Literary Salon: Javier Zamora, Author of Unaccompanied, with intro by Rebecca Foust đź—“

LEFT COAST WRITERS LITERARY SALON: Javier Zamora, Author of Unaccompanied, with intro by Rebecca Foust

Javier Zamora

Monday, December 4th, 2017 || 7pm
Book Passage-Corte Madera || 51 Tamal Vista Dr.
Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com

Javier Zamora’s debut poetry collection, Unaccompanied, chronicles his harrowing migration from El Salvador to the United States following the Salvadoran Civil War. And while his poems tell the particular story of the U.S.-backed violence that ravaged Central America during the 1980s, their meditations on familial loss at the hands of state violence and forced migration couldn’t be more timely or crucial.

A reading will be followed by a conversation led by Zamora’s former teacher and mentor, Marin County Poet Laureate Rebecca Foust. This event is free and open to the public and refreshments (beer and pupusas!) will be served. (more…)

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Left Coast Writers Poetry: Albert Flynn DeSilver đź—“

Left Coast Writers Poetry:  Albert Flynn DeSilver, Author of Writing as a Path to Awakening

Albert Flynn DeSilver

Kawika’s Ocean Beach Deli
734 La Playa St, San Francisco, CA 94121
Sunday, December 3rd from 5pm-7:15pm

Join a featured LCW poet at the First Sunday of the Month Happy Hour Poetry series at Kawika’s Ocean Beach Deli. Our featured poet’s reading is followed by an open mic for other poets to share original work, or even just to read favorite poems aloud. Happy Hour starts at 5pm, and after our featured poet reads for 30 minutes, open mic (three minutes per poet) goes until 7:15 pm. Celebrate creativity and poets while supporting a local, community-oriented, and family owned business! Enjoy $1 off your sandwich with the purchase of a glass of wine or bubbly! Up in December is Albert Flynn DeSilver.

Albert Flynn DeSilver is an American poet, memoirist, novelist, speaker, and workshop leader. He received a BFA in photography from the University of Colorado in 1991 and an MFA in New Genres from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1995. His work has appeared in more than 100 literary journals worldwide including ZYZZYVA, New American Writing, Hanging Loose, Jubilat, Exquisite Corpse, Jacket (Australia), Poetry Kanto (Japan), Van Gogh’s Ear (France), and many others. He is the author of several books of poems and the memoir Beamish Boy, which Kirkus Reviews called “a beautifully written memoir. . .poignant and inspirational.” Albert taught as a California Poet in the Schools for more than a decade working with thousands of children throughout Northern California and beyond. He also served as Marin County, California’s very first Poet Laureate and has shared the stage with U. S. Poet Laureate Kay Ryan, Bestselling authors’ Maxine Hong Kingston, Cheryl Strayed, Elizabeth Gilbert, Legendary Beat poet Michael McClure, and many others. (more…)

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Left Coast Writers® Live: Audrey and David Fielding 🗓

Melinda Adams AKA LilyCat

On Sunday, November 19th from 12-2pm, join Left Coast Writers® Live on FCCFREE RADIO’s popular show, Lilycat on Stuff. Lilycat’s guests on Sunday will be Audrey and David Fielding. 

Audrey Fielding was born in Bristol, Connecticut. She served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Cuzco, Peru from 1964 to 1966 and taught at Lincoln International School and Costa Rica Academy in San Jose, Costa Rica from 1971 to 1975. For more than twenty years, she was a San Francisco educator. She began studying Italian in Perugia, Italy in 1992. In 2003 on her way to work as an educational consultant in Namibia, she met, by chance, an Italian woman from southern Puglia in the Rome airport. And thus began a long time love affair with Salento, the tip of the heel of Italy’s boot, that led to friendship with two more Salento school teachers. In 2006, Audrey and her husband David, a lawyer turned artist, along with their three Italian friends, began a collaborative writing project that has culminated in the publishing of the book, Salento By 5: five authors, five different views of a relatively unknown part of Italy so far to the east that it is often left off the map. Audrey has always been intrigued by the untold stories of people who live differently in the world. (more…)

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Book Launch: A Sleuth at the Haven by Carol Sheldon đź—“

LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK LAUNCH: A Sleuth in The Haven by Carol Sheldon

Carol Sheldon

Saturday, November 11th, 2017 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com

Carol Sheldon is back! She’s returning with a new book, A Sleuth in the Haven. 

This novel follows journalist Gwen Harris through another series of frightening experiences. Bizarre and fatal events threaten the residents of The Haven as Gwen tries to track down the attacker at her aunt’s retirement home. Captured by ex-convict Sonny, she is forced to help him plot revenge against his sister, who let him take the fall for a murder during their bootlegging days. Gwen must use her ingenuity and wits to match the tortured and unpredictable demands of her adversary. With unexpected twists, this second in the Gwen Harris series takes the reader back to the days of (more…)

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Book Party: Salento by Five by Audrey Fielding đź—“

LEFT COAST WRITERS FERRY PLAZA BOOK PARTY: Salento by Five: Friendship, Food, Music, and Travel Within the Heel of Italy’s Boot by Audrey Fielding

Audrey Fielding

Wednesday, November 8th, 2017 || 6pm Book Passage || San Francisco 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco ||www.bookpassage.com

Also, a little early in November, join us “in Italy” for an evening with Audrey Fielding, not on Monday, but on Wednesday eve at Book Passage in San Francisco.

Salento by 5 is a collection of richly woven Italian stories, written by three local Italians and two American travelers. A friendship begins in the Rome airport, migrates to Salento, the southernmost Italian region of Puglia, blossoms over food and wine, and culminates in a narrative filled with nostalgic and personal recollections of Salento’s unique history, culture, and people. Enjoy the book’s watercolor sketches, the local recipes, and off-the-beaten path travel hints that only the Salento by 5 authors can provide. Whether you are an armchair traveler or looking for a new Italian adventure in a not so well known region, Salento by 5 has a little something for everyone.

Audrey Fielding was born in Bristol, Connecticut. She served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Cuzco, Peru from 1964 to 1966 and taught at Lincoln International School and Costa Rica Academy in San Jose, Costa Rica from 1971 to 1975. For more than twenty years, she was a San Francisco educator. She began studying Italian in Perugia, Italy in (more…)

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Literary Salon: Albert Flynn DeSilver … in Sausalito! đź—“

LEFT COAST WRITERS LITERARY SALON: Albert Flynn DeSilver, Author of Writing as a Path to Awakening

Albert Flynn DeSilver

Monday, November 6th, 2017 || 7pm
Book Passage-Sausalito|| 100 Bay St, Sausalito, CA ||
www.bookpassage.com

This is a very special event! We meet on the first Monday in November at Book Passage in Sausalito! Our speaker is Albert Flynn DeSilver, whose been a member and is a long-time Left Coast Writers favorite. There is Book Passage dedicated parking close to the store.

Albert Flynn DeSilver is an American poet, memoirist, novelist, speaker, and workshop leader. He received a BFA in photography from the University of Colorado in 1991 and an MFA in New Genres from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1995. His work has appeared in more than 100 literary journals worldwide including ZYZZYVA, New American Writing, Hanging Loose, Jubilat, Exquisite Corpse, Jacket (Australia), Poetry Kanto (Japan), Van Gogh’s Ear (France), and many others. He is the author of several books of poems and the memoir Beamish Boy, which Kirkus Reviews called “a beautifully written memoir. . .poignant and inspirational.” Albert taught as a California Poet in the Schools for more than a decade working with thousands of children throughout Northern California and beyond. He also served as Marin County, California’s very first Poet Laureate

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Left Coast Writers Poetry: Donna Fado Ivery đź—“

Left Coast Writers Poetry:  Donna Fado Ivery, Author of Spirit Journey to Healing

Donna Fado Ivery

Kawika’s Ocean Beach Deli
734 La Playa St, San Francisco, CA 94121
Sunday, November 5th from 5pm-7:15pm

Join a featured LCW poet at the First Sunday of the Month Happy Hour Poetry series at Kawika’s Ocean Beach Deli. Our featured poet’s reading is followed by an open mic for other poets to share original work, or even just to read favorite poems aloud. Happy Hour starts at 4:30pm, and after our featured poet reads for 30 minutes, open mic (three minutes per poet) goes until 7:15 pm. Celebrate creativity and poets while supporting a local, community-oriented, and family owned business! Up in November is Donna Fado Ivery.

Donna Fado Ivery is a minister, speaker, writer, and painter dedicated to the art of healing. No longer able to pastor after a disabling brain injury in 1994, for seventeen years she used a wheelchair, cane, and narcotics in order to get around. Now she walks freely without any of these supports. Her poetry—some of which is included in her memoir, Spirit Journey to Healing—traces her journey through brain injury and her reliance on Spirit’s ability to lead and heal. A graduate of the University of California at Davis (Bachelor of Science in the Applied Behavioral Sciences: Organizational and Community Development) and Boston University School of Theology (Masters of Divinity: Biblical and Historical Studies), she has pastored three United Methodist Churches and lectured across the U.S.

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Left Coast Writers® Live: Barbara Ridley 🗓

Melinda Adams AKA LilyCat

On Sunday, October 15th from 12-2pm, join Left Coast Writers® Live on FCCFREE RADIO’s popular show, Lilycat on Stuff. Lilycat’s guest on Sunday will be Barbara Ridley. 

Barbara Ridley is a writer living in the San Francisco Bay Area.  She is the author of When It’s Over, a literary novel set in Europe in World War II, to be published by She Writes Press in September 2017.

Originally from London, U.K., she has lived in California for over 35 years. She loves the San Francisco Bay Area which is now her home, and likes to spend as much time as she can in the great outdoors.

She was born in London and grew up in a tiny village in Sussex. She attended the University of Sussex and then the North London School of Nursing. She worked for over 30 years as a nurse and then a nurse practitioner, specializing in the care of adults with physical disabilities. She has now retired from her day job and is focusing on her writing. She lives in the East Bay with her partner and their West Highland terrier MacDuff.

When It’s Over is a literary novel set in England during World War II. Lena is a young Czech Jewish woman who manages to reach England and join a group of refugees staying in a small village in Sussex, where they are

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Book Launch: When it’s Over by Barbara Ridley đź—“

LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK LAUNCH: Barbara Ridley, Author of When It’s Over

Barbara Ridley

Saturday, October 14th, 2017 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com

Love, history and uplifting spirit will be the focus of Barbara Ridley’s much anticipated talk at Book Passage on Saturday night, October 14th.

When It’s Over is a literary novel set in England during World War II. Lena is a young Czech Jewish woman who manages to reach England and join a group of refugees staying in a small village in Sussex, where they are sponsored by an eccentric upper-class, left-wing English family. As the war progresses, Lena is torn between her attraction to Milton, the landlady’s son, and her loyalty to fellow refugee Otto. She tries to keep hope alive in the face of frightening news reports on the fate of Jews in Nazi-occupied Europe, while Milton is caught up in the political movement that leads to the defeat of Churchill’s Tory Party in 1945, ushering in Britain’s first viable Labour Government.

When It’s Over deals with universal themes of optimism versus pessimism, hope and denial, and the assimilation of immigrants during a time of social upheaval. Although it is a work of fiction, it is based on Barbara’s late mother’s experience as a refugee in the 1940’s. (more…)

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Book Party: Places in Time by Maxine Rose Schur đź—“

LEFT COAST WRITERS FERRY PLAZA BOOK PARTY: Places in Time by Maxine Rose Schur

Maxine Rose Schur

Monday, October 9th, 2017 || 6pm Book Passage || San Francisco 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco ||www.bookpassage.com

If you love to travel or read well written tales of travel, you’re sure to enjoy and evening with Maxine Rose Schur and a look into her adventures. We hope you’ll drop by and celebrate the magic of a voyage bravely taken and the magic of a story well told. This event is open to the public, so please spread the word!

“Appealingly graceful …Schur is gentle and generous, opening herself to the mystery of others and amply rewarded for the effort.” San Francisco Chronicle“The author’s reflections on her life-changing journey more than thirty years later are the subject of this remarkable book. Schur’s determination “not merely to observe, but to accept, even integrate” with other cultures distinguishes this essay collection from most travel memoirs. More than just a collection of travel stories, Places in Time is a celebration of rural life and the healing power of community.”—Foreword Magazine

“Writing with so much humor, suspense and wisdom …This is what travel memoirs should be and so seldom are. “– San Francisco Chronicle.

Maxine Rose Schur is a children’s book author and travel journalist. Her essays have appeared in numerous (more…)

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