LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK LAUNCH: Seeing Red: A Woman’s Quest for Truth, Power, and the Sacred, by Lone Morch Saturday, February 9, 2013 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com “Readers, not just pilgrims, seek enlightenment. And memoirs often fail to provide those aha! moments. But Seeing Red overflows with insights into the feminine journey: how we wake up to our own power through risking heartbreak, and how it is only by becoming aware of our deepest selves that we can transcend. Seeing Red blends the spiritual and the physical in a heady mix that is both charming and bracing!” —Jane Ganahl, co-founder of the Litquake festival, author of “Naked on the Page.” Though this new memoir, Seeing Red: A Woman’s Quest for Truth, Power, and the Sacred, by Lone Morch has been lauded for its feminine insights, it applies to us all. After all, self-awakening and self-discovery are not bound to a single sex or group, but to every human being; and this memoir promises to be one that tells of a journey to do both … and more, while inspiring the reader to do the same … all against a backdrop of Himalayan Mount Kailas. So join Left Coast Writers, Book Passage, Lone Morch and the goddess Kali, for wine, snacks and the launch of this riveting memoir.
LEFT COAST WRITERS LITERARY SALON: Cyra McFadden, Author of The Serial: A Year in the Life of Marin County and Rain or Shine: A Family Memoir Monday, February 6th, 2012 || 7pm Book Passage || Corte Madera 51 Tamal Vista Drive, Corte Madera ||www.bookpassage.com How often do you get to chat with a literary icon? We hope you’ll join us for an evening with legendary author, Cyra McFadden, who wrote The Serial: A Year in the Life of Marin County, which was made into a film in 1980 simply titled Serial. She also wrote Rain or Shine: A Family Memoir in 1986, a finalist for the Pulitzer prize that year. Cyra was the writer of a popular weekly column for the San Francisco Examiner from 1985 to 1991. She’s an expert on Marin county and its denizens. Her presentation at our salon will be a real treat!
Reflections from a Book Passage Travel & Food Writing & Photography Conference Newbie ©2011 by Diane Susan Petty I used to be wealthy and successful—number one in my industry. Now I sit on a bench contemplating a “No Barking” sign, the “P” graffitied over with a “B”. I observe the cars are indeed parked in front and the dogs are quiet. I notice a sign saying an 18-pound male cat named PhiPhi has run away and wonder if it was because the other kitties were teasing him about his name. I recently became an unemployed, broke mortgage banker. After announcing my desire to make a major life change and become an unemployed, broke travel writer, a mutual friend introduced me to travel writing guru, Don George. Don’s advice? “Come to the Book Passage Travel & Food Writing & Photography Conference. Meet Spud. It’ll be life changing.” Down to our last $1000, my husband suggested we might want to use that money for groceries; why not wait and go next year? Groceries be damned; I could drop a few pounds anyway. I’m going to the conference. One minute I’m excited and hopeful for the future; the former confident me has returned. The next I’m petrified about attending, convinced I’m grasping at straws out of pure desperation. What do I know about travel writing?
LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK LAUNCH: Jessica O’Dwyer, Author of Mamalita: An Adoption Memoir Saturday, November 13, 2010 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera || 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com In Mamalita: An Adoption Memoir, Jessica O’Dwyer recounts her story as an American woman struggling to adopt a baby girl against almost insurmountable odds in Guatemala. Her book explores the nature of parenthood—the fierce love and loyalty that makes it possible for us do more than we knew we were capable of, inspired by more love than we knew we had to give. Jessica is the adoptive mother to a daughter and son. Jessica O’Dwyer is the adoptive mother to two children born in Guatemala. Her essays have been published in the San Francisco Chronicle Magazine, Adoptive Families, and the West Marin Review; and aired on KQED-FM. Previously, she worked in marketing and communications at SFMOMA, the LA County Museum of Art, and the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. Jessica grew up at the Jersey shore, the daughter of a high-school shop teacher and former Radio City Music Hall Rockette. She now lives with her husband and children in Marin.
LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK LAUNCH: Jessica Shepherd, Author of A Love Alchemist’s Notebook Saturday, May 8, 2010 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera || 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com Would you like to know the secrets to attracting your soul mate and feeling profound love every day? With this hip and fun guide, you’ll learn to use the rules of attraction, magic, astrology, and your intuition to attract the partner of your dreams and experience true, soulful love.
Take a look at Wendy Merrill’s excellent website for her new book, “Falling Into Manholes” (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, March, 2008). It’s informative, fun and witty, written in the style of the book, and it’s filled with great news and feedback from the likes of Anne Lamott. And while you’re at it, come to Book Passage event (Corte Madera) on March 29th at 7pm.