Class: Leslie Castro-Woodhouse, Ph.D. - Asia for Travelers (Corte Madera Store)

Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
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Four Thursdays: June 6, 13, 20, 27 • 7-9 pm • $200

In this 4-week series, you’ll do a “deep-dive” into Asian cultures, religions and histories, with a professor of Asian Studies as your guide! Learn about the historical backgrounds, religious traditions, cultural influences, and current political issues in East, South, and Southeast Asia. Get practical travel tips about cultural expectations, dressing appropriately, eating safely, and more. Bring your questions and travel plans – we’ll address them in this class!

Dr. Leslie Castro-Woodhouse earned her Ph.D. in Asian History at UC Berkeley, was awarded a Fulbright IIE grant to study in Thailand from 2004-05, and has lived, worked and traveled extensively in Asia since her first visit in 1987. She has taught at UC Berkeley and the University of San Francisco. Her book – about one of the 153 wives of Siam’s King Rama V – is currently under review by Cornell University Press.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

CANCELLED: Briana Saussy - Making Magic (Corte Madera Store)

Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 7:00pm

Please note: this event has been cancelled

Born with a severe cleft palate, Briana Saussy was given a low survival rate by doctors. She fortunately received the life-altering surgery necessary to survive, but the recovery was still an uphill climb. Several factors contributed to her healing process—including magic. For many, the term conjures up thoughts of illusions or tricks, but for Saussy, magic is something entirely different.

In Making Magic: Weaving Together the Everyday and the Extraordinary, Saussy introduces us to the remarkable magic that’s already present in our daily lives. She shows us how our ordinary experiences—going in and out of doors, scheduling our time, making and maintaining friendships, and tending to our homes—are rich and bursting with magic. Through practical, straight-forward techniques and rich story-telling, Saussy teaches us how to create rituals and ceremonies that are both meaningful and relevant to our immediate lives.

Briana Saussy is a teacher, spiritual counselor, and founder of the Sacred Arts Academy, where she teaches tarot, ceremony, alchemy, and other sacred arts for everyday life.

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ISBN: 9781683642480
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Sounds True - June 4th, 2019

Re-enchant your life with this book of rituals, ceremonies, and practices for personal growth—anchored in the hidden power of everyday things.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Amanda Stern with Meredith Arthur - Little Panic (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Friday, June 7, 2019 - 6:00pm

In Conversation with Meredith Arthur, Featuring Musician Dan Bern

The world never made any sense to Amanda Stern--how could she trust time to keep flowing, the sun to rise, gravity to hold her feet to the ground, or even her own body to work the way it was supposed to? Deep down, she knows that there's something horribly wrong with her, some defect that her siblings and friends don't have to cope with.

Growing up in the 1970s and 80s in New York, Amanda experiences the magic and madness of life through the filter of unrelenting panic. Plagued with fear that her friends and family will be taken from her if she's not watching--that her mother will die, or forget she has children and just move away--Amanda treats every parting as her last. Shuttled between a barefoot bohemian life with her mother in Greenwich Village, and a sanitized, stricter world of affluence uptown with her father, Amanda has little she can depend on. And when Etan Patz disappears down the block from their MacDougal Street home, she can't help but believe that all her worst fears are about to come true.

Tenderly delivered and expertly structured, Little Panic is a document of the transformation of New York City and a deep, personal, and comedic account of the trials and errors of seeing life through a very unusual lens.

Amanda Stern is the author of the novel The Long Haul and the nine book Frankly Frannie middle grade series. Since 2003, she has helmed the Happy Ending Reading series and she's been a NYFA Fiction Fellow and held residencies at the MacDowell Colony and Yaddo. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, New York Times Magazine, Salon, and Post Roadand St. Ann's Review.

Meredith Arthur is the founder of Beautiful Voyager, a website for overthinkers, people pleasers, and perfectionists. She's also the author Get Out of My Head releasing Spring '20 (Running Press).

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ISBN: 9781538711941
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Grand Central Publishing - May 14th, 2019

In the vein of bestselling memoirs about mental illness like Andrew Solomon's Noonday Demon, Sarah Hepola's Blackout, and Daniel Smith's Monkey Mind comes a gorgeously immersive, immediately relatable, and brilliantly funny memoir about living life on the razor's edge of panic.

1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Don McPhail - The Guest from Johannesburg (Corte Madera Store)

Friday, June 7, 2019 - 7:00pm

The Guest From Johannesburg is the much-antipated sequel to The Millionaires Cruise, featuring adventurous travel executive Duff Malone. Set in Hawaii, Asia and South Africa, this epic tale of hope and resilience is also an anti-war novel -- a sharp indictment of deceitful government leaders, and warlords throughout the world.

Carefully crafted and replete with memorable characters, The Guest From Johannesburg is a coming of age story that carries Malone from energetic young cruise director to respected Pan Am executive, from violent pre-war Asia in the 1930s to America's tumultuous Vietnam protest years of the 1970s. Set in Hawaii, it presents informed and affectionate insights about Hawaiian attitudes and cultures. A wise narrator with a hidden agenda elicits powerful personal stories from Malone and his friends, constructing a unique saga that spans two generations and three major wars. It brings to life painful experiences of Japanese-Americans imprisoned at Amache internment camp in Colorado, U.S. prisoners within Omori camp in Yokohama, and non-white South Africans within apartheid South Africa. It vividly captures Japan's invasion of Shanghai and Pearl Harbor, as well as America's cruelty at My Lai and Kent State.

The Guest From Johannesburg is a riveting examination of the horrors of war and the heroic resilience of individuals who fight for peace, invoking the words and inspirations of JFK, Robert Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela and Joan Baez. This is an anti-war novel that offers hope for future generations.

Born in Chile and educated in the United States, Don McPhail was raised in Palo Alto and now lives in Mountain View, California. He attended Menlo College, the U.S Naval Academy, and San Francisco State University. A longtime freelance writer, he is an avid traveler and spent forty years as a marketing executive in the airline and hospitality industries. He devoted nearly 20 years to fundraising and governance for Hanna Boys Center in Sonoma, California.

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ISBN: 9780578460994
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Donald McPhail - April 2019

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Julia McNeal - Backstage Tips for Writers: Creating Memorable Characters (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, June 8, 2019 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

Saturday June 8 • 10:00 am – 4:00 pm • $150

Believable, compelling characters with nuanced authentic voices and internal drive turn a good story into a great one. In this workshop, you will learn Julia’s unique character-creation technique and come away with a set of tools that work. 

Julia McNeal (Law & Order; Magic Theatre) has appeared in numerous plays and films. Her acclaimed, distinct method for Playing Multiple Characters has been used by actors and performers for years; she is excited to finally be bringing it to authors. Both returning and new students are welcome.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Sanderson Dean - Stark Raving Dad (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, June 8, 2019 - 1:00pm

Finally! The pain of parenting . . . in poetic form! Stark Raving Dad is an illustrated collection of poems (no claims of being Walt Whitman here) that humorously captures fatherly angst in comedic verse and pairs it with "talented" art from the author's own kids.

Let's be honest: Most gifts for Dad usually end up being a golf club or a tie. But what about the Dad in desperate need of a laugh? Give him reassurance he's not the only father trying to figure it all out.

Over the years Sanderson Dean has turned all his fatherly angst into poetry, accompanied by crudely drawn images by his children. But before your eyes glaze over at the word "poetry," you should know it's more hapless than highbrow. From surviving road trips to being puked on, and from plunging clogged toilets to finding Craisins in the couch cushions, Sanderson covers many of the rarely talked about adventures that make the journey of parenthood so very exciting.

Sanderson Dean has been an Emmy Award-winning writer/producer/creative in the television and film advertising business for more than two decades. He is a husband and proud father of two boys who serve as his poetic inspiration. Find him online at

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ISBN: 9780762493609
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Running Press Adult - May 7th, 2019

Finally! The pain of parenting . . . in poetic form! Stark Raving Dad is an illustrated collection of poems (no claims of being Walt Whitman here) that humorously captures fatherly angst in comedic verse and pairs it with "talented" art from the author's own kids.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925