Literary Salon: Mikkel Aaland

LEFT COAST WRITERS LITERARY SALON: Mikkel Aaland, Author of The River in My Backyard
Mikkel Aaland

Mikkel Aaland

Tuesday, September 6th, 2016 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com Join us for an evening with talented author and photographer, Mikkel Aaland as he discusses the magic of memoir. Mikkel Aaland is a professional photographer and the author of 12 best selling books on digital photography, including Photoshop RAW, Shooting Digital, the first Adobe Lightroom Adventure (Iceland) edition, and the second Adobe Lightroom Adventure (Tasmania) edition.  Mikkel has also been a popular workshop leader in the United States and Europe, and creates training videos in collaboration with Lynda.com and Adobe Press. He is the co-host of the Nordic Light International Festival of Photography held every spring in Kristiansund, Norway. His non-technical books include, "County Fair Portraits,” (for which he made an appearance on Late Night with David Letterman) “Sweat” (an illustrated tour of international bathing customs, culminating a three-year project), "The Sword of Heaven," "Pilgrimage to Kailash" and a recently published memoir, "The River in My Backyard.” Aaland is currently based in both San Francisco and Telemark, Norway. His web site is mikkelaaland.com "THE LIFE WE HAVE LIVED IS THE LIFE WE REMEMBER. The magic of a good memoir is that by telling our story we can give new meaning to our past, we can change and move forward, but most important, we connect to others. The river of each life flows to the ocean of our shared humanity. Mikkel Aaland's beautiful book proves that it is not the truth revealed that makes us vulnerable, but the secrets we keep." -Isabel Allende, author. "OF ALL THE HAUNTING MEMOIRS THAT I HAVE READ, Mikkel Aaland's The River in My Backyard, is at once the most heart-rending and the most courageously triumphant. Aaland explores two rivers, the literal one that runs past his ancestral home in Norway, and the metaphorical one that runs in the blood of his ancestors, himself, and now his two daughters. By the time the two rivers flow into one another, through crystalline prose and shadow-fretted photographs, his story has become a healing journey of epic proportions." - Phil Cousineau, author of The Art of Pilgrimage.

Left Coast Writers Poetry: Antoinette Constable

Left Coast Writers Poetry: Antoinette Constable, Author of The Lasting War
Antoinette Constable

Antoinette Constable

Kawika's Ocean Beach Deli 734 La Playa St, San Francisco, CA 94121 Sunday, September 4th from 5pm-7:15pm Join a featured LCW poet at the First Sunday of the Month Happy Hour Poetry series at Kawika's Ocean Beach Deli. Our featured poet's reading is followed by an open mic for other poets to share original work, or even just to read favorite poems aloud. Happy Hour starts at 5pm, and after our featured poet reads for 30 minutes, open mic (three minutes per poet) goes until 7:15 pm. Celebrate creativity and poets while supporting a local, community-oriented, and family owned business! Enjoy $1 off your sandwich with the purchase of a glass of wine or bubbly! Up in February is Antoinette Constable. Born and raised in France, Antoinette Constable is a registered nurse with British and American nursing degrees, and also runs 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 hobbies include reading, writing literary critiques, spending time with her grandchildren, gardening, collecting copper items, cooking and creating new recipes. Her work has won the PEN First Prize for Poetry, as well as the Ann Stanford Award from the University of Southern California, and it has  appeared in Alaska Quarterly ReviewBarnabe Mountain Review, Bay Area Poets Coalition,California Quarterly (CQ)The Chaffin JournalControlledBurnDenver Metropolitan State MagazineFoothill MagazineGargoyle MagazineThe Healing MuseLouisville ReviewThe Old Red KimonoPOEMPsychological PerspectivesSouthern Humanities ReviewUnitarian Newsletter, and Unitarian Universalist Anthology. Her poem, "You Dream that the Word Hope Is Written on the Door," was published in the Anthology of Master Classes with David St. John in 2003, by Arctos Press. She was recently awarded a residency at Mesa Refuge, a prestigious writers' retreat near Oakland. Kawika's LogoAbout Kawika's Deli: David Nottage and his wife Joanne Pappas Nottage bought this San Francisco business a year and a half ago and transformed atake-out deli into a friendly community hub where friends and neighbors can enjoy great food with affordable, quality wine/beer and connect around music, poetry, sports, comedy, and issues integral to local concerns. Kawika's has free wi-fi and delicious deli delights. Signature menu items include: fresh baked sourdough rolls, homemade Gluten Free bread, in-house, fresh roasted, rotisserie Angus roast beef, turkey and leg of lamb, fresh baked Salmon, Greek lamb gyros with authentic tzatziki sauce, Greek Salad, homemade hummus, 100% Kona coffee, Greek coffee and a selection of chips, juices, and desserts, including baklava! Kawika’s is just a block from beautiful Ocean Beach at 734 La Playa Street @ Balboa in San Francisco. There is street parking and a large, free lot 1 block away on the Great Highway @ Balboa Street. Read more about their events and the restaurant itself at http://www.oceanbeachdeli.com/

Book Launch: More Point Reyes Sheriff’s Calls by Susanna Solomon

LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK LAUNCH: Susanna Solomon, Author of More Point Reyes Sheriff's Calls
Susanna Soloman

Susanna Soloman

Saturday, August 20th, 2016 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com When Susanna Solomon read her first short story about the day nothing happened in West Marin, called "Sheriff's Calls", to a packed house at Pints 'N Prose in Fairfax, California, the house exploded with laughter. Now, onto something, she used the sheriff's calls entries in the "Point Reyes Light" as inspiration for more. Susanna asks, "How can I run out of material with the intriguing people of West Marin, California as my inspiration?" Her collection of short stories, entitled "Point Reyes Sheriff's Calls", has been published December 2013 by HD Media Press. Her success with short story writing came as a complete surprise after over twenty-five years of struggling with writing novels and memoirs. When she's not writing, she's running her own electrical engineering business. For samples from Point Reyes Sheriff's Calls, an interactive map of photos of where in Point Reyes her stories take place and more about Susanna, visit: www.susannasolomon.com

Left Coast Writers® Live: E. Ardell

On Sunday, August 14th from 12-2pm, join Left Coast Writers® Live on FCCFREE RADIO's popular show, Lilycat on Stuff. Lilycat's guest on Sunday will be E. Ardell.  E. Ardell spent her childhood in Houston, Texas, obsessed with anything science fiction, fantastic, paranormal or just plain weird. She loves to write stories that feature young people with extraordinary talents thrown into strange and dangerous situations. She took her obsession to the next level, earning a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Southern Maine where she specialized in young adult genre fiction. She’s a big kid at heart and loves her job as a teen librarian at Monterey Public Library in Monterey, California, where she voluntarily shuts herself in rooms with hungry hordes of teenagers and runs crazy after-school programs for them. When she’s not working, she’s reading, writing, running writers critique groups, trying to keep up with a blog, and even writing fan fiction as her guilty pleasure. Her new book is The Fourth Piece, her First Book in the Order's Last Play series: "Admitting what you are will end everything you know. Embracing who you are will start a war... Life is great when you’re good-looking and popular…so long as no one knows you’re a vulatto. Being half-alien gets you labeled “loser” quicker than being a full vader. So it’s a good thing Devon, Lyle, and Lawrence can easily pass for human—until the night of the party. Nothing kills a good time faster than three brothers sharing a psychic vision of a fourth brother who’s off-world and going to die unless they do something. But when your brother’s emergency happens off-planet, calling 9-1-1 really isn’t an option. In their attempt to save a brother they barely remember, Devon, Lyle and Lawrence expose themselves to mortal danger and inherit a destiny that killed the last four guys cursed with it. In 2022, there are humans and aliens, heroes and monsters, choices and prophecies—and four brothers with the power to choose what’s left when the gods decide they’re through playing games." The ongoing spot on Lilycat on Stuff is scheduled for the third Sunday of every month. Left Coast Writers® are invited to participate in the programming. Listeners are invited to call in and share their opinions. FCCFREE RADIO is home to over 50 + original programs each week that produce more that 1,000,000 listeners per month(yes, you read that correctly 1,000,000 + listeners) of LIVE hosted content. that comes out of the plush studios in the SOMA District of San Francisco. FFR talk shows cover everything from sex, politics, sports, and back again. Google calls them an "Iconic Staple of San Francisco" and a "Frontrunner in Internet Broadcasting." Add your voice to the fray by calling in during show hours: 415 829 2980. How to Listen in/Call in! 1 - log onto www.fccfreeradio.com 2 - find "schedule" tab and click it - go to Sundays - there will be the link for Lily Cat on Stuff - click it 3 - on Lily Cat page - there will be a "Tune In Now" section to select the streaming service of listeners choice - Under Studio A: - iTunes - Windows Media Player - Real Media Player - Quick Time Studio 4. Once selected the listening controls should appear & sound should be on - listen to the program - Lily Cat will give the phone # to call Nice thing about these live casts - they're incorporated into Pod Casts so you can go back and listen if the program played while you were out.
For more station info and how to listen in, go to: www.FCCFREERADIO.comTo schedule and interview with the editors or writers please contact Jack at leftcoastwriters@gmail.com

Ferry Plaza Book Party: Wanderland Writers Travel Night

LEFT COAST WRITERS FERRY PLAZA BOOK PARTY:  Wanderland Writers Travel Night Wandering in Cornwall CoverMonday, August 8th, 2016 || 6pm Book Passage || San Francisco 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco ||www.bookpassage.com It's an all-travel night from the editors of the award winning Wanderland Writers travel anthology series. Join editors Linda Watanabe McFerrin, Joanna Biggar, and the Wanderland Writers contibutors past, present, and future for a terrific evening of travel stories, wine, and excellent camaraderie. Find out about the next trip and how you, too, can become a fellow traveler and contributor. Past anthologies include: Wandering in Costa Rica — Landscapes Lost and FoundWandering in Bali — A Tropical Paradise DiscoveredWandering in Paris — Luminaries and Love in the City of Light, and Wandering in Cornwall — Mystery, Mirth and Transformation in the Land of the Ancient Celts. Readers will be:  Nancy Alpert, Tania Amochaev, Unity Barry, Antoinette Constable, Tom Harrell, Donna Hemmila, Kathryn Hughes, Laurie McAndish King, Thanasis Maskaleris, MJ Pramik, Catherine Pyke, Maryly Snow and more.

Left Coast Writers Poetry: Morris Taylor

Left Coast Writers Poetry: Morris Taylor, Artist and Author of Nine Lives of Morris: Great Tales from One Cool Cat
Morris Taylor

Morris Taylor

Kawika's Ocean Beach Deli 734 La Playa St, San Francisco, CA 94121 Sunday, August 7th from 5pm-7:15pm Join a featured LCW poet at the First Sunday of the Month Happy Hour Poetry series at Kawika's Ocean Beach Deli. Our featured poet's reading is followed by an open mic for other poets to share original work, or even just to read favorite poems aloud. Happy Hour starts at 5pm, and after our featured poets read for 15 minutes each, then open mic (three minutes per poet) goes until 7:15 pm. Celebrate creativity and poets while supporting a local, community-oriented, and family owned business! Enjoy $1 off your sandwich with the purchase of a glass of wine or bubbly! Up in August is Morris Taylor. Morris Taylor is a contemporary version of the Renaissance man. Throughout his fourscore and more years he has displayed a keen interest and considerable skill in thearts, religion, family and leather life style. As a musician, he has traveled the world giving classical piano concerts, master classes and lectures. His writing achievements range from scholarly papers in musicology to incisive poetry relating gentle nature to gritty life. In retirement years, Taylor has become a watercolor artist. His twenty-five one-person shows range from San Francisco’s Grace Episcopal Cathedral to the Center for Sex and Culture. On May 21, 2015, he exhibited his erotic watercolors at Chicago’s Leather Archives and Museum. For four decades Doctor Taylor was on the faculty of Christian universities. He retired as Professor Emeritus of Music. In the capacity of his missionary credential, he has taught Bible classes for youth and adults and raised up a Seventh-day Adventist church in Appalachia. With his wife Elaine he toured as a duo-piano team. When their four kids were young, they fit into the back of the station wagon when their parents were on tour. When the children grew to be teens, Lucille, Leonard, Lowell and Lyndon became the prominent Taylor String Quartet winning national prizes and touring under management. In his sixties Morris has acted upon his inherent homosexuality. He came out simultaneously as a kinky person into sado-masochism into the leather life style. Probably he is the oldest title holder in that community, International Master 2013. A documentary film is being made of Taylor’s life. Kawika's Logo About Kawika's Deli: David Nottage and his wife Joanne Pappas Nottage bought this San Francisco business a year and a half ago and transformed a take-out deli into a friendly community hub where friends and neighbors can enjoy great food with affordable, quality wine/beer and connect around music, poetry, sports, comedy, and issues integral to local concerns. Kawika's has free wi-fi and delicious deli delights. Signature menu items include: fresh baked sourdough rolls, homemade Gluten Free bread, in-house, fresh roasted, rotisserie Angus roast beef, turkey and leg of lamb, fresh baked Salmon, Greek lamb gyros with authentic tzatziki sauce, Greek Salad, homemade hummus, 100% Kona coffee, Greek coffee and a selection of chips, juices, and desserts, including baklava! Kawika’s is just a block from beautiful Ocean Beach at 734 La Playa Street @ Balboa in San Francisco. There is street parking and a large, free lot 1 block away on the Great Highway @ Balboa Street. Read more about their events and the restaurant itself at http://www.oceanbeachdeli.com/

Literary Salon: Laurie Fox

LEFT COAST WRITERS LITERARY SALON: Laurie Fox, West Coast Associate of Linda Chester and Associates Literary Agency.
Laurie Fox

Laurie Fox

Monday, August 1th, 2016 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com Questions about approaching and landing an agent? One of our top Bay Area agents will be our speaker for the next LCW Literary Salon, so take advantage of this opportunity. Laurie will be talking about "What Agents and Editors Expect From Writers and What We Really Hope to Find".  Whether you are already represented or are searching for representation, this evening is sure to be enlightening. Laurie Fox joined Linda Chester and Associates Literary Agency in 1989, and is their West Coast Associate. A graduate of the University of California at Santa Cruz (Writing and Theatre Arts), she is a published author of fiction and poetry, including Sexy Hieroglyphics(Chronicle Books); and two novels, My Sister from the Black Lagoon (starred Publishers Weekly review; San Francisco Chronicle bestseller) and The Lost Girls, both published by Simon & Schuster. She represents books in the areas of literary fiction, memoir/biography, popular culture/quirky humor, upmarket spirituality, and cutting-edge fiction.

LCW Offer: Book Passage Travel Writers and Photographers Conference 2016

Travel Writers Conference Shareable ImageWe're always so excited when we can make a special offer to our Left Coast Writers members. Left Coast Writers will receive 10% off on the Intensive Writing Weekend for Y/A and Middle Grade Readers (7/16-7/17/16), the Mystery Writers Conference (7/28-7/31/16) and the Travel Writers Conference (8/11-8/14/16)! Sign up and receive the discount, and tell your literary pals to join Left Coast Writer to receive this and so many other benefits. If you sign up for one of the conferences, be sure to let us know. We'll look forward to hearing about what you learned, who you met and where your works will be appearing next. You'll find all of the conferences listed on the Book Passage website, but here's more info on one of our favorites: The Book Passage Travel Writers & Photographers Conference has an extraordinary, international reputation among publishers, editors, and writers. This conference will be held August 11-14, and among the many talented and varied people on the faculty at this conference will be our leader/founder, Linda Watanabe McFerrin. Now in its 25th year, this four-day Conference offers an array of writing and photography workshops in the morning, a full afternoon of panels and discussions, and evening faculty presentations. The faculty includes publishers, magazine editors, photographers, travel essayists, and more. There are hours of informal interaction between faculty and participants during lunch and in discussions that often last late into the evening. Take a look at this year's astounding faculty: Jim Benning Tim Cahill Donald George Jeff Greenwald Elizabeth Harryman Spud Hilton Linda Watanabe McFerrin Andy Ross Michael Shapiro and more!

From the Press Room: Barbara Falconer Newhall

Wrestling with God CoverBarbara Falconer Newhall's book Wrestling With God has recently won several accolades. If you haven't already, check out her now award-winning book!
A first prize gold IPPY in the Religion Eastern-Western category from the Independent Publishers Book Awards. Also a finalist place in three other contests: Foreword Review's INDIEFAB contest, the American Book Awards, and the Eric Hoffer Book Awards.
"Wrestling with God" also received a starred review from Publishers Weekly.  http://www.publishersweekly.com/978-1-939221-25-4
Congrats, Barbara!

Left Coast Writers® Live: Dick Jordan

On Sunday, July 17th from 12-2pm, join Left Coast Writers® Live on FCCFREE RADIO's popular show, Lilycat on Stuff. Lilycat's guests on Sunday will be Dick Jordan, who will be chatting about Cuba, travel and his new film, Cuba Libre.  Dick Jordan grew up in Seattle, Washington. At age 7, he donned a suit and tie, climbed aboard a United Airlines DC-6, and took his first big trip: Up to Vancouver, British Columbia, for the day, back to Seattle the same evening by train. As a teenager at the end of the heyday of U.S. passenger train travel, he rode the rails to and from Miami Beach. In between these two “Big City Trips”, he learned to appreciate the outdoor wonders of the West by joining the quintessential “F Troop” of the Boy Scouts and camping in the rain and mud of Western Washington. His service in the U.S. Air Force took him to Texas, Indiana, and the Far East. Along the way he spent nine months studying Chinese in Monterey, California, and discovered San Francisco and Yosemite National Park. When his service days came to a close, he moved to the San Francisco Bay Area, practiced law for over 30 years, and was an author of articles which appeared in the legal press, and was an editor and publisher of print and on-line legal newsletters. But his real dream was to become a travel writer. Since 1971, Dick has traveled to nearly 250 places in the United States and abroad. In 2006 he started writing travel blogs so friends and family could follow the vacation journeys he and his wife Cindy embark on each year. In 2009, a year after retiring, he became a freelance travel writer. His stories and photographs have appeared in the Contra Costa Times, Dallas Morning News, Los Angeles Times, Marin I-J, Oakland Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, and San Jose Mercury News.  He is also a contributor to the Book Passage Blog and a GogobotFeatured Blogger. Dick is a Founding Member of the Professional Travel Bloggers Association whose mission is to promote the interests of travel bloggers within the industry by supporting and fostering the needs, careers and relationships of travel bloggers. He also belongs to the Bay Area Travel WritersNorth American Travel Journalists Association, and San Francisco Bay Area Journalists, He is a member of Left Coast Writers, which supports new and established writers in the production and promotion of their work in a stimulating atmosphere of creativity and community, and is a TV producer at the Community Media Center of Marin. In January of 2015 he was named a “Featured Journalist” by the North American Travel Journalists Association. The ongoing spot on Lilycat on Stuff is scheduled for the third Sunday of every month. Left Coast Writers® are invited to participate in the programming. Listeners are invited to call in and share their opinions. FCCFREE RADIO is home to over 50 + original programs each week that produce more that 1,000,000 listeners per month(yes, you read that correctly 1,000,000 + listeners) of LIVE hosted content. that comes out of the plush studios in the SOMA District of San Francisco. FFR talk shows cover everything from sex, politics, sports, and back again. Google calls them an "Iconic Staple of San Francisco" and a "Frontrunner in Internet Broadcasting." Add your voice to the fray by calling in during show hours: 415 829 2980. How to Listen in/Call in! 1 - log onto www.fccfreeradio.com 2 - find "schedule" tab and click it - go to Sundays - there will be the link for Lily Cat on Stuff - click it 3 - on Lily Cat page - there will be a "Tune In Now" section to select the streaming service of listeners choice - Under Studio A: - iTunes - Windows Media Player - Real Media Player - Quick Time Studio 4. Once selected the listening controls should appear & sound should be on - listen to the program - Lily Cat will give the phone # to call Nice thing about these live casts - they're incorporated into Pod Casts so you can go back and listen if the program played while you were out.
For more station info and how to listen in, go to: www.FCCFREERADIO.comTo schedule and interview with the editors or writers please contact Jack at leftcoastwriters@gmail.com

Ferry Plaza Book Party: Dystopia and Manifesto

LEFT COAST WRITERS FERRY PLAZA BOOK PARTY:  Dystopia and Manifesto, Readings with John Fetto, Todd Crawshaw, Linda Watanabe McFerrin, Denise Pinhey Dystopic FutureMonday, July 11, 2016 || 6pm Book Passage || San Francisco 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco ||www.bookpassage.com What does the future look like? Heck, what does tomorrow look like? Is it dark and full of shadow? Is it a world where rodents run the show? Where the innocent are imprisoned? Where zombies thrive? Or is it a place where all the mistakes we make today, play out to the worst possible outcome? And ... we might ask ourselves ... can we change it? Join us for a look at dystopia and manifesto ... how ideas and systems in the present impact future worlds. Our readers are building new and alternative worlds of possibility that take us into dark and troubling contexts that shed light on current reality. Maybe it's fiction, maybe it's a new world order, whatever it is, it's sure to make you think and pour yourself another drink. And oh, yes, we will be serving wine. Readers on this special evening will be: John Fetto, Todd Crawshaw, Linda Watanabe McFerrin, and Denise Pinhey

Book Launch: San Rafael Sizzle by Nicola Trwst

LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK LAUNCH: Nicola Trwst, Author of San Rafael Sizzle
Nicola Trwst

Nicola Trwst

Saturday, July 9th, 2016 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com It's another intriguing evening with local author, Nicola Trwst! Journalist Briana Kaleigh’s ex has tracked her to Marin County, California hoping to rekindle their marriage. But Briana has set her sights on smoking hot sheriff’s detective, Dusty Arkansas. When the body of a leading stem cell researcher is discovered beside a cooler of iced placentas, Briana is the first journalist on the scene. She and Dusty team up to work the evidence. Until Briana’s ex is arrested for the murder. Now, Briana must work against Dusty and the authorities to prove her ex is innocent. Torrid emotions and her ex’s stubborn silence don’t help. Add in her high-strung poodle and her task is almost impossible. Thank heavens for Doggy Daycare. When a fire destroys the researcher’s lab and all the lab employees disappear, finding the truth is crucial. A sinister killer is taking aim again and Briana could be his next target. Nicola Trwst resides in California, but has lived in Virginia, Georgia, France, and Canada. She loves languages and speaks several, including Pig Latin. Due to an overactive imagination, her stories thread many genres such as mystery, thriller, paranormal, and contemporary. Her short stories have appeared in several anthologies. Discover Nicola’s work at www.nicolatrwst.com

Literary Salon: Mary Mackey

LEFT COAST WRITERS LITERARY SALON: Mary Mackey, Author of The Village of Bones: Sabalah’s Tale, along with her thirteen previous novels
Mary Mackey

Mary Mackey

Tuesday, July 5th, 2016 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com Please take note: Our July LCW Salon will take place on Tuesday, July 5th and will feature noted bestselling author and poet, Mary Mackey. It should be an interesting evening. A note Bay Area author and speaker, Mary has been published traditionally and independently and has a lot to say on that topic as well as how to find publications interested in your work. Mary Mackey is the bestselling author of fourteen novels, including two novels about the American Civil War (The Notorious Mrs. Winston and The Widow’s War) and four novels which describe how the Goddess-worshiping people of Prehistoric Europe fought off patriarchal nomad invaders (The Village of Bones, The Year The Horses Came, The Horses at the Gate, and The Fires of Spring). Mary’s novels have been praised by Marion Zimmer Bradley, Pat Conroy, Thomas Moore, Marija Gimbutas, Marge Piercy, and Theodore Roszak for their historical accuracy, inventiveness, literary grace, vividness, and storytelling magic. They have made The New York Times and San Francisco Chronicle Bestseller Lists, been translated into twelve foreign languages and sold over a million and a half copies. Mary has also written seven collections of poetry including Travelers With No Ticket Home and Sugar Zone, winner of the 2012 PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award and finalist for the Northern California Book Awards. Garrison Keillor has featured her poetry four time on The Writer’s Almanac. A screenwriter as well as a novelist and poet, she has also sold feature-length screenplays to Warner Brothers as well as to independent film companies. This summer her original script for a short fictional film entitled Time Piece is being filmed in L.A. by director Renée De Palma. Time Piece, which takes place during the last months of World War II, is dedicated to disabled veterans and designed to raise money for those who suffer from PTSD. At www.marymackey.com, you can get the latest news about her books and public appearances, sample her work, and get writing advice. You can also find her on Facebook and follow her on Twitter @MMackeyAuthor. 

Left Coast Writers Poetry: Carol Sheldon

Left Coast Writers Poetry: Carol Sheldon, Author of A Sleuth in Sausalito, Mother Lode, and Driven to Rage: A Historical Novel
Carol Sheldon

Carol Sheldon

Kawika's Ocean Beach Deli 734 La Playa St, San Francisco, CA 94121 Sunday, July 3rd from 5pm-7:15pm Join a featured LCW poet at the First Sunday of the Month Happy Hour Poetry series at Kawika's Ocean Beach Deli. Our featured poet's reading is followed by an open mic for other poets to share original work, or even just to read favorite poems aloud. Happy Hour starts at 5pm, and after our featured poets read for 15 minutes each, then open mic (three minutes per poet) goes until 7:15 pm. Celebrate creativity and poets while supporting a local, community-oriented, and family owned business! Enjoy $1 off your sandwich with the purchase of a glass of wine or bubbly! Up in July is Carol Sheldon. Carol Sheldon has published two books of poetry; She teaches Poetry, the Novel, and Memoir in her home, her church, Osher’s Lifelong Learning Institute and for the Marin Writers’ Center. Her poems are in Robert Bly’s Great Mother Conference Anthology, Hot Flashes and Marin Poetry Anthology. Carol also enjoys directing and acting, believing her experience on stage has informed her writing. Her educational background includes a Bachelor’s and Masters Degree from the University of Michigan, where she majored in creative writing. Kawika's LogoAbout Kawika's Deli: David Nottage and his wife Joanne Pappas Nottage bought this San Francisco business a year and a half ago and transformed a take-out deli into a friendly community hub where friends and neighbors can enjoy great food with affordable, quality wine/beer and connect around music, poetry, sports, comedy, and issues integral to local concerns. Kawika's has free wi-fi and delicious deli delights. Signature menu items include: fresh baked sourdough rolls, homemade Gluten Free bread, in-house, fresh roasted, rotisserie Angus roast beef, turkey and leg of lamb, fresh baked Salmon, Greek lamb gyros with authentic tzatziki sauce, Greek Salad, homemade hummus, 100% Kona coffee, Greek coffee and a selection of chips, juices, and desserts, including baklava! Kawika’s is just a block from beautiful Ocean Beach at 734 La Playa Street @ Balboa in San Francisco. There is street parking and a large, free lot 1 block away on the Great Highway @ Balboa Street. Read more about their events and the restaurant itself at http://www.oceanbeachdeli.com/

Left Coast Writers® Live: SSAC Writers

On Sunday, June 19th from 12-2pm, join Left Coast Writers® Live on FCCFREE RADIO's popular show, Lilycat on Stuff. Lilycat's guests on Sunday will be Southern Sampler Artists Colony Writers. It's another celebration of all things Southern! Please join the writers and artists of the Southern Sampler Artists Colony as they evoke the dreamy, sometimes steamy world of Charleston and beyond in an exciting sampler of poetry, short fiction, non-fiction and other delights. You don't have to go there to be there, but if you want to be spirited away, you'll be able to do that when you join the fun. So please listen in and find out what we all love most about the American South. "This heartfelt anthology celebrates the tenth anniversary of the Southern Sampler Artists Colony. Contributors present a cornucopia of writing, recipes, and art created in Charleston—South Carolina's Holy City." —Mary Edna Fraser, Charleston artist The ongoing spot on Lilycat on Stuff is scheduled for the third Sunday of every month. Left Coast Writers® are invited to participate in the programming. Listeners are invited to call in and share their opinions. FCCFREE RADIO is home to over 50 + original programs each week that produce more that 1,000,000 listeners per month(yes, you read that correctly 1,000,000 + listeners) of LIVE hosted content. that comes out of the plush studios in the SOMA District of San Francisco. FFR talk shows cover everything from sex, politics, sports, and back again. Google calls them an "Iconic Staple of San Francisco" and a "Frontrunner in Internet Broadcasting." Add your voice to the fray by calling in during show hours: 415 829 2980. How to Listen in/Call in! 1 - log onto www.fccfreeradio.com 2 - find "schedule" tab and click it - go to Sundays - there will be the link for Lily Cat on Stuff - click it 3 - on Lily Cat page - there will be a "Tune In Now" section to select the streaming service of listeners choice - Under Studio A: - iTunes - Windows Media Player - Real Media Player - Quick Time Studio 4. Once selected the listening controls should appear & sound should be on - listen to the program - Lily Cat will give the phone # to call Nice thing about these live casts - they're incorporated into Pod Casts so you can go back and listen if the program played while you were out.
For more station info and how to listen in, go to: www.FCCFREERADIO.comTo schedule and interview with the editors or writers please contact Jack at leftcoastwriters@gmail.com

Ferry Plaza Book Party: Southern Sampler Authors, Artists, and Friends

LEFT COAST WRITERS FERRY PLAZA BOOK PARTY:  Southern Sampler Authors, Artists and Friends, Charleston and the South: A Sampler of  Stories, Poetry, Recipes, Art Charleston and the South001Monday, June 13th, 2016 || 6pm Book Passage || San Francisco 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco ||www.bookpassage.com It's another celebration of all things Southern! Please join the writers and artists of the Southern Sampler Artists Colony as they evoke the dreamy, sometimes steamy world of Charleston and beyond in an exciting sampler of poetry, short fiction, non-fiction and other delights at Book Passage in San Francisco's Ferry Plaza. You don't have to go there to be there, but if you want to be spirited away, you'll be able to do that when you join the fun. So please drop by for a glass of wine, munchies, and a toast to what we all love most about the American South. Readers include: Nancy Alpert, Unity Barry, Maureen Dixon, MJ Pramik, Catherine Pyke, Cindy Rasicot, Mary Brent Cantarutti, and Linda Watanabe McFerrin "This heartfelt anthology celebrates the tenth anniversary of the Southern Sampler Artists Colony. Contributors present a cornucopia of writing, recipes, and art created in Charleston—South Carolina's Holy City." —Mary Edna Fraser, Charleston artist

Literary Salon: Janis Cooke Newman, Author of A Master Plan for Rescue

LEFT COAST WRITERS LITERARY SALON: Janis Cooke Newman, Author of A Master Plan for Rescue
Janis Cooke Newman

Janis Cooke Newman

Monday, June 6th, 2016 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com We're delighted to announce that our June presenter for the Left Coast Writers Literary Salon will be Janis Cooke Newman. Janis has a wealth of literary experience in both fiction and non-fiction. She is the author of A Master Plan for Rescue, a magical novel about the surprising acts of heroism that can be inspired by love. She is also the author of Mary, a historical novel about Mary Todd Lincoln. Mary was chosen by USA Today as the best historical fiction of 2006 and was a finalist for the LA Times First Fiction award. She is also the author of The Russian Word for Snow, a memoir about adopting her son from a Moscow orphanage. Both books are available in paperback. In addition to her books Newman is the founder of the Lit Camp writers conference. Janis Cooke Newman’s second novel, A Master Plan for Rescue was released from Riverhead in July 2015. The SF Chronicle said it “balances beautifully on the thin line between wishful thinking and reason, between the imagination and the intellect,” and called it “magical” and “dazzling.” The SF Chronicle named A Master Plan for Rescue to their Best Books of 2015 List. “A MASTER PLAN FOR RESCUE is a fantastic novel that’s impossible to put down. Janis Cooke Newman’s writing is epic and cinematic, compassionate and moving — she’s a wonderful writer who completely cracks open our preconceived notions of love. I can’t wait to read whatever she writes next.” —Molly Antopol, author of “The UnAmericans”

Book Launch: Bamboo Secrets by Patricia Dove Miller

LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK LAUNCH: Patricia Dove Miller, Author of Bamboo Secrets: My Quest through the Shadows of Japan
Patricia Dove Miller

Patricia Dove Miller

Saturday, June 11th, 2016 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com While living in Japan in 1993, Patricia Dove Miller’s dream of a year of exploration and personal growth was shattered when her husband was suddenly detained on drug charges. Bamboo Secrets: One Woman’s Quest through the Shadows of Japan weaves together four story strands: a mature woman in search of herself; a marriage in trouble; an American’s love of Japanese culture and her study of its traditional arts; and an outsider’s struggle with Japan’s dark side. As a special feature: Patricia will play a brief piece on her shakahuchi flute for you. Patricia Dove Miller is a third-generation Californian, born and raised in the Berkeley hills. She has lived in the mountains outside of Cali, Colombia, in a tiny rice-farming village in North Thailand, and also at the edge of the northeastern hills in Kyoto, Japan. She attended Stanford University, and much later, at the age of sixty-six, completed her MFA in creative writing at Vermont College of Fine Arts. She is also an alumna of the Squaw Valley Community of Writers. She now lives with her husband in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada in Northern California, where she teaches creative writing and practices ikebana, shakuhachi, and Zen meditation.

Left Coast Writers Poetry: Gail Rudd Entrekin and Contributors to Canary

Left Coast Writers Poetry: Gail Rudd Entrekin, Author of The Art of Healing, and Editor of Canary online literary journal, joined by contributors to Canary
Gail Rudd Entrekin

Gail Rudd Entrekin

Kawika's Ocean Beach Deli 734 La Playa St, San Francisco, CA 94121 Sunday, June 5th from 5pm-7:15pm Join a featured LCW poet at the First Sunday of the Month Happy Hour Poetry series at Kawika's Ocean Beach Deli. Our featured poet's reading is followed by an open mic for other poets to share original work, or even just to read favorite poems aloud. Happy Hour starts at 5pm, and after our featured poets read for 15 minutes each, then open mic (three minutes per poet) goes until 7:15 pm. Celebrate creativity and poets while supporting a local, community-oriented, and family owned business! Enjoy $1 off your sandwich with the purchase of a glass of wine or bubbly! Up in June is Gail Rudd Entrekin and some of the Canary contributors. Gail Rudd Entrekin is a poet, editor, publisher, teacher, quilt maker and hiker. Books of her poems include John Danced(1988), You Notice the Body (1998) and Change (Will Do You Good) (2005), which was nominated for the Northern California Book Award. Her newest collection of poems, Rearrangement of the Invisible, was published August 1, 2012. Her poems have been widely published in poetry magazines and anthologies. She is co-publisher and Poetry Editor of Hip Pocket Press, where she served as Editor of the 2002 anthology Sierra Songs & Descants: Poetry & Prose of the Sierra and the 2007 anthology, Yuba Flows. She is Editor of the on-line literary magazine of the environment, Canary, founded in 2007. She has taught English and Creative Writing in California community colleges for 25 years, most recently at Sierra College in Grass Valley, and for many years she has taught poetry to kids through California Poets in the Schools. She currently serves as Director of the Entrekin Foundation, a funder of non-profit programs for the endangered environment, children, and the arts. Readers will include: Gail Rudd Entrekin Charles Entrekin Devreaux Baker Eilene Malone Kawika's LogoAbout Kawika's Deli: David Nottage and his wife Joanne Pappas Nottage bought this San Francisco business a year and a half ago and transformed a take-out deli into a friendly community hub where friends and neighbors can enjoy great food with affordable, quality wine/beer and connect around music, poetry, sports, comedy, and issues integral to local concerns. Kawika's has free wi-fi and delicious deli delights. Signature menu items include: fresh baked sourdough rolls, homemade Gluten Free bread, in-house, fresh roasted, rotisserie Angus roast beef, turkey and leg of lamb, fresh baked Salmon, Greek lamb gyros with authentic tzatziki sauce, Greek Salad, homemade hummus, 100% Kona coffee, Greek coffee and a selection of chips, juices, and desserts, including baklava! Kawika’s is just a block from beautiful Ocean Beach at 734 La Playa Street @ Balboa in San Francisco. There is street parking and a large, free lot 1 block away on the Great Highway @ Balboa Street. Read more about their events and the restaurant itself at http://www.oceanbeachdeli.com/

Left Coast Writers® Live: Morris Taylor and Jonathan Arnowitz

On Sunday, May 15th from 12-2pm, join Left Coast Writers® Live on FCCFREE RADIO's popular show, Lilycat on Stuff. Lilycat's guests on Sunday will be Morris Taylor and Jonathan Arnowitz. “Nine Lives of Morris: Great Tales from One Cool Cat!” tells stories from Morris’ varied life in the form of flash memoir. The thirty narratives recount episodes from his childhood in the Great Depression of the 1930’s to his eighty-fifth birthday. Morris writes in the first person, present tense, to give the reader a feeling of immediacy. A dozen poems are free-standing or sprinkled into the prose. Forty of his original watercolors illustrate the 124-page book in full color. Four photographic montages picture various aspects of Morris career as a concert pianist, a professor of music, a watercolorist and gay leather man. Morris Taylor is a contemporary version of the Renaissance man. Throughout his fourscore and more years he has displayed a keen interest and considerable skill in thearts, religion, family and leather life style. As a musician, he has traveled the world giving classical piano concerts, master classes and lectures. His writing achievements range from scholarly papers in musicology to incisive poetry relating gentle nature to gritty life. In retirement years, Taylor has become a watercolor artist. His twenty-five one-person shows range from San Francisco’s Grace Episcopal Cathedral to the Center for Sex and Culture. On May 21, 2015, he exhibited his erotic watercolors at Chicago’s Leather Archives and Museum. For four decades Doctor Taylor was on the faculty of Christian universities. He retired as Professor Emeritus of Music. In the capacity of his missionary credential, he has taught Bible classes for youth and adults and raised up a Seventh-day Adventist church in Appalachia. With his wife Elaine he toured as a duo-piano team. When their four kids were young, they fit into the back of the station wagon when their parents were on tour. When the children grew to be teens, Lucille, Leonard, Lowell and Lyndon became the prominent Taylor String Quartet winning national prizes and touring under management. In his sixties Morris has acted upon his inherent homosexuality. He came out simultaneously as a kinky person into sado-masochism into the leather life style. Probably he is the oldest title holder in that community, International Master 2013. A documentary film is being made of Taylor’s life.
Jonathan Arnowitz is a Design Director for Foxconn, the leading maker of Smart Phones. Previously, he has worked as a designer for Google, Nokia, as well for a Dutch Design bureau, Informaat. Jonathan has already published two books on software design. Presently he is working on a series of books under the title of The Goldberg Variations. This series follows its main character on a journey of self-discovery through error and mistakes then through forgiveness and redemption. The first volume of this project is already completed, with another two volumes already in draft. Jonathan’s passions include theater, opera, travel, social justice, and cooking. And all of these passions figure prominently into his writing. A leader in the community of alternative sexuality, he is the title holder of the 2013 International Master/slave education title along with his life partner Morris Taylor. The Goldberg Variations is his first works of fiction.
The ongoing spot on Lilycat on Stuff is scheduled for the third Sunday of every month. Left Coast Writers® are invited to participate in the programming. Listeners are invited to call in and share their opinions. FCCFREE RADIO is home to over 50 + original programs each week that produce more that 1,000,000 listeners per month(yes, you read that correctly 1,000,000 + listeners) of LIVE hosted content. that comes out of the plush studios in the SOMA District of San Francisco. FFR talk shows cover everything from sex, politics, sports, and back again. Google calls them an "Iconic Staple of San Francisco" and a "Frontrunner in Internet Broadcasting." Add your voice to the fray by calling in during show hours: 415 829 2980. How to Listen in/Call in! 1 - log onto www.fccfreeradio.com 2 - find "schedule" tab and click it - go to Sundays - there will be the link for Lily Cat on Stuff - click it 3 - on Lily Cat page - there will be a "Tune In Now" section to select the streaming service of listeners choice - Under Studio A: - iTunes - Windows Media Player - Real Media Player - Quick Time Studio 4. Once selected the listening controls should appear & sound should be on - listen to the program - Lily Cat will give the phone # to call Nice thing about these live casts - they're incorporated into Pod Casts so you can go back and listen if the program played while you were out.
For more station info and how to listen in, go to: www.FCCFREERADIO.comTo schedule and interview with the editors or writers please contact Jack at leftcoastwriters@gmail.com

Ferry Plaza Book Party: Camille Cusumano, Author of Wilderness Begins at Home

LEFT COAST WRITERS FERRY PLAZA BOOK PARTY:  Camille Cusumano, Author of Wilderness Begins at Home: Travels with my Big Sicilian Family
Camille Cusumano

Camille Cusumano

Monday, May 9, 2016 || 6pm Book Passage || San Francisco 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco ||www.bookpassage.com What do a high mountain meadow, an ancient Sicilian ruin, and a New Orleans voodoo temple have in common? These are just three of the places you encounter the Cusumano clan in Wilderness Begins at Home. This collection of 20 stories spans more than 20 years and weaves a figurative journey along with literal adventures, that are exciting, episodic, humorous, and always probing the eternal question what does family really mean to us? Each story has a destination, but the journey and the family interactions are the things that captivate, warm the heart, and stir the soul.
"I love Wilderness Begins at Home! It's the best kind of travel book — one that invites the reader into real lives, in real places. Whether they’re fighting off a wild bear or dealing with a clandestine coffee fetish, sitting Zen or locking horns with a Voodoo priestess, Camille and her lively family share fun and mischief around the world."
—Laurie McAndish King Author of Lost, Kidnapped, Eaten Alive! True stories from a curious traveler
Camille Cusumano is the author of  of Tango, an Argentine Love Story (Seal Press, 2008), endorsed by Vipassana teacher Sylvia Boorstein as "a remarkable addition to contemporary dharma literature . . . [that] shows the redemptive potential of a sincere spiritual practice." She has written for numerous publications, including National Geographic Traveler, Islands, Country Living, the San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Times, Christian Science Monitor, the New York Times, and the Washington Post. She is the author of several cookbooks and one novel, The Last Cannoli (Legas) and the editor of the literary anthologies, France, a Love Story, Italy, a Love Story, Mexico, a Love Story, and Greece, a Love Story, (Seal Press) She was a senior editor at VIA Magazine in San Francisco, where she covered travel around the world. She lives in San Francisco.

Book Launch: Nine Lives of Morris by Morris Taylor

LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK LAUNCH: Morris Taylor, Author of Nine Lives of Morris: Great Tales from One Cool Cat
Morris Taylor

Morris Taylor

Saturday, May 14th, 2016 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com as we celebrate along with Morris Taylor in the publication of his extraordinary word/image memoir Nine Lives of Morris: Great Tales from One Cool Cat. In it Morris has collected poems, tales and images of his varied life. The thirty narratives recount episodes from his childhood in the Great Depression of the 1930’s to his eighty-fifth birthday. Forty of his original watercolors illustrate the 124-page book in full color. Four photographic montages picture various aspects of Morris career as a concert pianist, a professor of music, a watercolorist and leather man. From the first memoir, which tells about finding his biological father’s family in Appalachia, to the last memoir, which tells about marrying a man, the author hugs his reader. As a child Morris discovers many aspects of his personhood. Through experiences in the U. S. Army and World War II, Morris tells his tales. Morris reveals the sorrow of soul upon the fatal accident of his wife and the suicide of his gay son, Leonard. He shares the spiritual journey as a Seventh-day Adventist in raising up a church only to find out how difficult it is to find his own place as a gay man. Morris shares the adventures of his retirement years when he joins the leather community with vigor and starts a new career as a watercolor artist. Even when diagnosed with cancer of the bone marrow, the author maintains his equilibrium and honesty. The nine disparate elements do not tear apart the protagonist. Rather than disintegrate, Morris thrives as he integrates his roles as a Child, Pianist, Artist, Soldier, Father, Missionary, Professor, Gay Man, Master and Leatherman. Morris Taylor is a contemporary version of the Renaissance man. Throughout his fourscore and more years he has displayed a keen interest and considerable skill in the arts, religion, family and leather life style. As a musician, he has traveled the world giving classical piano concerts, master classes and lectures. His writing achievements range from scholarly papers in musicology to incisive poetry relating gentle nature to gritty life. In retirement years, Taylor has become a watercolor artist. His twenty-five one-person shows range from San Francisco’s Grace Episcopal Cathedral to the Center for Sex and Culture. On May 21, 2015, he exhibited his erotic watercolors at Chicago’s Leather Archives and Museum. For four decades Doctor Taylor was on the faculty of Christian universities. He retired as Professor Emeritus of Music. In the capacity of his missionary credential, he has taught Bible classes for youth and adults and raised up a Seventh-day Adventist church in Appalachia. With his wife Elaine he toured as a duo-piano team. When their four kids were young, they fit into the back of the station wagon when their parents were on tour. When the children grew to be teens, Lucille, Leonard, Lowell and Lyndon became the prominent Taylor String Quartet winning national prizes and touring under management. In his sixties Morris has acted upon his inherent homosexuality. He came out simultaneously as a kinky person into sado-masochism into the leather life style. Probably he is the oldest title holder in that community, International Master 2013. A documentary film is being made of Taylor’s life.

Literary Salon: Isabel Allende, Author of The Japanese Lover and numerous bestselling novels

LEFT COAST WRITERS LITERARY SALON: Isabel Allende, Author of The Japanese Lover and numerous bestselling novels
Isabel Allende

Isabel Allende

Monday, May 2nd, 2016 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com We are thrilled to invite you to share a Left Coast Writers Literary Salon evening with much loved Chilean author Isabel Allende. Isabel won worldwide acclaim when her bestselling first novel, The House of the Spirits, was published in 1982. In addition to launching her career, the book, which grew out of a farewell letter to her dying grandfather, also established her as a feminist force in Latin America’s male-dominated literary world. She has since written 20 more works, including Of Love and Shadows, Eva Luna, Stories of Eva Luna, The Infinite Plan, Daughter of Fortune, Portrait in Sepia, a trilogy for young readers (City of Beasts, Kingdom of the Golden Dragon, and Forest of Pygmies), Zorro, Ines of My Soul, Island Beneath the Sea, Maya’s Notebook, Ripper and her latest book, The Japanese Lover. Books of nonfiction include Aphrodite, a humorous collection of recipes and essays, and three memoirs: My Invented Country, Paula (a bestseller that documents Allende’s daughter’s illness and death, as well as her own life), and The Sum of Our Days. Allende’s books, all written in her native Spanish, have been translated into more than 35 languages and have sold more than 67 million copies. Her works both entertain and educate readers by weaving intriguing stories with significant historical events. Settings for her books include Chile throughout the 15th, 19th and 20th centuries, the California gold rush, the guerrilla movement of 1960s Venezuela, the Vietnam War, and the slave revolt in Haiti in the 18th century. Allende, who has received dozens of international tributes and awards over the last 30 years, describes her fiction as “realistic literature,” rooted in her remarkable upbringing and the mystical people and events that fueled her imagination. Her writings are equally informed by her feminist convictions, her commitment to social justice, and the harsh political realities that shaped her destiny. A prominent journalist for Chilean television and magazines in the late 1960s and early 1970s, Allende’s life was forever altered when Gen. Augusto Pinochet led a military coup in 1973 that toppled Chile’s socialist reform government. Allende’s cousin Salvador Allende, who had been elected Chile’s president in 1970, died in the coup. The Pinochet regime was marked early on by repression and brutality, and Allende became involved with groups offering aid to victims of the regime. Ultimately finding it unsafe to remain in Chile, she fled the country in 1975 with her husband and two children. The family lived in exile in Venezuela for the next 13 years. In 1981 Allende learned that her beloved grandfather, who still lived in Chile, was dying. She began a letter to him, recounting her childhood memories of life in her grandparents’ home. Although her grandfather died before having a chance to read the letter, its contents became the basis for The House of the Spirits, the novel that launched her literary career at age 40. The novel details the lives of two families living in Chile from the 1920s to the country’s military coup in 1973, and has been described as both a family saga and a political testimony. In addition to her work as a writer, Allende also devotes much of her time to human rights. Following the death of her daughter in 1992, she established in Paula’s honor a charitable foundation dedicated to the protection and empowerment of women and children worldwide. Since 1987, Allende has made her home in the San Francisco Bay Area in California. Allende became a U.S. citizen in 1993 but, as she says, she lives with one foot in California and the other in Chile.  

National Poetry Month Party: Featuring Morris Taylor, Author of Nine Lives of Morris: Great Tales from One Cool Cat

LEFT COAST WRITERS FERRY PLAZA NATIONAL POETRY MONTH CELEBRATION:  Featuring Morris Taylor and more
Morris Taylor

Morris Taylor

Monday, April 11, 2016 || 6pm Book Passage || San Francisco 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco ||www.bookpassage.com Please, one and all, join us for a very special National Poetry Month celebration along with Left Coast Writers and Southern Sampler Artists Colony poets as we celebrate along with Morris Taylor in the publication of his extraordinary word/image memoir Nine Lives of Morris: Great Tales from One Cool Cat. In it Morris has collected poems, tales and images of his varied life. The thirty narratives recount episodes from his childhood in the Great Depression of the 1930’s to his eighty-fifth birthday. Forty of his original watercolors illustrate the 124-page book in full color. Four photographic montages picture various aspects of Morris career as a concert pianist, a professor of music, a watercolorist and leather man. From the first memoir, which tells about finding his biological father’s family in Appalachia, to the last memoir, which tells about marrying a man, the author hugs his reader. As a child Morris discovers many aspects of his personhood. Through experiences in the U. S. Army and World War II, Morris tells his tales. Morris reveals the sorrow of soul upon the fatal accident of his wife and the suicide of his gay son, Leonard. He shares the spiritual journey as a Seventh-day Adventist in raising up a church only to find out how difficult it is to find his own place as a gay man. Morris shares the adventures of his retirement years when he joins the leather community with vigor and starts a new career as a watercolor artist. Even when diagnosed with cancer of the bone marrow, the author maintains his equilibrium and honesty. The nine disparate elements do not tear apart the protagonist. Rather than disintegrate, Morris thrives as he integrates his roles as a Child, Pianist, Artist, Soldier, Father, Missionary, Professor, Gay Man, Master and Leatherman. Readers will include: Todd Crawshaw, Linda Watanabe McFerrin and other LCW and SSAC poets. Morris Taylor is a contemporary version of the Renaissance man. Throughout his fourscore and more years he has displayed a keen interest and considerable skill in the arts, religion, family and leather life style. As a musician, he has traveled the world giving classical piano concerts, master classes and lectures. His writing achievements range from scholarly papers in musicology to incisive poetry relating gentle nature to gritty life. In retirement years, Taylor has become a watercolor artist. His twenty-five one-person shows range from San Francisco’s Grace Episcopal Cathedral to the Center for Sex and Culture. On May 21, 2015, he exhibited his erotic watercolors at Chicago’s Leather Archives and Museum. For four decades Doctor Taylor was on the faculty of Christian universities. He retired as Professor Emeritus of Music. In the capacity of his missionary credential, he has taught Bible classes for youth and adults and raised up a Seventh-day Adventist church in Appalachia. With his wife Elaine he toured as a duo-piano team. When their four kids were young, they fit into the back of the station wagon when their parents were on tour. When the children grew to be teens, Lucille, Leonard, Lowell and Lyndon became the prominent Taylor String Quartet winning national prizes and touring under management. In his sixties Morris has acted upon his inherent homosexuality. He came out simultaneously as a kinky person into sado-masochism into the leather life style. Probably he is the oldest title holder in that community, International Master 2013. A documentary film is being made of Taylor’s life.

Book Launch: Three Corner Rustlers by K. Hamilton

LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK LAUNCH: K. Hamilton, Author of Three Corner Rustlers
K. Hamilton

K. Hamilton

Saturday, April 9th, 2016 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com Inspired by real-life events, author K. Hamilton artfully combines the elements of a Western with the 21st century. Paths intersect and twist from Silicon Valley, to Colorado, to the wide-open spaces of the high desert of the Three Corner country of Oregon, Idaho, and Nevada. Three Corner Rustlers is a contemporary story featuring an estranged daughter, Carson, who is returning to her childhood home; C.J., an ex-con whose life is changed by an unusual mentor: a wild mustang named Rio; plus a criminal network of cattle thieves, Federal agents, and a rancher whose livelihood is threatened. The journeys of these characters are woven together in this modern-day tale to surprising conclusions.
K. Hamilton works from a small ranch in Northern Marin County, California where she and her husband keep their four horses. They also have a home in Oregon. This is her first novel.

Literary Salon: Debbie Goelz, Wattpad Star

LEFT COAST WRITERS LITERARY SALON:  Debbie Goelz, Ex-film exec, Author of Mermaids and the Vampires Who Love Them and Wattpad Star
Debbie Goelz

Debbie Goelz

Monday, April 4th, 2016 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com Be sure to join us this month and perhaps invite a literary pal  as Debbie Goelz introduces everyone to Wattpad, an online and app-based platform that blends social media and storytelling. Sometimes called the “YouTube” of writing, Wattpad connects readers and writers all over the planet. Wattpad is changing the world of publishing by giving authors the opportunity to reach a readership and develop a platform. Margaret Atwood, an early proponent of Wattpad says, “Wattpad opens the doors and enlarges the view in places where the doors are closed and the view is restricted. And somewhere out there in Wattpadland, a new generation is testing its wings.” Debbie’s work became an almost instant Wattpad sensation with over 6.5 million reads on her stories to date. Debbie Goelz is a refugee from Hollywood where she served for ten years as a financial executive for such companies as Universal Pictures, Dino de Laurentiis and Jim Henson Productions. During her last position as the Vice President of Finance for Jim Henson Productions she met her future husband. Her film career began and ended with her puppeteering a chicken during the closing scene in Muppet Treasure Island. Her YA humorous fantasy written under the pseudonym Brittanie Charmintine, Mermaids and the Vampires Who Love Them, won a Watty award in 2014. She lives in rural Marin County with her husband and dog. Her two children have abandoned her to seek a college education in New York.  

Left Coast Writers® Live: K. Hamilton

Melinda Adams, aka Lilycat

On Sunday, March 13th from 12-2pm, join Left Coast Writers® Live on FCCFREE RADIO's popular show, Lilycat on Stuff. Lilycat's guest on Sunday will be K. Hamilton. Inspired by real-life events, author K. Hamilton artfully combines the elements of a Western with the 21st century. Paths intersect and twist from Silicon Valley, to Colorado, to the wide-open spaces of the high desert of the Three Corner country of Oregon, Idaho, and Nevada. Three Corner Rustlers is a contemporary story featuring an estranged daughter, Carson, who is returning to her childhood home; C.J., an ex-con whose life is changed by an unusual mentor a wild mustang named Rio; plus a criminal network of cattle thieves, Federal agents, and a rancher whose livelihood is threatened. The journeys of these characters are woven together in this modern-day tale to surprising conclusions.
K. Hamilton works from a small ranch in Northern Marin County, California where she and her husband keep their four horses. They also have a home in Oregon. This is her first novel.
The ongoing spot on Lilycat on Stuff is scheduled for the third Sunday of every month. Left Coast Writers® are invited to participate in the programming. Listeners are invited to call in and share their opinions. FCCFREE RADIO is home to over 50 + original programs each week that produce more that 1,000,000 listeners per month (yes, you read that correctly 1,000,000 + listeners) of LIVE hosted content. that comes out of the plush studios in the SOMA District of San Francisco. FFR talk shows cover everything from sex, politics, sports, and back again. Google calls them an "Iconic Staple of San Francisco" and a "Frontrunner in Internet Broadcasting." Add your voice to the fray by calling in during show hours: 415 829 2980. How to Listen in/Call in! 1 - log onto www.fccfreeradio.com 2 - find "schedule" tab and click it - go to Sundays - there will be the link for Lily Cat on Stuff - click it 3 - on Lily Cat page - there will be a "Tune In Now" section to select the streaming service of listeners choice - Under Studio A: - iTunes - Windows Media Player - Real Media Player - Quick Time Studio 4. Once selected the listening controls should appear & sound should be on - listen to the program - Lily Cat will give the phone # to call Nice thing about these live casts - they're incorporated into Pod Casts so you can go back and listen if the program played while you were out.
For more station info and how to listen in, go to: www.FCCFREERADIO.comTo schedule and interview with the editors or writers please contact Jack at leftcoastwriters@gmail.com

Book Launch: Days of the Dead by James A. Jacobs

LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK LAUNCH: Days of the Dead, with author James A. Jacobs 
James A. Jacobs

James A. Jacobs

Saturday, March 12th, 2016 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com Join us at a book party for journalist and emeritus professor, James A. Jacobs. Jacobs' second novel featuring Daniel Mendoza takes us on a storied journey through the festivals and furies of a complex world that should be shockingly familiar to readers concerned with the glories and agonies of Mexico today. Mendoza works hard to keep the lid on extreme violence exercised by the Mexican government, including enforced disappearances of hundreds of the nation's children. But that's just the first act of Mendoza's complicated mission to seek justice, retribution ... and just possibly salvation. A searing but very satisfying story. —Timothy Kennedy, PhD, University of Tampa, author of Where the Rivers Meet the Sky: A Collaborative Approach to Participatory Development James A. Jacobs, an ex-Marine, worked for United Press International in Mexico City 1968, and witnessed many of the events described in the novel. The author earned BS (English) and MA (Newspaper Journalism) degrees from Syracuse University. Upon his return from Mexico, he also earned a MSS degree (Interdisciplinary Social Science), also at Syracuse University, focusing on Latin American Studies and Cultural Anthropology with a special interest in Revival (Millenarian) Movements. He is professor emeritus (Journalism and English) at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, CA, and lives with his wife Susan in San Rafael, CA.

Literary Salon: Jill K. Robinson

LEFT COAST WRITERS LITERARY SALON:  Jill K. Robinson, Award-winning Freelance Journalist talks about freelancing in the New Millennium
Jill K. Robinson

Jill K. Robinson

Monday, March 7th, 2016 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com Freelancing is quite possibly one of the most exciting writing jobs and freelancing travel is definitely the most exhilarating of those, but it isn't easy to nab a constant stream of literary assignments, especially if you are just starting out. Join us on a night with energetic, talented and highly praised freelance journalist, Jill Robinson, as she shares the ups and downs of her profession and the road she recommends for success in that field. Jill K. Robinson is an award-winning freelance journalist and photographer. Her articles have been featured in the San Francisco Chronicle, AFAR, National Geographic Traveler, Every Day With Rachael Ray, Coastal Living, Robb Report, ISLANDS, Saturday Evening Post, San Francisco magazine, American Way, Celebrated Living, Delta Sky, and more. She has received a Solas Award, ALTO Award, and Society of American Travel Writers awards for travel writing, as well as the Bill Muster award for photography. Her essays have been published in Travelers’ Tales books: The Best Travel Writing, The Best Women’s Travel Writing, and Leave the Lipstick Take the Iguana. dangerjillrobinson.com

Left Coast Writers Poetry: Todd Crawshaw

Left Coast Writers Poetry: Todd Crawshaw, Author of heretofore and Exploits of the Satyr
Todd Crawshaw

Todd Crawshaw

Kawika's Ocean Beach Deli 734 La Playa St, San Francisco, CA 94121 Saturday, March 5th from 5pm-7:15pm Join a featured LCW poet at the First Sunday of the Month Happy Hour Poetry series at Kawika's Ocean Beach Deli. Our featured poet's reading is followed by an open mic for other poets to share original work, or even just to read favorite poems aloud. Happy Hour starts at 5pm, and after our featured poet reads for 30 minutes, open mic (three minutes per poet) goes until 7:15 pm. Celebrate creativity and poets while supporting a local, community-oriented, and family owned business! Enjoy $1 off your sandwich with the purchase of a glass of wine or bubbly! Up in March is Todd Crawshaw. Todd Crawshaw is a Bay Area author, artist, and founder of San Francisco-based graphic design firm Crawshaw Design.  His published works include heretoforeExploits of the Satyr, and Light-Years in the Dark: StoryPoems. Kawika's LogoAbout Kawika's Deli: David Nottage and his wife Joanne Pappas Nottage bought this San Francisco business a year and a half ago and transformed a take-out deli into a friendly community hub where friends and neighbors can enjoy great food with affordable, quality wine/beer and connect around music, poetry, sports, comedy, and issues integral to local concerns. Kawika's has free wi-fi and delicious deli delights. Signature menu items include: fresh baked sourdough rolls, homemade Gluten Free bread, in-house, fresh roasted, rotisserie Angus roast beef, turkey and leg of lamb, fresh baked Salmon, Greek lamb gyros with authentic tzatziki sauce, Greek Salad, homemade hummus, 100% Kona coffee, Greek coffee and a selection of chips, juices, and desserts, including baklava! Kawika’s is just a block from beautiful Ocean Beach at 734 La Playa Street @ Balboa in San Francisco. There is street parking and a large, free lot 1 block away on the Great Highway @ Balboa Street. Read more about their events and the restaurant itself at http://www.oceanbeachdeli.com/

Book Party: To Oldly Go, with contributors MJ Pramik and Anne Sigmon

LEFT COAST WRITERS FERRY PLAZA BOOK PARTY:  To Oldly Go, with contributors MJ Pramik and Anne Sigmon
Ann Sigmon (left) and MJ Pramik (right)

Ann Sigmon (left) and MJ Pramik (right)

Monday, March 3rd, 2016 || 6pm Book Passage || San Francisco 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco ||www.bookpassage.com Left Coast Writers will celebrate publication of a lively new anthology with a festive book launch party on Monday evening, February 8, 2016, at Book Passage's San Francisco Store, 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco, CA 94111. Phone: (415) 835-1020. MJ Pramik and Anne Sigmon are delighted to join distinguished British and international travel writers between the covers of the new travel anthology To Oldly Go, just published by Bradt Guides. There'll be wine, international-themed snacks (including chocolate, of course!), prize drawings (could a Cuban cigar be involved?), music, and other surprises. MJ and Anne will read selections from their own stories and those of esteemed writers like Hilary Bradt, Colin Thubron, and Dervla Murphy. The party is free and open to the public, so come and bring your friends. It's an easy walk from Embarcadero BART or the parking lot directly across the street (Ace Parking Washington-Embarcadero). To Oldly Go is a collection of challenging and unusual travel escapades by the over-60s. Some stories are thrilling, some thought-provoking, and some just plain fun, but all celebrate an irrepressible appetite among people who refuse to retire quietly. While they don't really think of themselves as "oldlys," MJ and Anne are proud to be part of this collection of 41 true travel tales from the over-60 crowd: Dervla Murphy travelling in Cuba at the age of 74, Matthew Parris swimming the Thames at 60, and Colin Thubron climbing the last stronghold of the Assassins. They, along with Anne & MJ, are among the writers defying expectations—and the odds—venturing outside their comfort zones onto a less-traveled path. Mary Jean Pramik, a coalminer's daughter and a great, great-granddaughter of the Mongolian pain, has hitch-hiked across the United States, tracker May apples in Ohio, chased children through wet mountains of California, fended off bill collectors in tropical San Francisco, and counted sharp-taloned bird carcasses along the Pacific's Point Reyes sands. Communicating with screeching penguin hoards in Antarctica remains a high point of her sojourn on this planet. MJ earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in biological sciences, and completed an MFA in writing. She moonlights as a medical writer, penning such scientific thrillers as Norenthindrone, The First Three Decades, the fast-paced history of the first birth control pill extracted from a Mexican yam. Winner of the coveted Mary Women Medal and a Travelers' Tales Solis Award, MJ's articles and essays have appeared in Nature BiotechnologyDrug Topics, and Cosmetic Surgery News, and mainstream publications such as Good HousekeepingOdyssey, and the National Enquirer. She has contributed to the "Venturing in" travel series on the Canal du Midi, Southern Greece, Southern Ireland, and Puglia, Italy, and the "Wandering in" series for Costa Rica, Bali, and Cornwall. MJ teaches graduate writing skills in the College of Science and Engineering at San Francisco State University. Anne Sigmon flunked jump rope in seventh grade and washed out of college PE. After college, she headed for San Francisco and a career in public relations. Exotic travel was the stuff of dreams until, at 38, she married Jack, took tea with erstwhile headhunters in Borneo and climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro at 43. Five years later, she was zapped by a career-ending stroke caused by an obscure autoimmune disease called Antiphospholipid Syndrome (APS). She may be stuck with blood thinners and a damaged brain, but she's still traveling to isolated regions ranging from Botswana to Burma and, most recently, to Syria, Jordan, and a remote rainforest in Costa Rica. Anne's personal essays and travel stories have appeared in local and national publications including Good Housekeeping and Stroke Connection magazines and the anthologies Wandering in Costa RicaChicken Soup for the Soul: Find Your Happiness, and Travel Stories from Around the Globe. She is currently working on a memoir about her experience with stroke and autoimmune disease. Anne's blog www.JunglePants.com offers travel tales and tips about adventure travel off the beaten path. On her author website, www.AnneSigmon.com, she writes about—and offers tips on—living with stroke and autoimmune disease.

Left Coast Writers® Live: Anne Sigmon and MJ Pramik

Melinda Adams, aka Lilycat On Sunday, February 21st from 12-2pm, join Left Coast Writers® Live on FCCFREE RADIO's popular show, Lilycat on Stuff. Lilycat's guest on Sunday will be Anne Sigmon and MJ Pramik, Contributors to To Oldly Go: Tales of Intrepid Travel by the Over-60s A brand new collection of remarkable travel tales from 'Silver Travellers'. Dervla Murphy travelling in Cuba at the age of 74, Matthew Parris swimming the Thames at 60, and Colin Thubron climbing the last stronghold of the Assassins in his 60s are among the writers recounting their adventures, often defying expectations - and the odds - and going outside their comfort zone to take a less-travelled path in later life. Published with participation from the Silver Travel Advisor, this single volume brings together contributions - some original, some previously published - from independent-minded souls whose experiences have been entertaining, amusing, thrilling, and even a little irresponsible. Other contributors include Roger Bray, 'Green Goddess' Diana Moran and Bradt Guides' very own Hilary Bradt. - See more at: http://www.bradtguides.com/to-oldly-go-pb.html#sthash.WoFyrnBe.dpuf Mary Jean Pramik, a coalminer's daughter and a great, great-granddaughter of the Mongolian pain, has hitch-hiked across the United States, tracker May apples in Ohio, chased children through wet mountains of California, fended off bill collectors in tropical San Francisco, and counted sharp-taloned bird carcasses along the Pacific's Point Reyes sands. Communicating with screeching penguin hoards in Antarctica remains a high point of her sojourn on this planet. MJ earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in biological sciences, and completed an MFA in writing. She moonlights as a medical writer, penning such scientific thrillers as Norenthindrone, The First Three Decades, the fast-paced history of the first birth control pill extracted from a Mexican yam. Winner of the coveted Mary Women Medal and a Travelers' Tales Solis Award, MJ's articles and essays have appeared in Nature BiotechnologyDrug Topics, and Cosmetic Surgery News, and mainstream publications such as Good HousekeepingOdyssey, and the National Enquirer. She has contributed to the "Venturing in" travel series on the Canal du Midi, Southern Greece, Southern Ireland, and Puglia, Italy, and the "Wandering in" series for Costa Rica, Bali, and Cornwall. MJ teaches graduate writing skills in the College of Science and Engineering at San Francisco State University. Anne Sigmon flunked jump rope in seventh grade and washed out of college PE. After college, she headed for San Francisco and a career in public relations. Exotic travel was the stuff of dreams until, at 38, she married Jack, took tea with erstwhile headhunters in Borneo and climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro at 43. Five years later, she was zapped by a career-ending stroke caused by an obscure autoimmune disease called Antiphospholipid Syndrome (APS). She may be stuck with blood thinners and a damaged brain, but she's still traveling to isolated regions ranging from Botswana to Burma and, most recently, to Syria, Jordan, and a remote rainforest in Costa Rica. Anne's personal essays and travel stories have appeared in local and national publications including Good Housekeeping and Stroke Connection magazines and the anthologies Wandering in Costa RicaChicken Soup for the Soul: Find Your Happiness, and Travel Stories from Around the Globe. She is currently working on a memoir about her experience with stroke and autoimmune disease. Anne's blog www.JunglePants.com offers travel tales and tips about adventure travel off the beaten path. On her author website, www.AnneSigmon.com, she writes about—and offers tips on—living with stroke and autoimmune disease. The ongoing spot on Lilycat on Stuff is scheduled for the third Sunday of every month. Left Coast Writers® are invited to participate in the programming. Listeners are invited to call in and share their opinions. FCCFREE RADIO is home to over 50 + original programs each week that produce more that 1,000,000 listeners per month (yes, you read that correctly 1,000,000 + listeners) of LIVE hosted content. that comes out of the plush studios in the SOMA District of San Francisco. FFR talk shows cover everything from sex, politics, sports, and back again. Google calls them an "Iconic Staple of San Francisco" and a "Frontrunner in Internet Broadcasting." Add your voice to the fray by calling in during show hours: 415 829 2980. How to Listen in/Call in! 1 - log onto www.fccfreeradio.com 2 - find "schedule" tab and click it - go to Sundays - there will be the link for Lily Cat on Stuff - click it 3 - on Lily Cat page - there will be a "Tune In Now" section to select the streaming service of listeners choice - Under Studio A: - iTunes - Windows Media Player - Real Media Player - Quick Time Studio 4. Once selected the listening controls should appear & sound should be on - listen to the program - Lily Cat will give the phone # to call Nice thing about these live casts - they're incorporated into Pod Casts so you can go back and listen if the program played while you were out.
For more station info and how to listen in, go to: www.FCCFREERADIO.comTo schedule and interview with the editors or writers please contact Jack at leftcoastwriters@gmail.com

Left Coast Writers Poetry: Elaine Miller Bond

Left Coast Writers Poetry: Kunal Mukherjee, Author of My Magical Palace
Elaine Miller Bond

Elaine Miller Bond

Kawika's Ocean Beach Deli 734 La Playa St, San Francisco, CA 94121 Sunday, February 7th from 5pm-7:15pm Join a featured LCW poet at the First Sunday of the Month Happy Hour Poetry series at Kawika's Ocean Beach Deli. Our featured poet's reading is followed by an open mic for other poets to share original work, or even just to read favorite poems aloud. Happy Hour starts at 5pm, and after our featured poet reads for 30 minutes, open mic (three minutes per poet) goes until 7:15 pm. Celebrate creativity and poets while supporting a local, community-oriented, and family owned business! Enjoy $1 off your sandwich with the purchase of a glass of wine or bubbly! Up in February is Elaine Bond. When Elaine Miller Bond was 8 years old, her teacher secretly sent a poem she wrote to the Oakland Tribune. This little ode to Berkeley’s holiday lights was Elaine’s first publication. Since that time, Elaine has worked as a University of California science writer, photographed prairie dogs for a popular science book, seen her photos on tv and in print (Discovery Channel, Science, NPR, BBC, The Washington Post, Berkeleyside), and written/photographed books for kids (forthcoming from Heyday Books). She has also written poems, her impressions of life events. Some are light; others are deep. All reflect a degree of wonder, as seen through the eyes wildlife photographer, and of an 8-year-old, looking at holidays lights. Kawika's LogoAbout Kawika's Deli: David Nottage and his wife Joanne Pappas Nottage bought this San Francisco business a year and a half ago and transformed a take-out deli into a friendly community hub where friends and neighbors can enjoy great food with affordable, quality wine/beer and connect around music, poetry, sports, comedy, and issues integral to local concerns. Kawika's has free wi-fi and delicious deli delights. Signature menu items include: fresh baked sourdough rolls, homemade Gluten Free bread, in-house, fresh roasted, rotisserie Angus roast beef, turkey and leg of lamb, fresh baked Salmon, Greek lamb gyros with authentic tzatziki sauce, Greek Salad, homemade hummus, 100% Kona coffee, Greek coffee and a selection of chips, juices, and desserts, including baklava! Kawika’s is just a block from beautiful Ocean Beach at 734 La Playa Street @ Balboa in San Francisco. There is street parking and a large, free lot 1 block away on the Great Highway @ Balboa Street. Read more about their events and the restaurant itself at http://www.oceanbeachdeli.com/

Workshop: Writing Sexy Stuff with Linda Watanabe McFerrin

Linda Watanabe McFerrin

Linda Watanabe McFerrin

Saturday, February 13th, 2016 || 10am-4pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com Treat yourself or a loved one to something extra-special for Valentine’s Day.If you have trouble steaming up the page, this is the workshop for you. Spend a day with poet, travel writer and novelist Linda Watanabe McFerrin loosening up and learning the techniques for adding spicy, sensual, and sometimes hilarious sizzle to your work. The class is full of quick free-writes and entertaining exercises that will have you moving from comfort zones to erogenous zones in no time. Linda’s workshops have ushered may a writer into the award circle and bestseller spotlight. She’s the founder of Left Coast Writers® and co-editor of the Hot Flashes: Sexy Little Stories and Poems series. The workshop fee includes, champagne, chocolate, and copious creativity. A careful investigation will also reveal that you can receive Dominican College credit for this workshop. The workshop will be held on Saturday, February 13th, from 10am-4pm at Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera, CA, 94925.  Sign up here. Poet, travel writer, novelist and Left Coast Writers® founder Linda Watanabe McFerrin (www.lwmcferrin.com) is a contributor to numerous newspapers, magazines and anthologies. She is the author of two poetry collections, past editor of a popular Northern California guidebook and a winner of the Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction. Her novel, Namako: Sea Cucumber, was named Best Book for the Teen-Age by the New York Public Library. In addition to authoring an award-winning short story collection, The Hand of Buddha, she has co-edited several anthologies, including the Hot Flashes: sexy little stories & poems series. Her latest novel, Dead Love (Stone Bridge Press, 2009), was short-listed as a finalist in the 2007 William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Competition and was a Bram Stoker Award Finalist for Superior Achievement in a Novel in 2009. Linda has judged the San Francisco Literary Awards, the Josephine Miles Award for Literary Excellence and the Kiriyama Prize, served as a visiting mentor for the Loft Mentor Series and been guest faculty at the Oklahoma Arts Institute. A past NEA Panelist and juror for the Marin Literary Arts Council, she has led workshops in Greece, France, Italy, Ireland, Central America, Indonesia and the United States and has mentored a long list of accomplished writers and best-selling authors toward publication.  

Book Party: Linda Watanabe McFerrin & Laurie McAndish King

LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK PARTY: Linda Watanabe McFerrin & Laurie McAndish King introduce writers on the topic of "Love in the 21st Century"
Linda Watanabe McFerrin

Linda Watanabe McFerrin

Laurie McAndish King

Laurie McAndish King

Saturday, February 13th, 2016 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com Linda Watanabe McFerrin & Laurie McAndish King, editors of Hot Flashes: Sexy Little Stories and Poems, will introduce writers on the topic of "Love in the 21st Century". Poet, travel writer, novelist and Left Coast Writers® founder Linda Watanabe McFerrin (www.lwmcferrin.com) is a contributor to numerous newspapers, magazines and anthologies. She is the author of two poetry collections, past editor of a popular Northern California guidebook and a winner of the Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction. Her novel, Namako: Sea Cucumber, was named Best Book for the Teen Age by the by the New York Public Library. In addition to authoring an award-winning short story collection, The Hand of Buddha, she has co-edited several anthologies, including the Hot Flashes: sexy little stories & poems series. Her latest novel, Dead Love (Stone BridgePress, 2009), was short-listed as a finalist in the 2007 William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Competition and was a Bram Stoker Award Finalist for Superior Achievement in a Novel in 2009. Linda has judged the San Francisco Literary Awards, the Josephine Miles Award for Literary Excellence and the Kiriyama Prize, served as a visiting mentor for the Loft Mentor Series and been guest faculty at the Oklahoma Arts Institute. A past NEA Panelist and juror for the Marin Literary Arts Council, she has led workshops in Greece, France, Italy, Ireland, Central America, Indonesia and the United States and has mentored a long list of accomplished writers and best-selling authors toward publication. Laurie McAndish King grew up in rural Iowa, studied science and philosophy at Cornell College, and has traveled to nearly forty countries, observing with an eye for biology and writing with a philosopher’s heart and mind. Her award-winning travel essays and photography have appeared in many publications, including Smithsonian Magazine; Travel Channel partner site iExplore.com; the San Francisco Chronicle“The Best Women’s Travel Writing” Travelers’ Tales anthology; as well as other magazines and literary anthologies. She won the 2013 Lowell Thomas Gold Award for Cultural Tourism for her story about Croatia, “Silk from Ashes.”

Wandering in Cornwall reading at A Great Good Place for Books

Reading with Wanderland Writers at A Great Good Place for Books, Authors of Wandering in Cornwall: Mystery, Mirth, and Transformation in the Land of the Ancient Celts Wandering in Cornwall CoverWednesday, January 20th, 2016 || 7pm A Great Good Place for Books|| 6120 LaSalle Avenue Oakland, CA 94611 || http://www.ggpbooks.com/ It's another Wanderland Writers celebration. Wine, snacks, readings, and a brand new book in the Wandering series. This time Wanderland Writers venture deep into Cornwall, exploring its castles, its contrast. They find, of course, its legacy of Camelot, the lingering shadows of Arthurian legend, tragic love, magic, and Merlin. They also find its sorrows, buried deep in its history like the now closed mines, where the windswept moors and jagged coasts made everyday events of shipwrecks, isolation, and cave-ins. Yet, as workshop leaders Joanna Biggar and Linda Watanabe McFerrin and their fellow travelers discover, that is not the whole story. They also encounter the wonderful and hospitable Cornish, with their enchanting accents, their delightful yarns, their humor, their endurance. They wander, bicycle, hike and kayak to explore hills, waterways, villages and moors in search of the spirit of artists and writers who have come before them to leave an imprint on this untamed land. "Wandering in Cornwall is a beguiling collection of stories and poems about the extreme west of England. Everything that makes Cornwall so special is here: pasties, clotted cream artists, smugglers, the South West Coast Path and even the thieving seagulls. Readers who know Cornwall will be inspired to return and newcomers to this land of myth and legend will vow to see it for themselves." —Hilary Bradt MBE, Co-founder of Bradt Travel Guides “Careful, reader. This book is a delight, no doubt about it. But now I have to go to Cornwall.” —Tim Cahill, Author of Jaguars Ripped My Flesh and Hold the Enlightenment Writers reading will include: Anne Sigmon, Laurie King, Ethel Mussen, M.J. Pramik,  as well as editors Linda Watanabe McFerrin and Joanna Biggar For more information go to www.wanderlandwriters.com Linda Watanabe McFerrin and Joanna Biggar have floated down the Canal du Midi in France, danced in the sunlight of southern Greece, toasted the best of times in Ireland, devoured the culture and countryside of southern Italy, wandered through landscapes lost and found in Costa Rica, and explored the Indonesian island that is known as an earthly Paradise. In each destination, they eat and drink, laugh, get lost, explore and expound with their merry band of travel writers. And they always return with a varied collection of tales, some mystical, some funny, some terrifying—each told in a different, highly personal voice.

Left Coast Writers® Live: Ivan Light

Melinda Adams, aka Lilycat

Melinda Adams, aka Lilycat

On Sunday, January 17th from 12-2pm, join Left Coast Writers® Live on FCCFREE RADIO's popular show, Lilycat on Stuff. Lilycat's guest on Sunday will be Ivan Light, Author of Deadly Secret of the Lusitania In 1915, a German U-Boat sank the British passenger liner Lusitania. Many Americans, including women and children, were among the 1,200 dead, so the crime caused a storm of protest in America, and helped plunge the U.S. into World War I. In this gripping novel, an insurance investigator and his fiancée help a murdered longshoreman s widow who's been unjustly denied her husband s life insurance. Finding themselves in possession of documents detailing the Lusitania s secret cargo, the couple are targeted by German and British spies, Irish republicans, a rogue socialist, and the newly-formed FBI, all wanting to use the suppressed material for their own purposes. Ivan Light is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles. The author of seven books, he received the Distinguished Career Award from the International Migration Section of the American Sociological Association in 2000 in recognition of his pioneering publications dealing with immigrant and ethnic minority entrepreneurship. His Deflecting Immigration received the American Sociological Association Best Book award in 2006. Professor Light has published many articles dealing with immigration to the United States, organized crime, and American social history. Deadly Secret of the Lusitania is his first novel. The ongoing spot on Lilycat on Stuff is scheduled for the third Sunday of every month. Left Coast Writers® are invited to participate in the programming. Listeners are invited to call in and share their opinions. FCCFREE RADIO is home to over 50 + original programs each week that produce more that 1,000,000 listeners per month (yes, you read that correctly 1,000,000 + listeners) of LIVE hosted content. that comes out of the plush studios in the SOMA District of San Francisco. FFR talk shows cover everything from sex, politics, sports, and back again. Google calls them an "Iconic Staple of San Francisco" and a "Frontrunner in Internet Broadcasting." Add your voice to the fray by calling in during show hours: 415 829 2980. How to Listen in/Call in! 1 - log onto www.fccfreeradio.com 2 - find "schedule" tab and click it - go to Sundays - there will be the link for Lily Cat on Stuff - click it 3 - on Lily Cat page - there will be a "Tune In Now" section to select the streaming service of listeners choice - Under Studio A: - iTunes - Windows Media Player - Real Media Player - Quick Time Studio 4. Once selected the listening controls should appear & sound should be on - listen to the program - Lily Cat will give the phone # to call Nice thing about these live casts - they're incorporated into Pod Casts so you can go back and listen if the program played while you were out.
For more station info and how to listen in, go to: www.FCCFREERADIO.comTo schedule and interview with the editors or writers please contact Jack at leftcoastwriters@gmail.com

Book Party: Ivan Light, Author of Deadly Secret of the Lusitania

LEFT COAST WRITERS FERRY PLAZA BOOK PARTY:  Ivan Light, Author of Deadly Secret of the Lusitania
Ivan Light

Ivan Light

Monday, January 11th, 2016 || 6pm Book Passage || San Francisco 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco ||www.bookpassage.com In 1915, a German U-Boat sank the British passenger liner Lusitania. Many Americans, including women and children, were among the 1,200 dead, so the crime caused a storm of protest in America, and helped plunge the U.S. into World War I. In this gripping novel, an insurance investigator and his fiancée help a murdered longshoreman s widow who's been unjustly denied her husband s life insurance. Finding themselves in possession of documents detailing the Lusitania s secret cargo, the couple are targeted by German and British spies, Irish republicans, a rogue socialist, and the newly-formed FBI, all wanting to use the suppressed material for their own purposes. Ivan Light is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles. The author of seven books, he received the Distinguished Career Award from the International Migration Section of the American Sociological Association in 2000 in recognition of his pioneering publications dealing with immigrant and ethnic minority entrepreneurship. His Deflecting Immigration received the American Sociological Association Best Book award in 2006. Professor Light has published many articles dealing with immigration to the United States, organized crime, and American social history. Deadly Secret of the Lusitania is his first novel.

Book Launch: Window of Exposure by Roccie Hill

LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK LAUNCH: Window of Exposure, with author Roccie Hill 
Roccie Hill

Roccie Hill

Saturday, January 9th, 2016 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com Roccie Hill's new book Window of Exposure is full of excitement and intrigue. When terrorists capture an American CEO in France, former F-16 pilot Kate Cardenas leads the Defense Intelligence Agency team in a covert operation to rescue the businessman before it’s too late. Roccie Hill is the American author of the novel Three Minutes on Love, published in 2008. She received her master’s degree in creative writing from San Francisco State University, where she served as a teaching assistant for Michael Krasny of NPR, and where she regularly had her work appear in the literary quarterly, Transfer. She also received her bachelor’s degree in philosophy from UCLA, and worked with Cesar Chavez in the United Farm Workers union. In 1980 Hill moved to Paris. There, she worked as a creative writing teacher at the Paris Women’s Institute for Continuing Education and also as the marketing manager for the French Statue of Liberty celebrations. She worked directly for Ambassador Francois de Laboulaye, the former French ambassador to Washington and Moscow. Currently, she lives in the California desert and is the single mother of one daughter—a pilot and Major in the US Air Force. Hill is an ambassador for the AcademyWomen organization, after formerly serving on their Board of Directors.

Literary Salon: Rita Lakin

LEFT COAST WRITERS LITERARY SALON:  Rita Lakin, The Only Woman in the Room Rita LakinMonday, January 4th, 2016 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com Writers, if you are thinking about taking your writing from the page to the screen at some point, you might want to take advantage of the opportunity to spend an evening with notable staff writer, producer and show biz professional, Rita Lakin. Rita Lakin was a pioneer, a female script writer in the early 1960s when Hollywood Television was exclusively male.  For years, in creative meetings she was literally the only woman in the room.  In this breezy but heartfelt remembrance, Lakin exposes us to a long-forgotten time when women were not considered worthy or welcome at the creative table.  Widowed with three young children, she talked herself into a secretarial job at Universal Studios in 1962, despite being unable to type or take dictation.  But with guts, skill and humor she rose from secretary to free-lancer, to staff writer, to producer, to executive producer and show-runner, meeting hundreds of famous and infamous show biz legends along the way during her long and unexpected career.  She introduced many women into the business and was a feminist before she even knew she was a feminist. Unknown to the general public, she reached an audience of millions week after week, year after year. The relevance of her personal journey, charming yet occasionally shocking, will be an eye-opener to today’s readers who take for granted the abundance of female creative talent in today’s Hollywood.  

Left Coast Writers Poetry: Nancy Reuscher

Left Coast Writers Poetry: Nancy Reuscher, Author of Minstrel Songs
Nancy Reuscher

Nancy Reuscher

Kawika's Ocean Beach Deli 734 La Playa St, San Francisco, CA 94121 Sunday, January 3rd from 5pm-7:15pm Join a featured LCW poet at the First Sunday of the Month Happy Hour Poetry series at Kawika's Ocean Beach Deli. Our featured poet's reading is followed by an open mic for other poets to share original work, or even just to read favorite poems aloud. Happy Hour starts at 5pm, and after our featured poet reads for 30 minutes, open mic (three minutes per poet) goes until 7:15 pm. Celebrate creativity and poets while supporting a local, community-oriented, and family owned business! Enjoy $1 off your sandwich with the purchase of a glass of wine or bubbly! Up in January is Nancy Reuscher. Nancy Reuscher spent twenty years as a Master Teacher in Connecticut and then many years as partner in a high-tech public relations firm in the Bay Area. She is a graduate of The University of Michigan and Yale University. Her first love is travel and she has lived in England, Switzerland and Greece. Writing has always been a passion. She has written two novels and had her poetry selected by various writer's groups including The Dublin Writers Workshop and LCW. Selections today will be from her chapbook, Minstrel Songs. Kawika's LogoAbout Kawika's Deli: David Nottage and his wife Joanne Pappas Nottage bought this San Francisco business a year and a half ago and transformed a take-out deli into a friendly community hub where friends and neighbors can enjoy great food with affordable, quality wine/beer and connect around music, poetry, sports, comedy, and issues integral to local concerns. Kawika's has free wi-fi and delicious deli delights. Signature menu items include: fresh baked sourdough rolls, homemade Gluten Free bread, in-house, fresh roasted, rotisserie Angus roast beef, turkey and leg of lamb, fresh baked Salmon, Greek lamb gyros with authentic tzatziki sauce, Greek Salad, homemade hummus, 100% Kona coffee, Greek coffee and a selection of chips, juices, and desserts, including baklava! Kawika’s is just a block from beautiful Ocean Beach at 734 La Playa Street @ Balboa in San Francisco. There is street parking and a large, free lot 1 block away on the Great Highway @ Balboa Street. Read more about their events and the restaurant itself at http://www.oceanbeachdeli.com/

Workshop: Making a Scene with Linda Watanabe McFerrin

Linda Watanabe McFerrin

Linda Watanabe McFerrin

Making a Scene Workshop with Linda Watanabe McFerrin Saturday, December 12th, 2015, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Location: Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Boulevard, Corte Madera, CA 94925 $120 Register here
In this one-day workshop, you’ll learn to balance setting, character, and dialogue to create stellar scenes. Some of the exercises have given birth to award-winning work by past participants. Bring your laptop and/or paper and pen and discover how a good writer takes center stage on the page and holds it.
Poet, travel writer, and novelist Linda Watanabe McFerrin (www.lwmcferrin.com) is a contributor to numerous newspapers, magazines and anthologies. She is the author of two poetry collections, past editor of a popular Northern Californiaguidebook and a winner of the Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction. Her novel, Namako:  Sea Cucumber, was named Best Book for the Teen-Age by the New York Public Library. In addition to authoring an award-winning short story collection, The Hand of Buddha, she has co-edited several anthologies, including the Hot Flashes: sexy little stories & poems series. Her latest novel, Dead Love (Stone Bridge Press, 2009), was short-listed as a finalist in the 2007 William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Competition and was a Bram Stoker Award Finalist for Superior Achievement in a Novel in 2009. Linda has judged the San Francisco Literary Awards, the Josephine Miles Award for Literary Excellence and the Kiriyama Prize, served as a visitingmentor for the Loft Mentor Series and been guest faculty at the Oklahoma Arts Institute. A past NEA Panelist and juror for the Marin Literary Arts Council and the founder of Left Coast Writers®, she has led workshops in Greece, France, Italy, Ireland, Central America, Indonesia and the United States and has mentored a long list of accomplished writers and best-selling authors toward publication.

Literary Salon: Herbert Gold, Author of When a Psychopath Falls in Love

LEFT COAST WRITERS LITERARY SALON:  Herbert Gold, Author of When a Psychopath Falls in Love
Herbert Gold

Herbert Gold

Monday, December 7, 2015 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com Literary legend Herbert Gold will be this month's speaker.  From the beatniks to post-war Paris to San Francisco and more, Herbert Gold has been an important figure in many of the most iconic writing scenes of the century, all the while writing dozens of novels, short stories, essays, and an autobiography or two to boot. If you know what's good for you, you'll come and see one of the most well-known and respected authors of the last six decades who is, as the title of one of his more recent books so proudly proclaims, still alive! Herbert Gold was born in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1924. After several of his poems were accepted by literary magazines, he moved to New York at age seventeen and studied philosophy at Columbia University. While there, he befriended many Beat Generation writers, including Anaïs Nin and Allen Ginsberg. Gold won a Fulbright fellowship and moved to Paris, where he did graduate studies at the Sorbonne and worked on his first novel, Birth of a Hero, published in 1951. Since then Gold has written more than thirty books and received several awards, including the Sherwood Anderson Award for Fiction, the Commonwealth Club Gold Medal, and the PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Literary Award. He has also taught at the University of California at Berkeley, and at Stanford, Cornell, and Harvard. A San Francisco literary icon, and the chronicler of Bohemia for more than sixty years, he has also made friends with authors like Saul Bellow, Graham Greene, William S. Burroughs, Richard Wright, and James Baldwin. It all started in Lakewood, Ohio at Taft Elementary when Miss Collins stroked his hair and told him what a good little writer he was. His books, including Not Dead Yet: A Feisty Bohemian Explores the Art of Growing Old, and When a Psychopath Falls in Love, are available for purchase here and at your local bookseller.

Book Party: Charles and Gail Rudd Entrekin, The Art of Healing

LEFT COAST WRITERS FERRY PLAZA BOOK PARTY:  Charles and Gail Rudd Entrekin, Authors of The Art of Healing
Charles Entrekin

Charles Entrekin

Gail Rudd Entrekin

Gail Rudd Entrekin

Monday, December 14th, 2015 || 6pm Book Passage || San Francisco 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco ||www.bookpassage.com It's the perfect reading for the holidays. Come to an evening that focuses on fine poetry and its ability to bring clarity, comfort and maybe even a cure for what ails you. "Poets Gail Rudd Entrekin and Charles Entrekin have navigated Charles's lymphocytic leukemia for years. Heeding Rumi's counsel that love turns all pain to medicine, they've used their craft to transform fear into curiosity, confusion into inviting mystery, and discomfort into gratitude. Any patient or caregiver faced with a serious illness will benefit from Gail's and Charles' healing observations." —Jeff Kane, MD (Author - Healing the Heart of Healthcare: How Doctors and Patients Can Cure our Sick System) For 24 years, Charles Entrekin was the managing editor of The Berkeley Poets Cooperative andThe Berkeley Poets Workshop & Press. The story of the Berkeley Poets Workshop & Press was written up as the cover story in the August 29, 1976 issue of the New York Times Magazine. Charles is currently the Managing Editor of Hip Pocket Press (www.hippocketpress.com)and Co-Editor of the ezine Sisyphus. He is the author of: (Ed.) Berkeley Poets Cooperative: A History of the Times (Hip Pocket Press, 2013); Listening: New and Selected Work (Poetic Matrix Press, 2010); a novel, Red Mountain, Birmingham, Alabama, 1965 (El Leon Literary Arts, 2008); poetry collections, In This Hour (BPW&P, 1990); Casting For The Cutthroat & Other Poems (BPW&P, 1986); Casting For The Cutthroat (Thunder City Press, 1978); All Pieces Of A Legacy, (BPW&P, 1975) He is the father of five children and lives in the Bay Area with his wife, poet Gail Rudd Entrekin. Gail Rudd Entrekin is a poet, editor, publisher, teacher, quilt maker and hiker. Books of her poems include John Danced(1988), You Notice the Body (1998) and Change (Will Do You Good) (2005), which was nominated for the Northern California Book Award. Her newest collection of poems, Rearrangement of the Invisible, was published August 1, 2012. Her poems have been widely published in poetry magazines and anthologies. She is co-publisher and Poetry Editor of Hip Pocket Press, where she served as Editor of the 2002 anthology Sierra Songs & Descants: Poetry & Prose of the Sierra and the 2007 anthology, Yuba Flows. She is Editor of the on-line literary magazine of the environment, Canary, founded in 2007. She has taught English and Creative Writing in California community colleges for 25 years, most recently at Sierra College in Grass Valley, and for many years she has taught poetry to kids through California Poets in the Schools. She currently serves as Director of the Entrekin Foundation, a funder of non-profit programs for the endangered environment, children, and the arts.

Book Launch: Sampling South Carolina, with Southern Sampler Authors

LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK LAUNCH: Southern Sampler Authors, A Southern Sampler, Sampling South Carolina Cover for Southern SamplerSaturday, December 12th, 2015 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com It's a celebration of all things Southern, our biggest yet! Please join the writers and artists of the Southern Sampler Artists Colony as they evoke the dreamy, sometimes steamy world of Charleston and beyond in an exciting sampler of poetry, short fiction, non-fiction and other delights at Book Passage in Corte Madera. You don't have to go there to be there, but if you want to be spirited away, you'll be able to do that too. So please drop by for a glass of wine, munchies, and a toast to what we all love most about the American South. "Like improvised jazz riffs, A Southern Sampler is a cultural arts masterpiece that resonates with the soul of the American South." —Karen Chandler, Professor in Arts Management, college of Charleston, and Co-founder of the Charleston Jazz Initiative"

Literary Salon: Don George

LEFT COAST WRITERS LITERARY SALON:  Don George, Author of The Way of Wanderlust
Don George

Don George

Monday, February 1st, 2016 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com He has guided, edited, and published the work of some of the world's top travel writers and now, finally, we have a winning collection of his own work. Don George's new book is The Way of Wanderlust, is a collection of his best stories and essays, from climbing Kilimanjaro and contemplating the magic of Uluru to exploring the jungles of Cambodia and the backcountry temples of Shikoku. Don has made his living as a travel writer and editor virtually since college. His first real job was as a travel writer for the San Francisco Examiner. From there he moved onto a short stint as an editor at the Examiner’s Sunday magazine, then he became the travel editor for the Examiner & Chronicle for nine years. When the allure of cyberspace became irresistible, Don joined Salon.com and founded theirgroundbreaking travel site, Wanderlust. Then he moved on to become Global Travel Editor for Lonely Planet Publications. After an exhilarating ride there, he is now Editor at Large and Book Review Columnist for National Geographic Traveler magazine, Special Features Editor and Blogger for Gadling.com, and Editor of Geographic Expedition’s online magazine, Wanderlust: Literary Journeys for the Discerning Traveler Don is also the author of Lonely Planet’s Guide to Travel Writing, now in its third update (published in September, 2013). He has also edited nine literary travel anthologies, including A Moveable Feast, The Kindness of StrangersBy the Seat of My PantsTales from Nowhere, and most recently, Better Than Fiction. He has received dozens of awards for his writing and editing, including the Society of American Travel Writers’ Lowell Thomas Travel Journalist of the Year Award. Don co-founded and chairs the annual Book Passage Travel Writers and Photographers Conference. He has a wealth of information to share about the travel writer's and editor's life and about the literary life in general.

Left Coast Writers Poetry: Kunal Mukherjee

Left Coast Writers Poetry: Kunal Mukherjee, Author of My Magical Palace
Kunal Mukherjee

Kunal Mukherjee

Kawika's Ocean Beach Deli 734 La Playa St, San Francisco, CA 94121 Sunday, December 6th from 5pm-7:15pm Join a featured LCW poet at the First Sunday of the Month Happy Hour Poetry series at Kawika's Ocean Beach Deli. Our featured poet's reading is followed by an open mic for other poets to share original work, or even just to read favorite poems aloud. Happy Hour starts at 5pm, and after our featured poet reads for 30 minutes, open mic (three minutes per poet) goes until 7:15 pm. Celebrate creativity and poets while supporting a local, community-oriented, and family owned business! Enjoy $1 off your sandwich with the purchase of a glass of wine or bubbly! Up in December is Kunal Mukherjee. Kunal Mukherjee is a San Francisco based poet and writer. Originally from West Bengal, he was raised in Hyderabad, India. He holds a Master’s degree in Physics, has done postgraduate work in Energy Studies and has worked as a restaurateur and a manager of information technology.  His passions include acting, painting, singing, music, travel, the environment and all animals. Kunal’s work has appeared in Tehelka MagazineIndia CurrentsHot Flashes: Sexy Little Stories and Poems and Hot Flashes 2.  My Magical Palace, published by Harper Collins (India) is his first novel and he is currently working on a screenplay for the same and also on his second novel, which is set in San Francisco and Bollywood.My Magical Palace has received wide coverage from Indian and international press. The Tales Pensieve book critic site awarded Kunal the Best Debut Indian Writer title for December 2012. Kawika's LogoAbout Kawika's Deli: David Nottage and his wife Joanne Pappas Nottage bought this San Francisco business a year and a half ago and transformed a take-out deli into a friendly community hub where friends and neighbors can enjoy great food with affordable, quality wine/beer and connect around music, poetry, sports, comedy, and issues integral to local concerns. Kawika's has free wi-fi and delicious deli delights. Signature menu items include: fresh baked sourdough rolls, homemade Gluten Free bread, in-house, fresh roasted, rotisserie Angus roast beef, turkey and leg of lamb, fresh baked Salmon, Greek lamb gyros with authentic tzatziki sauce, Greek Salad, homemade hummus, 100% Kona coffee, Greek coffee and a selection of chips, juices, and desserts, including baklava! Kawika’s is just a block from beautiful Ocean Beach at 734 La Playa Street @ Balboa in San Francisco. There is street parking and a large, free lot 1 block away on the Great Highway @ Balboa Street. Read more about their events and the restaurant itself at http://www.oceanbeachdeli.com/

Left Coast Writers® Live: TC Currie

Melinda Adams, aka Lilycat On Sunday, November 15th from 12-2pm, join Left Coast Writers® Live on FCCFREE RADIO's popular show, Lilycat on Stuff. Lilycat's guest on Sunday will be TC Currie, Author of Questions to a Butterfly: A Collection of Transformational Poetry In Questions to a Butterfly, TC Currie uses familiar objects from everyday life and humor to connect the reader to the toil of transformation, their triumphs, and their connection to the Divine, offering comfort and hope for those in the midst of struggle. Full of universal truths, familiar problems, cookie dough, and psychic vampires, TC’s poems follow the path of those who have the courage to take an honest look at their lives, evaluate their actions, and do the hard work to move through personal transformation from darkness into energy, connection and light. As a girl of five, TC Currie was delighted to discover that books allow her to escape into other worlds. She has been armchair traveling and writing ever since. After parlaying her degree in Asian Religions into a career as a software developer, TC gained a reputation for being able totranslate between software users and techie geeks. After years of technical writing, she found her bliss in non-technical writing. She’s won everything from the Silver Medal from the Solas Travel Awards for her personal essay “Checkers and Humanity” (2014) to NaNoWriMo (2012), and her poetry has been included in the Gift of Love and Speak Out poetry anthologies (2008 &1993). She is currently writing and reading voraciously in her Victorian home near San Francisco with her delightful boyfriend and fluffy cat. A member of Left Coast Writers, TC is author of a self-help book on surviving surgery, a mystery novel and a poetry collection. The ongoing spot on Lilycat on Stuff is scheduled for the third Sunday of every month. Left Coast Writers® are invited to participate in the programming. Listeners are invited to call in and share their opinions. FCCFREE RADIO is home to over 50 + original programs each week that produce more that 1,000,000 listeners per month (yes, you read that correctly 1,000,000 + listeners) of LIVE hosted content. that comes out of the plush studios in the SOMA District of San Francisco. FFR talk shows cover everything from sex, politics, sports, and back again. Google calls them an "Iconic Staple of San Francisco" and a "Frontrunner in Internet Broadcasting." Add your voice to the fray by calling in during show hours: 415 829 2980. How to Listen in/Call in! 1 - log onto www.fccfreeradio.com 2 - find "schedule" tab and click it - go to Sundays - there will be the link for Lily Cat on Stuff - click it 3 - on Lily Cat page - there will be a "Tune In Now" section to select the streaming service of listeners choice - Under Studio A: - iTunes - Windows Media Player - Real Media Player - Quick Time Studio 4. Once selected the listening controls should appear & sound should be on - listen to the program - Lily Cat will give the phone # to call Nice thing about these live casts - they're incorporated into Pod Casts so you can go back and listen if the program played while you were out.
For more station info and how to listen in, go to: www.FCCFREERADIO.comTo schedule and interview with the editors or writers please contact Jack at leftcoastwriters@gmail.com

Workshop: Building Character with Linda Watanabe McFerrin

Linda Watanabe McFerrin

Linda Watanabe McFerrin

Saturday, November 14th, 2015 || 10am-4pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com Character-driven—it's one way to ensure that your writing is compelling. But how do you create characters that captivate a reader? Digging up all you'll need to know to create characters that jump from the page can be as complicated as a covert operation. So let's put on our best sleuthing attire and gather the info on our protagonists, antagonists, confidantes, love interests and assorted supporting characters. This workshop includes plenty of in-class exercises and amusing tips on craft. Bring pages to read and work on. A careful investigation will also reveal that you can receive Dominican College credit for this workshop. The workshop will be held on Saturday, November 14th, from 10am-4pm at Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera, CA, 94925.  Sign up here. Poet, travel writer, novelist and Left Coast Writers® founder Linda Watanabe McFerrin (www.lwmcferrin.com) is a contributor to numerous newspapers, magazines and anthologies. She is the author of two poetry collections, past editor of a popular Northern California guidebook and a winner of the Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction. Her novel, Namako: Sea Cucumber, was named Best Book for the Teen-Age by the New YorkPublic Library. In addition to authoring an award-winning short story collection, The Hand of Buddha, she has co-edited several anthologies, including the Hot Flashes: sexy little stories & poems series. Her latest novel, Dead Love (Stone Bridge Press, 2009), was short-listed as a finalist in the 2007 William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Competition and was a Bram Stoker Award Finalist for Superior Achievement in a Novel in 2009. Linda has judged the San Francisco Literary Awards, the Josephine Miles Award for Literary Excellence and the Kiriyama Prize, served as a visiting mentor for the Loft Mentor Series and been guest faculty at the Oklahoma Arts Institute. A past NEA Panelist and juror for the Marin Literary Arts Council, she has led workshops in Greece, France, Italy, Ireland, Central America, Indonesia and the United States and has mentored a long list of accomplished writers and best-selling authors toward publication.  

Literary Salon: Vanessa Rodriguez and Peter Lang, Social Media Strategists, Co-Founders of Uhuru Network

P&VLEFT COAST WRITERS LITERARY SALON:  Vanessa Rodriguez and Peter Lang, Social Media Strategists Monday, November 2nd, 2015 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com Don't miss this! If you have ever wondered about websites, blogs, Facebook, Twitter, and so on and how they can possibly help you get the word out about your work, we have the answers. We've asked Digital Marketing Consultants and Uhuru Network Co-Founders, Peter Lang and Vanessa Rodriguez, to come to the Bay Area to demystify the social media and online worlds for you and show you exactly how to bump up your readership online. Peter and Vanessa are co-founders of Uhuru Network, a Digital Marketing Agency with a recently relocated HQ in SF and Rome, Italy. The Agency expertly manages their clients' inbound marketing efforts to drive revenue and conversions at the lowest cost. They also created two online publications: TrucchiFacebook, an Italian Tech Blog focused on Facebook, and Stylishlyme, a fashion, style, and travel blog, that reach over 1 million unique visitors a month.  “I believe we’re in the midst of the biggest opportunity since the industrial revolution,” says Peter. “My goal is to take away the stress and fear of social media. The internet is an outstanding resource for people and information. I love removing barriers so that clients can address it professionally, responsibly, fearlessly and with curiosity and spontaneity. Networks bring people closer together. They facilitate opportunities and help us find people with similar ideas and passions. That’s power. They increase our capabilities and our reach. They remind us that we are not alone.” Today, he and Uhuru Network co-founder Vanessa Rodriguez bring their far-ranging travel and experience to bear in their work consulting and managing in the areas of new technology and digital marketing. Through Uhuru Network, Peter, Vanessa, and their team are generate leads by putting you where your clients are looking.   enerate leads by putting you where your clients are looking.

Book Launch: Wandering in Cornwall by Wanderland Writers

LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK LAUNCH: Wanderland Writers, Authors of Wandering in Cornwall: Mystery, Mirth, and Transformation in the Land of the Ancient Celts Wandering in Cornwall CoverSaturday, November 14th, 2015 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com It's another Wanderland Writers celebration. Wine, snacks, readings, and a brand new book in the Wandering series. This time Wanderland Writers venture deep into Cornwall, exploring its castles, its contrast. They find, of course, its legacy of Camelot, the lingering shadows of Arthurian legend, tragic love, magic, and Merlin. They also find its sorrows, buried deep in its history like the now closed mines, where the windswept moors and jagged coasts made everyday events of shipwrecks, isolation, and cave-ins. Yet, as workshop leaders Joanna Biggar and Linda Watanabe McFerrin and their fellow travelers discover, that is not the whole story. They also encounter the wonderful and hospitable Cornish, with their enchanting accents, their delightful yarns, their humor, their endurance. They wander, bicycle, hike and kayak to explore hills, waterways, villages and moors in search of the spirit of artists and writers who have come before them to leave an imprint on this untamed land. "Wandering in Cornwall is a beguiling collection of stories and poems about the extreme west of England. Everything that makes Cornwall so special is here: pasties, clotted cream artists, smugglers, the South West Coast Path and even the thieving seagulls. Readers who know Cornwall will be inspired to return and newcomers to this land of myth and legend will vow to see it for themselves." —Hilary Bradt MBE, Co-founder of Bradt Travel Guides “Careful, reader. This book is a delight, no doubt about it. But now I have to go to Cornwall.” —Tim Cahill, Author of Jaguars Ripped My Flesh and Hold the Enlightenment Readers will include: Daphne Beyers, Joanna Biggar, Antoinette Constable, Ethel Mussen, Anne Sigmon, and Maryly Snow. For more information go to www.wanderlandwriters.com Linda Watanabe McFerrin and Joanna Biggar have floated down the Canal du Midi in France, danced in the sunlight of southern Greece, toasted the best of times in Ireland, devoured the culture and countryside of southern Italy, wandered through landscapes lost and found in Costa Rica, and explored the Indonesian island that is known as an earthly Paradise. In each destination, they eat and drink, laugh, get lost, explore and expound with their merry band of travel writers. And they always return with a varied collection of tales, some mystical, some funny, some terrifying—each told in a different, highly personal voice.

Ferry Plaza Book Party: Sampling South Carolina, with Southern Sampler Authors

Cover for Southern SamplerLEFT COAST WRITERS FERRY PLAZA BOOK PARTY:  Southern Sampler Authors, Artists and Friends, A Southern Sampler, Sampling South Carolina Monday, November 9th, 2015 || 6pm Book Passage || San Francisco 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco ||www.bookpassage.com It's a celebration of all things Southern! Please join the writers and artists of the Southern Sampler Artists Colony as they evoke the dreamy, sometimes steamy world of Charleston and beyond in an exciting sampler of poetry, short fiction, non-fiction and other delights at Book Passage in San Francisco's Ferry Plaza. You don't have to go there to be there, but if you want to be spirited away, you'll be able to do that too. So please drop by for a glass of wine, munchies, and a toast to what we all love most about the American South. Readers include: Nancy Alpert, Marianne Betterly, Greg Fuller and Anne Sigmon "Like improvised jazz riffs, A Southern Sampler is a cultural arts masterpiece that resonates with the soul of the American South." —Karen Chandler, Professor in Arts Management, college of Charleston, and Co-founder of the Charleston Jazz Initiative"

Litquake San Rafael 2015

Litquake San Rafael | Sunday, Oct. 11th Downtown San Rafael | 10am-7:15pm LitquakeLitquake is upon us again and we have a number of Left Coast Writers shaking things up in San Rafael this year. LCW Founder, Linda Watanabe McFerrin will be reading with Laurie McAndish King, Debbie Goelz, Mary Brent Cantarutti, and Toni Picininni to answer the question "Erotic Relationships: What Makes the Heart Grow?" amid a dazzling array of exotic, erotic lingerie at Pleasures of the Heart. (http://www.litquake.org/…/erotic-relationships-what-makes-h…).
  • Cyra McFadden ("The Serial") will serve up "The Morning After: Stories of Dish and Revenge".
  • Book Passage co-owner and author Bill Petrocelli will tell "Tales Worth Telling".
  • Jasmin Darznik will help present "A Gallery of Words".
  • Albert Flynn DeSilver is part of a group of "Four Poet Laureates".
That's plenty of literature and lively interaction for everyone. We hope to see you there! For the full schedule check here.

Southern Sampler Artists Colony 2016!

Southern Sampler Artists Colony RoomSouthern Sampler Artists Colony presents: The Heart in Art, 2016 Charleston, South Carolina April 20 – 27, 2016 Words . . . Images . . . Music Inspiring ties and friendly tides of the South Carolina Lowcountry Want to experience the real Charleston, celebrate belonging with new and old friends, discover the Gullah culture, bask in creative renewal, and feel the sand between your toes? Join us! Heartfelt Workshop Experiences: Writers Workshops Workshops are taught by award-winning author, Linda Watanabe McFerrin, as well as individual consults on your literary and creative projects. McLeod Plantation Gain a fresh historical perspective of the Lowcountry, from the cultivation of indigo to sea island cotton and lives of freed slaves. We’ll also tie-dye with indigo, plantation style, and invent our own fifty shades of blue! Threads that Bind Create a SSAC indigo quilt with Sharon Cooper-Murray, aka The Gullah Lady. Yes, we’ll use the fabric dyed at McLeod Plantation! The quilt will be dedicated to the spirit of the twelve people who gathered at Emanuel AME Church to study the scripture and whose congregation led the world in forgiveness. Music Café Evening We’ll clap; sway and feel the spirit moving. Praise Be to a celebration of music, food, wine, and most of all company, in the historic home of Charleston friends. SSAC Anthology Launch Gala Raise a glass to Charleston & the South, A Sampler of Stories . . . Poetry . . . Recipes & Art, and get ready to dance. In addition to classic swing tunes, Mary Edna Fraser/ The Lime and the Coconuts will offer a Sampling of Southern Music, dating to the Civil War through 1940. Sunset Sail on the Stono River Anchors aweigh! Captain Anton DuMars will guide us on a magical tidal channel adventure. Marvel at the frolicking dolphins, discover a rookery, and catch the sunset on the Stono River. Cost of Workshop: (Ocean front, Folly Beach Accommodations) Private room: $1,975 ($2,125 if paid after November 15, 2015) Shared room: $1,775 ($1,925 if paid after November 15, 2015 The choice of private and separate rooms depends ?upon availability at time of registration. In order to assure workshop placement please send a $500 check deposit (fully refundable before October 15) made out to SSAC with private or shared room preference to: Mary Brent Cantarutti, 233 Santa Margarita Drive, San Rafael, CA 94901. Final payments are due November 15 (for discount); all other payments are due February 1. Limited workshop enrollment; placement will be finalized in order of receipt of deposits.

Wandering in Andalusia Writing Workshop

Wandering in AndalusiaFrom Wanderland Writers Workshops: Wandering in Andalusia:  Seville and The Alhambra—March 11-March 18, 2016 “Near the walls of Seville/ At my friend’s house, Lillas Pastia/ I will dance the Séguedille/ And drink Manzanilla.” From Carmen, by Georges Bizet. Well-known writers and instructors Linda Watanabe McFerrin and Joanna Biggar are off on another adventure and invite you to join them in Andalusia. In this legendary region of Southern Spain many worlds meet: classical (Hercules was the supposed founder of Seville) and medieval; Jewish, Christian and Moorish; colonial, imperial, and modern. From our hotel in central Seville, with its graceful Moorish-style tiled decor, its fountains and secluded courtyards, we will explore them all through art (Murillo and Velásquez were native sons), architecture, music and food. Adapting our curriculum to the locale—and our schedule to the land of the siesta—we will give several workshops and private consultations while offering many ways to discover the city, including: a walking tour; visits to the Cathedral, with its splendid altar, its tomb of Columbus, and its towering minaret, the Giralda, next door, and the royal palace of the Alcázar; a trip to the Flamenco Museum and a night of flamenco; an afternoon of soaking and tea at the Baños Arabes; an evening across the river in the Tirana District, once  famous for the factories which attracted gypsies like Carmen, now famous for bars and clubbing. We will savor tapas and sherry, wine and guitar music. There will also be time to write and discover on one’s own, from high-end shopping, to cycling, to a choice of museums, to bullfighting. And, of course, there is Seville’s literary history to explore: from Cervantes, to Nobel-Prize winning poet Vincente Aleixandra, to beloved native sons Antonio Machado and Luis Cernuda. Fees include accommodations, all breakfasts, four dinners and four lunches, workshops, entrance  fees to all excursions AND a trip to the magnificent World Heritage Site, The Alhambra. Of course, work produced on this trip may be included in our next splendid Wanderland anthology. For more information, please contact: Linda Watanabe McFerrin lindawatanabemcferrin@gmail.com or Joanna Biggar jobiggar@gmail.com. About the Instructors: Linda Watanabe McFerrin (www.lwmcferrin.com) is a poet, travel writer, novelist and contributor to numerous newspapers, magazines and anthologies. She is the author of two poetry collections, past editor of a popular Northern California guidebook and a winner of the Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction. Her novel, Namako:  Sea Cucumber, was named Best Book for the Teen-Age by the New York Public Library. In addition to authoring an award-winning short story collection, The Hand of Buddha, she has co-edited twelve anthologies, including the Hot Flashes: sexy little stories & poems series. Her latest novel, Dead Love (Stone Bridge Press, 2009), was a Bram Stoker Award Finalist for Superior Achievement in a Novel. Linda has judged the San Francisco Literary Awards, the Josephine Miles Award for Literary Excellence and the Kiriyama Prize, served as a visiting mentor for the Loft Mentor Series and been guest faculty at the Oklahoma Arts Institute. A past NEA Panelist and juror for the Marin Literary Arts Council and the founder of Left Coast Writers®, she has led workshops in Greece, France, Italy, England, Ireland, Central America, Indonesia, Spain and the United States and has mentored a long list of accomplished writers and best-selling authors toward publication. Joanna Biggar is a teacher, writer and traveler whose special places of the heart include the California coast and the South of France.  She has degrees in Chinese and French and, as a professional writer for twenty-five years, has written poetry, fiction, personal essays, features, news and travel articles for hundreds of publications including The Washington Post MagazinePsychology TodayThe International Herald Tribune, and The Wall Street Journal.  Her book Travels and Other Poems was published in 1996, and her most recent travel essays have appeared in the Venturing series, whose anthologies include books on France, Greece, Ireland, Italy and Costa Rica. A novel, That Paris Year, was published by Alan Squire Publishing in 2010. She has taught journalism, creative writing, personal essay and travel writing since 1984 in many venues.  She has also taught reading and writing at St. Martin de Porres Middle School and Emiliano Zapata Street Academy in Oakland, California, where she makes her home. For the last year she has been writing and doing research for upcoming work in Aix-en-Provence, France. Contact her through email (jobiggar@gmail.com), Facebook at That Paris Year, or her blog,www.joannabiggar.org.  

Left Coast Writers® Live: Bill Palmini

 
Melinda Adams, aka Lilycat

Melinda Adams, aka Lilycat

On Sunday, October 18th from 12-2pm, join Left Coast Writers® Live on FCCFREE RADIO's popular show, Lilycat on Stuff. Lilycat's guest on Sunday will be Bill Palmini, Author of A Rookie Cop vs. the West Coast Mafia: Breaking Up the "Best in the West" Gang He's back and once again flipping back the tarp on local crime! We are so jazzed to be celebrating true crime writer and Bay Area ex-detective Bill Palmini's latest book. In this gripping, true crime exposé, Palmini, a rookie detective, hopes to take down the West Coast Mafia by gaining the confidence of notorious mob operative William Floyd Ettleman. Set against a backdrop of social turmoil, A Rookie Cop vs. The West Coast Mafia immerses readers in the subculture of free love, drugs, robbery and murder, orchestrated by organized crime in locations like the coastal enclave of Sausalito, California. Artists, writers, musicians, actors and hippies took refuge there. The Trident Restaurant was once a drug Mecca for Hollywood, the music industry and the New York hip. It was co-owned by the Kingston Trio and their manager, Frank Werber, a self-proclaimed drug priest. Robin Williams worked as a busboy there, the Rolling Stones were regulars and Janis Joplin had her own table. Sally Stanford, the former San Francisco Madam who later became Sausalito’s mayor, was a confidant of the famous and infamous. Ettleman's gang of safecrackers targets the Trident. Other mobsters like San Diego’s Frank “The Bomp” Bompensiero, on whom Sopranoscharacter “Big Pussy” is thought to have been based, become involved. Palmini, utilizing Ettleman, joins the FBI and the Federal Strike Force on Organized Crime to penetrate the crime scene in Sausalito, loaded dice scams in Las Vegas and Reno, corruption in San Diego and stolen credit cards circulating as far away as Texas. Then he begins to break up one of the most notorious gangs on the West Coast. William G. Palmini, Jr. is Chief of the Department of Public Safety at UC Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco. He has decades of experience in police work and is a recipient of the J. Stannard Baker Award for Highway Safety from the National Sheriffs' Association and the 2010 National Elks’ Enrique Camarena Drug Awareness Award. His fame as the original Elvis Cop still follows him. His Elvis persona in police work earned him international media coverage and an honorary Gold Record Award from the Recording Industry Association of America. The ongoing spot on Lilycat on Stuff is scheduled for the third Sunday of every month. Left Coast Writers® are invited to participate in the programming. Listeners are invited to call in and share their opinions. FCCFREE RADIO is home to over 50 + original programs each week that produce more that 1,000,000 listeners per month (yes, you read that correctly 1,000,000 + listeners) of LIVE hosted content. that comes out of the plush studios in the SOMA District of San Francisco. FFR talk shows cover everything from sex, politics, sports, andback again. Google calls them an "Iconic Staple of San Francisco" and a "Frontrunner in Internet Broadcasting." Add your voice to the fray by calling in during show hours: 415 829 2980. How to Listen in/Call in! 1 - log onto www.fccfreeradio.com 2 - find "schedule" tab and click it - go to Sundays - there will be the link for Lily Cat on Stuff - click it 3 - on Lily Cat page - there will be a "Tune In Now" section to select the streaming service of listeners choice - Under Studio A: - iTunes - Windows Media Player - Real Media Player - Quick Time Studio 4. Once selected the listening controls should appear & sound should be on - listen to the program - Lily Cat will give the phone # to call Nice thing about these live casts - they're incorporated into Pod Casts so you can go back and listen if the program played while you were out.
For more station info and how to listen in, go to: www.FCCFREERADIO.comTo schedule and interview with the editors or writers please contact Jack at leftcoastwriters@gmail.com

Ferry Plaza Book Party: Joel Eis

LEFT COAST WRITERS FERRY PLAZA BOOK PARTY:  Joel Eis, Author of The Function of the Ekkyklema in Greek Theatre, The Sculptural Display of Murdered Victims and the Success of Greek Tragedy for the State
Joel Eis

Joel Eis

Monday, October 12th, 2015 || 6pm Book Passage || San Francisco 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco ||www.bookpassage.com
Join Left Coast Writers and Joel Eis for a look at the tragic and dramatic in Greek theatre.
Joel's talk will announce new and very interesting discoveries about Greek theatre that were hidden in plain view, which is why the book has garnered exceptional reviews from experts on the subject.
Joel will discuss the value of research for writers of non-fiction and fiction. Tricks on sleuthing source material, applying it to the work. Lots of dish about scholars who made stuff up, and famous folks who missed important stuff that was right in front of them.
The Function of the Ekkyklema in Greek Theatre, The Sculptural Display of Murdered Victims and the Success of Greek Tragedy for the State, (Edwin Mellen Press, 2014) was awarded the Adelle Mellen prize for outstanding contribution to scholarship upon its release, and received a special forward from Sir John Boardman, greatest living scholar on Greek vases and theatre, Emeritus at Oxford and former curator of the Ashmolean Museum.
Joel will talk about discoveries in the poetry sources for Greek theatre never before included that were pretty much right in plain sight; just an example of an incredible number of unnoticed or misread evidence.
Professor Joel D. Eis, MFA has been writing plays, poetry short stories, articles, and essays since the 1970s. A good portion of his work has seen print publication or staged reading/production. He has published three full length books; a book on the performance of the first play in English in the New World,(Edwin Mellen Press) a text on stagecraft for high schools (Centerline Productions) and his current book on Greek theatre published by Edwin Mellen Press. It has already received the Adele Mellen award for outstanding academic contribution, 2015.

Book Launch: Chronicles of Old San Francisco by Gael Chandler

LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK LAUNCH: Gael Chandler, Author of Chronicles of Old San Francisco: Exploring the Historic City by the Bay
Gael Chandler

Gael Chandler

Saturday, October 10th, 2015 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com
Chronicles of Old San Francisco: Exploring the Historic City by the Bay recounts the city’s colorful history with vivid illustrations in 28 dramatic true chapters, each centered on a person who transformed the city. Beginning with tales of the Yelamu—the city’s original inhabitants—Chronicles spans the life and times of those drawn to the city from the Spanish missionaries who arrived in 1776 to the dot-comers who turned up in the 1990s. The book also contains extensive, self-guided walking tours of the city illustrated with color photographs and detailed maps. Gael Chandler moved to San Francisco in 1970 to join the women’s movement and liberate herself. Nine years later she left for Hollywood where she edited dramas, documentaries and more and received two Cable ACE nominations for cutting a comedy series. Chandler taught editing and digital editing systems and wrote three books on editing: Film Editing: Great Cuts Every Filmmaker and Movie Lover Must Know which has been translated into Turkish and two editions of Cut by Cut: Editing Your Film or Video which has been translated into Chinese. She blogs about film editing and related topics at her website at www.joyoffilmediting.com. In 2010 Chandler returned to northern California where she creates book trailers and enhanced eBooks via her company, PictureYourBook, and is contemplating her next book.

Literary Salon: Jack Shoemaker

LEFT COAST WRITERS LITERARY SALON:  Jack Shoemaker, Co-Founder, Editor and Publisher of Counterpoint Press
Jack Shoemaker

Jack Shoemaker

Monday, October 5th, 2015 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com
Writers, you won't want to miss our next salon. You'll have an opportunity to listen to and ask questions of legendary editor and publisher, Jack Shoemaker who, through his respected imprints, has introduced authors like Annie Lamott to the reading public and shepherded them to success. Today, Jack is the co-founder, editor and publisher of Counterpoint Press.
COUNTERPOINT LLC was created in 2007 through the acquisition of three notable independent presses: Counterpoint, Shoemaker & Hoard, and Soft Skull Press. In January 2008, the company began publishing two imprints, Counterpoint and Soft Skull Press. Shoemaker & Hoard titles are now being published under the Counterpoint imprint. Author-driven, they devote all energy to the fresh, cutting-edge, and literary voices of their authors. The genres they cover are vast—fiction and nonfiction, poetry, graphic novels, and anthologies, all of which collectively focus on current affairs and politics, counterculture, music, history, memoir, literary biography, religion, and philosophy. The company’s office is in Berkeley, California. Counterpoint books are distributed by Publishers Group West, a division of the Perseus Books Group.
Jack Shoemaker was born in California in 1946, and came of age working as a bookseller at a time of political and literary revolution on the West Coast. He has been co-founder, editor, and publisher of three major independent imprints, North Point Press, Counterpoint, and his current house, Shoemaker & Hoard. The list of titles published by Shoemaker traces the careers of several contemporary masters, often from an author’s first book to his last.

Left Coast Writers Poetry: Adrienne Amundsen

Left Coast Writers Poetry: Adrienne Amundsen, Author of Reclaiming the Apple: Poems from Afghanistan
Adrienne Amundsen

Adrienne Amundsen

Kawika's Ocean Beach Deli 734 La Playa St, San Francisco, CA 94121 Sunday, October 4th from 5pm-7:15pm Join a featured LCW poet at the First Sunday of the Month Happy Hour Poetry series at Kawika's Ocean Beach Deli. Our featured poet's reading is followed by an open mic for other poets to share original work, or even just to read favorite poems aloud. Happy Hour starts at 5pm, and after our featured poet reads for 30 minutes, open mic (three minutes per poet) goes until 7:15 pm. Celebrate creativity and poets while supporting a local, community-oriented, and family owned business! Enjoy $1 off your sandwich with the purchase of a glass of wine or bubbly! Up in October is Adrienne Amundsen. Adrienne Amundsen is a psychologist, specializing in trauma, grief, and creativity. Born in Texas, but long ago transplanted tonorthern California, she is the mother of two grown boys. Her poetry has been published in a number of literary journals and anthologies, and her first poetry collection Cassandras Falling was published in 2011. Dr. Amundsen’s interests have taken her from the caves of France to the war zone in Afghanistan, and she has taught classes on shamanism and cave art both locally in California and internationally. She works with a local nonprofit organization, Afghans 4 Tomorrow, which helps Afghans provide girls’ education and economic opportunities for families. Her second poetry collection, Reclaiming the Apple, was published in 2014. Kawika's LogoAbout Kawika's Deli: David Nottage and his wife Joanne Pappas Nottage bought this San Francisco business a year and a half ago and transformed a take-out deli into a friendly community hub where friends and neighbors can enjoy great food with affordable, quality wine/beer and connect around music, poetry, sports, comedy, and issues integral to local concerns. Kawika's has free wi-fi and delicious deli delights. Signature menu items include: fresh baked sourdough rolls, homemade Gluten Free bread, in-house, fresh roasted, rotisserie Angus roast beef, turkey and leg of lamb, fresh baked Salmon, Greek lamb gyros with authentic tzatziki sauce, Greek Salad, homemade hummus, 100% Kona coffee, Greek coffee and a selection of chips, juices, and desserts, including baklava! Kawika’s is just a block from beautiful Ocean Beach at 734 La Playa Street @ Balboa in San Francisco. There is street parking and a large, free lot 1 block away on the Great Highway @ Balboa Street. Read more about their events and the restaurant itself at http://www.oceanbeachdeli.com/

Wanderland Writers at Laurel Books

Wanderland Writers, Authors of Wandering in Cornwall: Mystery, Mirth, and Transformation in the Land of the Ancient Celts at Laurel Books Wandering in Cornwall CoverFriday, October 2nd, 2015 || 6pm Laurel Bookstore || Oakland 1423 Broadway Oakland, CA ||www.laurelbookstore.com It's another Wanderland Writers celebration. Wine, snacks, readings, and a brand new book in the series. This time Wanderland Writers venture deep into Cornwall, exploring it's castles, its contrast. They find, of course, its legacy of Camelot, the lingering shadows of Arthurian legend, tragic love, magic, and Merlin. They also find its sorrows, buried deep in its history like the now closed mines, where the windswept moors and jagged coasts made everyday events of shipwrecks, isolation, cave-ins. Yet, as workshop leaders Joanna Biggar and Linda Watanabe McFerrin and their fellow travelers discover, that is not the whole story. They also encounter the wonderful and hospitable Cornish, with their enchanting accents, their delightful yarns, their humor, their endurance. They wander, bicycle, hike and kayak to explore hills, waterways, villages and moors in search of the spirit of artists and writers who have come before them to leave an imprint on this untamed land. Wandering in Cornwall is a beguiling collection of stories and poems about the extreme west of England. Everything that makes Cornwall so special is here: pasties, clotted cream artists, smugglers, the South West Coast Path and even the thieving seagulls. Readers who know Cornwall will be inspired to return and newcomers to this land of myth and legend will vow to see it for themselves. —Hilary Bradt MBE, Co-founder of Bradt Travel Guides “Careful, reader. This book is a delight, no doubt about it. But now I have to go to Cornwall.” —Tim Cahill, Author of Jaguars Ripped My Flesh and Hold the Enlightenment Writers reading will include: Unity Barry, Daphne Beyers, Antoinette Constable, Tom Harrell, Kitty Hughes, Laurie McAndish King, Ethel Mussen, MJ Pramik, Anne Sigmon, and Maryly Snow. For more information go to www.wanderlandwriters.com Linda Watanabe McFerrin and Joanna Biggar have floated down the Canal du Midi in France, danced in the sunlight of southern Greece, toasted the best of times in Ireland, devoured the culture and countryside of southern Italy, wandered through landscapes lost and found in Costa Rica, and explored the Indonesian island that is known as an earthly Paradise. In each destination, they eat and drink, laugh and get lost, explore and expound with their merry band of travel writers. And they always return with a varied collection of tales, some mystical, some funny, some terrifying—each told in a different, highly personal voice.

Workshop: The Plot Thickens with Linda Watanabe McFerrin

Linda Watanabe McFerrin

Linda Watanabe McFerrin

  The Plot Thickens Workshop with Linda Watanabe McFerrin Saturday, October 10th, 2015, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Location: Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Boulevard, Corte Madera, CA 94925 $120 Register here
Aristotle called plot “the most important element of storytelling.” But to plot properly, you must have a plan, and the plan must give rise to emotion. Does the plot always seem to elude you? Spend a day planning and plotting and find out what you’re missing. Bring your flat-lining fiction and nonfiction and fix it.
Poet, travel writer, and novelist Linda Watanabe McFerrin (www.lwmcferrin.com) is a contributor to numerous newspapers, magazines and anthologies. She is the author of two poetry collections, past editor of a popular Northern California guidebook and a winner of the Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction. Her novel, Namako:  Sea Cucumber, was named Best Book for the Teen-Age by the New York Public Library. In addition to authoring an award-winning short story collection, The Hand of Buddha, she has co-edited several anthologies, including the Hot Flashes: sexy little stories & poems series. Her latest novel, Dead Love (Stone Bridge Press, 2009), was short-listed as a finalist in the 2007 William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Competition and was a Bram Stoker Award Finalist for Superior Achievement in a Novel in 2009. Linda has judged the San Francisco Literary Awards, the Josephine Miles Award for Literary Excellence and the Kiriyama Prize, served as a visiting mentor for the LoftMentor Series and been guest faculty at the Oklahoma Arts Institute. A past NEA Panelist and juror for the Marin Literary Arts Council and the founder of Left Coast Writers®, she has led workshops in Greece, France, Italy, Ireland, Central America, Indonesia and the United States and has mentored a long list of accomplished writers and best-selling authors toward publication.

Left Coast Writers® Live: Joel Eis

Melinda Adams, aka Lilycat

Melinda Adams, aka Lilycat

On Sunday, September 20th from 12-2pm, join Left Coast Writers® Live on FCCFREE RADIO's popular show, Lilycat on Stuff. Lilycat's guest on Sunday will be Joel Eis, Author of The Function of the Ekkyklema in Greek Theatre, The Sculptural Display of Murdered Victims and the Success of Greek Tragedy for the State The Function of the Ekkyklema in Greek Theatre, The Sculptural Display of Murdered Victims and the Success of Greek Tragedy for the State, (Edwin Mellen Press, 2014) was awarded the Adelle Mellen prize for outstanding contribution to scholarship upon its release, and received a special forward from Sir John Boardman, greatest living scholar on Greek vases and theatre, Emeritus at Oxford and former curator of the Ashmolean Museum. Professor Joel D. Eis, MFA has been writing plays, poetry short stories, articles, and essays since the 1970s. A good portion of his work has seen print publication or staged reading/production. He has published three full length books; a book on the performance of the first play in English in the New World,(Edwin Mellen Press) a text on stagecraft for high schools (Centerline Productions) and his current book on Greek theatre published by Edwin Mellen Press. It has already received the Adele Mellen award for outstanding academic contribution, 2015. The ongoing spot on Lilycat on Stuff is scheduled for the third Sunday of every month. Left Coast Writers® are invited to participate in the programming. Listeners are invited to call in and share their opinions. FCCFREE RADIO is home to over 50 + original programs each week that produce more that 1,000,000 listeners per month (yes, you read that correctly 1,000,000 + listeners) of LIVE hosted content. that comes out of the plush studios in the SOMA District of San Francisco. FFR talk shows cover everything from sex, politics, sports, and back again. Google calls them an "Iconic Staple of San Francisco" and a "Frontrunner in Internet Broadcasting." Add your voice to the fray by calling in during show hours: 415 829 2980. How to Listen in/Call in! 1 - log onto www.fccfreeradio.com 2 - find "schedule" tab and click it - go to Sundays - there will be the link for Lily Cat on Stuff - click it 3 - on Lily Cat page - there will be a "Tune In Now" section to select the streaming service of listeners choice - Under Studio A: - iTunes - Windows Media Player - Real Media Player - Quick Time Studio 4. Once selected the listening controls should appear & sound should be on - listen to the program - Lily Cat will give the phone # to call Nice thing about these live casts - they're incorporated into Pod Casts so you can go back and listen if the program played while you were out.
For more station info and how to listen in, go to: www.FCCFREERADIO.comTo schedule and interview with the editors or writers please contact Jack at leftcoastwriters@gmail.com

Ferry Plaza Book Party: Bill Palmini

LEFT COAST WRITERS FERRY PLAZA BOOK PARTY:  Bill Palmini, Author of A Rookie Cop vs. the West Coast Mafia: Breaking Up the "Best in the West" Gang BillPalminiMonday, September 14th, 2015 || 6pm Book Passage || San Francisco 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco ||www.bookpassage.com He's back and once again flipping back the tarp on local crime! We are so jazzed to be celebrating true crime writer and Bay Area ex-detective Bill Palmini's latest book. In this gripping, true crime exposé, Palmini, a rookie detective, hopes to take down the West Coast Mafia by gaining the confidence of notorious mob operative William Floyd Ettleman. Set against a backdrop of social turmoil, A Rookie Cop vs. The West Coast Mafia immerses readers in the subculture of free love, drugs, robbery and murder, orchestrated by organized crime in locations like the coastal enclave of Sausalito, California. Artists, writers, musicians, actors and hippies took refuge there. The Trident Restaurant was once a drug Mecca for Hollywood, the music industry and the New York hip. It was co-owned by the Kingston Trio and their manager, Frank Werber, a self-proclaimed drug priest. Robin Williams worked as a busboy there, the Rolling Stones were regulars and Janis Joplin had her own table. Sally Stanford, the former San Francisco Madam who later became Sausalito’s mayor, was a confidant of the famous and infamous. Ettleman's gang of safecrackers targets the Trident. Other mobsters like San Diego’s Frank “The Bomp” Bompensiero, on whom Sopranoscharacter “Big Pussy” is thought to have been based, become involved. Palmini, utilizing Ettleman, joins the FBI and the Federal Strike Force on Organized Crime to penetrate the crime scene in Sausalito, loaded dice scams in Las Vegas and Reno, corruption in San Diego and stolen credit cards circulating as far away as Texas. Then he begins to break up one of the most notorious gangs on the West Coast. William G. Palmini, Jr. is Chief of the Department of Public Safety at UC Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco. He has decades of experience in police work and is a recipient of the J. Stannard Baker Award for Highway Safety from the National Sheriffs' Association and the 2010 National Elks’ Enrique Camarena Drug Awareness Award. His fame as the original Elvis Cop still follows him. His Elvis persona in police work earned him international media coverage and an honorary Gold Record Award from the Recording Industry Association of America.

Book Launch: Paradise Drive by Rebecca Foust

LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK LAUNCH: Rebecca Foust, Author of Paradise Drive
Rebecca Foust

Rebecca Foust

Saturday, September 12th, 2015 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com
Readers, writers, poets and lovers of poetry, we know you'll enjoy this evening with one of our favorite Left Coast Writers poets.
In Rebecca Foust’s splendid book-length sonnet sequence, Paradise Drive, we come upon a Pilgrim contemplating the deadly sins while hiding out in the bathrooms at some of Marin County, California’s swankiest parties. As the Pilgrim swaggers into an idiosyncratic, believable, frail spirituality, her unmediated, un-medicated new life emerges. The sonnets of this new life are jagged, fresh, and formed in only the way a stunningly skilled poet can craft them. Foust drives her Keatsian sensibility straight into the 21st Century of terrorism and autism, divorce and yoga, soldiers and syringes, booze and valet parking, determined to prove that truth makes beauty. Not only is Paradise Drive a magnificent achievement, it’s a deep comfort as well.
Molly Peacock, author of The Second Blush: Poems
Rebecca Foust was the 2014 Dartmouth Poet in Residence and is the recipient of fellowships from the Frost Place and theMacDowell Colony. Her fifth book, Paradise Drive, won the 2015 Press 53 Award for Poetry. About it Thomas Lux says “sonnet after sonnet is masterful. Not since Berryman’s Henry have I been so engaged by a persona,” and Molly Peacock says, “Foust drives her Keatsian sensibility straight into the 21st soldiers and syringes, booze and valet parking, determined to prove that truth makes beauty.” For more information, visit http://rebeccafoust.com/. Paradise Drive can be ordered at http://www.press53.com/Bio_Rebecca_Foust.html.

Literary Salon: Robbie Scott

LEFT COAST WRITERS LITERARY SALON:  Robbie Scott, Author of The Queen's Sceptre and engineer at Bandcamp.com, working on audiobooks 
Robbie Scott

Robbie Scott

Tuesday, September 8th, 2015 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com On Tuesday eve—not Monday eve, due to the holiday weekend—Robbie Scott will talk about the trials and tribulations of taking a self-published book to audio. He’ll cover such topics as recording your own audio, the benefits of working with a professional narrator, and navigating legal and financial issues like contracts and revenue sharing. He'll  touch on the rise of audiobooks in general, the current players, like audible and iTunes, the self-publishing market, and the plans of independents like Bandcamp. Audiobooks, with a market growth ranging between 6% to almost 50% from year to year, depending who you talk to, are one of the bright spots in book publishing. How will that pan out for the self-publishing crowd?
Robbie Scott is the author of the well-received Mystery of Rascal Pratt, an historical fiction for middle grade readers, set in the Marin Headlands, which has made its way onto summer reading lists and into classrooms  across the states. He finished his second novel, The Queen's Sceptre, for that same audience early this year and has been working with narrator David Marcus Gibson this spring and summer, preparing its audio version.
He is also a software engineer at Bandcamp, the San Francisco-based music and audio distribution platform, the artist-centric service favored by independent musicians world-wide, where he is currently working on, among other things, enhancements geared towards audiobooks, podcasts, and spoken word.

Left Coast Writers Poetry: Morris Taylor

Left Coast Writers Poetry: Morris Taylor, Author of Nine Lives of Morris: Great Tales from One Cool Cat
Morris Taylor

Morris Taylor

Kawika's Ocean Beach Deli 734 La Playa St, San Francisco, CA 94121 Sunday, September 6th from 5pm-7:15pm Join a featured LCW poet at the First Sunday of the Month Happy Hour Poetry series at Kawika's Ocean Beach Deli. Our featured poet's reading is followed by an open mic for other poets to share original work, or even just to read favorite poems aloud. Happy Hour starts at 5pm, and after our featured poet reads for 30 minutes, open mic (three minutes per poet) goes until 7:15 pm. Celebrate creativity and poets while supporting a local, community-oriented, and family owned business! Enjoy $1 off your sandwich with the purchase of a glass of wine or bubbly! Up in September is Morris Taylor, Author of Nine Lives of Morris: Great Tales from One Cool Cat. Morris Taylor is a contemporary version of the Renaissance man. Throughout his fourscore  and more years he has displayed a keen interest and considerable skill in the arts, religion, family, and the leather lifestyle. As a musician, he has traveled the world giving classical piano concerts, master classes and lectures. His writing achievements  range from scholarly papers in musicology to poetry. For four decades Doctor Taylor was on the faculty of Christian universities. He retired as Professor Emeritus of Music. In the capacity of his missionary credential, he has taught Bible classes for youth and adults and raised up a Seventh-day Adventist church in Appalachia. For many years he and his wife Elaine, with whom he had four children, toured as a duo-piano team. In his sixties Morris has acted upon his inherent homosexuality. In his retirement years, he has become a watercolor artist. His twenty-five one-person shows range from San Francisco’s Grace Episcopal Cathedral to the Center for Sex and Culture. On May 21, 2015, he exhibited his erotic watercolors at Chicago’s Leather Archives and Museum. He is currently producing a book, Nine Lives of Morris: Great Tales from One Cool Cat. To find out more and to participate in the project, go to:  http://ninelivesofmorris.com/crowdfunding-the-book/ A documentary film is being made of Taylor’s life. Kawika's LogoAbout Kawika's Deli: David Nottage and his wife Joanne Pappas Nottage bought this San Francisco business a year and a half ago and transformed a take-out deli into a friendly community hub where friends and neighbors can enjoy great food with affordable, quality wine/beer and connect around music, poetry, sports, comedy, and issues integral to local concerns. Kawika's has free wi-fi and delicious deli delights. Signature menu items include: fresh baked sourdough rolls, homemade Gluten Free bread, in-house, fresh roasted, rotisserie Angus roast beef, turkey and leg of lamb, fresh baked Salmon, Greek lamb gyros with authentic tzatziki sauce, Greek Salad, homemade hummus, 100% Kona coffee, Greek coffee and a selection of chips, juices, and desserts, including baklava! Kawika’s is just a block from beautiful Ocean Beach at 734 La Playa Street @ Balboa in San Francisco. There is street parking and a large, free lot 1 block away on the Great Highway @ Balboa Street. Read more about their events and the restaurant itself at http://www.oceanbeachdeli.com/

David Shields in Conversation with Linda Watanabe McFerrin

shieldsDavidDavid Shields, Author of That Thing You Do With Your Mouth, in conversation with Linda Watanabe McFerrin Thursday, August 20th, 2015 || 6pm Book Passage || San Francisco 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco ||www.bookpassage.com
In That Thing You Do With Your Mouth:The Sexual Autobiography of Samantha Matthews as told to David Shields, actress and voice-over artist Samantha Matthews offers, in the form of an extended monologue to David Shields, a vivid investigation of her startling sexual history. From her abuse at the hands of a family member to her present day life in Barcelona, Matthews reveals herself to be a darkly funny and contemporary woman with a keen awareness of how her body has been hijacked and the influence of her early trauma. Her story is a study of her uneasy relationships with female desire, her tormentors, and her lovers with whom she has sought out both the infliction and receipt of harm. This book is an attempt to break down barriers both sexual and emotional. For Matthews and Shields, the only response to the unspeakable is to speak, to do that thing you do with your mouth, as directly and honestly as possible. Their provocative performance refuses neat resolution or emotional pornography and will have readers raging, celebrating, and talking. David Shields is the author of 11 other books, including Reality Hunger: A Manifesto, named one of the best books of 2010 and The Thing About Life Is That One Day You'll Be Dead, a New York Times bestseller. His work has been translated into 15 languages.
LOCATION:
1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111
$15.00
ISBN: 9781940450643
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: McSweeney's Books - June 9th, 2015
 

Left Coast Writers® Live: Wanderland Writers

Melinda Adams, aka Lilycat

Melinda Adams, aka Lilycat

On Sunday, August 16th from 12-2pm, join Left Coast Writers® Live on FCCFREE RADIO's popular show, Lilycat on Stuff. Lilycat's guest on Sunday will be Left Coast Writers®  Wanderland Writers. This time Wanderland Writers venture deep into Cornwall, exploring it's castles, its contrast. They find, of course, its legacy of Camelot, the lingering shadows of Arthurian legend, tragic love, magic, and Merlin. They also find its sorrows, buried deep in its history like the now closed mines, where the windswept moors and jagged coasts made everyday events of shipwrecks, isolation, cave-ins. Yet, as workshop leaders Joanna Biggar and Linda Watanabe McFerrin and their fellow travelers discover, that is not the whole story. They also encounter the wonderful and hospitable Cornish, with their enchanting accents, their delightful yarns, their humor, their endurance. They wander, bicycle, hike and kayak to explore hills, waterways, villages and moors in search of the spirit of artists and writers who have come before them to leave an imprint on this untamed land. Wandering in Cornwall is a beguiling collection of stories and poems about the extreme west of England. Everything that makes Cornwall so special is here: pasties, clotted cream artists, smugglers, the South West Coast Path and even the thieving seagulls. Readers who know Cornwall will be inspired to return and newcomers to this land of myth and legend will vow to see it for themselves. —Hilary Bradt MBE, Co-founder of Bradt Travel Guides “Careful, reader. This book is a delight, no doubt about it. But now I have to go to Cornwall.” —Tim Cahill, Author of Jaguars Ripped My Flesh and Hold the Enlightenment For more information go to www.wanderlandwriters.com Linda Watanabe McFerrin and Joanna Biggar have floated down the Canal du Midi in France, danced in the sunlight of southern Greece, toasted the best of times in Ireland, devoured the culture and countryside of southern Italy, wandered through landscapes lost and found in Costa Rica, and explored the Indonesian island that is known as an earthly Paradise. In each destination, they eat and drink, laugh and get lost, explore and expound with their merry band of travel writers. And they always return with a varied collection of tales, some mystical, some funny, some terrifying—each told in a different, highly personal voice. The ongoing spot on Lilycat on Stuff is scheduled for the third Sunday of every month. Left Coast Writers® are invited to participate in the programming. Listeners are invited to call in and share their opinions. FCCFREE RADIO is home to over 50 + original programs each week that produce more that 1,000,000 listeners per month (yes, you read that correctly 1,000,000 + listeners) of LIVE hosted content. that comes out of the plush studios in the SOMA District of San Francisco. FFR talk shows cover everything from sex, politics, sports, and back again. Google calls them an "Iconic Staple of San Francisco" and a "Frontrunner in Internet Broadcasting." Add your voice to the fray by calling in during show hours: 415 829 2980. How to Listen in/Call in! 1 - log onto www.fccfreeradio.com 2 - find "schedule" tab and click it - go to Sundays - there will be the link for Lily Cat on Stuff - click it 3 - on Lily Cat page - there will be a "Tune In Now" section to select the streaming service of listeners choice - Under Studio A: - iTunes - Windows Media Player - Real Media Player - Quick Time Studio 4. Once selected the listening controls should appear & sound should be on - listen to the program - Lily Cat will give the phone # to call Nice thing about these live casts - they're incorporated into Pod Casts so you can go back and listen if the program played while you were out.
For more station info and how to listen in, go to: www.FCCFREERADIO.comTo schedule and interview with the editors or writers please contact Jack at leftcoastwriters@gmail.com

Ferry Plaza Book Party: Wandering in Cornwall

LEFT COAST WRITERS FERRY PLAZA BOOK PARTY:  Wanderland Writers, Authors of Wandering in Cornwall: Mystery, Mirth, and Transformation in the Land of the Ancient Celts Wandering in Cornwall CoverMonday, August 10th, 2015 || 6pm Book Passage || San Francisco 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco ||www.bookpassage.com It's another Wanderland Writers celebration. Wine, snacks, readings, and a brand new book in the series. This time Wanderland Writers venture deep into Cornwall, exploring it's castles, its contrast. They find, of course, its legacy of Camelot, the lingering shadows of Arthurian legend, tragic love, magic, and Merlin. They also find its sorrows, buried deep in its history like the now closed mines, where the windswept moors and jagged coasts made everyday events of shipwrecks, isolation, cave-ins. Yet, as workshop leaders Joanna Biggar and Linda Watanabe McFerrin and their fellow travelers discover, that is not the whole story. They also encounter the wonderful and hospitable Cornish, with their enchanting accents, their delightful yarns, their humor, their endurance. They wander, bicycle, hike and kayak to explore hills, waterways, villages and moors in search of the spirit of artists and writers who have come before them to leave an imprint on this untamed land. Wandering in Cornwall is a beguiling collection of stories and poems about the extreme west of England. Everything that makes Cornwall so special is here: pasties, clotted cream artists, smugglers, the South West Coast Path and even the thieving seagulls. Readers who know Cornwall will be inspired to return and newcomers to this land of myth and legend will vow to see it for themselves. —Hilary Bradt MBE, Co-founder of Bradt Travel Guides “Careful, reader. This book is a delight, no doubt about it. But now I have to go to Cornwall.” —Tim Cahill, Author of Jaguars Ripped My Flesh and Hold the Enlightenment Writers reading will include: Unity Barry, Daphne Beyers, Antoinette Constable, Tom Harrell, Kitty Hughes, Laurie McAndish King, Ethel Mussen, MJ Pramik, Lynne Rutan, Anne Sigmon, and Maryly Snow. For more information go to www.wanderlandwriters.com Linda Watanabe McFerrin and Joanna Biggar have floated down the Canal du Midi in France, danced in the sunlight of southern Greece, toasted the best of times in Ireland, devoured the culture and countryside of southern Italy, wandered through landscapes lost and found in Costa Rica, and explored the Indonesian island that is known as an earthly Paradise. In each destination, they eat and drink, laugh and get lost, explore and expound with their merry band of travel writers. And they always return with a varied collection of tales, some mystical, some funny, some terrifying—each told in a different, highly personal voice.

Book Launch: Kissing the Sky by Cristina Olsen

LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK LAUNCH: Kissing the Sky, by Cristina Olsen
Cristina Olsen

Cristina Olsen

Saturday, August 8th, 2015 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com Join us in this long-awaited, much anticipated, book party for Christina Olsen. Kissing the Sky is an autobiography of the soul in poetic and visual form that begins with loss and loneliness, but soon transforms into love and an expansive freedom of the soul. From post-war London to the vast Pampas of Argentina, from Buenos Aires to the hills of Novato, California, the author weaves a meditative tapestry of poetry and photography celebrating the beauty of nature and it’s power to transform pain into joy. "A multi-faceted synthesis of literature and art, and the author’s life experiences, results in a winning combination recommended for readers who enjoy poetry, photos and autobiography." –D. Donovan, Midwest Book Review  Cristina Olsen was born and raised in Argentina, then continued her education up through the doctoral level in the United States. For close to 30 years she lived as a global nomad, shifting residences between South America and the United States and vagabonding through countries around the world, eventually settling in Marin County, California with her husband, fellow poet and photographer, Dave Muñoz (Haiku Dave). Twice she has lived under and survived military dictatorships in Argentina and Chile. She has been a translator, language teacher, and lecturer on world religions and mysticism, and is the author of Nature in the Lives of Saints Brigit, Patrick and Columba, Lambert Academic Publishing, Saarbrucken, Germany, 2012.  In addition, she raised funds for nonprofit institutions in the area of environmental education, sustainable agriculture in rural communities in Africa, Asia, and Central and South America, interfaith dialogue, hospice care, and higher education.

Literary Salon: David Corbett

LEFT COAST WRITERS LITERARY SALON:  David Corbett, Author of The Mercy of the Night
David Corbett

David Corbett

Monday, August 3rd, 2015 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com  Don't miss the salon in August when renowned mystery writer David Corbett will be joining us to discuss character, sub-genre subtleties, and all things mysterious. For fifteen years, David Corbett worked for the San Francisco private investigation firm of Palladino & Sutherland, and played a significant part in a number of high-profile criminal and civil litigations, including the Lincoln Savings & Loan Case, The DeLorean Trial, the Coronado Company marijuana indictments, The Cotton Club Murder Case, The People's Temple Trial, the first Michael Jackson child molestation case, and a RICO civil litigation brought by the Teamsters against former union leaders associated with organized crime—as well as numerous other drug, murder, and fraud cases. In 1995, he eased out of private investigation work to serve as office manager and "Man Friday" for his wife, Terri, as she launched her own law practice, specializing in probate litigation, estate planning, and small business law. (For more on Terri, see Cesidia on this website.) She was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in September, 2000, and in January, 2001, passed away at age 46. Six weeks before Terri's death, Ballantine purchased David's first novel, The Devil's Redhead. Widely praised, it was nominated for both the Anthony and Barry Awards for Best First Novel of 2002. His follow-up, Done for a Dime,was also broadly acclaimed ("the best in contemporary crime fiction ... one of the three or four best American crime novels I've ever read."—The Washington Post), was named a New York Times Notable Book, and was nominated for the Macavity Award for Best Novel of 2003. His third novel, 2007's Blood of Paradise, was compared to the work of Graham Greene and Robert Stone, was chosen by Admiral James Stavridis, then Commander of the US Southern Command, for the SOUTHCOM reading list. It was also selected one of the Top Ten Mysteries and Thrillers of 2007 by The Washington Post. His fourth novel, 2010's Do They Know I'm Running?, instantly garnered widespread praise, and was selected as Best Novel—Rising Star Category for the Spinetingler Award. This past year, David has published both his fifth novel, The Mercy of the Night ("Superlative hard-boiled crime fiction with a strong emotional center.” — Booklist, Starred Review), and a novella featuring the same male protagonist, Phelan Tierney, titled The Devil Prayed and Darkness Fell. David's short fiction has also been widely praised, with stories appearing twice in Best American Mystery Stories, and another, "It Can Happen" from San Francisco Noir, nominated for the Macavity Award for Best Short Story of 2005. He also contributed chapters to The Chopin Manuscript and The Copper Bracelet, serial audio thrillers that now have been combined in a single hard cover version titled Watchlist. In 2013 he published his writing guide The Art of Character, which national bestseller Elizabeth Brundage called "a writer's bible that will lead to your character's soul." He teaches and gives seminars and workshops at conferences throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico; he's a regular contributor to the writers' blog Writer Unboxed; and his articles on craft and theory have appeared in the New York Times, Narrative, Writer's Digest, The Writer, Zyzzyva, MovieMaker, Bright Ideas, Crimespree and other outlets.

Left Coast Writers Poetry: Marianne Betterly

Left Coast Writers Poetry: Marianne Betterly
Marianne Betterly

Marianne Betterly

Kawika's Ocean Beach Deli 734 La Playa St, San Francisco, CA 94121 Sunday, August 2nd from 5pm-7:15pm Join a featured LCW poet at the First Sunday of the Month Happy Hour Poetry series at Kawika's Ocean Beach Deli. Our featured poet's reading is followed by an open mic for other poets to share original work, or even just to read favorite poems aloud. Happy Hour starts at 5pm, and after our featured poet reads for 30 minutes, open mic (three minutes per poet) goes until 7:15 pm. Celebrate creativity and poets while supporting a local, community-oriented, and family owned business! Enjoy $1 off your sandwich with the purchase of a glass of wine or bubbly! Up in August is Marianne Betterly. When Marianne Betterly isn’t hip hop dancing, designing websites  or traveling to Kyoto, she’s writing poetry. Her poetry has been published widely in books and journals including the Hot Flashes series, “The Green Silk Journal,” and “The Haight Ashbury Literary Journal.”  Marianne is the book designer of Turning a Train of Thought Upside Down. Kawika's LogoAbout Kawika's Deli: David Nottage and his wife Joanne Pappas Nottage bought this San Francisco business a year and a half ago and transformed a take-out deli into a friendly community hub where friends and neighbors can enjoy great food with affordable, quality wine/beer and connect around music, poetry, sports, comedy, and issues integral to local concerns. Kawika's has free wi-fi and delicious deli delights. Signature menu items include: fresh baked sourdough rolls, homemade Gluten Free bread, in-house, fresh roasted, rotisserie Angus roast beef, turkey and leg of lamb, fresh baked Salmon, Greek lamb gyros with authentic tzatziki sauce, Greek Salad, homemade hummus, 100% Kona coffee, Greek coffee and a selection of chips, juices, and desserts, including baklava! Kawika’s is just a block from beautiful Ocean Beach at 734 La Playa Street @ Balboa in San Francisco. There is street parking and a large, free lot 1 block away on the Great Highway @ Balboa Street. Read more about their events and the restaurant itself at http://www.oceanbeachdeli.com/

Ferry Plaza Book Party: Fundraiser for Afghans 4 Tomorrow with Adrienne Amundsen, Author of Reclaiming the Apple

LEFT COAST WRITERS FERRY PLAZA BOOK PARTY:  Fundraiser for Afghans 4 Tomorrow with Adrienne Amundsen, Author of Reclaiming the Apple
photo by Adrienne Amundsen

photo by Adrienne Amundsen

Monday, July 13th, 2015 || 6pm Book Passage || San Francisco 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco ||www.bookpassage.com Left Coast Writers and friends; lovers of poetry, women's rights and healing vibes for our planet: Please join us for a little wine and a celebration of the power of poetry at a Fundraiser for Afghans4Tommorow at Book Passage in the Ferry Plaza. Adrienne Admundsen will be reading from her collection of poems about Afghanistan, its troubles and the path to healing. Afghans4Tomorrow, Inc. (“A4T”) , is a registered non-profit, humanitarian organization dedicated to the reconstruction and development of Afghanistan. A4T is also a registered nonprofit with the Afghan Ministry of Economics. Their concentration is in improving the capacity of those they serve in their education, agriculture and health programs to become self sufficient and contribute to the economy of their families and country. Adrienne Amundsen is a psychologist, specializing in trauma, grief, and creativity. Born in Texas, but long ago transplanted to northern California, she is the mother of two grown boys. Her poetry has been published in a number of literary journals and anthologies, and her poetry collection Cassandras Falling was published in 2011. Dr. Amundsen’s interests have taken her from the caves of France to the war zone in Afghanistan, and she has taught classes on shamanism and cave art both locally in California and internationally. She works with a local nonprofit organization, Afghans 4 Tomorrow, which helps Afghans provide girls’ education and economic opportunities for families.

Book Launch: One Shoe by John Hewitt

LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK LAUNCH:  One Shoe: When a Gold Rush is not Enough by John Hewitt
John Hewitt

John Hewitt

Saturday, July 11th, 2015 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com History repeats itself when the denizens of the California Gold Rush village of One Shoe hit another mother lode. Since 1855, the town has squeezed an economy out of a single, deteriorating block featuring the Pioneer Washhouse and the Brothers Saloon. Locals have tripped unsuspecting tourists and half-crazed fortune hunters, pulling in dollars with a puffed up history of its founder, Nigel Potts. Famous for striking it rich and feverishly working his gold claim wearing just one shoe, he never stopped to locate the missing boot. But Potts was a promoter, mining money with his one-shoe legend that pulled a greedy crowd that provided the money to put One Shoe on the map. After a 21st century news story goes viral, locals follow his tradition as digital gold fever makes One Shoe the land of opportunity for modern claim jumpers. Rumor and renegades collide in another hilarious send up of back country felons and heroes with outrageous schemes and dreams. Some things never change, and Hewitt serves up a delicious deja vu in this novel. Please join Left Coast Writers at the book launch for this latest novel by John Hewitt. Over the past 40 years John Hewitt's films and books have explored a mosaic of cultures and nationalities. A native of Los Angeles, he grew up in the smog of Southern California and, at various times, has worked as a newspaper reporter, newspaper editor, magazine writer, television reporter, television news producer, documentary cameraman, documentary producer and writer, university professor, textbook author and novelist. He has traveled in Mexico for over 50 years and also in Central and South America, Europe, Southeast Asia, Australia, Europe and the Middle East. His first three novels, Stranger in Baja, Under the Padre’s Thumb, and Drone Baloney explored the bewildering culture in communities in Mexico’s Baja Peninsula He currently lives in Northern California.

Wandering in Japan, A Writers Adventure with Linda Watanabe McFerrin

Japan_-_walkwayJoin noted author, editor and Left Coast Writers founder, Linda Watanabe McFerrin, if you can, for a breathtaking once-in-a-lifetime introduction to Japan, land of mountain temples, soothing onsens and people known for their extraordinary grace and generosity. It was her home for many years, a place she has returned to again and again and one that she's always excited to share with others both on the page and in person. Participants will depart on Saturday, September 5th to arrive in Tokyo, “the new capital”, on Sunday, September 6th. From quiet Shinto shrines to silvery high-rise towers, from the ancient to the newer-than-new, you’ll be dazzled by one of the world’s most exciting metropolises. From there a bullet train will whisk you to “the old capital”, Kyoto, truly one of the most picturesque places on the planet, where you will relax and explore surrounded by beauty while enjoying the cultivated experience of the literati and glitterati of this centuries-old center of art and enlightenment. The journey doesn’t end in Kyoto. You’ll also enjoy a temple stay in stunning Koyasan and a fabulous finale in exciting Osaka before heading north, back to Tokyo and Narita and Haneda airports, for your return home on September 15th. The trip is designed for writers and will, of course, have a travel-writing component, which will include an assignment. Limited availability. For more information and to register, send a confirming e-mail by return to leftcoastwriters@gmail.com, along with your most recent literary bio. Linda Watanabe McFerrin (www.lwmcferrin.com) is a poet, travel writer, novelist and contributor to numerous newspapers, magazines and anthologies. She is the author of two poetry collections, past editor of a popular Northern California guidebook and a winner of the Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction. Her novel, Namako:  Sea Cucumber, was named Best Book for the Teen-Age by the New York Public Library. In addition to authoring an award-winning short story collection, The Hand of Buddha, she has co-edited twelve anthologies, including the Hot Flashes: sexy little stories & poems series. Her latest novel, Dead Love (Stone Bridge Press, 2009), was short-listed as a finalist in the 2007 William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Competition and was a Bram Stoker Award Finalist for Superior Achievement in a Novel. Linda has judged the San Francisco Literary Awards, the Josephine Miles Award for Literary Excellence and the Kiriyama Prize, served as a visiting mentor for the Loft Mentor Series and been guest faculty at the Oklahoma Arts Institute. A past NEA Panelist and juror for the Marin Literary Arts Council and the founder of Left Coast Writers®, she has led workshops in Greece, France, Italy, Ireland, Central America, Indonesia, Spain and the United States and has mentored a long list of accomplished writers and best-selling authors toward publication.          

Literary Salon: Deirdre Cerkanowicz

LEFT COAST WRITERS LITERARY SALON:  Deirdre Cerkanowicz, Marketing and Promotions Specialist at Berkeley Public Library
Deirdre Cerkanowicz

Deirdre Cerkanowicz

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com Join us at 7pm for hosted wine and beverages as we celebrate libraries and all they do for writers. We'll begin with a short mixer, which will be followed by an inspiring and informative presentation by Deirdre Cerkanowicz. Deirdre has worked in libraries for over 25 years. She is also a writer and photographer, having started and produced a monthly newsmagazine for six years; as well as written numerous book reviews for publications such as Booklist. She worked for Book Passage before attending library school and still frequents both locations. She currently is in charge of publicity for the Berkeley Public Library and promotes the Library's numerous free public programs through press releases, newsletters and social media. Deirdre will unveil secrets of the stacks, explain how databases are your friend, how to approach libraries to do readings and offer other process for getting your book in libraries and how not to drive your local librarian crazy.

Left Coast Writers Poetry: Jeff Kingman

Left Coast Writers Poetry: Jeff Kingman
Jeff Kingman

Jeff Kingman

Kawika's Ocean Beach Deli 734 La Playa St, San Francisco, CA 94121 Sunday, July 5th from 5pm-7:15pm Join a featured LCW poet at the First Sunday of the Month Happy Hour Poetry series at Kawika's Ocean Beach Deli. Our featured poet's reading is followed by an open mic for other poets to share original work, or even just to read favorite poems aloud. Happy Hour starts at 5pm, and after our featured poet reads for 30 minutes, open mic (three minutes per poet) goes until 7:15 pm. Celebrate creativity and poets while supporting a local, community-oriented, and family owned business! Enjoy $1 off your sandwich with the purchase of a glass of wine or bubbly! Up in July is Jeffrey Kingman. In honor of the 4th of July holiday weekend, we propose independence as a theme for the Open Mic poetry session. This can be about what independence and/or freedom mean to you personally and may be related or totally unrelated to political independence – your choice! Jeffrey Kingman lives by the Napa River in Vallejo, California. He won the Red Berry Editions 2015 Valentine poetry contest and also the 2012 Revolution House Flash Fiction Contest. He has read at Quiet Lightning and Bay Area Generations. His poetry has appeared in Squaw Valley Review, Crack the Spine, The Lascaux Prize 2015 anthology and others. Jeff has a Master’s degree in Music Composition and can be heard playing his drums in a band called O Happy Dagger. Kawika's LogoAbout Kawika's Deli: David Nottage and his wife Joanne Pappas Nottage bought this San Francisco business a year and a half ago and transformed a take-out deli into a friendly community hub where friends and neighbors can enjoy great food with affordable, quality wine/beer and connect around music, poetry, sports, comedy, and issues integral to local concerns. Kawika's has free wi-fi and delicious deli delights. Signature menu items include: fresh baked sourdough rolls, homemade Gluten Free bread, in-house, fresh roasted, rotisserie Angus roast beef, turkey and leg of lamb, fresh baked Salmon, Greek lamb gyros with authentic tzatziki sauce, Greek Salad, homemade hummus, 100% Kona coffee, Greek coffee and a selection of chips, juices, and desserts, including baklava! Kawika’s is just a block from beautiful Ocean Beach at 734 La Playa Street @ Balboa in San Francisco. There is street parking and a large, free lot 1 block away on the Great Highway @ Balboa Street. Read more about their events and the restaurant itself at http://www.oceanbeachdeli.com/

Left Coast Writers Poetry: TC Currie

Left Coast Writers Poetry: TC Currie, Author of Questions to a Butterfly: A Collection of Transformational Poetry
TC Currie

TC Currie

Kawika's Ocean Beach Deli 734 La Playa St, San Francisco, CA 94121 Sunday, June 7th from 5pm-7:15pm Announcing a new series featuring Left Coast Writers poets. Join a featured LCW poet at the First Sunday of the Month Happy Hour Poetry series at Kawika's Ocean Beach Deli. Our featured poet's reading is followed by an open mic for other poets to share original work, or even just to read favorite poems aloud. Happy Hour starts at 5pm, and after our featured poet reads for 30 minutes, open mic (three minutes per poet) goes until 7:15 pm. Celebrate creativity and poets while supporting a local, community-oriented, and family owned business! Enjoy $1 off your sandwich with the purchase of a glass of wine or bubbly! Up in June is TC Currie, Author of Questions to a Butterfly: A Collection of Transformational Poetry. In Questions to a Butterfly, TC Currie uses familiar objects from everyday life and humor to connect the reader to the toil of transformation, their triumphs, and their connection to the Divine, offering comfort and hope for those in the midst of struggle. Full of universal truths, familiar problems, cookie dough, and psychic vampires, TC’s poems follow the path of those who have the courage to take an honest look at their lives, evaluate their actions, and do the hard work to move through personal transformation from darkness into energy, connection and light. As a girl of five, TC Currie was delighted to discover that books allow her to escape into other worlds. She has been armchair traveling and writing ever since. After parlaying her degree in Asian Religions into a career as a software developer, TC gained a reputation for being able to translate between software users and techie geeks. After years of technical writing, she found her bliss in non-technical writing. She’s won everything from the Silver Medal from the Solas Travel Awards for her personal essay “Checkers and Humanity” (2014) to NaNoWriMo (2012), and her poetry has been included in the Gift of Love and Speak Out poetry anthologies (2008 &1993). She is currently writing and reading voraciously in her Victorian home near San Francisco with her delightful boyfriend and fluffy cat. A member of Left Coast Writers, TC is author of a self-help book on surviving surgery, a mystery novel and a poetry collection. Kawika's Logo About Kawika's Deli: David Nottage and his wife Joanne Pappas Nottage bought this San Francisco business a year and a half ago and transformed a take-out deli into a friendly community hub where friends and neighbors can enjoy great food with affordable, quality wine/beer and connect around music, poetry, sports, comedy, and issues integral to local concerns. Kawika's has free wi-fi and delicious deli delights. Signature menu items include: fresh baked sourdough rolls, homemade Gluten Free bread, in-house, fresh roasted, rotisserie Angus roast beef, turkey and leg of lamb, fresh baked Salmon, Greek lamb gyros with authentic tzatziki sauce, Greek Salad, homemade hummus, 100% Kona coffee, Greek coffee and a selection of chips, juices, and desserts, including baklava! Kawika’s is just a block from beautiful Ocean Beach at 734 La Playa Street @ Balboa in San Francisco. There is street parking and a large, free lot 1 block away on the Great Highway @ Balboa Street.

May 31st: Marianne Betterly and Other Widow’s Handbook Contributors Read in SF

Widows' HandbookSunday, May 31st, 2015 || 9:30-10:45am First Unitarian Universalist Society || San Francisco 1187 Franklin Street at Geary, San Francisco || Marianne Betterly and other contributors to the Widows' Handbook: Reflections on Grief and Survival will be reading and speaking on May 31st from 9:30-10:45 a.m. at the First Unitarian Universalist Society of San Francisco. The Widows’ Handbook is the first anthology of poems by contemporary widows, many of whom have written their way out of solitude and despair, distilling their strongest feelings into poetry or memoir. This stirring collection celebrates the strategies widows learn and the resources they muster to deal with people, living space, possessions, social life, and especially themselves, once shock has turned to the realization that nothing will ever be the same. As Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg says in her foreword, losing one s partner is a loss like no other. The Widows’ Handbook is a collection of poetry from 87 American women of all ages, legally married or not, straight and gay, whose partners or spouses have died. Some of the poets are already published widely including more than a dozen prizewinners, four Pushcart nominees, and two regional poets laureate. Others are not as well known, and some appear in print for the first time here.  They write frankly about being paralyzed and about going forward. Their poems are honest, beautiful, and accessible. Only poetry can speak such difficult truths and incite such intense empathy. While both men and women understand the bewilderment, solitude, and change of status thrust upon the widowed, women suffer a particular social demotion and isolation. Anyone who has lost a loved one or is involved in helping the bereaved will be able to relate to the experiences conveyed in The Widows’ Handbook. “When a partner dies, we begin a long journey down a path we’d rather not take, and we may imagine that life could never be bearable again. The poems in this “Handbook” offer much more than guidance or comfort. Their searing honesty and vivid depictions of resilience offer us invaluable reassurance that our grieving, however painful, will not destroy our capacity to live with meaning–and even joy.” –Judy Norsigian, Executive Director of Our Bodies, Ourselves and Co-founder, Boston Women’s Health Book Collective Readers may include (but are not limited to): Marianne Betterly, Judy Bebelaar and Jacqueline KudlerSandra Gilbert, Kristine Forbes, Mary Curtis,  When Marianne Betterly isn’t hip hop dancing, designing websites  or traveling to Kyoto, she’s writing poetry. Her poetry has been published widely in books and journals including the Hot Flashes series, “The Green Silk Journal,” and “The Haight Ashbury Literary Journal.”  Marianne is the book designer of Turning a Train of Thought Upside Down. Judy Bebelaar taught in San Francisco public high schools for 37 years. Her students won many writing honors, including 8 Scholastic Writing Awards. Judy’s poetry has won prizes as well, and has been published widely, including in the anthologies The Widows’ Handbook (Kent State University, 2014) and Turning a Train of Thought Upside Down (Scarlet Tanager Books, 2012)Her chapbook, Walking Across the Pacific,(Finishing Line Press) was published in 2014. She co-hosts a reading series for the Bay Area Writing Project with Marty Williams. Jacqueline Kudler lives in Sausalito, California and teaches classes in memoir writing and literature at the College of Marin in Kentfield. Her poems have appeared in numerous reviews, magazines, and anthologiesHer first full length poetry collection, Sacred Precinct, was published by Sixteen Rivers Press, San Francisco, in 2003: her second, Easing into Dark, in 2012. She was awarded the Marin Arts Council Board Award in 2005, and the Marin Poetry Center Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010.    

Left Coast Writers® Live: Jessica Shepherd on Lilycat on Stuff

Melinda Adams, aka Lilycat

Melinda Adams, aka Lilycat

On Sunday, June 14th from 12-2pm, join Left Coast Writers® Live on FCCFREE RADIO's popular show, Lilycat on Stuff. Lilycat's guest on Sunday will be Left Coast Writer®  Jessica Shepherd, author of Venus Signs: Discover Your Erotic Strengths and Secret Desires Through Astrology.
Use the wisdom of your Venus sign to create, laugh, and love with irresistible confidence. For millennia, Venus swaggered through the history books with unrivaled self-possession and sexual self-confidence. Yet many women today have lost touch with the very aspects of their inner selves that Venus represents: pleasure, joy, self-worth, sexual vitality, and eroticism. In Venus Signs, Jessica Shepherd breathes life back into the Goddess. Whether you’re recovering from heartbreak or in need of a jolt of joy, beauty, and truth about who you truly are, Venus power will help you reacquaint yourself with your innermost desires and erotic strengths. Discover the must-have qualities of your soulmate, how to keep a long-term relationship happily humming along, how to align with your own feminine energy, and how to draw your deepest heart’s desires toward you. Use the tools in this book to gain insights into your significant other and to help your friends and loved ones, too! Jessica Shepherd has studied astrology since 1992 and has been practicing and writing about astrology since 2003. She specializes in counseling people through transition, personal growth & awakening. Jessica believes astrology can help us understand our self, our world, and even guide us to make better decisions. Her personal interests include magic, art-making, spirituality, psychology, personal growth and learning about health and healing tools. Jessica is the author of A Love Alchemist’s Notebook: Magical Secrets for Drawing Your True Love Into Your Life (Llewellyn, 2010) Karmic Dates & Momentary Mates: The Astrology of the Fifth House (2014), and Venus Signs: Discover Your Erotic Strengths and Secret Desires Through Astrology (Llewellyn, Jan 2015). She’s written for WellBeing Astrology (Australia), Llewellyn’s Moon Sign Book, Pregnancy & Newborn, Constellation magazines. She is a contributing writer at Mooncircles.com, and her writing has been featured on Astrology.com and Astrocenter.com. The ongoing spot on Lilycat on Stuff is scheduled for the third Sunday of every month. Left Coast Writers® are invited to participate in the programming. Listeners are invited to call in and share their opinions. FCCFREE RADIO is home to over 50 + original programs each week that produce more that 1,000,000 listeners per month (yes, you read that correctly 1,000,000 + listeners) of LIVE hosted content. that comes out of the plush studios in the SOMA District of San Francisco. FFR talk shows cover everything from sex, politics, sports, and back again. Google calls them an "Iconic Staple of San Francisco" and a "Frontrunner in Internet Broadcasting." Add your voice to the fray by calling in during show hours: 415 829 2980. How to Listen in/Call in! 1 - log onto www.fccfreeradio.com 2 - find "schedule" tab and click it - go to Sundays - there will be the link for Lily Cat on Stuff - click it 3 - on Lily Cat page - there will be a "Tune In Now" section to select the streaming service of listeners choice - Under Studio A: - iTunes - Windows Media Player - Real Media Player - Quick Time Studio 4. Once selected the listening controls should appear & sound should be on - listen to the program - Lily Cat will give the phone # to call Nice thing about these live casts - they're incorporated into Pod Casts so you can go back and listen if the program played while you were out.
For more station info and how to listen in, go to: www.FCCFREERADIO.comTo schedule and interview with the editors or writers please contact Jack at leftcoastwriters@gmail.com

Book Launch: Venus Signs by Jessica Shepherd

LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK LAUNCH:  Jessica Shepherd, Author of Venus Signs: Discover Your Erotic Strengths and Secret Desires Through Astrology
Jessica Shepherd

Jessica Shepherd

Saturday, June 13th, 2015 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com Use the wisdom of your Venus sign to create, laugh, and love with irresistible confidence. For millennia, Venus swaggered through the history books with unrivaled self-possession and sexual self-confidence. Yet many women today have lost touch with the very aspects of their inner selves that Venus represents: pleasure, joy, self-worth, sexual vitality, and eroticism. In Venus Signs, Jessica Shepherd breathes life back into the Goddess. Whether you’re recovering from heartbreak or in need of a jolt of joy, beauty, and truth about who you truly are, Venus power will help you reacquaint yourself with your innermost desires and erotic strengths. Discover the must-have qualities of your soulmate, how to keep a long-term relationship happily humming along, how to align with your own feminine energy, and how to draw your deepest heart’s desires toward you. Use the tools in this book to gain insights into your significant other and to help your friends and loved ones, too! Jessica Shepherd has studied astrology since 1992 and has been practicing and writing about astrology since 2003. She specializes in counseling people through transition, personal growth & awakening. Jessica believes astrology can help us understand our self, our world, and even guide us to make better decisions. Her personal interests include magic, art-making, spirituality, psychology, personal growth and learning about health and healing tools. Jessica is the author of A Love Alchemist’s Notebook: Magical Secrets for Drawing Your True Love Into Your Life (Llewellyn, 2010) Karmic Dates & Momentary Mates: The Astrology of the Fifth House (2014), and Venus Signs: Discover Your Erotic Strengths and Secret Desires Through Astrology (Llewellyn, Jan 2015). She’s written for WellBeing Astrology (Australia), Llewellyn’s Moon Sign Book, Pregnancy & Newborn, Constellation magazines. She is a contributing writer at Mooncircles.com, and her writing has been featured on Astrology.com and Astrocenter.com.

Ferry Plaza Book Party: Passing on Curves by Craig McLaughlin

LEFT COAST WRITERS FERRY PLAZA BOOK PARTY:  Passing on Curves: While Death Rides Shotgun by Craig McLaughlin
Craig McLaughlin

Craig McLaughlin

Monday, June 8th, 2015 || 6pm Book Passage || San Francisco 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco ||www.bookpassage.com In gripping essays from his stage performances, Craig McLaughlin travels a road where death lurks around every turn. Craig McLaughlin is born with hemophilia, plays with tigers, is menaced by his stepfather, contracts HIV from tainted blood products, nurses his wife through breast cancer, and emerges with a profound reverence for both life and death. He shares his story with compassion, humor, and courage.
Craig McLaughlin is a journalist, essayist, and storyteller. He appears frequently at storytelling venues throughout the country, and particularly in the San Francisco Bay Area where he resides. A former editor of the San Francisco Bay Guardian, he has won numerous awards as an investigative reporter, news editor, and memoirist. His performance schedule can found at www.cdmclaughlin.com.

Literary Salon: David Downie

LEFT COAST WRITERS LITERARY SALON:  David Downie, Author of A Passion for Paris: Romanticism and Romance in the City of Light
David Downie

David Downie

Monday, June 1st, 2015 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com A Passion for Paris: Romanticism and Romance in the City of Light is a combination of memoir, history, and travelogue, an irreverent quest to uncover why Paris is (or is claimed to be) the world’s most romantic city—and has been for over 150 years. A Passion for Paris is about Paris’s secluded, atmospheric parks, artists’ studios, cafes, restaurants and streets little changed since the 1800s, a treasure hunt exuding romance. The art and architecture, the cityscape, riverbanks, and the unparalleled quality of daily life are part of the romantic equation. But the city’s allure derives equally from hidden sources: querulous inhabitants, a bizarre culture of heroic negativity, and a rich historical past supplying enigmas, pleasures and challenges—things it took David decades to begin to understand. The glamor and chic and the carefree atmosphere of the City of Light grew from and still feed off the dark fountainheads of riot, rebellion, mayhem and melancholy—and the subversive literature, art and music of the Romantic Age. In the book he weaves the story of his own life in Paris with the lives and loves of Victor Hugo, Georges Sand, Charles Baudelaire, Balzac, Nadar and other great Romantics thrilling in the city’s secular romantic pilgrimage sites and asking myself, Why Paris, not Venice or Rome—the tap root of "romance"—or Berlin, Vienna and London—where the earliest Romantics built castles-in-the-air and sang odes to nightingales? “Downie is the consummate guide... encyclopedic knowledge of the city and its magical story. Anyone who loves Paris will adore this joyful book.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review) “[I]ntrepidly researched, entrancingly descriptive, ruminative, funny, and revealing… provocative… exquisitely written… a gorgeously discursive and affecting homage to Paris’ ‘great Romantics,’ and to the city itself, redolent with art, literature, and longing.” —Donna Seaman, BOOKLIST (starred review) David Downie is a native San Franciscan who moved to Paris in the mid-1980s and now divides his time between France and Italy. His travel, food and arts features have appeared in over 50 print magazines and newspapers worldwide and on dozens of websites. He’s currently a European correspondent for the popular literary travel website Gadling.com. He’s also co-owner and operator (with his wife Alison Harris) of Paris, Paris Tours – custom walking tours of Paris, Burgundy, Rome and the Italian Riviera. Downie is the author of over a dozen nonfiction books, two thrillers, dozens of anthologies (as a contributor) and an app about Paris (featuring key Dates from 8000 BC to the present, plus key People, Places and Events). His nonfiction works include two critically acclaimed books about Paris and France, Paris to the Pyrenees: A Skeptical Pilgrim Walks the Way of Saint James (April 2013), a National Geographic Traveler pick-of-the-month; and the evergreen volume of essays, Paris, Paris: Journey into the City of Light (now into its 9th printing). Other food/wine and travel books by David D. Downie include Food Wine Rome and Food Wine Burgundy, plus Quiet Corners of Rome, Enchanted Liguria and Cooking the Roman Way. Downie’s second novel of suspense Paris City of Night is a classic page-turner Alfred Hitchcock might have liked.

Left Coast Writers® Live: Elaine Bond on Lilycat on Stuff

Melinda Adams, aka Lilycat

Melinda Adams, aka Lilycat

On Sunday, May 17th from 12-2pm, join Left Coast Writers® Live on FCCFREE RADIO's popular show, Lilycat on Stuff. Lilycat's guest on Sunday will be Left Coast Writer®  Elaine Bond, author of Affimals: Affirmations + Animals and photographer for The Utah Prairie Dog: Life among the Red Rocks. Elaine Miller Bond is the photographer of the book, The Utah Prairie Dog: Life among the Red Rocks (University of Utah Press), featuring over 150 images of rare prairie dogs in their natural habitat. Her nature and wildlife photographs have appeared on the Discovery Channel Canada and in Science, NPR, BBC Earth News, The American Naturalist, The Washington Post, Squirrels of the World (The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012), AN INTRODUCTION TO BEHAVIOURAL ECOLOGY 4th ed (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012), and other popular and scientific media. The ongoing spot on Lilycat on Stuff is scheduled for the third Sunday of every month. Left Coast Writers® are invited to participate in the programming. Listeners are invited to call in and share their opinions. FCCFREE RADIO is home to over 50 + original programs each week that produce more that 1,000,000 listeners per month (yes, you read that correctly 1,000,000 + listeners) of LIVE hosted content. that comes out of the plush studios in the SOMA District of San Francisco. FFR talk shows cover everything from sex, politics, sports, and back again. Google calls them an "Iconic Staple of San Francisco" and a "Frontrunner in Internet Broadcasting." Add your voice to the fray by calling in during show hours: 415 829 2980. How to Listen in/Call in! 1 - log onto www.fccfreeradio.com 2 - find "schedule" tab and click it - go to Sundays - there will be the link for Lily Cat on Stuff - click it 3 - on Lily Cat page - there will be a "Tune In Now" section to select the streaming service of listeners choice - Under Studio A: - iTunes - Windows Media Player - Real Media Player - Quick Time Studio 4. Once selected the listening controls should appear & sound should be on - listen to the program - Lily Cat will give the phone # to call Nice thing about these live casts - they're incorporated into Pod Casts so you can go back and listen if the program played while you were out.
For more station info and how to listen in, go to: www.FCCFREERADIO.comTo schedule and interview with the editors or writers please contact Jack at leftcoastwriters@gmail.com

Ferry Plaza Book Party: Laila El-Sissi, Author of Out From The Shadow Of Men

LEFT COAST WRITERS FERRY PLAZA BOOK PARTY:  Laila El-Sissi, Author of Out From The Shadow Of Men
Laila El-Sissi

Laila El-Sissi

Monday, May 11th, 2015 || 6pm Book Passage || San Francisco 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco ||www.bookpassage.com
"The shadow of a man is better than a roof over the head."
This Arabic proverb has long described the plight of women in Egypt. Like the classic Pyramids of Giza, the culture of Egypt for the most part stands unchanged. Egyptian men continue to use the banner of Islam and antiquated interpretation of the Quran to justify controlling women. Egyptian women continue to believe God has ordered men to do so. Yet Laila El-Sissi broke the pattern.
Forty years ago, when Laila, a shy and malleable 15-year-old, and her more rebellious 16-year-old sister Rawyia learn that they are betrothed to men they have never met, they refused to live in the prison constructed by their society, hoping for a better life than that of their mothers and aunts. Running from their tyrannical father, an abusive brother, and arranged marriages to men twice their age, Laila and Rawyia risked their reputation and safety, and plotted their escape.
Out from the Shadow of Men tells the story of two sisters as they find the courage and joie de vivre to risk their lives and stand up to forces seemingly as large, strong and ancient as the pyramids. At its heart it is the account of two brave, intelligent girls not content to have their lives ruled by others—not even their father. It is a testament to the power of a sister, someone to stand by your side and help you realize your dreams. Rich in details of the everyday lives of middle and upper class families in Egypt, this memoir reveals what life was like—and still is like today—for Egyptian girls and women. It exposes their subjugation, lack of autonomy, and battles with the antiquated marriage laws from which they have no recourse.
Written in the pitch perfect voice of 15-year-old Laila as she struggles to understand the unfair world she was born into, her story is more poignant and relevant now than ever as the “Arab Spring” and the atrocity of ISIL crimes committed against women, continues to spread across the Middle East and a growing number of women in this region fight for freedom. Despite recent laws giving women greater (though still unequal) rights, the Egypt of today is not very different from that of the 1960s. Arranged (or forced) child marriages remain common not only in the Middle East but also in Southeast Asia and Africa and among families from those regions who have emigrated to the West. Worldwide, millions of such marriages occur every year. The current revolution in Arab world has brought Islamists into power and introduced new threats to the few improvements made a decade ago. Women’s rights and freedoms are still under serious attack in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya and Syria and changes will come very slowly, if ever.
Laila El-Sissi was born in Alexandria, Egypt, moved to Canada 1972, and now resides in California with her family since 1982.
Laila studied French Literature. She is a memoirist, women activist, novice poet, author of Out from the Shadow of Men, and a regular public speaker at The Commonwealth, the Golden Gate Breakfast Club, California State University in Monterey, and public libraries as well as book stores. Public Affairs BBC filmed Laila in a documentary yet to be aired in the near future.

Book Launch: The Utah Prairie Dog: Life among the Red Rocks with Photography by Elaine Bond

LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK LAUNCH:  Elaine Bond, Photographer for The Utah Prairie Dog: Life among the Red Rocks
Elaine Miller Bond

Elaine Miller Bond

Saturday, May 9th, 2015 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com Lovers of nature and its denizens will enjoy themselves when Elaine Miller Bond, photographer, shares her work in The Utah Prairie Dog: Life among the Red Rocks (University of Utah Press), featuring over 150 images of rare prairie dogs in their natural habitat. Her nature and wildlife photographs have appeared on the Discovery Channel Canada and in Science, NPR, BBC Earth News, The American Naturalist, The Washington Post, Squirrels of the World (The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012), An Introduction to Behavioural Ecology, 4th ed (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012), and other popular and scientific media. Bond is also the author/illustrator of AFFIMALS: AFFIRMATIONS + ANIMALS (LIT Verlag, 2009) and DREAM AFFIMALS (Sunstone Press, 2013) -- uplifting books of environmental education. The Humane Society of the United States calls AFFIMALS "an inspiration and a lesson," and children's and nature author T.A. Barron calls it "a wondrous and inspiring book for children of every age."

Literary Salon: Frances Caballo

LEFT COAST WRITERS LITERARY SALON:  Frances Caballo, Social Media Strategist and Author of Avoid Social Media Time Suck: A Blueprint for Writers to Create Online Buzz for Their Books and Still Have Time to Write
Frances Caballo

Frances Caballo

Monday, May 4th, 2015 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com This is a must for any writer wrestling with social media or the time-suck that it sometimes seems to entail! Francces Caballo is a social media strategist and manager for writers. Presently, she is the Social Media Manager for the San Francisco Writers Conference, the Women's National Book Association-Francisco Chapter, and the Bay Area Independent Publishers Association. Her books include Avoid Social Media Time Suck: A Blueprint for Writers to Create Online Buzz for Their Books and Still Have Time to WriteSocial Media Just for Writers: The Best Online Marketing Tips for Selling Your BooksBlogging Just for Writers, and Pinterest Just for Writers.

Left Coast Writers® Live: Rebecca Foust on Lilycat on Stuff

Melinda Adams, aka Lilycat

Melinda Adams, aka Lilycat

On Sunday, April 19th from 12-2pm, join Left Coast Writers® Live on FCCFREE RADIO's popular show, Lilycat on Stuff. Lilycat's guest on Sunday will be Left Coast Writer®  Rebecca Foust, author of Paradise Drive and All That Gorgeous Pitiless Song.
All That Gorgeous Pitiless Song won the Many Mountains Moving Book Prize and was released in 2010, the same year that God, Seed: Poetry & Art About the Natural World, won the Foreword Review Book of the Year Award for Poetry. Mom’s Canoe and Dark Card, recipients of the Robert Phillips Chapbook Poetry Prize in consecutive years, were released by Texas Review Press in 2008 and 2009. Rebecca Foust was the 2014 Dartmouth Poet in Residence and is the recipient of fellowships from the Frost Place and the MacDowell Colony. Her fifth book, Paradise Drive, won the 2015 Press 53 Award for Poetry and will be released in April. About it Thomas Lux says “sonnet after sonnet is masterful. Not since Berryman’s Henry have I been so engaged by a persona,” and Molly Peacock says, “Foust drives her Keatsian sensibility straight into the 21st soldiers and syringes, booze and valet parking, determined to prove that truth makes beauty.” For more information, visit http://rebeccafoust.com/. Paradise Drive can be ordered at http://www.press53.com/Bio_Rebecca_Foust.html. The ongoing spot on Lilycat on Stuff is scheduled for the third Sunday of every month. Left Coast Writers® are invited to participate in the programming. Listeners are invited to call in and share their opinions. FCCFREE RADIO is home to over 50 + original programs each week that produce more that 1,000,000 listeners per month (yes, you read that correctly 1,000,000 + listeners) of LIVE hosted content. that comes out of the plush studios in the SOMA District of San Francisco. FFR talk shows cover everything from sex, politics, sports, and back again. Google calls them an "Iconic Staple of San Francisco" and a "Frontrunner in Internet Broadcasting." Add your voice to the fray by calling in during show hours: 415 829 2980. How to Listen in/Call in! 1 - log onto www.fccfreeradio.com 2 - find "schedule" tab and click it - go to Sundays - there will be the link for Lily Cat on Stuff - click it 3 - on Lily Cat page - there will be a "Tune In Now" section to select the streaming service of listeners choice - Under Studio A: - iTunes - Windows Media Player - Real Media Player - Quick Time Studio 4. Once selected the listening controls should appear & sound should be on - listen to the program - Lily Cat will give the phone # to call Nice thing about these live casts - they're incorporated into Pod Casts so you can go back and listen if the program played while you were out.
For more station info and how to listen in, go to: www.FCCFREERADIO.comTo schedule and interview with the editors or writers please contact Jack at leftcoastwriters@gmail.com

Ferry Plaza Book Party: Marianne Lonsdale – Mamas Write: 29 Tales of Truth, Wit, and Grit

LEFT COAST WRITERS FERRY PLAZA BOOK PARTY:  Marianne Lonsdale - Mamas Write: 29 Tales of Truth, Wit, and Grit
Marianne Lonsdale

Marianne Lonsdale

Monday, April 13th, 2015 || 6pm Book Passage || San Francisco 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco ||www.bookpassage.com
Writing in Community has become a buzz phrase, but what does it really mean? How does it help writers? And where do you go to get it? Writer Marianne Lonsdale will discuss her experiences and involvement in writing communities (Left Coast Writers, Write On Mamas, Lit Camp and Listen To Your Mother). Writing can be such a solitary endeavor, but finding community can energize and connect us. Come hear all about the benefits of collaboration!
Marianne Lonsdale writes personal essays and short stories, and is now focused on developing a novel. Her work has been published in the San Francisco Chronicle, Literary Mama, Fiction365, The Sun, and Pulse. She is a founding member of Write On Mamas, a San Francisco Bay Area writers group. Marianne has read at various events including San Francisco’s Litquake festival, and is honored to be an alumna of the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley. She lives with her husband, Michael, and son, Nicholas, in Oakland, California.

Book Launch: Wrestling With God by Barbara Falconer Newhall

LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK LAUNCH:  Wrestling With God by Barbara Falconer Newhall

Barbara Falconer Newhall

Saturday, April 11th, 2015 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com It'll be a spirited night at Book Passage when we join Barbara Falconer Newhall in a book launch for her new book Wrestling With God. Wrestling With God presents the intimate first-person narratives of thoughtful Americans seeking to live their faith in an increasingly secular, multicultural and globalized world. The stories are woven together by Barbara's own spiritual quest as she reveals how the people she has interviewed have moved her along on her personal journey – from a restless yearning for the lost God of her Christian childhood to a new and unexpected kind of faith. Among the storytellers in Wrestling With God are a Native American, a Nobel Laureate physicist, a World War II POW, a former Buddhist monk, a Shamanic priestess and an atheist. Seekers and believers alike will find inspiration in the Barbara’s journey toward a belief that can withstand the challenges of our twenty-first-century world. Barbara Falconer Newhall is a journalist with experience as an editor, feature writer, columnist and religion reporter on magazines and major metropolitan daily newspapers, including Good Housekeeping, the Contra Costa Times, the Oakland Tribune and the San Francisco Chronicle. She blogs for HuffingtonPost and has a lively following at BarbaraFalconerNewhall.com, where she posts weekly riffs on life as she knows it – as a woman with far-flung grown-up kids, a creaky old house, an unruly garden and a spectacularly low-fashion wardrobe.

Literary Salon: Rebecca Foust

LEFT COAST WRITERS LITERARY SALON:  Rebecca Foust, Author of Paradise Drive
Rebecca Foust

Rebecca Foust

Monday, April 6th, 2015 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com Join us for a craft talk and reading at the next Left Coast Writers Literary Salon at Book Passage. Rebecca Foust will talk about how reading and writing poetry can enrich a prose practice and will tell the story of how taking a Book Passage class in 2006 brought her back from a 35-year hiatus, from publishing her first poem the year she turned 50 to writing her fifth book, Paradise Drive, winner of the Press 53 Award for Poetry. Rebecca will read from Paradise Drive, a new collection of linked sonnets that tells the story of “Pilgrim,” whose journey begins in rust belt Pennsylvania and winds up in the tony suburbs of Marin, offering up poignancy along with some sharp-tongued social commentary along the way. Rebecca Foust was the 2014 Dartmouth Poet in Residence and is the recipient of fellowships from the Frost Place and the MacDowell Colony. Her fifth book, Paradise Drive, won the 2015 Press 53 Award for Poetry and will be released in April. About it Thomas Lux says “sonnet after sonnet is masterful. Not since Berryman’s Henry have I been so engaged by a persona,” and Molly Peacock says, “Foust drives her Keatsian sensibility straight into the 21st soldiers and syringes, booze and valet parking, determined to prove that truth makes beauty.” For more information, visit http://rebeccafoust.com/. Paradise Drive can be ordered at http://www.press53.com/Bio_Rebecca_Foust.html.

Left Coast Writers® Live: Marianne Lonsdale on Lilycat on Stuff

Melinda Adams, aka Lilycat

Melinda Adams, aka Lilycat

On Sunday, March 15th from 12-2pm, join Left Coast Writers® Live on FCCFREE RADIO's popular show, Lilycat on Stuff. Lilycat's guest on Sunday will be Left Coast Writer®  Marianne Lonsdale, author of the upcoming Three Mornings. Three Mornings follows a thirty-six-year-old woman, strong in her career skills and weak in relationship skills, navigate her first year with Paul, the man she thinks may be the love of her life, the man she wants to marry and have children with. Paul, a carpenter and singer-songwriter, is gorgeous, attentive, great in bed — and struggles with anger issues. They meet in Oakland in 1991 and the book follows the highs and lows of their first year together, as Nora lets her attraction to Paul override her doubts about him until an event happens that forces her to make a decision about their future together. Marianne will also discuss writing in community and the opportunities she started having when she was in the LCW Salon. In addition she will talk about Write On Mamas and the anthology they published, and the show Listen To Your Mother which she's helping produce on May 9th. Marianne Lonsdale writes personal essays and short stories, and is now focused on developing a novel. Her work has been published in the San Francisco Chronicle, Literary Mama, Fiction365, The Sun, and Pulse. She is a founding member of Write On Mamas, a San Francisco Bay Area writers group. Marianne has read at various events including San Francisco’s Litquake festival, and is honored to be an alumna of the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley. She lives with her husband, Michael, and son, Nicholas, in Oakland, California. The ongoing spot on Lilycat on Stuff is scheduled for the third Sunday of every month. Left Coast Writers® are invited to participate in the programming. Listeners are invited to call in and share their opinions. FCCFREE RADIO is home to over 50 + original programs each week that produce more that 1,000,000 listeners per month (yes, you read that correctly 1,000,000 + listeners) of LIVE hosted content. that comes out of the plush studios in the SOMA District of San Francisco. FFR talk shows cover everything from sex, politics, sports, and back again. Google calls them an "Iconic Staple of San Francisco" and a "Frontrunner in Internet Broadcasting." Add your voice to the fray by calling in during show hours: 415 829 2980. How to Listen in/Call in! 1 - log onto www.fccfreeradio.com 2 - find "schedule" tab and click it - go to Sundays - there will be the link for Lily Cat on Stuff - click it 3 - on Lily Cat page - there will be a "Tune In Now" section to select the streaming service of listeners choice - Under Studio A: - iTunes - Windows Media Player - Real Media Player - Quick Time Studio 4. Once selected the listening controls should appear & sound should be on - listen to the program - Lily Cat will give the phone # to call Nice thing about these live casts - they're incorporated into Pod Casts so you can go back and listen if the program played while you were out.
For more station info and how to listen in, go to: www.FCCFREERADIO.comTo schedule and interview with the editors or writers please contact Jack at leftcoastwriters@gmail.com

Book Launch: Laurel Feigenbaum and Kat Crawford

LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK LAUNCH:  Laurel Feigenbaum, Author of The Daily Absurd, and Kat Crawford, Author of A Particular Heaven
Laurel Feigenbaum

Laurel Feigenbaum

Saturday, March 14th, 2015 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com Join us for a celebratory event for two great poets and friends: Laurel Fegienbaum and Kat Crawford. The Daily Absurd is filled with deft poems that consider the complications of an ever-changing world against the joys yet shifting interiors of a long marriage. Laurel Feigenbaum, a San Francisco native, lives in Corte Madera with her husband of 65 years. She holds a BA in English literature from UC Berkeley and MA in educational research and psychology from SF State College. Through poetry she seeks balance in navigating the complex, confusing and often absurd world in which we live. Her work appears in recent issues of Nimrod, Spillway, Marin Poetry Center Anthology, Cyclamens and Swords online and in an upcoming 2016 Les Femmes Folles anthology of women poets. She is a board member of the Marin Poetry Center, birdwatcher, yogini, mother, grandmother, chief cook and bottle-washer. In other words, an ordinary woman. Her first book of poems, The Daily Absurd, was released in 2014.
Kat Crawford

Kat Crawford

Kat Crawford was born in San Francisco. Her poems have appeared in many publications including The Creative Woman, Nomad’s Choir, The Marin Poetry Center Anthology, and Spillway. The title of her current book is A Particular Heaven. She lives in San Rafael, California with her husband.

Ferry Plaza Book Party: Shooting Genji by Richard Voorhees

LEFT COAST WRITERS FERRY PLAZA BOOK PARTY:  Shooting Genji by Richard Voorhees
Richard Voorhees

Richard Voorhees

Monday, March 9th, 2015 || 6pm Book Passage || San Francisco 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco ||www.bookpassage.com Please join us for a glass of wine, a bit of chat and a particularly fitting evening event at Book Passage in the San Francisco Ferry Plaza when Richard Voorhees reads from his novel, Shooting Genji. Shooting Genji is a noir romance that careens from the Crash of 1929 in New York to the early Talkies in Hollywood. As a young rube, the story's protagonist falls from a ladder, leaving him practically blinded by daylight. Nature makes it up to him, though, by giving him shockingly good night vision. Countless shady careers beckon, including working for whiskey smugglers, Wall Street cons, and Hollywood scoundrels. All-too-late he discovers he’s still the guy in the dark; but there's hope yet. An alluring lady from Shanghai could be his undoing or his salvation. "Delightful fun with a surprisingly warm heart." —Kirkus Reviews A native of Seattle, Richard Voorhees studied English at Dartmouth College and film theory at the University of Paris. A lexicographer, he is the author of a dictionary of pre-20th century occupations, The World’s Oldest Professions. His film, Proust + Vermeer, premiered at the De Young Museum in 2013. He tweets haiku on Twitter @RichVoorhees.

Literary Salon: Patricia Bracewell

LEFT COAST WRITERS LITERARY SALON:  Patricia Bracewell, author of Shadow on the Crown and The Price of Blood
Patricia Bracewell

Patricia Bracewell

Monday, March 2nd, 2015 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com We hope all of you will come out for this very special event. Our beloved Roadwork editor, Patricia Bracewell, will be speaking about her experience writing historical fiction. Her first novel,  Shadow on the Crown (Viking, 2012), was very well received and critically acclaimed and her newest novel, The Price of Blood (Viking, 2015) looks like it will be another hit. Patricia will be discussing the research that goes into writing such novels, how much to fabricate and how much to keep to the facts, and other problems one might face when writing fact-based fiction. Patricia Bracewell is a native of California where she taught literature and composition before embarking on her writing career. A lifelong fascination with British history and a chance, on-line reference to an unfamiliar English queen led to years of research, a summer history course at Downing College, Cambridge, and the penning of her debut novel Shadow of the Crown. Set in 11th century England, Shadow is the first book of a trilogy about Emma of Normandy who was a queen in England and a power behind the throne for nearly four decades. Patricia is working on the two follow-up novels in the series, but takes time out for tennis, gardening and travel. She is the mother of two grown sons and lives with her husband in Northern California.

Workshop: The Plot Thickens with Linda Watanabe McFerrin

Linda Watanabe McFerrin

Linda Watanabe McFerrin

The Plot Thickens Workshop with Linda Watanabe McFerrin Saturday, February 21st, 2015, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Location: Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Boulevard, Corte Madera, CA 94925 $120 Register here
Aristotle called plot “the most important element of storytelling.” But to plot properly, you must have a plan, and the plan must give rise to emotion. Does the plot always seem to elude you? Spend a day planning and plotting and find out what you’re missing. Bring your flat-lining fiction and nonfiction and fix it.
Poet, travel writer, and novelist Linda Watanabe McFerrin (www.lwmcferrin.com) is a contributor to numerous newspapers, magazines and anthologies. She is the author of two poetry collections, past editor of a popular Northern California guidebook and a winner of the Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction. Her novel, Namako:  Sea Cucumber, was named Best Book for the Teen-Age by the New York Public Library. In addition to authoring an award-winning short story collection, The Hand of Buddha, she has co-edited several anthologies, including the Hot Flashes: sexy little stories & poems series. Her latest novel, Dead Love (Stone Bridge Press, 2009), was short-listed as a finalist in the 2007 William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Competition and was a Bram Stoker Award Finalist for Superior Achievement in a Novel in 2009. Linda has judged the San Francisco Literary Awards, the Josephine Miles Award for Literary Excellence and the Kiriyama Prize, served as a visiting mentor for the Loft Mentor Series and been guest faculty at the Oklahoma Arts Institute. A past NEA Panelist and juror for the Marin Literary Arts Council and the founder of Left Coast Writers®, she has led workshops in Greece, France, Italy, Ireland, Central America, Indonesia and the United States and has mentored a long list of accomplished writers and best-selling authors toward publication.

Left Coast Writers Literary Salon: Tom Christensen

LEFT COAST WRITERS® LITERARY SALON: Tom Christensen, Author, Editor and Translator and author of 1616: The World in Motion and River of Ink: Literature, History and Art
Tom Christensen
Tom Christensen
Monday, February 2nd, 2015 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com Sometimes we get surprised. You will be tonight when Tom Christensen makes an exciting, albeit unexpected salon appearance. Perhaps you saw the profile in yesterday's paper. If not, you'll get to meet the well know author, editor and translator this evening. Thomas Christensen has published more than twenty books as author, editor, or translator. His two most recent books, 1616: The World in Motion and Landscape with Yellow Birds (a translation of the poetry of José Ángel Valente), were both nominated for Northern California Book Awards. 1616 was given a starred review and named one of the best history books of its season by Publishers Weekly. He was a senior editor at North Point Press and executive editor of Mercury House Publishing. Under his direction, Mercury House was nominated for a Carey-Thomas Award for excellence in publishing. He received a special award for dedication to translationfrom the American Literary Translators Association. A collection of his essays, entitled River of Ink, was published in December 2014 by Counterpoint Press.

Ferry Plaza Book Party: Left Coast Love

LEFT COAST WRITERS FERRY PLAZA BOOK PARTY:  Love on the Left Coast - Hot Flashes & Hot Flashes 2 Hot Flashes 2 CoverMonday, February 9th, 2015 || 6pm Book Passage || San Francisco 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco ||www.bookpassage.com Join us for wine, chocolate and a look at love, here on the Left Coast with Hot Flashes editors Linda Watanabe McFerrin and Laurie McAndish King and a whole new crop of  super scintillating writers. Hot Flashes and Hot Flashes 2 are collections of spicy, saucy, and sensual flash fiction and poetry guaranteed to raise your temperature in a way that is positively hormonal. Guest readers will include: Tania Amochaev, Jonathan Arnowitz, Laurie McAndish King, Lowry McFerrin, Susanna Solomon Joan Steidinger and more.  

Linda Watanabe McFerrin is talking about Writing Sexy Stuff at Redwood Writers

Writing Sexy Stuff with Linda Watanabe McFerrin
Linda Watanabe McFerrin

Linda Watanabe McFerrin

Redwood Writers Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015, 3-5 p.m.,  Flamingo Hotel, Empire Room 2777 Fourth Street, Santa Rosa, CA 95405 707-523-4745 Fee: $5/Members (of Redwood Writers), $8/Non-members Does having to write sexy stuff make you a little nervous? It’s time to overcome your trepidation. Whether you write commercial or literary fiction, poetry, screenplays, plays, creative nonfiction or even journalism, there are times when you want to be able to subtly articulate the sensual/sexual realm of experience with greater finesse, humor and originality. So come and find out how to steam up the page. Tips and techniques for adding spicy, sensual, and sometimes funny sizzle to your work and a very special free write will have you moving from comfort to erogenous zones in no time. Award-winning poet, travel writer, and novelist, Linda Watanabe McFerrin has also served as the editor for eight literary anthologies and a guidebook. Linda has judged the San Francisco Literary Awards, the Josephine Miles Award for Literary Excellence and the Kiriyama Prize, served as a visiting mentor for the Loft Mentor Series and has been guest faculty at the Oklahoma Arts Institute. A past NEA Panelist and juror for the Marin Literary Arts Council and the founder of Left Coast Writers®, she has led workshops around the world and mentored a long list of accomplished writers and best-selling authors toward publication.www.lwmcferrin.com
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