Left Coast Writers

Left Coast Writers®: Ann Steiner, Ph.D. - Help Your Group Thrive (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, July 14, 2018 - 7:00pm

Left Coast Writers® Launch

This easy-to-use manual, Help Your Group Thrive, is recommended for leaders of all types of groups - book and service clubs, writer’s and critique groups, organizations, and workplace teams. You'll find discussion of the different types of groups, leadership styles and roles. Worksheets help you figure out your preferred leadership style, along with facilitation tools, sample group agreements, online netiquette information, and numerous modifiable written forms for starting and maintaining effective groups. Practical advice and worksheets help you design your group, select potential members, and understand common group challenges. These valuable tools will take you from defining your group's mission to helping your group thrive.

Ann Steiner, PhD, is a Certified Group Psychotherapist and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the San Francisco Bay Area, leading a variety of groups for thirty years. She is an internationally known and highly-respected author, consultant to therapists, lecturer, and workshop presenter.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Left Coast Writers® Salon: Paul McHugh - The Blind Pool (Corte Madera Store)

Monday, July 2, 2018 - 7:00pm

Left Coast Writers® Salon

In The Blind Pool by Paul McHugh, a Russian crime ring scores entry to the USA by forging an alliance with a criminal gang that uses a West Texas private prison as their base. Felons are secretly released from that prison and sent out across the nation to work as hard-case enforcers. An assault on a bridge in the Florida Keys tips off authorities to the alliance's grand plot to subvert, exploit, and terrorize the American public. But agents who start to investigate are betrayed by a high-placed FBI mole. Stakes rise to life-or-death when the agents and their women are kidnapped by the cabal. To achieve escape, wreak vengeance and exact justice stretches the tradecraft and loyalties of these U.S. operators close to a breaking point - and beyond.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Left Coast Writers®: Todd Crawshaw - God Sex and Psychosis (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, June 9, 2018 - 7:00pm

Left Coast Writers®

God, Sex, Psychosis is the latest thriller from author Todd Crawshaw.

When criminal psychologist Mira Skyles is assigned by a court order to evaluate Egon Norwood, a person of interest in a serial murder investigation, she recognizes both a man with a dissociative identity disorder and the boy who once saved her life, with whom she shares a secret history. Egon Norwood is a master of illusion, a brilliant street artist who is mentally unraveling. He has perfected the art of dying on stage, transforming into statues that come to life, before perishing. Egon's off-stage life is just as dramatic, punctuated by disturbing and unexplained blackouts. His estranged twin sister, Faye, is a performer too, whose twisted concept of fun and her uninhibited behavior has made enemies - people who want her dead. Mira Skyles works with neurotics, pathological liars, and psychopaths. On the surface, she performs admirably and is a highly-respected criminal psychologist. But, because of her past, she struggles with her inner demons. The suspected serial killer assigned to her by court order is mysterious and charming. Against her better judgment, Mira finds herself falling in love.



51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Left Coast Writers® Salon - Craft of Nonfiction Panel (Corte Madera Store)

Monday, June 4, 2018 - 7:00pm

Left Coast Writers® Salon

Craft of Nonfiction Panel:
Joanna Biggar
Joan Steidinger
Mikkel Aaland
Linda Watanabe McFerrin (Moderator)


Book Passage hosts the monthly meetings of Left Coast Writers® at our Corte Madera store. This Literary Salon is led by author and workshop 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.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Left Coast Writers® Salon: Bradley Charbonneau - Every Single Day (Corte Madera Store)

Monday, May 7, 2018 - 7:00pm

Left Coast Writers® Salon

Writing habits that really work, boosting visibility through a mailing list and and Advance Reader Team, long-term strategies for writing a series of books—we are delighted to feature two of our favorite writers, Laurie McAndish King and Bradley Charbonneau, author of Every Single Day, in a literary conversation.

Bradley Charbonneau has written for numerous magazines and anthologies and his Urban Travel Guide San Francisco is a hip guidebook full of insider tips. He’s been around the world and around the block—always on the lookout for a unique angle for an article. His work has appeared in national magazines such as Writer’s Digest, travel writing anthologies like Travelers’ Tales, and also in that off-the-beaten path market such as Going Places (the in-flight magazine for Malaysia Airlines).


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Left Coast Writers®: Jeff R. McGowan - Confessions of a Cloak Artist (San Francisco Store)

Monday, May 14, 2018 - 6:00pm

Left Coast Writers® Book Party

Spinning rich yarns of travel, young love, and growing up in 1980’s Orange County, Confessions of a Cloak Artist by Jeff R. McGowan introduces Jim Murphy as he reflects upon his life's adventures and mishaps to discover where things went wrong along the way. From the tropical oasis of Bali, he examines whether his core principles have helped or hurt his life's failed relationships, and his pursuit of enlightenment. Where did he go wrong? And can he reinvent himself before it's too late? What he finds is that stories hold meaning, and wounds don't have to define us.


1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Left Coast Writers®: Jackson Fahnestock - Shu Wei's Revenge (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, May 12, 2018 - 7:00pm

Shu Wei's Revenge is a story about strength of family and friendships, heartbreak, perseverance, and personal tragedy. The setting is 1898 in the sleepy village of Sanhou, China. Seventeen-year-old Shu Wei, in his role as Town Scribe, makes a disastrous mistake, raising the ire of some crooked town counselors. His father's business is burned to the ground by one of the villainous counselors in retaliation.

To make matters worse, a tribunal of these counselors is called that summarily banishes his family from the town, including his father and sister. Sensing their lives are at risk, they decide to emigrate to San Francisco's Chinatown. On the trip over, Shu Wei encounters the counselor-arsonist on board the ship who threatens his life if he doesn't meet his demands to investigate his suspicions about his co-leader of a Tong in San Francisco.The intrigue, mystery, and tension that follow grow deeper as Shu Wei wrestles with a hostile world. Meanwhile, various members of the community rally by Shu Wei's side, trying to stabilize the fragile remnants of his confidence and honor. A Chinese American newspaper offers him a job as a cub reporter where he collaborates with a woman colleague on the paper. She befriends him, tutoring him in the ways of reporting and photography -- a very suitable arrangement in his eyes.

But now, Shu Wei finds himself struggling to satisfy both the demands of the newspaper and the Tong -- effectively acting as a double agent. His reporting and fragile allegiance to the Tong require him to assimilate into the ranks of the underground. His life constantly in danger, Shu Wei uses his new skills as an investigative reporter and photographer to attempt to root out the web of evil in the Tong.

Jackson Fahnestock has had the good fortune during his career as an architect to travel and experience different cultures and environs. Working on large-scale projects in such places as Hong Kong, Taiwan, Saudi Arabia, Vietnam, and England has not only been satisfying from a creative standpoint but has also allowed Jackson to take away impressions that last a lifetime. He lives with his wife in the Mission Bay neighborhood of San Francisco.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Left Coast Writers®: Tania Amochaev - Mother Tongue (San Francisco Store)

Monday, June 11, 2018 - 6:00pm

What is your mother tongue? Sometimes the simplest questions take a book to answer.

Mother Tongue is an exploration of lives lived in the chaos of a part of the world known as the Balkans. It follows the lives of three generations of women—Katarina, Zora, and Tania—over the last 100 years. It follows countries that dissolved, formed, and reformed. Lands that were conquered and subjugated by Fascists and Nazis and nationalists. Lives lived in exile, in refugee camps, in new worlds.

Tania Amochaev was born in Belgrade, Serbia of two displaced émigrés -- a White Russian father and a Croatian mother -- and spent her childhood in San Sabba, a refugee camp in Trieste. After arriving in America on the SS Constitution, Tania attended San Francisco's public schools. She earned a degree in mathematics from the University of California at Berkeley in 1970, graduating while the school was on strike in protest of the U.S. invasion of Cambodia. She then forged a successful business career in technology and was serving on the board of advisors to her College when the formal graduation was finally held. Tania has been the CEO of three technology companies and took the final one to a successful turnaround and IPO. She also earned an MS in Management from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and received an honorary PhD from Saint Catherine University. Tania is a founder of the Healdsburg Literary Guild and the educational non-profit Public School Success Team, which mobilizes community volunteers to reduce public high school dropout rates. An award winning photographer, her work helped fund her nonprofit efforts. She has climbed Mount Whitney and Mount Kenya, circumnavigated Annapurna, trekked through Bhutan and Kashmir, and sailed along remote rivers in Burma. In 2013 she landed in Nairobi the day of the terrorist attack and proceeded on a walk across that country from beneath Kilimanjaro to the Indian Ocean.


1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Left Coast Writers®: Bill Petrocelli - Through the Bookstore Window (Corte Madera Store)

Monday, April 2, 2018 - 7:00pm

Left Coast Writers® Salon

"I don't know if I sought out bookselling, or whether bookselling sought me out. But when you are hiding from a past that can blow up in your face at any minute, immersing yourself in the stories of others may be a good place to hide."

Gina Perini manages a bookstore in one of San Francisco's most lively neighborhoods. Although she thrives in her world of books, her harrowing escape from the war in the Balkans years earlier remains fresh in her mind. There are still those who are searching for her and who are intent on vengeance. Gina suddenly gets news that someone from her past is still alive--someone she had given up hope of finding. This sets in motion a chain of events that will stretch across the country and push her love and resourcefulness to the limit.

Through the Bookstore Window grapples with the grim effects of war and violence while exploring how love can transcend age, gender, background, and -- perhaps -- the readers' expectations.

Bill Petrocelli is the author of the novel The Circle of Thirteen. He is co-owner with his wife, Elaine, of Book Passage with bookstores in Corte Madera, San Francisco, and Sausalito. Bill is a former attorney with the California Attorney General and previously headed a poverty law office in Oakland. His previous books were Low Profile: How to Avoid the Privacy Invadersand Sexual Harassment on the Job: What It Is and How to Stop It.


Left Coast Writers® is led by Linda Watanabe McFerrin. They meet on the first Monday of each month from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. Registration is $140 per year.  Left Coast Writers® provides literary connections, support, readings, writing tips, literary chats, unabashed networking, and great fun. LCW hosts a variety of activities to launch the books of members and explore publishing alternatives. You will often see LCW writers featured at Book Passage events.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925


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