Join the conversation on blogtalk radio Thursday, January 28th at 9a.m. PST with Nancy Bruning, creator of Nancercize, and author and LCW founder, Linda Watanabe McFerrin. They’ll be talking about Great Getaways. (more…)
Monday, February 8, 2010 || 5:30pm ||
Left Coast Writers at the Ferry Plaza
Book Passage – Ferry Plaza, San Francisco
Colette Obrien hosts: Sexy Stories & Poems
Editors Linda Watanabe McFerrin and Laurie McAndish King introduce the Hot Flashes Sexy Little Stories & Poems writers in this literary love fest in honor of Valentine’s Day and Amour!
LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK LAUNCH: Paul McHugh, author of Deadlines
It’s a party!! Join us for major festivities as veteran journalist Paul McHugh celebrates the publication of his new novel, DEADLINES (Lost Coast Press), a tale of murder, conspiracy, and the media. McHugh, a Northern California writer, has worked in journalism for 30 years, eight as a freelancer and 22 at the San Francisco Chronicle where he was an outdoor features writer and editor, focused on sport, environment and state resource issues. Over his career, he wrote for all sections of the paper, including Metro, where he conducted several major investigative series. Adventure has been a way of life for McHugh. He ran his first marathon in 2003, at the age of 53; he celebrated his 50th birthday by kayaking down 270 miles of the Grand Canyon; he was on the first U.S. Kayak Surfing Team when it won a world championship in Ireland in 1988; he arrived in California after wandering across the U.S. on a motorcycle in the summer of 1973. McHugh undertook many outdoor adventures for the Chronicle. The most striking was a 40-day, 400-mile sea kayak voyage from the Oregon Border to San Francisco Bay, resulting in the popular North Coast Series. Over the course of that voyage, McHugh filed 36 print and online stories, four podcasts and five videos. This epic series can be found posted at: www.sfgate.com/northcoast/ (more…)
Monday, February 1, 2010 || 7pm ||
Alan Rinzler, Consulting Editor
Book Passage – Corte Madera
51 Tamal Vista Dr., Corte Madera
Alan Rinzler began as a book editor in 1962 at Simon and Schuster and has since worked as Senior Editor at the Macmillan Company, Senior Editor at Holt, Director of Trade Book Publishing at Bantam Books, Associate Publisher and Vice President of Rolling Stone Magazine, and President of the Rolling Stone Book Division Straight Arrow Books. He was also West Coast Editor for the Grove Press, Editor of the Berkeley Monthly, and for the past 17 years has been Senior Editor and then Executive Editor of Jossey-Bass, an imprint of John Wiley & Sons.
Alan has edited and published such authors as Toni Morrison, Hunter S. Thompson, Tom Robbins, Claude Brown, Oscar Acosta, Shirley MacLaine, Robert Ludlum, Irv Yalom, Jerzy Kosinski, Andy Warhol, Bob Dylan, Clive Cussler, and others. (more…)
Left Coast Writer® Ethel Mays has a poem in Whitefish Review, the twice yearly non-profit literary journal “created to publish the distinctive literature, art, and photography of mountain culture.” 2009 has been a good and busy year for Ethel, witnessing the publication of a short story and several poems in ten journals, reviews, and anthologies, and over 40 featured and open readings in fourteen cities in seven California counties.
If you’d like to read an online version of the poem, you can do so on the Whitefish Review site.
Left Coast Writer® Jeff Kingman is a finalist for Cutthroat Magazine‘s 2009 Rick DeMarinis Short Story Award. First prize in each genre is $1250 and publication in Cutthroat. Second prize in each genre is $250 and publication in Cutthroat. All finalists are acknowledged in CUTTHROAT and considered for publication. Winners are announced in Poets and Writers, Winning Writers and the AWP Chronicle.
©2010 by Patricia Bracewell
On a sunny July day in Fecamp, Normandy, I stood in front of the stony corpse of an 11th century ducal palace, studying the ruin before me with the eyes of an Independent Scholar. That’s an impressive way of saying that I was a history student without the benefit of credentials, university affiliation, or professors. (more…)
On the day after the night before, we are sharing, as promised, Susan West’s 10 Tips for Launching (most anything). It was an outstanding evening with a large turnout for the first salon of the year and a great many newcomers. It was a special treat to see noted photographer Bob Holmes in the audience and to have a chance to give Stan Goldberg a big hand for his recent award (see the prior post). We’d also like to thank those—like Jasmine Darznik, whose book “The Good Daughter” comes out later this year and Rebecca Evans, who’ll be reading at Book Passage at the Ferry Plaza on Monday, January 11th—who were visiting from their new east coast residences. Finally we want t congratulate the many, many members (more…)
In 2009 The London Book Festival gave awards for outstanding books in 20 different categories. From the 20 categories a Grand Prize winner was chosen. It was Stan Goldberg’s Lessons for the Living: Stories of Forgiveness, Gratitude,and Courage at the End of Life. The (more…)
Make a New Year’s Resolution to write for Roadwork in 2010. Left Coast Writers on-line column is published bi-monthly, and editor Pat Bracewell is looking for 1000-word essays about writing, travel and any combination thereof from LCW members. Contact Pat at Roadwork@LeftCoastWriters.com.