BOOK LAUNCH: The Poison Patriarch: How the Betrayals of Joseph P. Kennedy Caused the Assassination of JFK by Mark Shaw Tuesday, January 21st, 2014 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com Focusing for the first time on why attorney general Robert F. Kennedy wasn’t killed in 1963 instead of on why President John F. Kennedy was, Mark Shaw offers a stunning and provocative assassination theory in his latest book The Poison Patriarch that leads directly to the family patriarch, Joseph P. Kennedy. Mining fresh information and more than forty new interviews, Shaw weaves a spellbinding narrative involving Mafia don Carlos Marcello; Jack Ruby (Lee Harvey Oswald’s killer); Ruby’s attorney, Melvin Belli; and, ultimately, the Kennedy brothers and their father. Shaw addresses these tantalizing questions: Why, shortly after his brother’s death, did a grief-stricken RFK tell a colleague, “I thought they would get one of us . . . I thought it would be me”? Why was Belli, an attorney with almost no defense experience (but proven ties to the Mafia), chosen as Jack Ruby’s attorney? How does Belli’s Mafia connection call into question his legal strategy, which ultimately led to the Ruby’s first-degree murder conviction and death sentence? What was Joseph Kennedy’s relationship to organized crime? And how was his insistence that JFK appoint RFK as attorney general tantamount to signing the president’s death warrant?
LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK LAUNCH: Reclaiming the Apple: Poems from Afghanistan by Adrienne Amundsen Saturday, January 25th, 2014 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com We have an extra launch event for you this month! Please do not miss this extraordinary celebration. Profits go to support Afghans 4 Tomorrow, a local NGO that supports women’s rights and girls’ education. Poetic, journalistic, a call to transformation, Adrienne Amundsen’s new collection of poetry, Reclaiming the Apple: Poems from Afghanistan, will take you on a journey in which tragedy becomes hope, journey that enlightens and enriches. Her poetry describes a country devastated by war, but people determined and resilient in impossible circumstances. Both Afghans and American soldiers are depicted in this journey into a modern war zone. Adrienne’s poems transport us with their musicality, their sensuality,their mythic span and their political passion. She is mother, lover,“one of the Rock People.” She is Cassandra—the towers of Troy burning behind her—prophesying catastrophe. She is in love with the world she laments. Her poems are full of the energy of growing things—vines, desire, women’s bellies, and furious at endless wars, at “machines parading as men”, at “Gaia’s ruined body.” Hers is a poetry that excites the senses, opens the heart, raises blood pressure. Beginning with song, ending with prayer, we the readers are with her all the way. “Adrienne’s images are fierce and soft, alluring and alarming. They ask nothing and everything from the reader. They
LEFT COAST WRITERS FERRY PLAZA BOOK PARTY: Jester by Grace Marie Grafton Monday, January 13th, 2013 || 6pm Book Passage || San Francisco 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco ||www.bookpassage.com Author Mary Macky says of Grace Marie Grafton’s book, Jester, it “links us to a communal imagination which transcends the conventional limits of both poetry and the fine arts. Jester is more than a collection of poetry. It’s a powerful, lyrical, on-going conversation between the personal and the universal.” The book performs the function of the jester, helping the reader, via humor and irony, to recognize and acknowledge the more disturbing, woeful aspects of human life as well as the beautifully ridiculous.
LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK LAUNCH: Dream Affimals, Affirmations + Animals, Inspiration to Fulfill Your Wildest Dreams by Elaine Bond Saturday, January 11th, 2014 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com What if a puma could spring from the grass and motivate you to ”Get more pounce to the ounce?” Or what if an electric eel could somehow zap you with the mindset to ”Be positive”? Such is the concept behind Dream Affimals–that animals can uplift your spirits, simply by doing what comes naturally. Forty animals share their wisdom in this book, from the snow leopard to the honeybee to the frillfin goby (a small jumping fish). And their affirmations come alive through beautiful illustrations and heartening, well-researched tales of the wild, like the loggerhead sea turtle, which hatches in a cramped pit dug into a Florida beach, then scampers by moonlight into the surf. The sea brings possibilities and the hope of reaching deep water, the Atlantic’s hiding place for tiny reptiles starting life with a journey covering thousands of miles. Intrepid little turtles and all the animals in this book make us feel good about our wildest dreams, as reachable, perhaps, as the nearest ocean. ”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 Dream Affimals is an inspiration and a lesson–from all creatures great and small to all readers young and old.” —Michael Markarian, Chief Program and Policy Officer of The Humane Society of the United States
LEFT COAST WRITERS LITERARY SALON: Phil Cousineau, author, filmmaker and speaker Monday, January 6, 2014 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com You have a treat in store in January. Author, filmmaker and Renaissance man, Phil Cousineau, opens the year for us at our first salon of 2014 with a look at the creative process and how and why writers write. In Burning the Midnight Oil, word-wrangler extraordinaire Phil Cousineau has gathered an eclectic and electric collection of soulful poems and prose from great thinkers throughout the ages. Whether beguiling readers with glorious poetry or consoling them with prayers from fellow restless souls, Cousineau can relieve any insomniac’s unease. From St. John of the Cross to Annie Dillard, Beethoven to “The Song of Songs, ” this refreshingly insightful anthology soothes and inspires all who struggle through the dark of the night. The night writers in Cousineau’s vesperal collection range from saints, poets, and shamans to astronomers and naturalists, and tells of ancient tales and shining passages from the most brilliant (albeit insomniac) writers of today. These poetic ponderances sing of the falling darkness, revel in dream-time, convey the ache of melancholy, conspire against sleeplessness, vanquish loneliness, contemplate the night sky, rhapsodize on
LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK LAUNCH: One American Woman Fifty Italian Men by Lynne Ashdown Saturday, December 14th, 2013 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com When Lynne Ashdown, her new lover, and more than fifty Italian male cyclists departed Italy in June of 1990, no one had yet ventured into the long-closed reaches of Eastern Europe since the falling of the Iron Curtain more than forty years before. They would be cycling almost a thousand miles from Verona, across Northern Italy, Austria, Czechoslovakia, and Poland to Warsaw, in just ten days. Ashdown hadn’t realized she would be the only woman cycling with the fifty-four men. One American Woman Fifty Italian Men tells not only of a sweeping journey of adventure, romantic disaster, and cultural collision, but also of a revelation of Ashdown’s identity, forged by her will in the constant pain of trying to