Fiction

Left Coast Writers®: Joanna Biggar - Melanie's Song (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Monday, November 11, 2019 - 6:00pm

Five young college women from California who shared their junior year in Paris once banded together to form a network of friendships they believed would last all their lives. Twelve years later, one goes missing. The instigator of the Paris trip, J.J., now a journalist, decides to uncover the fate of the missing Melanie Hart on a quest both professional and personal. Last seen, Melanie was the meek, besotted wife of a young classical musician. Now, rumors abound: Melanie had a breakdown and left him. She was seen at Woodstock. She was running drugs. She became a mystic, a mother, a radical. She may be on the lam. She may be dead. J.J.’s investigation leads her into a world of off-the-grid radical activists and bad cops, as well as the Hart family’s own carefully constructed version of events. Played out against a background of Vietnam War protests, the Watergate scandal, and Richard Nixon’s eventual resignation, Melanie's Song calls into question the very nature of choice, and what it means to lead an authentic life.

A native Californian, Joanna Biggar is a fiction and travel writer, journalist and teacher, and co-founder of the international travel writers' workshop, Wanderland Writers. Her articles, profiles, and travel writing have been appeared in hundreds of publications. For four decades, she has been a teacher of creative writing, journalism, essay writing, and literature on both coasts and abroad.

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Published: Santa Fe Writer's Project - October 1st, 2019

Five young college women from California who shared their junior year in Paris once banded together to form a network of friendships they believed would last all their lives. Twelve years later, one goes missing. The instigator of the Paris trip, J.J., now a journalist, decides to uncover the fate of the missing Melanie Hart on a quest both professional and personal.


1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Elizabeth Chiles Shelburne - Holding on to Nothing (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, November 2, 2019 - 3:00pm

Lucy Kilgore has her bags packed for her escape from her rural Tennessee upbringing, but a drunken mistake forever tethers her to the town and one of its least-admired residents, Jeptha Taylor, who becomes the father of her child. Together, these two young people work to form a family, though neither has any idea how to accomplish that, and the odds are against them in a place with little to offer other than bluegrass music, tobacco fields, and a Walmart full of beer and firearms for the hunting season. Their path is harrowing, but Lucy and Jeptha are characters to love, and readers will root for their success in a novel so riveting that no one will want to turn out the light until they know whether this family will survive.

In Holding on to Nothing, debut novelist Elizabeth Chiles Shelburne brings us a present-day Appalachian story in the tradition of Lee Smith, Silas House, and Ron Rash, cast without sentiment or cliche, but with a genuine and profound understanding of the place and its people.

Elizabeth Chiles Shelburne grew up reading, writing, and shooting in East Tennessee. After graduating from Amherst College, she became a writer and a staff editor at the Atlantic Monthly. Her nonfiction work has been published in the Atlantic Monthly, Boston Globe, and Globalpost, among others. She worked on this novel in Grub Street's year-long Novel Incubator course, under Michelle Hoover and Lisa Borders. Her essay on how killing a deer made her a feminist was published in Click! When We Knew We Were Feminists, edited by Courtney E. Martin and J. Courtney Sullivan. She lives outside Boston with her husband and four children.

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Lucy Kilgore has her bags packed for her escape from her rural Tennessee upbringing, but a drunken mistake forever tethers her to the town and one of its least-admired residents, Jeptha Taylor, who becomes the father of her child.


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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Isabel Allende - A Long Petal of the Sea (Dominican University)

Monday, February 3, 2020 - 7:00pm

Angelico Hall, Dominican University of California
Tickets: $45 (includes signed book, choice of English or Spanish edition)

  

In the late 1930s, civil war grips Spain. When General Franco and his Fascists succeed in overthrowing the government, hundreds of thousands are forced to flee in a treacherous journey over the mountains to the French border. Among them is Roser, a pregnant young widow, who finds her life intertwined with that of Victor Dalmau, an army doctor and the brother of her deceased love. In order to survive, the two must unite in a marriage neither of them desires.

Together with two thousand other refugees, they embark on the SS Winnipeg, a ship chartered by the poet Pablo Neruda, to Chile: “the long petal of sea and wine and snow.” As unlikely partners, they embrace exile as the rest of Europe erupts in world war. Starting over on a new continent, their trials are just beginning, and over the course of their lives, they will face trial after trial. But they will also find joy as they patiently await the day when they will be exiles no more. Through it all, their hope of returning to Spain keeps them going. Destined to witness the battle between freedom and repression as it plays out across the world, Roser and Victor will find that home might have been closer than they thought all along.

A masterful work of historical fiction about hope, exile, and belonging, A Long Petal of the Sea shows Isabel Allende at the height of her powers.

Born in Peru and raised in Chile, Isabel Allende is the author of a number of bestselling and critically acclaimed books, including The House of the Spirits, Of Love and Shadows, Eva Luna, Paula, and In the Midst of Winter. Her books have been translated into more than forty-two languages and have sold more than seventy-four million copies worldwide. She lives in California.

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Angelico Hall, Dominican University of California
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San Rafael, CA 94901

Beth Piatote - The Beadworkers (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, December 7, 2019 - 4:00pm

Told with humor, subtlety, and beautiful spareness, the mixed-genre works of Beth Piatote's first collection find unifying themes in the strength of kinship, the pulse of longing, and the language of return.

A woman teaches her niece to make a pair of beaded earrings while ruminating on a fractured relationship. An eleven-year-old girl narrates the unfolding of the Fish Wars in the 1960s as her family is gradually drawn to the front lines of the conflict. In 1890, as tensions escalate at Wounded Knee, two young men at college—one French and the other Lakota—each contemplate a death in the family. In the final, haunting piece, a Nez Perce/Cayuse family is torn apart as they debate the fate of ancestral remains in a moving revision of the Greek tragedy Antigone.

Formally inventive, witty, and generous, The Beadworkers—a singular debut collection—draws on Indigenous aesthetics and forms to offer a powerful, sustaining vision of Native life in the Americas.

Beth Piatote is an associate professor of Native American Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. She holds a PhD from Stanford University, is the author of numerous scholarly essays and creative works, and is the recipient of multiple awards and fellowships. She is Nez Perce enrolled with Colville Confederated Tribes, and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her two children.

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Published: Counterpoint LLC - October 22nd, 2019

Beth Piatote's luminous debut collection opens with a feast, grounding its stories in the landscapes and lifeworlds of the Native Northwest, exploring the inventive and unforgettable pattern of Native American life in the contemporary world


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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Tyler Hayes - The Imaginary Corpse (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, November 23, 2019 - 4:00pm

Most ideas fade away when we’re done with them. Some we love enough to become Real. But what about the ones we love, and walk away from?

The Imaginary Corpse follows Tippy the triceratops, who was once a little girl’s imaginary friend, a dinosaur detective who could help her make sense of the world. But when her father died, Tippy fell into the Stillreal, the underbelly of the Imagination, where discarded ideas go when they’re too Real to disappear. Now, he passes time doing detective work for other unwanted ideas—until Tippy runs into The Man in the Coat, a nightmare monster who can do the impossible: kill an idea permanently. Now Tippy must overcome his own trauma and solve the case, before there’s nothing left but imaginary corpses.

Tyler Hayes is a science fiction and fantasy writer from Northern California. He writes stories he hopes will show people that not only are we not alone in this terrifying world, but we might just make things better. His fiction has appeared online and in print in anthologies from Alliteration Ink, Graveside Tales, and Aetherwatch. The Imaginary Corpse is Tyler's debut novel.

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Published: Angry Robot - September 10th, 2019

A dinosaur detective in the land of unwanted ideas battles trauma, anxiety, and the first serial killer of imaginary friends.

Most ideas fade away when we’re done with them. Some we love enough to become Real. But what about the ones we love, and walk away from? 


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Richard Morais - The Man with No Borders (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, October 19, 2019 - 7:00pm

From Richard C. Morais, the New York Times bestselling author of The Hundred-Foot Journey, comes The Man with No Borders, a moving story of forgiveness and redemption, in which a dying man comes to terms with his mortality and long-buried family secrets.

As his fast-moving illness progresses, José-Maria Alvarez, an aristocratic Spanish banker and world-renowned fly fisherman, increasingly struggles to maintain a grip on lucidity. But his mind is pulled into hallucinatory memories of the past: his boyhood in 1950s Franco-era Spain with afternoons spent salmon fishing on the Sella River; 1960s West Village in New York City, romancing the American woman who would become his wife and mother of his children. Those reveries are interrupted by visits to his life’s darkest days, unearthing his most terrible mistakes and biggest regrets. Now, as his three estranged sons return to their father’s side, José works to outpace death long enough to finally put his house in order and exorcise its demons.

Richard C. Morais was both the editor of Barron’s Penta and the European bureau chief for Forbes, and he has won three Business Journalist of the Year Awards. His literary works were semifinalists in the William Faulkner–William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition and short-
listed for Britain’s Ian St. James Award. In 2015, Morais was named Citizen Diplomat of the Year—the highest honor granted by Global Ties U.S., a private-public partnership sponsored by the U.S. State Department—“for promoting cross-cultural understanding in all of his literary work.” The
Hundred-Foot Journey
, which featured “the kind of descriptive writing that makes reading a gastronomic event” (Washington Post), was adapted into a 2014 film starring Helen Mirren. Morais’ sophomore novel Buddhaland Brooklyn is in development as a premium TV series with K&L
Productions.

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A father comes to terms with his mortality and secrets in a heartrending novel of family and forgiveness from the New York Times bestselling author of The Hundred-Foot Journey.


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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Sean Penn with Barry Eisler - Bob Honey Sings Jimmy Crack Corn (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, September 15, 2019 - 7:00pm

Tickets: $28.50 (includes a signed copy of Bob Honey Sings Jimmy Crack Corn) • In Conversation with Barry Eisler

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Bob Honey Sings Jimmy Crack CornSean Penn's madcap follow-up to his debut novel Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff, which was hailed by authors as diverse as Salman Rushdie, Jane Smiley, and Paul Theroux—explores the deepest recesses of American politics and culture. Bob Honey, the disillusioned divorcee with a penchant for murder by mallet, weaves his way toward Washington DC for the ultimate showdown with a certain nefarious "landlord," but nothing is as it seems, and Bob will have more than just the government working against him. Part comedy and part thriller, Bob Honey Sings Jimmy Crack Corn establishes Sean Penn as a fixture of the literary landscape for years to come.

Sean Penn won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performances in Mystic River and Milk, and received Academy Award nominations as Best Actor for Dead Man Walking, Sweet and Lowdown, and I Am Sam. He has worked as an actor, writer, producer, and director on over one hundred theater and film productions. His journalism has appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, The Nation, and The Huffington Post.

Barry Eisler spent three years in a covert position with the CIA’s Directorate of Operations, then worked as a technology lawyer and startup executive in Silicon Valley and Japan, earning his black belt at the Kodokan Judo Institute along the way. Eisler’s award-winning thrillers have been included in numerous "Best Of" lists, have been translated into nearly twenty languages, and include the #1 bestsellers Livia Lone, The Night Trade, and The Killer Collective. Eisler lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and, when he's not writing novels, blogs about national security and the media. barryeisler.com.

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Rosalind Brackenbury with Joseph Olshan - Without Her (Corte Madera Store)

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 - 7:00pm

In Conversation with Joseph Olshan

When her old friend Hannah doesn't show up at her house in the south of France, everyone assumes that Claudia—who has known Hannah since their shared years at boarding school—will know where she is and what has happened. But as Claudia travels from the USA to France to help Hannah’s husband and children conduct their search, she is forced to deal with her old jealousy of Hannah, as well as her own relationship in the present with her French lover, Alexandre. As events unfold, Claudia begins to wonder if Hannah and Alexandre may have had an affair and if that has had something to do with Hannah's mysterious disappearance. Without Her is an exquisitely written, Ferrante-esque novel in which the question of whether or not Hannah will come back becomes urgent and bewildering. And if she doesn't come back, what will the lives of her friends and family be without her?

Poet and novelist Rosalind Brackenbury is the author of Becoming George Sand, Paris Still Life, The Third Swimmer, and The Lost Love Letters of Henri Fournier. A former writer-in-residence at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, she has also served as poet laureate of Key West, teaching poetry workshops. She has attended the yearly Key West Literary Seminar as both panelist and moderator. Born in London, Rosalind lived in Scotland and France before moving to the United States. Her 2016 novel, The Third Swimmer was a 2016 INDIES Silver Winner in adult General Fiction. She now lives in Key West, Florida, with her American husband. Her latest poetry collection Invisible Horses is due out from Hanging Loose Press, NY, in May 2019.

Joseph Olshan is the author of ten novels, the first of which, Clara's Heart, was made into a feature film starring Whoopie Goldberg.  He has contributed reviews and essays to the New York Times, the Washington Post, The Times of London, The Observer and other publications.  He is the editorial director of Delphinium Books, a literary publisher distributed by HarperCollins. His latest book is Black Diamond Fall.

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When her old friend Hannah doesn't show up at her house in the south of France, everyone assumes that Claudia, who has known Hannah since their shared years at boarding school, will know where she is, and what has happened.


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Published: Polis Books - August 12th, 2019

From the acclaimed author of CLARA'S HEART and CLOUDLAND comes a rich, literary mystery based and united by two real events that occurred at Middlebury College; the disappearance of a student during winter break; and the vandalism of the Robert Frost Homestead located on one of the outer campuses.


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E.R. Ramzipoor - The Ventriloquists (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Monday, October 21, 2019 - 6:00pm

The Nazis stole their voices. But they would not be silenced.

Brussels, 1943. Twelve-year-old street orphan Helene survives by living as a boy and selling copies of the country's most popular newspaper, Le Soir, now turned into Nazi propaganda. Helene's world changes when she befriends a rogue journalist, Marc Aubrion, who draws her into a secret network that publishes dissident underground newspapers.

The Nazis track down Aubrion's team and give them an impossible choice: turn the resistance newspapers into a Nazi propaganda bomb that will sway public opinion against the Allies, or be killed. Faced with no decision at all, Aubrion has a brilliant idea. While pretending to do the Nazis' bidding, they will instead publish a fake edition of Le Soir that pokes fun at Hitler and Stalin--daring to laugh in the face of their oppressors.

The ventriloquists have agreed to die for a joke, and they have only eighteen days to tell it.

Featuring an unforgettable cast of characters and stunning historical detail, E.R. Ramzipoor's dazzling debut novel The Ventriloquists illuminates the extraordinary acts of courage by ordinary people forgotten by time. It is a moving and powerful ode to the importance of the written word and to the unlikely heroes who went to extreme lengths to orchestrate the most stunning feat of journalism in modern history.

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Published: Park Row - August 27th, 2019

" A] remarkable saga.... Engrossing." --Booklist, starred review

In this triumphant debut inspired by true events, a ragtag gang of journalists and resistance fighters risk everything for an elaborate scheme to undermine the Reich.


1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Mary Fleming with April Eberhardt - The Art of Regret (Corte Madera Store)

Tuesday, November 12, 2019 - 7:00pm

Please join us for a conversation on craft and writing between Mary Fleming and literary agent April Eberhardt!

Trevor McFarquhar lives a controlled, contrary existence. Traumatized by early childhood loss, the silence surrounding those losses, and then a sudden family relocation from the United States to France, he has no ambitions or dreams for his struggling Parisian bicycle shop or even for himself. Now in his late thirties, his romantic relationships are only casual--his friendships, few. He's both aloof and exacting, holding everyone to his own high standards while being unforgiving of their faults.

But then two things happen. The 1995 transit strike forces Parisians through Trevor's shop door to procure bicycles, and his once-sluggish business suddenly turns around. To his surprise, he is pleased. At the same time, Trevor enters into a relationship that threatens to destroy his relationship with his entire family. Humbled and ashamed, The Art of Regret follows Trevor as his veneer cracks, and he emerges from his cocoon a different man, ready to reconnect, to rediscover possibility, and ultimately to redeem himself.

Mary Fleming, originally from Chicago, moved to Paris in 1981, where she worked as a freelance journalist and consultant. Before turning full time to writing fiction, she was the French representative for the American foundation The German Marshall Fund. A long-time board member of the French Fulbright Commission, Fleming continues to serve on the board of Bibliothèques sans Frontières. She and her husband have five grown children and split their time between Paris and Berlin. The Art of Regret is Fleming’s second novel. She writes a blog called A Paris-Berlin Diary at http://mf.ghost.io.

After 25 years as a corporate strategist and consultant, April Eberhardt joined the literary world, where she saw a strategic opportunity to play a role in the changing world of publishing. A self-described "literary change agent," April advises and assists authors as they choose the best pathway to publication for their work, and serves as an industry consultant to publishing startups. April divides her time between San Francisco, New York, and Paris. She serves on the Advisory Council for the American Library in Paris and is a reader for the Best American Short Stories series published annually by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 

 

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Published: She Writes Press - October 22nd, 2019

Trevor McFarquhar lives a controlled, contrary existence. Traumatized by early childhood loss, the silence surrounding those losses, and then a sudden family relocation from the United States to France, he has no ambitions or dreams for his struggling Parisian bicycle shop or even for himself. Now in his late thirties, his romantic relationships are only casual--his friendships, few.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
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