Book Launch: The Girl Who Said No by Natalie Galli 🗓

BOOK LAUNCH: The Girl Who Said No: A Search in Sicily by Natalie Galli

Natalie Galli

Saturday, August 17th, 2019 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera ||

Eighteen-year-old Franca Viola made history in 1966 as one of the first “#metoo” heroines of modern times, when she refused to go along with a centuries-old forcible marriage custom in Sicily. Having endured kidnap and rape, she publicly defied the expectation that she would marry the rapist to “restore her broken honor.” A social uproar occurred throughout the island—and beyond.

In Natalie Galli’s The Girl Who Said No, Viola’s remarkable story unfolds when the author arrives in Palermo to search for her, with little more than the memory of a tiny article she had spotted two decades prior. Galli wanted to know: whatever had become of this courageous girl who had overturned an ancient, entrenched tradition?

The riveting events after Franca pressed charges with the police form the core of this gripping memoir. Viola was subjected to public taunting whenever she appeared on the streets of her town; Mafia-orchestrated bullying threatened her entire family. Galli traced the dramatic tale to its conclusion, in spite of initial warnings from her own relatives not to break the Sicilian code of silence.

Throughout her search for the enigmatic Franca, Galli shares her own poignant and hilarious observations about a vibrant culture steeped in contradiction and paradox. Does she succeed in locating the elusive proto-feminist whose case forever changed Italian culture and history? Travel along on Galli’s engaging odyssey to find out.

Natalie Galli, a San Francisco native of Italian background, has penned two illustrated children’s books for Sunbath Studios: Ciao Meow and Spin the Hound Lost and Found, a Tale of the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake. She edited a (more…)

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Ferry Plaza Book Event: Bevan Atkinson, Author of The Hierophant Card 🗓

LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK EVENT: Bevan Atkinson, Author of The Hierophant Card and The Fool Card: A Tarot Mystery

Bevan Atkinson

Monday, August 12, 2019 || 6pm Book Passage || Ferry Building, San Francisco ||

How can you determine if someone is telling the truth? Did Thalia Thalassos tried to kill her cheating husband, despite her denials? Why is nurse Bryce Gilbertson giving a false name to visitors as he roams hospital hallways with a deadly syringe in his pocket?

In this sixth Tarot Mystery, Xana Bard must use her tarot-trained intuition to unravel the truth from its nest of lies, and along the way learn more about golf tournaments and long-distance horse races than she, or anyone else, cares to know.

Bevan Atkinson has been a writer since receiving the Prose Award at Winchester-Thurston School in Pittsburgh, PA.

She wrote business documents of all kinds in corporate environments (Pacific Bell, The Bank of California, MHI Global, etc.), and was the Director of Retail Training for Apple Computer, designing and developing the training for the most successful retail launch in history.

Ms. Atkinson is a long-time tarot reader, and after venturing briefly into fiction writing with a children’s book, and then an original screenplay, she began The Tarot Mystery series in 2005 with The Fool Card.

Her aim is to complete a 22-book series based on the Major Arcana of the tarot, doing for the tarot what Sue (more…)

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Literary Salon: Travel Writers & Photographers Conference Preview: Women Travel Writer Share their Secrets! 🗓

Literary Salon:  Travel Writers & Photographers Conference Preview: Women Travel Writers Share their Secrets!

Monday, August 5th, 2019 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera ||

Want the inside scoop into the how and why and why not of putting place on the page and getting it published?

Join these travelers and successful travel writers in a group conversation about the art of traveling and translating those journeys and adventures for page and screen in a way that transports publisher, publication and reader.

Our panelists will discuss magazine writing, literary travel essay, long form journalism, and even fiction and alternate genres that celebrate a sense of place. They will also discuss their favorite publishers and publications and how to get your work into print and on screens.

Panelists: Linda Watanabe McFerrin (moderator), Joanna Biggar, Laurie McAndish King, Mary Jo McConahay, Jill Robinson (more…)

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Book Launch: Daddykins by Kalpana Mohan 🗓

Kalpana Mohan

BOOK LAUNCH: Daddykins by Kalpana Mohan

Saturday, July 13th, 2019 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera ||

When journalist Kalpana Mohan’s elderly father falls ill in Chennai, she is on the next flight over from California and the home she has shared with her husband for three decades. Caring for her sometimes cranky, sometimes playful, and always adored father at his home in Chennai, Mohan sets out to piece together an account of her father’s life, from his poverty-stricken childhood in a village in south India, to his arranged marriage, to his first job in the city, all the while coming to terms with his inevitable passing.

Mohan’s tender, moving, and sometimes hilarious memoir is an account of a changing India captured in her father’s life, from the sheer feat of surviving poverty in I920s India of his birth, to witnessing key moments in the nation’s history and changing alongside them. Above all, Daddykins is an intimate and deeply relatable account of our relationships with our parents whatever our age, and the shared experiences of love and grief that unite us all. (more…)

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Ferry Plaza Book Event: Chris Delyani, Author of Best Man 🗓

LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK EVENT: Chris Delyani, Author of Best Man

Chris Delyani

Chris Delyani

Monday, July 8, 2019 || 6pm Book Passage || Ferry Building, San Francisco ||

After Frank’s long-time crush, Marcus, gets engaged to his unfaithful boyfriend, Frank and his roommate Julio invent a fake relationship to prove Marcus’s fiancee’s infidelity.

Want to know how this turns out? Well, you should turn up at the Left Coast Writers event on Monday night at Book Passage in the Ferry Plaza, listen, meet Chris, and ask questions!

In 1993 Chris Delyani moved to San Francisco from his hometown of Boston to devote himself to writing fiction—and has been at it ever since. He is the author of The Love Thing (2009) and You Are Here (2012). In 2013 You Are Here won the Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Award in the General (more…)

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Literary Salon: An Evening with Constance Hale 🗓

Literary Salon:  An Evening with Constance Hale

Constance Hale

Monday, July 1st, 2019 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera ||

Summer always takes people on the road, but if you are in the Bay Area the first Monday of July, we hope you’ll join us at the next Left Coast Writers Literary Salon where noted Bay Area journalist and storyteller, Constance Hale (Sin and SyntaxVex, Hex, Smash, Smooch) will share some of her literary secrets and techniques. Be prepared to jot things down in your preferred method because the night will be full of tips and answers to all of your questions.


Constance Hale Talks Character

Storytellers—whether they are novelists, memoirists, or narrative journalists—know that characters are key to any great yarn. Readers love people, and writers must deliver through short sketches to longer portraits to full-length biographies. Yet developing characters is trickier than you might think. Especially minor ones, where few words must make an impression. Connie Hale, who has made the profile her preferred form, gives us readings, an interactive exercise, and a few writing prompts to help us draw people on the page—and draw out important themes.

Connie is the author of four cheeky writing guides, including Sin and Syntax, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this month. Her essay on the art of sketching people, Writing Character, kicks off a new book of prompts that comes out on September 10, (more…)

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Ferry Plaza Book Event: Literary Round-up: Our Favorite Anthologies 🗓

LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK EVENT: Literary Round-up: Our Favorite Anthologies


Monday, June 10th, 2019 || 6pm Book Passage || Ferry Building, San Francisco ||



It’s another party!

This time we celebrate our favorite collections and anthologies. So come to Book Passage at the Ferry Plaza at 6pm to listen in and share a glass of wine, some sweet and savory bites and great chat about the anthologies and collections we love best.

We’ll be  showcasing collections featuring the work of Left Coast Writers. Of course, we’d be pleased to hear about your picks, as well! (more…)

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Book Launch: Wanderland Writers Night, A Caravansary 🗓

LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK LAUNCH: Wanderland Writers Night, A Caravansary: Stories from the Road

Saturday, June 8th, 2019 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera ||

A Night of Exotic Tales …

Join LCW founder Linda Watanabe McFerrin and some of the award-winning contributors to the prize winning Wandering series in a celebration of world travel.

Readers will be: Adrienne Amundsen, Antoinette Constable, Cyndi Goddard, Laurie McAndish King, Diane Lebow, MJ Pramik and Anne Sigmon.

These writers have stories to tell and great tips on where to go next. They’ve 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, investigated the myths and magic of Cornwall, uncovered the soul of Andalusia, partied in Paris, basked in the marvelous creativity and ingenuity of Cuba, and explored the Indonesian island that is known as an earthly Paradise in their award-winning series.

In each destination, they eat and drink, laugh and get lost, explore and capture the very best of their (more…)

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Literary Salon: Linda Watanabe McFerrin in Conversation with Jeff Greenwald 🗓

Literary Salon:  Linda Watanabe Mcferrin in Conversation with Jeff Greenwald

Jeff Greenwald

Linda Watanabe McFerrin

Monday, June 3rd, 2019 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera ||

Cuba, the internet, the world … please join internationally renowned travel writer and founder and executive director of Ethical Traveler on Monday night as he reminisces about travels past and shares information about travel present and future in a conversation with LCW founder Linda Watanabe McFerrin. If you are interested in what’s happening globally, Jeff is sure to point the direction.

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

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Ferry Plaza Book Event: Sneak Peeks at Left Coast Writers’ New Titles 🗓

LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK EVENT: Left Coast Writers Give Sneak Peeks of their Upcoming Books


Linda Watanabe McFerrin

Chris Delyani

Chris Delyani

Kalpana Mohan

Judy Bebelaar

Judy Bebelaar

Laila Elsissi


Todd Crawshaw

Monday, May 13th, 2019 || 6pm Book Passage || Ferry Building, San Francisco ||

Want to know what’s up next for Left Coast Writers in 2019?

Join in and listen up at this exciting Monday evening celebration in May at Book Passage in the Ferry Plaza as we share a sneak preview of some of our members’ upcoming books.

We’ll be serving up the wine, snacks and a look at what’s to come from our Left Coast Writers in 2019.

Novel, poetry, travel anthology, memoir, short story collection, eco-thriller and more—you’ll enjoy fine stories, tips and tales of publication and distribution drama, and a lively conversation about what’s up now in the book biz while you sit back and enjoy the preview and the chat.

Readers include: (more…)

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