Start: 7:00 pm
Left Coast Writers® Literary Salon at Book Passage in Corte Madera
Author Brooke Warner presents What's Your Book?: A Step-By-Step Guide to Get You from Inspiration to Published Author ($12.95). What's Your Book? is an aspiring author's go-to guide for getting from idea to publication. Warner brings her unique understanding of book publishing (from the vantage point of coach, editor, and publisher) to each of the book's five chapters, which include understanding the art of becoming an author, getting over common hurdles, challenging counterproductive mindsets, building an author platform, and ultimately getting published.
Brooke Warner is a publishing expert with thirteen years' experience as an acquiring editor for major trade houses.
Book Passage hosts the monthly meetings of Left Coast Writers® at our Corte Madera store. This Literary Salon is led by author/teacherLinda Watanabe McFerrin. The monthly meetings provide an evening of literary connections, support, counsel, provocative readings, writing tips, literary chat, unabashed networking, and great fun. Each meeting also features a presentation by one of several Bay Area literary figures. The fee includes membership in Left Coast Writers®, a group of new and experienced writers. LCW has its own lively newsletter and website at www.leftcoastwriters.com/.
Start: 7:00 pm
Terri Nolan presents Burden of Truth ($14.99). Investigative journalist Birdie Elizabeth Keane would give anything–even her Pulitzer–to see Matt Whelan, the love of her life, one more time. The sudden death of the Los Angeles cop has left her devastated, angry, and baffled. Coming from a traditional Irish-Catholic family of cops, Birdie can’t ignore the bizarre coincidences surrounding his “accidental” death–or her suspicion that he planned it. A twisting trail of clues leads her to a sixteen-year-old murder, a cold case she’s always wanted to solve. With dangerous forces closing in, Birdie races to decipher Matt’s last message for her. Each stunning revelation brings her closer to the dark truth about a man she thought she knew–Was he a dirty cop?–and unimaginable, painful secrets about the people she loves most.
Terri Nolan is California born and raised. She grew up in the San Gabriel Valley at the eastern edge of Los Angeles. She attended the University of Texas at Arlington and earned a B.A. in Communication/Radio & Television. Her first newspaper job was at the News Texan. She left with no regrets when radio beckoned. She lives in Southern California and has been lucky to have had a well-rounded business background in radio, high-end retail, oil, art, and freelance reporting. She’s married and has two children.
Start: 6:00 pm
Computers have failed, electricity is extinct, and the race to discover new lands is underway! Brilliant explorer Alexander West has just died under mysterious circumstances, but not before smuggling half of a strange map to his intrepid children—Kit the brain, M.K. the tinkerer, and Zander the brave. Why are so many government agents trying to steal the half-map? (And where is the other half?) It’s up to Alexander’s children—The Expeditioners ($22.00)—to get to the bottom of these questions, and fast.
S. S. Taylor lives in Vermont and has a strong interest in books of all kinds, expeditions, old libraries, mysterious situations, long-hidden secrets, maps, and exploring known and unknown places. She is most recently the author of Amelia Earhart: This Broad Ocean.
Start: 7:00 pm
Frosty Hesson discusses Making Mavericks: The Memoir of a Surfing Legend ($16.95). When Richard “Frosty” Hesson was first approached by a young Jay Moriarty in 1990, the skinny kid with a sparkle in his eye only wanted one thing from the icon: his help in becoming a better surfer. Hesson, one of the first to conquer the huge waves off northern California known as Mavericks, recognized that the kid “had a vision.” Jay quickly demonstrated a resolve that reminded Frosty of his younger self, pursuing his goal with a seriousness far beyond his years. His attitude and work ethic earned Frosty’s respect and, eventually, his friendship. Making Mavericks is the inspiring story of their father-son bond and of the challenges that made each of them who they were—surf legends, and the subject of the upcoming film Chasing Mavericks.
Richard “Frosty” Hesson has been surfing the northern California waters since 1963 and was among the elite group of surfers who first began riding the colossal waves at Mavericks in the 1980s. He has trained hundreds of young people in the art of surfing. Frosty continues to surf and follow his quest to help people achieve and accomplish their goals. He lives in Santa Cruz, California.
Start: 6:00 pm
George Saunders discusses Tenth of December: Stories ($26.00). One of the most important and blazingly original writers of his generation, George Saunders is an undisputed master of the short story, and this new collection is his most honest, accessible, and moving work yet. Writing brilliantly and profoundly about class, sex, love, loss, work, despair, and war, Saunders cuts to the core of the contemporary experience. These stories take on the big questions and explore the fault lines of our own morality, delving into the questions of what makes us good and what makes us human.
MacArthur “Genius Grant” fellow George Saunders is the acclaimed author of several collections of short stories, including Pastoralia and CivilWarLand in Bad Decline, as well as a collection of essays and a book for children. He teaches in the creative writing program at Syracuse University.
Start: 7:00 pm
Left Coast Writers Book Launch!
Author and Left Coast Writer Patricia Bracewell reads from Shadow on the Crown ($27.95). In 1002, fifteen-year-old Emma of Normandy crosses the Narrow Sea to wed the much older King Athelred of England, whom she meets for the first time at the church door. Thrust into an unfamiliar and treacherous court, with a husband who mistrusts her, stepsons who resent her and a bewitching rival who covets her crown, Emma must defend herself against her enemies and secure her status as queen by bearing a son. Based on real events recorded in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, Shadow on the Crown introduces readers to a fascinating, overlooked period of history and an unforgettable heroine whose quest to find her place in the world will resonate with modern readers.
Patricia Bracewell grew up in California where she taught literature and composition before embarking upon a writing career. This is her first novel. She lives in Oakland, California.
Start: 7:00 pm
Fred Coleman presents The Marcel Network: How One French Couple Saved 527 Children from the Holocaust ($27.50). Syrian immigrant Moussa Abadi was thirty-three and his future wife, Odette Rosenstock, twenty-eight when they decided to hide Jewish children in Catholic convents and boarding schools or with Protestant families. Their clandestine organization—the Marcel Network—became one of the most successful operations of Jewish resistance in Europe.
Fred Coleman’s long career as a foreign correspondent included five years as Newsweek’s bureau chief in Paris and eight years as the magazine’s bureau chief in Moscow. In 1978 he won the Page 1 Award of the Newspaper Guild of New York for the best reporting from abroad for magazines. His first book, The Decline and Fall of the Soviet Empire, was published ’in 1996. Coleman and his wife, Nadine, live in Paris.
Cecil Williams & Janice Mirikitani – Beyond the Possible: 50 Years of Creating Radical Change in a Community Called Glide
Start: 7:00 pm
Tickets $30 (includes an autographed book)
To Reserve: Call (415) 927-0960, ext. 1
Moderated by Pat Holt
Reverend Cecil Williams and Janice Mirikitani together have led San Francisco’s Glide Memorial Church toward profound social change for the past half-century. In Beyond the Possible: 50 Years of Creating Radical Change in a Community Called Glide, they share stories that reveal how Glide became the spiritual soul of San Francisco—and one of the city’s most generous providers of social services.
Start: 12:00 pm
Gourmet restaurateur and vegan food expert Miyoko Schinner shares her secrets for making homemade nondairy cheeses in Artisan Vegan Cheese: From Everyday to Gourmet ($19.95). Learn how to make cheeses that retain all the complexity and sharpness of their dairy counterparts while incorporating nutritious nuts and plant-based milks.
For readers who want to whip up something quick, Miyoko provides recipes for almost-instant ricotta and sliceable cheeses, and a variety of tangy dairy substitutes, such as vegan sour cream, creme frache, and yogurt. For suggestions on how to incorporate vegan artisan cheeses into favorite recipes, Miyoko offers up delectable appetizers, entres, and desserts, from caprese salad and classic mac and cheese to eggplant parmesan and San Francisco cheesecake.
Start: 1:00 pm
Terri Glass will discuss the lives and poetry of Jelaluddin Rumi, and Rainer Maria Rilke. Their work will serve as inspiration to fuel writing exercises that center around a particular theme. Get in touch with images that stir your soul and find a new way to articulate unconscious material and bring it to light through the writing process.
Terri Glass is a poet, writer and teacher of creative writing. She served as Program Director for California Poets in the Schools from 2008-2011 and actively teaches poetry in Marin County schools. She is the author of Language of the Awakened Heart, a guidebook for classroom teachers and a book of poetry, The Song of Yes, which is a blend of the spiritual and natural worlds. Visit her website at www.terriglass.com. She is serving as a judge for the second annual Songs of the Soul Poetry Contest sponsored by the International Association of Sufism; winners will be announced at the Songs of the Soul Poetry and Sacred Music Festival in March. More info is available at www.ias.org.
Start: 4:00 pm
In Insane City ($26.95), Dave Barry returns to the comic suspense genre of which he is a past master. Here is a madcap, hilariously complicated, heartfelt tale of a groom, Seth Weinstein, and his numbskull posse of pals, set on the eve of his spectacular wedding. Soon Seth will become involved with a family of Haitian refugees, an orangutan named Trevor, medical marijuana, a fake pirate ship, a gigantic snake, Russian gangsters, scheming billionaires, angry strippers, and gorgeous Cuban women – all set in and around Barry’s insanely dangerous, wacky, but exhilarating hometown of Miami.
Dave Barry has been a professional humorist ever since he discovered that professional humor was a lot easier than working. Barry won the Pulitzer Prize for commentary, although he misplaced it for several years, which is why his wife now keeps it in a secure location that he does not know about. He has also written more than 30 books, including the novels Big Trouble, Lunatics, and Tricky Business.
Start: 7:00 pm
Left Coast Writers® Book Launches at Book Passage in Corte Madera
Seeing Red: A Women's Quest for Truth, Power and the Sacred ($16.95) is an intimate memoir about Lone Morch's search for personal power, a journey of climbing inner and outer mountains that takes her to the holy Mt. Kailas in Tibet, through a seven-year marriage, and into the arms of the fierce goddess Kali, where she discovers her powerful feminine self. As much a memoir about coming into one's own as it is a love affair with the Himalayas, Seeing Red takes the reader on an unforgettable journey of creation and destruction.
Award-winning author, photographer and rebel priestess, Lone Mørch is the founder of Lolo’s Boudoir and creative soul behind the Free Your Sacred Journey program. Her photography and writing have been featured internationally in InStyle, San Francisco Chronicle, Huffington Post, Examiner, 7×7 Magazine, La Bella Bride, Untapped, Daily Candy, Femina, PRmag, anthologies and more.