Book Launch: Venetian Blood by Christine Volker đź—“

LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK LAUNCH: Venetian Blood: Murder in a Sensuous City by Christine Volker

Christine Volker

Saturday, September 9th, 2017 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera ||

Venice, mystery, seduction—we invite you to an intriguing evening with novelist Christine Volker.

Struggling to forget a crumbling marriage, forty-year-old Anna Lucia Lottol comes to Venice to visit an old friend―but instead of finding solace, she is dragged into the police station and accused of murdering a money-laundering count with whom she had a brief affair. A US Treasury officer with brains and athleticism, Anna fights to clear her name in a seductive city full of watery illusions. As she works to pry information from a cast of recalcitrant characters sometimes denying what she sees and hears, she succeeds in unleashing a powerful foe bent on destroying her. Will she save herself and vanquish her enemies, including her darkest fears?

A mysterious tapestry of murder, betrayal, and family, Venetian Blood is a story of one woman’s brave quest for the truth ―before it’s too late. (more…)

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Book Launch: Your Crocodile Has Arrived by Laurie McAndish King đź—“

LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK LAUNCH: Your Crocodile Has Arrived: More true stories from a curious traveler by Laurie McAndish King

Laurie McAndish King

Saturday, August 19th, 2017 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera ||

This should be a fascinating evening!

Whether your taste runs to crocodiles or chocolate, ancient relics or flying saucers, you’re sure to find entertainment and illumination in Your Crocodile Has Arrived: More true stories from a curious traveler, a collection of 21 true stories from an award-winning author. Join in as she makes a pilgrimage to see a 2,500-year-old tooth, receives a full-body chocolate massage, checks out 20-foot-long earthworms, participates in a shamanic ayahuasca ritual, and learns the secrets of alien spaceship propulsion from an Ivy-League astrophysicist.

Laurie McAndish King’s award-winning essays and photography have (more…)

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Book Launch: Colored Edges by Sharon Skolnick-Bagnoli đź—“

LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK LAUNCH: Colored Edges by Sharon Skolnick-Bagnoli

Sharon Skolnick-Bagnoli

Saturday, July 8th, 2017 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera ||

Colored Edges traces the stages of word artist Iris Miller’s quest for inner peace and world peace. At first obsessed with mirror images of celebrity, she finally harnesses her own power. Inherited wounds, heart connections, and color healing entwine to weave a Möbius carpet she learns to ride on spectral waves across the globe.

Sharon Ruth Skolnick-Bagnoli is a visual and word artist who works as a magazine art director, graphic designer, and editor.
She grew up in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Fairfax County, Virginia, and Baltimore, Maryland, and earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial design from New York City’s Pratt Institute and a master’s degree in educational technology from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
She has written fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, authoring three published books: a novel, Colored Edges (2014), a collection of poetry and art, Shiny Objects (2009), and a nonfiction regional history, Dreams of Tamalpais (1989).
Sharon married project manager and videographer Bruce Bagnoli in 2004. Their studio, Visigraf Communications (more…)

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Book Launch: Surviving the Storm by Cheryl Krauter đź—“

LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK LAUNCH: Surviving the Storm: A Workbook for Telling Your Cancer Story by Cheryl Krauter

Cheryl Krauter

Saturday, June 10th, 2017 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera ||

Surviving the Storm presents a humanistic psychological perspective on how to support cancer survivors by offering an individualized narrative structure designed to help them tell their stories. This is a book for people who need to tell the story of how they’ve been touched by cancer. It doesn’t tell what to eat, or how much to exercise, or what to think and feel. Instead, it introduces a contemplative perspective and gives readers a pragmatic structure to help them tell their unique story of surviving or living with cancer. It helps them discover their authentic voice, giving them a way to speak in their own words. Workbook sections are the core of this book and offer a narrative structure created for patients, partners, families, and friends with an emphasis on the different needs and questions of each group. … Included are definitions of the different phases of cancer survivorship, material that gives survivors a viewpoint that normalizes the challenges they face, and current research and literature. Personal stories of cancer survivors are highlighted, and poetry and writings related to cancer are interspersed throughout the book to (more…)

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Book Launch: Filling Her Shoes by Betsy Graziani Fasbinder đź—“

LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK LAUNCH: Filling Her Shoes: A Love Story of an Inherited Family by Betsy Graziani Fasbinder

Betsy Graziani Fasbinder

Saturday, May 13th, 2017 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera ||

On the day that she decided to marry a widower―also a long-time friend―Betsy Graziani Fasbinder knew that she wasn’t only gaining a husband, she was inheriting a son. Unlike many stepmothers, Betsy didn’t have to struggle with an ex, or court battles, or the weekend shuffle between houses―but she did have to navigate living in the shadow of a young mother taken too soon, to honor the memory of her son’s first mother, and to become the kind of parent and partner she herself wanted to be. Over time this family would learn how love’s roots were formed in their shared losses, and how the new family love and joy they created together would become the richest kind of inheritance.

Betsy Graziani Fasbinder became a second wife when she married a widower with a young son. Their family (more…)

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Book Launch: Red Fire by Wei Yang Chao đź—“

LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK LAUNCH: Red Fire: Growing Up During The Chinese Cultural Revolution by Wei Yang Chao

Wei Yang Chao

Saturday, April 8th, 2017 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera ||

In August 1966, a 14-year-old boy in Beijing is thrust into violence and chaos as the Cultural Revolution begins to blaze across China. Fifty years later, Red Fire, Growing Up During the Chinese Cultural Revolution, offers the first intimate account from someone who lived through these events and survived. What was the Cultural Revolution like as seen through the eyes of a child? How do people surrender themselves to ideological frenzy? How does one break free? Wei Yang Chao tells a riveting story: how rebels attacked and publicly humiliated his family, upended his education, and sent him out into a country rendered unrecognizable by violence and radical ideology. At heart a gentle boy, when he is swept up by the Red Guards he finds himself at the center of a bloody revolution. The unflinchingly observant narrator of Red Fire reveals his families’ struggles in an increasingly isolated and hostile culture. Sent to boarding school in Beijing, young Wei Yang finds that beyond the gates enclosing that peculiar, closed world, conflict roils Chinese society. After mass rallies at Tiananmen Square, he witnesses attacks on teachers and professors, and the disintegration of his parents’ lives as tolerance and freedom begin to crumble and he himself is cast into exile. Red Fire chronicles (more…)

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Book Launch: Running Wild and Living Wild by Elaine Miller Bond đź—“

LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK LAUNCH: Running Wild and Living Wild by Elaine Miller Bond

Elaine Miller Bond

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

This month we have a launch for two different books by Elaine Miller Bond, Running Wild and Living Wild.

Elaine Miller Bond began her career as senior science writer for the University of California Natural Reserve System and went on to write and photograph independently.

Her photos have appeared on Discovery Channel Canada, and her publishing credits include Science, NPR, BBC Earth News, The American Naturalist, The Washington Post, Journal of Mammalogy, Berkeleyside, and other scientific and popular outlets.

She wrote and photographed three children’s board books, Running Wild, Living Wild, and Wild Colors — forthcoming from Heyday Books. She is the photographer for The Utah Prairie Dog: Life Among the Red Rocks by (more…)

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Book Launch: Reptile Wines by John Hewitt đź—“

LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK LAUNCH: Reptile Wines by John Hewitt

John Hewitt

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

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. (more…)

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Book Launch: This Trip Will Change Your Life by Jennifer Monahan đź—“

LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK LAUNCH: This Trip Will Change Your Life: A Shaman’s Story of Spirit Evolution by Jennifer Monahan


Jennifer Monahan

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

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 (more…)

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Book Launch: Wandering in Andalusia đź—“

LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK LAUNCH: Wandering in Andalusia by The Wanderland Writers

wanderinginandalusiacover_sSaturday, December 10th, 2016 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera ||

Join us for an evening in fabulosa España! We are celebrating the publication of Wandering in Andalusia, the fifth anthology in the award-winning Wandering series.

In many ways, Andalusia, situated as it is, at the southern boundary of the Iberian Peninsula, is a crossroads, a caravansary where settlers from northern Europe, Africa, the Mediterranean and the Middle East have left their mark. Our writers went from Córdoba to Málaga, from Granada and its Alhambra to Cadíz to bring back stories of cities, rivers, coasts, plains, food, spirit and passion. All embarked upon new roads of discovery, and all were well rewarded in their investigations. These, after all, are the landscapes that inspired Cervantes, Lorca, Machado, Navarro, Unamuno, Hemingway, Conrad and Menocal.

In the words of poet and rock idol, Jim Morrison, “Andalusia with fields ripe with grain, I want to see you again and again.” (more…)

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