Richard Blanco - The Prince of Los Cocuyos

Richard Blanco’s childhood and adolescence were experienced between two imaginary worlds: his parents’ nostalgic world of 1950s Cuba and his imagined America, the country he saw on reruns of The Brady Bunch and Leave it to Beaver—an “exotic” life he yearned for as much as he yearned to see “la patria.” Navigating these worlds eventually led Blanco to question his cultural identity through words; in turn, his vision as a writer—as an artist—prompted the courage to accept himself as a gay man. In The Prince of Los Cocuyos: A Miami Childhood, Blanco traces his poignant, often hilarious, and quintessentially American coming-of-age and the people who helped influenced him.

Richard Blanco was born in Madrid in 1968 and immigrated as an infant with his Cuban-exile family to the United States. He was raised and educated in Miami, earning a B.S. in civil engineering and a M.F.A. in creative writing from Florida International University. Blanco is practicing engineer, writer and poet, and has taught at Georgetown University, American University, Writer’s Center and Central Connecticut State University. In addition to his numerous honors and awards, in 2013 he was chosen to serve as the fifth inaugural poet of the United States, becoming the youngest, first Latino, immigrant, and openly gay writer to hold the honor.

 

Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925
$25.99
ISBN-13: 9780062313768
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Ecco Press, 9/2014

Class: Amy Novesky - On-the-Spot Children's Writing Workshop

11/15/2014 2:00 pm
Sat., Nov. 15 • 10:00-2:00 pm • $60
 
48-hour advance registration • Limit of six
 
 
 
You’ve written a brilliant children’s story and can’t wait to hear what others think, or you’re stuck and need a critique. Bring your manuscript or idea to this on-the-spot workshop, and we’ll critique it. Amy Novesky is a children’s book editor, author, and experienced workshop leader.

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

Barbara Rose Brooker - The Rise and Fall of a Jewish American Princess

Beginning in 1960, The Rise and Fall of a Jewish American Princess chronicles Dianne Roseman, who is programmed to be a Jewish Princes; to define herself by marriage, her struggle to become an artist in the brutal art world, her falll from a love affair with a famous dealer of contemporary art, and her rise in her true self. Asking questions of deception and redemption, Barbara Rose Brooker's newest novel explores women of all cultures.

Barbara Rose Brooker is the author of The Viagra Diaries and currently teaches at San Francisco State University. She has a Master's in Creative Writing. She has appeared on The Today Show and The Talk and has been featured in the San Francisco Chronicle, Huffington Post, and more. 

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

Cathy Barrow - Mrs. Wheelbarrow's Practical Pantry

In Mrs. Wheelbarrow's Practical Pantry ($35.00), home preserving expert Cathy Barrow presents a world of practical and easy-to-master techniques for preserving fruits, vegetables, meats, and fish, canning beans and soups, and making cheese. From double strawberry jam and chile-spiked tomatoes to duck confit and homemade pancetta, Mrs. Wheelbarrow s Practical Pantry gives readers the tools to turn the fleeting abundance of the farmers market into a well-stocked pantry. It arms home cooks with clear instructions for water-bath processing and pressure canning and further inspires readers with more than 150 color photographs that feature fresh produce in season, cooking techniques, and finished dishes.
 
Cathy Barrow writes the food blog Mrs. Wheelbarrow’s Kitchen. She has written for the New York Times, Washington Post, Garden and Gun, NPR, and Modern Farmer, among other publications. She lives in Washington, DC. 


Location: 
Street:
1 Ferry Building
City:
San Francisco
,
Postal Code:
94111
$35.00
ISBN-13: 9780393240733
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: W. W. Norton & Company, 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: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Abbeville Press, 9/2014

Class: Linda Watanabe McFerrin - Making a Scene

11/22/2014 4:00 pm

Sat., Nov. 22 • 10:00-4:00 • $105

 

 

In this one-day workshop, you’ll learn to balance setting, character, and dialogue to create stellar scenes. Some of the exercises have given birth to award-winning work by past participants. Bring your laptop and/or paper and pen and discover how a good writer takes center stage on the page and holds it.

Linda Watanabe McFerrin is the founder of Left Coast Writers®. Her latest novel, Dead Love, was a Bram Stoker Award finalist.
 
Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925


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