LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK LAUNCH: Oracle of the Song by Gail Strickland with Peter S. Beagle Saturday, December 9th, 2017 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera || 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com Join us on December 11th for an evening with Gail Strickland and Peter S. Beagle. In Oracle of the Song, determined to save her best friend Sophia, Thaleia—the young Oracle of Delphi—descends into the Underworld, a forbidden land from which none escape. But does Sophia want to be saved? If so, why does she trick Thaleia to drink from the River of Forgetfulness, so she no longer knows the reason she descended into Hades’ Realm? Thaleia prays for the gods’ help. Instead of their guidance, she encounters Hades’ rage and Athena’s jealous fury. Always, the gods defy her.
LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK LAUNCH: A Sleuth in The Haven by 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
LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK LAUNCH: Barbara Ridley, Author of When It’s Over 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.
LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK LAUNCH: Venetian Blood: Murder in a Sensuous City by Christine Volker Saturday, September 9th, 2017 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com Venice, mystery, seduction—we invite you to an intriguing evening with novelist Christine Volker. Struggling to forget a crumbling marriage, forty-year-old Anna Lucia Lottol comes to Venice to visit an old friend―but instead of finding solace, she is dragged into the police station and accused of murdering a money-laundering count with whom she had a brief affair. A US Treasury officer with brains and athleticism, Anna fights to clear her name in a seductive city full of watery illusions. As she works to pry information from a cast of recalcitrant characters sometimes denying what she sees and hears, she succeeds in unleashing a powerful foe bent on destroying her. Will she save herself and vanquish her enemies, including her darkest fears? A mysterious tapestry of murder, betrayal, and family, Venetian Blood is a story of one woman’s brave quest for the truth ―before it’s too late.
LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK LAUNCH: Your Crocodile Has Arrived: More true stories from a curious traveler by Laurie McAndish King Saturday, August 19th, 2017 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com This should be a fascinating evening! Whether your taste runs to crocodiles or chocolate, ancient relics or flying saucers, you’re sure to find entertainment and illumination in Your Crocodile Has Arrived: More true stories from a curious traveler, a collection of 21 true stories from an award-winning author. Join in as she makes a pilgrimage to see a 2,500-year-old tooth, receives a full-body chocolate massage, checks out 20-foot-long earthworms, participates in a shamanic ayahuasca ritual, and learns the secrets of alien spaceship propulsion from an Ivy-League astrophysicist. Laurie McAndish King’s award-winning essays and photography have
LEFT COAST WRITERS FERRY PLAZA BOOK PARTY: Living Love, the Yoga of Yama & Niyama: Timeless Teachings for Transformation and Awakening by Megan Nolan Monday, August 14th, 2017 || 6pm Book Passage || San Francisco 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco ||www.bookpassage.com Living Love explores the ancient teachings of yoga that assist with living in the world and facing life’s difficulties. This book leads you through processes that can help you shift negative beliefs and thought patterns, transform your relationship with yourself and others and ultimately your life. A unique blend of the ancient teachings of yoga, the Yama and Niyama of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, and modern psychology. It offers teachings for happiness, compassion, self-love, and self-realization. It gives simple practices that can resolve, solve, clarify, heal, purify, fend off confusion, dispel error and light your way into developing a deeper connection with your true divine nature. Living Love is a practical guide to living a deep and fulfilling life that will move you towards awakening to the deepest love within you.
LEFT COAST WRITERS FERRY PLAZA BOOK PARTY: Mother Earth: Three Couples by Tommie Whitener Monday, July 10th, 2017 || 6pm Book Passage || San Francisco 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco ||www.bookpassage.com When Alex, Roberta and Marie signed up for a series of personal development retreats in the redwoods of Northern California they had no idea how much “development” they were going to experience. Neither they nor their unsuspecting spouses were fully prepared for the ensuing personal and marital reassessment, stock-taking and value adjustment. The three of them and their marriages were dramatically, sometimes with much stress and drama, transformed. Not every marriage survived. Tommie W. Whitener has practiced Family Law in Marin County and the Bay Area for more than forty-five years and is now putting some of the knowledge of people and relationships gained during that time to work in his new career as a writer. In addition to his just published debut novel he is at work on a collection of short stories and memoirs to be published later this year and a volume of historical fiction concerning two generations of his Arkansas farmer ancestors. He lives in Novato with his wife Svetlana, who is a life coach, although he is often found in Seattle with new grandchildren and in his beloved Los Angeles, where he grew up.
LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK LAUNCH: Colored Edges by Sharon Skolnick-Bagnoli Saturday, July 8th, 2017 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com Colored Edges traces the stages of word artist Iris Miller’s quest for inner peace and world peace. At first obsessed with mirror images of celebrity, she finally harnesses her own power. Inherited wounds, heart connections, and color healing entwine to weave a Möbius carpet she learns to ride on spectral waves across the globe. Sharon Ruth Skolnick-Bagnoli is a visual and word artist who works as a magazine art director, graphic designer, and editor. She grew up in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Fairfax County, Virginia, and Baltimore, Maryland, and earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial design from New York City’s Pratt Institute and a master’s degree in educational technology from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She has written fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, authoring three published books: a novel, Colored Edges (2014), a collection of poetry and art, Shiny Objects (2009), and a nonfiction regional history, Dreams of Tamalpais (1989). Sharon married project manager and videographer Bruce Bagnoli in 2004. Their studio, Visigraf Communications
LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK LAUNCH: Surviving the Storm: A Workbook for Telling Your Cancer Story by Cheryl Krauter Saturday, June 10th, 2017 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com Surviving the Storm presents a humanistic psychological perspective on how to support cancer survivors by offering an individualized narrative structure designed to help them tell their stories. This is a book for people who need to tell the story of how they’ve been touched by cancer. It doesn’t tell what to eat, or how much to exercise, or what to think and feel. Instead, it introduces a contemplative perspective and gives readers a pragmatic structure to help them tell their unique story of surviving or living with cancer. It helps them discover their authentic voice, giving them a way to speak in their own words. Workbook sections are the core of this book and offer a narrative structure created for patients, partners, families, and friends with an emphasis on the different needs and questions of each group. … Included are definitions of the different phases of cancer survivorship, material that gives survivors a viewpoint that normalizes the challenges they face, and current research and literature. Personal stories of cancer survivors are highlighted, and poetry and writings related to cancer are interspersed throughout the book to
LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK LAUNCH: Filling Her Shoes: A Love Story of an Inherited Family by Betsy Graziani Fasbinder Saturday, May 13th, 2017 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com On the day that she decided to marry a widower―also a long-time friend―Betsy Graziani Fasbinder knew that she wasn’t only gaining a husband, she was inheriting a son. Unlike many stepmothers, Betsy didn’t have to struggle with an ex, or court battles, or the weekend shuffle between houses―but she did have to navigate living in the shadow of a young mother taken too soon, to honor the memory of her son’s first mother, and to become the kind of parent and partner she herself wanted to be. Over time this family would learn how love’s roots were formed in their shared losses, and how the new family love and joy they created together would become the richest kind of inheritance. Betsy Graziani Fasbinder became a second wife when she married a widower with a young son. Their family