Daniel Gumbiner - The Boatbuilder (Corte Madera Store)

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 - 7:00pm

At 28 years old, Eli "Berg" Koenigsberg has never encountered a challenge he couldn't push through, until a head injury leaves him with lingering headaches and a weakness for opiates.

The Boatbuilder follows Berg as he moves to a remote Northern California town, seeking space and time to recover, but soon finds himself breaking into homes in search of pills. Addled by addiction and chronic pain, Berg meets Alejandro, a reclusive, master boatbuilder, and begins to see a path forward. Alejandro offers Berg honest labor, but more than this, he offers him a new approach to his suffering, a template for survival amid intense pain. Nurtured by his friendship with Alejandro and aided, too, by the comradeship of many in Talinas, Berg begins to return to himself. Written in gleaming prose, this is a story about resilience, community, and what it takes to win back your soul.

Daniel Gumbiner was born and raised in Northern California. He graduated from UC Berkeley in 2011 and now lives in Southern Nevada. The Boatbuilder is his first novel.

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Edward Hallowell - Because I Come from a Crazy Family (San Francisco Store)

Thursday, June 14, 2018 - 6:00pm

When Edward Hallowell was eleven, a voice out of nowhere told him he should become a psychiatrist. A mental health professional of the time would have called this psychosis. But young Edward (Ned) took it in stride, despite not quite knowing what "psychiatrist" meant. With a psychotic father, alcoholic mother, abusive stepfather, and two so-called learning disabilities of his own, Ned was accustomed to unpredictable behavior from those around him, and to a mind he felt he couldn't always control.

The voice turned out to be right. Now, decades later, Hallowell is a leading expert on attention disorders and the author of twenty books, including Driven to Distraction, the work that introduced ADD to the world. In Because I Come from a Crazy Family, he tells the often strange story of a childhood marked by what he calls the "WASP triad" of alcoholism, mental illness, and politeness, and explores the wild wish, surging beneath his incredible ambition, that he could have saved his own family of drunk, crazy, and well-intentioned eccentrics, and himself.

Because I Come from a Crazy Family is an affecting, at times harrowing, ultimately moving memoir about crazy families and where they can lead, about being called to the mental health profession, and about the unending joys and challenges that come with helping people celebrate who they are.

Edward Hallowell, M.D., is the bestselling author of Driven to Distraction and many other acclaimed books, a leading authority in the field of ADHD, a world-renowned speaker, the host of the podcast Distraction, and the founder of the Hallowell Centers for Cognitive and Emotional Health in Boston MetroWest, New York City, San Francisco, and Seattle. He lives in Arlington, Massachusetts.

 

Because I Come from a Crazy Family: The Making of a Psychiatrist Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781632868589
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - June 12th, 2018

From the bestselling author of the classic book on ADD, Driven to Distraction, a memoir of the strange upbringing that shaped Dr. Edward M. Hallowell's celebrated career.


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Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar - The Map of Salt and Stars (Corte Madera Store)

Thursday, June 14, 2018 - 7:00pm

This rich, moving, and lyrical debut novel from Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar is to Syria what The Kite Runner was to Afghanistan; the story of two girls living eight hundred years apart -- a modern-day Syrian refugee seeking safety and a medieval adventurer apprenticed to a legendary mapmaker -- places today's headlines in the sweep of history, where the pain of exile and the triumph of courage echo again and again.

It is the summer of 2011, and Nour has just lost her father to cancer. Her mother, a cartographer who creates unusual, hand-painted maps, decides to move Nour and her sisters from New York City back to Syria to be closer to their family. But the country Nour's mother once knew is changing, and it isn't long before protests and shelling threaten their quiet Homs neighborhood. When a shell destroys Nour's house and almost takes her life, she and her family are forced to choose: stay and risk more violence or flee as refugees across seven countries of the Middle East and North Africa in search of safety. As their journey becomes more and more challenging, Nour's idea of home becomes a dream she struggles to remember and a hope she cannot live without.

More than eight hundred years earlier, Rawiya, sixteen and a widow's daughter, knows she must do something to help her impoverished mother. Restless and longing to see the world, she leaves home to seek her fortune. Disguising herself as a boy named Rami, she becomes an apprentice to al-Idrisi, who has been commissioned by King Roger II of Sicily to create a map of the world. In his employ, Rawiya embarks on an epic journey across the Middle East and the north of Africa where she encounters ferocious mythical beasts, epic battles, and real historical figures.

A deep immersion into the richly varied cultures of the Middle East and North Africa, The Map of Salt and Stars follows the journeys of Nour and Rawiya as they travel along identical paths across the region eight hundred years apart, braving the unknown beside their companions as they are pulled by the promise of reaching home at last.

 

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$27.00
ISBN: 9781501169038
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Touchstone Books - May 1st, 2018

This rich, moving, and lyrical debut novel is to Syria what The Kite Runner was to Afghanistan; the story of two girls living eight hundred years apart--a modern-day Syrian refugee seeking safety and a medieval adventurer apprenticed to a legendary mapmaker--places today's headlines in the sweep of history, where the pain of exile and the triumph of courage echo again and again.


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Tommy Orange - There There (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, June 16, 2018 - 4:00pm

Fierce, angry, funny, heartbreaking -- Tommy Orange's first novel is a wondrous and shattering portrait of an America few of us have ever seen, and it introduces a brilliant new author at the start of a major career.

There There is a relentlessly paced multigenerational story about violence and recovery, memory and identity, and the beauty and despair woven into the history of a nation and its people. It tells the story of twelve characters, each of whom have private reasons for traveling to the Big Oakland Powwow. Jacquie Red Feather is newly sober and trying to make it back to the family she left behind in shame. Dene Oxendene is pulling his life back together after his uncle's death and has come to work at the powwow to honor his uncle's memory. Opal Viola Victoria Bear Shield has come to watch her nephew Orvil, who has taught himself traditional Indian dance through YouTube videos and has come to the powwow to dance in public for the very first time. There will be glorious communion, and a spectacle of sacred tradition and pageantry. And there will be sacrifice, and heroism, and unspeakable loss.

Here is a voice we have never heard -- a voice full of poetry and rage, exploding onto the page with stunning urgency and force. Tommy Orange writes of the plight of the urban Native American, the Native American in the city, in a stunning novel that grapples with a complex and painful history, with an inheritance of beauty and profound spirituality, and with a plague of addiction, abuse, and suicide. An unforgettable debut, destined to become required reading in schools and universities across the country.

Tommy Orange is a recent graduate from the MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts. He is a 2014 MacDowell Fellow, and a 2016 Writing by Writers Fellow. He is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma. He was born and raised in Oakland, California, and currently lives in Angels Camp, California.

 

There There Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9780525520375
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Knopf Publishing Group - June 5th, 2018

Fierce, angry, funny, heartbreaking--Tommy Orange's first novel is a wondrous and shattering portrait of an America few of us have ever seen, and it introduces a brilliant new author at the start of a major career.


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Fredrik Backman - Us Against You (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, June 17, 2018 - 7:00pm

In Conversation with Bill Petrocelli
Tickets: $30.50 (includes signed book)

Fredrik Backman -- the #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Man Called Ove and Beartown -- returns with Us Against You, an unforgettable novel “about people -- about strength and tribal loyalty and what we unwittingly do when trying to show our boys how to be men” (Jojo Moyes).

A small community tucked deep in the forest, Beartown is home to tough, hardworking people who don’t expect life to be easy or fair. No matter how difficult times get, they’ve always been able to take pride in their local ice hockey team. So it’s a cruel blow when they hear that Beartown ice hockey might soon be disbanded. What makes it worse is the obvious satisfaction that all the former Beartown players, who now play for a rival team in the neighboring town of Hed, take in that fact. As the tension mounts between the two adversaries, a newcomer arrives who gives Beartown hockey a surprising new coach and a chance at a comeback.

Soon a team starts to take shape around Amat, the fastest player you’ll ever see; Benji, the intense lone wolf; always dutiful and eager-to-please Bobo; and Vidar, a born-to-be-bad troublemaker. But bringing this team together proves to be a challenge as old bonds are broken, new ones are formed, and the town’s enmity with Hed grows more and more acute.

As the big game approaches, the not-so-innocent pranks and incidents between the communities pile up and their mutual contempt intensifies. By the time the last goal is scored, a resident of Beartown will be dead, and the people of both towns will be forced to wonder if, after everything, the game they love can ever return to something as simple and innocent as a field of ice, two nets, and two teams. Us against you.

Here is a declaration of love for all the big and small, bright and dark stories that give form and color to our communities. With immense compassion and insight, Fredrik Backman reveals how loyalty, friendship, and kindness can carry a town through its most challenging days.

Fredrik Backman is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Man Called Ove (soon to be a major motion picture starring Tom Hanks), My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry, Britt-Marie Was Here, Beartown, Us Against You, as well as two novellas, And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer and The Deal of a Lifetime. His books are published in more than forty countries. He lives in Stockholm, Sweden, with his wife and two children.

 

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$28.00
ISBN: 9781501160790
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Atria Books - June 5th, 2018

The #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Man Called Ove and Beartown returns with an unforgettable novel "about people--about strength and tribal loyalty and what we unwittingly do when trying to show our boys how to be men" (Jojo Moyes).


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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Karen Benke Four-Day Summer Writing Camp for Kids (Corte Madera Store)

Monday, June 18, 2018 - 9:30am

Monday June 18-Thursday June 21 • 9:30 am - 12:30pm • $375

Summer Creative Writing Adventure
For Boys and Girls Ages 9-12

If you like to fool around with words and play on—and off—the page, this camp is for you!  In its fourth summer, this interactive creative writing “play-shop” is for kids who want to inspire 
and surprise themselves (and others)!  We tip words and connect broken bits of overheard conversation, black-out poems and fill-in 100 word stories.  We make magic word tickets
and homemade envelopes. Play with similes, metaphors, personification, and juxtaposition too. Come prepared to leave a trail of clues en route to the big blue box where we mail our
creations into the wider world. Limited to 20 participants.  Snacks, stamps, all writing materials, and take-home prompts included.

Karen Benke is the author of three popular books on creative writing, RIP THE PAGE! LEAP WRITE IN! and WRITE BACK SOON! Adventures in Letter Writing.
She has worked as a Poet in the Schools and is the founder of The Writers Nest, located in the Mill Valley Lumber Yard. A new book, RIP THE PAGE! An Action-Packed Adventure will be published in March, 2019 by Shambhala Publications.

**Please Specify Child's Name When Registering**
 

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