Left Coast Writers

Left Coast Writers®: Don George - Lonely Planet Guide to Travel Writing

Monday, February 3, 2014 - 7:00pm

Written by pre-eminent travel writer Don George and bursting with invaluable advice, The Lonely Planet Guide to Travel Writing is an inspiring and practical guide for anyone who has ever yearned to turn their travels into saleable tales. Packed with insider hints and tips, practical writing exercises and examples of travel writing excellence, this guide helps you bring the dream job of Travel Writer within scribbling distance of reality. 

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.

 

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$19.99
ISBN: 9781741047011
Availability: Special Order
Published: Lonely Planet - August 1st, 2009

Written by a pre-eminent travel writer and bursting with invaluable advice, this inspiring and practical guide is a must for anyone who has ever yearned to turn their travels into saleable tales. Packed with insider hints and tips, practical writing exercises and examples of travel writing excellence, this guide helps you bring the dream job of Travel Writer within scribbling distance of reality.


Left Coast Writers®: Phil Cousineau - Burning the Midnight Oil: Illuminating Words for the Long Night's Journey Into Day

Monday, January 6, 2014 - 7:00pm

In Burning the Midnight Oil: Illuminating Words for the Long Night's Journey Into Day ($16.95), word-wrangler extraordinaire Phil Cousineau has gathered an eclectic and electric collection of soulful poems and prose from great thinkers throughout the ages. Whether beguiling readers with glorious poetry or consoling them with prayers from fellow restless souls, Cousineau can relieve any insomniac's unease.

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.

 

Burning the Midnight Oil: Illuminating Words for the Long Night's Journey Into Day Cover Image
By Phil Cousineau, Jeff Dowd (Foreword by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781936740734
Availability: Backordered
Published: Viva Editions - December 17th, 2013

In Burning the Midnight Oil, word-wrangler extraordinaire Phil Cousineau has gathered an eclectic and electric collection of soulful poems and prose from great thinkers throughout the ages. Whether beguiling readers with glorious poetry or consoling them with prayers from fellow restless souls, Cousineau can relieve any insomniac's unease. From St.


LCW: Lynne Ashdown - One American Woman, Fifty Italian Men

Saturday, December 14, 2013 - 7:00pm

Left Coast Writers Book Launch!

When Lynne Ashdown, her new lover, and more than fifty Italian male cyclists departed Italy in June of 1990, no one had yet ventured into the long-closed reaches of Eastern Europe since the falling of the Iron Curtain more than forty years before. They would be cycling almost a thousand miles from Verona, across Northern Italy, Austria, Czechoslovakia, and Poland to Warsaw, in just ten days. Ashdown hadn't realized she would be the only woman cycling with the fifty-four men.

One American Woman Fifty Italian Men ($17.95) tells not only of a sweeping journey of adventure, romantic disaster, and cultural collision, but also of a revelation of Ashdown's identity, forged by her will in the constant pain of trying to keep up with the men who were stronger. This trip back in time shows the stark contrasts between the world she knew as an American and the world she saw in impoverished Eastern Europe. This true story, rich with images of the countries the cycled through, describes the warmth and the cycling lives of the Italians, as well as the lives of people who lived under communism for so long and the values that survive all governments.

Besides cycling across Eastern Europe, Lynne Ashdown has cycled alone halfway across the U.S., and through Germany, France, Italy, and Greece. Recently she walked 400 miles alone across northern Spain on the Santiago de Compostela Pilgrimage Trail. She is a writer, a searcher, and an incurable adventurer, specializing in over-reaching. At 42 she earned her B.A. from U.C. Berkeley in (Third World) Development Studies, where she also studied journalism. She wrote always in the context of her work, taking inspiration from great writers, from years of seminars and writers’ groups, and from her travels, writing her adventures for magazines and newspapers. She worked as a singer-guitarist while raising her children, and as a highly-certified feng shui practitioner for over twenty years.

 

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$11.95
ISBN: 9781604948912
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Wheatmark - January 15th, 2013

When Lynne Ashdown, her new lover, and more than fifty Italian male cyclists departed Italy in June of 1990, no one had yet ventured into the Long-closed reaches of Eastern Europe since the falling of the Iron Curtain more than forty years before. They would be cycling almost a thousand miles from Verona, across Northern Italy, Austria, Czechoslovakia, and Poland to Warsaw, in just ten days.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
94925 Corte Madera
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LCW: Douglas Cruickshank - Somehow: Living on Uganda Time

Monday, December 2, 2013 - 7:00pm

This month’s salon speaker is Douglas Cruickshank, journalist, travel writer, essayist and author of numerous opinion pieces for magazines, newspapers and websites. Doug has worked in radio, television and film-making. He’s been a photographer for more than four decades, a columnist, and an editor for Salon.com. He was also the co-founder and editor of The Fessenden Review, the noisiest book review in the known world. Later, he was features editor for The Readerville Journal and editor of Edutopia.com, the website of the George Lucas Educational Foundation. In 1965, his sheep, Lambchop, was awarded the Grand Champion ribbon at the Alameda County Fair.

What we love about Doug is his devotion to excellence, his interest in community, and his sense of humor. He’ll be sharing his experience in online publication and new publication models, including crowd funding, as well as the work he has done in Africa. His newest book-length work, Somehow: Living on Uganda Time, contains dozens of essays and powerful photographs.

Book Passage hosts monthly meetings of Left Coast Writers® at our Corte Madera store. The monthly meetings provide an evening of literary connections, support, counsel, readings, writing tips, literary chat, unabashed networking, and great fun. Each meeting also features a presentation by one of several Bay Area literary figures. LCW has its own lively newsletter and website at www.leftcoastwriters.com/.  

 

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$60.00
ISBN: 9780989323505
Availability: Special Order
Published: Verflectin Media - November 1st, 2013

Left Coast Writers® - Poetry Night

Monday, October 14, 2013 - 6:00pm

Join Linda Watanabe McFerrin and the Left Coast Writers® for an evening of poetry.

Book Passage hosts the monthly meetings of Left Coast Writers® at our Corte Madera store. This Literary Salon is led by author/teacher Linda Watanabe McFerrin. The monthly meetings provide an evening of literary connections, support, counsel, provocative readings, writing tips, literary chat, unabashed networking, and great fun. Each meeting also features a presentation by one of several Bay Area literary figures. The fee includes membership in Left Coast Writers®, a group of new and experienced writers. LCW has its own lively newsletter and website at www.leftcoastwriters.com/

 

 

Mark Shaw - The Poison Patriarch

Monday, November 11, 2013 - 6:00pm

Left Coast Writers® Book Party at the Ferry Plaza

Focusing for the first time on why attorney general Robert F. Kennedy wasn't killed in 1963 instead of on why President John F. Kennedy was, Mark Shaw offers a stunning and provocative assassination theory in his latest book The Poison Patriarch: How the Betrayals of Joseph P. Kennedy Caused the Assassination of JFK  ($24.95) that leads directly to the family patriarch, Joseph P. Kennedy. Mining fresh information and more than forty new interviews, Shaw weaves a spellbinding narrative involving Mafia don Carlos Marcello; Jack Ruby (Lee Harvey Oswald's killer); Ruby's attorney, Melvin Belli; and, ultimately, the Kennedy brothers and their father.

Mark Shaw is a California attorney turned author after careers as a Midwestern criminal defense lawyer, newspaper co-publisher, and television personality. He has written over 20 books such as Stations Along the Way: The Spiritual Transformation of Former Hitler Youth Leader Ursula Martens, Down for the Count, and Larry Legend.

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$24.95
ISBN: 9781626360600
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Skyhorse Publishing - October 1st, 2013

Focusing for the first time on why attorney general Robert F. Kennedy wasn't killed in 1963 instead of on why President John F. Kennedy was, Mark Shaw offers a stunning and provocative assassination theory that leads directly to the family patriarch, Joseph P. Kennedy.


1 Ferry Building
94111 San Francisco
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California Writers Club - Marin Writes! A Celebration of the Writing Life

Sunday, September 22, 2013 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm

Come Revel in Writing
  • Talk technique with fellow writers
  •  Connect with a critique group
  •  Play literary ice breakers
  •  Chat with book coaches, freelance editors,
  • agents, and other Marin writers
  •  Enjoy refreshments, wine, and live music

Keynote Speaker: Constance Hale!

Pitch an Agent or a Publisher!
Pooja Menon, Carlisle Webber, Peter Beren, Little Pickle Press, and New World Library will hear pitches (signup when you arrive!)

Readings throughout!

Authors:
Sheldon Siegel
Molly Giles
Peg Alford Pursell
Tanya Egan Gibson

Club members:
Susanna Solomon
Susan Keller
Pat Morin
Joan Steidinger.

California Writers Club Members: $25, Non-Members: $30

A nonprofit 501c3 educational corporation, California Writers Club–Marin sponsors events that are open to the public. Learn more at http://www.cwcmarinwriters.com.

 

 

Left Coast Writers® Salon: Tim Hernandez - Mañana Means Heaven

Monday, October 7, 2013 - 7:00pm

Left Coast Writers® Salon

In this love story of impossible odds, award-winning writer Tim Z. Hernandez weaves a rich and visionary portrait of Bea Franco, the real woman behind famed American author Jack Kerouac's The Mexican Girl. Set against an ominous backdrop of California in the 1940s, deep in the agricultural heartland of the Great Central Valley, Mañana Means Heaven ($24.95) reveals the desperate circumstances that lead a married woman to an illicit affair with an aspiring young writer traveling across the United States.

Book Passage hosts monthly meetings of Left Coast Writers® at our Corte Madera store. The monthly meetings provide an evening of literary connections, support, counsel, readings, writing tips, literary chat, unabashed networking, and great fun. Each meeting also features a presentation by one of several Bay Area literary figures. LCW has its own lively newsletter and website at www.leftcoastwriters.com/

 

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$24.95
ISBN: 9780816530359
Availability: Backordered
Published: University of Arizona Press - August 29th, 2013

In this love story of impossible odds, award-winning writer Tim Z.


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94925 Corte Madera
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Left Coast Writers® Salon: Charles Entrekin - Publisher of Hip Pocket Press

Tuesday, September 3, 2013 - 7:00pm

Left Coast Writers® Salon

For 24 years, Charles Entrekin was the managing editor of The Berkeley Poets Cooperative and The Berkeley Poets Workshop & Press. The story of the Berkeley Poets Workshop & Press was written up as the cover story in the August 29, 1976 issue of the New York Times Magazine.

The Managing Editor of Hip Pocket Press (www.hippocketpress.com), Charles is also the author of Listening: New and Selected Works, In This Hour, Casting For The Cutthroat & Other Poems, Casting For The Cutthroat, All Pieces Of A Legacy, and the novel Red Mountain, Birmingham, Alabama, 1965.

Book Passage hosts monthly meetings of Left Coast Writers® at our Corte Madera store. The monthly meetings provide an evening of literary connections, support, counsel, readings, writing tips, literary chat, unabashed networking, and great fun. Each meeting also features a presentation by one of several Bay Area literary figures. LCW has its own lively newsletter and website at www.leftcoastwriters.com/.

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
94925 Corte Madera
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Linda Watanabe McFerrin & Joanna Biggar - Wandering in Paris

Saturday, August 17, 2013 - 7:00pm

Join us for wine, snacks, and more than a taste of Paris when Wanderland Writers editors, Linda Watanabe McFerrin and Joanna Biggar, and contributors to the newest Wanderland Writers anthology toast the City of Light.

 

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