LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK LAUNCH: One Shoe: When a Gold Rush is not Enough by John Hewitt
Saturday, July 11th, 2015 || 7pm
Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera ||
History repeats itself when the denizens of the California Gold Rush village of One Shoe hit another mother lode. Since 1855, the town has squeezed an economy out of a single, deteriorating block featuring the Pioneer Washhouse and the Brothers Saloon. Locals have tripped unsuspecting tourists and half-crazed fortune hunters, pulling in dollars with a puffed up history of its founder, Nigel Potts. Famous for striking it rich and feverishly working his gold claim wearing just one shoe, he never stopped to locate the missing boot. But Potts was a promoter, mining money with his one-shoe legend that pulled a greedy crowd that provided the money to put One Shoe on the map.
After a 21st century news story goes viral, locals follow his tradition as digital gold fever makes One Shoe the land of opportunity for modern claim jumpers. Rumor and renegades collide in another hilarious send up of back country felons and heroes with outrageous schemes and dreams. Some things never change, and Hewitt serves up a delicious deja vu in this novel.
Please join Left Coast Writers at the book launch for this latest novel by John Hewitt.
Over the past 40 years John Hewitt‘s films and books have explored a mosaic of cultures and nationalities. A native of Los Angeles, he grew up in the smog of Southern California and, at various times, has worked as a newspaper reporter, newspaper editor, magazine writer, television reporter, television news producer, documentary cameraman, documentary producer and writer, university professor, textbook author and novelist. He has traveled in Mexico for over 50 years and also in Central and South America, Europe, Southeast Asia, Australia, Europe and the Middle East. His first three novels, Stranger in Baja, Under the Padre’s Thumb, and Drone Baloney explored the bewildering culture in communities in Mexico’s Baja Peninsula He currently lives in Northern California.