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Left Coast Writers®: Anne Sigmon & MJ Pramik - To Oldly Go (San Francisco)

Thursday, March 3, 2016 - 6:00pm

Left Coast Writers® Launch

To Oldly Go: Tales of Adventurous Travel by the Over-60s is a brand new collection of remarkable travel tales from ‘Silver Travelers': Dervla Murphy traveling in Havana at the age of 74, Matthew Parris swimming the Thames at 60, and Colin Thubron climbing the last stronghold of the Assassins in his 60s are among the writers recounting their adventures, often defying expectations – and the odds – and going outside their comfort zone to take a less-traveled path in later life. Published with participation from the Silver Travel Advisor, this single volume brings together contributions – some original, some previously published – from independent-minded souls whose experiences have been entertaining, amusing, thrilling, and even a little irresponsible. Other contributors include Roger Bray, ‘Green Goddess' Diana Moran and Hilary Bradt.

Mary Jean (MJ) Pramik is an author, novelist, poet, travel writer, science reporter, and teacher. She has contributed to numerous magazines and journals, anthologies and travel books including Good Housekeeping, Odyssey, and the National Enquirer as well as Ophthalmology Times, Nature Biotechnology, Drug Topics, and Cosmetic Surgery News.

Anne Sigmon is the author of the memoir in progress Scrambling Back: One Woman’s Quest to Return to the Wild After Stroke and Autoimmune Disease.

 

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A brand new collection of remarkable travel tales from Silver Travelers .


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San Francisco, CA 94111

Left Coast Writers®: Ivan Light - Deadly Secret of the Lusitania (San Francisco)

Monday, January 11, 2016 - 6:00pm

Left Coast Writers® Launch

In 1915, a German U-Boat sank the British passenger liner Lusitania. Many Americans, including women and children, were among the 1,200 dead, so the crime caused a storm of protest in America, and helped plunge the U.S. into World War I. In this gripping novel, an insurance investigator and his fiancée help a murdered longshoreman s widow who’s been unjustly denied her husband s life insurance. Finding themselves in possession of documents detailing the Lusitania s secret cargo, the couple are targeted by German and British spies, Irish republicans, a rogue socialist, and the newly-formed FBI, all wanting to use the suppressed material for their own purposes.

Ivan Light knew for a long time that the story of the Lusitania was a rollicking-good yarn that Americans would enjoy, but for many years he did nothing about it. However, when he retired from the faculty of the University of California, he began work on the long-deferred project. Deadly Secret of the Lusitania was the result. Light brought to the task of writing a historical fiction an unusual bag of qualifications. In many years of researching and writing about immigration and American social history, he acquired a strong knowledge of American history in this period, as well as a capacity to relate social history to the momentous decision to enter what contemporaries called the Great War and what we now bitterly call World War I, the parent and cause of World War II, the Cold War, the Holocaust, the Stalin Gulag, the Korean War, the War in Vietnam, and even the Iraq War. Also, having grown up on the lower west side of Manhattan Island, not far from the Lusitania’s berth, Light knew the area’s landmarks and geography, the subway system, and, more important, he grew up with, knew, understood, and sympathized with the people of Irish and Italian descent who lived there at mid-century.

So much for Ivan’s capability, but his motivation to write owes much to his mother. She grew up in the German/Hungarian colony of St. Louis, Missouri, during the First World War, and told sometimes-humorous, sometimes-indignant stories about repression and public hostility to German-Americans. For example, at age five she was expelled from the St. Louis Public Library for speaking German. Deadly Secret of the Lusitania assigns this incident to the niece of Lotte Maria Schlegel, but it was in origin a true occurrence. Also, and more important, Ivan Light’s mother married a World War I veteran in 1932. They were madly in love, but he died three years later of a war-related disability at age thirty-five. She never forgot him or forgave Woodrow Wilson for inducing a naive young man to volunteer for “the war to end wars.” So, thanks to her, Light’s attention was focused from a young age on the First World War, its causes, and its dreadful consequences, both international and personal. In a sense, the anger, disappointment, and bitterness of that experience, now a century behind us, are still alive in his memory and heart.

Light is Professor Emeritus of Sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles. He is the author of seven books, of which five address ethnic minority and immigrant entrepreneurship. He received the “Distinguished Career Award” from International Migration Section of the American Sociological Association in 2000 in recognition of his pioneering publications dealing with immigrant and ethnic minority entrepreneurship. His Deflecting Immigration received the “best book” award from the International Migration Sector of the American Sociological Association in 2006. He has published many articles in major social science and business journals.  Many of them are available for downloading from his university webpage.

 

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Published: Lost Coast Press - July 7th, 2015

In 1915, a German U-Boat sank the British passenger liner Lusitania. Many Americans, including women and children, were among the 1,200 dead, so the crime caused a storm of protest in America, and helped plunge the U.S. into World War I. In this gripping novel, an insurance investigator and his fiancee help a murdered longshoreman's widow who's been unjustly denied her husband's life insurance.


1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Left Coast Writers®: Roccie Hill - Window of Exposure (Corte Madera)

Saturday, January 9, 2016 - 7:00pm

Left Coast Writers® Launch

Roccie Hill’s new book Window of Exposure is full of excitement and intrigue. When terrorists capture an American CEO in France, former F-16 pilot Kate Cardenas leads the Defense Intelligence Agency team in a covert operation to rescue the businessman before it’s too late.

Roccie Hill is the American author of the novel Three Minutes on Love, published in 2008. She received her master’s degree in creative writing from San Francisco State University, where she served as a teaching assistant for Michael Krasny of NPR, and where she regularly had her work appear in the literary quarterly, Transfer. She also received her bachelor’s degree in philosophy from UCLA, and worked with Cesar Chavez in the United Farm Workers union.

In 1980 Hill moved to Paris. There, she worked as a creative writing teacher at the Paris Women’s Institute for Continuing Education and also as the marketing manager for the French Statue of Liberty celebrations. She worked directly for Ambassador Francois de Laboulaye, the former French ambassador to Washington and Moscow.

Currently, she lives in the California desert and is the single mother of one daughter—a pilot and Major in the US Air Force. Hill is an ambassador for the AcademyWomen organization, after formerly serving on their Board of Directors.

 

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As a prestigious F-16 fighter pilot, Captain Kate Cardenas grew disillusioned with the endless harassment and sexism by her colleagues in the US Air Force. Now she faces even greater challenges as a secret operative for the Defense Intelligence Agency stationed in the south of France.


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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Left Coast Writers®: Rita Lakin - The Only Woman in the Room (Corte Madera)

Monday, January 4, 2016 - 7:00pm

Left Coast Writers® Salon

Writers, if you are thinking about taking your writing from the page to the screen at some point, you might want to take advantage of the opportunity to spend an evening with notable staff writer, producer and show biz professional, Rita Lakin.

Rita Lakin was a pioneer, a female script writer in the early 1960s when Hollywood Television was exclusively male.  For years, in creative meetings she was literally the only woman in the room.  In this breezy but heartfelt remembrance, Lakin exposes us to a long-forgotten time when women were not considered worthy or welcome at the creative table.  Widowed with three young children, she talked herself into a secretarial job at Universal Studios in 1962, despite being unable to type or take dictation.  But with guts, skill and humor she rose from secretary to free-lancer, to staff writer, to producer, to executive producer and show-runner, meeting hundreds of famous and infamous show biz legends along the way during her long and unexpected career.  She introduced many women into the business and was a feminist before she even knew she was a feminist. Unknown to the general public, she reached an audience of millions week after week, year after year.

The relevance of her personal journey, charming yet occasionally shocking, will be an eye-opener to today’s readers who take for granted the abundance of female creative talent in today’s Hollywood.

 

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Published: Applause Theatre & Cinema Book Publishers - September 1st, 2015

(Applause Books). Rita Lakin was a pioneer a female scriptwriter in the early 1960s when Hollywood television was exclusively male. For years, in creative meetings she was literally "the only woman in the room." In this breezy but heartfelt remembrance, Lakin takes readers to a long-forgotten time when women were not considered worthy or welcome at the creative table.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Left Coast Writers®: Herbert Gold - Not Dead Yet

Monday, December 7, 2015 - 7:00pm

Literary legend Herbert Gold will be this month’s speaker for the Left Coast Writers® salon.  From the beatniks to post-war Paris to San Francisco and more, Herbert Gold has been an important figure in many of the most iconic writing scenes of the century, all the while writing dozens of novels, short stories, essays, and an autobiography or two to boot. If you know what’s good for you, you’ll come and see one of the most well-known and respected authors of the last six decades who is, as the title of one of his more recent books so proudly proclaims, still alive!

Herbert Gold was born in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1924. After several of his poems were accepted by literary magazines, he moved to New York at age seventeen and studied philosophy at Columbia University. While there, he befriended many Beat Generation writers, including Anaïs Nin and Allen Ginsberg. Gold won a Fulbright fellowship and moved to Paris, where he did graduate studies at the Sorbonne and worked on his first novel, Birth of a Hero, published in 1951. Since then Gold has written more than thirty books and received several awards, including the Sherwood Anderson Award for Fiction, the Commonwealth Club Gold Medal, and the PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Literary Award. He has also taught at the University of California at Berkeley, and at Stanford, Cornell, and Harvard.

A San Francisco literary icon, and the chronicler of Bohemia for more than sixty years, he has also made friends with authors like Saul Bellow, Graham Greene, William S. Burroughs, Richard Wright, and James Baldwin. It all started in Lakewood, Ohio at Taft Elementary when Miss Collins stroked his hair and told him what a good little writer he was. His books include Not Dead Yet: A Feisty Bohemian Explores the Art of Growing Old, and When a Psychopath Falls in Love.

 

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An upbeat memoir to savor and admire, Still Alive proves that in your later years you can still be going strong . . . and having fun "Old age is a shipwreck," Charles de Gaulle once observed. Not so, says Herb Gold in this lively, often hilarious memoir of his first seven decades. He is clearly enjoying every moment to its fullest.


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The intriguing new story from prizewinning author Herbert Gold, his twentieth novel in more than six decades, takes us on a journey of lost souls seeking attachment, revenge and redemption at the edge of San Francisco Bay.


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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Left Coast Writers®: Robbie Scott - The Queen's Sceptre

Tuesday, September 8, 2015 - 7:00pm

At nine years old, Joey is way too old for make-believe, alas make-believe is all his out-of-work, odd-ball father has to offer. But when Joey grumpily agrees to go on one last, pretend adventure, he stumbles upon a mysterious artifact that pits him against an unscrupulous foe. In The Queen's Sceptre join Joey, who is in fourth grade and still struggling with reading, his wanna-be street magician father, Ethan-il-Fabulosa, and best friend kickball phenom Gloria as these unlikeliest of heroes ride the high-voltage rails of imagination and public transit to take on the ambitious Professor. 

Robbie Scott was born in Nashville, Tennessee in 1962. He grew up in South Carolina, outside of Charleston. He resides in San Francisco, California with his family. He is also the author of The Mystery of Rascal Pratt.

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Left Coast Writers®: Wanderland Writers - Wandering in Cornwall

Monday, August 10, 2015 - 6:00pm

The Wanderland Writers is a group of writers that brought us Wandering in Bali and Wandering in Paris. They’ve returned now with Linda Watanabe McFerrin to share with us Wandering in Cornwall: Mystery,Mirth, and Transformation in the Land of the Ancient Celts.

 

1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Left Coast Writers®: Cristina Olsen - Kissing the Sky

Saturday, August 8, 2015 - 7:00pm

Kissing the Sky is an autobiography of the soul in poetic and visual form that begins with loss and loneliness, but soon transforms into love and an expansive freedom of the soul. From post-war London to the vast Pampas of Argentina, from Buenos Aires to the Hills of Novato, California, I weave a meditative tapestry of poetry, poetic prose, and photography celebrating the beauty of nature and its power to transform pain into joy. The book is divided into three parts, from finding light in the darkest hours, discovering love in all its guises, and reaching for the sky in blissful surrender. The accompanying photographs are not merely decorative. The way I take a photograph is the way I write a poem, circling the subject over and over again until the image says “take me!” I use the camera on my nature rambles to capture beauty, stalking prey like a hunter, every angle a joy to behold. And so every poem in this book evolves from a deep meditation with the image, and every image becomes a resonant backdrop that sends the poem flying—sometimes flying into unknown territory.

Cristina Olsen, PhD, CPCC, is an author, poet and photographer. She was born and raised in Argentina, then moved to the United States with her parents when she was 14. After graduating from high school, Cristina lived a nomadic life for more than 20 years, shifting residences between the United States and South America, and vagabonding through countries around the world. During those years, Cristina studied and earned degrees in cultural anthropology, psychology, philosophy and world religions. She eventually settled in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and fellow poet and photographer, Dave Muñoz (Haikudave), and received her doctoral degree in Spirituality and Geography. Her dissertation, Nature in the Lives of Saints Brigit, Patrick, and Columba, was published by Lambert Academic Press and is available here on Amazon. Cristina has taught courses in world religions, spirituality, and meditative practices at various institutions throughout the Bay Area, and has lectured on Celtic Spirituality and nature mysticism in the United States and the U.K. In addition, she was an English-Spanish translator and language teacher for many years and a fundraiser for environmental organizations and for ecological agricultural programs in Africa, Asia, and Central and South America. She now dedicates herself to creative writing and photography, and as a licensed Life Coach helps others in their creative pursuits and publishing endeavors.

 

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Kissing the Sky is an autobiography of the soul in poetic and visual form, tracing a course from post-war London to the vast Pampas of Argentina, then from Buenos Aires to the hills of Novato, California, resulting in a tapestry of poetry and photography that celebrates the beauty of nature and its power to transform and heal.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Left Coast Writers® - An Evening with Deirdre Cerkanowicz

Tuesday, July 7, 2015 - 7:00pm

Join the Left Coast Writers® for hosted wine and beverages as we celebrate libraries and all they do for writers. We’ll begin with a short mixer, which will be followed by an inspiring and informative presentation by Deirdre Cerkanowicz.

Deirdre has worked in libraries for over 25 years. She is also a writer and photographer, having started and produced a monthly newsmagazine for six years; as well as written numerous book reviews for publications such as Booklist. She worked for Book Passage before attending library school and still frequents both locations. She currently is in charge of publicity for the Berkeley Public Library and promotes the Library’s numerous free public programs through press releases, newsletters and social media.
Deirdre will unveil secrets of the stacks, explain how databases are your friend, how to approach libraries to do readings and offer other process for getting your book in libraries and how not to drive your local librarian crazy.

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Left Coast Writers® Launch: John Hewitt - One Shoe

Saturday, July 11, 2015 - 7:00pm

One Shoe: When a Gold Rush is Not Enough is a barrel of laughter from start to finish, especially for California readers already steeped in Gold Rush fiction and folklore. Author John Hewitt portions out the delicious plot, serving up a satisfying tasty story with notes of joie de vivre, irony, and laughs.

John Hewitt has worked as a newspaper reporter, television news producer, documentary filmmaker and university professor. He is the author of Drone Baloney, Stranger in Baja, and Under the Padre's Thumb. He currently lives in Northern California.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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