Monday, December 7, 2009 || 7pm || Phil Cousineau, Author of The Meaning of Tea: A Tea Inspired Journey Book Passage – Corte Madera 51 Tamal Vista Dr., Corte Madera A Health-filled Holiday and The Meaning of Tea “When we drink tea with others we shorten the distance between people.” —Feng Ming-Chung, a Bao Zhong tea grower, in The Meaning of Tea. Join writer, filmmaker, photographer, teacher and editor Phil Cousineau for an exploration of the history, health benefits, rituals, spirituality and simple pure enjoyment of tea. The Meaning of Tea: A Tea Inspired Journey offers wisdom ideally suited for modern citizens facing the stress of economic uncertainty. San Francisco tea experts James Norwood Pratt and Imperial Tea Court Teamaster Roy Fong are featured in the book. Culled from more than 50 conversations with tea pickers and plantation owners, street sellers, traders, teapot makers and eloquent tea scholars spanning eight countries—from India to Ireland and Taiwan to Tea, South Dakota—readers learn about how tea has brought peace, calm, health, friendship and often wisdom into their lives. The Meaning of Tea (Talking Leave Press, 2009)
LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK LAUNCH: Mary Lou Peters Schram, author of Pursuing Happiness … One More Time Saturday, November 14, 2009 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera || 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com LOOKING FOR LOVE AND HAPPINESS Four women, a dead husband, a not-so-great boyfriend, a little extra weight and lots of money—is this a recipe for joy or disaster? If a good book and a glass of wine is your idea of happiness, please grab a friend and join us for a delightful evening with local author Mary Lou Peters Schram. “Although the pursuit of happiness is one of our inalienable rights, nowhere is it guaranteed that we shall catch it. Mary Lou Peters Schram’s witty new novel chronicles the lives of four women, all residents of Shady Acres, an adult community in California’s wine country, as each pursues her own particular vision of happiness.
Monday, November 9, 2009 || 5:30pm || Left Coast Writers at the Ferry Plaza Book Passage – Ferry Plaza, San Francisco Join us at Book Passage in the Ferry Plaza in San Francisco when some of our favorite writers get up on the soapbox!
Roger Housden has a new book out. And as we are huge fans of his collections, we want to mention it here. It’s a new anthology of 99 poems with his commentary. It’s available in November. Perfect for the holiday season.
Monday, November 2, 2009 || 7pm || Byron Belitsos, Publisher, Origin Press, talks about the complex dance of author and publisher Book Passage – Corte Madera 51 Tamal Vista Dr., Corte Madera Marin-based small press publisher Byron Belitsos of Origin Press will share stories and wisdom drawn from his experiences of the publishing business over the last 15 years—with special focus on his perceptions of the many authors with whom he has worked. Belitsos has edited and published books on health, consciousness, spirituality, and politics, including Faith and the Placebo Effect by Lolette Kuby, Mind Science by Charles Tart, The Unfolding Self by Ralph Metzner, and Waking Up in Time by Peter Russell. He has also played the roles both of coauthor and publisher for several
For an evening of readings, laughter, wine and more wine, why don’t you come to Writers with Drinks after Litquake’s Off the Richter Scale reading on Saturday? OTRS ends at 6pm and we begin at 7:30! Come early for a good table. A line-up of awesome presenters. Check it out. The long-running spoken word series Writers With Drinks has finally gone too far—in every possible direction! Saturday, October 10, 2009, 7:30 to 9:30 PM, doors open at 6:30 PM Linda Watanabe McFerrin Anthony Swofford Roz Savage Irina Slutsky Doug Dorst Joe Loya Where: The Make Out Room, 3225 22nd. St. between Mission and Valencia, San Francisco How much: $3 to $5 sliding scale, all proceeds benefit the CSC.
LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK LAUNCH: Stan Goldberg, author of Lessons for the Living, an evening of laughter, tears, music and wine Saturday, October 10, 2009 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera || 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com Lessons for the Living by Stan Goldberg is that rare self-help book that actually lives up to its title. Goldberg was living a high-stress academic life in the Bay Area when he was found to have prostate cancer. While not immediately life threatening, the cancer diagnosis and treatment threw him completely off his game physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Following various failed attempts to regain his equilibrium, Goldberg found himself volunteering for hospice where by simply being present, listening, and doing whatever needed to be done, he helped others come to terms with the lives they would soon be leaving. In so doing, he also found himself coming back to life. Engaging and enlightening, but never pedantic, Goldberg imparts basic life lessons on the importance of giving, communicating, loving, and forgiving. It took a lethal disease and time spent as a hospice volunteer caring for persons he came to know and love for Goldberg to learn these important truths. Unfortunately, many other persons do not learn them until the end of life approaches, if at all. Readers of Lessons for the Living are fortunate that Goldberg has learned and lived these lessons and can share them so ably.
Join Left Coast Writers Pamela Bass, Laurie McAndish King and others for an evening of challenging, amorous, dangerous, elegant, amusing, courageous, poignant, and possibly downright foolhardy women’s travel adventures. Local contributors to Travelers’ Tales’ The Best Women’s Travel Writing 2009 will read at the Larkspur Library, 400 Magnolia Avenue on Thursday, October 8 at 7 p.m.