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Left Coast Writers®: Carol Sheldon - Exposed (San Francisco)

Monday, April 10, 2017 - 6:00pm

Exposed: The Poetry of Carol Sheldon is an open, honest and revealing account of author Carol Sheldon’s feelings, experiences and musings in the form of poetry. Sheldon has previously published two books of poetry and many assorted other works.

 

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$14.95
ISBN: 9781537559827
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Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - September 11th, 2016

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Left Coast Writers®: Lorraine Rominger - The Rangity Tango Kids (San Francisco)

Monday, March 13, 2017 - 6:00pm

You’ll enjoy spending an evening with Lorraine Rominger, so don’t miss the event for her new book.

The Rangity Tango Kids is the story of a fifth-generation, German Catholic farm family in 1950s and 1960s California, narrated by the eldest of 17 grandchildren. Born into a loving, hard-working, highly competitive family, and united by a strong faith, every day was an adventure growing up on a bucolic American farm, a way of life that is rapidly disappearing. The land provided her, her siblings and cousins with a sense of place, an upbringing steeped in rituals and traditions that was in stark contrast with the values and preoccupations of the outside world. When the Rangity Tango Kids’ coming-of-age rebellion ran wild, they were often tangled up in the family’s strict morals and values. Regardless of the situation or conflict, the kids were surrounded by a swarm of loving relatives who put their arms around them and stuck together, no matter what.

Lorraine Rominger was born and raised on a fifth-generation family farm in rural California, where she worked every summer in the fields until leaving home to attend college. At Winters High School she lettered in four sports, ran AAU track, and at California State University, Sacramento, was a starter on the women’s basketball and field hockey teams as a freshman. She married her college sweetheart, who sadly passed away at a very young age. Lorraine lived in Sacramento, where she worked at a modeling agency as an instructor and runway model, before becoming director of John Casablanca Elite Modeling School in San Francisco.

After leaving Elite, Lorraine became an associate producer for Lombardo & Associates, a San Francisco based company that produced and syndicated statewide and nationally televised live specials, including the Miss California and Miss Texas pageants. Moving to the south of France with a girlfriend for a year, she was hired by Cavallo, Ruffalo & Fargnoli, an entertainment management company based in Los Angeles, who managed Prince and other artists, to work as a production coordinator on the film, “Under the Cherry Moon,” filmed on location on the French Rivera. When the film wrapped, Lorraine moved to Los Angeles and worked for CRF for five years before taking a position with Guber-Peters Entertainment at Sony Pictures. Interested in being closer to her family in northern California, Lorraine moved back to San Francisco and went to work for Sports Channel, where she produced a variety of specials, including “The San Francisco Forty Niner Highlight Show.”

From 1992 to 1996 Lorraine was the Executive Director of the San Francisco Film and Video Arts Commission, serving under Mayor Frank Jordan. She was responsible for the marketing and promotion of San Francisco as a shooting location for movies, television and commercials. Lorraine was instrumental in securing the Don Johnson television series, “Nash Bridges” on CBS, which filmed on location in San Francisco for six years. She was responsible for the first re-use and conversion of the cargo aircraft hangers on Treasure Island Naval Base for film production studios.

Moving to New York, she accepted a position with The Shooting Gallery, to develop online production services for the film industry. Lorraine spent three years in the big Apple, also working as an independent contractor producing videos for Madison Square Garden Sports productions.

Currently Lorraine is the Deputy Director of the Goldman Environmental Prize in San Francisco, the world’s largest award for grassroots environmental leaders fighting to protect the Earth’s natural resources. Lorraine was responsible for securing Robert Redford as the voice of the Goldman Prize. Mr. Redford has narrated the Prize winners’ video profiles for over ten years. For three of the past four years, “The New Environmentalists,” has been awarded the Northern California Emmy for best Public/Community Affairs Program Special.

 

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$18.00
ISBN: 9781945447013
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Published: Untreed Reads Publishing - July 12th, 2016

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Chris Santella - The Tug is the Drug (San Francisco)

Saturday, April 29, 2017 - 12:00pm

The thirty stories in The Tug is the Drug take readers from leaping makos near the fairways of Torrey Pines to midnight Atlantic salmon fishing on the fabled Ponoi to encounters with very friendly mujeres on the streets of Havana . . . and even offer an unauthorized (yet unequivocal) account of Bob Dylan’s 1970s obsession with fishing. Santella’s peripatetic lifestyle and eye for entertaining details--even those that have little to do with the act of throwing flies at fish--will make you look at fishing in a whole different way. 

Chris Santella is a freelance writer based in Portland, Oregon, where he resides with his wife and two daughters. He is the author of 19 books, including Fifty Places To Fly Fish Before You Die, Fifty Places To Play Golf Before You Die, Why I Fly Fish and Fifty Places To Drink Beer Before You Die, and Cat Wars: The Devastating Consequences of a Cuddly Killer. The Fifty Places series has sold over 500,000 copies. Santella is a frequent contributor to the New York Times, Washington Post, Trout, Fly Rod & Reel, The Drake, American Angler, and Fly Fish Journal. His writing has also appeared in The New Yorker, Wall Street Journal, Travel & Leisure, and Links, among many other publications. When he’s not at his desk, Santella loves to swing flies for steelhead on the Deschutes, Sandy, and North Umpqua Rivers, and to front Catch & Release, a four-piece rock band that plays original compositions…including a tune called “The Tug is the Drug.”

 

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$24.95
ISBN: 9780811719636
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Published: Stackpole Books - January 2017

FISHING ADVENTURES FROM THE AUTHOR OF 50 PLACES TO FLY FISH BEFORE YOU DIE These thirty stories take readers from leaping makos near the fairways of Torrey Pines to midnight Atlantic salmon fishing on the fabled Ponoi to encounters with very friendly mujeres on the streets of Havana . . . and even offer an unauthorized (yet unequivocal) account of Bob Dylan's 1970s obsession with fishing.


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San Francisco, CA 94111

Victor Lodato - Edgar and Lucy (San Francisco)

Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 6:00pm

Eight-year-old Edgar Fini remembers nothing of the accident people still whisper about. He only knows that his father is gone, his mother has a limp, and his grandmother believes in ghosts. When Edgar meets a man with his own tragic story, the boy begins a journey into a secret wilderness where nothing is clear—not even the line between the living and the dead. In order to save her son, Lucy has no choice but to confront the demons of her past.

Profound, shocking, and beautiful, Edgar and Lucy is a thrilling adventure and the unlikeliest of love stories.

Victor Lodato is a playwright and the author of the novel Mathilda Savitch, winner of the PEN Center USA Award for fiction. His stories and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Granta, and Best American Short Stories. He is the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. Victor was born and raised in New Jersey and currently divides his time between Ashland, Oregon, and Tucson, Arizona.

 

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$27.99
ISBN: 9781250096982
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: St. Martin's Press - March 7th, 2017

How do you love the son you never expected to have?
How do you love the mother who can't let you in?
Edgar & Lucy
An unlikely love story.


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San Francisco, CA 94111

Julie Scelfo - The Women Who Made New York (San Francisco)

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 6:00pm

Read any history of New York City and you will read about men. You will read about men who were political leaders and men who were activists and cultural tastemakers. These men have been lauded for generations for creating the most exciting and influential city in the world.

But that's not the whole story.

The Women Who Made New York reveals the untold stories of the phenomenal women who made New York City the cultural epicenter of the world. Many were revolutionaries and activists, like Zora Neale Hurston and Audre Lorde. Others were icons and iconoclasts, like Fran Lebowitz and Grace Jones. There were also women who led quieter private lives but were just as influential, such as Emily Warren Roebling, who completed the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge when her engineer husband became too ill to work.

Paired with striking, contemporary illustrations by artist Hallie Heald, this work offers a visual sensation—one that reinvigorates not just New York City’s history but its very identity.

Julie Scelfo is a frequent contributor to The New York Times, where her stories about how we live routinely top the Times’ most e-mailed list. Prior to joining the Times in 2007, Scelfo was a correspondent at Newsweek, where she covered breaking news and wrote about society and human behavior. She covered the events of September 11, 2001, live from lower Manhattan, and then reported extensively on the attack’s emotional and environmental aftermath.

 

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By Julie Scelfo, Hallie Heald (Illustrator)
$24.00
ISBN: 9781580056533
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Published: Seal Press (CA) - October 25th, 2016

Read any history of New York City and you will read about men. You will read about men who were political leaders and men who were activists and cultural tastemakers. These men have been lauded for generations for creating the most exciting and influential city in the world.
But that's not the whole story.


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San Francisco, CA 94111

San Francisco Grotto Writers - 3 Minute Reads (San Francisco)

Friday, March 10, 2017 - 6:00pm

3 Minute Reads from San Francisco Grotto Writers 50+ Writers, 3 Minutes Each!

Join us for a fast-paced and irreverent evening, showcasing new work from the students of the San Francisco Writer's Grotto writing classes. On this Friday evening, both fiction and nonfiction writers will read their work — but only for 3 minutes each! Their instructors (Grotto authors) will enforce the time limit. Join us for wine, fun, and fresh new writing.

 

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San Francisco, CA 94111

Alex Daly - The Crowdsourceress (San Francisco)

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - 6:00pm

The crowdfunding expert known as “The Crowdsourceress”—who has a 100% success rate and some of the biggest and most famous Kickstarter campaigns in her portfolio—writes the definitive guide for anyone looking to raise money for a creative endeavor, product, or cause.

In recent years, the crowdfunding industry has generated several billions in funding. But the harsh reality is that around 60 percent of Kickstarter campaigns fail. Enter Alex Daly, a crowdfunding expert who has raised over $20 million for her clients' campaigns. She has run some of Kickstarter's biggest projects -- TLC's newest album, Neil Young's audio player, and Joan Didion's documentary. In The Crowdsourceress, Daly takes readers deep inside her most successful campaigns, showing you how to

  • Get fans and influencers excited about your launch
  • Build an appealing and powerfully designed campaign
  • Access proven video tips, pitching tactics, press releases, and rewards ideas
  • Avoid the most common headaches and pitfalls

Here you'll get tangible tools to run your own crowdfunding campaigns and fully connect with the crowd, get people to pay attention, and inspire them to act.

Alex Daly is the founder of Vann Alexandra -- a creative services agency that gets projects financed through crowdfunding -- and is the industry's "Crowdsourceress," a name she received in the press for her expertise in crowdfunding. Alex has served on panels at distinguished film festivals and universities and is a featured columnist for the Big Think. Before transitioning into crowdfunding Alex was a producer and production manager; her films have been selected by the world's most prestigious festivals including Sundance and Tribeca. Before that, she was a journalist for numerous publications, including New York magazine and SPIN, as well as the sole researcher for WSJ magazine.

 

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$16.99
ISBN: 9781610397605
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: PublicAffairs - March 28th, 2017

"Neil Young's Pono campaign was the third most successful hardware campaign of all time, and Alex deserves much of the credit, second only to Neil, of course. The Crowdsourceress will give you everything you need to make your campaign a success." -Phil Baker, COO, Pono


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San Francisco, CA 94111

Amy Poeppel - Small Admissions (San Francisco)

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 6:00pm

One admission can change your life...forever.

When ambitious grad student Kate Pearson’s handsome French “almost fiancé” ditches her, she definitely does not roll with the punches, despite the best efforts of family and friends. It seems that nothing will get Kate out of pajamas and back into the world.

Miraculously, one cringe-worthy job interview leads to a position in the admissions department at the revered Hudson Day School. Kate’s instantly thrown into a highly competitive and occasionally absurd culture, where she interviews all types of children: suitable, wildly unsuitable, charming, loathsome, ingratiating, or spoiled beyond all measure. And then there are the Park Avenue parents who refuse to take no for an answer.

As Kate begins to learn there’s no room for self-pity or nonsense during the height of admissions season or life itself, her sister and friends find themselves keeping secrets, dropping bombshells, and arguing with each other about how to keep Kate on her feet. Meanwhile, Kate seems to be doing very nicely, thank you, and is even beginning to find out that her broken heart is very much on the mend. Welcome to the world of Small Admissions.

Amy Poeppel is a graduate of Wellesley College. She lives with her husband and three sons in New York City, where she worked in the admissions department of a prestigious independent school. She workshopped a theatrical version of Small Admissions at the Actors Studio Playwrights/Directors Unit. She later expanded it into this novel.

 

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$26.00
ISBN: 9781501122521
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Published: Atria Books - December 27th, 2016

People's Book of the Week
"The Devil Wears Prada meets Primates of Park Avenue." --The New York Times
"Perfect for fans of Curtis Sittenfeld's Prep."--Booklist
Top 6 Books You Need to Read--BuzzFeed
Best Books to Give Every Book Lover on Your List--Town and Country


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San Francisco, CA 94111

Lisen Stromberg - Work, PAUSE, Thrive (San Francisco)

Saturday, March 25, 2017 - 12:30pm

We worry putting our family first means we'll be forced to abandon our careers. We're afraid if we pause our careers, we'll be forever off-track. This thinking is outdated--forget what you've heard about how pauses are career limiting, about how those who pause lack ambition, or that if you do pause you won't be able to re-enter the paid workforce. That's a flawed reality, one that doesn't reflect the truth of the careers of some of the most successful women in this country.

Author Lisen Stromberg knows this success firsthand. After the birth of her second child, she did something she never imagined she would do: she opted out to focus on her family. But her career didn't end there. Lisen paused then pivoted to become first a social entrepreneur and then an award-winning journalist writing about women, work, and life in Silicon Valley. Along the way, she learned she wasn't alone. Lisen met many highly successful women who told her they never "opted out" but who had, in fact, temporarily downshifted or paused their careers. Their hidden journeys revealed alternative nonlinear paths to the top that enabled them to achieve their personal and professional goals.

In Work PAUSE Thrive, Lisen shares their stories. Deeply rooted in social science research, cutting-edge data collected from nearly 1,500 women, and through 186 first-person interviews, this book reveals how trailblazing women have disrupted the traditional career paradigm. What worked for them can work for you.

After a successful career in marketing and advertising, Lisen Stromberg left the business world frustrated by the lack of support for mothers in the workplace. She pivoted to become an award-winning journalist whose work can be found in The New York Times, Fortune, Newsweek, Salon, and other high profile media outlets. Now Lisen is back to her business roots as CEO and Founder of PrismWork, a culture innovation consultancy. She and her team partner with companies, leaders, and advocates to innovate the workplace so the next generation isn't forced to choose between work and family. A sought after speaker and moderator, Lisen has inspired thousands with her talks on work+life integration, corporate talent innovation, disrupting the traditional career paradigm, and empowering women in the workplace. She has been seen on stage at SXSW, TEDx, The 3% Conference, and more. Lisen and her family live in San Francisco.

 

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$24.95
ISBN: 9781942952732
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Published: Benbella Books - January 31st, 2017

We worry putting our family first means we'll be forced to abandon our careers. We're afraid if we pause our careers, we'll be forever off-track. This thinking is outdated--forget what you've heard about how pauses are career limiting, about how those who pause lack ambition, or that if you do pause you won't be able to re-enter the paid workforce.


1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Karena Virginia - Essential Kundalini Yoga (San Francisco)

Sunday, April 9, 2017 - 2:00pm

Kundalini is a dormant force within each of us that, once awakened, holds the power to transform every facet of our lives. With its precise combination of asana, meditation, pranayama, mantra, and other time-tested techniques, kundalini yoga unleashes this sacred energy within. In Essential Kundalini Yoga, Karena Virginia and Dharm Khalsa present a uniquely practical and in-depth manual for anyone interested in learning this ancient technology of transformation.

Karena Virginia is a certified healer and registered yoga instructor who has taught in the Kundalini and Hatha schools for nearly 20 years. Before her career as a spiritual teacher, she worked in the entertainment industry as an actor and model. Karena's work encourages us to connect with our own personal truth through love, compassion, inner beauty, and radiance.

 

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$25.95
ISBN: 9781622036622
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Published: Sounds True - February 2017

For new and experienced students, practical guidance in kundalini yoga for happiness, health, and fulfillment


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