Saturday, August 5th, 2017 || 11am Novato Public Library || Novato 1720 Novato Blvd, Novato CA 94947 In many ways, Andalusia, situated as it is, at the southern boundary of the Iberian Peninsula, is a crossroads, a caravansary where settlers from northern Europe, Africa, the Mediterranean and the Middle East have left their mark. Our writers went from Córdoba to Málaga, from Granada and its Alhambra to Cadíz to bring back stories of cities, rivers, coasts, plains, food, spirit and passion. All embarked upon new roads of discovery, and all were well rewarded in their investigations. These, after all, are the landscapes that inspired Cervantes, Lorca, Machado, Navarro, Unamuno, Hemingway, Conrad and Menocal. In the words of poet and rock idol, Jim Morrison, “Andalusia with fields ripe with grain, I want to see you again and again.” “Wandering in Andalusia’s enchanting collection of travel tales illuminates the region’s history, traditions, and myriad attractions. It’s the perfect companion for your next visit to Spain.” — Christi Phillips, Author of The Rosetti Letter and The Devlin Diary “To change ourselves, we must give ourselves away. The glass we hold cannot be filled until it is first emptied. In Andalusia, we yield ourselves to an irresistible and cumulative beauty, just as we do in love. And the life we then can lead, with reborn and unbound hopes, follows a trajectory of dedication and understanding. — Steven Nightingale, Author of Granada: A Pomegranate in the Hand of God and The Hot Climate of Promises and Grace
Left Coast Writers Poetry: Jeanne Powell, Author of My Own Silence and Carousel, among other books Kawika’s Ocean Beach Deli 734 La Playa St, San Francisco, CA 94121 Sunday, July 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 October is Jeanne Powell, Author of My Own Silence. Jeanne Powell has earned degrees from WSU in Detroit and USF in San Francisco. She writes prose poems, flash fiction and short stage plays. Her books in print are Word Dancing, My Own Silence, and Carousel (essays). Her new chapbook is entitled Two Seasons. For ten years Jeanne hosted an acclaimed spoken word series, “Celebration of the Word,” in the City. She is the inspiration behind Meridien PressWorks™ which has published 20 authors since 1996. Jeanne reviews films for an online site, and lately has taken up photography.
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.
LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK LAUNCH: Rebecca Foust, Marin Poet Laureate Monday, May 1 2017 || 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 and Marin County’s newest Poet Laureate. Please join us for a celebration of Becky’s work and accomplishments and a look at what is happening in the Bay Area poetry scene. Rebecca Foust grew up Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania, a small town surrounded by farmlands and forests, quarries and strip mines. After earning a BA in English, she moved to northern California in 1979 to attend Stanford Law School. The year she turned 50, a class offered by a local bookstore inspired her to pick up the writing she had put aside for thirty years. She went back to school, earning an MFA in poetry from Warren Wilson in January 2010.
LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK LAUNCH: Susanna Solomon, Author of More Point Reyes Sheriff’s Calls Saturday, August 20th, 2016 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || 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
On Sunday, August 14th from 12-2pm, join Left Coast Writers® Live on FCCFREE RADIO’s popular show, Lilycat on Stuff. Lilycat’s guests on Sunday will be E. Ardell. E. Ardell spent her childhood in Houston, Texas, obsessed with anything science fiction, fantastic, paranormal or just plain weird. She loves to write stories that feature young people with extraordinary talents thrown into strange and dangerous situations. She took her obsession to the next level, earning a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Southern Maine where she specialized in young adult genre fiction. She’s a big kid at heart and loves her job as a teen librarian at Monterey Public Library in Monterey, California, where she voluntarily shuts herself in rooms with hungry hordes of teenagers and runs crazy after-school programs for them. When she’s not working, she’s reading, writing, running writers critique groups, trying to keep up with a blog, and even writing fan fiction as her guilty pleasure. Her new book is The Fourth Piece, her First Book in the Order’s Last Play series: “Admitting what you are will end everything you know. Embracing who you are will start a war…
LEFT COAST WRITERS FERRY PLAZA BOOK PARTY: Wanderland Writers Travel Night Monday, August 8th, 2016 || 6pm Book Passage || San Francisco 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco ||www.bookpassage.com It’s an all-travel night from the editors of the award winning Wanderland Writers travel anthology series. Join editors Linda Watanabe McFerrin, Joanna Biggar, and the Wanderland Writers contibutors past, present, and future for a terrific evening of travel stories, wine, and excellent camaraderie. Find out about the next trip and how you, too, can become a fellow traveler and contributor. Past anthologies include: Wandering in Costa Rica — Landscapes Lost and Found, Wandering in Bali — A Tropical Paradise Discovered, Wandering in Paris — Luminaries and Love in the City of Light, and Wandering in Cornwall — Mystery, Mirth and Transformation in the Land of the Ancient Celts.
Left Coast Writers Poetry: Morris Taylor, Artist and 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, August 7th 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 poets read for 15 minutes each, then 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 August is Morris Taylor. 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 thearts, religion, family and leather life style. 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 incisive poetry relating gentle nature to gritty life. In retirement years, Taylor 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
LEFT COAST WRITERS LITERARY SALON: Laurie Fox, West Coast Associate of Linda Chester and Associates Literary Agency. Monday, August 1th, 2016 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com Questions about approaching and landing an agent? One of our top Bay Area agents will be our speaker for the next LCW Literary Salon, so take advantage of this opportunity. Laurie will be talking about “What Agents and Editors Expect From Writers and What We Really Hope to Find”. Whether you are already represented or are searching for representation, this evening is sure to be enlightening. Laurie Fox joined Linda Chester and Associates Literary Agency in 1989, and is their West Coast Associate. A graduate of the University of California at Santa Cruz (Writing and Theatre Arts), she is a published author of fiction and poetry, including Sexy Hieroglyphics(Chronicle Books); and two novels, My Sister from the Black Lagoon (starred Publishers Weekly review; San Francisco Chronicle bestseller) and The Lost Girls, both published by Simon & Schuster. She
We’re always so excited when we can make a special offer to our Left Coast Writers members. Left Coast Writers will receive 10% off on the Intensive Writing Weekend for Y/A and Middle Grade Readers (7/16-7/17/16), the Mystery Writers Conference (7/28-7/31/16) and the Travel Writers Conference (8/11-8/14/16)! Sign up and receive the discount, and tell your literary pals to join Left Coast Writer to receive this and so many other benefits. If you sign up for one of the conferences, be sure to let us know. We’ll look forward to hearing about what you learned, who you met and where your works will be appearing next. You’ll find all of the conferences listed on the Book Passage website, but here’s more info on one of our favorites: The Book Passage Travel Writers & Photographers Conference has an extraordinary, international reputation among publishers, editors, and writers. This conference will be held August 11-14, and among the many talented and varied people on the faculty at this conference will be our leader/founder, Linda Watanabe McFerrin. Now in its 25th year, this four-day Conference offers an array of writing and photography workshops in the morning, a full afternoon of panels and discussions, and evening faculty presentations. The faculty includes publishers, magazine editors, photographers, travel essayists, and more. There are hours of informal interaction between faculty and participants during lunch and in discussions that often last late into the evening. Take a look at this year’s astounding faculty: Jim Benning Tim Cahill Donald George