Monday, June 1, 2009 || 7pm || Christi Phillips, Author of The Devlin Diary and The Rossetti Letter Book Passage – Corte Madera 51 Tamal Vista Dr., Corte Madera Christi Phillips will discuss the research and creation of her popular novels. She is the author of The Rossetti Letter, which has been translated into six foreign languages. Her research combines a few of her favorite things: old books, libraries, and travel. When she’s not rummaging around in an archive or exploring the historic heart of a European city, she lives with her husband in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she is at work on her next novel, set in France. Christi’s new book, The Devlin Diary is a dazzling novel of intrigue, passion, and royal secrets that shifts tantalizingly between Restoration-era London and present-day Cambridge. A suspenseful and richly satisfying tale brimming with sharply observed historical detail, The Devlin Diary brings past and present to vivid life. With wit and grace, Christi Phillips holds readers spellbound with an extraordinary novel of secrets, obsession, and the haunting power of the past.
Monday, January 5, 2009 || 7pm || Camille Cusumano, Author of Tango, an Argentine Love Story Book Passage – Corte Madera 51 Tamal Vista Dr., Corte Madera Please join us in a scintillating start for the New Year at the first Left Coast Writers Literary Salon of 2009! Camille Cusumano will light up the evening with a talk about her love of literature and her passion for tango. Camille has even promised a short tango demonstration. You may bring guests to this event. After all, they say it takes two … Camille Cusumano has written on food, fitness, and travel for more than 20 years, and recently on dance and yoga. She was an editor at VIA Magazine for 17 years. Her work has appeared in many publications, including Islands, Country Living, the San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Times, Christian Science Monitor, the New York Times, Yoga Journal, and the Washington Post. Her cookbook credits include The New Foods (Henry Holt), America Loves Salads (Literary Guild), Rodale’s Basic Natural Foods Cookbook (co-written with Carol Munson, Editor Charles Gerras), and Tofu, Tempeh, and Other Soy Delights (Rodale). Her novel, The Last Cannoli (Legas, 2000) was inspired by her growing up in a large Sicilian American family. The book, wrote former San Francisco Poet Laureate Lawrence Ferlinghetti, “attests to the power of storytelling to hold life together through all its diasporas.” She has contributed essays to travel anthologies and is the editor of the anthology series: France, a Love Story, Italy, a Love Story, Mexico, a Love Story, and Greece, a Love Story, all published by Seal Press, Emeryville, Calif.
Monday, April 13, 2009 || 5:30pm || Reading: Intoxicating Ideas Book Passage – Ferry Plaza Ferry Plaza, San Francisco On the second Monday of every month Left Coast Writers read from their favorite work. Colette Obrien hosts. This month: Intoxicating Ideas Readers so far: Please contact us (email@example.com) to sign up to read.
Monday, November 9, 2009 || 5:30pm || Reading: On the Soapbox Book Passage – Ferry Plaza Ferry Plaza, San Francisco On the second Monday of every month Left Coast Writers read from their favorite work. Colette Obrien hosts. This month: On the Soapbox Readers so far: Please contact us (firstname.lastname@example.org) to sign up to read.
In this time of great international misunderstanding, many things are “lost in translation.” Join us for an exciting and truly enlightening evening as Niloufar Talebi shares her concept of belonging.
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 || 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.”