In the NEWS & Events

In the NEWS…

Shaping the Sonoma-Mendocino Coast recently made it onto Amazon’s best seller list in its genre (“Coastal”). This is a new feature on Amazon and book’s sales rankings are updated hourly —  as you’ll see here for this snapshot it’s in the TOP 25 (!)

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!).

Northbay Biz

Shaping the Sonoma-Mendocino Coast was glowingly reviewed 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 reader poll results.

The article won’t be available on their website until mid-June or thereabouts so here’s the scan from the print edition which is on newsstands now in the three counties.

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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)…

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.

Read the article


Sonoma County Gazette

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).

Read the review

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…

Suzanne Lang’s interview with Thomas Cochrane will also air Sunday May 14th at 7 p.m. on KOWS-FM (streaming at

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 (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.

Media Relations:

(Ms.) “Sam” Jernigan, publicist
Renaissance Consultations
cell:  530.362.1339

the book’s flyer


Saturday, June 17thCopperfield’s Books (Sebastopol store) is hosting an in-store meet ‘n greet event from Noon – 2:00 p.m. featuring Thomas Cochrane  during which he will be autographing copies of Shaping the Sonoma-Mendocino Coast.

The Sebastopol Copperfield’s is located at 138 N. Main Street, store phone:

Sunday, August 6thGallery Bookshop is hosting an in-store event with Thomas Cochrane entitled, “Exploring the Geology Along Our Coastal Trails,” and he will also be autographing copies of Shaping the Sonoma-Mendocino Coast. The event starts at 6:30 p.m.

Gallery Bookshop is located at 319 Kasten Street in downtown Mendocino, store phone:  707.937.2665.

PRIOR Events

with Thomas Cochrane

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 (!).

Interested in having author Thomas Cochrane address your club or organization on the mysteries of plate tectonics, earthquakes and other geological mysteries? Kindly get in touch

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