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

11/16/2014 3:00 pm

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.

 

 

Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925
$16.95
ISBN-13: 9780985493097
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: HD Media Press Inc, 12/2013

$15.95
ISBN-13: 9781608682232
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Published: New World Library, 2/2014

$21.99
ISBN-13: 9781467101288
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Published: Legendary Locals, 5/2014

$21.95
ISBN-13: 9780984633494
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Museyon Inc, 10/2014

$34.00
ISBN-13: 9781442230330
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 10/2014

$12.95
ISBN-13: 9780884865438
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Published: Bristol Park Books, 1/2014

Erin Michelson - Adventure Philanthropist

The plan was there was no plan—visit all seven continents, see what happens. Erin Michelson is a high adventuress, who lives life on the edge. Giving up a successful business, her stake to a house, and all of her possessions, she decides to just take the money and run. Surviving swindlers and saints, she struggles to keep her eyes and heart open. Her escapades not only show us how best to tackle a minefield, how to bathe an elephant, and where to find a string of pearls, but also how to make a world of difference in the lives of those who are most vulnerable. For two years, she volunteers across the globe, searching for an authentic experience and the chance to reach out and leave the world, even just a small part of it, a better place. This is the life of an Adventure Philanthropist!

Erin Michelson is a recognized social entrepreneur and recipient of multiple international awards. Having left the world of corporate finance to work with nonprofit organizations, she built a successful consulting firm helping nonprofit organizations achieve exponential growth.

 

Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925
$20.34
ISBN-13: 9780991001606
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Emcom LLC, 11/2013

Katie Gilmartin - Blackmail, My Love

Katie Gilmartin dug deeply into the annals of San Francisco’s storied past to produce Blackmail, My Love, a brilliantly conceived and artfully illustrated murder mystery that serves as a revelatory secret history of San Francisco’s Queer underground of the 1950s. The plot is fueled by a 1951 California Supreme Court ruling that homosexuals had a right to congregate, a decision that stopped police raids but created backlash in the form of surveillance, entrapment and more police brutality. Set in such legendary locations as the Black Cat Cafe, the Fillmore district during its heyday as jazz capital of the West, the Beat movement’s North Beach, and the sexually complex Tenderloin, Blackmail, My Love is a neo-noir novel that distills history and fiction into a singular, visually stunning experience.

Katie Gilmartin received a PhD in cultural studies from Yale, with an emphasis in Queer history. After teaching the history of sexuality and Queer studies for a decade at the University of California-Santa Cruz, University of California-Berkeley and The New College, she became a printmaker. Her prior publications are academic essays based on interviews she conducted with lesbians about their lives in the 1940s and 1950s. This is her first work of fiction.

Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925
Country:
United States
$16.95
ISBN-13: 9781627780643
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Cleis Press, 11/2014

Maria Duenas - The Heart Has Its Reasons

Blanca Perea is a college professor in Madrid who seems to have it all. But her perfect career and marriage start to unravel when her husband of twenty years suddenly leaves her for another woman. Devastated, Blanca is forced to question the life she once had and how well she truly knows herself. She leaves Madrid for San Francisco, where she becomes entrenched in the history of an enigmatic Spanish writer who died decades earlier. The more Blanca discovers about this man, the more she is enthralled by the ill-fated loves, half truths, and silent ambitions that haunted his life. With lush, imaginative prose and unforgettable characters, The Heart Has Its Reasons is a journey of the soul that takes readers from Spain to California, between the thorny past and all-too-real present. It is a story about the thrill of creating one’s life anew. 

María Dueñas is the author of the New York Times bestselling novel The Time in Between. She holds a PhD in English Philology and is currently a professor at the University of Murcia. She has also taught at American universities, is the author of several academic articles, and has participated in various educational, cultural, and editorial projects. 

 

Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925
$26.00
ISBN-13: 9781451668339
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Atria Books, 11/2014

Alev Croutier - Harem: The World Behind the Veil

Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, Harem: The World Behind the Veil is a a fascinating illustrated history of one of the strangest, and cruelest, cultural institutions ever devised. A worldwide best seller, it's been translated into twenty-five languages.

Alev Lytle Croutier
is the author of Taking the Waters and three critically acclaimed novels, The Palace of Tears, Seven Houses, and Leyla: The Black Tulip. Born in Turkey, Croutier studied at Oberlin College and founded the publishing company Mercury House.
 
 
Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925
$29.95
ISBN-13: 9780789212061
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Abbeville Press, 9/2014

Nancy J. Merrick - Among Chimpanzees

Unbeknownst to much of the public, chimps are in trouble: censuses show them to be extinct in four African countries and nearly so in ten others. A large percentage of the remaining populations live in unprotected, increasingly fragmented forests.
 
When Nancy Merrick learned these startling facts in 2009, she decided it was past time to discover the extent to which chimpanzees are at risk across Africa and what can be done. Merrick had begun working with primates in 1972 as a young field assistant in Jane Goodall’s famous Gombe camp. Like the rest of the world at the time, she was swept up in the excitement of discovering the remarkable world of chimpanzees—their ability to fashion tools, their dazzling intelligence, and their complex relationships and societies. From that moment on, her human-centered worldview shifted, and she became a devoted advocate for our closest genetic relatives.
 
When Merrick returns to Africa decades later, she’s alarmed by how much has changed. Human activity, such as agriculture and logging, has encroached on natural habitats throughout equatorial Africa, endangering chimpanzees, gorillas, and bonobos. In an effort to understand what we can do to save great apes, Merrick connects with primatologists and conservationists who are trying to protect the last great forests. Visits to some of Africa’s parks, sanctuaries, and expanding agricultural areas reveal the urgency of the problems and the inspiration of the people leading the search for solutions. Along the way, Merrick demonstrates that the best hope for chimps and other great apes lies in connecting conservation to humanitarian efforts, ensuring a healthy future for animals and humans alike.
 
Among Chimpanzees is at once an inspiring chronicle of Merrick’s personal search to learn how chimps are faring across Africa and in captivity, a crucial eyewitness account of a very critical period in their existence, and a rousing call for us to join the efforts to be a voice for the chimpanzees, before it’s too late.

Nancy Merrick is an accomplished physician-internist and a reviewer for the Annals of Internal Medicine. She is the creator of ChimpSaver.org, a website teaching users why chimpanzees are remarkable and enabling them to advocate on behalf of chimps and other Great Apes

Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925
$27.95
ISBN-13: 9780807084908
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Beacon Press, 6/2014



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