William Luvaas and Bernadette Murphy discuss and sign Beneath The Coyote Hills and Harley & Me: Embracing Risk on the Road to a More Authentic Life


Beneath The Coyote Hills explores the influence of choice and chance in our lives. Do we control our own destiny or is it dictated in part by mysterious forces beyond our control? Tommy Aristophanos is a luckless man, homeless freegan, fiction writer, and epileptic, who is haunted by grotesque "spell visions" and by his abusive father who returns, quite literally, from the dead. When Tommy's fictional creation, wealthy and successful V.C. Hoffstatter, emerges from the pages of Tommy's novel to harass him, plucky Tommy has to fight back. Hoffstatter believes that we author our own destiny, while Tommy's many reverses and ailment teach him that we control far less than we imagine. In the book's final narrative twist, we are left wondering who is the true Pygmalion-Tommy or Hoffstatter? (Spuyten Duyvil)

Follow William on Twitter: @williamluvaas


What happens when women in midlife step out of what's predictable? For Bernadette Murphy, learning to ride a motorcycle at forty-eight becomes the catalyst that transforms her from a settled wife and professor with three teenage children into a woman on her own. The confidence she gained from mastering a new skill and conquering her fears gave her the courage to face deeper issues in her own life and start taking risks. It is a fact that men and women alike become more risk averse in our later years which according to psychologists and neuroscience is exactly what we should not do. And Murphy stresses that while hers is a story of transformation using a physical risk, emotional and educational risks can serve the same beneficial purpose for other women.   Murphy uses her own story to explore the larger idea of how risk changes our brain chemistry, how certain personality types embrace dangerous behavior and why it energizes them, and why women's expectations change once estrogen levels drop after the childbearing years. She also explores the idea of women and risk in pop culture, why there are so few stories of the conquering heroine (instead of hero)? (Counterpoint LLC)

Follow Bernadette on Twitter: @BernadetMurphy



Event date: 
Tuesday, October 4, 2016 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Book Soup
8818 Sunset Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069
Beneath the Coyote Hills Cover Image
ISBN: 9781944682187
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Published: Spuyten Duyvil - August 1st, 2016

Harley and Me: Embracing Risk on the Road to a More Authentic Life Cover Image
ISBN: 9781619025974
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - May 10th, 2016