LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK LAUNCH: Writer Michael Shapiro and photographer Kraig Lieb with their new book Guatemala: A Journey Through the Land of the Maya. Saturday, November 8 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera || 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com “This hauntingly beautiful book has brilliantly captured the current-day life and culture of the Maya in Guatemala. Michael Shapiro’s text and Kraig Lieb’s photos will cement their reputations as among our leading travel writers and photographers.” —Arthur Frommer, founder, Frommer’s Guides Michael Shapiro and Kraig Lieb, a photographer for Lonely Planet, will show slides illuminating the land, traditions and celebrations of the Maya in Guatemala. Shapiro, who wrote the text for this pictorial book, will address questions about traveling to Guatemala and the best places to see there. ABOUT MICHAEL SHAPIRO: Michael Shapiro, a writer whose work has appeared in National Geographic Traveler, first visited Guatemala in 1989. During six journeys to Guatemala over the past two decades, Shapiro has developed a deep affection for the land and its effervescent Mayan people. Shapiro’s 2004 book, A Sense of Place: Great Travel Writers Talk About Their Craft, Lives, and Inspiration includes interviews with Bill Bryson, Frances Mayes, Paul Theroux, and Pico lyer. His essay, “The Longest Day,” was selected for The Best Travel Writing 2005.
LEFT COAST WRITERS® BOOK LAUNCH: Poet BECKY FOUST and “Dark CARD” (Texas A & M University Press Consortium, 2008), her award-winning chapbook. Saturday, September 13 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera || 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com “These poems will break and heal your heart, their rage, hope, insight and love carried by a poetic power as targeted as a bullet-train! ” Barry Spacks, First Poet Laureate of Santa Barbara and Commonwealth Club of California Poetry Medalist Becky Foust has hit the ground running launching her new book of poetry, “Dark Card,” which is about raising a son with Asperger’s Syndrome, the mild form of autism featured in “Rain Man.” (It’s already sold 1000 copies since June!). “Dark Card” won the 2007 Robert Phillips Poetry Chapbook Prize, and its title poem was nominated for a 2008 Pushcart Prize. And there’s more good news for Rebecca Foust. She just learned that her second chapbook, ‘Allegheny Mountain Bowl,” which just won the 2008 Robert Phillips Prize, will be released in 2009! Congratulations, Rebecca! ABOUT REBECCA FOUST Rebecca Foust was born and raised in Altoona, formerly one of the country’s great railroad towns, located in the Allegheny Mountains in western Pennsylvania. Her teen years were spent in nearby Hollidaysburg, a tiny town surrounded by farmlands and forests interrupted by the quarries and strip mining pits from an earlier time. Foust attended Smith College and Stanford Law School on scholarships and practiced law for ten years and now lives with her husband and three teenagers in Northern California.
Bob Tripp and his new novel, Last Clear Chance Saturday, August 9, 2008 || 7pm Book Passage – Corte Madera || Tamal Vista Dr., Corte Madera www.bookpassage.com Join aeronautical engineer, test pilot and author, Bob Tripp, for the launch of his suspenseful new novel, “Last Clear Chance” – a tale about airplane disaster and recovery. Tripp is the perfect person to write this novel. He began flying at the age of 16, graduated with a degree in aeronautical engineering, spent 30 years as a pilot for Western Airlines and Delta, and has more than 25,000 hours flying and testing a wide range of aircrafts from experimental and home-built, to Lear Jets, Boeing 747’s and DC-10’s. Tripp has been published in a variety of magazines including “Airways,” “Road and Track,” “Science Digest” and “American Heritage.” His short story is the lead for “Hawaii’s Best Spooky Stories,” and he’s written the cover articles for “Invention & Technology and “Flying.” NEXT UP AT THE SECOND SATURDAY BOOK LAUNCH: Becky Foust, and her award-winning chapbook, “Dark Card” (Texas Review Press, 2008). “Dark Card,” a book of poetry about raising a son with Aspberger’s Syndrome, won the 2007 Robert Phillips Poetry Chapbook Prize. www.rebeccafoust.com
Monday, August 4, 2008 || 7pm || Rita Lakin, screenwriter and author of “Getting Old is the Best Revenge” Book Passage – Corte Madera 51 Tamal Vista Dr., Corte Madera || More writing is being done for the screen than ever before. Would you like to get a successful professional’s tips and advice about the ins and outs of that market? If so, be sure to come to our Left Coast Writers Literary Salon on Monday, August 4, 2008, at 7pm in the Gallery at Book Passage in Corte Madera for a dynamic presentation by author/screenwriter RITA LAKIN! Rita Lakin is a highly successful mystery novelist and an established television writer-producer and playwright. Her comedy mystery series revolves around an eccentric group of old ladies who become the oldest living private eyes in Florida. They include: “Getting Old is Murder,” “Getting Old is the Best Revenge,” “Getting Old is Criminal” and “Getting Old is to Die For.” Rita’s television credits include: Executive Producer of “Executive Suite,” creator and show-runner/ producer of “Flamingo Road” and “Nightingales.” She also created “The Rookies.” She wrote many MOW’S (Movies of the Week) including “Death Takes a Holiday,” “Summer Without Boys,” “Message to my Daughter” and “A Sensitive Passionate Man.” Her mini-series includes “Strong Medicine” and “Voice of the Heart.” Her two theatrical plays, “No Language but a Cry” and the musical “Saturday Night at Grossinger’s” (co-written) are still being produced. Her numerous awards include: WGA, EMMY, MWA (Mystery Writers of America) Edgar Allen Poe award adn teh prestigious Avery Hopwood Award from the University of Michigan. Lakin has just finished writing the fifth in her mystery series: “Getting Old is a Disaster.”
APRIL 14 5:30pm LEFT COAST WRITERS® READING SERIES at the FERRY PLAZA TOPIC: PURE POETRY READERS: BECKY FOUST, GAIL FLYNN and ELAINE BOND Monday, April 14, 2008 5:30pm || Book Passage-Ferry Plaza || One Ferry Plaza #46, San Francisco For Info: See Book Passage or mailto: email@example.com Our Poetry Reading Series are one of our most popular events. Come listen to award-winning poet, Becky Foust, as she reads pieces from her new book of poetry, “Dark Card” (due out in May, 2008 by Texas Review Press) on raising a son with Asperger’s Syndrome, along with Gail Flynn and Elaine Bond. Becky Foust is an award-winning, published poet whose work will be featured in Poetry Magazine this fall. The Clackamas Literary Review has just accepted seven of Becky’s poems, and others are out in current issues of Margie, Nimrod, Atlanta Review, Caesura, Dos Passos Review, JAMA, Marin Poetry Center Anthology, North American Review, Taproot Literary Review, Wordgathering.com and others. Click here to visit her website at www.rebeccafoust.com to learn more about Becky’s work and upcoming events. – Elaine Bond is an award-winning artist and scientist who won an award for her University of California program where she took 3,000 teens who were at-risk for dropping out of high school and showed them how to use the scientific method outdoors. Many of these kids have pursued higher education. Elaine also writes songs, sings and plays a mean guitar as Dusty Miller. This reading series by our LEFT COAST WRITERS® always provides us with such a treat, whether it is our poets sharing their truth-filled pieces, writers making us laugh or cry or pause with deep reflection as they read their short stories, memoirs or erotica-filled prose. Come listen to our April readers and then join us for networking at a nearby watering hole. While you’re there, check out what’s new at Book Passage, buy a book, or sign up a friend for our Salons.
Wendy Merrill’s March/April column, “How Chasing Mr. Wrong Led to Mr. Write,” is still front and center at Roadwork on the Left Coast Writers site – http://www.leftcoastwriters.com/category/road-work/ – but you’ve already read it, right? Now, if you haven’t submitted something to Roadwork yet yourself, what are you waiting for? Contact Pat to submit your story or to pitch an idea. Roadwork@Leftcoastwriters.com.Are you ready for Roadwork? Roadwork is the LeftCoastWriters.com on-line column about travel, writing and the writer’s life. All members of Left Coast Writers are welcome to submit an essay of 800 to 1000 words to editor Pat Bracewell at Roadwork@Leftcoastwriters.com for on-line publication. A new Roadwork column is posted on our website every other month.
Wendy Tokunaga, wowed us at our LCW Literary Salon with her powerful and witty story of beating the odds and realizing her dream with the publication of Midori by Moonlight (St. Martin’s Griffin, September, 2007). Now, she’s hit Japan with a great interview and review in “The Japan Times,” “Midori by Moonlight” sure to raise a smile. Click here to read the article…and congratulations, Wendy!
Christine Krieg, our LCW photographer, has just uploaded the photos from that great Salon with Jane Juska. Click here to view (and order prints) of these photos and others from previous LCW events. By the way, Christine takes excellent portraits for your author photos and does wedding photography.
Take a look at Wendy Merrill’s excellent website for her new book, “Falling Into Manholes” (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, March, 2008). It’s informative, fun and witty, written in the style of the book, and it’s filled with great news and feedback from the likes of Anne Lamott. And while you’re at it, come to Book Passage event (Corte Madera) on March 29th at 7pm.
Saturday, April 7, 7PM Book Passage || 51 Tamal Vista Dr. || Corte Madera, CA For Info: Book Passage From MICHAEL SHAPIRO: I’m coordinating a benefit with Prosper Ndabishuriye to rebuild homes in Burundi. Prosper is a director of a home-building project in Burundi’s Camara area, bringing together Hutu and Tutsi youth to construct homes for some of the country s thousands of refugees. During the 1990s, Burundi was devastated by civil wars similar to those in Rwanda, but Prosper’s group is building homes and giving employment to young men and women. This is a FREE event and will include a 10-minute video presentation about the project. Prosper has a wonderfully ebullient presence and this will be a thoroughly enjoyable evening, as Bay area writers and their friends join to support this project. All are welcome. Those who attend will be asked to donate to Prosper’s non-profit organization, which is sponsored in the US by the Heritage Institute. The project has built 457 homes so far and seeks to build another 100 by the end of the year. Donating is optional — we can build a home for every $900 we raise. The San Francisco Chronicle wrote about Prosper’s efforts in 2005; for the story, please see: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2005/02/27/TRGBJBFVRG1.DTL If you can’t make the event but would still like to donate, click here.