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Todd Crawshaw - Light-Years in the Dark

Monday, August 8, 2011 - 6:00pm

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Left Coast Writers Launch!
Todd Crawshaw talks about Light-Years in the Dark ($12.00) StoryPoems: a hybrid genre of poetry and short story inspired by Stephen Crane's The Black Riders & Other Lines and Debussy's Preludes for Piano, where each concise piece is a cosmos, a distilled symphony. Crawshaw has invented a magical world that is elaborately imaginative, often haunting, and bursting with stunning imagery. An alternate universe alternating between lightness and darkness, a yin-yang composition of interacting forces, this collection is analogous to a rich assortment of light and dark chocolates contained in a box: each is meant to be savored slowly, carefully ingested, in a quiet space that allows for contemplation and reflection.

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$9.00
ISBN: 9780615381657
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Published: Crowsnestpublishing.com - June 18th, 2011

The epigraph from Virginia Woolf's novel To The Lighthouse sets the tone for Todd Crawshaw's strange, daring, and beautiful collection of StoryPoems, Light-Years in the Dark. Meant for those who seek inspiration and the meaning of life, the book takes readers on a vital metaphysical and spiritual journey through both darkness and light.


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Edie Meidav - Lola, California

Thursday, August 4, 2011 - 6:00pm

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In conversation with Oscar Villalon
Edie Meidav’s novel Lola, California ($27.00) features Vic Mahler, famous for having inspired cult followers in the seventies. Now he’s on death row, facing a countdown of ten days. For years, his daughter, Lana, has been in hiding. Meanwhile, her friend Rose, a lawyer, is determined to bring the two back together.

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$28.00
ISBN: 9780374109264
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - July 5th, 2011

The year is 2008, the place California. Vic Mahler, famous for having inspired cult followers in the seventies, serves time on death row, now facing a countdown of ten days. For years, his daughter, Lana, has been in hiding. Meanwhile, her friend Rose, a lawyer, is determined to bring the two together.


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Kurt Melchior - Off The Record

Wednesday, August 3, 2011 - 6:00pm

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Kurt Melchior talks about Off The Record ($16.95), a fascinating odyssey through the often humorous, sometimes bizarre, but always compelling world of the successful trial lawyer. The author’s many decades as a leading lawyer in San Francisco offer a bird’s eye view of the vagaries of the justice system.

Photo credit: Steve Yeater, McGeorge School of Law

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$16.95
ISBN: 9780578061153
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Published: Courthouse Steps Publishing - September 28th, 2010

For lessons they don't teach in law school, sample "Off the Record: Sidebars from a Trial Lawyer's Life." This book from San Francisco attorney Kurt Melchior takes you on a colorful guided tour of the off-the-record side of a seasoned trial lawyer's courtroom life.


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Ben Loory & Grace Krilanovich - Stories for Nighttime and Some For the Day & The Orange Eats Creeps

Tuesday, August 2, 2011 - 6:00pm

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Ben Loory talks about Stories for Nighttime and Some For the Day ($15.00). Loory’s collection of wry and witty, dark and perilous contemporary fables is populated by people-and monsters and trees and jocular octopi-who are united by twin motivations: fear and desire. Loory draws us into a world of delightfully wicked dreams and recognitions.

Grace Krilanovich presents The Orange Eats Creeps ($16.00). It's the '90s Pacific Northwest refracted through a dark mirror, where meth and madness hash it out in the woods. . . . A band of hobo vampire junkies roam the blighted landscape—trashing supermarket breakrooms, praying to the altar of Poison Idea and GG Allin at basement rock shows, crashing senior center pancake breakfasts—locked in the thrall of Robitussin trips and their own wild dreams. A girl with drug-induced ESP and an eerie connection to Patty Reed (a young member of the Donner Party who credited her survival to her relationship with a hidden wooden doll), searches for her disappeared foster sister along "The Highway That Eats People," stalked by a conflation of Twin Peaks' "Bob" and the Green River Killer, known as Dactyl.

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$16.00
ISBN: 9780143119500
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Published: Penguin Books - July 26th, 2011

"This guy can write " --Ray Bradbury


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By Grace Krilanovich, Steve Erickson (Introduction by)
$16.00
ISBN: 9780982015186
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Published: Two Dollar Radio - September 7th, 2010

* National Book Foundation's '5 Under 35' Selection.
* NPR Best Books of 2010: A Hidden Gem.
* The Believer Book Award Finalist.

"The exhilaration of such a novel is nearly beyond calculation. If a new literature is at hand then it might as well begin here."
Steve Erickson, from his Introduction


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Priscilla Gilman - The Anti-Romantic Child

Wednesday, July 27, 2011 - 6:00pm

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Priscilla Gilman talks about her memoir The Anti-Romantic Child ($24.99). Literary agent Gilman describes the challenges of raising a son who suffers from hyperplexia, a disorder that is sometimes linked to Asperger’s. She and her husband helped their son gain language skills and master his anxieties so that he could express his own creative gifts.

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ISBN: 9780061690273
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Published: Harper - May 1st, 2011

"The Anti-Romantic Child is remarkable. This haunting and lyrical memoir will be an invaluable and heartening guide to all who find themselves in similar situations and indeed anyone confronting an unforeseen challenge."--Marie Brenner, writer for Vanity Fair and author of Apples and Oranges


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Nicole Daedone - Slow Sex: The Art and Craft of the Female Orgasm

Tuesday, July 26, 2011 - 6:00pm

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Nicole Daedone presents Slow Sex: The Art and Craft of the Female Orgasm ($24.99). Thousands have attended Daedone’s Slow Sex workshops in order to learn the practice of Orgasmic Meditation (OM). Daedone reveals the philosophy and techniques of OM and includes a step-by-step OM starter program, as well as OMing secrets and exercises for an extended and satisfying female orgasm.

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ISBN: 9780446567190
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - May 25th, 2011

The truth is: Most women do not have satisfying sex lives. SLOW SEX can change that.


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David Goldfield - America Aflame: How the Civil War Created a Nation

Thursday, July 21, 2011 - 6:00pm

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David Goldfield discusses America Aflame: How the Civil War Created a Nation ($35.00). Goldfield offers the first major new interpretation of the Civil War era since James M. McPherson’s Battle Cry of Freedom. Where past scholars have limned the war as a triumph of freedom, Goldfield sees it as America’s greatest failure.

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ISBN: 9781596917026
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC - March 15th, 2011

In this spellbinding new history, David Goldfield offers the first major new interpretation of the Civil War era since James M. McPherson's Battle Cry of Freedom. Where past scholars have limned the war as a triumph of freedom, Goldfield sees it as America's greatest failure: the result of a breakdown caused by the infusion of evangelical religion into the public sphere.


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Andrew Baggarly - A Band of Misfits: Tales of the 2010 San Francisco Giants

Wednesday, July 20, 2011 - 6:00pm

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Andrew Baggarly talk about A Band of Misfits: Tales of the 2010 San Francisco Giants ($19.95). San Jose Mercury News beat reporter Andrew Baggarly brings to life the 2010 Giants’ incredible run through the regular season, playoffs, and the World Series in which they finally capture that elusive title for the team and the city of San Francisco.

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By Andrew Baggarly, Duane Kuiper (Foreword by)
$19.95
ISBN: 9781600785986
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Published: Triumph Books (IL) - March 1st, 2011

With a title drought that started in New York and carried on for more than five decades after the move to the west coast, the San Francisco Giants and their fans were growing restless, waiting for a team like the 2010 roster and that one magical postseason run.


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Sam Park - This Burns My Heart

Monday, July 18, 2011 - 6:00pm

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Sam Park talks about his novel This Burns My Heart ($25.00). Caught between tradition and modernity in 1960s South Korea, a woman in an unhappy marriage struggles to give her daughter a good life. Park is an Assistant Professor of English at Columbia College Chicago. He is the author of the novella Shakespeare’s Sonnets.

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Miranda Kennedy - Sideways on a Scooter: Life & Love in India

Thursday, July 14, 2011 - 6:00pm

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Miranda Kennedy presents Sideways on a Scooter: Life & Love in India ($26.00). In this work that’s part memoir, part in-depth reporting about women’s lives in a very foreign culture, New Delhi-based NPR reporter Kennedy writes about her five years in India, and offers an intimate look at the interconnected lives of six Indian women.

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ISBN: 9781400067862
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Published: Random House - April 26th, 2011

When twentysomething reporter Miranda Kennedy leaves her job in New York City and travels to India with no employment prospects, she longs to immerse herself in the turmoil and excitement of a rapidly developing country.


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