LEFT COAST WRITERS(tm) BOOK LAUNCH PARTY SHOWCASING: TOM DeMOTT and his new book, “Into the Hearts of the Amazons: In Search of a Modern Matriarchy” (University of WI Press, May 2006) WEDNESDAY, JUNE 21 || MONTICELLO INN – SF || 5:30 – 6:45PM __________________________________________ “Into the Hearts of the Amazon” is the story of a writer who comes of age during the women’s revolution. Outwardly, he sympathizes when the women he cares for blame corporate greed, hunger and war on an oppressive patriarchy. But inside, he is stung, and wonders: Would life be any better in a matriarchy? In search of an answer to this question, TOM DEMOTT travels to a remote corner of southern Mexico where, according to some, a modern-day matriarchy still thrives. “Into the Hearts of the Amazons” is part rousing travel adventure through a little-known world and part popular ethnography, exploring how Zapotec women earned their legendary status. To satisfy his curiosity about this culture, Tom DeMott journeyed to the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, where he discovered a thriving modern-day matriarchy among the people of the Isthmus-a cultural crossroads, breeding ground for rebels, and home to a half-million Zapotecs. DeMott integrated himself into the culture by joining in the rites of spring (where women pelt the men with fruit); by interviewing the women who control the marketplace where men are rarely seen; and by honoring the saints with drink and dance at all-night ceremonies. Tony Cohan, author of “On Mexican Time and Mexican Days” has called the book, “an exceptional narrative that deconstructs the cliches of a Mexican region and a people shrouded in romance and myth. Acutely observed, richly experienced, “Into the Hearts of the Amazons” exposes issues of matriarchy and culture through intimate, often bizarre, and surreal yet indelibly moving close encounters with the people of Juchit n and Tehuantepec.” LEFT COAST WRITERS(tm) BOOK LAUNCH PARTY SHOWCASING: TOM DeMOTT and his new book, “Into the Hearts of the Amazons: In Search of a Modern Matriarchy” (University of WI Press, May 2006) Wednesday June 21 5:30 – 6:45PM Monticello Inn 121 Ellis Street (corner of Ellis & Powell) San Francisco For Info: mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
NEXT UP AT THE JUNE LEFT COAST WRITERS(tm) SALON: JAMES DALESSANDRO, Author of “1906, A Novel,” Poet, Screenwriter, and Documentary film maker of “The Damnedest, Finest Ruins” TOPIC: MONDAY, JUNE 5, 2006 || BOOK PASSAGE – CORTE MADERA || 7PM ______________________________________ Every disaster has a story. Set during the great San Francisco earthquake and fire, “1906”, written by JAMES DALESSANDRO, is a page-turning tale of political corruption, vendettas, romance, rescue—and murder—based on recently uncovered facts that forever changed our understanding of what really happened. His documentary film, now out on DVD, “The Damnedest, Finest Ruins,” is a riveting documentary of the most dramatic event in American history outside of war. Written and directed by Dalessandro, it’s narrated by acclaimed actor Peter Coyote. ABOUT JAMES DALESSANDRO JAMES DALESSANDO, was the co-founder of the Santa Cruz Poetry Festival, the nation’s largest literary event for four years and which brought together Ken Kesey, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Charles Bukowski, Allen Ginsberg, Gary Snyder, Bob Kaufman and musicians like Charles Lloyd and Anthony Braxton. He has published four books: poetry in Canary In A Coal Mine, the highly acclaimed San Francisco murder mystery Bohemian Heart (St. Martin’s Press), true crime (Citizen Jane), and his new novel, 1906, an epic recreation of the great San Francisco earthquake and fire. He is a 20-year veteran of the Writer’s Guild of America, West, and has written the screenplays for all three of his books, including 1906, which was sold to Warner Brothers after a heated Hollywood bidding war. He is currently writer and co-director, with four-time Oscar winner Ben Burtt, of The Damnedest Finest Ruins, a feature documentary about the 1906 earthquake. He is also co-executive producer and screenwriter of Citizen Jane for Wolper Productions and Court TV, producer and co-writer, with Lidia Fraser, of Draconin, a trilogy of novels and animated feature films. He teaches the longest-running screenwriting course in San Francisco and served as the writer for the award-winning House of Blues Radio Hour. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. LOCATION DETAILS: JUNE LEFT COAST WRITERS(tm) LITERARY SALON Featuring JAMES DALESSANDRO Monday, June 5 2006, 7:00 – 9:00p.m. Book Passage 51 Tamal Vista Blvd. Corte Madera For Info: http://www.leftcoastwriters.com Past speakers at the LCW Salon include TAMIM ANSARY, DANIEL ELLSBERG, KEVIN SMOKLER, FRAN GAGE, GAIL TSUKIYAMA, JEFF GREENWALD, DONALD GEORGE, ISABEL ALLENDE, TERRY RYAN, SUZY PARKER, JOHN FLINN, SHELDON SIEGEL, JANIS COOKE NEWMAN, JOYCE JENKINS, CATHY FOWLER, PAUL MCHUGH and LINDY HOUGH.