LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK PARTY: Mother Lode with author Carol Sheldon Monday, July 9th, 6pm Book Passage || Ferry Plaza San Francisco || www.bookpassage.com Set in the Upper Peninsula in Michigan in a small copper mining town, Mother Lode is Carol Sheldon’s break-out mystery novel. Mother Lode is focused around the investigation by Sheriff Foster on the death of a local woman in the early 1900s whose own son is locked up as a suspect. His findings are surprising and strange, and will glue your eyes to the pages of this book! “Carol Sheldon is a master storyteller. The historic details, the film noir atmosphere, and the gradual revelations of each of the characters and their motivations are superb. From the first foreboding moment to the startling conclusion, this is a true page turner. I could not put it down!” —Vicki Weiland, Book Doctor and Board Member, Bay Area Independent Publishers Association
LEFT COAST WRITERS LITERARY SALON: Mary Jo McConohay, Journalist and NCBA winning Author of Maya Roads: One Woman’s Journey Among the Peoples of the Rainforest Monday, July 2, 2012 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera || 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com Join Mary Jo McConahay in a discussion about “The Varnished & Unvarnished Truth”. She will be speaking about her experiences writing award-winning creative non-fiction, as well as the genre as a whole. 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 appeared 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 co-produced the PBS documentary Discovering Dominga, awarded the Cine
LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK PARTY: Wandering in Bali with Joanna Biggar and Linda Watanabe McFerrin Monday, June 11th, 6pm Book Passage || Ferry Plaza San Francisco || www.bookpassage.com The word Bali conjures images of lush tropical beaches and coastlines, mysterious temples, gracious people, their transporting music and rice fields of impossible green. A journey to Bali is the trip of a lifetime and so it’s no surprise that this new collection of tales about the storied isle features a Foreword from Lonely Planet Founder, Tony Wheeler. But this paradisiacal Indonesian island isn’t all goddesses and frangipani. In addition to the beauty, this group of writers 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.
©2010 by Martha Dabbs Greenway As a South Carolina native, I’ve been a sampler of fine Southern cuisine for many years, and as one of the founders of the Southern Sampler Artists Colony, I was thrilled to be sharing that cuisine with a great troupe of writers joining us for our Eat, Play, Write April writers retreat. Having set up, along with SSAC co-founder Mary Brent Cantarutti, an unusual and far ranging culinary tour, I was looking forward to dining at T.W. Graham & Company Seafood Restaurant, an eating establishment in McClellanville, South Carolina. In fact, T.W. Graham & Company is the only restaurant in McClellanville … and it is enough. We had just finished Bud Hill’s walking tour of this small coastal shrimping village with its population of only 491 and were