LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK PARTY: Linda Watanabe McFerrin & Laurie McAndish King introduce writers on the topic of “Love in the 21st Century”
Saturday, February 13th, 2016 || 7pm
Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera ||
Linda Watanabe McFerrin & Laurie McAndish King, editors of Hot Flashes: Sexy Little Stories and Poems, will introduce writers on the topic of “Love in the 21st Century”.
Poet, travel writer, novelist and Left Coast Writers® founder 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 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 BridgePress, 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 mentor for the Loft Mentor Series and been guest faculty at the Oklahoma Arts Institute. A past NEA Panelist and juror for the Marin Literary Arts Council, she has led workshops in Greece, France, Italy, Ireland, Central America, Indonesia and the United States and has mentored a long list of accomplished writers and best-selling authors toward publication.
Laurie McAndish King grew up in rural Iowa, studied science and philosophy at Cornell College, and has traveled to nearly forty countries, observing with an eye for biology and writing with a philosopher’s heart and mind. Her award-winning travel essays and photography have appeared in many publications, including Smithsonian Magazine; Travel Channel partner site iExplore.com; the San Francisco Chronicle, “The Best Women’s Travel Writing” Travelers’ Tales anthology; as well as other magazines and literary anthologies. She won the 2013 Lowell Thomas Gold Award for Cultural Tourism for her story about Croatia, “Silk from Ashes.”