Eric Nuzum - Make Noise (Corte Madera Store)

Monday, January 27, 2020 - 7:00pm

With 2,000 new podcasts created every week, 286 a day, 12 an hour, and one every five minutes, podcasting is the fastest growing audio platform in the world. But despite all of this interest from audiences and creators, there is very little advice for would-be podcasters on how to start, and there’s even less to help them harness their potential to be distinct voices and great storytellers.

Make Noise: A Creator's Guide to Podcasting and Great Audio Storytelling brings all the wisdom, advice, practical information, and big picture thinking that any individual or business needs to make a successful podcast. Written by Eric Nuzum, a veteran of NPR and Audible who’s had a hand in creating and launching over 130 podcasts, including some of the most successful out there like TED Radio Hour, Invisibilia, Where Should We Begin? with Esther Perel, The Butterfly Effect, and West Cork, Make Noise offers an analysis of the medium, examining its promise, its drawbacks, what it offers to creators, and how to bring it all together. Filled with advice, practical tools and a deep-yet-accessible dive into what works and why, it identifies core principles to help readers develop a “Ten Word Description” that will guide them throughout the creative process. And then it gets into how-tos—how to develop character, story, voice; and how to conduct an effective interview, with tips from Terry Gross and story building ideas from Ira Glass.

Much in the way that Robert McKee’s book Story has become a must-read for any aspiring screenwriter, Make Noise is poised to become the foundational text for podcasting—the dog-eared definitive guide for anyone who has something to say. 

Eric Nuzum is a leading go-to expert in audio, podcasting, radio, and spoken-word entertainment. He has developed several iconic programs and been on the front lines of innovation in the evolving podcast ecosystem. He led NPR’s initial podcasting efforts in 2005 and remained its leading creative and strategic force for a decade. He brought programs like Fresh Air with Terry Gross, Snap Judgment, and Wait Wait . . . Don’t Tell Me! into the podcasting ecosystem and helped them become iconic hits. As a creator, he developed some of NPR’s most successful podcasts, including the TED Radio Hour and Invisibilia. He continued his track record of success during his tenure as Audible’s leader for short-form content and podcasting, creating such recognized podcasts as Sincerely, X (another coproduction with TED), The Butterfly Effect with Jon Ronson, and Where Should We Begin? with Esther Perel. Nuzum is also the co-founder of the podcast production and consulting company, Magnificent Noise

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

David Talbot - Between Heaven and Hell (Corte Madera Store)

Tuesday, January 28, 2020 - 7:00pm

Acclaimed writer, bestselling author, and founder of Salon magazine, David Talbot has brought us masterful and explosive headline-breaking stories for over 25 years with books like the New York Times bestsellers Brothers, The Devil's Chessboard, and nationally recognized Season of the Witch. Now for the first time, he turns inward in Between Heaven and Hell, an intimate journey through the life-changing year following his stroke—a year that turned his life upside down, and ultimately, saved him.

In his signature voice and with powerful storytelling, Talbot examines the physical, emotional, and psychological impact his stroke has had on his identity. Along the way Talbot offers readers insider stories on the wild early days of Internet journalism, insights into the new tech culture, the down and dirty of Hollywood, and much more. This is an illuminating, often humorous, portrait of how a health crisis can truly shift one's perspective on life and purpose.

David Talbot is the esteemed author of four popular history books, and the founder and original editor in chief of one of the first entirely digital publications, Salon magazine. A former senior editor of Mother Jones magazine, Talbot is a journalist and columnist who has written for the New Yorker, Time, Rolling Stone, The Guardian, the San Francisco Chronicle and other publications. His book Season of the Witch was a San Francisco Chronicle bestseller for four years and was the 2015 San Francisco One City One Book pick.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Diane Patricia Capone - Al Capone, Stories My Grandmother Told Me (Corte Madera Store)

Wednesday, January 29, 2020 - 6:00pm

For the first time, the true stories of Al Capone's private life and final days will be told by his granddaughter, Diane Patricia Capone. Al Capone, Stories My Grandmother Told Me is based on Diane's personal recollections along with the stories that her grandmother, Mae, and her father, who was Al Capone's only child, told her. It is based also on her mother, Diana Casey Capone's private journals. It is about a remarkable love that never died; about not giving up hope and finally about personal redemption.

Diane Patricia Capone was born in Miami Beach, Florida and moved to California as a teenager. She graduated from Palo Alto High School in the 60's and married and had a family while living in the San Francisco Bay Area. She graduated from San Jose State University with a B.S. in Business and Psychology. After working in Venture Capital and other business positions, she completed a Masters in Counseling at Santa Clara University. She worked for the next twenty years as a Counselor and an Instructor at Mission College in Santa Clara, CA. Al Capone, Stories My Grandmother Told Me is her first book.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Ingrid Newkirk - Animalkind (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Wednesday, January 29, 2020 - 7:00pm

In the last few decades, a wealth of new information has emerged about who animals are—intelligent, aware, and empathetic. Studies show that animals are astounding beings with intelligence, emotions, intricate communications networks, and myriad abilities. In Animalkind, Ingrid Newkirk and Gene Stone present these findings in a concise and awe-inspiring way, detailing a range of surprising discoveries: that geese fall in love and stay with a partner for life, that fish “sing” underwater, and that elephants use their trunks to send subsonic signals, alerting other herds to danger miles away.

Newkirk and Stone pair their tour of the astounding lives of animals with a guide to the exciting new tools that allow humans to avoid using or abusing animals as we once did. They show readers what they can do in their everyday lives to ensure that the animal world is protected from needless harm. Whether it’s medicine, product testing, entertainment, clothing, or food, there are now better options to all the uses animals once served in human life. We can substitute warmer, lighter faux fleece for wool, choose vegan versions of everything from shrimp to sausage and milk to marshmallows, reap the benefits of medical research that no longer requires monkeys to be caged in laboratories, and scrap captive orca exhibits and elephant rides for virtual reality and animatronics.

Animalkind is a fascinating study of why our fellow living beings deserve our respect, and moreover, the steps every reader can take to put this new understanding into action.

Ingrid Newkirk founded PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), the largest animal rights organization in the world, with affiliates in eight countries, in 1980. She is the author of Save the Animals! 101 Things You Can Do, Kids Can Save the Animals, The Compassionate Cook, and several other books available in multiple languages.

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San Francisco, CA 94111

Jeanine Cummins - American Dirt (Corte Madera Store)

Wednesday, January 29, 2020 - 7:00pm

Lydia Quixano Pérez lives in the Mexican city of Acapulco. She runs a bookstore. She has a son, Luca, the love of her life, and a wonderful husband who is a journalist. And while there are cracks beginning to show in Acapulco because of the drug cartels, her life is, by and large, fairly comfortable.

Even though she knows they’ll never sell, Lydia stocks some of her all-time favorite books in her store. And then one day a man enters the shop to browse and comes up to the register with a few books he would like to buy—two of them her favorites. Javier is erudite. He is charming. And, unbeknownst to Lydia, he is the jefe of the newest drug cartel that has gruesomely taken over the city. When Lydia’s husband’s tell-all profile of Javier is published, none of their lives will ever be the same.

Forced to flee, Lydia and eight-year-old Luca soon find themselves miles and worlds away from their comfortable middle-class existence. Instantly transformed into migrants, Lydia and Luca ride la bestia—trains that make their way north toward the United States, which is the only place Javier’s reach doesn’t extend. As they join the countless people trying to reach el norte, Lydia soon sees that everyone is running from something. But what exactly are they running to?

American Dirt will leave readers utterly changed. It is a literary achievement filled with poignancy, drama, and humanity on every page. It is one of the most important books for our times.

Already being hailed as "a Grapes of Wrath for our times" and "a new American classic," Jeanine Cummins's American Dirt is a rare exploration into the inner hearts of people willing to sacrifice everything for a glimmer of hope.

Jeanine Cummins is the author of the novels The Outside Boy and The Crooked Branch, and the bestselling memoir A Rip in Heaven. She lives in New York with her husband and two children.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Christa Reynolds - Will & Mysteria (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Thursday, January 30, 2020 - 6:00pm

So many of us today yearn to live an authentic life in alignment with our higher self. We enroll in meditation classes, practice yoga, engage in unique relationships to explore our feelings, while trying to truly understand ourselves and live in the present. We seek to know what fulfills and motivates us to be the best we can be. Will and Mysteria is the mythical journey of one young man–Oliver Humane. He’s an ambitious young professor who wants to make a difference in the world. He subconsciously desires to know who he really is and what he can aspire to be. Will and Mysteria are two influential yogis he comes to know through his travails; while bumping up against their rival, Edgar. Together, the three will help Oliver explore his innermost being and wake him up to the kind of divine existence we can all aspire to.

​Christa Reynolds is a seasoned Yoga and Meditation teacher, as well as an Intuitive, who currently teaches Chakra Clearing Meditation in the San Francisco area. Her meditation classes include clearing your energy field, releasing pent-up and/or restless energy through gentle breathing, while teaching you to understand how chakra management enhances your life. Christa’s classes also gently nudge practitioners towards sacred mantra which allows them to drop sweetly into both a peaceful and joyful place within. She lives in Sausalito, California and relishes her early morning walks with her dog “Noshi” down by the waters edge.

1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

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