LEFT COAST WRITERS LITERARY SALON: Jeff Greenwald, Author of Snake Lake Monday, November 1, 2010 || 7pm Book Passage || Corte Madera 51 Tamal Vista Drive, Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com If you have not witnessed our next salon speaker in action, you have missed out! If you have been to any presentation by Jeff Greenwald, you know what we mean. We’re delighted to be able to share a night with this amazing traveler and raconteur as he celebrates the long awaited publication of Snake Lake. In this latest work, Jeff (Shopping for Buddhas and The Size of the World) returns to Kathmandu. Snake Lake unfolds during Nepal’s bloody 1990 uprising. Encounters with a Tibetan Lama and a frisky photographer enliven a tale in which he wrestles with three wildly different paths to liberation. Jeff Greenwald has a gift for electrifying descriptions of the profound intricacy of the world and the mind. His portrait of his erudite, inscrutable, and doomed brother and keenly illuminating memoir of place, spirit, love, and brotherhood are unforgettable. —Booklist Jeff Greenwald has traveled extensively through five continents, working as a writer, artist and photographer. In addition he has prepared exhibits, lectures and educational programs for the San Francisco Exploratorium, the University of California, the Body Shop International, and the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. In the course of his travels, Mr. Greenwald has had the opportunity to participate in a number of unusual projects. In 1979, during his first trip to Asia, he designed urban playgrounds for UNICEF and the Nepal Children’s Organization. Several months later, arriving in Thailand during the Khmer civil war, he served as a volunteer water engineer at Khao-I-Dang–the largest of the Cambodian refugee camps. In the Spring of 1983, he was awarded a Journalism Fellowship by the Rotary International Foundation, and departed for a second trip to Asia. During this 16-month residence he lived in Kathmandu, Nepal, and made excursions to the Himalaya, India, Sri Lanka, Hong Kong, Japan, Java and Bali. The resulting articles appeared in GEO and Islands magazines. His first book, Mr. Raja’s Neighborhood: Letters from Nepal (John Daniel, 1986), is still in print. Shopping for Buddhas, first published by Harper & Row in 1990, was reissued in 1996 by Lonely Planet Publications; the new edition won the Lowell Thomas Gold Award for Best Travel Book of 1996. The Size of the World–a chronicle of his 29,172-mile, around-the-world overland voyage (Globe Pequot, 1995 & Ballantine, 1996)–was a national bestseller, and won the 1995 Lowell Thomas Silver Award. This was followed by Future Perfect: How Star Trek Conquered Planet Earth, released in June 1998 by Viking Penguin. Mr. Greenwald’s travel writing is widely anthologized. His new book, Snake Lake, was released by Counterpoint in October 2010. Greenwald divides his time between California and Asia, publishing stories and essays in a variety of publications–including The New York Times Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Outside, and Salon.com. Jeff is also Executive Director of Ethical Traveler, a global community dedicated to exploring the ambassadorial potential of world travel. Note: As this salon takes place at the same time as the World Series, iphones and other devices for keeping track of the Wold Series will be permitted and there will be breaks for checking the score!
The Southern Sampler Artists Colony presents: SOUTHERN SHADOW: A Writer’s Workshop with author and instructor Linda Watanabe McFerrin April 5 – 12, 2011 Charleston, South Carolina Ready to wrap your tongue around the Gullah language and relish the dark, tangy sensations that feed the soul and lift the spirit? Want to discover a history like no other, a history bound in slavery, tempered in lowcountry rice fields, and raised to glory in slow primal beats? Join us! Celebrate a side of Charleston that not many locals, much less tourists, know exists. We’ll stay in a charming and rambling turn-of-the century home on Sullivan’s Island, only minutes from downtown Charleston and just a block away from one of South Carolina’s pristine white-sand beaches. Linda Watanabe McFerrin, an award winning poet, travel writer, and novelist will lead workshop sessions especially designed for the Black history theme and lowcountry locale. The workshop also includes two thirty-minute, private literary consultations with Linda, one at the beginning and one at the end of the week. Other highlights are: Dinner at “Home” with renowned chef, David Vagasky Special guest Alphonso Brown, author, musician, owner of Gullah Tours, and storyteller extraordinaire Cocktails and dinner with Nina Liu of Nina Liu & Friends Gallery Performance by The Mount Zion Spiritual Singers Conversations with Karen Chandler of the Charleston Jazz Initiative and local legendary jazz musicians Charleston nightlife Green project with the Charleston Parks Conservancy Celebrations and gatherings with Michael Haga, Associate Dean, School of the Arts, College of Charleston Lowcountry salt marsh exploration with Captain Anton, coastal geologist and gifted tour guide Workshop, private consultations, accommodations, catered events, customized tours, honorariums, transportation to and from Charleston, S.C. airport (two scheduled pick up times for 4/5 and two scheduled departure times for 4/12), and most meals are included. Cost is $1,800 ($1,950 if paid after December 15, 2010) for a private room, and $1,600 ($1,750 if paid after December 15, 2010) for a shared room. The choice of private and separate rooms depends upon availability at time of registration. Please send check to Martha Greenway, 210 Serenity Circle, Mayesville, SC, 29104 For more information and to register, contact: Mary Brent Cantarutti, 415.269.1039 or Martha Greenway, 803.495.2186 VERY LIMITED SPACE Detailed itinerary available upon request
LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK PARTY: Linda Watanabe McFerrin, Author of Dead Love Monday, October 11, 6pm Book Passage || Ferry Plaza San Francisco || www.bookpassage.com Join us for a most delightful pre-Halloween celebration with wine, snacks, books and … zombies! Linda Watanabe McFerrin talks about her supernatural thriller Dead Love ($14.95 paperback/ $26.95 special edition hardcover). It begins when Clément, a lovesick ghoul, falls for beautiful young Erin. Unfortunately, she is marked for death by the Japanese mob (the yakuza). Using secrets learned from a Haitian witchdoctor, and taking us to Tokyo, Amsterdam, and Malaysia, Clément finds a way to rescue and possess her—but not at all in the manner he expected! This globalized manga turned literature is Twilight with teeth. Vivid storytelling and unforgettable characters unite to delight adults and younger readers with an interest in the otherworldly, proving once and for all that that if the undead have their way, love will never die! Read Wendy Nelson Tokunaga’s interview with McFerrin about Dead Love: http://blog.wendytokunaga.com/2010/08/dead-love-by-linda-watanabe-mcferrin.html Visit the Dead Love Web site at http://www.deadlovebook.com/