Dog Lovers Weekend: Doggy Valentine Day with Mark Rogers (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, February 9, 2020 - 1:00pm

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with unconditional love!

Mark Roger’s book, Canines of San Francisco is a love story of our dogs and our home here in the Bay. Mark, a renowned animal photographer, photographed all kinds of dogs, many of whom are rescue dogs, in the most iconic spots in the Bay Area.

Join us at this special event where he will demonstrate how to capture beautiful shots of your dog. Good dogs will get treats!

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Eoin Colfer - Highfire (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, February 9, 2020 - 4:00pm

In the days of yore, he flew the skies and scorched angry mobs—now he hides from swamp tour boats and rises only with the greatest reluctance from his Laz-Z-Boy recliner. Laying low in the bayou, this once-magnificent fire breather has been reduced to lighting Marlboros with nose sparks, swilling Absolut in a Flashdance T-shirt, and binging Netflix in a fishing shack. For centuries, he struck fear in hearts far and wide as Wyvern, Lord Highfire of the Highfire Eyrie—now he goes by Vern. However...he has survived, unlike the rest. He is the last of his kind, the last dragon. Still, no amount of vodka can drown the loneliness in his molten core. Vern’s glory days are long gone. Or are they?

A canny Cajun swamp rat, young Everett “Squib” Moreau does what he can to survive, trying not to break the heart of his saintly single mother. He’s finally decided to work for a shady smuggler—but on his first night, he witnesses his boss murdered by a crooked constable.

Regence Hooke is not just a dirty cop, he’s a despicable human being—who happens to want Squib’s momma in the worst way. When Hooke goes after his hidden witness with a grenade launcher, Squib finds himself airlifted from certain death by…a dragon?

The swamp can make strange bedfellows, and rather than be fried alive so the dragon can keep his secret, Squib strikes a deal with the scaly apex predator. He can act as his go-between (aka familiar)—fetch his vodka, keep him company, etc.—in exchange for protection from Hooke. Soon the three of them are careening headlong toward a combustible confrontation. There’s about to be a fiery reckoning, in which either dragons finally go extinct—or Vern’s glory days are back.

A triumphant return to the genre-bending fantasy that Eoin Colfer is so well known for, Highfire is an effortlessly clever and relentlessly funny tour-de-force of comedy and action.

Eoin Colfer is the internationally bestselling author of the Artemis Fowl series, as well as several standalone novels, including the highly acclaimed Airman. His newest series is W.A.R.P. Eoin was born and raised in Ireland, where he was appointed Children's Laureate. Eoin has two imaginary friends who are hilarious because they insist they are his actual sons and need stuff like food and clothing.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Left Coast Writers®: Antoinette Constable - Natalie in the Shadow of the Swastika (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Monday, February 10, 2020 - 6:00pm

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.

1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Class: Pat Holt - Contemporary Classics Book Group - Tuesday (Corte Madera Store)

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 - 10:30am
photo of Pat Holt

All spaces for the Tuesday book group are currently filled. We have space available in the Friday session of this program. If Tuesdays work better for you and you want to be added to the Tuesday book group wait list, please email  Thank you.

Five Tuesdays: Feb. 11, Mar. 10, Apr 14, May 12, & June 9 • 10:30 am – 12:30 pm • $125 

Pat Holt leads a discussion of books that have captured the contemporary imagination. Pat is the former book review editor of the SF Chronicle and publisher of Holt Uncensored.

Febuary 11
Improvement - Joan Silber

March 10
Conversations with Friends - Sally Rooney

April 14
My Sister the Serial Killer - Oyinkan Braithwaite

May 12
In the Distance - Hernan Diaz

June 9
Flights - Olga Tokarczuk

All titles are available at Book Passage. Please support your local, independent bookstore and buy from us.

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Shauna Shapiro with Rick Hanson - Good Morning, I Love You (Corte Madera Store)

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 - 7:00pm

In conversation with Rick Hanson

All signs pointed to a promising future for the vibrant 17-year-old. Her entire life lay before her. The possibilities seemed bright and limitless—until they weren’t.

Shauna Shapiro was the star of her high school volleyball team and had just accepted early admission to Duke University when an early childhood health problem remerged, leading to emergency spinal surgery. Instead of finishing up high school with her peers and preparing for her freshman year of college, Shauna was living in pain, both mentally and physically with little reprieve. It wasn’t until she was given a copy of Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Wherever You Go, There You Are that she realized she could be happy again by practicing mindfulness. Flash-forward four years when Shauna is making her practice a reality, visiting and meditating among monks and nuns in Nepal and Thailand. Yet, even with all of the time she’d put into her practice back home, something here was different. It was harder; her mind wandered, and her frustration with herself took over. It became less about what Shauna could do, and more about what she couldn’t.

That is, until she met a monk who said five simple words that she’ll never forget—what you practice grows stronger.

It was then when Shauna realized what mindfulness truly is. That it’s not just about paying attention. It’s about how you pay attention—with kindness. That’s where the magic is. Because kindness changes everything. In her debut book, Good Morning, I Love You: Mindfulness + Self-Compassion Practices to Rewire Your Brain for Calm, Clarity + Joy, she draws on both her 20+ years of clinical experience and the remarkable research she’s compiled over the years, addressing topics that resonate on a universal level, like:

  • How we can encourage the brain’s neuroplasticity (its ability to change itself)
  • The roadblocks to self-compassion and how we can overcome them
  • Applying mindfulness to sex, decision-making, the workplace, parenting and eating
  • Mindfulness meditation and practices for greater feelings of calm, joy, and possibility

Dr. Shapiro’s goal is to teach us not only what mindfulness is but how mindfulness can work when used effectively. When it’s oversimplified, it loses its radical transformational power. Because it’s not just about paying attention, it’s how you pay attention—with kindness. What we practice grows stronger.

Shauna Shapiro, PHD, is a clinical psychologist and internationally recognized expert in mindfulness and self-compassion. She is a widely published scholar whose TEDx talk, “The Power of Mindfulness”, has been viewed over one million times. She is a professor at Santa Clara University and a fellow of the Dalai Lama’s Mind and Life Institute. Dr. Shapiro lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. For more information, visit

Rick Hanson, Ph.D., is a psychologist, Senior Fellow of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, and New York Times best-selling author. His books are available in 26 languages and include Resilient, Hardwiring Happiness, Buddha’s Brain, Just One Thing, and Mother Nurture. He edits the Wise Brain Bulletin and has numerous audio programs. A summa cum laude graduate of UCLA and founder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom, he’s been an invited speaker at NASA, Oxford, Stanford, Harvard, and other major universities, and taught in meditation centers worldwide. His work has been featured on the BBC, CBS, and NPR, and he offers the free Just One Thing newsletter with over 120,000 subscribers, plus the online Foundations of Well-Being program in positive neuroplasticity that anyone with financial need can do for free.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Monique El-Faizy with Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis - All the President's Women (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Wednesday, February 12, 2020 - 6:00pm

During his 2016 presidential run, the revelation of the Access Hollywood tape and subsequent allegations of sexual misconduct lodged against Donald Trump looked like they might doom his candidacy. Trump survived, and the first two years of the real estate scion's presidency were marked not by controversy over his behavior around women but by the Mueller investigation.

So far, Trump has dodged the #MeToo bullet that has taken down so many once-powerful men. But despite the decades of tabloid fascination with his personal life, the story of Trump's relationship with women has never been fully told. Considering his bully pulpit in the White House, the reckoning is overdue. All the President's Women offers the most detailed account yet of Trump's history with women, dating back to his childhood and high school days through his rise in real estate, reality TV, and politics. This book will show that Trump's behavior goes far beyond occasional "locker-room talk" and unwanted advances. Barry Levine and Monique El-Faizy detail more than a dozen new allegations against Trump, including a disturbing attack on a woman at Mar-a-Lago, an incident at a private Manhattan sex club involving a teenage girl, as well as Trump's behavior at fashion shows and beauty pageants—events that gave the future president a hunting ground to harass young women.

Veteran journalists Levine and El-Faizy tell the story of Trump from the point of view of the women in his orbit—wives, mistresses, playmates, and those whom the president has dated, kissed, groped, or lusted after.

Monique El-Faizy is a Paris-based journalist and the author of God and Country: How Evangelicals Have Become America's New Mainstream. Her writing has appeared in numerous publications, including The New York Times, the Guardian, the Washington Post, the Financial Times, Marie Claire, GQ, and Glamour.

Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis was sworn in as the 50th Lieutenant Governor of California by Governor Gavin Newsom on January 7th, 2019. She is the first woman elected Lt. Governor of California. From 2010 to 2013, Kounalakis served as President Barack Obama’s Ambassador to the Republic of Hungary. Kounalakis was the first Greek-American woman—and at age 43 one of America’s youngest—to serve as U.S. Ambassador. Her highly acclaimed memoir, Madam Ambassador, Three Years of Diplomacy, Dinner Parties and Democracy in Budapest chronicles the onset of Hungary’s democratic backsliding.

1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111