Benefit for Burundi-Building Project at Book Passage – Corte Madera, coordinated by Michael Shapiro

Saturday, April 7, 7PM
Book Passage || 51 Tamal Vista Dr. || Corte Madera, CA
For Info: Book Passage

I’m coordinating a benefit with Prosper Ndabishuriye to rebuild homes in Burundi. Prosper is a director of a home-building project in Burundi’s Camara area, bringing together Hutu and Tutsi youth to construct homes for some of the country s thousands of refugees. During the 1990s, Burundi was devastated by civil wars similar to those in Rwanda, but Prosper’s group is building homes and giving employment to young men and women.

This is a FREE event and will include a 10-minute video presentation about the project. Prosper has a wonderfully ebullient presence and this will be a thoroughly enjoyable evening, as Bay area writers and their friends join to support this project. All are welcome. Those who attend will be asked to donate to Prosper’s non-profit organization, which is sponsored in the US by the Heritage Institute.

The project has built 457 homes so far and seeks to build another 100 by the end of the year. Donating is optional — we can build a home for every $900 we raise.

The San Francisco Chronicle wrote about Prosper’s efforts in 2005; for the story, please see:

If you can’t make the event but would still like to donate, click here.

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Book Launch: Mark Shaw

If you didn’t get to the Monticello for our March LCW Book Launch party for Mark Shaw and his latest book, Melvin Belli: King of the Courtroom, you missed a real treat.

Mark is a fabulous storyteller, and he brought the legendary San Francisco attorney, Melvin Belli, to life. Belli changed the landscape of law. He showed lawyers the power of storytelling and, in the words of Shaw, there were “so many stories about his courtroom antics, battles with judges and lawyers alike, and a personal life that seems more like fiction than fact,” that it was challenging to write his biography.

See Mark at his upcoming Bay area readings:

Thursday, April 5, 2007, 7:30pm || Books, Inc. || Alameda
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Tuesday, May 8, 2007, 7pm || Book Passage – FERRY PLAZA || San Francisco
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Literary Salon: Jan Yanehiro

Monday, April 2, 2007 7pm
Book Passage – CORTE MADERA || 51 Tamal Vista Dr. || Corte Madera
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Broadcast journalist and Emmy-winner, Jan Yanehiro has skydived with the Army’s Golden Knights and ventured up a frozen waterfall!all in the name of getting a good story! Jan pioneered the magazine format on television as co-host of Evening Magazine, a nightly program in San Francisco from 1976-90.

Now the president of her own Media and Marketing firm, Jan still hosts shows and emcees events for community causes on a regular basis. Her new book, This Is Not the Life I Ordered, 50 Ways to Keep Your Head Above Water When Life Keeps Dragging You Down , which she co-authored with State Senator Jackie Speier, Deborah Collins Stephens, and Michealeane Cristini Risley, contains the stories, lessons and wisdom these four women shared during their monthly meetings as they faced extraordinary life challenges.

A paragon of courage, Jan lost her first husband to brain cancer. She is now remarried with a beautifully blended family which includes five very accomplished children. Awarded many professional honors including the Eleanor Roosevelt Humanitarian Award from the United Nations of San Francisco, Jan is also an inductee of the Academy of Television and Radio Hall of Fame. She sits on many boards including The Bank of Marin, Kristi Yamaguchi’s Always Dream Foundation and USF’s Center For The Pacific Rim.

To learn more about Jan and Is Not the Life I Ordered, check out their blog:

May, 2007 Salon: Gerald Sindell – publishing consultant and founder of Thought Leaders,

June, 2007 Salon: Michele Rivers – artist, visionary and author of “Time for Tea”

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Reading Series: Poetic Frenzy!

In honor of National Poetry Month, we will be in a Poetic Frenzy as this star-studded cast of Left Coast Writers poets read their work. For a special treat Dusty Miller will be performing her songs before the reading so come early!

Monday, April 9 5:30 -7:00pm with networking at a nearby restaurant/bar
Theme: Poetic Frenzy
Poets: Dusty Miller (Elaine Bond), Iris Joan Price, Lowry McFerrin, Rebecca Foust, Adrienne Amundsen, Marianne Betterly Kohn, Elizabeth Weaver, Colleen McFerrin, Mary Jean Pramik, Demian Entrekin

Book Passage – FERRY PLAZA
One Ferry Plaza #46
San Francisco, CA
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Literary Salon

Monday, June 4, 2007

Left Coast Writers Literary Salon, 7pm

Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista, Corte Madera, CA

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Reading Series: Poetic Frenzy

Monday, April 9, 2007
Left Coast Writers Reading Series, 5:30pm
Poetic Frenzy (National Poetry Month)

Book Passage, Ferry Plaza, San Francisco, CA

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