Book Launch: Bob Tripp

Bob Tripp and his new novel, Last Clear Chance

Saturday, August 9, 2008 || 7pm
Book Passage – Corte Madera || Tamal Vista Dr., Corte Madera

Bob Tripp, author of "Last Clear Chance" book launch at Book PassageJoin aeronautical engineer, test pilot and author, Bob Tripp, for the launch of his suspenseful new novel, “Last Clear Chance” – a tale about airplane disaster and recovery.

Tripp is the perfect person to write this novel. He began flying at the age of 16, graduated with a degree in aeronautical engineering, spent 30 years as a pilot for Western Airlines and Delta, and has more than 25,000 hours flying and testing a wide range of aircrafts from experimental and home-built, to Lear Jets, Boeing 747’s and DC-10’s.

Tripp has been published in a variety of magazines including “Airways,” “Road and Track,” “Science Digest” and “American Heritage.” His short story is the lead for “Hawaii’s Best Spooky Stories,” and he’s written the cover articles for “Invention & Technology and “Flying.”


Becky Foust, and her award-winning chapbook, “Dark Card” (Texas Review Press, 2008). “Dark Card,” a book of poetry about raising a son with Aspberger’s Syndrome, won the 2007 Robert Phillips Poetry Chapbook Prize.

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Literary Salon: Rita Lakin

Monday, August 4, 2008 || 7pm ||
Rita Lakin, screenwriter and author of “Getting Old is the Best Revenge”

Book Passage – Corte Madera
51 Tamal Vista Dr., Corte Madera ||Screenwriter/author Rita Lakin speaks at Left Coast Writers

More writing is being done for the screen than ever before. Would you like to get a successful professional’s tips and advice about the ins and outs of that market?

If so, be sure to come to our Left Coast Writers Literary Salon on Monday, August 4, 2008, at 7pm in the Gallery at Book Passage in Corte Madera for a dynamic presentation by author/screenwriter RITA LAKIN!

Rita Lakin is a highly successful mystery novelist and an established television writer-producer and playwright. Her comedy mystery series revolves around an eccentric group of old ladies who become the oldest living private eyes in Florida. They include: “Getting Old is Murder,” “Getting Old is the Best Revenge,” “Getting Old is Criminal” and “Getting Old is to Die For.”

Rita’s television credits include: Executive Producer of “Executive Suite,” creator and show-runner/ producer of “Flamingo Road” and “Nightingales.” She also created “The Rookies.” She wrote many MOW’S (Movies of the Week) including “Death Takes a Holiday,” “Summer Without Boys,” “Message to my Daughter” and “A Sensitive Passionate Man.” Her mini-series includes “Strong Medicine” and “Voice of the Heart.”

Her two theatrical plays, “No Language but a Cry” and the musical “Saturday Night at Grossinger’s” (co-written) are still being produced.

Her numerous awards include: WGA, EMMY, MWA (Mystery Writers of America) Edgar Allen Poe award adn teh prestigious Avery Hopwood Award from the University of Michigan.

Lakin has just finished writing the fifth in her mystery series: “Getting Old is a Disaster.”

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Book Launch: Colette Obrien

In the Gallery: Colette Obrien talks about Time and Transformation: A Novel of Mayan Mysticism. Set within the myths and concepts of the Classic Maya, 700 AD, the feminine and masculine have been separated at the level of divinity for eons. A pair of female/male twins must discover how to bring the sexes back togehter and save their culture from extinction.

Colette Obrien has a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis on Jungian Psychology. She has had a meditation and yoga practice for over 30 years and for the last 25 years a private practice as a counselor and teacher, counseling individuals and couples. Her travel stories and photographs have been published in newspapers and magazines across the U.S. and Canada. Her first novel, Time & Transformation, was in inspired by her studies and time spent with the Maya in the Yucatan.

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Reading Series: Pure Poetry

APRIL 14 5:30pm

Monday, April 14, 2008 5:30pm ||
Book Passage-Ferry Plaza || One Ferry Plaza #46, San Francisco
For Info: See Book Passage or mailto:

Our Poetry Reading Series are one of our most popular events. Come listen to award-winning poet, Becky Foust, as she reads pieces from her new book of poetry, “Dark Card” (due out in May, 2008 by Texas Review Press) on raising a son with Asperger’s Syndrome, along with Gail Flynn and Elaine Bond.

Becky Foust is an award-winning, published poet whose work will be featured in Poetry Magazine this fall. The Clackamas Literary Review has just accepted seven of Becky’s poems, and others are out in current issues of Margie, Nimrod, Atlanta Review, Caesura, Dos Passos Review, JAMA, Marin Poetry Center Anthology, North American Review, Taproot Literary Review, and others. Click here to visit her website at to learn more about Becky’s work and upcoming events.

Elaine Bond is an award-winning artist and scientist who won an award for her University of California program where she took 3,000 teens who were at-risk for dropping out of high school and showed them how to use the scientific method outdoors. Many of these kids have pursued higher education. Elaine also writes songs, sings and plays a mean guitar as Dusty Miller.

This reading series by our LEFT COAST WRITERS® always provides us with such a treat, whether it is our poets sharing their truth-filled pieces, writers making us laugh or cry or pause with deep reflection as they read their short stories, memoirs or erotica-filled prose. Come listen to our April readers and then join us for networking at a nearby watering hole.

While you’re there, check out what’s new at Book Passage, buy a book, or sign up a friend for our Salons.

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Literary Salon: Wendy Merrill

Monday, April 7, 2008 7pmWendy Merrill, Author of
Wendy Merrill, Author of Falling into Manholes

Book Passage || 51 Tamal Vista Dr., Corte Madera
For Info: See Book Passage or 415-927-0960

Meet Wendy Merrill, a quirky, attractive, in-recovery-from…well, you can pretty much name it…who, while seemingly on the quest for her perfect mate, keeps falling into manholes. After losing herself in an endless series of attachments, this serial mater comes to see how her relationships with men are indicative of all her relationships – with alcohol, food, drugs, family, friends, and most of all, herself.

Smart, funny and embarrassingly honest, the tales in Falling Into Manholes recount the common experience of looking for love in all the wrong places, and the not-so-common experience of finding it in yourself – and it feels like talking with your best friend. Wendy represents the bad girl/good girl paradox deep within every woman, and writes what women often think, but don’t have the nerve to say. Her favorite books growing up were Little House on the Prairie and The Happy Hooker, and even then she fantasized about a scenario in which Xaviera Hollander lived happily ever after with Laura, Ma and Pa. Wendy was the tall, scrawny late bloomer on the sidelines of the seventh-grade dance who turned into the sweet-sixteen-never-been-kissed good girl yearning to be bad. PhD’s were the norm in her family, yet she aspired to be comfortable on any barstool in the world. In college, she took a class called “Dating and Marriage” – and got an F. “I always aspired to an A+,” she says. “I just didn’t think it would end up being my bra size.”

With honesty, humor and style, Falling Into Manholes explores the contradictions and imperfections of being a woman, in a book about relationships, addiction, self-esteem (and the lack thereof), and going to any lengths to discover what matters. This menmoir gives the reader what we all need more of: a good laugh, an easy read, and hope.

Wendy owns and runs an advertising agency called WAM Marketing Group and lives above ground and beyond her means in Sausalito.

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Literary Salon: Karen Templer and Doug Cruickshank

Monday, March 3, 2008

Karen Templer, Editor in Chief and Doug Cruickshank, Features Editor of Readerville online

Editor in Chief, Karen Templer, and Features Editor, Douglas Cruickshank will talk about Readerville, the content and the community.

In the nearly 8 years since Readerville first appeared online, it has taken many forms. It was first a place where readers and writers and publishing insiders could meet each day to find out what’s interesting in the world of books. In 2001 a full-fledged online bookstore was added and Readerville began publishing content. In 2002 the bookstore went away and a print magazine was launched, called The Readerville Journal. The Readerville Journal ceased publication in 2003, but the website survived and continues to be the wacky and thought-provoking community it started out as.

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Literary Salon: Kemble Scott

Kemble Scott ImageMonday, May 5, 2008
Kemble Scott, Author of SoMa

Kemble Scott is the author of the bestselling novel SoMa. A longtime journalist before turning to fiction, Kemble has three Emmy awards for his work in television news. He also helps run San Francisco’s literary festival Litquake, and he’s the editor of the monthly e-zine SoMa Literary Review and the weekly email blast SF Bay Area Literary Arts Newsletter.

SoMa tells the interwoven stories of young people of the tech-driven “millennials” generation on a journey of thrills and self-discovery in San Francisco’s notorious South of Market (SoMa) neighborhood. The novel is based on the true tales of the city. Publishers Weekly describes SoMa as “a fun, frisky novel of shock horror.”

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Literary Salon: Jane Juska

Monday, February 4, 2008

Jane Juska, Author of A Round Heeled Woman and Unaccompanied Women

Born in 1933, Jane Juska is an old person but a new writer. Her first book, A Round-Heeled Woman, was published in 2003, followed in 2006 by Unaccompanied Women. Before that, she taught English for forty years in high school, college, and prison. Her work has appeared in magazines and anthologies. She is working on a novel. She lives in Berkeley, California.

“Round-heeled” is an old-fashioned label for a woman who is promiscuous—someone who nowadays might be called “easy.” It’s a surprising way for an English teacher with a passion for Trollope to describe herself in the title of the memoir which followed after she placed a personal ad in the New York Review of Books: “Before I turn 67—next March—I would like to have a lot of sex with a man I like. If you want to talk first, Trollope works for me.”

The ad worked, a book came out of experience (A Round-Heeled Woman) and Juska was reborn.

Unaccompanied Women is about women Juska met on her book-tour; it is about what happened in her own life; it is about trying to find a home. Her adventures continue.

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