Corte Madera Events

Susan Hall - Out of the Fire (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, June 1, 2019 - 4:00pm

Susan Hall has exhibited her work in the United States and abroad for the last fifty years. She has had solo shows at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Her artistic vision and experience are represented in three books: Painting Point Reyes (2002) captures, in the tradition of Chinese landscape painting, the land, sea and sky of remembered experience; Home Before Dark (2005) celebrates the daylight and moonlight as they affect the sensuous richness in nature; and River Flowing Home (2010), a creative biography, is the story of her life as an artist. Her newest book, Out of the Fire: The Ceramic Art of Susan Hall features Hall in conversation with Douglas Cruickshank, and is an exploration of Hall's adventures with ceramics.

Hall's ceramics feature dozens of subjects, from mice to sheep to persimmons to dogs. Her plates featuring mice and their love of cheese have been sold through Tomales Bay Foods/ Cowgirl Creamery for over 20 years. This book captures Susan's relationship to and lifelong love of West Marin, and the special attributes it has. She states, "It [my art] is an homage in the sense that I experienced a rich human community embedded in a soulful landscape [in West Marin]. The ceramics are an expression of devotion and loyalty to that environment. Landscape and community intertwine with my own life's journey, a theme I repeat often in my artwork. When you look at all my work, there are significant recurring themes about journeys."

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Cara Black - Murder in Bel-Air (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, June 2, 2019 - 4:00pm

20th Birthday Party for Aimée Leduc!

Parisian private investigator Aimée Leduc is about to go onstage to deliver the keynote address at a tech conference that is sure to secure Leduc Detective some much-needed business contracts when she gets an emergency phone call from her daughter’s playgroup: Aimée’s own mother, who was supposed to pick Chloe up, never showed. Abandoning her hard-won speaking gig, Aimée rushes to get Chloe, annoyed that her mother has let her down yet again.

But as Aimée and Chloe are leaving the playground, Aimée witnesses the body of a homeless woman being wheeled away from the neighboring convent, where nuns run a soup kitchen. The last person anyone saw the dead woman talking to was Aimée’s mother, who has vanished. Trying to figure out what happened to Sydney Leduc, Aimée tracks down the dead woman’s possessions, which include a huge amount of cash. What did Sydney stumble into? Is she in trouble? Murder in Bel-Air, the riveting 19th installment in Cara Black's New York Times bestselling Parisian detective series, entangles private investigator Aimée Leduc in a dangerous web of international spycraft, post-colonial Franco-African politics, and neighborhood secrets in Paris’s 12th arrondissement.

Cara Black is the author of nineteen books in the New York Times bestselling Aimée Leduc series. She has received multiple nominations for the Anthony and Macavity Awards, and her books have been translated into German, Norwegian, Japanese, French, Spanish, Italian, and Hebrew. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and son and visits Paris frequently.

Murder in Bel-Air (An Aimée Leduc Investigation #19) Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9781616959296
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Published: Soho Crime - June 4th, 2019

Cara Black’s riveting 19th installment in her New York Times bestselling Parisian detective series entangles private investigator Aimée Leduc in a dangerous web of international spycraft, post-colonial Franco-African politics, and neighborhood secrets in Paris’s 12th arrondissement.


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Special Story Time Guest: Kara Navolio - Everybody Can Dance! (Corte Madera Store)

Monday, June 3, 2019 - 9:30am

Everybody Can Dance! shows children of all cultures experiencing the joy of dance together. Children with disabilities tap a beat alongside others swinging to ballroom or bouncing to Bollywood. The fun, rhyming text will have any child asking for a repeat performance. This book can be a springboard for discussing how much we are all the same, how dance is fun for everyone, and how everybody can do it!

Kara Navolio is a children’s book author and freelance writer. Her debut picture book Everybody Can Dance! celebrates the joy of dance with a message of inclusion and shows children that no matter what you look like, your physical ability or style, everybody can dance! When she isn’t writing for children, Kara tells stories of real-life heroes, artists and authors for local newspapers. Kara has been working with children since her college days at UC Berkeley.  When she had her own two children she volunteered in their classrooms and at their schools for 16 years. Currently she is a docent at The Bedford Gallery in Walnut Creek where she takes school children on tours and teaches art in local schools. Kara is a member of Andrea Alban’s Writer’s Tribe and Book Passage’s Path to Publishing program. She loves to read, travel, take photographs, paint, hike, dance, cook, and spend time with her family. She lives in Walnut Creek, California with her husband and every day makes it a goal to learn something new. 

 

Everybody Can Dance! Cover Image
By Kara Navolio, Ruth-Mary Smith (Illustrator)
$21.95
ISBN: 9781947860360
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Brandylane Publishers, Inc. - May 28th, 2019

The music starts. You feel the beat.

You clap your hands and tap your feet.

Everybody twist and twirl

Everybody can dance


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Lama Palden Drolma with Sylvia Boorstein - Love on Every Breath (Corte Madera Store)

Wednesday, June 5, 2019 - 7:00pm

In Conversation with Sylvia Boorstein

Many today feel called to action. Others are stymied, grief-stricken, confused about how to proceed. An ancient Tibetan Buddhist meditation--Tonglen--addresses this condition. One breathes in the suffering of others and breathes out compassion. But it is a difficult, advanced practice. Breathing in the suffering of others can be overwhelming. Lama Palden Drolma, a Western woman trained by Buddhist masters and also schooled in contemporary psychotherapy, here introduces readers to a variation of Tonglen that is no less powerful but more user-friendly. What she calls "Love on Every Breath" is a direct descendent of Tonglen, dating back centuries. Lama Drolma walks readers step-by-step through the meditation, from beginning issues of sitting with awareness and breath to taking in and extending love. Challenging situations of sadness, anger, and overwhelm are addressed with "On-the-Spot" strategies. Love on Every Breath elegantly and practically addresses a contemporary culture rife with anger, fear, and a sense of exclusion. The practices heal both the practitioner and the society in which they live. 

In this inspiring evening, bestselling author Sylvia Boorstein will lead a dialogue with Lama Palden Drolma about her new book Love on Every Breath. They will discuss the eight steps of a full Tonglen practice, as well as the “On-the-Spot” strategies for each step of the meditation that Lama Drolma offers throughout the book, which can be practiced in the moment anywhere and anytime. They will also explore the meditation’s numerous benefits, like shifting away from ego contraction, opening more deeply to love and compassion, letting go of clinging to our negativity and fear, and connecting with our innate Buddha nature.

Lama Palden Drolma is the author of Love on Every Breath. A licensed psychotherapist, spiritual teacher, and coach, she has studied Buddhism in the Himalayas with some of the most preeminent Tibetan masters of the twentieth century. Following a traditional three-year retreat under his guidance, Kalu Rinpoche authorized her to become one of the first Western lamas. She subsequently founded the Sukhasiddhi Foundation, a Tibetan Buddhist teaching center in Fairfax, California.

Sylvia Boorstein is a Jewish Buddhist author, psychotherapist, and Buddhist teacher. Boorstein studied with Dipa Ma and is a co-founding teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, California and a senior teacher at the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA. She has written numerous books such as It’s Easier Than You Think: The Buddhist Way to Happiness, That’s Funny, You Don’t Look Buddhist, Don’t Just Do Something, Sit There, and How to Be Sick: A Buddhist-Inspired Guide for the Chronically Ill and Their Caregivers with Toni Bernhard.

Love on Every Breath: Tonglen Meditation for Transforming Pain Into Joy Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781608685769
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Published: New World Library - May 28th, 2019

Many today feel called to action. Others are stymied, grief-stricken, confused about how to proceed. An ancient Tibetan Buddhist meditation -- Tonglen -- addresses this condition. One breathes in the suffering of others and breathes out compassion. But it is a difficult, advanced practice. Breathing in the suffering of others can be overwhelming.


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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Julia Phillips - Disappearing Earth (Corte Madera Store)

Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 1:00pm

Spellbinding, moving--evoking a fascinating region on the other side of the world--this suspenseful and haunting story announces the debut of a profoundly gifted writer.

One August afternoon, on the shoreline of the Kamchatka peninsula at the northeastern edge of Russia, two girls--sisters, eight and eleven--go missing. In the ensuing weeks, then months, the police investigation turns up nothing. Echoes of the disappearance reverberate across a tightly woven community, with the fear and loss felt most deeply among its women.

Taking us through a year in Kamchatka, Disappearing Earth enters with astonishing emotional acuity the worlds of a cast of richly drawn characters, all connected by the crime: a witness, a neighbor, a detective, a mother. We are transported to vistas of rugged beauty--densely wooded forests, open expanses of tundra, soaring volcanoes, and the glassy seas that border Japan and Alaska--and into a region as complex as it is alluring, where social and ethnic tensions have long simmered, and where outsiders are often the first to be accused.

In a story as propulsive as it is emotionally engaging, and through a young writer's virtuosic feat of empathy and imagination, this powerful novel brings us to a new understanding of the intricate bonds of family and community, in a Russia unlike any we have seen before.

Julia Phillips is a Fulbright fellow whose writing has appeared in Glimmer Train, The Atlantic, Slate, and The Moscow Times. She lives in Brooklyn.

Disappearing Earth: A novel Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780525520412
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Published: Knopf - May 14th, 2019

"Splendidly imagined . . . Thrilling" --Simon Winchester

"A genuine masterpiece" --Gary Shteyngart

Spellbinding, moving--evoking a fascinating region on the other side of the world--this suspenseful and haunting story announces the debut of a profoundly gifted writer.


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Briana Saussy - Making Magic (Corte Madera Store)

Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 7:00pm

Born with a severe cleft palate, Briana Saussy was given a low survival rate by doctors. She fortunately received the life-altering surgery necessary to survive, but the recovery was still an uphill climb. Several factors contributed to her healing process—including magic. For many, the term conjures up thoughts of illusions or tricks, but for Saussy, magic is something entirely different.

In Making Magic: Weaving Together the Everyday and the Extraordinary, Saussy introduces us to the remarkable magic that’s already present in our daily lives. She shows us how our ordinary experiences—going in and out of doors, scheduling our time, making and maintaining friendships, and tending to our homes—are rich and bursting with magic. Through practical, straight-forward techniques and rich story-telling, Saussy teaches us how to create rituals and ceremonies that are both meaningful and relevant to our immediate lives.

Briana Saussy is a teacher, spiritual counselor, and founder of the Sacred Arts Academy, where she teaches tarot, ceremony, alchemy, and other sacred arts for everyday life.

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$17.95
ISBN: 9781683642480
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Sounds True - June 4th, 2019

Re-enchant your life with this book of rituals, ceremonies, and practices for personal growth--anchored in the hidden power of everyday things.

"We all have a deep capacity to make magic . . .
. . . and to do it as easily as we breathe or open our eyes. This is not a matter of belief. You can discover your own capacity for magic in your own direct experience."


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Don McPhail - The Guest from Johannesburg (Corte Madera Store)

Friday, June 7, 2019 - 7:00pm

The Guest From Johannesburg is the much-antipated sequel to The Millionaires Cruise, featuring adventurous travel executive Duff Malone. Set in Hawaii, Asia and South Africa, this epic tale of hope and resilience is also an anti-war novel -- a sharp indictment of deceitful government leaders, and warlords throughout the world.

Carefully crafted and replete with memorable characters, The Guest From Johannesburg is a coming of age story that carries Malone from energetic young cruise director to respected Pan Am executive, from violent pre-war Asia in the 1930s to America's tumultuous Vietnam protest years of the 1970s. Set in Hawaii, it presents informed and affectionate insights about Hawaiian attitudes and cultures. A wise narrator with a hidden agenda elicits powerful personal stories from Malone and his friends, constructing a unique saga that spans two generations and three major wars. It brings to life painful experiences of Japanese-Americans imprisoned at Amache internment camp in Colorado, U.S. prisoners within Omori camp in Yokohama, and non-white South Africans within apartheid South Africa. It vividly captures Japan's invasion of Shanghai and Pearl Harbor, as well as America's cruelty at My Lai and Kent State.

The Guest From Johannesburg is a riveting examination of the horrors of war and the heroic resilience of individuals who fight for peace, invoking the words and inspirations of JFK, Robert Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela and Joan Baez. This is an anti-war novel that offers hope for future generations.

Born in Chile and educated in the United States, Don McPhail was raised in Palo Alto and now lives in Mountain View, California. He attended Menlo College, the U.S Naval Academy, and San Francisco State University. A longtime freelance writer, he is an avid traveler and spent forty years as a marketing executive in the airline and hospitality industries. He devoted nearly 20 years to fundraising and governance for Hanna Boys Center in Sonoma, California.

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$15.99
ISBN: 9780578460994
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Published: Donald McPhail - April 2019

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Tony Broadbent - The Timeless Teachings of Guru Zuzu (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, June 8, 2019 - 4:00pm

If you live with a cat (and let's be clear, you are living with your cat, not the other way around) you may also be living with a guru. You may have noticed "your" cat's smarts, the way she knows exactly when it is four a.m. and thus time to apply her right paw to your lower lip. Or her instincts in sensing, hours before the vet appointment, that it's time to blend imperceptibly in with the dust bunnies under your bed. But did you know that the snoozing bundle of fur on your sofa is also, most likely, a spiritual teacher worthy of reverence and devotion? A saying celebrated in the teachings of Lao Tzu and Zen Buddhism promises that "when the student is ready, the teacher will appear." Author Tony Broadbent experienced this when a cat, subsequently named Zuzu--named after "Zuzu's Petals" in the film, It's a Wonderful Life--showed up in his life. In tribute he has created The Timeless Teachings of Guru Zuzu--a series of delightful spreads with nuggets of wit and wisdom on the left and image on the right. So get ready for your own visitation. If you share a domicile with a cat, you don't have to climb a mountaintop, go to an ashram, or learn a new way to breathe. You already have all you need.

Tony Broadbent is the author of mysteries including The Smoke, about a Cockney cat (yes, cat) burglar in post-war London and The Beatles in Liverpool, Hamburg, London. Broadbent lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The Timeless Teachings of Guru Zuzu Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781608685936
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: New World Library - May 7th, 2019

If you live with a cat (and let's be clear, you are living with your cat, not the other way around) you may also be living with a guru. You may have noticed "your" cat's smarts, the way she knows exactly when it is four a.m. and thus time to apply her right paw to your lower lip.


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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Writer's Tribe Launch: Jacqueline Faber - A Purrfect Home for Kitters (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, June 9, 2019 - 1:00pm

Children and adults alike face times when courage and acceptance are needed to navigate unwanted change. Jacqueline Faber's picture book, A Purrfect Home for Kitters, creates an understandable roadmap for young readers when facing the unfamiliar, and it's told from the cat's point of view! It will make you laugh and touch your heart.

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

Sunday, June 9, 2019 - 4:00pm


Join Bill Broder and other guests to be announced in a tribute to Peter Everwine.

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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.

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Peter Everwine (1930 - 2018)

Peter Everwine 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.

 

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