LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK LAUNCH: Wandering in Bali: A Tropical Paradise Discovered with Linda Watanabe McFerrin and Joanna Biggar Saturday, June 9th, 2012 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera ||www.bookpassage.com Come to Bali in Corte Madera! Wine, music, stories and other treats … The word Bali conjures images of lush tropical beaches and coastlines, mysterious temples, gracious people, their transporting music and rice fields of impossible green. But this paradisiacal Indonesian island isn’t all goddesses and frangipani. In addition to the beauty, this group of writers (www.wanderlandwriters.com) also found the humor—and the terror—of the place. Computer crashes, marauding monkeys, international paranoia, flesh-eating fish and even a few zombies also found their way into the stories collected here.
POTENTIAL WANDERLANDERS … PARIS ALERT!!!!! Chers Amis, The rumor is true … this year’s writing adventure will be our own “September Song” in Paris. Please join us for the week of September 9-15 in one of three spacious apartments in a charming Left Bank neighborhood. Join us for walks among the falling leaves along the Seine, for soulful sits in famous literary cafés, for sumptuous dining, for exploring Paris’s varied and magical arrondissements by Métro, bus and on foot. Come with us for literature, both to create it through our own writing, honed during five workshops and individual one-on-one sessions, and through connecting with great writers who have lived and worked there before us and some who live and play there today.
LEFT COAST WRITERS LITERARY SALON: Michele Jin, publisher of Passion Fruit magazine Monday, June 4, 7pm Book Passage || Corte Madera 51 Tamal Vista Drive || www.bookpassage.com “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.” —Marcel Proust Who better to talk about a new vision than Michele Jin, creative force and founder of Passion Fruit magazine. Michele began publishing Passion Fruit magazine in print form in 1999. Now an online publication, Passion Fruit magazine is a travel magazine that explores the issues and experiences of female travelers … and she’s looking for stories! Male travelers, this doesn’t exclude you, by any means, and your contributions are also welcome.
Even though the semester is about to end, I’m still annoyed by the outragous prices of the textbooks and the practices of the companies that release them. Everyone that has gone to college knows that books cost a lot. But really, why should they?
As we all know our very own Left Coast Writer Chana Wilson has recently put out an amazing new book, Riding Fury Home. Of course it has received many glowing reviews, and we’d like to share some with all of you. Click the titles of the publication for the full review: “As a work of socially relevant art, this memoir is above reproach. As a historical document, it is both lamentation of a shameful past and evidence of how far we’ve come.” -Elizabeth Kenndedy, SF Chronicle “It quickly becomes clear from the beginning pages of this memoir that although Chana Wilson is a first-time author, she is a masterful storyteller. This book is almost impossible to put down…” -Rachel Pepper, The Bay Area Reporter There are also great reviews in The Advocate, SF Weekly, and Seattle’s The Stanger, among others. You can also read more about Chana’s book on her website, Facebook page, or buy a copy on Amazon or at a bookstore near you!
© 2012 by Lorrie Goldin I’ve long wanted to visit Crater Lake, but my husband refuses. “It’s hot and dry and endless,” he objects, recalling a boyhood vacation with his parents. So instead I’ve roped our daughter, Emma, into a detour there. Crater Lake will be my reward for driving her back to college instead of putting her on a plane.
LEFT COAST WRITERS LITERARY SALON: William C. Gordon, Author of King of the Bottom Monday, May 7, 7pm Book Passage || Corte Madera 51 Tamal Vista Drive || www.bookpassage.com Maybe some of you remember celebrating wildly that night at Book Passage with Willie Gordon and Isabel Allende earlier this year when The Chinese Jars came out. It was definitely a night to remember. Well, one of our heroes (he’s been a huge supporter of our Left Coast Writers) is at it again. William C. Gordon has a new book out: King of the Bottom. Oddly, it’s been a long haul getting books out in English, even for this internationally famous author, so we’re sure he has a revealing story to tell about writing and publishing books. He also has some fascinating fiction in his arsenal.