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Start: 1:00 pm

Join us for hilarious readings from the latest Traveler's Tales humor anthology, Leave the Lipstick, Take the Iguana ($16.95). Authors include Spud Hilton (SF Chronicle Travel Editor), Laura DeutschKimberley Lovato, and Jill Robinson. They'll be joined by editor Marcy Gordon for Q&A following the readings. This award-winning series just keeps getting better! 

Start: 2:00 pm
End: 4:00 pm

Scott Anderson - Literary Journalism and The Enduring Power of Creative Nonfiction

Creative nonfiction begins from the premise that life can speak for itself if we can only find the structures to contain it and the words to celebrate it. One of the most influential and controversial wings of this movement is Literary Journalism, an approach that was pioneered in the 1960s by wordsmith reporters like Tom Wolfe, Truman Capote and Hunter S. Thompson.After experiencing ups and downs in the 1970s, the genre saw a storming resurgence in the late 1980s with writers like Jon Franklin, David Simon and Jon Krakauer.

On Feb. 24, award-winning journalist Scott Thomas Anderson will discuss how he turned to Literary Journalism and other elements of creative nonfiction during a crisis in his writing career - the assignment of capturing, in a meaningful way, the child abuse, elder abuse, domestic violence, assaults and homicides he was witnessing around methamphetamine during his 18 months as an embedded reporter with law enforcement. 

Scott Thomas Anderson is a journalist who has written for publications like The Sacramento News and Review and Sierra Lodestar magazine. He’s worked as a foreign correspondent for Radio Kerry in Tralee, Ireland, and he’s been published in The Irish Independent, Dublin’s  largest daily newspaper. Scott is currently a crime reporter for the northern California newspaper, The Press Tribune

The Marin branch of the California Writers Club meets monthly at Book Passage, except July, August and December, on the 4th Sunday of the month, unless a holiday. 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Meeting may feature a guest speaker, a workshop or a panel discussion along with networking, encouragement and writing news. All are welcomewww.cwcmarinwriters.com

 

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Start: 6:00 pm
In Exploding the Phone ($26.00), Phil Lapsley illuminates the forgotten history of the proto-hackers, tinkerers, and pranksters who turned AT&T’s telephone system into their electronic playground.
 
Before smartphones and iPads, before the Internet or the personal computer, a misfit group of technophiles, blind teenagers, hippies, and outlaws figured out how to hack the world’s largest machine: the telephone system. By the middle of the twentieth century the telephone system had grown into something extraordinary, a web of cutting-edge switching machines and human operators that linked together millions of people like never before. But the network had a billion-dollar flaw, and once people discovered it, things would never be the same. 

Phil Lapsley co-founded two high technology companies in the San Francisco Bay Area and was a consultant at McKinsey & Company where he advised Fortune 100 companies on strategy. He holds a Master's degree in electrical engineering and computer sciences from U. C. Berkeley and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management. Lapsley has been interviewed by NPR and the BBC and quoted in The New York Times and Boston Globe on telephone and computer security issues, and is the author of one textbook, sixteen patents, an Internet standard, and many technical articles.
 
Start: 7:00 pm
Margaret Wrinkle’s luminous, affecting debut novel is the impassioned story of two men and a woman joined by slave breeding in early-nineteenth-century Tennessee. Written as an accusation, a revelation, and a prayer, Wash ($25.00) challenges contemporary assumptions as it transcends time, revealing anew this explosive shard of national history.

Born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, Margaret Wrinkle is a writer, filmmaker, educator, and visual artist. Her award-winning documentary feature, broken\ground, explores contemporary race relations in her historically conflicted hometown. broken\ground was featured on NPR’s Morning Edition and won the Council on Foundations’ Film Festival. She holds a B.A. and an M.A. in English from Yale University and a Masters in Elementary Education from University of Alabama, Birmingham. She has studied fiction with Chinua Achebe, Pinckney Benedict, and AJ Verdelle, and traditional spiritual practices with Malidoma and Sobonfu Somé, and Mayumi Oda. She teaches part-time at the San Francisco Art Institute and lives in rural New Mexico.
 
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Start: 7:00 pm
Lavinia Spalding is the author of Writing Away: A Creative Guide to Awakening the Journal-Writing Traveler, co-author of With a Measure of Grace, the Story and Recipes of a Small Town Restaurant, and editor of the 2011, 2012 and 2013 The Best Women's Travel Writing ($19.95). A regular contributor to Yoga Journal, her work has been featured in a wide variety of print and online publications. 
 
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Laurie Weed is a passionate traveler and hapless romantic whose stories have appeared in four of the Best Women’s Travel Writing collections. A freelance copywriter by day, she also writes for magazines, guidebooks and newspapers, and co-authors “World Watch,” a weekly column for the Chicago Tribune
 
Martha Ezell has worked as an educator, social worker, mortgage broker, apple-picker, artist's assistant, and documentary filmmaker. Her short films include "Taking Up Space: Socrates Sculpture Park," "A Visit to the Elephant Seals of Año Nuevo," and "Szechuan Summer." She currently works at Sonoma State University in academic technology. She's happiest when she's near the ocean and has recently learned to surf near her home in Sonoma County. This is her first published writing.
 
Kristin Zibell is an award-winning travel writer and travel blogger, and online strategist. She authors the popular travel blog Take Your Big Trip to inspire would-be travelers to live their travel dreams. A regular speaker on career sabbaticals, travel blogging, and web design, her work has been featured in Best Women’s Travel Writing, Bay Area Travel Writer’s Stories from Around the Globe, BootsNAll, Meet Plan Go!, and Nomadic Matt. When not traveling locally around San Francisco, she is always planning her next big trip. 
 
Marcy Gordon’s narrative travel writing has appeared online for World Hum and in many Travelers’ Tales anthologies including More Sand in My Bra, 30 Days in Italy and Best Women’s Travel Writing 2012, 2011 and 2010. She is editor of Leave the Lipstick, Take the Iguana: Funny Travel Stories from the Road. She also writes Come for the Wine, a popular blog that features wine tourism destinations around the world. 
 
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Start: 7:00 pm
From the author of the instant New York Times best seller Swamplandia! (a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize) comes Vampires in the Lemon Grove ($24.95 ), a dazzling new collection of stories that showcases Karen Russell's gifts at their inimitable best.

In the collection's marvelous title story, two aging vampires in a sun-drenched Italian lemon grove find their hundred-year marriage tested when one of them develops a fear of flying. In "The Seagull Army Descends on Strong Beach, 1979," a dejected teenager discovers that the universe is communicating with him through talismanic objects left in a seagull's nest. "Proving Up" and "The Graveless Doll of Eric Mutis"--stories of children left to fend for themselves in dire predicaments--find Russell veering into more sinister territory, and ultimately crossing the line into full-scale horror. In "The New Veterans," a massage therapist working with a tattooed war veteran discovers she has the power to heal by manipulating the images on his body. In all, these wondrous new pieces display a young writer of superlative originality and invention coming into the full range and scale of her powers. 
 
Karen Russell, a native of Miami, has been featured in The New Yorker's debut fiction issue and on The New Yorker's 20 Under 40 list, and was chosen as one of Granta's Best Young American Novelists. In 2009, she received the 5 Under 35 award from the National Book Foundation. Three of her short stories have been selected for the Best American Short Stories volumes. Her novel Swamplandia! was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. She is a graduate of the Columbia MFA program and a 2012 Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin.
 
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Start: 7:00 pm
Manil Suri presents The City of Devi ($26.95). As Mumbai empties under the threat of imminent nuclear annihilation, Sarita, can only think of one thing: being reunited with Karun, her physicist husband. Why has he vanished? Who is he running from? To find him, Sarita must journey across the surreal landscape of a near-abandoned city. Danger lurks around every corner, but so does the incongruous and the absurd.

Manil Suri, a native of Mumbai, is a professor of mathematics at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He is the author of The Death of Vishnu, a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award, and The Age of Shiva.
 
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Start: 7:00 pm
Advocating a holistic approach, Rev. George L. McLaird teaches that spiritual living requires flexibility — growing, morphing, and constantly being revised, refreshed and reinvented. In A Guide for Spiritual Living ($19.95), he offers suggestions on how to structure a spiritual path that is uniquely yours.

Rev. George L. McLaird is an author, counselor, teacher and lifelong student of spiritual disciplines. He has authored several books including the curriculum for his classes, seminars and workshops.

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Start: 11:00 am
Rebecah Freeling is a master storyteller, experienced early childhood educator, and parent coach.  New to California, she recently joined the faculty of Marin Mountain School Early Childhood Center in Corte Madera. For thirteen years she was owner, Director and Lead Teacher of Briar Rose Children's Center in her home state of Ohio. Her magical stories, both original and drawn from the folk and fairy tale traditions, are enhanced by handmade table puppets and simple marionettes.  One often observes the children hearing her stories to be sitting on the edge of their seats, eyes wide and mouths open in anticipation!
 
Start: 1:00 pm
A dark love story, Fire & Water ($16.95) is Betsy Fasbinder's first novel. As Katherine Murphy navigates the treacherous territory between passionate love and friendship, her family devotion is the only anchor that can keep her from losing all that she values most.

In addition to this debut novel launch, join us as we celebrate the maverick voices of other Marin County indie authors. Among them will be Linda Joy Myers (author of Power of Memoir and the newly published Journey of Memoir: Three Stages of Memoir Writing), Christie Nelson (author of Dreaming Mill Valley), Elizabeth Appell (author of Lessons from the Gypsy Camp) and Amy Peele (author of Aunt Mary's Guide to Raising Children the Old Fashioned Way).  

Betsy Graziana Fasbinder is the recipeint of the Floyd Salas Award for Fiction, and has previously received a Jack London award and two East of Eden awards. She is currently at work on a collection of personal essays.



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