Corte Madera Events

Jeff Raz - The Snow Clown (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, February 10, 2019 - 1:00pm

Some artists thrive by taking risks, exploring unknown territory, living on the edge. The title character in The Snow Clown takes this literally, flying tiny planes out to Eskimo villages in the dead of winter to teach kids who have never seen a circus. The unforgiving tundra and triple-digit wind chill are the least of his worries as he navigates a world where traditional Yup’ik culture is fighting off TV America and missionary teachers.

Years later, the Snow Clown finds himself in Nebraska, America’s Heartland, performing a comedy about the Holocaust and his father’s suicide. It doesn’t go well. He is a Jewish artist out on the plains where Jews are as rare as buffalo but burning crosses are not. Using skills he honed on the Alaskan tundra, he writes plays with students that blow the lid off of “Nebraska Nice” and eventually get him run out of town.

Jeff Raz has performed nationally and internationally for decades, starring in circuses (Cirque du Soleil, Pickle Family Circus and more) and plays, including Shakespeare’s Comedy of Errors on Broadway. He is a graduate of Dell’Arte International, has written 15 plays and has directed dozens of circus, puppet and theater productions. He co-founded Vaudeville Nouveau in 1982, the S.F. New Vaudeville Festival in 1985, The New Pickle Family Circus in 1993, The Clown Conservatory in 2000 and the Medical Clown Project in 2010. His first book, The Secret Life of Clowns, was launched at the Smithsonian in 2017; his second book, The Snow Clown, is hot off the presses. Jeff continues to write, perform, direct, and teach as well as work globally as a communications consultant with Stand & Deliver.


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Special Presentation: Brian Copeland, Julie Lythcott-Haims, R.O. Kwon, & Ingrid Rojas Contreras - Race in America (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, February 10, 2019 - 6:00pm

Join us for this special event entitled "Race in America: Where We Are & Where We’re Headed" featuring a diverse panel of Bay Area writers and agents of change. The panel will be tackling this vital topic in context of the current political climate, and will then take a look at what lies ahead. The moderator is journalist and Book Passage host Paula Farmer.


Feautred Panelists:

Brian Copeland
Award-winning actor, comedian, author, playwright, TV and radio talk show host. His memoir, Not a Genuine Black Man: My Life as an Outlaw, reveals a little-known chapter of Bay Area history. This bestselling book was the 2009 pick for Silicon Valley Reads.

Julie Lythcott-Haims
New York Times bestselling author of How to Raise an Adult. Her acclaimed memoir, Real American, examines her experiences as a Black and biracial person. She serves on the board of Global Citizen Year in Oakland and Common Sense Media in San Francisco. She has also been a dean at Stanford University.

R.O. Kwon
Burst on the literary scene last year with her engrossing novel, The Incendiaries. It was  an ABA Indie Next “Great Read” and a Book Passage First Editions pick. It’s been translated into four languages. She’s written for The Guardian, Vice, and Playboy. Born in South Korea, she lives in the U.S.

Ingrid Rojas Contreras
Her 2018 debut novel, Fruit of the Drunken Tree, was an Indie Next selection and a New York Times editor’s choice. Her essays have appeared in the New York Times, Buzzfeed, and Nylon. She teaches writing at USF and works with immigrant students for the SF Arts Commission. She is a native of Bogota, Colombia.


Not a Genuine Black Man: My Life as an Outsider Cover Image
ISBN: 9781596923119
Availability: Special Order
Published: MacAdam/Cage - March 1st, 2008

Based on the longest running one-man show in San Francisco history--now coming to Off-Broadway--"Not a Genuine Black Man" is a hilarious, poignant, and disarming memoir of growing up black in an all-white suburb.

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ISBN: 9781250296733
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - August 21st, 2018

A fearless debut memoir in which beloved and bestselling How to Raise an Adult author Julie Lythcott-Haims pulls no punches in her recollections of growing up a black woman in America

“Courageous, achingly honest."

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ISBN: 9780735213890
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Published: Riverhead Books - July 31st, 2018

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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ISBN: 9780385542722
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Published: Doubleday - July 31st, 2018

“One of the most dazzling and devastating novels I’ve read in a long time...Readers of Fruit of the Drunken Tree will surely be transformed.”
--San Francisco Chronicle

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Adrianne Aron - Human Rights and Wrongs (Corte Madera Store)

Monday, February 11, 2019 - 7:00pm

Berkeley psychologist Adrianne Aron has won the Sunshot Nonfiction Prize for Human Rights and Wrongs: Reluctant Heroes Fight Tyrannya small book that defenders of a humane immigration policy believe will knock out the bigots and jingoists by the third round. Aron’s punch has 40 years of experience behind it, salted by advanced degrees in both psychology and politics. It is delivered in 12 powerful chapters written in story form, about oppressed people who survive and manage to go forward—because other people, spurred on by sentiments of human solidarity, chip in to help.

Like the people of the current caravans, the people whose stories are told in this book have survived war, natural disaster, political persecution, cross-cultural misunderstandings, and social oppression in many different forms, and have hopes of finding in the United States a place where they can begin to reconstruct fractured lives. Their stories illuminate aspects of the national and international social order of urgent interest to today’s reader, particularly in light of Washington’s allegations that the caravanista migrants are criminals and dangerous invaders.  

What is the truth about why people flee their homes? What awaits them when they reach a supposed area of safety? How do interactions with police and courts, lawyers and judges, mental health workers and jails and hospitals affect them? “Bad guys?” This book draws the line between bigotry and propaganda on the one side and truth and compassion on the other. Insightful, informative, provocative, and moving, Human Rights and Wrongs takes the reader to dark places but shines a light of hope. It is a book to be consulted, discussed, shared, and enjoyed.

Dr. Adrianne Aron studied political theory at U.C. Berkeley and later earned a Ph.D. in psychology from U.C. Santa Cruz. She was for many years clinical director of a pro-bono service for Central American refugees, the Centro Ignacio Martín-Baró, a project of the Committee for Health Rights in the Americas. She is the co-editor and chief translator of a collection of essays by Martín-Baró, Writings for a Liberation Psychology (Harvard University Press) and translator of Mario Benedetti’s Pedro y el Capitán into English as Pedro and the Captain (Cadmus Editions). For respite from her long hours with traumatized refugees she took up writing fiction and little essays of creative nonfiction and, on receiving awards in both genres, was encouraged to write Human Rights and Wrongs in the style of a collection of stories to make the book accessible to the general reader—the audience a liberation psychologist always wants to reach.

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ISBN: 9781944977214
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Published: Sunshot Press - October 1st, 2018


A gift of truth for a generation of Dreamers, a vault of memories for their parents, and a record of shame, pride, sorrow, humor, and forgotten fact for a nation of immigrants.

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Andrew Knapp & Momo - Find Momo Across Europe (Corte Madera Store)

Tuesday, February 12, 2019 - 7:00pm

Play hide-and-seek with Momo, the bandana-wearing, head-tilting border collie who loves to tuck himself away for the stunning photographs taken by his BFF Andrew Knapp. The pair’s first books—Find Momo, Find Momo Coast to Coast, and the board book Let’s Find Momo!—explored landmarks and little-known places across the US and Canada. Find Momo Across Europe features beautiful cities and landscapes throughout Europe. Join Andrew and Momo on their travels to Spain, Portugal, Italy, France, the UK, and more. See if you can spot Momo concealed in picturesque neighborhoods, among ancient ruins, around castles and cathedrals, at legendary attractions, and in off-the-beaten-path locations that only these seasoned travelers could find. It’s the grand tour of Europe you’ve always wanted—with Momo’s cute and happy face waiting for you at every destination.

Andrew Knapp is a designer, photographer, and tireless traveler from Canada. Along with his commercial photography and design work, he's filmed a TEDx Talk, worked brands such as Target, Starbucks, Canon, Sony, and Volvo, and cofounded Up Here Festival in Sudbury, Ontario. His Instagram feed featuring photographs of his border collie Momo became an internet sensation, and has gained 630,000+ followers and counting. His first book, Find Momo, combined Instagram-style imagery with high-quality photography and introduced Momo to a wider audence, and was followed by Find Momo Coast to Coast and the board book Let's Find Momo.

Momo is an adorable border collie, Andrew's BFF, an excellent traveling companion, and a genius at hiding.


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ISBN: 9781683691068
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Published: Quirk Books - February 5th, 2019

Play hide-and-seek with Momo, the bandana-wearing, head-tilting border collie who loves to tuck himself away for the stunning photographs taken by his BFF Andrew. The pair’s first books—Find Momo, Find Momo Coast to Coast, and the board book Let’s Find Momo!—explored landmarks and little-known places across the US and Canada.

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Pam Jenoff - The Lost Girls of Paris (Corte Madera Store)

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 - 12:30pm

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.

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.


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ISBN: 9780778308614
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Published: Park Row - January 29th, 2019

Cosmopolitan best book club book of 2019

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Stephanie Land - Maid (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, February 17, 2019 - 1:00pm

At 28, Stephanie Land's plans of breaking free from the roots of her hometown in the Pacific Northwest to chase her dreams of attending a university and becoming a writer were cut short when a summer fling turned into an unexpected pregnancy. She turned to housekeeping to make ends meet, and with a tenacious grip on her dream to provide her daughter the very best life possible, Stephanie worked days and took classes online to earn a college degree, and began to write relentlessly. She wrote the true stories that weren't being told: the stories of overworked and underpaid Americans. Of living on food stamps and WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) coupons to eat. Of the government programs that provided her housing, but that doubled as halfway houses. The aloof government employees who called her lucky for receiving assistance while she didn't feel lucky at all. She wrote to remember the fight, to eventually cut through the deep-rooted stigmas of the working poor.

Maid explores the underbelly of upper-middle class America and the reality of what it's like to be in service to them. "I'd become a nameless ghost," Stephanie writes about her relationship with her clients, many of whom do not know her from any other cleaner, but who she learns plenty about. As she begins to discover more about her clients' lives-their sadness and love, too-she begins to find hope in her own path.

Her compassionate, unflinching writing as a journalist gives voice to the "servant" worker, and those pursuing the American Dream from below the poverty line. Maid is Stephanie's story, but it's not her alone. It is an inspiring testament to the strength, determination, and ultimate triumph of the human spirit.

Journalist Stephanie Land's work has been featured in The New York TimesThe Washington PostThe GuardianVoxSalon, and many other outlets. She focuses on social and economic justice as a writing fellow through both the Center for Community Change and the Economic Hardship Reporting Project.

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ISBN: 9780316505116
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Published: Hachette Books - January 22nd, 2019

Evicted meets Nickel and Dimed in Stephanie Land's memoir about working as a maid, a beautiful and gritty exploration of poverty in America. Includes a foreword by Barbara Ehrenreich.

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Dani Shapiro with Sylvia Boorstein - Inheritance (Corte Madera Store)

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 - 1:00pm

In Conversation with Sylvia Boorstein

What makes us who we are? What combination of memory, history, biology, experience, and that ineffable thing called the soul defines us?

In the spring of 2016, through a genealogy website to which she had whimsically submitted her DNA for analysis, Dani Shapiro received the stunning news that her father was not her biological father. She woke up one morning and her entire history--the life she had lived--crumbled beneath her.

Inheritance is a book about secrets--secrets within families, kept out of shame or self-protectiveness; secrets we keep from one another in the name of love. It is the story of a woman's urgent quest to unlock the story of her own identity, a story that has been scrupulously hidden from her for more than fifty years, years she had spent writing brilliantly, and compulsively, on themes of identity and family history. It is a book about the extraordinary moment we live in--a moment in which science and technology have outpaced not only medical ethics but also the capacities of the human heart to contend with the consequences of what we discover.

Timely and unforgettable, Dani Shapiro's memoir is a gripping, gut-wrenching exploration of genealogy, paternity, and love.

Dani Shapiro is the author of the memoirs Hourglass, Still Writing, Devotion, and Slow Motion and five novels including Black & White and Family History. Also an essayist and a journalist, Shapiro's short fiction, essays, and journalistic pieces have appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, Tin House, One Story, Elle, Vogue, O, The Oprah Magazine, The New York Times Book Review, the op-ed pages of the New York Times, and many other publications. She has taught in the writing programs at Columbia, NYU, the New School, and Wesleyan University; she is cofounder of the Sirenland Writers Conference in Positano, Italy. She lives with her family in Litchfield County, Connecticut.

Sylvia Boorstein, Ph.D., is a co-founding teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, California, and a senior teacher at the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts. She writes a regular column for Shambhala Sun, lectures widely, and is the bestselling author of Happiness is an Inside Job; Pay Attention, for Goodness’ Sake; It’s Easier Than You Think; Don’t Just Do Something, Sit There; and That’s Funny, You Don’t Look Buddhist. A practicing psychotherapist, Boorstein is a frequent presenter at psychology conferences and training seminars. Sylvia and her husband, Seymour, divide their time between Sonoma County, California, and their home in France.


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ISBN: 9781524732714
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Published: Knopf - January 15th, 2019

“A gripping genetic detective story, and a meditation on the meaning of parenthood and family.” —Jennifer Egan, author of Manhattan Beach 

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ISBN: 9780345481320
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Published: Ballantine Books - December 30th, 2008

How can we stay engaged with life day after day? How can we continue to love–keep our minds in a happy mood–when life is complex and often challenging? These are questions that Sylvia Boorstein addresses in Happiness Is an Inside Job.

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Katy Butler - The Art of Dying Well (Corte Madera Store)

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 - 7:00pm

Book Launch!

The Art of Dying Well is about living as well as possible for as long as possible and adapting successfully to change. Packed with extraordinarily helpful insights and inspiring true stories, award-winning journalist and prominent end-of-life speaker Katy Butler shows how to thrive in later life (even when coping with a chronic medical condition), how to get the best from our health system, and how to make your own “good death” more likely. This handbook of step by step preparations—practical, communal, physical, and sometimes spiritual—will help you make the most of your remaining time, be it decades, years, or months.

Butler explains how to successfully age in place, why to pick a younger doctor and how to have an honest conversation with her, when not to call 911, and how to make your death a sacred rite of passage rather than a medical event.

This down-to-earth manual for living, aging, and dying with meaning and even joy is based on Butler’s own experience caring for aging parents, as well as hundreds of interviews with people who have successfully navigated a fragmented health system and helped their loved ones have good deaths. It also draws on interviews with nationally recognized experts in family medicine, palliative care, geriatrics, oncology, hospice, and other medical specialties. Inspired by the medieval death manual Ars Moriendi, or the Art of Dying, The Art of Dying Well is the definitive update for our modern age, and illuminates the path to a better end of life.

Katy Butler’s articles have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Best American Science Writing, and The Best American Essays. A finalist for a National Magazine Award, she lives in Northern California. She is the author of Knocking on Heaven’s Door and The Art of Dying Well.


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ISBN: 9781501135316
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Published: Scribner - February 19th, 2019

A reassuring and thoroughly researched guide to maintaining a high quality of life—from resilient old age to the first inklings of a serious illness to the final breath—by the New York Times bestselling author of Knocking on Heaven’s Door.

The Art of Dying Well is about living as well as possible for as long as possible and adapting successfully

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Marc Lesser - Seven Practices of a Mindful Leader (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, February 23, 2019 - 1:00pm

Seven Practices of a Mindful Leader evolved out of Marc Lesser's work helping to create "Search Inside Yourself," a mindfulness-based emotional intelligence program at Google. It builds on his experiences as a Zen teacher, particularly his time as head cook at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center, the first Zen monastery in the western world.

Marc Lesser is a longtime Zen teacher and the cofounder and former CEO of the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute. The author of several books, he now leads ZBA Associates, a company providing executive coaching, consulting, and keynote speaking. He lives in Mill Valley, CA.


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By Marc Lesser, Daniel J. Siegel (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781608685196
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Published: New World Library - June 15th, 2018

Seven Practices of a Mindful Leader evolved out of Marc Lesser's work helping to create Search Inside Yourself, a mindfulness-based emotional intelligence program at Google.

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Geoff Dyer with Don George - Broadsword Calling Danny Boy (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, February 23, 2019 - 4:00pm

From a writer of “derelict luminosity” (David Mitchell) comes Broadsword Calling Danny Boy, a scene-by-scene exploration of Where Eagles Dare, one of cinema’s most cherished and popular films, on the occasion of its 50th anniversary.

Geoff Dyer has loved Where Eagles Dare since childhood. It is both a thrillingly realized Alpine World War II adventure with tough, compelling acting from its two great stars, Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood, and a flippant travesty, reducing the central disaster in Europe’s modern history to a series of huge explosions and peopled by campy SS officers. As he did in Zona–which took on Andrei Tarkovsky’s Stalker–here Dyer gives us a scene-by-scene reaction to and reading of the film. And perhaps as only he can, the author both extols and denigrates–lovingly and entertainingly no matter which way he falls–this acme of the late ’60s action movie.

A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Geoff Dyer has received the Somerset Maugham Award, the E. M. Forster Award, a Lannan Literary Fellowship, a National Book Critics Circle Award for criticism, and the Windham Campbell Prize for nonfiction. The author of four novels and nine works of nonfiction, Dyer is writer in residence at the University of Southern California and lives in Los Angeles. His books have been translated into twenty-four languages.

Don George is the author of The Way of Wanderlust: The Best Travel Writing of Don George and of Lonely Planet's Guide to Travel Writing and the editor of ten anthologies, including A Moveable Feast, The Kindness of Strangers, Better Than Fiction, and An Innocent Abroad. George is Editor at Large for National Geographic Traveler, where he writes feature articles and the monthly Trip Lit column. He is also Editor of BBC Travel's literary travel column, Chance Encounters.


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ISBN: 9781524747572
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Published: Pantheon - February 12th, 2019

Geoff Dyer's earlier book on film, Zona, was about Andrei Tarkovsky's Stalker, so it was perhaps inevitable that he should next devote his unique critical and stylistic energies to Brian G. Hutton's Where Eagles Dare.

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