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!).
Tornados, Rattlesnakes & Oil was named a Finalist for the Eric Hoffer Book Award’s annual Da Vinci Eye Prize for….. “superior cover artwork. Cover art is judged on both content and style. The da Vinci Eye is given in honor of the historic artist, scientist, and inventor Leonardo da Vinci. This is an additional distinction beneath the Eric Hoffer Award umbrella.”
The Eric Hoffer Award honors the memory of the great American philosopher Eric Hoffer by highlighting salient writing, as well as the independent spirit of small publishers. Since its inception, the Hoffer has become one of the largest international book awards for small, academic, and independent presses.
By Midwest Book Review, a longtime staple in the publishing industry whose reviews are relied upon by booksellers, librarians, and readers — published in their “Small Press Bookwatch” book review magazine (October 2018), on The Biography Shelf:
“Critique: Exceptionally well written, exceptionally candid, impressively informative, and a simply riveting read from cover to cover, “Tornados, Rattlesnakes & Oil: A Wildcatter’s Memories of Hunting for Black Gold” is unreservedly recommended for community, college, and university library Contemporary American Biography collections.”
As plate tectonics (earthquakes) are a topic he frequently speaks on when giving guest lectures regionally, Thomas Cochrane was recently interviewed for an article entitled “Strong earthquakes have recently shaken Greece, Bali, and California: here’s some tips for travellers” for Lonely Planet — a publishing company whose travel guidebooks have sold millions of copies and whose website traffic is ranked in the top 3,000 sites — GLOBALLY.
READ the article (link will open in new window) — you’ll have to scroll down a ways to get to the section with his earthquake tips for those traveling in California.
Tornadoes, Rattlesnakes & Oil was reviewed in The Oklahoman‘s featured Sunday Book Review section. The newspaper is the largest in the state — and is the setting for the bulk of this firsthand memoir of Thomas Cochrane‘s adventures in the oil patch of the 1960s & 70s.
Thomas Cochrane was invited to write a guest column for Northbay Biz which is the regional Business Journal magazine serving Sonoma, Marin & Napa counties, and is the top-rated monthly publication in the tri-county area. The article is entitled, “Big Oil—The Environment, and the Renewed Threat to the Coast” and appeared in the magazine’s February issue. Read his full-page article (print edition) here…
Thomas Cochrane was interviewed in-studio on KGO-AM’s “Ryan Scott Show” for a lively segment about his NEW book which also included a discussion of his thoughts on current issues/problems with the oil industry. The show aired on Saturday, January 5th and was his second appearance on Ryan’s show.
Thomas Cochrane was interviewed for a segment about his NEW book on In the Oil Patch — a show heard on multiple radio stations in Texas (Midland, Corpus Christi, San Antonio) including iHeart radio stations in Dallas and Houston which also livestream globally — and the show is also a widely-distributed podcast. Radio air dates occurred on 12/22 and 12/23. In the Oil Patch is sponsored by Shale Oil & Gas Magazine.
Click here to listen to this 30-minute interview…(audio player will open in new window).
Thomas Cochrane was interviewed by Court Lewis on American Variety Radio and discussed his new book, Tornados, Rattlesnakes & Oil — A Wildcatter’s Memories of Hunting for “Black Gold”, including their detailed exchange on the complexities of finding/extracting oil, and how geologists “see” underground.
American Variety Radio focuses on history, science, and technology, and is heard on a number of radio stations in TN and FL as well as online on the Science Radio Network. The 30-minute segment is being aired on various stations on various dates beginning 11/9. Listen to the interview…
An author event sponsored by Four-Eyed Frog Books (Gualala) was held for Thomas Cochrane on Saturday, November 17th for the launch of his new book Tornados, Rattlesnakes & Oil — A Wildcatter’s Memories of Hunting for “Black Gold”. Action Network hosted the gathering in their conference room, 39144 Ocean Drive, upstairs, Suite 4, in Gualala.
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Thomas Cochrane was interviewed in-studio about his newest book by Suzanne Lang for KRCB’s “A Novel Idea” radio show (which features both nonfiction as well as fiction authors) and the segment aired on December 2nd.
On the show’s promo page, Lang describes the author as “a natural born storyteller” (see screenshot).
KRCB is the most widely heard PBS radio station north of San Francisco.
LISTEN to the interview…
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.
Click here to view their bestseller’s list.
The video interview was posted on their homepage as the “featured video” upon its debut on the site and here’s the link (a new browser window will open).
He also penned an article for their website entitled, “One Man’s Reflections on the Male-female Tug of War – through the lens of time”, a topic which is also touched upon in his newest book’s concluding chapters (along with his morphed views on “Big Oil” after his years as an industry insider).
The link above is to their online edition, and here’s how the article appeared in their PRINT edition which also included this BOOK REVIEW of Tornados, Rattlesnakes & Oil. (Note all links will open in a new browser window.)
Thomas Cochrane was interviewed on KGUA’s morning show, “Peggy’s Place,” on August 22nd and discussed earthquakes, issues of climate change, and his second book, Tornados, Rattlesnakes & Oil. Listen to the audio here (a new browser window will open).
This was a repeat invitation by the host and you can listen to earlier interviews of his on this show (scroll down on this page for links to those audio recordings).
The Independent Coast Observer (newspaper) profiled Thomas Cochrane’s new book, Tornados, Rattlesnakes & Oil — A Wildcatter’s Memories of Hunting for “Black Gold.”
The original 2-page.pdf from the newspaper (only available online to subscribers) is high resolution (for print) and over 32 MB in size, so here’s a .jpg of page 1 of the article, and the .jpg of page 2 (note: images will open in a new browser window/tab).
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.
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.
Brent Farris reviewed Shaping the Sonoma-Mendocino Coast and said “It’s great!” and did a giveaway of 5 copies on-air during March.
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.
Thomas Cochrane is available for print & broadcast interviews.
Download Shaping the Sonoma-Mendocino Coast‘s 1-page overview
Download Tornados, Rattlesnakes & Oil’s 1-page overview
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An author event was hosted by Barnes & Noble for Thomas Cochrane in Oklahoma City, OK — the setting for the majority of Tornados, Rattlesnakes & Oil (where he lived for close to 25 years). This free public event was held at the bookstore located at 6100 North May Avenue on Thursday, June 27th with appx. three dozen attendees.
The Book Editor for The Oklahoman — the state’s largest newspaper — invited Thomas Cochrane to be a guest for their brand new podcast, Book Marks, (see left-hand column for the newspaper’s recent review of Tornados, Rattlesnakes & Oil).
Book Editor, Ken Raymond, also interviewed him for a feature article on his book and this homecoming visit of his to Oklahoma which ran in the Sunday edition of The Oklahoman:
KGOU-FM (PBS, NPR) interviewed Thomas Cochrane during his visit to Oklahoma City. They taped the segment in-studio and it was subsequently aired multiple times prior to his Barnes & Noble author event (June 27th).
The interview was also aired on their network of affiliate radio stations which collectively serve more than one million residents of central, southeastern, and western Oklahoma:
106.3 Norman l 105.7 Oklahoma City-Spencer l 106.9 Chickasha l 105.1 Shawnee l 103.1 Seminole l 97.9 & 91.9 Ada l 89.1 Clinton l 88.1 Woodward
The interview was featured on their website so you can listen to it and/or read the transcript HERE (link will open in new window).
The Sonoma Index-Tribune wrote an article about the speaking event sponsored by the Sonoma Valley Historical Society, “Intricacies and Oddities of the Sonoma Coast.”
Read the article here…
Point Arena Lighthouse invited Thomas Cochrane to be a guest for their popular Lighthouse Lecture Series held on June 16th. He discussed 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, and also 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.
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.
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 (!).
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Thomas Cochrane’s second book, Tornados, Rattlesnakes & Oil — A Wildcatter’s Memories of Hunting for “Black Gold”.
Available regionally at Copperfield’s Books and Four-Eyed Frog Books and can be ordered nationwide by any bookstore….OR: