Spiritual leadership in life

June 29, 2011

The turnout of the event last night at the West Portal Book shop was great. It was inspiring to me to see so many interested people and I was especially happy to see my San Francisco fan base.

I had prepared a 30 minute presentation and I was glad that everyone participated so nicely.  I spoke to many people I didn’t know and were inspired by “To Drink the Wild Air”. Thank you to the WNBA who gave me the chance to participate and thanks for colleague writer and friend Teresa LeYung Ryan whose support and expertise was indispensible.

Here are some picture from the evening.  Pictures capturing the essence of the moment, capturing the interaction and enthusiasm shared with me , pictures of all the happy faces looking at me while I was speaking about my adventures and thoughts in life.

It was great!!  Thank you for being there.

Introduction of the authors by the book store owner Neal Sofman

” To Drink the Wild Air”  San Francisco fan club !!!!

                                                                                                                  The presentation

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Teresa LeYung Ryan and  Birgit Wild Air

Wet Portal Book Shop



June 21, 2011

Not to say that Location, Location, Location doesn’t matter. It does! Exposure in the right location is most ideal.

I can talk about a busy and eventful weekend.  With summer coming into full swing I also had to take advantage of the rare sunshine blessing us. Who knows how long it is going to last.  Hence that’s the reason for the delay.

Last Saturday I was part of a very dynamic group of authors who gathered at the San Mateo County Fair / Literary Arts event to introduce their books.  It was interesting to see the passion of each author about their accomplishment. These are the moments when it is most important to recognize the fact that a book made out of paper, pages, covers is something special. It is a different world and we only can hope that books will never fade away.

In the evening of the same day I went to our group launch party from the San Francisco Writers Community. By the time I arrived there was already a crowd. We had ten participants reading from their published books and spent the rest of the evening with good conversations and socializing. Also here I met again interesting people although I have joined the group already 2 years ago. This is the beauty in the Writers community. The constant flux of likeminded souls looking to bring their thoughts to paper to share their writing with the world.

Book Shop West Portal June 28 2011

June 11, 2011

This week I had to begin with preparing all the appearances of this month.  The last event this month will be held at the Book Shop West Portal in San Francisco.

I visited the book store last week and the moment I set foot into the store I immediately got lost in the world of books. Needless to say I didn’t leave the store without buying a book and I am looking forward to be part of the program on Tuesday June 28   7 PM

West Portal Book Shop   at 80  West Portal Ave, San Francisco, CA  

The program is organized by the WNBA (Women National Book Association) where I am helping out with organizing future book readings and book introductions at West Portal and/or other independent book stores in San Francisco.

The shrinking number of independent book stores need our support so please join us for this first event where two of our WNBA authors present their work as per below invitation. We will have a little wine reception and short readings with following Q& A sessions. I would be happy to see some familiar faces in the store. It will be fun and inspirational.

See you there.

For more info please check out the links:

WNBA San Francisco Chapter Book event

West Portal Book Shop reception

Birgit Soyka and Teresa LeYung-Ryan
Tuesday, June 28 at 7 PM

Women’s National Book Association (WNBA) celebrates “Rebuild Your Life Month” with a wine reception and a special reading.

Birgit Soyka will read from To Drink the Wild Air: One Woman’s Quest to Touch the Horizon, her account of being the only female breaking into the male dominated sport of motorcycle racing in California, winning a championship against all odds and encountering injuries, destitution, homelessness, and the threat of deportation.

Teresa LeYung-Ryan will read from Love Made of Heart, a novel that explores the life of Ruby Lin, an adult child of mentally ill parents. The author will discuss ways to speak openly about mental illness stigmas and how to access resources for affected families. She is also the author of Build Your Writer’s Platform & Fanbase in 22 Days.

San Mateo County Fair / literary arts

June 6, 2011

The search for a bike is on. This actually turned out to become a job. So far I have not found anything suitable in terms of price and product. While the bike thing is dragging its feet more opportunities for the book came along. Last week I posted the Info about the two gigs in San Francisco scheduled for June. Now there will be one more live event.

I was invited to the San Mateo county fair on Saturday June 18 2011.

San Mateo county fair / literary arts

The literary division of the San Mateo County Fair fine arts dept will be hosting its 2nd annual Author Book Day on Saturday June 18th from 2 to 4:00 in Expo Hall. This will be another fun afternoon. Exact info will be posted once available.

June 18th will be a busy day. I hope to see some of you  either in the afternoon in San Mateo or in the evening in San Francisco.