LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK PARTY: Elaine Miller Bond, Author of Affimals: Affirmations + Animals Monday, June 13, 6pm Book Passage || Ferry Plaza San Francisco || www.bookpassage.com At last! We cordially invite you to the long awaited U.S. book launch party for Elaine Miller Bond’s Affimals: Affirmations + Animanls. Affimals is an uplifting journey into the kind of happiness we can all have in our lives, with affirmations like WILD HORSE: Unbridle your passion, and FIREFLY: Spark imagination. With every turn of the page, the reader is greeted by another beautiful illustration, along with a story based on both positivity and the latest developments from the scientific community. The book brings joy to all members of the family and serves as tool for connecting with the natural world. It’s part-inspiration, part-environmental education, all-heart. “Animals can teach us so much, whether they are caring for their young, exhibiting altruism, communicating with each other, or just surviving. Elaine Miller Bond’s Affimals is an inspiration and a lesson — from all creatures great and small to all readers young and old.”— Michael Markarian, Exec. vice president, The Humane Society of the United States “A delightful book! With vivid descriptions, whimsical tales, and stunning artwork, Elaine Miller Bond has created a wondrous and inspiring book for children of every age. Let all, like her bluebird, “rise up singing”! — T.A. Barron, Author of The Great Tree of Avalon, Merlin, and Merlin’s Dragon Elaine Miller Bond grew up in the Berkeley Hills, wandering the creeks for newts and falling asleep to the spring choruses of tree frogs. She immersed herself in the environment for her graduate degree abroad at Cambridge University, having, at UC Berkeley, combined her love for the Earth (Geography) with her mind for the written word (English). Her career began as a science writer with the University of California Natural Reserve System, where she also developed outdoor programs that served to educate underserved high school students. Her writing and photography have appeared on the Discovery Channel and in BBC Earth News, The American Naturalist, The Washington Post, and other popular and scientific media. Her field-based photographs of rare Utah prairie dogs have been used for education by Lucasfilm and leading universities, and will be published in three upcoming books, including the new edition of the popular textbook, An Introduction to Behavioral Ecology, by N. B. Davies, J. R. Krebs, and S. West. Bond’s own book — which she wrote and illustrated — is entitled, Affimals: Affirmations + Animals. It’s part-inspiration, part-environmental education, all-heart. She and her boisterous cat Cyrano currently make their home on the hooting, gobbling edge of her favorite childhood park — with scorpions — in Orinda.
LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK LAUNCH: Colette Obrien, Author of The Nobility of the Robe, Book 1 of the Mirari Chronicles Saturday, June 11, 2011 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera || 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com Please join in the celebration of an exciting new book by Colette Obrien. The records of accomplishments of real women from history who made significant contributions to their cultures but of whom the modern world is unaware have been kept by The Ahkoshek Society. This secret organization has aided humanity throughout its long history by providing assistance to individuals when confronted with situations they are unable to handle themselves; ones where they might otherwise have fallen into the hands of dark forces. The society’s prime directive is to assist in the growth of human consciousness. The members of this group have been called: angels, saints, seers and savants, however the newest member, Claire is neither immortal nor enlightened but a flesh and blood woman whose compassion for humanity is so great that the gift of time travel has been given to her as a means to help when help is needed. Like the women who call for aide, she too must constantly be on the lookout for the evil that always lies in wait for those who aspire to the heights. Part history, part mystery, part thriller, the book series chronicles the archetypal quest for truth and the meaning of life. In the first book of the Mirari Chronicles, Colette Obrien combines the gripping story of a real historical character with a modern-day thriller to create The Nobility of the Robe an astonishing novel that dances across the time/space continuum faster than the speed of light. Colette Obrien has a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis on Jungian Psychology. She has had a meditation and yoga practice for over 30 years and for the last 25 years a private practice as a counselor and teacher, counseling individuals and couples. Her travel stories and photographs have been published in newspapers and magazines across the U.S. and Canada. Her first novel, Time & Transformation, was in inspired by her studies and time spent with the Maya in the Yucatan. The Nobility of the Robe is her second novel and the first book in the Mirari Chronicles.
LEFT COAST WRITERS LITERARY SALON: Roger Housden, Author of Saved by Beauty: Adventures of an American Romantic in Iran Monday, June 6, 2011 || 7pm Book Passage || Corte Madera 51 Tamal Vista Drive, Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com We invite you to step out and into the “creative pause,” a chance to relax and listen in on the secrets of writing, travel, discovery, beauty and engaging the heart with one of our favorite philosopher-writers: Roger Housden. Roger Housden is the author of some twenty books, including the best-selling Ten Poems Series. All his books, whatever the subject – poetry, art, a journey through Iran or India – share a common aim: to inspire himself and others to question the way we live, encouraging us, before we die, to live into the best that we are. One of his recent works, Seven Sins For a Life Worth Living, is an unusual reflection on the nature of pleasure, including the pleasure of doing nothing – “the creative pause” – and the pleasure of not being perfect. His book on Iran, Saved by Beauty: Adventures of an American Romantic in Iran, has been called “a pilgrimage, a prayer, a heartfelt reminder, a poet-traveler’s window into the eternal soul of Iran …” (Jack Kornfield, best-selling author of A Path With Heart and After the Ecstasy, The Laundry). Roger’s work has been featured many times in The Oprah Magazine, in The New York Times, and in the Los Angeles Times. He now lives in Marin County and runs periodic classes on Spiritual Memoir in the Bay Area. “I grew up in the cleft of a Cotswold valley on the edge of Bath, England. Living in the shadow of an ancient stone circle, I always felt us to be creatures with one foot in this world and one in another, less visible one. To weave these two realms – this gritty world of action and the world of silence, imagination, and being – into one cloth, rich with meaning, is what I feel we are here for. Poetry, art, meditation and also travel have given me a language for this experience of a life deeply felt, and also an entry directly into it.” —Roger Housden, Author of Saved by Beauty: Adventures of an American Romantic in Iran If you want to bring a friend to this event, just let us know and we will be happy to add them to the guest list.
COVERING THE BASES: Writers on Baseball Thursday, May 12, 2011 || 7pm Double Play Bar and Grill 2401 – 16th Street (@ Bryant) San Francisco, CA 94103 (415) 621-9859 This is so cool: Five writers and a photographer will cover the bases at a special night of baseball literature at San Francisco’s iconic Double Play Bar and Grill. The evening will feature classic sportswriting, fiction, memoir and poetry, all related to America’s pastime. The writers are: Dan Fost author of “Giants Past and Present” (MVP Books), James J. Patterson, author of “Bermuda Shorts” (Alan Squire Publishing), Steve Hermanos, author of “O Gigantic Victory! Baseball Poems: The 2010 Championship Season,” and Aaron Pribble, author of “Pitching in the Promised Land: A Story of the First and Only Season in the Israel Baseball League” (University of Nebraska Press), along with Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Deanne Fitzmaurice, who took the pictures for “Freak Season: Behind the Scenes with San Francisco Giants Pitcher Tim Lincecum from Spring Training to the World Series” (K&D Photography). Special guest Todd Lappin will tell the story of his search for the location of home plate from Seals Stadium – right across the street from the Double Play. The writers will read from their work at San Francisco’s legendary Double Play Bar and Grill at 7 pm, Thursday, May 12. The Double Play is across from the Potrero Hill shopping center that used to be Seals Stadium, and the bar features a small-scale replica of the beloved old ballpark. Double Play Bar & Grill 2401 – 16th Street (@ Bryant) San Francisco, CA 94103 (415) 621-9859 See you there!
© 2011 by Todd Crawshaw Navigating through life as a writer you will, at times, feel crushed like roadkill on the superhighway. It’s unavoidable. My advice, when this happens, is to take a deep breath, chant the philosophical mumbo jumbo (i.e., the pabulum of gurus) “life is a journey…not a destination…life is a journey…” And voila!