LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK PARTY: Rebecca Foust, Author of God, Seed and Molly Fisk, Author of The More Difficult Beauty with guest reader Robin Ekiss Monday, December 13, 6pm Book Passage || Ferry Plaza San Francisco || www.bookpassage.com Join us for a reading and celebration of works by Bay Area poets Molly Fisk and Rebecca Foust with a special guest appearance by Robin Ekiss. Molly will read from her new book of poems, The More Difficult Beauty (Hip Pocket Press 2010). Rebecca will read from God, Seed (Tebot Bach Press 2010), a book of environmental poetry with art by Lorna Stevens, who will attend to answer questions. Please arrive early for seating as there is sure to be quite a crowd. Molly Fisk is also the author of Listening to Winter and a recipient of fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, California Arts Council and Marin Arts Council grants in poetry, and the Robinson Jeffers Tor House, Billee Murray Denny, and Dogwood Prizes. She teaches on-line at www.poetrybootcamp.com and www.voiceofyourown.com, and provides weekly radio commentary at community station KVMR in Nevada City. Rebecca Foust’s previous book, All That Gorgeous Pitiless, Song, won the 2008 Many Mountains Moving Book Prize. Her chapbooks, Dark Card and Mom’s Canoe won the Robert Phillips Poetry Chapbook Prizes in consecutive years and were published by Texas Review Press in 2008 and 2009. Lorna Stevens received her MFA in sculpture from Columbia University. She exhibits widely in galleries and public spaces. Her work has been featured or reviewed in The Boston Globe, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Marin Independent Journal, and Artweek, and has been acquired by the Brooklyn Museum, the New York Public Library, and the di Rosa Preserve in Napa, California. Robin Ekiss is a former Stegner Fellow at Stanford, recipient of a Rona Jaffe Foundation Award for emerging women writers, and author of The Mansion of Happiness, winner of the 2010 Shenandoah/Glasgow Prize and a finalist for both the 2010 Northern California and California Book Awards.
LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK LAUNCH: Wanderland Writers, the Editors and Writers of Wandering in Costa Rica Saturday, December 11, 2010 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera || 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com Readers, writers, travelers—adventuresome to armchair—and lovers of Costa Rica, you won’t want to miss an evening of exciting travel tales about this popular Central American destination. When workshop leaders Linda Watanabe McFerrin and Joanna Biggar gathered a baker’s dozen of their favorite travelers and writers, they had no idea how transformative the journey would be. Nurtured and inspired in an environment beyond compare, the assembled explored Costa Rica, gathering tales from across the country. From rainforests, volcanoes, tropical beaches, butterfly gardens, colorful towns and villages, the writers wandered the country and brought back a fine collection of poetry and stories that present Costa Rica in richly personal style. Editors Linda Watanabe McFerrin and Joanna Biggar and writers Laurie McAndish King, Thanasis Maskaleris, Nancy Alpert, Anne Sigmon and Mary Jean Pramik will be sharing accounts of some of the adventures written during a stay at Lenny and Joan’s fabulous Finca del Fango Suerte. Read about tropical rainforests and butterflies, serpents and attack-monkeys, coffee workers and musicians. More than twenty short stories and poems by travel writers from Costa Rica and abroad comprise this delightful anthology of travel literature about one of the world’s favorite vacation spots.
LEFT COAST WRITERS LITERARY SALON: Canyon Sam, Author of Sky Train: Tibetan Women On the Edge of History Monday, December 6, 2010 || 7pm Book Passage || Corte Madera 51 Tamal Vista Drive, Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com December is a very special time for us. Every year we close a series of absolutely marvelous salons with an inspirational Presenter, one who embodies the spirit of community that means so much to our writers and to readers everywhere. This year, we’ve asked Canyon Sam to speak. We expect this to be festive, a bit of a party, a chance to celebrate together, to congratulate one another on a year of good endeavor and offer support and inspiration for the year ahead. So we hope you’ll join the festivities and enjoy a wonderful evening with Canyon Sam. Canyon Sam is a PEN award winning author, nationally acclaimed performance artist and activist from San Francisco. A third generation Chinese American, Ms. Sam spent a year in Tibet, China and India when Tibet first opened in the mid 1980s. Upon return to the States she worked as an early Tibet activist in the U.S. — helping found the Tibetan Nuns Project, and speaking before Congress at their Tiananmen Square hearings on human rights. Her groundbreaking book Sky Train: Tibetan Women On the Edge of History (University of Washington Press, 2009), with a foreword by the Dalai Lama, reveals for the first time the untold narrative of Tibetan women and their unsung role in the occupation of their country. Blending memoir and oral history, the author travels on China’s controversial new “Sky Train” to Lhasa in 2007 and crosses the Himalayas in search of women from her earlier oral history project. Along with the gripping stories of women’s resistance, courage and spiritual resilience, the book also offers one of the first inside accounts of the recent drastic changes in Tibet due to China’s meteoric rise to modernization. Sky Train, over nineteen years in the making, won the 2010 PEN American Center’s Open Book Award. “Remarkable…visceral and deeply felt.” Publishers Weekly, starred review. “A miracle of a journey, a miracle of a book.” Maxine Hong Kingston. Don’t miss this!
LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK LAUNCH: Jessica O’Dwyer, Author of Mamalita: An Adoption Memoir Saturday, November 13, 2010 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera || 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com In Mamalita: An Adoption Memoir, Jessica O’Dwyer recounts her story as an American woman struggling to adopt a baby girl against almost insurmountable odds in Guatemala. Her book explores the nature of parenthood—the fierce love and loyalty that makes it possible for us do more than we knew we were capable of, inspired by more love than we knew we had to give. Jessica is the adoptive mother to a daughter and son. Jessica O’Dwyer is the adoptive mother to two children born in Guatemala. Her essays have been published in the San Francisco Chronicle Magazine, Adoptive Families, and the West Marin Review; and aired on KQED-FM. Previously, she worked in marketing and communications at SFMOMA, the LA County Museum of Art, and the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. Jessica grew up at the Jersey shore, the daughter of a high-school shop teacher and former Radio City Music Hall Rockette. She now lives with her husband and children in Marin.
LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK PARTY: Todd Crawshaw, Author of Exlpoits of the Satyr Monday, November 8, 6pm Book Passage || Ferry Plaza San Francisco || www.bookpassage.com Todd Crawshaw talks about his debut novel Exploits of the Satyr. John Lazard Slater III, known simply as John, or Slater (or Satyr to his fans and foes, once upon a time), crash-lands after falling from the sky onto a freeway overpass. Thus ends—and begins—a biographical story about mental, physical and spiritual seduction, the tragi-comic chronicle of a man who belatedly discovers he was procreated by members of a cult to initiate the Second Coming of Christ. The result: a fast-forward-reverse-pause world where the past and the future intermingle with present consciousness. This is a cautionary tale about Artificial Intelligence (AI technology), a spiritual journey, and a love story. Todd Crawshaw has been writing fiction for 39 years. He attended the University of Oregon, studying at the School of Architecture and Allied Arts, where he graduated with a bachelor of science degree in psychology. Exploits of the Satyr is the fourth in a line of five (and now approaching six) novels he has written, along with a collection of stories and poems (completed/abandoned) … and a few screenplays too. In 1975, he established a graphic design studio, Crawshaw Design. This San Francisco venture has changed and evolved over the years, significantly with the advent of computers and their global proliferation. He provides integrated brand marketing for print and the web, having developed more than 200 corporate identity programs for major corporations and individual proprietorships. It’s an interesting business. Check it out: www.crawshawdesign.com.