Left Coast Writers

Left Coast Writers®: Bill Zarchy - Showdown at Shinagawa (Corte Madera)

Saturday, October 8, 2016 - 7:00pm

Left Coast Writers® Event

Bill Zarchy’s new book, Showdown at Shinagawa, tells true stories from his long career as a director of photography, working on film and digital cinema shoots across the U.S. and all around the world.


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ISBN: 9780984919109
Availability: Special Order
Published: Roving Camera Press - November 20th, 2013

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Left Coast Writers®: Mary Brent Cantarutti - Charleston and the South (Corte Madera)

Saturday, September 10, 2016 - 7:00pm

Left Coast Writers® Event

Charleston and the South: A Sampler of Stories, Poetry, Recipes & Art, Volume 2 is an anthology of stories, poetry, art and recipes from Charleston South Carolina and the south from author Mary Brent Cantarutti.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Left Coast Writers®: Laurie Fox - Agent at Linda Chester Agency (Corte Madera)

Monday, August 1, 2016 - 7:00pm

Laurie Fox is the West Coast agent for the Linda Chester Literary Agency, which has its home office in Manhattan. As Chester’s partner, Fox joined the agency in 1989, and is celebrating 27 years with the agency; before then, she worked at the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency. Laurie is also a published author of fiction and poetry, including Sexy Hieroglyphics (Chronicle Books, poetry), and two novels: My Sister from the Black Lagoon (Simon & Schuster, a San Francisco Chronicle Bestseller; PW Starred Review); and The Lost Girls (Simon & Schuster), a novel inspired by the themes of Peter Pan.

Fox is a former bookseller, creative writing teacher, and freelance literary consultant/editor. For the Chester Agency, Fox acquires, develops, and markets books in the areas of literary and quality fiction, memoir/biography, smart and satirical popular culture, and cutting-edge science. With Linda Chester, Laurie co-agented two-time Oprah Book Club novelist Wally Lamb's She's Come Undone and I Know This Much is True. Other books of Laurie’s include NYT’s bestselling author’s Cheryl Strayed’s first novel, Torch; Lolly Winston's New York Times bestselling novel Good Grief; literary crime novelist and Edgar Award nominee David Corbett's Done For a Dime, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year; Carolyn Cooke's story collection, The Bostons (NY Times Notable Book of the Year, a Los Angeles Times “Best Book of the Year,” winner of the PEN/Bingham Award); New York Times bestseller, First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong by James R. Hansen; Mars scientist Robert Zubrin's classic The Case For Mars; Michael Gurian's classic parenting book The Wonder of Boys; Donna Farhi's yoga bestsellers, The Breathing Book and Yoga Mind Body and Spirit; the hugely popular Zen Guitar by Philip Toshio Sudo; Wired’s Book of the Year, How to Survive a Robot Uprising by roboticist Daniel Wilson as well as 9 of his other books, including the NYT’s bestselling novel Robopocalypse which Spielberg plans to direct as a feature film; and Melissa Cistaro's literary memoir Pieces of My Mother (#1 IndieNext list).


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Left Coast Writers®: Mary Mackey - The Village of Bones

Tuesday, July 5, 2016 - 7:00pm

The Village of Bones is the lastest novel from author Mary Mackey. In 4386 B.C., a young priestess named Sabalah conceives a magical child with a mysterious stranger named Arash. Sabalah names the child Marrah. This child will save the Goddess-worshiping people of Europe from nomad invaders called eastmen, but only if her mother can keep her alive long enough to grow up. Warned in a vision of the coming invasion, Sabalah flees west with Arash to save her baby daughter, only to discover that she is running into the arms of her worst enemies. In the dark forests of northern Europe, other humanlike species left over from the Ice Age still exist.

Mary Mackey is the author of fourteen novels including The Village of Bones: Sabalah's Tale, The Year the Horses Came, The Horses at the Gate, and The Fires of Spring, all of which tell the story of Sabalah and Marrah's struggle to save the Goddess-worshiping cultures of Neolithic Europe from nomad invaders. Her novels have appeared on The New York Times and San Francisco Chronicle bestseller lists, been translated into twelve languages, and longlisted for the James Tiptree, Jr Literary Award. She has also written seven volumes of poetry including Sugar Zone, winner of the 2012 PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award for Literary Excellence. A screenwriter as well as a novelist and poet, Mary has sold feature-length scripts to Warner Brothers as well as to independent film companies.

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ISBN: 9781530804573
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Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - May 10th, 2016

Prequel to the Earthsong Series

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Left Coast Writers®: Mary Brent Cantarutti - Charleston and the South (San Francisco)

Monday, June 13, 2016 - 6:00pm

Speaker: Mary Brent Cantarutti, author of Charleston and the South: A Sampler of Stories, Poetry, Recipes, and Art, an anthology of stories, poetry, art and recipes from Charleston South Carolina and the South.

It’s another celebration of all things Southern! Please join Mary Brent Cantarutti of the Southern Sampler Artists Colony as she evokes the dreamy, sometimes steamy world of Charleston and beyond in an exciting sampler of poetry, short fiction, non-fiction and other delights at Book Passage in San Francisco’s Ferry Plaza. You don’t have to go there to be there, but if you want to be spirited away, you’ll be able to do that when you join the fun. 

“This heartfelt anthology celebrates the tenth anniversary of the Southern Sampler Artists Colony. Contributors present a cornucopia of writing, recipes, and art created in Charleston—South Carolina’s Holy City.”
—Mary Edna Fraser, Charleston artist



1 Ferry Bldg.
San Francisco, CA 94111

Left Coast Writers®: Janis Cook Newman - A Master Plan for Rescue (Corte Madera)

Monday, June 6, 2016 - 7:00pm

Speaker: Janis Cook Newman, author of A Master Plan for Rescue

Janis Cooke Newman is the author of Mary: Mrs. A. Lincoln, a novel. She is a member of the San Francisco Writers Grotto, on the board of Litquake, and a founder and organizer of the Lit Camp writers conference, through which she works with an array of well-known visiting writers.

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ISBN: 9781594633614
Availability: Special Order
Published: Riverhead Books - July 14th, 2015

Named a Best Book of 2015 by the San Francisco Chronicle
From the bestselling author of Mary: Mrs. A. Lincoln, a magical novel about the surprising acts we are capable of in the name of love.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Left Coast Writers®: Morris Taylor - Nine Lives of Morris (Corte Madera)

Saturday, May 14, 2016 - 7:00pm

Left Coast Writers® Launch

In Nine Lives of Morris: Great Tales from One Cool Cat, yhrough flash memoir, poetry and original watercolors, a fundamentalist christian exposes eight decades of struggle with dogmatism, homosexuality, suicide and tomatoes. Morris Taylor's nine lives range from music professor to twenty-five solo art shows and to International Master, 2013.

Morris Taylor is a contemporary version of the Renaissance man. Throughout his fourscore  and more years he has displayed a keen interest and considerable skill in the arts, religion, family and leather life style. As a musician, he has traveled the world giving classical piano concerts, master classes and lectures. His writing achievements  range from scholarly papers in musicology to incisive poetry relating gentle nature to gritty life. In retirement years, Taylor has become a watercolor artist. His twenty-five one-person shows range from San Francisco’s Grace Episcopal Cathedral to the Center for Sex and Culture. On May 21, 2015, he exhibited his erotic watercolors at Chicago’s Leather Archives and Museum.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Left Coast Writers®: Isabel Allende - The Japanese Lover

Monday, May 2, 2016 - 7:00pm

Speaker: Isabel Allende, author of Japanese Lover

Born in Peru and raised in Chile, Isabel Allende is the author of a number of bestselling and critically acclaimed books, including The House of the Spirits, Eva Luna, Stories of Eva Luna, Of Love and Shadows, and Paula. Her latest novel is The Japanese Lover. Her books have been translated into more than thirty-five languages and have sold more than 65 million copies worldwide. She lives in California. Her website is IsabelAllende.com.

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ISBN: 9781501116971
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Published: Atria Books - November 3rd, 2015

Named one of the most anticipated novels of the year by New York Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Entertainment Weekly, Cosmopolitan, Harper's Bazaar, Publishers Weekly, The Huffington Post, and more.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

California Writers Club: Molly Giles - Story Writing (Corte Madera)

Sunday, June 26, 2016 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

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Molly Giles has published four award-winning collections of stories: Rough Translations, which won The Flannery O’Connor Prize, the Boston Globe Award, and The Bay Area Book Reviewers’ Award; Creek Walk, which won The Small Press Best Fiction Award, the California Commonwealth Silver Medal for Fiction, and was a New York Times Notable Book; Bothered, which won the Split Oak Press Flash Fiction Award and, most recently, All The Wrong Places, which won the Spokane Prize for Fiction. She has also published a novel, Iron Shoes, which has won no prizes at all, and an ebook of stories, Three For The Road. Her stories have been included in numerous anthologies including The O. Henry and the Pushcart Prize (twice) and she has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Marin Arts Council, and the Arkansas Arts Council.

Molly has taught fiction writing at San Francisco State University, University of Hawaii in Manoa, San Jose State University, the National University of Ireland at Galway, and The University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. She has edited many published writers and mentors through the Path to Publishing program at Book Passage.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

California Writers Club: Amanda McTigue - The Author's Voice

Sunday, May 22, 2016 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Amanda McTigue is a novelist, short story writer and produced playwright. Going to Solace, her debut novel set in the Blue Ridge Mountains, was named a Best Read of 2012 by public radio KRCB's "Word for Word." She's also an ace live storyteller, the Grand Slam winner for two years in a row (2013 and 2014) at West Side Stories. Her second novel, Monkey Bottom, is on its way.



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ISBN: 9780985493004
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Published: Harper Davis Publishing - July 14th, 2012

It's Thanksgiving week, 1989. We're in Big Piney and Little Piney, two hollows near the town of Garnet in the Blue Ridge Mountains. A handful of mismatched folks - some country people, some far-flung, fancy people - discover they have one thing in common: someone they know is sick, real sick, dying sick. Their paths cross at a local hospice called Solace.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925


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