LEFT COAST WRITERS FERRY PLAZA BOOK PARTY: Works by Jeanne Powell Monday, May 12th, 2014 || 6pm Book Passage || San Francisco 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco ||www.bookpassage.com Join us for an evening of wine, poetry, prose and great chat with talented local writer Jeanne Powell. Carousel is an enticing collection of essays and elegant rants written by an experienced word dancer, who speaks to her audience with intelligence and wit. A lost lady in front of an upscale hotel reminds her of stories by Jean Rhys. Watching how the media covers Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin, she does not mince words. Negotiating public transit requires invoking the presence of Quan Yin. Whether sharing a journey to a poetry salon, or experiencing a stage musical, Jeanne draws you in. “At a time when the confessional mode has banished American poetry to one vast self-mirroring island, the work
LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK LAUNCH: Drone Baloney by John Hewitt Saturday, May 10th, 2014 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com John Hewitt’s newest novel is Drone Baloney, which focuses on ex-pat recluses hiding out in a tumbledown Baja beachfront settlement. They have only one desire: they want to be left alone. And they are—until a mysterious government drone plummets into the desert next to their tumbledown settlement. The high-tech air war that follows lights up the Mexican skies, and the carnage from that battle spills down on Punta Gringa’s vagabonds, scuttling their dreams. Drone Baloney chronicles the efforts of this quirky band that fights against progress they don’t enjoy. Satirical fiction always has been his relaxing escape. John Hewitt’s years as a newspaper reporter, television news producer,
LEFT COAST WRITERS LITERARY SALON: Kristin Elizabeth Clark, author of Freakboy Monday, May 5th, 2014 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com This month’s literary salon speaker will be Kristin Elizabeth Clark, author of Freakboy. She will discuss her writing experience, the creation of Freakboy and the kids/young adult market as a whole. A short synopsis of Freakboy: “From the outside, Brendan Chase seems to have it pretty easy. He’s a star wrestler, a video game aficionado, and a loving boyfriend to his seemingly perfect match, Vanessa. But on the inside, Brendan struggles to understand why his body feels so wrong—why he sometimes fantasizes having long hair, soft skin, and gentle curves. Is there even a name for guys like him? Guys who sometimes want to be girls? Or is Brendan just a freak? In Freakboy‘s razor-sharp verse, Kristin Clark folds three narratives into one powerful story: Brendan trying to understand his sexual identity, Vanessa fighting to keep her and Brendan’s relationship alive, and Angel struggling to confront her demons.” “A sincere, profound rendering of sexuality, queerness, and identity.” —The Horn Book Kristin Elizabeth Clark always knew she wanted to be a writer. She began dabbling in haiku in the third grade – this “experimentation”
LEFT COAST WRITERS FERRY PLAZA BOOK PARTY: Party Reading with Denise Pinhey and Susanna Solomon Monday, April 14th, 2014 || 6pm Book Passage || San Francisco 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco ||www.bookpassage.com Join us on Monday night at the Ferry Plaza for wine and literature as two very funny writers share their stories about unusual characters with very humorous points of view. Denise Pinhey lives with her husband, Michael, in Alamo, California, a horsey, deer infested, country town about 30 miles east of San Francisco. Denise retired 3 years ago from a legal profession. After retiring, Denise began writing humorous short stories. Two of her short stories, “Havarti potatoes” and “Rachel’s Smile” won first place awards from Midlife Collage. Aside from writing, Denise also enjoys cartooning, travel, and dancing like there’s nobody watching. Susanna Solomon has been a resident of Marin County for many decades. During the day she is an electrical engineer and designs electrical systems for buildings such as Cowgirl Creamery, Novato Hospital, Marin County Veteran’s Auditorium and many, many more. She’s been an engineer for 25 years, and graduated from San Francisco State University in 1987.