LEFT COAST WRITERS LITERARY SALON: Patricia Bracewell, author of Shadow on the Crown and The Price of Blood Monday, March 2nd, 2015 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com We hope all of you will come out for this very special event. Our beloved Roadwork editor, Patricia Bracewell, will be speaking about her experience writing historical fiction. Her first novel, Shadow on the Crown (Viking, 2012), was very well received and critically acclaimed and her newest novel, The Price of Blood (Viking, 2015) looks like it will be another hit. Patricia will be discussing the research that goes into writing such novels, how much to fabricate and how much to keep to the facts, and other problems one might face when writing fact-based fiction. Patricia Bracewell is a native of California where she taught literature and composition before embarking on her writing career. A lifelong fascination with British history and a chance, on-line reference to an unfamiliar English queen led to years of research, a
The Plot Thickens Workshop with Linda Watanabe McFerrin Saturday, February 21st, 2015, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM Location: Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Boulevard, Corte Madera, CA 94925 $120 Register here Aristotle called plot “the most important element of storytelling.” But to plot properly, you must have a plan, and the plan must give rise to emotion. Does the plot always seem to elude you? Spend a day planning and plotting and find out what you’re missing. Bring your flat-lining fiction and nonfiction and fix it. Poet, travel writer, and novelist Linda Watanabe McFerrin (www.lwmcferrin.com) is a contributor to numerous newspapers, magazines and anthologies. She is the author of two poetry collections, past editor of a popular Northern California guidebook and a winner of the Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction. Her novel, Namako: Sea Cucumber, was named Best Book for the Teen-Age by the New York Public Library. In addition to authoring an award-winning short story collection, The Hand of Buddha, she has co-edited several anthologies, including the Hot Flashes: sexy little stories & poems series. Her latest novel, Dead Love (Stone Bridge Press, 2009), was short-listed as a finalist in the 2007 William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Competition and was a Bram Stoker Award Finalist for Superior Achievement in a Novel in 2009. Linda has judged the San Francisco Literary Awards, the Josephine Miles Award for Literary Excellence and the Kiriyama Prize, served as a visiting
LEFT COAST WRITERS® LITERARY SALON: Tom Christensen, Author, Editor and Translator and author of 1616: The World in Motion and River of Ink: Literature, History and Art Tom Christensen Monday, February 2nd, 2015 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com Sometimes we get surprised. You will be tonight when Tom Christensen makes an exciting, albeit unexpected salon appearance. Perhaps you saw the profile in yesterday’s paper. If not, you’ll get to meet the well know author, editor and translator this evening. Thomas Christensen has published more than twenty books as author, editor, or translator. His two most recent books, 1616: The World in Motion and Landscape with Yellow Birds (a translation of the poetry of José Ángel Valente), were both nominated for Northern California Book Awards. 1616 was given a starred review and named one of the best history books of its season by Publishers Weekly. He was a senior editor at North Point Press and executive editor of Mercury House Publishing. Under his direction, Mercury House was nominated for a Carey-Thomas Award for
LEFT COAST WRITERS FERRY PLAZA BOOK PARTY: Love on the Left Coast – Hot Flashes & Hot Flashes 2 Monday, February 9th, 2015 || 6pm Book Passage || San Francisco 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco ||www.bookpassage.com Join us for wine, chocolate and a look at love, here on the Left Coast with Hot Flashes editors Linda Watanabe McFerrin and Laurie McAndish King and a whole new crop of super scintillating writers. Hot Flashes and Hot Flashes 2 are collections of spicy, saucy, and sensual flash fiction and poetry guaranteed to raise your temperature in a way that is positively hormonal. Guest readers will include: Tania Amochaev, Jonathan Arnowitz, Laurie McAndish King, Lowry McFerrin, Susanna Solomon Joan Steidinger and more.
Writing Sexy Stuff with Linda Watanabe McFerrin Redwood Writers Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015, 3-5 p.m., Flamingo Hotel, Empire Room 2777 Fourth Street, Santa Rosa, CA 95405 707-523-4745 Fee: $5/Members (of Redwood Writers), $8/Non-members Does having to write sexy stuff make you a little nervous? It’s time to overcome your trepidation. Whether you write commercial or literary fiction, poetry, screenplays, plays, creative nonfiction or even journalism, there are times when you want to be able to subtly articulate the sensual/sexual realm of experience with greater finesse, humor and originality. So come and find out how to steam up the page. Tips and techniques for adding spicy, sensual, and sometimes funny sizzle to your work and a very special free write will have you moving from comfort to erogenous zones in no time. Award-winning poet, travel writer, and novelist, Linda Watanabe McFerrin has also served as the editor for eight literary anthologies and a guidebook. Linda has judged the San Francisco Literary Awards, the Josephine Miles Award for Literary Excellence and the Kiriyama Prize, served