LEFT COAST WRITERS LITERARY SALON: Dick Jordan, Author and Director of Cuba Libre Monday, December 5th, 2016 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com Dick Jordan grew up in Seattle, Washington. At age 7, he donned a suit and tie, climbed aboard a United Airlines DC-6, and took his first big trip: Up to Vancouver, British Columbia, for the day, back to Seattle the same evening by train. As a teenager at the end of the heyday of U.S. passenger train travel, he rode the rails to and from Miami Beach. In between these two “Big City Trips”, he learned to appreciate the outdoor wonders of the West by joining the quintessential “F Troop” of the Boy Scouts and camping in the rain and mud of Western Washington. His service in the U.S. Air Force took him to Texas, Indiana, and the Far East. Along the way he spent nine months
After joining other travel writers on Saturday, October 8th, to read travel stories at Rebound Bookstore during the Litquake San Rafael event (https://litquakesanrafael2016.sched.org/event/7oyK/characters-i-have-met-on-the-road), LCW member Dick Jordan will head to Benicia to see his short spy spoof film, “The White Bag” (Trailer:https://vimeo.com/131799226), screen at 2 p.m. at the North Bay Art and Film Festival. “”The White Bag” came out of a class project at the Community Media Center of Marin (cmcm.tv) and aired last year on MarinTV. Dick plays himself as the “Ace of Spies” tasked with
LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK PARTY: Bill Zarchy, Author of Showdown at Shinagawa: Tales of Filming from Bombay to Brazil Saturday, October 8th, 2016 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com Showdown at Shinagawa is more than a travel memoir. It is also a book about the film and video industry, a workaday account of doing business in a myriad of locations across the U.S. and around the world. Where many travel narratives detail searches for interesting encounters, environments, and experiences, Showdown at Shinagawa tells of going places with an agenda–a job to do, a crew to hire, a production to shoot. Unlike tourists visiting to see the sights or seek enlightenment, the author and his colleagues deal with the locals in substantive ways, and the results are often poignant,
On Sunday, September 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 Bill Zarchy. Bill Zarchy is a writer and teacher and recently retired director of photography in San Francisco. He has shot film and video projects in 30 countries and 40 states, including three former presidents for the Emmy-winning West Wing Documentary Special, the Grammy-winning Please Hammer Don’t Hurt ‘Em, feature films Conceiving Ada and Read You Like A Book, PBS science series Closer to Truth, musical performances as diverse as the Grateful Dead, Weird Al Yankovic, and Wagner’s Ring Cycle, and countless high-end projects for technology and medical companies. His tales from the road, personal essays, and technical articles have appeared in Travelers’ Tales and Chicken Soup for the Soul anthologies, theSan Francisco Chronicle and other newspapers, and American Cinematographer, Emmy, and other trade magazines. His stories have won eight silver and bronze certificates in the Annual Solas Awards for Travel Writing. Bill’s first book, Showdown at Shinagawa: Tales of Filming from Bombay to Brazil, chronicles his work and travels in the unpredictable, sometimes dark, often comical world of the film and video business.
LEFT COAST WRITERS LITERARY SALON: Debbie Goelz, Ex-film exec, Author of Mermaids and the Vampires Who Love Them and Wattpad Star Monday, April 4th, 2016 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com Be sure to join us this month and perhaps invite a literary pal as Debbie Goelz introduces everyone to Wattpad, an online and app-based platform that blends social media and storytelling. Sometimes called the “YouTube” of writing, Wattpad connects readers and writers all over the planet. Wattpad is changing the world of publishing by giving authors the opportunity to reach a readership and develop a platform. Margaret Atwood, an early proponent of Wattpad says, “Wattpad opens the doors and enlarges the view in places where the doors are closed and the view is restricted. And somewhere out there in Wattpadland, a new generation is testing its wings.” Debbie’s work became an almost instant Wattpad sensation with over 6.5 million reads on her stories to date. Debbie Goelz is a refugee from Hollywood where she served for ten years as a financial executive for such companies as Universal Pictures, Dino de Laurentiis and Jim Henson Productions. During her last position as the Vice President of Finance for Jim Henson Productions she met her future husband. Her film career began and ended with her puppeteering a chicken during the closing scene in Muppet Treasure Island.