Left Coast Writers

Left Coast Writers®: Jay Humphrey - The Day You Love Me (Corte Madera)

Saturday, January 13, 2018 - 7:00pm

You are alone. Perhaps in a bar, a museum, a cafe, a grocery store—anywhere. You meet someone. And from the moment of eye contact, a story begins. In The Day You Love Me, you'll travel to six places around the globe and experience six encounters, each fueled by hope and desire, each clouded by uncertainty. Whether in a Japanese village near Mt. Fuji, a small northern California town, an L.A. high school cafeteria, an art gallery in Tahiti, a bar in southern Spain, or in a Paris cafe, the meetings seem similar. The consequences are wildly different.

Jay Humphrey graduated with a degree in English from Stanford, pursuing a varied career in theater and television, law, writing and teaching. The Day You Love Me is his first collection of short stories. This book is fiction, but as Albert Camus noted, fiction is the lie through which we tell the truth. Jay lives with his wife in Northern California.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Left Coast Writers®: Gail Strickland & Peter S. Beagle - An Evening In Conversation (Corte Madera)

Saturday, December 9, 2017 - 7:00pm

In Oracle of the Song, determined to save her best friend Sophia, Thaleia—the young Oracle of Delphi—descends into the Underworld, a forbidden land from which none escape.

But does Sophia want to be saved? If so, why does she trick Thaleia to drink from the River of Forgetfulness, so she no longer knows the reason she descended into Hades’ Realm?

Thaleia prays for the gods’ help. Instead of their guidance, she encounters Hades’ rage and Athena’s jealous fury.

Always, the gods defy her.

Beneath fire skies, Thaleia outwits Typhon, a hundred-headed sea monster; challenges the Graeae—three hags who share one eye and one tooth between them and risks being turned to stone with the gaze of Medusa, a snake-haired priestess.

Ultimately, all paths lead to Hades Palace and a box hidden beneath Queen Persephone’s bed. Can Thaleia stop blaming the gods for her friend’s death? Can she let honesty and courage guide her? Can she bring Sophia home?

Gail Strickland translated much of Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey, Herodotus’ prophecies and The Bacchai by Euripides while studying classics in college. Living on the Greek islands after college, she discovered her love of myth, the wine-dark sea and retsina. The Baltimore Review and Writer's Digest have recognized Gail’s fiction. She published stories and poems in Travelers’ Tales’ anthologies.

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An odd couple patrols a county full of mythological beasts and ornery locals. A familiar youngster from the world of The Last Unicorn is gifted in magic but terrible at spell-casting. A seemingly incorruptible judge meets his match in a mysterious thief who steals his heart. Two old friends discover that the Overneath goes anywhere, including locations better left unvisited.

Lyrical, witty, and insightful, The Overneath is Peter S. Beagle's much-anticipated return to the short form. In these uniquely beautiful and wholly original tales, with new and uncollected work, Beagle once again proves himself a master of the imagination.

Peter S. Beagle is the best-selling author of The Last Unicorn, which has sold a reported five million copies since its initial publication. His other novels include A Fine & Private Place, The Innkeeper’s Song, Tamsin, Summerlong and In Calabria. Beagle's short fiction has been collected in four volumes by Tachyon Publications, including The Rhinoceros Who Quoted Nietzsche, The Line Between, We Never Talk About My Brother, and Sleight of Hand. He has won the Hugo, Nebula, Mythopoeic, and Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire awards and the World Fantasy Award for Lifetime Achievement. Beagle lives in Northern California, where he is working on nearly innumerable projects.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Left Coast Writers® Salon: Javier Zamora - Unaccompanied (Corte Madera)

Monday, December 4, 2017 - 7:00pm

BOOK PASSAGE BOOKSTORE& LEFT COAST WRITERS
present
Javier Zamora reading from his new book
Unaccompanied
and in conversation with his former teacher, Marin County Poet Laureate Rebecca Foust

 
Book Passage Bookstore and Left Coast Writers invite the public to a poetry reading and book release party on Monday December 4, 7 PM – 9 PM at Book Passage Bookstore, at 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, CA 94925. Bay Area rising star Javier Zamora will read from Unaccompanied, a new collection of poetry that chronicles his migration from El Salvador to the United States following the Salvadoran Civil War. These poems tell the particular story of the U.S.-backed violence that ravaged Central America during the 1980s, but their broader meditations on familial loss at the hands of state violence and forced migration are timely and 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 (Salvadoran beer and pupusas!) will be served.

Praise for Unaccompanied (Copper Canyon Press 2017):

A “heartbreaking account” of migrating to “not the promised land but barbwire and barbwire.
—Publisher’s Weekly

“I’ll never be a citizen,” Zamora declares in Unaccompanied’s, opening poem. “I can’t go back and return.” Without the proper papers, you can’t leave the U.S. because you won’t be allowed back in. But the legal bind underlines a deeper question: If you are both profoundly American and inescapably Salvadoran, can you ever feel like you belong fully to either country?
The New Yorker

“Ezra Pound said poetry is news that stays news. Rarely however, does it begin as actual news, ripped from today's headlines. Despite great grief, this book also dreams of a healed world, and It will stand as a powerful refutation to anyone who claims open borders do not enrich our nation.” —Craig Morgan Teicher, writing for NPR

A resident of San Rafael, Zamora is a 2016-2018 Wallace Stegner Fellow and holds fellowships from CantoMundo, Colgate University, MacDowell, the National Endowment for the Arts, and Yaddo. The recipient of a 2016 Ruth Lilly/Dorothy Sargent Fellowship and the 2016 Barnes and Noble Writer for Writers Award, his poems appear in Granta, Poetry, The Kenyon Review, The New York Times, and elsewhere. For more information, visit http://www.javierzamora.net/

 

 

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Published: Copper Canyon Press - September 5th, 2017

"Every line resonates with a wind that crosses oceans."--Jamaal May

"Zamora's work is real life turned into myth and myth made real life." --Glappitnova


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Left Coast Writers® Salon: Albert Flynn DeSilver - Writing as a Path to Awakening (Sausalito)

Monday, November 6, 2017 - 7:00pm

The best writers say their work seems to come from a source beyond the thinking mind. But how do we access that source? "We must first look inside ourselves and be willing to touch that raw emotional core at the heart of a deeper creativity," writes Albert Flynn DeSilver. In Writing as a Path to Awakening, this renowned poet, writer, and teacher shows you how to use meditation to cultivate true depth in your own writing--so your words reveal layers of profound insight that inspire and move your readers.

Constructed as a year-long exploration with a new focus for each month and season, Writing as a Path to Awakening includes: 

- How to approach writing and reading with a greater level of presence and immersion
- Engaging curiosity, playfulness, and spontaneity to keep your regular practice fresh
- Meditating with poetry to deeply embody the power of language
- How you can spark your imagination by connecting to the groundless source of creation
- The meditative approach to storytelling--how not being trapped in your story liberates your capacity to create
- Editing, rewriting, and the path of spiritual transformation

"Writing and meditation practice are a powerful pair, a dynamic duo," Albert Flynn DeSilver teaches. "Together they nourish and push, trigger and define, inform and inspire, enable, and energize. To engage in both practices fully is to activate a more complete, creative, and spiritual self." With a mixture of engaging storytelling and practical exercises, Writing as a Path to Awakening invites you on a yearlong journey of growth and discovery--to enhance your writing through the practice of meditation while using the creative process to accelerate your spiritual evolution.

Albert Flynn DeSilver is an internationally published poet, memoirist, novelist, speaker, and workshop leader. He has published several books of poetry and Beamish Boy, which Kirkus Reviews calls, "A beautifully written memoir of awakening and self-acceptance." He teaches at the Omega Institute, Esalen, Spirit Rock, and writing conferences nationally. He lives in northern California. 

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Published: Sounds True - August 31st, 2017

The best writers say their work seems to come from a source beyond the thinking mind. But how do we access that source? "We must first look inside ourselves and be willing to touch that raw emotional core at the heart of a deeper creativity," writes Albert Flynn DeSilver.


100 Bay Street
Sausalito, CA 94965

Left Coast Writers®: Carol Sheldon - A Sleuth in the Haven (Corte Madera)

Saturday, November 11, 2017 - 7:00pm

A Sleuth in the Haven follows journalist Gwen Harris through another series of frightening experiences. Bizarre and fatal events threaten the residents of The Haven as Gwen tries to track down the attacker at her aunt's retirement home. Captured by ex-convict Sonny, she is forced to help him plot revenge against his sister, who let him take the fall for a murder during their bootlegging days. Gwen must use her ingenuity and wits to match the tortured and unpredictable demands of her adversary. With unexpected twists, this second in the Gwen Harris series takes the reader back to the days of prohibition, rum running and speakeasies.

Carol Sheldon is an author and playwright. A Sleuth in the Haven is Sheldon's fourth novel. Mother Lode is a best seller, and won an award from Bay Area Independent Publishing Association for Best Fiction. Her numerous plays have won awards across the country, both in professional and community productions. Sheldon lives and teaches writing in Marin County, California.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Left Coast Writers®: Audrey Fielding - Salento by 5 (San Francisco)

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 6:00pm

Salento by 5: Friendship, Food, Music and Travel Within the Heel of Italy's Boot is a collection of richly woven stories, travel tips, drawings and recipes written about the Southern Italian area of Salento by five authors: three local Italians from Salento and two travelers from California. A friendship that begins in the Rome airport, migrates to Salento at the southern tip of Puglia (the heel of Italy’s boot), blossoms over food and wine (of course), and culminates in a narrative filled with nostalgic and personal recollections of Salento’s history, culture, and its unique people. The five authors are The Traveler; The Raconteur; The Sketcher; The Music Maker; and The Cook.

Audrey Fielding is The Traveler. She captures the enchantment of the Adriatic and Ionian Seas, the whisper of wind in the olive groves and the tastes of earthy greens, ear-shaped pasta, and bowls of steaming mussels. As editor/writer Audrey was introduced to Italy on a teaching sabbatical in 1992. Serendipitous events brought her to Salento in 2003 and ever since, she has returned yearly to an apartment facing the sea.

Salento by 5: Friendship, Food, Music, and Travel Within the Heel of Italy's Boot Cover Image
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Published: Gemelli Press LLC - August 15th, 2016

Salento by 5 is a collection of richly woven Italian stories, written by three local Italians and two American travelers.


1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Left Coast Writers®: Barbara Ridley - When It's Over (Corte Madera)

Saturday, October 14, 2017 - 7:00pm

World War II envelops Europe and Lena Kulkova flees Czechoslovakia to join her lover, Otto, in England, leaving her Jewish family behind in Prague. But Lena soon finds herself navigating anti-refugee sentiment, wartime deprivations, a new romance with a wealthy Englishman, and the progressive politics that will eventually oust Churchill. Based on family history and a trove of personal letters, When It’s Over is a moving, resonant, and timely debut. 

Coming of age in Prague in the 1930s, Lena Kulkova is inspired by the left-wing activists who resist the rise of fascism. She meets Otto, a refugee from Hitler’s Germany, and follows him to Paris to work for the Republican side in the Spanish Civil War. As the war in Spain ends and a far greater war engulfs the continent, Lena gets stuck in Paris with no news from her Jewish family, including her beloved baby sister, left behind in Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia. Otto, meanwhile, has fled to a village in England, and urges Lena to join him, but she can’t obtain a visa.

When Lena and Otto are finally reunited, the safe haven Lena has hoped for doesn’t last long. Their relationship becomes strained, and Lena is torn between her loyalty to Otto and her growing attraction to Milton, the son of the eccentric Lady of the Manor. As the war continues, she yearns to be reunited with her sister, while Milton is preoccupied with the political turmoil that leads to the landslide defeat of Churchill in the 1945 election.

Based on a true story, When It’s Over is a moving, resonant, and timely read about the lives of war refugees, dramatic political changes, and the importance of family, love, and hope.

Barbara Ridley was raised in England but has lived in California for more than thirty years. After a successful career as a nurse practitioner, which included publication in numerous professional journals, she is now focused on creative writing. Her work has appeared in literary journals, such as The Writers Workshop Review, Still Crazy, Ars Medica, The Copperfield Review, and BLYNKT. This is her first novel. Ridley lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her partner and her dog, and has one adult daughter, of whom she is immensely proud.

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ISBN: 9781631522963
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Published: She Writes Press - September 26th, 2017

Coming of age in Prague in the 1930s, Lena Kulkova is inspired by the left-wing activists who resist the rise of fascism. She meets Otto, a refugee from Hitler's Germany, and follows him to Paris to work for the Republican side in the Spanish Civil War.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Left Coast Writers®: Maxine Schur - Places in Times (San Francisco)

Monday, October 9, 2017 - 6:00pm

For years readers have delighted in Maxine Rose Schur's award-winning travel essays. Now, all the tales of her unusual honeymoon are gathered in one illustrated volume, Places in Time. Whether camping in the center of Paris, dangling off a Panamanian tramp steamer, or hitching across Australia, her tales are funny, exciting and tender. Maxine Rose Schur set out to see the world. With high spirits and little money, the author traveled not only far geographically, but emotionally, toward the hearts of others. She faced the violent grief of a Mexican sheriff, celebrated a wild elopement in Turkey and was initiated into a mysterious daily ritual with an Iranian forest ranger. Looking back, she tempers her youthful encounters with mid-life wisdom, capturing the spirit of all those she met, and evoking cherished places in time. If you're looking for travel writing that blends gentle insight with delicious surprise, fasten the seatbelt on your armchair and come along.

Maxine Rose Schur is an award-winning travel journalist and the author of several books for both children and adults. As the recipient of the Joan G. Sugarman Award given by the Washington Independent Writer’s Legal and Educational Fund, Ms Schur was the 1997 Baker-Nord Guest Lecturer on Writing in the Humanities at Case Western Reserve University. In 2004, she was named the Dan Stone Memorial Children’s Book Author. Her evocative rendering of daily life in an Ethiopian village Day of Delight won the 1994 Parent's Choice Award and was read by Gregory Hines on National Public Radio and recorded on CD. 

Places in Time: Reflections on a Journey Cover Image
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Published: Capra Press - December 10th, 2013

A fascinating account of a young woman's life as a trusting and adventurous traveler in the carefree days prior to 9/11. A thrilling read.


1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Left Coast Writers® Salon: David Downie - A Taste of Paris (Corte Madera)

Monday, October 2, 2017 - 7:00pm

In-conversation with Laurie McAndish King

From the critically acclaimed author of Paris, Paris and A Passion for Paris, comes a delectable culinary history of the gastronomic capital of the world.

In his trademark witty and informative style, David Downie embarks on a quest to discover “What is it about the history of Paris that has made it a food lover’s paradise?” in A Taste of Paris. Long before Marie Antoinette said, “Let them eat cake!” (actually, it was brioche), the Romans of Paris devoured foie gras, and live oysters rushed in from the Atlantic; one Medieval cookbook describes a thirty-two part meal featuring hare stew, eel soup, and honeyed wine; during the last great banquet at Versailles a year before the Revolution the gourmand Louis XVI savored thirty-two main dishes and sixteen desserts; yet, in 1812, Grimod de la Reynière, the father of French gastronomy, regaled guests with fifty-two courses, fifteen wines, three types of coffee, and seventeen liqueurs.

Following the contours of history and the geography of the city, Downie sweeps readers on an insider’s gourmet walking tour of Paris and its environs, revealing the locations of Roman butcher shops, classic Belle Epoque bistros serving diners today and Marie Antoinette’s exquisite vegetable garden that still supplies produce, no longer to the unfortunate queen, but to the legendary Alain Ducasse and his stylish restaurant inside the palace of Versailles. Along the way, readers learn why the rich culinary heritage of France still makes Paris the ultimate arbiter in the world of food.

David Downie, a native San Franciscan, lived in New York, Providence, Rome and Milan before moving to Paris in the mid-80s. He divides his time between France and Italy. His travel, food and arts features have appeared in print publications worldwide including Bon Appétit, Gourmet, Saveur, Epicurious.com, and Gault&Millau, the premier French food guide. He is the author of the several books, including the highly acclaimed Paris, Paris and A Passion for Paris.

A Taste of Paris: A History of the Parisian Love Affair with Food Cover Image
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Published: St. Martin's Press - September 26th, 2017

A Taste of Paris is a delectable culinary history of the gastronomic capital of the world, written by David Downie, the critically acclaimed author of Paris, Paris and A Passion for Paris.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Left Coast Writers® Salon: Susan Alcorn, Erin Byrne, & Lou Ann Granger (Corte Madera)

Sunday, September 3, 2017 - 7:00pm

Moderated by Linda Watanabe McFerrin

Want to getaway this Labor Day weekend? Join esteemed travel writers Susan Alcorn, Erin Byrne, and Lou Ann Granger on an exclusive trip around the world at this month's Left Coast Writers Salon! 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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