Jackie Speier - Undaunted (San Francisco Store)

Sunday, January 27, 2019 - 2:00pm

In Conversation with Elaine Petrocelli

Jackie Speier was twenty-eight when she joined Congressman Leo Ryan’s delegation to rescue defectors from cult leader Jim Jones’s Peoples Temple in Jonestown, Guyana. Ryan was killed on the airstrip tarmac. Jackie was shot five times at point-blank range. While recovering from what would become one of the most harrowing tragedies in recent history, Jackie had to choose: Would she become a victim or a fighter? The choice to survive against unfathomable odds empowered her with a resolve to become a vocal proponent for human rights.

From the formative nightmare that radically molded her perspective and instincts to the devastating personal and professional challenges that would follow, Undaunted reveals the perseverance of a determined force in American politics. Deeply rooted in Jackie’s experiences as a widow, a mother, a congresswoman, and a fighter, hers is a story of true resilience, one that will inspire other women to draw strength from adversity in order to do what is right—no matter the challenges ahead.

Jackie Speier is the US Representative for California’s Fourteenth Congressional District. She is a recognized champion of women’s rights, privacy, and consumer safety—as well as an avowed opponent of government inefficiency and waste. In 2012, she was named to Newsweek’s list of 150 “Fearless Women” in the world. She is the co-author of This Is Not the Life I Ordered. Jackie received a BA in political science from the University of California at Davis, and a JD from UC Hastings College of the Law. Along with her husband, Barry Dennis, her children, Jackson and Stephanie, and Buddy, their yellow lab, she is a proud fan of the San Francisco Giants and the Golden State Warriors.


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ISBN: 9781503903609
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Published: Little a - November 6th, 2018

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Fire & Rain - Special Reading (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, January 27, 2019 - 4:00pm

Coeditor Lucille Lang Day and five contributors will read from Fire and Rain: Ecopoetry of California, an anthology of poems about California ecosystems. The anthology is divided into eight sections corresponding to bio-zones: Coast and Ocean; Coastal Redwoods; Hills and Canyons; Fields and Meadows; Desert; Rivers, Lakes, and Lagoons; Sierra Nevada and Cascades; and Cities Towns, and Roads. Fire and rain are two of the most important factors that shape California ecosystems, and the anthology includes many poems about the effects of fire, rain, and drought throughout the state.

Day, an award-winning poet who worked for many years as a science writer and science educator, brings a scientific perspective to the anthology. Her coeditor, Ruth Nolan, is a creative writing professor and former wildland firefighter for the Federal Bureau of Land Management’s California Desert District, and she has had day-to-day experience with the devastation caused by climate change.

Confirmed speakers for this event include:

  • Lucille Lang Day
  • Iris Jamahl Dunkle
  • Terri Glass
  • Tobey Hiller
  • Stephanie Noble
  • Patti Trimble


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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Ian Rankin - In a House of Lies (San Francisco Store)

Monday, January 28, 2019 - 6:00pm

In Conversation with Bill Petrocelli

A cold case involving a missing private investigator threatens to unearth skeletons from Rebus's past in the "must-read" (Tana French) In a House of Lies.

Rebus' retirement is disrupted once again when skeletal remains are identified as a private investigator who went missing over a decade earlier. The remains, found in a rusted car in the East Lothian woods, not far from Edinburgh, quickly turn into a cold case murder investigation. Rebus' old friend, Siobhan Clarke is assigned to the case, but neither of them could have predicted what buried secrets the investigation will uncover.

Rebus remembers the original case -- a shady land deal -- all too well. After the investigation stalled, the family of the missing man complained that there was a police cover-up. As Clarke and her team investigate the cold case murder, she soon learns a different side of her mentor, a side he would prefer to keep in the past.

A gripping story of corruption and consequences, this new novel demonstrates that Rankin and Rebus are still at the top of their game.

Ian Rankin is a #1 international bestselling author. Winner of an Edgar Award and the recipient of a Gold Dagger for fiction and the Chandler-Fulbright Award, he lives in Edinburgh, Scotland, with his wife and their two sons.


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ISBN: 9780316479202
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - December 31st, 2018

A cold case involving a missing private investigator threatens to unearth skeletons from Rebus's past in this "must-read" mystery (Tana French).

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San Francisco, CA 94111

Jason Rezaian with W. Kamau Bell - Prisoner (Dominican University)

Monday, January 28, 2019 - 7:00pm

Angelico Hall, Dominican University of California
Tickets: $45 (includes book)

In July 2014, Washington Post Tehran bureau chief Jason Rezaian was arrested by Iranian police, accused of spying for America.

The charges were absurd. Rezaian’s reporting was a mix of human interest stories and political analysis. He had even served as a guide for Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown. Initially, Rezaian thought the whole thing was a terrible misunderstanding, but soon realized that it was much more dire as it became an eighteen-month prison stint with impossibly high diplomatic stakes.

While in prison, Rezaian had tireless advocates working on his behalf. His brother lobbied political heavyweights including John Kerry and Barack Obama and started a social media campaign—#FreeJason—while Jason’s wife navigated the red tape of the Iranian security apparatus, all while the courts used Rezaian as a bargaining chip in negotiations for the Iran nuclear deal.

In Prisoner, Rezaian writes of his exhausting interrogations and farcical trial. He also reflects on his idyllic childhood in Northern California and his bond with his Iranian father, a rug merchant; how his teacher Christopher Hitchens inspired him to pursue journalism; and his life-changing decision to move to Tehran, where his career took off and he met his wife.

Written with wit, humor, and grace, Prisoner brings to life a fascinating, maddening culture in all its complexity.

Jason Rezaian served as Tehran bureau chief for the Washington Post and is now an opinion writer for the paper and contributor to CNN. He was convicted—but never sentenced—of espionage in a closed-door trial in Iran in 2015. He lives in Washington, DC, with his wife.

W. Kamau Bell is a socio-political comedian and the host of the Emmy Award-winning CNN docu-series United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell. He recently made his Netflix debut with the stand-up comedy special, Private School Negro. Kamau has a book with the easy-to-remember title The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell: Tales of a 6' 4", African American, Heterosexual, Cisgender, Left-Leaning, Asthmatic, Black and Proud Blerd, Mama's Boy, Dad, and Stand-Up Comedian. He is the director of the critically-acclaimed documentary Cultureshock: Chris Rock’s Bring the Pain. Kamau has hosted three critically acclaimed podcasts: Kamau Right Now!, Politically Re-Active, and Denzel Washington is The Greatest Actor of All Time Period.


Please note: Tickets are non-refundable



Prisoner: My 544 Days in an Iranian Prison—Solitary Confinement, a Sham Trial, High-Stakes Diplomacy, and the Extraordinary Efforts It Took to Get Me Out Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062691576
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Published: Anthony Bourdain/Ecco - January 22nd, 2019

“An important story. Harrowing, and suspenseful, yes—but it’s also a deep dive into a complex and egregiously misunderstood country with two very different faces. There is no better time to know more about Iran—and Jason Rezaian has seen both of those faces.”
   — Anthony Bourdain

A memoir and manifesto from the comedian, hit podcast host, and star of United Shades of America

Angelico Hall, Dominican University of California
20 Olive Avenue
San Rafael, CA 94901

Madhuri Vijay with Anthony Marra - The Far Field (Corte Madera Store)

Monday, January 28, 2019 - 7:00pm

In Conversation with Anthony Marra

Gorgeously tactile and sweeping in historical and socio-political scope, Pushcart Prize-winner Madhuri Vijay's The Far Field follows a complicated flaneuse across the Indian subcontinent as she reckons with her past, her desires, and the tumultuous present.

In the wake of her mother's death, Shalini, a privileged and restless young woman from Bangalore, sets out for a remote Himalayan village in the troubled northern region of Kashmir. Certain that the loss of her mother is somehow connected to the decade-old disappearance of Bashir Ahmed, a charming Kashmiri salesman who frequented her childhood home, she is determined to confront him. But upon her arrival, Shalini is brought face to face with Kashmir's politics, as well as the tangled history of the local family that takes her in. And when life in the village turns volatile and old hatreds threaten to erupt into violence, Shalini finds herself forced to make a series of choices that could hold dangerous repercussions for the very people she has come to love.

Wwith rare acumen and evocative prose, Madhuri Vijay masterfully examines Indian politics, class prejudice, and sexuality through the lens of an outsider, offering a profound meditation on grief, guilt, and the limits of compassion.

Madhuri Vijay was born in Bangalore. The Far Field is her first book.

Anthony Marra is the author of A Constellation of Vital Phenomena and The Tsar of Love and Techno.


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ISBN: 9780802128409
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Published: Grove Press - January 15th, 2019

"The Far Field is remarkable, a novel at once politically timely and morally timeless. Madhuri Vijay traces the fault lines of history, love, and obligation running through a fractured family and country. Few novels generate enough power to transform their characters, fewer still their readers.

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Pamela Feinsilber - Meet the Author (Corte Madera Store)

Monday, January 28, 2019 - 7:00pm

Four Mondays; January 28, February 25, March 25, & April 29, 2019 • 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm • $100

We’ll have intimate conversations with the translator of an Argentine writer's "brilliant" and "fascinating" travels through Patagonia, "a land where real meets surreal," as well as the authors of...a novel in which a lesbian Jew preparing to marry in 1990s San Francisco ponders how much you need to share with the one you love; a "sumptuous" fictional biography that imagines how an audacious, now famed woman became a poet in patriarchal Iran; and a "daringly original" memoir that explores identity, race, and discrimination in today's U.S.A.

Paper Is White - Hilary Zaid

False Calm - Katherine Silver, translator

Song of a Captive Bird - Jasmine Darznik

Real American - Julie Lythcott-Haims

Pamela Feinsilber is a Path to Publishing mentor, book editor, and freelance writing consultant at feinsilber@comcast.net.

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ISBN: 9781612941134
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Published: Bywater Books - March 13th, 2018

When oral historian Ellen Margolis and her girlfriend decide to get married, Ellen realizes that she can't go through with a wedding until she tells her grandmother. There's only one problem: her grandmother is dead.

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ISBN: 9781945492143
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Published: Transit Books - October 2nd, 2018

"A bold, beautiful book."--The New York Times

"A marvelous chronicle."--Publishers Weekly

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ISBN: 9780399182334
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Published: Ballantine Books - February 5th, 2019

LOS ANGELES TIMES BESTSELLER • A spellbinding debut novel about the trailblazing Iranian poet Forugh Farrokhzad, who defied society’s expectations to find her voice and her destiny

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ISBN: 9781250296733
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - August 21st, 2018

A fearless debut memoir in which beloved and bestselling How to Raise an Adult author Julie Lythcott-Haims pulls no punches in her recollections of growing up a black woman in America

“Courageous, achingly honest."

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Corte Madera, CA 94925