Corte Madera Events

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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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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John Shea - 24: Life Stories and Lessons from the Say Hey Kid (Corte Madera Store)

Thursday, May 7, 2020 - 7:00pm

In conversation with Phil Cousineau

Widely regarded as the greatest all-around player in baseball history because of his unparalleled hitting, defense, and baserunning, beloved icon Willie Mays offers his lifetime of experience meeting challenges with positivity, integrity, and triumph in 24: Life Stories and Lessons from the Say Hey Kid.

Presented in 24 chapters to correspond with his universally recognized uniform number, Willie’s memoir provides more than the story of his role in America’s pastime. This is the story of a man who values family and community, engages in charitable causes especially involving children, and follows a philosophy that encourages hope, hard work, and the fulfillment of dreams.

“I was very lucky when I was a child. My family took care of me and made sure I was in early at night. I didn’t get in trouble. My father made sure that I didn’t do the wrong thing. I’ve always had a special place in my heart for children and their well-being, and John Shea and I got the idea that we should do something for the kids and the fathers and the mothers, and that’s why this book is being published. We want to reach out to all generations and backgrounds. Hopefully, these stories and lessons will inspire people in a positive way.” —Willie Mays

John Shea is the award-winning national baseball columnist at the San Francisco Chronicle and Willie Mays's longtime acquaintance. He has written several books, including the autobiography of Hall of Famer Rickey Henderson, Off Base: Confessions of a Thief. He is seen regularly on MLB Network.

Phil Cousineau is an award-winning writer and filmmaker, teacher and editor, lecturer and travel leader, storyteller, and TV and radio host. His lifelong fascination with the art, literature, and history of culture has taken him on many journeys around the world. He lectures frequently on a wide range of topics—from mythology, film, and writing, to beauty, travel, sports, and creativity. He has more than 30 nonfiction books and 15 scriptwriting credits to his name.

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JoAnne Silver Jones - Headstrong: Surviving a Traumatic Brain Injury (Corte Madera Store)

Friday, May 8, 2020 - 7:00pm

She didn’t see the hammer. For a fraction of a second JoAnne Jones saw a young black face, framed by a black hoodie, and then she descended into a place where she felt and saw nothing.

Jones survived this sudden assault by a stranger, but it left her with severe traumatic brain injury (TBI), fractured hands, and PTSD. Headstrong tells the story of how she learned to live with the daily challenges of TBI. It brings the reader into a life traumatized by violence and set in the context of a society full of violence and vocal, visible white supremacists. Woven throughout Jones’s account are the stories of how medical professionals, friends, family, and strangers became a foundation strong enough to hold her during the worst of times, and to give her the buoyancy to find a path toward hope.

JoAnne Jones is Professor Emeritus at Springfield College in Massachusetts, where she worked for twenty-five years. While at Springfield College, Dr. Jones served as Associate Dean of the School of Human Services and Acting Dean of the School of Social Work. Before Springfield College, she was an Associate Professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and an Assistant Professor of Social Welfare at the University of Calgary, School of Social Welfare. Her teaching and research focused primarily on social justice issues. In addition to teaching, she has consulted with public and private organizations in relation to diversity, inclusiveness, and excellence. She is a cofounder of the firm Diversityworks Consulting.

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Class: Anne Lamott - On Writing 2020

Saturday, May 9, 2020 - 1:00pm
photo of author Anne Lamott

Saturday, May 9 • 1:00 - 4:00 pm • $175

Give the writer in your world (or yourself) a memorable and inspiring afternoon with Anne Lamott. Anne conducts this class the way she writes - openly and honestly, never shying away from difficult topics. Learn from, laugh with, and be motivated by this talented, humorous, and daring writer as she shares her insights on the process, techniques, challenges and joys of successful writing, followed by Q&A.

Anne Lamott is the author of 15 bestselling books including Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life, Hallelujah Anyway: Rediscovering Mercy, Hard Laughter, and Operating Instructions. Her newest book is Almost Everything: Notes on Hope.

 

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Rhys Bowen, Anne Perry, Jacqueline Winspear & Victoria Zackheim - Private Investigations (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, May 9, 2020 - 5:00pm

A conversation with Rhys Bowen, Anne Perry, and Jacqueline Winspear, moderated by Victoria Zackheim

For many of us, a good, heart-pounding mystery is the perfect escape from real-world confusion and chaos. But what about the writers who create those stories of suspense and intrigue? How do our favorite novelists cope with our perplexing world, and what mysteries keep them up at night?

In Private Investigations, twenty fan-favorite mystery writers share first-person tales of mysteries they've encountered at home and in the world. Caroline Leavitt regales us with a medical mystery, recounting a time when she lost her voice and doctors couldn't find a cure, Martin Limón travels back to his military stint in Korea to grapple with the crimes of war, Anne Perry ponders the magical powers of stories conjured from writers' imaginations, and more.

Exploring all the tropes of the genre—from haunted houses and elusive perpetrators to regrouping after missed signals have derailed them—these writers' true tales show just how much art imitates life, and how, ultimately, we are all private investigators in our own real-world dramas.

Rhys Bowen is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of two historical mystery series as well as three internationally bestselling stand alone novels. Her books have won multiple awards and been translated into over twenty languages. A transplanted Brit, Rhys now divides her time between California and Arizona, where she escapes from those harsh California winters.

Anne Perry is the New York Times bestselling author of two acclaimed series set in Victorian England: the William Monk novels, including Dark Tide Rising and An Echo of Murder, and the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt novels, including Murder on the Serpentine and Treachery at Lancaster Gate. She is also the author of a new series featuring Thomas and Charlotte Pitt’s son, Daniel, including Triple Jeopardy and Twenty-One Days, as well as five World War I novels, sixteen holiday novels, most recently A Christmas Revelation, and a historical novel, The Sheen on the Silk, set in the Ottoman Empire. She lives in Los Angeles.

Jacqueline Winspear is author of the New York Times bestsellers A Lesson in Secrets, The Mapping of Love and Death, Among the Mad, An Incomplete Revenge, Leaving Everything Most Loved, Journey to Munich, In This Grave Hour, To Die But Once, and her latest in the Maisie Dobbs series, The American Agent, as well as What Would Maisie Do?, a non-fiction book based upon the series. Winspear has won numerous awards for her work, including the Agatha, Alex, and Macavity awards for Maisie Dobbs, which was also nominated for the Edgar Award for Best Novel and was a New York Times Notable Book.

Victoria Zackheim (ed.) is a screenwriter, playwright, and the editor of six anthologies, including the highly acclaimed The Other Woman. She wrote the documentary Where Birds Never Sang: The Story of Ravensbruck and Sachsenhausen Concentration Camps, which aired on PBS nationwide. Zackheim teaches creative nonfiction in the UCLA Extension Writers' Program and is a frequent speaker and writing instructor. She lives in Northern California.

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Mike Robbins - We're All in This Together (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, May 9, 2020 - 7:00pm

What makes a great team? Author, leadership expert, and corporate consultant looks at how businesses can build trust and achieve high performance.

Have you ever been on a team where the talent was strong, but the team wasn't very good? On the flip side, have you ever been on a team where not every single member was a rock star, but something about the team just worked?

We've all had these types of experiences. And yet, it can be difficult to understand what makes one team successful and another one not.

In this book, Mike Robbins dives deep into the ways great teams build trust, collaborate, and perform at the highest level. As an expert in teamwork, leadership, and emotional intelligence, Mike draws on more than 18 years' experience working with top teams and organizations like Google and Microsoft, as well as his athletic career for the Kansas City Royals.

The book's core principles include fostering an environment of psychological safety, honoring diversity and inclusion, addressing and navigating conflict, building trust, and a maintain a balance of healthy expectations and empathy.

Also features interviews with high-level business leaders and thought leaders to provide insights into an ever-changing workplace culture.

Mike Robbins is the author of four books: Focus on the Good Stuff, Be Yourself Everyone Else is Already Taken, Nothing Changes Until You Do, and Bring Your Whole Self to Work. An expert in emotional intelligence, leadership, teamwork, and company culture, Mike works with a diverse group of clients throughout the world, including: Google, Wells Fargo, Microsoft, Dow Jones, the Houston Astros, Airbnb, and many more. He's a sought-after speaker and consultant who delivers keynotes and seminars for these and other organizations. He and his work have been featured in Forbes and the Wall Street Journal, as well as on ABC News. He was a regular contributor to the Huffington Post for a decade and his books have been translated into 15 different languages.

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Shannon Watts - Fight Like a Mother (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, May 10, 2020 - 1:00pm

Shannon Watts was a stay-at-home mom folding laundry when news of the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary flashed across the television screen. In one moment, she went from outraged to engaged and decided to do something about it. What started as a simple Facebook group to connect with other frustrated parents grew into Moms Demand Action, a national movement with millions of supporters and a powerful grassroots network of local chapters in all 50 states. Shannon has been called "the NRA’s worst nightmare”—and her army of moms have bravely gone up against the gun lobby, showing up in their signature red shirts, blocking the hallways of congress with their strollers, electing gun sense candidates, and running for office themselves, proving that if the 80 million moms in this country come together, they can put an end to gun violence.

Fight Like a Mother is the incredible account how one mother’s cry for change became the driving force behind gun safety progress. Along with stories of perseverance, courage, and compassion, Watts shines a light on the unique power of women—starting with what they have, leading with their maternal strengths, and doubling down instead of backing down. While not everyone can be on the front lines lobbying congress, every mom is already a multi-tasking organizer, and Shannon explains how to go from amateur activist to having a real impact in your community and beyond. Fight Like a Mother will inspire everyone—mothers and fathers, students and teachers, lawmakers, and anyone motivated to enact change—to get to work transforming hearts and minds, and passing laws that save lives.

Shannon Watts is the founder of Mom's Demand Action for Gun Sense in America—the leading force for gun violence prevention, with chapters in all 50 states and a powerful grassroots network of moms that has successfully effected change at the local, state and national level. In 2013, MDA partnered with Mayors Against Illegal Guns to form Everytown for Gun Safety, nationwide movement of millions of Americans working together to end the epidemic of gun violence. She is an active board member of Emerge America and Rise to Run, two of the nation's leading organizations for recruiting and training women to run for office. Watts is a contributor to The Huffington Post, and Medium. Her writing has appeared in Vogue, Time, The Washington Post, and others. She is a mother of five.

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Jennifer Risher - We Need to Talk: A Memoir About Wealth (Corte Madera Store)

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 - 7:00pm

Many books offer advice on how to get rich. Some inspire us with a fantasy of being rich. Others poke fun at the rich. We Need to Talk takes an honest look at what it’s really like to have a lot of money. Jennifer explores the impact wealth has on identity, relationships, and sense of place in the world. In addition to telling her story, she interviewed 11 women and included their voices to add different perspectives. At a time when income inequality is a huge problem and money is a taboo subject even among this closest to us, Jennifer hopes to help us start a conversation.

When Jennifer Risher joined Microsoft in 1991, she met her husband, and with him became an extra-lucky beneficiary of the dot-com boom. By their early thirties, they had tens of millions of dollars. Today, there are millions of people like her. Jennifer’s thought-provoking, personal story includes the voices of others in her demographic and explores the hidden impact of wealth on identity, relationships, and sense of place in the world. At a time when income inequality is a huge problem, our country’s economic system is broken, and money is still a taboo subject even among those closest to us, this engaging, introspective memoir is essential reading: a catalyst for conversation that demystifies wealth and inspires us to connect.

Jennifer Risher was born in Seattle, Washington, grew up in Oregon, and graduated from Connecticut College. She joined Microsoft in 1991 where she worked as a recruiter and then as a product manager. She and her husband, David, have two daughters and live in San Francisco, where David is CEO of Worldreader, a nonprofit he cofounded with a mission to create a world where everyone is a reader. We Need to Talk is Jennifer’s first book.

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Literary Luncheon: Laura Lippman - My Life as a Villainess: Essays (Corte Madera Store)

Thursday, May 14, 2020 - 12:00pm

Ticket: $55 (includes meal & signed copy of My Life as a Villainess: Essays)

New York Times bestselling author Laura Lippman’s first book of nonfiction, My Life as a Villainess, is a collection of personal, wry, relatable, often surprising essays that explore childhood, motherhood, friendship, her career as a newspaper reporter, and as a novelist. Lippman's life stories are at once specific and universal, with as many twists as her award-winning crime fiction.

These candid essays offer insights into the experiences that have helped Lippman become one of the most successful writers of her generation.

Since Laura Lippman's debut in 1997, she has been recognized as a distinctive voice in mystery fiction and named one of the "essential" crime writers of the last 100 years. Her books have won most of the major awards in her field and been translated into thirty languages. A perennial bestselling author, she lives in Baltimore, New York, and New Orleans with her family.

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Please note: Tickets are non-refundable.

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