The Plot Thickens Workshop with Linda Watanabe McFerrin Saturday, October 10th, 2015, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM Location: Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Boulevard, Corte Madera, CA 94925 $120 Register here Aristotle called plot “the most important element of storytelling.” But to plot properly, you must have a plan, and the plan must give rise to emotion. Does the plot always seem to elude you? Spend a day planning and plotting and find out what you’re missing. Bring your flat-lining fiction and nonfiction and fix it. Poet, travel writer, and novelist Linda Watanabe McFerrin (www.lwmcferrin.com) is a contributor to numerous newspapers, magazines and anthologies. She is the author of two poetry collections, past editor of a popular Northern California guidebook and a winner of the Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction. Her novel, Namako: Sea Cucumber, was named Best Book for the Teen-Age by the New York Public Library. In addition to authoring an award-winning short story collection, The Hand of Buddha, she has co-edited several anthologies, including the Hot Flashes: sexy little stories & poems series. Her latest novel, Dead Love (Stone Bridge Press, 2009), was short-listed as
On Sunday, September 20th from 12-2pm, join Left Coast Writers® Live on FCCFREE RADIO’s popular show, Lilycat on Stuff. Lilycat’s guest on Sunday will be Joel Eis, Author of The Function of the Ekkyklema in Greek Theatre, The Sculptural Display of Murdered Victims and the Success of Greek Tragedy for the State The Function of the Ekkyklema in Greek Theatre, The Sculptural Display of Murdered Victims and the Success of Greek Tragedy for the State, (Edwin Mellen Press, 2014) was awarded the Adelle Mellen prize for outstanding contribution to scholarship upon its release, and received a special forward from Sir John Boardman, greatest living scholar on Greek vases and theatre, Emeritus at Oxford and former curator of the Ashmolean Museum. Professor Joel D. Eis, MFA has been writing plays, poetry short stories, articles, and essays since the 1970s. A good portion of his work has seen print publication or staged reading/production. He has published three full length books; a book on the performance of the first play in English in the New World,(Edwin Mellen Press) a text on stagecraft for high schools (Centerline Productions) and his current book on Greek theatre published by Edwin Mellen Press. It has already received the Adele Mellen award for outstanding academic contribution, 2015. The ongoing spot on Lilycat on Stuff is scheduled for the third Sunday of every month. Left Coast Writers® are invited to participate in the programming. Listeners are invited to call in and share their opinions. FCCFREE RADIO is home to over 50 + original programs each week that produce more that 1,000,000 listeners per month (yes, you read that correctly 1,000,000 + listeners) of LIVE hosted content. that comes out of the plush studios in the SOMA District of San Francisco. FFR talk shows cover everything from sex, politics, sports, and
LEFT COAST WRITERS FERRY PLAZA BOOK PARTY: Bill Palmini, Author of A Rookie Cop vs. the West Coast Mafia: Breaking Up the “Best in the West” Gang Monday, September 14th, 2015 || 6pm Book Passage || San Francisco 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco ||www.bookpassage.com He’s back and once again flipping back the tarp on local crime! We are so jazzed to be celebrating true crime writer and Bay Area ex-detective Bill Palmini’s latest book. In this gripping, true crime exposé, Palmini, a rookie detective, hopes to take down the West Coast Mafia by gaining the confidence of notorious mob operative William Floyd Ettleman. Set against a backdrop of social turmoil, A Rookie Cop vs. The West Coast Mafia immerses readers in the subculture of free love, drugs, robbery and murder, orchestrated by organized crime in locations like the coastal enclave of Sausalito, California. Artists, writers, musicians, actors and hippies took refuge there. The Trident Restaurant was once a drug Mecca for Hollywood, the music industry and the New York hip. It was co-owned by the Kingston Trio and their manager, Frank Werber, a self-proclaimed drug priest. Robin Williams worked as a busboy there, the Rolling Stones were regulars and Janis Joplin had her own table. Sally Stanford, the former San Francisco Madam who later became Sausalito’s mayor, was a confidant of the famous and infamous. Ettleman’s gang of safecrackers targets the Trident. Other mobsters like San Diego’s Frank “The Bomp” Bompensiero, on whom Sopranoscharacter “Big Pussy” is thought to have been based, become involved. Palmini, utilizing Ettleman, joins the FBI and the Federal Strike Force on Organized Crime to penetrate the crime scene in Sausalito, loaded dice scams in Las Vegas and Reno, corruption in San Diego and stolen credit cards circulating as far away as Texas. Then he begins to break up one of the most notorious gangs on the West Coast.
LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK LAUNCH: Rebecca Foust, Author of Paradise Drive Saturday, September 12th, 2015 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com Readers, writers, poets and lovers of poetry, we know you’ll enjoy this evening with one of our favorite Left Coast Writers poets. In Rebecca Foust’s splendid book-length sonnet sequence, Paradise Drive, we come upon a Pilgrim contemplating the deadly sins while hiding out in the bathrooms at some of Marin County, California’s swankiest parties. As the Pilgrim swaggers into an idiosyncratic, believable, frail spirituality, her unmediated, un-medicated new life emerges. The sonnets of this new life are jagged, fresh, and formed in only the way a stunningly skilled poet can craft them. Foust drives her Keatsian sensibility straight into the 21st Century of terrorism and autism, divorce and yoga, soldiers and syringes, booze and valet parking, determined to prove that truth makes beauty. Not only is Paradise Drive a magnificent achievement, it’s a deep comfort as well. —Molly Peacock, author of The Second Blush: Poems Rebecca Foust was the 2014 Dartmouth Poet in Residence and is the recipient of fellowships from the Frost Place and theMacDowell Colony. Her fifth book, Paradise Drive
LEFT COAST WRITERS LITERARY SALON: Robbie Scott, Author of The Queen’s Sceptre and engineer at Bandcamp.com, working on audiobooks Tuesday, September 8th, 2015 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com On Tuesday eve—not Monday eve, due to the holiday weekend—Robbie Scott will talk about the trials and tribulations of taking a self-published book to audio. He’ll cover such topics as recording your own audio, the benefits of working with a professional narrator, and navigating legal and financial issues like contracts and revenue sharing. He’ll touch on the rise of audiobooks in general, the current players, like audible and iTunes, the self-publishing market, and the plans of independents like Bandcamp. Audiobooks, with a market growth ranging between 6% to almost 50% from year to year, depending who you talk to, are one of the bright spots in book publishing. How will that pan out for the self-publishing crowd? Robbie Scott is the author of the well-received Mystery of Rascal Pratt, an historical fiction for middle grade readers, set in the Marin Headlands, which has made its way onto summer reading lists and into classrooms across the states. He finished his second novel, The Queen’s Sceptre, for that same audience early this year and has been working with narrator David Marcus Gibson this spring and summer, preparing its audio version. He is also a software engineer at Bandcamp, the San Francisco-based music and audio distribution platform, the artist-centric service favored by independent musicians
Left Coast Writers Poetry: Morris Taylor, Author of Nine Lives of Morris: Great Tales from One Cool Cat Kawika’s Ocean Beach Deli 734 La Playa St, San Francisco, CA 94121 Sunday, September 6th from 5pm-7:15pm Join a featured LCW poet at the First Sunday of the Month Happy Hour Poetry series at Kawika’s Ocean Beach Deli. Our featured poet’s reading is followed by an open mic for other poets to share original work, or even just to read favorite poems aloud. Happy Hour starts at 5pm, and after our featured poet reads for 30 minutes, open mic (three minutes per poet) goes until 7:15 pm. Celebrate creativity and poets while supporting a local, community-oriented, and family owned business! Enjoy $1 off your sandwich with the purchase of a glass of wine or bubbly! Up in September is Morris Taylor, Author of Nine Lives of Morris: Great Tales from One Cool Cat. Morris Taylor is a contemporary version of the Renaissance man. Throughout his fourscore and more years he has displayed a keen interest and considerable skill in the arts, religion, family, and the leather lifestyle. As a musician, he has traveled the world giving classical piano concerts, master classes and lectures. His writing achievements range from scholarly papers in musicology to poetry. For four decades Doctor Taylor was on the faculty of Christian universities. He retired as Professor Emeritus of Music. In the capacity of his missionary credential, he has taught Bible classes for youth and adults and raised up a Seventh-day Adventist church in Appalachia. For many years he and his wife Elaine, with whom he had four children, toured as a duo-piano team. In his sixties Morris has acted upon his inherent homosexuality. In his retirement years, he has become a watercolor artist. His twenty-five one-person shows range from San Francisco’s Grace Episcopal Cathedral to the Center for Sex and Culture. On May 21, 2015, he exhibited his erotic watercolors at Chicago’s Leather Archives
David Shields, Author of That Thing You Do With Your Mouth, in conversation with Linda Watanabe McFerrin Thursday, August 20th, 2015 || 6pm Book Passage || San Francisco 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco ||www.bookpassage.com In That Thing You Do With Your Mouth:The Sexual Autobiography of Samantha Matthews as told to David Shields, actress and voice-over artist Samantha Matthews offers, in the form of an extended monologue to David Shields, a vivid investigation of her startling sexual history. From her abuse at the hands of a family member to her present day life in Barcelona, Matthews reveals herself to be a darkly funny and contemporary woman with a keen awareness of how her body has been hijacked and the influence of her early trauma. Her story is a study of her uneasy relationships with female desire, her tormentors, and her lovers with whom she has sought out both the infliction and receipt of harm. This book is an attempt to break down barriers both sexual and emotional. For Matthews and Shields, the only response to the unspeakable is to speak, to do that thing you do with your mouth, as directly and honestly as possible. Their provocative performance refuses neat resolution or emotional pornography and will have