Nita Winter & Rob Badger - Beauty and the Beast (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, February 8, 2020 - 11:00am

Climate change and other human impacts on the environment are threatening wildflowers and the life that depends on them. In this special and timely work, conservation photographers Nita Winter and Rob Badger give us a spectacular view of California’s extraordinary wildflowers as both a cause for celebration and protection.

Beauty and the Beast pairs the couple’s striking field photography with thought-provoking and inspiring essays by authors like Robin Wall Kimmerer, Jose Gonzalez, Peter Raven, Mary Ellen Hannibal, Ileene Anderson, and more.

Enjoy this stunning visual tour of California’s wildflowers and renew your resolve to care for this precious place we call California!

Nita Winter and Rob Badger are internationally acclaimed, award-winning photographers who have been life partners and creative collaborators for over three decades. Rob's first environmental assignment (1980) was documenting the effects of groundwater pumping in California's Owens Valley. Since then, he has photographed more than thirty projects for land-conservation groups throughout the world. Nita began her photographic career nearly forty years ago documenting her work fighting wildfires in Northern California. Her first major exhibit, The Children of the Tenderloin, was first shown in 1986 in San Francisco. It was followed by 7 exhibits and public art projects celebrating the Bay Area's ethnic diversity. Their media credits include Time, Mother Jones, Flora and Sierra Magazines and the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Washington Post. WinterBadger fine art prints and architectural installations have been commissioned by Kaiser Permanente, Sutter Health, the San Francisco Arts Commission, the Alameda County Arts Commission, and the James Irvine Foundation.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Andy Weinberger - An Old Man's Game (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, February 8, 2020 - 1:00pm

Beginning when a controversial celebrity rabbi drops dead over his matzoh ball soup at the famed Canter's Deli in Los Angeles, An Old Man's Game follows retired private eye Amos Parisman—a sixtyish, no-nonsense Jewish detective who lives with his addled wife in Park La Brea—who is hired by the temple's board to make sure everything is kosher. As he looks into what seems to be a simple, tragic accident, the ante is raised when more people start to die or disappear, and Amos uncovers a world of treachery and hurt that shakes a large L.A. Jewish community to its core.

Andy Weinberger is a longtime bookseller who opened Readers' Books in Sonoma, California, with his wife, Lilla Weinberger, in 1991. Born in New York, he grew up in the Los Angeles area and studied poetry and Chinese history at the University of New Mexico. He lives in Sonoma, where Readers' Books continues to thrive. This is his first novel.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

P. Carl - Becoming a Man (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Saturday, February 8, 2020 - 3:00pm

Renowned artist and activist P. Carl uncovers the intricacies of transitioning and finding himself anew in his memoir, Becoming A Man. Carl is an award-winning producer and dramaturg, and co-founder of Howlround, a free and open platform for theater-makers worldwide. When working with Claudia Rankine on her new play “The White Card,” Carl was transitioning, and this book came from that experience. “On March 16 of 2017 I become a man, a white man,” writes Carl, just months after Trump’s election, two months shy of Carl’s fifty-first birthday, and just a few more months away from the eruption of the #MeToo movement.

Against the backdrop of our pivotal political moment, Carl’s personal journey interweaves with a broader mission: Carl delivers a cutting, clear-eyed dissection of gender and identity in America. Carl has a unique vantage point—having moved through the world for decades as a woman before walking those same streets as a man. And he uses his first-hand experience to shine a light on the subtle double standards and injustices that run through daily the daily lives of millions in America. Even as Carl is finally able to celebrate his arrival in the world as the man he has always known himself to be, he must reimagine masculinity and challenge it. “To construct that man,” he writes, “knowing what I know as a woman, is my work now.”

Carl delivers a singular, heart-baring story—about what it’s like to transition at age fifty, to become oneself after waiting a lifetime, and how this transformation ripples through all the habits and relationships (including his roles as spouse and sibling) he has built over half a century.

P. Carl is a Distinguished Artist in Residence at Emerson College in Boston and was awarded a 2017 Art of Change Fellowship from the Ford Foundation, the Berlin Prize fellowship from the American Academy for the Fall of 2018, the Andrew W. Mellon Creative Research Residency at the University of Washington, and the Anschutz Fellowship at Princeton for spring of 2020. He made theater for twenty years and now writes and teaches. He resides in Boston and lives with his wife of twenty-one years, the writer Lynette D’Amico, and their dogs.

1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Kristin Morrison - The Hiring Handbook for Pet Sitters and Dog Walkers (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, February 8, 2020 - 4:00pm

What if hiring were easy? Wouldn't you like to know how to attract and retain the ideal staff for your pet sitting and dog walking business? To be able to take a sick day, a long vacation, or simply a day off while your business continues to meet you and your client’s needs—and earn you money?

The Hiring Handbook for Pet Sitters and Dog Walkers will take you through every aspect of the hiring process, from finding the right people, to effectively managing them, to knowing what to do if it’s time to let them go. Plus, you’ll receive expert instruction on exactly what you need to make a great hire now. This book has all the information you need to succeed with pet business hiring!

Over the course of nearly two decades running her pet business, author and pet business coach Kristin Morrison hired over 250 people. When she sold her business in its 18th year, she had 35 staff members and 4 managers.

Now is your chance to take all the stress and overwhelm out of hiring staff in your own pet business. Whether you’re looking to hire your first staff members, make the transition from contractors to employees or expand your existing staff, everything you need to succeed on your hiring journey is in this book.

Kristin Morrison is the author of five books for pet business owners. Kristin started her pet sitting and dog walking company in 1995 and it grew to be one of the largest pet care companies in California before she sold it eighteen years later. She hired over 250 pet sitters and dog walkers during the course of running her business and when she sold it, her business had 35 staff members and 4 managers.

Since 2000, Kristin has provided pet business coaching for thousands of pet sitters, dog walkers, and other service-based pet business owners from across the United States, Canada, UK, and Australia. Kristin is the founder of Six-Figure Pet Sitting Academy™ and Six-Figure Pet Business Academy™ which provides pet business coaching, webinars, and business products for pet sitters, dog walkers, dog trainers, pet groomers and dog daycare owners. 

Kristin is a nationally recognized speaker at pet business conferences. She also hosts a podcast called Prosperous Pet Business which can be found on iTunes and wherever podcasts are available. Kristin lives in Marin County with her husband, Spencer Jackson and a pushy, lovable neighborhood cat who has adopted them.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Left Coast Writers® Launch: Antoinette Constable - Natalie in the Shadow of the Swastika (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, February 8, 2020 - 7:00pm

Author Antoinette Constable, who was a young girl in WWII France, has written a compelling coming-of-age novel for young adult readers, Natalie in the Shadow of the Swastika. Set in 1940 occupied Paris, eight-year-old Natalie and her family—a Jewish mother, gentile father, and two sisters—cope with the harsh facts of war and Hitler’s occupying army. When her ailing father suddenly disappears, Natalie’s safe surroundings are forever changed. Her struggles with the painful family separation and the dangerous threats against her Jewish mother reveal a growing maturity in the face of confusing loss. Natalie’s fierce resolve to hold onto hope and her love of family leads her from innocence to understanding and resilience, despite the violence of war.

Born and raised in France, Antoinette Constable was a career nurse holding British and American degrees, and is also retired from her own catering business. She has lived in the United States for many years, where she raised her four children as a single mother. Her work has won the PEN First Prize for Poetry, as well as the Ann Stanford Award from the University of Southern California, and has appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, Barnabe Mountain Review, Bay Area Poets Coalition, California Quarterly (CQ), Denver Metropolitan State Magazine, The Healing Muse, Louisville Review, and POEM. Her chapbook of war-related poems, The Lasting War, was published in December 2014.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: John J Geoghegan - How to Get Your Book Published

Sunday, February 9, 2020 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Sunday, February 9 • 1:00-4:00 pm • $75

How to Get Your Book Published is designed to help writer’s improve their chance of getting their memoir, novel, or non-fiction book considered for publication by a reputable literary agent or publisher. The three hour course will cover:

  • How to identify the right literary agent, editor, or publisher for your project
  • What publishers, editors, and literary agents look for in a submission
  • Which genres offer the best prospect for getting published
  • Understanding the economics of publishing, being a literary agent, or author
  • How to write a query letter
  • How to write a non-fiction book proposal
  • How to format your manuscript
  • What a standard industry book contract looks like
  • 5 rookies mistakes first timers make
  • And much more

John J. Geoghegan began his career at Doubleday Publishers in New York City. In addition to serving as a Special Correspondent for the New York Times, he has worked as an editor and writer in both the magazine  and newspaper industries. John has written more than 100 articles for the New York Times Science section, The Wall Street JournalThe San Francisco Chronicle, WIRED, Smithsonian Air & Space, and American History magazine and other publications. He is also the author of, Operation Storm: Japan’s Top Secret Submarines and Its Plan to Change the Course of World War II (Crown, 2013), which The Wall Street Journal called, “a fascinating, meticulously researched and deft account,” and, Hear Today, Gone Tomorrow: A True Story of Love, Hearing Loss, Heartbreak and Redemption (New Haven Publishing, 2018), which Book Authority ranked No. 1 on its list of the 38 best books about hearing loss. Additionally, John shepherded into production, co-wrote, and served as technical consultant on Japanese SuperSub, a one-hour documentary for PBS television that the New York Times called, “consistently fascinating history.” His third, non-fiction book, When Giants Ruled the Sky, is under contract to The History Press and due in bookstores 2021.

"As a writer, I’ve benefited from John’s wisdom through four books. A master at understanding how to meet reader expectations, John zeroes in on a writer’s intention, applauds what's going right, and nails that unnecessary bit of exposition or missed opportunity to drive the story forward."

— K. M., author of 8 commercially published novels

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925