COVERING THE BASES: Writers on Baseball Thursday, May 12, 2011 || 7pm Double Play Bar and Grill 2401 – 16th Street (@ Bryant) San Francisco, CA 94103 (415) 621-9859 This is so cool: Five writers and a photographer will cover the bases at a special night of baseball literature at San Francisco’s iconic Double Play Bar and Grill. The evening will feature classic sportswriting, fiction, memoir and poetry, all related to America’s pastime. The writers are: Dan Fost author of “Giants Past and Present” (MVP Books), James J. Patterson, author of “Bermuda Shorts” (Alan Squire Publishing), Steve Hermanos, author of “O Gigantic Victory! Baseball Poems: The 2010 Championship Season,” and Aaron Pribble, author of “Pitching in the Promised Land: A Story of the First and Only Season in the Israel Baseball League” (University of Nebraska Press), along with Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Deanne Fitzmaurice, who took the pictures for “Freak Season: Behind the Scenes with San Francisco Giants Pitcher Tim Lincecum from Spring Training to the World Series” (K&D Photography). Special guest Todd Lappin will tell the story of his search for the location of home plate from Seals Stadium – right across the street from the Double Play. The writers will read from their work at San Francisco’s legendary Double Play Bar and Grill at 7 pm, Thursday, May 12. The Double Play is across from the Potrero Hill shopping center that used to be Seals Stadium, and the bar features a small-scale replica of the beloved old ballpark. Double Play Bar & Grill 2401 – 16th Street (@ Bryant) San Francisco, CA 94103 (415) 621-9859 See you there!
LEFT COAST WRITERS LITERARY SALON: James J. Patterson, noted musician, Co-Founder of Alan Squire Publishing and Author of Bermuda Shorts Monday, May 2, 2011 || 7pm Book Passage || Corte Madera 51 Tamal Vista Drive, Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com We’re ecstatic about a VERY SPECIAL guest publisher and author visiting from Washington D.C. and hope you will join us for a lively evening of humor and celebration. In honor of James Patterson’s visit, we will be opening the salon to your special guests … just let us know (firstname.lastname@example.org) who you want to add to the guest list. James J. Patterson grew up with a foot planted in each of two worlds — one in Washington DC, the Capital of the Empire as he calls it, and one in rural Ontario, where his Canadian mother insisted the family spend their summers. His father, one of the wizards of 20th Century newspaper publishing, introduced him to the city’s wheels of money and power, which he would later navigate as an entrepreneur, starting his first business at 20. But those Canadian summers introduced him to a different world – one where a cedar strip boat was better than any car, and where the ghosts of those who’d previously inhabited the family’s island house floated out over the water of Lovesick Lake. It is those two worlds that blend in Bermuda Shorts, a collection on what it means to be a man, an artist, an iconoclast, a patriot, and a lover, as the 20th Century rolls over into the 21st. In clothing, Bermuda Shorts are casual formal wear – and in this collection of essays, Bermuda Shorts is the perfect metaphor for James J. Patterson’s fundamentally serious but playful literary style. Patterson writes like the love child of Henry Miller and Mary Karr, with all the contradictions that implies —a philosopher who thinks best over a glass of fine wine; an ex-Catholic still haunted by the image of the Crucifixion; an irreverent political satirist whose patriotism flies the flag of another iconoclast, Thomas Paine. A life long student of history, philosophy and politics, Patterson has managed country bands, delivered newspapers, adapted Sherlock Holmes short stories for radio plays, and published a highly regarded sports magazine. As a singer-songwriter, Patterson was half of the political satire folk music duo, The Pheromones, one of the first acts to be featured on MTV and one of the last bands to play on American Bandstand. With the Pheromones, he toured the US for over fifteen years. Alan Squire Publishing (Patterson’s independent press) also published Oakland author Joanna Biggar (That Paris Year). Trust us: You will NOT want to miss this evening.
Visiting Author/Publisher James J. Patterson will be speaking and reading at a number of special events while he is in the San Francisco/Bay Area. Left Coast Writers is a participating organizer of many of these events and will be providing refreshments. We are posting his entire schedule in the hope that you will be able to join us at some of these occasions. Thursday, April 28th, 2011 @5:30pm Towne Center Books w/Joanna Biggar author of That Paris Year 555 Main Street, Pleasanton, CA 925 846 8826 Monday, May 2, 2011 @7pm Book Passage w/Left Coast Writers Literary Salon 51 Tamal Vista Blvd. Corte Madera, CA 94929 415 927 0960 Left Coast Writers and Invitation only Wednesday, May 4, 2011 @7pm A Great Good Place for Books w/Joanna Biggar 6120 LaSalle Avenue Oakland, CA 94611 510 339 8210 Friday, May 6, 2011 @7pm Friends of Left Coast Writers Salon Sonoma, CA Invitation only Saturday, May 7, 2011 @7pm Friends of Left Coast Writers Salon Oakland, CA Invitation only Monday, May 9, 2011 @6pm Book Passage/Left Coast Writers w/Joanna Biggar 1 Ferry Building San Francisco, CA 94111 415 835 1200 Tuesday, May 10, 2011 @7:30pm The Booksmith w/Linda Watanabe McFerrin & Joanna Biggar 1644 Haight Street San Francisco, CA 94117 415 863 8688 http://www.booksmith.com/event Thursday, May 12, 2011 @7pm The Double Play Sports Bar & Restaurant w/Dan Fost, Jason Turbow, Steve Hermanos, and Aaron Pribble 2401 16th Street “The Mission” San Francisco, CA 94103 415 621 9859