Writing Salons

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.

 

Exposed: The Poetry of Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781537559827
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Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - September 11th, 2016

1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

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.

 

The Rangity Tango Kids Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781945447013
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Untreed Reads Publishing - July 12th, 2016

1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Left Coast Writers®: Wei Yang Chao - Red Fire (Corte Madera)

Saturday, April 8, 2017 - 7:00pm

In conversation with Jazmin Darkznik

In August 1966, a 14-year-old boy in Beijing is thrust into violence and chaos as the Cultural Revolution begins to blaze across China. Fifty years later, Red Fire: Growing Up During the Chinese Cultural Revolution, offers the first intimate account from someone who lived through these events and survived. What was the Cultural Revolution like as seen through the eyes of a child? How do people surrender themselves to ideological frenzy? How does one break free? Wei Yang Chao tells a riveting story: how rebels attacked and publicly humiliated his family, upended his education, and sent him out into a country rendered unrecognizable by violence and radical ideology. At heart a gentle boy, when he is swept up by the Red Guards he finds himself at the center of a bloody revolution. The unflinchingly observant narrator of Red Fire reveals his families’ struggles in an increasingly isolated and hostile culture. Sent to boarding school in Beijing, young Wei Yang finds that beyond the gates enclosing that peculiar, closed world, conflict roils Chinese society. After mass rallies at Tiananmen Square, he witnesses attacks on teachers and professors, and the disintegration of his parents’ lives as tolerance and freedom begin to crumble and he himself is cast into exile. Red Fire chronicles social upheaval through the keen yet naive eyes of a teenager, giving readers a fascinating and unprecedented glimpse into the Chinese Cultural Revolution. This is a rare and mesmerizing account, told with real force and heartbreaking honesty.

Wei Yang Chao was born in Guangzhou in southeastern China and moved with his family to Beijing in 1965, on the eve of the Cultural Revolution. In the aftermath he worked as a translator and tour guide, speaking Mandarin, Cantonese and English.

In 1981 he came to America to study at the University of California, Berkeley, where he received both his Master’s and Ph.D. degrees. He later obtained engineering training at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Pursuing a career in innovative business technology, he founded one of China’s “Top 100” e-Business and Internet companies and served as Chairman/CEO for sixteen years.

He now lives in both the San Francisco Bay Area and Beijing, working to promote cultural understanding and exchange between China and the United States. He is the author of many books and articles in Chinese on the topics of technology and culture. Red Fire is his first major publication in English.

Jasmin Darznik is the New York Times bestselling author of The Good Daughter: A Memoir of My Mother's Hidden Life.

 

 

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Left Coast Writers®: Elaine Bond - Living Wild (Corte Madera)

Saturday, March 11, 2017 - 7:00pm

This month we have a launch for two different books by Elaine BondRunning Wild and Living Wild.

Elaine Bond began her career as senior science writer for the University of California Natural Reserve System and went on to write and photograph independently.

Her photos have appeared on Discovery Channel Canada, and her publishing credits include Science, NPR, BBC Earth News, The American Naturalist, The Washington Post, Journal of Mammalogy, Berkeleyside, and other scientific and popular outlets.

She wrote and photographed three children’s board books, Running Wild, Living Wild, and Wild Colors — forthcoming from Heyday Books. She is the photographer for The Utah Prairie Dog: Life Among the Red Rocks by Theodore Manno. This book features more than 150 of Bond’s images, depicting both prairie dogs and the scientists who study their behaviors. Bond is also the author of Dream Affimals and Affimals — short, uplifting books that celebrate wildlife as majestic as snow leopards and as humble as earthworms, and the lessons we can learn from them.

Bond took her master’s degree from the University of Cambridge in England and her bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Berkeley.

She currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, near her favorite childhood park, where she continues to search the creeks for newts and follow the paw prints of coyotes.

 

Living Wild Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781597143820
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Heyday Books - March 10th, 2017

Running Wild Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781597143646
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Published: Heyday Books - October 3rd, 2016

A board book about wild animals in the natural world and how they move.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Left Coast Writers®: Laura Perkins - Literary Agent (Corte Madera)

Monday, April 3, 2017 - 7:00pm

Lara Perkins represents authors and illustrators of picture books, middle grade, and YA fiction. She has been with Andrea Brown since 2010 and is also the agency's Digital Manager. 

In picture books, Lara is actively seeking picture book author/illustrators who bring distinct perspectives to their work, particularly if that perspective has been underrepresented in children's literature. She is drawn to bold and colorful art, a playful use of texture and media, and kid-appealing humor or heart. 

In middle grade, Lara is drawn to fresh, unexpected fantasy and light fantasy, clever mysteries, and vivid contemporary realistic fiction, all with a strong sense of place and exceptional character development. Character-driven humor always catches her eye, and she loves friendship stories (especially friendship "break up" stories), multicultural family stories, and non-traditional family structures. 

In YA, Lara is seeking transformative, page-turning, character-driven fiction in any genre: fantasy, science fiction, contemporary realistic, historical, mystery, etc. She gravitates towards an unexpected premise that makes her do a double take (example: assassin nuns!), an evocative and richly described setting, and fully realized, complex characters. She's looking for authors who wield language intentionally, and manuscripts that she can't put down because she's swept up in the high stakes, the compelling voice, the original world-building, and/or the character-driven humor. As a more specific wish, Lara grew up in Los Angeles and would love to find a middle grade or YA novel set in the real, diverse LA (not Hollywood). 

Some of Lara's recent picture book and novelty titles include Anne Sibley O'Brien's ABRACADABRA! IT'S SPRING! and HOCUS POCUS! IT'S FALL! (Abrams Appleseed, illustrated by Susan Gal); author/illustrator Ross Burach's PINE AND BOOF: THE LUCKY LEAF (forthcoming with HarperCollins, sold in a six-figure, two-book deal) and TRUCK FULL OF DUCKS (forthcoming with Scholastic Press); Tami Charles' FREEDOM SOUP and PANYE (both forthcoming with Candlewick); Denise Vega's IF YOUR MONSTER WON'T GO TO BED (forthcoming with Knopf/PRH, illustrated by Zachariah Ohora); and Shelli Johannes-Wells and Kimberly Derting's LUNA AND THE SCIENTIFIC METHOD (forthcoming with Greenwillow/HarperCollins, sold in a two-book, pre-empt). Some of Lara's recent middle grade and YA titles include Emily Martin's THE YEAR WE FELL APART (Simon Pulse/S&S); Anne Sibley O'Brien's IN THE SHADOW OF THE SUN (forthcoming with Arthur Levine/Scholastic); Tracy Barrett's contemporary YA, MY FREEFALL SUMMER (forthcoming with Charlesbridge); Melissa Thomson's TITO THE BONECRUSHER (forthcoming with FSG/Macmillan, sold at auction); Tami Charles's middle grade debut LIKE VANESSA (forthcoming with Charlesbridge, sold in a two-book deal); and Matthew Ward's THE FANTASTIC FAMILY WHIPPLE: WAR OF THE WORLD RECORDS (Razorbill/PRH, sold in a two-book, six-figure pre-empt). 

Lara has a B.A. in English and Fine Arts from Amherst College and an M.A. in English Literature from Columbia University, where she studied Victorian British Literature. In her pre-publishing life, she trained to be an architect before deciding that books, not bricks, are her true passion. She lives in the Bay Area with her husband and toddler.

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Left Coast Writers®: Aleta George - Ina Coolbrith (Corte Madera)

Monday, March 6, 2017 - 7:00pm

It’s Ina Coolbrith’s birth month and also a prelude to National Poetry month, which takes place in April! What better time to join Aleta George in her look at the world of poetics and this important California contributor.

Aleta George is the author of the award-winning biography, Ina Coolbrith: The Bittersweet Song of California’s First Poet Laureate. She has written for Smithsonian, High Country News, the Los Angeles Times, and the San Francisco Chronicle. She is currently the open space reporter for the Bay Area Monitor, a publication of the League of Women Voters.

Ina Coolbrith is a new biography about a pioneer poet, Oakland’s first public librarian, and the most popular literary ambassador in the early American West.

California named Coolbrith its first poet laureate in 1915 during San Francisco’s Panama-Pacific International Exposition, and 2015 marks her centennial of being named California’s beloved first lady of poetry and America’s first laureate.

George’s deftly told and deeply researched book follows the struggles and triumphs of Coolbrith from her birth in 1841 as a niece of Joseph Smith to her death in 1928 as California’s most beloved poet. Covering territory from California’s goldfields to the young pueblo of Los Angeles and back to the Golden Gate, Coolbrith’s story parallels California’s adolescence. The book also tells the story of how the young Coolbrith slipped into the male-dominated, literary world of post–Gold Rush San Francisco where Bret Harte, Mark Twain, and John Muir got their start; how as a librarian she mentored Jack London and Isadora Duncan; and how in her eighties an unrequited love for poetry and a handsome young protégé named Carl drove her to Roaring Twenties New York where she was lauded by the Poetry Society of America.

Coolbrith was a working class woman and the primary breadwinner for her family. She met with a series of challenges throughout her life that tested her devotion to her art, but in the end, she put her full faith in poetry and her story reveals the saving grace of creativity in a woman’s life.

 

Ina Coolbrith: The Bittersweet Song of California's First Poet Laureate Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9780986124013
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Shifting Plates Press - March 20th, 2015

Ina Coolbrith: The Bittersweet Song of California's First Poet Laureate is a new biography about a pioneer poet, Oakland's first public librarian, and the most popular literary ambassador in the early American West. In post-Gold Rush San Francisco, Coolbrith was known as the pearl of her tribe, a tribe that included Bret Harte, Mark Twain, and John Muir.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Left Coast Writers®: Andy Ross - Literary Agent

Monday, February 6, 2017 - 7:00pm

Left Coast Writers® Salon featuring Andy Ross, literary agent and founder of the Andy Ross Literary Agency.

 

 

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Left Coast Writers®: Brooke Warner - Publisher for She Writes Press (Corte Madera)

Monday, January 2, 2017 - 7:00pm

Brooke Warner is the publisher of She Writes Press, president of Warner Coaching Inc., author of What's Your Book? and How to Sell Your Memoir, and co-author of Breaking Ground on Your Memoir. She is also a regular Huffington Post blogger and a master teacher of memoir who co-leads the popular course "Write Your Memoir in Six Months." Her expertise is in traditional and new publishing. She sits on the boards of the Independent Book Publishers Association, the National Association of Memoir Writers, and the Bay Area Book Festival. Her website has been named by The Write Life as one of the Top 100 Best Websites for Writers. Warner lives and works in Berkeley, California.

 

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Left Coast Writers®: Dick Jordan - Cuba Libre (Corte Madera)

Monday, December 5, 2016 - 7:00pm

Dick Jordan grew up in Seattle, Washington. At age 7, he donned a suit and tie, climbed aboard a United Airlines DC-6, and took his first big trip: Up to Vancouver, British Columbia, for the day, back to Seattle the same evening by train. As a teenager at the end of the heyday of U.S. passenger train travel, he rode the rails to and from Miami Beach. In between these two “Big City Trips”, he learned to appreciate the outdoor wonders of the West by joining the quintessential “F Troop” of the Boy Scouts and camping in the rain and mud of Western Washington.

His service in the U.S. Air Force took him to Texas, Indiana, and the Far East. Along the way he spent nine months studying Chinese in Monterey, California, and discovered San Francisco and Yosemite National Park. When his service days came to a close, he moved to the San Francisco Bay Area, practiced law for over 30 years, and was an author of articles which appeared in the legal press, and was an editor and publisher of print and on-line legal newsletters. But his real dream was to become a travel writer.

Since 1971, Dick has traveled to nearly 250 places in the United States and abroad. In 2006 he started writing travel blogs so friends and family could follow the vacation journeys he and his wife Cindy embark on each year.

In 2009, a year after retiring, he became a freelance travel writer. His stories and photographs have appeared in the Contra Costa Times, Dallas Morning News, Los Angeles Times, Marin IJ, Oakland Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, and San Jose Mercury News.  He is also a contributorto the Book Passage Blog and a Gogobot Featured Blogger.

Dick is a Founding Member of the Professional Travel Bloggers Association whose mission is to promote the interests of travel bloggers within the industry by supporting and fostering the needs, careers and relationships of travel bloggers. He also belongs to the Bay Area Travel Writers, North American Travel Journalists Association, and San Francisco Bay Area Journalists,

He is a member of Left Coast Writers, which supports new and established writers in the production and promotion of their work in a stimulating atmosphere of creativity and community, and is a TV producer at the Community Media Center of Marin.

In January of 2015 he was named a “Featured Journalist” by the North American Travel Journalists Association.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Left Coast Writers®: Constance Hale - The Natives Are Restless (Corte Madera)

Monday, November 7, 2016 - 7:00pm

Constance Hale is certainly a “grammar maven.” Her guide to sentences, Sin and Syntax, sits on writers’ desks, library shelves, and many a bedside table. But she’s also a hula dancer, a poet, and a bit of a rebel. Two years ago she decided to defy literary pigeon holes, producing two books outside the mainstream. She will reveal the whys and wherefores of her ventures into indie publishing, and she’ll ply you with Mai Tais, share her thoughts on Hawaiian culture, and teach you some hula moves.

Constance Hale is a Hawaii-born, SF-based journalist and the author of three books on literary style. In fall 2016, she released two category-breaking books: Iwalani’s Tree (a prose poem for children set in Hawaii) and The Natives Are Restless (an intellectual coffee-table book on the hula).

The Natives Are Restless: A San Francisco Dance Master Takes Hula Into the Twenty-First Century Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9781943006069
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Sparkpress - October 11th, 2016

The art of hula is thriving in cities all over the country and the world, but it is not always understood. In The Natives Are Restless, journalist Constance Hale presents the largely untold story of the dance tradition, using the twin keyholes of Kumu Patrick Makuakane (a Hawai i-born, San Francisco based hula master), and his 350-person arts organization (Na Lei Hulu i ka Wekiu).


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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