Left Coast Writers

Left Coast Writers®: Jeanne Powell - Carousel

Monday, May 12, 2014 - 6:00pm
Carousel: Essays and Such ($14.95) is an enticing collection of essays and elegant rants written by an experienced word dancer, who speaks to her audience with intelligence and wit.  A lost lady in front of an upscale hotel reminds her of stories by Jean Rhys.  Watching how the media covers Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin, she does not mince words. Negotiating public transit requires invoking the presence of Quan Yin. Whether sharing a journey to a poetry salon, or experiencing a stage musical, Jeanne Powell draws you in.
 
Left Coast Writers provides literary connections, support, readings, writing tips, literary chat, unabashed networking, and great fun. LCW hosts a variety of activities to launch the books of members and explore publishing alternatives. See bookpassage.com/left-coast-writers
 
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$14.95
ISBN: 9781587902666
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Published: Regent Press - March 1st, 2014

"At a time when the confessional mode has banished American poetry to one vast self-mirroring island, the work of Jeanne Powell nudges us again and again to break out of our little selves.


Left Coast Writers®: John Hewitt - Drone Baloney

Saturday, May 10, 2014 - 7:00pm

The ex-pat recluses hiding out in a tumbledown Baja beachfront settllement have only one desire: they want to be left alone. And they are—until a mysterious government drone plummets into the desert next to their tumbledown settlement. The high-tech air war that follows lights up the Mexican skies, and the carnage from that battle spills down on Punta Gringa’s vagabonds, scuttling their dreams. Drone Baloney ($11.95) chronicles the efforts of this quirky band that fights against progress they don’t enjoy. John Hewitt is a Los Angeles native who has pursued the art of avoiding potholes while driving through Mexico. He currently lives in northern California.

Left Coast Writers provides literary connections, support, readings, writing tips, literary chat, unabashed networking, and great fun. LCW hosts a variety of activities to launch the books of members and explore publishing alternatives. See bookpassage.com/left-coast-writers. 

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$13.95
ISBN: 9780615913117
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Published: Pump Island Tales - January 1st, 2014

The ex-pat recluses hiding out on a Baja beachfront have one desire: they want to be left alone. And they are-until a mysterious government drone plummets into the desert next to their settlement. The high-tech air war that follows lights up the Mexican skies, and the carnage from that battle spills down on Punta Gringa's renegade community, slowly crushing their dreams.


Left Coast Writers®: Kristin E. Clark - Freakboy

Monday, May 5, 2014 - 7:00pm
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 ($18.99), Kristin Clark uses razor-sharp verse to fold 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.
 
Kristin Elizabeth Clark always knew she wanted to be a writer. She began dabbling in haiku in the third grade – this “experimentation” turned out to be a gateway to the harder stuff: book-length verse. She lives and writes in Northern California where she has worked as a child advocate within the juvenile justice system, and as a children’s theatre producer. She is a proud volunteer at Project Outlet in Mountain View, CA. Freakboy is her young adult debut.
 
Left Coast Writers provides literary connections, support, readings, writing tips, literary chat, unabashed networking, and great fun. LCW hosts a variety of activities to launch the books of members and explore publishing alternatives. See bookpassage.com/left-coast-writers
 
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$18.99
ISBN: 9780374324728
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr) - October 22nd, 2013

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?


Left Coast Writers® - Literary Round-up

Monday, April 14, 2014 - 6:00pm

Left Coast Writers® Literary Round-up

Humor. Drama. Love. Mystery. Left Coast Writers will read selections from some of our favorite works in a variety of genres and forms. The Left Coast Writers meet monthly at Book Passage for lively evenings with an amazing roster of guest speakers.

Left Coast Writers provides literary connections, support, readings, writing tips, literary chat, unabashed networking, and great fun. LCW hosts a variety of activities to launch the books of members and explore publishing alternatives. See www.bookpassage.com/left-coast-writers.  

1 Ferry Building
94111 San Francisco
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Left Coast Writers®: Mark Shaw- Writers and the Law: Everything You Need to Know that Nobody Told You

Monday, April 7, 2014 - 7:00pm

Mark Shaw is an attorney, and former network television personality and legal analyst. He is the author of 20 books and counting, and writes about controversial subjects causing readers to stop and think about important issues. His expertise as a trial lawyer and legal analyst led him to write his latest book, The Poison Patriarch: How the Betrayals of Joseph P. Kennedy Caused the Assassination of JFK ($24.95). 

Left Coast Writers provides literary connections, support, readings, writing tips, literary chat, unabashed networking, and great fun. LCW hosts a variety of activities to launch the books of members and explore publishing alternatives. See www.bookpassage.com/left-coast-writers.  

 

Left Coast Writers®: Brenda Knight - Publisher at Viva Editions

Monday, March 3, 2014 - 7:00pm

Brenda Knight, Viva Editions, is a publisher and editor who writes about women's history and issues affecting women's lives today. She is the author of Sheroes, Wild Women and Books, and the American Book Award-winning Women of the Beat Generation. Brenda also does volunteer work with women newly diagnosed with breast cancer. Brenda believes everyone does have the inalienable right to the pursuit of happiness and lives in one of the happiest places on earth, the San Francisco Bay Area.

Left Coast Writers provides literary connections, support, readings, writing tips, literary chat, unabashed networking, and great fun. LCW hosts a variety of activities to launch the books of members and explore publishing alternatives. See www.bookpassage.com/left-coast-writers

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
94925 Corte Madera
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California Writers Club: Mary-Rose Hayes - Set Your Characters Free

Sunday, April 13, 2014 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

$5 for members; $10 for non-members 

Set Your Characters Free: The pitfalls and unexpected rewards of turning memoir into fiction.
 
We are told to "write what we know," which is valid enough when drawing on events and locations which can lend authenticity and supply the ever important "telling detail."  But beware taking a real person (a family member, friend or acquaintance) and placing them, as a complete entity, into a story. You know just how they look, and remember exactly what they said and did, but you can never know the whole truth:  how they felt and thought, or why they behaved that way.
 
Mary-Rose Hayes will discuss writing her new novel, What She Had to Do ($14.95); the reasons it took so long (more than ten years) and how that was a blessing in disguise;  why the characters in the book didn't seem real until she stepped out of their lives and allowed them to develop on their own;  and how, by the time she had typed “The End” for the final time, she had surprisingly come to terms with past issues of her own.
 
British-born Mary-Rose Hayes is the author of eight previous novels including the Time/Life best seller Amethyst, and two political thrillers co-authored with Senator Barbara Boxer.

The Marin branch of the California Writers Club celebrates 14 years with Book Passage. Meetings are open to the public. See www.cwcmarinwriters.com for information.

 

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$14.95
ISBN: 9780989814508
Availability: Special Order
Published: Cavendish Hill Press - August 15th, 2013

A desperate choice, made by young Imogene Sayle during the rigors of postwar England, triggers shockwaves through three generations of a family. Fifty years later, Imogene's daughter Penelope, married and living in California, learns of her mother's terminal illness.


Roy Mash - Buyer's Remorse

Saturday, March 8, 2014 - 7:00pm

Buyer’s Remorse ($15.00) is a celebration of the small, the overlooked, the underrated. Doggedly anti-lofty, reveling in the This-Worldly, these poems caper around the themes of the body, mathematics and rationality, adolescence and middle-age, love and fear and death. The tone ranges from the irreverent to the wistful – the spritz of seltzer in the face of the Creature from the Black Lagoon, to the lover standing in one sock. Drawing on sources from The Three Stooges to Archimedes, Lavoisier to Tweety Bird, Mash is a latter day Anti-Oracle, a nail in the tire of post-modernity, an incorrigible wag who’s smuggled his pea shooter into the Church of Poetry. Be ready to duck.

Roy Mash is a long time board member of  Marin Poetry Center. In a previous life he held degrees in English, Philosophy, and Computer Science. Currently he is appearing as a regular in the movie of his life, where his character can be found doodling away his brief time staring out of café windows, dabbing up the seeds that have fallen from an everything bagel, and mentally thumbing over his poems that have appeared widely in journals such as Agni, Atlanta Review, Barrow Street, Nimrod, Passages North, Poetry East, Rhino, and River Styx.

 

 

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$18.00
ISBN: 9781625490513
Availability: Special Order
Published: Wordtech Communications - January 1st, 2014

California Writers Club: Joshua Mohr - Fight Song

Sunday, February 23, 2014 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

$5 for members; $10 for non-members

When his bicycle is intentionally run off the road by a neighbor's SUV, something snaps in Bob Coffin. Modern suburban life has been getting him down and this is the last straw. To avoid following in his own father’s missteps, Bob is suddenly desperate to reconnect with his wife and his distant, distracted children. And he's looking for any guidance he can get.

Bob Coffin soon learns that the wisest words come from the most unexpected places, from characters that are always more than what they appear to be: a magician/marriage counselor, a fast-food drive-thru attendant/phone-sex operator, and a janitor/guitarist of a French KISS cover band. Can these disparate voices inspire Bob to fight for his family? To fight for his place in the world?

A call-to-arms for those who have ever felt beaten down by life, Fight Song ($15.95) is a quest for happiness in a world in which we are increasingly losing control. It is the exciting new novel by one of the most surprising and original writers of his generation.

Joshua Mohr is the author of the novels Termite Parade (a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice selection), Some Things that Meant the World to Me (one of O Magazine's Top 10 reads of 2009 and a San Francisco Chronicle bestseller), and Damascus, published in the fall of 2011 to much critical acclaim. Mohr teaches in the MFA program at the University of San Francisco.

The Marin branch of the California Writers Club celebrates 14 years with Book Passage. Meetings are open to the public. See www.cwcmarinwriters.com for information.

 

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$15.95
ISBN: 9781593765088
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Published: Soft Skull Press - February 12th, 2013

When his bicycle is intentionally run off the road by a neighbor's SUV, something snaps in Bob Coffin. Modern suburban life has been getting him down and this is the last straw. To avoid following in his own father's missteps, Bob is suddenly desperate to reconnect with his wife and his distant, distracted children. And he's looking for any guidance he can get.


California Writers Club: Molly Giles - Rough Translations

Sunday, January 26, 2014 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

$5 for members; $10 for non-members

Rough Translations ($20.95), Molly Giles's engaging collection of stories, was the winner not only of the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction but also of the 1985 San Francisco Bay Area Book Reviewers Association (BABRA) Award for Fiction and the 1986 Boston Globe Fiction Award. Many of the stories in Rough Translations have been anthologized and adapted for radio performance.

A master of the complexities of language, Molly Giles writes of the missed connections in life and of the rough translations that we employ when we try to convey, through words and gestures, what we are thinking and what we want from our loved ones. Giles's stories have appeared in Playgirl, Redbook, North American Review, New England Review, and Ascent, among other publications.

Giles is also the author of Creek Walk, a novel, Iron Shoes, and a chapbook of flash fictions, Bothered. She has taught Creative Writing at San Francisco State University and the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville and has led workshops at the Squaw Valley Community of Writers, the Napa Writers' Conference, and Naropa. She has edited Amy Tan and many other published writers and currently mentors through Book Passage's Path to Publishing program.

The Marin branch of the California Writers Club celebrates 14 years with Book Passage. Meetings are open to the public. See www.cwcmarinwriters.com for information.

 

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$19.95
ISBN: 9780820323701
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Published: University of Georgia Press - October 10th, 1993

Molly Giles's engaging collection of stories was the winner not only of the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction but also of the 1985 San Francisco Bay Area Book Reviewers Association (BABRA) Award for Fiction and the 1986 "Boston Globe" Fiction Award. Many of the stories in "Rough Translations" have been anthologized and adapted for radio performance.


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