Elise Hooper - The Other Alcott (San Francisco Store)

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 - 6:00pm

The Other Alcott is the debut novel from author Elise Hooper.  Many of us grew up knowing the story of the March sisters, heroines of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women.  But while most fans cheer on Jo March, based on Louisa herself, Amy March is often the least favorite sister.  Now, it’s time to learn the truth about the “real Amy”: Louisa’s sister, May.  In this captivating work of historical fiction, Elise Hooper gives readers a glimpse into the youngest Alcott’s artistic pursuits and her side of the sibling rivalry.

Author Elise Hooper grew up near the Alcott’s home in Concord, Massachusetts and has been fascinated by the Alcotts (local legends) since her childhood. She remembers visiting The Orchard House museum at age ten and exploring Louisa Alcott’s restored bedroom. There, at a small desk in the corner, was where Louisa had written her classic Little Women in two feverish months. Hooper recalls backing away from the desk and entering May’s room, the youngest of the Alcott sisters, better known to the world as Amy March from Little Women where pencil sketches of angels and animals adorned the walls. This lesser-known sister, the free spirit, the girl who decorated her walls—was she really the brat she was portrayed to be in her sister’s novel?  Elise felt suspicious of Louisa’s account of her. After all, what would our siblings write about us if given the chance? Almost three decades later as Elise embarked on writing a novel, there was no question what she would write about. Her childhood obsession: the Alcotts. And there was May, the sister she and the rest of us knew very little about.  Who was she?  What was it like to be portrayed negatively in your sister’s novel for all the world to read? 

In the book, life for the Alcott family has never been easy, but the most pressing of their financial struggles are eased when Louisa’s Little Women is published. Everyone agrees the novel is charming, but May is struck to the core by the portrayal of selfish, spoiled “Amy March.” Is this what her beloved sister really thinks of her? She begins to question her relationship with her sister as well as her dream to be an artist when her illustrations for Little Women are received poorly by reviewers. This inspires May to embark on a quest to discover her own true identity: as an artist and a woman. Starting with art lessons in Boston and moving on to Rome, London, and Paris, this brave, talented, and determined woman forges a life on her own terms, making her so much more than merely “The Other Alcott.”

This novel is a distinctive and enjoyable read which will include samples of May Alcott’s original (and panned!) illustrations for Little Women.  

Bio: Although a New Englander by birth (and at heart), Elise lives with her husband and two young daughters in Seattle, where she teaches history and literature. This is her first novel.

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ISBN: 9780062645333
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Published: William Morrow & Company - September 5th, 2017

A People Magazine and POPSUGAR pick

" May's] adventures illuminate the world of intrepid female artists in the late 1800s ...] The Other Alcott comes alive in its development of the relationship between Louisa and May." --The New York Times

1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Erin Byrne - LitWings Event Series (Sausalito)

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 - 6:30pm


LitWings is an event series hosted by Erin ByrneIt symbolizes uplifting literature and illuminated travel.  Literature can elevate our existence, whether through a poem by Charles Baudelaire or an essay about ancient times, and travel can shed light on our own lives. Join us as writers, photographers, and filmmakers share their work around these themes.

May Featured Speakers: Laurie Ann Doyle, Brian Dawson, & Bob Holmes!


Laurie Ann Doyle's book, World Gone Missing, was nominated for the California Book Award and praised by New York Times bestselling author Edan Lepucki for “astute portrayals of people desiring connection, hope, and renewal.”  Winner of the Alligator Juniper National Fiction Prize, Doyle’s work appears in the Los Angeles Review, Under the Sun, and elsewhere.

Brian Dawson is a filmmaker based in San Francisco. In 2016, he was named a National Geographic Explorer. His stories are featured on Netflix, National Geographic Magazine and the New York Times. He's worked in South Sudan, India, Kenya, Uganda, South Africa, Nepal, Jordan and Switzerland

Bob Holmes is a Fellow of the Explorer’s Club and the Royal Geographic Society.  He is the 2016 Wine Photographer of the Year, the 2016 Food Photographer of the Year, and has been named Travel Photographer of the Year by the Society of American Travel Writers in 1990, 1992, 2010, 2015 and 2017.

Erin Byrne, host. Author of Wings: Gifts of Art, Life, and Travel in France, editor of Vignettes & Postcards from Morocco and Vignettes & Postcards from Paris, and writer of The Storykeeper film, Erin's work has won Solas Awards for Travel Story of the Year, Foreword Reviews Book of the Year, the Reader's Favorite, and an Accolade Award for film.  She teaches writing in Sausalito, Paris, and on Deep Travel trips.


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ISBN: 9780998839820
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Published: Regal House Publishing - August 28th, 2017

In World Gone Missing, Laurie Ann Doyle's powerful debut collection, people have disappeared. In these twelve stories set in and around San Francisco, contemporary issues--divorce, sexual identity, homelessness--thread through a cast of memorable characters struggling to fill the void of a missing loved one.

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ISBN: 9781609521134
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Published: Travelers' Tales Guides - March 29th, 2016

France is steeped in refined traditions, with its rich history, exquisite art, robust culture, and varied cuisine. Writer Erin Byrne was changed by traveling around this country with the ghosts of artists and historical figures who shared with her their guides to living.

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Sausalito, CA 94965

Class: Anthony Wright - Critical Thinking in Times of Polarization, Goblins, and Trolls (Corte Madera Store)

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Three Wednesdays; May 23 - June 6  • 7 pm-8:30 pm • $150

Many have wondered how it was possible for the current administration to have been elected to the Presidency of the United States in 2016. Documented on-line influences are taking place in an already turbulent field of inflamed political and social polarization across the globe. A possible way forward beyond further polar responses is the rekindling and deepening of a thoughtful, mutual respect for all human beings. Join us in a three-part course on reawakening practical critical attending and emotional competence in multiple dimensions.

Anthony S. Wright, PhD is a lecturer in the philosophy department of Sonoma State University. His doctorate is in Chinese philosophy and complexity science. He has been a piano technician and radio producer, and has worked as a community and post-divorce mediator.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Alessandra Beraldi - Beginning Italian Conversation & Review lvl 2 & 3 (Corte Madera Store)

Thursday, May 24, 2018 - 11:30am

Eight Thursdays; May 24 - June 14, 2018 • 11:30 am-1:30 pm • $135

 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.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Amy Lippert - Consuming Identities (San Francisco Store)

Thursday, May 24, 2018 - 6:00pm

Consuming Identities examines visual culture and celebrity in nineteenth-century San Francisco. Photography, lithography, and steam printing created a pictorial revolution in nineteenth-century society. The proliferation of visual prints, ephemera, spectacles, and technologies transformed public values and perceptions, and its legacy was as significant as the print revolution that preceded it. Consuming Identities explores the significance of the pictorial revolution in one of its vanguard cities: San Francisco, the revolving door of the gold rush. In their correspondence, diaries, portraits, and reminiscences, thousands of migrants to the city by the Bay demonstrated that visual media constituted a central means by which people navigated the bewildering host of changes taking hold around them in the second half of the nineteenth century, from the spread of capitalism and class formation to immigration and urbanization. Images themselves were inextricably associated with these world-changing forces; they were commodities, but as representations of people, they also possessed special cultural qualities that gave them new meaning and significance.

Visual media transcended traditional boundaries of language and culture that divided diverse groups within the same urban space. From the 1848 conquest of California and the gold discovery to the disastrous earthquake and fire of 1906, San Francisco anticipated broader cultural transformations in the commodification, implementation, and popularity of images. For the city's inhabitants and sojourners, an array of imagery came to mediate, intersect with, and even constitute social interaction in a world where virtual reality was becoming palpable.

Amy Lippert is Assistant Professor of American History and the College at the University of Chicago. Her research and teaching focus on the cultural and social history of the United States in the 19th century, with a special interest in the mass production, consumption, and popular interaction with visual imagery and problems of perception. She teaches courses and seminars on Visual Culture in American Life, 19th-century U.S. Cultural and Social History, the U.S. West, American Urban History, Gender and Sexuality, American Cultural Institutions, Consumerism and Mass Culture, and Death and Memory. Dr. Lippert was born in San Francisco and received her BA, MA, and Ph.D. in History at the University of California, Berkeley.

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ISBN: 9780190268978
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Published: Oxford University Press, USA - April 2nd, 2018

Along with the rapid expansion of the market economy and industrial production methods, such innovations as photography, lithography, and steam printing created a pictorial revolution in nineteenth-century society.

1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Sylvia Verange - Two Breaths, One Step (Corte Madera Store)

Thursday, May 24, 2018 - 7:00pm

"I realized I was alone and the trail had completely disappeared. I had no idea where it was, nor did I know where I had ventured off from it. I was lost, and I had backpacked enough to know this was not a good sign, not a good sign at all."

In 1984, Sylvia Verange set off on a 500 mile journey across the Himalayas of Nepal. Hiking through the breathtaking scenery, remote mountain villages, and treacherous, freezing conditions, Verange's story lays out both a historical snapshot of the region, as well as an epic travelogue of a once-in-a-lifetime journey.

Part Elizabeth Gilbert, part Paul Theroux, Two Breaths, One Step follows one woman's hike through the Himalayas as she endures nature and comes to know herself.

Born in California, Sylvia Verange has long wandered remote corners of the world, using her journeys to further understand both herself and the world in which she lives. When not on an adventure in wild and beautiful places, Ms. Verange paints, writes, and teaches in northern California.


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ISBN: 9781945572890
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Published: Rare Bird Books, a Vireo Book - May 15th, 2018

"I realized I was alone and the trail had completely disappeared. I had no idea where it was, nor did I know where I had ventured off from it. I was lost, and I had backpacked enough to know this was not a good sign, not a good sign at all."

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925