LEFT COAST WRITERS FERRY PLAZA BOOK PARTY: On the Luck of an Irish Sailor, with Author Mike Mirabella Monday, February 13th, 2017 || 6pm Book Passage || San Francisco 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco ||www.bookpassage.com On the Luck of an Irish Sailor is a story-song and sea tale in an illustrated book for children (4-9 years old) — and adults who enjoy Irish lore and sea chanteys. Written by singer, composer and musician, Mike Mirabella, the story fanciful, full-page illustrations by Amy O’Hanlon. The book tells of a young Irish sailor who is cast adrift in the sea, but is saved from drowning with the help of a mermaid princess and his Irish luck. The book was inspired by the stories the author heard as a little boy during large family dinners in San Francisco. His grandfather and uncles would tell tales of fishing the waters off the coast of California. One in particular told of a scary time for a young cabin boy who was captured by pirates while working on the tall ships. The book blends in another favored story and a never-ending argument about a strange
LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK LAUNCH: Reptile Wines by John Hewitt Saturday, February 11th, 2017 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com John Hewitt’s newest novel Reptile Wines opens with a zinger—the race-is-on hallmark of his four previous comic novels. Miles Trout is a tour guide for a low frills wine country tour outfit when he’s called from the break room by fellow drivers to find his pal dead—for a second time.
LEFT COAST WRITERS LITERARY SALON: Andy Ross, Literary Agent and Founder of Andy Ross Literary Agency Monday, February 6th, 2017 || 7pm Book Passage || Corte Madera 51 Tamal Vista Drive, Corte Madera ||www.bookpassage.com Spend an evening with favorite Bay Area literary figure and agent, Andy Ross. Andy has worked in the book business for 39 years, all of his working life. He was the 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 important 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
Left Coast Writers Poetry: Mike Mirabella, Musician and Author of On the Luck of an Irish Sailor Kawika’s Ocean Beach Deli 734 La Playa St, San Francisco, CA 94121 Sunday, February 5th from 5pm-7:15pm Join a featured LCW poet (this time it’s a musician) at the First Sunday of the Month Happy Hour Poetry series at Kawika’s Ocean Beach Deli. Our featured poet’s reading is followed by an open mic for other poets to share original work, or even just to read favorite poems aloud. Happy Hour starts at 5pm, and after our featured poet reads for 30 minutes, open mic (three minutes per poet) goes until 7:15 pm. Celebrate creativity and poets while supporting a local, community-oriented, and family owned business! Enjoy $1 off your sandwich with the purchase of a glass of wine or bubbly! Up in February is Mike Mirabella. “Papa Mike” Mirabella is an accomplished guitar player and singer-songwriter known for his children’s songs “Sister Butterfly”; “I Am So Like You”; and “I Used To Be Shy.” In his early career Mike performed with folk groups and arranged compositions and toured a choral group of young singers who performed nationally, with a special performance at the White House. In addition to his music career, Mike is a retired public school teacher, and resides with his wife in the San Francisco Bay Area.
On Sunday, January 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 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 and television reporter and editor, magazine writer, producer, cameraman, university professor and author of news writing textbooks as well as five novels. He has traveled in Mexico, Central and South America, Europe, Southeast Asia, Australia, Europe and the Middle East. His first three novels, Drone Baloney, Stranger in Baja, and Under the Padre’s Thumb, explored the bewildering culture in communities in Mexico’s Baja Peninsula. He currently lives in Northern California. John Hewitt’s newest novel Reptile Wines opens with a zinger—the race-is-on hallmark of his four previous comic novels. Miles Trout is a tour guide for a low frills wine country tour outfit when he’s called from the break room by fellow drivers to find his pal dead—for a second time.
Saturday, January 21st, 2017 || 10am-4pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com If you have trouble steaming up the page or even your life, this is the workshop for you. Spend a day learning the techniques for adding spicy, sensual, and sometimes funny sizzle to your work and your days. The class is full of quick free-writes and entertaining exercises that will have you moving from comfort to erogenous zones in no time. A careful investigation will also reveal that you can receive Dominican College credit for this workshop. The workshop will be held on Saturday, January 21st, 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. Laurie McAndish King grew up in rural Iowa, studied science and philosophy at Cornell College, and has
LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK LAUNCH: This Trip Will Change Your Life: A Shaman’s Story of Spirit Evolution by Jennifer Monahan Saturday, January 14th, 2017 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com While Jennifer Monahan has always felt connected to the spirit world, she didn’t fully realize how it had been orchestrating her life until a spur-of-the-moment trip to Yucatan, Mexico and a chance meeting with a Mayan shaman changed her life forever. This is the true story of Monahan’s journey to finding and living her life purpose as a shaman. Filled with wisdom from her spirit guides and teachers that can benefit others looking for their life purpose, This Trip Will Change Your Life: Shaman’s Story of Spirit Evolution shows how finding her true path made all the synchronistic “threads” in Monahan’s life come together into a beautifully woven tapestry and life purpose that she could have never imagined on her own. Jennifer Monahan is a business strategy consultant turned Mayan-trained shaman who incorporates natural health
LEFT COAST WRITERS FERRY PLAZA BOOK PARTY: My Life on the Ragged Paths of Pan: Selected Poems and Translations with Author Thanasis Maskaleris Monday, January 9th, 2017 || 6pm Book Passage || San Francisco 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco ||www.bookpassage.com Could it be poetic pandemonium or something more restrained? My Life on the Ragged Paths of Pan: Selected Poems and Translations is a unique book. It contains 40 original poems written by the author, divided into the early and late periods of his long career as a poet. The book also contains 25 poems, translated by Maskaleris, from 11 of Greece’s greatest poets: Elytis, Embirikos, Engonopoulos, Gatsos, Karelli, Kavafis, Kazantzakis, Ritsos, Sikelianos, Varnalis, and Vrettakos. In the book’s Preface, Thanasis writes: “I always strove, as a poet, to capture/express a feeling alive in me; or an idea/social concern. Landscapes that filled me with their beauty, and human beings that touched my heart are often at the center of my poems. My poetry sought to capture and revivify essential moments of my life—moments of beauty and humanity …” Like the journey home to Ithaka, this is a book to be enjoyed slowly, savoring its freshness, beauty, and wisdom. Thanasis Maskaleris was born in Arkadia, Greece and immigrated to the U.S. at the age of 17. He studied Philosophy and English at the University of Oklahoma, and Comparative Literature at Indiana University and the University of California-Berkeley. He has written original poetry in Greek and in English, and has translated contemporary Greek poetry extensively. Professor Maskaleris has taught Comparative Literature, Classics and
LEFT COAST WRITERS LITERARY SALON: Brooke Warner, author of Green-Light Your Book: How Writers Can Succeed in the New Era of Publishing, writing coach, and publishing expert Monday, January 2nd, 2017 || 7pm Book Passage || Corte Madera 51 Tamal Vista Drive, Corte Madera ||www.bookpassage.com Writers, we think this is the perfect way to kick of the year. Join us for the first LCW salon of 2017 and an evening with talented editor, coach and publishing expert, Brooke Warner, author of Green Light Your Book: How Writers Can Succeed in the New Era of Publishing. Green-Light Your Book is a straight-shooting guide to a changing industry. Written for aspiring authors, previously published authors, and independent publishers, it explains the ever-shifting publishing landscape and helps indie authors understand that they’re up against the status quo, and how to work within the system but also how to subvert the system in order to succeed. Publishing expert and independent publisher Brooke Warner is fearless in her critique of an industry that’s lost its mandate, and in so doing has opened the door wide for indie publishers to thrive. While she does not shy away
On Sunday, December 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 Wanderland Writers. Lovers of travel, Spain and sunny southern climes: You are invited to join the editors and contributing writers for the fifth book in the award-winning Wanderland series, Wandering in Andalusia: The Soul of Southern Spain for a book launch featuring wine, tapas and literary treats. It’s interesting that the Wanderland Writers generally tend to head south in their explorations, and nowhere was the southerly route more rewarding than in Andalusia. On this latest adventure, workshop leaders Linda Watanabe McFerrin and Joanna Biggar led the writers on a search for the soul of Southern Spain. Along the way they discovered a country ripe with contradiction: an arid landscape filled with lush gardens; the practice of elaborate Christian rituals in churches echoing a rich Islamic past; a land of bullfighters, gypsies, poets, philosophers and scholars; a place where duende and alegría coexist. As they spread out in this inviting territory, they encountered—and wrote about—Columbus and the Christian