Class: Alice Acheson - Bound-For-Success Book Proposal

03/01/2015 1:00 pm
Sun., March 1 • 10:00-1:00pm • $60 
 
 
 
 
"I have never heard anyone give so much great information as Alice Acheson." 
-- Kate Wright, who found an agent.

Avoid Book Proposal Agita!  It's time for the first edit of your book -- and time to begin collecting information for your book proposal.  In class we will discuss which elements make a selling proposal and which parts of your book should be highlighted.  Here you will learn how to convince an agent or editor to read your book proposal, how to craft that all-important marketing paragraph, how to avoid pitfalls that stop the reading, the difference between the query letter and the synopsis, and other insights into impressing the reader.
 
 
Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925

Garth Stein - A Sudden Light

When a boy tries to save his parents’ marriage, he uncovers a legacy of family secrets in a coming-of-age ghost story by the author of the internationally bestselling phenomenon, The Art of Racing in the Rain.
 
In the summer of 1990, fourteen-year-old Trevor Riddell gets his first glimpse of Riddell House. Built from the spoils of a massive timber fortune, the legendary family mansion is constructed of giant, whole trees, and is set on a huge estate overlooking Puget Sound. Trevor’s bankrupt parents have begun a trial separation, and his father, Jones Riddell, has brought Trevor to Riddell House with a goal: to join forces with his sister, Serena, dispatch Grandpa Samuel—who is flickering in and out of dementia—to a graduated living facility, sell off the house and property for development into “tract housing for millionaires,” divide up the profits, and live happily ever after.

But Trevor soon discovers there’s someone else living in Riddell House: a ghost with an agenda of his own. For while the land holds tremendous value, it is also burdened by the final wishes of the family patriarch, Elijah, who mandated it be allowed to return to untamed forestland as a penance for the millions of trees harvested over the decades by the Riddell Timber company. The ghost will not rest until Elijah’s wish is fulfilled, and Trevor’s willingness to face the past holds the key to his family’s future.
 
A Sudden Light is a rich, atmospheric work that is at once a multigenerational family saga, a historical novel, a ghost story, and the story of a contemporary family’s struggle to connect with each other. A tribute to the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest, it reflects Garth Stein’s outsized capacity for empathy and keen understanding of human motivation, and his rare ability to see the unseen: the universal threads that connect us all.

Garth Stein is the author of the New York Times bestselling novel, The Art of Racing in the Rain, published in thirty-five languages. He is also the author of two previous novels, How Evan Broke His Head and Other Secrets and Raven Stole the Moon. He lives in Seattle with his family.
 
Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925
Country:
United States

A Sudden Light (Paperback)


ISBN-13: 9780857205773
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Simon & Schuster (UK), 3/2015

John C. Hampsey - Kaufman's Hill: A Memoir

A profound and intensely moving boyhood memoir, Kaufman's Hill opens with a prosaic neighborhood scene: the author and some other young boys are playing by the creek, one of their usual stomping grounds. But it soon becomes clear that much more is going on; the child-narrator is struggling to find his way in a middle-class Catholic neighborhood dominated by the Creely bullies, who often terrify him. It's the Pittsburgh of the early and mid-1960s, a threshold time just before the counter-culture arrived, and a time when suburban society begins to encroach on Kaufman's Hill, the boy's sanctuary and the setting of many of his adventures. As the hill and the 1950s vanish into the twilight, so does the world of the narrator's boyhood.

John C. Hampsey is professor of Romantic and Classical literature at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, where he has won the University Distinguished Teaching Award. Previously, he taught at Boston University and MIT. He received his BA from Holy Cross College and his PhD from Boston College. His book, Paranoia and Contentment: A Personal Essay on Western Thought won enthusiastic endorsements from fellow writers Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Tim O'Brien.

 

Location: 
Street:
1 Ferry Building
City:
San Francisco
,
Postal Code:
94111

Kaufman's Hill (Hardcover)

$25.00
ISBN-13: 9781610881531
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Bancroft Press, 1/2015

Ian Weir - Will Starling

In conversation with Stacy Carlson.

The Napoleonic War is over, Romanticism is at its high tide, and the great city of London is charged with the thrill of scientific discovery and Regency abandon. Into this milieu, the nineteen-year-old foundling Will Starling returns from the Continent, having spent five years assisting military surgeon Alec Comrie. Cocky, charming and damaged, Will is helping Comrie build a civilian practice--and a life--in London’s rough Cripplegate area. This means entering into an uneasy alliance with the Doomsday Men: grave robbers who supply London’s surgeons and anatomists with cadavers for dissection. When a grave robbing goes terribly wrong, it sets in motion a sequence of events that leads to the murder of a moneylender and the arrest of a young woman, Meg Nancarrow. As Meg is sentenced to hang, Will grows convinced that she is the innocent victim of an unholy conspiracy, and that the conspiracy traces itself back to Dionysus Atherton, an old university friend of Comrie’s and the brightest of London’s emerging surgical stars. There are wild rumors about Atherton: whispers of experiments on corpses not quite dead--indeed, on corpses wide awake and wailing--in a bid to unlock the mystery of death itself.

Ian Weir is an award winning playwright, screenwriter and novelist. He holds both American and Canadian citizenship. His first novel, Daniel O’Thunder, was named one of the top historical novels of 2011 by Library Journal and was a finalist for four awards.

Stacy Carlson won the 2003 Dana Portfolio Award, given for three book-length manuscripts, and was awarded residencies at the Djerassi Resident Artists Program in California and Galleri Svalbard, in Norway. A native of Seattle, she now lives in Oakland, California.

 

Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925

Will Starling (Paperback)

$17.00
ISBN-13: 9781586422301
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Steerforth, 2/2015

Class: Nina Schuyler- Creating Surprise on the Page

03/07/2015 4:00 pm
Sat., Mar. 7 • 10:00-4:00 pm • $105
 
 
 
 
If we read to experience things, then a reader experiences so much more when the story moves beyond conventions. In this class, we will look at how authors create surprise at the plot, character and sentence level. We will use published works as a springboard to create our own surprises on the page.
 
 
Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925

Courtney Dasher & Tuna the Chiweenie - Tuna Melts My Heart: The Underdog with the Overbite

From Southern California castaway to Hollywood heartbreaker, Tuna the Chiweenie has won the adoration of millions. Now, the peculiar pooch has his own book, Tuna Melts My Heart: The Underdog with the Overbite, filled with over 100 all-new color photographs to give fans an intimate look at the Internet’s most prized pup. Tuna’s crooked grin, wrinkled neck, and undeniable allure have enchanted audiences online. Now it’s time for the charming canine to jump off the screen and into the pages of his very own book!

Tuna’s mom, Courtney Dasher, is an advocate of animal rescue and she is committed to bringing her audience joy through Instagram and Facebook. She has given Tuna a voice for the underdog and built a loyal following for @Tunameltsmyheart.

 

 

 

Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925
Country:
United States
$16.00
ISBN-13: 9780451475848
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: NAL Trade, 3/2015



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