Pico Iyer - A Beginner's Guide to Japan (Corte Madera Store)

Wednesday, October 9, 2019 - 7:00pm

After thirty-two years in Japan, Pico Iyer can use everything from anime to Oscar Wilde to show how his adopted home is both hauntingly familiar and the strangest place on earth. "Arguably the world's greatest living travel writer" (Outside), he draws on readings, reflections, and conversations with Japanese friends to illuminate an unknown place for newcomers, and to give longtime residents a look at their home through fresh eyes. A Beginner's Guide to Japan is a playful and profound guidebook full of surprising, brief, incisive glimpses into Japanese culture. Iyer's adventures and observations as he travels from a meditation-hall to a love-hotel, from West Point to Kyoto Station, make for a constantly surprising series of provocations guaranteed to pique the interest and curiosity of those who don't know Japan, and to remind those who do of the wide range of fascinations the country and culture contain.

Pico Iyer is the author of eight works of nonfiction and two novels. A writer for Time since 1982, he is a frequent contributor to The New York Times, Harper's, The New York Review of Books, the Los Angeles Times, the Financial Times, and many other magazines and newspapers on both sides of the Atlantic and Pacific. He splits his time between Nara, Japan, and the United States.

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ISBN: 9780451493958
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Published: Knopf - September 3rd, 2019

From the acclaimed author of The Art of Stillness--one of our most engaging and discerning travel writers--a unique, indispensable guide to the enigma of contemporary Japan.

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Heather Box & Julian Mocine-McQueen - How Your Story Sets You Free (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 6:00pm

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.

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Published: Chronicle Books - September 3rd, 2019

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.

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San Francisco, CA 94111

Alexandra Horowitz - Our Dogs, Ourselves (Corte Madera Store)

Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 7:00pm

We keep dogs and are kept by them. We love dogs and (we assume) we are loved by them. We buy them sweaters, toys, shoes; we are concerned with their social lives, their food, and their health. The story of humans and dogs is thousands of years old but is far from understood. In Our Dogs, Ourselves, Alexandra Horowitz explores all aspects of this unique and complex interspecies pairing.

As Horowitz considers the current culture of dogdom, she reveals the odd, surprising, and contradictory ways we live with dogs. We celebrate their individuality but breed them for sameness. Despite our deep emotional relationships with dogs, legally they are property to be bought, sold, abandoned, or euthanized as we wish. Even the way we speak to our dogs is at once perplexing and delightful.

In thirteen thoughtful and charming chapters, Our Dogs, Ourselves affirms our profound affection for this most charismatic of animals—and opens our eyes to the companions at our sides as never before.

Alexandra Horowitz is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know and On Looking: A Walker’s Guide to the Art of Observation. She teaches at Barnard College, where she runs the Dog Cognition Lab. She lives with her family and two large, highly sniffy dogs in New York City.

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Published: Scribner - September 3rd, 2019

From Alexandra Horowitz, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Inside of a Dog, an eye-opening, informative, and wholly entertaining examination and celebration of the human-canine relationship for the curious dog owner and science-lover alike.

We keep dogs and are kept by them. We love dogs and (we assume) we are loved by them.

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Speaking Memory: Remarkable Hidden Histories and Stories You Won't Forget (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Saturday, October 12, 2019 - 3:00pm

Presented with Litquake • Featuring Carole Bumpus, Donna DiGiuseppe, Meredith May, Deborah Tobola, and Fran Quittel (Moderator)

Celebrate National Reading Group Month with four renowned authors who will discuss their sources and inspiration for their new releases

Part culinary memoir and part travelogue, Searching For Family and Traditions at the French Table reveals French families at their best and at their own dinner tables. It is an intimate peek inside their homes and lives, a collection of traditional French recipes (cuisine pauvre or peasant foods), and accounts of families forced from their communities during the German occupation of WWII in the Alsace and Lorraine, only to continue to struggle for survival after finally making their way home. 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. Searching for Family and Traditions at the French Table is the first volume in her series, Savoring the Olde Ways. She is also author of an historical novel A Cup of Redemption and her unique companion cookbook, Recipes for Redemption: A Companion Cookbook to A Cup of Redemption.

Lady in Ermine: The Story of a Woman Who Painted the Renaissance reveals the captivating story of Italian Renaissance painter Sofonisba Anguissola, who embodies the struggle of women throughout the ages. Donna DiGiuseppe’s book vividly immerses the reader in the sixteenth century world of the Renaissance figures Anguissola paints, her ambitions, life story, and legacy. DiGiuseppe studied at U.C. Berkeley, including a year in Venice at Ca’ Foscari, focusing on the northern Italian Renaissance. Dividing her time between San Francisco and Abruzzo, Italy, Donna has been a practicing lawyer in San Francisco who returned to her first love of history. She lectures frequently on her favorite subject, artist Sofonisba Anguissola.

The Honey Bus: A Memoir of Loss, Courage and a Girl Saved by Bees reveals the compelling life lessons Meredith May learned beginning in her grandfather’s Big Sur beeyard. Part family history, part beekeeping odyssey, The Honey Bus is a rich and lyrical story of a girl who discovered that everything she needed to know about life and family was right before her eyes in the secret world of bees. May spent sixteen years at the San Francisco Chronicle, where her narrative reporting won the PEN USA Literary Award for Journalism and was shortlisted for the Pulitzer Prize. She is co-author of I, Who Did Not Die, about a child soldier who risked his life to rescue a wounded enemy fighter during the Iran-Iraq War. She is a fifth-generation beekeeper and lives in San Francisco, where she keeps several hives in a community garden.

Hummingbird in Underworld Teaching in a Men’s Prison, A Memoir takes readers on an unforgettable literary journey that alternates between tales of creating drama in prison and Deborah Tobola’s own story. As she created a groundbreaking theatre program, Tobola engaged prisoners isolated from the outside world in the arts and helps them discover their own unique, powerful voices. Tobola is a poet, playwright and co-author of a children’s book. Her work has earned four Pushcart Prize nominations, three Academy of American Poets awards and a Children’s Choice Book Award. Tobola earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona, and began teaching creative writing and theatre in prison in 1992. She is founding artistic director of Poetic Justice Project, the country’s first theatre company created for formerly incarcerated people.

Fran Quittel (Moderator) is an accomplished non-fiction author whose grassroots efforts successfully restored $270 million to 10,000 bank depositors by adding an amendment to the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. Her delightful children’s book, The Central Park Lost Mitten Party celebrates the rich history and beautiful architecture of America’s first urban public park.

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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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Published: Bagwyn Books - January 15th, 2019

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Published: Park Row - April 2nd, 2019

An extraordinary story of a girl, her grandfather and one of nature's most mysterious and beguiling creatures: the honeybee.

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Published: She Writes Press - July 23rd, 2019

At the age of forty-five, Deborah Tobola returns to her birthplace, San Luis Obispo, to work in the very prison her father worked in when he was a student at Cal Poly. But she's not wearing a uniform as he did; she's there to teach creative writing and manage the prison's arts program--a dream job.

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San Francisco, CA 94111

Left Coast Writers® Launch: Donna Fado Ivery - Sleep, Pray, Heal (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, October 12, 2019 - 7:00pm

When a two-hundred pound glass partition fell on Donna Fado Ivery’s head resulting in brain injury, disability, and chronic pain, she could no longer count on walking, speaking, thinking, or caring for her young children and husband. In her eighth year as a pastor, her ministry, too, seemed terminally compromised. With words awash, she painted her prayers and discovered in the images her path toward healing.

This inspirational memoir shares her struggle through medical, social, and church prejudice, and her support through the loving bond of family, community, and spirit. It was only through faith, prayer, and a new understanding of the miraculous ways that the Holy Spirit can work in our lives that she was able to eventually rise, function, realize, and share a newly refreshed and ever-unfolding relationship with God. Sleep, Pray, Heal: A Path to Wholeness and Well-Being charts the path through hardship and despair and offers a map—through scripture, theology, poetry, painting, and storytelling—to faith, healing, recovery and well-being.

In the twenty-five years since her injury, Donna Fado Ivery has served as featured preacher, painter, speaker, and lecturer at conferences, seminaries, workshops, and retreats across California and the United States. Sleep, Pray, Heal: A Path to Wholeness and Well-Being reflects the clarity and authenticity Donna brings to seekers of spiritual support and faith development. Last year a portion of Sleep, Pray, Heal: A Path to Wholeness and Well-Being placed in the William Wisdom-William Faulkner competition.

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Doreen Stock - My Name is Y (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, October 13, 2019 - 1:00pm

Below is an excerpt from My Name is Y, a mother and political activist's account of raising three children in Mill Valley while participating in anti-nuclear activist actions:


Valentine’s Day, 2018.

Thirty-two years since I wrote these pages.

R is the mother of eight children and a grandmother, B, a soccer coach for the teams of his son and daughter, and A is just this moment rehearsing a student cast, among them her own daughter, to perform The Inspector General at the same high school where she once performed.

On my desk as I write this, the current issue of Time magazine with its cover photo of a nuclear bomb exploding, announcing President Trump’s reentry into the nuclear arms race to the tune of fifteen million dollars.

On this day devoted to love, seventeen students and teachers have lost their lives in yet another school shooting.

My friend, X, and I are sitting in his electric car. White clouds are racing across a blue sky and we can see the mountain silhouetted against them. “Why aren’t we rioting in the streets?” I ask.

“Because we are busy with other things,” is his answer.

What other things? What could be more important than the lives of our children in school and the life this entire green planet we draw our breaths from?

In place of my typewriter, a personal computer. In place of my telephone, a smart phone just inches away from the hand that writes this.

In the past two years, I have driven to Sacramento to demonstrate on the steps of the state capitol for the passage of gun control legislation and I’ve marched across the Golden Gate Bridge with Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense, all of us dressed in orange, the color hunters wear so they won’t be shot.

I have worn my knit pussy-eared hat in a women’s march after Donald Trump was elected and demonstrated in front of the Immigration Services Office in San Francisco under signs that say: “Let My People Stay!”

I have stopped signing most of the petitions that endlessly flood my smart phone, which with the flick of a finger and a debit from a plastic card, try to make the case that we have acted.

This morning I texted each of my American grandchildren with a heart as they entered their public junior high and high schools respectively.

My heart is in my mouth these days.

My name is Y.

Doreen Stock is a poet, essayist, and memoir practitioner, who has been exploring creative nonfiction for over years from the point of view as a wife, mother of three, single human, and grandmother of eleven. Her first book of poems, The Politics of Splendor, was part of a New American Writers exhibit at the Frankfurt Book Fair that year. It combined her own poetry and prose poems with her translation from the work of Marina Tsvetaeva and Anna Akhmatova. While raising her three children, she wrote two book-length memoirs: FIVE: The Transcript of a Journey, detailing her family's travels through Europe in a VW van, and My Name is Y, an anti-nuclear demonstrator’s family memoir.

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