California Writers Club: Marcia Naomi Berger, Susanna Solomon & More - Club Wide Book Launch

Sunday, November 16, 2014 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

California Writers Club presents a club wide book launch celebration, where ten members with books released between last December and November 2014 will present their works. A members only reception will be held from 1:00-2:00pm. Here are a few of the confirmed speakers:

A long time resident of Marin, Susanna Solomon makes her home both in San Anselmo and on Levee Road in Point Reyes Station. She has long been captivated by the sheriff’s calls in the Point Reyes Light. Her collection of short stories, Point Reyes Sheriff's Calls, – each inspired by one of these calls – has been published by HD Media Press. Come join the fun and meet opinionated Mildred, her long suffering husband Fred, Linda, a well-endowed and new deputy, Alice, an awkward fourteen year old, and Thomas, 15, who has a hard time staying out of trouble. 

Marcia Naomi Berger is the author of Marriage Meetings for Lasting Love: 30 Minutes a Week to the Relationship You’ve Always Wanted, which was published by New World Library last February. She is licensed clinical social worker with a private psychotherapy practice in San Rafael, California, where she works with individuals and couples. She also offers marriage and communications workshops for the public and has taught continuing education programs for therapists online for the National Association of Social Workers and live classes at the UC Berkeley Extension and Alliant International University. A former executive director of Jewish Family and Children’s Services of the East Bay and clinical faculty member at the UCSF School of Medicine, she has held senior level positions in the fields of child welfare, alcoholism treatment, and psychiatry. She earned her master’s degree in social work at the University of Michigan.

Since the 1800s, Mill Valley has attracted spirited freethinkers, entrepreneurs, nature lovers, rabble-rousers, and more than a few rock stars. Early Mill Valley booster Sidney Cushing encouraged tourism with a train up Mount Tamalpais called “The Crookedest Railroad in the World.” Laura White, more concerned with protecting Mill Valley’s natural beauty than attracting more people, brought the town its Outdoor Art Club and a tradition of conservationism. Vera Schultz broke the glass ceiling of local politics in 1946, and in 1973, 10-year-old Jenny Fulle’s letter to President Nixon would change the future of America’s female athletes. When Mill Valley’s Strawberry Elementary School teacher Rita Abrams wrote a song about why she loved Mill Valley, it became a national hit; so did a song about the heart of rock and roll, written by local boy Huey Lewis, who had attended Strawberry School. These stories, and many more, make up the book Legendary Locals of Mill Valley, by writer and Mill Valley resident Joyce Kleiner.

Beginning with tales of the Yelamu--the city’s original inhabitants--and the Spanish missionaries who arrived in 1776, Chronicles of Old San Francisco by Gael Chandler, recounts the trials and triumphs of the many different people who sought out this great city by the bay, transformed it, and were themselves transformed by it. With 28 dramatic true stories, the book introduces readers to movers and shakers ike rancho owner Juana Briones, Gold Rush entrepreneur Levi Strauss, confectioner Domenico Ghirardelli, the rock legends of Haight-Ashbury, activist politician Harvey Milk, and the pioneers of today’s tech boom. Readers will also encounter lesser-known characters such as the children who grew up on Alcatraz, John McLaren, the architect of Golden Gate Park, and Mary Rodgers, mother of 12 who fought urban renewal in her neighborhood.

Joan Steidinger's Sisterhood in Sports takes a look at the unique needs of girls who play sports and how to respond to, and support those needs so that they can excel in their chosen sport. So much focus is put on boys in sports, with little attention to the different needs of girls and keeping them active in sports. Here, the author casts a light on the importance of friendships, relationships, and communication among girl athletes, and shows how parents and coaches can work with them to keep them engaged and progressing at every level.

In John Byrne Barry's Bones in the Wash it’s 2008, the Democrats have nominated the charismatic Barack Obama, and the presidential election is all coming down to the Land of Enchantment. Ambitious Albuquerque Mayor Tomas Zamara, charged with delivering New Mexico’s five electoral votes for John McCain, is directed to shut down voter registration drives and accuse the Democrats of stealing the election. He's also grappling with a fierce opponent, a demanding and volatile new woman, and his father’s unrelenting pressure to use city money to rescue the family business. Then, when a flash flood unearths the skeleton of his long-missing wife, investigators zero in on Zamara as a suspect.

Prison to Paradise is about Juan Sibul, a Russian Revolutionary who is thrown into prison for life. His vision of freedom launches an incredible story of escape, and takes you through three generations of family history until Peter Narodny is born on a remote Caribbean island. He thrives in his natural environment where voodoo, the thrill of smuggling, and his exposure to rum and beautiful women are only a part of his wild upbringing. The lessons he gains gives him a new perspective on life and a passion to find out what the rest of his life has to offer.

In the classic tradition of Mark Twain, Henry David Thoreau, Samuel Johnson, and H.L. Mencken, Thoughts for All Occassions is a thoughtful, reflective book of distilled wisdom epigrams. Webster's dictionary defines an epigram as "A concise, clever, often paradoxical statement," i.e. a short piece of wisdom, often witty or satiric. These original epigrams by author Michael Lipsey ponder some of life's greatest questions about living, dying, love, mortality, religion, science, work, health and wealth. Lipsey has written two previous books, I Thought So—A Book of Epigrams and I Thought So—-Volume 2.

 

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Point Reyes Sheriff's Calls Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780985493097
Availability: Special Order
Published: HD Media Press Inc - December 6th, 2013

Marriage Meetings for Lasting Love: 30 Minutes a Week to the Relationship You've Always Wanted Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781608682232
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Published: New World Library - February 11th, 2014

Couples can make love last, says psychotherapist and clinical social worker Marcia Naomi Berger. They just need to learn how.


Legendary Locals of Mill Valley, California Cover Image
$21.99
ISBN: 9781467101288
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Published: Legendary Locals - May 26th, 2014

Since the 1800s, Mill Valley has attracted spirited freethinkers, entrepreneurs, nature lovers, rabble-rousers, and more than a few rock stars. Early Mill Valley booster Sidney Cushing encouraged tourism with a train up Mount Tamalpais called the Crookedest Railroad in the World.


Chronicles of Old San Francisco: Exploring the Historic City by the Bay Cover Image
$21.95
ISBN: 9780984633494
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Published: Museyon Inc - October 20th, 2014

Discover one of the world's most unique and fascinating cities through 28 dramatic true stories spanning the colorful history of San Francisco.


Sisterhood in Sports: How Female Athletes Collaborate and Compete Cover Image
$38.00
ISBN: 9781442230330
Availability: Special Order
Published: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers - October 10th, 2014

Sisterhood in Sports: How Female Athletes Collaborate and Compete tells the stories of all kinds of female athletes in a variety of sports. Their natural tendency to use talking as a primary form of communication is essential to their experiences and successes in sports.


Thoughts for All Occasions: Original Epigrams Cover Image
$12.95
ISBN: 9780884865438
Availability: Special Order
Published: Bristol Park Books - January 7th, 2014

In the classic tradition of Mark Twain, Henry David Thoreau, Samuel Johnson, and H.L. Mencken, here is a thoughtful, reflective book of distilled wisdom epigrams. Webster's dictionary defines an epigram as "A concise, clever, often paradoxical statement," i.e. a short piece of wisdom, often witty or satiric.


Prison to Paradise Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781478726616
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Published: Outskirts Press - October 28th, 2014

This is a story of the power of a prisoner's dream and the struggle of a family looking for answers in an alien environment. It is the saga of a boy growing up as one of the few whites on a tropical paradise with a life full of adventure, humor, and irreplaceable memories. Prison To Paradise is a tale that spans three generations of a tumultuous family history.


The Quotable Stoic a Book of Original Aphorisms Cover Image
$11.95
ISBN: 9781935448235
Availability: Special Order
Published: Lost Coast Press - May 1st, 2014

An aphorism is a statement of truth condensed into few words that express much. "Concise, clever, often paradoxical," says Webster's Dictionary. In the ancient world, the first aphorisms were inscriptions in verse, carved into the stone of tombs, statues, temples, and triumphal arches. With the advent of paper, they evolved into brief morsels of insight, often witty or satirical.