LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK PARTY: Li Miao Lovett, Author of In the Lap of the Gods Monday, January 10, 6pm Book Passage || Ferry Plaza San Francisco || www.bookpassage.com Set in present day China, In the Lap of the Gods is a story about the heartbreak and challenge that families face today. When the world’s largest dam rises up, entire cities and villages go under water. The past is erased in the name of progress. Liu has lost all that is dear to him; his wife and unborn child have died, and his old town was flooded by the Three Gorges dam. In battling their own demons, Liu and Fang encounter the underbelly of China’s rampant growth. This is a story of defiance, weaving together a poor man’s struggle to survive in the modern world and a rich man’s attempt to reclaim the past. Li Miao Lovett grew up in San Francisco, where she lived in a small enclave of tradition, language, and superstition handed down through the generations. She knew little about a not-so-distant past, of her father’s life in China before his escape during the Communist Revolution. His story revealed itself over time, but only in bits and pieces. “I have closed my heart to China,” he once said, a profound statement for a reticent man. Li Miao Lovett is less reticent about telling the tales. It took a 600-mile backpacking journey on the Appalachian Trail, in the company of mosquitoes and compulsive poets, to set her on the writing path. She’s been a contributor to the San Francisco Chronicle, China Rights Forum, Narrative Magazine, Earth Island Journal, and KQED public radio. She’s also organized readings for Words Without Borders as an advocate of literature in translation, bringing together authors to share works of Literature from around the world. In the Lap of the Gods is her first novel. “The spectacle of deserted villages far as the eye can see receding underneath the unleashed, raging currents of the Yangtze is the world that Li Miao describes with rich detail and subtle poignancy.” —Genny Lim, author, playwright (PBS-aired Paper Angels) “In the Lap of the Gods gives us an insight into one of the most transformative events of our time.” —Harriet Rohmer, author, Heroes of the Environment
LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK LAUNCH: Charles Entrekin, Author of Listening: New & Selected Work Saturday, January 8, 2011 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera || 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com Charles Entrekin was born in 1941 in Birmingham, Alabama,. He took his BA in English from Birmingham Southern College, in 1964. He left Birmingham in 1965 and lived in various states (New York , Tennessee, Alabama, and Montana) while pursuing advanced degrees in philosophy and creative writing. Arriving in California in 1969, he fell in love with the West Coast scene and the Hotel California experience. He now lives in Berkeley with his wife, poet, Gail Rudd Entrekin. Charles has taught at almost every educational level. He taught pre-school language skills to six-year-olds with he Head Start program in Birmingham, Alabama; taught introduction to set theory to disadvantaged high school graduates with the Upward Bound Program in Tuscaloosa, Alabama; taught composition, English literature, creative writing, philosophy at the college level, and was the founder of the Creative Writing Program at John F. Kennedy University’s Orinda, California campus. For 24 years, Charles was the managing editor of The Berkeley Poets Cooperative and The Berkeley Poets Workshop & Press. The story of the Berkeley Poets Workshop & Press was written up as the cover story in the August 29, 1976 issue of the New York Times Magazine. The Managing Editor of Hip Pocket Press (www.hippocketpress.com), Charles is also the author of In This Hour, a collection of poems, BPW&P, 1990; Casting For The Cutthroat & Other Poems, BPW&P, 1986; Casting For The Cutthroat, Thunder City Press, 1978, Birmingham, Alabama; All Pieces Of A Legacy, BPW&P, 1975, Berkeley, CA. His novel, Red Mountain, Birmingham, Alabama, 1965, was published May, 2008, by El Leon Literary Arts www.elleonliteraryarts.org . We are celebrating his latest publication: Listening: New and Selected Work. In “Listening: New and Selected Work,” Charles Entrekin presents us with a remarkable poetic legacy. Written between 1975 and the present, the poems in this collection are passionate and darkly lyric. Always grounded in physical reality, they transcend time and place, revealing both the great and small moments of life as seen from the perspective of eternity. —Mary Mackey
LEFT COAST WRITERS LITERARY SALON: Laurie McAndish King and Suzanne Rodriquez get “App Happy” at our first salon of the year! Monday, January 3, 2011 || 7pm Book Passage || Corte Madera 51 Tamal Vista Drive, Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com Happy New Year! We want to share the newest and best in what’s happening in the world of words and publications with you this year. So to begin, get “App Happy” with Suzanne Rodriguez and Laurie McAndish King at our first salon of 2011. Smartphone apps are the latest “it” format for writers—and with good reason. With 85 million iPhones/iPads/iPod Touches, 300,000 apps, and 4 billion app downloads from Apple alone, the market is already huge … and it’s growing ever-bigger at an ever-faster pace. App developers Laurie McAndish King and Suzie Rodriguez tell us why they’re excited about the mobile app marketplace, how they collaborated to develop San Francisco Waterfront: Bridge to Ballpark (released by Sutro Media in December), and how you, too, can get in on the mobile applications phenomenon. They’ll discuss choosing a topic, assessing your market, writing for the mobile format, sourcing images to accompany the text, and the advantages of mobile apps over traditional travel guidebooks. Suzanne Rodriguez is the author of three non-fiction books and hundreds of articles. Suzanne’s writing covers numerous topics, including high tech … but she really loves to focus on food, wine, and travel. Laurie McAndish King is an award-winning travel writer and photographer, as well as publisher of Travel Writers News. Laurie has also written and edited erotica, as you might guess after reading the entry for Hog Island Oysters in the San Francisco Waterfront app. Suzie and Laurie will also discuss free and inexpensive ways to market your app and the prospects for making money with it. One or more free downloads of San Francisco Waterfront: Bridge to Ballpark will be available as a prize for the audience member(s) whose head is packed with the most trivia about the San Francisco waterfront. Here’s a headstart question: Which San Francisco beach was the 1986 birthplace of the Burning Man festival? Do you know? It’ll be a lively and entertaining evening. Mobile media welcome. See you there!
© 2010 Leslie Lee I never imagined how much I would learn by collaborating on a story. What’s even more surprising is that I’ve never met my co-writer, Carolyn Chang, in person. We met through an online Science Fiction writing class.