LEFT COAST WRITERS FERRY PLAZA BOOK PARTY: More Point Reyes Sheriff’s Calls by Susanna Solomon Monday, June 12th, 2017 || 6pm Book Passage || San Francisco 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco ||www.bookpassage.com When Susanna Solomon read her first short story about the day nothing happened in West Marin, called “Sheriff’s Calls”, to a packed house at Pints ‘N Prose in Fairfax, California, the house exploded with laughter. Now, onto something, she used the sheriff’s calls entries in the “Point Reyes Light” as inspiration for more. Susanna asks, “How can I run out of material with the intriguing people of West Marin, California as my inspiration?” Her collection of short stories, entitled “Point Reyes Sheriff’s Calls”, has been published December 2013 by HD Media Press. Her success with short story writing came as a complete surprise after over twenty-five years of struggling with
LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK LAUNCH: Surviving the Storm: A Workbook for Telling Your Cancer Story by Cheryl Krauter Saturday, June 10th, 2017 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com Surviving the Storm presents a humanistic psychological perspective on how to support cancer survivors by offering an individualized narrative structure designed to help them tell their stories. This is a book for people who need to tell the story of how they’ve been touched by cancer. It doesn’t tell what to eat, or how much to exercise, or what to think and feel. Instead, it introduces a contemplative perspective and gives readers a pragmatic structure to help them tell their unique story of surviving or living with cancer. It helps them discover their authentic voice, giving them a way to speak in their own words. Workbook sections are the core of this book and offer a narrative structure created for patients, partners, families, and friends with an emphasis on the different needs and questions of each group. … Included are definitions of the different phases of cancer survivorship, material that gives survivors a viewpoint that normalizes the challenges they face, and current research and literature. Personal stories of cancer survivors are highlighted, and poetry and writings related to cancer are interspersed throughout the book to
Left Coast Writers Poetry: David Hathwell, Author of Muses Kawika’s Ocean Beach Deli 734 La Playa St, San Francisco, CA 94121 Sunday, June 4th from 5pm-7:15pm Join a featured LCW poet (this time it’s a musician) 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 June is David Hathwell. David Hathwell‘s poems have appeared in more than a dozen literary magazines, national and international, including Tampa Review, The MacGuffin, Measure, and the online journals Cider Press Review, Driftwood Press, and Angle. A former English teacher, he has degrees in English from Stanford University and Columbia University, as well as an advanced degree in music theory from Queens College of the City University of New York. He is now a piano student at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and a bass in the Lesbian/Gay Chorus of San Francisco. (“My musical training, as much as any other influence, has shaped the character of my poetry.”) He lives in San Francisco with Stephen Goldston, his partner of forty years and husband of seven. Muses is his debut collection.
LEFT COAST WRITERS LITERARY SALON: Robert Pimm, President of California Lawyers for The Arts Monday, June 5, 2017 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com Questions about legal literary issues? We’ve hear you asking. Well, this is it: your opportunity to find out just what you can and can’t do in your memoir and other forms of literary non-fiction and fiction. Join us for what we know will be an enlightening and informative talk on your rights and responsibilities as an author, as well as plenty of time to ask questions. Robert Pimm is a lawyer and Chief Learning Officer and Director of Legal Services for California Lawyers for the Arts. He manages CLA’s State Bar Certified Lawyer Referral Service, CLA’s Modest Means Incubator Program, CLA’s Clinical and Educational Programs, as well as other duties. CLA provides lawyer referrals, dispute resolution services, educational programs, publications and a resource library to creative artists of all disciplines.
On Sunday, May 21st from 12-2pm, join Left Coast Writers® Live on FCCFREE RADIO’s popular show, Lilycat on Stuff. Lilycat’s guest on Sunday will be Marilyn Skinner Lanier. Marilyn Skinner Lanier grew up on her grandparents’ ranch in southeastern Oregon, serious cattle country and home to Basque sheepherders, until spring 1954 when her parents moved to an even bigger cattle ranch in northwest Wyoming, the setting for her debut novel, Hardpan, published by Westerly Directions Press in 2015. Two short stories, “The Drop-off” and “The Invisible Delivery Man,” were published in the 2016 Redwood Writers Anthology. The author has an MA in English from CSU-East Bay, and has taken online creative writing courses thru UCLA Extension. She participated in the 2014 Napa Valley Writers’ Conference and is an active member of Redwood Writers, a large branch of the California Writers Club, and the Left Coast Writers. Set in the mid-1950s in rural Wyoming, Hardpan tells the journey of a young ranch family grappling with the fierce forces of nature and the changing American West after World War II.
LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK LAUNCH: Filling Her Shoes: A Love Story of an Inherited Family by Betsy Graziani Fasbinder Saturday, May 13th, 2017 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com On the day that she decided to marry a widower―also a long-time friend―Betsy Graziani Fasbinder knew that she wasn’t only gaining a husband, she was inheriting a son. Unlike many stepmothers, Betsy didn’t have to struggle with an ex, or court battles, or the weekend shuffle between houses―but she did have to navigate living in the shadow of a young mother taken too soon, to honor the memory of her son’s first mother, and to become the kind of parent and partner she herself wanted to be. Over time this family would learn how love’s roots were formed in their shared losses, and how the new family love and joy they created together would become the richest kind of inheritance. Betsy Graziani Fasbinder became a second wife when she married a widower with a young son. Their family
LEFT COAST WRITERS FERRY PLAZA BOOK PARTY: Hardpan by Marilyn Skinner Lanier Monday, May 8th, 2017 || 6pm Book Passage || San Francisco 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco ||www.bookpassage.com Set in the mid-1950s in rural Wyoming, Hardpan tells the journey of a young ranch family grappling with the fierce forces of nature and the changing American West after World War II. The author grew up on her grandparents’ ranch in Jordan Valley, Oregon, serious cattle country and home to Basque sheepherders, until spring 1954 when her family moved to an even bigger cattle ranch in Clark, Wyoming. Therein lies the setting and stimulus for Lanier’s first novel, Hardpan. Returning from the war to manage the family ranch in eastern Oregon, Kurt Glover confronts familial challenges to his new role. Yet, Kurt’s decision to relocate his family to a remote cattle ranch in Wyoming introduces risks to his young family that he never imagined. It is a tale of external forces tearing at the ranching roots of a family, recounted from the points-of-view of the father, Kurt, and his older daughter, Linda. With the disintegration of the life they have known together, while
Hawaii Book & Music Festival: May 6-7, 2017 The Mokulē‘ia Writers Retreat: May 7-12, 2017 Join me this month for two terrific events for writers events in Hawaii. The Mokulē‘ia Writers Retreat is an annual gathering that brings three dozen writers of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, essays, and memoir to the North Shore of O‘ahu for a week of intimate workshops and coaching. The retreat is high-level and professional — but also low-key and tuned in to the beauty of the surroundings. It fosters an exchange in two directions — between islanders and mainlanders, published writers and budding writers, Native Hawaiian artistry and mainland publishing. With the Waianae Mountains as a backdrop and the open ocean in front, participants break bread with colleagues, gather in daily workshops, salute the morning sun in yoga, write privately in the shade of ironwood trees, and wander along the beach. They even dance some hula. The theme, nā wahi ho‘oulu, acknowledges that a sacred spot like this will inspire the assembled to explore other places — whether in the heart, in memory, or in the moment.