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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.

 

Shu Wei's Revenge: A Young Man's Journey Into the Depths of the Underworld Cover Image
$12.95
ISBN: 9780998803418
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Bayside Press - September 6th, 2017

This 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.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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

Monday, June 4, 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.

 

Mother Tongue: A Saga of Three Generations of Balkan Women Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781609521271
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Travelers' Tales Guides - March 1st, 2018

What is your mother tongue? Sometimes the simplest questions take a book to answer. Such is the case with Tania Romanov's story.

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.


1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111