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Peter Eichstaedt - Napa Noir (San Francisco Store)

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 - 6:00pm

In Napa Noir, Northern California's idyllic Napa Valley is shattered by the vineyard shooting deaths of two men, leading investigative-reporter-turned-wine-editor Dante Rath to seize the chance to salvage his sagging career. 

One of the dead is the winery's top investor, a high-tech genius, who was shot and killed by the winery's owner, who in turn was gunned down by Napa County sheriff deputies.

At the murder scene, Dante encounters Carmen Carelli, the lawyer for the deceased investor and whose case files he rifles after sharing wine and other pleasures. But when Carelli is shot and wounded jogging near her house in Sonoma, Dante knows something deeply sinister is fermenting in wine country. 

Doggedly pursuing the story, Dante uncovers fraud, deceit, and a toxic scandal certain to shake the wine world and topple an international wine producer. But he must stay alive to publish the story.

Peter Eichstaedt is an award-winning author of fiction and nonfiction, a screenwriter, and short story writer.


1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

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ISBN: 9781947290631
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Published: Wildblue Press - May 1st, 2018


Jen Lustig, Skylar Wilson, & Rev. Dr. Matthew Fox - Order of the Sacred Earth (Corte Madera Store)

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 - 7:00pm

Matthew Fox, a 76-year-old elder, activist and spiritual theologian, along with Skylar Wilson, a 33-year-old wilderness guide, leader of inter-cultural ceremonies, and an event producer, and Jennifer Listug, a 28-year-old writer, spiritual leader, and publicist, are presenting a challenge and an opportunity in the vision launched in Order of the Sacred Earth. Essay contributors to the book and its vision include Mirabai Starr, Brian Thomas Swimme, Adam Bucko, and David Korten.

Matthew Fox has been called a maverick, a rebel, and by some a heretic. In his quest for a viable spirituality he discovered the ancient (but often suppressed) creation spirituality tradition that honors the sacredness of all creation. He has worked closely with Native spiritual leaders, feminists, activists, and others, and got himself in trouble with his mother church and the pope. He has written 34 books on spirituality and culture now translated in 67 languages and has taught in many schools including Stanford, the University of Creation Spirituality, which he founded, and the soon to be born Fox Institute for Creation Spirituality in Boulder, Colorado. Among his books are Original Blessing, The Coming of the Cosmic Christ, A Way To God: Thomas Merton's Creation Spirituality Journal, Meister Eckhart: A Mystic Warrior for Our Times.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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ISBN: 9781939681867
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Published: Monkfish Book Publishing - July 17th, 2018


Kate Christensen - The Last Cruise (Corte Madera Store)

Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 7:00pm

From Kate Christensen -- the acclaimed PEN/Faulkner Award-winning author of The Great Man -- comes The Last Cruise, a riveting high-seas adventure that combines Christensen's signature wit, irony, and humanity to create a striking and unforgettable vision of our times.

The 1950s vintage ocean liner Queen Isabella is making her final voyage before heading to the scrapyard. For the guests on board, among them Christine Thorne, a former journalist turned Maine farmer, it's a chance to experience the bygone mid-twentieth century era of decadent luxury cruising, complete with fine dining, classic highballs, string quartets, and sophisticated jazz. Smoking is allowed but not cell phones -- or children, for that matter. The Isabella sets sail from Long Beach, California into calm seas on a two-week retro cruise to Hawaii and back.

But this is the second decade of an uncertain new millennium, not the sunny, heedless '50s, and certain disquieting signs of strife and malfunction above and below decks intrude on the festivities. Down in the main galley, Mick Szabo, a battle-weary Hungarian executive sous-chef, watches escalating tensions among the crew. Meanwhile, Miriam Koslow, an elderly Israeli violinist with the Sabra Quartet, becomes increasingly aware of the age-related vulnerabilities of the ship herself and the cynical corners cut by the cruise ship company, Cabaret.

When a time of crisis begins, Christine, Mick, and Miriam find themselves facing the unknown together in an unexpected and startling test of their characters.

Kate Christensen is the author of six previous novels, most recently The Astral. Her fourth novel, The Great Man, won the 2008 PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction. She is also the author of two food-centric memoirs, Blue Plate Special and How to Cook a Moose, which won the 2016 Maine Literary Award for Memoir. She has published many essays and reviews, most recently in Vogue, Elle, Bookforum, O, the Oprah Magazine, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and Food and Wine. She lives with her husband in Portland, Maine.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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ISBN: 9780385536288
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Published: Doubleday Books - July 10th, 2018


Sally Franson - A Lady's Guide to Selling Out (San Francisco Store)

Friday, July 20, 2018 - 6:00pm

Casey Pendergast is losing her way. Once a book-loving English major, Casey lands a job at a top ad agency that highly values her ability to tell a good story. Her best friend thinks she's a sellout, but Casey tells herself that she's just paying the bills -- and she can't help that she has champagne taste.

When her hard-to-please boss assigns her to a top-secret campaign that pairs literary authors with corporations hungry for upmarket cachet, Casey is both excited and skeptical. But as she crisscrosses America, wooing her former idols, she's shocked at how quickly they compromise their integrity: A short-story writer leaves academia to craft campaigns for a plus-size clothing chain, a reclusive nature writer signs away her life's work to a manufacturer of granola bars.

When she falls in love with one of her authors, Casey can no longer ignore her own nagging doubts about the human cost of her success. By the time the year's biggest book festival rolls around in Las Vegas, it will take every ounce of Casey's moxie to undo the damage -- and, hopefully, save her own soul.

Told in an unforgettable voice, with razor-sharp observations about everything from feminism to pop culture to social media, A Lady's Guide to Selling Out is the story of a young woman untangling the contradictions of our era and trying to escape the rat race -- by any means necessary.

Sally Franson grew up in Madison, Wisconsin, and was educated at Barnard College and the University of Minnesota. Her work has appeared in The Guardian, The Best American Travel Writing, and on NPR, among other places. She lives in Minneapolis.


1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

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ISBN: 9780399592034
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Published: Dial Press - April 10th, 2018


Spencer Christian & Noah Griffin - You Bet Your Life (Corte Madera Store)

Friday, July 20, 2018 - 7:00pm

In Conversation with Noah Griffin

This event is to support The Phoenix Project of Marin, a program of Performing Stars, which guides at-risk males to develop the personal, social, and economic skills to become productive citizens.


Growing up poor and black in the rigidly segregated South, Spencer Christian relied on his family's solid work ethic, commitment to education, and Christian faith to carve a path to success and national visibility. As weatherman and co-host for ABC's Good Morning America, he thought he had everything -- a loving wife and children, a beautiful home, and a rewarding and remarkable career.

Yet, he was living a double life. For nearly 30 years, he was a compulsive gambler. By the time he found the courage to confront his dependence, he had lost millions, his home, his job -- and most important -- his family.

You Bet Your Life tells the roller-coaster story of Christian's rise to success and crash to rock bottom. It also details his rebounding, rebuilding, and recovering of hope and happiness. This gripping and transparent tale will amuse, shock, and inspire.

Spencer Christian is an Emmy Award-winning reporter best known for his thirteen years on Good Morning America where he covered the national weather reports in addition to traveling throughout the United States and abroad reporting on a wide range of topics. Since January 1999, Spencer Christian has been the weather forecaster on San Francisco's ABC7 News team.  In Baltimore, he won an Emmy Award for a special series of reports entitled "Does Anyone Here Speak English?" focusing on declining language skills among America's youth. Spencer was inducted into the Virginia Communications Hall of Fame in April 1993, and was named Virginian of the Year by the Virginia Press Association in July 1993. A longtime wine enthusiast, Spencer hosted Spencer Christian's Wine Cellar on HGTV and the Food Network from 1995 to 1999.

Noah Griffin is a journalist, poet and Cole Porter Society Founder.


51 Tamal Vista Boulevard
Corte Madera, CA 94925

You Bet Your Life: How I Survived Jim Crow Racism, Hurricane Chasing, and Gambling Cover Image
ISBN: 9781682616390
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Published: Post Hill Press - May 8th, 2018


Class: Barbara Rose Brooker - Boomer Bestseller One Day Workshop (Corte Madera)

Saturday, July 21, 2018 - 10:00am

Saturday, July 21 • 10:00 am - 2:00 pm • $100

You’re 40, suddenly 60, 80, and you have an idea for a book, but you don’t know how to shape it into a publishable book, and how to submit it to Hollywood. Barbara Rose Brooker’s Boomer Bestseller Workshop, and her Writing Aerobics, will guide you from concept to writing a table of contents, synopsis, storyboard, how to write a scene, develop your characters, storyline, and all elements of craft. Come with a dream and leave with an outline and a draft!

Barbara Rose Brooker has published eleven books, with Morrow, Simon & Schuster, Crossing, and other venues.  Her latest novel will be published in 2019 with a major mainstream publisher. Her novel The Viagra Diaries is still in development for a TV series.  She teaches writing workshops at SFSU/OLLI.  She believes that anyone at every age can write and publish a book.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925


Jim & Janelle Fazackerly - Getting Ready for the Big One (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, July 21, 2018 - 11:00am


In Conversation with Alta Magazine’s Digit Editor and San Francisco Chronicle Columnist Beth Spotswood

Emergency and survival experts Jim and Janelle Fazackerley will detail how we can best prepare for “The Big One” — no matter where we find ourselves when an earthquake strikes. Learn from a former big-city EMS Operations Chief and Loma Prieta EMS researcher exactly what you’ll need in your emergency survival kits (for both car and home) and dig through some actual pre-stocked emergency backpack available commercially to explore the missing ingredients. This updated and informative discussion will assist you in keeping your family (pets included) best equipped when disaster strikes.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925


Leslie Jonath - The Art of Foraging (San Francisco Store)

Saturday, July 21, 2018 - 11:00am

Come see Leslie Jonath at the CUESA Market Booth before her Book Passage Meet & Greet!

Please note: this event will be followed by another Meet & Greet with authors Stephane Hénaut & Jeni Mitchell!

In the spirit of land artists like Andy Goldsworthy, the book is as much about discovery as it is about creation. Leaves shaped like lips might inspire a face; an array of rocks might be become an eclectic mosaic; winter's first snow might be carved into glowing luminaria.

Whether you love to look for heart-shaped flowers or want to make a peacock made with flower petals, readers will find great inspiration and joy in Foraged Art.

Art, meditation, and nature meet in this adult focused activity book, with projects that take inspiration from the natural environment, using blooms, pods, branches, stones, and other natural elements. Divided into chapters by natural elements -- flowers, leaves, rocks and pods, and more, the book will encourage readers to forage and play outside using nature's seasonal art box. With quotes by artists on nature and creativity, the book is about making art from what you find and finding art in what you see.

Leslie Jonath is an author, a book packager and producer specializing in content for food, art, design, and children's projects. She is the author of many books including Snowmen, Everyone Loves Paris, Give Yourself A Gold Star and Love Found. She lives in San Francisco.


1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Foraged Art: Creating Projects Using Blooms, Branches, Leaves, Stones, and Other Elements Discovered in Nature Cover Image
ISBN: 9781681882598
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Published: Bluestreak - June 5th, 2018


Stephane Hénaut & Jeni Mitchell - A Bite-Sized History of France (San Francisco Store)

Saturday, July 21, 2018 - 12:00pm

Please note: this event will be preceded by another Meet & Greet with author Leslie Jonath!

A French cheesemonger and an American academic and ex-pat join forces to serve up a sumptuous history of France and its food, in the delicious tradition of Anthony Bourdain, Peter Mayle, and Pamela Druckerman.

From the cassoulet that won a war to the cr pe that doomed Napoleon, from the rebellions sparked by bread and salt to the new cuisines forged by empire, the history of France is intimately entwined with its gastronomic pursuits. A witty exploration of the facts and legends surrounding some of the most popular French foods and wines by a French cheesemonger and an American academic, A Bite-Sized History of France tells the compelling and often surprising story of France from the Roman era to modern times. Traversing the cuisines of France's most famous cities as well as its underexplored regions, this innovative social history explores the impact of war and imperialism, the age-old tension between tradition and innovation, and the enduring use of food to prop up social and political identities.

The origins of the most legendary French foods and wines -- from Roquefort and cognac to croissants and Calvados, from absinthe and oysters to Camembert and champagne -- also reveal the social and political trends that propelled France's rise upon the world stage. They help explain France's dark history of war and conquest, as well as its most enlightened cultural achievements and the political and scientific innovations that transformed human history. These gastronomic tales will edify even the most seasoned lovers of food, history and all things French.

Stéphane Hénaut's wide-ranging career in food includes working in the Harrods fromagerie, cooking for the Lord Mayor of London's banquets, and selling obscure vegetables in a French fruiterie. He lives in Berlin.

Jeni Mitchell is a teaching fellow in the Department of War Studies, King's College London. She lives in Berlin.


1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

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ISBN: 9781620972519
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Published: New Press - July 10th, 2018


Riva Enteen - Follow the Money (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, July 21, 2018 - 1:00pm

If we follow the money, we find the root of the rot. The 66 colorful radio interviews by Flashpoints producer Dennis J. Bernstein in Follow the Money cover a varety of topics relevant to today. The interviews all occurred under President Obama, who promised hope and change, and they provide the writing on the wall that foreshadowed how we arrived at a Trump presidency. This book, edited by Riva Enteen, gives hope, for it is an encyclopedia of resistance as well as an invaluable reference for the myriad of challenges we face. It also features a foreword by Mumia Abu-Jamal and includes contributors liks Alice Walker, Oliver Stone, Danny Glover, Laura Flanders, Phil Donahue, Helen Caldicott and Ramsey Clark.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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ISBN: 9781387362622
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Published: - April 9th, 2018


C.W. Gortner - The Romanov Empress (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, July 21, 2018 - 4:00pm

For readers of Philippa Gregory and Alison Weir comes The Romanov Empress -- a dramatic novel of the beloved Empress Maria, the Danish girl who became the mother of the last Russian tsar.

Even from behind the throne, a woman can rule.

Narrated by the mother of Russia's last tsar, this vivid, historically authentic novel brings to life the courageous story of Maria Feodorovna, one of Imperial Russia's most compelling women, who witnessed the splendor and tragic downfall of the Romanovs as she fought to save her dynasty in its final years.

Barely nineteen, Minnie knows that her station in life as a Danish princess is to leave her family and enter into a royal marriage--as her older sister Alix has done, moving to England to wed Queen Victoria's eldest son. The winds of fortune bring Minnie to Russia, where she marries the Romanov heir, Alexander, and once he ascends the throne, becomes empress. When resistance to his reign strikes at the heart of her family and the tsar sets out to crush all who oppose him, Minnie -- now called Maria--must tread a perilous path of compromise in a country she has come to love.

Her husband's death leaves their son Nicholas as the inexperienced ruler of a deeply divided and crumbling empire. Determined to guide him to reforms that will bring Russia into the modern age, Maria faces implacable opposition from Nicholas's strong-willed wife, Alexandra, whose fervor has led her into a disturbing relationship with a mystic named Rasputin. As the unstoppable wave of revolution rises anew to engulf Russia, Maria will face her most dangerous challenge and her greatest heartache.

From the opulent palaces of St. Petersburg and the intrigue-laced salons of the aristocracy to the World War I battlefields and the bloodied countryside occupied by the Bolsheviks, C. W. Gortner sweeps us into the anarchic fall of an empire and the complex, bold heart of the woman who tried to save it.

C. W. Gortner holds an MFA in writing, with an emphasis on historical studies, from the New College of California. He is the internationally acclaimed and bestselling author of Mademoiselle Chanel, The Queen's Vow, The Confessions of Catherine de Medici, The Last Queen, The Vatican Princess, and Marlene, among other books. He divides his time between Northern California and Antigua, Guatemala.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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ISBN: 9780425286166
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Published: Ballantine Books - July 10th, 2018


Marlene Cullen & Special Guests - Connections (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, July 22, 2018 - 4:00pm

The Write Spot to Jumpstart Your Writing: Connections is a collection of writing that entertains as well as inspires writing. Every story, vignette, and poem includes writing prompts, motivating readers to become writers. The variety of stories, written by mothers and their adult children, illustrate how we connect through stories. Connections includes resources for writers such as websites, associations, and how to use freewrites to enhance your writing and ignite your imagination for transformational writing.

Marlene Cullen is passionate about encouraging people to write, even those who think they can’t write. Her series of books, The Write Spot to Jumpstart Your Writing, features writing that entertains as well as inspires others to write. Every story, vignette, and poem in The Write Spot books include writing prompts motivating readers to become writers. Marlene hosts The Write Spot Blog, a treasure chest of inspirational gems for writers: Writing prompts, places to submit, and more. She is the creator of Jumpstart Writing Workshops, a writing environment where participants often experience transformational changes. Marlene’s workshops and blog provide essential elements for successful writing.

Kate Farrell is a librarian, storyteller, author, and educator. She has taught language arts, has published numerous educational materials, and her writing is in several anthologies. Kate is Past President of the Women’s National Book Association and a member of the California Writers Club.

Christine Falcon-Daigle has worked in film and radio, serving as associate producer for The Last Stand, an award-winning documentary. She earned her MFA at the California Institute of Integral Studies, where she worked on the school’s inter-arts journal, Mission at Tenth. In 2007, her novel This Is What I Know was named as a finalist in the William Faulkner Wisdom Creative Writing Competition sponsored by The Pirates’ Alley Society in New Orleans.

Christina Gleason writes fiction, nonfiction, essay, and poetry. Her poetry has won first place in NorCal Poetry Slams. She has been published for both prose and poetry, music, and art. Her background includes documentary film, research, photography, sculpture, and music.

Neena Gleason is a Certified Yoga Instructor with a bachelor’s degree in Human Development. Her passion for yoga combined with her desire to help others led her to teaching yoga privately as well as in some of Hawaii's finest resorts. When she is not teaching, Neena combines her love for yoga with photography, capturing stills among the Hawaiian Islands and building her blog via social media.

Gael Chandler is a writer, film editor, and teacher. She wrote Chronicles of Old San Francisco: Discovering the City by the Bay, a history book with self-guided tours, to help people roam and dig into San Francisco on their own.

Susan Bono is a California-born mother, teacher, writer, and editor. She facilitates writing workshops, including Jumpstart with Marlene Cullen, and edits the Noyo River Review for the Mendocino Coast Writers’ Conference. Her writing has appeared online, on stage, in anthologies, newspapers, and on the radio. Her book, What Have We Here: Essays about Keeping House and Finding Home was published in 2014.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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ISBN: 9781941066263
Availability: Special Order
Published: M. Cullen Enterprises - April 12th, 2018


Jon Meacham - The Soul of America (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, July 22, 2018 - 7:00pm

Our current climate of partisan fury is not new, and The Soul of America shows us how what Abraham Lincoln called the "better angels of our nature" have repeatedly won the day.

Painting surprising portraits of Lincoln and other presidents, including Ulysses S. Grant, Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, and Lyndon B. Johnson, and illuminating the courage of such influential citizen activists as Martin Luther King, Jr., early suffragettes Alice Paul and Carrie Chapman Catt, civil rights pioneers Rosa Parks and John Lewis, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, and Army-McCarthy hearings lawyer Joseph N. Welch, Jon Meacham brings vividly to life turning points in American history. He writes about the Civil War, Reconstruction, and the birth of the Lost Cause; the backlash against immigrants in the First World War and the resurgence of the Ku Klux Klan in the 1920s; the fight for women's rights; the demagoguery of Huey Long and Father Coughlin and the isolationist work of America First in the years before World War II; the anti-Communist witch-hunts led by Senator Joseph McCarthy; and Lyndon Johnson's crusade against Jim Crow. Each of these dramatic hours in our national life have been shaped by the contest to lead the country to look forward rather than back, to assert hope over fear -- a struggle that continues even now.

While the American story has not always -- or even often -- been heroic, we have been sustained by a belief in progress even in the gloomiest of times. In this inspiring book, Meacham reassures us, "The good news is that we have come through such darkness before" -- as, time and again, Lincoln's better angels have found a way to prevail.

Jon Meacham is a Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer. The author of the New York Times bestsellers Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power, American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House, Franklin and Winston, and Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush, he is a distinguished visiting professor at Vanderbilt University, a contributing writer for the New York Times Book Review, and a fellow of the Society of American Historians. Meacham lives in Nashville and in Sewanee with his wife and children.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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ISBN: 9780399589812
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Published: Random House - May 8th, 2018


Amanda Stern with Andrew Sean Greer - Little Panic (San Francisco Store)

Monday, July 23, 2018 - 6:00pm

In Conversation with 2018 Pulitzer Prize Winner Andrew Sean Greer

In the vein of bestselling memoirs about mental illness like Andrew Solomon's Noonday Demon, Sarah Hepola's Blackout, and Daniel Smith's Monkey Mind comes Little Panic -- a gorgeously immersive, immediately relatable, and brilliantly funny memoir about living life on the razor's edge of panic.

The world never made any sense to Amanda Stern -- how could she trust time to keep flowing, the sun to rise, gravity to hold her feet to the ground, or even her own body to work the way it was supposed to? Deep down, she knows that there's something horribly wrong with her, some defect that her siblings and friends don't have to cope with.

Growing up in the 1970s and 80s in New York, Amanda experiences the magic and madness of life through the filter of unrelenting panic. Plagued with fear that her friends and family will be taken from her if she's not watching-that her mother will die, or forget she has children and just move away-Amanda treats every parting as her last. Shuttled between a barefoot bohemian life with her mother in Greenwich Village, and a sanitized, stricter world of affluence uptown with her father, Amanda has little she can depend on. And when Etan Patz disappears down the block from their MacDougal Street home, she can't help but believe that all her worst fears are about to come true.

Tenderly delivered and expertly structured, Amanda Stern's memoir is a document of the transformation of New York City and a deep, personal, and comedic account of the trials and errors of seeing life through a very unusual lens.

Amanda Stern is the author of the novel The Long Haul and the nine book Frankly Frannie middle grade series. Since 2003, she has helmed the Happy Ending Reading series and she's been a NYFA Fiction Fellow and held residencies at the MacDowell Colony and Yaddo. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, New York Times Magazine, Salon, Post Road and St. Ann's Review.

Andrew Sean Greer is the bestselling author of five works of fiction, including the Pulitzer Prize winning Less. He is the recipient of the Northern California Book Award, the California Book Award, the New York Public Library Young Lions Award, the O Henry award for short fiction and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Public Library. Greer lives in San Francisco.


1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

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ISBN: 9781538711927
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - June 19th, 2018


Julie Tuton - Beauty in the Breakup (Sausalito Store)

Tuesday, July 24, 2018 - 6:00pm

Going through a break-up or divorce is difficult. Julie Tuton has been there and understands the struggle. She also knows something else is possible. In ending a 20 year marriage, she used the tools featured in her new book to facilitate her transition. So many people commented on the ease with which her separation and divorce occurred, that they inquired about what she had done that was so different.  Even her mediator was curious.  She wrote Beauty in the Breakup for everyone who is seeking a different possibility navigating this often treacherous area of change.

​​Coming from Boston, Julie Tuton has an East Coast edge, softened by over 25 years of living in the San Francisco Bay Area.  She has a razor sharp awareness that allows  her to cut through to the core of your issues with kindness and caring. She lives in the space of non-judgment, allowing her to be very real and present with you. Applying her awareness and practical tools to step into places of change in her own personal life, she comes from a place of vulnerability, compassion, and knowing that if she could move through such transitions with ease, she can facilitate others as well.


100 Bay Street
Sausalito, CA 94965

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ISBN: 9781634931304
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Published: Access Consciousness Publishing Company - February 1st, 2018


Ayobami Adebayo - Stay With Me (Corte Madera Store)

Tuesday, July 24, 2018 - 7:00pm

In Conversation with Sarah Ladipo Manyika

This celebrated, unforgettable first novel ("A bright, big-hearted demonstration of female spirit." -The Guardian), shortlisted for the prestigious Women's Prize for Fiction and set in Nigeria, gives voice to both husband and wife as they tell the story of their marriage -- and the forces that threaten to tear it apart.

Yejide and Akin have been married since they met and fell in love at university. Though many expected Akin to take several wives, he and Yejide have always agreed: polygamy is not for them. But four years into their marriage--after consulting fertility doctors and healers, trying strange teas and unlikely cures--Yejide is still not pregnant. She assumes she still has time -- until her family arrives on her doorstep with a young woman they introduce as Akin's second wife. Furious, shocked, and livid with jealousy, Yejide knows the only way to save her marriage is to get pregnant. Which, finally, she does--but at a cost far greater than she could have dared to imagine. An electrifying novel of enormous emotional power, Stay With Me asks how much we can sacrifice for the sake of family.

Ayobami Adebayo stories have appeared in a number of magazines and anthologies, and one was highly commended in the 2009 Commonwealth short story competition. She holds BA and MA degrees in literature in English from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ife, and has worked as an editor for Saraba Magazine since 2009. She also has an MA in creative writing from the University of East Anglia, where she was awarded an international bursary for creative writing. She has received fellowships and residencies from Ledig House, Sinthian Cultural Centre, Hedgebrook, Ox-Bow School of Art, Ebedi Hills and the Siena Art Institute. She was born in Lagos, Nigeria.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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ISBN: 9780451494603
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - August 22nd, 2017


Jon Varese - Spirit Photographer (San Francisco Store)

Wednesday, July 25, 2018 - 6:00pm

In Conversation with Gavin Austin
Fundraiser for Bryan Stevenson’s Equal Justice Initiative!

This event is a special fundraiser for Bryan Stevenson's Equal Justice Initiative. The event is free and open to the public but donations are encouraged at the door. Author's proceeds for books sold at this event will also go to the EJI.


Boston, 1870. Photographer Edward Moody runs a booming business capturing the images of the spirits of the departed in his portraits. He lures grieving widows and mourning mothers into his studio with promises of catching the ghosts of their deceased loved ones with his camera. Despite the whispers around town that Moody is a fraud of the basest kind, no one has been able to expose him, and word of his gift has spread, earning him money, fame, and a growing list of illustrious clients.

One day, while developing the negative from a sitting to capture the spirit of the young son of an abolitionist senator, Moody is shocked to see a different spectral figure develop before his eyes. Instead of the staged image of the boy he was expecting, the camera has seemingly captured the spirit of a beautiful young woman. Is it possible that the spirit photographer caught a real ghost? When Moody recognizes the woman in the photograph as the daughter of an escaped slave he knew long ago, he is compelled to travel from Boston to the Louisiana bayous to resolve their unfinished business--and perhaps save his soul. But more than one person is out to stop him . . .

With dramatic twists and redolent of the mood of the Southern Gothic, The Spirit Photographer conjures the Reconstruction era South, replete with fugitive hunters, voodoo healers, and other dangers lurking in the swamp. Jon Michael Varese's deftly plotted first novel is an intense tale of death and betrayal that will thrill readers as they unravel the dreadful mystery behind the spirit in the photograph and what ultimately became of her.

Jon Michael Varese is a literary historian whose focus has been the significance of the 19th-century British novel in both Britain and America, and is the Director of Public Outreach for The Dickens Project at the University of California Santa Cruz. He is also the editor of the Signature edition of Great Expectations.

Gavin Austin has had a long career in writing and public speaking, and is a Principal Technical Writer at Salesforce. He has spoken before large audiences at Dreamforce, WritersUA, LavaCon, Midwest Dreamin', Intelligent Content Conference, Information Development World, and more. His nonfiction has appeared in Spectrum, Eclectica, Ultrarunning Magazine, and elsewhere. 


1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

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ISBN: 9781468315875
Availability: Backordered
Published: Overlook Press - April 17th, 2018


Colleen Hoover - All Your Perfects (Corte Madera)

Wednesday, July 25, 2018 - 7:00pm

Tickets: $18 (includes book & photo op)

The #1 New York Times bestselling author of It Ends with Us—whose writing is “emotionally wrenching and utterly original” (Sarah Shepard, New York Times bestselling author of the Pretty Little Liars series)—delivers a tour de force novel about a troubled marriage and the one old forgotten promise that might be able to save it.

Quinn and Graham’s perfect love is threatened by their imperfect marriage. The memories, mistakes, and secrets that they have built up over the years are now tearing them apart. The one thing that could save them might also be the very thing that pushes their marriage beyond the point of repair.

All Your Perfects is a profound novel about a damaged couple whose potential future hinges on promises made in the past. This is a heartbreaking page-turner that asks: Can a resounding love with a perfect beginning survive a lifetime between two imperfect people?

Colleen Hoover is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of SlammedPoint of RetreatThis Girl, HopelessLosing HopeFinding CinderellaMaybe SomedayMaybe NotUgly LoveConfessNovember 9It Ends with Us, and Without Merit. She has won the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Romance three years in a row—for Confess (2015), It Ends with Us (2016), and Without Merit (2017). Confess was adapted into a seven-episode online series. In 2015, Colleen and her family founded The Bookworm Box, a bookstore and monthly subscription service offering signed novels donated by authors. All profits are given to various charities each month to help those in need. Colleen lives in Texas with her husband and their three boys.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

All Your Perfects: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501193323
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Published: Atria Books - July 17th, 2018


Kevin Allison - Risk! (San Francisco Store)

Thursday, July 26, 2018 - 6:00pm

Collecting the most celebrated stories from the hit podcast Risk!, along with all-new true tales about explosive secrets and off-the-wall adventures, this book paints a spellbinding portrait of the transformational moments we experience in life but rarely talk about. No topics are off-limits in Risk!, no memories too revealing to share. From accidentally harboring a teen fugitive to being poisoned while tripping on LSD in the Mayan ruins, these stories transport readers into uncharted territory and show how your life can change when you take an extraordinary leap.

In these jaw-dropping stories, edited and introduced by Risk! host Kevin Allison, writers reveal how they pushed drugs for a Mexican cartel only to end up kidnapped and nearly killed, how they joined a terrifying male-empowerment cult and fought desperately for a way out, how they struggled with pregnancy complications and found a hero where they least expected it, and so much more. A lifelong construction worker shares the intimate details of transitioning to being a woman, a bestselling author discusses how he assumed the identity of his babysitter online in a social experiment gone awry, and a beloved comedian discusses how a blow job from a prostitute changed his life. By turns cautionary and inspiring, RISK presents an extraordinary panorama of the breadth of human experience and a stunning tribute to the power of the truth to set us free.

Featuring essays by:

  • Aisha Tyler
  • A.J. Jacobs
  • Michael Ian Black
  • Marc Maron
  • Lili Taylor
  • Dan Savage
  • Paul F. Tompkins
  • TS Madison
  • Jonah Ray
  • And many more

With his writing and acting work on MTV's legendary sketch comedy series, The State, as well as on Reno 911!, High Maintenance, Blue Man Group and more, Kevin Allison has created all kinds of stories. In 2009, he launched Risk!, the live show and podcast where people tell true stories they never thought they'd dare to share, which is downloaded over 2.5 million times per month. Allison is also the founder of The Story Studio in New York, where he has taught the art of storytelling to bestselling authors, well-known comedians, and executives from a range of fields.


1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Risk!: True Stories People Never Thought They'd Dare to Share Cover Image
By Kevin Allison (Editor)
ISBN: 9780316478281
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Published: Hachette Books - July 17th, 2018


Leslie Jonath - The Foraged Art (Corte Madera Store)

Thursday, July 26, 2018 - 7:00pm

In the spirit of land artists like Andy Goldsworthy, the book is as much about discovery as it is about creation. Leaves shaped like lips might inspire a face; an array of rocks might be become an eclectic mosaic; winter's first snow might be carved into glowing luminaria.

Whether you love to look for heart-shaped flowers or want to make a peacock made with flower petals, readers will find great inspiration and joy in Foraged Art.

Art, meditation, and nature meet in this adult focused activity book, with projects that take inspiration from the natural environment, using blooms, pods, branches, stones, and other natural elements. Divided into chapters by natural elements -- flowers, leaves, rocks and pods, and more, the book will encourage readers to forage and play outside using nature's seasonal art box. With quotes by artists on nature and creativity, the book is about making art from what you find and finding art in what you see.

Leslie Jonath is an author, a book packager and producer specializing in content for food, art, design, and children's projects. She is the author of many books including Snowmen, Everyone Loves Paris, Give Yourself A Gold Star and Love Found. She lives in San Francisco.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Foraged Art: Creating Projects Using Blooms, Branches, Leaves, Stones, and Other Elements Discovered in Nature Cover Image
ISBN: 9781681882598
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Published: Bluestreak - June 5th, 2018


Linda Joy Myers & Guests - "Courage to Heal" Memoir Panel (Corte Madera Store)

Friday, July 27, 2018 - 7:00pm

The "Courage to Heal" Memoir Panel will be moderated by Linda Joy Myers, PhD, MFT, and president and founder of the National Association of Memoir Writers (NAMW). A Q&A between Myers and the panelists will focus on healing in life and on the page and the role memoir writing plays in the healing process. Questions will include, “What does it mean to heal? What needs healing? How can we heal ourselves and our world? Is healing a responsibility? Who are the “real” healers?” Each author has passed through a crucible of physical, mental, or spiritual illness—some life-threatening—and survived to tell their story. An audience Q&A will follow the panel discussion.


Linda Joy Myers, Ph.D., MFT, is president and founder of the National Association of Memoir Writers. Her first memoir, Don’t Call Me Mother: A Daughter’s Journey from Abandonment to Forgiveness, was a finalist in the ForeWord Book of the Year Award and the IndieExcellence Awards, and a BAIPA Gold Medal award winner. Her new memoir, Song of the Plains, is a finalist in the Best Book Awards. Author of The Power of Memoir—How to Write Your Healing Story, Journey of Memoir, and Becoming Whole, her prize-winning fiction, nonfiction, and memoir pieces have been published in literary journals and online. She writes for the Huffington Post, and is co-author with Brooke Warner of Breaking Ground on Your Memoir. Linda Joy has been a therapist for 40 years, where the power of story is part of the healing process. A memoir coach for two decades, Myers helps people dive deep into writing their truths while crafting a publishable story. Her monthly programs on NAMW offer writers tools about breaking silence, developing a powerful story, and finding the best publishing path.


Bella Mahaya Carter is a writing teacher, developmental editor, and empowerment coach with a lifelong passion for creativity, health, and healing. She is the author of Raw: My Journey from Anxiety to Joy (She Writes Press, May 2018) and Secrets of My Sex (Bombshelter Press, May 2008), a collection of narrative poems. Her poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction have appeared in MindBodyGreen; The Sun, Lilith; Calyx; Literary Mama; and elsewhere. Her work has been anthologized in The Magic of Memoir: Inspiration for the Writing Journey; Grandmothers’ Necklace; and Writing Our Way Out of The Dark: An Anthology of Literary Acts of Bravery. She’s a featured columnist on and maintains her own blog, Body, Mind, Spirit: Inspiration for Writers, Dreamers, and Seekers of Health & Happiness.

Paige Davis is an entrepreneur, writer, cancer survivor, mindfulness facilitator, and meditation teacher. She is the founder of Soul Sparks, where she leads and facilitates meditation and mindfulness programming for companies, teams, and individuals seeking more patience, productivity, and present-moment awareness. Paige is also co-founder of social impact brand, BlueAvocado. The company’s thoughtful designs and creative solutions invite people to live a greener, simpler, and more mindful life. Paige received a BA in Journalism and Environmental Science from the University of Indiana and holds certifications from the Mclean Meditation Institute, Western School of Feng Shui and Pilates Center of Austin. Her work has been featured in the Huffington Post and MindBodyGreen. Her book Here We Grow: Mindfulness Through Cancer and Beyond will be published in May 2018 by She Writes Press.

Gayle Greene grew up in the Santa Clara Valley, now “Silicon,” when it was still “the valley of heart’s delight.”  She writes of this in her most recent book, Missing Persons: A Memoir, “a fascinating foray into loss, grief, and self-identity…reminiscent of Didion’s Year of Magical Thinking.”   A longtime professor at Scripps College, Claremont, she began her writing life with books about Shakespeare, women writers, and feminist theory. Her interests then shifted to health and the environment, and she wrote a biography of pioneer British radiation epidemiologist and anti-nuclear warrior, The Woman Who Knew Too Much:  Alice Stewart and the Secrets of Radiation. She then wrote Insomniac, a first person account of living with insomnia and an investigation into sleep science. She lives in the Bay Area and Mendocino. 


Leah E. Reinhart is a hair stylist and angel card reader turned author. Her memoir is Manifesting Me: A Story of Rebellion and Redemption. When the market crashed and business was slow, her hair clients encouraged her to write a memoir after hearing some of her stories about her unusual childhood in Oakland, California. She started writing and a whole new journey began as she began to fall in love with writing and reading. Leah E. Reinhart is a mother of two and a wife, and currently works in her not-so-ordinary salon, Wellness Garden Tool Shed.



51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Don't Call Me Mother: A Daughter's Journey from Abandonment to Forgiveness Cover Image
ISBN: 9781938314025
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Published: She Writes Press - February 1st, 2013

The Power of Memoir: How to Write Your Healing Story Cover Image
ISBN: 9780470508367
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Published: Jossey-Bass - January 26th, 2010

Breaking Ground on Your Memoir: Craft, Inspiration, and Motivation for Memoir Writers Cover Image
By Brooke Warner, Linda Joy Myers (Various Artists (VMI))
ISBN: 9781631520853
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Published: She Writes Press - September 22nd, 2015

Song of the Plains: A Memoir of Family, Secrets, and Silence Cover Image
ISBN: 9781631522161
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Published: She Writes Press - June 20th, 2017


Class: Leslie Keenan - You Can Complete That Book (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, July 28, 2018 - 10:00am

Saturday July 28, 2018 • 10:00 am- 4:00 pm • $105

Have you started a book but haven't been able to finish it? Do you feel like you have all the pieces but don't know how to stitch them together? Do you feel overwhelmed, blocked, or stuck? In You Can Complete That Book!, you will learn the reasons writers get stuck, and how to get back in the flow, write effortlessly, find solutions for structural issues, navigate the publication process and ultimately complete the book.

Writing challenges us to face our core issues. As a result we become experts at procrastination, perfectionism, or simply making sure we are always too busy to finish. Underneath all these defenses, there is gold: the nugget of pure creativity waiting to be expressed once you learn how to make room for it to be revealed.

Leslie Keenan is a writing coach, teacher and editor with 30 years' experience. She lives in Marin County, California with her daughter. 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925


Saeeda Hafiz - The Healing (San Francisco Store)

Saturday, July 28, 2018 - 11:30am

CUESA Meet & Greet

In the memoir The Healing, a young black American woman signs up for lessons in yoga and clean eating as signifiers of her new middle class status, little realizing that her new lifestyle will bring her face to face with the inner demons fed by the domestic violence, addiction, and poverty she witnessed as a child.

Graduating, getting established in your career, and dating another professional are things many young middle-class women expect to do and take for granted. But when your parents don't support you and you have siblings in prison, those milestones seem monumental. What does growing up poor do to your self-esteem? How do patterns of stress and family violence, poor diet and poor health continue to affect you even after you escape to a higher income bracket? And what can one woman do to turn around the cycle of racism, poverty, and intergenerational suffering? Hafiz gives a frank account of the anxiety and rewards of becoming "middle class" through a complete change of diet and adopting habits such as traveling and doing yoga. While her peers pursue one kind of African American dream by climbing the corporate ladder, Hafiz finds meaning in learning to cook macrobiotic food and practice meditation. By doing so, she recovers from chronic health conditions and heals from the family trauma she has inherited.

Saeeda Hafiz is a graduate of Temple University in Philadelphia. She spent her twenties working in management, believing mainstream success was her key out. After discovering the power of yoga to transform, she took a leap of faith to train to become a yoga teacher and wellness expert. She studied yoga at the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers and Ashrams and holistic nutrition at Natural Gourmet Institute in New York City and keeps a busy schedule as a yoga teacher and speaker. For the past twenty years she has held leadership positions in the YMCA, the San Francisco Unified School District, and other organizations to bring a more holistic understanding of physical and mental wellness to a diverse population.


1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

The Healing: One Woman's Journey from Poverty to Inner Riches Cover Image
ISBN: 9781946764041
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Published: Parallax Press - July 17th, 2018


Arri Eisen - The Enlightened Gene (San Francisco Store)

Saturday, July 28, 2018 - 4:00pm

Eight years ago, in an unprecedented intellectual endeavor, the Dalai Lama invited Emory University to integrate modern science into the education of the thousands of Tibetan Buddhist monks and nuns in exile in India. This project, the Emory Tibet Science Initiative, became the first major change in the monastic curriculum in six centuries. Eight years in, the results are transformative. The singular backdrop of teaching science to Tibetan Buddhist monks and nuns offered provocative insights into how science and religion can work together to enrich each other, as well as to shed light on life and what it means to be a thinking, biological human. In The Enlightened Gene, Emory University Professor Dr. Arri Eisen, together with monk Geshe Yungdrung Konchok explore the striking ways in which the integration of Buddhism with cutting-edge discoveries in the biological sciences can change our understanding of life and how we live it. What this book discovers along the way will fundamentally change the way you think.

Are humans inherently good? Where does compassion come from? Is death essential for life? Is experience inherited? These questions have occupied philosophers, religious thinkers and scientists since the dawn of civilization, but in today's political discourse, much of the dialogue surrounding them and larger issues--such as climate change, abortion, genetically modified organisms, and evolution--are often framed as a dichotomy of science versus spirituality. Strikingly, many of new biological discoveries--such as the millions of microbes that we now know live together as part of each of us, the connections between those microbes and our immune systems, the nature of our genomes and how they respond to the environment, and how this response might be passed to future generations -- can actually be read as moving science closer to spiritual concepts, rather than further away. The Enlightened Gene opens up and lays a foundation for serious conversations, integrating science and spirit in tackling life's big questions. Each chapter integrates Buddhism and biology and uses striking examples of how doing so changes our understanding of life and how we lead it.

Arri Eisen is a Professor of Pedagogy in Biology, the Institute of the Liberal Arts, and the Center for Ethics at Emory University. He founded and has directed for over a decade Emory's Program in Science & Society, which develops innovative programs for the public and students in and out of the classroom in science and religion, science and ethics, and science and art.


1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

The Enlightened Gene: Biology, Buddhism, and the Convergence That Explains the World Cover Image
ISBN: 9781512600001
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Published: Foreedge - October 3rd, 2017


Sarah Hines Stephens & Benjamin Harper - Bug Girl (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, July 28, 2018 - 4:00pm

In Bug Girl: Fury on the Dance Floor, after discovering her bug powers and saving the town of Oyster Cove, Amanda “Bug Girl” Price and her ex-best friend Emily have spent the entire summer together in superhero training. But when the first day of seventh grade arrives, nothing has changed on the social front. Emily is as obsessed with popularity as ever, ignoring Amanda in favor of new-girl Geri, whose favorite activity is making fun of Amanda.

When Geri reveals herself as the true villain bent on Oyster Cove’s destruction at the school dance, Emily taps into her fury to help Bug Girl save the day.

Sarah Hines Stephens grew up in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, where she liked to build habitats for woolly bear caterpillars and roller-skate in the carport. She has been a bookseller, an editor, a ghostwriter, an author, a garden instructor, and a lab assistant -- and still holds many of those jobs. She makes her home in Oakland, California, where she lives with three humans, two dogs, and an ever-changing cast of house spiders.

Benjamin Harper is originally from St. Petersburg, Florida, where hot summers fostered his love of bugs. He has been involved in children's books, as both an editor and an author, for almost as long as he can remember. Currently, he resides in Los Angeles, California, where he raises monarch butterflies and lives with a cat, a dog, and a hippie.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Bug Girl: Fury on the Dance Floor Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250106636
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Published: Imprint - May 29th, 2018


Joan Ryan & Jamie Dantzscher - Little Girls in Pretty Boxes (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, July 29, 2018 - 4:00pm

From starvation diets and debilitating injuries to the brutal tactics of tyrannical gymnastics guru Bela Karolyi, Little Girls in Pretty Boxes portrays the horrors endured by girls at the hands of their coaches and sometimes their own families. An acclaimed expose that has already helped reform Olympic sports -- now updated to reflect the latest developments in women's gymnastics and figure skating -- it continues to plead for sanity, safety, and an end to our national obsession: winning at any cost.

Joan Ryan is an award-winning journalist and the author of four books. She was a pioneer in sports journalism as one of the first female sports columnists in the country. Ryan's wide-ranging newspaper work spanned 25 years, earning 13 Associated Press Sports Editors Awards, the National Headliner Award, the Women's Sports Foundation's Journalism Award and the Edgar A. Poe Award from the White House Correspondents Association. Ryan is a founding trustee of Coaching Corps in Oakland, CA, and since 2008 has been the senior media advisor to the San Francisco Giants. She lives in Sausalito, California, with her husband, sportscaster Barry Tompkins. 

Jamie Annette Dantzscher is an American former artistic gymnast. She was a member of the bronze-medal-winning American team at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Little Girls in Pretty Boxes: The Making and Breaking of Elite Gymnasts and Figure Skaters Cover Image
ISBN: 9781538747780
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - July 17th, 2018


Jennifer Raiser - Burning Man: Art on Fire (San Francisco Store)

Tuesday, July 31, 2018 - 6:00pm


In Conversation with Petaluma artist Michael Garlington

Every August, tens of thousands of participants gather to celebrate artistic expression in Nevada's barren Black Rock Desert. This vastly inhospitable location, called the playa, is the site of Burning Man, where, within a 9-mile fence, artists called Burners create a temporary city devoted to art and participation. Braving extreme elements, artists create over two hundred wildly ambitious works intended to delight, provoke, involve, or amaze. In 2015, over 70,000 people attended -- the highest number ever allowed on the playa.

As Burning Man has created new context, new categories of art have emerged, including Art to Ride, Collaborative Art, and of course, Art to Burn. Burning Man: Art on Fire is an authorized collection of some of the most stunning examples of Burning Man art, now updated to include 2015. Experience the amazing sculptures, art, stories, and interviews from the world's greatest gathering of artists. Get lost in a rich gallery of images showcasing the best examples of playa art with over 200 photos. Interviews with the artists reveal not only their motivation to create art specifically for Burning Man, but they also illuminate the dramatic efforts it took to create their pieces. Featuring the incredible photography of long-time Burning Man photographers Sidney Erthal and Scott London, an introduction from Burning Man founder Larry Harvey, and a foreword from Will Chase, this stunning slipcased edition with a frameable print allows Burners and enthusiasts alike to have a piece of Burning Man with them all year around.

Jennifer Raiser is Treasurer of the Burning Man Project and serves on the Senior Executive Committee of the Board. Her bestselling book, Burning Man: Art of Fire, was first published in 2014. As she’s known in the desert, “Coco Cabana” is a Black Rock Ranger and a decade-long Burner. She’s happiest on the Playa when riding her mutant vehicle, The Kazbus or besting in her leopard-upholstered 1968 Airstream.

Join Jennifer for a lively and detailed discussion on the art and creativity of Burning Man, and the big names behind the biggest art installations to have graced the Playa. 



1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Burning Man: Art on Fire: Revised and Updated Cover Image
By Jennifer Raiser, Sidney Erthal (Photographer), Scott London (Photographer)
ISBN: 9781631062568
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Published: Race Point Publishing - August 1st, 2016


Cyrus Farivar - Habeas Data (Corte Madera Store)

Tuesday, July 31, 2018 - 7:00pm

Co-Sponsored by the ACLU of Nothern California (Marin Chapter)

The ACLU of Northern California Marin County Chapter is honored to host Cyrus Farivar, a Senior Tech Policy Reporter at Ars Technica, and author of Habeas Data, which shows how the explosive growth of surveillance technology has outpaced our understanding of the ethics, mores, and laws of privacy, and outlines legal cases over the past 50 years that have had an outsized impact on surveillance and privacy law in America. Farivar’s book comes at a time when the ACLU is working with local stakeholders across California to pass city or county laws governing the acquisition and use of technology, and as a state bill moves through the legislative process. These efforts would bring much needed transparency and accountability to the use of surveillance in California, combatting the dangers Farivar uncovers.


An important look at how 50 years of American privacy law is inadequate for the today's surveillance technology, from acclaimed Ars Technica senior business editor Cyrus Farivar.

Until the 21st century, most of our activities were private by default, public only through effort; today anything that touches digital space has the potential (and likelihood) to remain somewhere online forever. That means all of the technologies that have made our lives easier, faster, better, and/or more efficient have also simultaneously made it easier to keep an eye on our activities. Or, as we recently learned from reports about Cambridge Analytica, our data might be turned into a propaganda machine against us.

In 10 crucial legal cases, Habeas Data explores the tools of surveillance that exist today, how they work, and what the implications are for the future of privacy.

Cyrus Farivar is the Senior Business Editor at Ars Technica and the author of The Internet Elsewhere. He is also a radio producer and has reported for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, National Public Radio, Public Radio International, The Economist, Wired, The New York Times, and others.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Habeas Data: Privacy vs. the Rise of Surveillance Tech Cover Image
ISBN: 9781612196466
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Published: Melville House Publishing - May 8th, 2018


Priya Satia - Empire of Guns (San Francisco Store)

Wednesday, August 1, 2018 - 6:00pm

We have long understood the Industrial Revolution as a triumphant story of innovation and technology. Empire of Guns, a rich and ambitious new book by award-winning historian Priya Satia, upends this conventional wisdom by placing war and Britain's prosperous gun trade at the heart of the Industrial Revolution and the state's imperial expansion.

Satia brings to life this bustling industrial society with the story of a scandal: Samuel Galton of Birmingham, one of Britain's most prominent gunmakers, has been condemned by his fellow Quakers, who argue that his profession violates the society's pacifist principles. In his fervent self-defense, Galton argues that the state's heavy reliance on industry for all of its war needs means that every member of the British industrial economy is implicated in Britain's near-constant state of war.

Satia uses the story of Galton and the gun trade, from Birmingham to the outermost edges of the British empire, to illuminate the nation's emergence as a global superpower, the roots of the state's role in economic development, and the origins of our era's debates about gun control and the "military-industrial complex" -- that thorny partnership of government, the economy, and the military. Through Satia's eyes, we acquire a radically new understanding of this critical historical moment and all that followed from it.

Sweeping in its scope and entirely original in its approach, this is a masterful new work of history -- a rigorous historical argument with a human story at its heart.

Priya Satia is a Professor of History at Stanford University. She is the author of Spies in Arabia: The Great War and the Cultural Foundations of Britain's Covert Empire in the Middle East, and her writing has appeared in Slate, the Financial Times, The Nation, and the Huffington Post, among other publications. She received a MSc in Development Studies (Economics) at the London School of Economics and a PhD in History at the University of California, Berkeley. She lives in Stanford, California with her family.



1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Empire of Guns: The Violent Making of the Industrial Revolution Cover Image
ISBN: 9780735221864
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Published: Penguin Press - April 10th, 2018


Camas Davis - Killing It (Corte Madera Store)

Wednesday, August 1, 2018 - 7:00pm

Camas Davis was at an unhappy crossroads. A longtime magazine writer and editor in the food world, she'd returned to her home state of Oregon with her boyfriend from New York City to take an appealing job at a Portland lifestyle magazine. But neither job nor boyfriend delivered on her dreams, and in the span of a year, Davis was unemployed, on her own, with nothing to fall back on. Disillusioned by the years she'd spent mediating the lives of others for a living, she had no idea what to do next. She did know one thing: She no longer wanted to write about the real thing; she wanted to be the real thing.

So when a friend told her about Kate Hill, an American woman living in Gascony, France who ran a cooking school and took in strays in exchange for painting fences and making beds, it sounded like just what she needed. She discovered a forgotten credit card that had just enough credit on it to buy a plane ticket and took it as kismet. Upon her arrival, Kate introduced her to the Chapolard brothers, a family of Gascon pig farmers and butchers, who were willing to take Camas under their wing, inviting her to work alongside them in their slaughterhouse and cutting room. In the process, the Chapolards inducted her into their way of life, which prizes pleasure, compassion, community, and authenticity above all else.

So begins Camas Davis's funny, heartfelt, searching memoir of her unexpected journey to become a successful and enlightened butcher. It's a story that takes her from an eye-opening stint in rural France where deep artisanal craft and whole animal gastronomy thrives despite the rise of mass scale agribusiness, back to a Portland in the throes of a food revolution, where it suddenly seems possible to translate much of this old-world craft into a new world setting. Camas faces hardships and heartaches along the way, but in the end, Killing It is about what it means to pursue the real thing and to dedicate your life to it.

Camas Davis is a former editor and writer for magazines including Saveur and National Geographic Adventure. In 2009, she traveled to southwest France to study whole animal butchery and charcuterie and subsequently founded the Portland Meat Collective, a transparent, hands-on meat school that has become a local and national resource for meat education and reform. In 2014, Camas launched the Good Meat Project, a nonprofit dedicated to inspiring responsible meat production and consumption through experiential education across the country. Camas and the Portland Meat Collective have been covered in media outlets such as the New York Times Magazine, Martha Stewart Living, Food & Wine, Bon Appetit, and Cooking Light.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Killing It: An Education Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101980071
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Penguin Press - July 24th, 2018