Book Party: Wandering in Andalusia đź—“

LEFT COAST WRITERS FERRY PLAZA BOOK PARTY:  Wanderland Writers present Wandering in Andalusia

wanderinginandalusiacover_sMonday, December 12th, 2016 || 6pm Book Passage || San Francisco 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco ||www.bookpassage.com

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 CĂłrdoba to Málaga, from Granada and its Alhambra to CadĂ­z 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. (more…)

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Book Party: Denise Pinhey, Author of An Inch in Time đź—“

LEFT COAST WRITERS FERRY PLAZA BOOK PARTY:  Denise Pinhey, Author of An Inch In Time: The Story of Justin Jollie Oliver Inch.

Denise Pinhey

Denise Pinhey

Monday, November 14th, 2016 || 6pm Book Passage || San Francisco 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco ||www.bookpassage.com

Fans of A Confederacy of Dunces will love An Inch in Time, a strange and surreal romp through time and space that follows the life—and afterlife—of a young man named Justin Oliver Inch.

Inch spends his life mistakenly believing he’s a gifted writer after misunderstanding his third-grade teacher’s intentions. As he struggles to find his way in the world of adults, he decides to live up to his third-grade potential and enroll in Professor Jud Roy Lebowitz’s creative writing class.

There, Inch meets an incredible cast of characters, including beautiful Peppy Zipline, dowdy intellectual Leslie Tomatiny, and self-proclaimed “goddess” Dino Quiet-Room. Each woman, along with Professor Lebowitz, impacts (more…)

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Ferry Plaza Book Party: The Return of the Bees by Marianne Betterly đź—“

LEFT COAST WRITERS FERRY PLAZA BOOK PARTY:  Marianne Betterly, Author of The Return of the Bees

Marianne Betterly

Marianne Betterly

Monday, October 10th, 2016 || 6pm Book Passage || San Francisco 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco ||www.bookpassage.com

Marianne Betterly’s new book of poetry The Return of the Bees focuses on nature, love, loss, the streets of San Francisco, fairy tales and the synchronicity of events. A believer in auguries, old and new, she loves to discover hidden meaning floating on a double latte, in a swarm of bees or in a murder of crows.

“A wild ride, a rollercoaster, an invitation to engage—these poems are like jazz: sweet, sexy, sad, full of joy. They can color a planet, lift a spirit, carry us away …”
—Linda Watanabe McFerrin, author of Namako, The Hand of Buddha, and Dead Love

“The Return of the Bees, by Marianne Betterly, is a deeply moving book. The subject of these poems is journeys, (more…)

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Ferry Plaza Book Party: E. Ardell đź—“

LEFT COAST WRITERS FERRY PLAZA BOOK PARTY:  E. Ardell, Author of The Fourth Piece

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E. Ardell

Monday, September 12th, 2016 || 6pm Book Passage || San Francisco 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco ||www.bookpassage.com

Admitting what you are will end everything you know. Embracing who you are will start a war…

Life is great when you’re good-looking and popular…so long as no one knows you’re a vulatto. Being half-alien gets you labeled “loser” quicker than being a full vader. So it’s a good thing Devon, Lyle, and Lawrence can easily pass for human—until the night of the party. Nothing kills a good time faster than three brothers sharing a psychic vision of a fourth brother who’s off-world and going to die unless they do something. But when your brother’s emergency happens off-planet, calling 9-1-1 really isn’t an option.

In their attempt to save a brother they barely remember, Devon, Lyle and Lawrence expose themselves to mortal (more…)

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Ferry Plaza Book Party: Wanderland Writers Travel Night

LEFT COAST WRITERS FERRY PLAZA BOOK PARTY:  Wanderland Writers Travel Night

Wandering in Cornwall CoverMonday, August 8th, 2016 || 6pm Book Passage || San Francisco 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco ||www.bookpassage.com

It’s an all-travel night from the editors of the award winning Wanderland Writers travel anthology series. Join editors Linda Watanabe McFerrin, Joanna Biggar, and the Wanderland Writers contibutors past, present, and future for a terrific evening of travel stories, wine, and excellent camaraderie. Find out about the next trip and how you, too, can become a fellow traveler and contributor.

Past anthologies include: Wandering in Costa Rica — Landscapes Lost and Found, Wandering in Bali — A Tropical Paradise Discovered, Wandering in Paris — Luminaries and Love in the City of Light, and Wandering in Cornwall — Mystery, Mirth and Transformation in the Land of the Ancient Celts. (more…)

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Ferry Plaza Book Party: Dystopia and Manifesto

LEFT COAST WRITERS FERRY PLAZA BOOK PARTY:  Dystopia and Manifesto, Readings with John Fetto, Todd Crawshaw, Linda Watanabe McFerrin, Denise Pinhey

Dystopic FutureMonday, July 11, 2016 || 6pm Book Passage || San Francisco 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco ||www.bookpassage.com

What does the future look like? Heck, what does tomorrow look like?

Is it dark and full of shadow? Is it a world where rodents run the show? Where the innocent are imprisoned? Where zombies thrive? Or is it a place where all the mistakes we make today, play out to the worst possible outcome? And … we might ask ourselves … (more…)

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Ferry Plaza Book Party: Southern Sampler Authors, Artists, and Friends

LEFT COAST WRITERS FERRY PLAZA BOOK PARTY:  Southern Sampler Authors, Artists and Friends, Charleston and the South: A Sampler of  Stories, Poetry, Recipes, Art

Charleston and the South001Monday, June 13th, 2016 || 6pm
Book Passage || San Francisco
1 Ferry Building, San Francisco ||www.bookpassage.com

It’s another celebration of all things Southern! Please join the writers and artists of the Southern Sampler Artists Colony as they evoke the dreamy, sometimes steamy world of Charleston and beyond in an exciting sampler of poetry, short fiction, non-fiction and other delights at Book Passage in San Francisco’s Ferry Plaza. You don’t have to go there to be there, but if you want to be spirited away, you’ll be able to do that when you join the fun. So please drop by for a glass of wine, munchies, and a toast to what we all love most about the American South.

Readers include: Nancy Alpert, Unity Barry, Maureen Dixon, MJ Pramik, Catherine Pyke, Cindy Rasicot, Mary Brent Cantarutti, and Linda Watanabe McFerrin

“This heartfelt anthology celebrates the tenth anniversary of the Southern Sampler Artists Colony. Contributors present a cornucopia of writing,

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Ferry Plaza Book Party: Camille Cusumano, Author of Wilderness Begins at Home

LEFT COAST WRITERS FERRY PLAZA BOOK PARTY:  Camille Cusumano, Author of Wilderness Begins at Home: Travels with my Big Sicilian Family

Camille Cusumano

Camille Cusumano

Monday, May 9, 2016 || 6pm
Book Passage || San Francisco
1 Ferry Building, San Francisco ||www.bookpassage.com

What do a high mountain meadow, an ancient Sicilian ruin, and a New Orleans voodoo temple have in common? These are just three of the places you encounter the Cusumano clan in Wilderness Begins at Home. This collection of 20 stories spans more than 20 years and weaves a figurative journey along with literal adventures, that are exciting, episodic, humorous, and always probing the eternal question what does family really mean to us? Each story has a destination, but the journey and the family interactions are the things that captivate, warm the heart, and stir the soul.

“I love Wilderness Begins at Home! It’s the best kind of travel book — one that invites the reader into real lives, in real places. Whether they’re fighting off a wild bear or dealing with a clandestine coffee fetish, sitting Zen or locking horns with a Voodoo priestess, Camille and her lively family share fun and mischief around the world.”
—Laurie McAndish King Author of Lost, Kidnapped, Eaten Alive! True stories from a curious traveler
Camille Cusumano is the author of  of Tango, an Argentine Love Story (Seal Press, 2008), endorsed by Vipassana teacher Sylvia Boorstein as “a remarkable addition to contemporary dharma literature . . . [that] shows the redemptive potential of a sincere spiritual practice.” She has written for numerous publications, including National (more…)
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Book Launch: Nine Lives of Morris by Morris Taylor

LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK LAUNCH: Morris Taylor, Author of Nine Lives of Morris: Great Tales from One Cool Cat

Morris Taylor

Morris Taylor

Saturday, May 14th, 2016 || 7pm
Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera ||
www.bookpassage.com

as we celebrate along with Morris Taylor in the publication of his extraordinary word/image memoir Nine Lives of Morris: Great Tales from One Cool Cat. In it Morris has collected poems, tales and images of his varied life. The thirty narratives recount episodes from his childhood in the Great Depression of the 1930’s to his eighty-fifth birthday. Forty of his original watercolors illustrate the 124-page book in full color. Four photographic montages picture various aspects of Morris career as a concert pianist, a professor of music, a watercolorist and leather man.

From the first memoir, which tells about finding his biological father’s family in Appalachia, to the last memoir, which tells about marrying a man, the author hugs his reader. As a child Morris discovers many aspects of his personhood. Through experiences in the U. S. Army and World War II, Morris tells his tales. Morris reveals the sorrow of soul upon the fatal accident of his wife and the suicide of his gay son, Leonard. He shares the spiritual journey as a Seventh-day Adventist in raising up a church only to find out how difficult it is to find his own place as a gay man. Morris shares the adventures of his retirement years when he joins the leather community with vigor and starts a new career as a watercolor artist. Even when diagnosed with cancer of the bone marrow, the author maintains his equilibrium and honesty. The nine disparate elements do not tear apart the protagonist. Rather than disintegrate, Morris thrives as he integrates his roles as a Child, Pianist, Artist, Soldier, Father, Missionary, Professor, Gay Man, Master and Leatherman.

Morris Taylor is a contemporary version of the Renaissance man. Throughout his fourscore and more years he has displayed a keen interest and considerable skill in the (more…)

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National Poetry Month Party: Featuring Morris Taylor, Author of Nine Lives of Morris: Great Tales from One Cool Cat

LEFT COAST WRITERS FERRY PLAZA NATIONAL POETRY MONTH CELEBRATION:  Featuring Morris Taylor and more

Morris Taylor

Morris Taylor

Monday, April 11, 2016 || 6pm
Book Passage || San Francisco
1 Ferry Building, San Francisco ||www.bookpassage.com

Please, one and all, join us for a very special National Poetry Month celebration along with Left Coast Writers and Southern Sampler Artists Colony poets as we celebrate along with Morris Taylor in the publication of his extraordinary word/image memoir Nine Lives of Morris: Great Tales from One Cool Cat. In it Morris has collected poems, tales and images of his varied life. The thirty narratives recount episodes from his childhood in the Great Depression of the 1930’s to his eighty-fifth birthday. Forty of his original watercolors illustrate the 124-page book in full color. Four photographic montages picture various aspects of Morris career as a concert pianist, a professor of music, a watercolorist and leather man.

From the first memoir, which tells about finding his biological father’s family in Appalachia, to the last memoir, which tells about marrying a man, the author hugs his reader. As a child Morris discovers many aspects of his personhood. Through experiences in the U. S. Army and World War II, Morris tells his tales. Morris reveals the sorrow of soul upon the fatal accident of his wife and the suicide of his gay son, Leonard. He shares the spiritual journey as a Seventh-day Adventist in raising up a church only to find out how difficult it is to find his own place as a gay man. Morris shares the adventures of his retirement years when he joins the leather community with vigor and starts a new career as a watercolor artist. Even when diagnosed with cancer of the bone marrow, the author maintains his equilibrium and honesty. The nine disparate elements do not tear apart the protagonist. Rather than disintegrate, Morris thrives as he integrates his roles as a Child, Pianist, Artist, Soldier, Father, Missionary, Professor, Gay Man, Master and Leatherman. (more…)

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