On Sunday, April 30th from 12-2pm, join Left Coast Writers® Live on FCCFREE RADIO’s popular show, Lilycat on Stuff. Lilycat’s guest on Sunday will be Lisa Faulkner. Lisa Faulkner (also known as the Pole Dancing Professor) is a public health expert who mentors women to quiet their busy minds and increase presence through dance, play, sensuality and nature connection. She’s longed to live in a world filled with vibrant individuals since writing her first research paper on biofeedback in junior high school. Lisa studied psychobiology in college at the University of Pennsylvania and spent twenty years in academia researching and teaching determinants of health with a Ph.D. from UC Berkeley. However, it wasn’t until discovering sensual dance that she found the secret to radiant health.
LEFT COAST WRITERS FERRY PLAZA BOOK PARTY: Exposed by Carol Sheldon Monday, April 10th, 2017 || 6pm Book Passage || San Francisco 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco ||www.bookpassage.com Exposed, as the title implies, is an open, honest and revealing account of my feelings, experiences and musings in the form of poetry. Containing themes of relationships, love, nature, loss and aging, it is my hope that readers will be able to identify with many pieces in this collection. Carol Sheldon has published two books of poetry before her newest Exposed; She teaches Poetry, the Novel, and Memoir in her home, her church, Osher’s Lifelong Learning Institute and for the Marin Writers’ Center. Her poems are in Robert Bly’s Great Mother Conference Anthology, Hot Flashes and Marin
LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK LAUNCH: Red Fire: Growing Up During The Chinese Cultural Revolution by Wei Yang Chao Saturday, April 8th, 2017 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com In August 1966, a 14-year-old boy in Beijing is thrust into violence and chaos as the Cultural Revolution begins to blaze across China. Fifty years later, Red Fire, Growing Up During the Chinese Cultural Revolution, offers the first intimate account from someone who lived through these events and survived. What was the Cultural Revolution like as seen through the eyes of a child? How do people surrender themselves to ideological frenzy? How does one break free? Wei Yang Chao tells a riveting story: how rebels attacked and publicly humiliated his family, upended his education, and sent him out into a country rendered unrecognizable by violence and radical ideology. At heart a gentle boy, when he is swept up by the Red Guards he finds himself at the center of a bloody revolution. The unflinchingly observant narrator of Red Fire reveals his families’ struggles in an increasingly isolated and hostile culture. Sent to boarding school in Beijing, young Wei Yang finds that beyond the gates enclosing that peculiar, closed world, conflict roils Chinese society. After mass rallies at Tiananmen Square, he witnesses attacks on teachers and professors, and the disintegration of his parents’ lives as tolerance and freedom begin to crumble and he himself is cast into exile. Red Fire chronicles
LEFT COAST WRITERS LITERARY SALON: Lara Perkins, Associate Agent at Andrea Brown Literary Agency Monday, April 3rd, 2017 || 7pm Book Passage || Corte Madera 51 Tamal Vista Drive, Corte Madera ||www.bookpassage.com Lara represents authors and illustrators of picture books, middle grade, and YA fiction. She has been with Andrea Brown since 2010 and is also the agency’s Digital Manager. In picture books, Lara is actively seeking picture book author/illustrators who bring distinct perspectives to their work, particularly if that perspective has been underrepresented in children’s literature. She is drawn to bold and colorful art, a playful use of texture and media, and kid-appealing humor or heart. In middle grade, Lara is drawn to fresh, unexpected fantasy and light fantasy, clever mysteries, and vivid contemporary realistic fiction, all with a strong sense of place and exceptional character development. Character-driven humor always catches her eye, and she loves friendship stories (especially friendship “break up” stories), multicultural family stories, and non-traditional family structures.
Left Coast Writers Poetry: Aleta George, Author of Ina Coolbrith: The Bittersweet Song of California’s First Poet Laureate Kawika’s Ocean Beach Deli 734 La Playa St, San Francisco, CA 94121 Sunday, April 2nd 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 April is Aleta George. She’ll be sharing the work of Ina Coolbrith, California’s First Poet Laureate Aleta George is the author of the award-winning biography, Ina Coolbrith: The Bittersweet Song of California’s First Poet Laureate. She has written for Smithsonian, High Country News, the Los Angeles Times, and the San Francisco Chronicle. She is currently the open space reporter for the Bay Area Monitor, a publication of the League of Women Voters. She will be reading some of Ina Coolbrith’s poetry for this event.