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by Aleta George (Fredd Author)
One hundred years ago today (June 30, 1915), Ina Coolbrith was crowned California's first poet laureate during the Pa…more
One hundred years ago today (June 30, 1915), Ina Coolbrith was crowned California's first poet laureate during the Panama-Pacific International Exposition.
In honor of her anniversary, I will give away six signed, hardcover, special centennial editions of "Ina Coolbrith: The Bittersweet Song of California's First Poet Laureate." I printed a limited number of these special books for pre-sale and have a small quantity left. This hardcover edition with a centennial gold stamp on the cover is not available in stores or through online retailers.
"Ina Coolbrith: The Bittersweet Song of California’s First Poet Laureate" is a new biography about a pioneer poet, Oakland’s first public librarian, and the most popular literary ambassador in the early American West.
Bret Harte called her the “sweetest note in California literature.” Jack London and Isadora Duncan considered her their literary godmother. John Greenleaf Whittier knew more of her poems by heart than she did his. Hers is the story of adolescent California; of a female poet who slipped into the male-dominated literary world of post–Gold Rush San Francisco; and of a woman whose unrequited love for poetry (and a handsome young protégé named Carl) drove her to Roaring Twenties New York in her eighties.
George’s deftly told and deeply researched book follows the struggles and triumphs of Coolbrith from her birth in 1841 as a niece of Joseph Smith to her death on the eve of the Great Depression as California’s most beloved poet. Throughout her life Ina met with a series of monumental challenges that tested her devotion to her art. In the end, she put her full faith in poetry, and her story reveals the saving grace of creativity in a woman’s life. [close]
by Howard Sounes (Fredd Author)
She was one of the brightest music stars in years -a brilliant, original song writer with a…more
She was one of the brightest music stars in years -a brilliant, original song writer with a mighty voice and great personal charm.
Amy was loveable, but troubled. She was as notorious for her messy personal life, drug addiction and alcoholism, as she was celebrated for her songs, and her death in 2011, while shocking, was not unexpected.
Amy was also the latest in a series of iconic music stars who died at the same young age; starting with Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones whose death in 1969 was followed by Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin in 1970, Jim Morrison in 1971, and Kurt Cobain in 1994. All were gifted. All were dissipated. All were 27. [close]
by Nina Pennacchi, Scott P. Sheridan
After a lifetime of harboring shame and resentment, Christopher, a ruthless con artist, wants revenge, and unfortunately for Anna, he’s decided that she will be the perfect pawn in his terrible plot. With a fierceness of spirit uncommon in well-bred young ladies in the nineteenth century, Anna will have to use her intelligence and courage to protect her loved ones. But can she also save herself? [close]
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