Left Coast Writers®: C.W. Gortner - The Tudor Vendetta & The Queen's Vow

Introduction by Pat Bracewell

Upon the death of Mary I (Bloody Mary), Elizabeth I takes the throne and Brendan Prescott is called to aid the young queen amid a realm plunged into chaos and a court rife with conspiracy. The Tudor Vendetta takes readers from the intrigue-laden passages of Whitehall to a foreboding Catholic manor and the deadly underworld of London, Brendan must race against time to unravel a vendetta that will strike at the very core of his world—a vendetta that could expose a buried past and betray everything he has fought for, including his loyalty to his queen.

From the glorious palaces of Segovia to the battlefields of Granada and the intrigue-laden gardens of Seville, The Queen's Vow sweeps us into the tumultuous forging of a nation and the complex, fascinating heart of the woman who overcame all odds to become Isabella of Castile.

C.W. Gortner is the international bestselling author of six historical novels, including the Spymaster trilogy. His most recent novels are The Tudor Vendetta and The Queen’s Vow. In March 2015, his novel Mademoiselle Chanel, about the iconic fashion designer, will be published by HarperCollins. Raised in Spain and a long-time resident of the Bay Area, he has been published in over twenty-five languages to date.

 

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The Tudor Vendetta (Hardcover)

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Published: St. Martin's Griffin, 10/2014

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Published: Ballantine Books, 6/2012

Anne Leonard - Moth and Spark

In Moth and Spark, Prince Corin has been chosen to free the dragons from their bondage to the power Mycenean Empire, but dragons aren’t big on directions. They have given him some of their power, but none of their knowledge. No one, not the dragons nor their riders, is even sure what keeps the dragons in the Empire’s control. Tam, sensible daughter of a well-respected doctor, had no idea before she arrived in Caithenor that she is a Seer, gifted with visions. When the two run into each other (quite literally) in the library, sparks fly and Corin impulsively asks Tam to dinner. But it’s not all happily ever after. Never mind that the prince isn’t allowed to marry a commoner: war is coming. Torn between his quest to free the dragons and his duty to his country, Tam and Corin must both figure out how to master their powers in order to save Caithen. With a little help from a village of secret wizards and rogue dragonrider, they just might pull it off.

Anne Leonard has degrees from St. John’s College (B.A), the University of Pittsburgh (MFA), Kent State University (Ph.D), and the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.

 

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Moth and Spark (Hardcover)

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Published: Viking Adult, 2/2014

Steven Herrmann - Spiritual Democracy

Exploring what the author calls the "shaman-poets"—Walt Whitman, Herman Melville, and Emily Dickinson—Spiritual Democracy demonstrates how far ahead of their times these writers were in forecasting developments of our current time. It was Whitman who first wrote of "Spiritual Democracy" as a vision of transformation and global equality. Steven Herrmann delves deep into the visionary expressions of this idea of Spiritual Democracy—"the realization of the oneness of humanity with the universe and all its forces"—in these early American writers, showing the influence the groundbreaking work of the geologist and thinker Alexander Von Humboldt had on Whitman and others. Writing that every member of the global community regardless of color, gender, or sexual orientation can realize these freedoms, the author explores how one can tap into the vitalizing source of equalizing, vocational energy to bring a sense of purpose and peace. Although the book shines as a work of literary criticism, the author's insights as a Jungian psychotherapist take the reader ever deeper into the creative impulses of Whitman, Melville, Dickinson, and other poets in their crafting of the seminal notion of Spiritual Democracy.

Steven Herrmann has published over thirty papers and two books, William Everson: The Shaman’s Call and Walt Whitman: Shamanism, Spiritual Democracy, and the World Soul. He has taught on the subjects of Whitman and Melville at the C. G. Jung Institutes of San Francisco, Chicago, and Zurich, as well as at the Washington Friends of Walt Whitman, UC Berkeley and UC Santa Cruz.

 

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ISBN-13: 9781583948330
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Published: North Atlantic Books, 10/2014

Linda Lambert - The Italian Letters

The Italian Letters lies in the sensuous curvature of ancient, 20th and 21st century Italy. The sequel to The Cairo Codex follows the adventures of anthropologist Justine Jenner after she is expelled from Egypt in the wake of discovering the diary of the Virgin Mary. Exiled into Tuscany, Justine finds herself embroiled in three interwoven stories of discovery: the long-lost letters of D. H. Lawrence to her great grandmother, Isabella; an ancient tomb revealing the origin and migration of an ancient people pre-dating Rome; and the genealogy of the Virgin Mary and Jesus. While shaken by the frank revelations in Lawrence's letters and the intimate relationship between the primeval Etruscan's and Jesus' mother, Justine must confront her own sexuality and yearning for personal freedom.

Linda Lambert is professor emeritus at California State University, East Bay, and a full-time author of novels and texts on leadership. During her extensive career, she has served as a social worker, teacher, principal, director of adult learning programs, university professor, and state department envoy to Egypt

 

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51 Tamal Vista Blvd
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94925
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The Italian Letters (Paperback)

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Published: West Hills Press, 10/2014

Class: Kerrin Meis- The History of the Book in the West

01/09/2015 12:00 pm
Three Fridays: Jan. 9-23 • 10:00-12:00 pm • $110
 

 
 
The course will focus on book illustration, tracing the development of the codex from ancient times to the present, looking at Astronomical treatises, Bibles, Haggadot, Books of Hours and the illumination of texts from Virgil to Dante to Edgar Allen Poe and beyond. An explanation of the techniques and materials employed to create these brilliant images includes the transition from palm leaves to papyrus to parchment and finally to paper. We discuss the roles of authors, illustrators and the market.
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Gerald Nicosia - Night Train to Shanghai

The poems in Night Train to Shanghai grew out of Gerald Nicosia’s several trips to modern China, beginning with his trip to Hefei in 1995 to adopt his six-month-old daughter Wu Ji (now Amy). He later traveled to Chengdu to guest-teach Beat poetry and other subjects to graduate students at Sichuan University, and took his daughter Amy to many cities in China, including her birth-place of Wuhu, when she was ten and had already learned to speak Mandarin. In the “Author’s Preface,” Nicosia explains the origins of these poems as “the richness that has come to me by digging a hole in myself that inadvertently let in the other side of the world.”

Gerald Nicosia is the author of three previous books of poetry, Lunatics, Lovers, Poets, Vets & Bargirls; Love, California Style, which was a Small Press Review poetry selection for 2002; and Embrace of the Lepers. Several of his poems have received Pushcart nominations as well. Since the early 1980’s, he has read his poetry extensively in public throughout the United States, and has read it in other countries, including England, France, Italy, and China. He read his poetry at the international Beat festival at NYU in May 1994, on the same stage with Allen Ginsberg, and he has also given featured readings of his poetry at such notable venues as the Dylan Thomas Centre in Swansea, Wales, and the Three Horseshoes Pub in Hampstead, London, at a reading organized by Michael Horowitz, the same man who had organized the first Beat reading in England in 1965 at the Royal Albert Hall.

 

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51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
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Postal Code:
94925
Country:
United States


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