LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK LAUNCH: Judith Horstman, Author of The Scientific American Brave New Brain Monday, June 14, 2010 || 6pm Book Passage || Ferry Plaza San Francisco || www.bookpassage.com Microchips in your brain. Thought-controlled technology. Cures for Alzheimer’s, depression, and mental retardation. Treatments to erase memories, pills to make you smarter, and bionic spare parts to restore lost neural functions. Sound like science fiction? Science fiction, meet science fact. These and more startling probabilities, based on current and ongoing research in neuroscience, are engagingly explored in The Scientific American Brave New Brain (Jossey-Bass). Gleaning from the latest research and articles from Scientific American and Scientific American Mind, journalist Judith Horstman offers a comprehensive and entertaining gaze into the science—and wonders—possible in our brains’ very near future. Contrasting science fiction of the recent past and present with scientific breakthroughs that can be even more fantastic, Horstman shows what could be in store for our brains over the next few decades and the potential economic, legal and ethical fallout of this rampant change and progress. Based on research outlined in the book, experts’ top five predictions for the future of mental power are that: Microchips in or on our brains will enhance memory, store data, and connect wirelessly to the internet, eliminating our cell phones and allowing us to control machines via mental Wi-Fi. Advances in neuroscience and bioengineering will render Alzheimer’s, brain damage, depression and perhaps even mental retardation largely preventable, curable and possibly reversible. Neuroenhancers – from smart pills to mechanical devices – will improve thinking, enhance creativity, relieve depression, erase traumatic memories and boost mental endurance. Bionic or biological spare brain parts that already restore hearing and give sight to the blind could restore movement and speech to the paralyzed—and give super powers to the healthy. Neuroimaging that now “reads” brains to detect disease will be able to accurately detect deception, antisocial tendencies, and dangerous inclinations––in addition to predicting behavior. Find out how neuroscience, brain-machine interfaces, neuroimaging, psychopharmacology, epigenetics, the Internet, and our own minds are stimulating and enhancing the future of mental power. Judith Horstman (Sacramento, CA) is an award-winning journalist and author whose work has appeared in USA Today and numerous magazines, publications by Harvard, Stanford, and Johns Hopkins universities, and on the Internet. She is the author of four other books including The Scientific American Day in the Life of Your Brain. Visit her Web site at www.JudithHorstman.com
LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK LAUNCH: Rebecca Foust, Author of All That Gorgeous, Pitiless Song and Kirsten Jones Neff, Author of When the House is Quiet Saturday, June 12, 2010 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera || 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com Please join us at a book party for two of our favorite poets: Rebecca Foust and Kirsten Jones Neff. You’ll be treated to beautiful poetry, the sparkling ambiance of our favorite Bay Area bookstore, a celebratory champagne toast for the authors, cookies, and excellent company. Rebecca Foust’s All That Gorgeous, Pitiless Song recently won the Many Mountains Moving Book Award. Also forthcoming in 2010 is God, Seed, a book of environmental poetry with watercolors by a local artist. Foust’s chapbooks, Mom’s Canoe and Dark Card won the Robert Phillips Poetry Prizes in 2007 and in 2008, and her poetry is or will be published in Atlanta Review, Margie, North American Review, The Hudson Review, and elsewhere. Kirsten Jones Neff’s first chapbook, When The House is Quiet, won the 2009 Starting Gate Prize and a 2010 Pushcart nomination from Finishing Line Press. Kirsten Jones Neff is a writer, gardening teacher and documentary filmmaker whose work has appeared in several PBS films, periodicals and anthologies, including When The Muse Calls: Poems for The Creative Life, The Believer, Englishcafe.com, Writer’s Advice, The Poetry Farmer’s Almanac, Ode, 34th Parallel and The Marin Poetry Center Anthology. Come early. These two poets have been known to draw crowds!
LEFT COAST WRITERS LITERARY SALON: Penny Warner, Author of How to Host a Killer Party Monday, June 7, 2010 || 7pm Book Passage || Corte Madera 51 Tamal Vista Drive, Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com We have a “killer evening” in store for everyone at the next Left Coast Writers Literary Salon! Mixing fun and fundraising for charities seemed like the perfect job for Presley Parker when she’s suddenly downsized from her position teaching abnormal psychological at the university. Pres is psyched about her first big gig—hosting a “surprise” wedding for the San Francisco Mayor at notorious Alcatraz prison. But the party’s over when the bride bolts faster than an escaping prisoner, and is later found dead floating in the bay, a victim of poisoned chocolates. When Presley becomes prime suspect, she looks to her quirky Treasure Island co-workers for help, but it’s the attractive, mysterious crime scene cleaner Brad Matthews who helps tidy up her tarnished reputation. If she doesn’t solve this mystery, she’ll be exchanging her party dress for prison stripes. “Penny Warner dishes up a rare treat, sparkling with wicked and witty San Francisco characters, plus some real tips on hosting a killer party.” ~ Rhys Bowen, award-winning author of the Royal Spyness mysteries. Penny Warner has been writing since she read her first Nancy Drew in 6th grade. Since then she’s had over 50 books published, fiction and non-fiction, for adults and children. Her books have won national awards, garnered excellent reviews, and have been printed in 14 countries, including Russia, France, Spain, Germany, Holland, Australia, Canada, Indonesia, India, Israel, Poland, Japan, and China. My best-sellers include Healthy Snacks for Kids, Kids’ Party Games and Activities, Best Party Book, Games People Play, Kids’ Holiday Fun, Learn to Sign the Fun Way, Baby Play and Learn, Kids Pick-A-Party, and Kids’ Party Cookbook.