LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK PARTY: Joanna Biggar and Wanderland Writers Monday, April 11, 6pm Book Passage || Ferry Plaza San Francisco || www.bookpassage.com Readers, writers, travelers—adventuresome to armchair—and lovers of Costa Rica, you won’t want to miss an evening of exciting travel tales from this delightful group of travelers. Colette Obrien fills in as host for Linda Watanabe McFerrin at Book Passage in the Ferry Plaza. When workshop leaders Linda Watanabe McFerrin and Joanna Biggar gathered a baker’s dozen of their favorite travelers and writers, they had no idea how transformative the journey would be. Nurtured and inspired in an environment beyond compare, the assembled explored Costa Rica, gathering tales from across the country. From rainforests, volcanoes, tropical beaches, butterfly gardens, colorful towns and villages, the writers wandered the country and brought back a fine collection of poetry and stories that present Costa Rica in richly personal style. On this night, members of the merry band will share some of these travel stories and more as they prepare in spirit for yet another adventure: This year they head for Bali in search of more marvelous tales from the road.
LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK PARTY: Patricia Volonakis Davis, Author of Harlot’s Sauce and The Diva Doctrine: 16 Universal Principles Every Woman Needs to Know Saturday, April 9, 2011 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera || 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com Please join us for an evening with Patricia Volonakis Davis as she shares her work: the award-winning Harlot’s Sauce: A Memoir of Food, Family, Love, Loss and Greece, and The Diva Doctrine: 16 Universal Principles Every Woman Needs to Know. Patricia’s aim is to leave her spot of the world just a little bit better than it was before she got there. She focuses on that through her writing, teaching, philanthropic work, and the promoting of other people who she believes have that same goal. She has been called a “Renaissance Woman” by Carine Nadel in The Orange County Register for her writing. As founder and editor-in-chief of the non-partisan HS Radio e-magazine and podcast, Patricia loves encouraging new writers and interviewing other “Renaissance people”, such as Neal deGrasse Tyson, James Redford, Jane Friedman, and more. She holds a Master’s Degree in Creative Writing and Education, and has taught, spoken, read, and conducted seminars extensively in various venues and schools throughout the US and overseas. Patricia was named one of the Top 25 Mentors for Young Women and Girls 2010, by the Hot Mommas Project. Her latest work, The Diva Doctrine, is an extension of the guidance and support she hopes to give to women.
LEFT COAST WRITERS LITERARY SALON: Scott James, New York Times Columnist and Author of Soma and The Sower Monday, April 4, 2011 || 7pm Book Passage || Corte Madera 51 Tamal Vista Drive, Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com Laurie McAndish King fills in as host for Linda Watanabe McFerrin at the April salon when Scott James, New York Times columnist and author of SoMa and The Sower shares “Insights From the Front Lines of Publishing.” There seem to be game-changing headlines about writing every day: ebooks, blogels, print-on-demand, pay walls, DIY. How do you sort it all out? Scott James has worked with both mainstream publishers and the latest technologies that allow writers to reach readers directly. James will share his experiences in both realms, plus offer a frank discussion about the opportunities and challenges in this time of transition in the publishing world.
SOUTHERN SAMPLER ARTISTS COLONY PRESENTS: A Writer’s Workshop with Linda Watanabe McFerrin April 5-12, 2011 ONE SPOT JUST OPENED UP! 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 all 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 only a block away from one of South Carolina’s pristine white-sand beaches.
©2011 by Anita Jones Anyone who says writing is a lonely business has never spent time with a roomful of hardheaded fictional folk bent on having their way. Unlike boring, predictable humans – and for the sake of story, conflict and change – characters are inevitably ego-tripping demigods that writers must turn into minions with omnipotent appeal.