Barbara Rose Brooker - Love, Sometimes (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, February 1, 2020 - 1:00pm


Launch Event! 

In Love, Sometimes, a passionate, sixty-eight-year-old author single-handedly fights ageism in the Hollywood networks and risks her TV series, fame, and fortune—finding controversial true love along the way.

After publishing many books, and many failed TV opportunities, Bette Roseman finally signs a network contract for a TV series based on her novel, The Viagra Diaries, and dreams of a hit show. But when WC Network changes her protagonist’s age from sixty to twenty-something, Bette angrily confronts Network CEO Joshua Bitterman. She demands that her protagonist maintain her original age, but he insists the public “wants young.” After betrayal, intrigue, bartering with the multi-million-dollar network, the impassioned Bette finds herself in the middle of a high-stakes Hollywood legal court battle. Wanting to make deeper connection with her feelings, writing, and her two adult daughters, she begins to explore her past and her subconscious for her truths.

Barbara Rose Brooker, MA, age activist, teacher, painter, and poet, has published eleven books of fiction and won a National Library Award for her poetry. She has appeared often on The Today Show, The Talk, ET, Andy Cohen, and Watch What Happens Live. Also a columnist, she has published Boomer in the City for the JWeekly and the Huffington Post. Currently she teaches writing at San Francisco State/OLLI, and other venues. She is the founder of, the first march in history to celebrate age pride! She believes that anyone at any age can write and publish a book. She lives in San Francisco, has two daughters, and loves dogs. She is at work on a book of short stories about aging with glamour and never giving up on dreams.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Stacy E. Wolf with Marilyn Izdebski - Beyond Broadway (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, February 1, 2020 - 7:00pm

The idea of American musical theatre conjures up images of bright lights and big city, but its lifeblood is found in local and amateur productions at schools, community theatres, summer camps, and more. In Beyond Broadway: The Pleasure and Promise of Musical Theatre Across America, author Stacy Wolf discusses the widespread presence and persistence of musical theatre in U.S. culture as a live, pleasurable, participatory experience of creating, watching, and listening. Why does local musical theatre flourish in America for practitioners and audiences alike? 

Wolf traveled from Maine to Hawaii, visiting elementary schools, a middle school performance festival, afterschool programs, high schools, summer camps, state park outdoor theatres, community theatres, and dinner theatres, and conducted over 200 interviews with practitioners and spectators, licensors and Disney creatives.  Beyond Broadway tells the story of musical theatre's abundance and longevity in the U.S. as a thriving, joyful activity that touches millions of lives.

As part of her journey, Wolf met musical theatre director, dance teacher, and producer Marilyn Izdebski, and observed auditions, rehearsals, and performances as part of her research.  

Stacy Wolf is a theatre professor and director of the Program in Music Theater at Princeton University, where she teaches classes on gender and race in the American musical, including a course on the musicals of Stephen Sondheim.  She is the author of Changed for Good: A Feminist History of the Broadway MusicalA Problem Like Maria: Gender and Sexuality in the American Musical, and co-editor of The Oxford Handbook of the American Musical.  Wolf's latest book, Beyond Broadway: The Pleasure and Promise of Musical Across America, explores how the Broadway musical theatre repertoire finds new life at local venues across the country, including summer camps, high schools, community theatres, and afterschool programs.  She’s also written about women in The Hunchback of Notre Dame for Disney Theatrical Group’s Study Guide and two articles on gender in the smash hit Hamilton.  Before Princeton, Wolf taught at the University of Texas at Austin, the George Washington University, and Florida State University.  She holds a BA in English from Yale, an MA in Drama from the University of Virginia, and a PhD in Theatre & Drama from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Wolf is also a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and a President’s Distinguished Teaching Award from Princeton.

Marilyn Izdebski has a BA, MA and Teaching Credential in Theatre from UCLA and has been dancing since the age of 3.  She has directed and choreographed for the Mountain Play, Ross Valley Players, Marin Theatre Company & the Novato Theater Company.  At NTC, she most recently directed Chicago, 2017, and A Chorus Line, 2018, for which she was nominated for Best Choreography 2018 for by SFBATTC; as well as choreographed Fantastiks, 2018, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, 2019, Sweeney Todd, 2019 and currently directing & choreographing The Who’s Tommy.  She directed and taught at her company, Marilyn Izdebski Productions, for 40 years. Newly “retired,” she is thrilled to be working with many Marin theatre companies and as well as serving as the President of NTC Board & The Playhouse in San Anselmo.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Lynn Ryder - Reinvent Yourself After 50

Sunday, February 2, 2020 - 1:00pm
photo of personal coach Lynn Ryder

Sunday, Febuary 2, 2020 • 1:00 - 5:00 pm • $110

In our 50s, 60s and 70s, we begin a new phase of life – a new chapter.  Are you wondering:

  • What’s next?
  • Am I living the life I want to live - my best life?  
  • How do I create a joyful and meaningful future?  

Working with an exercise book, we’ll engage in discussions, journaling and short lectures to create a vision and a plan for your happy, healthy, fulfilling future.  

Lynn Ryder, a personal coach for people over 50, is a former human resources consultant and trainer She is the author of Road to Fulfillment.

What Students Say about Lynn Ryder

"I feel EMPOWERED! I didn't know how much I needed or would enjoy Lynn's class." - Morna

"The class exceeded my expectations. Lynn was skilled at allowing enough individual commentary without losing control of the class. She kept on point and kept moving us forward - but the sharing really helped make the class." - Mary

"I loved the class! It gave me a spark and clarity I needed to get back in the game and plan a fun and exciting future." - Linda


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Robert Trebor - The Haircut Who Would Be King (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Monday, February 3, 2020 - 6:00pm

The Haircut Who Would Be King is a farcical sendup of Donald Trump's rise to power and volatile partnership with Vladimir Putin. As a young boy, Donald Rump was less than precocious—a miserable student, prone to implacable tantrums, whose emotional intelligence ceased maturing at the age of 9. But the region of the brain responsible for egomaniacal self-assessment was prodigiously large. After some success and plenty more failure in real estate, he turns his attentions to reality TV and hosts a show called "Paycheck," each episode of which concludes with Rump singing "Don't Cry for Me Argentina."

Meanwhile, Vladimir Poutine was raised by KGB agents during the early years of Khrushchev's reign. Poutine, a latent homosexual who immerses himself in the self-consciously manly world of "physical culture," reads magazines about bodybuilding. Crushed by the demise of the Soviet Union, he copes in the most peculiar way: "he would slip into a silver lam gown, pop on a curly wig and perform Marlene Dietrich classics at a local drag bar."

Rump decides he'd like to try his hand at politics and recruits shock jock Alex Clamz from the popular but frothing radio show, "Disinfowarz." He runs for president opposite Mallory Claxton, a sensible woman with a sterling career in public service. Despite a bizarre campaign and a trail of seedy scandals, Rump wins with clandestine help from Poutine.

And then, the fun really begins.

Robert Trebor is a character actor with more than 40 years experience on stage, film and television. Two of his noteworthy roles are The Son of Sam in the film Out Of The Darkness, and Salmoneus the merchant in the Hercules and Xena TV series. Playing both a psychopath and a salesman was enormously helpful in preparing this book.

1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Isabel Allende with Michael Krasny - A Long Petal of the Sea (Dominican University)

Monday, February 3, 2020 - 7:00pm

Angelico Hall, Dominican University of California
Tickets: $45 (includes signed book, choice of English or Spanish edition) • In conversation with Michael Krasny


In the late 1930s, civil war grips Spain. When General Franco and his Fascists succeed in overthrowing the government, hundreds of thousands are forced to flee in a treacherous journey over the mountains to the French border. Among them is Roser, a pregnant young widow, who finds her life intertwined with that of Victor Dalmau, an army doctor and the brother of her deceased love. In order to survive, the two must unite in a marriage neither of them desires.

Together with two thousand other refugees, they embark on the SS Winnipeg, a ship chartered by the poet Pablo Neruda, to Chile: “the long petal of sea and wine and snow.” As unlikely partners, they embrace exile as the rest of Europe erupts in world war. Starting over on a new continent, their trials are just beginning, and over the course of their lives, they will face trial after trial. But they will also find joy as they patiently await the day when they will be exiles no more. Through it all, their hope of returning to Spain keeps them going. Destined to witness the battle between freedom and repression as it plays out across the world, Roser and Victor will find that home might have been closer than they thought all along.

A masterful work of historical fiction about hope, exile, and belonging, A Long Petal of the Sea shows Isabel Allende at the height of her powers.

Born in Peru and raised in Chile, Isabel Allende is the author of a number of bestselling and critically acclaimed books, including The House of the Spirits, Of Love and Shadows, Eva Luna, Paula, and In the Midst of Winter. Her books have been translated into more than forty-two languages and have sold more than seventy-four million copies worldwide. She lives in California.

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. He has been Professor of English at San Francisco State University and also taught at Stanford, the University of San Francisco and the University of California, as well as in the Fulbright International Institutes. 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.


Please note: Tickets are non-refundable


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

Danielle Svetcov - Parked (Corte Madera Store)

Tuesday, February 4, 2020 - 7:00pm

Jeanne Ann is smart, stubborn, living in an orange van, and determined to find a permanent address before the start of seventh grade.

Cal is tall, sensitive, living in a humongous house across the street, and determined to save her.

Jeanne Ann is roughly as enthusiastic about his help as she is about living in a van.

As the two form a tentative friendship that grows deeper over alternating chapters, they're buoyed by a cast of complex, oddball characters, who let them down, lift them up, and leave you cheering. In Parked, debut novelist Danielle Svetcov shines a light on a big problem without a ready answer, nailing heartbreak and hope, and pulling it off with a humor and warmth that make the funny parts of Jeanne Ann and Cal's story cathartic and the difficult parts all the more moving.

An impatient chef once told author Danielle Svetcov, "You talk too much, you move too slow!" when she was peeling onions in his restaurant kitchen. He was right. So she doubled down on writing, which rewards thinking (and talking) and going slow. Danielle wrote for The New York Times, U.S. News & World Report, The Chicago Tribune Magazine, and others before becoming a literary agent and, now, an author. With her debut novel, Parked, she writes her way back to her first loves—food and friendship. You can find Danielle across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco with her salami-loving family.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925