Ferry Plaza Book Party: David Hathwell, Author of The Power of Telling  🗓

LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK EVENT: David Hathwell, Author of The Power of Telling 

David Hathwell

Monday, September 9, 2019 || 6pm Book Passage || Ferry Building, San Francisco ||www.bookpassage.com

Join us Monday eve at a book event for David Hathwell, whose new poetry book The Power of Telling has received and outstanding review from Kirkus.
The review says it all:
“A collection of poetry focuses on everyday beauty and wonder.”

It continues:  “Over the course of 50 poems with straightforward titles, retired high school English teacher Hathwell (Between Dog and Wolf, 2017, etc.) explores the world around him. Nature is a touchstone of his poetry. In “Poplar,” he expertly describes the titular tree “catching a breeze, flutter sage and silver wings” while in “Sunflower,” he lingers on the “wide blank face” of the “saddest flower.” The author also showcases culture in his poems. “Fred’s Girl” is a propulsive ode to the Fred Astaire–Paulette Goddard duet in the film Second Chorus, and “Sunday at the Symphony” captures the ethereal experience of live classical music. But the poems aren’t limited to the author’s immediate surroundings. A visit to the Spanish Steps, where Keats died in 1821, is the subject of “Readiness Is Everything,” which encourages readers to “imagine the world without you.” Hathwell plays with humor in “Dust Is Winning,” about the futile fight to keep things clean, and shows his cynical side in “Red Dress,” which describes the “ruby radiance” of an ensemble depicted in advertising. The act of writing is another recurring theme in this collection. “Song” depicts a successful writing day, in which “I rise from my desk, / Majestic, and I dance,” while “Sure Thing” warns readers “that language is prepared to lie / When you ask it to.” Quiet moments are also rich material for the poet. Throughout, he matches his message to the pacing of the poem, creating an immersive experience for readers. In “Finding Myself in the Morning,” readers sink into Hathwell’s serene, solitary scene where he can finally “not wonder / who is speaking, or what comes next.” In “Ten O’Clock,” the audience can sense the descent into a “deep, forgiving sleep” … A volume of ambitious and engaging poems.”


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Literary Salon: Preparing Your Book for Sale—Publishing Advice from the Experts 🗓

Laurie FoxPatLiterary Salon:  Preparing Your Book for Sale—Publishing Advice from the Experts

Tuesday, September 3, 2019 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com

Please join us on Tuesday—the day AFTER Labor Day—for a chat with the experts on how to get your work published.

Agent Laurie Fox and Fearless Books & Literary Founder D. Patrick Miller will join Left Coast Writers Founder Linda Watanabe McFerrin in conversation about the often arduous and convoluted path to publishing.

They’ll talk about:

How to prepare your manuscript for publication.

  • Best ways to find an agent.
  • What the alternatives are if you can’t find a traditional publisher.
  • What happens after your manuscript is published … regardless of the path you took to get there.

Of course, you can invite a friend, if you know someone who could use the advice.

Just let us know who’ll be joining you.

Laurie Fox has been an agent for 30 years with the Linda Chester Literary Agency, which has its home office in Manhattan. A published author of two novels (Simon & Schuster) and poetry (Chronicle Books), Fox acquires books in the areas of literary and quality fiction, memoir/biography, popular culture, the fine arts, history and cultural history, and science and technology.

Laurie agented two-time Oprah Book Club novelist Wally Lamb’s She’s Come Undone and I Know This Much is True. Other books of Laurie’s include Cheryl Strayed’s first novel, Torch; Lolly Winston’s New York Times bestselling Good Grief; David Corbett’s Done For a Dime, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year; Carolyn Cooke’s story collection, The Bostons (NY Times Notable Book of the Year, a Los Angeles Times “Best Book of the Year”); New York Times bestseller First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong by James R. Hansen,which was made into the recent film of the same name. Laurie’s own books include:  My Sister from the Black Lagoon (S&S) and The Lost Girls (S&S).

Fearless Books & Literary founder D. Patrick Miller has worked in books, two currently distributed by Penguin Random House and more under the Fearless Books imprint. As a collaborator, ghostwriter, or principal editor, Miller has helped other authors prepare manuscripts for such major publishers as Viking, Doubleday, Crown, Simon (more…)

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Book Launch: The Girl Who Said No by Natalie Galli đź—“

BOOK LAUNCH: The Girl Who Said No: A Search in Sicily by Natalie Galli

Natalie Galli

Saturday, August 17th, 2019 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com

Eighteen-year-old Franca Viola made history in 1966 as one of the first “#metoo” heroines of modern times, when she refused to go along with a centuries-old forcible marriage custom in Sicily. Having endured kidnap and rape, she publicly defied the expectation that she would marry the rapist to “restore her broken honor.” A social uproar occurred throughout the island—and beyond.

In Natalie Galli’s The Girl Who Said No, Viola’s remarkable story unfolds when the author arrives in Palermo to search for her, with little more than the memory of a tiny article she had spotted two decades prior. Galli wanted to know: whatever had become of this courageous girl who had overturned an ancient, entrenched tradition?

The riveting events after Franca pressed charges with the police form the core of this gripping memoir. Viola was subjected to public taunting whenever she appeared on the streets of her town; Mafia-orchestrated bullying threatened her entire family. Galli traced the dramatic tale to its conclusion, in spite of initial warnings from her own relatives not to break the Sicilian code of silence.

Throughout her search for the enigmatic Franca, Galli shares her own poignant and hilarious observations about a vibrant culture steeped in contradiction and paradox. Does she succeed in locating the elusive proto-feminist whose case forever changed Italian culture and history? Travel along on Galli’s engaging odyssey to find out.

Natalie Galli, a San Francisco native of Italian background, has penned two illustrated children’s books for Sunbath Studios: Ciao Meow and Spin the Hound Lost and Found, a Tale of the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake. She edited a (more…)

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Ferry Plaza Book Event: Bevan Atkinson, Author of The Hierophant Card đź—“

LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK EVENT: Bevan Atkinson, Author of The Hierophant Card and The Fool Card: A Tarot Mystery

Bevan Atkinson

Monday, August 12, 2019 || 6pm Book Passage || Ferry Building, San Francisco ||www.bookpassage.com

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…)

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Literary Salon: Travel Writers & Photographers Conference Preview: Women Travel Writer Share their Secrets! đź—“

Literary Salon:  Travel Writers & Photographers Conference Preview: Women Travel Writers Share their Secrets!

Monday, August 5th, 2019 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com

Want the inside scoop into the how and why and why not of putting place on the page and getting it published?

Join these travelers and successful travel writers in a group conversation about the art of traveling and translating those journeys and adventures for page and screen in a way that transports publisher, publication and reader.

Our panelists will discuss magazine writing, literary travel essay, long form journalism, and even fiction and alternate genres that celebrate a sense of place. They will also discuss their favorite publishers and publications and how to get your work into print and on screens.

Panelists: Linda Watanabe McFerrin (moderator), Joanna Biggar, Laurie McAndish King, Mary Jo McConahay, Jill Robinson (more…)

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Book Launch: Daddykins by Kalpana Mohan đź—“

Kalpana Mohan

BOOK LAUNCH: Daddykins by Kalpana Mohan

Saturday, July 13th, 2019 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com

When journalist Kalpana Mohan’s elderly father falls ill in Chennai, she is on the next flight over from California and the home she has shared with her husband for three decades. Caring for her sometimes cranky, sometimes playful, and always adored father at his home in Chennai, Mohan sets out to piece together an account of her father’s life, from his poverty-stricken childhood in a village in south India, to his arranged marriage, to his first job in the city, all the while coming to terms with his inevitable passing.

Mohan’s tender, moving, and sometimes hilarious memoir is an account of a changing India captured in her father’s life, from the sheer feat of surviving poverty in I920s India of his birth, to witnessing key moments in the nation’s history and changing alongside them. Above all, Daddykins is an intimate and deeply relatable account of our relationships with our parents whatever our age, and the shared experiences of love and grief that unite us all. (more…)

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Ferry Plaza Book Event: Chris Delyani, Author of Best Man đź—“

LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK EVENT: Chris Delyani, Author of Best Man

Chris Delyani

Chris Delyani

Monday, July 8, 2019 || 6pm Book Passage || Ferry Building, San Francisco ||www.bookpassage.com

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…)

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Literary Salon: An Evening with Constance Hale đź—“

Literary Salon:  An Evening with Constance Hale

Constance Hale

Monday, July 1st, 2019 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com

Summer always takes people on the road, but if you are in the Bay Area the first Monday of July, we hope you’ll join us at the next Left Coast Writers Literary Salon where noted Bay Area journalist and storyteller, Constance Hale (Sin and Syntax; Vex, Hex, Smash, Smooch) will share some of her literary secrets and techniques. Be prepared to jot things down in your preferred method because the night will be full of tips and answers to all of your questions.


Constance Hale Talks Character

Storytellers—whether they are novelists, memoirists, or narrative journalists—know that characters are key to any great yarn. Readers love people, and writers must deliver through short sketches to longer portraits to full-length biographies. Yet developing characters is trickier than you might think. Especially minor ones, where few words must make an impression. Connie Hale, who has made the profile her preferred form, gives us readings, an interactive exercise, and a few writing prompts to help us draw people on the page—and draw out important themes.

Connie is the author of four cheeky writing guides, including Sin and Syntax, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this month. Her essay on the art of sketching people, Writing Character, kicks off a new book of prompts that comes out on September 10, (more…)

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Ferry Plaza Book Event: Literary Round-up: Our Favorite Anthologies đź—“

LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK EVENT: Literary Round-up: Our Favorite Anthologies


Monday, June 10th, 2019 || 6pm Book Passage || Ferry Building, San Francisco ||www.bookpassage.com



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…)

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Book Launch: Wanderland Writers Night, A Caravansary đź—“

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…)

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