Literary Salon: Aleta George đź—“

LEFT COAST WRITERS LITERARY SALON: Aleta George, Author of Ina Coolbrith: The Bittersweet Song of California’s First Poet Laureate

Aleta George

Monday, March 6th, 2017 || 7pm
Book Passage || Corte Madera
51 Tamal Vista Drive, Corte Madera ||www.bookpassage.com

It’s Ina Coolbrith’s birth month and also a prelude to National Poetry month, which takes place in April! What better time to join Aleta George in her look at the world of poetics and this important California contributor.

Aleta George is the author of the award-winning biography, Ina Coolbrith: The Bittersweet Song of California’s First Poet Laureate. She has written for Smithsonian, High Country News, the Los Angeles Times, and the San Francisco Chronicle. She is currently the open space reporter for the Bay Area Monitor, a publication of the League of Women Voters.

Ina Coolbrith: The Bittersweet Song of California’s First Poet Laureate is a new biography about a pioneer poet, Oakland’s first public librarian, and the most popular literary ambassador in the early American West.

California named Coolbrith its first poet laureate in 1915 during San Francisco’s Panama-Pacific International Exposition, and 2015 marks her centennial of being named California’s beloved first lady of poetry and America’s first laureate.

George’s deftly told and deeply researched book follows the struggles and triumphs of Coolbrith from her birth in (more…)

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Literary Salon: Andy Ross đź—“

LEFT COAST WRITERS LITERARY SALON: Andy Ross, Literary Agent and Founder of Andy Ross Literary Agency

Andy Ross

Monday, February 6th, 2017 || 7pm
Book Passage || Corte Madera
51 Tamal Vista Drive, Corte Madera ||www.bookpassage.com

Spend an evening with favorite Bay Area literary figure and agent, Andy Ross. Andy has worked in the book business for 39 years, all of his working life. He was the owner and general manager of Cody’s Books in Berkeley, California from 1977-2006. Cody’s has been recognized as one of America’s great independent book stores.

During this period, Andy was the primary trade book buyer. This experience has given him a unique understanding of the retail book market, of publishing trends and, most important and uniquely, the hand-selling of books to book buyers.

Andy is past president of the Northern California Booksellers Association, a board member and officer of the (more…)

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Literary Salon: Brooke Warner đź—“

LEFT COAST WRITERS LITERARY SALON: Brooke Warner, author of Green-Light Your Book: How Writers Can Succeed in the New Era of Publishing, writing coach, and publishing expert

Brooke Warner

Monday, January 2nd, 2017 || 7pm
Book Passage || Corte Madera
51 Tamal Vista Drive, Corte Madera ||www.bookpassage.com

Writers, we think this is the perfect way to kick of the year.

Join us for the first LCW salon of 2017 and an evening with talented editor, coach and publishing expert, Brooke Warner, author of Green Light Your Book: How Writers Can Succeed in the New Era of Publishing. Green-Light Your Book is a straight-shooting guide to a changing industry. Written for aspiring authors, previously published authors, and independent publishers, it explains the ever-shifting publishing landscape and helps indie authors understand that they’re up against the status quo, and how to work within the system but also how to subvert the system in order to succeed.

Publishing expert and independent publisher Brooke Warner is fearless in her critique of an industry that’s lost its mandate, and in so doing has opened the door wide for indie publishers to thrive. While she does not shy away (more…)

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Literary Salon: Dick Jordan đź—“

LEFT COAST WRITERS LITERARY SALON: Dick Jordan, Author and Director of Cuba Libre

Dick Jordan

Dick Jordan

Monday, December 5th, 2016 || 7pm
Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera ||
www.bookpassage.com

Dick Jordan grew up in Seattle, Washington. At age 7, he donned a suit and tie, climbed aboard a United Airlines DC-6, and took his first big trip: Up to Vancouver, British Columbia, for the day, back to Seattle the same evening by train. As a teenager at the end of the heyday of U.S. passenger train travel, he rode the rails to and from Miami Beach. In between these two “Big City Trips”, he learned to appreciate the outdoor wonders of the West by joining the quintessential “F Troop” of the Boy Scouts and camping in the rain and mud of Western Washington.

His service in the U.S. Air Force took him to Texas, Indiana, and the Far East. Along the way he spent nine months (more…)

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Literary Salon: Constance Hale đź—“

LEFT COAST WRITERS LITERARY SALON: Constance Hale, Author of Sin and Syntax and more

Constance Hale

Constance Hale

Monday, November 7th, 2016 || 7pm
Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera ||
www.bookpassage.com

Constance Hale is certainly a “grammar maven.” Her guide to sentences, Sin and Syntax, sits on writers’ desks, library shelves, and many a bedside table. But she’s also a hula dancer, a poet, and a bit of a rebel. Two years ago she decided to defy literary pigeon holes, producing two books outside the mainstream. She will reveal the whys and wherefores of her ventures into indie publishing, and she’ll ply you with Mai Tais, share her thoughts on Hawaiian culture, and teach you some hula moves. (more…)

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Literary Salon: David Kudler đź—“

LEFT COAST WRITERS LITERARY SALON: David Kudler, Indie Publisher and Author of Risuko: A Kunoichi Tale

David Kudler

David Kudler

Monday, October 3rd, 2016 || 7pm
Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera ||
www.bookpassage.com

David Kudler is an expert provider of publishing services and a consultant to independent and self-publishers. An author himself, he lives just north of the Golden Gate Bridge with his wife, actor/teacher/author Maura Vaughn, their author-to-be daughters, and their (apparently) non-literary cats.

He is the founder, publisher, and editor-in-chief for Stillpoint Digital Press. Since 1999, he has overseen the publications program of the Joseph Campbell Foundation, for which he has edited three posthumous volumes of Campbell’s previously unpublished work (Pathways to Bliss, Myths of Light and Sake & Satori) and managed (more…)

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Literary Salon: Mikkel Aaland đź—“

LEFT COAST WRITERS LITERARY SALON: Mikkel Aaland, Author of The River in My Backyard

Mikkel Aaland

Mikkel Aaland

Tuesday, September 6th, 2016 || 7pm
Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera ||
www.bookpassage.com

Join us for an evening with talented author and photographer, Mikkel Aaland as he discusses the magic of memoir.

Mikkel Aaland is a professional photographer and the author of 12 best selling books on digital photography, including Photoshop RAW, Shooting Digital, the first Adobe Lightroom Adventure (Iceland) edition, and the second Adobe Lightroom Adventure (Tasmania) edition.  Mikkel has also been a popular workshop leader in the United States and Europe, and creates training videos in collaboration with Lynda.com and Adobe Press. He is the co-host of the Nordic Light (more…)

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Literary Salon: Laurie Fox

LEFT COAST WRITERS LITERARY SALON: Laurie Fox, West Coast Associate of Linda Chester and Associates Literary Agency.

Laurie Fox

Laurie Fox

Monday, August 1th, 2016 || 7pm
Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera ||
www.bookpassage.com

Questions about approaching and landing an agent? One of our top Bay Area agents will be our speaker for the next LCW Literary Salon, so take advantage of this opportunity. Laurie will be talking about “What Agents and Editors Expect From Writers and What We Really Hope to Find”.  Whether you are already represented or are searching for representation, this evening is sure to be enlightening.

Laurie Fox joined Linda Chester and Associates Literary Agency in 1989, and is their West Coast Associate. A graduate of the University of California at Santa Cruz (Writing and Theatre Arts), she is a published author of fiction and poetry, including Sexy Hieroglyphics(Chronicle Books); and two novels, My Sister from the Black Lagoon (starred Publishers Weekly review; San Francisco Chronicle bestseller) and The Lost Girls, both published by Simon & Schuster. She (more…)

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Literary Salon: Mary Mackey

LEFT COAST WRITERS LITERARY SALON: Mary Mackey, Author of The Village of Bones: Sabalah’s Tale, along with her thirteen previous novels

Mary Mackey

Mary Mackey

Tuesday, July 5th, 2016 || 7pm
Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera ||
www.bookpassage.com

Please take note: Our July LCW Salon will take place on Tuesday, July 5th and will feature noted bestselling author and poet, Mary Mackey. It should be an interesting evening. A note Bay Area author and speaker, Mary has been published traditionally and independently and has a lot to say on that topic as well as how to find publications interested in your work.

Mary Mackey is the bestselling author of fourteen novels, including two novels about the American Civil War (The Notorious Mrs. Winston and The Widow’s War) and four novels which describe how the Goddess-worshiping people of Prehistoric Europe fought off patriarchal nomad invaders (The Village of Bones, The Year The Horses Came, The Horses at the Gate, and The Fires of Spring). Mary’s novels have been praised by Marion Zimmer Bradley, Pat Conroy, Thomas Moore, Marija Gimbutas, Marge Piercy, and Theodore Roszak for their historical accuracy, inventiveness, literary grace, vividness, and storytelling magic. They have made The New York Times and San Francisco Chronicle Bestseller Lists, been translated into twelve foreign languages and sold over a million and a half copies.

Mary has also written seven collections of poetry including Travelers With No Ticket Home and Sugar Zone, winner of the 2012 PEN Oakland Josephine Miles (more…)

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Literary Salon: Janis Cooke Newman, Author of A Master Plan for Rescue

LEFT COAST WRITERS LITERARY SALON: Janis Cooke Newman, Author of A Master Plan for Rescue

Janis Cooke Newman

Janis Cooke Newman

Monday, June 6th, 2016 || 7pm
Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera ||
www.bookpassage.com

We’re delighted to announce that our June presenter for the Left Coast Writers Literary Salon will be Janis Cooke Newman. Janis has a wealth of literary experience in both fiction and non-fiction. She is the author of A Master Plan for Rescue, a magical novel about the surprising acts of heroism that can be inspired by love. She is also the author of Mary, a historical novel about Mary Todd Lincoln. Mary was chosen by USA Today as the best historical fiction of 2006 and was a finalist for the LA Times First Fiction award. She is also the author of The Russian Word for Snow, a memoir about adopting her son from a Moscow orphanage. Both books are available in paperback.

In addition to her books Newman is the founder of the Lit Camp writers conference.

Janis Cooke Newman’s second novel, A Master Plan for Rescue was released from Riverhead in July 2015. The SF Chronicle said it “balances (more…)

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