Left Coast Writers

Left Coast Writers® Salon : Perry Garfinkel - Buddha or Bust

Monday, August 5, 2013 - 7:00pm

The assignment from National Geographic couldn’t have come at a better time for Perry Garfinkel. Burned out, laid up with back problems, disillusioned by relationships and religion itself, he was still hoping for that big journalistic break—and the answers to life’s biggest riddles as well. So in Buddha or Bust ($15.00),  he sets out on a geographic, historical and personal expedition that will lead him around the world in search of those answers, and then some.

In this original, entertaining book, Garfinkel separates Buddhist fact from fiction, sharing his humorous insights and keen perceptions about everything from spiritual tourism to Asian traffic jams to the endless road to enlightenment.

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/.

 

Buddha or Bust: In Search of Truth, Meaning, Happiness and the Man Who Found Them All Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9781400082186
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Published: Three Rivers Press (CA) - July 24th, 2007

Why does an idea that's 2,500 years old seem more relevant today than ever before? How can the Buddha's teachings help us solve many of the world's problems? Journalist Perry Garfinkel circumnavigated the globe to discover the heart of Buddhism and the reasons for its growing popularity--and ended up discovering himself in the process.


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Left Coast Writers® Salon : Gillian Bagwell - Venus in Winter

Monday, July 1, 2013 - 7:00pm

From Gillian Bagwell, the author of The September Queen, comes the exciting story of Bess of Hardwick, one of the richest and most powerful women in England. Armed with nothing but her razor-sharp wit and fetching looks, twelve-year-old Bess of Hardwick arrives at the glamorous court of King Henry VIII and is thrust into a treacherous world of politics and intrigue, a world she must quickly learn to navigate. Venus in Winter ($16.00) follows Bess as she eventually discovers that, for a woman of substance, the power and the possibilities are endless.

Gillian Bagwell is the author of The Darling Strumpet and The September Queen. She lives in Berkley, CA. 

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/.

 

Venus in Winter: A Novel of Bess of Hardwick Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780425258026
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Berkley Publishing Group - July 2nd, 2013

The author of The September Queen explores Tudor England with the tale of Bess of Hardwick--the formidable four-time widowed Tudor dynast who became one of the most powerful women in the history of England.


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Left Coast Writers® Salon : Oksana Marafiola - American Gypsy

Monday, June 3, 2013 - 7:00pm

Fifteen-year-old Oksana Marafioti is a Gypsy. This means touring with the family band from the Mongolian deserts to the Siberian tundra. It means getting your hair cut in “the Lioness.” It also means enduring sneering racism from every segment of Soviet society. Her father is determined that his girls lead a better, freer life. In America! Also, he wants to play guitar with B. B. King. And cure cancer with his personal magnetism. All of this he confides to the woman at the American embassy, who inexplicably allows the family entry. Soon they are living on the sketchier side of Hollywood.

In this affecting, hilarious memoir, Marafioti cracks open the secretive world of the Roma and brings the absurdities, miscommunications, and unpredictable victories of the immigrant experience to life. With unsentimentally perfect pitch, American Gypsy ($16.00) reveals how Marafioti adjusted to her new life in America, one slice of processed cheese at a time.

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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Left Coast Writers® Salon : David Downie - Paris to the Pyrenees

Monday, May 6, 2013 - 7:00pm

Driven by curiosity, wanderlust, and health crises David Downie and his wife set out from Paris to walk across France to the Pyrenees. Starting on the Rue Saint-Jacques then trekking 750 miles south to Roncesvalles, Spain, Paris to the Pyrenees: A Skeptic Pilgrim Walks the Way of Saint James ($27.95) follows their eccentric route: 72 days on Roman roads and pilgrimage paths--a 1,100-year-old network of trails leading to the sanctuary of Saint James the Greater. It is best known as El Camino de Santiago de Compostela-"The Way" for short.

The object of any pilgrimage is an inward journey manifested in a long, reflective walk. For Downie, the inward journey met the outer one: a combination of self-discovery and physical regeneration. More than 200,000 pilgrims take the highly commercialized Spanish route annually, but few cross France. Downie had a goal: to go from Paris to the Pyrenees on age-old trails, making the pilgrimage in his own maverick way.

Listen to David discuss his new book on NPR below:
http://www.npr.org/2013/04/14/176830220/a-pilgrimage-through-france-though-not-for-god

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/.
  

CWC Presents: Chris Durham - "Why Writers Can No Longer Afford to Ignore Social Media"

Sunday, June 23, 2013 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

There a number of different ways to grow your brand and it can be overwhelming with all the different tools and resources available. But there is one critical tool, Social Media, which you can’t afford to overlook.

You Will Learn:

·         Social Media Foundation – What you need to know as writers.
·         How many social networks should you be on       
·         Top 5 Social Media Marketing Tips
·         It doesn't take much to become impressive   
·         The importance of social networking in writing industry  
·         Action Steps

Chris Durham is the Director of Digital Development for Uhuru Network, LLC.

The Marin branch of the California Writers Club meets monthly at Book Passage, except July, August and December, on the 4th Sunday of the month, unless a holiday. 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Meeting may feature a guest speaker, a workshop or a panel discussion along with networking, encouragement and writing news. All are welcome. www.cwcmarinwriters.com.

 

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CWC Presents: Patricia Bracewell & Gillian Bagwell - "Point of View"

Sunday, April 28, 2013 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Point of View defines the choices available to the writer: omniscient versus character viewpoints (first person, the rarely used second person, third person, shifting viewpoints). Presenters will provide examples illustrating each type of viewpoint; discussion of the advantages of each viewpoint, the disadvantages, and what a writer must consider before making a choice. Q & A to follow.

Patricia Bracewell is a writer of historical fiction set in 11th century England. Her debut novel, Shadow on the Crown, is the first book in a trilogy about Emma of Normandy, whose marriage in A.D. 1002 to an English king set in motion a series of events that would lead, eventually, to the Norman Conquest of A.D. 1066.

Gillian Bagwell's novels include The Darling Strumpet, based on the life of Nell Gwynn, and The September Queen, the first fictional account of the perilous and romantic odyssey of Jane Lane, an ordinary English girl who risked her life to help the young Charles II escape after the disastrous Battle of Worcester in 1651 by disguising him as her servant.

The Marin branch of the California Writers Club meets monthly at Book Passage, except July, August and December, on the 4th Sunday of the month, unless a holiday. 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Meeting may feature a guest speaker, a workshop or a panel discussion along with networking, encouragement and writing news. All are welcome. www.cwcmarinwriters.com.
 

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CWC Presents: Holly Lynne Payne - "The Art of Revision"

Sunday, March 24, 2013 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Successful writers honor the adage, “Writing is about rewriting.” Does your manuscript represent your mastery of the craft? Have you submitted your manuscript only to receive too many rejections? Maybe you simply need a little bit more time inside the pages. It’s exciting to finish a manuscript; unfortunately, few writers can discern if their manuscript is eligible for submission to agents or editors. Join award-winning author and writing coach Holly Payne on an informative journey into the art of revision to ensure your manuscript is ready for submission and publication. This is the chance to examine story structure, character development and even the prose itself with a pro. You have one chance to make a first impression—make it great! Feel free to bring the first chapter of your manuscript.

Holly Lynn Payne is an internationally published novelist in ten countries whose work has been translated into eight languages. She lives in Northern California with her husband and young daughter, and serves the literary community as a volunteer producer for Litquake.

The Marin branch of the California Writers Club meets monthly at Book Passage, except July, August and December, on the 4th Sunday of the month, unless a holiday. 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Meeting may feature a guest speaker, a workshop or a panel discussion along with networking, encouragement and writing news. All are welcome. www.cwcmarinwriters.com.


 
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Left Coast Writers® Salon : Patricia Bracewell - Shadow on the Crown

Monday, April 1, 2013 - 7:00pm
Left Coast Writer® Patricia Bracewell discusses Shadow on the Crown ($27.95). In 1002, fifteen­-year-old Emma of Normandy crosses the Narrow Sea to wed the much older King Athelred of England, whom she meets for the first time at the church door. Thrust into an unfamiliar and treacherous court, with a husband who mistrusts her, stepsons who resent her and a bewitching rival who covets her crown, Emma must defend herself against her enemies and secure her status as queen by bearing a son. Based on real events recorded in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, Shadow on the Crown introduces readers to a fascinating, overlooked period of history and an unforgettable heroine whose quest to find her place in the world will resonate with modern readers.

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/.

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Left Coast Writers® Salon : Self-Publish Like a Professional

Monday, March 4, 2013 - 7:00pm

Self-Publish like a Professional: How to Avoid the New Slush Pile, is a rare Left Coast Writers® Salon which will be open to the public—no membership required to attend!

The panel of speakers, led by LCW president Linda Watanabe McFerrin, will include a planning and print specialist, a book designer, a small publisher, and a bookseller—all experts in their fields, with unique perspectives on today’s popular practice of self-publishing. The discussion will be frank, and full of vital information that writers need to know, with plenty of time left for the many questions it will raise. Every writer should attend! Please join us.

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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94925 Corte Madera
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Connie Bennett - Beyond Sugar Shock

Saturday, April 13, 2013 - 7:00pm

Left Coast Writers Book Launch

Sugar and carb addicts, get help to free yourself from your potentially deadly habits with The Sugar Liberator, Connie Bennett, author of the international bestseller Beyond Sugar Shock: The 6-Week Plan to Break Free of Your Sugar Addiction & Get Slimmer, Sexier & Sweeter ($15.95).

In this Book Passage program, Connie will give her insights and simple starter secrets to:

•    Activate the positive power of one of your worst habits—procrastinating.
•    Dodge the #1 mistake nearly everyone makes when quitting or reducing sweets.
•    Decode and even welcome your nagging sugar cravings.
•    Pick yourself up after you’ve “slipped” and fallen off your sugar-free or no-sugar plan. 
•    Dissolve your desire for dangerous sweets, while still enjoying your cherished chocolate. (You’ll even get healthy recipes for tasty treats.)
•    Stop being duped by innocent-looking foods that are actually sugar traps.

Connie’s sour-to-sweet journey began in 1998, when she was pummeled by 44 ailments, including crushing fatigue, brain fog, horrible headaches, rollercoaster mood swings, and severe PMS. When Connie’s new doctor blamed every single symptom on her excessive sugar habit and ordered her to quit consuming her cherished sweets, Connie reluctantly complied. She succeeded, because while shedding her dangerous habit, Connie created cool tools to ease her dreaded and difficult transition and turn it into a positive, fun-filled, life-changing adventure. Much to her surprise, all her ailments vanished, and Connie became energetic, focused, and free. Since 2001, Connie has been coaching, guiding, and inspiring thousands of people worldwide on how to easily triumph over beat their carb addiction.

 

Beyond Sugar Shock: The 6-Week Plan to Break Free of Your Sugar Addiction & Get Slimmer, Sexier & Sweeter Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781401931896
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Hay House - June 1st, 2012

From Connie Bennett, author of the bestseller Sugar Shock --the book that Mehmet Oz said "spills the beans" on the shocking impact of sugar and simple carbohydrates--comes Beyond Sugar Shock, the first book to provide a simple, practical, mind-body-spirit plan to help readers break free of their sugar or carb addiction.For the millions of people who suffer with problems such as low


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