WANDERLAND WRITERS WORKSHOP: Wandering and Writing in Bail with Linda Watanabe McFerrin and Joanna Biggar September 26 – October 3, 2011 There is only one spot available. Wanderland Writers Workshops generally sell out before they are even posted, but, due to a cancellation, there is a chance to participate in this one. You can join Linda Watanabe McFerrin and Joanna Biggar for a week of writing and adventure in a tropical paradise — BALI! Dates: September 26th – October 3, 2011 Place: Gorgeous island-style resort with airy villa accommodations, terraces, restaurant, pool, spa and more in the mountains above Ubud, Bali’s artistic capital. Accommodations: Shared rooms in private villas Amenities: Swimming pool Spa Conference area Gardens Restaurant Wireless broadband Cable TV Outdoor exercise facility Maid service for laundry Included in price: Transportation to and from airport Eight days/seven nights accommodations Seven breakfasts, afternoon tea daily, two lunches, four sumptuous dinners Five 2-hour workshops Private consultation with instructors Time and space to write Welcome dinner Temple visit Monkey forest visit Museum tour Balinese dance evening Banquet by a local chef Access to local attractions Plenty of time to explore on shared and personal adventures Cost: $2,400 Optional Add-ons: Spa treatments Visits to craft studios and galleries in Ubud Balinese shadow puppet show Bird walks Ubud Writers and Readers Festival (October 5-9, 2011) Extra days at the resort, to be negotiated with owner VERY limited space!!!! Reply to firstname.lastname@example.org
LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK LAUNCH: Mary Jo McConahay, Author of Maya Roads: One Woman’s Journey Among the People of the Rainforest Saturday, August 20, 2011 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera || 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com Join us for the launch of Mary Jo McConahay’s new book, Maya Roads: One Woman’s Journey Among the People of the Rainforest. A transporting blend of history, adventure and eyewitness experience, this beautifully written book is a deep and authoritative account of the people, politics, archaeology and magic of the Central American rainforest, the cradle of Maya civilization. “She is innocence and experience, discoverer and knowing witness. The Maya believe we are nearing an end time. I cannot imagine a better chronicler of this time and place than Mary Jo McConahay.”–PBS NewsHour Commentator Richard Rodriguez, Author of Hunger of Memory: The Education of Richard Rodriguez, and Brown: The Last Discovery of America. “From the moment she steps into the deep Mexican jungle, you will follow her anywhere.”–Laura Fraser, Author of An Italian Affair, and All Over the Map. Journalist Mary Jo McConahay covered Central America as a war correspondent and lived in Mexico and Central America for fifteen years. Her award-winning work has apeared in more than thirty magazines and periodicals and is collected in a half-dozen books, including True to Life Adventure Stories by Women and Best Travel Writing 2011. She coproduced the PBS documentary Discovering Dominga, awarded the Cine Golden Eagle and numerous other film honors, and is widely used in college classrooms.
LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK PARTY: Todd Crawshaw, Author of Light-Years in the Dark Todd Crawshaw Monday, August 8, 6pm Book Passage || Ferry Plaza San Francisco || www.bookpassage.com Todd Crawshaw shares selections from his new book of story-poems, Light-Years in the Dark. Todd Crawshaw has been writing fiction for 39 years. He attended the University of Oregon, studying at the School of Architecture and Allied Arts, where he graduated with a bachelor of science degree in psychology. He is the author of Exploits of the Satyr, the fourth in a line of five (and now approaching six) novels he has written, along with a collection of stories and poems … and a few screenplays too. In 1975, he established a graphic design studio, Crawshaw Design. This San Francisco venture has changed and evolved over the years, significantly with the advent of computers and their global proliferation. He provides integrated brand marketing for print and the web, having developed more than 200 corporate identity programs for major corporations and individual proprietorships. It’s an interesting business. Check it out:www.crawshawdesign.com.
LEFT COAST WRITERS LITERARY SALON: Kelly Booth, Creative Director at Weldon Owen Publishing Monday, August 1, 2011 || 7pm Book Passage || Corte Madera 51 Tamal Vista Drive, Corte Madera ||www.bookpassage.com Let’s get wildly creative. Kelly Booth, Creative Director at Weldon Owen Publishing will show us how. A life-long traveler, Kelly Booth was once told by a Cuban Santeria that her work would be translated into many languages—a prediction that came true. As an award-winning Creative Director at Weldon Owen Publishing in San Francisco, a large number of the books she helps to create are published and distributed internationally. The global phenomenon Show Me How, a visual how-to guide, has been translated into more than 25 languages and sold in over 30 different countries including China, Turkey, and Brazil. Flip through that book, and you might spot an illustrated version of Kelly showing you how to samba dance in Rio’s Carnival, or throw knives in Pen and Teller’s Las Vegas show. Those are two examples of the experiences she collects anytime her lust for adventure lures her into another pungent, frozen, dangerous, or dazzling locale. The mountains of northern Peru turned up an especially surprising episode involving a witch doctor—Kelly’s account of that incident was anthologized in A Woman’s Path: Women’s Best Spiritual Travel Writing. Always drawing inspiration from those far flung explorations, Kelly now leads a talented ensemble of artists and designers who collaborate closely with authors and editors to create visually compelling books and digital editions on a wide range of topics such as sex, fashion, science, and zombies—though thankfully, not usually at the same time. Some of the team’s recent bestselling titles include Parenting Magazine’s The Happiest Mom, and Field & Stream’s Total Outdoorsman Manual. A graduate of the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design, Kelly is also an accomplished fine artist who has served as Artist-In-Residence with the US Department of the Interior at Buffalo National River, and at Kala Art Institute in Berkeley California. Her art works have been shown internationally, at venues such as SFMOMA Artist’s Gallery, Art House Co-op in Brooklyn, New York, and GRID 09 in Stockholm, Sweden.
LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK PARTY: Terry Sue Harms, Author of Pearls My Mother Wore and Tami Casias, Author of Crystal Bound Monday, July 11, 6pm Book Passage || Ferry Plaza San Francisco || www.bookpassage.com Get out the crystals and the pearls. Seriously. We want you all to wear them when you come to the Ferry Plaza for our sparkling summer celebration of the work of two terrific authors, both self-published, both devoted to getting the word out on their books. That’s the spirit we love in a writer: bright and undaunted. These are our heroes. Terry Sue Harms has been a practicing hairdresser since 1977 and currently owns her salon. In 1992 she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Mills College. In May of 2005, she was inspired, in response to the new reality TV craze, “to write a story where the losers were the winners.” Pearls My Mother Wore was born of that inspiration. Terry lives in Northern California with her husband, Lutrell. 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 LAUNCH: Patricia Volonakis Davis, Author of The Diva Doctrine THIS EVENT IS CANCELLED! Saturday, July 9, 2011 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera || 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com Calling all Divas … It’ll be pure fun on Saturday night, so we hope most of you will have it in you to join the colorful characters that will assemble to celebrate The Diva Doctrine with Patricia Volonakis Davis. Patricia will be dishing up advice and discussing the 16 universal principles of Diva-hood. You’ll want to bring your friends just to make sure you are all on the same page. No Diva can do it alone. PATRICIA V. DAVIS’ 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 whom she believes have that same goal. Patricia is the author of 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. She has been called a “Renaissance Woman” by The Orange County Register, and 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 Neil deGrasse Tyson, Jane Friedman, and more. She also hosts an “Expert in Failed Relationships” Advice Column there. Patricia holds a Master’s Degree in Creative Writing and Education, and has conducted seminars extensively in various venues and schools throughout the US and overseas. She was named one of Top 25 Mentors for Young Women and Girls 2010 and 2011, by the Hot Mommas Project. The Diva Doctrineis an extension of the guidance and support she hopes to give to women.
© 2010 by Dick Jordan For the past three nights I’ve heard the explosions from miles away. I’m not in Afghanistan or Iraq; I live near San Francisco. It’s just fireworks, bombs bursting in air, going off in the sky over the nearby County Fairgrounds.