David Thomson - Sleeping with Strangers (Corte Madera Store)

Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 7:00pm

In Partnership with the California Film Institute

From the celebrated film critic and author of The Biographical Dictionary of Film comes Sleeping with Strangers, an original and seductive account of sexuality in the movies and of how actors and actresses on screen have fed our desire.

Film can make us want things we can not have. But, while sometimes rapturous, the interaction of onscreen beauty and private desire speaks to a crisis in American culture, one that pits delusions of male supremacy against feminist awakening and the spirit of gay resistance. Combining criticism, his encyclopedic knowledge of film history, and memoir, David Thomson examines how film has found the fault lines in traditional masculinity and helped to point the way past it toward a more nuanced understanding of what it means to be a person desiring others. Ranging from advertising to pornography, Rudolph Valentino to Moonlight, Rock Hudson to Call Me By Your Name, Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant to Phantom Thread, Thomson shows us the art and the artists we love under a new light. He illuminates the way in which film as art, entertainment, and business has been a polite cover for a kind of erotic séance. And he makes us see how the way we watch our movies is a kind of training for how we try to live.

David Thomson is the author of The Biographical Dictionary of Film, Moments That Made the Movies, and the pioneering novel Suspects, which was peopled with characters from film.

Sleeping with Strangers: How the Movies Shaped Desire Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101946992
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Knopf - January 29th, 2019

From the celebrated film critic and author of The Biographical Dictionary of Film, an original, seductive account of sexuality in the movies and of how actors and actresses on screen have fed our desire.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Sara Bender - Continued Beginning Spanish (Corte Madera Store)

Friday, March 29, 2019 - 10:30am

8 Fridays; March 29 - May 17, 2019 • 10:30am-12:30pm • $265

In this course, participants will be introduced to the foundations of vocabulary and grammar that include key Spanish phrases, terminology for travel and basic conversation. Participants will focus on their pronunciation while they begin to feel confident speaking Spanish. 

Sara Bender was born in Mexico and lived there until she was 5. Spanish was her first language, yet she also studied abroad in Mexico and majored in Spanish Translation at the University of Maryland. She later received her Master’s in Secondary Spanish from The Johns Hopkins University. She was a teacher for 8 years and is currently tutoring in Marin. She is looking forward to teaching Spanish courses to the community and welcomes everyone.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Tom Barbash - The Dakota Winters (College of Marin)

Friday, March 29, 2019 - 1:00pm

College of Marin, Kentfield Library


Other College of Marin ESCOM Lectures:

Jasmin Darznik - Song of a Captive Bird

Cara Black - Murder in Saint-Germain


ESCOM is delighted to partner with Book Passage in bringing a free series of interesting authors to the community. ESCOM, the Emeritus Students College of Marin, is a unique organization of 1500 senior students within the Community Education Department at the College of Marin. The organization fosters lifelong learning through classes, clubs, special events and a reading room. They publish a newsletter of original writing and commentary. ESCOM is sustained by memberships, gifts and bequests. Leadership is through a Council and various committees.


It’s the fall of 1979 in New York City when twenty-three-year-old Anton Winter, back from the Peace Corps and on the mend from a nasty bout of malaria, returns to his childhood home in the Dakota. Anton’s father, the famous late-night host Buddy Winter, is there to greet him, himself recovering from a breakdown. Before long, Anton is swept up in an effort to reignite Buddy’s stalled career, a mission that takes him from the gritty streets of New York, to the slopes of the Lake Placid Olympics, to the Hollywood Hills, to the blue waters of the Bermuda Triangle, and brings him into close quarters with the likes of Johnny Carson, Ted and Joan Kennedy, and a seagoing John Lennon.

But the more Anton finds himself enmeshed in his father’s professional and spiritual reinvention, the more he questions his own path, and fissures in the Winter family begin to threaten their close bond. By turns hilarious and poignant, The Dakota Winters is a family saga, a page-turning social novel, and a tale of a critical moment in the history of New York City and the country at large.

Tom Barbash grew up in New York and is the author of three books as well as numerous reviews, stories essays, and articles for publications including McSweeney’s, Tin House, the Believer, Narrative Magazine, One Story, StoryQuarterly, Zyzzyva, the Missouri Review, Story Magazine, Men’s Journal, ESPN the Magazine, BookForum, and the New York Times. His short story collection, Stay Up With Me, was nominated for the Folio Prize, and was picked as a Best Book of the Year by the Independent of London, NPR, Amazon.com, the San Francisco Chronicle, the San Jose Mercury News, and was a San Francisco Chronicle Bestseller and a New York Times Editor’s Choice. British GQ, British Vogue, and British Harper’s Bazaar selected it for their summer book clubs. His novel, The Last Good Chance, was awarded The California Book Award, was a Publishers Weekly and Anniston Star Best Book of the Year, and was short listed for the Great Lakes Book Prize and the Saroyan International Prize. He has held fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, The James Michener Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.


The Dakota Winters: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062258199
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Ecco - December 4th, 2018

An evocative and wildly absorbing novel about the Winters, a family living in New York City’s famed Dakota apartment building in the year leading up to John Lennon’s assassination

College of Marin
Kentfield Library
Kentfield, CA 94904

Moon Tribe Girl Poets - Special Reading (Corte Madera Store)

Friday, March 29, 2019 - 7:00pm

The MoonTribe group of pre-teen and teen girl poets have been writing with Meredith Heller every week for four years. With her writing invitations and guidance, the girls write from their own experiences as they explore nature, their senses, and their thoughts and feelings. They learn to tap their imaginations, trust their creative instincts, and build their writing and communication skills, as well as the self-confidence to express themselves with greater clarity and depth. MoonTribe classes cultivate a natural sense of belonging to a community of friends who share a passion for creative writing and encourage each other to dig deep and to shine.  

Meredith Heller is a performing poet and singer/songwriter and a California Poet in the Schools, she teaches poetry and creative writing classes for teen girls, coaches private voice and songwriting, leads MoonTribe, a Write of Passage Nature Program, and hosts Siren Song, a women’s singer/songwriter night. Her poetry has been published by Rebelle Society, We’Moon, The Aquarian, Avocet, and in Women, Their Names, & The Stories They Tell.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Allison Landa - Writing From the Edge (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, March 30, 2019 - 10:00am

Saturday March 30 , 2019 • 10 am - 4 pm  • $125

Life proliferates at the continent’s ragged edge, where sunlight illuminates the water and a wide variety of species flourishes. Such is the case with writing, which grows most vivid at the roughest spots. Together we’ll explore ways to connect with what lies within and bring it to the surface through the power of the written word. This will take the form of in-class reading and writing prompts as well as group discussion.

Allison has published personal essays in publications including - The Guardian US, The Washington Post, & The Huffington Post. She studied writing at St. Mary's College of California, where she earned an MFA, and has held residencies at The MacDowell Colony, Playa Summer Lake, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, and The Julia and David White Artists' Colony.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Cooks with Books: Martina McBride - Martina’s Kitchen Mix: My Recipe Playlist for Real Life (Calmére Estate Winery)

Saturday, March 30, 2019 - 12:00pm


Presented by Book Passage and Bank of Marin at Calmére Estate Winery, Napa
Tickets: $145 per person; $255 per couple (includes meal & book)

To country music icon Martina McBride, cooking and singing aren't all that different. When she makes something delicious, she wants to share it, which is a lot like sharing her music with an audience. When she's not on stage or in the studio, Martina is most likely experimenting in the kitchen and cooking with family and friends. Growing up on a farm in Kansas, Martina began helping her mother in the kitchen at an early age, preparing fresh-from-the-field ingredients. Meals and stories were shared daily around the table. It's a tradition she continues with her own family as often as she can because real life is what's worth celebrating. In this gorgeously photographed cookbook, readers will find more than 100 simple and satisfying recipes filled with fresh, seasonal ingredients and down-home flavor.

In Martina's Kitchen Mix, Martina encourages cooking "outside the lines" and shows you how to make cooking fun with creative "ad-lib" tips for recipe riffs you might consider. Mix things up in the kitchen and create your own delicious memories with her inspired recipes to feed a handful or a houseful. Whip up Martina's family favorites like her mother-in-law Flavia's Deviled Eggs, husband John's Bacon-Wrapped Olives, or her go-to Grilled Shrimp Tacos with Chipotle Sauce and Slaw. Plan a weekend brunch menu, serving Baked French Toast with Pecan Crumble and Blackberry-Maple Syrup and Hashbrown Breakfast Casserole with Tomato Gravy. Toast friends at happy hour with her Blackberry-Lemon Gin & Tonic while enjoying Grilled Sweet Peppers with Goat Cheese and Herbs. And when it's time to celebrate with family and indulge in dessert, try Martina's Fresh Apple Cake with Homemade Caramel Sauce or No-Bake Peanut Butter-Chocolate Cookies.

Martina McBride is a Kansas native and country music icon who made her debut on the charts in 1992. She has earned a string of hits across 13 albums and has sold over 14 million albums. She is the author of Around the Table: Recipes and Inspiration for Gatherings Throughout the Year. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with her husband and three daughters.


Our award-winning Cooks with Books events are held at outstanding Bay Area restaurants. The meal is inspired by the author/chefs who discuss their cookbooks with guests throughout the meal. These are happy, convivial events that often sell out quickly, so don’t wait to register! Event tickets include the meal, wine, tip, and a signed copy of the book.

Calmére Estate Winery
2750 Las Amigas Rd.
Napa, CA 94559