Corte Madera Events

Calvin Crosby - Independent Bookstore Day Art Reception (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 4:00pm

Artist Calvin Crosby's nostalgia of his summers growing up on the road of the western states, his passion for animal well-being, and sense of humor manifest in his paintings. Calvin is co-owner of Blade and Brush, an artist cooperative based in Sonoma. Calvin is a former Book Passage employee and is the current Executive Director of the Northern California Independent Booksellers Association.

Celebrate Independent Bookstore Day (a nationwide campaign that celebrates Indie Bookstores) with Calvin at a reception from 4-6pm in Book Passage's Gallery.

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Dianne Hales - La Passione (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, April 28, 2019 - 1:00pm

From New York Times bestselling author Dianne Hales, knighted by the President of Italy for her writing, comes a jubilant exploration of how Italy transformed the Western world's most vibrant passions. 

No country has matched Italy’s impact on culture. Just think of painting without Leonardo, opera without Verdi, fashion without Armani, food without the signature tastes of pasta, gelato, and pizza.  The first universities, first banks, first public libraries? All Italian. Dianne Hales attributes these landmark achievements to la passione italiana, a primal force that stems from an insatiable hunger to discover and create; to love and live with every fiber of one's being.  This fierce drive, millennia in the making, blazes to life in the Sistine Chapel, surges through a Puccini aria, deepens a vintage Brunello, and rumbles in a gleaming Ferrari engine.

Our ideal tour guide, Hales sweeps readers along on her adventurous quest for the secrets of la passione.  She swims in the playgrounds of mythic gods, shadows artisanal makers of chocolate and cheese, joins in Sicily’s Holy Week traditions, celebrates a neighborhood Carnevale in Venice, and explores pagan temples, vineyards, silk mills, movie sets, crafts studios, and fashion salons. She introduces us, through sumptuous prose, to unforgettable Italians, historical and contemporary, all brimming with the greatest of Italian passions—for life itself.

A lyrical portrait of a spirit as well as a nation, La Passione appeals to the Italian in all our souls, inspiring us to be as daring as Italy’s gladiators, as eloquent as its poets, as alluring as its beauties, and as irresistible as its lovers.

Dianne Hales is the author of La Bella Lingua, a New York Times best-seller; Mona Lisa: A Life Discovered, translated into six languages; and more than forty trade and text books.

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$26.00
ISBN: 9780451499165
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Published: Crown Archetype - April 16th, 2019

From the New York Times bestselling author knighted by the President of Italy for her writing, a jubilant exploration of how Italy transformed the Western world's most vibrant passions -- from literature to art, music to movies.


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Bill McKibben - Falter (Corte Madera Store)

Monday, April 29, 2019 - 7:00pm

Thirty years ago Bill McKibben offered one of the earliest warnings about climate change. Now he broadens the warning: the entire human game, he suggests, has begun to play itself out.

Bill McKibben’s groundbreaking book The End of Nature--issued in dozens of languages and long regarded as a classic--was the first book to alert us to global warming. But the danger is broader than that: even as climate change shrinks the space where our civilization can exist, new technologies like artificial intelligence and robotics threaten to bleach away the variety of human experience.

Falter tells the story of these converging trends and of the ideological fervor that keeps us from bringing them under control. And then, drawing on McKibben’s experience in building 350.org, the first truly global citizens movement to combat climate change, it offers some possible ways out of the trap. We’re at a bleak moment in human history -- and we’ll either confront that bleakness or watch the civilization our forebears built slip away.

Falter is a powerful and sobering call to arms, to save not only our planet but also our humanity.

Bill McKibben is a founder of the environmental organization 350.org and was among the first to have warned of the dangers of global warming. He is the author of fifteen books, including the bestsellers The End of Nature, Eaarth, and Deep Economy. He is the Schumann Distinguished Scholar in Environmental Studies at Middlebury College and the winner of the Gandhi Prize, the Thomas Merton Prize, and the Right Livelihood Prize. He lives in Vermont.

Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out? Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781250178268
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. - April 16th, 2019

Thirty years ago Bill McKibben offered one of the earliest warnings about climate change. Now he broadens the warning: the entire human game, he suggests, has begun to play itself out.


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Miriam Toews - Women Talking (Corte Madera Store)

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 - 7:00pm

One evening, eight Mennonite women climb into a hay loft to conduct a secret meeting. For the past two years, each of these women, and more than a hundred other girls in their colony, has been repeatedly violated in the night by demons coming to punish them for their sins. Now that the women have learned they were in fact drugged and attacked by a group of men from their own community, they are determined to protect themselves and their daughters from future harm.

While the men of the colony are off in the city, attempting to raise enough money to bail out the rapists and bring them home, these women--all illiterate, without any knowledge of the world outside their community and unable even to speak the language of the country they live in--have very little time to make a choice: Should they stay in the only world they've ever known or should they dare to escape?

Based on real events and told through the “minutes” of the women's all-female symposium, Toews's masterful novel, Women Talking, uses wry, politically engaged humor to relate this tale of women claiming their own power to decide.

Miriam Toews is the author of six previous bestselling novels: All My Puny Sorrows, Summer of My Amazing Luck, A Boy of Good Breeding, A Complicated Kindness, The Flying Troutmans, and Irma Voth, and one work of nonfiction, Swing Low: A Life. She is winner of the Governor General's Award for Fiction, the Libris Award for Fiction Book of the Year, the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize, and the Writers' Trust Engel/Findley Award. She lives in Toronto.

 

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$24.00
ISBN: 9781635572582
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - April 2nd, 2019

NAMED ONE OF THE MOST ANTICIPATED BOOKS OF 2019 BY

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Irene O'Garden - Risking the Rapids (Corte Madera Store)

Friday, May 3, 2019 - 7:00pm

Risking the Rapids opens with the shocking death of O'Garden's older brother, which prompts her and other relatives to seek closure on a journey through the remotest spot in Montana. Described genially as a river "float," a harrowing journey unfolds. This wilderness trip is contrasted with O'Garden's account of growing up with her six siblings in a clashing Catholic family.

Irene O’Garden has won or been nominated for prizes in nearly every writing category from stage to e-screen, hardcovers, children’s books as well as literary magazines and anthologies. Her critically-acclaimed play Women On Fire, (Samuel French) starring Judith Ivey, played sold-out houses at Off-Broadway’s Cherry Lane Theatre and was nominated for a Lucille Lortel Award. Her new play, Little Heart, won her a Berilla Kerr Playwriting Fellowship and was awarded full development at the New Harmony Play Project. O’Garden was awarded a Pushcart Prize for her lyric essay “Glad To Be Human,” (Untreed Reads.) Harper published her first memoir Fat Girl and Nirala Press recently published her book Fulcrum, Selected Poems, which contains her prize-winning poem “Nonfiction.”

 

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$18.99
ISBN: 9781633538870
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Published: Mango - February 15th, 2019

#1 Amazon New Release ─ A Memoir and portrait of a family at its worst and its best

Some memoirs shock. Some entertain. Some take us places we're afraid to go. A rare few move us. Once in a blue moon, a book does it all. This is Risking the Rapids.


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Katie Morford - Prep: The Essential College Cookbook (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 1:00pm

New to the kitchen? Living on your own for the first time? Don’t be intimidated! This useful guide has everything you need to cook yourself real meals with real food. Centered around 10 basic lessons to get you comfortable in the kitchen, this book will get you whipping up nutritious meals, satisfying snacks, and simple desserts for you and your friends in no time. Also included are notes on knife skills, essential (and nonessential) cooking tools, and stocking your pantry. Prep: The Essential College Cookbook is your go-to guide for cooking basics.

Katie Morford is a freelance food and nutrition writer with more than 20 years of professional writing experience. She has been published in The New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, Real Simple, Family Circle, among many others. Katie is the author of Rise & Shine and Best Lunch Box Ever, and she writes the popular food blog Mom’s Kitchen Handbook. She lives in San Francisco with her husband, three daughters, and one very small dog.

 

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$18.95
ISBN: 9781611806106
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Published: Roost Books - April 16th, 2019

A simple guide to one of life’s most essential skills: cooking.
 


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Andres Edwards - Renewal (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 4:00pm

Why spend countless hours indoors in front of screens when being in nature feels so good? In learning why and how to nurture our emotional connection with nature, we can also regenerate the ecosystems on which we depend for our survival.

Renewal explores the science behind why being in nature makes us feel alive and helps us thrive. Using personal experiences and cutting-edge research in cognitive science, this book weaves delightful stories that:

  • Reveal nature's genius and impacts on our lives from physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual perspectives
  • Explore how emulating nature is yielding design breakthroughs with biomimicry and biophilic design
  • Highlight the importance of compassion and coexisting with wildlife in designing our conservation strategies
  • Describe the significance of nurturing an ecological ethic that supports a reciprocal relationship with nature.

Whether you are drawn to conservation or are interested in the science behind human behavior, Andres Edwards will help create a blueprint for integrating nature with a life of creativity, compassion, and joy.

Andrés R Edwards is an educator, award-winning author, media designer, and sustainability consultant. He is founder and president of EduTracks, a firm specializing in developing education programs and consulting services on sustainable practices for green building and business initiatives. He has worked as a producer, exhibit developer, and consultant for projects in natural history, biodiversity, and sustainability. He is the author of The Heart of Sustainability: Restoring Ecological Balance from the Inside Out (2015, Silver Award: Nautilus Book Awards), Thriving Beyond Sustainability:
Pathways to a Resilient Society
(2010, Gold Medal: Living Now Book Awards), and The Sustainability Revolution: Portrait of a Paradigm Shift (2005). He is co-author with Robert Z. Apte of Tibet: Enduring Spirit, Exploited Land (2004). Andrés has given radio and television interviews and has lectured and presented seminars at conferences, universities, and for business and community organizations. He currently lives in northern California.

 

Renewal: How Nature Awakens Our Creativity, Compassion, and Joy Cover Image
By Andres R. Edwards, Marc Bekoff (Foreword by)
$19.99
ISBN: 9780865718807
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Published: New Society Publishers - April 2nd, 2019

Explore our emotional bond with nature to heal ourselves and the natural world

Why spend countless hours indoors in front of screens when being in nature feels so good? In learning why and how to nurture our emotional connection with nature, we can also regenerate the ecosystems on which we depend for our survival.


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Sixteen Rivers Press - Poetry Reading (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, May 5, 2019 - 4:00pm

Barbara Swift Brauer's second collection, Rain Like a Thief, explores the identity of self through time, relationship, and the natural world. She is the author of At Ease in the Borrowed World (Sixteen Rivers Press, 2013) and, with Jackie Kirk, Witness: The Artist's Vision in The Face of AIDS (Pomegranate Artbooks, 1996).

Poet Laureate of Sonoma County (2018-2020) Maya Khosla has written Keel Bone (winner, 2003 Dorothy Brunsman Poetry Prize) and Heart of the Tearing. In All the Fires of Wind and Light, Maya invites readers to explore the wild -- from the Sierra Nevada and Cascades Mountains to the Bay of Bengal.

Camille Norton's first book of poems, Corruption, was a 2004 National Poetry Series winner, published by Harper Perennial in 2005. In her second book, A Folio for the Dark, Camille asks us to contemplate the power of reading and writing in an open-source universe in which books as physical objects are disappearing.

 

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John Burnham Schwartz - The Red Daughter (Corte Madera Store)

Tuesday, May 7, 2019 - 7:00pm

In one of the most momentous events of the Cold War, Svetlana Alliluyeva, the only daughter of the infamous Soviet despot Joseph Stalin, abruptly abandoned her life in Moscow in 1967, arriving in New York to throngs of reporters and a nation hungry to hear her story. By her side is Peter Horvath, a young lawyer sent by the CIA to smuggle Svetlana into America.

She is a contradictory celebrity: charismatic and headstrong, lonely and haunted, excited and alienated by her adopted country’s radically different society. Persuading herself that all she yearns for is a simple American life, she attempts to settle into a suburban existence in Princeton, New Jersey. But one day an invitation from the widow of the architect Frank Lloyd Wright arrives, and Svetlana impulsively joins her cultlike community at Taliesin West. When this dream ends in disillusionment, Svetlana reaches out to Peter, the one person who understands how the chains of her past still hold her prisoner. Their relationship changes and deepens, moving from America to England to the Soviet Union and back again, unfolding under the eyes of her CIA minders, and Svetlana’s and Peter’s private lives are no longer their own.

Novelist John Burnham Schwartz’s father was in fact the young lawyer who escorted Svetlana Alliluyeva to the United States. Drawing upon private papers and years of extensive research, in The Red Daughter, Schwartz imaginatively re-creates the story of an extraordinary, troubled woman’s search for a new life and a place to belong, in the powerful, evocative prose that has made him an acclaimed author of literary and historical fiction.

John Burnham Schwartz is the bestselling author of five novels, including Northwest Corner, The Commoner, and Reservation Road, which was made into a film based on his screenplay. His books have been translated into twenty languages, and he has done extensive screen and television writing for the major Hollywood studios, including as screenwriter of HBO Films’ The Wizard of Lies starring Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer, for which he was nominated for a 2018 Writers Guild of America Award for Outstanding Writing. Literary Director of the Sun Valley Writers’ Conference, he lives in Brooklyn with his wife, writer Aleksandra Crapanzano, and their son Garrick.

 

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ISBN: 9781400068463
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Published: Random House - April 30th, 2019

Running from her father’s brutal legacy, Joseph Stalin’s daughter defects to the United States during the turbulence of the 1960s. For fans of We Were the Lucky Ones and A Gentleman in Moscow, this sweeping historical novel and unexpected love story is inspired by the remarkable life of Svetlana Alliluyeva.


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Emily Bazelon - Charged (Corte Madera Store)

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 7:00pm

The American criminal justice system is supposed to be a contest between two equal adversaries, the prosecution and the defense, with judges ensuring a fair fight. That image does not match the reality in the courtroom, however. Much of the time, it is prosecutors more than judges who control the outcome of a case. They answer to almost no one and make most of the key decisions, from choosing the charge to setting bail to determining the plea bargain. They often decide who goes free and who goes to prison, even who lives and who dies. The system wasn’t designed for this kind of unchecked power, and in Charged, Emily Bazelon reveals how it is the underreported cause of enormous injustice—and the missing piece in the mass incarceration puzzle.

Charged follows the story of two young people caught up in the criminal justice system: Kevin, a twenty-year-old in Brooklyn who picked up his friend’s gun as the cops burst in and was charged with a serious violent felony, and Noura, a teenage girl in Memphis indicted for the murder of her mother. Bazelon tracks both cases, exploring every phase of the criminal justice process—from arrest and charging to trial and sentencing—and, with her trademark blend of deeply reported narrative, legal analysis, and investigative journalism, illustrates just how criminal prosecutions can go wrong and, more important, why they don’t have to.

Bazelon shows how prosecution in America is at a crossroads and details the damage overzealous prosecutors can do—and also the second chances they can extend, if they choose, to Kevin and Noura and so many others, allowing them to make things right in their own lives. She follows a wave of reform-minded D.A.s who have been elected in some of our biggest cities, as well as in rural areas in every region of the country, put in office to do nothing less than reinvent how their job is done. If they succeed, they can point the country toward a different and profoundly better future.

In Charged, Emily Bazelon mounts a major critique of the American criminal justice system—and tells the story of the movement for change.

Emily Bazelon is a staff  writer at The New York Times Magazine, the Truman Capote Fellow for Creative Writing and Law, and a lecturer at Yale Law School. Her previous book is the national bestseller Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy. She’s also a co-host of the Slate Political Gabfest, a popular weekly podcast. Before joining The New York Times Magazine, Bazelon was a writer and editor at  Slate, where she co-founded the women’s section “DoubleX.” 

Charged: The New Movement to Transform American Prosecution and End Mass Incarceration Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780399590016
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Published: Random House - April 9th, 2019

A renowned journalist and legal commentator exposes the unchecked power of the prosecutor as a driving force in America’s mass incarceration crisis—and charts a way out.


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