Corte Madera Events

POSTPONED: Erica Bauermeister - House Lessons: Renovating a Life (Corte Madera Store)

Thursday, April 23, 2020 - 7:00pm

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“I think anyone who saves an old house has to be a caretaker at heart, a believer in underdogs, someone whose imagination is inspired by limitations, not endless options.”

In this mesmerizing memoir-in-essays, Erica Bauermeister renovates a trash-filled house in eccentric Port Townsend, Washington, and in the process takes readers on a journey to discover the ways our spaces subliminally affect us. A personal, accessible, and literary exploration of the psychology of architecture, as well as a loving tribute to the connections we forge with the homes we care for and live in, House Lessons is designed for anyone who’s ever fallen head over heels for a house. It is also a story of a marriage, of family, and of the kind of roots that settle deep into your heart. Discover what happens when a house has its own lessons to teach in this moving and insightful memoir that ultimately shows us how to make our own homes (and lives) better.

Erica Bauermeister is the bestselling author of four novels: The School of Essential Ingredients, Joy for Beginners, The Lost Art of Mixing, and The Scent Keeper. She is also the coauthor of 500 Great Books by Women: A Reader's Guide and Let's Hear It For the Girls: 375 Great Books for Readers 2-14. She has a PhD in literature from the University of Washington, and has taught there and at Antioch University. With the exception of two years in Italy, Bauermeister has lived in the Pacific Northwest for nearly four decades, and her children proudly say rainwater runs in their veins. She is a founding member of the Seattle7Writers and currently lives in Port Townsend, Washington, in the house she renovated with her family.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

POSTPONED: Kate Milliken - Kept Animals (Corte Madera Store)

Friday, April 24, 2020 - 7:00pm

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Rory Ramos works as a ranch hand at the stable her stepfather manages in Topanga Canyon, California, a dry, dusty place reliant on horses and hierarchies. There she rides for the rich clientele, including twins June and Wade Fisk. While Rory may have unwittingly drawn the interest of out-and-proud June, she’s more intrigued by Vivian Price, the beautiful teenager with the movie-star father who lives down the hill. Rory’s blue-collar upbringing keeps her largely separate from the likes of the Prices—but, perched on her bedroom windowsill, Rory steals glimpses of Vivian swimming in her pool nearly every night.

After Rory’s stepfather is involved in a tragic car accident, the lives of Rory, June, and Vivian become inextricably bound together. Rory discovers photography, begins riding more competitively alongside June, and grows closer and closer to gorgeous, mercurial Vivian, but despite her newfound sense of self, disaster lurks all around her: in the parched landscape, in her unruly desires, in her stepfather's wrecked body and guilty conscience. One night, as the relationships among these teenagers come to a head, a forest fire tears through Topanga Canyon, and Rory's life is changed forever.

Kept Animals is narrated by Rory’s daughter, Charlie, twenty years after that fateful 1993 fire. Realizing that the key to her own existence lies in the secret of what really happened that unseasonably warm fall, Charlie is finally ready to ask questions about her mother’s past. But with Rory away on assignment as a war photographer, Charlie knows she must unravel the truth for herself.

Kate Milliken is the author of the 2013 Iowa Short Fiction Award–winning collection of stories, If I’d Known You Were Coming. A graduate of the Bennington College Writing Seminars, she has received fellowships from the Vermont Studio Center and the Tin House Summer Workshop. She lives in Northern California with her family. Kept Animals is her first novel.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

POSTPONED: Special Event for Kids: Michael Genhart & Priscilla Burris - Accordionly (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, April 25, 2020 - 10:00am

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When both grandpas, Abuelo and Opa, visit at the same time, they can't understand each other's language and there is a lot of silence, but their grandson's clever thinking helps find a way for everyone to share the day together as two cultures become one family! Accordionly includes a bonus fold-out and a note from the author sharing the true story of his own family.

Michael Genhart, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice in San Francisco and Mill Valley, California. He received his BA in psychology from the University of California, San Diego and his PhD in clinical and community psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park.  He is also the author of several picture books including: Ouch! Moments: When Words Are Used in Hurtful Ways, illustrated by Viviana Garofoli; So Many Smarts!, illustrated by Holly Clifton-Brown; I See You, illustrated by Joanne Lew-Vriethoff; a series about nourishing friendships, illustrated by Steve Mack; Peanut Butter & Jellyous; Mac & Geeeez!; Cake & I Scream!; and Rainbow: A First Book of Pride, illustrated by Anne Passchier, as well as Love Is Love, illustrated by Ken Min. Love Is Love is a 2019 ALA GLBT Round Table Rainbow Book List selection as well as a 2019 Notable Social Studies Trade Book. His work was recently featured in the San Francisco Chronicle, BookTrib, KidLit411, and BookRiot. Several of his books have been translated into different languages. He has been a member of APA for thirty years, SCBWI since 2011, and is a book reviewer for the New York Journal of Books. When he is not in his office treating patients or writing books for kids, he is outdoors gardening, hiking, reading, traveling, and enjoying time with family and friends. He and his husband are proud parents of a recent college graduate who now teaches marine science, her dream job!. He lives with his family in Marin County. Visit him on his website www.michaelgenhart.com, Facebook (@picturebookauthor), and Instagram (@michaelgenhart). 

A native Californian of Hispanic descent, author-illustrator Priscilla Burris counts herself blessed to have grown up across her neighborhood street from the local public library in East Los Angeles, where her love and devotion for children's books was born. Creating characters and images whether in the real world or digitally, Priscilla delights most in bringing out the element of expression and emotion.  She is enthusiastically involved in the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (www.scbwi.org) as the U.S. Illustrator Coordinator & Advisor, as well as a member of their Board of Advisors.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

POSTPONED: Lily King - Writers & Lovers (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, April 25, 2020 - 1:00pm

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Blindsided by her mother's sudden death and wrecked by a recent love affair, Casey Peabody has arrived in Massachusetts in the summer of 1997 without a plan. Her mail consists of wedding invitations and final notices from debt collectors. A former child golf prodigy, she now waits tables in Harvard Square and rents a tiny, moldy room at the side of a garage where she works on the novel she's been writing for six years. At thirty-one, Casey is still clutching onto something nearly all her old friends have let go of: the determination to live a creative life. When she falls for two very different men at the same time, her world fractures even more. Casey's fight to fulfill her creative ambitions and balance the conflicting demands of art and life is challenged in ways that push her to the brink.

Writers & Lovers follows Casey—a smart and achingly vulnerable protagonist—in the last days of a long youth, a time when every element of her life comes to a crisis. Written with King's trademark humor, heart, and intelligence, Writers & Lovers is a transfixing novel that explores the terrifying and exhilarating leap between the end of one phase of life and the beginning of another.

Lily King is the author of the novels The Pleasing Hour, The English Teacher, Father of the Rain, and Euphoria, one of the New York Times Book Review's 10 Best Books of 2014 and winner of the Kirkus Prize. She lives in Maine.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

POSTPONED: Susan Browne & Thomas Centolella - Just Living & Almost Human (Corte Madera)

Saturday, April 25, 2020 - 4:00pm

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Please join poets Susan Browne and Thomas Centolella for a poetry event focusing on themes of love, wonder, identity, parents, and politics.

Susan Browne’s poetry has appeared in Ploughshares, The Sun, Subtropics, The Southern Review, Superstition Review, Rattle, New Ohio Review, B O D Y, American Life in Poetry, The American Journal of Poetry, Love’s Executive Order, and 180 More, Extraordinary Poems for Every Day. She has published two books of poetry, Buddha’s Dogs and Zephyr. Awards include prizes from Four Way Books, the Los Angeles Poetry Festival, the River Styx International Poetry Contest, and The Fischer Poetry Prize. She received a fellowship from the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, and her work has been nominated for three Pushcart Awards. Her third collection, Just Living, recently won the Catamaran Poetry Prize. She lives in Oakland, California. Read more at susanbrownepoems.com.

Thomas Centolella is the author of four books of poetry: Terra Firma (1990), Lights & Mysteries (1995), Views from along the Middle Way (2002), and Almost Human (2017), which won the Dorset Prize. He has received the Lannan Literary Award, the American Book Award, the California Book Award, the Northern California Book Award, and was selected for publication in the National Poetry Series (selected by Denise Levertov). He is a former Wallace Stegner Fellow in poetry at Stanford University and a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship. His work has appeared in many periodicals and anthologies and on Garrison Keillor's The Writer's Almanac. Centolella lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he has taught creative writing for many years.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

POSTPONED: Kevin Nguyen - New Waves (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, April 25, 2020 - 7:00pm

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Lucas and Margo are fed up. Margo is a brilliant programmer tired of being talked over as the company’s sole black employee, and while Lucas is one of many Asians at the firm, he’s nearly invisible as a low-paid customer service rep. Together, they decide to steal their tech startup’s user database in an attempt at revenge. The heist takes a sudden turn when Margo dies in a car accident, and Lucas is left reeling, wondering what to do with their secret—and wondering whether her death really was an accident. When Lucas hacks into Margo’s computer looking for answers, he is drawn into her private online life and realizes just how little he knew about his best friend.

With a fresh voice, biting humor, and piercing observations about human nature, Kevin Nguyen brings an insider’s knowledge of the tech industry to this imaginative novel. A pitch-perfect exploration of race and startup culture, secrecy and surveillance, social media and friendship, New Waves asks: How well do we really know one another? And how do we form true intimacy and connection in a tech-obsessed world?

Kevin Nguyen is the features editor at The Verge and was previously a senior editor at GQ. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

POSTPONED: Christina Isobel - Everyday Mermaid (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, April 26, 2020 - 4:00pm

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Everyday Mermaid is a collaborative fine art poetry book by Christina Isobel and Deidre Scherer. Dive deeply into ordinary moments with Scherer's sewn textile art cradling Isobel's lyric narrative poetry.

Bathtub poems, washing-dishes poems, driving poems, walking poems, planting poems, looking-out window poems. Poems of marriage, giving birth, looking at grey hair. Poems of the ordinary. Moment to moment, day by day, season by season, living into growing older. Isobel had to stay open each day be ready when the hum came—ready to write. At the end of the year she looked into her hands and saw a poetic journal, a journal with gold at the end: she had found her life.

Isobel reached out to dear friend and artist, Deidre Scherer. They worked intimately to create cross current visuals that invite the reader into the tactile inner world of the poems. Scherer created luminous images that cradle the poems and map the flow Isobel’s life through the year.

Begin on a standing wave and follow the hints of the mermaid flowing into winter, spring, summer, fall, and winter. Experience the light and colors of the seasons as they shape insights, feelings, and epiphanies.

Christina O’Reilly Isobel is a poet and lyric playwright. Her passion for experiential poetry began in 1985 when she created a poetry/dance concert featuring Robert Bly and the Indian Classical dancer Neena Gulati. She co-founded The Loading Zone Theater in Santa Rosa, CA. She wrote, produced, choreographed, and directed the acclaimed play Skeleton Woman; A Dance with the Dark, inspired by an Inuit fairytale. Her current project, Everyday Mermaid, is a fine art/poetry collaboration with Deidre Scherer and published bya thousand flowers®. Early days include an honors B.A. in International Relations from Scripps College, Claremont, CA, teaching at MSU, Philippines, and an M.A. in Urban Policy & Planning from UCLA. She studied nonverbal communication and empathy and created her own way of supporting her students to listen to their and others’ inner lives. She taught at Esalen and throughout the country. Listening to her own inner voice, she began reading and writing poetry and studying Bharatanatyam dance,which includes poetry and music. Isobel also served on the board of O’Reilly Mediaand was influential in shaping its foundational and cultural values.Isobel is the blessed mother of two daughters and two grandchildren and lives in San Francisco and Sebastopol, CA.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

POSTPONED: Mary Pauline Lowry - The Roxy Letters (Corte Madera Store)

Monday, April 27, 2020 - 7:00pm

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In conversation with David Gotz, archivist at the Belvedere/Tiburon Landmarks Society

Bridget Jones penned a diary; Roxy writes letters. A bit about Roxy. She is a sometimes vegan, always broke artist with a heart the size of Texas and an ex-boyfriend living in her spare bedroom. She has a less than inspiring job at the deli counter of the original Whole Foods in Austin, TX. It’s been ages since she had sex with someone other than her—admittedly, superlative—vibrator. And Roxy is outraged at the big corporate changes taking root in her beloved hometown.

When a new Lululemon pops up at the intersection of 6th and Lamar where the old Waterloo Video used to be, Roxy can stay silent no longer. Encouraged by her two best friends—Annie, former deli counter comrade and current assistant to the Whole Foods CEO; and vivacious Artemis who has as many personas as she has paramours—Roxy stages a protest. What starts as her fight against a corporate active-wear takeover turns into an adventure of self- discovery—replete with troublesome neighbors, good (and not-so-good) sex, an arrest or two, professional growth, and maybe even love along the way.

Mary Pauline Lowry is a native of Austin, Texas. She received her MFA from Boise State University. The author of the novels The Roxy Letters and Wildfire, she’s also a regular contributor to O, The Oprah Magazine. Her work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The New York Times, The Millions, and other publications.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

POSTPONED: Jason B. Rosenthal - My Wife Said You May Want to Marry Me (Corte Madera Store)

Monday, April 27, 2020 - 7:00pm

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On March 3, 2017, Amy Krouse Rosenthal penned an op-ed piece for the New York Times’ “Modern Love” column —”You May Want to Marry My Husband.” It appeared ten days before her death from ovarian cancer. A heartbreaking, wry, brutally honest, and creative play on a personal ad—in which a dying wife encouraged her husband to go on and find happiness after her demise—the column quickly went viral, reaching more than five million people worldwide.

In My Wife Said You May Want to Marry Me, Jason describes what came next: his commitment to respecting Amy’s wish, even as he struggled with her loss. Surveying his life before, with, and after Amy, Jason ruminates on love, the pain of watching a loved one suffer, and what it means to heal—how he and their three children, despite their profound sorrow, went on. Jason’s emotional journey offers insights on dying and death and the excruciating pain of losing a soulmate, and illuminates the lessons he learned.

As he reflects on Amy’s gift to him—a fresh start to fill his empty space with a new story—Jason describes how he continues to honor Amy’s life and her last wish, and how he seeks to appreciate every day and live in the moment while trying to help others coping with loss. My Wife Said You May Want to Marry Me is the poignant, unreserved, and inspiring story of a great love, the aftermath of a marriage ended too soon, and how a surviving partner eventually found a new perspective on life’s joys in the wake of tremendous loss.

Jason Rosenthal is a dad, a lawyer, a yogi, an artist, and author of Dear Boy. He delivered a TED Talk about moving through the loss of his wife of twenty-six years, Amy Krouse Rosenthal. He also penned a Modern Love column for the New York Times. Jason is filled with joy at the opportunity to work with his daughter, Paris, on the follow-up to Dear Girl, a book she wrote with her mom.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

POSTPONED: Marilyn Chase - Everything She Touched: The Life of Ruth Asawa (Corte Madera Store)

Tuesday, April 28, 2020 - 7:00pm

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This compelling biography recounts the incredible life of American sculptor Ruth Asawa (1926–2013), who developed a style of hanging wire sculptures that is celebrated all over the world. With her sinuous, intricate, and seemingly weightless metal sculptures, Asawa transformed the barbed wire of her adolescence into art that is both extraordinarily beautiful and entirely unique. Ruth Asawa was born and raised on a California farm. She survived the World War II‐era Japanese internment camps, which is where she got her first art lessons—from three Japanese‐American animators who had worked for Walt Disney and were interned along with her. After the war Ruth traveled to Mexico and later attended the groundbreaking school at Black Mountain College, where she began experimenting with new forms of art.

In addition to her hanging wire pieces, Asawa also created iconic urban public art, revolutionized arts education in her adopted hometown of San Francisco, fought through lupus, and defied convention to raise a large, multiracial family. Through it all, she made art steadily, and over the course of more than a half century created hundreds of sculptures and works on paper characterized by their innovative use of material and form.

In Everything She Touched, Marilyn Chase draws on letters, diaries, sketches, photos, and interviews with those who knew her to tell Ruth Asawa’s inspiring story. The book is richly illustrated with over 70 reproductions of Asawa’s art and archival photos of her life, including portraits shot by her friend, the celebrated photographer Imogen Cunningham.

Marilyn Chase is a journalist, author, and teacher. She spent over two decades at the Wall Street Journal, and her previous books include The Barbary Plague: The Black Death in Victorian San Francisco. As a continuing lecturer at U.C. Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism, Chase now teaches reporting and writing to a new generation of journalists. She lives in San Francisco.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
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