In the NEWS…
Shaping the Sonoma-Mendocino Coast made it onto Amazon’s best seller list in its main genre, “Coastal” — which of course means it’s competing with books from all over. This is a new feature on Amazon and book sales rankings are updated hourly. As you’ll see here in this screenshot, it first it made it into the TOP 25…and then during a spate of back-to-back events with Thomas Cochrane, it jumped into the TOP 5!!
This achievement is all the more noteworthy as our promotional efforts for this new title have been geared exclusively to supporting the local retailers carrying this new title (which is indeed flying off the shelf in a variety of stores regionally!).
Shaping the Sonoma-Mendocino Coast was also named the #1 bestselling book for 2017 at Four Eyed Frog Books in Gualala, a beloved indie bookstore which has been a community cornerstone on the coast for 15 years. As you can see, this list includes books of local interest but also New York Times bestsellers as well.
The North Bay Bohemian (the cultural voice of Sonoma, Napa & Marin counties) interviewed Thomas Cochrane for their COVER story on Shaping the Sonoma-Mendocino Coast. This weekly publication is distributed to 1500 newsstands in the three counties — he also took this photo they selected for the cover (the book contains nearly 50 color photos, diagrams & maps).
And here’s how the print edition appeared on newsstands.
KSRO news/talk radio’s morning anchor, Pat Kerrigan, interviewed Thomas Cochrane regarding this past weekend’s once-in-a-century 8.1 earthquake located off the coast of Mexico. The segment aired during her show on Wednesday, September 13.
KSRO interview w/ Pat Kerrigan -- topic: earthquakes
Thomas Cochrane penned a feature article for the September issue of Sonoma County Gazette entitled “The Renewed Threat of Offshore Drilling – a local geologist weighs in.” This is the 2nd highest-circulation monthly publication in the county (link displays their ginormous roster of distribution locations for the print edition).
Shaping the Sonoma-Mendocino Coast was glowingly reviewed as one of their June 2017 picks by Northbay Biz which serves Sonoma, Napa & Marin Counties and is the top-rated monthly publication regionally. Their June issue is also a special one as it announces “The Best of Northbay Biz” and their annual readers poll results.
Thomas Cochrane was interviewed (taped) on “The Ecology Hour” on KZYX-FM (Mendocinco County’s Public Radio station), air date was Tuesday, September 12th @ 7:00 p.m. For information on the interview click here.
Hosts for the hour-long show are Dr. Robert Spies, a marine biologist, and Tim Bray, a geologist — the show aims to bring listeners the latest in ecological science, especially relating to Mendocino County.
Thomas Cochrane wrote a [ginormous!] feature article for the Press Democrat which was the lead story in the newspaper’s Outdoors section plus highlighted on the PD’s homepage, “Daytripping to some of the coolest rock formations along the Sonoma-Mendocino Coast.”
READ the article and see the gallery of 10 color photos (most of which were taken by him)…
And here’s how the print issue appeared, including the teaser headline on the Sunday edition’s front page.
Shaping the Sonoma-Mendocino Coast is featured in the roster of “Top 5 Things to Do in Mendocino.”
Read the Mendocino Visitors Guide blog post (.pdf, new browser window will open).
An article entitled, “Geology guide ‘Shaping the Sonoma-Mendocino Coast’ decodes its puzzles” appeared in the Ukiah Daily Journal‘s (regional newspaper, Mendocino County) Lifestyle section recently.
Shaping the Sonoma-Mendocino Coast was reviewed by Jeane Slone in the May issue of the Sonoma County Gazette, the 2nd highest-circulation monthly publication in the county (link displays their ginormous roster of distribution locations for the print edition).
Thomas Cochrane was interviewed by Suzanne Lang for KRCB’s “A Novel Idea” radio show (which features both nonfiction as well as fiction authors). The 30-minute segment aired on KRCB-FM on Sunday, April 30th @ 4:00 p.m.
Listen to the interview…
Brent Farris reviewed Shaping the Sonoma-Mendocino Coast and said “It’s great!” and did a giveaway of 5 copies on-air during March.
Shaping the Sonoma-Mendocino Coast is featured on The Sea Ranch page of VisitSonomaCoast.com (scroll down page).
Thomas Cochrane was interviewed on “Peggy’s Place” again on Tuesday, Feb. 21 following an earthquake earlier that morning which alarmed local residents.
Listen now (56 minutes) to this discussion of earthquakes from a geologist’s vantage point.
Thomas Cochrane was interviewed on “Peggy’s Place” on Tuesday, Feb. 14th (for the entire hour), the official launch date for Shaping the Sonoma-Mendocino Coast — Exploring the Coastal Geology of Northern California.
Listen now (47 minutes)
Newspaper article: “Author to unveil coastal geology guide.”
Click here to read the article.
Open Space article (guest column) 2/9/2017: “The threat of offshore drilling” by Thomas Cochrane.
Click here to read the article (low resolution for on-screen viewing only).
Thomas Cochrane is available for print & broadcast interviews.
Download the book’s flyer
Point Arena Lighthouse is pleased to present the fifth season of their popular Lighthouse Lecture Series and has invited Thomas Cochrane to give a talk on Saturday, June 16th @ 5 p.m. He’ll discuss the the geology around Point Arena Lighthouse including past and present threats to the area: erosion, sea level rise, offshore and onshore oil drilling, as well as the history of the proposed nuclear power plant. He’ll also be autographing copies of his book.
The event will be held at the Fog Signal Building Museum (at the Point Arena Lighthouse), 45500 Lighthouse Road, and the cost is $5/person with the proceeds benefiting the Point Arena Lighthouse Keepers, Inc. For more information or to make reservations to attend, click here or phone the Lighthouse: 707-882-2809, ext. 1.
The Rotary Club of Sebastopol invited Thomas Cochrane to address their organization at their lunch meeting March 9th during which he discussed the coastal geology of Sonoma County, answered questions about plate tectonics (earthquakes), and autographed copies of his book.
The Rotary Club of Mendocino County invited Thomas Cochrane to address their organization’s February 15th meeting during which he discussed the coastal geology of Mendocino, answered questions about plate tectonics (earthquakes), and autographed copies of his book.
On December 17th, Mendocino County’s Coast Community Library hosted Thomas Cochrane for their monthly “Sunday @ the Library” event. He gave a talk about the geology around Point Arena including the oil sands in Arena Cove as well as the new trail at Pelican Beach.
Sonoma Land Trust invited Thomas Cochrane to help lead the coastal portion of their annual Geology Transect of Sonoma County this year — he gave an introductory presentation on Thursday, September 7th @ 7:00 p.m., and the coastal hike occurred on Friday, September 8th.
On September 9th, Copperfield’s Books (Santa store) hosted an in-store author event & geo talk by Thomas Cochrane entitled “Exploring the Geology Along Our Coastal Trails” after which he autographed copies of Shaping the Sonoma-Mendocino Coast.
On Sunday, September 10th Sugarloaf Ridge State Park hosted a geo talk by Thomas Cochrane in the park’s Observatory entitled “Exploring Sonoma County’s Geology” after which he autographed copies of Shaping the Sonoma-Mendocino Coast.
Gallery Bookshop in downtown Mendocino hosted an in-store author event & geo talk by Thomas Cochrane on Sunday, August 6th entitled, “Exploring the Geology Along Our Coastal Trails” after which he autographed copies of Shaping the Sonoma-Mendocino Coast.
Copperfield’s Books (Sebastopol store) hosted an in-store meet ‘n greet event on Saturday, June 17th featuring Thomas Cochrane during which he autographed copies of Shaping the Sonoma-Mendocino Coast.
Sonoma Outfitters (Montgomery Village) hosted an in-store event on Saturday, June 10 with Thomas Cochrane during which he answered questions on local coastal geology and signed copies of Shaping the Sonoma-Mendocino Coast.
Friends of Point Arena – Stornetta Lands, the Bureau of Land Management and the Point Arena Light Keepers hosted “Discover Our Lands” on Saturday, June 3 and Thomas Cochrane led one of four 1-hour hikes from the Point Arena Lighthouse to the mouth of the Garcia River, discussing the local geology en route. The other three hike topics that afternoon were led by others and focused on birds, native plants, and cultural resources.
Friends of Point Arena Stornetta Lands & Moat Creek Managing Agency hosted a hike led by Thomas Cochrane on Saturday, May 20th to tour the unique geology of Moat Creek with an additional 1/2 mile hike offered to famous Bowling Ball Beach. This event was also a fundraiser for the Mendocino Women’s Political Coalition.
Action Network hosted a free event for the public at Gualala Point Regional Park (42401 Highway 1) on Saturday, April 15th from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Thomas Cochrane led a walk out onto the sand bar and discussed the local coastal terrain.
Thomas Cochrane was a featured speaker at the Dine With Local Authors event on Monday, March 13, at Gaia’s Garden (1899 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa).
In this salon setting, the public is invited to learn more about a specific writer and his or her process and become inspired by the cumulative creativity of the group.
An author event was hosted by Four-Eyed Frog (Gualala) for Thomas Cochrane on Saturday, February 18th @ 4:00 p.m. for the launch of his new book Shaping the Sonoma-Mendocino Coast — Exploring the Coastal Geology of Northern California.
The store owner provided these photos and indicated the event was packed with 60+ attendees (!).