Start: 10:30 am
End: 12:00 pm
Sat., Apr. 5 • 10:30-12:00 pm • $65 Agents get lots of query letters, so yours needs to grab their attention quickly. Please prepare a draft query for your book project that we can discuss in class. Andy Ross will provide notes and edits for all of the queries that he receives. Ross is a literary agent in Oakland and former owner of Cody’s Books in Berkeley.
Start: 1:00 pm
End: 4:00 pm
Sat., Apr. 5 • 1:00-4:00 pm • $60 Motherhood is messy, funny, sad, and layered with reflection. A mother’s story—from Plath to Bombeck—demands to be told. With an eye to craft, we examine mom blogs, essays on motherhood, and “mom” in fiction. Consider the class a threshold for the woman who doesn’t know where to start, but knows that she wants to. There will be writing exercises, prompts, and sharing. Toni Piccinini is the author of The Goodbye Year, a mash-up of letting go and stepping forward.
Start: 1:00 pm
In My Century ($19.95), Dr. Ephraim Engleman, age 102, takes a look backward at his very long life, one in which music and medicine intertwined at every step. He never became the celebrated violinist his mother wished for, but instead became America s preeminent rheumatologist and someone in whose honor two Stradivari violins are named. He continues living with astonishing vitality: seeing patients, playing chamber music, putting on amateur musical productions, comparing violins with Itzhak Perlman, and directing the Rosalind Russell-Ephraim P. Engleman Medical Research Center for Arthritis at UC San Francisco. For 60 years, Engleman has been a member of the Family Club, a prestigious social club. He writes musical biographies of composers like George Gershwin and Jerome Kern, which are performed in the club's outdoor theater. Last year, Engleman received the Gold Medal from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He is also a recipient of the Presidential Gold Medal from the American College of Rheumatology and UCSF's Medal of Honor, the institution's highest honor.
Start: 7:00 pm
Fifth in a series of noir mysteries featuring newspaper reporter Samuel Hamilton, The Halls of Power ($14.95) explores corruption at the top of the money chain in San Francisco in the early 1960s. The work teems with eccentric characters: hardboiled cops and immigrant workmen, prosperous businessmen, but especially the albino sage, Mr. Song, who brings a form of vigilante justice when the system stops working for the people of Chinatown.William C. Gordon, a former San Francisco trial lawyer, has written a series of noir mysteries about San Francisco in the 1960's, including Fractured Lives and The Chinese Jars, which have been well received. Gordon is a world traveler and a photographer and incorporates the diversity of his life experiences into his fiction.