LEFT COAST WRITERS LITERARY SALON: Mikkel Aaland, Author of The River in My Backyard Tuesday, September 6th, 2016 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com Join us for an evening with talented author and photographer, Mikkel Aaland as he discusses the magic of memoir. Mikkel Aaland is a professional photographer and the author of 12 best selling books on digital photography, including Photoshop RAW, Shooting Digital, the first Adobe Lightroom Adventure (Iceland) edition, and the second Adobe Lightroom Adventure (Tasmania) edition. Mikkel has also been a popular workshop leader in the United States and Europe, and creates training videos in collaboration with Lynda.com and Adobe Press. He is the co-host of the Nordic Light
Left Coast Writers Poetry: Antoinette Constable, Author of The Lasting War Kawika’s Ocean Beach Deli 734 La Playa St, San Francisco, CA 94121 Sunday, September 4th from 5pm-7:15pm Join a featured LCW poet at the First Sunday of the Month Happy Hour Poetry series at Kawika’s Ocean Beach Deli. Our featured poet’s reading is followed by an open mic for other poets to share original work, or even just to read favorite poems aloud. Happy Hour starts at 5pm, and after our featured poet reads for 30 minutes, open mic (three minutes per poet) goes until 7:15 pm. Celebrate creativity and poets while supporting a local, community-oriented, and family owned business! Enjoy $1 off your sandwich with the purchase of a glass of wine or bubbly! Up in September is Antoinette Constable. Born and raised in France, Antoinette Constable is a registered nurse with British and American nursing degrees,
Since I’m not a creative writer, I can’t dispense writing tips with any authority. As a literary agent though, I have to take beginnings seriously. For me the first line is the most important sentence in the book. Editors are very busy people and receive stacks of manuscripts every day. If they get turned off by a clumsy first line, they are likely to cast a cold eye on the rest of the manuscript. So here are a few of my random thoughts on this subject focusing on some illustrious examples. “Call me Ishmael.” – Moby Dick by Herman Melville This first line is always at the top of the list. The most famous first line in all of literature. So what’s so great about it, anyway? I thought about that today and decided that it was overrated, that it is one of those things that people think is great
Message from Bradt: The reluctant solo traveller We are looking for inspirational stories about travelling alone to include in a new collection of true-life tales publishing in 2017. Solo travellers now make up one third of all those embarking on fixed-departure holidays. Many, but not all, are older people who are widowed or divorced and facing the prospect of travelling alone for the first time. Some are planning a seriously adventurous trip lasting several months which, by necessity, they will have to do alone. What they all have in common is anxiety: it takes courage to travel alone, especially if you are used to the companionship of a partner or friend. Have you been a reluctant solo traveller? Did it take courage to overcome your
Workshop: Out of This World! Travel to Other Worlds Writing Fiction, Fantasy, and Sci-Fi with Linda Watanabe McFerrin
Out of This World! Travel to Other Worlds Writing Fiction, Fantasy, and Sci-Fi with Linda Watanabe McFerrin Saturday, October 29th 10am-4pm at Corte Madera Book Passage $120 It’s a far-out, jet-propelled day of creativity and imagination. Join Linda Watanabe McFerrin well-known travel writer, editor and author of award-winning novels in a day of world building, plotting and adventure into new literary realms. Bring manuscript and project ideas to troubleshoot, discuss and dissect. Poet, travel writer and novelist Linda Watanabe McFerrin (www.lwmcferrin.com) is
Coming up on September 23rd and 24th are four workshops at Book Passage in Corte Madera with Alice Acheson. September 23rd from 10am-1pm is Publishing Choices, a workshop on choosing the right publishing method for you. September 23rd from 2pm-5pm is BIte The Bullet, a workshop on crafting the perfect query letter for an agent and/or editor. September 24th from 10am-1pm is 13 Steps to Finding an Agent or Publisher, a workshop on all the little secrets and tricks to finding a good agent or publisher. September 24th from 2pm-5pm is Boot Camp for Writers’ Conferences, a workshop on how to prepare for writers’ conferences
Laurie Fox joined Linda Chester and Associates Literary Agency in 1989, and is their West Coast Associate. A graduate of the University of California at Santa Cruz (Writing and Theatre Arts), she is a published author of fiction and poetry, including Sexy Hieroglyphics(Chronicle Books); and two novels, My Sister from the Black Lagoon (starred Publishers Weekly review; San Francisco Chronicle bestseller) and The Lost Girls, both published by Simon & Schuster. She represents books in the areas of literary fiction, memoir/biography, popular culture/quirky humor, upmarket spirituality, and cutting-edge fiction.
Mary Mackey is the bestselling author of fourteen novels, including two novels about the American Civil War (The Notorious Mrs. Winston and The Widow’s War) and four novels which describe how the Goddess-worshiping people of Prehistoric Europe fought off patriarchal nomad invaders (The Village of Bones, The Year The Horses Came, The Horses at the Gate, and The Fires of Spring). Mary’s novels have been praised by Marion Zimmer Bradley, Pat Conroy, Thomas Moore, Marija Gimbutas, Marge Piercy, and Theodore Roszak for their historical accuracy, inventiveness, literary grace, vividness, and storytelling magic. They have made The New York Times and San Francisco Chronicle Bestseller Lists, been translated into twelve foreign languages and sold over a million and a half copies.
Janis Cooke Newman has a wealth of literary experience in both fiction and non-fiction. She is the author of A Master Plan for Rescue, a magical novel about the surprising acts of heroism that can be inspired by love. She is also the author of Mary, a historical novel about Mary Todd Lincoln. Mary was chosen by USA Today as the best historical fiction of 2006 and was a finalist for the LA Times First Fiction award. She is also the author of The Russian Word for Snow, a memoir about adopting her son from a Moscow orphanage. Both books are available in paperback. In addition to her books Newman is the founder of the Lit Camp writers conference. Janis Cooke Newman’s second novel, A Master Plan for Rescue was released from Riverhead in July 2015. The SF Chronicle said it “balances beautifully on the thin line between wishful thinking and reason, between the imagination and the intellect,” and called it “magical” and “dazzling.”
Isabel Allende won worldwide acclaim when her bestselling first novel, The House of the Spirits, was published in 1982. In addition to launching her career, the book, which grew out of a farewell letter to her dying grandfather, also established her as a feminist force in Latin America’s male-dominated literary world. She has since written 20 more works, including Of Love and Shadows, Eva Luna, Stories of Eva Luna, The Infinite Plan, Daughter of Fortune, Portrait in Sepia, a trilogy for young readers (City of Beasts, Kingdom of the Golden Dragon, and Forest of Pygmies), Zorro, Ines of My Soul, Island Beneath the Sea, Maya’s Notebook, Ripper and her latest book, The Japanese Lover. Books of nonfiction include Aphrodite, a humorous collection of recipes and essays, and three memoirs: My Invented Country, Paula (a bestseller that documents Allende’s daughter’s illness and death, as well as her own life), and The Sum of Our Days.