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Katherine Ellison - Mothers & Murderers (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, October 5, 2019 - 4:00pm

What is the single most humiliating mistake you’ve ever made?

Katherine Ellison has a good one: At 23 years old, barely one year into her first job as a newspaper reporter, she mis-paraphrased a prosecutor in a major murder trial, making it seem as if a woman who hadn’t been charged with any crime was guilty of plotting a murder.

The woman sued Ellison for libel, demanding $11 million, in a humiliating episode that Ellison initially feared would destroy her career. Instead, the mistake pushed her into taking new risks to restore her editors’ faith in her, while also dealing with her own traumatic family history: a journey that led to insight, adventure, and love.

Mothers & Murderers is an intense psychological thriller that weaves together the story of an outrageous murder mystery with a mysterious woman at its center and Ellison’s roller-coaster love life and career. It takes readers from San Jose, California—before it was Silicon Valley—to Pakistan, Nicaragua, Ethiopia, and the Philippines.

As the book progresses, with each story offering insights into the other, the reader comes to understand both why Ellison made the mistake that almost ruined her life and how she was able to overcome it.

This story of resilience and empowerment is equally relevant for women who came of age after the second wave of feminism and women who today face strikingly similar challenges in taking responsibility for their behavior, whether conscious or unconscious.

Katherine Ellison has more than 30 years of wide-ranging experience in digging for facts, framing messages, and producing vivid prose. From 1984-99, Ellison reported for Knight Ridder Newspapers, winning several awards including a Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting. Since then, she has authored, co-authored, and ghost-written ten books and worked as a communication consultant and speechwriter for clients including Bill Gates, major Silicon Valley investors, the Ford, Packard, and Irvine foundations and Cater Communications.

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Linda Watanabe McFerrin - Navigating the Divide (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, October 5, 2019 - 7:00pm

Navigating the Divide: Selected Poetry and Prose is a career-spanning, multi-genre collection from the award-winning Asian-American writer and indie lit legend Linda Watanabe McFerrin. In poetry and prose that is sometimes profoundly personal, sometimes astoundingly surreal, this world traveler and devoted literary explorer breaks down walls, bridges, cultures, and genres, delighting and instructing the reader. This rich, multi-faceted collection really does “navigate the divide” between spiritual and physical, between thought and desire, between identity and others.

Linda Watanabe McFerrin is a poet, travel writer, and novelist. She is the author of two poetry collections, two novels, a collection of award-winning short stories, and a travel guidebook. Her literary honors include the Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction and various travel writing, poetry, and fiction awards. Her latest novel, Dead Love, was a Bram Stoker Award Finalist for Superior Achievement in a Novel. As the founder of Left Coast Writers, Watanabe McFerrin has taught and mentored a long list of writers and is a beloved figure in California’s rich, historic literary culture. She has led workshops around the world, and with ASP author Joanna Biggar, she co-founded the Wanderland Writers series of workshops and anthologies, which they co-edit.


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Published: Santa Fe Writer's Project - October 2019

Navigating the Divide: Selected Poetry and Prose is a career-spanning, multi-genre collection from the award-winning Asian-American writer and indie lit legend Linda Watanabe McFerrin.

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Mark Stephens - Yoga for Better Sleep (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, October 6, 2019 - 1:00pm

As modern science unravels some of the mysteries of our sleeping, dreaming, and waking states, age-old yoga practices are helping us to enjoy better sleep, clearer minds, and healthier bodies. Over 65 percent of U.S. adults are sleep deprived. Sleep deprivation causes and worsens many ailments, including stress, heart conditions, high blood pressure, obesity, and depression. This book provides easy-to-do and effective yoga activities--including postural sequences, breathing exercises, and meditation tools--for better quality and quantity sleep across the life cycle from childhood to older age. In Yoga for Better Sleep, long-time yoga instructor, teacher trainer, and bestselling author Mark Stephens integrates the ancient wisdom of yoga, practical insights, age- and condition-specific sequences, and discussions of neuroscience and psychology to offer tools for improving sleep--naturally and drug-free.

Mark Stephens is a reformed insomniac who once believed that sleeping five to six hours per night was a blessing of the gods. Now a healthy eight-hour-per-night sleeper, Stephens is the author of Teaching Yoga, Yoga Sequencing, Yoga Adjustments, and Yoga Therapy. A yoga practitioner for over twenty-five years, he lives, practices yoga, and writes in Santa Cruz, California.

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By Mark Stephens, Sally Kempton (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781623173630
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Published: North Atlantic Books - August 13th, 2019

Learn simple yoga techniques--poses, meditations, and breathwork--to sleep better and longer, from master yoga teacher trainer and author, Mark Stephens

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Kathryn Lukas & Shane Peterson - The Farmhouse Culture Guide to Fermenting (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, October 6, 2019 - 4:00pm

Fermented and live-culture foods are beloved for their bold and layered flavors as well as their benefits for gut health and boosting immunity, but until now, there hasn't been a book that is both authoritative and easy to use. The Farmhouse Culture Guide to Fermenting provides you with the history, health information, and safest methods for preserving, along with 100 recipes for krauts, pickles, kimchi, fermented vegetables, hot sauces, preserved fruits and jams, kombucha, and even mead. With trusted authors Kathryn Lukas, founder of mega brand Farmhouse Culture, and master fermenter and best-selling author Shane Peterson and their thoroughly tested recipes, this is the fermentation book that every home fermenter needs--whether you are about to make your first batch of pickles or have been preserving foods for decades.

Kathryn Lukas is a former chef and the founder of Farmhouse Culture, an award-winning fermented food and beverage company based in Santa Cruz, California. A native Californian, Kathryn’s love affair with food started in her grandparents’ farmhouse kitchen where home-grown ingredients were turned into simple, yet delicious meals. Years later, she fell in love with fresh fermented sauerkraut at her restaurant in Stuttgart, Germany. Kathryn returned home to the US in the late 90s and learned how to make live-culture ferments through a Natural Culinary Program in Santa Cruz. Obsessed, she traveled the globe in pursuit of ancient fermentation techniques and in 2008 founded Farmhouse Culture. She now shares her love and knowledge of fermented, live-culture foods and their powerful healing qualities through workshops and retreats worldwide.

Shane Peterson is a master fermenter, product developer, and best-selling cookbook author with over 10 years of experience in the fermented food and beverage industry. His first book Fermentering was a best-seller in Denmark, and eventually was published throughout Scandinavia. As head Fermentologist for Farmhouse Culture he co-created many award winning product lines. Shane is a passionate advocate for the rewilding of the human microbiome and the human spirit through the craft of fermentation. An ardent lover of nature, he spends much of his time hiking and foraging the trails of the Northern California. Shane consults for fermented food companies and leads fermentation workshops both in the U.S. and abroad.

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Published: Ten Speed Press - August 27th, 2019

An authoritative and easy-to-use guide to fermentation with 100 recipes for fermented foods and drinks.

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Stephen Mitchell - Joseph and the Way of Forgiveness (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, October 6, 2019 - 7:00pm

Stephen Mitchell’s gift is to breathe new life into ancient classics. In Joseph and the Way of Forgiveness, he offers us his riveting novelistic version of the Biblical tale in which Jacob’s favorite son is sold into slavery and eventually becomes viceroy of Egypt. Tolstoy called it the most beautiful story in the world. What’s new here is the lyrical, witty, vivid prose, informed by a wisdom that brings fresh insight to this foundational legend of betrayal and all-embracing forgiveness. Mitchell’s retelling, which reads like a postmodern novel, interweaves the narrative with brief meditations that, with their Zen surprises, expand the narrative and illuminate its main themes.

By stepping inside the minds of Joseph and the other characters, Mitchell reanimates one of the central stories of Western culture. The engrossing tale that he has created will capture the hearts and minds of modernreaders and show them that this ancient story can still challenge, delight, and astonish.

Stephen Mitchell was born in Brooklyn, educated at Amherst, the Sorbonne, and Yale, and de-educated through intensive Zen training. His many books include the bestselling Tao Te Ching, Gilgamesh, The Gospel According to Jesus, The Book of Job, The Second Book of the Tao, The Selected Poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke, Bhagavad Gita, The Iliad, The Odyssey, and Beowulf. He is also the co-author of three of his wife Byron Katie’s bestselling books.

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Published: St. Martin's Essentials - September 17th, 2019

A unique and special kind of masterpiece.” —John Banville

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Tamim Ansary - The Invention of Yesterday (Corte Madera Store)

Tuesday, October 8, 2019 - 7:00pm

Forty thousand years ago, the human species existed as thousands of small, virtually autonomous bands, roaming a world almost entirely untouched by humans, each band in contact with a few neighbors but unaware of the thousands of others spread across the planet. Today, no life can unfold in isolation from the general flux and flow of human activity. Every habitable inch of the planet is inhabited by humans, there is no place left untouched by our presence, and events anywhere on this planet can have consequences felt by people anywhere else on this planet. The center of the world no longer seems to be this place or that place but the system as a whole.

This journey--from vulnerable small groups to a planet-encompassing hive--is the subject of Tamim Ansary's elegant and gripping history, The Invention of Yesterday. His object is not just to describe the journey, but to illuminate the many essential human qualities that it preserves--our various gods and laws, our rulers and bankers, our philosophers and outcasts, each of which is a continuous presence in the various global cultures. They are the survivors in the human drama, whereas nation states, corporations, policies and political ideas are all susceptible to violent upheaval and dramatic erasure.

Our current moment, Ansary shows, is one of revolutionary reinvention, as old habits are cast aside and reconfigured by the ever more intertwined world we have created. The whole of human history, after all, has been leading up to it.

Tamim Ansary is the author of Destiny Disrupted and Games without Rules, among other books. For ten years he wrote a monthly column for, and has published essays and commentary in the San Francisco Chronicle, Salon, Alternet,, Edutopia, Parade, Los Angeles Times, and elsewhere. He has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show, Bill Moyers, PBS The News Hour, Al Jazeera, and NPR. Born in Afghanistan in 1948, he moved to the U.S. in 1964. He lives in San Francisco.

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Published: PublicAffairs - October 2019

A sweeping global human history that describes the separate beginnings of the world's major cultural movements--Confucianism, Islam, Judeo-Christianity and Nomadism--and the dramatic, sometimes ruinous, sometimes transformative effects of their ever closer intertwinement that is the defining feature of our world today.

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Pico Iyer - A Beginner's Guide to Japan (Corte Madera Store)

Wednesday, October 9, 2019 - 7:00pm

After thirty-two years in Japan, Pico Iyer can use everything from anime to Oscar Wilde to show how his adopted home is both hauntingly familiar and the strangest place on earth. "Arguably the world's greatest living travel writer" (Outside), he draws on readings, reflections, and conversations with Japanese friends to illuminate an unknown place for newcomers, and to give longtime residents a look at their home through fresh eyes. A Beginner's Guide to Japan is a playful and profound guidebook full of surprising, brief, incisive glimpses into Japanese culture. Iyer's adventures and observations as he travels from a meditation-hall to a love-hotel, from West Point to Kyoto Station, make for a constantly surprising series of provocations guaranteed to pique the interest and curiosity of those who don't know Japan, and to remind those who do of the wide range of fascinations the country and culture contain.

Pico Iyer is the author of eight works of nonfiction and two novels. A writer for Time since 1982, he is a frequent contributor to The New York Times, Harper's, The New York Review of Books, the Los Angeles Times, the Financial Times, and many other magazines and newspapers on both sides of the Atlantic and Pacific. He splits his time between Nara, Japan, and the United States.

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Published: Knopf - September 3rd, 2019

From the acclaimed author of The Art of Stillness--one of our most engaging and discerning travel writers--a unique, indispensable guide to the enigma of contemporary Japan.

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Alexandra Horowitz - Our Dogs, Ourselves (Corte Madera Store)

Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 7:00pm

We keep dogs and are kept by them. We love dogs and (we assume) we are loved by them. We buy them sweaters, toys, shoes; we are concerned with their social lives, their food, and their health. The story of humans and dogs is thousands of years old but is far from understood. In Our Dogs, Ourselves, Alexandra Horowitz explores all aspects of this unique and complex interspecies pairing.

As Horowitz considers the current culture of dogdom, she reveals the odd, surprising, and contradictory ways we live with dogs. We celebrate their individuality but breed them for sameness. Despite our deep emotional relationships with dogs, legally they are property to be bought, sold, abandoned, or euthanized as we wish. Even the way we speak to our dogs is at once perplexing and delightful.

In thirteen thoughtful and charming chapters, Our Dogs, Ourselves affirms our profound affection for this most charismatic of animals—and opens our eyes to the companions at our sides as never before.

Alexandra Horowitz is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know and On Looking: A Walker’s Guide to the Art of Observation. She teaches at Barnard College, where she runs the Dog Cognition Lab. She lives with her family and two large, highly sniffy dogs in New York City.

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Published: Scribner - September 3rd, 2019

From Alexandra Horowitz, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Inside of a Dog, an eye-opening, informative, and wholly entertaining examination and celebration of the human-canine relationship for the curious dog owner and science-lover alike.

We keep dogs and are kept by them. We love dogs and (we assume) we are loved by them.

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Left Coast Writers® Launch: Donna Fado Ivery - Sleep, Pray, Heal (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, October 12, 2019 - 7:00pm

When a two-hundred pound glass partition fell on Donna Fado Ivery’s head resulting in brain injury, disability, and chronic pain, she could no longer count on walking, speaking, thinking, or caring for her young children and husband. In her eighth year as a pastor, her ministry, too, seemed terminally compromised. With words awash, she painted her prayers and discovered in the images her path toward healing.

This inspirational memoir shares her struggle through medical, social, and church prejudice, and her support through the loving bond of family, community, and spirit. It was only through faith, prayer, and a new understanding of the miraculous ways that the Holy Spirit can work in our lives that she was able to eventually rise, function, realize, and share a newly refreshed and ever-unfolding relationship with God. Sleep, Pray, Heal: A Path to Wholeness and Well-Being charts the path through hardship and despair and offers a map—through scripture, theology, poetry, painting, and storytelling—to faith, healing, recovery and well-being.

In the twenty-five years since her injury, Donna Fado Ivery has served as featured preacher, painter, speaker, and lecturer at conferences, seminaries, workshops, and retreats across California and the United States. Sleep, Pray, Heal: A Path to Wholeness and Well-Being reflects the clarity and authenticity Donna brings to seekers of spiritual support and faith development. Last year a portion of Sleep, Pray, Heal: A Path to Wholeness and Well-Being placed in the William Wisdom-William Faulkner competition.

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Doreen Stock - My Name is Y (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, October 13, 2019 - 1:00pm

Below is an excerpt from My Name is Y, a mother and political activist's account of raising three children in Mill Valley while participating in anti-nuclear activist actions:


Valentine’s Day, 2018.

Thirty-two years since I wrote these pages.

R is the mother of eight children and a grandmother, B, a soccer coach for the teams of his son and daughter, and A is just this moment rehearsing a student cast, among them her own daughter, to perform The Inspector General at the same high school where she once performed.

On my desk as I write this, the current issue of Time magazine with its cover photo of a nuclear bomb exploding, announcing President Trump’s reentry into the nuclear arms race to the tune of fifteen million dollars.

On this day devoted to love, seventeen students and teachers have lost their lives in yet another school shooting.

My friend, X, and I are sitting in his electric car. White clouds are racing across a blue sky and we can see the mountain silhouetted against them. “Why aren’t we rioting in the streets?” I ask.

“Because we are busy with other things,” is his answer.

What other things? What could be more important than the lives of our children in school and the life this entire green planet we draw our breaths from?

In place of my typewriter, a personal computer. In place of my telephone, a smart phone just inches away from the hand that writes this.

In the past two years, I have driven to Sacramento to demonstrate on the steps of the state capitol for the passage of gun control legislation and I’ve marched across the Golden Gate Bridge with Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense, all of us dressed in orange, the color hunters wear so they won’t be shot.

I have worn my knit pussy-eared hat in a women’s march after Donald Trump was elected and demonstrated in front of the Immigration Services Office in San Francisco under signs that say: “Let My People Stay!”

I have stopped signing most of the petitions that endlessly flood my smart phone, which with the flick of a finger and a debit from a plastic card, try to make the case that we have acted.

This morning I texted each of my American grandchildren with a heart as they entered their public junior high and high schools respectively.

My heart is in my mouth these days.

My name is Y.

Doreen Stock is a poet, essayist, and memoir practitioner, who has been exploring creative nonfiction for over years from the point of view as a wife, mother of three, single human, and grandmother of eleven. Her first book of poems, The Politics of Splendor, was part of a New American Writers exhibit at the Frankfurt Book Fair that year. It combined her own poetry and prose poems with her translation from the work of Marina Tsvetaeva and Anna Akhmatova. While raising her three children, she wrote two book-length memoirs: FIVE: The Transcript of a Journey, detailing her family's travels through Europe in a VW van, and My Name is Y, an anti-nuclear demonstrator’s family memoir.

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