LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK LAUNCH: Left Coast Authors Celebration! Saturday, October 9, 2010 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera || 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com We have a very special literary event planned for Saturday, October 9th for our Left Coast Authors and their friends. We’ll be celebrating the latest books by our writers. That’s right; a large group of Left Coast Writers will have the floor at Book Passage in Corte Madera on Saturday, October 9th at 7pm. They will answer questions and discuss their varied publishing experiences. There’ll be wine, cake, other snacks, discussion of new books, and a writing and publishing Q&A. Open to the public. It’s free and everyone is welcome. Please join us for a very festive literary vibe. See you at Book Passage!
LEFT COAST WRITERS LITERARY SALON: Peter Goodman, Stone Bridge Press, President and Publisher Monday, October 4, 2010 || 7pm Book Passage || Corte Madera 51 Tamal Vista Drive, Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com What’s new and exciting in the book biz? The advent of the internet, Amazon, e-books, social networking and more has certainly thrown the book industry into a state of flux. Where is it going? What do we do? No need to stagger about aimlessly. Join Stone Bridge Press president and publisher Peter Goodman as he talks about “How Not to Be a Publishing Zombie.” Peter Goodman is a graduate of Cornell University and lived in Tokyo for ten years, where he worked as an editor for English-language publishers Charles E. Tuttle and Kodansha International before returning to the United States in 1985. He has served
©2011 by Linda Watanabe McFerrin Talk about spooky characters! I am sitting at a coffee shop in Washington D.C., talking to Oleg Kalugin, former head of KGB operations, getting a warm, fuzzy, feeling … and it is creeping me out. This friendly man, in whom I find it so easy to confide, once received high honors for the assassination of Bulgarian writer Georgi Markov; though KGB chief Yuri Andropov probably ordered the hit. Admittedly, I’m already in a heightened state of excitation, having just visited the International Spy Museum, an operation dedicated to the art of espionage, for which Mr. Kalugin serves as an advisory director, but still …. I am actually in Washington on government business,