E.R. Ramzipoor - The Ventriloquists (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Monday, October 21, 2019 - 6:00pm

The Nazis stole their voices. But they would not be silenced.

Brussels, 1943. Twelve-year-old street orphan Helene survives by living as a boy and selling copies of the country's most popular newspaper, Le Soir, now turned into Nazi propaganda. Helene's world changes when she befriends a rogue journalist, Marc Aubrion, who draws her into a secret network that publishes dissident underground newspapers.

The Nazis track down Aubrion's team and give them an impossible choice: turn the resistance newspapers into a Nazi propaganda bomb that will sway public opinion against the Allies, or be killed. Faced with no decision at all, Aubrion has a brilliant idea. While pretending to do the Nazis' bidding, they will instead publish a fake edition of Le Soir that pokes fun at Hitler and Stalin--daring to laugh in the face of their oppressors.

The ventriloquists have agreed to die for a joke, and they have only eighteen days to tell it.

Featuring an unforgettable cast of characters and stunning historical detail, E.R. Ramzipoor's dazzling debut novel The Ventriloquists illuminates the extraordinary acts of courage by ordinary people forgotten by time. It is a moving and powerful ode to the importance of the written word and to the unlikely heroes who went to extreme lengths to orchestrate the most stunning feat of journalism in modern history.

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$27.99
ISBN: 9780778308157
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Published: Park Row - August 27th, 2019

" A] remarkable saga.... Engrossing." --Booklist, starred review

In this triumphant debut inspired by true events, a ragtag gang of journalists and resistance fighters risk everything for an elaborate scheme to undermine the Reich.


1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Debra Meyerson - Identity Theft (Corte Madera Store)

Monday, October 21, 2019 - 7:00pm

Identity Theft follows Stanford professor Debra Meyerson’s journey to recover from a severe stroke that initially left her physically incapacitated and unable to speak. In addition to providing realistic expectations for the hard work needed to regain everyday capabilities, Meyerson focuses on the less frequently documented emotional journey in recovery. Virtually every survivor is haunted by questions like: “Who am I now?” and “How do I rebuild a meaningful and rewarding life?” after losing so much of what they had before—capabilities, careers and jobs, relationships, and more. This is a book full of hope for survivors—from stroke or other injuries—as well as their families and support networks.

Debra Meyerson and her husband, Steve Zuckerman, have created Stroke Forward (www.strokefwd.orga non-profit initiative of the Social Good Fund, to support stroke and other survivors with the emotional aspects of recovery and advocate for a more human-centered approach to healthcare. All author proceeds from this book will go to Stroke-Forward.org,

Identity Theft centers on Debra’s experience: her stroke, her extraordinary efforts to recover, and her journey to redefine herself. But she also draws on her skills as a social scientist, sharing stories from several dozen fellow survivors, family members, friends, colleagues, therapists, and doctors she has met and interviewed. By sharing this diversity of experiences, Debra highlights how every person is different, every stroke is different, and every recovery is different. She provides a valuable look at the broad possibilities for successfully navigating the challenging physical recovery—and the equally difficult emotional journey toward rebuilding one’s identity and a rewarding life after a trauma like stroke.

Previously a tenured professor at Stanford University, Debra Meyerson studied, wrote, lectured, and taught about diversity, gender, identity, and organizational change. In September 2010, Debra’s life and career were derailed by a severe stroke that nearly killed her and initially left her paralyzed on the right side—and completely mute. Years of intensive therapy and a relentless work ethic enabled Debra to regain her independence, but she still lives with physical limitations and speech challenges. Debra wrote Identity Theft to help other survivors and those closest to them navigate the emotional journey that she has found very difficult—and rewarding. Debra lives in Menlo Park, California, with her husband, and has three grown children.
 
Danny Zuckerman is the cofounder of 3Box, a peer-to-peer social network that helps people create more meaningful connections and communities online. He previously worked on a new digital identity system based on blockchain technology, helped build digital math curriculum at Zearn, worked as a management consultant at Bain & Company, and studied political philosophy and economics at Stanford University. Danny is Debra Meyerson’s son.

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$24.99
ISBN: 9781449496319
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Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing - May 14th, 2019

Identity Theft follows Stanford professor Debra Meyerson’s journey to recover from a severe stroke that initially left her physically incapacitated and unable to speak. In addition to providing realistic expectations for the hard work needed to regain everyday capabilities, Meyerson focuses on the less frequently documented emotional journey in recovery.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Chris McDougall - Running with Sherman (Corte Madera Store)

Monday, October 21, 2019 - 7:00pm

When Chris McDougall agreed to take in a donkey from an animal hoarder, he thought it would be no harder than the rest of the adjustments he and his family had made after moving from Philadelphia to the heart of Pennsylvania Amish country. But when he arrived, Sherman was in such bad shape he could barely move, and his hair was coming out in clumps. Chris decided to undertake a radical rehabilitation program designed not only to heal Sherman's body but to heal his mind as well. It turns out the best way to soothe a donkey is to give it a job, and so Chris decided to teach Sherman how to run. He'd heard about burro racing--a unique type of race where humans and donkeys run together in a call-back to mining days--and decided he and Sherman would enter the World Championship in Colorado.

Easier said than done. In the course of Sherman's training, Chris would have to recruit several other runners, both human and equine, and call upon the wisdom of burro racers, goat farmers, Amish running club members, and a group of irrepressible female long-haul truckers. Running with Sherman shows us the life-changing power of animals, nature, and community.

Christopher McDougall covered wars in Rwanda and Angola as a foreign correspondent for the Associated Press before writing his best-selling book Born to Run. His fascination with the limits of human potential led him to create the Outside magazine web series, "Art of the Hero." He currently lives with his wife, two daughters, and a farmyard menagerie in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

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$27.95
ISBN: 9781524732363
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Published: Knopf - October 15th, 2019

"From the first page to the last, Running with Sherman is a delight, full of heart and hijinks and humor. I quickly fell in love with Sherman and the colorful cast of two- and four-legged characters that surrounded him.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Ronan Farrow - Catch and Kill (Calvary Presbyterian Church)

Monday, October 21, 2019 - 7:00pm

Tickets: $40 (Includes a copy of Catch and Kill) • Please note: Tickets must be purchased through the Curran. To order tickets, clink the link below.

In 2017, a routine network television investigation led Ronan Farrow to a story only whispered about: one of Hollywood's most powerful producers was a predator, protected by fear, wealth, and a conspiracy of silence. As Farrow drew closer to the truth, shadowy operatives, from high-priced lawyers to elite war-hardened spies, mounted a secret campaign of intimidation, threatening his career, following his every move, and weaponizing an account of abuse in his own family.

All the while, Farrow and his producer faced a degree of resistance they could not explain—until now. And a trail of clues revealed corruption and cover-ups from Hollywood to Washington and beyond.

This is the untold story of the exotic tactics of surveillance and intimidation deployed by wealthy and connected men to threaten journalists, evade accountability, and silence victims of abuse. And it's the story of the women who risked everything to expose the truth and spark a global movement.

Both a spy thriller and a meticulous work of investigative journalism, Catch and Kill breaks devastating new stories about the rampant abuse of power and sheds far-reaching light on investigations that shook our culture.

Ronan Farrow is a contributing writer to The New Yorker, where his investigative reporting has won the Pulitzer Prize for public service, the National Magazine Award, and the George Polk Award, among other honors. He previously worked as an anchor and investigative reporter at MSNBC and NBC News, with his print commentary and reporting appearing in publications including the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, and the Washington Post. Before his career in journalism, he served as a State Department official in Afghanistan and Pakistan. He is also the author of the New York Times bestseller War on Peace: The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of American Influence. Farrow has been named one of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People and one of GQ's Men of the Year. He is a graduate of Yale Law School and a member of the New York Bar. He recently completed a Ph.D. in political science at Oxford University, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar. He lives in New York.

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This event is part of Curran’s popular SHOW & TELL series, featuring topical and entertaining events. From the White House to the Great White Way, Curran’s SHOW & TELL all-star lineup has previously featured Former FBI Director James Comey,  Senator Kamala Harris, former White House photographer Pete Souza, the writers and creative minds behind SOFT POWER, David Henry Hwang and Jeanine Tesori and Broadway legend Patti LuPone, comedians Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman, and Monty Python original member Eric Idle.

The Curran’s official reopening in 2016, following an extensive, two-year, top-to-bottom renovation, became one of the most widely discussed and covered cultural happenings in San Francisco. A key component of the national movement to renovate and revitalize America’s great culture palaces from coast-to-coast, Curran’s impact has resonated far beyond the seven square miles of its hometown. Curran’s impact extends to the Bay Area’s education system, with a strong emphasis on student-focused initiatives and programming, including hosting student performances of HEAD OVER HEELS, ECLIPSED, THE ENCOUNTER, and THE JUNGLE as well as presenting the first ever amateur performances of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s SCHOOL OF ROCK: THE MUSICAL, which were performed entirely by the students of Oakland School for the Arts.

“With Harry Potter and the Cursed Child occupying our Curran stage starting this fall, we have the great opportunity to expand our canvas beyond the stage and into the Bay Area with Curran About Town,” says Carole Shorenstein Hays. “Keep your eyes peeled for Curran events and activities around the city that complement the programming at the theater—including more SHOW & TELL’s and partnerships with our friends at Book Passage. I’m thrilled to present this conversation between two brilliant female authors as part of this effort.”

Calvary Presbyterian Church
2515 Fillmore Street
San Francisco, CA 94115

Class: Alessandra Beraldi - Elementary 3 Italian

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 - 10:00am
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Six Tuesdays: Oct 22 - Dec 3 • 10:00 am - 12:00 pm • $225

Prerequisite: 30 hours of classes

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

Rosalind Brackenbury with Joseph Olshan - Without Her (Corte Madera Store)

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 - 7:00pm

In Conversation with Joseph Olshan

When her old friend Hannah doesn't show up at her house in the south of France, everyone assumes that Claudia—who has known Hannah since their shared years at boarding school—will know where she is and what has happened. But as Claudia travels from the USA to France to help Hannah’s husband and children conduct their search, she is forced to deal with her old jealousy of Hannah, as well as her own relationship in the present with her French lover, Alexandre. As events unfold, Claudia begins to wonder if Hannah and Alexandre may have had an affair and if that has had something to do with Hannah's mysterious disappearance. Without Her is an exquisitely written, Ferrante-esque novel in which the question of whether or not Hannah will come back becomes urgent and bewildering. And if she doesn't come back, what will the lives of her friends and family be without her?

Poet and novelist Rosalind Brackenbury is the author of Becoming George Sand, Paris Still Life, The Third Swimmer, and The Lost Love Letters of Henri Fournier. A former writer-in-residence at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, she has also served as poet laureate of Key West, teaching poetry workshops. She has attended the yearly Key West Literary Seminar as both panelist and moderator. Born in London, Rosalind lived in Scotland and France before moving to the United States. Her 2016 novel, The Third Swimmer was a 2016 INDIES Silver Winner in adult General Fiction. She now lives in Key West, Florida, with her American husband. Her latest poetry collection Invisible Horses is due out from Hanging Loose Press, NY, in May 2019.

Joseph Olshan is the author of ten novels, the first of which, Clara's Heart, was made into a feature film starring Whoopie Goldberg.  He has contributed reviews and essays to the New York Times, the Washington Post, The Times of London, The Observer and other publications.  He is the editorial director of Delphinium Books, a literary publisher distributed by HarperCollins. His latest book is Black Diamond Fall.

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$25.95
ISBN: 9781883285791
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Published: Delphinium - July 23rd, 2019

When her old friend Hannah doesn't show up at her house in the south of France, everyone assumes that Claudia, who has known Hannah since their shared years at boarding school, will know where she is, and what has happened.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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