Left Coast Writers

Left Coast Writers®: Laura Perkins - Literary Agent (Corte Madera)

Monday, April 3, 2017 - 7:00pm

Lara Perkins 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. 

In YA, Lara is seeking transformative, page-turning, character-driven fiction in any genre: fantasy, science fiction, contemporary realistic, historical, mystery, etc. She gravitates towards an unexpected premise that makes her do a double take (example: assassin nuns!), an evocative and richly described setting, and fully realized, complex characters. She's looking for authors who wield language intentionally, and manuscripts that she can't put down because she's swept up in the high stakes, the compelling voice, the original world-building, and/or the character-driven humor. As a more specific wish, Lara grew up in Los Angeles and would love to find a middle grade or YA novel set in the real, diverse LA (not Hollywood). 

Some of Lara's recent picture book and novelty titles include Anne Sibley O'Brien's ABRACADABRA! IT'S SPRING! and HOCUS POCUS! IT'S FALL! (Abrams Appleseed, illustrated by Susan Gal); author/illustrator Ross Burach's PINE AND BOOF: THE LUCKY LEAF (forthcoming with HarperCollins, sold in a six-figure, two-book deal) and TRUCK FULL OF DUCKS (forthcoming with Scholastic Press); Tami Charles' FREEDOM SOUP and PANYE (both forthcoming with Candlewick); Denise Vega's IF YOUR MONSTER WON'T GO TO BED (forthcoming with Knopf/PRH, illustrated by Zachariah Ohora); and Shelli Johannes-Wells and Kimberly Derting's LUNA AND THE SCIENTIFIC METHOD (forthcoming with Greenwillow/HarperCollins, sold in a two-book, pre-empt). Some of Lara's recent middle grade and YA titles include Emily Martin's THE YEAR WE FELL APART (Simon Pulse/S&S); Anne Sibley O'Brien's IN THE SHADOW OF THE SUN (forthcoming with Arthur Levine/Scholastic); Tracy Barrett's contemporary YA, MY FREEFALL SUMMER (forthcoming with Charlesbridge); Melissa Thomson's TITO THE BONECRUSHER (forthcoming with FSG/Macmillan, sold at auction); Tami Charles's middle grade debut LIKE VANESSA (forthcoming with Charlesbridge, sold in a two-book deal); and Matthew Ward's THE FANTASTIC FAMILY WHIPPLE: WAR OF THE WORLD RECORDS (Razorbill/PRH, sold in a two-book, six-figure pre-empt). 

Lara has a B.A. in English and Fine Arts from Amherst College and an M.A. in English Literature from Columbia University, where she studied Victorian British Literature. In her pre-publishing life, she trained to be an architect before deciding that books, not bricks, are her true passion. She lives in the Bay Area with her husband and toddler.

 

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Left Coast Writers®: Aleta George - Ina Coolbrith (Corte Madera)

Monday, March 6, 2017 - 7:00pm

It’s Ina Coolbrith’s birth month and also a prelude to National Poetry month, which takes place in April! What better time to join Aleta George in her look at the world of poetics and this important California contributor.

Aleta George is the author of the award-winning biography, Ina Coolbrith: The Bittersweet Song of California’s First Poet Laureate. She has written for Smithsonian, High Country News, the Los Angeles Times, and the San Francisco Chronicle. She is currently the open space reporter for the Bay Area Monitor, a publication of the League of Women Voters.

Ina Coolbrith is a new biography about a pioneer poet, Oakland’s first public librarian, and the most popular literary ambassador in the early American West.

California named Coolbrith its first poet laureate in 1915 during San Francisco’s Panama-Pacific International Exposition, and 2015 marks her centennial of being named California’s beloved first lady of poetry and America’s first laureate.

George’s deftly told and deeply researched book follows the struggles and triumphs of Coolbrith from her birth in 1841 as a niece of Joseph Smith to her death in 1928 as California’s most beloved poet. Covering territory from California’s goldfields to the young pueblo of Los Angeles and back to the Golden Gate, Coolbrith’s story parallels California’s adolescence. The book also tells the story of how the young Coolbrith slipped into the male-dominated, literary world of post–Gold Rush San Francisco where Bret Harte, Mark Twain, and John Muir got their start; how as a librarian she mentored Jack London and Isadora Duncan; and how in her eighties an unrequited love for poetry and a handsome young protégé named Carl drove her to Roaring Twenties New York where she was lauded by the Poetry Society of America.

Coolbrith was a working class woman and the primary breadwinner for her family. She met with a series of challenges throughout her life that tested her devotion to her art, but in the end, she put her full faith in poetry and her story reveals the saving grace of creativity in a woman’s life.

 

Ina Coolbrith: The Bittersweet Song of California's First Poet Laureate Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9780986124013
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Published: Shifting Plates Press - March 20th, 2015

In post-Gold Rush San Francisco, Ina Coolbrith was known as the pearl of her tribe, a tribe that included Bret Harte, Mark Twain, and John Muir. Jack London and Isadora Duncan considered her their literary godmother, and John Greenleaf Whittier knew more of her poems by heart than she did his.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Left Coast Writers®: Andy Ross - Literary Agent

Monday, February 6, 2017 - 7:00pm

Left Coast Writers® Salon featuring Andy Ross, literary agent and founder of the Andy Ross Literary Agency.

 

 

 

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Left Coast Writers®: Brooke Warner - Publisher for She Writes Press (Corte Madera)

Monday, January 2, 2017 - 7:00pm

Brooke Warner is the publisher of She Writes Press, president of Warner Coaching Inc., author of What's Your Book? and How to Sell Your Memoir, and co-author of Breaking Ground on Your Memoir. She is also a regular Huffington Post blogger and a master teacher of memoir who co-leads the popular course "Write Your Memoir in Six Months." Her expertise is in traditional and new publishing. She sits on the boards of the Independent Book Publishers Association, the National Association of Memoir Writers, and the Bay Area Book Festival. Her website has been named by The Write Life as one of the Top 100 Best Websites for Writers. Warner lives and works in Berkeley, California.

 

 

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Left Coast Writers®: Dick Jordan - Cuba Libre (Corte Madera)

Monday, December 5, 2016 - 7:00pm

Dick Jordan grew up in Seattle, Washington. At age 7, he donned a suit and tie, climbed aboard a United Airlines DC-6, and took his first big trip: Up to Vancouver, British Columbia, for the day, back to Seattle the same evening by train. As a teenager at the end of the heyday of U.S. passenger train travel, he rode the rails to and from Miami Beach. In between these two “Big City Trips”, he learned to appreciate the outdoor wonders of the West by joining the quintessential “F Troop” of the Boy Scouts and camping in the rain and mud of Western Washington.

His service in the U.S. Air Force took him to Texas, Indiana, and the Far East. Along the way he spent nine months studying Chinese in Monterey, California, and discovered San Francisco and Yosemite National Park. When his service days came to a close, he moved to the San Francisco Bay Area, practiced law for over 30 years, and was an author of articles which appeared in the legal press, and was an editor and publisher of print and on-line legal newsletters. But his real dream was to become a travel writer.

Since 1971, Dick has traveled to nearly 250 places in the United States and abroad. In 2006 he started writing travel blogs so friends and family could follow the vacation journeys he and his wife Cindy embark on each year.

In 2009, a year after retiring, he became a freelance travel writer. His stories and photographs have appeared in the Contra Costa Times, Dallas Morning News, Los Angeles Times, Marin IJ, Oakland Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, and San Jose Mercury News.  He is also a contributorto the Book Passage Blog and a Gogobot Featured Blogger.

Dick is a Founding Member of the Professional Travel Bloggers Association whose mission is to promote the interests of travel bloggers within the industry by supporting and fostering the needs, careers and relationships of travel bloggers. He also belongs to the Bay Area Travel Writers, North American Travel Journalists Association, and San Francisco Bay Area Journalists,

He is a member of Left Coast Writers, which supports new and established writers in the production and promotion of their work in a stimulating atmosphere of creativity and community, and is a TV producer at the Community Media Center of Marin.

In January of 2015 he was named a “Featured Journalist” by the North American Travel Journalists Association.

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Left Coast Writers®: Constance Hale - The Natives Are Restless (Corte Madera)

Monday, November 7, 2016 - 7:00pm

Constance Hale is certainly a “grammar maven.” Her guide to sentences, Sin and Syntax, sits on writers’ desks, library shelves, and many a bedside table. But she’s also a hula dancer, a poet, and a bit of a rebel. Two years ago she decided to defy literary pigeon holes, producing two books outside the mainstream. She will reveal the whys and wherefores of her ventures into indie publishing, and she’ll ply you with Mai Tais, share her thoughts on Hawaiian culture, and teach you some hula moves.

Constance Hale is a Hawaii-born, SF-based journalist and the author of three books on literary style. In fall 2016, she released two category-breaking books: Iwalani’s Tree (a prose poem for children set in Hawaii) and The Natives Are Restless (an intellectual coffee-table book on the hula).

The Natives Are Restless: A San Francisco Dance Master Takes Hula Into the Twenty-First Century Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9781943006069
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Published: Sparkpress - October 11th, 2016

The art of hula is thriving in cities all over the country and the world, but it is not always understood. In The Natives Are Restless, journalist Constance Hale presents the largely untold story of the dance tradition, using the twin keyholes of Kumu Patrick Makuakane (a Hawai'i-born, San Francisco-based hula master), and his 350-person arts organization (Na Lei Hulu i ka Wekiu).


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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Left Coast Writers®: Mikkel Aaland - The River in My Backyard (Corte Madera)

Tuesday, September 6, 2016 - 7:00pm

Left Coast Writers® Salon Meeting
1st Monday each month • 7:00-9:00 pm • $120 per year • Corte Madera
To register, visit www.bookpassage.com/left-coast-writers

The River in My Backyard is more than an exploration into the world of patricide, madness and ghost genes. Ending with a dramatic pilgrimage to holy Mt. Kailash, and atonement for a brother's sins, it provides an inspiring roadmap to inner peace and healing. The book is beautifully illustrated with both the author's photographs and vintage family reproductions.

Mikkel Aaland is an award-winning photographer and the author of nine books, including Photoshop CS2 RAWShooting DigitalPhotoshop Elements 4 Solutions , Photoshop for the WebStill Images in Multimedia, and Digital Photography. In 2003 he was a guest columnist for newsweek.com. In 2004,Shooting Digital was named the best "Digital Photography" book of the year by the Designer's Bookshelf. Aaland's documentary photographs have been exhibited in major institutions around the world, including the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris and the former Lenin Museum in Prague. In 1981 he received the National Art Directors award for photography. He has contributed both text and/or photography to WiredOutsideDigital CreativityAmerican PhotoThe Washington Post, andNewsweek, as well as several European publications.

 

The River in My Backyard Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9780997261011
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Cyberbohemia Press - August 1st, 2016

OF ALL THE HAUNTING MEMOIRS THAT I HAVE READ, Mikkel Aaland's The River in My Backyard, is at once the most heart-rending and the most courageously triumphant. Aaland explores two rivers, the literal one that runs past his ancestral home in Norway, and the metaphorical one that runs in the blood of his ancestors, himself, and now his two daughters.


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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Left Coast Writers®: David Kudler - Risuko (Corte Madera)

Monday, October 3, 2016 - 7:00pm

Left Coast Writers® Salon Meeting
1st Monday each month • 7:00-9:00 pm • $120 per year • Corte Madera
To register, visit www.bookpassage.com/left-coast-writers

Though Japan has been devastated by a century of civil war, Risuko just wants to climb trees. Growing up far from the battlefields and court intrigues, the fatherless girl finds herself pulled into a plot that may reunite Japan -- or may destroy it. She is torn from her home and what is left of her family, but finds new friends at a school that may not be what it seems. Magical but historical, Risuko follows her along the first dangerous steps to discovering who she truly is.

David Kudler is an author, editor, and publisher living just north of San Francisco, California with his wife, teacher/author Maura Vaughn, his author-to-be daughters, and their (apparently) non-literary cats. He is best known as the editor of Joseph Campbell's The Hero with a Thousand Faces. His children’s picture book The Seven Gods of Luck was adapted from a Japanese folktale. Two books that he edited for Joseph Campbell Foundation (Sake & Satori and Myths of Light) explore Japanese mythology and religion. He has written about places other than Japan — but his imagination keeps returning to the Land of the Rising Sun.

 

Risuko: A Kunoichi Tale Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781938808326
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Stillpoint/Atalanta - June 15th, 2016

Samurai, assassins, warlords -- and a girl who likes to climb

Tight, exciting, and thoughtful... The characters are nicely varied and all the pieces fit into place deftly. -- Kirkus Reviews


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Corte Madera, CA 94925

California Writers Club: Robert G. Pimm - Modern Book Publishing (Corte Madera)

Sunday, October 23, 2016 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Every 4th Sunday of the month • 2:00 - 4:00 pm • $5 for members; $10 for non-members

Attorney Robert G. Pimm presents “Modern Book Publishing: How to Negotiate Better Contracts.”

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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Corte Madera, CA 94925

California Writers Club: Karma Bennett - Beyond Facebook (Corte Madera)

Sunday, September 25, 2016 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Every 4th Sunday of the month • 2:00 - 4:00 pm • $5 for members; $10 for non-members

Digital marketing and publicity strategist Karma Bennett presents “Beyond Facebook: How to Make Social Media Work for You.”

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.

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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