LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK LAUNCH: André Le Gallo, author of The Caliphate Monday, March 8, 2009 || 6pm Book Passage || Ferry Plaza San Francisco || www.bookpassage.com “A tale of intrigue too frightening to believe—and too believable to ignore. But you better believe it, because Le Gallo is the real thing.” —Porter Goss, former Director of the CIA André Le Gallo is a veteran of several coups, a war and a revolution. During a distinguished thirty-year career with the CIA, he served in the Middle East, South East Asia, North and West Africa, and Eastern and Western Europe. He was Chief of Station in four countries, managing counterintelligence, covert action and special operations. He was also the National Intelligence Officer for Counterterrorism. Le Gallo immigrated from France, graduated from Lehigh University, obtained a commission in the Army (Fort Benning/Infantry) and served as an operations officer in the CIA on several continents. He studied Arabic and Islam at John Hopkins’ School of Advanced International Study, attended the National War College, and has years of on-the-ground experience on both sides of the Arab Israeli issue. He has spoken at Harvard, Rice, Berkeley, Stanford, the National Labs, testified to Congress, and was a Visiting Scholar at the Hoover Institution. Two of his articles, on Covert Action and Somalia, have been published. A third, “Islam and the West”, will be published later this year. The Caliphate is his first novel. Satan’s Spy, a sequel, will follow soon. He lives in California with his wife Cathy. A radical Muslim group has dedicated itself to the restoration of the Caliphate, a borderless Muslim empire, and will stop at nothing, including assassination and terrorism, to reach its goal. Steve Church, a young American businessman, is mistakenly identified as a threat and only barely survives two assassination attempts. With his life on the line, and with the help of a beautiful woman, he becomes the only hope to stop the extremists in a whirlwind adventure. At stake are the lives of thousands and control of the Middle East and of its oil.
Monday, March 1, 2010 || 7pm || Ying Chang Compestine, Author of A Banquet for Hungry Ghosts Book Passage – Corte Madera 51 Tamal Vista Dr., Corte Madera According to Chinese tradition, those who die hungry or unjustly come back to haunt the living. Some are appeased with food. But not all ghosts are successfully mollified. In this chilling collection of stories, Ying takes readers on a journey through time and across different parts of China. From the building of the Great Wall in 200 BCE to the modern day of iPods, hungry ghosts continue to torment those who wronged them.