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Left Coast Writers®: Joan Steidinger - Sisterhood in Sports

Saturday, January 10, 2015 - 7:00pm

Sisterhood in Sports tells the stories of all kinds of female athletes in a variety of sports. Their natural tendency to use talking as a primary form of communication is essential to their experiences and successes in sports. Women and girls tend to have BFFs, collaborate during periods of stress, express empathy for one another, worry about themselves and others, and desire to have fun in sports, which makes their experiences of sports and competition different from their male counterparts. Female strengths are grounded in both mind and body, and they take these strengths onto the court, field, and track.

Joan Steidinger, Ph.D., is a Certified Consultant through the Association of Applied Sports Psychology and on the United States Olympic Committee’s Sport Psychology Registry. She has written columns online for PsychologyToday.com and SFGate.com. She has worked as a sports psychologist for close to 30 years with offices in Mill Valley and San Francisco. In the 1990s, she was a competitive ultrarunner and competitive Ride and Tie participant.

 

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$38.00
ISBN: 9781442230330
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Published: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers - October 10th, 2014

Sisterhood in Sports: How Female Athletes Collaborate and Compete tells the stories of all kinds of female athletes in a variety of sports. Their natural tendency to use talking as a primary form of communication is essential to their experiences and successes in sports.


Left Coast Writers®: Joan Steidinger - Sisterhood in Sports

Sunday, January 12, 2014 - 6:00pm

Sisterhood in Sports tells the stories of all kinds of female athletes in a variety of sports. Their natural tendency to use talking as a primary form of communication is essential to their experiences and successes in sports. Women and girls tend to have BFFs, collaborate during periods of stress, express empathy for one another, worry about themselves and others, and desire to have fun in sports, which makes their experiences of sports and competition different from their male counterparts. Female strengths are grounded in both mind and body, and they take these strengths onto the court, field, and track.

Joan Steidinger, Ph.D., is a Certified Consultant through the Association of Applied Sports Psychology and on the United States Olympic Committee’s Sport Psychology Registry. She has written columns online for PsychologyToday.com and SFGate.com. She has worked as a sports psychologist for close to 30 years with offices in Mill Valley and San Francisco. In the 1990s, she was a competitive ultrarunner and competitive Ride and Tie participant.

Sisterhood in Sports: How Female Athletes Collaborate and Compete Cover Image
$38.00
ISBN: 9781442230330
Availability: Special Order
Published: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers - October 10th, 2014

Sisterhood in Sports: How Female Athletes Collaborate and Compete tells the stories of all kinds of female athletes in a variety of sports. Their natural tendency to use talking as a primary form of communication is essential to their experiences and successes in sports.


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Left Coast Writers®: C.W. Gortner - The Tudor Vendetta & The Queen's Vow

Monday, January 5, 2015 - 7:00pm

Introduction by Pat Bracewell

Upon the death of Mary I (Bloody Mary), Elizabeth I takes the throne and Brendan Prescott is called to aid the young queen amid a realm plunged into chaos and a court rife with conspiracy. The Tudor Vendetta takes readers from the intrigue-laden passages of Whitehall to a foreboding Catholic manor and the deadly underworld of London, Brendan must race against time to unravel a vendetta that will strike at the very core of his world—a vendetta that could expose a buried past and betray everything he has fought for, including his loyalty to his queen.

From the glorious palaces of Segovia to the battlefields of Granada and the intrigue-laden gardens of Seville, The Queen's Vow sweeps us into the tumultuous forging of a nation and the complex, fascinating heart of the woman who overcame all odds to become Isabella of Castile.

C.W. Gortner is the international bestselling author of six historical novels, including the Spymaster trilogy. His most recent novels are The Tudor Vendetta and The Queen’s Vow. In March 2015, his novel Mademoiselle Chanel, about the iconic fashion designer, will be published by HarperCollins. Raised in Spain and a long-time resident of the Bay Area, he has been published in over twenty-five languages to date.

 

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$27.99
ISBN: 9781250058539
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: St. Martin's Griffin - October 21st, 2014

London, 1558. Queen Mary is dead, and 25-year old Elizabeth ascends the throne. Summoned to court from exile abroad, Elizabeth's intimate spy, Brendan Prescott, is reunited with the young queen, as well as his beloved Kate, scheming William Cecil, and arch-rival, Robert Dudley.


The Queen's Vow: A Novel of Isabella of Castile Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780345523969
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Published: Ballantine Books - June 12th, 2012

No one believed I was destined for greatness.


Left Coast Writers®: Erin O’Donoghue Thompson - Only a Stone's Throw

Saturday, December 13, 2014 - 7:00pm

Erin O'Donoghue Thompson's book, Only a Stones Throw, is a personal memoir chronicling the lows and highs of parenting her eldest daughter to adulthood after she was mentally disabled as a newborn. It's an honest tale of love and strength when life deals out surprises with unexpected results.

Erin O’Donoghue Thompson started writing at the age of seventeen. She was the editor of her high school newspaper but put her literary aspirations aside to raise a family. Once her eight children were on their own she did a ten year stint as a travel consultant, taking groups to China, photographic safaris to Africa, and groups of women on shopping tours to Hong Kong. In 2007 she was diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia. This was a wake-up call to “do it now” whatever your dream may be. Her's was to write a book about the struggle raising Stephanie, her brain damaged daughter.

 

 

 

Left Coast Writers®: Antoinette Constable - The Lasting War

Monday, December 8, 2014 - 6:00pm

The Lasting War is a new volume of poetry from Antoinette Constable.

Born and raised in France, Antoinette Constable is a registered nurse with British and American nursing degrees, and also runs her own catering business. She has lived in the United States for many years, where she raised her four children as a single mother. Her hobbies include reading, writing literary critiques, spending time with her grandchildren, gardening, collecting copper items, cooking and creating new recipes.

Her work has won the PEN First Prize for Poetry, as well as the Ann Stanford Award from the University of Southern California, and it has appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, Barnabe Mountain Review, Bay Area Poets Coalition, California Quarterly (CQ), The Chaffin Journal, Controlled Burn, Denver Metropolitan State Magazine, Foothill Magazine, Gargoyle Magazine, The Healing Muse, Louisville Review, The Old Red Kimono, POEM, Psychological Perspectives, Southern Humanities Review, Unitarian Newsletter, and Unitarian Universalist Anthology. Her poem, "You Dream that the Word Hope Is Written on the Door," was published in the Anthology of Master Classes with David St. John in 2003, by Arctos Press. She was recently awarded a residency at Mesa Refuge, a prestigious writers' retreat near Oakland. 

Left Coast Writers®: Marianne Betterly, Judy Bebelaar, Sandra Gilbert & More - The Widows' Handbook

Monday, November 10, 2014 - 6:00pm

The Widows’ Handbook is a collection of poetry from 87 American women of all ages, legally married or not, straight and gay, whose partners or spouses have died. Some of the poets are already published widely including more than a dozen prizewinners, four Pushcart nominees, and two regional poets laureate. Others are not as well known, and some appear in print for the first time here. With courage and wry humor, these women encounter insidious depression, poignant memories, bureaucratic nonsense, unfamiliar hardware, well-intentioned but thoughtless remarks, demanding work, spiritual revelation, and unexpected lust, navigating new relationships in the uncertain legacy of sexual liberation. They write frankly about being paralyzed and about going forward. Their poems are honest, beautiful, and accessible.

Readers will include (but are not limited to):

Marianne Betterly's poetry has been published widely in books and journals including the Hot Flashes series, “The Green Silk Journal,” and “The Haight Ashbury Literary Journal.” Marianne is the book designer of Turning a Train of Thought Upside Down.

Judy Bebelaar co-hosts a reading series with the Bay Area Writing Project. Judy’s award-winning poetry has been published widely and she is author of the forthcoming book, Walking Across The Pacific, her first poetry publication.

Sandra M. Gilbert, Distinguished Professor of of English Emerita at the University of California, Davis, is the author of eight collections of poetry.

Kristine Forbes, Mary Curtis and Jackie Kudler will also be reading poetry selections.

 

The Widows' Handbook: Poetic Reflections on Grief and Survival Cover Image
By Jacqueline Lapidus (Editor), Lise Menn (Editor), Ruth Bader Ginsburg (Foreword by)
$38.95
ISBN: 9781606352045
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Published: Kent State University Press - February 14th, 2014

Widows convey their feelings and survival strategies in this compelling anthology


Left Coast Writers®: Gail Strickland - Night of Pan

Saturday, November 8, 2014 - 7:00pm

The slaughter of the Spartan Three Hundred at Thermopylae, Greece 480 BCE—when King Leonidas tried to stop the Persian army with only his elite guard—is well known. But just what did King Xerxes do after he defeated the Greeks?

In Night of Pan, fifteen-year-old Thaleia is haunted by visions: roofs dripping blood, Athens burning. She tries to convince her best friend and all the villagers that she’s not crazy. The gods do speak to her.

And the gods have plans for this girl.

When Xerxes’ army of a million Persians marches straight to the mountain village Delphi to claim the Temple of Apollo’s treasures and sacred power, Thaleia’s gift may be her people’s last line of defense.

Her destiny may be to save Greece…
…but is one girl strong enough to stop an entire army?

While studying the Classics in college, Gail Strickland translated much of Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey, Herodotus’ prophecies and The Bacchai by Euripides. Living on the Greek islands after college, she discovered her love of myth, the wine-dark sea and retsina. The Baltimore Review and Writer's Digest have recognized Gail’s fiction. She published stories and poems in Travelers’ Tales’ anthologies and the San Francisco Writer’s anthology. Her poetry and photography were published in a collection called Clutter.

 

Left Coast Writers®: Left Coast Writers - Holiday Celebration

Monday, December 1, 2014 - 7:00pm

With Special Surprise Guests!

Join the Left Coast Writers literary salon for a special holiday celebration. The Left Coast Writers will share food, drink and a celebration of the holidays in stories and poems. They’ll also share their recommendations for the best book gifts this season.

 

 

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Left Coast Writers®: Laurie King - Garment of Shadows

Monday, November 3, 2014 - 7:00pm

Garment of Shadows begins in a strange room in Morocco, where Mary Russell is trying to solve a pressing mystery: Who am I? She has awakened with shadows in her mind, blood on her hands, and soldiers pounding on the door. Out in the hivelike streets, she discovers herself strangely adept in the skills of the underworld, escaping through alleys and rooftops, picking pockets and locks. She is clothed like a man, and armed only with her wits and a scrap of paper containing a mysterious Arabic phrase. Overhead, warplanes pass ominously north.
 
Meanwhile, Holmes is pulled by two old friends and a distant relation into the growing war between France, Spain, and the Rif Revolt led by Emir Abd el-Krim—who may be a Robin Hood or a power mad tribesman. The shadows of war are drawing over the ancient city of Fez, and Holmes badly wants the wisdom and courage of his wife, whom he’s learned, to his horror, has gone missing. As Holmes searches for her, and Russell searches for herself, each tries to crack deadly parallel puzzles before it’s too late for them, for Africa, and for the peace of Europe.

Laurie R. King is the New York Times bestselling author of 22 novels and other works, including the Mary Russell-Sherlock Holmes stories (from The Beekeeper’s Apprentice, named one of the 20th century’s best crime novels by the IMBA, to 2014’s Dreaming Spies).  She has won or been nominated for an alphabet of prizes from Agatha to Wolfe, been chosen as guest of honor at several crime conventions, and is probably the only writer to have both an Edgar and an honorary doctorate in theology.  She was inducted into the Baker Street Irregulars in 2010, as “The Red Circle”.

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 bookpassage.com/left-coast-writers

 

 

Garment of Shadows: A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780553386769
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Published: Bantam - August 20th, 2013

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER


California Writers Club: Marcia Naomi Berger, Susanna Solomon & More - Club Wide Book Launch

Sunday, November 16, 2014 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

California Writers Club presents a club wide book launch celebration, where ten members with books released between last December and November 2014 will present their works. A members only reception will be held from 1:00-2:00pm. Here are a few of the confirmed speakers:

A long time resident of Marin, Susanna Solomon makes her home both in San Anselmo and on Levee Road in Point Reyes Station. She has long been captivated by the sheriff’s calls in the Point Reyes Light. Her collection of short stories, Point Reyes Sheriff's Calls, – each inspired by one of these calls – has been published by HD Media Press. Come join the fun and meet opinionated Mildred, her long suffering husband Fred, Linda, a well-endowed and new deputy, Alice, an awkward fourteen year old, and Thomas, 15, who has a hard time staying out of trouble. 

Marcia Naomi Berger is the author of Marriage Meetings for Lasting Love: 30 Minutes a Week to the Relationship You’ve Always Wanted, which was published by New World Library last February. She is licensed clinical social worker with a private psychotherapy practice in San Rafael, California, where she works with individuals and couples. She also offers marriage and communications workshops for the public and has taught continuing education programs for therapists online for the National Association of Social Workers and live classes at the UC Berkeley Extension and Alliant International University. A former executive director of Jewish Family and Children’s Services of the East Bay and clinical faculty member at the UCSF School of Medicine, she has held senior level positions in the fields of child welfare, alcoholism treatment, and psychiatry. She earned her master’s degree in social work at the University of Michigan.

Since the 1800s, Mill Valley has attracted spirited freethinkers, entrepreneurs, nature lovers, rabble-rousers, and more than a few rock stars. Early Mill Valley booster Sidney Cushing encouraged tourism with a train up Mount Tamalpais called “The Crookedest Railroad in the World.” Laura White, more concerned with protecting Mill Valley’s natural beauty than attracting more people, brought the town its Outdoor Art Club and a tradition of conservationism. Vera Schultz broke the glass ceiling of local politics in 1946, and in 1973, 10-year-old Jenny Fulle’s letter to President Nixon would change the future of America’s female athletes. When Mill Valley’s Strawberry Elementary School teacher Rita Abrams wrote a song about why she loved Mill Valley, it became a national hit; so did a song about the heart of rock and roll, written by local boy Huey Lewis, who had attended Strawberry School. These stories, and many more, make up the book Legendary Locals of Mill Valley, by writer and Mill Valley resident Joyce Kleiner.

Beginning with tales of the Yelamu--the city’s original inhabitants--and the Spanish missionaries who arrived in 1776, Chronicles of Old San Francisco by Gael Chandler, recounts the trials and triumphs of the many different people who sought out this great city by the bay, transformed it, and were themselves transformed by it. With 28 dramatic true stories, the book introduces readers to movers and shakers ike rancho owner Juana Briones, Gold Rush entrepreneur Levi Strauss, confectioner Domenico Ghirardelli, the rock legends of Haight-Ashbury, activist politician Harvey Milk, and the pioneers of today’s tech boom. Readers will also encounter lesser-known characters such as the children who grew up on Alcatraz, John McLaren, the architect of Golden Gate Park, and Mary Rodgers, mother of 12 who fought urban renewal in her neighborhood.

Joan Steidinger's Sisterhood in Sports takes a look at the unique needs of girls who play sports and how to respond to, and support those needs so that they can excel in their chosen sport. So much focus is put on boys in sports, with little attention to the different needs of girls and keeping them active in sports. Here, the author casts a light on the importance of friendships, relationships, and communication among girl athletes, and shows how parents and coaches can work with them to keep them engaged and progressing at every level.

In John Byrne Barry's Bones in the Wash it’s 2008, the Democrats have nominated the charismatic Barack Obama, and the presidential election is all coming down to the Land of Enchantment. Ambitious Albuquerque Mayor Tomas Zamara, charged with delivering New Mexico’s five electoral votes for John McCain, is directed to shut down voter registration drives and accuse the Democrats of stealing the election. He's also grappling with a fierce opponent, a demanding and volatile new woman, and his father’s unrelenting pressure to use city money to rescue the family business. Then, when a flash flood unearths the skeleton of his long-missing wife, investigators zero in on Zamara as a suspect.

Prison to Paradise is about Juan Sibul, a Russian Revolutionary who is thrown into prison for life. His vision of freedom launches an incredible story of escape, and takes you through three generations of family history until Peter Narodny is born on a remote Caribbean island. He thrives in his natural environment where voodoo, the thrill of smuggling, and his exposure to rum and beautiful women are only a part of his wild upbringing. The lessons he gains gives him a new perspective on life and a passion to find out what the rest of his life has to offer.

In the classic tradition of Mark Twain, Henry David Thoreau, Samuel Johnson, and H.L. Mencken, Thoughts for All Occassions is a thoughtful, reflective book of distilled wisdom epigrams. Webster's dictionary defines an epigram as "A concise, clever, often paradoxical statement," i.e. a short piece of wisdom, often witty or satiric. These original epigrams by author Michael Lipsey ponder some of life's greatest questions about living, dying, love, mortality, religion, science, work, health and wealth. Lipsey has written two previous books, I Thought So—A Book of Epigrams and I Thought So—-Volume 2.

 

Point Reyes Sheriff's Calls Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780985493097
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Published: HD Media Press Inc - December 6th, 2013

Marriage Meetings for Lasting Love: 30 Minutes a Week to the Relationship You've Always Wanted Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781608682232
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Published: New World Library - February 11th, 2014

Couples can make love last, says psychotherapist and clinical social worker Marcia Naomi Berger. They just need to learn how.


Legendary Locals of Mill Valley, California Cover Image
$21.99
ISBN: 9781467101288
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Published: Legendary Locals - May 26th, 2014

Since the 1800s, Mill Valley has attracted spirited freethinkers, entrepreneurs, nature lovers, rabble-rousers, and more than a few rock stars. Early Mill Valley booster Sidney Cushing encouraged tourism with a train up Mount Tamalpais called the Crookedest Railroad in the World.


Chronicles of Old San Francisco: Exploring the Historic City by the Bay Cover Image
$21.95
ISBN: 9780984633494
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Published: Museyon Inc - October 20th, 2014

Discover one of the world's most unique and fascinating cities through 28 dramatic true stories spanning the colorful history of San Francisco.


Sisterhood in Sports: How Female Athletes Collaborate and Compete Cover Image
$38.00
ISBN: 9781442230330
Availability: Special Order
Published: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers - October 10th, 2014

Sisterhood in Sports: How Female Athletes Collaborate and Compete tells the stories of all kinds of female athletes in a variety of sports. Their natural tendency to use talking as a primary form of communication is essential to their experiences and successes in sports.


Thoughts for All Occasions: Original Epigrams Cover Image
$12.95
ISBN: 9780884865438
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Published: Bristol Park Books - January 7th, 2014

In the classic tradition of Mark Twain, Henry David Thoreau, Samuel Johnson, and H.L. Mencken, here is a thoughtful, reflective book of distilled wisdom epigrams. Webster's dictionary defines an epigram as "A concise, clever, often paradoxical statement," i.e. a short piece of wisdom, often witty or satiric.


Prison to Paradise Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781478726616
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Published: Outskirts Press - October 28th, 2014

This is a story of the power of a prisoner's dream and the struggle of a family looking for answers in an alien environment. It is the saga of a boy growing up as one of the few whites on a tropical paradise with a life full of adventure, humor, and irreplaceable memories. Prison To Paradise is a tale that spans three generations of a tumultuous family history.


The Quotable Stoic a Book of Original Aphorisms Cover Image
$11.95
ISBN: 9781935448235
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Published: Lost Coast Press - May 1st, 2014

An aphorism is a statement of truth condensed into few words that express much. "Concise, clever, often paradoxical," says Webster's Dictionary. In the ancient world, the first aphorisms were inscriptions in verse, carved into the stone of tombs, statues, temples, and triumphal arches. With the advent of paper, they evolved into brief morsels of insight, often witty or satirical.


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