Book Party: On the Luck of an Irish Sailor by Mike Mirabella đź—“

LEFT COAST WRITERS FERRY PLAZA BOOK PARTY:  On the Luck of an Irish Sailor, with Author Mike Mirabella

Mike Mirabella

Monday, February 13th, 2017 || 6pm Book Passage || San Francisco 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco ||www.bookpassage.com

On the Luck of an Irish Sailor is a story-song and sea tale in an illustrated book for children (4-9 years old) — and adults who enjoy Irish lore and sea chanteys. Written by singer, composer and musician, Mike Mirabella, the story fanciful, full-page illustrations by Amy O’Hanlon. The book tells of a young Irish sailor who is cast adrift in the sea, but is saved from drowning with the help of a mermaid princess and his Irish luck.

The book was inspired by the stories the author heard as a little boy during large family dinners in San Francisco. His grandfather and uncles would tell tales of fishing the waters off the coast of California. One in particular told of a scary time for a young cabin boy who was captured by pirates while working on the tall ships. The book blends in another favored story and a never-ending argument about a strange (more…)

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Book Party: My Life on the Ragged Paths of Pan by Thanasis Maskaleris đź—“

LEFT COAST WRITERS FERRY PLAZA BOOK PARTY:  My Life on the Ragged Paths of Pan: Selected Poems and Translations with Author Thanasis Maskaleris

Thanasis Maskaleris

Monday, January 9th, 2017 || 6pm Book Passage || San Francisco 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco ||www.bookpassage.com

Could it be poetic pandemonium or something more restrained? My Life on the Ragged Paths of Pan: Selected Poems and Translations is a unique book. It contains 40 original poems written by the author, divided into the early and late periods of his long career as a poet. The book also contains 25 poems, translated by Maskaleris, from 11 of Greece’s greatest poets: Elytis, Embirikos, Engonopoulos, Gatsos, Karelli, Kavafis, Kazantzakis, Ritsos, Sikelianos, Varnalis, and Vrettakos.

In the book’s Preface, Thanasis writes: “I always strove, as a poet, to capture/express a feeling alive in me; or an idea/social concern. Landscapes that filled me with their beauty, and human beings that touched my heart are often at the center of my poems. My poetry sought to capture and revivify essential moments of my life—moments of beauty and humanity …”

Like the journey home to Ithaka, this is a book to be enjoyed slowly, savoring its freshness, beauty, and wisdom.

Thanasis Maskaleris was born in Arkadia, Greece and immigrated to the U.S. at the age of 17. He studied Philosophy and English at the University of Oklahoma, and Comparative Literature at Indiana University and the University of California-Berkeley. He has written original poetry in Greek and in English, and has translated contemporary Greek poetry extensively. Professor Maskaleris has taught Comparative Literature, Classics and (more…)

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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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