Left Coast Writers®: Laurie McAndish King - Your Crocodile Has Arrived (Corte Madera)

Saturday, August 19, 2017 - 7:00pm

"Enchanting.... Each story reads like a veritable treasure in the 'Cabinets of Curiosity' King deftly describes... an antidote to the streak of snark in so much modern travel writing." — Phil Cousineau

Whether your taste runs to crocodiles or chocolate, ancient relics or flying saucers, you’re sure to find entertainment and illumination in this collection of 21 true stories: Your Crocodile Has Arrived. Join in as Laurie McAndish King

  • Makes a pilgrimage to see a 2,500-year-old tooth.
  • Checks out the world’s largest earthworms — some are as much as twenty feet long.
  • Receives a full-body chocolate massage.
  • Participates in a shamanic ayahuasca ritual.
  • Learns the secrets of alien spaceship propulsion — from an Ivy-League astrophysicist.

Laurie McAndish King grew up in rural Iowa, studied science and philosophy at Cornell College, and has traveled to nearly forty countries — observing with an eye for natural science, and writing with a philosopher’s heart and mind. Her award-winning travel essays and photography have appeared in many publications, including Smithsonian magazine, Travel Channel partner site iExplore.com, the San Francisco Chronicle, and The Best Women’s Travel Writing Travelers’ Tales anthology, as well as other magazines and literary anthologies. 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Doreen Stock & Kate Peper - An Afternoon in Conversation (Corte Madera)

Sunday, August 20, 2017 - 1:00pm

Talking With Marcelo is a bio-sketch of Argentine journalist Marcelo Holot, a chapbook-length interview in which he answers six questions covering his early years, his life as a student protester during the Dirty Wars, and also his subsequent career as a journalist in Buenos Aires. Holot met and wrote about some of the most important people of his time, including Juan Peron and the Argentine soccer hero, Maradona. His interviewer, the poet and memoir artist Doreen Stock, first met him in Argentina in a tango palace, Confiteria Ideal, where the long conversation which was to become this interview, began. Sixteen photographs complete the limited edition, published by Mine Gallery, Fairfax, CA.

Doreen Stock is a poet, essayist, and memoir practitioner who has been exploring creative nonfiction for thirty plus years from the feminine point of view as a wife, mother of three, single human, and grandmother of eleven. Her first book of poems, The Politics of Splendor, was part of a New American Writers exhibit at the Frankfurt Book Fair that year. It combined poetry and prose poems with her translations from the work of Marina Tsvetaeva and Anna Akhmatova. A selection of Stock’s poetry and translations has been video-archived at Marin Poets, Live! She was a founding member of the Marin Poetry Center and is currently living in Fairfax, California.


In this collection of poems, Dipped In Black Water, Kate Peper explores the imperfect body, the flawed spirit and the uneasy balance she strikes between the two. Horror and depression live side-by-side with humor and hope. These poems reveal how hidden losses do not so much define the person, but once embraced, lead to wholeness.

Kate Peper is a freelance designer and award-winning watercolor painter. She was a recipient of a Marin Arts Council Individual Artist Grant for poetry and her work has been nominated three times for a Pushcart Prize. Her poetry has appeared in many journals including The Baltimore Review, Cimarron Review, Gargoyle, The Lindenwood Review, Rattle, Spillway, Tar River Review and others.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Catherine Marshall Smith - American Family (Corte Madera)

Sunday, August 20, 2017 - 4:00pm

In American Family, Richard and Michael are celebrating their three years of sobriety by moving in to Michael’s bungalow in Manhattan Beach, California. While Michael is at work, Richard impulsively makes a phone call to his ten year old daughter who is in the custody of her mom’s parents in Oregon. Richard knows he should have discussed this with Michael but they did talk about connecting with Brady when the time was right. They just hadn’t identified when that time would be. Richard, on this day, at this hour, with boxes of his belongings in chaos around him, decided now was the right time.

In making this phone call he starts the juggernaut of family law that threatens to destroy all that is good in his life.

Things get worse as the couple learns that both Brady and her grandparents, who have been her parents for five years since her mother’s death, are fundamentalist Christians.

Both parties lawyer up only to find that the lawyers have their own agendas that supersede the needs of this family.

Events move smoothly in court for Richard and Michael until the possibility of Brady’s witnessing a questionable sexual situation is suggested and magnified by the grandparents’ attorney. Brady is whisked back to Oregon and the men have to decide how much they are willing to endure to get her back.

Catherine Marshall-Smith lives and teaches English and Social Studies to middle school students in the heart of the Silicon Valley. She is married and has three adult children, two grand dogs and one dachshund who has nothing wrong with his nose. American Family is her first novel.

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ISBN: 9781631521638
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Published: She Writes Press - June 13th, 2017

Richard and Michael, both three years sober, have just decided to celebrate their love by moving in together when Richard--driven by the desire to do the right thing for his ten-year-old-daughter, Brady, whom he has never met--impulsively calls his former father-in-law to connect with her.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Lynn Ryder - Reinvent Yourself After 50

Sunday, August 20, 2017 - 4:00pm

Sunday August 20, 2017  • 4pm-6pm • $50

In our 50's, 60's and 70's, we begin a new phase of life.   It’s important now to address the opportunities and fears of retirement and aging.  Working with an exercise book, we’ll engage in discussions, journaling and short lectures to create a vision and a plan for your happy, healthy and fulfilling future.   

Lynn Ryder work as a facilitator, career consultant, corporate trainer, and University Lecturer. She is the author of Road to Fulfillment.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Jeremy McCarter - Young Radicals (Corte Madera)

Monday, August 21, 2017 - 7:00pm

From the co-author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Hamilton: The Revolution, a stunning group portrait of five American radicals fighting for their ideals as the country goes mad around them.

What does it mean to live for your ideals…and to risk dying for them? This book tells the story of young American radicals who sensed a moment of unprecedented promise for American life—politically, socially, culturally—and struggled to bring it about, only to see World War I sweep it away. Based on six years of extensive archival research, Jeremy McCarter’s dramatic narrative Young Radicals brings to life the adventures of Randolph Bourne, a visionary social critic beset with a hunchback, Max Eastman, the charismatic poet-propagandist of Greenwich Village, Walter Lippmann, a fast-rising socialist who became a liberal icon, Alice Paul, a fearless suffragist who risked everything for women’s rights, and John Reed, an adventurer who witnessed the Russian Revolution and tried to bring it to America. It evokes the kind of country they fought to create in the early 20th century, one that young radicals are still fighting to create amid the dangers of the 21st.

Jeremy McCarter is a writer, director, and producer. He is the co-author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Hamilton: The Revolution, with Lin-Manuel Miranda. He spent five years on the artistic staff of the Public Theater in New York, where he created and ran the Public Forum series of performances and conversations. He was a cultural critic for New York magazine and Newsweek, and an editor at The New Republic. He taught theater history and criticism at Brooklyn College, and served on the jury of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

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ISBN: 9780812993059
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Published: Random House - June 13th, 2017

From the co-author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Hamilton: The Revolution, the stunning story of five American radicals fighting for their ideals as the country goes mad around them

"Inspiring and entertaining."--David Brooks, The New York Times

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

David Helvarg - The Golden Shore (Sausalito)

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 - 6:00pm

From the first human settlements to the latest marine explorations, The Golden Shore tells the tale of the history, culture, and changing nature of California’s coasts and ocean. David Helvarg takes the reader on both a geographic and literary journey along the 1,100-mile Pacific coastline, from the Oregon border to the San Diego/Tijuana international border fence and out into its whale-, seal-, and shark-rich offshore seamounts, rock isles, and kelp forests.

Part history, part travelogue, part love letter, The Golden Shore tells the story of California’s majestic coastline and ocean. Helvarg captures the spirit of the Californian coast, its mythic place in American culture, and its role in a state whose ongoing natural disasters and unremitting sense of renewal are intimately linked to its deep connection with an ever-changing sea.

David Helvarg is the author of six books, including Rescue Warriors, 50 Ways to Save the Ocean, and Saved by the Sea. He is founder and executive director of Blue Frontier and cofounder of the Peter Benchley Ocean Awards. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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By David Helvarg, Ted Danson (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781608684403
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Published: New World Library - October 4th, 2016

From the first human settlements to the latest marine explorations, The Golden Shore tells the tale of the history, culture, and changing nature of California's coasts and ocean.

100 Bay St.
Sausalito, CA 94965