Josh Cooley - Movies R Fun!

Let's face it, reading sucks . . . but movies are fun! In this children's picture book parody for grown-ups, Pixar writer and artist Josh Cooley presents the most hilariously inappropriate-that is, the best-scenes from contemporary classic films in an illustrated, for-early-readers style. Terrifying and sexy, Movies R Fun!: A Collection of Cinematic Classics for the Pre-(Film) School Cinephile ($12.95) contains awesome scenes from such favorite films as Alien, Rosemary's Baby, Fargo, Basic Instinct, Seven, The Silence of the Lambs, Apocalypse Now, The Shining, and many more are playfully illustrated and captioned to make reading fun and exciting for kids who never grew up. A sly celebration of the things fans love most about these legendary films (and movies in general), this is one book that probably should not be read at bedtime.
 
Josh Cooley is a story supervisor at Pixar Animation Studios. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
 
 

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$12.95
ISBN-13: 9781452122335
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Published: Chronicle Books, 3/2014

Joseph Boyden - The Orenda

History reveals itself when, in the seventeenth century, a Jesuit missionary ventures into the Canadian wilderness in search of converts-- the defining moment of first contact between radically different worlds. What unfolds over the next several years is truly epic, illuminating, surprising, sometimes comic, always entrancing and ultimately all too human in its tragic grandeur.

Christophe has been in the New World only a year when his native guides abandon him to flee their Iroquois pursuers. A Huron warrior and elder named Bird soon takes him prisoner, along with a young Iroquois girl, Snow Falls, whose family he has just killed, and holds them captive in his massive village. Champlain's Iron People have only recently begun trading with the Huron, who mistrust them as well as this Crow who has now trespassed onto their land; and her people, of course, have become the Huron's greatest enemy. Putting both to death would resolve the issue, but Bird sees Christophe as a potential envoy to those in New France, and Snow Falls as a replacement for his two daughters who were murdered by the Iroquois. The relationships between these three are reshaped again and again as life comes at them relentlessly: a dangerous trading mission, friendly exchanges with allied tribes, shocking victories and defeats in battle, and sicknesses the likes of which no one has ever witnessed.

The Orenda ($26.95) traces a story of blood and hope, suspicion and trust, hatred and love, that comes to a head when Jesuit and Huron join together against the stupendous wrath of the Iroquois, when everything that any of them has ever known or believed faces nothing less than annihilation. A saga nearly four hundred years old, it is also timeless and eternal.

Joseph Boyden divides his time between Lousiana, where he teaches at the University of New Orleans, and Northern Ontario, where he was born in 1966. He is the author of two previous novels, two works of nonfiction, and a collection of stories.

 

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The Orenda: A novel (Hardcover)

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ISBN-13: 9780385350730
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Published: Knopf, 5/2014

John Lescroart - The Keeper

From New York Times bestselling author John Lescroart comes The Keeper ($26.99), a riveting novel featuring Dismas Hardy and Abe Glitsky on the hunt for clues about a woman who has gone missing.

On the evening before Thanksgiving, Hal Chase, a guard in the San Francisco County Jail, drives to the airport to pick up his step-brother for the weekend. When they return, Hal's wife, Katie, has disappeared without a clue.
By the time Dismas Hardy hears about this, Katie has been missing for five days. The case strikes close to home because Katie had been seeing Hardy's wife, a marriage counselor. By this time, the original Missing Persons case has become a suspected homicide, and Hal is the prime suspect. And the lawyer he wants for his defense is none other than Hardy himself.

Hardy calls on his friend, former homicide detective Abe Glitsky, to look into the case. At first it seems like the police might have it right; the Chases' marriage was fraught with problems; Hal's alibi is suspect; the life insurance policy on Katie was huge. But Glitsky's mission is to identify other possible suspects, and there proves to be no shortage of them: Patti Orosco--rich, beautiful, dangerous, and Hal's former lover; the still unknown person who had a recent affair with Katie; even Hal's own step-mother Ruth, resentful of Katie's gatekeeping against her grandchildren. And as Glitsky probes further, he learns of an incident at the San Francisco County Jail--only one of many questionable inmate deaths that have taken place there. Then, when Katie's body is found not three blocks from the Chase home, Homicide arrests Hal and he finds himself an inmate in the very jail where he used to work, a place full of secrets he knows all too well.

Against this backdrop of conspiracy and corruption, ambiguous motives and suspicious alibis, an obsessed Glitsky closes in on the elusive truth. As other deaths begin to pile up he realizes, perhaps too late, that the next victim might be himself.

John Lescroart is the author of twenty-three previous novels, including the New York Times bestsellers Damage, Treasure Hunt, and The 13th Juror. He lives in Northern California.

 

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The Keeper (Hardcover)

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ISBN-13: 9781476709185
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Published: Atria Books, 5/2014

San Francisco Grotto Writers - 3 Minute Reads

3 Minute Reads from San Francisco Grotto Writers
50+ Writers, 3 Minutes Each!

Joins us for a fast-paced and irreverent evening, showcasing new work from the students of the San Francisco Writer's Grotto writing classes. On this Friday evening, both fiction and nonfiction writers will read their work — but only for 3 minutes each! Their instructors (Grotto authors) will enforce the time limit. Join us for wine, fun, and fresh new writing.

 
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Elizabeth Van Ingen - Kismet

Elizabeth Van Ingen’s poignant memoir, Kismet: From the Joy of Romance to the Agony of Alzheimer's ($16.95), begins with a whirlwind romantic courtship in 1959, where she was dazzled and wooed by a handsome and confident Dutch-American businessman. Like many American women raised in the 1950s, Liz entered her marriage assuming her husband would lead, and she would unquestioningly follow.

When Tony retired, his moods became volatile and his behavior turned dangerously aggressive, frustrated by the loss of his reasoning and memory. The man Liz knew had deteriorated into a lost soul. But Liz was changing too. Even before Tony was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease (a diagnosis he refused to accept), Liz had begun to assume responsibility. Finally, realizing she had to be the decision maker, she moved them to Colorado, where she helped him settle into a memory care facility.

After Tony's death in 2005, Liz grieved. But now, having successfully coped with the drama of her husband’s decline, she has emerged as a powerful, bruised but unbent woman. She now looks ahead to continuing adventures as a mother and grandmother.

Elizabeth Gibbons Van Ingen is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley.  After living in many places in the world, adjusting to diverse traditions, and raising three daughters, she now lives and writes in the Denver area. She has been published in two anthologies: The Voices of Alzheimer’s and The Voices of Caregivers, edited by the Healing Project.  This is her first book.

 

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$16.95
ISBN-13: 9781564745453
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Published: Fithian Press, 10/2013

Class: Linda Watanabe McFerrin - Erotica: Writing Sexy Stuff

05/31/2014 4:00 pm

Sat., May 31 • 10:00-4:00 • $105

 


If you have trouble steaming up the page, this is the workshop for you. Spend a day learning the techniques for adding spicy, sensual, and sometimes funny sizzle to your work. The class is full of quick free-writes and entertaining exercises that will have you moving from comfort to erogenous zones in no time.

Linda Watanabe McFerrin is the founder of Left Coast Writers®. Her latest novel, Dead Love, was a Bram Stoker Award finalist.

Class Credit: Participants in these classes may receive credit at Dominican University: bookpassage.com/dominican-credit.

 

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