Book Launch: Mark Shaw

If you didn’t get to the Monticello for our March LCW Book Launch party for Mark Shaw and his latest book, Melvin Belli: King of the Courtroom, you missed a real treat.

Mark is a fabulous storyteller, and he brought the legendary San Francisco attorney, Melvin Belli, to life. Belli changed the landscape of law. He showed lawyers the power of storytelling and, in the words of Shaw, there were “so many stories about his courtroom antics, battles with judges and lawyers alike, and a personal life that seems more like fiction than fact,” that it was challenging to write his biography.

See Mark at his upcoming Bay area readings:

Thursday, April 5, 2007, 7:30pm || Books, Inc. || Alameda
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Tuesday, May 8, 2007, 7pm || Book Passage – FERRY PLAZA || San Francisco
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Book Launch: Adina Sara

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Left Coast Writers Book Launch, 5:30pm

Adina Sara

Monticello Inn, 121 Ellis Street, San Francisco, CA

Left Coast Writers® Launch Left Coast Writer Adina Sara’s New Book, 100 Words per Minute: Tales from Behind Law Office Doors, at SF’s Monticello Inn on November 15
Left Coast Writers® will hold its next event in the Left Coast Writers Book Launch Series at The Monticello Inn, San Francisco’s finest literary hotel, on Wednesday, November 15, 5:30pm-6:30pm. We are celebrating Left Coast Writer member Adina Sara’s book, 100 Words per Minute: Tales from Behind Law Office Doors.  Adina will read from her book and answer questions about its genesis, content, and process.
This free-of-charge evening includes a complimentary wine reception, held in the Inn’s library.  The book will be available onsite for purchase and signing.  The Book Launch Series is part of the Monticello Inn’s ongoing Wednesday Book Reading Series, and presents Left Coast Writers members’ new book-length works in various genres, including general nonfiction, travel writing, short stories, erotica, novels, poetry, nature writing, and memoir.
About 100 Words per Minute—Tales From Behind Law Office Doors:

Author Adina Sara presents an intimate look inside the quirky world of law offices. The stories of tyrant and tired litigators along with their devoted, though sometimes devious, secretaries come alive in a series of stories punctuated by quick poetic jabs. The author’s career spans over twenty-five years of law office work, from naïve clerk typist to stressed-out secretary and finally to slightly elevated but no less conflicted office manager. “The hook of my connection to legal work was so gentle that I never noticed when it actually went in, twisted, and then lodged itself for the remainder of my working years.” Weaving humor and pathos together, 100 Words per Minute takes a hard look back at the author’s unintentional career in the legal field, offering a raw perspective on uncelebrated office workers whose stories are rarely told. Â
About Adina Sara:
Adina Sara has published two poetry books: To Be Filed, The Poetry of Office Work, and Garden Grown, inspired by all the mistakes she has made in her garden. Her short fiction, essays and poetry have appeared in Peregrine: Journal of Amherst Writers & Artists, Oxygen Press, Cottage Gardener, East Bay Express, and Green Prints Magazine. She lives in Oakland, California, where she writes a feature gardening column for the MacArthur Metro, “The Imperfect Gardener.“  Â



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Book Launch: Tom DeMott

his new book, “Into the Hearts of the Amazons: In Search of a
Modern Matriarchy” (University of WI Press, May 2006)
“Into the Hearts of the Amazon” is the story of a writer who
comes of age during the women’s revolution. Outwardly, he
sympathizes when the women he cares for blame corporate greed,
hunger and war on an oppressive patriarchy. But inside, he is
stung, and wonders: Would life be any better in a matriarchy? In
search of an answer to this question, TOM DEMOTT travels to a
remote corner of southern Mexico where, according to some, a
modern-day matriarchy still thrives.

“Into the Hearts of the Amazons” is part rousing travel adventure
through a little-known world and part popular ethnography,
exploring how Zapotec women earned their legendary status. To
satisfy his curiosity about this culture, Tom DeMott journeyed to
the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, where he discovered a thriving
modern-day matriarchy among the people of the Isthmus-a cultural
crossroads, breeding ground for rebels, and home to a
half-million Zapotecs. DeMott integrated himself into the culture
by joining in the rites of spring (where women pelt the men with
fruit); by interviewing the women who control the marketplace
where men are rarely seen; and by honoring the saints with drink
and dance at all-night ceremonies.

Tony Cohan, author of “On Mexican Time and Mexican Days” has
called the book, “an exceptional narrative that deconstructs the
cliches of a Mexican region and a people shrouded in romance and
myth. Acutely observed, richly experienced, “Into the Hearts of
the Amazons” exposes issues of matriarchy and culture through
intimate, often bizarre, and surreal yet indelibly moving close
encounters with the people of Juchit n and Tehuantepec.”
his new book, “Into the Hearts of the Amazons: In Search of a
Modern Matriarchy” (University of WI Press, May 2006)
Wednesday June 21 5:30 – 6:45PM
Monticello Inn
121 Ellis Street (corner of Ellis & Powell)
San Francisco
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Book Launch

Wednesday, May 17, 2006
Left Coast WritersTM Book Launch, 5:30-6:30pm
Monticello Inn, 121 Ellis Street, San Francisco, CA
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