Corte Madera Events

Zoe Fishman - Invisible as Air (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, March 21, 2020 - 7:00pm

Bestselling author Zoe Fishman has returned with a new novel guaranteed to haunt readers long after they read its final line. Invisible as Air draws attention to the burdens of identities ascribed to women as wives and mothers, and delves into the danger of how one woman tries to ease the pain of those identities but instead gains a new one: hydrocodone addict.

Sylvie Snow knows the pressures of expectations: a woman is supposed to work hard, but never be tired; age gracefully, but always be beautiful; fix the family problems, but always be carefree. Sylvie works full time, but is also Paul’s wife and Teddy’s mother. She does grocery shopping, laundry, scheduling, schlepping and PTA-ing, all while planning Teddy’s Bar Mitzvah and cheerfully tending to Paul.

Three years after suffering a stillbirth Sylvie still grieves, Paul is stuck on the sofa with a broken ankle, Teddy is demanding more and more, and Sylvie is tired. On the anniversary of her daughter’s death, Sylvie takes one—just one—of her husband’s hydrocodone pills. While Paul didn’t want them because they made him too “out of it,” Sylvie finds that’s just what she needs. She feels kinder, more patient and relaxed. She tells herself the pills are temporary. Just a gift. And when the supply runs out, she’ll go back to her regularly scheduled programming. Instead, days turn into weeks and Sylvie slips into a nightmare. Although Paul and Teddy don’t notice at first, Sylvie’s desperate choices soon reveal her desperate state. As Teddy’s Bar Mitzvah nears, all three of them must face the voids within themselves, both alone and together.

Zoe Fishman is the bestselling author of Inheriting EdithDriving LessonsSaving Ruth and Balancing Acts. She’s the recipient of myriad awards, including a NY Post Pick. She’s been profiled in Publisher’s Weekly and The Huffington Post among others. Her writing has been published in The Atlanta Journal Constitution as part of their moving “Personal Journey” series. Zoe worked in the New York publishing industry for thirteen years. She was recently the Visiting Writer at SCAD Atlanta and currently teaches at Emory Continuing Education and The Decatur Writers Studio, at which she is also the Executive Director. She lives in Decatur with her family.

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Art Wolfe - Wild Elephants (Corte Madera Store)

Monday, March 23, 2020 - 7:00pm

In Wild Elephants, Art Wolfe seeks to capture on camera just what makes elephants so special and so worth saving.

Legendary for their size and intelligence, elephants are one of the most charismatic of megafauna. That they are under siege from poachers is no secret, and the rapidity of their declining numbers is horrifying. However, amidst the steady stream of bad news, all is not lost. Ivory prices are declining, global education seems to be succeeding, and recent government crackdowns are beginning to stem the flow of illegal ivory.

While Wild Elephants features photographs of both African and Asian species, the emphasis is on the African savanna or bush elephant. Samuel Wasser's informative text focuses on his current groundbreaking research on the impacts of the illegal trade in elephant ivory along with legal culling practices as a means of population control of this highly intelligent, tightly knit social species.

Wild Elephants is a celebration of these wondrous gentle giants, of the renewed efforts countries are taking to protect their natural heritage, and of what we can do to empower local populations to safeguard the survival of a magnificent species.

Award-winning photographer Art Wolfe has worked on every continent and in hundreds of locations over his forty-year career. His stunning images interpret and record the world’s fast-disappearing natural treasures.

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Adam Hochschild - Rebel Cinderella (Corte Madera Store)

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 - 7:00pm

Rose Pastor arrived in New York City in 1903, a Jewish refugee from Russia who had worked in cigar factories since the age of eleven. Two years later, she captured headlines across the globe when she married James Graham Phelps Stokes, scion of one of the legendary 400 families of New York high society. Together, this unusual couple joined the burgeoning Socialist Party and, over the next dozen years, moved among the liveliest group of activists and dreamers this country has ever seen. Their friends and houseguests included Emma Goldman, Big Bill Haywood, Eugene V. Debs, John Reed, Margaret Sanger, Jack London, and W.E.B. Du Bois. Rose stirred audiences to tears and led strikes of restaurant waiters and garment workers. She campaigned alongside the country’s earliest feminists to publicly defy laws against distributing information about birth control, earning her notoriety as “one of the dangerous influences of the country” from President Woodrow Wilson. But in a way no one foresaw, her too-short life would end in the same abject poverty with which it began.

By a master of narrative nonfiction, Rebel Cinderella unearths the rich, overlooked life of a social justice campaigner who was truly ahead of her time.

Adam Hochschild is the author of ten books. King Leopold’s Ghost was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, as was To End All Wars. His Bury the Chains was a finalist for the National Book Award and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and PEN USA Literary Award. He lives in Berkeley, California.

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Jesse Wegman - Let the People Pick the President (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, March 28, 2020 - 5:00pm

In conversation with Bill Petrocelli

Two of the last five elections were won by candidates who lost the popular vote, calling the integrity of the entire electoral system into question. Political passions are already high, and they will reach a boiling point as we enter the 2020 race. The message from the American people is clear: we need major reform, and we need it now.

In Let the People Pick the President, New York Times editorial board member Jesse Wegman makes a powerful case for abolishing the antiquated and antidemocratic Electoral College, and choosing presidents based on a national popular vote. He uncovers the Electoral College's controversial origins, profiles the many attempts to reform it over the years, and explains why it is now essential for us to remove this obsolete system and finally make every citizen's vote matter.

Wegman addresses objections from both sides of the aisle and presents an airtight argument that moving toward a national popular vote would reduce voter apathy and political polarization, increase voter turnout, and restore belief in our democratic system. Abolishing the Electoral College is the keystone reform that must be accomplished to improve our politics; Wegman shows that this once-lofty goal can be achieved, and charts a path to accomplishing it.

Jesse Wegman is a member of the New York Times editorial board, where he has written about the Supreme Court and legal affairs since 2013. He previously worked as a reporter, editor and producer at outlets including National Public Radio, The New York Observer, Reuters, The Daily Beast, and Newsweek. He graduated from New York University School of Law in 2005.

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Erik Larson - The Splendid and the Vile (Corte Madera Store)

Thursday, April 2, 2020 - 7:00pm

Tickets: $35 (includes signed copy of The Splendid and the Vile)

On Winston Churchill’s first day as prime minister, Adolf Hitler invaded Holland and Belgium. Poland and Czechoslovakia had already fallen, and the Dunkirk evacuation was just two weeks away. For the next twelve months, Hitler would wage a relentless bombing campaign, killing 45,000 Britons. It was up to Churchill to hold his country together and persuade President Franklin Roosevelt that Britain was a worthy ally—and willing to fight to the end.

In The Splendid and the Vile, Erik Larson shows, in cinematic detail, how Churchill taught the British people “the art of being fearless.” It is a story of political brinkmanship, but it’s also an intimate domestic drama, set against the backdrop of Churchill’s prime-ministerial country home, Chequers; his wartime retreat, Ditchley, where he and his entourage go when the moon is brightest and the bombing threat is highest; and of course 10 Downing Street in London. Drawing on diaries, original archival documents, and once-secret intelligence reports—some released only recently—Larson provides a new lens on London’s darkest year through the day-to-day experience of Churchill and his family: his wife, Clementine; their youngest daughter, Mary, who chafes against her parents’ wartime protectiveness; their son, Randolph, and his beautiful, unhappy wife, Pamela; Pamela’s illicit lover, a dashing American emissary; and the advisers in Churchill’s “Secret Circle,” to whom he turns in the hardest moments.

The Splendid and the Vile takes readers out of today’s political dysfunction and back to a time of true leadership, when, in the face of unrelenting horror, Churchill’s eloquence, courage, and perseverance bound a country, and a family, together.

Erik Larson is the author of five national bestsellers: Dead Wake, In the Garden of Beasts, Thunderstruck, The Devil in the White City, and Isaac’s Storm, which have collectively sold more than nine million copies. His books have been published in nearly twenty countries.

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Please note: Tickets are non-refundable

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Holistic Keto for Gut Health - Kristin Grayce McGary (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, April 5, 2020 - 1:00pm

Do you feel exhausted? Experience foggy thinking and mysterious symptoms that come and go—symptoms your doctors can’t figure out and yet they keep prescribing more and more medications? Do you have headaches, congestion, or allergies? Do you suffer from joint pain, sleep challenges, hormone imbalances, skin problems such as eczema and psoriasis, thyroid dysfunction, or any other autoimmune disorder? Holistic healthcare expert Kristin Grayce McGary reveals that the answer to resolving your health challenges may lie in comprehensive gut repair.

Combining the best gut-healthy elements of primal, paleo, and ketogenic nutritional plans, McGary offers a one-of-a-kind approach for optimal digestive health. Unlike the traditional keto diet, which contains inflammatory foods, McGary’s science-based, functional ketogenic program emphasizes a holistic nutritional and lifestyle plan to repair your gut while avoiding the dangers of gluten, dairy, soy, starches, sugars, chemicals, and pesticides. She reveals how nearly everyone has some degree of gut damage and explains how this impacts your immune function, energy levels, and many health issues.

Drawing on her extensive knowledge of blood chemistry analysis and how to halt and prevent autoimmune challenges, McGary details the right kind of lab tests needed for proper diagnosis of food sensitivities and autoimmune disorders and where to get them—helping readers overcome the ongoing misdiagnosis that millions with gut problems and autoimmunity symptoms suffer. Additionally, she provides a thorough list of supplements and foods for gut healing, delicious recipes that leave you feeling satisfied and strong, and contemplative exercises to help you dive even deeper into healing.

Blending humor, scientific information, client examples, and personal stories with unique insights into achieving optimal health, Holistic Keto for Gut Health gives you the practical tools necessary to achieve a healthy digestive system, sustainable well-being, and vibrant longevity.

Kristin Grayce McGary, L.Ac., M.Ac., CFMP, CSTcert, CLP, is an internationally recognized authority on autoimmunity, functional blood chemistry analysis, thyroid and gut health, food as medicine, and integrating mind, body, and spirit in health care. A health and lifestyle teacher, she weaves together more than 22 years of experience, education, and wisdom to empower you to heal on all levels. She lives in Boulder, Colorado. Learn more at www.kristingraycemcgary.com.

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Class: Wendy Walsh- Low Intermediate Italian (April-June)

Monday, April 6, 2020 - 12:45pm

Eight Mondays: April 6- June 1 (No class May 25) * 12:40-2:25 pm * $290

Wendy Walsh has a PhD in Italian Literature from UC Berkeley. She has been teaching Italian language, and literature since 1979.

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Wendy Walsh High Intermediate Italian (April-June) 2020

Tuesday, April 7, 2020 - 8:45am

Eight Tuesdays: April 7- June 2 (No Class May 26) * 8:45-10:30 AM * $290

Wendy Walsh has a PhD in Italian Literature from UC Berkeley. She has been teaching Italian language, and literature since 1979.

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Wendy Walsh Advanced Italian (April-May) 2020

Thursday, April 9, 2020 - 9:00am

Eight Thursdays: April 9-May 28 * 9:00- 11:00 AM * $290

Wendy Walsh has a PhD in Italian Literature from UC Berkeley. She has been teaching Italian language, and literature since 1979.

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Corey Fischer - Telling Your Story

Thursday, April 9, 2020 - 6:00pm

Corey is unable to teach this class.  He was originally scheduled to teach a workshop on January 19 which will now be taught by Nina Wise as a benefit for Corey's medical expenses. To learn more click the link below:

https://www.bookpassage.com/event/class-nina-wise-corey-fischer-finding-your-story

Creating on your feet, out loud, is a powerful way to explore and expand your voice as a writer or a storyteller. Award-winning actor/writer/director Corey Fischer uses free-writing exercises and theatre games for group sharing in a safe and supportive setting as he guides each student in discovering, shaping and performing a particular personal story. In the final class, participants will share their stories with a small, invited audience. This class is for anyone who wants to tell their own stories – on the page or on the “stage.”

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