Corte Madera Events

POSTPONED: Ishmael Beah - Little Family (Corte Madera Store)

Wednesday, April 29, 2020 - 7:00pm

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Tickets: $30 (includes signed copy of Litle Family)

Hidden away from a harsh outside world, five young people have improvised a home in an abandoned airplane, a relic of their country’s chaos. Elimane, the bookworm, is as street-smart as he is wise. Clever Khoudiemata maneuvers to keep the younger kids—athletic, pragmatic Ndevui; thoughtful Kpindi; and especially their newest member, Namsa—safe and fed. When Elimane makes himself of service to the shadowy William Handkerchief, it seems as if the little family may be able to keep the world at bay and their household intact. But when Khoudi comes under the spell of the “beautiful people”—the fortunate sons and daughters of the powerful—the desire to resume an interrupted coming of age and follow her own destiny proves impossible to resist.

A profound and tender portrayal of the connections we forge to survive the fate we’re dealt, Little Family marks the further blossoming of a unique global voice.

Ishmael Beah's first book, A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier, was a #1 New York Times bestseller and has been published in more than forty languages. Among other work on behalf of young people affected by war, Beah is a UNICEF Ambassador and Advocate for Children Affected by War and a member of the Human Rights Watch Children's Rights Advisory Committee. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and their children.

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Please note: Tickets are non-refundable

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

POSTPONED: Judith Martin aka Miss Manners - Minding Miss Manners: In an Era of Fake Etiquette (Corte Madera Store)

Thursday, April 30, 2020 - 7:00pm

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From the most trusted name in advice comes a fresh, contemporary guide to modern manners dilemmas.

Minding Miss Manners: In an Era of Fake Etiquette is a modern guide to modern manners. Facing down the miscreants purveying false etiquette rules (no, you may not wait a year to send a thank-you note for a gift and yes, in an age of social-media-encouraged over-familiarity you can politely refuse to answer nosy questions), Miss Manners guides you through these turbulent times with her timeless wisdom and archly acid wit.

Judith Martin, aka Miss Manners, is a columnist, bestselling author of numerous books, and etiquette authority. Born a perfect lady in an imperfect society, Miss Manners is the pioneer mother of today’s civility movement. She lives in Washington D.C. and Venice, Italy.

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

POSTPONED: Scott Dominic Carpenter - French Like Moi: A Midwesterner in Paris (Corte Madera Store)

Friday, May 1, 2020 - 7:00pm

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When Scott Carpenter moves from Minnesota to Paris, little does he suspect the dramas that await: scheming neighbors, police denunciations, surly demonstrators, cooking disasters, medical mishaps—not to mention all those lectures about cheese. It turns out that nothing in the City of Light can be taken for granted, where even trips to the grocery store lead to adventure.

In French Like Moi, Carpenter guides us through the merry labyrinth of the everyday, one hilarious faux pas after another. Through it all, he keeps his eye on the central mystery of what makes the French French (and Midwesterners Midwestern).

Minnesota-born and Midwest-bred, Scott Dominic Carpenter is the author of Theory of Remainders: A Novel (named to Kirkus Reviews' "Best Books of 2013") and of This Jealous Earth: Stories. Winner of a Mark Twain House Royal Nonesuch Prize (2018), recipient of a Minnesota State Arts Board grant, and semi-finalist for the Many Voices Project Prize, he has published work in a wide variety of venues, including The Rumpus, Silk Road, Catapult, South Dakota Review, and various anthologies. He lives 45 miles from Minneapolis in Northfield, Minnesota, and Paris.

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

POSTPONED: Rev. John Dear - Praise Be Peace (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, May 2, 2020 - 1:00pm

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In Praise Be Peace, John Dear reflects on the anti-war, pro-peace psalms, and the psalms that celebrate creation, as a way to ground ourselves in faith and trust in the God of peace during these times of war and climate change, then take questions and sign books.

“Come and behold the works of the God of peace who has done awesome deeds on earth, who stops wars to the ends of the earth, breaks the war bow, shatters the war spear, and burns the shields with fire, who says: ‘Be still and know that I am the God of peace,’” from Psalm 46.

“The God of peace takes no delight in the strength of the war horse, no pleasure in the stride of the warrior,” from Psalm 147. “Rather, the God of peace takes pleasure in those who fear him, in those who hope in his steadfast love.” With Rev. John Dear’s guidance, we will reflect on these ancient texts to dig deeper spiritual roots, trust in the God of peace, deepen our peace and nonviolence, and go forward in faith, nonviolence, resistance, and hope to work for a more nonviolent world.

Rev. John Dear is a long time peace activist, lecturer, and teacher, and the author of 35 books including The Beatitudes of Peace, Walking the Way; Thomas Merton Peacemaker; Lazarus Come Forth!; Living Peace; The Nonviolent Life; Radical Prayers; The God of Peace; Disarming the Heart; and They Shall Inherit the Earth. He has been nominated many times for the Nobel Peace Prize, including by Archbishop Desmond Tutu. He works with CampaignNonviolence.org and the Vatican Nonviolence Initiative and lives near Big Sur, Cal. His monthly “Peace Podcast” is available on itunes and paceebene.org. See also johndear.org

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

POSTPONED: Bennett Jacobstein - Sarah Winchester: Beyond the Mystery (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, May 3, 2020 - 1:00pm

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Sarah Winchester lost her only child, Annie, at six weeks old. Her beloved husband William, heir to the Winchester Rifle fortune, died at a young age from tuberculosis. Sarah never recovered from her two heartbreaking losses and channeled her grief into two building projects. Both stand today, 97 years after her death.

In San Jose, California, Sarah built an architectural marvel, a mansion in the American Queen Anne revival style reflecting great beauty and great innovation. Rumor suggests that the grief-stricken widow sought comfort from a medium in Boston who told her that as the heir to the Winchester Repeating Arms Company fortune she was being cursed by the spirits of those killed by the Winchester rifle. She should move west, the medium said, build a house and never stop building. As long as construction continued, she was told, she would not die. The rooms would shelter the good spirits and the sound of hammers would drive away the bad spirits.

A less notorious part of her legacy can be found in West Haven, Connecticut, where Sarah funded the building and operation of a hospital for patients with tuberculosis. The hospital was named the William Wirt Winchester Annex for Tuberculosis, in honor of her late husband. Sarah was especially concerned with helping those of limited economic means. Over the years thousands of lives were saved through the work of this hospital. Although the hospital is no longer operational, the fund Sarah created continues to support the Winchester Chest Clinic, now part of the Yale New Haven Hospital.

Sarah’s hospital remains virtually unknown, whereas the mansion is toured by a steady stream of visitors from around the world. Sarah Winchester: Beyond the Mystery presents historical documents including newspaper and magazine articles, personal correspondence, and interviews with Sarah’s contemporaries to develop a truer version of Sarah Winchester, focused not on her grief but her profound acts of compassion. 

Bennett Jacobstein lives in San Jose, CA. He is a retired librarian and founder of Toucan Valley Publications, publisher of demographic materials and children’s social studies titles. He is the author of The Joy of Ballpark Food: From Hot Dogs to Haute Cuisine, a culinary tour of the food offering of each of the major league baseball stadiums.

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

POSTPONED: Johanna Garton - Edge of the Map (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, May 3, 2020 - 4:00pm

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How did a girl from a small Midwestern town become one of the world's top female alpinists, a record holder for the most 8000-meter peaks climbed by an American woman? Christine Boskoff would have deflected that question with a smile, but it's a story that is told in full in Edge of the Map.

Edge of the Map traces Christine's life as a high-altitude climber and trailblazing mountain guide: from a two-day climbing course while a Lockheed engineer in Atlanta to her remarkable leadership of Seattle's Mountain Madness guiding company following Scott Fischer's death on Everest in 1996. She was a rarity at the time: a woman leading otherwise all-male expeditions. Despite challenges both personal and professional, Christine persevered to find freedom and a balance with nature on the earth's wildest peaks.  And, in legendary Colorado climber Charlie Fowler, she discovered her perfect partner.

A role model to many, Christine avoided media and fame, preferring to find adventure in the most remote regions. But in 2006, when she and Charlie disappeared while climbing in China, the world was riveted by the dramatic search.

Johanna Garton interviewed more than seventy-five friends and family of Christine Boskoff and Charlie Fowler in the course of her work on Edge of the Map, including notable climbers Peter Habeler, Nazir Sabir, Willie Benegas, Phil Powers, Hector Ponce de Leon, Steve Swenson, Conrad Anker, and Mark Gunlogson, current owner of Mountain Madness. Conversant in Mandarin, Garton conducted several weeks of research and interviews near the site of Boskoff's death in China. Garton is a journalist, attorney, and non-profit consultant who lives in Denver. Her first book, Awakening East, traced the joys and challenges of adopting two children from China, then later moving back to China with them for a year of heart-wrenching discovery and adventure.

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Wade Davis - Magdalena: River of Dreams, a Story of Colombia (Corte Madera Store)

Monday, May 4, 2020 - 7:00pm

Introduced by Robert Holmes • Presented with Left Coast Writers®

Travelers often become enchanted with the first country that captures their hearts and gives them license to be free. For Wade Davis, it was Colombia. Now in a masterly new book, Davis tells of his travels on the mighty Magdalena, the river that made possible the nation. Along the way, he finds a people who have overcome years of conflict precisely because of their character, informed by an enduring spirit of place, and a deep love of a land that is home to the greatest ecological and geographical diversity on the planet. Only in Colombia can a traveler wash ashore in a coastal desert, follow waterways through wetlands as wide as the sky, ascend narrow tracks through dense tropical forests, and reach verdant Andean valleys rising to soaring ice-clad summits. This rugged and impossible geography finds its perfect coefficient in the topography of the Colombian spirit: restive, potent, at times placid and calm, in moments explosive and wild. Both a corridor of commerce and a fountain of culture, the wellspring of Colombian music, literature, poetry, and prayer, the Magdalena has served in dark times as the graveyard of the nation. And yet, always, it returns as a river of life.

At once an absorbing adventure and an inspiring tale of hope and redemption, Magdalena gives us a rare, kaleidoscopic picture of a nation on the verge of a new period of peace. Braiding together memoir, history, and journalism, Wade Davis tells the story of the country's most magnificent river, and in doing so, tells the epic story of Colombia.

Wade Davis is the author of twenty books, including One River, The Wayfinders, and Into the Silence, which won the 2012 Samuel Johnson prize, the top award for literary nonfiction in the English language. Explorer-in-Residence at the National Geographic Society from 1999 to 2013, he is currently Professor of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia. In 2016, he was made a Member of the Order of Canada. In 2018 he became an Honorary Citizen of Colombia.

Robert Holmes is one of the world’s most successful and prolific travel photographers whose career has extended over 30 years. He has been honored by the Society of American Travel Writers with their Travel Photographer of the Year Award four times, and in 2016 was voted the Wine Photographer of The Year by an international panel of judges sponsored by Errazuriz in Chile. Holmes has worked for National Geographic, Geo, Saveur, Wine Spectator, Life, Time, and hundreds of other major magazines and international companies. He has illustrated over 40 books and has regularly been one of the world’s best photojournalists invited to participate in the acclaimed “Day in the Life” series.

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Rick Hanson - Neurodharma (Corte Madera Store)

Tuesday, May 5, 2020 - 7:00pm

Throughout history, people have sought the heights of human potential—to become as wise and strong, happy and loving, as any person can ever be. And now recent science is revealing how these remarkable ways of being are based on equally remarkable changes in our own nervous system, making them more attainable than ever before.  

In Neurodharma, the follow-up to his classic Buddha’s Brain, New York Times bestselling author Rick Hanson, PhD, not only explores the new neuroscience of awakening but also offers a bold yet plausible plan for reverse-engineering peak experiences, sense of oneness, and even enlightenment itself. And he does so with his trademark blend of solid science and warm encouragement, guiding you along this high-reaching path with good humor, accessible tools, and personal examples.

A groundbreaking yet practical book, Neurodharma shares seven practices for strengthening the neural circuitry of profound contentment and inner peace—qualities that offer essential support in everyday life while also supporting the exploration of the most radical reaches of human consciousness. Step by step, this book explains how to apply these insights in order to cultivate unshakable presence of mind, a courageous heart, and serenity in a changing world. The breakthroughs of the great teachers are not reserved for the chosen few. Dr. Hanson shows how we can embody them ourselves in daily life to handle stress, heal old pain, feel at ease with others, and rest in the sense of our natural goodness.

The Buddha didn’t use an MRI to become enlightened. Still, 2,500 years after he walked the dusty roads of northern India, neuroscientists are discovering the mechanisms of the brain that underpin the Buddha’s penetrating analysis of the mind. With deep research, stories, guided meditations, examples, and applications, Dr. Hanson offers a fascinating, inspiring vision of who we can be—and an effective path for fulfilling this wonderful possibility.

Rick Hanson, PhD, is a psychologist, senior fellow of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, and New York Times bestselling author. His books are available in twenty-eight languages and include Resilient, Hardwiring Happiness, Just One Thing, Buddha’s Brain, and Mother Nurture. To date, his books have sold more than 750,000 copies in English. He edits the Wise Brain Bulletin and has numerous audio programs. A summa cum laude graduate of UCLA and founder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom, he has been an invited speaker at NASA, Oxford, Stanford, Harvard, and other major universities, and has taught in meditation centers worldwide. He and his wife live in San Rafael, California, and have two adult children.

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Alia Volz - Home Baked: My Mom, Marijuana, and the Stoning of San Francisco (Corte Madera Store)

Wednesday, May 6, 2020 - 7:00pm

During the '70s in San Francisco, Alia's mother ran the underground Sticky Fingers Brownies, delivering upwards of 10,000 illegal marijuana edibles per month throughout the circus-like atmosphere of a city in the throes of major change. She exchanged psychic readings with Alia's future father, and thereafter had a partner in business and life.

Decades before cannabusiness went mainstream, when marijuana was as illicit as heroin, they ingeniously hid themselves in plain sight, parading through town—and through the scenes and upheavals of the day, from Gay Liberation to the tragedy of the Peoples Temple—in bright and elaborate outfits, the goods wrapped in hand-designed packaging and tucked into Alia's stroller. But the stars were not aligned forever and, after leaving the city and a shoulda-seen-it-coming divorce, Alia and her mom returned to San Francisco in the mid-80s, this time using Sticky Fingers' distribution channels to provide medical marijuana to friends and former customers now suffering the depredations of AIDS.

Exhilarating, laugh-out-loud funny, and heartbreaking, Home Baked celebrates an eccentric and remarkable extended family, taking us through love, loss, and finding home.

Alia Volz is a homegrown San Franciscan. Her writing appears in The Best American Essays 2017, the New York Times, Tin House, Threepenny Review, River Teeth, Nowhere magazine, Utne Reader, New England Review, and the recent anthologies Dig If You Will the Picture: Writers Reflect on Prince and Golden State 2017: Best New Writing from California. A 2018 MacDowell Colony fellow, Volz has also been an Artist in Residence with Writing Between the Vines and the Soaring Gardens Artists Retreat. The Squaw Valley Community of Writers awarded her the Oakley Hall Memorial Scholarship twice. She was runner-up of The Moth’s GrandSLAM Championship in 2014 and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Julia Flynn Siler is a New York Times best-selling author and journalist. She is the author of The White Devil's Daughters: The Women Who Fought Slavery in San Francisco's Chinatown, Lost Kingdom: Hawaii's Last Queen, the Sugar Kings, and America's First Imperial Adventure, and The House of Mondavi: The Rise and Fall of an American Wine Dynasty, which was a finalist for a James Beard Award and a Gerald Loeb Award for distinguished reporting. A veteran journalist, Siler is a longtime contributor and former staff writer for The Wall Street Journal and has been a guest commentator on CNBC, CNN, and the BBC. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and their two sons.

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Ellen Meredith - The Language Your Body Speaks (Corte Madera Store)

Thursday, May 7, 2020 - 7:00pm

Energy healing is based on the premise that energy is our essence—that while our bodies appear solid, they are in fact a constantly swirling set of energetic exchanges. Ellen Meredith's innovative approach to energy medicine recognizes these exchanges as a language in itself. Speaking that language allows us to hear and understand what the body is telling us so that we can heal ailments and maintain optimal well-being. Though this communication may seem esoteric, it is actually a fundamental human skill, one we had as preverbal infants. The Language Your Body Speaks teaches readers to relearn it through simple experiments, meditations, exercises, and practices. The resulting dialogue produces an internal guidance system that empowers anyone to read their physical and emotional symptoms and understand how to heal them. Learning to speak the body's language creates a potent, personalized path to not only healing but the realization of one's unique mind, body, and spirit potential.

Ellen Meredith, DA, EEMAP, is an intuitive and energy medicine practitioner with over 35 years of experience. She has served on the faculty of energy medicine pioneer Donna Eden since 2010 and teaches energy healing techniques all over the world. Ellen lives in Marin County in California.

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