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Left Coast Writers Poetry: Elaine Miller Bond

Left Coast Writers Poetry: Kunal Mukherjee, Author of My Magical Palace
Elaine Miller Bond

Elaine Miller Bond

Kawika's Ocean Beach Deli 734 La Playa St, San Francisco, CA 94121 Sunday, February 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 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 February is Elaine Bond. When Elaine Miller Bond was 8 years old, her teacher secretly sent a poem she wrote to the Oakland Tribune. This little ode to Berkeley’s holiday lights was Elaine’s first publication. Since that time, Elaine has worked as a University of California science writer, photographed prairie dogs for a popular science book, seen her photos on tv and in print (Discovery Channel, Science, NPR, BBC, The Washington Post, Berkeleyside), and written/photographed books for kids (forthcoming from Heyday Books). She has also written poems, her impressions of life events. Some are light; others are deep. All reflect a degree of wonder, as seen through the eyes wildlife photographer, and of an 8-year-old, looking at holidays lights. Kawika's LogoAbout Kawika's Deli: David Nottage and his wife Joanne Pappas Nottage bought this San Francisco business a year and a half ago and transformed a take-out deli into a friendly community hub where friends and neighbors can enjoy great food with affordable, quality wine/beer and connect around music, poetry, sports, comedy, and issues integral to local concerns. Kawika's has free wi-fi and delicious deli delights. Signature menu items include: fresh baked sourdough rolls, homemade Gluten Free bread, in-house, fresh roasted, rotisserie Angus roast beef, turkey and leg of lamb, fresh baked Salmon, Greek lamb gyros with authentic tzatziki sauce, Greek Salad, homemade hummus, 100% Kona coffee, Greek coffee and a selection of chips, juices, and desserts, including baklava! Kawika’s is just a block from beautiful Ocean Beach at 734 La Playa Street @ Balboa in San Francisco. There is street parking and a large, free lot 1 block away on the Great Highway @ Balboa Street. Read more about their events and the restaurant itself at http://www.oceanbeachdeli.com/

Workshop: Writing Sexy Stuff with Linda Watanabe McFerrin

Linda Watanabe McFerrin

Linda Watanabe McFerrin

Saturday, February 13th, 2016 || 10am-4pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com Treat yourself or a loved one to something extra-special for Valentine’s Day.If you have trouble steaming up the page, this is the workshop for you. Spend a day with poet, travel writer and novelist Linda Watanabe McFerrin loosening up and learning the techniques for adding spicy, sensual, and sometimes hilarious sizzle to your work. The class is full of quick free-writes and entertaining exercises that will have you moving from comfort zones to erogenous zones in no time. Linda’s workshops have ushered may a writer into the award circle and bestseller spotlight. She’s the founder of Left Coast Writers® and co-editor of the Hot Flashes: Sexy Little Stories and Poems series. The workshop fee includes, champagne, chocolate, and copious creativity. A careful investigation will also reveal that you can receive Dominican College credit for this workshop. The workshop will be held on Saturday, February 13th, from 10am-4pm at Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera, CA, 94925.  Sign up here. Poet, travel writer, novelist and Left Coast Writers® founder Linda Watanabe McFerrin (www.lwmcferrin.com) is a contributor to numerous newspapers, magazines and anthologies. She is the author of two poetry collections, past editor of a popular Northern California guidebook and a winner of the Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction. Her novel, Namako: Sea Cucumber, was named Best Book for the Teen-Age by the New York Public Library. In addition to authoring an award-winning short story collection, The Hand of Buddha, she has co-edited several anthologies, including the Hot Flashes: sexy little stories & poems series. Her latest novel, Dead Love (Stone Bridge Press, 2009), was short-listed as a finalist in the 2007 William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Competition and was a Bram Stoker Award Finalist for Superior Achievement in a Novel in 2009. Linda has judged the San Francisco Literary Awards, the Josephine Miles Award for Literary Excellence and the Kiriyama Prize, served as a visiting mentor for the Loft Mentor Series and been guest faculty at the Oklahoma Arts Institute. A past NEA Panelist and juror for the Marin Literary Arts Council, she has led workshops in Greece, France, Italy, Ireland, Central America, Indonesia and the United States and has mentored a long list of accomplished writers and best-selling authors toward publication.  

Book Party: Linda Watanabe McFerrin & Laurie McAndish King

LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK PARTY: Linda Watanabe McFerrin & Laurie McAndish King introduce writers on the topic of "Love in the 21st Century"
Linda Watanabe McFerrin

Linda Watanabe McFerrin

Laurie McAndish King

Laurie McAndish King

Saturday, February 13th, 2016 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com Linda Watanabe McFerrin & Laurie McAndish King, editors of Hot Flashes: Sexy Little Stories and Poems, will introduce writers on the topic of "Love in the 21st Century". Poet, travel writer, novelist and Left Coast Writers® founder Linda Watanabe McFerrin (www.lwmcferrin.com) is a contributor to numerous newspapers, magazines and anthologies. She is the author of two poetry collections, past editor of a popular Northern California guidebook and a winner of the Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction. Her novel, Namako: Sea Cucumber, was named Best Book for the Teen Age by the by the New York Public Library. In addition to authoring an award-winning short story collection, The Hand of Buddha, she has co-edited several anthologies, including the Hot Flashes: sexy little stories & poems series. Her latest novel, Dead Love (Stone BridgePress, 2009), was short-listed as a finalist in the 2007 William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Competition and was a Bram Stoker Award Finalist for Superior Achievement in a Novel in 2009. Linda has judged the San Francisco Literary Awards, the Josephine Miles Award for Literary Excellence and the Kiriyama Prize, served as a visiting mentor for the Loft Mentor Series and been guest faculty at the Oklahoma Arts Institute. A past NEA Panelist and juror for the Marin Literary Arts Council, she has led workshops in Greece, France, Italy, Ireland, Central America, Indonesia and the United States and has mentored a long list of accomplished writers and best-selling authors toward publication. Laurie McAndish King grew up in rural Iowa, studied science and philosophy at Cornell College, and has traveled to nearly forty countries, observing with an eye for biology and writing with a philosopher’s heart and mind. Her award-winning travel essays and photography have appeared in many publications, including Smithsonian Magazine; Travel Channel partner site iExplore.com; the San Francisco Chronicle“The Best Women’s Travel Writing” Travelers’ Tales anthology; as well as other magazines and literary anthologies. She won the 2013 Lowell Thomas Gold Award for Cultural Tourism for her story about Croatia, “Silk from Ashes.”

Wandering in Cornwall reading at A Great Good Place for Books

Reading with Wanderland Writers at A Great Good Place for Books, Authors of Wandering in Cornwall: Mystery, Mirth, and Transformation in the Land of the Ancient Celts Wandering in Cornwall CoverWednesday, January 20th, 2016 || 7pm A Great Good Place for Books|| 6120 LaSalle Avenue Oakland, CA 94611 || http://www.ggpbooks.com/ It's another Wanderland Writers celebration. Wine, snacks, readings, and a brand new book in the Wandering series. This time Wanderland Writers venture deep into Cornwall, exploring its castles, its contrast. They find, of course, its legacy of Camelot, the lingering shadows of Arthurian legend, tragic love, magic, and Merlin. They also find its sorrows, buried deep in its history like the now closed mines, where the windswept moors and jagged coasts made everyday events of shipwrecks, isolation, and cave-ins. Yet, as workshop leaders Joanna Biggar and Linda Watanabe McFerrin and their fellow travelers discover, that is not the whole story. They also encounter the wonderful and hospitable Cornish, with their enchanting accents, their delightful yarns, their humor, their endurance. They wander, bicycle, hike and kayak to explore hills, waterways, villages and moors in search of the spirit of artists and writers who have come before them to leave an imprint on this untamed land. "Wandering in Cornwall is a beguiling collection of stories and poems about the extreme west of England. Everything that makes Cornwall so special is here: pasties, clotted cream artists, smugglers, the South West Coast Path and even the thieving seagulls. Readers who know Cornwall will be inspired to return and newcomers to this land of myth and legend will vow to see it for themselves." —Hilary Bradt MBE, Co-founder of Bradt Travel Guides “Careful, reader. This book is a delight, no doubt about it. But now I have to go to Cornwall.” —Tim Cahill, Author of Jaguars Ripped My Flesh and Hold the Enlightenment Writers reading will include: Anne Sigmon, Laurie King, Ethel Mussen, M.J. Pramik,  as well as editors Linda Watanabe McFerrin and Joanna Biggar For more information go to www.wanderlandwriters.com Linda Watanabe McFerrin and Joanna Biggar have floated down the Canal du Midi in France, danced in the sunlight of southern Greece, toasted the best of times in Ireland, devoured the culture and countryside of southern Italy, wandered through landscapes lost and found in Costa Rica, and explored the Indonesian island that is known as an earthly Paradise. In each destination, they eat and drink, laugh, get lost, explore and expound with their merry band of travel writers. And they always return with a varied collection of tales, some mystical, some funny, some terrifying—each told in a different, highly personal voice.

Left Coast Writers® Live: Ivan Light

Melinda Adams, aka Lilycat

Melinda Adams, aka Lilycat

On Sunday, January 17th from 12-2pm, join Left Coast Writers® Live on FCCFREE RADIO's popular show, Lilycat on Stuff. Lilycat's guest on Sunday will be Ivan Light, Author of Deadly Secret of the Lusitania In 1915, a German U-Boat sank the British passenger liner Lusitania. Many Americans, including women and children, were among the 1,200 dead, so the crime caused a storm of protest in America, and helped plunge the U.S. into World War I. In this gripping novel, an insurance investigator and his fiancée help a murdered longshoreman s widow who's been unjustly denied her husband s life insurance. Finding themselves in possession of documents detailing the Lusitania s secret cargo, the couple are targeted by German and British spies, Irish republicans, a rogue socialist, and the newly-formed FBI, all wanting to use the suppressed material for their own purposes. Ivan Light is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles. The author of seven books, he received the Distinguished Career Award from the International Migration Section of the American Sociological Association in 2000 in recognition of his pioneering publications dealing with immigrant and ethnic minority entrepreneurship. His Deflecting Immigration received the American Sociological Association Best Book award in 2006. Professor Light has published many articles dealing with immigration to the United States, organized crime, and American social history. Deadly Secret of the Lusitania is his first novel. The ongoing spot on Lilycat on Stuff is scheduled for the third Sunday of every month. Left Coast Writers® are invited to participate in the programming. Listeners are invited to call in and share their opinions. FCCFREE RADIO is home to over 50 + original programs each week that produce more that 1,000,000 listeners per month (yes, you read that correctly 1,000,000 + listeners) of LIVE hosted content. that comes out of the plush studios in the SOMA District of San Francisco. FFR talk shows cover everything from sex, politics, sports, and back again. Google calls them an "Iconic Staple of San Francisco" and a "Frontrunner in Internet Broadcasting." Add your voice to the fray by calling in during show hours: 415 829 2980. How to Listen in/Call in! 1 - log onto www.fccfreeradio.com 2 - find "schedule" tab and click it - go to Sundays - there will be the link for Lily Cat on Stuff - click it 3 - on Lily Cat page - there will be a "Tune In Now" section to select the streaming service of listeners choice - Under Studio A: - iTunes - Windows Media Player - Real Media Player - Quick Time Studio 4. Once selected the listening controls should appear & sound should be on - listen to the program - Lily Cat will give the phone # to call Nice thing about these live casts - they're incorporated into Pod Casts so you can go back and listen if the program played while you were out.
For more station info and how to listen in, go to: www.FCCFREERADIO.comTo schedule and interview with the editors or writers please contact Jack at leftcoastwriters@gmail.com

Book Party: Ivan Light, Author of Deadly Secret of the Lusitania

LEFT COAST WRITERS FERRY PLAZA BOOK PARTY:  Ivan Light, Author of Deadly Secret of the Lusitania
Ivan Light

Ivan Light

Monday, January 11th, 2016 || 6pm Book Passage || San Francisco 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco ||www.bookpassage.com In 1915, a German U-Boat sank the British passenger liner Lusitania. Many Americans, including women and children, were among the 1,200 dead, so the crime caused a storm of protest in America, and helped plunge the U.S. into World War I. In this gripping novel, an insurance investigator and his fiancée help a murdered longshoreman s widow who's been unjustly denied her husband s life insurance. Finding themselves in possession of documents detailing the Lusitania s secret cargo, the couple are targeted by German and British spies, Irish republicans, a rogue socialist, and the newly-formed FBI, all wanting to use the suppressed material for their own purposes. Ivan Light is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles. The author of seven books, he received the Distinguished Career Award from the International Migration Section of the American Sociological Association in 2000 in recognition of his pioneering publications dealing with immigrant and ethnic minority entrepreneurship. His Deflecting Immigration received the American Sociological Association Best Book award in 2006. Professor Light has published many articles dealing with immigration to the United States, organized crime, and American social history. Deadly Secret of the Lusitania is his first novel.

Book Launch: Window of Exposure by Roccie Hill

LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK LAUNCH: Window of Exposure, with author Roccie Hill 
Roccie Hill

Roccie Hill

Saturday, January 9th, 2016 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com Roccie Hill's new book Window of Exposure is full of excitement and intrigue. When terrorists capture an American CEO in France, former F-16 pilot Kate Cardenas leads the Defense Intelligence Agency team in a covert operation to rescue the businessman before it’s too late. Roccie Hill is the American author of the novel Three Minutes on Love, published in 2008. She received her master’s degree in creative writing from San Francisco State University, where she served as a teaching assistant for Michael Krasny of NPR, and where she regularly had her work appear in the literary quarterly, Transfer. She also received her bachelor’s degree in philosophy from UCLA, and worked with Cesar Chavez in the United Farm Workers union. In 1980 Hill moved to Paris. There, she worked as a creative writing teacher at the Paris Women’s Institute for Continuing Education and also as the marketing manager for the French Statue of Liberty celebrations. She worked directly for Ambassador Francois de Laboulaye, the former French ambassador to Washington and Moscow. Currently, she lives in the California desert and is the single mother of one daughter—a pilot and Major in the US Air Force. Hill is an ambassador for the AcademyWomen organization, after formerly serving on their Board of Directors.

Literary Salon: Rita Lakin

LEFT COAST WRITERS LITERARY SALON:  Rita Lakin, The Only Woman in the Room Rita LakinMonday, January 4th, 2016 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com Writers, if you are thinking about taking your writing from the page to the screen at some point, you might want to take advantage of the opportunity to spend an evening with notable staff writer, producer and show biz professional, Rita Lakin. Rita Lakin was a pioneer, a female script writer in the early 1960s when Hollywood Television was exclusively male.  For years, in creative meetings she was literally the only woman in the room.  In this breezy but heartfelt remembrance, Lakin exposes us to a long-forgotten time when women were not considered worthy or welcome at the creative table.  Widowed with three young children, she talked herself into a secretarial job at Universal Studios in 1962, despite being unable to type or take dictation.  But with guts, skill and humor she rose from secretary to free-lancer, to staff writer, to producer, to executive producer and show-runner, meeting hundreds of famous and infamous show biz legends along the way during her long and unexpected career.  She introduced many women into the business and was a feminist before she even knew she was a feminist. Unknown to the general public, she reached an audience of millions week after week, year after year. The relevance of her personal journey, charming yet occasionally shocking, will be an eye-opener to today’s readers who take for granted the abundance of female creative talent in today’s Hollywood.  

Left Coast Writers Poetry: Nancy Reuscher

Left Coast Writers Poetry: Nancy Reuscher, Author of Minstrel Songs
Nancy Reuscher

Nancy Reuscher

Kawika's Ocean Beach Deli 734 La Playa St, San Francisco, CA 94121 Sunday, January 3rd 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 January is Nancy Reuscher. Nancy Reuscher spent twenty years as a Master Teacher in Connecticut and then many years as partner in a high-tech public relations firm in the Bay Area. She is a graduate of The University of Michigan and Yale University. Her first love is travel and she has lived in England, Switzerland and Greece. Writing has always been a passion. She has written two novels and had her poetry selected by various writer's groups including The Dublin Writers Workshop and LCW. Selections today will be from her chapbook, Minstrel Songs. Kawika's LogoAbout Kawika's Deli: David Nottage and his wife Joanne Pappas Nottage bought this San Francisco business a year and a half ago and transformed a take-out deli into a friendly community hub where friends and neighbors can enjoy great food with affordable, quality wine/beer and connect around music, poetry, sports, comedy, and issues integral to local concerns. Kawika's has free wi-fi and delicious deli delights. Signature menu items include: fresh baked sourdough rolls, homemade Gluten Free bread, in-house, fresh roasted, rotisserie Angus roast beef, turkey and leg of lamb, fresh baked Salmon, Greek lamb gyros with authentic tzatziki sauce, Greek Salad, homemade hummus, 100% Kona coffee, Greek coffee and a selection of chips, juices, and desserts, including baklava! Kawika’s is just a block from beautiful Ocean Beach at 734 La Playa Street @ Balboa in San Francisco. There is street parking and a large, free lot 1 block away on the Great Highway @ Balboa Street. Read more about their events and the restaurant itself at http://www.oceanbeachdeli.com/

Workshop: Making a Scene with Linda Watanabe McFerrin

Linda Watanabe McFerrin

Linda Watanabe McFerrin

Making a Scene Workshop with Linda Watanabe McFerrin Saturday, December 12th, 2015, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Location: Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Boulevard, Corte Madera, CA 94925 $120 Register here
In this one-day workshop, you’ll learn to balance setting, character, and dialogue to create stellar scenes. Some of the exercises have given birth to award-winning work by past participants. Bring your laptop and/or paper and pen and discover how a good writer takes center stage on the page and holds it.
Poet, travel writer, and novelist Linda Watanabe McFerrin (www.lwmcferrin.com) is a contributor to numerous newspapers, magazines and anthologies. She is the author of two poetry collections, past editor of a popular Northern Californiaguidebook and a winner of the Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction. Her novel, Namako:  Sea Cucumber, was named Best Book for the Teen-Age by the New York Public Library. In addition to authoring an award-winning short story collection, The Hand of Buddha, she has co-edited several anthologies, including the Hot Flashes: sexy little stories & poems series. Her latest novel, Dead Love (Stone Bridge Press, 2009), was short-listed as a finalist in the 2007 William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Competition and was a Bram Stoker Award Finalist for Superior Achievement in a Novel in 2009. Linda has judged the San Francisco Literary Awards, the Josephine Miles Award for Literary Excellence and the Kiriyama Prize, served as a visitingmentor for the Loft Mentor Series and been guest faculty at the Oklahoma Arts Institute. A past NEA Panelist and juror for the Marin Literary Arts Council and the founder of Left Coast Writers®, she has led workshops in Greece, France, Italy, Ireland, Central America, Indonesia and the United States and has mentored a long list of accomplished writers and best-selling authors toward publication.

Literary Salon: Herbert Gold, Author of When a Psychopath Falls in Love

LEFT COAST WRITERS LITERARY SALON:  Herbert Gold, Author of When a Psychopath Falls in Love
Herbert Gold

Herbert Gold

Monday, December 7, 2015 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com Literary legend Herbert Gold will be this month's speaker.  From the beatniks to post-war Paris to San Francisco and more, Herbert Gold has been an important figure in many of the most iconic writing scenes of the century, all the while writing dozens of novels, short stories, essays, and an autobiography or two to boot. If you know what's good for you, you'll come and see one of the most well-known and respected authors of the last six decades who is, as the title of one of his more recent books so proudly proclaims, still alive! Herbert Gold was born in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1924. After several of his poems were accepted by literary magazines, he moved to New York at age seventeen and studied philosophy at Columbia University. While there, he befriended many Beat Generation writers, including Anaïs Nin and Allen Ginsberg. Gold won a Fulbright fellowship and moved to Paris, where he did graduate studies at the Sorbonne and worked on his first novel, Birth of a Hero, published in 1951. Since then Gold has written more than thirty books and received several awards, including the Sherwood Anderson Award for Fiction, the Commonwealth Club Gold Medal, and the PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Literary Award. He has also taught at the University of California at Berkeley, and at Stanford, Cornell, and Harvard. A San Francisco literary icon, and the chronicler of Bohemia for more than sixty years, he has also made friends with authors like Saul Bellow, Graham Greene, William S. Burroughs, Richard Wright, and James Baldwin. It all started in Lakewood, Ohio at Taft Elementary when Miss Collins stroked his hair and told him what a good little writer he was. His books, including Not Dead Yet: A Feisty Bohemian Explores the Art of Growing Old, and When a Psychopath Falls in Love, are available for purchase here and at your local bookseller.

Book Party: Charles and Gail Rudd Entrekin, The Art of Healing

LEFT COAST WRITERS FERRY PLAZA BOOK PARTY:  Charles and Gail Rudd Entrekin, Authors of The Art of Healing
Charles Entrekin

Charles Entrekin

Gail Rudd Entrekin

Gail Rudd Entrekin

Monday, December 14th, 2015 || 6pm Book Passage || San Francisco 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco ||www.bookpassage.com It's the perfect reading for the holidays. Come to an evening that focuses on fine poetry and its ability to bring clarity, comfort and maybe even a cure for what ails you. "Poets Gail Rudd Entrekin and Charles Entrekin have navigated Charles's lymphocytic leukemia for years. Heeding Rumi's counsel that love turns all pain to medicine, they've used their craft to transform fear into curiosity, confusion into inviting mystery, and discomfort into gratitude. Any patient or caregiver faced with a serious illness will benefit from Gail's and Charles' healing observations." —Jeff Kane, MD (Author - Healing the Heart of Healthcare: How Doctors and Patients Can Cure our Sick System) For 24 years, Charles Entrekin was the managing editor of The Berkeley Poets Cooperative andThe Berkeley Poets Workshop & Press. The story of the Berkeley Poets Workshop & Press was written up as the cover story in the August 29, 1976 issue of the New York Times Magazine. Charles is currently the Managing Editor of Hip Pocket Press (www.hippocketpress.com)and Co-Editor of the ezine Sisyphus. He is the author of: (Ed.) Berkeley Poets Cooperative: A History of the Times (Hip Pocket Press, 2013); Listening: New and Selected Work (Poetic Matrix Press, 2010); a novel, Red Mountain, Birmingham, Alabama, 1965 (El Leon Literary Arts, 2008); poetry collections, In This Hour (BPW&P, 1990); Casting For The Cutthroat & Other Poems (BPW&P, 1986); Casting For The Cutthroat (Thunder City Press, 1978); All Pieces Of A Legacy, (BPW&P, 1975) He is the father of five children and lives in the Bay Area with his wife, poet Gail Rudd Entrekin. Gail Rudd Entrekin is a poet, editor, publisher, teacher, quilt maker and hiker. Books of her poems include John Danced(1988), You Notice the Body (1998) and Change (Will Do You Good) (2005), which was nominated for the Northern California Book Award. Her newest collection of poems, Rearrangement of the Invisible, was published August 1, 2012. Her poems have been widely published in poetry magazines and anthologies. She is co-publisher and Poetry Editor of Hip Pocket Press, where she served as Editor of the 2002 anthology Sierra Songs & Descants: Poetry & Prose of the Sierra and the 2007 anthology, Yuba Flows. She is Editor of the on-line literary magazine of the environment, Canary, founded in 2007. She has taught English and Creative Writing in California community colleges for 25 years, most recently at Sierra College in Grass Valley, and for many years she has taught poetry to kids through California Poets in the Schools. She currently serves as Director of the Entrekin Foundation, a funder of non-profit programs for the endangered environment, children, and the arts.

Book Launch: Sampling South Carolina, with Southern Sampler Authors

LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK LAUNCH: Southern Sampler Authors, A Southern Sampler, Sampling South Carolina Cover for Southern SamplerSaturday, December 12th, 2015 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com It's a celebration of all things Southern, our biggest yet! Please join the writers and artists of the Southern Sampler Artists Colony as they evoke the dreamy, sometimes steamy world of Charleston and beyond in an exciting sampler of poetry, short fiction, non-fiction and other delights at Book Passage in Corte Madera. You don't have to go there to be there, but if you want to be spirited away, you'll be able to do that too. So please drop by for a glass of wine, munchies, and a toast to what we all love most about the American South. "Like improvised jazz riffs, A Southern Sampler is a cultural arts masterpiece that resonates with the soul of the American South." —Karen Chandler, Professor in Arts Management, college of Charleston, and Co-founder of the Charleston Jazz Initiative"

Literary Salon: Don George

LEFT COAST WRITERS LITERARY SALON:  Don George, Author of The Way of Wanderlust
Don George

Don George

Monday, February 1st, 2016 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com He has guided, edited, and published the work of some of the world's top travel writers and now, finally, we have a winning collection of his own work. Don George's new book is The Way of Wanderlust, is a collection of his best stories and essays, from climbing Kilimanjaro and contemplating the magic of Uluru to exploring the jungles of Cambodia and the backcountry temples of Shikoku. Don has made his living as a travel writer and editor virtually since college. His first real job was as a travel writer for the San Francisco Examiner. From there he moved onto a short stint as an editor at the Examiner’s Sunday magazine, then he became the travel editor for the Examiner & Chronicle for nine years. When the allure of cyberspace became irresistible, Don joined Salon.com and founded theirgroundbreaking travel site, Wanderlust. Then he moved on to become Global Travel Editor for Lonely Planet Publications. After an exhilarating ride there, he is now Editor at Large and Book Review Columnist for National Geographic Traveler magazine, Special Features Editor and Blogger for Gadling.com, and Editor of Geographic Expedition’s online magazine, Wanderlust: Literary Journeys for the Discerning Traveler Don is also the author of Lonely Planet’s Guide to Travel Writing, now in its third update (published in September, 2013). He has also edited nine literary travel anthologies, including A Moveable Feast, The Kindness of StrangersBy the Seat of My PantsTales from Nowhere, and most recently, Better Than Fiction. He has received dozens of awards for his writing and editing, including the Society of American Travel Writers’ Lowell Thomas Travel Journalist of the Year Award. Don co-founded and chairs the annual Book Passage Travel Writers and Photographers Conference. He has a wealth of information to share about the travel writer's and editor's life and about the literary life in general.

Left Coast Writers Poetry: Kunal Mukherjee

Left Coast Writers Poetry: Kunal Mukherjee, Author of My Magical Palace
Kunal Mukherjee

Kunal Mukherjee

Kawika's Ocean Beach Deli 734 La Playa St, San Francisco, CA 94121 Sunday, December 6th 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 December is Kunal Mukherjee. Kunal Mukherjee is a San Francisco based poet and writer. Originally from West Bengal, he was raised in Hyderabad, India. He holds a Master’s degree in Physics, has done postgraduate work in Energy Studies and has worked as a restaurateur and a manager of information technology.  His passions include acting, painting, singing, music, travel, the environment and all animals. Kunal’s work has appeared in Tehelka MagazineIndia CurrentsHot Flashes: Sexy Little Stories and Poems and Hot Flashes 2.  My Magical Palace, published by Harper Collins (India) is his first novel and he is currently working on a screenplay for the same and also on his second novel, which is set in San Francisco and Bollywood.My Magical Palace has received wide coverage from Indian and international press. The Tales Pensieve book critic site awarded Kunal the Best Debut Indian Writer title for December 2012. Kawika's LogoAbout Kawika's Deli: David Nottage and his wife Joanne Pappas Nottage bought this San Francisco business a year and a half ago and transformed a take-out deli into a friendly community hub where friends and neighbors can enjoy great food with affordable, quality wine/beer and connect around music, poetry, sports, comedy, and issues integral to local concerns. Kawika's has free wi-fi and delicious deli delights. Signature menu items include: fresh baked sourdough rolls, homemade Gluten Free bread, in-house, fresh roasted, rotisserie Angus roast beef, turkey and leg of lamb, fresh baked Salmon, Greek lamb gyros with authentic tzatziki sauce, Greek Salad, homemade hummus, 100% Kona coffee, Greek coffee and a selection of chips, juices, and desserts, including baklava! Kawika’s is just a block from beautiful Ocean Beach at 734 La Playa Street @ Balboa in San Francisco. There is street parking and a large, free lot 1 block away on the Great Highway @ Balboa Street. Read more about their events and the restaurant itself at http://www.oceanbeachdeli.com/

Left Coast Writers® Live: TC Currie

Melinda Adams, aka Lilycat On Sunday, November 15th from 12-2pm, join Left Coast Writers® Live on FCCFREE RADIO's popular show, Lilycat on Stuff. Lilycat's guest on Sunday will be TC Currie, Author of Questions to a Butterfly: A Collection of Transformational Poetry In Questions to a Butterfly, TC Currie uses familiar objects from everyday life and humor to connect the reader to the toil of transformation, their triumphs, and their connection to the Divine, offering comfort and hope for those in the midst of struggle. Full of universal truths, familiar problems, cookie dough, and psychic vampires, TC’s poems follow the path of those who have the courage to take an honest look at their lives, evaluate their actions, and do the hard work to move through personal transformation from darkness into energy, connection and light. As a girl of five, TC Currie was delighted to discover that books allow her to escape into other worlds. She has been armchair traveling and writing ever since. After parlaying her degree in Asian Religions into a career as a software developer, TC gained a reputation for being able totranslate between software users and techie geeks. After years of technical writing, she found her bliss in non-technical writing. She’s won everything from the Silver Medal from the Solas Travel Awards for her personal essay “Checkers and Humanity” (2014) to NaNoWriMo (2012), and her poetry has been included in the Gift of Love and Speak Out poetry anthologies (2008 &1993). She is currently writing and reading voraciously in her Victorian home near San Francisco with her delightful boyfriend and fluffy cat. A member of Left Coast Writers, TC is author of a self-help book on surviving surgery, a mystery novel and a poetry collection. The ongoing spot on Lilycat on Stuff is scheduled for the third Sunday of every month. Left Coast Writers® are invited to participate in the programming. Listeners are invited to call in and share their opinions. FCCFREE RADIO is home to over 50 + original programs each week that produce more that 1,000,000 listeners per month (yes, you read that correctly 1,000,000 + listeners) of LIVE hosted content. that comes out of the plush studios in the SOMA District of San Francisco. FFR talk shows cover everything from sex, politics, sports, and back again. Google calls them an "Iconic Staple of San Francisco" and a "Frontrunner in Internet Broadcasting." Add your voice to the fray by calling in during show hours: 415 829 2980. How to Listen in/Call in! 1 - log onto www.fccfreeradio.com 2 - find "schedule" tab and click it - go to Sundays - there will be the link for Lily Cat on Stuff - click it 3 - on Lily Cat page - there will be a "Tune In Now" section to select the streaming service of listeners choice - Under Studio A: - iTunes - Windows Media Player - Real Media Player - Quick Time Studio 4. Once selected the listening controls should appear & sound should be on - listen to the program - Lily Cat will give the phone # to call Nice thing about these live casts - they're incorporated into Pod Casts so you can go back and listen if the program played while you were out.
For more station info and how to listen in, go to: www.FCCFREERADIO.comTo schedule and interview with the editors or writers please contact Jack at leftcoastwriters@gmail.com

Workshop: Building Character with Linda Watanabe McFerrin

Linda Watanabe McFerrin

Linda Watanabe McFerrin

Saturday, November 14th, 2015 || 10am-4pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com Character-driven—it's one way to ensure that your writing is compelling. But how do you create characters that captivate a reader? Digging up all you'll need to know to create characters that jump from the page can be as complicated as a covert operation. So let's put on our best sleuthing attire and gather the info on our protagonists, antagonists, confidantes, love interests and assorted supporting characters. This workshop includes plenty of in-class exercises and amusing tips on craft. Bring pages to read and work on. A careful investigation will also reveal that you can receive Dominican College credit for this workshop. The workshop will be held on Saturday, November 14th, from 10am-4pm at Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera, CA, 94925.  Sign up here. Poet, travel writer, novelist and Left Coast Writers® founder Linda Watanabe McFerrin (www.lwmcferrin.com) is a contributor to numerous newspapers, magazines and anthologies. She is the author of two poetry collections, past editor of a popular Northern California guidebook and a winner of the Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction. Her novel, Namako: Sea Cucumber, was named Best Book for the Teen-Age by the New YorkPublic Library. In addition to authoring an award-winning short story collection, The Hand of Buddha, she has co-edited several anthologies, including the Hot Flashes: sexy little stories & poems series. Her latest novel, Dead Love (Stone Bridge Press, 2009), was short-listed as a finalist in the 2007 William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Competition and was a Bram Stoker Award Finalist for Superior Achievement in a Novel in 2009. Linda has judged the San Francisco Literary Awards, the Josephine Miles Award for Literary Excellence and the Kiriyama Prize, served as a visiting mentor for the Loft Mentor Series and been guest faculty at the Oklahoma Arts Institute. A past NEA Panelist and juror for the Marin Literary Arts Council, she has led workshops in Greece, France, Italy, Ireland, Central America, Indonesia and the United States and has mentored a long list of accomplished writers and best-selling authors toward publication.  

Literary Salon: Vanessa Rodriguez and Peter Lang, Social Media Strategists, Co-Founders of Uhuru Network

P&VLEFT COAST WRITERS LITERARY SALON:  Vanessa Rodriguez and Peter Lang, Social Media Strategists Monday, November 2nd, 2015 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com Don't miss this! If you have ever wondered about websites, blogs, Facebook, Twitter, and so on and how they can possibly help you get the word out about your work, we have the answers. We've asked Digital Marketing Consultants and Uhuru Network Co-Founders, Peter Lang and Vanessa Rodriguez, to come to the Bay Area to demystify the social media and online worlds for you and show you exactly how to bump up your readership online. Peter and Vanessa are co-founders of Uhuru Network, a Digital Marketing Agency with a recently relocated HQ in SF and Rome, Italy. The Agency expertly manages their clients' inbound marketing efforts to drive revenue and conversions at the lowest cost. They also created two online publications: TrucchiFacebook, an Italian Tech Blog focused on Facebook, and Stylishlyme, a fashion, style, and travel blog, that reach over 1 million unique visitors a month.  “I believe we’re in the midst of the biggest opportunity since the industrial revolution,” says Peter. “My goal is to take away the stress and fear of social media. The internet is an outstanding resource for people and information. I love removing barriers so that clients can address it professionally, responsibly, fearlessly and with curiosity and spontaneity. Networks bring people closer together. They facilitate opportunities and help us find people with similar ideas and passions. That’s power. They increase our capabilities and our reach. They remind us that we are not alone.” Today, he and Uhuru Network co-founder Vanessa Rodriguez bring their far-ranging travel and experience to bear in their work consulting and managing in the areas of new technology and digital marketing. Through Uhuru Network, Peter, Vanessa, and their team are generate leads by putting you where your clients are looking.   enerate leads by putting you where your clients are looking.

Book Launch: Wandering in Cornwall by Wanderland Writers

LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK LAUNCH: Wanderland Writers, Authors of Wandering in Cornwall: Mystery, Mirth, and Transformation in the Land of the Ancient Celts Wandering in Cornwall CoverSaturday, November 14th, 2015 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com It's another Wanderland Writers celebration. Wine, snacks, readings, and a brand new book in the Wandering series. This time Wanderland Writers venture deep into Cornwall, exploring its castles, its contrast. They find, of course, its legacy of Camelot, the lingering shadows of Arthurian legend, tragic love, magic, and Merlin. They also find its sorrows, buried deep in its history like the now closed mines, where the windswept moors and jagged coasts made everyday events of shipwrecks, isolation, and cave-ins. Yet, as workshop leaders Joanna Biggar and Linda Watanabe McFerrin and their fellow travelers discover, that is not the whole story. They also encounter the wonderful and hospitable Cornish, with their enchanting accents, their delightful yarns, their humor, their endurance. They wander, bicycle, hike and kayak to explore hills, waterways, villages and moors in search of the spirit of artists and writers who have come before them to leave an imprint on this untamed land. "Wandering in Cornwall is a beguiling collection of stories and poems about the extreme west of England. Everything that makes Cornwall so special is here: pasties, clotted cream artists, smugglers, the South West Coast Path and even the thieving seagulls. Readers who know Cornwall will be inspired to return and newcomers to this land of myth and legend will vow to see it for themselves." —Hilary Bradt MBE, Co-founder of Bradt Travel Guides “Careful, reader. This book is a delight, no doubt about it. But now I have to go to Cornwall.” —Tim Cahill, Author of Jaguars Ripped My Flesh and Hold the Enlightenment Readers will include: Daphne Beyers, Joanna Biggar, Antoinette Constable, Ethel Mussen, Anne Sigmon, and Maryly Snow. For more information go to www.wanderlandwriters.com Linda Watanabe McFerrin and Joanna Biggar have floated down the Canal du Midi in France, danced in the sunlight of southern Greece, toasted the best of times in Ireland, devoured the culture and countryside of southern Italy, wandered through landscapes lost and found in Costa Rica, and explored the Indonesian island that is known as an earthly Paradise. In each destination, they eat and drink, laugh, get lost, explore and expound with their merry band of travel writers. And they always return with a varied collection of tales, some mystical, some funny, some terrifying—each told in a different, highly personal voice.

Ferry Plaza Book Party: Sampling South Carolina, with Southern Sampler Authors

Cover for Southern SamplerLEFT COAST WRITERS FERRY PLAZA BOOK PARTY:  Southern Sampler Authors, Artists and Friends, A Southern Sampler, Sampling South Carolina Monday, November 9th, 2015 || 6pm Book Passage || San Francisco 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco ||www.bookpassage.com It's a celebration of all things Southern! Please join the writers and artists of the Southern Sampler Artists Colony as they evoke the dreamy, sometimes steamy world of Charleston and beyond in an exciting sampler of poetry, short fiction, non-fiction and other delights at Book Passage in San Francisco's Ferry Plaza. You don't have to go there to be there, but if you want to be spirited away, you'll be able to do that too. So please drop by for a glass of wine, munchies, and a toast to what we all love most about the American South. Readers include: Nancy Alpert, Marianne Betterly, Greg Fuller and Anne Sigmon "Like improvised jazz riffs, A Southern Sampler is a cultural arts masterpiece that resonates with the soul of the American South." —Karen Chandler, Professor in Arts Management, college of Charleston, and Co-founder of the Charleston Jazz Initiative"

Litquake San Rafael 2015

Litquake San Rafael | Sunday, Oct. 11th Downtown San Rafael | 10am-7:15pm LitquakeLitquake is upon us again and we have a number of Left Coast Writers shaking things up in San Rafael this year. LCW Founder, Linda Watanabe McFerrin will be reading with Laurie McAndish King, Debbie Goelz, Mary Brent Cantarutti, and Toni Picininni to answer the question "Erotic Relationships: What Makes the Heart Grow?" amid a dazzling array of exotic, erotic lingerie at Pleasures of the Heart. (http://www.litquake.org/…/erotic-relationships-what-makes-h…).
  • Cyra McFadden ("The Serial") will serve up "The Morning After: Stories of Dish and Revenge".
  • Book Passage co-owner and author Bill Petrocelli will tell "Tales Worth Telling".
  • Jasmin Darznik will help present "A Gallery of Words".
  • Albert Flynn DeSilver is part of a group of "Four Poet Laureates".
That's plenty of literature and lively interaction for everyone. We hope to see you there! For the full schedule check here.

Southern Sampler Artists Colony 2016!

Southern Sampler Artists Colony RoomSouthern Sampler Artists Colony presents: The Heart in Art, 2016 Charleston, South Carolina April 20 – 27, 2016 Words . . . Images . . . Music Inspiring ties and friendly tides of the South Carolina Lowcountry Want to experience the real Charleston, celebrate belonging with new and old friends, discover the Gullah culture, bask in creative renewal, and feel the sand between your toes? Join us! Heartfelt Workshop Experiences: Writers Workshops Workshops are taught by award-winning author, Linda Watanabe McFerrin, as well as individual consults on your literary and creative projects. McLeod Plantation Gain a fresh historical perspective of the Lowcountry, from the cultivation of indigo to sea island cotton and lives of freed slaves. We’ll also tie-dye with indigo, plantation style, and invent our own fifty shades of blue! Threads that Bind Create a SSAC indigo quilt with Sharon Cooper-Murray, aka The Gullah Lady. Yes, we’ll use the fabric dyed at McLeod Plantation! The quilt will be dedicated to the spirit of the twelve people who gathered at Emanuel AME Church to study the scripture and whose congregation led the world in forgiveness. Music Café Evening We’ll clap; sway and feel the spirit moving. Praise Be to a celebration of music, food, wine, and most of all company, in the historic home of Charleston friends. SSAC Anthology Launch Gala Raise a glass to Charleston & the South, A Sampler of Stories . . . Poetry . . . Recipes & Art, and get ready to dance. In addition to classic swing tunes, Mary Edna Fraser/ The Lime and the Coconuts will offer a Sampling of Southern Music, dating to the Civil War through 1940. Sunset Sail on the Stono River Anchors aweigh! Captain Anton DuMars will guide us on a magical tidal channel adventure. Marvel at the frolicking dolphins, discover a rookery, and catch the sunset on the Stono River. Cost of Workshop: (Ocean front, Folly Beach Accommodations) Private room: $1,975 ($2,125 if paid after November 15, 2015) Shared room: $1,775 ($1,925 if paid after November 15, 2015 The choice of private and separate rooms depends ?upon availability at time of registration. In order to assure workshop placement please send a $500 check deposit (fully refundable before October 15) made out to SSAC with private or shared room preference to: Mary Brent Cantarutti, 233 Santa Margarita Drive, San Rafael, CA 94901. Final payments are due November 15 (for discount); all other payments are due February 1. Limited workshop enrollment; placement will be finalized in order of receipt of deposits.

Wandering in Andalusia Writing Workshop

Wandering in AndalusiaFrom Wanderland Writers Workshops: Wandering in Andalusia:  Seville and The Alhambra—March 11-March 18, 2016 “Near the walls of Seville/ At my friend’s house, Lillas Pastia/ I will dance the Séguedille/ And drink Manzanilla.” From Carmen, by Georges Bizet. Well-known writers and instructors Linda Watanabe McFerrin and Joanna Biggar are off on another adventure and invite you to join them in Andalusia. In this legendary region of Southern Spain many worlds meet: classical (Hercules was the supposed founder of Seville) and medieval; Jewish, Christian and Moorish; colonial, imperial, and modern. From our hotel in central Seville, with its graceful Moorish-style tiled decor, its fountains and secluded courtyards, we will explore them all through art (Murillo and Velásquez were native sons), architecture, music and food. Adapting our curriculum to the locale—and our schedule to the land of the siesta—we will give several workshops and private consultations while offering many ways to discover the city, including: a walking tour; visits to the Cathedral, with its splendid altar, its tomb of Columbus, and its towering minaret, the Giralda, next door, and the royal palace of the Alcázar; a trip to the Flamenco Museum and a night of flamenco; an afternoon of soaking and tea at the Baños Arabes; an evening across the river in the Tirana District, once  famous for the factories which attracted gypsies like Carmen, now famous for bars and clubbing. We will savor tapas and sherry, wine and guitar music. There will also be time to write and discover on one’s own, from high-end shopping, to cycling, to a choice of museums, to bullfighting. And, of course, there is Seville’s literary history to explore: from Cervantes, to Nobel-Prize winning poet Vincente Aleixandra, to beloved native sons Antonio Machado and Luis Cernuda. Fees include accommodations, all breakfasts, four dinners and four lunches, workshops, entrance  fees to all excursions AND a trip to the magnificent World Heritage Site, The Alhambra. Of course, work produced on this trip may be included in our next splendid Wanderland anthology. For more information, please contact: Linda Watanabe McFerrin lindawatanabemcferrin@gmail.com or Joanna Biggar jobiggar@gmail.com. About the Instructors: Linda Watanabe McFerrin (www.lwmcferrin.com) is a poet, travel writer, novelist and contributor to numerous newspapers, magazines and anthologies. She is the author of two poetry collections, past editor of a popular Northern California guidebook and a winner of the Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction. Her novel, Namako:  Sea Cucumber, was named Best Book for the Teen-Age by the New York Public Library. In addition to authoring an award-winning short story collection, The Hand of Buddha, she has co-edited twelve anthologies, including the Hot Flashes: sexy little stories & poems series. Her latest novel, Dead Love (Stone Bridge Press, 2009), was a Bram Stoker Award Finalist for Superior Achievement in a Novel. Linda has judged the San Francisco Literary Awards, the Josephine Miles Award for Literary Excellence and the Kiriyama Prize, served as a visiting mentor for the Loft Mentor Series and been guest faculty at the Oklahoma Arts Institute. A past NEA Panelist and juror for the Marin Literary Arts Council and the founder of Left Coast Writers®, she has led workshops in Greece, France, Italy, England, Ireland, Central America, Indonesia, Spain and the United States and has mentored a long list of accomplished writers and best-selling authors toward publication. Joanna Biggar is a teacher, writer and traveler whose special places of the heart include the California coast and the South of France.  She has degrees in Chinese and French and, as a professional writer for twenty-five years, has written poetry, fiction, personal essays, features, news and travel articles for hundreds of publications including The Washington Post MagazinePsychology TodayThe International Herald Tribune, and The Wall Street Journal.  Her book Travels and Other Poems was published in 1996, and her most recent travel essays have appeared in the Venturing series, whose anthologies include books on France, Greece, Ireland, Italy and Costa Rica. A novel, That Paris Year, was published by Alan Squire Publishing in 2010. She has taught journalism, creative writing, personal essay and travel writing since 1984 in many venues.  She has also taught reading and writing at St. Martin de Porres Middle School and Emiliano Zapata Street Academy in Oakland, California, where she makes her home. For the last year she has been writing and doing research for upcoming work in Aix-en-Provence, France. Contact her through email (jobiggar@gmail.com), Facebook at That Paris Year, or her blog,www.joannabiggar.org.  

Left Coast Writers® Live: Bill Palmini

 
Melinda Adams, aka Lilycat

Melinda Adams, aka Lilycat

On Sunday, October 18th from 12-2pm, join Left Coast Writers® Live on FCCFREE RADIO's popular show, Lilycat on Stuff. Lilycat's guest on Sunday will be Bill Palmini, Author of A Rookie Cop vs. the West Coast Mafia: Breaking Up the "Best in the West" Gang He's back and once again flipping back the tarp on local crime! We are so jazzed to be celebrating true crime writer and Bay Area ex-detective Bill Palmini's latest book. In this gripping, true crime exposé, Palmini, a rookie detective, hopes to take down the West Coast Mafia by gaining the confidence of notorious mob operative William Floyd Ettleman. Set against a backdrop of social turmoil, A Rookie Cop vs. The West Coast Mafia immerses readers in the subculture of free love, drugs, robbery and murder, orchestrated by organized crime in locations like the coastal enclave of Sausalito, California. Artists, writers, musicians, actors and hippies took refuge there. The Trident Restaurant was once a drug Mecca for Hollywood, the music industry and the New York hip. It was co-owned by the Kingston Trio and their manager, Frank Werber, a self-proclaimed drug priest. Robin Williams worked as a busboy there, the Rolling Stones were regulars and Janis Joplin had her own table. Sally Stanford, the former San Francisco Madam who later became Sausalito’s mayor, was a confidant of the famous and infamous. Ettleman's gang of safecrackers targets the Trident. Other mobsters like San Diego’s Frank “The Bomp” Bompensiero, on whom Sopranoscharacter “Big Pussy” is thought to have been based, become involved. Palmini, utilizing Ettleman, joins the FBI and the Federal Strike Force on Organized Crime to penetrate the crime scene in Sausalito, loaded dice scams in Las Vegas and Reno, corruption in San Diego and stolen credit cards circulating as far away as Texas. Then he begins to break up one of the most notorious gangs on the West Coast. William G. Palmini, Jr. is Chief of the Department of Public Safety at UC Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco. He has decades of experience in police work and is a recipient of the J. Stannard Baker Award for Highway Safety from the National Sheriffs' Association and the 2010 National Elks’ Enrique Camarena Drug Awareness Award. His fame as the original Elvis Cop still follows him. His Elvis persona in police work earned him international media coverage and an honorary Gold Record Award from the Recording Industry Association of America. The ongoing spot on Lilycat on Stuff is scheduled for the third Sunday of every month. Left Coast Writers® are invited to participate in the programming. Listeners are invited to call in and share their opinions. FCCFREE RADIO is home to over 50 + original programs each week that produce more that 1,000,000 listeners per month (yes, you read that correctly 1,000,000 + listeners) of LIVE hosted content. that comes out of the plush studios in the SOMA District of San Francisco. FFR talk shows cover everything from sex, politics, sports, andback again. Google calls them an "Iconic Staple of San Francisco" and a "Frontrunner in Internet Broadcasting." Add your voice to the fray by calling in during show hours: 415 829 2980. How to Listen in/Call in! 1 - log onto www.fccfreeradio.com 2 - find "schedule" tab and click it - go to Sundays - there will be the link for Lily Cat on Stuff - click it 3 - on Lily Cat page - there will be a "Tune In Now" section to select the streaming service of listeners choice - Under Studio A: - iTunes - Windows Media Player - Real Media Player - Quick Time Studio 4. Once selected the listening controls should appear & sound should be on - listen to the program - Lily Cat will give the phone # to call Nice thing about these live casts - they're incorporated into Pod Casts so you can go back and listen if the program played while you were out.
For more station info and how to listen in, go to: www.FCCFREERADIO.comTo schedule and interview with the editors or writers please contact Jack at leftcoastwriters@gmail.com

Ferry Plaza Book Party: Joel Eis

LEFT COAST WRITERS FERRY PLAZA BOOK PARTY:  Joel Eis, Author of The Function of the Ekkyklema in Greek Theatre, The Sculptural Display of Murdered Victims and the Success of Greek Tragedy for the State
Joel Eis

Joel Eis

Monday, October 12th, 2015 || 6pm Book Passage || San Francisco 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco ||www.bookpassage.com
Join Left Coast Writers and Joel Eis for a look at the tragic and dramatic in Greek theatre.
Joel's talk will announce new and very interesting discoveries about Greek theatre that were hidden in plain view, which is why the book has garnered exceptional reviews from experts on the subject.
Joel will discuss the value of research for writers of non-fiction and fiction. Tricks on sleuthing source material, applying it to the work. Lots of dish about scholars who made stuff up, and famous folks who missed important stuff that was right in front of them.
The Function of the Ekkyklema in Greek Theatre, The Sculptural Display of Murdered Victims and the Success of Greek Tragedy for the State, (Edwin Mellen Press, 2014) was awarded the Adelle Mellen prize for outstanding contribution to scholarship upon its release, and received a special forward from Sir John Boardman, greatest living scholar on Greek vases and theatre, Emeritus at Oxford and former curator of the Ashmolean Museum.
Joel will talk about discoveries in the poetry sources for Greek theatre never before included that were pretty much right in plain sight; just an example of an incredible number of unnoticed or misread evidence.
Professor Joel D. Eis, MFA has been writing plays, poetry short stories, articles, and essays since the 1970s. A good portion of his work has seen print publication or staged reading/production. He has published three full length books; a book on the performance of the first play in English in the New World,(Edwin Mellen Press) a text on stagecraft for high schools (Centerline Productions) and his current book on Greek theatre published by Edwin Mellen Press. It has already received the Adele Mellen award for outstanding academic contribution, 2015.

Book Launch: Chronicles of Old San Francisco by Gael Chandler

LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK LAUNCH: Gael Chandler, Author of Chronicles of Old San Francisco: Exploring the Historic City by the Bay
Gael Chandler

Gael Chandler

Saturday, October 10th, 2015 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com
Chronicles of Old San Francisco: Exploring the Historic City by the Bay recounts the city’s colorful history with vivid illustrations in 28 dramatic true chapters, each centered on a person who transformed the city. Beginning with tales of the Yelamu—the city’s original inhabitants—Chronicles spans the life and times of those drawn to the city from the Spanish missionaries who arrived in 1776 to the dot-comers who turned up in the 1990s. The book also contains extensive, self-guided walking tours of the city illustrated with color photographs and detailed maps. Gael Chandler moved to San Francisco in 1970 to join the women’s movement and liberate herself. Nine years later she left for Hollywood where she edited dramas, documentaries and more and received two Cable ACE nominations for cutting a comedy series. Chandler taught editing and digital editing systems and wrote three books on editing: Film Editing: Great Cuts Every Filmmaker and Movie Lover Must Know which has been translated into Turkish and two editions of Cut by Cut: Editing Your Film or Video which has been translated into Chinese. She blogs about film editing and related topics at her website at www.joyoffilmediting.com. In 2010 Chandler returned to northern California where she creates book trailers and enhanced eBooks via her company, PictureYourBook, and is contemplating her next book.

Literary Salon: Jack Shoemaker

LEFT COAST WRITERS LITERARY SALON:  Jack Shoemaker, Co-Founder, Editor and Publisher of Counterpoint Press
Jack Shoemaker

Jack Shoemaker

Monday, October 5th, 2015 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com
Writers, you won't want to miss our next salon. You'll have an opportunity to listen to and ask questions of legendary editor and publisher, Jack Shoemaker who, through his respected imprints, has introduced authors like Annie Lamott to the reading public and shepherded them to success. Today, Jack is the co-founder, editor and publisher of Counterpoint Press.
COUNTERPOINT LLC was created in 2007 through the acquisition of three notable independent presses: Counterpoint, Shoemaker & Hoard, and Soft Skull Press. In January 2008, the company began publishing two imprints, Counterpoint and Soft Skull Press. Shoemaker & Hoard titles are now being published under the Counterpoint imprint. Author-driven, they devote all energy to the fresh, cutting-edge, and literary voices of their authors. The genres they cover are vast—fiction and nonfiction, poetry, graphic novels, and anthologies, all of which collectively focus on current affairs and politics, counterculture, music, history, memoir, literary biography, religion, and philosophy. The company’s office is in Berkeley, California. Counterpoint books are distributed by Publishers Group West, a division of the Perseus Books Group.
Jack Shoemaker was born in California in 1946, and came of age working as a bookseller at a time of political and literary revolution on the West Coast. He has been co-founder, editor, and publisher of three major independent imprints, North Point Press, Counterpoint, and his current house, Shoemaker & Hoard. The list of titles published by Shoemaker traces the careers of several contemporary masters, often from an author’s first book to his last.

Left Coast Writers Poetry: Adrienne Amundsen

Left Coast Writers Poetry: Adrienne Amundsen, Author of Reclaiming the Apple: Poems from Afghanistan
Adrienne Amundsen

Adrienne Amundsen

Kawika's Ocean Beach Deli 734 La Playa St, San Francisco, CA 94121 Sunday, October 4th 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 Adrienne Amundsen. Adrienne Amundsen is a psychologist, specializing in trauma, grief, and creativity. Born in Texas, but long ago transplanted tonorthern California, she is the mother of two grown boys. Her poetry has been published in a number of literary journals and anthologies, and her first poetry collection Cassandras Falling was published in 2011. Dr. Amundsen’s interests have taken her from the caves of France to the war zone in Afghanistan, and she has taught classes on shamanism and cave art both locally in California and internationally. She works with a local nonprofit organization, Afghans 4 Tomorrow, which helps Afghans provide girls’ education and economic opportunities for families. Her second poetry collection, Reclaiming the Apple, was published in 2014. Kawika's LogoAbout Kawika's Deli: David Nottage and his wife Joanne Pappas Nottage bought this San Francisco business a year and a half ago and transformed a take-out deli into a friendly community hub where friends and neighbors can enjoy great food with affordable, quality wine/beer and connect around music, poetry, sports, comedy, and issues integral to local concerns. Kawika's has free wi-fi and delicious deli delights. Signature menu items include: fresh baked sourdough rolls, homemade Gluten Free bread, in-house, fresh roasted, rotisserie Angus roast beef, turkey and leg of lamb, fresh baked Salmon, Greek lamb gyros with authentic tzatziki sauce, Greek Salad, homemade hummus, 100% Kona coffee, Greek coffee and a selection of chips, juices, and desserts, including baklava! Kawika’s is just a block from beautiful Ocean Beach at 734 La Playa Street @ Balboa in San Francisco. There is street parking and a large, free lot 1 block away on the Great Highway @ Balboa Street. Read more about their events and the restaurant itself at http://www.oceanbeachdeli.com/

Wanderland Writers at Laurel Books

Wanderland Writers, Authors of Wandering in Cornwall: Mystery, Mirth, and Transformation in the Land of the Ancient Celts at Laurel Books Wandering in Cornwall CoverFriday, October 2nd, 2015 || 6pm Laurel Bookstore || Oakland 1423 Broadway Oakland, CA ||www.laurelbookstore.com It's another Wanderland Writers celebration. Wine, snacks, readings, and a brand new book in the series. This time Wanderland Writers venture deep into Cornwall, exploring it's castles, its contrast. They find, of course, its legacy of Camelot, the lingering shadows of Arthurian legend, tragic love, magic, and Merlin. They also find its sorrows, buried deep in its history like the now closed mines, where the windswept moors and jagged coasts made everyday events of shipwrecks, isolation, cave-ins. Yet, as workshop leaders Joanna Biggar and Linda Watanabe McFerrin and their fellow travelers discover, that is not the whole story. They also encounter the wonderful and hospitable Cornish, with their enchanting accents, their delightful yarns, their humor, their endurance. They wander, bicycle, hike and kayak to explore hills, waterways, villages and moors in search of the spirit of artists and writers who have come before them to leave an imprint on this untamed land. Wandering in Cornwall is a beguiling collection of stories and poems about the extreme west of England. Everything that makes Cornwall so special is here: pasties, clotted cream artists, smugglers, the South West Coast Path and even the thieving seagulls. Readers who know Cornwall will be inspired to return and newcomers to this land of myth and legend will vow to see it for themselves. —Hilary Bradt MBE, Co-founder of Bradt Travel Guides “Careful, reader. This book is a delight, no doubt about it. But now I have to go to Cornwall.” —Tim Cahill, Author of Jaguars Ripped My Flesh and Hold the Enlightenment Writers reading will include: Unity Barry, Daphne Beyers, Antoinette Constable, Tom Harrell, Kitty Hughes, Laurie McAndish King, Ethel Mussen, MJ Pramik, Anne Sigmon, and Maryly Snow. For more information go to www.wanderlandwriters.com Linda Watanabe McFerrin and Joanna Biggar have floated down the Canal du Midi in France, danced in the sunlight of southern Greece, toasted the best of times in Ireland, devoured the culture and countryside of southern Italy, wandered through landscapes lost and found in Costa Rica, and explored the Indonesian island that is known as an earthly Paradise. In each destination, they eat and drink, laugh and get lost, explore and expound with their merry band of travel writers. And they always return with a varied collection of tales, some mystical, some funny, some terrifying—each told in a different, highly personal voice.

Left Coast Writers® Live: Joel Eis

Melinda Adams, aka Lilycat

Melinda Adams, aka Lilycat

On Sunday, September 20th from 12-2pm, join Left Coast Writers® Live on FCCFREE RADIO's popular show, Lilycat on Stuff. Lilycat's guest on Sunday will be Joel Eis, Author of The Function of the Ekkyklema in Greek Theatre, The Sculptural Display of Murdered Victims and the Success of Greek Tragedy for the State The Function of the Ekkyklema in Greek Theatre, The Sculptural Display of Murdered Victims and the Success of Greek Tragedy for the State, (Edwin Mellen Press, 2014) was awarded the Adelle Mellen prize for outstanding contribution to scholarship upon its release, and received a special forward from Sir John Boardman, greatest living scholar on Greek vases and theatre, Emeritus at Oxford and former curator of the Ashmolean Museum. Professor Joel D. Eis, MFA has been writing plays, poetry short stories, articles, and essays since the 1970s. A good portion of his work has seen print publication or staged reading/production. He has published three full length books; a book on the performance of the first play in English in the New World,(Edwin Mellen Press) a text on stagecraft for high schools (Centerline Productions) and his current book on Greek theatre published by Edwin Mellen Press. It has already received the Adele Mellen award for outstanding academic contribution, 2015. The ongoing spot on Lilycat on Stuff is scheduled for the third Sunday of every month. Left Coast Writers® are invited to participate in the programming. Listeners are invited to call in and share their opinions. FCCFREE RADIO is home to over 50 + original programs each week that produce more that 1,000,000 listeners per month (yes, you read that correctly 1,000,000 + listeners) of LIVE hosted content. that comes out of the plush studios in the SOMA District of San Francisco. FFR talk shows cover everything from sex, politics, sports, and back again. Google calls them an "Iconic Staple of San Francisco" and a "Frontrunner in Internet Broadcasting." Add your voice to the fray by calling in during show hours: 415 829 2980. How to Listen in/Call in! 1 - log onto www.fccfreeradio.com 2 - find "schedule" tab and click it - go to Sundays - there will be the link for Lily Cat on Stuff - click it 3 - on Lily Cat page - there will be a "Tune In Now" section to select the streaming service of listeners choice - Under Studio A: - iTunes - Windows Media Player - Real Media Player - Quick Time Studio 4. Once selected the listening controls should appear & sound should be on - listen to the program - Lily Cat will give the phone # to call Nice thing about these live casts - they're incorporated into Pod Casts so you can go back and listen if the program played while you were out.
For more station info and how to listen in, go to: www.FCCFREERADIO.comTo schedule and interview with the editors or writers please contact Jack at leftcoastwriters@gmail.com

Ferry Plaza Book Party: Bill Palmini

LEFT COAST WRITERS FERRY PLAZA BOOK PARTY:  Bill Palmini, Author of A Rookie Cop vs. the West Coast Mafia: Breaking Up the "Best in the West" Gang BillPalminiMonday, September 14th, 2015 || 6pm Book Passage || San Francisco 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco ||www.bookpassage.com He's back and once again flipping back the tarp on local crime! We are so jazzed to be celebrating true crime writer and Bay Area ex-detective Bill Palmini's latest book. In this gripping, true crime exposé, Palmini, a rookie detective, hopes to take down the West Coast Mafia by gaining the confidence of notorious mob operative William Floyd Ettleman. Set against a backdrop of social turmoil, A Rookie Cop vs. The West Coast Mafia immerses readers in the subculture of free love, drugs, robbery and murder, orchestrated by organized crime in locations like the coastal enclave of Sausalito, California. Artists, writers, musicians, actors and hippies took refuge there. The Trident Restaurant was once a drug Mecca for Hollywood, the music industry and the New York hip. It was co-owned by the Kingston Trio and their manager, Frank Werber, a self-proclaimed drug priest. Robin Williams worked as a busboy there, the Rolling Stones were regulars and Janis Joplin had her own table. Sally Stanford, the former San Francisco Madam who later became Sausalito’s mayor, was a confidant of the famous and infamous. Ettleman's gang of safecrackers targets the Trident. Other mobsters like San Diego’s Frank “The Bomp” Bompensiero, on whom Sopranoscharacter “Big Pussy” is thought to have been based, become involved. Palmini, utilizing Ettleman, joins the FBI and the Federal Strike Force on Organized Crime to penetrate the crime scene in Sausalito, loaded dice scams in Las Vegas and Reno, corruption in San Diego and stolen credit cards circulating as far away as Texas. Then he begins to break up one of the most notorious gangs on the West Coast. William G. Palmini, Jr. is Chief of the Department of Public Safety at UC Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco. He has decades of experience in police work and is a recipient of the J. Stannard Baker Award for Highway Safety from the National Sheriffs' Association and the 2010 National Elks’ Enrique Camarena Drug Awareness Award. His fame as the original Elvis Cop still follows him. His Elvis persona in police work earned him international media coverage and an honorary Gold Record Award from the Recording Industry Association of America.

Book Launch: Paradise Drive by Rebecca Foust

LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK LAUNCH: Rebecca Foust, Author of Paradise Drive
Rebecca Foust

Rebecca Foust

Saturday, September 12th, 2015 || 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.
In Rebecca Foust’s splendid book-length sonnet sequence, Paradise Drive, we come upon a Pilgrim contemplating the deadly sins while hiding out in the bathrooms at some of Marin County, California’s swankiest parties. As the Pilgrim swaggers into an idiosyncratic, believable, frail spirituality, her unmediated, un-medicated new life emerges. The sonnets of this new life are jagged, fresh, and formed in only the way a stunningly skilled poet can craft them. Foust drives her Keatsian sensibility straight into the 21st Century of terrorism and autism, divorce and yoga, soldiers and syringes, booze and valet parking, determined to prove that truth makes beauty. Not only is Paradise Drive a magnificent achievement, it’s a deep comfort as well.
Molly Peacock, author of The Second Blush: Poems
Rebecca Foust was the 2014 Dartmouth Poet in Residence and is the recipient of fellowships from the Frost Place and theMacDowell Colony. Her fifth book, Paradise Drive, won the 2015 Press 53 Award for Poetry. About it Thomas Lux says “sonnet after sonnet is masterful. Not since Berryman’s Henry have I been so engaged by a persona,” and Molly Peacock says, “Foust drives her Keatsian sensibility straight into the 21st soldiers and syringes, booze and valet parking, determined to prove that truth makes beauty.” For more information, visit http://rebeccafoust.com/. Paradise Drive can be ordered at http://www.press53.com/Bio_Rebecca_Foust.html.

Literary Salon: Robbie Scott

LEFT COAST WRITERS LITERARY SALON:  Robbie Scott, Author of The Queen's Sceptre and engineer at Bandcamp.com, working on audiobooks 
Robbie Scott

Robbie Scott

Tuesday, September 8th, 2015 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com On Tuesday eve—not Monday eve, due to the holiday weekend—Robbie Scott will talk about the trials and tribulations of taking a self-published book to audio. He’ll cover such topics as recording your own audio, the benefits of working with a professional narrator, and navigating legal and financial issues like contracts and revenue sharing. He'll  touch on the rise of audiobooks in general, the current players, like audible and iTunes, the self-publishing market, and the plans of independents like Bandcamp. Audiobooks, with a market growth ranging between 6% to almost 50% from year to year, depending who you talk to, are one of the bright spots in book publishing. How will that pan out for the self-publishing crowd?
Robbie Scott is the author of the well-received Mystery of Rascal Pratt, an historical fiction for middle grade readers, set in the Marin Headlands, which has made its way onto summer reading lists and into classrooms  across the states. He finished his second novel, The Queen's Sceptre, for that same audience early this year and has been working with narrator David Marcus Gibson this spring and summer, preparing its audio version.
He is also a software engineer at Bandcamp, the San Francisco-based music and audio distribution platform, the artist-centric service favored by independent musicians world-wide, where he is currently working on, among other things, enhancements geared towards audiobooks, podcasts, and spoken word.

Left Coast Writers Poetry: Morris Taylor

Left Coast Writers Poetry: Morris Taylor, Author of Nine Lives of Morris: Great Tales from One Cool Cat
Morris Taylor

Morris Taylor

Kawika's Ocean Beach Deli 734 La Playa St, San Francisco, CA 94121 Sunday, September 6th 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 September is Morris Taylor, Author of Nine Lives of Morris: Great Tales from One Cool Cat. 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 the arts, religion, family, and the leather lifestyle. 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 poetry. For four decades Doctor Taylor was on the faculty of Christian universities. He retired as Professor Emeritus of Music. In the capacity of his missionary credential, he has taught Bible classes for youth and adults and raised up a Seventh-day Adventist church in Appalachia. For many years he and his wife Elaine, with whom he had four children, toured as a duo-piano team. In his sixties Morris has acted upon his inherent homosexuality. In his retirement years, he 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 May 21, 2015, he exhibited his erotic watercolors at Chicago’s Leather Archives and Museum. He is currently producing a book, Nine Lives of Morris: Great Tales from One Cool Cat. To find out more and to participate in the project, go to:  http://ninelivesofmorris.com/crowdfunding-the-book/ A documentary film is being made of Taylor’s life. Kawika's LogoAbout Kawika's Deli: David Nottage and his wife Joanne Pappas Nottage bought this San Francisco business a year and a half ago and transformed a take-out deli into a friendly community hub where friends and neighbors can enjoy great food with affordable, quality wine/beer and connect around music, poetry, sports, comedy, and issues integral to local concerns. Kawika's has free wi-fi and delicious deli delights. Signature menu items include: fresh baked sourdough rolls, homemade Gluten Free bread, in-house, fresh roasted, rotisserie Angus roast beef, turkey and leg of lamb, fresh baked Salmon, Greek lamb gyros with authentic tzatziki sauce, Greek Salad, homemade hummus, 100% Kona coffee, Greek coffee and a selection of chips, juices, and desserts, including baklava! Kawika’s is just a block from beautiful Ocean Beach at 734 La Playa Street @ Balboa in San Francisco. There is street parking and a large, free lot 1 block away on the Great Highway @ Balboa Street. Read more about their events and the restaurant itself at http://www.oceanbeachdeli.com/

David Shields in Conversation with Linda Watanabe McFerrin

shieldsDavidDavid Shields, Author of That Thing You Do With Your Mouth, in conversation with Linda Watanabe McFerrin Thursday, August 20th, 2015 || 6pm Book Passage || San Francisco 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco ||www.bookpassage.com
In That Thing You Do With Your Mouth:The Sexual Autobiography of Samantha Matthews as told to David Shields, actress and voice-over artist Samantha Matthews offers, in the form of an extended monologue to David Shields, a vivid investigation of her startling sexual history. From her abuse at the hands of a family member to her present day life in Barcelona, Matthews reveals herself to be a darkly funny and contemporary woman with a keen awareness of how her body has been hijacked and the influence of her early trauma. Her story is a study of her uneasy relationships with female desire, her tormentors, and her lovers with whom she has sought out both the infliction and receipt of harm. This book is an attempt to break down barriers both sexual and emotional. For Matthews and Shields, the only response to the unspeakable is to speak, to do that thing you do with your mouth, as directly and honestly as possible. Their provocative performance refuses neat resolution or emotional pornography and will have readers raging, celebrating, and talking. David Shields is the author of 11 other books, including Reality Hunger: A Manifesto, named one of the best books of 2010 and The Thing About Life Is That One Day You'll Be Dead, a New York Times bestseller. His work has been translated into 15 languages.
LOCATION:
1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111
$15.00
ISBN: 9781940450643
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: McSweeney's Books - June 9th, 2015
 

Left Coast Writers® Live: Wanderland Writers

Melinda Adams, aka Lilycat

Melinda Adams, aka Lilycat

On Sunday, August 16th from 12-2pm, join Left Coast Writers® Live on FCCFREE RADIO's popular show, Lilycat on Stuff. Lilycat's guest on Sunday will be Left Coast Writers®  Wanderland Writers. This time Wanderland Writers venture deep into Cornwall, exploring it's castles, its contrast. They find, of course, its legacy of Camelot, the lingering shadows of Arthurian legend, tragic love, magic, and Merlin. They also find its sorrows, buried deep in its history like the now closed mines, where the windswept moors and jagged coasts made everyday events of shipwrecks, isolation, cave-ins. Yet, as workshop leaders Joanna Biggar and Linda Watanabe McFerrin and their fellow travelers discover, that is not the whole story. They also encounter the wonderful and hospitable Cornish, with their enchanting accents, their delightful yarns, their humor, their endurance. They wander, bicycle, hike and kayak to explore hills, waterways, villages and moors in search of the spirit of artists and writers who have come before them to leave an imprint on this untamed land. Wandering in Cornwall is a beguiling collection of stories and poems about the extreme west of England. Everything that makes Cornwall so special is here: pasties, clotted cream artists, smugglers, the South West Coast Path and even the thieving seagulls. Readers who know Cornwall will be inspired to return and newcomers to this land of myth and legend will vow to see it for themselves. —Hilary Bradt MBE, Co-founder of Bradt Travel Guides “Careful, reader. This book is a delight, no doubt about it. But now I have to go to Cornwall.” —Tim Cahill, Author of Jaguars Ripped My Flesh and Hold the Enlightenment For more information go to www.wanderlandwriters.com Linda Watanabe McFerrin and Joanna Biggar have floated down the Canal du Midi in France, danced in the sunlight of southern Greece, toasted the best of times in Ireland, devoured the culture and countryside of southern Italy, wandered through landscapes lost and found in Costa Rica, and explored the Indonesian island that is known as an earthly Paradise. In each destination, they eat and drink, laugh and get lost, explore and expound with their merry band of travel writers. And they always return with a varied collection of tales, some mystical, some funny, some terrifying—each told in a different, highly personal voice. The ongoing spot on Lilycat on Stuff is scheduled for the third Sunday of every month. Left Coast Writers® are invited to participate in the programming. Listeners are invited to call in and share their opinions. FCCFREE RADIO is home to over 50 + original programs each week that produce more that 1,000,000 listeners per month (yes, you read that correctly 1,000,000 + listeners) of LIVE hosted content. that comes out of the plush studios in the SOMA District of San Francisco. FFR talk shows cover everything from sex, politics, sports, and back again. Google calls them an "Iconic Staple of San Francisco" and a "Frontrunner in Internet Broadcasting." Add your voice to the fray by calling in during show hours: 415 829 2980. How to Listen in/Call in! 1 - log onto www.fccfreeradio.com 2 - find "schedule" tab and click it - go to Sundays - there will be the link for Lily Cat on Stuff - click it 3 - on Lily Cat page - there will be a "Tune In Now" section to select the streaming service of listeners choice - Under Studio A: - iTunes - Windows Media Player - Real Media Player - Quick Time Studio 4. Once selected the listening controls should appear & sound should be on - listen to the program - Lily Cat will give the phone # to call Nice thing about these live casts - they're incorporated into Pod Casts so you can go back and listen if the program played while you were out.
For more station info and how to listen in, go to: www.FCCFREERADIO.comTo schedule and interview with the editors or writers please contact Jack at leftcoastwriters@gmail.com

Ferry Plaza Book Party: Wandering in Cornwall

LEFT COAST WRITERS FERRY PLAZA BOOK PARTY:  Wanderland Writers, Authors of Wandering in Cornwall: Mystery, Mirth, and Transformation in the Land of the Ancient Celts Wandering in Cornwall CoverMonday, August 10th, 2015 || 6pm Book Passage || San Francisco 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco ||www.bookpassage.com It's another Wanderland Writers celebration. Wine, snacks, readings, and a brand new book in the series. This time Wanderland Writers venture deep into Cornwall, exploring it's castles, its contrast. They find, of course, its legacy of Camelot, the lingering shadows of Arthurian legend, tragic love, magic, and Merlin. They also find its sorrows, buried deep in its history like the now closed mines, where the windswept moors and jagged coasts made everyday events of shipwrecks, isolation, cave-ins. Yet, as workshop leaders Joanna Biggar and Linda Watanabe McFerrin and their fellow travelers discover, that is not the whole story. They also encounter the wonderful and hospitable Cornish, with their enchanting accents, their delightful yarns, their humor, their endurance. They wander, bicycle, hike and kayak to explore hills, waterways, villages and moors in search of the spirit of artists and writers who have come before them to leave an imprint on this untamed land. Wandering in Cornwall is a beguiling collection of stories and poems about the extreme west of England. Everything that makes Cornwall so special is here: pasties, clotted cream artists, smugglers, the South West Coast Path and even the thieving seagulls. Readers who know Cornwall will be inspired to return and newcomers to this land of myth and legend will vow to see it for themselves. —Hilary Bradt MBE, Co-founder of Bradt Travel Guides “Careful, reader. This book is a delight, no doubt about it. But now I have to go to Cornwall.” —Tim Cahill, Author of Jaguars Ripped My Flesh and Hold the Enlightenment Writers reading will include: Unity Barry, Daphne Beyers, Antoinette Constable, Tom Harrell, Kitty Hughes, Laurie McAndish King, Ethel Mussen, MJ Pramik, Lynne Rutan, Anne Sigmon, and Maryly Snow. For more information go to www.wanderlandwriters.com Linda Watanabe McFerrin and Joanna Biggar have floated down the Canal du Midi in France, danced in the sunlight of southern Greece, toasted the best of times in Ireland, devoured the culture and countryside of southern Italy, wandered through landscapes lost and found in Costa Rica, and explored the Indonesian island that is known as an earthly Paradise. In each destination, they eat and drink, laugh and get lost, explore and expound with their merry band of travel writers. And they always return with a varied collection of tales, some mystical, some funny, some terrifying—each told in a different, highly personal voice.

Book Launch: Kissing the Sky by Cristina Olsen

LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK LAUNCH: Kissing the Sky, by Cristina Olsen
Cristina Olsen

Cristina Olsen

Saturday, August 8th, 2015 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com Join us in this long-awaited, much anticipated, book party for Christina Olsen. Kissing the Sky is an autobiography of the soul in poetic and visual form that begins with loss and loneliness, but soon transforms into love and an expansive freedom of the soul. From post-war London to the vast Pampas of Argentina, from Buenos Aires to the hills of Novato, California, the author weaves a meditative tapestry of poetry and photography celebrating the beauty of nature and it’s power to transform pain into joy. "A multi-faceted synthesis of literature and art, and the author’s life experiences, results in a winning combination recommended for readers who enjoy poetry, photos and autobiography." –D. Donovan, Midwest Book Review  Cristina Olsen was born and raised in Argentina, then continued her education up through the doctoral level in the United States. For close to 30 years she lived as a global nomad, shifting residences between South America and the United States and vagabonding through countries around the world, eventually settling in Marin County, California with her husband, fellow poet and photographer, Dave Muñoz (Haiku Dave). Twice she has lived under and survived military dictatorships in Argentina and Chile. She has been a translator, language teacher, and lecturer on world religions and mysticism, and is the author of Nature in the Lives of Saints Brigit, Patrick and Columba, Lambert Academic Publishing, Saarbrucken, Germany, 2012.  In addition, she raised funds for nonprofit institutions in the area of environmental education, sustainable agriculture in rural communities in Africa, Asia, and Central and South America, interfaith dialogue, hospice care, and higher education.

Literary Salon: David Corbett

LEFT COAST WRITERS LITERARY SALON:  David Corbett, Author of The Mercy of the Night
David Corbett

David Corbett

Monday, August 3rd, 2015 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com  Don't miss the salon in August when renowned mystery writer David Corbett will be joining us to discuss character, sub-genre subtleties, and all things mysterious. For fifteen years, David Corbett worked for the San Francisco private investigation firm of Palladino & Sutherland, and played a significant part in a number of high-profile criminal and civil litigations, including the Lincoln Savings & Loan Case, The DeLorean Trial, the Coronado Company marijuana indictments, The Cotton Club Murder Case, The People's Temple Trial, the first Michael Jackson child molestation case, and a RICO civil litigation brought by the Teamsters against former union leaders associated with organized crime—as well as numerous other drug, murder, and fraud cases. In 1995, he eased out of private investigation work to serve as office manager and "Man Friday" for his wife, Terri, as she launched her own law practice, specializing in probate litigation, estate planning, and small business law. (For more on Terri, see Cesidia on this website.) She was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in September, 2000, and in January, 2001, passed away at age 46. Six weeks before Terri's death, Ballantine purchased David's first novel, The Devil's Redhead. Widely praised, it was nominated for both the Anthony and Barry Awards for Best First Novel of 2002. His follow-up, Done for a Dime,was also broadly acclaimed ("the best in contemporary crime fiction ... one of the three or four best American crime novels I've ever read."—The Washington Post), was named a New York Times Notable Book, and was nominated for the Macavity Award for Best Novel of 2003. His third novel, 2007's Blood of Paradise, was compared to the work of Graham Greene and Robert Stone, was chosen by Admiral James Stavridis, then Commander of the US Southern Command, for the SOUTHCOM reading list. It was also selected one of the Top Ten Mysteries and Thrillers of 2007 by The Washington Post. His fourth novel, 2010's Do They Know I'm Running?, instantly garnered widespread praise, and was selected as Best Novel—Rising Star Category for the Spinetingler Award. This past year, David has published both his fifth novel, The Mercy of the Night ("Superlative hard-boiled crime fiction with a strong emotional center.” — Booklist, Starred Review), and a novella featuring the same male protagonist, Phelan Tierney, titled The Devil Prayed and Darkness Fell. David's short fiction has also been widely praised, with stories appearing twice in Best American Mystery Stories, and another, "It Can Happen" from San Francisco Noir, nominated for the Macavity Award for Best Short Story of 2005. He also contributed chapters to The Chopin Manuscript and The Copper Bracelet, serial audio thrillers that now have been combined in a single hard cover version titled Watchlist. In 2013 he published his writing guide The Art of Character, which national bestseller Elizabeth Brundage called "a writer's bible that will lead to your character's soul." He teaches and gives seminars and workshops at conferences throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico; he's a regular contributor to the writers' blog Writer Unboxed; and his articles on craft and theory have appeared in the New York Times, Narrative, Writer's Digest, The Writer, Zyzzyva, MovieMaker, Bright Ideas, Crimespree and other outlets.

Left Coast Writers Poetry: Marianne Betterly

Left Coast Writers Poetry: Marianne Betterly
Marianne Betterly

Marianne Betterly

Kawika's Ocean Beach Deli 734 La Playa St, San Francisco, CA 94121 Sunday, August 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 August is Marianne Betterly. When Marianne Betterly isn’t hip hop dancing, designing websites  or traveling to Kyoto, she’s writing poetry. Her poetry has been published widely in books and journals including the Hot Flashes series, “The Green Silk Journal,” and “The Haight Ashbury Literary Journal.”  Marianne is the book designer of Turning a Train of Thought Upside Down. Kawika's LogoAbout Kawika's Deli: David Nottage and his wife Joanne Pappas Nottage bought this San Francisco business a year and a half ago and transformed a take-out deli into a friendly community hub where friends and neighbors can enjoy great food with affordable, quality wine/beer and connect around music, poetry, sports, comedy, and issues integral to local concerns. Kawika's has free wi-fi and delicious deli delights. Signature menu items include: fresh baked sourdough rolls, homemade Gluten Free bread, in-house, fresh roasted, rotisserie Angus roast beef, turkey and leg of lamb, fresh baked Salmon, Greek lamb gyros with authentic tzatziki sauce, Greek Salad, homemade hummus, 100% Kona coffee, Greek coffee and a selection of chips, juices, and desserts, including baklava! Kawika’s is just a block from beautiful Ocean Beach at 734 La Playa Street @ Balboa in San Francisco. There is street parking and a large, free lot 1 block away on the Great Highway @ Balboa Street. Read more about their events and the restaurant itself at http://www.oceanbeachdeli.com/

Ferry Plaza Book Party: Fundraiser for Afghans 4 Tomorrow with Adrienne Amundsen, Author of Reclaiming the Apple

LEFT COAST WRITERS FERRY PLAZA BOOK PARTY:  Fundraiser for Afghans 4 Tomorrow with Adrienne Amundsen, Author of Reclaiming the Apple
photo by Adrienne Amundsen

photo by Adrienne Amundsen

Monday, July 13th, 2015 || 6pm Book Passage || San Francisco 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco ||www.bookpassage.com Left Coast Writers and friends; lovers of poetry, women's rights and healing vibes for our planet: Please join us for a little wine and a celebration of the power of poetry at a Fundraiser for Afghans4Tommorow at Book Passage in the Ferry Plaza. Adrienne Admundsen will be reading from her collection of poems about Afghanistan, its troubles and the path to healing. Afghans4Tomorrow, Inc. (“A4T”) , is a registered non-profit, humanitarian organization dedicated to the reconstruction and development of Afghanistan. A4T is also a registered nonprofit with the Afghan Ministry of Economics. Their concentration is in improving the capacity of those they serve in their education, agriculture and health programs to become self sufficient and contribute to the economy of their families and country. Adrienne Amundsen is a psychologist, specializing in trauma, grief, and creativity. Born in Texas, but long ago transplanted to northern California, she is the mother of two grown boys. Her poetry has been published in a number of literary journals and anthologies, and her poetry collection Cassandras Falling was published in 2011. Dr. Amundsen’s interests have taken her from the caves of France to the war zone in Afghanistan, and she has taught classes on shamanism and cave art both locally in California and internationally. She works with a local nonprofit organization, Afghans 4 Tomorrow, which helps Afghans provide girls’ education and economic opportunities for families.

Book Launch: One Shoe by John Hewitt

LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK LAUNCH:  One Shoe: When a Gold Rush is not Enough by John Hewitt
John Hewitt

John Hewitt

Saturday, July 11th, 2015 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com 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.

Literary Salon: Deirdre Cerkanowicz

LEFT COAST WRITERS LITERARY SALON:  Deirdre Cerkanowicz, Marketing and Promotions Specialist at Berkeley Public Library
Deirdre Cerkanowicz

Deirdre Cerkanowicz

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com Join us at 7pm for hosted wine and beverages as we celebrate libraries and all they do for writers. We'll begin with a short mixer, which will be followed by an inspiring and informative presentation by Deirdre Cerkanowicz. Deirdre has worked in libraries for over 25 years. She is also a writer and photographer, having started and produced a monthly newsmagazine for six years; as well as written numerous book reviews for publications such as Booklist. She worked for Book Passage before attending library school and still frequents both locations. She currently is in charge of publicity for the Berkeley Public Library and promotes the Library's numerous free public programs through press releases, newsletters and social media. Deirdre will unveil secrets of the stacks, explain how databases are your friend, how to approach libraries to do readings and offer other process for getting your book in libraries and how not to drive your local librarian crazy.

Left Coast Writers Poetry: Jeff Kingman

Left Coast Writers Poetry: Jeff Kingman
Jeff Kingman

Jeff Kingman

Kawika's Ocean Beach Deli 734 La Playa St, San Francisco, CA 94121 Sunday, July 5th 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 July is Jeffrey Kingman. In honor of the 4th of July holiday weekend, we propose independence as a theme for the Open Mic poetry session. This can be about what independence and/or freedom mean to you personally and may be related or totally unrelated to political independence – your choice! Jeffrey Kingman lives by the Napa River in Vallejo, California. He won the Red Berry Editions 2015 Valentine poetry contest and also the 2012 Revolution House Flash Fiction Contest. He has read at Quiet Lightning and Bay Area Generations. His poetry has appeared in Squaw Valley Review, Crack the Spine, The Lascaux Prize 2015 anthology and others. Jeff has a Master’s degree in Music Composition and can be heard playing his drums in a band called O Happy Dagger. Kawika's LogoAbout Kawika's Deli: David Nottage and his wife Joanne Pappas Nottage bought this San Francisco business a year and a half ago and transformed a take-out deli into a friendly community hub where friends and neighbors can enjoy great food with affordable, quality wine/beer and connect around music, poetry, sports, comedy, and issues integral to local concerns. Kawika's has free wi-fi and delicious deli delights. Signature menu items include: fresh baked sourdough rolls, homemade Gluten Free bread, in-house, fresh roasted, rotisserie Angus roast beef, turkey and leg of lamb, fresh baked Salmon, Greek lamb gyros with authentic tzatziki sauce, Greek Salad, homemade hummus, 100% Kona coffee, Greek coffee and a selection of chips, juices, and desserts, including baklava! Kawika’s is just a block from beautiful Ocean Beach at 734 La Playa Street @ Balboa in San Francisco. There is street parking and a large, free lot 1 block away on the Great Highway @ Balboa Street. Read more about their events and the restaurant itself at http://www.oceanbeachdeli.com/

Left Coast Writers Poetry: TC Currie

Left Coast Writers Poetry: TC Currie, Author of Questions to a Butterfly: A Collection of Transformational Poetry
TC Currie

TC Currie

Kawika's Ocean Beach Deli 734 La Playa St, San Francisco, CA 94121 Sunday, June 7th from 5pm-7:15pm Announcing a new series featuring Left Coast Writers poets. 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 June is TC Currie, Author of Questions to a Butterfly: A Collection of Transformational Poetry. In Questions to a Butterfly, TC Currie uses familiar objects from everyday life and humor to connect the reader to the toil of transformation, their triumphs, and their connection to the Divine, offering comfort and hope for those in the midst of struggle. Full of universal truths, familiar problems, cookie dough, and psychic vampires, TC’s poems follow the path of those who have the courage to take an honest look at their lives, evaluate their actions, and do the hard work to move through personal transformation from darkness into energy, connection and light. As a girl of five, TC Currie was delighted to discover that books allow her to escape into other worlds. She has been armchair traveling and writing ever since. After parlaying her degree in Asian Religions into a career as a software developer, TC gained a reputation for being able to translate between software users and techie geeks. After years of technical writing, she found her bliss in non-technical writing. She’s won everything from the Silver Medal from the Solas Travel Awards for her personal essay “Checkers and Humanity” (2014) to NaNoWriMo (2012), and her poetry has been included in the Gift of Love and Speak Out poetry anthologies (2008 &1993). She is currently writing and reading voraciously in her Victorian home near San Francisco with her delightful boyfriend and fluffy cat. A member of Left Coast Writers, TC is author of a self-help book on surviving surgery, a mystery novel and a poetry collection. Kawika's Logo About Kawika's Deli: David Nottage and his wife Joanne Pappas Nottage bought this San Francisco business a year and a half ago and transformed a take-out deli into a friendly community hub where friends and neighbors can enjoy great food with affordable, quality wine/beer and connect around music, poetry, sports, comedy, and issues integral to local concerns. Kawika's has free wi-fi and delicious deli delights. Signature menu items include: fresh baked sourdough rolls, homemade Gluten Free bread, in-house, fresh roasted, rotisserie Angus roast beef, turkey and leg of lamb, fresh baked Salmon, Greek lamb gyros with authentic tzatziki sauce, Greek Salad, homemade hummus, 100% Kona coffee, Greek coffee and a selection of chips, juices, and desserts, including baklava! Kawika’s is just a block from beautiful Ocean Beach at 734 La Playa Street @ Balboa in San Francisco. There is street parking and a large, free lot 1 block away on the Great Highway @ Balboa Street.

Left Coast Writers® Live: Jessica Shepherd on Lilycat on Stuff

Melinda Adams, aka Lilycat

Melinda Adams, aka Lilycat

On Sunday, June 14th from 12-2pm, join Left Coast Writers® Live on FCCFREE RADIO's popular show, Lilycat on Stuff. Lilycat's guest on Sunday will be Left Coast Writer®  Jessica Shepherd, author of Venus Signs: Discover Your Erotic Strengths and Secret Desires Through Astrology.
Use the wisdom of your Venus sign to create, laugh, and love with irresistible confidence. For millennia, Venus swaggered through the history books with unrivaled self-possession and sexual self-confidence. Yet many women today have lost touch with the very aspects of their inner selves that Venus represents: pleasure, joy, self-worth, sexual vitality, and eroticism. In Venus Signs, Jessica Shepherd breathes life back into the Goddess. Whether you’re recovering from heartbreak or in need of a jolt of joy, beauty, and truth about who you truly are, Venus power will help you reacquaint yourself with your innermost desires and erotic strengths. Discover the must-have qualities of your soulmate, how to keep a long-term relationship happily humming along, how to align with your own feminine energy, and how to draw your deepest heart’s desires toward you. Use the tools in this book to gain insights into your significant other and to help your friends and loved ones, too! Jessica Shepherd has studied astrology since 1992 and has been practicing and writing about astrology since 2003. She specializes in counseling people through transition, personal growth & awakening. Jessica believes astrology can help us understand our self, our world, and even guide us to make better decisions. Her personal interests include magic, art-making, spirituality, psychology, personal growth and learning about health and healing tools. Jessica is the author of A Love Alchemist’s Notebook: Magical Secrets for Drawing Your True Love Into Your Life (Llewellyn, 2010) Karmic Dates & Momentary Mates: The Astrology of the Fifth House (2014), and Venus Signs: Discover Your Erotic Strengths and Secret Desires Through Astrology (Llewellyn, Jan 2015). She’s written for WellBeing Astrology (Australia), Llewellyn’s Moon Sign Book, Pregnancy & Newborn, Constellation magazines. She is a contributing writer at Mooncircles.com, and her writing has been featured on Astrology.com and Astrocenter.com. The ongoing spot on Lilycat on Stuff is scheduled for the third Sunday of every month. Left Coast Writers® are invited to participate in the programming. Listeners are invited to call in and share their opinions. FCCFREE RADIO is home to over 50 + original programs each week that produce more that 1,000,000 listeners per month (yes, you read that correctly 1,000,000 + listeners) of LIVE hosted content. that comes out of the plush studios in the SOMA District of San Francisco. FFR talk shows cover everything from sex, politics, sports, and back again. Google calls them an "Iconic Staple of San Francisco" and a "Frontrunner in Internet Broadcasting." Add your voice to the fray by calling in during show hours: 415 829 2980. How to Listen in/Call in! 1 - log onto www.fccfreeradio.com 2 - find "schedule" tab and click it - go to Sundays - there will be the link for Lily Cat on Stuff - click it 3 - on Lily Cat page - there will be a "Tune In Now" section to select the streaming service of listeners choice - Under Studio A: - iTunes - Windows Media Player - Real Media Player - Quick Time Studio 4. Once selected the listening controls should appear & sound should be on - listen to the program - Lily Cat will give the phone # to call Nice thing about these live casts - they're incorporated into Pod Casts so you can go back and listen if the program played while you were out.
For more station info and how to listen in, go to: www.FCCFREERADIO.comTo schedule and interview with the editors or writers please contact Jack at leftcoastwriters@gmail.com

Book Launch: Venus Signs by Jessica Shepherd

LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK LAUNCH:  Jessica Shepherd, Author of Venus Signs: Discover Your Erotic Strengths and Secret Desires Through Astrology
Jessica Shepherd

Jessica Shepherd

Saturday, June 13th, 2015 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com Use the wisdom of your Venus sign to create, laugh, and love with irresistible confidence. For millennia, Venus swaggered through the history books with unrivaled self-possession and sexual self-confidence. Yet many women today have lost touch with the very aspects of their inner selves that Venus represents: pleasure, joy, self-worth, sexual vitality, and eroticism. In Venus Signs, Jessica Shepherd breathes life back into the Goddess. Whether you’re recovering from heartbreak or in need of a jolt of joy, beauty, and truth about who you truly are, Venus power will help you reacquaint yourself with your innermost desires and erotic strengths. Discover the must-have qualities of your soulmate, how to keep a long-term relationship happily humming along, how to align with your own feminine energy, and how to draw your deepest heart’s desires toward you. Use the tools in this book to gain insights into your significant other and to help your friends and loved ones, too! Jessica Shepherd has studied astrology since 1992 and has been practicing and writing about astrology since 2003. She specializes in counseling people through transition, personal growth & awakening. Jessica believes astrology can help us understand our self, our world, and even guide us to make better decisions. Her personal interests include magic, art-making, spirituality, psychology, personal growth and learning about health and healing tools. Jessica is the author of A Love Alchemist’s Notebook: Magical Secrets for Drawing Your True Love Into Your Life (Llewellyn, 2010) Karmic Dates & Momentary Mates: The Astrology of the Fifth House (2014), and Venus Signs: Discover Your Erotic Strengths and Secret Desires Through Astrology (Llewellyn, Jan 2015). She’s written for WellBeing Astrology (Australia), Llewellyn’s Moon Sign Book, Pregnancy & Newborn, Constellation magazines. She is a contributing writer at Mooncircles.com, and her writing has been featured on Astrology.com and Astrocenter.com.

Ferry Plaza Book Party: Passing on Curves by Craig McLaughlin

LEFT COAST WRITERS FERRY PLAZA BOOK PARTY:  Passing on Curves: While Death Rides Shotgun by Craig McLaughlin
Craig McLaughlin

Craig McLaughlin

Monday, June 8th, 2015 || 6pm Book Passage || San Francisco 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco ||www.bookpassage.com In gripping essays from his stage performances, Craig McLaughlin travels a road where death lurks around every turn. Craig McLaughlin is born with hemophilia, plays with tigers, is menaced by his stepfather, contracts HIV from tainted blood products, nurses his wife through breast cancer, and emerges with a profound reverence for both life and death. He shares his story with compassion, humor, and courage.
Craig McLaughlin is a journalist, essayist, and storyteller. He appears frequently at storytelling venues throughout the country, and particularly in the San Francisco Bay Area where he resides. A former editor of the San Francisco Bay Guardian, he has won numerous awards as an investigative reporter, news editor, and memoirist. His performance schedule can found at www.cdmclaughlin.com.

Literary Salon: David Downie

LEFT COAST WRITERS LITERARY SALON:  David Downie, Author of A Passion for Paris: Romanticism and Romance in the City of Light
David Downie

David Downie

Monday, June 1st, 2015 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com A Passion for Paris: Romanticism and Romance in the City of Light is a combination of memoir, history, and travelogue, an irreverent quest to uncover why Paris is (or is claimed to be) the world’s most romantic city—and has been for over 150 years. A Passion for Paris is about Paris’s secluded, atmospheric parks, artists’ studios, cafes, restaurants and streets little changed since the 1800s, a treasure hunt exuding romance. The art and architecture, the cityscape, riverbanks, and the unparalleled quality of daily life are part of the romantic equation. But the city’s allure derives equally from hidden sources: querulous inhabitants, a bizarre culture of heroic negativity, and a rich historical past supplying enigmas, pleasures and challenges—things it took David decades to begin to understand. The glamor and chic and the carefree atmosphere of the City of Light grew from and still feed off the dark fountainheads of riot, rebellion, mayhem and melancholy—and the subversive literature, art and music of the Romantic Age. In the book he weaves the story of his own life in Paris with the lives and loves of Victor Hugo, Georges Sand, Charles Baudelaire, Balzac, Nadar and other great Romantics thrilling in the city’s secular romantic pilgrimage sites and asking myself, Why Paris, not Venice or Rome—the tap root of "romance"—or Berlin, Vienna and London—where the earliest Romantics built castles-in-the-air and sang odes to nightingales? “Downie is the consummate guide... encyclopedic knowledge of the city and its magical story. Anyone who loves Paris will adore this joyful book.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review) “[I]ntrepidly researched, entrancingly descriptive, ruminative, funny, and revealing… provocative… exquisitely written… a gorgeously discursive and affecting homage to Paris’ ‘great Romantics,’ and to the city itself, redolent with art, literature, and longing.” —Donna Seaman, BOOKLIST (starred review) David Downie is a native San Franciscan who moved to Paris in the mid-1980s and now divides his time between France and Italy. His travel, food and arts features have appeared in over 50 print magazines and newspapers worldwide and on dozens of websites. He’s currently a European correspondent for the popular literary travel website Gadling.com. He’s also co-owner and operator (with his wife Alison Harris) of Paris, Paris Tours – custom walking tours of Paris, Burgundy, Rome and the Italian Riviera. Downie is the author of over a dozen nonfiction books, two thrillers, dozens of anthologies (as a contributor) and an app about Paris (featuring key Dates from 8000 BC to the present, plus key People, Places and Events). His nonfiction works include two critically acclaimed books about Paris and France, Paris to the Pyrenees: A Skeptical Pilgrim Walks the Way of Saint James (April 2013), a National Geographic Traveler pick-of-the-month; and the evergreen volume of essays, Paris, Paris: Journey into the City of Light (now into its 9th printing). Other food/wine and travel books by David D. Downie include Food Wine Rome and Food Wine Burgundy, plus Quiet Corners of Rome, Enchanted Liguria and Cooking the Roman Way. Downie’s second novel of suspense Paris City of Night is a classic page-turner Alfred Hitchcock might have liked.

Left Coast Writers® Live: Elaine Bond on Lilycat on Stuff

Melinda Adams, aka Lilycat

Melinda Adams, aka Lilycat

On Sunday, May 17th from 12-2pm, join Left Coast Writers® Live on FCCFREE RADIO's popular show, Lilycat on Stuff. Lilycat's guest on Sunday will be Left Coast Writer®  Elaine Bond, author of Affimals: Affirmations + Animals and photographer for The Utah Prairie Dog: Life among the Red Rocks. Elaine Miller Bond is the photographer of the book, The Utah Prairie Dog: Life among the Red Rocks (University of Utah Press), featuring over 150 images of rare prairie dogs in their natural habitat. Her nature and wildlife photographs have appeared on the Discovery Channel Canada and in Science, NPR, BBC Earth News, The American Naturalist, The Washington Post, Squirrels of the World (The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012), AN INTRODUCTION TO BEHAVIOURAL ECOLOGY 4th ed (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012), and other popular and scientific media. The ongoing spot on Lilycat on Stuff is scheduled for the third Sunday of every month. Left Coast Writers® are invited to participate in the programming. Listeners are invited to call in and share their opinions. FCCFREE RADIO is home to over 50 + original programs each week that produce more that 1,000,000 listeners per month (yes, you read that correctly 1,000,000 + listeners) of LIVE hosted content. that comes out of the plush studios in the SOMA District of San Francisco. FFR talk shows cover everything from sex, politics, sports, and back again. Google calls them an "Iconic Staple of San Francisco" and a "Frontrunner in Internet Broadcasting." Add your voice to the fray by calling in during show hours: 415 829 2980. How to Listen in/Call in! 1 - log onto www.fccfreeradio.com 2 - find "schedule" tab and click it - go to Sundays - there will be the link for Lily Cat on Stuff - click it 3 - on Lily Cat page - there will be a "Tune In Now" section to select the streaming service of listeners choice - Under Studio A: - iTunes - Windows Media Player - Real Media Player - Quick Time Studio 4. Once selected the listening controls should appear & sound should be on - listen to the program - Lily Cat will give the phone # to call Nice thing about these live casts - they're incorporated into Pod Casts so you can go back and listen if the program played while you were out.
For more station info and how to listen in, go to: www.FCCFREERADIO.comTo schedule and interview with the editors or writers please contact Jack at leftcoastwriters@gmail.com

Ferry Plaza Book Party: Laila El-Sissi, Author of Out From The Shadow Of Men

LEFT COAST WRITERS FERRY PLAZA BOOK PARTY:  Laila El-Sissi, Author of Out From The Shadow Of Men
Laila El-Sissi

Laila El-Sissi

Monday, May 11th, 2015 || 6pm Book Passage || San Francisco 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco ||www.bookpassage.com
"The shadow of a man is better than a roof over the head."
This Arabic proverb has long described the plight of women in Egypt. Like the classic Pyramids of Giza, the culture of Egypt for the most part stands unchanged. Egyptian men continue to use the banner of Islam and antiquated interpretation of the Quran to justify controlling women. Egyptian women continue to believe God has ordered men to do so. Yet Laila El-Sissi broke the pattern.
Forty years ago, when Laila, a shy and malleable 15-year-old, and her more rebellious 16-year-old sister Rawyia learn that they are betrothed to men they have never met, they refused to live in the prison constructed by their society, hoping for a better life than that of their mothers and aunts. Running from their tyrannical father, an abusive brother, and arranged marriages to men twice their age, Laila and Rawyia risked their reputation and safety, and plotted their escape.
Out from the Shadow of Men tells the story of two sisters as they find the courage and joie de vivre to risk their lives and stand up to forces seemingly as large, strong and ancient as the pyramids. At its heart it is the account of two brave, intelligent girls not content to have their lives ruled by others—not even their father. It is a testament to the power of a sister, someone to stand by your side and help you realize your dreams. Rich in details of the everyday lives of middle and upper class families in Egypt, this memoir reveals what life was like—and still is like today—for Egyptian girls and women. It exposes their subjugation, lack of autonomy, and battles with the antiquated marriage laws from which they have no recourse.
Written in the pitch perfect voice of 15-year-old Laila as she struggles to understand the unfair world she was born into, her story is more poignant and relevant now than ever as the “Arab Spring” and the atrocity of ISIL crimes committed against women, continues to spread across the Middle East and a growing number of women in this region fight for freedom. Despite recent laws giving women greater (though still unequal) rights, the Egypt of today is not very different from that of the 1960s. Arranged (or forced) child marriages remain common not only in the Middle East but also in Southeast Asia and Africa and among families from those regions who have emigrated to the West. Worldwide, millions of such marriages occur every year. The current revolution in Arab world has brought Islamists into power and introduced new threats to the few improvements made a decade ago. Women’s rights and freedoms are still under serious attack in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya and Syria and changes will come very slowly, if ever.
Laila El-Sissi was born in Alexandria, Egypt, moved to Canada 1972, and now resides in California with her family since 1982.
Laila studied French Literature. She is a memoirist, women activist, novice poet, author of Out from the Shadow of Men, and a regular public speaker at The Commonwealth, the Golden Gate Breakfast Club, California State University in Monterey, and public libraries as well as book stores. Public Affairs BBC filmed Laila in a documentary yet to be aired in the near future.

Book Launch: The Utah Prairie Dog: Life among the Red Rocks with Photography by Elaine Bond

LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK LAUNCH:  Elaine Bond, Photographer for The Utah Prairie Dog: Life among the Red Rocks
Elaine Miller Bond

Elaine Miller Bond

Saturday, May 9th, 2015 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com Lovers of nature and its denizens will enjoy themselves when Elaine Miller Bond, photographer, shares her work in The Utah Prairie Dog: Life among the Red Rocks (University of Utah Press), featuring over 150 images of rare prairie dogs in their natural habitat. Her nature and wildlife photographs have appeared on the Discovery Channel Canada and in Science, NPR, BBC Earth News, The American Naturalist, The Washington Post, Squirrels of the World (The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012), An Introduction to Behavioural Ecology, 4th ed (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012), and other popular and scientific media. Bond is also the author/illustrator of AFFIMALS: AFFIRMATIONS + ANIMALS (LIT Verlag, 2009) and DREAM AFFIMALS (Sunstone Press, 2013) -- uplifting books of environmental education. The Humane Society of the United States calls AFFIMALS "an inspiration and a lesson," and children's and nature author T.A. Barron calls it "a wondrous and inspiring book for children of every age."

Literary Salon: Frances Caballo

LEFT COAST WRITERS LITERARY SALON:  Frances Caballo, Social Media Strategist and Author of Avoid Social Media Time Suck: A Blueprint for Writers to Create Online Buzz for Their Books and Still Have Time to Write
Frances Caballo

Frances Caballo

Monday, May 4th, 2015 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com This is a must for any writer wrestling with social media or the time-suck that it sometimes seems to entail! Francces Caballo is a social media strategist and manager for writers. Presently, she is the Social Media Manager for the San Francisco Writers Conference, the Women's National Book Association-Francisco Chapter, and the Bay Area Independent Publishers Association. Her books include Avoid Social Media Time Suck: A Blueprint for Writers to Create Online Buzz for Their Books and Still Have Time to WriteSocial Media Just for Writers: The Best Online Marketing Tips for Selling Your BooksBlogging Just for Writers, and Pinterest Just for Writers.

Left Coast Writers® Live: Rebecca Foust on Lilycat on Stuff

Melinda Adams, aka Lilycat

Melinda Adams, aka Lilycat

On Sunday, April 19th from 12-2pm, join Left Coast Writers® Live on FCCFREE RADIO's popular show, Lilycat on Stuff. Lilycat's guest on Sunday will be Left Coast Writer®  Rebecca Foust, author of Paradise Drive and All That Gorgeous Pitiless Song.
All That Gorgeous Pitiless Song won the Many Mountains Moving Book Prize and was released in 2010, the same year that God, Seed: Poetry & Art About the Natural World, won the Foreword Review Book of the Year Award for Poetry. Mom’s Canoe and Dark Card, recipients of the Robert Phillips Chapbook Poetry Prize in consecutive years, were released by Texas Review Press in 2008 and 2009. Rebecca Foust was the 2014 Dartmouth Poet in Residence and is the recipient of fellowships from the Frost Place and the MacDowell Colony. Her fifth book, Paradise Drive, won the 2015 Press 53 Award for Poetry and will be released in April. About it Thomas Lux says “sonnet after sonnet is masterful. Not since Berryman’s Henry have I been so engaged by a persona,” and Molly Peacock says, “Foust drives her Keatsian sensibility straight into the 21st soldiers and syringes, booze and valet parking, determined to prove that truth makes beauty.” For more information, visit http://rebeccafoust.com/. Paradise Drive can be ordered at http://www.press53.com/Bio_Rebecca_Foust.html. The ongoing spot on Lilycat on Stuff is scheduled for the third Sunday of every month. Left Coast Writers® are invited to participate in the programming. Listeners are invited to call in and share their opinions. FCCFREE RADIO is home to over 50 + original programs each week that produce more that 1,000,000 listeners per month (yes, you read that correctly 1,000,000 + listeners) of LIVE hosted content. that comes out of the plush studios in the SOMA District of San Francisco. FFR talk shows cover everything from sex, politics, sports, and back again. Google calls them an "Iconic Staple of San Francisco" and a "Frontrunner in Internet Broadcasting." Add your voice to the fray by calling in during show hours: 415 829 2980. How to Listen in/Call in! 1 - log onto www.fccfreeradio.com 2 - find "schedule" tab and click it - go to Sundays - there will be the link for Lily Cat on Stuff - click it 3 - on Lily Cat page - there will be a "Tune In Now" section to select the streaming service of listeners choice - Under Studio A: - iTunes - Windows Media Player - Real Media Player - Quick Time Studio 4. Once selected the listening controls should appear & sound should be on - listen to the program - Lily Cat will give the phone # to call Nice thing about these live casts - they're incorporated into Pod Casts so you can go back and listen if the program played while you were out.
For more station info and how to listen in, go to: www.FCCFREERADIO.comTo schedule and interview with the editors or writers please contact Jack at leftcoastwriters@gmail.com

Ferry Plaza Book Party: Marianne Lonsdale – Mamas Write: 29 Tales of Truth, Wit, and Grit

LEFT COAST WRITERS FERRY PLAZA BOOK PARTY:  Marianne Lonsdale - Mamas Write: 29 Tales of Truth, Wit, and Grit
Marianne Lonsdale

Marianne Lonsdale

Monday, April 13th, 2015 || 6pm Book Passage || San Francisco 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco ||www.bookpassage.com
Writing in Community has become a buzz phrase, but what does it really mean? How does it help writers? And where do you go to get it? Writer Marianne Lonsdale will discuss her experiences and involvement in writing communities (Left Coast Writers, Write On Mamas, Lit Camp and Listen To Your Mother). Writing can be such a solitary endeavor, but finding community can energize and connect us. Come hear all about the benefits of collaboration!
Marianne Lonsdale writes personal essays and short stories, and is now focused on developing a novel. Her work has been published in the San Francisco Chronicle, Literary Mama, Fiction365, The Sun, and Pulse. She is a founding member of Write On Mamas, a San Francisco Bay Area writers group. Marianne has read at various events including San Francisco’s Litquake festival, and is honored to be an alumna of the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley. She lives with her husband, Michael, and son, Nicholas, in Oakland, California.

Book Launch: Wrestling With God by Barbara Falconer Newhall

LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK LAUNCH:  Wrestling With God by Barbara Falconer Newhall

Barbara Falconer Newhall

Saturday, April 11th, 2015 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com It'll be a spirited night at Book Passage when we join Barbara Falconer Newhall in a book launch for her new book Wrestling With God. Wrestling With God presents the intimate first-person narratives of thoughtful Americans seeking to live their faith in an increasingly secular, multicultural and globalized world. The stories are woven together by Barbara's own spiritual quest as she reveals how the people she has interviewed have moved her along on her personal journey – from a restless yearning for the lost God of her Christian childhood to a new and unexpected kind of faith. Among the storytellers in Wrestling With God are a Native American, a Nobel Laureate physicist, a World War II POW, a former Buddhist monk, a Shamanic priestess and an atheist. Seekers and believers alike will find inspiration in the Barbara’s journey toward a belief that can withstand the challenges of our twenty-first-century world. Barbara Falconer Newhall is a journalist with experience as an editor, feature writer, columnist and religion reporter on magazines and major metropolitan daily newspapers, including Good Housekeeping, the Contra Costa Times, the Oakland Tribune and the San Francisco Chronicle. She blogs for HuffingtonPost and has a lively following at BarbaraFalconerNewhall.com, where she posts weekly riffs on life as she knows it – as a woman with far-flung grown-up kids, a creaky old house, an unruly garden and a spectacularly low-fashion wardrobe.

Literary Salon: Rebecca Foust

LEFT COAST WRITERS LITERARY SALON:  Rebecca Foust, Author of Paradise Drive
Rebecca Foust

Rebecca Foust

Monday, April 6th, 2015 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com Join us for a craft talk and reading at the next Left Coast Writers Literary Salon at Book Passage. Rebecca Foust will talk about how reading and writing poetry can enrich a prose practice and will tell the story of how taking a Book Passage class in 2006 brought her back from a 35-year hiatus, from publishing her first poem the year she turned 50 to writing her fifth book, Paradise Drive, winner of the Press 53 Award for Poetry. Rebecca will read from Paradise Drive, a new collection of linked sonnets that tells the story of “Pilgrim,” whose journey begins in rust belt Pennsylvania and winds up in the tony suburbs of Marin, offering up poignancy along with some sharp-tongued social commentary along the way. Rebecca Foust was the 2014 Dartmouth Poet in Residence and is the recipient of fellowships from the Frost Place and the MacDowell Colony. Her fifth book, Paradise Drive, won the 2015 Press 53 Award for Poetry and will be released in April. About it Thomas Lux says “sonnet after sonnet is masterful. Not since Berryman’s Henry have I been so engaged by a persona,” and Molly Peacock says, “Foust drives her Keatsian sensibility straight into the 21st soldiers and syringes, booze and valet parking, determined to prove that truth makes beauty.” For more information, visit http://rebeccafoust.com/. Paradise Drive can be ordered at http://www.press53.com/Bio_Rebecca_Foust.html.

Left Coast Writers® Live: Marianne Lonsdale on Lilycat on Stuff

Melinda Adams, aka Lilycat

Melinda Adams, aka Lilycat

On Sunday, March 15th from 12-2pm, join Left Coast Writers® Live on FCCFREE RADIO's popular show, Lilycat on Stuff. Lilycat's guest on Sunday will be Left Coast Writer®  Marianne Lonsdale, author of the upcoming Three Mornings. Three Mornings follows a thirty-six-year-old woman, strong in her career skills and weak in relationship skills, navigate her first year with Paul, the man she thinks may be the love of her life, the man she wants to marry and have children with. Paul, a carpenter and singer-songwriter, is gorgeous, attentive, great in bed — and struggles with anger issues. They meet in Oakland in 1991 and the book follows the highs and lows of their first year together, as Nora lets her attraction to Paul override her doubts about him until an event happens that forces her to make a decision about their future together. Marianne will also discuss writing in community and the opportunities she started having when she was in the LCW Salon. In addition she will talk about Write On Mamas and the anthology they published, and the show Listen To Your Mother which she's helping produce on May 9th. Marianne Lonsdale writes personal essays and short stories, and is now focused on developing a novel. Her work has been published in the San Francisco Chronicle, Literary Mama, Fiction365, The Sun, and Pulse. She is a founding member of Write On Mamas, a San Francisco Bay Area writers group. Marianne has read at various events including San Francisco’s Litquake festival, and is honored to be an alumna of the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley. She lives with her husband, Michael, and son, Nicholas, in Oakland, California. The ongoing spot on Lilycat on Stuff is scheduled for the third Sunday of every month. Left Coast Writers® are invited to participate in the programming. Listeners are invited to call in and share their opinions. FCCFREE RADIO is home to over 50 + original programs each week that produce more that 1,000,000 listeners per month (yes, you read that correctly 1,000,000 + listeners) of LIVE hosted content. that comes out of the plush studios in the SOMA District of San Francisco. FFR talk shows cover everything from sex, politics, sports, and back again. Google calls them an "Iconic Staple of San Francisco" and a "Frontrunner in Internet Broadcasting." Add your voice to the fray by calling in during show hours: 415 829 2980. How to Listen in/Call in! 1 - log onto www.fccfreeradio.com 2 - find "schedule" tab and click it - go to Sundays - there will be the link for Lily Cat on Stuff - click it 3 - on Lily Cat page - there will be a "Tune In Now" section to select the streaming service of listeners choice - Under Studio A: - iTunes - Windows Media Player - Real Media Player - Quick Time Studio 4. Once selected the listening controls should appear & sound should be on - listen to the program - Lily Cat will give the phone # to call Nice thing about these live casts - they're incorporated into Pod Casts so you can go back and listen if the program played while you were out.
For more station info and how to listen in, go to: www.FCCFREERADIO.comTo schedule and interview with the editors or writers please contact Jack at leftcoastwriters@gmail.com

Book Launch: Laurel Feigenbaum and Kat Crawford

LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK LAUNCH:  Laurel Feigenbaum, Author of The Daily Absurd, and Kat Crawford, Author of A Particular Heaven
Laurel Feigenbaum

Laurel Feigenbaum

Saturday, March 14th, 2015 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com Join us for a celebratory event for two great poets and friends: Laurel Fegienbaum and Kat Crawford. The Daily Absurd is filled with deft poems that consider the complications of an ever-changing world against the joys yet shifting interiors of a long marriage. Laurel Feigenbaum, a San Francisco native, lives in Corte Madera with her husband of 65 years. She holds a BA in English literature from UC Berkeley and MA in educational research and psychology from SF State College. Through poetry she seeks balance in navigating the complex, confusing and often absurd world in which we live. Her work appears in recent issues of Nimrod, Spillway, Marin Poetry Center Anthology, Cyclamens and Swords online and in an upcoming 2016 Les Femmes Folles anthology of women poets. She is a board member of the Marin Poetry Center, birdwatcher, yogini, mother, grandmother, chief cook and bottle-washer. In other words, an ordinary woman. Her first book of poems, The Daily Absurd, was released in 2014.
Kat Crawford

Kat Crawford

Kat Crawford was born in San Francisco. Her poems have appeared in many publications including The Creative Woman, Nomad’s Choir, The Marin Poetry Center Anthology, and Spillway. The title of her current book is A Particular Heaven. She lives in San Rafael, California with her husband.

Ferry Plaza Book Party: Shooting Genji by Richard Voorhees

LEFT COAST WRITERS FERRY PLAZA BOOK PARTY:  Shooting Genji by Richard Voorhees
Richard Voorhees

Richard Voorhees

Monday, March 9th, 2015 || 6pm Book Passage || San Francisco 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco ||www.bookpassage.com Please join us for a glass of wine, a bit of chat and a particularly fitting evening event at Book Passage in the San Francisco Ferry Plaza when Richard Voorhees reads from his novel, Shooting Genji. Shooting Genji is a noir romance that careens from the Crash of 1929 in New York to the early Talkies in Hollywood. As a young rube, the story's protagonist falls from a ladder, leaving him practically blinded by daylight. Nature makes it up to him, though, by giving him shockingly good night vision. Countless shady careers beckon, including working for whiskey smugglers, Wall Street cons, and Hollywood scoundrels. All-too-late he discovers he’s still the guy in the dark; but there's hope yet. An alluring lady from Shanghai could be his undoing or his salvation. "Delightful fun with a surprisingly warm heart." —Kirkus Reviews A native of Seattle, Richard Voorhees studied English at Dartmouth College and film theory at the University of Paris. A lexicographer, he is the author of a dictionary of pre-20th century occupations, The World’s Oldest Professions. His film, Proust + Vermeer, premiered at the De Young Museum in 2013. He tweets haiku on Twitter @RichVoorhees.

Literary Salon: Patricia Bracewell

LEFT COAST WRITERS LITERARY SALON:  Patricia Bracewell, author of Shadow on the Crown and The Price of Blood
Patricia Bracewell

Patricia Bracewell

Monday, March 2nd, 2015 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com We hope all of you will come out for this very special event. Our beloved Roadwork editor, Patricia Bracewell, will be speaking about her experience writing historical fiction. Her first novel,  Shadow on the Crown (Viking, 2012), was very well received and critically acclaimed and her newest novel, The Price of Blood (Viking, 2015) looks like it will be another hit. Patricia will be discussing the research that goes into writing such novels, how much to fabricate and how much to keep to the facts, and other problems one might face when writing fact-based fiction. Patricia Bracewell is a native of California where she taught literature and composition before embarking on her writing career. A lifelong fascination with British history and a chance, on-line reference to an unfamiliar English queen led to years of research, a summer history course at Downing College, Cambridge, and the penning of her debut novel Shadow of the Crown. Set in 11th century England, Shadow is the first book of a trilogy about Emma of Normandy who was a queen in England and a power behind the throne for nearly four decades. Patricia is working on the two follow-up novels in the series, but takes time out for tennis, gardening and travel. She is the mother of two grown sons and lives with her husband in Northern California.

Workshop: The Plot Thickens with Linda Watanabe McFerrin

Linda Watanabe McFerrin

Linda Watanabe McFerrin

The Plot Thickens Workshop with Linda Watanabe McFerrin Saturday, February 21st, 2015, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Location: Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Boulevard, Corte Madera, CA 94925 $120 Register here
Aristotle called plot “the most important element of storytelling.” But to plot properly, you must have a plan, and the plan must give rise to emotion. Does the plot always seem to elude you? Spend a day planning and plotting and find out what you’re missing. Bring your flat-lining fiction and nonfiction and fix it.
Poet, travel writer, and novelist Linda Watanabe McFerrin (www.lwmcferrin.com) is a contributor to numerous newspapers, magazines and anthologies. She is the author of two poetry collections, past editor of a popular Northern California guidebook and a winner of the Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction. Her novel, Namako:  Sea Cucumber, was named Best Book for the Teen-Age by the New York Public Library. In addition to authoring an award-winning short story collection, The Hand of Buddha, she has co-edited several anthologies, including the Hot Flashes: sexy little stories & poems series. Her latest novel, Dead Love (Stone Bridge Press, 2009), was short-listed as a finalist in the 2007 William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Competition and was a Bram Stoker Award Finalist for Superior Achievement in a Novel in 2009. Linda has judged the San Francisco Literary Awards, the Josephine Miles Award for Literary Excellence and the Kiriyama Prize, served as a visiting mentor for the Loft Mentor Series and been guest faculty at the Oklahoma Arts Institute. A past NEA Panelist and juror for the Marin Literary Arts Council and the founder of Left Coast Writers®, she has led workshops in Greece, France, Italy, Ireland, Central America, Indonesia and the United States and has mentored a long list of accomplished writers and best-selling authors toward publication.

Left Coast Writers Literary Salon: Tom Christensen

LEFT COAST WRITERS® LITERARY SALON: Tom Christensen, Author, Editor and Translator and author of 1616: The World in Motion and River of Ink: Literature, History and Art
Tom Christensen
Tom Christensen
Monday, February 2nd, 2015 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com Sometimes we get surprised. You will be tonight when Tom Christensen makes an exciting, albeit unexpected salon appearance. Perhaps you saw the profile in yesterday's paper. If not, you'll get to meet the well know author, editor and translator this evening. Thomas Christensen has published more than twenty books as author, editor, or translator. His two most recent books, 1616: The World in Motion and Landscape with Yellow Birds (a translation of the poetry of José Ángel Valente), were both nominated for Northern California Book Awards. 1616 was given a starred review and named one of the best history books of its season by Publishers Weekly. He was a senior editor at North Point Press and executive editor of Mercury House Publishing. Under his direction, Mercury House was nominated for a Carey-Thomas Award for excellence in publishing. He received a special award for dedication to translationfrom the American Literary Translators Association. A collection of his essays, entitled River of Ink, was published in December 2014 by Counterpoint Press.

Ferry Plaza Book Party: Left Coast Love

LEFT COAST WRITERS FERRY PLAZA BOOK PARTY:  Love on the Left Coast - Hot Flashes & Hot Flashes 2 Hot Flashes 2 CoverMonday, February 9th, 2015 || 6pm Book Passage || San Francisco 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco ||www.bookpassage.com Join us for wine, chocolate and a look at love, here on the Left Coast with Hot Flashes editors Linda Watanabe McFerrin and Laurie McAndish King and a whole new crop of  super scintillating writers. Hot Flashes and Hot Flashes 2 are collections of spicy, saucy, and sensual flash fiction and poetry guaranteed to raise your temperature in a way that is positively hormonal. Guest readers will include: Tania Amochaev, Jonathan Arnowitz, Laurie McAndish King, Lowry McFerrin, Susanna Solomon Joan Steidinger and more.  

Linda Watanabe McFerrin is talking about Writing Sexy Stuff at Redwood Writers

Writing Sexy Stuff with Linda Watanabe McFerrin
Linda Watanabe McFerrin

Linda Watanabe McFerrin

Redwood Writers Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015, 3-5 p.m.,  Flamingo Hotel, Empire Room 2777 Fourth Street, Santa Rosa, CA 95405 707-523-4745 Fee: $5/Members (of Redwood Writers), $8/Non-members Does having to write sexy stuff make you a little nervous? It’s time to overcome your trepidation. Whether you write commercial or literary fiction, poetry, screenplays, plays, creative nonfiction or even journalism, there are times when you want to be able to subtly articulate the sensual/sexual realm of experience with greater finesse, humor and originality. So come and find out how to steam up the page. Tips and techniques for adding spicy, sensual, and sometimes funny sizzle to your work and a very special free write will have you moving from comfort to erogenous zones in no time. Award-winning poet, travel writer, and novelist, Linda Watanabe McFerrin has also served as the editor for eight literary anthologies and a guidebook. Linda has judged the San Francisco Literary Awards, the Josephine Miles Award for Literary Excellence and the Kiriyama Prize, served as a visiting mentor for the Loft Mentor Series and has been guest faculty at the Oklahoma Arts Institute. A past NEA Panelist and juror for the Marin Literary Arts Council and the founder of Left Coast Writers®, she has led workshops around the world and mentored a long list of accomplished writers and best-selling authors toward publication.www.lwmcferrin.com

Workshop: Expanding Travel Writing to Fiction with Linda Watanabe McFerrin

Linda Watanabe McFerrin

Linda Watanabe McFerrin

Expanding Travel Writing to Fiction Workshop with Linda Watanabe McFerrin Saturday, February 7th, 2015, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Location: Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Boulevard, Corte Madera, CA 94925 $140 (includes copy of Dead Love) Register here You love writing beautifully about place, but as markets shrink, you might want to stretch your horizons. The great news is that, in an age where navigating the globe has never been more important, fabulous settings—along with super dialog—have become one of the keys to the best fiction, both speculative and reality-based. So leap into this bold new travel writing terrain. Join award-winning travel writer and novelist, Linda Watanabe McFerrin, in a workshop designed to show you how to take your writing about place to a whole new dimension that is out of this world. Exciting info on craft, exercises, and work on your individual projects are all part of this day-long adventure. Students will receive a complimentary copy of Dead Love (with slipcover) on the day of class. Poet, travel writer, and novelist Linda Watanabe McFerrin (www.lwmcferrin.com) is a contributor to numerous newspapers, magazines and anthologies. Her novel, Namako:  Sea Cucumber, was named Best Book for the Teen-Age by the New York Public Library. In addition to authoring an award-winning short story collection, The Hand of Buddha, she has co-edited several anthologies, including the Hot Flashes: sexy little stories & poems series. Her latest novel, Dead Love (Stone Bridge Press, 2009), was short-listed as a finalist in the 2007 William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Competition and was a Bram Stoker Award Finalist for Superior Achievement in a Novel in 2009. Linda has judged the San Francisco Literary Awards, the Josephine Miles Award for Literary Excellence and the Kiriyama Prize, served as a visiting mentor for the Loft Mentor Series and been guest faculty at the Oklahoma Arts Institute. A past NEA Panelist and juror for the Marin Literary Arts Council and the founder of Left Coast Writers®, she has led workshops in Greece, France, Italy, Ireland, Central America, Indonesia and the United States and has mentored a long list of accomplished writers and best-selling authors toward publication.

Workshop: Writing Sexy Stuff with Linda Watanabe McFerrin

Linda Watanabe McFerrin

Linda Watanabe McFerrin

WRITING SEXY STUFF with Linda Watanabe McFerrin Saturday, January 24th, 2015, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Location: Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Boulevard, Corte Madera, CA 94925 $120 Register here Does having to write sexy stuff make you a little nervous? It’s time to overcome your trepidation. If you have trouble steaming up the page, this is the workshop for you. Spend a day with poet, travel writer and novelist Linda Watanabe McFerrin loosening up and learning the techniques for adding spicy, sensual, and sometimes hilarious sizzle to your work. Whether you write commercial or literary fiction, poetry, screenplays, plays, creative nonfiction or even journalism, there are times when you want to be able to subtly articulate the sensual/sexual realm of experience with greater finesse, humor and originality. The class is full of quick free-writes and entertaining exercises that will have you moving from comfort zones to erogenous zones in no time. Award-winning poet, travel writer, and novelist, Linda Watanabe McFerrin has also served as the editor for eight literary anthologies and a California guidebook. Linda has judged the San Francisco Literary Awards, the Josephine Miles Award for Literary Excellence and the Kiriyama Prize, served as a visiting mentor for the Loft Mentor Series and has been guest faculty at the Oklahoma Arts Institute. A past NEA Panelist and juror for the Marin Literary Arts Council and the founder of Left Coast Writers®, she has led workshops around the world and mentored a long list of accomplished writers and best-selling authors toward publication.www.lwmcferrin.com Linda’s workshops have ushered many a writer into the award circle and bestseller spotlight. She’s the founder of Left Coast Writers® and co-editor of the Hot Flashes: Sexy Little Stories and Poems series. The workshop fee includes, champagne, chocolate, and copious creativity. Class Credit: Participants in these classes may receive credit at Dominican University:bookpassage.com/dominican-credit. Linda is the perfect teacher for this class and topic. She treated us with enormous dignity while maintaining her brilliant sense of irreverence. – A.B. Great to get the juices flowing.  Safe, fun, sassy.  I would like to take this class again. —L.K. Excellent, quite delicious and informative. – C.S. Yummy! – M.F.    

Book Launch: Places in Time by Maxine Rose Schur

LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK LAUNCH:  Places in Time: Reflections on a Journey 2nd Edition by Maxine Rose Schur
Maxine Rose Schur

Maxine Rose Schur

Saturday, February 14th, 2015 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com For years readers have delighted in Maxine Rose Schur’s award-winning travel essays. Now, all the tales of her unusual honeymoon are gathered in one illustrated volume. Whether camping in the center of Paris, dangling off a Panamanian tramp steamer, or hitching across Australia, her tales are funny, exciting and tender. Maxine Rose Schur set out to see the world. With high spirits and little money, she traveled not only far geographically, but emotionally, toward the hearts of others. She faced the violent grief of a Mexican sheriff, celebrated a wild elopement in Turkey and was initiated into a mysterious daily ritual with an Iranian forest ranger. Looking back, she tempers her youthful encounters with mid-life wisdom, capturing the spirit of all those she met, and evoking cherished places in time. If you’re looking for travel writing that blends gentle insight with delicious surprise, fasten the seatbelt on your armchair and come along. Maxine Rose Schur is a children's book author and travel journalist. Her essays have appeared in numerous publications including The Los Angeles Times, Christian Science Monitor, San Francisco Chronicle, Insight Guides, Salon.com, Jetsetter, Escape and  travel essay anthologies by Traveler's Tales and Random House. She has twice won the Lowell Thomas Award given by the Society of American Travel Writers

Literary Salon: Tom Christensen

LEFT COAST WRITERS® LITERARY SALON: Tom Christensen, Author, Editor and Translator and author of 1616: The World in Motion
Tom Christensen

Tom Christensen

Monday, February 2nd, 2015 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com Sometimes we get surprised. You will be tonight when Tom Christensen makes an exciting, albeit unexpected salon appearance. Perhaps you saw the profile in yesterday's paper. If not, you'll get to meet the well know author, editor and translator this evening. Thomas Christensen has published more than twenty books as author, editor, or translator. His two most recent books, 1616: The World in Motion and Landscape with Yellow Birds (a translation of the poetry of José Ángel Valente), were both nominated for Northern California Book Awards. 1616 was given a starred review and named one of the best history books of its season by Publishers Weekly. He was a senior editor at North Point Press and executive editor of Mercury House Publishing. Under his direction, Mercury House was nominated for a Carey-Thomas Award for excellence in publishing. He received a special award for dedication to translation from the American Literary Translators Association. A collection of his essays, entitled River of Ink, was published in December 2014 by Counterpoint Press.

Left Coast Writers® Live: Richard Voorhees on LIlycat on Stuff

Melinda Adams, aka Lilycat

Melinda Adams, aka Lilycat

On Sunday, January 18th from 12-2pm, join Left Coast Writers® Live on FCCFREE RADIO's popular show, Lilycat on Stuff. Lilycat's guest on Sunday will be Left Coast Writer®  Richard Voorhees, author of Shooting Genji. Shooting Genji is a noir romance that careens from the Crash of 1929 in New York to the early Talkies in Hollywood. As a young rube, the story's protagonist falls from a ladder, leaving him practically blinded by daylight. Nature makes it up to him, though, by giving him shockingly good night vision. Countless shady careers beckon, including working for whiskey smugglers, Wall Street cons, and Hollywood scoundrels. All-too-late he discovers he’s still the guy in the dark; but there's hope yet. An alluring lady from Shanghai could be his undoing or his salvation. "Delightful fun with a surprisingly warm heart." —Kirkus Reviews A native of Seattle, Richard Voorhees studied English at Dartmouth College and film theory at the University of Paris. A lexicographer, he is the author of a dictionary of pre-20th century occupations, The World’s Oldest Professions. His film, Proust + Vermeer, premiered at the De Young Museum in 2013. He tweets haiku on Twitter @RichVoorhees. The ongoing spot on Lilycat on Stuff is scheduled for the third Sunday of every month. Left Coast Writers® are invited to participate in the programming. Listeners are invited to call in and share their opinions. FCCFREE RADIO is home to over 50 + original programs each week that produce more that 1,000,000 listeners per month (yes, you read that correctly 1,000,000 + listeners) of LIVE hosted content. that comes out of the plush studios in the SOMA District of San Francisco. FFR talk shows cover everything from sex, politics, sports, and back again. Google calls them an "Iconic Staple of San Francisco" and a "Frontrunner in Internet Broadcasting." Add your voice to the fray by calling in during show hours: 415 829 2980. How to Listen in/Call in! 1 - log onto www.fccfreeradio.com 2 - find "schedule" tab and click it - go to Sundays - there will be the link for Lily Cat on Stuff - click it 3 - on Lily Cat page - there will be a "Tune In Now" section to select the streaming service of listeners choice - Under Studio A: - iTunes - Windows Media Player - Real Media Player - Quick Time Studio 4. Once selected the listening controls should appear & sound should be on - listen to the program - Lily Cat will give the phone # to call Nice thing about these live casts - they're incorporated into Pod Casts so you can go back and listen if the program played while you were out.
For more station info and how to listen in, go to: www.FCCFREERADIO.comTo schedule and interview with the editors or writers please contact Jack at leftcoastwriters@gmail.com

Ferry Plaza Book Party: Sisterhood in Sports by Joan Steidinger

LEFT COAST WRITERS FERRY PLAZA BOOK PARTY:  Sisterhood in Sports:How Female Athletes Collaborate and Compete by Joan Steidinger
Dr. Joan Steidinger

Dr. Joan Steidinger

Monday, January 12th, 2015 || 6pm Book Passage || San Francisco 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco ||www.bookpassage.com Also at the Ferry Plaza for San Francisco friends and fans: Sisterhood in Sports: How Female Athletes Collaborate and Compete tells the stories of female athletes in a variety of sports. Their natural tendency to use talking as a primary form of communication is essential to their experiences and successes in sports. Women and girls tend to have BFFs, collaborate during periods of stress, express empathy for one another, worry about themselves and others, and desire to have fun in sports, which makes their experiences of sports and competition different from their male counterparts. Female strengths are grounded in both mind and body, and they take these strengths onto the court, field, and track. There are now dozens of studies showing how the female brain and hormones operate quite differently than those of men. Joan Steidinger uses real stories to show that women and girls compete at very high levels, but also have a different view of their teammates and opponents, one based on relationships and communication, that impacts performance both on and off the field. They enjoy and revel in sisterhood, even as they fight to win. Understanding this need for connection helps us better understand how female athletes succeed and perform both in sports and in life. Female athletes and anyone who works with them will learn how to better facilitate mastery, competition, collaboration, and connection on and off the field the practice of female collaborative competition. Joan Steidinger, Ph.D., is a Certified Consultant through the Association of Applied Sports Psychology and on the United States Olympic Committee’s Sport Psychology Registry. She has written columns online for PsychologyToday.com and SFGate.com. She has worked as a sports psychologist for close to 30 years with offices in Mill Valley and San Francisco. In the 1990s, she was a competitive ultrarunner and competitive Ride and Tie participant. You will see her running the trails of Mt. Tam in Mill Valley, California where she lives with her husband, JP, and two goldie dogs, Spencer and Parker.

Book Launch: Sisterhood in Sports by Joan Steidinger

LEFT COAST WRITERS® BOOK LAUNCH:  Sisterhood in Sports:How Female Athletes Collaborate and Compete by Joan Steidinger
Dr. Joan Steidinger

Dr. Joan Steidinger

Saturday, January 10th, 2015 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com Join us in Corte Madera as Left Coast Writers® celebrates the publication of Joan Steidinger's new book. Sisterhood in Sports: How Female Athletes Collaborate and Compete tells the stories of female athletes in a variety of sports. Their natural tendency to use talking as a primary form of communication is essential to their experiences and successes in sports. Women and girls tend to have BFFs, collaborate during periods of stress, express empathy for one another, worry about themselves and others, and desire to have fun in sports, which makes their experiences of sports and competition different from their male counterparts. Female strengths are grounded in both mind and body, and they take these strengths onto the court, field, and track. There are now dozens of studies showing how the female brain and hormones operate quite differently than those of men. Joan Steidinger uses real stories to show that women and girls compete at very high levels, but also have a different view of their teammates and opponents, one based on relationships and communication, that impacts performance both on and off the field. They enjoy and revel in sisterhood, even as they fight to win. Understanding this need for connection helps us better understand how female athletes succeed and perform both in sports and in life. Female athletes and anyone who works with them will learn how to better facilitate mastery, competition, collaboration, and connection on and off the field the practice of female collaborative competition. Joan Steidinger, Ph.D., is a Certified Consultant through the Association of Applied Sports Psychology and on the United States Olympic Committee’s Sport Psychology Registry. She has written columns online for PsychologyToday.com and SFGate.com. She has worked as a sports psychologist for close to 30 years with offices in Mill Valley and San Francisco. In the 1990s, she was a competitive ultrarunner and competitive Ride and Tie participant. You will see her running the trails of Mt. Tam in Mill Valley, California where she lives with her husband, JP, and two dogs, Spencer and Parker.

Literary Salon: C.W. Gortner, Author of The Tudor Vendetta with Special Guest Host Patricia Bracewell

LEFT COAST WRITERS® LITERARY SALON: C.W. Gortner, Author of The Tudor Vendetta with Special Guest Host Patricia Bracewell
C.W. Gortner

C.W. Gortner

Monday, January 5th, 2015 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com We open the year with a very special salon featuring a presentation by bestselling historical novelist C.W. Gortner. He'll be sharing details about his literary experience and the skill of blending real life and storytelling. Our guest host for the evening is longtime Left Coast Writer® and internationally acclaimed historical novelist Patricia Bracewell. C.W. Gortner is the international bestselling author of six historical novels, including the Spymaster trilogy. His most recent novels areThe Tudor Vendetta and The Queen’s Vow. In March 2015, his novel Mademoiselle Chanel, about the iconic fashion designer, will be published by HarperCollins. Raised in Spain and a long-time resident of the Bay Area, he has been published in over twenty-five languages to date.  

Left Coast Writers® Live: Joan Steidinger on LIlycat on Stuff

Melinda Adams, aka Lilycat

Melinda Adams, aka Lilycat

On Sunday, December 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 Left Coast Writer®  Joan Steidinger. Joan Steidinger, Ph.D., is a Certified Consultant through the Association of Applied Sports Psychology and on the United States Olympic Committee’s Sport Psychology Registry. She has written columns online for PsychologyToday.com and SFGate.com. She has worked as a sports psychologist for close to 30 years with offices in Mill Valley and San Francisco. In the 1990s, she was a competitive ultrarunner and competitive Ride and Tie participant. You will see her running the trails of Mt. Tam in Mill Valley, California where she lives with her husband, JP, and two goldie dogs, Spencer and Parker. Sisterhood in Sports: How Female Athletes Collaborate and Compete tells the stories of all kinds of female athletes in a variety of sports. Their natural tendency to use talking as a primary form of communication is essential to their experiences and successes in sports. Women and girls tend to have BFFs, collaborate during periods of stress, express empathy for one another, worry about themselves and others, and desire to have fun in sports, which makes their experiences of sports and competition different from their male counterparts. Female strengths are grounded in both mind and body, and they take these strengths onto the court, field, and track. There are now dozens of studies showing how the female brain and hormones operate quite differently than those of men. This book reveals the ways in which these differences confirm that intense emotions about relationships are part of the sporting life for female competitors. Joan Steidinger uses real stories to show that women and girls compete at very high levels, but also have a different view of their teammates and opponents, one based on relationships and communication, that impacts performance both on and off the field. They enjoy and revel in sisterhood, even as they fight to win. Understanding this need for connection helps us better understand how female athletes succeed and perform both in sports and in life. Female athletes and anyone who works with them will learn how to better facilitate mastery, competition, collaboration, and connection on and off the field the practice of female collaborative competition. The ongoing spot on Lilycat on Stuff is scheduled for the third Sunday of every month. Left Coast Writers® are invited to participate in the programming. Listeners are invited to call in and share their opinions. FCCFREE RADIO is home to over 50 + original programs each week that produce more that 1,000,000 listeners per month (yes, you read that correctly 1,000,000 + listeners) of LIVE hosted content. that comes out of the plush studios in the SOMA District of San Francisco. FFR talk shows cover everything from sex, politics, sports, and back again. Google calls them an "Iconic Staple of San Francisco" and a "Frontrunner in Internet Broadcasting." Add your voice to the fray by calling in during show hours: 415 829 2980. How to Listen in/Call in! 1 - log onto www.fccfreeradio.com 2 - find "schedule" tab and click it - go to Sundays - there will be the link for Lily Cat on Stuff - click it 3 - on Lily Cat page - there will be a "Tune In Now" section to select the streaming service of listeners choice - Under Studio A: - iTunes - Windows Media Player - Real Media Player - Quick Time Studio 4. Once selected the listening controls should appear & sound should be on - listen to the program - Lily Cat will give the phone # to call Nice thing about these live casts - they're incorporated into Pod Casts so you can go back and listen if the program played while you were out.
For more station info and how to listen in, go to: www.FCCFREERADIO.comTo schedule and interview with the editors or writers please contact Jack at leftcoastwriters@gmail.com

Book Launch: Only a Stone’s Throw by Erin Thompson

LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK LAUNCH:  Only a Stone's Throw by Erin O'Donoghue Thompson
Erin O'Donoghue Thompson

Erin O'Donoghue Thompson

Saturday, December 13th, 2014 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com You won't want to mss the big party when we celebrate Erin O'Donoghue Thompson's book, Only a Stone's Throw, a deeply moving personal memoir chronicling the lows and highs of parenting her eldest daughter to adulthood after she was mentally disabled as a newborn. It's an honest tale of love and strength when life deals out surprises with unexpected results. Erin O’Donoghue Thompson started writing at the age of seventeen. She was the editor of her high school newspaper but put her literary aspirations aside to raise a family. Once her eight children were on their own she did a ten year stint as a travel consultant, taking groups to China, photographic safaris to Africa, and groups of women on shopping tours to Hong Kong. In 2007 she was diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia. This was a wake-up call to “do it now” whatever your dream is. Her dream was to write a book about the struggle raising Stephanie, her brain damaged daughter. Erin was born in San Francisco and raised in Marin County, where she lives with her husband, Jerry Thompson.

Ferry Plaza Book Party: Antoinette Constable

LEFT COAST WRITERS FERRY PLAZA BOOK PARTY: The Lasting War by Antoinette Constable
Antoinette Constable

Antoinette Constable

Monday, December 8th, 2014 || 6pm Book Passage || San Francisco 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco ||www.bookpassage.com Join us for an evening celebrating the publication of The Lasting War, a new volume of poetry from Antoinette Constable. Born and raised in France, Antoinette Constable is a registered nurse with British and American nursing degrees, and also runs her own catering business. She has lived in the United States for many years, where she raised her four children as a single mother. Her hobbies include reading, writing literary critiques, spending time with her grandchildren, gardening, collecting copper items, cooking and creating new recipes. Her work has won the PEN First Prize for Poetry, as well as the Ann Stanford Award from the University of Southern California, and it has appeared in Alaska Quarterly ReviewBarnabe Mountain Review, Bay Area Poets Coalition,California Quarterly (CQ)The Chaffin JournalControlled BurnDenver Metropolitan State MagazineFoothill MagazineGargoyle MagazineThe Healing MuseLouisville ReviewThe Old Red KimonoPOEMPsychological PerspectivesSouthern Humanities ReviewUnitarian Newsletter, and Unitarian Universalist Anthology. Her poem, "You Dream that the Word Hope Is Written on the Door," was published in the Anthology of Master Classes with David St. John in 2003, by Arctos Press. She was recently awarded a residency at Mesa Refuge, a prestigious writers' retreat near Oakland.

Literary Salon: Andy Ross

LEFT COAST WRITERS LITERARY SALON: Andy Ross, Agent at Andy Ross Literary Agency
Andy Ross

Andy Ross

Monday, December 1st, 2014 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com Join us for a year-end holiday celebration and advice on how to get the attention of an agent from one of our favorite agents, Andy Ross. Yes, you may bring a guest to this event! Andy Ross has worked in the book business for 36 years, all of his working life. He was owner and general manager of Cody's Books in Berkeley, California from 1977-2006. Cody's has been recognized as one of America's great independent book stores. During this period, Andy was the primary trade book buyer. This experience has given him a unique understanding of the retail book market, of publishing trends and, most importantly and uniquely, the hand selling of books to book buyers. Andy is past president of the Northern California Booksellers Association, a board member and officer of the American Booksellers Association and a national spokesperson for issues concerning independent businesses. He has had significant profiles in the Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, Publisher's Weekly and the San Francisco Chronicle.

Workshop: Making a Scene with Linda Watanabe McFerrin

Linda Watanabe McFerrin

Linda Watanabe McFerrin

Making a Scene Workshop with Linda Watanabe McFerrin Saturday, November 22nd, 2014, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Location: Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Boulevard, Corte Madera, CA 94925 $120 Register here
In this one-day workshop, you’ll learn to balance setting, character, and dialogue to create stellar scenes. Some of the exercises have given birth to award-winning work by past participants. Bring your laptop and/or paper and pen and discover how a good writer takes center stage on the page and holds it.
Poet, travel writer, and novelist Linda Watanabe McFerrin (www.lwmcferrin.com) is a contributor to numerous newspapers, magazines and anthologies. She is the author of two poetry collections, past editor of a popular Northern Californiaguidebook and a winner of the Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction. Her novel, Namako:  Sea Cucumber, was named Best Book for the Teen-Age by the New York Public Library. In addition to authoring an award-winning short story collection, The Hand of Buddha, she has co-edited several anthologies, including the Hot Flashes: sexy little stories & poems series. Her latest novel, Dead Love (Stone Bridge Press, 2009), was short-listed as a finalist in the 2007 William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Competition and was a Bram Stoker Award Finalist for Superior Achievement in a Novel in 2009. Linda has judged the San Francisco Literary Awards, the Josephine Miles Award for Literary Excellence and the Kiriyama Prize, served as a visiting mentor for the Loft Mentor Series and been guest faculty at the Oklahoma Arts Institute. A past NEA Panelist and juror for the Marin Literary Arts Council and the founder of Left Coast Writers®, she has led workshops in Greece, France, Italy, Ireland, Central America, Indonesia and the United States and has mentored a long list of accomplished writers and best-selling authors toward publication.

Left Coast Writers® Live: Tami Casias on LIlycat on Stuff

Melinda Adams, aka Lilycat

Melinda Adams, aka Lilycat

On Sunday, November 16th from 12-2pm, join Left Coast Writers®  Live on FCCFREE RADIO's popular show, Lilycat on Stuff. Lilycat's guest on Sunday will be Left Coast Writer®  Tami Casias. Tami graduated San Jose State University with a degree in Journalism and worked for years covering local and business news before making the decision to devote her writing time to fiction. Her first novel, a young adult titled Crystal Bound, is about a sixteen-year-old girl who inherits powers that compel her to help others. In Tami's latest novel, My Affair with Mickey, Mini discovers her husband Michael is cheating minutes before winning the largest prize in the history of Disneyland. She has a three-day stay in the Castle to decide what to do with her life before Michael’s return. This is a fun and endearing story about a woman who has never finished anything in her life. But the qualities she didn’t know she had including resourcefulness, kindness and a love of adventure are brought to light when combined with her childhood memories of the park. The ongoing spot on Lilycat on Stuff is scheduled for the third Sunday of every month. Left Coast Writers® are invited to participate in the programming. Listeners are invited to call in and share their opinions. FCCFREE RADIO is home to over 50 + original programs each week that produce more that 1,000,000 listeners per month (yes, you read that correctly 1,000,000 + listeners) of LIVE hosted content. that comes out of the plush studios in the SOMA District of San Francisco. FFR talk shows cover everything from sex, politics, sports, and back again. Google calls them an "Iconic Staple of San Francisco" and a "Frontrunner in Internet Broadcasting." Add your voice to the fray by calling in during show hours: 415 829 2980. How to Listen in/Call in! 1 - log onto www.fccfreeradio.com 2 - find "schedule" tab and click it - go to Sundays - there will be the link for Lily Cat on Stuff - click it 3 - on Lily Cat page - there will be a "Tune In Now" section to select the streaming service of listeners choice - Under Studio A: - iTunes - Windows Media Player - Real Media Player - Quick Time Studio 4. Once selected the listening controls should appear & sound should be on - listen to the program - Lily Cat will give the phone # to call Nice thing about these live casts - they're incorporated into Pod Casts so you can go back and listen if the program played while you were out.
For more station info and how to listen in, go to: www.FCCFREERADIO.comTo schedule and interview with the editors or writers please contact Jack at leftcoastwriters@gmail.com

Ferry Plaza Book Party: The Widows’ Handbook

Widows' HandbookLEFT COAST WRITERS FERRY PLAZA BOOK PARTY: The Widows' Handbook: Poetic Reflections on Grief and Survival including contributions by Marianne Betterly, Judy Bebelaar, and others Monday, November 10th, 2014 || 6pm Book Passage || San Francisco 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco ||www.bookpassage.com Please join us in a reading and book party for Left Coast Writer Marianne Betterly and other contributors to this moving new poetry anthology. The Widows Handbook. The Widows’ Handbook is the first anthology of poems by contemporary widows, many of whom have written their way out of solitude and despair, distilling their strongest feelings into poetry or memoir. This stirring collection celebrates the strategies widows learn and the resources they muster to deal with people, living space, possessions, social life, and especially themselves, once shock has turned to the realization that nothing will ever be the same. As Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg says in her foreword, losing one s partner is a loss like no other. The Widows’ Handbook is a collection of poetry from 87 American women of all ages, legally married or not, straight and gay, whose partners or spouses have died. Some of the poets are already published widely including more than a dozen prizewinners, four Pushcart nominees, and two regional poets laureate. Others are not as well known, and some appear in print for the first time here. With courage and wry humor, these women encounter insidious depression, poignant memories, bureaucratic nonsense, unfamiliar hardware, well-intentioned but thoughtless remarks, demanding work, spiritual revelation, and unexpected lust, navigating new relationships in the uncertain legacy of sexual liberation. They write frankly about being paralyzed and about going forward. Their poems are honest, beautiful, and accessible. Only poetry can speak such difficult truths and incite such intense empathy. While both men and women understand the bewilderment, solitude, and change of status thrust upon the widowed, women suffer a particular social demotion and isolation. Anyone who has lost a loved one or is involved in helping the bereaved will be able to relate to the experiences conveyed in The Widows’ Handbook. “When a partner dies, we begin a long journey down a path we’d rather not take, and we may imagine that life could never be bearable again. The poems in this “Handbook” offer much more than guidance or comfort. Their searing honesty and vivid depictions of resilience offer us invaluable reassurance that our grieving, however painful, will not destroy our capacity to live with meaning–and even joy.” –Judy Norsigian, Executive Director of Our Bodies, Ourselves and Co-founder, Boston Women’s Health Book Collective Readers will include (but are not limited to): Marianne BetterlyJudy Bebelaar, Sandra Gilbert, Kristine Forbes, Mary Curtis, Jackie Kudler When Marianne Betterly isn’t hip hop dancing, designing websites  or traveling to Kyoto, she’s writing poetry. Her poetry has been published widely in books and journals including the Hot Flashes series, “The Green Silk Journal,” and “The Haight Ashbury Literary Journal.”  Marianne is the book designer of Turning a Train of Thought Upside Down.  

Workshop: Building Character with Linda Watanabe McFerrin

Linda Watanabe McFerrin

Linda Watanabe McFerrin

Saturday, October 25th, 2014 || 10am-4pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com Character-driven—it's one way to ensure that your writing is compelling. But how do you create characters that captivate a reader? Digging up all you'll need to know to create characters that jump from the page can be as complicated as a covert operation. So let's put on our best sleuthing attire and gather the info on our protagonists, antagonists, confidantes, love interests and assorted supporting characters. This workshop includes plenty of in-class exercises and amusing tips on craft. A careful investigation will also reveal that you can receive Dominican College credit for this workshop. The workshop will be held on Saturday, October 25, from 10am-4pm at Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera, CA, 94925.  Sign up here. Poet, travel writer, novelist and Left Coast Writers® founder Linda Watanabe McFerrin (www.lwmcferrin.com) is a contributor to numerous newspapers, magazines and anthologies. She is the author of two poetry collections, past editor of a popular Northern California guidebook and a winner of the Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction. Her novel, Namako: Sea Cucumber, was named Best Book for the Teen-Age by the New York Public Library. In addition to authoring an award-winning short story collection, The Hand of Buddha, she has co-edited several anthologies, including the Hot Flashes: sexy little stories & poems series. Her latest novel, Dead Love (Stone Bridge Press, 2009), was short-listed as a finalist in the 2007 William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Competition and was a Bram Stoker Award Finalist for Superior Achievement in a Novel in 2009. Linda has judged the San Francisco Literary Awards, the Josephine Miles Award for Literary Excellence and the Kiriyama Prize, served as a visiting mentor for the Loft Mentor Series and been guest faculty at the Oklahoma Arts Institute. A past NEA Panelist and juror for the Marin Literary Arts Council, she has led workshops in Greece, France, Italy, Ireland, Central America, Indonesia and the United States and has mentored a long list of accomplished writers and best-selling authors toward publication.  

Book Launch: Night of Pan by Gail Strickland

LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK LAUNCH:  Night of Pan, by Gail Strickland
Gail Strickland

Gail Strickland

Saturday, November 8th, 2014 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com History, mystery, action and adventure—it's truly a night of Pan at Book Passage when we celebrate a debut novel by writer Gail Strickland. The slaughter of the Spartan Three Hundred at Thermopylae, Greece 480 BCE—when King Leonidas tried to stop the Persian army with only his elite guard—is well known. But just what did King Xerxes do after he defeated the Greeks? Fifteen-year-old Thaleia is haunted by visions: roofs dripping blood, Athens burning. She tries to convince her best friend and all the villagers that she’s not crazy. The gods do speak to her. And the gods have plans for this girl. When Xerxes army of a million Persians marches straight to the mountain village Delphi to claim the Temple of Apollo’s treasures and sacred power, Thaleia’s gift may be her people’s last line of defense. Her destiny may be to save Greece… but is one girl strong enough to stop an entire army? Come and find out more from the author herself. Gail Strickland translated much of Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey, Herodotus’ prophecies and The Bacchai by Euripides while studying the Classics in college . Living on the Greek islands after college, she discovered her love of myth, the wine-dark sea and retsina. The Baltimore Review and Writer’s Digest have recognized Gail’s fiction. She published stories and poems in Travelers’ Tales' anthologies and the San Francisco Writer’s anthology. Her poetry and photography were published in a collection called Clutter. Her debut novel, Night of Pan, first book of a young adult trilogy about the Oracle of Delphi, will be published by Curiosity Quills Press November, 2014. Born in Brooklyn, New York, Gail grew up in Northern California. She raised her children; was a musical director for CAT children’s theater;taught music in schools; mentored young poets and novelists and introduced thousands of youngsters to piano and Greek mythology. Gail is passionate about bringing the richness of Homer's language and culture to today's youth.

Literary Salon: Laurie King

LEFT COAST WRITERS LITERARY SALON:  Laurie King, Author of the Mary Russell series of Mystery Novels
Laurie King

Laurie King

Monday, November 3rd, 2014 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com We have a thrilling evening in store for you at this post Day of the Dead salon as mystery writer Laurie King joins us and sheds a little light on the craft of telling a dark detective tale. Laurie R. King is the New York Times bestselling author of 22 novels and other works, including the Mary Russell-Sherlock Holmes stories (from The Beekeeper’s Apprentice, named one of the 20th century’s best crime novels by the IMBA, to 2014's Dreaming Spies).  She has won or been nominated for an alphabet of prizes from Agatha to Wolfe, been chosen as guest of honor at several crime conventions, and is probably the only writer to have both an Edgar and an honorary doctorate in theology.  She was inducted into the Baker Street Irregulars in 2010, as “The Red Circle”. She is also the author of The Bones of Paris, a thriller in which readers are lead into the vibrant and sensual Paris of the Jazz Age—and are shown the darkest secrets of its denizens.

Left Coast Writers® Live: Shulamit Sofia on LIlycat on Stuff

Melinda Adams, aka Lilycat

Melinda Adams, aka Lilycat

On Sunday, October 19th from 12-2pm, join Left Coast Writers®  Live on FCCFREE RADIO's popular show, Lilycat on Stuff. Lilycat's guest on Sunday will be Shulamit Sofia. Shulamit Sofia, a spiritual pilgrim from birth, has journeyed toward soul strength as her life’s purpose. She has been a serious spiritual seeker for nearly three decades, studying directly with the leading teachers of Jewish Mysticism. Founder of The Sacred Ladder and Soul Strength Seminars, Shulamit Sofia teaches practical applications of Jewish mystical principles, to solve challenging situations in everyday life. In addition, she provides individual spiritual counseling to people of all religions and/or denominations. Through her speaking engagements, she has reached numerous multi-cultural participants, both in faith based settings and secular workshops, where participants were composed of a broad spectrum of ethnicities and religions. Shulamit Sofia has developed a repertoire of soul strengthening techniques, which contribute to living a life of love, joy, peace, and purpose. She has written this book, Climbing the Sacred Ladder, to share what she has learned over a lifetime, with others who want to increase their awareness and understanding of living a more satisfying and soulful life. Climbing the Sacred Ladder: Your Path to Love, Joy, Peace and Purpose is a compelling, practical, step by step guide  to higher consciousness. By creating a pilgrimage path through multiple realms of spiritual awareness the book provides a GPS for the Soul. This process enables the reader to make a difference in their life and in the lives of the people around them. The ongoing spot on Lilycat on Stuff is scheduled for the third Sunday of every month. Left Coast Writers® are invited to participate in the programming. Listeners are invited to call in and share their opinions. FCCFREE RADIO is home to over 50 + original programs each week that produce more that 1,000,000 listeners per month (yes, you read that correctly 1,000,000 + listeners) of LIVE hosted content. that comes out of the plush studios in the SOMA District of San Francisco. FFR talk shows cover everything from sex, politics, sports, and back again. Google calls them an "Iconic Staple of San Francisco" and a "Frontrunner in Internet Broadcasting." Add your voice to the fray by calling in during show hours: 415 829 2980. How to Listen in/Call in! 1 - log onto www.fccfreeradio.com 2 - find "schedule" tab and click it - go to Sundays - there will be the link for Lily Cat on Stuff - click it 3 - on Lily Cat page - there will be a "Tune In Now" section to select the streaming service of listeners choice - Under Studio A: - iTunes - Windows Media Player - Real Media Player - Quick Time Studio 4. Once selected the listening controls should appear & sound should be on - listen to the program - Lily Cat will give the phone # to call Nice thing about these live casts - they're incorporated into Pod Casts so you can go back and listen if the program played while you were out.
For more station info and how to listen in, go to: www.FCCFREERADIO.comTo schedule and interview with the editors or writers please contact Jack at leftcoastwriters@gmail.com

Ferry Plaza Book Party: Climbing the Sacred Ladder by Shulamit Sofia

LEFT COAST WRITERS FERRY PLAZA BOOK PARTY: Climbing the Sacred Ladder: Your Path to Love, Joy, Peace and Purpose by Shulamit Sofia
Shulamit Sofia

Shulamit Sofia

Monday, October 13th, 2014 || 6pm Book Passage || San Francisco 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco ||www.bookpassage.com It's a soulful and spirit-filled gathering at Book Passage in the Ferry Plaza as we join Shulamit Sofia in celebration. Climbing the Sacred Ladder: Your Path to Love, Joy, Peace and Purpose is a compelling, practical, step by step guide  to higher consciousness. By creating a pilgrimage path through multiple realms of spiritual awareness the book provides a GPS for the Soul. This process enables the reader to make a difference in their life and in the lives of the people around them. Shulamit Sofia, a spiritual pilgrim from birth, has journeyed toward soul strength as her life’s purpose. She has been a serious spiritual seeker for nearly three decades, studying directly with the leading teachers of Jewish Mysticism. Founder of The Sacred Ladder and Soul Strength Seminars, Shulamit Sofia teaches practical applications of Jewish mystical principles, to solve challenging situations in everyday life. In addition, she provides individual spiritual counseling to people of all religions and/or denominations. Through her speaking engagements, she has reached numerous multi-cultural participants, both in faith based settings and secular workshops, where participants were composed of a broad spectrum of ethnicities and religions. Shulamit Sofia has developed a repertoire of soul strengthening techniques, which contribute to living a life of love, joy, peace, and purpose. She has written this book, Climbing the Sacred Ladder, to share what she has learned over a lifetime, with others who want to increase their awareness and understanding of living a more satisfying and soulful life.

Book Launch: The Coconut Latitudes by Rita Gardner

LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK LAUNCH:  The Coconut Latitudes by Rita Gardner
Rita Gardner

Rita Gardner

Saturday, October 11th, 2014 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com Hurricanes during Litquake? Join us as we wrap up an action-packed day with an evening of wine and Rita Gardner's well told tale at Book Passage in Corte Madera. A father makes the fateful decision to leave a successful career in the US behind and move to an isolated beach in the Dominican Republic. He plants ten thousand coconut seedlings, transplants his wife and two young daughters to a small village, and declares they are the luckiest people alive. In reality, the family is in the path of hurricanes and in the grip of a brutal dictator, Rafael Trujillo—and the children are additionally under the thumb of an increasingly volatile and alcoholic father. Set against a backdrop of shimmering palms and kaleidoscope sunsets, The Coconut Latitudes is Rita Gardner’s compelling memoir of a childhood in paradise, a journey into unexpected misery, and a twisted path to redemption and truth. "Like the best of writers, Gardner moves beyond borders into the wide open spaces of the heart.” —JULIA ALVAREZ, author of A Wedding in Haiti Rita Gardner grew up on her expatriate family’s coconut farm in the Dominican Republic during the dictatorship of Rafael Trujillo. Living in a remote coastal village, she was home-schooled and began reading, writing and painting at a young age. She returned to Florida to finish school and later moved to Northern California where she follows her passions – writing, trail hiking, traveling and photography. Her published essays, articles, and poems have appeared in literary journals, travel magazines, and newspapers. She has been awarded writing residencies at Hedgebrook (Washington) and Lit Camp (California.) She continues to dream in Spanish, dance the merengue, and gather inspiration from the ocean; her favorite color is Caribbean blue.

Litquake San Rafael

litquake.jpg.pagespeed.ce_.Cl0qik7AuKTake your imagination for a walk! An All-Day Lit-Crawl Fest Books and authors in downtown San Rafael Saturday, October 11th, 2014 from 10AM-9PM (most events free!) Readers and hosts will include Left Coast Writers: Joel Eis at Rebound Bookstore from 10:00-11:00AM Gail Strickland at Marin County Library Lawn Picnic from 12:30-1:30PM Linda Watanabe McFerrin at Pleasures of the Heart from 3:00-4:15PM Kristin Clark and Linda Watanabe McFerrin at Triumph Skate Boards from 4:30-5:45PM For a complete schedule go to: http://www.litquake.org/event-series/litquake-san-rafael

Left Coast Writers® Live: Carl Russo on LIlycat on Stuff

Melinda Adams, aka Lilycat

Melinda Adams, aka Lilycat

On Sunday, September 14th from 12-2pm, join Left Coast Writers®  Live on FCCFREE RADIO's popular show, Lilycat on Stuff. Lilycat's guest on Sunday will be Carl Russo. Carl Russo is a San Francisco author who has written for the Oakland Tribune, indieWIRE and otherpublications. He was a radio producer and disc jockey at KUSF-FM for more than a decade. Russo fell in love with Sicily on his first trip to the island in 1999 and has returned many times since. In 2010, he began a blog, MafiaExposed.com, which became the basis for his book. The Sicilian Mafia: A True Crime Travel Guide is the first book of its kind in any language—the ultimate Cosa Nostra experience. Since 2006, author Carl Russo has photographed Mafia hotspots on the Italian island of Sicily: where the murders happened, where the godfathers lived, where their victims are buried. From the sunbaked fishing villages of the Mediterranean to the darkest alleys of Palermo, western Sicily is the exotic backdrop for more than 100 meticulously researched tales of murder and mayhem, packed with 200 photographs of the actual locations. The ongoing spot on Lilycat on Stuff is scheduled for the third Sunday of every month. Left Coast Writers® are invited to participate in the programming. Listeners are invited to call in and share their opinions. FCCFREE RADIO is home to over 50 + original programs each week that produce more that 1,000,000 listeners per month (yes, you read that correctly 1,000,000 + listeners) of LIVE hosted content. that comes out of the plush studios in the SOMA District of San Francisco. FFR talk shows cover everything from sex, politics, sports, and back again. Google calls them an "Iconic Staple of San Francisco" and a "Frontrunner in Internet Broadcasting." Add your voice to the fray by calling in during show hours: 415 829 2980. How to Listen in/Call in! 1 - log onto www.fccfreeradio.com 2 - find "schedule" tab and click it - go to Sundays - there will be the link for Lily Cat on Stuff - click it 3 - on Lily Cat page - there will be a "Tune In Now" section to select the streaming service of listeners choice - Under Studio A: - iTunes - Windows Media Player - Real Media Player - Quick Time Studio 4. Once selected the listening controls should appear & sound should be on - listen to the program - Lily Cat will give the phone # to call Nice thing about these live casts - they're incorporated into Pod Casts so you can go back and listen if the program played while you were out.
For more station info and how to listen in, go to: www.FCCFREERADIO.comTo schedule and interview with the editors or writers please contact Jack at leftcoastwriters@gmail.com

Literary Salon: Shirin Yim Bridges

LEFT COAST WRITERS LITERARY SALON:  Shirin Yim Bridges, Publisher of Goosebottom Books
Shirin Yim Bridges

Shirin Yim Bridges

Monday, October 6th, 2014 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com Meet Shirin Yim Bridges tonight as she shares her knowledge of writing and the many methods of publishing available to authors today. Shirin has successfully transitioned from author (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, HarperCollins/Greenwillow, Chronicle Books) to self-publisher, to award-winning publisher (Goosebottom Books). She is the author of Ruby’s Wish, a Publishers Weekly Best Children’s Book and winner of the Ezra Jack Keats Award; The Umbrella Queen, which madeTIME magazine’s Top 10 list for 2008; and Mary Wrightly So Politely, which launched in April 2013 to starred reviews in Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, and Shelf Awareness. Shirin is also the head goose of Goosebottom Books, and the proud publisher of The Thinking Girl’s Treasury of Dastardly Dames, named one of the Top 10 Nonfiction Series for Youth 2012 by the American Library Association; The Thinking Girl’s Treasury of Real Princesses, a silver medalist at the 2011 Independent Publishers’ Book Awards; and Horrible Hauntings, an International Reading Association Children’s Choices winner. She has taught and discussed writing and publishing at the Asian Festival for Children’s Content, the Mendocino Coast Writers’ Conference, the Book Passage Children’s Writers and Illustrators Conference, Stanford University, Dominican University, San Francisco State University, Illinois State University, and the College of San Mateo. She has lived in many countries around the world, and now nests in California.

Book Launch: A Sleuth in Sausalito by Carol Sheldon

LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK LAUNCH: A Sleuth in Sausalito by Carol Sheldon
Carol Sheldon

Carol Sheldon

Saturday, September 13th, 2014 || 7pm Book Passage || Corte Madera 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera ||www.bookpassage.com It’s Sausalito in the sixties. Poets, painters and philosophers dot this artsy town, a community of people living on derelict houseboats. The river rats vs. the hill people continue an ongoing battle. Filled with colorful characters like Sally Stanford, and the artist Jean Varda A SLEUTH IN SAUSALITO will keep you entertained. After ten years of not knowing what happened to her mother when she disappeared, Gwen Harris is notified that recently discovered remains might be those of her mother. Leaving the University of Michigan to find out what she can in Sausalito, where her mother disappeared, Gwen begins a long and arduous journey of discovering what happened, and who is responsible. Eager, but young and vulnerable her trust in several people is shattered by secrecy, betrayal and deception. "As an avid mystery reader, I was hooked on A Sleuth In Sausalito starting with the title!  From then on, I was kept guessing at "who done it" all the way to its totally unexpected ending!  I loved the descriptions of scenic Sausalito, and its memorable, and real, personages, as well as the fictional characters.  What a great read! "   Vicki Weiland, Writer/Editor. Carol Sheldon’s novel MOTHER LODE placed in the top five percent of 5000 entries in Amazon’s International Novel Contest. It recently won an award from Bay Area Independent Publishing Association for Best Fiction. Her numerous plays have won awards across the country. Sheldon lives and teaches writing in Marin, California.

Literary Salon: Betsy Graziani Fasbinder

LEFT COAST WRITERS LITERARY SALON:  Betsy Graziani Fasbinder, Presentation Skills Coach and Author of Fire & Water
Betsy Graziani Fasbinder

Betsy Graziani Fasbinder

Monday, September 8th, 2014 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com We know that all of you are masters of voice on the page, but what do you do when it's time to get out of the garret and present you work in person? Find out how to make the right impression on Monday, September 8th (Yes, we are skipping the Monday after the Labor Day weekend). So, on Monday, September 8th, join us for another terrific Left Coast Writers Literary Salon, this time with a  noted professional in the art of presentation. Betsy Graziani Fasbinder is one of our favorite coaches in the art of public speaking.  She is an award-winning writer and ghostwriter who has published numerous articles. Her debut novel is Fire & Water, a story of art, madness, and passion. Betsy has been a professional presentation skills coach since 1998, empowering writers, artists, technology professionals, and business leaders to be their best natural selves in front of groups.  She will be sharing her direction and tips on public speaking: the challenges to be overcome, the rewards of mastering this art, and more during this inspiring salon. We hope you'll all take advantage of the opportunity to meet and hear from her! As a life-long writer, a psychotherapist for over two decades, and trainer of communications skills, Betsy Graziani Fasbinder's entire professional life is about communicating ideas and matters of the heart with clarity and passion. In addition to her work as a novelist and memoirist, Betsy coaches writers (and other introverts) in their efforts to represent themselves and their work as dynamic, engaging public speakers. She has taught clients in Fortune 500 Companies, politicians, entertainers, and authors throughout the United States and occasionally overseas. She helps clients to be at their at their natural and most comfortable best in front of an audience by helping them to see public speaking not as a “gift” but as a set of learnable skills. In Fall 2014, Betsy will launch a podcast called, “Art Finds a Way” which will feature brief interviews with people from all walks of life about how they have found a way to express their creativity and imaginations in art forms of all types. “Art Finds a Way” is a celebration of the tenacity of the creative spirit and meant to be an inspiration for others to find a way to weave artistic expression into their lives. Betsy's debut novel, Fire & Water was published in the spring of 2013 by She Writes Press and has received a Silver Medal in the Wishing Shelf Book Awards and was honored with an honorable mention in both the New York and Los Angeles Book Festivals.  The audio book of Fire & Water arrives in summer 2014. Several of her memoir pieces have been produced as Readers' Theater in the historic Miners' Foundry Theater in Nevada City.  She has since returned to Marin County where she lives with her husband, one son launched and living nearby and the other on the launch pad.  Edgar, her salt-and-pepper doodle is her faithful and patient writing companion
 

Left Coast Writers® Live: Sherry Brier on LIlycat on Stuff

Melinda Adams, aka Lilycat

Melinda Adams, aka Lilycat

On Sunday, August 24th from 12-2pm, join Left Coast Writers®  Live on FCCFREE RADIO's popular show, Lilycat on Stuff. Lilycat's guest on Sunday will be Sherry Brier. Sherry Brier is director of Inner Rhythm Movement Arts Institute in Marin County, California. She spends her days dancing, teaching, choreographing dances for her students and two dance companies, writing, and playing hooky with her husband and cat. Undergoing a crisis of the heart and spirit, artist Sherry Brier meets a mysterious teacher of mystical movement who initiates her into Egyptian Temple Dance. Join us in a celebration of  Sherry's book about the spiritual journey that took her on the liberating path of transformation from self to Soul. "This book is a treasure... such a valuable contribution to modern temple dance. I'd love to make it part of the official Fusion Temple Dance Festival curriculum..." —Bast, Producer of Fusion Temple Dance Festival The ongoing spot on Lilycat on Stuff is scheduled for the third Sunday of every month. Left Coast Writers® are invited to participate in the programming. Listeners are invited to call in and share their opinions. FCCFREE RADIO is home to over 50 + original programs each week that produce more that 1,000,000 listeners per month (yes, you read that correctly 1,000,000 + listeners) of LIVE hosted content. that comes out of the plush studios in the SOMA District of San Francisco. FFR talk shows cover everything from sex, politics, sports, and back again. Google calls them an "Iconic Staple of San Francisco" and a "Frontrunner in Internet Broadcasting." Add your voice to the fray by calling in during show hours: 415 829 2980. How to Listen in/Call in! 1 - log onto www.fccfreeradio.com 2 - find "schedule" tab and click it - go to Sundays - there will be the link for Lily Cat on Stuff - click it 3 - on Lily Cat page - there will be a "Tune In Now" section to select the streaming service of listeners choice - Under Studio A: - iTunes - Windows Media Player - Real Media Player - Quick Time Studio 4. Once selected the listening controls should appear & sound should be on - listen to the program - Lily Cat will give the phone # to call Nice thing about these live casts - they're incorporated into Pod Casts so you can go back and listen if the program played while you were out.
For more station info and how to listen in, go to: www.FCCFREERADIO.comTo schedule and interview with the editors or writers please contact Jack at leftcoastwriters@gmail.com

Ferry Plaza Book Party: Lost, Kidnapped, Eaten Alive by Laurie McAndish King

LEFT COAST WRITERS FERRY PLAZA BOOK PARTY:  Lost, Kidnapped, Eaten Alive by Laurie McAndish King
Laurie McAndish King

Laurie McAndish King

Monday, August 11th, 2014 || 6pm Book Passage || San Francisco 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco ||www.bookpassage.com If you missed Laurie in Corte Madera we're giving you another chance! What happens when a practical midwestern gal sets off to explore the world? Laurie McAndish King’s travels seem innocent in the planning stage, but surprising adventure unfolds as she finds herself tracking lions without a gun in Botswana ... attempting to eat a horse in southern Italy ... marrying a Maasai warrior in Kenya ... and sampling the world’s most expensive coffee—brewed from the excrement of a small Balinese mammal. Whether she is lost in Melbourne, kidnapped in the Tunisian desert, or eaten alive by the blood-sucking denizens of tropical North Queensland, King’s stories—quirky, poignant, occasionally unsettling, and often funny—are inspiring and entertaining. "An engaging, meticulously observed journey that brings other cultures alive." —Kirkus Reviews Laurie McAndish King grew up in rural Iowa, studied science and philosophy at Cornell College, and has traveled to nearly forty countries, observing with an eye for biology and writing with a philosopher’s heart and mind. Her award-winning travel essays and photography have appeared in many publications, including Smithsonian Magazine; Travel Channel partner site iExplore.com; the San Francisco Chronicle“The Best Women’s Travel Writing” Travelers’ Tales anthology; as well as other magazines and literary anthologies. She won the 2013 Lowell Thomas Gold Award for Cultural Tourism for her story about Croatia, “Silk from Ashes.”

Book Launch: Lost, Kidnapped, Eaten Alive by Laurie McAndish King

LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK LAUNCH:  Lost, Kidnapped, Eaten Alive by Laurie McAndish King

Laurie McAndish King

Saturday, August 9th, 2014 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com What happens when a practical midwestern gal sets off to explore the world? Laurie McAndish King’s travels seem innocent in the planning stage, but surprising adventure unfolds as she finds herself tracking lions without a gun in Botswana ... attempting to eat a horse in southern Italy ... marrying a Maasai warrior in Kenya ... and sampling the world’s most expensive coffee—brewed from the excrement of a small Balinese mammal. Whether she is lost in Melbourne, kidnapped in the Tunisian desert, or eaten alive by the blood-sucking denizens of tropical North Queensland, King’s stories—quirky, poignant, occasionally unsettling, and often funny—are inspiring and entertaining. Come, hear the stories, join in on the fun, be sure to spread the word! "An engaging, meticulously observed journey that brings other cultures alive." —Kirkus Reviews Laurie McAndish King grew up in rural Iowa, studied science and philosophy at Cornell College, and has traveled to nearly forty countries, observing with an eye for biology and writing with a philosopher’s heart and mind. Her award-winning travel essays and photography have appeared in many publications, including Smithsonian Magazine; Travel Channel partner site iExplore.com; the San Francisco Chronicle“The Best Women’s Travel Writing” Travelers’ Tales anthology; as well as other magazines and literary anthologies. She won the 2013 Lowell Thomas Gold Award for Cultural Tourism for her story about Croatia, “Silk from Ashes.”

Literary Salon: Michael Shapiro

Michael Shapiro

Michael Shapiro

LEFT COAST WRITERS LITERARY SALON:  Michael Shapiro, Travel Writer and Author of A Sense of Place: Great Travel Writers Talk About Their Craft, Lives, and Inspiration Monday, August 4th, 2014 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com There's a Travel Writers and Photographers Conference coming up at Book Passage in August, so who better to be our salon speaker for the month than experienced freelance travel writer, Michael Shapiro. Michael is an award-winning writer, photographer and interviewer whose work appears regularly in national magazines and metropolitan newspapers. He’s the author of A Sense of Place and specializes in travel, but his interests range far and wide — since 2011 he’s been the gambling columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle. Michael will share notes and anecdotes on his travel writing career and adventures. Always witty and enthusiastic, he'll bring the laughs as well as great advice for writers, so it's sure to be an entertaining and enlightening evening. Michael's book, A Sense of Place: Great Travel Writers Talk About Their Craft, Lives, and Inspiration (Travelers’ Tales) is an award-winning collection of interviews with Bill Bryson, Frances Mayes, Paul Theroux, Peter Matthiessen, Tim Cahill, Jan Morris, Pico Iyer, Isabel Allende, Simon Winchester, and many others. “Hearing some of the great travel writers talk about their craft is certainly instructive for readers and writers alike. Most enjoyable are (Shapiro’s) interviews with some of the standard-bearers Arthur Frommer, Eric Newby, Peter Matthiessen and Jan Morris.” —The New York Times Book Review Michael Shapiro has biked through Cuba for the Washington Post, celebrated Holy Week in Guatemala for the Dallas Morning News, and floated down the Mekong River on a Laotian cargo barge for an online travel magazine. His work also appears in the Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle and New York Times. Michael lives with his wife in Sonoma County, spending his free time cycling, river rafting, sea kayaking and volunteering for ETC, a group that takes disabled people on outdoor adventures.

Left Coast Writers® Live: Laurie McAndish King on Lilycat on Stuff

Melinda Adams, aka Lilycat

Melinda Adams, aka Lilycat

On Sunday, July 20th from 12-2pm, join Left Coast Writers®  Live on FCCFREE RADIO's popular show, Lilycat on Stuff. Lilycat's guest on Sunday will be Laurie McAndish King. Laurie McAndish King grew up in rural Iowa, studied science and philosophy at Cornell College, and has traveled to nearly forty countries, observing with an eye for biology and writing with a philosopher’s heart and mind. Her award-winning travel essays and photography have appeared in many publications, including Smithsonian Magazine; Travel Channel partner site iExplore.com; the San Francisco Chronicle“The Best Women’s Travel Writing” Travelers’ Tales anthology; as well as other magazines and literary anthologies. She won the 2013 Lowell Thomas Gold Award for Cultural Tourism for her story about Croatia, “Silk from Ashes.” What happens when a practical midwestern gal sets off to explore the world? Laurie McAndish King’s travels seem innocent in the planning stage, but surprising adventure unfolds as she finds herself tracking lions without a gun in Botswana ... attempting to eat a horse in southern Italy ... marrying a Maasai warrior in Kenya ... and sampling the world’s most expensive coffee—brewed from the excrement of a small Balinese mammal. Whether she is lost in Melbourne, kidnapped in the Tunisian desert, or eaten alive by the blood-sucking denizens of tropical North Queensland, King’s stories—quirky, poignant, occasionally unsettling, and often funny—are inspiring and entertaining. The ongoing spot on Lilycat on Stuff is scheduled for the third Sunday of every month. Left Coast Writers® are invited to participate in the programming. Listeners are invited to call in and share their opinions. FCCFREE RADIO is home to over 50 + original programs each week that produce more that 1,000,000 listeners per month (yes, you read that correctly 1,000,000 + listeners) of LIVE hosted content. that comes out of the plush studios in the SOMA District of San Francisco. FFR talk shows cover everything from sex, politics, sports, and back again. Google calls them an "Iconic Staple of San Francisco" and a "Frontrunner in Internet Broadcasting." Add your voice to the fray by calling in during show hours: 415 829 2980. How to Listen in/Call in! 1 - log onto www.fccfreeradio.com 2 - find "schedule" tab and click it - go to Sundays - there will be the link for Lily Cat on Stuff - click it 3 - on Lily Cat page - there will be a "Tune In Now" section to select the streaming service of listeners choice - Under Studio A: - iTunes - Windows Media Player - Real Media Player - Quick Time Studio 4. Once selected the listening controls should appear & sound should be on - listen to the program - Lily Cat will give the phone # to call Nice thing about these live casts - they're incorporated into Pod Casts so you can go back and listen if the program played while you were out.
For more station info and how to listen in, go to: www.FCCFREERADIO.comTo schedule and interview with the editors or writers please contact Jack at leftcoastwriters@gmail.com

Poetry: The Long & Short of It – A Workshop with Linda Watanabe McFerrin

Linda Watanabe McFerrin

Linda Watanabe McFerrin

POETRY: The Long & Short of It with Linda Watanabe McFerrin Saturday, July 19th, 2014, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Location: Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Boulevard, Corte Madera, CA 94925 $105 Register here Ever wondered where the poetry is today? We’ve never needed it more. Join poet, travel writer and novelist, Linda Watanabe McFerrin, for a look at how to push the envelope and integrate poetry into our lives and work. You'll spend a day filled with terrific poetic prompts. Come prepared to write and read your work.. Poet, travel writer, and novelist Linda Watanabe McFerrin (www.lwmcferrin.com) is a contributor to numerous newspapers, magazines and anthologies. She is the author of two poetry collections, past editor of a popular Northern California guidebook and a winner of the Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction. Her novel, Namako:  Sea Cucumber, was named Best Book for the Teen-Age by the New York Public Library. In addition to authoring an award-winning short story collection, The Hand of Buddha, she has co-edited several anthologies, including the Hot Flashes: sexy little stories & poems series. Her latest novel, Dead Love (Stone Bridge Press, 2009), was short-listed as a finalist in the 2007 William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Competition and was a Bram Stoker Award Finalist for Superior Achievement in a Novel in 2009. Linda has judged the San Francisco Literary Awards, the Josephine Miles Award for Literary Excellence and the Kiriyama Prize, served as a visiting mentor for the Loft Mentor Series and been guest faculty at the Oklahoma Arts Institute. A past NEA Panelist and juror for the Marin Literary Arts Council and the founder of Left Coast Writers®, she has led workshops in Greece, France, Italy, Ireland, Central America, Indonesia and the United States and has mentored a long list of accomplished writers and best-selling authors toward publication.

Ferry Plaza Book Party: Left Coast Writers® Francophilia!

LEFT COAST WRITERS FERRY PLAZA BOOK PARTY: Left Coast Writers® Francophilia!  WanderinginParis_sMonday, July 14th, 2014 || 6pm Book Passage || San Francisco 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco ||www.bookpassage.com Join us for another taste of France: chocolate, cheese, cookies and wine as Left Coast Writers® members celebrate Paris and share new stories set in France and the City of Light. Readers will include:
  • Unity Barry
  • M. Terry Bowman
  • Antoinette Constable
  • Kitty Hughes
  • Laurie McAndish King
  • Ethel Mussen
  • Catherine Pyke
  • Joanna Biggar
  • Linda Watanabe McFerrin
Left Coast Writers, if you have a story to share about France... please let us know.

Book Launch: The Sicilian Mafia: A True Crime Travel Guide by Carl Russo

LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK LAUNCH:  The Sicilian Mafia: A True Crime Travel Guide by Carl Russo Carl RussoSaturday, July 12th, 2014 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com Join us, if you dare, in celebrating Carl Russo's new book about the Sicilian Mafia with accompanying Sicilian wine. The Sicilian Mafia: A True Crime Travel Guide is the first book of its kind in any language—the ultimate Cosa Nostra experience. Since 2006, author Carl Russo has photographed Mafia hotspots on the Italian island of Sicily: where the murders happened, where the godfathers lived, where their victims are buried. From the sunbaked fishing villages of the Mediterranean to the darkest alleys of Palermo, western Sicily is the exotic backdrop for more than 100 meticulously researched tales of murder and mayhem, packed with 200 photographs of the actual locations. Carl Russo is a San Francisco author who has written for the Oakland Tribune, indieWIRE and other publications. He was a radio producer and disc jockey at KUSF-FM for more than a decade. Russo fell in love with Sicily on his first trip to the island in 1999 and has returned many times since. In 2010, he began a blog, MafiaExposed.com, which became the basis for his book. So don't miss this. It should be quite an evening!

Literary Salon: Linda Joy Myers

LEFT COAST WRITERS LITERARY SALON:  Linda Joy Myers, Author of Memoir–How to Write Your Healing Story, Founder and President of National Association of Memoir Writers
Linda Joy Myers

Linda Joy Myers

Monday, July 7th, 2014 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com Linda Joy Myers, Ph.D., MFT, is the President and Founder of the National Association of Memoir Writers. Linda is the author of The Power of Memoir–How to Write Your Healing Story, and a workbook Journey of Memoir–The Three Stages of Memoir Writing. Her passion for memoir writing began many years ago–she likes to talk about the stories her great-grandmother Blanche told her as they shared a featherbed in Iowa when she was 8 years old, the seeds of Linda as storyteller and memoir writer.  She'll be sharing the story of her literary journey as well as tips on writing a fascinating memoir. Linda Joy has been a therapist in Berkeley, California for over thirty years, following her belief that deep patterns can be healed and changed. She learned about changing these patterns through her own inner work and writing her memoir Don’t Call Me Mother: A Daughter’s Journey from Abandonment to Forgiveness, which received the Gold Medal Award from BAIPA, Bay Area Independent Publishing Association, and is a Finalist for the ForeWord Book of the Year award. She received her Master’s degree in Creative Writing at Mills College, and has taught Marriage and Family Therapy at JFK University and Argosy University in the S. F. Bay Area. Linda’s early life was immersed in music,  piano and  cello, and she earned her B.S. in Music Education from the University of Illinois. Her love of art–etching, painting, and collage led to second B.A. in Art from the University of California, Berkeley. Through her art and music background, Linda deeply came to understand the power of art to heal, and studied many psychologists and artists who used art as transformation and healing–from Jung to Alice Miller, Vincent Van Gogh to Beethoven. Her first book Becoming Whole: Writing Your Healing Story is used as a text by therapists, ministers, and writing coaches, and was a finalist in the ForeWord magazine’s 2008 Book of the Year Award. It’s  important to Linda to integrate the principles of healing and creativity when helping people learn about the powerful healing process of writing true stories through workshops, online courses, and coaching. Her expertise in supporting writers to write award winning memoirs has helped many writers complete their memoirs, and even win prizes. All memoirs are about transformation–and the writer needs to learn the important skills of the craft of story telling. Prize-winning nonfiction and poetry by Linda has been published in various literary journals. Linda has been co-president of the Women’s National Book Association, San Francisco branch, and past-president of The California Writers Club, Marin branch, and has served on the board of Story Circle Network.
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