Book Launch: Tuning In by Richard Roberts 🗓

LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK LAUNCH: Tuning In by Richard Roberts

Richard Roberts

Saturday, August 18th, 2018 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera ||

Jon Gunnarson never meant to transform humanity. He just wanted a normal life. A life where he doesn’t absorb other people’s emotions, lose himself and have to live like a hermit.

So he jumps at the chance to help develop a scam telepathy app because it will get him to Bhutan, where he hopes an old friend will teach him how to disconnect. (more…)

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Book Launch: Help Your Group Thrive by Ann Steiner 🗓

LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK LAUNCH: Help Your Group Thrive: A Workbook and Planning Guide by Ann Steiner

Ann Steiner

Saturday, July 14th, 2018 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera ||

Help Your Group Thrive: A Workbook and Planning Guide easy-to-use manual guides leaders of groups of all kinds-discussion groups, peer support groups, organizations, and workplace teams. It provides leadership and facilitation tools, sample group agreements, online netiquette, and numerous modifiable forms for starting and maintaining groups.

Ann Steiner, PhD, is a Certified Group Psychotherapist and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the San Francisco Bay Area, leading a variety of groups for thirty years. She is an internationally known and highly-respected author, consultant to therapists, lecturer, and (more…)

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Book Party: Mother Tongue by Tania Romanov 🗓

LEFT COAST WRITERS FERRY PLAZA BOOK PARTY: Mother Tongue: A Saga of Three Generations of Balkan Women by Tania Romanov

Monday, June 11th, 2018 || 6pm Book Passage || San Francisco 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco ||

What is your mother tongue? Sometimes the simplest questions take a book to answer. Tania didn’t know why she spoke Serbian, rather than Croatian, with her mother, Zora. It never occurred to her to ask until she started writing Mother Tongue.

The unrelenting consequences of 100 years of Balkan wars have forced three generations of Croatian women—Katarina, Zora, and Tania—to flee their homelands multiple times. Eventually, Tania, a successfully integrated American, journeys back to her fractured homeland with her mother to unravel the secrets of their shared past and history as she looks for answers.

Mother Tongue is an exploration of lives lived in the chaos of the Balkans. It follows countries that dissolved, formed, and reformed; lands that were conquered and subjugated by Fascists and Nazis and nationalists; lives lived in exile, in refugee camps, in new worlds.

“Mother Tongue is a story about identity in the context of history. Romanov was born in just one place but the country she came from keeps changing as the tides of history keep sweeping over the Balkans. Framed as a journey to her parents’ hometown in what is now Croatia, Romanov’s story is really about tracking the improbable line that led to who she is, down through her own life, her parents’ lives and the lives of her ancestors. The Balkans are a tangle many of us tend to gloss over because we can’t get inside it. With this fascinating memoir, Tania Romanov takes us there.”
Tamim Ansary, author of West of Kabul East of New York

“In Mother Tongue—a story for our times—writer, photographer and world traveler Tania Romanov follows the life journeys of three generations of women (Katerina, Zora, and herself) as she pieces together a complex picture of the fragmentation, war and upheaval that has tormented the people of the area known as ‘the Balkans’ for (more…)

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Book Launch: God Sex and Psychosis by Todd Crawshaw 🗓

LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK LAUNCH: God Sex and Psychosis by Todd Crawshaw

Todd Crawshaw

Saturday, June 9th, 2018 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera ||

You won’t want to miss this: another entertaining and provocative work by author and artist Todd Crawshaw.

When criminal psychologist Mira Skyles is assigned by a court order to evaluate Egon Norwood, a person of interest in a serial murder investigation, she recognizes both a man with a dissociative identity disorder and the boy who once saved her life, with whom she shares a secret history.

God, Sex & Psychosis is divided into three sections. Part One is the thematic overture. It highlights the formative years of Egon and his twin sister, Faye, both traumatized by an abusive father. Part Two illustrates the fragmented points of view of both siblings, now adults, being analyzed by Mira, a court-appointed psychotherapist struggling with her own inner demons. The suspected serial killer assigned to her is mysterious and charming. Against her better judgment, she finds herself falling in love. Part Three is Mira’s story, told as a confessional: how she was gang-raped at age twelve and scarred by her attackers; how her rage manifested into a quest for revenge, which caused two deaths at the college she had attended; and how these incidents are connected to murders taking place in San Francisco.  (more…)

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Book Event: Shu Wei’s Revenge by Jackson Fahnestock 🗓

LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK LAUNCH: Shu Wei’s Revenge by Jackson Fahnestock

Jackson Fahnestock

Saturday, May 12th, 2018 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera ||

Join us as Jackson Fahnestock introduces us to a story about strength of family and friendships, heartbreak, perseverance, and personal tragedy.

The setting is 1898 in the sleepy village of Sanhou, China. Seventeen-year-old Shu Wei, in his role as Town Scribe, makes a disastrous mistake, raising the ire of some crooked town counselors. His father’s business is burned to the ground by one of the villainous counselors in retaliation. To make matters worse, a tribunal of these counselors is called that summarily banishes his family from the (more…)

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Book Launch: Healing Miles by Susan Alcorn 🗓

LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK LAUNCH: Susan Alcorn, Author of Healing Miles: Gifts from the Caminos Norte and Primitivo

Susan Alcorn

Saturday, April 14th, 2018 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera ||

Interested in travel, adventure, transformation, and the great outdoors?

The compulsion to walk yet another Camino de Santiago trail draws Susan Alcorn to the north coast of Spain.

In Healing Miles, her vision is hiking through lively cosmopolitan cities and remote hilltop villages, pausing to sample delectable pintxos in coastal San Sebastian and sip sidra (hard cider) on Oviedo’s trendy Calle Gascona. She finds that and more. There is the challenge of walking many miles each day, but there is also time to gaze out upon long stretches of sandy beaches, witness the ocean’s moods as it blasts seawater up through blowholes, and look out from mountain paths across valleys blanketed with fog. Layover and shorter days provide opportunities to visit museums, Neolithic cave paintings, and cathedrals. (more…)

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Book Launch: Spirit Journey to Healing by Donna Fado Ivery 🗓

LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK LAUNCH: Donna Fado Ivery, Author of Spirit Journey to Healing

Donna Fado Ivery

Saturday, March 10th, 2018 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera ||

It’s a spirited evening for the March month of regeneration.

When a two hundred pound glass partition fell on Donna Fado Ivery’s head resulting in brain injury, disability, and chronic pain, she could no longer count on walking, speaking, thinking, or caring for her infant and preschool children and husband.

With words awash, she painted her prayers and discovered in the images her path toward healing.

This inspirational memoir shares her struggle through medical, social, and church prejudice, and her support through the loving bond of family, community, and spirit. With its integration of scripture, theology, painting, poetry, and storytelling, Spirit Journey to Healing is a deeply transformative guide from hardship and despair to hope.

In the last twenty years Donna Fado Ivery has been a featured preacher, painter, speaker, and lecturer at conferences, seminaries, workshops, and retreats across California and the United States. Donna has spoken in  (more…)

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Book Launch: The Day You Love Me by Jay Humphrey 🗓

LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK LAUNCH: Jay Humphrey, Author of The Day You Love Me

Jay Humphrey

Saturday, January 13th, 2018 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera ||

Sensuous, subtle, and thought-provoking, The Day You Love Me explores the common beginnings of the universal love story—and some uncommon endings.

In The Day You Love Me, you’ll travel to six places around the globe and experience six encounters, each fueled by hope and desire, each clouded by uncertainty. Whether in a Japanese village near Mt. Fuji, a small northern California town, an L.A. high school cafeteria, an art gallery in Tahiti, a bar in southern Spain, or in a Paris cafe, the meetings seem similar. The consequences are wildly different. (more…)

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Book Launch: A Sleuth at the Haven by Carol Sheldon 🗓

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

Carol Sheldon

Saturday, November 11th, 2017 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera ||

Carol Sheldon is back! She’s returning with a new book, A Sleuth in the Haven. 

This novel follows journalist Gwen Harris through another series of frightening experiences. Bizarre and fatal events threaten the residents of The Haven as Gwen tries to track down the attacker at her aunt’s retirement home. Captured by ex-convict Sonny, she is forced to help him plot revenge against his sister, who let him take the fall for a murder during their bootlegging days. Gwen must use her ingenuity and wits to match the tortured and unpredictable demands of her adversary. With unexpected twists, this second in the Gwen Harris series takes the reader back to the days of (more…)

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Book Launch: When it’s Over by Barbara Ridley 🗓

LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK LAUNCH: Barbara Ridley, Author of When It’s Over

Barbara Ridley

Saturday, October 14th, 2017 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera ||

Love, history and uplifting spirit will be the focus of Barbara Ridley’s much anticipated talk at Book Passage on Saturday night, October 14th.

When It’s Over is a literary novel set in England during World War II. Lena is a young Czech Jewish woman who manages to reach England and join a group of refugees staying in a small village in Sussex, where they are sponsored by an eccentric upper-class, left-wing English family. As the war progresses, Lena is torn between her attraction to Milton, the landlady’s son, and her loyalty to fellow refugee Otto. She tries to keep hope alive in the face of frightening news reports on the fate of Jews in Nazi-occupied Europe, while Milton is caught up in the political movement that leads to the defeat of Churchill’s Tory Party in 1945, ushering in Britain’s first viable Labour Government.

When It’s Over deals with universal themes of optimism versus pessimism, hope and denial, and the assimilation of immigrants during a time of social upheaval. Although it is a work of fiction, it is based on Barbara’s late mother’s experience as a refugee in the 1940’s. (more…)

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