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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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

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Class: Carol Benet - Potpourri of Literary Prizes Book Group (Corte Madera Store)

Monday, September 16, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
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Five Mondays: Sep 16, Oct 21, Nov 18, Dec 16, & Jan 20 • 1:00 - 3:00 pm • $130

The book group, led by Carol Benet, will read and discuss these books:

September 16
The Moor's Account - Laila Lalami  (AmericanBook Award & Arab American Book Award)

October 21
Milkman: A Novel - Anna Burns  (Booker Prize)

November 18
The Friend - Sigrid Nunez  (National Book Award)

December 16
Flights - Olga Tokarczuk  (National Book Award)
(The book shown below is the hardcover version. A paperback verson is due out in August 2019.)

January 20
Solar Bones - Mike McCormack  (IMPAC Award) 

Carol Benet received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of California, Berkeley where she won an Outstanding Teaching Award. Carol Benet has been teaching her popular classes on literary awards at Book Passage for more than 25 years.  

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$15.95
ISBN: 9780804170628
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Published: Vintage - August 18th, 2015

**PULITZER PRIZE FINALIST**
**NOMINATED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE**
**WINNER OF THE AMERICAN BOOK AWARD**

A New York Times Notable Book
A Wall Street Journal Top 10 Book of the Year
An NPR Great Read of 2014
A Kirkus Best Fiction Book of the Year


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$16.00
ISBN: 9781644450000
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Published: Graywolf Press - December 4th, 2018

Winner of the Man Booker Prize

“Everything about this novel rings true. . . . Original, funny, disarmingly oblique and unique.”—The Guardian


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$16.00
ISBN: 9780735219458
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 5th, 2019

WINNER OF THE 2018 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR FICTION

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

ONE OF THE VIEW'S SUMMER READ 2019 PICKS!

"A beautiful book … a world of insight into death, grief, art, and love." —Wall Street Journal


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By Olga Tokarczuk, Jennifer Croft (Translated by)
$26.00
ISBN: 9780525534198
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Published: Riverhead Books - August 14th, 2018

2018 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST FOR TRANSLATED LITERATURE
WINNER OF THE MAN BOOKER INTERNATIONAL PRIZE
NAMED A BEST BOOK OF 2018 BY ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY, THE WASHINGTON POST, BOSTON GLOBE, LITHUB AND PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2018 WARWICK PRIZE FOR WOMEN IN TRANSLATION


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$15.00
ISBN: 9781616959531
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Published: Soho Press - August 7th, 2018

Longlisted for the 2017 Man Booker Prize
Winner of the Goldsmiths Prize
Winner of the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards Novel of the Year 
An Irish Times Book Club Choice


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San Francisco Writers' Grotto - Lit Starts (Corte Madera Store)

Monday, September 16, 2019 - 7:00pm

Join LIT STARTS writers to celebrate the release of LIT STARTS: Writing Action (foreword by Bonnie Tsui); LIT STARTS: Writing Humor (foreword by Chris Colin); LIT STARTS: Writing Character (foreword by Constance Hale); and LIT STARTS: Writing Dialogue (foreword by Shanthi Sekaran). All writers and & readers are welcome to come to build up their writing muscles with prompts from each book. Please bring a pen to write with and $  for a book or two or four and be ready to read aloud! The Writers Grotto celebrates its 25th anniversary. Two tickets will be given away for our big anniversary party later this fall.

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$12.99
ISBN: 9781419738302
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Published: Abrams Noterie - September 10th, 2019

A fill-in book from the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto, authors of the best-selling 642 Things series.
 
Focus on a single aspect of the craft of writing with help from the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto. Writing Action kicks off with a foreword by an award-winning author and journalist Bonnie Tsui, who offers pointers for creating page-turning prose.


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$12.99
ISBN: 9781419738333
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Published: Abrams Noterie - September 10th, 2019

A fill-in book from the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto, authors of the best-selling 642 Things series.
 
Focus on a single aspect of the craft of writing with help from the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto. Writing Humor starts with a foreword by author Chris Colin, who offers pointers for developing your own comedic style.


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$12.99
ISBN: 9781419738326
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Published: Abrams Noterie - September 10th, 2019

A fill-in book from the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto, authors of the best-selling 642 Things series.
 
Focus on a single aspect of the craft of writing with help from the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto. Writing Character begins with an essay by author and educator Constance Hale, who offer pointers for observing and capturing human complexity.


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$12.99
ISBN: 9781419738319
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Published: Abrams Noterie - September 10th, 2019

A fill-in book from the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto, authors of the best-selling 642 Things series.
 
Focus on a single aspect of the craft of writing with help from the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto. Writing Dialogue begins a foreword by author and educator Shanthi Sekaran, who offers pointers for creating believable speech in your fiction.


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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Sarah M. Broom - The Yellow House (Corte Madera Store)

Tuesday, September 17, 2019 - 7:00pm

In 1961, Sarah M. Broom's mother Ivory Mae bought a shotgun house in the then-promising neighborhood of New Orleans East and built her world inside of it. It was the height of the Space Race and the neighborhood was home to a major NASA plant--the postwar optimism seemed assured. Widowed, Ivory Mae remarried Sarah's father Simon Broom; their combined family would eventually number twelve children. But after Simon died, six months after Sarah's birth, the Yellow House would become Ivory Mae's thirteenth and most unruly child.

A book of great ambition, Sarah M. Broom's The Yellow House tells a hundred years of her family and their relationship to home in a neglected area of one of America's most mythologized cities. This is the story of a mother's struggle against a house's entropy, and that of a prodigal daughter who left home only to reckon with the pull that home exerts, even after the Yellow House was wiped off the map after Hurricane Katrina. The Yellow House expands the map of New Orleans to include the stories of its lesser known natives, guided deftly by one of its native daughters, to demonstrate how enduring drives of clan, pride, and familial love resist and defy erasure. Located in the gap between the "Big Easy" of tourist guides and the New Orleans in which Broom was raised, The Yellow House is a brilliant memoir of place, class, race, the seeping rot of inequality, and the internalized shame that often follows. It is a transformative, deeply moving story from an unparalleled new voice of startling clarity, authority, and power.

Sarah M. Broom is a writer whose work has appeared in the New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Oxford American, and O, The Oprah Magazine among others. A native New Orleanian, she received her Masters in Journalism from the University of California, Berkeley in 2004. She was awarded a Whiting Foundation Creative Nonfiction Grant in 2016 and was a finalist for the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Creative Nonfiction in 2011. She has also been awarded fellowships at Djerassi Resident Artists Program and The MacDowell Colony. She lives in New York state.

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ISBN: 9780802125088
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Published: Grove Press - August 13th, 2019

In 1961, Sarah M. Broom's mother Ivory Mae bought a shotgun house in the then-promising neighborhood of New Orleans East and built her world inside of it. It was the height of the Space Race and the neighborhood was home to a major NASA plant--the postwar optimism seemed assured.


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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Literary Luncheon: Tracy Chevalier - A Single Thread (Corte Madera Store)

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 - 12:00pm

Ticket: $55 (includes meal & signed book)

1932. After the Great War took both her beloved brother and her fiancé, Violet Speedwell has become a "surplus woman," one of a generation doomed to a life of spinsterhood after the war killed so many young men. Yet Violet cannot reconcile herself to a life spent caring for her grieving, embittered mother. After countless meals of boiled eggs and dry toast, she saves enough to move out of her mother's place and into the town of Winchester, home to one of England's grandest cathedrals. There, Violet is drawn into a society of broderers--women who embroider kneelers for the Cathedral, carrying on a centuries-long tradition of bringing comfort to worshippers.

Violet finds support and community in the group, fulfillment in the work they create, and even a growing friendship with the vivacious Gilda. But when forces threaten her new independence and another war appears on the horizon, Violet must fight to put down roots in a place where women aren't expected to grow. Told in Tracy Chevalier's glorious prose, A Single Thread is a timeless story of friendship, love, and a woman crafting her own life.

Tracy Chevalier is the New York Times bestselling author of nine previous novels, including Girl with a Pearl Earring, which has been translated into thirty-nine languages and made into an Oscar-nominated film. Born and raised in Washington, DC, she lives in London with her husband and son.

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