Sonoma County Writers Published in 2016
H.B. Reid — The Further Adventures of Charles T. Woolley
The last time we saw Charles T. Woolley he was tootling along on an Ariel VH 500 Red Hunter motorcycle toward His Majesty’s nearest enlistment center. Next to him in his sidecar were roses, confetti and curlicues of streamers; but not his bride, Lavinia Hearthstone. She was sitting on the altar steps of St. Margaret’s church, holding a baby and shrimping through her lips, “Charley’s Gone to War,” a song of her own invention.
ISBN 978-1539126683, 164 pages, perfect bound, 6 x 9 inches, 2016. $12.00
Ransom Stephens — The Left Brain Speaks The Right Brain Laughs: A look at the neuroscience of innovation & creativity in art, science, & life
Why is it that two people who experience the same event have such different versions of what took place? How do nature and nurture play into our personal talents? Physicist and science writer Ransom Stephens, Ph.D., artfully explains these and other burning questions regarding perceptions versus reality in his engaging new book, The Left Brain Speaks The Right Brain Laughs (Viva Editions, 2016). Stephens presents new insights that help readers improve their creativity and innovative thinking.
This is neuroscience for lay-people that uses irreverence and a physicist’s eye for scientific accuracy to convey what makes us all tick and how we can tick better than we already do. With as little jargon as possible, each chapter addresses the interplay of what we too often think of as separate topics. Starting with a new and improved left-brain/right-brain oversimplification, each chapter investigates the inseparable interactions of seemingly distinct concepts—You & Me, Life & Death, Animals & People, Talent & Skill, Analysis & Creativity—all building to Art & Science. Using flash fiction-like examples ranging from hanging out in bars to playing guitar to impressionist art to the most important failed experiment of all time, we investigate consciousness, value, hops and malt, why we mourn each other’s deaths, and why we do what we do for money.
See calendar for readings. Details and purchasing info: www.ransomstephens.com/the-left-brain-speaks-but-the-right-brain-laughs.htm
Laura McHale Holland — Resilient Ruin: A memoir of hopes dashed and reclaimed
This is a true story: A teenage girl breaking free. A cunning classmate on the prowl. Can she recover after they collide? Orphaned as a child, fourteen-year-old Laura finally rebels against her abusive guardian. Living on dreams, rock ’n’ roll, and kisses in moonlight, she believes whatever comes next can’t be worse than what she’s already endured. She has no idea how far she will fall before she can build a better life. Resilient Ruin is a poignant personal story that recounts a rocky, ultimately inspiring journey. If you like brave, unaffected heroines; striking scenes and characters; and pacing that keeps you turning page after page, you’ll relish this masterful memoir of survival and learning to forgive.
Nina Tepedino — Sound! Body and Mind at 82: Health Wisdom for All Ages
SOUND! Body and Mind at 82: Health Wisdom for All Ages is a chronicle of Ms. Tepedino’s years of research and experience in healing the natural way. This book consists of six chapter-length essays with extensive resources available for each chapter. It provides candid testimony through personal memoir to substantiate the author’s beliefs regarding the current western medical/chemical practices. This book encourages the use of ancient and indigenous healing methods with the use of medicinal plants and physical regimens to honor the body’s ability to spontaneously heal itself. Who will be the listening audience for this health wisdom voice? It will be the growing populations who want to change how they heal, cook, grow food and search for a safer life-style free from chemicals, GMOs, processed food additives, fast food industry and protection from the pharmaceutical dynasties. You are invited to join Ms. Tepedino on a path to disease-free longevity and toward a state of enjoyed health and well-being. Available at: www.amazon.com/Sound-Body-Mind-82-Health/dp/1537478931
Katherine Hastings — Shakespeare & Stein Walk Into A Bar
Shakespeare and Stein Walk into a Bar is animated by the two most rewarding and replenishing of poetic forces: dexterous formal diversity and a fierce, unflinching searching. “Where to go from here?” the book begins, lifting us through “the world we’ve left to ourselves” and singing us at last to the still point where “We, too, dissolve” with “all of it finding its way — somewhere.” Shakespeare and Stein Walk into a Bar is more than a collection of poems; it is a quest fulfilled by destination.
Spuyten Duyvil, 2016. For more info and to order book: http://www.spuytenduyvil.net/shakespeare—stein-walk-into-a-bar.html
$15.00, 116 pages
Renée Owen (Editor) – Scent of the Past…Imperfect
Scent of the Past…Imperfect, edited by Renée Owen, was produced in conjunction with a reading on August 28, 2016 in San Francisco, California, the 27th in the Two Autumns series of annual haiku readings presented by members of the Haiku Poets of Northern California (HPNC). The book includes an introductory essay by Renée, a selection of poetry from the work of Michele Root-Bernstein, Michael Sheffield, Robert Gilliland and June Hymas, and a cover sumi-e painting by the award-winning Australian poet & artist Ron Moss. Published by HPNC’ Two Autumns Press. For information on purchasing, visit www.hpnc.org, or contact Renée at email@example.com.
Diane Fortier – Fizz in the Fire
Fizz in the Fire is a coming-of age memoir. With humor and emotional depth, this book takes the reader on the roller-coaster ride of Diane Fortier’s childhood, teen, and young adult years, as she tries to make sense of her nutty, dysfunctional family and carve out a place for herself in the world. Raised by her mother — a pill popping, alcoholic beauty; and her step-father — a cruel, debonair, alcoholic — Diane’s only ally is her flamboyant, cross-dressing brother, Jimmy. At age 14, Diane is sent to lock-up at the Convent of the Good Shepherd where she finds a community of similar girls from dysfunctional families, and, under the vigilant eyes of the nuns, comes out as gay.
226 pages, perfect bound, 6 x 9 inches, 2016, $15.00
Jolynn J. Lauer – Gone Awry
Sequel to Best Laid Plans (A Cozy Mystery)
In Gone Awry—the last book in the Best Laid Plans trilogy—we meander through Florence’s early life and down the unfolding path that led to the
buried treasure in Best Laid Plans, over which lives are lost.
Will Florence have her final revenge on the women of The Next Step halfway house who she believes are holding her money ransom? To what extent will
this madwoman go?
Please visit http://jolauer.com for information about the author and how to order her books.
Jordan Finneseth – Manual for the Soul: A Beginners Guide
Awaken to Your Enlightenment in Millennium 2.1
The world as we know it is being redefined by science, technology, and worldwide connection through the Internet. With all the change this new Millennium is bringing, now is the time to redefine concepts like spirituality and enlightenment, making them more accessible to everyone as we move forward into a much more interconnected world.
In these days of unprecedented student debt, market crashes, stagnant politics, and a chaotic global economy, a new age of enlightenment is needed. In order to change the world, we must first learn to change ourselves. Luckily this power exists within each of us, all we need to is seek it out. Help lead the way into the future by discovering your unique form of Enlightenment and harnessing your power to change the world.
- Re-define enlightenment in more modern, achievable terms.
- Unfold the manifestation that is your life to discover your Masterpiece.
- Discover your Life Purpose and learn to harness it to help change the world.
- Venture through 21 Simple exercises that help guide you to your awakening.
There’s a wave of change affecting humanity on a planetary scale. Our collective consciousness is transitioning to a higher level, and a new era of awareness, enlightenment, and magic is emerging. The time for you to awaken is now.
Sandra Anfang – Looking Glass Heart
The poems in Looking Glass Heart are a perfect blend of reflection and resonance. In this collection, the poet explores the vital journeys of the human soul. Each poem is uniquely crafted to delicately take us through the byways of our inner selves. With each turn of the page, you will find meaning in stories told about mothers and mirrors and sisters huddled at the kitchen table. You will find chalkboard fables and settle into the places where moths hover. As in the poem “Rewind” you will truly know about “the gift of ferocity” and how it must find itself in all of us. This collection teaches us how to speak eloquently to the wolf at the door and how to find grace, even when the wolf comes of age. The images will take you adrift, to the corridors of brilliance and back again.
– Connie Post, Poet Laureate Emerita of Livermore, CA 2005-2009
The book may be ordered from Finishing Line Press at flpbookstore.com.
$12.49 plus s/h.
Mike Tuggle – The Motioning In: New and Selected Poems
Mike Tuggle, poet laureate of Sonoma County for 2008-2009, was a poet-teacher in the California Poets in the Schools program from 1971-2003 in San Francisco, Marin and Sonoma counties. “Whether he’s ‘filling with light of stars/ and the approaching moon’ or a photograph of Dorothea Lange’s, Tuggle ‘will not look away from the truth/ of what (he) sees.’” Bill Vartnaw, author of Suburbs of my Childhood. Mr. Tuggle is the recipient of a Sonoma County Foundation Award in Poetry, The Dickens Award in Fiction and the Oberon Poetry Prize. He is the co-author of Cazadero Poems with the poet Susan Kennedy, a chapbook published by Floating Island Press; Absolute Elsewhere, his first full collection, published by Philos Press; The Singing Itself, published by Running Wolf Press, and What Lures the Foxes, a chapbook published by Kelly’s Cove Press. He was Poet Laureate of Sonoma County for 2008-2009.
Petaluma River Press, 142 pages
Available on Amazon.
Redwood Writers – 2016 Poetry Anthology: Stolen Light
Stolen Light. The title of Warren Bellows’ painting gave us our title for this collection of poems by Redwood Writers, each representing a moment of light, of truth, of awareness, of all those small events that make up our individual ways of recording our days. The poets who have shared their own stolen lights have preserved in language those moments—of love, of loss, of the everyday events that we keep alive through poetry. Our poems reach out to the broader community and require only that you read with open minds and open hearts, as you might read in the middle of a redwood grove, with slanted light piercing the darkness and letting our poems illuminate moments in your own life.
Fran Claggett, editor; Warren Bellows, cover artist
172 pages, perfect bound, 6 x 9 inches
Suzanne Sherman – 100 Years in the Life of an American Girl
The first in a NEW SERIES: 100 Years in the Life, this book is a collection of 56 first-person stories about girlhood in every decade of a century, 1910 – 2010. Entertaining, informative, eye-opening. Filled with fun facts about each decade, too, include the ten top popular names for girls. Submit your story to the next book, 100 Years in the Life of a Teenage Girl: Coming of Age Stories 1910 – 2010 at www.100yearsinthelife.com. Available on Amazon, Sebastopol and Santa Rosa Copperfields, and all e-readers. http://amzn.to/1xn7YaD
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Healdsburg and Beyond! anthology featuring 40 poets and authors from all corners of the world. Waights Taylor Jr., editor. Healdsburg Literary Guild, February 2016.
Textures of Love, a 2016 Valentine anthology chapbook, features 21 local poets. Vilma Ginzberg, editor. Healdsburg Literary Guild, February 2016. Readings of the 2016 valentine poems on February 10, 2016 may be seen on Healdsburg Literary Guild’s YouTube site: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KaXJ5f_9f9o
Rob Koslowsky – Breach of Trust: A Laura Paige Murder Mystery
Rob Koslowsky’s latest book, Breach of Trust: A Laura Paige Murder Mystery, is a compelling synthesis of the modern day battle between the environmental movement and America’s energy barons. When a link among a string of murders is uncovered and questions are raised by a couple of West Coast investigators, the highest level of intervention is invoked in chilling fashion. Join Dr. Laura Paige and CBI agent Gail Fong as they follow the clues leading to the people responsible for a massive cover up to retain power, control, and wealth among a few of the top one percent. President Emeritus of the Redwood Branch of the California Writer’s Club, Karen Batchelor, says, “I really enjoyed it, and I believe you have a winner here.”
ISBN: 978-1522976417, $14.95
H.B. Reid – The Coming of Charlotta
The Coming of Charlotta is H. B. Reid’s seventh novel. MIT grad, architect and playwright, REID lives in Northern California with his wife, fine artist, theater director, and novelist, Linda Loveland Reid.
152 pages, perfect bound, 6 x 9 inches, 2015
Sky Blaine – Bound to Love: a memoir of grit and gratitude
Bound to Love is the true story of a single mother who encountered and navigated a complicated nightmare for any parent. The author’s child, the only child she could ever bear, was born with a life-threatening congenital heart defect, and suffered a more brutal health diagnosis soon after. Walk with her as she births the courage and grit to meet Thom’s compounding challenges. The memoir covers Thom’s first twenty years as mother and son confront prejudice, injustice, and a share of compassion as well.
Nina Tepedino – Woman Wandering 1975-2015
Woman Wandering is a collection of fifty poems, spanning forty years of poetic impressions. It is a memoir in poetry, to chronicle Miss Tepedino’s life as a woman, her life as an artist, her life with Nature, her delights and displeasures and her elder wisdom to be shared. As she walks toward the Tree of Life, she embraces the living and growth in her life, as her creative force prospers and continues to wander.
Note: Although Woman Wandering was published in November, 2015, we somehow missed notification and did not post an announcement last year. Congratulations to Nina.
Available on Amazon.com under Lovejoy Press, Sebastopol. Photos by Jessica Rose.