WILLIAM FAULKNER – WILLIAM WISDOM CREATIVE WRITING COMPETITION IS OPEN FOR ENTRIES DEADLINE IS APRIL 1, 2011 The William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition opened for entries on January 1, 2011. The deadline for entries is April 1. Significant cash prizes are offered for previously unpublished work in seven categories: Novel, Novella, Novel-in-Progress, Short Story, Essay, Poetry, and Short Story by a High School Student. Guidelines and entry forms can be found on the web site: www.wordsandmusic.org. Prizes range from $750 for High School Short Story to $7,500 for the winning novel. Winners also receive gold medals and are the Faulkner Society’s guests for Words & Music, 2011, when awards are presented at the annual gala, Faulkner for All. If you are writer, consider entering your work. If not, please pass this information along to friends and colleagues who are writers seeking to have their work published. Past winners of the Faulkner – Wisdom Competition and been published. After reviewing guidelines, if you have questions, contact the competition staff by e-mail at Faulkhouse@aol.com.
LEFT COAST WRITERS LITERARY SALON: Kevin Smokler, Co-Founder and CEO of BookTour.com Monday, February 7, 2011 || 7pm Book Passage || Corte Madera 51 Tamal Vista Drive, Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com Wondering about internet marketing or, perhaps the future of publishing? Join us for an evening with Kevin Smokler. Kevin Smokler is the co-founder and CEO of BookTour.com (www.booktour.com), an Amazon-funded startup that produces affordable promotional and marketing tools for authors. He lectures across North America on the future of publishing and reading and lives in San Francisco. Kevin is an author, journalist, speaker and entrepreneur. He’s the editor of the anthology Bookmark Now: Writing in Unreaderly Times (Basic Books, June 2005), which was a San Francisco Chronicle notable book of 2005. His writing has appeared in The San Francisco Chronicle, The LA Times, Fast Company, and on National Public Radio. In 2007, Kevin Smokler founded with Chris Anderson (editor-in-chief of Wired Magazine) BookTour.com, the world’s largest online directory of author and literary events. Kevin now serves as the company’s CEO, regularly speaking at publishing industry conferences and book festivals throughout North America. In April of 2008, Amazon purchased a minority stake in BookTour.com. As a speaker, Smokler has lectured throughout North America on the arts and their role in contemporary society at The Commonwealth Club of California, The Idea Festival, Book Expo America and universities such as Stanford and Johns Hopkins. He sits on the advisory board of the South by Southwest Interactive Conference where he has been a featured speaker since 2003. Kevin has a B.A. in Writing Seminars from Johns Hopkins University and an M.A. In American Studies from The University of Texas at Austin. A native of Ann Arbor, Michigan, he lives in San Francisco.
LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK LAUNCH: Tami Casias, Author of Crystal Bound Saturday, February 12, 2011 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera || 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com We hope you’ll join us for wine, juice, cookies and a lovely evening suitable for the whole family. Tami Casias discusses her young adult novel Crystal Bound ($19.95). Julie hopes to skate under the radar on her first day at a new high school. But when she inherits powers that compel her to help others, she is forced out of both her comfort zone and her sense of reality. As she tries to fade into the background, the powers force her to deal with serious issues that threaten to shatter her dreams. Tami Casias wrote local news for years while raising four children. Nowadays, writing fiction for young adults while sitting in coffee shops has taken the place of city council meetings. She uses her degree in Journalism to research new ideas for stories. Tami lives with her husband, teenage son, and Yorkshire terrier, Bruiser, in Sonoma, California.
LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK PARTY: Patricia Ljutic Monday, February 14, 6pm Book Passage || Ferry Plaza San Francisco || www.bookpassage.com Treat yourself, a friend or partner to a playful stop on Valentine’s Day. You’re invited to join Patricia Ljutic for a reading about love and lovers. Come for free wine and chocolate compliments of Left Coast Writers, love poems by a surprise guest, a story of long-term-love, and a reading from a sensual fantasy. There will also be a raffle and you could WIN THE PERFECT VALENTINE’S DAY GIFT for your loved one. Patricia Ljutic reads Love Check published in Colleen Sell’s A Cup of Comfort for Couples: Stories That Celebrate What It Means to Be in Love ($11.95). This book is a collection of true stories that share the laughter, tears, hugs, and kisses of fifty wonderful couples. Patricia Ljutic’s work has appeared in regional and national publications including My Mom Is My Hero, A Cup of Comfort for Couples and Chicken Soup of the Soul: Family Matters. She received her MA in Nursing Administration from the University of California at San Francisco and works as a nurse manager and writer. Patricia lives with Kirby, her husband of nearly thirty years, and their creative family in a home filled with paper, paints and the makings of several great works of art still in progress. You can make this the start of a Valentine’s Day to remember, and follow the reading with dinner. Make a reservation at a nearby San Francisco restaurant (below). Restaurant Suggestions: Taqueria Zorro 308 Columbus Ave (415) 392-9677 Boulevard 1 Mission St (415) 543-6084 La Mar Cebicheria Peruana Pier 1 ½ (415) 397-8880 The Slanted Door 1 Ferry Bldg (415) 861-8032 RN74 301 Mission St (415) 543-7474 Town Hall 342 Howard St (415) 908-3900 One Market 1 Market Plaza (415) 777-5577 Prospect 300 Spear St (415) 247-7770 Ozumo 161 Steuart St (415) 882-1333 Yank Sing 101 Spear St (415) 957-9300
© 2011 by Robert Rosborough I feel the dust hit my tongue as I step out of our minibus, avoiding a pair of goats that seem unconcerned that the rest of their flock is twenty yards down the highway. The highway in question – I use the term loosely since the livestock using it outnumber the people – is Burma’s main highway, running north from Yangon to Mandalay. Today my friends and I are heading to Mt. Popa, a sacred volcano in central Burma.