Literary Salon: Storytelling Workshop with Paul McHugh đź—“

LEFT COAST WRITERS LITERARY SALON: Storytelling Workshop with Paul McHugh

Paul McHugh

Monday, July 2nd, 2018 || 7pm
Book Passage-Corte Madera || 51 Tamal Vista Dr.

Don’t miss the July salon. We have a special treat for all the members!

Paul McHugh, long-time journalist, novelist, raconteur and author of The Blind Pool, will present his tip-top top tips for bringing plots to life via dynamic character development. He teaches how a storytelling toolkit can operate across all genres, using fiction techniques to improve narrative journalism, and using reportorial skills to enhance fiction.
A vivid character who has to confront a life-changing choice is an essential formula for a vibrant and meaningful story. McHugh will illustrate this rule with examples and a reading from his new political thriller, The Blind Pool.

Paul McHugh‘s byline is well-known to many readers in the Bay Area and Northern California. A major factor of McHugh’s writing career was 22 years as an award-winning feature writer and editor of the Outdoors Section of the San Francisco Chronicle (1985-2007). Deadlines, Paul McHugh’s first crime novel (2010), won the best mystery prize from National Indie Excellence Awards, and another from the Bay Area Independent Publishers Association. The Blind Pool—his new political thriller—draws from his years as an investigative journalist and writer for the Chronicle and other major U.S. newspapers.


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Literary Salon: Non-Fiction Panel with Mikkel Aaland, Joanna Biggar, Joan Steidinger and Linda Watanabe McFerrin đź—“

LEFT COAST WRITERS LITERARY SALON: Non-Fiction Panel with Mikkel Aaland, Joanna Biggar, Joan Steidinger and Linda Watanabe McFerrin (Moderator)

Monday, June 4th, 2018 || 7pm
Book Passage-Corte Madera || 51 Tamal Vista Dr.

The fascinating and intriguing Non-Fiction Panel will be discussing the current state of the art at Book Passage Bookstore & Cafe in Corte Madera, California on Monday, June 4th, 2018.
We’re hoping we can continue a discussion that began at the Hawaii Book and Music Festival, here on the mainland.
Panelists include Mikkel Aaland, Joanna Biggar and Joan Steidinger. Linda Watanabe McFerrin will moderate and plans to address some of the most interesting points of discussion from the Hawaii panel. The writers will be talking about the anxiety riddled membrane that separates fiction and non-fiction, journalism and memoir, truth and lies. So join us! It’s going to be an enlightening evening.

Mikkel Aaland is a photographer and bestselling author of 12 bestselling books on digital photography. His (more…)

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Literary Salon: In Conversation: Laurie McAndish King and Bradley Charbonneau đź—“

LEFT COAST WRITERS LITERARY SALON: Bradley Charbonneau, Author of Every Single Day and Laurie McAndish King … in Conversation

Bradley Charbonneau

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

Writing habits that really work, boosting visibility through a mailing list and and Advance Reader Team, long-term strategies for writing a series of books—we are delighted to feature one of two of our favorite writers, Laurie McAndish King and Bradley Charbonneau, who is visiting from the Netherlands, in a literary conversation.
Bradley Charbonneau has written for numerous magazines and anthologies and his “Urban Travel Guide San Francisco” is a hip guidebook full of insider tips. He’s been around the world and around the block—always on the lookout for a unique angle for an article. His work has appeared in national magazines such as Writer’s Digest, travel writing anthologies like Travelers’ Tales, and also in that off-the-beaten path market such as Going Places (the in-flight magazine for Malaysia Airlines).


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Literary Salon: Bill Petrocelli đź—“

LEFT COAST WRITERS LITERARY SALON: Bill Petrocelli, Co-owner of Book Passage and Author of Through the Bookstore Window

Bill Petrocelli

Monday, April 2nd, 2018 || 7pm
Book Passage-Corte Madera || 51 Tamal Vista Dr.

A rare treat: Join in for an evening with our favorite bookseller and one of the key sponsor of our Left Coast Writers Literary Salons and Events. That’s right; Book Passage co-owner Bill Petrocelli has a new novel out.

“I don’t know if I sought out bookselling, or whether bookselling sought me out. But when you are hiding from a past that can blow up in your face at any minute, immersing yourself in the stories of others may be a good place to hide.”

Bill’s new book is about a bookseller, of course!

Gina Perini manages a bookstore in one of San Francisco’s most lively neighborhoods. Although she thrives in her world of books, her harrowing escape from the war in the Balkans years earlier remains fresh in her mind. There are still those who are searching for her and who are intent on vengeance. Gina suddenly gets news that someone from her past is still alive–someone she had given up hope of finding. This sets in motion a chain of events that will stretch across the country and push her love and resourcefulness to the limit. (more…)

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Literary Salon: Jasmin Darznik đź—“

LEFT COAST WRITERS LITERARY SALON: Jasmin Darznik, Author of Song of a Captive Bird and The Good Daughter

Jasmin Darznik

Monday, March 5th, 2018 || 7pm
Book Passage-Corte Madera || 51 Tamal Vista Dr.

Do not miss this event. Jasmin Darznik is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Good Daughter: A Memoir of My Mother’s Hidden Life.

Her new novel Song of a Captive Bird is a fictional account of Iran’s trailblazing woman poet, Forugh Farrokhzad. Jasmin was born in Tehran, Iran and came to America when she was five years old. She holds an MFA in fiction from Bennington College and a Ph.D. in English from Princeton University. Now a professor of English and creative writing at California College of the Arts, she lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her family. (more…)

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Literary Salon: Chinese New Year Celebration with Author Rosemary Gong đź—“ đź—ş

LEFT COAST WRITERS LITERARY SALON: Chinese NewYear’s Celebration with Rosemary Gong, Author of Good Luck Life: The Essential Guide to Chinese American Celebrations and Culture

Rosemary Gong

Monday, February 5th, 2018 || 7pm
Book Passage-Corte Madera || 51 Tamal Vista Dr.
Corte Madera ||

Help us celebrate Chinese New Year 2018 and the incredible cornucopia of cultures that we enjoy as citizens of this country with bestselling author, Rosemary Gong. Let’s ring in the New Year with a nod to the diversity that makes the Left Coast magical.

Rosemary is an expert on the joy of researching, writing about and sharing your personal and cultural heritage with others. Her book, Good Luck Life, is packed with historical facts, legends, foods, old village recipes, and quick planning tools for celebrating Chinese festivals and life’s special milestones with wit, warmth and considerable flair. Whatever you are writing—fiction, memoir, history, travel, self-help or more—we know you will come away (more…)

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Literary Salon: New Year’s Celebration with Matthew Felix đź—“

LEFT COAST WRITERS LITERARY SALON: New Year’s Celebration with Matthew Felix, Author of A Voice Beyond Reason

Matthew Felix

Tuesday, January 2nd, 2017 || 7pm
Book Passage-Corte Madera || 51 Tamal Vista Dr.
Corte Madera ||

Join us on Tuesday January 2nd at 7:00pm at Book Passage Corte Madera for the annual LCW Literary Salon New Year’s Celebration featuring Writer/Performer Matthew Felix. Please Note: Book Passage will be closed on Monday January 1st, 2018. Our Salon will be on Tuesday night!

We’ll be in a party frame of mind, serving wine, great writing and writing information, and a peek at what’s up for 2018.

Looking forward to seeing you there, Tuesday Eve. (more…)

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Book Launch: Oracle of the Song by Gail Strickland đź—“

LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK LAUNCH: Oracle of the Song by Gail Strickland with Peter S. Beagle

Gail Strickland

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

Join us on December 11th for an evening with Gail Strickland and Peter S. Beagle.

In Oracle of the Song, determined to save her best friend Sophia, Thaleia—the young Oracle of Delphi—descends into the Underworld, a forbidden land from which none escape.

But does Sophia want to be saved? If so, why does she trick Thaleia to drink from the River of Forgetfulness, so she no longer knows the reason she descended into Hades’ Realm?

Thaleia prays for the gods’ help. Instead of their guidance, she encounters Hades’ rage and Athena’s jealous fury.

Always, the gods defy her. (more…)

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Literary Salon: Javier Zamora, Author of Unaccompanied, with intro by Rebecca Foust đź—“

LEFT COAST WRITERS LITERARY SALON: Javier Zamora, Author of Unaccompanied, with intro by Rebecca Foust

Javier Zamora

Monday, December 4th, 2017 || 7pm
Book Passage-Corte Madera || 51 Tamal Vista Dr.
Corte Madera ||

Javier Zamora’s debut poetry collection, Unaccompanied, chronicles his harrowing migration from El Salvador to the United States following the Salvadoran Civil War. And while his poems tell the particular story of the U.S.-backed violence that ravaged Central America during the 1980s, their meditations on familial loss at the hands of state violence and forced migration couldn’t be more timely or crucial.

A reading will be followed by a conversation led by Zamora’s former teacher and mentor, Marin County Poet Laureate Rebecca Foust. This event is free and open to the public and refreshments (beer and pupusas!) will be served. (more…)

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Literary Salon: Albert Flynn DeSilver … in Sausalito! đź—“

LEFT COAST WRITERS LITERARY SALON: Albert Flynn DeSilver, Author of Writing as a Path to Awakening

Albert Flynn DeSilver

Monday, November 6th, 2017 || 7pm
Book Passage-Sausalito|| 100 Bay St, Sausalito, CA ||

This is a very special event! We meet on the first Monday in November at Book Passage in Sausalito! Our speaker is Albert Flynn DeSilver, whose been a member and is a long-time Left Coast Writers favorite. There is Book Passage dedicated parking close to the store.

Albert Flynn DeSilver is an American poet, memoirist, novelist, speaker, and workshop leader. He received a BFA in photography from the University of Colorado in 1991 and an MFA in New Genres from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1995. His work has appeared in more than 100 literary journals worldwide including ZYZZYVA, New American Writing, Hanging Loose, Jubilat, Exquisite Corpse, Jacket (Australia), Poetry Kanto (Japan), Van Gogh’s Ear (France), and many others. He is the author of several books of poems and the memoir Beamish Boy, which Kirkus Reviews called “a beautifully written memoir. . .poignant and inspirational.” Albert taught as a California Poet in the Schools for more than a decade working with thousands of children throughout Northern California and beyond. He also served as Marin County, California’s very first Poet Laureate


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