Corte Madera Events

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.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
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.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Corey Fischer - Telling Your Story

Thursday, April 9, 2020 - 6:00pm

Six Thursdays: April 9-May 14 * 6:00-8:00 pm * $250

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.”

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Literary Luncheon: Julia Alvarez - Afterlife (Corte Madera Store)

Friday, April 17, 2020 - 12:00pm

Ticket: $55 (includes meal & signed copy of Afterlife)

The first adult novel in fourteen years by the bestselling author of In the Time of the Butterflies and How the García Girls Lost Their Accents.

Antonia Vega, the immigrant writer at the center of Afterlife, has had the rug pulled out from under her. She has just retired from the college where she taught English when her beloved husband, Sam, suddenly dies. And then more jolts: her bighearted but unstable sister disappears, and Antonia returns home one evening to find a pregnant, undocumented teenager on her doorstep. Antonia has always sought direction in the literature she loves—lines from her favorite authors play in her head like a soundtrack—but now she finds that the world demands more of her than words.

Afterlife is a compact, nimble, and sharply droll novel. Set in this political moment of tribalism and distrust, it asks: What do we owe those in crisis in our families, including—maybe especially—members of our human family? How do we live in a broken world without losing faith in one another or ourselves? And how do we stay true to those glorious souls we have lost?

Julia Alvarez left the Dominican Republic for the United States in 1960 at the age of ten. She is the author of six novels, three books of nonfiction, three collections of poetry, and eleven books for children and young adults. She has taught and mentored writers in schools and communities across America and, until her retirement in 2016, was a writer-in-residence at Middlebury College. Her work has garnered wide recognition, including a Latina Leader Award in Literature from the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, the Hispanic Heritage Award in Literature, the Woman of the Year by Latina magazine, and inclusion in the New York Public Library’s program “The Hand of the Poet: Original Manuscripts by 100 Masters, from John Donne to Julia Alvarez.” In the Time of the Butterflies, with over one million copies in print, was selected by the National Endowment for the Arts for its national Big Read program, and in 2013 President Obama awarded Alvarez the National Medal of Arts in recognition of her extraordinary storytelling.

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Please note: Tickets are non-refundable.

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Julia Phillips - Disappearing Earth (Corte Madera Store)

Monday, April 20, 2020 - 7:00pm

One August afternoon, on the shoreline of the Kamchatka peninsula at the northeastern edge of Russia, two girls—sisters, eight and eleven—go missing. In the ensuing weeks, then months, the police investigation turns up nothing. Echoes of the disappearance reverberate across a tightly woven community, with the fear and loss felt most deeply among its women.

Taking us through a year in Kamchatka, Disappearing Earth enters with astonishing emotional acuity the worlds of a cast of richly drawn characters, all connected by the crime: a witness, a neighbor, a detective, a mother. We are transported to vistas of rugged beauty—densely wooded forests, open expanses of tundra, soaring volcanoes, and the glassy seas that border Japan and Alaska—and into a region as complex as it is alluring, where social and ethnic tensions have long simmered, and where outsiders are often the first to be accused.

In a story as propulsive as it is emotionally engaging, and through a young writer's virtuosic feat of empathy and imagination, this powerful novel brings us to a new understanding of the intricate bonds of family and community, in a Russia unlike any we have seen before.

Julia Phillips is a Fulbright fellow whose writing has appeared in Glimmer Train, The Atlantic, Slate, and The Moscow Times. She lives in Brooklyn.

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Julia Flynn Siler - The White Devil's Daughters (Corte Madera Store)

Tuesday, April 21, 2020 - 7:00pm

Beginning in 1874, the Occidental Mission Home on the edge of San Francisco's Chinatown served as a gateway to freedom for thousands of enslaved and vulnerable young Chinese women and girls. Run by a courageous group of female abolitionists who fought the slave trade in Chinese women, it survived earthquakes, fire, bubonic plague, and violence directed against its occupants and supporters. With compassion and an investigative historian's sharp eye, Julia Flynn Siler tells the story of both the abolitionists who challenged the corrosive anti-Chinese prejudices of the time and the young women who dared to flee their fate. She relates how the women who ran the home defied contemporary convention--even occasionally breaking the law--by physically rescuing children from the brothels where they worked or by snatching them off ships as they were being smuggled in--and how they helped bring the exploiters to justice. She also shares the moving stories of many of the girls and young women who sought refuge at the mission, and she writes about the lives they went on to lead. The White Devil's Daughters is a remarkable chapter in an overlooked part of our history, told with sympathy and vigor.

Julia Flynn Siler is a New York Times best-selling author and journalist. Her most recent book is Lost Kingdom: Hawaii's Last Queen, the Sugar Kings, and America's First Imperial Adventure. Her first book, The House of Mondavi: The Rise and Fall of an American Wine Dynasty, was a finalist for a James Beard Award and a Gerald Loeb Award for distinguished reporting. A veteran journalist, Siler is a longtime contributor and former staff writer for The Wall Street Journal and has been a guest commentator on CNBC, CNN, and the BBC. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and their two sons.

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Lynn Ryder - Reinvent Yourself After 50

Sunday, May 3, 2020 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm

Sunday, May 3 * 1:00-5:00 pm * $110

In our 50s, 60s and 70s, we begin a new phase of life – a new chapter.  Are you wondering: What’s next? Am I living the life I want to live - my best life?  How do I create a joyful and meaningful future?  Working with an exercise book, we’ll engage in discussions, journaling and short lectures to create a vision and a plan for your happy, healthy, fulfilling future.  Lynn Ryder, a personal coach for people over 50, is a former human resources consultant and trainer She is the author of Road to Fulfillment.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Anne Lamott - On Writing 2020

Saturday, May 9, 2020 - 1:00pm
photo of author Anne Lamott

Saturday, May 9 • 1:00 - 4:00 pm • $175

Give the writer in your world (or yourself) a memorable and inspiring afternoon with Anne Lamott. Anne conducts this class the way she writes - openly and honestly, never shying away from difficult topics. Learn from, laugh with, and be motivated by this talented, humorous, and daring writer as she shares her insights on the process, techniques, challenges and joys of successful writing, followed by Q&A.

Anne Lamott is the author of 15 bestselling books including Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life, Hallelujah Anyway: Rediscovering Mercy, Hard Laughter, and Operating Instructions. Her newest book is Almost Everything: Notes on Hope.

**If you reserve a space and need to cancel before May 1, you will be issued a store credit - not a refund. No refunds or store credits will be given for cancellations that occur after April 31.** 

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Mike Robbins - We're All in This Together (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, May 9, 2020 - 7:00pm

What makes a great team? Author, leadership expert, and corporate consultant looks at how businesses can build trust and achieve high performance.

Have you ever been on a team where the talent was strong, but the team wasn't very good? On the flip side, have you ever been on a team where not every single member was a rock star, but something about the team just worked?

We've all had these types of experiences. And yet, it can be difficult to understand what makes one team successful and another one not.

In this book, Mike Robbins dives deep into the ways great teams build trust, collaborate, and perform at the highest level. As an expert in teamwork, leadership, and emotional intelligence, Mike draws on more than 18 years' experience working with top teams and organizations like Google and Microsoft, as well as his athletic career for the Kansas City Royals.

The book's core principles include fostering an environment of psychological safety, honoring diversity and inclusion, addressing and navigating conflict, building trust, and a maintain a balance of healthy expectations and empathy.

Also features interviews with high-level business leaders and thought leaders to provide insights into an ever-changing workplace culture.

Mike Robbins is the author of four books: Focus on the Good Stuff, Be Yourself Everyone Else is Already Taken, Nothing Changes Until You Do, and Bring Your Whole Self to Work. An expert in emotional intelligence, leadership, teamwork, and company culture, Mike works with a diverse group of clients throughout the world, including: Google, Wells Fargo, Microsoft, Dow Jones, the Houston Astros, Airbnb, and many more. He's a sought-after speaker and consultant who delivers keynotes and seminars for these and other organizations. He and his work have been featured in Forbes and the Wall Street Journal, as well as on ABC News. He was a regular contributor to the Huffington Post for a decade and his books have been translated into 15 different languages.

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

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