Diane Patricia Capone - Al Capone, Stories My Grandmother Told Me (Corte Madera Store)

Wednesday, January 29, 2020 - 6:00pm

For the first time, the true stories of Al Capone's private life and final days will be told by his granddaughter, Diane Patricia Capone. Al Capone, Stories My Grandmother Told Me is based on Diane's personal recollections along with the stories that her grandmother, Mae, and her father, who was Al Capone's only child, told her. It is based also on her mother, Diana Casey Capone's private journals. It is about a remarkable love that never died; about not giving up hope and finally about personal redemption.

Diane Patricia Capone was born in Miami Beach, Florida and moved to California as a teenager. She graduated from Palo Alto High School in the 60's and married and had a family while living in the San Francisco Bay Area. She graduated from San Jose State University with a B.S. in Business and Psychology. After working in Venture Capital and other business positions, she completed a Masters in Counseling at Santa Clara University. She worked for the next twenty years as a Counselor and an Instructor at Mission College in Santa Clara, CA. Al Capone, Stories My Grandmother Told Me is her first book.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Jeanine Cummins - American Dirt (Corte Madera Store)

Wednesday, January 29, 2020 - 7:00pm

February First Edition Pick!

Lydia Quixano Pérez lives in the Mexican city of Acapulco. She runs a bookstore. She has a son, Luca, the love of her life, and a wonderful husband who is a journalist. And while there are cracks beginning to show in Acapulco because of the drug cartels, her life is, by and large, fairly comfortable.

Even though she knows they’ll never sell, Lydia stocks some of her all-time favorite books in her store. And then one day a man enters the shop to browse and comes up to the register with a few books he would like to buy—two of them her favorites. Javier is erudite. He is charming. And, unbeknownst to Lydia, he is the jefe of the newest drug cartel that has gruesomely taken over the city. When Lydia’s husband’s tell-all profile of Javier is published, none of their lives will ever be the same.

Forced to flee, Lydia and eight-year-old Luca soon find themselves miles and worlds away from their comfortable middle-class existence. Instantly transformed into migrants, Lydia and Luca ride la bestia—trains that make their way north toward the United States, which is the only place Javier’s reach doesn’t extend. As they join the countless people trying to reach el norte, Lydia soon sees that everyone is running from something. But what exactly are they running to?

American Dirt will leave readers utterly changed. It is a literary achievement filled with poignancy, drama, and humanity on every page. It is one of the most important books for our times.

Already being hailed as "a Grapes of Wrath for our times" and "a new American classic," Jeanine Cummins's American Dirt is a rare exploration into the inner hearts of people willing to sacrifice everything for a glimmer of hope.

Jeanine Cummins is the author of the novels The Outside Boy and The Crooked Branch, and the bestselling memoir A Rip in Heaven. She lives in New York with her husband and two children.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Christa Reynolds - Will & Mysteria (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Thursday, January 30, 2020 - 6:00pm

So many of us today yearn to live an authentic life in alignment with our higher self. We enroll in meditation classes, practice yoga, engage in unique relationships to explore our feelings, while trying to truly understand ourselves and live in the present. We seek to know what fulfills and motivates us to be the best we can be. Will and Mysteria is the mythical journey of one young man–Oliver Humane. He’s an ambitious young professor who wants to make a difference in the world. He subconsciously desires to know who he really is and what he can aspire to be. Will and Mysteria are two influential yogis he comes to know through his travails; while bumping up against their rival, Edgar. Together, the three will help Oliver explore his innermost being and wake him up to the kind of divine existence we can all aspire to.

​Christa Reynolds is a seasoned Yoga and Meditation teacher, as well as an Intuitive, who currently teaches Chakra Clearing Meditation in the San Francisco area. Her meditation classes include clearing your energy field, releasing pent-up and/or restless energy through gentle breathing, while teaching you to understand how chakra management enhances your life. Christa’s classes also gently nudge practitioners towards sacred mantra which allows them to drop sweetly into both a peaceful and joyful place within. She lives in Sausalito, California and relishes her early morning walks with her dog “Noshi” down by the waters edge.

1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Elissa Altman - Motherland (Corte Madera Store)

Thursday, January 30, 2020 - 7:00pm

After surviving a traumatic childhood in nineteen-seventies New York and young adulthood living in the shadow of her flamboyant mother, Rita, a makeup-addicted former television singer, Elissa Altman has managed to build a very different life, settling in Connecticut with her wife of nearly twenty years. After much time, therapy, and wine, Elissa is at last in a healthy place, still orbiting around her mother but keeping far enough away to preserve the stable, independent world she has built as a writer and editor. Then Elissa is confronted with the unthinkable: Rita, whose days are spent as a flâneur, traversing Manhattan from the Clinique counters at Bergdorf to Bloomingdale’s and back again, suffers an incapacitating fall, leaving her completely dependent upon her daughter.

Now Elissa is forced to finally confront their profound differences, Rita’s yearning for beauty and glamour, her view of the world through her days in the spotlight, and the money that has mysteriously disappeared in the name of preserving youth. To sustain their fragile mother-daughter bond, Elissa must navigate the turbulent waters of their shared lives, the practical challenges of caregiving for someone who refuses to accept it, the tentacles of narcissism, and the mutual, frenetic obsession that has defined their relationship.

Motherland is a story that touches every home and every life, mapping the ferocity of maternal love, moral obligation, the choices women make about motherhood, and the possibility of healing. Filled with tenderness, wry irreverence, and unforgettable characters, it is an exploration of what it means to escape from the shackles of the past only to have to face them all over again.

Elissa Altman is the critically acclaimed author of Poor Man’s Feast: A Love Story of Comfort, Desire, and the Art of Simple Cooking and the James Beard Award–winning blog of the same name and Treyf: My Life as an Unorthodox Outlaw. Her work has appeared in O: The Oprah Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, The New York Times, Tin House, The Rumpus, Dame Magazine, LitHub, Saveur, and The Washington Post, where her column, “Feeding My Mother,” ran for a year. Her work has been anthologized in Best Food Writing six times. A finalist for the Frank McCourt Memoir Prize, Altman has taught the craft of memoir at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, The Loft Literary Center, 1440 Multiversity, and Ireland’s Literature and Larder program, and has appeared live on stage at TEDx and The Public, on Heritage Radio, and widely on NPR. She lives in Connecticut with her family.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Irene Butter - Shores Beyond Shores (Corte Madera Store)

Friday, January 31, 2020 - 7:00pm

In conversation with Christina Desser

Shores Beyond Shores—Irene Butter's memoir of her experiences before, during and after the Holocaust—is not a recounting of misery and tragedy; rather it is the genuine story of a girl coming to terms with a terrible event and choosing to view herself as a survivor instead of a victim. When the Dutch police knock on their door, Irene and her family were forced to leave their home and board trains meant for cattle. They were taken to Nazi-controlled prison camps and finally to Bergen-Belsen, where Irene was a fellow prisoner with Anne Frank. With limited access to food, shelter, and warm clothing, Irene's family needed nothing short of a miracle to survive. Later forbidden from speaking about her experiences by the American relatives who cared for her, Irene is now making up for lost time. She has shared the stage with peacemakers such as the Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, and Elie Wiesel, and she considers it her duty to tell her story now and on behalf of the six million other Jews who have been permanently silenced. Throughout the book, her first-person account celebrates the love and empathy that can persist even in the most inhumane conditions.

Irene Butter's words send a poignant message against hate at a time when anti-Semitic, fascist and xenophobic movements around the globe are experiencing a resurgence. Irene, through her book, reminds us of the impact one person can have in choosing to follow the mantra, 'never a bystander'—a phrase she adopted only 33 years ago, after her own voice was silenced by her cousins in the years after the Holocaust. Now, Irene Hasenberg Butter is a well-known inspirational speaker on her experiences during World War II.

Chris Desser is an artist, writer, and advocate for progressive social change. She was a Fellow at On the Commons and developed A Catalogue of Extinct Experience, a collaborative art installation demonstrating that our best, creative selves grow out of and depend on preserving a diverse and evolving planet. She was recently appointed to the Marin County Planning Commission and previously served on the California Coastal Commission and the San Francisco Commission for the Environment. Author of numerous articles and essays, Chris co-edited Living with the Genie—Technology and the Quest for Human Mastery.  She has practiced environmental law and served on the boards of many companies, foundations and progressive non-profit organizations including The Women’s Donor Network, The Rockwood Leadership Institute, Patagonia, Mother Jones Magazine, the Rainforest Action Network, and the Furthur Foundation.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Nina Schuyler- How to Write Stunning Sentences

Saturday, February 1, 2020 - 10:00am

Two part series: Saturday, Feb. 1 & 8 • 10:00 am-1:00 pm • $130

What kind of sentence captures anxiety? Thought? A reminiscent narrator? A feeling of euphoria? Exhaustion? The style of the sentence–the diction, imagery, syntax, rhythm, and sound–isn't frivolous decoration, but content. By the end of this class, you will have mastered the art of writing sentences that do more than move the story along.

Nina Schuyler is the author of The Translator, which won the 2014 Next Generation Indie Award for General Fiction and was shortlisted for the Saroyan International Writing Award. Her first novel, The Painting, was a finalist for the Northern California Book Award and named a Best Book by the San Francisco Chronicle. She's also the author of the bestseller, How to Write Stunning Sentences.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925