Class: Alan Rinzler - How to Write & Get Published

09/27/2014 12:00 pm
Sat., Sept. 27 • 10:00-12:00pm • $55
 
 
 
 
What’s the difference between a page turner and a clunker that disappears without a trace? It’s the story, characters, pacing, literary style, dialogue, sensory description, and narrative voice. Learn specific techniques for improving your writing, then navigating the turbulent waters of today’s book business. Alan Rinzler has edited and published Toni Morrison, Tom Robbins, Hunter S. Thompson, Clive Cussler, Robert Ludlum, Shirley MacLaine, Jerzy Kosinski, Bob Dylan, and Andy Warhol in executive positions at Simon & Schuster, Bantam, Grove Press, Rolling Stone, and Straight Arrow Books.

Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
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Postal Code:
94925
Country:
United States

Class: Nina Schuyler - Creating Conflict

09/27/2014 4:00 pm
Sat., Sept. 27 • 10:00-4:00pm • $105

 
 
How do you create tension on every page? As literary agent Donald Maass says, a constant stream of tension engages readers. Using published works as a jumping off point, we will spend the day making conflict happen by playing with diction, reader and character expectations, suspense, delay, and characters' conflicting emotion. The class is suitable for nonfiction and fiction writers. Nina Schuyler is the author of the novels The Translator and The Painting, and many short stories. She teaches creative writing in the graduate program at USF.

Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925

Mark Schapiro - Carbon Shock

As the world demands that more and more polluters pay for carbon emissions, a financial mystery unfolds: What are the costs? Who is responsibe to pay for them? Who do you pay? How do you pay? And what are the potential impacts? In Carbon Shock: A Tale of Risk and Calculus on the Front Lines of the Disrupted Global Economy,   veteran journalist Mark Schapiro attempts to answer these questions as he illuminates the struggle to pinpoint carbon's true costs, all while bumping up against the vagaries of the free market, the lobbying power of corporations, the political maneuverings of countries, and the tolerance of everyday consumers buying a cup of coffee, a tank of gas, or an airplane ticket. Along the way, Schapiro tracks the cost of carbon through the drought-ridden farmland of California, where higher temperatures are driving up the price of the food we eat, the prices farmers pay for crop insurance, and the impact on taxpayers.

Mark Schapiro explores the intersection of the environment, economics, and political power, most recently as a correspondent at the Center for Investigative Reporting. His work has been published in Harpers, The Atlantic, Yale 360, and other publications. He has reported stories for the PBS newsmagazine Frontline/World, NOW with Bill Moyers, and public radio’s Marketplace, and is the author of Exposed: The Toxic Chemistry of Everyday Products and What’s at Stake for American Power. He is also an adjunct professor at the University of California, Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism and at the Monterey Institute of International Studies.

 

Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925
$26.00
ISBN-13: 9781603585576
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Chelsea Green Publishing Company, 8/2014

Jesmyn Ward - Men We Reaped

Universally praised, Men We Reaped is a Southern requiem that has secured its place on bestseller and best books of the year lists, with honors and awards pouring in from around the country. This memoir shines a light on the community  Jesmyn Ward comes from, in the small town of DeLisle, Mississippi, a place of quiet beauty and fierce attachment. Here, in the space of four years, she lost five young men dear to her, including her beloved brother—lost to drugs, accidents, murder, and suicide. Their deaths were seemingly unconnected, yet their lives had been connected, by identity and place, and as Ward dealt with these losses, she came to a staggering truth: These young men died because of who they were and the place they were from, because certain disadvantages breed a certain kind of bad luck. Because they lived with a history of racism and economic struggle. The agonizing reality commanded Wardto write, at last, their true stories and her own. This indispensable American memoir is destined to become a classic.

 

Jesmyn Ward received her M.F.A. from the University of Michigan and is currently an assistant professor of creative writing at Tulane University. She is the author of the novels Where the Line Bleeds and Salvage the Bones, the latter of which won the 2011 National Book Award and was a finalist for the New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. Ward grew up in DeLisle, Mississippi, and lives there now.

Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925
Country:
United States
$16.00
ISBN-13: 9781608197651
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Bloomsbury USA, 9/2014

Dr. Laurie Marker & Suzi Eszterhas - A Future for Cheetahs

A Future for Cheetahs is a simple and elegant large-format book of incredible photography that provides insight on the past and present, and future of cheetahs in the wild. It features commentary by Dr. Laurie Marker, world renowned authority on cheetahs, and illustrated through imagery captured by renowned wildlife photographer Suzi Eszterhas. Through the eyes of the cheetah, this picture book story will bring the reader face to face with some of the rarest and most beautiful images taken of wild cheetahs. Equally as powerful, compelling stories and photos weave a story of the conservation initiatives that are the key to their very survival.

Dr. Laurie Marker is the founder and Executive Director of the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF). Having worked with cheetahs since 1974, Marker set up the not-for-profit Fund in 1990 and moved to Namibia to develop a permanent Conservation Research Centre for the wild cheetah. Suzi Eszterhas is an award-winning wildlife photographer based in California. Best known for her work documenting family life on the African savanna, Eszterhas has undertaken commissions and led instructional photography tours and workshops everywhere from Antarctica to the Arctic and Alaska to Montana.

 

 

Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925
$45.00
ISBN-13: 9780615933207
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Cheetah Conservation Fund, 1/2014

Jeff Greenwald - Shopping for Buddhas (25th Anniversary)

Jeff Greenwald's classic travelogue follows his quest for the "perfect" Buddha statue. At turns hilarious and moving, his quest features a cast of amazing characters — from a passionate palmist to a flying lama —who provide unforgettable glimpses into the daily life and culture of the former kingdom (including a wild ride on Kathmandu’s very first escalator). Greenwald doesn't shy away from Shangri-la’s darker side. Along with colorful descriptions of Hindu and Buddhist mythology, the book tells of the rampant corruption, art smuggling, assassination attempts and human right abuses that would ignite Nepal’s violent "People Power" Revolution in April 1990. A new afterword by the author recounts Nepal's tumultuous recent history — including the massacre of the royal family — in vivid detail. And a new preface introduces this 25th anniversary edition with some thoughts about how Nepal, and travel writing, have evolved since the book’s first publication. Shopping for Buddhas: An Adventure in Nepal remains a must-read for anyone who has visited, or plans to visit, Nepal.

Jeff Greenwald is a writer, photographer, and performer. He is the author of six books, including The Size of the World, for which he created the first Internet travel blog. His work has appeared in Wired, Salon, Smithsonian, Afar, The New York Times Magazine, and many other publications. Jeff serves as the executive director of the nonprofit Ethical Traveler. He has also created a critically acclaimed solo show, Strange Travel Suggestions, which draws from his tales as a travel journalist. Jeff's most recent book, Snake Lake, is set during Nepal's 1990 Democracy revolution. He lives in Oakland, CA.

Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925
Country:
United States
$15.95
ISBN-13: 9781609520946
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Travelers' Tales, 8/2014



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