Start: 12:00 pm
Tony La Russa discusses One Last Strike: Fifty Years in Baseball, Ten and a Half Games Back, and One Final Championship Season ($27.99). Speaking candidly, the third-winningest manager in baseball history talks about his World Championship season with the St. Louis Cardinals, his lifetime spent studying the game, his famously intense style, and his decision to retire. La Russa also shares stories from throughout his career that shaped his outlook — from his first days managing the Chicago White Sox to his championship years with the Oakland A's, to his triumphant tenure as St. Louis's longest-serving manager.Tony La Russa managed the St. Louis Cardinals from 1996 to 2011, as well as the Oakland A's and the Chicago White Sox. He has three World Series wins, six league championships, and five Manager of the Year awards, and is ranked third in all-time major league wins. He and his wife, Elaine, founded the Tony La Russa Animal Rescue Foundation in Walnut Creek, California.
Start: 6:30 pm
End: 8:30 pm
Third Monday of Every Month • 6:30-8:30 pm$200 per year/$40 Drop-in fee ($150 for Left Coast Writers® members) Register for annual membership(Left Coast Writers Salon Rate): Register for annual membership(For Non-Salon Members): Register for one session: Finally, the writing group everyone has been asking for! Get in on the latest Left Coast Writers® literary adventure: The Left Coast Writers® Monthly Writers' Workshop. Bring your work and your imagination as well as humor, honesty, and attention to an evening of sharing recent writings, discussion on craft, and fabulous literary prompts. Either author/instructors Linda Watanabe McFerrin or Joanna Biggar will be on hand to contribute editorial direction and orchestrate sessions. This is a chance to get feedback on your work and hone your skills in a stimulating, supportive, and highly professional environment.Led by Linda Watanabe McFerrin & Joanna Biggar
Start: 7:00 pm
Co-Sponsored by Family Service Agency Christa Parravani's Her ($26.00) is a blazingly passionate memoir of identity and love: when a charismatic and troubled young woman dies tragically, her idential twin sister must struggle to survive. Christa Parravani and her identical twin, Cara, were linked by a bond that went beyond siblinghood, beyond sisterhood, beyond friendship. But, haunted by childhood experiences with father figures and further damaged by being raped as a young adult, Cara veered off the path to robust work and life and in to depression, drugs and a shocking early death. Beautifully written, mesmerizingly rich and true, Christa Parravani's account of being left, one half of a whole, and of her desperate, ultimately triumphant struggle for survival is informative, heart-wrenching and unforgettably beautiful. Christa Parravani is a writer and photographer. Her photographs have been exhibited internationally, and are represented by the Michael Foley Gallery in New York City and the Kopeikin gallery in Los Angeles. She has taught photography at Dartmouth College, Columbia University and UMass, Amherst. She earned her MFA in Visual Art from Columbia University and her MFA in Creative Writing from Rutgers.