POSTPONED: Sisters in Crime Showcase (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, April 4, 2020 - 1:00pm

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Join us for a special showcase featuring eleven Sisters in Crime authors! Each author will read for five minutes, followed by a few questions from the moderator, Robin Stuart. Don't miss this unique chance to hear from a broad collective of authors writing in the mystery and thriller genres!

Mysti Berry
Mysti Berry is a proud member of multiple Sisters in Crime (SinC) chapters. She is a lifetime National SinC member and is publishing the second volume of voting justice stories in Low Down Dirty Vote (July 2020) featuring stories by Northern California authors.

Brewery Gulch
In “Brewery Gulch,” a short story in the SoWest: Lady Killers anthology, a ten year-old girl finds herself trapped between a murderer and a basement full of women illegally learning about family planning in early 20th century Bisbee, AZ.

M. M. Chouinard
M.M. Chouinard's first fiction story was published in her local paper when she was eight, and she fell in love with Agatha Christie novels not long after. While pursuing a Ph.D in psychology and helping to found the first U.S. research university of the new millenium, the stories kept rattling around inside her skull, demanding to come out. For sanity's sake, she released them.

Her Daughter's Cry
Zoe is a wife and a mother—or so she’s been told. Ask her for more than that and she couldn’t tell you. The blow to her head wiped her memory clean, but she knows the blood on her shirt isn’t just her own. After she was found stumbling out of the woods, the police ran tests, saying that it belongs to her missing daughter. Zoe is trying to piece together what her daughter’s face looks like, but all she can conjure up is white-hot panic and a fear that her child is in desperate need of her help. When a man claiming to be her husband turns up looking for her, she knows she can’t trust him. Until she gets her memories back, she can’t trust anyone, not the stranger, not the police investigating, not even herself…

Linda Howe Steiger
Linda Howe Steiger is an Oakland-based teacher and author of the Morgan Kendall series.

follows Morgan Kendall, her college-age son, and her romantic partner—a retired cop known as "Kit" Carson—into California's wine country where someone is trying to kill Jules Romano, patriarch of Buckthorn Estate. As family and friends gather for Jules' wine-logged 80th birthday, conflicts of interest mix with hi-jinx and motives for murder. Family rivalries, rumors of wine fraud, changes in the wine industry, and her own feelings of jealousy—Morgan has much to sort through if she is to find the culprit and keep Jules safe.

Susan Kuchinskas
Susan Kuchinskas is a journalist writing about technology and business and the author of three previous books: Chimera Catalyst, the first book in the Finder series. Going Mobile: A Guide to Real-time Mobile Applications That Work, and The Chemistry of Connection: How the Oxytocin Response Can Help You Find Trust, Intimacy and Love.

Singularity Syndrome
Thom Elliott is a venture capitalist with a mission: create a new world order ruled by Sekai, the most powerful artificial intelligence ever created. His secret weapon is Glorp, a nutritional energy drink beloved by the tech community that includes genetically engineered microbes to transform human gut flora, making humans submissive to the AI. Finder is a brilliant but misanthropic detective who works with the Parrot, a dog/bird chimera, and Altima, a human/baboon chimera who's strong and relentless—although easily distracted by
food. When Finder uncovers Elliott's plot, he wages a guerrilla war against Elliott and Sekai. But will
he be able to save humanity from subjugation?

Deb McCaskey
Deb McCaskey is a former newspaper editor and author of stories featuring the people and movies of Hollywood’s Golden Age, spotlighting America’s Kid Sister, Frankie Franklin. Deb lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and their independent-minded rescue dog, Mrs. Hudson.

It's Hollywood in 1935 and on the silver screen, movie star Frankie Franklin is clever and brave, a sassy heroine with all the answers. But can she solve a real-life mystery when a young actor is shot and almost dies on the set of her latest picture? The studio wants to sweep it all under the rug, but Frankie is driven to find out what happened, and with good reason: she was the one who pulled the trigger.

Ann Parker
Ann Parker is a science writer by day and fiction writer at night. Her award-winning Silver Rush mystery series features Inez Stannert, a woman with a mysterious past, a complicated present, and an uncertain future.

Mortal Music
In Mortal Music, Inez must deal with dastardly doings in San Francisco's opera world. When prima donna Theia Carrington Drake hears Inez play and demands she replace her accompanist, Inez is tempted, but hesitates. The 1881 holiday concert series is a golden opportunity if she is willing to step out from the shadows. Theia’s husband/manager Graham Drake offers to sweeten the pot, so Inez accepts—and trouble begins. When murder strikes the Drakes’ entourage, stakes soar, secrets emerge, and passions flare. Someone wants the Golden Songbird silenced—but who?

Priscilla Royal
Priscilla Royal writes the Prioress Eleanor/Brother Thomas thirteenth century English mystery series. Twice-Hanged Man is her fifteenth book. She can be found at plays, ruled by cats, and reading biographies of other crazy writers or fiction of greater and lesser violence.

Twice-Hanged Man
During the Autumn 1282 Welsh wars, Prioress Eleanor and family flee raiders about to attack family lands. Forced to stop in an English border town, when her brother’s wife gives birth, the prioress is begged by the local abbot to resolve the murder of his priest. Luckily, the killer was seen. Unfortunately, he is the ghost of a man recently hanged for treason. When the killer strikes again, Prioress Eleanor, Brother Thomas, and Sister Anne struggle to separate truth from lies and the earthly from the supernatural. As strangers here, can they uncover the many secrets these villagers hold close?

Cindy Sample
Cindy Sample is the author of a national bestselling mystery series featuring single soccer mom, Laurel McKay, set in the California Gold Country. Cindy is a five-time finalist for the Lefty Award for Best Humorous Mystery and a two-time finalist for the Silver Falchion award for best traditional mystery.

Dying for a Double
Heads turn when Laurel McKay Hunter gets a gig as an extra in a movie filming locally. Why? Because she’s a dead ringer for the female lead. The next day the actress vanishes from the set. The frantic director recruits Laurel to double for the missing woman while she uses her investigative talents to search for her. Then she stumbles over a dead body on the set. Is the murder connected to the actress’s disappearance? Laurel chases after clues as the action moves from the historic Gold Country to sun-kissed Malibu beaches to the glamorous and sometimes seedy Hollywood scene. Can Laurel find the actress and catch a killer before it’s too late? Or will her final role be playing dead?

Joseph Schneider
Joseph Schneider lives with his wife and two children in California. His professional affiliations include The Magic Castle and the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing. One Day You'll Burn is his debut novel.

One Day You'll Burn
A body so badly burned it could be mistaken for a movie prop… except for the smell. And when Detective Tully Jarsdel is called to the scene, it’s clear to him something about the placement of the corpse is intentional, even ritualistic. Jarsdel’s former career in academia seems to be finally coming in handy, rather than serving merely as fodder for his veteran partner, Morales. But nothing Jarsdel learned in school can prepare him for the deep evil behind this case, one that will drag him to the desperate, nightmarish fringes of Hollywood.

Kelli Stanley
Kelli Stanley is the critically acclaimed and multiple-award winning bestselling author of the Miranda Corbie literary noir series set in 1940 San Francisco, including City of Dragons, City of Secrets, City of Ghosts, and City of Sharks. Her other works include historical mysteries set in Roman Britain and numerous short stories and essays. A Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist, her proudest achievements have been her inclusion as a literary heir of Dashiell Hammett by his granddaughter in Publisher's Weekly, and her founding of Nasty Woman Press on November 9th, 2016. Her next novel is set in 1985 in Humboldt County, California.

Shattering Glass
Shattering Glass is the first in a series of remarkable anthologies published by a most unique publisher: Nasty Woman Press, a non-profit, 501(c)(4) founded to help fund other non-profits threatened by the rise of autocracy and the ongoing war against civil and human rights. A scintillating mixture of top-flight fiction from bestselling authors in multiple genres, fascinating articles, and thought-provoking essays, conversations, and interviews, Shattering Glass takes as its broad theme the empowerment of women, with all profits from the book donated to Planned Parenthood.

CJ Verburg
CJ Verburg is an award-winning playwright and theater director, editor of two international literature collections, and the author of two crime-fiction series. Her friendship with artist Edward Gorey inspired her multimedia memoir Edward Gorey On Stage, her award-winning play Spin, or Twilight of the Bohemians, and her Edgar Rowdey Cape Cod mystery novels, starting with Croaked and Zapped. Coming soon: Scalped, or The Toastrack Enigma. CJ's Cory Goodwin mystery novels star the international-journalist daughter of NY detective Archie Goodwin and include the world's first multimedia mystery, the Paris rock-&-roll adventure Another Number for the Road.

Coming up in Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine #30 is CJ’s first Holmes and Watson story, “Scandal at the Savoy: The Monocle Murder.” She also has stories in two recent anthologies: “Birdbrain” in Sisters in Crime NorCal’s Fault Lines, and “Peccata Mundy” in Seascape: Best New England Crime Stories of 2019, released November 2019.


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Corte Madera, CA 94925

POSTPONED: Bess Kalb - Nobody Will Tell You This But Me (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, April 4, 2020 - 1:00pm

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Bess Kalb, Emmy-nominated TV writer and New Yorker contributor, saved every voicemail her grandmother Bobby Bell ever left her. Bobby was a force—irrepressible, glamorous, unapologetically opinionated. Bobby doted on Bess; Bess adored Bobby. Then, at ninety, Bobby died. But in this debut memoir, Bobby is speaking to Bess once more, in a voice as passionate as it ever was in life.

Recounting both family lore and family secrets, Bobby brings us four generations of indomitable women and the men who loved them. There's Bobby's mother, who traveled solo from Belarus to America in the 1880s to escape the pogroms, and Bess's mother, a 1970s rebel who always fought against convention. Then there's Bess, who grew up in New York and entered the rough-and-tumble world of L.A. television. Her grandma Bobby was with her all the way—she was the light of Bess's childhood and her fiercest supporter, giving Bess unequivocal love, even if sometimes of the toughest kind.

In Nobody Will Tell You This But Me, Bobby reminds Bess of the experiences they shared, and she delivers--in phone calls, texts, and unforgettable heart-to-hearts brought vividly to the page—her signature wisdom:

If the earth is cracking behind you, you put one foot in front of the other.
Never. Buy. Fake. Anything.
I swear on your life every word of this is true.

With humor and poignancy, Bess Kalb gives us proof of the special bond that can skip a generation and endure beyond death. This book is a feat of extraordinary ventriloquism and imagination by a remarkably talented writer.

Bess Kalb is an Emmy-nominated writer for Jimmy Kimmel Live. Her writing for the show earned her a Writer's Guild Award in 2016. She has also written for the Oscars and the Emmys. A regular contributor to The New Yorker's "Daily Shouts," her work has been published in The New Republic, Grantland,, Wired, The Nation, and elsewhere. She lives in Los Angeles.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

POSTPONED: Amy Roost, Alissa Hirshfeld-Flores, Susan Fekete, and Dawn Marlan - Fury: Women's Lived Experiences in the Trump Era (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Saturday, April 4, 2020 - 3:00pm

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Donald Trump is an affront to the entire feminine ethos of caring. He is the ultimate self-aggrandizing, toxic male who will always act on his own behalf. This is his pathology, and by extension, he is a danger to public health, particularly the health of women.

Fury: Women’s Lived Experiences During the Trump Era brings together a diverse community of women who reveal the impact of Donald Trump’s behavior, words, and presidency and how each is confronting the problem and fighting back. Fury is a cohesive narrative of the times we live in and chronicles a unique chapter in history for the edification of generations of women and allies to follow.

Amy Roost (ed.) is a documentary podcaster and freelance journalist. She is an Annenberg School of Journalism 2019 California Health Journalism Fellow and recipient of numerous journalism awards for her op-ed columns appearing in San Diego Union Tribune publications. Her forthcoming memoir is based on a 2017 Snap Judgment podcast she wrote and produced about how she replaced a Black child that her parents adopted and later returned in 1962.

Alissa Hirshfeld-Flores (ed.) balances a psychotherapy practice with parenting and writing. Her academic articles have appeared in American Journal of Psychiatry, Creativity Research Journal, and The Therapist Magazine. She is the author of a memoir, This Whole Wide World is Just a Narrow Bridge, and a novel Living Waters: From Harvard Halls to Sacred Falls. Ms. Hirshfeld-Flores is active in the Duty to Warn movement, warning about the danger this president presents to the public mental health.

Susan Fekete (contrib.) is the author of a memoir about hoarding, Ten Boxes: A Story of Stuff, which was released in 2018. She’s been published by Longreads and The Influence, and her newsletters as co-founder of Indivisble Sonoma County were some of her proudest writing moments. She lives happily in California with her husband and dog.

Dawn Marlan (contrib.) is a Senior Lecturer in Comparative Literature at the University of Oregon. She writes personal essays, novels, and cultural criticism. Her work has appeared in anthologies, literary journals, and national magazines including, Lilith, The Evergreen Review, The Atticus Review, PMLA, Modernism/Modernity, The Chicago Review, and The Oregonian.

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San Francisco, CA 94111

POSTPONED: Meredith May - The Honey Bus (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, April 4, 2020 - 4:00pm

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Meredith May recalls the first time a honeybee crawled on her arm. She was five years old, her parents had recently split, and suddenly she found herself in the care of her grandfather, an eccentric beekeeper who made honey in a rusty old military bus in the yard. That first close encounter was at once terrifying and exhilarating for May. Everything she needed to know about life and family was right before her eyes, in the secret world of bees.

May turned to her grandfather and the art of beekeeping as an escape from her troubled reality. The bees became a guiding force in May's life, teaching her about family and survival, and it was during this pivotal time in May's childhood that she learned to take care of herself. Part family story, part beekeeping odyssey, The Honey Bus is a rich and lyrical memoir of a girl who journeyed into the hive--and found herself.

Meredith May is an award-winning journalist and fifth-generation beekeeper. She is the author of I, Who Did Not Die, which tells the true story of an Iranian child soldier who risked his life to save an enemy during the Iran-Iraq War—an astonishing act of bravery and kindness that changed the course of both their lives. During her sixteen-year career at the San Francisco Chronicle, her reporting won the PEN USA Literary Award for Journalism, the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism, and first place feature writing awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and the Associated Press. Her series about an Iraqi boy wounded during the second Gulf War was shortlisted for the Pulitzer Prize. Meredith is a former professor of  journalism and podcasting at Mills College in Oakland, CA. She lives in Carmel Valley where she spends her time writing, beekeeping, and volunteering for the Monterey Bay Aquarium as a scuba diver.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

POSTPONED: Heather Box & Julian Mocine-McQueen - How Your Story Sets You Free (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, April 4, 2020 - 7:00pm

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Everyone has a story to tell. Sharing that story can change you, your community, or even the world. But how do you start? This inspirational guide invites readers to unlock their truth and share it, whether in a TED talk, a blog post, or a conversation with their loved ones. Storytelling coaches Heather Box and Julian Mocine-McQueen reveal how to embrace the power of personal storytelling in a series of easy steps. Their practical and motivating advice fills this charming hardcover, which features a textured cover with glittering foil stamping, and colored paper printed with metallic ink on the interior. How Your Story Sets You Free is a meaningful gift and a powerful reminder that stories matter.

Heather Box and Julian Mocine-McQueen are the founders of the Million Person Project. Since 2011, they have helped over 1,500 changemakers from 67 countries tell their stories. They live in San Francisco.

51 Tamal Vista Boulevard
Corte Madera, CA 94925

POSTPONED: Holistic Keto for Gut Health - Kristin Grayce McGary (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, April 5, 2020 - 1:00pm

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Do you feel exhausted? Experience foggy thinking and mysterious symptoms that come and go—symptoms your doctors can’t figure out and yet they keep prescribing more and more medications? Do you have headaches, congestion, or allergies? Do you suffer from joint pain, sleep challenges, hormone imbalances, skin problems such as eczema and psoriasis, thyroid dysfunction, or any other autoimmune disorder? Holistic healthcare expert Kristin Grayce McGary reveals that the answer to resolving your health challenges may lie in comprehensive gut repair.

Combining the best gut-healthy elements of primal, paleo, and ketogenic nutritional plans, McGary offers a one-of-a-kind approach for optimal digestive health. Unlike the traditional keto diet, which contains inflammatory foods, McGary’s science-based, functional ketogenic program emphasizes a holistic nutritional and lifestyle plan to repair your gut while avoiding the dangers of gluten, dairy, soy, starches, sugars, chemicals, and pesticides. She reveals how nearly everyone has some degree of gut damage and explains how this impacts your immune function, energy levels, and many health issues.

Drawing on her extensive knowledge of blood chemistry analysis and how to halt and prevent autoimmune challenges, McGary details the right kind of lab tests needed for proper diagnosis of food sensitivities and autoimmune disorders and where to get them—helping readers overcome the ongoing misdiagnosis that millions with gut problems and autoimmunity symptoms suffer. Additionally, she provides a thorough list of supplements and foods for gut healing, delicious recipes that leave you feeling satisfied and strong, and contemplative exercises to help you dive even deeper into healing.

Blending humor, scientific information, client examples, and personal stories with unique insights into achieving optimal health, Holistic Keto for Gut Health gives you the practical tools necessary to achieve a healthy digestive system, sustainable well-being, and vibrant longevity.

Kristin Grayce McGary, L.Ac., M.Ac., CFMP, CSTcert, CLP, is an internationally recognized authority on autoimmunity, functional blood chemistry analysis, thyroid and gut health, food as medicine, and integrating mind, body, and spirit in health care. A health and lifestyle teacher, she weaves together more than 22 years of experience, education, and wisdom to empower you to heal on all levels. She lives in Boulder, Colorado. Learn more at

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925