LEFT COAST WRITERS FERRY PLAZA BOOK PARTY: Driven to Rage by Carol Sheldon Monday, July 8th, 2013 || 6pm Book Passage || San Francisco 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco ||www.bookpassage.com There’s a brand new page-turner from Carol Sheldon! Following up her recent historical fiction novel Mother Lode, Driven to Rage is also set in the early 1900s in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. This new novel focuses on a labor struggle between copper miners and mine owners that couldn’t care less about the lives or safety of their employees. The story follows a family divided by the issue and contains love, betrayal, and murder. If this sounds as interesting to you as it does to us, you should definitely come and see the author, Carol Sheldon at this book party. “Award-winning author Carol Sheldon’s historical novel Driven to Rage explodes with tension. You’ll recognize characters in this copper mining town, including Sheriff Earl Foster from the riveting Mother Lode. How we suffer, struggling with lust, loyalty and tolerance. Driven to Rage is powerfully moving; Sheldon is a master storyteller of relationships. Reminiscent of
It’s OK … in fact, you actually want to do this on the page. In this one-day workshop, you’ll learn to balance setting, character, and super dialogue to create stellar scenes. Some of the exercises have given birth to award-winning work by past participants. So bring your laptop and/or paper and pen and discover how a good writer takes center stage on the page and holds it. The workshop will be held on Saturday, July 13th from 10:00am-4:00pm at Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera, CA, 94925. This particular workshop is only $105. After the workshop is over, go to dinner and then join Corina Vacco at our book party for My Chemical Mountain.
There are already great reviews coming in for Gillian Bagwell’s newest book, Venus in Winter. Gillian, as you will surely remember, is our July LCW Salon Presenter. She’ll also be using her background in theater to share tips on literary presentation and reading skills. This most recent praise comes from RT Book Reviews, which gave it 4 stars! “Bagwell’s third novel is an engrossing look at a powerful woman in English history. Spanning age 12 through 40, the story moves at a nice pace through the life of four-time widow Bess of Hardwick. With the book’s rich descriptions, readers will feel as if they are right there among the pomp and circumstance of 1500s England, as Bess finds herself thrust into the glamorous, yet treacherous, court life of King Henry VIII. As Bess navigates her rise through society and secures her place in history, Venus in Winter becomes a worthy epic novel.” —RT book Reviews We are looking forward to this riveting new historical fiction novel from Gillian and so should you! Please share this post, and if you are not already a member of Left Coast Writers sign up today right here!
LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK LAUNCH: My Chemical Mountain by Corina Vacco Saturday, July 13, 2013 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com What is the secret to a great modern day young adult novel? Let’s ask Corina. Based on a real town in western New York, Corina Vacco‘s fierce first novel is already receiving rave reviews. Jason and his friends rage against the noxious pollution that suffocates their town and despise those responsible for it. At the same time, they embrace the danger of their industrial wasteland and boast about living on the edge. Despite their apparent rebellion, they desperately struggle to make a change to their surroundings, but how will they do it? And what will it cost? Corina Vacco felt compelled to write about toxic towns after reading an article alleging that hundreds of thousands of children and teens throughout the United States attend schools built on or near dangerously polluted sites. She found the inspiration for this book while living in Western New York, where she heard
LEFT COAST WRITERS LITERARY SALON: Gillian Bagwell, author of The Darling Strumpet, The September Queen, and the new Venus in Winter Monday, July 1st, 2013 || 7pm Book Passage || Corte Madera 51 Tamal Vista Drive, Corte Madera ||www.bookpassage.com Come and hear from the wonderfully talented and critically acclaimed author of historical fiction, Gillian Bagwell. She has written several books in the genre of historical fiction, centering around British royalty. Her latest novel, Venus in Winter, focuses on Bess of Hardwick, the four-times widowed noble whose power was second only to Queen Elizabeth. Gillian, whose background includes a stint as artistic director of the Pasadena Shakespeare Company, will be sharing tips on how to improve your readings and stage presence.
The 7th Annual Book Passage Children’s Writers & Illustrators Conference will be held from June 20-23 at the Corte Madera Book Passage. All Left Coast Writers members get 10% off of the cost of registration. Our own leader and founder, Linda Watanabe McFerrin, will also be there as a member of the faculty. The Conference will cover all aspects of writing and illustrating for children—from developing ideas to honing skills to finding a publisher. Participants will work closely with other writers and illustrators, as well as with agents, editors, and publishers. The conference is designed to meet the differing needs of those who create for different age groups. Participants will choose an area of emphasis for the morning sessions, such as writing for
LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK PARTY: Our Favorite Travel Writers Saturday, June 8th, 2013 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com Join us for a night celebrating superior travel writing. We’ll share stories and wine and the company of fellow traveling writers. There will even be a contest for the best travel story (1000 words or less), so bring your submissions. The winning story will receive a cash award and publication in our online column, ROADWORK. Come if you can and please SPREAD THE WORD. Our readers:
LCW announces discounted book promotion services for members! Once you’ve written that book and gotten it published you need to spread the news. Now LCW members can get the basics to get started in the Bay Area without hiring a publicist. For $175 you’ll receive the Author’s Self-Promo Kit, which includes: Sample contact letters so you can write your own press communications. The package of 6 includes letters to request: -radio and TV interviews -speaking engagements at book stores and professional groups -book reviews from radio hosts, print editors, and bloggers A professionally developed list of key press contacts for authors in the Bay Area, so you can send your own press releases on an ongoing basis. A 45-minute consultation with PR professional Kaye McKinzie about the best way to tailor a PR campaign for your book or ebook, and the advantages of various approaches.