LEFT COAST WRITERS LITERARY SALON: Javier Zamora, Author of Unaccompanied, with intro by Rebecca Foust Monday, December 4th, 2017 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera || 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com Javier Zamora’s debut poetry collection, Unaccompanied, chronicles his harrowing migration from El Salvador to the United States following the Salvadoran Civil War. And while his poems tell the particular story of the U.S.-backed violence that ravaged Central America during the 1980s, their meditations on familial loss at the hands of state violence and forced migration couldn’t be more timely or crucial. A reading will be followed by a conversation led by Zamora’s former teacher and mentor, Marin County Poet Laureate Rebecca Foust. This event is free and open to the public and refreshments (beer and pupusas!) will be served.
LEFT COAST WRITERS LITERARY SALON: Albert Flynn DeSilver, Author of Writing as a Path to Awakening Monday, November 6th, 2017 || 7pm Book Passage-Sausalito|| 100 Bay St, Sausalito, CA || www.bookpassage.com This is a very special event! We meet on the first Monday in November at Book Passage in Sausalito! Our speaker is Albert Flynn DeSilver, whose been a member and is a long-time Left Coast Writers favorite. There is Book Passage dedicated parking close to the store. Albert Flynn DeSilver is an American poet, memoirist, novelist, speaker, and workshop leader. He received a BFA in photography from the University of Colorado in 1991 and an MFA in New Genres from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1995. His work has appeared in more than 100 literary journals worldwide including ZYZZYVA, New American Writing, Hanging Loose, Jubilat, Exquisite Corpse, Jacket (Australia), Poetry Kanto (Japan), Van Gogh’s Ear (France), and many others. He is the author of several books of poems and the memoir Beamish Boy, which Kirkus Reviews called “a beautifully written memoir. . .poignant and inspirational.” Albert taught as a California Poet in the Schools for more than a decade working with thousands of children throughout Northern California and beyond. He also served as Marin County, California’s very first Poet Laureate
LEFT COAST WRITERS LITERARY SALON: David Downie, Author of A Passion for Paris: Romanticism and Romance in the City of Light and the upcoming A Taste of Paris—The History of the Parisian Love Affair With Food Monday, October 2nd, 2017 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com Once again we have a very special treat in store for you. David Downie, author of A Passion for Paris: Romanticism and Romance in the City of Light and his new book, A Taste of Paris—The History of the Parisian Love Affair With Food, joins us again—all the way from Paris—this time in Conversation with Laurie McAndish King, author of Lost Kidnapped and Eaten Alive and Your Crocodile Has Arrived. Whether or not you are mad about Paris and travel and food, we are certain that this is going to be a delightful and informative evening for all concerned, and we hope you will spread the word. We also invite you to bring a guest. Just let us know who’s coming. “A Taste of Paris took me on the walk I have always dreamed of: a joyous romp through time with culinary historian and literary gastronome David Downie. The streets and tables of Paris will never be the same and I could not be more grateful.” —Alice Waters “A veritable encyclopedia of everything you ever wanted to know about the Parisians and their victuals. This literary tour de force turns received wisdom on its head, sprinkling the serious subject of what, when, where and how the French have eaten throughout history with many a great moment of humor and irreverence. I loved it!” —Harriet Welty Rochefort, author of Joie de Vivre David Downie is a native San Franciscan who moved to Paris in the mid-1980s and now divides his time between
LEFT COAST WRITERS LITERARY SALON: The Writing Road-Writers and Editors Discuss Travel and Travel Writing Sunday, September 3rd, 2017 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com Join us for the LCW September Salon on Sunday, September 3rd at 7pm,at Book Passage in Corte Madera, rather than Monday, the 4th (Labor Day). As we gear up for the fall season, a great time to hit the road, the focus will be travel and travel writing. We’ll have a panel of expert writers and editors on hand to talk about journeys and the many ways to document them. It’ll be more of a Labor Day Weekend Celebratory Gathering, so wine will be served, and we are opening the salon up to our members’ and speakers’ guests. Just let us know who you are inviting, so that we can add them to the guest list. Travel Panel: Susan Alcorn, travel writer and long-distance trekker, has walked more than 3,000 miles in Spain, France, Portugal, and Switzerland, on Camino de Santiago pilgrimage routes. From her first walk across Spain, came her book,Camino Chronicle: Walking to Santiago, which was named finalist for the prestigious 2007 Ben Franklin award for Best Travel Essay. Susan Alcorn has climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro; journeyed to Torres del Paine, Chile, to hike its famous circuit route (from which came Patagonia Chronicle); and completed the Pacific Crest Trail. Although she is not averse to traveling by car, boat, train, plane, bus, and rail, she believes that on foot is often the best way to get acquainted intimately with the people, culture, and land through which she travels. Her upcoming book, Caminos Norte and Primitivo: Paths and Interludes, will be released this fall.
LEFT COAST WRITERS LITERARY SALON: Michael Krasny, Author and Host of KQED FORUM Monday, August 7th, 2017 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com Please join us for an evening with Michael Krasny. Dr. Michael Krasny is host of the award winning KQED FORUM, a program discussing news and public affairs, current events, culture, health, business and technology. FORUM can be heard daily on Northern California’s public radio station, KQED, as well as on Sirius/XM Satellite with National Public Radio, Comcast digital cable, and on the Internet as a podcast on iTunes. He has interviewed a wide range of major political and cultural figures. He is also a veteran interviewer for the nationally broadcast City Arts and Lectures series. Focus Magazine named him Best Bay Area Talk Show Host, and he was selected Best Talk Host and Best Interviewer by the editorial staff of San Francisco Weekly, as well as in their annual reader’s poll.
LEFT COAST WRITERS LITERARY SALON: Notes on Networking Monday, July 3rd, 2017 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com Don’t all of you need a little celebration? Join us Monday night, July 3rd, at 7pm for our mid-year Left Coast Writers Notes on Networking Salon. We’ll be serving wine and snacks, and some of our members will share their work and tips on the many ways to spread the word about new books and various literary endeavors. Of course we want to hear about your latest projects, and we’re hoping the chat and interaction will be both informative and festive. Let us know if you want to bring a guest. What we want is for you to be there to weigh in with your news and views.
LEFT COAST WRITERS LITERARY SALON: Lara Perkins, Associate Agent at Andrea Brown Literary Agency Monday, April 3rd, 2017 || 7pm Book Passage || Corte Madera 51 Tamal Vista Drive, Corte Madera ||www.bookpassage.com Lara represents authors and illustrators of picture books, middle grade, and YA fiction. She has been with Andrea Brown since 2010 and is also the agency’s Digital Manager. In picture books, Lara is actively seeking picture book author/illustrators who bring distinct perspectives to their work, particularly if that perspective has been underrepresented in children’s literature. She is drawn to bold and colorful art, a playful use of texture and media, and kid-appealing humor or heart. In middle grade, Lara is drawn to fresh, unexpected fantasy and light fantasy, clever mysteries, and vivid contemporary realistic fiction, all with a strong sense of place and exceptional character development. Character-driven humor always catches her eye, and she loves friendship stories (especially friendship “break up” stories), multicultural family stories, and non-traditional family structures.
LEFT COAST WRITERS LITERARY SALON: Aleta George, Author of Ina Coolbrith: The Bittersweet Song of California’s First Poet Laureate Monday, March 6th, 2017 || 7pm Book Passage || Corte Madera 51 Tamal Vista Drive, Corte Madera ||www.bookpassage.com It’s Ina Coolbrith’s birth month and also a prelude to National Poetry month, which takes place in April! What better time to join Aleta George in her look at the world of poetics and this important California contributor. Aleta George is the author of the award-winning biography, Ina Coolbrith: The Bittersweet Song of California’s First Poet Laureate. She has written for Smithsonian, High Country News, the Los Angeles Times, and the San Francisco Chronicle. She is currently the open space reporter for the Bay Area Monitor, a publication of the League of Women Voters. Ina Coolbrith: The Bittersweet Song of California’s First Poet Laureate is a new biography about a pioneer poet, Oakland’s first public librarian, and the most popular literary ambassador in the early American West. California named Coolbrith its first poet laureate in 1915 during San Francisco’s Panama-Pacific International Exposition, and 2015 marks her centennial of being named California’s beloved first lady of poetry and America’s first laureate. George’s deftly told and deeply researched book follows the struggles and triumphs of Coolbrith from her birth in
LEFT COAST WRITERS LITERARY SALON: Andy Ross, Literary Agent and Founder of Andy Ross Literary Agency Monday, February 6th, 2017 || 7pm Book Passage || Corte Madera 51 Tamal Vista Drive, Corte Madera ||www.bookpassage.com Spend an evening with favorite Bay Area literary figure and agent, Andy Ross. Andy has worked in the book business for 39 years, all of his working life. He was the owner and general manager of Cody’s Books in Berkeley, California from 1977-2006. Cody’s has been recognized as one of America’s great independent book stores. During this period, Andy was the primary trade book buyer. This experience has given him a unique understanding of the retail book market, of publishing trends and, most important and uniquely, the hand-selling of books to book buyers. Andy is past president of the Northern California Booksellers Association, a board member and officer of the
LEFT COAST WRITERS LITERARY SALON: Brooke Warner, author of Green-Light Your Book: How Writers Can Succeed in the New Era of Publishing, writing coach, and publishing expert Monday, January 2nd, 2017 || 7pm Book Passage || Corte Madera 51 Tamal Vista Drive, Corte Madera ||www.bookpassage.com Writers, we think this is the perfect way to kick of the year. Join us for the first LCW salon of 2017 and an evening with talented editor, coach and publishing expert, Brooke Warner, author of Green Light Your Book: How Writers Can Succeed in the New Era of Publishing. Green-Light Your Book is a straight-shooting guide to a changing industry. Written for aspiring authors, previously published authors, and independent publishers, it explains the ever-shifting publishing landscape and helps indie authors understand that they’re up against the status quo, and how to work within the system but also how to subvert the system in order to succeed. Publishing expert and independent publisher Brooke Warner is fearless in her critique of an industry that’s lost its mandate, and in so doing has opened the door wide for indie publishers to thrive. While she does not shy away