Left Coast Writers®: Erin O’Donoghue Thompson - Only a Stone's Throw

Erin O'Donoghue Thompson's book, Only a Stones Throw, is a personal memoir chronicling the lows and highs of parenting her eldest daughter to adulthood after she was mentally disabled as a newborn. It's an honest tale of love and strength when life deals out surprises with unexpected results.

Erin O’Donoghue Thompson started writing at the age of seventeen. She was the editor of her high school newspaper but put her literary aspirations aside to raise a family. Once her eight children were on their own she did a ten year stint as a travel consultant, taking groups to China, photographic safaris to Africa, and groups of women on shopping tours to Hong Kong. In 2007 she was diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia. This was a wake-up call to “do it now” whatever your dream may be. Her's was to write a book about the struggle raising Stephanie, her brain damaged daughter.

 

 

 

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Corte Madera
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94925

Don George - An Innocent Abroad

In An Innocent Abroad, more than 20 well-known writers and celebrities share the travel experiences that shaped their personalities and changed their lives.

In his introduction, An Innocent Abroad editor Don George explains how innocence and worldliness intertwine into an intricate relationship that enables each to thrive: “As long as we continue into unfamiliar situations, to open our hearts and minds to foreign ways, as long as we are able to keep losing our innocence abroad, that innocence will never end—and our appreciation of the world, our embrace of this unembraceable whole, will extend, and extend, and extend.”

Contributers appearing alongside editor Don George will be Virginia Abbott, Jim Benning, Jeff Greenwald, Larry Habegger, Jenna Scatena,  Jane Smiley, and Lavinia Spalding.

Don George is the Global Travel Editor for Lonely Planet Publications.  In 25 years of wandering, Don has visited more than 60 countries and has published more than 600 articles in newspapers and magazines around the globe.

Virginia Abbott is a lawyer and avid traveler, writer and photographer. She has worked in immigration and criminal law in the United States and international judicial reform in Colombia and the Republic of Georgia. She is currently based in Bogota, Colombia.  

Jim Benning is the Deputy Travel Editor for BBC.com. He has worked for the Travel Channel and various newspapers, and his writing has appeared in various magazines and books. 

Jeff Greenwald has traveled extensively through five continents, working as a journalist and photographer. In addition he has prepared exhibits, lectures and educational programs for San Francisco’s Exploratorium, the University of California, The Body Shop, and the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. He is the author of Shopping for Buddhas

Larry Habegger began publishing his writing about adventure and offbeat travel in 1980. His travel stories have appeared in magazines and newspapers in the U.S. and abroad, including Outside, Travel & Leisure, and the Los Angeles Times

Jenna Scatena is a San Francisco-based writer, editor, and adventurer. She is an Editor-at-large, for San Francisco magazine. 

Jane Smiley was born in Los Angeles, grew up in St. Louis, and studied at Vassar and the University of Iowa, where she received her Ph.D. She is the author of eight other works of fiction.

Lavinia Spalding is a writer, editor, teacher, and public speaker. She’s series editor of The Best Women’s Travel Writing, and author of two books: Writing Away: A Creative Guide to Awakening the Journal-Writing Traveler, and With a Measure of Grace, the Story and Recipes of a Small Town Restaurant.

 

Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
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Postal Code:
94925
$15.99
ISBN-13: 9781743603604
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Lonely Planet, 12/2014

Lori Stewart - Grandma, Aren’t You Glad the World’s Finally in Color Today!

Children's Special Event!

Grandma, Aren’t You Glad the World’s Finally in Color Today! is a story in rhyme that takes readers on a “then and now” journey through time. Narrated by a grandmother thumbing through an old photo album, the story compares her own mother’s life and times to those of her grandchildren today. Side-by-side vintage and full color photos contrast fashion, schools, transportation, entertainment, technology, culture, and the arts from the Great Depression and World War II years to those of today. Grandchildren glimpse what life was like in their great-grandmother’s time and rich color photos give grandparents a peek into their grandchildren’s colorful world!

Lori Stewart is an award winning author of multi-generational books and a range of other works. Born and raised in northern California, she graduated from Santa Clara University and headed east for careers in finance and technology. In addition to writing, Lori ran AFTA Associates, a non-profit organization she founded, that supports wildlife conservation through community enterprise. She also works with the recently launched Ceca Foundation, which promotes quality patient care through programs that recognize exceptional caregivers.

Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
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Postal Code:
94925
Country:
United States
$19.95
ISBN-13: 9780983929314
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Palmar Press, 9/2014

Thomas Kirsch - A Jungian Life

From conception until the present, C.G. Jung, his ideas, and analytical psychology itself have been a central thread of Thomas B. Kirsch’s life. His parents, James and Hilde Kirsch, were in analysis with C.G, Jung when he was born, and he was imaged to be the product of a successful analysis. At an early age, Dr. Kirsch was introduced to many of the first-generation analysts who surrounded C.G. Jung, and over time became acquainted with them. Later, in his roles with the IAAP, he gained a broad knowledge of the developments in analytical psychology, and through both his early family history and in his later professional life, Dr. Kirsch worked closely with many analysts who were integral in forming the foundations of analytical psychology.

Dr. Kirsch graduated from Yale Medical School in 1961, did his residency in psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry at Stanford University, and then spent two years with the National Institute of Mental Health in San Francisco. He completed his Jungian training at the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco in 1968. In 1976 Dr. Kirsch became president of the Jung institute in San Francisco, and in 1977 he was elected second vice president of the International Association for Analytical Psychology, or IAAP, the professional organization of Jungian analysts around the world. As vice president and then president of the IAAP for eighteen years, he traveled the world and was able to meet Jungian analysts from many different countries. This position allowed him to serve a missionary function of sorts in new areas like China, South Africa, Mexico, Russia, and other former Soviet Eastern Bloc countries. In A Jungian Life, Thomas B. Kirsch reflects upon his entire existence which has been intimately involved with C.G. Jung and analytical psychology.

Thomas B. Kirsch is a Jungian analyst in private practice in Palo Alto, California. He was president of the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco from 1976 – 1978, served on the executive committee of the International Association for Analytical Psychology from 1977 – 1995, and was IAAP president from 1989 – 1995.

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Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
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Corte Madera
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Postal Code:
94925

Class: Andrea Alban - Writer's Tribe

12/14/2014 6:00 pm

Single Session: Sunday Dec. 14th • 4:00-6:00pm • $50

 

 

Writer's Tribe™ 

A Feedback Forum for Children’s Writers 

$180 for 4 sessions or $50 per class drop-in

Polish your manuscript in a safe space built on respect, clarity and honesty. The focus is on rendering quintessential characters, vivid settings, page-turning plots, and snappy dialog. Andrea Alban guides the group through a powerful revision process. Writers cultivate self-editing mastery. The group is highly interactive. The mission of this university-level workshop is to inspire and deepen craft. Each member receives a Manuscript Feedback Form featuring revision strategies and literary vocabulary.

 

PRAISE FOR ANDREA’S REVISION WORKSHOPS:

 

Your class is terrific -- not just your knowledge and rich understanding of how good writing works, but how you draw people along growing their own skills, and your deep presence and welcoming kindness. 

— Ann Gronvold

 

Your edits are remarkable.  The flow and crispness of the sentences are much improved (even with the little changes). You are magical.  — Bob Healey

 

Great class! I learn something valuable at every meeting. (From all the discussions, not just mine.) I really love the way you put out your thoughts, but also bounce off and expand on our thoughts. You have created more than a class. You have created a community. — Travis Darcy

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

Gregory Ketchum - Trapped in the Big Easy

In Trapped in the Big Easy, Gregory Ketchum provides a riveting you-were-there eyewitness account of the chaos, danger, and colossal leadership failures in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina. Ketchum also tells the story of how Katrina catapulted him onto the quest for a life of purpose and shares five key leadership discoveries he made while trapped in New Orleans that will empower you to lead from your intuition and heart.

Gregory Ketchum, dubbed the “Frasier of the cubicles” by the San Francisco Chronicle, is a former clinical psychologist-turned CEO, media expert, and executive coach. He is the CEO of TalentPlanet®, a leadership development firm. He was formerly the “CBS 5 Workplace & Career Expert” for KPIX TV Eyewitness News (CBS San Francisco) and previously hosted a weekly 2-hour call-in talk show on CNET and XM Satellite Radio focused on careers and the challenges of the 21st Century workplace. He is co-author of Killer Photos With Your iPhone.

 

 

Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925
$18.95
ISBN-13: 9780991220007
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: IndieSpark, 3/2014



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