Corte Madera Events

Diana Rowan - The Bright Way (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, March 7, 2020 - 4:00pm

 

While creativity may seem like a leisure-time luxury, it is actually the engine of cultural advancement. All human innovations, from cave painting to the internet, have been fueled by someone's ideas and follow-through. Whether we're writing a novel or an op-ed for the local paper, crafting on Etsy or designing a building, our own lives are advanced and enhanced when we tap into our unique personal core of creativity. Our creative acts require not just ideas but ingenuity and perseverance, confidence and courage, the ability to dream and to doThe Bright Way helps readers cultivate all of the above. 

In The Bright Way: Five Steps to Freeing the Creative Within Diana Rowan guides readers on every step, giving the tools needed to create a life full of happiness, inspiration, and purpose. Her steps are extremely down-to-earth and easy to follow because she herself, as well as her many students and creative community, have changed their lives for the better through freeing the creative within. Diana feels that “creativity is every human’s birthright and capacity. It is natural and essential for our well-being and the survival of our civilization,” and The Bright Way is the way forward into your brighter, more creative life. 

Diana Rowan, an author and a professional harpist, has performed on six continents. She founded Bright Knowledge Guild to teach in the digital environment, offering students around the world access to her system through an ongoing membership program, several dynamic Facebook communities, and videos. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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César Hernández - Migrating to Prison (Corte Madera Store)

Tuesday, March 10, 2020 - 7:00pm

For most of America’s history, we simply did not lock people up for migrating here. Yet over the last thirty years, the federal and state governments have increasingly tapped their powers to incarcerate people accused of violating immigration laws. As a result, roughly 400,000 people a year—from babies to the elderly—now spend some time locked up pending the result of a civil or criminal immigration proceeding.

In Migrating to Prison, leading scholar César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández takes a hard look at the immigration prison system’s origins, how it currently operates, and why. He tackles the emergence of immigration imprisonment in the mid-1980s, with enforcement resources deployed disproportionately against Latinos, and he looks at both the outsized presence of private prisons and how those on the political right continue, disingenuously, to link immigration imprisonment with national security risks and threats to the rule of law.

“Despite the common refrain that immigration law is ‘broken,’ immigration imprisonment is a sign that the United States immigration policy is working exactly as designed,” Garcia Hernandez writes. “The system hasn’t malfunctioned. It was intended to punish, stigmatize, and marginalize—all for political and financial gain. Politicians get elected, local governments receive revenue, corporations profit, and white racists find comfort against the prevailing winds of change that bring different languages, different people, and new challenges to old communities. That is exactly what is happening.”

Interspersed with powerful stories of people caught up in the immigration imprisonment industry, including children who have spent most of their lives in immigrant detention, Migrating to Prison is an urgent call for the abolition of immigration prisons and a radical reimagining of the United States: who belongs and on what criteria is that determination made?

César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández is a professor of law at the University of Denver and an immigration lawyer. He runs the blog Crimmigration.com and regularly speaks on immigration issues. He has appeared in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, NPR, the BBC, and many other media outlets. A native of McAllen, TX, a city at the heart of the American immigration debate, he now lives in Denver.

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Colum McCann with Dave Eggers - Apeirogon (Corte Madera Store)

Wednesday, March 11, 2020 - 1:00pm

In conversation with Dave Eggers

Colum McCann’s most ambitious work to date, Apeirogon—named for a shape with a countably infinite number of sides—is a tour de force concerning friendship, love, loss, and belonging.

Bassam Aramin is Palestinian. Rami Elhanan is Israeli. They inhabit a world of conflict that colors every aspect of their daily lives, from the roads they are allowed to drive on, to the schools their daughters, Abir and Smadar, each attend, to the checkpoints, both physical and emotional, they must negotiate.

Their worlds shift irreparably after ten-year-old Abir is killed by a rubber bullet and thirteen-year-old Smadar becomes the victim of suicide bombers. When Bassam and Rami learn of each other’s stories, they recognize the loss that connects them and they attempt to use their grief as a weapon for peace.

McCann crafts Apeirogon out of a universe of fictional and nonfictional material. He crosses centuries and continents, stitching together time, art, history, nature, and politics in a tale both heartbreaking and hopeful. Musical, cinematic, muscular, delicate, and soaring, Apeirogon is a novel for our time.

Colum McCann is the internationally bestselling author of the novels TransAtlanticLet the Great World SpinZoliDancerThis Side of Brightness, and Songdogs, as well as three critically acclaimed story collections and the nonfiction book Letters to a Young Writer. His fiction has been published in over forty languages. He has received many international honors, including the National Book Award, the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, a Guggenheim fellowship, the Pushcart Prize, and an Oscar nomination for his short film Everything in This Country Must. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, as well as the Irish association of artists Aosdána, and he has also received a Chevalier des Artes et des Lettres award from the French government. In addition, he has won awards in Italy, Germany, and China. A contributor to The New Yorker, The New York TimesThe Atlantic, and The Paris Review, he teaches in the Hunter College MFA Creative Writing program. He lives with his family in New York City, where he is the cofounder of the global nonprofit story exchange organization Narrative 4.

Dave Eggers is the author of twelve books, including The Parade; The Monk of Mokha; The Circle; Heroes of the Frontier; A Hologram for the King, a finalist for the National Book Award; and What Is the What, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and winner of France's Prix Médicis Étranger and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. His nonfiction and journalism have appeared in The Guardian, the New Yorker, The Best American Travel Writing, and the Best American Essays. He is the founder of McSweeney's, an independent publishing company, and cofounder of Voice of Witness, a book series that uses oral history to illuminate human rights crises around the world. He is the cofounder of 826 National, a network of youth writing and tutoring centers with locations around the country, and of ScholarMarch, which connects donors with students to make college accessible. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His work has been translated into forty-two languages. He lives in Northern California with his family.

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Nelson D. Schwartz - The Velvet Rope Economy (Corte Madera Store)

Wednesday, March 11, 2020 - 7:00pm

In nearly every realm of daily life—from health care to education, highways to home security—there is an invisible velvet rope that divides how Americans live. On one side of the rope, for a price, red tape is cut, lines are jumped, appointments are secured, and doors are opened. On the other side, middle- and working-class Americans fight to find an empty seat on the plane, a place in line with their kids at the amusement park, a college acceptance, or a hospital bed.

We are all aware of the gap between the rich and everyone else, but when we weren't looking, business innovators stepped in to exploit it, shifting services away from the masses and finding new ways to profit by serving the privileged. And as decision-makers and corporate leaders increasingly live on the friction-free side of the velvet rope, they are less inclined to change—or even notice—the obstacles everyone else must contend with. Schwartz's "must read" book takes us on a behind-the-scenes tour of this new reality and shows the toll the velvet rope divide takes on society.

Nelson Schwartz has worked as a business reporter at The New York Times since 2007 and currently covers economics.

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Jane Hirshfield - Ledger (Corte Madera Store)

Thursday, March 12, 2020 - 7:00pm

From one of our most celebrated contemporary poets—long-listed for the National Book Award and a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and England's T.S. Eliot Prize—comes Jane Hirshfield's Ledger, her most important work yet. From its already much-quoted opening lines of despair and defiance ("Let them not say: we did not see it. / We saw."), Hirshfield's poems inscribe a registry, both personal and communal, of our present-day predicaments, and call us to action. They summon our responsibility to sustain one another and the earth while pondering, acutely and tenderly, the crises of refugees, justice, and climate. They consider "the minimum mass for a whale, for a language, an ice cap," recognize the intimacy of interconnection ("lichens, burdocks, mycelial mats between trees-- / forgive this hubris"), and apply the lever of questions ("How came separation to chisel, / to cherish, to chafe?") by which we might begin to find a way forward. Finally, it is the human spirit and words themselves--loyal instruments of recognition, humility, and praise--that triumph in this stunning accounting by an essential poet.

Jane Hirshfield is the author of nine books of poetry, including Ledger; The Beauty; Come, Thief; and Given Sugar, Given Salt. She is also the author of two now-classic collections of essays, Nine Gates: Entering the Mind of Poetry and Ten Windows: How Great Poems Transform the World, and has edited and co-translated four books presenting the work of world poets from the past. Her books have received the Poetry Center Book Award, the California Book Award, and the Donald Hall-Jane Kenyon Prize in American Poetry, have been finalists for The National Book Critics Circle Award and England's T.S. Eliot Prize, and long-listed for The National Book Award. Hirshfield has received fellowships from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller foundations, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Academy of American Poets, and presents her work at literary and interdisciplinary events worldwide. Her poems appear in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New York Review of Books, The Times Literary Supplement, The Washington Post, The New York Times, New Republic, Harper's, and Poetry, and have been selected for ten editions of The Best American Poetry. A resident of Northern California, she is a 2019 elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a former chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.

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Martha Hall Kelly - Lost Roses (Corte Madera Store)

Friday, March 13, 2020 - 1:00pm

It is 1914, and the world has been on the brink of war so often, many New Yorkers treat the subject with only passing interest. Eliza Ferriday is thrilled to be traveling to St. Petersburg with Sofya Streshnayva, a cousin of the Romanovs. The two met years ago one summer in Paris and became close confidantes. Now Eliza embarks on the trip of a lifetime, home with Sofya to see the splendors of Russia: the church with the interior covered in jeweled mosaics, the Rembrandts at the tsar’s Winter Palace, the famous ballet.

But when Austria declares war on Serbia and Russia’s imperial dynasty begins to fall, Eliza escapes back to America, while Sofya and her family flee to their country estate. In need of domestic help, they hire the local fortune-teller’s daughter, Varinka, unknowingly bringing intense danger into their household.

On the other side of the Atlantic, Eliza is doing her part to help the White Russian families find safety as they escape the revolution. But when Sofya’s letters suddenly stop coming, she fears the worst for her best friend.

From the turbulent streets of St. Petersburg and aristocratic countryside estates to the avenues of Paris where a society of fallen Russian émigrés live to the mansions of Long Island, the lives of Eliza, Sofya, and Varinka will intersect in profound ways. In Lost Roses—her newest powerful tale told through female-driven perspectives—Martha Hall Kelly celebrates the unbreakable bonds of women’s friendship, especially during the darkest days of history.

Martha Hall Kelly is the New York Times bestselling author of Lilac Girls. She lives in Connecticut, where she spends her days filling legal pads with stories and reading World War II books. Lost Roses is her second novel.

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Wine Country Women of Sonoma County (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, March 14, 2020 - 11:00am

Featuring Lauren Belden, proprietor of Belden Barns; Marla Bedrosian, proprietor of Domaine de la Riviere; Amy Chenoweth, owner and winemaker of Chenoweth Wines; Christine Hanna, president of Hanna Winery; and Michelle Mandro (moderator)

In Wine Country Women of Sonoma County, Michelle Mandro introduces readers to the diverse talents of a fascinating group of more than forty women who are making significant contributions to the diversity and quality of life in Sonoma County. Accomplished professionals including Michelin Three-Star
restaurateur Katina Connaughton of SingleThread Farm, Kate MacMurray of MacMurray Ranch, Heather Patz of Patz & Hall, chefs and Food Network regulars Duskie Estes and Crista Luedtke, and winemaker Nicole Hitchcock of J Wines, providing an intimate and inspiring glimpse into their life and work. A treasured family recipe, combined with an individualized pairing explanation from each Wine Country woman, makes this book a year-round, go-to guide for both casual and elegant entertaining.

Enhanced by gorgeous photography that takes the reader on a compelling visual journey, this book captures the soul of Sonoma County. Forging unique paths as tastemakers, entrepreneurs, advocates, trailblazers, nonprofit leaders, and role models, these accomplished women boast skillsets as diverse as the wine regions that have made this area one of the most desirable places to live, work, and play in the United States.

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Scott Chapman - Empower Your Investing (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, March 15, 2020 - 4:00pm

 

Investing is a life skill and, like any life skill, the key is to learn from those who have already done it well. Empower Your Investing offers a success-based mental framework, discipline, and toolkit for your investing success.

This book examines the best practices from masters of the investing world who’ve demonstrated success over many market cycles: Sir John Templeton, Peter Lynch, and Warren Buffett. The case studies of their winning picks blend the prevailing news and popular opinion at the time of their successful investments with their rationale for buying stocks as they explained in subsequent interviews.

Scott A. Chapman, CFA is the CEO and Portfolio Manager of Chapman Investment Management, LLC. He has more than twenty-five years of experience managing investment portfolios and performing securities analysis with demonstrated outperformance. 

"Are you unsure about how to select stocks and build a winning portfolio? Are you worried about investing in a volatile stock market? If so, Scott Chapman has written a masterpiece, bringing together in one book the lessons of three legendary investing Masters. Whether you are a novice or an investment professional, use these pages to put your investing approach firmly on the right path." 
— Thomas M. Arrington, CFA, Investment Professional with Over Thirty Years of Experience in the Financial Services Industry

"Just as athletes might study Michael Jordan, Mohammed Ali, and Babe Ruth, every investor should know and understand John Templeton, Peter Lynch, and Warren Buffett. Scott Chapman brilliantly showcases the investment world's Greatest of All Time (G.O.A.T) so every stock market participant, from novice to seasoned professional, can learn the lessons of those who have reached the pinnacle of success. With a comprehensive step-by-step approach, Chapman provides a deep understanding of what takes to be the best."
— Robert P. Miles, Author, "The Warren Buffett CEO," Executive in Residence, University of Nebraska at Omaha

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Donovan Moore - What Stars Are Made of: The Life of Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin (Corte Madera Store)

Friday, March 20, 2020 - 7:00pm

It was not easy being a woman of ambition in early twentieth-century England, much less one who wished to be a scientist. Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin overcame prodigious obstacles to become a woman of many firsts: the first to receive a PhD in astronomy from Radcliffe College, the first promoted to full professor at Harvard, the first to head a department there. And, in what has been called "the most brilliant PhD thesis ever written in astronomy," she was the first to describe what stars are made of.

Payne lived in a society that did not know what to make of a determined schoolgirl who wanted to know everything. She was derided in college and refused a degree. As a graduate student, she faced formidable skepticism. Revolutionary ideas rarely enjoy instantaneous acceptance, but the learned men of the astronomical community found hers especially hard to take seriously. Though welcomed at the Harvard College Observatory, she worked for years without recognition or status. Still, she accomplished what every scientist yearns for: discovery. She calculated the atomic composition of stars—only to be told that her conclusions were wrong by the very man who would later show her to be correct.

In What Stars Are Made Of, Donovan Moore brings this remarkable woman to life through extensive archival research, family interviews, and photographs. Moore retraces Payne's steps with visits to cramped observatories and nighttime bicycle rides through the streets of Cambridge, England. The result is a story of devotion and tenacity that speaks powerfully to our own time.

Donovan Moore has written for numerous newspapers and magazines, including the Boston Globe and Rolling Stone, and has worked as a television reporter and producer.

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Bonnar Spring - Toward The Light (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, March 21, 2020 - 4:00pm

What do you do when you find nothing is as it seems?

Luz Concepcion returns to Guatemala to murder Martin Benavides, the man who destroyed her family. Benavides, who rose from insurgent fighter to president, controls a major drug network. Richard Clement became Luz’s resettlement officer when she was evacuated to the U.S. He now works for the CIA, which has its own reasons for eliminating Benavides. Richard’s team persuades Luz to pursue a job as nanny to Benavides’ grandson, Cesar, a lonely child with an absentee playboy father. The Guatemala contact for her mission is Evan McManus, an expat painter who pursues Luz, hoping to persuade her to model for him—and more. Luz initially spurns his advances, but her first terrifying encounter with Martin Benavides propels her into his arms. Complicating matters, Luz conceals from all sides her clandestine contact with her surviving cousin, Antonio Torres, a guerrilla leader fighting the government propped up by the Benavides and their drug money. Her plans unravel as, bit by bit, Luz learns that nothing is as it seems—and no one is telling the whole truth.

Bonnar Spring writes sharp and stylish mystery-suspense novels with an international flavor. A world-traveler, she hitchhiked across Europe at sixteen and joined the Peace Corps after college. Bonnar currently teaches ESL at a community college. She’d do it for free, but is pleased that they pay her—and the long school vacations mean leisurely travels. Bonnar divides her time between tiny houses on a New Hampshire salt marsh and by the Sea of Abaco. Bonnar learned to read in kindergarten and never stopped. The restrictive policy of her town library (What? Only fourteen books per card?) led her to become omnivorous—her brothers’ science fiction and adventure, her mother’s classics, her father’s, well, those books hidden behind the hardcovers on the top shelf. Toward the Light is Bonnar Spring’s debut novel. Learn more about her at https://bonnarspring.com/

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