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Glen Duncan - Talulla Rising

Friday, June 29, 2012 - 6:00pm

Glen Duncan reads from Talulla Rising ($25.95). Harnessing the same audacious imagination and dark humor, the same depths of horror and sympathy, and the same full-tilt narrative energy with which he crafted his acclaimed novel The Last Werewolf, Duncan now gives us a heroine like no other. “Loaded with beautifully constructed lunatic ravings,” Independent on Sunday.

Glen Duncan is the author of eight previous novels. He was chosen by both Arena and The Times Literary Supplement as one of Britain’s best young novelists. He lives in London.

 

 

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Todd Crawshaw - Exploits of the Satyr

Monday, November 8, 2010 - 6:00pm
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Left Coast Writers Launch! Todd Crawshaw talks about his debut novel Exploits of the Satyr ($16.99). These are the tragic and comic chronicles of a man known as Satyr to his fans and foes who discovers he was procreated by members of a cult—marrying genetic technology with ancient artifacts—to initiate the Second Coming of Christ.
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Published: Crowsnestpublishing.com - September 18th, 2009

John Lazard Slater III, known simply as John, or Slater (or Satyr to his fans and foes, once upon a time), crash-lands after falling from the sky onto a freeway overpass. Thus ends, and begins, a biographical tale about mental, physical and spiritual seduction.


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Bill & Giuliana Rancic - I Do, Now What? EVENT CANCELED

Saturday, October 16, 2010 - 1:00pm

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Giuliana and Bill Rancic present I Do, Now What? Secrets, Stores and Advice from a Madly-in-Love Couple ($25.00), a funny, frank, and characteristically down-to-earth guide for newly married couples or those about to take the plunge—and a behind the scenes look at this glamorous couple’s real-life marriage.

America’s Sweethearts Giuliana and Bill Rancic have been charming their legion of fans with their popular real-life romantic comedy “Giuliana & Bill” on The Style Network and E! for two seasons, detailing their fairy-tale romance and long-distance marriage with wit and style.

A must-read for newly married couples or those about to take the plunge!

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Published: Ballantine Books - September 28th, 2010

Bill and Giuliana Rancic are now the hosts of NBC's Ready for Love, a new relationship show featuring three of America's most eligible guys searching for their soul mates.


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Rosecrans Baldwin - You Lost Me There ADDED EVENT!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010 - 6:00pm

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Rosecrans Baldwin talks about You Lost Me There ($25.95). By turns funny, charming, and tragic, Rosecrans Baldwin's debut novel takes us inside the heart and mind of Dr. Victor Aaron, a leading Alzheimer's researcher at the Soborg Institute on Mount Desert Island in Maine. Victor spends his days alternating between long hours in the sterile lab and running through memories of his late wife, Sara. He has preserved their marriage as a sort of perfect, if tumultuous, duet between two opposite but precisely compatible souls.

But one day, in the midst of organizing his already hyperorganized life, Victor discovers a series of index cards covered in Sara's handwriting. They chronicle the major "changes in direction" of their marriage, written as part of a brief fling with couples counseling. Sara's version of their great love story is markedly different from his own, which, for the eminent memory specialist, is a startling revelation.

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ISBN: 9781594487637
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Published: Riverhead Hardcover - August 12th, 2010

A dazzling debut that is at once a lightly erudite novel of ideas and a darkly charming love story set on an island off the coast of Maine-the perfect sophisticated summer read.


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Poetry Reading with Robin Ekiss, Molly Fisk and Rebecca Foust

Monday, December 13, 2010 - 6:00pm

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Left Coast Writers presents Bay Area poets Molly Fisk and Rebecca Foust for a book release celebration and reading, with a special guest appearance by Robin Ekiss. Fisk will read from her new book of poems, The More Difficult Beauty (Hip Pocket Press 2010). Foust will read from God, Seed (Tebot Bach Press 2010), a book of environmental poetry with art by Lorna Stevens, who will attend to answer questions. The event is free and open to the public and refreshments will be served. Parking is available on the street or in an adjacent paid lot (Washington & Embarcadero).

Robin Ekiss is a former Stegner Fellow at Stanford, recipient of a Rona Jaffe Foundation Award for emerging women writers, and author of The Mansion of Happiness, winner of the 2010 Shenandoah/Glasgow Prize and a finalist for both the 2010 Northern California and California Book Awards.

Molly Fisk is also the author of Listening to Winter and a recipient of fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, California Arts Council and Marin Arts Council grants in poetry, and the Robinson Jeffers Tor House, Billee Murray Denny, and Dogwood Prizes. She teaches on-line at www.poetrybootcamp.com and www.voiceofyourown.com, and provides weekly radio commentary at community station KVMR in Nevada City.
 
Artist William Wiley calls
God, Seed ""Good for the eye, mind, and heart." Rebecca Foust’s previous book, All That Gorgeous Pitiless, Song, won the 2008 Many Mountains Moving Book Prize. Her chapbooks, Dark Card and Mom’s Canoe won the Robert Phillips Poetry Chapbook Prizes in consecutive years and were published by Texas Review Press in 2008 and 2009.

Lorna Stevens received her MFA in sculpture from Columbia University. She exhibits widely in galleries and public spaces. Her work has been featured or reviewed in The Boston Globe, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Marin Independent Journal, and Artweek, and has been acquired by the Brooklyn Museum, the New York Public Library, and the di Rosa Preserve in Napa, California.

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Clarence Clemons - Big Man: Real Life & Tall Tales ADDED EVENT!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010 - 6:00pm

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Clarence Clemons presents Big Man: Real Life & Tall Tales ($14.99). We all know them – Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band, but what exactly are the stories behind this amazing rock sensation that took the nation by storm and reinvigorated what it meant to be American? Better question: who made up the E-Street Band and how did they become one of the most renowned reticent groups of all time? Best question: who is the giant, the “Big Man” that commanded the stage with as much ease as he did power?

The first book written by a member of the E-Street Band,
Big Man is not your typical memoir.  Clarence and Don set out to write a new kind of book – one that isn’t the same old story; one that tells true, unknown stories from the E-Street Band as well as captures Clarence’s larger-than-life storyteller persona in a series of hybrid fact-and-fiction stories called “Legends.”

For the first time, Clarence “Big Man” Clemons and best friend Don Reo have put their experiences to paper shedding light on the almighty E-Street Band. This is not only a compilation of honesty and outright hilarity; it is a collection of times beginning with the birth of this musical phenomenon.

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Published: Grand Central Publishing - November 22nd, 2010

For the first time ever comes the inside story of Clarence "Big Man" Clemons--his life before, during and beyond the E-Street Band, including unbelievable, never-before-told adventures with Bruce Springsteen, the band, and an incredible cast of other famous characters recounted by himself and his best friend, television writer/ producer Don Reo.


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Don LePan - Animals

Tuesday, November 23, 2010 - 6:00pm

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Don LePan discusses his novel Animals ($13.95). More than 100 years in the future, the horrors of factory farming, combined with the widespread abuse of antibiotics, have led to mass extinctions. As paranoia about the food supply spreads, a forceful new logic takes hold. In the blink of a millennial eye, the disenfranchised have become food!

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Published: Soft Skull Press - May 22nd, 2010

It is more than 100 years in the future and the horrors of factory farming, combined with the widespread abuse of antibiotics, have led to mass extinctions. The majority of all mammals, birds, and fish that humans have eaten for millennia no longer exist. Add to that an ever-widening gap between rich and poor and an overtaxed healthcare system.


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Buddy Valastro - Cake Boss: Stories and Recipes from Mia Famiglia

Friday, November 19, 2010 - 12:00pm

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Buddy Valastro presents Cake Boss : Stories and Recipes from Mia Famiglia ($25.99). Television viewers have fallen in love with Valastro, master cake maker, and his funny and fiery family, proprietors of Carlo’s Bakery in Hoboken, New Jersey, on the smash hit television series Cake Boss. In this heartfelt memoir, Valastro tells his inspiring story.

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Published: Atria Books - November 2nd, 2010

In this heartfelt memoir, master baker and star of the #1 hit TLC show, Buddy Valastro tells his inspiring story--and recounts his family's warm memories from a lifetime of living, loving, and cake making.


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Frank Dikotter - Mao's Great Famine ADDED EVENT!

Thursday, October 21, 2010 - 6:00pm

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Frank Dikotter presents Mao's Great Famine: The History of China's Most Devastating Catastrophe, 1958-1962 ($30.00). Dikötter makes clear that, far from being the program that would lift the country among the world's superpowers and prove the power of Communism, as Mao imagined, the Great Leap Forward transformed the country in the other direction. It became the site not only of "one of the most deadly mass killings of human history,"—at least 45 million people were worked, starved, or beaten to death—but also of "the greatest demolition of real estate in human history," as up to one-third of all housing was turned into rubble). The experiment was a catastrophe for the natural world as well, as the land was savaged in the maniacal pursuit of steel and other industrial accomplishments. In a powerful meshing of exhaustive research in Chinese archives and narrative drive, Dikötter for the first time links up what happened in the corridors of power-the vicious backstabbing and bullying tactics that took place among party leaders-with the everyday experiences of ordinary people, giving voice to the dead and disenfranchised. His magisterial account recasts the history of the People's Republic of China.

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ISBN: 9780802777683
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Published: Walker & Company - September 28th, 2010

"Between 1958 and 1962, China descended into hell.


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Matt Taibbi - Griftopia: Bubble Machines, Vampire Squids, and the Long Con That Is Breaking America

Wednesday, November 10, 2010 - 6:00pm

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Matt Taibbi presents Griftopia: Bubble Machines, Vampire Squids, and the Long Con That Is Breaking America ($26.00). Taibbi says that the grifter class—made up of large players in the financial industry and the politicians who do their bidding—has been growing in power, transferring wealth upward through complex financial mechanisms and political maneuvers.

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ISBN: 9780385529952
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Published: Spiegel & Grau - November 2nd, 2010

The dramatic story behind the most audacious power grab in American history
 


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