Jack Kelly - The Edge of Anarchy (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Monday, May 20, 2019 - 6:00pm

The Edge of Anarchy by Jack Kelly offers a vivid account of the greatest uprising of working people in American history. At the pinnacle of the Gilded Age, a boycott of Pullman sleeping cars by hundreds of thousands of railroad employees brought commerce to a standstill across much of the country. Famine threatened, riots broke out along the rail lines. Soon the U.S. Army was on the march and gunfire rang from the streets of major cities.

This epochal tale offers fascinating portraits of two iconic characters of the age. George Pullman, who amassed a fortune by making train travel a pleasure, thought the model town that he built for his workers would erase urban squalor. Eugene Debs, founder of the nation’s first industrial union, was determined to wrench power away from the reigning plutocrats. The clash between the two men’s conflicting ideals pushed the country to what the U.S. Attorney General called “the ragged edge of anarchy.”

Many of the themes of The Edge of Anarchy could be taken from today’s headlines—upheaval in America’s industrial heartland, wage stagnation, breakneck technological change, and festering conflict over race, immigration, and inequality. With the country now in a New Gilded Age, this look back at the violent conflict of an earlier era offers illuminating perspectives along with a breathtaking story of a nation on the edge.

Jack Kelly is a journalist, novelist, and historian, whose books include Band of Giants, which received the DAR's History Award Medal. He has contributed to national periodicals including The Wall Street Journal and is a New York Foundation for the Arts fellow. He has appeared on The History Channel and interviewed on National Public Radio. He grew up in a town in the canal corridor adjacent to Palmyra, Joseph Smith's home. He lives in New York's Hudson Valley.

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ISBN: 9781250128867
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Published: St. Martin's Press - January 8th, 2019

"Timely and urgent...The core of The Edge of Anarchy is a thrilling description of the boycott of Pullman cars and equipment by Eugene Debs’s fledgling American Railway Union..." —The New York Times

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San Francisco, CA 94111

Pico Iyer with Don George - Autumn Light (Corte Madera Store)

Monday, May 20, 2019 - 7:00pm

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For years, Pico Iyer has split his time between California and Nara, Japan, where he and his Japanese wife, Hiroko, have a small home. But when his father-in-law dies suddenly, calling him back to Japan earlier than expected, Iyer begins to grapple with the question we all have to live with: how to hold on to the things we love, even though we know that we and they are dying. In a country whose calendar is marked with occasions honoring the dead, this question is more urgent than anywhere else. In Autumn Light, Iyer leads us through the year following his father-in-law's death, introducing us to the people who populate his days: his ailing mother-in-law, who often forgets that her husband has died; his absent brother-in-law, who severed ties with his family years ago but to whom Hiroko still writes letters; and the men and women in his ping-pong club, who, many years his senior, traverse their autumn years in different ways. And as the maple leaves begin to redden and the heat begins to soften, Iyer offers us a singular view of Japan, in the season that reminds us to take nothing for granted.

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

Don George is the author of The Way of Wanderlust: The Best Travel Writing of Don George and of Lonely Planet's Guide to Travel Writing and the editor of ten anthologies, including A Moveable Feast, The Kindness of Strangers, Better Than Fiction, and An Innocent Abroad. George is Editor at Large for National Geographic Traveler, where he writes feature articles and the monthly Trip Lit column. He is also Editor of BBC Travel's literary travel column, Chance Encounters.

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ISBN: 9780451493934
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Published: Knopf - April 16th, 2019

From one of our most astute observers of human nature, a far-reaching exploration of Japanese history and culture and a moving meditation on impermanence, mortality, and grief.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Bren Smith - Eat Like a Fish (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 - 6:00pm

Easy to grow, sustainable, and a solution to climate change, ocean vegetables are plentiful (there are thousands of edible varieties), nutritious, and delicious (as recipes from James Beard Award-winning chef Brooks Headley included here will show). A miracle food if ever there was one, seaweed is a perfect ingredient—exotic yet local—particularly in the face of rapid environmental upheaval, rising populations, and finite food resources. In Eat Like a Fish, Bren Smith—former commercial fisherman turned restorative ocean farmer—advocates getting seaweed onto American plates, reimagining our ideas about ocean eating, and taking readers on a journey from his childhood at sea to fishing trawlers to the frontier of the food movement. Written with the humor and swagger of a fisherman telling a late-night tale, this is a monumental work of memoir-turned-food policy that will change the way we think about what we eat.

Bren Smith is a former commercial fisherman turned ocean farmer who pioneered the development of restorative 3D ocean farming. Born and raised in Newfoundland, he left high school at the age of 14 to work on fishing boats from the Grand Banks to the Bering Sea. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, National Geographic, The Atlantic, and elsewhere; his ocean farm won the Buckminster Fuller Challenge for ecological design, and, in 2017, was named one of TIME magazine’s Best Inventions. He is the owner of Thimble Island Ocean Farm, and Executive Director of the non-profit Greenwave, which trains new ocean farmers.


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ISBN: 9780451494542
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Published: Knopf - May 14th, 2019

Part memoir, part manifesto, in Eat Like a Fish Bren Smith—a former commercial fisherman turned restorative ocean farmer—shares a bold new vision for the future of food: seaweed.

1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

San Geronimo Valley School - Poetry Reading (Corte Madera Store)

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 - 7:00pm

San Geronimo Valley School students from the first through sixth grades read their original poems—poems about their lives, their interests, their worries, and the natural world. Almost all of the work presented at this special event will be read for the first time in public. Come meet the future poets of America!
San Geronimo Valley Elementary School is located in San Geronimo, CA and is one of two elementary schools in the Lagunitas Elementary School District. It is a public school that serves students in grades K-6.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Norman Fischer - The World Could Be Otherwise (Corte Madera Store)

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 - 7:00pm

In frightening times, we wish the world could be otherwise. With a touch of imagination, it can be. Imagination helps us see what’s hidden, and it shape-shifts reality’s roiling twisting waves. In The World Could Be Otherwise -- an inspiring reframe of a classic Buddhist teaching -- Zen teacher Norman Fischer writes that the paramitas, or “six perfections”—generosity, ethical conduct, patience, joyful effort, meditation, and understanding—can help us reconfigure the world we live in. Ranging from our everyday concerns about relationships, ethics, and consumption to our artistic inspirations and broadest human yearnings, Fischer depicts imaginative spiritual practice as a necessary resource for our troubled times.

Norman Fischer is a Zen priest, poet, translator, and director of the Everyday Zen Foundation. His numerous books include What Is Zen? Plain Talk for a Beginner’s Mind, Training in Compassion: Zen Teachings on the Practice of Lojong, and Opening to You: Zen-Inspired Translations of the Psalms


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ISBN: 9781611805048
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Published: Shambhala - April 30th, 2019

An imaginative approach to spiritual practice in difficult times, through the Buddhist teaching of the six paramitas or "perfections"--qualities that lead to kindness, wisdom, and an awakened life.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Peter Blinston - Painted Wolves (Corte Madera Store)

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 - 7:00pm

Wildlife conservationist Peter Blinston will discuss his lifelong mission to save the highly endangered painted wolves (also known as painted dogs) of Zimbabwe.  Peter’s work was recently featured in the BBC Earth television series, “Dynasties” with David Attenborough.

Peter was born and raised in England and first became fascinated with the painted dogs at age eight while watching a Jane Goodall documentary.  He eventually moved to Zimbabwe where he lived out of a broken-down truck existing only on canned beans and sustained by his passion and determination to save the painted dogs. At the time, the majority of dog deaths in Zimbabwe resulted from human ignorance and perceptions of the painted dogs as pests, resulting in them being snared, run over by cars, and shot. Peter realized that the only way to protect this endangered species was to convince the local people that if they honored and respected the painted dogs, their own lives would improve as a result. Now, 20 years later, Painted Dog Conservation has grown into a world-class NGO with thousands of supporters around the globe. Through PDC’s efforts, painted dog populations are slowly increasing from an all-time low of only 6,500 dogs worldwide.

In 2014 an extraordinary opportunity arose for Peter when the BBC approached him and asked for his guidance and expertise in producing a documentary about painted dog families.  That episode of “Dynasties” premiered in the U.K. last year and can now be seen on BBC America in the U.S.  And it inspired Peter to write his book, Painted Wolves, A Wild Dog’s Life with award-winning photographer, Nick Dyer.

Peter will discuss how his passion for the painted dogs motivated him to design some of the world’s most innovative and successful conservation techniques, all with community engagement in mind, including:
•    The Iganyana (“painted dog” in the local Ndebele language) Children’s Bush Camp which teaches the students to respect and appreciate their local eco-systems and wildlife
•    Numerous health clinics that combat the high incidence of HIV/AIDS in the area
•    Community organic gardens which provide healthy meals
•    Wells that deliver clean water
•    Anti-poaching units that collect deadly snare wire from the bush
•    The Iganyana Arts and Crafts Center that employs local artists to turn captured snare wire into beautifully sculpted art pieces with the proceeds going back to the project to help the painted dogs (several pieces have been auctioned at Christie’s in London).
•    A rehabilitation center for injured and sick wildlife

As you can imagine, Peter has many stories to tell!

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925