Matthew Kepnes - Ten Years a Nomad (Corte Madera Store)

Thursday, August 15, 2019 - 7:00pm

Ten Years a Nomad is New York Times bestselling author Matt Kepnes’ poignant exploration of wanderlust and what it truly means to be a nomad. Part travel memoir and part philosophical look at why we travel, it is filled with aspirational stories of Kepnes' many adventures.

New York Times bestselling author of How to Travel the World on $50 a Day, Matthew Kepnes knows what it feels like to get the travel bug. After meeting some travelers on a trip to Thailand in 2005, he realized that living life meant more than simply meeting society's traditional milestones, such as buying a car, paying a mortgage, and moving up the career ladder. Inspired by them, he set off for a year-long trip around the world before he started his career. He finally came home after ten years. Over 500,000 miles, 1,000 hostels, and 90 different countries later, Matt has compiled his favorite stories, experiences, and insights into this travel manifesto. Filled with the color and perspective that only hindsight and self-reflection can offer, these stories get to the real questions at the heart of wanderlust. Travel questions that transcend the basic "how-to," and plumb the depths of what drives us to travel — and what extended travel around the world can teach us about life, ourselves, and our place in the world.

Ten Years a Nomad is for travel junkies, the travel-curious, and anyone interested in what you can learn about the world when you don’t have a cable bill for a decade or spend a month not wearing shoes living on the beach in Thailand.

Matthew Kepnes is the New York Times bestselling author of How to Travel the World on $50 a Day, and runs the award-winning budget travel site Nomadic Matt. His writings and advice have been featured in The New York Times, The Guardian, Time, and in countless other publications. He is also a regular speaker at travel trade and consumer shows. When he's not on the road, he's usually found in Austin, Texas.

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$27.99
ISBN: 9781250190512
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: St. Martin's Press - July 16th, 2019

Part memoir and part philosophical look at why we travel, filled with stories of Matt Kepnes' adventures abroad, an exploration of wanderlust and what it truly means to be a nomad.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Connie Josefs - Who’s Talking? The Narrator in Memoir (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, August 17, 2019 - 10:00am
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Saturday, August 17, 2019 • 10:00am – 1:00pm • $95 

Use this link to register for Who’s Talking? The Narrator in Memoir, or use the link at the bottom of the page to register for the 4-class series.

 


“Get the narrator and you’ve got the piece.” —Vivian Gornick The narrator’s voice is central to the success of any memoir. It releases the story from the raw material of our lives and illuminates shape, forward movement, tone and theme. How do we find the right voice to tell our story? In this workshop, we will explore the concept of narrator as persona, a construct that emphasizes certain parts of ourselves and omits others. We will also explore the assets and liabilities of writing in first person. 

Connie Josefs is a writer, teacher, and writing coach who has worked extensively with writers - particularly older writers - to write and publish their memoirs. She has taught writing at the University of New Mexico, the Taos Writers Conference, and Santa Monica College. She has also been a writer and story analyst for film and television.

Use the link below to register for the 4-class series,The Craft of Writing Memoir, at a reduced price of $350. Includes:

  • Who’s Talking? The Narrator in Memoir                                            Sat Aug 17   10am - 1pm
  • The Way They Were • Writing Believable Characters in Memoir     Sat Aug 17     3pm - 6pm
  • You Had To Be There • Writing Scene in Memoir                              Sun Aug 18  10am - 1pm
  • The Shape of Time in Memoir                                                             Sun Aug 18    3pm - 6pm

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: The Craft of Writing Memoir with Connie Josefs (4-Class Series) (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, August 17, 2019 - 10:00am
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Four Classes • Saturday, Aug 17, 10am - 1pm & 3 - 6pm • Sunday, Aug 18, 10am - 1pm & 3 - 6pm • $350

Use this button to register for all four classes at a reduced cost, or use the links below to register for classes individually.

We all have life stories to tell. But how do we write about personal experience in a way that will engage a reader? This series of four, half-day workshops focuses on the craft of writing memoir. Each workshop will provide concrete tools and strategies for transforming memory into compelling narrative. Class format includes readings, discussion and writing exercises. Experienced and aspiring writers welcome. The 4-class series includes:

Who’s Talking? The Narrator in Memoir                                            Sat Aug 17   10am - 1pm
The Way They Were • Writing Believable Characters in Memoir     Sat Aug 17     3pm - 6pm
You Had To Be There • Writing Scene in Memoir                              Sun Aug 18  10am - 1pm
The Shape of Time in Memoir                                                             Sun Aug 18    3pm - 6pm

Connie Josefs is a writer, teacher, and writing coach who has worked extensively with writers - particularly older writers - to write and publish their memoirs. She has taught writing at the University of New Mexico, the Taos Writers Conference, and Santa Monica College. She has also been a writer and story analyst for film and television.

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Neal Grace - Fresh Eyes Upon the World (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, August 17, 2019 - 11:00am

From a global traveler to a psychic healer to becoming a millionaire to leading personal growth workshops to publishing over 2,500 poems, 14 books, and two opera librettos, Neal Grace’s breadth of experience helps us tune in to the wonders of life, and the uniqueness of who we are. A life lived with unusual experiences, combined with a poet’s creativity led Neal to write Fresh Eyes Upon the World, which offers a positive, uplifting message on personal transformation that can help heal the negativity in our current world. Some people develop their life’s philosophy by studying the great philosophers, Neal developed his by living passionately.  He traveled to 35 countries, spending time in a psychiatric ward, and wandering Moscow at night while eluding the KGB.  He worked at over 50 different jobs and was nearly destitute for many years before becoming a millionaire.  A limitless curiosity about the nature of life led to his travels and the development of his personal philosophy, which he calls Love of Life.

During his many travels, Neal developed a passion for writing poems. He entertained his fellow travelers and became a performance poet at venues across the globe. After self-publishing several poetry books and notecards, Neal embarked on a 9,000 mile journey selling 3,000 books and 45,000 cards out of his van.

Believing that buried deep within our minds are the secrets to a better understanding of the seemingly intractable problems that lie within us, Neal hopes his suggested remedies for the average overworked and stressed out person will lead to serenity, optimism, and a more fulfilled, abundant, and joyful life.  

Neal Grace has always followed different paths to discover unexplored frontiers—from living in the woods for months, to traveling with a backpack around the world, to forging a career in the business world that made him a millionaire. A passionate observer, Neal began chronicling his experiences. Inspiring others to live freely and creatively, he has performed at various venues including Grace Cathedral in San Francisco. He has authored 2,500 poems, two opera librettos, and Fresh Eyes Upon the World, which is his 15th book. His recent Supreme Master Television interview will be seen in over 35 countries and translated into 12 different languages. He and his wife live in Marin County, California.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Obi Kaufmann - The State of Water (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, August 17, 2019 - 1:00pm

Obi Kaufmann, author of the best-selling California Field Atlas, turns his artful yet analytical attention to the Golden State's single most complex and controversial resource: water.

In this new book, full-color maps unravel the braided knot of California's water infrastructure and ecosystems, exposing a history of unlimited growth in spite of finite natural resources--a history that has led to its current precarious circumstances. Yet this built world depends upon the biosphere, and in The State of Water Kaufmann argues that environmental conservation and restoration efforts are necessary not only for ethical reasons but also as a matter of human survival. Offering nine perspectives to illustrate the most pressing challenges facing California's water infrastructure, from dams to species revitalization, Kaufmann reveals pragmatic yet inspiring solutions to how water in the West can continue to support agriculture, municipalities, and the environment. Interspersed throughout with trail paintings of animals that might yet survive under a caring and careful water ethic, Kaufmann shows how California can usher in a new era of responsible water conservation, and--perhaps most importantly--how we may do so together.

The State of Water: Understanding California's Most Precious Resource Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781597144698
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Heyday Books - June 2019

Obi Kaufmann, author of the best-selling California Field Atlas, turns his artful yet analytical attention to the Golden State's single most complex and controversial resource: water.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Connie Josefs - The Way They Were - Writing Believable Characters in Memoir (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, August 17, 2019 - 3:00pm to 6:00pm
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Saturday, August 17, 2019 • 3:00 – 6:00 pm • $95 

Use this link to register for The Way They Were: Writing Believable Characters, or use the link at the bottom of the page to register for the 4-class series.

“I write to discover what I know.” ― Flannery O'Connor How do we get the people we know onto the page? When writing memoir, it’s all too easy to take our characters for granted because we know them. Complexity develops in characters as we discover them, moment by moment. This workshop will provide tools to help memoir writers reach beyond the familiar and craft characters in vivid and memorable detail.

Connie Josefs is a writer, teacher, and writing coach who has worked extensively with writers - particularly older writers - to write and publish their memoirs. She has taught writing at the University of New Mexico, the Taos Writers Conference, and Santa Monica College. She has also been a writer and story analyst for film and television.

Use the link below to register for the 4-class series,The Craft of Writing Memoir, at a reduced price of $350. Includes:

Who’s Talking? The Narrator in Memoir                                            Sat Aug 17   10am - 1pm
The Way They Were • Writing Believable Characters in Memoir     Sat Aug 17     3pm - 6pm
You Had To Be There • Writing Scene in Memoir                              Sun Aug 18  10am - 1pm
The Shape of Time in Memoir                                                             Sun Aug 18    3pm - 6pm

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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