LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK PARTY: Tania Romanov, Author of Never a Stranger
LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK PARTY: Joanna Biggar, Author of Melanie’s Song
Come to Book Passage in the Ferry Plaza and visit with an author and a character in her novel!
Joanna Biggar will be in conversation with one of her characters in Melanie’s Song: Evelyn, in the person of Ms. Chris Berardo. They will discuss what is real and what isn’t and what it feels like to become a character in a novel. What’s more: you can join in on the conversation, enjoy some wine and snacks and the Left Coast Writers literary vibe on the lovely San Francisco waterfront. Hope to see you there!
Joanna Biggar has traveled solo in the most remote areas of China, chaired a school board in Ghana, worked as a journalist in Washington, D.C., and taught school kids in Oakland, California. She is a member of the Society of Woman Geographers, mother of five, grandmother of eight, all of whom love books! Joanna’s first novel, That Paris Year, is written in English but captures that French novel feel in a truly classic style. If you’ve been to Paris, she will welcome you back, if you haven’t, (more…)
LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK EVENT: Bevan Atkinson, Author of The Hierophant Card and The Fool Card: A Tarot Mystery
How can you determine if someone is telling the truth? Did Thalia Thalassos tried to kill her cheating husband, despite her denials? Why is nurse Bryce Gilbertson giving a false name to visitors as he roams hospital hallways with a deadly syringe in his pocket?
In this sixth Tarot Mystery, Xana Bard must use her tarot-trained intuition to unravel the truth from its nest of lies, and along the way learn more about golf tournaments and long-distance horse races than she, or anyone else, cares to know.
Bevan Atkinson has been a writer since receiving the Prose Award at Winchester-Thurston School in Pittsburgh, PA.
She wrote business documents of all kinds in corporate environments (Pacific Bell, The Bank of California, MHI Global, etc.), and was the Director of Retail Training for Apple Computer, designing and developing the training for the most successful retail launch in history.
Ms. Atkinson is a long-time tarot reader, and after venturing briefly into fiction writing with a children’s book, and then an original screenplay, she began The Tarot Mystery series in 2005 with The Fool Card.
Her aim is to complete a 22-book series based on the Major Arcana of the tarot, doing for the tarot what Sue (more…)
LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK EVENT: Chris Delyani, Author of Best Man
After Frank’s long-time crush, Marcus, gets engaged to his unfaithful boyfriend, Frank and his roommate Julio invent a fake relationship to prove Marcus’s fiancee’s infidelity.
Want to know how this turns out? Well, you should turn up at the Left Coast Writers event on Monday night at Book Passage in the Ferry Plaza, listen, meet Chris, and ask questions!
In 1993 Chris Delyani moved to San Francisco from his hometown of Boston to devote himself to writing fiction—and has been at it ever since. He is the author of The Love Thing (2009) and You Are Here (2012). In 2013 You Are Here won the Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Award in the General (more…)
LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK EVENT: Literary Round-up: Our Favorite Anthologies
It’s another party!
This time we celebrate our favorite collections and anthologies. So come to Book Passage at the Ferry Plaza at 6pm to listen in and share a glass of wine, some sweet and savory bites and great chat about the anthologies and collections we love best.
We’ll be showcasing collections featuring the work of Left Coast Writers. Of course, we’d be pleased to hear about your picks, as well! (more…)
LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK LAUNCH: Wanderland Writers Night, A Caravansary: Stories from the Road
Saturday, June 8th, 2019 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com
A Night of Exotic Tales …
Join LCW founder Linda Watanabe McFerrin and some of the award-winning contributors to the prize winning Wandering series in a celebration of world travel.
Readers will be: Adrienne Amundsen, Antoinette Constable, Cyndi Goddard, Laurie McAndish King, Diane Lebow, MJ Pramik and Anne Sigmon.
These writers have stories to tell and great tips on where to go next. They’ve floated down the Canal du Midi in France, danced in the sunlight of southern Greece, toasted the best of times in Ireland, devoured the culture and countryside of southern Italy, wandered through landscapes lost and found in Costa Rica, investigated the myths and magic of Cornwall, uncovered the soul of Andalusia, partied in Paris, basked in the marvelous creativity and ingenuity of Cuba, and explored the Indonesian island that is known as an earthly Paradise in their award-winning series.
In each destination, they eat and drink, laugh and get lost, explore and capture the very best of their (more…)
LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK EVENT: Left Coast Writers Give Sneak Peeks of their Upcoming Books
Want to know what’s up next for Left Coast Writers in 2019?
Join in and listen up at this exciting Monday evening celebration in May at Book Passage in the Ferry Plaza as we share a sneak preview of some of our members’ upcoming books.
We’ll be serving up the wine, snacks and a look at what’s to come from our Left Coast Writers in 2019.
Novel, poetry, travel anthology, memoir, short story collection, eco-thriller and more—you’ll enjoy fine stories, tips and tales of publication and distribution drama, and a lively conversation about what’s up now in the book biz while you sit back and enjoy the preview and the chat.
Readers include: (more…)
LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK EVENT: National Poetry Month Celebration with Rebecca Foust
Poetry offers sanctuary and solace and a special kind of clear seeing, sometimes of beauty. And, songwriter Phil Ochs has called beauty the last form of protest in a brutal world. Celebrate National Poetry Month with a reading by poets from Left Coast Writers, a writing guild founded by poet and novelist Linda Watanabe McFerrin that has been operating out of Book Passage’s bookstore for the last 17 years. This event will be hosted by Marin County Poet Laureate Rebecca Foust.
Rebecca Foust’s most recent book is Paradise Drive (2015 Press 53 Award for Poetry), reviewed in the Times Literary Supplement, The San Francisco Chronicle, and the Georgia, Harvard, and Hudson Reviews. Recent recognitions include the Cavafy Prize, the James Hearst (more…)
Ferry Plaza Book Party: Linda Watanabe McFerrin in Conversation with David Downie, Author of The Gardener of Eden 🗓
LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK EVENT: Linda Watanabe McFerrin in Conversation with David Downie, Author of The Gardener of Eden
A mysterious beachcomber appears one day on the coastal bluffs near the small town of Carverville, a place whose best days are long behind it. Who is he, and why has he returned after nearly forty years? Carverville’s prodigal son, James, serendipitously finds work at a gentrified motel, but his homecoming soon takes a sinister turn when he and a local teenager make a gruesome discovery on the beach. It forces him to reckon with the ghosts of his past—and the dangers of the present. Rumors, distrust, and conspiracies spread among the townsfolk, all of them seemingly trapped in their claustrophobic and isolated world. But is there something more sinister at work here than the mere fear of outsiders? In The Gardener of Eden, David Downie weaves an intricate and compelling narrative of redemption, revenge, justice, love, and the price of secrecy—as a community grapples with its tortured past and frightening future.Come and hear LCW founder Linda Watanabe McFerrin in conversation with David Downie, author of the critically acclaimed A Taste of Paris, as well as the newly released The Gardener of Eden. Below are a few snippets about The Gardener of Eden.
“Original, lively, engaging, unexpected, sharp, and poetic. Downie is a master of the eerie and bizarre.”
— Elizabeth McKenzie, author of The Portable Veblen
“A mystery pitch-perfect for the time and place. Compelling and more than a little ominous.”
—Patricia Bracewell, best-selling author of the Emma of Normandy Trilogy
“Downie’s poetic, evocative, lyrical style sweeps you up and his characters live on long after you’ve finished reading.”
—Ellen Crosby, author of Harvest of Secrets
David Downie has called Paris and the Marais home since 1986. He has written for over 50 publications worldwide (more…)
LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK EVENT: The Devil’s Pipeline by Michael J. Fitzgerald
Join the San Francisco celebration for journalist and columnist Michael J. Fitzgerald’s novel,The Devil’s Pipeline, the newest installment in his anti-fracking series, .
The Devil’s Pipeline is the third eco-thriller novel in the series. It follows The Fracking War (2014) and Fracking Justice (2015). In the novel, a mega-energy conglomerate collides with a pacifist farm community in a quiet corner of Iowa where the community’s founder and his family have been seeking solitude and tranquility since witnessing the famous Kent State University massacre in 1970. As the company pushes a huge pipeline directly through their farm, the pacifists eventually push back. A tragic skirmish kicks off a rollercoaster of explosive confrontations at the farm, in courtrooms and across a wide political and industrial landscape from Washington D.C. to California. Chronicling the tragedy and misdeeds is Jack Stafford, editor of The Clarion Newspaper Syndicate and his staff of ardent environmentalists with a long history of uncovering misdeeds by energy companies, secrets it want to keep hidden from the public. Eventually the investigative journalists discover the pipeline is not what it seems, opening the door on a closet of nasty secrets buried for decades by the CEO of the energy corporation. (more…)