Peggy Orenstein - Boys & Sex (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, January 26, 2020 - 4:00pm

Co-sponsored by the Kentfield Schools Parent Teacher Association

In her taboo-shattering New York Times bestseller Girls & Sex, Peggy Orenstein traversed the complicated new landscape of sex and sexuality that today’s young women must negotiate. “Deeply reported, passionately argued” (Slate), the book unsparingly pulled back the curtain on the reality of girls’ sex lives in the modern world. The Washington Post found it “provocative and thoughtful,” lauding the “impressive” breadth of Orenstein’s reporting. Yet, with the advent of the #MeToo era, Orenstein came to realize that her deep dive into contemporary culture provided only one side of the conversation. In a world where the sheer magnitude of sexual misconduct by men young and old has become glaringly and disturbingly obvious, Orenstein knew it was time that she look at the sexual attitudes, activities, and insecurities of a new generation of men with the same depth and candor as she had their female peers. Boys & Sex: Young Men on Hookups, Love, Porn, Consent, and Navigating the New Masculinity draws on Peggy Orenstein’s trademark mix of richly reported anecdote and research to reveal how young men understand and negotiate the new rules of physical and emotional intimacy―and to map out a much-needed vision of how today’s boys can move forward as better men.

“I already knew that Americans talk precious little to their daughters about sex, but I’d soon learn they talk even less to their sons,” writes Orenstein, who spent over two years talking to boys between the ages of sixteen and twenty-two, engaging in-depth, hours-long conversations about masculinity, as well as their attitudes, expectations, and early experiences with sex and intimacy. She came to realize that “boys may now more likely be admonished to ‘respect women,’ but what, precisely, does that mean: which women, under what circumstances, and how? What’s more, despite the growing insistence that only ‘yes’ means ‘yes,’ boys (like girls) are bombarded by incessant images—on TV, in movies, games, social media, music videos—of female objectification and sexual availability, which is reinforced by unprecedented exposure to pornography. How were they navigating that contradiction?” Orenstein also spoke with psychologists, academics, and other experts in the field as she investigated such topical realities as locker room talk; how the word “hilarious” robs boys of empathy; pornography as the new sex education; boys’ understanding of hookup culture and consent; and their experience as both victims and perpetrators of sexual violence.

Peggy Orenstein is the New York Times bestselling author of Girls & Sex, Cinderella Ate My Daughter, Waiting for Daisy, Flux, and Schoolgirls. A contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and AFAR magazine, she has been published in The Washington Post, Slate, New York, The Atlantic, and The New Yorker, among other publications, and has contributed commentary to NPR's All Things Considered. She lives in Northern California with her husband and daughter.

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Diana Kapp - Girls Who Run the World (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, January 26, 2020 - 6:30pm

In conversation with Juliet Wiscombe Starrett

Girls Who Run the World is a woman-to-woman playbook that spotlights bold businesswomen who have achieved success and done it in their own way.”
—Former Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright.

Girls Who Run the World is a blueprint for badassery and bravery. Think How I Built This for teen girls and young women, featuring the entrepreneurs behind Rent the Runway, Stitch Fix, Pop Sugar, Glossier, Minted, Soul Cycle, Mitu. These are the sometimes messy, always bold, inside stories of the entrepreneurs fighting bias in hiring (Blendoor), sequencing genes to empower with personal health information (23andMe) and saving premie babies (Embrace). Stuffed with how-to’s, advice, worst fumbles and best comebacks, this is pure inspiration for enterprising young gals. Find out where Sara Blakely does her best inventing. Learn how Coolhaus got its engine-less food truck to Coachella to launch. See what Emma Mcilroy visualizes when she needs to calm down. Then, in back, learn how to write a business plan, file a patent, and brainstorm a killer business idea.

Diana Kapp’s work as a journalist has taken her inside San Quentin prison, and to deepest Afghanistan. Her path to writing has been circuitous. She has worked for a senator and a biotech start-up, made ads for Nike, and helped launch women’s sportswear retailer She went to Stanford and got an MBA. She has lived in Kenya, and the Haight. She loves the Sawtooth Mountains, Neil Young, her 5 a.m. running club, and climbing mountains. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, San Francisco Magazine, San Francisco Chronicle, ELLE, Marie Claire, MORE Magazine, O the Oprah Magazine, California Sunday Magazine, Sunset, ESPN.

Juliet Wiscombe Starrett is a former whitewater rafting world champion, CEO of San Francisco Crossfit, founder of the nonprofit Stand Up Kids, and philanthropist. She is the co-founder, with her husband Kelly Starrett, of the fitness website The Ready State.

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Paul Yoon - Run Me to Earth (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Monday, January 27, 2020 - 6:00pm

Alisak, Prany, and Noi—three orphans united by devastating loss—must do what is necessary to survive the perilous landscape of 1960s Laos. When they take shelter in a bombed out field hospital, they meet Vang, a doctor dedicated to helping the wounded at all costs. Soon the teens are serving as motorcycle couriers, delicately navigating their bikes across the fields filled with unexploded bombs, beneath the indiscriminate barrage from the sky.

In a world where the landscape and the roads have turned into an ocean of bombs, we follow their grueling days of rescuing civilians and searching for medical supplies, until Vang secures their evacuation on the last helicopters leaving the country. It’s a move with irrevocable consequences—and sets them on disparate and treacherous paths across the world.

Spanning decades and magically weaving together storylines laced with beauty and cruelty, Run Me to Earth is a breathtaking historical feat and a fierce study of the powers of hope, perseverance, and grace.

Paul Yoon is the author of two story collections, Once the Shore, which was a New York Times Notable Book, and The Mountain, which was a NPR Best Book of the Year. His novel Snow Hunters won the Young Lions Fiction Award. A recipient of fellowships from the New York Public Library’s Cullman Center for Writers and Scholars and the National Endowment for the Arts, he lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with his wife, the fiction writer Laura van den Berg, and their dog, Oscar.

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San Francisco, CA 94111

Eric Nuzum - Make Noise (Corte Madera Store)

Monday, January 27, 2020 - 7:00pm

In conversation with Skye Pillsbury

With 2,000 new podcasts created every week, 286 a day, 12 an hour, and one every five minutes, podcasting is the fastest growing audio platform in the world. But despite all of this interest from audiences and creators, there is very little advice for would-be podcasters on how to start, and there’s even less to help them harness their potential to be distinct voices and great storytellers.

Make Noise: A Creator's Guide to Podcasting and Great Audio Storytelling brings all the wisdom, advice, practical information, and big picture thinking that any individual or business needs to make a successful podcast. Written by Eric Nuzum, a veteran of NPR and Audible who’s had a hand in creating and launching over 130 podcasts, including some of the most successful out there like TED Radio Hour, Invisibilia, Where Should We Begin? with Esther Perel, The Butterfly Effect, and West Cork, Make Noise offers an analysis of the medium, examining its promise, its drawbacks, what it offers to creators, and how to bring it all together. Filled with advice, practical tools and a deep-yet-accessible dive into what works and why, it identifies core principles to help readers develop a “Ten Word Description” that will guide them throughout the creative process. And then it gets into how-tos—how to develop character, story, voice; and how to conduct an effective interview, with tips from Terry Gross and story building ideas from Ira Glass.

Much in the way that Robert McKee’s book Story has become a must-read for any aspiring screenwriter, Make Noise is poised to become the foundational text for podcasting—the dog-eared definitive guide for anyone who has something to say.

Eric Nuzum is a leading go-to expert in audio, podcasting, radio, and spoken-word entertainment. He has developed several iconic programs and been on the front lines of innovation in the evolving podcast ecosystem. He led NPR’s initial podcasting efforts in 2005 and remained its leading creative and strategic force for a decade. He brought programs like Fresh Air with Terry Gross, Snap Judgment, and Wait Wait . . . Don’t Tell Me! into the podcasting ecosystem and helped them become iconic hits. As a creator, he developed some of NPR’s most successful podcasts, including the TED Radio Hour and Invisibilia. He continued his track record of success during his tenure as Audible’s leader for short-form content and podcasting, creating such recognized podcasts as Sincerely, X (another coproduction with TED), The Butterfly Effect with Jon Ronson, and Where Should We Begin? with Esther Perel. Nuzum is also the co-founder of the podcast production and consulting company, Magnificent Noise.

Podcast junkie and recovered publicist Skye Pillsbury writes Inside Podcasting, an email newsletter that reaches over 15,000 avid podcast fans three times a week. In 2019 Skye launched the Inside Podcasting podcast, a show in which creators discuss their craft. In her former life, Skye crafted communications strategies for brands like Yahoo! and Microsoft and worked regularly with journalists at places like The New York Times, Rolling Stone, and NPR. Skye was famous for 49 minutes when she and her son were featured in an episode of Gimlet Media’s Heavyweight podcast.

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

David Talbot - Between Heaven and Hell (Corte Madera Store)

Tuesday, January 28, 2020 - 7:00pm

In conversation with Blaise Zerega

Acclaimed writer, bestselling author, and founder of Salon magazine, David Talbot has brought us masterful and explosive headline-breaking stories for over 25 years with books like the New York Times bestsellers Brothers, The Devil's Chessboard, and nationally recognized Season of the Witch. Now for the first time, he turns inward in Between Heaven and Hell, an intimate journey through the life-changing year following his stroke—a year that turned his life upside down, and ultimately, saved him.

In his signature voice and with powerful storytelling, Talbot examines the physical, emotional, and psychological impact his stroke has had on his identity. Along the way Talbot offers readers insider stories on the wild early days of Internet journalism, insights into the new tech culture, the down and dirty of Hollywood, and much more. This is an illuminating, often humorous, portrait of how a health crisis can truly shift one's perspective on life and purpose.

David Talbot is the esteemed author of four popular history books, and the founder and original editor in chief of one of the first entirely digital publications, Salon magazine. A former senior editor of Mother Jones magazine, Talbot is a journalist and columnist who has written for the New Yorker, Time, Rolling Stone, The Guardian, the San Francisco Chronicle and other publications. His book Season of the Witch was a San Francisco Chronicle bestseller for four years and was the 2015 San Francisco One City One Book pick.

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Ingrid Newkirk - Animalkind (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Wednesday, January 29, 2020 - 6:00pm

In the last few decades, a wealth of new information has emerged about who animals are—intelligent, aware, and empathetic. Studies show that animals are astounding beings with intelligence, emotions, intricate communications networks, and myriad abilities. In Animalkind, Ingrid Newkirk and Gene Stone present these findings in a concise and awe-inspiring way, detailing a range of surprising discoveries: that geese fall in love and stay with a partner for life, that fish “sing” underwater, and that elephants use their trunks to send subsonic signals, alerting other herds to danger miles away.

Newkirk and Stone pair their tour of the astounding lives of animals with a guide to the exciting new tools that allow humans to avoid using or abusing animals as we once did. They show readers what they can do in their everyday lives to ensure that the animal world is protected from needless harm. Whether it’s medicine, product testing, entertainment, clothing, or food, there are now better options to all the uses animals once served in human life. We can substitute warmer, lighter faux fleece for wool, choose vegan versions of everything from shrimp to sausage and milk to marshmallows, reap the benefits of medical research that no longer requires monkeys to be caged in laboratories, and scrap captive orca exhibits and elephant rides for virtual reality and animatronics.

Animalkind is a fascinating study of why our fellow living beings deserve our respect, and moreover, the steps every reader can take to put this new understanding into action.

Ingrid Newkirk founded PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), the largest animal rights organization in the world, with affiliates in eight countries, in 1980. She is the author of Save the Animals! 101 Things You Can Do, Kids Can Save the Animals, The Compassionate Cook, and several other books available in multiple languages.

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San Francisco, CA 94111