Meg Waite Clayton with Julia Flynn Siler - The Last Train to London (Corte Madera Store)

Thursday, September 12, 2019 - 7:00pm

In Conversation with Julia Flynn Siler

In 1936, the Nazi are little more than loud, brutish bores to fifteen-year old Stephan Neuman, the son of a wealthy and influential Jewish family and budding playwright whose playground extends from Vienna’s streets to its intricate underground tunnels. Stephan’s best friend and companion is the brilliant Žofie-Helene, a Christian girl whose mother edits a progressive, anti-Nazi newspaper. But the two adolescents’ carefree innocence is shattered when the Nazis’ take control.

There is hope in the darkness, though. Truus Wijsmuller, a member of the Dutch resistance, risks her life smuggling Jewish children out of Nazi Germany to the nations that will take them. It is a mission that becomes even more dangerous after the Anschluss—Hitler’s annexation of Austria—as, across Europe, countries close their borders to the growing number of refugees desperate to escape.

Tante Truus, as she is known, is determined to save as many children as she can. After Britain passes a measure to take in at-risk child refugees from the German Reich, she dares to approach Adolf Eichmann, the man who would later help devise the “Final Solution to the Jewish Question,” in a race against time to bring children like Stephan, his young brother Walter, and Žofie-Helene on a perilous journey to an uncertain future abroad. From the New York Times bestselling author of Beautiful Exiles, The Last Train to London is a pre-World War II-era story with the emotional resonance of Orphan Train and The Nightingale, centering on the Kindertransports that carried thousands of children out of Nazi-occupied Europe—and one brave woman who helped them escape to safety.

Meg Waite Clayton is the New York Times bestselling author of four previous novels: The Four Ms. Bradwells; The Wednesday Sisters; The Language of Light, a finalist for the Bellwether Prize; and The Wednesday Daughters. She's written for the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the San Jose Mercury News, Forbes, Writer's Digest, Runner's World, and public radio. A graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, she lives in Palo Alto, California.

Julia Flynn Siler is a New York Times best-selling author and journalist. Her most recent book is The White Devil's Daughter. She is also the author of the Lost Kingdom: Hawaii's Last Queen, the Sugar Kings, and America's First Imperial Adventure, and her first book, The House of Mondavi: The Rise and Fall of an American Wine Dynasty, was a finalist for a James Beard Award and a Gerald Loeb Award for distinguished reporting. A veteran journalist, Siler is a longtime contributor and former staff writer for The Wall Street Journal and has been a guest commentator on CNBC, CNN, and the BBC. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and their two sons.

The Last Train to London: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062946935
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Published: Harper - September 10th, 2019

The New York Times bestselling author of Beautiful Exiles conjures her best novel yet, a pre-World War II-era story with the emotional resonance of Orphan Train and All the Light We Cannot See, centering on the Kindertransports that carried thousands of children out of Nazi-occupied Europe—and one brave woman who helped them escape to s

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Class: Pat Holt - Contemporary Classics Book Group - Friday (Corte Madera Store)

Friday, September 13, 2019 - 10:30am to 12:30pm
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Five Fridays: Sep 13, Oct 11, Nov 15, Dec 13, Jan 17 • 10:30 am – 12:30 pm • $125 

Pat Holt leads a discussion of books that have captured the contemporary imagination. (Due to the large number of people registering, Pat has added a new Friday class. Book group members register for Tuesday or Friday.)  

September 13
Milkman - Anna Burns

October 11
Fever Dream - Samanta Schweblin

November 15
There There - Tommy Orange

December 13
Kudos - Rachel Cusk

January 17
Idaho - Emily Ruskovich

Pat Holt is the former book review editor of the SF Chronicle and publisher of Holt Uncensored.

Milkman: A Novel Cover Image
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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By Samanta Schweblin, Megan McDowell (Translated by)
ISBN: 9780399184604
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Published: Riverhead Books - March 6th, 2018

"Genius." —Jia Tolentino, The New Yorker

"Samanta Schweblin’s electric story reads like a Fever Dream." —Vanity Fair

Shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize!

Experience the blazing, surreal sensation of a fever dream...

There There Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525436140
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Published: Vintage - May 7th, 2019

National Bestseller

One of The New York Times 10 Best Books of the Year

One of the Best Books of the Year: The Washington Post, NPR, Time, O, The Oprah Magazine, The Dallas Morning News, GQ, Entertainment Weekly, BuzzFeed, San Francisco Chronicle, The Boston Globe
Winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award

Kudos: A Novel (Outline Trilogy #3) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250207395
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Published: Picador - April 2nd, 2019

New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books of 2018 Amazon Editors' Top 100 of 2018

Rachel Cusk, the award-winning and critically acclaimed author of Outline and Transit, completes the transcendent literary trilogy with Kudos, a novel of unsettling power.

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ISBN: 9780812984460
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - November 7th, 2017

LOS ANGELES TIMES BESTSELLER • A stunning debut novel about love and forgiveness, about the violence of memory and the equal violence of its loss—from O. Henry Prize–winning author Emily Ruskovich

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Katy Butler - The Art of Dying Well (Sausalito Public Library)

Friday, September 13, 2019 - 7:00pm

Join an inspiring discussion with bestselling Mill Valley author Katy Butler on how to thrive from vigorous midlife to final breath. Her new book, The Art of Dying Well, is about living as well as possible for as long as possible, and adapting successfully to change. Packed with helpful insights and inspiring true stories, it can help you thrive in later life (even if coping with a chronic medical condition) get the best from our health care system, and make your own "good death" more likely. Book signing to follow.

Award-winning journalist and dynamic end-of-life speaker (and former Sausalito waterfront resident) Katy Butler worked as a reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle. Her first book, Knocking on Heaven's Door, was a 2013 New York Times bestseller and Notable Book of the Year. Her writing has been published in the New York Times Magazine, Atlantic, The Washington Post, WSJ, Best American Essays, and Best Buddhist Writing.

"Surprisingly comforting. Belongs on the same shelf as Atul Gawande's best-selling Being Mortal!" --Washington Post

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ISBN: 9781501135316
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Published: Scribner - February 19th, 2019

A reassuring and thoroughly researched guide to maintaining a high quality of life—from resilient old age to the first inklings of a serious illness to the final breath—by the New York Times bestselling author of Knocking on Heaven’s Door.

The Art of Dying Well is about living as well as possible for as long as possible and adapting successfully

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Max Byrd - The Sixth Conspirator (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, September 14, 2019 - 4:00pm

The assassination of Abraham Lincoln set off a hysterical burst of international conspiracy theories, with all eyes turning first to Canada—once a hotbed of Confederate plots—and then, as evidence mounted, to the Catholic Church and Rome. Now from bestselling author Max Byrd comes a long forgotten true story: a confidential mission to track down and capture any Europeans (and fugitive Confederates) who may have aided John Wilkes Booth.

Drawn from State Department archives and personal letters and diaries, The Sixth Conspirator recounts the dramatic journey of George H. Sharpe, General Ulysses S. Grant’s real-life spymaster, to three European capitals. Three people travel with him—calculating banker Daniel Keach, Sharpe’s Civil War protegé Quintus Oakes, and former Pinkerton agent Maggie Lawton. One step ahead of them is a mysterious Confederate courier, Sarah Slater, known during the war as “the Veiled Lady,” who may or may not have been Booth’s lover. Behind Sharpe’s team, breathing grimly over their shoulders, are Secretary of State William Seward, brutally mutilated by the knife of one of Booth’s henchmen, and the perversely vengeful, guilt-ridden Secretary of War Edwin Stanton. Along the way Byrd creates a panorama of wonderfully-realized characters, great and small, fictional and real. In deeply researched, fascinating historical detail, he carries us back to another reality—the far away mid-nineteenth century world from which our America slowly emerged.

Max Byrd is the author of bestselling historical novels about Ulysses Grant, Thomas Jefferson, and Andrew Jackson, and is the winner of the Shamus Award for his mystery novel California Thriller. Other widely reviewed novels include Shooting the Sun and The Paris Deadline. Byrd’s earlier novels, The Wall Street Journal says, “vaulted him into the first rank of American historical novelists.”

The Sixth Conspirator: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781682618783
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Published: Permuted Press - August 27th, 2019

Acclaimed historical novelist Max Byrd delivers a riveting account of America’s secret mission to track down the conspirators in Lincoln’s assassination. The Sixth Conspirator is both a fascinating spy story and irresistible love story.

“From its brilliant and devastating opening scene to its surprising and breakneck conclusion, The Six

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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.

Searching for Family and Traditions at the French Table, Book One (Champagne, Alsace, Lorraine, and Paris Regions) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781631525490
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
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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