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"Back in the Saddle" by Eddy Ancinas

"That Wet, Wet Winter Of 1955!" - Memoir by Johnny Myers

Fiction by novelist Ann Gelder: "Castlewood"

Paris: The Novel - review by Carolyn Adams

Circus of the Sun novel excerpt by J. Macon King


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License to Thrill-Catherine Coulter drops by our Salon

She has scribed 73 novels, most of them best sellers, covering subjects such as history, pharmaceutical industry, tech surveillance, and of course, romance...

The ever-changing beauty of Mount Tamalpais. Sept.5, 2014


"The Mill Valley Literary Review drags the literary journal kicking and screaming into the 21st century." San Francisco Magazine*

MillValleyLit Webzine WINTER 2014-15

The Mill Valley Literary Review is a triannual digital magazine providing encouragement, wit and resources from Marin and San Francisco Bay's Literary Renaissance.

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Sunrise over Tam Valley Nov. 16, 2014

MILL VALLEY - Home to The Mill Valley Film Festival, Mt. Tam, Muir Woods, redwood trees, Dipsea foot Race, waterfalls, an entire hilly neighborhood with streets named after POETS, rock stars, artists, and WRITERS, WRITERS, WRITERS.

Mill Valley's literary pedigree is impressive, more so for a town of barely 14,000: Jack Kerouac, Gary Snyder, Peter Coyote, David Harris, Gerald Nicosia, Martin Cruz Smith, Tom Barbash, Louis B. Jones, Jack Finney, Don Carpenter, Gina Berriault, Kay Boyle, Wright Morris, Michael Murphy, Joyce Maynard (J.D. Salinger's companion), Cyra McFadden, poets Jane Hirschfield, Maxine Chernoff, Yoko Ono and lyricists including John Lennon and Tupac Shakur. The late Tom Clancy often wrote in Mill Valley. Our growing list now includes playwright Sam Shepard, who lived at what was Flying Y Ranch (Edgewood) in the late seventies.

Authors who call(ed) Marin County home include, whom we coined, "The Big 3 A's": Isabel Allende, Amy Tan & Anne Lamott. Plus T.C. Boyle, Jack London, Kerouac's daughter Jan (also a writer), Ram Dass, Stirling Silliphant, Shel Silverstein, Sterling Hayden, Susan Trott, Catherine Coulter, Leonard Gardner, Van Morrison (aural poet), Philip K. Dick, Barnaby Conrad, Joe Eszterhas, Richard Brautigan, Ambrose Bierce, Poet Aram Saroyan (son of William Saroyan), Dave Eggers, Allen Drury, George Lucas.

The connections: Ernest Hemingway's son -Jack, and grand-daughters Mariel and Margaux lived in Mill Valley's* Boyle Park area in the 60s. Papa's nephew still lives in Tiburon (editor, writer). John Steinbeck's connection: Ed Ricketts - marine biologist\writer\muse\character - "Doc" in Cannery Row, subject of "The Log from the Sea of Cortez" -Rickett's son lives quietly in Mill Valley. Senior Ricketts was also an inspiration to Joseph Campbell. Rickets Jr. was recently interviewed in SFGate: A rare student of Robert Frost's Dartmouth College lectures lives in Tiburon.

*Hemingway Mill Valley home article

Casa Madrona Hotel's (in Sausalito) inviting literary lobby

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MOUNTAIN BIKING was born on Mt. Tam!

Local legend Charlie Kelly has a new coffee table book, "Fat Tire Flyer: Repack and the Birth of Mountain Biking" a first-hand account of the history and culture of the mountain bike. Kelly, Joe Breeze, Gary Fisher, Otis Guy and other characters started it all. (VeloPress, hardcover, 264 pages, $29.95)


It all started with a small crew of bicycle-obsessed hippies bombing the downhill trails of Mount Tamalpais, in Marin County, California. As the friendly competition intensified on the steep dirt trail they called Repack, history's first mountain bikers began craving an upgrade from the old Schwinn cruisers they had rescued from the junkyard.

“It’s a cool, clear morning in Northern California, but the five young men are sweating profusely as they push strangely modified bicycles up the steep hill. They are discussing the dirt road surface, which resembles a moonscape more than it does a road.

“These young men belong to the same breed that skis down cliffs, jumps out of airplanes, or rides skateboards down Everest. They have developed their own unique athletic challenge, a race which is known only to a few dozen locals and is referred to as ‘Repack.’ The road they are on is the racecourse.

“The sport that is going on here may never catch on with the American public, and its originators couldn’t care less. They are here to get off.”

Fat Tire Flyer: Repack and the Birth of Mountain Biking. Kelly and Gary Fisher founded the first mountain bike company in 1979.

Packed with color photos, posters, cartoons and pictures of early mountain bikes from Kelly's extensive archives, "Fat Tire Flyer" is being billed as "the definitive history of one of the most significant inventions of the 20th century."

see Paul Liberatore's report in the Marin IJ:


"Rain and Snow" on log Alpine Meadows, CA Thanksgiving, 2014 channeling Grateful Dead

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