LEFT COAST WRITERS FERRY PLAZA BOOK PARTY: Ivan Light, Author of Deadly Secret of the Lusitania Monday, January 11th, 2016 || 6pm Book Passage || San Francisco 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco ||www.bookpassage.com In 1915, a German U-Boat sank the British passenger liner Lusitania. Many Americans, including women and children, were among the 1,200 dead, so the crime caused a storm of protest in America, and helped plunge the U.S. into World War I. In this gripping novel, an insurance investigator and his fiancée help a murdered longshoreman s widow who’s been unjustly denied her husband s life insurance. Finding themselves in possession of documents detailing the Lusitania s secret cargo, the couple are targeted by German and British spies, Irish republicans, a rogue socialist, and the newly-formed FBI, all wanting to use the suppressed material for their own purposes. Ivan Light is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles. The author of seven books, he received the Distinguished Career Award from the International Migration Section of the American Sociological Association in 2000 in recognition of his pioneering publications dealing with immigrant and ethnic minority entrepreneurship. His Deflecting Immigration received the American
LEFT COAST WRITERS LITERARY SALON: Patricia Bracewell, author of Shadow on the Crown and The Price of Blood Monday, March 2nd, 2015 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com We hope all of you will come out for this very special event. Our beloved Roadwork editor, Patricia Bracewell, will be speaking about her experience writing historical fiction. Her first novel, Shadow on the Crown (Viking, 2012), was very well received and critically acclaimed and her newest novel, The Price of Blood (Viking, 2015) looks like it will be another hit. Patricia will be discussing the research that goes into writing such novels, how much to fabricate and how much to keep to the facts, and other problems one might face when writing fact-based fiction. Patricia Bracewell is a native of California where she taught literature and composition before embarking on her writing career. A lifelong fascination with British history and a chance, on-line reference to an unfamiliar English queen led to years of research, a
LEFT COAST WRITERS FERRY PLAZA BOOK PARTY: Driven to Rage by Carol Sheldon Monday, July 8th, 2013 || 6pm Book Passage || San Francisco 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco ||www.bookpassage.com There’s a brand new page-turner from Carol Sheldon! Following up her recent historical fiction novel Mother Lode, Driven to Rage is also set in the early 1900s in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. This new novel focuses on a labor struggle between copper miners and mine owners that couldn’t care less about the lives or safety of their employees. The story follows a family divided by the issue and contains love, betrayal, and murder. If this sounds as interesting to you as it does to us, you should definitely come and see the author, Carol Sheldon at this book party. “Award-winning author Carol Sheldon’s historical novel Driven to Rage explodes with tension. You’ll recognize characters in this copper mining town, including Sheriff Earl Foster from the riveting Mother Lode. How we suffer, struggling with lust, loyalty and tolerance. Driven to Rage is powerfully moving; Sheldon is a master storyteller of relationships. Reminiscent of
There are already great reviews coming in for Gillian Bagwell’s newest book, Venus in Winter. Gillian, as you will surely remember, is our July LCW Salon Presenter. She’ll also be using her background in theater to share tips on literary presentation and reading skills. This most recent praise comes from RT Book Reviews, which gave it 4 stars! “Bagwell’s third novel is an engrossing look at a powerful woman in English history. Spanning age 12 through 40, the story moves at a nice pace through the life of four-time widow Bess of Hardwick. With the book’s rich descriptions, readers will feel as if they are right there among the pomp and circumstance of 1500s England, as Bess finds herself thrust into the glamorous, yet treacherous, court life of King Henry VIII. As Bess navigates her rise through society and secures her place in history, Venus in Winter becomes a worthy epic novel.” —RT book Reviews We are looking forward to this riveting new historical fiction novel from Gillian and so should you! Please share this post, and if you are not already a member of Left Coast Writers sign up today right here!
LEFT COAST WRITERS LITERARY SALON: Gillian Bagwell, author of The Darling Strumpet, The September Queen, and the new Venus in Winter Monday, July 1st, 2013 || 7pm Book Passage || Corte Madera 51 Tamal Vista Drive, Corte Madera ||www.bookpassage.com Come and hear from the wonderfully talented and critically acclaimed author of historical fiction, Gillian Bagwell. She has written several books in the genre of historical fiction, centering around British royalty. Her latest novel, Venus in Winter, focuses on Bess of Hardwick, the four-times widowed noble whose power was second only to Queen Elizabeth. Gillian, whose background includes a stint as artistic director of the Pasadena Shakespeare Company, will be sharing tips on how to improve your readings and stage presence.
LEFT COAST WRITERS LITERARY SALON: Patricia Bracewell, author of Shadow on the Crown Monday, April 1st, 2013 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com We hope all of you will come out for this very special event. Our beloved Roadwork editor, Patricia Bracewell, will be speaking about her experience writing historical fiction. Her recently released novel, Shadow on the Crown (Viking, 2012), has been very well received and critically acclaimed. Patricia will be discussing the research that goes into writing such a novel, how much to fabricate and how much to keep to the facts, and other problems one may face when writing fact-based fiction. Patricia Bracewell is a native of California where she taught literature and composition
BOOK LAUNCH: Shadow on the Crown, by Patricia Bracewell Thursday, February 7th, 2012 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com We hope all of you will come out for this very special event. Our beloved Roadwork editor, Patricia Bracewell, will be celebrating the launch of her much praised and eagerly awaited novel, Shadow on the Crown (Viking, 2012). Come hear about Emma, the fifteen-year-old newly crowned Queen of England. She came from Normandy and met her husband-to-be, the much older King Athelred, just minutes before their wedding. But this clever 11th century girl takes it in stride and braves her challenging new role amongst rivals, enemies and the all-too-present threat of a Viking invasion. Come take this adventure with us and hear about the history-inspired tale of Emma of Normandy.We will be serving mead, of course, and other wonderful period treats.