Ferry Plaza Book Party: Body of Knowledge by A. M. Matthews 🗓

LEFT COAST WRITERS FERRY PLAZA BOOK PARTY:  A. M. Matthews, Author of Body of Knowledge

A. M. Matthews

A. M. Matthews

Monday, September 10th, 2018 || 6pm Book Passage || San Francisco 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco ||www.bookpassage.com

Biotech and breakthroughs fuel A. M. Matthews new mystery novel that seems a lot more like science than science fiction.

After years of working for other biotechnology companies, Susan Glasser has achieved her dream and opened her own research laboratory in the San Francisco Bay Area. Following numerous unsuccessful trials, she has finally gotten a positive result from a new biologic she is testing. But before she can assess her discovery, this socially awkward research scientist finds her life upended by a series of unrelated events. Forced to confront and deal with problems well outside her areas of expertise and training, Susan must figure out what is happening and find a way to reclaim her life.

A. M. Matthews lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and the family dog. Born and raised in Miami Beach, she comes from a family of writers. After raising her children and a career in management, (more…)

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Literary Salon: Your Path to Publishing 🗓 🗺

LEFT COAST WRITERS LITERARY SALON: Your Path to Publishing with Laurie McAndish King, Jim Shubin and Linda Watanabe McFerrin


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

Writers, published and otherwise, the mysteries of successful publishing will be revealed on this September night at our next Left Coast Writers Literary Salon. Please note that we will be meeting TUESDAY, September 4th! Mark your calendars and settle in to find out how to avoid becoming one of self-publishing’s epic fails.

We will cover the following:


  1. Understanding the process: Which indie publishing model is the best fit for me and my book? What costs are involved? Do I need an editor? Do I also need a proofreader? How does print-on-demand work? How many books will I sell, and how long  does it take?
  2. Planning and getting organized: Understanding how long each step takes (editing, design, production, marketing). Building your list, planning ahead for marketing (short vs long lead time activities), using an ARC, submitting your manuscript for reviews/awards, pricing your book properly.
  3. Marketing: Defining your goals, developing a marketing plan, building your platform, understanding your audience, developing a relationship with your readers, setting up your online presence, optimizing your website, mastering social media.


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Left Coast Writers® Live: Susanna Solomon 🗓

Melinda Adams AKA LilyCat

On Sunday, August 26th from 12-2pm, join Left Coast Writers® Live on FCCFREE RADIO’s popular show, Lilycat on Stuff. Lilycat’s guest on Sunday will be Susanna Solomon. 

Susanna Solomon, a writer and electrical engineer, lives in Marin County, where she has run her own engineering consulting firm for more than twenty years. Her books include two short story collections, Point Reyes Sheriff’s Calls and More Point Reyes Sheriff’s Calls, and her stories have appeared in Foliate Oak Magazine, Meat for Tea – The Valley Review, and online in the Mill Valley Literary Review and Harlot’s Sauce Radio. An avid outdoor enthusiast, Susanna has backpacked in Yosemite, Glacier National Park, Point Reyes, the Bernese Oberland, and the Gasternal in Switzerland. She’s walked across England on the Coast to Coast Trail, and has canoed extensively on the Missouri River in Montana, the Jacks Fork and Eleven Point Rivers in Missouri, and the Russian and Eel Rivers in California. She now spends her free time studying Tai Chi and Tai Chi sword and swimming in Tomales Bay, which is ten minutes from her home.

In Susanna’s new book, Montana Rhapsody, Laura Fisher, pole dancer extraordinaire, has just moved to Great Falls, Montana to start over. When she takes to the stage for the very first time, she has no idea that her evening will end with her fighting off three men intent on taking her virtue, taking a leap out of a second story window, and a wild ride in a convertible to the small town of Fort Benton. The next day, with the thugs still chasing her, Laura embarks on a three-day canoe camping trip with E.B., a man she’s just met—despite the fact that she doesn’t even know how to swim. (more…)

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Book Launch: Tuning In by Richard Roberts 🗓

LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK LAUNCH: Tuning In by Richard Roberts

Richard Roberts

Saturday, August 18th, 2018 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com

Jon Gunnarson never meant to transform humanity. He just wanted a normal life. A life where he doesn’t absorb other people’s emotions, lose himself and have to live like a hermit.

So he jumps at the chance to help develop a scam telepathy app because it will get him to Bhutan, where he hopes an old friend will teach him how to disconnect. (more…)

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Book Party: Psychosocial Care of Cancer Survivors by Cheryl Krauter-Leonard 🗓

LEFT COAST WRITERS FERRY PLAZA BOOK PARTY: Psychosocial Care of Cancer Survivors: A Clinician’s Guide and Workbook for Providing Wholehearted Care by Cheryl Krauter-Leonard

Cheryl Krauter

Monday, August 13th, 2018 || 6pm Book Passage || San Francisco 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco ||www.bookpassage.com

One of our favorite psychotherapists is speaking at the Ferry Plaza in August and sharing her new book.

Psychosocial Care of Cancer Survivors: A Clinician’s Guide and Workbook for Providing Wholehearted Care is a clinical resource for healthcare practitioners that presents person-centered care as an antidote to the distress both patients and clinicians face in cancer survivorship. It addresses questions of how to bring a humanistic approach and quality attention to the growing needs of patients in the post-treatment phase of a cancer diagnosis. As a workbook, it’s both a guide and an applicable resource for daily clinical practice. It provides a needed structure for clinicians to help them reconnect with the meaningful aspects of their work.

Written from the perspective of a clinician-survivor, Psychosocial Care of Cancer Survivors is about the healing power of relationship for both patient and practitioner as they negotiate the complex world of cancer survivorship. (more…)

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Literary Salon: Larry Habegger 🗓

LEFT COAST WRITERS LITERARY SALON: Larry Habegger, Executive Editor and Publisher, Travelers’ Tales

Larry Habegger

Monday, August 6th, 2018 || 7pm
Book Passage-Corte Madera || 51 Tamal Vista Dr.

Our Salon Speaker for Monday, August 6th is Larry Habegger, Executive Editor and Publisher, Travelers’ Tales. Larry will be talking about his experience as a writer, editor and publisher and giving advice to folks in the travel and fiction categories. What some might not know is that Larry, along with James O’Reilly, wrote a serialized novel for the San Francisco Examiner some years back and that it’s going to be making a comeback in book form.

Larry is a writer and editor who has been covering the world since his international travels began in the 1970s. As a freelance writer for more than three decades, his work has appeared in many major newspapers and magazines, including the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Travel & Leisure, and Outside. (more…)

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Book Launch: Help Your Group Thrive by Ann Steiner 🗓

LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK LAUNCH: Help Your Group Thrive: A Workbook and Planning Guide by Ann Steiner

Ann Steiner

Saturday, July 14th, 2018 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com

Help Your Group Thrive: A Workbook and Planning Guide easy-to-use manual guides leaders of groups of all kinds-discussion groups, peer support groups, organizations, and workplace teams. It provides leadership and facilitation tools, sample group agreements, online netiquette, and numerous modifiable forms for starting and maintaining groups.

Ann Steiner, PhD, is a Certified Group Psychotherapist and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the San Francisco Bay Area, leading a variety of groups for thirty years. She is an internationally known and highly-respected author, consultant to therapists, lecturer, and (more…)

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Book Party: Readings on Summer Travels 🗓


Monday, July 9th, 2018 || 6pm Book Passage || San Francisco 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco ||www.bookpassage.com

Summer’s here, the perfect time to hit the road and … write about it!

Join us for an evening with our writers sharing stories of trips taken, to be taken, and best forgotten.

We’ll be serving wine and snacks and excellent tales of adventure and misadventure. (more…)

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Left Coast Writers® Live: TC Currie and MJ Pramik 🗓

Melinda Adams AKA LilyCat

On Sunday, July 8th from 12-2pm, join Left Coast Writers® Live on FCCFREE RADIO’s popular show, Lilycat on Stuff. Lilycat’s guests on Sunday will be TC Currie and MJ Pramik. 

As a girl of five, TC Currie was delighted to discover that books allow her to escape into other worlds. She has been armchair traveling and writing ever since. After parlaying her degree in Asian Religions into a career as a software developer, TC gained a reputation for being able to translate between software users and techie geeks. After years of technical writing, she found her bliss in non-technical writing. She’s won everything from the Silver Medal from the Solas Travel Awards for her personal essay “Checkers and Humanity” (2014) to NaNoWriMo (2012), and her poetry has been included in the Gift of Love and Speak Out poetry anthologies (2008 &1993). She is currently writing and reading voraciously in her Victorian home near San Francisco with her delightful boyfriend and fluffy cat. A member of Left Coast Writers, TC is author of a self-help book on surviving surgery, a mystery novel and a poetry collection.

Mary Jean Pramik, a coalminer’s daughter and a great, great-granddaughter of the Mongolian pain, has hitch-hiked across the United States, tracked May apples in Ohio, chased children through wet mountains of California, fended off bill collectors in tropical San Francisco, and counted sharp-taloned bird carcasses along the Pacific’s Point Reyes sands. Communicating with screeching penguin hoards in Antarctica remains a high point of her sojourn on this planet. MJ earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in biological sciences, and completed an MFA in writing. She moonlights as a medical writer, penning such scientific thrillers as Norenthindrone, The First Three Decades, the fast-paced history of the first birth control pill extracted from a Mexican yam. Winner of the coveted Mary Women Medal and a Travelers’ Tales Solas Award, MJ’s articles and essays have appeared in Nature Biotechnology, Drug Topics, and Cosmetic Surgery News, and mainstream publications such as Good Housekeeping, Odyssey, and the National Enquirer. She has contributed to the “Venturing in” travel series on the Canal du Midi, Southern Greece, Southern Ireland, and Puglia, Italy, and the “Wandering in” series for Costa Rica, Bali, and Cornwall. MJ teaches graduate writing skills in the College of Science and Engineering at San Francisco State University.

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Literary Salon: Storytelling Workshop with Paul McHugh 🗓

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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