell fellowship and four Pushcart nominations, her articles and stories have appeared in many publications, including The New York Times, New England Journal of Medicine, Lancet, and Bellevue Literary Review. She lives in San Francisco.

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ISBN: 9781620405468
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - June 11th, 2019

As revelatory as Atul Gawande's Being Mortal, physician and award-winning author Louise Aronson's Elderhood is an essential, empathetic look at a vital but often disparaged stage of life.

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Jamil Zaki - The War for Kindness (Corte Madera Store)

Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 7:00pm

Our modern society is practically designed to destroy empathy. As cities grow and solitary living becomes more common, we see more people than ever before, but know fewer of them. Rituals that bring us into regular contact—attending church, participating in team sports—have given way to solitary pursuits, often carried out over the Internet. When we encounter someone online, the first thing we often learn about them is what we like the least. They are enemies before they have a chance to be people.

Amid these toxic social forces, studies demonstrate that the average person’s empathy has eroded over the last forty years. Jamil Zaki, a professor of psychology at Stanford University, has dedicated his career to understanding why. “Being a psychologist studying empathy today is like being a climatologist studying the polar ice,” Zaki writes. “Each year we discover more about how valuable it is, just as it recedes all around us.” In The War for Kindness, he uses his groundbreaking research to explain how society can address the empathy deficit and fight back against tribalism, isolation, and exhaustion.

Zaki begins by giving us an entirely new understanding of how empathy works. It has long been thought to be a hardwired trait, which people either have or don’t have. However, as Zaki and other scientists have demonstrated, empathy is in fact more like a skill, which can be taught, strengthened, and adapted to the modern world. “With the right treatments—medicines, if you will—we can grow a more muscular kind of empathy, and broaden our kindness along the way,” Zaki says.

The War for Kindness opens very personally. Zaki’s parents went through a long, bitter divorce beginning when he was eight. A tumultuous childhood served as a sort of “empathy gym” for his young brain as he worked hard to stay connected to both his mother and father. Throughout the book, Zaki takes us to both the lab and out into the world. We visit Washington State’s police academy, where trainers use actors to simulate crime scenes, teaching cops to behave more like guardians and less like warriors. We spend time with a former member of the White Aryan Resistance, who was befriended by a Jewish teacher, reformed, and later founded an organization that helps others leave hate groups. We sit in on a rehearsal of the San Francisco Young Performers Theatre to see how teenagers learn to inhabit different perspectives and grow their social skills along the way. We learn how a Rwandan radio soap opera helped heal the collective trauma of that country’s genocide. And we observe NICU physicians and nurses learning to help families through their hardest moments without drowning in their own pain.

Fighting for kindness is not easy. But in The War for Kindness, Zaki presents the science and the tools that could help us reverse the empathy decline, and emphasizes why we must try. “In five years, or one, the world could be a meaner place or a kinder one. Our social fabric could further tear or start to mend,” Zaki writes. “But if we succumb to our lazier emotional instincts, we will all suffer more. The direction we take—and our collective fate—depends, in a real way, on what each of us decides to feel.”

Jamil Zaki is a professor of psychology at Stanford University and the director of the Stanford Social Neuroscience Lab. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, The New Yorker, and The Atlantic.

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ISBN: 9780451499240
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Published: Crown - June 4th, 2019

“In this masterpiece, Jamil Zaki weaves together the very latest science with stories that will stay in your heart forever.”—Angela Duckworth, author of Grit

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Anne Cushman - The Mama Sutra (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, June 15, 2019 - 11:00am

Sutra is the Sanskrit name for a short spiritual teaching, and it comes from the same root as the English word suture, or stitch. This story of motherhood as a path to awakening is, says yoga and meditation teacher Anne Cushman, “an homage to the long threads that run through all human lives, stitching up what’s shredded in our hearts.”

The Mama Sutra spans an eighteen-year journey through motherhood as a spiritual practice, chronicling Cushman’s first pregnancy, her daughter's tragic stillbirth, the joyful birth of her son, the “home retreat” of early motherhood, the challenges of parenthood, the diagnosis and gifts of her son’s developmental differences, the meltdown of her nuclear family and its reconfiguration into a new and joyful form, and more. This is a powerful story of the rawness and beauty of life.

Anne Cushman is a longtime yoga and meditation teacher whose writing has been published in the New York Times, O Magazine, Lion’s Roar, and more. She teaches at Spirit Rock, Kripalu, and other venues worldwide. A former editor of Yoga Journal and Tricycle, she is the author of several books, including Moving into Meditation and the novel Enlightenment for Idiots.

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ISBN: 9781611804638
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Published: Shambhala - April 16th, 2019

A heartfelt memoir of motherhood as a spiritual practice by a longtime yoga and dharma teacher.

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Sue Hitzmann - MELT Performance (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, June 15, 2019 - 1:00pm

Are you an athlete facing constant injuries that hold you back from achieving peak performance? Are you someone who wants to stay fit, but are dealing with aches and pains that make it more difficult to work out? Do you want to exercise or train without being sidelined by stress fractures, strained ligaments, and painful joints?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you need MELT Performance.

The conditioning you do to stay in shape and perfect and improve performance—running on a treadmill, doing squats or bicep curls, practicing our backhand, even doing downward dog—requires repetitive movements. Yet 80% of orthopedic injuries are the result of repetitive motion, not trauma or accidents. In MELT Performance, nationally recognized educator, manual therapist, and exercise physiologist Sue Hitzmann introduces a revolutionary program centered on neurological joint stability or Neurostrength, that will revolutionize your health and performance.

The foundation of MELT Performance is stability. To stay injury free, our joints must stable before we do repetitive motions. Acquiring stability allows the body to respond to the demands of motion. It’s the way we were designed to function—and allows us to move more efficiently, improve coordination, and save our joints. Knowing how to check in, restore, and reintegrate joint stability before it’s compromised gives an unparalleled advantage to anyone who trains hard to perform at their best.

Hitzmann’s techniques are proven to work—they’re already used by world renowned professional athletes and fitness enthusiasts. If you’re ready to improve your performance and prevent injury, MELT Performance is essential no matter what sport or activity you pursue.

Sue Hitzmann, MS, CST, NMT is the creator of the MELT Method®, a simple self-treatment technique that helps people get out and stay out of chronic pain. A nationally recognized educator, manual therapist, exercise physiologist, and founding member of the Fascia Research Society, Sue is the author of the New York Times bestselling book The MELT Method, which has been translated into eight languages and helped over 200,000 people lead a healthy, pain-free life.

This long-awaited follow-up to the New York Times bestselling The MELT Method introduces a unique, scientific-based proactive training program for improving overall balance, performance, and control while preventing pain and injury.

Are you an athlete facing constant injuries that hold you back from achieving peak performance?

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Sheri Salata with April Gargiulo - The Beautiful No (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, June 15, 2019 - 4:00pm

In Conversation with April Gargiulo

“Thursday morning. One hundred pounds overweight, no man in sight, and rounding the bend to 57 years old—a full-blown catastrophe.”

What happens when you realize you’ve had the career of your dreams, but you don’t have the life of your dreams? This was the stark reality facing Sheri Salata when she left her twenty-year stint at The Oprah Winfrey Show, Harpo Studios and the OWN network. She had dedicated decades to her dream job, and loved (almost) every minute of it, but had left the rest of her life gathering dust on the shelf.

After years of telling other people’s makeover stories, Sheri decided to “produce” her own life transformation. And this meant revisiting her past, excavating its lessons, and boldly reimagining her future. In the pages of The Beautiful No, she invites readers along for the ride—detoxing in the desert, braving humiliation at Hollywood’s favorite fitness studio, grappling with losses, reinventing friendships, baring her soul in sex therapy, and more. Part cautionary tale, part middle-of-life rallying cry, Sheri’s stories offer profound inspiration for personal renewal.

Sheri Salata is a writer/producer, cofounder of the and cohost of the podcast The Sheri + Nancy Show. Her current ventures are the evolution of her 20-year career with Oprah Winfrey. Her action-packed days as Executive Producer on The Oprah Winfrey Show were chronicled in the acclaimed docuseries Season 25: Oprah Behind the Scenes. Sheri also served as Co-President of Harpo Studios and OWN, the Oprah Winfrey Network. Sheri has been named one of Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business, The Hollywood Reporter’s Women in Entertainment Power 100 and the 2017 Feminist Press Power Award winners. Sheri is living happily ever after in a magical town in northern California.

April Gargiulo is the Founder and CEO of Vintner’s Daughter, a luxury skincare company committed to creating the highest quality, performance-driven, nutritional skincare. She launched her first product in 2012, bucking industry standards by using whole, organic plants and methodical, time-honored formulation methods versus low-quality filler ingredients and formulation shortcuts. Vintner’s Daughter quickly became a benchmark for quality and performance in the beauty world and Active Botanical Serum became coveted by top beauty editors and industry experts around the world. Before starting Vintner’s Daughter, April spent 8 years at the helm of her family’s Napa Valley winery, Gargiulo Vineyards. There, she helped build the winery’s reputation for terroir-driven, “first growth” Cabernet Sauvignon. Before Napa, April spent 6 years in Manhattan where she worked for design leader Vitra. Through Vintner’s Daughter, April commits 2% of every bottle sold to charities benefiting women and children worldwide. She is married to fellow entrepreneur Mitch Lowe (also her co-CEO) and has two young daughters.

The Beautiful No: And Other Tales of Trial, Transcendence, and Transformation Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062743190
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Published: Harper Wave - June 4th, 2019

“Thursday morning. One hundred pounds overweight, no man in sight, and rounding the bend to 57 years old—a full-blown catastrophe.”

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James Ellroy - This Storm (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, June 16, 2019 - 4:00pm

It is January, 1942. Torrential rainstorms hit L.A. A body is unearthed in Griffith Park. The cops rate it a routine dead-man job. They're grievously wrong. It's a summons to misalliance and all the spoils of a brand-new war.

Elmer Jackson is a corrupt Vice cop. He's a flesh peddler and a bagman for the L.A. Chief of Police. Hideo Ashida is a crime-lab whiz, caught up in the maelstrom of the Japanese internment. Dudley Smith is an LAPD hardnose working Army Intelligence. He's gone rogue and gone all-the-way Fascist. Joan Conville was born rogue. She's a defrocked Navy lieutenant and a war profiteer to her core.

They've signed on for the dead-man job. They've got a hot date with History. They will fight their inner wars within The War with unstoppable fury.

A massive novel of World War II Los Angeles, This Storm is the crowning work of an American master.

James Ellroy was born in Los Angeles in 1948. He is the author of the Underworld U.S.A. Trilogy: American Tabloid, The Cold Six Thousand, and Blood's A Rover, and the L.A. Quartet novels: The Black Dahlia, The Big Nowhere, L. A. Confidential, and White Jazz. He lives in Colorado.

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ISBN: 9780307957009
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Published: Knopf - June 4th, 2019

A massive novel of World War II Los Angeles. The crowning work of an American master.

It is January, 1942. Torrential rainstorms hit L.A. A body is unearthed in Griffith Park. The cops rate it a routine dead-man job. They're grievously wrong. It's a summons to misalliance and all the spoils of a brand-new war.

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NEW DATE: Pam Jenoff & Kate Quinn - The Lost Girls of Paris and The Huntress (Corte Madera Store)

Monday, June 17, 2019 - 7:00pm

Grace Healy is rebuilding her life after losing her husband during the war. One morning while passing through Grand Central Terminal on her way to work, she finds an abandoned suitcase tucked beneath a bench. Unable to resist her own curiosity, Grace opens the suitcase, where she discovers a dozen photographs--each of a different woman. In a moment of impulse, Grace takes the photographs and quickly leaves the station. Grace soon learns that the suitcase belonged to a woman named Eleanor Trigg, leader of a ring of female secret agents who were deployed out of London during the war. Twelve of these women were sent to Occupied Europe as couriers and radio operators to aid the resistance, but they never returned home--their fates a mystery. Setting out to learn the truth behind the women in the photographs, Grace finds herself drawn to a young mother-turned-agent named Marie, whose daring mission overseas reveals a remarkable story of friendship, valor, and betrayal. Vividly rendered and inspired by true events, The Lost Girls of Paris shines the light on the incredible heroics of the brave women of the war, and weaves a mesmerizing tale of courage, sisterhood, and the great strength of women to survive in the hardest of circumstances.

Bold and fearless, Nina Markova always dreamed of flying. When the Nazis attack the Soviet Union, she risks everything to join the legendary Night Witches, an all-female night bomber regiment wreaking havoc on the invading Germans. When she is stranded behind enemy lines, Nina becomes the prey of a lethal Nazi murderess known as the Huntress, and only Nina’s bravery and cunning will keep her alive. Transformed by the horrors he witnessed from Omaha Beach to the Nuremberg Trials, British war correspondent Ian Graham has become a Nazi hunter. Yet one target eludes him: a vicious predator known as the Huntress. To find her, the fierce, disciplined investigator joins forces with the only witness to escape the Huntress alive: the brazen, cocksure Nina. But a shared secret could derail their mission unless Ian and Nina force themselves to confront it. Growing up in post-war Boston, seventeen-year-old Jordan McBride is determined to become a photographer. When her long-widowed father unexpectedly comes homes with a new fiancée, Jordan is thrilled. But there is something disconcerting about the soft-spoken German widow. Certain that danger is lurking, Jordan begins to delve into her new stepmother’s past—only to discover that there are mysteries buried deep in her family . . . secrets that may threaten all Jordan holds dear. An immersive, heart-wrenching story, The Huntress illuminates the consequences of war on individual lives, and the price we pay to seek justice and truth. 

Pam Jenoff is the author of several novels of historical fiction, including the New York Times bestseller The Orphan's Tale. She holds a bachelor’s degree in international affairs from George Washington University and a master’s degree in history from Cambridge, and she received her Juris Doctor from the University of Pennsylvania. Jenoff’s novels are inspired by her experiences working at the Pentagon and also as a diplomat for the State Department handling Holocaust issues in Poland. She lives with her husband and three children near Philadelphia where, in addition to writing, she teaches law school.

Kate Quinn is a native of Southern California. She attended Boston University, where she earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in classical voice. A lifelong history buff, she is the New York Times bestselling author of The Alice Network, and has also written four novels in the Empress of Rome Saga and two books set in the Italian Renaissance detailing the early years of the infamous Borgia clan. All have been translated into multiple languages. She and her husband now live in San Diego with two black dogs named Caesar and Calpurnia.

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ISBN: 9780778330271
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Published: Park Row - January 29th, 2019

A New York Times BestsellerCosmopolitan Best Book Club Book of 2019PopSugar Must-Read Book of 2019Glamour Best Book of 2019"Fraught with danger, filled with mystery, and meticulously researched, The Lost Girls of Paris<

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"...compulsively readable historical fiction…[a] powerful novel about unusual women facing sometimes insurmountable odds with grace, grit, love and tenacity.” - Kristin Hannah, The Washington Post 

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