Book Launch: Rebecca Foust

LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK LAUNCH: Rebecca Foust, Mom’s Canoe

beckystand1crop11Saturday, June 13, 2009 || 7pm
Book Passage-Corte Madera || 51 Tamal Vista Dr.
Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com

Left Coast Writer Rebecca Foust will read from her new book, Mom’s Canoe, at Book Passage on Saturday, June 13, at 7:00 pm, with champagne and Ruli’s cookies to follow during the book signing.  Mom’s Canoe, winner of the 2008 Rpbbert Phillips Chapbook Prize, collects poetry about the author’s childhood in western Pennsylvania, an area devestated by the decline of the coal mining and railroading industries of the last century. Foust’s first book, Dark Card, sold out of its first print run and was reviewed in more than 20 journals including American Book Review, Hudson Review and Rattle; the reviews are posted at www.rebeccafoust.com .

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Book Launch: Patricia Ljutic

LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK LAUNCH: Patricia Ljutic. Laura Shumaker and other Contributors to A Cup of Comfort® for Parents of Children with Special Needs.

Patricia Ljutic

Patricia Ljutic

Saturday, July 11, 2009 || 7pm
Book Passage-Corte Madera || 51 Tamal Vista Dr.
Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com

Patricia Ljutic is joined by four other Bay Area writers: Jennifer Gunter, Jolie Kanat, Harriet Heydemann Cellini and Laura Shumaker, who will read from A Cup of Comfort® for Parents of Children with Special Needs ($9.95). The anthology contains fifty stories by parents who have struggled with a child’s diagnosis only to embrace and celebrate the differences that make their children that much more special—and even more loved. Edited by Colleen Sell this unique story collection offers inspiration for parents of children with cerebral palsy, Down Syndrome, seizure disorder and autism.

A Cup of Comfort for Parents of Children with Special Needs

A Cup of Comfort for Parents of Children with Special Needs

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Book Launch: Best Women's Travel Writing

The Best Women's Travel Writing

The Best Women's Travel Writing

LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK LAUNCH: The Best Women’s Travel Writing 2009 (Travelers’ Tales)

Saturday, March 14 || 7pm
Book Passage-Corte Madera || 51 Tamal Vista Dr.
Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com

Here’s the exciting line-up for The Best Women’s Travel Writing 2009 party on Saturday evening: Laurie McAndish King—tracking lions on foot in Botswana, Natalie Galli—enjoying the delicious spectacle of Easter in Sicily, Ginny Horton—finding her inner Coco at the Paris Ritz, Marybeth Bond—learning more than Spanish in Mexico, Nicole Zimmerman—adventuring to the extreme in New Zealand, Kathryn Kefauver—guarded by monks in Laos, Pamela Alma Bass—developing perspective on “Angels” in Mexico. Publisher Larry Habegger will be on hand to answer questions about the anthology and upcoming Travelers’ Tales titles.

ABOUT THE BEST WOMEN’S TRAVEL WRITING 2009:

Reading the stories in these books is like getting to eavesdrop on other women’s conversations and stowing away on their adventures. From the rhapsodic to the humorous to the harrowing, these tales will take you on a wild and wonderful ride around the globe.

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Book Launch: Roccie Hill

LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK LAUNCH: Roccie Hill, Author of Three Minutes on Love.

Roccie Hill

Roccie Hill

Saturday, January 10 || 7pm
Book Passage-Corte Madera || 51 Tamal Vista Dr.
Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com

Roccie Hill talks about Three Minutes on Love. Rosie leaves her desert town to chase her dreams in 1960s S.F. She has a chance encounter with an illegal immigrant who publishes a music magazine. He gives Rosie her first job, photographing a legendary blues guitarist, catapulting Rosie into a hot career on the scene.

ABOUT ROCCIE HILL:

Roccie Hill is an American writer living currently in California. Roccie studied Philosophy at UCLA, and Creative Writing at San Francisco State University, where her short stories appeared in the literary quarterly. She worked as a journalist and teacher of Creative Writing while living in Paris, France. She produced a variety of short films and celebrity/royal events during her years working in the UK and Paris. Roccie has one daughter, a pilot and Captain in the United States Air Force.

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Reading Series: Wipe Outs

Monday, August 10, 2009 || 5:30pm ||
Reading: Wipe Outs

Book Passage – Ferry Plaza
Ferry Plaza, San Francisco

On the second Monday of every month Left Coast Writers read from their favorite work. Colette Obrien hosts.

This month: Wipe Outs

Special Guests:

Paul McHugh

Paul McHugh has been one of California’s leading outdoor writers for three decades. For 22 years, he was outdoor feature writer and editor at the San Francisco Chronicle. During that time, he covered the dramatic big-wave surf break called Maverick’s at Half Moon Bay in features, interviews and reports on the annual contest there. After taking a buy-out from the Chronicle in ’07, he continued providing Maverick’s stories and coverage to the New York Times. He has put all he knows about big-wave adventures in the piece he will read Monday night at the Ferry Building, a short piece of new journalism called, “Mav’s”.

McHugh is the author of a novel, “The Search for Goodbye-to-Rains,” editor and writer of a non-fiction book, “Wild Places,” and has a new novel coming out soon, a mystery based in San Francisco called, “Deadlines.”

Also:  Well known journalist and past contributor to the Washington Post, Joanna Biggar.

Please contact us (leftcoastwriters@aol.com) to sign up to read.

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Book Launch: Laurie McQueen

Laurie McQueen presents An Erotic Alphabet on 2/7/09

Laurie McQueen presents An Erotic Alphabet on 2/7/09

Laurie McQueen will present An Erotic Alphabet ($9.95) at Book Passage on February 7 at 7 p.m.. This book of rhymes celebrates eroticism in all its forms, from silly to sensual, playful to to x-rated. Laurie reveals the surprising joy she discovered by liberating her “dirty mind” and embracing sexuality … and invites you to join her in the gentle sport of rhyming. This book will be printed in a very limited quantity; please pre-order for Valentine’s Day.

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Book Launch: Michael Shapiro

LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK LAUNCH: Writer Michael Shapiro and photographer Kraig Lieb with their new book Guatemala: A Journey Through the Land of the Maya.

Michael Shapiro
Saturday, November 8 || 7pm
Book Passage-Corte Madera || 51 Tamal Vista Dr.
Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com

“This hauntingly beautiful book has brilliantly captured the current-day life and culture of the Maya in Guatemala. Michael Shapiro’s text and Kraig Lieb’s photos will cement their reputations as among our leading travel writers and photographers.”
—Arthur Frommer, founder, Frommer’s Guides

Michael Shapiro and Kraig Lieb, a photographer for Lonely Planet, will show slides illuminating the land, traditions and celebrations of the Maya in Guatemala. Shapiro, who wrote the text for this pictorial book, will address questions about traveling to Guatemala and the best places to see there.

ABOUT MICHAEL SHAPIRO:
Michael Shapiro, a writer whose work has appeared in National Geographic Traveler, first visited Guatemala in 1989. During six journeys to Guatemala over the past two decades, Shapiro has developed a deep affection for the land and its effervescent Mayan people.

Shapiro’s 2004 book, A Sense of Place: Great Travel Writers Talk About Their Craft, Lives, and Inspiration includes interviews with Bill Bryson, Frances Mayes, Paul Theroux, and Pico lyer. His essay, “The Longest Day,” was selected for The Best Travel Writing 2005.

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Book Launch: Dark Card

LEFT COAST WRITERS® BOOK LAUNCH: Poet BECKY FOUST and “Dark CARD” (Texas A & M University Press Consortium, 2008), her award-winning chapbook.

Rebecca Foust, poet and author of award-winning chapbook, "Dark Card"

Rebecca Foust, poet and author of award-winning chapbook,

Saturday, September 13 || 7pm
Book Passage-Corte Madera || 51 Tamal Vista Dr.
Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com

“These poems will break and heal your heart, their rage, hope, insight and love carried by a poetic power as targeted as a bullet-train! ”
Barry Spacks, First Poet Laureate of Santa Barbara and
Commonwealth Club of California Poetry Medalist

Becky Foust has hit the ground running launching her new book of poetry, “Dark Card,” which is about raising a son with Asperger’s Syndrome, the mild form of autism featured in “Rain Man.” (It’s already sold 1000 copies since June!). “Dark Card” won the 2007 Robert Phillips Poetry Chapbook Prize, and its title poem was nominated for a 2008 Pushcart Prize.

And there’s more good news for Rebecca Foust. She just learned that her second chapbook, ‘Allegheny Mountain Bowl,” which just won the 2008 Robert Phillips Prize, will be released in 2009! Congratulations, Rebecca!

ABOUT REBECCA FOUST
Rebecca Foust was born and raised in Altoona, formerly one of the country’s great railroad towns, located in the Allegheny Mountains in western Pennsylvania. Her teen years were spent in nearby Hollidaysburg, a tiny town surrounded by farmlands and forests interrupted by the quarries and strip mining pits from an earlier time. Foust attended Smith College and Stanford Law School on scholarships and practiced law for ten years and now lives with her husband and three teenagers in Northern California.

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Book Launch: Bob Tripp

Bob Tripp and his new novel, Last Clear Chance

Saturday, August 9, 2008 || 7pm
Book Passage – Corte Madera || Tamal Vista Dr., Corte Madera
www.bookpassage.com

Bob Tripp, author of "Last Clear Chance" book launch at Book PassageJoin aeronautical engineer, test pilot and author, Bob Tripp, for the launch of his suspenseful new novel, “Last Clear Chance” – a tale about airplane disaster and recovery.

Tripp is the perfect person to write this novel. He began flying at the age of 16, graduated with a degree in aeronautical engineering, spent 30 years as a pilot for Western Airlines and Delta, and has more than 25,000 hours flying and testing a wide range of aircrafts from experimental and home-built, to Lear Jets, Boeing 747’s and DC-10’s.

Tripp has been published in a variety of magazines including “Airways,” “Road and Track,” “Science Digest” and “American Heritage.” His short story is the lead for “Hawaii’s Best Spooky Stories,” and he’s written the cover articles for “Invention & Technology and “Flying.”

NEXT UP AT THE SECOND SATURDAY BOOK LAUNCH:

Becky Foust, and her award-winning chapbook, “Dark Card” (Texas Review Press, 2008). “Dark Card,” a book of poetry about raising a son with Aspberger’s Syndrome, won the 2007 Robert Phillips Poetry Chapbook Prize. www.rebeccafoust.com

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Book Launch: Colette Obrien

In the Gallery: Colette Obrien talks about Time and Transformation: A Novel of Mayan Mysticism. Set within the myths and concepts of the Classic Maya, 700 AD, the feminine and masculine have been separated at the level of divinity for eons. A pair of female/male twins must discover how to bring the sexes back togehter and save their culture from extinction.

Colette Obrien has a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis on Jungian Psychology. She has had a meditation and yoga practice for over 30 years and for the last 25 years a private practice as a counselor and teacher, counseling individuals and couples. Her travel stories and photographs have been published in newspapers and magazines across the U.S. and Canada. Her first novel, Time & Transformation, was in inspired by her studies and time spent with the Maya in the Yucatan.

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