Steven Macramalla - Unleash the Dragon Within (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, September 15, 2019 - 11:00am

In Unleash the Dragon Within, psychology professor and respected kung-fu instructor Steven Macramalla introduces the six Animals of Ch'ien-Lung, an eighteenth-century kung-fu practice based on the Animal archetypes of three great cats and three great snakes: Black Panther, White Leopard, Boa, Cobra, Python, and Tiger. Each Animal represents a martial style, personality type, brain region, system of the body, and aspect of consciousness--and each has its favorite foods, media, and hobbies associated with it. Macramalla shows how to determine which Animal most resonates with you and explains the strengths and traits of each. Understanding and working with them can inform not just your martial arts practice but every aspect of your life. When you bring your Animal into perfect balance with its "opposite," the combination of cat and snake is formed, resulting in the "dragon" and helping to bring balance and effectiveness into your life. The book includes cutting-edge research in neuroscience on the mind-body relationship as well as detailed descriptions of each aspect of the Animals and Animal exercises to improve your day-to-day life.

Steven Macramalla, PhD, earned his doctorate in psychology from the University of California at Santa Cruz. He was an associate researcher at NASA Ames through the San Jose State Univerisity Foundation for six years. Macramalla has been practicing Chien-Lung for twenty years, and has been a certified weight training and fitness instructor. In addition to writing article submissions for prestigious psychology journals, he has published fitness articles for Alive magazine in Canada. He currently teaches Chien-Lung in Santa Cruz, California, where he lives, in addition to leading Dragon Quest retreats in the Grand Canyon, as well as other workshops along the California coast. He has taught psychology at San Jose State University for ten years.

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ISBN: 9781623173654
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Published: Blue Snake Books - August 27th, 2019

Discover your Animal archetype to transform your martial arts practice and improve your physical, emotional, and sexual health

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Carole Bumpus - Searching for Family and Traditions at the French Table (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, September 15, 2019 - 1:00pm

In this engaging travelogue and heartwarming culinary memoir, replete with delicious recipes, award-winning author Carole Bumpus shares her adventures traveling in France, where she met three generations of French families in their homes to share meals and to discover their culinary traditions. From Paris in the Île-de-France, through the Champagne, Alsatian and Lorraine Regions, Carole searched for the traditional “cuisine pauvre” (peasant foods) common to the French table. Learn along with her how to make homemade Spinach-stuffed Tortellini with Bolognaise Sauce from the Champagne region (and learn why the host chose an Italian recipe!), Crêpes and Watercress-stuffed Ravioli from the Lorraine, and Baekeofe and Kugelhopf from the Alsace. “Go blind” from the family stock of Eau de Vie liqueur and be treated to tales of foraging for snails for the infamous and now, sadly, extinct Escargots Festival.

As she traveled, sitting across the table in more than seventy interviews and intimate conversations, Carole listened as French families described their personal histories, the family recipes used for festivals and celebrations, and the ways in which sobering economic and political realities, especially WWII, shaped country, people, and cuisine. Searching for Family and Traditions at the French Table, Book One is the first half of Carole’s culinary adventure in France. Her second book, Searching for Family and Traditions at the French Table, Book Two will be the completion of this adventure, beginning in Paris, and heading north into Pas-de-Calais, Normandy, Brittany, Loire and completing the tour in the Auvergne. The third book moves into Italy and is called, Searching for Family and Traditions at the Italian Table, Book One. Books Two and Three are forthcoming from She Writes Press.

A retired family therapist, Carole Bumpus began writing about food and travel when she stumbled upon the amazing stories of women and war in France. She has traveled extensively throughout France and Italy, where she has interviewed more than seventy-five families to date for her food and travel blogs. Her historical novel A Cup of Redemption was published October 2014, and her unique companion cookbook, Recipes for Redemption: A Companion Cookbook to A Cup of Redemption, was released August 2015, both by She Writes Press. She is an active member in the California Writers Club and through them has also had three short stories published in the Fault Zone anthologies: Words from the Edge, Stepping up to the Edge, and Over the Edge. Bumpus lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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ISBN: 9781631525490
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Published: She Writes Press - August 27th, 2019

Part culinary memoir and part travelogue, Carole Bumpus gathered this compilation of intimate interviews, conversations, stories, and traditional family recipes (cuisine pauvre) in the kitchens of French families as she traveled throughout the countryside.

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Anjali Andrea Alban - Writer's Tribe (Fall)

Sunday, September 15, 2019 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm
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Four Sundays: Sep 15, Oct 13, Nov 10, Dec 15 • 2:00 pm - 5:00pm • $270

Prerequisite: Must have written a picture book or first 25 pages of a novel.

Polish your manuscript in a safe space built on respect and honesty with a mission to develop self-editing mastery. The focus is on rendering quintessential characters, vivid settings, snappy dialog, and page-turning plots.

Tuition includes Anjali’s RE-Vision Guide and a signed copy of Anya’s War.  

Anjali Andrea Alban is the author of nine books, including The Happiness Tree and Anya’s War. She edits manuscripts and coaches writers on preparing submissions to editors and agents.

What Students Are Saying about Anjali Andrea Alban


What I most appreciate about Anjali is her optimism and support. She has been like a college professor giving me valuable lessons in picture book creation. I appreciate her honesty and the writing exercises she prescribed to find my voice. It's been an incredible journey with Anjali as my story midwife! —Allison Fragakis, Author

Anjali Alban is very funny. Her presentation at the New World of Publishing Conference in Santa Cruz sounded like a lively conversation with a favorite friend. Anjali is the epitome of creativity, and she relishes life, qualities that are reflected in her presentation as well as her writing. —Melanie Coon, Special Education Teacher and Memoirist

Anjali's class has improved my writing beyond my greatest expectations. Not only does the Writer's Tribe help strengthen your craft, but in providing feedback to one another, you learn 12 times the amount of helpful advice...and make friends in the process. I am looking forward to coming back! -- Megan Pickett

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Andrea Hollander, Susan Terris & Lynne Thompson - Poetry Reading (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, September 15, 2019 - 4:00pm

This will be a reading from three new books, each about the personal and the political, about love and loss, about yesterday, today, and tomorrow, by three notable poet-friends—one from Portland, OR, one from San Francisco, and one from Los Angeles.

Andrea Hollander’s 5th full-length collection is Blue Mistaken for Sky, finalist for the 2018 Best Book Award in Poetry from American Book Fest.

Susan Terris is the author of 7 books of poetry—including Familiar Tense, 16 chapbooks, 3 artist's books, and one play.

Lynne Thompson's Fretwork is a masterful take on poetry-as-memoir, an intrepid exploration of a woman’s tough but tenuous root in the world.

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ISBN: 9781938769337
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Published: Autumn House Press - September 4th, 2018

Award-winning author Andrea Hollander’s fifth full-length poetry collection explores a mature woman’s life after divorce. The poems are unselfconscious, and they detail with grace the pleasures and difficulties of aging, and the evolution of personal relationships through a life.

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ISBN: 9780996991148
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Published: Marsh Hawk Press - February 2019

Poetry. "Susan Terris is a poet of tensile, particular language and fearless investigation.

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ISBN: 9780996991155
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Published: Marsh Hawk Press - February 7th, 2019

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Louise Williams - The Silver Lining (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, September 15, 2019 - 4:00pm

Louise Williams' The Silver Lining is a whimsical collection of fanciful images accompanied by lighthearted poems that is perfect for adults who enjoy reading to children and for those whose inner child is alive and kicking. This amusing book will delight readers of every sort.

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Sean Penn - Bob Honey Sings Jimmy Crack Corn (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, September 15, 2019 - 7:00pm

Tickets: $28.50 (includes a signed copy of Bob Honey Sings Jimmy Crack Corn)

Bob Honey Sings Jimmy Crack CornSean Penn's madcap follow-up to his debut novel Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff, which was hailed by authors as diverse as Salman Rushdie, Jane Smiley, and Paul Theroux—explores the deepest recesses of American politics and culture. Bob Honey, the disillusioned divorcee with a penchant for murder by mallet, weaves his way toward Washington DC for the ultimate showdown with a certain nefarious "landlord," but nothing is as it seems, and Bob will have more than just the government working against him. Part comedy and part thriller, Bob Honey Sings Jimmy Crack Corn establishes Sean Penn as a fixture of the literary landscape for years to come.

Sean Penn won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performances in Mystic River and Milk, and received Academy Award nominations as Best Actor for Dead Man Walking, Sweet and Lowdown, and I Am Sam. He has worked as an actor, writer, producer, and director on over one hundred theater and film productions. His journalism has appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, The Nation, and The Huffington Post.


Please note: Tickets are non-refundable


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Corte Madera, CA 94925