Left Coast Writers

California Writers Club: Tanya Egan Gibson - "“Dynamic Dialogue"

Sunday, October 26, 2014 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

“Dynamic Dialogue:  How to Bring Your Characters to Life (And Save Them From Sounding Like Boring Zombies With Whom No Reader Wants to Be Trapped in an Elevator, Bar, Party, Short Story, Novel, or Memoir—Ever)"

Asked to name her favorite book, sixteen-year-old Carley Wells answers, "Never met one I liked." Her parents are horrified and decide to commission a book to be written just for her. They will be the Medicis of Long Island and buy their daughter The Love of Reading. At first, Carley's sole interest in the project is to distract Hunter, the young bibliophile she adores. But as Hunter's behavior becomes increasingly erratic, Carley begins to understand the importance of stories-and how they are powerful enough to destroy a person. Or save her.

Tanya Egan Gibson's debut novel is an irresistible work of metafiction that dazzlingly embeds a book within the book, and boasts an unforgettably fresh narrator whose journey towards embracing literature will make you fall in love with reading all over again.

Tanya Egan Gibson lives in Marin County, California. How to Buy a Love of Reading is her first novel.

 

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$17.00
ISBN: 9780452296091
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Published: Plume Books - July 27th, 2010

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A playful, witty, and remarkably accomplished debut novel about how reading can save your life


California Writers Club: Nina Schuyler - "Creating Surprise on the Page"

Sunday, September 28, 2014 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Nina Schuyler’s first novel, The Painting, (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2004), was a finalist for the Northern California Book Awards. It was also selected by the San Francisco Chronicle as one of the Best Books of 2004, and dubbed a “fearless debut” by MSNBC and a “great debut” by the Rocky Mountain News. It’s been translated into Chinese, Portuguese, and Serbian.

Her short story, “The Bob Society,” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her poems, short stories and essays have appeared in ZYZZYVA, Santa Clara Review, Fugue, The Meadowland Review, The Battered Suitcase, and other literary journals. She reviews fiction for The Rumpus and The Children’s Book Review. She’s fiction editor at Able Muse.

She attended Stanford University for her undergraduate degree, earned a law degree at Hastings College of the Law and an MFA in fiction with an emphasis on poetry at San Francisco State University. She currently teaches creative writing at the University of San Francisco.

Her second novel, The Translator, was published by Pegasus Books in July 1, 2013.

 

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ISBN: 9781605985855
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Published: Pegasus Books - August 15th, 2014

Reeling, Hanne seeks out the inspiration for the author's novel -- a tortured, chimerical actor, once a master in the art of Noh Theater. Through their passionate, volatile relationship, Hanne is forced to reexamine how she has lived her life, including her estranged relationship with her daughter.


Left Coast Writers®: Shirin Yim Bridges - Call Me Athena

Monday, October 6, 2014 - 7:00pm

Athena, Greek Goddess of Wisdom, steps fully formed from her father's head into the already established world of the Olympians. A motherless newcomer, she has to find her own place and purpose. Her adventures bring her down to Earth, where she forms close bonds with the Greek Heroes. Her attachment to three in particular—Diomedes, Odysseus, and Achilles—draws her into the Trojan War. How will she protect her friends and end the conflict? What are the ramifications on Olympus? Where does Athena finally find herself at home—and where can you find her now?

Told by Athena in the first person, Call Me Athena gives young readers a unique entry into the world of Greek mythology, and provides interesting cultural and historical context in a nonfiction section illustrated with a family tree of the Olympians, maps, and photographs.

Shirin Yim Bridges’ first book Ruby's Wish was a Publishers Weekly Best Children’s Book and won the Ezra Jack Keats Award. The Umbrella Queen made Time/CNN’s Top 10 Lists and was named a Best Children’s Book by the Bank Street College of Education. Horrible Hauntings made it onto the IRA/CBC Children's Choices List, and Mary Wrightly So Politely launched in April 2013 to starred reviews from Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, and Shelf Awareness.

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

 

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Published: Goosebottom Books - September 2nd, 2014

Athena, Greek Goddess of Wisdom, steps fully formed from her father's head into the already established world of the Olympians. A motherless newcomer, she has to find her own place and purpose. Her adventures bring her down to Earth, where she forms close bonds with the Greek Heroes. Her attachment to three in particularDiomedes, Odysseus, and Achillesdraws her into the Trojan War.


Left Coast Writers®: Shulamit Sofia - Climbing the Sacred Ladder

Monday, October 13, 2014 - 6:00pm

Climbing the Sacred Ladder: Your Path to Love, Joy, Peace and Purpose is a soul guide to building spiritual muscle, for gaining benefit and meaning for your life, as well as giving you tools for coping with life's unending challenges.  Learn to cope with the increasing tensions of contracting economies and growing political unrest by focusing your attention on your inner riches.  Gain a new point of view, develop skills and techniques for living a more satisfying life. Carefully designed anecdotes, exercises and meditations provide readily applicable techniques for implementing and integrating the book’s concepts.

Shulamit Sofia is the President of Soul Strength Seminars and The Sacred Ladder, which she founded to give spiritual seekers a practical way to build spiritual muscle for coping with life’s challenging circumstances. Her Psycho-Spiritual method based on the Kaballah allows participants to shed emotional and mental baggage as they build soul strength.

 

 

 

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ISBN: 9780989366007
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Published: Spirit Works Press - June 1st, 2013

Left Coast Writers®: Betsy Graziani Fasbinder - Fire & Water

Monday, September 8, 2014 - 7:00pm
 
Kate Murphy first encounters Jake Bloom as her patient in a hospital emergency room, but it is only later, when she experiences his sculptures on Ocean Beach that she is forever changed. Jake reveals beauty Kate has never noticed and exposes her to spontaneity, sensuality, and love deeper than she’d imagined it could be. Beneath Jake’s brilliance lies the menace of his profound and trecherous mental illness that Kate has yet to discover. Fire & Water is Kate’s story of navigating the treacherous territory of passionate love, friendship, and family devotion. It is the story of how love is always a matter of life and death.
 
In both her works of memoir and fiction, Betsy Graziani Fasbinder explores the unending complications of people living, working, and loving one another. She has been awarded the Floyd Salas Award, a Jack London award and two East of Eden awards for both fiction and memoir pieces.  Four of her pieces have been produced as Readers’ Theater works in the historic Nevada Theater in Nevada City, California.  She is the also co-producer of The Women’s Writing Salon in Nevada County.

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
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ISBN: 9781938314148
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Published: She Writes Press - February 14th, 2013

Only in the glaring light of hindsight does pediatric surgeon Kate Murphy understand that she was groomed for the path she's taken.


Left Coast Writers®: Laurie McAndish King - Lost, Kidnapped, Eaten Alive!

Monday, August 11, 2014 - 6:00pm

Laurie McAndish King’s adventures may have seemed like a good idea at the time: Tracking lions on foot, without a gun, in Botswana. Taste-testing the world’s most expensive coffee—which happens to be made from the excrement of a small Balinese mammal. Marrying a Maasai warrior in Kenya, searching the Irish countryside for an erotic goddess, and attempting to eat a horse in southern Italy. Whether she is lost in Melbourne, kidnapped in Tunisia, or eaten alive in Queensland, King’s travel adventures tend toward the quirky. And her retelling in Lost, Kidnapped, Eaten Alive! is poignant, thoughtful, occasionally unsettling, often funny, and always appealing.

Laurie McAndish King grew up in rural Iowa, the pulmonary artery of the American Heartland. She has traveled to nearly forty countries and published award-winning travel essays and photography in Smithsonian magazine, Travel Channel affiliate iExplore.com, the San Francisco Chronicle, Travelers’ Tales’ The Best Women’s Travel Writing, and other magazines and literary anthologies. Her mobile app about the San Francisco waterfront received a five-star rating on iTunes. She is an avid photographer—one of her photos was displayed at the Smithsonian Institution—and enjoys gardening, taxidermy, and chasing the cosmic serpent. Laurie lives in northern California with her husband and two cats. They all study philosophy together in front of the fireplace.

 

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Left Coast Writers® - Francophilia!

Monday, July 14, 2014 - 6:00pm

Join Linda Watanabe McFerrin and the Left Coast Writers® as they dedicate the evening to a celebration of all things France! Find your best beret and come get your French on!

 

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ISBN: 9780985267261
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Published: Wanderland Writers - August 1st, 2013

Paris reveals itself in fascinating and unexpected ways in Wandering in Paris: Luminaries and Love in the City of Light, a collection of sometimes funny, sometimes mysterious, always entrancing tales about the popular city.


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Left Coast Writers® - Travel Writing Salon

Monday, August 4, 2014 - 7:00pm

 Join the Left Coast Writers for a travel writing salon featuring a special guest (TBA)! 

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
 

 

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$14.95
ISBN: 9780985267261
Availability: Special Order
Published: Wanderland Writers - August 1st, 2013

Paris reveals itself in fascinating and unexpected ways in Wandering in Paris: Luminaries and Love in the City of Light, a collection of sometimes funny, sometimes mysterious, always entrancing tales about the popular city.


Left Coast Writers®: Alternative Publishing Why To & How To

Monday, June 2, 2014 - 7:00pm

Join Linda Watanabe McFerrin and the Left Coast Writers® for a discussion of alternative publishing choices. The Book Passage Path to Publishing program will also be presented. 

 

Left Coast Writers®: Sherry Brier - Doorway to Ecstasy

Saturday, June 28, 2014 - 7:00pm

Undergoing a crisis of the heart and spirit, artist Sherry Brier meets a mysterious teacher of mystical movement who initiates her into Egyptian Temple Dance. As the enigmatic Prema Devi prepares Sherry for her Return to the Source, she introduces her to other masters of wisdom. From California to the sacred sites of Egypt, Doorway to Ecstasy ($19.75) follows Sherry's spiritual journey interweaves her present life with her far distant past, revealing the blueprint of her destiny. Follow her on her liberating path of transformation from self to Soul.

Sherry Brier is co-owner/director of Inner Rhythm Movement Arts Institute in Marin County, California. She spends her days dancing, teaching, choreographing dances for her students and two dance companies, writing, and playing hooky with her husband and cat. Frequent journeys to exotic lands and ancient cultures inspire her writing and choreographies.

 

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$17.95
ISBN: 9780989846301
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Published: Inner Rhythm Productions - September 10th, 2013

This mystical dance memoir is a fascinating spiritual adventure and detailed teaching manual of Egyptian Temple Dance, the ancient origin of bellydance. Discover how to be: *DARING: Come alive with the fire & passion of your true calling *DAZZLING: Radiate healing light and transcendent beauty. *DIVINE: Become the doorway to ecstasy. Let others enter through you. Dance for the world.


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