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Left Coast Writers®: Camille Cusumaro - Wilderness Begins at Home, Travels with my Big Sicilian Family

Monday, May 9, 2016 - 6:00pm

Speaker: Camille Cusumaro, author of Wilderness Begins at Home, Travels with my Big Sicilian Family

Left Coast Writers®
A Literary Salon • Led by Linda Watanabe McFerrin
1st Monday each month • 7:00-9:00 pm • $140 per year

Left Coast Writers meetings provide literary connections, support, counsel, readings, writing tips, literary chat, unabashed networking, and great fun. Many local authors are active members of this group. Meetings feature presentations by Bay Area literary figures. In addition, LCW hosts a variety of other activities to launch the books of members, to explore publishing alternatives, and to network with others in the industry.

Camille Cusumano is the author of many books, including Tango, an Argentine Love Story (Seal Press, 2008) and Wilderness Begins at Home (Centanni). She has written for numerous publications, including National Geographic Traveler, Islands, Country Living, the San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Times, Christian Science Monitor, the New York Times, and the Washington Post. She is the author of several cookbooks and one novel, The Last Cannoli (Legas) and the editor of the literary anthologies, France, a Love Story, Italy, a Love Story, Mexico, a Love Story, and Greece, a Love Story, (Seal Press). She was a senior editor at VIA Magazine in San Francisco, where she covered travel around the world.

 

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Wendy Spinale - Everland

Friday, June 17, 2016 - 6:00pm

Forget the story of Peter Pan you know. Because in Everland, the only way to grow up is to survive. 

London has been destroyed in a blitz of bombs and disease. The only ones who have survived are children, among them Gwen Darling and her siblings, Joanna and Mikey. They spend their nights scavenging and their days avoiding the ruthless Marauders -- the German Army led by Captain Hanz Otto Oswald Kretschmer.

Unsure if the virus has spread past England's borders but desperate to leave, Captain Hook hunts for a cure, which he thinks can be found in one of the survivors. He and his Marauders stalk the streets snatching children for experimentation. None ever return. Until the day they grab Joanna. As Gwen sets out to save her, she meets a mysterious boy named Pete. Pete offers the assistance of his gang of Lost Boys and the fierce sharpshooter Bella, who have all been living in a city hidden underground. But in a place where help has a steep price and every promise is bound by blood, it will cost Gwen. And are she, Pete, the Lost Boys, and Bella enough to outsmart Captain Hook?

Wendy Spinale is a former character actor for the Disneyland theme park (so she's very familiar with the world of make-believe). Everland is her debut novel. Wendy lives with her family in the California Bay Area.

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$17.99
ISBN: 9780545836944
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Published: Scholastic Press - May 10th, 2016

London has been destroyed in a blitz of bombs and disease. The only ones who have survived are children, among them Gwen Darling and her siblings, Joanna and Mikey. They spend their nights scavenging and their days avoiding the ruthless Marauders -- the German army led by Captain Hanz Otto Oswald Kretschmer.


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Gina Mulligan & Mary Volmer - An Evening in Conversation

Wednesday, June 1, 2016 - 6:00pm

Growing up in an orphanage prepared Amelia Cooke for the high-stakes role of a female lobbyist surrounded by the egos of the 1887 Congress, a time before women had the right to vote. Her success in the isolating male arena comes from using the tactics she’s learned from those who oppressed her. So when she’s hired by the National Women’s Suffrage Association to help pass a proposed constitutional amendment granting women’s voting rights, Amelia feels empowered to at last win a place for herself and give all women a voice in the world. What she doesn’t foresee is the charismatic and calculating Senator Edward Stillman who threatens to ruin her hard-earned reputation and end her career.

Edward Stillman is desperate for status and power among Washington’s Old Guard. To gain control of the most dominant committee in the Senate, Stillman must crush the women’s amendment and anyone else in his way, including Amelia. He’s driven, clever, and willing to exploit any advantage. But in a political game where bribery, threats, extortion, and seduction prevail, each player must decide just how low they are willing to let the fight go. Who will win? And at what cost?

Set in the extravagant Gilded Age, Remember the Ladies explores the conflict between the sexes with delightful writing and elegant descriptions, which brings the reader back to a time when the struggle for women’s equality had just begun.

Gina L. Mulligan began her writing career over twenty years ago as a freelance journalist for national magazines. Her short stories have appeared in Star 82 Review and Storyacious, were performed at Stories on Stage Sacramento, and were included in the anthologies Tudor Close: A Collection of Mystery Stories and Not Your Mother’s Book…on Dogs. She’s won awards from the Abilene Writers Guild, San Francisco LitQuake, and the Soul-Making Keats Literary Competition.

Reliance, Illinois tells the story of a young woman faced with choices that will alter the course of her own future, and offers a brilliant window into American life during a period of tumultuous change. Illinois, 1874: With a birthmark covering half her face, thirteen-year-old Madelyn Branch is accustomed to cold and awkward greetings, and expects no less in the struggling town of Reliance. After all, her mother, Rebecca, was careful not to mention a daughter in the Matrimonial Times ad that brought them there. When Rebecca weds, Madelyn poses as her mother’s younger sister and earns a grudging berth in her new house. Deeply injured by her mother’s deceptions, Madelyn soon leaves to enter the service of Miss Rose Werner, prodigal daughter of the town’s founder. Miss Rose is a suffragette and purveyor of black market birth control who sees in Madelyn a project and potential acolyte. Madelyn, though, wants to feel beautiful and loved, and she pins her hopes on William Stark, a young photographer and haunted Civil War veteran.

Mary Volmer was born in Grass Valley, California, and now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. She earned an MFA in Creative Writing from Saint Mary’s College and a master’s degree from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, where she was a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar. She has been awarded residencies at the Vermont Studio Center and Hedgebrook and now teaches at Saint Mary’s College. She is also the author of Crown of Dust. Reliance, Illinois is her second novel.

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$25.95
ISBN: 9781432831769
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Published: Five Star Publishing - May 18th, 2016

Growing up in an orphanage prepared Amelia Cooke for the high-stakes role of a female lobbyist in 1887, a time before women could vote. So when she's hired by the National Women's Suffrage Association to lobby for a suffrage amendment, Amelia feels empowered to give women a voice. What she doesn't foresee is Senator Edward Stillman.


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$27.00
ISBN: 9781616956721
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Published: Soho Press - May 10th, 2016

""Reliance, Illinois"has it all mystery, politics, war; love, death, and art. Every page is a pleasure."
Karen Joy Fowler, author of"We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves""


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Wenonah Hauter - Frackopoly

Thursday, June 23, 2016 - 6:00pm

Over the past decade a new and controversial energy extraction method known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has rocketed to the forefront of U.S. energy production. With fracking, millions of gallons of water, dangerous chemicals, and sand are injected under high pressure deep into the earth, fracturing hard rock to release oil and gas.

Wenonah Hauter, one of the nation’s leading public interest advocates, argues that the rush to fracking is dangerous to the environment and treacherous to human health. Frackopoly describes how the fracking industry began; the technologies that make it possible; and the destruction and poisoning of clean water sources and the release of harmful radiation from deep inside shale deposits, creating what the author calls “sacrifice zones” across the American landscape.

The book also examines the powerful interests that have supported fracking, including leading environmental groups, and offers a thorough debunking of its supposed economic benefits. With a wealth of new data, Frackopoly is essential and riveting reading for anyone interested in protecting the environment and ensuring a healthy and sustainable future for all Americans.

Wenonah Hauter is the executive director of Food & Water Watch, a D.C.-based watchdog organization focused on corporate and government accountability relating to food, water, and fishing. She has worked and written extensively on food, water, energy, and environmental issues at the national, state, and local levels. She owns a working farm in The Plains, Virginia.

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$27.95
ISBN: 9781620970072
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Published: New Press - June 7th, 2016

Over the past decade a new and controversial energy extraction method known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has rocketed to the forefront of U.S. energy production. With fracking, millions of gallons of water, dangerous chemicals, and sand are injected under high pressure deep into the earth, fracturing hard rock to release oil and gas.


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Krys Lee - How I Became a North Korean

Tuesday, August 9, 2016 - 6:00pm

In How I Became a North Korean, Yongju is an accomplished student from one of North Korea’s most prominent families. Jangmi, on the other hand, has had to fend for herself since childhood, most recently by smuggling goods across the border. Danny is a Chinese-American teenager of North Korean descent whose quirks and precocious intelligence have long marked him as an outcast in his California high school.

These three disparate lives converge when each of them travels to the region where China borders North Korea—Danny to visit his mother, who is working as a missionary there, after a humiliating incident keeps him out of school; Yongju to escape persecution after his father is killed at the hands of the Dear Leader himself; and Jangmi to protect her unborn child. As they struggle to survive in a place where danger seems to close in on all sides, in the form of government informants, husbands, thieves, abductors, and even missionaries, they come to form a kind of adopted family. But will Yongju, Jangmi and Danny find their way to the better lives they risked everything for? Transporting the reader to one of the most complex and threatening environments in the world, and exploring how humanity persists even in the most dire of circumstances, How I Became a North Korean is a brilliant and essential first novel by one of our most promising writers.

Krys Lee was born in Seoul, South Korea, raised in California and Washington, and studied in the United States and England. Her debut story collection, Drifting House, was awarded the 2012 Story Prize Spotlight Award and was a finalist for the 2012 BBC International Story Prize. Her work has appeared in the Kenyon Review, Narrative magazine, Granta (New Voices), The Guardian, Financial Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Conde Nast Traveller, UK, and other publications. She is a professor of creative writing at Yonsei University’s Underwood International College in Seoul

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$27.00
ISBN: 9780670025688
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Published: Viking - August 2nd, 2016

With "How I Became a North Korean, "Krys Lee takes us into urgent and emotional novelistic terrain...with heart and passion, Lee forges a world no other writer could create, one where the only response to longing and loss is learning to trust and hope again. Adam Johnson


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Lisa & Franco Esile - Whose Mind Is It Anyway?

Wednesday, June 8, 2016 - 6:00pm

Most of us spend our lives trailing after our minds, allowing our brains to take us in directions that are safe and secure, controlled and conformed. Your mind doesn’t want you to take that new job, sign up for that pottery class, or ask someone out. It wants you to stay unemployed, unfulfilled, and single because it enjoys routine and is resistant to change, no matter how positive the change may be. But more often than not, that’s not what you want.

Whose Mind Is It Anyway? will help readers learn how to separate what they want from what their brains want and how to do less when their minds are trying to trick them into doing more. In a colorful, funny, and nonthreatening way, it answers the difficult question of how to take control of our self-defeating behaviors. Filled with charming illustrations, this book will be the friendly voice in your head to counter your negative thoughts, and it will teach you how to finally be at peace with all that you are.

Lisa Esile was born in Wellington, New Zealand, but spent most of her adult life living on the remote southern island. Lisa has a master’s degree in science. Her blog has over 8,000 subscribers, and she regularly guest blogs on Tiny Buddha.

Franco Esile spent his early years as a touring musician around the US and the Caribbean. He briefly attended the Berklee School of Music and studied privately under Charlie Benacos. He’s written music for poetical theater, including Life After Motown—produced by Nobel Poet Laureate Derek Walcott. Franco works in film and TV production and collaborates with Lisa on her blog.

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$16.00
ISBN: 9781101982631
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Published: Tarcherperigee - June 7th, 2016

Most of us spend our lives trailing after our minds, allowing our brains to take us in directions that are safe and secure, controlled and conformed. Your mind doesn't want you to take that new job, sign up for that pottery class, or ask someone out.


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San Francisco Writers Grotto - 3 Minute Reads

Friday, June 3, 2016 - 6:00pm

3 Minute Reads: 2 Nights, 50+ Writers, 3 Minutes Each!
Join us for a fast-paced and irreverent evening as we showcase new work from the students of the famed San Francisco Grotto Writing Program. On consecutive Friday evenings fiction and nonfiction writers from Grotto classes will read their work—but only for 3 minutes each. Their instructors (Writers Grotto authors) will be enforcing the time limit! Join us for some wine, fun, and a lot of fresh new writing.

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Robbie Tripp - Create Rebellion

Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 6:00pm

Create Rebellion is an avant-garde stream of consciousness that seeks to inspire creative minds to listen to their inner desires to create, to be disruptive with their creations, and to disregard those who don't see the beauty of their inspired vision.

Robbie Tripp is a wordsmith/idea man/go-getter. He is the author of Create Rebellion, and is also a contributing writer to The Californian, a USA Today newspaper. He is particularly proud of the following accomplishments: visiting 49 of the 50 United States in one summer to raise awareness for organ and tissue donation; founding the Salinas Writer's Circle at the John Steinbeck Public Library in Salinas, California; meeting with former U.S. President Bill Clinton in the Oval Office of the White House; and scoring on 15-time NBA All-Star Shaquille O'Neal in a 1-on-1 basketball game.

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$9.99
ISBN: 9781630729004
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Published: Izzard Ink - November 25th, 2015

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Sam Miller - The Only Rule Is It Has to Work

Thursday, May 12, 2016 - 6:00pm

It's the ultimate in fantasy baseball: You get to pick the roster, set the lineup, and decide on strategies—with real players, in a real ballpark, playing in real time. That's what Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller got to do when the Sonoma Stompers, an independent minor-league team in California, offered them the chance to run the team's baseball operations according to the most advanced statistics. Their story is unlike any other baseball tale you've ever read.

We tag along as Lindbergh and Miller apply their number-crunching insights to all aspects of assembling and running a team. We meet colorful figures like general manager Theo Fightmaster and boundary-breakers like the first openly gay player and the first Japanese manager in American professional baseball. Even José Canseco makes a cameo appearance.

The Only Rule Is It Has to Work is a wild ride, as the authors' infectious enthusiasm and feel for the absurd make the Stompers' story one that will speak to numbers geeks and traditionalists alike. And it proves that you don't need a bat or a glove to make a genuine contribution to the game.

Sam Miller is the editor-in-chief of Baseball Prospectus, the co-editor of Baseball Prospectus's annual guidebook, and a contributing writer at ESPN The Magazine. He also co-hosts "Effectively Wild." He lives on the San Francisco peninsula with his wife and daughter.

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$30.00
ISBN: 9781627795647
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Published: Henry Holt & Company - May 3rd, 2016

What would happen if two statistics-minded outsiders were allowed to run a professional baseball team?


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Alexandre Vidal Porto - Sergio Y.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 - 6:00pm

Armando is one of the most renowned therapists in São Paulo. One of his patients, a 17-year-old boy by the name of Sergio, abruptly interrupts his course of therapy after a trip to New York. Sergio’s cursory explanation to Armando is that he has finally found his path to happiness and must pursue it.

For years, without any further news of Sergio, Armando wonders what happened to his patient. He subsequently learns that Sergio is living a happy life in New York and that he is now a woman, Sandra. Not long after this startling discovery, however, Armando is shocked to read about Sandra’s unexpected death. In an attempt to discover the truth about Sergio and Sandra’s life, Armando starts investigating on his own.

Sergio Y. is a unique and moving story about gender, identity, and the search for happiness.

Alexandre Vidal Porto is a major figure in the Brazilian “New Urban” school of fiction. A career diplomat, Harvard-trained lawyer and human rights activist, he writes a regular column for Folha de S. Paulo. His fiction has appeared in some of the most respected literary publications in Brazil and also abroad. Sergio Y. vai a America was the winner of the Parana Literary Prize for best novel.

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By Alexandre Vidal Porto, Alex Ladd (Translator)
$16.00
ISBN: 9781609453275
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Published: Europa Editions - May 3rd, 2016

Winner of the Parana Literary Prize for Best Novel
A startling and inspirational work of transgender fiction by a leading figure in Brazil's "New Urban" fiction movement.


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