Mandy Aftel - Fragrant

In Fragrant, through five major players in the epic of aroma, Mandy Aftel explores the profound connection between our sense of smell and the appetites that move us, give us pleasure, make us fully alive. Cinnamon, queen of the Spice Route, touches our hunger for the unknown, the exotic, the luxurious. Mint, homegrown the world over, speaks to our affinity for the familiar, the native, the authentic. Frankincense, an ancient incense ingredient, taps into our longing for transcendence, while ambergris embodies our unquenchable curiosity. And exquisite jasmine exemplifies our yearning for beauty, both evanescent and enduring.

Mandy Aftel is an internationally known artisan perfumer and the author of six previous books, including Essence and Alchemy: A Natural History of Perfume.  Her work has been featured in The New York Times, Vanity Fair, Vogue, O, The Oprah Magazine, Elle, In Style, W, and Bon Appétit, among many other publications. Aftel lives in Berkeley, California.

 

Location: 
Street:
1 Ferry Building
City:
San Francisco
,
Postal Code:
94111
$27.95
ISBN-13: 9781594631412
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Riverhead Hardcover, 10/2014

Michael Connelly - The Burning Room (Signing)

The new thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Michael Connelly follows Detective Harry Bosch and his new partner as they investigate a recent murder where the trigger was pulled nine years earlier.

In the LAPD's Open-Unsolved Unit, not many murder victims die almost a decade after the crime. So when a man succumbs to complications from being shot by a stray bullet nine years earlier, Bosch catches a case in which the body is still fresh, but all other evidence is virtually nonexistent.

Now Bosch and rookie Detective Lucia Soto, are tasked with solving what turns out to be a highly charged, politically sensitive case. Beginning with the bullet that's been lodged for years in the victim's spine, they must pull new leads from years-old information, which soon reveal that this shooting may have been anything but random.

Michael Connelly is the author of twenty-six previous novels, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers The Gods of Guilt and The Black Box. His books, which include the bestselling Harry Bosch series and Lincoln Lawyer series, have sold more than fifty-eight million copies worldwide. Connelly is a former newspaper reporter who has won numerous awards for his journalism and his novels and is the executive producer of the forthcoming series Bosch, starring Titus Welliver.

Location: 
Street:
1 Ferry Building
City:
San Francisco
,
Postal Code:
94111

The Burning Room (Hardcover)

$28.00
ISBN-13: 9780316225939
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Little, Brown and Company, 11/2014

Mary Street Alinder - Group f.64

A delicate close-up of a twisted, inverted pepper; the wide, sweeping crevasses of the Grand Canyon; a portrait of a mother that captured the weariness of the Dust Bowl. These images, breathtakingly clear, sharply detailed, and with an unprecedented depth of field, were part of the Modernist aesthetic revolution that changed the way we viewed the American West, and photography as an art form. Group f.64: Edward Weston, Ansel Adams, Imogen Cunningham, and the Community of Artists Who Revolutionized American Photography is the account of the transformative group—first identified as such in a 1932 exhibition. It was comprised of strongly individualist artists, brought together by a common philosophy, and held together in a tangle of dynamic relationships. Prior to Group f.64, the dominant photographic style was Pictorialist, in which images were manipulated in order to look more like a painting, with a specific mood and a lack of sharp focus. The members, including Dorothea Lange and Willard Van Dyke, shared a conviction that photography should remain pure and unedited. They took their name, f.64, from a very small lens aperture used with their large format cameras, a pinprick that allowed them to capture the greatest possible depth of field in their lustrous, sharply detailed prints. In today’s digital world, these “straight” photography champions are increasingly revered.

Mary Street Alinder is an independent scholar specializing in twentieth-century photography. Alinder was chief assistant to Ansel Adams from 1979 until his death. She helped complete his autobiography, coedited Ansel Adams: Letters and Image, and wrote his definitive biography, which the Los Angeles Times called “a loving, minutely researched portrait of the photographer that acknowledges his humanity while confirming his enormous artistic contribution.” She has lectured and curated exhibitions worldwide, including a 2002 Adams Centennial exhibition and a Group f.64 show at the de Young Museum to coincide with publication of this book.

 

Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925
Country:
United States
$35.00
ISBN-13: 9781620405550
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Bloomsbury USA, 10/2014

Left Coast Writers®: Gail Strickland - Night of Pan

The slaughter of the Spartan Three Hundred at Thermopylae, Greece 480 BCE—when King Leonidas tried to stop the Persian army with only his elite guard—is well known. But just what did King Xerxes do after he defeated the Greeks?

In Night of Pan, fifteen-year-old Thaleia is haunted by visions: roofs dripping blood, Athens burning. She tries to convince her best friend and all the villagers that she’s not crazy. The gods do speak to her.

And the gods have plans for this girl.

When Xerxes’ army of a million Persians marches straight to the mountain village Delphi to claim the Temple of Apollo’s treasures and sacred power, Thaleia’s gift may be her people’s last line of defense.

Her destiny may be to save Greece…
…but is one girl strong enough to stop an entire army?

While studying the Classics in college, Gail Strickland translated much of Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey, Herodotus’ prophecies and The Bacchai by Euripides. Living on the Greek islands after college, she discovered her love of myth, the wine-dark sea and retsina. The Baltimore Review and Writer's Digest have recognized Gail’s fiction. She published stories and poems in Travelers’ Tales’ anthologies and the San Francisco Writer’s anthology. Her poetry and photography were published in a collection called Clutter.

 

Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925

Michael Connelly - The Burning Room

The new thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Michael Connelly follows Detective Harry Bosch and his new partner as they investigate a recent murder where the trigger was pulled nine years earlier.

In the LAPD's Open-Unsolved Unit, not many murder victims die almost a decade after the crime. So when a man succumbs to complications from being shot by a stray bullet nine years earlier, Bosch catches a case in which the body is still fresh, but all other evidence is virtually nonexistent.

Now Bosch and rookie Detective Lucia Soto, are tasked with solving what turns out to be a highly charged, politically sensitive case. Beginning with the bullet that's been lodged for years in the victim's spine, they must pull new leads from years-old information, which soon reveal that this shooting may have been anything but random.

Michael Connelly is the author of twenty-six previous novels, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers The Gods of Guilt and The Black Box. His books, which include the bestselling Harry Bosch series and Lincoln Lawyer series, have sold more than fifty-eight million copies worldwide. Connelly is a former newspaper reporter who has won numerous awards for his journalism and his novels and is the executive producer of the forthcoming series Bosch, starring Titus Welliver.

Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925

The Burning Room (Hardcover)

$28.00
ISBN-13: 9780316225939
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Little, Brown and Company, 11/2014

Class: David Corbett - Character Spines & Story Lines

11/09/2014 3:30 pm

Sun. Nov. 9, 9:30-3:30 pm • $150
Register by October 28 in order to submit your 10-page writing sample for feedback

 

 

Aristotle believed that plot was the most important and difficult challenge the writer faced. But by plot he meant the architecture of change in the hero’s fortunes. Character and structure are inextricably linked, and it is through structure that most of a story’s meaning is imparted.

In this one-day class and workshop, David Corbett will demonstrate how the architecture of story, when properly understood, deepens our understanding of character, and how integrating character with story helps the writer avoid both formulaic plotting and episodic meandering. Special attention will be paid to individual student projects (10-page limit) for their strengths in establishing character and launching the story.

 

Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925


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