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 FERRY PLAZA BOOK PARTY: E. Ardell, Author of The Fourth Piece Monday, September 12th, 2016 || 6pm Book Passage || San Francisco 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco ||www.bookpassage.com Admitting what you are will end everything you know. Embracing who you are will start a war… Life is great when you’re good-looking and popular…so long as no one knows you’re a vulatto. Being half-alien gets you labeled “loser” quicker than being a full vader. So it’s a good thing Devon, Lyle, and Lawrence can easily pass for human—until the night of the party. Nothing kills a good time faster than three brothers sharing a psychic vision of a fourth brother who’s off-world and going to die unless they do something. But when your brother’s emergency happens off-planet, calling 9-1-1 really isn’t an option. In their attempt to save a brother they barely remember, Devon, Lyle and Lawrence expose themselves to mortal
LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK LAUNCH: Night of Pan, by Gail Strickland Saturday, November 8th, 2014 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com History, mystery, action and adventure—it’s truly a night of Pan at Book Passage when we celebrate a debut novel by writer Gail Strickland. The slaughter of the Spartan Three Hundred at Thermopylae, Greece 480 BCE—when King Leonidas tried to stop the Persian army with only his elite guard—is well known. But just what did King Xerxes do after he defeated the Greeks? Fifteen-year-old Thaleia is haunted by visions: roofs dripping blood, Athens burning. She tries to convince her best friend and all the villagers that she’s not crazy. The gods do speak to her. And the gods have plans for this girl. When Xerxes army of a million Persians marches straight to the mountain village Delphi to claim the Temple of Apollo’s treasures and sacred power, Thaleia’s gift may be her people’s last line of defense. Her destiny may be to save Greece… but is one girl strong enough to stop an entire army? Come and find out more from the author herself. Gail Strickland translated much of Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey, Herodotus’ prophecies and The Bacchai by Euripides while studying the Classics in
LEFT COAST WRITERS LITERARY SALON: Kristin Elizabeth Clark, author of Freakboy Monday, May 5th, 2014 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com This month’s literary salon speaker will be Kristin Elizabeth Clark, author of Freakboy. She will discuss her writing experience, the creation of Freakboy and the kids/young adult market as a whole. A short synopsis of Freakboy: “From the outside, Brendan Chase seems to have it pretty easy. He’s a star wrestler, a video game aficionado, and a loving boyfriend to his seemingly perfect match, Vanessa. But on the inside, Brendan struggles to understand why his body feels so wrong—why he sometimes fantasizes having long hair, soft skin, and gentle curves. Is there even a name for guys like him? Guys who sometimes want to be girls? Or is Brendan just a freak? In Freakboy‘s razor-sharp verse, Kristin Clark folds three narratives into one powerful story: Brendan trying to understand his sexual identity, Vanessa fighting to keep her and Brendan’s relationship alive, and Angel struggling to confront her demons.” “A sincere, profound rendering of sexuality, queerness, and identity.” —The Horn Book Kristin Elizabeth Clark always knew she wanted to be a writer. She began dabbling in haiku in the third grade – this “experimentation”
LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK LAUNCH: My Chemical Mountain by Corina Vacco Saturday, July 13, 2013 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com What is the secret to a great modern day young adult novel? Let’s ask Corina. Based on a real town in western New York, Corina Vacco‘s fierce first novel is already receiving rave reviews. Jason and his friends rage against the noxious pollution that suffocates their town and despise those responsible for it. At the same time, they embrace the danger of their industrial wasteland and boast about living on the edge. Despite their apparent rebellion, they desperately struggle to make a change to their surroundings, but how will they do it? And what will it cost? Corina Vacco felt compelled to write about toxic towns after reading an article alleging that hundreds of thousands of children and teens throughout the United States attend schools built on or near dangerously polluted sites. She found the inspiration for this book while living in Western New York, where she heard