M.O. Walsh - My Sunshine Away

The debut novel of a major new literary talent, My Sunshine Away is at once a spellbinding mystery, a funny and tender coming-of-age story, a rich and affectionate portrait of the contemporary South, and a wise meditation on family, memory, and forgiveness. The novel juxtaposes an idyllic Louisiana childhood with the heartbreaking but ultimately hopeful story of a vicious crime, unraveling families, and an all-consuming first love. In My Sunshine Away, M.O. Walsh’s thirty-something narrator tells the story of the summer of 1989, when he was a fourteen-year-old boy in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in love with Lindy Simpson, the fifteen-year-old girl across the street. But after Lindy is raped one night while riding her bike home from track practice and no arrests are made, innocence is suddenly lost for her, him, their families, their schoolmates, and everyone along Piney Creek Road in their affluent section of Baton Rouge. The brutal crime shatters the community’s illusions, and it’s not until decades later that the narrator comes to terms with its consequences, and the part he played in it. As he recounts the events that took place that pivotal summer, the mystery of who committed the unspeakable crime is revealed.

M.O. Walsh was born and raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. His work has appeared in publications such as The New York Times, Oxford American, American Short Fiction, Epoch, and Best New American Voices, among others. He is a graduate of the MFA program at the University of Mississippi and is currently the director of the Creative Writing Workshop at the University of New Orleans. This is his first novel.

 

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My Sunshine Away (Hardcover)

$26.95
ISBN-13: 9780399169526
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Putnam Adult, 2/2015

Greg Randall - Diamonds for Death

In Diamonds for Death, Sharon O'Mara's newest client doesn't need her help for what he's done, but rather for what he's left behind. When baseball great, Toro Rodriquez, defected he had to leave his wife and family in Cuba. Now a ruthless governemnt agent whose allegiance isn't to Castro, but only to herself, holds them prisoner.

Since O'Mara's friend, Kevin Bryan, is off on a security gig in London to prevent the theft of diamonds worth a quarter of a billion euros, she turns to old friends and comrades-in-arms to help rescue Toro's family. Her team's failure may mean vanishing into a Cuban prison... or worse.

Gregory Randall has writen four volumes of the continuing saga of Sharon O'Mara. Each tells an important and exciting chapter of Sharon's life as she moves from soldier to citizen. She has battled and vanquished, evil developers, Chinese Tongs, Mexican Cartels, the newest version of 20th Century Nazis, and now Middle Eastern thugs.

 

 

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Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
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Corte Madera
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Postal Code:
94925
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United States

Book Group: Carol Benet - Potpourri of Literary Prizes (Afternoons)

02/16/2015 3:00 pm
Five Mondays: Feb. 16, Mar. 16, Apr. 20, May 18 & June 15 • 1:00-3:00pm • $105
 
 
 
This group reads authors that have won literary prizes including the Nobel Prize, the Man Booker Prize, the National Book Award and the Asturias Literary Prize. Carol Benet has an M.A from Michigan and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from UC Berkeley.
 
February: A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, Anthony Marra (National Book Critics Circle's inaugural John Leonard Prize)
March: God of the Rocks, Jane Gardam (Heywood Hill Literary Prize)
April: The End of a Story, Lydia Davis (Man Booker International Prize, MacArthur Fellow) 
May: Lyrics Alley, Leila Aboulela (Scottish Book Award) 
June: The Hunters, James Salter (Windham-Campbell Prize)
 
 
Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925
Country:
United States

Book Group: Carol Benet - Potpourri of Literary Prizes (Evenings)

02/16/2015 9:00 pm
Five Mondays: Feb. 16, Mar. 16, Apr. 20, May 18 & June 15 • 7:00-9:00pm • $105
 
 
 
 
This group reads authors that have won literary prizes including the Nobel Prize, the Man Booker Prize, the National Book Award and the Asturias Literary Prize. Carol Benet has an M.A from Michigan and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from UC Berkeley.
 
February: A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, Anthony Marra (National Book Critics Circle's inaugural John Leonard Prize)
March: God of the Rocks, Jane Gardam (Heywood Hill Literary Prize)
April: The End of a Story, Lydia Davis (Man Booker International Prize, MacArthur Fellow) 
May: Lyrics Alley, Leila Aboulela (Scottish Book Award) 
June: The Hunters, James Salter (Windham-Campbell Prize)
 
 
Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925

Sandip Roy - Don't Let Him Know

When Romola Mitra, a young Indian bride newly arrived in the United States, stumbles upon a letter she was not meant to open, it changes her life. Decades later, her son, Amit, finds that letter among Romola’s possessions and thinks he has discovered a secret about her. But secrets sometimes conceal deeper secrets. Sometimes the secrets that could break us apart are the same that glue us together.

Traveling back and forth in time, crisscrossing between India and the United States, Don't Let Him Know, a debut novel by Sandip Roy, follows Romola, her husband Avinash, and their son Amit, immigrants twice over, from childhood to adulthood to old age—through their struggles to bridge the chasms of geography, generation, and culture.

Sandip Roy currently lives in Calcutta but for years was a radio host on KALW in San Francisco and is a frequent commentator for Morning Edition on NPR.

 

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

Don't Let Him Know (Hardcover)

$25.00
ISBN-13: 9781620408988
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Bloomsbury USA, 1/2015

Class: Linda Watanabe McFerrin - Plot Thickens

02/21/2015 4:00 pm
Sat., Feb. 21 • 10:00-4:00 pm • $120 
 
 
 
 
Aristotle called plot “the most important element of storytelling.” But to plot properly, you must have a plan, and the plan must give rise to emotion. Does the plot always seem to elude you? Spend a day planning and plotting and find out what you’re missing. Bring your flat-lining fiction and nonfiction and fix it.
 
Linda Watanabe McFerrin is the founder of Left Coast Writers®. Her latest novel, Dead Love, was a Bram Stoker Award finalist.
 
 
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Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
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Postal Code:
94925


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