LEFT COAST WRITERS FERRY PLAZA BOOK PARTY: Ivan Light, Author of Deadly Secret of the Lusitania Monday, January 11th, 2016 || 6pm Book Passage || San Francisco 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco ||www.bookpassage.com In 1915, a German U-Boat sank the British passenger liner Lusitania. Many Americans, including women and children, were among the 1,200 dead, so the crime caused a storm of protest in America, and helped plunge the U.S. into World War I. In this gripping novel, an insurance investigator and his fiancée help a murdered longshoreman s widow who’s been unjustly denied her husband s life insurance. Finding themselves in possession of documents detailing the Lusitania s secret cargo, the couple are targeted by German and British spies, Irish republicans, a rogue socialist, and the newly-formed FBI, all wanting to use the suppressed material for their own purposes. Ivan Light is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles. The author of seven books, he received the Distinguished Career Award from the International Migration Section of the American Sociological Association in 2000 in recognition of his pioneering publications dealing with immigrant and ethnic minority entrepreneurship. His Deflecting Immigration received the American
LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK LAUNCH: Window of Exposure, with author Roccie Hill Saturday, January 9th, 2016 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com Roccie Hill’s new book Window of Exposure is full of excitement and intrigue. When terrorists capture an American CEO in France, former F-16 pilot Kate Cardenas leads the Defense Intelligence Agency team in a covert operation to rescue the businessman before it’s too late. Roccie Hill is the American author of the novel Three Minutes on Love, published in 2008. She received her master’s degree in creative writing from San Francisco State University, where she served as a teaching assistant for Michael Krasny of NPR, and where she regularly had her work appear in the literary quarterly, Transfer. She also received her bachelor’s degree in philosophy from UCLA, and worked with Cesar Chavez in the United Farm Workers union. In 1980 Hill moved to Paris. There, she worked as a creative writing teacher at the Paris Women’s Institute for Continuing Education and also as the marketing manager for the French Statue of Liberty celebrations. She worked directly for Ambassador Francois de Laboulaye, the former
LEFT COAST WRITERS LITERARY SALON: Rita Lakin, The Only Woman in the Room Monday, January 4th, 2016 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com Writers, if you are thinking about taking your writing from the page to the screen at some point, you might want to take advantage of the opportunity to spend an evening with notable staff writer, producer and show biz professional, Rita Lakin. Rita Lakin was a pioneer, a female script writer in the early 1960s when Hollywood Television was exclusively male. For years, in creative meetings she was literally the only woman in the room. In this breezy but heartfelt remembrance, Lakin exposes us to a long-forgotten time when women were not considered worthy or welcome at the creative table. Widowed with three young children, she talked herself into a secretarial job at Universal Studios in 1962, despite being unable to type or take dictation. But with guts, skill and humor she rose from secretary to free-lancer, to staff writer, to producer, to executive producer and show-runner, meeting hundreds of famous and infamous show biz legends along the way during her long and unexpected career. She introduced many women into the business and was a feminist before she even knew she was a feminist. Unknown to the general public, she reached an audience of millions week after week, year after year.
Left Coast Writers Poetry: Nancy Reuscher, Author of Minstrel Songs Kawika’s Ocean Beach Deli 734 La Playa St, San Francisco, CA 94121 Sunday, January 3rd 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 January is Nancy Reuscher. Nancy Reuscher spent twenty years as a Master Teacher in Connecticut and then many years as partner in a high-tech public relations firm in the Bay Area. She is a graduate of The University of Michigan and Yale University. Her first love is travel and she has lived in England, Switzerland and Greece. Writing has always been a passion. She has written two novels and had her poetry selected by various writer’s groups including The Dublin Writers Workshop and LCW. Selections today will be from her chapbook, Minstrel Songs. About Kawika’s Deli: David Nottage and his wife Joanne Pappas Nottage bought this San Francisco business a year and a half ago and transformed a take-out deli into a friendly community hub where friends and neighbors can enjoy great food with affordable, quality wine/beer and connect around music, poetry, sports, comedy, and issues integral to local concerns. Kawika’s has free wi-fi and delicious deli delights. Signature menu items include: fresh baked sourdough rolls, homemade Gluten Free bread, in-house, fresh roasted, rotisserie Angus roast beef, turkey and leg of lamb, fresh baked Salmon, Greek lamb gyros with authentic tzatziki sauce,