MONDAY May 8, 2006
Left Coast WritersTM Reading and Networking, 6pm
Book Passage, Ferry Plaza, San Francisco, CA
For info: firstname.lastname@example.org
With articles ranging from experiencing the culture shock of Japan and chronicling the lives of survivors of Hiroshima, to choosing the world’s worst airport, finding solitude in Tahoe’s Emerald Bay, and packing puffins, geysers and the Blue Lagoon in to a 72-hour stopover in cool, hot Iceland, John Flinn is not only well-known for being a world traveler and writer, he has the insider tips on writing, submitting, and getting YOUR work published in the San Francisco Chronicle and other newspapers. John Flinn is the Travel Editor at the San Francisco Chronicle, and he is one of the key faculty members for this year’s Book Passage Travel Writers & Photographers Conference.
Kevin Smokler is one of the nation’s leading thinkers on the future of contemporary
literature, publishing and the arts at large. He is the founder of The Virtual Book Tour
and editor of Bookmark Now: Writing in Unreaderly Times (Basic Books, June 2005),
an anthology that features this generation’s most intriguing young authors writing on the
state and future of literature in our media-saturated 21st century. Smokler’s essays and critiques have appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, the Baltimore Sun, The Believer, Ready Made and on National Public Radio. Smokler also lectures nationwide (at Book Expo America, The Commonwealth Club, among other venues) on the future of reading and publishing, the literary life and the role of technology in the arts. His publishing consultancy serves such clients as Time Warner Book Group, Harper Collins, Mental Floss magazine and the Idea Festival.
Smokler holds a BA in Writing Seminars from Johns Hopkins University and a Masters in American Studies from University of Texas, Austin. He currently resides in San Francisco.
Jennifer L. Leo is a Chinese-American who was born with a gift
for gab and a hunger for an everlasting craps game (which
probably explains her recent move to Las Vegas). Editor of
Travelers Tales (San Francisco) titles, “Whose Panties Are
These?,” “More Misadventures from Funny Women on the Road” and
the best-selling “Sand in My Bra and Other Misadventures: Funny
Women Write from the Road,” Jen is also the co-editor of “A
Leo’s writing has appeared in numerous anthologies, including
“Hyenas Laughed at Me and Now I Know Why,” “Wild Writing Women:
Stories of World Travel,” and “Lonely Planet World Food Guides
Hong Kong.” She has also written for Time,& other books in the
Travelers Tales series, HotelChatter.com, and BootsnAll.com.
Firoozeh Dumas moved with her family from Abadan, Iran, to Whittier, California, at the age of seven. With great humor and a sense of adventure, Dumas chronicles the American journey of her wonderfully engaging family in Funny In Farsi: A Memoir Of Growing Up Iranian In America, which was selected as a finalist for the PEN award in the Creative Nonfiction category. In a series of deftly Drawn scenes, we watch the family grapple with American culture in a story of Identity, discovery and family love. You may have heard Firoozeh’s commentaries on NPR. Dumas graduated from the University of California at Berkeley. She lives with her husband and children in Northern California.
Georgia I. Hesse was founding travel editor of the San Francisco Examiner and held that position on the S.F. Examiner-Chronicle for 20 years. She has contributed to several anthologies, is a co-author of travel guides to France and California published by Fisher and by Berlitz, and teaches travel writing and related courses at Book Passage in Corte Madera. Georgia holds the Chevalier/Ordre de la RÃ©publique from Tunisia and the Ordre du MÃ©rite from France. She is a graduate of Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota, and attended the University of Strasbourg, France, on a Fulbright scholarship. She claims to have been born on Crazy Woman Creek near Buffalo, Wyoming.
For more information, visit www.whereintheworld-scribe.com.
Sheldon Siegel graduated from the Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California at Berkeley in 1983. He has been in private practice in San Francisco for over twenty years and specializes in corporate and securities law with the firm of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP. His four novels, Special Circumstances, Incriminating Evidence, Criminal Intent and Final Verdict, have all been national best sellers. His fifth novel, The Confession, will be released August 2004. His books have sold millions of copies worldwide and have been translated into seven languages.
He lives in Marin County with his wife, Linda, and twin sons, Alan and Stephen. He is at work on his next Mike Daley story.
For more information, visit www.SheldonSiegel.com
Larry Habegger, executive editor of Travelers’ Tales, has been writing about travel since 1980. He has visited almost fifty countries and six of the seven continents, traveling from the frozen Arctic to equatorial rain forest, from the high Himalayas to the Dead Sea. In the early 1980s he co-authored mystery serials for the San Francisco Examiner with James O’Reilly, and since 1985 their syndicated column, “World Travel Watch,” has appeared in newspapers in five countries and on WorldTravelWatch.com. As series editors of Travelers’ Tales, they have worked on some seventy titles, winning many awards for excellence. Larry regularly teaches the craft of travel writing at workshops and writers conferences, and he lives with his family on San Francisco’s Telegraph Hill.
Visit www.larryhabegger.com for more information.
Oscar Villalon has been the Book Editor for the San Francisco Chronicle since 2001. He has been with the paper since 1996, and has been Deputy Book Editor and a copy editor for “Datebook.”Oscar is currently a member of the jury for the annual California Book Award and serves as a member of the National Book Critics Circle. Prior to working at The Chronicle, Oscar was a news editor at the Glendale News Press in Los Angeles, California.