POSTPONED: Class: Elizabeth Kracht - Developing and Editing Your Manuscript for Publication

Sunday, April 5, 2020 - 1:00pm

Please note: This class has been postponed due to concerns for the health and well-being of our community. We will announce a new date once the class has been rescheduled. If you have already enrolled, we will be reaching out to you with further details.

Sunday, April 5 • 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm • $125

Literary agent Elizabeth Kracht noticed that many manuscripts being rejected suffered similar, easy-to-solve problems. As a result, she began keeping a list, hoping to one day be able to share this feedback with writers struggling to understand why their work keeps receiving rejections. Based off her newly released The Author’s Checklist: An Agent’s Guide to Developing and Editing Your Manuscript, this workshop will cover over 100 points for consideration before submitting to an agent, editor, or indie publishing, such as how to sharpen dialogue and prose, improving characterization, complicating plot, and much more. Elizabeth will also provide a Q&A segment toward the end of each hour to answer questions on individual projects, subject matter covered, and traditional publishing.

A copy of Elizabeth Kracht's The Author's Checklist is included in the registration fee.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

POSTPONED: Brad Balukjian - The Wax Pack: On the Open Road in Search of Baseball's Afterlife (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Sunday, April 5, 2020 - 3:00pm

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Is there life after baseball? Starting from this simple question, The Wax Pack ends up with something much bigger and unexpected—a meditation on the loss of innocence and the gift of impermanence, for both Brad Balukjian and the former ballplayers he tracked down. To get a truly random sample of players, Balukjian followed this wildly absurd but fun-as-hell premise: he took a single pack of baseball cards from 1986 (the first year he collected cards), opened it, chewed the nearly thirty-year-old gum inside, gagged, and then embarked on a quest to find all the players in the pack. Absurd, maybe, but true. He took this trip solo in the summer of 2015, spanning 11,341 miles through thirty states in forty-eight days.

Balukjian actively engaged with his subjects—taking a hitting lesson from Rance Mulliniks, watching kung fu movies with Garry Templeton, and going to the zoo with Don Carman. In the process of finding all the players but one, he discovered an astonishing range of experiences and untold stories in their post-baseball lives, and he realized that we all have more in common with ballplayers than we think. While crisscrossing the country, Balukjian retraced his own past, reconnecting with lost loves and coming to terms with his lifelong battle with obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Alternately elegiac and uplifting, The Wax Pack is part baseball nostalgia, part road trip travelogue, and all heart, a reminder that greatness is not found in the stats on the backs of baseball cards but in the personal stories of the men on the front of them.

Brad Balukjian is director of the Natural History and Sustainability Program and teaches biology at Merritt College in Oakland, California. He is also a freelance writer and has published articles in Rolling Stone, the Los Angeles Times, National Geographic, Slate, Discover, Smithsonian, Natural History, NOVA Next, and Islands.

1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Class: Wendy Walsh- Low Intermediate Italian (April-June)

Monday, April 6, 2020 - 12:45pm

Eight Mondays: April 6- June 1 (No class May 25) * 12:40-2:25 pm * $290

Wendy Walsh has a PhD in Italian Literature from UC Berkeley. She has been teaching Italian language, and literature since 1979.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

POSTPONED: Mary Ladd with Don Asmussen and Michael Krasny - The Wig Diaries (Corte Madera Store)

Monday, April 6, 2020 - 7:00pm

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"I love this book." —Mary Roach, author of the books Grunt, Stiff, Spook, and Bonk

The Wig Diaries is Mary Ladd's debut disrespectful cancer book. Delivered with bold gallows humor, it intimately address the gravity of cancer and invites the reader to bear witness to both the horror and the joke(s). Armed with creative sensibility, Ladd robs her diagnosis of its dour weightiness. Refusing to tiptoe around the gnarlier elements of treatment and recovery, the narrative is powerful in its unvarnished honesty and contagious lust for life exemplified by hilarious anecdotes.

  • A uniquely fresh modern and black comedy take on cancer
  • Covers and pokes fun at everything from diagnosis to treatment to medical bills
  • Illustrated by San Francisco Chronicle cartoonist Don Asmussen, who has cancer for the second time

Mary Ladd's writing has appeared in Playboy, Time Magazine, Health, the San Francisco Chronicle, and in five anthologies, including Lit Starts: Writing Humor. You may have seen her onstage at the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley, Breast Cancer Action, Bay Area Young Survivors (BAYS) and reading her first place essay for a Litquake contest. She is a Writers Grotto member who collaborated with Anthony Bourdain on his Bay Area episodes of No Reservations.

Don Asmussen is the creator of Bad Reporter, a twice-weekly political comic strip in the San Francisco Chronicle that is syndicated by Universal Press Syndicate and the author of Dog vs. Cat: A Nation Divided and The San Francisco Comic Strip Book of Big-Ass Mocha.

Michael Krasny, PhD, has been in broadcast journalism since 1983. He was with ABC in both radio and television and migrated to public broadcasting in 1993. A veteran interviewer for the nationally broadcast City Arts and Lectures, he is the author of a number of books, including Off Mike: A Memoir of Talk Radio and Literary Life, Spiritual Envy, Sound Ideas, and Let There Be Laughter, as well as the twenty-four lecture series in DVD, audio and book, Short Story Masterpieces. He has interviewed many of the world’s leading political, cultural, literary, science and technology figures, as well as major figures from the world of entertainment. He is the recipient of many awards and honors including the S.Y. Agnon Medal for Intellectual Achievement; The Eugene Block Award for Human Rights Journalism; the James Madison Freedom of Information Award; the Excellence in Journalism Award from the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association; Career Achievement Award from the Society of Professional Journalists and an award from the Radio and Television News Directors Association.

Mary Ladd photo credit to Cynthia Wood

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Wendy Walsh High Intermediate Italian (April-June) 2020

Tuesday, April 7, 2020 - 8:45am

Eight Tuesdays: April 7- June 2 (No Class May 26) • 8:45-10:30 AM • $290

Wendy Walsh has a PhD in Italian Literature from UC Berkeley. She has been teaching Italian language, and literature since 1979.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

POSTPONED: Monica Hesse - They Went Left (Corte Madera Store)

Tuesday, April 7, 2020 - 5:00pm

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In conversation with Darcey Rosenblatt

Germany, 1945. The soldiers who liberated the Gross-Rosen concentration camp said the war was over, but nothing feels over to eighteen-year-old Zofia Lederman. Her body has barely begun to heal; her mind feels broken. And her life is completely shattered: Three years ago, she and her younger brother, Abek, were the only members of their family to be sent to the right, away from the gas chambers of Auschwitz-Birkenau. Everyone else—her parents, her grandmother, radiant Aunt Maja—they went left.

Zofia's last words to her brother were a promise: Abek to Zofia, A to Z. When I find you again, we will fill our alphabet. Now her journey to fulfill that vow takes her through Poland and Germany, and into a displaced persons camp where everyone she meets is trying to piece together a future from a painful past: Miriam, desperately searching for the twin she was separated from after they survived medical experimentation. Breine, a former heiress, who now longs only for a simple wedding with her new fiancé. And Josef, who guards his past behind a wall of secrets, and is beautiful and strange and magnetic all at once.

But the deeper Zofia digs, the more impossible her search seems. How can she find one boy in a sea of the missing? In the rubble of a broken continent, Zofia must delve into a mystery whose answers could break her—or help her rebuild her world.

Monica Hesse is the bestselling author of Girl in the Blue Coat, American Fire, and The War Outside, as well as a columnist at The Washington Post. She lives outside Washington, D.C. with her husband and their dog.

Darcey Rosenblatt writes for middle grade and teenage people because she believes for them stories can be life changing – they were for her.  Her debut novel Lost Boys (Henry Holt for Young Readers) was released in August 2017. Darcey is a cofounder of the annual Better Books Workshop for middle grade and young adult writers.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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