Corte Madera Events

Panel: Race in America and the Lead-Up to the 2020 Election (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, February 23, 2020 - 5:00pm

Join us for this special event featuring a carefully curated and diverse panel of Bay Area writers and agents of change. Moderated by journalist and Book Passage host Paula Farmer, they’ll be tackling this vital topic and how it may impact the next presidential election. Panelists include:

Brian Copeland
An award-winning actor, comedian, author, playwright, TV and radio talk show host. His bestselling memoir, Not a Genuine Black Man: My Life as an Outsider, reveals a little-known chapter of Bay Area history, and was the 2009 pick for Silicon Valley Reads. Earlier this year, Brian and his fellow actor, Charlie Varon, took on Trump and politics in their play, The Great American S*** Show.

Aya de Leon
The director of the Poetry for the People program, and a teacher of creative writing at UC Berkeley. Kensington Books publishes her award-winning feminist heist/romance series, Justice Hustlers, including Uptown Thief, The Boss, and Side Chick Nation (2019) which was the first novel published about Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. Since 2013 Aya has been consistently blogging on race, class, gender, culture, and social justice politics.

Mimi Lok
The author of the story collection Last of Her Name, published October 2019 by Kaya Press, of which the title story was a finalist for the 2018 Katherine Anne Porter Fiction Prize. She is currently working on a novel. Mimi is also the executive director, cofounder, and editor of Voice of Witness, an award-winning human rights/oral history nonprofit that amplifies marginalized voices through a book series and a national education program.

Ian Haney Lopez
A law professor and commentator on coded racism in American politics. His most recent book is Merge Left: Fusing Race and Class, Winning Elections, and Saving America.

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Dan Pfeiffer - Un-Trumping America (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, February 29, 2020 - 4:00pm

There is nothing more important than beating Donald Trump in 2020, but defeating Trump is just the start of this timely book. Un-Trumping America offers readers three critical insights: first, that Trump is not an aberration, but rather the logical extension of the modern Republican Party; second, how Democrats can defeat Trump in 2020; and third, preventing the likes of Trump from ever happening again with a plan to fix democracy.

While the catalog of the president's crimes is long and growing, undoing Trumpism—the political platform of racism, authoritarianism, and plutocracy that gave rise to Trump and defines the Republican Party—is a long and continuing fight. Through a craven, cynical strategy engineered by Mitch McConnell, funded by the Kochs, and fueled by Fox News propaganda, Republicans have rigged American politics to drown out the voices of the people in favor of the powerful. Without an aggressive response that recognizes who the Republicans are and what they have done, American democracy as we know it won't survive this moment and a conservative, shrinking, mostly white minority will govern the country for decades.

Un-Trumping America dismantles toxic Trumpism and offers a way forward. Dan Pfeiffer worked for nearly twenty years at the center of Democratic politics, from the campaign trail to Capitol Hill to Barack Obama's White House. But it was Trump's victory and Republicans' incessant aiding and abetting of Trumpism that has radicalized his thinking. Here, Pfeiffer urges Democrats to embrace bold solutions—from fixing the courts to abolishing the electoral college to eliminating the filibuster—in order to make America more democratic (and Democratic).

Un-Trumping America is a powerful call for Democrats and progressives to get smarter, tougher, and more aggressive without becoming a paler shade of orange.

Dan Pfeiffer is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Yes We (Still) Can and a cohost on Pod Save America. One of Barack Obama's longest serving advisors, he was White House director of communications under President Obama (2009-2013) and senior advisor to the president (2013-2015). He currently lives in the Bay Area with his wife, Howli, and their daughter, Kyla.

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Conor Dougherty - Golden Gates (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, March 1, 2020 - 3:30pm

Spacious and affordable homes used to be the hallmark of American prosperity. Today, however, punishing rents and the increasingly prohibitive cost of ownership have turned housing into the foremost symbol of inequality and an economy gone wrong. Nowhere is this more visible than in the San Francisco Bay Area, where fleets of private buses ferry software engineers past the tarp-and-plywood shanties where the homeless make their homes. The adage that California is a glimpse of the nation's future has become a cautionary tale.

With propulsive storytelling and ground-level reporting, New York Times journalist Conor Dougherty chronicles America's housing crisis from its West Coast epicenter, peeling back the decades of history and economic forces that brought us here and taking readers inside the activist uprisings that have risen in tandem with housing costs. 

To tell this new story of housing, Dougherty follows a struggling math teacher who builds a political movement dedicated to ending single-family-house neighborhoods. A teenaged girl who leads her apartment complex against their rent-raising landlord. A nun who tries to outmaneuver private equity investors by amassing a multimillion-dollar portfolio of affordable homes. A suburban bureaucrat who roguishly embraces density in response to the threat of climate change. A developer who manufactures homeless housing on an assembly line.

Sweeping in scope and intimate in detail, Golden Gates captures a vast political realignment during a moment of rapid technological and social change.

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Class: Anne Marie Lebas- Say it in French Int/Adv (March, April 2020)

Monday, March 2, 2020 - 2:30pm

Eight Mondays: March 2- April 20, 2020, 2:30-4:30 pm $280

These custom-designed sequential courses are for students who wish to become more fluent and self-confident in speaking and writing French, expand vocabulary, understand and participate in casual conversations, and better comprehend the French way of life.

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Class: Anne Marie Lebas - Beginning French (March-April 2020)

Tuesday, March 3, 2020 - 2:30pm

Eight Tuesdays: March 3- April 21, 2:30-4:30 pm $280

These ongoing sequential courses are for students who have little knowledge of French. Students work to build a strong foundation of grammar, vocabulary enrichment, pronunciation, and short conversations, and to motivate students to continue their study of the language.  

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John Tateishi - Redress (Corte Madera Store)

Tuesday, March 3, 2020 - 7:00pm

This is the unlikely but true story of the Japanese American Citizens League's fight for an official government apology and compensation for the imprisonment of more than 100,000 Japanese Americans during World War II. Author John Tateishi, himself the leader of the JACL Redress Committee for many years, is first to admit that the task was herculean in scale. The campaign was seeking an unprecedented admission of wrongdoing from Congress. It depended on a unified effort but began with an acutely divided community: for many, the shame of "camp" was so deep that they could not even speak of it; money was a taboo subject; the question of the value of liberty was insulting. Besides internal discord, the American public was largely unaware that there had been concentration camps on US soil, and Tateishi knew that concessions from Congress would only come with mass education about the government's civil rights violations. Beyond the backroom politicking and verbal fisticuffs that make this book a swashbuckling read, Redress is the story of a community reckoning with what it means to be both culturally Japanese and American citizens; how to restore honor; and what duty it has to protect such harms from happening again. This book has powerful implications as the idea of reparations shapes our national conversation.

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Dr. Christine Carter - The New Adolescence (Corte Madera Store)

Wednesday, March 4, 2020 - 7:00pm

Raising teenagers has always been hard. But it is much harder these days.

Today's teenagers and preteens are growing up in an entirely new world, one that is defined by social media and mobile devices. This has huge implications for our parenting. Understandably, many parents are paralyzed by new problems that didn't exist less than a decade ago, like social media and video game obsession, sexting, and vaping.

A highly acclaimed sociologist and coach at UC Berkeley's Greater Good Science Center and the author of Raising Happiness, Dr. Christine Carter melds research--including the latest findings in neuroscience, sociology, and social psychology--with her own real-world experiences as the mother of four teenagers. In The New Adolescence, you'll find realistic ways to help teens and preteens find joy, focus, ease, motivation, fulfillment and engagement.

Inside, find practical guidance for:

  • Providing the structure teens need while giving them the autonomy they seek
  • Helping them overcome distractions
  • Teaching them the art of "strategic slacking"
  • Protecting them from anxiety, isolation, and depression
  • Fostering the real-world, face-to-face social connections they desperately need
  • Effective conversations about tough subjects--including sex, drugs, and money

The New Adolescence is a realistic and reassuring handbook for parents. It offers road-tested, science-based solutions for raising happy, healthy, and successful teenagers.

Christine Carter, PhD, is the author of The Sweet Spot (2017) and Raising Happiness (2011). A sociologist and Senior Fellow at UC Berkeley's Greater Good Science Center, Carter draws on the latest scientific research in psychology, sociology and neuroscience--and uses her own real-world experiences--to give parenting, productivity and happiness advice. A sought-after keynote speaker and coach, Dr. Carter also teaches online classes that help people live their most fulfilling lives. She lives with her husband, four teenagers, and dog, Buster, in Marin County, California.

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Class: Kerrin Meis - Art of Islam From the Dome of the Rock to the Taj Mahal

Friday, March 6, 2020 - 1:00pm

Four Fridays: March 6-27, 1:00 - 3:00 pm $160

The arts of Islamic civilization from the seventh to the seventeenth century when its heartlands were the pivots of transcontinental trade. Besides madrasas, caravansaries, mosques and luxury palaces we study calligraphy (perhaps the most highly regarded art form in Islam) and the art of the illustrated book. Explore the desert palaces of Jordan and Israel, the Ummayad mosque in Cordoba, the Mamluks in Cairo, the Timurids in Central Asia, the Ottomans in Constantinople, the Safavids in Persia, the Nazarids in Al-Andalus (The Alhambra), concluding with Mughal India.  

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Russ Thomas - Firewatching (Corte Madera Store)

Friday, March 6, 2020 - 7:00pm

Six years ago, jet-setting financier Gerald Cartwright disappeared without a trace. When renovations begin on his long-vacant country house and the builders find a decomposing corpse behind a brick wall in the cellar, it’s quickly apparent what happened to the controversial businessman who was involved in deals both legal and shady. But who killed him? As the sole representative of South Yorkshire’s Cold Case Review Unit, Detective Sergeant Adam Tyler knows this is the case that might finally kickstart his floundering career. Luckily, he already has a suspect. Unluckily, that suspect is Cartwright’s son, the man Tyler slept with the night before. To further complicate matters, tied up in his investigation are an elderly woman with dementia who’s receiving mysterious threats referencing a past she can’t remember, and an ambitious young Muslim constable seeking to prove herself on a force of good old boys. Meanwhile, somewhere nearby, The Fire Watcher shares a fascination with historic and recent conflagrations on an anonymous blog, observing from the shadows as the Gerald Cartwright investigation unfolds…

Russ Thomas grew up in the eighties reading anything he could get from the library, writing stories, and largely avoiding the great outdoors. He is a graduate of the Writing MA at Sheffield Hallam University and an events manager and expert bookseller for Waterstones. In his spare time, Thomas teaches creative writing classes and runs a monthly book club. He lives in Sheffield, England.

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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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