Left Coast Writers

Left Coast Writers®: Cristina Olsen - Kissing the Sky

Saturday, August 8, 2015 - 7:00pm

Kissing the Sky is an autobiography of the soul in poetic and visual form that begins with loss and loneliness, but soon transforms into love and an expansive freedom of the soul. From post-war London to the vast Pampas of Argentina, from Buenos Aires to the Hills of Novato, California, I weave a meditative tapestry of poetry, poetic prose, and photography celebrating the beauty of nature and its power to transform pain into joy. The book is divided into three parts, from finding light in the darkest hours, discovering love in all its guises, and reaching for the sky in blissful surrender. The accompanying photographs are not merely decorative. The way I take a photograph is the way I write a poem, circling the subject over and over again until the image says “take me!” I use the camera on my nature rambles to capture beauty, stalking prey like a hunter, every angle a joy to behold. And so every poem in this book evolves from a deep meditation with the image, and every image becomes a resonant backdrop that sends the poem flying—sometimes flying into unknown territory.

Cristina Olsen, PhD, CPCC, is an author, poet and photographer. She was born and raised in Argentina, then moved to the United States with her parents when she was 14. After graduating from high school, Cristina lived a nomadic life for more than 20 years, shifting residences between the United States and South America, and vagabonding through countries around the world. During those years, Cristina studied and earned degrees in cultural anthropology, psychology, philosophy and world religions. She eventually settled in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and fellow poet and photographer, Dave Muñoz (Haikudave), and received her doctoral degree in Spirituality and Geography. Her dissertation, Nature in the Lives of Saints Brigit, Patrick, and Columba, was published by Lambert Academic Press and is available here on Amazon. Cristina has taught courses in world religions, spirituality, and meditative practices at various institutions throughout the Bay Area, and has lectured on Celtic Spirituality and nature mysticism in the United States and the U.K. In addition, she was an English-Spanish translator and language teacher for many years and a fundraiser for environmental organizations and for ecological agricultural programs in Africa, Asia, and Central and South America. She now dedicates herself to creative writing and photography, and as a licensed Life Coach helps others in their creative pursuits and publishing endeavors.

 

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Published: Suncloud Press - January 16th, 2015

Kissing the Sky is an autobiography of the soul in poetic and visual form, tracing a course from post-war London to the vast Pampas of Argentina, then from Buenos Aires to the hills of Novato, California, resulting in a tapestry of poetry and photography that celebrates the beauty of nature and its power to transform and heal.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Left Coast Writers® - An Evening with Deirdre Cerkanowicz

Tuesday, July 7, 2015 - 7:00pm

Join the Left Coast Writers® for hosted wine and beverages as we celebrate libraries and all they do for writers. We’ll begin with a short mixer, which will be followed by an inspiring and informative presentation by Deirdre Cerkanowicz.

Deirdre has worked in libraries for over 25 years. She is also a writer and photographer, having started and produced a monthly newsmagazine for six years; as well as written numerous book reviews for publications such as Booklist. She worked for Book Passage before attending library school and still frequents both locations. She currently is in charge of publicity for the Berkeley Public Library and promotes the Library’s numerous free public programs through press releases, newsletters and social media.
Deirdre will unveil secrets of the stacks, explain how databases are your friend, how to approach libraries to do readings and offer other process for getting your book in libraries and how not to drive your local librarian crazy.

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Left Coast Writers® Launch: John Hewitt - One Shoe

Saturday, July 11, 2015 - 7:00pm

One Shoe: When a Gold Rush is Not Enough is a barrel of laughter from start to finish, especially for California readers already steeped in Gold Rush fiction and folklore. Author John Hewitt portions out the delicious plot, serving up a satisfying tasty story with notes of joie de vivre, irony, and laughs.

John Hewitt has worked as a newspaper reporter, television news producer, documentary filmmaker and university professor. He is the author of Drone Baloney, Stranger in Baja, and Under the Padre's Thumb. He currently lives in Northern California.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Left Coast Writers®: David Corbett - The Mercy of the Night

Monday, August 3, 2015 - 7:00pm

Phelan Tierney helps people who hope to start their lives over. When Jacquelina Garza, a young woman he's taken under his wing, disappears, the former lawyer devotes himself to finding her despite her secretive and puzzlingly unhelpful family. Jacqi has been to hell and back ever since she was abducted by a child predator when she was eight years old, she still, years later, bears the scars of the incident and its very public aftermath. Her life takes an even steeper downward spiral when she witnesses the murder of a man it seems everyone wanted dead. But no one, not even the police, wants to hear her version of what actually happened. Can these two wayward souls find redemption amid the convenient lies and difficult truths that have followed them for so long? David Corbett has written his most personal and powerful work to date in Mercy of the Night, a story of haunting suspense with characters you will never forget.

Before becoming a novelist, David Corbett spent fifteen years as an investigator for the San Francisco private detective agency Palladino & Sutherland, working on several high-profile cases. Corbett's previous work includes The Devil's Redhead, Done for a Dime, a New York Times Notable Book and nominee for the Macavity Award from Mystery Readers International, Blood of Paradise, a nominee for the Edgar and numerous other awards. It was also named a San Francisco Chronicle Notable Book and one of the Top Ten Mysteries and Thrillers of 2007 by the Washington Post and Do They Know I'm Running? received the Spinetingler Award, Best Novel: Rising Star Category. Corbett's most recent book, a collection of short stories titled Killing Yourself to Survive, is offered exclusively through Mysterious Press and Open Road Media. His textbook on the craft of characterization, The Art of Character, has been described as "a writer's bible."

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ISBN: 9781477849446
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Published: Thomas & Mercer - April 7th, 2015

Phelan Tierney helps people who hope to start their lives over. When Jacquelina Garza, a young woman he's taken under his wing, disappears, the former lawyer devotes himself to finding her--despite her secretive and puzzlingly unhelpful family.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

California Writers Club: Marianne Lonsdale - Find Your Writing Community

Sunday, June 28, 2015 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

2:00-4:00 pm • Corte Madera • $5 for members; $10 for non-members

"Writing in Community" has become a buzz phrase, but what does it really mean? What are the ways writing communities benefit writers?  Where and do you go to get it? Writer Marianne Lonsdale will discuss her experiences and involvement in writing communities (Left Coast Writers, Write On Mamas, Lit Camp and an Advanced Writing Group). Writing may leave you feeling isolated, but finding community can energize us. Come hear all about the value of connection and collaboration!

Marianne Lonsdale writes personal essays and short stories, and is now focused on developing a novel. Her work has been published in the San Francisco Chronicle, Literary Mama, Fiction365, The Sun, and Pulse. She is a founding member of Write On Mamas, a San Francisco Bay Area writers group. Marianne has read at various events including San Francisco’s Litquake festival, and is honored to be an alumna of the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley. She lives with her husband, Michael, and son, Nicholas, in Oakland, California.

CWC is a great place to improve your craft, no matter what level you are at. Benefits include meeting local authors, agents, and publishers and creating critique groups with like-minded writers. Our meetings feature speakers,  workshops, and networking. www.cwcmarinwriters.com

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Left Coast Writers®: Jessica Shepherd - Venus Sign

Saturday, June 13, 2015 - 7:00pm

Left Coast Writers® Launch

In Venus Signs: Discover Your Erotic Gifts and Secret Desires Through Astrology, astrologist Jessica Shepherd shows how astrology can be harnessed to help gain insights into your significant other and support your friends and loved ones. Shepherd is the author of A Love Alchemist’s Notebook.

 

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$16.99
ISBN: 9780738741949
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Published: Llewellyn Publications - January 8th, 2015

Use the wisdom of your Venus sign to create, laugh, and love with irresistible confidence. For millennia, Venus sauntered through the history books with unrivaled self-possession and sexual self-confidence. Yet many women today long for connection with the very aspects of their inner selves that Venus represents: pleasure, joy, self-worth, sexual vitality, and eroticism.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Left Coast Writers®: David Downie - A Passion for Paris

Monday, June 1, 2015 - 7:00pm

In A Passion for Paris David Downie skillfully transports readers into the city’s vibrant culture and many of its hidden locations. Abounding in secluded, atmospheric parks, artists’ studios, cafes, restaurants and streets little changed since the 1800s, Downie demonstrates that Paris exudes romance on every corner, and the art and architecture, the cityscape, riverbanks, and the unparalleled quality of daily life are all part of the equation.

David Downie, a native San Franciscan, lived in New York, Providence, Rome and Milan before moving to Paris in the mid- 1980s. He divides his time between France and Italy. His travel, food and arts features have appeared in print publications worldwide. He is the author of the critically acclaimedParis, Paris, and the bestselling Paris to the Pyrenees.

 

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ISBN: 9781250043153
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Published: St. Martin's Press - April 28th, 2015

"A top-notch walking tour of Paris. . . . The author's encyclopedic knowledge of the city and its artists grants him a mystical gift of access: doors left ajar and carriage gates left open foster his search for the city's magical story. Anyone who loves Paris will adore this joyful book.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

California Writers Club: Calling All Writers

Sunday, October 25, 2015 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

2:00-4:00 pm • Corte Madera • $5 for members; $10 for non-members

1st Hour: How to Survive NaNoWriMo/Write Nonfiction in November

They say April is the cruelest month—but that was before the Office of Letters and Light declared November as National Novel Writing Month.  Along with companion session Write Nonfiction in November (WNFIN), NaNoWriMo is 30 days of literary focus (or frenzy) as participants endeavor to get 50,000 words (or a complete nonfiction first draft) out of the brain and onto paper. Join CWC members who have navigated the NaNoWriMo/WNFIN process for tips on how to rack up words while finding time to shower in a month that also includes turkey, stuffing, and family feuds.

2nd Hour: Build Your Own Writing Group with Vicki Hudson

Sure, you’ve heard about critique groups—maybe even been in a couple—but do you want to know a bit more about how they work? Have you wanted to start one but aren’t sure how? Curious how you find the right mix—and the ideal number—of members? How do you handle difficult members? What are the signs that the group has run its course—and what do you do then? Join Vicki Hudson, author of No Red Pen, to learn more about how to start a group, take on members, and manage the submission/review process.  Get insights about group dynamics, and more! Come prepared to talk about your own writing group experience—and maybe even get a few new groups started in the process!

MEMBERS

Join us at 1:00 pm for The Opening Act + Refreshments

This month: Pitch your book or story, and (optional) get feedback. Come prepared to describe your project in one minute or less.

Not a member, but want to come to opening act? Ask John Byrne (johnbyrnebarry@gmail.com) for a one-time pass—and learn more about our club.

CWC is a great place to improve your craft, no matter what level you are at. Benefits include meeting local authors, agents, and publishers and creating critique groups with like-minded writers. Our meetings feature speakers,  workshops, and networking. www.cwcmarinwriters.com

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Left Coast Writers®: Elaine Miller Bond - The Utah Prairie Dog

Saturday, May 9, 2015 - 7:00pm

Intended for all curious readers, The Utah Prairie Dog provides an engaging, firsthand account of field research into the smallest type of prairie dog—the Utah prairie dog (Cynomys parvidens)—a "threatened" species on the federal endangered species list. Text by Dr. Theodore Manno and more than 150 photos by Elaine Miller Bond bring new light to behaviors that have long intrigued and fascinated scientists, like why a mother prairie dog would spend the energy to nurse another mom’s pups, or which individuals in the colony give warning calls when danger is near.

Elaine Miller Bond's work has appeared on the Discovery Channel Canada and been published by Science, NPR, BBC Earth News, The American Naturalist, The Washington Post, Journal of Mammalogy, and other scientific and popular media. On a more regular basis, she contributes photos and feature stories to her local news site, Berkeleyside.

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By Theodore G. Manno, Elaine Miller Bond (Photographer), John Hoogland (Foreword by)
$24.95
ISBN: 9781607813668
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Published: University of Utah Press - October 15th, 2014

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Left Coast Writers®: Marianne Lonsdale - Mama's Write: 29 Tales of Truth, Wit, and Grit

Monday, April 13, 2015 - 6:00pm

Writing in Community has become a buzz phrase, but what does it really mean? How does it help writers? And where do you go to get it? Writer Marianne Lonsdale will discuss her experiences and involvement in writing communities (Left Coast Writers, Write On Mamas, Lit Camp and Listen To Your Mother). Writing can be such a solitary endeavor, but finding community can energize and connect us. Come hear all about the benefits of collaboration! Marianne will also read from the anthology Mamas Write: 29 Tales of Truth, Wit, and Grit.

Marianne Lonsdale writes personal essays and short stories, and is now focused on developing a novel. Her work has been published in the San Francisco Chronicle, Literary Mama, Fiction365, The Sun, and Pulse. She is a founding member of Write On Mamas, a San Francisco Bay Area writers group.

 

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By Write on Mamas, Janine Kovac (Editor), Joanne Hartman (Editor)
$12.99
ISBN: 9780615964843
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Published: Bittersweet Press - April 4th, 2014

In "Mamas Write: 29 Tales of Truth, Wit, and Grit," twenty-four moms (and one dad) share stories from their lives as writers and parents.


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