POSTPONED: Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai - The Mountains Sing (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Thursday, April 2, 2020 - 12:30pm

Please note: This event has been postponed due to concerns for the health and well-being of our community. For updates on this event and for additional event information, please subscribe to our e-newsletter.

With the epic sweep of Min Jin Lee’s Pachinko or Yaa Gyasi’s Homegoing and the lyrical beauty of Vaddey Ratner’s In the Shadow of the BanyanThe Mountains Sing tells an enveloping, multigenerational tale of the Trần family, set against the backdrop of the Việt Nam War. Trần Diệu Lan, who was born in 1920, was forced to flee her family farm with her six children during the Land Reform as the Communist government rose in the North. Years later in Hà Nội, her young granddaughter, Hương, comes of age as her parents and uncles head off down the Hồ Chí Minh Trail to fight in a conflict that tore not just her beloved country, but her family apart.

Vivid, gripping, and steeped in the language and traditions of Việt Nam, The Mountains Sing brings to life the human costs of this conflict from the point of view of the Vietnamese people themselves, while showing us the true power of kindness and hope.

The Mountains Sing is celebrated Vietnamese poet Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai’s first novel in English. Born into the Viet Nam War in 1973, Nguyen Phan Que Mai grew up witnessing the war’s devastation and its aftermath. She worked as a street seller and rice farmer before winning a scholarship to attend university in Australia. She is the author of eight books of poetry, fiction and non-fiction published in Vietnamese, and her writing has been translated and published in more than 10 countries, most recently in Norton’s Inheriting the War anthology. She has been honored with many awards, including the Poetry of the Year 2010 Award from the Ha Noi Writers Association, as well as many grants and fellowships. Married to a European diplomat, Que Mai is currently living in Jakarta with her two teenage children. For more information about Nguyen Phan Que Mai, visit her at www.nguyenphanquemai.com.

1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

POSTPONED: Class: Sara Bender - Beginning Spanish Continuing 3

Thursday, April 2, 2020 - 12:30pm

Seven Thursdays: April 2 - May 14 • 12:30- 2:30 pm • $245

Please note: This class has been postponed due to concerns for the health and well-being of our community. We will announce a new date once the class has been rescheduled. If you have already enrolled, we will be reaching out to you with further details.

Please note – This class is now scheduled to begin 2 weeks later than originally announced. If there are further updates, all enrolled participants will be notified.

In this class, students will continue to build upon their Spanish skills by learning more complex grammar such as the indirect & direct object pronouns, reflexive verbs and the past tense through conversation and with the "Easy Spanish Step-By-Step" book.  Students in this class should already have a solid understanding of verb conjugations, adjectives/adverbs and basic sentence structure.  

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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

Thursday, April 2, 2020 - 7:00pm

Please note: This event has been postponed. A new date will be announced shortly.

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

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

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

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

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

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Please note: Tickets are non-refundable

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

POSTPONED: Class: Alessandra Beraldi - Italian Conversation (New!)

Friday, April 3, 2020 - 10:00am
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Six Fridays: April 3 - May 15 (no class: 4/10) • 10:00am-12:00pm • $225

Please note: This class has been postponed due to concerns for the health and well-being of our community. We will announce a new date once the class has been rescheduled. If you have already enrolled, we will be reaching out to you with further details.

Please Note: This class is now scheduled to begin three weeks later than originally announced. If there are further updates, all enrolled participants will be notified.

Alessandra Beraldi is from Genoa, Italy and has been teaching Italian to children, undergraduates and adults for over 20 years. She has taught in US at University of Pennsylvania, in England at several language institutions, and at the Italian General Consulate. She teaches at several schools here in Marin.

What Students Are Saying about Alessandra Beraldi

The first class went very well. Our Italian teacher Alessandra is humorous and interesting in class. After a few classes with her, I found out she is good at expressing the complex and difficult process formulas clearly and in a concise language. The lectures are compact and rich, with a large number of examples and exercises, which is very helpful for beginners students to master the classroom content in a short period of time.

She always says, l’italiano è facile, that means, to learn Italian with joy and happiness! I think I got the most passionate learning spirit from her!" - Francesca Metaxas

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

POSTPONED: Class: Sara Bender - Intermediate Spanish March-April 2020

Friday, April 3, 2020 - 10:30am

Seven Fridays: April 3 - May 22 (No Class 4/17) • 10:30 am- 12:30 pm • $245

Please note: This class has been postponed due to concerns for the health and well-being of our community. We will announce a new date once the class has been rescheduled. If you have already enrolled, we will be reaching out to you with further details.

Please note – This class is now scheduled to begin 2 weeks later than originally announced. If there are further updates, all enrolled participants will be notified.

In this class, students will become very comfortable with communicating in the past tense and using double object pronouns through conversation and practice in the  "Easy Spanish Step-By-Step" book. Students in this class already have a solid understanding of sentence structure and a basic understanding of the Subjunctive. In this session, we will focus much more on conversation and will begin to read short stories as well in order to help students feel more confident talking with others in Spanish.  

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

POSTPONED: Loni Matthew - Through the Fire (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Friday, April 3, 2020 - 6:00pm

Please note: This event has been postponed due to concerns for the health and well-being of our community. For updates on this event and for additional event information, please subscribe to our e-newsletter.

Our toughest lessons mold us into who we are. Through the Fire: Embracing Setbacks sets the tone to treat yourself with compassion for the duration of hardship, while holding yourself accountable where needed be. Along with the author’s personal account of experiencing failure, this book poses introspective questions and strategies to persevere through personal setbacks.

Loni Matthew is a 21 year-old college student with a natural passion for writing. She is completing her undergrad coursework and is in pursuits of conducting field research in Aquatic Biology. She is an avid reader and loves genres that range from quantum physics to existentialism. Creative writing has always been one of her  interests, and she continues to write in the form of poems and articles.

1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

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