Left Coast Writers® Events

Left Coast Writers® Salon: Michael Krasny - Let There Be Laughter (Corte Madera)

Monday, August 7, 2017 - 7:00pm

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From the host of NPR affiliate's Forum with Michael Krasny, a compendium of Jewish jokes that packs the punches with hilarious riff after riff and also offers a window into Jewish culture.

Michael Krasny has been telling Jewish jokes since his bar mitzvah, and it's been said that he knows more of them than anyone on the planet. He certainly states his case in this wise, enlightening, and hilarious book that not only collects the best of Jewish humor passed down from generation to generation, but explains the cultural expressions and anxieties behind the laughs.

-What's Jewish Alzheimer's?-
-You forget everything but the grudges.-

-You must be so proud. Your daughter is the President of the United States -
-Yes. But her brother is a doctor -

-Isn't Jewish humor masochistic?-
-No. And if I hear that one more time I am going to kill myself.-

With his background as a scholar and public-radio host, Krasny delves deeply into the themes, topics, and form of Jewish humor: chauvinism undercut by irony and self-mockery, the fear of losing cultural identity through assimilation, the importance of vocal inflection in joke-telling, and calls to communal memory, including the use of Yiddish.

Borrowing from traditional humor and such Jewish comedy legends as Jackie Mason, Mel Brooks, and Joan Rivers, Larry David, Sarah Silverman, Jerry Seinfeld and Amy Schumer, Let There Be Laughter is an absolute pleasure for the chosen and goyim alike.

Book Passage hosts the monthly meetings of Left Coast Writers® at our Corte Madera store. This Literary Salon is led by author/teacher Linda Watanabe McFerrin. The monthly meetings provide an evening of literary connections, support, counsel, provocative readings, writing tips, literary chat, unabashed networking, and great fun. Each meeting also features a presentation by one of several Bay Area literary figures. The fee includes membership in Left Coast Writers®, a group of new and experienced writers. LCW has its own lively newsletter and website at www.leftcoastwriters.com/

Let There Be Laughter: A Treasury of Great Jewish Humor and What It All Means Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780062422040
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: William Morrow & Company - September 27th, 2016

From the host of NPR affiliate's Forum with Michael Krasny, a compendium of Jewish jokes that packs the punches with hilarious riff after riff and also offers a window into Jewish culture.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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

Left Coast Writers®: Christine Evelyn Volker - Venetian Blood (Corte Madera)

Saturday, September 9, 2017 - 7:00pm

To escape a failing marriage, Anna Lucia Lottol goes to Venice to visit an old friend—and becomes a suspect in a brutal murder echoing a gruesome homicide that happened decades ago. Fearful of foreign justice and hoping to prove her innocence, she gathers clues before the real murderer comes for her. At the climax of her journey, she discovers a secret that will change her life. 

Struggling to forget a crumbling marriage, forty-year-old Anna Lucia Lottol comes to Venice to visit an old friend—but instead of finding solace, she is dragged into the police station and accused of murdering a money-laundering count with whom she had a brief affair. A US Treasury officer with brains and athleticism, Anna fights to clear her name in a seductive city full of watery illusions. As she works to pry information from a cast of recalcitrant characters sometimes denying what she sees and hears, she succeeds in unleashing a powerful foe bent on destroying her. Will she save herself and vanquish her enemies, including her darkest fears? A mysterious tapestry of murder, betrayal, and family, Venetian Blood is a story of one woman’s brave quest for the truth —before it’s too late.

Christine Evelyn Volker became intrigued by foreign cultures at an early age, which propelled her to study Spanish, German, and Italian. After pursuing an MLS and an MBA, she was drawn to international banking and became a senior vice president at a global financial institution. Her career brought her to Italy, where she immersed herself in the language and made frequent visits to Venice. A native New Yorker, she resides with her husband in Richmond, California, where she heads a local library non-profit organization and writes about environmental sustainability. She is currently at work on her second international mystery, this one set in the rainforest of Peru.
 

Venetian Blood: Murder in a Sensuous City Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781631523106
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: She Writes Press - August 8th, 2017

Struggling to forget a crumbling marriage, forty-year-old Anna Lucia Lottol comes to Venice to visit an old friend--but instead of finding solace, she is dragged into the police station and accused of murdering a money-laundering count with whom she had a brief affair. A US Treasury officer with brains and athleticism, Anna fights to clear her name in a seductive city full of watery illusions.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Left Coast Writers®: David Hathwell - Between Dog and Wolf (San Francisco)

Monday, September 11, 2017 - 6:00pm

The French entre chien et loup describes moments at dusk when the eye, no longer to be trusted, can’t distinguish between a dog and a wolf. The poems in David Hathwell’s second collection take place on the threshold between light and darkness: between the familiar and the unknown, the expected and the unforeseen, safety and danger. Erica Dawson calls the poems “sharp and unsettling,” and Between Dog and Wolf “an important book for times like these.”

David Hathwell published Muses, his debut collection, in 2016, to acclaim from, among others, Richard Wilbur, Dana Gioia, and Edmund White. His poems have appeared in more than a dozen literary magazines. A former English teacher, he has degrees in English from Stanford and Columbia, and a degree in music theory from Queens College of CUNY. He has studied piano at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and sung baritone in the Lesbian/Gay Chorus of San Francisco and the San Francisco Choral Society. 

1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111