Literary Salon: Non-Fiction Panel with Mikkel Aaland, Joanna Biggar, Joan Steidinger and Linda Watanabe McFerrin đź—“

LEFT COAST WRITERS LITERARY SALON: Non-Fiction Panel with Mikkel Aaland, Joanna Biggar, Joan Steidinger and Linda Watanabe McFerrin (Moderator)

Monday, June 4th, 2018 || 7pm
Book Passage-Corte Madera || 51 Tamal Vista Dr.
www.bookpassage.com

The fascinating and intriguing Non-Fiction Panel will be discussing the current state of the art at Book Passage Bookstore & Cafe in Corte Madera, California on Monday, June 4th, 2018.
We’re hoping we can continue a discussion that began at the Hawaii Book and Music Festival, here on the mainland.
Panelists include Mikkel Aaland, Joanna Biggar and Joan Steidinger. Linda Watanabe McFerrin will moderate and plans to address some of the most interesting points of discussion from the Hawaii panel. The writers will be talking about the anxiety riddled membrane that separates fiction and non-fiction, journalism and memoir, truth and lies. So join us! It’s going to be an enlightening evening.

Mikkel Aaland is a photographer and bestselling author of 12 bestselling books on digital photography. His (more…)

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Left Coast Writers® Live: Todd Crawshaw 🗓

Melinda Adams AKA LilyCat

On Sunday, May 20th from 12-2pm, join Left Coast Writers® Live on FCCFREE RADIO’s popular show, Lilycat on Stuff. Lilycat’s guest on Sunday will be Todd Crawshaw. 

Todd Crawshaw is the author of Heretofore and Exploits of the Satyr, both novels, and Light-Years in the Dark: StoryPoems. A member of Left Coast Writers, he is the founder of Crawshaw Design, a graphic design firm based in San Francisco that provides integrated brand marketing for print and the web. He considers creative writing to be a visual art: “Like atoms begetting atoms that beget molecules, when uniquely linked, words form a DNA of indelible visions.” He is a graduate of the University of Oregon with a degree in psychology. He lives in Northern California with his wife and is the father of two daughters.

His latest novel is God, Sex & Psychosis. Don’t miss his upcoming event with Left Coast Writers at the Corte Madera Book Passage on Saturday, June 9th! (more…)

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Book Party: Confessions of a Cloak Artist by Jeff R. McGowan đź—“

LEFT COAST WRITERS FERRY PLAZA BOOK PARTY: Confessions of a Cloak Artist by Jeff R. McGowan

Jeff R. McGowan

Monday, May 14th, 2018 || 6pm Book Passage || San Francisco 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco ||www.bookpassage.com

Spinning rich yarns of travel, young love, and growing up in 1980’s Orange County, Jim Murphy reflects upon his life’s adventures and mishaps to discover where things went wrong along the way. From the tropical oasis of Bali, he examines whether his core principles have helped or hurt his life’s failed relationships and his pursuit of enlightenment. Where did he go wrong? And can he reinvent himself before it’s too late? What he finds is that stories hold meaning, and wounds don’t have to define us.

Jeff R. McGowan graduated from UCLA in 1993, then traveled and worked his way around the world for several years. For the last eighteen years he’s taught high school Social Studies, leaving most every summer to travel and learn, and to attempt to find a way to get over himself. He has yet to do so, but remains determined in this quest. His debut novel, Confessions of a Cloak Artist, while (more…)

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Book Event: Shu Wei’s Revenge by Jackson Fahnestock đź—“

LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK LAUNCH: Shu Wei’s Revenge by Jackson Fahnestock

Jackson Fahnestock

Saturday, May 12th, 2018 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com

Join us as Jackson Fahnestock introduces us to a story about strength of family and friendships, heartbreak, perseverance, and personal tragedy.

The setting is 1898 in the sleepy village of Sanhou, China. Seventeen-year-old Shu Wei, in his role as Town Scribe, makes a disastrous mistake, raising the ire of some crooked town counselors. His father’s business is burned to the ground by one of the villainous counselors in retaliation. To make matters worse, a tribunal of these counselors is called that summarily banishes his family from the (more…)

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Literary Salon: In Conversation: Laurie McAndish King and Bradley Charbonneau đź—“

LEFT COAST WRITERS LITERARY SALON: Bradley Charbonneau, Author of Every Single Day and Laurie McAndish King … in Conversation

Bradley Charbonneau

Monday, May 7th, 2018 || 7pm
Book Passage-Corte Madera || 51 Tamal Vista Dr.
www.bookpassage.com

Writing habits that really work, boosting visibility through a mailing list and and Advance Reader Team, long-term strategies for writing a series of books—we are delighted to feature one of two of our favorite writers, Laurie McAndish King and Bradley Charbonneau, who is visiting from the Netherlands, in a literary conversation.
Bradley Charbonneau has written for numerous magazines and anthologies and his “Urban Travel Guide San Francisco” is a hip guidebook full of insider tips. He’s been around the world and around the block—always on the lookout for a unique angle for an article. His work has appeared in national magazines such as Writer’s Digest, travel writing anthologies like Travelers’ Tales, and also in that off-the-beaten path market such as Going Places (the in-flight magazine for Malaysia Airlines).

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Book Launch: Healing Miles by Susan Alcorn đź—“

LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK LAUNCH: Susan Alcorn, Author of Healing Miles: Gifts from the Caminos Norte and Primitivo

Susan Alcorn

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

Interested in travel, adventure, transformation, and the great outdoors?

The compulsion to walk yet another Camino de Santiago trail draws Susan Alcorn to the north coast of Spain.

In Healing Miles, her vision is hiking through lively cosmopolitan cities and remote hilltop villages, pausing to sample delectable pintxos in coastal San Sebastian and sip sidra (hard cider) on Oviedo’s trendy Calle Gascona. She finds that and more. There is the challenge of walking many miles each day, but there is also time to gaze out upon long stretches of sandy beaches, witness the ocean’s moods as it blasts seawater up through blowholes, and look out from mountain paths across valleys blanketed with fog. Layover and shorter days provide opportunities to visit museums, Neolithic cave paintings, and cathedrals. (more…)

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National Poetry Month Celebration with Marin Poet Laureate Rebecca Foust & Poets đź—“

Rebecca Foust

Poets and friends, it’s National Poetry Month, and we are inviting you to come, have a celebratory glass of vino and read or listen to some of your own or your favorite writers’ poetry at Book Passage in the San Francisco Ferry Plaza.

Marin County Poet Laureate, Rebecca Foust, is our emcee for the evening.

No car? It’s easy to get there by bike, MUNI, BART, or S.F. Ferry.

So come, read, listen, tell your friends. Let’s raise a toast to the time-honored art of poetry.

Poets reading include: Sharon Skolnick-Bagnoli, Marianne Betterly, Elaine Bond,Todd Crawshaw, TC Currie, David Hathwell, Craig McLaughlin, Kunal Mukherjee, MJ Pramik, Carol Sheldon, Rebecca Foust and Linda Watanabe McFerrin

Emcee Rebecca Foust’s five books of poetry include Paradise Drive, reviewed in (more…)

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Literary Salon: Bill Petrocelli đź—“

LEFT COAST WRITERS LITERARY SALON: Bill Petrocelli, Co-owner of Book Passage and Author of Through the Bookstore Window

Bill Petrocelli

Monday, April 2nd, 2018 || 7pm
Book Passage-Corte Madera || 51 Tamal Vista Dr.
www.bookpassage.com

A rare treat: Join in for an evening with our favorite bookseller and one of the key sponsor of our Left Coast Writers Literary Salons and Events. That’s right; Book Passage co-owner Bill Petrocelli has a new novel out.

“I don’t know if I sought out bookselling, or whether bookselling sought me out. But when you are hiding from a past that can blow up in your face at any minute, immersing yourself in the stories of others may be a good place to hide.”

Bill’s new book is about a bookseller, of course!

Gina Perini manages a bookstore in one of San Francisco’s most lively neighborhoods. Although she thrives in her world of books, her harrowing escape from the war in the Balkans years earlier remains fresh in her mind. There are still those who are searching for her and who are intent on vengeance. Gina suddenly gets news that someone from her past is still alive–someone she had given up hope of finding. This sets in motion a chain of events that will stretch across the country and push her love and resourcefulness to the limit. (more…)

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Left Coast Writers® Live: Chris Cornell 🗓

Melinda Adams AKA LilyCat

On Sunday, March 18th from 12-2pm, join Left Coast Writers® Live on FCCFREE RADIO’s popular show, Lilycat on Stuff. Lilycat’s guest on Sunday will be Chris Cornell. 

Chris Cornell’s short fiction has appeared in Penumbra magazine, The City of the Future, Another 100 Horrors and other anthologies. He is a co-host of the Unreliable Narrators podcast and the writer and producer of the audio drama, E’ville.

In Abandoned Places, twenty-one writers embark on a tour of the lonely, the rejected and the uninhabited. This anthology of short genre fiction co-edited by Chris Cornell features stories of science fiction, fantasy and horror by rising new authors and classic tales by Ray Bradbury, Dashiell Hammett, Edgar Allen Poe and M. R. James. (more…)

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Book Party: Abandoned Places with Editor Chris Cornell đź—“

LEFT COAST WRITERS FERRY PLAZA BOOK PARTY: Abandoned Places, with Editor Chris Cornell

Chris Cornell

Monday, March 12th, 2018 || 6pm Book Passage || San Francisco 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco ||www.bookpassage.com

Join us on Monday night for an evening with editor Chris Cornell.

In Abandoned Places, twenty-one writers embark on a tour of the lonely, the rejected and the uninhabited. This anthology of short genre fiction co-edited by Chris Cornell features stories of science fiction, fantasy and horror by rising new authors and classic tales by Ray Bradbury, Dashiell Hammett, Edgar Allen Poe and M. R. James. (more…)

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